Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband Ron!  Ron is 67 years young today!  He is having lunch today with his long time friend since junior high.  He and Frank are going out for lunch at a friends barbecue restaurant.  Then this evening we are going out with my daughters, Julie's husband and Jamie's new beau.  Yes, daughter #2 has met a very nice gentleman and she wants us to meet him this evening.  He has 4 daughters from a previous marriage all age 10.  Three of them are triplets and one was adopted from China.  He and his former wife had just been to China to get their adopted daughter when then found out they were expecting.  Two of the triplets are identical twins.  According to Jamie "He's a Ron".  A compliment that almost brought my husband to tears.

Jamie said he (Mike) has a Ph.d. in educational psychology and teaches at the university.  They have been spending a lot of time together and Ron and I both noticed a little giddiness when my daughter speaks about him. It's just good to see her smile again.

We are slowly putting the freshly painted rooms back together.  It sure is hard to hammer a nail in the wall after they have been painted.  But it's coming together!

We are expecting 74 degree temps here next Tuesday.  And here I thought it was winter! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bernie & Liz..........

I just read something suggesting the idea that Bernie Sanders could ask Elizabeth Warren to be his VP running mate if he were to be the Democratic nominee for President.  Now that would be a force to reckon with I think.  This is the first talk I've heard of this and who knows if Elizabeth would even be interested but I think it is a great notion to ponder.

It's interesting but all of a sudden I haven't seen much conversation about "The Donald" lately.  You think the media has decided to look elsewhere for absurdity.  I mean there is a lot to go around.  I was frankly getting very tired of Trump's rhetoric.  It's nice to get a little breather.

By the time this election is over I will be so tired of campaigning and I know we ain't seen nothin yet!  It will get worse before it's over.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The house feels empty.  We have emptied 3 rooms and there is an echo.  I told Ron it wouldn't take much more and we could move out of here in about an hour.  (maybe a little longer).

Yesterday we saw a home for sale across from the school where my daughters teach.  It had an extra two car garage in the back with a covered porch attached.  I told Ron it wouldn't take much to convert it into an apartment.  So we looked it up online and found out the house has 4 bedrooms 3 baths and is 2,230 square feet.  Way more house than I would want to try and keep clean but there would be room for EVERYONE!  Come one and come all.................

Last night we stayed with Jamie's dogs.  Neither of us ever sleep well in a strange bed but we survived.  Only one more night to go.

Just a few more things to move and we are ready for the painters Monday. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Honey Do's

We are continuing to work on the house.  Both spare rooms are empty now awaiting the painters.  We hired a company here in Norman to come in and repair all the sheet rock damage as a result of shifting house and earthquakes. Some sheet rock will have to be replaced and re-textured. Only two rooms really had any significant damage but the rest were what people call nuisance cracks.  Either way I don't have to fix any of it myself!  They will also paint ceilings and walls in 3 rooms.  

I've spent the last two days repainting baseboards and touching up throughout the house.  This sure gave me the opportunity to do spring cleaning in February!  I'll have about 4 rooms that will be spotless........! Ahhhh it just makes my OCD so happy.  I don't think I've ever seen the windows this clean.  They just sparkle!  Ron did such a great job of getting the furniture out to the barn that we aren't having to step over stuff while waiting for the work to be completed.  This is a good thing since the painters had to reschedule our job from Thurs/Friday to Monday/Tuesday next week.  This just gives me more time to complete my part of the job.

Friday night we are staying at my daughter's house to dog sit over the weekend.  She is going with a group of teachers to Memphis to visit the civil rights museum there.  Nice break for her.  Since her dog Sophie is dying of cancer she didn't want to stress her any more than necessary by boarding her so we are going over to stay with all the dogs.

We've been having unusually spring like weather and it just makes me anxious for the real thing.  I'm ready to work in the flower beds.  I'm so lucky to have such a patient husband.  He just goes along with all my projects and never complains at all.  Actually we work quite well together.  But I'm sure he gets weary of me always finding something else to do.  It never ends!  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tomato free spaghetti sauce recipe

This is for Judy who asked me to post the tomato free spaghetti sauce recipe.

saute 1 chopped onion with 3 cloves of minced garlic until transluscent

In a bowl put
2 cans of sliced carrots drained
1 can of beets (rinsed and drained)
(and mix  together in a blender or I use an immersion blender until it is smooth)

Pour the carrots & beets mixture into a sauce pan and then add the onions and garlic.  Also add 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar and 1 bay leaf.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for up to 4 hours or at least 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf.  (I usually only simmer 30 minutes)

You can also add cooked crumbled hamburger or cooked crumbled Italian sausage to the sauce if you like.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

I still get a kick out of making Mike's "spaghetti" sauce.  I can't believe carrots and beets can be substituted for tomato sauce.  Of course it also has red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning, garlic, onions and bay leaves in it but it actually tastes like spaghetti sauce.  I make a big pot of it and then dish it into single servings I can freeze.  I made 12 servings of it over the weekend.  Some of it I added ground hamburger and some Italian sausage.  I also made 12 servings of ham & beans and 6 servings of hamburger soup.  I put all of it in Mike's freezer because I ran out of room in mine.  I buy deli freezer containers from Amazon and they work great.  Mike has a tendency to throw away anything I put food in after he eats it so I just get these and then I don't care if he throws them away.

I hung a magnetic dry erase board on Mike's refrigerator that has the 7 days of the week on it with spaces for breakfast - lunch - dinner.  I use it to do a weekly menu planner. He's able to take meals from his freezer and thaw them and then heat in his microwave.  So far it is working out well and he is getting a more varied diet.  He had been eating the same thing over and over.  If he can see what to fix and what vegetables to include it helps him have a better diet.  

I look for as many simple things that he can make such as mashed potatoes in a cup.  He loves this and can fix it himself.  I also purchase toaster waffles, pancakes on a stick, pre-cooked bacon (all things he put in the microwave)

Usually when I cook for Ron and I, I cook extra so that I can freeze it for Mike.  His freezer is packed with hamburger patties, pork chops, ham steaks and a variety of soups and stews.  I have to make things that he isn't allergic to and that he can then reheat in the microwave.  I've been able to do so much more now that I'm retired.  We even canceled the med nurse that took care of filling his medication planners.  We are doing it ourselves.  That's saving us a lot of money but it sure was great when we needed her help.  She said she would fill in for us anytime we need a break.

Overall Mike is doing pretty well.  He has good days and not so good days.  I was worried about him transitioning to a new psychiatrist but it handled it very well.  We met with his new doctor about a week ago and it went well.  He's younger and had previous experience at a VA hospital.  I think it's going to go just fine.

Keeping him as independent as possible is our goal and so far we are succeeding.  I sure have to stay creative though and constantly look for ways to compensate for his cognitive disability.  But I love him and want him to be happy!  That's my purpose! 

Oh the best news of all is Ron's latest CT scan was great.  No sign of cancer.  He will take another one in 3 months and if no change we will go to every six months!  Oh how blessed are we?  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Just another "old gal"

Today I helped my daughter in her pre-k classroom.  I was working with some of the kids at the art center while another "older" woman was doing some assessments with some of the kids.  My little buddy "Jace" the little redhead I've mentioned before, was working with me when he suddenly stated, "There's another old gal over there " he said while pointing to the lady doing the assessments.  I about fell out of my chair.  I stifled my laughter but he's just so darn funny!  Again, it's a good thing my ego is intact.  Her Spanish speaking student kept calling me Grandma.......which I didn't mind a bit.  I just love helping out at school!