Monday, December 05, 2016

What a day!

I haven't worked this much in a day in a long time. I'm not complaining - I need to be doing more and more. Things did kind of pile up today, though.

I had coffee with my swim buddies.  As things turned out, it was a very smart move for me to NOT go to swimming this morning.  Maybe Wednesday.  After coffee, I had an optometry appointment. And I got home just about in time for lunch. Shortly after lunch a friend called and asked if I'd be interested in playing duplicate with her this evening. I like playing with this gal, and though I knew it would make for a long day, I agreed.

In midafternoon, I went to my first outpatient physical therapy session.  I had taken some pain medicine before I went, and it didn't seem like I worked all that hard, but I was surely limping by the time I got home.  I didn't get much rest before suppertime and then off again.

It was great to get to play some bridge.  And my partner and I came in fourth out of 13 couples - not too bad, considering we'd not played together more than a couple of times.  So I'm up for playing again on Monday night.

I was really hurting by the time I got home , so the first thing I did was get some pain medicine. I'm up much later than my current usual.  So I'm off to bed - to rest up for another PT session at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Whew!


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Rain, rain

It has rained here all day today - nothing heavy, but constant and cold.  It made for a quiet day.  Margaret and granddaughter-in-law Claire went to the Lady Vols/Baylor game in Knoxville (horrible!) and met here so they could go in only one car.  When they got back, they took me out to eat before heading home.  All in all, a quiet day.  Tomorrow, I have an optometrist appointment and then my first outpatient PT session.  It should make for a full day.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Sunday Stealing


Sunday Stealing: The Boat Questions



1. YOU HAVE 10 BUCKS AND NEED TO BUY SNACKS AT A GAS STATION. WHAT DO YOU GET? Maybe coffee and a pastry

2. IF YOU WERE REINCARNATED AS SOME SORT OF SEA DWELLING CREATURE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A dolphin

3. WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE REDHEAD? Can't think of one
4. WHAT DO YOU ORDER WHEN YOU'RE AT A DINER? Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, salad.

5. LAST BOOK YOU READ? The History of Bourbon

6. DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF UNDERWEAR? Underwear is underwear - no favorites here

7. DESCRIBE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE INJURED. Fell, with broken left humerus, 2012.

8. ROCK CONCERT OR SYMPHONY? LAST SEEN? Symphony, but don't remember the last date.  Last attended chamber music concert in fall 2015.

9. IF SOMEONE WERE TO BUY YOU A GIFT, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE IT TO BE? Travel. 

10. WHAT TYPE OF SHIRT DO YOU BEST IN? I don't quite understand what's meant here, but I prefer long-sleeved loose knit shirt.

11. IF YOU COULD USE ONLY ONE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Chauffeur-driven automobile or first class air.

12. WHAT IS YOUR DEADLY SIN? Sloth

13. MOST RECENT MOVIE YOU'VE WATCHED IN A THEATER? RATE IT. Last movie I saw in a theater was a special presentation of The King and I - super!



14. IF YOU COULD INVENT ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Clean water for everyone.



15. NAME AN ACTOR/ACTRESS YOU'VE HAD THE HOTS FOR? None, really.



16. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE CITY? LAST TIME THERE? I really like my home town of Chattanooga.



17. WHAT'S THE FIRST WORD THAT COMES TO MIND RIGHT NOW? computer



18. WHAT TYPE OF PET DO YOU HAVE? None



19. WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED THE LONGEST? Chattanooga



20. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON THAT SPENT $100 ON YOU? My daughters 

21. WHAT'S THE LAST PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU BOUGHT? Long-sleeved t-shirts

22. WHAT WAS/IS YOUR FAVORITE JOB?  I enjoyed doing medical transcription.

23. WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH THE MOST?? Could be anybody.

24. WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING? Nothing right now.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Friday morning

Busy morning for me, but slug afternoon.  I went to coffee, then got a haircut.  It'd only been 2 1/2 weeks since the last one, but my hair had gone crazy (my friend says hair grows faster when it's cold).  Anyhow, it's much better now.  I picked up a prescription at the pharmacy, and then went to see about getting a handicapped plate for my car.  I've got the placard, but decided, with only one car, I'd get a handicapped plate, and keep the placard in my purse for when I might be in someone else's car.  Unfortunately, I went to the wrong place first, and had to go about another 10+ miles to the right office.  I had to wait about 15 minutes, but had a place to sit, and the wonderful clerk even changed the plates for me.  I had just renewed the old plate, so there was just a small fee for the change-over. That was certainly enough work for one day, so I came home, had lunch, and took a short nap. LOL

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Lovely fall weather

It was a lovely cool day today.  Margaret came over and took me to Walmart - my first trip to WM post surgery.  I still rode in the cart, so that wasn't different, but it was nice to have her to bring the purchases in for me.

We also had a session with the financial consultant.  There are still a few loose ends to tie up - and hopefully that will done before the end of the year.  I love that Margaret is staying on top of all the financial stuff with and for me.  And she knows that Sue will take care of the medical stuff.

I have my first outpatient PT on Monday, and am set up for that three times a week for several weeks.  I know it will hurt, but be ever so helpful in the long run.

There are more lovely fall days in the forecast, and also some wonderful rain ahead.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday rain - plus a bonus


As awful as things have been around our area, it is now fairly quiet outside my door.  Since Monday, I've had over 6" of rain in my gauge - 5" last night - with lots of thunder and lightning.  There were tornadoes and fatalities just SW of us in NE Alabama; in Athens, TN, between here and Knoxville; and in Polk County, the second county east of ours on the NC/TN state line.  Plus the horrors of the awful fire in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, Monday and Tuesday.  I hope all this rain has at least put out most of the fires.  Because of all the rain, we've had flash flood warnings, too. 

I drove myself to my doctor's appointment this morning.  I knew the swim class would be cancelled because of the lightning, so didn't see my buffird.  Nothing like driving for the first time in two months in a steady rain - but all was okay.
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I'm not a cook any more, but I know folks who would like this recipe from today's paper.


Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup heavy cream, warmed
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
       In a large, heavy saucepan, combine sugar and water and turn heat to medium high. Stir just until sugar is dissolved and then stop stirring completely. Do not stir the mixture; even if it looks a little grainy, that's just the sugar doing its thing. Boil for 6-7 minutes until the mixture has turned golden brown and starts to smell like caramel; make sure it doesn't get too dark or start to burn.
     When the mixture is a deep golden brown, turn the heat down to medium and stir as you slowly add the warmed cream. The mixture will boil up  vigorously (this is why you use a large pot).  Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the butter until it is melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
     Cool the mixture to room temperature, then use right away, or transfer to a glass jar or two with a tight seal. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
     Start to finish: 20 minutes. Makes about 1 1/2 cups, roughly 12 servings.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday things




We had almost 2" of rain here last night, which should have helped our local fires.  The devastation in the Great Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park and in Gatlinburg is terrible.  According to the news, at least some of the fires were started by the extremely high winds toppling trees onto power lines last night, and I've heard some might be arson. Terrible stuff, with at least three fatalities.  We're supposed to get more rain tonight and tomorrow. 

I saw the doctor this morning, and he has released me to drive and to return to the pool.  He's also authorized me for outpatient PT three times a week.  I'll drive myself to another doc's appointment tomorrow morning (after post/pool coffee with my friends), but I probably won't go back to the pool until next week.  Sweet Randy picked me up to go to the doc this morning - it was nice to have some one-on-one time with him.