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dougtamjj
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Don't know why you don't come over and raid my book shelves. About 800 books over here. Also about 600 dvds.

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Posted : June 3, 2008 5:29 pm
trw
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tammy i did think of that but i was at the deep end at the time and i did not have your number and since i'm still cell phone free i decided not to, lol i was raised never to drop in on anyone unannounced,but trust me i did think of you when i was out east today.

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Topic starter Posted : June 3, 2008 6:06 pm
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I had the hardest time getting used to folks just dropping in (they do that a lot here at Coakley)--no waiting until the end of the day to shower or dress properly! I actually like it now. I guess it goes along with the new attitude we are trying to cultivate--relax, enjoy and don't get to excited about stuff. When we realized we really didn't need to rush off anywhere or have to do something right that moment, it became a lot more fun to have drop by guests. I should probably be grateful that we do have guests!*-)

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Posted : June 3, 2008 11:09 pm
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I too was raised not to drop by without calling but my mother always set an extra plate at the dinner table. When I ask why she did that she said in case someone dropped by and often they did. I am always worried that my house isn't clean enough and usually I am sweaty and dirty from cleaning or gardening but I have found that people especially friends just accept that is the way I am. My house is never perfect. There is always a dish or two in the sink. Sometimes JJ forgets to flush and hubby is just a mess walking. The bed may only get made just before we get in it each night. However I always have food and drink and good conversation so you all are welcome to my house.

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Posted : June 4, 2008 2:16 am
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my watermelons seeds just sprouted,so now i have a dozen of those hahahaha

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Topic starter Posted : June 4, 2008 3:28 pm
KLJ555
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Tammy,
It's funny what you said about the house and the condition of the family when folks dropped by. My mother always could keep a perfect house, but I'm just not that good at it. So, I've given up on that part (hubby is pretty neat, so he usually picks up if it gets too bad). I notice now that mom is retired, she seems less concerned about the way her house looks and is more concerned about having food and drink on hand. I guess that's the part I need to work on--I usually have something to drink, but having food on hand isn't always a sure bet. It's hard when it is just two of us, because stuff doesn't get eaten that quickly. Do you have suggestions for little nibbles that are either frozen or last awhile? Thanks, KJ

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Posted : June 4, 2008 7:11 pm
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i keep a 6lb bag of gummy bears on hand.

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Topic starter Posted : June 4, 2008 7:58 pm
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i also like a continuing bowl of all kinds of fruit salad in the fridge,different cheeses,all kinds of nuts,pretzels,a neverending pitcher of ice tea

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Topic starter Posted : June 4, 2008 8:00 pm
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gummy bears, eh? Well, we do have a never ending supply of Smarties, just because we are totally hooked on them. I suppose I could use that in a pinch! I think I'll pass on hubby's pixi sticks--those seem to be an acquired taste.

I like the other suggestions, as well. Those are easy to keep (well, maybe not the fruit salad) and would satisfy guests stopping in for a bit.

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Posted : June 4, 2008 9:28 pm
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OMG i love pixie sticks,all the different kinds of high end specialty snack items at food town are great as well, the meats and just fancy finger foods i love that stuff

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Topic starter Posted : June 5, 2008 3:41 am
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Well, if you love pixie sticks, you should check out the supply at the drugstore in Gallows Bay. They sell these pixie sticks that come in a big tube (it looks like a straw on steroids) just filled with the stuff.

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Posted : June 5, 2008 8:35 am
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Tammy, i will be out and about today so i may swing by,i've managed to watch everything on hbo,showtime,cinemax,starz and encore

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Topic starter Posted : June 5, 2008 1:01 pm
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KLJ555... my old standby for impromptu guests is cream cheese with chutney and crackers. The cream cheese keeps almost forever in the fridge, the chutneys are a jar in the pantry... pour chutney (or pepper jelly...the one from Trisha's Nuts at Undercover Books in Gallows bay is yummy - plug 🙂 ) over the cream cheese ... then serve with box of water crackers or any cracker. Yumm. And it looks good too!

(of course.... pixie sticks and gummie bears are fine by me too!)

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Posted : June 5, 2008 2:09 pm
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OK, I gave it over 24 hours, and nobody else asked.....WHAT are Pixi Sticks?

