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"What an interesting assumption." / Re: Men usually don't garden
« Last post by English1 on Today at 10:51:44 AM »
In the UK gardens are more often the man's thing - at least, in the past and with 'traditional' couples.

It's not exactly set in stone though. I can't imagine anyone finding it odd for either a man or a woman to do gardening.

I think the person in the story is a little odd.
2 general / Re: Where's MY zucchini bread?
« Last post by Hmmmmm on Today at 10:49:33 AM »
How many families are you taking treats to at Holloween and Christmas? In my experience with neighbors some do the Xmas and other holiday treats to the neighbors and others don't. If your just doing these 2 families then I think it's fine to continue with one but not the other. But more than that really makes it apparent you are choosing them to exclude. You say that you aren't super friendly with the family. So they may see your treats as NFP's holiday tradition and don't really see it as something that needs reciprocation. It would be different if they were dropping off a plate of cookies to several neighbors and excluding you.

If she had posted "thanks for letting me borrow your yard blower" would you feel the same?
3 general / Re: Where's MY zucchini bread?
« Last post by Bobbie on Today at 10:48:53 AM »
I don't think you are petty.
The giving of the bread opened a train of thought. 

Oh, Michelle gave Lori some bread
Hey DH, Lori got bread from Michelle. ( Where's ours?  Said jokingly )
Hey you know we never do get anything in return.  I don't expect it, but a simple "thanks" is not hard.
A hmmmmmm moment.
The bread was a catalyst, a trigger to a train of thought the OP never had or even remotely thought of till this moment.  And by moment, this all happened in a matter of seconds not a sit in my thinking chair and mull the bad neighbor and her un-giving ways. OP was irked.  She is allowed to be and came to the realization that she gives to those who appreciate it.  By saying thanks, its tells the giver that their item/gesture was acknowledged/helpful. 

Op says the next giving time is Halloween.  I wouldn't give because the kids never thanked for years past. Like I always tell my kids its top down.  What happens at the top is reflected going down the ladder (work and home).  We would see misbehaving kids in public and I would tell my kids "top down" and they understood. In this case,  Michelle (breadgiver) didn't school her kids in saying thanks for the candy.

So, Op I get it.  From bread to the candy.  It was a thought train that opened your eyes to your ungrateful neighbors and their un-thanking ways.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: There's this weird thing I do.....
« Last post by readingchick on Today at 10:45:11 AM »
I've discovered that French fries dipped in ranch dressing is excellent.

If you're from Texas, you'll eat Ranch dressing with everything. French fries definitely, but we'll dip pizza in it too. :)

LOL I'm actually not from Texas; I'm from Indiana but I do have Southern roots :)
applause applause applause.

You've worked out how to deal with your sister when she is trying to create a drama.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: There's this weird thing I do.....
« Last post by GreenHall on Today at 10:40:37 AM »
Count me as another one who sorts Skittles by colour.

Also, are there any other Creme Egg fans here? I have no idea if they are sold outside the UK, but if not, they are chocolate eggs filled with a sweet sticky goo in white and yellow. There used to be a series of adverts for them, asking How Do You Eat Yours?

For the record, I bite off the end, then take my (revolting!) time scooping out the goo with my finger and eating it, before finishing off the chocolate shell. I do not do this in company.  ;D

(I've just looked them up, and they are available outside the UK, so you probably know them.)

I'm very particular about chocolate, and very little milk chocolate makes the cut.  Cadbury is not one. So I crack the egg open, scoop out all the goo I can (and I'm rather thorough about this), then chuck the "shell". Repeat up to twice. 

Did mention SAMs club sold Cadbury eggs by the dozen?
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Talk to Me About Your Bedroom
« Last post by Specky on Today at 10:38:17 AM »
Ours is not large, but not tiny.  Bed and necessary furniture.  White walls, ceiling fan.  Dresser on one wall, bookcase thingy on one side of the bed.  No bedspread or comforter, since it is too hot for one and we don't want what we don't need. If it ever gets cold enough, we pull a blanket out of the closet.   I guess we are more utilitarian.  No decorations, no pictures.  Alarm clock sits on the dresser, so we have to get up to turn it off.  Glory, are we boring!
If anyone wants to join in with The Australian National Anthem.

By all means, join in................. we need all the help we can get ;) (ps, people here mumble along to the second verse too)

And just to add to controversy. I vote this change to our ANA

The Epitome[?] of Aussie's sense of humour and our love for our land :D
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Do you have a television? More than one?
« Last post by Coley on Today at 10:36:39 AM »
Three TVs in the house. Two are used with some frequency in the evenings. During the day, they're usually off. I work from home, and I don't have the TVs on while I'm working.

1) Main TV in family room: a small flat-screen that we received as a gift. Without it, we'd have #2 in the family room. We have Dish, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. We also have a DVD player and (don't laugh!) a VCR. DS's game system is connected to this TV.

2) Master bedroom: an old-model TV that I've had for close to 20 years. I just realized how old it is when I typed that. It's mainly used late in the evening or when DS wants to watch something he DVR'd.

3) Sunroom: a tiny flat-screen model that has a DVD player built in. Our treadmill is in the sunroom, so this TV generally is used only when the weather is too bad for trail or road running. It has a Roku box so we can access Netflix, Amazon Prime, Pandora, etc.
Family and Children / Re: Am I Being Unreasonable?
« Last post by SPuck on Today at 10:35:20 AM »
It might be a good idea to have a discussion with your husband about your MIL's future visits. Do you want more frequent shorter visits or longer less frequent visits. Its a good idea to discuss before hand to prevent the build up on resentment, then present your MIL with your plans/raise the boundaries on what you actually want to happen.
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