Hotseat, Snowblower Etiquette, and Food for Thought

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Good Morning!
Spent the afternoon in the Dr’s office yesterday for the boys one year appointment. They’re growing and developing just as they should.

Toyota Executives are going to have to answer questions from Congress today about who knew what when. Isn’t that what Congress ALWAYS wants to know in these hearings? Anyway, it appears from internal documents released to the public, that Toyota knew it had a problem, tried it’s best to take the cheapest way out, and people may have been hurt as a result. That would be sad. I hope this doesn’t end up being a case of “How much is Enough?” Toyota has been a leader in the auto industry for my entire life. They’ve been making a lot of money. But when that profit becomes more important that the quality of your product….you’ve lost your way.

I’m interested to know who’s behind the robocalls claiming race is behind the move to ban texting and driving. Race? The question I started asking is…who stands to lose the most if the bill passes?

Snowblower Etiquette
No snow today but I found this article in the Chicago Tribune and thought it was interesting. I find myself running the snowblower al the way down through he next door neighbor’s property line. Our neighbor lives alone and it out there shoveling the snow by herself. It takes me an extra thirty seconds to make the walk up and back on her sidewalk with the snowblower…it’s just a nice thing to do.
I don’t do it thinking I deserve some sort of a reward or even a thank you. We have a lot of Dog walkers in our neighborhood and I know they appreciate a clear walk. The interesting question this article brings up is how much is enough when you snowblow someone else’s walkway?

Food for Thought
So we are transitioning the boys into “real food” we’ve gone through the 1’s the 2’s and the 3’s in the baby food and it’s time to get them eating what we eat. So who’s got some good suggestions for starters? We’ve done bananas, oranges, some pumpkin bread, we even tried some mini raviolis (not a lt of success there). What else? Are there things you parents cooked that we could give the boys too? ways to cook stuff like a chicken breast to make sure they can chew and swallow easily? We’re looking for some variety. Any suggestions will be helpful!

Have a good one


  • Brenda

    Hi Pat!! Just wanted to pass on this tidbit about the snowblowing. I live at a mobile home park in WDM and when I got home yesterday, some nice person chopped and scooped all the icey mess at the end of my driveway. If a person doesn't want you to snowblow, they will tell you. I think it is wonderful that there are people out there like you that will go the few extra feet to help. Also, toddler food…cottage cheese, spaghetti o's, mac and cheese…cut it up for small bites, shred the chicken and then cut in tiny bites…add a little broth to make it softer, try fruit cocktail..again cut in tiny bites but this is also finger food, try making finger jello…recipe is on the box, cook carrots cut fine, green beans, squash, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, try mashing hamburger with a potato masher, noodles mashed up a little bit, “peel” a hot dog and give tiny bites, read the Vicki Lansky book “Feed me I'm Yours”. Excellent book on “baby” food, healthy snacks ect. Give them anything they will eat….cook it a little longer, mash it a little more, cut it a little smaller. You may have some gagging but they will eventually learn to love food!! Good luck…

  • Me

    We did lots of mini pastas, boiled chicken cut into small chunks, avocado rolled in rice cereal to make it not so slippery for little fingers.

    Let's see…mashed potatoes, green beans, diced & boiled carrots, nutrigrain bars for quick breakfast. My kids all LOVED YoBaby yogurt. Cottage cheese is great, toast and plain pancakes were also a staple here.

  • Jason/Lisa

    Pat, we started our twins on “human” food :) when they were around 9 mo's and we were very suprised at how much we didn't really have to change our menu. We just cut the food up into small pieces and they loved it. Cooked peas and carrots are a big hit if they are soft. Small pieces of deli meat is good too. It is amazing how they can use their tongue and gums to mash up the food. I know our kids would suck on thing they couldn't quite chew, such as crackers. They love cheezits and graham crackers. Don't be suprised though if they turn their heads to something new the first time, just keep trying and before you know it they will want seconds! That's how green beans were at our house. They loved them in the jar, but the real thing took awhile! We serve a lot of the fruit and veggies that come in the snack pack size. It is perfect for split between the two. Nutrigrain bars are also a yummy treat. Of course spaghetti is always a big hit. The steamer veggies are also a great investment as they get the veggies soft enough. Also, don't be surprised at how good their gag reflexes are. It sounds scary, but it really isn't that bad. Good luck! Are the boys walking yet? My twins are 14 mo and Clint just started walking, Clara is a safety girl, so I figure it might be awhile!

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