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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Craziness of June 24th - Part 4 of Series

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Part 1 of Series But It's JUST... 
Part 2 of Series Mom's Delicious Stuffed Cabbage And Stuffed Peppers
Part 3 of Series Family And Friends Gathering
Part 4 of Series The Craziness of June 24th



I  missed the craziness of June 24th.

People had started arriving at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon. The gathering of family and friends was still going full swing at 11 p.m. when I went into my apartment. The lasts guests left at 2:30 a.m. (See Family And Friends Gathering - Part 3 of Series)


I couldn't stay any more.  It was too much for me, especially after my earlier attack. (See But It's JUST... - Part 1 of Series)

Not long after I went inside, one of the guests walked his girlfriend to her car.  They came separately because she worked during the day so she came late.  Obviously, cars were parked up and down the block and since she wasn't parked right in front of the house, he walked her.


As they were walking, he saw the light go on and off in his vehicle.  Then he saw someone exiting his vehicle.  Someone actually robbed items from it.  Now.... we live in a good neighborhood. However, where do people go to rob homes and vehicles?  The good neighborhoods.  I mean, what will they get in bad/poor neighborhoods, right.


The guest yelled at the guy and gave chase.  He chased him down the block and tackled him to the ground.  His girlfriend started screaming but no one heard her over the music and talking in the yard. So she ran back into the yard and told people what was going on.


Now.... let me tell you, that guy picked the WRONG people to mess with.  Everyone from the upstairs patio got up and ran out front.  A few people hopped in a car and the others ran down the block


When people who were on the downstairs patio found out, many of them went down the block too.

The guest had the guy in a headlock and wasn't letting him up.  As the guy was running, he had been dropping expensive items he had taken from the vehicle, which people had recovered.  Someone from our group called police.  They were a large crowd around the guy.  He wasn't going anywhere.


Twenty minutes later, still no police.  They called back a second time.  The police showed up and the crowd was still around the guy making sure he didn't go anywhere.  He didn't, he couldn't.

Reminds me of a story I once heard:

A man calls police.  He says someone is in his shed.  They tell him they don't have anyone in the vicinity at that time. 

The man calls back a bit later.  He says "I just shot the man in my shed." 

Police cars come screeching up almost immediately.  The cops find the guy unharmed and arrest him.

The cop says to the homeowner, "I thought you said you shot him?"

The homeowner replies, "I thought you had no one in the vicinity!"  


You don't mess with a house full of Italian/Americans. If you mess with one, you mess with ALL. Lets just say, that guy made REALLY BAD CHOICES - the first bad choice was to steal, the second was to steal from this family!  It wasn't a good night for him.


The homes in the area in the past 44 years we have lived here have sometimes been broken into. Especially in the early 70's and 80's when it was more desolate around here and people didn't have alarm systems.  It was ALWAYS kids (teens).


Our house was never hit, we always had a house full of several large dogs!  I'm talking Shepherd mixes, St. Bernards and the like.  And we had more than one dog at a time, usually three at least.

Now our homes have alarm systems, cameras, even if someone rings the doorbell, they can be seen and heard right on our cell phones even if we aren't home!  Everything is recorded, voice and motion.


This guy, a young guy who we think was high on something, definitely was not having a good night. I guess he was cruising the neighborhood and thought he struck gold with all the vehicles.  BIG MISTAKE, BIG, HUGE as they say in Pretty Woman.

Reminds me of a funny story from years ago.



It was 4th of July weekend.  My mom had over 100 people here for a party.  It was in the high 90's at 9 a.m. in the morning.  By the time the company arrived in the afternoon, it felt like over 100 degrees per the weatherman's report that day. 

EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE was in the pool being it was so hot.  



All our kids were very little at the time.  They heard the ice cream truck's bells in the neighborhood.  They all wanted ice cream.  My cousin, single and childless back then, told all the kids he'd buy them ice cream.  

He went out front with about 25 little kids to wait for the truck.  Well, adults of all ages decided it sounded good too, so we all went out front. 


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The truck pulled up, we all formed a line, and... we bought out the truck!  The guy said, "holy cow, I hit the jackpot at this house."  He had just started his route.  He was all happy, he completely sold out and was done for the night!  It was early evening, around 6 p.m. 

