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from catsoul :
I watch Project Runway, Face Off, Ink Master, NY Ink, Glam Fairy, Young & the Restless, Jerseylouis(spelled something like that), Big Brother, Survivor, Amazing Race, and American Idol. When I look at that list, I realize I do watch a bit of TV, it takes me forever though to get through the shows I have taped or do they call it recorded off the dish. Thanks for asking. =^..^=
from life-my-way :
I'm so sorry about your loss. Hoping Andy and Spouse are both feeling better soon. Peace and parsley, Patches (and Patty). XO K
from catsoul :
hi, my husband is reading Eric Larson's book right now on his Kindle. He said that it is sort of creepy. I also have enjoyed my time reading lately. Have a great weekend. Take care. =^..^=
from stepfordtart :
Hi! Just had a trawl through your old entries trying to work out what your backpack project is. Think I found out - school supplies? Presumably for kids who dont/cant get them for themselves? Thats a great idea - I wish they did something like that at the school I work at. I reckon at least 30% of kids will come in on Sept 8th without so much as a PEN. I would feel more sorry for them if they didnt all have XBox and iPhones of course, but there's always some cases of genuine hardship and is really tragic. Props to you for doing your bit. s x
from catsoul :
I so can relate to what do I get as a present for a relative. It makes me think I better start thinking about what to get my folks for Christmas, it will take me awhile to come up with something. I feel your sadness about the TREES, I have a neighbor who plans to build a garage soon, and there are massive pines he will be taking down. I think, why does he need a garage? Poor trees, they have been around alot longer than us. =^..^=
from stepfordtart :
Hi - Just stopped by to say thanks so much for introducing me to the JOY that is 'crap at my parents house'!! Marvellous, truly marvellous! s x
from catsoul :
Wow, does separated from your job mean that they laid you off or did they move you do a different department? Whatever it is, I hope that you are doing alright as can be. Take care. =^..^=
from sasori-gal :
Thinking of you & sending you lots of good wishes during the MRI. :-)
from life-my-way :
I sent an email to pattypat@diaryland.com, hopefully that will reunite us! XO
from life-my-way :
Isn't it great when the boys are in a fun mood? At 15, John isn't that way as much as he used to be, but he still has his moments. If I sent you the login junk, would you consider still reading me from time to time? Because I wish you would. Good luck with the snow. XO K
from catsoul :
hi, I have had 3 of those uterine biopies. I screamed in severe pain during the first. For the next and third I asked to be put under, much easier. Just thought you might like to know, that it isn't very pleasant at all. =^..^=
from life-my-way :
I so relate to the feeling of wrongness, and it's such a not fun way to go about feeling. Hug yourself for me, please. Anyhoo, I'm pretty sure that neither of us is really that wrong, nor are any of the people who surround us really that right either. Feel better, I think you're absolutely right on!
from sasori-gal :
Hi Patty! I felt awful locking up, but needed to. Your username is pattypat and the p-word is: scorpiogal Could you please delete this note afterwards? Thanks!
from catsoul :
Hi, I wrote this awhile back. Maybe it will give you give something to think about. "Our illusions are always our most precious possessions." I also have less as another mantra that I wrote, "To let go, you need to give up control." Both of those have helped me through alot, especially about my son growing up, moving on with his life, and be in control of his own life and decisions. So I wish you the best, sometimes thinking too deep opens up to personal growth for you. I see you are in your 50's and I went through quite the journey a couple of years ago about myself. Take care. =^..^=
from life-my-way :
Praying!!!
from catsoul :
Hi, I read about your charley horses, I used to get them all the time, and I found that taking potassium gluconate 595mg daily has helped greatly, where I don't get them as often. It is water soluble, so what your body doesn't use, gets expelled. I buy the brand from Nature's Bounty because it is gluten free and contains no lactose, which a whole lot of supplements bind in their products. I have researched everything to death that I put into my body due to my ongoing health issues. Take care. =^..^=
from wtng4lezlie :
Oh, alright. I suppose I could have dictionary. com'ed that but a personal response is almost always more correct and informative. Thanks. :)
from wtng4lezlie :
Seriously.. what's a cuisenart?
from wtng4lezlie :
Beatles = timeless.
from whystinger :
Back for another visit. HOpe the eye is better soon.
from whystinger :
I stumbled on your diary and it is pretty cool... I love finding folks close to my own age on d-land...
from pennyjar :
I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, PattyP.
from acaldwell :
YES INDEEDY Pattypat! its the one with the CD player, and i have TWO remotes for it. did you see the buy it now button? cause i didnt see it!! im FORCED to list that i accept paypal cause of my "limited" selling experience in ebay. if there is no BUY IT NOW button, bid 300 and i will close the deal, and you can mail me a money order for $320 (20 bux shipping) arthur caldwell IN CARE OF PO BOX 936, tombstone AZ, 85638 and i will send it out lickety split!!
from chaosdaily :
Thanks! And a great mother's day to you, too!
from chaosdaily :
I know how you feel...
from elliestuff :
Aww..4..what a sweet time, but a hard a time, I'm sure. Have fun on your friend date.
from pennyjar :
Andy sounds like such a fine young man. Kid. Dude. Whatever he prefers right now. They're so PICKY at this point, aren't they? Frankie is turning 13 next week, and she's just all over the board. I think she's gonna ZIG, so of course she ZAGS... Just gotta sit back and go with the flow...
from pennyjar :
Thanks, Patty, that does actually make me feel better, but I'm so sorry that happened to you! It's just wrong and stupid. And rude.
from junkmel1 :
I should have commented yesterday, too, but didn't. I'm still reading right along. You changed your template, didn't you? I think you have to go back in and put the stats back on it when you do that. Dream dinners sounds wonderful! I've read about others doing that, and it sounds like fun...nothing like it around this area, though.
from chaosdaily :
Well, I've been reading, so you should have at least one!
from smokefree-me :
Hi there!! I'll definitely be trying that recipe you left behind in my comments. I loves me some arugula as it is - combined with beans & maters & garlic? Sounds delicious. Glad you stopped by! Brian.
from chaosdaily :
chores are good for kids, and give him one night a week to cook, even if its just fish sticks or pot pies. that way he'll learn how to cook without feeling like he has to do it all. one friend of mine taught her kids how to do their laundry when they were 8.. they are both very independent now that they are adults!
from cinzel :
We didn't get many snow days here in Mississippi when I was a kid, but I can remember the few times we did. We'd lay in bed, gradually waking up, and we'd listen. There was always a different sound outside after a snow. Why we didn't just jump up and look out the window I don't know, but if a car passed the house, we could tell immediately that there was snow on the road and there would be no school!!! Thanks for making me think of those memories, pattypat...enjoy your snow day!!
from pennyjar :
Awwww, thank you for including me in your T'day (I'm assuming I'm the Dawnelaine, there aren't that many around), you are a good friend, right back atcha! Have a great Turkey Day, you and yours! Snoochie boochies! Dawn
from chaosdaily :
happy birthday!!
from junkmel1 :
Your weekend sounds so fun, and I think it's the sweetest idea for you to give bracelets to your friends and relatives for your own 50th. Happy Birthday!
from chaosdaily :
sometimes its hard not to make someone cry... lol
from chaosdaily :
do you have a baseball bat you smack andy around with? lol!! a teacher once told me that they dont believe much of what kids tell them...
from chaosdaily :
some days and weeks are just like that. next week will be better!
from chaosdaily :
i agree with your suggestion he play somewhere else... otherwise its just asking for trouble. obviously the kids mother has something going on, too!
from chaosdaily :
oops sorry!
from chaosdaily :
but PA would be great!! do you still have my address?
from chaosdaily :
thanks, but i have a nephew who lives near boston who is sending some... and bluesleepy is in RI and her sister is in florida... but thanks!
from junkmel1 :
Man, I know the Fridays off are wonderful, but you must be so happy to be rid of that commute. Youngest Son panicked when we mentioned recently his getting married and moving away one day. For several days he reiterated he was going to marry me and live with me forever. Oldest Son, though, plans to move out the day he turns 18. :)
from chaosdaily :
kid went off to school and then came back. it might be a while before shes gone... andy might just do the same, and then you wont be able to get rid of him!!
from chaosdaily :
you should have more time at home now that you dont have a long commute....
from chaosdaily :
im sure your parents are having at least as much fun as andy is!!!
from chaosdaily :
when i book flights, i book them directly from the airlines website. they usually have some pretty good deals... i can fly from milwaukee to san diego, round trip, for $230! cant beat that!
from chaosdaily :
its hard to get kids to do things for themselves.. it takes a lot of patience on us parent's part..
from chaosdaily :
you will love having a short drive to work!
from chaosdaily :
Heh. in a few years, he wont tell you that the girls were bugging him.....
from junkmel1 :
I've been enjoying reading about your trip...sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Don't you just LOVE free weekends!!!??? Me, too. I plan to have one this weekend myself. Course sometimes that changes without my consent, too.
