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Thursday, December 30, 2010

They said it's not too late, so here goes...

A few visitors stopped by my blog,and said it's not too late to post Christmas at my house......and at Mama's. If you see green walls, it's at my sweet Mama's. Traditionally, that is where we siblings gather with our families. We ate too much, laughed a lot, and hugged a lot!

I actually had my daughter that lives with me(Lisa),my AL daughter,son-in-law, and the three grandchildren they blessed me with home for Christmas this year. It was wonderful.My daughter has been seriously ill, and is still not well, so it was real "iffy" whether she could come. My only son was in FL with his family and didn't get to come. So here are some pictures. I hate everyone of them with me in them! I'm the one with the royal bue tank-top and two piece black pants set.The fluffy one. I shouldn't even tell ya!ha!

My favorite arrangement this year was on my snack bar.

I used only red lights this year. A nice change.


Lisa,my 3 grandchildren, and "the Cousins" at my Mother's house on Christmas Eve.



Daughter,son-in-law, and my
"Alabama grandchildren".
 
My sister and I flanked by our brothers and their wives.Their wives are like sisters to me.Our dear mother is in the center.

I loved Mama's blue lights on the tree.

Daughter Lisa is brain -injured/autistic and lives with me. You have to catch her unawares to get a good picture,otherwise she is overkill on her smile.......like THIS:


So that's a peek at my happy  bayou Christmas!
Jackie

Back to Normal Just Ain't Interesting!

Well, everything around my place is getting back to normal. My daughter and her family  are back in Alabama. Friends are back to work, and my routine is now back in place. I'm back to that same ole same-o.Back to normal...... peace and quiet. I say QUIET is  sometimes overrated. Sigh......and after all the conversations with my grandchildren,nieces and nephews, all the chuckling over their innocent comments.....normal just ain't interesting at  AWWWWLLLLLLL! (Kimmi..I miss you and yours so much already! )


I waited too late to post family pictures of our Christmas gatherings, so I guess I just won't. 
I'll just focus on the new year 2011.


Most of us look at the year 2010 ,remembering the good and the bad of the year. My brother preached a message titled "Remember" tonight. It was very timely, and food for thought.It ended beautifully with my brother reminding us that with repentence God will remember our sin no more!How beautiful. Then I started remembering some of the promises left to us in the Holy Bible,which subsequently led to this song playing in my head. We seniors should remember when this song was a gospel hit. I think the Happy Goodmans sang it.


Looking for a city, where we'll never die,
There the sainted millions, never say good-by,
There we'll meet our Savior, and our loved ones too,
Come O Holy Spirit, all our hopes renew
.


Signs of the times are everywhere.I love the end of one year and the ushering in of another. Milestones remembered and  times for new starts. If you don't really know Jesus like you want to know Him, why not make this the year that you find that place with Him?  We can never get too close to Jesus! My motto this year is going to be "Preparing for Heaven in 2011".
Friends, I am looking for that place. I want to go there,don't you?
                                 Jackie                     

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Speak Fluent Dog, Fluent Cat...Not So Much

I speak dog. I speak dog fluently. Man, I'm practically the "Dog Whisperer"! My dog Sweetie can convey a multitude of "words" with her eyes,mouth,ears, and body contortions. She knows I speak dog and we talk .

 For instance, one has only to observe her ears, eyes, mouth, and tail when our new kitten climbs up on the back of the couch.
I know by the down turn of her mouth and tail, and the accusing look in her eyes that she is trying to convey some thing like this......"Mama...look at that cat. I can't do that. You won't let me. But the cat is UP THERE. I don't get it. AND I'M NOT Happy,cuz it ain't right........uh..may I get up there?"

I say "No,you can not." With her tail curled under her, she shuffles to her pout spot under the coffee table, and shoots me a woeful look, and licks herself.I know that she just told me, " Oh I get it now. Cat can but I can't.That is not right,Mama!" Three minutes later, she is telling me with all she has that I am adored by her, and she forgives me.

My dog speaks "Mama and those people", so we get along wonderfully. I say,"Sweetie.Want a treat?" She goes to the kitchen faster than the speed of a locomotive. At times when I tell her something,she disagrees. She may protest with her body,eyes, and moans. If I insist, she does it,and waits for praise and wags her tail estatically. All is well.

Right now , my little kitten is purring loudly nestled with her head under my neck while I sit in my recliner attempting to type. It was her idea, and she does this often ..... including kisses to my nose, so I know she is content.

Now, granted,this is my first kitten since I was five. (We were dog people back then....) We are almost to week three. It has been bliss until Saturday. It's like she hit the equivalent to the human terrible twos, and what's with this new swagger in her walk?

 I always let her (Zoey) out with Sweetie, as she will only go outside if  Sweetie does.Starting Saturday, she won't come back in when I call them.She will come to the steps, watch Sweetie go in, and then she leaves. I can't coax her in with sweet talk. She will return and scratch at the door. When I open the door, she goes back down the steps, and ignores all of my "Kitty,Kitty,Kitty, come here. ZoHoHoh-eeeeeeee."

