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No, one half of the couple is the woman with aspergers, but the relationship is just there, like the newly married couple and the couple with 5 kids. It has no direct bearing on the lack of understanding as presented in the story. Book one does a more in depth introduction to the backgound relationships of the people considered part of “Witch Central”. ;)
We just got back from Wally World. They are stocking the Valentines Day candy. They have a heart shaped box of chocolates with the Twilight trio on it and a chain with a medallion showing a crest type device that has Cullen imprinted on it. I could not tell if the chain and medallion were plastic or dull gray metal. ;)
Lady Hawke If you explain your claustrophobia to the doctor who orders the MRI, I am sure they could send you to the open style machine. Unless your head is being examined, they can probably accommodate your needs. I saw several styles of machines through various doors in the office. ;)
I just started CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare. Of course, it is another series but if I like it there are lots of them to get through before I hit whatever cliff is out there with no bottom in sight.
It is raining here and very bleak. The temperature did not drop as low as reported. So, it is just cold and very grey and wet with a constant drone of rain. So, today will be a good day to do laundry and read.
It is rainey here too. The temp is suppose to drop but so far it hasn’t. I am waiting for it to drop so I can take stuff out of my freezer that I need to throw away. It seems my chest freezer quit working. I did not have a lot in it but more than I wanted to lose. Now I am in a problem. My daughter will want to move her freezer which is full of my food. I can not buy a new freezer until next month. I do have a small chest freezer that I need to empty because the food is too old. I will just throw everything away that is in this one. I may have enough room for my frozen food until I can buy a new freezer. What I don’t want in Jen’s freezer, I will just let her take with her. Somehow I will manage. I do have another freezer at my other daughter’s but since she got rid of her freezer, I won’t be able to use it. I might get them to bring my fridge/freezer side by side here. I did not give them this one. I just didn’t move it yet.
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!
11 Days till my vacation. – (just counting) :D
Sirius – good to see you. I see you have a new computer. :)
COOL G – that’s too many freezers to keep up. :(
Asti your tea sounded delicious!!
We were supposed to get snow but nothing yet. We have had only dustings of snow lately. I keep waiting to get slammed with a big snowstorm. :(
SIRIUS, what is the last thing you remember before you sort of dropped out? How many months ago was that now?
COOLG, I agree with MM, that is too many freezers, especially not to have room for what you need to keep for you.
So, we are all waiting for snow that has skipped us and left a lot of rain behind.
We woke up to frost this morning and a temperature of -2 C and it has been dry all day with a little sunshine at times. I was looking at the TV programmes in our local paper earlier today and spotted a film starring Jodie Foster. I felt very smug when I was able to check out IMDb on my Kindle Fire and decide that it was one I had seen but didn’t wish to see again because of the ridiculous plot. I have also got my local cinema available so that I can check the programme and showtimes. I’m supposed to receive a weekly email from them on the PC but sometimes it doesn’t arrive. After lunch I watched an hour-long documentary from a series about Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, the UK’s best known country house. I was very impressed by the way in which the family buckled down to the task of keeping this huge estate going after the devastating death duties which had to be paid in l950. They open their house to the public from March probably until October and there is a team of 60 guides to shepherd an average of 6,000 visitors a day around the rooms on view. The gardens have twenty-one gardeners to tend them and the rest of the estate is farm or parkland. There is a very superior farm shop which sells the meat from the animals they raise which includes a deer herd, and the annual turnover from this shop alone is £5 million. All the employees are local people. This series has been shown before and I have just checked BBC iPlayer to find that the year that is covered by the documentary series is 2011.
I made a huge breakfast. Eggs, hash browns, sausage, coffee, orange juice and hot muffins from the oven. The DS was raving saying it was better than our local restaurant. LOL! I had to remind hm that the reason I like going to our local restaurant is because someone else cooks and serves me. :). “don’t get used to it!”
We have a soccer game today at 2:30. So we will go there. Yesterday I cleaned the refrigerator and went grocery shopping. I also did laundry. I just have one more load to do today. I am washing the bed sheets a little more often because we have two pets sleeping with us instead of just the cat. The other two dogs sleep in the dining room. I keep their beds there.
