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  1. Wise and wonderful words, kayb.
  2. My Mother became demented in her later years, vascular dementia, the good kind if you are going to get dementia. Probably in her lateish 70s but my parents did not move back to Canada until she was 78 and my Father at 83 who knew he was dying...which he promptly did. Eventually Mother ceased being able to talk. But she could still feed herself and if you put a cup of coffee in front of her she knew what it was and how to pick it up and drink it. And related strongly with the staff in the chronic care home. With Alzheimer's as far as I know, this is eventually not so. She had no idea who I was after a couple of years of thinking I was her sister, but she retained 'personhood' until the end. And she was 97 when she died. My Mother had always been the secretary/treasurer of every group she ever joined and I watched her deteriorate over the years and how incredibly upset she was about the losses. I have always been the 'meds' nurse with a prodigious memory and disciplined organizational skills upon which I rely to live. Now, at close to 80, I am seeing in myself such a deterioration and distressing loss of memory. And an inability to read complicated text, including recipes. Ed always says to me...but look how well you still talk (when I can access the words) but apparently that was something which the author, Wendy Mitchell, also retained. I'm not afraid of Alzheimer's but I do fear vascular dementia. And like Mitchell, I rely increasingly on my organizational skills to get us through daily life. I've read my brain MRI and I do have problems. But below the threshold of MS which is what they were looking for. Needless to say, no one told me of this and it was a surprise to read the 'Impression' part of the report. I do now have severe double vision and wear glasses with prisms in them to return life to one clearer image. And no, I don't really understand the report in detail. And have not asked. Strange for me I guess. Ed has always had a terrible memory and has relied on me for decades to keep him on track which is very hard to do. But apparently he doesn't worry about any of it...but then men in general are not noted for the kind of introspection which women go through or for talking about it. Not sure I should have written this long post in this thread...or at all for that matter. But there you are. The incidence of dementia is increasing in the western world. So some of us reading this forum are going to go that route. I know of many folks who have, including a professor of physics and one of Canadian Studies at my local university along with a chief librarian and the head of my college. Those are only the ones I know of. (Many have simply passed away.) Plus relatives and friends, etc, etc. I'll quit now.
  3. I'm going to get out a copy of this book from our local library. I think it's something I need to read.
  4. As Kim said, it was a wonderful blog and so much fun to see a photo of you and hear your voice. I am so glad that you have made a home in Ecuador and that you are happy there. And yes, I could do without the winters also.
  5. Your freezer could be related to our cellar freezer. As for goopy things...mostly what I have done is weigh said ingredient one time carefully, and then when it is called for, I have simply to tare the container and then weigh the goopy stuff...but the container in which I weigh it can simply be a wide open ceramic bowl. So no more difficult scraping. I hope my tortured explanation is clear...
  6. Went to the website and alas, they are not available now. Glad you got one when they were going. In a similar fashion, I bought for myself and friends a two-tablespoon measuring cup. Think of all the times one needs two tablespoons of this or that in a recipe...or maybe it's just in my life...I don't know. And then I never saw them again.
  7. Would I be incredibly rude and nasty to laugh as my first response? It was a very quiet and short-lived laugh.
  8. Darienne

    Food recalls

    It used to be 'don't buy anything to eat made in China'...now it's what? King Arthur flour? What's next?
  9. OK. We really do need a "wow!" button.
  10. I might just have to try these. Smoked paprika with peanut butter is beyond my ken. I looked them up online to see what else I could find out about the combination and David Lebovitz loved them also. I up for them for sure. BD, you don't say how you or the family liked them...
  11. Dear BD, Is there some reason you cannot move the smoke detector? We have a similar problem. The smoke detector outside the kitchen door shrieks if we have a smallest wisp of smoke also. Fortunately I can reach it easily (and do often). When our monthly overnight guests come with their nervous and high-strung little dog, we simply take it down. Last time it went off, the little creature went berserk and stayed shaking for ages. Our dogs couldn't care less. Why don't we move it?
