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Turkey Tracks: It Worked!

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Turkey Tracks: May 26, 2020

It Worked!

I am very excited to report that—while it took research, days, and a LOT of patience—I was able to clean my old printer’s print head cones successfully.

WHOO HOO!

I like my printer. I know how it works. It does work—there is no learning curve involved. Its an Epson WF 3640. (The ink is horribly expensive in my opinion. Was it always this expensive?)

Anyway, for the past 6 months or more it would print lines in the colors and the black print just wasn’t fresh. I don’t print every day. That’s a factor for sure, as unused ink dries out. But the problem finally just got too bad for the printer’s system maintenance programs that cleans the print head cones to fix.

I researched. I found a cleaning method with a special liquid cleaner, a need tool for the cleaner to get on the head’s cones, and clear instructions. The package was under $20. OK, I thought, $20 is way cheaper than a new printer with tons of glitches until I figured them all out. And, maybe I’ll learn something new.

I did. Starting with how to get to the print head’s cones, how to unblock them, and that the fix would not likely be instant but would require repeating the steps until…suddenly, it all worked.

The resulting print is now like NEW. 

I am really pleased—with the whole process and, of course, that it was successful. The latter was the real bonus for me as I didn’t quite expect it to all be successful.

Now if I can just figure out how to get my Bose Sound/Dock XT speaker fixed. The audio suddenly became garbled, and I listen to books from my ipod Touch on it as it has a lightening plug in its dock. The sound quality on this speaker WAS excellent until…in the blink of an eye… It’s too new to go belly up. Just a few years…

I know there are hot spot speakers out there I can use if all else fails. But I do really like the simplicity of this Bose speaker with its dedicated lightening plug where my ipod touch, dedicated to listening to books, lives.

UPDATE: I found on the Bose web site—after I found my speaker’s unique serial number—that sometimes the sound on this Bose speaker gets garbled if there have been updates to the IPod Touch or one’s I phone. If you turn everything off and restart them, it can fix the problem.

It did! Yeah!

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May 26, 2020 at 8:22 am

Interesting Information: Photography Prize Help

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April 26, 2020

Photography Prize Help

My dear, dear friend Gina Caceci and former neighbor sent me a request this morning: would I help her son William, who is trying to build a photography business and who is very talented, win a prize for one of his portraits?

Of course I would. I’ve watched this young many grow up and have always known he is loaded with many talents.

Take a look at his portraits and other work on his web site? Vote if you like what you see?

Here’s Gina’s message to me:

I’m sure I told you that William has a budding professional photography business. And he’s been nominated for Photographer of the Month by Pictas Collective!  Please vote by this Thursday, April 30 for William Gallagher’s photo by clicking on this link:  https://www.pictas-collective.com/march-april-2020/?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=10182

And if you want to see more of his work, (and some pics of me and Bill) please click on this link to visit his website:  https://www.williamgallagherphoto.com/

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April 26, 2020 at 8:31 am

Turkey Tracks: A Lovely Story

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April 23, 2020

Frances Hodgson Burnett

This lovely piece was created by friend and neighbor Marina Schauffler. She writes the Sea Change column for the Pine Tree Watch Organization, which, as I understand it, publishes columns on their web site and seeks to place columns into Maine media sites.

Frances Hodgson Burnett is, like me, 75 years old now. She lives on her beloved Crystal Lake Farm.

Enjoy!

https://pinetreewatch.org/sea-change-for-the-birds-sharon-turner-crystal-lake-farm/

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April 23, 2020 at 9:59 am

Interesting Information: Bathrooms and Toxic Exposure

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Interesting Information:  February 12, 2019

Bathrooms and Toxic Exposure

Our skin is the largest “organ” in our bodies.

Our skin ABSORBS what gets put on it—straight into our bodies.

Much of what we are putting on our skin these days is extremely toxic.  We gleefully slather on toxic brews that we think smell good.  Only, unless one is using an essential oil, the smells are chemically composed.

We wear clothing we have doused in laundry products that are also toxic.  Be especially aware of the toxic nature of dryer cloths.  I only put then in my mailbox to deter hornets from nesting there.

We shampoo often with toxic brews—you can just rinse out your hair unless it is really greasy.  You don’t have to shampoo every day.

We soap ourselves off with soaps composed of fake chemical smells.  Also, over-soaping our bodies washes off the natural colonies that form and that protect us from invastion through our skin.  So, wash often, especially in warm weather, but don’t soap up unless you have really gotten into grease or actual dirt.  You won’t “smell.”  Water is corrosive in and of itself, and it can clean you off just fine.  In modern water systems, the water is heavily treated to keep it clean anyway, and your skin aborbs whatever is in that water.

Use a non-toxic deoderant. I love salt sticks which are readily available.  Baking soda and a bit of corn starch to make it less scratchy also  works.

Make-up, of course, is a real problem.  As are “moisturers.”  I use a good coconut oil laced with fun essential oils.

Here’s a post with more information:

http://adifferentkindofdoctor.blogspot.com/2019/01/5-ways-to-reduce-toxin-exposure-in.html#more

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February 12, 2019 at 10:05 am

Interesting Information: Brene Brown on Blame

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Turkey Tracks:  January 10, 2019

Brené Brown on Blame

Here’s a funny, but useful video.

 

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January 10, 2019 at 10:40 am

Turkey Tracks: YOU ARE LOVED

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Turkey Tracks:  January 9, 2019

YOU ARE LOVED

I love this blog:  Completely Cauchy.

Here is a recent quilt by Chawne Kimber.

https://cauchycomplete.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/sorta-mute-monday-the-one-with-slow-poetry/

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January 9, 2019 at 9:25 am

Interesting Information: Is There Poison in Cereals?

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Interesting Information:  November 25, 2018

Is There Poison in Cereals?

The picture below comes from a science project at some of my grandkids school, Mason Prep in Charleston, SC.

Their answer is yes, there is glysophate in cereals—and I would say in a lot of our commercial food.  Glysophate is in Round-up.  And, yes, it does affect humans, contrary to a lot of industry propaganda.

Here is a recent study about the health impact of eating organic food—a huge study done recently.

I have been asked many times about the cost of eating organic.  I have two answers:  cancer is incredibly expensive in ways you can’t imagine until you get enmeshed in that event.  Secondly, when I married over 50 years ago now, we were advised to plan for 25% of our budget to be spent on food.  Today, Americans spend about 10% of their income on foods—and it’s crap, fake food that is dangerous.  If you want to be healthy, want your kids to be healthy, you have to change the way you eat and you have to cook clean, fresh foods.  Period.

 

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November 25, 2018 at 10:33 am