Day 92-Happy Halloween!

So, yeah-I’m being a Halloween scrooge this year. 🙁

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Wanna know why? First off, my front screen door is broken, the glass is barely hanging in it, and all the constant opening and closing would not be good for that!

Second, my little dogs would stay riled up and bark and try to go out to meet all the little ghouls and goblins and that wouldn’t be good either.

I think most people these days stick to safer alternatives like trunk or treats and going to malls or stores where they pass out candy. I’m really not expecting many trick or treaters anyway. Of course, my kitchen is a wreck and that makes for chaos around my house anyway, hoping there is some movement in the direction of work going on in there tonight, since we kind of took the day off yesterday while my hubby gets his head around how to tackle the electric and plumbing aspects of what has to be done.

I’ll keep you up to date and for everyone else that IS celebrating tonight, be safe and stay bootiful! 👻

Day 91-Free Days- Paying the Price

My husband announced on Friday that he had volunteered to make the chili for a function at work, a cook off I think. This meant he also had to go out and purchase the ingredients to make two gallons of chili, not to mention a brand new 8-quart crock pot for it to go in. My cheap ass would have found another way, but not him. He believes in doing things the right way, even if it costs him extra. I’m sure it will be delicious, (we will be sampling it later 😉) and I’m also sure the crock pot will come in handy as we host family dinner so often. That’s not the point, the point is, sometimes volunteering also means paying the price. The price someone else did not want to have to pay, or spending time doing what others wouldn’t or couldn’t do. My husband is a kind and generous person, so none of this surprises me. I’m so glad he is in charge of the task, thinking of cooking in our shell of a kitchen right now makes my head spin! Hey, at least the stove still works but I’m glad we aren’t hosting a family dinner this weekend.

He also has surgery coming up on Thursday this week and is having to pay the price for the first doctor not getting all the cancer out the first time. Not to minimize it, but it is just basal cell carcinoma near his eye (thank God) and the micro surgeon plans on making sure she gets it all this time. In addition to that, he has to pay the hefty price to have the surgery done, something that wouldn’t be happening if the first doctor had done a better job the first time. I prayed for him today at church, then again later as I took a walk in the prayer garden close to my home. I wouldn’t have even known that place was there if our pastor hadn’t told us about it during the service today. I’m so glad I made it a point to attend church today, I always feel better about it afterwards. Please say a prayer for him and also my dad, as he has surgery the following week. I really appreciate it 😊By the way, we do have insurance, but the out of pocket is $1000 and his deductible is $2000 (nothing cheap these days) and he may have to pay more the day of surgery. 😒 I guess it could be worse, at least we are lucky enough to have insurance, that’s more than some people can say.

Day 90-Ready or Not, Let's Renovate!

My guys left a couple of hours ago to go play golf….right after they ripped one side of our kitchen out and made an opening from the kitchen to the living room.

The madman contemplating his moves-first, drill a hole!
The madman contemplating his moves-first, drill a hole!
Later, the guys scoring the wall
Later, the guys scoring the wall
Removing a section
Removing a section
From the kitchen looking into the living room
From the kitchen looking into the living room
And looking into the kitchen from the living room
And looking into the kitchen from the living room

Other than that, I cheated horribly on my diet at brunch, worked on some Christmas gifts and now, I’m watching a horror movie and about to work on Taylor’s baby blanket. She’s due any day now, even though they say a week or two. She’s already past 9 months so……I know first babies come when they get good and ready, that’s why I say it’s any day now.

So, with that being said, I better get busy! See you with the next upsate

 

 

Day 89-Restoration Abomination!

Cabinets soon to be removed
Cabinets soon to be removed 
Cabinets to be updated
Cabinets to be updated

Omg! Someone came in during the night and stole all our cabinet doors!!

Not really, just another phase in the restoration process, one I dread the most-remodeling the kitchen…right before the holidays! My hubby insists they it will be finished in time for Thanksgiving, I’m cautiously optimistic.

I come from a family with a dad that said things like “you need me to help you with your car? Oh, that will only take 5 minutes” Two hours later…. See, you can’t anticipate problems that crop up. There might be issues with electricity or plumbing, rot or unseen water damage. That’s why I’m hopeful, but not holding my breath.

Meanwhile, in the room we just remodeled (most of the way), I have an addition that not only fit the space perfectly, is so meaningful because it was a gift from some dear friends of mine.

Artwork given to me from my friends Laurie and BJ Casson
Artwork given to me from my friends Laurie and BJ Casson

My friends and former employers, Laurie and BJ recently made the decision to give away their art collection, which was large enough to fill a gallery. It was a decision they did not come to without prayer and deep reflection. Then again, they have always been more than generous, not only with me, with all of their family and friends…and they’ve always treated me like family. When they called me and told me they wanted me to have a few pieces of their art collection, I was honored and happy they thought of me. This particular piece was in his office, I was drawn to it because it is nautical, a style my husband and I like and one that works well with the theme of our new bedroom. Then I brought it home and Dave hung it above our bed and I saw that it fit absolutely perfect, matching our colors and theme to a T! If you click on the picture, it should make it bigger. Yes, I know, we don’t have our headboard yet, patience people. My hubby does things in his own time, we will get there!

