Scotties Toy Box

January 13, 2019

Milo wanted his picture taken also. Hugs

Filed under: Animals, Love, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 21:55

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Odis in his favorite place on the couch. He gets more comfortable on it than I ever could. Hugs

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Love, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 21:52

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January 8, 2019

The declaration of love: sign now!

Filed under: Family, Gender, Homosexual, Love, News, Sex, Things I like — Scottie @ 15:54

https://www.humanistischverbond.nl/nieuws/de-liefdesverklaring

Love is of all times. How we handle it is changeable. Today’s achievements, which make people more and more free to experience love in their own way, are under constant pressure. A longing for the past or fixed truths causes people to be squeezed into squatting boxes.

It is important to defend the freedom to love according to your own wishes. That is why this statement. A declaration of love to people and a declaration of love to freedom.

1. We confirm that men and women are equal.

2. We affirm that people love each other in different ways and can be attracted to each other physically. All people must be free to be who they want to be.

3. We affirm that sexuality must always be a mutually free choice.

4. We affirm that sexuality contributes to a meaningful, joyful and beautiful life.

5. We affirm that there are people who want to change sex, and confirm their right to do so.

6. We deny that people should hide or renounce their disposition.

7. We affirm that marriage is a choice between free people – straight, gay or bisexual – who want to enter into a loving and responsible relationship with each other.

8. We affirm that there are other forms in which people live together and care for each other. 

9. We affirm that love is the most important basis for raising children. Women and men – regardless of the form of their mutual relationship – are capable of doing so.

10. We affirm that everyone is free to shape their own lives, and that there is no direct or indirect coercion or exclusion in legislation or in social communication. The declaration of love can be signed by everyone who cares about freedom and love. Sign the declaration too, along with all other signatories. That is already more than 20,000! NB: this list is regularly updated. But due to the large number of applications, it may take a little longer before you see your name. At the bottom you will find the registration form.  

January 6, 2019

love shows

Filed under: Animals, Children, Love, Things I like — Scottie @ 21:44

December 21, 2018

This reminds me of our Purr. We rescued him from an outside cat fighting to survive. After he got use to us and being indoors he never wanted to go outside again. He went from fierce fighter to big lover. Hugs

Filed under: Animals, Love, Nature — Scottie @ 16:58

December 19, 2018

Animals are amazing

Filed under: Animals, Children, Family, Love, Nature, News, Questions, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 13:43

December 13, 2018

The cowboy’s hat

Filed under: Love, Magic, My Life and Rants, Song — Scottie @ 14:43

I have had times in my life like this.  Songs like these resonate with me.  I have been the one wearing the hat, and I have been one with my back to the wall.   This song takes me back to a different time in my life when I was a slightly different person.    Yes when it came to it I fought with my back  to the wall, not for a hat, but for people I loved and cared for.     I hope you get as much out of this song as I do.  Loves and hugs.

December 7, 2018

Dennis sent us some pictures of his special friend.

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Nature, People I like, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:04

The first one is about a week after she showed up in my backyard. Yes, SHE chose me to be her obedient servant, and care for her royal needs accordingly. In the second, she’s a couple months older. And see her sticking her tongue out, in the third? She’s quite the character.

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Ron’s Christmas Tree, try 2

On Wednesday Ron took a break from building the front room ( my future office ) and after moving things around ( which looks much better )  and began setting up his Christmas Tree.   I looks grand.  He loves doing it.   He loves odd unusual ornaments.   That night he took a bunch of pictures and asked me to post them.   So here is Ron’s 2018 Christmas Tree.   Hugs 

November 22, 2018

A meatless thanksgiving dinner.

Filed under: Food, Love, Magic, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 11:43

Trying something new this Thanksgiving.   Ron was to work last night but got called off.  So we had not prepared anything for a meal today as I would be up alone while he slept.  Now we had to figure out what to do.  On years where he did not work we would make a reservation at a local restaurant we preferred.  

This thanksgiving we are doing something we have not done before.  Ron and I are trying to cut down on the amount of meat we eat.   So I am making a tomato sauce with out hamburger or sausage.   Instead I used beef bouillon to give a deeper taste.  I like my sauce to be really tomato tasting.   Here is what I did.

