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Oct. 25, 2011 6:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2011 11:29 am
yep i hate kitchen remodeling!! i mean very, very , very much! such a pain in the wazoo. are we gonna expand the kitchen out, where to place the sink ( are we getting a new one?), do we want electric or a gas range top ( how large, what type, where, can we afford it.), i sit here typing and can wander thru the plastic maze that has sealed off MY kitchen with no plumbing, no sink, no ovens, no range top...nothing but a refrigerator. i DO have a burial size hole there where the plumbers tore open the tile floor and replaced a drain line.  talk about stress! are we now extending the kitchen larger, can we afford to? what tile,counter-tops, backslplash. does it match...the wife makes the choices...i COOK, but allow her input/ judgement...does she change her mind...only as quickly  as clouds pass over-head.. i love her...but  com'n! we have insurance paying for a suite at the hilton, but i can't cook at that kinda place. all my seasonings are barricaded behind plastic. what's the point? we will eat out...which i'm already sick of!plan your adventure better then you anticipate...like i said it's truly a pain in the ...well you know!! i need some cheese with my whine...just 2-3 weeks more. i HATE it!  thx for listening to a crazy rant.
Oct. 25, 2011 6:11 pm
I like the new glass tops, this is my second. I don't think I would ever go back to the old type range, and my wife don't like gas for some reason (not that she does any cooking anymore). I think LP maybe more expensive than natural gas and electric anyway. natural gas is not an option where I live. One thing I need besides counter space, is a place for recycle bins (Glass, plastic, cans). I did get a new refrigerator last week, it was 16 years old.
Oct. 25, 2011 6:47 pm
You could be living with relatives! Now, doesn't the Hilton seem nice? As for the remodeling, that's the nature of the beast!
Oct. 25, 2011 6:57 pm
hi king! she decided on a very nice gas range top with a grill today. we / she burned some plastic today. i know the kitchen is gonna be terrific, but, good grief, i truly hate this!
Oct. 25, 2011 7:02 pm
hi mike! i hope you are feeling well!! i always think of you when cancer is mentioned. i tell folks ya can beat it! you did! yeah...i AM NOT going to live with relatives! we have the key for the suite at the hilton...but i want to be here tomorrow so i can let other contractors in for additional repairs. the wife is mad...but i'm not leaving the home unlocked. so many decisions you must make quickly.
Oct. 25, 2011 7:20 pm
Oh Gary - - remodeling a kitchen is like a marriage - - you have to be in for the long haul - - otherwise you give up. So cowboy up and ride that bronco - you can do it!!! The cool part is you can add all those things that make "being the cook" a whole lot more fun. I hope you're getting a walk-in pantry added - - and definitely a trash compactor - - I'd give up my dishwasher before the trash compactor - and my hubby loves it too!! And LOTS of counter space - there's never enough of that - lol!! Just remember this . . . . when everyone gathers . . where do they gather??? . . . THE KITCHEN!!!!! So make it the kitchen of your (and her) dreams. Then endure the inconvenience because the pay-off will be worth it!!!
Oct. 25, 2011 7:24 pm
You know I almost posted on the buzz today- "anyone want to join me for some wine and whine"! I refuse to ever remodel in this house again! I'm whining cause my stupid horse spooked and ripped off hand hide with the lead rope. Yep 3rd degree rope burns on the fingers. Good luck with the remodel! I truly mean that cause if my DH ever says those words again he might find himself in orbit :)(:
Oct. 25, 2011 7:38 pm
hi luvtocook! we have to make some sacrifices now, but in @ 3 monthe she wants to add a walk-in pantry and enlarge the kitchen...we are planning it now. she wants to tear down a wall to move the den/family room into another room. this is like the old movie the blob...it just keeps growing.
Oct. 25, 2011 7:41 pm
hi cat! i truly agree with you! it's been so stressful on so many levels! rope a pig and bar-b-que that horse!
Oct. 25, 2011 7:49 pm
Dude, take it from someone who has been through a couple thousand of these, literally, it's worth the pain. Hang in there. I guess I should mention, I'm a cabinetmaker, I build kitchens. All my best!
Oct. 25, 2011 7:52 pm
It's hard, but you just have to call on your sense of humor. I LOVE having a gas stove and an electric oven. Good luck, Gary and Claire.
Oct. 25, 2011 7:56 pm
hi randy! it was very difficult to get the wife to pull the trigger on what,where, who, and when. i wanted her to be involved, even though all she does in the kitchen is slice a banana and slap some cercal together. i pity you actually...i know you have from folks that , well i changed my mind...kill 'em!
