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Landon stops by to see Grandma

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The kids stopped by on their way back to Orlando so I could see Landon.At first he was asleep in car and we never wake a baby.But I was very happy he woke up. Heather ran in house and grabbed my camera so I could video tape Landon in his Mom's arms. He is such a happy boy.He is on his way to see Grandpa bowl.I should have let you see Heather and Scott but Landon was the star and I was so glad he woke up. This is first time I have seen him since December

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BORROWEDANGEL1 3/21/2010 7:36PM

    He's a beautiful boy.. and love those curly locks he has.. I can tell how proud you are of him..Glad you got the chance to be close with them all today..

Hope Bill is enjoying his bowling games..and you enjoying the day also..


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FEISTYMAMA 3/21/2010 12:41PM

    He sure is getting big! His smile is so sweet and those chompers he has now!! He's a doll that's for sure.

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DIASTER 3/21/2010 12:03PM

  Oh thank you for sharing your grandson with us! He is so cute also a beautiful child. Do enjoy watching the joy of discovery on their faces,as everything is new. You just made me smile, laugh, an appreciate what a great world we live in.

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    I love that "just woke up" look! So sweet!!!! He is absolutely precious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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TILLIEBEE 3/21/2010 11:42AM

    SOOOOOOOO ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! WHAT AN ABSOLUTE ANGEL BABY FACE CUTIE PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! HIS MOM IS SO SWEET, TOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLESSING BLESSING BLESSING!!!!!!!!!! LUCKY GRANDMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!R> emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Whew Trying to Catch Up

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ok Where do I start. I had planned to do this earlier but I was dragging my hinny so much I went back to bed around 11:30 and didn't get up til 1:30.Then had to get my chicken ready for new cast iron dutch oven. It was so much easier to brown the chicken in it.Biggest drawback is that it is heavy. But it has real good handles to hold on to. I checked it about 30 minutes ago and had to add another thing of soup to it so I could throw in potatoes,and onions. I used dry mushroom onion soup that I mixed well with water and then poured it in. I forgot I have a big bunch of chinese green beans or I would have thrown them in. I may add a can of green beans . I also got a turn table for extra spices.I will keep all the extra spices that I use a lot there.I have another spot of ones I rarely use. I got very frustrated at grocery store as they had no thyme or savory. Now Bill will look for it when he is out and about. I need then both as I use them to make my special blend that I use almost every day.

Here is my main cabinet where I sit to cook.The spices on bottom left are ones I use the most often. The big parmesan is my special spice mix. The one on second shelf left side is the turntable one we made.
So I enjoyed another trip to Walmart.
Bill played his team tournament today.They did not do too good.Hopefully he will do better tomorrow when he plays in the singles and doubles. It helped a little that everyone was doing below their normal. He did look spiffy before he left.

It was so nice meeting my spark friends. I did have a funny that happened.Towards the end of our lunch I went to bathroom and came back and resumed eating. It took me several seconds to see the oh so cute gift bag sitting right in front of me. Duh A real senior moment. But Shirley gave me a sparkpeople calendar and cool thing to carry money in. I have the bag right here and use it to put stuff in.Plus it makes me smile when I look at it.

Ok I still had a bunch of emails and posts to check out. It is a beautiful day here. Hope you are having a good weekend.

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MPARKER67 3/21/2010 8:07AM

    Glad you had another beautiful day. Yesterday morning I woke up to snow! Typical Chicago weather. It was 65 the day before and I was walking around without a coat. Happy 1st day of spring!

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LYNNDE 3/21/2010 5:22AM

    Sounds like you had a pretty awesome day yourself. emoticon
I like your set up for your spices, that looks real convenient and easy to get to. I bet you are really going to enjoy your new cast iron roaster. lol..yes, they are heavy, but they make the food taste so much better.

Good luck to Bill on his tournaments today. And have yourself another great day. emoticon

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TSISQUAUSDI 3/20/2010 8:40PM

    Excellent day! Your new dutch oven is fabulous! I just love good cookware! Let us know how the chicken turned out, please.

