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June 20, 2020

Trump Blames Buffalo Protester For Assault By Police

OT.   Hurting so bad right now I can hardly breathe.   Every movement is pain.   Helped Ron relocate and install our ring door bell camera that never worked well on my office door to beside the kitchen door, angled to catch all the sheds the Ring floodlight camera in the carport is not really positioned well to see.  I made a large dough mixture for three loaves of bread, lots of milk, 4 eggs and 6 table spoons of butter, should come out really fluffy, it is rising for the last rise.  Ron took pity on me and cleaned everything up.   

I know I am behind on comments and as soon as I get done with the bread that will be my entire afternoon project answering them.   I love them so please keep them coming.   I have had a lot going on which has limited my time at the computer but I have tried to post news when I get a chance.    Heck I have not even had much time to read news.   But i have 30 minutes until the hot bread comes out to read and post.   I hope all is well with everyone, I value each of you.   Oh I guess to morrow Ron would like me ( us? ) to make a oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies.  Hugs

Trump Blames Buffalo Protester For Assault By Police

The Daily Beast reports:

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Trump essentially said the fact that Martin Gugino has a brain injury and can’t walk is his own fault. “These police, they meant business,” he said of the night in question.

More at the link above.    Hugs

June 19, 2020

Big News to come

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 16:15

Hello Everyone.   The last few days have been really hard on me.  Plus the last 6 weeks / 2 months have been a real nail bitter.   I will have more information in a day or two but the chips have fallen and landed where they will.   Give me a day or two and I will get back to everyone.   Hugs

June 15, 2020

Yes, and they use my office as a snack room and lounge.

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Family, Funny Stuff, Love, Memes, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 05:02

Off the Mark Comic Strip for June 15, 2020

June 14, 2020

The problem with my desk

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Family, Love, Memes, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 05:41

Off the Mark Comic Strip for June 14, 2020

June 10, 2020

The last few days of cooking

Filed under: Food, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like, Pictures, Ron — Scottie @ 10:38

The last few days have been busy for me.   On Monday I tried to make fluffy dinner rolls and they came out chalky, but I did make a great pizza, Ron helped.   I think I over mixed the dough with the hook.  The instructions said kneed it for 4 minutes, but the dough came together and looked good in one minute.    But I kept going.   I will trust my self more next time.  

Here is the pizza we made for lunch.


I browned ground beef, garlic, peppers, onions in one pan, then in the other pan I did the same with ground sausage and drained both.  Then I rolled out and baked the crust for about 8 minutes.  Then Ron and I added items such as sauce, the beef, sausage, cheese, then mushrooms, and last the pepperoni.   I like the pepperoni last because I don’t care for it and it is easy to pick off that way.   I give them to Ron, he loves them.    I was wiped out for the rest of the day.

Tuesday I got up about 3:40 AM.   Why do that I hear you ask.    Well I have my alarm set for 4 AM.   I used to not be able to sleep through the night but with my pain medications increased I can now sleep longer.   However I do prefer to get up and start my cartoon blogging and start any computer work around 4 AM.  I have two alarms, the one on my phone set for 4 AM which always goes off at 4 AM.   The other one is mobile, orange, furry, has four legs, a fluffy tail, and a wonderful cute face.  He also has a rather sharp get up now yowl.  He is not so careful with time as my phone.  Any time between 3:30 and 4 AM he will start to trying to get me up.  He sleeps on my pillow, so when he is ready to get me up he will walk down the length of me.   I push him off and try to ignore him.   He then sits on my bedside table and softly meows in my face.   If that doesn’t work he goes for the big guns.   He gets down on the floor and ramps up the volume and sharpness of the now demands to get up.  So to keep him quiet I get up.   

So that morning Ron was home and he was sort of fussing, so I made breakfast.   I fried up some potatoes mixed with shredded potato we bought, I baked some bacon in the oven, took some eggs and mixed them up with a dash of water and whipped them and made scrambled eggs, and  finished with home made toast with whipped butter.   I don’t have pictures of that.  

