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17 October 2017 / leggypeggy

Go on, Potsie, get well quick!

Potsie and me

Potsie (in his Dame Edna apron) and me in his old kitchen in Dallas

A little time out from travels to tell you about my very dear friend, Potsie. Pots and I met more than 10 years ago in the community boards of a food website called Recipezaar.

We hit it off instantly and spent many years running amok on the community boards and the website’s contests and adventures. We were also co-hosts (with three others—Stella Mae, Rinshinomori and Celticevergreen) on the Asian Forum there.

He calls me his Mommie Dearest (ala Joan Crawford because I ‘adopted’ him for a cooking game) and I’ve called him all sorts of ‘witty’ names, but I think he most enjoys his alter ego as Dame Edna.

Potsie lives in Dallas Texas, and Poor John and I have visited him there several times. In fact, we fly to the USA though Dallas now, instead of Los Angeles.

If you follow this blog, you will know I am in China and will soon be travelling west to St Petersburg Russia on the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

Let me tell you now that I will be worried sick for every minute of that journey—and here’s why. Facebook doesn’t work in China. In fact, no international social media outlets work here. So my network of communication is faltering.

Potsie and Demon

Yep, he’s a dog lover

But Recipezaar friends have let me know that Potsie has had a stroke or something equivalent. His left side is immobile and his speech is slurred. He’s in hospital and tests are to be done. That’s about all I know for now.

Potsie’s dear friend, James, is doing his best to look after Potsie’s place and dogs, be of comfort and prepare for Potsie’s return home. His real mother, Bobbie, is on deck too.

In all honesty, Potsie isn’t religious, but I know he believes in the interconnectedness of people and the world.

So in a push to help make Pots well again as soon as possible, I’m asking everyone to make a gesture of solidarity.

Please do something that sits well with your personality and your view of the world—send good wishes, channel the vibe, say a prayer, shed a tear, smile at a stranger, open a door for someone, give a beggar a dollar, send someone a card, read a book, bake bread, buy an apron, call your mum, hug your children, kiss your spouse, count your blessings.

Seriously, I think even the list of suggestions might even bring a smile to Potsie’s face.

I’ll keep you posted when I know something.

Go on, mate, get well! We’re all cheering you on! Thanks James for being there for Pots. And I almost forgot to mention that Potsie (and my sister, Susan) were the ones to start calling my off-sider Poor John.

P.S. Our beloved Recipezaar has changed hands and names, and is no longer the community we cherished. If it still was, the members would be doing a cook-a-thon and signing up to make and review one of his recipes to cheer him up. So if you’re looking for a sensational recipe, check out Potsie’s Mexican Rice or one of his other gems.

P.P.S. I forgot to add that we board the train in about 12 hours time. I’m likely to be completely out of touch for 36 hours after that.

Chihuly glass exhibit, Dallas Arboretum

Potsie admires a Chihuly glass star burst at the Dallas Arboretum


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  1. Joy Morris / Oct 17 2017 1:56 am

    Great to read this Peggy, Yes, they are doing a cookathon on the recipezaar site on facebook. yes doing something on behalf of our loved potsie is a great idea !

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 1:59 am

      Oh Joy, this is great news. I know how supportive our Zaar family is and has always been. It’s so frustrating for me to not be able to access Facebook and all the other social media sites. Hoping things improve when we reach Mongolian late Wednesday. Even more I’m hoping Potsie improves.

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  2. Robert Parker / Oct 17 2017 1:59 am

    Best wishes to Potsie for a good recovery.

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  3. IreneDesign2011 / Oct 17 2017 2:16 am

    Send you and your friend healing thoughts Peggy and wish you a pleasant travel 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 2:18 am

      Thanks Irene, I know your wishes come from the heart because you recently had your own health scare. Thinking of you too.

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  4. sidilbradipo1 / Oct 17 2017 2:21 am

    OhMy! A stroke. There are now wonderful treatments for a great recovery.
    I will send you all my prayers!

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  5. Dreamtemples / Oct 17 2017 2:21 am

    Prayers for Potsie to recover soon.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. lexklein / Oct 17 2017 2:31 am

    Vibes, thoughts, smiles, random deeds, etc all sent on Potsie’s behalf. And you have a great time on that train ride!

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  7. Invisibly Me / Oct 17 2017 2:48 am

    Keep us posted on Postie – best wishes and a warm smile sent his way from me! All the best for a safe journey too.x

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  8. Laurie / Oct 17 2017 3:08 am

    Peggy-We are doing a Get Well cook-a-thon for Potsie! I haven’t been over to FB this morning but I’m sure there are a lot of people signing up. He’s a special person and a big part of our group.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 9:37 am

      I knew are Zaar team would be on the case. Potsie’s has always been a rock in the Zaar community. What a personality. Thanks for your message.


