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and then there was the time..... 
Aug. 29, 2011 8:28 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2011 4:22 pm
The Buzz is always a source of inspiration and many times laughter, sometimes tears.  
Many posts bring back memories - long buried (some, for good reason) but somehow those memories bring a smile to my face - well, at least most of them do.  Some are best left forgotten. 
Today "RatherBeCooking" posted her husband's success at making scrambled eggs - we celebrated! 
That brought back memories.....
Roll back the clock to 1975 - newly married - living in an apartment with a small patio court yard. 
Time Check 10 AM
Hubby and I are spending Saturday morning at Montgomery Wards. Remember that store?  (It is were we met.)  He spots a dandy BBQ - an orange and black 'Black and Decker' model- assembly required.  Now, keep in mind this is a charcoal model - in 1975 propane BBQ's were a thing of the future - at least to us.  
We proudly load that box of BBQ into the back of our mustard yellow Ford Pinto and head for home.

  No, this isn't the actual car - just one like it that I snagged from Google images.
We open the box and out pours 2,000 screws, nuts, bolts and assorted loose pieces.  Hubby sets about assembling said BBQ on the avocado green shag carpet in the living room. 
Time Check: Noon
I head to the store for charcoal and the best steaks we can afford. 
We are grinning from ear to ear.
I return from the store - to find hubby and a pile of pieces - instruction sheets spread hither and I set about "helping".  This is where I learned that hubby had quite a vocabulary.  None the less we pressed on until hubby declared the BBQ assembled. 
I dared to inquire about the extra nuts bolts and screws.  (I am not going  mention what extra nuts, bolts and screws do a vacuum cleaner.... that is another story.)
Did you know "They always supply extra - just in case!"   
We proudly wheeled that Black and Orange BBQ, shaped like a flimsy tool box, out to the patio -
Time Check: 10 PM    Charcoal in hand he loads it up. 
"Hey, do they tell you in the instructions how to light this thing?"
(I am certain that Match Light Charcoal was invented for people like us.) 

Plan B:   
Scrambled eggs - and we are still married after 37 years. 
Aug. 29, 2011 8:31 pm
Hey, I had a jade green 1978 Pinto with gold accent stripes! Isn't it amazing how there are always extra parts included in every box? And who needs stinkin' instructions?
Aug. 29, 2011 8:32 pm
BTW, married 30 years. Guess he didn't bother reading the instructions that came with this package either. Just glad there's no extra parts!
Aug. 29, 2011 8:39 pm
LOL - there are ALWAYS extra parts! DANG! Good thing he knows how to operate and clean up the computer - he leaves the nuts and bolts to me these days. It is an agreement we have. :)
Aug. 29, 2011 8:39 pm
Ah, Pintos and GTOs ... the good old days! Your story is so funny. But, I gotta know. What ever happened to the BBQ?
Aug. 29, 2011 8:42 pm
Red and white 1975 ford pinto... My sisters hand me down! loved that car! By the way ... a way to a mans heart is through ... Scrambled eggs!
Aug. 29, 2011 8:42 pm
Oh and Lora, this October, my hubby and I will be married 30 years too!
Aug. 29, 2011 8:46 pm
Candice - that BBQ lasted a long time - considering it was missing a lot of screws. Hubby never learned to use it correctly - but it was a source of pride.
Aug. 29, 2011 8:48 pm
Happy Anniversary to us Candice! Our anniversary is October 24th.
Aug. 29, 2011 8:53 pm
Terry! Red and White! You lucky duck! I wanted a Pinto from the day they hit the show room floor...that was before I could drive but I dreamed of owning one. The best I could do was Mustard Yellow but it served me well.
Aug. 29, 2011 8:55 pm
Happy Anniversary to both of you. I am sure you both have stories to tell....I hope they make you laugh.
Aug. 29, 2011 9:05 pm
Thanks BN! Long story, but thinking of how we got together makes me smile. Funny new husband story? We got a deep fryer for a wedding present, already assembled, thank goodness. DH wanted to make doughnuts. So I let him have at it. They looked great, they smelled great, but one bite and I knew something wasn't quite right. They were extremely dense and once they cooled? Oh, boy. Honey, how did you measure the flour? He packed it like brown sugar. Oops!
