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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2008 6:51pm (Apr 25th 2008)
     
    CC has recently expressed the view that Hencam provides an opportunity. That, among other things, this is a venue through which we might learn from each other and enhance our relative levels of cultural refinement. To that end, I am opening this thread.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2008 6:55pm (Apr 25th 2008) edited
     
    In an attempt to "civilize" her 'Merkin friend (well, one of 'em) The Chief of Chickens recently sent this item to me (the one on the right.)

    Photobucket
    (While it was carefully packaged in a PRINGLES carton - which I must say did cause me some moments of cognitive dissonance) I do feel just a bit more elegant just looking at this object. And at the same time, unsure.

    Questions: Which end is up? (Does is matter whether you put the flat or pointy end of the egg into the cup?) Also, should I rely on CC's cooking instructions, do you think? And finally, once cooked - how the h*** do you get the egg out?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2008 6:57pm (Apr 25th 2008)
     
    Ummm....OK..but I fear my cultural refinement is "Gone With The Wind", Diane.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2008 7:21pm (Apr 25th 2008)
     
    LOL - nice Lynn :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2008 8:51pm (Apr 25th 2008) edited
     
    Pointy end up. Cut the top off with a knife and dip eggy soldiers in. When finished - AND THIS IS VITAL - punch a hole in the bottom of the shell with your spoon, else the witches can use it as a boat. And no, I wouldn't rely on my cooking instructions; as I advised you, get instructions from a grown up. Or t'internet.
    Pringles might be nasty (I don't eat 'em), but the tubes are damn useful!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2008 9:47pm (Apr 25th 2008)
     
    Don't get playing with the shell though - it'll cause warts. (Is that because of the witches connection do you think?)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2008 11:18pm (Apr 25th 2008)
     
    Or turn the empty shell upside down back into the cup and the witch will think you haven't started yet and will go away.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2008 11:14am (Apr 26th 2008)
     
    I forgot to say, that's a beautiful egg cup!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2008 5:08pm (Apr 26th 2008)
     
    Eggcellent advice, Ollie; I'd forgotten the ole upside down shell trick! :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2008 6:36pm (Apr 26th 2008)
     
    Isn't it Kate? Yes. I love my egg cup :D

    Sunday morning - tomorrow, I shall make my first soft boiled egg. Drum roll please... (So, its: boil the water, turn off stove, insert egg (in shell), and let sit for 3 minutes?)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2008 11:30pm (Apr 26th 2008) edited
     
    No,put the egg in cold water, bring both to boil then turn off the heat and let the egg carry on cooking in the water for three (though I do four and it still seems to be runny-yolked) minutes. Anyway, I did advise you to ask a grown-up, if you remember. With any luck, one might come along soon...before you hack into a raw egg. I do hope you read this before you start cooking experiments...:shocked:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 4:10am (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Oooo. Got it. Okay!

    Looking forward to breakfast. :hungry: Hope I won't have ... egg on my face. Sorry.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 8:21am (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Should I send you up a fresh egg for breakfast, Diane? :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 12:46pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    You might need to send an ambulance if she doesn't get the hang of it...:shocked:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 5:29pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Hmm. I put them into cold water, bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer, time for 3 or 4 mins depending on size of egg and desired runnyness of yolk, then turn off and get it out.

    How'd it go anyway? You must've eaten it by now?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 7:39pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    I'm worried. By my reckoning it's half eleven on a Sunday morning in The Land Of The Heathen, and still no word...you don't think she ate the shell, do you? Or - worse - what if she didn't do the biz with the shell, and the witches got 'er? :shocked:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 9:23pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    I SURVIVED! The hardest part was breaking open the egg. But it tasted good (as opposed to GREAT if I'd gotten that egg from Lynn) and no witches appeared. My nephew posed for a clever little photo of it - but with his mom's camera which I can't upload from into my computer. So, just to know; there's a clever little photo coming :P

