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10/6/15 8:51 A

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Thanks, don't know what I will do, just know what I want to do. Time will tell.

My daughter talked me into getting treats for the beggars, so she will be home to pass them out. I got rice krispie treats for them. I guess that will do, I got one box that has 60 treats in it, will get one more mostly because with the weather being good so far, if I am going to hand out treats, I don't want to run out in the middle of things, so one more box this weekend when I get paid and do a regular grocery shopping.

That means decorating the front porch. That means my daughter needs to get the decorations out of the basement. Yes, I have crumbled once again. In the end I always do. Perhaps it is a good way to reduce what I have in the way of Halloween decorations. I do have a lot of decorations.

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10/5/15 5:22 P

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If it's not fun for you, why keep doing it? I don't think it's selfish to not want to take on an expensive, tiring task that has no upside for YOU. Or rather, it is selfish, but there is a certain amount of selfishness that is necessary for you to take care of yourself. Good luck figuring out how to deal with it this year.

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We drew a circle that took him in!
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10/5/15 8:34 A

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When I was a kid we used to go to see my mothers people in Christmas eve, first grandpa Voorhees, then Aunt Helen (who was really great Aunt Helen), who lived just down the street from grandpa, then a few blocks away we went to see my mother's sister and her family my Aunt Peg, then dad would drive home the long way so we could see the houses decorated with Christmas lights.

Now and for the past several years, I put out a spread of goodies and people can come to my house. Usually my daughters friends are the ones who come after they get off work.

I am actually very tired of doing this, I started doing this when my husband was alive and quite honestly, I am weary of the whole thing and I go to all this expense and work and end up in my room watching tv. Now this year I will not be able to eat a lot of what I put out and I can not get my selfish daughter to understand I don't feel like spending the money on things I can not enjoy, on things I really do not want in the house tempting me. If it was a matter of don't eat it because you will go over on calories, well that is another matter, but eat it and I will get hives, well how fair is that? The spread I put out costs me several $100 each year for one night. Then the food for Christmas day. I just want to stop. I guess I am the one being selfish.

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10/4/15 2:13 A

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Ah, now Christmas Eve is a different thing for my family. We spend the whole night out around town visiting old friends and family and delivering cookies.

Rebecca

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But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
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10/3/15 9:42 P

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Now there is one evening I stay at home from 5p if not earlier, the same with Christmas eve. I will not venture out if I can help it.

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10/3/15 6:47 P

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The band performance sounds fun, but I know what you mean about avoiding drinking on the holidays. I refuse to be on the roads after sundown on New Years - scares the crap out of me.

Rebecca

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But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
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10/3/15 11:08 A

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When I fry eggs, or anything that I fry I use coconut oil, I get it mostly in solid since originally that was all I could find. Now tho you can get it in liquid, tho I do not know what they do to it to keep it liquid. I do have olive oil around for some things because if you use to much coconut oil for some things it will pick up the coconut oil taste, I also will add butter to offset some of the coconut taste for some things. Like you, I do not fry a great deal of things, mostly bake or broil much. I just have eggs when I am just to tired to fix anything else.

I know others from this team drop in from time to time, but not often. If you want to PM that is fine too. I am on several other groups but volunteered to be the leader for a group that SP is going to automatically start putting new people in starting Oct 11th for a week. I volunteered for this over 6 months ago it took them that long to get to my name on the list of volunteers. Looking forward to it, but should be a challenge with helping people get started.

I am also on Facebook a lot too.

Yes, as often happens a thread starts about one thing and drifts in many different directions.

For treats I finally have decided that giving out real fruit to the beggars will most likely get thrown out by the parents, so I am going to the store later today and see if I can find treats that I can not remember what they are called, but they are usually made from fruit juice, little packets of fruit flavored, fruit shaped (or other shapes) treats. Better than candy and better than something made from wheat.

Now I just hope I am home for beggars night as a classmate and his band is playing in a club downtown and some of my class just might meet at the club to see his band. We do try to do this on occasion to support his band. I don't know, Halloween night is not usually a night I want to be around people who are drinking, so I will have to really give some thought to this.

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10/3/15 5:07 A

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I'm with you on HFCS and artificial sweeteners - won't touch them! I haven't taken up coconut oil. What do you use it for? I cook with olive oil (or sesame oil) where I want to taste the oil and I bake with canola oil (which I'm sure is GMO-full) when I don't want the taste to come through. And if I fry I use peanut oil, but that tends to stay around the pantry for a LONG time since I don't even stir-fry very much.

To think this exchange started with Halloween! I'm leaning toward leaving the team and keeping in touch with you through my friend feed - seems like there's no one else here.

Rebecca

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We drew a circle that took him in!
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10/1/15 10:40 A

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After watching the show, I was curious if it was the wheat based products causing my problems, but not totally convinced. After NOT eating wheat and NOT getting hives, then of course I had to do the opposite, eat something with wheat and yep got hives. That for me was enough proof to just stop. I have been hive free since except when I accidentally eat something that has gluten in it and I did not know until after.

