Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving. . . . .the day after!

Yes, I know it has been a while since I have posted anything new but all I can say is that I have been busy.

So, how was your Thanksgiving?  Are you finished yet?  We finished yesterday at the in-laws home where we stuffed ourselves with chicken and dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, rolls, green pea salad, gravy, cranberry sauce and green bean casserole.  It was good and for dessert you had your choice of apple butter pumpkin pie and pecan pie.  After stuffing ourselves we watched some Castle reruns and then our standard Thursday night Big Bang Theory.  I took my camera but I never got it out of the camera bag!  We left for home at about 8:15 and I convinced my hubs to just drive past Walmart and Target to see how crazy it was.  Oh My Word!  It was crazy and I am so glad that we had no desire what so ever to go shopping last night!  We may venture out later this afternoon but no sooner than that!!

We had Thanksgiving with my family on Wednesday and it was also a stuff yourself fest!  We had turkey and dressing (my Dad makes the best dressing!), corn, sweet potato casserole, greenbeans, greenbean casserole, rolls, ham, cranberry sauce (homemade), green jello salad, lemon icebox pie, pound cake, peach cobbler, pumpkin and pecan pies (the last two of which we didn’t even touch).  I went to take pictures of the loaded table BUT I had forgotten to put the memory card back in my phone (I was just a little irritated) so I “borrowed” one from my sister!  After eating we just sat around and visited until it was time to head home to get ready for church.  It was a nice day but as always the time spent with my sister and her family was way too short.

And now I will give you a run down on what has been happening around these parts. . . . . .on Wednesday the 13th I got a phone call from a gentleman who said that he was from Life Alert and that he had gotten a call from my grandmother’s home but he was getting no response when we called over their box or on the phone, he let me know that he already had an ambulance in route but needed to know how long it would be before I could be there.  I told him less than 3 minutes because I had to put my shoes on and then head over.  When I got there I found my grandmother sitting on the floor in her garage with blood everywhere.  Long story short, she had fallen face first from the steps when she was going out into her garage.  I convinced her to go to the hospital by ambulance because she had a huge knot on her forehead and I was scared that there may have been something else wrong (she had been very slow to respond when I first got there).  Luckily after CT scans and being checked over by the ER doctor it was determined that she had a broken nose but she would be sore and would be black and blue (and she still is).  I spent the night with her that night and luckily my aunt was coming in for the weekend. 

My Aunt got there on Thursday and loaded up firewood to take home.  My sister had to take her to the doctor on Saturday because she woke up and couldn’t bend her knee and it was very painful and swollen.  The doctor diagnosed gout and they left the office.  Right after they left, the doctor called and ask them to please come back.  They had run blood tests and her white blood count was very high and the doctor then diagnosed her with leukemia.  For those of you who know my family know that this is my Mom’s sister, the one who was a match and donated stemcells for my Mom’s stemcell transplant for her leukemia (my Mom only has one sister).  My cousin and his wife came on Monday to take my aunt home. After a week of doctor’s appointments and a few days spent in the hospital, she has been diagnosed with Chronic myelogenous leukemia which is not the same as what my Mom had.  Her doctor says that she should live a long life with the help of medications.

On the 19th, my little sister had surgery which going in she did not know if she would be having a hysterectomy or if they would just be able to remove some large fibroids (my sister is in her late 30’s but she isn’t married and still hopes to one day get married and have kids so she was hoping that she would have need the hysterectomy).  Well, 8 fibroids and 2 cysts later, the doctor was finished and said that everything now looked great.  Our friend Lou Ellen and her friend Shannon said with Rae in the hospital, Dad stayed close by (she went to Houston for the surgery) while the hubs and I headed back home.  I was in charge of taking care of my grandmother, my Dad’s dog and cat, Rae’s cat and teaching her classes at one of the local high school.  She is recovering nicely and I am hoping that she will be ready to go back to work soon (not too soon, I want her to recover completely) because high school is soooo not my thing!!

And that my friends is what has been going on in these parts!!  I hope that you all had a blessed Thanksgiving with the ones you love.  We had a lot to be thankful for this year and enjoyed spending time with loved ones. 