Want to make money, come to a house with at least 100 Italian/Americans on a hot day!



As for the guy who was rummaging through vehicles...  We found out he has a drug problem (heroin specifically is RAMPANT here on Long Island) as it is in some other areas as well.  He kept apologizing while cuffed.  We are not sure if he was sorry for his actions or just sorry he got caught.


Either way, it's just so sad.  There is no neighborhood, good, bad, city, country, all over the United States, that is not having a heroin problem.  Some places are being hit harder than others.  All of Long Island is having a huge issue right now and the schools and police are trying to combat it.

Well... even if I didn't go inside that early, I wouldn't have been part of the "excitement".  I wouldn't have gone down the block, I'm just not up to that, especially after my attack.  Years ago... I'd have been one of the first on the scene!

These darn medical issues even stop me from helping to bring justice like I would have years ago!

Part 1 of Series But It's JUST... 
Part 2 of Series Mom's Delicious Stuffed Cabbage And Stuffed Peppers
Part 3 of Series Family And Friends Gathering
Part 4 of Series The Craziness of June 24th

JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH - SEE HOW YOU AND OTHERS CAN BE SAFE

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Family And Friends Gathering - Part 3 of Series

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Part 1 of Series But It's JUST... 
Part 2 of Series Mom's Delicious Stuffed Cabbage And Stuffed Peppers
Part 3 of Series Family And Friends Gathering
Part 4 of Series The Craziness of June 24th



My parents' house is always fun, filled with family, friends and good food!  June 24th was no exception.

The good part was that my attack ended for the most part after about 3 hours.  (See Part 1 of Series) I was able to have some fun, talk with people and enjoy myself.

Now, for the food.  (See Family, Friends, Food And Fun!)





You will NEVER go hungry at this house.  In fact, twice the amount of people we are expecting can show up and they could all eat and we would STILL have leftovers.  Which is how we like it!

My mom made a lot of dishes but guests also brought amazing dishes as well.  Everything was absolutely delicious I was told.


It's hard to watch everyone eat all that food and not be able to touch a thing.  (See How I Dealt With The Easter Holiday)  I miss my mom's salad so much.  I miss all her cooking, but I really miss her salad.  

However, I enjoy in other ways.  While food is a part of the get together, it's not the main event.  We do a lot of talking, laughing, swimming, games, etc.  

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I looked at the pros, not the cons.  I wasn't in a hospital, I didn't ruin the gathering, I didn't upset everyone.  I was able to enjoy myself even though I went inside much earlier than people left.  I missed all the excitement too!  (See Pros And Cons)

The next day was our niece's high school graduation party (on my husband's side).  I chose not to go.  For the same reasons I didn't go to my cousin's granddaughter's communion party in Queens (an hour away).


The party was about 40 minutes away.  I wasn't sure what was being cooked in the house and if I could be there.  I didn't want to wind up in a hospital 40 minutes away from my home, ruin the party, upset myself and everyone else.  So my husband went with his cousin's family and I stayed behind.

Part 4 coming soon. Check back soon for the craziness of June 24th!

Part 1 of Series But It's JUST... 
Part 2 of Series Mom's Delicious Stuffed Cabbage And Stuffed Peppers
Part 3 of Series Family And Friends Gathering
Part 4 of Series The Craziness of June 24th

JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH - SEE HOW YOU AND OTHERS CAN BE SAFE

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But It's JUST... - Part 1 of Series

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Part 1 of Series But It's JUST... 
Part 2 of Series Mom's Delicious Stuffed Cabbage And Stuffed Peppers
Part 3 of Series Family And Friends Gathering
Part 4 of Series The Craziness of June 24th

I'll start with the bad news first.

Deadly mashed potatoes
For about three weeks, I helped mom however I could to get ready for the gathering June 24th.  I washed and dried things in the kitchen.  I picked up some items at the store when I was there.  I even got to help her "cook" two things!  (See Mom's Delicious Stuffed Cabbage And Stuffed Peppers Part 2 of Series)

mom's salad - picture taken after being put out for a while
 The night before the party I chopped up a ton of lettuce for the salad!  Mom is famous for her salad.  I didn't get a picture when it was first put out.  There was a huge bowl of salad.

