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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Life Is Good

But, I am not coming out to play for a little while.

I'll be back. Not quite sure when that will be.  I need some time to catch up with things around my home and in my garden.

Also, my granddaughter is in need of my attention.

I hope everyone is having a Very Good Month and adjusting to the seasonal changes.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Looking For The Joy Around Me

Today is going so much better than I would have expected. Just a look in the garden has brought me joy that I would hate to miss because of other difficult factors facing me at this time. Just LOOK at this magnificent Autumn Clamatis. It really is breathtaking in its abundance of pure white beauty! That is one of the aspects of this plant that never disappoints. Even though I cut it back quite severe this past winter, it certainly has put on a beautiful show.  And, it is just getting started!

Remember this in May of this year?

It looks like this now.

I am so glad I went to church this morning even though it was a little difficult because "The Man" sits in the front because he sings in the choir. I came home renewed and strengthened.  And, I wish him well and God's blessings.

"You can't judge a book by its cover".

I hope you are having a Wonderful Sunday.  I am working at it and it is working!

Friday, September 10, 2010

What Is The Lesson I Am To Learn

Life has never been easy -  and probably isn't for most of us.  Why would I accept a life situation that can only create stress and disappointment?  This could possibly be a universal question for a lot of people in this world.  But, right now, it is my question to MYSELF. I had high hopes that this new relationship would be  a HEALTHY relationship!  I thought I was being cautious when this new chapter started in my life. But, it looks like I have only revisited some previous familiar issues that I thought I had learned lessons from.  But wait,  I  have learned a lot and because of that I am able to move forward with strength and balance that I have not always had in the past. The realization that there are some issues that just can not be resolved to an acceptable level is a difficult position to be in.  But, it looks like the time has come for me to wake up and and accept reality. During the past seven months I have had plenty of time to experience and assess the changes in my life as the result of having this man in my life. With the review of the pros and cons (written on paper) it is very clear to me what the best next step for me will be. I have been loving, patient, kind, supportive and understanding with this man.  But, there comes a time when "band aid therapy" is not the answer and the GORILLA is still sitting in the room.  And, the gorilla is as simple to see as this  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > Glitter Graphics | http://www.graphicsgrotto.com

I can not say anything - to any of you that have experienced alcoholisn in the people close to you -  that you don't already know. There is no point in giving specifics. The latest disturbing behavior from this man would not shock many of you.  But, I thought it was "way over the top".  I do not think very many families are totally void of addiction of one kind or another. My ex-husband was an alcoholic (died at age 47 of alcoholic toxicity) and my son is an alcoholic (not in recovery)!

I have strived and succeeded at living a fulfilling, happy and mentally healthy  life with joy and friends and I do not choose to live my life with alcoholism in my home and life. With the support of friends and some new friends I know I will be just fine.  The days ahead will be difficult but I will live one day at a time and with my glass "Half Full".  If you believe in prayer, I would appreciate your prayers.

I do not know how much I will be posting in the near future but I know I will continue to enjoy your blogs.  My hand/wrist continues to be a problem for me and I am scheduled for an EMG in the near future.

Blessings to All.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Girls Night Out

What a fun evening dinner we shared together tonight. I have the nicest friends and we try to get together as often as our busy schedules permit. I think it was last February that I hosted a get together at my little home.

Tonight we enjoyed good friendship at a beautiful home overlooking the golf course.  These are all women from my little church and we are as diverse in backgrounds as we can get. They are just a group of special women - busy women, interesting women. That is one of the things that I enjoy about our group and church.

I prepared dessert for the group. It is a recipe that I made many, many times in the 60's.  And, yes, I made it  "from scratch",  including graham cracker crust, custard and meringue. 

It is called Pineapple Delight. And, it was "melt in your mouth" goodness.

This is the recipe from an old 3 x 5 recipe card.

            Pineapple Delight

Crush 26 graham crackers
Mix with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup melted butter.
Take out 1/2 cup of crumb mixture and reserve for topping.  Put the remainder of crumb mixture in the bottom of a greased (9 x 13 x 2) baking pan. 
Make custard in top of double boiler with the following:
     3 cups milk
     3/4 cup sugar
     3 large egg yolks (slightly beaten)
     5 Tbsps. cornstarch
     1/8 tsp. salt
     A small piece of butter
Cool a little and pour on top of crumb layer.
Spread over this, a layer of crushed pineapple, drained - large can
Make a meringue with the following:
     3 egg whites
     6 Tbsps. sugar
Spread over pineapple layer.  Sprinkle with the saved 1/2 cup crumb mixture.
Brown in 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
Cool and refrigerate over night and serve.

Try it, You will like it!

I hope you are having a Great Weekend

Thursday, September 02, 2010

In Pain And Tired Of It

I try very hard not to write about my "aches and pains".  We all have them, at least most of us. I say most of us because I kid you not, I do not think MSM ever has an arthritic pain!  For his age, he is amazing.  Many times I feel like I am the one that is ten years older. At this moment I am tempted to delete this post before I go any further.  But, maybe it will help me to write about it even though using the computer is one of the most painful physical activities. My shoulder hurts and my wrist and hand. The degree of discomfort is always based on the physical activity. I am not one to sit with "my hands in my lap" and this is starting to get me down.  It has been worsening during the past month.  I have a scheduled  medical appointment but can not get in to see the orthopedic doctor for another week! 

I have been working on my Part Two of our vacation post and my pain is preventing me from completing the work with the photos.  So, it will have to wait.  I am not sure how much posting I will be doing until I am able to get some relief with a cortisone injection or whatever.

Thanks for letting me vent.  I guess we all need to do it once in a while! 

I hope you are having a Very Good Day.

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Some Additional Special Photos


Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014