Sunday, July 22, 2018

The latest news, and defnitely NOT the greatest news

Lots of stuff going on lately - but I'll start with what's been consuming my thoughts all week.  I'm going to make a long story short - we found out this past Monday that Dominion has an extremely enlarged liver, and combined with his 10lb weight loss over the past year, the doctor feels pretty strongly that he has liver cancer.  And only 1-3 months to live.  He gave us some pills that are more of a supplement to promote liver health than a medication to change anything, and we go back on August 3rd to see if there are any changes.  Brian and I and the rest of our home are devastated, as Dominion is only 11.  We thought we'd have a few more years with him but it's not looking that way at this point.  I'll be talking to the vet on the 3rd about palliative care, and signs to look for that it's time to make that tough decision to aid him in crossing the Rainbow Bridge.  But to my coworkers and colleagues I ask one thing - please don't mention this to me at work.  It's all I can do to try to keep my mind off this so that I can focus and actually get some work done.

Gabriel destroyed a roll of toilet paper the other night.  He's never done this before.  This roll was in a decorative rack, at the bottom, and he managed to get it out and just shred the hell out of it!

I will be 50 in less than 2 weeks!  (August 1)  We are planning to visit the Georgia Aquarium that morning and hit the Vortex for lunch.  If any of you local friends are off and would like to join us for lunch, please let me know.  I'll have a better idea of what time we'll be going as we get closer to the date.

My feet are swelling horribly.  I even took my meds this weekend, so it's not that.  I'm on Lasix "as needed", and didn't take it last week, so I'll be taking it again beginning tomorrow morning. Gotta love peeing right before you leave the house, and after the 10 minute commute, having to pee as soon as you walk in the door at work!  But I'll deal with it if it will make these damn cankles go away!  My ankles are the only skinny thing on my body, and I'm not about to go around with stumps for legs! 

Well folks, it's about bedtime for me!    I've done laundry all day, and we had our favorite army buddy and his family over for lunch today.  Great visit with them and their kids are just stinking precious!  I'm pooped!  I hope you all had a great weekend, and here's to a Happy Monday!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mumbo Jumbo!

