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Monday, December 17, 2007
For me, it is a good reminder of what Christmas is about: giving and sharing. To celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ child, by looking outward & making ourselves available to share a smile, a meal, a ride out of the rain, whatever. I pray we can all open our eyes and look around to those who may be hurting around us. Maybe if all of us could just give one or two people a helping hand, it would snowball, & lots of people who would be lonely & discouraged will not give up or feel left out & will be reassured that they are greatly loved and not forgotten. We are the hands & feet of God when we show love & take care of each other.
God, keep my eyes open & off of me for a change.
Friday, December 07, 2007
seems like every time we make plans to go visit grandparents or great grandparents, someone gets sick, or at least gets enough symptoms to make us wonder whether to share the joy or just stay home
usually it is us, but one time we were headed out the door to visit my husband's parents and they called us to cancel with a possible stomach virus...
that was sometime this summer and we took pics of the girls all dressed up cause they wanted to show Grammy and Papaw how dressed up they were
they slept in foam curlers the night before, so their hair has little ringlets in it
i know these are not great pics, but i thought i would post them while i was trying to decide whether to stay home today or go on our scheduled visit with husband's grandmother (because of course we have a couple of stopped up/runny noses)
I guess I should poll all 3 of you who are reading. Should we stay or should we go?
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
he is sitting up, though a little wobbly, & I don't leave him alone close to Big Fat Kitty.
The other day we were on my bed, & I had him sitting up. He flopped over on his belly, & rolled, wiggled, & scooched his way to the end of the bed & smiled really big as he grabbed kitty's tail. Don't worry, I was right there to save the kitty & keep Baby from scooching over the edge. He also likes sitting in the walker & throwing toys over the edge :)
Dancer Girl is still wiggling that tooth, it is hanging on by a thread
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I think we are finally at the end of the stomach virus thing, and unfortunately, we shared it at least with Motherkitty, my mom. Little One, now 3, who had no symptoms at all the whole time, threw up all over herself Sunday night in her preschool class at church. I never saw people move so fast except when that child was born. Thankfully I was there to help. As an afterthought, I got an upset stomach off and on for a day and a half, and worshipped (is that 2 p's or 1?) at the green porcelain god of great flushing in my bathroom a couple of nights ago. Yesterday I felt puny and rested. And today, after cancelling everything else, including family visits with people from across the country, we all seem to feel fine. Figures.
I started to make Baby Boy, aka FencerBoy, a winter hat cause I couldn't find the one navy blue one both girls used (I got it for Dancer Girl knowing someday I might have a boy who would wear it, but now that I have a boy, well, I can't find the hat). The pattern was quite vague. It said things like, use baby yarn and a smallish hook if you want a small hat, and a bigger hook and sport weight yarn if you want a bigger hat. Of course that didn't bother me cause I normally don't bother with gauge cause I just make baby afghans mostly, and I mostly just make them up as I go (ah, yesss, that looks big enough.....).
Well, it turns out I made a really cute little hat for Little One, age 3, with FencerBoy's leftover blue variegated yarn. So what to do? Start to make a matching poncho, of course....I would take a pic, but she is at WalMart with her sister (who of course is wiggling) buying groceries for me.
How good is my husband? I think he is wonderful! So I watched TLC's Baby Story (I know, I know), did some laundry, and carried FencerBoy around in the sling til he fell asleep. And, of course, I blogged. Typing with both hands, too. Now that is something.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
just for fun I googled potato pancakes and was reading what Wikipedia had to say about them, and found this recipe (see below after the rambling, and then after that you can click and hear a silly Latke song). It looks easy, and those are strong words for someone who is just a tiny bit cooking challenged. I mean, I do cook. My family eats the stuff. They even say they like it. (we have officially only had one food funeral around here....we held the stuff over the garbage cans, said a few words, and then ordered a pizza). But you can ask my mom, I am such a picky eater. Half the time, I don't even like the scrambled eggs I make myself, ha ha ha ha. Then again, aren't most cooks severely critical of themselves?
