Thursday, April 27, 2017

Day Book April 25,2017


For Today

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                               For Today April 25, 2017


Looking out my window

typical Spring day;warm,sunny with slight breeze.
I am thinking

that I'm really tired of being disabled; this is now my mode of transportation
( but the wolf carving is cute)


I am thankful
 
That my youngest finally got into a college so she could major in Computer Technology. You would be amazed at how many only teach Computer Science. 


 One of my favorite things
My wonderful husband bought me entire set of copper cook ware due to not being able to stand for long periods. I love it.   I am creating
colorful wooden windchimes

I am reading
 The Lightworker's Way by Doreen Virtue

I am hoping
that my disability will come in soon

I am learning
different methods in visualization

In my kitchen 

When you are retired, one has the habit of eating lighter




Board room
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A moment from my day

1. made breakfast 2. Laundry.3. sketch embroidery designs,work on embroidery designs,4. take nap, 5. repeat 4

I know, exciting, right?
I thought so. :)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Day Book4/11

Day book


For Today

Tuesday, April, 9:15pm



This has been a busy week as I suppose every person of faith is at this time. Ours happened to collide my two autistic daughters' Special Needs baseball. Fortunately it didn't rain, which is a first here in North Texas. This was followed by their baseball organization's monthly 'movie' night, which was Moana. And from an adult's perspective, it was actually pretty good. The adult parents were laughing as much as the adult 'kids'. 

Between baseball and monthly parties, Special Olympics and Special Needs rodeos and all of them about an hour or two away, it's gets exhausting for us 'oldsters (as were called by a 19 your old coach who was meaning and probably still have her baby teeth).

As demeaning as it was, she was right. The husband and I are  of the Baby Boomer Generation which is not good since our generation is moving up rapidly on the 'in need' scale just like our children. 
 Scary thought.

BUT.....today was a day of baking!



 We must have pretty colors!

This is 2014 so you see, it is a family tradition. :)





Looking out my window

beautiful sunny day with a little breeze

I am thinking
that it is time to begin getting rid of stuff. 

I am thankful

that today was one of my 'good' days(pertaining to my back aka denigrative back issue

.

One of my favorite things


My kindle paperwhite. 
I adore being able to read in the car or in bed (while watches the same John Wayne movie for the 11,000000 time)

I am creating

It's amazing what you can do with thread! Now How many pets do YOU have :)

I am wearing
denim skirt with pink tunic

I am reading
an Amanda Lee Mystery

I am watching
Hallmark's Evidence A Fixer Upper) Mystery

I am hoping
to have a better day tomorrow
I am learning
listen to the Holy spirit instead of doing it myself
to 
In my kitchen
it still smells of sugar cookies and homemade frosting



Board room

embroidered mandala from Red Thread Studio



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Sunday, April 2, 2017

daybook/4/2/2017


It's been such an aggravating day due to our congress. I had to spend a good portion of the day working out the kinks in a new browser. On the plus side, Opera is a much more secure system than what we had before. But honestly....does the government truly need to raid my internet information. I swear, this man is certifiable. He spends more time boo-hooing on Twitter and stripping low income families of programs they desperately need when he could be doing, oh I don't know....his job?

Okay rant over....moving on. 



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Looking out my window...



warm(more than a little chilly this a.m.)




I am thinking..


that I need to begin having a yard sale to get rid of a lot of this 'stuff'. Don't want to lug all of this to south east Texas!



I am thankful

that, even though my physical health is getting worse, I am thankful for what I have


One of my favorite things

hanging out with my girls playing baseball





I am hopingthat the chilly weather goes away and ergo my pain


I am creating

not exactly creating but repairing antique dolls

I am wearing



long sleeved turtleneck with camel slacks

I am watching


frankie and grace




I am learning

to take it easy; you can't fight aging


In my kitchen

waiting for the homemade Salisbury steak to finish cooking


In my garden

nothing but seedlings germinating in small cups still


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A moment from my day


My days are slow and long being disabled. Today was a day of being 'chair-ridden' because of my pain, so I cross stitched all day 

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I am hoping

 that Oklahoma  will cease with their delays.
to be more patient with my husband 

I am learning

to be more patient with my own weaknesses


In my garden

nothing but seedlings germinating in small cups




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Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Good Day



Well today actually was a good day. All weekend my town had a city wide yard sale and I actually did not go. That is a first for me.  We are attempting, in a very serious way to save money so buying more junk instead of getting ride of what we have in our goal. 

