Monday, July 07, 2014
After putting up the American flag the day began. Beautiful weather, lush green grass and the air filled bumble bees and monarch butterflies, the fragrance of mock orange,, peonies, and lilies, delicious food, lots of laughter.... And most important - wonderful family!!!
We celebrated with our oldest daughter and family which includes our two oldest grandchildren. They came up and spent the entire day with us which was great.
From breakfast to dinner the conversation was lively around the dining room table. Conversation from word games, to garden plans to genealogy filling each other in on what has been happening in our lives.
We had scrambled eggs, bacon, toast with jams, jellies and lemon curd, strawberries and blueberries. OJ and coffee.
For lunch we had hot dogs & bake beans, green salad with carrots, lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes., cantaloupe & bing cherries, Soda, mango Juice or water
For dinner, we had the typical( for us) 4th of July menu with grilled burgers, chicken, mushroom and steak plus the potato salad, carrots and french onion dip, olives & pickles,
watermelon, lemonade or Ice tea.
Thanks to our son in law and grandson helping dear husband...
We created our own firework display by burning off the debris from felling 2 pine trees and trimming the other trees in our yard. The fire display was awesome.
They worked hard for hours in the intense heat and eliminated half the brush pile. They seemed to enjoy watching the fire soar to the sky!
After dinner we lowered the American flag and in true honor guard tradition folded Old Glory. The end to a wonderful 4th of July.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
We enjoyed ourselves immensely this past weekend. First the 4th of July with our oldest daughter and her family...including our two oldest grandchildren, and then yesterday our youngest daughter and husband with our youngest grandson for dinner.
I shall blog about our 4th of July later, as soon as I can get the photos out of the camera!
For now I shall share today.
Things change, places change, people change. This is something that was brought to light today. Our daughter kept telling us how beautiful the rose gardens are that are located across from Lake Harriet in Minneapolis
Our memories were not as pleasing. Today it showed what differences can happen in 40 years...yes 40 years since we last visited the gardens....why you ask...well life, jobs, raising families, involvement with church and other volunteer activities were of more importance to us and needed to be attended to.
Visiting today was a special delight...so much has changed...people have taken ownership of the gardens and they are beautiful
The gardens have a chain link fence surrounding two sides...these sides have hydrangeas on the outside of the gardens and there are various colored clematis growing on the 4 ft fence on the inside of the rose garden.
There a are perennials and wild flowers growing and bordering the rose garden beds. The rose beds are laid out in color with all the red roses, orange roses pink roses, etc growing near one another.
There is beautiful fountain in the rose garden as well as a lovely colorful bed of vegetables borders with nasturtiums including Swiss chard, colorful cabbages, colorful beans, bok choy, etc
Adjacent to the rose gardens are rock gardens plus a lovely fountain with 9 turtles spouting water out their mouths
and several species of trees with a peace garden
Walkways for the young & old were everywhere
and Cuddles was greeted by Great Danes and miniature dogs all out to enjoy our fine weather!
We had a wonderful day today. The little Gnome is our youngest grandchild...so far.
Friday, June 13, 2014
I think I can I think I can
Usually No one plans for when they can't do something.
When our kids injure themselves schools allow them to have “modified gym”.
Since this modified gym is all that they can physically do at that time until their bodies heal, it seems to me that ANYTHING I do normally: gardening, laundry as in hanging clothes on the line, stair climbing, etc constitute modified gym.
My body is hurting and trying to heal at the same time and so modified gym it is! I have to say that I am really really tired by the time I get into bed ...and that is an effort itself...working on how to do that easier. I was told that if I didn’t take deep breaths I could get pneumonia...and what better way to breathe than to move....movement means you breathe and movement helps so your joints don't stiffen up and so here goes:
With my rib cage injury, and being told 8-12 weeks to heal, I am doing my version of Napoleon with my hand cradling my right rib and my trusty cane going forth as Napoleon would wield his saber. Would that I had another hand so I could cradle my head because of my ear infection. I am on antibiotics for the ear until next week...but it STILL hurts and the antibiotic stings too! Leaning forward, downward or to my right is very painful. The Doctor told me my blood sugar was high because of the infection and my blood pressure was high because of the pain!
I haven't figured out how to do a few things yet...such as cleaning the floors but I have found that my cane and grabber are great for getting things that have fallen onto the floor. Also my foot can help to raise things up to where either of these items can “catch” whatever I am seeking. I am learning how to modify how I do things so I can continue to do them.