Oct. 25, 2011 8:00 pm
hi marianne! yep that's what is gonna happen...a very nice gas range top and double elstric ovens. i'll be asking for baking recipes now...no excuses now. they have ripped up my floor...i could bury a canterous person in the hole in my kitchen. got plenty of space now...unfortunately!
Oct. 25, 2011 8:59 pm
Just make sure Claire doesn't think you're cantankerous...
Oct. 25, 2011 10:34 pm
Oh the lucky, lucky two of you. I have such kitchen envy. Pain in the poohah? Yes, yes, yes! That you get to do it? Yes, yes, yes!
Oct. 26, 2011 6:46 am
Remodeling = a mixed bag. So glad you are getting your dream kitchen! It's like studying for a final exam. You have to do it, but don't want to go through the time/pain/weariness of the process. Instant gratification or the magic wand is just not there!! Here's a toast to you and Claire - "Remember the final, great results are worth it all!! Enjoy the process!!" I'm thinking your next AR bash should begin in that new kitchen, in that beautiful home! How about sharing some pics of the mess in process?
Oct. 26, 2011 7:01 am
Run and hide.
Oct. 26, 2011 7:53 am
hi mags...now since we needc a 24 nch double oven...she has changed her mind yet again! i'm so happy...said with dripping sarcasm!! now the same is going back...maybe in 3-4 months i can get my kitchen GAS range top and my fancy double ovens!
Oct. 26, 2011 7:57 am
hi red...everything is now on hold...according to consumer reports the kitchen elite series wall ovens are the best, but they DON'T make it in a 24 inch size. now more time to have the cooking-challenged wife to procrastinate.
Oct. 26, 2011 8:00 am
hi maw! we have come to a halt! we still get the new tile,counter-tops and backsplash...remodeling will come probably in january.
Oct. 26, 2011 8:04 am
hi rose! she did yesterday, i wouldn't leave the house with doors unlocked so i stayed. she was mad as a snake. they had a free beer tap, indoor heated pool , free breakfast and dinner and jacuzzi at the hilton but i still stayed here. hard to give up free beer!
Oct. 26, 2011 8:28 am
Ok Gary, I have "Kitchen Remodel PTSD." And, you've just given me a flare-up! Thanks a bunch buddy! Dang it!!! But, seriously.... in 2006, we remodeled our kitchen. I was absolutely convinced someone in my household (there's just the hubby and myself) would die before it got completed. Good Luck my friend.
Oct. 26, 2011 8:47 am
the wife is wishy-washy on where to expand the kitchen...i know i'm gonna lose my man-cave. it's just a matter of time, i see it coming. january
Oct. 26, 2011 10:21 am
Give up . . .the man cave is history!!! I see a new walk-in pantry, a 6 burner jen-air with side griddle and hood vent, a new trash compactor, double ovens, a warming drawer . . .you have heard of those - right?, a double deep sink, an island with a built-in produce sink, overhead rack for hanging pots & pans, and an 8-chair tapas bar for entertaining from an open theater style kitchen . . . . let me design that kitchen - - I can make decisions in a heart beat - - you got the money honey . . .I got the time!!! LOL
Oct. 26, 2011 10:37 am
lmao! love ya lov2cook...you sound expensive!! i want a double-wide on a large BASS lake and grab a charcoal grill and umbrella and be done!! wife now has 3 months to torture me with different ideas about her new pantry,en-larging the kitchen, where and what to put new appliances...all that stuff...i hate it! i thought she pulled the trigger and now, since the double ovens do not come in 24 inches...she has to rethink EVERYTHING! talk about gray hair...yehaw!
Oct. 26, 2011 12:24 pm
Why of course they don't come in 24 inches - this isn't a Suzy Homemaker kitchen - - this is a "welcome-to-the-South-sit-down-and-jaw-awhile" kitchen - - - so hand me that sledge hammer and back up . . .time to tear down another wall!!!! WOOT! WOOT!
