Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Updating photos

Hey, Y'all,
Well, here it is mid-week, and I have a few photos to display. I put together two microwave carts to use in my kitchen.... no, not to hold microwaves, but to use as an extension for my cabinets. One rarely has enough counter space in the smaller kitchens, even though my kitchen is quite roomy, I can always use a little more counter space.

The carts were not really difficult to assemble, and the most difficult part was the 3/8 inch metal screws I had to put into the four corners of the cart to hold the butcher block type of wood on top. My fat little fingers would just not hold the screws while I worked on getting the screws into the cart. Here is a tip for you (which method I used in holding the screws in place): I held the screw in the tip of a needle-nose pliers with the left hand, while I worked on the screw with the screwdriver in my right hand. 

My flower beds are in full bloom right now, and I went out while ago and took pictures of them. Up until a couple of weeks ago, the taller plants were not really blooming, but apparently the cooler temps and the rain we had about a week ago, really brought them out. They are tall and beautiful, don't you think?

Tomorrow, I plan on going down to the church and working on the music library inventory. I am hoping to finish the major portion of the work tomorrow.  The Bible Study in Psalms is going well at Countryside, and we studied Psalm 100 today. Vicky, the lady that I take to the Bible Study and bring her back home, is having surgery on her right rotor cuff tomorrow. Please remember her in your prayers. My daughter, Carol, is returning to work tomorrow and is recovered from her surgery of a week and a half ago. Thank you for your prayers in her behalf. 

 Well, that is about it for today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Wild Ride

Hey, Y'all,
Well, it was more exciting than a carnival ride! I do not want to repeat it.... I went to eat at Spring Creek Barbeque for supper this afternoon and when I left, I got on the road to come back home. Now, the road I was on to return home is one that I don't drive very often. I don't do the freeway, so the route I take back home is a little longer. They are working on the road and the lines are not defined. What made it really exciting was the fact that the sun was in my eyes directly, and I couldn't see the traffic lights or where the lanes were. Whoopee! 

When I got to the turnoff, I couldn't see the CVS store (which is my landmark) until I got past it, so I had to go on down and when I got to a traffic light that I could see, I saw that no traffic was coming my way and made a U-turn (following another car that did the same) and so, got on the road I needed to, and by that time was no longer facing the sun. But it was hairy for a while, and it was a shaky time for me. I won't be eating at that place again for quite a while. It is getting later in the year anyway, and won't be long until it will be darktime at this time.

This morning, I went to see my family doctor for a check up and it seems I am doing okay for now. They drew blood so they can see how my blood is doing, (ha) and I will get that report back sometime next week, I reckon, or maybe even on Friday. 

I was up this morning at six and since I couldn't eat breakfast before going to see the doctor, I put together one of the microwave carts that I purchased at Target on Friday. By doing the first one this morning, I learned some things not to do in putting the second one together. I will assemble the second one in the morning. I need to use them to take the canned goods out of my pantry so I can see what I have, and if I need to discard any of them. Most of them I have have had more than a year (some of them even longer). I will check the use by date on each can, and I will know what to do with them. 

The doctor asked me how often I have pain in my back. I replied that it occurs every day. She then asked me what I take for pain in my back and I said, "Nothing". She said, "What do you do when it hurts?". I replied, "I sit down and rest it." Oh, yeah, she gave me a flu shot, and I just took it  because she said it would make her feel better. Ha, don't you think that is funny? I took it to make HER feel better. I didn't take one last year or the year before, and had no ill effects from not taking it. 

Well, that is about it for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Bye for now. More later.

Friday, September 23, 2011

A New Friend

Hey, Y'all,
I met a really nice young lady this morning when I went to my local bank. She helped me with getting some banking business done and we had quite a long and interesting conversation. Ghazala was the young lady's name and she is from Pakistan. We found out we have a whole lot in common, one of those being that she is a Christian. It is always wonderful to meet other believers, isn't it? I told her I would give her a link to a fellow blogger's blog. So, Ghazala, here it is. Rayna

I hope you enjoy reading her blog, which is called "Coffee Rings Everywhere". Just click on the word, Rayna, and it will take you there. 