It has been years since we stopped eating margarine or trans fat in our family. First my husband read an article that said margarine was one molecule away from being Tupperware and that originally it was developed to fatten turkeys and the FDA would not approve it for that, so the makers of margarine decided to find another use, hence it ended up on our dinner table. I read of the what trans fats were before the media got into it and the rest of the world got all blustered about it and refused to buy stuff with it in. That was many years ago too. I started cooking with coconut oil and butter now all of a sudden the rest of the world says hey that stuff is better for you than all this stuff we have been using for years.

About wheat, after the hives did NOT appear, I started reading more, the more I read the more I believe the wheat of today is no longer related to the wheat our ancestor ate and therefore is no longer food. Just as margarine no more resembles butter than a pile of mud.

Also I stopped feeding anything with high fructose corn syrup as much as possible to my family years ago, that one was much harder to do than margarine or ever trans fat. It was in everything. I refuse to use splenda at home, but it is in everything when you order a sugar free this or that or try to get something sugar free. So that one is harder yet to keep out of my food chain. Tho sometimes even tho I am diabetic I just get the thing that has regular sugar, it all comes down to which poison I will eat today.

Mostly I just try to eat what is natural, things man has not messed with, then what is out there that man has not mess with, even our meat is full of mans chemicals.

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10/1/15 9:11 A

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Those hives sound awful! I've never had a reaction that bad to anything, although I did get hives when I was in Oaxaca for a week. At first I thought I had mosquito bites and a rash and sun hives, and then it occurred to me that they were all the same. I'm pretty sure it was a reaction to something I was eating but the food was so good that I didn't try to identify the culprit - just kept stuffing my face and counted on the hives going away once I returned to the States and my normal diet.

Did you leave the PBS special convinced that wheat is horrible for everyone, not just people with allergies and celiac? I tend to base my beliefs about nutrition more on what my ancestors evolved eating than on what I read in the popular press, and of course on how my body reacts (your experience with the hives would definitely make me stop eating wheat!) I wonder if the trouble with wheat so many people have had in the past decade or two is a reaction to some new protein in GMO wheat.
I felt so vindicated a few years back when the nurses' health study came out. I'd grown up with article after article claiming cholesterol is terrible and margarine is therefore better for you than butter. But my mom's side of the family has been dairy farmers as far back as there is history and probably a lot longer than that, and I couldn't believe that my body would have a harder time with butter than with this new food invented for war rations. Then the peer reviewed studies started coming back with evidence of the dangers of trans fats and I happily read those articles over my buttered toast...

Rebecca

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But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
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10/1/15 8:38 A

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Last fall I started getting hives and the doctors could not find the reason, after 8 months of misery I saw a show on PBS it was about the horrors of eating wheat, in particular the gluten from the wheat, got me to thinking. I decided to give gluten free a try to see if that stopped the hives. IT DID! Since then I have read more about wheat and gluten and I have learned so much, wheat is worse than sugar. Either one is bad, but wheat is worse. Well for me it has been a challenge to figure out what to eat and how to plan meals around it all. Well worth not waking up with 20 new itchy hurting hives that last for days. These hives were everywhere on my body, sometimes on my face and neck, mostly on my arms and legs but always itchy and nothing took away the itchy. I was on 4 at the same time anti histamines and have at least 5 different tubes if anti itch cream going just trying to find some relief. Nothing worked. I could not sleep yet had to get up and go to work. It was an awful time. Still reading and learning more about the horrors of wheat. I had no idea.



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10/1/15 8:02 A

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I have that problem with leftover candy. Seems like some years I buy a ton of candy and the doorbell is quiet all night. Other years I buy just a few bags and run out within 30 minutes. I like seeing the little ragamuffins in their costumes, though, and I can always unload extra candy in the teacher's lounge at school.

I'd eat the pretzels! I live for freshly made bread and pasta and since I'm a vegetarian, gluten is one of my primary protein sources. I'm very grateful I don't have ciliac disease!

Edited by: GREBJACK at: 10/1/2015 (08:02)
Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
-Edwin Markham

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9/30/15 8:09 P

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No I don't I am afraid I have lost my Halloween spirit. Since my husband died I do not even decorate. I am even considering not handing out treats this year. Easy enough to just turn off the front light, go upstairs and watch tv, last year I got stuck with a bunch of left over treats anyway.

I usually hand out pretzels thinking that was better for the little beggars, but since I have to eat gluten free and have been reading up on how bad wheat is for us, well I am thinking those are not so good to give out either.

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9/30/15 7:33 P

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Still dress up? Love seeing the costumed urchins at your door? Build a haunted house or decorate your lawn? Binge on candy? Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving are my real holy-days, but I look forward to Halloween just as much. Others?

Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
-Edwin Markham

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