Oct. 26, 2011 6:06 pm
I have done many kitchens. They are not fun.....but beyond rewarding. Look for the light at the end of the tunnel:)
Oct. 26, 2011 6:17 pm
BTW Some of my clients have watched way too much HGTV. They think they are designers and they think it takes a week :(
Oct. 26, 2011 8:09 pm
HI MAUI1 i wish it took a week! it is gonna be interesting the next couple/3 months. mylepp is coming thru next month...maybe she can help claire choose some stuff. i hate having to be gone from the home, a glorfied hotel for a couple weeks and STILL not having the double ovens or gas range top. the walk-in pantry...sure i will love it , but now i have to still make do with what i have. i know this is a whine...but i HATE this situation, and then having to thru it again in january...good grief! i WILL NOT move out next time!!
Oct. 26, 2011 8:16 pm
lov tocook...you be cruel...and no sledgehammer for you, lmao!
Oct. 27, 2011 10:03 am
OK, I am lost or I missed something. What are you doing NOW,,,, and then what are you doing in Jan? Is there a reason to not do both at the same time so it is only ripped up and out once?? The end result sounds like it will be yours and Claire's dream kitchen!!
Oct. 27, 2011 10:22 am
hi chris! the initial plan was to " do it all now, while the kitchen/ den is in shambles), but since we can't get the kenmore elite double ovens in 24" inch width ( they don't come in that size) we have to recalibrate everything. we have prepared the servicemen that they will have to prepare for coming back out, so we are adding tile where we normally didn't have it. claire is talking now about hiring a kitchen designe to give her advice. i WANTED everything done now, instead i'm sitting in some fancy hilto suite. workers will crank up installing the new porecelian tile monday, or at least that's the plan. this is a very nice place...but there is no place like home. we went bye eariler this morning, folks were there boxing up MY man stuff...yeah i HATE it! i'm not moving out in january!! i mean staying in a fancy hotel is swell,if you like that kinda thing...i don't. i have to take an elevator, walk outside just to smoke. i probably look like someone trying to break into a car.but in january...yes, we are going to enlarge the kitchen...move my man-hole ( i can't call it a cave--too small) to another area, decide if walls come down and where my man-hole goes.
Oct. 27, 2011 11:34 am
Poor Gary! I've had 3 kitchens redone in my life and I learned a few things along the way. If there is anyway you can do it, get at least a 30" wide oven. I think 24" is just too narrow if you are baking. That may do for roasting. Consider a cork floor instead of tile. I always had to have a mat in my work area because tile has no give to it and is hard on your back and legs if you spend a lot of time there. And last, no matter how much planning and money you throw at it, you will always think of someting you could have done differently after you use it for a while. Hang in there, you can survive this!
Oct. 27, 2011 12:06 pm
I hate to say this, but I'm glad you didn't get the 24" ovens. Been there when we had a fire and had to do a quick think remodel with new kitchen. 24" is WAY too narrow. 30" or more is so much better!! A kitchen designer is a great idea. They have so many tricks the average person doesn't know about
Oct. 27, 2011 1:33 pm
hi bsm! this is not a project for the weak! to use movie analogies...what began as the "the thing" morphed into "the blob" morphed again to "the money pit" and is at the point of the "titannic" i truly hate this situation....claire and i are ready for boxing coach. i can see where folks lose all sense of sanity!
Oct. 27, 2011 1:40 pm
hi ma! i say return the kitchen to crummy normal and forget about it...i'm so disgusted! 24, 30 or 36 inches i don't give a flip anymore. i can afford any of them, but the chasm is driving between us is insane! we are stuck, now...i TRULY HATE this we can't get new appliances, now i/we will have to build new cabinets and shop again...i go to walmart...in and out...i never go without a list...i'm in and out. this is hell.
Oct. 27, 2011 9:47 pm
Gary! I feel your pain. Not that I have ever had the ability to remodel anything, but not so long ago, when I still lived with my parents, they re-did their kitchen. Good Lord! They ended up having their hardwood floors refinished at the same time. It took acrobatic feats just to get out the dang door! Not a fun time...but the results are awesome. That being said, don't give up your man cave! I am the primary cook, and the huge sports fan around here, and I can tell you personally, I can deal with my cramped, crowded little kitchen. If I had the money, I would create a woman cave...big screen T.V. to watch football and hockey...a kegerator for ice cold beer...my own bathroom. Yes! Sign me up for that plan!!!
