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Holidays / Re: Misc holiday stories
« Last post by JadeAngel on Yesterday at 10:38:49 PM »
I think one of the most memorable was the year of Christmas at my aunts place. She bred guinea pigs and had a large run with at least thirty of them in it. Sometime during lunch, we're not entirely sure how, although I have suspicions involving an inebriated uncle the guinea pig hutch was kicked over and all the guinea pigs escaped. Which, considering my aunt's backyard fed onto a half acre of paddock where she kept her horses, was no joke. 

And thus began the 'Great Guinea Pig Hunt of Christmas 1989'

Because for animals which mostly snuggle in corners and nibble grass they're pretty speedy when they get going. Fortunately so were the half dozen odd children who were fleet of foot enough to chase them down and little enough to get at them when they hid. It was a fabulous afternoon's entertainment as I recall it although our parents weren't impressed at the state of our nice Christmas Day/going visiting outfits after we'd been poking into the grubbiest corners of the garage and foraging around under the house.
42 general / Re: Thanks for nothing! Flaky guests.
« Last post by Drunken Housewife on Yesterday at 10:33:14 PM »
Sorry.  I've had people cancel like that before, and it stings.  Even though you know they are going through so much, it still hurts.
43 general / Re: Thanks for nothing! Flaky guests.
« Last post by Hmmmmm on Yesterday at 10:31:38 PM »
That is really late notice and understand why your disappointed. Honestly I'd be really ticked.

But since the invite was extended by DD I think imdint think I'd fault them for canceling via her.
Holidays / Re: "Traditional" Thanksgiving Foods you don't serve
« Last post by Elfmama on Yesterday at 10:26:38 PM »
I never heard of the green bean casserole until I came to this forum.  Never had it and never will make it because it doesn't sound appealing.
A wise choice.  It looks and tastes like barf.

Also no candied yams from a can on my table.  Why on earth would anyone drench already sweet potatoes in heavy syrup? 

I'll happily make and eat sweet potatoes, yes, with cinnamon and glazed pecans on top. 
I think it may be one of the finer points of etiquette that's been forgotten.  Looking back on my life, I think I've been toasted on only one occasion -- my wedding.  In a different era, when dinners and other events were more formal than they are now, it was more common to, for example, offer a toast to the host.  The person who's being honored by the toast is not supposed to stand during the toast, and I've seen that custom fall by the wayside as well. 
Humor Me! / Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Last post by CrochetFanatic on Yesterday at 10:12:44 PM »
Last night, I had a disturbing dream that most likely came from watching a video on YouTube about mangoworms.  I dreamed that I was using a Q-tip to dislodge a tonsil stone.  I was pressing against the soft palate to push it out to where I could see it, and when I got it to that point it began moving.  I got it on the end of the Q-tip, and it turned out to be a maggot.  :P  No more YouTube for a while.  ;D
47 general / Thanks for nothing! Flaky guests.
« Last post by guihong on Yesterday at 10:08:32 PM »
Hi, all:

This is what not to do to a host, especially of a big dinner like Thanksgiving.

I had invited DD's friend "Jasmine" and Jasmine's mother to dinner.  They have had a terrible year-Jasmine's brother died last summer, there's some kind of drama between the mother and her mother (Jasmine's grandmother), and they are losing their house.  DD invited them to dinner (with my knowledge), saying it would be a kindness.  They accepted.  I was excited to entertain, bought a great big ham and all the works, etc.

Tonight, Jasmine cancels via a text to DD  >:(.  DD didn't get a straight answer as to why.  Therefore, I don't know what happened.

I understand if it was "just too much" to come, but I felt Jasmine's mom should have called me directly (she has my number). 

It works out OK, I suppose.  I don't have to rush around cleaning and setting things up "just so".  We don't have to use the serving dishes; just fill plates in the kitchen.  We'll be eating ham until we oink.  Still, I'm disappointed :(.

Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by RubyCat on Yesterday at 10:02:37 PM »
Didn't realize about the lack of homing instinct. Mine always found her way home, but when she was young, the German Shepherd would escape with her. Maybe he was the one who led the way home.
Jello pudding packages. When I'm trying to find the type I want, they all look the same to me. So tonight when I was making pudding for the cream pie, I thought I had bought the cooked kind but had bought the instant by mistake. I hope it sets up okay  :(
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Elfmama on Yesterday at 09:54:19 PM »
Our Siberian Husky absolutely cannot be allowed off leash in an unfenced area. She will not come when called and has gotten into a fair amount of trouble the few times she has gotten out. The retractable leash allows her to run more than she would be able to on a 6 ft leash. When walking her around the neighborhood, I prefer the short leash.

The retractable leash was especially useful for the times when dh took the dog to chase the turkeys out of the yard. Dh would try to shoo them and they didn't care. They cared when he brought the dog out. She really enjoyed chasing them but we were able to keep her from catching them. Her poor old legs just can't do it anymore but until recently, it was one of her favorite games.  What a sight they were. The neighbors must think we're crazy.  ;D

Huskies were bred to run and run and run and run.  When I had one, and she got loose out in the country, we found her five miles away, which was fortunately just two houses down in the rural area.
And they have no homing instinct.  So by the time they're done running and running and running, they're miles away from home with absolutely no idea how to get back.  If I ever have a husky again, she's going to be chipped as a puppy.
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