I took three cans of Dei Fratelli which I think is the most tomato tasting sauce I have tasted and put them in a large pot.   Then I took a container of mixed peppers and added them.  I also added a whole container of diced celery.    I added a quarter container of yellow onion.  ( I do not like onion really so I only add enough to give a flavor with out being overwhelming which I think onion can be.  All measurements are subjective to your taste.)  To this I added the two beef Bouillon, and two regular small spoonful of minced garlic.  Then the following spices measured roughly by pouring then into my hand.  Oregano but not a heaping palm full as it can turn biter if not balanced.  Sweet Basil a full palm full.  You don’t need to worry about sweet Basil because if you add a bit too much it will only make it a sweeter greener sauce.  I add rubbed sage for taste and also Thyme.  Most people never think to add that but it really does make a difference.   Then I heat the sauce and when simmering I add two different types of mushrooms.  I use a basic white mushroom sliced as they take the flavor well, and a small whole mushroom as it gives a texture.  Then add a bit of salt, simmer and then just before you start the water for pasta taste the sauce.   This time I added a touch more minced garlic and a half palm full of sweet basil.   

Ron put garlic toast in the oven and I am heating the water for the pasta.  Use what ever pasta you prefer.   Today we are going with Angle hair as I forgot to get regular spaghetti pasta.  I hope you enjoy your meal as much as we are going to ours.

Best wishes and loves to all.  Hugs

November 2, 2018

This is heartbreaking. Thank you Nan for sharing.

We humans like to pretend we are enlightened species.  We pat ourselves on the back for giving a dollar or two to a panhandler or at the check out in local stores raising funds.  The story I just read is enough to break your heart if you have any empathy at all for other beings.  Earlier I got a news flash of a four year old exhausted girl who simple stopped.  She collapsed too tired to walk another step.  She had no way to know that her parent was putting her through this because if the stayed where they were, the little four year old girl would have been taken, used as a sex slave , drug mule, or whatever the gangs and fighting forces demanded.   I would remind everyone who doubts this is our problem of two things.   Much of the problems were caused by direct actions of former US governments.  Also if it was your children, you in that situation, wouldn’t you want the country that claims to be the wealthiest on earth to offer a little help.   I will be posting some excerpts from the article and I hope you notice that the people who have the least are the ones trying the hardest to help out.  Hugs

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/01/migrant-caravan-mexico-journey-illness-exhaustion-danger

But they remain hopeful that they will reach the US, a country they often see as an idealised country of justice and opportunity – in contrast, they say, to the corruption and violence back home.

And parents say they have no choice but to bring their children to avoid forced recruitment, sexual assault or murder by the gangs which dominate many Central American towns.

Rumors abound that child snatchers are shadowing the caravan, said Keila Castro, 29, who was begging by the roadside with her son Gerson, six, to raise money for a ride in a minibus.

They left Honduras with nothing more than the clothes on their back after a local gang threatened Castro’s husband. Gerson grinned bashfully, but Castro said it was tough to travel with a six-year old. “He’s not as tough as us and he gets very tired.”

So far, the group has averaged about 60km (37 miles) a day. They gather in evening assemblies, and vote on major decisions, such as when to rest, and where to head to next.

All the way, they have depended on the kindness of strangers, hitching rides in rubbish trucks and taxis, and sleeping in town squares, local people’s homes, or collapsed on the wayside.

Earlier this week, they reached the town of Niltepec, which was almost completely destroyed in a 2017 earthquake, where residents – who still live amid the rubble of that disaster – welcomed the caravan with homemade soup. “We wish we had a space dignified enough to offer our visitors,” Zelfareli Cruz Medina, the local mayor told the Associated Press.

At each stop, a team of missionary nuns has tended to the migrants’ blistered feet; many of the walkers are on their second or third pair of flip-flops or crocs.

Churches, municipal governments and generous locals have kept them clothed and fed. The local distributor of the baked-good behemoth Bimbo donated more than 1,000 loaves of white bread at one of the stops.

The caravan sets out early, often hitting the road at 2am or 3am to take advantage of the cooler temperatures before sunrise.

Jenny Gutiérrez, 18, watched the trucks laden with young men roll past her as she walked along the roadside. She was four and a half months pregnant – something she had only discovered after setting out on the journey.