Ron was struggling with filing for Medicare which he has to do now that he is about to turn 65.   I have helped him with a lot of it, so I decided to make a tomato spaghetti sauce and some thin spaghetti.  I used the left over meat I browned for the pizza, that was the plan.   I added some more minced  garlic ( I love garlic ) peppers, onions, celery, oregano, basil, celery salt, regular salt, black pepper, and a couple dashes of crushed red peppers.   After it is well hot and simmering I added two bottles of small whole “button” mushrooms.    Some times I take some small meat balls, bake them 3/4 of the way cooked and then add them to the cooking sauce as this flavors them well.   But I was just too tired and worn out yesterday.


For supper that night Ron took over and made chicken supreme.   It is his mothers recipe and I love it.   Take a baking pan, line the bottom with dried beef, add the chicken breasts and as we tend to love the dish Ron cuts and packs in any extra chicken breasts he has left over.   Then in a large bowl mix a couple cans of cream of chicken soup, Ron prefers to work with Campbell’s brand, different cheeses, sour cream and pour the entire thing over the chicken.  Bake at 325 uncovered for 2 hours.    Ron cooked up elbow macaroni to go with it.  The gravy is wonderful over everything.   He also made broccoli and again the gravy is great on that also.   


This morning, Wednesday for those keeping track, I was awakened by Milo at 3:50 with him softly meowing into my face.   I decided to get up before he woke Ron.   I am in a lot of pain and struggling to walk.  So no cooking or other chores for me.   Besides we have a bunch of left overs.  Ron has gone for a nap and will need my help doing more of his filing for Social Security retirement.   But for me it will be a news day and hopefully a small record.   I was listening to Tucker Carlson complain about how the left is bullying the conservatives / country and wont let the right use their voices and taking away all their rights by claiming unfairly that there is racism in the US.  He attacked Sesame Street for corrupting our children by telling them that the people were protesting how some people were treated unfairly do to their skin color.   Wow what an alternate reality he lives in.    Hugs

May 28, 2020

I made Chocolate cookies with Splenda

Filed under: Family, Food, Health, Love, My Life and Rants, Reason, Talent, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:37


Yes they are not good for diabetics, but Ron asked and I agreed to do it.   However the next cookies I will make for him are going to be oatmeal which wont be so sweet for him, but will be cookies he loves to eat.   Hugs

May 13, 2020

Some meals I have made over the last few days.

Filed under: Family, Food, My Life and Rants, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 18:52

So I have been off the computer a lot lately and one of the reasons why is I am trying to cook more.   I enjoy  cooking but a lot of time my pain levels get too high and I simply can not do stuff.   

Yesterday as I said I made a meal for Ron of breaded pork chops, deep fried french fries, and green beans.   I  used the two store bought mixed breading stuff and added my own seasonings which I felt might go good with this.  


Tonight I made tacos.    I will include in the pictures our seasoning rack and drawer.   This is not all of our seasonings, but the ones we use most often.   Yes when you have cats you learn to work around them on counters.   I like to brown my meat and season it to our tastes, then drain it, put the water in the pan and bring it to a boil, stir in the mix mixing it up really well.   Then add the meat back in.  Hugs

May 11, 2020

Time for a new aviator

Filed under: My Life and Rants, People I like, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 19:03

I was not going to stay clean shaven, but then Ron asked me to please stay clean shaven for at least a month.   I do not know if I will ever grow my face hair back while Ron is alive.   On and off in my life as soon as I got out of the military I had a beard.  When I had a job that wouldn’t allow it I shaved it off.    Years ago when my beard first started to come in grayish Ron demanded I shave it off as he was too young to be with anyone who had grey hair.  Remember he is 8 years older and had gone white / grey long before I did.   But he has always been sensitive about his age.  When he wanted to grow a mustache / goatee and it came in all white he suddenly decided white was not a problem.   

During my teleheath appointment this morning my pain doctor noticed my clean shaven face.   She was laughing at how I looked decades younger.  Not sure how I feel about that, with my history about being young.  Now I have to have every two months spine shots to keep walking and shoulder shots so I can keep using my right shoulder.   I have to have them every 2 months as it was explained to me.   Oh well what is a lot more pain suddenly to save having pain over a longer time frame?