from cinzel :
Bon Voyage!! Have a wonderful trip and can't wait to hear all about it!!
from chaosdaily :
congrats on the 1000!! may you have 1000 more!
from chaosdaily :
walgreens sells elastic bands for your wrists that are supposed to help with motion sickness... or else ask your doc for a patch, they work great! take it from someone who gets sick looking at a boat...
from m-lewis :
Thanks so much for telling me about the drive-in movie. How lucky you are to have one. For me it brings back happy memories of childhood. Our drive-in theater was torn down years ago to make room for two new hotels. By the way, the musical group you saw sounded like fun (minus the annoying dancers). It makes me think of the club where Ricky Riccardo performed from I Love Lucy show. I think I've seen about every re-run.
from junkmel1 :
Live and work in the same town? Fabulous! Good luck with the interview!
from m-lewis :
We had that Mexican soup last night. YUM!!! Even my grandson ate it. The neighborhood drive-in sounds like fun. But let me ask this, does your neighborhood have a drive-in? What kind of movies do they run?
from m-lewis :
I've already copied your Mexican soup to my recipies. YUM! What could be more fun than to eat Mexican soup on a hot muggy day? I don't know. Like Junkmel1, now you've got me looking for cast-offs by the roadside.
from junkmel1 :
The soup sounds heavenly. Thanks for including the recipe! I, too, love your road reports...they crack me up. :) I often think of you when I see something odd in the road. Lately, I'm seeing lots of dead snakes in tne road around here. We're having such a bad drought, no doubt they're doing whatever they can to get to water, even if it's a dangerous pursuit.
from m-lewis :
I love your road report -- even if part of it was very sad. I hate to see dead deer. You're so lucky to get to go to Alaska. I hope we get there someday.
from chaosdaily :
dude gets frantic if he doesnt know where i am... if i dont answer my cell phone he gets anxious.. not sure why, i only tell him to remember that when he doesnt call to tell me where HE is!
from m-lewis :
What? No recipes today? My tiny brain is always posting new entries. Strange. They never seem to make it to the written page. By the way, I'm posting mainly at a new site http://www.xanga.com/Pinescentedmemories But I've bookmarked your page on my computer. Bookmark mine and you won't have any trouble finding me. Have a good weekend.
from junkmel1 :
Corn/tomato/basil salad and mango salsa. These both sound yummy. What do you serve mango salsa with? I love mango, but never had it in a salsa...I would be so cranky today if I'd spent my whole weekend busy like you. Actually, I didn't spend it all busy and I'm still cranky.
from chaosdaily :
id go for the first one.. its shorter, and the audience attention span is not going to be able to handle the longer one. and i definitely would not do the gettysburg address, people already probably know that one!
from junkmel1 :
Hello Pattypat! I'm reading entries backwards, trying to catch up. Darn this job! Just wanted to comment that I totally identify with the not being able to just be, but having to do. I, too, grew up in a home where we were expected to carry our weight. I think that's a great thing, actually, but I find I can't even let myself do fun stuff, like beading, when there's court work and housework and laundry and yard work, etc., all waiting in the wings. Consequently, I start suffering from the poor me syndrome, which leads to fights with my husband. It's a vicious cycle I've never been able to shake for long. One of my sisters-in-law, now deceased, was very, very bright, but lacked any ambition whatsoever. Smart and lazy is such a bad combination. I see it in my nephew now (her son), and I just cringe. He's only 15, so maybe he'll grow out of it. Also, I thought about you this morning when I realized my house was being taken over by paper, just like you sometimes describe.
from m-lewis :
Potato chips. Oh darn. Now you've gone and made me hungry when I'm starving to death. But your site always has a way of doing that to me. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I had no idea it had been so long. Hope you don't mind if all I do is post comments for the time being.
from junkmel1 :
Sounds like you had a nice Mother's Day! Big prayers for your SIL's nephew.
from cinzel :
Either publish a cookbook or start sending meals down here!! The menu always sounds so delicious! You wouldn't hurt my feelings at all if you added a recipe at the end of your entries. :)
from m-lewis :
Oh how I remember the days of "mommie night." Now for my friends and me it's more like, Grandma nights -- but we still have lots of fun.
from chaosdaily :
i once got Dude Phish Pfood and when I told him that, he started crying, because he thought it was real fish food!
from m-lewis :
I honestly believe, in the long haul, women tend to feel "sisterly" toward each other. I mean, don't you always feel that tug to help if you hear another woman sobbing in the bathroom? And by the way, my Greek Easter Bread turned out way better than I could have ever imagined. My father couldn't stop picking chunks off of it. A proud moment in the life of m-lewis.
from chaosdaily :
congrats to andy!
from m-lewis :
The question is, did anyone feed your "piggy?" Personally, I love the smell of bacon.
from m-lewis :
My oldest grandson is almost 11 (sigh). Where do the years go? Happy Birthday, Andy.
from chaosdaily :
happy birthday andy!!!!
from m-lewis :
Aren't kids funny. My son didn't want ANYTHING on his plate to touch. He especially didn't like "mixed up" food such as casseroles and jello with fruit. And oh, by the way, yes indeed, I did remember rolling my hair on orange juice cans. It took it forever to dry. And you're right, humidity is not a curly girl's best friend. It doesn't seem to affect what a flat iron does though -- and humidity is the real test, isn't it?
from m-lewis :
Some of my best friends have been "surprise" friends. Ever since you wrote about eating Blue Fish I've looked for it. Evidently it's not something our supermarkets stock -- I can't even find it in the frozen food section at Wal-Mart.
from m-lewis :
Did you get snow? We haven't even gotten any rain. But the March wind is whipping my hair around in circles.
from chaosdaily :
well as long as you floss....
from chaosdaily :
we need more info on your science experiment.... lol
from m-lewis :
OOOOO! I just love spouse-made pizza, especially if I get to add my own ingredients.
from chaosdaily :
no cub scouts or meetings?? what will you do all week??
from chaosdaily :
thanks for the offer of the crutches, but between the ones i have and the walker, i should be ok. ill see what the doc has to say tomorrow!!
from junkmel1 :
I'm glad I'm NOT you this week. Makes me tired just reading about it. Hope you have a plan-free weekend to rest after all that. And you cook, too. You have my total admiration.
from nycme :
I hope Spouse is feeling better soon. You guys have had a rough patch recently, health-wise. It's bound to clear up soon. Maybe you should just be pro-active and cancel your company plans this morning so you don't have that stress hanging over you with the other stuff.
from chaosdaily :
thank you so much for the chocolate!!!!
from m-lewis :
My favorite section of the newspaper is Lifestyles. I like to read opinion pieces and letters to the editor too. Now, back to your "piggy," you think there is a reason they are called "piggies?" snort, snort.
from m-lewis :
What darling pictures of your "piggy." One of my listed favorites... Bunny... also has pictures of her pets. One is a beautiful chinchilla.
from chaosdaily :
email me that pic and ill fix it for you!
from m-lewis :
Balloons, cheerios on strings and a pitcher of water... is that a challenge from the Boy Scouts? Make something out of these ingredients? Whatever are you and Andy going to construct? I'm glad I came to the computer today with a full stomach. For some reason, as I read your entries, I get hungry.
from nycme :
I hope you're all feeling better by now. I want a Piggy!!! An Eppi(e?) roll is a sausage/onion/peppers and mozzarella filled dough thing. Like a calzone but long. We always ask for extra cheese and they cut it into hunks. It's so good.
from m-lewis :
I just got home and it's so cold out. That earl gray tea and oatmeal toast sound wonderful -- just want I need. Give the "piggy" a pat for me. I love it when you talk about him.
from sasori-gal :
Oh noooo! Take good care and get well soon. *hugs*
from junkmel1 :
You almost make me want to let my boys have a piggy. Almost. But the calling for a treat? Precious.
from nycme :
I've got ground chicken in the freeze and I think I'm going to do exactly what you're doing. The soup/meatballs sound delicious. I've been wondering what I'd do with it. I'm glad that Andy's all better!
from m-lewis :
I'm so happy to hear Andy is feeling himself once again. Keep the stories coming about the little "Piggy," which is a joy to read about. Blue Fish? Sounds good. I don't think we have Blue Fish here, but I'll check.
from sasori-gal :
Thank you very much for your kind words of support. Your thoughtfulness meant a lot to me and I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment, especially with all that you've been going through yourself! I do hope Andy is feeling better. Take good care and thanks again.
from junkmel1 :
I'm behind in my reading (darn that job!), but "eek" to the sick child! Poor Andy. I hope he recovers quickly.
from m-lewis :
Thank you for the reminder about who Barbaro was. NOW I remember. Poor thing. My daughter used to have two guinea pigs who very nearly ate up the contents of her refrigerator. They were so cute. Here's a suggestion for your brunch: Chocolate chip, banana muffins. YUM!
from nycme :
Hugs to Andy, hello to the new guinea pig and how about oven french toast for your brunch - or if you're up for the calories and a little more work, butter in a pan french toast!
