Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holy Schmoly.....

Good Wednesday morning, dear friend!

I managed to make my way into the doctors' office yesterday, and after some poking and prodding on his part, and his requests for some silly poses and ninja moves on my part (which I suspect may have been less for his assessment than amusement) it was declared that I am suffering from the simple yet painful "Sciatica." I asked said doctor what exactly causes "Sciatica" and as I expected a very scientific explanation (I am after all, a retired critical care nurse) I was disappointed by his simple answer...he said age, weight, gender and poor lifting technique are the main factors that pose a threat, and when these issues arise together it's like the perfect storm of irritation. He also added that it should resolve itself within a month or which I exclaimed, "I need to get back to my life way before that!" Thankfully, he did hand me a prescription sheet with both an anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxant written upon it...which I promptly handed to the friendly pharmacist at my local "Tar-jay," and while I waited I picked up some goodies which included a new heating pad (my current one died Sunday night, probably from over use), a freezer gel back wrap, a new nail polish, and dog treats (so it shouldn't be a total loss). I started with the anti-inflammatory which worked so-so, but I am loathe to actually begin the muscle relaxant as I imagine myself like those cartoons where the big bad wolf melts into a puddle...all rubbery and flax. He also gave me my choice of physical therapy or continuing with the my chiropractor and massage therapy routine...I chose the, duh!

Thank you for all of the sweet e-mails of support...I'm shocked by how many friends suffer from back pain, and feel sad for each and every one of us.


I did manage a bit of online retail therapy, and ordered two kits from Bothy Threads. I had already stitched up "Love Heart" for my sister, and decided to stitch one for myself, as well, which I am planning to have both framed the same so that we each have one hanging in our house. I also ordered "Love Tree" which I am going to stitch up for Me-Ma and have framed along with the two hearts, since she is the tree that bloomed to speak...I'll post progress pics as soon as I make a start.

I have also been giving some serious thought to my 2017 stitchy plans, since I find myself ending 2016 with more WIPs and UFOs than finishes. I'm not sure when I began to drag my needle, but when I looked at my "Finishes" page I was appalled by how progressively shorter my finish lists have become over the last couple of years, so I really need to reevaluate my priorities and get back into that in which I find so much enjoyment, and stop frittering my time away on things that mean nothing and drain my time and the recent elections and general angst.
Look for a future post, once I get my stitching priorities set.

Well, that's all there is to report...thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I'm All About That Back....

Or rather that back is all about me!

Good Tuesday morning, dear friend!

I hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving and ate more than your own weight in turkey and fixins'!

We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving, with Pa, Me-Ma, Little Brother, BIL and Myself. Me-Ma and I cooked and laughed our way through the week, despite the fact that I had managed to throw my back out the Sunday before...which put a bit of a literal "hitch" in my giddy-up...but that didn't stop me from making sure the usual goodies were in abundance on the table. I did make one modification in the menu, however, and opted for ordering my pies from Marie Calendars instead of making them myself. I was afraid that once my family tasted the professionally prepared alternative, they would declare my homemade pies impostors and refuse to ever allow another one to grace our holiday table...but, to my delight they declared "The pies were good, but yours are way better." Gosh, I love these guys! A huge shout out goes to Me-Ma who took over much of the cooking and Little Brother who was always willing to lend a hand or two to the cause...kisses!

My back is slowly getting better, emphasis on "slowly." I have had back issues before and I consider myself to have a pretty decent pain tolerance...but wowza! I have never experienced back pain like this...where I cry out in pain each time I go from sitting to standing, or attempt most simple activities of daily living. I have done everything I can to alleviate it, and it has eased up quite a bit, but I am still in a significant amount of discomfort despite alternating heat and ice, multiple visits to the chiropractor, and a massage here and, after 10 days, it's time to admit that I need to call the doctor...I must also mention that I turned 53 on Friday which is a bit of bitter irony, if you ask me...'ll keep you posted.

I haven't made any stitching progress due to my back, which is such a bummer because I am doing a lot of reclining these days...but it hurts to I find myself watching a lot of Hulu while wishing that I had WIP in hand. I am anxiously awaiting the next and final "Coma Girl" chapter to be delivered to my Kindle on December 1st, which will take me less than an hour to blaze other words...I am extremely bored!

There ya have it kids...not much to report...Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Swiss and Spinach Quiche

Good Monday morning, dear friend!

I hope that your weekend was both relaxing and enjoyable.

I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you...

First, let tell you that my TandT recipe revolves around two pre-made items...Seabrook Farms Frozen Creamed Spinach  and Prepared pie crus (I use frozen Oronoke Orchards from Ralphs), but you could use any pie crust. I have even made them into 24 mini quiches using a mini-muffin I'm making two full sized quiches...

