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Having Fun! / Re: What's On The Menu Tonight At Your Place.
« on: January 15, 2011, 11:12:20 AM »
Went puff pastry crazy last night!  Puff pastry wrapped brie, puff pastry pizzas, and puff pastry pecan bites.  Yum!!

My grandfather emigrated from Minsk in about 1916 or 17, I'm assuming to escape the chaos although I don't know the real reason as I never personally knew him.  He came over and settled in Chicago with a group of his friends and they all lived together until he married.  He fought during the war for America, although I don't know where (I have a copy of his enrollment card).  My mom told of how he would sit with his friends, drinking vodka, talking about the old country.  So I don't know if he came here out of what he thought was necessity or what.  One of his friends even went back to Russia in the 60's to live.  We all thought that was bizarre...

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: January 09, 2011, 10:45:10 AM »
I didn't know a person could be allergic to she allergic to other animals too, say, corgis??

Having Fun! / Re: What's the weather like at your place?
« on: January 03, 2011, 06:44:48 PM »
For the past week we've been in the deep freeze; this morning the low was 13, high around 30 with frozen fog falling like snow earlier...I'm ready for summer!

Geez, my son changes his shirt about 3 or 4 times a day..he would have fit right in.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:56:49 AM »
Are they really going to stick with that coin??  It's so badly done in my opinion that I can't imagine why they would want to continue with it.  Surely it can be redone?

Having Fun! / Re: What's the weather like at your place?
« on: December 24, 2010, 08:12:07 AM »
A week ago we had around 10 inches of glorious snow on the ground; this weeks it's warmed up and now most of the snow is new snow for Christmas! 

Having Fun! / Re: How is everyone today?
« on: December 17, 2010, 12:47:17 PM »
I know, Countess...can't tell him anything.

Having Fun! / Re: How is everyone today?
« on: December 17, 2010, 07:35:22 AM »
Fighting a sinus infection--trying to get the better of me all week.  Hubby has a nasty sinus infection too, has had it for going on 2 weeks, and of course he won't go to the! 

Having Fun! / Re: What's On The Menu Tonight At Your Place.
« on: December 17, 2010, 07:33:39 AM »
Homemade cheeseburgers (from home-raised beef!) and tater tots!

Having Fun! / Re: How is everyone today?
« on: December 10, 2010, 09:23:47 AM »
Sunny--doing any better today??  Said a prayer for you.

Countess--my kids in high school just finished their finals for the trimester; my daughter in particular puts so much pressure on herself she wasn't sleeping or eating well; so glad that's over for now.  Hang in there!

And the Prince is shown wearing a suit...I'm thinking the artist did that for respect and modesty?

Having Fun! / Re: How is everyone today?
« on: November 28, 2010, 03:22:28 PM »
Hubby and son put up Christmas lights outside!!

Having Fun! / Re: X-mas and December traditon!
« on: November 28, 2010, 10:08:38 AM »
Always nice to hear of traditions from other countries.

When I was growing up, Christmas was very exciting.  We were somewhat poor so we didn't get many gifts and I don't recall my Mom making a bunch of treats.  But it was still an exciting time nonetheless.  There was more snow than there is now and I remember riding my first bike (with training wheels) in the snow!  When I was a teen I was the one who set up the tree, baked the goodies, decorated.  My Mom, coming from a family that came from Poland and Belarus, didn't really celebrate Christmas and my Dad was very poor and they had no money for Christmas, so I guess that's why it wasn't a big deal to them.  Of course, we went to church and there was always a Christmas play the Sunday before Christmas and sometimes I was involved.  I always looked forward to a bag of goodies that was given out to each child.  In school we put on plays and skits, each class doing something different, and performed in front of parents in the auditorium. 

Now I do lots of baking, and when my kids were young they helped.  My daughter, who is now 15, does some of the baking now.  We will get a tree soon; they are cheap here in Oregon as this is the Christmas tree capital of the world!  You can drive around in the Willamette valley and in rural areas see Christmas tree farms all over.  We used to live only a few miles from one of these farms and it was interesting when they were harvesting the trees as a helicopter was used to move bundles of trees.

Of course we have a special meal and deserts.  There are things I have to make each year otherwise there would be some grumpy people!  It's a fun and magical time and we must remember the real reason for the season.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: November 28, 2010, 09:50:52 AM »
Some of those "sailors" look awfully young...was it common for there to be such young sailors?? 

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