Today I finished my household manual. When we bought our house in Idaho, the homeowner (now a dear friend) handed me a binder containing all one would need to know to care for the house. Each room had paint chips, wallpaper samples, tile samples, etc. , manuals for appliances, fans, etc., layouts for kitchen and bathroom. It was invaluable and I maintained it while we owned the house, passing it on when it came time to sell it. In the past I put all manuals in a file cabinet, forgot about paint colors, etc. Returning to Maine, remodeling the house, I started my own binder. I have it currently split in two parts: manuals and decorating as the latter is still a work in progress. Thanks to G, even the contractors found manuals easily and only a few were lost int he chaos. DD and I created a quick scrapbook layout for the cover and spine. I used Scrapbook Factory Deluxe software to create cover sheets for each room. It is not because it is practical that it cannot be beautiful too.
The human shape is a ghost
made of distraction and pain.
Sometimes pure light, sometimes cruel,
trying wildly to open,
this image held within itself.
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- After trying every turkey-roasting method under the sun, I've finally settled on this as absolutely the best. The secret? Slow down the cooking of the breast area, which tends to get overcooked and dried out before the dark meat is done, with a cover of aluminum foil. These instructions are for a 12-pound turkey, which serves eight people. But you can easily scale it up for a bigger bird. Estimate about one pound of meat per person (one and a half pounds if you want lots of le
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