    THANKS for the egg cup CC. I think you would have loved watching my whole family and I standing around it advising each other on how to open this one poor little egg. For example, I put it in the cup pointy side up. But it seemed too big then. So I reversed it. Then we all stared at it for awhile. Then sis said, *Look they told you pointy side up and if you open it this way - more of the egg is at the top and it might go all over.* So I reversed it again. Then more discussion about how to open it. At some point I just snapped. *I want to eat this thing and its getting cold.* Then we took pictures.
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 9:25pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    hehe yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay :clap:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:06pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Diane, I'm laughing so much! A whole bunch of americans standing around discussing how to 'open' a boiled egg. Classic!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:07pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:30pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    At last...culture came to the Merkins. But they didn't know what to do with it. Sigh...
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 4:26pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    Diane, this site has tips and information on opening eggs...
    http://www.factsfacts.com/EggCups/EggCups.htm

    I know, sad isn't it? :P
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 6:14pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    :D Thanks for that most excellent link Luke. By the photo, it looks like I did okay opening that little egg. Beginner's luck.

    I wonder how much water Brits consume in a given morning to cook all these eggs? First a pan full, to an inch above the egg. Then a bath in more (cold) water. Thats a lot of water to eat one small little orb. Is there a correlation between the consumption of soft cooked eggs and soggy climates, do you think?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 6:31pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    Well you cook more than one egg, usually; at least one for everyone in the house. I suppose you could boil 'em in the kettle to do 2 jobs at once, making tea as well as boiling eggs... :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 6:42pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    Well, even though there are about a million people living here, this is a one egg cup household. And I'm not sharing!

    You've given me an idea though - I wonder if I can figure out a way to get the egg into my espresso maker. I remember my Danish grandma used to put egg shell in her coffee...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 6:45pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    :shocked:WHY?? Isn't that the same as ground glass??
    You put the crushed shells round your rose bushes to deter slugs.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 8:30pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    Now I am going to worry myself silly into a sleepless night trying to remember why eggshell in coffee?????

    Please help me....
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 8:41pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    I don't know, sorry. Maybe something from WWW I - re: maximizing the use of the egg, for calcium? Total guess.

    Hi Neil. His knees are on cam at the moment.

    I just got a *postcrossing.com* post card (the only other thing I do on The Net) from Staithes, North Yorkshire. Interesting looking place. Nice bluff. Reminds me of Double Bluff here, only the houses are much more interesting looking there!

    G'night Neil :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 8:53pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    Staithes, North Yorkshire is one of the lovliest places.
    We had a pal who had a house there (money, money, money) and when we went to visit on Lifeboat Day, I got a ride on the lifeboat up the coast to the next village.
    If you ever come here you must visit Staithes for the old English fishing village. Google it, there must be loads on there.

    Tell me about *postcrossing.com* please.Sounds interesting.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 9:07pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    Interesting link, Luke..I knew I had never seen an egg cup, let alone eaten a soft boiled egg.. Maybe I should run up to see Diane and borrow her egg cup and try one for myself, ya think? :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2008 10:57pm (Apr 29th 2008)
     
    Definitely! :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 3:02am (Apr 30th 2008) edited
     
    Yes, and bring EGGS Lynn!

    Ollie postcrossing is a post card exchange system that has people of all ages on it. The Staithes card was from a little kid (and his/her mom.) You register and get 5 (at the most) random addresses from all over the world. Once your cards are received, you get 5 in return. Its really fun. I love the stamps. I think I have over 100 postcards by now.

