April 10th

I have decided that specialists……even though they have a degree…..sometimes are full of it!  The daughter’s tests came back normal.  He has diagnosed her with IBS.  I have IBS.  My mother, grandmother, cousin,  and sister all have IBS.  None of us have any symptoms near what the daughter has.  I was glad to see that the biopsy came back negative for celiacs.   Tomorrow we begin a elimination diet for her.  This will be…….interesting.

My son loves Jerry Lewis movies.  LOVES them!  He will sit and watch them, laughing so hard, tears stream down his cheeks.  I get more enjoyment watching him than watching the movie.  I don’t necessarily like them.  I enjoy a more refined type of humor, not the fumbling, bumbling, slap stick stuff.  I get the Jerry Lewis movies out from the library for him……and then I sit back and watch him.

What kind of movies do you like to watch?

April 9th

I have the most marvelous children.   They love me so much, and I don’t deserve them.

This is what awaited me on Easter morning.  im000993_edited-1.jpg This from the boy.  He even fufued it up himself.

im000994_edited-1.jpg This from the daughter.  Do you see all the little rosebuds.  She hot glued them to my Longaberger basket.  It looks so cute.  There are notecards in the back.

I am truly loved…

April 8th

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Happy Easter. This is what it looked like out my front door this morning. We had more snow this morning than we did on Christmas morning.

We, the kiddos and I~the husband has the flu~, surprised my parents and went to their church this morning. Being a preacher’s kid, growing up we always had to wear dresses to every service. WITHOUT FAIL! As we got older~read 16-17~ my mom finally relented and would allow my sister and I to wear jeans to Wednesday night service. So, when I walked into their church and saw my mom wearing a pant suit, I was shocked……almost speechless. I commented to her about it, and she told me to “go suck an egg”………such talk from a preacher’s wife…shakehead.gif  laugh.gif

I have proof….im000998_edited-1.jpg

Now, here we are……all in our Easter skirts…im001000_edited-1.jpg Ok..ok, you can’t see it, but I AM wearing a black skirt. See that hutch in the background…when I was a little girl, I had to dust that thing EVERY Saturday. I hated dusting that thing, but it now has such a lovely patina. Yes, it is all my fault! yes.gif

Was there a special chore that you had to do as a child?

April 7th

Today, whilst I was at stuff mart purchasing the things that I forgot yesterday….cat hair ball treats, pantyhose, flax seed oil, fish oil and … oh drat! I just remembered that I forgot~again~ razor blades for the men…sigh! Anyway, whilst I was shopping, the men tracked me down and said “we have something in the parking lot we want to show you”…omg2.gif So out I went. They had arrived in a 2004, silver PT Cruiser. The boy wanted to test drive cars, but he wasn’t able to drive. They know that I have been wanting one, so they thought that I might like to drive it. Nice car. Way to bad that whoever had the car previously didn’t care to take care of said vehicle. Burn spots everywhere, the glove box was completely broken, and they had cut part of the center console out to put in something…that looked awful. Only 40,000 miles on it. Shame they didn’t take better care of it.

One of the hazards of reading blogs with men hanging around is sometimes they see things they shouldn’t. That happened to me this past week, and because of that, I had to do the following….

Take about 1/2 stick of butter and melt it in your pan till it gets nice and brown. Slice 1 large yellow onion and put in pan.im000981_edited-1.jpg

While the onion is busily softening and turning brown, take 2 pounds of cube steak, cutting thinly and across the grain of the tenderizer, and sprinkle with seasoned salt.im000982_edited-1.jpg By this time, the onions should be sufficiently softened. Remove from the pan, and set aside.im000983_edited-1.jpg Heat another 2 tbsp. butter (yes butter) over high heat until melted and turning brown. Add your meat and don’t stir for about 2 minutes. You want to make sure that it begins to brown.im000984_edited-1.jpg Cook on both sides till meat is cooked through.im000987_edited-1.jpg After your meat is cooked, you will want to shake in a good 1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce and another 2 tbsp. butter (yeah….butter!~don’t skip this) and your set aside onion. im000988_edited-1.jpg Stir. While this is getting all nice and yummy in there,~simmer for about 5-10 minutes~ you need to prepare your rolls. Butter~~hey! I warned you…no one should be reading over your shoulder!~~ halved French rolls and brown on a skillet or griddle. Please do not skip this part either. This sandwich needs grilled bread!im000985_edited-1.jpg While all of this is going on, you must keep your spoon in hand to beat off the mob of happy men!! im000989_edited-1.jpg Grill your bread, turning once to warm through.im000990_edited-1.jpg and assemble.im000991_edited-1.jpg Apologies for the poor quality of the picture….it is those men! Watch how happy you have made them!im000992_edited-1.jpg

I got this from a blog called… Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. Here is the recipe in it’s entirety.

Marlboro Man’s Favorite Sandwich

2-3 pounds cube steak

1 large onion4 French/Deli rolls

Butter~I used almost 2 sticks

Seasoned salt

Worcestershire sauce

5-6 dashes Tabasco sauce~I didn’t use this

Slice onions and cook in 1/4 stick butter until soft and light brown. Remove and set aside. Slice cube steak against the grain, and season with seasoned salt. Add meat in a single layer. Cook one side till brown, then flip and cook the other. Add 1/2 c. (at least) Worcestershire sauce and 2 tbsp butter. Add cooked onions. Stir to combine. Butter halved rolls and brown on griddle.

To assemble, lay bottom half of roll on a plate. Place meat mixture followed by a spoonfull of juice from the pan. Top with other half of roll. Cut in half and devour!

What she doesn’t say is that you need to stand back once you have cut it in half……..especially if you have hungry men present!

April 6th

Today was a very exhausting day.  Payday generally is, but today was more than normal.  Everybody and their brother were out shopping.   Parking lots were packed, and so were the isles….but the worst of it was …Walmart is completely out of Reese Peanutbutter Cup Eggs………….COMPLETELY!!!  That is a crime!  A total crime!!!  Don’t they know that I was ill and couldn’t get to the store?  Why didn’t they save me back a package or 2…….I just don’t understand….it is just THE most awful thing!!!

And speaking of awful things………..if April showers bring May flowers…what do April snows bring?

April 5th

Today was a very lazy day.  The daughter and I spent the day recovering from yesterday.  So we basically just lounged around.  The men worked.

I am not quite so sure that the daughter doesn’t have ceiliacs disease, so today began our experiment.   She is going on a gluten free diet for at least 2 weeks, to see how her pain is after that.  I don’t think I can handle seeing her go through any more tests right now.   I just want her pain to stop.

It snowed off and on all day today, and all my flowers are dead…dead…dead!,  and that makes me sad…sad…sad!

April 4th

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Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture? Anyone???

If not, let me help.   Please look first at the date.  Do you see it?  It is April 4th.  Next, please notice the forecast.  Are you seeing the temperature readings?  Again, please note the date.    Next, let me say that yesterday’s temperature was 78*, and my grass has been mowed already.  Yeah…yeah…yeah, I know that 1/3 of it was with a bladeless mower, but he went over that part twice.

Now does anyone see anything wrong with this picture?   I can not be the only one that has a serious problem with it.

April 3rd

Seeing as how I have missed 2 days of my life by being in bed, I really have nothing to report except that I am better.   Yippe-yip-yahoo!!!

While I was abed, lovely things happened outside….im000978_edited-1.jpg My pink daffodils bloomed.  Yes, pink!!!  Would you expect anything less???  dunno.gif

What is blooming in your front yard?