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Monthly Archives: December 2015
A New Year
A year has passed
We’ve shared some smiles
We shed some tears
Hugs were sent
Giggles almost heard
We read others words
We made new friends
We gave up the enemies
We lifted each other
We made it
Through praying together
And guidance from God
We shall remain
Through the new year, 2016
Happy New Year my friends.
Remember one thing ; If you drink, do not drive. Better yet, drink within your own home.
Final Days of Christmas
The Sunday after Christmas my girlfriend picked me up and took me to her home, which is not too far from Chicago . We talked all the way there and most of the evening .
The next day an ice storm arrived. This prevented us from going anywhere . Since she lives so close to the Great Lakes, the winds were something else. When I went outside to smoke, I swear if I was fifty pounds lighter, the winds could have picked me up.. lol
The news weatherman was predicting accumulated snow amounts for today and tomorrow . I wanted to stay until Thursday , but I also wanted my friend to remain safe on her trip back home from dropping me off, so I came home yesterday , Tuesday .
When I walked through the door, it was clear the two dogs had missed me. The eldest grandchild said,”hi grandma,” immediately and the baby who is almost 2, gave me a big smile.
It was a nice welcome to me. Last evening I decided to have Ritz crackers with melted cheese for my bed time snack. I was putting the last cracker in my mouth, when a sharp pain entered around my ear. I touched the side of my face and felt swelling.
I thought I was getting another gland infection . I don’t drink enough fluids and sometimes my saliva glands will become infected.
These don’t feel good and I didn’t need this now as I leave for Kentucky this Sunday. I didn’t have issues sleeping but when I woke up this morning , I had some pain under my cheekbone .
I tried making an appointment with my doctor today but he was booked up. I ended up going to the medic clinic and he said he didn’t believe I had a gland infection nor a sinus infection .
He felt around and along with my answers to his questions he said I had TMJ. I had opened my mouth wider than usual and had inflamed my jaw. He told me to take Ibuprofen for a couple of days and see if it gets better.
It seems to swell and become a little swollen when I eat. Afterwards , the swelling goes back down. I feel some tingling , but he had said the nerves and muscles are involved.
I hope this gets better, since I leave in a few days. Since getting my teeth pulled in October, I am sick of mouth pain, so keep your fingers crossed.
I am not doing anything for New years eve . I don’t drink and I don’t want to get hit by a drunk driver, so I am staying home . How are the last days of your Christmas holiday going ?
Day After Christmas
Yesterday was the day for Christmas sharing with my kids and me. I always look forward to this event. The meal planning, making sure there is a favorite of each of my three kids sitting on the table ready to eat.
Things can’t be as they usually are, when you are no longer in your own home, but I tried my best. My legs didn’t work well, which was a good thing as far as the meal went. Our menu was based around Stouffers, lasagna.
I had prepared ahead of time the seven layer salad, deviled eggs, butterscotch dessert and fudge. The recipes for these many year return foods are:
Seven layer salad
Fry up and break bacon. Layer chopped lettuce, bacon, frozen peas and shredded cheese. After final layer, spread a layer of mayonnaise over entire top. Cover and chill 24 hours. Stir and enjoy .
Butterscotch Pudding Dessert
Mix 1 cup flour , 1 stick butter and 1/2 cup of nuts. Mix and pat into 9 x 13 pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. While cooling , mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 package cream cheese, 1 cup of cool whip. Use mixer. Pour this over crust and spread to edges.
Next, mix 2 regular size instant butterscotch or Chocolate sugar free or regular pudding mixes with only 3 cups of milk. Pour over cream cheese layer. Last, spread rest of regular size cool whip over entire dessert. Garnish with nuts. Eat and enjoy
The fudge recipe is on the back of the Milnot cans. 5 minute fudge. I had baked a berry pie and had Michigan cherries.
My daughter arrived late, which is very unusual . She was ill and had went to the doctor. She had a sinus and ear infection with no voice. I appreciated her coming, although she belonged under the covers. She brought her daughter . Her husband remained at his parents home, due to health issues with his father .
My daughter in law brought 2 of her three kids. It was an alright day. It could have been better , but it could have been worse . The afternoon ended and near supper I received an invitation to supper, so I accepted and we went to Pizza Hut.
When I arrived home I went straight to bed to rest my legs. I slept all night and am now getting ready to go visit my bestie for a few days. Sunday I go back home.
So how is your holiday weekend going?