Isn't it fun meeting up with Spark Friends? And you're right, you have had a busy week.

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BORROWEDANGEL1 3/20/2010 6:11PM

    Oh I love the looks of your cast iron dutch oven.. that will work for a lot of great meals to be cooked by you Ladybug..

I really do enjoy seeing how you set up your work area in the kitchen. I think if I had gone on to college I might have become an interior designer. Don't get me wrong though, for I don't do so good with my own home. It's just more less plain ole country, lived in and comfy, but I have been told that I have creative ideas. You certainly seem to have the same knack when it comes to your home. Truth be told, I'm more interested in seeing how others display or present their own homes rather than how I put things together. Is everyone that way, or is it just me? LOL.. I always like to change things around, but hubby gets agitated with me cause usually he's the one that has to move the heavy stuff if it involves furniture.. LOL

Wow that Bill is one sharp dressed bowler, and quite handsome if you don't mind me saying so. :) You did good pickin him out of the sea, Eleni..but then he did even better when he picked you!!! hmm, think maybe I could put myself up for adoption.. *Giggle*

Is your special spice blend a family secret? Bet it taste good if you use it a lot. I don't really have a special spice or herb that I choose over another. I do like using Mrs Dash Herb and Garlic.. but that's the only one of Mrs Dash that I really like..the others taste bad to me.

Great gifts from Shirley..That was sweet of her to give you something that makes you smile..

It's cold brrrrrrrrrrrrr here.. down to freezing by 5:00 this afternoon.. rained all morning, but I got out and went shopping and froze my hinny off getting back to the car.. had to get me a new cordless phone, and a few grocerys..

Enjoy your evening, and your chicken.. yum!!! - Pat

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FEISTYMAMA 3/20/2010 4:57PM

    I have "senior moments" too and I'm only 34. LOL

Nice set-up you have for your spices. Spices certainly make things taste better.

I hope Bill does better tomorrow.

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RURAL3 3/20/2010 4:45PM

    You continue to be one busy lady. We are looking out the window at our snow. Yes I said snow. We probably have 3 inches now and it is still coming down. Hopefully it will melt by midweek when we will reach 50 again. I just want my sunshine back. emoticon You are right. That Bill is a spiffy dude. Get your rest over the weekend. The new week will soon begin.

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POKER1990 3/20/2010 4:39PM

    Hi eleni sorry i hadn't written lately been really busy my son had a seizure and fell and broke his foot so i been spending a lot of the time with him at the hospital i figured i would catch up on all my emails hope your doing well talk to you later Nora have a great day emoticon

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Met Two Sparkers today

Friday, March 19, 2010

I am so exhausted I wll have to do a real blog tomorrow.
But I met two sparkers today.Shirley CSDAYS and her hubby Bob BOBALOO1 who is also a sparker.So I have met 3 sparkers in two days. Here is a picture of us at lunch. I have other stuff to tell you but it will have to wait til tomorrow. Just completely pooped.

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SUNNY332 3/20/2010 9:26AM

    Awesome, Eleni - looks like a great day.


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CEB2007 3/20/2010 9:03AM

    WOW. That is great. You have had quite a great experience. Hope you have a happy Spring.

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LYNNDE 3/20/2010 4:10AM

    Wow! That is awesome you have been able to meet some spark friends. I haven't had the chance or opportunity to meet any spark friends, but someday I will. Have a wonderful day today.

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BORROWEDANGEL1 3/19/2010 11:00PM

    I'm glad you are getting to meet and enjoy the Spark friends there in your area, Ladybug. It's a great time to get to do that too what with Bill gone with the bowling teams and all..

You are just flittering here an yon and showing us all that we really should be up and out doing things in our life and not letting the world pass us by. I'm enjoying seeing your pictures of these friends and you.. You look beautiful again today..

