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I can not believe it has been two months since I have written anything on my blog.  It has gone by in a flash.  Since we brought Casey into our home everything has pretty much revolved around making her feel at home.  I will talk more about that in another post.

We are starting to settle into a fairly regular routine.  Notice I did not use the word “normal”.  Mostly because there is nothing normal about my household!

I have done some sewing.  All for Casey! 🙂 She does not mind my crooked seams! Last week I attempted my first zipper without help.  Let’s just say the zipper is attached and it works!  More practice is needed on zippers!

Perspective

A little grumpy tonight. Fed up with the way people act like they are entitled, are rude and have no respect for anyone. Then get appalled if someone treats them badly. I am tired of customer service having gone to hell in a hand basket (yes I am feeling that old) over the last several years. I am irritated that being a good, loyal customer means nothing anymore.

THEN I stopped…and think to myself how petty I am being. I woke up this morning with my family safe, a roof over my head, food in my pantry and all of us relatively healthy. I did not have to clear debris from my land. Attempt to salvage what little bit of my life I could find in the rubble that was once my home. I did not mourn the loss of a friend, family member, neighbor or a beloved pet.

There are times you just need to stop and put things in perspective!

New Addition

Back in January I did a post about having “doggy blues”.  Since then I have been checking the shelter site almost daily looking at the dogs.  I also started looking at dog rescues.  I found one that I kept going back to…on a daily basis.  It just seemed different from the others I had briefly looked at.  The name of the rescue is, Lake Lanier Humane League.  They had great descriptions of the animals available.  It really gave you and idea of the dogs personalities.  There were three dogs that caught my attention.  I decided to fill out an application.  What could it hurt.  Not like I had to actually adopt a dog.  However, it is always nice to be prepared.  At least this is what I told my husband as I sat filling out the paperwork! 😉

I received a phone call from the foster mom of two of the dogs I was interested in.  The third dog had been adopted.  I spoke with Crystal, the foster mom, for almost an hour.  I decided on one dog I really felt I needed to meet.  On Friday, April 5th my son and I headed to a local Pet Smart.  There we met with the  foster family and the dog.  The dogs name is Casey.  She is just under a year old.  She is a boxer mix, a good ole Heinz 57 dog.  Casey is a timid dog.  We were warned about this while talking to Crystal.  Casey did not jump up on us wagging her tail in greeting.  She did however sniff our legs and did not act like we were a threat.  For a timid dog these are all good signs.

On Saturday, April 6th my husband and I went to the adoption the Lake Lanier Humane League was having at the Pet Smart.  We spent time with Casey in the adoption room.  Once again there was no jumping all over us licking our face in glee.  But, she took treats from my husband, did not get upset when he held on to her leash and eventually laid down next to him and slept.  All good signs.  My slightly reluctant husband was no longer slightly reluctant!  He walked away from the adoption wanting to bring home a total of 4 dogs!

Tuesday, April 9th we had the home visit.  With Casey being a timid dog we were told there would be two home visits.  We were okay with that.  If she was going to become part of our family we wanted her to be comfortable and happy with us.  We got a wonderful surprise and were told that if she reacted the same way she had during the other times we had met her we would be allowed to go ahead with the adoption!

Let me introduce Ms. Casey!

Casey

 

Shrimp and Grits

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Last week for dinner I made  Shrimp and Grits.  I have made shrimp and I have made grits.  Just never together!  The recipe is from Home Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine.  It is the March 18, 2013 issue and the recipe can be found on page 53.  Here is the recipe.

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Cheesy Grits (recipe follows)

 

  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon and drain on paper towels, leaving as much drippings in pan as possible.
  2. Cook shallots and garlic in hot drippings over medium heat, stirring occasionally for a 4 minutes or until shallots are tender.
  3. Sprinkle shrimp with Creole seasoning.  Increase heat to medium-high, and add shrimp to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or just until shrimp are pink.  Remove shrimp from pan.
  4. Add wine, and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, and parsley until well combined, and cook for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.  Add shrimp, and cook for 1 minute or until shrimp are heated through.  Serve over Cheesy Grits.  Sprinkle with bacon and parsley.