Eventually,at some point ,I get lucky when I open the door. At her discretion, she will slink in with this new walk she has aquired, and disdainfully walk past me and visit her favorite sunny spot or high place. I praise her for coming in, but I can see it "does not compute".I THINK, I'm getting a "must you prattle to me now?" look.....I dunno...

At other times, she will come in immediately and hang out with Sweetie. Or,for no reason ,she will come sit with me without being called. I think I am NOT to speak, and interrupt her quiet time.I dunno. I speak dog fluently. Speak cat....not so much.....sigh...
SWEETIE (9 pounds) ZOEY (light as feather)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

To Me,from Me! Ho,Ho,Ho!



Well,ho,ho,ho, and Merry Christmas to me! I bought myself a recliner yesterday. It's my Christmas gift from me,to me! I have needed one for so long.I have lymphedema  ,mostly in both legs. I am supposed to sit with both legs up as much as possible when seated. I could afford one, so I spent $20.00 on a small ottomon instead.


Yesterday, I went to a local chain furniture store to buy my daughter (who lives with me) a new mattress for her main Christmas gift. Her other one was a goner.

While there,the saleslady (a friend of my daughter)told me that she had the recliner chair that I had previously almost bought back in stock. Additionally,it was on sale,at the very low price of $200.00! So I dipped into my emergency fund and bought it right then and there. I am usually not so impulsive, but I need it and loved the sage/taupe color.  So now, I'm sitting in a recliner with my legs way up, and feeling great. Ho,ho,ho!  Compare one of my bad days(mostly) with one of my good days. Good days take a lot of sitting, with elevated legs. I have to wear compression hose every day. You can seee why I am excited about something as mundane as a recliner!!!!!You can also understand why spending time on the computer helps me pass the time.~~~~~Jackie~~~~~~

Monday, December 13, 2010

First Christmas Without Them?