    They have cool maps that track where all your cards have come from or gone. There is a forum but I don't participate in it. I've been spoiled by Hen Cam. :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 5:28pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    I was devastated to read on that eggcup thing Luke posted, that you're supposed to eat eggs with a 'special spoon'. There, I KNEW I had a deprived childhood...must tell my mum. We only ever use teaspoons!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 7:06pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    My nan had an egg spoon. It was smaller than a teaspoon - so sweet. It was real silver so we weren't allowed to use it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 7:06pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    So I AM deprived. Knew it...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 7:09pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    It probably explains a lot ...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 7:11pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    I could probably legitimately knock a policeman's hat off, then blame it on my deprived childhood and then get sent on a nice holiday or something. Counselling at the very least. Wazza! Can I knock yer hat off, boy?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 7:14pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    I'm sure we could Diane to do an expert assessment on you (via the net of course) to back up this theory. She in turn could blame any problems in her own life on being denied a soft boiled egg itself until she found hencam.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 8:00pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    My sister (I hate this kind of thing) reminded me that we DID eat soft boiled eggs as kids. #1. I prefer to have my own memories of childhood, unhindered. #2. I HATE IT when she's right. Anyway, our mother had this pot with a metal cover that fit over it. The cover had five holes evenly spaced in a ring around it. Into those fit five little metal cups. Into those she poured one egg each and, with water in the pot underneath, soft boiled them. How more merkin can one get, eh?

    LOL - CC, the image of you reading about the egg spoon (which I did wonder about...) and then descending into a state of devastation, cracked me up. At least now I know that you weren't intentionally withholding one part of the ritual from me.

    Consulting my DSM-IV, you could probably go with Histrionic Personality Disorder-not because it fits but because no one is really given that diagnosis anymore. (I think a diagnosis has a much to do with the clinician as the client - This one was given to women for years, by their male therapists. Recently replaced by the currently popular: Borderline Personality Disorder.) Or, if you want to be more modern when you address yourself to the courts; go with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with delayed onset.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 8:25pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    Dianne. Sorry to inform you that what you and sister were served was 'poached eggs' cooked in their little saucer/ cups as you describe.

    As a child we couldn't afford a set like that , so our eggs were poached by just dropping the unshelled egg into a pan of boiling water, suitable seasoned with salt and vinegar, gently swirl first made sure the white of the egg didn't disintegrate too much.

    Served on a very thick slice of buttered toast.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 8:38pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    Ooo, Ollie, that brought back memories of my nan cooking poached eggs. I don't like them but she did. Hubby does too, on toast with red sauce. So you were right Diane, you didn't have boiled eggs as kids!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2008 10:49pm (Apr 30th 2008)
     
    Ooo, DAHling, I have Histrionic Personality Disorder and can now go and knock policemens' helmets off with impunity!!!! Here I go!!!!!
    Um, just in case the opinion of a merican psychowotsit doesn't count, d'you think you and Ollie could rustle up bail for me, Kate...?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2008 8:25am (May 1st 2008)
     
    Excellent - Ollie and Kate, I feel much better.

    CC - I can't believe you picked that one over PTSD, delayed onset. But, you ARE a renaissance woman in every way - so maybe this IS a more fitting diagnosis to try and pull off. Too funny! I have no idea if the diagnostic criteria of the American Psychiatric Hoo Haa's are used in Britain the Great. Or not.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2008 8:27am (May 1st 2008)
     
    By the way, as this is the Kulture Korner - its merkin. If you want to speak like a true Shrub. Err, Bush.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2008 4:44pm (May 1st 2008) edited
     
    Good Lord, no; we have our own Trick Cyclist's Governing Body here, thank you very much. And I quite fancy being Histrionic, really. Makes me sound thin...all histrionic people are thin. It's their nerves, you know.
    And I'm glad you don't mind being called a merkin, but check the 16th century definition before you decide forever...:D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2008 7:19pm (May 1st 2008)
     
    I've been wondering for awhile what it could possibly be that you, Chief of Chickens, wouldn't just tell us straight out. So, I finally did google it. FOFL - THAT'S EXCELLENT. Couldn't be better that President BUSH has named our country this. OMG. And so we shall remain, until we have an adult in the White House again. :D

    Oh God, every time I hear: Ah am proud to be ah Merkin - its just going to be so much more hilarious now.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2008 9:03pm (May 1st 2008)
     
    And so Diane's English language education proceeds apace... :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2008 6:51am (May 7th 2008) edited
     
    So, on the subject of merkin politics:

    Post Indiana and North Carolina primary/caucus results - Obama (who got an additional 73 delegates today) now needs 207 more delegates (super and/or pledged) to win the nomination to START the election process. And Clinton (who got 67 delegates today) needs 365. Put another way: Obama needs 37% of the remaining pledge delegates to win while Clinton needs to pull 65%. There are still 278 superdelegates up for grabs.

