Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two Busy Days

Errands finally finished.
As time is going by (rapidly) your favorite doctor of years has retired.
Moving you change doctors again
and finally you find the right one that sends you a letter that she
is no longer using your insurance.
So made a visit to  meet another one this morning
and it will not be the one.   Much has changed
and will not go into it at this time.
Will say that my past has been with doctors who knew me, my family
and they were friends - now it is what is wrong, your treated and that is it.

Restocked pantry, freezer and so good to arrive home.
Purchased a frozen
 bag containing, Sesame Chicken from P.F. Changs.
Do not know if this is local or nationwide.
A favorite eating place in Nashville.  I like Chinese food
but can only tolerate occasionally.

Quickly warmed my meal, stove top in large nonstick skillet.
Stated it was 2 servings
Cooked only 1/3 as I eat small portions and this was way too much.
Half way through cooking added some mushrooms and a side of rice that was on hand.
Looked so pretty in my plate
I took its picture.

Have tried much that is available at the grocery in the frozen section and like none of it.
In the past would keep something like this on hand for busy times that I did not feel like
cooking and finally stopped.
This Chinese dish was tasty and will see how my stomach tolerates it :)

I eat very little bread, do not like from freezer, no longer bake my own,
but occasionally like a slice toasted with breakfast or toasted and topped with my
pimento cheese or special fruit jam.    My daughter Laurie reminded of Ezekiel bread and it came to
mind that I use to buy this bread, it is in the health food freezer section, so good, a hearty healthy bread.
Bought a loaf of the sprouted whole grain and enjoyed it so much yesterday morning.
When I want a slice can take it out of freezer and this will last me for months.
Miss the bread from the bakery in the big city, Tuscany bread and maybe soon I can
make a trip and have that available in freezer.

Spent a sleepless night and restless day or two
worrying about family in N.Y. and Washington
pertaining to weather
but all turned out well.
Also my chef granddaughter fell on ice
2 days ago
and fractured her elbow.
Lucky it was her left arm.
Also
the special young woman that I share my
N.Y. times with
came by and told me her husband
will have open heart surgery next week :)

Wish I did not worry so about so much
about much I have no control over.
Keeps me in constant prayer
and thankfulness..

Cold
but the wonderful Sun is shining...
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Last Week of January

A bitter cold, windy, cloudy day begins.
Need to run errands
but not out of anything but bananas
and will wait another day.

Bright sun was shining yesterday
even though cold.
Now this one never stops
always tidying and cleaning
but why is it when that bright sun
comes through the windows
you see
dirty windows
 fridge needs deep cleaning
and dust everywhere.
I really do not know anyone else
at this time of life
that is constantly doing what I do.
My daughter called this morning
I shared this
and she commented
you see a lot that other's do not see :)
or ignore....

Spring cleaning in the past took
a week. 
Maybe a room a day.
Now it takes months
but only doing this a few hours every day.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Please Pray For Balisha - Pat

Online friends become so special to us.
Most of the time we never meet
but read and share comments
 from our hearts.

My computer and writing opened up
a new world for this one
8 years ago.

Balisha has been waiting to know exactly what is going on
with her body.
This morning she shared
it is ovarian cancer.

So sad
I am for her.

I might add that I will not disappear
and if I can no longer post on my journal
one of my children
will let you know why.

Please pray for this special friend.
http://simplybalisha.blogspot.com



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday On A Rural Road

A special neighbor came by early this morning
to pick up New York Times
she brought me 1 dozen of her fresh eggs.
Will use for baking.
They are almost too pretty to use :)
and they will be delivered weekly.
These will be a treat for my son when he visits soon.

Could not resist this Hyacinth plant at the grocery last week
finally blooming.
The scent is heavenly.
Spring
you are not far away :)

Breakfast - coconut yogurt, blueberries, 1/2 banana, apricots, plums, dates and sunflower seeds.
with
white tea and a shot of pineapple juice (a Dr. Oz recommendation)

 
Simmering for lunch - Chili
End of the day as I look out the front window
They are eating the wheat :(
 
and I might add that just getting up I am greeted with snow on the ground
the first. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Movie and Blueberry Cake

Rejoined Net flex for the next month of not being outside.
Seldom find a movie that holds me spell bound.
My son
said I might like this 2014 movie
The Hundred-Foot Journey.

