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51 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:23 pm

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The party at Lyn's was a rousing success.....good planning and a little hard work always pays off!

Here are some of the pics I took.....didn't get a chance before some had eaten because as soon as I got some of the plates filled and out on the buffet there were people ready to eat!

We made a cheese / meat / fruit tray:



Lyn got a recipe from her daughter-in-law for a goat cheese, pesto, sun dried tomato & pine nut terrine:



Mini quiches:



Spanakopita & pita chips:



Vegetable Egg Rolls:



Crescent Beef Dip w/dipping gravy:



Assorted cookies & macarons:



Beer, wine & sodas:



Lyn has one of those tabletop ice makers....great invention!



Iced Tea & Water:



There were no complaints and most everything was gone so I think we did a good job of calculating what to buy. We were both happy that the only things we 'made' was the goat cheese terrine and the super easy crescent roll French Dip thingys. It was still a number of hours deciding where things would go and getting out the dishes. But purchasing quality items at Costco was so much better than trying to make everything from scratch.

52 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:09 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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Bugster2 wrote:Had to call my next door neighbor to remove two long gopher snakes that were headed into our backyard. My husband is such a wussy when it comes to snakes. I don't like them either but unless it has a rattle on its' tail, they don't bother me unless they come close. Katie freaked out, Joe freaked out and a lady in a car freaked out. Ron picked them up and took them across the street, down into the area by the creek bed. Hopefully they won't come back.
Got my smoked brown sugar. Can't wait to try some.

I know we have Norm and maybe Jimmy who smoke meats. Does anyone know anything about Traeger pellet smokers?
I don't smoke meats, but I have heard of a pellet fuel smoker only last week. They seem to work great, from what the reviews indicated. I burn pellets in a pellet stove, for heat to augment the boiler heat system, and DD heats their whole house entirely with pellet fuel. I don't know if the pellets I heat with...are the same as, or can be used in a smoker?? .... I have to find that out!

53 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:14 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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Wow....Beth, that is some whopper of a spread there. Looks all so good too!

54 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:10 am

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I can understand that! (About not putting out a for rent sign when your daughter moves out of your rental house) When my last child left the house, I was excited to turn that room into my sewing/craft room, and I painted it two shades of rose pink.  He got over it!

55 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:42 am

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There are cheap ways to redecorate as long as you are not doing remodeling (which is never cheap). Paint - as long as you do it yourself. Can you sew? Make curtains and toss pillows or shop at places like Target where you can find some nice things for redecorating. Same for Home Goods. Where do you think many professional decorators go to buy things? Home Goods. Need furniture? Try Craigslist. Flooring? Forget it, unless you can tile, lay wood flooring or carpet yourself it is still is expensive. Throw rugs can hide a worn carpet or flooring and can be inexpensive. My girlfriend is a master of decorating on the cheap. She moved into a brand new home in Phoenix. She brought nothing from her old home but did and incredible job of decorating her new home. She got most things from Home Goods, Ross, Target. Even furniture. She found high end brands like Henredon, Drexel at Home Goods. She bought a chest of drawers that retailed for $3500 for $350. She was in her element. There is nothing quite as exciting as the hunt for a bargain.

56 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:31 pm

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I'll agree with Jimmy that pellet smokers work very well but compared to a wood burning smoker, they don't do as good a job in the smoking end. They are good, just not not as good.

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57 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:06 pm

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
Bugster2 wrote:Had to call my next door neighbor to remove two long gopher snakes that were headed into our backyard. My husband is such a wussy when it comes to snakes. I don't like them either but unless it has a rattle on its' tail, they don't bother me unless they come close. Katie freaked out, Joe freaked out and a lady in a car freaked out. Ron picked them up and took them across the street, down into the area by the creek bed. Hopefully they won't come back.
Got my smoked brown sugar. Can't wait to try some.

I know we have Norm and maybe Jimmy who smoke meats. Does anyone know anything about Traeger pellet smokers?
I don't smoke meats, but I have heard of a pellet fuel smoker only last week. They seem to work great, from what the reviews indicated. I burn pellets in a pellet stove, for heat to augment the boiler heat system, and DD heats their whole house entirely with pellet fuel. I don't know if the pellets I heat with...are the same as, or can be used in a smoker?? .... I have to find that out!