My grandson showing me how he can count
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Darn Body, Darn Parkinson
Today was and remains Christmas for about five more hours . I have been visiting my son and his family since Halloween and will be returning home New Year’s day.
It has been fun and came with challenges as is expected when you have any extended visit. The most fun was watching the kids play, hearing the baby giggle, listening to homework being done, and remembering back to those days with my own kids.
I have been able to visit with friends and have many laughs and talks about old times. The weather has been good to me. There was only one day so far, that was pretty cold.
The bad things that happened were internal with me. The internal tremors are slowing me down . My legs hurt and ache so much quicker than six months ago . My stomach tremors and causes stomach aches and loss of appetite . Parkinson makes me more tired than before. I feel like one of those nineteen eighty toys, weeble wobbles. I get pretty unsteady and one day here, I actually fell, bending over trying to find something . I hate bending over, even for a dishwasher .
Trying to fix the goodies that I have done for years, plain wears me out. I make one thing and I have to rest for a bit before I start fixing something eles . This year I used a couple of days to fix things for Christmas meals. It doesn’t hurt to do this. It just makes me recognize I have that invisible illness.
Tomorrow my daughter and my other son’s families will be here and we shall all celebrate together . I’m going to do my best not to look lazy, but I am just drained, and my body is worn out.
I hope all of you are enjoying your Christmas holiday. Hugs, me.
Christmas morning has arrived
I’m the only one up?
Took the time for my own gift
A cup of coffee with news on the side.
I went outside to have a smoke
The streets were heavenly quiet
I saw the brightest sign of all
The biggest moon, I really so stoked.
A sure sign of something grand
Had taken place this day
The baby Jesus Christ was born
And was glowing throughout the land.
Returning to my bed I hear the sounds
Of voices and tiny feet
The house was stirring on Christmas morn,
Kiddies were racing to the presents bound.
I have said a prayer to God above
For those alone and lost
I asked him to show them with no doubt
His gift for this day, his undying love.
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December 25th , 2015
Happy birthday Jesus
I saw this on my Facebook . It was streaming. I kept staring at it because I have never seen anyone laugh at Jesus. I instantly felt shame as I recognized my own weakness, as there are times and different people I don’t bring God’s name up for fear of argument .
I talk to God all the time. I pray for others a lot. Sometimes I will even pray for myself for things I can’t afford , like getting my bottom teeth pulled .
I should pray for myself , but it feels better to be praying for others. There is no reason for me to not speak about God to anyone , and on that being said, I’m so thankful for him forgiving the imperfect me.
If Jesus came knocking on my door this very minute, I imagine I would be crying at his feet for the love he gives me, which I certainly do not deserve.
What would you do if you heard the knock and opened the door and saw Jesus standing there?
Happy Birthday Jesus.
Merry Christmas to all of my Blogging Friends
Christmas time is here
Some of you will cheer
Others may spend the day
Alone, no other way
Families come together
Drive through wicked weather
Others will remain in bed
Lifeless, no tears to shed
Let us not forget the reason
Why we’re here, this Christmas season
Our Christ, the Lord was born
He is King, forever more
I wish each of you today
A Merry Christmas and glorious day.
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When I was a mommy of little ones , I loved it. I also had expectations of what they should do and how I wanted their lives to turn out.
I’m sure I disappointed them at times, but hey, what child comes with an instruction manuel? My kids ran through the house. They screamed, yelled, giggled and cried. They were kids, right?
Now having my kids grown and many grandkids are here, I sit back and notice the expectations of what is required today. I don’t know about you, but my kids didn’t sit still for but a few moments at a time.
Today, if a child can’t sit still, some are rushed to doctors and placed on medication . I admit I was glad for those quiet times, but when sickness came to visit , I would have given my right arm to have the running around and noise again .
No matter what Era we raise our kids in, kids need to be kids. They are meant to put things in their mouth. They will have short attention spans. They will get dirty. They should ask the 20 questions , how else will their little brains learn?
They will try your patience , they will love you unconditional . They will pickup the naughty words quick. They will run, laugh, giggle, play and cry.
I guess what I am saying is, don’t scream and punish for them not being little adults . Don’t choose one child over the other. It doesn’t work, I know from personal experience . Let them be who they are. Let them grow at their own rate. Don’t have above the top expectations . They are a gift from God, and whether you think so right now or not, they will grow up and move out, and you will have a permanent silence.