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Lynn’s Family Update

Cathy Connor says:

Good Morning All, I would like to thank everyone so much for your loving words,kind thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time . I am Lynns biggest fan and very proud sister Cathy. I am not the talented writer she was however I need you all to know we ( her Family ) are reading and feeling the love you all have for her. We were happy to share her with you all ! I have set up a bank account for her son Robert Smith (Bobby) to help with college as she wished that for him. I know she would have been too proud to ask for any help its at Barrington Bank & Trust 201 S. Hough Street Barrington Illinois 60010 (Email me if you need the account number – nomoredrama8@gmail.com)

I talked to her at 7 pm the nite of her Birthday and said Geez you have tons of birthday wishes on your blog hon and she said ” I know they love the blog” I said no sweetie they LOVE YOU . in her most humble way she said yea i guess . But she did know believe me we talked about it often. We talked about the upcoming trip Cat had invited her to in New York I was going to go with her. She was sooo excited I believe she will still be there in spirit. I LOVE the idea of trying to get Andy Cohen to give the Mazel any day would be great. Thanks again from my entire family to her Blog Family We Love You God Bless Sincerely, Cathy Connor

(note from NMD – still no news on the account WSL was setting up – hopefully OMIB will let us know soon)


Healing – New Post on the Inspirational Page by Mardrag


Jaqueline’s youngest son has autism – story in People




To my LynnFam –

 I’m such a reluctant writer. I HATE writing. And I’m not good at it. I haven’t ever told this story to even my closest friends and family. But I felt the need to share it now in the hope that it would help even one person realize the enduring quality of love and that even when your loved one is physically gone, the love lingers on……..

A little back story-

Neither my husband or I had ever had a “real” home until we moved to Arkansas in October of 2004. Sure, we’d had houses we lived in, but never a HOME. We bought a real junker because A) with the difference in price between what we sold in Louisiana and what we bought in Arkansas, we could live off our savings for a few years while we fixed up the property and remodeled the house. And B) We both could see the potential in the place and that once the hard work was done we would have a great home that we would be happy to live in for the rest of our lives.

In May of 2007 we found out that my husband had stage 4 lung cancer and only a few months to live. He was 44. He died on August 13th c2007, 2 weeks after his 45th birthday and the day after our 5th wedding anniversary.

Our nearest neighbor – at the end of our ½ mile driveway – had died a month before Mike so it was only me and the dogs in this whole 60 acre section. I didn’t know anyone in Arkansas and I was in total hermit mode after my husband died. (We were each others best friend and didn’t feel the need to be around anyone else).

I probably went a little crazy after the death of my husband but I don’t quite remember and there are no witnesses except Tux…..and he‘s not telling.  ::::grin::::

Fast Forward 9 months and on to the story………


THE STORM – May 2nd 2008

(If you want to know about the storm, wiki has a page – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1%E2%80%932,_2008_tornado_outbreak)

About 9 a.m., I’m in the back room doing laundry, I realize the weather is getting REALLY bad and I go to the living room to turn on the TV and see what’s up. (Earlier when I watched the news they’d mentioned thunderstorms but that’s all). I turn on the TV just in time to see the local weather guy tell everyone in my area that there’s a tornado and to take cover NOW. Then my TV goes out. (I’m on satellite and lose reception in bad weather). A few minutes later my power goes out. The weather is RAGING, it’s dark outside (at 9 a.m.!), and it feels like my house is going to come apart. I’m in total panic and don’t know what to do.

I end up putting on my raincoat and rubber boots with my purse under the coat (figuring if somehow my house blows apart and I live through it, I’ll need my I.D, checkbook and credit cards). I’m huddled in the hallway (TERRIFIED!) with pillows over my head, clutching my husband’s picture and his rosary, just crying and praying. Tux is licking my face like “What’s wrong Mom?” and Cheyenne, my aged and deaf German Shepherd is sound asleep on the living room floor.

When the worst finally passed but it’s still storming outside, I’m not sure WHAT exactly happened. Did an actual tornado come or did I just overreact? The dogs total nonchalance has me wondering.

There’s a pounding on my door, it’s my new neighbor, he moved in 5 days ago. I have NO idea how he made it a half mile through the downed trees and raging storm but his wife sent him back here because they were sure I was dead. He lets me know that there WAS a tornado and it blew off part of their roof and came right up the driveway to my house.

About an hour later the sun is shining(!) and I go out to see what’s what and try to walk out. I can’t. I make it about ¾ of the way to the road and turn back. There’s so many downed trees and the small creek that my neighbor crossed earlier is now an impassable raging river. That’s ok, I’m alive and my house is still intact. I’m fully prepared for emergencies and can get by until the power company cuts their way in in a week or two.

My house is at the top of the hill and I’m walking back home through all this total devastation. The woods are DESTROYED, huge trees downed everywhere and some just snapped off at the trunk. (Later, another neighbor told me they cut over 100 trees off the driveway to get to my house).

As I get to the top of the hill, the view suddenly opens up and ahead I can see my house and yard. It looks like an OASIS! There is not one bit of damage or even a tree down in my yard. It was a Miracle.

Later I realized what happened – the tornado had come straight up my ½ mile long driveway and RIGHT BEFORE it got to my house it lifted up, took a sharp right turn and went out my back woods.

There’s no other explanation but Divine Intervention. I don’t know yet why God saved me, but this I DO know………..

My husband wrapped his big ol’ Angel Wings around OUR HOME and protected us.

Love Lives On.


Big Brother 14 by NoMoreDrama

Behind the scenes:  Boogie admits to cheating during the veto competition.


(As if I don’t have enough reason to dislike him).

After checking out all the spoilers on Big Brother, I broke my boycott to watch Boogie’s humiliation.    Not only is Boogie clueless about what is going on, but his protege is the one that stuck the knife in his back.

The word from live feeds is that Boogie is trying to bribe Joe into voting for him by offering him a job as a chef in one of Boogie’s restaurants.  Luckily Britney knows that Boogie never follows through on his promises.  He pulled the same trick for All Stars.  Watchers are also suggesting that the producers are trying to talk people into voting to save him – but that sort of thing is never confirmed.

I love love loved this episode.  Boogie just keeps making a bigger and bigger fool of himself.  Ahhh.  Happy place.


Update on Chateau by Sheree

Tamara Tattles has this update on Sheree.  Apparently the roof is on and her house is actually being constructed.  I’m shocked.  Last I read she was running out for money.  Let’s hope she has enough money left to buy her son a bed.  NMD



Kelsey Grammer Opens up about his Divorce (jerk)

found by EastbayCA



RHONJ – The Blogs by Ramonacoaster

Kathy Wakile

I have to give Greg and Vito special thanks, since they really did their share (and Rich’s share) of the work at the campsite. Well it’s no secret now that Rich likes to do as little physical labor as possible. His motto has always been, “Why use your back when you can use your brain?” Lucky for him he always finds someone (willing or not) to pick up the slack, so he can supervise.

Yeah, Rich is quite a catch. Seems like dream to be married to a man that pretends not to know how to cook and clean for himself. Not! The road trip to Napa doesn’t seem like a vacation if you’re still doing most of the work you do at home and then some but it’s nice to see Kathy had some help. Lauren will be lucky to have Vito for a husband. Chris and Albie are lucky to have Gregg.

Our tour of the Lavendi Vineyards was great. Our host and winemaker, Allison Doran, was very informative and patient as she answered questions and walked us through the winemaking process. She is so passionate about her profession. Allison even sings opera to the grapes! We were lucky to get a special performance as well.

Now why didn’t the viewers get to see the opera performance? This show needs as much culture as it can get with the two Joes bringing it down to caveman levels. We see Joe Go catching grapes with his mouth, talking about how much he wants to copulate with his wife and hopping up on a statue to take pictures cause Joe Giu said it looks like his upside down crotch and it turned out to be a statue of the Lancaster lion. I think Milania would have behaved better….not by much.

The California wine country is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. The storybook setting of the Lancaster Estate just takes your breath away. Nicole Simpkins, the owner of the estate, was such a pleasure to talk to.

I have to agree. California wine country is amazing. They are so lucky to have this opportunity to tour a vineyard, drink some wine and enjoy their first class accommodations.

Caroline’s surprise birthday dinner was special for all of us. Being perched upon the hilltop overlooking the vineyard was absolutely breathtaking. The heartfelt tributes from her children made me proud of them.

The views were breathtaking, especially in the afternoon light. I thought what the Manzo kids said about their mother was very touching. It was very telling when Lauren mentioned that she wanted her toast to be better than her brothers. She is sounding more and more competitive, bitter and jealous as the season goes on. The same things she accused Teresa of when talking to Jac and Caro in the RV. Projecting, much?

When Joe Giudice stepped away for his phone call, none of us knew what was said or what had happened between him and Teresa until this week when we previewed our episode. In retrospect Rich’s comment, which was meant as a wisecrack, now may have been a little insensitive. Rich and I both feel badly about the situation. This all happened a year ago, and we sincerely hope that they are in a much better place.

From Rich’s comment it sounds like they may have known about Teresa and Joe’s “state of affairs.” Many a truth is said in jest.

I want to address the little talk I had with Caroline and Jacqueline before our last dinner at the Lancaster Estate. If you’re wondering why I asked so many questions about what went on in their conversations with Teresa, I will tell you. We all spent a great deal of time on this trip trying to understand and sort out our relationships. Some relationships were on the mend and others were fractured. This was true for each and every one of us. Here we were, all together, trying to make a go of it, each in our own way. I felt that I needed to understand the dynamics of what was going on so that I could be supportive and compassionate to everyone.

Oh, please. You were being nosy and trying to extract some sympathy.

Sometimes I need to see things played back, because I want to be sure of what I heard or didn’t hear at that dinner. The fact that I was left out of my cousin’s toast after I had tried so hard with her was a disappointment at best. If you were there, you knew it was a deliberate snub. You could cut the tension with a knife. I was embarrassed, but I wasn’t going to let it ruin my evening or cause a scene that would ruin anyone else’s evening. Once again Teresa’s actions speak volumes.

She gets penalized for her actions as well as her non-actions. She can’t win. Teresa spent a lot of time in the RV with Melissa and Joe. They were all having a good time together. She was trying to mend that relationship and giving them special consideration. If you were really embarrassed, you wouldn’t state it with a smile. Besides, Gregg didn’t mind being left out.

In the promos, it seems Kathy takes issue with Teresa’s toast. Teresa has had too much wine. It’s difficult for Teresa to express herself well when she is sober; she’s definitely not going to sound coherent when she’s been hitting the sauce. And that’s of course when Caro finds her opportunity to pounce.

Caroline Manzo

What was the point of writing her blog? I’m thankful it was short. Caro is currently in Palm Beach with her husband Al. She complained (no surprise) that her view during her birthday celebration was of a U-Haul with an outdoor kitchen. She so obviously hates watching the Teresa Giudice show.

Teresa Giudice

I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. And then I got the call. A magazine called me two weeks ago to ask me about my reaction to the new episode they just received. I hadn’t seen it, so I had no idea what they were talking about. Once I got a copy and watched it, I was sick. I felt like I’d been kicked in the stomach. It has not been a good couple of weeks.

Of course I begged Bravo not to air it, but when you sign up for a TV show, you sign up to show everything, warts and all. The good and the bad. Kind of like that other promise: for better or for worse. Welcome to the “worse.”

I can’t imagine what that must have felt like on top of everything else. Teresa and her little girls should not be forced to go through that so publicly but what do you expect- It’s Bravo. I’m surprised Bravo allowed this little nugget to be published.

I can’t make any excuses for what Joe said to me. He doesn’t talk like that to me at home, he’s never called me that name before, and he doesn’t remember saying it. But it’s not right. It hurt my feelings, and it was horrible to watch played out on national TV.

It’s not right what he did but you are going to make excuses for him anyway.

Teresa goes on and on blaming Joe’s behavior on alcohol, cameras and stress.

