Friday, August 29, 2014
When I was searching for a new chicken recipe to make I came across the recipe that I made for our supper tonight: Chicken Lyonnaise. I found out a bit of history about this recipe as it was a dish served on the Titanic. Hope that our household isn't a sinking ship! We really enjoyed it...the recipe is a "keeper." I did add mushrooms to the sauce as I had them and was hungry for a mushroom sauced chicken dish. Since "lyonnaise" means "with onions" and I put plenty of onions in the sauce, I figured that it wouldn't hurt if I added some mushrooms too. The original recipe called for skinless, boneless chicken breasts, but there was an option to make it with skinless, boneless chicken thighs. Since we had the chicken thighs I went with that option. I'm sure that the Titanic chefs used chicken breasts!
Woody got up early and walked six miles trying to beat the August heat that has settled in upon us. I headed off this morning to meet up with a friend. She was picking up the pictures that she had made using two of my bird photos. They were done as wrapped canvases. They both turned out great! I then went to her house so I could see where she planned to hang them. We had a nice visit. I came home and had lunch and then rested for a while this afternoon. Just before I started cooking our supper, I got a call that Janie's Sewing Center was ready to have me bring my machine in to have a couple of things tweaked on it. So I headed off there, dropped my machine off and, of course, had to visit for a few minutes with them. After I got home I fixed our supper. I cooked to all sorts of Star War's sounds coming from the family room as Nathan, Graham and Elijah came over to watch one of the Star War movies on our TV. They didn't quite finish watching it before supper time so they came back to finish watching it after supper.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
We have pretty much gone back to a "normal" day...walks, school, church library, grocery store. Woody went back to his routine of walking early...trying to beat the August heat. (And it did get hot here today...my car and also a thermometer reading on a bank sign both read 91 degrees as I headed home from the library.) Woody walked four miles and was home before school started for me. Then as usual for a Wednesday the schedule went as follows: Isaac, then Elijah, then Abigail, then Joy and then Esther and Graham arrived at the same time...Esther for her time with me and Graham for his time with Goosey (Woody). Esther split her time with me up between cross stitching and machine sewing. She is trying to finish the bookmark that she is cross stitiching...a hang-over project from the end of the last school year. Graham headed to his school spot in the family room and got to work on learning more about some of the elements...still studying copper but also studied some about other metals as he was working with coins today. After lunch, we both planned to head off...me to the library and Woody to the grocery store. Our leaving got delayed a bit as some of the sewer/road work was happening right at the base of our driveway...so we were blocked in for a bit. Finally the truck and workers completed what they were doing and Woody and I escaped our driveway before it could be blocked again. While we were in Nashville they did some work on the places that they had torn up and filled with gravel during the sewer work. It looks like we may get a new surface on our street. What a mess our town is at the moment with work trucks everywhere...never know where there will be a road block and/or a detour. I went to the church library and worked. Once again Donna and I managed to keep busy for the couple of hours that we were there...library work is never done! Woody headed off to do his weekly Krogering. Because I wasn't home he got to also do the job of putting away most of the groceries. He left a couple of things for me to put away...nice of him! I was so tired when I got home that I headed to "my" chair. I was going to rest and catch up on emails, etc. Well...it wasn't long till my eyes closed and I slept hard till just a little while ago. Oops! Wonder what that will do to how sleepy I am when I should be going to sleep tonight...since that time is only a few hours away.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tonight's photos show the street (21st Ave.) that we travel on as we approach Vanderbilt Medical Center. It is quite a quaint street...lots of interesting shops and eating establishments. I was all ready to take a picture of the pancake house as there is always a line out front...but no line today...so perhaps I will capture that the next time.
Woody's day went quite smoothly...but none the less it turned into a very long day. We left the house a little before 8am and didn't walk back into the house till 6:25pm. We got to Vanderbilt a bit early so that started things rolling right along. It didn't take long to have his labs done and his appointment with Dr. Sosman didn't take long. The main thing that we learned from Dr. Sosman is that the effects of Yervoy (ipilimumab) are cumulative and that side effects often don't start showing up till after the third infusion (today was #3). So I guess he/we are supposed to be more watchful for side effects this time. He also told us that Woody would have another PET scan three weeks after the last/fourth infusion. After Dr. Sosman questioned Woody and checked him out a bit, we headed to the infusion lab. We got there about 1 1/2 hours before his scheduled time. Once again he got called in ahead of time and the ipi was ordered from the pharmacy and things went pretty much on schedule. He started getting the ipi about the time that our appointment was supposed to start. We left the infusion lab and got our car and headed on down the road by a little after 3. We got to Steak and Shake (Woody's reward...what he looks forward to during his infusion!) and got our order in just under the wire for their 1/2 price shake time. We were back on the road in a timely manner...we didn't linger over lupper (lunch/supper) long as we were ready to get home. That is when things started to not go as clock-work. There had been two accidents on I-24 that afternoon. We knew about them before we left Vanderbilt, but figured that they would be cleared by the time we ate and got on our way again...wrong...guess we should have lingered over lupper longer! We were in stop and go traffic due to both of the accidents. I will admit to falling asleep and only slightly knowing that we were stopping and going...but it really made the last leg of our trip extra long.
