Saturday, December 17, 2011

I'm Not Dead...

I'm just aggravated. A couple of days after my last post (back in the dark ages) I sat down to write about whatever had crossed my mind at the time and set my hands over the keyboard to start typing and my hands, especially my left hand, were shaking like I was palsied. It was so bad that I had to grab it with my right hand and slap it around and fuss at it. I went ahead and tried to type with it and the words were coming out like sasalleee[op (sleep) or ggoeoffyy (goofy). Needless to say, I got p.o.'d and said to heck with it and hadn't written anything longer than replies to e-mails and only when necessary at that. I know that the tremblies are medicine related and I also know now that they are worse when I've done stuff with my arms and hands like painting the walls of the kitchen, which I did, and the muscles are tired. To me, at the time however, it was one more sign of "aging" and you all know that I refuse to even think about aging or my body betraying me by getting more "feeble". I'm too young for feeble to even enter the equation.

Other than the above I can't fuss about too much. I did get the kitchen repainted, including the woodwork, in time for Thanksgiving, and after Thanksgiving lunch at our house I drove to Ft. Worth to my brother and s.i.l.'s and visited with them and had Thanksgiving again on Sunday evening and came home on Monday. Last Sunday I drove to my nephew's home, about two hours from where I live, to stay with him for a few days after his knee replacement surgery. His wife just started her new job at a college about 3 months ago and with the jobs and economy the way it has been she didn't want to take a chance with her job because she really loves it so I went on Sunday and helped him out with keeping him supplied with liquids and lunch and whatever else he needed and then came home on Thursday evening. Tuesday and Wednesday we had thunderstorms, yes Virginia, thunderstorms in December, and when you live in the country and have to depend on satellite for your t.v. and internet you know if it rains you are going to be without t.v. and internet. I found I need to load some games to play that don't require me being on the internet. Usually I pack a book or two and a couple of magazines when I go anywhere for overnight but for some reason I failed to do that this trip so I was looking for things to do when I got bored with the games that come on the computer.

Next up is Christmas. Carol has been cooking already. She loves Christmas and loves baking for Christmas. I love Christmas, too, and I love eating most all of what she bakes. So far she has made pumpkin bread, banana nut bread, eggnog bread and apple cake with cinnamon icing. Fudge and baked fudge, butterscotch haystacks, Hidden Valley oyster crackers and Texas Trash or ChexMix to some folks. For her sister's birthday tomorrow she is making cowboy caviar, Christmas layered jello, green chili cheese grits, grilled chicken and talapia, asparagus and mushroom casserole, green chili spoon bread and bread pudding. Later she will be making peanut brittle, peanut butter fudge and chocolate covered pretzels. Dang, I'm gaining weight just typing all this.

So that's what's on the near horizon around here. I imagine there will be some cookies made and anything else that catches Carol's eye as she is going through her recipes. So if I go anywhere between now and Christmas they will probably have to roll me out of the house on a dolly. Just call me Porky.

I go Monday for blood work and then see my GI on Tuesday to find out where we are on my journey with my liver. I'm not even going to speculate on it, just think positive that I can finally get off the damn steroids. I will let you know. I won't leave you all hanging on this... if I can waddle to the computer after eating everything this weekend.

Have a great weekend and get all your Christmas shopping done so you can start on your Christmas cooking. I'll catch you all later.


Lonicera said...

Typical foodie that I am, I looked up most of those recipes on the internet - just not sure about chocolate coated pretzels.... However I'll volunteer to come by your house to taste them all. To check for quality, you understand. I've checked out the recipe for Texas Trash, and I've been wondering whether to try it... perhaps add some sweet chilli sauce to the marinade too...
Glad you're OK, look forward to hearing about your checkup next Tuesday and the Christmas blowout after that!!

farmlady said...

Texas Trash? Green chili cheese grits? OK Reddirt lady, you need to explain some of these recipes. My dad's family came from Oklahoma and I never saw any of this interestingly named food in my Grandmother's house.
Enlighten us, please.
Glad you all right. Glad that you are alive and well. We missed you.

Sara said...

It's really good to see a post from you again. I was worried.

Wow - Carol has been busy and I'll bet it's all delicious! The Texas Trash does make me want to get busy in the kitchen myself. Yum!

My fingers are crossed that everything will be good at that next checkup.

Paxie said...

There has never been that much food in my life at one time...EVER. Goodness gracious!! Sounds wonderful.

I was beginning to worry, but I see you playing the games, so I know you are still alive and kicking. You've been busy, woman!! Geez.

I keep you in my prayers daily and know that all will go well with your checkup. Those steroids are nasty, but you do what you gotta do.

Glad you posted and caught us up and know that we love ya, kid!!

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