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Old 09-15-2018, 12:31 PM   #11
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I get my lunches delivered to me by my medical plan. The chef must be Spanish. Even after living in Southern Texas for almost four years, I still am not fond of their flavorings for their dishes. So what I don't eat, Pirate loves it and cleans up.
I think you're confusing Spanish with Mexican. They're not the same.
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:37 PM   #12
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Addie, I'm relieved you're so aware of the dangers of crossing.

When I was a sassy teenager my Mom was hit by a car in a crosswalk right in front of our busy road. The memory of seeing her in a pool of blood will stay with me forever. Thank God she survived after months in the hospital. That's the day I devoted myself to being her perfect daughter, and I know I was that for her for the rest of her long life.
When Spike was about five, he got hit by a car in front of my parents house. He spent the night in the hospital. When I went to pick him up the next day, I took the tunnel out of the children's ward and a doctor who was in a hurry, threw open a door that opened into the tunnel and hit my son right in the head. The latch caught him and gave him a huge big gash on the side of his head. Back upstairs to the children's ward. Another night. The next time when I was taking him home, he had the whole side of his head shaved and sporting eight sutures. Seeing someone you love with blood on them, does stay with you forever.

It was that experience that made me so aware of just how quickly something can go wrong. My three boys always had sutures, casts, etc. Pirate had been told several times, he was never to ride the miniature motor bikes that all the kids in the neighborhood owned. Except for my kids. He was riding on the back of his friends and a car was going in the opposite direction. A thin piece of chrome on the bottom on the car was sticking out and loose, caught Pirate's arm and left him with a three corner tear right down to the bone. A neighbor saw what happened, grabbed a towel and drove him to the Relief Station. (A medical station for our section of Boston since we were the farthest from a hospital.) Imagine my feeling of helplessness when I got that phone call.

Blood always makes things look worse. I am so glad to hear that your mother recovered. I think it is the blood that leaves the most delible impression on you. Pirate has a very large scar on his arm, Spike has a bald spot where the sutures were. But what I remember is the blood.

I am happy to hear that you were able to have your mother for many more years. Specially since you were a teenager at the time. A very vunerable time in your life, when a child definitely needs the guidance of a mother at that time.
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:14 PM   #13
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"We now interrupt this off-topic discussion to return to the Original Post"...

MadCook, it sounds like your taste for fashionable clothing hasn't left even when your fashionable clothing has left your closet.
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Habitat - gulp!

In the early 1970s when I was just leaving college to start my first job there was a store called "Habitat" which sold everything for the new home. It was the '70s equivalent of Ikea.- You could buy everything from a bed to a knife and fork - very reasonably priced and "with it" as we said back then.

I just turned on QVC while I had a cup of tea and there was Habitat. I should have poured myself a stiff gin, not a cup of tea. They were selling a duvet cover and two pillowcases in a repellent fabric pattern for (sit down and take a deep breath) £142 (approx $190). Kelly Hoppen doesn't charge that much for so little and her bedding is good quality. There are some places in GB where you could buy the whole bed for £150!

Being young, short of cash and wanting to be fashionable ain't what it used to be!
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LOL, thanks for the chuckle. I don't think I would do that with clothes...but I did go back to the thrift store to buy back some kitchen gadgets I had gotten rid of!
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