You know what? Instead of simply giving the definition as I intended, I'll use pictures, make it a riddle of sorts.
Can you guess what dad had to do yesterday? Let's just say he got his fill of a clear liquid diet all day Monday and Tuesday morning. I'll spare y'all the rest of the details, but let me explain the notes. You see, mom's a note maker, and dad's memory occasionally goes on vacation. Plus, mom doesn't always trust dad when it comes to food, even with an impending important procedure. Mom's always posting reminders for dad for everything from the grandkids' birthdays to medical appointments to pre-hike instructions. She believes they're part of her full-time job taking care of me and the absent-minded professor. So anyway, mom being mom (not only to me sometimes), she wanted to make sure dad knew what was off limits before, well, you know. Think he got it? The notes on the fridge and most of the ones by the coffee maker are dad's "menu", and all the instructions he was to follow.