Yesterday afternoon, the ladies in my Sunday School class met at the home of Pat, one of our members, who very graciously opened her home to us to meet. We had refreshments of cookies, chips, and tea and had a grand old time talking and playing "Chicken Foot Dominoes". You should have heard us. We sang, chattered and just generally whooped it up. There were eight of us, and we missed the three members who were not there. 

Carol, my daughter, is still recuperating nicely from her surgery of a week ago. She is straining at the bit to get active again, and I am cautioning her, because of the many surgeries I have had, and I know how easy it is to overdo when you think you are feeling just fine. I am being a bossy mama. 

I have been playing a computer game called '4 Elements' and am to the very last level and just can't get a handle on doing the clicking fast enough. It keeps telling me "sorry, grammy, you need to start the level over'. Grrrrrrrrrr. Worse than problems that I had with "Farmville". It is the height of frustration that I can't move fingers fast enough. 

We have been having some rain, and my grass has greened up, and is growing again. It is wonderful to see the green again, isn't it? Today was the fall equinox, where the number of hours of dark and light are equal. We are looking for a really warm weekend of 95 degrees on Sunday. 

That is about it for today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. More later. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Driving Gloves??? Really?

Hey,  Y'all,
Well, really...Do you wear "driving gloves"? I must tell you what I observed today and how I just sat there and watched. I was at the library to pick up my new reading material for the next few days. I had just returned to my car and the car next to me was getting ready to leave as well (not actually the car, but the driver). The driver got into her car and I thought, "Well, I will just wait until she leaves so that I won't back out at the same time and maybe she would not see me." 

As I sat there and waited, the lady buckled her seat belt, and I was expecting her to drive out immediately, but no... she proceeded to pull on leather gloves. I thought to myself, "She's got to be kidding! Driving gloves? In the Summer time when it is so hot? I thought those were only used in the wintertime, if at all!" So, do YOU wear driving gloves? Clue me in. Maybe I should get some, and look so very sophisticated.... Ha ha ha...I could never pull it off if I tried to put on a sophisticated air. 

I decided this morning that I would clip my toenails. Do you have trouble doing that little chore or do you go to a podiatrist or a beauty shop and get a pedicure? When Dubby would go to a podiatrist for his toenails to be trimmed, I would also get mine done. Well, I got a plastic pan, put it into the bathtub and added a little clorox to the hot water in the pan, and let my feet soak for about 10 minutes and read a book. Then I got out of the tub and dried off my feet and sat in the bathroom floor so I could get to my toes. At my age and lack of bendability (is that even a word?), that is not easy to do. There, isn't that exciting, reading about my homemade pedicures? Ha.

Sunday evening ( I was telling you earlier this week about the fish fry), I had my picture made with one of the ladies who attends the Taiwanese church services there. She had on a National dress of Taiwan, and I had my picture made with her. Here it is. Isn't she beautiful? Don't ask me her name, I didn't get it. On Sunday mornings, we have three different services in separate parts of the church. We have a Taiwanese Sunday School and church service, also a Sudanese Sunday School and church service, plus our own. 

There is an early service for us which is a traditional service, and then after our Sunday school, we have a contemporary service.

I spent several hours yesterday with Carol, and she is recuperating nicely. We played on the computer for a little bit, and also watched a movie. I made potato soup for our lunch, and then came home about 3 p.m. 

I went over today and took her grocery shopping. I am so pleased to be able to help her while she is recovering from her surgery. 

Tomorrow is Bible Study day at Countryside, and I need to do some preparation for that. So this is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Nailed - Like a Hen on a Junebug!

Hey, Y'all,
Nope, wasn't me! I was taking my passenger, Mattie, home after church around noon today, and a car passed us, moving quickly, and ran a red light. Well, you know, the police are really on their toes around here when it comes to seeing what is going on, and yep, they nailed him. And if motorists aren't careful, our toes get stepped on. I am always aware that this area where I live is always well patrolled and it makes me feel safe when it comes to being in my house or even driving. I am and always have been, a very careful driver. 

I realize I have been somewhat recalcitrant in not reporting that Carol's gall bladder surgery went well. She is doing just fine and I will be seeing her tomorrow morning. Daryl has been giving her excellent husbandly care as she has been recovering. I knew I didn't have to worry with him taking care of her. They work very well at caring for each other. 

