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September 22, 2017

One of our wedding photos. Hugs

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 21:55

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August 31, 2017

The bake penne creation

Filed under: Family, Food — Scottie @ 10:10

I have been trying to do more at home.  I started planning daily supper meals.  However bad start to the seek.  Starting on the weekend I got really ill.   Vomiting, sweats, chills, complete fatigue.    Anyway I have to thank James.  He stepped in and kept the kitchen cleaned up and helped me out greatly.   I tried to make the marinara sauce and between vomiting trips to the bathroom I screwed the sauce up entirely.    I got way too much oregano in it.  It was uneatable.   Again James stepped up and made the sauce for me.   We cook differently James and I.  He like plain and simple, I like highly seasoned and full bodied.   But I really thank him for the help and his sauce was good.  

I was unable to make the baked ziti ( made with penne pasta as I did not have ziti ) so Ron stepped up and made it as I took pictures.   Rather than go through a step by step written procedure of how to make a simple dish I will say the one thing Ron does differently is he adds basil to the ricotta cheese.   SO I will just add the pictures and if there are questions just ask.  Ron baked it at 350 for about 40 min.   Hugs

** Sorry for so many pictures.  I had to pare them down from about 70 to 24.   Also the extra large coffee cup is mine.   Everyone else likes standard size but I always loved bigger.   Size can matter if used correctly.   Hugs **

 

July 11, 2017

One more step

Filed under: Family, Health, Love — Scottie @ 16:42

Yesterday Ron took a call from the hospital saying they needed me to come in today and get more blood tests, a urine test, and chest X-Rays for my surgery.  Pre-Opt testing.   So Ron came home from working his fourth 12 hour shift in a row, got four hours sleep, and got ready to take me to the hospital.   This time we took the manual wheelchair as my shoulders are really torn and not healed from trying to use the walker the last two times.  I hate to complain about my shoulders though because when I look into the worn tired eyes of my 62 year old lover and realize how hard he is working, how he is taking care of me rather than get much needed sleep, how he has taken on all the things of daily home life on his shoulders.   I remember how he pushed me around the hospital so I wouldn’t hurt my shoulders pushing myself, I did not even ask him too.  When we got home he took a few minutes for himself.   I was happy he did.  I got him a bag of his favorite cheddar white popcorn and he sat and watched TV.  Now he has gotten up and is doing laundry.   And life goes on.  One more step.   Hugs

March 23, 2017

Advocating Progress (darkerskin: Take this with you)

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Family — Scottie @ 17:11

Randy sent this to me.   Here is what he wrote as he wrote it far better than I could.   Hugs.

In this scenario, the “white” woman has advocated and used her position of relative strength to speak up against something.    But, we see these things every day:  The way a person may discount a person who doesn’t look “American”, or in the case of someone who is native American  looks too American.   Or, say how someone has decided they can speak ill of someone who is gay, poor, whatever.  In essence, if we stand by and let hate be put forth, what do we obtain but a country divided?   Welcome to the republican agenda, who can only prosper in a land of division.

March 2, 2017

One paragraph of Obamacare saved this boy’s life – YouTube

Filed under: Children, Family, Health, News — Scottie @ 16:49

February 6, 2017

84 Lumber Super Bowl Commercial – The Entire Journey – YouTube

Filed under: Family, History, Ideas, My Life and Rants, opinion, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 11:58

Good morning.  I overslept and I am just getting started.  I really need the sleep.  This was a great video to watch first thing. It is uplifting and ends in hope.  I like hope.  I guess I am a dreamer because I look forward to a day when people mean more than boarders.  I had often hoped that the three major states in the continent would join, becoming simply one.  Canada, the US, and Mexico joined as one people.  I know it will take time.  I know people will want to keep parts of their own culture and will want respect for their heritage.  We have vastly different cultures in our own country and until recently we managed to get along.  We managed to respect each other.  We all want a future like in Star Trek.  However to get there means works.  It means give and take.  It also means reining in religions and any ideology that seeks to dominate everyone else.  I recently watched a religious leader say they needed FADA because they should be able to have their faith in the public square.    They can already do that.  They can pray in public, they can preach in public, they can gather in public.   What they can’t do it force others to do that with them.  They can’t force others to pray in public, to wear what they insist on, to listen to their preachers, to gather in their meetings.   That is the thing they want.  To force others to do as they do.  That is wrong.  They are not being persecuted, they want to persecute.  The world of peace if out there.  It can be ours if we learn to respect others.  To let other be if it is not hurting us.  To kill someone because you are worried about their soul yet willing to destroy their body, is a weird concept.  So worship what you want, celebrate the culture you want, but live in harmony with others, respect the same things in others you demand for yourself.   Hugs

February 3, 2017

TV 2 | All That We Share – YouTube

Filed under: Family, Ideas, Pictures, Questions, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:11

Got sick twice

Filed under: Family, Harm, Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 01:14

This is not the post I had planned to write.   Infact I was planning to write a cute cat post complete with the pictures.   However life decided I should tell you about the other important activities I had today.   To tell the story correctly I need to go back to Wednesday morning, then back almost two years ago.   

