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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Jun 14th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, June 17, 2002

I hear people say they just have to get away from it all and take a much needed vacation - and I say to get away from what? Farming is so different then when I was a kid. They dont plow corn, its sprayed to kill the weeds. We dont put up hay the old fashion way anymore, its baled or chopped. And we dont have big gardens anymore. How handy we housewives have it with automatic washing machines, clothes dryers, microwaves, and frozen foods. Just seems like nobody works that hard so they need a vacation, but watching TV late at night and worrying about our plastic cards and money is scary. I think we all need a vacation - have fun!
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Father, age 90, had only the most basic needs and very few wants. Last November, hoping to choose a suitable Christmas gift for him, his son asked, what would you really like this year? Father replied, nothing. But thats what I gave you last year, exclaimed the son. Well, Im still using it, replied father.
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Auntie: When I was a child I was told if I made ugly faces my face would stay that way.
Little Emily: Well, you cant say you werent warned, auntie.
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Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time.
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When a man has a pet-peeve its amazing how often he pets it.
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Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
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A weed is a plant with nine lives.
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Disposable this and disposable that,
from disposable suit to disposable hat.
Disposable linen thats used one day,
then instead of washing is thrown away.
The disposable cup and disposable plate,
we have had for years and have found are great,
Along with disposable fork and spoon,
performing their function for just one noon.
What lies now, ahead? The disposable chair?
The wig thats warn once, then replaced with a spare?
Disposable pictures, one day on the wall?
Disposable carpets in bedroom and hall?
The barrels are filled that ring the back door.
The upkeep is less, but the trash is more.
And if Im indisposed, Im not ill or upset -
Im not ready for being disposed of yet!
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Some go to church to take a walk
and some go there to laugh and talk;
Some go there their time to spend
And some go there to visit a friend.
Some go there to see each other and many go a fault to cover;
Some go to church to doze and nod
But I go there to worship God.
- Anon -
~Until next week, Annabelle

The Best Pasta Salad

1/2 box (6-8 oz) cooked corkscrew pasta (multicolored)
1 large tomato, dices or 6-7 little cherry tomatoes
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup black olives, chopped
4 oz fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/2 to 1 cup Cauliflower, chopped
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1/2 cup chopped green or red pepper
1 pkg sliced pepperoni
1 (8-12 oz) bottle Zesty Italian dressing
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese

Mix all the ingredients together and pour the dressing and cheese over them. Season to taste with pepper, dill or parsley flakes. Shake ingredients together in covered dish. Refrigerate.

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