Monday, December 30, 2013

Soooo Tired

Woke up at 3, did my bathroom thing, went back to bed, and could NOT go back to sleep.... I was cold, I was hungry,,,,.  Finally got up at 4:30, got the heat going in the front of the house, made coffee, and stayed up til about 6;30.  Went back to bed, still cold, but I had left the electric blanket on, and still couldn't get back to sleep.  Got up at 7:30 and here I am. 

Was trying to nap in my chair when my bro and a handy showed up.  (his son),,, and it didn't take them but a couple of minutes to hook my ice maker back up with a new coupler and fittings.  When the boys moved the refrigerator back last week, the end broke on the line filter, so I told them to just take it off, was too old anyway. 

B's getting ready to leave for the Alamo game, and he's antsy.  His other son gave him 2 tickets for the game for Christmas, and he asked him to go.  So, they're both going.  He's picking T up in San Marcus when he gets off work, and going on from there.  He said 2 or so and that will give them time to do the rest.  Games at 5;30.  They will LOVE it!!

My right wrist is getting to where it hurts most of the time, so I called the Doc for that.  Can't see me til next week,,,on Thursday.  It's been several months since he injected it and that had worked so good.

I get my flu shot in the fall, as soon as they get here.  So far, no flu.  Way back, years ago, I had something that I was so sick I couldn't even get up and go to the doc.  Days later, when I could, he said, well, you've toughed you way thru it already, but he still gave me a round of antibiotics.

Yall tc, and


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Almost, a New Year

Just read DD, saying he needs a break.   Gosh. I got there a few months ago.  But he has the flu, and thank God he's getting better.  Keep hearing swine flu is around down there.

It was kinda funny, when I went to the pain doc.  Came out into the lobby, and these 4 or 5 people were sitting there with masks on... I must have looked at them some way, because one lady volunteered that they were wearing them because of being there.  I just said, oh,, and went on but wondered,,,don't they go into groceries, stores, etc?  Maybe they wear them in those places too..  I just do a good hand washing.  And oh yeah.  Now they say all those antibacterial soaps are useless, and maybe even harmful.  I quit using those several years ago.  A good hand washing with any soap for 15 seconds is good enough.

After those shots on Thursday, I had NO PAIN, by that nite.  But, when I stretched to put my socks on Friday morning, I pulled the part of my upper leg where I had had the pain the worst, and now that was like I made it sore.  Today is the 3rd day, and it's doing really good.  Sitting here in this chair gets to bothering it, and I'm hoping that goes away.

I cooked some more of that chicken yesterday.  The one with the potatoes.  It's called lemon, garlic chicken.  It's so easy.. I use legs, my favorite.


(Gluten free. Low Carb, Diabetic Friendly and so simple to make)

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6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound trimmed green beans
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 400°F ( 180). Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the chicken, green beans and potatoes and toss to coat. Pour this mix into the pan and spread around evenly.

Roast for 50 minutes or until cooked through. Serve warm.

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I just use lemon juice, garlic powder, and regular potatoes, but the seasonings aren't to be beat.  I also didn't put in the green beans yesterday.
I have to make things that are quick, can't stand long, so this will be a regular.  I did 6 legs, with 4 potatoes, in a purex bowl in my toaster oven.  Had to cook a bit longer, but,,, worth it.
The handies came over Friday and pulled my refrigerator out (has wheels) and vacuumed the fan area, (filter) behind it.  In the process of rolling it back, it broke off an end of a filter that plugged into my copper line to the ice maker.  I just turned off the ice maker, til they can get whatever it is, to fix it.  Need that filter off anyway.  Was never able to find the refills for it.  I'm surprised water would still go thru it.  They were supposed to be back yesterday, but had to help some movers,,,lol,,,told you, they're the handies...
Yall tc, and

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Got my cabbage casserole made, tasted, and it's good.  Wasn't sure it was gonna fit into my largest dutch oven, but it did.,,, Well, after I took out a large butter container for an old friend.  I made it one time, years ago, and took it to the spread at the local bar, and he LOVED it.  Have to do this,,,lol.

Still haven't heard from a soul.  Hope I can find someone to help me carry this to Bill, and the big pan, in the house.  Bet I can.

I know after dinner, i'll be home napping.  Kept waking up last nite, dreaming. 

Yall have a GREAT DAY!

Monday, December 23, 2013

WHERE'S DD????????

6 days!!!! DD, WHERE ARE YOU??????

Play With House Insurance

The lady at the insurance agency played around with mine, got it down over 200.00.  I told her, that'll work!  The house was left at replacement, but the hhgoods were not, which made a lot of difference.  Then the deductible was changed to 2%.  Don't remember what else, maybe the outside stuff changed too.  And the personal stuff.

