Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Little Bit of Everything Ramble

We had one day of glorious sunshine a couple of days ago.
It felt great!

Then it clouded up again at the end of the day and has been that way ever since. That's fine by me. I rather like it that way as long as I get a day of sunshine every now and then.

And it snowed and snowed yesterday. The sidewalk had already been shoveled once when I took this picture yesterday morning. Then it snowed hard until around 1:00 pm.

Enough of the weather...


It was time to get my clean on yesterday so I dragged out the Swiffer and Mop bucket...

I pulled everything off the floors and Swiffered and vacuumed and mopped, and then I dusted, changed the sheets, and cleaned the bathroom. My house was sparkling clean when I went to bed last night. Nice feeling.

The Dogs

We've had another one that had to go to the vet. It was Janie this time. One of her eyeballs got an ulcer and was all goopy and infected-looking. Poor thang. Like she doesn't have enough eye problems as it is. We found out that the reason she is blind is she has glaucoma in both eyes. Our vet is Dallas said he didn't know what was wrong with her eyes and just referred us to a specialist, which we didn't do because who has the money for a specialist when you have FIVE dogs? Even if we had one dog, I'm not sure we'd go to a specialist.

Anyway, come to find out, there is some medication she can take that probably could have saved her second eye from going during the last three years that we had her, or at least slow it down a lot so that she wouldn't have been totally blind. GAH. That's upsetting.  But we got the medicine, which we had to get at a regular pharmacy for people and started them immediately. We can already see that it helps. The redness and painful look that she always had in her eyes is gone. You can plainly see that there is not so much pressure build-up in them now.

She also got another antibiotic drop for the ulcerated eye, and...

They took some of her own blood and spun it down in a machine. The result was this serum that they said is "like gold" in treating her eye and helping it to heal. I just have to draw some out of the tube with a hypodermic needle then give her two drops in her eye every 6-8 hours. Amazing, eh? Her eye looks so much better already. I think we have a really good vet now. I'm pissed I didn't know our vet in Texas was just mediocre at best. He did seem to just want to refer us to specialists an awful lot anytime there was any problem other than something "everyday." And it's sad that it may have cost Janie her eyesight sooner than needed.

The prognosis is that Janie will eventually need both of her eyeballs removed and the lids sewn shut. That is something I have always kind of figured so it wasn't a surprise to hear it. But that's down the road. For now with this new glaucoma medicine, we can make her much more comfortable than she has been, and some of the cloudiness may even clear up so she will be able to see a little bit more light and shapes and movement than she currently does.

Anyway, that's the latest on the dog front here. It's always something.


Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

I've had this recipe for quite a while and I can't remember if I've ever posted it. Even if I have, it's worth a second post! We like it for dinner as well as breakfast. It's yummy.

Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

1 can Pillsbury Grands biscuits (8 count)
1 lb breakfast sausage (I used Jennie-O turkey breakfast sausage)
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
Black pepper, to taste
1 package of white gravy mix (I used Pioneer Peppered Sausage Gravy Mix)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.  
  2. Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces and line the bottom of the pan with them.  
  3. Brown and drain the sausage and scatter over the biscuits.  
  4. Sprinkle on the cheese.  
  5. Whisk eggs and milk together and pour over all and sprinkle some black pepper over this layer if desired.
  6. Make gravy mix per instructions on package.  Pour gravy over everything evenly.
  7. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes in preheated oven.  Serve immediately.  

Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.  Any leftovers are good reheated in the microwave.  I highly recommend the Jennie-O turkey breakfast sausage.  It's good!

1.  Recommended on Netflix:  Just for fun, a movie called Slow Learners. It's totally stupid but funny. We enjoyed it. Not kid-friendly. Definitely R rated.

2.  Also on Netflix:  We finished the British series Doc Martin, all 46 episodes! We liked it, and it is kid-friendly, but I'm not sure they'd be that interested. There is a new season out, but it's not on Netflix yet.

3.  I'm having a bad bout with arthritis in my left hand. It's gotten really bad the last couple of months and is swollen most of the time. At least I think it's arthritis. I didn't know arthritis caused visible swelling though. I know it causes your hands and feet to get gnarly-looking, but swelling? Maybe I have a tumor or something. I need to go get it looked at. I type for a living and it's making it difficult, and I'm taking way too much Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Getting old is fun.

4.  I haven't lost or gained one pound since moving here. I'm still fat. Sigh. I'm looking at the bright least I'm not fatter!  Fat is better than fatter, right?

5.  The windows of our house need cleaning. They are so filthy! Winter weather must do that. Our windows never looked this bad in Texas.  

6.  Did you watch the Golden Globes? I look forward to watching the arrivals and the show every year, but I thought this year was more boring than ever before. I hated Jennifer Lopez' mustard-colored gown and cape, but everybody else was raving about it. She and her body looked great, but the dress was U-G-L-Y, period. The color, the design, the cape, ugh! Jennifer Lawrence's red dress with the cutouts on the sides was my favorite.

7.  I'm looking out my office window and it's snowing again. Every day we get snow! LOVE.

8.  I made THIS Mexican Pink Cake.  I saw it on Janice's blog the other day and wanted to try it. (It's not her recipe so I'm not slamming her!) It was pretty, which was the reason I wanted to try it, but it wasn't very tasty. It was very bland. I'm throwing the rest away. I'm not wasting all these calories on something that's not really great. I like trying new things in the kitchen though, and the sprinkles were fun. Now I know what Mexican Pink Cake is. Thanks Janice! ♥

 9.  I don't think I have a 9.  I think I'm just starting to ramble.  Ha.

10.  I love Diet 7-Up.

11.  Aww...

Cute. Can we see your teeth?

Oh my. What big fangs you have, Grandma!

That's better.
(Although those are some big-ass ears, Grandma!)

Fletch was waiting patiently for his turn to be photographed...see his legs in the background?

Yep, definitely rambling!