Category Archives: Friends and Family

Chocolate is the food of love

For years I’ve heard that eating chocolate releases a chemical in the bloodstream that gives the consumer the same “rush” that they get when they are in love. Maybe that is why giving a woman birthday chocolates or Valentine’s day chocolates is such a popular gift. I’ve read that eating dark chocolate is actually supposed to be healthy for you, but to be honest I don’t care for the bitterness of dark chocolate. My favorite chocolate is white chocolate, which I understand isn’t really chocolate at all, but is almond paste.

Whenever I make a batch of brownies from a mix I like to add some semi-sweet chocolate chips in the batter. If I have some white chips I’ll add them too. I think that it just makes the brownies a little bit extra special. You should try it too sometime; your family will love you for it!

Serious Keyboard

When I first met John, he was telling me about how he has a recording studio in his house, and that he does professional recordings for customers. He was telling me about all of his state of the art equipment, like a studio 61 keyboard, as if I was supposed to know what all of the brand names were, and be impressed with what he has. I was too embarrassed to admit that I don’t know anything about what brands are good, and what are not, or even what all of the different pieces of equipment do. Sometimes it is hard to fake it, you know what I mean?

Spray on snow

Yesterday I was reading an article about dying Christmas traditions. One of the traditions mentioned was the use of the spray-on-snow. Did you know that the snow used to be made from asbestos? I wonder how many people now are suffering from mesothelioma as a result of the spray-on-snow that they used to decorate their houses with? I can remember when I was a child my parents used it to spray on the Christmas tree!

I was reading up on asbestos in products that we may not have known about, and discovered that it was used (as fake snow) in a lot of movies – like the Wizard of Oz and Holiday Inn!

asbestos in Wizard of Oz

asbestos in Wizard of Oz

If you want more information about asbestos and Christmas decorations (fake snow), I would encourage you to do some “Googling” yourself. You will find lots of articles on the subject!

Thanksgiving with Grandma

Content by Leo Lucas

I always spend Thanksgiving Dinner with my grandmother, mostly because we both love to cook. She usually puts the turkey in the night before Thanksgiving and then we spend the rest of the night making bread and other baked goodies. My grandmother taught me to cook when I was a little girl, so I always love going back to her home to cook with her.

We usually have our dinner around 2 pm, so we wake early in the morning to prepare side dishes and serve a home cooked breakfast to the family. We have all of the general side dishes as well as garden fresh vegetables that she freezes in the summer months.

My grandfather carves the turkey as we place dishes and fresh bread on the big table in the dinning room. This is pretty standard every year. We tend to sit at the table eating for a few hours and talking about the years past. Many times we will hear stories from the Great Depression and Wars, which is great for a history buff like me.

When we are done with Thanksgiving dinner we clean up and settle down in front of the television  for an old movie and some pie. The laughter usually laughs well into the night, when the turkey sandwiches are served.

Tough Month for Moving

My good friend, Julie, has to move this month. She has to be out of her old apartment by October 31, which is Halloween. What a horrible day to have to move!

She has been talking to different moving companies to check on her options. She just has a cute little two bedroom apartment and not a lot of “stuff,” so she is considering doing most of the packing herself. I can’t blame her for that – if you pack it then you have a good idea of where it is when you have to unpack later.

I don’t have any first hand experience with professional movers to be able to help her finding help. But I sure can show up at her apartment one night after work and help her pack and clean. Sometimes the kitchen is the hardest room to get ready for moving. Not only do you have to pack a lot of spillable and breakable items, but you have to clean everything after it is empty.

She has already got the moving quotes and is trying to make up her mind which company to use. She is running out of time – she has to be moved in just 2 weeks! I told her that I am standing ready to help – just let me know which night after work would be most convenient for her. After all, that’s what a good friend does.