Let’s get started

19 Nov

Someone suggested I start a blog. I’m not sure how this will go, but here goes. This is just going to be my thoughts, feelings and things I find along the way.

Today I thought about starting a cookbook. Here’s the first recipe as I posted it on Facebook.

My favorite is “Whatchagot stew”. A package of meat from the freezer in the bottom of the pot. Yes, frozen. Who plans anymore? Add any and all veggies hanging out in the bottom of the chiller drawer, even the wilted ones. Some potatoes and onions if you got them. A can or two of whatever veggies you have in the cupboard and maybe a can of beans(with the liquid, potatoes always need salt). Add a seasoning packet or two from a ramen package, save the noodle part for later. Add some water, usually half a pot, don’t worry, it’ll make more. Let sit on low all day or high if you started at noon when you realize you forgot to plan dinner. Just before eating, check for taste. Probably needs salt, remember those potatoes? Also pepper, garlic powder, parsley if you’re lucky enough to have it. Now crush up those ramen noodles you saved from earlier and add them. Stir through. By the time you find all the kids and get them washed and to the table, dinner is ready. Just add milk and bread and butter. Said kids will love you forever. Or at least until you take away their phone for not taking out the garbage and helping with the dishes. Enjoy!

I also need a place besides Facebook to keep my Gratitude List.

  • Today I’m grateful to really start a blog. I hope it goes well. I’m grateful to be feeling better from my tooth extraction. It’s making me spunky. Grateful to have my child here today. No matter how often we fight, argue and generally disagree, I always have his back. I remember a time when he wasn’t sleeping across the room. LOVES

Sunday, January 20, 2019

21 Jan

I’m not feeling too hot today. I woke up with back spasms this morning and its been going on and off all day. I even stayed home from church because I wasn’t moving too well. I didn’t want to make anyone have to leave early if I needed to go home.

  • I’m grateful there’s no school tomorrow or Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll feel better with the extra rest. I’m grateful I bought lots of frozen veggies this month. They add variety to my diet. I’m grateful my son’s old foster mom came over to cut hair today.

Night all. LOVES


20 Jan

I forgot to write again tonight. I can definitely tell I’ve been extra scattered this week. So this is going to be short as I hope the voices in my head quiet down enough to sleep.

  • I’m grateful to be drinking more water even if I’m always in the bathroom. I’m grateful for a chicken thawing in the fridge to make soup tomorrow. I’m grateful I remembered to write tonight.

Night all. LOVES

Happy Friday

18 Jan

I had a couple of appointments up on the hill at OHSU. One at the Diabetes Clinic and one at the Women’s Center.

Walking up and down hills is hard work. And carrying a backpack of groceries home is too. I’m so sore and tired. But its a good tired because I know I earned it.

I don’t have to go back to the Diabetes Clinic for 6 months. My A1c is 5.7, which is back down to pre-diabetic stage.  My blood pressure was 120/60. If it stays in the great range, I’ll get to quit taking the blood pressure medication. And I’m down another 10 pounds.

I got really good news at the Women’s Center too. They abscess is healing “quite nicely” and getting much smaller. The antibiotics did their job. I won’t be needing a breast reduction any time soon. At least not for cancer. Maybe if I keep losing weight though?

And the best news? They transferred my prescription from the regular clinic pharmacy to the hospital pharmacy so that I didn’t have to hike clear across town to pick it up! Best news of the day.  I was able to go home early.

  • I’m grateful for great news today at my appointments. I’m grateful for groceries from the Diabetes Clinic. I’m grateful I made it home just before the heavy rain hit.

Night all. LOVES

Ranting today!

18 Jan

If you don’t want to read about my opinions and grumbling, you might as well leave now. You have been warned!

This whole government shutdown thing is SO stupid. Each side wants something that is so far from what the other is willing to give and they aren’t willing to budge an inch. Meanwhile, they aren’t the ones suffering from the fallout.

People aren’t getting paid. Maybe losing their housing or utilities. Most likely not eating. And what about car payments and credit card bills or any other assorted things people pay for regularly. And those are just the people who have jobs. Either still working without pay or the ones who are furloughed and have no clue when they will work. And if you’re furloughed, you aren’t going to get back pay.

Then there are those who depend on assistance. I don’t want to hear about “They should get jobs and get off welfare anyway!” either. Some are on disability or aren’t working for whatever reason. Telling them to go get a job won’t do them any good now. Think about it. No food stamps, no WIC, SSI/SSD and cash grants are questionable. How about subsidized housing? What about the working poor who get help with child care costs? There are so many people who are affected by what a few are arguing about.

If our government leaders had a stop payment put on THEIR income, I feel this whole debacle who be solved so quickly your head would spin! They need to quit acting like opposing bullies trying to take control of who plays where at the playground. Especially when I’m trying to figure out how to make my $25 in the bank pay all my bills in two weeks. And still keep milk and cereal in the house in the meantime.

  • I’m grateful that I got my benefits this month. I’m grateful that I have lots of practice making very little stretch really far. I’m grateful that my surgery means I don’t eat as much any more. My child WILL have food!

Night all. LOVES

Part 2

17 Jan

Yes, this is a second post today. I forgot yesterday and did a quick one this morning. But I feel I need to do one tonight for today.

We’re sitting here bundled up watching YouTube and reading this evening. It’s so cold out today, even the air inside is cold. I know I could probably turn the heat up, but it probably wouldn’t help much. And I need to watch my pennies. Because of the government shutdown, things are getting tight at our house. Social security payments, food stamps, TANF payments, and housing payments are up in the air about whether or not they will be available next month.

I’m not going to say its one party or the other to blame for the shutdown because I feel it’s all of their faults. If THEIR incomes were put on hold until its solved, I feel it would get solved rather quickly.

  • I’m grateful for gas and electricity to keep us warm. I’m grateful for a roof over our heads. I’m grateful for food in the house.

Night all. LOVES

Oops, I forgot

16 Jan

I forgot to write last night. I haven’t done that in quite a while. I guess my mind was occupied with other things.

  • I’m grateful to spend some time last night with some wonderful women and eat some delicious food. I’m grateful to remember my list this morning. I’m grateful I have yogurt in my fridge.


He made a basket!

15 Jan

My son had his first basketball game of the season tonight. It is so amazing to know that Special Olympics has the programs to make it possible for my child to play sports and not feel less than. It’s almost as amazing as me being clean and sober so I can go and cheer him on.

  • I’m grateful to see my son make a basket. I’m grateful to watch the team show good sportsmanship. I’m grateful to be home where it’s warm. It’s really cold out tonight.

Night all. LOVES