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Date Posted: Wed, February 21 2024, 21:24:01
Author: Betsy BFS
Subject: QOTD for Thursday, 2/22/24

Happy Thursday, Lallyland!

I seem to have the attention of a gnat these days. It's not quite new of an issue but I think it's worse. As I sit here and look around I can see five laundry baskets, all overflowing (honest) so piled high, they have erupted to the floor. Some are dirty cloths, some are clean, but they have all decided to mingle together and have tea. I have no idea which basket is what; this afternoon, I folded the same T-shirt four times and still don't know which basket is waiting for this shirt to come home. And the washing machine keeps spitting out more clean stuff that should be folded and put in the appropriate basket, if I could figure out what's clean stuff and what's dirty... I honestly believe the endless piles have conspired to play musical chairs together, and I Know I've heard snickering in the bottom at least two of the piles.

There really is an excuse for some of this insanity. Apparently, when I left for a few hours, I had blocked off the kitchen so my precious puppies couldn't get into it but they battled through my blockade and ate: two pounds of butter, all the cat food in the kitty dishes, all of the can of dog kibble, two bananas, one mangled grapefruit which I guess they didn't like, two extra-large yams that were cooling on the counter for their supper, every last bit in the garbage, and two big coffee cans full of compost. After their non-sanctioned snack, both of them threw up in the middle of my bed. Several times. Seeping through two big quilts and two, Two, yes indeed TWO down comforters. Oh the the sheets as well. And one pillow. Queen sized sheets but king size everything else.

The dogs are alive, but I'm not fond of them today.

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The following quote is from "Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone," by Diana Gabaldon, etc. All rights reserved.


"Mmphm," Jamie knew he was defeated, but he wasn't surrendering just yet. "And how d'ye mean to guarantee their good behavior, a bhanamhaighister?"

An inaudible but clear vibration that might have been amusement ran through the older women, though it vanished in an instant when Harriet turned her head to look over at them. When she turned back, her eyes were fixed on me, not Jamie, which gave me a start.

"I suppose your wife could answer that for ye, Laird," she said circumspectly, and let the corner of her mouth tuck in for a moment. Her gaze dropped to Jamie again. "None of the men can cook. But if ye dinna trust what a wife might do to a husband who's taken the house from over her head, and the food out of her bairn's mouths... perhaps ye can imagine what the brothers and sons of those wives might do to him. If ye'd like me to have my lads come and swear that same oath to ye..."

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[> Oh,no!! We do love our pets but sometimes that is definitely put to the test. Mine knocked over the kitty fountain during a disagreement and splattered everything in the kitchen. Nothing like what your darlings did but woke the house none the less. I was surprised and rather indignant that Jamie let these families stay. Also appalled at the presumption of these ladies. -- kgp, Thu, February 22 2024, 6:33:02

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[> [> I wasn't bothered by the women's request. Just because one is married to an idiot does't make an idiot yourself. In those times, women were not included in any decision the cabbage-headed men made. Mothers are fiercely protective of there children, and I'm not surprised that they advocated for their families.For me, they put their pride away for the sake of their wee ones. Leaving them homeless was pretty much a death sentence. I had to chuckle at the unspoken ripple of humor that went through the women when Jamie asked the ladies how they could assure their husbands would "behave." -- Betsy BFS, Fri, February 23 2024, 9:42:40

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[> Nothing can get me out of bed faster than the sound of a cat hocking up dinner.....but at least I don't find it after the fact! Jamie is showing mercy here; I figured that even though they were against him, they were still "his" to care for. Also, I'm sure he remembered the aftermath of Culloden and all the death and destruction, and wanted to avoid that if he had assurances of good behaviour. -- Janet, Thu, February 22 2024, 10:44:57

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[> OMG, Betsy - that is the WORST dog story I ever heard!!! Are they really puppies in age, so you have to expect a bit? But they did every puppy bad thing in one episode!!! It is so good to see you and I know I’m not alone when I say I love your ramblings. So relatable; you remind me of Erma Bombeck. I think Jamie could never turn away women or children no matter what. -- Kathy in PA, Thu, February 22 2024, 14:21:42

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[> [> Kathy in PA, you nailed it! Betsy is so much like Erma Bombeck! I loved her books. -- DianaH, Fri, February 23 2024, 8:33:03

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[> [> [> That's quite a compliment and I am humbled. She was a real class act. When she was nearing the end of her life from pancreatic? kidney? disease.....it's kidney. I looked up.... her friends and family urged her to use her fame to jump to the head of the transplant line, but she said No. She'd wait her turn, like everyone else. She did end up getting a transplant, but died of complications. I loved her slant on life! Thank you for the complement. I am humbled. -- Betsy BFS, Fri, February 23 2024, 9:10:52

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