Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
It's a stunningly beautiful day where I live -- Walnut Creek, CA. 80F and sunny, which surely takes the edge off the vaccine blues. What's going on with you that we might help with?
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KoalaHelper
24 Feb
It is a beautiful day here as well 32F and snow is melting
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
I'm from (and lived a long time as an adult with family in) Youngstown, Ohio, so I know well of snow. Don't miss a single flake of it! You have my best wishes for an early spring.
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
Today's share is the grace of gratitude: "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness." I have gratitude today for my loving wife, who supports my work in helping others find gratitude in their lives. And you?
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KoalaHelper
24 Feb
I have gratitude toward my son for sharing his lovely home with me
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Tropical Fish
24 Feb
Hi
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
H, Patty! What are you grateful for?
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KoalaHelper
24 Feb
Hi Patty
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
Another thing for which I am grateful is the ability to get a new toy for the kitchen now and then. As I've posted before, I love to cook. However, living in a rental unit, you take what you get in built-in appliances -- and they don't usually put in the high-end stuff, eh? So it's up to countertop space for toys such as microwaves, hot air fryers, toaster ovens, and so on. But last week I got a new countertop toy: a combi-oven which cooks using steam and three different burners. If you've ever cooked using a submersible sous vide heater/water bath, this is even better: full oven/no bag or water bath sous vide!
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
Well, it's awfully quiet out there today! Another thing for which I am grateful is the opportunity of Service Above Self. That may be a familiar term to some of you, as it's one of the mottoes of Rotary International. I'd always been taught to help others and be of service to the community, the nation, and the world. Rotary is just one of the ways in which I can express gratitude through service. One way is to provide a paella meal for 20 that is auctioned off with a minimum bid of $400, which covers costs and labor. All above that goes to the charity, as do the tips collected the day of the meal. Of course, Covid has stopped this for a while, but it's a great way to get new paying customers and raise money for charities. One couple paid $2,500 in a bidding war!!
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KoalaHelper
24 Feb
That is some dinner. I am in charge of fundraising for two different non profits and never got any where close to those kinds of bids.
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
I ended up making two for them. One a week before the virus shelter in place last March, and the other in that short window of early autumn in mid September!
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KoalaHelper
24 Feb
That is good.
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KoalaHelper
24 Feb
He made an old screen porch into a very modern bedroom with heater floors even.
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
Nice!
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
That's it for this week, all! See you next Tuesday.
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KoalaHelper
24 Feb
Goodnight
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Steven "Shags" ShagrinAuthor
24 Feb
And to you as well
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