This evening at church we had an outdoor fish fry (catfish fillets- yum) and an indoor ministry fair. Church members were treated to fried catfish, french fries, cole slaw, and also hamburgers for those who didn't choose to eat fish. Members brought dessert and I'm sure those were good, too, as always, but I chose not to have any dessert, so I didn't bring any. 

The ministry fair was composed of tables set up indoors with information about the various ministries of the church and signup sheets encouraging members to take part in them. I took information to the ladies who make quilts for the battered women's shelter on how to make six hour love quilts, like our church members at New Market, Tennessee made for the same kind of facility. 

This week I will be starting the putting together of a quilt for Teresa. I also have an appointment with my family doctor on Monday of next week (the 26th) for a fasting blood test and a physical. 

Oh, yeah, I just looked up at the clock and saw it is a little after midnight. We had some thunder storms this evening and my power went off a couple of times. It was not off for long at a time, probably two or three minutes. Teresa sent me a computer game and I got it in the mail yesterday, and loaded it onto my computer around five o'clock yesterday. I have been playing it most of the evening and have gone through the first half of it. It is not a relaxing game, and one of the levels I had to play five times before I accomplished it. Actually two of the times, my power went off so I got to begin the level again. It is an interesting game, however. 

Well, I just put my teeth to bed for the night, and took my nighttime medications. Ha! My teeth make it to bed before I do, and they swim in water, and I don't. (swim, I mean) Ha ha ha.
I just have a little more of the music to inventory at church. I need to do some reworking on the Excel spread sheet, but it won't take very long. There is quite a bit more of music to look at and weed out, but that will not take very long, I believe. 

I realize it has been nearly a week since I posted. I don't plan on taking that long before I post again. 

I made a squash casserole to take to the seniors Saturday luncheon yesterday, and it tastes as good as a leftover, as it does freshly made. After the luncheon, I went to the Artisan Theater and saw a production called, "Over the River and Through the Woods." It was excellent and funny in some places and had pathos in other places. It brought laughter to my lips and tears to my eyes. 

Well, I didn't intend to write an epistle tonight, but I guess I did. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for tonight. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. More later. Bye for now. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Birthday Party Pictures and Other Stuff

Hey, Y'all,
Well, here it is Wednesday, and the first day of a new Bible Study at Countryside Bible Church where my daughter and son-in-law are members. It is a ladies' Bible Study of the Book of Psalms and I think it is going to be a good one. 

This afternoon, I came home from the study and had a good lunch of a sandwich of tomato, cheese and onion, with mayo. Yum! Then I had a fresh peach. Nothing like fresh fruit to eat, is there. Also, this morning, my breakfast was half a fresh apple cut into small pieces and added to pancake mix for pancakes, along with a half cup of coffee.

Tonight, I am having supper at the Baptist Church where I belong (which is just seven blocks away from here) and then choir practice. 

What did I do this afternoon? Why, I cut strips for making the quilts for Teresa, and then on Friday, I plan on cutting strips of batting to fill the quilts. By Monday, I should be ready to begin assembling the quilts. My eye surgery will not be until November the fourth. That gives me at least a month to work on them while my eyes are still in fairly good shape. 

Last night, we gathered at Andrew and Julia's to celebrate the birthdays of Daryl, and Alyssa. Daryl is my son-in-law and Alyssa is Andrew and Julia's oldest. Alyssa is three but I am not telling how old Daryl is. He can tell you that if he wishes. Ha. Alyssa is Carol and Daryl's granddaughter and my great granddaughter. 

Here are some pictures from the get together. 

Ben and Emily
Carol behind Daughter, Emily
Showing Grandpa Daryl new outfit for dress up play
Grandpa with his two girls
In her new apron and chef's hat. Isn't she adorable? Little sister is playing with Big Sister's Toy.
 I took more pictures, but these were the best of the bunch. Needless to say, we had a great time together and really missed Matt and Amy, who couldn't be there. 

Well, that is about it for today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later. 

Monday, September 12, 2011


Hey, Y'all,
Yeah, I said, "Bummer!" I am really bummed about the way they ended "The Closer" tonight. End of series, end of story. The writers did a really poor job of closing it out! They led us down the garden path and then shut the garden gate on us, catching our fingers in the latch! Ouch!

