In The Wee Small Hours

One of the songs from the Broadway hit “Hamilton” has a line about it being quiet uptown.

I think I am more down east here than uptown, but it is five in the morning and I am up.Outside of the tapping on the laptop keys, the silence is deafening.

Why am I up? It’s the ever popular end of medication that you are on and all of a sudden, it’s as if you are playing the should I try to go back to sleep game.I think staying up wins this round. Actually, it is kind of rare to be in a position to actually listen in the silence, and your mind and ears get a rest.

Pollen is out full force here and now both Jim and I are coughing in unison.I learned that it is always bad once I see the forsythia in bloom. The Christmas cactus in the window is blooming again, and is probably the only flower that isn’t bothering us.I guess that spring is officially here at Undisclosed location.

Kasia is sleeping one the floor behind me as I type this, as I know she is frustrated with the lack of activity here. We’ll try to get a good long walk in today before the weather tanks over Sunday and Monday.She has been a real trooper but I really don’t want her to fall out of the habit of walking with me.We both need the exercise.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully the nice weather that goes with it.

He’s back ,again….l

Gluten-free Jim is back in action.

The above picture is his flax seed bread and Italian herbs in it.

We went to three different stores yesterday, in search of gluten-free and organic products. It’s good to be well, but it is really pricey. I see the receipts from the stores, and the price of ten things he needs is the price of 30 we normally would buy.

I am proud he has gone one week out gluten-free. If it goes well, I guess I might have to convert.

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IMG_5262Here is Kasia not looking very happy with me, but Jim and I had a date night last night.

The only chance of seeing a first run movie down these parts was a drive away,, so we went off to dinner and then saw The Darkest Hour. It was Gary Oldman staring as Winston Churchill and Kristin-Scott Thomas, of Four Weddings and a Funeral and, later, The Other Boleyn Girl as Clementine Churchill. We both enjoyed the movie, but, unfortunately in the age of #METOO it might get rolled over for Oscar Time. That would be a shame.

Back at the home today, disgust is on Kasia’s face, because it is now a fact that Mom picked up bronchitis on the tail end of here current list of ailments….My girl hates being the health Continue reading And some more….

Let’s All Have One, Shall We?

So I am up at three thirty in the morning and pretty much awake.How much sleep did I have? Uh, none.

Steroids and watching the time I take it: when WILL I ever learn.

So far I caught a Johnny Carson rerun on Antenna TV for an hour and maybe that forced me up, I just don’t know. He had Bob Hope and Dean Martin and Charles Nelson Reilly on and I was laughing hysterically. If you actually read these names and say, “who?”…go google them.

After that I had Stephen Colbert on with Tom Hanks, again, who is promoting he newest film, “The Post.” It occurs during two weeks when the Pentagon Papers were about to be published in the early 70’s. Funny how it should have a limited release starting on my birthday, but down here in “Undisclosed” we seldom get the first release of anything.

Moving on, I watched Stanley Tucci, Meryl Streep, the late Nora Ephron on you tube from a few years ago from when the movie ” Julie and Julia” first was out.It was bittersweet to see the three of them together.

Now I am writing this post with hopes of crashing and burning a little later and can catch up with life a little later on today.

One-Eyed Jacks

Well, here I am, two days post-op from the cataract surgery which went well, except for one thing.

BRONCHITIS.

It got to the point in the operating room where the surgeon said I had to keep my head still for five minutes so he could do what he needed to do. Thanks God I managed to do it.Jim met the surgeon afterward and told him the surgery went perfectly.

So I am fighting bronchitis and taking all my eye drops and have decided to bypass people every day until the next surgery. I went to the 8 am Mass on this past Sunday. When we were there and I said to Jim, this wasn’t necessarily a good call. We saw people hacking and blowing their noses, etc., so I am sure that’s how I picked this up.

Not this time……Bwahahaha…..stay tuned.

Last Squints

Getting my eyeful of life, as it were. You know, smiling with Kasia

When she sneaks on our bed, it’s hard not to smile, especially she looks so comfortable!

I’m making us dinner, being so aware of watching what I am making. It’s all how the eye perceived the pallet.

Grateful for the visions I have been blessed with, and praying for a good outcome for Tuesday.

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Doctor Shuffle-“The Beat Goes On.”

This morning the spot is a doctor’s office again, albeit it this time for Jim.