from m-lewis :
You'll get that "on top of it" feeling back at some point. Who is Barbaro?
from m-lewis :
Your poor, poor little boy! I remember those exhausting sick days with my kids too. My youngest like to suck on all fruit popcicles. He got some nutrition and it brought his fever down too. Your stir-fry with tofu sounded SO good.
from sasori-gal :
ohhh...it's been a while! I'm sending you and Andy lots of positive vibes~ I hope he feels better soon...poor guy! You take good care too and hang in there! By the way, why do I always feel hungry when I hear about what you've made for dinner?! *yummmmmm*
from m-lewis :
Why do we hold grudges? That's a very good question! Sadly, I don't have an answer or even a suggestion. It's kind of like when we hear someone has died or was in an accident, or has come upon hard times etc., why do we feel the need to telephone and share the news with all our friends and neighbors? Did you hear the news about...? But I'm as guilty of it as the next person. If you find out the answer to your question, please share.
from m-lewis :
Thank you! Thank you! That recipe sounds so good. I'm going to go to the grocery store today and make tortilla soup tomorrow.
from m-lewis :
I forgot to add, why don't you share the recipe with your readers?
from m-lewis :
I kept thinking about that crock pot tortilla soup you said you were making. Last night I was really thinking about how very nice it would be to have the scent of crock pot tortilla soup infusing the house when I clomped up the stairs to my kitchen.
from m-lewis :
Bird Peppered Dawn (and all the colors that go with it) really would be a terrific color for a designer to work with.
from nycme :
Older son (almost 20 years old) still cuddles with us. Younger son (16 years old and bigger than his father and older brother) also still cuddles. I found it simpler to tell the boys when they were little that once they were grownups they could choose to live with us or have their own house and that I would love to have them stay. It was comforting, I think, for them to know they weren't getting the boot! I'm sure they'll both be out of here the absolute first second they are able. In fact, Older son may be getting an apartment instead of dorm life next year. And that means that when dorms close for vacation he won't NEED to come home to have someplace to sleep. Boo hoo.
from m-lewis :
Poor sad, discarded Christmas trees. One of my cousins actually saves her Christmas tree for a full year, then her family has a Christmas tree burning ceremony Thanksgiving day (evening). I wouldn't be at all surprised if she saved the ashes to dust her flowers.
from chaosdaily :
i remember once dude asked where he would be living when he was an adult, and i said, "not here" and he burst into tears! i explained to him that he will want to move. im not sure he believed me then. wait until andy is 16 and he cant wait to get out of the house!
from m-lewis :
I need a couple of new bras too. I need them very badly, as a matter of fact. How do you manage to get so much done in just one weekend? Just reading your entry, I feel like such a sloth.
from m-lewis :
Artists seem to always have trouble managing people skills and intimate relationships. I sort of understand them, but I wouldn't want to be married to someone like that. On another note, I imagaine your son is very proud of his project. My oldest grandson LOVES school projects -- but he's an artist (sigh).
from junkmel1 :
I envy you your women's night. Sounds like a lot of fun, and I would definitely be finding someplace else if all ten couldn't be seated together. Hope you have a fun evening!
from chaosdaily :
and the teachers know too which kids did the work and which parents did the work!
from m-lewis :
And I thought it was only I who felt droopy and sad after Christmastime. This was the year we did it -- we reorganized our Christmas stuff. Bet you didn't want to hear that, did you? But we did, and I'm oh, so happy that we finally got that nagging little task out of the way.
from m-lewis :
How about this, I was in bed at 9:30 on New Year's Eve. You're a brave soul to host an open house on New Year's day. I don't know where you found the time to clean house. My house is a mess -- to be cleaned later.
from m-lewis :
And here I am wishing for snow! Instead all I see are gray, colorless, dull, dim skys with a promise of rain (not snow). I either want to ski or swim... depending. Apparently we aren't going to get to do either. Y'all have fun in Floridora. Merry Christmas.
from chaosdaily :
i want to be in the tropics!!!!! and i wanted to know, if im the person of the year, do i get money for it??????
from nycme :
Oh, meant to add about the tingling. I've had tingling for years, mostly when I sleep or lie a certain way. In my fingers, in my leg. I'm sure it has to do with circulation or pressure on a nerve. I mean, I'm no doctor but it's just something that hasn't worried me. It could be lots of things.
from nycme :
Have a wonderful holiday. I wish I were as prompt as mailing packages as you have been. I have a post office aversion. This year I'm getting 3 of the 7 fishes dispensed with on my appetizer tray - smoked whitefish sald on pita triangles, shrimp & dipping sauce and baked clams. Then we're grilling 2 fishes (salmon and tuna) that makes 5, salad w/anchovy is 6 and a pasta with probably frozen conch if I can get it, or if I can't I'll do scungilli or the salt cod. I have a hard time finding the conch though my aunt said she gets it every year no problem, so....that pasta is up in the air! My husband asked if we got a fudgy the whale cake from carvel if that would count as a fish. (I think a whale is a mammal, no?) :)
from m-lewis :
If your spouses tingling and numbness continue to travel up his legs, he better get to the doctor and quick. This happend to one of my lawyer friends. He nearly died.
from m-lewis :
If you ever find a morning beverage that delivers a "kick," be sure and tell me about it. I'm absoultely exhausted.
from m-lewis :
I love to go out and look at Christmas lights. My husband did just that last night while I stayed home and addressed card and wrapped gifts. To be fair, he was on his way to a school board meeting. He said we'd go out Christmas Light Looking on Thurday evening, which appears to be our only free evening this week.
from m-lewis :
I learned long ago that no one is exempt from heart attacks. It pays to be very careful. Yeah, we've been getting lots of Christmas cards and I love every single one. I still love to get real live personal letters in the mail and this is the best season of all to get that. My husband and I are working evenings to get ours done -- there are so many. And I never buy enough Christmas stamps.
from m-lewis :
I think I've been having some acid reflux too - something new for me and I don't like it one bit. Guess I'll go see the doctor -- after Christmas.
from nycme :
I love when you make mussels! I wish I were having some. I just bought a container of fresh/frozen chopped clams and I may do a similar pasta this weekend. What are Santa calls? Does your dad call and say he is Santa? My kids believed in Santa until they were very old. We refused to let it die. And then, one year at my mother in laws, I fell asleep and some of the older relatives let them help set the presents out for the younger kids and that was the final nail. I remember Younger son telling me the next morning how he now had proof there was no Santa (he had to be 10 or 11) because he now saw how the presents got under the tree. Oh well!
from m-lewis :
I remember slide rules. Our high school actually had a slide rule club... with members. Math was not my best subject. Thank you Texas Instruments -- with all my heart. Thank you.
from chaosdaily :
thank you so much for the card.. its nice to know i have so much support out there..
from m-lewis :
A Charlie Brown Christmas. Don't you love it - every single year. Don't you love to watch it over and over and over again?
from m-lewis :
Lists -- the greatest muse there is. I love it.
from nycme :
I'm making brussel sprouts tonight, too! Roasted, I think.
from m-lewis :
A boy scout box to an African orphanage. How wonderful! My daughter and daughter-in-law were up and going so early Friday morning that I thought my daughter-in-law had spent the night in our guest room. You couldn't pay me to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, so I kept the grandkids and we played and played and played.
from m-lewis :
No. We didn't have Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians but we did enjoy Mitch Miller and Ray Conniff Singers. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving -- I'll have to wait and catch up with everyone on Monday because I've got too many people visiting here to even think right now.
from m-lewis :
We have XM Radio and channel 140 (Holly) is playing nothing but a wide variety of Christmas music. I love it. After Thanksgiving they are adding a couple more Christmas channels. I'm kind of strange, I guess. But I love Christmas music. I guess I inherited the love of Christmas music from my mother who played her Percy Faith Christmas album on the stereo while we decorated the Christmas tree.
from m-lewis :
Just reading about all the things you do in one day exhausts me. Can I take a nap? Happy, Happy Birthday. You must be loved.
from chaosdaily :
happy birthday!
from m-lewis :
Didn't you know... 50 is the new 30. Don't take it so hard. 50s not so bad. Since my short term memory is gone, I can't remember why 50 is so good either, but trust me, there are some good things about 50. I'll remember them later.
from chaosdaily :
fourth meal... taco bell!!!!!
from m-lewis :
Happy Birthday to your husband, even if you don't get to make him a cake. Maybe it could be an un-birthday cake. You wouldn't want to be at our house for supper -- Pinto beans and cornbreak is exactly what we ARE having for supper tonight. Those tacos do sound delicious though.
from m-lewis :
You get to go to Maine? You lucky thing. I'd die to go to Maine which is exactly where my husband and I are planning to vacation next summer. We'll have to fly though. I love the idea of putting lime leaves into soup; never tried it before though. How old is Andy anyway?
from junkmel1 :
A $1,000 mistake....ouch. I'd be upset, too! I wish I had dinner for the week planned!!! I don't have dinner for tonight planned...maybe I should do that now.
