I have no Gall!

Good News! My ultra sound came back okay for the gallbladder! Which is really great! At least I know that surgery isn’t in my future. I guess the big question now is, just what IS wrong?
I had the blood work done for an ulcer today, and I spoke with the nurse in my doctor’s office and I expect I will be going back to see him next week. A change in diet, one way or another, will, no doubt, be in order.
Meanwhile, I’m feeling relieved and a little happy that I am not full to the brim with gall!! LOL

And so it goes…

One day after feeling like maybe my hands looked pretty, with the nice long finger nails, yes, you guessed it; one broke! I tried all the little cheats. Super glue, polish, etc. Nothing worked. So I cut the nail and filed it smooth. Then I looked really strange, so I just decided that perhaps I should just do them all. So I did.
They still look okay, but not as long. At least they’ll grow.
And so it goes…

Fingernails

I probably have the ugliest hands I have ever seen. They are large, like a mans and I am forever getting men’s ski gloves in the winter. No pink fuzzy gloves for me! No, I get commando colored ones with GI Joe cuffs. But, at least they fit.
Until recently I chewed my nails. The only time I actually had nails was when I either had artificial ones put on that were so hard I would have broken a tooth had I attempted to chew them, or used the press on ones, that had the habit of flying off into someones dinner meal at expensive restaurants.
During the recent cruise, I actually relaxed enough that I stopped biting my nails for the 8 days we were gone. By the time we returned the nails had a good head start.
I bought extra large kitchen gloves. I got nail strengthening polish! I was careful and rubbed creme into them each night. And now a month later here they are:
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I keep telling myself that I know that the day will come when one will break or chip, and then another. But for today, they are looking good, and they are all natural and all mine!

Oh…The Pain

It started about 10 days ago. I noticed after I ate, I felt sick. I tried to sort of change around what I was eating and still I didn’t feel well. Not only that, But I had these sharp pains in the middle of my chest, that sort of radiated into my back. It almost felt like I was having a heart attack. But Hubby assured me, it wasn’t and I was fine, sort of.
Well, finally when even toast was making me feel ill with pain I decided to go in to see my doctor.. It is probably a problem with my gallbladder. I am having an ultra sound on Thursday. Great. That’s actually the good news: the bad news, unless the thing is infected and you are half dead they won’t take the darn thing out. Which means you have to get yourself on the lowest fat diet that you can to treat the gallbladder problem.
The other thing it might be, if it’s not the gallbladder, is an ulcer. So I have to get blood work done to check for that. Meanwhile, he put me on some medication for acid stomach and if it helps, great! If not, then the other problem is what we are probably dealing with.
All I can say is, “Oh…The Pain…”

More than A-Depp-T

I’ve never really cared for Johnny Depp. From day one I just felt very uncomfortable with his whole Star Man persona. Admittedly, because of this, I have not seen a lot of his movies. Why go and waste my time watching someone I don’t like “act” and get paid an obscene amount of money?
Well, yesterday I was sitting here alone and bored. Flipping the dial on the TV, (see how old I am? I remember when TV’s had dials! LOL) And I came across “Finding Neverland”. I stopped and started to watch. Not because of Johnny Depp, but because I like Kate Winslet.
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Soon I was drawn into the story, and before I knew it, I realized I wasn’t watching Johnny Depp at all, but Sir James Barrie. The movie was so well done, the acting flawless and although I still find it hard to take Mr. Depps weird eccentric ways, I will admit that he is one heck of an actor.
I loved Neverland! And I cried like a baby at the end. My hats off to Johnny Depp He truly is an A-Depp-T actor.

Is It Time To Build An Ark?

It’s been raining up here for, like, well, forever. I have even stopped counting how many inches. Suffice to say, if this was snow, we would all be buried and gone. Alas, it is rain. Lots and lots of rain. What’s tough is getting the dogs to actually go out in this stuff. They all hate to get rained on. Now jump in a lake, take a shower with me, fine and dandy. They are all for that. But have the sky open up and spit on them, and forget it. They’ll cross their legs and die before they’ll go outside.
I got a little cape for the girls. Thinking this would encourage them. Are you kidding? They want the matching J-Lo boots too!
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So I carried them out and put them on the grass. Shubi wasn’t having it. She ran right back inside the house. But after a little conversation and a lot of pleading, I finally got Greta to perform! Oh joy!
So tell me, when do we build the Ark?

Classic Instant Rice Pudding

1-3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup Instant White Rice, uncooked
2 Tbsp. sugar ( or 1 tsp Splenda 1 tbsp Sugar)
2-3 Tbsp. raisins
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

COMBINE milk, rice, sugar, raisins and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 6 min., stirring occasionally.
BEAT egg and vanilla lightly in small bowl. Stir small amount of hot mixture into eggs. Stirring constantly, slowly pour egg mixture back into hot mixture. Stirring constantly, cook on low heat 1 min. until thickened. (Do not boil.)
REMOVE from heat. Let stand 30 min. Serve warm. Store any remaining pudding in refrigerator.

Friday’s Mini Thoughts

I loved The Apprentice last night. I didn’t like Toral from the start. What a pompous witch she is! Anyway, it was great to see her go down in flames, and then to so publicly reveal what a horrible person she is on National Television! I do not believe to be successful in the world you have to be a witch. I think, in the end, that good people finish first. (or at least this Pollyanna would like to believe that!)

I am starting to dream about the deplorable state of my bed pillow. I keep forgetting to buy a new pillow, or when I do actually get to a store, I can’t make up my mind. But the pillow I have now is so flat, that I have to do something soon and spoil my head and neck!

Greta’s eye looks good today. It has a nice healthy looking scab and I’ll give it a cleaning and another round of antibiotic ointment. She is really funny, though, she had not forgiven Fritz. Last night he came over to our chair, and she growled at him and snapped. Of course that was last night. Today she seems to have forgotten and is acting normally with him.

I got out all my winter turtlenecks and sweaters and got those organized and put away.

Do you think it will ever stop raining in New Hampshire? They announced this morning that in the last two weeks we have had the equivalent of three months worth of rain. We’re lucky, as we’re in a mountainous area that really hasn’t been affected by the flood waters. Still, it is very sad to see familiar areas literally washed away.

My cousin, Janet has been doing a month long photo entry a day on her Blog. Well, not to be outdone, here is a sweet face that I found not too far from my home during a cider run!
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I found this great low carb, flax, whole wheat flat bread to make roll ups with. It has only 7 carbs and 50 calories! I decided to try it, thinking that if it was terrible, well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And guess what? It’s great! Also I find when I make a roll up it really fills me up. It’s called “Joseph’s Lavash Bread”

Have any of you seen the new TV Guide? I really don’t like it. All the local listings are gone, ad it is simply another cheap “beautiful people” magazine! I subscribe, and unless I see something really change in the next few weeks I will cancel my subscription! Anyone else?

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Rough Play

Well Fritz was playing a little too roughly with Greta and…”YELP”! This is what happened!
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I’ve cleaned the wound near her eye and I hope all will be okay. If it doesn’t look good tomorrow I’ll take her in. But geeze, I feel like I live at my Vets!
Meanwhile, Fritz is in the proverbial dog house!