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  1. Cindi
    July 23, 2022 @ 10:43 am

    I hope to hear good news about Bernie’s health in tomorrow’s post. You certainly had a challenging day. I have never been good at having patience with figuring out unfamiliar electronics. I hope today is a restful one for both of you. Take it easy and enjoy your palatial abode.

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  2. Monica & Marlyn
    July 23, 2022 @ 11:37 am

    Best wishes to Bernie for a quick recovery from whatever it is, and kudos to you for being so brave and enterprising. Appliances have pictures now, instead of instructions, so that, whatever language they speak, people can be confused!

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  3. Judy McPeak
    July 23, 2022 @ 11:42 am

    I hope Bernie feels better soon! What a day you had laundering, marketing, cleaning! I know exactly what you mean about the oven. We once bought a meal at Picard and I sat with my phone to translate the cooking instructions and then translating the oven instructions, which I found online by searching for the make and model number. It was a delicious meal, but we ate much later than we anticipated!

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    • lspalla
      July 23, 2022 @ 11:57 am

      Ha!

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  4. Chris Parton
    July 23, 2022 @ 12:41 pm

    Hope Bernie feels better!

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    • lspalla
      July 23, 2022 @ 2:32 pm

      He is better today but going slowly. Are you home from your trip?

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  5. Judy Gattis
    July 23, 2022 @ 12:43 pm

    How absolutely frustrating! And no one around to ask for help!!!UG! Praying Bernie improves. Probably the heat/ entertaining caught up with him in addition to in and out of ac. Just enjoy the respite from guests this week with occasional strolls.

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  6. Ann Rivard
    July 23, 2022 @ 2:57 pm

    Get well wishes for Bernie! I hope he is better already. What a frustration with the appliances, laundry, etc.
    I wish for you both some rest and relaxation, and good health. Sending prayers your way. Good luck with appliances. They can be trying with instructions in English!

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  7. Susan Fureigh
    July 23, 2022 @ 4:50 pm

    Hoping you both feel much more ‘at home’ soon, and especially that Bernie feels much better today!
    Blessings!

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  8. Pat
    July 23, 2022 @ 5:10 pm

    Very interesting hearing about your everyday chores. Fun to find adventures where you’re not expecting them. The accelerated checkout line experience was unexpected, I would have expected it to be just the opposite. Do Parians use credit cards as often as we do? Picard, a frozen food meca. That sounds interesting, are they experiencing shortages the way we are? Right now, I’m looking for a peanut butter meca. Bag your own groceries – is that normal or are they experiencing labor shortage?
    1300 square foot apartment sounds large to me. Mama had a washer/dryer combo a very long time ago — now I wonder if it worked any better than yours does I know we still used the clothesline for a long time.
    It’s so typical to think you have or have thought of everything until you reach for something like the hot pads and find them missing. Sounds like even on your off days you must keep on your toes. That good for you.
    Hope Bernie is better.

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    • lspalla
      July 23, 2022 @ 6:43 pm

      Yes, they use credit cards as much as we do and yes, they are experiencing a labor shortage. And Bernie is better today, hopefully just a very bad cold. Say Hello to Sybil!

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  9. Betsy Cobb
    July 23, 2022 @ 6:52 pm

    It sounds like your appliances are following the Apple model….. no instruction manual unless you can download it!!! I was recently in London and NO one wanted you to pay by cash, only by card, and mostly only by tapping it…. They did not even like your inserting your card!!! All touch-less and all quick! Your experience sounded like ours in the M&S Food Hall!! Hope Bernie feels better today. Heat does not help.

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  10. Jeanne Boin
    July 23, 2022 @ 6:53 pm

    Glad to read that Bernie is feeling better!
    I had to laugh at your frustration with the appliances! I’ve traveled with a group of friends in Europe. We have never figured out the washer/dryer combos! We ended up hanging clothes all over the apt! We always laughed that the directions were in English, we’re all college grads with a total of three Masters degrees and we couldn’t figure it out!

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  11. Chris Parton
    July 24, 2022 @ 12:07 am

    Yes ma’am…back from Chicago. But down in Orange Beach to see the Doobie Brothers tonight. Glad Bernie is feeling better!

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  12. Sophia
    July 24, 2022 @ 12:55 am

    I hope Bernie has recovered. A summer cold is the worst.
    We depend on YouTube for our appliances here at home. I can never find that safe place I put the instructions; even in my file cabinet. 🤷🏼

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  13. Natalie Bass
    July 25, 2022 @ 10:37 pm

    These posts are some of my favorites…the trails and tribulations of daily life told through your writings 🙂 What I’m eager to know is DID YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO OPEN THE TRASH BAGS?? Also, I hope you got some ice cream from that “frozen” place next door – looked fantastic! OMG that oven, ha!

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    • lspalla
      July 26, 2022 @ 4:15 am

      No, haven’t a clue about the trash bags! We just rip them open and try to make them work. It’s the darnedest thing.

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