Now you can rest tonight, and enjoy writing about your friends in your journal.. won't that be a fun memory to read back on.

I'm doing a bit better today, thank God.. I went with my hunny and got an ice cream cone, even though I wasn't spose to have the sugar.. sometimes you just gotta do it, and start over the next day..

Rest well, love ya..

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HAPPYBASKET 3/19/2010 10:47PM

    I think it is amazing that you got to meet 3 "Sparkers". Other than my daughter who got me started with Spark, I have not met anyone in person but some of my friends are Dear friends. Someday I may meet someone.

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TSISQUAUSDI 3/19/2010 10:04PM

    You are quite the social butterfly this week! Have a well-deserved rest, my friend - I look forward to your blog tomorrow!


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RURAL3 3/19/2010 9:52PM

    Its a good thing that Bill is gone this weekend. You will have time to recoup. Its been a long week for you with all that fluid loss and all that carousing. Can't wait to hear more news.

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TILLIEBEE 3/19/2010 9:48PM

    You are really out and about these days! Ms Social Butterfly!!!! Reallly neat to be meeting Sparkfriends in person!!!!!
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CSDAYS 3/19/2010 8:40PM

    Thanks for being on the ball and having your camera with you. We enjoyed meeting you in person and seeing your environment. Spark, spark!! Hope to see you again next year.

Bob and Shirley Day

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FEISTYMAMA 3/19/2010 8:31PM

    Great pic!! You have a right to be pooped out! You've had a busy 2 days!!

Enjoy being a "bowling widow" this weekend. Sometimes it's nice to have that "me" time. Good luck to Bill this weekend!!

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    That is soooooo coooooooool! And you look very pretty, too, both yesterday and today!!!!

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Met Another Sparker Tonight

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Just got home awhile ago from having dinner with Susie and her hubby Paul.We had a good time.The funniest part was Bill got lost trying to find the place.He came from work but finally found us shortly after I sat down. It was great meeting Susie.They were so kind as to drive several hours to get close to me.Next year maybe Bill and I will head down their way.
But here we are with full tummies.

And just as I was leaving house I got a package from my cyber daughter Robin who had sent me a birthday gift by UPS that got lost.They found it and delivered it. It was so awesome. I was smiling from ear to ear when I got it .I have the chimes hanging close by until Bill hangs it outside tomorrow.Smile every time I look at it. Those are baby cadbury candy eggs in my one hand.

So it has been a great day.
Tomorrow I met another spark member for lunch. Will have a picture tomorrow.
I finished straightening out the spices. I need to get a small turntable. Time to make my special italian seasons. i have two jars of reg italian seasonings I think I will just add to my mixture. Since I make my own I haven't been using it. Each time I made a big container I do it a little different. I am going to try to measure everything this time.Maybe.
Ok I have stuff to do. The fluid has been good today and joint pain was better last night.Probably won't last long but will enjoy it while I can. I was able to exercise some today which is good. Hope you all have a great weekend. I will be a bowling widow as Bill is in a special tournament Sat and Sun. I may get to see Landon for a few minutes.They are in town and are going to watch him bowl the last game.They are going to swing by here for just a few minutes.I am hoping he is awake so I can see him walking. Ok I do have to go.

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CEB2007 3/19/2010 10:48AM

    Sounds like you had a great day with another one coming today. Wishing Bill well at his bowling games. Enjoy the weekend.

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MPARKER67 3/19/2010 9:58AM

    How great that you and Susie got to meet. I was very sorry that Audra and I didn't get to when I was in Reno.
Those chimes would make me smile, too. Have fun at your luncheon today and glad you had a good day healthwise.

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FEISTYMAMA 3/19/2010 7:10AM

    I'm glad you had a great time with Susie AND that UPS found the package. That dodo bird is the cutest darn thing (Jason thinks it's ugly but what does he know??)

Enjoy your lunch!

