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

Timely topic - We just had a family reunion last weekend in Arkansas at my
favorite aunts.  Had so much fun reconnecting with cousins and their
families, some of whom I hadn't seen since we were kids and now their kids
are adults with families of their own.  Reminded me how important those ties
are and how easy it is to push them to the back burner in our busy lives.

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:10 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - If I can get through this - update

I had  about 31 cousins evenly split on mother & fathers' sides, regular 
visits with half of them until we moved to FtWayne.  I'm not sure how many 
my niece & nephew have on their father's side, but none on their mother's 
side.  They  did spend some time with cousins growing up though.
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 2:14 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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> Island Jim
> 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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