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  • Kathy's most excelent adventure

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Right now I am oh so glad I couldn't go with Kathy. Today I had to make an unplanned trip to the dentist and then oral surgeon to have a tooth removed. Every day this week it became more and more painful until it was evident that it wasn't gonna get any better by itself. An x-ray showed there was a massive infection under the tooth, which was almost all filling and had already had a root canal, years ago. At least it was a good excuse for a couple days off work. On the down…

  • Whiskey Thread

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    Mmmmm... it’s pretty good. Smooth, smoky and toasty without the caramel sweetness of bourbon. But I’m probably FOS.

  • I love lemon juice in my Mac and cheese. Sounds weird but it’s good.

  • Whiskey Thread

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    Decided to branch out and bought some Jameson, Irish Whiskey. Review forthcoming.

  • Kathy's most excelent adventure

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    Kathy is my hero.

  • The National Park Centennial

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    Visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Kennesaw National Battlefield. I was very moved at the MLK, Jr. site. I really needed to hear his messages of love and service. The battlefield was fun but crowded and I wasn’t able to hike the loop. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Beer

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    Quote from max.patch: “i had a blueberry sour ale with dinner. never had a sour beer before and never had blueberries in my beer either so it was a new experience for me. the nashville chicken (first time for that too) sandwich was fantastic, but wasn't nearly as hot as i thot it would be. the fries were thru-hiker portion sized, but since i'm not a thru-hiker i left about half of em behind. ” Im not a fan of sour beer, despite my nephew working for a brewery in their sour beer department.

  • DIY quilt

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    Quote from Time Zone: “Oh fluffy and warm down topquilt, is there any lousy day you can't make better? appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…7b731f0164fbdd253d9f54b73 Many thanks to Traffic Jam! I want to pay her back, just need to figure out what sort of financial spreadsheet she likes best. With friends like TJ, who needs alteration shops that have no guts to try this sort of thing? ” Your friendship is payment enough. I’m very happy it turned out good.

  • DIY quilt

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    Specifically, i sewed my seams about half an inch away from the existing seams, then cut. With the baffles, there are already a lot of seams in the quilt. The most tedious part was removing seams to turn the squares into long tubes. But, i learned something...i should have done this with my down skirt to make it less bulky.

  • DIY quilt

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Your a brave girl. I'm scared of working with down. I just know I'd have those little feathers everywhere. ” JJ, thats the great thing about the costco quilts. They’re already put together and are very inexpensive. You can make lots of things with them. One trick to controlling the feathers is to sew two, parallel seams and cut between them. (In knitting, it’s called a steek, not sure what it’s called in sewing.). There were minimal, flying feathers on this project.

  • DIY quilt

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    Finished. It turned out pretty good. I want to make one for myself, maybe with climashield apex.

  • Beer

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    Time for a beer. How about Bell’s Oberon?

  • What Are You Reading?

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    I just finished listening to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and loved it.

  • DIY quilt

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    The schematics and a photo of what the quilt will look like when it’s finished. Rather, what it’s supposed to look like.

  • DIY quilt

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    I spent this rainy day making a quilt for my buddy, Time Zone. He provided the Costco quilt and the excellent schematics and photos. It is nearly finished but will have to wait until Saturday. TZ got the instructions from someone on Hammock forums. m.imgur.com/gallery/kOXYm The hardest and most tedious part is removing the seams from the baffles. I found this YouTube video about picking out seams on a Costco quilt. It wasn’t always as easy as he makes it look, but it helped a lot. I can also rec…

  • Beer

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    Drinkin a Yee Haw Summertime Gose. Its a sour wheat ale brewed in Johnson City, TN. It’s okay. I’m not a big fan of sour beer.

  • The Cumberland Trail

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    I stopped by the Obed Visitor Center this afternoon and they categorically state that the CT segment through Obed is 14.1 miles. And they gave me the phone number of a kayak shuttler. Hmmmm... interesting possibilities.

  • Took a walk today

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    some more.

  • Took a walk today

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    some pics

  • Took a walk today

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    (Sorry it’s so long) The theme of today’s hike is...you don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need. The alarm was set for 5:15 am with the intention of getting up early and either cycling into the Smokies or going on a strenuous hike. After working extra last week, the early morning alarm confused me, and i thought, why in the heck is my alarm going off at 5:15 if i dont have to go to work? It was nearly 9 when i dragged my butt out of bed. I made a tentative plan to drive to Rugb…