What is funny is that they warn you to bring a laptop or tablet because the average wait time is four hours. Why so long you ask? They have equipment for testing and blood work, and by the time you would have too go from place to place, well ,you actually save some time.

Once we are out of here, well, we will see what Jim has to do. Then we’ll get back to my impending surgery.

Ah…..the joys of large middle age!

More Education for Me

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What a difference fifty years has made.

Today in third grade, we had “Lockdown” practice. Since I have been working down here, I only was in a lockdown once, and that was when a local bank was robbed and they put the whole school under lockdown.

It was a good, yet challenging day in our third grade today. We had a lot of interaction with the children, and I actually had the mentally challenged boy walk with me into class-that was a big step. They say it shows he trusts me. Don’t get me wrong: we had our share of tears and tantrums, children crawling under tables to avoid doing math problems, and other sorts of drama.

I really have come to like this class. All of the students have their own stories, some sad, some with family issues and the like. You really learn the dynamic about handling children with these ailments. You want to try to help them the best you can.

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I’ll be keeping them in my prayers, because God knows they need it.

Early to Bed

Kasia is not the only one turning in early these days. I had a dermatology appointment this morning with Jim, so we had to make sure we were both up and ready for the early appointments,
Then we had a few stops to make before we got back to the house. I have to get Kasia out a few times and take care of laundry and making Jim lunch and dinner , and then it starts…

pencil-case… check
writing paper… check
iPhone … check
thermos for coffee…check
donuts …check.

Tomorrow is election day here and I am sure all through the country. It’s another morning of being at my local fire hall by 5:15 and done if we are lucky. by 8:15pm.

Long, Long day….
Thus, early to bed.

Baltimore Archdiocese Agrees to $50,000 Settlement with Clergy Sex-Abuse Victim Who Said She Was Shown Body of Murdered Nun….if you are watching “The Keepers” on Netflix, this is a tie- in

Source: Baltimore Archdiocese Agrees to $50,000 Settlement with Clergy Sex-Abuse Victim Who Said She Was Shown Body of Murdered Nun

This antibiotic will ruin you. 

Using antibiotics??Hmmm….

Mountains and Mustard Seeds

4739Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and got too overwhelmed and abandoned it. Well here goes…

The antibiotics you took or are taking for your sinus infection, UTI, skin infection, laser eye surgery…ect…may have already damaged you.

Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”…are all part of a large family of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones.” The FDA finally updated their warning on these antibiotics as of July 2016. They site “multiple system damage that may be irreversible. Permanent you guys. Here is the link for the warning if you are a doubting Thomas: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm. Take a gander real quick if you are reading this with an eyebrow raised. Trust me, I wish I had been given the opportunity to soak up this information before it was too late.

In 2010, I took…

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Something New

Today I am shadowing a student who has an” in school” detention; this , and I have to admit, is as far away from kindergarten as possible! I am shadowing my student to make sure she has her work in math, language arts and science completed,


The early leader of how unusual today is for me is that I found an article on ” The Perfect Pour” for ketchup in Scholastic Magazine…..** reaching up to smooth my grey hair**..,I read Scholastic magazine 50 years ago.

Oh well, we are working through language arts. Hopefully today will be a good experience for us both!

You Tube

I was born in late 1959. There are many things I missed in the last century. Through the circumstances that have had me home over the past six months, I discovered You Tube.

Remember I was an American Studies major. I know there are old movies and things that you can find. What have I been listening to or watching are reports  on the assassination of  the late president John Kennedy. Evidently, they run American documentaries on British television, such as channel 4 and BBC.

The one I watched today was narrated by George Clooney, and it was the story of how JFK and Walter Cronkite, and how they had age and the service in World War 2. It starts with how CBS went to 30 minute news with Walter meeting with JFK in Hyannis Port 2 months before the assassination. It takes you from the various reporters views, from the shooting through the burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

So with this post, I once again am showing my history background , and I guess it is better than some of the crap on cable. I know some of you may think I have no life, but hey, a little knowledge is a good thing.

Me and my BFF

There comes a time on Facebook that you get too many tear-jerking dog stories. My buddy Kathy, and other dog moms know to give me a tear-jerker warning. 

As I am getting a little too close for comfort in this area, I decided to spend time on the floor hanging with my Zush tonight.

Granted the picture I took was a selfie with my IPad, but you know what? 