Joe does feel terrible, and he’s apologized to me and all of our friends. We all have a bad side, but not all of us are lucky enough to have it broadcast around the world. Being on TV is like being in front of the worst mirror ever sometimes. Hopefully you learn from it and try to be a better person.

Is Joe Giu capable of learning something new? That remains to be seen. He says he’s got a perfect brain next to God.

My husband disrespecting me on camera happened a year ago, but I just found out about it, and I’m trying to process it. I seem to always be the last to find out things, huh? People’s pasts keep coming out and they admit their dirty deeds to me, like my own family contacting Danielle to try and “take me down,” but I only find out about it months or

years later. They say they’re sorry, they’re not that person now, and what can I do? I forgive them. I forgave my brother and Melissa, and I can forgive Joe. But I’m not stupid. It does make me wary, it does make it hard to trust the people I love.

So I guess she’s going to put her best foot forward and stay with Joe.

People don’t stay married for decades without bumps in the road. So this is a pretty big bump, but I’m hanging on. Thank you all for hanging on with me!

I have a friend who is outwardly in denial about her husband cheating on her and I told her whether you stay with him or not it is up to you but please get tested for STDs. I hope for Teresa’s sake and her little girls, she gets tested.

What else was in the episode that I need to talk about? Caroline’s birthday dinner was fabulous. Of course I didn’t mean to “snub” Kathy in my toast! For goodness sake! I thanked our hosts, the birthday girl, and mentioned how glad I was that I was working things out with my brother. I had patched things up with Kathy already at our lunch, but this trip was the start of fixing things with my brother and Melissa. If anything, Kathy should be happy for me and Joey.

Not even a little bit of a dig at Kathy?

Melissa Gorga

The vineyard Chris and the boys took us to visit was so much fun. I had no idea it was supposed to be just business! The Manzo/Laurita clan didn’t look so happy. Sorry, guys! We were on vacation and there was wine everywhere… I don’t think we should have gone on that business trip! LOL! We probably should have stayed at the estate and let them do their business thing.

But the Manzo/ Laurita clan needed the cameras to give their wine business some publicity. They needed to look like serious businessman in contrast to the uncouth Gorga/Giudice clan. Why else wouldn’t they mention it was a business trip? Or maybe they did and you weren’t listening.

I’m not going to get into the phone call we saw Joe have. I didn’t like it when Teresa made accusations about my marriage, so I’m not going to do it to hers. They have four daughters that need to be protected from this, so I will leave it to Joe and Teresa to explain it. How they choose to live within their marriage has nothing to do with any of us. I was very upset when I watched the episode, and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. We may have our differences, but I would never want this to happen to her.

Good for you Melissa! Not your marriage, not your decision.

When Teresa and I were talking in the RV, I thought it was hysterical! I was teasing her and she was laughing. It was perfect. I needed to explain to her that when she puts out these articles about her marriage and kids in a magazine and accepts a paycheck, then it’s no longer just her business, it is now everyone’s business. So she can’t get upset when people discuss it. I felt like she was listening to me, but I’m not sure, because I just saw another one yesterday. To each their own. Just trying to help and get her past this hump.

I think Teresa would rather get the paycheck for selling her stories than anyone else.

I did think Teresa was trying to make a nice toast, but the fact that she mentioned all the ladies besides Kathy ruined it. I can see why Kathy was upset and a little embarrassed. Relationships aren’t about taking turns. It shouldn’t be that it’s either one relationship or the other. It might have just been an honest mistake. Not really sure, what do you guys think?

 Well, Teresa’s not exactly the brightest bulb. She could have just forgotten to include Kathy even though the woman was sitting right next to her. Ha!


Top Chef Masters, “Holly Madison’s Pool Party” by BB

The remaining chefs are Lorena, Patricia, Art, Chris, Kerry, Takashi and Thierry.

In the quick fire challenge, which will be judged by the folk rock duo Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers), the chefs will be creating a classic meat dish and a vegetarian version of that same dish.  They have 45 minutes.  Chris is using Portobello mushroom as a substitute for his meat in the second version. Takashi has worked with tofu in the past, so that’s what he’s using as a substitute.  Patricia needs to make sure her dishes are timed correctly.  Art mistakenly puts chicken broth in his vegetarian pot pie and has to correct this by making a vegetarian broth.  Patricia forgets to use her broth at the last minute.

One of the Indigo girls eats dairy but nothing with a face.  They love Art’s pot pies.  Patricia’s noodle dish is lacking broth and they notice it.  They love Takashi’s dish but not Thierry’s.  They also think Lorena’s dish is good.  Patricia gets the two women to taste her broth and they both say if her dishes had the broth they would have been all over it.  The two women loved Art’s, Takashi’s and Lorena’s dishes.  They are the three favorites. The winner is Takashi. He made a Japanese fish dish with a vegetarian version.   He gets immunity and $5,000 for his charity.

For the elimination challenge, the chefs will be making an all-you-can-eat brunch for an upscale pool party hosted by Hugh Hefner’s former main squeeze and current Las Vegas girl Holly Madison.  This brunch will be served poolside to 150 of Holly’s closest friends by bikini-clad servers, and will feature bottomless mimosas and bloody marys.  Sounds like your typical Vegas style get-together.  Holly says some of the diners will be hung over from a birthday party the night before.  Holly also tells the chefs she doesn’t like garlic or onions and the chefs will have to make the food bite size.  These restrictions throw all the chefs for a loop.

Patricia is making a pulled pork dish.  Art is making a turkey burger and he’s using garlic and onions.  He says Holly won’t notice because they are cooked.  I’m pretty sure you can taste cooked garlic, Art.  Lorena is making a Latin-inspired light berry compote dish.  Chris is making tuna bacon and is serving it cold.  Kerry is making a dish he’s never made before and he’s nervous about it.  Watching him prepare it, it looks like a hot mess. Takashi is making a yogurt compote.

That night the chefs have dinner together and relax for a change.  They talk about their first jobs, like being dishwashers and busboys.  The next day, the brunch guests start arriving and are served the mimosas and bloody marys.  They may be too drunk to care what the food tastes like.   The three judges are Krista, Francis and James (Ruth is not there).  James pretty much rips the shirt off one of the hot-looking guys there.

There are not a lot of good remarks about Thierry’s dish.  Holly is loves Art’s biscuits and is surprised when Curtis mentions the garlic.  Kerry made a crab and corn fritter.  One of the judges thinks it’s a little overdone.  Two of the shirtless guys come over and say the crab fritters are amazing.  James and one of the guys set up a push up competition for later.  Lorena’s sweet compote dish is a hit with the diners.

Next up is Patricia’s pork dish.  The judges think it looks delicious, but James thinks the sauce is a bit boring and Holly thinks the bread portion is a little bland.  Some of the judges think Chris’s dish is a little too spicy.  Curtis thinks the dish was the most complex and appreciates that he went all out.  Takashi made a yogurt compote.  It’s a hit with the diners who come over to the judges’ table to let them know.  James has the push up contest with one of the hot poolside guys.  Of course, he loses but I think the point of the contest was just so he could watch the hot guy do the push ups.

Of course after the brunch is over, Art has to be the center of attention by getting into the pool and telling everyone he feels like Bo Derek.  He’s proud of his weight loss, even though he knows he’s no bodybuilder.  Good for him.

Curtis calls Lorena, Art, Takashi and Kerry.  I think these chefs probably made the favorite dishes.  Oh, no! That means Patricia, Thierry or Chris will be going home.  To me these are three of the stronger chefs in the competition so far.  The winner is Lorena!  She’s shocked.  She wins $10,000 for her charity.  Her charity is the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Patricia is upset because she doesn’t want to go home but she doesn’t want to see Theirry or Chris go either.  Thierry thinks he’s going to be the one to go.  Thierry admits he wanted to put a fried egg on top of his dish and James tells him that would have improved the dish.  The bun of Patricia’s dish was not good.  The diners didn’t really understand Chris’s complex dish.  It was Holly’s least favorite dish.

The judges have a tough decision to make and it’s getting harder each week.  The judges are wondering if Patricia is starting to fade a little as the competition goes on, due to her mistake in the quick fire and her dish in the elimination challenge.  They also have harsh critiques of Thierry and Chris’s dishes.  I can’t tell who they are going to eliminate this week.

Unfortunately it will be Thierry leaving tonight.  He had one of the best attitudes of the competition.  Takashi is very sad Thierry is leaving and tells him the kitchen will be much quieter without him. Looks like next week Patricia and Lorena get into it.  I guess the pressure is starting to get to some of the chefs. Oh, and one of the guest judges will be Dita Von Teese.


Thank you  Mardrag, JustDee, Ramonacoaster, and BB

About Veena (NMD)

Just a housewife ... who loves this place .... and loves to write ... You can reach me through this email: nomoredrama8@gmail.com. Lynn's Place is in tribute to Housewives blogger Lynn Hudson, who passed away in August of 2012.
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495 Responses to Updates, The Storm, Big Brother 14, New Jersey Cast Blogs, Top Chef Masters

  1. Powell says:

    Good morning everyone. have a great day.

  2. ramonacoaster says:

    Just Dee, your story is so inspirational. So glad the tornado decided to take a turn. I hope everything is ok.

    • kendo says:

      That is amazing!

    • Shiny says:

      Just Dee – what a frightening experience, and how amazing that you and your house were protected. Thank you for writing it out and sharing it with all of us. (((Just Dee)))

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Just Dee, thanks for sharing your experience here. I am sorry about the loss of your hubby (your guardian angel) but the fact that you could feel his love and protection over you during this horrible storm, proves that love never dies.

    • It really is incredible. I was in awe when reading it.

    • plainviewsue says:

      Just Dee, your story brought tears to my eyes. Your husband was truly watching out for you. Thank you so much for sharing……….

    • Lady Chatterley says:

      Wow, Dee, such a beautiful story! Enduring love – made me cry. Thanks so much for sharing. I was feeling a little pissy at my hubs over an unpaid water bill…now, I’m just gonna give him a big old hug when he comes home. 🙂

    • ((( Just Dee ))) thank you for your inspirational story, it really was a miracle that the tornado & all the falling trees missed you. The dogs must have known!

  3. Eastbayca says:

    Good morning all,
    Ohhh dear, Aviva….

    Aviva Drescher ‏@AvivaDrescher
    Mario should NOT be arguing with any lady. Period. @iamHeatherT
    – Is Aviva chanelling KKB?
    Aviva Drescher ‏@AvivaDrescher
    @PeytonBriar u r right…it was sonjas condescending behavior that disappointed me. Xoxo

    And another one of her tweets said both Ramona and Sonja have no moral fiber, this in regards to them missing her Soul Cycle event.

    • PrincessPindy says:

      She is getting on my last nerve.

      • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:


        Your pix on your gravatars often make me CACKLE. This is another example.

        • PrincessPindy says:

          I live to laugh!

          • LaineyLainey says:

            i agree, with Detox. Too funny, PrincessP!! You know, in Tre’s eyes, her Joe still looks like that. My husband has that kind of vision, too. We’ve known each other since we were 11 y.o. and he sees me as the teenager he fell in love with. Thank goodness. Whew!! Hallelujah!!!

    • LuvMyGals says:

      Whoa, someone’s a little unhinged! Bag of jelly beans might help.

    • Powell says:

      I’m sorry but she hasn’t let that go yet? Ramona did give her a contribution.

    • Small children may be forgiven for public temper tantrums. Adult women – not so much, Aviva.

    • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

      She did not seem to have a problem with Mario arguing and defending his wife to Heather at the party. In fact, she defended him and chastised Heather to her face about it. Why the sudden flip-flop? Is it because she hates Ramona and Sonja now?

      Also, for her to say that Ramona, and Sonja have no moral fiber. WTF??!!?? Admittedly, Sonja’s morals can seem a bit shaky at times, but I do not think she is an evil person who lacks a conscience and any sense of morality. Ramona has also never struck me as an amoral person. There goes Aviva being completely harsh and issuing low-blows.

