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Independence Day 2014

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.

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JUDY1676 7/8/2014 4:12PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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SRIVERS1 7/8/2014 10:58AM

    What a wonderful day.

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MSLZZY 7/8/2014 9:47AM

    Family time and cleaning up. Works for me! Glad your fire pit is larger than mine or we would still be burning.

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GEMINI-SKY 7/8/2014 8:31AM

    Oh, I can taste the toasted marshmallows Now !!!

Lovely Family and Yard...

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DEE107 7/8/2014 12:10AM

    your menu and mine almost match way to go and glad you had a great 4th with family

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LINDA! 7/7/2014 8:26PM

    Great menu and I enjoyed the pics.

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FROSTY99 7/7/2014 6:29PM

    Looks like you have a great fire pit and put it to good use. So much family time is awesome. It is the holidays when we miss being close to ours.

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GABY1948 7/7/2014 6:15PM

    What a lovely day it looks like! And I LOVE fires like that. Glad it was so great there!

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What a Sunday...the end to a great week-end!

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 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 far.

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MSLZZY 7/8/2014 9:45AM

    Very nice!

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GEMINI-SKY 7/8/2014 8:28AM

    Love, Love , Love Those Gardens !!!
So glad you Finally got a vacation with your family at your Favorite Gardens.
Hug those Grand Children !!!

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FROSTY99 7/7/2014 6:27PM

    Enjoyed seeing the pics and especially your little gnome! What a cutie. Glad you had a great time with your family.

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WETMAC 7/7/2014 1:07PM

    That is one beautiful garden now and all credit to those who put the time and effort into it to make it what it is today. Your grandson is a real cutie. he looks as if he was enjoying himself anyway. Thanks for sharing.


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SRIVERS1 7/7/2014 12:44PM


Thank you for sharing your day with your family with us. What a lovely day and how sweet of a grandson you have.


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GABY1948 7/7/2014 8:09AM

    Love your pictures! Glad you enjoyed your weekend so much!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/7/2014 7:00AM

    how nice, glad you had a good tme.

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/7/2014 6:55AM

    Love your blog and pictures!

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DEE107 7/7/2014 12:21AM

    love your pictures

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I Think I Can...or Modified Gym

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 emoticon ...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 emoticon my ear infection. I am on antibiotics emoticon for the ear until next week...but it STILL hurts and the antibiotic stings too! emoticon 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 emoticon 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.. emoticon 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 it is for me right now. Salads emoticon 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 emoticon a number of my emoticon peppers and tomatoes emoticon 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 emoticon 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 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.
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DJ4HEALTH 6/22/2014 11:06PM

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SRIVERS1 6/14/2014 1:23PM

    Dusty, I am so proud of you. You are so positive and such an inspiration to others. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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LORETTA24 6/14/2014 9:59AM

    emoticon You seem to have a positive attitude and a helpful dh as you move forward. I am so proud of you. Keep in mind that all things should be done in moderation. If anything you desire to do won't make a difference 100 years from now don't stress over it. Your movement is important but don't over do it. Your dh can probably open up something to be heated or cook with your direction in the interest of your health. When I was recovering from surgeries and or illnesses I found my crockpots became best buddies. If you don't know how to use one there are multiple computer links. Praying for you to have a speedy and painless recovery. Hugs and hugs!

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DEE107 6/14/2014 12:48AM

    Hugs I went thru this in the winter hugs hugs do what you can and rest

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CBRINKLEY401 6/13/2014 10:22PM

    I agree, we have to do what we can and figure out how to get done what we need to. I hope your infection clears up soon. I know how painful those are. You are out 8 - 12 weeks with your ribs and I am out at least 7 weeks with my broken ankle (no idea how much I will be able to do once the cast is off, but I know physical therapy is in the cards afterwards).
I've got plants as well that I need to get into larger pots until hubby is able to get them in the ground for me. Had so much yard work planned for this year - but that's how it goes.
Take care.
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SDEHNKE 6/13/2014 9:06PM

    What a great attitude. I'm afraid gardening of any kind would be out for me.

Many of the things I do anyway because of my Fibro. We don't have a dishwasher so I run the sink as hot as I can get it and leave the dishes to soak for 20 to 30 minutes and yes the detergent is up on top of the sink.

I'm so proud of you finding ways to cope. Prayers heading your way for better days ahead.


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GABY1948 6/13/2014 8:18PM

    I think you are doing outstanding! Much better than a LOT of people would. I do hope and pray that your ear infection gets better soon so your sugar and blood pressure can be better too. I used to be plagued as a child with ear infections and can attest how painful they are!

Keep doing better and it will all be behind you before you know it!

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GF Poor Man's Crab Casserole

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

Crab Mixture:

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
1 egg
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 fine!

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FERRNIE 6/6/2014 12:04PM

  Your recipe sound delicious, good job working it to be GF! emoticon

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PEGGYO 6/5/2014 12:57PM

    thanks sounds good

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SCHECK5 6/3/2014 6:20AM

    Thanks for sharing sound yummy

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DEE107 6/3/2014 12:12AM

    wow will try this on hubby thanks

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GABY1948 6/2/2014 5:39PM

    WOW...sounds emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/2/2014 5:20PM

    this sounds delicious!

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GERIKRAGH 6/2/2014 3:47PM

    Sounds good but not enough people in the family eat fish.

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ARNETTELEE 6/2/2014 1:25PM

  Sounds yummy! Happy sparking!

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Snow Birds

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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KATTREE 1/11/2014 3:57PM

    It looks so beautiful,but definitely from the inside.

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BARB4HEALTH 1/8/2014 8:34AM

    Lovely Picture!

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DEE107 1/8/2014 12:33AM

    thank you for sharing

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SRIVERS1 1/7/2014 8:18PM

    I live in the Northwest and love the snow. But, that is really cold. But, it sure is beautiful. I am glad that you are finding the positive side to all of it. Stay safe and warm and be careful.


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PMFISH 1/7/2014 7:44PM

    I would never survive a winter in that type of weather. That is why I live in Florida and we have plenty of snow birds that come down to escape that type of weather.

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CHERIJ16 1/7/2014 1:22PM

    Great Advice! emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 1/7/2014 1:02PM

    so true it is beautiful and we need to see that

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