I did have to spend money in the pet department however. We had purchased a new microfiber recliner just two days ago to have one of our many cats decide to urinate on it. Now we knew we were going to have to buy 'stuff' to protect the chair but the chair came two days early and we were just praying that the sheet we covered it with would suffice for the next 12 hours. No dice. Sooooo.....


 The husband and I took off for a town an hour away to hit the local PetCo while I commanded my 21-year-old to sit in the chair to protect it from cats. 

We returned after 3 hours with a funky looking cat scratch post and plenty of spray to ward off the most stalwart of felines  from marking their territory. 


We have been without internet for seven days now. Not the neighborhood; just us. The family, of course is going a little nuts, except me. I kind of like it. Of course, I was raised in a commune as a kid so I personally didn't see what the problem was. LOL

   However, I was not happy about NBC canceling the only show that I regularly watch and that is Grimm. But I suppose 6 seasons is not a bad run. It was one of the most imaginative show I had seen in a while. 

But.I did decide to being writing Grimm fan fic, which has been fun. Lemon into lemonade, right? Right. 
I guess when you can't do anything about your situation, that is all you have to do.

We are still waiting on the court system in OK to finalize my disability, which is slower than molasses. However we informed the in-laws that we are leaving without replying to the question 'why did you come back'. That was a kettle of fish we didnt want to deal with. 

But we are in the process of selling off items even though it may be a year before we can leave. But our attitudes are on the up and up as we begin the process. And that is half the battle. 



 

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daybook/march11/2017

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For Today March, 10, 2017
10:58pm




 
Looking out my window...

It is pitch black; however the day has been dark and overcast.


I am thinking..
 
about life on the beach






I am thankful
for all that Jesus has blessed us with

One of my favorite things
chatting with friends over a quilting bee





I am creating


I am wearing
A red and white bed gown

I am watching
Lady in the Water
I am hoping
 that Oklahoma  will cease with their delays.
to be more patient with my husband




I am learning
to be more patient with my own weaknesses



In my kitchen


Snake Bites
a.k.a. gluten free chicken nuggets

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely ground corn flake crumbs or Rice or Corn Chex crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon EACH salt, onion powder & paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH black pepper, cayenne pepper & garlic powder
Directions
Begin by preparing the cereal crumbs. I do this in a food processor. I start with 2-cups of cereal, process it to fine crumbs and then dump the crumbs into a measuring cup. Then I process more crumbs, continuing until I have a full cup.
The next step is cutting the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces or longer tenders.  The smaller you make the pieces the further you can extend them with the coating.  After cutting the pieces set them aside.
For the coating you need an empty rice cake bag or a small paper bag or an empty waxed paper cereal bag or something of that nature.  In your bag combine the crumbs, nutritional yeast and seasonings.  The nutritional yeast is completely optional, but gives the nuggets a slightly cheesy flavor that my kids really like. Close the top and shake to combine.
Coat a pizza pan or other baking sheet with the vegetable oil.  Preheat the oven to 450°.
Place a few of the chicken pieces into the bag of crumbs.  Close the top and shake briskly.  Place the coated chicken on the prepared baking sheet.  Continue until all of the chicken pieces are well coated with the crumb mixture.  If you have crumbs leftover you may scatter them over the top of the coated chicken pieces in the pan.  Bake the nuggets at 450° for 12 to 15 minutes or up to 20 minutes for larger pieces.  Remove and allow to cool briefly before serving.
Provide condiments including barbecue sauce, ketchup, honey-mustard, plain honey, mayonnaise, dairy-free ranch dressing or any other favorite.  This is a real kid pleaser.
If your chicken meat is fresh, not previously frozen, then after coating the snake bites you can flash freeze them and store them in a zipper bag in the freezer.  Bake in an oiled pan as directed, increasing the cooking time to 30 minutes or so, depending on the size of your bites.
Flash freezing is when you arrange the food on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and place the pan in your freezer overnight, or for several hours.  When the snake bites are frozen, gather them up and store them in a heavy plastic bag in the freezer.
The reduction in fat and absence of additives and preservatives makes these a much healthier choice than commercially available nuggets.  Besides that, they taste better, are higher quality and cost less than most store-bought nuggets; and are a fraction of the price of gluten-free store-bought nuggets. I don’t know who can afford those; pound for pound they cost more than shrimp or ribeye steak!
Makes 8 moderate (kid-sized or diet-sized) servings, or enough for 4 starving adults.
Per Serving: 180 Calories; 6g Fat (29.6% calories from fat); 21g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 52mg Cholesterol; 430mg Sodium.
Calories By Percentage: 30% Fat; 24% Carbohydrate, 47% Protein.
Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat.





