hey all with autumn distinctly making its appearance, thought the above red and gold would make an apt picture to open out this porch. pls go see the flurry of posts at end of last porch. Star dropped in, and Sun etc. its definitely chilly now. theres a bite when one wakes up in the morning. and im having to add an extra blankie. i also made buffaloe mince broth last evening. it was from a Betty Crocker second hand cook book which is falling apart at the seams as well as middle. but it was given as Beef stew. there are no buffaloe meat recipes, and i anyhows had to make it up myself as i went along because i had no red wine. nor did i mix flour. i just boiled everything, meat, carrots, potato, big green peppers, onions, tomato added a little butter, and pepper and let simmer. Star - with so many animals to look after , garden projects, and your sometimes debilitating health issues and no proper helping hands, how, just how is your house supposed to look all nice and neat and clean? its difficult enough dealing with normal housekeeping. the kids too need to do their share but i know they too can get too busy with schoolwork and all and then feel tired to help. anyways, im sure if DD wants to bring her friends around, she can just give a days notice, and everyone can pitch in and tidy clean decorate. that way, she gets to not feel like her friends arent coming and you get to feel like you entertained her pals. of course, it would have to be when you are not in a flare. anyways, its easier if she lets her friends know you dont keep well all the time so not to mind if its not all always spick n span and prettied up. all my DDs friends know this. and my DS s friends till 1oth grade because we used to have them over and i would give a big lunch or dinner too. now they know if the kids avoid bringing them over, its for a reason. sun - i think its the equation one has with people, the extent we miss them, when theyre gone. i kinda got used to my father and mother not being there, but i terribly feel the loss of my dear brother. because he used to be there for any time i needed him or not, and he was very into life, kept up with relatives, brought news about this cousin, that uncle. its not like i cant function he isnt there, but a kind of spark has gone out of the fabric of my life. im still keenly aware of the emptiness. and this, while having my DH, D kids with me. my DB was so into life, he was at my place, walking and bringing me a present of warm furry slippers which he shopped for while battling his disease and four days later, he was gone. mikie - what can anyone say? about the man sending pipe bombs in an effort to ‘help’ his party. something like this was waiting to happen. and it did. imagine if they burst and hurt someone on the street. someone driving. just taking kids to school. someone walking on the street. a bread earner. a mum, a dad.