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Again you may have the quotation right. I suppose it may be more accurate
to say "Idle hands are the Devil's tools." Whatever, I think you understand
my compulsive work ethic. I think you can get into enough trouble as it is.
Love
Liz

>My mother always said " an idle mind is the devils workshop", did that mean
>I had a dirty mind as a kid too?   Tee Hee!  Think of the trouble I could
>get into with idle hands, no we wont go there!  lillian
>
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>> From: Elizabeth Patterson <eapat@ewa.net>
>> To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>> Subject: Re: [MOL] Liz - on Martha
>> Date: Tuesday, December 29, 1998 4:45 PM
>>
>> Hi Jeanne,
>> See, I knew you had it all together. I am a bit of a pack rat myself but
>I
>> blamed it on being raised by people who lived through the Great
>Depression
>> and then through rationing during WWII. Your home sounds comfortable. My
>> home is also comfortable but I went through a period of buying really
>> expensive, formal furniture for my living and dining rooms, natural wood
>> tables and dining set, formal platform rockers and Queen Anne style
>chairs.
>> They have all been replaced with recliners. Is my age showing?
>>
>> I was raised with the "idle hands are the devil's workshop" philosophy so
>I
>> find it hard to just relax. That is what I am having to teach myself to
>do.
>> I have been off work since Thursday at noon and I am finding it hard not
>to
>> go back early. I'll be off until January 4.  I am also very thrifty and I
>> would never again buy a brand new car. I am not willing to take the hit
>> financially. My car is a 1990 and I will probably drive it for several
>more
>> years. I did buy a new car in 1976 (914 Porsche) and drove it for 15
>years.
>>
>> I share your love of books and I spend lots of money on them too. I try
>to
>> make myself use the library instead, but I am terrible about getting them
>> back on time. It's easier to buy them. I pretty much wait until they come
>> out in paperback now. My other extravagance is on plants. I love to grow
>> all kinds of plants, vegies and flowers, and I like to try new and
>> different varieties all the time. That can run into some money.
>> In fact, the sun is shining today and I am thinking of starting stuff for
>> my garden. I know it is too soon so I will probably resist the urge, but
>I
>> would love to dig in the dirt.
>> Love
>> Liz
>>
>>
>>
>> >Hi, Liz, It really is unfortunate that women have to feel they need to
>do
>> >so much at work, home and extended family. The more we do, the more we
>are
>> >admired and leaned on.
>> >
>> >I am basically lazy, so Cathy got to acquire the skills I don't have...
>> >like cooking, sewing, floral arranging and decorating. I am a very good
>> >cleaner, stuff mover and organizer. I am always looking for a chance to
>> >recycle stuff as well. Then we need it the next day and I have to fess
>up.
>> >
>> >My values are an odd mixture of Cree and Christianity. Luckily, James
>was
>> >brought up in a family that VERY thrifty. Unfortunately, that meant
>> >"packrat!". His folks brought a new couch when the old one collapsed one
>> >day. Mary, his mom, canned everything, made her own bread (I don't!). My
>> >mom wanted me to use my brains so never got to learn how to make mukluks
>or
>> >tan hide. Now I wish I could. We drive a 76 stationwagon, a car we never
>> >have problems finding in a parking lot! LOL! Our furniture is a combo of
>> >flea market finds, some I stripped myself before we married. We use one
>set
>> >of plates, one set of sheets at a time. Yet, we have people say how
>> >comfortable our home is. Would they lie! The thought of buying something
>> >like a new car or furniture with a shiny surface makes me shudder! A
>friend
>> >of mine, brought a shiny, red and very new car and she has to worry
>about
>> >where she parks it, like you have to avoid corner parking spaces, in
>case
>> >someone clips you!
>> >
>> >In case we sound too virtuous, we spend a lot of money on trips and
>> >sampling restaurants.We love walking and then having lunch somewhere. I
>> >think we ATE our money away. My vice is buying books. Now it goes for
>> >supplements and I use the library.
>> >
>> >Love, Jeanne
>> >
>> > At 08:48 AM 12/28/98 -0800, you wrote:
>> >>Hi Jeanne,
>> >>You can take from her show just what works for you because you have
>your
>> >>head on straight. You have come to terms with values and no doubt have
>> >>helped your daughter do the same.
>> >>
>> >>Maybe this generation does not have the same difficulty as my
>generation
>> >>had with balancing their lives, but many women of my (and I suspect
>your)
>> >>generation seemed they had to be all things to all people. If they
>couldn't
>> >>physically measure up to that, they indeed felt guilty. If creating
>these
>> >>things brings one pleasure, go for it. But feeling one has to do these
>> >>things and also work and take care of the family is a bit too much of a
>> >>burden.
>> >>
>> >>We actually had very little snow for Christmas. Less than an inch. Just
>> >>enough to make a mess.  And since, we have had nothing but rain. It is
>> >>suppossed to be between 40 & 50 degrees all week. I can enjoy a winter
>like
>> >>this has been so far. If I want to see snow, I'll drive to the hills.
>> >>Love Ya, Liz
>> >>
>> >>>Hi, Liz, my daughter watches her TV show every day. We know its not
>real
>> >>>life except the cooking bits and that's scrumptious. I sure don't feel
>> >>>guilty about not being able to duplicate the stuff she does on her
>shows. I
>> >>>can't imagine womanfolk feeling guilty over this? Feeling guilty
>implies
>> >>>that you need forgiveness. Forgive me, Martha. LOL! This sounds like a
>> >>>cause of the "devil made me do it!"
>> >>>
>> >>>I hear you got a snowy Christmas. We will be heading for snow
>ourselves
>> >>>tomorrow. Think of you (and the other Liz) often. Best Wishes for a
>Happy
>> >>>New Year and Wrestling Day! Love, Jeanne
>> >>>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
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