I will cherish it until I breathe my last.  It was good sharing Momma and Zush time. It will always be the biggest chunk of my heart!

Good Days

There doesn’t seem to be that many of them.

Today was an exemption. My buddies Kathy and Tim, Zosia’s foster parents came down to see us. They also brought Henry and Champ, their two dogs.Below is Champ.


Here is Henry.


Kathy and I go all the way back to grade school together. We lived in the same neighborhood. It is always good to reconnect with a buddy who shares history with you.


The only bad thing is when you separate, you wish you still lived closer! Kathy got to see in person how Zush was. We walked all the pups around the neighborhood.

A good day indeed!

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Our night last night was rough. We are trying to figure out how to make her comfortable.

Tonight, I am going to try to stay up with my girl, and hopefully things will go a little better. I feel bad, because Jim tends to be up more than I am. He needs some sleep, so hopefully it’ll work out for the both of us. The weather is supposed to be wintery tomorrow. I hope things will have a little more improvement. Prayers and good karma for the Zush will be greatly appreciated.

Catching Up…

Thanks to a friend of mine on Facebook, I have been trying to catch up with a religious friend of mine, who saw me through some bad times with my first cancer.


With thanks to Maryanne, a buddy of mine, she forwarded me this photo of my pal Brother Jim. I understand he is in Pittsburgh these days and not up to par. We met on the morning of my  cancer surgery and became fast friends.

So now it’s time to become Columbo and say a prayer that I can reestablish our friendship.

I’ll keep you posted.

Who Needs a Bath?

Not us, say Zusher, Kasia and me.

Why, you may ask? Well, you know all phone apps that telll you when it’s going to rain? 

THEY LIE!** joking*


Here’s Zusher’s favorite pastime, walking in puddles.


Here’s Kasia drying off after getting soaked.

Well, now we gals are all in and dry, and even I am dried off. Time for dinner for all the girls!

Friday Night Date

The family is all together tonight. Jim is off, and what a difference. We had a pizza for dinner, Zush and Kasia are laying back. What’s the bonus?

Turner Classic Movies is showing “Mr. Roberts.”

This movie is about the waning days of the Second World War in the Pacific, and Henry Fonda, who plays Mr.Roberts, wants to get off his duty on a cargo ship and into the heat of battle on a destroyer or battleship. This is all I will reveal of the plot, because it really is worth viewing. James Cagney plays the Captain, with William Powell and Jack Lemon in supporting roles.

Always nice to find a good movie to relax and watch.

Have a good weekend!

Sing along with Zush 

Here’s tonight’s photo of my Zosia. She is “singing to me”, and good mom that I am, I taped it. As with my mother, I know one day I’d wish I still could hear it.


Kasia has been pretty good: I hate to say it, because it’s like looking for trouble. She seems to be getting what’s happening to Zush, and ,dare I say, bows a little to her big sister.


We walked a little bit this afternoon: I usually let Zush lead the way. I look at it as her bucket list. Some days, we don’t go far. Other times, Zush wants the bay.

Nothing like being a spoiling Mom.

February Malaise

With occasional barks from Kasia in the bedroom, it’s kind of quiet here.

I have television on, but my mind is with Zush. We both are kind of beat.

It is a gloomy day here. It’s the kind of day that history usually leads us to believe is better spent in bed. As Zush is still quiet and resting, I figure I’ll hold off on our walk till the area of 4pm. We did almost a mile this morning, so we won’t be quite as intense on this one. Still, it is pleasant to go out in the winter solitude, with hardly any cars around to choke us with exhaust as we walk. By the time we get back, it’ll be dinner and we’ll get ready for the night.

Kasia has been extremely good: I can’t help but wonder if she picks up on what’s going on. I do believe animals sense things. We’ll appreciate the coziness of this weather and the evening. After all, isn’t that what girls do?

Time

They say time heals all wounds.

Yeah, right.**read heavy sarcasm here**

Tomorrow is five years that my Mom passed away. There isn’t a day that I don’t miss her. This is my favorite picture of Zosia and Mom. My Dad passed in 1998. The same goes for Dad: there isn’t a day that he isn’t in my thoughts. I always remember how they would tell me about when they would no longer be here but how they would always be with me.

Somehow, it would be nice just to hug them.

Weather or Not

My nephew, Greg, informed me of a chance of one to three inches of snow forecasted for the Undisclosed Location on Saturday.In honor of this,I decided to do something I have never done in my life before. I actually started taking Christmas decorations down.

