Friday, April 21, 2017

Sunny Day

More stuff from the backyard..
Made my 'puffy pancake' (or dutch baby) today and left out the milk, it was horrid!!! No one would eat it... Did not PUFF. And was heavy, just dropped like lead to the stomach!! What will I do next???
Swiss steak tonight was good, and ruebens I made yesterday turned out ok, but geez, to leave out the just about most important thing, I don't know.
Friend from Iowa is visiting me for my 70th b'day, on the 19th, yes, I am that old, who knew that would happen??? We are having a good time, tho, looking around at things and talking, talking, talking.
I don't have much insight into reaching this advanced age... just do one day at a time and try to keep the topside upright.
Hope everyone is happy and healthy, Take Care and God bless
Oh.... it was a beautiful, sunny day today...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mom's Lentin Rose!!

I show this every year, it is a start from what my mom had in her yard... It is the 1st thing that blooms in the Spring.
I always remember her and her wonderful yard and am so very glad that I have something of hers in my yard.

This year there are more blooms than ever and the leaves really grew a lot too, the plant is much, much bigger than last year.  Just looks a lot healthier..

Would have made the pics bigger but blogger does not seem to be working and would not let me enlarge :(

Take Care All and God Bless, have a Blessed Easter............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ankle update

These two pics were from a couple weeks ago, am really slow about getting things downloaded. Noticed have not had any pics on the blog for a time and it was time to look at the old camera.

Have been spending all of my time cleaning.  Friend from Iowa is coming for a visit and my house, since I have done virtually NOTHING all Winter, is a mess and not fit for anyone to see except for me. But, you know it feels good to have cleanliness all about me.... have not started on the yard, except for small things here and there, when I could bend over while walking about looking at things.... it is truly a sobering thing when your laziness hits you right between the eyes!!!!
AND you know, one thing leads to another in cleaning and takes longer than you think it will after you get elbow deep into things.  I like doilies about, under lamps and hanging on shelves, and those had to be removed when dusting and just shaking them out did not work, had to actually WASH then bleach them out, dry them, then iron.  Some things moved, to other places, or gotten rid of, yes, I actually got rid of some things.!!  Paper is in abundance, I thought this was a paperless system?  Then magazines.  I had quilting mags from 2007!!! My goodness. Found a place for them. And the hospital was happy to get new magazines and National Geographics to place in the waiting room.  There is a place for things that just don't need to be in MY house!!! You can recycle, re-use.

The doc apt for the ankle was put off for almost 2 weeks past when I should have gotten in. But they were on Spring break, then the doc had surgeries that came up, guess people are still falling and breaking limbs!!  BUT x-rays were good, nothing they were alarmed with.  OUT of the boot, don't even need a brace! But should have the ace bandage on still.  Have to have shoes that are not too tight, so into the Keens and my cute little shoes and sandals will have to wait for awhile.  Every day gets better as far as the feeling in the foot goes, still have sort of 'pins n needles' sensation and some shooting nerves now and again.  Unsteady on the feet as not used to walking 'normally' I guess.  BUT just so very thankful that all went well and things are healing and I am weight bearing and walking about!!!! Notice if on my feet for too long a time will swell up some and get tired still. But can go back to normal living and to the gym/yoga if I so desire :)  hahahaha  Which I really need to do, I know, I know..... (niece has been after me about this and DO need to heed her!!)

Got new back end brakes and tires all around for the car....OUCH!!!! But now I feel safe :)

Life goes....

Take Care and God Bless

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nothing Much

Just doing the samo, samo thing over and over. weather getting good, things are blooming in the yard, little buds coming out all over the place.  My forsythia made it thru the winter, I thought it was not going to survive the move, but it did, am excited.  Got red onion starts today for the garden. The grass came back from the snow moss, which is a good thing. Doggies are doing well.
My sister-in-law lost her mother, 85.... very sad. The memorial service was very nice. Good seeing people. but sad to only see them at such a time.
Doc apt is Tuesday, can hardly wait!!!! Am sure I will get out of that darn boot....
Been reading a blog for a long time 5C's Que Paso..... (5 years or longer I am sure) they have two red doxies and live in British Columbia and go to Matzatlan every winter.  They had to put both doggies down yesterday, so sad, my heart hurts so for them, been crying off and on all day. They have had long history of medical issues and were 12 and 14 yrs old.  Got so darned attached to them, loved reading about them and things they were doing. Will continue to read. They are kind, compassionate people, who have an interesting life and am sure this was a long, considered decision.  But still a surprise ... 
oh, this is a morose entry, huh?
Take Care All and God Bless

p.s. CJ Box has a new book out, got it, am reading..... love it....
also read Robin Carr, What We Find... like her books, light reading
T Greenwood, The Golden Hour, very good mystery, have to get more of her books
Georgia Hunter, We Were The Lucky Ones, about the Holocaust, very good
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko, about South Korea, 3 generations. Did not change my mind about people who would throw away children who had American fathers or other 'not pure blood' children. (the Japanese did not come off any better either) but well written