from m-lewis :
Your Saturday sounds much like mine. Pizza! Yum. You've always got the most terrific menus. Bet your kitchen always smells great. It's so cold today that I'm getting ready to make homemade vegetable soup. Maybe my kitchen will smell good too.
from m-lewis :
Well... what exactly are you trying to accomplish?
from m-lewis :
Drama Prince! Now, that's a new one. I just interviewed a darling little eight-year-old boy who showed me his halloween essay. He was so proud of the imaginative way he dotted his "I" with hearts. I thought his mother was going to die on the spot. Kids are SO cute, aren't they?
from m-lewis :
I'll bet everyone has an eBay "scam" story that could raise serious hackles. I have to say that my husband and I have bought several items on eBay, and with great results. So far, only once did we have a problem. However, it only takes one time... I have to agree, your Italian supper sounds scrumptious, and I just ate a McDonald's ice cream cone on my way home. Vanilla.
from junkmel1 :
Grrrrr to the e-Bay seller. I haven't been scammed yet, but I'm always afraid I will be. Hence I don't use e-Bay a whole lot. Can I come over for dinner tonight? Never heard of pearlini, but it sounds quite tasty.
from acaldwell :
nap time is the best time!!!
from junkmel1 :
You sound so happy -- go you! Have a wonderful time on your vacation!
from acaldwell :
hava wonderful time and bring back lotsa pictures for us to oooh!! and ahhh!! at!!!
from chaosdaily :
you have a great vacation too!!!
from acaldwell :
i love the buffets at the chinese food places!! lunch special! all you can eat! $5.99!! gobble up all the sweet & sour chicken! then the guy comes out, chinese accent: you go now!! you eat to much!! heheheee!!!
from m-lewis :
Thank you for your wonderful suggestion. Now, why didn't I think of that?
from m-lewis :
Saw your site on junkmel's blog and decided to be nosy and read your diary. I was on Diaryland once before and corresponded with junkmel quite a bit since we are both in the same profession. I'll be back to leave a note, if that's okay.
from junkmel1 :
Wow, 15 years! Does it sometimes seem like it could only have been a year or two, yet other times it seems more like 25? Maybe that's just me, but I sometimes feel like that with my husband...we make 14 years in December. Thanks for the comment. I just keep on putting one foot in front of the other.
from junkmel1 :
Wow, 15 years! Does it sometimes seem like it could only have been a year or two, yet other times it seems more like 25? Maybe that's just me, but I sometimes feel like that with my husband...we make 14 years in December. Thanks for the comment. I just keep on putting one foot in front of the other.
from acaldwell :
i wanna goto Bermoooooooda!!!! hehehe!!! hava happy!!
from acaldwell :
drama makes the blood flow!!!
from chaosdaily :
meatloaf is appropriate it the person you give it to likes meatloaf...
from acaldwell :
<a href="http://acaldwell.diaryland.com"> art </a>
from acaldwell :
patty pat!! theres 2 L's at the end of my name: acaldwell not acaldwel !! :) its a href="http://acaldwell.diaryland.com"> art </a> or try %%diary-acaldwell%%
from acaldwell :
aw pattypat, you didnt finish my url for the linky!! what ya put down was:http://www.acaldwel/ !!!! the correct diaryland addy is http://acaldwell.diaryland.com OR put 2 %% between diary-acaldwell one set before diary- and one set after acaldwell
from acaldwell :
Kaua e m‚harahara mai ki a au! He rangi hÁ tÁnei nŰku.
from nycme :
Hi there! Trying to catch up. Hope you all had a great summer. I see you're in a new job but I'm going to have to keep going back to see what and where. I haven't gotten back far enough to see what's going on with your mom, but I can relate a little bit to what I've read so far. Relate in that I have clumps of days that I stay in pajamas. I call them "inside days" and although I sense that they aren't the greatest thing in the world, they help me cope, in general. I've always been that way, though, so I'm not sure if this is new to your mom. It must be if it's troubling you. I hope she feels better soon and your parents move past this blue slump. Hugs to Andy!
from acaldwell :
linking: remember to put diary- between the %% then it will come out, or use the <a href="diary url"> diaryname </a>
from acaldwell :
ty for the birthday wishes!!!! im a longtime pal of chaosdaily and mom-on-roof and so, i decided to read ya stuff!! i hope ya brother gets to a real doc and get that kidney stone removed!! owie!!! im gonna add you to the 'A' list on the drivel! keep reading!!!
from chaosdaily :
maybe you should have disciplined that kid. sometimes a stranger telling them to behave works better than their parents...
from chaosdaily :
the enlarged lymph nodes and high white count COULD just mean he has an infection somewhere... maybe kidney>?
from junkmel1 :
Hi Pattypat! Baked broccoli with garlic and parmesan sounds tasty....mind sharing with me how you make it? Thanks!
from cinzel :
I'm going through a similar realization with my father. Even at 41(my age), it's hard to accept that they're human. "He's my dad; he's not supposed to be human!" :) Hang in there.
from chaosdaily :
oh say yes!!!
from chaosdaily :
i used to have that morning thing too, but claritin seemed to help...
from chaosdaily :
glad you enjoyed your summer... as to work, you can do it!!!
from sasori-gal :
Congratulations! I know it was a tough decision, but as we all know, things happen for a reason and I think you have to believe that you definitely made the right decision. Celebrate and know how proud we all are of you!
from cinzel :
Congratulations on the job decision! It sounded like a struggle...glad it worked out and you feel great about it!
from pattypat :
Glad to pass it on! Use offer code WJH1474. Have fun!
from junkmel1 :
50% off at Coldwater Creek? I'm interested!! And a clean closet makes me feel cleansed, too. It's a huge relief to have it done, because I really hate doing it.
from chaosdaily :
happy anniversary!!
from chaosdaily :
have fun! and happy anniversary!!
from chaosdaily :
i believe that sibling relationships affect development.. i think of some of the things that happened when i was a kid, and siblings were involved in most of them....
from chaosdaily :
last time i looked, turkey was still meat....
from cinzel :
Your trip sounds bittersweet, but I know your friend really appreciated you coming and helping. Nothing like good friends! We used to live in Westlake outside Cleveland and really enjoyed the area and city...just hated the job I had and being so far away from family. Hope your friend continues to heal. Thanks also for the well wishes...I'm feeling much better. Kidney stones are AWFUL!
from chaosdaily :
sounds like your friend just needed a friend. i can imagine it would be hard to clean out the house after a spouse dies.. maybe you should introduce her to diaryland....
from chaosdaily :
yea, what momonroof said... and i guess if you "forget" to make your flight reservations today, and then are gone for a few days, well, that would take care of the trip, wouldn't it???
from mom-on-roof :
You know what, Patty, when someone calls another person "judgemental", it's sometimes because they are feeling guilty or wrong about something and are feeling "judged". It's much easier to place the blame on the person you have wronged, than to admit it and make it right.
from chaosdaily :
with any luck, the road will wash out with your inlaws on it.. if your husb is to blame anyway, you may as well make it good!
from junkmel1 :
Man, I don't envy the anniversary lunch for you! Nothing to do but paste on a smile and enjoy eating out, I guess, huh? Your friend in the midwest is lucky to have you. And if you were working again already, you probably wouldn't have been able to take the trip, huh? There may be all kinds of reasons God hasn't put another good job in front of you yet. Go you on all the walking and eating right and productiveness, too!
from chaosdaily :
thanks for the prayers.. if your mother is forgetful and acting strange, maybe its a medical problem. is there a way to have her evaluated?
from chaosdaily :
just cake for me please haha
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from mom-on-roof :
Happy B'Day, Miss Patty! That's the Big One there! Smooth sailing from here on out!
from chaosdaily :
maybe andy could just call her 'general'.
from sasori-gal :
A kid was suspended for hugging at kindergarten?! *yikes* I think what you did was just fine. It's hard to know what to ignore and what to be careful of, but I think you are being a great mom (and teacher) by letting Andy know how you feel and how other people might feel. I'll never forget when a girl student asked me to call her "Shiwana" and her parents were furious because I wasn't calling her by her real name "Nwadi." It's a tough call, but I think you made the smartest one! :)
from chaosdaily :
ive always wondered how dude could lose clothes.. i guess it happens to other kids too.
from chaosdaily :
i totally agree with mom-on-roof. maybe its time to stop being so accommodating. tough love, and all that. they need to learn not to take advantage.
from mom-on-roof :
My 3 cents: Dear Miss Patty, I hope God blesses your heart today, because you have taken enough abuse at the hands of your mother and sibs. It sounds like you have it figured out intellectually, but you're still allowing your heart to get bruised by their stupid little mind games. Your mom's behavior is childish and mean-spirited. You're not crazy. You're not asking too much here. Common decency.
from chaosdaily :
i miss your reports of what you see on the freeway. i drove with dude the other day, and i wondered to him how you can lose your shoe on the freeway.... he had no clue, either!
