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Jean's picture

Also addled, agape, agog, astonished, astounded, awe-struck, awed, baffled, befuddled, bowled over, dazed, dazzled, disconcerted, dizzy, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, flipped out, floored, giddy,  punchy, rattled, reeling, shocked, shook up, staggered, startled, struck speechless, stumped, stunned, stupefied, surprised, taken aback, thrown, thunderstruck, and completely unglued!


Rod just brought in the mail and in it was a note and a huge check from the Maddest of Moms and a whole long list of dear friends from the forum.  Wow, I can't believe you people! I'm just getting over the shock from the gorgeous bouquet and you do this! And what's the cryptic reference to flowers and 'other things which might arrive'? There can't possibly be more! No way.


How can I begin to thank you? Each and every one! Oh, dear, here come the tears again. I'm a mess.....later.  Jean


 




My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Biscuit's picture

(post #45790, reply #1 of 133)

Don't cry!  Please!


It was kind of an accident, really.  MM e-mailed everyone asking if they'd all like to contribute to a gift (that will arrive soon, we hope), and all of a sudden - there were so many people contributing that there was MORE than enough to get the gift, the flowers and then some.  There was some discussion about the excess, and it was decided to just send it to you and let you buy those shelves you said you needed. 


Consider it all done in love, for the person who always remembers our birthdays, always puts so much thought into ALL of our birthday cards, and plays mediator on a regular basis.  We love you!


Life is tough; but it's tougher when you're stupid - Col. J. Richardson, USMC

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Tuck's picture

(post #45790, reply #2 of 133)

Perfect!  What can I say, we love you!  Happy Birthday week, Jean.


~tuck
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.”

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #45790, reply #4 of 133)

Happy birthday, o wearer of many hats - grammar cop, spell check, den mother, peace keeper, wit extraordinaire, keeper of birthdays, heart and soul of CT...

<edited to add: cheerleader for our accomplishments, and commiserator for our setbacks>

"Once you institutionalize thinking outside the box, it turns to dust in your hand." .
Gen. Michael Hayden


Edited 7/18/2006 1:48 pm by shywoodlandcreature

ashleyd's picture

(post #45790, reply #3 of 133)

Nobody deserves it more, hope you enjoy it all.


Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

AnnL's picture

(post #45790, reply #5 of 133)

Don't cry, you're getting me all teary-eyed!  You don't need to thank us, this is our thanks to you just for being you and being a part of this forum.  You keep us on our toes!


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Adele's picture

(post #45790, reply #6 of 133)

I knew you'd cry!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

DeannaS's picture

(post #45790, reply #7 of 133)

You're only allowed to cry if it's tears of joy. :)

Happy birthday oh much appreciated goddess of the forum.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

MadMom's picture

(post #45790, reply #8 of 133)

I'm so glad it made it there.  I meant to send it Friday, so it would arrive on your birthday, but completely spaced and didn't get it in the mail until Saturday.  Was going to send it along with a nice card, but this kitchen reno has me bumfoozled.  As I said in the note, (and you obviously figured out) it was certainly not just from me, but from your many friends here.  If I left people out when I emailed, I apologize - tried to reach people who had been here a while.


I have to share a funny story (what else is new?)  When I sent my initial email out, the subject line was simply "Jean" - you cannot imagine how many people I put into cardiac arrest because they were afraid I was writing with some bad news about you.  Next time, I'll know better.  At least when I sent out acknowledgements, I had the good sense to change the subject to "Jean's Birthday." And yes, there is more to come.  Stay tuned.


You and I may not always agree (okay, never agree) politically, but you are a dear person and I hope this lets you know in some small way how much we all love you.




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
debe5t's picture

(post #45790, reply #31 of 133)

Next time I want in.Where would we be without Jean!!!! Enjoy,Jean.Deb

Jean's picture

(post #45790, reply #32 of 133)

Thanks for the thought, Deb, but this is enough to last a lifetime. There won't be a next time. :)



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
debe5t's picture

(post #45790, reply #33 of 133)

Nonsense! July girls always deserve at least a week of celebration,at least until you can stretch it to a month,then we may be approaching enough.You are so obiviously adored here by me and others.Deb

Jean's picture

(post #45790, reply #34 of 133)

Well folks.  I got all of 4 hours sleep last night thanks to all of you. I think I'm still in shock. I'm loading up my new bookcase right now. I may even be able to categorize my cookbooks. And guess what--Rod says I may not spend  'your ' gift on a bookcase. Now what? AllClad? A really good knife?  Upgrade my 4.5 KA? Get attachments for it? So many choices. My head's in a whirl and my brain's in a fog.  (Nothing new there, I guess.)