      What a nasty, nasty, angry “dirty-fighter.”

      • LaineyLainey says:

        Aviva makes it really hard to like her especially with her constant twitter attacks on her castmates. It’s interesting and eye-opening to see this super rich, super beautiful woman behave in such a low rent manner.

    • Scorpiosue1102 says:

      Aviva and KKB need to go and have some jelly beans together. Sonja and Ramona have no moral fiber yet she wanted to set up Sonja with her father. Unreal.

    • lovemamaearth says:

      I like Aviva and Heather. Don’t want them as my best friends but I like they call out the others for bad behavior. Maybe G-d is using them to get a message to them. Everyone makes mistakes and Ram seldom seems to learn from hers. Not sure Sonja does either but hers are less aggregious (sp)

    • Eastbayca says:

      Here is that tweet
      Aviva Drescher ‏@AvivaDrescher
      @Honestdoll @mccordalex @ramonasinger no detective work can save Ramona/sonja from lacking in moral fiber. Period.

      She was doing so well, but I think she is suffering from the JZ syndrome of having too much time to tweet rather than putting that energy elsewhere.

      • Didn’t Alex figure out that the the reason Ramona gave about going to the doctor did not happen on the day of the event? Maybe that’s why Aviva is going ape sh!t because she now knows she was lied to.

        • Lady Chatterley says:

          I thought that what Alex said was that Bravo made it look like Ramona and Sonja had their beauty treatments on the day of the SoulCycle event, but those were on different days. Nothing to suggest that Ramona didn’t see a dermatologist that day – and Carole confirmed that she had a bad reaction to it.

      • Christi44 says:

        Apparently, anxiety is the only acceptable reason to miss an event. Aviva was not giving the wonder twins (form of a good excuse, shape of a glass of pinot) any grace at all. Ramona did donate. I guess, like someone else mentioned, Aviva thought without Ramona, the scene wouldn’t make it onto the show.

  4. Powell says:

    I tell you GMA loves,Jill Zarin. She was on a segment this morning with Dr Jennifer Ashton about a mommy blogger who discussed going on vaca leaving her 10 week baby at home. The mother got a lot of flack, Dr. Ashton said she personally wouldn’t leave her young baby, that medically its not known what if any affects that could have w/bonding. Jill said she thinks its ok for the mom to take a vaca. She carried the baby for nine mths, maybe she needed the vaca for herself. When she had her baby she went back to work at 6 weeks cause she had to, she was away from her baby all day. It’s when the baby starts to get older that you can’t leave as much. I can’t believe Jill & I agree. The baby was w/a trusted grandma.
    Kelsey Grammer and Katie taped a segment w/Oprah. He won’t say Camille’s name in the interview. Oprah said “you won’t say her name?”, Kelsey said “no”. He said the marriage was over when it started. Oprah said “so you knew it was over but to scared to tell her” Kelsey said “yes. I felt I owed her something for all that I put her through, is what I was told” or something to that affect. Now why didn’t he just tell Camille he wanted out before the kids, etc? He was using drugs and Camille helped get him thru that. She deserved more.

    • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

      He sounds like a Grade A Jackass!

    • LizzieLou says:

      IMO Kelsey is a jerk. I was in a 2 year relationship when I found out that he had cheated on me with 2 different girls during the first 2 months of us being exclusive. It’s like, why did you ever ask me to be your girlfriend if you were just going to cheat right away? Creep…
      Kelsey owed her something… an honest loving husband! Camille def deserved more!

      • MamaZ says:

        I think Kelsey is rewriting history. This is likely the story he told his new wife when he was cheating with her while married to Camille.

        • Powell says:

          MamaZ you’re probably right.

        • mardrag26 says:

          Too true MamaZ…the “my wife just doesn’t understand me and our marriage is over” story! A story that is old and used up! Pffft!

        • Eastbayca says:

          It worked the first time for him so why not repeat…is probably his reasoning.

        • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

          I agree, MamaZ. In the past, I read more than one interview where Kelsey talked about how Camille basically saved his life and how much he loved her and how she was a wonderful wife.

          Now, he cannot even utter her name and refuses to even speak to her even when it comes to their own 2 children together. He’s an A-Hole.

          • LaineyLainey says:

            Yeah, Detox I remember that. He credited her with literally saving his life. And now?

          • Powell says:

            Mmm hmmm. :/

            • Called A Princess... says:

              Successful actors are very hard to trust at face value. I think they live in a fantasy world of their own design, with help from PR people, agencies and their own bloated ego’s. So easy to love, so easy to hate. Mr. Grammer has a much bigger platform to spread his story then Camille ever will. I find it interesting that he seems to have dragged out the divorce, when he was the one that wanted to end the relationship, by publicly cheating and disrespecting his wife. The drugs have kept him a spoiled, evil child. IMHO.

  5. LuvMyGals says:

    Just Dee – What an amazing story! I’m going to get my mother’s rosary and keep it handy. I hope you’re not so isolated any longer.

  6. BB says:

    Thanks, JustDee for sharing your inspirational story with us. And thanks to MarDrag for your inspirational messages. Each morning when I awake one of the first thoughts I have is that I’m not going to be able to open my LynnNChicago blog and read Lynn’s news and thoughts for the day. It had become such a regular part of my morning routine. The only ray of sunshine is there is still a place where I can connect with others who are feeling the same way I do. I’m glad for that but still miss her very much. If I feel that way, I can only imagine what her “real” family must be enduring. Hopefully it will get a little easier for all as time passes. I know Lynn wouldn’t want us to be mired in sadness. I think she’d want us to remember the good times, yes. But I also think she’d want us to keep moving forward, sharing and creating new memories to treasure. We all have our own ways and timetables for dealing with loss, and I hope we can all be mindful of that and considerate of others in the days and weeks to come. We’re all doing the best we can. Hugs to all of my LynnFam. BB

      • I Need A Life! says:

        Hugs to you, BB. I loved how the scene was edited after the Joe & Tre scene in the vineyards. It was like everyone was a bit woozy over what they were witnessing. We all felt woozy. My husband was watching. It’s the ONLY time he’s ever watched the show. He asked, “Why do you watch this crap?” I don’t know. But at least I know you’re all watching with me!

        • LaineyLainey says:

          I need a life: funny post. My husband really hates all of the hw shows. He once said, “Honey, this is vile. You’re so much better than this!” I think I said something like “Thanks, but No, I’m not. with a sweet smile….Sweetie, pls go watch the other T.V, since it bothers you so much…” Better that he should know the truth. LOL!!!

    • LuvMyGals says:

      BB: I have gravatar envy. I’m going to figure out how to get one of those.

      What was with the folks trying to join in this morning (on the other thread)? They were upset that they were getting no responses. It seems to me they seemed to not realize it was early morning, lots of us were waiting for new thread, getting the coffee, and just getting going. I don’t know of any reason people would ignore them intentionally. See ya all later.

      • Orson says:

        If people are looking for something to offend them, they’ll generally find something. You could watch RHONJ to see examples of this sort of thing. 🙂

      • LaineyLainey says:

        Yes, and then there’s the morning trip to the bathroom. GIVE US A MINUTE!!!!!

    • Powell says:

      Thks BB and BIG hugs to you.

    • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:


    • plainviewsue says:

      Feeling the same BB. But so grateful for everyone for keeping the blog going.

    • VV says:


    • LaineyLainey says:

      BB – nice post oh and I enjoyed your Top Chef Masters blog. I’m excited that Lorena won. I was telling the room in chat last night how much I and my coworkers love the salad she created for Taco Bell. I know, I know…so classy. LOL!! The preview of that moment with Lorena and Patricia strikes me as humorous but only because it’s so uncharacteristic of these two great chefs. They are both normally so nice and so professional – – -you’re right, the pressure is obviously getting to them by then. Patricia makes a dig and Lorena goes off. Watch out!!! Hopefully, it’s just a moment and ends there. On Top Chef sometimes there are participants that one is excited to see leave (sorry), but Top Chef Masters is different. I hate it when anyone has to leave.

      • BB says:

        LaineyLainey. Glad you are enjoying TCM. I am too. I haven’t tried Lorena’s Taco Bell salad yet. We don’t have a Taco Bell here on the OBX (it closed). I’ll have to try it when I go back to VA.

  7. AZGirl says:

    Just Dee that was such a great story. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Thanks BB, Mardrag, Ramonacoaster for the recaps. I fell asleep during TCM. I am grateful for the recap.
    Storms all last night. Arizona has not had a rainy monsoon season in a while. I woke up around 3 a.m. to thunder and lightning and watched it out on the porch. Could not go back to sleep.

    I really feel bad for Teresa. She deserves better than Joe. I don’t think Teresa is seeing Joe for what he is. Maybe because she has known him since they were children and the only man she has loved. It is a sad and painful situation.

    • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

      With regard to Teresa, it IS sad. I really wish she would dump him, but I know I am not standing in her shoes. I’m not married to a man that has literally been around since I was born. I’m not married to a man whose entire family has also become like my own family. I’m not married to man for whom I lay down and gave birth 4 times. I’m not married to a man who, at times, has been able to defend me when it comes to others attacking me. I’m not married to a man who has been the only man I have known sexually either. I’m also not 1st generation Italian, where my parents (and the Church, of course) may make her feel like divorce is shameful and simply not an option.

      • PrincessPindy says:


      • mardrag26 says:

        I agree too Detox. I think in Theresa’s mind she can’t even wrap it around the idea of not having Joe as her husband. And she clearly does not know what it is like to be treated well as a woman, wife or mother….so what does she have to relate her situation to? She is in denial most of the time, so she does not even see the other relationships around her (not on the show/family!) that might be a good reflection for her. She has blinders on and is adamant about keeping them there.

      • lovemamaearth says:

        Re Teresa’s Joe, looks like he’d be a good match for Lu. They could both cheat to their hearts content.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        That is very understanding and compassionate of you, Detox. What looks like an obvious solution to many American women is not and never will be the first option for many women who are first generation American, or whose religious beliefs prohibit it,… for many women what your family and extended family think of you and how they regard you, greatly outweighs what society or the viewing audience thinks of you.

        • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

          This is true. My paternal grandmother was a devout Catholic. She did not believe in divorce. When one of my first cousins started dating a divorced man, my grandmother insisted that my cousin was dating a married man (because, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, unless he got an annulment, he was still married). She allowed my cousin to bring him to visit, but, whenever they would leave, she would always say, “Yes, he is a very nice man….but he is STILL married. I am going to continue to pray for your cousin’s soul.”

          My cousin has been with this man for over 20 years now. They’ve been engaged for years and years too. I think my cousin just likes the idea of being engaged (but secretly does not want to be married). He gave up pushing for a wedding date and just accepts things the way they are. They’re both still happy so….whatever works for them.

  8. PrincessPindy says:

    (((Just Dee))) Great Story!!
    RamonaCoaster, funny!
    Haven’t finished watching TC, so will come back and read.
    Was up way too early today but found my friends on chat.
    Cathy, Lynn’s sister was there yesterday and it was really nice to chat with her. Afterwards I felt really sad. I told my daughter, maybe I will just stop chatting and going on the blog. And she said, “but Mom they are all feeling the same way and will understand. They are your friends.”
    I scored big time when I was blessed with her as my daughter!!!
    Loss of a loved one is processed over time. And some might think it is “silly” to feel this way about some one I have never met. But to me Lynn was a loved one. And there will be good days and there will be bad days, maybe hours, maybe minutes. I just want to thank everyone that is doing this blog. I really appreciate it.

    • AZGirl says:

      {{{Princess Beanie Poo}}}}

    • Powell says:

      Princess you sure did luck out w/you little Princess. By the way how has she been feeling?

      • PrincessPindy says:

        Oh Powell, not great, still coughing, but we keep ruling things out, They are scheduling a CAT scan of her sinuses and neck. The ENT and pulmonary gave her the all clear. and of course yesterday we got a bill from the hospital from the last ER visit in April, that says it is past due that I have never seen…. I have to call today and tell them to relax, I will pay it. I am not sure why I have never seen a first notice…..
        But like we say here, “It could always be worse!”

