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Maison Rustique

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  1. Ducky, I have a friend who had to have both knees replaced. They refused to do the surgery until she lost weight. She started a strict diet, but diet wasn't enough. They told her to sign up for water exercise at the Y. Like you, she was mortified at the thought of people seeing her in a bathing suit (She's also about 30 years older than you.). So, the first time she went, she wore sweats. After she saw what everyone else looked like, she immediately went out and bought a bathing suit. :smile:

    If nothing else, why not just go and look in on a class before you sign up? I wish you lived closer--we'd go together!

    And BTW, my friend lost her weight, had her surgery and is doing great!

  2. Oh yes! It's all so creepy!! Ha ha ha! NOT! :angry:

    My 12 YO grand-nephew nearly died today. He went into diabetic shock. Got to the blue skin stage due to no oxygen. Fortunately the paramedics got there quickly and he is still alive. We still don't know if there is brain or other organ damage. :sad:

    I sincerely hope that none of your children/family suffer like this due to lack of supervision of their diet/medication. And I do mean that.

  3. The children with special conditions often have parents who are considerably more aware of the foods those children ingest .. at least after the initial diagnosis and education with physicians about their respective diseases ... I taught a few Type 1 diabetics who had been trained about how to eat and, for the most part, I, as a classroom teacher kept things on hand for them if their blood sugar dropped ... the nurse was also well aware of each child and his/her needs ... but the article really seems to be focused upon kids in good health ...

    Bolding is mine in your quote. Not sure how often you consider to be often. :wink:

    In the case of my grand-nephew, his father is aware, as are other family members, but once a child gets to be 12 YO, they aren't always under an adult's constant care and feeding--they do need to go to school. This is what is happening now. His blood has been in the "emergency" stage for the past couple of months. No one could figure out why, as he said he was doing everything he was supposed to be doing. Until the school nurse took it upon herself to check his lunch records (because he was becoming very beligerent--a common side effect), none of the family would have known that he was not adhering to the necessary medical administrations.

  4. Deb, while your point is well taken for a Type 1 diabetic (who are not typical of the general child population), the overall intent of this program (almost wrote pogrom! :huh: ) is to watch and monitor ...

    I really dislike this in all respects .. it shows a lack of trust in one's kids, and now with the drug monitors available in drug stores, it is quite a sign of the times ...

    I know that when "tightly monitored kids" hit high school, all hell will break loose ... has to come out somewhere ... :shock:

    OK, so how do you monitor those with medical conditions and not the others? And not all parents are as diligent as others. The eating habits of some kids might indicate a problem that the parents (those who might not be paying attention) wouldn't otherwise notice. Who makes the decision about whom gets watched?

  5. I don't know that they have that exact system there, but apparently there is a system of some sort in place in Kansas City, Missouri. And I'm glad.

    My 12 YO grand-nephew is type 1 diabetic. Since he started middle-school, he has been in complete denial about his disease. He has been lying about how his lunch money is spent--the school nurse checked the records (there is some sort of computerized system) and found out that he's not eating regular food--just sweets. He's also not checking his blood as often as he's supposed to--his monitor is computerized and when the hospital down-loads the info, they can see how often he checked and what the readings were.

    This may seem like Big Brother to many, but when it is a life-threatening illness that needs to be monitored, it makes a lot more sense.

  6. You may regret your decision to stand even for 10 minutes when you've been instructed not to stand at all. You could be causing further damage or prolonging the healing process. I broke my foot last October. It's hard to follow those orders to stay off it, but the doctor made it clear that I would probably need surgery if I caused any further damage by standing or walking on it.

    I went through the same thing--living with my husband's "cooking" and it was difficult for both of us. Why not try sitting in the kitchen with him and tellling him what and how to do it?

    I'm so sorry! I hope you will heal quickly!! I finally got the all-clear on mine yesterday. :smile:

  7. Yes, roasting geese in the oven. I didn't notice that just a tip of one wing was over the side of the pan. That's all it took for the grease to drip down and start a fire. Got it put out quickly and the geese were fine. Unfortunately, the house was full of smoke and I was expecting 14 for dinner. Despite the chilly November weather, we had to open all doors and windows. The meal turned out lovely--I highly recommend Louisette Bertholle's recipe for November Goose with apple/calvados stuffing. :smile:

  8. My mother bought me a "4 Ingredient" cookbook written by a couple of homemakers in Kerrville, Texas.

    Some of the low-lights:

    Tater Tot Tuna, Pineapple Ball (which curiously includes green bell pepper as one of the four ingredients), Quickie Hawaiian Pork (do me, Don Ho), Bourbon Pie (add one wife-beater uncle and simmer for hours), Lime Coke Salad (three words you should never hear together), Coke Roast (grab some Shasta and get ta marinatin'), Hot Dog Tacos (nothing like finely chopped animal parts covered in Pace and processed cheese), Koolaid Pie (you know, Koolaid already figures in “so many” of my household recipes that I never thought they would come up with yet another use for the magical powder), Chocolate Express (chocolate liqueur, gelatin, coffee, ice cream--this isn't "Chocolate Express," it's "Crap I Picked Up At 7-11 at 3 in the morning”).

    :wacko: It's entirely too early in the morning to be reading about that stuff.

  9. I have actually cooked from very few of the cookbooks in my collection.  However, I am an avid collector and it isn't just the recipes that are of interest to me. 

    I appreciate the cookbooks for the stories, the photography and drawings, the history of foods, the ideas and, especially prior to the advent of the internet, the lists of obscure resources for foods, spices, equipment and etc.

    Ditto. I almost never follow a recipe. I read them for inspiration.

  10. OK, a friend of mine is looking for a Black & White Cookie recipe. She says that she's found some online, but they are too hard and dry. She wants a soft, moist cake-like cookie.

    I'm not a NYer so can't help with this--I'd never even heard of a black & white!

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