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Sitting At The Kitchen Table

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Leadfingers 28 Nov 06 - 03:33 PM
Ebbie 28 Nov 06 - 03:34 PM
Severn 28 Nov 06 - 03:39 PM
GUEST 28 Nov 06 - 10:05 PM
Rapparee 28 Nov 06 - 11:47 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 29 Nov 06 - 11:50 AM
billybob 29 Nov 06 - 12:04 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 29 Nov 06 - 01:53 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 30 Nov 06 - 02:46 PM
GUEST,pattyClink 30 Nov 06 - 03:20 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 30 Nov 06 - 04:21 PM
Ron Davies 30 Nov 06 - 10:08 PM
billybob 03 Dec 06 - 06:42 PM
Tootler 03 Dec 06 - 07:07 PM
Rapparee 03 Dec 06 - 07:09 PM
billybob 03 Dec 06 - 07:27 PM
Rapparee 04 Dec 06 - 06:42 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 04 Dec 06 - 08:25 PM
Rapparee 04 Dec 06 - 08:49 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 04 Dec 06 - 09:12 PM
Rapparee 04 Dec 06 - 09:18 PM
Elmer Fudd 04 Dec 06 - 09:30 PM
Tootler 05 Dec 06 - 07:57 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 05 Dec 06 - 08:49 PM
billybob 07 Dec 06 - 12:13 PM
Carly 07 Dec 06 - 04:14 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 07 Dec 06 - 04:28 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 07 Dec 06 - 07:37 PM
Rapparee 07 Dec 06 - 09:32 PM
GUEST, Ebbie 08 Dec 06 - 06:32 PM
Elmer Fudd 08 Dec 06 - 10:04 PM
Rapparee 08 Dec 06 - 10:49 PM
Elmer Fudd 09 Dec 06 - 02:49 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 11 Dec 06 - 10:18 AM
Ebbie 11 Dec 06 - 12:35 PM
Rapparee 11 Dec 06 - 12:59 PM
jimmyt 11 Dec 06 - 08:12 PM
Rapparee 11 Dec 06 - 10:24 PM
Partridge 12 Dec 06 - 03:37 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 12 Dec 06 - 08:01 AM
Rapparee 12 Dec 06 - 08:53 AM
Elmer Fudd 12 Dec 06 - 12:40 PM
Rapparee 12 Dec 06 - 01:45 PM
jimmyt 12 Dec 06 - 09:42 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 12 Dec 06 - 09:51 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 13 Dec 06 - 03:50 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 03:33 PM

Glad thanksgiving was a 'good one' Jerry - I think we ought to celebrate Thanksgiving over here ! Give thanks that we are not tied any closer to GW than Princess Tony has us at present !


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 03:34 PM

hahahah


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Severn
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 03:39 PM

Seeing that you had 1399 posts and seeing that there are a couple of threads out there asking if they will ever reach some astronomical goal, I got to thinking that THIS thread will reach any goal they set, and what's more, will do it for an actual good reason. I don't always stop to chat, but I'll always stop by to check up on the place and the good people within. When good feelings don't abound, honest ones do and good feelings respond to them eventually. Thanks for a good place to stop in and listen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 10:05 PM

Thanks for stopping by, severn:

I suspect that this thread will last exactly as long as it should. That'll be as long as people want to drop by and share whatever is on their mind, and as long as the coffee holds out. This is the ultimate low-expectation thread because it has nothing to do with how long it lasts, or how long other threads last. As long as people enjoy it, and it remains as positive and relaxed as it has been, it could go on forever.

Or at least until the next post.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 11:47 PM

Well, we found a spiked club (39" long, with iron spikes around the business end) in a floor bed outside the library about three weeks ago. Yesterday we found a 12 gauge shotgun shell with a rock tightly taped over the primer in the south parking lot -- throw it just right or drive over it just right and it would have went off.

Given that a girl from the high school two blocks away was stabbed to death by two of her 16 year old classmates back in September, the Mayor is concerned (I spoke with him today). He's going to talk to the Chief of Police and we're going to see what might be done -- both the Mayor and I think that this is related to the high school. This sort of thing bothers me more than just a little -- the shotgun shell was a sort of mini-handgrenade.

Yes, we called the cops in both cases.

