Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The last day of 2013, the eve of 2014, and our 12th Anniversary! Here's a favorite wedding photo of mine, the moment when Rob was putting on my wedding band. 

A dear friend of mine made a Facebook comment on this photo of how we make it look easy. I know that we all tend to make our Facebook life look like it's all wine and roses. Honestly, Rob and I have had our share of vinegar and thorns but we truly enjoy each other's company and that makes for a lovely life!  So here's to you, Bunny, may we have many more years of making it look easy.

2013 had its ups and downs but I'm back in good health and so thankful for that. I start jury duty on Monday and will happily return to work when my service is completed. 

As for 2014, no lofty goals. Just doing more of what I love, like dancing with Tally in the kitchen, taking care of my  health, and making the effort to spend more time with friends and family and less of what I don't, like worrying about things I can't control.

I've started simmering the good luck soup that we'll have on New Year's Day. A favorite of ours, Split Pea and Ham.

It's loaded with good things like onions, rainbow carrots, celery and bay leaves along with the Christmas ham bone and the turkey broth made from the Thanksgiving turkey bones.  I cook it until the split peas are completely soft and the soup is thick and creamy.  

Enjoy the last day of 2013 and may 2014 be healthy and peaceful for you and  your family.  Cheers!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Closer to Myself

How did it get to be December 5th? Walt Disney's 112th birthday, by the way. I just can't wait to see Saving Mr. Banks later this month!!!

 *image courtesy of dan-dare.org

It was a slow and relaxing Thanksgiving. Didn't do too much as I was fighting off the head cold. We did a small indoor-fried turkey, which truly is the best method of doing a turkey. It's fast (only 4 minutes per pound), easy and the results can't be compared with any other turkey recipe. And I've tried them all! Oh, the skin. It's like crispy bacon. Even Rob, who never eats poultry skin and likes to trim every bit of visible fat off of any meat he eats was crunching on the golden brown deliciousness.

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I feel like I'm getting my mojo back, a teaspoon at a time. I had the vestibular testing earlier this week and have one more MD appointment, where he'll review the results with me. 

I feel confident enough to do some close, daylight driving and it's been about a week since my last dizzy spell. I've been getting lots of rest, 10-12 hours a night but now I'm feeling better on a little less. This is progress and I'll take it.

I've splurged on hiring cleaners to come and do a deep clean on the house tomorrow. I normally do a deep clean before decking the halls of Shady Dame, but I'm just not up to it at the moment. Although I've been de-cluttering each room to make it easier for the cleaners to get on with it. 

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Tally is not going to be happy when she's getting her bath tomorrow while the cleaners are here.

That's all for now. Have a lovely week!