        • Powell says:

          I’m sorry she’s still going thru this but she is such a trooper and is keeping you all sane. :). I’m glad you’re still fighting to get a diagnosis so you’ll finally know what you’re dealing with. Have you seen “Mystery Diagnosis” on Discovery? I haven’t watched in about a month but it’s fascinating how illnesses are just hard to diagnose and/or the docs have never seen the illness. Keep pushing. 🙂

        • mardrag26 says:

          Hi PP…Hugs to you and your daughter. It is so very hard to watch our children suffer when we feel powerless to help them! I went through that with my daughter, so I wanted to share what helped her. We went through the strain of dr’s, emergency rooms (and bills!), etc. and they still could not help her. I gave up in disgust and started looking into alternative medicine and treatments. There was a diagnosis and she started on regular acupuncture treatments combined with Chinese herbs,,,,…and I can not express in words the change in her. It was quite thruthfuly a miracle! We both do acupuncture and herbs now just to maintain our health.

          If you would like more information and/or a referral, please let me know at mardrag25atgmaildotcom. My acupuncture doctor is an amazing man, VERY caring, kind and brilliant and he would be happy to at least have a conversation with you about it if you would like.

          I wish you and your daughter the best in getting her well!

        • Oh no, I am sorry to hear she is still not feeling well? Have they done allergy tests yet? My friend’s young daughter has had a persistent cough for a while now, so one doctor thought it was probably some environmental allergy (pollen) and another gave her an inhaler thinking it was asthma. She went for a formal test and it turns out she is allergic to cats- they have one and two strays they play with and feed. (Now my poor friend has to break it to her 6 year old that they have to give the cat away)

    • disgrazia4 says:

      I cosign on that! (((PP))) 😉

      • MamaZ says:

        I have to disagree. Pindy, you did not luck out with Princess Beanie Boo.
        You helped to mold her into the sensitive, caring young woman she has become. No luck – just love, patience and hard work.

    • Chicago Diane says:

      Beautifully said and exactly on point !

  9. Shannon says:

    I just want to post a quick thank you to everyone who is taking the time to write the recaps. I know it takes a lot of time out of your day. I used to write the Big Brother updates last year before a family emergency required all of my attention. Lynn sent me a very nice email telling me how I had her thoughts and prayers and that if I needed her to let her know. So with everything going on in her life she had no trouble adding my burdens to hers. This proved to me that she was truly a nice person, not someone who was just pretended to be. I still go to the blog everyday. I know there isn’t much to read, but I haven’t been able to break it yet. I feel comfort when I read the recaps from all the wonderful contributors. I’m so thankful someone decided to start this blog in Lynn’s memory. What a great way to keep her memory alive and keep everyone together.

    • Powell says:

      Hi Shannon,
      I hope all is well now in your family. I’m not surprised Lynn sent you a personal note. That was kind and sweet for her to do. I hope to see you more. 🙂

  10. I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

    Good Morning, All,

    A big thank you to NMD, Just Dee, Ramonacoaster, BB & MarDrag.

    Just Dee,

    I had NO idea you went through such hardship. My heart goes out to you. I thought the story about your home being spared was beautiful. Angel wings of protection, indeed.

  11. california35 says:

    what a story JustDee – thanks for sharing. Sad things happened to you and you were ok, and are still ok. you still live there? do you have more neighbors now?

  12. BB says:

    JustDee, now I can understand why, when you’re in FL with your mom, you miss your home in Arkansas so much and can’t wait to get back. You’re a good daughter.

  13. BB says:

    Everyone have a great day. I’ll BBL after I’ve attended to some things I’ve been neglecting lately.

  14. Thanks for today’s blog, all around!
    NMD – You are doing a wonderful job putting this together and keeping us updated. It is much appreciated. ♥
    Mardrag – I find myself reflecting on your inspirational quotes off and on throughout the day…
    JustDee – Sharing such personal experiences is brave and it shows the trust you have in this community. Amazing storm story – and may that be the last storm coming so close to you!
    Ramonacoaster – Adore your take on the HW blogs! Great reading with the morning coffeee. 😎
    BB – Enjoyed your thoughts on TCM! And thanks for all the writing you have been doing here!

  15. PatnPhilly says:

    Just Dee,
    What an inspirational story! Your are a great writer and I loved to here more stories from you. Thanks everybody for keeping the blogs going, you make my mornings!

  16. PatnPhilly says:

    You not Your 😉 and hear not here! Grrrr, I need a another cup of coffee!

  17. Kansas Girl says:

    Good morning all! Thank you, all of you, for sharing yourselves and your stories. I am so honored to know you and count you as friends.

  18. melthehound says:

    JustDee, I can’t help but chuckle at Tux licking your face and the other one oblivious to the whole situation. I can picture it perfectly and I’m not trying to minimize what you must have been going through but somehow, our 4 leggers always seem to know when things are going to be okay. It’s also great that your neighbors came back a half a mile through all that to check on you. Yes you did find a Home. You most certainly did have a shield around your house that day and I, for one, am happy you survived it all.

    • MTH I saw a preview for Survivor. Mike Sculpin (the one who fell into the fire S2 in Australia – the season Colby won) is back for a second chance. I wonder if other people that had to leave for medical reasons are in as well. I’m so excited for the new season. Do you want to do a preview piece once they release the cast list?

      • melthehound says:

        I do plan on doing a preview shortly, just hadn’t got to it yet (been too busy chatting). Drop your email address to 2coolmel at rolleiman dot com so I can send it to you.

        • MamaZ says:

          “I wonder if other people that had to leave for medical reasons are in as well. ”

          Please not Colby, please not Colby!

          • PrincessPindy says:

            There was a guy on that we knew when we lived in Simi Valley that had to leave Panama due to bowel obstruction, Bruce Kanegai. I think he could have gone pretty far. I wonder if he will be back.

          • jules says:

            MamaZ, I read a story about the new season and they are bringing back people who had to leave due to medical reasons. I don’t know if they’re coming back but some are. They also have Lisa Wechel, who starred in The Facts of Life too.

            • Powell says:

              Blair! That’ll be interesting. The last I saw anything on her she and her family are very involved in their church.

  19. plainviewsue says:

    I am so loving Top Chef Masters. Lorena is just such a burst of energy. I was surprised that Art wasn’t in the bottom three, only because he didn’t listen to what the client requested. But I guess it tasted really delicious!

    The NJ blogs………..my heart goes out to Jacqueline, Chris and Nicholas. But she needs to stop her Teresa obsession and move on to what is really important in her life. To say that she won’t talk about Teresa’s marriage, but then writes Teresa should pee on him and kick some dirt. Now personally, I agree, but who is she to say anything like that??

    She condemns Juicy for his behavior at the vineyard, but laughs off Joey Gorga’s inappropriate behavior. She feels bad for Kathy (how many scandals is Kathy involved in now: cookie gate and now toastgate!). All of them defend Richie’s slightly insensitive jokes and wisecracks.

    Focus on your family Jacqueline. I cant imagine what she is going through. And having a know it all sister in law like Caroline….She’ll probably tell her to give Nicholas the black water. Jacqueline, step back from your bitter SIL and let go of your hatred of Teresa.

    • disgrazia4 says:

      Amen Sue. I’m still convinced Jac is the one who is giving all the bad info to the rag mags, and not even intentionally. She mentions everything on twitter. She’s a veritable treasure trove of rumors and gossip. Still, I wish her well with her son. If she puts as much time and effort into creating a pathway for his success as she puts into her social media endeavors and Teresa bashing then I would have no doubt of success for either of them. Prioritize Jac! Make it happen. There is more at stake with your son’s concerns than fighting the battles in your SIL’s warped mind.

    • Powell says:

      Another gate? Toastgate! Haha. These gates just crack me up.

  20. LuvMyGals says:

    Hey everyone, I had a thought that I want to share before I forget. Like many families, the passing of our loved one has brought all of the relatives together. It has been so good to have so many people “come out” and connect with us again. How about we proclaim August 16th as an annual family reunion date? I don’t want to minimize our sadness or love for Lynn. One of my great regrets is that I didn’t know her personally but it’s so remarkable someone can reflect that much kindness, love, and enthusiasm for life. So… I’ll just let that little idea sit out there.

  21. Three Blessed says:

    I’m quitting smoking TODAY! Thanks Lynn and Just Dee

    • Just Wondering in Jersey says:

      If I can do it you can too! Good for you.

    • mardrag26 says:

      Wonderful Three Blessed! As someone who used to smoke, it is difficult to quit, but making the decision is greatest step and it sounds like you made it, firm and clear. If you need support, you can find it here!

    • BB says:

      Three Blessed. You can do it! I quit cold turkey in 1996 and never looked back. Not only is it a good idea health wise, but think of the good example you are setting for your kid(s). I never knew how bad my house, car and clothes smelled until after quit. For those of you who do smoke and are thinking about quitting, believe me, I know how hard it will be, but it’s soooooo worth it. Try anything, gum, e-cigs, hypnosis, Scientology (ok, maybe not Scientology), cold turkey, whatever works for you. And if it doesn’t work the first time, try a second, third and fourth time. I woke up one morning, decided I was not going to smoke another cigarette, prayed to God for help, and that was that. I still had a desire every now and then to pick one up but just waited it out and it got easier and easier. And I didn’t physically harm anyone in the process. Lol. Good luck, Three Blessed!

    • lovemamaearth says:

      Oh best of luck with it 3B.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      three blessed, good luck to you. I have added you to my daily prayer list. Know that. 🙂

    • klmh says:

      Three Blessed,
      You can do it. I quite cold turkey as well in ’88, at the age of 39. I have written this before, about a year or so ago here, but may I give you two tips that helped me a lot:
      When you feel the urge to smoke, tell yourself that you will wait 10 minutes, exactly 10 minutes. If its at the 12 or 13 minute mark, you have to wait another ten minutes. If you can hit the mark, you can have a puff, but I think the time will pass more quickly. You will find the cravings diminishing because the time will get longer and longer between those urges.
      The other that helped was that as I gained weight, I wanted to smoke. My excuse was that I didn’t want to get fat, and its just that, an excuse to begin again. Don’t sweat the small weight gain, that can be taken care of after the cravings diminish.
      Best of luck to you.

    • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

      Good Luck, Blessed! Stay strong!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Go 3! Go 3! This is great news!

      Report in every day if it helps. You CAN do it. You CAN.

    • I didn’t it about 8 years ago and it’s one of the best things I ever did. When I look at old pictures of me with cigarettes in my hand,I don’t even recognize that person.

    • Powell says:

      Three Blessed cheers to you! YOU CAN DO IT!!! 🙂

    • catmom1 says:

      Good luck Three blessed. You’ve made a great and loving decision. Did hospice care at home for my father who died of lung cancer. The following year my m-n-law died following complications from lung cancer, this time used hospital hospice. Those nurses are truly angels on earth. As a surviving daughter, I thank you for making your decision to quit. You and your family are both so worth the struggle. Stay strong.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        catmom1, sorry you had to witness the passing of your parents from such a cruel disease. thanks for sharing.

    • Lady Chatterley says:

      Good for you, Blessed! I quit cold turkey 5 years ago – nice to get through the winters w/o the bronchitis – and I can run now, too, which has helped me lose weight.

    • Boobah says:

      3Blessed, that was my first thought too…unlike you, I am downright afraid. I’m worried about my anxiety levels. I wish I had your determination, I really, really (really) do. I think about it often – several times a day in fact. I was able to cut back. I’m at 8 cigs a day….it’s not great but I guess it’s a start.

      I am so happy for you!

    • Reallvhousewife says:

      Good for you and good luck!! I’m cheering you on! =)

  22. mardrag26 says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I just stopped in to say hello and thank you to all the blog writers. I do not watch all the shows but so enjoy the recaps….which I know are more entertaining than the shows themselves!

