Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Thursday marks the first day of spring…to celebrate would you rather plant a garden or go for a walk in the woods? Would either of those activities be possible on Thursday where you live?

Plant a garden, but no. With four feet of snow in our back yard it would be impossible!

2. When did someone last spring something on you? (or when did you last spring something on someone?)

No surprises lately. Thank goodness!

3. We often think of spring as a time for new beginnings. What’s something you’d like to start doing this spring?

Seeing Savannah again, more often. Last year due to surgeries I didn’t see her as much as I’d have liked.

4. Where do you like to sit in a movie theater? When did you last sit there, and what were you watching?

Towards the back, and in the middle on the isle.

5. When you meet someone for the very first time, what do you want them to think about you?

That I am nice.

6. March is frozen food month (yes, really!). Besides ice cream (gotta make you think a little) what’s your most often purchased frozen food item?

Pizza.

7. What’s something you avoid?

Pineapple.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Greta is having a little problem with a disc in her neck. The medication is helping. One things for sure, she is being extra cuddly.

Corned Beef And Cabbage: How To Do It Right!

I found this recipe and tried it last night. It is the best way I have found to desalinate the corned beef a little, and the meal comes out perfectly!

Ingredients
1 (3 pound) slab of corned beef, preferably home made (I had a store bought brisket)
2 tablespoons pickling spices, preferably home made (I used a tea ball)
8 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1″ segments
2 onions halved
2 pounds of potatoes, peeled, cleaned and cut in half
1 small head of cabbage, outer leaves removed, cut in quarters
Do this:
Open the package the meat came in and dump out all the liquid. Rinse thoroughly. Trim off all the fat cap. The place in cold water and soak for half an hour.

Corned beef is essentially pickled in salt, and straight out of the pack it is way too salty. Before we can eat this cured meat, we need to cook it and desalinate it a bit. Place the beef in a large pot along with enough hot water to cover it by at least 1″ and put the lid on.

Turn the heat to medium and bring to a low simmer for 30 minutes. Do not let it boil. If you boil it, it will get tough and shrink. Beware that the meat is cold, so when it warms the water will slowly move from simmer to boil. Keep an eye on it and do not let it boil.

After 30 minutes, dump out the water and cover the meat with fresh hot water. This time add the pickling spices. (I used the tea ball to hold the spices)

Bring to a low simmer again, this time for 1 hour.

Again dump the water and pickling spices and replace it with fresh hot water. Bring to a low simmer and let it simmer for 1 hour. Add the carrots and onions. After 30 minutes add the potatoes. After 30 minutes add the cabbage. After 20 minutes the cabbage will be done and so should everything else. But remember to check.

Remove the meat and place it on a carving board. There are often two horizontal muscles separated by a thick layer of fat. Separate them by sliding a knife through the fat. Carve and/or scrape off the fat layer. Carve the meat by cutting across the grain about the thickness of a pencil. Any thinner and it will fall apart, any thicker and it will be chewy.

Lift out the cabbage, potatoes and carrots and onions and divide them into serving bowls. Place the meat in the bowl. Spoon some of the cooking liquid over them and serve. Happy Holiday!

You Gotta Have Friends!

Sunday was a wonderful day. A new friend of mine, Diane, came by with my s=cousin, Janet, and we talked about Lyme Disease. Diane has it and she told me all she has learnt over the years. She had prepared a notebook for me, with all the information about Lyme Disease, treatments available, and doctors in the area that treat the disease.

I’ve been rather depressed about having been so sick for so long, but today I felt hope for the first time. Now I know treatment is still a a ways down the road, but I will be patient and eventually I will get the treatment I need.

Then in the late afternoon I hopped over to another friend’s home. She was havingĀ  a small gathering for a man who is running for Congress. I liked him very much, and with him good luck.

However, the best part of the evening was seeing friends from the town I live in. No one has really seen me since I had all the plastic surgery. Everyone was kind. They told me how well I’d healed.

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It felt great to be out again.

Shopping Day

Saturday was the first time I have been out and about since last August. Pretty much all Autumn and Winter I have not been able to do anything alone. Poor Hubby has driven me most places, except a few times I was feeling I could make a trek.

Today I literally did a big trip. I gassed up the station wagon, and picked up a few things at the Warehouse Club we belong to, I went to Walmart to get a few things, and then did a full grocery shopping at Market Basket in the crazy, madness of Saturday afternoon.

There were screaming babies, harried parents, the elderly in their electronic carts, and people restocking shelves as quickly as they are emptied.

About three o’clock I realized I had missed lunch and my blood sugar was low, so I grabbed a quick hamburger and diet root beer. That kept me going until dinner tonight.

Hubby worked really hard while I was gone. Our driveway was all snow and ice, and pretty bad. Hubby chopped up the ice, and pushed it all off the tarred driveway. It’s a tad tricky at the very top, but really, he did a great job on the 500 feet of our drive downhill to the house.

Arnie has been such a comfort to Jack. They pal around together, and Arnie is so loving. You know, Arnie wasn’t supposed to be ours. I had sold him to someone else and because of life changes, this person changed her mind. Well, after 12 weeks of Arnie being with us, we were sunk. Arnie was ours!