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised!
I taught this passage  to my children when they were just toddlers by making a song of it.I remember seeing them whirl around the room while we sang it.(Sort of Hebrew fashion dancing,maybe?) I knew that having my children learning scriptures was important ,because they are  "a comfort to recall when your back is against the wall." This is also my signature on my email.
Today, I'm going to a funeral .My cousin Neva became a widow suddenly and unexpectedly. Her husband of nearly 50 years was a devout servant of the Lord,well known and respected in his church and community.This is his homegoing memorial service.  I pray the many scriptures of comfort she has learned through the years will flood her heart today ,and comfort her.
........and what about you and me? How many of us have lost loved ones this year? My family has.How many of us will go through that first December without them? I know some of my blog friends,forum friends, and even my son-in-law will have to face this in their own way. I have found that the best way is to lean on your ROCK. In this world, my two brothers have become My rock to lean on,since Daddy is gone and I am single. I know I can drive just a few miles down the road, and brother number one will be ready to talk me through a problem,fix my leaky faucet, or whatever. Brother number two is 30 minutes away and is always willing to help me .All I have to do is ask. I call them "my rock". I feel reassured that they are just a phone call away.(My son lives in FL, and my daughter in AL, so not available...)
But they know I am speaking of earthly things. My REAL Rock is Jesus. No matter how large or how small, I can take my burdens to Him. He is just as close as the saying of His name!
As I am somewhat heavy myself, because my children and grandchildren are far away , I can only imagine how some of you in blog land must be feeling this Christmas season.You have had to say goodbye(for now)to a loved one.At least,though so far away, my children and grandchildren are still with me.
I have gone to too many funerals this year. It is heartbreaking to know that those I loved will be even more sadly missed by their children and parents.Please know that my heart goes out to the mom of Jake, and what Toodie is going through, and others. I will be praying, as will others that as you lean on the ROCK, you will find comfort.
If you would like to leave the name of your loved one who is no more with you, feel free to do so.Your blogger friends DO care.
~~~~~~~~Jackie~~~~~~

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blogging Friends ....and I Lost One .......

I think I just figured out something. Today on the blog, I used a text gadget and I wrote about keep Christ in Christmas, and within the hour ,I lost a follower.I only  had 35.Not I am at 34, and  sniff,sniff ....I guess I'll never know, because I didn't get a message from the blogger.Of course, I could be wrong. Could be that I lead a boring life.. and bored them to tears..ha!

I have been getting a lot of emails about keeping the word Christ in Christmas.I'm on board with that. So I added a text gadget to express that. It was just less than an hour and like the Hee Haw song says,"poof..... they were gone".Of course I am a big Santa/jingle bell/deck the halls gal,too! Do any of you lose followers without even a message to you? It makes me sad to lose a follower before I get a chance to be a friend.


flickr/ccphoto by kiwanjia
 Speaking of friends, I have met some awesome blogger buddies! You ladies in MS,TX,MS,and AR are close enough that maybe I will meet you some day. You  can find lasting and great friendships on the internet via forums and blogs!One of my dearest friends lives in Australia. We met on a teacher forum years ago .(Mary Ellen..love you!) She is my daughter's age, and I love her youthful perspective on everything. Another good teacher forum friend I met is Cathy-Dee. She is a Canadian and sends gorgeous pictures of snow to me,along with pictures of her neice and nephew (Whom I have watched grow up in pictures.) I'm glad she does. I am genuinely interested in her family! I have never met either of them physically,but I still count them as good friends.These two ladies helped me stay sane and focused on God when I went through a horrific experience  that rocked my world eight years ago.I owe them a lot!

I am a fairly new blogger, and I have already met people that have laughed with me, cheered me on with my new blogger chatter,and when the chips were down they have prayed for me. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!
What about you? Have you made great friendships by blogging?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ingrown toenail,the Doc, and a Pity Party!

Boy did I have a pity party today.I  had to go to the doc with an ingrown toenail that has been infected off and on since I went to Alabama. I think it started because I drove all day long with out cruise control, shoving that toenail in further and further. Because of having a lymph system disorder, my body is sluggish about fighting infections. But THAT is not why I had a pity party. 

The doc couldn't cut the toenail out , because my toe is too infected, and all I got was a prescrption for an antibiotic. But THAT was not why I had a pity party either.

 No, I had a pity party because I started dwelling on my insurance dilema. I was supposed to have to pay $134.00 monthly for it after I retired. But because I had a lapse in coverage in 06 when I took an unpaid sabbactical I was told my payment would be over $600.00 dollars a month. I protested, and insisted the LA state teacher's office be consulted.(Thought the local school board had made a mistake. I stood there while she called. It was not a mistake. They took over $600.00 out of my tiny check. So I had to cancel. Now I have no insurance. 

So the pity party was a "How can they do that to me, and why couldn't I have my insurance at the cost I was quoted before I retired, and dadgummit they knew I took a year off when they did my quote, and now I had to think it over big time before I could even go to the doctor, and ....., and ......., and......."(fill in the blanks..it probably crossed my mind..)

I finally decided to buy a breadmaker, and whatayaknow...they don't have the first one. Not one. further,they are not expecting a shipment either. Blah.

