Friday, January 29, 2016

The Latest Goings On

Remember those little thread flowers I made a while back? I had such big plans for them. I was making little handmade Valentines to mail to a few of my blog friends, and I had even bought the cards to go with them. With my hand suddenly arthritic and swollen, I just won't be able to complete the project, and I'm really disappointed. I think I will send them anyway when I'm able to crochet again. Who cares if they don't make it in the mail before a certain date? Anyway, they're sitting on my crochet table and will be there when I can finish them. I'll just go with the flow.

I found this big gold mirror in a thrift store yesterday. I was surprised to see it marked for only $9.99. It's perfect for the upstairs bedroom we're redecorating! Yay! (I guess I could have cleaned it before I took a photo!)

Oh my gosh, these are so GOOD!
If you see them and want a treat, grab them.
You can smell the maple through the package.
I keep going to the kitchen and sticking my nose them and inhaling.

We give each of the dogs a turn at going with us in the car when we go into town to run errands. Yesterday was Sammi's turn. She was sitting in my lap and just suddenly leaped onto the dashboard. She'd never done that before so it was quite a surprise. She seemed happy to ride there for a while and then got bored with it and jumped back onto my lap.

I made some fresh pico de gallo this morning.
It reminded me of spring and fresh!

I'm serving it over baked chicken breasts for dinner.

Speaking of fresh, I saw a small pile of cantaloupe at the grocery store when we were in town yesterday. I really didn't think they'd be any good given the time of year, but I picked one up and smelled the end of it. I could faintly smell the sweetness of cantaloupe, and I knew it would probably be good so I bought it. Sure enough, it's GREAT! Who knew you could get good cantaloupe this time of year?  

I made these cheese straws using Paula Deen's recipe a couple of days ago. I've always wanted to try making some of these. We did not think they were very good and certainly not worth the time it took rolling the dough and cutting out little rectangles. Very disappointing. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. In the trash they went. Bye-bye calories! I didn't need you anyway.

I got three Rachel Ray magazines at the thrift store too, so I'm sure I'll be trying more new things over the next couple of weeks. A girl has to do something when she can't crochet. 

Ken is upstairs painting over some of the mustard color with more of the brown. I've talked him into NOT re-texturing the walls and just painting them the brown color for now. It's kind of dark up there, but I think it'll be fine and look good with the rest of the decorating and a couple of lamps...nice and cozy. I'm anxious to see how the beds look and how crowded it will be with them in there.

That's the latest from me.
Enjoy your weekend.

Pammy Sue

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fog and Food and Poo and Mustard

 Out my bedroom window.
Most of the snow has melted.

It's been just above freezing every day for a while and no more snow.

 Just fog, fog, and fog.
I live in a Twilight book.


I made beef stew today.

It sure was yummy and there are plenty of leftovers for lunches or dinners later in the week. I haven't made any sweets lately. I've just had a few pieces of Lindt chocolate at night while watching TV, usually The Golden Girls which I've seen every episode of at least 5-6 times. It's comforting and I still like to watch.

When my amaryllis wilted and I was about to throw it out, I noticed there were these little shoots growing at the bottom. I cut off the big stalk with the four dead blooms on it, watered it, and stuck it back up in the kitchen window. The stalks are growing. I hope it grows again and gives me more blooms, but it's not growing as fast as the first time so maybe it won't. I'm keeping an eye on it.

 My snowman collection is still out. I love them.
I usually only keep them out during Christmas,
but I think I'll let them stay out until winter is over.

They make me smile.

Sammi makes me smile too.
She had just crawled out from under the covers and her ears were all wonky.
Sweet girl.

Eli photo-bombed this picture.
It's one of the "before" pictures of the upstairs bedroom we're redoing.
We painted for a day and a half...

And it looks like poo and mustard on the walls!
YUCK! Big fail. good light for a picture, but you get the idea.

It's going to be covered with a lighter beige-ish, tannish color (which was the original plan I should have stuck to!). Ken wants to re-texture the walls before we paint it again. The texture is uneven and ugly as it is, and it just doesn't look good. He went to a store in Canada yesterday and got the supplies. The new bed frames and mattresses were delivered, but we can't put them up or do any decorating until the walls are done.

Stay tuned.

Pammy Sue

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Sound of Silence

I had to share this awesome rendition of The Sound of Silence. His name is David Draiman. I think his voice is amazing. Listen with earphones if you can! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I can't quit listening!

Pammy Sue

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

More Sunshine

We had more sunshine today, the second time in a week, so we decided to take advantage and went for a long walk around town. Such a pretty day. Panning my camera just to the right of this picture...

Is our house.
You can't see but half of the garage there on the left because the driveway goes downhill.

Somebody else's house is still decorated for Christmas.
Santa's clothes are hanging on the line. Hee-hee.

The Baptist Church.

The Catholic Church with the same mountains in the background as the first picture in this post. See how they look so much closer in this picture? In real-life they are close like this picture. Most pictures I take make them look smaller, more like hills, as in the first picture. But it's the same ones. My iPhone pictures make everything look pushed back and smaller than they actually are.

We walked down an alley and saw this old cement mixer.

Isn't it neat?

And this old fire engine.

Pretty cool too.

We were out walking and sitting on some benches watching people come and go from the little grocery store. We were disappointed neither of us thought to bring some money so we could go into the tavern and have some coffee. We were out about two hours, and it was nice to get some sun on our faces.

Speaking of sun on our face, or lack thereof...I ordered a light box from Amazon. There it is sitting on my desk. Supposedly it helps you feel better when you live in a place like this without much sun in the wintertime. I've only used it once, and then today we had real sunshine, so I don't know if it works yet or not. I'll let you know.

Me in the bedroom on Saturday watching a marathon of the Kardashians.
That's Janie on the bed with me. I never did do any crocheting.
Janie's eye is doing much better, by the way.

I made this yummy Chickpea Curry on Sunday.

Oh, yum! If you like curry, the step-by-step instructions and recipe link are HERE. I will make this again, but I think I'll add some cooked sweet potato chunks and maybe some cauliflower and/or carrot chunks next time too. The lime and cilantro really are a must in this recipe. I think it's bland without it. Or maybe just up the curry powder and Sriracha sauce amounts. Anyway, it's good. I love curry dishes.

I saw this bedroom in one of my magazines and I just love this look. I'm going to copy this look, or something similar, in our upstairs guest room. I ordered two twin beds and mattresses today from (free shipping!). The beds I ordered are an off-white color with a different design on the headboards and footboards that are metal/ironwork. Right now the walls up there are painted the same ugly blue that was in our dining room originally. I'm painting those a tan color, much like this picture. There is blue carpet up there too, so I'll probably lay a big rug down over it. Or maybe I'll take a peek and see what's under it. Maybe I'll get a nice surprise and have pretty wood floors up there, ya think? Doubt it! But I'll look. I'll take some before/during/after pictures so y'all can see the transformation as it happens. I'm excited.

Okay, bye.

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!