Well, it’s time for me to go to work, I hope y’all have enjoyed my updates on our remodeling progression, such as they are. I’ll keep you posted with more before and afters, trust me, the kitchen will be dramatic! See ya later on the patio! 😎

 

 

Day 88- A Couple of Updates

Earlier in the week, I shared some news about my Dad and my hubby. Just a quick update on my Dad- He had to be catheterized again (as I anticipated), and he will need surgery in a couple of weeks, due to the results found in the tests they performed on Tuesday. We are hoping it is a solution to the problem and he can do without the catheter in the future, however, if this turns out not to be the case, he is resigned to learn how to self-cath for temporary relief. He understands this and has made his peace with it.

Yesterday, I went on the great gluten-free beer hunt, searching four different establishments and, to my surprise, I found the one I want my hubby to try…in three different places! Sprouts stores have a pretty good selection of gluten free beers, including Omission, the one I talked about in my post the other day. Goody Goody Liquor had a few, however, they charged more. Same for Whole Foods in Colleyville, they are expensive on all of their offerings, so I traipsed off to find Central Market because I heard they will let you “create your own 6-pack”, this was not the case at the Southlake store. In fact, I couldn’t find any assistants and when I did get some direction, could not find any of the beers in singles. I wanted him to try one to see if he liked it before committing to a whole 6-pack. Alas, this was not to be, I will probably go back to Sprouts and pick up a 6-pack of the Lager Omission offers and try to find a different gluten-free beer to try myself, since none of the other stores offered the Treason Ale by Dogfish Head.

It was interesting that I did find a few to choose from though, and I’m sure as it catches on, there will be more. I can’t wait to see his reaction and share it with you guys. Meanwhile, I’ll just sip my latest cabernet I picked up from Goody Goody, called Darkhorse. It was pretty good as I remember from past experience. It’s allowed on Paleo if y’all remember me saying so once upon a time…as well as vodka, tequila…anyway, now I sound like a lush so I’ll be quiet and go try to dream up a story for the writing prompt “scissors”. Any suggestions?? I’d appreciate some, the due date is midnight tomorrow if I want to be featured on The Weekly Knob this week. Comment below and I’ll be watching for them on the pato. 🙂

Day 87- Some Thoughts on Writing

Earlier today, I reblogged a good post about writing from A Momma’s View who listed her various reasons for why she writes. Honestly, I can’t think of much more to add to that except to say that she hit the nail on the head with the part about connecting with all of you guys. If it wasn’t for that, for support and your feedback, I probably would have given up on the whole blogging thing. Sure, I’d keep writing because I like it, it gives me a place to put my thoughts, express my feelings and share my life, but I would not have as cool a place to do that without y’all. So, thanks for being a part of my life!

Now, I’m not making any money yet, but that doesn’t stop me from trying or keep me from writing. I’m even considering the biggie NaNoWriMo like I did last year, as a rebel anyway. I wasn’t trying to write a novel like everyone else, I was participating as a rebel (someone who just wants to write for the practice and to try to meet the word count by the deadline). Like I mentioned on my post on Medium  today, if I did it again it would be the same way because, really the only book I’ve ever considered writing is my own life story and who wants to read that, lol?!! So, I guess if I did it I would journal or maybe practice my story telling to get to the required word count of 50,000 by Nov 29.

Official Site  NaNoWriMo.org
Official Site
NaNoWriMo.org

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and encourages writers to come together, write your novel, network and get support doing it. Just go to the website for all the details.

Still, it dawned on me, who has time for this during the busiest time of the year, the holidays??? I guess it depends on just how driven you are, still, I barely get the writing that I do now done with all my other responsibilities, not sure how I’m gonna fit it in when you add in all the holiday prep there is to do, personal obligations and so on. I kinda wish it was held in the spring or something but maybe that’s part of the challenge. Making time to write. Period. Now, I do have to confess that ALL writing counts during this challenge (as a rebel) so if I blog, it counts. If I post something on Medium, it counts, journaling, counts. So maybe I CAN do this. I’m sure if I decide to commit, you’ll know, because I’ll talk about it non-stop (just kidding) 😉 Pray for me, send me good vibes, whatever you want to do to help inspire me to do this.

Thoughts, ideas and questions are welcome and, maybe I’ve inspired you guys as well! We all love to write, maybe we can support one another in this massive effort. The time to sign up is now!

 

Day 86- Gluten Free Beer?

Omg, have I got a scary story for you all just in time for Halloween!!

Yesterday, Stephanie and I were talking about my husband and how he is trying to stop eating bread but still drinking beer. Wouldn’t it be great if there was such a thing as gluten free beer?

Then I open my email this morning and BAM!! The Whole Journey did a whole blog post about the taste test they did featuring, you guessed it! GLUTEN FREE BEER! It’s like the internet can hear my thoughts-🎶do, do , do, do do, do do. 🎶 Lol.