But I just got an e-mail from an old friend (since 1974) I am feeling better tonight, and just finished reading some comments from my blog buddies.There is chocolate in the house and Christmas movies every night.  I hobbled around and got my tree up, and my dog and kitty adore me. Church was great last night , and Jesus loves me. PARTY OVER!
Have a nice Friday!~~~~~Jackie

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thoughts On Memories and Making Memories

MEMORIES...scattered pictures on my blog....time we shared with each other..twas the way we were......Her First Christmas! I took these pictures so I wouldn't forget how cute she was! Zoey is 10 weeks old.
Ho,Ho,Ho! Can You Believe they let me make them Santa Dog and Santa Kitty? Zoey ,our new baby, was drowsy, and I don't think she even knew it was on her head! Sweetie wears hats and coats in the winter,so it's no real biggie for her.
I have put up a few things for Christmas cheer, but still haven't mustered up the umph to put up the tall tree.

I ate lunch with my mother, and then we went to put winter arrangements on Daddy's grave. The 5th was would have been Mama and Daddy's anniversary. I am 61, and They had been married a few years before I was born.

After coming home from the cemetery, I sat here on the sofa, and got lost in thought. I never heard them argue when I was growing up. NEVER. What a great thing to be able to say! I'm sure they must have had some "intense fellowship" , but they were wise enough to keep it from us. Instead, they worked on making happy memories, whether they knew it then or not.We have all told them how much those happy times meant to us,though.(Not to say I don't have some very "jarring" memories...it was the days when misbehavior could earn you a few good smacks on the backside!)

You know, I feel such gratitude for so many fun and happy days with my parents. Did  my parents know they were making memories that are yet frozen in time in my heart?Maybe there were times when they might have thought secretly "I'd just rather not", but almost every weekend, Mama and Daddy would plan something "to do" as they called it.

We were not rich,nor poor .....but there wasn't money to go on long vacations or expensive outings. We went fishing,went on picnics,went to fly kites on a levee near or home, Little League baseball games, fairs, parks, and drive-in theaters or just backyard barbeques and badminton. It was rare to go shopping unless it was to get 'school clothes" or groceries.There were no malls that I had ever heard of ,and technology had not robbed children of enjoying a whole day outside with parents and neighbors on the block just enjoying each other's company.

I tried to do the same for my kids while they were growing up.  I probably had a sitter no more than 20 times in all my child raising years. We didn't really care to hang out with adults who wanted to have their fun without the kids.We made friends with other couples who enjoyed including the children in most activities. I felt that childhood would go by quick enough, and chances to spend  time with them would be like a vapor. Here today.........and gone so quickly.

I hope they remember our picnics in the park, rides to nowhere that ended up being  a food fest in the car,the pool we assembled and enjoyed ,church plays,Little League,cooking together in the kitchen, planting our little garden, me playing Barbie Dolls with the girls.My son and I kicking around the car lots and ending up buying a car.........and yes,even strolling the mall.....I hope they are lasting memories to them. I know I treasure them! I'm so glad now that I spent time with my chidren instead of doing like some mothers I knew, leaving their children  with whoever they could ,day in and day out ,and going out to party most weekends. Think of what they missed!

Young parents, what about you? Are you making happy memories? Do you let your children know that you WANT to spend time with them? 

Young parents, do you look for any excuse to "get away"from your children?  (Too tired,too busy,too broke,too sick.....)I Is your "quality time" anytime you aren't with the kids? I  remember when my daughter was in stage three cancer,Hodgkin's lymphoma.I took care of her baby boy except for bath and bottle time. She insisted on doing it herself.She would drag her tiny frail body and kneel down at the tub to play with bath toys and bathe her son. It hurt me so to see my daughter, bald and exhausted to the core muster a smile and play with him. She made memories for herself, and in so doing for me.She survived ,and over the past few years has had serious health problems. She is a wonderful mother, and even while sick is always planning the "next thing" to do with her three children.
Grandparents, the same goes for us. When we are gone, will our grandchildren remember good times spent together,or will they remember being ignored  or being told to "go away and play"? Let's make happy memories!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I get these Strong Feelings...........

I Get these Strong Feelings.....and when I do.....it drives me nuts. Mama has learned to go with it........
Mama and I went to Wally World today to get groceries and odds-n-ends we needed .After that, and after I found my  lost keys I put on the roof of the car..........we went to Foxes'  Pizza. While there,I kept thinking about all the animals that needed a home. Then I realized it was because the restaurant is next door to the vet and rescue shelter from where I got my dog Sweetie over six years ago.

From that point all I could think about was that there was a kitten there that needed me. I told my Mother about it, and after feeding our faces, we went to see if I was right. MY BABY was there!When they showed me the four cats, in less than 30 seconds, I knew why I felt the way I did. I knew which cat had been "calling to me" while I sat next door the minute I saw her.Who could resist this?

UPDATE: Here's the picture! Isn't she a doll?

She's a dead-ringer for Mama's blue cat (and mine..sort of .....since I live next door.......) . When I held her I said ,"There you are! I knew I was getting my baby today."

 She took right to me, purring her little heart out.She is about 9-10 weeks old, and is a blue gray(looks like a Russian blue, which she is not  of course.) She  looks just like Mama's cat did when she was a kitten.

