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The last chest could bring tears to one's eyes. Bravo!
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2013 on New Furniture at The Complaint Department
Meow, meow, MEOW! Meow kind,mew creative, meow seriously generous! Meow meow rare! We meow meow so fortunate they care!
I would write a full memo on your post - and the last one -- if I had minutes free right now. Fortune being on your side, I do not! Settling for one comment: the earrings are fabu! Tony could shop for me anytime. I am one of those "earrings or else" people. Enjoy your view this weekend! Relax. Have a glass.
Ladies, you can't just TEMPT us like that. There is need for a contest. Winner receives a private e-mail divulging the "other" to the lampshade lady's youth. Particularly fond of the "man" lamp.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2012 on Hi There! at The Complaint Department
Return to the glads. Gaze restfully, take slow, deep breaths. I've been doing it for days and it helps. Between your blog and Mary's tonight, I'm exhausted. Looking carefully at your photos, I see many hours of work, many delicate conversations, many unspoken words, and I don't know how you do it all. Each of us (three) seems to have a truly wonderful spousal unit. But DAMN, I don't think that's going to be enough for the current and coming draMMa, dust-ups, and hard work we got goin' on hee-yuh, huh?
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2011 on Couple of Things at The Complaint Department
"Haunted" was perfect for my mood, and that was before I read Mary's sad news tonight. This requires a little time looking at the moon tonight.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2011 on Haunted at The Complaint Department
I appreciate what a labor-intensive post this is! I expected to find a water-logged diary of this water/rain/flood intense week in your region. In DC since Tuesday, so I know from rain. Our week ended at 3pm Fri., sky turned blue at 2pm. Aside from work, all touring has been in rain, day or night. Tonight's restaurant made up for all of it, though. Bistro Bis, 15 E St. Though you've had your share of Mom difficulties, your post is proof that with great effort and much luck, winter growth IS possible. I'll try to remember that.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2011 on At Home at Winter Growth at The Complaint Department
I've held this post in abeyance for a day when I needed something delicious. You never disappoint! takes me to a favorite beach every morning -- Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod. I take it like a vitamin. Your beautiful clouds would work just as well!!! My family, who knows my passion for clouds, teases me unmercifully. Not unusual to answer the phone and hear from one of them, "Aren't the clouds LOVELY today?"
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2011 on Weather at The Complaint Department
OMG. BEST photo-post! So good that I will have to share it with the Husband, who adores Lucy in all her incarnations. We might just have to pull out the fancy DVD compendium and watch one today, if it rains AND the power stays on. It could happen.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2011 on I Love Lucy at The Complaint Department
I got such a chill from reading this -- not the cold kind. There are new towels in Mom's closet, but a particularly favored white towel is gone. WHO bought those odd towels she NEVER would have bought and put them in her closet? This question is asked of each of us each time we call or visit. Who used the Forman grill and put it away dirty? Did YOU use it when you were here? Did YOU put things away in the wrong places when you and your brother were here? Did you see some little cucumbers I had then? (the time in question would be 31 March, when Mom was "in the rehab" but the question is raised this week) The 'cumbers were savagely disposed of (by me) 19 May, when my husband and I visited. They had died a natural, refrigerated death. I haven't wanted to see it, to connect dots.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2011 on The Impostor at The Complaint Department
Anne, what a nice comment you left for Mary today! You and Mary give me support and guidance, as well as the pleasure of reading your interesting and stylish writing. That's it for today.
Walking over there, ONLY if you promise not to give up on us over here! I never thought of your writing as complaining. In fact, I wondered about your blog title. Your sharing, ruminating, photo essays and enhancements - never even thought of you as "complaining." Hmmm. Phone tag with MY Mom begins again this morning. But first I have to take a walk. Seems a friend has a new show on another channel. The promo sounds INTERESTING, and, again, as if it will have that "me too" pull. Something about phat . . .
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2011 on Phone Fun and Fat Chat at The Complaint Department
Pam's on target about the conversation lesson. Especially valuable with manipulative, controlling par-- uh, people. Suddenly summer: 90degrees, hot wind, fairly blue sky, SUN. No tornado or hail or rain for THREE days now. Last T was an hour away, so hardly counted anyway. No immediate plan to return to Mom, ten days since we left there! A, it occurs to me that you and Miz S and I have truly invaluable tools, resources, reliable in-house BFFs in Tony, Mizter, and The Husband. We did SOMETHING right.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2011 on May 22, 2011 at The Complaint Department
At just the mention of a reappearance of your brother, I navigated out of your post. An hour or more later, I came back to face the music. Now I've read about Baby Ruths, all the while thinking about the visit to my own Mom I've just returned from. You and Miz S have been a great help to me as I travel the first steps of this drama. For each of us, the details are different, but the melody is the same. Wonderful azalea pics!
Toggle Commented May 23, 2011 on May 22, 2011 at The Complaint Department
A very FAST spring in southern Illinois. My beloved dogwoods were eight days, start to finish. I was away for six of those days. Same for red buds, forsythia, magnolias, etc. Lilac is in full bloom now, but there is so much water and saturated ground I can only see them, not enjoying their fragrance up close. Hope your absence is just an absence, and your spring rains are not wedged around dramatic weather events.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2011 on Spring, Interrupted at The Complaint Department
I often step in where I have no business, so let me take my step for today. Of course you have not overstepped! Pam is not like that. Of course I have not met Pam, and never even read her blog, but I always read her comments on your blog. I feel pretty sure that she would step right up and tell you of her phobia of lending books if she had one. She seems open and direct, in a good and comfortable way. Think about it. You've already seen her husband, so she can't be worried about disclosing something hideous about him, and he went to the GARDENS with her! Okay, a poor attempt at a humorous "don't be silly, dear." Not to worry, and someone should tell me where Pam's blog is. I need another book list to be fascinated with. SERIOUSLY. I'm getting a handle on my physical page reading vision after many trials and tribulations in recent years! Wishing you all a SNOW-FREE weekend!