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BORROWEDANGEL1 3/19/2010 2:21AM

    What a lovely day you've had. That's the kind of day that makes all the bad ones disappear from our life..I'm so happy for you and your friend getting to have dinner together..

You look beautiful in yellow.. Perfect color for your complexion and hair coloring..

Your friend and her hubby look very nice, and I'm sure they were having a great time with you and Bill.

Your cyber daughter brought you a smile, for sure.. That was sweet of her to send you such a cheerful birthday gift, and I know you both were happy they found it..Is that a smile on that bugs face? so cute!!

Have a great time tomorrow with your other friend..Landon must be growing so big every day.. I hope he is awake for y'alls visit, grandma!!I'm glad you're feeling better today..and I hope you have a few days without all that pain and fluid..

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NEWSTART127 3/19/2010 1:23AM

    So glad that Susie made it and you guys got to meet up! Glad your lost package arrived, too! What a great day!

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RURAL3 3/18/2010 11:19PM

    I think that's great that you can meet fellow sparkers. Sounds like you had a great time. I had to work tonight but because the weather outside was in the 60's I think everyone was outside doing stuff. We weren't very busy at the gym. I just love those little Eleni's. I am going to have to find time to go to that sight. emoticon

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TSISQUAUSDI 3/18/2010 11:08PM

    What a fun day you had! I'm jealous - I was surrounded with the boss's family drama - No fun at all!

Beautiful Chimes from Robin - Go easy on those Cadbury's!

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Tired Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Had a rough night with joint pain.On top of that I have lost almost 13# of fluid weight. That wears me out.
I had a visitor in back yard today.He has been here before. He really is a cool cat.Has a big busy tail.

He never stays around long. I still haven't made up my mind about getting a cat. I am still inclined to not get one. If I see one I really want I might change my mind.
I made my roast in the oven today and Bill loved it. A crock pot is much easier and not nearly as messy as browning the meat. But it was good. I put some lipton dry soup mix on meat and then dredged in flour and brown it all over.Then pour remaining soup mix over meat and 1 cup of water.Covered with foil and baked for 2 hours at 340 deg. Then added red potatoes,carrots,an onion quartered,and a few pieces of celery. Lightly dusted with garlic powder. Covered and cooked another 2 hours. The broth was great.

Just missed a great shot. Two mockingbirds squaring off on side of pool . Just couldn't grab camera fast enough.
Ok Nothing new here.I am meeting sparker tomorrow evening .I am looking forward to it.
Have a good evening. I am going to go put a heating pad on my knees.

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HAPPYBASKET 3/19/2010 11:07PM

    Please stay "dry". It is so much easier on the joints. Your photography is wonderful. I recently fostered a 5 yr. old beautiful Black cat. She is very skitish so I finally went over & borrowed my friends cat that she fostered at the same time. He is a BIG yellow Romeo. Just loves getting loves & is in our laps whenever possible. But he did exactly as we had hoped. Missy came out of hiding & has been his companion ever since. My friend has 3 other cats so she has decided to let me keep him. I have to go next week & change his contract over to me. Now they are both a JOY! I think cats are one of the most awsome creatures that Godp created. We fostered these cats from our Animal Rescue Shelter.We have so many cats that are left because of death so they are older & not easy to adopt out so this program puts the older cats in us older adults homes. The Shelter retains ownership, provide the dry food, gives them any needed shots.They pay all vet bills & they check in on them every 3 months so see how they are doing. All they ask of us is to give them lots of Loving & a good home. They actually discourage us from adopting a cat because then when we go, this cat has to go thru grieving too. This is a really neat program. Well good luck with your fluid problem.

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RURAL3 3/18/2010 5:13PM

    You should put your food pics in a cook book. They are better than some in there. I keep smiling at your background.
I pray you are feeling abetter today. All that fluid wreaks havoc with your body my friend. I wish you didn't have to go through that. But God never gives us anything more than we can handle. Even if we don't like it. Blessings my dear friend.