The public library is supposed to be a safe place for everyone. I intend to see that it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 29 Nov 06 - 11:50 AM

That Guest posting last night was me. I had to deep-six my cookies to clean up my computer.

Kinda nice being a guest at the table. We all are.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 29 Nov 06 - 12:04 PM

Had some worrisome news about two close loved ones today,I must say I often moan about our national health system over here, but both of them saw consultants tday and had very sympathetic and professional consultations. No waiting and very professional.We have to wait 3 weeks for results, need some positive thoughts and prayers please!
Waitd all day for a coffee, thank you its lovely and hot.
Wendy


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 29 Nov 06 - 01:53 PM

Prayers on their way, Wendy.

Nice to see you back at the table.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 02:46 PM

Man, Shoot me a shot of that java!

I just finished designing, printing, trimming to size and folding of 120 Christmas cards. It's a great pleasure to see all those cards all lined up, ready for addressing, but I feel a little like Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times. I'd better stay away from folks for a few minutes. I may end going up to strangers and trimming and folding their shirts into neat little Christmas cards.

I really love this time of year. I know that it's hard for a lot of people, and that my Mother's physical absence will hit me just when I least expect it. I know that every sin imagineable is committed in the name of God. I know all of that. But this is a very simple season for my wife and me. It is focused on a little baby, and the love we have for those around us, whatever their beliefs. We don't get sucked into the commercialism (we've already finished our Christmas shopping) or the hypocrisy of some. Ruth has been busily decorating the house and it will gleam like a jewel before she is done. I'll put on our R&B Christmas CD, the acoustic mandolin Christmas CD, some baroque Christmas music,

And a large pot of coffee!

Sure wish you could all be here!

Now, I've got 120 envelopes to address while Ruth continues to decorate the house...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: GUEST,pattyClink
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 03:20 PM

I am horrified to hear the words "Christmas cards" this early on! Equally horrified that our first Christmas performance is this afternoon. Way too early!!!! Let's see how the season-rushers react to 4-part stuff.

The leaves are still orange, the skies still blue, let's keep the fall a while longer and let Christmas come on the 25th!


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 04:21 PM

Sorry, Patty:

Didn't mean to frighten you! I realize that we are way ahead of the curve, but this year I'm looking forward to having a more relaxed season with plenty of time to visit friends who are sick and shut-in, to go singing with Mudcat's Barbara Shaw, her husband Frank and friends at a VA center, to go out to do a program with Ruth at a Health Care Center where I sing every month, to have the Gospel Messengers up here at the house with my friends in the a capella Doo Wop group, the Sentinels for an evening of singing and to welcome friends into our home. We're just clearing the decks so that we can relax and enjoy friends and give something even better than presents.. our presence with people who need Holiday cheer 365 days a year.

I really am glad that we don't have any Christmas programs coming up until the 12th, though.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ron Davies
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 10:08 PM

Jerry--

I'm with you--I love this time of year also. First of all, it's cooling off--and I like cool--or cold--weather. (Admittedly I generate heat like crazy--but in the winter that's an asset.) Sure not in the summer. (Jan says my thermostat is broken.)

Secondly, it's got to be the time of year with the all-time best music ever made.   Charpentier Messe de Minuit--lots of dance rhythms--just delightful to sing. Bach, Handel, Brahms--(Brahms Marienlieder is haunting.) Blues--Back Door Santa, etc.. Classics--Eartha Kitt--Santa Baby, etc.. Calypso Christmas songs. Wassail songs. Carols from all over the world--I was in a group that did a CD of Rumanian Christmas and Easter carols--you could hear Slavic influences---and Mozartian touches. Etc, etc. etc.

Then there are Hanukkuh songs. And for some reason I like to listen to Sephardic music this time of year also.



And even the old "done-to-death" carols can be good--if you sing them yourself--and aren't just hearing the n'th version piped in at a mall.

But why people think Christmas music is ONLY what they hear at a mall is beyond me.

I hear great new Christmas--and winter music in general--every year. And a lot of it is not new in the least--just new to me.


Presents--that's way down the list. Adults shouldn't expect them, in my view. Kids--sure, why not? (But I'll have to admit, I virtually always give music-related gifts. And they seem to accept them--I do try to tailor them to recipient's taste.