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Lesson


Don't know if this is a good topic or not, but.... it is a good lesson, if not for anyone else then certainly for me.
Redmond is a small town for those of you that don't know.  was population of 4,000 when I was in high school. It was a great source of amusement to people I met in the Navy that the Enterprise had more people on it than my home town!!! For heaven sakes.....
Now there are probably close to 20,000..... yep urban growth, about 100,000 in Deschutes County overall.  But that is still small, right.  I can go to places, events and not see another person I know. And thank heavens that remained true today.
I had to do a colon thing and rather than go to the hospital, which I blatantly refused to do, as I do not ever want to have to go thru another 'prep' for that procedure ever again!!! And I am conscious of at least trying to keep insurance costs down, and not have unnecessary procedures done.  So...... there is a 'thing' now you can do where you go in this container (yes, you KNOW what I mean) and then ship it off. Rest assured there are many enclosures to protect said item from escaping.. AND there was a 26 page booklet that was very clear and concise in how to accomplish this task.  Huge sealed container, plastic zip lock bag, then coated enclosed, taped box, that was square (this point is very important...square)  return UPS box. Paid shipping and all.
Well...... there is a drop box for UPS behind the Bank of the Cascades and I figured that I could just slip by there, insert said box and be on my way.. (here is the lesson part)  so I could just go in my pajamas, no need to get all fixed up/dressed to do this deed.  No one would see me......
Well...... the box would NOT fit in the drop box..  no, nope, no way..... no matter how I turned it... it was the same size, no matter how it was turned, took a while for me to figure that out.  The drop box is about a mile or 2 from the house.  I am NOT going to go back home and get dressed.... have my hoodie on over the pj's... look on the phone  (this drop box is by handicap parking, I have my boot on, I am handicapped, right? altho no handicap sticker... and a guy in a car waiting obviously wanted to park in handicapped parking, so I hobble back to car)  per the phone there are 6 UPS places, Postal Connection is one, I go there all the time, so go there, about 6 blocks away, There is a notice in the window re: UPS which was in big letters but body of the notice was not, so had to get out of car, in all my glory and read the notice.... all UPS now being picked up at new UPS store on Veterans Way, by Fred Meyer... lots of people and traffic there!!!  So off I go. Pulling in there, someone pulls right in front of me from opposite direction and parks in front of the store, so have to go to another spot, about 8 parking places down. AND I have to get OUT of the car traipse with my boot and pajamas in front of 3 other stores to get to UPS and go INTO the store, where I was THIRD in line... and wait to drop off my box of turd..... ((do you think they know what is in that box? I am sure I am not the only one to ever have to do this, or the only box sent from Redmond like this, do you? AND I have actually seen people in Wal-Mart in their pajamas before...))
Will NEVER again think I can just go on a short, covert mission without getting dressed and ready to be out in public, as you really don't know what the day will bring your way....

Other than that, was a great morning, we had a good soaking rain and I can see GREEN bursting forth everywhere, can actually SEE buds on the lilac trees, from my back door!!! Not long and there will be blooms and sweet smelling things all about us!

Take Care and God Bless all

p.s.  I am not one to give up, even in adversity and the darn thing HAD to be in the mail the SAME day as the deposit for overnight delivery... timely thing, you know... hahahaha

Monday, March 20, 2017


NOW I have osteoporosis.... when had ankle surgery, the doc felt my bones were 'spongy' so had to have dexascan, now undergoing tests and what not... so now, another thing...geez..... low thyroid, COPD, stomach issues... what else?? This getting older, ageing,  falling apart.. I just don't want to be taking anymore meds.... I thought I got rid of all of that when had the gastric bypass, lost weight and no longer have high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, aches and pains in feet, ankles, knees, hips... (due to weight)  is there always a trade off?  at least I no longer have that set of issues IN ADDITION to these new ones.... I guess..... and I DO still wake up every morning and am able to get around on my own for the most part..... as of the 21st Feb :)
There is more daylight, Spring is coming, got daffodils up, crocus too!! It is getting warmer all the time. So there is light at the end of that dark Winter tunnel and the miasma of recovery from ankle fracture and I am happy.. to be able to go on day by day by week by month by year....
Take Care All and God Bless

Monday, March 6, 2017


Snow flurries all day today and very cold...
Fed the birdies.. swept gravel off the apron to the driveway (it gets up there from the cinders thrown down on the snow and bumped up there by the tires of passing cars...
Went to grocery store
All the little things that needs be done, day by day
Take Care and God Bless