Tuesday, November 30, 2004
I have not done much of anything for about three weeks since I had a humdinger of a cold, now finally feeling like my OLD self again so tonight was able to get together with "The Girls."

On Tuesday nights we usually go to Bickford's Pancake House for their two for one special, buy one omelet, get one free. Sometimes there are four of us, sometimes six of us, tonight there were eight of us. As they ask during the Passover Seder "why is this night different from all other nights?" I will tell you - five of the girls are leaving for Florida shortly and this was a "goodbye" get together. I am one of the lucky ones.

Going to this restaurant on a Tuesday night is like going to "Cheers" where everybody knows your name, and the food is good too!

The next time I make a post it will be from sunny Florida.

I want to take this opportunity to wish every one a happy holiday season. Stay well and stay warm.


Sunday, November 28, 2004
How many of you out there remember the "Big Hair Do's" of the 50's and 60's? I was part of that era and had to have my hair done every week by a hairdresser that was in great demand because when she did your hair it did not dare move for a week. She would tease your hair till it brought tears to your eyes, I am not kidding! Millie

She had a work schedule like today's doctors, if you had an appointment at 1:00 you were lucky if she took at 2:00. It was an all day affair but that was the price we were willing to pay for what we considered a great looking hairdo.

The great thing about having your hairdo stay in for a week was that when you went on vacation ,before you went to bed, all you had to do was wrap your head in a lot of toilet paper and then put a bonnet over it!

The only trouble with that was, we did not have a bathroom in our room, I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and I was always concerned that I would bump into the night watchman. Now that I think about it, I think I would have scared him more then him seeing me in my getup!


Sunday, November 21, 2004
It has been over two weeks now since I came down with a cold. All I have done since I caught this bugger is call and cancel appointments. Cancelled my dentist three times, bad enough to sit in his chair, but when you can not breath, forget it.

I had tickets to see the musical, "Aida", changed the ticket for another time but could not make that performance either.

Did not do my usual Saturday night, dinner and movie routine but I live in hope and have made plans to get together with "The Girls" for lunch on Tuesday and then to a movie. We are planning to see "Sideways" which the reviewers say is hilarious.

I am ready for a good laugh!


Sunday, November 14, 2004
No, I did not spell Gogol incorrectly. You thought I was going to write about Google, not so! This is the name of the main character in the novel, "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. The only criticism I have is that the chapters were too long. I kept saying to myself, one more chapter, one more chapter. It was a book I could not put down, read it in three days.

The next time I get to the library, I'll take out Lahiri's book entitled "Interpreter of Maladies." They are a collection of short stories so I will not have the long chapter problem!

The book got me thinking about my parents who came to this country when they were in their twenties.

They did not speak the language, had to adjust to a totally new enviroment, and at the same time had to hold on to their values and traditions.

My father had to learn the language and earn a living.

My mother stayed home and was slow to learn the language but she did what Gogol's mother did, made all the traditional foods like chopped liver, potato pancakes, chicken soup, blintzes, strudel and coffee cake.

To this day I keep trying to make my potato pancakes like hers.


Monday, November 08, 2004
A while ago I wrote about my favorite old large aluminum pot. I have had this pot for a million years and have made many good meals in it. At one point in time I thought I should replace it with a stainless steel pot since my pot was showing its age.

Decided to make an investment and bought a new pot. After making a few meals in it realized there is magic in my old pot so I put the new one aside. Came to the conclusion that there is nothing like aluminum.

What to do? I tried to clean it with Ajax, Comet and Brillo, nothing worked. Just about the time I was trying to save my pot, got together with a friend who mentioned a product, "Bar Keepers Friend", that she was very enthusiastic about.

I bought it, used it and it did do a great job on my pot!

Now the Bar Keeper is my friend. ;-)


Sunday, November 07, 2004
The other day it was extremly windy, the plant that I had on the balcony had tipped over so I went out there to pick it up and put it in a sheltered spot. I did that as quickly as I could, I live on the fourth floor, I felt that the wind could pick me up and toss me over the balcony. You have heard of the Flying Wallendas, well I could have been the Flying Garfield!

After that experience I started to think about my annual winter in Florida. I can not wait! Some of my friends have already gone South, some will be going soon. I manage to keep busy here with the theatre, movies, book club, Mah Jongg, and lectures.

When I am down South there is much more to do. In addition to all the things I do up North, there are flea markets and if the weather is good, which it usually is, I go to the pool or the beach. Clothes shopping is a lot easier in Florida as they cater to seniors. Up here they seem to forget about the lady who wears anything bigger then a size 10. The manufacturers are missing the boat, we need clothes and would buy them if they made them for us.

It won't be long now and I will be a flying Garfield by choice!


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