I just read that the house pellets can't be used in a smoker.

58 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:57 pm

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59 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:36 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Supper is over. We had a thin sliced 1/8 inch thick slices of an eye round roast.
I fried them up, and added sliced peppers. Made cheese steaks ...
I had two hot dog rolls / buns, filled with the steak and cheese.
Tina ( Poor rot Gut Problems ) , had mashed potatoes for supper.
I'm gonna have some cherry cobbler that Tina made this morning.

60 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:04 pm

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Supper tonight for me was a big bowl of the first local strawberries and plain Greek yogurt. I had a bunch of stuff to do with my son this morning so we went out for lunch. I had a great dish of liver and onions, amazing garlic mashed potatoes and a salad. Of course too much liver and I think there must have been 3 potatoes, so that will be supper tomorrow also.

I have not been liking what I have been seeing in my mirror the last couple of years, so I buckled down in February, and have lost 32 lbs. since then. Portion control has been my downfall for a long time, and it was really, really tempting to eat the rest of that liver today. I think the strawberries and yogurt were better for me.

61 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:34 pm

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Bugster2 wrote:
I just read that the house pellets can't be used in a smoker.

I am guessing that is because smoking pellets need to be made of hard wood, ideally of nut or fruit bearing trees and without any binder that would impart unsavory flavors or unhealthy fumes. I suppose house bearing pellets are probably made from soft wood trees because they burn hotter, and are cheaper.

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62 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:19 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:
Bugster2 wrote:
I just read that the house pellets can't be used in a smoker.

I am guessing that is because smoking pellets need to be made of hard wood, ideally of nut or fruit bearing trees and without any binder that would impart unsavory flavors or unhealthy fumes. I suppose house bearing pellets are probably made from soft wood trees because they burn hotter, and are cheaper.

You have a choice of hard wood or soft, or a mix when purchasing pellets for heat.
I use hardwood blends.

63 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:38 am

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Bugster2 wrote:I am sorry about your husband. I didn't know he had cancer. What kind is it? Seems like so many people are getting the dreaded disease. My sister had stage 4 colon cancer but by the grace of God, a good surgeon and the City of Hope, she beat it. It has been over 15 years so I guess she is cured.

Brian got prostate cancer in 2000 and had his prostate removed immediately. Since then, over the last 17 years, his PSA has gone up, which means cancer cells escaped from the prostate prior to removal. So after a couple years, he had radiation. Then a couple years later, he got more treatment. Then he developed prostate cancer on his spine (not bone cancer but prostate cancer on his spine; it’s better if it’s not another kind of cancer and remains the same kind). He progressed to different treatments and they were eventually able to do radiation again, trying to hit the stuff on his spine. They can’t radiate in the same place and a second bout of radiation is not too common. Then he went on the final available treatment, which is female hormones, which also worked for a couple of years. And yes, he got hot flashes!

The female hormones stopped working about a year ago and that’s pretty much all the “recognized” treatment. Luckily for us, several years ago he began seeing the oncologist who is considered the premier researcher into this stage of prostate cancer: In other words, he’s been trying for years to develop a treatment for those for whom the female hormones stop working. Usually at this point in time, they hope that someone dies from either old age or another malady before the prostate cancer kills him.

So Brian has been going through all kinds of treatment for the last couple of years. He recently completed one where they removed his blood, sent it off somewhere to be “radiated,” and then returned it and he had to get it back inside of him before 72 hours was up. After that, he got radiation shots for a while, and recently finished those. It was this treatment when he lost his appetite and lost 50 pounds (he’s 6’4” and he now weighs 202). He was a little overweight before but he’s pretty slim now, though he still looks good. When someone sees him who hasn’t seen him in a while, though, it’s really noticeable. His clothes were swimming on him so we recently got him a bunch of new dress shirts (he usually wears long sleeved cotton button-down shirts), a new sports coat, a new suit, new dress pants, new jeans, new casual slacks, new sweaters and just ‘cause he needed them, new shoes! Luckily, his shoe size didn’t change, as everything else did!

Looks like the radiation treatment might be working, as his PSA stopped going up but now it needs to start coming down again for it to be a success. He’s still getting a female hormone shot in his stomach every so often, I think every quarter, I think. But his doctor still wanted to put him on that other cancer drug; the Johnson & Johnson Foundation finally agreed to pay his $2700 monthly copay, so he took his first pill this morning. It’s very important that he take the cancer pill at the same time as he takes a steroid, and he has to take it on an empty stomach.

