Lost Kritters Refuge & Club House/No bash please

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Re: Lost Kritters Refuge & Club House/No bash please

Postby Blue 501 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:03 pm

grammylove wrote:Well I dutifully got my flu shot and for the second year am sick as nine dogs. I am done with the vaccine.
Please no one tell me I must have picked up a bug from somewhere else.

I am sorry. I have gotten the flu shot every year for over 50 years & never had more than a slightly sore arm. The only time I have had flu in my adult life was when the Hong Kong flu got me back in the 60's and that was b/c (1) it had only been a week or two since the shot when I got exposed to the flu & (2) there may not have been any of the Hong Kong strain in the vaccine since the shift was not expected. I still recommend it to anyone who isn't allergic and I get mine early. My pulmonologist told me to get it just as soon as it was available and I do. Early October at the latest. However, I understand your wariness, Grammy.

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Postby Blue 501 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:23 pm

BTW, Grammy. Have you had Moon Drops grapes? Publix & Leidl advertised them as a special last month but I was not able to go buy any. Now they don't have them & when I googled them I found they are available mostly in CA & to gourmet restaurants. An Estonian friend who was at Nickolai's b'dy party at our house last night says they are very sweet. They are black grapes, nearly as long as a fore finger & kind of squared off at the end. They say you can stuff them & serve them as appetizers.
Now I have to find some. :roll:

My husband did not tell me until 2 p.m. that we were hosting a party but insisted I did not "have to do anything". Is there any woman alive who would think that was the case? He was off on a trip half way across the state to pick up a balalaika. So I rushed to the stores to buy a ham, a bushel of groceries, & a present & started cooking . So tired!

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Postby grammylove » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:05 am

When I am up and about, moon drop grapes will be on my list for sure. We have a wonderful (albeit high-end) organic market that carries produce that isn't commonly found at the usual stores. They may have them.
I will treat myself. In the meantime, I am in my chair next to the humidifier, coughing and taking occasional sips of fireball whiskey. :roll:

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Postby Blue 501 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:24 am

grammylove wrote:When I am up and about, moon drop grapes will be on my list for sure. We have a wonderful (albeit high-end) organic market that carries produce that isn't commonly found at the usual stores. They may have them.
I will treat myself. In the meantime, I am in my chair next to the humidifier, coughing and taking occasional sips of fireball whiskey. :roll:


Hope you are feeling better, Grammy. Good morning all. I brought some cheddar biscuits & am brewing a pot of Tanzanika coffee. My little grandson found some pecans I picked off the tree with the tough outer hull still on (the crows & squirrels were already taking them). We were on a speaker phone negotiating for a replacement for a broken phone & not watching him too closely. He found a pair of pliers somewhere. I did not even know I had any but he sees everything . And cracked several nuts. I tried it myself later & it took all the strength I had to crack some through 2 layers and my hands are 3 or 4 times larger than his. He is a skinny little kid but he is strong! Like my brother who was also a skinny little kid & sickly too but now he is 69 & runs in marathons every couple of weeks, including the big ones you have to qualify for in advance, like the Boston Marathon. The little one is 4 but he has been very agile & resourceful from birth. He has trouble speaking & sometimes we can't understand him but his mind is sharp. He was trying to tell his mother about a mosquito and said "Bug-not-bee, looonnng nose-bite me-drink blood".Took a lot of extra effort to make himself understood but very apt description, I think. (He is getting speech therapy. He was a little bit tongue tied at birth & they finally snipped it so he could nurse better. I wonder if the speech problems could be related to that.) He is behind on some markers but off the chart on others. He will say something out of the blue like "An octopus has a beak" (they do!) & if you don't understand "octopus" he will tell you "8 legs" & sort of draw a picture of it with hand gestures. We are not sure if he is mild autism spectrum or a genius or both but we are trying to get him as much help as possible. He was tested for autism & the specialist thought it was just Attention deficit but we think it may be some combination. My daughter was diagnosed as bipolar as a teen but she also has OCD & ADD. She was prescribed Ritalin & it helped her with her grades but she lost too much weight (95 lbs & felt like a bony little bird) so we had to stop it. A lot of this stuff is DNA linked so I feel as if I passed it on to them but i did not know any better.

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Postby Blue 501 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:11 pm

Hello all. I hope the World is treating you well. Grammy, are you feeling better? Our guests flew back home via Paris & Moscow but their green cards arrived on their last day & they had time to go apply for ss cards. They won the green card lottery & if they choose to emigrate permanently, I think they will make good citizens. I understand that program is slated to be chopped. Too bad. Another friend of ours got to bring his family on that program & we gained 3 PhDs. He has one in math & was Bridge Champion of Eastern Europe & is brilliant. One of his sons has a PhD in Physics which he obtained here & has been teaching classes at Stanford & is extremely handsome with butter colored curls. The daughter is head of the Math Department at the University she attended near here & the third child is a musician but makes a good living in computer programming. Obviously not a drag on our country in any fashion but wonderfully talented and desirable additions to our society.

I brought some hot pastrami sandwiches with zeloni salat (green cabbage slaw) on the side & some Spindrift waters (cucumber & blackberry) along with some very good chai (hot tea).

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Postby grammylove » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:25 pm

Feeling so much better, thank you! Pneumonia is nothing to fool with at my age. Blue, I know you enjoyed your company from the old world, but I'm sure you must be exhausted. I so wish I had some of V's family recipes - it has always been my passion to taste and cook dishes from other parts of the world, but I seldom have the opportunity.

It looks like winter is almost upon us, so for you folks expecting serious weather, I hope you stay safe! Wishing you all the blessings of family at Thanksgiving.

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Postby Blue 501 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:38 am

grammylove wrote:Feeling so much better, thank you! Pneumonia is nothing to fool with at my age. Blue, I know you enjoyed your company from the old world, but I'm sure you must be exhausted. I so wish I had some of V's family recipes - it has always been my passion to taste and cook dishes from other parts of the world, but I seldom have the opportunity.

It looks like winter is almost upon us, so for you folks expecting serious weather, I hope you stay safe! Wishing you all the blessings of family at Thanksgiving.


It is very cold here. I will try to e-mail you some recipes when I get caught up a little. I went to the Native American Heritage Festival with my dau. & gson yesterday & had a very interesting time. There were some very handsome young men in full regalia . Very authentic looking with feathers & bone ornamentation. Braids or Mohawk hairdos. A lot of the women had colorful dresses with tons of those large metal beads that are sewn on & and make a distinctive sound as they walk, kind of a surrushing, jangling sound. The most handsome of the young men wore mostly black which made their ornaments stand out even more. Very tall & lithe & slinky. I appreciate the people who go to so much trouble & expense to make these costumes for us to see. There was one group who looked like Seminoles with light colored tunics & pants with colorful sashes.I found out that NC has the most Native Americans of any US state which is rather astounding considering the history of the way we treated them. And that probably does not even count the thousands of us who have just a little Native American ancestry.

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Re: Lost Kritters Refuge & Club House/No bash please

Postby Blue 501 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:39 am

I need to amend my post. It has gotten down to 29 here but that is "very cold" to me when it was 80 some days last week. lol


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