MM, the main reason I go to restaurants because someone else cooks the food and brings it to me and cleans up the kitchen. Unless the food is ethnic or very fancy I can usually make food we like just as well or better at home. My DS tried to tell me he enjoys going to restaurants as much a I do. That cannot possibly be true. When I go to a restaurant I don’t have to figure out what to cook or do any of the work. When he goes to a restaurant he gets to choose what he wants but so do I. In either case someone else produces it and brings it to him so outside of making a choice there is not much difference for him. I get cranky when I have poor service in a restaurant and end up struggling to be given the product and service for which I paid. The main reason I go to restaurants so I can have someone else take care of me and when I have to beg to be taken care of I get cranky.
I really wish we had some more locally owned and operated restaurants near us. Most of our restaurants seem to be big national chains. Most American style chain restaurants have their own versions of essentially the same menu. They all have a grilled chicken salad, a fried chicken tender salad, burgers, some form of club sandwich, steaks, some sort of grilled/baked fish, a fried fish, some pastas, a grilled chicken breast with steamed veggies, etc. I get very jealous when I see the menus at GRAYMAYNE’s restaurants. The menu items are not all off the same formula.
So, I don’t tend to go to restaurants for the food as much as to not have to do the work. I am almost never excited about what I will get to eat.
We’ve had a quiet, lazy day here. The boys played 9 holes, son beat his Dad, and I cooked roast pork, with roast potatoes, peas, carrots, green beans and broad beans, gravy and apple sauce.
MM, breakfast sounds great! I am very naughty, and don’t eat breakfast. On a working day I am up at 6, and take a break around 9.30/10am, when I will eat a bowl of fruit or a yoghurt. If I’m not working, I rarely eat until lunchtime.
We do occasionally, for a treat, go out mid morning for a full English breakfast, which will consist of some or all of bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, baked beans, toast and or fried bread. Fried bread is yucky! The last time we did that was on our Christmas shopping trip, and it certainly set us up for the day!
Sirius, it is very good to see you back! I especially liked the Tom Cruise Moment.
You can tell the temperature has really gotten warm. Every time I turn around I find another huge green fly. I do not know where they are coming from. It is a good thing I knew where the fly swatter was at. I am going to clean my carpet rugs when it gets colder again. With the snow and rain, I know the dogs have left muddy prints on the carpet. I just can’t see them because of Bridgett’s white hair. I have a beautiful reddish burgendy area rugs that you can only see the red clearly when I have vacuumed. All other times it looks like it has white running thru it.
If it every stops raining, I will carry out the kitchen things I have packed up and put in my truck. They will be ready to take over to Jennifer’s new house. I have enough of her things still here that she can make do until she gets the rest of her things moved. She already has a stove and fridge so she can wait to get her’s here. She will have to wait until the ground dries up or gets frozen again because the refridgerator cart will just sink right now.
I have found a British equivalent to the type of restaurants to which I was referring. We have many chains of this sort of restaurant in the US and they have suspiciously similar menus. Even the UK restaurant I found had almost the same menu we see here except for the addition of a selection of curry dishes and a couple of obvious British dishes. The US restaurants have a menu frighteningly similar to the HUNGRY HORSE chain.
We do have lovely locally owned restaurants, some of them very posh and some that are very simple reasonably priced places. However, the American suburb tends to be overrun with multiple versions of the HUNGRY HORSE. Those are the restaurants I tire of. They try so hard to have something for everyone they become generic and difficult to tell one from another.
I was astonished how much the Hungry Horse menu looked like the menus I see every week after grocery shopping with my parents. They have such a wide variety of choices none of it is done particularly well. I would not tend to order the Chinese dishes or Italian dishes from those menus. It is all too mass produced.
Lady Hawke I had never heard of the Hungry Horse chain but I discovered one that we have driven past many times. I downloaded the menu and cringed, I definitely would not cross the threshold.
The temperature showing on my computer is 0 degrees C, time I was heading for bed. We had some light snow earlier which sprinkled the cars generously but did not settle on the ground.
I will trade you temps Graymayne. Just said on news that we are to get down to -5F(-20.5C)
tonight. Randolph ,a town just northeast of here will hit -23(-30.5)
GRAYMAYNE and ASTI, we do have lovely, posh restaurants here but they are too posh and pricey to eat at them on a regular basis as we do after grocery shopping every week. I become very tired of all the suburban American restaurants with essentially the Hungry Horse menu. I also get tired of the similar type chain versions of Mexican and Italian restaurants of which there are many different chains of each type and whose menus are very similar between chains.
