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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Long Time So Brief

Some of you may be thinking I’ve been away from the blog world for so long, but to me the past week just flew by! Kelly got here last Saturday and she stayed until Friday afternoon. I’ve been trying to take it easy this weekend. One; to be safe because until late tonight, I’m writing on Sunday evening, I’m home alone. David was in West Virginia last I talked to him. He called about UTZ product at Sheetz; he’s bringing me home a small bag of Maryland Crab seasoned chips and a bag of pumpernickel pretzels! The other reason is to recover. I only have to clear and wipe the desk and my office/craft room; the Woman Cave will be a functional room! By the end of the week Kelly and I were both exhausted with aches on top of aches. For me, walking and even typing on my right side is very weak and stiff. I’d quit the med that was supposed to make movement easier for me because I didn’t think it was really working and it was the highest copay of all my meds. I think I’m, going to start it again because I can feel that I’m not taking it.

I called Scotty Wednesday morning to see if he would meet us for lunch on Thursday. He couldn’t he’s in the hospital! I didn’t gripe at him for not calling me this time. You don’t get any time to let people know you’re going to be in the hospital when you get the call he did Monday night; we have a donor! Scotty was in surgery early Tuesday morning and when I called on Wednesday he was bonding with his new kidney and pancreas! He’s been doing well, but Jill, his sister, one of the biological ones, says the doctors have him on antibiotics because they fear he may have an infection, so it set his original release date of Sunday back a few days. If everyone could please utter a prayer or good thought for my big brother, I’d be eternally grateful! I want the rest of his recovery to be textbook.

Kelly and I made all of our plans for our “Friendship Smash Books.” I have my binder and selected the first two papers and some of the items I want to use. The binder I have right now is my book. Kelly will start her book. What we’ll do is smash the title page and the first two actual pages. Then the books have to be in the mail by December 8. Kelly will get my book with the first two pages done and I’ll get hers. Then we do the next two pages in each other’s books with a January 8 deadline for mailing them back. We’re going to mail them back and forth doing 2 pages a month for a year. When the books are done we’ll both have a book that we half did ourselves and half done by our best friend. We’re going to add a little to the covers as we go and those will be done at the end of the year too. This will truly be a special and fun project.

Before I get on to the Monday Quiz About Me, I want to share this trip's mug. You’ll recall that last week I mentioned that Kelly and I have a mug tradition when we get together. This was a shoestring budget trip. Neither of us had the cash for a nice dinner out and even the coffee cup tradition was threatened. Except for the box I brought home from the storage!

I have no memory of when I bought this mug. But it was on s closeout sale, probably about 20 years ago according to the other items in the box. I showed it to Kelly and she loved it! Guess what? On this low funds weekend, the coffee mug from 20 years ago was not alone! There were two boxes with the identical mug! I’d already given Kelly the box with the other mug and saucer but I suggested we’d make that our mug for this trip. Her job now is to find two identical mugs that are older than half of our friendship to be the mugs for next time. This sounds like a fun thrift store challenge!

This afternoon I did this scrapbook layout:

Pumpkin Enabler
Credits: We Are Thankful by Colie’s Corner, word art by Digitalegacies

I love word art like that one. I have a few cups with word art like that, including the several types of coffee and several fonts on that 20-year old mug and saucer set! I decided that it was time I custom created my word art in that style and that’s the source of the Pumpkin Spice word art!

Of course, how could I not share??


Click on the preview to go to download.

As usual, I’d love to see any scrapbook or craft project you do with it!

Okay, NOW we move on the The Monday Quiz About Me, hosted by Heather at Acting Balanced and Wayne at Touristic.

1. How often do you shop for groceries? Do you shop in one place or many?

David picks up things that need to be fresh; meat, apples and bananas, salad, carrots, ice cream, in between trips, but we do our big shopping trip about once a month.

We usually shop at the Kroger a little over a block away, but we also shop at Meijer, because he likes their steak better and I like their hummus selection and Giant Eagle for special items.

2. How old were you when you had your first taste of alcohol?

LOL… 2.

Mom, Dad, Grandma and Papa each had a different mixed drink and were talking in the living room at Grandma and Papa’s house. I was quietly “making the rounds” taking a small sip out of the glass…each glass. Two years old and a sip of scotch, a sip of bourbon, a sip of rum and a sip of Seagram’s Seven. Of course I don’t remember this, but each of the adults involved enjoyed telling me the story when I was older. I was walking a little strange and acting a little zoned. Each one in turn said, “She only took a little taste of my drink.” Times four! They watched me closer after that and “little Daynonna wasn’t allowed to taste the grownup drinks anymore.”

Having taught the lesson, this never happened with my brother and he drinks a lot more than I do now. Hmmm…

3. How much TV do you watch?

Well, the picture quality on FOX is so poor I’m not even watching he baseball game tonight, watching the pitch by pitch on mlb.com. So, I last had the TV on Friday night when I decided that the bad picture and all the political ads were more than I wanted to deal with. It’ll probably be on again if David turns it on when he gets home or in the morning. I don’t watch a lot.

4. How do you relieve stress?

I write in my personal journal or meditate myself into a relaxing nap.

And don't forget to add a 5th Question on your own blog so we can answer as we hop around!

5. What is your favorite food to snack on while you’re reading/writing blogs?

Usually popcorn, air popped and hot with nothing on it or carrots. But…I also keep a candy jar filed if I’m in the mood for something sweet. I’m usually pretty good about the candy, keeping count and behaving, but tonight I’m a little lonely as I reach the end of the days between Kelly leaving and David getting home, so it’s just me and the Pumpkin Spice or Air kisses.


Romi said...

I don't eat anything while using my computer... And I try not to eat between meals these days, though I love chocolate and cookies.

Karen said...

I love to dip a slice of apple into a glob of peanut butter.

Wayne W Smith said...

I loved the coffee cup story. That was very cool. Thanks for participating in the MQAM and hope to see you join in again next week.

Heather Smith said...

I love hummus and veggies as a treat between meals..

retired not tired said...

I try not to eat any thing while on the computer. I spilt a glass of orange juice on the keyboard once and that required too much work to fix.

Sammie said...

I really don't snack much, and even less at the computer. If I do get in a snack mood I usually make a piece of toast with homemade Apple Butter on it or peanut butter. Or I could be considered a Liquid Snacker, with a cup of hot tea or glass of juice.

Brenda Youngerman said...

I love to snack on kettle chips and garlic/artichoke dip

Edna B said...

I guess I'm the queen of snacking. Sometimes I just want to snack all night. My snacks include cookies, cheese, ice cream, gruity gummy candy, and whatever else I can find to pop into my mouth. (I am soooo bad!) Other times, I really do try to behave and stick to my bottle of water. As you can see, I'm not so good at dieting by myself.

I love your new mug story, and can't wait to see what Kelly finds for next year. I used to have a large mug collection, but there came a time when I had to give most of them away. Still, every now and then I find a really special one that I just have to have. You have a fabulous day, hugs, Edna B.

Tami Von Zalez said...

My fav snack food while blog writing? grapes, for some odd reason.

Popped in from Monday Quiz About Me.


Arlene said...

I love vanilla yogurt raisins by Sunmaid. They are yummy and good for you - a winning combination!

Karen and Gerard said...

I don't eat food at my computer at home, at work I'll munch on trail mix.

Missy said...

Usually I can not take my hands away to eat while I type. LOL If I am eating I am probably reading someones blog though and it would be Popcorn and then Chocolate as a 2nd choice.