    Confused? Don't be - it really is just as insane as it looks.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2008 2:58pm (May 7th 2008)
     
    So O'Bama the Irishman is winning at the mo?
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2008 4:28pm (May 7th 2008)
     
    :shocked::shocked::shocked::shocked:
    How should I know?...
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2008 4:36pm (May 7th 2008)
     
    wow too many vanillacons...
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2008 6:37pm (May 7th 2008)
     
    O Bama is irish ??? OOoo I didnt know that
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2008 10:19pm (May 7th 2008)
     
    6 guests on line!

    As you know, I've been posting on a yahoo rat forum. They kept talking about feeding rats Yogies, which I thought was short for yoghurts. My 2 weren't keen when I offered them some. Then they started on about buying them by weight. Strange I thought. So I asked what they were and explained my dilemma - it seems they're yoghurt (sorry, yo-gurt) drops and nothing to do with yoghurt. Then they went on about chips. Got this one I thought. Chips here are their 'fries' and our crisps are their chips. No. Seems there's another option - chocolate drops like you use in cooking (as in chocolate chip cookies). When they explained (as if I was a dunce) they said they hoped it wasn't too confusing. PAH!!!
    WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?!!! I hope once you're qualified you're going to sort those damn merkins out Diane!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 3:36am (May 8th 2008)
     
    I have no clue what Yogies are either... But its yogurt here; yes it is. Yogies must be a brand name for hardened yogurt candy. So - the Rat People are Merkins? That figures.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 8:18am (May 8th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You can get really nice yoghurt drops for small rodents, Kate, have you tried the fruit 'n' berries one? - they're gorgeous...and there's these huge cheese wedge rat treats, too, so watch out for those on the forum - they'll be called weds or something :)
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 7:06pm (May 8th 2008)
     
    My mom is in need of advice. She has been invited to a fancy weeding in London in June. The groom (Mark ) is my late dad's sister's grandson, i.e. great-nephew. The invitation was sent to mom by the bride-to- be's parents who were given a list of Mark's extended family ( by his mother ). My cousin (Mark's mom) knew darned well that mom could not make a trip to London and it is plain to see the invitation was sent so mom would send a gift. She and her hubby live in Florida and make a yearly trip or two back to Arkansas to check on the property they inherited... a true business trip. They always stop over to spend the night at mom's house rather than pay a motel bill. They brag about all their money and then say toodle loo and leave until next year. Never once have they asked mom to visit them in Florida . Mom really has not let on like she is being used but she has not been overjoyed either. I They only started coming since Dad died in 1996. My mom sent the R.S.V.P back to the bride's parents and told them she regrets not being able to come to the wedding. She feels obligated to send a gift though. The couple live in Hong Kong and work for a bank out of London but will come to London for the wedding. She says she does not know what to send. I suggested she send Mark's mom some money down to Florida and let her buy Mark and Victoria a gift when she gets to London . The very most my mom can afford is 50 American dollars. Would that be about 25 pounds ? Would that buy a fairly nice gift in London? She is afraid she will look cheap.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 7:33pm (May 8th 2008)
     
    Tell her to send a donation in the happy couple's name to her favorite charity. (Or to Hen Cam :) )
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 7:53pm (May 8th 2008)
     
    Diane's idea is excellent!!!

    Otherwise the big stores would do gift vouchers that she could have sent to the RSVP address. Personally I wouldn't send anything, just a nice note saying thanks for thinking of me but too ill to attend and wishing them all the best.

    (Perhaps she shouldn't send anything, offend the parents, then they'll have to book a hotel next time they want to check out their inheritance!!!)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 8:13pm (May 8th 2008) edited
     
    Yes I sent a charity donation to my, long time not seen, foster brother's funeral. Lifeboats got it - his fave charity. (Lifeboats have inundated me with catalogues ever since!)

