Sunday, December 22, 2013

2013 so long!!

It's been a busy end of the year here.... I got both casts off and am going to Occupational therapy 3 times a week...its like a part time job...one with inflicted pain!!! OUCH my left hand doesn't remember how to do things like make a fist, grasp things, lift, or rotate...etc.  I hurts all the time-- my fingers are stiff and swollen much of the time...I don't think I will be able to return to my job for a very long time if EVER...the P.T. said it can take up to 6 months to get the hand working again! So I don't know... its an uncertain time in life for me...so I will make the best of it..



Getting ready to go upstate for the Holiday so we've been cooking again!! Yesterday my friend and I met for our celebration...it was held in margaritaville!  Ya! We ate drank and was merry...
I made some strawberry jam for gifting....



And Sis finished the room I had started when I had the fall...I took this photo after we had replaced some of the furnishings...when we get it all set up I'll take more..


I hope all of you are geared up for a big celebration..it was hot as could be today here...we put the AC on!! I'm very ready to move into 2014!!!




PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Let There Be Sweets!!

AS it turned out we went "hog wild" and baked like a couple of  mad women!!! I told you about the bunt cake....Okay I insisted I could stir up the frosting with my cast-clad right hand no we didn't duck tape the whisk to my hand but almost...and I did but it took me so long the frosting cooled before I could drizzle ....so I slathered instead! More is better Right?

before the frosting took place!

chocolate truffle bunt cake!

And Y'all know how I love to make food faces?  How 'bout this delightfully sweet face?


This is pumpkin cake with cranberries baked in and a couple of cup cakes to with the extra batter..
BUT we didnt stop there No NO No...we saw yet another recipe we had to master...this may look like an ordinary Pecan Pie....on the surface but under that golden brown gooey layer ...


...is a layer of Pumpkin Pie!! So this is a Pecan Pumpkin Pie!!! And its all gone now!!

After all those sugar soaked treats I decided to eat a star fish for breakfast!!


On Black Friday I went shopping...at The Goodwill Store.  I found something affordable for resale on my Ebay site...got it for a bargain 50c...he is so cool he talks sings and moves his mouth....do you recognize this guy?


All this helped to makes brighter here in Dixxeland!!  I also won a bid on a Kodak to replace my broken camera...It should arrive Thursday!! Meanwhile rehab continues and the other cast comes off in 6 days!!!


PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Me Thankful?

Nearly Thanksgiving...jeeze hard to believe? We've decided to eat out gonna meet everyone about halfway eat then go our separate ways...I'M baking a chocolate truffel bunt cake for my son and his girlfriend....and that will be the extent of my cooking.  Of course my sis and mom will do the actual mixing, and such I will be the brains and they will be the brawn..:o))

I've been attending occupational therapy 3 times a week ...it's okay....& amazing how dysfunctional my hand is now!!! i dont think it will ever be the same..talking about my left hand and wrist...I cant close it or rotate it, has no strength and hurts like a *&^%$ when I accidentally try to do something with it..the right one still in this CAST I am sooooo ready for it to be gone!!! DEC 9TH IS d-DAY  the Cast-ration DAY!!!! They will cut it off...then it will be therapy 3 x's a week for it...for God knows how long---Life as I knew it is GONE!!!!  It's like having twins 4 weeks apart..DAMN!! Imagine that, the Dr says treating me is like treating 2 patients~ 

Oh well meanwhile my sister swears she has lost 10 lbs since arriving here she has been doing my chores and some of my projects...recall this old enamel top table?? With the rotten legs??


Well I've been on the lookout for some new legs and WE found them when we took the trash to the solid waste facility last week!! There was an old table with pretty good legs so I asked to take it.... the lady in charge said OK!!  We got these legs off it...


We painted them a flat black...the paints still wet in this photo..


Then we removed the old legs from the table frame...and painted it the same black...


then we had to do some work to the metal plates where the legs attach..


we painted those with rust prevent paint...then we attached the legs!!!