When we are traveling I try my best not to eat in a restaurant that we have at home. As much as possible I try to find restaurants that are local to the area.
Here is a posh privately owned restaurant close to my home to which I have never been. It is an estate where many people plan weddings. There is a bed and breakfast and a cafe. After looking at the menu (which is very small) you might find the rest of the website interesting. It is more of a bed and breakfast/wedding location than a restaurant.
The photos of the variety of bedroom accommodations and decor is impressive. Be sure to pull down the entire page to see all the bedrooms.
Here is a posh restaurant downtown where I would like to go for dinner, not lunch. Their lunch is too close to a quick thoughtless workday lunch.
At dinner you can order a variety of small plates with a variety of wines instead of one lone entree selection.
The dinner looks quite nice. You have to click on the Adobe plugin after you click on which menu you want to see.
GRAYMAYNE, I found the one of these restaurants you pass regularly. It doesn’t go by the same name as the parent company.
What amazed me was there was only one such restaurant in that area. In suburban America along the interstate system where there is one restaurant of that type there are many times six or eight or more similar type places within sight, walking distance, or sharing the same parking lot.
I’m glad that we have a locally owned restaurant nearby. Although I cooked all day today, we are saving all our extra cash to go on vacation. :(
My brother is coming to visit. I am not sure where he is staying. I have the room but too many pets. :(
I like the peace and quiet. They will go berserk if he visits. :(
There is a reporting station I think about 60 miles north of Salt Lake City called Peter Sink which holds the
third lowest temp. in the U.S. -69F. The temp there right now is -39 and falling No need to give current
temp in Celsius this is the point where C/F are about to cross. A balmy -1 at the moment here.
I got an HP something or other
Lady Hawke – for all intents and purposes it has been since August since I have been on
Lady Hawke Bonne Terre looks absolutely delightful. It seems that the term “bed and breakfast” has very different meanings in our two countries. In the UK, B&B, as it is known, would be provided by people with a private property large enough to cater for guests and run solely by the owners. They provide an overnight stay followed by breakfast, possibly tea/coffee making facilities in the bedroom. They are tightly regulated and must meet particular standards and are subject to unannounced inspections by inspectors who pose as guests. The owners are not required to be trained cooks or chefs but I suspect they may have to attend a course on hygiene before being allowed to have guests. No lunch or evening meals or lounge facilities are provided.
GRAYMAYNE, your description of a B&B is the same as usually found here as well. I think the only reason Bonne Terre is so upscale is they have the facilities to produce weddings and special corporate events so the B&B part of the business takes advantage of all the extras.
We see a lot of B&Bs here around tourist areas, especially in “quainter” tourist towns. Those facilities are usually in what were originally private home (hopefully of some character). You have a bed, bathroom and breakfast provided, sometimes in your room, sometimes in the dining room.
We used to stay in a lovely Victorian home. There were four B&B rooms and the owners apartment in the house. Three of the four bedrooms were upstairs with a large landing outside. It was set up as a lounge room with couches and a large TV. There was a snack bar of packaged cookies, crackers, chips, candies, fresh fruit and a refrigerator stocked with cold beverages. All that was available for use by the guests at no additional charge. If you were at the house at 4 PM they served wine. The home had a pool you were at liberty to use. We went there with some other people and were able to use the lounge area as a game room in the evening. Eventually we went enough times the owners would play games with us. The downstairs bedroom had its own outer room which was the library of the home so whoever stayed in that room had their own lounge area. The owners offered breakfast in bed on footed trays, breakfast on the veranda or breakfast “family style” in the dining room. The male owner was the General Manager of two of the largest hotels in town. His wife had run a French restaurant out of the home before turning it into a B&B. That B&B was so luxurious all others have been found lacking by comparison.
We were there when a television crew came to shoot an episode about B&Bs for the Travel Channel Network. We ended up being the guests for the episode. They loaded me into a jacuzzi tub with piles of bubbles and a glass of wine. (The lady of the house provided me with a strapless swimsuit that was hidden under the bubbles.) They brought trays of breakfast to us in bed. Fortunately, I was still “high maintenance” and I had not become a mother yet so I was still “trying”. I had arrived with a vintage peignoir set, pink satin and chiffon with crystal accents. I also had my hot rollers and my makeup kit. So, we were seen on a national cable television show as it ran over and over again as those shows do.
