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Re: OT - If I can get through this

Auralie - you and Chet will have a great time.  I it's possible, try to
ignore the other stuff.  I know it's hard.

On 7/23/07, Chris Petersen <chris@widom-assoc.com> wrote:
> 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)
> chris@widom-assoc.com
> 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.
> Auralie
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