Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by ConfusedInPA, Nov 20, 2012.
...for not leaving us in indecision,
and in confusion,
over when and whether to start a new thread.
Small decisions can feel big, some days.
And I don't like to get stranded, in Indecision or Confusion. I seem to take a wrong turn and find myself there, too often. Not the friendliest towns. LOL
it's so good to read your last post!
Thank you so much, for your wishes for me. It really means a lot to me. My frustration gets coupled with isolation, so your messages really do help me. Especially with the 2nd part,(isolation) which can get large and sad, sometimes. And especially on "holiday" weeks.
Everyone else's posts here, do help, too.
it's great to read about how you and family are doing. SOunds like a pretty long drive, for dinner and back. Ihope you don't crash untill your ride home, and then just wrap in a blanket and let yourself, is what I've done in the past.
glad you do have, and will have help, but that will be a lot of hubub around you to deal with. Ihope you can enjoy some of it.
Both of you seem to be pacing pretty well,
in between having to stop when we hit those brick walls.
I sure do see them around me too.
Last night, I hit a hard upsetting time, of holiday blues, etc....missing loved ones....mixed memories....
but I lived through it, and today, feel better than all that.
Whew, like it was said earlier, we all have a lot to be thankful for, even though it doesn't always feel like it, at all moments.
MIKIE, I hope your trip is easy and pleasant, and enjoyable even!
DIANE, hope your week goes well too. Those sounded like good and manageable plans for you and huz and kitties.
thanks for asking what I'd be able to eat. That's thoughtful of you.
It's always a challenge...what I can chew and what I can digest, and whether I might be able to help prep a bit of something....It's not too big a deal, or important actually, the way we live, since we don't get any visitors or go to anyone's, so huz and I will just decide what we can manage to cook and will do without anything we can't.
Hope to make some treat of some kind. We'll wait and see. Anything small is fine.
Trying to keep my chin up, and get through this week, which I don't find easy.
I feel badly for all of the people in NY and NJ with all of their problems. Bigger than my present ones, for sure. I lived part of my earlier life in one of those terribly hard-hit areas.
NO relatives left there though, to have gone through that.
Wish we had a few nice relatives...but thankful for what we have. What we have today, won't last forever either. Got to try to savor life, whenever possible.
Thinking of all of you....
KIM, stop by when you can!
ROCK, and BArry....you too, of course.
ANyone else who'd like to say hi to us.
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We are official Fl. residents as of today.Went and got our licenses and tags for the car.Still have to do that for the RV and truck when he brings it down.Anyway that was exciting stuff.Cooking and cleaning now it has to be done where ever you live right?
For your good wishes. I'm posting mine for everyone to have a well and happy Thanksgiving. I'm just sitting here waiting to leave for the airport. I was going to drive and leave the car as Barb can't drive at night when I return. She and another friend got together. Barb is taking me out and our other friend is picking me up. What nice friends to have.
DD called to tell me that a 24 hr. stomach bug is going around and Andy's been throwing up since early today. She still wants me to come but just wanted to give me a heads up in case I didn't want to come. I'm going. By the time I get there, he'll probably be feeling better.
A neighbor went ballistic at this morning's condo mtg. She's upset about Sylvester and Tweety because Jeff feeds them outside. She claims it's attracting possums and racoons. We have possums and racoons regardless because we have dumpsters. We are worried that she will try to hurt the cats or do away with them somehow. They are so sweet and hurt no one. They play with the possums. The other night, one of our neighbors saw Tweety curled up with a possum on the stairs. These cats were dumped to fend for themselves as kittens and I don't think they can become inside cats at this point. They enjoy frolicking outside and climbing the trees. Jeff is looking at single houses and, as much as I would miss the cats, I'd rather he move and keep them safe than to have this demented woman hurt them. She has a Jeckyl and Hyde personality fueled by alcohol. I feel for her but there is not reasoning with her. I put a prayer in our prayer box that it all works out OK.
Again, Thanksgiving cheer to all my Online Family.
on the Porch, Lounge or wherever we are. I may read a lot on the Lounge but not always post. Lately I have been sick and wasn't sure if we were even going to have Thanksgiving. So far no fever today and yesterday , So I told daughter and family they could come. it will be a very small crowd - o0n 3 people besides us.
We have had very large groups but not lately and 3 is all I can handle this time around. However, making the stuffing or dressing it the hardest thing and dealing with 1 oven.
Jole - did Diane say 22 people. OMG ??????
