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Six days on the Road

I am a bit tired right now but I just wanted to post one of the HIGHLIGHTS from our trip and there are a few.

The aubreys

This is Angie and her family.  I was soooooooo excited to actually finally get to meet her.  We met for lunch at Cracker Barrel and when we were walking up to the door Jim asked me if I will know her.  Ha, of course I would. I recognized her right away.  We had a super nice visit and I hope if we get down to her area again we can visit some more.

Angie, Jim and I owe you and Mark a lunch/dinner.

I am off to get things washed and put away, and after dinner of PIZZA {I'm too tired to cook}.  I am going to bed early tonight.

Before we leave to North Carolina

I don't want the last post on my blog to be on a sad level.  Because that's not the real me.  I guess I needed to let my feelings out good or bad. 

So while I've been "away" the last couple of days.  I have been making a couple of really good dishes.  Since Jim and I have been really trying to watch our calories and what we've been eating.  I've been looking for recipes.  Here are a couple that are very good.  If you like the taste of Blue Cheese the Macaroni and Cheese is great.

Enjoy them.  I also put the calorie counts too along with the other counts.

You all have a super week.  I know I will.

Take Care,


A new Recipe

Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Pineapple-Chicken Stir-Fry

4 tsp Cooking Oil

1 medium red onion, halved lengthwise and sliced

1/4 cup thin bite-size strips zucchini

3/4 cup trimmed fresh pea pods

12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size strips

3 tbsp bottled stir-fry sauce

1. in a wok or large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat.  Stir-fry red onion in hot oil for 2 minutes.  Add pineapple, zucchini, and pea pods.  Stir-fry for 2 minutes more.  Remove mixture from wok.

2. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to hot wok.  Add chicken.  Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.  Return onion mixture to wok.  Add stir-fry sauce.  Cook and stir about 1 minute or until heated through.  Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 181 cal., 6 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 49 mg chol., 440 mg sodium, 11 g carbo., 1 g fiber, 21 g pro.



Stir fry

Start to Finish: 25 minutes.

I'm okay

I got a call from my daughter today and even though I saw her yesterday she read my blog today and called to see if I was okay.  I guess my last post might have been a bit unsettling for some of you.  Not knowing what is going on.  Well, I will try to explain even though I'm not a doctor I do know my own body and having had eleven children I think I'm pretty in tune when something is wrong.

I have mentioned in a past post about how perimenopause stinks.  Well I'm not exactly sure that is what I'm going through but having 7 of the many symptoms, I'm pretty sure my guess might be right.  Six of those symptoms I can deal with, the 7th one I can't. 

Have you ever been on a roller coaster ride and feel like you might never get off?  That is how I feel when I get that 7th symptom, and that is about once a month.  It doesn't last long, but long enough to drive Jim just a bit crazy trying to figure his "mad" "crazy" wife out.  He's been trying to help but I don't think this is something even he can fix.  It's far beyond his control.

The more I read about Menopause the more I'm finding that it's a word many people don't like to talk about.  But I'm going to because it's real.  At my Chiropractic appointment today I asked my doctor about Menopause and does he treat it?  He does.  I was so happy, but first we are going to determine if that is exactly what I'm dealing with or if it's something else that could be causing these 7 symptoms.  One possibility could be my Thyroid.  So I had a hair analysis done and in 2 weeks I will get the results.  If that doesn't show anything than I'll have blood work done.

So right now I am going to take a bit of time off until after we get back from seeing Jake and Jennie.  I think I need to figure out what is going on and deal with it.  Being on this roller coaster ride is something I need to get off of.  I know some might not agree with my choosing a Chiropractor vs an M.D. doctor.  I don't want to go the route of medication if I don't have to.  So a Chiropractor is my first option, and....if that doesn't help then I'll go to my M.D.

So, I hope this will put your minds at ease.  I know it's not an easy subject to talk about, and I don't ever remember my mom or anyone her age talking about it.  So it's a scary thing for me, the not knowing.   But knowing that you had a conversation with someone and later not ever remembering that conversation is pretty scary. 