“The worst is the sun,” she said, but that was closely followed by the nausea, the sore throat, and having to bathe in rivers.

Gutiérrez had fled her home to escape gang members who demanded a cut of the meagre income she made selling fruit on the streets. She had no idea where she was heading, but no intention of turning back.

“There’s no future in El Salvador,” she shrugged.

https://twitter.com/Scottiestoybox/status/1058496216890335232

 

October 31, 2018

Some new pictures of me and my assistant writer Milo. Hugs

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Love, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 16:14

October 30, 2018

From my brother Randy…and I if out live ya I will weep, then drink to ya where you may be. Love you you heck of a brother.

Filed under: Family, Love, Magic, News, Song — Scottie @ 19:03

October 14, 2018

Major changes

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 16:09

Sorry if I am not on much or responding in the next few days.  Ron wants me to have a bigger TV as my eyesight has decreased.   I no longer play my xboxes as I can not clearly see the screen on the 32 inch TV in my office.  I had not complained as I have enough other things to do.    This morning Ron decided he wanted to move the bedroom 46 inch ( which has always been my fav TV as it has everything any tech person could want ) into my office.  I asked him to wait until my sunday news programs are over as the move would require emptying four different adjustable shelves, then moving stuff and shelves to a different position, plus all the stuff I had on the floor on the shelves in front of my desk would have to be moved as the top shelf would have to go down there as the 46 inch TV is much larger than the one I have here.  Ron did not understand how big a project it is , but did after I showed him.  

Long story short, Ron is letting me move things at my pace , as slow as it is, while he worked on the new paneling in the front room, and now he is napping.    I am very glad to be getting the TV I love, and in truth we simply do not use it there since I got my office.  But it takes a lot of effort for me to move all this stuff, Ron brought in the step ladder as he wouldn’t let me use the step stool,  but I have to take each thing down, decided to keep it or not, if keeping it clean it and decided where to put it.  It is a much bigger job than I intended this weekend.   But I do want the bigger TV.  

Thanks for understanding.  I am off to try to move more stuff.  ( side note how did I get so much stuff? )  Hugs

 

September 1, 2018

Chicken Parmesan

Filed under: Family, Food, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 19:04

  For a while I wanted to try my hand at making Chicken Parmesan.   Now I can make a pretty good spaghetti tomato red sauce.     I had talked to Ron and he wanted me to do it also, and he would help me.  So I made the sauce like this.  Also I rarely measure anything I go by instinct, taste, and what amounts in the palm of my hand have worked well in the past.

  • In a large pot I put two cans of good rich tomato sauce.
  • Two thin sliced mild Italian sausage.
  • 1.50 pounds of ground beef. ( you can use less ) 
  • Three pepper mix of green, yellow, and red peppers, unmeasured (chopped) 
  •  Yellow onion, unmeasured ( chopped )
  • Celery unmeasured ( chopped )
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • Two teaspoons of minced garlic.
  • Oregano poured in palm of hand.
  • Basil poured in the palm of hand.
  • Small amount of rubbed sage measured by palm of hand.
  • Small amount of thyme measured by palm of hand.
  • Salt sprinkled over top and stirred in. 

I add everything into the pot and then start cooking,  including meatballs if we are having them.   I like the taste of the combined seasonings / items when they are cooked together.  I simmer this for about an hour or so, until the meat is fully cooked.  The fat in the ground beef will add flavor and thin the sauce as it starts out rather thick.   Next I set aside a few spoon fulls to cool and taste.  I then added more of the items above as needed.  Today case I add more oregano, basil, garlic, and salt.  Below is the sauce after I used half of the pot for the chicken Parmesan. 

 

Next I took a baking dish such as something like 13 X 9.  I put a layer of the sauce on the bottom of the dish.  I next took 6 breaded chicken patties and placed them in the dish.  Next I put one thick slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each patty.  I covered the entire thing in another layer of sauce.  Then on the top I put shredded Parmesan cheese.   ( I would recommend not doing this step until you cooked the dish for like half the cooking time so the Parmesan doesn’t burn .  I pulled mine out just as the Parmesan was starting to turn to a brown color. )  You want to bake this at 400 for about 20 minutes.   I was using our large convection toaster oven instead of the big stove oven and it tends to cook faster so I cooked it for about 17 minutes, checking the Parmesan to make sure it was not burning.    As the chicken was precooked all I really needed to do was heat it all up enough to melt the cheeses and get the chicken hot.  So your times will vary.

