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New cooking toy from amazing wife and daughter

ryanttryantt Posts: 1,682
so I’ve been feeling very down these days because I’m not bouncing back from this surgery like I have every other time.  I’ve become difficult to deal with because of uncontrolled pain and have been short with my wife and daughter.  I try not to take the pain meds because I do not like the way they make me feel. 

My Wife (Marci) and daughter (Norah Grace) no how sad I am not to be able to cook because I can not lift the dome lids on my kamado cookers.   I received bad news from KJ that I can’t retrofit the airlift hinge onto my Classic 1....real bummer but Bobby was kind explains the reason why and told me not to give up hope.  Apparently even my text messages and emails are coming across as pathetic/discouraged.  

Norah Grace and Marci purchased a 36inch Blackstone Griddle for me.  They purchased a cover and set of griddle tools to get me started!   I have to admit that I cried not a little bit full streaks down my face.   It wasn’t the griddle or the accessories, it’s the fact that they recognize how much I love to cook and how it’s breaking my hart not to be able to.   They found a way for me to be able to cook outside, a way for me to be able to prepare food for people, which is what I love.  

Sory to be long winded, but I am truly blessed beyond measure.  I’ve been given a wife and child who I know are giving something that they wanted to provide something for me.  I just can’t believe how fortunate I am. 

Thanks for reading my longwinded post.  Looking forward to cooking with Chef Norah Grace (who by the way tells everyone to follow her @the_buckeye_bbq on that instant gram thing). 
XL BGE, KJ classic, Joe Jr, UDS x2
Massillon Ohio 
Check out Chef Norah Grace on Instagram @the_buckeye_bbq

Comments

  • mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 1,101
    Stay strong my friend.  You are blessed to have such great family.  I’m sure you will put that Blackstone to good use.  I think you and Norah Grace need to break that thing in and post pics. 
    Memphis, TN 

    LBGE, SBGE, Hasty-Bake Gourmet, (Akron was gifted to a friend)
  • ryanttryantt Posts: 1,682
    @mEGG_My_Day as soon as it gets to the house we will be all over it.  
    XL BGE, KJ classic, Joe Jr, UDS x2
    Massillon Ohio 
    Check out Chef Norah Grace on Instagram @the_buckeye_bbq
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 5,931
    The older we get the longer it takes to recover from medical procedures. Hang in there, sounds like you have a great support team!
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • WoodchunkWoodchunk Posts: 911
    That's taking it up a few notches. You have great in house support. Next up, smash burgers. 
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 7,063
    It sounds like you have a great family. The Blackstone is just a bonus 
    Minnesota
  • You may not have a great back, but you have what many others do not (and what many would give up everything else for) - unconditional love and support from two individuals who think you’re the most important thing in their worlds. 
  • JstrokeJstroke Posts: 2,296
    All I can say is stay focused on the recovery process and keep getting up to face the day. As others have said, you have two people who love you unconditionally and support you. Many people have spouses who simply cannot/won’t do what they did. They are too caught up in their own head, selfish that you are in the spotlight or simply angry that currently you require them to get off their *ss. The only piece of advice I would give is that when you know you have been short tempered which is only natural, remember to say “sorry” and give them a hug. 
    Columbus, Ohio--A Gasser filled with Matchlight and an Ugly Drum.
  • Hell man, I had tears reading this. Our whole life changed four years ago when I had my heart attack. I haven't worked steady since then and I too know the love of cooking. I haven't been fun to live with the last few years either.

    But loved ones make it easier. Praying for you. Enjoy your new cooking experience and post lots of pics on here.
    Marshall in Beautiful Fruit Cove, FL.
    MiniMax 04/17
    Unofficial BGE MiniMax Evangelist
    Facebook Big Green Egg MiniMax Owners Group


  • ryanttryantt Posts: 1,682
    @SaintJohnsEgger I’m sorry to hear of your 4yr struggle.  I can’t imagine the  toll this has taken on you mentally.  There is something about an event like this, that clairifies ones perspective.  Something about an event like this, that shows us of who we truly can count on. 
    XL BGE, KJ classic, Joe Jr, UDS x2
    Massillon Ohio 
    Check out Chef Norah Grace on Instagram @the_buckeye_bbq
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,041
    Family is most important in life, and it sounds like you have a good one. Enjoy that blackstone, it might help scratch the itch. 

    John - SLC, UT

  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,697
    Fried rice is going to WOW the family.  They'll wonder why they didn't get you the Blackstone sooner!  Hang in there one day at a time.