We hardly got home before Woody was walking out of the house to walk to the prayer room at church. He has yet to return. And, this just about sums up our day! Oh, I didn't get my shirt finished...just didn't have enough oomph to get it finished it last night. And, we were put in one of the warmer rooms for his infusion so I really didn't need it...hopefully it will be finished when we go again in three weeks!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Today is a very special day for our oldest grandchild, Erin Elizabeth. It is her birthday and she is now 21...that can NOT be possible. Where have the years gone? Having a 21-year-old grandchild makes me feel old!!!!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
After lunch I headed out to do some shopping...something that I rarely do these days and now I know why! I had a list that involved stops at three stores. I got caught in a rainstorm while at JoAnn's so stayed there longer than I needed to waiting out the heavy downpour. Then I headed on to Lowe's where I needed one item, but figured that I might as well look at "things" that I might want to go in our kitchen, if and when we decide to remodel it! I looked at stove-tops, counter-tops, flooring, and paint colors (didn't look at ovens or sinks). I wrote down a lot of info so I can check about some of the items online. Then it was on to Walmart...oh, my...on a Saturday afternoon no less (definitely not too bright of me)! But I found most of the rest of the items on my list and then was on my way home. By that time I was exhausted and I could hear "my" recliner calling my name long before I got home! I got my purchases in the house and then headed straight to sit for a while. I did manage to get things that I bought put away and the fabric that I bought into the wash (and now in the drier). I did doze for a little while and now feel much better. My back was not very happy with my excursion and was trying to "catch" the way it does sometimes...but I do think that my rest has helped. I probably won't be doing much sewing tonight...though I have gotten underway with the shirt that I am making...so progress, though slow.
I'm late blogging as the internet was acting up...probably because of the rain. I probably had better post this before it decides to go out again! And, I think that perhaps as soon as I go down and turn on the dishwasher and get my fabric out of the drier that I will head back to "my" recliner! Woody is watching DVD's that he got at the library this morning. A typical low-key Saturday evening at our house! Such an exciting household...not!
Friday, August 22, 2014
Woody got up early and did some baking and even cleaned up the mess in the kitchen. Then he headed out the door (before 7am), handing me the timer (in other words requesting that I take it out of the oven). He had his annual dermatology appointment in Murfreesboro. By the time that he got home it was too hot for him to walk so no walk for him today. He and Elijah made dessert for Elijah's family (blueberry dump cake). A little before supper I called over there and asked that Elijah come over. He brought Esther as he knew that he was going to need more hands than his own. He carried the cake and Esther carried the ice cream! I'll bet that Elijah made his family very happy by providing dessert!
Traffic has once again been really heavy on Yale Drive. I looked out my kitchen window and the traffic was backed way up just as the middle school was letting out. Two of our granddaughters decided to make it an entrepreneur moment, as they set up a lemonade stand. While I watched they sold several cups of lemonade...smart thinking to make a positive out of so many vehicles passing in front or our houses and at a time coming to a standstill! Plus it was the hottest day of the year. Good going, Abigail and Joy!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
If you lived where we do you would see this type of traffic on your street lots of days...unicycles, walkers, dog walkers, etc. You would see very few cars. That is the reason that Nathan and children can be seen out in the street practicing various skills for their juggling performances. We like our very quiet street!
That has all changed this week, as we have become a detour for road work on the main street that is behind us...but so far behind us that we hardly know it is there. Well, today the traffic has hardly stopped in front of our house...a steady stream of vehicles. We are realizing how nice it is to live on a quiet street and are very ready for the traffic to go away. Here is a sample of what we have had go in front of our house today...along with semis, cement trucks, you name it and probably that vehicle has passed in front of our house! The street that is closed behind our house is a path to one of the middle schools in town...so before 8am and 3pm the traffic really picks up.
