Monday, March 30, 2009

Randy, Olga, and I went to Rose Hills ( cemetary ) on Saturday. We cleaned Joann, Julia, and Floyd's graves and put flower's on them. I miss them a lot. It was a beautiful day and very peaceful up there.
I didn't walk this morning because it was misting and I melt when wet !!!!!
I am waiting on the guy to come out and service my heating and air conditioning unit to get it ready for summer. Naturally he is about 2 hours late, so that I can't get anything done.
So, Miss Bri, when does Grams get to read the book? Soon I hope !!!!!!
I have to do yard work tomorrow and get the ground ready to plant my tomatoes. I need to trim a few things also. I took out the hedges beside the garage, so I want to put pots there with some kind of palms in them. The hedges had gotten too big and woody. They were 25 years old and deserved to be woody.
Sorry people but this is about as exciting as my life gets !!!!!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

I went for a walk this morning for the first time in a week. It felt soooo good. I only went about a mile, but its a start. The Doctor gave me a shot in my knee with a very long needle. Did it hurt?
Oh yes, !!!!!!!!! It helped some, but knee is still very sore and painful. I guess there is not much they can really do. I made sure that I wore my brace on my walk, and took my cane. I am still able to get my work done, just a little slower.
Mr Barney is very hyper this morning. He is squaking and flying around. I think he needs a female. I can't imagine having two of them though, so he will have to learn to meditate, or something. hee hee !!!! Now he is attacking the ceramic bird in the kitchen window.

Monday, March 16, 2009

same o same o

I am still in a lot of pain, so called and made an appointment with my orthopedic Doctor, tomorrow at 1:15. I hope he does not want an MRI because I hate the noise and I am claustaphobic and have to go in with my eyes closed and keep them closed the whole time so I can't see how closed in I am. What a baby huh? The good thing is in this family I have a lot of company. There are a lot of adult babies in our tree !!!!!!!
It is sunny and beautiful out today. It is supposed to be in the 70's. Since I can't walk much, it won't do me any good, but its better then gloomy.
My avocado, orange, peach, and nectarine trees are blooming. I hope to have a great crop this year.

Friday, March 13, 2009

pain, pain, and more pain

We were about a mile into our walk this morning and my knee went out. It was soooooo painful. I thought I would never get home. I had noticed that it was a little sore this morning, but had no idea that it would go out. It just kinda grabbed and that was that. I came home and put ice on it also my brace. I limped through cleaning the family room and starting the wash, but then it just got to be too much pain for even me. I took a pain pill, but it didn't help at all. I will have to schedule an appointment with my orthopedic Doctor. Life can never be easy huh? It would be nice to experience just a week or two of nothing happening in this family. A little boredom would be a nice thing for us !!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

life is great

I had a mommogram last Monday. Two days later they called me and told me there was an area of concern in my left breast. They made me an appointment for today in Baldwin Park. I had to go a week worrying if I had cancer or not. I decided to keep it to myself and not worry my kids. They have been through enough. I went this morning and had another mammogram, then they sent me to radiology with this huge folder with all my info. They told me to wait while the radiologist studied the images. I must admit I was nervous, because while they were doing the mammogram, they had the previous mammogram up on the board and there definately looked like a spot around my nipple area. The radiologist finally came out and told me everything was fine that I could leave. I did shed a tear or two of relief on the way home. I just have to trust he knows what he is doing and didn't make a mistake. I just put it in God's hands.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

fear no more

Yea !!! Sis doesn't have cancer !! I hate that C word. This family has had enough to last a lifetime.
I refuse to let it beat us or live in fear every day that someone else will get it. Maybe God will have mercy on us and let us be done with it.
another yea !!!! Willie got his FULL scolarship to college. Go Willie, Go Willie !!!!!!
I was supposed to go to the dentist today, but as usual for me I did a dumb thing and forgot to stop my blood thinners for 2 days, and he wouldn't see me. I have to reschedule. He don't want me bleeding all over him. Go figure !!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

recipe for Briana

Harry Connick Jr.'s Jambalaya

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1/2-in. chunks 4 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. minced garlic 1 1/2 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped celery
2 bay leaves 1 lg. bell pepper chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. creole seasoning
1/2 tsp.cayenne pepper
1/4 c. tomato paste
1 andouille sausage cut into chunks
2 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes
2 cans (14.5 oz. each) chicken broth
2 1/2 c. regular long grained white rice
1 c. diced cooked ham
sliced green onions
In a large dutch oven melt butter on medium high heat. Add onion, celery, and green pepper cook 6 minutes or until softened, stirring. Add chicken, garlic, and seasonings. Cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, then sausage. Cook 2 minutes longer.Add tomatoes with their juice, broth, rice, and ham. Heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Discard bay leaves, garnish with green onions. Serves 8.