Hi to everyone Leah, Mikie, Rangar, Leah andyone else I have missed. Have to go and try and take a nap. The turkey is thawing and then tomorrow I fight to get the giblets out of the tukey to cook. Save the broth and chopped up giblets for the dressing or stuffing !! I'm tired out already,
Love to all,'Granni
Good luck to you Grannie with all your preparations.A lot of work goes into a holiday meal no matter how many.Hope you stay well away from that virus Mikie.That is a big crowd 22 people.
I want to say good morning and hello, to all of you.
Nice to see each one of your posts!!
Congrats, PAM, on being an official resident of your new State. That is a step.
thank you so much for your dear words.
We've been eating butternut squash so much, that it isn't a "special treat" even though it's my favorite, LOL,
so I hope that huz will make us some mashed rutabega, for a big change, since he got some nice fresh ones from the farmers market. They will also be good in winter soups.
He will also roast a small chicken. Which can be ground and then added to other stuff in the blender for me, if need be. He also adds a little into vegetable patties for me, sometimes.
I hope, with his help, to be able to make our simple version of pie, which we do make with butternut squash that he had cooked and mashed and measured and frozen, a while back.
If I'm up to it, I will make a small baking dish of some very simple stuffing, from our own frozen baking powder non-yeast, bread. If not, that's okay too.
GRANNI, nice to see you visit us here!
Hope your plans go well too.
JOLE, thinking of you, and your busy plans!
Diane is too busy cooking today, to read any messages to her, LOL
or maybe not. Maybe you will NEED a break from the kitchen, dear friend.
Can't think what else right now, but everyone please leave even short messages here, when you stop by, so I'll know I'm not alone and will feel less lonely.
Take care, Barry, and Rock, too,
P.S. DIANE, it's nice to hear how your huz is, and things at your house, and needy Beety, and Faithy and Rosie.
Yes, it has become very wintery and cold here. That's okay. I'm glad for my cozy p.j.'s. Broken record? LOL
We do all homemade too, of what we do...our diets, beleifs and our preferences are our own. We're mostly organic, mostly vegetarian, mostly kosher, mostly Jewish. LOL
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Ran some errands and dodged some golf carts.That is the main mode of transportation in this community.Funny to be out and about with mostly retired people our age all around us.I feel quite comfortable yet very amused as I look around me.Hope you all have an enjoyable day tomorrow even if you don't have to entertain or travel.Love to all!
Great to see you, Pam!
That sounds like a mostly weird but mostly good experience, living in a group of mostly seniors mostly on golf carts.
NO wonder your sweet doggie, Lily, finds it a bit unnerving to get used to all of the changes. LOL
Thanks for the short notes!
Hello to all of you!
....on our national food day.
Hope you are all okay enough to enjoy some little thing, today.
ANy little thing is enough to be thankful for, IMO.
So that's what I strive to do.
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Glad to see someone drop by, and glad to hear all about how you and Kevin and the kitties are doing.
I make the butternut squash pie, or filling by itself,
with the same recipe I would make pumpkin of them,
just maybe adjust the amount of liquid slightly, if you think it needs it, though probably not or might not. (less liquid for your homemade cooked veggie than the store canned type)
I use the equivalent amount of one store can, which would be 15 or 16 ounces, therefore 2 cups cooked, mashed squash.
Many people will not taste any difference,
but huz and I do like the butternut squash one even better...since it is less watery and more dense and creamy.
You sure do need to look for sales on kitty toys. LOL
Have you heard that your favorite QB had a baby QB?
I guess they come in all sizes now. LOL
Poor kid, having to learn how to spell his last name. LOL
SO, we're in New England, so that makes us and you guys, rival fans. LOL
I'll see those "terrible towels" differently from now on though,
picturing a dear friend like you waving them.
OUr throwback uniforms are better than yours though. LOL
So promise me you won't want to sack OUR favorite QB, quite as badly,
now that you know that we root for him.
Those are Funny thoughts.
I hope your Ben regains his health soon.....and that your substitute QB does well this week....and gosh, you got the backup QB now,
(backup to your backup to your backup LOL but sorry they got hurt)
that we had for years and thought would be our next starter QB. But he shouldn't wait for Tom Brady to retire. Or Ben either.
Brian Hoyer is a great backup though!!
Okay, enough on that subject.
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Too tired to try to catch up but I wanted to pop in and send my love to everyone.