Aug. 29, 2011 9:34 pm
LOL - Magnolia Blossom - in all honesty - who is born knowning how to measure flour and who is born knowing how to use a screwdriver - I hope hubby is still cooking!
Aug. 29, 2011 9:47 pm
We had the white Pinto with the red stripes. Very sporty! I think it was mid-70's model. Loved your story about hubby and the BBQ, Baking Nana!
Aug. 29, 2011 9:55 pm
Michelle - I wasn't laughing at the time....when you look at the big picture it is pretty funny. BTW - White with Red stripes would be very cool.
Aug. 30, 2011 3:18 am
I'm always amazed at all those "extra" parts. My hubby is the most mechanical, handy man I know so I don't have any funny "assembly required" stories; but we'll be married 30 years on Oct. 17th. Must have been a good month/year to get married! Happy Anniversary to all above.
Aug. 30, 2011 5:08 am
It seems, everything that is meant for a man comes with extra parts. I think it is a conspiracy to aggravate and harass all men for the pleasure of their wives. There have been many times I have spent going over an assembly trying to find a place that needed that errant piece and found nothing. I quickly learned to hide that piece and say nothing about it.
Aug. 30, 2011 5:43 am
Instructions? Guys don't need no stinkin' instructions! Just ask 'em! The first married part makes me think of one of my first meals. Let's just say it wasn't received well ;)
Aug. 30, 2011 6:19 am
Married 38 yrs to Steve. I'm so proud of that! My car was a '78 Javelin, 390ci, painted Big Bad Orange (that was the name of the color!) with a flat black hood. Man oh man, did that car go! Got 10mpg, too, 12 on the highway. And ladies, this year I assembled a BBQ, all by my lonesome. What an accomplishment, first time I've ever done a 'man thing'. But there were no extra parts, what did I do wrong?
Aug. 30, 2011 6:29 am
Mother Ann - My hubby is the computer geek in the family. This skill doesn't require the use of screw drivers or wrenches, which is a good thing.
Aug. 30, 2011 7:09 am
Looking back, the early years of marriage were a lot of fun with all of the mishaps. Thanks for the memory boosting yellow Pinto. I had a friend who on her 16th birthday received a new yellow Pinto from her grandfather. The girls brother was taken on safari in Africa for his 16th bringing back animal skins from the hunt. Being a time of women's liberation we saw it as a clear double standard. How absolutely ungracious and spoiled we all were.
Aug. 30, 2011 7:28 am
Mike - somewhere hidden in the garage is a container of extra parts - "just in case". I don't think we have ever had the need to find that missing piece. It is indeed a conspiracy.
Aug. 30, 2011 7:50 am
sassy - I am quite sure that the instructions are written so poorly because 'they' know that no self respecting man is going to read them. Oh, some of those early meals were pretty interesting! A pan of biscuits that could be used as a Frisbee is one that immediately comes to mind.
Aug. 30, 2011 7:54 am
when i met my future wife she had a vega gt...rmember those pieces of ! she picked me up way too early in the morning for a morning breakfast date she catered...fruit, cheese and wine. i was smitten....we have been together now 35 years married 29. are we really that old? doesn't seem like it! i always tell folks we are newlyweds...wife quickly corrects me! lol!
Aug. 30, 2011 8:30 am
Lucy - 38 years! You have a right to be proud. I remember the Javelins well - my hubby had a MachI, white with black stripes on the hood, when I met him. That was an awesome car. Talk about get up and go! Good memories.
Aug. 30, 2011 8:52 am
If the instructions were originally written by a male design engineer and subsequently copywritten by a female, the female will think that the male didn't "mean it that way" and write it to suit herself. For instance, "Using a 5/16" open end wrench, bake at 350 for two hours and complete assembly after cooling".
Aug. 30, 2011 9:14 am
Marie - all those mishaps - upsetting at the time make for wonderful family stories down the road. I don't remember many of the events that went smoothly - it is the hiccups in life that make memories. :) A brand new Pinto for my 16th birthday would have been a dream come true - interesting that with age comes appreciation and grace. My father adamantly refused to buy any of us a car - we thought he was a cheap old miser. He knew something we didn't - appreciation and pride for having earned it ourselves.