This morning at breakfast an economist was talking about buying meats, chicken, fish, etc. when they are on sale and freezing things. Today it was corned beef brisket. I had already gotten one for Monday, but since they are only $1.99 a pound I grabbed two more and tossed them in the freezer.

So the day is done, and I am really tired. I think I will go to bed and read and then go to sleep. Night everyone!

Eastern Airlines Crash And The Ghosts

I’m reading a book on the flight of Eastern Airline 401. You can go HERE and read all about it. The most interesting thing are the reports of the two Ghosts that haunted other L1011’s in the Eastern fleet. The book is so good that I stayed up until after eleven o’clock last night reading.

On Friday morning I found a documentary all about the accident, with interviews from some of the survivors.

It’s a good show, so if you are interested in avionics you can watch this.

Friday, Freezing, Fur

Today was make the puppers beautiful day. I started in the morning, combing, stripping and trimming their coats. One after another I put them on the counter and worked.

Hubby helped by stabilizing them, in between snow blowing and ice chipping in the yard. There is just so much snow, ice and yes, even wet under the snow out there! I am so ready for spring!!!

I’d let the little buggers go fur wise for a bit because it has been so darn cold. I felt they needed every last hair on their body. Even though today was bitterly cold, I’m thinking of springtime!

I do have little sweaters for the dackels, all washed and ready to be worn.

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Hubby was great today and made a lovely fire in the fireplace and all three dogs have snuggled up with it after they came in.

Forgiving

Forgive

1. to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
2. to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
3. to grant pardon to (a person).
4. to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one’s enemies.

A while back, I did what I do best in life. I opened my mouth and inserted my foot. It’s not that I meant to, it was just a subject that I tend to have no control over the way I react.

I tried to apologize. I did everything I could think of to make amends, but nothing has worked, and since this occurred I actually have changed the way I handle difficult situations.

I realize that not everyone can like everyone in this crazy world of ours, but I think I am a pretty nice person. I try so hard and this is hurting me.

29 years ago when that impaired driver hit my car, I was so filled with hate and rage, that it all but consumed me.

I spent years in therapy to get to the point where I could forgive the man who did this. It was forgive or die for me.

Now it’s not like I saw him and gave him an easy pass of actually forgiving him. In fact the forgiveness was in my mind and my heart. I will never forget, but I did have to let it go.

I think letting go is part of the forgiving process.

(Isn’t it for everyone?)

Well, I will try to let it go. I do not want to begin a battle. I just need to walk away.

Have you had something like this happen? How did you handle things when after several apologies, you are not forgiven?

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Do you have an interest in learning about your family’s heritage? Why or why not? If you know a little bit about your roots, share an interesting piece of trivia or a fun fact about someone who goes way back on your family tree.

My grandfather, Papa Fred, came to the USA when he was 9 years old. My Uncle Albert picked Papa and his father up after they had cleared Ellis Island and they went for lunch in a Pub. The ordered hotdogs and beer. The waiter said “But we don’t serve children beer!” They brought Papa milk and from that day on Papa loved his milk. Not too much, after all it was a special drink.

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Love and miss you Papa!

2. Branch Rickey, the baseball exec credited with signing Jackie Robinson, is quoted as saying-

“Luck is the residue of design.”
Agree or disagree? Why?

Sometimes you make your own luck. Luck isn’t always an accident. There’s a reason some people seem luckier than others.

3. In the town where you currently reside, what’s your favorite green space?

Lake Winnipesaukee.

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4. Who is your favorite comedian?

Carol Burnett and Tim Conway. Oh my goodness, they sure made me laugh!

5. March is National Nutrition Month, and almost everyone needs to improve their diet in some way. What about you? How can you improve your nutrition on a daily basis? Will you try?

By cutting carbs. I really need to get my eating under control. Right now I feel like it is getting away from me.

6. Which of these green expressions have you ‘experienced’ in recent weeks -green with envy, green thumb, green around the gills, or give the green light? Explain.

Green around the gills. Only because so much has been going on.

7. Where is one place you don’t mind waiting?

In a lovely German Restaurant while with my girlfriend Uschi!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Not much luck finding what I want dog wise. Ultimately getting a pup this summer would be the very best. Currently, we have 4 feet of snow in the back yard, and another foot of snow expected tonight.

And So It Begins

I started the process of looking for a good breeder to get a White German Shepherd from. Even though we have three dachshunds, our house is amazingly empty without Fritz. It wasn’t that he was demanding, in fact Greta and Anneliese are the ones who are demanding. No, Fritz had a big heart, a spirit so large that it filled our lives quietly.

So, I’ve discovered two breeders that actually have sites written by people they have scammed and cheated. Darn. One of the sites actually had the cutest puppy on it. But there is a Facebook page and a blog all about this woman and her cheating and lying. In fact when I spoke to her she actually lied to me about a breeder I do know to be reputable.

With the new pup I will take it to obedience classes and then I want to go on to Canine Good Citizen and then on to Therapy Dog.

Ah well, we will find our puppy when it is right. Never rush. Check out all references and get the healthiest pup from the most responsible breeder.