Oct. 27, 2011 11:26 pm
gas is best with cooking!! i know not much to say but that's it !! you can find hotels with kitchens, i know its not a good size but hey,if you can get in good with the kitchen manager at your hotel particularly they will let u use there smaller kitchens( the prep area)& man cave lol my husband has one in every house we've been in,its a must for us to get peace!! thnxx for the blog,my only 2nd one Ive read&posted mel ;)
Oct. 28, 2011 6:31 am
Gary, yes a remodel is a pain. Old house was gutted over a two year period and the kitchen was the worst of all the rooms! Although we laugh now at a pix with me and a sledge hammer on the first wall to go down! A pix DH loves is my scrunched up face when he took a pix of me washing coffee cups in the bathroom sink! I'd love to do some things in my new kitchen but don't think we can handle another remodel for another decade! Best of luck!
Oct. 28, 2011 6:50 am
I feel your remodeling pain! My DH has a man garage/cave. After the 3 remodels we have done here, I would rather MOVE than go thru that stress again. In fact, the DH suggested we remodel the kitchen so I could get my dream kitchen. I said "Thanks but NO thanks"!! I'll make do. Good luck!
Oct. 28, 2011 11:44 am
Oh dear, I've just gotta put in my 2 cents worth. We found that "drop in ranges", wall ovens and counter cook tops are way more expensive than a slide in range. Have you seen the Kenmore Elite dual fuel range? http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02275603000P?prdNo=6&blockNo=6&blockType=G6
We have the 40" range we put in with a Broan 42" hood overhead, and I just love it. The large oven has an inside width of 22.5 inches. Don't know if that's a negative for you. People have given bad reviews saying the little side oven won't fit any pans but that is bunk, there are plenty of toaster oven size pans for sale. Also, we put in granite counter-tops and have been much happier with them than with tile. So worth the money. Sorry for the major disruption with the remodel, BTW, do you have a camp stove you can set up in the garage? DD and DSIL did this while they were remodeling. Just pretend you're camping out, make it a fun challenge. Well, for the cooking and eating part anyway. The planning part is the b*tch. We've designed and built three homes over the years and one piece of advise stands out...keep it simple. Don't spend a lot of money on fancy mural tiles or ornate cabinetry, etc. You'll end up in debt with a gaudy, dated kitchen. Just plain white tile from Home Depot with a nice brown grout has a clean dramatic look and is not expensive. The only thing that troubles me here is the plan to do this in two steps. Please don't unless you have it planned out down to the gnat's eyebrow. My fear is you'll be ripping out work done on the first remodel for the second remodel or paying twice for one kitchen. I don't know about hiring a designer either. It's bad enough butting heads with each other without having a third person to duke it out with. I went through two Home Depots and Lowe's before I found a salesperson who would plan my kitchen cabinets the way I wanted them on our latest house. That was not fun. There are lots of books on kitchen design that cover most everything. The only thing I couldn't find out about to my satisfaction was the recommendations for lighting. Also, I better knock off before I write a book here, take a look at some model homes for sale to get ideas. Or house plan magazines, they usually have plenty of pictures of kitchens and kitchen layouts. Best wishes for you and a beautiful new kitchen in your future.
Oct. 28, 2011 9:44 pm
Patience is a virture, My GDear!
Oct. 28, 2011 9:46 pm
***Virtue*** Its a tough situation and you will get thru it with your/our Claire... (((((HUGS)))))
Oct. 29, 2011 1:04 am
I have been there. I was without my kitchen for 3.5 weeks. We remodeled our entire house. All the way down to changing out the electrical outlets from the old tan colored to white. The tile guy was the worst. He did a great job but was slower than molasses... I feel like breaking out in hives just thinking about it! Good luck...
Oct. 29, 2011 3:35 pm
Gary and Claire...I envy the new kitchen but not having to go through the whole re-model ordeal!... I did choose some upgrades with our current house/kitchen; the things I would keep the same are: the gas stove/oven, the granite countertop, having a kitchen island with barstool seating, appliances in stainless steel. If I got to do it again the things I would change are: 2 ovens instead of one during holidays, the kitchen sink NOT at the island where people can sit and look at a dirty sink (occasionally), NOT having the microwave above the stove, instead I'd love to have a nice tile backsplash with a stainless fan above it and hide the micro... Also the main thing I'd love if I could have a new kitchen would be a professional oven with indoor grill!.. Good luck with the remodel and I know you'll enjoy it when it's all done! :)
Oct. 29, 2011 3:55 pm
Be thankful for what you do have. I used to cook and bake all the time. Then I ended up getting a tumor in my vertebrae. 2 surgeries and radiation later, it hurts to eat, and hurts to stand. I have to put off my cooking way longer then you :( and it sucks.