Well, I have been busy the last few days. I worked at the church on Friday, cataloging the music in the music library, and then spent some time online with Teresa on Saturday. Yesterday was church day, and today, I went to the church to work some more on the music. I came home and rested a couple of hours and then went to have supper with some of the seniors.  

Oh, yeah, I have a good one to tell on myself. You know, I just have to tell stories on myself, because they are too good not to share. Ha. I was thinking that this past Saturday was the one that seniors have Saturday covered dish dinner at the church. So I prepared a casserole and hot-footed it down to the church. I got there about 11:45 and there were only two cars there.  Hmmmm, I wondered where everyone else was, and I knew I wasn't that early. So I went into the fellowship hall and a couple of the Taiwanese members who have their church services in the fellowship hall on Sunday were there setting up tables for a meeting that evening. He checked the church newsletter and pointed out to me that the seniors have lunch on the third Saturday. I had them take a generous serving of my casserole and left. Back home I went and had some of it for my lunch. Ha. Joke was on me. 

Tomorrow, I reckon I will be working around here and continuing on with my work on Teresa's quilt, along with doing some laundry. Then tomorrow evening, we will be celebrating some birthdays in the family. My great grand-daughter, Alyssa's birthday (which was yesterday) and my son-in-law, Daryl's birthday (which was a week ago). We like to celebrate, you know, and do so every chance we get. Pictures to follow on Wednesday!

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Saw the Eye Surgeon

Hey,  Y'all,
Well, Yeah, I know I haven't posted anything in the last few days but, here I am. :)

On Wednesday, I went to the church at around 9 a.m. to do some inventorying on the music that has accumulated over the past several years with no actual records of what is there.  Karen, the Minister of Music, showed me how to use the Excel spreadsheet on her laptop, and I got busy. I worked all day till about four o'clock, taking time out for lunch with Karen and the ladies in the office. I think I got a pretty fair amount completed. 

At four, I went over to the fellowship hall next door and sat there at one of the tables and read, along with chatting with the ladies who prepare the Wednesday night suppers. They are a lovely group of ladies, and one of them has two little boys who had a great time running around and playing. I enjoyed sitting there and watching them, intermittently reading.

After supper the choir members went over to the church and we practiced a song that is coming up soon for the Sunday Service. We almost have it ready but it still needs some serious work. 

Yesterday morning, I went to see the eye surgeon, and I saw him, and it was easier to see him than it was to see the little letters on the wall chart. Ha Ha. Have you ever heard the joke about the invisible man going to the optometrist? The optometrist said to the nurse, "Tell him I can't see him today." Ha ha.

Most of the "seeing" of me was done by his technicians, then he comes in and sits down, looks into my eyes with the light and the machine, rattles off a bunch of technical stuff to the assistant, and then tells me about what he hopes to do for me. I have scar tissue where previous laser work was done and healed. So he is going to use a laser to smooth down the scar tissue so I will be able to see better. The surgery is called PTK  (Phototherapeutic Keratectomy) I think that is the correct name of it. I will look it up again since I am writing it from memory and if I need to, I will change it in my next post. 

I went over to visit Connie, a good friend of mine and a fellow class member after I left the doc's office. Connie and Hazel were the class members who came to visit me following my first visit to the Sunday School Class at Woodland Heights Baptist Church. Of course, I consider all the ladies of the class as good friends of mine. I love them all. They have just taken me to their hearts, and that is a good place to be, believe you me! Connie and I had a nice long visit (hope it wasn't too long for her, I just love to talk and laugh and have a good time). We had a delicious lunch which she had prepared.

Today, I am heading back to the church to do some more work on the music inventory. Karen won't be there, but now that I know what I am doing, I can do some weeding out of the music that she asked me to do, and also some handwritten stuff that can be transferred easily to the spread sheet. 

For breakfast this morning, I am having some fresh bread toasted with some of the Apricot Marmalade that Lois brought back to the ladies of our class when she went to Oregon a few weeks ago. Yum! Fresh coffee to go with it, and that makes a good breakfast. One of the ladies who cooks in the kitchen at church gave me the loaf of bread which had just come out of the oven and it is soooooooooo good!