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 (prepared) pie crusts unbaked
1 pkg Seabrook Farms frozen creamed spinach, thawed
1 cup sour cream
2 cups Swiss cheese, grated
4 stalks green onion, chopped
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Beat eggs with heavy cream
Add remaining ingredients to mix
Pour into pie crusts, dividing evenly, do not overfill.
Place filled pie shells on a foil lined cookie sheet
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour
Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before slicing.

I'm serving it with a green salad
Let me know how you like it !


Friday, November 4, 2016

Pardon Me...But Where Did October Go?

Hello and TGIF, dear friend!

I can't believe November is already here, and with it came the sad reality that I only posted once in October, and let's be honest that one was kind of a I right?

It's been a busy month, and I feel like I have had barely a moment to catch my breath...but some updates are long overdo for the few devoted readers...this is for you ❤

Leo the doing quite well, all things considered, and is sailing through his chemo like a champ. We don't really know what the future holds, this time around, but we know that the lymph node with the Mast Cell Cancer has not gotten any bigger, and that's a blessing. You would never know how sick he is by looking at him...he is a testament to the strength and resiliency of man's best friend, and for that I am thrilled...and following him along this journey with love and compassion. We are thankful for each day that he is with us.

Making a sweetie face for Mama

Pa and I just returned from an amazing two week RV trip...You read that right kids...two weeks!

We rented a 28 foot RV, grabbed Miss Teagan and headed out!  Little Brother house sat for us, which allowed Leo to remain home, all snuggly and warm with his favorite human.

We threw our clothes into a sack, grabbed our snacks and hit the road running. Pa, being the dude that he is, drove almost 2000 miles along our journey, which started at home is So Cal and took us up to Central Oregon.

Co-pilot Teagan, herself
We had a blast...and came back all in one piece! 

What a way to see this amazing country of ours...and appreciate it's grandeur! As you may remember, we did an RV trip across country from New England to California when we moved out here three years ago, but we did that trip in 7 days, door to door, with two dogs and a cat...A totally different experience! 

This time around, we took our time and enjoyed the sites along the way, not to mention more than a few amazing meals.

We spent some time enjoying the Giant Redwoods in Santa Cruz...

We crossed over creeks between the Redwoods on foot bridges...which Teagan loved. No fear, this girl.

Tour Guide Pa
We were amazed at the awesomeness of it all...It was like being a lilliputian in the middle of Liliput!

Such peacefulness hidden within the depths of the Mighty Redwoods.
We spent a few days visiting my Sister and BIL, in Northern California...what a blast we all had! My sister and I are very close, and our hubbys get along famously so we always have so much fun when we are together, and this visit was no exception...

My amazing Sister and BIL...cuties!
Next, we made our way up to Oregon, unfortunately by the time we got up there, it was dark and rainy so we didn't get to see the beauty...however we sure did on the way back!

We spent a week in Bend, Oregon which was so much fun. Teagan and I relaxed, and I stitched  my heart out among the beauty of nature. 

"Quaker Village" by Jardin Prive

A daily nap for Teagan
If you haven't had the luck of spending a week without electronics and the hustle and bustle of the daily must, it's the best feeling in the world!

Our neighbor...check out that fifth wheel...big screen tv!

The RV resort that we nestled ourselves within was inhabited by all manner of retired folk, with all manner of RV (some that were nicer than my house) and life was slow and easy. We found ourselves relaxing more than we have in a long time, which may have been attributed to the days of heavy rain and cold, but once it passed the weather was crisp and cool, and fall arrived in all of it's glory.

Pa was able to spend most days out on the mountain bike trails...thus the stitching time for me...and we enjoyed the feel of true fall, once again. It reminded us of our many years Up Yonder.

We went on hikes and enjoyed the beauty around us...

What an amazing week it was...and I can see why people adore living in Oregon.

We headed home along the Shasta Pass...Look at Mount rendered me speechless, which is saying a lot! 

Are you ready for this? It's over 590,000 years old, stands more than 14,000 feet at it's highest peak, with an active volcano that has erupted about every 800 years! Just being so close to something so awesome made me feel small and insignificant...God is certainly amazing.

We were blown away by the beauty of Northern California!

What a wonderful respite this was, and we are already talking about doing it again...maybe Utah. 

I recommend it highly!

Our morning coffee enjoyed while cozy inside our little paradise

November is already here, and with it the reality of an uncertain future for our seems to be on all of our minds. I personally am so embarrassed by this Presidential election season...we must look like such a bunch of loons to the other countries around the world...what a shame! Please pray for our country as we face some frightening uncertainty.

That's the goings on here, dear friend.

Thanks for stopping by and muddling through this long post, I hope you enjoyed sharing October with me.