Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wednesday Ramble

Good morning.  Finally got out of the house yesterday and went to the center.  Wasn't so icy out there, but it was cold and windy.  Was good seeing my friends again.

Had my turkey soup last night.  Tasted so good on such a cold, windy evening. Have a couple of containers in the freezer, and once that's gone, it will be until November 2020 that I make it again. 

I put everything in my soup--turkey, rest of the gravy, red and green peppers, onions, carrots, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, string beans, celery, parsley, thyme, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and sodium free broth.  Simmers for hours.  I put a couple slices of avocado in when serving.  So yummy.

It was so windy that this is what I found when I looked out the window in the morning. 

I can't believe I'm still shopping for Christmas.  Thought I was done, then realized I had forgotten my nephew.  I also needed to order more bars of homemade soaps.  I  am giving a gift bag of a candle, a homemade soap, and something I made to workers and close friends at the center.  Others are getting either a bar of homemade soap or something I made.  The men are getting a bar a men's homemade soap and some Peppermint Bark candy. 

Have a wonderful day. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday Morning This and That

Good Monday morning all.  Been so busy with cooking, shopping, and cooking.   Haven't had time to keep up here.  Did my last minute shopping (forgotten things) on Tuesday and took off Wednesday to begin the cooking.  The turkey hubby bought wasn't as large this year but with all the other items I made we had plenty to eat, to send home with the boys, have a leftover dinner, and make my famous turkey soup.

I made turkey and gravy, stuffing, turnips, mashed potatoes, broccoli in garlic and oil, sauteed green beans, gondulas and rice, creamed onions, baked sweet potatoes, orecchiette with white beans and spinach, and seasoned corn.  

 Hubby, me, Anthony, Jerry, and Tahnee.

Jerry, hubby, me, and Anthony.

It's the first Thanksgiving in 3 years that Anthony has been with us.  He was living out in California.  I really enjoyed it.  Wish the entire family could have been together, but my daughter and her hubby are in the process of moving, and since they both work, they needed this day to do some work on their new place.  Still, it would have been nice because I am not sure I can do this next year.

I will be 73 years old in March. I have cooked a huge Thanksgiving dinner since I was 20 years old. I love it. My kids have special foods I make for them each year. But I fear that the way things are going this might be my last year of being able to do this. I came home in tears the other day after going out there shopping. My body is in so much pain. Osteoarthritis has touched every part of it. I think one of the hardest things about growing older is being unable to continue doing the things we love.

The weather is kind of icky out there this morning, and I decided not  to go to the center.  I will miss seeing my friends, for sure.  It's been since last Tuesday, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tuesday Ramble

Good morning.  My busy week has begun.  Did all my last minute food shopping on Sunday and despite my list, forgot a few items.  How could I forget my turnips?  Have had turnips on Thanksgiving since I was a little girl and definitely not going to do without them.  After the center today I'm going to head to the store to pick them up.  

Yesterday I ran to the 99 cent store after the center for take home bowls and new bowls for serving.  

This is me on the bus during flu season.  Can't be too careful.

Saturday afternoon I kept my promise and went to sell raffles at the play. I helped raise enough for a $50 prize and $50 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They also made money on the charge to get in and selling donuts and coffee. In all, they made $500.  Not bad.  As for the play itself?  Let's just say I give them all a lot of credit for getting up there and performing, but I'm sure glad I dropped out. Not a one of them could carry a tune so I probably would have fit in very well. LOL

Here is a few pictures of the play.  I didn't take many because I was busy video taping so I could show some peers who couldn't make it.

And here they were driving me nuts about getting a black skirt and white blouse before I backed out.  If you notice, there are very little black and white outfits.  I would have spent that money for nothing.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Monday Morning This and That

Good morning everyone.  Been awhile since I posted so lots to say.  A few of us stopped attending the Wellness Group on Monday since it has turned into a place for one person to air all their problems.  Never stays on topic so I and three of my friends stopped going.  Doesn't bother me at all.  I enjoy chatting with my friends more than listening to one person whining about all their woes.

On Tuesday we had our Thanksgiving/birthday party.  Oh, so much fun.  We had a new D Jay who was so much better than the last one.  Awesome time was had by all.

My friend Mark.  Doesn't look like he is 70.  He's got lots of issues right now.  Going through a divorce and his wife it trying to take him for everything he's got. 

Maureen.  She does a lot for charities.

This is Sylvia.  She looks grumpy but she's not.  She's 97 years old and has some great stories to tell.  Turns out she and her hubby had a summer house not far from where I grew up. Small world.

In the background with the white hair and eye patch is Henry, 96.  Once that music starts he's on his feet and doesn't sit down until it is over.  Puts me to shame.

 My friend, Judy.  She has the nicest smile.

And a delicious meal as well.  Turkey, stuffing, sweet potato, collard greens, pineapple, and apple juice.  Yummy.

