Thursday Thirteen

I haven’t done this in a long time, but I thought it would be fun to do a Thursday Thirteen about me, on this, the day before my 59th birthday! So here goes. Thirteen things about me!

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  1. I was born in Wareham, Massachusetts. Mom said it was a bitter cold day, but nice and sunny. I weighed in at 9 lbs and 1 ounce, and was 23 inches long. Mom swears I nearly killed her.
  2. I was blessed to have a brother, Dickie, who was 7 years older and a sister, Melodie, who is 5 and a half years older. When we were really young we did a lot of things together. One time we rented a cart, where two people peddle and the three of us drove all over town. Many of our parents friends were amazed to see us actually wanting to spend time together.
  3. When I was 8 years old I played Gretl in the Sound of Music. That was a big time in my life. I learned my lines with my Mom helping me. I found it actually quite easy  as I had a fairly decent memory. I also love to sing and the Sound of Music songs were simply the best. Looking back I think it was this time in the community theater that gave me so much confidence.
  4. The first time, I married young, and had two beautiful daughter before I turned 20!  Despite the fact that the marriage didn’t last, at least I can say that we have remained friends.
  5. My daughters were the best thing that ever happened to me. Giving birth to them, raising them, and watching them grow, are at the top of my list of all time most fabulous things!
  6. Seeing Mandy grow in her life and have her own children, and a successful career also makes me feel very happy for her.  My daughter is the most amazing woman. I am so proud of her!
  7. Finding Jack and having a successful second marriage also has brought great happiness and a lot of adventure and love. It also helped me believe that love can find you the second time around,
  8. Becoming a grandmother is the best thing ever. I remember holding Savannah for the very first time. Oh the joy that welled up inside me, cannot be described. Looking in to that beautiful little face, It was as if I had known her all of my life. Even now, five years since her birth, I still feel as though Savannah has always been with us. And my love just keeps growing and growing.
  9. The same could be said about Quinn. I held him just a couple of hours after he was born and the moment I held him I knew, that he, like Savannah, had captured my heart and each time I see him, my heart grows a little more.
  10. You know, that is the thing. Those two little ones, have a place in my heart and soul that I didn’t even know existed! Oh yes, being an Oma, a grandmother, is just the best.
  11. I am also blessed with the fact that I am best friends with both my sister, Melodie and cousin, Janet. I have literally known them all my life and cannot recall a time when they were not there. These women love me unconditionally and this is a wonderful thing.
  12. I also have met several women that have become sisters by choice. These women are always there for me and I am blessed. You know who you are! I also have made friends with several men who are like brothers. Especially my brother in-law, Ron. I have known him since I was 8 years old and the night of my car accident, he sat with me in ICU. My other “brothers”, also know who they are and I thank you all!
  13. I love my dackels! I first saw a wire-haired dachshund when I went to Germany with Jack to meet his dear friends. They had one, named Shubi and it was love at first sight. I knew then that I had to have one and I dreamt of breeding them. I did not know then that I would breed Greta and keep two of her babies. Raising a brother and sister from the same litter has been one of the most interesting and loving parts of my life.

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  1. We got close to 10 inches of snow today. Hubby went out twice to snow blow the drive and keep it open, but he could actually go out again, as it’s snowed enough to be done one more time. But it is late and he is tired.
  2. I made Hubby’s favorite meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy and wax beans. He is in Heaven, and I think, “oh well it’s just another meal!”
  3. He is going skiing on Thursday, so once again, I will be Queen of the remote control!
  4. In bed last night I kept hearing a strange computer type noise. So, I got up and Hubby had set his mouse down on the keyboard and would blink on and off, thus the weird noise.
  5. Funny the things that wake you!
  6. I did 5 loads of laundry. We are either the dirtiest people I know or the cleanest!
  7. Savannah was sick last week with pneumonia.
  8. Thankfully she is doing better now.
  9. Love watching the HGTV house remodel shows.
  10. You know, Property Brothers, Love it or List it.
  11. I also watched “The Silver Linings Playbook” the other day. Excellent movie!
  12. My plan for Thursday is to finish the laundry.
  13. And figure out, what’s for dinner!

