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Happy July 4th to all my Spark Friends....

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I finally got to the grocery store yesterday. I was missing the Olive Oil and Apple Cider vinegar which are staples at my house. I had been without for over a week...maybe two (I've slept since then a few times and can't remember). What to my wondering eyes should appear, as I was putting groceries away ?......you guessed it!... Fourth of a bottle of olive oil hiding behind the vinegar bottle. It startled me for a second. How in the world did I miss it?

July 4th ....Happy Birthday America. I pray for you.....I love you dearly. I love the things that have made you the great nation you are. I love that you were built on faith in God that forgives....yet expects us to give of ourselves to be blessed. .... To work hard and be honest with our work. ..... To love and support each other ...lift each other up when down. Blessings come when we obey his commands. I pray for all to see this before we fail.

Hubby is going to be home this July 4th...DD and family are visiting the other side of the family out of state. I do miss the fun and celebration that most people have for July 4th....hope Hubby will take time off the "Honey Do List" to have some fun. Just the two of us.

Strange thing happened yesterday while I was in town... thought I would share. I mentioned it on my status update but I will share more now.

I went to town with several things on my to do list. First being a trip to the clinic to have my blood drawn for my thyroid medication refill. Upon arrival they informed me that it could not be done today because they had no Doctor. My Doctor is older and had a stroke a couple years ago...but had come back to work part time with an PA to help. His PA's contract was up and she had moved back to Dallas. She had told me on the last visit that she was suffering from culture shock....not liking the small town life. The new Assistant would not be starting till.......July 8th. I counted my medication and had just enough to get by till the 8th. I had not eaten breakfast because of the blood tests. I left and decided that I would go to my favorite restaurant....Thai Lanna where they have the most delicious salad.. ..Yummo Woon Sen.

Yummo Woon Sen...it is a wonderful fresh veggie salad of cucumber, carrot, mushroom slices, onion and green onion tops...sometimes celery...always with baby corn and glass noodles that are made out of mong beans and are low in calories. It comes with either shrimp...which my Hubby always gets.....or slivers of white chicken, which I always get. It is dressed with a wonderful light dressing of lime juice and Thai Chile....which makes it spicy.

I have known the owner for years...she married a young American in Thailand years ago and moved with him to America. Some years later he divorced her. She has worked at several restaurants around my town, So a couple years ago she bought the Pitt Grill....Remodeled the whole place and opened up this nice restaurant with this wonderful Thai food.

The first time I went there was late on a Sunday evening ..they were soon to close. I was with my Hubby and DD and Grandson. The girl who waited on us was also from Thailand and spoke good English with a heavy accent. I asked for something light and she recommended the salad Yummo Woon Sen. I loved this dish...and although I have tried other things...I always come back to this one because it is so fresh ...light and healthy.

For years I would not eat out alone...it seemed so depressing...not having a friend with which to eat. But with Hubby gone...and usually schedule to keep....I find myself just popping in to this place...they always call me by name ...and usually know what I want before I have to order. This is where I went...to celebrate my birthday last year ...alone because Hubby was working.

When I arrived at the restaurant I was surprised by a new girl...she was friendly and asked me to seat myself ..anywhere I like. That was new...they usually seat you. When she came to take my drink order...I asked for Thai tea. It is very different from Southern Sweet Tea...it has a very orange appearance...it is sweet and creamy with coconut milk...I am sure it is not low calorie..but the coconut milk cuts the heat of the spice in the salad .....so for that reason I order Thai tea. She said they had none. And asked me if I would like ice tea. I hung my head but finally said ok....that would be fine. I told her I wanted the Yummo Woon Sen. She told me that she would see if she could make it....if they were busy she sometimes did not have time. That was a shock....all these times I had never been told that before. I looked around and she had two other couples at two different tables plus me. Five people in the restaurant. When she came back to my table she did not have my ice tea, she just said they would not make my salad. I was stunned....this girl had not even brought over the menu again...for me to ponder what other choices I might make. She just starred at me. after a few seconds, I got up and gathered my things....and said to her..well I will come back when you aren't quite so busy. I left heart broken. I don't eat out often....well I only go to town once a week. Most times I see no one for that week but my dogs and cats....once in a while I visit my neighbor. And once every few months we have a girls day out ....usually when I have another appointment where we have an excuse.