Anyway, the potato pancakes. They are very important. I will go back to the store, but just for your viewing pleasure, and for those of you with a little more gumption, you can try this recipe and tell me how it is :
4 large potatos - peeled & grated
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon flour
Drain potatos to remove most moisture.
In bowl, mix eggs, baking powder, salt & flour
Add potatos and mix.
In frying pan, cover bottom with 1/2" oil.
Heat oil. (Electric skillet set heat to 400 degrees).
Drop mixture into hot oil by large spoonful.
Brown on both sides.
When cooked, drain on paper bags covered with paper towels.
Mixture will turn brown during preparation or cooking. No problem.
A food processor or blender can be handy for grating the potatos.
Sometimes a tablespoon or two of finely grated onion are added to the mixture.
Can be served with any of all of: sour cream, sugar or apple sauce.
And, that is not all. You can even go here and hear a very silly song about Latkes.
And, there is even more. If you click the picture, you can go to even another potato pancake recipe (these look more like the ones my mom makes, yum)
And will someone please come over here and take all the candy corn out of my house?
(mutters to self...."I will not eat the candy corn, I will not eat the candy corn, I will not eat the candy corn)
And, here is my blessing for you today: May your Halloween candy be all gone, may you have friends and family to go home to this week for Thanksgiving, and may you have lots of yummy food to eat with them.
And, because I just cannot stop (it is just so much fun adding another terrible sentence beginning with "And," just to annoy those of you who find it terrible grammar), let's not forget all the people around the world who really do not have that much to be thankful for.....war zones, poverty, forest fires, family gone/working, loved ones who have passed away. For my friends and especially my family, even if you never hear from me, I am extremely grateful for you, even if you don't make me French toast and potato pancakes (thanks mom, i love you)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
White Meat Chicken and Cheddar Cheese Souffle with Garden Greens
Saturday, November 10, 2007
(hey, by accident i was playing this you tube music my dad posted while watching my slideshow, & it worked well together. Sorry I am not more technologically advanced, but if your browser lets have multiple pages open, then you can play the music, & then come back to watch the slideshow :)...well, you will have to copy the link to a new browser page
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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I am having a children's book show online for the next few days. If you order online, your order will be shipped directly to you. I love these books. They have really good baby board books, and they also have books all the way through high school. They have craft kits, science kits, all kinds of stuff. They have beginning children's books in Spanish, French, & German. They have puzzles & kids' cookbooks. They have some good online sales, lots of books under $10.
The more I sell, the more free & 50%off books I will get for my kids. Hurray! Thanks ahead of time.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
i got 42, but it took me a while
some of my friends got up to level 50
i only got to donate 700 grains of rice so far
how many want to bet what Motherkitty gets ? :)
i bet at least 100
from Dancer Girl:
I love everyone
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday , October 19, 2007
Cold and cough medicines don't work in children and shouldn't be used in those
younger than 6, federal health advisers recommended Friday. The
over-the-counter medicines should be studied further, even after decades in
which children have received billions of doses a year, the outside experts told
the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA isn't required to follow the advice of
its panels of outside experts but does so most of the time. "The data that we
have now is they don't seem to work," said Sean Hennessy, a University of
Pennsylvania epidemiologist, one of the FDA experts gathered to examine the
medicines sold to treat common cold symptoms. The recommendation applies to
medicines containing one or more of the following ingredients: decongestants,
expectorants, antihistamines and antitussives.
The nonbinding recommendation is likely to lead to a shake up in how the medicines — which have long escaped much scrutiny — are labeled, marketed and used. Just how and how quickly wasn't immediately clear. In two separate votes, the panelists said the medicines shouldn't be used in children younger than 2 or in those younger than 6. A third vote, to recommend against use in children 6 to 11, failed.
Earlier, the panelists voted unanimously to recommend the medicines be studied in children to determine whether they work. That recommendation would require the FDA to undertake a rule-making process to reclassify the medicines, since the
ingredients they include are now generally recognized as safe and effective,
which doesn't require testing. The process could take years, even before any
studies themselves get under way.
Simply relabeling the medicines to state they shouldn't be used in some age groups could be accomplished more quickly, FDA officials said. Indeed, the drug industry could further revise the labels on the medicines to caution against such use. The Thursday-Friday meeting came just a week after the industry pre-emptively moved to eliminate sales of the nonprescription drugs targeted at children under 2.
