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Re: OT - If I can get through this - update


That's great... it would've been nice if my clan could have had a similar experience... but at the same time it underscores the difference between a few miles and a few time zones.

On Jul 31, 2007, at 3:23 PM, Bonnie Holmes wrote:

My family lived far from cousins so I didn't get to know any. My husband's
family was different and was fairly close to cousins on his Mom's side.
Growing up not knowing extended family made my sisters, brothers, and me determined to have our children know aunts, uncles and cousins. It took a little doing since we live between 4-10 hours from each other...no one in
the same town...but we all think the effort was worth it.


[Original Message]
From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 7/31/2007 3:15:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - If I can get through this - update

You're right, Zem. When I was a kid, I always enjoyed getting together
with cousins. But, I think, my generation got very mobile [for a lot of reasons] and moved away, splintering the tribe. I don't think any of my
kids have ever so much as met any of their cousins.

On Jul 31, 2007, at 2:47 PM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:

Auralie, I'm just happy to hear you survived.  It's very unfortuntate
that your sons do not get along because some of my best childhood
memories are of visiting with cousins.  I don't think, however, that
children do that very much anymore.
zem
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 1:12 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - If I can get through this - update


Well, once more I got through it.  Things have held together pretty
well.
My #1 son showed up Friday, a day earlier than expected, but #2 son
didn't
come that day as he had said he would.  I was expecting him to bring
his son
and stepson - both about 20, and his two teen-aged stepdaughters, so
had
cooked a huge hamburger and pasta casserole.  There's still a lot of
it left,
though folks have snacked on it all weekend.  #3 son and family
showed up
Friday night, so I moved the chicken-salad and gazpacho I had planned
for
the next night up to Friday night.
Saturday, the party at Teatown went very well though it got off to a
slow
start
because #1 son's wife, daughter and boy-friend who flown in from
Seattle,
didn't get in until 3:30 AM, and #2 son somehow got lost with all his
crew
and ended up going halfway down to the city - you'd think he had
never been
here before, instead of growing up here.  Anyway, Reka, my Thai
friend and
Claire, a "floral stylist" friend made a terrific presentation.  The
Teatown
staff
had been most helpful and had sent a large bunch of flowers, but
Claire had
really gone overboard, as did Reka.  There were about 40 people, a
good
number of whom took the various tours Chet had arranged for. There had
been rain in the morning, but the skies cleared and there was a good
breeze
to relieve the humidity and 80 degree temperature.
Then, since we had cancelled the party at the house, we had only
family
for dinner and the evening. Claire stopped by, but didn't stay long.
Somehow
the house seemed about as full as it could be with the 16 family
members.
Thank goodness, they all stayed pretty civil.  The brothers had not
been
together since #3 son's wedding 11 years ago, and #2 son has a
different
wife and family since then, so there was some reacquainting to be
done.
The two youngest grandchildren - Connor at 5 and Cate at 2, kept
people
amused. My older granddaughter and one of #2 son's stepdaughters are
both ardent horsewomen, as are their mothers, and they had not met
before,
so that kept one sector pretty well occupied.  I stayed in the
kitchen most
of the time, so don't really know what went on except that noone came
to
blows though there were some loud voices a few times.  I put food on
as
quickly as I could, because that always seems to improve their
tempers.
The amount of food they consumed was impressive. I still had a large
bowl of chicken-avocado salad; another of potato salad; and I had
astonished
my favorite butcher, from whom I never buy beef, by asking for a
5-lb. rib-eye
roast.  I really expected to have leftovers for hash.  There wasn't
enough
left
to make a roast-beef sandwich. I had to hustle around and refill the
large
salad bowl, and then they demolished an ice-cream cake from Carvel.
I must say I heaved a huge sigh of relief when they all finally left.
 I was
glad to see each of them, but the whole thing has been a bit much,
especially
with the other events of the week.
We are supposed to go down to Cape May tomorrow for a couple of days.
#2 son and family have taken a condo there for the week.  I'd rather
just stay
home and try to get things back on track here, but Chet is keen to
go. I love
the beach, but do sunburn badly.  I find 2-year-old Cate is a
charmer, but
5-year-old Connor is a terror. It's not trendy to discipline children
these
days,
it seems.I don't really feel that several days in a condo with them
will be
relaxing.
Thanks for listening to all my ramblings.
Auralie


In a message dated 07/30/2007 10:04:46 AM Eastern Standard Time,
holmesbm@usit.net writes:

I'm just back from a trip, catching up on email. Hope all is ok now.
 So
sorry you lost the tree, plants, and must have roof repairs and so
glad
that the tree didn't hit the house directly.  While they are
wonderful in
providing shade and reducing temperatures, they certainly can cause
problems when they fail.  Are things getting back in order?





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Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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