We kinda ran out of paint so we didnt touch up yet...we may or may not do that..cause its only for potting plants..


and we have already put it to use my sister brought me a couple peach seeds she sprouted and some apricots lookey here---


SO another project done!!!
Hope all of you have a wonderful celebration with family and friends...personally I have soooo much to be thankful for my list is longer than my project list!!  My Kodak bit the dust so I'm back to using my pocket Minolta sorta suits my needs right now light weight and easy to use!!!


PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Just when you think everything is BAD... then THIS happens!!!!

IF your faith in human kindness has been shaken...just wait it will be restored!!




This experience of being disabled has renewed the bridge between me and those around me and to the human spirit.  The connection we all share on this one world under this one sky and under the umbrella of unity that we depend on and need is VERY REAL...When you're in a crisis or just when having a bad day...reach out and touch someone...or pay it forward any chance you get..someone did that for me and gosh it felt GOOD!



Having said that a simple trip to the mailbox 
brought me sheer delight and put a great big smile on my face 
when I opened this beautiful package!!!!




and found THIS inside....a wonderfully sweet & beautiful handmade wallet!!  WOW...it has every stitch aligned and perfectly done with exquisite craftsmanship and talent!!!



...sent to cheer and enrich my life by a dear blog-family friend!! Thank you soooooooo much Karen!!! 
WHO SAYS blog friends aren't real friends??



NOW that made my day MORE than getting one cast reduced to a brace!! Physical therapy begins Friday!!! I will be carrying my new wallet with me on every trip!!



PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fall Back...or Free Fall?

Today we had a picnic to say farewell to Maggie she went back to her home today...sad to see her go we will miss her but she needs time to get used to her new family and home now that they have returned from Houston. 



the trees are finally starting to change...


especially the Cyprus trees...

This week we cut the grass in the field...its like cutting hay in fact that is what it is... well I say we my sis is doing my chores for me...while Jimmy watched...



Annie had to roll and play in it...


Sis put a few wheel barrow loads on my compost pile...look at all the avocado trees growing there!


...checked on the 30 little Eastern Cedar trees that I planted on my back property line this spring...each one survived and are up to about 7" tall now --should double in size each yr...lets see when I'm 80 how tall will they be? I guess you need a degree to figure that one :o) 5ft tall in 4 yrs maybe?  I'm 5'6" so should hide me quite well ...The best thing about these trees is they reach a mature size and stop growing...so I should have a nice privacy screen by the time I'm 6 ft under wouldn't you say?


Walking Dead on amc tonight be there or be square!!
My matching casts...one is to come off on 11/11





PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Friday, October 25, 2013

I've GOT the BEST DAMN Sisters in THE World!


I'm the middle child------and although I'm now 60, my older sis is 65, my baby sis is 57...we still act like kids, bringing home rocks, birds with broken wings and lost puppies.  I will try to not type in all caps...
I'm sitting here with my 2 broken arms....one finger typing I've got all day so its not so hard to do.  I'm waiting on the fam (Mom n Big Sis) who went off to kill a bear for tonight's meal..
Nah they probably went to Walmart...I don't shop there myself I go to the IGA...but that's me.
I stayed home with the 4 dogs!!! Read FOUR ... there is my 2 Flossie n Annie...both saved from starvation 6 yrs ago....then my sisters dog Jim, he was found lost n wandering the streets of fort Collins CO and rescued by my big sis 4 yrs ago...he made the trip with them from Silt, Colorado... that's 1800 miles away!!!! Then there is the newest arrival to our family MAGGIE.