Had a good time in Atlanta but Andy was still a bit sick. All the rest of us are OK except every now and then, a wave of feeling sick comes over us and then, we are OK. Strange! I'm sneezing tonight and hope it's only allergies. Barb cooked and three of us sat outside on the balcony tonight. It's cold here.
Tweety and Sylvester got their rabies shots today so I'll rest better knowing that they play with the wild critters. One neighbor saw Tweety curled up with a possum one night. Sweet old Simon showed up for his breakfast this morning. Barb feed them while I was gone.
Other than that, no news. It's good to be home.
Love, hugs and pryers to everyone.
I'm very glad to see that you are back, and glad you could stop by here and tell us!!
I'm glad you got to go there, and are home.
Thought of you, Mikie , while you were there and hoped you were enjoying.
Things are very quiet here.
Hello to everyone else!!
So thankful to my daughters for carrying the burden of the cleaning and cooking for T-Day. I snuck off to bed several times during the day for a bit to recharge my batteries, and it went well. Yes, 22 of us. We have 5 kids, plus spouses, 10 grands, and hubby's mother. Whoops, with us that made 23...lol. I fixed a 13 lb. turkey, and an 8 lb. spiral ham. Kids did the rest. We had leftovers for the evening, and the next day all that was left was a couple salads (now gone) and 3 pieces of pie. I saw the menu of the dinner at the White House...they had nothing over us...lol.
Yesterday I was so dizzy and faint feeling....was in bed at 6:30 last night. Woke up 3 times, but slept sooo sound in between. The best sleep I've had in years. Back on pain med today though, but not a total crash (yet) like I anticipated. Just the normal pain/exhaustion. Hoping I paced enough this time.
Good to see you back, Mikie, and hope you missed all the germs on your trip. It had to be great to be with your family!
Pam, golf carts sound great to me. And I think being with people our age would be a good thing! Much more understanding, and more things in common.
Leah, your squash pie sounds wonderful, and I think we all tend to eat what we enjoy and works well for us. I'm baking my bread from scratch now (with my bread machine). The boughten bread is getting so expensive, and there's nothing to it. Homemade is so much better. My machine had a recipe booklet included and there's so many varieties to try. I've had it for several years, but my small kitchen doesn't have enough cabinets to store it, and not enough counter space to leave it sit out so hadn't used it much until lately.
Diane, you must have a happy household, between all the good food smells and happy animals Our pets are all outdoors, but I love sitting on the porch in the warm weather and have them gather around. Miss them in the winter.
Granni, good to see you! Hope your DD is doing well and through with her treatments. Know that would be a big relief to you!
Hi to everyone not here.....will try to be back tomorrow!! Hugs....
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Not much going on here. Gordon and I generally ignore the holidays.
No turkey. Gordon no likee, and I can't chew it anymore. But he did
fix a tasty stirfry w/ broccoli and shrimp.
Twenty-two sounds like a record to me, Jole. We had some big get
togethers at the farm when I was a kid, with tables in 3 rooms, but I
doubt if any were that big.
Freida, I didn't know you were a sports fan. You will probably be
impressed to know that I played at all our High School basketball and
football games. I was in the band and played the flute. (Very badly.)
Don't know if I've ever tasted rutabagas. Sounds like such an old-
fashioned, pioneer sort of vegetable. Used to eat raw turnips from
old Mr Chase's garden when I was a kid. (It was permissible.) Mr.
C was in his 80s and still chopped wood for his stove.
Sounds like you had a wonderful TG w/ Kevin and the kitties and Lilli,
Diane. Pumpkin custard; wish I had some now.
In the past I've made
pumpkin and pecan and apple etc pies. I followed the Crisco recipe and
always had good crusts. Haven't made a pie for decades now. Uff-da!
Pam, congratulations on accomplishing the move. I expect you'll be all
settled in by this time next year. I once went to a big Thanksgiving
dinner in Minnesota with my in laws. Halfway through the afternoon I was
astonished to learn that our hostess and family were in their new house.
The had moved the day before!
Guess I'll post this before it all goes poof. Back soon.
Glad you had a good time in Atlanta, Mikie. I was there for 5 weeks
45 years ago. I walked on Peachtree Street. Remember in Gone With
The Wind, Aunt Pittypat lived on that street.
Hope Andy is doing better. I can't imagine a cat and a possum curled
up together. Sometime back my sister sent me a bunch of photos
of different species who were friends. A dog and a goat, etc.