Mama's cat,Miss Blue ,is a small blue grey cat about 12 years old, I think..She's been a great pet, and always proudly brings her catch (mice ,usually) to the back door.I hope our new baby will be like her.  daughter Lisa and I named her Zoey.It means life, and her life was spared, so I think it's the perfect name.

It has been a calm afternoon. I bathed Zoey as she had pooped in her crate on the way home.Little  Zoey is in love with our dog Sweetie. Sweetie,on the other hand is less than estatic.She is being polite to the kitten, and probably thinks she will be gone a few days.

A NICE Day! Thanks for all of you that read down to the end of the post,in spite of the fact it's about a plump ole granny finding a homeless kitten,PURRrrrrrrrrrrrrrfect!.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bracing for A stormy Evening!

Severe weather ,with a 40% chance of tornadic activity this afternoon is predicted by the national weather service. We will get a cold front with possibility of sleet tomorrow. That's the way it is in Louisiana. Right now,the weather channel has just posted a tornado warning for an area near Natchitoches,LA.There was a 6/10 torcon predicted for that area today by the weather channel.

I'll be turning off my computer's power in a bit. For some reason, my battery will only last less than one hour without a recharge. Can't afford a new one,I suspect. Never bought one, so I have no idea what the cost is.

I changed a few things in the house today from fall to December decor, and will do a little most days until it is time to put up the tree. The time I put up the tree is when I get a whim after Thanksgiving...and so far...I'm not feelin' it.Nope..not one little whim. Mama,daughter and I will hit the malls in a day or two, and that might do it. Need it to get cold, and then I'll  play some fa-la-la-la-la music, and deck the halls! How abot YOU? have you started getting things all festive for the Christmas and/or Hannukah season?

I made some whole wheat bread today. I used a  small ball of for a 10 inch pizza for daughter and I to go with the spaghetti I cooked for lunch.The rest of the dough was used for a loaf of bread. I use those disposable pans, because they don't stick as much as the glass loaf pans. You can just give the pans a pull, and the bread is out, and intact. Below: When I made this bread  at my daughter's house,I got lucky and it came out fine.(Whew..nothing like stuck bread when you're trying to show off!)
I made this loaf of bread on 11/11 while my daughter was in the hospital for the
grandkids and S-I-L.
 Ah, the bread is cooling a bit now, and what an enticing smell it is! More pungent than white flour bread. I will take it next door to Mama's house later. A thick slice will go good with some hot tea.

Update: IT WAS HEAVEN!After I posted this, I looked at some breadmakers on Amazon.com. These are the three I like. I AM NOT TRYING TO GET CLICKS!!! Just want to show you what I was considering. Does anyone have any recommendations from your own experience? My friend in TN has a catering business and has a nice one, but I can't afford the top dog!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving USA!



Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm thankful for HIS  Amazing Grace!


I am so thankful for God's amazing grace! I thank him for being my heavenly Father, and for my wonderful family  and church family! Last Thanksgiving I was very ill ,and ended
up in the hospital for five days. I am so thankful
for the improving health I have today! (And...Lord....I love being retired ,after all! You ,of course,were right!)

I am thankful most that God loves us, and when we stumble ,if we let Him, He will pick us up!
 Happy Thanksgiving USA bloggers! I won't be on much, and  I suspect you won't be either. I will be editing this post later to add a few recipes popular in my family for our Thanksgiving throw down asap...(We in my family are all good cooks. WE could whup up on ole Bobby Flay!)
UPDATE: Recipes as promised!
       Corn casserole
(Are you right with God? Cause
this one might kill you!)
2 cups of frozen whole kernel corn
1 package of Mexican cornbread mix
1 beaten egg
1/2 stick of melted butter
8 oz of med. ceddar cheese,shredded
4 oz of jalepeno jack cheese,shredded
optional sliced jalepenos(How hot do
you want it? I use 3 tablespoons of sliced jalepenos.)

TACO SALAD

Add water or milk to make a soupy consistency
Mix well and pour into a glass baking pan.

Bake @ 400 degrees  in a glass pan (so you can make sure it's not burning on sides)until browning on top. You may need to lower temp.(Time /temp depends on your oven. It's about 45 minutes in mine)

Serving suggestions: For other occasions you might try serving refried beans and a taco salad with meat.
For holidays,it goes well with almost any traditional menu.

                                                         Louisiana Diced Potato Salad
A southern cook will tell you, it's all about a little taste here and there to get a potato salad tasting just right. Have a few spoons ready for tastin' and deciding about stuff...especially the the salt...Still some will say,"Not enough salt." Others will say,"Jeepers! You stumped yore toe on the salt." (That's southern for "you must have dropped the salt shaker in it!")

PREP:****Wash  and Boil (a 5 lb bag) red potatoes  with skins and cool six hours.  Cut cooled   potatoes   into small squares about 1/2 in by 1/2 inch.
       *****Boil 8 eggs and cool/peel and chop.

                                             MAKING THE SALAD:
In a large bowl, mix the potatoes eggs, 1 cup of chopped celery,1/2 cup of chopped green onions,about 1/3 cup of diced pimentoes,1/2 cup (or more!) of dill pickle relish.Add 1teaspoon of high quality garlic powder,and 4 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash 's Original Seasoning)
Now add a 4 to 1 ratio of 4 parts mayo to one part mustard.(Ex: 4 oz mayo and 1 oz mustard.  I use a tart mayo like KRAFT or HELLMAN'S.)
NOTE: How much of the mayo-mustard mixture you use depends on how you like your potato salad,dry or wet. I use enough to make my salad just before being creamy.It's a preference thing.)
TASTE. Now add salt according to your taste. It's hard for me to say,because I use very little. I used to 'stump my toe." Remember......please yourself on the salt thing!

For those not from the USA , Thanksgiving is a super big holiday here, with at least ONE major feast. (Who am I kidding? )We take days to prepare it, and eat it for days!
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR?
