Monday, January 15, 2018

Domesticity?

Well, the good great news is that we are getting healthier!!!

Being kind of cooped up in the house has made me a little bit domestic.  On Thursday of last week our meteorologists were forecasting some horribleawfulterribledangerous weather.  So, I went to the store to get some items so we could hole up in the house and have good, healthy, comfort food.



This morning, I needed to take care of the chicken and the chicken broth I made.  I have a smallish pot of chicken and wild rice soup on the stove and enough chicken portioned out for creamed chicken for future use.  I think we'll have soup for lunch and then decide what to do with the remainder.  Might share with a neighbor, but if there isn't enough, I'll have to rethink that.

EDITED on Tuesday:  I did have enough soup to have one more meal for us and a meal for the neighbors.  I delivered soup and Orlando French rolls to them yesterday.  Always nice to be able to share.




I shredded the remaining head of cabbage that I didn't add to the soup and made cole slaw.  I made two kinds, creamy and the oil and vinegar type.  We are eating good, that's for sure.



Friday, January 12, 2018

The cook

Our meteorologists have been forecasting a very bad winter storm for today.  School was cancelled and this morning the temperature was 57F, but the prediction was dropping temperatures, rain that turns into freezing rain, then snow.  It all came to fruition.  In anticipation of the storm, yesterday I went to the store and picked up some groceries.  We are still not feeling very well, but I am doing better than Rick is.  I decided that beef stew sounded good and comforting.    I picked up groceries so that we will have home cooked and comfort food while we are huddled in our home, getting well and staying away from people who are sick.  We don't need more illness in this house.

Image result for free clip art for cooking stew potI've made beef stew for years, but I've never written down the recipe.  I looked on Allrecipes.com and saw a recipe that used roasted vegetables.  Sounded awfully good, since I absolutely love roasted veggies.  I cut up carrots, celery and onion and roasted them for about 45 minutes while I got the beef ready.  Once I dredged the beef in flour, browned it and let it cook slowly till the meat was tender, I added the roasted vegetables and let that simmer.  I put biscuits in the oven and added potatoes to the stew.  Half an hour later, dinner was ready.  It tasted great and Rick ate well.  We have enough stew for two more meals!

I also bought two rotisserie chickens and boned them when I got home.  I have a bag of chicken bones, skin and celery, carrots and onion to make a rich broth.  The chicken is in a separate bag to be used for soup and for creamed chicken and biscuits later this weekend.  I also picked up some stuffed shells that will make a pretty easy and delicious meal for later, too.

I sure hope Rick starts feeling better, I worry so about him when he is sick.  Winter is a difficult season for him to deal with, he gets very "down" and I can't seem to help him.

NOTE:  This photo is not my stew, just a stock photo that I found online.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Turning the corner??

Well, here it is January 8 and I do believe (cautiously) that I'm "turning the corner" on this illness.  Last night I slept, in the guest bed, better than I have slept since I got sick.  That's a big deal.  This is my sleep readout from my Fitbit.


I am still having coughing fits and am still wheezing.  I have a few more days of antibiotics and cough medicine; also have my inhaler to continue using, so I'm hoping to get rid of this nasty bug.

Yesterday I did some cleaning up around the house, just a little sorting and one trip for Rick and me to take the trash outside and to the curb, for today is trash and recycling pickup.  However, we got a call this morning, and due to the icy road conditions, trash and recycling will most likely be late or even postponed.  No worries, they will be here to pick up when they can.

No school today, either.  When the children were small, we would always cheer for a no school due to snow day.  Once I was working at the school, it was so exciting to get an unexpected "calamity" day.  Even though I'm retired, I get excited for the kids and staff who get an unexpected treat of getting to stay home.  

Today is pickleball and I'm sorry to miss it.  Miss the women we play with, too.  I'm being as responsible and as safe as I can...don't want to infect anyone or have a relapse.  I know I'm not well enough to play...the coughing would be awful.  However, I'm eager to see my friends again.

Rick isn't bouncing back very fast.  I do believe he's suffering from seasonal affective disorder to a degree.  He doesn't do well with winters anymore.  He is sleeping a great deal and seems to have no "oompf".






Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Woe is us

Well, here we are, the start of 2018...lots of possibilities and a clean slate, right?  Well, illness has befallen the Burdette home and the two of us are so incredibly sick.  How sick, you say?  Sick enough to see a doctor in our group of physicians that we have not seen before.

