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    The joys of adult onset ADHD. I am interested in most anything..oh, look at that pretty leaf falling!

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  1. I was wondering if anyone has heard from James (Vodkafan)? He's been radio silent for almost a year.

    1. vodkafan


      Hello Virginia I am here!

  2. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

    I just realized that I posted years ago as Katrina1968! Anyway, what I've found is that during each and every reading, I have learned to dislike Anna more than the last time. I'm over 50 and find that while she's caged by societal norms, she's selfish and self-centered. She cheats on her husband and then ridicules him for being who he's always been. She disrespects this man's home (I say HIS home because she obviously doesn't want to be there). She wreaks havoc with whomever she comes in contact with. And she refuses to truly take responsibility of any of her actions. When Dolly told her she was just like her brother, she was offended, after just telling her sister-in-law that she should forgive him. I've no doubt that Anna dealt with mental health issues, but I am of the mind that they came on after her decision to begin her affair with Vronsky. She was the classic "shoot herself in the foot" damsel who, even when originally given the way out of her marriage, chose to stay as some form of punishment. And then when she wanted her freedom, it was too late. Everything she did was over the top. Other women took many lovers but Anna was what we call "extra." And I have no patience with her. Levin also managed to work a nerve. He was morose, self-absorbed, and whiney. I was particularly disgusted when he and, (was it Steva or his brother?) were discussing the need for a school and hospital. His only concern was how it would affect HIS pocket and that HIS future children wouldn't use either so why the need? He could only care about another in as much as they came under his sphere of familial love. I get wanting and needing to secure the wellbeing of your family, but as he was in the position of a landowner, he did have responsibilities to the people working his estate. He cared about them only because they were a necessity to keep the farm running. I think in the end, Tolstoy wanted to show us how the "wrong" love can lead us down the path of ruin and "good love" can lead us to a sort of heaven on earth. Anna vs Kitty and Vronsky vs Levin, darkness, and light
  3. Rest in Peace

    Cicely Tyson, age 96. You know that they are "old" and you know that they can't be around forever, but even so, when they transition, it's still an utter shock. She was an AMAZING actress and I believe that had she been British, she would have become a Dame.
  4. What's for Dinner?

    What's everyone doing for dinner today? I'm doing oxtail stew. I've been wanting them for eons but they've been harder to get than hen milk. I was doing my online grocery shopping when I came across some at my local grocer's so I hopped on them. I love the savory, richness of the meat. I'll add potatoes and onions and make a side of collard/turnip greens. The weather is UCK, with rain, and cold. Perfect for this particular comfort food. What's in YOUR pot?
  5. What Are You Watching Now? - 2021

    Cold, wet, and rainy. I'm slothing around in our bedroom watching reruns of Midsomer Murders. When I get tired of this cozy, murder mystery, I'll find another.
  6. "Retro" shows and movies

    I'm also doing Columbo. I just love a good mystery and what I love most about Columbo is that the murderer is shown at the beginning of the show and how he goes about "finding" the killer. I don't think I can go back to modern shows.
  7. "Retro" shows and movies

    I'm always watching KUP and I just found the spin off of Are you Being Served, where they live on a manor in their retirement. Its a hoot! I need to revisit VoD having watched that in years.
  8. What's the weather like?

    We've got 2, count them, TWO hurricanes making touchdown within hours of each other in the same location. What the 2020?!
  9. "Retro" shows and movies

    I keep promising myself that I'd start Black Adder. May need to go do that! I LOVE Northern Exposure! I actually waited almost a MONTH to get copies from the library (once they opened back up). Unfortunately, I'm missing season 2 and I think I like that season best!
  10. "Retro" shows and movies

    Do you find yourself now going back and re-watching old shows now that corona has movie/shows productions are down? Iknow I'm finding myself revisiting some oldies like Hart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls, LOTR, HP, Married with Children, My Name Is Earl, Murder She Wrote, etc. What are you bringing out the vault?
  11. Recipes From Around The World

    Thank you for responding. I never got my notification. Ugh. Anyway, Right now I just want to get as many recipes as I can and then I'll cull them out. Once I get that figured out, I'll then go on to finding the recipes if they are available.
  12. What's the weather like?

    Our weather here in South Carolina (USA) has been VERY mild this August. I mean, it's normally a "real feel" of about 100'f here, but it's been low 80's. Low 80's is generally the start of the fall season as it doesn't get "cold" until sometime in October. I really shouldn't be surprised. It IS 2020.
  13. Last month I was listening to a Rick Steve's European Podcast. He did an interview with a woman 195 weeks providing a recipe from every country, for her family. I was so intrigued that I decided to do this for our grands (and us) to incorporate with some geography and history. I was wondering if our non American members can list some relatively easy recipes that we may be able to try? Maybe a little background to go with it? Thanks!
  14. What's the weather like?

    Looking at another hellish hurricane. Sigh. I've got family who have family in Puerto Rico and I've got family in Florida and family 1.5 hours away who are all in the path (so far).
  15. What's Up in August 2017?

    Hey y'all! Congrats to your ganddaughter, muggle! Gaia, its been years since I've made bread, you have me thinking I might need to try it Tali, has it dried up any? I can't BELIEVE its almost the middle of August!! Where has the year gone?! Things have moved so fast this summer that I'm playing catch up. Our lease is up at the end of the year and we'll be moving back to our old town. We've been kind of planning what we want to purchase but then had to stop everything to deal with the emergency c-section our dd had. From June til the beginning of this month, I've been to Texas three times. Wow! After another health scare and her hubby being in New York for training and her being home ALONE with six children 9 and under, they have FINALLY decided to move back to home. They'll be within minutes of us. Her health isn't great and my greatest nightmare is that she'd get sick or pass out with the newborn and the older kids left at home and no one knowing what happened. Her hubby hopes to move them back by the end of September. The weather has been more "eh" than great. Gray and showery. Because we're moving I put off getting my real estate license because I have to have a broker. It's a real headache and hassle to change brokerage firms once you get one and the licensing agency will only issue the license TO the brokerage firm that hires you. It's just best for me to be where I'm going to sell homes. I don't plan to sell here as we're moving so.....I'll wait. BUT I did sign on to be a companion/caregiver to seniors. I got my first client and started today. I think I'm going to enjoy this. I can get clients when we move and do that while I work on real estate. That about sums it up for me, have a great one!