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Scav Sat

I’m starting to make up lists and recipes for our Thanksgiving. Which is really amusing, as there will just be the two of us. However, I take my job as chef seriously, and so I plan out each and every detail before hand. So far, here is the menu.

  1. Turkey. I have a ten pound young turkey for the big day. I’ll use butter to rub it down and then sea salt and pepper to season it.
  2. Stuffing. Usually I make a chestnut dressing, but this year I asked Hubby what he wanted and he asked for a sage stuffing like his mom used to make. It’s fairly simple, but delicious.
  3. Gravy. I make my own pan gravy. Yum!
  4. Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. I love their slightly yellow tinge and sweet flavor. What a great mashing potato!
  5. Green beans. They are flash frozen in our freezer from the garden last summer.
  6. Butternut squash. I cooked all my squash from the garden, cooked it up and then mashed it, seasoned it with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, and then froze it.
  7. Cranberry sauce. I’m not sure if I will make a cranberry/orange relish or just use normal cranberry.
  8. A relish tray with olives and pickle relish.
  9. Apple cider.
  10. Champagne.
  11. Homemade apple pie.
  12. Classic vanilla ice cream.
  13. Alka Seltzer! (lol)

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July 04 098

Today was a wild day. We had so many little errands to run, plus Weight Watchers, so we got into the car around noon and hit the road.

  1. Hubby’s new glasses were in so that was out first stop.
  2. I needed some adjustments with mine, and so far, I think the nice clerk got it right.
  3. We stopped for lunch at Pizza Hut. For $5.00 you can eat from both their salad bar and pizza bar. It was yummy!
  4. Then we went to one of my favorite shops looking for a few tops for me.
  5. Since my weight loss is slower than slow, I need to have some comfortable clothes that fit.
  6. I got no where at shop one, so we went to Talbots.
  7. They were having big sales!
  8. I got three shirts, one sweater and a pair of beautiful black corduroys!
  9. Better yet, I got three more discounts and all of these nice clothes were under $100.00! I love a good deal!
  10. We drove home, stopping at the Post Office, before getting in and being greeted by the dogs.
  11. I had NOTHING planned for dinner!
  12. I thawed some hamburger and then thought! What to do, what to do?
  13. I made an American Chop Suey, spicy and nice. We both enjoyed it.

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Thursday Thirteen Peaches

Thirteen things I did today!

  1. I went back to Weight Watchers. Don’t ask, don’t tell right now.
  2. I went shopping for doggy biscuits and found the little ones the beasts love.
  3. Talked to my sister a few times as we both were missing Mom and our talks with her.
  4. After a discussion about what to do with Mom’s china, we came up with the best idea.
  5. Her china pattern has a soft pink rose in the center of the plate. It’s a gorgeous pattern.
  6. The dishes will go to Savannah Rose when she gets married. I’ll hold on to them until then.
  7. I had a ton of tomatoes from our garden and since I have already made spaghetti sauce (a ton) I decided to make chili.
  8. I made eleven meals worth! It’s now in the deep freeze for the winter.
  9. Despite the fact that we have no oven, we had meatloaf for dinner.
  10. It was a mini meatloaf that I cooked in the toaster-oven.
  11. Hubby has been picking fruit left and right. Plums and peaches and the first apples of the season!
  12. Looks like I will get my hearts desire and have a cookout this weekend.
  13. Just simple cookout fare. Hamburgers, hot-dogs and chicken. Cooked on the grill and served up with salads and my very own pickles!

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Thursday Thirteen Peaches

Thirteen Thoughts

  1. Today was a very cool and dry day. Almost like Autumn.
  2. There was even a tree top that has two branches where the leaves have changed color!
  3. My garden in general, has been such a disappointment.
  4. My biggest crop have been the beans. 12 pounds frozen for the winter.
  5. There are tomatoes, but not many.
  6. What I really need to do is clear the garden out before the winter and really fertilize it well before the snow falls.
  7. I also need to figure out how to get rid of the powdery mildew in the soil.
  8. Next year I will plant different types of squash and eggplants.
  9. I guess sometimes gardens just have an off year.
  10. The peaches will be coming in soon.
  11. That means it will be time to make the Heavenly Peach Jam!
  12. One of the best things in life, is a fresh plain doughnut, fresh Heavenly Jam and a hot cup of coffee!
  13. I guess this means we need to go and buy that new coffee maker tomorrow.

