Saturday, November 26, 2022

Sunday Stealing

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves! 

Stolen from Swap Bot 
What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed
It would be fun to see real unicorns. 

 What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence? 
Are robo calls “inanimate objects” ? 

 What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home? My friend has a Star Wars bathroom, with everything (including the toilet seat) having a Star Wars theme, photo, etc. The shelves are filled with Star Wars trivia. Towels have Star Wars design. And R2D2 is the clothes hamper. There is also a larger than life size figure of Han Solo. 

 What would be the absolute worst name you could give your child?

 What would be the worst thing for the government to make illegal? 
Abortion, same gender marriage 

 What are some of the nicknames you have for customers or coworkers? 
I can't remember them now.  When I worked for a typing service some 40 years ago, we had nicknames for customers.

 If peanut butter wasn’t called peanut butter, what would it be called? 
Peanut flavored frosting for jam sandwiches.

What movie would be greatly improved if it was made into a musical? about Twelve Angry Men or Saving Private Ryan

 What would be the worst “buy one get one free” sale of all time? 

 What is the funniest name you have actually heard used in the real world? 
I hope Char will remember the name of the kid our kids went to nursery school with who had a familiar name

What sport would be the funniest to add a mandatory amount of alcohol to? 
I can think of any sport where alcohol would be funny.

 What would be the coolest animal to scale up to the size of a horse?
I've been watching the commercials where the dogs are big enough to be ridden.  Cute commercial.  I'd like to ride a German Shepherd.

What set of items could you buy that would make the cashier the most uncomfortable?
Depends on what store.  A large amount of military weapons wouldn't bother a cashier in a gun store, but probably would in a CVS!

What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed you didn’t realize earlier? 
Well, not recently but I grew up 2 blocks from Greenwich St in San Francisco and I was an adult before I  realized that it was not pronounced GREEN-witch

 What are some fun and interesting alternatives to war that countries could settle their differences with? 
How about cooking contests? Ukraine vs. Russia making a cake with Duff Goldman the judge.  Japan vs. Korea in Chopped, etc.




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Friday, November 25, 2022

Saturday 9

 FTW - 11/26/22 - Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Two Black Cadillacs (2011)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week's song is about two women who share a very dark secret. Are you good at keeping secrets?
Pretty good.

2) Carrie Underwood's favorite author is Stephen King. In fact, she credits King's Christine as an inspiration for this song. Have you read much Stephen King, or seen movies based on his books?
I’m not a huge King fan, though I’ve read a couple of books and seen a movie or two.

3) Carrie first came to America's attention when she won on American Idol. Prior to competing on that show, she'd never been on an airplane. Crazy Sam takes at least one round-trip flight every year and pays using the miles she accumulated from credit card purchases throughout the year. Do you try to earn miles, points, or cash back when you make purchases?
I don’t really think about it. I don’t buy that much.

4) Black is this week's signature color because November 25 was Black Friday, when retailers historically have slashed their prices and the holiday shopping season begins. Have you begun your gift shopping?
I shop for gifts all year long.  I have most of my gifts either stored away or having been ordered and waiting for delivery.

5) Black Friday began as a local event initiated by store owners in Philadelphia back in the early 1960s. When you think of Philadelphia, what comes to mind?
I remember how I felt seeing the liberty bell in person.

6) Black Friday always comes after Thanksgiving, a day of feasting. What was the best dish at your holiday table this year? 
The pumpkin pie, of course.

7) Thanksgiving is also a big day for watching football. Did you watch any games?

8) What are you thankful for this year?
All that everybody has done to help me recover from my surgery!

9) Random question: You're in a public restroom and have a choice between paper towels and a hot air hand dryer. Which do you choose?
It depends on the bathroom. Some have great hand dryers and rotten paper towels, some of wonderful paper towels and ineffective air dryers.


 It was a quiet thanksgiving but a nice day.  

Marta's stepsister came over and helped us all make apple turkeys for table decoration.

Ned made dinner, I made the pie and stuffing and Marta made ambrosia, all of which were delicious, except the stuffing which was too dry..

And we finally did something I've been wanting to do since Ned and Marta moved in -- we took a family picture.  I am SO happy with how it turned out.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Pumpkin pies

 Pumpkin pies are  very big in this family, especially the tales of Char and I having pumpkin pie fights and our kids demanding to have their own fight, the year that we baked 9 little pumpkin pies and let the kids throw them at each other.

This year we are having a quiet Thanksgiving, with just the four of us having dinner.  Ned is cooking the dinner, but asked if I'd make a pumpkin pie.  I've been doing some stuff in the kitchen this past week and though my legs are still very weak, I have been able to make my own breakfasts for the past few days and I thought I could handle pie.

I have been having trouble with pie crust for years and I haven't figured out why.  I love pie crust and have made great crusts.  In fact, Jeri uses my recipe herself and is so pleased with it.  But several years ago, I just couldn't do it right.  I can make it, but I can't roll it out, no matter what tricks I try.  I can  get a pie out of the dough I prepare, but I know it's not right and it frustrates me.

