Monday, February 20, 2017

Round 2

Symptoms started last evening.  When I woke up this morning there was no doubt that the flu had returned.  I am not alone.  Chickenmom has also had a relapse, as have several others.  I will return when I feel less like something you would scrape off the bottom of your shoe and more like my old self.  Be careful out there.  This stuff will sneak up on you and kick your behind, given half a chance.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sometimes Dumb Stuff Happens When You Are Sick

My regular readers know that due to physical limitations, I use a grocery delivery service.  They call every other Monday to take my order and deliver my groceries on Thursday that week.  I make out my grocery list well in advance of the call.  And this time, well in advance of the flu bug slapping me upside the head.

Monday, while in a flu induced fog, I read off my list to the order taker, hung up the phone and went back to bed.  It did not register with me until my groceries were delivered that I had failed to remove from the list 12 lbs. of hamburger to use in canning a big batch of chili, several large green peppers to use in canning sweet and sour chicken and 6 lbs. of butter to add to the 4 lbs. in the fridge, also to be canned.  I suppose I could have put all of that into the freezer - except that the freezer is already full to the top.

So I spent today prepping the food.  Chicken breasts have been cut into bite sized pieces.  Peppers have been cleaned and cut into pieces along with onions.  Hamburger has been browned.  All are in plastic bags in the fridge.  Quart jars of home canned tomatoes and cans of kidney beans along with a jar of chili powder are waiting on the end of my kitchen table, as well as cans of pineapple chunks for the sweet and sour chicken.  Tomorrow morning the canning will begin.

And guess what.  I feel better now than I have since the flu bug showed up.  I think I must be one of those people who feels better when doing something than when just laying about.  Granted, I had to take several rest breaks, but even with that, it sure is nice to be back in the land of the living.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Jury is Still Out...

but the general opinion is that I will likely live after all.  Still feel somewhat crappy and I have learned the art of hibernation, but slowly I'm beginning to feel somewhat human again.  The biggest thing I have done since Monday is to open and heat jars of home canned soup.  My appetite is slowly returning and I added a sandwich to the menu this evening.  Thank you for the comments and concern.  With any kind of luck I shall be back to annoying the general public in another couple of days.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Flu Bug

Oldest Son had the flu this past week.  Missed a couple days of work.  He shared.  My own fault.  I asked him to come over to help me.  He is better.  I am not.  Headed back to bed.  This flu bug isn't lethal - just has given me that "run over by a bus" feeling.  I will be back as soon as possible to dazzle you with my brilliant posts.  But not today.  Probably not tomorrow either.  I can be found under my green fuzzy blanket, Kleenex and cough syrup and fruit juice at hand.  I really hate this.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Check List

Rugs vacuumed - check.
Meals prepared ahead for the weekend - check.
Laundry in progress - check.
Dishes washed and floor swept - check.

Sewing machine uncovered, threaded and a fresh needle inserted - check.

Remaining weekend of sewing little pieces of fabric to other little pieces of fabric well under way.  Other folks look at a weekend as a time to party.  This little old lady looks at the weekend as a time to create.  See you all next week - with pictures.

Have a great weekend doing what makes you happy.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday Ramble...

I think my get up and go has got up and left.  Can't seem to get motivated to do much of anything today.  Spent part of the morning wrapped in my green fuzzy blanket, Kindle in hand.  The rest of the morning was devoted to reading my favorite blogs and roaming about on the web.  There were several cups of coffee involved, so it wasn't completely wasted time.

Here in my little corner of Suburbia, Mother Nature seems to have developed a case of attention deficit disorder.  Earlier this week the temps were just at the freezing point which made streets and sidewalks interesting when the misty rain froze to their surfaces.  Early this morning the temperature hovered at +3 degrees, rising to +13 by noon.  Tomorrow temps in the +40 degree range are predicted.  And after that, the weatherman's guess is as good as mine.  When I look out my window I see a few patches of ice and no snow which is unusual for this time of year, even in my downtown location where streets are plowed and sidewalks shoveled.  I am not complaining.  Could be like "Joisey" where Chickenmom lives.  She says they are expecting at least a foot of the white stuff today.

I have been just scanning the headlines of the day to keep myself somewhat informed about what is going on in the world around me.  I find myself becoming irritated at the childish antics of our lawmakers.  Years back, when children squabbled and hurled insults at one another, their parents applied the palm of the hand to the seat of the pants and sent the miscreants to bed without supper.  I get an urge to do the same to those in Congress, considering they are more often than not acting like tantrum throwing toddlers.

Guess I have goofed off long enough.  Time to open a jar of ham and bean soup for lunch.  After that I think I can rouse myself enough to bake some cookies.  Chocolate chip and maybe peanut butter.  Chocolate chip cookies and a cold glass of milk makes the world look a bit brighter.  :)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Finishing Up

Saturday sort of wore me out, so I took Sunday off.  Turned into a  slug, I did.  Watched a couple of movies.  Did a bit of sewing on my quilt top.  Read several chapters of my latest murder mystery.  Drank coffee.  Took naps.  It was a lovely day.

Had a bit of a scare Saturday evening.  Oldest Son was cooking supper when he fainted dead away.  Scraped up his back some and hit his head on a chair on the way down.  Lori took him to the Emergency Room where they ran an EKG, a CT scan to make sure his brains weren't too badly scrambled and took X-Rays to make sure he hadn't done damage to his back.  The tests were all negative.  The doctors decided he was dehydrated and gave him some intravenous fluids.  A few hours later he was back home with a giant headache and very stiff back, but thankfully, all in one piece.  Lori promised me she would make him mind and not overdo, a difficult task considering he is at least as stubborn as his mother.  I don't care how old our children are, they are still our babies and we worry.  I am just thankful Lori was there to help.

This morning I pressure canned the ham cubes, winding up with 20 half pint jars.  The half pints are just the right size for one person to use for ham sandwiches or ham and scrambled eggs or in omelets.  The next time I can ham I will use pint jars.  That is a good amount of meat for scalloped potatoes and ham or in soup or casseroles.

I washed the jars of potatoes and carrots, wrote the contents and date on the lids and stocked them on the shelf.  I had filled 34 pint jars with half potato dices and half carrot dices.  My reasoning was that this would work well for smaller batches of soup or stew at times when I want a quick meal - just add broth, meat and seasonings.  There were more potatoes than carrots, so I canned 10 pints of potato dices to be used mostly for fried breakfast potatoes.  They are fully cooked after processing, so all I need to do is brown them in a frying pan and maybe toss in some onion or garlic.

The onions and cabbage went into the dehydrators late this afternoon.  They should be fully dried by morning.  I seem to go through a lot of onions, so that is something I order in quantity at least once every couple of months to dehydrate.  I keep a few fresh onions but drying them seems to be the best way for me to keep them on hand.

And that, I think, is enough for one day.  Time to fix a bit of supper, fire up the Kindle and read awhile.  It has been a good day.