My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
JaneRose's picture

(post #45790, reply #35 of 133)

We will all be enjoying your fun! Some birthdays are just, well, special.

AnnL's picture

(post #45790, reply #36 of 133)

You could do a combination of several of those things.   I  hope you enjoy the decision making as much as you will enjoy whatever you do get!!  :-)

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Biscuit's picture

(post #45790, reply #43 of 133)

I think you should do something frivolous with it.  Like, something you want, but considered it to be something you didn't REALLY need to spend money on.  Something like that.


 


Life is tough; but it's tougher when you're stupid - Col. J. Richardson, USMC

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #45790, reply #44 of 133)

how about a tattoo?


 


hee.


~RuthAnn


<insert witticism here>

~RuthAnn

AnnL's picture

(post #45790, reply #45 of 133)

or a belly button piercing?  ;-)

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Jean's picture

(post #45790, reply #46 of 133)

Can an innie be pierced?


Having fun trying to organize my cookbooks by subject matter.
Good grief, I have 26 on baking alone, from bread to pies to cakes. Wow. I had no idea. well maybe some idea.




My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/


Edited 7/19/2006 12:17 pm ET by Jean

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
TracyK's picture

(post #45790, reply #47 of 133)

Of course! I have an innie, with a sparkly. :-)

Salt early, salt often.

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #45790, reply #48 of 133)

me too!


actually, outies are very difficult to pierce.


~RuthAnn


<insert witticism here>

~RuthAnn

Jean's picture

(post #45790, reply #49 of 133)

LOL. My innie is deep enough to hide a grape. DGD had her's pierced for her last birthday.  She's in the Seattle area again so we haven't seen it.



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
TracyK's picture

(post #45790, reply #50 of 133)

Without getting too graphic, the piercing is usually in the skin just north of the actual navel indentation... they don't excavate the innie to apply the sparkly!

Salt early, salt often.

Glenys's picture

(post #45790, reply #54 of 133)

I thought it was north of Pike's Place.

MadMom's picture

(post #45790, reply #51 of 133)

When my DD had hers pierced, my best friend and I joked about having ours done.  As she put it, if our bellies were as flat and unwrinkled as hers was, we would probably have done it.  As it is, nobody wants to look at an old flabby wrinkled belly, with or without a belly button ring!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Jean's picture

(post #45790, reply #52 of 133)

Isn't that the truth!  And I'm imagining what some of the sweet young things with tatoos are going to look like in 30 - 40 years. :)


Tangenting the tangent-- My pot rack is up and in service. Yeah!




My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/


Edited 7/19/2006 5:26 pm ET by Jean

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

(post #45790, reply #57 of 133)

We're expecting pictures of that pot rack, you know.


About all the "young ones" getting tattoos...you think that the younger younger generation will avoid them like the plague, because their parents had them?  After all, no one wants to be like their parents, right?  (Until one day our eyes open and we pray we can be half the people our parents were, that is.)




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
Rhea's picture

(post #45790, reply #58 of 133)

I hope you had a wonderful Birthday....you sure are loved around here...!!!!


Best wishes...:)


 


 a wise woman once said you have to kiss alot of frogs before you find your prince.. my lips are sore...!

I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

Glenys's picture

(post #45790, reply #55 of 133)

Is that a Champagne grape or a Globe?

Jean's picture

(post #45790, reply #56 of 133)

LOL- a globe.



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Theodora's picture

(post #45790, reply #61 of 133)

Oh, my, I stumbled on this late after coming home from vacation. Happy Birthday Jean! I've known you were a good'un ever since I got that first stern warning from you at Sprout Off about not mixing bleach and ammonia to cause drain volcanoes!