Oct. 30, 2011 12:27 pm
hi puck! we are cut from the same clothe concerning the man-hole idea! we go by everyday to check the progress and feed the flea-bag cat outside and give the other fleabag ( thats locked in cat jail) her medicine...gotta wear gloves with her!
Oct. 30, 2011 12:29 pm
hi mel and thx! good idea about sweet-talking kitchen personel. i'm hoping to be back at home by friday.
Oct. 30, 2011 12:31 pm
hi lucky noodles! I agree maybe...MAYBE once a decade is often enough to remodel a kitchen.
Oct. 30, 2011 12:33 pm
hi cat! YES i agree...i hate this ...they didn't get all the old tile out friday, so another day to wait for installiation to begin.
Oct. 30, 2011 12:38 pm
hi joan and thx! some of ya folks have been thru more than a coupl of these remodels and ya seem sane...i'm gritting my teeth and moving forward. we think we will expand into our office area. well that's the idea today, lol!
Oct. 30, 2011 12:41 pm
hi mylepp! i love ya gal! i'm sitting here in a hilton suite gritting my teeth! gonna be good to see ya. hell, we may still be here, but we will leave the light on here, they do have free beer, wine, breakfast and dinner.
Oct. 30, 2011 12:43 pm
hi ann! everyone has been great, the packers,the folks that are tearing out everything,the installers, the hilton staff, where we are staying...but i'm ready to go HOME!
Oct. 30, 2011 1:01 pm
hi traci! we are going with all your " i should of done things" except the micorwave will HAVE to go above the gas-top range. i can afford the pro series oven, but our kitchen,even after enlarging will not for it. but, boy i would love to have one! yep ceramic tile backsplash,dual onens a nice large gas range top. the vent hood is something we are debating. we really only use the microwave for reheating left-overs. even with a remodel, our family eats at different times,so the microwave comes into play preety much everyday. i want to check some restuarant supply stores for an exhaust fan. i had no clue those things were so expensive! and yep stainless steel is the way we are gonna roll...hopefully brushed stainless steel.
Oct. 30, 2011 1:07 pm
hi spookie! we didn't plan this remodel. a main water line broke in the kitchen. we were rushed to make decisions that i hope will not haunt us down the road. we are still getting new tile, cabinets, backsplash...but not our dream kitchen just yet. i hate it! but very soon everything will be done, just a little more research needed, compromises to make,etc. i'm very sorry that the tumor has kept you from YOUR kitchen. be careful and take care of yourself, people love you!
Oct. 30, 2011 1:13 pm
spookei there are many folks here that have thru tumors,cancer,heart attacks. please come to the recipe buzz section of this site, you can ask anything and folks are knowledgeable, helpful and truly understanding. you are not alone! it seems if we live long enough, we all have the same problems eventually...believe me.
Oct. 30, 2011 6:56 pm
oh Gary my dear, I fell for you honey. When DH and sons redid my kitchen it was a mess. We did it ourselves and I only missed cooking one meal in it. I was a bit dissipointed I didn't get to eat out more.Oh well. I love it now. Hope you hang in there. (((((hugs)))) to Clair and the kids.
Oct. 30, 2011 7:39 pm
hi robin! love my parasailing dare-devil! if ya need some pecans...shout out! i hate the kitchen remodel stuff! it looks like it may take at least another week or 2. i'm ready to pull my hair out!
Oct. 31, 2011 12:01 am
gderr - Can't wait to see the before and after pics! I am sure you will love it. :D
Oct. 31, 2011 4:10 am
hi bee! we will probably have it really "finished" in mid-january. i do have some pictures of the before on my phone, either mylepp or my moose can figure out how to upload to this siyr. i truly am tech-challenged. i hope that today they will have all the tile up so others can start REPLACING the new tile! remember you got plenty of time to save and plan for the southern round-up next year, and hopefully you can see it in person, we are a great lay-over!
Oct. 31, 2011 8:14 am
Hate it! I hate it with you! Our house is an old house over 120 years old. We remolded the kitchen oh wait a minute we are still remolding the kitchen and everytime I think oh yeah finally it's going to be done it's not! We expanded the kitchen ourselves. The economy went down the drain with a hard flush and what what is this! Three years later and still my husband won't get off his and install the kitchen sink! Still not real light fixtures hung and no floors! Well yes there is a floor but not tile or anything! What to trade? I'd be happy to trade? I'm sick of taking the dishes to the laundry room to wash. Now dear don't you feel better with my "crazyz" rant? And it's sadly all ture. :(
Oct. 31, 2011 9:41 am
hi rbc! i know about procrastinating. i was a project manager for a commerical roofing company ( we roofed the mall of georgia), but i WILL NOT crawl on my roof to remove branches. when i was a kid i cut lawns to make extra money, but iwould not push a lawnmower if the grass was 5 foot high. i'll sale my blood for someone to do it. i guess you need to make an "arrangement" with your hubby...possibiliy another bedroom until you get YOUR kitchen back? good luck sweetie,i feel SORRY for you, i know your pain!!
