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Home Safety Concerns

One of my neighbors is an older widowed lady. She just called me, upset that someone backed into her driveway and then came knocking on her door. She was afraid to answer the door, as she did not know this man and was not expecting anyone today. She watched from a window and stayed quiet and eventually he left.

No one in my neighborhood opens their door to strangers anymore. It just is not safe and it is not acceptable social standards. If you are going onto a person’s property in today’s world, you should have an invitation to do so and the property owner should know in advance that you are coming. That is just the way it is now.

It is bothersome to me that the man backed into her driveway. That usually indicates a desire to leave quickly. I suspect he was up to no good and she was right to be concerned. I hope he doesn’t come back. I told her to stay vigilant and that I would also be on the lookout for the white, late model Chevy pickup truck.

Perhaps installing a motion activated camera at the front door might be wise. They don’t cost much anymore. A couple years ago I had to put in cameras; they all show on a monitor in the living room and record for 48 hours. I don’t pay a monitoring fee to a security company. My son installed the cameras in 10 minutes and they even work well at night. Just a thought – especially with all the problems with porch pirates stealing packages off the porch now. One camera at the door might bring peace of mind to her and anyone else concerned about home breakins and porch pirates.

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Menu by the Day

Is there a certain food that is associated with a particular day of the week for your menu planning? In a lot of homes where I grew up, Fridays always meant fish, because the Catholics observe the tradition of no meat on Fridays – just fish. Even the schools respected that tradition, the Friday public school lunch was always a fish fillet, with different starches and veggies throughout the month.

In my home now, I have made Wednesday night my “Italian Night.” That means some kind of pasta and some kind of sauce. I love Italian food and never seem to get tired of it. And there are so many variations of pastas that each call for a type of sauce that works best. This has gone way beyond the traditional spaghetti and meatballs that my mom used to cook two or three times a month. I like baked pastas, I like cream sauces as well as red sauces, and I use different meats, such as ground beef, ground sausage and chunks of chicken. And I love toasted garlic bread, too!

My grandparents always had a ham on Sundays for Sunday Dinner after church. In the summer they would have potato salad or macaroni salad for the starch and then other fresh vegetables from the garden. In the winter, my grandmother would make scalloped potatoes or macaroni and cheese instead of the salads, and the vegetables were either broccoli or canned green beans from her garden.

When my brother worked at a pizza place for a part time job in high school, he would bring leftover pizza home with him to share with the family. His biggest hauls were usually Saturday nights, so Sunday evening meant reheated pizzas for us.

How about you? Did your family have special meals on certain days of the week? I always love to learn about other people’s traditions. Please leave a comment and tell me what meals were special for you.

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Home from the Holidays, Safe and Sound

Finally got home this morning. I drove all night. As much as I love my family, three days of holidays and dinners and exchanging gifts at my mother’s house was plenty of family togetherness for me. But I’m glad I made the trip.

My mom went all out to entertain everyone, but this year my two sisters and I pitched in a lot to keep the kitchen running. I took mom to the grocery store for the last few things and she told me how tired she was. So the three of us took over the kitchen and had mom get off her feet as much as possible. After all, we knew how to cook everything – mom taught us all how to cook!

Almost everyone was on their best behavior. But I swear, you cannot get this many people together in one house without someone getting mad over something. This year it was my brother’s wife who turned out to be the bitch. She is a little bit of a dingbat anyway, but something my mom said must have insulted her – unintentionally – and she went stomping out the door. We were all surprised, as no one heard anything said out of the way. But whatever it was, my brother got the bitch calmed down and they stayed outside for about 20 minutes “to smoke.” When it was time to eat, they came back in and acted like everything was fine, although she sat at the far end of the table away from mom and when they left she barely said thank you before rushing out of the door.

All in all, I’d call it a success. And I’m home again, safe and sound.



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Happy Birthday Nanna

Today would have been my Nanna’s birthday. She would have been 80 years old, which is pretty old for anyone actually.

I know some people call their grandmother other nicnames or pet names. My grandmother was always Nanna to me. I don’t know who decided to call her that.

She was a sweet lady with grey hair and she always smelled delicious. Her cologne was her trademark and she put it on every morning, even when she was not planning on leaving the house to go out. She liked her special fragrance and so did everyone around her.

Miss you, Nanna. I’m going to ear some cologne today just because I love you.

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Over board

A father beats up a basketball coach for making his daughter and another team mate run laps for arguing during practice. This  is a testament to the society we live in today. When I was a kid and got into trouble at school, my parents punished me after I was punished at the school. Now the parents attack the schools and the teachers instead of fucking parenting their children . WTF is that shit? Then they wonder why kids are such assholes now a days. Really? How can they wonder when they refuse to make their children take responsibility for their shitty behavior?

I cannot understand people today and I am glad that I do not have kids right now. I would not want to be a parent trying to raise a child in this liberal atmosphere, where responsible parenting is made so very difficult or non existent. I can only shake my head and hope that our society comes to it’s senses before this country is totally ruined. Western society has changed for the worse and in some ways makes me understand, just a little bit, why so many countries around the world hate us. I pray that these kids will see where their parents went wrong when they grow older and have kids of their own.

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