On Wednesday I was starting to feel a bit crummy.  Throat was sore and nose beginning to run.  Wasn't sick enough to stay home and wasn't sure if it was a cold or the sinus issues I usually go through when the heat comes on for winter....and we have had way too much of it.  Actually still use my fan and even the AC on occasion.  

On Thursday we had our cooking class and made a delicious butternut squash dish.  Our last cooking class. Peeled and chopped and cubes and steam cooked in the oven. The dish was topped with assorted nuts chopped and brown sugar and cinnamon. First time I had butternut squash and it was pretty good.  We made so much of it that a lot was put away for Meals on Wheels.  Our center sends out 675 meals a day.

Slept in on Friday and stayed home. Been having a lot of difficulty sleeping, only a couple hours a night, and it all caught up to me....that and my symptoms did turn out to be a cold.  Got up at 6 and went right back to bed. Got up again sipped on some echinacea tea. It wasn't  a bad cold, but coupled with a lack of sleep, I felt like crap.

I felt well enough on Saturday to keep my promise to take care of the raffle tickets during the play.  More on the play tomorrow.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Monday Morning This and That

Good morning.  Been a very busy weekend for me and more busy times ahead. 

On Thursday we made pretzels in our cooking class.  They came out so good.  We dipped them in a cheese sauce.
She typed up the recipes for us, and I tried to get as good a photo as I could.  Definitely easy, cheap, and fun to make.

On Friday I went to jewelry class but just sat around socializing.  Already have too many gifts made and need a break.  Giving some to a peer whose church does gift boxes for the poor that are sent around the world.  

On Saturday I made a trip to WW to learn more about the new program.  Yup, they are changing again.  That's just it.  Too many changes.  I started there 4 years ago and since that time have been through 4 different programs.  Change is one thing, but so many times?  Not a happy camper and not sure if I will return.  Did a bit of shopping and then returned home to wrap gifts.

On Sunday I woke up late.  Finally caught up on a little sleep.  Went to put some money on my card, then went to pick up some cold cuts and tuna for lunches and a few other items needed.  Came home and sorted what I was going to bring to the center for the gift boxes and wrapped some of the other little earrings and stuff I had.   I will definitely be done before Thanksgiving. 

The adults in mine and hubby's family are getting a bottle of wine.  I order my sneakers online at place called Mason's EasyPay.  You can buy a pair of good sneakers and make easy payments rather than pay all up front.  So I've been a customer of theirs about two years now, and in the box was a voucher for $100 off an orders from Naked Wines that was over a hundred dollars.  So I ordered a case of mixed wines that ended up costing me only $84.  Not bad for 12 bottles of wine.  I'm adding a box of candy with my gifts.  Hubby can do what he wants with his.

I'm off to the center this morning.  Going to be a busy week.  Hope to find some time post about the Thanksgiving party at the center on Tuesday.

Until then, have a good one.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tuesday Ramble

Good morning everyone.  Rain this morning, turning sharply colder, and then changing to snow. Just going to play it by ear to see what I do.

Had a very busy weekend.  On Saturday I headed out to do some shopping, then once it was delivered, spent the afternoon in the kitchen.  Made 8 meals for hubby.  I have soups in the freezer for me, but I usually end up bringing half my lunch at the center home and having that for dinner.  They feed us so well and so much there.  

Early Sunday morning I colored my hair--golden blonde.  I am forever changing it.  Have done so all my life.  I'd love to have a beautiful rose gray color, but my hair is not gray enough for that, and I will not have the color bleached out.  Also wrapped the gifts I got for my great grands.  Everyone got activity books this year.  I really don't see them as much as I'd like, and to be honest, I am not sure what kids like nowadays so I figured everyone likes to do mazes and puzzles and stuff.

In the afternoon, hubby took me out to dinner at Applebees and afterwards to the movies.  They no longer have the Southwestern Salad I love so much so I settled for a Taco Salad.  Nasty.  Wasn't a happy camper and neither was my tummy when it woke me at 2 am. 

At the movies we saw The Terminator and The Joker.  Man, that guy who plays the Joker should get an award.  He was amazing.  

We are going to eat at this place next time.
Yesterday I got my hair cut this morning and came home to make a few more pieces of jewelry and start going through my bookcase.  Fiction will go to my son's girlfriend, and the girl next door is interested in goddess and Wicca.  So I'm sorting books to give away.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran's Day (9/11/18) Repost from 2014

Good morning, everyone.  It's a special day, a day to honor those who fought for our freedom.  I thank you all for your service. 

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

-Lt. Col. John McCrae- 

In Flanders Fields" is a war poem inwritten during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. An American, Miss Moira Michael, read "In Flanders’ Fields" and wrote a reply entitled "We Shall Keep the Faith":

Oh! You who sleep in Flanders’ fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew,
We caught the torch you threw,
And holding high we kept
The faith with those who died.
We cherish too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valour led.

It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders’ fields.

And now the torch and poppy red
Wear in honour of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught
We’ve learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flanders’ fields.