Usually you do just have a bed, bath and breakfast in an interesting looking home.
SIRIUS, do you know JEN, LEMON, FELIPE and I got to meet MM at LeakCon in August?
I have been fighting a battle with bedbugs since August. Well, I was actually fighting it much longer than that. I had a terrible rash and I couldn’t figure out what the cause was. In August I discovered the cause…. Not only was I being bitten I was allergic to them. So, we dragged our bed outside to the trash pickup. We have been sleeping on air mattresses ever since. I have not been bitten since before Thanksgiving but we want to be absolutely certain before we put a new mattress back in that room.
I have been busy this morning. The ground was hard from the cold so I emptied the freezer that quit working. I was surprised by how much was still left in it. I thought I had moved most of the stuff to my daughter’s up right but I guess I hadn’t. I did find the pork chops I couldn’t find.Lol Anyway that is all carried to the outside trash can and the freezer cleaned up. I am wondering what I can use it for.
Now I am waiting for my hands to warm up before I tackel the other chest freezer. It is probably 25 years old but it is still running. I stopped using it because I would forget that I had things in it. It is in the storage room so I didn’t see it every day. It still has some things in it that I need to take to the trash too.
I am a little disappointed in my daughter. She has a side by side fridge at her new home but I don’t think she is going to wait to take her upright freezer. She keeps saying that I should tell my other daughter to bring my freezer here. Of course I can’t do that since they got rid of their upright freezer to make room for my chest freezers. She also has my trundel bed that she wants to keep. I told her she could if she gave me her twin beds. I need a spare bed for company. Either way I have to buy new mattress for the beds. You may remember that my box springs and mattresses were all runined when the downstairs got a hole in the roof. I just don’t want to buy a new bed as well.
COOLG, that is really frustrating. You seem to end up with the short end of the stick after all the goods have been apportioned out through the family. How in the world were you out cleaning the freezer and washing it out in this cold? It is hard icy cold here this morning. We may have some sleet and freezing rain today.
Gahhh! The web won’t let me post messages (I keep getting error messages) so I thought I would come over here and see if this is still active for the gang and it looks like it is. All I really wanted to write was HELLO, that I hope all of you are having a great start to the new year, and I wish everyone a wonderful 2013. Thanks so much for all of the birthday wishes!! And the Solstice/New Year cards!! And Deanie, I hope you had a fantastic anniversary! Big hugs to everyone. :D
Yes it is cold here. That is why I was able to clean out the freezers. I didn’t want to put food in the trash can and it be hot so it would stink before the trash was empty, Normally I would wait until tomorrow to fill up the trash can but in this instant, I couldn’t wait. There was a lot of things in the little freezer that should have been eaten. Most of this is the DS’s fault because he should have made sure we were eating the stuff in the freezer. This was put in there at the time when I couldn’t remember anything. Even though I tried to write down what I put in the freezer and what I took out, it did not always happen.
Now I am ready to transfer my stuff out of Jen’s freezer to mine. This should be interesting. I think I will leave things that I bought but discovered I didn’t really like. This should give me more room for things in the small freezer. After all, she will not have anything to put in the freezer right away. I have already seperated my can food and gave her the things I will not eat. Not that I didn;t like the stuff but I never know from day to day what I will like. I may have enough room by doing this that I won’t have to buy a freezer right away.
You know like most families, we do get irritated with each other once in awhile. I have gave a lot of my stuff away to the kids but a lot they were suppose to be keeping for me until I decided what I wanted to do. Some of the things they have conviently forgotten that I did not give it to them. But in the end none of these things matter. They are just things. When I need help, they are here for me. That is the important thing.
My daughter called from school. They are releasing early today because of the potential for bad weather this afternoon. It has just started sleeting.
I am as happy as I can be at the thought of more work…… I have overtime for both this week and next. This takes me up to full time hours, and I cannot go over this….if I do they have to pay me time and a half, and they won’t let me!
No snow in my part of the country, just more rain. It has got very cold, so I might well be skating to work tomorrow. Though not as cold as you, Ironsos, I cannot begin to imagine how cold that is!!! They are saying parts of the UK might go down to about -14C. I think the coldest it has been on the way to work is about -8C.
CORDELIA!!!!!!!! Come back!!!! How lovely to see you here, and big hugs back to you.