We went to see the doctor and find that thankfully I do not have influenza; I do have bronchitis, was having an asthma attack (which I've not had before).  I was given a breathing treatment and a shot of steroids along with a prescription for an inhaler, an antibiotic and cough pills that both Rick and I are to take.  I liken the feeling in my chest to the concoction of molten lava and Rice Krispies.  Burns like Hades when I cough and the "snap, crackle and pops" make sounds come out of my lungs without ever moving my mouth.


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I do feel better today, not huge stride forward, but enough that I can get out of my chair without falling down.

Rick was diagnosed with neither bronchitis or the flu, but we are to keep a watch on him.  He was feeling a little worse when he first got up, but after a horribly bad start, he's in his chair and snoozing a bit.

Not fun being sick, EVER.  When there are just two of you and you are both sick, it's terrible.  We don't have children close, however I do have my sister and brother that are in the area in the event I absolutely had to have something.

Well, that's about it from here.  We are huddling down and not going out to spread our germs to anyone else.  Be safe out there...the germs are waiting to "latch" on and try to bring you down.  I'm nearly a fanatic on germ control...see what good it did for me!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

68 today

Today is my birthday.  I always look forward to my birthday, but when it arrives, it's a difficult day for me.  I don't know why, it seems like it's always been this way.  Do I build up the day in my mind and it doesn't "measure up"?  Is it harder cause my kids don't live close and I miss them?  Is it harder cause I'm getting older?  I dunno.  Maybe it's the "after Christmas blues".  Regardless, it's a hard day for me and I hate feeling like that.

Anyway, to look at the bright side...which in my mind makes much more sense than being any more bummed...we got together with friends last night for dinner and martinis!  I took the martini-makings and we had pistaschio martinis; they were delicious.

This is a photo of me and one of my best friends.  She's Portia and we have been friends since the kids were in elementary school.  They have 5 grown children and all of them (except one) live nearby.


And then there was dinner tonight at Texas Roadhouse with Portia and her hubby.  Sangria for me, sangria margarita for her.  Cheers!


Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Day 2017

Merry Christmas
Rejoice in this day and know you are blessed

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Frank's poem

I have a friend, Nancy, that I met through her blog, "Blogging, Near Philadelphia".  She is a friend of my neighbor to the west and both of these women are wise beyond their years.  Nancy posted this poem and I MUST share the message.  (Link to her blog is below.)


Remembering Frank



The Birds

It's that time again.

An important part of Christmas for me since I've become a blogger is to publish my friend Frank's poem that he shared with me many years ago. I've shared it each year with my readers, and -- God willing -- I will do it again next year, and the next and the next.


THE BIRDS
IT WASN'T THAT HE DIDN'T LIKE CHRISTMAS


HE ENJOYED THE HOLIDAY FUN

ALL THE BRIGHT COLORS AND SUDDEN GOOD WILL

AND THE CHILDREN'S HAPPY SUSPENSE


BUT HE COULDN'T BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS

IN THE INCARNATION I MEAN

GOD LIVING A MAN-LIFE LIKE HIS? WHAT FOR?

IT JUST DIDN'T MAKE SENSE TO HIM



HE SAT BY THE FIRE

WARM IN HIS HOME

ON CHRISTMAS EVE ALONE

THE FAMILY GONE OFF TO MIDNIGHT MASS



HE HEARD A THUMP AT THE WINDOW

AND THEN ANOTHER

SOME MISCHIEF BOY OUT FOR FUN HE THOUGHT

HE WENT TO THE WINDOW TO CHASE HIM WITH A GLANCE


BUT FOUND NO BOY

BUT A SPARROW FLOCK

LURED BY THE LIGHT AND SIGHT OF WARMTH

HAD TRIED TO COME THROUGH HIS WINDOW


THEY HUDDLED NOW IN THE SNOW

WITH NO PLACE TO GO

AND HE FELT COMPASSION FOR THEM

HE PUT ON HIS BOOTS AND JACKET AND SCARF

AND OUT HE WENT TO OPEN THE GARAGE

TO GIVE THEM SHELTER


BUT THEY WOULD NOT COME

SO HE TURNED ON THE LIGHT

BUT THEY WOULD NOT COME


HE WENT AND GOT BREAD

AND THREW IT MANNA LIKE UPON THE SNOW

A PATH TO FOLLOW

BUT THEY WOULD NOT COME


HE TRIED TO HERD THEM IN

SHOUTING AND WAVING HIS ARMS

BUT THEY WOULD NOT COME


I'M SCARING THEM HE THOUGHT

I'M SO BIG COMPARED TO THEM

AND DIFFERENT


IF BUT FOR A MOMENT I COULD BE A SPARROW

I COULD LEAD THEM THROUGH THE DOOR

I COULD LEAD THEM THROUGH.....THE DOOR