Aug. 30, 2011 9:19 am
gderr - I remember the Vega well. How progressive to have the girl pick up the boy - she must have been smitten too. How wonderful that after 35 years she is still your girl friend & blushing bride. :)
Aug. 30, 2011 9:24 am
Mike - undoubtedly it is a woman who includes those extra parts - we know all too well how men can never find anything - as for those instructions - we also know how to improve such things and can never leave well enough alone. :)
Aug. 30, 2011 10:25 am
Mike - "Using a 5/16" open end wrench, bake at 350 for two hours and complete assembly after cooling". ROFLMAO!
Aug. 30, 2011 10:43 am
Where's Raedwulf when he's needed?
Aug. 30, 2011 11:15 am
... We can find anything we really want. I mean what we reeeealy, reeeealy want .
Aug. 30, 2011 11:26 am
Mike I do believe if Raedwulf is assembling a barbeque - we may not see him for a while. :) I do agree - men, in general can find things they really want - this is the reason I have 3 open containers of peanut butter - No Baking Papa managed to find the new jar of Extra Crunchy - not once but twice! :)
Aug. 30, 2011 11:51 am
I suppose you have a problem with NBP wanting only the freshest peanut butter he can get?
Aug. 30, 2011 12:27 pm
What the heck? I had a post all ready to go extolling the virtues of Pintos. I owned both a 74 and a 78 in my day and I loved those cars. Then I thought, sheesh, this blog aint about Pintos and I didn't post it. I'm married to the love of my life and the fact that we have only been married 5 years is more testament to the fact that the larger of my two heads finally got the upper hand in the battle for space within my heart. Now all that said. Mike, I'm a woodsmith. I can DO nuts and bolts but I hate it with all my heart. If I was uber rich, I would buy vehicles with sealed hoods, never to be opened by me. Gimme a plank and I'll fashion you a drop dead wooden spoon. You can assemble the darnded (spelled badly to fleece the AR censor) barbecue.
Aug. 30, 2011 12:44 pm
Thanks for stopping in Raedwulf - so glad to hear that you aren't in the process on assembling a BBQ. :) I loved my Pinto too - it served me well for many, many years. My first car was a Toyota that ate transmissions - before the second transmission died I headed to the Ford dealership - praying the entire way that the Toyota wouldn't die on the way there. It was a brillant day when I brought my Pinto home.
Aug. 30, 2011 12:46 pm
BTW - I would love to see some pictures of your wood work. That kind of craftmanship is a true gift.
Aug. 30, 2011 1:35 pm
LOL! Oh my goodness...what a great story! I didn't have time to read through all the comments, so I'm wondering if that BBQ ever got assembled properly. Your blog brought back a memory for me! My parents had a mustard yellow Ford Pinto hatchback when I was a kid!! I rode all the way from California to New York and back on the FLOOR of that car's back seat, happily taking my shoes and socks off and putting them back on...or so my parents tell me. I was only 18 months old at the time, after all! Yep...that was before the days of child safety seats. In fact, my "car seat" was nothing more than a restaurant-style booster chair with slots you could run a lap belt through. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane!
Aug. 30, 2011 2:02 pm
Hi Keri - yes the BBQ did get assembled and eventually we even learned how to light it. It made the move with us to our first Condo without falling apart. It was flimsy but served us well for many years. I have to laugh about kids riding on the floor and no car seats - we had a big van that had 2 seats in the front - one long bench seat and then a big open back. We would set up the play pen in the back with child inside play pen drive from LA to San Fransisco. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Aug. 30, 2011 2:12 pm
Hey Nana, btw, my name is Randy. It's funny, I would never consider posting pictures of my work. Not that I'm not proud of it or anything, just that after 23 years, I'm somewhat indifferent to it. I'll do a blog on it one day. Meanwhile, if you'd like to see some of my work, go to I did every interior you see in those shots, from the cabinets to the finish carpentry, some 350 boats over 12 years.
Aug. 30, 2011 2:21 pm
Hey, I myself had to put together our first BBQ--and the swingset! Thank heavens for what used to be readable instructions. All that got lost in our progress! I need to have someone help me figure out all the stuff I could do with my Prius! There are four manuals that came with that!
Aug. 30, 2011 2:38 pm
Randy - thanks for that link - you do amazing work. Beautiful!
Aug. 30, 2011 2:41 pm
Marianne - you know I owned a BMW for four years and never did figure out all the stuff it could do. I do better with nuts and bolts than electronics - that is for sure. NBP and I balance each other out - without him I would not be able to turn on the television.