    JustDee…and all those who share their stories of tragedy and heartache….your strength, endurance, and willingness to share is just amazing and so brave. My heart goes out to all of you….with wishes for the endurance to continue through the process. You are all such an inspiration and a testament to “getting through it”. You give me courage!

    Now…I am going up to read everything and will hopefully be back later!
    Blessings and Hugs!

  23. Orson says:

    I came out of lurkdom with what thought was a relevant meta-thought. Here’s another meta-thought: It seems to me that there are some people who believe that there is a fixed amount of “Q” to go around. What is “Q”? Well, it can be Success or Wealth or Happiness or Beauty or whatever. And the problem with this line of thought is that these people believe that because there’s only so much “Q” to go around, any or more “Q” that someone ELSE has means there’s less “Q” available for them.

    Maybe I’m completely wrong with this observation. But it’s pretty apparent to me that, to differing levels, this sort of thing is going on almost all the time in HWONJ. Right now, I really don’t want to name specific examples, because I don’t want to start a certain HW gripe thread. Though I’ll be willing to jump in later if this post starts one. 😀

  24. Powell says:

    JusrDee that brought tears to my eyes. I’m reading saying to myself “her husband is watching out for her”. OMG! Bless you JustDee. That’s a wonderful story. Thks for sharing and you need to write more. You had me right there with you under that pillow. 🙂

    • lovemamaearth says:

      Yes Just Dee. Awesome story and I’m glad you’re ok. Maybe you are a writer afterall. 🙂

      • lovemamaearth says:

        PS Sorry for the loss of your sweet husband. The isolation must have been overwhelming. (((((( Just Dee ))))))

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I agree with LME – – -you most certainly ARE a writer. You (Just Dee) pulled me into the whole scenario…the dogs, the walk you took to survey things, I felt like I was there… and then when you looked at your own property… I could SEE it. No, I’m not on anything good, Just coffee and a bagle.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Just Dee made me want to go hug my husband.

      • Contessa says:

        Just Dee, your story gave me chills. How awful to lose your soulmate, and then deal with this tornado. He really protected you and the dogs. Love is the most powerful emotion in the world. Thank you for sharing. XO

  25. lovemamaearth says:

    CBS news had an interesting guest on about parents’ age and autism. The studies are on going. Considering Jac’s news I thought some might find it interesting too.

    • klmh says:

      I knew at one time there was a possible connection with Celiac disease in men, but that has since been disproven.
      Interesting. Tx

      • Called A Princess... says:

        Today on CNN they talked about a connection between men over 40 and babies with autism. Both women and men are now having children later in life and this is a generational new standard. So the numbers are easier to track and study.

  26. RealHousewifeVA says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, JustDee. Really, it is so very touching and brought me to tears.

    Thank you to everyone for all your work on the blogs, once again.

    I’m sorry to hear about Jacqueline’s son. It makes me wonder why she spent so much time during this last year ranting about Teresa on twitter and in her blogs. Her time would be much better spent focusing on her own children and family. I hope she will one day realize that friends sometimes grow apart and life is too short to be bitter about it. I wish they could just agree to disagree, let the hate/anger go and move on. She has more important things to worry about. But I guess that doesn’t make good T.V.

    I’m also not surprised about the timing of this announcement. Right before they are getting ready to film for the reunion. If she uses this as an excuse for her ugly behavior towards Teresa, I won’t be surprised.

    • NightLight95 says:

      I agree it’s really odd that she has wasted so much energy such trivial things. I feel for Chris and AJ, they really do have their hands full: Ashley couldn’t get her things together, Jax low estrogen (allegedly), and now their youngest diagnosis. I am kind of curious to know when they found out.

      • MamaZ says:

        Sometimes when faced with situations they think they have no control over people will try to control other things in their lives. It’s very unfortunate in this case if that’s what’s happening because you can make a difference with this diagnosis.
        I think Jaq fell apart at least temporarily. I hope she is able to pull herself together and be a positive force in Nicholas’s ongoing struggles. And she will need the support of her friends too!

        • NightLight95 says:

          I can totally understand controlling things that you can while others fall apart BUT that’s not what a mother who doesn’t work outside her home and worked so hard to get pregnant does. All the energy she wasted on Tre is exactly that waste.

      • Reallvhousewife says:

        I can tell you that when she was here in Vegas in February, she told me that she was going see Jenny McCarthy’s dr. because Nicholas had autism. So she’s known at least for 6 months.

    • plainviewsue says:

      I commented on the timing and the reunion yesterday as well RH. I didn’t think of it being used as an excuse for her ugly behavior though. I thought it would be an excuse for Andy to not ask her any tough questions and let her slide for her behavior. Which truly would not be fair because she needs to be held accountable.

      If she used this sad news as an excuse for her behavior and apologized to Teresa, that could possibly open up a road to a reconcilliation, as long as the Don doesn’t butt in.

      I don’t think this will happen though. I’m starting to guess that the reasons that Caroline & Jacq will give is the tabloids. That they feel she sold out her friends for tabloid money.

      But can someone please explain to me how Caroline puts the lid on Teresa’s family problems, especially in light of what we see in the coming attractions? Andy better bring that up!!!!!!

      I know we still have to get to the Posh finale, but are we also seeing the renewal of vows between Joe & Teresa? Is this season like 30 episodes???????

      • NightLight95 says:

        I have seen about three episodes this season and they lost me. I read blog and comments here.

  27. KatLG says:

    Good Morning,
    Thank you to everyone that is keeping this blog up and running.
    Thank you to everyone that comments, it is what keeps me sane every day.

  28. lovemamaearth says:

    Cathy Connor thanks for taking time to tell us this story and about the fund. ((( Cathy and Lynn’s family))) I’m so sorry for our great loss!

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Cathy Conner, thank you for sharing the information about the college fund for Bobby and also your conversation with Lynn. Those tender moments are so sweet. I am sorry for the loss of your beloved sister. I hope you’ll continue to read and also that you’ll continue to post as we would love to get to know you, too.

  29. PrincessPindy says:

    I just went to LynnNChicago and you can no longer post comments. There is no “reply” option. 😦

    I went over there to see if Erizzle had checked in. Has anyone heard from her?

    • BB says:

      I haven’t Princess. Nor Michelle in NY.

    • Eastbayca says:

      I sent her an email.

    • LuvMyGals says:

      I’m guessing Erizzle will find her way here.

    • Three Blessed says:

      Erizz…Where are u?????

    • Kansas Girl says:

      I noticed several days ago the comments were turned off for all but the last page. And I think that’s ok. There is plenty of information to bring people here. This means that the family will not need to maintain the blog now. They have enough to deal with.

      I’ve not heard from Erizzle, she’s not on the email list. Lots of people are asking about her. I hope someone has personal contact with her or she’ll find her way here. I’m sure there are others missing too — keep thinking of new names we’ve not seen. But I have faith people will check in when they’re ready.

      • Eastbayca says:

        Hi KG,
        I emailed Erizzle, no reply yet…

        • Kansas Girl says:

          Oooooo, you have her email. Excellent. Thanks for doing this! next time someone asks, we’ll have something definite to report.

        • RealHousewifeVA says:

          That’s kind of concerning…she was missing from about a week before Lynn passed. To hear she’s not replying to her email? I hope she’s okay.

    • I think the comments might have been turned off because I had heard if there were too many comments, the blog would break- and then it would all be lost.

  30. lovemamaearth says:

    NMD that was a great recap of Big Brother.

    I can see where Kelsey would think Camille wanted fame maybe more than a marriage. I don’t agree with his hooking up with some woman like he did.

    Thanks for the recaps on NJ, Ramonacoaster and on Chef, BB. I don’t watch but your blogs are better anyway. 🙂 Thanks all who make comments that continue the fun here. Caring, sharing, laughing and arguing. (still stunned by Cathy and Just Dee)

    • mardrag26 says:

      Morning LME! Hugs!

      • Called A Princess... says:

        lovemama, I think the truth might be more that Kelsey may have promised Camille a certain level of fame but never delivered. Old school way of managing interpersonal relationships in Hollywood. Then the turn around is that the person was just using “me” when they ask for a return on their time, blood, sweat and tears. Another cautionary tale. IMO.

  31. thedesigndiva2 says:

    Good afternoon All.. Woke to a flooded bathroom..UGH..Good thing I stayed awake during those plumbing classes with Mr ford..LOL
    He was still sleeping , so I played Josephine and fixed it myself..didnt know whether to laugh cry punch walls or kick the truck tires..chose to laugh… and then I got this in my email minutes later..and laughter it was…

    At a local church on this past Easter the pastor called all of the little children to the front of the church, dressed in their cute Easter outfits and had them sit around him. He said, “Today is Easter and you all look so handsome and beautiful. Today we’re going to talk about the resurrection. Does anyone know what the resurrection is?”
    One little boy raised his hand, and the pastor said, “Please tell us what the resurrection is.”
    The boy, proud that he knew the answer, said in a clear loud voice, “When you get one lasting more than four hours, you gotta call a doctor!”
    It took a solid 10 minutes before the pastor could speak and there was so much laughter going on that his sermon was probably forgotten – but that boy’s voice won’t be.

    No return call from Papa Johns..I guess teenage management still has things to learn in the real world…So off to Home Depot later this afternoon to see about the Kitchen Designer opening..
    then swinging by Family Dollar , as they have an opening for general store help..I would much prefer a job where I can stay active and walk around v. standing in one place .Inactivity is really tough on my screwed up back.. So fingers crossed again..

    Hugs and Peace

    • VV says:


    • BB says:

      Oh, no Diva! It’s good that you could laugh during your plumbing emergency. I’m not sure I could. As to your funny e-mail – out of the mouths of babes. I hope you find a job so you can get out of the house some. Good luck with that.

      • thedesigndiva2 says:

        Thanks BB.. i’m just glad i woke up when I did or the whole house would have water thru out it.. that would have RUINED my day for sure.
        Mr ford just got up awhile ago and asked why the towels were on the floor and what did I break…he just got THAT LOOK from me and I told him I would pick him up some laxatives when I go out later to help improve his mood…LOL

        • Boobah says:

          LOL!!! That last sentence got me good!!! LOL!!!

          Good luck w/ finding a job. No doubt something will happen for you soon. I hear ya about the back thing. My best to Mr Ford. ((((Diva))))

    • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

      That resurrection story is too funny. Good luck with your job search, Diva.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Thanks for sharing the lesson on the resurrection. LOL!!! Good luck with your job search. May you be led to a good place.

    • Just Wondering in Jersey says:

      Best wishes on your job search Diva.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Of course the plumbing broke at the plumber’s house. Isn’t that how it works?!

      Hope the job materializes. (((Diva))) and (((MrFord))) too.

    • Powell says:

      See you later Rosie the Plumber. Glad you were able to take care of it. Mr Ford is probably glad he could continue his sleep. 🙂

    • Christi44 says:

      ((((Diva)))) I hope some positive job news is just over the horizon. I love your humor 🙂

  32. LuvMyGals says:

    Camille was a model, playboy girl (something or other), “in his scene.” She obviously was after a certain lifestyle – and Kelsey also bought into it if he was there. So okay he changed his mind. Still absolutely no excuse to disrespect her in the WAYS he has. He is a JERK!

    • When I see promo’s for his new show Boss- and what a dick he plays, I think that in real life he is probably a lot closer to that character than he was Frasier.

      • MamaZ says:

        People who share children shouldn’t make ugly statements about regreting being married. You may as well just tell a child you regret having them.

        • catmom1 says:

          Thought the same thing when I read it. Wondered what spin doctor came up with that story.

        • LaineyLainey says:

          How very immature and irresponsible of her to have written something like that. ITA, MamaZ

        • Powell says:

          Yes. I didn’t think about That. Why all of a sudden he doesn’t want to say Camille’s name? And another thing, since it was over before it began why did he need her during the Tony’s? Asks her to come to NY so they can work on their marriage or however she put it? He used her then, used her by telling her to do HWs so he could be w/his mistress and used her to put on a facade at the Tony’s.