Luckily, though, he can drink coffee once he takes the two pills, so it conforms with our normal morning routine of coffee an hour or two before either one of us eats anything. I’d have felt so bad if he couldn’t have coffee while I was having mine, you know? We put a lot of stock in coffee down here in New Orleans; I think we’re one of the top coffee-drinking cities in fact, even with the heat of our summer. And it’s also our favorite time of the day, as I set up the coffee pot before we go to bed and then one of us goes down in the morning and brings up two cups so we have our first cup and usually a second cup while we sit in bed, read the paper and watch the Today Show. This morning, it’s really pretty, unusually cool for us (low 60s to start the day, in the low 70s now) and low humidity, so we have the French doors open to our balcony off our bedroom. It’s truly a glorious day with blue blue skies and not a cloud anywhere around. The Mississippi River is pretty high right now and at daybreak, the river looked pink and light blue reflecting the sky at that time. It won’t last long, just until tomorrow afternoon, before the heat and the humidity come back, probably for the duration of the summer. But we’re enjoying it today!

64 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:45 am

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I’m having BIG computer problems today. The laptop keeps closing the programs on its own. First, the cursor was blinking erratically when I turned on the computer. So I started the computer again by using Restart and that stopped. THEN (and now), the cursor keeps going up to the top right corner and closing any program I have open, including this one.

So I’m typing my messages or responses in Word, then opening up this forum and hurriedly pasting in my message before it closes again! Just FYI if you get a partial message from me…

65 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:33 pm

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Crybaby, how old is your husband?

66 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:38 pm

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Crybaby wrote:I’m having BIG computer problems today.  The laptop keeps closing the programs on its own.  First, the cursor was blinking erratically when I turned on the computer.  So I started the computer again by using Restart and that stopped.  THEN (and now), the cursor keeps going up to the top right corner and closing any program I have open, including this one.  

So I’m typing my messages or responses in Word, then opening up this forum and hurriedly pasting in my message before it closes again!  Just FYI if you get a partial message from me…
Oh No! .... My cousin had that with a brand new computer.
Sent it back to Best Buy for repair 3 times, plus then back to manufacturer twice. Its what they call jumping cursor.
It's in the program software somewhere. Hers only does it once in a while now, but it still happens.

https://www.google.com/search?q=jumping+cursor+while+typing&oq=jumping+cursor&aqs=chrome.5.69i57j0l5.15756j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

67 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:58 pm

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Michelle, I belong to another forum, and a member there is having a heck of a time with her computer, beginning with a jumping cursor. She has a Mac laptop.. so I do not know if it is the same issue.

Glad Brian has a great doctor. My dad had prostate cancer. He did survive it without surgery. He could not have it, as he went into a mild case of DIC from the cancer. He ended up having radiation therapy and taking the female hormone. He took the hormone shot for a long time. Fortunately for him, it did work. His PSA went down to negligible. The Oncologist, who works in research at the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, wanted him to stop his treatment, but I did insist he remain on it for a bit longer. We finally ended it when it was too much for him to go back and forth into Boston, and he began having severe heart issues.
A good doctor is gift from God.

Niagara, WELCOME BACK!!! We missed you.. Awesome about the weight loss. I am at that stage now.. hate looking in the mirror. The weight I lost last year is back on, plus more--maybe?? I am afraid to weight myself. I am an emotional eater, and my cat, Artie, my buddy, has been really sick..
and then allergies hit really bad. I was doing great until Christmas.. then it was downhill..

I just cannot seem to get back to dieting and exercising.. yet I feel like a beached whale! lazy, with a big fat butt and tummy!! yuck...
It is the aches and pains which make me not want to exercise.. you know, old age!!
But Artie loves me!!

Gotta go give Artie some meds.. I lurk on here more than anything else.

I am on the social committee for my church. We are going to Foxwoods Casino, in a couple weeks--fingers crossed we sell enough tickets.. I have to help with the entertainment on the bus ride!! Me??? and we will have munchies and perhaps a bloody mary or so.. I do not gamble, but I am going as a day out and because I wanted to experience this. My cousin's wife is going, and a couple of women I know from church.

