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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

No Hodgepodge, Just Me.

There is no Hodgepodge this week, Joyce is taking a week off so that she can live her life and not just write about it.   I know that feeling.  I took a lot of time off for my health and starting up blogging again is going slowly.  I think I'll do a Monday - Wednesday - Friday blog for a bit and see how I feel.

Today I'll share a recipe I just made.

I feels like fall has come upon us.  The daytime weather is up to 70's and dry.  The evening temps are in the low 50's with a breeze. Our electric bill is happy as the AC is off, the windows are open and the cold air is fresh and clean.  But it makes me feel like I should be putting up the fall decorations and digging out the crock pot.

Well the fall decorations are not up but the crock pot did come out.  Do you use your crock pot in the summer? I know of people who do and I know that using it would mean a lot of hot good meals in the summer but I don't use it until it gets cold. And it was cold yesterday. So out came the crock pot and the first thing I made was.....

Rice pudding.  I really love rice pudding but it's not very low carb so I changed up the recipe a bit to lower those carbs.

It turned out really good and with a dollop of low carb ice cream, it was a delish ending to a great dinner.

So what did I use for a recipe:
2 cups Almond milk
1/3 cup rice
1/6 cup sugar free maple syrup
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
pinch of nutmeg

Grease crock pot, dissolve maple syrup in milk and scramble the egg, then add it to the crock pot.
Add all the rest of the ingredients, pour into crock pot.
Cook on high for 6 hours. I added walnuts in the last 1/2 hour just because I could.

It makes enough for 6 servings so it's a good size amount!  And it's good too.

So we are having a Fallish August.  I hope we get summer back, and that this trend doesn't continue to make an early fall and even an earlier Winter!! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend of Gold!

It's summer right?  Well around here you wouldn't think it was.  The windows are open, the breeze is blowing in and the night time temps are in the low 50's.  During the day it gets into the mid to high 70's.  It feels like the beginning of Fall.  I'm not happy about it. I like the heat of summer!! I hope this doesn't mean that Fall will start sooner than it should followed by a long and cold winter.

Several weeks back I got a message that a woman named Sue wanted to touch base with me.  At first I thought she was a client so I looked her up in the computer system and she was not there.  I couldn't figure out who she was but her name was so familiar. I knew that I knew her! I put her on the back burner and took care of current clients.  After a few days I remembered who she was.  My friend from my growing up years. Our houses were right next door to each other.  We could sit by our bedroom windows and talk to each other for a bit before we went off to sleep.  She is 9 months older than me and we hung out all the time.   She graduated a year before me and got married and moved away.  Her last name changed of course and I lost track of her.

Hubby and I met her way back in the early 80's or was it the late the 70's...neither of us could pin down exactly when we got together again.  Our kids were small and I'm not sure she had her daughter yet when we met up again but it was as if no time had really passed. We laughed and talked and told stories of what was happening in our lives. It was a very nice visit.  Then life once again caught up with us and we were busy raising kids, working, making homes, and living lives.

In June she moved back to the city and she found where I worked. She popped in on a weekend and left me the message and when I heard her voice (after I remembered who she was), we picked up right  where we left off.  Our kids are now adults with kids of their own but we are still friends. Different names, different histories but one thing still in common, our shared past.

So we get together, look at old pictures, talk about our kids, our husbands, our grand kids our siblings, and laugh remembering all the times we shared and all the stories we still have to share.

So in this cool weather, Hubby grilled chicken and I made macaroni salad and we laughed and shared stories and remembered.  I can't help but remember a song sung in my youth.

 "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is Silver and the other is Gold.
A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long I want to be your friend."

It was a Golden Weekend.  How was yours?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Thank you Joyce for once again creating these question. It makes coming back to blogging a lot better. So play along and lets have fun.

1. The best part of waking up is____________________________________.
Waking up!  Really it is, just waking up is a gift.

2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?
For me swimming with the dolphins at one of several location in Florida would be just so much fun!

3. What is something you fear about 'old age'? What is something you look forward to?
Getting old seems to mean that now that my kids are grown, my wisdom is real and my good sense is true, my body is falling apart and simply cannot do what I love to do. What I once loved doing all day, now takes me all day to do it.
What I look forward to is that I no longer care if I fit the description of a woman in her 60's. I live my life with no apologies or people to please.  Take me or leave me, it's all good.

4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot?
Not a fan at all!  I don't like hot food like Indian or even Mexican food.