I cooked up some angel hair pasta and put out some warmed up rolls.   I tend to cook a pound of pasta at a time as we tend to eat most of it with little left over.    We had three chicken patties and a small amount of both spaghetti and sauce left over. 

That was my morning project while Ron worked on getting the inside plywood put up on the new walls he made enclosing the front room.  Ron gave me many complements and some kisses saying the meal was very good.  I admit I glowed, and enjoyed that he was so happy with the meal. 

Ron is making me a new large kitchen which he has maybe a third done as he loves it when I cook.  I also enjoy cooking and making meals he enjoys.  Best wishes to everyone.  Hugs 

 

 

August 24, 2018

Elephant helps baby to stand from the slippery play pit

Filed under: Animals, Love, Nature, Reason, Things I like, You Tube — Scottie @ 16:15

And the tRump administration has made it legal again to bring in trophies of these animals leading to more people hunting them.  They are so smart and caring, note the delicate way such a large animal helped out the little one.   Hugs

August 18, 2018

Not all Christians are bad, here is a church group I could love.

Filed under: Family, Love, News, Religion — Scottie @ 19:35

 

 

August 12, 2018

This is what makes America great.

Filed under: Facts, Family, History, Ideas, Love, Magic, Memes, News, Reason — Scottie @ 17:27

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August 2, 2018

A short update on shoes ( a bigger update on relationships )

Filed under: Funny Stuff, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 20:39

I was going to make this a three minute video, but then I remembered that some people do not like videos, Also I would have to stop the other monitor.  So here is what happened in written words.

I was feeling strong the last two days. So today Ron got up at 1:30 and after eating offered to get me soda at the local store.  I wanted to go with him.

We got to the store and Ron got a small cart while I walked with him. We were just there for the soda sale, but we are having chicken breast tonight so Ron need a few extra things.  After 70% of the time we were there Ron asked me to go to the car.  I wanted to argue but Ron countered with it was clear I was losing the ability to walk, I was struggling.  So I went back to the car.

Remember this was a short trip for a couple items.  I am worried what the future will bring.  That medicare has tighten restrictions on scooters to make it almost impossible to get.  The ones I have looked at that I would want are over $2000 . and that is just for the average. Those under $1000 are very light and not for overall mobility.  They are good for in home or light stuff, but he wont due for what I need.

I have an old legend pride that the V.A.provided me with way back in 1997 when I couldn’t walk and was in a wheelchair.  It will need new tires, batteries and a few other things.   We don’t know the cost of fixing it up but that seems to be our best bet at this time.

Our real expense will be the car hitch and the carrier.  I can not seem to get a company to tell me the price of a lift.  I wanted a hitch on this car but the one that was ordered and we got such a good deal on , well it did not have it and I felt I had already gotten as much of a concession as I was going to get so I did not push it.

Some manufactures have a rebate program if you order it when purchased,  I am not sure if that is too late for us.  So the upshot of all this is a few things.

I can walk but as I do the pain increases until I can not walk.  The distance is rather short right now.  Today I walked from the parked car in a handicapped spot in front of the store, to a few minutes inside before Ron asked me to go back to the car.  When we got home I asked him why he insisted on me going to the car.   He said because I had slowed down, was limping, and my face had changed color and it was clear I was struggling and in a lot of pain.    He was right, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.  🙂

So this is my life now.  It hit suddenly, even though I have been losing ability to walk gradually before,  this was new very painful and loss of my leg holding me up or simply refusing to do what I wish it to is new and came on suddenly.

I am back to taking all my pain and muscle relaxing meds.   It seems I will have to go back on narcotics, which I wanted to avoid.  Lucky for me I have good health insurance  ( until tRump screws that up as well ) and can get what procedures and meds I need.

