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Mundane would be such an improvement.

I woke up to no water this morning.  Nothing frozen.  It’s not that cold.  Somehow the pump lost prime and evidently run until it was to hot to run any longer.  I don’t know what this means but I will be calling the well repairman at 7 a.m.  I don’t know what else to do.  I think this repair is out of my range of expertise. Not the way I wanted to start out this week.  Not. At. All.

Almost as disturbing as no water on a cold November Monday is something I ran across this morning while perusing the web and waiting to see if a cooling off period would somehow miraculously cause my well to work again.  No, the cooling off didn’t help and neither did the news I found.  The beloved Tasha Tudor raised a bunch of ingrates who are now behaving in such a way as to sully Ms. Tudor’s otherwise fine reputation.  While sitting here trying not to cry over my lack of water, I became close to being physically ill reading the account of the four heirs not only fighting over the will Tasha left and the validity of it, but they were fighting over Tasha.  Or her remains, as it were.  Yes, these people, grown people, fought over their mother’s remains.  Oh the things I wish I didn’t know.  Could it be the prize of $2.5 million, that as things are going, the lawyers will divide?  Could it be resentment for the lives they led growing up?  We all had a very romantic view of Ms. Tudor’s life and work but as most always, things are not as they appear.  One daughter, Bethany, lives in a mobile home, on food stamps and waiting to hear if she qualifies for government housing.  If her brothers and  sister have their ways, she will indeed qualify.

Of course I have googled for an hour this morning trying to see what has happened to this family and reflecting on how differently things went when my parents and Jerry’s parents passed.  I found articles all over the web from Salon to CBS News.  From the New York Times to the Burlington Free Press.  And all points in between.  How did I not know this?  I was stricken when she passed with a deep sense of personal loss for every time I looked a photo of Tasha, I saw my own beloved grandmother, BonDon.   I have written about BonDon before and what a mentor and influence she was in my life.  She and Tasha favored a little in looks and had that same spunky “just do it” personality.  No whining, no complaining, no consideration of how you felt about doing it.  If there was a task to be done, then just do it already! But I think maybe that is where the similarity stopped.  Evidently, Tasha was a much better author/artist than parent.  I think we can see that in the way things are going at present.  And these are not kids we are talking about.  People young enough that you could excuse some of their bad behavior by saying they haven’t lived long enough to deal with such things.  No these people are in their late  60’s!! For godsakes, their mother died and they fought over her ashes.  So clearly, this sibling rivalry, if you can even call it something so palatable, goes a little further than any monetary gain or loss on any of their parts.  I feel such a deep sense of disappointment this morning and I don’t know any of these people on any personal level whatsoever.  So many people loved and followed Tasha Tudor through the years. What a sad way to end things.

I could rehash all the things I read, many of which are definitely not opinions but facts since there are lawyers and judges and depositions and such but I won’t.  Just google Tasha Tudor Family Scandal and you will get all you can possibly stomach even if your day is going better than mine.  I will tell you however that your opinion no matter what it is of Ms. Tudor will likely change as you read.  We are never really what we seem to other people are we?  I try to be.  Sometimes it’s not a good opinion of me that people have.  I try to be myself at all times.  It’s just that my real self isn’t always nice.  Or sweet.  Or cooperative.  And you add to my real self, a hefty dose of depression and moodiness and I can be a handful . Or so I have been told 😉  November is really kicking my butt and it is only the 8th.  And frankly, I think I am holding up pretty well.  Especially considering my doctor and I are in the process of changing my anti-depressant.  I am not sure this was the best time.  My husband is gone, I have had to buy appliances, repair appliances (still no dishwasher until the 15th, unless you count my own two hands) and now the well.  The holidays are upon us and frankly, as much as I pretend not to, I find them very stressful.  Yet, I still have so much good in my life, I don’t want you to for one minute see my sharing as real honest complaining.  It isn’t.  I had the means to get new appliances and call a repairman for my dishwasher and now for my well.  So many don’t have that security.  Our family will have an abundance of food for the holidays and still have the means to buy gifts.  So I am grateful.  Just irritated and inconvenienced.  Trivial matters in the big scheme of things.