    The recipients don't know how much was donated so there are no guilt feelings there.

    (Truth was I couldn't face yet another funeral as I had just lost two close friends, plus hubby, then his sister, all within four months.)

    I don't really see it as "plain to see the invitation was sent so mom would send a gift." Rather I see it as a courtesy to acknowledge her status in the family, with no expectations in return.

    Just had a similar thing myself from dear friends in Indiana, they wouldn't expect anything from us, apart from a card.

    As for using her for accomodation - I would just say to them "I will be coming through to stay with you for x -number of days next month and what date will be best to arrive please? And meet me at the airport.
    REALLY PUSH it!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 8:55pm (May 8th 2008)
     
    And add a rider; I want smoked salmon, venison, quails eggs and larks tongues in aspic, and smarties with all the blue ones picked out.
    I would just send a very nice card. We sent invites to relatives and friends in Australia, Malta and South Africa when we got wed, never expecting anything other than a card. It was just a courtesy, and a way of saying that they would be missed at the wedding...but it serves 'em right for moving to such damn fool places to start with...:devil:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 9:09pm (May 8th 2008)
     
    I thought blue ones were legitamate now.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2008 9:59pm (May 8th 2008)
     
    They are, but it'd cause them an inconvenience to pick them out!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2008 2:32am (May 9th 2008)
     
    Thanks so much for the help . Each idea has good points. Mom does not know how to use a computer at all to learn about the big stores over in London or how to go about getting gift vouchers for them. Poor dear retired early from Social Services in 1995 when she found out her job would go totally on computer. I offered to get her some lessons and she still has not learned how to use a computer. Oh, how I wish I could send her e-mails and pictures and such on the web. I think a donation to charity in the couple's name would be wonderful if she would find out what their interests are. When Mark's sister got married , I sent money. A couple of months later I was called up by my mom and told , " You did'nt send anything. " I checked my bank statement and the check had cleared my account within 2 weeks of my mailing it. I ended up having to send a copy of my cancelled check as proof. Ollie does have point though, Mom might have received an invitation so she would not have been left out. I do appreciated the help though .
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2008 6:46am (May 9th 2008)
     
    Larks' tongues? With aspic?

    Hey, what do you folks across the pond call *English Muffins?* (And don't go all biological on me - I'm talking about the bread item.) I had one for dinner, along with some feta and a handful of M & Ms. And nettle tea.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2008 6:21pm (May 9th 2008)
     
    We just call them muffins. And they're eaten with butter - lashings of it. And nettle tea just makes you widdle. And M&Ms are just Smarties with a merkin accent.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2008 7:14pm (May 9th 2008)
     
    I ate mine with Tillimook butter. Slurp. Although I didn't lash it.

    Smarties are the brand name of a sour candy here. M & Ms are a chocolate candy in a little round sugar shell.

    Nettle tea has many health benefits - the most impacting of which is the purging effect. :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2008 7:21pm (May 9th 2008)
     
    Yes...widdling! Smarties are a chocolate SWEET (NB, DIANE!!) in a little round sugar shell. But the blue ones only came in when the Tories got in to power (blue is their colour; labour are red).
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2008 7:26pm (May 9th 2008)
     
    LOL ours aren't politicized. They are sexualized. What is it that the green one means again, fellow US citizens?
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2008 4:57am (May 10th 2008)
     
    Legend has it that green M&Ms make guys sexually aroused. It is also rumored that red M&Ms cause cancer. Have there ever been studies done to prove any of this ?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2008 7:26am (May 10th 2008)
     
    Wot? How come nobody told me this?

    silver and egg
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2008 9:07am (May 10th 2008)
     
    You been using the family set of silver spoons for your boiled eggs??
    What a plonker!
    Nice black spoons!
    Polishes off but that then makes a mess of the engraved family crests.
    I have an assortment of very small egg spoons, "stainless", note that word!
    They are small so can go into the shell and still room to come out loaded.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2008 1:52pm (May 10th 2008) edited
     