Aug. 30, 2011 3:20 pm
Oh, I am laughing so hard! Had the same car, same type hubby, same BBQ and same left over parts. Only thing different was our BBQ came from Sears! Thanks for the memories.
Aug. 30, 2011 3:51 pm
BSM - that is amazing! See, we have a lot in common. :)
Aug. 30, 2011 6:09 pm
Haha! Last summer, after only having been together a couple months, BF's parents bought a new propane grill and someone BF and I were recruited to assemble it. Man, that will really test the merits of a new relationship! I know ALL about that vocabulary you speak of lol! But we got it done, with no left over parts (amazing!) and now we are recruited to grill whenever we visit them- that is much more fun :)
Aug. 30, 2011 6:09 pm
*somehow we were recruited!
Aug. 30, 2011 6:13 pm
@Magnolia Blossom, ours is the 10th.
Aug. 30, 2011 7:23 pm
LOLOLOLoooolllOLOLOLolol! I'm trying to stop laughing lolol so I can type. Thank you so much for that bright spot to my day. I canned the most excellent broth today. Lovely golden brown, thanks to you. The DH is off and the DS is soon to follow. I know, I'm not alone as long as I have friends who still remember Pintos. :)(:
Aug. 30, 2011 7:52 pm
Cat - we are with you! Love these old memories! Hubby and I sat at dinner tonight discussing the cars we have owned - the ones we wanted to own and the good time surrounding them.
Aug. 30, 2011 8:04 pm
Puck - Assembling a BBQ should be a prerequisite to marriage - if a relationship can handle this it has a fighting chance. Grilling is a ton of fun these days - but we had our learning curve there too - it probably deserves it's own blog.
Aug. 31, 2011 4:36 am
Well as always I'm late in reading the blogs...this one gave me a good chuckle. Shag carpet...remember the rug rakes...ha ha. I think everyone I knew back then had a Pinto or Vega...but not me I had a VW bug, my husband hated that car, but I could push it all by myself when it broke down. My husband and I are married almost 30 years and don't think I've ever seen him read instructions, I always find them still folded in the bottom of the box....he won't ask for directions either...thank goodness for GPS's. Our first living room set came from Monkey was a real piece of junk and even Good will turned it down. Anyway as one of the greatest that ever lived would sing... thanks for the memories. :)
Aug. 31, 2011 5:34 am
Haven't read the blog yet - just popping in for a minute to say that my dad's Pinto was avocado green and a Runabout. We drove it to Colorado Springs for a family reunion, and our chocolate chip cookies were a melted mess - and we had soda cans exploding in the back - from the sun beating through that big window in the back . . . Thought of you today, btw . . . Drove babyxray to Mt SAC and drove past the Cal Poly store sign (= [I have the flu or some such thing and haven't showered or gotten dressed for a few days, so I didn't stop this time (=]
Aug. 31, 2011 5:36 am
(Btw, the proper name for the extras (nuts, bolts, and screws, etc) is "pocket parts" (=]
Aug. 31, 2011 6:29 am
Thanks for stopping in Sherri - rug rakes - I wonder what happened to mine. :) In about 1976 my BIL & SIL got LIME GREEN shag carpeting - boy was I envious. I always liked the VW Bugs until my son bought one to restore. YIKES - what a project. Funny though, you are right, he could easily push it all by himself....and had to many times.
Aug. 31, 2011 6:31 am
Barb - "pocket parts" is a good name for all those extras. I hope you are feeling better soon and get a chance to stop at the Farm Store.
Aug. 31, 2011 7:53 am
My shag rug was hot pink so I sprayed my rug rake hot pink to match. Thanks for bringing that memory back. Fun times.
Aug. 31, 2011 8:13 am
LOL - HOT PINK with a rack to match! You were styling! :)
Aug. 31, 2011 8:48 am
But it couldn't match the ORANGE shag carpeting WE had! What WERE we thinking? AND Harvest Gold appliances in the kitchen!! At least I was in the same sphere of the color wheel! We just celebrated 39 years in June. Can't believe it. And it is true, as hard as those first few years were,,,, boy there are some wonderful memories! My husband's first teaching job and he made around $5,000.00 for the year. We just came across those pay stubs when we were cleaning out files this Spring. And, sure do remember Monkey Wards!! Great memories from a great blog. Thanks for sharing!!
