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    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi All,
      Can’t believe it’s September already. Summer really flew by. Where does the time go?

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      Hi Everyone,
      DD so sorry to hear about your friend who passed away. He sounded like a nice guy. Just take your time doing your decorating and don’t aggravate your back. It will all get done.
      Barbara, I will be praying for your SIL’s recovery.
      That is funny about Joey coming home from kindergarten and not wanting to go back. I can sympathize with that as i used to hide under the bed and in the closet in order not to go to kindergarten and cry hysterically. They finally gave in as in those days kindergarten was not required. So ladies if I end up leading a life of crime it may be because I Was A Kindergarten Drop Out. Looks like a headline for the National Enquirer! lol
      Colleen, I hope that you feel better soon. A flu is a lousy thing to have and I hope that you graduate from dry toast to jello or something else soon. That was a good idea about making the water drinking a competition. What guy could resist that?
      The grands have done good in school so far. I hope this year Kendall will finally feel comfortable. Lachlan has had a few bloody noses which he never had before but he has a runny nose so it might be irritated. Brent used to get them a lot when he was a kid. Some people are just prone to them.
      Adele, that is so funny that the kids go to school for 2 days and then have a four day weekend.
      Aizen is just a little bundle of cuteness-short hair or long it doesn’t matter.
      I didn’t realize that Jhonny was from a Spanish speaking country-I thought he was Haitian or Jamaican-I better brush up on my geography.
      Here you have a choice when you register your kids whether to put them in the all English or the bilingual classes. Jenny just decided it might be beneficial for them in the future to come out of school already speaking another language. And of course we do have a lot of Spanish speaking people in our country and in our town.
      We are invited to a cook out on Sunday with Greg’s golfing buddies. At least tentatively as one guys wife is a flight attendant and is out of town right now so we have to see if they can come when she gets back. Plus, I think we will have to at least check out the Balloon Festival. Jenny said she is working in the beer tent Saturday night so maybe we will have to visit her there.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail!
      I’m here!!
      No choices for bi-lingual or not around here. They start languages in middle school. they just took away the language requirement for the high school kids to graduate. I thought that was odd.
      Jhonny is Dominican. He came to his country when he was a little boy. His mother came first, and then he and his brothers came at different times. So, their Aunt had them, while she got settled up here. He tells stories of the Dominican republic that would curl your hair. Very poor area, and he is extremely grateful for being a citizen.
      Hope you are having a good day!
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Hello Quacker friends, so nice to talk to you all today. We are having a beautiful day here today. It is not very humid; and that makes such a difference for us. Jerry has gone to pick up his Mom and they are “going shopping” so Walmart better be ready for the Mother/Son team of Smiths ha ha. Jerry just goes along and throws things in her basket (she has finally agreed to ride the scooter thing) and she puts it back on the shelf. He came home the last shopping day and said, Mama will not pay full price for anything. So I let that one go right by me; because I knew there had to be quite a story behind that. He said he offered to pay for the more expensive bottle of vinegar (she uses this for her window cleaning) and he was going to get her some Windex. I just laughed and went on about my business. Those two are something.
      Our neighbors will be coming for dinner tonight. He is the one who had another stroke a few weeks ago, but is doing great now. He is very emotional his wife said, and that worries her, but like I told her I went through several months after mine where I would just cry and cry and for no real reason that I could say. It’s like the tears would just come and I would be just sitting watching TV or reading or something. And I would cry for an hour after just getting a glimpse of seeing that awful commercial from the ASPCA of those poor mistreated little animals. I still change the channel immediately when it comes on. It just breaks my heart. But anyway, I made a banana pudding (strange I think dessert first ha ha) and will do spagetti, salad, and garlic bread later today. I just feel they need to sit and visit with friends now, and talk grands and old times.
      Guess what girls? Mr. Neal called us last night and asked would we possibly be able to come over to their apartment tomorrow evening and watch itty bitty for “a little while”? Of course you all know the answer. Tomorrow is Sarah’s birthday; so he is taking her to dinner and I think a movie mabey. I am so excited to go and it will be so wonderful to have him all to ourselves so I can just kiss and kiss and kiss. Hopefully this time I will let poor Jerry hold him more than I usually do. I haven’t been very sharing with Jerry, but he says he understands. So if they just don’t change their minds, we will be on our way with happy hearts tomorrow.
      Do you all have any special plans for Labor Day? Nothing special for us yet, but I think Jerry will grill. It is supposed to be cooler here on Monday. Do you all have a good recipe for cole slaw? Mine is not that tasty. I have heard that some people prepare theirs the night before, and that would help so much if it tastes good doing it that way. Also; do you know how to keep your burgers from getting too dry on the grill? Gosh, I have lots of questions today. ha ha
      Gail, that is funny you would hide and was a kindergarten “drop out” I bet you were just too smart to spend that time at school when you had more important things to attend to at home. Mama was able to talk me into staying in school because she promised me a homemade peanut butter cookie in my lunch box each day. She sent me one everyday, and that was what I went to school for. So all I really learned in kindergarten was you get a great cookie each you go each day. I have to give it to Mama; she knew what would motivate me ha ha.
      Dianne, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. It is so hard, and I pray you will be able to bear up to all you are going through. Prayers for you.
      Colleen, sorry you are sick. Hope you are feeling better real soon. Take care and get plenty of rest and join Gary on the lots of fluids thing. By the way, Jerry killed another snake the other day. He was all curled up under our kitchen bay window waiting for mice, according to Jerry. He always has an excuse as to why they come around here, but I don’t care why, I just want them gone.
      Take good care everyone, and hope you have a good day. Hugs, Barbara

    • Anonymous
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      I am sure you will disagree with me but that’s ok. I do think it is good for students to learn a second language however I think the people coming into our Country should learn English. It should be up to them to learn English. I should not have to press 1 for English. English is the main language here so it is fine if they want to be here and better themselves but to do that it is up to them to speak the language. Do you think they would change their language if we went to their Country? But I am glad the children are learning 2 languages. I took 2 years of French and a year of Latin and I am glad I did however I do not remember much of it.
      I have 1 day to go. We were closed today so just tomorrow to go. I was training my replacement this week. She will need time to learn and there is a lot to remember. So I told the boss if they have questions or she needs help with something and he is to busy to help to give me a call and I will come in for a few hours. It is not a difficult job but you cannot learn everything overnight after all I have been at it a while.
      Our weather has cooled down a bit and we may get some rain, we need rain. But then I think it is to warm up again. I will be glad when we get done with the 90+ days as we have had in excess of 35 of them so that is enough. I don’t want winter but it seems any more we have 2 seasons Winter and Summer. Where is the Spring and Fall weather?

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue
      I so agree with you. Spring and Fall seem to have disappeared. We wet right form the heat to the air on. The interim seasons are so very pretty, and the air so refreshing. I wish we will have a real Fall and Spring next year.
      I do agree with you, that the kids need to learn a second language. Spanish seems to be getting as dominant a language as English is. The Hispanic population in this country is growing by leaps and bounds, way faster than any other ethnic group ever has. So, I think the kids learning Spanish is a great idea, like you do.
      I get annoyed at the prompts on the phone too. Not the language one, as that is a one timer. It is all the “press this for this”, and then when you get into the next section, it is the “press game” again. god help you, should you have chosen the wrong number. Then, at the end, you still are speaking to a recording. I have learned one thing….if you say a “that” swear word, you get to a live person….LOL I often wonder if the person knows you swore, when they take the call. I have been reduced to a crazy person with all the prompts.
      My Nonna spoke a very broken English all the time she was alive. She was in this country for over 60 years- all her children were born here. She came pregnant with her oldest, my Aunt Sarah. I do not know what year she became a citizen. She came in through Ellis Island. I always wanted to go and find her name. You could understand what she said, but, she had that heavy Italian accent all her life. My mother learned most of her English (reading and spelling) by reading the children books to me- isn’t that funny? I find that hysterical. She found a way, and it worked. A lot of people today just do not have that drive anymore, for anything. It is a shame. The kids of today are not like we were. I often wonder what will happen to this country, when the kids do not have that intense drive to succeed.
      I hope you have a great day tomorrow, on your last day of work. You deserve it. how gracious of you to offer to help after you have gone. You are a good person. I hope they have a nice little party for you, and a cake!! Everyone needs a cake to celebrate their success. Retirement is a huge success. I wish you a long, long, happy and healthy retirement. (sometimes I think the healthy is worth way more than the happy)
      Have a great day tomorrow! Take a pic for us to see!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Missy Barbara
      I have the burger solution. You make a poke with you thumb in the middle of the burger, and put it on the grill. they do not take long, and that is the usual error people make. When you see the little juices on the top, turn it over- cook for about 2 minutes on the other side. Also, do not get the 90% fat free burger- it will taste like shoe leather on the grill.
      I have never made cole slaw, so I would also love the recipe.
      Our plans are up in the air. All depends on that storm. We were doing a BBQ, for those who are not working on Sunday. But, it looks like we may or may not have a lot of rain. They keep changing the forecast. So, we are winging it. If I have to, I will “harvest” the basil early to avoid getting soaked. I will be making my last Linguini with Pesto, from the basil on the deck. It is starting to get “raggedy” looking.
      I bet you will have the time of your life with your Itty Bitty tomorrow! I bet you will not be able to sleep tonight.
      So, today I have my “The witch is in” sign already on the door, and the lighted tree is not on Halloween mode….LOL I have not put the new pumpkins form the Q out yet, as I am waiting to hear where the storm will go. As soon as I get the all clear, out they go, with my metal statue of Frankenstein. Let the decorating begin!
      It sounds like you have a wonderful dinner planned for your neighbors. Have a great time tonight, and tomorrow- cannot wait to hear you stories. I will say an extra prayer for your neighbor.
      Happy entertaining!
      Adele
      PS….Jerry and his mom are hysterical.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I think that you missed your opportunity to lead a life of crime. You will have to be a drop out success story. The life of crime could have been interesting though. What type of crime would you have gotten into?
      I am saying a prayer that this will be the year that Kendall does not have problems in school. She is such a sensitive child. Poor Lachlan with the bloody noses. I use to get them a lot when I was younger. They say that the air is too dry inside. I got mine mostly in the winter time. The air in the schools are probably is really dry. So how does Piper like going to school? She probably will have a great time in school she is the type of child that would.
      I caught the flu at the doctors office the other day when I was in there. I had to go in one day this week and he told me that they had a few people that were sick at the office. This is the back doctor. So they gave me a b12 shot and I think that is what helped me to start to feel better. I wish that I had know way before that though.
      We may go to the labor day picnic for awhile. They have such good food there. I like the potatoes that they make with the cheese on them. I can never remember what they call them. They will also have funnel cakes. They have a lot of craft booths that are fun to look at. It will be fun to be there to see all of that. The weather is really nice here now so we can turn the air off. We are going to open up the house today and let it air out. It needs to be opened up for awhile.
      The bbq sounds like fun. Hope that you get to go to the balloon festival. It will be fun. Jenny is working the beer tent. It will be a good place to be if it gets hot. Ice cold beer tastes good when it is really hot.
      Thanks for starting the new page. I like all of the pictures that you posted. You find some really cute things to post every month. I am going to have to figure out how to post on here.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great week-end
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Barbara
      Sounds like you are going to have a great time with the baby. That will be nice to have the baby to yourself for a whole evening. Hold him and spoil him all you want. That is what grandmas and grandpas are supposed to do. lol It will be so much fun getting to cuddle with him. I think that most men understand why we are like that with the grands and just let us have our time with them. That is nice that Neal thought of you to come and babysit with Colin.
      It must be funny watching Jerry and his mom at the store. I would be shocked if Ron argued with anyone to buy a higher priced item. He buys the cheapest thing that he can get. Even if it is not the best buy in the long run. Men are funny around their moms. They sure do act different.
      We do not have any special plans for the week-end. We may go to the labor day picnic but am not sure. This week-end came up fast. It does not seem like it should be labor day already. This year is really going by fast. It will not be long and it will be Christmas.
      That would be something that would have made Ron stay in school also. He loves peanut butter cookies. He loved school all the way thru. He was one of those good kids in school. He was not anything like me. I was never that excited to go to school. I stayed home whenever I could. The only thing with my mom is if you faked an illness to stay home mom always knew. She would make us stay in bed the whole day. So we could get over what was wrong with us. So we ended up going to school it was better then having to stay in bed.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a wonderful time watching itty bitty.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Barbara,
      I love the stories about Jerry and his Mom shopping. I’m thinking it might make a good reality TV show.
      Now we know-Barbara can be bribed with cookies. lol I think I just didn’t want to leave home and leave my grandmother. I always had her undivided attention as my brother and sister were older and in school and she and I would have tea and crackers daily. I’m sure school couldn’t have been better than that! lol
      I hope you had a good dinner and visit with your neighbors. It’s nice to have a get together.
      Have fun babysitting baby Colin. But remember to share him with Jerry. No hogging the baby! lol
      Personally I would rather have a cat to hunt mice than a snake. Glad Jerry found the snake before he scared you.
      Have a great Labor Day weekend.
      Gail

    • Colleen
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      Hi DD,
      Sorry to hear about your friend passing away. I really feel that people are not alone when they die. I believe that God sends an angel to help you thru that time and you are at peace. That was nice that he gave you a compliment. He sounds like he was just a really nice person.
      It was the flu that I had. It is going around here right now. They had it at the back doctors office and that is where I caught it. It has been going around for awhile now. I just did not know it until after I caught it. I am going to have to start taking vitamin c again.
      Our weather here has been really nice. The humidity is down and so is the temp. We do not have to have the air on so that is always nice. Maybe our electric bill will be cheaper this month if it keeps up.
      Are you going to fix dinner for you and your neighbor again for Labor Day? That will be nice if you two can have a meal together and not have to eat alone. It is nice to have someone around that you can talk to and go and see have meals with.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good day.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      I hope that you are feeling better. A doctor’s office is a good place to catch things although you would think that you would be safer in a chiropractor’s office. When I went to urgent care when I was sick they made me wear a mask in the waiting room. It was annoying as all your breathe catches inside there and it gets hot.
      I’m thinking my life of crime would probably be something like returning library books late or parking in the handicapped spot when I was nine months pregnant. lol Real hardcore crimes. lol
      I have not talked to Piper yet. I will get the full school report tonight.
      If you think of the name pf the potatoes with cheese let us know-they sound good. And of course I am a sucker for funnel cakes. Maybe if the nuns had been offering them in kindergarten I would have gone. lol
      I don’t mind starting the new discussions. I’m glad that you like the photos. It’s sort of fun to see what I can find each month. I wish they could be posted at the top of the discussion like it used to be but those days are gone and I need to adjust. lol
      Feel better and have a great weekend.
      Gail

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Poor Tillie having to take in the packages and none of them are for her. Hope that she got some today and did not have to just watch you open yours. lol You really did buy some nice things. I will get something the next time around.
      The kids really like school. My oldest grand is having a great time at school. She wants to do all she can since this is her senior year. It is just hard to believe that she is a senior already. She is trying out for a play at school already. She will try out for all of them I am sure since it is her last year. Hope she gets a lead in this play. They usually give the leads to the seniors.
      I really do miss Aliza. I have not heard from my daughters since I quit babysitting. It is really irritating. I am going to have to call them and tell them that we are still alive here. I guess my oldest does not need me right now since I cannot babysit. Sometimes that back fires. She may really need a sitter one of these days and I will not do it. I am in an mean mood this morning. Must be feeling better.
      That was not a good idea to send the kids to school for two days and then give them a 4 day week-end. They just got use to going to school and then they have all that time off. I bet Aizen was glad though. He had JJ around to play with. I hope that the weather is good so you can bbq or whatever else that you want to do this week-end. The rain could hold off for a few more days.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good day. Will talk to you later.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Happy retirement Sue! I hope that you have a nice celebration at work today. Now you can sleep in in the mornings. You won’t have to go out and drive on snowy days. And your time will be your own. I know it’s a big adjustment too but it’s also a new stage in your life. I swear since my sister and SIL retired they are busier than ever. I wish you much happiness and (like Adele said-most important) good health. Kind of ironic that you are leaving the workforce on Labor Day weekend. Now you won’t have to miss the future Quacker shows either.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I was close-I said Haitian. lol And the Dominican Republic and Haiti share the same Island. I wonder if the economy there is better now as a lot of people now visit there on vacations and so maybe the resorts employ a lot of the local people. I know my SIL and hair dresser both went there within the last couple of years. I’m glad that Jhonny was able to come here. No matter what some of those other countries want to say about us there are still people wanting to come here all the time for educations and opportunities-so we must be doing something right. I always feel that we are really lucky to live here especially when you see the turmoil and poverty in many parts of the world. I know there is poverty here too but at least we try to address these problems and help people.
      It’s funny when i was in high school I don’t think there was a language requirement. I think the kids who were planning on going to college took languages and the kids who weren’t didn’t have to take them. I took Latin. I guess that was that Catholic school influence even though this was public high school. lol
      I’m not sure if my kids had to take a language or not. I know they both did. I will have to ask Jenny.
      Here’s how I make cole slaw. I buy a bag of the precut mix in the grocery and add miracle whip, salt, pepper and a little sugar. My family also adds chopped up cooked bacon but sometimes I don’t bother. No Bacon Bits allowed. They have such an artificial taste. Now this is for a creamy cole slaw-if you like the sweet/sour kind then you will have to mix some kind of viniagrette. We used to shred our own cabbage but why add all the work when you can now get it already shredded with even a little carrot mixed in. I embarrassed at how easy it is to make this way.
      I hope that you don’t get too drenched and that you get that barbecue in.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail
      Wow, that is pretty simple to make the cole slaw. Do you prefer a certain brand of vinaigrette? The entire bottle?
      I was the same in school- only those taking college courses had to do a language. I did it the easy way, and took German. Already had most of that down pat…LOL Jhonny took Spanish, and he said it was totally different from how they spoke, as it always is, with the different dialects in all the countries. German was the same- very different form the spoken language.
      We are very lucky to be in this country, and I am grateful every single day for the freedoms we have.
      The storm’s predictions keep changing. the ocean will be dangerous, but, up here we are at medium risk for high wind and rain. The Cape will definitely get it. At the very top of Mass., they are low risk. If it is going to be lousy out, I just wish we could get some significant rain, as we need it real bad. The water reservoirs are way down, and everyone is concerned. They have never been this bad.
      So, today, while Gary is off visiting 2 doctors, I am going to bake some chocolate chip cookies- right after The Chew is over….LOL I love that show.
      It is sunny here, and in the high 70’s. A but better than the 80’s, for sure! Heather and Dave are coming for “high tea” later this afternoon, and then they are going to Steph’s to play with the kids. I will send some cookies their way, of course.
      hope your day is going well.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen!
      I would be a little ticked off too. We are not just babysitters, we are their Moms. Call her up, and give her the “what for”, as they say.
      I bet you do miss Aliza. they change so much in the first few months, and you do not want to miss any of it.
      I hope your granddaughter is selected for the school play. That would be very exciting. I love to go see the kids perform. Now, I will have to wait until JJ is in middle school, and who knows if he would join the drama club. her last year in school is a busy one, and there will be so many activities, not to mention Prom. Prom is my favorite, as I love to see the girls in their pretty dresses.
      We may not get to much of the storm. But, we are hoping we will get the rain, as we are in a terrible drought up here. It is planned for Sunday into Monday, so we will be ok if we do BBQ. Unless they change the forecast again….LOL
      I am so glad you are feeling better.
      I think they did the start of school that way, to avoid being in school so long due to the snow days. Maybe they know something we do not- a bad winter coming?? Who knows. I have not heard how the winter is supposed to go yet. I think someone said it is supposed to be bad, but, I cannot remember where I heard that.
      hope you are good. Cook potato soup for those daughters!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey girls!
      I forgot to say, I had a tough time n Kindergarten too, and a mean teacher. She told my mother she was making it worst by trying to comfort me when I cried, and made her leave me at the door. I was not offered any goodies, to go to school. I will have to have a chat with Tillie on that……what was up with that?? Maybe a cookie would have made it more tolerable.
      Isn’t it funny that all we Quackers had a tough time in Kindergarten??
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Adele,
      I only ever make the creamy cole slaw with the miracle whip. We like the taste of that better than the other kind.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      hey Gail- so do you use a whole small jar of the Miracle Whip?
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Unfortunately I just eyeball it. It gets juicier after it sits too. Maybe start with a cup and see how that looks. You can always add more but you can’t take it away. Remember to add salt pepper and a little sugar to taste.

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      Hey Adele could I have a cookie please. You don’t retire everyday. I got a card with a gift certificate inside.

      Gail I did not go to kindergarten so maybe we could go on a crime spree together. I just started in 1st grade and I loved school. I think it helped because my first grade teacher was wonderful with kids. She never had her own so we were all her kids.

      I was never in a school play would have been to shy. I helped backstage with makeup, wardrobe and such. I was more suited to that. I was in the choir too but that was a group and not just me.

      I told the boss I would help the new girl if she needed help as she did not have much training and he is busy. He said he would see how it went. I did have everything done that I could before I left tonight. In any case I will drop in from time to time to see how everyone is doing.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue!
      I would love to give you a cookie, along with a nice cup of tea. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all sit around the table for tea?
      Congratulations on your retirement! Welcome to the “do it your way, on your time group”. That was nice that they gave you a gift certificate. That way, you can get something you want, and know it was from all your co-workers. I bet they will miss you. they do not make workers like us anymore- the mold was broken, with the new generation.
      So glad you are finally done, before the cold sets in. It will be such a relief not to have to gout in it. Now if you need groceries, you can get them, before a storm, or bad cold spell.
      Happy retirement!!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      thank you, Gail!!
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Sue,
      We could go on a crime spree stealing cookies from Adele. Or maybe stealing her pies while they are cooling on the windowsill.
      Why didn’t you go to kindergarten? Were you reluctant like the rest of us or did you just skip it since it wasn’t required?
      I loved being in the musicals in high school. I also did makeup for people in plays. Also, I just remembered I was always the one in charge of organizing the after musical parties. I never realized how much I missed that until we were planning Jenny’s wedding. I think I may have missed my calling as an event organizer. lol
      I’m glad that you got a gift certificate for a retirement gift. You can choose something nice for yourself to remember your working days.
      Gail

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Adele,
      How was tea with Heather and Dave?
      I have a feeling this Balloon Fest is going to be a pain in the butt. It looks like a lot of people were there last night and I guess traffic was jammed up around town. Who knew that this would be such a big deal. I would love to sneak over as i discovered that they have a booth with Polish food but it is probably not worth the hassle of dealing with the crowds. Also we know some people who are entertaining tomorrow night and I wouldn’t mind going to see them but once again-it’s the crowds I hate. I’m just an old stick in the mud as when I was younger that wouldn’t bother me. One of the ladies that works in Greg’s office is going and she asked Greg if she could park at our house to save the 5 dollars parking. He says sure but you better wear your hiking boots as we are about 7 or 8 miles from where this is all taking place. lol
      Well Piper was in rare form last night. She had a nap so she was ready to go. Last night she was a super hero princess saving the world from all the bad guys. Jenny has one of those sectionals with the huge ottoman in the middle and she stands on that and uses it for her stage. I have to laugh because when she is doing all this she has such dramatic posture and delivery.
      She has been good in school Aunt Kelly said. Piper also said that and said some of the kids were not good. lol
      Have you gotten any bad weather from the hurricane? I hope that you finally get some rain. It’s beautiful here and will be about 80 degrees today.
      Gail

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      Gail you idea of a crime spree sounds good but I do not think we would need to steal from Adele as she would share with us.

      My Mother made the decision to not send me to kindergarten so I did not have a choice.

      I know I will miss everyone from work but will see them from time to time. Luke said I should call & he will help me if I need anything. He will take out the AC when it gets cold. He lives close so is happy to help. I even had a phone call from one of our loggers yesterday wishing me well. I do not see him often just if he would stop to get his check but he is a nice man.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Gail!
      I am the same way. I do not like crowds at all. My real aversion to them came form my Criminal Justice courses in school- no way to control them if something happens. Spooked the crap out of me. I do hope you get to see your friends perform, without a lot of people pushing you around as you walk. Get some of that good Polish food!
      Piper is such a scream. You should have Jenny show you how to do a video of her. then you can play it at her wedding some day….LOL
      tea was good, but fast, as they got stuck on the Boston traffic coming here (Dave had a doctor appointment), and the kids were anxiously waiting for them, so I sent then along quickly. They took a tin of cookies to the boys. I hope they got there….LOL
      It is very cool here, and overcast. We are getting the remnants of the storm Sunday into Monday, and it is to linger for 2 more days off shore, hopefully giving us more than high seas and wind. This is the first time our windows have been open since I do not know when!
      Hope you have a good time tonight. So far, we will still be able to BBQ tomorrow, as oong as we are not too late.
      Adele
      PS….my brown pumpkin shirt came, and my TSV- I got the pumpkin one, of course.

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Sue
      That is so nice of those two men to check on you, and help when yo need them. I am sure you were very nice to them over the years, and t it shows.
      Oh yes- I would definitely share. But, I would make it funny, so you could grab the goodies from the window….LOL
      How is your weather today? Overcast and cool here, waiting for the storm to arrive. We are (so far) getting high wind, and some rain, actually 3 days of rain, as it is to stall off coast. I just hope we get enough to fill the reservoirs.
      Do you have nay plans for the weekend? Any activities in your community for the first weekend of Fall?
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Thank you Adele for the hamburger way to keep it moist. I’m guessing you just press your thumb down in the center of the patty; to make and Indention? I think that must keep them from shrinking up so much. I am surely going to try this on Labor Day. And also the cole slaw, Gail Can you prepare it the night before? I used to grate my cabbage by hand too; and I remember how tired my arm would get. I am all for the package of already shredded slaw mix. We had a beautiful day here today; nice; about 75. It is to stay this way for several days. Hope everyone misses out on the bad part of that storm. I too am wondering where summer went this year. Guess we all have just had so much going on that it just rushed by all of us. I think I will do Fall decorations with the haybale again this year. I love to drive down the drive and see those decorations. Do you all like the mums? I surely do. I just set mine in empty flower containers I have on the porch (concrete) in the pot I buy them in. I already have put a Fall wreath on the door. Looks so pretty. I am with you all about not liking to be around crowds. I am claustraphobic; and people pushing and crowding around me make me nervous. But I sure do enjoy a Fair. I bet you all have some wonderful state fairs. I am drawn to the funnel cake stand. Imagine that.
      We enjoyed the baby so much. They left us some of her milk that she had pumped in the refrigerator; and Sarah told us not to warm it because they don’t want Colin to expect it to be warmed if they are off somewhere. Jerry and I kept our mouths shut; but when the little angel wanted some milk; we warmed it under water running from the faucet. We knew not to warm it too much, but for the life of me; I just couldn’t give him cold milk right out of the refrigerator. He just ate and ate. She had told us too not to expect to feed him, but the baby was hungry. I did a lot better in sharing him with Jerry last night. It was so sweet to see the two of them together. But it was so hard for me to give him back when they got home. They were only gone about 2 hours; but it was so nice for us. He smells so good.
      Take care everyone. Hope everyone has a great holiday. I tell you that Piper is so funny. I can just imagine her waving her arms around and acting out whatever she is explaining to you all. Mabey she will be an actress or on Broadway. I know you have missed Aliza, Colleen. Sometimes Jerry and I feel like we have just been “put out to pasture”. Our neighbors brought this same thing up. They said their grown children are beginning to talk to them like they feel they have to explain everything to them. The Mom told her children (who are in their 30’s and 41; that just because we look older doesn’t mean we have lost all the sense we ever had. I couldn’t help but laugh. But as Jerry told me; when the kids need something; we’ll hear from them. I remember one night; Neal called us and we were at dinner; and he said “where are you all at?’ and we said at dinner, and he said “well, we got worried when you didn’t answer the phone at home” Turns out they wanted to stop by. Jerry said he is hungry LOL
      Better go for now. Hope all is well with everyone. Barbara

    • Colleen
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      Hi Sue,
      Congratulations on your retirement. I hope that you really enjoy it. Just think you can sleep in for as long as you want to during the week now. That is nice that the one man said that if you need help to just call him. That was really nice of him.
      That could be interesting you and Gail going around stealing bake goods from Adele. You sure will have a long drive. Hopefully she will have a cup of coffee out on the porch so you can have some coffee to go with you baked goods.lol
      Have a good night
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      That is nice that Adele will put the bake goods in the window sill for you girls. I wonder how many steps you will have to go up to get to the window sill. If I was going on this crime spree she would have to set up a table on the porch so I could reach the baked goods.lol She should put out a pot of coffee so you can have something to drink. Maybe that is asking way too much. Keeping library books longer then you are supposed to is normal for most people. There are a lot of people that forget to bring the books back. So you will have to do something more daring. Now they have spaces on the parking lots for pregnant woman. They are even closer then the handicap parking places. They have them down here now. Not as many as they have handicap but they have them. I wonder how you can prove you are pregnant when you are in the store shopping. I have not seen any type of sticker that you have to hang on the mirror. It would be obvious when you come out to get in your car. That is just one of those things I wondered about.
      Piper is so cute. This is the first super hero princess that I have heard of. She must be a really good one. That is funny that she is so good in school. She is the one that you would think that would be talking all the time. Maybe the other kids being bad in class makes her want to be good. I can just picture her on that ottoman acting like a super hero princess. She must have had you and everyone cracking up. I am glad that she likes school.
      I hope that you got to go to the Balloon fest tonight. It is a mess when they have things in town and they never have enough room to park. Then they always rope part off for the people that are working the event. Does Jenny live close enough to walk to where the balloon fest is? Just hope that you get to go and see your friend sing.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      How was your high tea? Hope that you had a nice time. We have not had high tea for a long time. We had a bunch of the ladies from my water aerobics class come over. Ruth and I had it and it was nice that we could do it together. We had a ball.
      Kylie has been in plays since she was a freshman in high school. She really loves doing it. One thing that I have to say is it has really helped her to make friends and enjoy school more. Now her sister will not have as easy a time as she is having. She will not perform in front of a bunch of people. She has a good voice and could be in the musical when they have one. She is too shy to try out though. We will have to wait and see what happens. It is funny how different two kids can be when they come from the same family.
      We are supposed to go to my daughter Mandy’s house for dinner tomorrow. My youngest daughter is coming home and not sure about the oldest. She is such a pain here lately. We are all supposed to go to a winery for dinner and listen to some music. Just us girls not the guys. It will be nice to get away for awhile. I have no idea which one we are going to. It is supposed to be in Farmington so that is close enough to where I live and will not have to worry about driving very far. We have not all gone out in a long time. We use to go out when they were all first married. But that was a long time ago.
      I hope that we have some snow this winter. We did not get very much last year. I like the snow now that I do not have to go to work. It is really pretty out here. It lands on the trees and it looks so pretty.
      Have you ever watched that show that comes on after AGT? Henry Winkler, Shattner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman is on it. They go to all these places and do things that they have never done. They were in Japan this week and it was a riot. Ron and I were both cracking up. i hope that it is that good every week.
      I hope that you get some rain and get out of the drought that you are in. They sure are getting it all around you it seems like. They could pass some down your way. We are supposed to get rain here next Thur., Fri and Sat. I hope that they are wrong. We could use some rain but not that much.
      I hope that you get to bbq before the rain starts and you have a fun day.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      Sounds like you had a good time with the baby. It is nice that Jerry got to hold the Colin. It is hard to turn them over to someone else when you get the chance to have them all to yourself. I am glad that you got that time to bond with the baby.
      I do not use that grater to do cole slaw either. I get the bag of it already to go and do not have to worry about doing all that work. I just add my tomatoes and onion and dressing and it is ready to go. It is nice that they have all these easy ways to do things now. I do not miss doing it the old way at all. I went to the store today and they had the cabbage grated and it was just the plain cabbage without all the other stuff. That was the first time I had seen that. Ron likes it that way better so got that bag this time around.
      We have a lot of mums planted in the yard. They are so pretty in the fall when they start to bloom. We have some bloom early and some bloom late. They are so pretty. I do not know what we will do for decorations this year. I have to get things out for the hay ride this year. I need more skeletons to put up and things like that. The kids seem to really like that stuff. Even the little ones that you would think that it would scare to death they love it. We also got that door bell from QVC that plays Christmas music and Halloween music. It is a lot nicer then I thought it would be. We had a lot of fun with it last year. I had the button in my pocket and every time the kids would get near one of the decorations I would push and it would make spooky noises. It took them awhile to figure out that it was me doing it. It was fun.
      Our kids are like that. If we are not home they start calling around to find us. We went to Branson one year and did not tell them. The two younger girls were going crazy trying to find us my older daughter called my cell phone to be sure that we were alright. It was funny. Ron and I both were laughing. At least they did not call everyday because they needed something. They were all married and out of the house. Thought that I better say that. There were times when they were all at home that it would have been nice to just go away and not tell them.lol I guess that all of our kids will find this out when they get older. It is not fun to get older.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Barbara!
      Yes, you do it with your thumb. they are also much better, if you make the patties yourself. Sometimes I mix them, like I do the meatloaf- with some breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper, and parsley- those taste fabulous, if you have the time. I do not add grated parm cheese for the burgers, but t do for the meatloaf.
      I am glad you had such a good time with Colin, and able to give Jerry some snuggle time….LOL Don’t babies have their own, new, fabulous smell?? You are going to have such a great time seeing all the gains he make sin this next year. I bet they will get him a pumpkin costume for Halloween- those are the cutest for the Itty Bitty’s.
      I have my “The witch is in” sign up on the front door, and the 2 metal pumpkins I got form the Q. My Frankenstein needs his little sign put back on, and Gary does not feel up to getting to it this weekend, so he is in the shed, crying to come out. I can hear him….LOL On the back deck, I changed the lights on the tree to the Fall ones- boy do they look pretty- orange, purple and green. I wonder if the tree is annoying the neighbors, as it goes off at midnight….LOL I am so glad I got that tree- it is the brown one. I got 2 white ones for the front for the holidays.
      We are having a smaller BBQ today, as everyone is working. So far, only Heather and Dave will be here.
      We are getting mostly wind from the storm, and hardly any rain- starting tonight.
      Hope your day is good, and your burgers juicy!!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Colleen…..I would meet you all at the border of Massachusetts, with a Duck Flag (have to find one), and coffee for the rest of the way home…..LOL
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      Read my post to Barbara on the BBQ news. We should be fine, as we will not get the wind until tonight, and very little rain-again! I for got to say, I am making a blueberry tart, and maybe the Linguini with Pesto. But Heather is on a no carbs diet, and that would be mean. So, maybe I will make that for us tomorrow. I did a double batch of chocolate chip cookies, so I have some left for today too.
      Daughters, and granddaughters can be pains sometimes. They get in their snits, and we get no visits. I go through that every once in a while too. I have threatened to have a “smack day”, and all my friends can come over with their daughters, and we can all give them a smack….LOL My friends thought that was a very funny idea. I do come up with some goodies.
      This will be fun to hear about the plays and musicals your granddaughter is in- take pics!! her last year in high school will have so many activities.
      I hope you have a great time with your daughters today, and a great meal. You deserve it.
      I did see that show. Tillie watches it too. I nearly pee myself, it is so funny. Old men can be amusing.
      We do need snow this year, for the ground water. We are still in a drought. We are only getting high winds, and very little rain over the next 3 days from that hurricane. what is up with that?
      hope you have a great day!
      Adele

