Augie the Baby Antelope
Ants Story
The Happy Hippo
The Emu Went To Africa

How To
Exercises On Your Back
Find Something To Do

Significant Others
Something To Care For
Caring For Plants

Computing Through Ages
Computer Like A Woman
Laws if alone
How To Boil Water
Never Do It In Kitchen

Handling Loss
Handling Sense of Guilt
Dealing With Loss
Dealing With Being Alone
Reinventing Yourself

Quality Cooking
From Grandmother Part I
From Grandmother II
From Grandmother III
Foods to Double-up
Eating Out
Light Lunches
Eating Right
Tips On Food/Vitamins
Pancakes In Jar

How Put Out Kitchen Fire
Take Time For Yourself
Life Never Completed
Never Leave Keys

Computer Tips
Experiencing The Web
Type & Instant Save
BackUp & Unfreeze Computer
Making Notes Easy Way

The Everyday
Laundry: Do It or Not
Getting Out
Necessity For Naps


From Grandmother With Love Part III


1/2 cup pineapple juice
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup mild vinegar (preferably red). Heat all above ingredients through. I added 1/2 tsp ginger for more flavor.
Sonia Penny


For more vegetables as a side dish I always have marinated cucumbers on hand as they keep well in the fridge (for almost 2 weeks) and always taste great.
Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1-2 Tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds. (Or if you use 1/4 teaspoon celery salt eliminate 1/2 teaspoon salt) Actually I double all above ingredients then thinly slice one cucumber and one small onion into the mixture, sometimes add sliced green or red (sweet) pepper and let it chill for 4-5 days. Good!!
Sonia Penny

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Getting Ready For The Night
A bimonthly     MAY 2008
Guide To Living Alone and Surviving
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Volume 2
No. 3
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Articles and Posts For This Issue:

Reinventing Yourself   Take time for yourself   How Put Out Fire - Must See Video
Do Not Use My Recipes   Necessity Of Naps   Recipes from Grandmother III   Computing Through The Ages

Article of the Month

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When there is loss or monumental change in our lives, how do we continue, and what are the rules?

Basic questions

  • How do you go from one of two-plus to only one?
  • How do you simply continue when the very basis of your continuance in the past is gone?
  • How do you deal with what you think were or might have been mistakes?
  • How do you re-coop the sense of opportunities missed?
  • How do you measure yourself now that the measuring rules have changed?
  • How do you restart again after so long a time of knowing where to put the next foot?
  • How do you live with the sense of loss?
  • How do you know when you have made the right decision when the criteria are entirely different this time?
  • What do you do now that the routine of life is suddenly no longer routine?
  • How do you realign the being identified as part of…?
  • And quite simply, where do you turn now that the one(s) you turned to are no longer there?

    For some, these questions are nonstarters, but for others there are from 3-4 or all of them with which to contend.

    What do you do?

    This is a time when none of the easy answers suffice. None of the old saws or wisdoms apply, and almost nobody can help you because quite simply you must reinvent yourself.

    To just think of moving on or of forgetting the past, is impossible to consider because it means denigrating the individual or those who were by your side. And then, there are all those who stand on the side lines and for whom what you do does matter as it is a...

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    You Owe It To Yourself
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    Many of the things we can do are spontaneous occurrences. The difference is that we have to be ready to react - ready to give. Normally we just go around thinking that everyone can take care of themselves and if they don't... well, they should. And it really does not matter that we have already thanked someone - once is enough. Sometimes it is, but not always, and besides, we like to be appreciated for what we do, over and over again. And normally, I do not have time to do those extra things - even though 90% of those extra things took a total of 3 minutes.

    And the things to do?

    Create something. You can even create a scene. Just as long as it is your creation. It does not matter what it is. Something from within you. Let it out. I am not only talking about something artistic. It can be anything which is ...    Click here to read full article

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  • As a public service
    A must see video at end

    Author unknown
    I had not heard of the wet towel approach -- the video shows how effective it is -- definitely the way to go in a grease fire.

    This is very good information!! Please watch the video; you might consider emailing it to your kids, too. That way you know they actually listen to it!! This video is only 34 seconds long but if you're ever in this situation it will save your kitchen, your house, and most of all YOU. Watch and learn how not to put out a grease fire......