But I am old enough now and secure enough that outward appearances mean little, and the fears I have carried since childhood can be abandoned.  If Ron would like me to be clean shaven then I am okay with it, I just must find a face cream moisturizer as shaving is making my face burn and chap.   Really it feels like my face is going to either melt off or peel off.   Ron says that is because I had a beard so long, but I do not think so.    

OK, so here is where you all come in in this wandering stream of my thoughts, the avatar.   Which would you think I should use?  Now I don’t promise to use, but it gets a lot more weight depending on how many pick  it.   Hugs

*** After post edit ***   Ron cut my hair to the new style and he is rather proud of it.   Hugs

May 8, 2020

Last set, no face hair and new hair cut.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, People I like, Pictures, Questions, style — Scottie @ 11:52

The space between my nose and upper lip is not used to being shaved and the first couple days burned like heck, still burns a bit.   But time will see what happens next.  Do I stay clean shaven, grow the mustache back, grow the mustache and goatee or grow the full beard back.   I am leaning to something new, a mustache with long tails to the jaw line, with from the top of the mustache to the jaw near the ears grown in on an angel.  No side burns.   Basically what is called the friendly mutton chops but no side burns.  I forgot to turn the lights on for these pictures so they may not be as detail or as sharp as the other ones.   Any way as always comments are welcome.    Hugs

May 5, 2020

And another change

Filed under: Funny Stuff, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 13:56

My cats do this also

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Funny Stuff, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 05:18

Off the Mark Comic Strip for May 05, 2020

May 3, 2020

I trimmed up the old beard with a new style.

Filed under: Funny Stuff, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 17:24

May 2, 2020

Just an update on my absence

Filed under: Food, Health, My Life and Rants, News, Ron — Scottie @ 06:00

Hello all you wonderful grand viewers.  My apologizes for not posting and not answering / monitoring comments.   For those who don’t know I have not been feeling well.  Thought I was better yesterday but then this happened.  

Ron had made a wonderful dinner of coated pork roast, thin sliced coated baked potatoes, pork gravy, green beans.    We started to eat at around 4 PM.   Around 4:30 PM I woke up realizing I had been sleeping at my desk with only part of my dinner eaten.    So wonderful Ron sent me off to bed and he picked everything up and took care of the house.   

I went to bed at 4:45 PM, I went right to sleep.   I never heard Ron come to bed, never heard him get up, I woke up at 5 AM.   Yes I slept for 12 hours.   I really did not want to get out of bed but Milo wanted me up and was working hard to make it happened.  I have no energy.   Ron seen I was up and made the morning coffee.  It is nearly an hour later and I am just getting around to stuff.   My head feels like it is all fuzzy and filled with cotton candy.   My nose is running.   No fever that we can tell.   Very tired.  It could be allergies because I am only getting my shots once a month and it is not enough.   When I am not taking my shots it is like having a cold.  Ron thinks my bloods sugar could be playing a part and as soon as I ate it made me really tired, which could account for some other symptoms.   But this struck a couple weeks ago, went away, and now is back again.  

So I missed the cartoon / meme roundup yesterday.   I am going to try to do one today.   It will be long so I will try to separate it into two posts.   Then I will spend as much time as I can getting to the comments starting from the oldest to the newest.   Then I am going to turn on the email machines.    Hugs

April 30, 2020

I tried

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 17:05

Gave it my best shot, but even though it is only 5PM I can not stay awake and I am off to bed.    Get back with all of you in the morning, when ever I get up.   Hugs

April 28, 2020

I have been ill all day

Filed under: Drugs, Health, My Life and Rants, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 17:49

Hello everyone, you wonderful people in the interwebz.   I am not feeling well.   You may have noticed that I was up late last night for me ( I get really tired by 7 PM and am normally in bed by 8:30. )  It may be my medications, all my pain medications are sleep inducing.  But last night I couldn’t sleep I did not get tired so I was up past 11 PM.   Then this morning after getting up hours late, after being up only a couple hours I went back to bed for nearly 4 hours.   I did not want to get up but felt I should.  