Like my picture  of the child and the turkey? It was free. (I love nostalgia and this is ME! )
Polly gave it to me. Actually ,she has a great site with free old pictures and cards. You don't know Polly? You are in luck !
Check her out! Worth following, and she is a sweetie pie ,too! just click below!
http://backporchgraphics.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 22, 2010

Back Home and Gonna Catch Up With My Thank Yous!

Hello to all of you wonderful well-wishers and prayer warriors! Thank you,thank you,thank you! I am home in Louisiana , and oh my! It's my little piece of the world and I'm so happy.Be it ever so corny a saying there IS no place like home!


Photo by Jackie D. Kimball                      One of my favorite warm fuzzies! Bought it in 1995 for just fifteen dollars!

I will not spend much time with this post, because after reading all of the messages I just want to hurry to your sites and thank you all.I am fairly new at blogging, and started using blogging as a backlink to my articles written elsewhere, but I am getting quite fond of you all, and find that blogging is a ton more interesting than facebook, which I quit after a few months.even if the backlinks don't work, I'm glad I'm a blogger!

Gonna sign off now, get a running start, and head on over to YOUR place!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Daughter Is Better!


                                     Thank you all for your prayers! My daughter is better. She returned to the surgeon today, and the pathology report from the removed thyroid showed no malignancy. The choking and pain she is experiencing is sometimes an unfortunate part of the thyroidectomy and the accompanying swelling from the procedure.The doctor told her not to go back to her classes until after Thanksgiving, no lifting,housework, or streneous activity.


I made some spanish rice , refried beans, and spinach salad with bacon /ranch dressing. She ate very carefully in tiny bites and actually even managed the salad. Now she is on the sofa watching HGTV........instead of sleeping 12 hours a day. the doc said the excessive sleepiness is from the double whammy of the surgery and the synthroid medication she is taking. She told me that she will be careful and follow the doc's instructions after I go. Well,she better~~~~Jackie~~~~!
By the way,I found a new blog community today, and it seems super. Check it out! frogblog!


  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm Visiting In Beautiful Alabama!

Beautiful fall,my favorite season! Photo by fickr cc/Matthew Wingram
Last Monday I arrived at my daughter's home in beautiful northern AL. (Beautiful Alabama!Especially in the fall. The color pallette of the trees on the mountains is simply breathtaking!)

I came to be with my daughter at the hospital for a few days for her thyroidectomy  and the three grandchildren. Of course the grandchildren have so many menu requests until I spend a considerable amount of time in the kitchen!

Every day since she can home I intend to blog, but it's hectic here! My daughter was doing well, and I was supposed to go home today. Unfortunately,she has had a setback, and now I will be here a while longer. We are waiting for her surgeon to return her call. She's dozing, and I am worrying and praying!

If you are reading this entry,please pray!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What Person Thinks WD 40 Ingredients Are Mainly Fish Oil? .....Duh. Read the Label!


WD 40 photo by Joshin Yamada /Flickr/cc

Got the craziest e-mail a few months ago. It was not an attachment, because they put the letter  in the body of their e-mail/letter..(Y'all know I don't open forwards anymore.(long story)I skimmed over it , and because it looked interesting, I copied it. It listed about 45 uses for WD40. Some of them were ridiculous and dangerous!

Well,the other day, I had a bit of a problem getting the windows up and down on the metal track.  Daddy always said hold it with duct tape, and get it loose with WD 40, so I got out my trusty WD 40.................................read the rest  of  it here. I did a little research(took me two days! )that you might be interested in. (Sorry, I haven't learned html, so I still do it the old fashioned way!)
http://www.infobarrel.com/W_D_40:_Uses_,Myths,_and_Warnings

Getting together with the sibs and their families at Mama's house tonight. She's making her famous pot roast with onion gravy. I am making butter beans (frozen) and jalepeno cornbread.

                                        
 Jalepeno Cornbread

To make jalepeno cornbread, I use a package of Matha White's Mexican Cornbread Mix prepared according to directions. In another bowl , I make a small batch of regular cornbread. from scratch. Next, I mix them together , and add 4 ounces of Jalepeno Jack cheese, 1/3 cup of sliced jalepenos, and crumbled bacon.(A lot or a little, depending on what's on hand.) If I am out of bacon, I use real salad type bacon bits. Crumbled sausage is also tasty. You can't go wrong by adding chopped green onions and drained whole kernel corn as well!
                                                                          Onions? Shoot, yeah!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Looking for A Good Excuse to Eat Chocolate?

Ha! I know I am. We had our family get together last night and I let myself have a tiny amount of dark chocolate. Brother had smoked a pork tenderloin, and the rest of us brought pot-luck dishes. I brought dark chocolate pinwheels, and neice brought dark chocolate cupcakes.It was a chocolate lover's haven!

Well,there is good news. It seems that our scientific community has proclaimed once and for all that chocolate is good for you! Whoo-hoo! I have gradually changed to dark chocolate, because it has been found to be better than other chocolates.

I love to buy the dark chocolate chips(that you put in cookies) ,and put them in the refrigerator. I munch on a few (9-10) each night. They are cold, and eat them one by one letting them melt in my mouth.Ummmm....are you drooling yet? It's a healthy treat as long as you are cautious,which admittedly it's very hard to be!

Dark Chocolate has amazing amounts of antioxidants which aid the body by getting rid of  free radicals. More good news is that dark chocolate has more antioxidants that green tea or  red wine, and some other well known foods that have been widely published as rich in antioxidants.