Pam, the golf carts remind me of Glen Campbell. One of the attys in
our office came to work one day just furious with Glen who was her
neighbor. She found her son and his son riding down the street in
Glen's golf cart. Well, when you make your living litigating accident cases,
you tend to see potential accidents all around.
I once had a golf cart case. A wheel came off. A quick phone call
determined it was not the kinda case we handled (workers' comp rather
than tort), so I closed that case in record time.
Granni, sounds like your small gathering had a nice TG. I like the
idea of Cheerios w/ yogurt and berries for breakfast. I just can't chew
cold cereals anymore. Gordon got some "Greek" yogurt last week. Turned
out it was just like regular yogurt only a little thicker. He eschewed it,
so I chewed it. Ha Ha!
He brought some strawberries home today that actually had flavor.
They came from Watsonville, CA. I washed and topped them. In
accordance with proper culinary tradition, I ate half of them during the
Hugs to all
Seems like a very long weekend with the holiday.We did not even attempt to try shopping until this morning.I needed a new robe.I found a nice lightweight one that seems pretty comfortable.DS made his first turkey to rave reviews he said.He cooked for his new wife's family.
so good to see you!
Nice to hear about your new robe, I love robes, so comfy. They are a lifestyle, not a meer item of clothing like many people mistakenly think. LOL
NO one here in our group, of course!
Unique group that we are!
so good to see you and know you made it alright. Very good job of pacing that you did. WOw, just seeing that many people would be a big challenge, much less cooking or preparing, ANYthing!
Your homemade bread sounds luscious!
always good to see you here too, of course.
Smart decision of yours, since you couldn't follow the "rules" by eating half the berries while you picked them, you made up for it by eating while they were on their way to the dish.
ANd yes, I am not really a sports fan by choice, it's just one of my many desperate attempts to find any and all couch potato options that a sick one like me can possibly muster ANY interest in. ANd soemthing unstressful, it is too.
But of course, I AM very interested in YOUR sports accomplishments!
Gosh, you played b-ball AND foot-ball....and something else I forgot...
That is impressive.
I played b-ball at summer camp, and tennis in college, and cross-country (not downhill) skiiing a bit, but nothing competitive,,,,
that is, till I subbed for Phys Ed. teacher with kids....LOL.
You have to stay one step ahead of them, when they are in a big group in a gym, or they will leave you in the dust.
I hope you are recovering some stamina after your trip,
and I hope you have not gotten anything, from the bit of cough and sickness, you might have come home with!!
sorry your team lost, today....they forgot they were supposed to hold onto the ball...oops.
Well, Baby Ben must be as cute or cuter than Big Ben.
I hope you got your shopping in, and found something good at the stores, other than too many people.
KIM, and BARRY, and GRANNI, and anyone else who comes by,
hello to you!
We made soups this weekend, and "put them up" for wintery days, power outages and times of too-weak-to-prepare-or-to chew. SHould I write a cookbook of such meals?
Leah, write away....I'm sure your cookbook would be fantastic! I do that too on my 'good' days. Cooking in quantity and freezing foods sure comes in handy. Our T-day leftovers are gone, and I'm thankful . Couldn't have taken another meal of them!
Rock, I love strawberries, but since we don't get to town often I've started buying frozen ones. The last couple of times even they don't have much flavor..just seeds. What a disappointment.
Mikie, you must be recouperating, which is important. I spent most of the last two days in bed. Start perking up around 5 pm, then ready for bed again by 8. Got a couple loads of towels and bedding done today, so feel something got accomplished at least.
Diane/Pam, and anyone out shopping. My DD went (as always) Thursday nite and Friday morning. In one town, there was a fight and the cops had to come haul a lady off. In another town, a person was stabbed. I asked her why she was foolish enough to even go out....But she got some wonderful bargains for her kids and my other DD's kids. $90 items for $45. I was never a Black Friday shopper, and think it's a sporting event for many people...lol.
Granni, sorry I missed saying hi to you last time. It was good to see you here!
No news...a quiet day. Fine by me. Hugs to all.....
Soooo good to see everyone posting. I'm still trying to catch up.
Leah, thanks for your welcome home. I hope you had a good TG and are doing well.
Jole, that's a HUGE group! No wonder you are still recovering. Sounds like fun, though.
Rock, I love the Greek yogurt but have to put a little honey in it, like the Greeks do. They also add pecans. To me, it's just a bit too "bitey" without the honey.
I'm gonna have to close this so I can go back to read more.
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