Oct. 31, 2011 4:10 pm
I had to laugh while reading this, b/c this is just all to familiar,with the exception of staying at a hotel and a husband that cooks...he was doing the remodeling (that i was paying more than half of the expenses). I thought i was going to have a nervous breakdown at the time..It was hectic to say the least (add 2 kids into that mix)..and the real kicker is now we are getting divorced and well he stays in the house with beautiful kitchen THAT I HAVE GOT STUCK PAYING FOR! Hope you have better luck!
Oct. 31, 2011 4:39 pm
hi jules! now that sucks!!and i think i'm disgusted? gosh so many similar stories it's amazing! i hope everything turns out great for you!
Oct. 31, 2011 9:00 pm
Hey Gary - just wanted to stop in and see how things are going on the remodeling. You remind me of my hubby - he can handle any disaster as long as he can eat and sleep in his own home. You're getting done what is necessary and it will be worth the effort. I live in Florida and missed the southern round up but I plan to attend the one next year. I may have to make my way via Atlanta just to get a glimpse of your new digs. I'm a southern girl and love to extend southern hospitality, so I love a kitchen that is the "hub" of the home. With your love of cooking, you kitchen may become your new "man cave"- I know it will be a great place to gather. Maybe next year, the southern round up should be at your place and we can gather at a hotel nearby and then cook at your place - - how bout it?? Up for a little Southern invasion? I'm a chef and caterer - - I'll cook, if someone will help with clean up. You and Claire hang in there - you and her are the "heart" of your home - the rest is just brick and mortar.
Nov. 1, 2011 7:11 am
hi luv! you are certainly invited! we are about 100 s.w. of atlanta. we could have a southern round-up here, it's a fairly large city with @ 300,000 folks and some very nice things to do/see. this is the "old south" last civil battle was fought about 2 miles from my home. national infantry museum is located here callaway gardens is 20 miles north. great bar b que, and soul food restaurants. but all that being said...i still gotta hit fla.!
Nov. 1, 2011 7:19 am
oh yeah, i THINK they are ready to start RECONSTRUCTING! i think we are still stuck in this fancy hotel for at least 7- 10 more days. yep,, i'll be bald by that time from pulling out my hair. even claire ( the most patient person i know) sounded aggravated yesterday. she has to pick grout today for the tile.
Nov. 1, 2011 7:53 am
woot woot for the Derr's you will enjoy a new kitchen. Now having that out of the way, I know many men who make a good living doing renos and kitchen or bathroom renos usually mean more than just time to reno. SO Gderr what did you do? What are you compensating for? LOL
Nov. 1, 2011 11:29 am
hey I AM A tripod! lmao! we went by today and they have not started installing the tile yet. i'm gonna get someones azz tomorrow if no one is at my home working! who knew what we thought started as a leak from the garbage disposal or dish-washer was going to lead to this HELL! this really could take another 2 weeks and we get the opportunity to do it again in january...but at least we will NOT move out! btw....bass were biting before we got exiled here. send that boy down south i will scare that boy bad on a large bass boat, and yes, he will need a snow-mobile suit on this bass boat! love ya gal!
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i enjoy cooking. the wife considers it a chore. i hate yard work. she loves it. we mesh. i love bass fishing, reading, music, baseball, college football and my family.
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i love vegetables, soups, and italian cusine.
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holidays are a big deal! christmas is my time to shine. i try to add a new recipe each year, but the family demands pretty much the same menu. kinda frustrating!
My cooking triumphs
i cared for my mother in law about 3 months when she had shattered her shoulder. i didn't work, so money was tight. we survived on only wife's paycheck during that time. ma-n-law had diet restrictions. it was difficult to make cheap, nutritious meals everyone would eat. we prospered as a family and learned alot about each other's strenghths and weaknesses.
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a stove top fire. i explained that one already. the grill falling over was another one...oops grill season is here! i love the tragedies...those are the ones that i'll always remember!
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