Like childhood meatloaf, or apple variety favorites: it's what we have "cultivated" a taste for over the years.
A visit to the West Coast, many years ago, educated me to local variances: I grew up in SE Massachusetts, so Dunkin Donuts is now a coffee "gene" I shall probably carry to the grave.
The "Seattle" coffee left me nonplussed.
(For the record, their coffee is probably much better; I'm a floundering philistine, in oh-so-many things...)
I can't help but add a final observation: it's been backed up by science, that West Coast seafood tends to be very mild, almost flavorless, compared to East Coast. The Northeast coast has colder water, and higher salinity.
Jo, i'm glad you clarified the hardiness of my trailing rosemary! I will still bring it, but it will stay in a sunny window in our CT condo next year when we go to FL. My son has been watering several coleus for me that we left there. They seem fine, and he seems to enjoy keeping them going. I told him it was no big deal if we lose them, as they would have died in NH, but he enjoys that kind of challenge. 🍀
Great show! We also like Call the Midwife, another wartime British series, but it only comes on sporadically. Foyles War is another really good British wartime detective series. Can you tell we love the British series? I really look forward to Downton every week. I'm afraid it just won't be the same after Lady Violet dies. Maggie Smith is awesome!
I rented Foyles War and loved it. Michael Kitchen is a fav of mine.
Prime Suspect series with Helen Miren too.I would need to go to Netflix to find all the Brit series I watched.
There was a revival of Upstairs Downstairs with almost the original cast. I rented the first disc and sent back the rest It was awful.
The age group who buy here dictate the taste. Thats why not a day goes by that there isnt an incendiary of some kind on a TV show or a Zombie ( ho-hum) The people who produce this krap aim at the Lowest Common De hence referred to as LCD.denominator.
The Brits engage our brains in their subtext. There is a dud from them from time to time but not many.
Downton Abby is written by Julian Fellows who acts and writes.He has an ancestral connection to Highclear Hall where the program is filmed.His family story is interwoven in the series.
I doubt an American would do that unless it was Harper Lee who wrote"ToKill a Mockingbird" a classic.
I've been trying to change things up...been doing "aerobics" of some sort and light free weights for 27 years. Hard to get used to the machines, not sure if I like them or not. My husband has been showing me but it's so different than an instructor leading a class. So much is hard for my back.
Thanks for the positive ID...couldn't see the ring on the bill, & that's how I recognize the ring-billed...a friend in art class just returned from FL...her DH is a bird photographer...stunning photos of male & female painted buntings, kestrel, meadowlark, & several others...& talked to my stepson the other day, he was regaling me with the birds he saw on the Peace River...I really miss FL this time of year!
I have never seen the painted buntings in all the years I've lived here. We had indigo buntings in Connecticut, and they were so beautiful, but I've always wanted to see a painted bunting. Still lookin'... The hawks have been huge in our back yard this year.
Shopping is done, generator is fueled & ready, wood stacked, candles & lanterns out & hung, water bottled up...I'm good to go! Like Ronnie I bought a few things to play with, seed mix, seeds(like I didn't have enough) and a new planter im going to try out.
I took the last roll of paper towels out of the 12pk, so that's what I have to go to the store for...so even though they are not calling for much I can only imagine the mass panic...UGH, I'll go right after I drop the kids off at school in the morning hopefully won't be bad
i've been re-reading several gardening books lately - Adian Blooms book of conifers in the garden might cost me some money! celeste if you do not have this - buy it now - with all your land there you could recreate his gardens!
DD was in Europe on business all week.Due here Friday night,flight held in E.and next due in Newark and Rochester last night.Sunday morning finds her in Chicago. She doesnt know when she will sleep in her own bed again.
DD is home via a lot of flights.She was supposed to fly to Newark Friday.NOT
They left Belgium on Sat and flew to Chicago instead.She was supposed to be in Rochester Sat night late NOT
They were supposed to fly to Syracuse today,then to Rochester tomorrow.Its an hour away.SIL drove to Syracuse and got her.
She reports her tickit was wrong when she went thru security in Chi.dated the day before but broke down and cried told them she had been traveling for 2 days, so they let her thru. She is mighty glad to be home.
She is an assistant global regulatory manager for a pharmaceutical co. associated with Johnson and Johnson company based in Belgium so she goes there every few months.
She is still getting clear of Jetlag.