          • PJ says:

            How long before he doesn’t need the new wife anymore?

          • LaineyLainey says:

            Yes, Powell, it’s so odd that he won’t say her name. It reeks of KBB type hangups. I say we send A bag of Jelly beans to Kelsey Grammar, too. Who names their son, Kelsey?

      • LaineyLainey says:


    • Powell says:

      Total jerk but I think he needed her. He was into drugs bad, almost lost his job on Cheers.

  33. VV says:

    BB, enjoying your TCM blog. I am rooting for Lorena 🙂 I hope I’m not jinxing her

    Also, quick question. Kjo either tweeted or left an FB message somewhere that Andy was on vacation until September 9th. My guess is Bravo will use old footage of WWHL this coming Sunday and put together a show. The dresses the ladies are wearing on the previews are dresses worn on previous appearances.

    • BB says:

      I posted a Bravo blog yesterday that says the WWHL with Tre and Caro was pre-taped with them separately. Probably taped before Andy went on vaca because he’s doing the interviewing. Maybe Andy interviewed them when they were there for their WWHL appearances. There’s a video preview of each of their interviews at the Bravo blog site.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        i find it strange that I experience real anxiety with these two ladies (Tre and Caro). I need to get away from this (rhonj) but I keep coming back for more.

      • plainviewsue says:

        BB, I believe that you are correct. I know that Caroline is wearing the same dress as WWHL, because I remember actually liking it.

        Based on one of the questions about Caroline’s age, I am predicting Andy will be sympathatic as always to Caroline. Some things never change.

      • VV says:

        😳 I didn’t see your post 😳

    • Powell says:

      Yeah kjo put that on FB. I will honor her request and not Tweet Andy anymore.

  34. LittleNewton says:

    (((JustDee))) That was such an amazing story you shared. Cant imagine what all of that has been like but its obvious you are a very strong person to get through it. Many prayers and hugs for you!

    Ramonacoaster, love the blog recaps!! I don’t know why Caroline bothers either. She is obviously so bitter over this season. I also think she should have released her book 2 seasons ago when people loved her. I don’t see it doing well. What kind of advice could she give? How to not cut the cord with your adult children? How to be an angry hypocrite? I can’t stand Caroline!!!

    I have liked Aviva on the show so far but her tweets are very telling about who she really is. I also think the fact she cant go anywhere without her husband is odd but I don’t know her anxiety issues enough to judge that really. It looks like St Barths will have a million issues and most seem to involve her. Can’t wait!!!

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I agree, LittleNewton – –I enjoyed RamonaCoaster’s blog recaps, too! that was one of my favorite things that Lynn did (the blog recaps).

  35. klmh says:

    Can anyone tell me what type of fund wsl is working on? Does it help Lynn’s son, or is it for
    something else?
    Also, when addressing the envelope to her sons fund at the bank, do we add his name on the second line of the post as in c/o ?
    Thanks for any help in this matter.

  36. klmh says:

    Best military surprise returns. Get your kleenex ready:


  37. Viki55 says:

    Three Blessed Congratulations on the decision to stop smoking:) It was the hardest thing I ever had to do! I would like to recomment http://www.quitnet.com. It is a wonderful support tool and can really help. There are so many little side effects when you quit and it can be so helpful to know you are not alone. There is always great conversation, encouragement and tips from others on the same journey…..kind of like here!
    There is also a stats tool thats lets you keep track of your progress. I just looked at mine: 4267 days smoke free, 149,365 cigarettes NOT smoked, Lifetime saved: 38 months, 23 hours, Money Saved $22,401.75!! If I could do it – You can do it! If there is anyway I can help, I would be more than happy Vkozski@hotmail.com. Hint: gummy bears & a stress squeeze ball LOL

  38. Winston says:

    Just Dee, thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry you lost your husband and absolutely believe love lives on.
    That is the beautiful thing about this blog that people just don’t understand, it has created a source of friendship, love and caring and is an outlet for some who are struggling thru so much. It isn’t even really about the Housewives at all, it is about so much more.

  39. Three Blessed says:

    Thanks I’m gonna check that out right now!

  40. shamrock blonde says:

    hello my lovies – thanks as always NMD for this home – we are all a bit like a bird with a broken wing right now, trying so hard to fly, but knowing that we need to heal first – I can’t think of anywhere else that I would want to heal – surrounded by friendship, family, love and laughter –

    Cathy – thank you so much for your kind words – please know that that you and all your care remain in my prayers – Lynn’s light lives on in you and in her children – and in our hearts

    JustDee – that was indeed your Mike, reaching out spreading his wings and protecting you – I believe that we are all here for a purpose – I have no idea what my purpose is, but I pray every day that when the time comes that I am ready for it, that I don’t let God down – so I meet each moment of chaos with as much grace as I can – I often fail – and as much patience as I can muster – again, not always successful – just in case whatever was going on was what I was put here for – you are here for a reason – and God has great faith in you – so do I – and with Mike keeping watch over you whatever comes your way, whether it be grief, or a storm, I know you will deal with it with courage and humor and love – always love – thanks so much for sharing it all with us – I know it was scary to do – to take something so personal and share it, is a great act of trust –

    B3 – good luck with quitting smoking – I did it five years ago – of course my way was not the fun way, but any time that I get the urge to smoke I remember why I quit – and then I go and hug my shamrock family and that butt just does not seem that important any more –

    *hugs Diva really hard* – Josephine!! – LOL – that made me laugh out loud – you have to be one of the strongest people I know – good luck with the job search – the right job will find you – all will be well –

    *hugs entire board really hard*

  41. Three Blessed says:

    Appreciate the encouragement I quit during all three of the pregnancies but sadly picked them back up after each one.. Gonna have to cut out my nightly glass of wine too for a while cause they seem to go hand in hand for me.. Think I’m really ready now, my oldest is 11 and she really hates it even tho I don’t do it around her ( go outside) I really don’t want them to ever smoke and I need to practice what I preach! ((((all)))). Ohhh and I wanna see them grow up 🙂

    • MamaZ says:

      Good luck Three B. You know you have a place here to vent when it gets tough. I remember when my father quit. He was a bear sometimes! But we didn’t care because we wanted him to quit.

    • NightLight95 says:

      You have to know what your triggers are. For me, when I was with my girlfriends and beer. I actually stopped drinking beer as well and now I cocktail 🙂 My girlfriends took it personally and I had to drop two of them for a while.

    • PrincessPindy says:

      This may sound really dumb, but… I sometimes feel the urge and I will take a drinking straw and cut it to the size of a cigarette and “smoke” it. (I don’t light it, lol) It has a very calming effect. But then I don’t know if the “experts” want you to break the habit of the physically bringing the cigarette to you mouth, blowing out the smoke, ya know the whole ritual part…

      • Lady Chatterley says:

        Actually, that’s a good exercise for oxygenating your blood. Slows your respiration – doctors will sometimes recommend for patients w/COPD when they are short of breath.

      • BB says:

        Princess. For some people it’s the actual nicotine addiction and for some it’s the “habit” of having a cigarette in their hand, or both. I don’t see any harm in what you’re doing if it has a calming effect for you. Of course I’m not an “expert.” Lol

      • LaineyLainey says:

        It doesn’t sound dumb at all!!! It sounds very therapeutic.

      • I think what you said makes a lot of sense, it only takes less than a couple of weeks for the nicotine to leave your system, after that it’s the habit that is hard to break. When I smoked, I would only smoke outside my apartment, so when I was watching tv and a commercial came on that was my smoke break. After I quit, I found that when ever commercials came on I would get so anxious because that was always my cue to smoke.

    • Winston says:

      Wishing you much success in your quest to quit smoking! I am 42 and have a one year old so I can relate to where you are coming from. Although I don’t smoke or drink, I have not lost my pregnancy weight like I should have and Lynn’s death really hit home for me that I need to lose the weight and rigorously take care of my body. I owe it to my babies (I have a 5 year old too) and feel like if I decided to have them I need to be my healthiest me that I can. No excuses!

    • Powell says:

      Don’t get mad at me Three Blessed but when you said you picked the cigs back up after each pregnancy and that you need to cut out the nightly glass of wine I’m thinking “just like Kim Zolciak”. Haha. 😀

  42. Indy Anna says:

    Although I read and seldom wrote I depended on this blog daily for my pick-me-up and laughs. So glad, for now, I”m still getting that. Cathy, Lynn was the wind and sails of this ship and we are rudderless without her. Happy to hear from you regarding Lynn and her family. Thank you so much.

  43. MamaZ says:

    Am I they only person developing a HUGE crush on Takashi? I think he is so handsome and talented. *blushes*

  44. shamrock blonde says:

    *blushing right along with you mamaz *- such a cutie him!!!

  45. Three Blessed says:

    I loved the French guy in the hat too..

  46. PJ says:

    It’s difficult to understand women like Kelsey Grammer’s new wife. I mean how many times has Kelsey dumped his wife or girlfriend for another women and how many times has the new woman saved him from something (a loveless relationship, substance abuse)? Why can’t these women see the writing on the wall? Or is the money really worth it? It seems Kelsey has had his share of failed relationships and the common denominator here seems to be Kelsey himself and, anyone think Kelsey may have had some small part in the demise of his previous relationships. Doesn’t the new wife realize that most likely someone will save him from her sooner or later?

  47. LizzieLou says:

    One of the guys I work with had a massive heart attack this afternoon. The medics finally got a pulse, but he had been down a long time. He’s in his early 50’s. I’m sitting at my desk trying to work, but I just keep thinking about him and Lynn. Makes me so sad. Hopefully he’ll pull thru. It’s just another reminder than we’re not promised tomorrow. Everyone out there please take care of yourselves. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure earlier this year, and haven’t been taking it as seriously as I should. But I will now.

    • Viki55 says:

      Oh my! I hope he make it too. So true what you said about tomorrow, that’s what my hubby said when I told him about Lynn, “we aren’t promised one more day”. I too was diagnosed with high PB. I blame age & menopause, come to think if it, I blame those two things for everything. Take care of yourself.

    • Lady Chatterley says:

      So scary, Lizzie – and you’re so right, we tend to take too much for granted. One of the things I said to my husband was that Lynn likely had no idea that day would be her last. It could happen to any of us. We have to love those around us each and every day, and make sure that they know it, because tomorrow we may not have that opportunity.

  48. Viki55 says:

    So busy doing fiscal year end stuff I can’t read much here but I just saw this and had to share:
    There was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there..
    When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,
    ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’
    I think that’s what the Lynnfam has been doing. Thank you all for being here. And thank you for making the “here” come into being.

    • COCfarm says:

      That is so sweet! I had the pups on my lap and they helped me cry. Still can’t believe it.

      I see you are without your avatar also. I miss the pup pictures!

      • Lady Chatterley says:

        You remind me of when my closest friend passed away. Everyone around me was keeping a wide berth – I think they didn’t know how to approach me, what to say to console me – she was more than a friend to me, we were like sisters, and she died very young from cancer. Anyway, after being by her bedside for a week, she died, and I came home to a quiet house and sat down and cried my eyes out. And my little dog came right over to me and climbed into my lap and just cuddled up to me. He was the one that wasn’t afraid of my grief.

      • Viki55 says:

        Me too. Still can’t believe it all. I think my avatar is tied to an old email address. I will see if I can fix it. Thanks sweetie:)

    • KatLG says:

      YES, to this!

  49. COCfarm says:

    Okay. Technologically impaired here and need some help. Do I need to give my email address to someone to have my avatar and all move to this site? I started to respond on my computer and my correct double pup avatar appears but then it asks for my password. When I enter it it declines me. So I ask for a new password and it does not recognize my email. Help!!

    • PrincessPindy says:

      Go to the top right hand corner and click on your quilt and it should take you to a sign in page, on the right is Gravatar.com…. click on that and it will take you to your acct. For some reason the gravatar I had was rated x, so I had to change a lot of my gravatars’ ratings, don’t know if this will help.