 

Cheesy Grits

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  • 2 (32 ounce) containers chicken broth
  • 2 cups quick cooking grits
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  1. In a medium saucepan bring chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat.  Slowly whisk in grits.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for 12 to 15 minutes or until mixture is thick.  Stir in cream and cheese.  Keep warm.

Spring

 

 

 

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I love when my daffodils bloom.  It makes the yard look so pretty.  I especially like the color against this red plant.  I have no clue what said red plant might be.  That might be a question for my friend, Michele, at The Salem Garden.   We did not do any of the planting in our yard.  I must admit we are garden challenged type of people!  Unfortunately the yard is getting to the point we are going to have to do something!

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The yellow of the daffodils really does pop against the red and green!

 

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These are the buds on our Bradford Pear Tree.  As the bloom I will post more pictures.  They produce a stunning flower.  However, the also produce a foul odor! We bought our home in the Spring.  I remember getting out of the car one day to allow the inspector into the house.  There was this horrible odor.  I just knew he was going to find a problem with the septic tank.  The second time I smelled the odor our Realtor was with me.  She made the comment about the darn trees smelling.  I thought she was joking and proceeded to take a whiff of the beautiful flowers on the tree.  Let’s just say I never made that mistake again! I am still baffled at how something so pretty can smell that bad!

 

Figuring things out

It is about high time I take a step back and figure out what I want from this blog.  I will be going about my normal day and think “OH, I should take a picture and write about that!”  Then something else catches my attention and taking a picture and blogging about it gets lost in that computer called my brain!  That is a scary and scattered place lately!

I am in desperate need of finishing up the things I must do so I can move on to the things I want to do.  Actually the “want to do” in some ways is a must do as well.  I have always been a firm believer that everyone needs to be creative.  When they are not they get lost.  Right now I am lost!  I am lost in housework (which I am horrible at), cooking (something I want to blog about), trying to find time with my husband, worrying about my mother’s health (several trips to Mayo and still no answers) and just trying to find the energy to get anything accomplished! ::::sigh::::  That should do it for the whining part of our program!

My promise to me is to blog something at a minimum 3 times a week.  That will help me to be focused.  It will give me a chance to be creative while I get my work table cleared and ready for some sewing.  Maybe even some jewelry making.  Definitely do some photography work!  Just talking about my projects gives me an added boost!

Feel better already!

Digging Out

It is stormy here in the state of Georgia.  To the West of where I live a tornado touched down.  There are tornado watches and warnings.  We have had a several weather watch, a wind advisory and flood watch since yesterday for our area.  Watch is what we have done.

I cancelled lunch plans for today.  Instead it is time to dig out my computer, craft, sewing room.  I have been putting things in here since my surgery in July without any rhyme or reason.  My piles of paperwork are getting deep enough I am not sure where anything is located anymore.  I have fabric stacked on my work table.  Several different projects in varying degrees of completion. New projects waiting to be removed from the shopping bag.  It is just a mess.

So while the storm does it’s thing, I will be doing mine!   Then maybe by the week end I can post some completed projects!

Mother/Son Relationship

I have been blessed!  I can not say this enough.  Tonight was one of those moments that I am reminded of how fortunate I am.

I go through bouts of insomnia.  Last night (Sunday into Monday) I went to bed at 8:30 Monday morning.  Two hours after my husband left for the airport.  I tried to sleep Sunday night but sleep was an elusive beast!  Today, Monday, was spent trying to get some sleep.  Phones were turned off.  Blinds were shut.  Eye mask was in place.  Shut brain off long enough to get some sleep.  Of course when I did wake I was still tired because now my routine was off.  I spent the day lounging.

My son got out of work around 6.  Instead of cooking I suggested we go out for dinner.  We decided to go to P.F. Changs.  This seems to be turning into “our place”.   It provides a nice place for us to catch up.  We each ordered a meal and then shared.  I heard about his day.  About the difficult customer that could not understand unless he wanted to attach a very long extension cord to his phone and/or his lap top he was not going to get service when he took his boat out.  We laughed about some of the funny comments an elderly woman made while my son worked on her cell phone.  Our topics went from our day to day operations to “What would you do if you won the lottery?” and everything in between.