But anybody who revels in a wide variety of music--especially somebody who sings--must love this time of year. I sure do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 06:42 PM

Just got back last night from a concert at the theatre that my son is the manager of, We saw the monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastrey,forced into exile in Southern India from Tibet,the monks endeavour to maintain peace and hormony both within individuals and with the world at large,to protect the environment, taking into consideration the feelings of others, following the example of his Holiness the Dalai Lama and his Holiness the Panchen Lama.
The monks tour to raise funds for the monastery and the education of the young monks.
We had a wonderful evening, the costumes and dance were amazing, and the monks were beautiful, quiet, kindly folk.
They have a website www.tashilhunpo.org
This was a really new experience for me, but I found the chanting really peaceful and calmimg.
It is worth looking at the website, to see what hapened to the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima who was born in Tibet,officially proclaimed by the Dalai Lama in 1995.Within days of the announcement the six year old boy and his parents disappeared from their home, reportedly taken into Chinese Police custody. Later the Chinese authorities selectd their own Panchen Lama.
The whereabouts of Gedun Choekyi Nyima and his family remain unknown!
I know the monks tour in the USA if you get the chance go and see them, it is an unforgetable experience.
Wendy


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Tootler
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 07:07 PM

Wendy,

To encourage you, I have recently had an excellent experience of the NHS. I went to see my GP in March about a persistent bowel problem. After tests, he got me referred to our local hospital to have an endoscopy to look inside my bowel which took place mid April. They found a cancer, fortunately in its early stages and after further tests to verify the extent of the tumour, I had an operation at the end of May and they successfully removed all the tumour - no follow up treatment needed apart from monitoring. I am now virtually recovered and certainly feel much better than I did back in April/May this year.

Throughout that time, my treatment was excellent carried out in a professional and sympathetic manner. As soon as they had made a provisional diagnosis I was allocated a specialist nurse as a point of contact and she and her colleagues kept in touch throughout my treatment. Overall I am very pleased with the way things went and am looking forward to the future.

I hope your relatives have a similar experience and wish them well.

Geoff


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 07:09 PM

I've got to get some more Christmas music. Our collection of Christmas CDs kinda stinks, mostly because we always used (gasp!) vinyl albums and (double gasp!!) audiocassettes.

Well, we still have both and I'm NOT going to get rid of either one! So there!

Heck, I even have a turntable.

So, my wife's Christmas present will be a bentwood box (bentwood box -- and hers will be by the same artist!) with Christmas CDs in it.

No, no -- it's just money. What the heck! Ain't no pockets in a shroud.

Besides, I kinda like her. Let's see -- it was 33 years ago this past October...we used Handel's "Water Music" as the processional, and his "Royal Fireworks Suite" as the recessional. (I wanted to use "And unto us a child is born" as an instrumental recessional, but Pat wouldn't have it. I still think that it would make a great recessional, but not, perhaps, for a wedding.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 07:27 PM

HiTootler
so glad all is well.
Yes the NHS is great when needed, we have had experience with our daughter for 15 years( but sometimes have had to dib in privately when needed!) we have a problem with our grand daughter's hearing at the moment and so far ok, my husband is my other worry , and if we have to go private we are in a scheme and sorry will go there is we have too!However it really makes me cross as we pay both ways, but if it cuts corners what would you do?


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 06:42 PM

Git back up there! G'on, git!


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 08:25 PM

Hey, Rap:

My three heaviest-rotation Christmas CDs are A Mandolin Christmas, an acoustic Christmas CD done by Nashville session musicians, which is absolutely superb, and a CD I put together : An R & B Christmas. They are about as differerent as possible, and yet they all fit my mood jes' fine.

As long as I don't have to listen to Rock Around The Christmas Tree or Jingle Bell Rock, I'm o.k.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 08:49 PM

How about "Grandma got run over by a reindeer" or "The Christmas Song" by the Chipmunks? Or that thing with dogs barking "Jingle Bells"?


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 09:12 PM

Yeah, I can definitely do without those, Rap. My wife Ruth worked for many years at J.C. Penny and then Filene's and was ready for a padded cell by the time Christmas was over, with all the music piped in through their sound system. There are plenty of popular Christmas songs that I can still enjoy, but they never make it onto Muzac (for our English friends, Muzac is the canned music they play in elevators, stores and everywhere else.) I'd gladly listen to I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, or the Christmas Song. Some of the old carols never pale, for me.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 09:18 PM

I think that if you're going to celebrate the birth of the person labeled by Christians as "The Savior" you should sing about that, not about stoplights blinking red and green or a red-nosed reindeer. If you are going to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun, your music and songs should celebrate that. If you wish to celebrate the Feast of Lights, great!, and sing about that.