    • Barbara Smith
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      Well, I got a lecture from Mr. Jerry this morning over coffee. I was going on and on about the sweetness of the baby and how fortunate we are and just in general feeling all mushy about life and it’s wonders; and lo and behold he says, well, I hope you are not planning on up and inviting that lazy group of young folks over here so you can wear yourself out cooking for people 40 years younger than you. Talk about a mood changer LOL I said what in the world brought that on? and he told me that he knows how in love I am with the baby and all our family, and that he is too; but it dawned on him as I was going on about things that they have no problem sittling on the couch while I do the work. I tried really hard to think of a good rebutal; but unfortunately, he was telling the truth. So; that being said; I really don’t know if we are having that hamburger day tomorrow or not. His talking to me made me stop and think about how I was with his Mom and Dad and mine at the same age that these young people are now. I know how much things in our world have changed over the years; but he reminded me that even if the young ones don’t cook, they can at least help clean up. So now my whole mood went from mushy to messy and I haven’t started any baking or food prep. Thanks for the great ideas though. I have a feeling that I will talk to him later on today and say that even though I know what he is saying is just him trying to look out for me and take care of me that when I do things for the family that makes me feel good that it’s not like work, and he helps me. I think Jerry is really tired, and since he has been so busy for months now; I think that unless one of the boys up and say they are wanting to handle all the grilling and the other son will bring a watermelon to slice or something easy instead of me baking; that I will just sit back and see how this all plays out. I know Jerry needs a day of real rest; and I guess I do too. That is one of many reasons I admire you all so much. You just do so many nice things for your children and grands; and your Moms.
      We are having another beautiful day here today. I am hoping we can take a little walk out to the pond later. I stay on the gravel road; no grass for me. I am afraid of the creepy crawlers that might be in there; but I can see what is on the road.
      Did you all get the set of Lock and Lock today? I did; because the kids have taken most of mine home with them. I love that bowl with the handle on top. It is great for potato salad and cole slaw and things. Also love to use it for fruit salads. You know; I would love to make an ambrosia salad. I haven’t had one in a while. How do you all make yours? I use all types of fruit; whipped cream, coconut, cherries, and for the life of me I can’t think of what else now.
      Well, wish me luck with the Labor Day cookout. I still bet we have some sort of get together. Hope you all have fun with your festivities. Barbara

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      Hi Ladies,
      So how’s everybody’s holiday weekend going? I hope those of you who are on the Eastern Seaboard are all safe from the storm. From what I see on
      the Weather channel it looks like it’s heading out to sea. I hope! Boy, Sept comes & guess what comes with it, clouds & rain. Friday we had quite a downpour. Guess who got caught in it. It’s been cloudy in the morning & sunny in the afternoon which is perfect for me. We sure could use more of
      that rain to put out those fires in Ca. I haven’t heard much about them since the storm took over. The nights are much cooler now too. In the 50s.

      Adele, you beat me at putting out the ‘witch is in’ sign on my door. I also have ” enter at your own risk’ that goes with it.
      I won’t be having dinner with my neighbor. She went to her family’s home for the weekend. Good riddance.
      My sciatica is so bad I can’t do my dishes, or anything else. I go to the store, thinking the walking would help, but it doesn’t. The Dr. gave me some
      meds, but they don’t seem to be helping yet. It may take a few doses to get it to take affect.
      Did any of you see the Lock & Lock TSV? I got the Glacier blue. all the colors were beautiful. I know I shouldn’t have, but I couldn’t help myself.
      Naughty, naughty, girl.

      Well, I guess that’s it for now.
      Hope your Labor Day cookouts work out for ya. No storm.
      stay safe!
      dd
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      Hi Barbara,
      I had to laugh when you were talking about Jerry and his lecture. We went to my daughters for a bbq today. All I was supposed to bring was some cole slaw. So I had to ready and we were getting ready to leave when I get a phone call asking me if I could pick up some potato salad for the bbq. They also needed some marshmallows to roast later in the evening. I told Ron we had to go and pick up a few things and he started laughing and said that at least we did not have to cook the meat. Which after we got there she tells me she hopes that she has enough meat for dinner. I had to try really hard to keep from laughing. So even if we go to their houses we still have to bring the food.
      This generation is nothing like we use to be. If we would have gone to my mom’s and did not help with the clean up and see if she needed help in the kitchen when cooking my dad would have said something. I would have never gone to someones house and not help with something. It was just not heard of when you went to a persons house for dinner. We always helped my mil also. It is just what you did. Kids now do not think anything about leaving without helping to do anything. My daughters are the same. I get so mad at them sometimes that I feel like not cooking but that would ruin the holiday and I do not want to do that. It is hard to understand why they are like that but they are.
      Maybe Jerry was just tired today and tomorrow he will have changed his mind. Just hang in there and do what you want to do for the day. He will be okay with it. He loves you more then anything and will want you to be happy.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      That is so neat that you have your fall decorations out. I do not have anything out yet. I still have my spring wreath on the door. I need to take that down. This is the year that I am going to have to break down and get some new wreaths for the door. Mine are all getting old and falling apart. I will have to go to Micheals and get some new ones. They have some pretty ones and they are running a sale on them. They have really good sales there all the time.
      I am glad that you will be able to bbq.Sometimes it is nice to have a small group for dinner and not a big crowd. It will be nice for you and Heather to have some mom and daughter time together. That is one thing that does not happen often when they start to have kids. They think that things will change when they get older but it won’t they will always be taking care of their kids. I just laugh when I hear one of the girls say when they are 18 they will be on their own and we will not have to do as much. I thought just you wait and see. It is going to be harder then you think. They will need you more sometimes when they get older. I do not know why I get on these kicks here lately. Guess just feeling sorry for myself tonight. lol I like the idea of having all of my friends and their kids come over and we can give them a good smack. They need it. You come up with some good ideas Adele. I am all for that one.
      We did have a good time at my daughters tonight. You will have to read what I wrote to Barbara to hear what all went on. I love Ron’s logic. My oldest daughter did not show up for dinner with the kids. That was okay though. When my back is in working order again see if I drive all the way up there to babysit. Okay maybe I will be I will not let her know that.
      I hope that you get some rain and not just all that wind. We will see if we get any rain at the end of the week like they are saying. The weather people are not doing very well at predicting the weather here lately. I guess that they try though.
      Have a great night and will talk to you later.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      The week-end has been pretty good so far. We have had some beautiful weather for a few days. Tomorrow we are supposed to be getting really hot again. Then by the end of the week storms. We will see they have not been right that much this summer. I am glad that you are getting some rain. Hopefully the rain will help with the fires in California. Those poor people have really had a lot of fires lately.
      I missed the lock n lock today. I really like that stuff. I had never tried it until all of you were talking about how good it is. I was glad that I got some. I need to get more of it and get rid of the storage dishes that I have. They did not turn out to be as good as they said that they were. The lids do not close like they are supposed to so they are no good.
      Sorry to hear that your back is giving you trouble again. Hopefully the medicine will take effect soon. There is nothing like having a sore back. You cannot do much of anything when it hurts. There are a few of us on here that go to the doctor for our backs. So we all understand what the other is going thru. The dishes can wait to get done. You need to just rest your back. The back doc gave me exercises to do for my back. Sometimes they help and sometimes not. Just depends on how bad it hurts.
      I love the fall pictures that you posted. All the colors are so pretty. Fall is such a pretty time of year around here. It is fun to look at all the trees and all the colors that they have turned.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and Labor day tomorrow.
      Colleen

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      Hey Ladies!
      Zulily has a lot of Quacker on their site today.

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      Hi All,
      Barbara, I would have done the same thing and warmed the baby’s milk. Jenny always had pumped milk in the refrigerator and they had a bottle warmer to put it in. I hope Jerry’s mood softened up a little bit and you got to have a barbecue without too much muss and fuss.
      Adele, how was the weather? Did you end up doing a cookout?
      Colleen, did you get to the winery? That sounded so nice. I like Ron’s logic too. That’s often how it goes around here too-when the kids invite us over for a cookout.
      DD I saw the Lock and Lock. That was a great set but I am still pretty good on them right now and don’t need anymore.
      Well we are back up into the 90’s here.
      So the balloon fest was a success. There were tons of people. So much so that they ran out of places to park and people were parked everywhere along the roads and in all the vacant lots in the area. Greg went to pick up Chinese food in town on Saturday evening and it took him forever as there were traffic jams everywhere. I guess there were long lines at the food booths and I can only imagine that if they didn’t have enough parking they also didn’t plan for enough porta potties. I guess some days it was too windy for balloons to fly so those that wanted to purchase rides were out of luck. It’s supposed to be really pretty at night when they light up the tethered balloons but with all the traffic we didn’t even attempt to go. So it was the first year-if they plan on doing it again they have some kinks to work out.
      One of Greg’s golfing buddies and his wife had the foursome and their wives over for a barbecue Sunday. I was asked to bring a dish to pass and since we have fresh cucumbers I brought cucumbers and sour cream. Then yesterday Jenny called and said they had hamburgers and hot dogs and did we want to come over for a cook out. She asked if i had some pork and beans to bring but I had watermelon and corn so we brought that. We also brought the barbecue grill-lol. Actually we had given them our old grill in the spring because Greg said it still worked fine but it ended up not lighting right and such so they were really not able to use it. Well we felt bad about giving them a bad grill so Greg was picking something up for work at Menard’s yesterday and saw some of the grilles were on sale so he picked one up and we gave the kids a new one.
      So we had a nice weekend. Not much cooking for me. The weather was good. We didn’t get to see any of the entertainment at the balloon fest but i would rather skip it than face those crowds. Hope everyone else had a good time too.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Barbara!
      I am late to answering your Labor Day post. I hope it went well. We did a small one, with only Heather and Dave here, as the rest were working or had an attitude….LOL I di the Linguini with Pesto, and a Berry torte- both really easy.
      I get the same thing from Gary. He gets very upset when the kids just sit there and socialize, or do their way of a clean-up, which means I do more after they leave. I am just grateful that they do some clean-up, even though it means I have to wash the floor, after they do it….LOL Have you notice dhow messy the younger generation is, when they help???
      Gary has been on a campaign the end the huge holiday dinners, as it take so much out of me. But, then, who would do them? If we do not, the families become fractured. Our hubby’s are sticking up for us, as we age, and they are right, for the most part. they forget we love to do it, and enjoy them eating the things we know they love. What would the holidays or Sunday’s be like, if we could not do anymore? It is a balance that we have to somehow reach. I have started suggesting that Heather make the thing she loves, and does well, and Steph loves to make pretty cupcakes, and decorate them. Plus, my grands are older, and they try to make the time to get over here the day or night before to help with prep. Unfortunately, they both work in retail/restaurants, and their schedules sometimes do not lend to a lot of help, like it used to when they were in high school.
      So, my suggestion is, to let them know things are getting harder for both of you, and ask what activity they can volunteer to help with, so you are not miserable the day after. Keep doing the ones you love- like baking, as that is your pleasure.
      Also agree that Jerry must be exhausted from all he ahs been doing with his Mom, and that makes a huge difference too. Do not take it to heart, as when we are cranky, we are cranky, and it is usually from being exhausted, and overwhelmed. Easy to do, at our ages.
      Keep that Quacky smile going, Missy Barbara! I will read the posts I missed…..LO
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD!
      I am attaching a pic of my blueberry tart I made for Sunday’s BBQ. We were able to grill, as the storm did not take affect until last night. the winds started to howl, and we got very small periods of pouring rain. Nothing that would have made a dent in the drought up here- the Cape got moist of it. today, it is gloomy and very dark, with no rain to go with it. the temp matches the humidity, so the air is back on. In a day or so, it is supposed to be 90 again. Yuck!
      Love the Fall pictures. Wish we could get to that! I love the cute owl too.
      I do not get the TSV, as I am running out of room up here….LOL I had to hang all the metal holders of my Temptations on the inside of the back door of the hall closet, to be able to fit them all in the cabinets.
      So, what did you make for yourself over the weekend to eat? I hope you had some goodies. I ordered a small bunch of the Fall cookies from Cheryl’s cookies for a treat. I figured I needed one…LOL I do not need to store those! Tillie and Bobby will have a ball l with them, not to mention Gary.
      hope the rain stopped for, can you send some here?
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen!
      I did read your post to Barbara, and I totally agree. When Heather was married, and hosted a dinner, we had to bring things to. Plus, she could NEVER figure out how much meat to cook, so we always left hungry, as we took hardly anything, so she would not be embarrassed. It was pretty funny. So, if they were grilling, we brought more meats. Did not work in winter. they try, and that is all that counts. Everyone learns, one way or the other.
      I am glad you got to see the baby, and that your daughter did n make it over. It is so hard when our bodies will not cooperate with our wants. all it takes is one turn, and BAM- we are out of commission. I hope your back is feeling better.
      I got some more done on Aizne’s needlepoint stocking yesterday, as it was quiet here. I just made Linguini with the last harvest of the basil on the deck. that was easy. Of course, Gary ate soup. He is lucky it was not potato soup.
      Hope you are good!
      Adele

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      DD!
      Forgot to ask- what med did your doctor put you on? Gary takes Neurontin for his neuropathy, and they gave me that med when the sciatica kicked up from my back. It did help a little, but it took time to work in.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail!
      Read my other posts for all the weekend news….LOL
      That is too bad you did not get to enjoy the balloon festival. I bet you got to see some on the local news, and sometimes that is better than all the pushing people. We have never gone to the annual Forth of July celebration in Boston- we just watch it in our comfy chairs, with the air on, with the best view….LOL
      That is a funny story about going to Jenny’s. I think it is the same with all the kids. They try, and that is all that counts. We Quackers are all givers, and it is a better position to be in, I think. We just get more pooped as we are getting along on age. And crotchety….LOL Well, I am cranky today, as I could not sleep last night. Both my shoulders were aching, and my hand was killing me from the weather. I put the air back on, even tough it is only 65 out- the humidity matches the temp- gross! I hate it when it is so overcast, and then yo get no rain- what is the point??
      hope your day is good- I am gong to peek at Zulilly.
      Adele

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      OMG girls….do you see all the typos I missed???? LOL
      Adele

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      Adele, Temptations on Zulily today. Quacker yesterday but if you type it in at the top it will show whatever is left.

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      Hey Gail….I’m on it….LOL
      Adele

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      Gail I checked out the Quacker on Zulily but did not find anything I wanted in my size. Seems there was a lot of small and x small. But tank you for letting us know.
      I was also reading on Facebook about the Balloon fest. That looked interesting.I guess they had people from some distance away. I read Tenn.
      we had a couple of nice days on the weekend but are back in the heat. Today thru Sat is to be in the 90’s. We have had a hot dry summer. The crops did not do well this year. It was to wet to plant when it was time and then we had heat and no rain so things did not do well. We really need rain but none is forecast. Just spotty showers.
      I wonder how things are going at work without me. I did not get a call so I hope things are going okay. I do not know how you girls sleep in. I have been use to getting up for work and wake up.
      Adele you blueberry tart looks good.

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      Hello girls. Here’s the review of our Labor Day. Jerry gave it to Sarah, Neal , and baby stopping by and even went along with me making of all things a pan of lasagna instead of grilling out. I baked some chocolate chip cookies; made a quick salad; some warmed up garlic bread that I had stored in the freezer. Of course; no one offered to help except Jerry; who hollered it out right in front of the two of them to make a point I know. They put their dishes in the sink after they ate; and I had some eclairs I had bought at a bakery the day before in our refrigerator; and would you believe that Sarah went and just opened them up and took out some (mini eclairs) closed them up and put them back in the fridge? I had bought them for Joey and Jerry. Now, I know I am not crazy for just being picky, but I would not begin to just open up a package of something that had not been opened already at their home and just help myself. I didn’t see her; I was cuddling the baby, but Jerry did and he let me know all about it when they left. She brought more milk and put it in the refrigerator, and when the baby was hungry Jerry offered to go back to our bedroom to give her some privacy to feed Colin, and she said no, she had milk for him and went and took the cold milk out and fed it to him. I saw Jerry’s face go red; but thank goodness he kept his thoughts to himself. I know now for sure that she has no intention of feeding that little baby any warmed milk. He still choked while she fed him, but Neal seems absolutely clueless about the fact that he should not be choking. I wanted to whack him to be honest with you. It is like he is so under her spell that he can’t even think for himself. I don’t believe that Sarah is breastfeeding Colin at all. I think she has this fancy pump and is pumping her milk out and just putting it in those bottles to feed him with. I just cried all morning thinking of this and trying to reason why when all I try to do is help them and love that little baby? Is she so determined to prove to us that Neal is no longer our son but her husband and that we are too old or dumb or whatever it is and that our time with him is forever gone? Jerry tells me that I should just say what I feel to Neal and if he loves us then he will take what I say with love but if he gets mad then he just does and he is already gone anyway. It hurt Jerry so bad to see Sarah force that little baby to drink that cold milk from that bottle and cough and choke. Jerry actually cried when he was talking to me about it; and he said you are my wife and I know you love our sons with all your heart and that beautiful baby, but I cannot just stand by and let them make you sick. I am so like Adele said, I see our family just being fractured, and it breaks my heart. So thats how our Labor Day went. I know this has been nothing but not so happy times; but this seems to be our life right now. I really am sorry for this; you all just seem to have such good things to talk about that it makes me ashamed of myself for the complaints. But I need to just dry these tears; ask the good Lord to show us the right way to be; and put these worries aside and count all the blessings we have. Take care everyone. Thanks for all your good advice. Barbara

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      Hi Sue!
      I got up at the same time for a bit too. Then, I started to watch Stephen Colbert, so I get up between 8 and 8 :30. I am usually awake before then, and will put on the news, while I relax on my back for a bit. I get up to take the Celebrex for the arthritis, and then wait, on my back, so it works before I get out of bed. I did not have that luxury before…LOL Watching the Today Show is more fun in bed, when it is yucky outside.
      In a very short time, you will make a new schedule for yourself, and you will enjoy it- your terms, your way. That is the best of all.
      It is gross here today. In the 60’s, with the humidity matching the temp- the air is back on. Gloomy all day long, and not a drop of rain. We seem to have similar weather.
      Like you, our crops are not good. I am waiting for the prices to soar on all produce. Also wondering how the apple picking will go this year.
      thank you- the recipe is from the king Arthur website- it is called, “Late Summer Berry Torte”.
      I made popovers in my new Temptations muffin pans, and they came out way better than in the popover pans!
      Hope your night is good- AGT is on tonight!
      Adele

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      Barbara
      Oh boy, is all I can say. The cold milk has to be handled, but delicately. Ask when the baby’s first doctor appointment is, and see if your son will ask about the cold milk. Steph breast fed for a while, and then it was more room temp milk, as the formula was mixed with filtered, bottled water, or boiled that was stored. I do not remember then gagging from room temp, (sometimes she put it under the hot faucet if it was too cold, or microwaved it.)so if there is any way they can move to room temp, you are golden.
      Does her mother visit them? I am sure she is as horrified as you. Isn’t she a nurse??? Dam. If you know their pediatrician, I would do a call to him or her, to give a gentle heads up, to see if they can work this into the conversation in the visit. I am praying you know the doctor well enough to have that confidential conversation. I have to admit, that sight would also keep me up at night. I have prayed so hard, when I saw something I could not say, but did not kike, God must have been tired listening to me. When you criticize these new parents, who think they know it all, it can work in the reverse.
      Let’s see if nay of the girls have any more ideas. I will think hard, and see if I can come up with anything else.
      How about this……can you say you see the baby is struggling to eat, and you are afraid he will have a dry drowning? THAT ought to scare the be Jesus out of your son who is an EMT???? I know I am really reaching here, but, that is the best I can think of for now.
      Light a candle, and say a prayer. Some days that is all we have. You do nto want to be alienated for the baby’s life. God, it sucks to be a MIL. If that were your daughter, You could just smack her upside the head. I am into the ” smack a thon” today….LOL I hope I made a tiny smile come to your face.
      hey…here is a good one that I would love to do. Serve them un-cooked meat, and say you thought that was what they now wanted, as that is what Itty Bitty eats. THAT would be my “revenge, had enough of it tactic”, that would get me banned from a visit for a few months. Please do not do that….LOL
      Love you- we are now all adding a prayer for Itty Bitty’s little belly.
      Adele

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      Barbara
      Many years ago, parents were told to warm their babies bottles. In fact, many parents today were probably fed with warm bottles. But just like cars, televisions and “social” contact, things have changed over the years, and that includes how to feed your baby.

      Today, it is not necessary to warm your baby’s bottle. In fact, many pediatricians often warn against warming the bottle because the contents could be too hot for your baby and burn their mouth, tongue and throat. This is especially true if you warm a bottle in the microwave, as the liquid may not warm evenly.

      Also, with today’s everything-is-a-health-hazard mentality, some believe that the plastic bottle could leak harmful toxins into a bottle that is being warmed in the microwave. (Most baby products today are BPA free to eliminate the chances of harmful toxins affecting your child.)

      Barbara I did a search for you and it seems it is safe to give baby a cold bottle. Ours were always warmed too so old habits are hard to break.

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      Hi Gail,
      We are supposed to go to the winery this week-end. Last week-end would have been really crowded with it being a holiday week-end. I am not sure what is going on though. We have not heard from anyone yet so will just have to wait and see.
      We did not go to the Labor Day Picnic because of it being so hot. Most everything would have been out in the sun when we would have been there. They do not have enough shade all over the park. Even the concert stage would be in the sun so it would not have been worth it. So we stayed home in the cool air and just relaxed. Balloon fest sounded like it was way too crowded. They did not have very good parking for the crowd. It is nice that you got to go to two bbqs though and did not have to cook. We have to do what we can I guess to help our kids. They will probably have the same trouble when their kids get older and they have them over for dinner. It is a shame though that you did not get to see your friend perform though. Maybe next year.
      That is a shame that it was so windy that some of the balloons could not go up. I guess there were a lot of people disappointed that they did not get to go up for a ride. That would have been fine with me. IT is better to stay close to the ground. I guess Jenny was busy at the booth selling beer, She was probably worn out by the time the night was over. It is so nice that they have things like that still. It is nice to have something that everyone can go to and enjoy.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Sounds like you had a nice time Labor day. The blue berry cobbler looks really good. It is nice to have a small group once in awhile. You can enjoy yourself and not have as much work. We thought the whole thing was funny. We were not upset that she did not have enough meat or that we had to bring the food. It was just funny how it started out to be a potluck and we were the only ones who participated.lol We did have a nice time seeing the kids. The baby was not there. It was just to two younger girls and their family. We got to talk to Melissa’s husband in Korea. Kaylee wanted to talk to her dad. So she let her call him. They can see each other on the phone so it was even better. At least he got to say hi to everyone and he felt included in the gathering. I do not know how my daughter does it. It would be hard to be raising two kids while he is over seas. I guess a lot of women do it but it must be hard. I know that she really misses him and so do the kids. She does not want to hear the news or watch anything while he is away. The only thing that she listens to is the weather.
      The linguini sounds really good. We have not had that in a long time. Ron like it with the sauce he is not crazy about spaghetti. He thinks that it sticks together too bad and will not eat it. So what ever floats his boat is fine with me. One is as easy to fix as the other. You are always making such good things. I feel like I need to learn how to cook again.
      I am glad that you got more of Aizens stocking finished. Will he have it done soon? Hope it will be ready for Christmas. He will probably really be glad that you made it for him.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s. hope that the winds are not blowing you away. We have been hearing about them. Did you finally get some rain?

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      Hi Barbara,
      My daughter heats her baby’s bottles. She has a bottle warmer. It would seem that Sarah would notice that the baby is choking and she needs to change something. It is hard to know what to do when it is a dil. I just have daughters so I can tell them what to do and can snatch the bottle from their hand and warm it. Not so with a dil. Wish I knew what to tell you that might help.
      Your meal sounds really good. That was nice that they put the dishes in the sink at least. We started to use paper plates when they come over to eat. That way everything goes in the trash. I even use the throw away pans. So do not have to worry about doing dishes or anything like that. The only thing I forget to buy is the plastic forks and knives. May have to start to buy them also. Just an idea. Ron did not like it at first but after he saw that they were not going to help he thought it was a good idea.
      That was not right that she just opened up the package and did not ask you first. At least she is starting to feel more at home there then she did. Poor Jerry is going to let this really bother him. He may end up saying something without meaning to. Just have to remember he loves you and is looking out for you. Ron has said some things that I wish he would have kept his mouth shut about but he didn’t. They just love us and do not want to see us hurt.
      Barbara I will be saying a prayer that you find an answer to you problem. I know that it breaks your heart to think that your family is dividing. This will all work out in the end. Just hang in there my friend you boys really love you and Jerry and they will do the right thing.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      When I originally looked at Zulily on Sunday they still seemed to have plenty of plus sizes. Sometimes things go quickly on there. Sorry about that. I check it every day automatically just to see what they have new each day.
      I guess your body has to readjust to setting your own time. Plus like Adele said-if you stay up a little later in the evening you will probably sleep longer in the morning.
      It’s nice that you have the guy from work who will help you out around the house if need be. Do you have anything exciting planned now that you have more free time? Maybe you will take a trip to another live Quacker show since you could stay overnight now and not have to return until the next day. Have you ever taken the QVC tour? That sounds interesting.
      We are supposed to be having thunderstorms today. I just hope the electric stays on as it is hot and i wouldn’t want to lose the AC.
      Gail

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      Hi Sue
      You did raise some good points on the warming of the bottle. I forgot about the BPA thing form plastics. Maybe that is their main reason, as the parents today, do almost all their parenting by the Internet. My friend Marie goes nuts with what her SIL comes up with- all on the internet….LOL
      We are all old school, and that is hard to break. The baby struggling to eat is still concerning. Maybe there is another reason for that, if the current view is the cold milk is fine. Even babies have reflux- I forgot to ask Barbara if Itty Bitty spits up a lot, as that could be the reason too.

      Did you see AGT last night? I love the singers, as they are all so good this year. Also loved the clairvoyants.

