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RE: OT - If I can get through this

Hang in there Auralie! I get all wound up before company comes, probably
because I don't get much help. It's hard to not get stressed.

I agree with everyone that you need to ignore the bickering.  Hey, if
someone wants to go someplace fancy and get their hair done, why not be
happy for them!  We are all different. What is important to me, will not be
what is important to others.  "To each his own" as the saying goes.  I have
a sister who has the best of everything.  She is constantly redecorating her
house, buying new cars, etc.  I love her dearly.  She is a great "giver" and
donates all kind of time and energy to help others. You can't judge a book
by its cover.  Who are we to judge anyway? Life is too short. I try to find
the positive, although it's not always easy!

Enjoy your day!  When is it anyway?  This weekend?

Chris Petersen   
Northport, Long Island, New York
 Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 6:30 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] OT - If I can get through this

For years when I have tackled a new or difficult project I have said
If I can get through this, I can do anything.  One day my youngest,
then a teenager said "Ma, if you don't stop saying that, you will
believe it."  Now I'm facing that again.
Chet's birthday was in March, but that was not a good time to have
a party.  Ten years ago we had said if the Queen of England can 
celebrate her birthday whenever she wants to, so can he, so we had
a big birthday party in June.  This year, since it was his 80th, the 
sons all decided they wanted to come, too. July was the right month 
to pick for a general family celebration, since sons #1 and 3 were both
born in July, as was our youngest granddaughter and a step-grandd.
Our wedding anniversary was also in July - the same date as #1 son's
birthday, but not the same year. My birthday is in early August, so I
almost make it.  Anyway, all three sons are coming, with families -
probably six grandchildren including three steps.  Chet has invited
half of Westchester County, it seems.  He has taken the pavilion at
Teatown Nature Center for the day, and arranged for games for the
children and tours of Wildflower Island.  Our Thai restaurateur friend
will cater the lunch there.  Then everybody is invited back here for a
"light" supper.  Chet says just fix something easy.  Yea - easy for
35-40 people.  We don't really have room for that many - I have had
as many as that for a stand-up cocktail party but it was a tight fit.
I will make chicken salad and gazpacho, two of my specialties, and
have a crock-pot of a pasta dish, also a specialty.  I have begun to
make and freeze a squash bread that, heated up, will be a good
cocktail snack, and I'll add tiny green beans with a yogurt dip that
goes down well.  
All of this is complicated by the sons, who don't allways get along.
They have already begun to make snide remarks.  Also, the DILs.
The youngest son and family are flying in from Colorado on Thursday,
and spending the night in the city so she can get her hair done by
a special stylist her friends have told her about.  This has already
put the other DILs' backs up.  
There's a lot more I won't bore you with, but maybe you get the
idea.  Pray for me, I'll need it.

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