from mom-on-roof :
THank you, Miss Pattypat, for stopping by and saying nice things to me, you light up my life, not in that Debby Boone sorta way, but in the good kinda Awwwww sorta way. I read that your buttermilk cake "stunk" in the middle. I guess because buttermilk stinks. Was happy to read it back and find my mistake. Nobody likes a stinky cake.
from sasori-gal :
Good luck with the interview! Knock their socks off with your power suit! I know you will do wonderfully!
from chaosdaily :
see the problem is you arent eating chocolate...
from junkmel1 :
Cinzel's right...neither one of us have started exercising yet. My husband, who is very supportive but also very "helpful" in a sometimes not so appreciated way, told me I'll have to start exercising, too. I know that, and it won't be long before I'll be doing it, but you know, I hate him telling me. :) Keep your chin up, you'll be losing, too!
from cinzel :
Hang in there, pattypat. You're still ahead of us since you're walking. Bet you'll start seeing results in the next week. For some reaon, three weeks is the magic week with the walking. Junkmel's going to MAKE me start curving again. Ohhhh, the peer pressure! :) Good luck!!
from sasori-gal :
Happy Birthday to Andy!!! It sounds like the force is with him. What cool presents! Celebrate and enjoy.
from chaosdaily :
on the early morning radio show, they suggested checking your clock at 01:02:03 on 04-05-06. but thats a bit too early in the morning for me. they must use military time, cause you could do that in the afternoon, too.
from junkmel1 :
Sorry to hear you're sick. 04-05-06 is very cool. Made me think, and my son's birthday next year will be cool, too -- 07-07-07. Maybe we'll have to plan a special party for that one. :)
from chaosdaily :
hmmm what kind of crimes does non-law abiding seafood commit? glad your friend came around, maybe her husband had something to do with her change of mind...
from junkmel1 :
I'm sure you realize this already, but it's probably time to cut her loose as a good friend. Social visits, maybe, but obviously she's not much of a true friend. I bet her husband tiptoes around her, too, if she's that controlling. Sad...but at least you finally talked to her.
from chaosdaily :
you know, a true friend would have accepted your apology, and said nothing more about it. it sounds like she has control issues, making you say what she wanted you to..... i thought of you this morning when i made peanut squares!!
from chaosdaily :
enjoy the surprises of spring!
from chaosdaily :
and for me, the best thing about switching jobs is getting a new coffee/water mug... one that fits the job. my last job's mug was one from RAID. it had a dead bug on it, and it said, 'no one does it deader'. appropriate for a hospital, dont you think??
from junkmel1 :
I was thinking about you this morning, hoping maybe the last hour good news had come, but afraid it hadn't. Good luck in your job search, and I hope you find someplace you love to work at more. Also, your job chart suggestion for me last week? Totally going to implement it after the in-laws visit, which starts today. Ugh. Our job chart is going to be special, though, because Mom and DAD are going to have jobs on it, too.
from junkmel1 :
Bless your heart. The uncertainty is just awful, isn't it? The employees at my husband's old plant in SC STILL haven't been told when they can expect to be sold. Every month or two they move their decision-making back another quarter. We are happy to have been transferred out of the wondering-what-will-happen-to-us zone.
from readersguide :
Hi! Thanks for reading -- it seems from your profile that we have quite a lot in common! I'll come back when I have more than 20 seconds to poke around -- which should probably be next week.
from chaosdaily :
it sure makes you wonder how a kid thinks, when they can jump from the sex questions to gilligan.
from chaosdaily :
no guacamole??
from cinzel :
I can relate and it will drive you insane practically, won't it?? Sunshine, hurry up!!
from nycme :
Oh, also, I forgot to say, thanks for the Ivy idea. Great idea!
from nycme :
Sounds like Andy's having a lovely sick day at home with mom. Hope he feels better soon. Poor thing, but I bet he's enjoying the soup. Yum. I could use some right about now. :)
from cinzel :
Nothing like a good hair job and a night out with the girls to recharge the batteries! Have a great time!
from chaosdaily :
you should have made a lindt basket.. the ones you sent me were so yummy... thanks again!
from junkmel1 :
Do share...what new journal are you reading? I can relate to the vortex of dinner/homework/bedtime routines. They take away any energy I have left at the end of the day, and then I just want to veg and watch something on TV and hit the bed. Maybe you'll have a chance to talk with your husband on the Ikea trip?
from nycme :
One of the reasons I love reading diaries is the comfort I get finding common themes throughout all our lives. Even though your list of things to stew about might be slightly different than mine, it's still close enough to make me know that our individual trials aren't personal injuries thrown our way but rather symbols of the struggles we all have. Just cause we're human. On a lighter note, basa fish is, according to the description where I buy it, a vietnamese catfish. I find it milder, without that catfish flavor, but firm and solid like catfish and able to withstand anything I can throw at it!
from nycme :
MMMMM Yum! Straw and Hay. What a great name!!
from junkmel1 :
You already have your taxes ready for the accountant??!!? I bow in your presence. :)
from junkmel1 :
I'm so behind in the journals I read, but I did want to tell you I'm so sorry (and horrified) to hear about your friend's husband. I can't imagine her pain, and thank goodness she has a friend to listen and be with her. I concur with nycme...you have some cruise-going relatives!!! I'm jealous!!!
from nycme :
Wow! Your family are the cruise kings! Seems there's always someone getting on or off the boat. It sounds like fun. I've never been. My husband wrote/directed shows for Holland America like 13 years ago and got to go on a bunch of great trips (Alaska/Russia is one I remember), but the boys were little and I never got to go....
from nycme :
I'm so sorry.
from cinzel :
So sorry to hear about your friend's husband.
from nycme :
Fiddler on the Roof is one of my favorite movies. My grandmother's sister always told me that the town they were from in Russia (Sirotzina) was the one that Fiddler on the Roof was inspired by. So, watching that movie makes me feel like I'm peeking into the lives of my ancestors - seeing their houses, the way they lived. re: black eyed peas - I wish I would have made some for New Year's Day. Every year I intend to and it hasn't happened in forever.
from nycme :
Homemade pizza and pajamas sound perfect! Especially when there is so much turmoil and upset in the lives around you. Hugs to all. Oh, and catching up on my own Notes - I've never baked brown rice. I've only done it stovetop - I should look into that. Also, I'd love to try the nigella - I've seen them but have never bought them - the seeds that Laurie Colwin uses in her flatbread recipe, she calls...hmmm...looking it up....kalaunji - maybe it's the same thing/different language? No clue!!
from chaosdaily :
peanut squares are white cake squares covered with frosting on all sides and rolled in chopped peanuts
from chaosdaily :
hooray for being spoiled! and if you email me your address i will send you some cookies!
from chaosdaily :
OMG i found it! i will post the words tonight! hehe
from chaosdaily :
da yoopers have a song that goes, to the tune of "jingle bells" oh what fun it is to ride in my rusty chevrolet. i wish i could find the words to it! hmmm maybe they have a website....
from chaosdaily :
you never know, they might have been crying because of the lack of bacon! hehe! i used to tell my kids that anyone who did or said nasty things to them did it because they didnt like themselves and felt bad, and they wanted everyone else to feel the same way.
from nycme :
It used to make me crazy when the bigger kids would do stuff to my littler kids. I thought they were the most annoying LARGE children. And then when my kids got to be that age, it was the next oldest group that was so annoying and LARGE! I'm being silly, but in fact one of my deepest angers came from other kids at school picking on or making mine upset. I blamed the school, I suppose, in the final analysis, for not keeping on top of it. Who knows. Maybe it's impossible to keep on top of. Hugs to Andy!
from cdghost :
you are welcome.
from cinzel :
Thanks for the kind note. I found you through junkmel and have enjoyed getting a peek into your life. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your job lasts a lot longer. The government is such a treat, isn't it? :) And you're a better person than me for sucking it up with the rude friend. I'd be forced to tie her to a chair and then make her wait for my return. Happy Holidays!
from chaosdaily :
ask andy if he knows why ducks fly in a "v". when he says he doesnt know, tell him its because its the only letter they know! haha
from chaosdaily :
you are welcome!
from chaosdaily :
ok, i sent it to your yahoo address... or was it hotmail?
from chaosdaily :
i have a recipe for pistachio heart cookies... they are yummy!!!
from chaosdaily :
i agree with #4. it works wonders with my son when hes ranting and screaming and i am calmly and quietly trying to reason with him. then i pound the crap out of him! just kidding.
from nycme :
The mussels over bread sound great! I don't know why I never think to remove my mussels from the shells before serving. Sorry about the job stress you're going through. It's too bad that your boss is drowning in his own fear and can't be the manager he should be in a time of upheaval. I'd say it probably sucks to be him. You, on the other hand, will rock whatever situation you find yourself in!
from junkmel1 :
Knowing it could end doesn't make it any easier, I'm sure. Sometimes allowing myself to lick my wound, per se, for a day or two makes all the difference in my acceptance and resolve. And why is it that children wake up at the buttcrack of dawn on weekends, yet have to be drug out of bed on school days? Another great mystery.
