Excuse me …. I have a fish bone in my throat

Things didn’t go quite as planned.

In the run up to the 4th of July, I had ideas, I had lists, I had food, I had recipes, I had bed charts, menus and time tables.

Thanks to Mr. H., I had a newly painted breakfast nook cupboard (a’la Martha Stewart)…

… surprisingly green grass (we have had no measurable rain in our area for a month, but we have a well and we have Mr. H.  We are an island of green)…

… and a sun canopy with misters over our normally too-hot deck.

Life was good.

On the day before people were due to arrive for our week long Independence Day celebration, I was in control.  One more day, and I would be ready for company.

When our friends, Nancie and Terry, invited us to join them for dinner to celebrate Nancie’s retirement, it seemed like a perfect way to relax before my last push to get everything done.

We laughed, we giggled, we relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company and our wonderful meal.

I ordered the highly recommended Blue Gill and enjoyed every single bite, up until the bite of fish that had a bone…

…that I swallowed (for the uninitiated, you aren’t supposed to swallow fish bones).

You don’t need the details.  Suffice it to say I ate several soft rolls, drank loads of water, coughed, bent over so my head was touching the ground.  I tried everything.

Nothing worked.

Turns out, there isn’t much you can do for a bone in the throat. “The situation will resolve itself in a couple of weeks” I was told by the Doc.

We traveled back home to get ready for our guests.

Did I mention that I hadn’t yet made the chocolate chip cookies?

It wasn’t ever going to happen … I had a fish bone in my throat.


Did I tell you that I hadn’t finish planting flowers for pots on the dock and front door?

They remained on the potting bench …  I had a fish bone in my throat.


Do you know how nice it is to have a large container of coffee syrup ready for cold coffee drinks?

Sorry, cold coffee drinkers  …  I had a fish bone in my throat.


I never did get all the dishes put back in place in my the nice, newly painted yellow cupboard.

I’m afraid I was unable to finish…due to the fish bone in my throat.


I had intended to screen print the chef hats for our Annual Glop Off .

Oops.  Not going to happen.   I had a fish bone in my throat.


Of course 100+ degree heat over the course of the week limited some of our other activities as well.

But, here’s the thing with family and friends.

They really don’t care if you don’t make all the pasta salads you’d intended, or if you forgot to make popcorn for movie night.  They understand that a fire ban means NO FIRE PIT and NO FIREWORKS!  They think it’s  hysterical that the red, white and blue pasta was never found until 2 days after the main event.   They are forgiving of forgotten table cloths and perfectly fine if we use torn up paper plates for spoons.

Wrong settings on my camera?

Nieces and Nephew: Miranda, Pat, Kerry, Monica and son, Mike

Who cares?  Look how cute they are.   Look at the smiles.


Too hot to run 7 miles…and back?

Sons Jeff and Mark with sister, Cathy

No worries, Cathy and I can pick the them up at the bar….and bring a lot of paper towels.


Can’t have a fire in the fire pit?

Well, we can have drive-in movie night.


Too buggy for the outside movie?

Not if you sit in your own private box.


A little too much seaweed?

Luci as a mermaid

Not if you wear it as a hat!!


Forget to plan a lunch?

Don’t worry.  Brother Ralph will make stacks of gourmet level salmon patties (yep, he caught ’em, smoked ’em and cooked ’em.  Pretty sure he de-boned ’em, but I wouldn’t know…..hehehehe).


Forgot to weed?

Let’s just call it foliage.


Forgot to bring your jewelry?

Gia and Mr. H.

Grampy will help make a lovely necklace…


No fancy-dancy birthday cake for Doug and Kendra’s birthdays?


This is all that was left after the festivities.

No problemo.  The local grocery was happy to oblige.


No S’mores?

No one cared.  The marshmallows were perfect even without the chocolate/graham cracker blanket.


Too hot for ice cream cones?

Not if they are made from cake!!


No sprinklers or fireworks?

Who cares?  We have plenty of explosive firepower!!


and…although we had more kodak moments than you can count, I took very few pictures….but you understand, right? After all…

Me with sister-in-law, Pat and sister, Cathy. Loves

…I had a fish bone in my throat!

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(5) Comments and (4) Replies

  1. kendra | July 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply

    Love the fish illustrations! I can’t believe Aunt Cathy took a picture with those smelly boys. Fun, fun, fun weekend for everyone that didn’t have a bone in their throat. Love you!

    • jill | July 9, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply

      Love you back

  2. Cathy Klug | July 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply

    When we got to the bar (Jilly and I), the barista asked (do they have those in Wisconsin?, We are here from Seattle!), if I wanted a drink?, I said, “No, we are just here to pick them (the two youngish guys in the pic) up” I didn’t really think that answer through. No bone in my throat, but I am 65 years old. By the way, they really didn’t smell that bad. Love all of you, too!

    • jill | July 9, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply

      The two young guys were happy to be picked up…..as long as we had paper towels!!!

  3. Dave Klug | July 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply

    Sorry we missed it! We are inviting ourselves next year!

    • jill | July 9, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply


  4. jill | July 10, 2012 at 6:53 am | Reply

    From my brother in law Ron. Too cute not to share:

    To Jilly “Blue Gilly”

    Thank you for….
    Doing so much while “illy”
    Having us crash the fan fun (silly)
    Making us eat pickles (dilly)
    Not having “Williams” in the fan (Billy)
    Having plenty of ice (chilly)
    Giving us the honeymoon suite (thrill)
    Not yelling when we drop stuff (spilly)
    Keepin’ porcupines away (quilly)
    Keepin’ it real (really)

    Thanks Ron and Pat. You are both scrumpdadilly (don’t judge. it’s early)

  5. Dale | July 23, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply

    I’m sorry about the fish bone. Next time take 1 tsp of white vinegar and it will dissappear. It’s an old Mississippi cure. I’ve been doing it since the age of 4…we eat a lot of crappie and catfish in my area and ‘bones’ just happen. d

    • jill | July 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply

      Seriously. This is the best advise I got! Wish I’d known this when I had the bone, but as I live on a lake it’s likely to happen again. Thank you so very much!

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