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Posted : June 5, 2008 10:52 pm
KLJ555
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While I don't have a taste for them as an adult, I used to love them as a kid. They are a candy and they usually come in a thin paper tube (about the length of a pencil). In the tube is a powder consisting of sugar, artificial flavor, citric acid and who knows what else. You tear off one end and pour the powder into your mouth. My husband is partial to the red pixie sticks, which usually are cherry flavored, although he will eat the orange in a pinch. Now that he is an adult, he has graduated to the big boy size. They come in a container that looks like a really, really fat straw, which is about a foot in length, filled with the powder.

I'm often consoled when people find out that I don't have kids, but I really do have one!

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Posted : June 5, 2008 11:24 pm
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KL,
Thanks for the explanation. Can you think of any food item with more negative nutritional value? I do remember those things, as a kid. You are not the only one with an adult male child! My husband cannot pass those quarter candy machines at the entrance to a lot of stores. He has been know to follow me around Food Town trying to get a quarter out of my purse and begging like a baby.

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Posted : June 6, 2008 2:42 pm
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Trw, sorry I was out all day yesterday. Hope you didn't come all the way out here and I missed you.

I almost died choking on a pixie stick when I was a kid.

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Posted : June 6, 2008 7:51 pm
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Whenever I hear pixie sticks, it sends shivers down my spine. I immediately recall this story that happened in my own backyard:

"Thirty-three years ago this Halloween, a man living in the Houston suburb of Deer Park murdered his 8-year-old son . Halloween has never been the same since. But Ronald Clark O'Bryan was anything but sweet. The Texas dad killed his 8-year-old son by poisoning him with cyanide-laced pixie sticks after trick or treating. His motive, $40,000 in insurance money."

So it has no nutritional value and is a choking hazard. But on the plus side, it is delicious....

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Posted : June 6, 2008 8:07 pm
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Yikes! I had no idea candy could be so dangerous.....

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Posted : June 6, 2008 9:30 pm
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nope never made it that far Tam, 2 days ago i got a meat lovers pizza from off the wall and they overbaked it for me cause i like a crispy crust,i really like the sausage they use,and today i got 2 salads togo from lobster reef,franks hair is growing back in and the stiches were gone

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Topic starter Posted : June 7, 2008 12:57 am
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just watched 54 on cable about studio 54 and it brought back so many memories,i never lived in manhattan but i was a city guy back then i lived in denver around that whole time,even in high school i'd fly off to a big city with my fake id and live the big city life for 2 weeks or a month at a time,my poor mother lol but she never stopped me because she knew i'd just go off anyway(i'm the kid that hitchiked across the country twice,once when i was 14 and again when i was 15) i was a very early bloomer and my parents just had to deal with it and it was the 70's,but anyway the movie and music just brought that whole time of my life back to life and maybe just maybe i miss that era, the 80's were ok and i vaguely(sp) remember the 90's but the 70's were an exciting time for me, the end of the 60's all the taboo barriers were starting to fall and in the 70's the excess started to happen,i liked disco but i loved the bands like skynard and bread and all those long haired southern rock boys(lol that would be the homo in me coming out),i'm not sure i like this era and i don't know for sure why.

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Topic starter Posted : June 7, 2008 3:42 am
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just watched another movie on cable about 2 str8 guys in australia that were faking being a gay couple for the tax benefits,maybe thats why i don't care for this era being out and gay has become as common as dirt like all the str8 people,who knows i just remember those pre hiv days when lol we were special

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Topic starter Posted : June 7, 2008 5:43 am
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Loathed the 70's. Loved the 60's & 80's but the 70's (for me) were pretty yucky. Didn't even like the clothes.

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Posted : June 7, 2008 11:53 am
trw
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god Trade my mother sewed me 3 of those tacky lesiure suits,one was navy,one was dark green and the other was brown and they all had the off color outside stitching around the seams and edges, i remember liking the big bell bottoms cause you did'nt have to wear shoes because the bells were so big they covered your feet.

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Topic starter Posted : June 7, 2008 4:27 pm
trw
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ok here's a garden question, i'm trying to decide where on property to site my garden, do i want full sun or half sun half shade

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Topic starter Posted : June 7, 2008 7:59 pm
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