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2011 on As It Happens at The Complaint Department
Thank you, Anne. From somewhere fuzzy and deep down, your Mother thanks you, too. I imagine she thanks Tony, as well, and Connie. In that same distant core, she does remember that it takes a village, and that you are her loving, giving peeps.
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2010 on Where To Begin? at The Complaint Department
So happy to have a last post from you before I take off on Thursday. Alfred Dunner! WHAT a good laugh that one gave me. Off to older child's for a hefty dose of roundball and Christmas with his family before I head to visit Mom Sunday through Wednesday. Hope to get my head clear enough to pull together the remaining holiday details when I'm back. But whatever it looks like, I think I'll have a white tree Christmas in my head. THANKS!
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2010 on A Drive-By Post at The Complaint Department
Wonder how many times I have looked at the pix, read the recipe since you posted it? Nice to have the cook's tips based on experience before I try it. I remember that some served it next to the noodles, sauced them and added a dollop of sour cream. Also remember that it was delicious, and daunting as a recipe (to a 15-16 year old). Looking at the December-January calendar to find a good weekend date to try it out. ME! Planning to cook a meal!
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2010 on Rouladen at The Complaint Department
Pam, I always make two batches lekvar (prune), one apricot. In my family, the recipe was my grandmother's, a traditional Czechoslovakian pastry. Plenty of cream cheese. I would bet that there's hardly a European country that doesn't claim it as their own, with slight ingredient variations. You know what I mean, like the ricotta variation of cheesecake making it Italian. Anne, this was delightful. Took me back too many years, though!
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2010 on Hamantaschen at The Complaint Department
Wondering what it says about me that I completely ignored the loss of two sons as a factor in sibling development. Pam also zeroed in on, 1. Special Treatment can lead to special development quirks, and 2. you really DID manage not to heap unreasonable blame on the 'rents! That is WAY cool. Pam you have really hit on something for all of us: resentment as a bad drug, a poison. I will think more about that.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2010 on Family Dynamics at The Complaint Department
11/25 post script to the day: There was FAR too much food, most of it excellent. But so MUCH that it didn't even all make it to the table. Tomorrow. Two flat tires in 24 hours. Three cheers for 24 hour Wal-Mart with an auto svc. department guy hoping for something to do to alleviate boredom at 5:30pm on Thanksgiving. A five year old who had to admit that he'd found the scissors at home, anxious to try them without the usual adult supervision. No paper handy, but the cool red shirt he was wearing had such interesting texture . . . the Thanksgiving of the Wardrobe Massacre. And I mean that in a good way.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2010 on Family Dynamics at The Complaint Department
I detect no "crybaby" here at all. Rather, you have a clear, logical understanding of your family dynamics. I certainly agree that the circumstances you mention can and likely do play into the answer to your question - whether dementia is involved or not. What IS dementia? When I read about it, I think we are ALL likely to experience some variation of it as we reach the last decade of life. In some cases it will become a permanent, debilitating and limiting life-factor. For others, I think it is transient, feather-light and fleeting. And yes, "the dementia," as Mary would call it, can undoubtedly be a cause of one's direct behavior toward others -- good OR bad behavior! That said, some people just latch onto a grudge, or a fear, or mis-perception that grows like Topsy. It can be easier to go on in that way than to re-examine our feelings objectively and make an adjustment. Or to just take some fairly ordinary MEDS, dammit! That's what ME thinks! Happy thanks-giving and turkey-eating. "Mine" are all upstairs now, and I am right behind them. 'Night!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2010 on Family Dynamics at The Complaint Department
Anne, I really had to put it aside at times. Also had to remind myself of the dates, the fact that these events are now historic. You survived. The Anne I "met" recently survived all the hurricane strength emotions on the familial roller coaster. She came out the other side. It amazed me that you were willing to put this in the public domain, so to speak. Geeze, you missed a great opportunity to make a buck off the novel. Oh. Wait. This is A, not P. But do you ever have concerns about him or other quasi-interested parties finding this on the net? Perhaps my gut-wrenched reaction was intensified by being in FL with Mom, and my brothers, trying to improve her situation. We get along well, 80% of the time. The rest of the time youngest brother and I take deep breaths and remember that stunted growth can be either physical or emotional. I'm home again, until 12/19. Even felt good to be at the office. My own offspring and theirs will arrive in an hour. Twenty-four hours together, then back to . . . whatever is next. Happy Food Holiday to you!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2010 on A Problem With The Trust at The Complaint Department
Why am I laughing at 1:24AM CST? 'Cause I'm envisioning you and Miz S sitting next to each other in the ER waiting room. Laptops in full turbo-search. Whispering and pointing, comparing your diagnoses. You are both wearing striped tights, ballet slippers, corduroy dirndl jumpers over turtlenecks. Eyes darting like sparrows, beneath the long bangs of pageboy hairdos. Clutching tissues. Blackbird speaks furtively into a cell phone. Something about not knowing how they got over the fence without snagging their tights . . . And I REALLY, REALLY needed the laugh!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on 99% Certainty at The Complaint Department