They talked about several different kinds and then I scrolled down and found the one that got the most comments and likes.

Reader's Favorite-Omission
Reader’s Favorite-Omission

This beer is from a company based in San Diego and is touted as an easy drinking beer for game day. What they do is they treat it with an enzyme during the bottling process that breaks down the gluten and it’s proteins. Sounds like the perfect one for my hubby to experiment with the first time, because,  according to an article on Fox News.com, it would be hard for a regular beer drinker to taste the difference. They did a story called 6 Beers You Need To Try, and this beer was the author’s favorite. It does have minute amounts of barley in it, making them unable to label it as gluten free, but it’s so small an amount, the FDA deems it gluten free. They have three styles, Lager, Pale Ale and IPA, which stands for India Pale Ale which has to do with the history of the IPA, not the country which it came from originally.

This means that people with celiac disease can enjoy beer again, as well as someone like me who follows a Paleo lifestyle. According to the same Fox article, there might be one even I, a non-beer drinker would like called Tweason Ale by Dogfish Head. They said it is made with fresh strawberries and honey and tastes more like a summer spritzer than beer. Yea!

Dogfish Head Tweason Ale
Dogfish Head Tweason Ale

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Another featured beer on the site called New Grist, is a favorite of light beer drinkers due to the 5 ABV and fruity taste which it gets from hints of apple and other fruit. Brewed without wheat or barley, instead it’s made from sorghum, rice, hops, water and yeast.

I can’t wait to test the waters and introduce my hubby to one of these beers! He gave up bread for me (to see if it alleviated his pain) but I can’t ask him to give up his beloved beer! This sounds like a possible solution to the problem to me. I’m going to try one as well, let’s just hope the price is also nice! Wish us luck!

Have you heard of or tried any gluten free beers? Let me know which are your favorites in the comments and I’ll see you tomorrow on the patio 😎🍻

 

Day 85-Family Matters

It’s only Monday and the tone has been set for the next two weeks! Family medical issues became the focus as fast as you can say party time….is over! First, I took Dad in to get his catheter removed, he was so exited to have that done! Tomorrow, however, we go in for some tests to determine if his bladder is just weak, or shot. If the latter, he may have to have it put back in and/or learn how to self-cath. What a bummer. We will get it all figured out, of that I’m confident.

Then, I got news from my beloved, that his week ain’t shaping up that well either. His PSA, prostate specific antigen, which marks for prostate cancer, was a point higher than two months ago. On top of that, he had his consultation with the surgeon that is going to work on his eye. See, he had basal cell carcinoma removed about a year ago from the inside corner of his eye. Sad part is, they didn’t get it all. So, he has to have the rest of it removed. Next Thursday. All day. My sweet Stephanie understands and I’m so glad her family is there to help her when I can’t be. I’m hoping we can get through the surgery on his eye before they want to do a biopsy on his prostate. Please say an extra prayer for my guys, they mean the world to me!

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade! Luckily, I’m able to help take Dad to appts. and I will be there to take my hubby to get his surgery done. If there is a scheduling conflict, hopefully my oldest son or my brother can help me out. I’m praying all goes well for both my guys, and we can get back to our normal shenanigans around here-you know, knocking back cold ones and playing round after round of pool. If by cold ones you mean iced water with lemon and flavored iced teas that is 😉

In the words of George Micheal and then later Limp Bizquit, you gotta have faith!

Day 84-Free Days-Party Time!

The Birthday Boy-Chris
The Birthday Boy-Chris

Today was the birthday dinner/celebration of Chris and my Dad’s birthday, I thought I’d share a few pics.

My hubby Dave, preparing the meat
My hubby Dave, preparing the meat

Dave smoked a pork shoulder butt and then chopped some for sandwiches and sliced some for non-bread eaters like me 😊

My dad and Becky (Chris's girlfriend) serving themselves
My dad and Becky (Chris’s girlfriend) serving themselves

Everyone made a side to go with the meat and we all enjoyed a delicious dinner-slaw, jalapeño poppers, potato salad and tossed salad complimented the meat nicely.

Then it was time for gifts
Then it was time for gifts

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Funny cards, money and gift cards for Chris in addition to golf lessons his dad bought him to be taken as his schedule permits, plus an on field edition Cowboys cap from his brother Sean. Becky made him a cake and performed a cute little rap for him last night.

Dad got cards, some clothes from us and some wine from our friends Michelle and Kerry.

Funny boy's parting shot
Funny boy’s parting shot
Grandma (Momo) the puppy whisperer!
Grandma (Momo) the puppy whisperer!
My brother Kevin, and friends Michelle and Kerry
My brother Kevin, and friends Michelle and Kerry

A good time was hopefully had by all, we enjoy preparing and sharing food with friends and family.  Becky and I had fun surprising Chris with the banana pudding cake as well as making it together. I tasted a bite, it was moist and delicious!

Now it’s time to recuperate from birthdays and gear up for the holidays!!