5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house?
I hope our kids learned to play in the dirt and not worry about getting dirty. I hope they learned to put away their toys before bed. I hope they learned that no matter what they do, we still love them (although we may not like what they did and there will be consequences).

6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title?

Love potion #9 I just love Sandra Bullock movies. 

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day...share one here.
A boy with a monkey on his shoulder was walking down the road when he passed a policeman who said, " Now, now young lad, I think you had better return that monkey to the zoo." The next day, he was walking down the road with the monkey on his shoulder again, when he passed the same policeman. The policeman said, "Hey there, I thought I told you to take that monkey to the zoo!"  The boy answered, "I did! Today, I'm taking him to the cinema."

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I'm back!  It's been one very long break as my health made it almost impossible to do anything else but go to work and come home, climb on the couch or climb into bed until the next morning.  It turned out I have Lyme Disease as well as cancer!  I've been on a very strong course of meds to help kill it off fast and get me back to "normal."  I feel like this is the first time since June that I feel like having fun again and that I will not fall asleep in a second.  So here I am again.  I hope I get to stay on this healthy road.  

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Rest of the Story

They look like best buds dont' they!  And for the most part, they are.  They look for each other outside. They go out together and come back together. They both nap on Becke's bed in the living room.  When August is coming out of day care, Becke walks up the hall to meet him.  But every once in a while......

A few weeks back we were traveling back home from a doctor's visit up north in Lebanon.  After letting out the dogs for a walk, dinner and potty time, we decided it was our turn to eat.

We stopped at a local Friendly's for some dinner.  We wanted to sit by a window so that we could see the car and of course the dogs.  The meal was good, the server was very nice and the entertainment was hysterical.

August had figured out how to get the harness off and decided to tour the car.  We have a SUV so he would go from the middle seat to the back, looking out the windows and then back to the middle seat.  Then he would jump into the front seat to look out the front window. Back to the middle seat and back into his car seat.  Then he would do this routine all over again.  At one time he would stand on Becke's head looking out her side of the car as she was laying down. Apparently he was using Becke as both a landing pad and launching pad.

After a few minutes, Becke sat up, looked out the window, found us in the restaurant looking at them, locked eyes with what a friend calls "The Hairy Eyeball Look". The look that says, "You had better be eating dessert, paying the bill and getting yourselves back here!! There will be words here!!"  She then looked down.  August immediately got into his car seat, curled up and laid down.

We had a good laugh, paid the bill, and left the restaurant to go back to the car.  August pretended he was sound asleep, eyes closed and all.  I got his harness back on, shortened the tether and kissed Becke.  Not sure what Becke said, but whatever it was, August understood.  As long as Becke is in the car, August stays in his seat!! Message given, message received.  Too bad I was so busy laughing that I didn't take any photos.  You will just have to use your imagination.

Gotta love dogs!!  What a blessing they are!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Time for an upgrade

This was the car seat for August.  It may hold up to 15 pounds, but he became too long for it.  I really love this car seat and am holding on to it but for August, we needed something that was larger for him.  We decided on a car seat where he could look out the window.

We got the 3-in-1 Snoozer.  Here are the photos from the box.

When all 3 pieces are put together, August sits 10 inches up from the car seat itself.  He really likes that.   The photo shows a Chihuahua, but it does fit August really well.  It has 3 parts.

The top part is the seat itself.

The seat unfolds and the front panel comes off to make a dog bed. Great for those dogs who sleep on a bed in hotels, or while visiting family and friends.  

The bottom part is 2 way suit case.  When separated from the top two sections, it has a top zipper that, when unzipped, has huge storage for all of August's needs.  It can be divided into 3 sections if your a real neat freak and want to put food in one section, dishes in the other section, and clothes in the middle.  When the suit case is connected to the top 2 sections, there is a flap in the front so that I can open it, reach in and take out whatever I want/need.

Here is the bottom again, with a zoom in to the suitcase.  See the flap on the front?  It's on the right side of the photo. I can easily reach in and get whatever is in there.

When it's all put together, it has loops that the adult seat belt goes through to lock it into place and there is tether in the back of the seat that attaches to a harness that August wears while in his seat.  All 3 pieces lock together and it can be removed as one unit if need be. 

August in his car seat.

He gets a great view from there and yes, his hair is a mess.  This was early in the morning and he still had "Bed Hair"

So August got an upgrade.  Not sure that Becke is thrilled by it but on the upside, she does have a little bit more room back there.  The down side...Well that's another story.