 Some say chocolate makes them happy. I do feel better, though guilty, when I eat chocolate. Actually studies collaborate this claim. Chocolate causes your body to produce endomorphins. in larger amounts.  Endomorphins are the “feel good” chemicals .Chocolate also raises your serotonin levels, which can counteract depression and anxiety.

Photo courtesy of flickr creative commons/norwichnut
Chocolate contains magnesium which  is said to be heart healthy. It can reduce inflammatory diseases and helps in preventing type two diabetes.

For more on the history and benefits of chocolate PLUS several delicious chocolate lover's recipes, you can click this link for my newest article written a few days ago..
http://hubpages.com/hub/Chocolate-History-Benefits-and-Favorite-Recipes

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just Being A Writer Today

I've pretty much dawdled around for a few days. Real work is ahead as I have a few articles  I really must write , so I won't be back blogging 'til Sunday . I have truly enjoyed all the comments and will visit your blogs this weekend after I get these three articles finished.
MEANWHILE>>>>>>>>>Here is a look at an article I wrote for hubpages about my retro kitchen. So get lost in the fifties! Just click this link!
http://hubpages.com/hub/Retro-Dining-Tables-and-Chairs-My-Red-Retro-Kitchen

Jackie

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I HAVE ABOUT HAD IT WITH CRITTERS! WHAT NEXT?

Hey y'all. I'm okay.I'm okay. Thank God! But I'm starting to wonder........... what next? It's October in Louisiana, and in my part of the state the leaves are barely turning yet, and the bees are still buzzin'. Well. I forgot about that.Just out and out forgot that little fact.

It all started when I went to see if there were ANY pecans on the tree that was hit bad by an ice storm in March,of all things.No..No pecans. Hearing Mama's air conditioner rattle from the outside, I walked over, put a few shems in it, and it was good to go. I continued my stroll around her yard to the front as I made my way back to my yard.

Seeing an overturned statue that sits in her bird bath, I picked up to place it correctly. I was surprised to realize it was plastic. Just as I saw about a 2 inch diameter hole in the statue, I heard a whirring, buzzing sound and immediatly saw yellow jackets or hornets exiting the space. I speedily placed it back on the birdbath, hole facing down hoping to slow the yellow jackets as much as possible. Taking time to do this ,I thought,might save my life, or at least reduce the amount of the attackers!


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Who is to know, but at least I only got stung six times. They were chasing me,though. Thanks to my compression hose I have to wear for this ole lymphedema, I was only stung three times on my right leg.One on the back of my neck, two on my .....er...bosom.(clearing throat....)

I ran in, took off my capris grabbed a pair of long pants and changed quickly. I grabbed my hairbrush and cell phone, and was going to head to the med-clinic 5 miles away.By that times about 5 min. had passed, and other than acute pain in my "bosom"(oh yeah..there!) where I was stung twice, I felt okay. I have been stung by a honey bee years ago , and was going into shock before I was given a shot. However, I  remembered that I had been stung by yellow jackets a few years ago, and other than a bit of pain and nausea, I experienced no serious effects. Mama was gone galavantin' and I'd have to drive myself.

Since I retired, I can't afford (and don't have)insurance. So that colored my decision to take a wait and see.I'm hurting, but okay. No strange feelings, no thick feeling tongue...nothing. Just OUCH,it hurts, and I feel a bit queasy.It could have been so much worse.So ,praise the Lord!

But for today, what with a  skunk last week, armadillos tearing up the yard for a month, snake killin' on Monday, and now THIS......I HAVE JUST ABOUT HAD IT WITH CRITTERS!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Will a Hoe and Two Old Ladies Kill a Snake?Maybe A Shovel?

I was headed over to Mama's next door  for our morning coffee chat, when I saw her headed my way-fast...really she was a movin' on ....like she was a young thing of 60.(Mama doesn't "do" fast!She's 78.) "Where's the hoe?" she said in a winded voice.
Neither of us garden, and the way we weed is to shell out a fortune on Round Up Weed Control. [Yes.... that is a google keyword...but  a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do! ;)] So when we need a hoe, it's a weapon! "Whatcha need it for?" I questioned, hoping it wasn't a snake. "Well it IS a snake, so I'm takin' this hoe and coming up from behind the snake, and I'm gonna chop it's head off." Mama stated ,with just a smidgen of bravado.

Long story short????? A hoe that has never been resharpened since the day you bought it will not kill a 3ft long sausage width snake. Not even with two old ladies (I'm 61.)taking turns. Add a shovel and chop-chop. ..... nope. Chop-chop,twist. Nope.So Mama got her biggest butcher knife while I held the wounded snake with the shovel. The knife got'em. Whew!
SNAKE! photo by Jackie D. Kimball copyright 10/11/2010 by DMCA
Well,after that how can I not see a snake in my mind every two hours? I mean, as I walk by a bush is that sound the crisp rustle of fall leaves or another dad-blamed snake easing across the brittle leaves ready to plunge? Jeepers!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Y'all Won't believe This !

It has been a day so far... an unusual day!
First, my dear Australian friend Mary Ellen called me bright and early (EARLY..LOL!) I met her on a teacher sight. We have been friends for a decade. She is my daughter Lisa's age...but I digress.....

Got right to the point,she did. She told me to go to our local grocery store and get my present.

Present? (Now I'm thinking that they have a photo pickup there, 'cuz I 've been asking for a recent picture.So I diddy-bop up to the store and she has surprised me with the means to go buy THIS:

 I have been wanting a convection toaster oven.HERE it is! This one also has a rotisserie.I was going to get my oil changed today, so I went to get the oven while I waited. Lucky me...only one left. YES!! What a nice gift, Mary Ellen! I'm so touched, you are SO sweet.It will surely save on my electric bill!