I will be posting again.  I just need a break right now and I think going to see our son after how many months will probably be the best "medicine" I could ever have.

You all have a wonderful week, and Thank you all for the kind words and concern you have expressed.  You can't begin to know what they mean to me.

Take Care,


Taking a Blogging Break

I will be taking a short break from my blog.  I have a lot going on right now and I feel that a break might be just what I need.  I'm sure I will be back.  Life can get complicated sometimes and right now I need to sort some things out.

So in the meantime enjoy some fruits and flowers from my yard.

FruitsYellow irisBlack eyed susanPink coneflower

You all have wonderful days ahead.


Visiting an Old Courthouse

On our way to the U.P.  We stopped and went into this Courthouse.


The statue on top of the building.


Walking into the Courtroom you see many beautiful things.  This mural on the ceiling being one of them.


The Judges bench was very beautiful.

Judge bench Judge

The Jury's out.  Seeing the jury chairs, it made you think that the jurors just left to deliberate.

Jurys out

The benches in the courtroom where the people watch a trial going on are very much like Church pews.

The audience

When you walk into this old building you really can feel the history.  The woodwork in this building is so beautiful.  You really feel like you are back in time.

The only thing we had to do was turn off the lights when we left the courtroom.  Otherwise we could look to our hearts content.  Talk about small town living.

Lost my post

Has anyone who has TypePad been having trouble posting?  I have been having so much trouble lately.

I just lost my whole post that I just spent time on.  I hit save to post it and it's gone.  Sigh!

Back for a short visit

Lately that's what it feels like when I come back from a weekend away.  It's like I'm only home for a short visit and then we're off again. 

We had a wonderful weekend.  The Confirmation was wonderful.  I think there were 61 kids in the class.  Lauren had a super time and didn't want it to end.

Confo class

We went to two weddings on Saturday and visited with Jim's Uncle and Aunt in the morning at their Casita.

Jim and pete

It's always heartwarming to visit with elders. (I didn't really know how to put that without making them sound "old", cause to me they're not "old")  Whenever we are up in the U.P. we always try to make a visit.

At their Casita they garden and just enjoy their beautiful surroundings.  This is where they do most of their visiting in the summer.


At the Casita Pete and Ellen have a pet Chipmunk.  It comes right up into your lap to fill it's cheeks with seeds to take back to his hiding place.


It has been very busy today since we got home.  It's not like me to post so late but things have been happening all day.

You all have a wonderful evening.


It's Growing!

Butter lettuce on sill


Remember the lettuce I bought the other day?  Well it's starting to grow.  I planted it and it's looking pretty good.  I have it sitting on my window sill above my kitchen sink where it gets the morning sun.  I'm not sure how long to let it grow before I can pick the lettuce off.  Maybe a trip back to the grocery store to have a chat with the produce man is in order.


As I was looking out the window I spied what I think was a mama bird feeding her young.  I couldn't quite tell because they moved away before I could get a better picture.  But viewing the picture closer I'm thinking that I'm right in my thinking.

I finally filled the bird feeders up.  One feeder I haven't yet as there was a Wasp's nest under the lid.  When I went to go fill it up about 5-6 Wasps flew out.  I ran away as fast as a 46 year old could.  I'm not fond of getting stung.  We seem to have an abundance of Wasp nests around this year.

Yesterday I tackled my kitchen counters that were piled high with papers and mail that seems to pile up on a regular daily basis.  That sure felt good.  Most of it was JUNK MAIL.  We seem to get a lot of it these days.  So in it went into the circular file, only ours isn't circular, ours is rectangular.

Well, I probably won't be posting for awhile as we are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning.  Sadie heads to the kennel tonight.  I'm starting to get used to that.  She was very excited to see us last time which I worried about.

Oh, and still stayed tuned for the wonderful news. 

You all have a wonderful day and a super weekend.