from cdghost :
stumbled across your diary and liked what i saw. sorry about the laid off notice :(
from junkmel1 :
I am so sorry to hear the bad news. I'll be thinking about you, hoping good things come your way quickly.
from sasori-gal :
I'll keep my fingers crossed about the grant! My high school didn't have a 25th reunion as everyone had hoped for, but it looks like the 30th will be next year on August 19th. I'll be reading your experiences at yours and maybe it will help me to decide whether or not to make the journey to go. Enjoyed your little lists today!
from chaosdaily :
we found a new product at the food show last week, a grapple. its an apple that tastes like grape. very yummy!!!!
from sasori-gal :
It doesn't matter how big or how little a problem is- it still sucks when misfortune hits and things bring you down. *hugs* Hang tough...things WILL get better! :)
from nycme :
My very first cat ever was missing a foot through an injury. We found him as a kitten on a stormy night. My parents heard him meowing outside and went and got him. We named him Dum Dum. I had him until I was in fourth grade. :)
from chaosdaily :
can you make a main dish thats vegetarian, and make a side dish of something with meat?
from nycme :
My Younger son used to be scared to death of the fire drill. In fact, I remember in nursery school they used to tell me in advance when there was a fire drill scheduled, so I could either be there with him or deal with it somehow. It might be genetic because I remember being horribly afraid of the air raid drills we had for a while there growing up -- duck and cover, hide under the desk kind of thing. That alarm haunted my dreams for years..
from chaosdaily :
yum. i want to eat at your house.... ill bring the chocolate....
from nycme :
Thanks for your note. It meant a lot. It's always been a conscious effort for me to let my guys go off and do stuff, independently. It really doesn't come naturally. Every single trip and journey has been worrisome to me and it's only by extreme concentration that I've been able to do it. It's just so much cozier to have them home, isn't it!?? There have been recent contentious (sp?) articles and heated exchanges on some of the parent college forums to describe the "helicopter" parents who hover over their children in college. Well, my husband and I plan to hover as much as needed! Your Andy is a smart cookie and a lovebug to boot. Best combination ever! I love reading about him. :)
from chaosdaily :
you may be a pill, but one i would willingly take! i am looking forward to the routine of the school year too...
from sasori-gal :
Andy's little moments always make my day too! What a cutie! Thanks for sharing them.
from mom-on-roof :
You're so funny, and I'm glad you're NOT BITTER.
from nycme :
Aww. I hope your husband is feeling better soon.
from junkmel1 :
Whoa, I can totally relate to the after-school care predicament! The first year we lived here I missed facts and fees day, where you sign up, by three days. The waiting list at ours was so long I never did get him in there all year. Had to send him to Youngest Son's daycare for after school. Ended up spending $250 a month when he was sometimes there three afternoons a week, and often only one or two or none, but I had to pay for his spot whether he attended or not. In contrast, last year in the school's program we spent approximately $70 - $80 a month. Plus, he like's the school's program a lot better. I got my fingers crossed for you that your waiting list empties quickly!!!!
from junkmel1 :
Whoa, I can totally relate to the after-school care predicament! The first year we lived here I missed facts and fees day, where you sign up, by three days. The waiting list at ours was so long I never did get him in there all year. Had to send him to Youngest Son's daycare for after school. Ended up spending $250 a month when he was sometimes there three afternoons a week, and often only one or two or none, but I had to pay for his spot whether he attended or not. In contrast, last year in the school's program we spent approximately $70 - $80 a month. Plus, he like's the school's program a lot better. I got my fingers crossed for you that your waiting list empties quickly!!!!
from sasori-gal :
Hang in there. For some reason, when we're feeling blue, EVERYTHING upsetting or troubling seems to happen all at once...in triplicate. *hugs* Things will get better. :)
from nycme :
Have a great trip!!
from nycme :
I wish I could discuss the next FoodNetwork star with you but I've only watched what I think are the first two. On the last one I watched the blonde (whose food philosphy was feeling her food or something rather abstract) was given the boot! Problem is, I never know when it's on. I kind of liked the big guy, even though his catchphrase "mean cuisine" means absolutely nothing and he seems illiterate because of that - but I think the most professional up to that point was the dark haired woman who did the healthy cooking segments. Did one of the judges say that her food had no taste, though? I'll have to catch it in repeats. re: blue ice - those junky freezer ices that turn your mouth all sorts of colors. http://www.jelsert.com/products/flavorice.htm
from chaosdaily :
cats come in very handy. i havent seen a mouse in this house for a long time.....
from junkmel1 :
You've got me watching for stuff on the side of the highway now! I never see anything too interesting, though...
from chaosdaily :
ive always wondered how you can lose a shoe on the road.....
from chaosdaily :
trust can be a hard thing to come by. it just depends on how well you think you know the person.
from sasori-gal :
You have a heart of gold! *hugs* I totally understand the flying thing. When I used to be afraid to fly, my parents would always say, "Don't worry. We're all be together if anything happens" too. Unfortunately, most of my flights are solo now. *oh no*
from chaosdaily :
but sometimes good wishes and prayers are the best.... at least you are letting people know that you care, and that does make a difference
from nycme :
I'm so glad that Andy came through his extractions with no problems!! I remember the dentist telling me that the baby teeth that don't come out on their own usually are just hanging on by a very small bit of root and that they come out easily. It's still very scary to go through (for the moms, that is!!) Dirty onions are those onions in spicy red sauce that the sabrett guys sell on the streets of NY with hotdogs. You can get saurkraut or dirty onions, or both. Anyway, they sell packages of Sabretts "onions in sauce" but we call them "dirty onions". They're spicy and sweet all perfect on a hot dog.
from sasori-gal :
I'll be thinking of Andy! I'm sure he'll be as tough as you were! I had 7 baby teeth extracted to make room for other teeth before I had braces and at another time I had all 4 impacted wisdom teeth extracted. I'm sure Andy will love all the soft treats you'll have ready for him as he recovers! :)
from forty-plus :
Thank you.
from nycme :
hahahahah!!! i LOVED goofus and gallant!~
from chaosdaily :
oh and use the buttermilk for pancakes....
from chaosdaily :
i have comments on your #3s... the first, some people will lie... oh that is so true, and no (the second #3) they dont feel any shame or they wouldnt lie in the first place. the 3rd #3? your andy has a chef masquerading as his mother.. why wouldnt he thrive??
from nycme :
The chicken burgers sound good. I usually look at ground chicken and then pass it by because I can't think of anything to do with it other than substitute it for ground beef. I'm going to try the burgers. Sounds like something my guys would love!
from chaosdaily :
but patty, thats what diaries are for. vent all your complaints and frustrations out in here, and then it will be much easier to face your family with a smile.
from nycme :
Congratulations on Andy's communion! What a special day. Your recipe sounds delish - I have made a similar odd sounding recipe that I got from my cousin's husband who picks up all sorts of recipes from the guys he works with. He calls it german lasagna and it's spaghetti, tomato sauce cooked with a lb of bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese. You layer the spaghetti in the baking pan with the bacony sauce and the cheddar cheese. It's one of those "nothing leftover" dishes as well. Hey, sometimes it's just what the doctor ordered, although, with all the bacon in this one there probably aren't a LOT of doctors who would order it!! :)
from mom-on-roof :
Okay Miss Patty, I've written out your recipe, because it looks interesting and just "icky" enough to be great. But what is it called, and how do you serve it? Does it end up looking like pizza? Do you cut it like brownies, or what? Not finger food, I'm guessing.
from chaosdaily :
you need to have a place online to store your picture.. if you dont have one, i wouldnt mind uploading it to my account, and then sending you the html to put in your diary..... if you need to, email it to me, and i can do the rest for you.
from chaosdaily :
gee i would be bitchy too if i had to pick up family members at the airport in the middle of the night, and then let them use my car....
from chaosdaily :
well theres always the garage....
from sasori-gal :
Happy 8th Birthday to Andy! What a lucky birthday boy he is!
from chaosdaily :
you might be grateful, but you should be MAD!!!! you need to let them know next time they come that you wont pick them up at the airport any later than 9pm..... if they dont like it, they can wait for you to get there the next morning!
from sasori-gal :
"Tickle me like you mean it" ~ that is classic! Give Andy a tickle for me!
from chaosdaily :
you can continue to be polite, but stand up for yourself too!
from junkmel1 :
I don't think I've ever left a message for you before, and today I can't help myself, I just have to. Arrrgh!!! The whole situation with your brother and his wife not making decisions until very late in the game would make. me. nuts. And your mom to uninvite your son??? Oh, hell, no. I agree with nycme. I'd go around your mom to your brother and restress how important this was to Andy and how much it will break his heart. I'm fuming for you here. BTW, my oldest son's name is Andy, too, and he's a year older than your Andy. All the things you've been writing in your diary about Cub Scouts and First Communion, you're walking the same steps I walked this time last year. I feel a certain sense of de ja vu when I read your entries, especially with the same name. :)
from chaosdaily :
nycme has a good suggestion... my thoughts are that you do too much for your mother.. you pick her up at 11 at night, and then take her to your brothers the next day.. why dont you tell her to have your brother pick her up? and when she comes to your house, let her sleep on the couch. a therapist told me once, you cant pick your family, and you dont HAVE to like them. but it seems your mother needs to learn something from you. i hope you dont mind me spouting off......