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The snowflake on the front of the house really isn’t in focus and the doghouse is still up, but I did start taking the ribbons down, after talking to my neighbor. Her Christmas decorations are all down, but I normally wait until after the feast day of the Three Kings to take the rest down. With the snow that is allegedly coming, I started by taking the ribbons I had up off so they didn’t get ruined. The rest, I decided, can wait until the weather clears and dries them all out.

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These clouds were coming into the area when I walked the girls this afternoon, and you could feel the chill coming in with the front.

The only good part about this? I don’t have to run to the local Philadelphia store to buy eggs, bread, milk and toilet paper…..lol.

Worries and Prayers

Please forgive me, gentle reader, if the blog as been falling by the wayside of late. Zush has not been feeling good and of course, that has hit me at my core.

You can’t telll what is wrong. I offer chance to go walk, or go to the potty.After having three days with issues, I spent a good bit of my morning crying.Part of it is frustration at not being able to help her. Part is not being stupid and keeping in the back of my head the eventuality is there and hopefully, it’ll be in the offing. The melancholia stays with you,but you go back to what’s at hand: keeping my girl comfortable and going.


Please keep us both in your prayers, as we sure can use them.As for me, I have to go barter with God.

Home

It is always good to be here with the girls.

What is hard is when one of them isn’t feeling well.


My girl , Zush, is off of her food. Don’t get me wrong: if I cook food for her she’ll eat. It is as if she just doesn’t feel like eating her dry kibble anymore. Both Kasia and Zush grew up on Pedigree, then Beneful, and once the recalls started,we went to Nature’s Recipe. They seemed to both like it: we switched to it a year and 1/2 ago.

So it goes without saying, I’ll be cooking and trying to entice my gal to eat. If you can throw any prayers or good mojo out for us, we surely would appreciate it.

Outdoor Living

I am sitting outside with Zush. Jim and Kasia are out walking at the bay. Yes, the rain finally stopped and things were pretty good until 4pm.

What’s with a 4pm witching hour?

Our power is out. No hurricane, no severe storm warning …our power went out! It would appear a utility pole was run into by a car.The guys Atlantic City Electric sent to fix that, well….I guess they figured it was a good time to put the whole area out. Allegedly Atlantic City electric claims power will be back by 7.

Here’s my bestie,Zush, keeping Mom company while I read and listen to Ryan Howard’s last game as a Phillie and read my book.


Emergency candle, anyone?

Puddin’ Cookies

Next on my list…I have a box of chocolate instant pudding in my pantry……

Retro Recipe Attempts

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that it’s acceptable to call somebody puddin’ (perhaps an affectionate nickname for a child), but it’s pretty rude to call them pudding.

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I think Bisquick was following the same sort of logic when they named this recipe. Pudding Cookies is unappealing, but Puddin’ Cookies is fun and hip!

PUDDIN’ COOKIES! Mix well 3/4 cup Bisquick, 1 pkg. instant pudding mix (any flavor), 1/4 cup salad oil, 1 egg. Form into small balls; flatten with hand on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 min. at 350 (mod.). Makes about 3 doz. They’re fun!

Puddin’ Cookies! It’s excitin’!

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Apple Cider Donut Cake

This is next on my baking list! Love apple cider donuts!

Lea & Jay

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I warned you didn’t I? Here we go now with the first of what may prove to be a parade of Fall-time apple-y goodness…Apple Cider Donut Cake! Whaaat? Yup….Apple. Cider. Donut. Cake. Could I have crammed any more deliciousness into that recipe title? I’ve already told you how I love apples. And Apple Cider…especially the type that is a bit more medicinal…if you know what I’m saying…is exciting. Donuts! Who doesn’t love cinnamon sugar laden apple cider donuts?! Well you get all of those mouthwateringly yummy flavours all wrapped up in one gorgeous big old bundt cake.

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This cake is amazingly moist and tender, just bursting with apple flavour. It would be delicious simply unadorned, but it is completely over the top when brushed with some boozy cider glaze and dusted, quite liberally with crunchy cinnamon sugar.

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Pup Update

Thanks to all of you for your prayers and good mojo that you have passed onto me from yesterday’s blog. The photo you see above is Zush taken this afternoon.Yesterday’s trauma has passed somewhat, and although I am the police mom, the girls are once more existing together.