I had a really hard time in bed, my pain levels were high and no matter how I moved I was not comfortable.   Normally I get up between 3:30 AM and 4:30 AM due to when my med’s start to wear off.  Today I simply couldn’t get up.  I stayed awake in bed tossing and turning feeling horrible until about 6: 15.  Then I got up, Milo was really trying to urge me to hurry, he had not been given treaties in a long time.  He has two priorities, his being in my arms and his treaties.  

All day today I have struggled to think, to process my thoughts, to organize them.  I have tried several times to write or answer comments and I just can not seem to organize my thoughts.  I can not think well today.  Everything is a swirl.   Just took my blood sugar and it was 86.  Ron thinks maybe it has been low all day and stupid me with my stomach upset did not eat anything.   I don’t know.  It is a struggle to even write this.  I made left over tacos for Ron but my stomach is off and I can not eat.  I think a good long sleep tonight will help.  

To everyone your comments are important to me and I will get to them tomorrow.  Somehow.   Even if they are a bit late I think it is grand you write in.   Please remember I enjoy all comments even those that don’t agree with me, if you can show why I am wrong, lets talk.  If your goal is to insult or mock or disrupt just to see if I will respond in anger, sorry, wrong place.   Now if you do not mind ( even if you do ) I am going to watch a few more episodes of Matt’s off road recovery and take my two cats to bed.   I really feel shitty.   Hugs

April 26, 2020

A quick note.

Filed under: Ideas, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 12:23

Hello all you wonderful people.   I love the comments and it is my policy to respond to each one, even if it is just to say I agree or disagree.   I look a the comments and replies as a conversation, talking with people.   

I use the bell notification icon on the WordPress blog pages to let me know when a comment has come in and for easy reading and answering.    Lately I have noticed I did not get notified by the icon of comments and when I opened it those comments were not listed.  I have found this out because I was responding to comments that either referenced one I missed or when I went to the page to refresh my memory of the conversations before I replied I would see some I had not gotten any notice for.   

As I really do like to respond to each comment if you do send one and in a reasonable amount of time, remembering I go to bed early in the evening, then please let me know.  Drop me another comment letting me known.   It may have been a temporary WordPress glitch, but one never knows.   Thanks.   Hugs

April 24, 2020

I have this problem a lot.

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Funny Stuff, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 07:24

Off the Mark Comic Strip for April 24, 2020

April 21, 2020

My other love, …

Filed under: Food, Health, Love, Magic, My Life and Rants, People I like, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:57

Hello all my wonderful internet viewers.   Now that I am starting to be able to walk reasonably well, with out the risk of falling, with out needing constant support, I am indulging in an old passion I find rising in me again.  Yes it is an achievement created by the spine shot and all the drugs I take including morphine, which makes my mind slow down and makes me really tired and want to sleep.  I use to not be able to stay in bed due to pain, now I fight to get up, I end up debating with my self if being awake is worth it.  

Yes the computers, and the people I interact with are grand and hold a special spot in my life, but I also love to cook.   Most of our time together over 30 years I did the major amount of cooking.  Granted in the early years Ron showed me many cooking things, seasonings I was clueless of, and when I can not walk he does most of the cooking.   One of the things I really like is baking.  I just free wheeled a loaf of bread that will soon go into cook.   That means I had a recipe but no instructions.   I think I made it work, so far.  

I have over the years tried a few things, one thing I did that came out well I had no clue about was a quiche that really surprised me how well it tasted, and a breakfast bake of different potatoes and cheeses then a bunch of eggs.  I can not find the recipe I used. 

So I am  asking my wonderful Toy Box friends for recipes, remembering I am not skilled at this nor knowledgeable in terms ( when I do try to cook I do so generally by feel and I am bit loose on spices which does come out mostly OK )  for their favorite cooked / baked items.  I am looking for a bread recipe book that has good white breads along with other things.  I have made a lot of desserts but I have never made a pie.  I want to start doing that.  If anyone knows a good recipe book for diabetics please let me know.   