from nycme :
Hey, how would it work if you circumvented your mother and spoke to your brother directly, and reinvited Andy...get him there yourself and think of it as a visit with his cousins and your parents just happen to be there??
from nycme :
Hey! I'd love your caesar recipe. The virtual rosary program is so much fun and I downloaded it a few years ago at virtualrosary.org which is the corresponding website where you can leave prayer requests (which then show up on your rosary program while you're using it) and you can also download additional modules (graphics and text) for the program. It's very peaceful. I have a hard time finding a quiet 10 minute slot to use it, but if I get up early enough...
from sasori-gal :
Oh no! You poor dear! I hope you feel better soon~ you are such a super mom, but I'm sure it's hard trying to fit everything in when you're under the weather. Get well soon so you can TASTE again!
from nycme :
That rash might be strep related. My kids passed strep back and forth (actually, all four of us passed it back and forth) for years and they often had rashes along with it. In fact, with a rash I think they call it Scarlet Fever - that romantic yet scary sounding name for basically strep with a rash.
from chaosdaily :
a fabric/sewing store will have a zipper repair kit with extra zipper pulls in it. its actually pretty easy to fix a zipper pull, its the zipper teeth that make a zipper unfixable.
from sasori-gal :
We did the same thing too: gather in the dorm room with lots of junk food and watch SNL faithfully. They are playing re-runs here on my digital satellite here in Japan. And you're right...was it really THAT funny?!
from chaosdaily :
well i think the fact that i was usually high when i watched the first five seasons of snl was one of the reasons it was so much funnier then...
from nycme :
Younger son had about eight teeth extracted over two years - baby teeth that just wouldn't fall out - all in preparation for braces. It really didn't hurt that much. We use a pediatric dentist with headphones and videos and all the trimmings and he'd get to choose the flavor numbing gel and then get a shot which he barely felt, and it really wasn't bad at all. I have no regrets - plus, there wasn't any way to avoid it as long as they wouldn't come out on their own!
from nycme :
More notes on random entries - (I've read through Nov 04) I can't say that I have a similar experience with my mother and my brother - we don't compete for her time because I live in the same city and he lives in Arizona, but I do notice that if I'm on the phone with her and he shows up on her call waiting, she gets off my call to take his. I get left in the dust - "gotta hang up, it's your brother on the other line!" What am I? Chopped liver? Heh. Also, about a recent entry with crockpot chicken you said was flat. My secret ingredient for fixing flat anything - be it soup, stew, grilled meat, anything except I guess breakfast cereal - is vinegar. A healthy splash of vinegar! White, cider, wine, balsamic, whatever. Vinegar is my best friend!
from nycme :
I'm up to September 03 in your archives...re: the soundtrack to high school and college - yep, there was most definitely Steely Dan (Aja) and Boz Scaggs (silk degrees) but I also get so nostalgic listening to Peter Frampton, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Elton John, America & the Eagles....I still dream about the mid 70's to early 80's. It was magic.
from nycme :
I've been reading all night, starting with your entry number one and have so many things to say, but I'll just note for now that we are also an easter lamb family (i do grilled boneless leg marinated in mint sauce and rasberry jam) and I wanted to watch Manor House but missed it and I've had it requested from the library for months and months. I'm still like 30th on line to get what must be their only copy. (i've only reached may 2003 in your diary in case you have no idea what entries I'm commenting on! ha!)
from chaosdaily :
oh ive been looking for a good chinese buffet, there isnt one within 20 miles... :-(((((
from mom-on-roof :
Don't tell me you did the Polynesian cliff divers in the shower this morning! (I may have worded that wrong.) Did you find out what's the Polynesian translation for "Ma'am, your protruding breast cliffs, they are SUBLIME!"?
from sasori-gal :
Ohhh...feel better soon! And don't feel bad about calling in sick. Your health is #1! Take it easy and recuperate. *hugs*
from chaosdaily :
aaaarrrrrggghhhhh now ill be humming old man river all day!!
from chaosdaily :
i had a broken tooth too, my regular dentist told me to start saving for a crown. but i left the queenship for you, my new dentist bonded it and its fine now.. and only cost me about $200. and none of that yukky stuff they use for tooth impressions....
from sasori-gal :
Happy New Year! Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2005!
from chaosdaily :
my favorite is, i think that i shall never see/ a billboard lovely as a tree/ indeed, unless the billboards fall/ ill never see a tree at all!
from chaosdaily :
and you have good holidays too! we will miss you!
from sasori-gal :
Teachers used to tell my mom the same thing about my brother. It's good that Andy's teacher sees his potential and hopefully she can help build Andy's self-confidence so he can apply his brilliance! Teachers never used to say good stuff like that about me. In my case it was, "Kim tries REALLY hard, but she just doesn't seem to do well on her tests."
from chaosdaily :
i think the smart kids do tend to be lazy, because they dont have to study hard or work hard to learn and remember... i have that trouble with my son....
from chaosdaily :
did you have a journal the last time you went through this? it seems to help me, to be able to get it all out, and then its off my mind. you can even lock it if you need to, or put some entries in the private folder if you dont want anyone reading them.. hugs, hang in there!
from mom-on-roof :
Hey Miss Patty, thanks so much, you're a real peach!
from chaosdaily :
awwww you are welcome! *blush*
from sasori-gal :
I agree with Chaos~ birthdays affect everyone differently and unfortunately, you were hit with a lot of other stuff going on as well. *hugs* from me, too!
from chaosdaily :
do you recognize too that you are human and not perfect? dont be so hard on yourself! *hugs*
from chaosdaily :
happy birthday!!!!
from sasori-gal :
It's your birthday today in Japan so happy birthday! Enjoy yourself and celebrate to your heart's delight~ I will do the same in your honor! :)
from sasori-gal :
Happy Birthday to Spouse! You and your spouse are just like my parents: both Scorpios with birthdays very close together! (Great combo!) Good luck wth your after holiday gathering! *hands you a cupcake* :)
from chaosdaily :
gee my son would have been thinking up some great adventure to explain his bruise... and the symptoms to watch for are confusion, vomiting, and sleepiness, and if he falls asleep, the inability to wake him up. headaches are normal, unless they are severe. any vision disruption means you should take him to the doctor.... but it sounds like he was fine! phew!
from sasori-gal :
I'll be thinking of you and your husband. I hope the procedure goes okay and it isn't too uncomfortable for him.
from mom-on-roof :
I would hate that too, I think it's natural. People talk and talk and talk about "Oh, I'm so HAPPY for you, blah blah blah...", but if my mom and sister did something great like that and left me out, I'd be sick about it too. Don't be so hard on yourself. They should be ashamed of themselves for not taking your feelings into consideration.
from chaosdaily :
a lot of communities have parties for kids on halloween, so they dont have to be walking on the streets, taking goodies from weirdos like me haha. maybe all the kids were at the parties.....
from chaosdaily :
funny how things work out, isnt it? i never thought i would be living in cowtown, but here i am....
from chaosdaily :
maybe thats why your husbs brother doesnt visit his parents very often...
from sasori-gal :
Oh gosh~ do I hear you on that one!!! :)
from chaosdaily :
we have those fights too... the next day its tense, but not brought up. they suck.
from chaosdaily :
yea, living in florida this year would be no fun. i feel sorry for people there, it must suck to have endless wind and rain.
from chaosdaily :
as long as andy doesnt have to stay at the prison, tell him a dungeon bus wouldnt be too bad.....
from sasori-gal :
Sending good thoughts to you and Spouse~ hope everything turns out A-OK! :)
from chaosdaily :
we are the badgers in wisconsin :D.. you could have fed him homemade guacaomle... we had that last night and *oohhhhh* we sounded like some busy streets too!! lol
from sasori-gal :
What a delight Andy is! You're not being paranoid about the mosquitoes. When I was in back in LA and in Nevada, we had to be careful of West Nile virus! Scary!
from sasori-gal :
I've never been in a tornado. I'm relieved you were all okay. Sometimes I just cringe at the parenting skills (or lack of) of Japanese children, especially in public places. I'm sure you will do absolutely brilliantly on your major project. When you can raise a beautiful boy like Andy, you have the power to do anything! Go for it! :)
from sasori-gal :
Poor FIL~ but as you said, accidents happen especially as we get older (and sometimes more stubborn?) Hope things have quieted down. I'm envious of Andy's little date! How cute is that?!
from chaosdaily :
and a leg that is braced and isnt used like a normal leg is much more prone to fractures. the bone doesnt have as much calcium as a bone in a leg that is exercised normally. so it probably didnt take much stress for it to break. just be glad it wasnt his hip.......