*Editorial note :  The hospital Ron works for has been over the years enticing doctors to join under their umbrella.  However as the system is not for profit and the tRump admit has done and the state of Florida has done to ruin not for profit hospitals , the are in desperate shape.  They called all the doctors to meeting and told them they were reducing the amount of payments to the doctors by a third, if the doctors did not sign the new agreement they could walk out and that would be their termination from the hospital system in our area.  A good almost half of the doctored simply walked out refusing to sign their rights away.  This is causing a huge problem for my husband in the ICU’s.   They cut the physicians assistants pay by a third and then made a new policy to not pay them for on call duty.  I do not think  that is legal and if they are willing to do that to P.A.’s think they wont do that to nurses and CNA’s?  So I have been told that the hospital is having trouble getting doctors to cover all the PTs.  Plus a ll the doctors are pissed off because they had to take a huge pay cut, and then they had to give 10 grand each back to the hospital system due to a medicare mistake.  Things are not good in the healthcare system of the US.  remember that when voting time comes around.  

So I need a receiver hitch for the new Ford Escape, and a lift / carrier for the scooter.  Then Ron says next year we will get me a new four wheel scooter that has everything I want.  He is aiming for my birthday in March.

One last thing I want to mention.  Shoes.

Years ago I couldn’t get shoes to fit my feet and give me the support I needed. I was buying new sneakers every six months and Ron hated taking me for new sneakers.  I had to try on almost every shoe in the stores.   Well  that is changed, I can find shoes / sneakers to fit and I like far faster than Ron can.

So a few days ago we went to our local Famous Foot Wear store were we always get our feet coverings from.  There is a young man there who is really cute and very nice.   We love dealing with him because he goes out of his way to help and do things for you.  He provides the service with a grand smile and no idea he is not happy at what he is doing.  Even his co-workers call him for assistance.  He knows us and is very good to us, giving us discounts we were not a ware of.  He is simply a good looking 20 something year old kid happy with himself  and takes time to do his best to help the people in his store, and especially two old gay guys.

So we went to get Ron new sneakers for work.   He needs than as he goes through shoes fast in the ICU’s.  But while we were there I noticed a few things I like.  I needed new sneakers not because they were worn but because they were old and faded out.  The young man after helping Ron turned to me and said he could suggest a few thing that may feel good to me ( shoe wise, get your heads out of the sex mill that my mind went too.)

So I tried on the pair he gave me, and then the next three pairs.  I found a pair that fit well and I did need them ( says me ) but I had wanted a pair of sneaker like hiking “boots”.  The young man then said he would give us  the sales price of my shoes with Ron’s, but also give us a discount for being frequent costumers.  I told him I would be back next week to get a pair of those sneaker like boots, and he told me he would give us a sales no tax price on them.

Now the funny part is while we were trying on the different shoes, I had mentioned to the young man that we were there only to get work shoes for Ron.  Yet when all was said and done I had a new pair of shoes also.  When the young man took us to the check out I mentioned that this was for Ron to get a new work shoes, the young man looked uncomfortable and suggested I could come in next week and get the tax free sale.  Ron laughed and told the young man he had figured I would be getting new sneakers if he did and that yes we would be back in next week to get me the other shoes I wanted.   Ron knows me too well.  He had planned all along that I would find and want a new pair of sneakers and did not tell any of us involved.  Dang diabolical planes from those that know.

So the thing is Ron got new sneakers for work, I got new sneakers simply because I wanted them, and I am going to get a new set of sneaker boots next week even though I do not need them, due to my husband being so generous and kind.  Of course it does’t hurt he likes the young man who waits on us and treats us so well.

The real trick will be trying to walk in any kind of new shoes.  So far I can do short inside the house once or twice, then the leg is very painful and useless. But the cute boy at the shoes store did not have any ideas for that.    😜😍😂🤣👍😉😎

Be well and happy.   Hugs

July 30, 2018

Milo sleeps on my head

Filed under: Animals, Love, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 21:27

I often tell people my oldest cat Milo is the one most bonded to me, and he insists on being on my pillow when we sleep together.  It seems to be a special bond we have.  If I put my hand on the pillow Milo will put his paws on my fingers.  If I do not have my hand on the pillow Milo will wrap his paws around my face.  It is rather disconcerting to wake up with a cat paw up ones nose.  Here is the pictures Ron took the other day when I was not feeling well and went to take a nap.  What do you think, is Milo trying to be supportive, or just getting a good pillow?  Hugs

 

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