I'm just being thankful this morning for yet another wonderful day! Hope you have a blessed Sunday, too.
Thursday, July 27, 2023
You ever get tired of eating the same old, same old?
It may be hard with a family but, boy, when there is just one of you.... well, your cooking creativity just flies out the window.
I'm so tempted to just eat whatever is handy, leftovers, frozen entrees, a sandwich.
So... I decided the other day to look at one of my Pinterest Boards? The one titled "Foods To Try".
I had the ingredients: a sweet potato, brown sugar, marshmallows and walnuts.
I baked my sweet potato, slit it open, sprinkled it with the brown sugar. Didn't have the little marshmallows so I took my kitchen shears and whacked some bigger ones into pieces. Put that on top and placed some chopped walnuts last.
Well, I was supposed to then place it under the broiler but the heat from the potato had already melted the marshmallows so I said, 'Not gonna do it'.
The thought came to mind that it's such a 'freeing moment' when you know you don't have to follow the rules. You can do whatever any way you want to. You are in charge.
I scarfed down that yummy potato and had myself a grand ole time,
all by myself.
Sunday, July 23, 2023
Yesterday Shirley spent some time with me, us gals just chatting, filling in calendar dates so we don't miss anything coming up. She'd brought Chic-fil-a (our favorite) and we'd enjoyed that. Eventually (around 3 p.m. or so) I walked out on to the balcony then called for her to come see....
It was way earlier than I usually see deer out feeding but there they were. Five adult deer and three young ones. We had the best time taking pictures of them and a few other things around my little world. We had the best time. I hope you have moments like this with your loved ones. It's so important.
Friday, July 21, 2023
Well, well, well....What a week.
I had no idea of what to expect following my first Herceptin injection. I drove myself to the clinic... it was only 3 blocks... but it was raining so it wasn't all easy-peasy.
Got my shot... came home. I am loving this. Nothing to worry about.
And, then the bottom fell out....
I had nearly 3 hours of heavy chills and throwing up.. was restless the rest of the night
But. What you know.. I woke up feeling completely normal. Shirley came by and we gals went for mani-pedis. Had lunch out, too.
However, I found out today that I will be having blood drawn every week for 6 weeks! Nobody told me about that!! My shots are every 3 weeks... At least I'm happy that they are keeping a close watch on me. I think!
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Okay, if I explode during making this post I apologize!
We had our monthly picnic here at the Commons this afternoon.
It was hot and we had occasional showers so we all tucked into the activity room and had a fabulous time.
There were so many of us that we ran out of table room so another table was dragged into place and it still was not enough seating.
I have never seen so much food... it was like being at a family reunion, and I guess it sort of was that. We all are family in a way.
We had hot dogs and hamburgers. I chose a hotdog and then proceeded to pile so much other food on top of it that the bun got all soggy. I finally ate it with a fork. I am going to show you my plate.... don't laugh. I ate every bite of it. That is why I may explode!
See the hotdog.... and that's an empanada on top of it along and a huge fried green tomato. Underneath was pasta salad. The cucumbers were so good... and the baked beans. I ought to be ashamed of myself for eating so much but I am not.
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Sunday, July 9, 2023
I have some pictures taken out of a plane window, clouds so gorgeous and I got to thinking about how flying has changed over the years.
The first flight I made was in 1953 with a 3 month old. Those were times not everybody was hopping on a plane to go somewhere.. Flying was a BIG DEAL and it was expensive! You got all dressed up and you were catered to so that you got to thinking you are a dang movie star! Of course, I had never flown before and you could say I was pretty nervous. But, I got there.
Here is a picture of my Mom and step-dad in the early 1960s. I wish it was closer up so you could see that pretty frilly blue dress Mama had on, with her broad-brimmed hat and gloves, high heels. My step-dad in a suit with a white shirt and tie and his hat. I mean, you got dressed up to fly. And, you got food to eat on a plane, meat, salad, veggies and dessert! There was anywhere from 3-6" more leg room. It was fun back in those days.
Friday, July 7, 2023
I don't know how I got started being interested in hiking!
No, wait a minute. I didn't say I hiked. Heaven forbid. I am talking about just having an interest in learning about it. No way am I gonna do it!!
I think first of all was the book "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" that set me on this path. I found it totally fascinating... as long as someone else was doing it! And, I am more familiar with the Appalachian Trail than other hiking sites.
But then I read another book called "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. The book was good, the movie was good. It was about a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail through Calif, Oregon and Washington.
Last month a friend on facebook mentioned another hiking book and this one really caught my attention. It was written by a Lawrence Alexander who is from my hometown. So, I got noisy and looked him up and found that his grandpa married one of my husband's cousins... and the grandpa was a distant cousin of mine. Of course, I had to order both Larry's books.
I'm over half way through the first book, the first leg of his journey on the Appalachian Trail. I'm pretty proud of him because it's well written, funny in places, agonizing in other places and I am once again fascinated by this hiking thing.
Oh, did I tell you that my Daughter Shirley and I hiked part of the Appalachian Trail!! It's a funny story!
We were driving back to Virginia from Alabama when we saw this pull off and a sign that said, 'Appalachian Trail'. So, Shirley's a nut, so much fun, and that nut pulled the car over and we girls got out and hiked a short distance and now we can say we have hiked the A. T.
Do any of you hike? I hear that my grandson is planning his first hike... in the Grand Tetons! I can't wait to hear about that. Maybe he'll write a book.
Thursday, July 6, 2023
What have I been up to lately?
Well, just let me tell you.
Of course, I watched the fireworks from my balcony on the 4th but for some reason they weren't as nice as in years past. I think something went wrong with the lighting. There'd be long pauses and then they'd start up again and there was no grand finale. But, I did see some!
Shirley and some of her family left for Alabama the day after the 4th. Dylan, who is 12, is going to space camp at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. Michael lives nearby so the rest of the crew will hang out with Michael during Dylan's adventure.
I tell you, it felt mighty strange, having them head down to visit Michael. Shirley and John always let me tag along but I had a dr. appt during that time as well as they are packed.. two cars, 4 adults, 3 kids, a dog, luggage... no room for me!
The day after the 4th a bunch of us residents were treated to hotdogs, chips and ice cream in the community room.
Oh, and I did a watercolor....
Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Monday, July 3, 2023
July 4th is Independence Day...
What will you do to celebrate?
I'll probably watch the fireworks from my balcony. My days to sit out in the night air and listen (and watch) the loud booms from fireworks exploding is over. I've seen a lot of it over the years... time to just sit back and relax and reflect.
I did save this picture I took earlier this year of a flag hanging on the George Washington Bridge so I could use it for the 4th. That was ONE BIG flag!