      Hope your weather is better than mine- gloomy again, but, we did get some rain this morning.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen,
      I hope you get to go to the winery. That sounds like such a nice trip with your daughters. Jenny and I very seldom just get to do something on our own. It’s a nice break.
      She ending up not selling beer but checking ID’s and she said it was very busy. They just sold cans of beer and that Mike’s Hard Lemonade which comes in bottles and cans. I’m not sure which they had. I do know from personal experience that the black cherry flavor is good. lol It’s like drinking soda pop.
      It’s okay that we did not hear our friend sing. These people sing at other venues around the area so we will probably just catch up with them somewhere else along the line. There’s no way we wanted to battle all the crowds.
      It was a good idea to stay home from the picnic since it was so hot and there is no shade. I know I would rather be home comfortable in the AC. The hot doesn’t bother Greg that much-sometimes I don’t know how he stands it golfing and doing yard work in the heat but he says he loves it. Although even he got hot when we were at Disney last year.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      Like Sue, I did a little research about feeding babies cold milk too. The consensus seems to be that it doesn’t hurt them-but it’s mostly a matter of if the baby likes it or not. Also it seems like if you are breastfeeding the baby is basically getting room temperature milk so then maybe it might be better for the sake of consistency to make the bottle room temperature. Next time I will ask Jenny if the pediatrician ever said anything to her about cold or warm milk. As to Sarah pumping all the time and not actually breastfeeding-some people just are not comfortable with breast feeding but do want the baby to get the breast milk for it’s health properties. Jenny tried with Kendall and just was not comfortable so she always pumped and bottle fed her the breast milk. She was a little more comfortable with Lachlan so he had some of both and by the time Piper came along she was totally comfortable with breast feeding so she just had bottles when Jenny wasn’t there. The most important thing is that the baby is getting the nutrients and immunities from the breast milk no matter what the delivery system. Being a nurse perhaps you know a friendly doctor that you could just inquire about what the present thoughts are about warm versus cold milk for babies. You know how ways of thinking about things change in the medical fields.
      I personally would not confront Neal about it. I might ask him casually if the pediatrician had said anything about warming the milk.
      I just feel a young newly wed is going to side with their spouse under most situations and confronting them might cause alienation which is the last thing you want especially with a grandchild involved. After all he just watched the woman that he loves give birth to his son. That is pretty powerful stuff. Babies are pretty resilient and as long as they are feeding him, loving him and taking care of all his needs I’m sure that he will be fine.
      Just relax and love the baby and your son and know that our kids are just not going to do everything the same way that we did it. As long as nothing unhealthy is happening it will all turn out all right in the end.
      In any case I will ask Jenny if she has heard anything about hot vs. cold bottles in her group of friends who are all young mothers.
      Hang in there, Barbara-it will all be okay.
      Hugs,
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen!
      We did get some winds on Monday night, with little rain. It is till very gloomy, and was all day yesterday. This morning, we had some very brief showers. Yuck- the humidity is gross out there. Tomorrow is supposed to be 90, and I have to get Tillie to the hairdresser.
      That must be real hard for your daughter. Listening to the news could be frightful, for all of them. I hope he comes home soon, all safe and sound. When does he come back? It is great that they can talk to him, and see him. Technology does have it’s good points.
      I am attaching a pic of my dinner last night. I made a meatloaf, and put the ketchup on top, like I always do. I decided to cut up the potatoes, and pout them in the pan with the meatloaf. I figured the potato would suck up some of the meat juices, and get some additional flavor from the ketchup too. Well, it was a huge success. the potatoes were delicious. Of course, it was in my Temptations pan, which makes everything taste better!
      Too bad you could not get to the park for the festivities. I do agree- if it is too hot, why suffer out there? Who would think Labor Day would be so hot!
      hope your day is going well.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      I did the Zulilly, and put in Temptations, in the search box, and nothing came up. Do I need to do something else? Or, was I too late, and all sold out?
      Adele

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      Hey Gail and Colleen
      Both of you, like Sue, raised some good points. We all have such different perspectives, and that helps us look at the issue from all sides.
      Being a MIL is not easy, no matter what. Colleen is so right, you can speak freely with your daughter, not so with your son and his wife.
      My only experience is with my daughter, and then Steph, my granddaughter, as Bobby has no children. Even when he was married, I had to tread very lightly, and say nothing at all, with my DIL. However, with Steph I had to e very careful, and still do, as she is extremely sensitive with anything at all that looks like criticism.
      I hope Barbara can gain some comfort form everyone’s comments.
      Hope everyone is having a good day.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      How’s the weather?
      Your tart looks good. Was that blueberry?
      So Gary does not eat linguine-does he at the spaghetti with sauce aka gravy?
      I swear feeding him must be like feeding a five year old. I remember when the kids were little and sometimes i was making two or three different things. Even with Brent and Kim they would not eat a lot of things that the rest of us would eat-like salads. It was always a challenge.
      Gosh i don’t know how they are going to pick from last night on AGT. I want them all to stay. I was really laughing when those jugglers finally got Simon on stage. I swear I thought that he might pass out. The look in his eyes was sheer terror. The rest of the judges loved their pay back too. I really like Lincoln Park but I doubt that they will go forward but I hope at least this will give them the break that they need. Their back story just tugs at my heart. I feel bad if the little ones get kicked off but they are young and have a lot more chances to make it in life.
      It just got really dark here so i think we are in for a thunderstorm. I wish it would just rain and not storm.
      I see it is all day cooking on the Q today. I can’t even watch as i have too many kitchen gadgets already. lol
      Gail

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      Hey Gail!
      I have not checked the Q yet, but, now that I know, I will have to….LOL
      The last shirt form shopping arrived today- the grey one with the witch and pumpkins. It is so dam cute!
      Gary is like feeding a 5 year old. It is a daily challenge. He will eat any type of pasta, with spaghetti sauce or butter. He is a total carb freak. It is rare that a carb will be rejected.
      Today is Gary’s 68th birthday. No cake today. He loves Boston Cream, and that is a 2 day process. I have to make the “Crème Fraiche” the day before, so it gets good and cold, and sets up right, or it will just leak right out of the middle of the cake. So, he gets his cake on Saturday. I told him to pick up a Boston Cream donut for himself, but he just laughed at me. he also has a late afternoon doctor apt- with the one who did his shoulder, for a check on how it is doing.
      It is going to be a very hard choice for who will win this year. I was fascinated by the clairvoyants- love that stuff! The one young woman who twists herself into a knot is amazing, as she does it with such grace, it is like watching an intricate dance. I have no idea who will be chosen. I also love that group of guys, and their stories. I hope they get a contract when this is over.
      Have you watched the show right after AGT? I was hysterical last night, with some of their antics. I told Gary it is a reality show for the geriatric generation…LOL Stephen Colbert was nto so funny last night. I guess everyone has an off night. He did sound like he had a terrible cold.
      Hope you still have electricity. It is dark and gloomy, and humid. No rain, accept for a brief shower this morning.
      Adele

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      Oh Oh-
      I hope that I have not led you into temptation by telling you about all the cook shows.
      Tell Gary in lieu of the cake You are going to do a dance of the seven veils for him lol
      Anyway, tell Gary Happy Birthday. Thank God he is older than me but only by a little over a month. I’m tired of being the oldest one around here. lol
      Gail

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      Adele,
      Go to the top of the page and click on shop by category and click on home. Then scroll down and you will see temptations. It’s only on the front page if you look when it’s “new Today” and it was new yesterday. For some reason their search box doesn’t do much of anything.

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      hey Gail
      Thanks for the Temptations up-date. Boy, did they get that title right, as I am tempted every day, and a sucker for anything pumpkin. Be it Quacker or Temptations. I am a Quacker….LOL
      I will tell Gary, and he will chuckle, as one attempt at a belly dance would finish me off. At least that way, there will be no more Temptations arriving.
      Adele

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      Hello to all my great friends and thank you all for giving me some “food for thought’ on warming the milk, and feeding itty bitty. There is nothing in this world that would make me hurt this precious baby, and knowing what I know about some things (and I will not say one thing ugly here) I find what Sue said of overheating the bottle being more dangerous than cold milk would be. I know that the feelings I have to admit that I am guilty of is losing my son to “another woman” and I have to be grown up enough to think this could be part of why I question things as I do. Part has to be too that I am having a hard time accepting the getting older part of life; and thinking that people I love so much might be looking at me and Jerry differently; and not “honor” us as we always did when we were young and seeing about his and my Mother and Father. As Colleen said; the last thing I would want is a fractured family situation; and keeping this old mouth shut and Mr. Jerry’s mouth shut should really be top on my list along with cuddling and letting the young one’s be the adults they have become and care for their baby. I really do try to tell Sarah and Neal each time I see them how good I think they are both doing, and how proud we are of them. I think because I was SO in love with our babies that I probably; if it’s possible; held them too much and didn’t want them to be away from us when they were little. I don’t see Sarah cuddle or kiss the baby, and Neal does cuddle him, and talks to him a lot. He is gaining weight; so that is so good. He has the hiccoughs every time he eats; and one of the stories I read on a lactation website said that cold milk can cause this. But I will not say a word. If he continues to cough/choke while eating; I will say something. Thank you all again. I so appreciate it
      Adele; I love Boston Creme Pie; but it is so hard to prepare (at least the one I made was ha ha) My custard didn’t set up very well; and it was kind of wet. Sounds awful; doesn’t it? But my group ate it anyway; but complained. Your cobbler looked deliscious. Have you ever made a strawberry cobbler? Made the same as peach/blueberry; but just have to adjust the sugar since its strawberries. Do you use milk when you make your biscuits? Well, I use heavy cream; and they are so good. Imagine that?
      Our weather is still warm; but the leaves are beginning to turn some. It is really strange. I have been worried about you all with the storms. THey really scare me.
      My SIL did not have a stroke. It was the strangest thing. She was comatose for two days; but both MRI’s were good. The doctors just told her that she had some plaque in her artery in her neck, and that her pain medicine lodged at the plaque area and released all at once and gave her like an overdose. Have you ever heard of such crap? I didn’t say that to my SIL; I just told her how happy I was that she is better; but I still think she had a mild stroke. The reason I say what they told her doesn’t make sense is because medicine is flushed out of your system through your kidneys, and it happens within a matter of hours. Now mabey she forgot she had taken her medicine, and took it twice; but it is still so unclear to me. I think that is one of the things that bothers me; the doctors could never say what caused me to have mine. It’s like if they don’t know they just say anything.
      Oh, by the way Gail, thanks for the idea to ask a doctor friend. I just happen to have a nurse practrictioner friend that I can ask about the baby. She can surely find out for me.
      I need a trip. How about you all? Can we all just meet for coffee, tea, cookies, and find a quiet, serene beautiful scenic view, porch swings, comfy chairs, and just sit and visit with one another? We would all have to make a good supply of food for the guys with instructions on the top of the lock and lock the food is in, and Tillie and Colleens Mom could come too. I would love to sit and ask them some things about how it was when her family came to this country and for her to teach me how to be a grown up; instead of a cry baby/worrier. We could admire our Quacker goodies, and Dianne could bring her beautiful pictures, and Sue could begin her retirement with a blast with us! How does that sound to everyone? Sounds good to me; well a girl can always dream.
      Sarahs Mom is leaving this week to go on a Disney cruise for two weeks. I am selfishly glad; since that means it is likely they will ask us to watch the baby. Her Dad is not going; just some girlfriends. But he is afraid to hold the baby.
      I bet your home is beautiful now Adele. I am so happy for you.
      Adele, tell Aizen that Jerry and Joey (you know Joey did the heavy work and jerry the bossy work) planted an Ash tree this week. How is his little tree doing? THis tree will have beautiful leaves in the Fall as it gets bigger. I told Jerry about Aizens tree and Jerry is very proud of him being interested in growing and planting things. What is JJ interested in? I love to hear what all the children and grands are enjoying? Any bakers in anyone’s family? I always hoped someone would be interested in it since it has always been a lot of joy for me; but no such luck. And sometimes now; it seems that my cooking just doesn’t taste as good as it used to. But they still keep coming around for it; so I guess it must still be okay. haha
      Jerry and I have started a new book. It is called ORE; about an old grouchy man that lives next door to a nice family. So far; we are enjoying it. If Jerry doesn’t get interested in one early on; he makes me stop that and go to another one. So I just put it aside for later.
      Take care and have a good evening everyone. Barbara

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      Hi Adele,
      I got some bad new today. One of my friends has passed away. She was one of the lunch buddies and in water aerobics. She was a lot of fun. This all came up suddenly. I just cannot believe it. This is one thing that is hard at our time of life losing our friends. Please say a prayer for her family.
      Sorry that you did not get the rain. You really need it. We are getting to where we need more rain here also. It has been really dry. We are not in a drought though. We have had rain off and on all summer. This has been a strange summer this year. It is really hot and humid here also. That is all supposed to change tomorrow. I hope that they are right. I am tired of this hot weather.
      Your meat loaf looks really good. I will have to try that with the potatoes on the side of the meatloaf. They would taste good in the juice from the meat. The kids always liked mashed potatoes with the meat loaf but this would be better. I say that like they are all going to be here to eat it. There is no way they would come home for meat loaf.
      I think that he comes home in March. I am not sure. I just know that he will miss Christmas with the family this year. It is so hard on all of them when that happens. We are hoping that she will bring the kids down here and let them open their presents. Then they will not be alone on Christmas morning. We put up two trees so they can have their Christmas in the sun room under the Santa tree and we will have the other presents in the living room. We will also make the cookies for Santa here. It is fun to have the little ones here on Christmas eve. They have so much imagination and they hear Santa on the roof. That is always funny.
      That was the hottest Labor day that I can remember. Usually it is a nice day and we enjoy walking around the park. Oh well there is always next year.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      That would be a hard job having to check IDS. I wonder if she had any of the kids try to buy beer there. They always have a few that try it around here. I guess they think that they look older then they are and will get away with it. I think that they are a lot more careful with it now then they were in the past.
      Ron does not mind the heat that much either. I wonder if guys just have better stamina when it comes to heat. Ron will go out and work in the heat also. It never bothers him but I have to remind him to get a drink of water. That is the main thing that I worry about. If he does not drink enough and dehydrates. That could be really bad. Is Greg good about making sure that he has enough water or do you have to remind him? That is one thing men do not think about.
      I have not heard from the girls yet to find out if we are still going. I told them that I would watch the baby if she brings her down here if they cannot find anyone else. She did not act like she wanted me to do that. They wanted me to go along. I just hope that it all works out okay.
      I lost a good friend today. She was a lot of fun and she will be missed. She was one of the lunch buddies and went to water aerobics with her. It is so hard to lose a friend like that. I guess that it is happening more and more the older I get.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara
      I have read that putting a bottle in the microwave is really dangerous. The bottle warmers are okay and milk at room temp. That is what I have heard. So it is just up to them what they do. It is good that he is gaining weight. They are just so cute and so much fun to cuddle. As long as you can do that nothing else matters. Your son will never let anything happen to his son. You have raised good boys. They will never leave you either. He loves and respects you and Jerry and will always come around. They still drop by and call to see if you will watch the baby so it is all good still.
      That sounds like a fun day to me. We could all just sit and talk about when we were kids and how much times have changed. We could also bring pictures of our grands and pass them around so everyone can see them. We could rent a cabin with a lot of rooms and we could sit on the porch there and we could all meet. Then the men would not get in the way. Mom would have fun if we stayed for just a day and then I could take her home. She is getting to be a home body now. I guess if I was her age I would be too. We could all bring our specialty that we make or bake at home and pass it around. Now maybe one of the other girls will add more to this and we can all imagine this trip.
      That is strange about your sil. I have never heard of that. I guess some strange things happen. I am like you though it would be nice to hear it from another doctor and not just that one. Maybe they could not figure it out and he just came up with that. If there is plaque in his neck and other veins shouldn’t he clean it out? That did not make sense to me either. I am glad that she is feeling better.
      That is so cool that you and Jerry are reading a book together. It must make the night go by faster. I do not know if I could ever get Ron to read a book with me. He does not read much.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night and enjoy your Colin.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      I had heard of not heating a bottle in the microwave but that was the only way that I have heard that it was dangerous. How are you enjoying your retirement? I hope that you have some trips planned and you will have a great time. You will get use to sleeping in late it just takes awhile. It will be even better when you figure out that there is not that much to do that early in the morning. That is what got me to sleep in later. There is just nothing going on that early in the morning. It is especially nice when it is cold outside and you can stayed snuggled up in your blankets for a little longer.
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      Well the finalists are in. Lots of the young people got eliminated last night except for the girl contortionist. Now it’s anybody’s guess who will actually win. I did catch a little bit of the show with Bill Shatner, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman. I was laughing when they showed how George could sleep anywhere. That’s exactly like Jenny’s FIL. He sleeps through all the family gatherings-even with the grandkids running and screaming all around him.
      I think if I told Greg he was getting a dance of the seven veils rather than the cake he would just say, “I’ll wait for the cake. lol
      I looked at those Temptations dishes with the tops-both sets are really cute-it would have been hard to choose.
      Do the potatoes get greasy when they cook in the juice from the meatloaf. It’s funny Colleen serves mashed potatoes with meatloaf, you serve cut up roasted potatoes and I usually serve baked potatoes.
      With as much as you like to cook I’m surprised that you don’t watch Master Chef during the summer. It’s on Wednesdays on Fox. Next week is the finale. They do both cooking and baking and the winner gets to publish their own cookbook. It amazes me what these home cooks can do. I don’t know how they know how to do all these things.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen!
      I am so sorry about your friend. Was she sick, or was this sudden? We realize our parents will go before us, but when friends go, it is hard. Of course I will say a prayer for you, and your friend’s family. I bet you have a lot of fond memories of her, and hope they can be a source of comfort.
      With the meatloaf and potatoes- I for got to say I stirred the potatoes around a few times, so they all got some of the juice form the meat on them. I was surprised at how much of a hit the potatoes were, when I did them that way. Some times you luck out when you try something, and some time you do not. It is easier in one pot, than making the potato separate, and I am all about the easy right now.
      I am taking Tillie to the hairdresser with Marissa today. We are waiting for her to get out of work. She should be here before 2, which is good.

      I hope your daughter and grands do come for Christmas , and Christmas Eve, as it would be nice for all of you. It is so hard when a Dad is not home for the holidays. I hope he does not get deployed anymore, when he comes home in March.
      They said last night that this has been the hottest August on record, with the least amount of rain. the news was just on, and they keep saying how bad the drought is up here. They even showed a pic of the reservoir, which is getting very low. I tell you, any politician who thinks Global Warming is a joke, should come up to Massachusetts. The Northeast is never this hot. It always cools off at night in August, and that did not happen at all.
      I hope you are having a good day, in spite of the loss of your friend. Eat some chocolate- it works miracles, when we feel low. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m sorry to hear about your friend. I will say some prayers for her family. At our age we do have these things happen more and more. It just makes you realize how precious life is.
      I think your daughters don’t want you to stay back and babysit as the idea is for the four of you to spend the day together. I hope that it will all work out as it sounds like a delightful way to spend the day.
      I never asked Jenny if she turned anyone away. I doubt it. She said she did get a tip from one guy for getting him some beer coosies. lol
      Greg usually takes a bottle of his sports drink that he mixes up when he is outdoors so he is pretty good about keeping hydrated.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      Thank you for the idea of doing a strawberry cobbler sometime. I love strawberries!
      That does sound crazy about the medicine getting caught in the plaque. It makes you wonder if they don’t know the answer and they are just speculating. I’d personally just rather have someone say-I just don’t know-but doctors are not famous for doing that.
      Your get together does sound nice. We would have a fabulous time swapping stories. I’m sure there would be tons of laughter and that is just good for the soul.
      Are you and Jerry reading A Man Called Ove? I have read such fabulous reviews on it on the Q Book Club site. I have not read it yet but it is definitely on my TBR list.
      Gail

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      Hey Barbara!
      It is so nice that you and Jerry are still reading every night. I find that endearing. Gary would never be able to concentrate that long to be read to. I swear he has learning disabilities, and is definitely dyslexic. He cannot follow a story when told to him or he reads it himself, if it is long. He will not even read a longer article in the newspaper. It is definitely a concentration/focus thing.
      My Boston cream pie did the same thing, first time I made one. I use the Crème Fraiche recipe from the king Arthur site for the pudding. This is the trick I learned, as I called the bakers hotline- you have to cook it long enough to get very thick, and then put it in the fridge overnight to set up and get real cold. You place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the top of the pudding, so it will not get a skin. So, I do the cream the day before….LOL
      I am ashamed to say, I have not done much decorating yet this week. I only have a couple of things out. the dam dizziness thing has been bothering me, combined with all the humidity, that makes my hands and shoulders ache so much. I may have to reevaluate what I pout out this year, and tone it down a little. The outside is done, so that is good. Nobody would be the wiser….LOL The Halloween lights are on the tree from the Q, on the back deck, my sign is on the door, and those cool metal pumpkins from the Q are out too. Gary has to fix the sign my Frankenstein before he goes out front (the man is going to get the “what for” if he does not fix my Frankenstein this weekend) , and I have a metal witch weathervane en route for the front too.
      Inside, I have the Halloween pillows strewn about, the Halloween throw across the chair, the metal witch thingie in the window, and the little pumpkin lightbulbs in the window lamps. Of course, my witch and ghost candy dishes are out……I have a lot more to do….LOL
      I plan on getting some of the Annalee dolls out over the weekend. But, we have Gary’s birthday cake to do, his little birthday party on Saturday, and Sunday Rissy and Enzo are taking us out to brunch. I fear my plans may get derailed…..oh, we have to close the pool too.
      Aizen may be interested in cooking. He loves to play with the old kitchen set Steph took out (it was hers), and he loves to watch her cook. Plus, he will eat anything, and do the yum, yum thing if he really likes the flavor. JJ wants to be an archaeologist, or some science to do with oceanic life. He also has a magic set he got for his birthday last year, that he really loves.
      Aizen’s tree I still very small. It really got injured that winter that was so snowy. You would have thought it would have grown more by now. I ended up planting more of the same trees around the edge of the property, as I love that tree so much. I hope his tree catches up to the other ones….LOL if not, it will just be smaller, and wider, and that is ok too, as it will look like me- small and wide….LOL.
      I will attach a pic of both trees.
      Hope you are good, and have found out do some info on the cold milk issue that will make you feel better. By the way, you cannot hold and cuddle a baby too much. No such thing, my dear. The more snuggling they get, the happier they will be.
      Love you, Missy Barbara!

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      hey girls…the smaller tree is Aizen’s from last year. If I remember, when I go out, I will get a pic of it today, and post another one.
      Adele

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      hey Gail
      The potatoes did not get greasy, just took on the flavor, like you buttered them a little. Plus, I use the slotted spoon to get them out, so the leftover grease stays in the pan. I did make a lot of potatoes, so that may make a difference too. If you only do a couple I bet they would get greasy. Tillie east more potatoes than meat, as she cannot tolerate a lot of meat anymore, so I usually make more than one per person- I do the white or red ones, so they are not soggy.
      those sets are so adorable, I could not make up my mind….LOL
      I thought they were hysterical last night, especially at the border between North and South Korea.
      I wonder who will be the winner. this is going to be a big surprise, as they are all so good this year. I have a few favorites, instead of just one!
      I love BArbara’s idea of a cabin in the woods with all of us, and our goodies. Speaking of goodies, the Cheryls cookies came yesterday. Honestly, I think the frosting is too sweet on the one I had. Gary loved them, so did Tillie. We will see, as I only had one- the mocha one.
      I have to go get Tillie in the Jeep, and it is getting dark out there. I bet we will get a downpour, because we are going out. It has been dark and gloomy for days, with little rain. As soon as I go out, I bet it will pour….LOL
      Hope your day is going well. We should watch the Chef shows- I have no idea why we do not over here!
      Adele

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      hey girls…..
      Here are 2 pictures of Aizen’s tree today, in full bloom. Aizen’s tree is 3 years old, just like he will be this December. The one of Aizen’ tree above, is from last year. The larger tree was planted last year, in an attempt to have them all grow the same rate, together. Aizen’s tree is a little stubborn….LOL.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies
      I’m trying to get on here. It’s askin me for my name & email address again. So here it goes.
      dd

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      Hi again,
      It worked. Sorry I haven’t been on lately. Not much going on here. We’ve had a few days of fall like weather, which was a reprieve after the heat.
      I know we don’t have it nearly as bad as you guys by a looooooong shot. I hope the temps are cooling down out there. summer’s making a
      comeback starting tomorrow (Fri), thru next week.
      I haven’t gone thru all the posts so if I leave someone out, I apologize.

      Colleen, I’m so sorry for your loss of your friend. It’s always hard to lose someone we know. We’re all losing our friends now.

      I’m bound & determined to not let this sciatica get me down. It’s been pretty bad this week. I have to do as I do in spite of it.
      Somehow I ended up with an eye infection this week. I don’t know if it comes from having dry eyes or not. I went to the eye Dr. & she prescribed
      medicated eye drops for 2 weeks. I hope it clears up. One thing after the other.

      We were supposed to be out of our apts tomorrow (fri) for repairs to the roof & other things, but they postponed it.
      I’m slowly taking down my summer decorations. I don’t want summer to be over with, just the heat!!

      Has the new mama figured out the baby bottle controversy? I never had children, but I know cold air & cold milk isn’t good for a new baby. At least
      that’s what I remember. Just set the bottle in a pan of warm water to take the chill off. Not boiling water, tho. Where’s her mother? Isn’t she helping
      the new family? Of course I remember having glass bottles too. Evenflo bottles.
      Well ladies, now that football has returned, are you football widows?
      Well. that’s all I have for this time around.
      Take care all
      dd & Jewell

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      Hi DD!
      I had to sign in again this week too, to stop the name and robot thing. I guess that just happens every once in a while.
      Today will be 90 here, and the humidity is 73%. That is beyond tropical. Gary wanted to close the pool today, but, I think it is too hot for him to be out there, so we will wait another week. I just do not want him to get sick out there, as he does not do well in heat, since his kidneys went down. I hope we do not run out of chemicals as buying more for one week is ridiculous…LOL
      When my back kicks up, which is really the main reason for sciatica ( a nerve gets pinched in your back, and the pain goes down somewhere), I use ice. If you know which section of you back is affected, ice for 10 minutes, a few ties a day will do wonders. Mine is the lower back. I think (not completely sure) the nerves for the legs and rear, are in the lower back, so ice from you waist down should help. I have had shots in my back to cushion the areas that are deteriorating, and they stopped the sciatica, and pain. I am not sure if you ever considered those before. I hope this helps, as I am painfully aware of how bad it can get.
      Please do not feel you have nothing to say. We just want to know you are ok, and say hi. We want to hear from you, no matter what.
      it seems like we lost Christine. Does anyone know if she is ok?
      Hope your weather cooperates. Ours is supposed to break next week.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      Those trees really do get some lovely large blooms on them. They all look good to me. I can’t really tell that one is smaller.
      I don’t really have a strong favorite on AGT this year. I think the guy(can’t remember his name) who sang last on Tuesday is really good. I really hope the young girl with the croaky voice doesn’t win. I think she is overrated. I would rather the young opera singer win before her-although I read somewhere that she has already won the version of AGT in Romania-if that’s the case she doesn’t need to win either. I’d rather it go to someone for whom it would be a big break.
      Yes, I think you would like Master Chef-you’ll have to keep it in mind for next summer-however, you could see the finale this coming Wednesday-just to get a taste.
      I’m with Tillie in that I seemed to need less and less meat when I got older. I used to be able to eat a big old steak and now i just want a little piece and sometimes would rather have ground beef or chicken. I never thought that would happen.
      I’m with you on thinking the Cheryl’s cookies are too sweet for the most part. Sometimes I still get them for the kids and the grands as that doesn’t seem to bother them-but for my taste most of them are too sweet-and I love sweets!
      Greg took the day off work today. He’s out at the Lake looking at the boat since we docked it and never used it this whole summer. I’m hoping the tarp stayed on and it is just not full of water. I said the people at the marina must be saying what fools we are for paying good money to keep the boat there and then never coming to use it. I think he still has some work to do over at the apartment before the new tenants move in at the first of next month. How I wish we could dump that place but it’s just a sin to sell it for less than we payed for it. I just hate to see him having to go over and work there. He doesn’t need that at this time in his life. At least this time he payed the guy that did our basement floor to do some of the work in the apartment.
      I hear it’s hot and sticky out east. Just what you need. I wish you would get some much needed rain. It starts to get scary when you begin to see reservoirs going down.
      Hope you have a good weekend-get working on that cake. I’ll be over on Sunday for a slice-Greg will too as he loves Boston Creme Pie.
      Gail

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      Hi DD,
      I hope your eye and your back feel better soon. My husband has sciatica and it affects his legs and feet. I know sometimes he is miserable.
      So where do the people in the apartments go when they are working on the roof and such? You guys just can’t stand out in the street all day. Do they pay for you to go to a hotel or something?
      I am not a football widow. I actually like football and my husband and I usually watch the Bears together. I’m not expecting much from them this year. But I do have my fingers and toes crossed and am holding my breathe for my Cubbies.
      I’m thinking about not decorating for fall at all this year. I just dread the trips up and down the basement stairs. I do have some pumpkin candles stored in the guest bedroom so perhaps I will just put those up-but it’s still too hot for that. It has to at least feel like fall.
      Gail

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      Hey DD and Gail
      What is up with us Quackers, and not doing all our usual decorating???? LOL
      Did I tell you guys I wore my grey new Halloween shirt to the hairdresser, with the humidity??
      I am a football widow. While Gary watches football, I watch In the Kitchen With Dave. I only watch the playoff games.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail!
      I have the eggs out to do the cream for the cake. I have to say, it is delicious as a pudding. Any left over, gets split between me and Gary for a little pudding snack. If you want to do it- it is really simple- the name of the one I am now using is “Pastry Cream”, from the king Arthur website. I love copying them from there, as you can make the font as large as you want.
      For the cake, I also use their “Boston Cream Pie” recipe. I double the cake and out it into 2 separate pans, as I do not trust myself to split the baked cake into 2 pieces, so ours is a little taller than most. Also, I do not use their glaze recipe, as we like the chocolate frosting one better- that one is titled “Super Simple Chocolate frosting”. With the frosting recipe, I changed one thing- I do half sweetened cocoa, and half unsweetened cocoa, as with all unsweetened the chocolate is very dark. The way I do it, it is more like milk chocolate frosting. Who knows- you may like the darker chocolate more! those are all my secrets for Gary’s favorite cake.
      it is disgusting here- 90 and humidity level in the 70’s. I stopped Gary from closing the pool this weekend, as it is just too hot out there, and I do not want the crazy man to come inside sick, for the rest of the weekend. Another weekend where we cannot even sit on the deck. Yuck.
      that is too bad that you did nto use the boat at all this year. It has been a weird summer.
      I am not a huge fan of the girl with the banjo either. She is good, but not winner good, as there are so many more that are better. I honestly feel if they win one AGT version, they shoul d not be allowed to come on another one. I do not think that is fair.
      hope you are cooler than I am!
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      My friend died suddenly. She was always so active that it was hard to believe when they told us. I still cannot believe it. This is going to be hard to go to tomorrow. Ron is going with me so I will not be alone. She will really be missed. I think that we are going to go out to lunch in her honor. We will go to her favorite place and remember all the fun we had with her. I do not know why I am taking this so hard.
      The potatoes must have has a lot more flavor. They would be a lot better then the mashed potatoes. Somebody told me that you can make gravy out of the drippings from the meat loaf but I have never tried it. It would be better if you could just cook the potatoes in the pan with the meat. I am going to try that this week-end probably on Sunday. Ron loves meat loaf.
      My sil will get deployed more I am sure. He is in for life and not just for 4 years. He is going to try and stay in for 20 years and then retire. I hope that he can make it that long. They do not send the families with the husband when they are deployed anymore. Even if they go to Germany. They go for shorter periods of time and then they come back home and a different group goes over. I do not understand the reasoning for that but that is they way they are doing it. The service has really changed since we were all younger.
      I hope that Tillie, Marissa and you made it to the beauty shop without getting too hot. Also hope that you went out to lunch and had a good time while you were out. That is the best thing is going out to lunch and just sitting and talking.
      Well that is about all from here have a good night. Thank you for the prayers they are appreciated.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      I know that it is hard on all of us now. We are losing friends and family and we are never ready for that. All we can do is pray and hope that the family is okay. Thank you for the prayers they are really appreciated.
      That was pretty good she got a tip for just checking ids. It sounds like the balloon fest did really good this year. Do they have rides there for the kids are is it just mainly the balloons? I bet there were a lot of disappointed people when they found out it was too windy for a ride in the balloons. The Labor day picnic was a success here. They had two different police departments walking around in the park so there was no trouble. I am not sure if they served liquor there or not. They usually do not but they have found that they can make more money if they do. So there is no telling what they did this year. Ron will have to ask his nephew.
      I wish that Ron would do that. I just go out there with a glass of water for him or have to tell him to come in for a break. He starts working on his lawnmowers and forgets about everything else. He has gotten another goofy idea. There is a gas station in one of the towns around here and they went out of business. He wants to buy there big sign to put up by one of the sheds in the yard. He is having trouble finding the person he needs to talk to find out how to go about buying it. This is one thing I hope no one helps him with. It is a tall sign and I have no idea how he thinks he will get it home. He would probably have to hire someone to bring here for him Men what they can think of.
      Well that is about all from here have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD
      I am sorry to hear about your back and your eye. Did the eye doctor know how you got the infection? Was it pink eye? I have not seen that around for a long time. My grands use to come home with that every once in awhile but they seem to have stopped that. Dry eye can be so uncomfortable. I hope they can give you drops for that.
      Jewell is so cute. You must have gotten her cut again not too long ago. She must be a lot of company for you. Where are you supposed to go while they are putting a roof on the building? I hope that it will not take them more then one day. It will be hard to find a place to go for that long.
      We lost our football team so Ron will not watch foot ball this season. He is really mad because of all the trouble that the Rams caused before they left. That guy was a real jerk. Do not understand why he wanted to bring his team here in the first place. He never liked it here and he went back to California where they were originally. So we are happy they are gone.
      Love the pictures that you posted. They are always so cheerful and brighten everyone’s day. You always find the pretties pictures. I am glad that you do and post them on here. I like the pictures that Adele posted of the tree she planted for Aizen. It is a pretty tree.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      OMG Colleen!
      that is funny about the sign and Ron!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      Of course you are upset about your friend. We do not expect our friends to die, and yours was so sudden. You had no chance to prepare, or say goodbye. I am so sorry, and hope you were comforted by your other friends who went to the services. I am glad Ron went with you, so you had a hand to hold and shoulder to lean on. You are all in my prayers.
      You will have to tell us if you both liked the meatloaf with the potatoes in the pan. I bet you will….I hope you do….LOL
      That is so stressful about your SIL, and so hard on the family. They will be in all our prayers, I am sure. Our military give a lot to this country. It was hard enough when my Dad was in, and that way it is now, it is a lot worst. Not to mention what they are dealing with.
      I attached a pic of Gary’s Boston Cream Pie. the cream filling oozed out again….LOL there were no complaints for the taste. Bobby had a great idea, to cut out a circle in the bottom layer, so the cream has a bit of a well to sit into. That way help. I also made cupcakes, and had the cream inside them- I had to cut a little of the cupcake out for the cream to fit inside, as I do no have that tool they use for that. I did the Halloween sprinkle son top, and they were a big hit too. I hope the cake makes you smile today!
      Adele
      PS….it is supposed to get cooler tonight.

