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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

 

June 18, 2018

My cats do this also

Filed under: Animals, Children, Harm, Love, News, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 18:53

June 9, 2018

Tonight’s supper I am making

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 19:16

So in between trying to get my blog correct again due to my own stupidity, I have been doing home chores.  Tonight I volunteered to make supper as Ron has been all day putting up new vinyl siding on the outside of the kitchen wall that he had to rebuild.  I mentioned it in an earlier post that when he moved the kitchen door he found the wall was destroyed so he had to put in a new outer kitchen wall.  So today we got all the stuff and he has been out there working his cute butt off.  

So I took a dozen pork chops and seasoned them with rubbing minced garlic on them , lemon pepper, mesquite, garlic pepper, and steak seasoning.  I would have used all season but I can not find it in all the moving things here.

Then I put them in the oven at a low temp, 275 for a hour s Ron still wanted to do a bunch of stuff outside.  That baked the flavors in.   Then I got the stuffing read, the cut green beans, a dark brown gravy.   After the meat had gone an hour I asked Ron if he was ready to stop, he said in a bit, so I check the chops.  They were half done and already seasoned.  So I took them to 400 and put them in for about 25 minutes.  Everything should be ready at the same time.  Got to go cook.   Loves and hugs

 

May 12, 2018

When a whale swam up to this woman and wouldn’t leave her alone, she was freaked out — until she realized he was saving her life 🐳

Filed under: Animals, Love, News, Twitter — Scottie @ 12:00

April 25, 2018

Jimmy Carter on Jesus never said on homosexuality

Filed under: Bigotry, Homosexual, Love, Memes, News, Religion — Tags: , , — Scottie @ 18:07

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March 24, 2018

March For Our Lives 2018.

March 18, 2018

A great visit from a special person.

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like — Tags: , , — Scottie @ 10:53

As many people know I have a special friend who is more than a brother to me.   Randy is smart, funny, kind, generous,  and a sweet person to be around.  He drove a long way to come visit last week.   Ron and I really enjoyed the time we spent together.   Here is a picture of the three of us at an outside restaurant on the waterfront.  It was very windy but we enjoyed it.   Randy is the one without a jacket on.    Hugs

Randy, Scottie, Ron in the wind  

January 7, 2018

The power of our government at work. Is this the best use of our resources. Hugs

Filed under: Children, Economics, Family, Love, News, Political, Questions, Sad — Scottie @ 09:19

January 3, 2018

Some days we all just need a hug. Be well. Hugs

Filed under: Children, Love, Twitter — Scottie @ 08:27

January 2, 2018

Love is… a belly rub from a good friend. Hugs

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Love, Nature — Scottie @ 08:47

 

December 25, 2017

A christmas cat

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Nature, Twitter — Scottie @ 16:34

December 13, 2017

Pick me up please. Hugs

Filed under: Animals, Love, Twitter — Scottie @ 10:11

December 5, 2017

That’s enough …

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, Love — Scottie @ 12:33

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November 29, 2017

Wild Elephants salutes the men who rescued their baby elephant from a ditch’

Filed under: Animals, Family, Health, Love, Nature, News — Scottie @ 14:57

If you ever thought animals had no feelings, watching this video will show you how wrong you are.  They do care greatly for each other and their young.   Let’s do what we can to stop their slaughter.  Hugs

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