I am waiting to put the bread in the oven.   I hope it bakes OK, because if not I will have to repeat all this in the morning trying to find a new recipe online.   So far the ones I have found have not been great.  Thanks.   Now on to your comments.  My love to all.   Hugs

Scottie staying home

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Family, Food, Funny Stuff, Health, Memes, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 06:01

April 19, 2020

Ron’s wanting us to do things together

Filed under: Family, Health, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like, Ron, Thanks — Scottie @ 13:20

Ron got done a 3 day 12 hour work week on Thursday morning.   That is normal.  However with the things going on, with him trying to honor the stay at home idea, he decided to not go to the hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot.   Instead he decided to do stuff at home.   

 What I also misunderstood was his stay at home projects for himself also somehow included me.  And my computers.   

Friday Ron decided it was joint baking / cooking day.   No not just him, we would cook together.   Uhm, can I just do my posts and you cook to your heart’s content.  Nope, we need to do this together.   Oh hell OK, in between bread rising times, and cooking times I ran to my computers.   Then there was the what shall we cook for supper.   Oh but it got worse the next day.

I got up and did some stuff and then got Ron up.  That was my first mistake of the day.  As I am getting ready to go do my shower Ron announced he is going to clean the inside of  my XPS computer, would I shut it down.  ???  Seemed the heat sensors I installed alarmed him with the heat inside the computer.  I knew I needed to do it soon, but as I wanted to take the time to research and add new parts to the XPS I was not ready to do it yet.  I was wrong.   While I was in the shower Ron unhooked my XPS, put it on the hot tub and went to town cleaning it.  I have to admit it was a great job he did and he was so proud of it that as I was starting to blog he wanted the other computer also.   I lost five hours or more online time.  I do have spanky clean computers.   The rest of the day went the same way.

I figured he would find to do on his own yesterday and I could have all day to my own tasks of blogging and commenting, reading and watching news.  However my wonderful husband remembered I have been asking for months for the living room furniture to be moved around so I have easier access to the windows.  I have only been asking since last fall.  He decided yesterday was the day to indulge me.  Oh lucky me.   I was happy he was going to do it, less happy to be informed my presence was required for the entire event. 

Just as we were getting done and it was near my bed time we had a discussion as to supper.   Ron was all for ordering out for delivery.  Not take out as he did not feel like going out to pick it up.  I decided to make a quickly meal for us and go to bed. 

These are only some of the together tasks Ron has decided we should do.  Normally the laundry is my area as he has set everything up to be easier for me.   Not this weekend, it was “I will help day”.   That sounds good until you figure he doesn’t do the laundry and so had his ideas far different from my normal routine.  Then we organized the cupboards together.  Several other things. 

It is only last night I realized what this really was about.  Ron is seeing patients die of this virus almost every night at work.   More than his normal death rate from working in an ICU.   The way this virus kills is the respiratory system.  It makes it so you can not breathe.   Ron has already taken it on him self to do any shopping, gassing the cars, anything involving being out in the public on himself.  He has given me masks, gloves, wipes for anytime I need to deal with people.   Yesterday a woman wanted to bring over a computer for me to wipe the hard drive, Ron told her to leave it out side , then he went out and sprayed it and wiped it down.  That is when I figured it out.   He knows my breathing is very shallow.  My last operation they had trouble bring me back out of anesthesia.   I get short of breath easily , even just rapidly talking when excited.  

We have been together 30 years, good times, bad times, but always together.   I think he is afraid I will get this and he will lose me.  I wonder about the many healthcare workers and their families going through this?  And I understand Ron’s anger at churches having large gatherings, at the protests to open up from people who have not experienced the loss and the many deaths this virus causes.  

Ron is now in bed trying to sleep for the start of 4 days of 12 hour shifts.  I told him I would make some of my home made tomato sauce for pasta he likes, he asked for rigatoni pasta tonight.  I will gladly do it, and tomorrow I will gladly make fresh bread  and anything he wants.   For a few hours I will try to alternate between blogging and reading others blogs, but I wanted to share this revelation with everyone.  Stay safe.   Hugs

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