Well, that is about it for today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Formula for Forms

Hey, Y'all,
Well, this morning I have been filling out medical forms in preparation for my eye appointment day after tomorrow. Do you dislike that little chore (I say little with tongue in cheek) as much as I do? I have been looking at the folder with the papers in it for the last week. They very kindly mail it about ten days in advance, so that patients can fill out the forms and bring them when they come for the first visit. 

You know, they send two papers that are almost identical in what they ask. Medical history: medications, illnesses, surgeries are all in duplicate. Two different papers- same information asked a little differently. I decided today that I would put all that information into a microsoft form on my computer, and attach it to the forms they have sent me. Yes, I filled it in on the forms they sent me, except for the surgeries, and just wrote (see attached forms) and stapled them to their forms. You see, I have had a total of sixteen surgeries over the past fifty-nine years. Plus a few more minor ones. 

Well, it is finished for now and saved on my computer. My advice to any of you who take several medications and have had several surgeries to do the same and then when you have to go to a new doctor, you can just update it and take it with you. It saves a lot of time and extra thought. If you have ever gone to the doctor and have to sit there and try to remember stuff, these lists that you have prepared in advance are quite helpful. It is much easier to think of it at home and take it with you. 

Would you believe that it was 9 a.m. before I got up this morning? Yep, I went to bed around 10 pm and left the television off. Slept until 3:30, woke up, and went back to sleep until nearly 5:00. I turned on the tevee, and was back asleep by around 5:45 and slept until 9. So, I really got a goodly amount of sleep. It would be wonderful to sleep 8 hours in a row, but I know that is too much to ask. I am just grateful for the sleep I did get. 

I have some more quilt work to do this afternoon. Tomorrow I am going to the church to begin work on the church music inventory for Karen, the Choir Director. My kitchen is basically clean, my floors are in good shape, and my paperwork is done and filed. Whoopee! I got to spend some time online with my daughter, Teresa, and all is well in my bailiwick. I got to watch the next to last episode of "The Closer" last night and am in suspense over how it will end next week.

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Approach Pie and Insert Fingers

Hey, Y'all,
Well, here's wishing you a Happy Labor Day.... last big holiday for several months. I imagine most of you are spending it with family, doing the cook-out thing, and hopefully having a great time. I had a really good time visiting with grand-daughter, Emily and her sweetie-pie husband, Ben this morning. They came over and did the yard mowing and weed-eating, and I showed them my quilt pieces that I am working on. 

I am also now watching a "The Closer" marathon that is on TNT today. They are prepping for the final episode to be shown next Monday. Tonight will be the next to last episode. 

I reckon lunch today will be left-over salmon loaf that I made a few days ago. I will probably fry a small white potato for a side-dish. 

Speaking of food, I am sticking my fat little fingers into a couple of new pies at church. My choir director asked for help a couple of Wednesdays ago to inventory sheet music and I raised my hand and volunteered to do it. She said, "Do you know anything about inventorying?" I laughed and said, "I am a retired librarian, so yeah, I reckon I do."

Also, yesterday at church, a couple of ladies got up and announced a quilting project making quilts for battered housewives. After church, I talked to one of them and asked if they made the six-hour quilts, and she hadn't heard of them. I told her that I would be able to meet with her and show her how to make them. The quilting group happens to meet at the time the choir rehearses. 

Ya see, I have this little motivator inside me that says, "Hey, you could help with that, go ahead and volunteer!" and there I go again... ha. And I always enjoy it and have fun and satisfaction in being able to assist. 

Well, that is about it today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Birthday to Daryl and How to Remove Adhesive from an Iron

Hey, Y'all,
Well, my iron got all gummed up on the sole plate (the part that irons the cloth) using Wonder Under on my quilt pieces. Has that ever happened to you? It is rather bothersome and so I did some internet searching to find an answer to my dilemma of an adhesive caked ironing surface. The sole plate of my iron is Teflon coated. Here is the answer (for those of you that are crafters and quilters). I tried the solution I found and it worked!