    At Charleston Navy Base Fire Fighting Training school , they demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer on fire out in a field. An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz. cup at the end of a 10-foot pole, toss water onto the grease fire. The water, being heavier than the oil, sinks to the bottom of the fryer where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On the open field, it became a thirty-foot high fireball that resembles a nuclear blast.

    Inside the confines of a kitchen, the fireball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room.

    Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.
    Author unknown

    This is one of the most powerful videos I have seen of what to do about a fire on the stove, and what happens if you do the wrong thing. A must watch video. Go to:
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    There are three reasons for eating well and one of them is not because you would be healthier. We've all heard that and quite frankly disregard it.

    First, life is pretty humdrummy for most of us as it is regarding our personal life. I'm not talking about our professional life here. So, if you just wolf it all down than you are not giving yourself the daily space, esthetics, satisfaction, and quality which is rightfully yours.

    Second, if you eat regular meals, you will not nosh as much and will probably lose (what I don't know - you pick: The 'life is a drag' feeling, some weight, the sense that there is no rhythm, much less rhyme or reason to your personal life, the slight empty feeling, the constant taste of pretzels...).

    Third, if someone asks you what you did today, you can say "I had a really great lunch, which I enjoyed even though it was burned, soggy, undercooked, and too tough - but it was mine".

    That being said, there is a very easy way to add great things to your life. Do NOT follow any of my recipes: I hope no one does because it could lead to disaster since there are no quantities and relatively little description attached, and the photography always looks better than real life.

    Instead, just go out and buy two of the following list. If you want to splurge, then all of them. And if it doesn't fit into your budget - so what! It's your life.

    Jar of candied cherries
    Small basket of Champignon mushrooms (I always fry mine)
    Two small bags of nuts (different types)
    A really good non-processed cheese from the delicatessen section
    Box of raisins
    Chocolate sauce
    Can of very good olives (I have found that a large jar of good instant coffee is a great place to put olives after you open a can (of course, you finish the coffee first).
    The best pickles you can buy
    A jar of really good, expensive jam
    A bottle of Teriyaki sauce
    A bottle of the best salad dressing around
    Powdered mushroom preparation for adding to sauces, dishes, and even for making soup.
    A bag of really fantastic buns (something other than round hamburger buns)
    Two red peppers
    Something that fits on this list but is not here

    Use them! You will be amazed how it helps.

    Eating For Quality (pdf) One of my favorite readers, my sister) made a beautiful pdf file of the list.   

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    Necessity Of Naps

    We seem to be the only ones in the animal kingdom stupid enough not to take naps most of our lives. ~ ~ ~

    Sorry, I just dozed off. Back to where I was, which is...

    Our work world precludes us from doing so, as do our schools.

    We, like all beings, have a daily cycle, a circadian rhythm which has basically two periods of up and two of down with the nighttime down being the longest. However, that does not excuse us from the other down between 2 and 4 in the afternoon.

    There are those who are off this cycle and even the reverse of the cycle, but they are a minority and have their own problems and/or advantages. They can work all night without being interrupted by phone calls, they can take the shifts that everyone else tries to avoid, they get to drive when there is no traffic, or in the opposite direction as everyone else.

    There are disadvantages to not listening to our bodies in this regard. When we try to override the

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    Wanted His Picture Taken
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    I have taken pictures of this guy a number of times but from a distance, where he normally sits on the ledge under the bridge, but this time when I came, he flew over to me and just stood there while I took this picture. 2008

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    Computing Through The Ages

    I was having trouble with my former hieroglyphic system using the newest Nile reed echo communication module. Even after I installed the new improved Ramesses II operating system (Pharaoh model) with its water cooling facilitation (which was you know what during the dry season), I still had problems.

    I thought it might have something to do with the file messenger who I finally retired and replaced with sand lizards. Decidedly faster, especially in a dry environment, but when hibernating, forced temp replacement problems on me.

    However, the real problem, was the protection system. Miniature Ibizan hounds, which actually worked quite efficiently, with the only maintenance problem the clean up. But they did not do well with the advanced locust management subsystem which keeps the file proliferation problem under control. The locs had pubed early, meaning that I was losing records faster than I could create them.

    I tried to reach the manufacturers of the system, but received no reply. Therefore, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Reader Response
    I am shocked!! Your computer problem was addressed during the last lunex festival of the Moon maiden. She purrfected the purrfect cure. See likeness # 1. I must admit when I tried to copy her results, I got likeness # 3! Good luck. I hope you don't take a licking!
    Kit Weiss



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