Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Au revoir (2 of 2 for today)

I'll be on another excellent adventure for a few days.

I will be back in touch next Monday 19th April

Southern woman via Sally. (1 of 2 for today)

SOUTHERN WOMEN
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o Southern women Know their summer weather report:
o Humidity
o Humidity
o Humidity
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o Southern women know their vacation spots:
o The beach
o The rivuh
o The crick
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o Southern women know everybody's first name:
o Honey
o Darlin'
o Shugah
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o Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:
o Fried Green Tomatoes
o Driving Miss Daisy
o Steel Magnolias
o Gone With The Wind
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o Southern women know their religions:
o Baptist
o Methodist
o Football
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o Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
o Chawl'stn
o S'vanah
o Foat Wuth
o N'awlins
o Addlanna
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o Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:
o Men in uniform
o Men in tuxedos
o Rhett Butler
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o Southern girls know their prime real estate:
o The Mall
o The Country Club
o The Beauty Salon
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o Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:
o Having bad hair and nails
o Having bad manners
o Cooking bad food
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o More Suthen-ism's:
o Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.
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o Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc..., make up "a mess."
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o Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."
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o Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, as in: "Going to town, be back directly."
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o Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table..
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o All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
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o Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!
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o Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and " a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20
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o Only a Southerner, both knows and understands, the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and Po white trash.
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o No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
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o A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
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o Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, ... And when we're "in line,"... We talk to everybody!
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o Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.
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o In the South, y'all is singular, all y'all is plural.
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o Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
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o Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
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o When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
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o Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.
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o And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway.. You just say,"Bless her heart" ... And go your own way.
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o To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your heart!
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o And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, .... bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
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o Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah !
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o Now...... Shugah, send this to someone who was raised in the South or wish they had been! If you're a Northern transplant, bless your little heart, fake it. We know you got here as fast as you could

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Pain in the neck


PAIN IN THE NECK

I awoke about five weeks ago with what I thought was a stiff neck. 


The pain (3 on a scale of 1- 10) lingered and it was enough to keep me awake at night.


After a couple of weeks of interrupted sleep I began some physical therapy. 
Now, after three weeks of therapy, the pain is reduced to 1 ½ on the scale of 1 - 10.



I see the P.T. three times a week and he is pleased with my progress.  

I have various home exercises which I repeat twice a day.


There will be one more week of P.T., and then I will be on my own. 

I’ll need to be disciplined and keep up those home exercises for the rest of my life.
 


It’s all about arthritis - the curse of those of us who are 60+.




Shoot!!!!.  I’d always imagined that I would be the exception to the 60+ arthritis rule for in my mind I am less than 35 years old.  


There is a clear disconnect between my body and my mind!


Sunday, 11 April 2010

Pat Beers and Green Beans --- (fleas, a baby, music)


GREEN BEANS

Sometime more than 30 years ago I visited with Good Shepherd, Fitchburg, MA parishioner Pat Beers at her home in Westminster MA.  Pat and her husband George had a bumper crop of green beans.   Pat was “topping and tailing” the beans to get them ready for blanching and freezing.  It seemed like very labour intensive work.

I bought a pound of green beans the other day.  (One of the local supermarkets had them for sale at a bargain price).  I topped and tailed them, then blanched and froze them.  The operation took more than an hour!   I suspect that it is more energy efficient to purchase frozen beans from my local supermarket.  It would surely be much more time efficient!  But Pat Beers had inspired me from all those years ago!

FLEAS

My cats Adelaide and Ada show signs of being infested with fleas. 
   
The same is true for my dog Penne.  The proprietary meds (Front Line etc) seem to be less than efficacious. “Someone” told me that a bit of garlic when added to the pet food will help in warding off fleas. Do you know if this is true?




A  BABY IS ON THE WAY

My good friend Joe S lives in London (U.K.) with his Dutch partner Marleise.  I had a good and long chat with Joe this morning.  He tells me that Marleise is “with child”.  I am delighted for both of them!




MUSIC



The choir at St. Boniface sang the Hallelujah Chorus (from Handel’s “Messiah”) this morning.  They sang it well.


But I was not “moved”.  I over-dosed on the “Messiah’ many years ago and would be happy if I never heard a note from it again.

(Mozart has some better “Alleluias” in his three works called “Regina Coeli”).
 
But the Handel is a crowd pleaser.  So the “crowd” (a.k.a. “congregation) applauded. That irked this old fart (jmp). 

Applause is a dreadful response to Church music.  It suggests that  the music is entertainment.

Loud “Amens” are better. They signify that the music is a matter of worship.

(This is not a criticism of St. Boniface Church.  It is a terrific congregation with excellent leaders!  It is a comment from me alone.)