from sasori-gal :
*yummy* If I could eat what you had for dinner, I would gladly watch Andy for you so you wouldn't need to scramble for daycare! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the hurricanes don't cause any damage. It can't be any worse than having 6 dead skunks on the road!
from sasori-gal :
It's so much fun to finally catch up on diaries. Wow! You went on a cruise! *envy, envy* Sounded wonderful. And to reconfirm a point, you ARE a great mother!
from chaosdaily :
i remember buying phish food once for the dude. he asked what id gotten for him and i told him "phish food". he started crying because he didnt know it was the name of an ice cream....... lol
from sasori-gal :
Happy Anniversary! Lucky number 13! Congratulations and a toast to you and your husband! *glasses clink* :)
from sasori-gal :
Aw, thanks for the nice comment in your profile. I would LOVE to teach Andy! I keep wondering when cramps will stop as well, but that will probably be a sign of new changes in aging! *ack!*
from chaosdaily :
yup, sounds like its time to start doing your own thing at work. and im sure if you try hard enough, you can find SOMETHING else to do but clean the top floor..... and you're never too old for cramps or zits!!
from chaosdaily :
ooooooo i love payday!!!
from chaosdaily :
yea i said the same thing. eat what i cook or go hungry. it doesnt always work. its weird the things kids decide they dont like... and he will eventually grow out of it!
from chaosdaily :
i think it was a great idea to turn control over 2 days early. that way, any nasty stuff the terrorists had planned for that day were useless...
from chaosdaily :
hey zipper bags are a good idea. if the clothes get wet or smelly, they just go back in the bags and dont contaminate the rest of the suitcase. gee you're clever!
from chaosdaily :
when you find the instruction manual, let me know!!!
from chaosdaily :
that reminds me of my roommates and "the exorcist" one roomie read the book and slept on my floor for 2 nights because she was scared. i read it too, and it wasnt that bad. however, we went to the movie together, and then I was the one who was scared out of my wits!!!
from sasori-gal :
I watched "S@lem's Lot" when it first came on TV and it gave me the creepies...then, here in Japan, I bought the DVD and had a good laugh. :)
from chaosdaily :
geez sometimes all you have to do is be there to irritate someone....
from chaosdaily :
dont beat yourself up over this. youll get back in the swing of things soon, and be able to do things with andy too.
from sasori-gal :
*whew* a sigh and smile of relief!!!
from chaosdaily :
life is good!
from sasori-gal :
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and your husband that the test results are all okay. I know the waiting for them can be so tormenting!
from sasori-gal :
Congratulations on the new job! You will be great! Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend even if you'll have to go fridgeless until Tuesday! :)
from chaosdaily :
can males actually comprehend the idea that they ARENT the center of the universe???
from chaosdaily :
yay!! congratulations!!
from chaosdaily :
yay!!!!!!!
from sasori-gal :
Andy's comment was priceless! I hope the waiting is not too tormenting, but I think it's a good sign that they're checking references. You know they're interested! Good luck!
from chaosdaily :
and i too agree with #5. i just wish i could make my husb understand that!
from sasori-gal :
Good luck with your interview tomorrow. I'm sure it will go well especially after all your preparation! I also love your list. I totally agree with #5! :)
from sasori-gal :
Thanks for the offer! It just gets more and more frustrating, doesn't it??? Will it be Romber in the final two?! Tom should have listened to Kathy when Kathy warned him that you have to make your move when it's down to 7, not 5. Enjoy your day tomorrow!
from pattypat :
I'm sure you have a ready network of state-side friends who can fill you in, but feel free to email if you want the post-show scoop on Survivor - Patty
from sasori-gal :
I'll have to wait until my Mom sends the tape, but I intend to check the "Survivor" website AS SOON AS the show's over to see what happens! I'll be thinking of you in front of the TV! Cheers!
from chaosdaily :
yay on the second interview :0)
from chaosdaily :
good luck on the critique!! hopefully they will look at it with an open mind...
from sasori-gal :
Wow! Sounds like you're on a roll! Good luck with the second interview and with the visit from your folks. *fingers crossed* Oh and please enjoy an ice cream from the Ice Cream Man for me~ how I miss those visits!
from sasori-gal :
I hope all goes well at both your own doctor's appointment and your husband's appointment. Sounds like you have a busy day ahead of you so take care and enjoy those moments with your family! All the best~
from sasori-gal :
Isn't chaosdaily lovely? Thanks to her, I've come across your diary and I've been enjoying what I've read! Hooray for us Scorpios! I will pass you lots of good fortune vibes for the job hunt. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before everything falls nicely into place. I hope your sore throat is feeling better. Popsicles and chicken soup are good~ so is a little tender loving care! Here's some TLC for you!
from chaosdaily :
yay!! for andy!
from chaosdaily :
i would guess that god has a zillion dogs... and cats too! am i the only one who leaves you notes??
from chaosdaily :
well its your diary, you can whine if you want to. want some cheese with that whine?? hehe and the attitude of that priest is one of the reasons i do not attend church....
from chaosdaily :
ohhh patty **hugs**
from chaosdaily :
awwww bummer. *hugs* ...try, try again and dont give up.
from chaosdaily :
i have some blooming crocus too... it really makes it seem like spring. hang in there....
from chaosdaily :
wow you are awfully powerful to be responsible for so much!!! hang in there...
from mom-on-roof :
Thanks, Patty! Stop back any time!
from chaosdaily :
chocolate is always an integral part of a balanced meal...
from chaosdaily :
yipeeeeeee sounds like an awesome interview!!!
from chaosdaily :
if you were me, you would never need to search for chocolate. i always know where it is!!!
from chaosdaily :
you're welcome!! its my pleasure to give your entries my attention!
from chaosdaily :
and andy still love you, and so do we. what more do you need?
from chaosdaily :
glad you had a good time!!
from chaosdaily :
go away for the weekend, and dont feel guilty. hows that for a choice?? it will be good to get away from it all and indulge a bit. who knows, you might find a job while you're there!!
from chaosdaily :
awww sorry, hugs
from chaosdaily :
hmmm i know someone like that, and i wonder if anyone CAN make them happy. (no i dont mean my husb)
from chaosdaily :
he must have been allergic to one of the ingredients, there is a particular soft drink my son cant drink because he is allergic to.. quillaia. i had never heard of it before, but now i read labels!!
from chaosdaily :
patty, try cultureshocktravel.com, or cstfares.com. (same company) i have always had good service from them, and the lowest fares of anyone. good luck!
from chaosdaily :
ty patty, i appreciate it
from chaosdaily :
well gift certificates are always nice for those hard-to-buy-for people
from chaosdaily :
happy birthday patty!! and dont feel bad about being 46, some of us are older than you lol
from chaosdaily :
with all that sugar, you should be just about ready to sleep by friday haha
from chaosdaily :
and my birthday is in november too
from chaosdaily :
i sent you some recipes to pattypat@diaryland.com. did you get em?
from chaosdaily :
would you email me your address at chaosdaily@diaryland.com?
from chaosdaily :
ooooooo what kind of cookies are you making? i have some recipes from last year if you want some over-the-top chocolate cookies.... hehehe
from chaosdaily :
and im sorry you have to go through all that.
from chaosdaily :
you know, you can take comfort in the fact that its taking this long to find the problem... if it was a large cancer, they would have seen it on the mammogram.....
from chaosdaily :
what color is the leakage?
from chaosdaily :
patty, just shrug your shoulders and say... shes getting old. then just put whatever it is thats bothering you out of your head. old people do what they want haha just like kids. someday she will understand. hugs
from chaosdaily :
gee dont all parents tell you how to bring up your kids? mine still do....
from chaosdaily :
welcome back....
from chaosdaily :
just go to ask.com and type in sex toy or dildo.... you will see where to get a lot of them!!!!!
from chaosdaily :
there are turkey roasts in the freezer section, all white meat and white and dark meat. i believe tyson makes them, they are in rectangular boxes..... just ask next time you are in the store......
from chaosdaily :
believe me, they are clueless!! its something that happens in the teens, some people grow out of it and some dont. haha
from chaosdaily :
i know what you mean, i wasnt sure people were reading mine either, but i started a site meter, and it seems lots of people read me. surprise!!
from kalel592002 :
Glad you are enjoying DLand - welcome! I've been out here for quite a while myself! I grew up with Ed Sullivan - remember watching the Beatles on their first appearance (my folks let me stay up, bless 'em!) and I still love Topo Gigio (or as Gabe Kaplan used to call him in his BRILLIANT comedy routine, "Ed Sullivan's Last Show") the "little fairy mouse!" Drop by anytime!
from chaosdaily :
did you ever wonder how many apple candles any one teacher has???
from chaosdaily :
patty, we had fish once too, i can still hear my daughters scream when she got up in the morning and one of the fish was dead. im sure fisher is in the ocean by now ;-)
from librtine :
I like your diary, but its too much like my own life to go own. Hope its helping you.
from pattypat :
testo presto

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