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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┬ápeace 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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A Nice Cuddly Robe

The weather has turned chilly at night and this has me wanting a new bathrobe. I want something warm and cuddly and soft. I want to get some new slippers, too – I’m not worried about sexy slippers – I’, m going for comfort and warmth!

I don’t know about you, but my electric bill is killing me. I am going to HAVE to keep the thermostat down this year. Face it, I’m not even home during most of the day, so I’m heating an empty fucking house except for the 4 hours that I MIGHT be home cooking dinner and hanging out before bed.

I’m going to go shopping for a cuddly robe and new slippers this weekend, and try extra hard to keep the electric bill down this winter.

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Pumpkins For Sale

My little neighborhood grocery store set up a huge box of pumpkins for sale in the produce section because Halloween is just a month or so away. There are several different kinds, too. There are pumpkins for carving into Jack-O-Lanterns and pumpkins for cooking and other pumpkins for decorating. I have to admit that I bought one to make into a Jack-O-Lantern, even though I don’t have any kids. I like carving pumpkins and decorating with things like corn stalks and hay and scarecrows. It makes me feel like we are welcoming the change of seasons as well as celebrating Halloween.

Last year I bought 2 pumpkins and never got around to carving them. I ended up just painting them with acrylic paints, and they lasted for a very long time. Once you cut into them, bacteria starts to grow and they slowly rot. But if you don’t cut them, they can last for 3 months before they show any signs of rot. But on Facebook I read a tip from a friend that you can douse the cut and cleaned pumpkin in a bath with bleach, which kills the bacteria so it lasts longer. That gives me hope and I will try that trick this year to see if it really works.

So, my next questions is, what do I carve into my new pumpkin? A scarey face or just some kind of design? I have seen some really cute designs…..

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How Often Do You Repaint Rooms?

I’ve lived in this apartment for 4 years now and the paint is starting to look pretty shabby. So, I’m starting to think about repainting a couple of the rooms and decorating them. I asked the apartment manager if I could paint and she said it would be fine with her.

I really want to paint my bedroom, because it is just white and I don’t find white to be restful or peaceful at all. I want a soothing green or light tan, which will give me a good reason to go buy all new sheets and a quilt. I should throw in a few new pillows, too. Then I can buy new things for the bathroom and have a nicely decorated master suite.

I have only painted rooms in a house a few times, and never my own. The apartment was freshly painted white in every room when I moved in, but I’m sick of looking at plain old white. I want some color in my life and I want the chips and holes repaired, too. It can’t be that hard to paint a room. I have met some painters and I swear if those guys can paint a room, then I should be able to ace that shit.

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