Or do what I do, and enjoy all of these celebratory songs.

But I'm sick unto death of people singing "Jingle Bells" as a Christmas carol and similar songs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 09:30 PM

You got that right.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Tootler
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 07:57 PM

Two excellent CD's from traditional musicians that I like are;

Waterson:Carthy "Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man" I got it at the weekend and was playing it in the car today - an excellent album; newly issued, I believe.

Magpie Lane "WASSAIL! A Country Christmas" One I have had for some time and must put in the car.

These are both very much traditional music albums but not what most people would think of as "Traditional Christmas Music"

Both have interesting versions of well known carols with a particularly attractive tune for The Holly and the Ivy from Herefordshire which I have been meaning to learn for some time but have never got a round tuit!


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 08:49 PM

A Short, Sweet Christmas Story

This afternoon, just when I was ready to fall flat on my face from exhaustion, the phone rang. These last three days have been real grinders, starting with Sunday morning when our water heater started leaking while we were getting ready to go to church. We had "church" mopping up water in the basement for half of the morning, trying to keep ahead of the water until the service man got here. Monday, we spent half the day waiting for a new water heater to be delivered and when the man came to install it, he said that it was too difficult and refused to do it. Today, we had another plumber come, and while he was able to install the new water heater, it took all morning, and cost twice as much as we had first expected. After getting a great, running jump on getting ready for Christmas, our house was a mess, and we were really dragging. And then, the phone rang.

When I picked up the phone my caller i.d. said Claire Spellman: a name that I'd never seen before. I figured it was someone trying to sell me something. When I said hello, a woman said, "I know that you don't know me, but I owe you an apology." As the woman explained, she had opened a Christmas card from us, not realizing that it was for the previous tenant in her apartment. She was quite upset about it, and told me she had never met the woman who lived there before her, and had no forwarding address for her. I had sent the card to a woman who has booked the Gospel Messengers a couple of times, who had surgery earlier this fall. I had received an e-mail from her after the surgery, and the last I knew she was doing alright and was still living at the same address. I assured the woman on the phone that I wasn't upset that she'd inadvertently opened the card, and that I'd most likely be able to get the original recipient, Barbara Hurley's mailing address. And then, she wanted to talk about our Christmas Card.

The front cover of our card this year looks like a present, wrapped with a bow and says: "Each new day is a gift from God." The woman read the text on the cover to me, saying, "I know all about that!"
And then, she opened the card and started reading the message on the inside of the card. She kept telling me how beautiful the card is, and how much it meant to her. Then, she told me how much she appreciated the note that I had written for my friend Barbara Hurley. I had written that she was in our hearts and minds and that we would keep her in prayer. And the woman said, "Oh, I appreciate that so much! I need all the prayers that I can get!" She had accepted the card as being to her.

I told her that I'd seen her name on the caller i.d. on my phone, and thought that she might be a relative of Deacon Spellman, from my old church. She said, "No, we just moved up here from Brooklyn last year. That's probbly hard to believe that someone would move up here from Brooklyn." I told her that my wife was from Brooklyn, and one of her brothers still lives there, so it didn't sound unbelievable to me.

Finally, when she kept apologizing for mistakenly opening the card, offering to forward it if I could get the address, or mail it back to me, I told her to keep the card as hers. She sounded happy to have it. Sometimes, we can raise the spirits of complete strangers without ever knowing that we're doing it. I thanked her for letting me know, and wished her a very Merry Christmas.

And in lifting her spirits, she lifted mine and Ruth's.

Jeremiah


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 12:13 PM

Lovely story Jerry.
We had a lovely evening on Monday at the folk club in Colchester, during the interval they played a wonderful CD by "St Agnes Fountain," very Christmassy and great harmonies, they are appearing next Monday so I hope I can get there to see them.
The coffee was cold so I am making a new pot and stoking up the fire.
Wendy


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Carly
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 04:14 PM

What a beautiful story, Jerry, and a great example of how doing a mitzvah (a righteous act, an humane deed) can help in all sorts of unexpected ways.

Any water on the stove for tea?

