Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Building an Ark

Well, we have had so much rain this month that the ground just can't hold any more.  We are experiencing a lot of flooding throughout the state and here as well.  Yesterday we received almost 4 inches of rain in about an hours time.  Someone in town actually found a fish in their yard and the lake is probably 20 miles east.  One street is so flooded they were riding jet skis and getting stranded motorists out of their cars.

My daughter has a huge sink hole in their backyard.  It is about to take their shed and it's heading for the swimming pool.  It is probably 25 feet deep.

7/26/2013 Norman, OK Flooding

7/15/2013 Norman, OK Street Flooding

It is supposed to rain every day for the next 5 days.  There is no where for the water to go now.  We have been fortunate so far and no water has gotten in to the house but I'm not sure for how much longer.  Our back yard is a lake.  

Oklahoma, the state of extremes!  Drought and floods, tornadoes and earthquakes....extreme is never dull here!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


I feel like such a weenie.....fraidy cat........spineless......ok, I'm getting carried away with myself.  I'm just full of indecision. 

My daughter called to tell us that a duplex came up for sale right around the corner from her house.  She has wanted me to move closer to her for some time in anticipation of the future.  This would also allow us to have Mike live on one side where we could take care of him without him being in the same house.  All these reasons make perfect sense.

So, we went to look at the duplex.  We could only go in one side since the other side is rented at the moment.  It's not my dream house or anything but it has potential.  I'd have to gut the flooring and the main bathroom is a total gut job.  It has a blue sunken bathtub for goodness sake.  I'd replace interior doors and woodwork and paint the kitchen cabinets.  Replace counter tops, sinks, etc.  Pretty extensive changes but it would be really cute when finished.
Now, even though I know it all makes sense my concerns are....the $ (it is over priced) and what the repairs would cost, having to sell two homes, and just sentimentally......I've lived in my house 46 years and I've put so much of myself in it I hate to leave it.

I've got a lot of thinking to do.........but I don't have much time to think about it or it will be sold.   I'm considering making an offer (way below their asking price) and just seeing what the response would be.

I sure wish I could get a sign from the cosmos as to what I should do.

befuddled in Oklahoma.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Today I take Mike to see his psychiatrist.  He's a really nice fella who is a child psychiatrist in his private practice.  Guess that's why Mike relates to him so well.

A few weeks ago I had a list of things I wanted to discuss with the doctor but now I can't remember any of them.  It is usually when I'm at my wits end that I think of things.  Then we smooth things out and I just forget about it.

I am going to ask if he can write a referral for a neurological exam.  I requested it from Indian Health but they denied it.  So I'm willing to go to a private neurologist.  I just can't get an appointment without a referral.  I want more information concerning Mike's diagnosis and prognosis.  Mainly want to know if I'm dealing with a form of dementia along with the Schizophrenia.  

We are having a lull in the rain today.  Still cloudy and gloomy but the rain comes back tomorrow and possible tornadoes on Saturday.  It will be a bumpy ride.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bon Appetit

Because my brother is allergic to everything known to man and because I feel so darn sorry for him, I'm always on the lookout for recipes he can eat.  He is allergic to tomatoes and all things dairy.  One thing he really craves is I found a no tomato spaghetti sauce recipe.  Now I had my doubts but I was willing to give it a try.  It's very simple.

2 (15 oz) cans sliced carrots, drained
1 (15 oz) can sliced beets, drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion chopped
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1/4 cup red wine vinegar.

You place the carrots and beets one at a time into a blender and blend smooth.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over med. heat.  Cook & stir garlic and onions until onions are translucent.  Stir in pureed carrots & beets then add the bay leaf, Italian seasoning, and red wine vinegar.  Cover and cook until the sauce begins to boil.  Remove lid and reduce heat to low.  Simmer up to 4 hrs or at least 30 minutes.

Now, I found the sauce a little think so I thinned it with some vegetable broth.  Could use beef broth too I guess.   Then I added some browned hamburger crumbled to make a meat sauce.  

I served to my ginney pig, I mean Mike, and he loved it!  I can't tell you what I thought about it because I couldn't get past the idea that it was beets......I don't like beets.  But if Mike's happy, I'm happy!

I'm going to use the same recipe to try and make a pizza for him.  I learned of a non-dairy cheese, Daiya cheese.  There are a lot of options such as shredded, block, sliced in a lot of flavors as well.  They say it melts like real cheese so it might be worth trying.  I'm sure it is expensive though.  But I'll give it a try!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Salty old Maxine is fond of zingers such as:

 “I have inner beauty and I have the video from my colonoscopy to prove it,” 

“I’m at the age where I can achieve ‘that layer look’ completely naked,” 

“I once caught a peeping tom watching me undress. I was going to call the cops, but I figured he’d suffered enough,” 

“I’d keep my cell phone tucked in my bra, but I can’t hear it ring from that far away,”

 “I just thought of a good way to spice up my funeral ... I’m hiring a ventriloquist,” 

“I garden in the nude, it’s a lot cheaper than a scarecrow,”

 ”I don’t want to say I’m old and worn out, but I make sure I’m nowhere near the curb on trash day.”

A Perfect Marriage?
A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other, except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.
 laughter is the best medicine
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day, the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.
     In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.
     She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.
     He asked her about the contents. "When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."
     The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.
     "Honey," he said, "that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"
     "Oh," she said. "That's the money I made from selling the dolls."

Monday, May 11, 2015

Building an Ark

Our crazy weather continued through the weekend resulting in flooding.  This is after the tornado last Wednesday.  We have received over 13 inches of rain in the last 5 days.  Our backyard is a swamp.  It will be dry today and tomorrow and then rain again on Wednesday.

Oklahoma really needs the rain but just not all at once!  We will be begging for rain in August when the temperature is 110.  

I had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I had lunch with twin #2 and we got pedicures.  Both the girls got me a Fitbit.  I'm still trying to figure out everything it does.   Twin #1 is sick and she was in bed all weekend.  She sounded awful when I talked to her Saturday.  It never fails.......she gets sick at the beginning of a new school year and at the end.  They have 10 days of school left.

Yesterday we took Mike out to lunch since he was worried he wasn't going to celebrate Mother's Day.  He's a mess!

Hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Ding Ding Round Three

Well here we go again!  Round three of the terrible awful weather.  Last night Ron and I did manage to go out to dinner for our anniversary just before the sky opened.  We had a wonderful dinner...Ron had steak and coconut shrimp and I had grilled tilapia with stuffed crab.  Mmmmmmmmmm and we had crab stuffed mushrooms.  It was soooo good.

Poor Ron, he got me pearl earrings and I put them on and the pearl immediately fell out of the setting.  Ron was so upset.  I was just glad it happened at home.  They are beautiful and I'm sure the jeweler will make it right.

We are expecting storms to move in again today about noon.  They are saying golf ball to baseball size hail!  Of course it would hail while I'm at work.  No shelter for the cars.  I'm seriously thinking about taking off this afternoon and going home to ride it out.  They say tomorrow is even going to be worse with possible tornadoes!  

I haven't paid attention to what is going on around us.  I don't know if Arkansas is getting pounded as well.  These storms usually move east but I guess they die out before they get that far.

Won't be long and the weather won't be as much of a headache when I'm retired and can choose whether to go out or not!  Can't wait!