In my garden
nothing but seedlings germinating in small cups




Snake Bites
a.k.a. gluten free chicken nuggets

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely ground cornflake crumbs or Rice or Corn Chex crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon EACH salt, onion powder & paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH black pepper, cayenne pepper & garlic powder
Directions
Begin by preparing the cereal crumbs. I do this in a food processor. I start with 2-cups of cereal, process it to fine crumbs and then dump the crumbs into a measuring cup. Then I process more crumbs, continuing until I have a full cup.
The next step is cutting the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces or longer tenders.  The smaller you make the pieces the further you can extend them with the coating.  After cutting the pieces set them aside.
For the coating you need an empty rice cake bag or a small paper bag or an empty waxed paper cereal bag or something of that nature.  In your bag combine the crumbs, nutritional yeast and seasonings.  The nutritional yeast is completely optional, but gives the nuggets a slightly cheesy flavor that my kids really like. Close the top and shake to combine.
Coat a pizza pan or other baking sheet with the vegetable oil.  Preheat the oven to 450°.
Place a few of the chicken pieces into the bag of crumbs.  Close the top and shake briskly.  Place the coated chicken on the prepared baking sheet.  Continue until all of the chicken pieces are well coated with the crumb mixture.  If you have crumbs leftover you may scatter them overtop of the coated chicken pieces in the pan.  Bake the nuggets at 450° for 12 to 15 minutes or up to 20 minutes for larger pieces.  Remove and allow to cool briefly before serving.
Provide condiments including barbecue sauce, ketchup, honey-mustard, plain honey, mayonnaise, dairy-free ranch dressing or any other favorite.  This is a real kid pleaser.
If your chicken meat is fresh, not previously frozen, then after coating the snake bites you can flash freeze them and store them in a zipper bag in the freezer.  Bake in an oiled pan as directed, increasing the cooking time to 30 minutes or so, depending on the size of your bites.
Flash freezing is when you arrange the food on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and place the pan in your freezer overnight, or for several hours.  When the snake bites are frozen, gather them up and store them in a heavy plastic bag in the freezer.
The reduction in fat and absence of additives and preservatives makes these a much healthier choice than commercially available nuggets.  Besides that, they taste better, are higher quality and cost less than most store-bought nuggets; and are a fraction of the price of gluten-free store-bought nuggets. I don’t know who can afford those; pound for pound they cost more than shrimp or ribeye steak!
Makes 8 moderate (kid-sized or diet-sized) servings, or enough for 4 starving adults.
Per Serving: 180 Calories; 6g Fat (29.6% calories from fat); 21g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 52mg Cholesterol; 430mg Sodium.
Calories By Percentage: 30% Fat; 24% Carbohydrate, 47% Protein.
Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat.


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Board room

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  A Day in the life

  Because the husband is diabetic, I have the tendency to sweep on a daily basis to keep anything that he might step on, NOT be stepped on.