Move heavy items...gallons of milk or juice from the refrigerator and walk them around the counter or sink to where you will use them. Pouring however is better if you can do it in the proximity of the kitchen sink...less clean up too!
Soak those dishes you can not do in the dishwasher in the hottest water you can get so less clean up...have your dish detergent on the sink or counter NOT under the sink during this time. ...and if you have a dishwasher NOW is the time to use it! Anything you can get closer to your hands so you don't have to bend or lift is a good thing! Sitting to do things is A-Okay too!
Modify them...this isn’t the time to bake desserts, roasts, etc. Also not the time for guests unless they are bringing a meal and cleaning up afterward.. Pizza anyone???? Anything that doesn't weigh too much can be cooked in the oven or on top the range. Another thing....serve hot items from the stove. Bring the plates to the food to fill them. Have someone bring your plate to your seat if that is painful for you...as it is for me right now. Salads are a great idea for meal time too!
First I discovered that I could take my rolling shopping cart and put the laundry basket on it. Then when the laundry was done washing I could roll the shopping cart to the bottom of the basement stairs. After my dh carried it upstairs & outdoors for me I could hang the clothes on the line. I had him move our picnic table closer to the clothesline. With the height of the table I didn't have to bend down to the ground and cause more pain. By having my clothespins in a 5Qt plastic ice cream bucket, I can loop the bucket through my good arm and I can pin as I go along the clothesline and not have to continually reach and shift positions to pick up a clothespin.
Putting anything on wheels helps me get things to and fro without lifting and pulling on my body.
Soooooooooooo glad we had planned ahead in this area and modified our bathroom with handicap bars, etc. This makes showering easier and something I CAN do on my own.
Hmmm this is a toughy! I re-potted a number of my peppers and tomatoes until I can dig in the garden. Since I am right-handed using the shovel or other tools is out right now as I am not ambidextrous. I am thinking perhaps I can sit down and snuggle close to plants and pull some weeds. I can lay a tarp on the ground that can be gathered up when I am done weeding and drag or pull gently to the compost bin. I am wondering if I can use the loppers to do some trimming but the weight of lifting the loppers at this time isn't a good idea...hopefully soon.
Well that is what I have learned this past week...to do what you can when you can. The painting, pruning, digging, and heavy lifting will just have to stay on hold as well as grocery shopping for a wee bit longer.
The last load of laundry is drying on the clothesline and I think the recliner is calling me to have a rest period.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Here is a recipe my family has loved for years that I have adapted to GF by simply using GF Bread for the stuffing and real crab meat not sea legs that contain wheat flour.
Poor Man’s Crab Casserole
(turn the cod fish or pollock into a rolls royce of a meal)
This recipe is over 30 years old Land O Lakes put it out.
1 lb package frozen cod fillets or pollock (not breaded) thawed and drained
2/3 cup Land O Lakes sweet butter, melted
1 cup crushed herb seasoned stuffing (I used 1.5 cups of Goodbye Gluten white bread toasted then tore into pieces)
next I added herbs to season the Goodbye Gluten bread
6 oz package frozen crab meat, thawed, drained NOT Sea Legs that contain Gluten
4 ounces mushrooms: if canned, drained…or if fresh mushrooms sautéed
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
¼ tsp salt
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Optional: ¼ tsp hot pepper sauce
½ cup crushed herb seasoned stuffing- Substituted 1/2 cup of stuffing made with Goodbye Gluten & herb seasonings)
2 tablespoon Land o Lakes sweet Cream butter, melted
sprinkled more herb seasoning on top before putting in the oven.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In an un-greased 8" square baking dish, place cod fillets. In a 1/1/2 quart bowl mix together all the crab mixture ingredients.
Sprinkle crab mixture over fish fillets.
In the same bowl, combine all topping ingredients: sprinkle over the crab mixture.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through and fish flakes with a fork.
Yield: 4 servings
You can prepare this and put into Tupperware containers to freeze...I used the square rounds for individual servings to heat up at a later date...works fine!
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Most of the people in the US have become Snow Birds. NOT the ones that venture to warmer climates for the Winter months as is the usual meaning of the term but a newly coined phrase "I coined" for those of us that huddle inside while the bright sun bids us come outside only to trick us with its shining brightest. This isn't a warm sun and if you venture forth insure that you are well covered up as 5 minutes can result in frost bite. Boots, yes, coats of course, gloves naturally but remember those scarves or face masks to protect your face. Chapped lips are becoming the norm here in Minnesota. Chili the meal of the day. Stay warm, stay hydrated and TRY and see the beauty in the weather.
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