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 – email@example.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
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.
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.
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?
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