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      Hi Ladies,
      It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post tonight. My neighbor passed away last night (Sat.). She’s the one who had a broken hip & they found
      cancer in her lung. I knew when she left here, she wouldn’t be coming back. They moved her to a care facility last week, probably because they
      knew she didn’t have much time left. We’re in mourning & you can tell it. We’ve lost other residents, but somehow this is felt a lot more. She lived just up the hall from me. Every so often she’d come knocking at my door to ask for a cube of butter or an egg. One yr I made up dinner plates for T’giving since
      I had so much. They do have a dinner across the street at the church, but they don’t like crowds, so I made up the plates. When we’d be leaving the same time, she say “Hi ornery” , I’d reply Hi ornerier”. It was our way of teasing each other. Most of the time she’d say Hi kiddo. She’ll be missed by everyone here.
      I have to clear up something. That day we were supposed to be out of our apt it was only for a few hrs that day. We have a community room down on the 1st floor so that’s where we would congregate. They were going to have muffins or doughnuts, coffee, juice for us. They should’ve moved us out last yr when they had construction going on in the whole bldg. They haven’t rescheduled yet. Now this week it’s the window washers again. They were scheduled last month, but they didn’t show up or something. It’s been 10 yrs or more since they’ve had window washers here.

      Well, I guess it’s time for me to start fall decorating. Most of my summer stuff started falling down so I guess that means it’s time for it to come down.
      Besides, it’s just days away now from the first day of fall. Our temps are cooling down a lot at night. We’re in for temps in the 80s this week, but it
      cools down quickly.
      So what’s up with meatloaf? I made one last week too. Seems we’re all getting into the baking mood. I have one question, & please don’t think I’m dumb. do you mash the potatoes before putting em in with the meatloaf or cut em up in pieces & cook em that way? I know you put mashed potatoes on
      top of a meatloaf to make shepard’s pie. You’ll have to pardon me, I didn’t have a family to cook for so I look forward to trying some of your recipes for myself. That Boston Cream Pie sure looked yummy!!! I wish there was a cookbook for one.

      Colleen I did get Jewell’s hair cut last month, just in time for the big heatwave we had. I won’t get it cut again till next yr, I don’t do it in the winter time.
      Take care all. Have a great week.
      dd

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      Hi DD.
      I am so sorry to hear about your friend and neighbor. She sounded like a nice lady. It is sad that she died so quickly. It was such a shame that they found that she had lung cancer. Some times our friends go so quickly and it is hard to know why. You will be in my prayers.
      Well that is not as bad. A few hours and not a whole day. They do not seem to get much done at one time. They really spread it out. It would be nice if they would have had everything done at the same time so you would not have to keep leaving your apartment. That would start to upset me. I am not good at leaving the house unless I have something I need to do.
      Our weather has really cooled down here also. It is cold enough at night that we use blankets. We finally turned out air conditioner off. That poor thing is probably worn out since it was such a hot summer. It has been running day and night. It will be nice to get a cheaper electric bill. It would be nice if the electric costs would go down but that will never happen.
      You did not sound dumb asking that question. I just cut the potatoes up and put them around the meat loaf. I am not sure how Adele did it but I think she did it the same. We tried it that way tonight and it is good. It is fun to try recipes that we share on here.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      We tried the meat loaf tonight with the potatoes. It was really good. You are right the potatoes cooked in the juice from the meat has a good flavor. We ate almost all the potatoes at on sitting. I did use my temptations dish to cook it in also.
      It is my daughters husband that is in the service. He was sent to Afghanistan right after Kaylee was born. My daughter had problems after she was born and he did get to stay with her until she was okay. He missed Kaylee’s first Christmas. He had to say there a lot longer then he will be in Korea. At least she saw pictures of him and could talk to him over the internet. So she did not forget what he looked like. That makes it really nice.
      The Boston cream pie looks really good. It does not matter if the cream came out of the middle or not. I love Boston cream pie. Never have made it the way that it should be just did the best way I knew how. You are such a good baker. The cupcakes look really good also. Did the kids all come over for Gary’s birthday. Tell him I said Happy Birthday. I cannot remember if I told him that yet or not. My mind is going.
      Saturday afternoon I went to the winery with my daughters. It was Twin Oaks winery. It was a lot of fun they had people that were stomping grapes. They dressed up like Lucy and some of them had red wigs on. They all had a good time doing it though. They also had music and a sing along. It was funny because they played a song that was popular when we were young. It was a Neil Diamond song ” Sweet Caroline” It was funny because a lot of people were singing along. They did not serve the food that they usually serve I guess because they had so many people there. They also had an auction that was for Back Stoppers. That is what the whole event was for. It was crowded but we did get a table on the patio which was nice.
      I am embarrassed to say we did not make it to the funeral. I over slept. I cannot believe it but have a hard time sleeping for the two nights before the funeral and then over slept the day of the funeral. I am going to have a Mass said for her. I just cannot believe that I did that. Ron thought that it was better that I slept because even when I did get up he said that I still looked tired. I have never heard of have a funeral at 8am. Usually they are in the afternoon or late morning. Guess I am just a horrible person. That is probably what the others think.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I’m sorry to hear about the death of your neighbor. Both you and Colleen have lost a friend recently.
      I’ll bet Adele would give you that recipe for the BC Pie if you were interested.
      I’m glad that you could stay in the building while the work is going on.
      We have cooler weather here too. It feels good.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      They did have stuff for the kids to do at the Balloon Fest. They had climbing walls and bouncy houses and I’m not sure what else.
      I think Ron needs Mike and Frank to help him get that big sign home. They would figure it out. lol I’m sure you’re hoping that he won’t be bringing it home. What does it say?
      I remember that episode with Lucy stomping the grapes. That sounds like a fun time. I hope you got to sample some wine.
      I think Sweet Caroline is a big song with the Boston Red Sox-I’m sure Adele knows more about that than I do. I think they sing it at the park like they do Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Wrigley Field for the Cubs. I also think it’s associated with the Carolina Panthers.
      What is Back Stoppers? Is that some sort of organization?
      You are not a horrible person. 8 A.M. is really early for a funeral. You must have needed the rest if you overslept. I’m sure your friend would totally understand that it’s the thought that counts.
      Remember one time I was going to start a separate discussion to post recipes so that they would all be in one place and not spread out over all the monthly discussions. I think something happened to my computer and I never did it. Well now that we will probably all be back into cooking more I will start one up. I may not get to it today but i will let you all know when I do it. Then we can keep all the recipes together in one spot and they will be easier to find. I think we had one once before but it disappeared when they updated the website.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      The cake looks good. I imagine it is a bit messy like that. That’s a good idea to cut down into the lower layer. Since you have full size layers instead of one split one you shouldn’t miss that part of the cake either.
      Greg did a beer can chicken on the grill for dinner yesterday. That chicken is always so nice and juicy. We still have about a weeks worth of corn from the farm stand and then the garden veggies will start to wind down and we will start to cook more comfort type food again. I always hate for that part of the season to end.
      My sister is coming for a visit at the end of the month. I’m looking forward to that. She’ll only stay for a couple of days though. I’m hoping when Greg goes back to part time working we’ll get out to Indy to see her more often.
      The weather is beautiful-cooler less humidity.
      Gail

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      Gail why don’t you freeze some corn for later? I always freeze some and it tastes good in winter and is much better then you can get at the store. I love fresh veggies but this is the next best. Your chicken sounds good. I got some from KFC and was so disappointed as it just was not good so dry. I guess that is why I rarely go to those places.
      DWTS starts tonight but I only know a handful of people that will be on.

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      Hi DD
      I am so sorry about your neighbor. She seems like she was very well liked by everyone. So sad to lose people, especially the nice ones. I hope you have other nice neighbors to enjoy a meal with. How is that funny man you talked about- is he feeling better?
      You are in my prayers, and thoughts.
      I cut up the potatoes and put them on either side of the meatloaf. Make sure they are either red or white ones, so they will not get mushy. I stirred them about 3 times during the cooking of the meatloaf, so they all got some of the juices. As I put ketchup on top of the meatloaf, for more flavor, that helped the potatoes get even better. I hope that helps.
      For the baking of a Boston Cream pie here is a suggestion. Google the King Arthur flour company. All the recipes are there. You can cut the recipe in half, and them make a smaller amount of cupcakes for yourself and a neighbor- even into one third, if need be. I made a hole in the top of the cupcakes, and pushed the cream into them, and then frosted the cupcakes- you could do the same, and even buy the already prepared chocolate frosting in a can. The recipe for Pasty Cream is to die for. If you make the entire recipe, you can have the rest as pudding snacks for yourself. You do deserve a nice treat.
      I hope you have fun getting out your Fall decorations, and can smile today.
      It is finally cooler here- n the low 70’s. I have my windows open!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      I am sure your friend knows how much you loved her. Maybe she sat by your side, so you did oversleep, and not have to get upset at her funeral. Funerals can be so difficult. plus, you do not feel good right now, either. Please do not feel bad about needing rest. Saying a Mass for her later, is a very nice thing to do in her honor. her family will appreciate that. They know you loved her, and that is all that counts.
      I am glad you liked the potatoes that way. I may have invented a new thing….LOL I am trying something new tonight too. I am going to saute carrots, celery, onion and a red pepper, with sliced up Italian sausages. Then, put that over rice noodles. So, Bobby said….if this is experiment night, I will not be home for dinner…..LOL Hey- the potato with the meatloaf was good- who knows? They do that on The Chew…..the 5 ingredient thing, and it works for them. You know, when you just want something different for a change? That is the mood I have been in.
      I will be saying a prayer for your SIL every night, that he returns safely.
      That Twin Oaks Winery outing sounded great. It was nice you all had a good time together, and the music was fun too.
      JJ was here for Gary’s little party. He came with Heather, and stayed at her place that night for a sleep over. Aizen stayed home with Steph, as they were waiting for Jhonny to get out of work. It has been near impossible to get everyone together, due to all the work schedules.
      It is cooler here today- thank God!
      Hope your weather is good, and Ron ahs not found a way to get that sign home!!
      Adel

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      Oh yes, ladies…..sweet Caroline is a big deal at all the Red Sox games!
      Adele

      If I do a recipe form the King Arthur site, I tell everyone, as they have this great asset to printing them out- you can make the font as big as you need to see the recipe easily- love that feature!! Plus, when you sign up, you can leave the recipe in your own “recipe box” on their site, and never lose it. They make it very easy for us older ladies…LOL
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      That chicken Greg made sounds good. Gary is not great with the grill, but, he is getting a little better. He always cooks things until they have no flavor….LOL We have not been to one farm stand yet, as it has been so hot out there, nobody wants to go stand outside for anything. Plus, I am not sure how the vegies are doing locally up here, because of the severe drought. I do want to get to the farm for apple picking, though. If the weather is good this weekend, I may be able to get that trip in. It is finally cool here today, and the windows are open.
      That is fabulous that your sister is coming for a visit. Is she a Quacker too? If you and she are like me and Tillie, you could be in matching outfits.
      Adele

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      Hi Sue!
      I think we are all waiting for DWTS tonight. I wonder who our favorites will be this year. A lot of times, I have no idea who the dancers are too.
      So, do you freeze the corn, with the husk on, or off for better flavor? I have never thought of freezing them. Do you use that gadget from the Q for freezing- with the bags? I have one, but have not used it all summer.
      Have you been getting up a little later this week? Watched the late night shows yet?
      Adele

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      Adele you need to husk the corn and blanch it. Then you can put in bags and freeze. I cut mine off but you can freeze on the cob too. I just put in freezer bags. I don’t have a food saver. That would probably seal it better if you have one. I have been doing it all my life. Have done other veggies too. This year the weather kept us from having a lot of things. I had trouble finding good corn but then my boss told me of a farm that had some. It is really good. I think they had to water there veggies. I also got some tomatoes the size of grapefruit from them. That is what I miss most in winter you just cannot get good tomatoes.
      I try to sleep a bit longer but most of the time just have to get up as I cannot lay any longer. Maybe with time. I do have less pain in my knee since I am not working. Now I can do something and then rest before starting something else. This morning I went out and did some weeding then came in and had lunch and the washed sheets. So I break things up and it takes longer to get things done but it seems to work best. I did not think I was doing harm to my knee working but I have noticed I take much fewer pain pills now, not that I took a lot before, just when I had too. I don’t want to become addicted to pain killers so try not to take them.
      Our weather is better this week we were in the 50’s this morning and 80’s during the day but it was not so humid. That is why I went out this morning when it was nice and cool to do weeding. It seems the weeds grow no matter what.

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      Hi Gail,
      I hope that he does not think of something like that with that sign. He would probably hire someone to bring it home for him and then I would have to put up with it. I may have to ban American Pickers from our tv. They give him too many ideas. At least he has not tried to by a trailer off the big trucks to put in the back yard to store things in. He is a pain some days.
      I am taping dwts. I cannot stand to watch all the commercials there are way too many. So I got on here to answer my e-mails. That way I will not have to get on here so late. I am trying to get my e-mails done earlier in the evening. It is hard to do though because of Ron wanting me to watch tv with him sometimes. Usually I have to have it on a station so he cannot turn it to the news shows. I get so tired of watching that stuff. I am interested in who is running and all of their views. I do not need to hear what all these news casters have to say. I want to form my own opinion. It doesn’t matter what channel you watch they are all on there telling who you should vote for. I will get off of my soap box now.
      The sign that Ron wants says Hocker Oil a full service station or we pump your gas. I guess it says we pump your gas because they are not a full service station. Not like we were use to seeing when we were younger.
      Back stoppers are a group of people that help the families of police people, firemen and people that drive the ambulance. They help the guys if they get hurt and if they get killed they help the families out with sending them money or getting them the help that they need. They are a good group. They really do a lot for all of those families.
      It will be nice to have a place for us to put our recipes. Everyone is so good about sharing their recipes on here and we all try them out. I did the meatloaf with the potatoes that Adele said that she did. It was really good. We both really enjoyed it. We have not tried the chicken with the beer. That would be good also. I think that you had told us about that a while back.
      I hope that the family understands. I will probably never see them again because they live in St. Louis so we never run into each other. I just feel really bad. I try to make it to the funerals or the visitations. She had it all at one time it was her request that they do it that way. I bet it was hard on the whole family. People do not realize how tiring that is until they do it. Ron’s family did that when his dad died and we were all really tried when it was over with.
      Well that is about all from here. Have great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I like the way that you did the carrots, onions and peppers with Italian sausage. We have made fried potatoes with onions and added the sausage to that. That was pretty good. It is nice that the Chew is having new shows on again. It was getting tiresome watching the old ones. If there was a recipe that you liked it was not on the page under new recipes you had to look and look for them. I am not good at that and give up easily. They have so many recipes.
      Bobby needs to more courageous then that. You are a good cook and you always make good meals. You will have to let us know how that all truned out. I may try it and instead of putting it on rice fry potatoes with it. That could be interesting.
      I do not know why I thought when you put sil that you were talking about my sister in law. I must have been thinking about her when I wrote that. So I am sorry I am just a fruit cake some days. Thank you for the prayers for him he will need them. He hurt himself playing basket ball. He has a cut above the eye and had to have stitches. How he did that I will never know. He really needs a keeper. lol
      That was nice that JJ got to come for the party. It is a shame that Aizen did not make it. He did not get to say yum when he tasted the cupcakes or the cake. They both looked so good. It is easier to put cream in cupcakes then between the layers of a pie. You did a good job though and thinking of putting that well in the bottom level was a good idea. You are a good baker.
      Our weather has been really nice here also. It has really cooled down. It is nice not having the air on every night. We do turn it on in the late afternoon because the sun shines on the front of the house and it gets hot in here. So we have to turn it on and then when the sun does not shine on the front of the house we turn it off and open the windows in the front again.
      I freeze corn from off the cob also. It is not hard to do and it freezes really well. It is nice to have it for the winter and it always taste fresh. I do it like Sue and blanch it and then freeze it. I put it in freezer bags because it is easier to store then in bowls. I have my sauce in bowls so do not have enough room for anymore bowls.
      I still feel bad that I did not make it to the funeral. There is nothing I can do now about it. So I hope they are happy with the Mass.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      I do corn on the cob the same way. Have you ever left it on the cob and then froze it? We tried that once and did not like it as much as when we cut it off the cob. The only thing that we have found that is not good to freeze is yellow squash. If you have a way to freeze it please let me know so I can try it. They seem to be mushy when we thaw them out and do not taste as good as they should.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      I have frozen corn on the cob but do not like it that way. It may be me but I think it picks up the taste of the cob. But a lot of people do it that way. I have done peas, beans stuff like that. I do not know any way to do the squash like you said they get mushy. I think it has to do with the moisture content.

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      Hi Sue,
      Hope that you are enjoying your retirement. I think you misunderstood me. I didn’t want to save the corn from the farm stand as it is the best corn on the cob ever. I was just saying that we had about enough for another week left to eat fresh.
      When we used to grow it ourselves I would occasionally freeze it on the cob. It’s always a little mushier then.
      You are definitely right about not being able to get good tomatoes in winter. When we have them from the garden I eat them just plain sliced everyday-but in winter you have to mix them in salads with dressing as they have no taste.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Greg loves to grill so I have him do it all the time in the summer especially. We put some meat on the grill and have fresh garden veggies. So simple!
      No my sister is not a Quacker at all. No one else that I know is besides you guys. However, she is a ballroom dancer so I guess she gets her sequins and rhinestones fix through that. lol
      Can’t believe the security fail on DWTS last night. I guess they will have to start screening audience members better. I feel sorry for Cheryl as she was probably so scared. I’m sure she never signed up for protesters storming the stage. It’s supposed to be a happy show.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I remember in the old days when we would have two days of visitation and then the funeral the third day. That really wore the family out. Then in the Chicago area it was very common to have a luncheon at a restaurant after going out to the cemetery.
      I like to copy as many programs as I can in order to be able to skip over the commercials. I find now that I am used to doing that I get really irritated when I am watching something that isn’t copied and I have to sit through all the commercials.
      Remember when pay TV was supposed to eliminate all the commercials. What happened to that idea? lol
      How I wish we could go back to the old days when there were full service stations. When they pumped your gas, checked your oil and washed your windows. I don’t know why but the older I get the less I like pumping gas. Just lazy I guess. That’s one good thing about living in Oregon and New Jersey. They don’t have self serve gas there. Lucky them. So maybe that sign is just reminding Ron of the “good old days. ” I guess a lot of people do collect things like that. Maybe he could get it for cheap and resell it for a lot like Mike and Frank. And then you could use the extra money to buy Quacker. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Gail
      I was equally horrified at what happened. I told Gary I bet Chery’s new hubby, Robert from Shark Tank, will be at every performance from now on.
      Tillie and I are the only Quackers here. I did get Rissy to wear the pretty all sequined red t shirt form last Christmas.
      It is getting hotter here again- had to put the air back on. Storms predicted for tomorrow afternoon, and I have the doctor appointment for the dizzy issue. Yuck.
      Adele

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      Hi Sue
      I think you are right. the moisture content of vegies make them not good frozen. I do not think I have ever even seen a package of frozen zucchini. Have you?
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      I did the dinner with rice noodles, not rice. I had wanted to try them, and they were really good. I think they had more flavor than the regular pasta. Only thing is they really soak up the moisture in a dish, so it became more dry than wet. They did eat it, even Gary. But, I put in a little squirt of Harissa Paste (A hot sauce/paste I like to use to give stews a tiny bit of zing) Well, I miss-judged, and it was a little hot. I lied, and told them I put in too much pepper. So, Tillie said her throat hurt, and Gary just said to eliminate the pepper next time….LOL
      We all get things mixed up, as there are so many different names, and relationships, and we are all getting older. It makes it amusing when we confuse them.
      I had to put the air back on today, as it was getting too hot. Tomorrow the humidity is back, and thunderstorms will be coming, right when I have a doctor appointment. That ought to be fun.
      I hope you are not so sad about your friend today. It is going to take time to get over her loss. I hope you can remember the good times you all had. Talk to her, I am sure she can hear you. That is what I believe.
      I am just doing a simple baked chicken dinner tonight. I have a zucchini bread in the oven right now. Had to use up the zucchini, or it would go bad. I have enough shredded to do one more, and hope the shredded zucchini will hold until Friday.
      Hope your weather is good!
      Adele

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      Hi Sue!
      Just read this one….LOL Thank you for the idea on how to freeze the corn. I have not gone to any farm stands yet this year. I was hoping to get to this farm I love in Essex this weekend. Gary is so exhausted on the weekends, and I hate to leave him alone here by himself. It does not feel a fair thing to do.
      You will see how much better not working is on your joints. You are so right, my dear, we can do things at our own pace, and sit in between, and that makes all the difference in the world to old, aching joints. While the Chew was on, I go the kitchen floor washed, and then sat to watch the rest of the show. Then, I did the 2 bathroom floors (they are real small), and sat my butt down again, before I mixed together the zucchini bread.
      The Chew is my go to day show, that I try not to miss. I arrange my housekeeping duties around it….LOL I do one thing a day in the house, so I do not stress my back out, and still keep from getting stiff. That works for me. You will see how you can work your schedule, and save your joints at the same time. That is the best about retirement!
      Hey- you may be one of those people who enjoy getting up early. You could have your first cup of coffee outside, watching the birds. That would be fun. This is now your time, to do what you like. Go for it!
      Adele

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      Lol Adele-Cheryl is not married to Robert-Kym Johnson is. They’re newlyweds and already you have them wife swapping. lol
      What was up with Val’s hair last night? All I could figure was he was trying to match Laurie’s curls. By the way-thought she was adorable during the Olympics and she is still adorable.
      Gail

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      Gailster….OMG….and I was waiting for Robert to be there to defend her from now on….LOL
      I just thought he was going to Trump’s hairstylist.
      She was adorable. I think she may take the trophy- she was fabulous as well as adorable. And…she is only 16!!
      Adele
      PS….cannot wait to see who wins tonight, and what the crazy old men are going to get into tonight. some of their antics (eating) have made me nauseous.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I can remember that my aunt died on a holiday week-end and that was the longest visitation that I had ever gone to. Well I was only 6 so it was one of the only visitations that I had been to. Remember back then the kids had to go along because it was not heard of leaving your kids with someone else. The only good thing about it was my cousins were there also so we had someone to talk to. My poor mom and dad had to sit thru the whole thing and mom had to be in the front at the coffin because she did not have any children just a husband. So they had to stand there with him. So my mom, my aunt and my uncle had to be there. My grandma could not stand to do it so they did not make her. That was not the right word though.No one could make grandma do anything that she did not want to do. I think it is time to get off this subject.
      I agree when we got pay tv we were not supposed to have to watch commercials. Now do we not only pay to watch tv but we pay to watch the commercial also. I am glad that they came up with the dvr so we do not have to watch them. It is irritating to have to watch the commercials. There are just so many of them. You would think that they could eliminate some of them.
      That was really dumb for those guys to rush the stage last night. I could not believe that they did that. Christine B. sent me an article about Derek Hough going out and asking security to make some girls leave that had the same t shirts on. He said that it is not what the show is about. It is about second chances and leaning to dance. He was right and it was nice that he did that. I had not hear about that but it was in the paper in England.
      There are a lot of people that are buying old signs and things now hoping that they can make money on them some day. Ron would have to work fast because our some day is here. lol I can just see that big sign in the sky. Won’t that look nice in the back yard. At least we live in the country and no one will notice it that much.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I had never heard of rice noodles until you mentioned them and then they mentioned them on the chew. At least the meal was a hit. That is funny that you put too much hot stuff in the food. That was a good cover up though. Did Bobby come home for dinner or did he go out to eat? That is funny that he does not like to experiment. You should not let him know what you are going to fix for dinner until he gets home and it is sitting in front of him. He will not know if he will like it or not unless he tries it.
      I thought that DWTS was supposed to be on again tonight. I guess I misunderstood and it will be next week on Monday and Tuesday. It was a good show again. They have a lot of good dancers on there again. I think all of the stars did a good job and it made the show interesting. It was a shame that those people had to come to the show and stir up trouble. That was not the right place or time for that. They took up seats and kept people that really wanted to come to the show from coming. That was not right. I still do not know who I think will be the best dancer. I was impressed with Mary Lou Henner. She really did pretty good for being 64. She still can move. Maureen did not do too bad either. It was nice that Florence Henderson was there to cheer her on.
      I talked to one of my other friends that went and now I do not feel as bad about not coming. They had already cremated her and they just had a picture there. One of the girls read a letter that they wrote to her and that made everyone start crying. So it was pretty sad. So there was not much to it.
      Ron brought dinner home tonight. He went to Captain D’s and picked up some fish. He did surprised me. He is a good guy some days. Your meal sounds good. I have not made any of the zucchini bread yet just made the bars. It seems like that is what everyone wants this year.
      I have talked to her and it does make me feel better. I also talk to my dad sometimes. I do not know if they can hear me or not but it sure does make me feel better.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      Colleen, don’t feel bad about not going to your friends’ service. Who has a service at 8 AM? I never heard of such a thing. 10 or 11 makes more sense.
      Honor your friend in your heart & don’t worry about what anybody thinks. I talked to my mom for yrs. I still do. I talk to God the same way. He probably gets tired of hearing from me, lol. We had a memorial for the guy who died of cancer today. His brother showed up & passed out cards with a pic of his brother when he was younger. There was a lovely poem on the back of the card. Tracey looked like Ron Howard with hair!! He could pass for an older Opie, no kidding. He didn’t look that way in his last months tho. He touched a lot of people here.
      No word about whether we’ll have a memorial for Mary. That jack @ss she lived with hasn’t said a word to any of us. I may go ahead & plan one for those who really cared about her.

      The weather’s been perfect out here. Warm days, cool nights. You’re right about Oregon not allowing self serve at gas stations. We also have no sales tax. They’ve tried for yrs to get a sales tax & self serve, but they go down to defeat every time. They don’t do the windshields unless you ask em to, or check the oil.
      Adele, you’ll be glad to hear I’m putting up my decorations now. I’m slower than usual, but that’s okay. It is still summer after all. lol Oh, did you watch ITKWD on Sunday? Did you see the dinnerware sets Temptations have now? They have Harvest & Pumpkin Patch in sets of 16 pieces/service for 4. OMG they are GORGEOUS!!!!!
      Don’t get me started about cable tv!! We have Comcast out here, & EVERYBODY hates them!!!! They keep raising their rates & the service sucks!!! In Oct. the rates go up yet again $5. I pay over $125/ month now & that’s with no special programming channels, HBO, Showtime, etc. It did start out commercial free, but that was waaaaaaay back when it first started. It didn’t take long before they realized they could make $$$ with commercials. Too bad.

      Well, I can’t think of anything else so I’ll say goodnight.

      PS: That’s not Jewell, but a look alike, lol
      dd

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      DD,
      My friend has a cat that looks like the one in the picture. The breed is a Birman. Had not even heard of them until I met her.
      If I remember what Debbie told us correctly I think Oregon also does not have property taxes. Is that right? Boy would that be nice as we just paid them last week-and it sure would be nice to be able to keep that money in our pockets. Do you have a state income tax? How are schools funded? Most of our property taxes go towards them.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I remember when we were kids we went to visitations too. Usually many of our cousins were there. There was usually a separate room downstairs and the cousins would all hang around there and play together.
      I read online about Derek going out and telling them to get those girls out of the audience. It’s funny that it would be in the paper in the UK.
      I hope next week this is all forgotten and they can just go on as usual. It’s such a fun show. I hate to see it marred by something like this. However, I really wish they would go back to just Len, Carrie Ann and Bruno on the judges panel. Nothing against Julie Ann-I think she’s lovely but they just don’t need four judges. They even had to limit the critiques to only three judges during most of the night so that should be telling them something.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I hope they can help with your dizzy issue. Did the head exercises help at all?
      I really have no idea who will win AGT this year. Usually I have a good instinct as to what will happen but this year I’m just not sure which way it will go.
      I caught part of the show afterwards last night. I liked when they went to visit the elephants. Also that place that they stayed at looked like a gorgeous resort. I would have liked to have seen more of that. Even those guys who have probably stayed in some pretty nice places over their lifetimes seemed pretty impressed by it. They really are like a bunch of 12 year old boys.
      Gail

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      Colleen and Adele,
      I don’t know what made me thing of this but I have to ask. What order of nuns did you have? We had Dominicans. I think that’s what made me think of it-when we were saying Jhonny was from the Dominican Republic-which made him Dominican-but not the same kind of the Dominicans as the nuns. Confusing. Now I’m going to have to google where the nuns got their name from. Maybe a Saint Dominic?
      Gail

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      Hey Gail
      My nuns were Dominican. they were all in white, with a black piece on their headgear, if I recall correctly.
      I believe their is a St Dominic- my Dad was named after him.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail!
      Tillie and I get such a kick out of them. They were really funny, especially the weird things they ate.
      I thought the winner would be announced last night. I have no idea who will win, either. My favorites are the Italian kid who sings like Sinatra, and the quartet of men from Chicago- think they are from there. Also love the little girl who sings opera, but, didn’t you say she already won another contest in another country??
      The doctor was pleased with the progress, and said I do not have to do the exercises every night. It can take up to another month for the dizzy to stop, or it may never stop. He feels I have made enough progress, not to do that awful thing, where I will need to wear a neck collar while he does it, continue to wear the collar for 2 more days, and then sleep in a recliner for 2 weeks. What I did by doing the exercise is train my brain to ignore the crystal. Once it comes loose, there is no way to get it back where it came from. That procedure he would do, would make my brain totally ignore the crystal, and make me nuts at the same time. I guess that is good news….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      Love your Fall pictures. I even wore a Fall top to the doctor today, and it was 91. I am done with this heat. It is supposed to be cooler after some rain/storms pass through.
      I did not see that other show- I think Gail watches it.
      Oh yes……..I did see those absolutely gorgeous pumpkin and harvest dishes. I would love to get them, but what would I do with my butterfly dishes? LOL LOL I will have to be happy with the serving pieces, which are growing every day.
      I think it would be nice for you to do a memorial for Mary. I bet a lot of the people there would appreciate your efforts to do something in her memory. Go for it! You have a good, Quacker heart, and we always do nice things.
      Will you watch AGT tonight? Do you believe the crazies who tried to ruin the DWTS show? That is not a place to protest, as it is a family show, with kids watching. I think he was chosen way before his incident of shame, as I bet they have been practicing for a while before it became public.
      Hope your weather is great!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      Please read my post to Gail, for the info on today’s doctor appointment. I am glad he thinks I have made enough progress, and feels the dizziness will lessen.
      I think we all believe our parents, and loved ones can hear us. It gives us comfort to knw we can al least say what we didn’t, or need to say now. My daughter saw a psychic once, who told her my Dad was always watching over her, and always by her side. It gave her a real source of comfort, and peace with his death. It also made her, and the rest of us, cry.
      I was not happy with last night’s demonstration either. It is just not the place. DWTS is a family entertainment, and has no political place. What were they thinking? I said in my post to DD, that I am sure they pick these dancers months before they are announced to the public. I would bet he was picked, before he shamed himself, and the country. I cannot imagine them picking him, right after he did that.
      I think everyone did such a good job dancing, that this season will be hard to pick a favorite. That little girl who was in the Olympics did a fabulous job. I was shocked at Marylou, and the girl who was on the Brady Bunch’s ages. I really did not expect them to be as old as us. Boy, did that make me feel old.
      That is the first time I ever did rice noodles. I think it is funny the Chew had them on today. I recorded today’s segment, and may have to record tomorrow too. I am meeting Nancy for coffee, before I go to the back doctor. Nancy is having a tough time, as her son gets checked yearly for the thyroid cancer he had, and they found white spots way down in his throat. They are waiting for a date for further testing. It just never ends. Wouldn’t it be great if for one week, we heard nothing by wonderful things about everyone- no worries, no disease, no pain, for anyone?? That would certainly mean all our prayers were answered together. So much sadness. Thank God we have our little grands to make us smile, and laugh. they are God’s gifts to all of us. DD has her pretty kitty, and her good friends at her place to make her smile.
      I hope your weather is good, and that sweetie Ron brings you more nice dinners you do not have to cook!!!
      Adele
      PS…..who are you rooting for tonight?