Aug. 31, 2011 9:16 am
chris k - I remember the Harvest Gold appliances so well. We had a Coppertone refrigerator - $50.00, second hand and man was I happy. I would have been envious of your orange shag! BTW - I still have my Avocado Green recipe box. :)
Aug. 31, 2011 9:17 am
I forgot to say - congratulations on 39 years!
Aug. 31, 2011 12:55 pm
Oh funny! Reading your blog brings back all kinds of memories of setting up house, assembling bits and learning to love together :)
Aug. 31, 2011 2:28 pm
This is why I insisted we buy our barbecue pre-assembled!!
Aug. 31, 2011 2:33 pm
I have avocado green (and WAY beat up!!!) drapes that I inherited from the previous owners that I desperatly need to replace. (Soon, soon!) And rust colored carpet that also needs to be replaced - though that worked well for me. The big problem is the mustard colored paint on my brick fireplace - ewwwwwwwwww! I have asked over the years and no one has been able to tell me how to remove it. I think eventually the only answer is going to be to paint it over )=
Aug. 31, 2011 2:56 pm
Carrie - marriage is a learning process & assembling a BBQ together is a test of love. :)
Aug. 31, 2011 2:58 pm
sara - you are very wise. Fortunately we have that option these days - then, I don't think we even bought a bike assembled.
Aug. 31, 2011 5:17 pm
barb - we will have to talk to Mauigirl Julie about that brick - she will have a solution. I think a painting party sounds like fun. :)
Aug. 31, 2011 5:38 pm
Love the trip down memory lane. I had the avocado green Datsun 510, complete with 8 track. We had the shage rake, and we proudly had loudly patterned 'indoor-outdoor' carpet in both the kitchen and game room! As a newlywed of 23 years, I think assembling a BBQ, flat pack furniture or any other object should be a pre-marriage pre-requisite.
Aug. 31, 2011 6:03 pm
The problem with my fireplace is that it is glossy - therefore oil based(?) - and the guys at Home Depot made it sound like there's no good way to remove it. Of course I asked 20 years ago, so who knows? Maybe mauigirl will (= . . . Ever since we registered for our wedding, I have said that the groom just should not go - but now I'm thinking maybe that should be used as another compatibility/communication test (=
Aug. 31, 2011 6:56 pm
My SO and I could NOT do projects together. Otherwise we got along really well and I cherish the fact that he told me that I taught him what love is (after he was married to someone else for 26 years!). But when we tried to do any home project together we ended up wanting to use the tools involved to do grave physical injury to each other. Sometimes love means just walking away!
Aug. 31, 2011 7:15 pm
Remember when Tupperware's colors included dark brown, orange, yellow & avocado so it could color coordinate with everyone's color themes? Our house had pink walls, rust/brown carpeting & avocado green drapes when we bought it. Yellow kitchen walls with a cheap plastic light fixture with red & blue plastic daisies and gold/brown indoor-outdoor carpeting. Blue paneling in the back entryway with (wait for it...) red patterned indoor-outdoor. My green pinto with PLAID sets was absolutely stylin' compared to the house.
Aug. 31, 2011 10:20 pm
[Magnolia Blossom, my house is still in Tupper's old color scheme!] [head hangs]
Aug. 31, 2011 10:21 pm
And, janet7th, very true and very wise comment! " Sometimes love means just walking away!"
Sep. 1, 2011 6:47 am
Good EatNZ - I forgot about Datsuns. I once dated a guy with a Datsun - he painted the rims neon orange. If you had an 8 Track you were REALLY cool. :) Indeed prior to marriage every couple should be required to assemble a BBQ or furniture together. Maybe that is what Puck's boyfriends parents had in mind. :)
Sep. 1, 2011 6:55 am
Janet - You comment about using tools to do physical harm made me laugh. I think this is how I evolved into the assembler of the family - I dreaded the anger and frustration that it was far easier to do it myself.
Sep. 1, 2011 7:04 am
Magnolia - Plaid seats! You were styling, indeed. I really had forgotten about the patterned indoor / outdoor carpeting. :) My step mother had brown and gold plaid indoor outdoor carpeting with Orange cabinets in her sewing room. I still have and use my orange tupperware measuring cups.
