Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

I'd like to say that I was vacationing somewhere exotic, but the truth is, I've been right here in my little town. Somewhere between six kids, eleven hens, running boys to soccer every night of the week, the beginning of karate, and being on town council, I ran out of time. And energy.

And, as if I haven't been busy enough, I've been canning when I can. The day before my surgery I made another batch of pickled watermelon rinds and this week I made some triple-citrus marmalade. The marmalade was so very simple. And it's tasty, too. I don't know why I've never made it before.

I am recovering nicely from my surgeries. The podiatrist released me from his care yesterday. And told me I could go running right away. But, well, I'm still under my GYN's care for another five weeks (although he said I could run within days of the surgery, I think I will call to make sure he really meant that). And, my knee is acting up. It's funny how great it felt last week when I was on narcotics. The afternoon of my surgery I told Joe I felt so good I wanted to go for a run. He looked at me and very sternly said, "You. are. NOT. going. to. run." Glad I listened. I don't think a drugged-up person can make rational decisions and I'm sure I would have gotten hit by a car or something had I left the house without adult supervision.

And in other news:
  • A certain little boy turns three tomorrow. THREE! And the birthday present I ordered for him last week is not coming. It was the last one in stock and I got an email this week telling me it is damaged. I have nothing to give him. I walked around Wal-Mart last night and saw nothing. There are no toy stores in this area at all. Tomorrow morning I will take him to the next county to the Toys 'R Us and hope I find something. Since my account was already debited, I told them to send it when it comes in stock for Christmas. (And Spenser will be getting one of these, too.)
  • My father had an appointment with his oncologist last week, and he is in "complete remission." This was a total surprise to us. Now, this does not mean his cancer is cured, but it's taking a break from his body. He was diagnosed 7 1/2 years ago (just months before Krissy died) and was told it was incurable. He had chemo four years ago and was in an 85% remission then. It's the power of prayer, I tell ya.
  • My favorite snack lately (besides sweet peppers from my garden with ranch dressing) is almond butter on graham crackers. I can't get enough.
  • I have sewing on my mind. It has been a long time since I've sewn. I'm thinking new fall skirts. I have the perfect fall tablecloth waiting to be worn.
  • I'll have to update you on my hens soon. We're getting lots of eggs. (See sidebar.)


Myrnie said...

All sounds fabulous :) (And isn't marmalade EASY?? I can't imagine paying for it :)

Katie said...

YAY! You're back! I'm glad you ordered those cute sets for Spenser and Sawyer but I can't believe that it was damaged! NOT FAIR! I'm sure whatever you give him will make him a happy boy!! Love, Katie

nikko said...

I knew you were alive because I kept seeing you on FB. ;o)

Marmalade has never thrilled me. All those pieces of peel. Maybe there are recipes without the peel?

I am really itching to sew lately, too. I hope you are recovered 100% soon!

laeroport said...

Seriously? Mason's been to the nurse 4 times already???
Glad to know you're hanging in there. I can't believe that the wee one is nearly 3. But then on Sunday we'll be celebrating my nephew's 3rd birthday too, so I guess it is true.
Cheers, my friend!

amandajean said...

how fun to read about what's going on in your world. you made me chuckle a few times. (esp. the line, "it's funny how great i felt last week when i was on narcotics". my word woman, you kill me!!!) i am in canning mode (I just typed moda, LOL!!!) a little bit, too. have some apple butter on the stove right now. it smells so good in my house. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. want to come over for a late night chat? please??????????? after the day i've had, i could use you around here.

gonna have to try that marmalade.

Marty said...

Your gift quest reminds me of my DIL's quest to get a Barbie Hot Tub Van for Gracie-she ordered it on Ebay, but it never arrived. The lady she bought it from gave her a credit, but she didn't have another van. DIL just happened to be in Target and just happened to crouch down to look wayyyyy in the back of a bottom shelf and guess what? Yep there it was! One happy little girl and a relieved Mommy and Daddy.

FinnyKnits said...

Lay off the running for a bit, you crazy gal ;)

Glad you're feeling better though.