A simple matter of vinegar and a soft used toothbrush. Apply vinegar to the sole plate by soaking a cloth in vinegar and applying to the sole plate for a few minutes. Then take a toothbrush and some more vinegar and scrub gently. It will remove the adhesive. Be sure the iron is cold. 

I am now using a pressing cloth between the iron and the applique piece to keep the adhesive from getting onto the iron and setting the iron on steam setting without the water in the iron. That way the necessary amount of heat gets to the applique adhesive to make it adhere to the applique.

Lunched today at Cheddars with some of the seniors from church and had a good time as usual. It it nice to have friends to eat with and enjoy their company. The Sunday School lesson went well, and we are adding a new member, and losing one who is moving to Houston in a few weeks. 

On Thursday I have an eye appointment and need to get the paperwork filled out to take with me. Wouldn't it be great if we could just fill all out the medical history one time and then refer them to the doctor who has it? It is such a pain in the (neck?) to have to do it every time we go to a new doctor. I am always afraid I'll forget an important surgery, because I have had so many. I guess I could just begin at the top of my head and move down my body, naming all the different places that have been sliced and diced. Ha. 

We have another birthday in the family today! My son-in-law, Daryl, who lives in Bedford near me, with Carol, my daughter and his wife of 34 years. Happy Birthday, Dear Daryl!

Well, more stuff to do today, plus some relaxing this evening to watch some television.

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sexism is Not Dead!

Hey, Y'all,
Well, I was out early this morning and headed to Wally World, (for those of you who don't know where that is, it is Wal-mart) and had my usual breakfast there of sausage/egg biscuit, with an apple pie. While I was sitting there, I saw two guys and an elderly lady come in and sit down right across the room from me. They looked interesting, (but then, most people do) and one of the men, who was several years younger than the lady, told her to go get them some coffee. 

I looked over at them, smiled and said, "She gets to go get the coffee because she is the woman?" His face turned an interesting shade of red, and he replied, "I guess I could have gone to get it since I am younger." 

I said, "Yeah, that is kind of what I was thinking. Is that why your face is reflecting that red color of your shirt?" He said, "Yeah". Anyway, when I got ready to go, I walked over to them and said, "I talk to every body as though I know them well." The lady had just brought in the coffee and set it down. I told her what I had said, and she said, "I am an author and have written three children's books, and am getting the fourth one published. I began writing them when I was 79 and am 83 now." I said, "That is wonderful!"

She proceeded to tell me that they are illustrated in water color and are about her life on a farm in Oklahoma when she was a girl. She did not tell me her name however. I did notice that she could have really used some dental work, because her teeth are in terrible shape. She is missing a lot of them, and the ones she has look like they are ready to be worked on. (This is only a commentary and not a criticism.) She continued to tell me about a book tour she is going to be going on to promote her books. If I had had more time, I would have sat down with her and talked longer. 

I guess there may be hope for me to write and get published? It would seem so. The only thing is, I have so many other interests, so many things to little time. What about the painting I want to do....and the other stuff??? 

Well, anyway, I went on into the Wal-mart proper and did my grocery shopping and talked to some other people that were shopping as well. I did find some bargains in the clothing section...some shirts for $3.00 and some for 7.00. How about that??

I am home and have studied the Sunday School lesson I will be sharing with my class tomorrow. We are beginning a study of Romans. Wonderful scriptures so full of Good News!
I have a lot of other things to do today as well. 

Well, this is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.                                  

Friday, September 2, 2011

Salmon Loaf Recipe

Hey, Y'all, 
Well, here it is Friday morning and another week is practically gone. Where does it go? Wherever it does go, it is gone forever, except in memories that we keep to remember it by. Yesterday, after breakfast, I got busy, showered and dressed for the day. I left the house and headed to Kroger's to gas up the car (I get it once a month.) My little car holds 11.6 gallons of fuel, and since I am a little old retired school teacher, I don't drive it a lot and so ten gallons of gas does me for at least a month, sometimes longer. 

Anyway, I headed on to the library and exchanged my four books for four more, then went to Target and bought a new little Black and Decker Coffee maker. It makes one travel mug of coffee at a time, which is perfect for me. My other coffee maker which made 5 six ounce cups, just quit working. It was on, but the gizmo that makes the water come up through the grounds quit gizmoing, so out it went, courtesy of the trash man. I kept the stainless steel carafe. I can steep tea in it, because it will keep it hot. Aha! 

