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Monday, September 24th, 2018

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8:47a
If it's Fall, it's time for pumpkin pie
When I was a kid, I detested pumpkin pie. It looked awful -- like someone laid a big ol' brown cow flop in a crust and smoothed it over with a trowel. And it smelled and tasted awful too: overpowering and not nice. I avoided it whenever I could. If, like me, you avoid the commercially available pumpkin pie, here's why you might find it so off-putting.

First, canned pumpkin is not all pumpkin (a lot of it is field squash as well as pumpkin). And it's overcooked. I always start with pumpkin I have cooked myself. Most years, we cut up and cook at least one pumpkin. Then, we pre-measure it into freezer bags (1 bag = 1 pie recipe). Look at the color of canned pumpkin, then look at home-cooked pumpkin. One is a dark orange, like sweet potatoes; the other is a golden yellow.

Next, "pumpkin pie spice" is way too powerful. I looked up various on-line recipes for making your own. All the recipes had at least four, and sometimes all five, of the following ingredients: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Way too much going on there (especially the cloves). Our recipe uses only a little cinnamon and nutmeg.

Deanne's old family recipe is from some ancient cookbook her Aunt Ruth had. It is now in her possession. We knock out delicate and delicious pies where you can really taste the pumpkin. I signed up for fellowship time at church one Sunday in October. I'm thinking we'll have to make a pie or two for that, along with some other goodies. It's time.
7:27p
Writing an effective business letter
I have prepared the following to send to the tax collectors at the Statehouse.

Re: Your notice, Liability Number xxxxxxxxxx
Case Number xxxxxxxx

Your notice says that I owe you $xxx.xx.

I DO NOT OWE YOU THIS MONEY.
You sent me a similar notice dated May 29, 2018, informing me of my "error" and demanding payment. I replied with a letter (see attached), explaining that I had put down the wrong County Code on my return. This means

I DO NOT OWE YOU THIS MONEY.
Not only did I send you a letter explaining what had happened, I sent you an amended return with the correct County Code on it.

Please correct your records and send me an acknowledgement that

I DO NOT OWE YOU THIS MONEY.
Sincerely yours . . .

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