Pediatricians pushing for greater restrictions told the FDA advisers Thursday that the over-the-counter medicines shouldn't be given to children younger than 6, an age group they called the most vulnerable to any potential ill effects.
But FDA officials and panelists agreed there's no evidence they work in older children, either. Still, panelists held off from recommending against use in older
children. Some said they feared such a prohibition wouldn't eliminate use of the
medicines by parents. "They will administer adult products to their children
because they work for them or feel they work for them," said the panel's patient
and family representative, Amy Celento of Nutley, N.J. The drug industry says
the medicines, used 3.8 billion times a year in treating cold and cough symptoms
in children, do work and are safe. It says that more parent education is needed
to avoid overdoses that in rare cases have been fatal. A group of
pediatricians petitioned the FDA earlier this year seeking action on the
An American Academy of Pediatrics official earlier Friday told the
experts the medications should be relabeled to tell parents they don't work in
children under 6 and may be dangerous.
"Why not label these products with
what we actually know?" asked David Bromberg, a Frederick, Md.,
Some of the drugs — which include Wyeth's Dimetapp and
Robitussin, Johnson & Johnson's Pediacare and Novartis AG's Triaminic
products — have never been tested in children, something flagged as long ago as
1972 by a previous FDA panel.
An FDA review found just 11 studies of children
published over the last half-century. Those studies did not establish that the
medicines worked in those cases, according to the agency.
For the most part,
the results from tests in adults have been extrapolated to determine whether the
medicines work in children. But even that evidence is "modest at best," said
panel chairwoman Dr. Mary Tinetti of Yale University School of Medicine. Indeed,
all but one of the 22 panelists then voted to say that extrapolation is
The panel also recommended drug makers provide standardized
droppers with their liquid cough and cold medicines. Experts had told the panel
the sometimes hard-to-use dosing devices contribute to parents unwittingly
overdosing their children.
Later Friday, the panel also was to examine
whether the dizzying array of medicines that combine multiple ingredients. The
FDA wants to know if drug makers should do away with the combo products.
health expert told the panel that children catch five to eight colds each year.
Those colds don't necessarily require treatment beyond comfort measures that
don't involve drugs, said Patricia Jackson Allen, of the National Association of
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Monday, October 01, 2007
It all started when my children started unrolling almost the whole roll of toilet paper in the bathroom floor. I would go into the bathroom & have to spend about 10 minutes rolling up the toilet paper. I have my suspicions as to who did it, but so far Not Me is who they say did it.[here is where I wasted about 10 minutes googling around looking for a Family Circus cartoon that goes with the Not Me saying, and not finding one, you will just have to imagine it in your head, that is, unless you are too young to remember that, and then, never mind....]
I have always been a pull the toilet paper from the top (click here to read an article I did not even read) kind of person. [insert here all the silly male/female toilet paper, seat up/down jokes you ever heard] . One day, however, in my sleepless nursing a newborn state of mind, I put the toilet paper on upside down, and was too tired to fix it. It turns out that the children don't unroll the paper all over the floor this way. [this is how that guy discovered coca cola too, by accident]
[I was going to insert this really cute video of kittens unrolling toilet paper from You Tube but actually wasted about 15 minutes looking, 2 different times, so you will have to go look yourself]
So now, I put my toilet paper on the holder upside down, on purpose.
[very sorry to all of you, if I had not wasted all of my time looking for useless things online, I probably could have posted really cute real pics of my children, my cats, my yarn, the crossword puzzle I have yet to finish, stuff like that....better luck next time]
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go.....Motherkitty, it won't be long til you are holding your new grandbaby again :)
well, Talon is 7 weeks old and we are finally going to my mom and dad's house this week to visit
Natasha, Dancer Girl, will be 6 very soon and we are planning a pizza party at a local place, not Chuck E. Chz. Eliana, now 3 (Little One) is growing, growing, growing.
my aunt Sandy and her crew will be coming too. Hurray!
hoping and praying that everyone will be well and there will be no technical difficulties