I did a lot (a lot for me, as much as I could do) to help mom.  I was looking very forward to the party.
The day of the party, I was in mom's house helping. Mom put the mashed potatoes into the oven. That was when it all started!


I had no idea there was anything in the potatoes other than milk, butter and salt.  Mom said "it's JUST potatoes"  To everyone else it's JUST...  Well, it wasn't JUST potatoes.  There were other seasonings and ingredients mixed in the potatoes.

As I was sitting in the kitchen, I started to feel a heaviness in my chest and my throat felt funny.  I left the house.  I couldn't set foot back in her house all day and night long.

my apartment - front and back
I live in an apartment attached to her house (it was built in 1982 for my maternal grandparents, both now deceased).  There's a separate entrance on the side and I can come in through the garage.  I had cleaned out my entire refrigerator to make room for some trays of food.  Covered food that is defrosting won't bother me.


People kept asking if they could heat up foods in my oven.  Over and over again, but it's JUST this or JUST that.  It is NOT JUST.... it's a whole lot more.

Remember, we don't know what IT is or what the cause is. (See Why Am I Not Posting Recipes? Because IT Has Started Again!)  JUST sausage and peppers.  JUST ham with seasonings.  JUST blah, blah, blah.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.  PEOPLE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.  YOU CANNOT HEAT UP THINGS IN MY OVEN.  NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. 

Not only is it horrible to deal with what happens to me, but it's made worse due to the frustration of everyone not grasping the whole concept and the anxiety the attack causes in general. (See What About Restaurants, Parties, Invites And Public Places?)


The whole Attack Lasted About Three Hours.
  • My throat swells.  It also hurts.  It feels like the absolute WORST case of strep throat. Yes. swollen and painful.  
  • It's hard to breathe.  My chest hurts. 
  • My stomach is in terrible pain.  It literally feels like it's about to explode.
  • It's difficult to move at all, my entire body feels weak and movement makes it even harder to breathe.

This was different from the bad IT attack.  I think this was an allergy attack.  I'm allergic to gluten, nuts, soy, corn and eggs and God only knows what else. (See IT Struck Again Last Night - What Is IT????)
  • I sat out back for a while. 
  • I wound up having to pop a Benadryl.
  • After the Benadryl I felt all of the above and also felt extremely tired. 
  • I had to go into my apartment for at least a half hour and rest and sit in the air conditioning.
People had started to arrive all at once.  Each person came up to me to say hello and asked what was wrong.  I didn't go into a big story, it was difficult to talk.  I simply said, "I'm having an attack." 


I honestly thought I was going to wind up in the ER again!  I really didn't want to spend my entire day in an ER nor did I want to upset the people who had to leave the party to take me or all the guests.  Luckily, we didn't wind up having to go.  (See In The ER Again - This One Is A Doozy!)

Once the attack calmed down, I was able to have some fun.  Talking was easier as was breathing.  My throat hurt less and eventually (about 6 hours later) didn't hurt at all.

Of course I couldn't eat ANY of the delicious food.  I didn't eat until about 8 p.m.  I couldn't.  My stomach was killing me until about that time.  


I went into my apartment and made myself some organic chicken with organic brown rice pasta. While it was cooking, I fed the dogs and watched from my side window two of the young girls who were here with their parents put on a gymnastics performance.  The side of the house is more flat ground and my kitchen window faces the side.  It was easier to do their thing there than in the back which is hilly. 

Here's some tips.  I've said this in other blog posts. (See That Doesn't LOOK Gluten Free)
  • People with allergies cannot have "just a little bit".  They can't have ANY, not even a spec.  
  • Someone said to me "a HOSPITAL, FROM JUST THAT SMALL AMOUNT OF..."  
  • Yes... that small amount can send you to the hospital.  It can even KILL.  
To help understand allergies better:  (See Food Allergy Awareness Week - YOU CAN HELP!!)

Part 1 of Series But It's JUST... 
Part 2 of Series Mom's Delicious Stuffed Cabbage And Stuffed Peppers
Part 3 of Series Family And Friends Gathering
Part 4 of Series The Craziness of June 24th
JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH - SEE HOW YOU AND OTHERS CAN BE SAFE

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