I have to admit, The Little Drummer Boy, sung from the heart, can leave me misty-eyed, and I love The Cherry Tree Carol. I think that they appeal to me partly because they remind us that this extraordinary story happened to those who would otherwise be considered very ordinary people.

Carly


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 04:28 PM

Hey, Carly: I love the Cherry Tree Carol, too and I've heard some extremely imaginiative and refreshing versions of the Little Drummer Boy.

We've been listening to a CD of rhythm and blues artists doing Christmas songs, and it's a reminder that both the old familiar songs like Oh Holy Night, and obscure ones like What Made The Baby Cry can still be moving. What Made The Baby Cry is an unusual song done by a modern version of the Platters, suggesting that when the baby Jesus was born, he cried because he was suddenly faced with all the suffering and misery in the world.

I also love No Room At The Inn, which I sing with the Messengers. It too places the nativity scene in the most ordinary environment.
I particularly like the line :

   "The bell boy and the Porter, the waitress and the cook
    Will be witnesses up in Heaven to all the things it took."

I smile every time I sing that, wondering how they ever envisioned a bellboy and a porter in Bethlehem. The song is an old black gospel song and it's not surprising that all the "witnesses" were in jobs normally hgeld by black folks.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 07:37 PM

By the bye, Rapaire PM'd four verses of a song he wrote building on the one line of the song I heard in a dream "Jesse didn't come in to work today." He did a wonderful job on it, and it is a powerful song. The little that I worked on mine before I set it aside, I was going more along the lines of "What's the matter with the Mill? It done broke down." Very old-timey and good-natured.

It only goes to show how much potential for a story there can be in a single line.

Good work, Rap!

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 09:32 PM

Aw, shucks, Jerry (looking down and drawing in the dust with toes of shoes). I mean, well, shucks, ya know? I'm just a shy kid from the Midwest and, well, shucks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: GUEST, Ebbie
Date: 08 Dec 06 - 06:32 PM

Rapaire, "just a shy kid from the Midwest"? You've come a long way, baby.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 08 Dec 06 - 10:04 PM

Just a shy kid from the Midwest? Like Bob Dylan? (I think Abraham Lincoln said that--another shy midwestern kid.) LOL Elmer


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Dec 06 - 10:49 PM

Yeah, Abe and Sam Clemens and me used to play marbles together when we was growing up. Sam had an aggie shooter he used to clean Abe and me out, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 02:49 AM

I'll bet you 'n Abe 'n Sam used to pull Willa Cather's pigtails too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 10:18 AM

How about a nice, cold glass of apple cider?

When Col K, Theresa Tooley, Sussex Carole, Noreen and company were over here with the Shellbacks a couple of years ago, we offered them a glass of apple cider. Over here, apple cider is as ordinary as it gets, but apparently it isn't, in England. I'm talking apple cider, with a lot of pulp in it... a little on the thick side and brown, rather than the crystal clear golden color of apple juice. Everyone loved it so much that I bought another gallon. Apple cider isn't pasteurized, so it has to be refrigerated or it will go bad... either becoming apple vinegar, or with some encouragement, Apple Jack: a strong alcoholic beverage that retains the apple flavor.

Now I know. When my English friends come over this way and can wind their way up to Derby, Connecticut, we need to have at least one gallon of apple cider in the refrigerator.

Anyone want a glass to celebrate the season?

Do you folks drink apple cider up there in Alaska?

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ebbie
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 12:35 PM

I don't know how many people in Alaska drink apple cider. Not many apples. When I was a kid in Oregon we made our own as we did everything from apple butter to lye soap (not at the same time or with the same ingredients).

Another memory just hit- does anyone else here remember what it is like to drink freshly 'separated' milk?


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 12:59 PM

Yes. Fresh squeezed cider, making lye soap, milk both seperated and (literally) fresh from the cow, home-churned butter, good spring water, freshly-gathered watercress, blackberries and dewberries, wild strawberries...all and more part of my wonderful and misspent youth.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: jimmyt
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 08:12 PM

I been missin' you all! I am hoping to be back more regular here in the cat and at the table. I DO really care about you all!   Hope the holidays are going to be grand for each and every one of you.

I took my staff to NYC last week. I have herded 8 women arounf that grand city to the point I think I know what those border collies must feel like at the end of the day! Whew! Some more stories from that trip !   jimmyt


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 10:24 PM

And all of the poor toothache sufferers suffering away while Jimmyt romps around New Yawk City with eight women!