Just dealing with Artie.. it never ends. He was doing great with his new regime; however, he has decided to rebel against his medicines. I am fighting with him each time I have to give him some.. all over me, him, the floor, etc... not a good boy.. He has gained weight!! and he is pooping ok, and he is eating good! and he is back to playing!!! I thought I would have to put him down on Christmas Day, so a huge turnaround.. New Vet Specialist who is awesome!!! Love him and his staff..at Angell Memorial Pet Hospital in Boston.

gotta go.. I could write a blog when I get started...

Love to all on here.. I mean it...((hugs))

68 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:24 pm

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Niagara Visitor wrote:We had our second of what will surely become an annual event, Barbeque party at the end of May.  It was again, a resounding success.  Such participation by people, someone who is moving in at the end of this week is a vocalist for a band which does Big Band type music, she offered to entertain.  She did fabulous music for all of us in the grey haired set, some people got up and danced, some of us sang along, the weather was perfect, about 72 degrees, a light breeze, a perfect day.  

That's so nice, Lore. You were a big part of that by keeping the price so reasonable. Made more people willing to go and they wouldn't lose too much money in case they hated it and wanted to leave. They were lucky to have you. Are more people pitching in now that it's an ongoing thing?

Niagara Visitor wrote:There is something going on here every month, normally in our party room/lounge where we also have a kitchen.  Sunday June 18, we will have a strawberry social, I'm hoping that we'll have a bus trip (day trip) to a well known Ontario art gallery, The McMichael Gallery which showcases mostly the art of the Group of Seven.

Several times a year we have pot luck dinners, lots of yummy food.  Condo living wasn't what I had planned a few years ago, but you know the old saying "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans."  So, as far as I'm concerned, since farm was not to be any more, I love the condo life!  

You've got a good attitude, that's for sure. I'm so glad you're enjoying yourself and I hope I can emulate your attitude. Now you SEE why we missed you?!

69 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:17 pm

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I am having GIANT computer problem. The cursor keeps going up to the top right, clicking on X to close program I'm in --- any program I'm in. In the beginning, it will ask me if I want to close and I can hit cancel. Then it speeds up so I don't even see the cursor and it just closes on its own.

HP help (I have HP laptop) has been working on this remotely since before 11 a.m. today -- it's now after 4 and they just finished. Problem is still happening. She thinks it's my touchpad on the laptop but they're going to do further research about this problem and call me back tomorrow at 10 a.m. Last chick who worked on it worked straight from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., three full hours. She finally found one corrupted file and removed that and installed some stuff on my computer and we thought that was the problem. But this time she stuck around. I opened Word and then opened a bunch of programs and started typing a message to Niagara. And sure enough, it started clicking on close and giving me the time to click on cancel. I use Microsoft Edge as my browser and she asked me to try using Chrome instead. Same exact problem happened but just a lot faster in Chrome -- it just closed every single program I had opened instead of just the one program I was in at the time Edge closed it!

Naturally, I have bills to pay and I want to do my taxes, as I got an extension but we have money coming back which I wanted to get my hot little hands on to help pay for the work I'm getting done on the house. I cannot believe after wasting the whole freaking day that it might be a problem with the touch pad.

Funny thing is that the whole time I typed this message, it hasn't happened once. I am not about to jump up and down with joy quite yet, though. Just wanted you guys to know. Plus I needed to go into something I could use with her watching over my shoulder! So she watched me type a message to Niagara. I'm so exhausted that I once fell asleep with laptop on my lap while she worked. When she came "back" to little chat box that they use when they take over your computer remotely, I didn't respond to her question. I think she did something then so computer would make one of those "DING" sounds and I woke up!

Nothing more aggravating than a computer problem. Last machine was a Dell and had no problems with it at all -- it just got really slow after many many years with an old Windows program. I've had this laptop for 2 years and haven't had any problems. In all the years I've been using a computer (since 1988 when I had a 1088, which is the computer that came before a 286), this is the first time I've ever had a problem with the computer! So I guess I should consider myself lucky.

Since it hasn't tried to close me yet (normally, it doesn't allow me longer than a minute or two at the most), I am going to sign out and try to do some online banking before it starts up again.

Keep your fingers crossed that it's now fixed!