    • PrincessPindy says:

      Are you using the same email?
      It might be case sensitive,

  50. Contessa says:

    It was great to read Cathy’s words….but I still want to know what happened? Lynn spoke to Cathy at 7 PM and was in a good spirits, so what happened after that. She must have gotten sick at home. What happened at the hospital…it was said Lynn was talking to her H and the doctor,they gave her some meds and she was gone. Nothing makes sense to me. Was she diagnosed immediately when she got to the hospital? I can’t get this out of my mind.

  51. Carwtheels says:

    Thanks for all the blogs ladies. 🙂

    I feel terribly bad for Jacqueline and now I understand her even less, if you have received that diagnostic about your son, where did you get all the spare time to do your tweeting bashing and 20 page blog weekly?. I would had quit the show and dedicate full time to help my child but that is just me.

    I hate to be so skeptical but the timing of her release is very suspicious to me and even though I am not doubting that she is devastated, I just wonder why now?

    I also read online that the Manzo-Lauritas are trying to capitalize on this which is to me despicable, by claiming that their BLK water cures autism, this is absolute BS and I hope some gullible people don’t fall for it.

    This is what he said in an interview

    ” Manzo admits he was skeptical of the claims at first and he doesn’t quite understand the science, but the more he drinks it — he downs a bottle a day — and the more he hears from satisfied customers, the more he believes in blk.

    One case in particular, he told Patch, has really assured him of the product’s potential: A mother gave her autistic son blk. to drink, thinking its unique color might get him drinking more water. The boy not only drank it, he loved it, but the amazing part, he started behaving. The mother reached out to Albie, shocked, who sent her two more cases to try. Her son is stimming less and listening and following directions more. The difference, she told Manzo, is unbelievable.”

    Is this a coincidence or are the Manzo-Lauritas going to use Nicholas’ diagnostic to market their BLK product?

  52. Carwtheels says:

    Thanks for the blos ladies 🙂
    My prior post dissapeared so I am going to just do an edited version, maybe because I was trying to paste the link to the interview 😦

    I am sorry for what Jacqueline is going thru but I found her timing suspicious and I also find the Manzo-Lauritas despicable for trying to profit from this awful diagnostic.

    In an interview that Albie gave, he states that BLK water is somehow a cure for Autism, this to me is awful, they know they are selling snake oil and I hope they don’t use Nicholas diagnostic to promote their products.

    ” Manzo admits he was skeptical of the claims at first and he doesn’t quite understand the science, but the more he drinks it — he downs a bottle a day — and the more he hears from satisfied customers, the more he believes in blk.

    One case in particular, he told Patch, has really assured him of the product’s potential: A mother gave her autistic son blk. to drink, thinking its unique color might get him drinking more water. The boy not only drank it, he loved it, but the amazing part, he started behaving. The mother reached out to Albie, shocked, who sent her two more cases to try. Her son has stopped stimming and throwing fits. He also listens and follows directions. The difference, she told Manzo, is unbelievable.”

    Wanted to post the link but won’t let me. You can google it by typing Albie Manzo promotes BLK water.

    I hope I am wrong 😦

    • Contessa says:

      That’s false advertising…WOW, that is horrible and despicable and basically stupid to claim.

      • Carwtheels says:

        I agree, I don’t doubt that Jacqueline has been under a lot of stress and maybe that is why she lashed out so much at Teresa, just to forget how bad her situation was, I am willing to give her a pass on some of her tamtrums, not all of them because I have a cousin whose child is autistic and she has been thru a lot but she never became a mean, bashing, gossiper, shit stirrer person.
        But this nonsense to try to seel BLK water under the false expectation that it cures autism is reckless and truly despicable. there are parents aout there who are desperate and willing to try anything to help their children.

        This is just appalling to me.

        • Powell says:

          Well they’d better stop it. They think they have problems now w/the bankruptcy and questionable spending of corporate assets, wait until they get sued for that claim. The Manzo’s and the Laurita’s are gonna be living w/T and Joe.

          • Called A Princess... says:

            What was Jackie’s excuse when she went after Danielle, with the help of her daughter and the Manzo crew. Nicolas had not been diagnosed yet. Reality press at work once again. I feel for the child, but the mother is a whole other problem, altogether. IMO.

    • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

      He also claims that he didnt get into law school because schools didnt want him there b/c of his high visibility from being on the show…..really Albie…really????

      • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

        Having been to law school myself (although it was many moons ago. I graduated in ’96), I can say that Albie is full of sh*t with that excuse.

        The law school probably did not want him there because he was wasting their time and taking up a spot that could have gone to a more appreciative candidate. I read that he hardly went to class. When there is only 1 exam per class each semester, a law student kinda needs to have their butt in class in order to make a passing grade!

        • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

          Detox-what a lame excuse he came up.Does he think that everyone in the entire country knows who the hell Albie Manzo is???

          • I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

            Thank You! That’s like when he was on “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” He told Patti that one of the reasons he found it hard to date is because girls were only interested in him for his fame. When I said that, I was like, “….Ummmm….what? You have GOT to be kidding me!” Totally delusional about impressed with yourself, much?

            • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

              His fame…thats rich!!! The people I know in my everyday life wouldn’t have a clue who he is.

              • LaineyLainey says:

                Have you ever noticed that even the truly famous like Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, the late Paul Newman… they would never be caught claiming to be famous; or blaming fame for a lack of accomplishment.

                • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

                  Lainey-how true…its the fake clebs that think they are the be all end all!!!

                  • Called A Princess... says:

                    I always thought Albie’s comments about girls , on MM were straight from his mother’s mouth. He and his brother do not seem to be very smart. The Manzo’s seem to have a bunker mentality, meaning them, against the rest of the planet earth. Creepy! IMO.

      • mrs peabody says:

        Really, all I can say is what is in that wine he drinks?

    • VV says:

      I have yet to see any of the Manzo/Laurita or even Greg drinking the Miracle Murky Water on film. I see them going to events and wearing Blk T shirts to promote. Drinking it????!!!! Nope. I can’t say I have.

    • PrincessPindy says:

      I said it up above and I will say it here, this pisses me off. You would not believe the amount of snake oil salesmen who would approach me “with concern for my son” with their multi layer/tiered marketing products. They had the “cure.” I would just say “thank you for your concern”, most were not too pushy. But I got sick of hearing, “:oh, I was thinking about you (and at first I would think “how sweet”) and I just had to tell you about, blah, blah, blah” handing me product brochures as I would scan them and hand them back and say “thank you but I am not at all interested.” Trust me when i say I tried “everything”. The most memorable was driving to East L.A. with my girlfriend to get a case of the newly bottled caffeinated water, cuz I just knew that was going to help!!
      This is horrible!!!

      • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

        PP-I knew you were not going to be happy about this-can you believe this crap????

        • PrincessPindy says:

          And you were RIGHT!! I am just sickened!!! Somebody needs a smack down. How ignorant and self-centered can you get!!!!!!!!!!!! Just when I thought these people couldn’t sink any lower, they exceed my expectations!!

          • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

            I didnt look to see when the article came out-did anyone notice the date?

            • PrincessPindy says:

              July 12, 2012

              • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

                I can not believe he would be so careless as to say these things knowing his Aunt was going to come out with this People Mag article…..so irresponsible!!!

                • PrincessPindy says:

                  They are morons.

                • LaineyLainey says:

                  I don’t think it was “careless” JNNTJ – – -I think it was carefully planned. It’s called sales strategy or marketing strategy. It’s the usual low class Moronzo’s.

                  • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

                    Well it is careless to give the impression that they are selling a miracle in the form of gross ugly stupid black water right??? I can not believe the length that people will go to just to sell crap!!! It is a damn shame and they should be ashamed of themselves!

                    • LaineyLainey says:

                      You’re right JNNTJ. I now see your point re: careless. It is horribly careless and irresponsible to mislead people who are vulnerable. I’m afraid this has all been sanctioned by Jac and Chris since they have ownership in the Miracle Murk. Unless they are very, very careful with the way they word these claims and testimonials I believe this could be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

                  • VV says:

                    “Moronzos” 😆 : lol: 😆 😆 😆 : lol: 😆 😆 😆 : lol: :lol 😆 : lol: 😆 :lol:: 😆 😆 : lol: 😆 😆

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I feel shocked and disappointed to read they are trying to make money off of this little boy’s diagnosis. Just when I think there is a chance for Jacqueline to change; to become a positive mother in the life of her children… you know, to redeem herself for the damage she’s done to Ashley; and now this. So he’s another pawn in their big marketing plan? Someone please give them some Febreeze because this whole thing reeks of their usual trashiness.

        • plainviewsue says:

          I just read all the above posts about Black Water & the interview that Albie gave, and I am completely sick to my stomach.

          Any reviews I have read on this stuff (besides it tasting horribly) have said pure and simple it is a scam. And now, because noone is buying the stuff, the Manzos possibly convinced Jacqueline to sell her story to People magaizne about Nicholas. Does Jacq say anything in the article about giving him BLK Water?

          There are just no words.

    • LuvMyGals says:

      So why is Albie so stupid? And hasn’t his family been drinking it? Why hasn’t it transformed them? He’ll be selling leeches next.

  53. Boobah says:

    JustDee, that was such an amazing story! It brought tears to my eyes. When you mentioned that you were protected by your husband – boom – I lost it! What I pictured in my mind was close to that doctored photo of when Capt. Sully landed a plane on the Hudson River – the photo had the hands of God holding up the plane…I imagined your hubby doing that for you in your house.

    Oh hell…here I go again…pass the tissues please!

  54. Contessa says:

    I hope Carly comes on here to read, as I want to know who was going to “out” Lynn and why she lost the google $…I just got around to thinking about what she wrote on Lynn’s blog, the formal announcement. Does anyone have any idea who was approached to write about her?

  55. Reallvhousewife says:

    Thank you so much for sharing such a personal and touching story. It brought me to tears. I too have had experiences with my guardian angels and I have no doubt, not for one second, that your husband loved you so much, that he wrapped his angel wings around you and kept you safe. To have experienced that kind of love in this lifetime is more than anyone could ever want! He will be with you until you meet once again.

  56. Under My Wheels says:

    I’ve been thinking (yeah, dangerous I know!) about how best to honor Lynn. The college fund is awesome, thank to all who are setting it up and contributing to it!

    Here’s my idea – we each handwrite our remembrances of Lynn, her impact on our daily lives, etc. then mail them all to one person to compile into a book for her family to have forever. These blogs will fizzle away one day, but that book would be forever. Maybe include her blog posts as well. Imagine her son reading that 10 years from now.

    (I’d volunteer, but I’m just not physically able to do it.)

    • It’s a great idea, plus the blogs do go on forever, for the person that “owns” them 🙂 meanwhile keep sharing here, the family is checking in from time to time. Up above on the banner, there’s a “Tribute to Lynn” page, please share your remembrances of Lynn there….((( Under My Wheels )))

  57. melthehound says:

    Testing (ignore me for a minute people)..

  58. Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

    Great job on the blog today everyone.
    JustDee-your story was sad and beautiful at the same time. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    BB-Im really liking TCM this time-but I am no fan of Holly Madison!!!
    Ramonacoaster-you are doing a bang-up job with the cast blogs!!! I love it!!
    NMD, Mardrag LC and all who keep us going-thank you.

  59. JustDee says:

    OMG Y’ALL!! I had NO idea my little story would bring such responses!
    Thanks SO much for all the concern and kind words!
    *Hugs the entire LynnFam really hard* – hat tip Shamrock 😉
    There’s no possible way I can answr everyone without spilling another whole bucket of tears but in short, yes I still live here. I could never leave my home. If in some future unforseen circumstance I lived someplace else, I’d still keep this. As a summer home or somthing.
    MTH – The DOGS! Sheesh! They made me question myself. Dogs are supposed to KNOW. 🙄
    Shamrock – As usual, your beautiful words brought a tear to my eye.