So it is a big deal for me to find a place where I feel comfortable....where the food is healthy....where the atmosphere is nice. That was my special place to go. When Hubby is home and he wants to eat out...it's pizza or all you can eat Chinese Buffet.. where choices are not the healthiest. But when it is just me....I always choose Thai Lanna. I am hoping this is just a one time thing ...a bad day. New help...and misunderstandings. I will give them time to get it together and I will not go at lunch time ever.....and as soon as it is convenient for her and I am not so emotional ....I will talk to the owner and find out for myself what was wrong that day.

In the mean time I will cook my salads at home and enjoy my time tonight with Hubby ...he just called and will be home tonight and leave out tomorrow around noon. He wants Hot Dogs with chili, potato salad, baked beans for supper to celebrate the 4th tonight. (See what I mean about healthy?)

It is nice that no matter what; my Spark Friends are there for me.... you all are a God send.... I would be very lonely without you in my life. You keep connected to life.....you help keep me sane. I love you all.

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    Sorry that you were so disappointed with your favorite eatery! Hopefully they can get that straightened out, I've never heard of a restaurant say that it's too busy to make a certain item on the menu! (especially when there's just 5 people in there!!!).
    1809 days ago
  • MAW_OH
    I hope you talk to the owner so she knows what horrible service you received that day. and Happy belated birthday! emoticon
    1809 days ago
    That salad sounds so delicious! I'm so sorry for the way the new girl was. I hope it's not a trend they are going to keep or they will lose business! Hope they get it worked out very soon. And that you and hubby have a nice 4th!
    1812 days ago
    I have to laugh about the olive oil, I just did that with pancake syrup last week. I now have 3 bottles of pancake syrup, 2 brand new, and one we just opened. Apparently, I'm afraid we'll run out.
    Sounds to me like someone in the restaurant did not want to work. I would write a letter to the resaraunt( or on their website if they have one) and let the oenrt know about the lack of service you received. State day, time and (hopefully) the name of the waitress- I would bet the owner was out that day- she would probably like to know what goes on when she's not there, for the sake of her business.
    Love the 4th. I'm sure You and Hubby can enjoy America's Birthday- just the 2 of you. We keep our 4th celebration small. We usually just bar-b-que, and then go to our small town's fire works display, get there early enough to watch all the goofiness that goes on when there are too many people with kids in a big field- a show in it's self. And then enjoy the fireworks.
    Have A Great 4th!
    1813 days ago
    my husband works third shift so I am often on my own . We never eat out I always cook . Sorry your special outing got ruined. go back demand to speak to the owner and find out the scoop. hugs enjoy some time with your husband
    1813 days ago
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  • KAB7801
    It is hard to find a good restaurant one you can depend and know
    Sorry about your experience

    Happy 4th to you and yours

    1813 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Finding something hiding behind something else happens all the time here.

    I'm sure if you talk to the owner, it most likely will be something easily straightened out. It would be lovely to have a favorite cafe to eat at. I live in the country and rarely eat out and in our town it is limited.

    Your hubby sure is 'easy' to cook for, but like you said, not healthy.
    Happy blessed 4th of July to you.
    1813 days ago
    love your cartoon
    1813 days ago
  • TBUFF35
    I am so sorry that your experience on your birthday was so discouraging, but don't let one day ruin your outlook for the restaurant. If you found something that was right for you, stand up for yourself. Go back. Talk to the owner. Tell her about your experience and your disappointment. Something tells me she will want to make it right; if you had that experience, chances are, someone else did, too, and that won't be good for her business. Maybe you just chanced to get the new girl who had not had a chance to acclimatize and understand what makes the Thai Lanna so special to its customers. Maybe the owner was too sick to be working and an inexperienced friend or family member was filling in for her.

    It's important to stand up for something that makes us happy. There are so many things we cannot do, or control, for ourselves. We should always try to make a difference in those things that we can change for the better. Doing things for you, like going out to a restaurant where you feel welcome and comfortable, make the daily struggle easier, so you have to prioritize it. Life is too hard not to hang on to the little things that make us happy.

    Finally, enjoy all the things you have to be thankful for -- Woohoo!!!...you found a little olive oil just waiting for you in the cupboard. Plus, you get to spend time with your hubby, who trusts you to provide the things that make him appreciate his Independence Day. And, you have a friend in the restaurant owner; I'm sure she would want to know why you felt compelled to leave without enjoying your favorite lunch. Most of all, enjoy your freedom and enjoy the blessings God provides. Don't give up and let the little things get you down. Like Monty Python says: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE!
    1813 days ago
  • DIETER27
    emoticon have a nice holiday and enjoy your day.
    1813 days ago
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