Wednesday morning:  Ron came home from working two 12 hour night shifts in a row.  He had gotten a bonus a month ago and it was saved in the account.  It was substantial. He was saving it for new appliances for our new kitchen.  I felt he should get something for himself though.   He never buys anything really for himself, except needed clothing.   Yet he is so generous with me and even others who need things.   

We got married on 1-12-2015.  An incredible grand thing.  As ill as I had become I was floating in heaven.     So Ron announced in mid February he wanted to get me a new phone.   I felt it was a good time to mention to him I would like a new IPad also.  We went to our phone provider where a really nice cute gay young man informed us quietly that if we waited until the end of March we could get both of these things at a much reduced sale price.  With the sale we could get an Ipad and the phone for what the phone would cost.   So we went home and Ron thought.   My birthday was in mid march.  He knew I used my pad a lot, I did not go anywhere without it.   My IPad was a wi-fi only 16 gb.  Ron felt I needed more as I used it all the time, and when no wi-fi was available I would go through my phone as a hot spot.  We really did not research the pads or the phone, we just felt what we wanted.  So at the end of March we went and got me an IPhone 6 Plus and an IPad Air 2 64 GB air and wi-fi capable.   Both cost extra as they were top of their respective lines.  We really did not think it through as we have everything in the clouds and so I did not need the higher storage amount.  Plus as my new phone had a hot spot I did not have to pay extra for like my old phone so I did not need the air part.  It would have cost us half the amount.  But Ron had saved and he wanted me to have something really nice.  In the almost 2 years I have had them I have loved both immensely.   Like I said I took both with me anywhere I went.  I gave Ron my old IPad.  I had been trying for years to get him to get an Ipad, but he refused saying he had no need for one and wouldn’t use it.   Then when he had my old one he started to use it and fell in love with the IPad.  He really used it a lot for someone who did not want one.  I tried hard to talk him into getting a new one but he always refused.  I thought the big price tag of mine was bothering him and I was correct.  I told him we could get him one that was only what we needed for $400.   He still wouldn’t budge, he was going to use the money for things we needed.  Well over the weekend I reminded him he couldn’t get the updates on the old pad and that he used it for his banking and bill paying.   That plus all the other reasons I gave him worked.  He agreed to go to the local apple store and get an IPad.   

Fast forward to last Wednesday.   He came home after stopping to get me soda, and asked me to wake him at 1 and we would go get his new IPad.  We went to the store and bought him a new IPad Air 2.  We also got him a really great case with a built in keyboard.  It snaps in and has a magnetic strip to lock the pad into position and charges from the IPad through the magnetic lock.  While we were there I asked him if I could have one also.  Ron said he would like to take his home and check it out first.  I said OK as I felt he was stressed out over spending over $500 on himself.  Well that night we both decided the keyboard was grand and we would go out the next day and get me one.  The one Ron got was a Logitech Canvas for $99.  So I looked online and found a local store that had a logitech Keyboard case for that price.  We thought it was the same so we went right out and bought it.  It was not the same at all.  It did not snap in, it slipped out of the case if not kept closed or locked, it did not charge from the Ipad but had to be plugged in.  I was almost in tears.  Ron said not to worry we would get up early Thursday morning and go to the Apple store and get the correct one.  Ron said that if I could handle it we also would go to several other stores to get things I wanted that we had not had time to go to yet.  So we got up and rushed down to the Apple store.  We went in and we couldn’t find the keyboard case at all.  They had them for all other makes except the Air 2.  We asked a worker and he said that they did not sell them at the store anymore but he checked for us and they were sold online at the online Apple Store.  I said OK.  We left planning to go home and look them up and buy one.

We went to the next store I wanted to go to.  I did suggest we go eat as neither of us had eaten breakfast.  However Ron was bent on getting me to these stores and pushed on.  I was feeling more poorly as we walked the store.  I was starting to get nauseous, confused, and  dizzy.  Then as we started to go to the registers I got really ill.  By the time we were being cashed out I was stumbling, sweating profusely, and thought I would pass out.  The cashier looked at me and got worried and asked if I was OK, I said no.  Ron looked up and got worried, I was pale white.  Ron knew instantly what had happened.  He took charge.  He told her I was diabetic and my sugar had crashed.  I had never had it happen this fast.  I was going to vomit any second, and started to sit down on the floor.  Ron reached over and grabbed a bag of sugar candies and ripped it open and had me eat a couple and then suck on a third one.   By the time we had finished checking out I was feel well enough I did not feel like I would fall or was going to vomit.  By the time we got to the car I was feel well again.  I have had low and high blood sugar before, but never has it happened in what seemed so fast a time frame.  I had been slowly feeling worse.  But the last few minutes I went from uncomfortable to really sick fast.  Too fast for me to do anything to help my self.   So Ron decided to take us for food right away as my sugar was going to rebound, and roller coaster from low to high back to low and repeat. 