I am aware of the market at ages 55 or so.DD has a few friends who have been let go and cant find meaningful work.Their age is against them.
One GF is a mortician and says there are a lot of suicides in that age group.
I am not usually caught up in the background details of a program but DA just fascinates me.
Ages ago I read "The Devil Drives" the life of Sir Richard Burton.Its about the race to discover the source of the Nile. The age of exploration in England was huge.Greystoke legand and etc.Among the explorers was Earl Carnarvon who lived in Highclere castle. He was an Egyptologist and discovered King Tuts tomb,alas he died befor he could return to England.
Sorry it this is so long but Fellows is related to Carnovan way back.Some of the story line in DA is from his family past.
CBS Sunday morning did 2 features of DA and Fellows that mentioned the connection. He is quite a romantic writer.He wrote Titanic.
Neighbor's goats and barn burned down a few days ago. My DH and some friends are helping with the cleanup. Seems something happened to the heat bulbs (lamps) suspended above. Maybe that one of them burst and fell onto the dry straw. Very distressing since 30 lost goats made up a good deal of his income.
I do love that brug. I was given 4 cuttings this year. I bought cuttings in the past that rotted and did nothing. These 4 are going gangbusters!! Great to know that one doesn't need to overwinter the whole plant because good healthy cuttings taken from the right place will put on next year's show.
I'm sure the TLC that those broken plants will be given will do the trick.
It sure isnt in a cluster of little patio homes for independent living seniors.He will probably go back to Germany and be cared for.I think he is really frail for some reason.He looked like he was having difficulty holding up those heavy robes.
Awful news, Terri...losing any animal is terrible...and Bill & Jo, bad news on the plants...I just heard we may get up to 6" of snow on Wed. night, & another coastal storm Sunday? That's it...I'm outa here! My Mom cannot go to rehab because she can't be without restraint for 24 hours...so...live-ins at home, & therapy from the VNA...The VNA did a good job at home with me, but I wasn't 98 with dementia...just an awful mess, I had such a headache when I came home from the hospital...I had to speak with 5 different people, & all said something different...
Good luck with your mom Marilyn, hard at that age I'm sure.
My my brother called last night, my SILs dad passed away. Sad but a blessing, he had Alzheimer's and was getting real bad. He was a well known bartender in Wildwood, I'm sure the viewing line is going to be a long one. Hope they all hold up okay, my nieces are a mess, real close to him.
They should...Well, Mom is home with her aides...hoping things settle down. Had a surprise visit from the hospital's CEO when I was visiting Mom today before she was discharged...asked me if she could do anything for me...guess she must of had a call from my son's FIL, who's chairman of the Board of Trustees...I was very upset when I spoke to my DIL last night because my Mom was restrained & out in the hall, but I really didn't want her to call her father...I feel like a whiner, I really understood why they had to do it, it was just very upsetting to me.
Marilyn, I think anyone would have been just as upset. The situation you are in is as tough as they get, and I'm sure you are very exhausted. It's not a bad thing for the CEO to know how upsetting it is to family to see their loved one in restraints in a hallway for everyone to see. I do not think you were a whiner at all. Would the CEO have liked to experience what you did? It is crucial that there be some feedback to the people at the top because people in your Mom's condition cannot fight these battles for themselves. I understand that staffing is always a problem, but dignity should not be the price the residents and their families are made to pay. Sending you hugs and hoping things are easier during your next visit!
Glad she is home now, Marilyn. Good luck with the caregivers!
Bill, I am not surprised at Cindy. She is perfect for being in her capacity because she is such a kind and and caring person. I mean, who else would be so patient to have her truck loaded down with boulders every time she turns around. And speaking of that...how are things in the woods surrounding our house? 😜
I agree, Louise...Cindy is a caring person...I'm sure nurses get burned out, it's a very tough job...anyway, Mom is much calmer, the PT said she should be up & walking on a walker in a week or so...even if she can just get out of bed she'll be happier!
My car is a Saturn because there was no negotiating when you bought a car, and it was American made. Being a woman by myself - trying to buy a car is a nightmare! Trying to be bad cop and good cop just makes me look schiphrenic
One time when I went car shopping the salesman wanted to show me all the little amenities inside the car and didn't even say anything about the engine or the warranty. Guess women don't need to worry about little things like icky motors.