For some reason today I made the best crust I have made in many years and I am so pleased.  My legs ached when I finished, but it's all in the refrigerator now.  Marta is going to make ambrosia and I will make stuffing for the turkey and then we will sit and have dinner, like we do every other night.  But I am so thankful to have Ned and Marta living here.

And I am so grateful that my pie turned out OK!


Like a Good Girl

"Hon, like a good girl would you please...."  It's a phrase I always think of when holidays roll around.

It's a phrase I hope I never used with my kids as they were growing up.

We had every holiday with my father's parents, who lived in San Francisco but had no car and since neither of them had any social interaction with their families we were their only family, which is strange because she had a brother and he had 3 or 4 brothers, but I never knew any of those extended relatives, except for one brother, who was my godfather, and never heard of them getting together with them.

So everywhere we went, and especially every holiday, we spent with my grandparents, mostly with my mother hosting.  Occasionally we had others at our dinner.  My aunt lived next door to us in a flat in San Francisco and for a couple of years my grandmother lived with her too and it was nice when they joined us on holidays.  But we could count on it being my father's parents and Uncle Fred, who always brought a 2 lb box of See's chocolates for us to pass around the table after dinner was over.

My father would drive to get my grandparents and they would arrive at our flat.  My grandfather greeted my sister and me by giving us each a quarter until one year when he decided that we only liked him for the money and he never gave us a quarter again.  

My grandmother would settle herself into the couch in the living room and while my mother worked in the kitchen, what passed for visiting would take place.  Whenever she wanted anything --- water, an hors d'oeuvre, or anything else, she would always say "Hon, would you please get me...."  She never got up to get anything herself,  but always asked to "hon, would you please..."  Over the course of the cocktail part of the evening eventually I would wander out to be with my mother and then pretty soon Karen would join us and then my father, since none of us could stand being with my grandmother.  My mother would have to shoo us back into the living room to be polite.

Holidays have certainly been different with our kids.  Until they started pairing up with partners, things were mostly at our house, but you never knew how many were going to be here (the most was 24).  I loved our family Thanksgiving after Walt's mother bought a condo at Lake Tahoe.  We all went up there and it was a pot luck.  She cooked the turkey and everyone else brought something to share.  My mother never came because she had remarried and so all holidays were spent with his family.  But we had such a good time.

There were games to be played, endless solitaire contests and then after dinner we always played charades, my favorite part of the whole weekend.  Watching the kids try to make things difficult for Walt's mother (and her being willing to try to act things out) was always such fun.

This year will be quite different, with only the four of us here for dinner.


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

FTW 11/22/22 - Reading`

 Well, it's a good thing my cell phone died yesterday.  And there was nothing on TV I wanted to watch. So yesterday was a reading day.  I'm trying to get to my goal of 50 books in 2022 and after yesterday, I am at 45.  I finished one book and read two others.  I'm trying to read short books to make it to 50.

The first book I finished was "Finding Chika" by Mitch Albom (who wrote "Tuesdays with Morrie").  This is the story of the work he and his wife have been doing in an orphanage in Haiti after one of the big earthquakes, and the little girl they sort of adopted, who was dying of a rare form of cancer.  She became so special to everyone, and actually lived out a year or more longer than her diagnosis.  A very good story.

I wasn't sure what I was going to read next because all the books I wanted to read were on my Kindle, but I saw up on a shelf a hardback copy of "Animal Farm," a book I'd never read and was embarrassed because it seems everyone knows  that book, so I started reading it and actually finished it.  The book was written in 1945 and someone at the time told George Orwell it was prophetic and it certainly is.  It could be written about politics today, especially as we watch the pigs, who are in charge of all the animals, gradually take over power and end up running the animal farm pretty much the way the humans did.

When I finished that book, I read "Foster" by Claire Keegan, which someone on a discussion raved about, saying it was the best book she ever read.  I didn't find that.  It felt like a long chapter  taken out of a longer book and I wanted to know what came before...and definitely what came after.  I only gave it 3 stars on GoodReads.  Maybe I didn't read it right--it's won awards.

I am finding that my strength is coming back.  I can walk for a few steps without the walker, which is encouraging.  And I've started making my own breakfasts.  I told Ned he's been doing so much for me and I usually like to eat earlier than he likes to fix my breakfast, so I've now made 2 breakfasts.  In truth, it exhausts me and my legs ache when I finish, but as I continue, I'm sure this will be good exercise for me.


Monday, November 21, 2022

FTW - 11/21/22

I have no phone! My cord has stopped recharging the phone I thought I had a new cord in my office, but can't find it, so I've ordered 2 new cords, but they won't be delivered until tomorrow. I can live without the phone and its apps, but I've been reading a lot and all of my books are on Kindle, which is on the phone. Guess I'll be watching TV today.