Maybe because I am tired but I feel reflective…blessed…that I have the relationship I do with my son.  We spent almost 3 hours eating, laughing and talking.  I wish everyone had this kind of connection with their child.  I was lucky, am lucky, to have it with my parents.  I like my parents.  I liked my parents when I was a teenager and was not supposed to like them!  LOL

I am grateful that it carried on to the next generation.  I enjoy knowing the man my son has become.  He is well versed, intelligent, funny and thoughtful.  When I had surgery in July my husband was only able to take a week off from work.  Our son has had to pick up the slack from my being down.  He has had to take me to my therapy and doctors appointments.  He truly turned into my left hand!

I will finish with what I started with “I have been blessed”.

Good night (Lord willing) LOL

Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts & Red Onion

I can not take credit for this recipe.   I found it in the Sam’s Club Magazine that was sent to me as the holidays were starting.  I will place a link for the recipe at the bottom of the page.

I made this at Christmas when my in laws were visiting.  My husband and son do not like Brussels Sprouts.  So I needed a different audience in order to make this dish.  It was a hit!

2 Tbsp. butter

1/2 cup diced onions

1/2 cup chopped asparagus (about one inch each)

2 cups brussels sprouts (halved)

6-8 strips of pre-cooked bacon, chopped into pieces

Preparation:

On medium heat, melt butter. Add diced onions and saute until translucent.  Add remaining ingredients and cook on medium heat, stirring often,  until onions, asparagus and sprouts are slightly browned.  You will need to turn the sprouts to ensure they do not overcook on one side.

Yields approximately 2-3 servings

My Notes:

  • I do not cut or chop my asparagus.  I snap my asparagus.  Here is a link on how to trim your asparagus.
  • I did not follow the recipe to the letter regarding amounts of food.  I bought fresh brussels sprouts and asparagus and just eyed how much was enough.  It is an easy enough recipe you can do this if you are experienced.

Here is the link to Sam’s Club Meals.

Brussels Sprouts

Doggy Blues`

You know how some women have the baby blues? Where all they can think of is having a baby.  How cute they are and how wonderful their lives would be if they could just have one more baby!  Everywhere they look the see the little bundle of joys cooing and looking all cute.  Well folks I am deep, and I mean D-E-E-P, in the doggy blues!  I want a dog!

When my husband and I got married I had an adult cat.  My husband does not like cats, has never liked cats and will never like cats.  He equates them to snakes!  Something that completely baffles me but that’s the way it is.  When we lived in our apartment Abby, the cat, lived with my parents.  When we bought our first home it was time for Abby to come home.  Much to the dismay (dislike) of my husband.  Our agreement was when Abby passed away there would be no more cats!  Ever!  ::::sigh::::

My husband is a dog person.  So one would think my wanting a dog would not be an issue.  Surprise!  It is an issue!  He does not and while the words have not come out of his mouth (yet) will not allow me to get a dog.  Now I am a grown woman.  Some of you might have balked at the word “allow”.  My husband and I have a lot of respect for each other.  He has never really told me no with the exception of a cat.  He has been my voice of reason on many occasions.  I have been his voice of reason on many occasions.  It is always done with respect, love and consideration for the others feelings.  Right now he is being the logical, reasonable one.  I am being the two year old, stomping her feet, pouting and grumbling around the house!  Maybe not that bad…on the outside.  But let me assure you, on the inside I am a toddler having a melt down! ::::giggle:::::

Especially after going to the Animal Shelter today to look at a dog for a friend.  Probably not the right place to go when in the throes of the doggy blues!  I meet this girl at the shelter.Shepherd Shelter

They think she is about a year and a half.  She was found stray.  Is very friendly.  My son and I actually spent some time in the bonding area with her.  She was very well mannered.  Seemed to have a lot of energy but not so much we could not keep up with her.  I honestly think she would be a good fit for our home.  Mr. Reason-Logic did not agree.  My 2 year old inner voice called him Mr. Poopy-Head. 😉

I know my husband is right.  I know eventually I will get past the doggy blues.  Perhaps what I need to do is just volunteer at the shelter.  That way I could have the fun of playing with the dogs and cats but still be able to go away for a week end without getting a babysitter!

 

 

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