The New Forums

You guys! You're so inventive. I've been very busy over the past few days hosting my dad and his caretaker and nursing a bruised toe (oh you're going to laugh when you hear what I told the dr.!) but now I've checked in to see what's happening and I want to stay and read every posting. I can't wipe the smile off my face. I had no idea just how fun the new forums were going to be!OK here's the toe story: I woke up Friday morning with my fourth toe red, swollen, and hurting in a way unbelievable for so small an appendage. I wanted to ignore it but I was beginning to have trouble walking. I didn't remember having stubbed in on a chair a few days before so it seemed to come out of the blue and I feared gangrene. So I rolled out the porcini pasta planned for dinner and then took it's (my toe's) temperature with my infra-red thermometer and sure enough, while all other toes were 91 degrees, the toe causing the commotion was 94 degrees. When I reported this to the Dr. who was kind enough to see me at a moment's notice, he laughed and said that he would now have to write a paper on toe temperature! (Remember my editor at Food Art's saying I weigh everything, even air? Well now he can add I take the temperature of everything as well!) After just one anti-inflammatory pill the swelling went down and I was able to make chicken paprikash for dinner, cherry pie for Sat. night dinner, along with rib roast on the grill and yorkshire popovers, plus blueberry pancakes and bacon for Sunday brunch. Dad's caretaker, Shelly Tilly, insisted on cleaning the house while I did all this cooking (wood burning fireplaces are great but the fallout from them makes dusting more necessary than weekend visits allow). But the greatest gift was that Shelly harvested the hornet's nest--the huge amazing one featured on a posting earlier this summer. We had given up hope a few weeks ago as it was dangerously beyond our reach but Shelly is a miracle worker. Photos of her up on the ladder with the nest to come.....