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I am a bit anxious to move back to Huntsville. Since the husband and I are disabled, we could not get
 get insurance from Marketplace(Obamacare) due to the credits. (Actually we could if we did not mind paying $1009 per month). in Huntsville their charity care insurance would allow my family to have the ability to see a doctor. And since both my daughters are autistic and only can get medical help(medicare),and I live on pain pills daily is very much needed. However,We have to wait for my own disability to come through. I am on my 5th year. Though I know I will receive it, the extended wait for very strange reasons, does not help.


We lived there 5 years ago. But my sister in law lied to my husband concerning my mother in law's health for the sole purpose of having control over him. I have to believe that if she knew that half of us would not have medical insurance, she would not have done it. 

I really have to believe God would not allow her to do this .... 

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Day Book/ Cross Stitch House Cleaning.

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March, 1 2017  4:46 p.m.

Being an artist I am just horrible at due dates. I get so wrapped up in projects or designing the project. I couldn't even remember if I had done my daybook yet(sigh) 
BUT here I am, a day late and a dollar short but here nonetheless.   Cheers!

 
Looking out my window...

Spring has sprung here in North Texas; the yard is filled with yellow dandelions and purple flowers.And my Jack, Lightning is thrilled with it as well. 


I am thinking..
 
about becoming more frugal. I have re-found an old recipe site that was once called Hillbilly Housewife and now is called FRUGAL ABUNDANCE. Her name is Miss Maggie and she has a wonderful site with a lot of frugal recipes and tips and I suggest thoroughly that my friends here check her out.
 

I am thankful
 for the health of my husband, the help of my youngest who doesn't think twice about doing such things like tying my shoes and help me stand from a low seated chair.

 
I am creating











finishing several pieces







I am listening


West Wing


I am hoping

to leave this town for my hometown near Houston

I am learning

not to rush things;He will get it done in his own time. :)


In the kitchen

our indoor kitties all curled up on the wooden kitchen table peering into the darkness of our back yard.




 

Board room




by  joao godhino


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  A Day in the life

 

Our days are one of routine

First thing is the 19 pills and two different insulin shots for his heart and diabetes. Then a breakfast of 2 eggs, 1 piece of toast, 8oz water and 1 cup of coffee. Then, checking of blood pressure and blood sugar.This is followed by him having to rest because of his breathing problems.  This now means I have to feed out numerous pets and those chores that we all detest: 4 loads of laundry cleaning the floors, dishes, etc. By evening, it is the same routine of pills and injections followed with a frugal meal of little meat, few carbs and plenty of fruits and veggies.

Postscript

I feel like changes are happening. I have prayed that, if God is willing, to allow us to return to South East Texas. But my husband seemed to be sitting on the fence. Lately, without any coercion from me, he has announced that we must become even more frugal than what we have been in the past to save for the journey home. 

So now we are simplifying, cutting back and praying everyday. I know that God is watching over us or this would not be happening. I would be the only one with the dreams of returning while  the husband was still fence sitting

 



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Daybook 2 /15/17

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February 15,2017 9:44 pm

Being an artist I am just horrible at due dates. I get so wrapped up in projects or designing the project. I couldn't even remember if I had done my daybook yet(sigh) 
BUT here I am, a day late and a dollar short but here nonetheless.   Cheers!

Looking out my window...

Completely dark with only the light of the neighbor's window treatments and several stray cats(I feed about a dozen strays) peeking in my front windows

I am thinking..
 

About my time living in New Orleans as a child and my parents taking me to the jazz clubs to hear the likes of Al Hirt and Pete fountain(you could do that back in the early 60's :) 

I am thankful
  for my husband even though he can be an old grouch. I don't know too many men that would stay up most of the night nursing a heating system that is breaking down just so 'us girls' can be warm.

 


I am creating
Sketches for future embroidery designs
(no peeking) 


I am wearing
pumpkin colored turtle neck and blue jean with my pink fuzzy slippers

 



I am reading
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
I am listening

Vince Guaraldi (jazz)

 



I am hoping

for a new direction in my life

I am learning

that the government will release my disability. It would be nice not to struggle so

 

In the kitchen

our indoor kitties all curled up on the wooden kitchen table peering into the darkness of our back yard.




 

Board room



by Debra Jacobeson wreaths

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