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May 31, 2012 8:59 am 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2012 2:48 am
Well, folks, I made it to MI and back in one piece, though I feel that I 'lost some of my  marbles' while there, dealing with my 90yo mother.  For the most part, I was able to keep my cool, even when mom spent 45 minutes looking for her purse (to go shopping) and couldn't remember where she'd hidden the darn thing!

Not being a huge fan of travel (regardless of type of transportation,) I did rather well.... well, sort of.  While attempting to navigate Detroit's airport, anxieties ran high both going, and returning home...  I neglected to take "Henry" my walking stick.  When the "dizzy" spells hit, which spike my anxiety to the max,  I would be left standing in wide open areas, with nothing around me to hold onto, or steady myself.  It's a terrible feeling to fear that with each step, I could take a tumble... head over heels, in the middle of a busy airport!  When my knees go weak, Henry gives me that little bit of support which is needed to speed me through the panic attack, and back on track, able to continue my adventure.

Regardless, I arrived home to the excitement of the"two boys" and of course our 4 kitties.  To my great surprise, the crazykitchen was actually pretty tidy - short of junk I'd left piled up in the corners.  I look forward to actually cooking a meal later today...  I've returned to SUMMER WITH A VENGEANCE, as 114 is predicted for a a high!  Time to start reserching "eating light/summer meals" and then check the pantry...  (I refuse to go to the grocery today!)

It seems that the "alphabet soup series" is very much out of sinc with the weather, but I am duty  bound to complete... afterall, I have only 3 soups left to prepare!  After Zuchinni Soup, I'll recap by listing all of the recipes I've chosen and prepared, from A to Z.

Meanwhile, be happy, be healthy, and cook crazy!
May 31, 2012 1:24 pm
Welcome home! I went looking for you on FB. I totally understand how bad the airport can make you feel. I invariably have to fly out of JFK when I go to visit my grands. I start getting a feeling of panic as we drive in with all the traffic and confusion and it gets worse once I'm in the terminal and have to face TSA. My last trip I learned the airlines have personnel to help people like us, you simply need to let them know ahead of time. Go relax!
May 31, 2012 3:55 pm
BigShotsMom, good to hear from you... Funny you should mention "airport help!" When I got off the plane in Detroit, a gal asked if she could help, guess I looked confused or such. "Are you alright?" I'll be fine... my knees, from sitting so long... "Do you need a wheelchair?" Pride got the better of me, I fear. Had I only known I'd have to traverse the ENTIRE aiport to get my connection! Coming back, I was much closer, but still had to stop and catch my breath a couple times... Such is life... "pop" another pill, Stevie! Be well!
Jun. 1, 2012 1:56 pm
I thought I was the only one that hated to travel. At least you are back home. 114 ouch! Zuchini soup I need to not miss that one!
Jun. 1, 2012 4:14 pm
Cat, I'm hitting the grocery over the weekend, so by week's end, I hope to have the series finished up... Be well!
Lee B 
Jun. 2, 2012 3:54 pm
Oh Stevie-I really feel for you. I used to fly in and out of Detroit for years! I don't handle large crowds well, and never have. I am glad you handled it the best you could. Your Mum sounds like mine. Happy you're back home!
Jun. 2, 2012 7:09 pm
Thanks, Lee B... I HATE that things "make" me be this way, but what can you do? I'm home now, until at least Sept. Be well BTW, Detroit is nothing, compared to Minneapolis!!!!
Lee B 
Jun. 3, 2012 5:52 am
Stevie-I think I had the hardest time in Dallas/Ft.Worth airport. I actually went back the WRONG way in a secure area setting off some bells and whistles! If I could've disappeared, I would have. Yoga relaxes me. But I think I would get some crazy looks,if I suddenly started doing that in the middle of ANY airport! You put a smile on my face when I read your blog! Take care, and enjoy the desert heat.
Jun. 3, 2012 6:47 pm
Lee B, you've got a point there... I got some pretty strange looks just trying to stagger around, without falling over! Best to laugh about it... and take another pill! lol Be well
Jun. 4, 2012 2:48 am
good to see you back Stevie, can't wait for your zucchini soup, i have bunches now my one plant is going nuts,but i luv the stuff,and the soup will be great with the air on,big glass of iced tea,all will be good in my world...lol...later friend....Judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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