Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just plain ol' grumpy

I love fall. In fact, it is my favorite season. However, it comes to quick and toooooooo fast up here. The leaves are already turning yellow and the mornings are getting quite cool. I got depressed driving to therapy this morning and looking at the leaves that have started turning. It has been a wet and mild summer and I'm just not ready!

Kids in the kitchen

I just signed Princess Hope up for a once a month package to be delivered with kid cooking tools and recipes. I even found a 25% off coupon online just by googling it. I hope it is fun for her. It was $19.95 a month, but the coupon is $5 off the first month and we can cancel if she doesn't like it. I think I'll make it part of "home ec" for homeschool. The website is 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thai Creamy Seafood Deluxe and Pasta

Oh my gosh...
So good! 6 thumbs up.

In all honesty, I was tasting and seasoning as I this recipe is a guesstimate :

1/2 cup onion diced
4 tablespoons sweet cream butter
Pinch kosher salt

Sauté the onion in butter, then add:
About 1.5 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Pinch red pepper
Two pinches diced sundried tomatoes
1 cup no msg chicken broth
1 can coconut milk

Stir to combine. Add 1/2 lb clams and cover. Steam with lid on until clams open.
1 lb popcorn shrimp
1 container Dungeness crab meat....the real stuff

Salt and pepper to taste.

Stir to combine. Serve with garlic bread. I suppose a salad would be good....but we were quite gluttonous and just ate it in big bowl. Try not to faint at the first bite.

This meal was not cheap. However, I got sucked in by all the sales at the seafood counter today...and this was the result.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More therapy

Water therapy is going well. So well in fact, that the therapist wants to go back to twice a week so that we can have one day doing gym work and one day in the pool. I'm excited that she can see hope of more progress but on the other hand I don't want to take more work time away from hubby. He is adamant that he more than makes up for it by going early and staying late. I just battle feelings of guilt that I've been taking his time for 2.5 years and there is no end in site. So, off I go to therapy this Monday. I'll be doing Mondays and Wednesdays again for now. Back to the ol' grindstone.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tickled pink

I had to go get some blood work done today at the hospital. Then, afterward I stopped to go potty. Last time I visited, I complained that the soap dispensers in the restroom couldn't be reached by persons in a wheelchair. Guess what? They were moved today! I was just tickled pink! Bassett Army Community Hospital responded promptly to my respectful complaint and the solution I offered was completed! It just made my day! Yippee for them!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pics of my trip

My friend's 11 yr old took this using her Momma's fancy fancy camera

My photography, however, is not so good

Our picnic with fancy coffee drinks ;) 

Post trip and rare "deep thoughts"

My friend has a beautiful garden. She has repurposed many things. Every morning I would spend my quiet time out in her garden. She said I could be lazy, and I was....cuz I then went back to bed for a few hours as it was 6am usually. This was my favorite part of her garden:
She has taken broken, rather "useless" old pots and planted succulents in them.

She was also full of wisdom, and I don't know how to say this right. One thing we chit chatted about ( she has had severe health challenges) is our lives, and something she said finally clicked.

I have a tumor at the base of my brain called a pituitary tumor. I was sure that it was my "thorn". Wrong. How many times did I pray or sing the line "take my life"? It is even a popular hymn I bet I sang hundreds of times since childhood. Well, He did. Life as I knew it no longer exists. For some reason He allowed me to come within a breath (I literally stopped breathing) of life being over. Twice. I don't know why, but for some reason I'm still in this world. When you view my life without rose colored glasses, it really does stink, but it is a life nonetheless. It is not like it was. Shoot, I can't even sing anymore. I'll toot my own past horn and say I used to have a good voice. I am lucky to have one at all now. Even at church, I have to stand silent during praise and worship time. One friend called my old self a butterfly because I never sat down, merely flutter from one thing to the next. 

My strokie ( and real life) friend J and I now cling to the butterfly image for an entirely different reason. We see ourselves as creatures that are slowly forming a new life. We have no idea where that is gonna take us, but for some reason God did indeed "take my life" and hers. He is giving us a new one, and I honestly don't know what that might be. We have taken to collecting things with butterflies on them as a symbol of the hope we have of someday emerging from these severely broken bodies as new creatures. Right now, this body still uses a walker and a wheelchair, but maybe 10 years from now it won't and I'll have a whole new way to minister to others.... Even if it means using my "big mouth" to make sure handicapped people can go potty...

So, on this birthday, I was rather angst ridden over the fact that this is so very much not anything near the life I had envisioned. But, my bday buddy reminded me....I meant what I said, I just didn't realize God was gonna take it so very literally. I shall celebrate my bday in an ever widening (I can't stop the weight gain) broken body, and be grateful that I have whatever He has planned to look forward to in life as a new creature, literally.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dinner for 6 in 10 min

We made a SAMs run a few days ago. They wear me out. Then, as we were checking out, the power went out. They gave us free pizza, water, hotdogs, and chicken sandwiches so that we would wait it out. Then, they gave out free rotisserie chicken.

So, that night's dinner was free! Then, being the inherently lazy mom I am, this was the next night's dinner:

1 picked rotisserie chicken
1 bag tortilla chips
1/2 jar salsa
2 cups shredded cheese
2.5 hearts of romaine, shredded

Layer, chips, handful of chicken, and two or three pinches of cheese. Microwave until cheese is melted. Pile on lettuce and pour on salsa. Dinner done.

Post trip

My sweet friend was such a super trooper. She even scoped out handicap friendly places. One would assume that with handicap parking and handicap accesibility, there would be handicap accesible toilets.... So on the way to have a lake front beach picnic, we stopped and got the fancy coffees that the area is famous for.

The area was beautiful

And we had a great time

...and then I had to pee....ya know, fancy coffee drinks do that to most people I know...

....and there was no handicap potty!

We had to leave and cut our fun short because I had to pee and couldn't. Really folks, handicap people must pee too! I may be in a wheelchair, but my bladder still works just fine!

I really felt horrible that all three other girls had to cut their day short just because I had to pee. Next time, no drinks for me...especially coffee!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sleepy puppy...she missed me

I just got back from a trip to see a dear friend in Seattle....I'll blog about that later.

Today's subject: my puppy missed me!

Evidently, Minnie was convinced that Hubby did something with me and pouted the whole time I was gone. She wouldn't sleep on my bed and wouldn't let hubby snuggle her. However, I guess she forgave him when I got home late last night.