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Old 09-11-2014, 02:52 PM   #61
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Thanks for the sympathy notes. I suppose eating veggies is what got Mom to her ripe old age.

BTW, I'm one of the "crazies" that keep phone messages from relatives. I had one of my dad and also my brother. Mom never left a message but I knew I'd better get back to her right away.
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:59 PM   #62
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Oh Addie, I have so many memories of our little store and I can still see it in my mind's eye, complete with a big jar of pickled pigs feet on the meat case counter. There sure wasn't one on every corner or we wouldn't have been able to survive. I remember when the first "super market" came into the area and Daddy and I went there to scope out the prices and check out the place, with packaged meat and every color of bar soap. Remember colored bar soap? We sure didn't have shelf space for every color of bar soap or colored toilet paper either. What a horror that all their meat was packaged without a butcher like my Dad.

It turned out that our loyal customers who had their personal charge accounts stayed with us even with the "super market" near by. We hardly ever had a problem with people paying at the end of the month.
Dad had the best meat money could buy, and cut to order wrapped in butcher paper. Cooking advice was available for the asking. I often went with my Mom to deliver groceries to customers who needed the free service. Dad was too smart to give food away when people asked for it, but he often handed them a broom or had them stock some shelves in exchange. Oh how I miss them, and that childhood.
Klemm's Loma Vista Market...circa 1946-1963.
Kayelle, glad I could evoke your memories again.
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:09 PM   #63
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I don't think my parents ever left me any voice mail. It would be great to have that now that they are both gone.
I think if I were to hear my mother's voice right now, I would freak out and fall apart. The same with hearing my daughter Maureen's. I just wouldn't be able to handle it. For a while after my sister died, her phone was still connected. I would call it just to hear her voice. I don't think I could do it today.
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:51 PM   #64
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Steve's thread about butter that went just a little off topic about 'eating when you're hungry' reminded me of this fun thread. I just wanted to bump it up for new members who might want to join in and share stories.

I grew up having dinner at a certain time every day which was quite rigid, but now enjoy a way different schedule...if you can even call it that. These days I really enjoy having a late breakfast, the main meal done and kitchen cleaned up by 4 or 5ish, and maybe a little snacking during the day. Anyone else want to add to this thread from 2014?
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:56 PM   #65
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We go "off topic" around here? Huh, who would have thought?

Thanks for finding this, Cheryl. It will be fun to re-read...and find out how much we went OT in THIS one!
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Some of the best reading goes off topic!
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:18 PM   #67
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Dinner was 6:30pm sharp. My stupid older sister refused to come, and there were fights about that until she was out of the house and we could eat in peace.

Then, I loved dinnertime! Daddy would tell funny jokes, Mommy would talk about her students, and then I got to tell them about my day at school and ask them about some paper I was working on, or a report, or a test coming up.

Once, in 7th grade, I broke my arm in a skating field day. We all went to the skating rink, and the school bully tripped me and I fell and broke my left wrist. Daddy came to the hospital and took me home. I walked in, hurting ... and wow, Mommy had dinner going and it was her beef Stroganoff.

My favorite! That dinner was the best in the world! Mommy cut up the meat for me, and I swear I died and went to food Heaven!

And I got out of the hospital in time. Daddy got me home in time for dinner at 6:30 pm sharp.
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:36 PM   #68
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Right now I have Pirate living with me. We only eat when we are hungry. And that is not always at the same time for the both of us. But once a week, usually on a Sunday, we have a big meal and sit down together. Or at least we try to. It depends on if we feel like cooking and who is going to do it. Pirate always has breakfast, me never. He also tries to have something for lunch, never me. Then come supper and we each cook for ourselves. Most often two different meals. But we are polite enough to ask the other if they want any.

My kitchen is very narrow, but long. Difficult to have two people cooking in there at the same time. He usually cooks his meal first, and me much later. Pirate often comments about the times around the childhood table. His memories are more romanticized than mine where when he was a kid. He thinks they were fun, I think of chaos only. Perhaps I have just become cynical as the years go by. But I do know that when the family gets together for holiday meals, they do have fun talking and sharing memories of their childhood.
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Dinnertime was not pleasant when I was growing up. We ate in the kitchen about 5pm. My dad ate in the living room watching TV. I don't think I ever sat down to a meal with my dad. Probably just as well.

I was (still am) a picky eater and hated vegetables and milk. So most nights I would be made to sit at the table to eat my vegetables and drink my milk until my mom wanted to do dishes. Then if I hadn't finished dinner (I don't remember that I ever did), I was sent to bed early.

I still eat very few vegetables and I haven't drunk a glass of milk for over forty years. Just goes to show that forcing a child to eat what they don't like never works.
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:35 AM   #70
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We girls fixed dinner and it was ready by the time my parents got home. We all ate together. As we got older and have after school work or activities, the cooking schedule was bent and twisted as to who made dinner and who was at the table. I miss our family meals.
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