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KATIE233 3/18/2010 2:11PM

    love your pictures and the pot roast looks yummy and the taste is probably wonderfully 13 lbs of water . emoticon emoticonyake care and check in tomorrow see what you are doing.

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DIASTER 3/18/2010 10:57AM

  whoa bet your not wheezing so much today, that is a lot of fluiD, YOU ARE QUITE CREATIVE! Love your new MS ELENI LADY.

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MPARKER67 3/18/2010 10:20AM

    That pot roast looked so yummy it makes my mouth water. I used to make them in my electric skillet. Haven't had one for ages. May need to go buy one. emoticon

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LYNNDE 3/18/2010 4:48AM

    I sure hope your knees feel better today. And why is your body retaining so much extra fluid?

Your pot roast looks delicious! Ohhh, and is that an iron skillet? I have to get some of those, they are great for cooking! My Mom use to have a really nice one, and my father in law cooked with them all the time. I also enjoy cooking with the crock pot, they are so much easier, and especially if one is working all day.

Nice picture of the TOM cat, pretty green emeralds.
Hope you have a better day today, and your joints are not bothering you so much.

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NANCYRUBIO 3/18/2010 12:12AM

    Crock pots are much peter than cleaning out a roasting pain. Just let it soak and it is clean. Try a pain patch--I use them on my back and they work.

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TSISQUAUSDI 3/17/2010 10:37PM

    That pot roast looked absolutely delicious! Thank you for the great pictures, Eleni - You make my day!

It must be "line-drawing time" for the mockingbirds - I had two squaring off on the fence in my little side yard this morning. We had a nesting pair in a tree next to my office building - they were so funny! They'd actually attack people that walked too close to the tree, but they only attached people with blond or light grey hair! Spookular!

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BORROWEDANGEL1 3/17/2010 9:23PM

    Wow, that roast looks scrumptious delicious.. and I bet it taste even better than it looks.. It does take a while to cook in the oven, but oh the tender rewards and the flavors are so much better tasting, IMO, than in a crockpot.. it looks very much like mine..I agree that it's not a recipe to make every week because of the time it takes..but as long as Bill and you enjoyed it, that's what counts.. :)

The kitty is a lean one, but he's cunning and careful in his steps.. he's a hunter for sure.. I use to have a kitten that looked similar to his markings, but the coyotes got him..I called him Tommy the Tormentor, because he loved to torment the birds.. LOL..

I hope the fluid stays away from you for awhile.. that's an aweful lot of stress to your body to lose that much in one days time.. I'm back on the steroids again, and now my fluid will start to build again, not looking forward to that one iota..

I hope you rest tonight.. Does the heating pad do better than ice packs? Love your little cartoon girl too..

gentle hugs,

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0309COOKIE 3/17/2010 8:55PM

    Oh, that roast looks so delicious. And I just had a corned beef and cabbage dinner and am full. But it still looks appetizing!

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TILLIEBEE 3/17/2010 8:45PM

    Beautiful pot roast!!!!
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PUDLECRAZY 3/17/2010 7:50PM

    That roast looks scrumptious. I'm on the way over - make me a place setting, okay???

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SHOAPIE 3/17/2010 7:36PM

    That roast looks so good I can almost smell it. Makes me wish I had someone to cook for besides myself.

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FEISTYMAMA 3/17/2010 7:21PM

    13 pounds is a lot of fluid. That's almost double the weight of some newborns.

I can't believe it takes that long to cook a roast in the oven!!! I guess I won't be trying that. emoticon However, if I ever come to Florida you can make it for me!

The kitty is cute. It's a skinny little thing.

I hope tonight is a better night for you.

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    That is a LOT of fluid! No wonder you are worn out! The cat is gorgeous, and I just love the way you described him and captured him with the camera. The pot roast looks absolutely scrumptious, and now I'm going to try one, too, using your recipe!!! Yuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmyyyyyyy!!!!!>
Have a good night's rest tonight,

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