Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Need advice, comments from my readers, please.

Posted Monday, October 26, 2015, at 7:23 AM
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  • By the way, I do not mind controversy, but I really get my fill of politics quickly and these usually end up with a lot of name calling, and THAT is a big turn-off, so I tune it down quickly.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 7:23 AM
  • Personally, I find your posts to be refreshing. There is enough debate of other topics in alternate venues, and sometimes, that light-hearted, small-town convo is just what a person needs. I also enjoy the range of topics. I say keep doing what you're doing.

    -- Posted by LeahTN79 on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 10:07 AM
  • Thank you Leah.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 12:26 PM
  • I agree with Leah. Continue marching on!

    -- Posted by bbbluebird on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 12:27 PM
  • Again, thanks. I've received a few emails saying similar so..

    Let me leave the topic this way. If you object to something I am doing please let me know. I cannot promise I will stop but I will try my best to take your comments into consideration.

    Now, what do we talk about next?

    When my new coffee maker carafe broke this morning I really really thought about a rant. Especially since I had been so extra careful. Strangely, a hole just popped out of the middle. Not on a corner or edge like normal, just POP, right out of the middle of the pot. Grrrrrr.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 12:48 PM
  • I think you're overthinking it. Don't worry about it...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 3:04 PM
  • Usually do but this morning was a thoughtful morning. 😳

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 3:46 PM
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    I know my coffee maker is going to go out in a year or less, but not like you, my glass carafes only get a lime deposit in them.

    My wife uses CLR to remove this Lime deposit. Good as new again.

    So, when the pot stops working I keep the Carafes to use with the next coffee maker. If it doesn't work with the next years coffeemaker I use it to keep water next to the coffeemaker for refilling it. We let the coffeemaker keep the coffee hot all day and night, so 1 years use is all we get out of a coffeemakers.

    My problem is that each year they change everything about the coffeemaker that I got use to and have to get use to the new changes. I kinda hate changes. That includes Computer Printers/scanners/copiers also. I do a lot of printing so the printers only last two or three years. I recently located a printer/scanner like mine on Ebay, so I ordered it as a spare, but actually won't be a spare. I will be my everyday printer/scanner.

    I like the way it works for me, great scanner and I can get Toner Cartridges very reasonable on Ebay.

    However I have to see the coffeemaker I am going to use for the next year, so I just shop all year long at Walmarts looking for the Magical Coffeemaker.

    It is kinda silly, because I only use my coffeemaker to heat the water in the pot. I only drink Instant coffee and use hot water only. I don't like Perked coffee although ground coffee smells much better.

    So, actually, I could just use a pan of water on the stove or a cup of water in the Micro.

    In the winter I can just put a pan of water on the Kero Heater if the power goes off to make my instant cup of coffee!

    Keep up the good work Steve that you put into your blogs. I know you are there, or will be soon, even if you don't join in on the conversations. I know you will come on when things get too hot and throw some water on the fire. You shouldn't have to, but we do get carried away some of the time if left alone too long on some blogs.

    -- Posted by sui on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 7:30 PM
  • When you first said it sui, I thought you kept actual coffee hot all day and night I used to work in restaurants so I know old coffee, but I thought WOW that has to be lethal by the end of the day/night.

    I bought a replacement carafe today that is supposed to fit 18 different models of Mr. Coffee, BUT it doesn't fit mine. It is less than a year old so I thought surely it was not that far out of date.

    I did not keep the box, so I do not know what model I have, but I think the next one has to have a metal carafe. I handled this one with such care. :-(

    I agree with the aroma of fresh brewed or ground coffee. When we had our coffee shops it was such a nice greeting when we opened up each day. Sometimes I brew even when I do not really want a cup of coffee.

    Thanks for your support of my efforts to keep things alive here. I now my topics are like warm milk at night, but I get enough drama in real life so I often choose "warm fuzzy" topics.

    I guess that phrase came from the late 60's or 70's?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 7:51 PM
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    I am not very smart when i comes to my coffeemaker.

    I use it just to keep the water hot for my instant coffee.

    I have an air conditioner blowing in that room so I am sure it causes the coffeemaker to over work. That is why they only last a year.

    It would be smarter I think to install an under the counter small hot Water Heater just for making instant coffee. At least it would cost me less in Coffeemakers, LOL.

    With my luck thou, with a simple system like that, the coffee cups would probably have a hole just pop out of the middle of them!

    Nothing wrong with those warm fuzzy topics for those warm winter hours inside.

    -- Posted by sui on Mon, Oct 26, 2015, at 8:14 PM
  • Keep up the good work Steve.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 4:25 AM
  • I think is safe to say that if your blog subject deals with money, politics, or religion then there will be much interest and many posts.

    That is simply because; 1.)everyone has a belief system that deals with these three issues. 2.)everyone wants to believe their belief system is correct. 3.) when someone post something that challenges that belief they are more likely to respond with their own.