We had a normal day of school for Thursday...more reading, counting, button sewing, machine sewing, etc. Woody walked to and from an appointment in downtown Tullahoma this morning...his exercise for the day on this quite hot and humid August day. I have been doing a little cleaning and am also in the preparation stages for making myself a shirt. It is now all cut out including the interfacings...so next step is to apply the interfacings so I will be ready to sew when I find the time over the weekend.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The big school news of the day was that Elijah had his first button sewing lesson during his school time today. He was so excited and could hardly wait to go home and show everyone. Esther mentioned it when she came over to read. I asked her if he showed her and she said that he showed everybody! Esther and Graham had their long times...Esther sewing with me and Graham doing chemistry with Goosey (Woody). Shortly after lunch Woody headed next door to take care of five of the seven while Nathan, Kathy, and Abigail took Joseph for a dermatologist appointment. I headed off to the church to work in the library. We completed our book shifting job. After Woody got through taking care of the children, he headed off to do our weekly Krogering. When he got home, I helped put away the groceries. Woody walked four miles this morning. It is really muggy...definitely the dog days of August have arrived. They are predicting record breaking high temperatures for the weekend. It got into the lower 90's today. We got teased with some fall-like temperatures...but it was only a tease...summer is definitely not going away quite yet!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Woody left a little while ago to walk to the prayer room at church...his usual Tuesday evening trek.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Woody didn't get up as early today as some days...a dark rainy morning...a good one to sleep in a bit! He went walking mid morning and walked four miles. The rest of his day has been occupied with crossword puzzles, reading, and watching a bit of TV. I "told" myself that I would start cutting out a blouse today, but...I am pretty "played-out" at this point in the day! I have managed to get the pattern tissues out of the pattern envelope...but they are still folded up as they were when in the pattern envelope! I "may" read through the direction pages and then, again, I may not have enough energy even to do that.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I had school with all of the children this morning. Woody walked to the pharmacy to pick up a couple of his prescriptions. Woody went next door before I had finished with the last of my students. He went over to kid sit while Kathy and Nathan went out on an anniversary lunch date. I ate a quick lunch and then headed off to get my hair cut. After my haircut I went to JoAnn's to scout out some possible fabrics for Abigail to use for a dress that she wants to make. I was very disappointed in what was there to choose from...definitely a very poor selection. Since they are a new store, it seems to me that they should have more to choose from than they do. Woody just returned from his walk to and from church for his time in the prayer room. Time now to settle in for a quiet relaxed rest of the evening.
And, yes, Nathan really did juggle at his wedding as did most of his groomsmen and their preacher...a juggling ceremony!
Monday, August 11, 2014
I will add an addendum...when I got downstairs, Woody was busily cleaning up the kitchen. Nice!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
My first week of this school year is now behind me. I only teach four days out of the week. And, this week only taught three because of Woody's Vandy appt. It went very well...for a first week back. And, the children and the teachers seem to be settling into a school routine once again. I was pretty tired when the last pupil went home today...an afternoon nap was very welcome!
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Here is Graham all decked out to head off to a youth 70's evening at church. It took a "village" to create his look. His mother made his wig, his daddy and he made the peace symbol for his necklace, and I created his bell bottoms out one of his pairs of jeans. He already had a tie-dyed shirt and sandals...and, with all that he was good to go! I hope that he is having a good time...I'm sure that he is!
We had a busy day around here. Woody got up early and walked six miles. I got up early and got lessons ready for today. Esther had her first lesson sewing on the sewing machine and I needed to get some things ready for that. I also worked on getting some more papers ready for our kindergarten boy (Elijah) to work on. Isaac started our school day off, then Elijah had his time and Joy and Abigail read to me during their times. Then Esther and Graham came over at the same time. Esther had her long time with me...sewing and Graham is now having his long time with Goosey (Woody). They are studying copper at the moment. After Esther left, I grabbed a quick bite of lunch and rested for a few minutes and then headed off to church to work in the library. We are busy in there shifting books on the bookshelves...quite a job. I came home a collapsed and haven't done much moving since! Woody headed off to do our weekly Wednesday Krogering shortly after I left for the library. He is still feeling fine after yesterday's infusion.
Appropriately enough...this our 1977th blog...very 1970's...don't you think!
Appropriately enough...this our 1977th blog...very 1970's...don't you think!