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      Nooooooooooooooooo I think I am done with AGT. No way would I pay to see her in Vegas. She is not ready for her own show and will have no idea how to handle the money. Out of all the fabulous acts she wins. You all my have a different opinion but that is mine.

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      Hi DD,
      That was nice that they had a memorial for the man who died of cancer. How nice that his brother came and brought pictures of him when he was younger. That is so nice of you to think of having a memorial for Mary. Everyone in the building will probably appreciate it. They all seemed to like her and it would be nice to remember her.
      It would be nice to have our full service stations again. It is a pain to get out and pump the gas yourself. I am like Gail some days I just do not feel like getting out of the car and pumping the gas. No tax either. Oregon is sounding more appealing everyday. We have to pay property tax and personal property tax. That just gets aggravating. Sometimes it feels like we get double taxed.
      I am just starting to put my decorations up also. This crazy weather makes it hard to get in the mood to put up the decorations. Will have to put all of my Halloween things out so that way I will not have to worry about that getting done. I love Halloween. The kids all have such a good time.
      We cannot get cable where we live. So we have a satellite here. It has not been too bad about going up in prices. That makes it nice for us. Our bill is not as high and we do have some pay channels. We do not have HBO or Showtime or any of the really expensive channels though. We have the family package and Encore. We have one more but cannot remember what it is. It is so we can get our local channels.
      You posted some really pretty pictures again. I like the one with the dog and her puppies and the cat in the basket. Those are really cute. The Eagles are so pretty and they are so pretty when they are flying.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      I am with you on hoping that they do not do that again. It is so much fun to watch them all dance and having a good time. It really must have been hard for the dancers that had to dance after that happened. They did pretty good though. This is going to be like the last show they had hard to pick out the best. They had a lot that did well the first night. That is usually a good sign.
      I missed AGT. Ron was watching tv so we did not watch it tonight. Did they pick a winner. It was a shame that the dancers got voted off they were really good. I like the girl that sings opera and the men that sing. It will be hard to pick a winner on that show also.
      How is Brent doing? It is a shame that he did not get to come home this summer. Maybe he will get to come home for the holidays. That would be nice. Is he still in New Mexico? I have heard that it is a nice place to live. My nephew lives there with his family. The boys love it there.
      I agree four judges are too many for that show. It takes too long for them to vote and to give their opinion. I wonder how long Len will stay on the show. I think that he is giving up Stictly in the Uk. Wonder if he will do the same here. He may be getting tired of making all of those flights.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad that you are doing better with your dizzy spells. Well at least the doctor says that you are not sure if you feel the same way about it. It is not easy when you are feeling dizzy.
      I thought that all of the dancers did well last night also. They were fun to watch. Ryan did not do too bad either. They probably did pick him way before that all happened. It is just a shame that those people could not keep their demonstrating outside the building and not do it on the stage. I wonder if they feel it was worth since they were taken away in hand cuffs. It is a shame that they did not show that on camera. They deserved to get their 15 minutes of fame. I do not know why they thought they would get away with it. I cannot wait to see the show next week. They really did have a lot of good dancers. Even the older dancers were good. It will be hard to figure out who is going to win.
      I hope that Nancy’s son will be okay. That is so hard to go thru all the time. You never feel at ease with that going on. Hope that you have a good time with Nancy when you go out for coffee. Just talking to you may make her feel a little better. It would be nice if for one week that we did not hear any bad news about anything or anybody. It is good we have our grands to keep us going.
      That is really nice that the physic told your daughter that. That had to make her feel safe just to know that he was watching over her. I guess that we all need that. when things are going wrong here if I have a dream about my dad I know that things will be okay.
      I am not sure. I missed the show so do not know who won. You will have to let me know.
      Well that is all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I would think Len would get tired of flying back and forth all the time. Maybe he will do one season here and one season in the UK each year. I’m surprised that Maks, Cheryl and Derek all came back this year. It’s interesting. I watch So You Think You Can Dance and now four of the pros on DWTS have come from being competitors on that show Alison, Lindsey, Witney and Jenna. That’s pretty cool.
      Brent is doing fine. He has a job and girlfriend and seems to be happy. I wanted to go see him in October but Greg is going to New York then so I’m hoping we can get in a trip in November instead now. He left last June so it’s been over a year since we’ve seen him. I don’t think he’ll have enough vacation time to come here yet-especially since he drives. Maybe next year. Plus if I were him I wouldn’t come in December as you never know what the weather that you’re driving through might be.
      Gail

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      Hi Sue,
      I was not rooting for Grace either. The judges all think she is so talented but i just don’t see it. It’s good that she writes her own music but I can’t understand what she’s singing a lot of the time. It may be just my old ears though. I personally wouldn’t go see her in Vegas either. I think this shows the power of social media and the internet though as she had so many hits on YouTube-probably lots of votes from young people who dream of being stars also. However, I wouldn’t stop watching AGT either as I enjoyed so many of the other acts. Sometimes America chooses with it’s heart and not with it’s head. As to her not knowing how to handle the money-don’t you think that money would have to go into some kind of trust or something? Hopefully one that is iron clad so that her parents can’t spend it all someway before she gets to be 18. I would bet that the 2nd place couple ends up with a show in Vegas-they were just too good for someone not to pick them up. Hopefully this will just be a starting point for many of the top acts.
      Gail

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      Gail I probably won’t stop watching. I just was very disappointed. I can’t understand what she is singing either. If she writes her own songs, even if they all sound alike, she may have talent. Maybe if she worked with a vocal coach and as she matured she would be better. But she is not there yet. I do think that this will be the start that some of the other acts need to get going. I would be worried her parents would spend the money. Look at all the child actors that don’t have any money because their parents or agent spent the money.

      On a different note I had a dream about you last night. I thought we got to meet in person.

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      Hi Adele,
      I too think that Ryan Lochte was probably signed up for DWTS way before the Olympics. I’ll bet they tried for Michael Phelps and when he refused they just went down the line of swimmers after that. The same with the gymnists-I’ll bet they tried to get Simone Biles first. I don’t know any of this for a fact I’m just thinking that’s how i would do it if I were running the show(which of course I should be) lol
      I hope you have a nice lunch with Nancy and that her son has not had a reoccurance of his cancer. I like your idea of no bad news-just good news.
      I’m glad you’re having progress with the dizziness. I hope it goes away completely. Greg had stopped taking that nerve med for his feet but they were bothering him so badly again that he tried taking it again and now he says he feels an improvement. His complaint before was that they made him tired but now he says it isn’t bothering him. Cuckcoo!!! He does have a tendency to have lots of meds make him tired. So I hope this works better this time around. He has an appointment back at the pain doctor at the end of the month.
      Well, I sure wasn’t crazy about the outcome of AGT but that happens sometimes. Maybe she’s got something that I just didn’t get. Anyway, I wish her the best. I loved the song that Sal did with The Jersey Boys. Great show by the way if you ever get the chance to see it. Also liked the opera girl singing with Il Volo-that gave me goosebumps. Opera Girl-that reminds me of when Adam Sandler used to do Opera Man on SNL. lol
      Hope the back Dr. appt. went well.
      Gail

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      For those of you who may have missed the announcement or don’t watch Chicks Night In there is another witch’s hat contest this year. I think the sign up is on the home page. Check it out.
      Gail

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      I wonder if The Clairvoyants knew that they would come in second. lol Just a thought.

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      hey Gail- I thought the wife was smiling, because she knew they would win!
      Adele

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      I will try to get to the contest…….here I go
      Adele

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      Hi Gail
      I have to say I was shocked last night. The girl who sings opera had a much more powerful voice. She is adorable, and how cute that she writes music. But, I was shocked she was #1. It also gave me goosebumps when they sang together. Also loved Sal’s singing, and the Lincoln Bridge. So many talented people. I wish they had a 1st, 2ond and 3rd prize. Way too much talent for just one.
      I feel the same way as you do- they HAVE to pick them way before, or how could they show be done that fast? So, the demonstrators should use their brains to figure that one out, and protest somewhere else. DWT is not a political forum. I bet he was not the first choice, too, just like you said.
      Still no news for sure on Nancy’s son. Today was also the anniversary of her son’s death- 21 years. I cannot believe it. I gave her a Fall candle to light when she got home, as he loved Halloween, even more than Christmas. Nancy’s son, and husband were huge Halloween fans, and really did it up right. Such a shame she lost both of them. I hope there will be no more losses for her, as she has had enough. We had some good conversation, and some laughs, and ended up talking Trump….LOL I told her my new idea of setting 2 tables for Thanksgiving- one for Hillary supporters and one for Trump supporters- they will be in the kitchen. LOL LOL Gary said I cannot do that, and then added…what if you are the only one in the dining room??? Seriously??
      So, today was the back doctor. It was as suspected, I have degenerative arthritis in my neck too. He is doing a 6 day prednisone prescription, and PT to see if we can get the muscles in the neck a little stronger. From there, we go to the hsots, and eventually surgery. But, we are nowhere near surgery, as the discs are not that bad yet. It is what it is, as I always say.
      Tell Greg he may want to take the Neurontin at night, as it does make you tired. Gary takes it twice a day, once in the am,and once at night. His is for the neuropathy in his feel, from the diabetes. Isn’t aging fun?
      Did you see the show after DWTS? We watch that one. It wa snice to see a show that was not a rerun.
      Adele

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      Hi Sue.
      I bet we all feel the same way. She is cute, but, seriously? An act in Vegas? It will be interesting to see what does happen. I bet the Clairvoyants will get an act request, as well as Sal. I also feel an opera company better sign up that fabulous little girl before one out of this country signs her up.
      I am sorry I did not vote. Not that one vote makes a difference. Tillie and I were calling each other all night long- we were both shocked as to who was getting eliminated, as they took them off the stage. Bobby was trying to sleep, and he yelled up saying….. will you two stop the phone ringing?? LOL LOL
      It was America who voted. What were they thinking? I really cannot figure this one out. I honestly cannot see her packing a room in Vegas.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      I just want to make sure everyone knows what I meant. I did not mean that if anyone has a problem, I do not want to hear it. Just the opposite, as I care deeply about all of you. We support each other, and know we all care. I just think life would be so great if just for one week, there was nothing but good things happening to everyone. How happy we would all be.
      Read my post to Gail and Sue, so you can get all the info. I am getting too tired to write it all again….LOL I still have a couple more to get through. Standing for all the xrays, in all those positions was very tiring, and I have a huge headache tonight.

      Hey Sue…what a nice dream. Did we all get to meet???? That is a definite good news post for this week!
      Adele

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      Just so you know the opera singer already won Romania’s AGT so she should not have been eligible to win again. JMO but I just thought of all the wonderful talent why they picked her. I guess it was the teen crowd. I read she wants to use the money for a tree house and a zip line. What about her education?

      I am sorry you guys were not in the dream. When I woke up I thought I should have come and picked you up if I was going Gail’s way. I dream very strange things usually nightmares. I blame it on the pain killers. I have not been taking them much since I retired but my back hurt yesterday so I took one.

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      Hey Sue
      That is funny, about Gail being the only one in the dream. I bet the pain killers do make for some strange dreams. In my dreams, I am always trying to get someplace, or find a private place to pee- how funny is that?? I am climbing up snowy hills, slippery streets, and a lot of time my old work colleagues are in them. I should have someone analyze them one of these days. That would be a hoot.
      I have to say, my neck was killing me last night. After today, with all the weird positions I moved into, I am really sore. Going in my recliner in a second to watch TV. I bet I will be asleep in a second.
      Are you getting any rain? The rain coming makes me very achy. Gary too.
      Hope your night is good. I may re-watch the old Greys anatomy, and How to get away with murder, so I can remember where they left off.
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      That little girl that did the singing won. Not the girl that sings opera. I could never understand what that girl was singing. Her voice was not that good. I wonder why people voted for her. Maybe because she was so young. I cannot figure it out. You are right about the clairvoyants. They should have known that they would come in second before the show. When will that show come on again? I just started to watch it so will have to watch it when it comes on again.
      That is pretty good that those four came from So you think you can dance. They are all good dancers. I wonder if they were trained or took classes or just talented. Cheryl might be thinking that she came back at the wrong time. That had to scare her when all that happened. I hope that next week will be better. I love that show and would hate to think that they are going to keep doing that stupid stuff. Did you hear that the girl that is dancing with Gleb hurt her back during practice? Christine B. sent me an article from England talking about her getting hurt. We had no idea that happened or at least I didn’t. I hope that she will be able to continue to dance. They do have some good dancers this year like they did last year. It will be hard to pick the one that will win.
      I hope that you get to go see Brent. It is hard not to see one of the kids for that long. That is nice that he found a job and has a girlfriend. I hope that he is really happy now. He deserves some happiness.
      Saturday is the church auction. We are going to help set up because our friends have some health problems so we are going to help them do what they have to do. The auction is on Saturday so that will be fun. We always have a good time going to that. I am not making the potato salad this year though. I gave it up so they go out and buy it. Why they did not do that before I do not know. lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I do not think that anyone thought you meant that. We all agree with you it would be nice to have a time where there was no sickness and everyone was doing really well. It just seems like there has been a lot of sickness and different things going on with everyone. It would be nice if they did not happen for awhile but we know that it will continue and we are all here for each other.
      It is hard when your head hurts and having to stand for all those x-rays on your back. I hate doing that also. It is worse when you have to lay on that hard table or do the mri. We have all had to do that. So understand how you feel.
      We will have to keep praying for Nancy and her son. I hope that he is okay. That would be hard to lose another son. That was good that you made her laugh and you two had such a good time. It is nice to have a friend to laugh with. It is the best medicine for anyone. You are a really good friend.
      Like they say aging is not for the weak. We are all finding that out that is for sure.
      When you signed up for the contest for the witches hat did the writing kind of fade? It was weird when I typed it in. I hope that it was working. One of us should win something this year. We have not won anything so far. I am waiting to get that e-mail saying that I won the wardrobe thing. Wouldn’t that be nice. Oh well a girl can dream.lol
      Well that is all from here have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hey Everybody,
      I just did a little research on AGT. The Las Vegas act for the winner only lasts for three days unless some other place out there then picks them up afterwards. They do say that somewhere on the show and they tell what the three dates are. As to the million dollars-it’s kind of like the lottery where you can take a $25,000 dollar annuity over 40 years or a one time payout of around $450,000 dollars which after taxes is about $375,000.
      Also Brian Justin Crum who I thought was really good has already been on Broadway and in lots of touring companies of musicals so he has something to fall back on. He looked really surprised when he was cut.
      One more thing-now i know the older I get the harder i find it to figure out people’s ages. Especially younger people as they all look young to me. But I was so surprised that Sal was just 21-I thought he was about 35. Is it just me?

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      Sue,
      Who knows-maybe we will meet someday. I hope it’s for something fun!
      Greg has the same complaint about pain pills-he says they give him nightmares.

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      Hi Colleen,
      When I signed up it seemed like only the top half of the writing appeared. So hopefully when you send it through it goes through the right way. We’ll see. Don’t know what I’d do with a witches hat if i won one but I’m sure I’d think of something. I wonder when that wardrobe contest is over. You never hear much about it or when the winner would be announced.
      AGT is just on in the summer so you have to wait until next summer to watch it again.
      Most of those ballroom dancers have taken classes and been in competitions since they were kids. You have to learn the different ballroom and Latin dances and how to do the steps correctly. So even though they may be naturally talented they need to know the correct steps and techniques for the different styles. I know this stuff because my sister has been ballroom dancing for many many years.
      I didn’t know that Gleb’s partner had hurt her back. I hope that she will be okay to dance this week.
      I’m glad that you don’t have to make the potato salad anymore. Now you can just go and enjoy the auction. This is a nice time of year for it as it is a bit cooler out now. I know the Harvest Fest and Fiddling contest is Sunday but I’m not sure if Greg will want to go because of the Bears game. They used to have guitar, banjo mandolin and fiddle contests but i think they dropped some of that this year. Maybe they didn’t have enough contestants.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I didn’t watch the show after DWTS. The finale of So You Think You Can Dance was that night so I watched that to see who won. Plus the finale of Master Chef was on the same night as the AGT finale so the DVR was working hard. lol
      Greg doesn’t take nuerontin-it’s some other drug. Also he has to take it twice a day so he can’t just take it at night.
      I think you will be safe and won’t have to have two tables at Thanksgiving as the election will be over by then and everyone will have to take whoever they get. Just have a No Politics sign on the door that day. lol
      I hope that you had a good night’s rest and are feeling less tired today.
      Gail

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      Hi Gail
      Last night was tough, because I was so sore from the standing, and all the positions I had to get into for the xrays. I started the prednisone today, so that should take away all the soreness. That med is a miracle worker with arthritic issues. Too bad it is so damaging to your body, as people with arthritis would not even know they had it. Of course, after a couple of days, I get kind of testy….LOL
      So, on the other shows, were you surprised by who won?
      I did not see the news bit on the winner of AGT wanting to get a tree house, and zip line. Did you see/hear the reactions of the people who told the story? Maybe Sue did- very curious as to how that was received.
      It is very chilly up here. I had to shut all the windows. Do you believe New England- from 90 to 40 in a minute??
      I am going to try to put my Annalee witches out today. I need to lay a little low, as I am kind of sore. So, no housework today.
      Adele

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      OMG fellow Quackers……..you would wear your Witch hat on Halloween, when the trick or treaters come. That is what I do. I have my hat on, in my Facebook pic. That was taken the last day I was at work. Unfortunately, I lost my hat to Marissa. She used it at work, and it disappeared. So, I hope I win, as I need a new sparkly one for sure, as all I now have is one of those cute witch headbands.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail, and everyone!
      Well, that certainly makes a lot more sense, for the show to be guaranteed for only 3 days.
      No you are not. I was surprised at Sal’s age. I think some has to do with his choice of song, as he picked the very old fashioned crooning voice tunes of the old greats- Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc. He dresses very formal, and gentleman like, which also makes him appear older. I hope he gets some kind of contract, as I loved his voice, and presentation.
      I also hope the magic acts get a professional gig, as well as the Clairvoyants.
      Hope everyone’s day is great.
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      Thank you. I was just afraid people may miss read what I wrote.
      I will let you know when Nancy has the test results. I am so worried for her, and him.
      I would be thrilled to win the hat, as I lost mine…LOL
      So, what community gathering are you oign to, that you do nto have to make potato salad for? I think I missed something.
      It is very chilly here, and I cannot believe it.
      Hope your day is going well. It is soup weather up here.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I would be wearing my hat for a long time waiting for the trick or treaters to come as they never do. When we first moved out here i used to buy candy “just in case” and then end up eating it all myself. lol Now i don’t even bother-and if I buy candy i just get what Greg any I like to eat anyway. I would imagine you are the only one who gets trick or treaters as I’m pretty sure neither Colleen or Barbara get them either. When you live out in the country there aren’t houses close enough together for kids to come around. We usually help Jenny take her kids out on Halloween-that way we at least get to see some of the little ones dressed up in their costumes.

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      Hi GAil
      At least you get to see them at Jenny’s. I bet she is all dressed up, along with the kids….am I right?

      Have you heard from Barbara?
      I meant to ask her about her biscuit recipe, and forgot. I am doing the “never fail biscuit” recipe form King Arthur again tonight. I called the bakers hotline and asked what I did wrong. they said not to scoop out the flour, but to spoon it out for this recipe, so I am trying again tonight. We are just having a pot pie with the biscuits, as I want to try them again.

      Hope you are eating something more adventurous.

      Adele

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      Adele, I know you were looking for Chery’s cookies for gifts. I did not find cookies but I found Harry London chocolates. You get 7lbs of chocolates and 12 gift boxes that hold 8oz each. The price is 59.96 so it would be $5 a gift. Item# M51357 if you want a different ship date let me know and I will look it up for you.

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      Hi Adele,
      Yes, I am eating something more adventurous. McDonalds-lol It’s Friday and we pick something up and go to Jenny’s to eat-so it’s either McD’s, Subway, Taco Bell or pizza-we usually alternate.
      I’m officially retired from babysitting for now as Adam starts his new later hours on Monday. I will miss my time alone with the kids but will be glad to not have to go out on the snowy days in the winter.
      Piper and Kendall started tumbling this week. Jenny got Piper the cutest sparkly leotard.
      I have not heard from Barbara. Hopefully she’s busy with the new baby.
      Yes, I was amazed when I was first started on prednisone years ago when I was first sent to a rheumatologist. All the pain went away in a matter of a couple of days. I know some people get cranky from it but I don’t think that bothered me. The thing it did was make me hungry. Between being on that for a long time and quitting smoking that’s when i put on all my weight. I was on for quite a long time-even started getting the moon face before I was weaned off. When you take it long term you have to come back off it it very slowly. It is too bad that it’s so bad for you as it is like a miracle drug for arthritic conditions. I was glad to finally get off of it though.
      The other two shows had results that we had predicted for the winners. No big surprises. Master Chef had three finalists-there was only one guy that we didn’t want to win as he had previously gotten mad took off his apron and walked off the show and we thought they should have just let him go then-so we thought he shouldn’t win because of his bad attitude. Either of the other two would be fine.
      On So You think You Can Dance they had a kids version this year and there were four finalists and any of them would have been good. Jenny and i had two picked that we thought would win and the winner was one of those.
      Now we have DWTS and The Voice on Mondays. I wish they were on different days.
      I never heard about Grace from AGT wanting a zip line and a tree house-but hey-after all she is a kid. Why not. She’s the one who had to go through all the auditions and the show and having the nerves so she should get a reward. When i was a kid that would probably have been better than a Vegas Show anyway. lol
      Actually, Jenny doesn’t wear a costume when the kids go trick or treating but she used to wear one to work but I’m not sure if she’s done that recently. I wear my little headband with the witches hat or with spiders on it when we go. lol Crazy Gigi.
      Gail

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      Hi Sue
      thank you for keeping me in your thoughts when you see small gifts for 5 each!! Chocolates last a long time, so you do not have to worry about the ship dates. I just want to make sure they are delivered after it is so hot, so they will not melt during delivery….LOL That happened to me once, and it was a mess. We are getting hot weather back again early next week.
      I looked at Cheryl cookies on line, and they have some very nice Halloween tins for the cookies, and you can pick which ones you want to put in the tin. I ordered one, as I actually wanted the tin, more than the cookies….LOL
      Adele
      PS….did you see Stephen Colbert last night? He did the segment of the “big furry hat”, and it is hysterical.

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      Hi Gail
      All our DVD’s will be working overtime this week. Gary and I have to watch some of things I recorded, so the memory is freed up. Last night we watched “Concussion”, a movie I recorded while he was is the hospital. Also recorded ” Enemy of state” for us to watch, while he was gone- we will watch that one tonight, I hope. Will Smith was fabulous in Concussion. He is such a versatile actor.
      oh yes, you had the traditional kid meal requests. At least now if you want something better, you can get it form any of those places. I love the bacon, egg cheese sandwich at McDonalds, topped off with a McFlurry, of course.
      I do miss my huge witch hat, as the kids coming to the door seemed to get a kick out of it, and their parents- my neighbor’s grand kids. I only get them now- maybe 3 bunches of kids at the most.
      I will be making my favorite meringue ghosts again for Halloween. Those cookies are so light, and tasty, with no effort at all. I ordered the tiny edible eyes from this place called “Fancy Flours”. They have some adorable sugar decorations for cakes, or cupcakes.
      So, yesterday I put out the Annalee witches, and only 4 of my Dept 56 houses. Also a few more Annalee’s that were in the same closet, so the house looks more festive. I just did not want to do the entire village I did on the dining table last year, as I am not sure how things will go with Gary’s next surgery, and my neck for this Fall.
      I am also contemplating getting 2 small pre lit trees, and doing 2- one in the living room an a table, so it will still look hog from outside, and one in the living room. It would be less reaching to decorate, and I really want to give some ornaments away to the girls. I have too many. I used to do a second tree in the living room with dried fruit slices (oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and apples) that I attached with string, to make it look country, and the smell was fabulous. I am still thinking about it…LOL What do you do for a tree??
      JJ had a tooth pulled today- a baby molar. When he was here last weekend, he was in agony as a molar cracked. They went to the ER, in Boston at Mass General, (after being here for a while) as we were told they have dental available on weekends. They did not. But, the ER doctor told them to get this stuff to mix to fill the gap in, until their dentist was back in. Their dentist was on vaca, or they could have seen him on Saturday. I am glad his tooth is out and all is good. No cavities to worry about, as the rest of the teeth were good, thank God. It was so hard to see him in pain, even his blood pressure was way up form it- per ER.
      hope all is good over there!
      Cannot wait to hear the funny tumbling stories. You are going to have Piper withdrawals!!
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      We have to drive to the church in town to give out candy if we want to see trick or treaters. That is what we do. That is the only place that I could wear the hat or maybe when we go see the kids I could wear it there. The kids would like it. I got one of the clown noses from Wal greens and Aliza smiled so big it made me laugh. Owen thought it was funny. I gave him one also. I have no idea when that contest will be over. I thought that it would be over in December. They did announce the winner for July but have not heard anything about August or September. I guess they will let us know sooner or later.
      I had a good time at the auction. Bought more then I should have but not as much as I have bought in previous years. They have one trailer that is all new things that stores donated to the auction so I got Kaylee and Ethans presents for Christmas. That was nice to get that done. Now I will have to just get a couple of small things for them. The only little on that I have left to buy for is Aliza. It is hard to find what I want to get for her. I have ideas but am not sure that they have the things that I want to get her around anymore.
      Did you get any of the storms last night or yesterday? It stormed here all night. So did not get on here because of it. I do not like it when there is a lot of lightning. That is scary because it can do so much damage. It was nice out today though. So the auction went well. I hope that they made the money that they needed.
      That is sad that you are retiring from watching the grands. I know what you mean though. It is not fun when you have to go when the weather is bad. This way you can go and see them when you want to and go on good days. That should be interesting when Piper first tells you about tumbling class. Kendall will probably not be as dramatic and Piper. I hope that they both enjoy the class.
      well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      You are too nice to say anything that will offend anyone. So do not worry about that. You just like to have fun like the rest of us.
      Every year a friend of ours church has an auction. They have asked me to make ten pounds of potato salad every year. This year they did not ask me because of me being sick so much. So this year I just went and enjoyed myself. Maybe enjoyed myself too much. Spent a lot of money but not as much as we have in the past. I went by myself this year and spent close to what Ron and I use to spend but not as much. Came close.lol They have brand new things and used things and they usually do a good business. I did get a new wreath for my front door. It is a scarecrow sitting on a railing. It is cute so that should last for awhile. I bought presents for the kids for Christmas.( those were off the table with the new items on it) So now I only have one more grand to buy for and that is the baby. Then I need to concentrate on the adults. I still have not found anything for my sils for Christmas. I have three of them and try to by something in sets so I can divide it and give it to the three of them. QVC just has not had anything that caught my fancy. Maybe they will before too long.
      I hope that your back and neck are better since they did the x-rays. That is miserable to go thru that. I wonder if those people realize that it is that painful. They may not be so rough if they did. You will have to just take it easy for a few days. That was nice of Sue to let you know about the candy that you can give your customers. It is hard to find things to give that many people.
      Well that is about all from here. I hope that you have a great night.
      Colleen
      p.s. sounds like Gary is doing a little better. That is good. When does he have to go for the surgery? I hope that things are going good for Nancy.

