Friday, September 11, 2009

Random Bits and Pieces

These two are among the best children any parent could ask for. (Of course, I'm not biased or anything. lol) I love both of you very much. Please stay the lovely people that you are.


Now I have to vent. Feel free to skip these next two paragraphs.

Now, I'm going to say that I am sick to death of two of my friends' children. (I could post pictures of them, too, but I don't want to see their "ugly" faces right now.) They are rude, sullen, inconsiderate, selfish, completely self-centered, and sometimes down right mean. And, my friends have let them get away with being that way. They both have let those children (all grown, by the way) walk all over them.

It has gotten so bad, that I cannot stand to be around any of the children and some of their children. I'm tired of listening to my one friend complain about how awful her children act and how they treat her. I'm having a difficult time staying friends with these two women because I all I want to do is yell and scream at them to get backbones. I want to tell them that they are the mothers and grandmothers and have every right to demand - no matter how old the children and grandchildren are - that they be treated with kindness and respect. I have dropped many hints. They don't get it. Unfortunately, dropping friends isn't easy. And, it wouldn't be at all kind. This is a very small town, and we all belong to the same church.

Okay, on to happier things.

Yesterday. Out for a Chinese food lunch and then thrift store shopping. Some good bargains, a gorgeous day, and a great time. What else can I say? :)

Picked up several cups ($2.00 for all!) that match the dishes that are in the old trailer we use as a guest house. (The place actually belongs to my brother, but the whole family uses it.) Every time company comes, we have had to take cups from home or from mom's so people can have coffee, cocoa, or tea. No more. These can just stay there.

From McCall's Patterns copyright 1963:

Side 1

Side 2 -

This is one of oldest of the 41 patterns I purchased. Yes, forty-one. Thirty-nine of them were 10 cents a piece. They are different kinds and sizes, older and newer, children, teen, adult, and all kinds of crafts. I hope all the pieces are there, but for the price I really can't complain.

Two of the patterns were $2.00 a piece. One is a Debbie Mumm pattern for Christmas quilted wall hanging. The other is a Joan's Creation pattern for a Christmas room box using fabric for everything except the walls and floor. Even those are covered with appropriate fabric. Right up my alley. I love fabric and doll houses!

Also purchased a largish box of fabric scraps and remnants. $1.00. In it were several of these little guys and gals. There are three "finished" blocks and some more of the pieces cut out. These are a little dirty, so I hope I can get them clean. Everything in the box is jumbled, so I'll have to sort carefully. Also in the box are doll clothes - some cut out, some partially sewn. There are two little sun dresses cut out; these look to be about a child's size 2, or 3. (I know I already have at least one similar box of stuff that *I* haven't finished - oh dear.)

Copyright 1958. My cost: 25 cents

Doesn't the Mardi Gras recipe sound yummy? Uck! (Click to see a larger picture.) Maybe it would be okay if one substituted ham, roast beef, turkey, or salami for the tongue. (I like the taste of beef tongue just not the texture.)

One more:

Copyright 1972. My next to most expensive purchase, so I really debated on this one. I'm anxious to see if any of these (besides spaghetti sauce) really do freeze well. (As in tasting good after they're thawed and reheated, but I'm sure you all knew what I meant. grins)

Oh, and I purchased some very nice baby clothes for one of those ungrateful little twerps mentioned above. At least she said thank you even though she didn't look very excited.


I hope to be home until Sunday afternoon. Monday, I will take Mom to the oncologist, then will stay with her for at least another days (if not longer). I really would like to "settle" one place or the other. I really need my computer, paperwork, files, etc. so I can catch up on bookkeeping, and I would like to have my own sewing machine to use. Grandma's old one works great, but it doesn't zig-zag.


Last week Mom and I prepared and froze at least 20 quarts of tomatoes and canned 32 pints and 8 quarts of peaches. One quart didn't seal, so I didn't count that one. Mom froze at least a dozen bell peppers. I still have tomatoes and peppers coming on, so there will be more to do.


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

How are you doing, Dear?

Aunt Amelia

The Songster said...

I only have this it say "Bleh!" to the children thing. Okay one more, thanks for saying that I am one of the best children ever!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Clueless Friends - WHY do you keep listening to those friends, complain? [Not sure if it's one or both, doing the complaining...] Without calmly and quietly explaining to them, how you see their situation? Why?

Where is it a Law, that you have to submit yourself to this angst? Because if you needed to vent here, it IS angst. Oh, you say that dropping them; " wouldn't be at all kind." Oh I *see*! -Hehh-

They Have the Right to "drive you up a wall." But you do Not Have a right to explain, how this process makes you feel. *Gotcha...* >,-)

You don't have to "drop them," per say. Just quietly explain how you see things, each time the complaining begins. For a period of time. You pick the time. And then, if they still continue complaining -- Mmmm, maybe you will have to be a bit more energetic, in how you say it. -Heh-

Btw, don't you have enough stress in your life, without this? Please and thank you, consider this.

Oh how lovely it would be, if I was close enough, to Ride Shotgun on this, for you!!!!! -grinnnnn-

'Aunt Amelia'

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

That 'Good Housekeeping Book of Salads'! I used to have a whole batch of those little 'G.H.Books of...' :-) Memories!

And as to you preferring some clutter... Of course, you *may*! :-))) My being enamoured with minimalism is not for everyone. Nor do I ever, ever, ever think it should be. 'Twas just me. After all Hon, your 'Net Name' of 'Packrat' would have to be chosen by someone who likes her stuff. And that's cool!!!

Thank you for leaving a comment on this post, on my blog. I'd love it if everyone or anyone who reads these Questions In Posts of mine, would say how they feel about all my questions. Kind of like having a blog chat. :-)

'Aunt Amelia'

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What wonderful cookbooks and the little quilted folks are adorable! I love the felt patterns, too! You have a FUN blog!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

OT below, but...

Wishing you would read my entry of today.

Aunt Amelia

Trudy Callan said...

I left you an award on my blog.

gemoftheocean said...

Just gave ou this award.

Shay said...

Stick that unsealed jar in the fridge and count it!


weenie_elise said...

Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award :)

belinda said...

Ouuuuuu...don't get me started about 'other' peoples or otherwise!! I hear ya...there are some people we think would be neat friends but we don't pursue them because their kids are awful...they are in high school!!!!
We are in a small town and you have to be VERY careful!!

I am so sorry to hear about your mom too!!!