So we stopped at a local chain restaurant ( Bob Evans ) and then came home.  I had to go to bed as now my sugar was going too high, making me very drowsy.  Ron went to bed with me as he had not slept much the night before and he is use to being up all night and sleeping during the day.  I had been up all night as I have been having trouble sleeping lately. However after laying there for hours I got up as my pain wouldn’t let me sleep.  Ron kept sleeping.  After a short time up at the computer I got feeling ill again.  Suddenly with only seconds warning I was projectile vomiting.  I was trying to turn to the left away from the desk, so I got the monitor in front of me then the desk and everything on it to the left, and then the floor, door to the office and myself.  I quickly cleaned off the monitor and then went to the bedroom to change.  I was pretty shaken and weak.  I was breathing bad among other signs something was wrong.   Ron woke up as I tried to change and asked what was wrong.  I told him and he got up and as I changed he cleaned up the entire office and my desk.  I came back and offered to help but he did the entire thing.  Yes he is grand and wonderful.  

So that was my day.  I got nothing done.  I did not get my keyboard, I did not get it ordered online as we had planned leaving the Apple Store.  I did not get my emails read.  I did not read the blogs of the many people I love online, I also did not get to read any comments on blogs I had read and commented on.   I did get to a few tweets and it was easier to retweet than to do the blogs that I felt I couldn’t give my best to.  So now before I get to the email and blogs I have to investigate online for IPad air 2 keyboards and order the one I want.  I should just go to bed.  Ron made supper after he got up, we ate about 9 PM.  He felt I needed to eat and he made a wonderful pork steak with ranch dressing and seasonings.  He also made halved whole potatoes with dark mushroom gravy.  He added extra mushrooms as he knows I love them.  He has gone back to bed.     I have to do laundry in the morning so Ron can go back to bed, he works a three night shifts in a row.  Everyone know I love you and want to get to your blogs as soon as I can tomorrow afternoon.   Be well, be happy, be safe.   Hugs

 

January 20, 2017

TEXAS: State Supreme Court To Hear Hate Group’s Challenge To Spousal Benefits For Same-Sex Couples – Joe.My.God.

Filed under: Bigotry, Family, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 19:36

So it starts.  They are trying everything they can to make our marriages mean nothing.  How can it be equal if straight couples have rights denied to gay married couples.  Marriage means something , that is why we fought for it so.   There are over 1,100 federal and state benefits for married couples.  This is one of the bad things about these so called religious laws.  It creates a separate and unequal class of marriages.   The thing that really stuns me is they won the case for denying spousal benefits in the lower court?  I can not understand the ferocity with which some people try to deny others benefits they have.  What is the reason for this great hate of gay people and marriage equality.  My marriage harms no one.  I have heard the religious people argue that it teaches kids it is normal.  Well it is.  Also if you think it is not you can still teach your kids that, you simply shouldn’t be able to act towards others on it.   No religion should be able to take away anyone’s civil rights.  This is not a theocracy.  It is not a church.  It is not run by any one religion or God.   Keep your worship in your homes and families and churches, and out of my family, my life, my government, and my rights.   If anyone can explain to me why they fight so hard to be able to discriminate against gay people I would appreciate it.  Hugs

Source: TEXAS: State Supreme Court To Hear Hate Group’s Challenge To Spousal Benefits For Same-Sex Couples – Joe.My.God.

January 6, 2017

A Christian Couple Let Their 7-Year-Old Adopted Son Die Because They Had “Issues Going to Doctors”

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 09:39

Few things make me angrier than the deliberate abuse and neglect of those who can not defend or speak up for themselves.   This is why it is a horrible idea to give religions more power over a secular society.   They have been taught that science is bad, wrong, and immoral because it might detract from the make believe of their god’s book.  This is what you get when media elevates a person’s religious beliefs over all else.   This is the direct result of decades of religions trying to force their myths to be taught in schools, to force their way into government, to force their myths on everyone else even those who do not agree or follow their myths.   This is one reason why discrimination based on religious faiths must not become laws.  If these discrimination laws based on religious faith get implemented we will see a lot more abuse and many more deaths of people unable to defend themselves against the hate and ignorance of religious people.   Hugs 

Timothy and Sarah Johnson, a couple from Minnesota, allowed their 7-year-old adopted child Seth to die of pancreatitis because they had “issues going to doctors.”

Source: A Christian Couple Let Their 7-Year-Old Adopted Son Die Because They Had “Issues Going to Doctors”

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