Kasia has been outdoors in the yard for more time in the past day since she came to live with us almost seven years ago. Tone of voice still has a little edge in it, because we want her to get that what she did was wrong. The two girls are hanging out together within a few inches of each other.We are just going to take it one day at a time.

Prayers Needed

So all this tendonopothy has played havoc with my knee replacements. It is a struggle to get out of bed to the bathroom. The pain is horrible and I can not imagine what’s going on.

Please throw out a prayer or some healing light for me ,  as I surely need it!

History not quite repeating itself…

For those of you who remember me during my boot days of 2005, this picture might seem like Groundhog Day to you, but really, it isn’t.

I don’t have a rip or tear in my tendon in my left foot. Instead, the tendinitis is so severe it is being termed “Tendinopathy with tendon thickening…. With a “nightcap” of tenosynovitis with fluid distending the tendon sheath.”

So, I guess my summer is extended another 4-6 weeks while I try to heal up.

Yeah… That’s what I said. LOL

Missing Kiddos

So today, in the classic tradition of Philadelphia, that is, voting early and often, I am working the polls to the primary election.

My butt is dragging since I had to be here at 5:15am, after getting up at 4am to take care of the girls.So far I’ve had two cups of coffee and I am still in a fog.Now, we are onto recipe discussion, getting deep in discussion with a 91 year old,75 year old and 68 year old…see a trend there?


I miss being with my school kids. Tomorrow is their big day for their kindergarten concert.Fortunately, I’ll be back with them for it. 

Time stops for no one.

Breck Girl

For those who remember the 70’s, you remember the Breck Girl who graced many a back cover of Glamour or Seventeen magazine.


Here is’s Zushie girl’s before shot.


Granted, this is not a full body shot, but here she is post-shampoo and Furminator treatment. They blew that winter coat out , got some dirt off the fur, and now she looks and feels like a million!


Love her and the sister to death💚💚🐶#MYBFFS

Joys of June

Cleaning out pre-school books, playing bingo with Marian the magnificent, as we had no cage for balls and I had to come up with numbers out of my head.The boys enjoyed it, especially that we used goldfish crackers for markers

Even with their educational problems,I have hope for their future with 10 days and counting. I know they’ll be leaving with my prayers .

I only hope that they’ll remember me fondly.

Weather or not

It is quite a dreary day here;the kind of day I can’t pull on my back brace hard enough for ache relief and to kill the pain.


The windows cracked open the other day for fresh air are closed for the chill.I went to try to work the pancake breakfast but only stayed an hour, as the pain hurt.

I was due to go to a family surprise party this afternoon, but that long a car ride was not for my back’s liking.

The girls and I got our 10,000 steps in by the skin of my teeth- it’s icing my back for the night.

EarthDay

E dTyyI am sitting in a gym class where the teacher based all the events on recycled thing, i.e,empty laundry bottles,water weights..quite clever.

I stop and think of what my and previous generations have done, but it’s great that folks have brought it to the forefront. My complaint? It should be every day! 

 

A Little Slice of Heaven

It truly is a little slice of heaven.

I got the girls out today slowly,because I am getting over a major kick butt sinus infection gratis’ of my class. I t was funny to actually take our time and bask in the warmth.

I was going to do some baking tonight but don’t really feel the urge, at least not yet.I usually do something and wait until the house temperature is 70 degrees**joking** but it is amazing that when you’re really not feeling 100% yet, there are tons of ideas going through your head.Your inner-self said uh,no. Not yet.

Time to bask in the Delaware Bay sunshine.

 

Quick Mix Oatmeal Crunchies

Next addition to the Valentine’s Day week line-up….this awesome recipe!

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A couple of months ago, I bought several boxes of instant oatmeal because I had about 10 Quaker Oatmeal coupons that I was able to stack with a great sale price, making the oatmeal nearly free! However, after using a few of the flavored oatmeal packets, my family agreed that we prefer my Hearty Crock Pot Oatmeal much better than the instant packets. Knowing that I would have to figure out a way to use up all the leftover boxes, I scoured the Internet for some recipe ideas. After experimenting with various ingredients and playing with quantities, I came up with my own recipe for Quick Mix Oatmeal Crunchies. These flavorful cookies are a snap to throw together and we absolutely love them for lunchbox treats and afternoon snacks.