My son Mike also called, right after Mary Ellen and I hung up. I haven't talked to him in a month, because his phone does not work out on the Gulf. So I was just feeling like..."could this day get any better?......It is just a lovely day outside,too." Then it happened.

Before I left for town,  I lost my poor Mama! See,I  went to her house next door to tell her something and she was gone.That was okay, until I saw that her purse,keys, cell phone still there, doors open,lights on, and shrimp thawing on the counter. But she...SHE was gone.

 Thinking she might have fallen, I even searched the property and sheds.She was..... nowhere.After 40 minutes. I called my fellow worry wart.(My relatives know who she is.) Fellow worrier is now worried as well,thanks to me. But in our defense..(notice how I pulled her in to this...?) my mother is very methodical when she leaves. Purse?Check.Keys? Check.Cell phone? Check. Door locked? Check. She obviously didn't have time...did someone come and tell her something so horrible that she just ran with them, got in their car and LEFT? (Oh, yeah..that is how my mind works...sad....but true!)

So I called my sister-in-law that lives just a few miles away, but certainly not walking distance. I asked her had there been an emergency. "No", she said. "Why?" So I started telling her about finding Mama gone( told her about the shrimp,the purse....yada,yada,ya)...predictable Mama gone. So she went through the "did you look..."thing, to which I assured her I had.

Now that I had her good and worried, my sweet lil' ole Mama walks in. Turns out, a neice of hers drove by, and they went joy riding.That's right. Mama went without her essentials.(You would just have to know how she is..)

She saw me with the phone in my hand, and said.....,"uh-oh....were you looking for me?" I was so relieved I almost cried.
Well,none of this woulda' happened if Mama isn't always so predictable.
S, I had to backtrack and call off the troops!
I think I'm going to rest a while now...yep.........Tonight, I'm going to bake some chicken and brown rice in my new oven and raise my (sweet tea )glass to Mary Ellen!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall at My house.

Fall is my favorite season. Thought I'd share some of my happy spots with you.

My favorite holiday is Christmas, but fall is full of my favorite color combinations. Even my living room is in greens,browns,yellows, and reds.
I just bought this fall quilt with my birthday money. Don't you just love it?




 So just scroll down and look at little glimpses of how I celebrate the season. I'm not finished, and will add more snippets in a future blog.












Saturday, October 2, 2010

Glorius October!

My favorite season is here! I love fall, and today it finally feels like fall. I woke up yesterday at 8:00 a.m. The air was crisp, and leaves crushed under my little dog Sweetie's feet. I got on my riding lawn mower and happily cruised around the big ole yard, singing and just taking in the beauty of the day. After I mowed the front and my back yard(left the sides for today)I was give out, but only because of the lymphedema in my legs.Just a beautiful day! Boring, but that is how I roll!
Daughter Lisa and I had  sauteed chicken and onions over a bed of crisp spinach for supper. For dessert, a yogurt fruit smoothie.
Recipe for Sauteed Chicken Over Spinach Salad
Procedure:
~Cut 2 raw skin-off chicken breast filets into small pieces.
~Cover the bottom of a cast iron skillet with olive oil and heat.
~Place chicken in the cast iron skillet which has been covered with olive oil.Use a medium heat.
~ Stir chicken in the oil frequently .
~When the chicken is about half-way done, add 1/2 cup of chopped onions and cook until done.
~Sprinkle with a little salt and Mrs. Dash (liberally), or your favorite seasonings.
~ Remove chicken from heat and cover for 10 minutes.

Using (washed ,chopped , and drained )spinach, green onions, two chopped boiled eggs, and 1/2 cup (or more) of shredded Montery Jack (jalepeno) cheese, toss your salad .
Divide the salad  into individual salad bowls. Arrange Chicken and onions on top of salad, and provide favorite dressing. We use ranch dressing.
This salad is also delicious with a handful of dried cranberries added.Lip smacking good!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Popcorn Balls

Read my new hubber friend's great recipe for popcorn balls! She also has other great recipes you can check out by clicking her name. This will take you to her profile. Scroll down and you will see her recipe "hubs".
Popcorn Balls

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Family Time!

All my siblings except my baby sister Sandy met at our mom's last night for a family potluck supper.My nieces and their families were also there. We had so much food until you couldn't get a sample of everything on your plate. (Not counting three desserts!) I made meatloaf,loaded mashed potatoes, and beef tips with onion gravy. All of us try to eat healthy , but twice a month...we meet at Mama's and nearly kill ourselves!

Dutch Oven Beef Tips and Onion Gravy
ingredients:
Chuck roast                               Self-risng flour
Extra virgin olive oil                1/2 package onion soup mix
optional onion and bell pepper

Method:
(1)Cut up a medium chuck roast into chunks about two inches long and one inch wide.
(2) Pour in olive oil,barely covering the bottom of a cast iron dutch oven.Add meat and optional  1/2 c of chopped bell pepper and  1/2 cup of a diced onion. Stir fry the meat on medium heat until it begins to brown.
(3) Turn heat down as low as it will go and cook with lid on about three hours .
(4) Make your favorite brown gravy and add 1/2 of a package of  onion soup mix. Add to the beef tips and simmer uncovered  until thick and bubbly.(about 15 min.)  VARIATION- Use barbeque sauce instead of gravy.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Grateful Mama

I am so happy  tonight! My beautiful angel daughter had laser gall bladder removal surgery yesterday. I talked to her yesterday and today and she seems to be doing well,though sore. Her bloodwork is showing no abnormalties that indicate cancer now.I'm so grateful to God!
She did not want me to come to AL for the surgery , because she was worried about my legs (lymphedema)and knew it would be hard for me. I felt lousy not going,though!
in late October or early November, she will have her thyroid removed. I will be headed to Alabama for that !



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