  9. Christie / Oct 17 2017 3:19 am

    Speedy recovery for your friend, and a safe and great time on your ride!!

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  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Oct 17 2017 3:36 am

    Your love for Potsie shines through this morning. He must be feeling it. I like your idea of paying it forward and will find a way to do something for Potsie. Wishing him a quick and total recovery.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 9:38 am

      I think recovery is often slow with these things, but I hope it’s complete. Thanks for finding a way to pay it forward.

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  11. Gilda Baxter / Oct 17 2017 3:41 am

    Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery 🙂

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  12. Shiva Malekopmath / Oct 17 2017 3:59 am

    It shows the love and concern you have for Potsie. Here I send healing vibrations to your wonderful friend to get well soon.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 9:40 am

      Thank you so much, Shiva. I know Potsie will appreciate the healing vibrations. I do too.


      • Shiva Malekopmath / Oct 18 2017 3:13 am

        This morning I have prayed for his recovery, I am sure they will be answered.
        Do inform him.

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 19 2017 1:07 am

        Thanks so much. I will make sure he knows. I have asked James to read all these messages to him.


  13. beetleypete / Oct 17 2017 4:03 am

    Sorry to hear about your good friend. He became flesh with your tales in this post. I wish him a speedy recovery, and hope it doesn’t affect your trip too much.
    (I chatted to a lonely old lady when out with the dog today. My bit for spreading the love)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 9:41 am

      I bet that lonely old lady appreciated your chat. I know Potsie will appreciate you spreading the love. Thanks Pete.

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  14. Embeecee / Oct 17 2017 4:26 am

    Can I kiss my dog instead of my spouse? Hubby is now ash (cremated) and even if he weren’t, the state of his physical being (died in 2012) wouldn’t be something I’d be kissing. 😉 Blessings and healing light to your friend, and you have a wonderful journey!! Thanks for sharing it with us! 😀

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 9:36 am

      Potsie would totally approve of you kissing the dog instead of your husband. Blessings and healing light are good too. Thanks so much.


  15. magarisa / Oct 17 2017 4:34 am

    Sending Potsie lots of love and healing thoughts …

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  16. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 / Oct 17 2017 5:19 am

    Sending good thoughts to Potsie from California. With good friends like you he will be back in business in no time.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 9:34 am

      We sure hope that is the case. Thanks for taking the time to think of him.


  17. ralietravels / Oct 17 2017 5:31 am

    Echoing others above: sending you and your friend our best wishes and positive thoughts.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 9:33 am

      Thanks so much. So wonderful to know the world is out there listening.


  18. forwardtogloryquartet / Oct 17 2017 5:54 am

    Cheerfully then, do Sandy, Hudson and I send mega-powered good wishes for Potsie’s triumphant recovery!

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  19. Paula / Oct 17 2017 7:19 am

    Prayers and good thoughts for Potsie and a full recovery!!

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  20. Chris Riley / Oct 17 2017 9:02 am

    I’m cooking fish for dinner tonight, so I’ll make Egyptian snapper in red pepper mint sauce, using Potsie’s recipe, and will wish your very dear friend a full recovery while I’m cooking it. And I’ll phone my son….

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  21. Debbie Lopez / Oct 17 2017 9:45 am

    Leggy we (the old group that is now on FB) are doing a cook-a-thon for our dear Potsie. I am sending positive thoughts every day for Potsie.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 11:08 am

      Oh wow, Debbie, aren’t we lucky to have our long-standing friendships from Zaar days. Please let everyone know how thrilled I am they are doing a cook-a-thon. Lots of love from China!


  22. Oz's Travels / Oct 17 2017 10:42 am

    Safe travels and interesting to you both and get well to Potsie.

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  23. Vicki / Oct 17 2017 10:44 am

    I do so hope your dear friend Potsie makes a good recovery. It’s amazing how the brain compensates for any damage, so I’m wishing Potsie also has many friends and family to gather around and help him out and the prognosis is good.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 11:03 am

      Thanks Vicki. Life sure deals us some surprises and not always good ones. We’re all hoping Potsie recovers quickly and thoroughly.

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  24. Curt Mekemson / Oct 17 2017 11:29 am

    We’ll keep Potsie in our thoughts, Peggy. You and Poor John have a great adventure. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 11:44 am

      Thanks Curt. We board the first train in a couple of hours. I’ll have too much time to think and worry.

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  25. Catnip Blog / Oct 17 2017 12:10 pm

    I say my Baha’i prayers every morning and will include Potsie in the healing prayer.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. adventuredawgs / Oct 17 2017 12:11 pm

    Sending love to Potsie. I hope you keep us posted when you’re back online, about Potsie and your trip.

