Sunday, March 30, 2008
Emily Jane will be 22 on April 2nd. My 9 lb 9 oz, 21 inch baby with the 14 3/4 inch head has grown into a lovely, intelligent young woman with a good sense of humor. She invited us and Jim's parents for dinner last night to celebrate her birthday. She told us she wanted money towards the purchase of a new laptop instead of a gift. We agreed to this but wanted to make it special. So we did, in our own special way. PK bought a large stuffed penguin (ask Em to tell you about the Penguin Wars). I went to the bank and asked for a large number of one dollar bills. Kate disembowled the penguin and stuffed it with some beautiful roving that she bought for Em and the one dollar bills that PK crumpled up. See the dollars and roving inside the penguin? Kate did a good job. She stuffed the bird full of dollars and put some of the original stuffing back to hide the fact that the dollar bills were there. While they were doing that, I was putting together the ingredients for the chocolate torte we were taking for desert. This is a favorite of Em's and I had offered to make it for her. After an hour in the oven, I thought it was strange that I couldn't smell any chocolaty goodness. When I checked, the torte was still liquid and the oven was not even vaguely warm. After much consultation with PK, I learned that the igniter in the oven was not working. Unable to obtain a new one on Saturday afternoon, we stopped at the bakery and bought a cake on our way.
We travelled over the Benjamin Franklin bridge and past the Philadelphia Art Museum. That beautiful blue river is the Schuykyll (pronounced skoo-kill)River. It doesn't look that blue in real life. I tried to get some photos of the guys rowing on the river but we were moving too fast. There are a lot of bridges that look like this along the way. They're beautiful and old looking. It takes about an hour to get to Em's house if there is no traffic. We lucked out yesterday and made it there easily.
Em was glad to see us since we came bearing chocolate cake and a large green present. She was less thrilled when she opened the box and found a large stuffed penguin. She reluctantly posed for a photo with her new friend. And then she realized that the penguin felt a little stiff and not quite soft. She quickly opened the seam that Kate had sewn and was quite happy to see what was inside . Of course, she had to pull out all the ones and flatten them out. It took a while.
We "celebrated" Earthhour by turning off all our lights before we left the house and Em turned all the lights in her house at 8 o'clock. We had candles aplenty and it made for such a nice atmosphere that when 9 o'clock came, we didn't turn them back on. And we noticed that some of Em's neighbors had turned off their lights as well. We had cake candles in the dark. Can you tell that the candles have different color lights?
As for my health. I have an appointment with a surgeon on April 16th to discuss the gall bladder issue. That was his earliest appointment. I'm just hoping the gall bladder decides to behave itself until then. I'll have my cell phone sitting in front of me during the training so that when my gyn calls me I can leap up and take the call. I did some research on cysts and the information is all over the place. Some is reassuring, some less so. I am not borrowing trouble but will wait until I hear from the doctor.
It's hard to believe the weekend is over. It went by so fast. Friday night we saw Horton hears a Who and laughed out loud. It was a perfect Friday night movie. And tonight, PK is taking Kate out for driving lessons. I am sitting here with my feet up and being perfectly lazy. It feels good. I hope you all had a pleasant weekend.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I did talk to my pcp about having my gall bladder taken out. I found out I had gall stones over a year ago while having an ultrasound of my kidneys. They haven't bothered me so I left them alone. While Kate and I were cooking on Saturday, I was experiencing pain that took my breath away. It has been coming back on and off since then. The doctor told me I have 2 options and he'd let me choose which one to try. I can make an appt with a surgeon and have the gall bladder taken out while I am not in excruciating pain and rolling on the floor screaming for pain killers. OR I could wait until I am on the floor in the emergency room rolling around in excrutiating pain and screaming for pain killers and have to wait days for a surgical appointment. He recommended the first one. I have to agree. And then he asked me who was my surgeon. I laughed. I haven't had a body part removed since I had an appendectomy in 1972. He gave me a surgeon's name and I will call tomorrow to make an appointment. As I am sitting here in extreme discomfort right now (but not rolling and screaming), I hope I don't have to wait too long. It's fairly easy surgery and probably won't require a night in the hospital. And the pain will go away.