    Personally, I completely understand your position. I have mixed thoughts as to whether posts on those subjects are worthwhile. It would seem that, through it all, not one mind is changed and all is vanity. So, if you WANT to continue, It will probably help the TG website traffic. If you DON"T WANT to continue, it will probably save the posters time.

    Either way, do what YOU want. It is your blog.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 6:17 AM
  • Thanks RV.

    Liveforlight, you bring up few a points I occasionally clarify and you have given me another opportunity. Thanks.

    I am not an employee of T-G nor get any compensation for doing this BUT, I do enjoy having discussions, hope to enrich someones life here occasionally and believe in having a local group like this available.

    I know some are not local but most have lived here or have family here, or I have touched on an interest in the subject line and they want to contribute. GREAT!

    Because I like the local forum, I DO want to see it be and remain healthy, relevant, and fresh, so I try post topics that will be of interest to many.

    Those who are regulars know I often ask for suggested topics, so anyone who wants a topic opened, email me. Can't promise they will all come to light here, but usually it will because it is tooooo controversial or might brand me as something I am not.

    I have one coming up on drones in just a few minutes so...... stay tuned. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 9:32 AM
  • I heard yesterday from a Tullahoma resident that it's already in the works for the end of their mall over there to be converted into a Publix...we must have been asleep at the wheel again over here! I hope its true!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 12:16 PM
  • Makes sense though. T'homa is in a good demographic area with Manchester, Winchester and Shelbyville within reasonable distance.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 5:10 PM
  • Chefgrape---why Publix? They're triple the price...

    United Grocery is the way to go for me. I get sticker shock going anywhere else...definitely not going to Publix ever!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 6:47 AM
  • And you can always find the most bizarre and random things at UGO.

    -- Posted by LeahTN79 on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 11:42 AM
  • True that! Sometimes if I'm not familiar with something, I'll buy one and then go back if I like it (if it hasn't sold out) and get more. That's how I discovered Ackee...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 12:15 PM
  • New to me. What is Ackee?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 12:31 PM
  • Well as a chef its rare that I open a can of anything...The prices are good at UGO for sure! However, with the coupons I clip and the foods I like to eat I find the best selection at Publix....Price wise it depends what you buy also, some items are cheaper there then Kroger or Wal-Mart...

    I do one stop shopping as well...If I'm making lasagna and want a specific thickness of fresh sliced buffalo mozzarella I'm able to get it there verses settling for standard shredded Kraft or store brand. They carry Kosher mixes like Matzo meal and cultural items that I can get all in one stop. I'm not a typical meatloaf and mashed potatoes kind of southern eater! Most the time anyways!

    It's also variety for me, Publix brand is also good. Their deli makes a big difference in variety, Boar's Head for one with no additives preservatives or msg, from Pastrami to fresh sliced rare London Broil vs the same and only ham, turkey, and bologna that Kroger carries, it's worth the variety alone for me. Their meat and seafood dept is also a notch higher and better prices on a a lot of cuts!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 1:04 PM
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    Doesn't Publix have a lot of the B1G1 Free deals?

    -- Posted by sui on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 4:26 PM
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    Thanks for running this. It gives us something to do and keeps us off the streets.

    -- Posted by fair share on Thu, Oct 29, 2015, at 12:59 AM
  • You're welcome. On some of these blogs I am not sure i would want to meet 😳

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 29, 2015, at 6:46 AM
  • Sui, when I make my list and add the digital coupons for Publix I check their B1-G1 deals...they are usually items I use a lot like mayo or oatmeal....a couple weeks ago they had Quaker oats and syrup both B1-G1....so yes! and I use their sugar free syrup which is normally $2.29 if I'm correct and it's not watery! Btw....I have never bought a loaf of bread from them that was not fresh....for some reason all the bread I get locally here for some reason it's either dry or like day old...that's truly my pet peeve with bread prices the way they are these days! Wal-Mart is finally selling Pepperidge Farms and it's $2.99 not $4.29....every little bit helps!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Oct 29, 2015, at 7:58 AM
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    My wife does all the grocery shopping. One day I had to go in and pick up a loaf of bread.

    Simple, huh? I spent a lot of time around the bread shelves walking up and down the isle looking for a $1.00 loaf of bread. What happened. I thought the feds said there was no increase in the cost of living!

    I never did find it. I had to settle for a small loaf for $2 and something.

    But maybe this will help you buy fresher bread.

    Look at the bread Ties.

    Below is the DAY the Bread is Baked and which color tie is used that day:

    Monday..... Blue

    Tuesday..... Green

    Thursday... Red

    Friday....... White

    Saturday... Yellow

    That should make buying Fresh Bread easier!

    -- Posted by sui on Thu, Oct 29, 2015, at 11:41 AM
  • Thanks sui....I've been looking at the tags, but the sale buy date....It's like its all been frozen and thawed back out though or something...I've bought a few loaves that had 10days left, get them home and they were definitely stale...there are days when there seems to be nothing left but loaves that expire in 3 days it seems! For the single people like me that's just to short a time!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Oct 29, 2015, at 4:25 PM
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