But back to what I started out to say when I brought up the Tudor family.  You really could not have asked for anything to go any smoother than any of the four of our parents funerals and dividing of their possessions.  None of them had a lot to divide but it all went without a hitch and as far as I know, everyone was happy with the way things turned out in regards to the inevitable task of dispersing worldly goods. I wonder if they had more, if that would have changed our behavior.  I want to think not. I want to hope not.  Jerry and I have joked that with six heirs our estate will not be worth dividing.  And I think I shall like to keep it that way.  I really don’t understand why or how heirs expect to inherit anything.  I have always thought whatever my parents had, the things they worked for, was theirs.  They didn’t owe me anything.  There were keepsakes I wanted but if there had not been one thin dime when they were gone, I wouldn’t have had ill feelings. And what little there was we divided equally three ways.  I also vowed years ago that I would never fight over it if any three of us disagreed about what to do when my parents were gone.   As it turned out, and just as I had hoped it would, not one of us wanted anything that wasn’t ours to have and never expected any less of each other than fairness and support for each other in our great loss.

I have a plan and I am hoping Jerry will go along.  Let us spend it all while we are alive.  And at the rate I am spending this time he is gone, that won’t be hard to do! Let us not leave enough that there is any chance or reason for any one of our children to be provoked into a dispute over what belongs to whom.  Hopefully by that time, they will all have busy fulfilled lives of their own and will feel like they are supposed to feel when they lose a parent.  Let them feel a loss, sadness, relief that the funeral is paid for ;).  They can have a big book garage sale and divide the proceeds equally after they pay for the signage and ad they took out in the paper.


Simply Saturday Sugar Cookies!

Xmas Cookies5

Hopefully a picture is worth a thousand couple hundred words.  I am out the door to the cake decorating store and to get winter shirts for Ben.  I will catch you on the flip side and give you my favorite sugar cookie recipes with maybe a tutorial??? How does that sound?  Cool. Later peeps.


Finally! Friday! Food and Photo Contest Info!

Yeah, I am slow as molasses in January.  And on top of everything else, I took a tumble Tuesday and have been nursing a very sore right patella for a few days.  It is better but not well by far.  Probably should have had a professional look at it but I can walk, it will bend, so time will heal.

Before I forget again, let me announce November’s Photo Contest Theme. I think you will enjoy this one for sure! AUTUMN LEAVES!  This can be interpreted as either leaves, like from trees or leaves as in goes away.  Fun huh?  For those of you who are still enjoying the colors of Autumn, snap me a picture or two…for those who sees Winter sneaking up on them send me your view! Here are the simple rules:

Now I don’t think I have to say this but DO NOT submit a photo that is inappropriate!  If you wouldn’t show it to your mama, don’t show it to me! You have until the 30th at midnight for me to get the email.  Put NQJC PHOTO CONTEST in the subject line of your email.  Please send the photo in JPG form no larger than 2000px by 2000px.  You also need to write a  note in the email telling what, who, where, when (needs to be taken this month) and that I have permission to post the picture on this blog! And that you promise it was taken by you and if there is a person in the photo, be sure they know what you are up to too! November’s prize will be a $20 Snapfish gift certificate.  Sorry for the delay but you still have plenty of days!

Now, yes, it is Foodie Friday and here you go!

Quiche Susan

I made this for a Hen Party I was having with two of my dearest girl friends.

They loved it too!

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare an unbaked pie crust in a 10″ deep dish pie pan. Use your favorite unsweetened pie crust or a bought one. Be sure it is up a bit past the edge of your pie dish – you gotta alotta stuff to put in there!

Start with two-three cups of your favorite veggies. I use Baby Bella mushrooms, fresh asparagus and leeks. Saute them in a little olive oil or butter – I used a little of each!

Grate 3 cups of your favorite cheese. I used equal parts of Gouda, Feta, Asiago, Cheddar, Swiss and Mozzarella. Yes we always have this many cheeses! I could have also used Provolone, American, Parmesan or Romano!

Spread the cheeses evenly over the bottom of the crust, reserving about 3/4 a cup to sprinkle over the top.

Spread your veggies over the cheese…it already looks yummy doesnt it???

Whisk together 6 eggs and 1 cup of half and half. Add salt and pepper to taste. Be sure your eggs are well beaten.

Pour this over the veggies being sure to cover evenly.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top of your quiche.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden and firm in the middle.

Let it sit for about 10 minutes before cutting.

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