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      Hi Colleen
      Those church/community things are great for gifts and decorations. You are way ahead of me this year. I have a pretty mug coming for all the girls, and have thought of just putting some money, or a gift card in them, to make life easier this year. I did get a couple of gadgets for Steph and Heather from ITKWD- the sets of measuring spoons and cups he had on last week. they came, and I used mine this morning- liked them. I always find some little gadgets from the Q to give them, and they love them. I got those “Spifters” for them for mothers Day, and they loved them. My Q card is fast approaching a mortgage payment on easy pays….LOL
      I split us the sets of lock n Lock’s all the time- love those! you can bake some goodies, and put them inside for gifts too, or the Cheryl’s cookies or chocolates Sue told me about.
      My neck is a little better, but, still not great. It is going to rain, and very humid here, so that does not help. We need the rain badly, so I am not complaining. After I answer these posts, I am going to do needlepoint, while I watch Dave. Even our eggs up here have been real small with the drought. The supermarket is not getting in a lot of jumbo eggs(Bobby actually asked as he was getting aggravated with not finding the larger eggs) , and have not been for a bit. I do not like the large eggs, as they are too small, and even those are smaller than they usually are. I think even the poor animals are getting stressed out with all the heat and humidity.
      Hope you are having a good Sunday. Heather and Dave will be by for a visit/dinner later. Bobby is going to the Red Sox game tonight.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      The younger kids are always easier to buy for. It is the older people that I have a problem with. If I had all the things for them I would be thankful. My youngest daughter Melissa wants a set of pots and pans for Christmas. So will look for them first at Costco and if we cannot find them there we will see what qvc has to offer. I know that she wants a set of the non stick pans and she is not particular about what brand. That is good because they have so many different kinds now. She likes Rachel Ray so maybe she will want a set of her pans.
      Sometimes rain will aggravate my joints does that happen to you? Hopefully they will find something to do for your neck and not have to do any more surgery. That is not a fun thing to do. I am hoping that I never have to have surgery again. I hope that for everyone.
      It is funny that the animals pick up on the hot weather also. They do not like it anymore then we do. That is terrible that the eggs are so small. Hopefully your weather will cool down soon and you will get the much needed rain you need. It is cloudy here today but we were not supposed to get any rain. We will see the weather men are not right that often anymore.
      It is really quite around here. Ron went to a visitation to an old family friend. I did not know her so did not go. He is going with his sisters. So he will not be alone. None of their husbands are going either. She would have been around Ron’s mom’s age if she was still living. I think that in her later years she lived in St. Louis so all of Rons family lost touch with her. So anyway I have the house to my self and it is so quite and peaceful. It will be noisy when he gets home though.
      well that is about all from here. Enjoy your dinner and visit with Heather and Dave. Hope that the red soxs win since Bobby went there to watch the game.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen
      Just saw your post, before I have to get dinner together. We are doing a simple one today- popovers with scrambled eggs. Bobby brought some eggs home yesterday from a customer, and I want to use them while they are real fresh. A simple, no meat dinner….LOL Plus, I get to use my cool Temptations muffin pans again. Heather was dying for the popovers, so she is thrilled.
      The boys here are watching the football game. Tillie is resting.
      It is hard to come up with gifts every year. You start to run out of ideas. I am like you, and want everything done way before the crowds appear.
      Maybe Ron will bring home some take out, for the two of you. That would be nice. I hope his visit goes well.
      Don’t you just love the quiet, when you can hear the birds singing??
      Hope your night goes well.
      Adele

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      Hello to everyone. It has been a very busy couple of weeks for the Smith clan. Everyone is ok so I’m grateful for that. Lets see; where to begin. Since my memory isn’t all that great I think I will start with last night and work backwards. We had a big cookout for everyone. Jerry did steaks on the grill It is one of the boys absolute favorite things he cooks and he really does do a great job. They were so good; we all just ate and ate. Neal did his famous twice baked potatoes; I did salad; Joey brought chips and dip for before the meal. Sarah brought………….I’m thinking………oh yeah, nothing but my beautiful grandbaby for me to love on and snuggle on. She went to our bedroom as soon as they got here to “pump her milk” and I was holding the baby (big surprise, right?) and Neal was helping Jerry get the grill ready. Colin got fussy, just hungry really, and I told Neal that he is hungry, and he said that Sarah was pumping, and leave it to big mouth, I said “son, can you just tell me why is he is hungry she can’t just feed him right now? He said, yes, he is hungry, and went back to our room, and she came out with him and Handed me a bottle of breast milk and put another bottle in the refrigerator. He just ate that warm milk right down and seemed so happy then I burped him and he fell right to sleep with me rocking him. I know now that she is not feeding him from the breast, but just pumping her milk and feeding him from a bottle. But, as long as he continues to gain weight and grow, I will do whatever I am told to do. It is just not worth making an issue of this because I know that somehow Jerry and I would not be in the right when its all said and done.
      We were giving Neal a going away party last night. I haven’t told you all that he will be leaving to go the work for the government and he has to attend 3 months school in Oklahoma. This has been over a year in the making; and since you just never know for sure until the last minute; he made us promise not to say anything in case some little something didn’t go through. He will leave in about two weeks. He can’t take Sarah and the baby with him. They provide the housing and his transportation and meals. It is a very hard school that he has to attend, and we are excited for him; and worried all at the same time. I know he is going to miss his little family so much; so we have tried so hard to show him support, and let him know we will do anything they need while he is gone. His last day of working for the air ambulance service was Friday. He had told them over a year ago about his chance of going to work for the government, and they have been so supportive of him. They are a wonderful group of people. It really hurt him to say goodbye to his friends and colleagues. Lisa came with Joey. She seemed like nothing has ever happened between all of us. She loved on the baby and just talked and talked to all of us. This is one time I think that our family is just coo coo for cocoa puffs LOL
      We have also been visiting assisted living homes all week. We think we have found one that is good for Mom Smith. That is what the doctor is recommending. He said that she absolutely cannot go back to her home without around the clock care, and he also said that she is awake a lot at night, and that under no circumstances should Jerry or I try to bring her back to our home and keep her here with us. He just out right told Jerry that we would end up in the hospital if we tried to do all the things that she will need. Jerry feels so guilty, but I told him that we have just got to find a good place where we can visit her at least 3 to 4 times a week, and she will do so much better. She has really enjoyed the company of the other ladies at the rehab. They color and play bingo, one of her favorites, she reads and they watch movies together. THey talk all about the things wrong with each other. so hopefully, by the end of the week, we will have her all settled in to a new home. Wish us luck. I just hope the ugly members of the family will just leave us alone. All they want is her house and what little money she has. Shameful
      Hope your neck is better, Adele. And that everyone’s husband is doing better. It worries us when they get sick; doesn’t it? Colleen, how is your tummy doing? Better, I hope. I thought it was funny what you said Gail about how you have been stopping by the fast food places here lately. We do that about twice a week, and like tonight; I stopped at the local BBQ place in town, got a sandwich and fries, started eating it and just lost my appetite for it all. It was like chewing on cardboard. I would love to have the energy to make a good home cooked meal each night. I remember when I was working, I would come home and cook. Come to think of it; that may be why I don’t have the energy to do it now. Or it may be because I am just tired of the same old same old things. But I surely did enjoy the meal last night.
      Better go for now. Hope everyone is doing good. Take care and I hope everyone is doing good. Barbara

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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m glad you found something for Ethan and Kaylee at the auction. You are really doing good with shopping. This year I have gotten nothing ahead of time. Maybe you can google what it is you want to get Aliza and see if any stores come up that carry it.
      We didn’t have any storms here the other night. It’s still pretty warm around here and we may get storms later on today.
      So far I haven’t been able to wear any of my fall Quacker as I’m still wearing shorts, capris and short sleeve shirts. That’s okay though it will be cold soon enough. The winters seem to get longer and the summers shorter.
      Gail

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      Hi Barbara,
      Good to hear from you. I’m glad things are progressing with your MIL. Please tell Jerry not to feel guilty about having his mother go to assisted living instead of staying with you guys or at home. After all it is doctor’s orders and you guys don’t want to make yourselves sick trying to do something beyond your capabilities. It sounds like she will really enjoy the company of the other people too and there are usually lots of activities. I hope no other family members try to interfere with your well thought out plans.
      It will be hard for Neal to leave his family for three months and they will miss him too. What will he be doing in his new job? Will Sarah being going back to work? If she does who will watch the baby?
      Barbara, I would not worry about her not physically breastfeeding-some women are just not comfortable doing it. At least she is pumping so the baby is getting the benefit of the breast milk with it’s nutrients and immunities. As I said before Jenny tried to breast feed Kendall but just was not comfortable with it so she pumped all the time with her-with Lachaln she did some of both and by the time Piper came along she just breast feed her all the time. We all have to do what we are comfortable with and as long as the baby is getting the breast milk I don’t think the delivery system matters that much-as long as the baby is loved and thriving.
      We barbecued steaks here yesterday too. I used to be able to eat a whole steak and now I just can eat a little piece of it. I just don’t have the taste for red meat like i used too. I guess I don’t need the iron anymore.
      How is your weather? Still hot and sticky? I remember how humid it got when my folks lived in Louisiana-sometimes the air just actually felt heavy.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Hope Bobby had a good time at the Red Sox game. Hope the weather was good for him.
      Did you have a good dinner with Heather and Dave? I used to make popovers all the time and I haven’t made them in ages. Actually, I haven’t baked in ages. I have gotten to be such a lazy cook. I just don’t get the pleasure from it anymore.
      That’s funny that the eggs are smaller than normal. I always wondered when they called for eggs when baking do they actually mean large, extra large or regular sized eggs. That can really make a difference in your finished product.
      I’m glad JJ got that tooth taken care of quickly. A toothache is so painful!
      We went to Lachlan’s soccer game on Saturday. It’s at least a little faster moving than the t-ball games. Piper came over from the playground and had to sit next to me. Actually I think she just wanted to be close to my water bottle. lol She knows I almost always carry one outdoors so I’m her go to girl when she is thirsty from playing hard.
      Actually we do two trees here. I have one in front of the windows in the living room and one on the upstairs landing in front of the window up there. The upstairs one is a thin tree. The downstairs one has a variety of ornaments on it. Mostly glass figurines of some sort. The upstairs has mostly Quacker factory ornaments on it from when they used to do a home line. However I am thinking of changing things up this year. I’m thinking of doing the downstairs one in only
      the figurals that are special that mean something to us personally and in the Joan Rivers egg ornaments that i have collected. I’m also thinking of moving the upstairs tree to a corner of the family room but I would still have it done in Quacker. Just a plan I’ve been formulating recently in the back of my brain. Don’t know whether i will actually do it or not until the time comes. lol
      Gail

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      You know what, Gail? I think I would write a book about the saga of the Smith family, but people just would not believe all of our ups and downs. You know how I said that hopefully by the end of the week we would have Maw Maw in her new place? Well, the assisted living nurse from there comes out to visit her this morning and what does Ms. Smith do but have a big old hissy fit right in front of her. She got mad, couldn’t remember what month it is, told the nurse it was none of her business what day she was born on, well you get the picture. So Jerry and I go rushing over there thinking something is happening to her, like a stroke or something, and she is just happy as a clam, passing out a bag of candy that she had Jerry buy for the nurses and says to us “oh, this lady came and asked me a lot of questions this morning” She couldn’t remember the questions; so Jerry asked her what her birthday is and she told him, what day it is, and she said she thinks it is Sunday, she said the month is August, she knew the babys name. So now we know after talking to the nurses that she is still having confusion issues like after her fall; and that she will have to go to a “memory care” unit somewhere. SO back to square one. When my mother lived in assisted living for a few years they kept the side and back doors locked, but MaMa didn’t ever try to wander out in the street. We are about at wits end here. I am about ready to check me and Jerry into a room just for a week or so of not having to think about what the right things to do are. I called “A Place for Mom” this morning, and they have had several places contact me today; but most of them are not the “memory care” places; which I thought that meant the staff just kept a closer eye on the ones who may at times get a little confused. The one facility that sounded like a place she would be safe is WAY across town about an hour and a half from us; so we would have to travel about 3 hours each trip just to visit, and we don’t want it to be that hard for us to go see her. We want to visit her at least 3 to 4 times a week. I could just cry, but I don’t have the strength. And with the cost of these places you would think they would be happy just to see that she doesn’t wander where she isn’t supposed to be.
      You are also so right about the breast milk issue. I feel that as long as the sweet baby is growing and healthy; that my prayers are answered. I love him so much. He is without a doubt the joy of my life. I just hug him and smell his little head and let his little fingers grasp my finger. I told Neal the other night that son, I really love you and your brothers, but as much as I love you all, you just step to the side and hand me that baby! He just laughed. Joey just hugs and kisses him too. Joey is such a good man. Oh, yes, Neal is going to be working in the tower at the airport. That is another thing, we don’t know what tower they will send him too until after his schooling; so that is something else we may have to face is them moving away from home. It could be anywhere in the country. It just depends on where he is needed. So you know we are hoping it will be here. I can’t even bring myself to think about them leaving right now. And Joey is considering taking a travel nurse assignment in Alaska of all places. The pay is fantastic, and he wants to do it before he starts back to school. See what I mean; no one would believe all the things the Smiths have going on. But truth be known; I know all of us are in the same boat; just different things in each of our lives. You all stay so busy with the kids, grandchildren, husbands, puppy dogs, kitties, you name it. Oh, yes, our Moms and MIL’s. I can remember thinking, I can’t wait to retire. I am going to read a book a week; start to embroidery again, do at least one cake or two pies a week, I had a whole list of things. Oh, I also wanted for us to travel. I had these big ideas of a motor home and we would see the country. Now all I want is my feather bed, my I Pad, DWTS, and of course, Quacker.
      Neal just called and wants us to watch the baby Sunday evening while they go to dinner since it will be his last weekend here before he leaves on Thursday. I was happy to say yes, but already know Jerry will say “why do we have to go all the way over there instead of them bringing the baby to us?” which I don’t have an answer too. Jerry is so on edge right now that I just try to stay about ten feet out of sight; so he won’t start fussing about some little something that has nothing to do with his frustrations. We definitely need a vacation.
      Colleen, you are miles ahead of me with your Christmas shopping. I put out an orange pumpkin solar light and saw my Scrappy man doggie hiking his leg on it. Oh, well, they said it was water proof. I love the Joan RIvers egg ornaments too Gail. They are just so pretty and the detail is amazing. I see a lot of her things are on clearance; so I wonder if they are phasing them out? I have a few of her brooches from years ago, and they are just beautiful. I wish I knew someone I could give them too that could really enjoy wearing them. They are too beautiful for anywhere I go nowadays. My outfit of choice is Dreamjeannes and a top; preferably with elbow length sleeves to hide the arm flaps. We have this new thing here of freezing “the fat” and so many ladies are lining up for it. I am scared of a lot of that stuff. But if they ever start paying money for extracting fat from someone to put into someone else I might be a candidate for that as long as I am sleeping peacefully through the whole procedure. ha ha
      Well, you all must be tired of this by now; so I will let you get back to your day. Wish us luck with everything. Jerry and I were reading last night; and he woke me up about 2; and asked me to take off my glasses and turn off the bedside light. Don’t know how long we had both been asleep. LOL Barbara

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      Hi Barbara!
      So good to hear from you. I totally get it. Everyone was asking me what I would do with my time, and I am still trying to find the time to finish Aizen’s Christmas stocking. I HAVE to get it done this year, no excuses. I feel I am busier than when I was working.
      I am so sorry about Jerry’s Mom. Is there any hope she will get all her memory back? Finding a place close to you two is imperative. You will e the visiting she will get, and you cannot make it so you are completely exhausted. After all, winter is coming, and it will be harder to travel too. Such a shame she cannot stay where she is, as she seems to be enjoying the place. I will add a prayer for you to find a good place, closer to your home.
      Wow- your kids are about to go everywhere. I hope your Joey loves the Tower, and is stationed closer to home, after the schooling is done. So, what will he be doing for the government? Still flying the helicopters too?
      Neal being so far away will be hard for Sarah and the baby. At least they have the skype thing they can do while he is in Alaska. What will he be doing when he gets assigned?
      I hope I have the boys’ jobs right….LOL
      Isn’t is strange that Lisa and Joey are getting along so well now? Maybe they just cannot live together. At least it is better than being at war with each other. But, it is very strange for all of you- how are you supposed to treat her??
      That must have been hard to see the baby hungry, and she was just waiting to pump, instead of just feed him. I think she is feeling she will have to leave the baby in day care, when hubby leaves, so she is not getting him used to the breast. I think you will be called a lot to help with child care, especially while he is gone, so definitely stay her best buddy.
      DWTS is on tonight, and I hope we will all be awake to see it all….LOL
      You know when things get this crazy, just take it an issue at a time, and breathe. I do a lot of breathing around here! And eye rolling- a lot of that too.
      I toned down my Halloween for this season, as Gary goes back for the kidney in early October, and wo knows what could happen. I will hope for the best, that it remains day surgery to remove the blockage, and take the stints out. I just wish he would keep drinking the water- a constant source of arguments up here.
      My neck is ok. It is very sore at night, but, getting a little better. I am on day 4 of the prednisone- 8 more to go. It is what it is, as I say. So, today I ordered 2, 4.5 foot Christmas trees. I decided I am going to put the one in the dining room on a little table, and it will look big from outside, and I can decorate it easier. The second tree will be on the floor in the living room. So, my hope is to use the most favorite of all my ornaments, and then make up boxes of the left overs for all the girls, for their homes at a later time. Of course, Heather and Steph have their owns trees right now. I need to downsize, but still be happy with the house being as festive as I can do- just easier on me- the 8 foot trees are just too hard. So, that task is on my list for the holiday season. I do love to decorate, but, I have to be more realistic. We all do, I guess.
      I also did not put out all my Dept 56 Halloween houses- took out only 4. However, I just cannot bring myself to purge those. MAybe next year, I wil only put out the hosues, and no Annlees. We will see.
      I hope you can post a good pic of the baby with his first Halloween outfit!!
      You are all in my prayers. Families can fracture, at any moment, and we all have some of that going on. Right now, Steph is nto talking to Gary and Bobby- argument about the dam pool, which they stopped dusing the last week on Jusy because of it. So, it sat there using up electricity, and chemicals, and that was what started the argument to begin with- so much effort goes into it, and not used enough. . Amanda and I are not talking,as we had a little tiff too, and we are both being VERY stubborn right now.
      But, Thanksgiving is coming, and that is Amanda’s favorite holiday, and she LOVES to be here helping….LOL this ought to be good. You know they do inherit our good points,a nd our bad ones. Amanda can be as stubborn as I, and we are in a contest to see who will say Uncle first.
      I am sure my crazy, fractured family will get it all together by Thanksgiving. They have to, as I just had to purchase 3 more place settings of my china, as Enzo’s family will be joining us for Thanksgiving from now on. Gary told me I am wasting my money, as he thinks all will not come. Of course they will- where else could they go, and not be miserable for not being all together here? However, I have threatened that there will be 2 tables, the dining room for Hillary supporters, and the kitchen for Trump supports. Gary said I am nuts…..LOL
      I hope I was able to make you laugh!!
      Love you, Missy Barbara…….I need your biscuit recipe, please! Just cannot get this pone to come out as good as I want.

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      Gail and Colleen
      I wore my Halloween top out on a 90 degree day, and I did not care. I am done with summer, even though it is trying to ruin HAlloween….LOL
      Adele
      It is so humid here you would barf. it is gloomy, and in our area we got hardly any of the rain the rest of the state got today.

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      Hey girls!
      Two weekends in a row that I made popovers for supper with eggs, as I love that way they come out with the Temptations muffin pans- fabulous!!
      Bobby said our menus are now form which Temptation pan I love using this month.
      I have the new Temptations bread keeper on route, from their website. Bread will be baked next….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Gailster!
      Read my post to Barbara for the tree up-date. I am going with the 2 of them- both 4.5 feet tall. The dining room one will go on a table to fool the neighbors….LOL
      Bobby did have a good time- they won. He was home late, and is more tired today….LOL They did not stay for the entire game.
      I wonder if I am right about the chickens being stressed out, with the larger eggs being in high demand around here. I like to use jumbo eggs in my baking. Most recipes are made for large eggs, and I think they are just too small. the extra large eggs of today, look like the medium eggs of my childhood. You know me, I would rather bake than cook….LOL But, thank God we are fast approaching Crock Pot food time. My all time favorite. Plus, I am dying to roast the root vegies too.
      I think we all get less tolerant of red meats. I would rather have chicken too. But, you just cannot beat the taste of the red meat. It is the fat that gets us with it, I think. My favorite cut has become the chuck, slow cooked to perfection. Also dying to do a chili. Have you noticed I am craving the cold weather foods??
      Dam- do you believe what is happening in New York and New Jersey? I am so happy the police were able to get the other bombs before they exploded, and caught the coward who did it. You have to be a coward, to plant a secret bomb, and then run away and hide. Prayers to all the people affected, and thank God nobody was badly harmed this time, or died.
      hope your night is going well….I was dusting all day- did half the house with my trusty Swiffer. The other half for tomorrow.
      JJ’s tooth is good. He goes back for a check Thursday. The whole thing started form something he ate, that cracked the baby molar, and then the dentist was on vacation for a week. Good God! I was a wreck until it was all over. So was everybody else.
      Adele

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      Oh Barbara,
      How I laughed when you said step aside boys and hand me the baby. I think it is how we all feel. We love our kids but the grands are so special.
      I’m sorry that you are back to square one with your MIL. We were lucky and had a small nursing home attached to the local hospital where my MIL was able to go. It’s a short drive and we could visit whenever we wanted. They also let me bring her favorite dog, Rocky, to come and visit her. It wasn’t really a memory care place but there didn’t seem to be a problem with people wandering off. The doors locked behind automatically and I think we had a code to get in. I hope that you are able to find a place that is warm welcoming and conveniently located.
      Isn’t it funny how we have to be careful what we wish for. I remember you talking about maybe it would be a good idea for Joey to take a temporary assignment away somewhere to give Lisa a chance to learn to be on her own. Well Alaska is far away from Tennessee. At least it will only be for a short period of time and he will probably come back with lots of tales to tell as it would be quite the experience to spend time there.
      So will Neal be an air traffic controller then when he gets done with his three months training? When you said he would be working in the tower that’s what I thought of.
      You know-I always liked to watch the kids at Jenny’s house because when they were little that’s where their crib was and their baby stuff. And now that they are older that’s where they have their toys, tablets and their fenced in back yard to play in. So I just thought it was easier for them to be at home with all their stuff but it’s only a fifteen minute drive for me to get there. I don’t know how far away you live from Neal and Sarah.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      You have a lot of not talking going on in your family. You all must be very volatile and outspoken as I can’t remember that ever happening around here. Plus, I would just cave immediately as I am a peace keeper. I’m starting to picture your house like the Greeks with people slinging dishes around the kitchen. lol However, they better not be the Temptations or no cooking will get done at all. I laughed when Bobby said you cook according to the Temptations dishes.
      I think we all start thinking about cooking cold weather foods about this time of year. Much as I love the fresh veggies I was thinking about making toasted cheese and tomato soup the other day. Typical comfort food.
      I am so glad they caught the NY-NJ bomber so quickly. I will never understand the mentality of just going out to hurt and kill random people. What kind of a world is this. I’ll bet living where you do it was scary when the Marathon bombers were being chased down. I’ll bet everyone had their doors locked and stayed indoors.
      I’m wondering what the parking is like around Fenway as it is an old park like Wrigley field and was not built to accommodate the crowds of today. Is it right in a neighborhood like Wrigley?
      That’s a good idea to box up some of your old ornaments and give them to the girls when they get their own places. We collect all these things and then wonder who will use them when we can’t anymore. I always wonder if anyone will want my grandmother’s china. Having something like that is kind of passe today. But it was my grandmother’s, my mother’s and then mine so it is probably a hundred years old by now. Plus, I rarely even use it anymore myself because it is supposed to be hand washed because of that gold trim. Oh well, I’ll be like Scarlett O’hara and think about that tomorrow.
      Gail

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      Quacker on Zulily today-also under that banner is stuff from other QVC designers-D and Co-Graver-Mackie etc.

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      hi Gail
      Mine has the gold trim too, and I still put it in the dishwasher. My friend Joyce does not use her china, because if the same thing. I told her just use it, and put it in the dishwasher, on the crystal cycle. By the time the gold comes off, with using it once or twice a year, we will all be dead. I am a biggie on use the pretty things, and enjoy them, then give them away with the scratches, and marks of having had a great time. You should too.
      Oh yes- the Greeks are like the Italians. Then, add the crazy Jewish guy, who yells and says things backwards, so they end up fighting about the same thing, same side, and do not know it. Very emotional. It is funny here, for sure. That dam pool has caused more friction in the last few years. Gary and Bobby want it gone. Steph wants it, and then goes to the pool at their complex. the real issue is that Gary and I cannot get down the stairs every couple of hours, when you first get the pool going- you have to constantly bump the filter, and change the earth, until all the algae is eaten up. It is exhausting, and nobody in this house goes in the pool. Bobby doesn’t anymore, either. So, the 2 boys are very testy about it. They want it gone, and have me do a vegie garden. I want a Gazebo- lighted, of ocurse….LOL the discussion will continue.
      So this Friday, after Tillie and Gary go to the doctor, we are meeting at Bertucci’s for an early dinner- Steph was invited. Lets see who shows up…..LOL
      Fenway Park is in the middle of the city, and no way is there enough parking anywhere. Most people take the T, or go very early to get a space at an outrageous lot nearby.
      It was crazy here with the bombers on the loose. I was so nervous about Bobby in Boston every day, until they were caught. I was glued to the TV, as it was the first year I was retired. Me and Nancy were on the phone all day long, in tears. The whole thing unfolded, in front of our eyes. Ihope we never have to go through that again- anywhere in this country.
      hope your day is going well!
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      It’s been awhile since I wrote so I thought I’d write a few lines. I hope fall weather has reached your areas. It sure has here. We had rain on Sat. & it was the most we’ve had since last Dec., almost an inch. Felt good tho. the leaves are changing & temps are falling like the leaves. Sure is a difference when the sun goes down. I actually had the heat on yesterday, briefly.
      I fixed a meatloaf tonight & cooked the potatoes with it & they turned out great. I’d never done that before. I usually have mashed potatoes with the meatloaf. I had Kay down for dinner.
      I’m slowly getting my apt decorated. some days the sciatica bothers me more than other days. I’ve been doing some Yoga exercises & they seem to help.
      I went to the Dr yesterday & he put me onto a website that has a lot of Yoga exercises. It’s Do Yoga with me.com. They have beginners to advanced. I’m gonna do it for awhile & see if it works. Can’t hurt.
      Oh ladies, my WORST nightmare has returned!!! Roaches have returned!!! I thought we got rid of em with the construction & all. But I guess not. Now I have to have the management call in the pest control to come in & do whatever they do. They came in a few yrs ago & sprayed the h— out this place & I had a nightmare to clean up!! I never laid eyes on either roaches or bed bugs till I moved in here!!! Makes me sick just thinking about!!!
      We had to vacate the 12th floor yesterday cause they brought in a crane to remove something from the roof. We were back by 11 AM. They had muffins & coffee for us. It was just this floor that had to vacate. It was mandatory for safety reasons.
      Well, I guess that’s it for now.
      Take care.
      dd

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      Hi DD
      I am so sorry you have to put up with that. I wish I had a suggestion for you to help. I guess just keep all your food in containers- even your flour, and cereal- anything ion a box, I mean. At least that would help you not lose any food when they have to spray.
      Last night, it was so gross here, all the windows were fogged up. The temp was 70 last night and the humidity level was 74. Absolutely disgusting.
      I went to he dentist today, and took 2 pics of the outside decorations- I am loading them for you to see.
      I am so glad my little experiment of doing the potato in with the meatloaf, is catching on. It is really yummy. I do a roast pork the same way- with the potatoes in the pan. All I put on the pork, and potatoes, is salt and pepper, and some garlic- on the potatoes, as well as the meat. I also put a little butter in the bottom of the pan, and baste the pork, and potatoes, with the drippings.
      We are supposed to get cooler weather for the weekend…BRING IT ON!!!
      love your pictures! So glad to hear from you, as I was getting worried.

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      Hey girls….do you love the Exterminator’s boots outside….for safety reasons….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      Your popovers sound really good. That is a nice easy meal and with no meat. We do have meatless meals here sometimes also. It is good that you can use your Temptations to cook with. If it is easy to use and easy clean up I am all for it.
      Some times you have to stick to your guns with the kids. If you don’t they will walk all over you. You may want to get everyone talking by Halloween so you know that they will all be there for Thanks giving. We have our little arguments and someone will get mad and not talk to the rest of us. Girls are just like that. It is something in their brains that does not work right.lol It has to be that or they would agree with everything we say. You do not get into with Amanda that often do you? I know that Steph gets mad really easy but this is the first time that I remember you and Amanda being mad at each other. Kids do take after us even though it has to be mostly the dads as we are so sweet and nice all the time.lol If my kids were reading this they would be rolling on the floor laughing.
      Skype is really good for the kids. Now that Stephan is over seas Kaylee and Ethan can still see their dad. Kaylee is so young she really needs to see his face and be able to talk to him. She got to tell him about her first day of school. She was excited to tell him. She is really close to her daddy. Ethan is at the age where he acts like it does not matter. You can tell that he does though. I really got off the subject sorry about that.
      That is good to have the smaller trees. We may all have to go to smaller trees one day. My two daughters help put my Christmas tree up on Thanks giving. They do that every year. My youngest is really good at spreading the branches out. It would be bad if she stopped doing that. Ron will put it up but will not help with spreading the branches. Does Gary usually help you with the tree? We have two trees also. We put one in the living room and one in the sun room. The one in the sun room is the Santa tree.
      How is JJ doing now that he had the tooth pulled? Hope he did not have any trouble with his gums after they pulled the tooth. It is good that they pulled it for him.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Barbara,
      You have the right idea. Stand back everyone I am taking the baby. I hope that Neal will get a job close to home. At least close enough that they can come and visit and you can go and see them. That will be a great opportunity for him. That is interesting that Joey decided to go to Alaska. That should be interesting living there. That is supposed to be a beautiful place.
      I am sorry to hear about Jerry’s mom. I hope that you find a place close to home so you can visit her three or four times a week. There should be something. They should have a place that will take her even though she cannot remember things. She remembers enough to function just not enough to live alone. She will have fun with the ladies in a new place. They usually play bingo and do crafts. So she will fit right in. Just do not give up you will find something.
      That is one bad thing about male dogs they will hike their legs on everything they see. We have a male dog and he would do the same thing. They have to mark their territory.
      The cook out sounds like it was a big hit. The steaks and the twice baked potatoes. That was nice that you did not have to do too much just sit and hold the baby. That is our job when we have a baby in the house. We spoil them and then we send them home to be with their parents. I hope that you have a good time watching Colin Sunday. We are watching Aliza Saturday. Cannot wait to see her. I got to see her for a little while today and we went to the dollar tree and I bought her a ball and a teddy bear. She was happy to get both of them. She saw this muli color ball and she would not let go of it and then she saw the bear and she would not let go of it either. So she got both of them. Just wait until you go to the store with Colin and he wants something it is hard to tell a grand child no. lol
      Did you agree with who they sent home Tuesday night on dwts? I thought that they sent the right person home because he was not a good dancers he got too nervous and got ahead of his partner a lot of the time. They do not have enough time to learn very much when they vote someone off after only two weeks. I think that they need more time. I guess they just do not have the time. It will be interesting to see who goes home next week.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night. You are such a good mom and will be an even better grandma.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele. I forgot to tell you I like your decorations that you have outside. They are really cute.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      We are getting warmer here. It is supposed to cool down by the end of the week. I hope that they are right. This hot weather is getting to everyone I think.
      We had the strangest thing happen here the other day. Ron was gone and I was here but doing something. Somebody came in our yard and threw pieces of bread all over the yard. It was all over the front and then they threw it all the way out to the sheds. We are wondering if they were casing the place and were trying to keep Austin away from them. We use to have an old man that walked our road and he would check places out and if he found something that he thought was worth money he would leave his walking stick and they would come back later and take it. Well everyone got on to that one and if he left the stick we would throw it away. So now we are wondering if that was the purpose of the bread. If it was it did them no good because we picked it all up and threw it in the trash. We are just being careful now and watching out for people coming around.
      I am ready for cool weather. I am tried of my summer things and ready for the fall and winter things. I have started putting out the fall things and Halloween things. Hoping that if I put them out fall will actually come. This is the last day of summer so it is time for it to go. I guess that is not how it works.
      The nuns that we had in school were the St. Joseph nuns and we also had Notre Dame nuns but they were at the all girl schools and not at the schools that we went to. It is odd that we had two different orders in our area up there but I guess it was big enough they needed them. It was a shame that they stopped wearing the habits. It never seemed the same after that. I can understand why they did that because those things were hot but it is a shame they could not find cooler material.
      I have gold trim on my good dishes and do not wash them in the dish washer. I just cannot see ruining them. I bought them when I was in high school in my senior year. I was working part time so could afford to pay for them. So they are old. lol I hate to think of how old they are.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I think that Adele’s recipe for potatoes in the meat loaf is really catching on. We tried it also and it really tasted good. That was nice that Kay came and had dinner with you. I bet she really enjoyed it also.
      I keep my flour in the freezer. That way you do not get weavels in it either. We use to get weavels really bad here but we washed all of our cabinets out with bleach and it took care of them. We still keep the flour in the freezer. It does not freeze so you do not have to worry about that. I do not know if you can keep anything else in there or not. It seems like the baking powder and corn starch would be the same.
      I hope that the yoga classes will help you. I have never tried to do that before. You will have to let us know if it helps your back. It may be something to try.
      It is hard to control the bugs when you live in an apartment. Some one may have brought them with them when they moved in. That happens. Hopefully they will spray and get rid of them for good.
      At least you did not have to be out of your apartment for very long. It was nice that they had muffins and coffee for all of you so you had something to eat and drink while waiting. It is really nice for people that eat a late breakfast. They probably really appreciated it.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Ladies,
      I’m baaaaaaaack, lol. I have to say, my mom & I fought a lot. I was rebellious when she’d tell me what I should wear, how to wear my hair. If she were alive to this day she’d still be doing it!!!l Lol. I guess it’s the nature of mother’s & daughters to have words from time to time. Just don’t let it come between you for too long. You never know what the future holds for any of us. Nothing is that important to let something come between you & your kids. Life’s toooo short!!! I have no children so I don’t have any room to talk, but I lost my mom in 1986 & now all I have are memories. We’re all getting older by the minute, & once ‘it’ happens, there’s no turning the clock back. Have NO regrets!!

      Adele, doesn’t Blue Bloods start their new season this Friday? Have you seen his new (?) commercial? I just caught the tail end of it yesterday.