Sep. 1, 2011 7:06 am
Hang in there Barb - those colors are all coming back around. :)
Sep. 1, 2011 8:55 am
:) my 10 minute timer that I set for AR went off a few minutes ago and here I still sit reading darn blogs. Our old car was a '68 Ambassador Rambler, RNGrampa redid the motor and put a cherry bomb muffler on it. I could hear him coming home from 2 miles away. Loved that car. Extra parts, geesh, I had a coffee can full of bits and pieces that rarely gets used on the original item but they often get used on other items. If nuts 'n' bolts fit, they get used, springs, screws, washers, all get used on one thing or another. If that fails grab the handy dandy duct tape and tie wire and I can fix anything:D
Sep. 1, 2011 8:57 am
LOL, an 8 track with a match cover folded correctly, carefully lodged into the corner to keep the music going:)
Sep. 1, 2011 9:50 am
:D Matchbooks, duct tape and tie wire - ESSENTIALS! Ahhh - a 68 Rambler - great cars. RNG - I have one of those coffee cans too. Comes in handy.
Sep. 1, 2011 9:57 am
Oh! Oh, oh! Mr Kotta, Mr Kotta! [dancing my my seat, hand waving frantically in the air! My best Horshack imitation (=] 1. I have the orange Tupper mearsuring cups, too! They were the first ones I ever saw that had measures between 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup - LOVED that! and 2. My first car, in 1981 was a 1971 [or was it '73?] fire engine red Chevy Nova. Definitely a boy's car (= But I needed a car quick [I was starting college the next day], and could afford it . . . The head liner was untucked from the dome light, and whoever road "shotgun" had to hold it up for me, so I could see the rear view mirror =D
Sep. 1, 2011 9:59 am
My ex used to get upset that my man-child would use his tie straps for "fun." [In other words, waste them (=] So, one year, I bought man-child a container of assorted tie straps from Costco for Christmas. I think it is still one of his favorite gifts, ever!
Sep. 1, 2011 10:33 am
I know I am late with this but couldn't resist. By the way our 49th anniversary is October 12th. We bought a new propane grill this summer. It took us 4 hours to put it together.No extra parts though. We must have done something wrong. I mentioned to my husband several times during that 4 hours why he did not get one already put together.
Sep. 1, 2011 10:45 am
Ah, BN, thanks for sharing! Well told. Wow. How gracious is God that the propane grill we purchased this spring was a pre-asssembled floor model? This boon likely has given us a real shot at our 40th anniversary early next year. Our shag was gold, our Pinto aspera-gum yellow/orange, our grill a table top hibachi, our "some assembly required" (complete with pocket parts) nemesis was a plastic motorbike stride and ride toy, from which DH cleverly pocketed the noise maker. (What a man, what a man, what mighty, mighty GOOD man.)
Sep. 1, 2011 10:47 am bout a paint party. I would love to come select colors. As far as that fireplace, we could try some stripper if it is oil based....or paint over it with a new look. I saw the COOLEST fireplace paint treatment where they used a metallic silver paint. It was gorgeous, but I would have to see what you are working with. Take a pic and email it to me. Julie XO
Sep. 1, 2011 12:32 pm
Barb - I have the measuring spoons too - the best part of both the measure cups and the spoons is that they size is imprinted into the plastic and can't wear off. Love them!
Sep. 1, 2011 12:36 pm
char - you are a brave woman - but after 49 years I am quite sure you have mastered the art of assembly assistant. :) My hubby buys pre-assembled when ever possible - otherwise I try to schedule a day away from the house.
Sep. 1, 2011 12:58 pm
This recipe could be from the thumb area or Detroit area. It is a cooked potato salad dressing made with evaporated milk, brown sugar, yellow mustatd, vinegar , flour and s&p and maybe raw egg. This is my Mothers recipe and probably 60,70 y.o. Can anyone come close to thsi recipe? Thanks for being there! Dorothy
Sep. 1, 2011 1:14 pm
Hey Dorothy - you might try asking this on the Buzz - go to the top click the tab that says BUZZ - and request a recipe. Someone just might have it. Good luck.