Lots of random things I wanted to put out there, so here we go!
  • The other day I was getting ready to leave work.  I walk up to my car, click the unlock button on the door handle, and....nothing.  Yes I have one of those fun key fobs that can stay in my purse and I can click the handle and it's supposed to unlock.  But this time, it didn't.  I was panicking that the fob had lost the programming like happened once when I had just bought a trunk-load of groceries, so I tried it several times, even dug my keys out of my purse and clicked the unlock button on the fob, but no dice.  So then I clicked the lock button, and I hear the horn tooting. Six. Cars. Down.  Yes, I approached the wrong car and tried to get into it!  #Magnolias (*see next bullet point)  Which is weird that someone has a car so similar to mine.  I have a 2010 Nissan Maxima that is a "purply black" color, very dark tinted windows, and a sunroof.  My license plate starts with a C, and I usually look at the plate to make sure it's mine.  This car was solid black (mine looks black unless the light shines on it a certain way, license plate started with C, dark window tint, and a sunroof (but after realizing my mistake, the sunroof was just a sunroof, not a panoramic one like mine).  I don't know if anyone saw me trying to get in the wrong car, but I got a good laugh at myself afterwards.
  • #Magnolias.  I posted this hashtag the other day, with the photo of the cat that says "I cannot brain today, I has the dumb".  Yes, there's a story behind this, and here we go.  Clydie and I were running an errand and took the Riverside Parkway exit, which in my opinion is not aesthetically pleasing.  Well low and behold, they are in the middle of a "beautification project" and are planting a bunch of shrubs and trees.  We're on the bridge at a red light, and I said "wow, look at those trees, they left the price and care tags on them", to which Clydie replies "Deanna, those are magnolia blooms!"  I didn't realize that small magnolia trees would bloom, and from the distance couldn't really tell that's what they were.  But whatever.  I thought magnolia blooms were price and care tags!  So now when I think something dumb, it's #Magnolias.
  • My precious Gabriel.  Gabriel weighed 57lbs in 2015.  Last year he got up to 88lbs.  Yes, huskies are typically large dogs, but 88lbs was entirely too heavy for my boy (he's down to 80lbs as of June 1).  After several vet visits and an initial diagnosis of hypothyroidism, my baby has been diagnosed with Cushings disease.  It's typically caused by a tumor on either the pituitary gland or one of the adrenal glands, causing excess cortisol production, and if left untreated will shorten a dog's life (vet says Gabriel's type is the pituitary tumor).  My boy is 7, and I hope to keep him around for a long time.  The medication is expensive, and the vet is looking to see what discount options are available. 
  • Why did the chicken cross the road?  I guess we'll never know about this one chicken in particular, as he got squashed in the road last week.  Folks let their chickens free roam around their homes, and invariably a bird ends up getting run over.  I just don't understand letting your animals roam on Hwy 16 in Carrollton.  2 house up from Beulah Church Road.  Too. Damn. Busy!!!
  • Why is it that I pick a show to watch at the gym so that I can pass my time on the treadmill and it not feel like the torture that it really is, and when I get to the season finale, find out that the show was just renewed for season 2 on May 14, meaning that they haven't even started filming season 2?  I fell in love with "Lost in Space" on Netflix, watched the whole first season, and bam!  Season 2 won't come out until late 2019 or early 2020!!!!!  Crazy!  So now I'm watching "Lucifer" on Hulu.  I watched it on and off when it was on Fox, and I love love love Lucifer's character! 
  • Yes, I said Gym.  I'm back at it.  I've got no choice this time, as I've been diagnosed as "pre-diabetic".  Thankfully my sugar numbers aren't terribly high, but they're running a little over what the doctors want them to be, and I'm struggling to keep my triglycerides in check, even with medication, so I've got to get off my ass and exercise.  I absolutely HATE it.  But I have to do it.  Not to mention that I'm miserable during hunting season when I'm lugging a 10lb backpack and my rifle and wearing my jumpsuit and those heavy winter weather boots, and I'm breathing like I just ran a marathon when I get to the truck.  And yes, I know they say you should pick an exercise you like so that you'll stick with it, but I honestly just can't think of one that I like much at all.  The treadmill is simple, the speed and incline are adjustable, and I get an hour just for me to watch whatever I want to watch, with no interruptions or worries about anyone or anything else, which is why I go to the gym instead of using the treadmill at home.
  • Garden.  Yes, our garden is doing great again this year!  We have corn growing (with several baby corns forming!), have already picked a slew of cucumbers and jalapenos, and the zucchini, peas, and beans are taking off.  The beets are struggling, but since I weeded the garden last Sunday, they seem to have perked up a bit and while we won't have a large harvest, we should have enough for Brian to have one meal.  Not sure why they didn't do well, but we'll try again next year and maybe plant the seeds in a different spot.   The Pepper Patch in the front is doing well, too.  Brian's picked several jalapenos off the one there, and there's a ton of ghost peppers growing, too.  Today we noticed the reapers have a lot of buds, so we'll be getting a bunch of those in the near future.  He's also got Scorpions and assorted scotch bonnets planted, and we're working on some chocolate habanero and chocolate ghost as well.  I've had to plant some more chocolate scorpion seeds, as the initial ones planted never sprouted.  Back to the indoor greenhouse to get those going!
Wow, that's everything that I had to write about over the last couple of weeks!  I hope you all enjoyed reading the randomness that is known as my life.  Have a great rest of the weekend, and Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Yep, today's our anniversary.  7 years of wedded bliss.  Sure, it isn't always perfect, but whose marriage is?  We make the best of things even in the worst of times, and we are always there for each other.  I'm much needier in the emotional aspect, and he is always there to help me through my tough times, be it the death of a beloved family member, bad news about someone dear to me, or when I'm just having one of those days.

Looking back on when we met, neither one of us thought we'd ever end up married to each other.  On our 2nd date, Brian flat-out said to me that if I was looking for something long-term, to just move on, that he wasn't interested in settling down or EVER getting married again.  Well, neither was I at the time, so we just kept seeing each other and figured that whatever was meant to be, would happen.

And here we are - almost 12 years after meeting, and 7 years of being married! 

                                                           August 2011

                                                        our first military ball, 2010

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!  I love you Brian!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Relaxing Weekend......

First thing this morning, I make myself a cup of coffee, and BAM!  I spill the ENTIRE cup of coffee - all over the counter, the floor, and my nightgown.  What a way to start my Sunday!  Dominion discovered the he does not like coffee, I wish I could have seen the expression on his face after he tried a lick of it from the floor.  He just shook his head and walked right on off after trying a dab.  After my fiasco in the kitchen last weekend, would you take this as a sign that I should perhaps stay out of the kitchen today?  LOL  Too bad, I've got some more new recipes that my husband wants me to try, so I'll be cooking this afternoon.