    ...and it isn't a 'soft-cooked' egg, it's a soft-boiled egg. Write it out three times in your best handwriting, please, and give it in at the end of the lesson.
    That poor professor (in Diane's vid); expecting in-depth questions on psychoanalysis/therapy, and instead getting quizzed on the correct procedure for consuming a boiled eggie...you realise this will do the merkins' reputation No Good Whatsoever amongst the English psychotherapeutic comunity...:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2008 6:36pm (May 10th 2008)
     
    LOL. Well, she is only a 'professor' in the same sense that you are CC. In real life, she's one of my Obama volunteers. I brought up the egg cup issue and she started expounding on silver spoons, unprompted. So I got my video recorder out and asked her to say it all over again.

    No comments on her accent? :P
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 6:25am (May 11th 2008)
     
    This is a test.

    What IS this?

    Photobucket
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 6:25am (May 11th 2008)
     
    Does this help?

    Photobucket
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 6:30am (May 11th 2008)
     
    Is it to cut the top off a soft boiled egg, Diane?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 6:32am (May 11th 2008)
     
    No WAY - how did you know that??? CC sent it to me. THANK YOU CC :D :D
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 9:15am (May 11th 2008)
     
    It's incredible what indispensable devices these guys will invent - to get the money out of your pocket....
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 12:39pm (May 11th 2008) edited
     
    Well, Ollie, she was having such trouble ( :\ ) I thought she needed a remedial implement. Have you used it yet? Does it work?
    Yes, I noticed she spoke properly, Diane...what on earth is she doing getting involved in your complex political system when we have a complex one of our own??? Perhaps she's a missionary...:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 3:00pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    What a great device CC!! You'll have those merkins civilised yet!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 6:22pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    The men in my house remain fearful of it Kate. I think I have a solution to the err ... lack of aim problem you and CC and I were discussing earlier. :)

    What do you mean CC? She's from Whidbey! Where were you thinking she was from?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 7:13pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    :shocked:She sounds English!! Mind you, I can hardly hwear my pooter and don't know how to turn it up...
    How is the Pees Be Seated campaign going? You surely haven't shelved it for a minor thing like O'Bama the Irishman??
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 7:20pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    I am seriously considering posting a photo of the egg topper above the toilet...

    I thought your jag about Obama's heritage was about making a point regarding his mother's ethnicity (which I had assumed you'd determined to be Irish.) So - I've only just now gotten the joke. LOL :D That IS funny. Deserving of an *hehe* even.

    She is English. But a confirmed Whidbey-ite now. Can you tell which Shire she hails from? She's told me but I've forgotten. Her husband ran (stood) for Parliament from there a number of decades ago. Maybe that's why they left...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 7:49pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    Ah, so you were winding me up, then. I thought she was English, but I'l have to listen again (with my head actually shut in the lapdog) to hear what she's saying, let alone HOW she says it! Glad you have someone else training you...!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 8:28pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    I don't really. You are my only Sensai. :)
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 8:41pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    mmmmmm banananana butty
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 9:15pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    I listened a couple of times but the sound quality wasn't good enough to tell. Probably southernish / east coastish though.

    Great idea for picture placement Diane - that'll keep 'em on their toes. (or bums!)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2008 10:52pm (May 11th 2008)
     
    LOL - Bums Down or Else You'll Face the Egg Topper! :P I wonder if they'd have a clue what that meant...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2008 3:33pm (May 12th 2008)
     
    No...probably think of a tramp lying down with an egg wearing a top hat...
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2008 12:33am (May 13th 2008)
     
    Barach Hussein Obama ,Jr. could very well be Irish on his mother's side of the family. She has two White parents and her maiden name was Ann Dunham , which sounds like it could be an Irish surname. His black father was from Kenya, Africa and does not look to be Irish. Really it does not matter, as long as he does a good job.