Sep. 1, 2011 1:26 pm
Hezzy - if the "pocket parts" included the noise maker, he is indeed a great man. No wonder you rhave been married for almost 40 years. I distinctly remember assembling 3 riding toys on Christmas Eve - way into the early hours of Christmas morning. What were we thinking? It really is a miracle that Santa came that year.
Sep. 2, 2011 2:35 pm
LOLOLlolololLOLOL, yet again this blog has me laughing! Now I'm reading the posts and giggling like mad. I had a Maverick as a first car-that oh so lovely green color that you don't see now! You know you are right about the leftover bits. There are always some aren't there? And thank heavens for duct tape!
Sep. 2, 2011 5:47 pm
Ahh, memories! I keep all LEFT-OVER parts for awhile, "just in case"1
Sep. 3, 2011 7:54 am
What a cute story Baking Nana! I enjoyed reading it and all of the hysterical comments. I was young when all of the fun colors were in but I do remember them well. I thought for sure my moms family room would traumatize me for life. I think it was considered Spanish decor maybe? The carpet was bright red, the wallpaper was silver with black velvet fuzzy pattern, there was this enormous painting of a bullfighter fighting a bull that hung behind the red and gold sofa, and then a lifesize statue of a dude in armor that stood by the t.v. that used to scare the creep out of me as a child.
Sep. 3, 2011 9:39 am
Good memories aren't they, Cat? Mamaw - we keep them too and then can't find the right part if the need arises.
Sep. 3, 2011 9:42 am
SLN - I can picture your mother's decor! Although we never owned a lifesize dude in armor! Was the painting on velvet? My step mother had several of those - very chic!
Sep. 3, 2011 10:02 am
It was indeed on velvet..ha ha. I went on my moms fb and found the dude in armor. I guess he wasn't as big as I thought but he seemed lifesized to me then. I'll see if I can send you a couple of the pictures on fb.
Sep. 3, 2011 3:31 pm
LOL! Still laughing! And now I know why the DH's great aunt's tupperware had color. Must have missed that post. Oye, they had one of those cat clocks but an uncle broke it getting it off the wall. Hmmm, the DH really wanted it too. Wonder where I would have put that?
Sep. 3, 2011 7:23 pm
I really enjoyed your story. I too, got married in 1975 and we owned a 1974 yellow pinto. Major difference, my apartment didn't have a patio! My husbands first attempt at grilling: BBQ ribs, he said that they were done after 10 mins, only on the outside!!
Sep. 3, 2011 8:46 pm
Oh Cat! I had a cat clock - the tail wagged back and forth - I don't know what happened to it - I could have found a place for it though...or maybe not - I am clearing stuff out!
Sep. 3, 2011 8:48 pm
Oh Lindy - it took me years to learn to do ribs - decades to learn to cook indirect. I know about the ribs you speak of! We had chicken like that too! Blechhh....
Sep. 5, 2011 2:13 pm
Dorothy, I have that recipe from my mom's files. It is delicious. Won't have time until later to dig it out. email me:
Sep. 5, 2011 2:17 pm
Oh yes, I remember the Spanish decor, velvet, flocked wall paper, Spanish wrought-iron, and all. I have the Tupperware (slime green) measuring cup set, complete with hanger bar, packed away somewhere. The cars from the 50's, 60's and 70's were the best!
Sep. 5, 2011 4:16 pm
Baking Nana - your story still has me chuckling! Extra parts, a VW Bug that wouldn't start when it rained, raccoons that lived in the attic cubby of our first place, and lots and lots of scrambled eggs saw us through many years. Actually, today is our 41st wedding anniversary and we're still speaking to each other! Love the story, thanks!
Sep. 6, 2011 12:08 pm
I'm a little late to the party, but I had to get my laughter under control so I could type:) My grandparents built their house in the very early 70's and, yes, there was that hideous olive green carpet in the master bedroom. The second bedroom had blood red carpet in the same pattern. Remember the wall clocks that had spokes or spikes or something like that radiating out from the clock face? They were faux gold plastic. And then there were mom's olive green, naugahyde arm chairs...I laugh and shudder at the same time. With my husband, the extra parts exist because he doesn't realize the papers that come with whatever he is trying to assemble are the instructions...LOL!
Sep. 6, 2011 4:22 pm
Great story. I felt like I was there. Scrambled eggs can be so romantic. LOL
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Baking Nana

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Aug. 2009

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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