      Did anyone watch the 2 part special on JonBennet murder mystery? I watched the interview of the brother with Dr. Phil last week & the last part on Monday. He had this really insipid smile on his face the whole time. He never showed any emotion, sadness, anger, nothing. It was bizarre to me.

      oh, did you watch the live show from Angels home tonight, I forgot.
      Well, I guess that’s all I have for tonight.
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      Hi DD,
      I hope they get the roach problem fixed soon. That does happen in apartments-someone brings them in and then you are stuck with them.
      I just watched a few minutes of the Jon Benet program and a few minutes of the Dr. Phil program with the brother. He did have a very odd demeanor and seemed to smile all the time. Very bizarre.
      I was not able to watch the show from Angel’s house as I am not on Facebook. They used to do the chat during the Quacker shows on the Q board and I always participated. Now they do them on Facebook and I am not on there. They just assume everyone is on but many are not and many don’t want to be. Oh well. If I really want to see something on Facebook my husband is on it so I can have him check it out.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      That is weird about how someone came in and spread bread all over. You guys will really have to keep a watchful eye out.
      It is just the first day of fall now so I’m sure the weather will be changing soon. Then it will be cold and snowy and we will complain about that. lol
      It’s funny how we all have gold trim on the china. It must have been the style back then. Gosh you were really being prepared. I would never had thought about buying dishes when I was a senior in high school. Were you already planning on getting married by then? Now that I think about it some girls did have hope chests but I never did.
      I’m glad the grands get to Skype with Stephen. That really helps.
      Our friends have grands all in California and they have to keep in touch that way. We are lucky that ours live close.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      Love your decorations! The boots could be part of the decor. lol
      Okay-here’s my two cents on the pool. If no one at your house uses it and it’s so hard for you guys to maintain I would get rid of it. As the grands get older they will use it less and less. Steph has a pool to use at her complex and she needs to learn to be a little more sensitive to the situation with you and Gary getting older and not able to do all the work. It would be nice to have the veggie garden but once again it’s a lot a work and who will do it? So the simplest solution seems to be the Gazebo for sitting out in the summer evenings. Maybe you could put in a fire pit and the grands could come over and use that. Just throwing some ideas out there.
      I hope Steph will soften on her stance because ultimately you guys have to do what is best and simplest for you.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen!
      Yes, it is the first time Amanda and I got into a little tiff. We were in a heated discussion, and I think in the heat of the moment, she thought I was one of her friends, and I got a disrespectful remark- I hung up. Everyone wanted to know what she said, and I would not spill the beans, as the argument would have gotten a lot bigger….LOL It is between me, and her. So, tomorrow will be very interesting. After Gary and I take Tillie to the doctor, we are going to Bertucci’s for an early dinner. Heather and Dave are going, and I invited Steoh with the kids. She agreed to go, even though she has not talking to Gary- so, I guess that one is over. Steph and Hetaher told Amanda, and I said this to Heather…..”you can invite your OTHER daughter”….LOL Amanda told Steph she has to be in work at 5, but may stop by. I told Steph that, obviously, I have to be the one to take the high road, if I want everyone here for all the holidays. (that was a little slam for her too)
      The only one who will nto be there is Bobby, as he will still be working. Not sure about Marissa’s work schedule for tomorrow, either.
      I am glad the kids will at elats be able to see their Dad through Skype. That is the wonder of the new technology. It is still so hard on the families. Especially this time of year. My heart goes out to all military families, and as you know, we were one too. I know you were too.
      the trees arrived yesterday. So did the new Temptations bread box. Of ocurse, I am making bread today to test it out!
      This weekend, I want to make the pillows for the kitchen chair- to match the window toppers. I went to Joannes Fabrics after the dentist yesterday, and got the trim for the pillows. I love to do pillows, and see what design I can come up with- Ill take a pic for all of you, of course!
      How have you been feeling????
      It is still in the low 80’s, but the humidity is going down.
      Adele

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      Thank you, Girls on the comments on the outside decorations- the cool pumpkins come from the Q, of course!
      Adele

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      Colleen
      Please give your police department a call about the bread everywhere. You never know when you have hit on something they are already looking for, and can prevent another crime, and you both have to be safe. Better to say something, than not, as this is a crazy world we are living in.
      Adele

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      Hi DD!
      Read my post to Colleen, for the update on the girls’ arguments….LOL I am hoping a truce has been reached. I Totally agree. :Life is way too short, as we are not guaranteed this afternoon, let alone tomorrow. I have always been big on that. But, sometimes our emotions get away from us. I am guilty of that too….LOL
      So, today I am laying low. After I am done answering these, I have to get on Aizen’s Christmas stocking again.
      I love your sunny, Fall pictures.
      I do think Blue Bloods starts this week- yahoo!! I have not seen the commercial. Sounds like it is a good one….LOL I love that show. The Wahlburger boys are such good actors, and then we all know how I feel about Tom.
      I did not see the Ramsey shows- Tillie watched them. I am not surprised they think the brother did it. Someone in that house had to be guilty. It was one of the weirdest, horrific murders of a child. So terribly awful.
      Hope your day is going well- read my post to Colleen for all the scoop I did not include in here.
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen and Gail
      We did the same thing up here. It was very popular for the high school senior girls to buy their set of pots and pans. We all did it.
      In Germany, they gave you one place setting of silver, for when you got married, at every birthday, when you were a little girl. My relatives did that with me, while we were stationed in Germany. I guess each country had their way of preparing a girl for adulthood- back then. After all, we were just supposed to get married and have kids, right after high school. remember???

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      Hey Gailster!
      that is where we all seem to be going. I shudder at the thought of dismantling it, getting rid of the pebbles all around it (it is 28 feet wide), and the sand under the lining, plus the wood deck. Then, a lot of dirt will have to be trucked in, and the yard put back together. I want to cry at all of it……the maintaining of it, and the mess getting rid of it.
      It is so true, that as the kids get older, they use it less, and less. Pools are for the little ones.
      read my post to Colleen for all the scoop!
      Hope your day is going well. I am making a loaf of read, to try out the new bread box from Temptations. Wait until Bobby makes his daily food comment….LOL
      It is still in the low 80’s, but humidity is going. Supposed to be in the 60’s on the weekend- LOVE IT!

      Forgot to tell everyone- JJ’s tooth seems to be all good. He goes back for a check-up today, just to be sure.

      Thanks for the comments on outside decorations- the boots do look like they belong there- too bad they are not black.
      Adele

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      I do not think the bread is anything sinister. Don’t you throw stale bread out for the birds? We always did. I threw some off my balcony as I have no yard and so it landed in my neighbors yard. No ill intent at all and the birds had it all cleaned up in no time.

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      Hi Sue!
      Good to hear from you today. Have you been making change sin your daily routine yet? Is it colder there? Not here yet- supposed to be this weekend.
      So, here is a funny for you. Tillie is trying to decide what to wear tomorrow, as she does not want me to yell she has on the same top I do…..LOL It happens almost every single time. I will have to let you know what she actually does wear.
      So, Tillie also says to me…..”you were right, I went through my Halloween stuff, a nd I have some shirts twice.” I do all her ordering, as she is afraid to talk to the representative on the phone, so I know I ordered things for her before, and she keeps saying I did not…LOL LOl
      Hope your night is going well. Gray’s on tonight, with the rest of the good shows. I will be recording everything on channel 7, while I watch 5.
      Hope you are good, and keeping those birds happy!
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      Happy First day of Fall!!! I hope your weather is cooling off now. It should be shortly. I think the bread is vandalism. Back in the day teenagers would
      TP someone’s home. Remember those days?

      Adele, I saw that commercial with Tom today. It’s for AAG, American Advisors Group, for reverse mortgages. It’s fairly long one too. I’d say a couple minutes at least. They showed a packet & it shows his pic on it. So I figure he does the DVD that’s included in the packet. If ya call the 800 # they’ll send
      a packet to ya. Far as I know its free. Worth a try.
      We had a memorial for Mary today. It was the largest group that ever assembled for a memorial. She touched a lot of people. Is funny, I had a dream of her the other night. I dreamed her & I were racing on our scooters. I don’t have one, but she did. Altho lately I wish I had one to get around on.

      I don’t have much to write about tonight so I’ll close.
      dd

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      Hi Sue,
      We live in the country so they had to drive to our house to throw the bread out. They also went all around the house and was looking at the sheds that we have where Ron keeps his tools and things. It was way too much bread to just be doing it to be nice. If we lived in town we would not think anything about it but out where we live it is a little strange.
      Colleen

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      Hi Gail,
      We are never happy about the weather. The squirrels are not getting very fat so we are supposed to have a mild winter. lol I do not know who comes up with all this stuff but we will see if it is true. It is probably just an old wives tale. Maybe the squirrel could not find any food to fatten up on.
      I did have a hope chest. I had my pots and pans and good dishes before I ever had plans of getting married. I had three sisters so it all started with my oldest sister and we had to do what she did. She still is my favorite sister. We do not get to see each other as much anymore but we still talk. The sales people would come to your house and show you these things and you could order them from them and they delivered them to your house. I still have my hope chest. That thing is really old. My mom and dad gave it to me for Christmas one year. I guess that all of us girls got one. It was kind of interesting.
      I have found a new golf shoe that you will have to have Greg look at. It is a pair of flip flops. You go to the web site zoriz.com. My chiropractor invented them. They have the same bottom as a golf shoe but they are a flip flop. So that way your feet will not get as hot and they can get some sun. I am thinking of getting my brother a pair. We never know what to get him for Christmas and I know that does not have a pair of these. lol They are different but they may work really good. I am not a golfer so do not know if they would be good or not.
      For something like getting to your grand kids and the soldiers overseas getting to see their children skype is really good. I would not want it the way they use to talk about it that people could see you when you answered the phone. That is going too far. If I was in my pjs I would never answer the phone for fear they would have that on. Either that or we would have to be covered in blankets or have a robe handy everytime the phone rings.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I do not blame you for not telling the others what was said. It is better to keep it between the two of you. Sounds like she may be over it though if she is going to try and stop by for dinner. Your kids love you too much to stay mad at you for very long. You are so good to them. I hope that all of you have a good dinner out. The restaurant sounds really nice. They would not want to miss the holidays at your house. You have too many good things to eat and all the sweets. They could not go anywhere else and get that stuff.
      I did not come from a military family. My dad served in wwii but that was it. When the war was over he came home and went back to work. He was a lawyer for truck lines. He had to finish his schooling when he came back and that took him a little while. By the time I was old enough to remember he was done had an office in our house and my mom was his secretary. It must have been hard on you being in a military family. Did you move a lot? So far my daughter Melissa and her husband have not moved anywhere. They have been here since he went into the service. He will have to stay here for another year I think after he gets back from over seas.
      What did you think about the person that got voted off DWTS? He really needed more time to learn but I guess they voted him off anyway. It would be nice if they had more time then two weeks before they get voted off the show. They hardly have time to learn the dance steps and how to hold themselves. I guess that would take too much time though. They do have a lot of good dancers on there. The one who I think will go next is Rick Perry. I may be wrong but that is what I think. They have some good dancers again this time around. It will be hard to pick a winner.
      I have been feeling about the same. I go back to the doctor on the 29th. I just figure that I will be like this from now on so I might as well get use to it.lol Life goes on.
      If you got something new from Temptations you have to use it. That sounds really nice. Your bread sounds really good. We are going to have to find our way to your house to eat your bread and all the sweets that you make. lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I really like the pictures that you posted. They are always so bright and happy they make me smile. I bought a scare crow that looks like the one in the picture to hang on my door for the fall. I really like that. Now I have to find a new Christmas one.
      I remember tp houses and soaping windows. We never used wax or threw eggs our parents would have made us go over and clean it up. My mom would get upset if we took soap out of the house. We usually got it out without her knowing. I miss those days when you did not have to worry about people damaging your property.
      I have seen that commercials with Tom. I cannot wait to see what is going to happen this year. Remember when Donnie Whalberg’s wife got shot and they did not get the bullet out? I am wondering if they are ever going to finish that story line. I wonder if she was wanting off the show and this will be her way off. It was weird that they went that far with it and never talked about it again.
      How nice that her memorial went so well. She had a lot of friends. it is hard to lose a friend even one that you may not have seen as often as others. Those scooters are nice. My bil has one. He gets around so much better on it and he does not have to worry about losing his breath. You should qualify for one and Medicare should pay for it. If my information is right. I have never checked on one before.
      Well that is about all from here. Thank you for posting all the pictures on here and making us smile.
      Colleen

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      DD,
      How nice that the memorial was so well attended. I love the dream about the two of you racing scooters. It makes me think of that Seinfeld episode where some older folks were chasing George when he was on a scooter.
      Hope you have a nice weekend.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I will check out the golf flip flops. However, Greg would never wear them. He never even wears regular sandals. In the summer he wears those short socks and shoes. I love my sandals. That’s one of the things I hate most about winter is having to wear shoes and socks. It’s so much easier to slip into the sandals and go.
      I guess if there were TV phones the caller ID would tell us whether we wanted to answer in our pajamas or not. If it was family or a friend i wouldn’t really care. Most of my pajamas look like a t shirt and pants anyway. Of course my hair might not be combed but my family has seen me that way anyway.
      I hope the squirrels are a good predictor of weather. I would be happy for a mild winter.
      Did you say you were babysitting Aliza this weekend. Are you going in there?
      I wonder if you should call the police about the bread and just see if anyone else has reported anything like that in your area.
      I was able to see the video from Angel’s house because they posted it on here. Boy she really has it decorated up nice with all kinds of cool things. They showed a couple of sneak peeks of things that will be shown on the Falloween Show next week. Of course they were really cute.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I’m glad everything is okay with JJ’s tooth.
      I hope everything turns out well for your dinner tonight and everyone shows up and you all have a good time and all is forgiven. Then you will have a lovely family dinner.
      Where did you get your new trees from?
      That is a lot to go through to take the pool down but it sounds like that’s where you are heading. It’s no sense keeping and maintaining it if it gets used very little.
      When is Gary supposed to go back to get the stint out? I hope all goes well with that. Is that an outpatient procedure?
      Have a great weekend.
      Gail

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      Hi DD!
      how nice to have that memorial for your friend. I bet you were all happy to see how much she was loved. So sad when our friends leave us.
      So, I guess we will both be watching blue bloods tonight….LOL Have to take Tillie to the doctor shortly, so I have to make these quick.
      Adele

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      Hey Colleen
      Have there been any more weird things going on? how about your neighbors- di that happen to them too?
      Hope all is good!
      Adele

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      Hi Colleen
      We are back form a very long day out. All went well at the doctor’s office. It was a good dinner. I tried something new- Chicken Domani. It was a lightly battered chicken, in a mild wine sauce with spinach, and Asiago cheese, over cremelli pasta. It was delicious. Dave gets it, and I took a chance and got it too. this may be one of my favorites at Bertucci’s. The kids had a good time, and ate. JJ actually got steak, which I thought was funny.
      We did nto move a lot, as my Dad was stationed at Harvard University as a teacher of ROTC. He had to request active duty, when my Mom wanted to go to Germany, because her Dad was dying. We stayed there 5 years, and moved 2 times. When we got back, he retired, and then taught ROTC at a local high school. So, I was lucky. He did have to go away every summer with the Harvard students for at least a month to do training, down south. he was in WWII. He met my Mom after the war was over in Germany.
      I agree. That poor kid in DWTS did nto have enough time to learn anything. He looked really sad, and I felt bad for him.
      I am pooped….LOL I bet Tillie is even more tired than I am.
      I moved my stuff around on the kitchen cabinets, again, to accommodate my Temptations. I even out awy the canister set that goes with my daiky china….LOL
      Hope your night is going well, and that you feel good. My neck is a little sore today- from all the in and out in the Jeep- it was a long, but, good day.
      Adele

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      Hey girls!
      if I cannot find the video of Angel’s house, I will ask you all where it was….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Gail
      All went well, with those who were able to come. Amanda had to be at work at 4, so she could not go. The boys ate well, and I was surprised that JJ ordered the steak. I thought that was so funny for a little boy, and he ate it all.
      I did watch Angel’s video. What a nice time they all had.
      I got the trees from Balsam Hill. I did not even check them- just left them in their boxes, so I hope all is good. They had a sale that was ending the day I ordered, so I just went for it. Pre-lit, of course, with led’s.
      Gary finished all his pre-ops today too. He goes in on the 3rd, which is Rosh Hashanah- Jewish new Year. We may not be able to go my SIL’s the night before, as it may be too much for him, with surgery the next morning. Still thinking it over.
      Tom is back tonight……woohaa!!! LOL
      Hope your day went well. I was up early, and changing around the kitchen counters again, to accommodate my cool Fall Temptations, that will remain out all year. I will only replace some with my Christmas cookie jars for that season. Still not completely happy with my arrangement. A work in progress. That crazy beta fish needs to see his maker, so I can use his space on the counter top…..LOL I cannot believe he is still alive, from Enzo’s high school graduation. The other one died a year ago. Maybe I will put a pumpkin in his fish tank….LOL
      Hope all is well at oyour place. If I were nto so tired, I would tell Gary we need to go to the farm for apples tomorrow.
      Adele

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      Hi Gail,
      Those golf shoes are just interesting. I had never heard of anyone not wanting to wear the golf shoes on the course. It must be a new thing with the younger generation.
      Yes I am babysitting for Aliza tomorrow. Ron is going with me and we are going in to her house.I need to go for a drive and see if it effects my back. The back doctor wants to see if it is more the driving that causes me the problems or the lifting. At least I will not have to carry the baby up and down the steps. Ron will do that. We may not be there that late. They are just going out to dinner at a new restaurant that they heard about. So they may be home early enough that we will not have to put her to bed. It would be nice if she would let me hold her and she would fall asleep in my arms. I do not know if she does that anymore. She is too active.
      We are thinking of calling the police and just talking to them. I told Ron he should talk to his nephew and see if he knows of anything like that happening anywhere around. He is the chief of police in the little town by us. So if it is happening anywhere in the area he should know about it. It seem like they all share that type of information. If he doesn’t he can find out and let Ron know. It is just strange. We did talk to some people that live down around us and they have not had any problems but they are going to start watching out for that. What is scary is the person got on the property and I did not know he was there. That is not good.
      They always have really cute clothes on Quacker. It is just going to make it hard on us not to buy a lot of things. I am working on getting all of my easy pays paid off and I only have one more month and they will be paid. Then I will think about ordering things again. It has been hard because they have had some cute things on clearance and I have had to resist and not buy them. I hope that I can make it thru the next month without giving in.lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Adele,
      I am glad that you had a nice dinner with the family. It is a shame that Amanda could not make it. It is hard when everyone is working. No one has the same hours. Marissa must work a lot of hours. You have not talked about her in awhile. Hope that she is doing well.
      Well our weird person has not been back since the other day. Hopefully he got caught throwing bread on other peoples property and they arrested him. Probably no such luck. We just hope that he does not come back. That was just strange.
      That was a long day for you and Tillie. It is hard to spend a day out especially if you have to go to the doctor. I hate to go there and sometimes you have to wait in the waiting room forever. There is never any interesting magazines to read while you are sitting there. So everyone just stares at everyone else. It is funny when they have a tv on you can never hear what they are saying because they keep the volume down so low. So you almost have to be a lip reader. I am not good at that at all. Poor Ron he does not know if it is turned down too low or if he just cannot hear it. He is deaf in the one ear. I would tease him about that but that would be mean.
      You were in Germany for a long time. That must have been hard on you moving from the states and your friends to live in Germany. Can you still speak German or did you learn how to? I guess that if you were there for five years you picked up the language. I have heard that Germany is a beautiful country. That must have been hard for you mom to move from there away from all of her family.
      I hope that you get your counters fixed the way that you like them. That is one thing that we do not have that much of is counter space to put anything. We have to buy a new canister set the one that we have does not close right and the sugar gets hard from the air getting to it. I will have to look and see what Temptations has.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen
      p.s. JJ is growing up and can eat a lot more now. It is funny that he chose a steak and ate the whole thing. Hope that you neck is feeling better.

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      Hi Colleen
      I would feel weird about that bread incident too, especially the way you describe your property. We are on a cul de sac, so it is a regular street with 12 other houses, but a quiet street. Yours is not. You are rural, and sounds like only someone going to your house, would go down your driveway. I hoep you can get some answers.
      I learned German in less than 3 months, according to my Mom. I was only 8. I did go to the American school, of course. It was hard, as it was a totally different culture- from Italians to Germans, it is very different. Just the noise level….LOL
      Our doctor is pretty good, and we are lucky. We never wait more than 15 minutes, if we are on time. If we are early, a little more. I like that specially with Tillie. Did I tell you we all got our flu shots? We are ready!
      Poor Marissa has been either working, at school nights, or doing her homework. she wants to make the Dean’s list again, so she can get a discount on her car insurance. Did I tell you they made her Assistant Manager? She is such a good kid, and a hard worker. She did one of those funny pictures with JJ, through her phone yesterday, and I will attach it. I will out up a Gary one too. Nobody took a pic of me, in my black, pumpkin shirt….LOL
      Hope your day is going well. Hope you are having fun with Aliza today.
      Adele

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      Hi DD
      Please let us know how you are today. I hope you are nowhere near those awful happenings in Washington. You have been in my prayers since I heard it on the news last night.
      Please stay safe.
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I’m fine. That mall shooting was about 400 miles away from me. It’s closer to the Canadian border in north Washington state.
      We woke up to fog this morning. IT looks more like October outside this morning. But that’s gonna change, by tomorrow we’ll
      be back to summer! Temps in the 80s for Sunday & Monday, then weather whiplash, down to the 60s the rest of the week.
      Oh, the Q has Christmas all weekend long. Ya all know that once Oct comes it’ll be Christmas all the time, I think. At least more
      Christmas specials, I assume. (Don’t say it). lol

      Have a great weekend everybody.
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      Hi DD!
      I am so glad you are far away. I had no idea they were doing Christmas- just turned them on. I was making pillows today for my chair that I took up from downstairs. One matches with the new kitchen valances I made, and one matches with the chair. I took a couple of pics, but one did not come out so good. the chair now has my Halloween throw in it, so they will not stay there until Halloween is over.
      it is really cool here today. I got the oven cleaned, as it was cool enough to do that today, and purged my spice cabinet- I was on a roll!!
      We are having a freeze warning, further up north this weekend- from 90 to 30. This is nuts.
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      I love your pillows. You really did a good job on those. You do a lot of sewing and you are really good at that too. I do not think that there is anything that you cannot do. You pup me to shame.
      You really learned German fast. I guess you had to though it would be hard if you didn’t. Do you remember any of it or did you forget it over the years? This is terrible but I took Spanish and cannot remember hardly any of it but how to curse. I guess that really make an impression on me. Our next door neighbor taught me. They were from Cuba and I use to babysit for their kids.
      The pictures of JJ and Marissa are really cute. That is funny how they can do that. That is a good picture of Gary also. Is he losing weight? He kind of looked like it in the picture. Not that I really know what he looks like in person. But you have put pictures of him on here before. It is terrible to have to be sick to lose weight.
      I bet that you are very proud of her. Marissa is doing so well. Wow assistant manager that quickly. It is hard for the kids to go to school and work. I do not see how they do it but I guess we had to do the same when we went to school. When you are young it is easier to do things then it is when you get older. I do not know when Ron and I started getting older. All of a sudden when we go to the store and buy something the clerks are calling us honey. I always hated that. I am not her honey.
      We had a good time with Aliza. She was so good. When she got tired she just laid down on the floor and started sucking on her pacifier. We had to pick her up and take her upstairs and give her a bottle and put her to sleep. She just snuggled up to me when she fell asleep and it was hard to put her down. I just wanted to keep holding her but I knew that it was best to lay her down. Even though I did hold her for awhile. it is just so nice when they snuggle up to you and they are so sweet and peaceful laying there. I do not want her to grow out of this stage.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I am glad that the shooting happened so far from you. That was terrible. It was good that you came on here and let us know. You posted some more really cute pictures. What beautiful scenery. Wish I live there.
      Our weather is supposed to cool down tomorrow. We will have rain and then it will cool down I guess for the fall. It is tiresome that the weather goes up and down. One day it is hot and the next it is cooler. I am ready for the cooler. weather. Sounds like everyone is.
      I missed the Christmas shows. I have some that I have taped automatically so I do not miss them. I will have to look and see what ones taped.It is so nice to have the dvr. You really do not miss a program that you want to see.Even if you are not home.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Colleen,
      I checked out the website for those golf sandals. I wonder how sales are going for him. It didn’t look like those shoes had any spikes like regular golf shoes. It was interesting.
      How was your back after the drive to babysit? I hope that you got some snuggle time with Aliza.
      Will Austin bark if some one comes up your drive? Brent’s dogs were huge barkers. Ours not so much but I know they would have barked if they saw someone out the window or something. I think if I was upstairs cleaning or something I would not necessarily see someone in the yard-so that’s not unusual out here in the country. It sure is mysterious though.
      Our koi would like if someone spread bread around the yard. When we have bread that is getting older we often feed it to them. Sometimes we put in some watermelon rind. They are so tame-they swim up as soon as we go out there. I remember Belle used to like to steal some of the fish pellets and sometimes she would be practically nose to nose with the fish-some of whom are as big as she was. lol I do miss my dogs but I am not ready for more yet. I think this has been the longest that we have been without a dog in over 40 years.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      It sounds like you had a good dinner out with the family. It looks like you were there for the early bird special as it doesn’t look very crowded yet. I can’t believe that JJ was able to eat a whole steak! He was hungry!
      Your pillows are really beautiful. You are talented. I gave up sewing long ago as i was just short on patience for it.
      I’m not familiar with Balsam Hill. I will have to check them out. I think we bought our last two trees from Lowe’s.
      You know going to your SIL’s for Rosh Hashanah might be good for taking Gary’s mind off the surgery but you don’t want him to get too worn out either. He’s looking good in his photo so hopefully he is feeling better too.
      Do you have a double oven and both top and bottom are self cleaning? For some reason with mine only the top one is self cleaning and I hate that. I don’t understand why the both aren’t. It’s Kitchen Aide so it’s a good brand too. I don’t get it.
      Well I have been good about the Christmas shows this weekend. However I did order those gift bag sets-two for Jenny and one for me. I know I gave her a set last year and she loved them. It helped her so much as it is hard for her to get time away from the kids to wrap-so this way she could have it done in no time-so I know she will be really appreciative. I am still eying that tree like you have for my front porch.
      Gail

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      For those of you that remember Jo Mercer that presented Quacker Factory, for a short time, before Angel she is now a grandmother. Her daughter Alexis had a baby girl named Regan Joanne.

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      Hi Sue,
      Thanks for the info. Do you know what she is doing now? It seems like I remember that she was from Chicago-do I have that right? Or maybe I’m thinking of Lori Greiner is from Chicago. I have so much in my brain it’s hard to keep it all straight. lol
      Gail

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      Gail she is not from Chicago. She lives in Womelsdorf, Pa. She works at a radio station and is active in Improv theater. I know she has lived at the same place for a long time as she had to be close to QVC when she filled in for Jeanne. Her Facebook page said she is originally from California. Really cute baby photos on Facebook.

      I sent Greg a video on Facebook of a little boy playing golf and misses a putt and throws a tantrum. Really cute. I ask if he ever had that reaction. Hope he won’t be mad.

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      Hi Gail,
      I do not know what the spikes look like. I just thought they looked funny. I cannot picture a bunch of guys going around the golf course with flip flops on. They did say that you can take the spikes off of the shoes and wear them around. Multi purpose golf shoes. lol I just thought that they were different and something to look at. It will be interesting to see if he does well with it. I really think it will be the younger group that will buy them. Guys Ron and Gregs age will stick with the regular golf shoes. I could not picture my dad wearing them around the golf course. I wonder if many women would wear them. Women wear a lot more flip flops and sandals then men.
      It was really nice babysitting for Aliza. Ron went with me so when she had to go to bed he carried her up the stairs for me. She was so good and did not give us any trouble. The only time that she gets upset is if you leave the room and she gets mad. She will cry until you come back in there with her. Ron kept telling her to cry he was not coming back in so she stopped for a few seconds until she saw me. So of course I was right there with her. It was funny when she decided that she wanted to go to sleep she laid on the floor and started sucking on her pacifier. So I fixed her a bottle and Ron carried her up. I got to rock her to sleep while she took her bottle. Of course I did hold her a little longer after she fell asleep. She snuggled up to me and that really melts your heart. It will not be much longer and she will not let us rock her. I will miss that.
      Austin does not bark when someone comes on the place. That is one reason Ron wants to get another dog, We need one that will bark and kind of scare people off from getting out of their cars. People are so strange right now it is not safe to not have a dog that will warn you when someone is on the place. I can imagine you really miss your dogs. We miss ours also. It is hard to lose them after you have had them for so long.
      That is funny that Belle would get up close and take the food from the fish. They really are tame to let her get that close and not swim away. That is so neat the come to the top when you bring the food out for them. Can you spoil fish? lol
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good afternoon.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      I remember Jo Mercer she was such a nice person. It is a shame that she did not find another company to work for on QVC. I guess she is happier to be away from there.
      I bet she is so excited to be a grandmother. That is one of the most exciting times of your life. Right after having children or getting a new puppy or kitten. I hope that she is doing well.
      Did you ever hear what happened to her mom? I know that she had Alzheimer and Jo was taking care of her. Just never did hear if they ended up having to put her in a home or not. I lost touch with her a long time ago. I think it was right after her mom got sick.
      Have a good afternoon
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      Greg would never be mad-he’s pretty easy going. He’s definitely not the tantrum type.
      Gail
      Do you know anyone who will be at the live show this time?

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      Hi Colleen,
      It’s a good thing that you had Ron with you to carry Aliza upstairs. It is nice to rock and snuggle the babies. It’s sad when they grow out of that stage but then there are always the new stages to look forward to. I’m always fascinated when they start talking with what they have to say. Of course our Piper learned her first words and hasn’t stopped since. lol
      I guess we really can’t spoil the fish. I’m always fascinated by how they can spend the winter in that cold water. They go into a state of sort of semi hibernation I guess.
      Nothing too exciting going on around here. Did you watch any of the Q’s Christmas shows this weekend? I copied some and flicked through them. I stayed up for the whole Bears game last night after Greg went to bed. They lost again. I’m afraid we won’t be having much of a season to look forward to.
      Gail

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      Hi Ladies,
      I thought I’d send out notice there is a Halloween décor show on tomorrow (Tues) at 1 PM ET, & a 2 hr Quacker Factory show at 4 PM ET. There’s a 2 hr Philosophy show in between.
      I watched a few (very few) minutes of the sparring match. Nothing said I didn’t already know.
      Oh, I forgot to answer one of you about Oregon taxes. We have no sales tax, but we do have income tax & some of the highest property taxes in the
      country. I’m not a home owner, never have been, but I hear it on the news a lot, & from friends. The whole West coast is costly!!! And now Ca. is taking
      over, buying up property, tearing down fine older homes to put in condos & charging outrageous prices for them. That’s one reason Portland is in a housing crisis. People are being evicted from apartment complexes cause the rent is almost doubling. It’s putting families out on the streets, & there’s nothing they can do. It’s gonna put us into a depression/recession before long. Affordable housing?? That’s a JOKE!!! Affordable for the rich, not the middle class, people on a fixed income. Sorry, I got off the rails!! It just infuriates me when I see it on the news night after night after night!!