My last two cars I bought new because of the problems with buying a used car. The Dodge Omni I sold with 135k miles on it and it was still running 3 years later when I got sued over an accident it had had in California. This car needs tires and I thought the last set would be the last but it runs really well. and thanks to a plastic body - doesn't look to bad after all these years. I would buy another Saturn - if they still made them.
Yankee-cat! I bit the bullet in 2004 and bought a Honda because they have such a great repair record.That would be none besides the regular maintenance and oilchange.I still have it,in the long view I saved or broke even because it has never broken down.
One warning about all-wheel drive...if you have a problem wirh one tire, you have to replace all 4, and you have to rotate and balance the tires very frequently. Expensive. I won't get it again. They don't mention that until you have already bought it.
the NH chronicle just has a show on a guy who refurbs old turntables - he has a bustling business and gets turntables shipped from all over the world to repair - one comment he made was that the materials used to build them is so solid compared to todays products it is easy to get them to good as new quality.
Also the old truntables are analog and the new ones are digital. I found at least 3 places on the East Coast what specialized in old truntables. Something is still not right with it but if I turn it off and on and push the cueing button - it works again.
Is anyone on Pinterest? I really don't get it...I went on to see if I could get some more fairy garden ideas, but I only find pictures no info, then have to click thru about 5 links to find the original pic and who it actually belongs to and what website...then I can finally get some info.. seems obnoxious to me
I agree about Twitter and Pinterest...not worth the bother. Still holding out about FaceBook, but may have to do it despite my professional awareness of how it is so useful to pedaphiles. Distrust it completely.
Strongly disagree about Twitter, Louise. For me, WAY more useful than any of the others. Have never been big on FB. 95% of it, at least, is total nonsense. I don't care if a FB 'friend' is having problems with her husband, or if one just checked into a bakery, or if another made the dungeon level or another can't sleep! Would you want one of them to call you and tell you this?!!
Yes, kids grow too fast...I'm not on any sites except this one...don't have time to check anything else...Mom was up on a walker today, walked for about 5 min. PT said she would have her up & down stairs next week...
Happy Birthday little Domenic! We all remember when you were born. Maggie Smith said it best on 60 minutes about age making life go so fast. She said it seems like she's having breakfast every 30 minutes. 😄 I just love that line.
It's the unusual little images and ideas that keep me hooked, after, of course, the nice people.
Thanks for asking about my kids! They're still my favorite subject.
I was cooking and shopping this weekend while DD 2 was home. Umass Lowell played hockey with Umass Amherst so both my students at those schools went to see. UML is on a big infectious success binge in all areas, not just hockey.
DD1 said her month in Guadalahara for winter term was "the best year of my life." Two days after she returned, her boyfriend revealed he found someone else. DD 2 is still dating a local young man so she visits frequently.
All three kids are in love with their schools and totally thriving. What's interesting is that as they are learning that they are all excellent students after all, they are starting to think grander thoughts.
DD1 realizes she has to do something with her Spanish major, maybe immigration law if not teaching Spanish or ESL after a few years abroad. Although she was a top student in a nationally competitive high school, she is finding college work at Oberlin to be mind-bending.
DD2 thinks every single science problem is interesting. She wants to do biological research. She's justifying her Dean's scholarship at Amherst with A's or better, and is officially now a sophomore from her AP credits. We had a talk this weekend about looking up the faculty bios so she might think whose work she likes in order to hang around them. It was a great decision to go to school there and not to try to go to a fancier place where she'd be a small fish. High school was a bit too competitive for her to reveal her best work. I've known all along that she had it in her and will treasure many moments when this quiet little girl would suddenly get an amazing insight. She's not quiet now.
DS has always been both bored by school work, and also he struggled to keep up with conventional learning basics. Once a school teacher discovered his brilliant side it was usually all over in a class, because they didn't also appreciate his struggles. None of that is happening in college. He is allowed to study as he sees fit. Although his grades have been good enough to consider transferring to a higher ranked college, there is no reason to rock the boat. He really likes his college and he likes engineering, especially their design contests which he has been able to win more than once. If you want to find his first semester projects--a windmill, a bridge and an electric motor on Facebook just send me a D-mail. The motor has been sent to India as an example to inspire high school students. We just hope he can keep applying himself as he has.
Sounds like the kids are doing great!!!
Feel better Jan!
Friend of mine had a cough for weeks that wouldn't go away, a different doc admitted that she was probably first misdiagnosed and she had whopping cough but nothing they could do for her so late so they said that she just had to wait for it to go away on it's own