Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IS IT OVER ALREADY?

Last week flew by, now that it is over. How about you? It's just typical of the entire year of 2010. Flash, gone, gone, gone. Tomorrow is December 1, the last month of the year, surely it's still February.

Today at the local WM, I thought it was still Monday, nope, it's Tuesday already. See what I mean? Here is the money saving tip for this Tuesday even though it seems like Monday.

Go through your house or apartment and look at all of the electrical devises, with the lamps/lights off, is there a light on it? Is the light shining? If it is, it is using electricity, turn it off, at the unit itself, the wall, or the power strip. If it is glowing, it is burning power. Turn it off, save money.

If it is plugged up, there is electricity in the chord, unplug it. Why should a toaster be plugged up 24/7?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

DOUBLE CELEBRATION

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It's the day that we are thankful for all the things God has given us, started by the Pilgrims so long ago. Half of their numbers died that first year, still they were thankful. Thankful, too, that the Indians helped them with everything to survive that first year. Are you thankful?

Tomorrow is The Hubbie and Mine 43rd wedding anniversary. How is that possible? Only old people are married that long. We were discussing it, realizing how thankful we are to have stuck together this long.

So Happy 43rd, Hubbie, and Happy Thanksgiving to the rest of the USA !!!!

WE are ALL blessed.

Monday, November 22, 2010

BUSY MONDAY

This is the first week ever that The Hubbie has Thanksgiving week off, meaning not working. Is that exciting? Today is the first day of that week off but it is going to be a busy one. My list is pretty long and I have yet to ask him what his list is.

On a day like today, the only option is, ATTACK and CONQUER.

FOOOORWARD!!!! = short blog post. ;)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

RICE KRISPIE TREATS

This is a long standing, often eaten, sweet in our house. The difference being that I use real butter, one more Tbs. than the recipe calls for and the entire package of marshmallows, along with the six cups of Rice Krisp cereal. I also use butter to grease the pan or the butter paper.

Try it, better than the recipe, I might say.

The recipe is on the side of the cereal box, or can be found online, just change it a bit.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

SIL HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Today is our only son in law's birthday. Have a happy one, Larry! You are a blessing to our family.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SAVING MONEY

Here is another tip for cutting back on your expenses. If you are new to this blog, we set out a year ago to cut all of our expenses by 50% in an effort to let The Hubbie slow down and semi-retire. It has happened and we are continuing to work on living well but cheaper.

Longhorn Steakhouse publishes dollar off coupons in the Sunday paper. We used the coupon on a Saturday night for a steak dinner for two. We easily cut the cost of the meal by 50%.

We ordered to go, used the coupon, received a box of hot rolls and a brown bag more than half full of peanuts, along with the steaks and sides. We did not buy drinks, which can be 1.99 to 2.65 for one, two, double the cost. We did not have to leave a tip which can be 10-20 percent, depending on service.

We drove home over 11 miles, the food was still hot and delicious. I ate mine right out of the Styrofoam box. The Hubbie put his on a plate.

The atmosphere was quiet, the company was great, the service was fast and we saved money, with no clean up, only one plate to put in the dishwasher.

Monday, November 15, 2010

11/13/2007

Me Monday is about the date listed in the title of this blog post, 11/13/2007. On this date, the writer of this blog had a life changing accident.

I was working in the back of a nearby WM when an employee left a box topper on the floor, no, I did not see it nor did I know it was under my person until I felt my right foot catch the edge of it. As I was falling, I thought, this is going to hurt, it did.

My life changed that night. I was on my way home, out of the store and thought I would make one more contact with a disgruntled department manager, as she always was. I wish I had called it a day and headed to the house.

When I hit the floor with my chin, my head snapped back, my spine crackled from the base of my skull to the middle of my back, this pain is a constant. My right rotator cuff was shredded and slipped over the shoulder joint, repaired by surgery but permanent limitations, pain, numbness in that arm and hand. My right rib cage had a nine inch bruise, healed, of course, but tender three years later. My right hip is still a pain. My lower teeth were bruised and will require braces eventually. I was out but don't know how long. I should have let them take me to the hospital in an ambulance. Somehow I drove home that night but I don't remember the drive, dumb.

My life changed in many ways, one is I can sit for about an hour more or less and that's it. Another is loss of strength, use of right arm, etc., and there are more but why list them all? Yes, depression was a part of it and continues to be a battle. I walked with a cane for months, stuck in the house, unable to get out, no fun. I no longer can work, I am a liability, no one will hire me even though I have applied but what can I do with this situation. Pain is my partner. I am attempting to get disability but I am a Caucasian, overweight female, what are my chances, been denied once already.

So even though it changed my life, it didn't end my life. My neck was not broken. No bones, not even my jaw, were broken. The rib probably was but nothing can be done about a rib so no x-ray was done. The way I fell, hitting the concrete floor with my chin and all of my body weight, could have snapped my neck, didn't.

I am calling the doc tomorrow for a pain management medicine appointment. After all, it's been three years of surgery, therapy, chiropractic care, pain patches, hot showers, cold ice packs, time to take a pill. I have improved as much as I am going to improve, end of sentence.

This post will end the complaining about it all. You will not read about this again. It's the end of talking about my ongoing reality.

Three years is a long time, too long.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

CINNAMON BLINTZES

This is a recipe from years ago that is so good to freeze ahead.

2 loaves thin white bread, fresh
2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese
2 egg yolks (not the whites, just the yolks)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
2-3 tsp cinnamon

Trim crust off of bread and roll bread thin. Cream together the cream cheese, egg yolks and sugar. Spread thin on bread slices to edge of bread. Roll up. Melt margarine and in separate bowl mix brown sugar and cinnamon together. Dip rolls first in margarine then in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place close together on cookie sheets. Freeze 5 mins. Remove and slice each roll in half. Then refreeze in freezer bags until ready to use. Put in oven straight from freezer on greased cookie sheet. Bake - 350 - 15-20 mins Yields 8 dz.
Comments: Great for breakfast, brunch or coffees. Heat approximately 10 seconds in microwave. Increase length of time in proportion to number of blintzes being heated.

I prefer the oven to heat and real BUTTER. Plus I just use PAM and do not grease the cookie sheets. These are wonderful for the holidays!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

VETERANS DAY


11/11/2010
The day set aside to remember the living and fallen American heros of all time.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

STRESSED?

Are you stressed? Are you about to be stressed? The Holidays are coming, does that up your BP? Take a minute, breathe in deep, out slowly, imagine yourself on this country road. Life is good but we are over busy. Be at peace with your Maker and with yourself. Enjoy the view.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

WHERE IS SHE?

Are you wondering where I am? I am home from a recent stay with the new GRAND and the first GRAND. I love being a grandmother, absolutely, positively, love it.

Here are two quotes that have me thinking:

Normal is just a setting on a dryer.

If it is to be it is up to me.

Interesting?