      We had the last blast of summer yesterday & today. It was in the 80s, but the temps will be dropping like a rock. We’ll have rain by the end of the week.
      I guess that’s all for now.
      Have a great week & enjoy the shows tomorrow.
      dd

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      Hi Gail,
      Piper is just funny. She is going to be something when she grows up. She is so funny now. It was good that Ron was with me. She is not easy to carry up and down the stairs. It is just so nice to have them snuggle up to you and go to sleep. I guess that we want them to stay that size a little longer. Each stage is special though. I wish that we could keep them little for a long time but that is not how life is. They want to grow up way too fast.
      I taped some of the Q Christmas shows and did like you did and went thru it quickly. I just cannot find gifts for Ron’s sisters this year. They did have the trees again will have to find the number again. The small ones that light up and you put the little ornaments on. I cannot remember who made them. Have you ever fast forwarded the shows when certain hosts are on the shows? I did it the other day when Susan Graver was on there and it was really funny,. She moves around so much and is not very still and it is a riot to watch her. Angel is also cause she comes towards the camera and it is just funny. I really need to get a life when it get my kicks out of fast forwarding the shows to watch the vendors move.
      We do not watch football anymore. We do not have a team and so Ron is not interested. He only watches the scores when the Rams play to make sure that they lost. There are a lot of people that are really upset with them. People that bought the season tickets and others that just bought for certain games are really upset. Some of the people will get some of their money back and other will not get anything. That is not right.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      I did not watch the debates because I cannot stand to watch Hilary Clinton. She just really makes me mad when she opens her mouth so do not watch. Sorry should not say anything.
      I cannot wait to see what they have for the Quacker shows for tomorrow. Patrick Hoy will be here also to help with the shows. They should be good shows. They will have a lot of Halloween shirts on there and hope they have some clearance on also. I do not need to buy anything but it is fun to watch.
      I can understand what you are talking about with the housing. They do some really stupid things. They do not care about people anymore. They just do what they want and we have nothing to say about it. I cannot believe how expensive it is to rent apartments now days. Housed are outrageous and no one can afford them. They really need to do something about the homeless and get them back into homes or apartments. It is terrible that they can do that. Do not blame you for saying things about it. Something needs to be done.
      Love all your pictures. They are so pretty. That house is so pretty but just think of all the cleaning you would have to do. That would take a month to get it cleaned. lol Small houses are looking good to me right now. lol
      Well that is all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

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      Hi DD,
      We are cooler here in Illinois this week too. Mid to upper 60’s. I watched some of the debate last night too. It was pretty much what I expected. I hope they find some answers to the housing crisis. You hate to see families put out onto the street.
      Pretty soon the trees will start looking like the ones in your pictures.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen,
      I did see that set of trees-however, I don’t think you would want that set as I think that they were three different sizes. I think they are by the company Kringle Express. You are right Susan Graver is funny in fast forward as she is moving all over the place showing things on the models.
      Maybe Ron will eventually root for the Chiefs as they are from Missouri also. That is sad that the season ticket holders can’t get their money back.
      We are cooler here this week. In the 60’s with lows in the 50’s and even 40’s. How are things by you?
      My sister is coming for a visit this weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing her as we missed our visit last year. Hopefully when Greg can go to part time again we can get in more visits to Indy to see her. I wonder if Piper will get shy around her or if she will just chatter as usual. lol
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen
      That is my favorite all time thing- when the baby falls asleep in your arms, and you can snuggle and smell them. LOL
      I always wanted to sew when I was little. My Auntie Mary showed me how, and she was my sewing mentor. Thank you for the compliments. You should have seen the things my Aunt Mary made. One Christmas, she did red velvet dresses for me, my cousin, a nd her daughter. We looked so nice.
      Gary has lost weight. He is trying to be a good boy, and give his kidneys a break. But, he now has an infection, they are treating- learned of it from the pre-ops- they called yesterday am.
      I hope you and Ron are having a good day- I am answering fats, as I wa snot on yesterday, and a have a lot of them to go through. SO, please read the others for any more up-dates….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Adele,
      What do you think of this.

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      hey Gail
      That is pretty. Where did you find it?
      Adele

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      La Sur

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      OMG-I’m getting dyslexic. SurLa Table.

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      Hi DD
      That is awful about making people leave to get more rent, or sell the apartments as condos. Affordable housing is an issue everywhere, and it needs to be addressed. People have the right to live in a nice home, and be safe, and comfortable.
      NH is like that on this side of the country. They have no sales tax, and keep saying “live free or die”. But, the real estate taxes are almost double what we have. You have to pay for the country to run, one way or the other. I do not know why people do not get that.
      I watch a lot of HGTV, and see the prices on your side of the country, and I am shocked. I thought our homes were expensive, until you see California.
      I saw the new Halloween sweatshirts. I did order 2, I am ashamed to say. I just cannot resist Halloween, or pumpkin, anything….LOL I am a pumpkin addict.
      I hope you are feeling good today. Do you get any trick or treaters?
      Oh yes, I saw the great debate. Words cannot express how I feel about “it”- I cannot even call him a him- he is an “it”. Not human.
      Adele

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      Hey Sue- are you going to the show today???
      Adele

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      Hi Sue
      I do remember her. How nice she became a grandmother.
      Did you get anything form the email sent today on the Halloween show? I had to, as if I wait, my “chubby bits” size will be gone. Better safe than sorry. I am such a sucker for Halloween, and pumpkins. So, this is what I said to my son yesterday……..”make sure you get me an urn with a pumpkin on it, when I die.” I think he was horrified.
      Adele

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      Hey Gail
      I wrapped all my gifts last year with those cool bags. They are the best, and you do not even need any tissue paper. Best idea ever- ordered more of those in July.
      My oven is self cleaning, in both ovens. Mine is a Kenmore Elite. I believe it was made by Electrolux, as when we needed a part, that is what the box said when it arrived. I love my double oven. Makes the holidays so much easier.
      You have to get on of those trees. They look so beautiful, and I ma so glad I got one. The Halloween lights are so pretty. You would really love it.
      It is cloudy here today, and will be in the 70’s. I need it cooler for my Halloween sweatshirts….LOL
      Adele

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      LOL, Gailster!

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      I am not going to the live show. Will probably not go again because the stairs have no railing and am afraid that I might fall. I would love to be able to go to see my friends. But I will be watching and TV and looking for my friends in the audience. I need to leave tonight before it is over as my doctor is having a flu shot clinic and my appt is at 6:10PM. I got an e-mail but will wait and see if I want anything when the show is on. I like to order when the show is on so Angel gets credit for the sell. She needs to keep her numbers up. I do order if I think it will sell out but that does not happen as much as it use to. I got a shirt from Denim & co today that was on clearance but I really do not need more clothes, will probably not wear out what I have. I need to go through and donate some things as my closet is full.

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      hey Sue…

      What, what what??????? Angel does not get credit when I pre order so I can get my size? That is not fair. If I wait, I end up being sorry they are out of my size. Well., maybe this is what I will do. Order them again, and then cancel the first one, so Angel can get credit. Does she still get credit if you order on line, instead of call in??
      I hope you can get what you want, and still make it to the clinic for your shot.
      I purged last year, and need to do it again.
      Hope your weather is good!
      Adele

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      Hi Ladies,
      I hope you all remembered that DWTS is on tonight for 2 hrs. It’s on right now on the East coast.
      Did you ladies buy out QF today? I wanted to but I couldn’t. They had a lot of cute things today. Sigh.

      Our weather did a 180 from yesterday. It was cloudy but the sun came out this afternoon. I hope your
      weather has cooled off.
      I’m preparing for the pest control crew to come in Thurs. afternoon. It’s such a burden!! I’m too old
      for this.
      Have a great night.
      dd

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    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      Thanks for telling me about the trees. I did not realize that they were all different sizes. So guess that I am back to square one. Maybe they will have something on there before Christmas. I do not know what to get for them. It is really hard to find what I like this year. They are showing a lot of the same things over again. Wish that they would come up with some new ones.
      Did you see the Halloween decor show today. They had some cute things on there. I did not buy any though because do not know if I want to get any or not. We do not have any trick or treaters and the grands do not come out on Halloween anymore. So better save my money for Christmas. I may see a Santa that I cannot live without.
      That is really nice that your sister is coming to visit. You two will have a great time. Will she get to stay for very long? It would be nice if she could stay for a week and you two could just sit and talk. I always like it when my older sister and I get together. We always talk about old times. Then of course we talk about our kids and our grand kids.
      Did you watch dwts tonight. It was not surprising that Rick Perry got voted off the show. He has a lot of spirit but he just could not get the moves. My feet move about like his when I dance. lol He did learn some dances though for his daughters wedding. So that was good.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      Did you see the Halloween decor show? They had a lot of cute things on there but did not buy any. They would be nice to have but we do not get any kids on Halloween so would be a waste of money. The grands do not come on Halloween anymore. They go out with their friends now and do not need to come to grandmas.
      My mom tried to teach me how to sew and do other needle craft things but I am left handed and she is right handed and it never seemed to work out right. I would love to learn how to quilt but that did not work out either. I have noticed that they have a lot more things made for left handed people so it is easier. I am just not very good at doing things like that I guess.
      Poor Gary. Even when he is trying to be good something happens. Will this delay his surgery for a long time or will they be able to do as scheduled. We are praying for him. It is miserable to have kidney trouble.
      I have not watched the Quacker show yet. Will watch it after I get off of here. I am trying so hard not to buy anything until I get all my easy pays paid off. Next month they will all be paid. I cannot believe that I had so many. I just hope that I can control myself when I watch the show tonight. I may not be able to but am going to give it a try. I really want to get the easy pays out of here first.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi DD,
      Dwts was okay tonight. I hope that they are not just going to show the dances from the day before every Tuesday. It is nice that they had singers on there and all the extra dancing but it is fun to see the couples do a new dance. Did you hear that they are going to do circus things next week? That should be interesting . Wonder how they are going to judge that. Were surprised that Rick Perry went home tonight? I kind of thought that he might. It will be interesting to see what happens next week.
      I have not watched the Quacker show yet. Will watch it after I get off of here. I hope they do not tempt me too much. I am getting all my easy pay paid off and want to get that done before I buy anything else.
      Good luck tomorrow with your bug men. Hope they do a good job.
      Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Colleen,
      I’m sure you will find your SIL gifts eventually. The perfect thing might appear when you least expect it. I will keep my eye out for sets of cute items.
      I did see the Halloween show. They had some cute things but I have not done any fall decorating this year. I will pull out a few pumpkin candles and that will be about it. It’s so much harder than it used to be and the only ones around to see it anymore are me and Greg-and he could really care less.
      My sister will come Friday and leave Sunday so she won’t be here that long. She has done a lot of traveling this year to Utah and North Carolina and she’s going to France in November. She is very active. She’s older than me but is not overweight like me and gets around much better. She’s the one who has been ballroom dancing for all these years.
      I like Patrick’s outfits on the Quacker show. He’s such a good sport.
      Gail

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      Hi Adele,
      I know I gave Jenny some of those bags last year and she used them all-so I know that she will like getting more this year. It’s hard to spend much time wrapping with three little kids about.
      Having the two ovens is nice for holidays and for baking cookies. I often wonder why in the heck they made the top one self cleaning and the bottom one not. Could never figure that one out.
      It’s been cool enough here the last couple of days to wear the fall shirts. Thank goodness as it’s almost October.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi DD!
      it was humid here yesterday, and today is dreary and chilly.
      I saw the show yesterday, with my Mom. I got such a kick out of the guy who had a Halloween shirt on. Fall/Halloween is my favorite of all. Orange is my favorite color, and my whole has a little orange everywhere. Pumpkins are out all year long-now that Temptations has those beautiful Harvest leaves and pumpkins, they have become my counter decorations. I got rid of my k cup pod thing, and put my pods in one f the Temptations, which looks a lot nicer. I am like you, I want to see my pretty Temptations, and I use them every day for dinner too.
      I was not surprised the Governor got voted off last night. He is a nice guy, but, he was not good. I am glad the small woman is still on. God bless her. She is tyring her heart out, and really is good.
      So, today I am baking a cranberry orange muffin thing.
      Hope your day is going well, and the bug thing is nto making you too nuts. It is so upsetting to have to go through all of that. I am sorry you have to put up with that.
      Adele

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      Well girls seems my retirement was a short one. I got a call this morning and he said the girl that took my place had a vacation planned for next week so he ask if I could fill in. I said I could so am working next week. It is only one week and will be nice to see everyone.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I appreciate you looking to see if you find something and let me know. It is so hard to buy for my sils and Ron will not help me. He just says all of that is too high. I do not know what he is going to get them that is any cheaper. It is hard to find something that you can give to three people and they will all like it. They are always saying that I find the unusual gifts that they never see anywhere. So have to keep up the same thing.
      How nice that your sister is going to France in November. Do you ever get to spend Christmas with her or any of the holidays? It is funny as we get older we do not spend as much time with our siblings. We do not see much of our cousins either just at funerals. That is just so sad. Time to change the subject. sorry. It is no wonder that your sister is skinny. She does all that dancing and loses all of her weight doing that. That would be so nice. I can just hear my back doctor telling me to take small steps and do not do any back bends. lol
      Patrick is on the chics night in show tonight also. He has a pumpkin shirt on. You are probably watching the show and already know it. I did like his count quackula cape that he had on yesterday. That was funny. Did you see the guy that works for qvc come out in the witches hat shirt on. That was really funny also.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Colleen
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      Hi Sue,
      They will have you working part time before it is all over with. lol It is nice that you are filling in for the girl that is doing the job that you use to do. It probably would have been hard on them if you did not come in and help. You are a nice person.
      Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Sue,
      Enjoy your time at work. Your replacement sure didn’t work long before getting a vacation. It will be nice to visit your old co-workers.
      Gail

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      Hi Colleen.
      You know men in general are not very good about picking out gifts. I was always the one to have to do it for Greg’s Mom and sister and nephews when everyone was little and then for my side of the family too. If they were in charge no gifts would get given.
      Gosh I haven’t spent the Holidays with my sister in ages. Probably since the kids were little. And I haven’t seen any of my cousins in years. I wouldn’t even know where they live even. I do know a couple of them have passed away over the years. That’s pretty sad.
      I did see the guy dressed in the witch hat shirt. What a good sport!
      I hope next week DWTS goes back to one night. These second night shows are kind of a waste of time rehashing everything.
      Have a good weekend.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey girls
      I did watch some of the Halloween show on line. I got the remote control spider and rat for the boys….LOL
      Adele

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      Hi Sue!
      I bet you will feel good to see everyone. A week is not so bad, and extra income is always nice. That would be great if they call you, every time she is on vacation. Have a good time with your work friends.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey Gail
      That stinks that your top oven is not self cleaning. I would have cried. it is bad enough wiping it out after we clean them. We are Quacker Princesses. hey…..I just made a new title for all of us!
      Adele, aka Quacker Princess # ?
      We have to get our #’s from when we came on this site- who was first? I am after you, Colleen, Sue, Barbara, Debbie, I think. Then comes Christine and DD??

    • adele shanbar
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      hey Gail and Colleen
      Gail- that is fabulous that your sister does ballroom dancing. Did you ever dance with her and her hubby?
      there was a time generations ago, that I did that country line dancing thing- with the hoop skirts, etc. It was fun. I think I was around 12..I bet you two will stay up all night, chatting, and catching up.
      It is so nice to have a sister.
      colleen- I loved the guy in the witch shirt. I saw Patrick on Facebook, as I have not watched the extra Q channel yet. I love when the guys I get into the fun of Halloween.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen!
      I saw a little of the Halloween shows, in between commercials, and on line. I ordered the rat and spider that is remote control for the boys. JJ and his friend will have a ball with them, for sure.
      Marissa is the only leftie we have in the family. She has no interest in sewing at all.
      Gary’s surgery is still Monday. the infection should be gone by then. he is feeling a little better- not as tired as he was, before he knew he was sick. The thing is, he has no idea when something is wrong. He doe snot feel any pain in the kidney/bladder area. All he doe sis get real tired, which is not enough to make him go to the doctor. I know when I have a UTI, I am in a lot of pain. It is just very strange.
      How is Mr. Ron? Has he been good?
      Hope your weather is good- it is so chilly here, I have the windows shut.
      Has anyone heard from Barbara??
      Adele

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      I had a very trying afternoon. First my power was out then when it came back my internet did not. I called and was on with tech support some foreign guy and he had me disconnect and reconnect my wires and still nothing. He then said I should disconnect everything from the modem and he would call back. He never called back. So I called again and got a different man. I told him I was not going to go through all that I had to do with the first one. He was going to make a note for a service man to come look at it. I said I would try it again and this time it connected. He said the first man must have got it fixed but did not know why he never called.

      It has been chilly here and drizzle all day. We were to get a lot of rain but only had .13 inch according to the news. But there is more coming and we are to have rain tonight and tomorrow, I hope we get some because we need it badly. Besides if it is going to be dark all day it should at least rain. According to Accu Weather we are in for a bad Winter that last well into Spring. Many more sub zero temps and a lot of snow storms. They are even worried that the cold will stretch to Florida and ruin the citrus crops. Glad I won’t have to go to work but would rather keep the heat.

      The girl had this vacation planned before she started. They are going to a wedding and then go to see the Pioneer Woman’s store and restaurant. So that is why she is going so soon after starting. The work will make me enough to pay my car insurance and that is good.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Gail,
      I saw those throws again and I think that I may get those for his sister. I can get them all one and then get one for me. lol I will have to buy two sets of them. That would be nice though.
      I am glad that someone else feels the way that I do about the second show of the week. DWTS needs to stick to the one show a week. They just show the same dances over again on Tuesday. It is a lot more fun when they do new dances. I wonder why they decided to do it that way this year. It is just a shame.
      We are getting ready for the hay ride tomorrow night. Every time we schedule the hay ride it gets cold. This year we decided to plan it early and what happens it gets cold. It will be fun anyway. We have a big group coming again this year. No one is sick or busy. That is unusual. It is always fun but a pain to get everything set up. We have to put chairs out all over the place and get the tables set up and put up the decorations. I did get a spider to put in the hay for the kids. It will be interesting to see if they notice or if they just ignore it.
      Well that is about all from here have a good night.
      Colleen
      p.s. we did not win the hat again this time. Well there is always next year.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      I cannot believe that you bought the mouse and spider. You are a better grandma then I am. Those things creep me out. He will be scaring Steph all the time with those things. Mice and rats creep me out.
      It is hard to know when you have a uti. There really is not a lot of symptoms. I hope that things go well for Gary on Monday. We will be praying for him. That is good that he is feeling better. Hope that he continues to feel well. It is hard to lose weight.
      Ron is a mess. He bought the stuff to put on the deck but did not get the boards to replace the ones that are breaking. We will have the stain and sealer even though we do not have the boards that we need. He always does things backwards. He saw a bag by the side of the road and wanted to go back and see what it was. It looked like a full bag of potting soil. I really have to holler at him to get him to drive on. One day he is going to pick up the wrong bag.
      It is cold here also. We are wearing jackets here and heavier coats at night. So we are not going out at night right now. Tomorrow we are having our hay ride so it will be cold outside. We will have a big bonfire though. So it should not be too cold. I do not know how long Aliza will be able to stay outside. So if I get cold I can bring her in the house and play with her for awhile. That will be nice.
      Patrick gets into the fun that is for sure. I loved his cape with all the ducks on it. He is so funny,.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen
      It is very chilly here, and going to pour this afternoon, and tomorrow. At least, that is what they are saying now.
      I hope you have a good time with the bon fire, and hay ride. that sounds like such a blast! Which Halloween top will you be wearing?
      I can’t wait to see JJ’s face when he sees those Halloween creatures. I wonder if Aizen will be scared, or laugh.
      OMG…..I think I can see potato soup on the horizon for Ron. If Ron and Gary were friends, we would have them committed, for sure.
      Marissa is stopping by this afternoon, with Pena. Today is friends and Family discount day at Yankee, so Rissy has mine and Tillie’s orders for our Christmas candles. So, I will be all set for candles until the holidays are over. I light a candle every day, for the safety of everyone. I guess that is my “Catholic thing”.
      This weekend is Rosh Hashanah. Because of Gary’s infection, we will not be going to my SIL’s on Sunday. I think it will be too much for him. She lives over an hour away, and then the surgery is Monday am. I feel bad. I may try to make my first Jewish Brisket. We will see.
      Hope your hay ride if fabulous!
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Hey girls- I hate the second show too. I have been turning in to the second hour, as to re-hash it al l is ridiculous.
      Adele

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      Hi Sue
      Thank God you got the electric back, and are able to get back on line. We would have been worried about you! Electronics are so sensitive when those things happen. Here is what I do when they tell me that- I disconnect the entire thing by shutting off the power stick all is attached to. Then, I wait a couple of minutes, and put it back on again. Sometimes, that does it, and you do not have to go through all that crap with the cable company. And, sometimes, it doe snot, and they have to come out.
      I have not heard anything yet on the winter. We desperately need some snow, so maybe next year we will not have a drought. But, who wants to be snowed in all winter?? I guess we better start stock piling our staples, like the squirrels. Up here there are a couple of supermarkets that do deliveries. Do you have any, you could use in snow emergencies? I know there is a cost, but not sure if it is out of control or not.
      That is great that you made enough to pay for your insurance. those small surprises are very nice.
      We also have gloom, and rain coming for today, and tomorrow. Right now, it is very dark out there- no rain yet.
      hope you are snuggled in your chair, with a nice mug of hot chocolate!
      Adele

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      We did have a good time tonight. I wore the ghost shirt with the grey vest. I really liked that one. I also have the one with the animals dressed up in costumes. I will have to wear that one later in the month. We had a good sized group tonight and everyone had fun. They usually do. That is one thing that we do here that Ron’s family comes over for. We all have families now and do not get together a lot because there is too many of us. We had to have our Christmas at a hall because no ones house is big enough for all of us anymore. All of our kids have kids and that is a lot of kids.
      it misted rain here for a little while but then it cleared up and the stars were so pretty. That is one thing I love about living in the country. The stars look brighter and bigger. We do not have any street lights here or any other type of lights so the sky is really pretty at night. It would be hard for us to move back into town after living here for so long.
      Lighting candles are a Catholic thing I think. I like to keep candles lit here over the holidays. Do you remember the votive candles that you would light for someone who was sick or if they needed help. You would go to church and light them and pray. I cannot remember how much money we use to put in the money thing. You do not see or hear of people doing that anymore.
      Well that is about all from here. I think that I am going to go to bed. It is late and I am really tired tonight. Have a good night.
      Colleen

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      Hi Sue,
      Did the electric go off in the whole house or just on your computer? That is a pain when it goes off if it is the whole house and even worse if it was just your computer acting up.
      It is always nice to have extra money coming in. I hope that you enjoyed the day and seeing all the people that you use to work with. It is hard at first when you stop working. You miss everyone and having something to do everyday. I know that it took me awhile to get use to it.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • Barbara Smith
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      hello friends……so glad to finally have a few minutes to drop by and let you all know we are still up and running, and I mean that in the literal sense. It seems that every day brings more and more things for us to be right in the middle of; and I am getting so tired, and Jerry is past getting tired and into the grouchy, worn to a frazzle stage. I am still trying to stay positive for him and for me; but girls; it has really been trying. We have FINALLY gotten his Mom into a wonderful assisted living home about 20 miles or so from our home. There are 5 individual cottages; with each cottage designed for the level of care the resident needs. Ms. Smith is in the next to the highest level for right now; but I really feel she is making progress, and they assured us that as she continues to develop needs, or has lesser needs, then she will change cottages. There are 25 residents to each cottage; and they are all within a huge fenced in area with locking gates and very big back yards for picnics and outdoor recreations for the residents. I as very pleased so far; and if I could just calm Jerry down all would be so much better. Just like when the furniture men delivered her bed and dresser and night stand; he thought he just had to get in there and put all the things together and didn’t let them to any of it. The maintaince man saw him struggling with the bed; and said, Mr. Smith, that is for me to do; you just take your Mom out in the garden and I will have this set up in no time. No amount of telling Jerry from me would convince him that he is not expected to do all the work but he listened to the man and finally gave in and went outside with his Mom. I stayed back and asked the man to please help Jerry to understand that he just needs to relax and enjoy spending time visiting with his Mom, and that everything will be taken care of for them. This has been a really trying time on me and Jerry. I have to admit that I have been in the feeding him potato soup more than one time, and one day I just had to take our car and ride into town for my own sanity. I felt I had just about gone as far as I could go and that nothing I was saying was getting through his thick skull. And grouchy, grouchy from us both. I can’t even say he has been more difficult than I have. It just seems we are just putting out one fire after another. But I know that this will get better; so I am trying with all my might to just not say anything. I usually say “okay” and then don’t offer any opinion.
      We had to go for our check ups at the doctors this week too. They have completely changed everything up at his office. Both of our BP’s were up; but I was not surprised about that. But hopefully; everything else if okay. I have missed your notes on Garys surgery. I will keep you all in my prayers. I have really missed so much I know that has been going on for you all. I hope everyone else is doing okay healthwise.
      Neal left for Oklahoma this week. I want to see the baby so badly; but she is staying busy doing things with her friends and family. I called today and checked on them and Sarah said they “might” come by one day next week. So we will see. That is another area that I know we are failing in. Jerry just won’t stop responding to her comments that she makes that goes completely against his views on things. Girls, it has been quite a challenge around here. I know Neal is really missing his family, but he has called us twice and had lots of news. I told him that even though I know he misses Sarah and Colin; that he has to keep his eye on the future for his family, and that what he is doing now is for them all. I also told him how proud I am of him and that I have all the faith in the world that he will do the very best that anyone could do with his classes. I made him a dinner of chicken and dumplings and a homemade German Chocolate cake a couple of days before he left. He really seemed to enjoy it.
      Would you believe I have been so busy that I haven’t even gotten out my Halloween Quacker outfits this year? I bet you all have been wearing yours and looking really festive. I have a pretty Fall wreath on Ms. Smiths door. I have at least gotten that done. I also put one of those air freshener things that plug in with the apple cinnamon fragrance in her room. It smells so good in there.
      Have you been doing any baking, Adele? I need to do something with pumpkin or apple spices or something. Mabey some baked apples would be good; they are easy to make.
      Well, gotta go for now. Just wanted to let you all know that we are okay. Please say a little prayer for us. We are so blessed and yet we are going though so much hoopla right now that it makes me sad. I hope all is well with you all and your families. Take care everyone. Hugs, Barbara

    • Colleen
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      Hi Barbara,
      I am so glad that you found a place for Jerry’s mom. She will like it there. The wreath that you got her sounds really nice. That is a good number to have in one cottage. There is not to many to take care of in one place. She should get a lot of attention and maybe they will work on her memory. It would be nice if she got moved to another cabin where she can do more for herself and be self reliant. It will be nice for her to be with people her own age. How nice that she is only 20 miles from your house. That is not too bad. You and Jerry will be able to see her more often. The back yard there sounds really nice. Jerry and his mom can go outside on a nice day and eat lunch. Maybe you and Jerry can take a picnic lunch there and she could eat some home cooking. That was really nice that the maintenance man got Jerry to let him put the bed together. This may be the best place for all of you.
      It would be nice if you and Jerry could get away for a couple of days and just relax. Do not think about anything just have a good time. Sometimes a couple of days can really do a lot to renew your energy. You two have been thru a lot.
      I hope that Sarah brings the baby by one day. You need to see him and hold him. We had a hayride here Friday night and we all had a good time. They brought Aliza and her and I were in the house. I have this witch that plays music and Aliza was dancing to the music. She just kind of rocks back and forth. Once we got started she could not wait for me to play the music again. She is such a little cutie. My daughter came in and took a movie of her dancing on my phone. I may have it put on a disc so we can watch it on the computer or on the dvd player. Just wait you will have so many things to see that will make you smile. It is better then when our kids were young. These little ones are so special.
      How nice that you had Neil over for dinner and made his favorite food. He was probably glad that you did it and he enjoyed it. THere is nothing like mom’s home cooking for the kids. What is happening with Joey? Is he still going to go to Alaska and do nursing? I hope that he likes doing that. I have heard that Alaska is really beautiful.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a good night.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen!
      Glad you all had a good time, and you sparkled through the evening, as much as the stars.
      It rained yesterday, and today is very gloomy out there. It make you feel achy.
      We still light the candles around here, as we have the Madonna Shrine in East Boston. My friend Maxine, and Hetaher and Dave will both be lighting a candle at the Shrine tomorrow for Gary…..the Jewish guy…LOL I always say, we offend every religion in this house. I consider us to be a “diverse religious home”. the Menorah is in front of the Christmas tree in the picture window every holiday season. We have a section of “blue Hanukkah” too. Both devoted Catholics, and Jews could picket the house, every holiday season. We do the potato Latka’s every year, as Gary loves those…..LOL I say the Jewish prayers with his family, and he says the Catholic ones over here. The funniest thing ever was when we were at Mass, and because Gary was using a walker that year, the nice man came over to give him Communion, and we all tired to squelch the laughter, as Bobby told him, “that is the Jewish guy”. I bet we make God laugh. I have always felt, it does not matter what religion you are, we all have the same God. We just call him different names. Tillie is Protestant, so we have everything, accept Muslim in this family, so far. Let’s see what the next generation will bring to the table. I welcome everyone, as long as they are a good, decent person.
      ITKWD is on- yahoo! Love that show.
      Adele

    • adele shanbar
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      Wow, Missy Barbara
      You both have a lot on your plate. It is so hard not to get cranky with each other, trust me, I am guilty of that every day. We are not perfect. then add that we are older, and get way more tired than we used to, and BAM! You are right to take your sanity rides into town. I also do the on line shopping therapy. I am single handedly keeping the USPS, UPS, and FedEx in business. there was one day this week, we did not get package, and Bobby (who was on vacation and horrified at the deliveries) said the mailman gave him a dirty look….LOL LOL
      By the way, I am just about done with Christmas shopping, I am horrified to say. Just waiting for the rest of the deliveries. the only one I have nothing for is Tillie. I have not come up with anything good yet for her.
      I just made mint chip ice cream- Bobby’s request for today. I also made this fabulous orange/cranberry/nut cakes. Recipe on King Arthur. I did them in the big Temptations pumpkin shaped muffin pans, and they came out fabulous. I am waiting for the set of 4 cake pans to come, and then I will get rid of my metal cake pans. I tell you, the Temptations bake things so much better.
      It sounds like the new residence for Jerry’s mom is fabulous. What a nice, kind man that was, to help Jerry realize he can relax. It may take a little time for him to relax. I bet he is feeling guilty she is there, even though he knows it is the right thing for her needs. Of course you are in my prayers every night! I will not forget you, or your family.
      I hope the time goes by fast, so your son will be back home with his family. I will add a prayer that your Itty Bitty comes by for a visit this week. Can you just call her, and say you would like to come by with dinner??? You both need a baby fix.
      Hope you are good, and that Jerry’s Mom is settling in nicely. I have a great book for you to read to Jerry…..”Outwitting Squirrels”. (hope I got the right title) You will do belly laughs as each page turns. It is becoming my favorite book. My other favorite book is ” Skipping Christmas”, by John Grisham. Both will make you laugh, and smile, and you need that right now.
      love you, Missy Barbara!
      Adele
      PS Today is Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. Happy New Year to all! Tomorrow is Gary’s surgery.

    • Colleen
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      Hi Adele,
      We did not have any rain here but it has been cloudy for a few days. It is supposed to be partly sunny until Thursday and then rain. I would love to see the sun for a few days. The temperature is really nice though. No more high 90″s. We are ready for this that is for sure. I hope that you get enough rain to bring you out of drought status.
      You are right it does not matter who says the prayers just as long as they are said. God listens to all of us. Our house is not as far apart as you are there with you being Catholic and Gary being Jewish. I am Catholic and Ron is Baptist. So we have our religious differences but we worked them out. Ron will not do anything the Catholic way unless forced. We always say grace before we eat when the kids are here and we all make the sign of the cross and he sits with his hands folded. He will not go to Mass unless it was a special occasion like first communion or something like that. Never on Christmas eve when the kids and I would go. The kids did go with me though and that was alright. That is cool that you have both decorations up for the holidays. It is nice for both groups. You will have Jewish people and Christians coming by to see your decorations.
      One thing that is hard for me is on Christmas day we all celebrated a different way. At Ron’s family they would open gifts on Christmas eve. They would go to church and when they got back their gifts were there. I could not get use to that because we always got the gifts on Christmas morning. His parents took their tree and everything down the day after Christmas and we kept ours up until the 6th of January. So Ron had to get use to the way we did things also. That is one thing that he gave in to.
      That is funny that they tried to give Gary Communion. I bet he was surprised when that happened. It is funny that Bobby spoke up and stop the guy from giving communion to him.
      Well that is about all from here. Have a great rest of the day.
      Colleen

    • adele shanbar
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      Hi Colleen!
      It was really funny when they tried to give him Communion. I have also not gone to Mass in years on Sundays. We go for events, and my Dad’s annual Mass. I would really like to start going again, but, you just get so tired. I like going to Mass, it makes you feel good.
      We always open presents on Christmas Eve. Actually, that is the German tradition. My mother kept it up over here, as she hates to get up early in the morning. LOL
      it was gross here all day- gloomy, and no rain. If it is going to be gross, it may as well rain. Not here.
      I did some of Aizne’s stocking today. I would say I am 2/3 done. Then, I have to do the picture for Tillie’s bathroom, that I was to finish last year- a lighthouse. She loves lighthouses. I also have one picture I have not finished for my back room, that I started when I retired. So, I have a lot of needlepoint to finish. I hope to get them all done before Christmas, so I can get Tillie’s framed. hers is small, so I should be able to finish it.
      Hope your night goes well!
      Adele

    • Gail Norusis
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      Hi Everyone,
      Starting new discussion page for October.
      Gail

    • adele shanbar
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      Post count: 4809

      I’ll be there!
      Adele

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