If you love cabbage, you are going to freak out about how good this is! This is a simple side dish worthy of a dinner party and couldn’t be easier to make. Four ingredients, a couple of minutes to... prepare and toss in the oven for an hour.

1 (approx 2lb) head of organic green cabbage, cut into 1″ thick slices
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 large garlic cloves, smashed
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
spray olive oil OR non-stick cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 400F and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Pull outer leaf off cabbage (it’s usually dirty and nasty looking), cut cabbage from top to bottom (bottom being root) into 1″ thick slices.

2. Rub both sides of cabbage with smashed garlic.

3. Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the olive oil over both sides of the cabbage slices.

4. Finally, sprinkle each side with a bit of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

5. Roast on the middle rack for 30 minutes. Carefully flip the cabbage steaks and roast for an additional 30 minutes until edges are brown and crispy. Serve hot and Enjoy!

Stole that from FB,,, lol, and I have it cooking now.  I do love cabbage.  It's about time to turn it over.  Smelling good.   Might get done in time for my lunch, biscuits and gravy. 

I just have NOOOOO Christmas spirit,,,, these are just days to me.  I have to keep reminding myself that it's Wed.  Gonna cook the potatoes tomorrow, then all i'll have to do Wed. morning, is cook the cabbage, (12 mins) and put it all together.  My bro B has his 20 year old son, and a friend of his, living with them.  I call them the "Handies" lol... It's great to have them when you need stuff done.  Like, there'll be one of them to carry my huge hot pot in.

Thot about the date last nite, then thot,,, NOT gonna put up my little tree now!  It's really pretty, a small fiber optic one. 

You know, the last time my leg, hip area were giving me so much trouble, I had that injection put into my hip joint.  Maybe that's what I need now, not the spine stuff.  It sure made a world of difference.  I've asked my son twice, if he will go with me Thursday, and he won't commit, soooo,,, won't ask him any more!  You help your kids always, whenever they need it, but,,, And maybe it's just mine.  My g/dotter does, so maybe i'll ask her.  IF NOTHING ELSE, I'LL GO BY MYSELF!!!  If he does something and I can't drive, i'll call someone to come get me.

Well, hope someone besides me, likes cabbage,,lol.  Yall tc, and


Friday, December 20, 2013

Hey, It's Christmas Time

Got my gifts wrapped, and yeah, the ones I had ordered finally showed up.  I still need to find name tags, altho I know which ones are which.

My Doc called yesterday, about my tests.  Mammogram was normal, but trouble with the nerves in my lower spine.  I'm seeing that pain management doc on the 26th, so I'm not doing anything til then.  She said I needed to see a spine doc, lol.  I DO know one,  but San Antonio is so far, gonna find out if there's one closer.  The report is kinda strange, tho.  She said it showed the left as the worst, and I don't have pain there, it's on the right.  Told my son, I might have to have his kind of surgery.  Here it was, me thinking hip replacement, and now it's spine.  With all I'm taking, just a 1/2 hydrocodone is all I need.  lol, took a whole one, and was down for 3 hours, the first time.

When I was leaving the house yesterday, I saw something strange.  There were 2 natural light beer cans out by my storage shed!  One on the side, and one behind.  No one walks on the road out here, it's a dead end.  So just how did those get there?  Weren't there the day before, and no one has been here.

Never heard so many ambulance calls for difficulty breathing as I've been hearing lately.  Seems almost all of them are for that.  Another one just happened.

Got my renewal for house insurance, and OMG, it's more than I'm gonna pay.   I'm calling around, telling them I want something about 1/2 of that.  Considered just not having any, but don't know if I can do that or not.  All these years of paying it, and all I've had done is the roof.

Finally got my computer cleaned up.  Took days.  2 restores.  But, it's working great now.  Thot I had a virus or something, and maybe I did, but it's gone now.  All the stuff I did, it should be, lol.

My cable has been off since before I got up, and still is.  Kinda funny, it's so quiet without the tv on.

Well, enough of this nothing, yall tc, and


Monday, December 16, 2013

Beautiful Weather

Yeah, having such beautiful weather, can't believe it's Dec.  Well, way back I remember almost going swimming during the holidays, was so warm.

I so hated to hear about  Butterbean being killed in a wreck, this close to Christmas.  Just makes it harder.  To all his family and friends, my heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with you.  There's a link on RVSue telling about it.

I got my 2 appointments done this morning, a CT scan, and the dreaded mammogram.  Didn't mind that scan at all, took about a minute.  I looked up the difference in those and the MRIs, yesterday online.  I've already said I will never do another MRI, unless they put me to sleep.  The CTs, no problem.