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • ryantt said:
    @SaintJohnsEgger I’m sorry to hear of your 4yr struggle.  I can’t imagine the  toll this has taken on you mentally.  There is something about an event like this, that clairifies ones perspective.  Something about an event like this, that shows us of who we truly can count on. 
    @ryantt those struggles and the fact that people don't want to hire 60+ year old programmers is the reason I decided to retire last year. You are correct, it clarifies things. I'm really enjoying retirement and smoking meats. It makes me happy to see people enjoy what I cook. 

    I want a Blackstone but the wife is resisting as she doesn't want to clutter up the back porch. So I got an Instant Pot and I'm having fun with that. 

    PM me if you want to talk some and ill give you my phone number.
    Marshall in Beautiful Fruit Cove, FL.
    MiniMax 04/17
    Unofficial BGE MiniMax Evangelist
    Facebook Big Green Egg MiniMax Owners Group


  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,261
    I often related life experiences to music.....its just how i am wired. I am reminded by your story of a similar situation experienced by a young Tom Petty. I believe the story goes something like this....when a young musician as involved in a motorcycle wreck, there was a long period of time of which he struggled as he was unable to play guitar. He wrote this song....still one of my favorites.



    Probably not much help.....but do hope you continue down a positive path....though it may be slow. Here is to healthy days ahead.

    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • ryanttryantt Posts: 1,682
    edited January 10
    ryantt said:
    @SaintJohnsEgger I’m sorry to hear of your 4yr struggle.  I can’t imagine the  toll this has taken on you mentally.  There is something about an event like this, that clairifies ones perspective.  Something about an event like this, that shows us of who we truly can count on. 
    @ryantt those struggles and the fact that people don't want to hire 60+ year old programmers is the reason I decided to retire last year. You are correct, it clarifies things. I'm really enjoying retirement and smoking meats. It makes me happy to see people enjoy what I cook. 

    I want a Blackstone but the wife is resisting as she doesn't want to clutter up the back porch. So I got an Instant Pot and I'm having fun with that. 

    PM me if you want to talk some and ill give you my phone number.
    Thank you for the offer, it means a ton.  PM sent.  On my to the physical terorist I mean therapist 
    XL BGE, KJ classic, Joe Jr, UDS x2
    Massillon Ohio 
    Check out Chef Norah Grace on Instagram @the_buckeye_bbq
  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 5,667
    Hang in there Brother... Family Strong!!!
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,193
    I am very sorry to hear about your back, and I hope that you will get better, but you have a great family. That is huge! Keep your head up. 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 18,863
    Great gesture but the meaning is an order of magnitude more important.  Very caring.  Do your best to stay on the positive side of this as you move forward.  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • ryanttryantt Posts: 1,682
    @lousubcap I’m trying, it was just bad yesterday.   I received news that I wasn’t expecting....I guess we all received news we were not prepaired for.    It’s been a tough month or so.   
    XL BGE, KJ classic, Joe Jr, UDS x2
    Massillon Ohio 
    Check out Chef Norah Grace on Instagram @the_buckeye_bbq
  • DobieDobie Posts: 2,753
    I got something in both eyes just now....


    Jacksonville FL
  • JohnEggGioJohnEggGio Posts: 589
    @ryantt. Your daughter is a true treasure.  The wife, too.  Sure hope you recover well
    beyond anyone’s expectations!
    Maryland, 1 LBGE
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 8,018
    Good luck w the recovery.  I'd keep looking from a PT side as well.

    They can work wonders really.
    =======================================
    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 12,130
    You have 2 very special people at home . I know they'll make a big difference in your perspective on things, and hope that things will look up for you in terms of recovery and health.

    And the more I hear about her, lil NG appears to be way wise beyond her years :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • ryanttryantt Posts: 1,682
    @caliking Norah Grace is an amazing kid.  I know I have a distorted view but she’s honestly the best kid I know.  She has a heart for people.  Watching her interact with the children and adults she comes in contact with point to a person God made for service.  I’ve neven met a child who willingly gives of herself so freely.  I’ve not ask her to cook dinner during my recovery or to help me when I try to get up she just dose it.   
    Well enough bragging about her, I’m sure all of you feel the same way about your little ones.  
    XL BGE, KJ classic, Joe Jr, UDS x2
    Massillon Ohio 
    Check out Chef Norah Grace on Instagram @the_buckeye_bbq
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