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Old 04-10-2011, 11:01 AM   #1
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More trouble than it is worth?

Do you ever have moments when you say, what the heck, why am I doing this? I am making my annual cabbage rolls dinner. At this point, I am scalding and stemming the cabbage leaves. I haven't even started to make the meat mixture. If I didn't have a husband who was willing to contribute, I'd be insane by now (he's vacuumed), and if my new doggie wasn't good, in spite of herself (she spent the night being sick, won't give you the details). Today is to be her test; but, in fact, she is ours now, for better or worse (and better seems to be it, thank heaven!) But I'm having one of those few moments I have every time I entertain ...

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I certainly got that "why am I doing this?" when making cabbage rolls. Then I realized that I don't like cabbage rolls. So, I don't make them any more.

I get it sometimes when I'm doing my big Winter Solstice dinner, but it goes away quickly.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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Do you ever have moments when you say, what the heck, why am I doing this? I am making my annual cabbage rolls dinner. At this point, I am scalding and stemming the cabbage leaves. I haven't even started to make the meat mixture. If I didn't have a husband who was willing to contribute, I'd be insane by now (he's vacuumed), and if my new doggie wasn't good, in spite of herself (she spent the night being sick, won't give you the details). Today is to be her test; but, in fact, she is ours now, for better or worse (and better seems to be it, thank heaven!) But I'm having one of those few moments I have every time I entertain ...
I haven't entertained in years. With my playing and working on weekends, and my wife has a chronic back condition that makes it hard for her to contribute. When I do have a weekend off, I just want to hang out with some down time. And that is when I usually do the serious housecleaning. I see more than enough food and partying the rest of the time. I don't consider myself anti-social, maybe non-social. lol! Sometimes I wish I could and sometimes I don't miss it a bit.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:18 AM   #4
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Yes, I can say I have those thoughts, too, but not as often. After Buck died, the wind kind of got knocked out of my sails and I had no desire to do much of anything, but that was just the grief talking. However, once I reached my 60s, I began to take inventory of what is really necessary and I discovered that all I really have to do is what I want to do. That took a load off and I've been happy.

Of course, we still entertain and, like you, I have a husband who helps out. Couldn't do it as well without him.

Just hang in there and, as you're enjoying the party, you'll probably forget about sweating over that pot of steaming cabbage leaves.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:20 AM   #5
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I know that feeling. Let me start cookies to share with the nurses and dh is right there.
the questions are endless, you know why, when, what did ya do. then he starts cleaning up putting things away before you're through wanting to program the oven, forever opening the the oven door for a look, telling if I did it this way it would be easier. Aye aye aye ut's maddening makes me want to scream. You should see what happens at our Sunday dinners....
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You should see what happens at our Sunday dinners....kadesma

Maybe you should sell tickets? Just think of all the money you would make, then you could build a "room" for Gil and banish him when the occasion arises.
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When I have those moments I fix myself a big manhattan and the world seems better!
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yep I know that. And whenever it happen, I stop everything and relax first.
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When I have those moments I fix myself a big manhattan and the world seems better!
I usually just hit the cooking wine.

I once asked a friend, "How good should the cooking wine be?" "Good enough for the cook to enjoy it while cooking."

I always follow that advice.
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Maybe you should sell tickets? Just think of all the money you would make, then you could build a "room" for Gil and banish him when the occasion arises.
Hum novel idea. But really can't complain he waits on me from morning to night and that says LOVE without sound. I'll just grab a beer and let life do the rest.
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