And I wonder if they can just look in on those ovaries and check things out. I mean, while they're already in there and all. How hard can that be?
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
The test procedures went well. The mammo was clear and I am relieved that I get to go back to screening mammos instead of diagnostic ones. I think it has to do with the number of pictures they take. The ultra sound was a little more "interesting". I'll spare you the gory details but it is definitely unpleasant to have a stranger poking around in your girlie bits with a long pole. Nuff said. The part that irritates me is that I have to wait for them to formulate a report and send it to the doctor who will then call me with the results. But I want to say thank you for all the good wishes. It made me smile inwardly to think of all of you there in the room. What a crowd!
I am working on the McGreggor's Garden sock. This toe up sock stuff is surely a strange creation. If you look at the bottom of the sock, you can't tell the toe from the heel. See? I have never done toe up socks and it has been an adventure. Here is a shot of the top of the sock. If you look closely you can see Peter's ears there in the lettuce leaves. The color is more green than the photos show. It took me 3 tries to get the concept of the short row toe down. I'm still not sure I got it right but the directions were clear and I followed them. This whole "wrapped stitch" business was a little confusing at first. The socks looked enormous as I started them but I was getting gauge so I kept on. I made them a little shorter than I would normally because they are wide and this way they stretch to fit my feet (I have wide size 9 and a half (42 european) feet). Susan writes a good pattern and I am ready to begin the cuff. I keep looking at the dwindling ball of yarn and hoping I'll have enough. The scale says so but my eyes are not so sure. I worked on these while waiting for my tests to be done yesterday and they kept my mind occupied so I didn't feel too stressed.
It's hard to believe that Sunday is Easter. It's too early and I can't make myself feel ready for it. I have not put up the decorations I usually do and I haven't washed the windows and curtains like I usually do. Today I am going to clean the house and start the baked beans for Easter dinner but I think it's too cold to wash windows. We got some furniture from my brother's mother in law who had to move into an assisted living apartment. She had a sofa bed and I thought it would be a good thing to have. It came with two burnt orange recliner chairs so we took them too. What a change to have bursts of color in the living room. I love walking through there. The sofa is a colonial blue background with orange bits so it all goes together. I still have to bake cookies and babka and make potato salad. That will wait until tomorrow. Em and Jim are coming for dinner on Sunday and hopefully my Aunt Joan will feel up to the trip. And it would be really nice if it didn't snow.....
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Bye Arthur. I'll miss you.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
|What Donna Lee Means|
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.
You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Irish Soda Bread
4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup margarine
1 egg 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (you can substitute 1 c milk with 1 Tbl lemon juice mixed in)
1 cup raisins
1 Tbl caraway seeds (optional)
Set oven to 350 degrees
Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cut margarine into mixture until it is the size of small peas. Add raisins and seeds and stir. Mix egg into buttermilk. Mix into flour mixture. Put dough onto well floured board and knead until no longer sticky. Knead carefully and try not to add too much flour. Divide into half and pat each half into a round cake pan (8 inches). Bake for 35 - 40 minutes.
I will admit that I do this in my kitchenaid mixer because I hate the mess of kneading. It comes out just fine if you use the paddle and add flour until it forms a ball.
Now, it's time for a shower and a trip to the grocery store to buy the ingredients for this. I only make it for St. Pat's day. I don't know why. Probably the same reason I only make babka for Christmas and Easter. It makes it special.
Em and Jim are coming for a visit today. The rain held off and PK and El are on their way to the farmer's market and the woods for a hike. Em and I are heading for the yarn store. Happy Saturday!
Friday, March 14, 2008
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Monday, March 3, 2008
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