I went on then to Hobby Lobby and got the rest of the items needed for the quilts I am working on (and used a 40% off coupon, which saved a bundle) and then headed back down to LePeep's but didn't have the gravy and biscuits. I had a something that was made of an egg white wrap with chunks of chicken breast, melted cheese and green chilies. I didn't realize it was egg white until I had several bites of it. GAG! I don't like egg whites like that. I opened the wrap and removed the innards, and ate most of those along with the grilled diced potatoes. I left about half of all of it, plus the egg whites. 

I came back home and later in the day decided to make something I would enjoy eating. (What is the use of eating if you don't enjoy it?) Just to stay alive? I don't think so.... Anyway, here is the recipe for a really yummy salmon loaf if you like salmon. I created this recipe.

Open can of salmon and drain it. Place in a bowl and add some chopped onion, an egg, half a stack of Ritz crackers that have been crushed to smithereens (that means you crush them up good), about 3/4 cup of shredded Mexican style or Habanero cheese, and a small can of evaporated milk.  Mix all the ingredients together. Line a loaf pan with heavy aluminum foil (then you won't have to wash the loaf pan) and spray it with oil spray. Place the salmon mixture into the pan, and cooked at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Eat hot. To add a little pizazz to my salmon loaf, I sprinkled the top of it with Mrs. Dash's Extra Spicy spice before I baked it.

I baked a sweet potato to go with it, and of course have a lot of the salmon loaf left over for a few more days. 

Today, I guess I need to get some more things done around the house. That is about it for right now. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Birthday to Daniel!

Hey, Y'all,
Well, another grandson, another birthday is here! My eldest grandson, Daniel, is thirty-four today. He was born on September 1st, Labor Day, and his mom, Carol, says it really was labor day. :) I do happen to have a picture of Daniel, and it was taken this year on the day he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Louisville, Kentucky. His wife, Whitney, and their four children are in the picture as well. Daniel is pastor of a church in Illinois. I am planning on going to visit them in October.  

Happy Birthday, grandson! I hope it will be wonderful and unforgettable to you. 

Well, I got my house mopped yesterday afternoon, and plan to go to the library after breakfast to exchange books, and also to Hobby Lobby to do a little shopping for cloth and Wonder Under for the appliqueing I will be doing with the quilt pieces. Last night was choir practice, and when I got home, I didn't do a whole lot except for spending some relaxing time on the computer. 

I have an appointment a week from today with an eye surgeon to see what he can do for my left eye, which I am seeing double with. I think he may be going to clean the cloudiness which has gathered beneath the lens of my left eye. I guess I'll find out when I go have all the testing done that the Optometrist  says he will do. His office sent me a packet of papers to read and fill out information to bring with me next week. It looks like a very expensive procedure. I guess I'll find that out, too. Ha ha. 

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot! I saw something very interesting when I went to see the Colonel yesterday to have some chicken. I was sitting at the table eating my extra crispy when in walked a couple of Bedford's finest (policemen) and they bring this young man who had on the headphones used in working the window of KFC over to another booth. Another man who was wearing plain clothes, sat down with the worker, and I heard one of the policemen say, "Don't you have an office here that we can meet in?". The boy (he must not have been more than 18 years old, if that old) said, "No, it is too small." 

So the policemen stood and the two others sat, and the plain clothes guy said, " You have the right to remain silent, you have the right to have an attorney present, anything you say can be used against you in a court of law...etc."

I thought, "Whoa! I am actually hearing someone being Mirandized." My little old ears perked up, but they weren't perky enough because I couldn't hear everything they were saying. They began asking the boy questions and he was answering them. One thing for sure, I knew that boy was in deeper trouble than anyone would want to be. I also knew I was so thankful that the love and guidance given to all my grandchildren had kept them out of the kind of trouble that young man has landed in. "There, but for the Grace of God..." I say that humbly, not arrogantly, please God. 

Well, the day awaits, and I got breakfast calling this old Grammy's tummy. It cries out to me, "Feed me, you old lady, it is empty in here!" So this is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.