I ordered my Christmas gifts online, on the 5th, and still haven't gotten them!!!  The bad weather between here and there affected all travel.  I did the tracking yesterday, and they are in Houston, so probably will show up today.  Just buying for my 3.  Not putting up my tree either.  AND, cooking a cabbage casserole,,,hahahaha,,, Sound anything like Christmas?

We have it at bro Bs, have to watch for rattlesnakes,,,lol.  Like, one time, here a bunch of us are, in the breezeway after lunch, and he said,,o yeah, my biggest one got out last nite!!!  I immediately froze, and looked around.  Like everybody else did.  He had brought in about 16 a week or so, ago.  Big ones, too.  The cold that day wasn't even slowing them down.  Probably has more now.

His wife started a family thing on facebook, and it's addictive!   She, or someone else, will post a question to our group, and OMG, some of the answers will make you laugh your azz off.  It really gets on a roll. 

Had to cook my chicken a little longer after doing it in my countertop convection oven.  Not sure why it didn't cook below the surface, but the potatoes and chicken down under, didn't get done.  Already did the potatoes in the microwave, doing the chicken now, in my toaster oven.  There was too much to use the toaster oven, and my large one needs a gasket.

Yall tc, and



Sunday, December 8, 2013

a "True" Fishing Yarn

Since there is a river running right thru the middle of town, it's always been easy to go fishing.  There's a dam just before the bridge, and that was a good place to go, just below it.  Went down there one day, sitting on the rocks on the side, and there were 4 or 5 men sitting in chairs on the dam.  I preferred the side, so,,, baited up with worms I think, cast out and wham,,,had something.  Worked with that line, all the men watching,,and pulled out a small gar.  Somehow my hook got him, cause most of the time, you lost them.  Now, all the men were staring, kinda laughing, wanting to see what I did with it. I just opened my tackle box, got my needle nosed pliers out, pulled my hook out and tossed that gar behind me, rebaited and waited for the next bite.  Found out later that gar were super good eating, well, that back strip.  Needed to be bigger than that one, tho.

Was going fishing in our river from age 6, when we moved here from up close to Paris, TX.  Also, had to bait your own hook, clean your own fish.  So handling fish was never any problem for me.

There's a lot of good memories there.  My Dad would call, say,,, let's go fishing,,and off we'd go.  We never caught much of anything, but still loved it.  Mom, the small kids, and I, went out to a stocked tank one time, and when we left Dad made the comment he'd clean everything we caught,,,kinda laughing.  We quit after we had caught so many, while we could still pay for them,,,lol.  Well, Dad kept his word,,,,while WE got to laugh. Lost my wedding ring that day, and went back 2 or 3 times, looking, and never found it.  Took a metal detector once.  I think it went into the pond, and a fish ate it, and we did look good in the ones we brought home.  It had gotten loose after I had lost some weight, and would fall off sometimes.

When we moved to a house at the edge of the city limits, 1/2 block from the river, he brought my son a rooster and 3 hens.  There was a pen behind the garage already.  I or the kids, fed them thru a window of the garage, onto a big piece of plywood laying there.  My Dad volunteered to dig the worms to go fishing, one day, so here he went, into that chicken pen.  I lifted the plywood, and watched him make a dig with a spade fork.  lolololol..... He picked worms out of the dig til he was worn out, had to sit down and rest,,,before he did the next dig.  lolololol.... Same thing.  By that time that coffee can was 1/2 full of worms!!  Now, that's a TRUE worm story.  lmaooo.

Still miss him.  By the time the above was going on, he had had 3 heart attacks, and was on disability.  Our kids, theirs and mine, were in school, and I didn't work full time.  We had a lot of time together.  Yeah, I was a Daddy's girl.

We are now just above freezing, since late Friday.  And I need to get up, shower, and do a load a laundry.

Soo, yall tc, and


Thursday, December 5, 2013

the Blast

What can I say?  It got here, and tomorrow will be our bad day, maybe sleet, snow, or stuff.

Went to my Doc yesterday, found out my blood sugar is great.  Sooo, it is the meter or strips not working right.  She also is setting up a cat scan, and a mammogram.  The cat scan is to see what I need for either the hip or the nerve.  It's gotten bad again.  After the scan, I'm going to a pain management doc for help.   She told me the cat scan is lots shorter than an MRI.  I told her, no more of THOSE.

I got quite a bit done yesterday too.  Like, vacuuming, changed my sheets, put a cover over the little ac in this room.  lol, That's a lot for me.  I also took a hydrocodone too.  Will also, before that cat scan.  She told me to add another gabapentin for the nerve pain.

Looking at all that snow on the news.  Sure is beautiful,,,but, sure don't want it here.

Yall stay warm, tc, and