Quick Mix Oatmeal Crunchies

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Mom…it feels like a lifetime

Today marks four years since Mom passed and I have to offer what I had written in last years post. The meaning is even deeper, as is the heartache.

I miss her every day.It’s a hole in my heart that I know might be healed over by the time I pass away.I find her in little things, and especially, while in the process of moving, I unpacked her sweater and sat with it on today.I made waffle batter this morning in one of her mixing bowls. Tomorrow I am going to look for a book to put her handwritten recipes in. I know she is at peace,and that is the only thing that makes the pain of loss a little bearable.

I keep a picture of her on the table by my bed, and see her every morning.It’s a shot of her before she fell into dementia.On the computer I see pictures of her in her hospital bed when she was in hospice.Today we got the new issue of AARP magazine and they had, on the cover,pictures of everyone who had Alzheimer’s/Dementia and they were people who had passed within the year.

I cherish the memory while God still blesses me with one, and cherish every day I am on two feet. I figure the best way I can honor her legacy is to keep going as best as I can.

Doesn’t stop her from missing me, though.

A Shameless Plug

LAST DAY TO VOTE FOR ZUSH…PLEASE SHARE>>>>LINK ON TOP

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http://pets.subaru.com

Subaru is currently getting folks to enter and vote for pets in the Subaru Pet hall of Fame.

I entered the Zusher.

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The link to vote is at the top of this page and if you should see it on Facebook, the picture above is the one I entered for the Zush.

Please vote for my girl, and if you could share this post,Zusher and I would truly appreciate it. If you are going into the site and can’t recognize her, search for ” Zush” and you will get her entry and the little blip I wrote to submit for her.You can vote daily through the end of November and, again, thanks!

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Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole

Yummo….gotta give this a try!

Simply Made Kitchen and Crafts

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Not far from our home, there is a Pepperidge Farm Outlet that we often visit when going to a nearby mall. One of the items I usually stock up on is the cinnamon raisin bread that is always marked down to a reasonable price. I bring the loaves home and tuck them in the freezer for lots of different recipes.
This is a tasty casserole that takes minutes to put together. It’s such a treat to put a big pan of French toast in the oven rather than standing in front of the stovetop making slices in small batches. This makes for more time to enjoy early morning conversation with the family while savoring the awesome combination of cinnamon, raisin, pecans and maple syrup with a piping hot cup of coffee. I often make this the night before serving so that when I wake up there is no prep time…

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Really?

So you think you are doing something by having the ability of your blogging app on your phone? I really thought that was great, since it enabled me to do blog posts earlier in the day.

So I pick my iPhone6 and imagine my dismay when my site fell out of my app. Seriously?Did I , like breathe on it or something? After playing sign in roulette for 30 minutes, I finally got back in.

My moral of the story? 

There is no way a 55 year old liberal arts major, circa 1981, can be tech savvy.

Beauty

Despite the turmoil of the past few days, I got up this morning and got my girls ready for their day.

I had to come in early, so correspondingly, I had the girls up. It has made an impression in my mind to keep loving Kasia and keeping her in the loop.What effects us effects her, and after all, Zush is her sister.

The morning was beautiful,and ever mindful, was thankful to the Creator for another beautiful day with my family.

  

An Open Letter to Joy Behar

Nurses deserved better than the treatment the got from the View

According to Kateri

As many of you have seen, Miss Coloradodelivered a beautifully spoken monologue about nursing during last week’s Miss America pageant. Recently, on The View as the pageant was discussed, Miss Colorado’s scrubs were referred to as a costume, and Joy posedthe question of why she was wearing a “doctor’s stethoscope.” Below is my now calmed down reply to all of it. Additionally, Iwould like to personally andpublicly congratulate Kelley Johnson RN on her chosen talent, it is one that will reward you forever.

Dear Joy Behar,

A beautiful woman in a beauty pageant put on baggy clothes and humbly walked across the stage to talk proudly about her career, and her passion for caring for other human beings, and the only thing you could muster in response was an insult grounded in ignorance.

Rather than being offended or getting angry, I will instead, take a moment to teach.

I am…

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Rough day

Just got news of one of Zush’s buddies falling ill. 

When you are a parent, you watch your children grow up, we get older, but for those of us whose children have four paws, well, it’s as if we get cheated because our friends don’t get the time we desperately want them to get. So when it comes time to be praying and working good mojo, it feels as if I am praying  for a good friend of mine.

Putting pup prayers and good Karma from me, Jim, Kasia and Zusher….