... here is how Maggie came to MY house.
My baby sis (who came to my immediate rescue when I hit the floor a few weeks back) had a dream...in that dream her dogs, Spanky and Indy who have passed over the rainbow bridge, sent her to look for this dog in need....she went on Petfinders.com and saw this dog in a shelter in Canton, OHIO. Blog friends we live in SC! But she didn't let that stop her....the staff at Spark Pound said this dog was not going to be easy to place she growls and hides from everyone and would be euthanized.  So my sister got in her car after WORK....@ 9pm drove TO CANTON, OHIO and adopted this dog the next morning...drove back that day got her shots the next morning at her local vets...called us we drove half way to her town...met her in a gas station parking lot and the dog came home with us for the next 11 days as my sister is the President of a quilting fabric company and the biggest show of the season starts in Houston, TX this weekend  SO I'M once again dog sitting for her. (2 broken arms n all) THE dog was NOT aggressive...just scared to death...the pound  had been using a catch pole on her--- omg, the poor thing!! She is as sweet as sweet can be....we think greyhound mixed with shar-pei? Her nails were so long even after the vet cut them, still an inch long.  My sis named her Maggie...and we have taken to calling her Mags!!! Another life saved!! My sisters are something else
 they put their actions where their hearts are!!
I LOVE YOU GUYS! 
They don't read my blog but I don't care I need the world to know how special they are!!


PEACE

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

All play and no work....:0)

I am improving daily...and since I can't work...may as well make the best of it...we took the day off since it was Saturday from chores and yard work and projects to visit our local State Park, Goodale Park.


It was a calm day so nice reflections....we checked on the pitcher plants...they are getting into their fall costumes..


this caterpillar was swimming...what it is?  I can't thumb thru a book with these casts...so any clues?

 

and this one was hiding on the leg of the picnic table...any idea?


course JIM had to take a dip...


back home we've been having visits from this Zebra butterfly, first time to our yard..



that was the weekend today was cloudy but nice tempts of 68...tomorrow i get a new cast...Green to match the right one? Maybe!


PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

LIFE GOES ON BEFORE N AFTER

WELL TODAY IM A DAY OFF MY LATEST VISIT TO DR. HE SAYS HEALING WELL..AND IN ONE WEEK FROM NOW I GET A SMALLER CAST ON THE LEFT HAND SO THAT'LL BE BETTER..I CAN USE MORE FINGERS THIS SPLINT CAST WEIGHTS 3 LBS...
MY LAST POST WAS WHINNY, PREACHY,RANTY, AND DEPRESSING..OH WELL LIFE IS THAT WAY SOMETIMES 
SO BEFORE I FELL...I FINISHED THAT ROOM...NEVER POSTED THE COMPLETED PHOTOS..THERE ARE A COUPLE MINOR THINGS  FAN BLADES NEED TO GO BACK UP...I DID GET THOSE PAINTED...THE CLOSET STILL NEEDS THE KNOBS ATTACHED..

I CLEANED ALL THE WINDOWS...THERE WAS YRS OF GRIME TO WIPE OFF


AFTER WALLPAPER STRIPPIN' BEFORE PAINT...


AFTER



BEFORE


AFTER


I USED MINWAX RENEWS-IT ON THE FLOORS TO BRING BACK THE SHINE...

BEFORE DOOR PAINTED


AFTER


BEFORE WATER DAMAGE ON FLOOR



AFTER


AND REPLACED SLIDING CLOSET WITH BI-FOLDS
BEFORE


AFTER



I DIDN'T GET TO COMPLETELY STAGE THE ROOM...BUT ITS A NICE BEDROOM AGAIN!!
MY SISTER SAID SHE WILL NEED SOME PROJECTS TO FILL IN EXTRA TIME WHILE SHE IS HERE TO HELP ME OUT...I CAN BE THE DIRECTOR AND SHE WILL EXECUTE 
IT WILL NOT INVOLVE POWER TOOLS OR CLIMBING UP ANY HIGHER THAN THE SECOND RUNG ON THE LADDER!!  I ALREADY HAVE THE PAINT, SANDPAPER, AND WALL PATCH...SO 
THE PROJECT WILL CONTINUE!!


PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.