  12. Oh, kitchen scales which malfunction after about two or three years. I can't count how many we have purchased. No, it's not the batteries...it's the computer mechanism in the works. Ed and I use them constantly...at least three times a day if not more. We do weigh the dogs' food. Yes, they eat raw. We've fed raw for over 23 years now since we restored the health of a dog near death on commercial food. And as for electric stoves...I wish we could get gas...why does our stove have the slow small burner at the left front and the fast small burner at the right back. I have never ever used the slow burner. I could add that we own two chest freezers, the smaller one in the garage for the dog's food, ice cream, and oddments and the larger in the cellar for people food only...chest freezers were not designed for women who are under 5' whatever. I'm probably down to 5'3" or even less now and I have great trouble with the larger of the two freezers in the cellar. Yes, we have a cellar and not a basement in this very old house. However, this I have to tell you all...we bought it in 1975 when many of you were not even a twinkle...and it's still running perfectly. It will probably break down in the next month, thanks to my audacious boldness. A former of Ed's students who worked for years in a now-defunct appliance store told Ed a few years ago...don't expect a stove, fridge, freezer, etc to last more than five years. Hey! I'm running out of crabbiness. And it's not raining today and the sun is out and we don't need jackets and mitts to go outside. Oh, it's raining tomorrow and the next day. But my heart aches for the folks in the Midwest and Southeast.
  13. I know the church key...but trust me, it's not a patch on the Lee Valley one.
  14. Aha! Have one for tight jar lids. It's from Lee Valley (which Americans can get now) and it's wonderful. I've bought them for friends. http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=44271&cat=2,75357,75413&ap=1 Get one. You'll love it.
  15. I am getting old and cranky. No, I am already old and getting crankier. We've had to buy several new kitchen appliances in the last few years and there are things about each of them I loathe and I feel like ranting today. Furthermore, I have severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and am awaiting seeing a surgeon (since February...this is Ontario and I live in an underserviced area) so some stuff is just harder to use. My new microwave has buttons which are too hard for me to push with any ease at all. Even Ed finds them very stiff. Our new toaster oven gives three tiny beeps when it turns off which you can't hear from very far away. (The microwave gives 5 loud beeps in its favor.) The wire shelf kept falling out if I wasn't careful and Ed had to fix it so that it stopped doing that. Otherwise I love it and scarcely use the big oven anymore. However, I've yet to find a regular 9x13 pan which fits into it. Ed curled the edges on a normal 9X13 pan so that it would fit and then I remembered that a friend had given me two stainless lidded steam table pans and they are perfect. The new food processor weighs as much as a big lead weight and has one part on it which will break if you more than breathe on it. (Ed, of course, bought the largest one on the market.) It's the strangest configuration you can imagine. I hate cleaning it. I'll say one thing for it...since the major onset of CPS, I have really learned how to make good use of the adjustable slicer unit and the two sided shredder. The carafe on the coffee maker drips when you are pouring it. It didn't when it was brand new. Then after a while it did. I don't know... There is no such thing as a food chopper which doesn't break after 10 or 20 uses. No point in saying anything about can openers. I ask Ed to open the cans. Our electric one hit the dust years ago. We actually have one from Lee Valley which is very unusual looking but works very well. I'm done for now. My apologies. I promise to read any complaints that anyone else posts.
  16. No information whatsoever. Just thrilled for you, Shelby.
  17. Oh my goodness. Well thanks for that lengthy and useful answer. Sorry to have caused so much work on your part, but life sure throws some curves. We used to grow industrial hemp...granola, etc... on our farm...it contains .0000000whatever THC. You'd have to smoke an entire field to get high. And we had to jump through hoops. And the government folks could come on our property at any time to see if we were growing marijuana hidden inside the fields of hemp. (Which would ruin the marijuana if you did.) And they did. I particularly remember one summer because I had Shingles at the time. Not a good time was had by all. Of course now it's legal to grow your own marijuana. I think a person is allowed 6 plants...but I don't know. And the hemp producers gave up growing it long ago and now just process other farmers' hemp. Thanks again. You are having such a terrific life in Ecuador.
  18. I'm sorry, but you can't just touch on this subject without some explanation. I did Google it 6 different ways but couldn't find any useful answers. No rush. You can sit down for a rest first.
  19. Wow! What a tour. It's terrific. Two questions: Can you get a proper old cheddar (like Canadian cheddar)? And what about an equivalent of the deep fried Navajo Fry Bread (my favorite when in the southwest USA.)?
  20. You speak of eating lamb. Is it as expensive where you are as it is in Canada? Oddly enough, when Ed and I were first married, in the dark ages, 1960, poor students...lamb was the cheapest meat we could buy. That was then....this is now. And Ed won't eat lamb anymore anyway.
  21. Just incredible, PanaCan. You know exactly how much street food is available in most of Canada...Toronto and maybe Vancouver aside...and I would go crazy, not to mention putting on vast amounts of extra person. But wot larks!
  22. Hi PanaCan, so good to hear from you again. Wonderful piles of fruit. Amazing to see for your average Canadian who has just left ice and snow behind. One question: When you say something costs a dollar...what dollar do you mean?
  23. Well, some do and some don't. Glad you do.
  24. And just what do you suggest as an alternative????
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