Dog speed, our friend.

Lola

Lola is our boarder who is helping keep my trolley on the track of late. They say God does things for a reason, and Lola hanging with my girls is , indeed, a blessing.

Lola is 12, a year younger than Zush, and a sweetheart.She really has been loving Camp Zushkash..sometimes I have to let her kick back and rest from walking…lol.

Nothing like rescue fur babies to make your life worthwhile! 

 

Ode to a Kitchen Aid Mixer

When I was single, I treated myself to a Kitchen Aid hand mixer. I mean, I wasn’t looking for doing any major baking, so a hand held mixer would work well.

It worked very well, and served me for 16 years without fail.

Until tonight.

My neighbor who is from Eastern Europe and a young mother was telling me tonight that her husband’s birthday is Sunday. She doesn’t drive and was walking back with her son in the stroller from the grocery store, where she bought fixings for a cake. I asked her what kind . She said chocolate. I asked her what kind of frosting…she said, ” I am going to melt some chocolate and butter and drizzle it on the cake.

I introduced her to the world of 10x sugar and the classic buttercream frosting. I give her the empty bag from the sugar I used and told her that it was the basis of what was in the bowl I gave her.She seems happy to get it, and I told her it was my little contribution to her husband’s cake.

In the midst of doing the icing, my beloved Kitchen Aid died.

**sigh**

It goes without saying that I may be going on Amazon as soon as I post this to get a new one.

Mr.Baseball

Things are so bad with our Phillies, that Jim and I are watching “Mr.Baseball.”

We have found this movie on the MLB channel that they are probably airing due to the weather here on the Mid-Atlantic region. The funny part about this movie is that it is 20 times the hitting that the Phillies seem to currently have.

Tom Selleck is the star of this movie and my guesstimate of the year of this movie would be around 1987.Dennis Heysbert, the guy in the All-State insurance commercials is also in it.We might ac

That’s how bad our baseball situation has become.

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the semicolon project

This is an excellent article that, sadly, people who have depression will either read it and not recognize themselves or not take the time to read it. I have been there…take a few minutes and read it- YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

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FullSizeRender-1FullSizeRender Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy.

We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. 

In April I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the beginning of May I was popping anti-depressents every morning with a breakfast I could barely stomach. In June, I had to leave a job I’d wanted since I first set foot on this campus as an incoming freshmen because of my mental…

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Cutest Pup-once more with feeling….

It’s not May 1st, yet, and Zush and I are begging for you to take a second and throwing her a vote: simply click on the link and then click on vote! It’s that simple! Thanks!

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I KNOW THIS IS A REPEAT, BUT PLEASE KEEP VOTING FOR THE ZUSH…we both thank you!

Zush Ciliberti is entered in the cutest pup contest but I need you guys to go and vote for her.

You all know her picture by now, plus she is the only pup wearing glasses…lol.

This benefits the Rogue shelter and costs you nothing…vote for my best gal and please, PLEASE share with all your friends and have them throw a vote for the Zusher.Vote early and often( just because I am out of Philadelphia doesn’t mean some things change..lol) until May 1.

Thank you from Zusher and Mar..click on upload contest pictures when on their page and the photos will come up…Smooches!

Here is the link, and please remember to vote daily until May 1, 2015.

https://foto-app.appspot.com/get100/128640000647630/K_6631463380320256/

This is the picture you are looking for….

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Jersey Boys

It’s no secret I was born in the last two weeks of 1959.

So tonight,we were watching HBO and the “Jersey Boys” came on.

I was watching, and it really was hitting me that I wasn’t getting it.I mean I grew up in a house that played Simon and Garfunkel and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, well, I would hear them occasionally on a transistor radio. I stopped and remembered all the people who I knew who just went bananas over the “Jersey Boys” musical.

**Shaking my head**

I know this movie was directed by Clint Eastwood, and for being a 60’s child, I see more of “The Sopranos” in this film than I do anything else.Don’t get me wrong.I sing or hum along with Frankie Valli music when it’s played, but this movie is hard for me to watch.

Maybe I need to get back to my transistor radio….

Seriously Scoffable Banoffee

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Seriously Scoffable Banoffee

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I find Banoffee’ists can be territorial but this is a bit of a fail safe to the most discerning and determined.

Sometimes you need a little luxx, and if the luxx uses up tired cookies and biscuits.