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Partridge
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 03:37 AM

I'll have a glass of what your having!
You would think that being made redundant just before Christmas might be an unhappy event. This is whats just happened to me, and its given me a chance for a new start. Far from a bad thing, its given me back some self worth and a smile on my face. My ex boss, Ian, is a poor old soul who thinks everyone is trying to do him a bad turn. This christmas time I will think positive thought around him and wish that 2007 he will rethink his position and be less paranoid. I don't think he knows that he gave me the best present possible, my freedom from his delusions. Happy Christmas Ian


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 08:01 AM

Hey, Partridge:

Welcome to the table. You're not redundant around here. Besides, we welcome folks who are redundant, me being one. Redundance is a natural side effect of friendship. You know you are good friend when people have heard all of your stories a dozen times.

Thinking good thoughts on people sometimes works wonders. Sometimes it only make you feel better, but has no effect on them. But, hey! that's good, too.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 08:53 AM

Send him a bottle of wine and a thank-you note. That should set him wondering -- of course, he might thing the wine is poisoned!


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 12:40 PM

Well, lessee. Our beverage horizons are expanding. We've got coffee, apple cider-- we don't have much apple cider around these parts. I'm not sure I've ever tasted the real thing, from the way you describe it.

Is it time to break out the eggnog? I really like the taste of that stuff. However, I don't get homemade eggnog very often. I guess folks got put off their eggnog joneses by all the raw egg scares, not to mention cholesterol. More likely these daze it's bound to be that gunk that comes in a carton and is artificially flavored. But the real thing with cream, freshly grated nutmeg, rum, and about a million calories, oh my stars.

Elmer, off to make an abstemious, low-cal, low-carb breakfast


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 01:45 PM

If you pour enough rum or whiskey into the store-bought stuff you can't hardly taste it at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: jimmyt
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 09:42 PM

Whatever you are drinking is OK by me!   Happy holidays.   Jerry, Jayne are still planning a trip up your way in Feb or March!   love you and Ruth!   jimmyt


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 09:51 PM

We'll put the pot on, Jimmy: Nothing like actually sitting down at our kitchen table for a cup of coffee. It will be a great pleasure to try to repay you in some small way for your generosity when we visited you.

Have a Merry Christmas... to all, and y'all too..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 03:50 PM

Yesterday was our monthly trip over to a nursing home in the twon next to us. This one was special because Christmas is upon us, and it brings a mixed bag of emotions with it: especially for people who are in poor health and nearing the end of their life. Ruth and I have been going there for close to four years now. We started out supporting the pastor of a local church we attend irregularly. I would do two or three songs, the Pastor would do a short sermon, and Ruth would socialize with the residents. When the Pastor retired and moved away, Ruth and I kept it going for almost two years. For the last few months, the new Pastor of the church has joined us, and he's become well-loved by the staff and residents. Over the last four years, Ruth and I have gotten to know many of the residents, and we look forward to seeing them as much as they do to seeing us.

After the service yesterday, Ruth, Pastor Ken and I went around the room, shaking hands with the residents, telling them that we'll keep them in prayer and wishing them a Merry Christmas. I always am moved when I go to shake a hand, and the person doesn't want to let go. They may not be able to talk, but they just look into my eyes, theirs often brimming with tears, and smile at me. That was especially true, yesterday. And then, there are all the people who start crying and ask for prayers. A simple act of going and playing a few songs and walking around to talk with people means everything.
One of the women repeatedly says that the only thing she looks forward to is when I come to sing, once a month.

Tomorrow, Ruth and I will join Barbara Shaw (of Mudcat) and her husband Frank and a handful of friends to sing Christmas songs at a Veteran's Administration center. We try to clear the decks early enough in the season so that we can give something that can't be wrapped and put under a tree. The gift of caring about a stranger.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 12:40 PM

Rapaire, your bottle of wine suggestion has inspired me.

should I sign the Thank you note?


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 01:16 PM

If the guy did you a favor and you're sincerely thanking him for it, why not sign it?

(If it's something like Thunderbird or Boone's Farm, however, you might want to remain unknown.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 09:05 PM

I put this on MOAB, but I thought folks here might like it as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 09:06 PM

Started a thread on it, too. Shows how tired I am!


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