I loved it, but then I love cook (have always wanted to chop like a chef), scenery from Italy was beautiful (where I always wanted to visit)
and have an aspiring chef in the family - my granddaughter Sarah.
I found it
so wonderful to sit still for 2 hours
which I seldom do :)


Shared with me in the past
and made this morning
with my new Kitchen Aid Mixer

So tasty
but is crumbling
and think next time I will put in 3 of my loaf pans.
Also, I rinsed blueberries and they may have been still damp
when I put in batter at the end - next time will dry them real good.


Blueberry Cake with Lemon Glaze

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 and 1/2 c flour
1 and 1/2 t. baking powder
1 and 1/2 t salt
1 and 3/4 c blueberries tossed in 1 t. flour and 2 t. sugar - I  used 2 cups of blueberries

Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
2 t lemon juice
2 t. heavy cream
1 t. softened butter

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine butter, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar,beat until fluffy.  Add eggs and flour, baking powder, salt and mix well.
Fold in blueberries.  Bake in well-greased bundt pan or 2 loaf pans (next time I will use 3)
for 40 - 50 minutes.  I found 55 to 60 minutes better.
While it cools, combine ingredients for glaze, stir well and drizzle over cake.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thoughts From The Woods - Let It Go...

Sometimes I think I have succeeded
and then the thoughts come creeping
under the door.

Thoughts from long long ago.
So thankful that is no longer my world.
Thoughts that some still live in that world
and I have the thought
why did they never move on
and be thankful for - now.
Maybe they just never wanted
the freedom.

Thankful that I have moved on
and life is good....


I hear the lyrics to this song
and I smile....

Let It Go

The snow glows on the mountain tonight
not a footprint to be seen.
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.
Couldn't keep it in.  Heaven knows I tried.
Don't let them in, don't let them see.
Be the good girl you always have to be.
Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know.
Well now they know.

Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back any more.
Let it go, let it go.
Turn away and slam the door.
I don't care what you are going to say,
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway.

It's funny how some distance,
makes everything seem small.
And the fears that once controlled me
can't get to me at all
It's time to see what I can do
to test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I'm free

My power flurries through the air into the ground.
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like am icy blast
I'm never going back
the past is in the past....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Update

Returned from dental appointment yesterday and hear Callie barking,
looking out window I see helper from utility company out in front, opened the door
and their was the huge box sitting on front porch that FedEx had delivered.
I am in luck as I ask the service man "could you please bring this heavy box
inside for me?"  Then inside, we open this box, then another and finally the
third box holds the mixer and he places on kitchen counter for me.   So thankful
was this one who asked me "do you recognise me?" it took a moment and then I realized
it was the son of someone I know who is an excellent Mexican cook.  My thought
 "God is so Good."   The mixer appears perfect and will soon use.
Within a few more hours the UPS man pulls in the drive and takes the faulty mixer
off and so pleased to have all of this done.

Quite a process as I first called the mixer company and they were going to handle,
then with another call was told that it would take 6 weeks and I responded with cancel.
Another call to Amazon, who has never failed me and this delivery and pickup happened
in 24 hours.  Now that is good service.

My helper who needs work called last night and wants to work today, I would rather wait a few weeks.
Have not decided that while help is available to use him or wait.   Very weary at the moment
and when the rare help I use is available it is tiring for me as I continually guide them.

A special picture arrived this morning from my granddaughter of her and brother, my birthday boy.
I remember this well from a visit at the old farmhouse.   Jessica has on my old work jacket :)
So many wonderful memories
that make me smile.

Today looks like the last warm day for January as normal weather is returning.

So much to do
does anyone ever catch up ?