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Nov 24 015

By the numbers!

  1. It was a picture perfect day here in New Hampshire. Sunny skies, moderate temperatures and clear air. Perfect!
  2. A friend called and asked me out to lunch at the last minute.
  3. This was perfect as it got me thinking about other things.
  4. I did some additional planting in the garden. A few plants died when I put them in, so today we filled in with a few more cucumbers and summer squash.
  5. I’m sure I will live to regret this additional planting. I always have too much!
  6. But I share. I pack up bags of produce and deliver it around!
  7. I even caught up by paying bills and getting everything mailed!
  8. I was trying to figure out how to get our computers to talk to each other.
  9. After a couple of hours, I finally did!!! Yay me!!!
  10. Tomorrow I am going to the hospital where the first plastic surgeon operated on me.
  11. I am just so upset. You see I learned that I did not need to have my forehead carved up and tomorrow I plan to make the hospital aware.
  12. It’s supposed to be a good day, and I have made up two new CD’s to listen to.
  13. Yes, a relaxing trip, will be a pleasant trip!

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May 6 11 013

  1. I went to see the plastic surgeon specialist on Wednesday.
  2. Dr. P. is an extremely well educated and studied Australian.
  3. He came to the USA in 1989 and began working at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
  4. I loved his easy mannerisms and smiles.
  5. I really felt relaxed.
  6. He explained he would not have done a forehead flap to cover my nose.
  7. He would have used a graft from another area.
  8. Currently my skin graft has developed a lot of scar tissue.
  9. So, the current plan is to slowly remove the scar tissue little by little, until a normal nose is shaped.
  10. Since I also have nerve damage in my forehead, I will need surgery on that as well.
  11. The nerve there will need to be buried.
  12. If that does not work, then I will join the botox set as they attempt to kill the nerve ending there.
  13. Tonight I feel hopeful, happy and I know, I will sleep well tonight.

Thursday By The Numbers

July 04 098

  1. I went to Weight Watchers and after a week of weighing and measuring and journaling, I lost three and a half pounds!
  2. I was so psyched about this and was walking on air!
  3. After class I drove down to see my girlfriend, Barbie.
  4. Her female wire-haired dachshund, Veela just had six puppies a month ago.
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  6. The father for these puppies is also the Daddy of Arnie and Anneliese.
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  8. I climbed right in the puppy box and played with them, and felt their little puppy tongues lick my face!
  9. One thing I love about dogs is that they do not look at my face and see scars. They just shower you with love!
  10. After a few hours I left to come home.
  11. I stopped at the grocery store and picked a few things…
  12. To the tune of $125.00.
  13. Okay I got three meals of meat and some fresh vegetables.
  14. Oh yes, and a rotisserie chicken, so I didn’t have to cook much tonight. Just the corn on the cob!
  15. I got home and my dogs did nothing but sniff me for an hour. They all knew I had been with a bunch of puppies!

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Aug 1 002

Wednesday was a busy day. Here’s what I was up to.

  1. I went to Weight Watchers and I have lost 2 pounds. Now I just have to keep up the momentum!
  2. I brought one car in to be inspected, while picking up the first one. We have one more to go. Our seldom used winter Jeep.
  3. I deposited our tax refund check, such as it was…
  4. Made Hubby lunch with the luscious bread I got at the King Arthur Baking Center.
  5. I also had a sandwich. Peanut-butter and banana, my favorite!
  6. I watered my plants and spent some time talking to them. Finally my butternut squash seeds are sprouting!
  7. I finally have my medical records from my surgeries moving toward the doctor I will see in Boston. You do not know what I had to do to get the hospital to cough them up!
  8. I decided that it was time to free up my computer, download my pictures to an external drive, and then get rid of extra unused stuff and do the ultimate.
  9. Yes, I defragged!
  10. A couple months ago we bought these pre-seasoned baby-back ribs and they were awful. Because it was a large package we’d only cooked half, which meant we still had half a pack. I knew I needed to use them!
  11. So after I thawed them out, I rinsed off the yucky rub and sauced them, put them in my dutch oven and cooked them slowly.
  12. Surprisingly, they came out well.
  13. I finally have relief from my allergies. Chlortrimeton and Sudefed. I finally feel human again!