We had a busy day yesterday - Clydie and I got outside early when it was still in the low 70's to trim the grass around the angel trumpets that run along our property line.  It was quite pleasant outside while we were out.  Then we went into town and had a late breakfast with Brian, and while he went to get his beard trimmed, Clydie and I went to Lowe's and looked at flowers.  She picked up a guara, and then she asked me what I wanted to put in the place of last year's Persian Shield.  Right when she said that, I spied some Persian Shield!  So we replaced the old with the same.   Persian Shield is usually an annual, but ours came back last summer.  I had hopes that it would come back this season, but alas it did not.  But now I have more!

We got home and I cut the grass in the front yard while Brian tinkered with his chainsaw (thank goodness for the riding mower!).  Ended up getting the backyard cut, too, and we went out to the garden afterwards and did some weeding.  There's more weeding to be done this afternoon, and then we're gonna lay down some newspapers in between the rows so that we can try to prevent more weeds from sprouting up.  Brian also used the weedeater to trim some of the wilderness on the outside of the fence (the empty lot next to our lot has a lot of brush and old shrubbery stuff that grows right up to our fence and he tries to cut it back every year so it doesn't overtake our fence). 

Today we'll also be treating the backyard with some spectracide, and Brian said he may get the weedeater out to do some more trimming on the outside of the fence.  I've got to spray myself down with bug spray before I go out there again, got yet another damn fly bite last night on my arm.  It's itching like a mo-fo this morning and the swelling has commenced.  Why am I so yummy to all the biting creatures?  lol

Okay a quick blurb on something I haven't mentioned in a while since I initially asked for prayers - the Friday before Mother's Day, my cousin's wife had some sort of brain bleed happen (I've been told it was a congenital issue but I don't know all the details). She had 2 open skull surgeries the first week she was in the hospital, and they were told to expect that she will remain in ICU for at least 60 days, and that her memory would have a lot of issues, and they just wouldn't know until more time had passed.  She was moved to rehab yesterday, after just 2 weeks in the hospital, and is walking with a walker, talking, flipping birds and dropping the f-bomb.  Looks like she's still in there and the road to recovery, while still likely a long one, seems to possibly be a shorter one than was expected.  Thanks to all of you who sent prayers and good vibes to the family for her. 

And on this Memorial Day weekend - please think of all those that gave their lives protecting our freedoms and our country.  It's not about the BBQ or the beach, folks.  But I have something extra to celebrate on Memorial Day this year - it's also my 7th wedding anniversary to the absolute love of my life!  Happy Anniversary Brian!  I love you!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dangers at Casa de Buxton

My weekend started off with getting a bug bite on my face!  That just never happens to me, but it sure happened on Saturday. Clydie and I ran some errands, we returned home and were getting ready to open the front door, a damn biting fly BIT ME ON MY LEFT CHEEK.  I had hoped that I got it off my face before it bit me good, but alas I did not.  I have a bad history with these things, they bite me and the bitten area swells pretty bad.  I had one just below my elbow a couple weeks ago that made my whole forearm swell horribly and turn red.  Thankfully this bite on my face hasn't swollen too badly, and for some odd reason it has not itched as bad as the one on my arm.

Have I ever mentioned that I'm dangerous in the kitchen?  I'm a pretty good cook, but sometimes I have some really bad luck, or just get outright clumsy in the kitchen.  Saturday was one of those bad days.  I was making a new dish (yet another chicken enchilada recipe), and while the chicken was cooking I figured it would be a good time to run a knife through the sharpener.  I've done this countless times before, but for some reason I wasn't holding the sharpener correctly, and found out just how damn sharp the knife already was!  I raked it right across the top of my left birdie finger, just past my nail bed.  I threw the knife and the sharpener on the counter, grabbed a paper towel, and went to pout on my bed. 

After pouting for 10 minutes or so, I rummaged around to find a Band-aid and went to show Clydie my boo-boo.  It was still bleeding, so I clamped down on it again with my paper towel, and went looking for some gauze pads.  I know I have gauze pads in this house, with the amount of oral surgery that Steven and I have had over the past few years, and other wounds that we've had to bandage, but of course I couldn't find a single freaking gauze pad.  Clydie found one and we wrapped it around my finger and put a bandage over it, and I returned to the kitchen.

Oh and I almost cut a finger on my other hand with another knife that I tried using to cut the medical tape that I was going to use to further secure the gauze and bandage, so I just put the knives down, put a latex glove on the boo-boo hand, and chopped the onions in the food processor!  I finished cooking dinner, unloaded the dishwasher, loaded it up, washed what wouldn't fit, and then dinner was ready.

Sunday was a better kitchen day for me, I cooked fried lasagna, sauteed some cauliflower, and baked a chocolate chip cheesecake dessert.  Plus made some "tiger bark" for Brian.  I just kept trying to trip when it was bedtime, having trouble with our throw rugs and my actual feet.  Thankfully I didn't hurt myself!