Turning a fridge raid into a diner party delight?

Who’s complaining!

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The topping is the key:

The Ice Cream -Cream

Combine whipped cream (soft peak) to ever so slightly softened vanilla ice cream with ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence.

Cut and fold the ice cream and vanilla into the cream.  Roughly equal quantities of ice cream to whipped cream, then place into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and return to the freezer for a few minutes if too soft.

The Base

Bash and generally beat up the biscuits by hand rather in the processor, (I used ginger biscuits that were becoming a tad soft) and added some nuts in…

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Rescued by Black Boy: how a neglected dog set me back on my path, away from PETA

This is why I fight for animals!

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There was a time when I was a True Believer and a very good little soldier, I did what I was told to do, when I was told to do it, I didn’t question orders and if I did it was never to the face of the one giving them. Then, one stormy and snowy evening, I stopped by an abandoned house to check on a dog I’d been feeding and caring for. I pulled up in front of the home and saw him huddled on the open porch, under cover as much as his short chain would allow, his thick fur encrusted in ice. In that moment I made the decision to unchain him and usher him into my van and, unlike past days when he’d been slightly timid and unwilling to trust me completely, he followed me. I rubbed him with towels to dry his soaked fur, wrapped…

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Loose Dog? Don’t chase! Stop, Drop and Lie Down

Good advice!

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StopDropLieDown Have you ever had a dog escape your arms or car or home? What is the first thing you do? If you’re like most people, you chase after them. They run and then you run. It seems almost instinctual, doesn’t it?

I’ve come to believe that it REALLY IS INSTINCT that takes over when we chase after our loose dog(s). It’s not just something we do when our own pets get loose, but something we do when a friend’s dog gets out of the house or when we see a stray dog running down the street or the highway. There is even a recent video showing police officers chasing after a dog on a highway in California. They never even had a chance of catching him. It was a losing proposition.

The problem with our first instinct (to chase) is that it rarely gets us closer to getting them. In fact, the…

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Fit Bit Batteries

The fact that I’ve been doing the fit bit daily since Halloween did not cause me to have shock at a message I got tonight when I synched it to my computer.

“Your zip battery is low.”

Well, with the exception of me showering or sleeping, my little fit bit zip has been working overtime, so I guess I’ll have to go around and look for a battery for it so I can keep on trucking’, as it were.

I have been watching Biggest Loser this season and noticed they wear something similar, but they wear it in a bracelet form around their wrist.I prefer my zip because it is of hard rubber and stays on my bra all day. Unlike a pedometer on a belt or shoe or whatever, you don’t have to worry about it getting lost through the day.

Battery shopping will be number on the list of things to do tomorrow.I feel better walking. Can’t quit what works!

Ryan Howard’s Sad Family Story

for my husband to read…how greedy can baseball get?

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Howard Is BackCharlie Manuel has plenty of opinions on hitting a baseball, and one of them centered on the psyche of the hitter.

It is a difficult game to play, he said, but it can become impossibly difficult if the mind is not clear. Manuel said a divorce, a breakup, an argument, a sick family member or other family issue can affect a hitter at the plate.

Manuel’s words came back today following FOX29’s initial report and The Philadelphia Daily News’ detailed report about Ryan Howard’s twin brother Corey suing him for $2.8 million, Howard’s father requesting $10 million as severance from the “family” business and Howard countersuing because he thought his family conspired to defraud him.

It is hard to imagine Howard had a clear mind at the plate the past couple seasons because of it.

Howard and his family settled out of court last month, but if everything alleged…

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More Meaningful Interactions

This blogger’s post goes hand in hand with mine today.Worth reading!

Eric Tonningsen's Awakening to Awareness

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“You can’t upload love, you can’t download time, you can’t Google all of life’s answers. You must actually live some of your life.” ~ author attributions vary

A recent TIME mobility survey polled 5,000 people and found that 84% of participants couldn’t go a single day without their mobile device, with 25% admitting that they checked their phones every 30 minutes. With so many ways to check in and let the world know exactly what you’re doing and when, many feel pressured to maintain their online identity, tweeting, and over-communicating around the clock.

That’s not all bad, but it’s not all good, either. More and more, many people live under the expectation of constant connection. The digital age brings with it many blessings, especially in terms of ready information and instantly accessible research. We know issues, developments and stories instantly, promptly communicate them to friends and colleagues, and get instant…

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