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Old 03-27-2013, 07:46 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I'm sick of Ol Man Winter and am ready to file a petition for divorce and then go out and have a "Spring Fling".
zugor, don't do it!!! Spring is nearly here, well it really is, but it doesn't feel like it but it will.

 
Old 03-27-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Just wondered if folks are doing something special for the upcoming holiday . . . and if anyone is cooking, what are they preparing? Having guests in? Going somewhere?
This is up in the air. For many many years I have been the one selected to put on these get togethers. I put my foot down - either someone else steps up or I'll be painting.

What about you, Ani - are you cooking? Going somewhere?
 
Old 03-28-2013, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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zugor, don't do it!!! Spring is nearly here, well it really is, but it doesn't feel like it but it will.
But he's so cold and aloof and uncaring. Whereas Spring brings me sweet fragrant flowers and soft caressing breezes and warmth.
 
Old 03-28-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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What's the significance of posters handles? Some I read: Curmudgeon - cranky
yankee, Ne Girl Self explanatory. Escort Rider Rides along as an escort to What? Mad Man Of Bethesda Insane Male living in Maryland.
 
Old 03-28-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Spent the day yesterday fishing at a local lake, caught a few rainbow trout. Sunshine, 66 degrees just perfect. Love being retired!
 
Old 03-28-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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This is up in the air. For many many years I have been the one selected to put on these get togethers. I put my foot down - either someone else steps up or I'll be painting.

What about you, Ani - are you cooking? Going somewhere?
Sounds like you and I are dealing with the same thing . . . are you my cousin? lol

I have put my foot down, too, and my sister's suggestion was that we all go to K&W Cafeteria. Now, we are talking gathering people up from 1 - 1 1/2 hours away (plus college kids who are further away) and the big celebration is going to be at a cafeteria (this sister has no children, doesn't cook and thinks a peanut butter sandwich is a proper meal).

So no . . . not gonna go that route. We have reservations for a brunch buffet. My son wanted prime rib, hubby wanted ham, so that was the easy way out (restaurant in the mountains where we will be on Easter).

I hesitated spending the $$ on this but hubby reminded me that it actually costs more to host everyone at our house for holiday events, so this would be a savings. All I could think about is . . . YIPPEE!!! NO DISHES!!!
 
Old 03-28-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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Spent the day yesterday fishing at a local lake, caught a few rainbow trout. Sunshine, 66 degrees just perfect. Love being retired!
Jim, that sounds like heaven!

Glad you are enjoying your retirement.
 
Old 03-28-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Sounds like you and I are dealing with the same thing . . . are you my cousin? lol

I have put my foot down, too, and my sister's suggestion was that we all go to K&W Cafeteria. Now, we are talking gathering people up from 1 - 1 1/2 hours away (plus college kids who are further away) and the big celebration is going to be at a cafeteria (this sister has no children, doesn't cook and thinks a peanut butter sandwich is a proper meal).

So no . . . not gonna go that route. We have reservations for a brunch buffet. My son wanted prime rib, hubby wanted ham, so that was the easy way out (restaurant in the mountains where we will be on Easter).

I hesitated spending the $$ on this but hubby reminded me that it actually costs more to host everyone at our house for holiday events, so this would be a savings. All I could think about is . . . YIPPEE!!! NO DISHES!!!
I'd love to be your cousin I say leave the rest of them at home with their peanut butter sandwiches and you and I will go out and howl

I agree that going out is far cheaper than doing it at home, which is why many others never want to do it.
 
Old 03-28-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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I'd love to be your cousin I say leave the rest of them at home with their peanut butter sandwiches and you and I will go out and howl

I agree that going out is far cheaper than doing it at home, which is why many others never want to do it.
My husband has been saying for many years that the cost is exactly why no one else steps forward. I find that very surprising as my family members are well heeled . . . I always thought - well, no one wants to make the effort - but when my one sister pitched a fit over paying for catering costs for a family event (she refused to agree to catering - wanted to just have cookies and punch, if you can believe that, for a 60th Anniversary reception) - I realized - you know, she is just cheap and withholding, except in regard to herself. I guess some folks are just that way -- happy to enjoy the event if someone else is paying -- and otherwise, won't ante up, lol.

To be honest, what did me in with the attitude from my sister was an incident two years ago at Thanksgiving. She has been saying for 30 years that she should "do more to help me" with these gatherings but talk is cheap. She always has a reason she "can't do" whatever it is I suggest. So two years ago I said - bring some wine! And I told her to just pick up some pinot grigio (sp) . . . nothing expensive. She came with one bottle and what got me is . . . she made this big deal telling everyone "she had bought the wine" (even though my other sister had brought 3 bottles of wine) . . . and then when she thought no one was looking, she picked it up and took it back to their car! My son asked her - was there a problem with the wine - and she said - oh, you have enough already.

And that is when I decided . . . no more family gatherings.
 
Old 03-28-2013, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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My husband has been saying for many years that the cost is exactly why no one else steps forward. I find that very surprising as my family members are well heeled . . . I always thought - well, no one wants to make the effort - but when my one sister pitched a fit over paying for catering costs for a family event (she refused to agree to catering - wanted to just have cookies and punch, if you can believe that, for a 60th Anniversary reception) - I realized - you know, she is just cheap and withholding, except in regard to herself. I guess some folks are just that way -- happy to enjoy the event if someone else is paying -- and otherwise, won't ante up, lol.

To be honest, what did me in with the attitude from my sister was an incident two years ago at Thanksgiving. She has been saying for 30 years that she should "do more to help me" with these gatherings but talk is cheap. She always has a reason she "can't do" whatever it is I suggest. So two years ago I said - bring some wine! And I told her to just pick up some pinot grigio (sp) . . . nothing expensive. She came with one bottle and what got me is . . . she made this big deal telling everyone "she had bought the wine" (even though my other sister had brought 3 bottles of wine) . . . and then when she thought no one was looking, she picked it up and took it back to their car! My son asked her - was there a problem with the wine - and she said - oh, you have enough already.

And that is when I decided . . . no more family gatherings.
It's always especially surprising when the expense wouldn't be a hardship and they just don't have that sharing gene.

This wine thing Are you sure she's your sister? Unbelievable. 1 bottle of wine is what - 3-4 small glasses? It doesn't go far.

I got a call tonight - I could tell she was waiting for me to say, again, "Oh, I'll just do it." Nope. I finally said -" I've done it for the last 30 years - you have a lot of catching up to do." No offer was made and no one else has offered so I will be home painting. I'm absolutely fine with that.

You're right - happy to attend if someone else pays and does all the work. Enjoy your holiday!

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