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  27. Jolandi Steven / Oct 17 2017 3:57 pm

    What sad news to receive, Peggy. I’m sending a virtual hug to your friend Potsie, and one to you and John as well. XX

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  28. thewonderer86 / Oct 17 2017 7:12 pm

    Sending Potsie much love and wishes for a complete recovery. He sounds as if he has wonderful people willing him on.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 18 2017 9:43 pm

      Thanks for your good wishes. Potsie is surrounded by people who care.


  29. Osyth / Oct 17 2017 11:11 pm

    Rest easy I will be doing what I do for Potsie. It’s a thing and I wont tire you with it except to say that it doesn’t involve God 🙂 Travel well and try not to worry. All shall be well – you need to drink in the experience x

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 18 2017 9:44 pm

      Thanks Osyth. I always think of you as a bit of a magician so I will let you work your magic.


      • Osyth / Oct 18 2017 10:38 pm

        Golly. I’m speechless. And do I g what I do. Potsie is getting all I have ☄☇☉

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 19 2017 1:00 am

        I think you just put a big smile on his face—and mine too.


  30. circusgardener / Oct 18 2017 7:44 pm

    So sorry to hear this, but sending Potsie positive thoughts and best wishes x

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  31. Sy S. / Oct 19 2017 7:03 am

    Leggy Peggy,

    I hope Potsie’s Health improves and he can still cook and create new and wonderful recipes. FYI.

    Potsie, Peggy and I were active in a recipe/food website called RecipeZaar.. but it is now Genius Kitchen. And surprisingly all of our recipes are still on this new website.
    {Genius Kitchen was formerly known as[1] (and originally RecipeZaar)].

    Click on the URl’s below and check out Potsie’s and Leggy Peggy’s recipes;
    Pot Scrubber (Potsie) 76 Recipes

    Leggy Peggy 64 Recipes

    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 19 2017 11:01 am

      Oh my Sy, it’s great to see you here. Thanks for those links to our recipes. I haven’t had much chance to check out the new version of the website. Maybe when I get home. Hope all is well with you and your pooch, the lovely Laddie boy.


  32. janowrite / Oct 19 2017 11:25 am

    Sending best energy, thoughts and prayers for Potsie’s recovery – and for you on your travels (I’m green about St. Petersburg! Fascinating place!!).

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 19 2017 11:35 am

      Thanks so much. Potsie goes in to rehab in a few days. We’ve been trying to get to St Petersburg for several years and it’s about to become reality.

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  33. Superduque777 / Oct 20 2017 8:47 am

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  34. Brenda / Oct 20 2017 10:45 pm

    Oh my, what sad news. But it is heartening to see all the love and good wishes spreading Potsie’s way. As others have said, there are remarkable treatments for strokes now, so I hope he makes a full recovery. I will take an extra walk with the dogs today on behalf of Potsie and his love of dogs. Try to savor every bit of your remarkable railway journey despite your worry.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 12:57 am

      Thanks so much Brenda. I know Potsie would totally approve of extra dog walks.


  35. Deb / Oct 21 2017 1:04 pm

    Sending thoughts of complete well-being and all is well for Potsie…will repeat this nightly until all is well for Potsie!! xo

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 1:34 pm

      Thanks Deb. I think all parts of the globe are behind Potsie and his recovery.

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      • Deb / Oct 21 2017 1:50 pm

        When two or more are gathered, even in thought, anything is possible!!! Bodes very well for Potsie!! 🙂

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 5:20 pm

        Now he has to do his bit in rehab. 🙂


  36. Joy Morris / Oct 22 2017 4:41 am

    Going to rehab, will be a while, but there is as light at the end of the tunnel! and hopefully will be able to go home

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Oct 23 2017 12:31 pm

      James said he is able to lift his left leg. It’s a start.


      • Joy Morris / Oct 24 2017 4:09 am

        Great news, baby steps AND in the right direction

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  37. jeanleesworld / Oct 24 2017 9:16 pm

    Oh no! These are always the worst: the loved one in trouble, and the distance between you impassable. At least when we can connect online, that distance isn’t nearly so hard, but…ugh. I’ll say prayers, and hope for your friend…and for you and Poor John to be safe!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 24 2017 9:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Jean. Poor John and I are doing well. And the good news is that Potsie can lift his left leg. Here’s hoping time is his friend.

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  38. barkinginthedark / Oct 30 2020 6:29 pm

    Peggy…you are quite wonderful! continue…

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2020 9:40 pm

      Aw thanks, Potsie is doing quite well. He’s in a nursing home and is re-finding his mojo. He’s as sassy as ever.



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