AND now starts the MAD rush to Christmas!  Ho ho ho y’all!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What's For Dinner November 10-15

This week we are supposed to get another round of cooler weather.  The hubster requested some more comfort food for this weeks cooler weather.  We had a luncheon at church today and I peeled almost 10 pounds of potatoes to make cheesy potatoes.  Well, after filling up my casserole dish with potatoes, I still had about 6 potatoes so I made mashed potatoes for Monday night.  (wow, a sentence with the work potato in it 3 times!!!)  I also made a peach dump cake. . . . .oh my goodness it is so easy to make and so yummy for your tummy!!

Monday:  homemade mashed potatoes and breaded fish fillets
Tuesday:  grilled cheese and tomato soup
Wednesday:  leftovers from church luncheon - cheesy potatoes and whatever else you can find!
Thursday:  homemade chili
Friday:  dinner at a friend's house
Saturday:  fend for yourself

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Beautiful Ending

This evening we met at Freddie's Frozen Custard for our every Saturday outing with my Dad.  When we walked out to head home this was the view we saw.
I am so thankful for the beauty that my God shares with us.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What's Cooking This Week

We are experiencing cooler weather this week and I am looking at cooking some comfort foods.  Here is what we will be eating.

Monday:  Beef Stroganoff Casserole, corn, rolls
Tuesday:  Spicy Tortilla Soup (for me) and salad (for the Mr.)
Wednesday:  leftovers
Thursday:  crescent pepperoni rolls (recipe later)
Friday:  out to dinner
Saturday:  fend for yourself

Monday, October 28, 2013

After the Storm

We have been very lucky and have gotten some really good rains the last three Saturday night/Sunday mornings in a row.  This is the sky on our way to church yesterday morning.

What's For Dinner - October 28 - November 2

Monday:  breakfast for supper - sausage & cream cheese casserole
Tuesday:  taco salad
Wednesday:  fend for yourself
Thursday:  out to dinner
Friday:  out to dinner
Saturday:  who knows!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fabulous Friday

This week has flown by at warp speed for me.  I have worked everyday this week but with the exception of Monday, they have all been half days.  I have not taught the same subject twice!  Monday I taught 8th grade math. . .I did not pick this job so I was very apprehensive about it.  If you know me, you know that math is not my thing.  Luckily for me, our junior high teachers record all of their lessons for the subs.  I just had to know how to use the smart board and the computer!  Tuesday I taught Art for a friend of mine which is always fun.  Wednesday was two dyslexia classes where I enjoyed watching two different groups of kids play the game Blurt! which is a fun game.  Thursday I taught 6th grade science and today I am in 5th grade social studies.  I have to say that being a substitute teacher is an interesting job and you have got to be flexible and able to think on your feet.
I can't believe that October is nearly over.  My teaching certificate expires at the end of the month so I have been working on finishing up my hours I have to keep my certificate.  I have to say that I am not as close to being done as I had planned but since I am such a huge procrastinator, I am not surprised that as usual I will be cramming them in at the end.  This afternoon will be spent finishing up the 6 hour course I started on Tuesday.  I have at least two more 6 hour classes so that will help boost the hours.  I have to finish up 150 hours.  Guess you know what I will be doing this weekend!
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  I haven't and since I still don't have a full-time job, I am not sure how we are going to swing it this year.  Every year gets harder to figure out what to buy for our family.  Mr. Giggles side seems to be fine with giving and receiving gift cards but I am not a huge fan of gift cards.  I like getting something more personal for my side of the family but it is hard.  If they see something they want, they just go out and buy it themselves or it is way out of my budget!  I really need to start sitting down and thinking about gifts.  I have already made my list of people who we need to purchase gifts for and I plan on getting my Christmas letter and cards done early this year because we basically don't have anything going on to tell people about.  Maybe I will just do Christmas cards this year with no letter.  Maybe we will do picture Christmas cards.  Those are fun and we haven't ever done any before.  I think I like that idea!
Well, I had better go for now.  I hope you are enjoying fall in your part of the world.  I am ready for it to get a little bit cooler around here but it has been nice anyway.


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