    Here’s a pic of my driveway that day –

    • MelTheHound says:

      Again, JustDee, we’re both happy you, the dogs, and the home survived it all. Dogs know when something isn’t right and they also know when it is 😉

      • JustDee says:

        Aw shucks. Thanks. 🙂
        I never though of it that way before but maybe Tux’s daddy was whispering in his ear to tell me everything was gonna be okay.

    • Not right now says:

      Hi Justdee, God Bless you, I can’t stop crying. Your story is incredible. Your angel is sincer.ely always with you. The terror you must of endured, Oh my. Thankyou for sharing

    • PrincessPindy says:

      WOW, even with the damage I can tell it’s a beautiful place to live!

      • LaineyLainey says:

        Princess, it’s just like you to find and see the beauty and the positive when others (like I) can only see the devastation until someone like you comes along, that is. My daughter is like that, too (like you).

    • LaineyLainey says:

      My eyes did a “Ramona” when I saw that picture. WOWEEEEEEE!

    • FlowerPower says:

      Yikes! That photo is chilling. Thanks for sharing your story. It gave me goosebumps.

    • LuvMyGals says:

      Yep, those were angel wings.

    • Powell says:

      Wow JustDee! That looks like the woods instead of your driveway. Your husband was most definitely watching over you and the dogs.

    • lovemamaearth says:

      Looks like beautiful country. I’m so glad you were ok.

  60. JazzNightOut says:

    Hi Everyone: JustDee what a wonderful story is so many ways! I believe that those who have left here are with us still. Have had many little experiences of this, but yours is awesome, truly. Thank you for writing it. Thank you everyone for keeping this going for all of us and for Lynn. It is good to see LynnNChicago still here.

  61. Christi44 says:

    Great blog again!! Thanks to all.

    (((Cathy))) Thanks for taking the time to share that information with us in the midst of your own grief. That was very kind of you.

    JustDee, what a wonderful story. Sending you lots of love. I did not realize Lynn left us so soon after the anniversary of you losing your husband. Thank you for sharing your story with us. It was truly beautiful. It must have taken a while to write (there were a lot of e’s).

    • Powell says:

      Hi Christi.

    • JustDee says:

      LOL, I cheated, I used the desktop. I DO have anothr computer but it’s in a corner, in the bedroom, with an uncomfortabl chair and no TV. In the LR, I have a comfy chair (that my hubby built me), a rolling laptop table (that my hubby built me), and tv 🙂

      And yeah, I was already on emotional overload when I found out about Lynn 😦

      • Christi44 says:

        (((((JustDee))))) I hope you were able to take some time and do something nice for yourself.

  62. mygirlsmom says:

    Ok guys, I am not the crying type but everyday I read the blog and it is waterworks. I would wave the white flag and surrender already but I am using to wipe my eyes. JustDee, that is such a beautiful story, thank you for sharing it. Everyone contributing to this blog is doing a wonderful job. I think Lynn would be proud, and I am truly impressed!

  63. BB says:

    Powell, if you’re around, I think the other night you asked that I add two shows to the Sunday Night Lineup. I think it was Hell on Wheels and Copper. My question is, are they reality shows? I was only listing reality shows. Thanks, BB

    • mygirlsmom says:

      Hi BB, how about “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”? That show is just……..wow……….I don’t even have the words to describe it. I would love for someone else to try if there is interest. Hope it isn’t too presumptuous of me to ask since I am not a frequent poster.

      • mygirlsmom says:

        Oops, I read back over what you wrote and it dawned on me that you were talking about the Sunday night lineup and I had show blogs on the brain.

        Note to self: Brush up on reading comprehension skills.

  64. Flippy says:

    I”m late to the party (what’s new) but I just gotta say to JustDee how much sharing that story meant to me. Thank you so much for loving us enough to share that. God is great all the time. I struggle everyday with understanding His ways are not our ways but His Grace is sufficient. C

  65. JaniceP says:

    Hello everyone, I am coming out of lurkdom to tell a short story. After this past week and finding out about Lynn, I became very nervous. At the end of March I had my bloodwork done and my doctor told me it was time to get my eating habits under control. My Grandparents and my Father have all had heart attacks, my father had his first at the age of 40 yro. Anyway, my cholesterol and blood sugar were very high and she told me to stop dieting and make a life change. I begged her before you give me medicine please let me try this on my own, so she gave me till July. Anyway, I went today for my results. So far I lost 28 lbs and my blood sugar has dropped drastically. My cholesterol however, went from 327 down to 322 (total). Not good. Normally, I have avoided the meds, but today decided it’s time. See I’m one year younger than Lynn and realized it’s necessary. I’ve been trying very hard, but high cholesterol runs in my family. I miss Lynn soooo much and my sympathy goes out to her family, friends and all of you. I think she is going to help save my life. (hope this doesn’t sound selfish.). Thanks to everyone involved in creating this site!

    • klmh says:

      Well done Janice. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to let us see the light, doesn’t it? A 28 pound loss is commendable and it sounds like you are on the right track.
      I understand about the statins being of concern for your cholesterol, but there are some fairly new ones out there that do a great job. I am on a generic, not Lipitor, that is inexpensive and works like a charm. THere is high ch. in my family, and your numbers although high would be interesting to talk with your Dr. about, because there is a big consideration between HDL and LDL percentage levels.
      Best of luck to you on your journey to a healthy life style.

    • Wow that’s great Janice. Lowering cholesterol is tough (mine’s high too.) Have you tried giving up bread, and everything made with wheat? I try to eat only oatmeal, but it’s hard to stick to it all the time. Grapefruit is wonderful too. I’ve cut out red meat & now eat more fish, especially salmon. Eat lots of beans, they can help reduce cholesterol. If you can eat spicier food, that helps for making the beans & vegetables more appetizing. I’ve heard red yeast works too, but I don’t like what’s been found reported about it:


      If you can take a statin, your doctor will help you determine which one. High cholesterol runs in my family, but we also have problems with taking statins.

      For awhile, I took medication for cholesterol, and it worked but then the side effects were bad. Plus, since I took a pill I didn’t pay as much attention to diet & exercise.

      You are inspiring me to get back into exercising to lose some weight!

      • SoutheastVA says:

        Be careful not to over do it with the salmon (and tuna) because of the mercury levels found in them.

      • JaniceP says:

        Thanks my doctor put me on Crestor. I did stop all bread except I have wheat wraps once in a while. Plus, I have oatmeal every morning for breakfast. My husband is a food scientist and made me a list of food that helps with lowering cholesterol. I still need to work on losing more weight, but my biggest problem are the voices in my head.

        • LaineyLainey says:

          Hi Janice – wishing you continued success with your efforts. Is the list of cholesterol lowering foods long? Can you share it? I can sent you my email address if you prefer.

      • JaniceP says:

        Thank you for the info. I’m trying to do whatever I can to fix this.

    • Great news about the weight loss and sugar. Hopefully the cholesterol will drop more in time.

      And NO, thinking about what happened to Lynn and using it to make changes to your own life isn’t selfish at all. IMO, it’s helping to ensure that Lynn did not die in vain..

    • lovemamaearth says:

      Eating a handful of almonds a day is supposed to help lower cholesterol. Best of luck with all of it.

  66. I Need A Housewives' Detox Program says:

    Hey Guys,

    When is that WWHL with both Caroline and Teresa set to air? Is it this Sunday night?

    Also, has anybody seen Adios Lunatic? Her name just popped into my head, and I realized I haven’t seen her around the boards or the chat room.

    • BB says:

      Yes, Detox. The Teresa/Caroline WWHL will be this Sunday night after RHONJ. It was pre-taped and they are intereviewed separately. And I can’t remember seeing anything from Adios Lunatic either.

  67. LaineyLainey says:

    Hi detox, idk about the wwhl episode. But you’re right I have not seen Adios Lunatic either.

  68. Zoey says:

    Anyone watching Big Brother right now? Here’s hoping the Boogie man goes dooooown!

  69. A says:

    Thanks for blogging

  70. OneMoreinBoston says:

    Wonderful blog everyone- thank you for all your hard work!

    In the college fund news- I’ve reached out to Cathy to get clarification regarding where a donation may be sent.

    The fund that WSL is setting up with her husband is called a Custodial Account- and the only one who can take out $$$ is Lynn’s husband. While earmarked for Bobby’s college, the family has additional financial need.

    That’s all I know for right now- I know it’s a little vague but please remember that Lynn died only last week, and her funeral was only a few days ago. The loved ones that were closest to her are the ones being asked to sign off on financial paperwork. They’re overwhelmed.

    It may be that donations could be sent to Cathy’s account and then the family will transfer the $$$ to the higher yield account that WSL is waiting for paperwork on.

    As soon as I hear from Cathy and/or WSL regarding this I will post information ASAP.

    • JustDee says:

      Thanks for the update Boston.

    • klmh says:

      Thanks for the additional information. I am so sorry the family is having to deal with this now. I hope its not too much of a burden.
      They, as are all here, are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Zoey says:

      Thanks onemore.

    • OMIB, thank you. I sent some money with a card to the funeral home, to help Lynn’s husband & family. What a great idea to help Lynn’s son Bobby with a fund. Please tell WSL it’s fantastic that she is doing this.

      Cathy, thank you for telling your story about Lynn. She was so humble, yes we love the blog but we love Lynn first!

  71. OneMoreinBoston says:

    Lynn had as many as 5 different sources at RHONJ- not all houswives either.

    • COCFarm says:

      I find that fascinating. Is there anyway that someone is going to be able to step in for her? I kind of envision Lynn smiling at all this activity to keep her blog running.

    • Zoey says:

      That’s interesting. Any more tidbits?

  72. COCFarm says:


  73. COCFarm says:


    MTH, something odd happened. An old email address ended up in Gravitar as the primary. I have ho idea how that happened…but thanks for all your help. You ROCK!!!

  74. lovemamaearth says:

    ((( Cathy ))) I’m still marveling that you took the time to write to us. My love and gratitude go out to your family and friends.

  75. boston02127 says:

    Thank you for the great blog & all the time you guys are putting into it. It is appreciated. JustDee, I loved your story.

  76. Hi everyone,

    After Lynn…passed….still weird to think….Boston set up a quick chat so those who wanted would have an additional way of chatting. I spoke with her a few days ago about making the room “official”. I paid for the room this evening and everyone who wants to chat there is welcome. The URL is us6.chatzy.com/respectforlynn

    I think trolls will be out at some point and I didn’t want anyone “hijacking” it. It’s open for everyone now – we have the option of adding a password if needed. There are also a few moderators for the room in case troubles comes looking.

  77. Nancy says:

    There are the most beautiful pictures trending on Yahoo right now
    of a 6 week old lioness meeting his father for the first time. They
    were taken in Africa. Life does go on. 🙂

    JustDee I loved your story. Thank-you. Everytime I open my laptop
    I see the picture of the two of you.

    QBB, Thank-you for opening a new chat room for all of us. That
    was very kind of you.

  78. Uffdamom says:

    I’ve been really hard on Jac and her situation with Teresa and also her drinking. After reading the article in People about Nick and thinking about stresses I’ve been through in my life, I can really understand how a person would grab a glass of wine or some other drink to calm their nerves. You know, like, that was a horrendous week at work, I’m gonna need a drink after that one! I’m not by any means saying it is a good or healthy way to deal with stress, just that she might possibly have self medicated. I hope and pray that now that he’s diagnosed and getting treatment for his autism that she’s in a better place too.

    • lovemamaearth says:

      (((Uffdamom))) We just never know what’s going on behind the facade. Nice comment.

      • Uffdamom says:

        Can you imagine going through what Teresa and now Jac with her son are going through for all the world to see? I know they signed up for it, but TV changes people. I seem to have more sympathy for the NJ women, at least I have for 2 of them.

  79. Contessa says:

    OMIB – would you please give me a HOLLA at azcontessa1@yahoo.com, Thank you! XO

  80. disgrazia4 says:

    The blog has been rockin’!!!!!!! I can’t wait for today’s! 😀

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