Happy Thanksgiving Monday to everyone here in Canada!RE YOUR FLY IS OPEN: Burk's Falls, Ontario. Way back about 1944, my mother was across Hwy 11 from our house quilting with ladies of the Women's Institute. I was about 6, and left alone. I wanted something to eat and I knew I would have permission but the stern rule was, I had to ask. So I trekked down the long driveway, cross the highway and into the house. I stood by my mother and she was talking. She kept talking. I tugged at her dress. She looked down at me and said "Mervyn, How many times have I told you not to interrupt me when I'm talking." "But Mom. You don't stop talking." Some 60 years later, I was visiting friends in Burk's Falls and again met Phyllis Pink who was at the quilting bee. She said "I remember that, and we laughed about it for weeks."
Merv Cripps, St. CatharinesBest gift ever when I was a little girl in the 30's - an outdated sample book of wallpaper that I used to make clothes for my paper dolls.
Los Angeles CA USA-The absolute best costume I have ever seen was the year my 2-yr-old brother (who had envious blonde curly hair) was dressed in an old dress of mine. Mom made up his face and put a bow in his hair and even people who thought they knew us couldn't figure out what this "little girl's" costume was. I was 7 and told them, "That is my baby brother."
-Geri C NYI think I was about 11( the cusp of being too old to haunt the entire housing development. I took an old "Daddy shirt" and wore it over a pair of blue tights. To it I pinned all of my mother's stockings with runs in them (those were the days of single stockings) and I put one over my head and face. I was a "Spook in Stockings". People really did not recognize me and I had candy to share for months after that!
SherryMaybe your granddaughter will like the makeup.
Rene Lake Charles, LA USAThe expression on Elly's face (Oct 6th) matches the one on my Mother's, when she found me and my Friend Frannie in the back yard, using all her carefully-hoarded Grocery Coupons as "Play Money"! (P.S.--I'm still looking for FBorFW Fridge Magnets.)
Anna M. WinnipegWhen I was younger, I took after my father, like Katie - I preferred fighting to wearing dresses. I still am that way, actually. Meanwhile, my sister is the exact opposite, and she's almost exactly like my mother. It's funny how often that happens with siblings!
Arya S., HarrenhalI laughed at the mushroom cartoon and your comment about how you loved them and that your children didn't. My kids were also picky about certain foods including mushrooms. I, however, always loved them as well as other less popular foods like kippers, sardines, frog's legs, escargot, liver, chicken parts like gizzards, heart and neck as well as mussels, clams and oysters. Actually, it was kind of wonderful, I didn't have to share!
Diane Siracusa - Hollister, MOCan you blame Michael (Oct 8th) for not being very enthusiastic about his dinner? Canned mushrooms look rubbery and taste kind of bland. But here's a simple trick I learned from a College friend: thoroughly drain canned mushroom slices and dump them into a non-stick skillet. Raise the stove heat to "Medium" and stir the mushrooms constantly with a spatula; water will soon escape from them forming huge clouds of steam. When the mushrooms are golden-brown, add a dab of butter and serve. The mushrooms will look great and taste delicious --but you'll be shocked by the amount of "shrinkage" !
Anna M., Winnipeg