I hope everyone else had a good weekend and managed to not hurt themselves!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo

Nothing special going on today for Cinco de Mayo.  We don't celebrate it, and we avoid Mexican restaurants like the plague on the "holiday".  Too damn crowded!  We're not even drinking tequila today.  Beer maybe, whiskey perhaps, but no tequila.  I don't even think we have tequila in our liquor cabinet.  Tequila has not been my friend ever since I turned 40.  TEN years ago!  OMG I can't believe it's been that long!

Last weekend we made an overnight trip to the lake to pick up the dining room furniture that my grandmother left for me.  It was a really quick trip, drove down Friday after work, Mom and my uncle cooked us breakfast Saturday morning, then we loaded up the trailer and headed back home.

Side note - I was surprised at how hard it was to be in Meme's house again.  The last time I'd been there was for her funeral last year.  Then I screwed up when talking to Brian and said "Mom and Meme are waiting for you to get ready for breakfast", and he said "Mom and who?" and smiled.  I lost it.  He was so sweet and so understanding.

Our original intention was to swing by the mower shop and pick up our tiller (Brian dropped it off a month ago to get it serviced and they were on a month long turnaround), but when we realized that we'd never make it back by the time they closed, Brian's brother Ricky came to the rescue and picked the tiller up for us.  It was waiting for us when we got home, 45 minutes after the shop closed for the weekend.  Thank you Ricky!

We unloaded the furniture into the garage, then rested for the afternoon.  We were pooped from the ride and the loading/unloading of things, and the furniture will be fine in the garage for now.

Sunday we got up and went to work in the backyard and garden.  Brian ran the weed-eater, and I used the push-mower with the bag on it to mow the garden space.  He had to weed-eat part of the garden because it had grown so high and thick, the mower wouldn't have been able to handle it.  Then Brian got the tiller going and tilled the garden up, raking out the leftover greenery, and tilling it again.  I clipped some of the blackberry vines and honeysuckle off the fence in the yard, and had to run inside periodically to work on laundry.

Brian got the garden tilled again on Monday, tilling in fertilizer, and having Steven rake out any leftover greenery, and Clydie and I went down Tuesday and got everything planted (except for the peppers which Brian finally got around to planting yesterday).  So, we have peppers (jalapeno), zucchini, yellow straightneck squash, 2 rows of Jackson wonder butterbeans, 2 rows of purple hull peas, 3 rows of zipper peas, some corn, cucumbers, beet seeds, and black eyed peas.  We put the corn in a block in the back corner (that area historically has gotten more water during rain and watering than the rest of the garden), and we have some half-rows that have the cucumbers, beet seeds, and black eyed peas planted.  I need to find something to label the rows with, so we'll remember where everything is located and what seeds are planted where.

I cannot wait til our stuff starts growing and producing!  I love picking peas and shelling and canning them.  I suppose next month we'll also be hitting the farmers market in Forest Park to get a few bushels of this or that to put away.

This weekend I'll be repotting some peppers that I've sprouted from seeds, and maybe some of the hibiscus that I've sprouted (the big dinner plate variety, bright orange and yellow blooms).  We've also got to get the rest of the jalapenos planted.  I'm hoping we'll get some of the scattered showers that are forecast for Georgia, but the radar didn't look too promising today.  It's been overcast all day, and a little breezy, so at least that's a plus.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mom's In Town!

Yay my momma is back in Georgia for a bit!  I spent the weekend with her, hanging out, eating, shopping, and steam-cleaning the carpet.  I had such a great time with her, and hope to do it again before she goes back to West Virginia.  We went through Meme's recipe box and found multiple recipes for Brunswick stew and tea cake cookies.  I copied a few of the stew recipes and fixed some for dinner tonight.  It was a hit with the family!  And I copied 4 of the tea cake cookie recipes, and will be trying one of them out this week.  I always loved Meme's tea cake cookies, and I'm hoping that the one I'm thinking it is, is the correct one.  We shall see!

I am up waaaay past my bedtime tonight.  Had to do the income taxes.  Yes, on the due date.  But they are done nonetheless.  (have I mentioned lately how much I hate and despise tax time?)  I still need to prep lunch for Brian for tomorrow, and I tend to prep the whole week for certain things, but I think tonight at this point I'm going to worry about tomorrow, and tomorrow I'll take care of the rest of the week.  Sound like a good plan to you?

Got my brows tinted last week, and have had several compliments on them.  Funny how people never noticed until I had them tinted.  LOL

I got my chariot back on Friday!  I was so happy to have my car back from the shop.  I forgot how great it felt to drive it!  :-)

I hope everyone has a great week!