70 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:37 pm

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I hate problems on our computer. Now that I've convinced Dane that the 'clicky' options for info are a serious problem he now makes note of the site and goes directly instead of clicking and going the shortcut way. I swear, there must be some teenage programers who get a real kick out of driving senior citizens crazy with their humor.....

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I was pooped last night so we just picked around to find something to eat. I had some crackers with peanut butter and later a bowl of vanilla yogurt with raspberries. I have no idea what Dane had (and, quite honestly, didn't care one way or the other).

Today I went to the grocery store and Aldi had some small packages of 'boneless ribs' ~ just chunks of pork shoulder or whatever. No rib type to my eye. But it wasn't too fatty and I was hungry for sauerkraut so I picked it up.

I just seasoned with s&p and browned on all sides, then added half a jar of sauerkraut, thinly sliced fresh cabbage and then the second half of the sauerkraut. I let it braise in a 300° oven for about 3 hours and it came out super tender and the cabbage had taken the 'bite' out of the sauerkraut. I made some drop noodles and supper was done.

71 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:22 pm

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I had to go for my annual physical this morning.....and, of course, it was noted that I needed my second pneumonia injection ~ I do NOT like shots. It doesn't really hurt when I get it but I know my arm will be sore and achy tomorrow.....and the day after and the day after that.

The good news is EVERYTHING was great with my blood tests ~ sugar was fine, good cholesterol was good and bad cholesterol was good, white cells fine, etc., etc. I haven't 'shrunk' and my bone density tests are great. She even argued that even though I complain about my weight that there is no problem, even sited a study about women over 65 who fare better IF they do get ill that they recover faster and better if they are a bit overweight. She said it would be fine if I lost 15 pounds ~ I suggested having my left leg removed at the knee as approximately 15 pounds worth ~ and she just looked at me and shook her head. ((sigh)) She does want to schedule a chest CT as I'm still a smoker, albeit not heavy but still not giving it up. So, that's in the works. All in all, it looks like I'll be hale and hearty for another year!

72 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:10 pm

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Tina went to Donaldsons Farms to get some small egg plants.
She ventured out to the dollar store; to get some of her favorite snacks.
She was tired after that , but fried all the egg plant. We had spaghetti that was leftover, and the egg plant. Tina had a few egg plant and mashed potatoes.

I was too busy with fixing the lawnmower and cutting the front grass / weeds.

73 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:52 pm

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I was supposed to see the doctor today but somehow got the time wrong and missed it. Now I have to wait another 3 weeks to see him. I hope I can wait. that long without a trip to the ER.

I just discovered a new baking vanilla: Watkins Baking Vanilla. I got it at Walmart. I gave it a try and it makes a great difference in the taste of my cookies. I won't go back to regular vanilla.

I tried my smoked brown sugar in my huli huli recipe. The difference was subtle, but very good. We also had a spicy mango slaw and macaroni salad to go with it.

74 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:11 am

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Back in the 40's, Watkins was sold by a door-to-door salesman , like Fuller Brushes. My mom bought a Watkins cookbook after I was born in 1944. I got it after she passed.

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75 Re: June, 2017 ~ What's for dinner? on Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:03 am

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Niagara Visitor wrote:I can understand that! (About not putting out a for rent sign when your daughter moves out of your rental house) When my last child left the house, I was excited to turn that room into my sewing/craft room, and I painted it two shades of rose pink.  He got over it!

Laughed at the pink, Lore!! Beth and Dane have truly made a lot of personal sacrifices in order to let their daughter stay in their house in Ohio, including selling almost the entire contents of the house prior to their move to Florida. For most of us, our home is our biggest asset. They've really put off doing lots of things and have really lived on a budget they never would've had to do if they would've gone ahead and sold their house prior to buying another one, like most of us would have to do. I know lots of parents who would never have even thought about making such a sacrifice for their kids so her daughter is truly one lucky lady.

I'm sure it will be fun for her daughter to move out of "Mom's house" too when she gets the chance, as it probably wasn't easy to accept such a kindness from her parents knowing they'd be putting aside lots of their own wants and needs for her to be set up.

It ought to be fun seeing what both of them do when the day finally comes and that puppy is sold! Beth, I can't wait to hear about things you plan to do when it happens! Very Happy

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