Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fun UAB Day

Well hello bright and wonderful Tuesday!! I am wearing down quick. We were up at 7:30 this morning. We were getting ready for our drive to Birmingham. Dewayne had to see the urologist to be cleared of any spinal cord injuries causing the advanced renal failure. So, now we're just waiting to see the doctor now.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Levi Strauss Day

February 26th is celebrated as Levi Strauss Day. This is the day in 1847 that the Bavarian Government gave permission to the Strauss family to emigrate from Germany to America. One member of that family was Levi Strauss. He, along with his mother and two sisters set sail for New York. Once there, they joined his two brothers. He joined the dry goods business his two brothers had started. Once the Gold Rush news hit New York, Levi picked up and moved out west to open up a branch of the family business in 1853. About twenty years later, he partnered up with another immigrant by the name of  Jacob Davis. He was a tailor from Reno, Nevada. They joined their forces and families to create the blue jean. Those of us who would rather wear a t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans...we owe our comfort to the Bavarian Government who gave us this talent 165 years ago.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Oh, this has so been me the last couple of days. But, I am trying to convince myself that I am better. I've had pink eye for the last couple of days. I work in direct patient care at a local hospital, so needless to say I couldn't work. So, I've been around here at the house...catching up on Hulu. I work evening shift, so that is the only way I can catch up with my prime time shows. I am very excited about tomorrow night. The Oscars are finally here!!!!!! As far back as I can remember, I have sat in front of that television screen every year to not see who wins. But, to see the dresses. That's my favorite part of the show...the Red Carpet. Tune in with me tomorrow night...then on Monday, I will reveal my favorites.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

National Chili Day

Today is National Chili Day. Traditional versions of this dish are usually made from chili peppers, onions, garlic, cumin, ground meat, beans and tomatoes. There is documentation of the earliest mention of chili as far back as 1519. In the 1880's, there were women known as "Chili Queens", they would operate out of downtown San Antonio They would set up, build fires and heat up their pre-made chili and sell it to the people walking by. It was said that the aroma would bring people in by the dozens. Later Mariachi bands would join in ...a Chili Fair of sorts. Around 1937, The San Antonio Health Department became more stringent with their health laws. The Chili Queens were shut down due to they couldn't adhere to the new health laws being implemented. Today, though the Bonham Exchange Building, which is located behind the Alamo houses the Official "Chili Queens Event". It is held the first Sunday of April. 

There are many variations of chili....traditional, vegetarian, chili verde or white chili...which is your favorite?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Today is most commonly celebrated as Ash Wednesday, Lent and George Washington's Birthday but there
are more uncommon celebrations for this day also. There is National Margarita Day,  Woolworths Day and World Thinking Day. Personally, I hate margaritas. I am probably one of the very few people out there that does. Margaritas seem to symbolize relaxation for so many people. When I try to think of what symbolizes relaxation to me...not having to work, reading or placing items to sell on Ebay. The Ebay thing is work..sort of but I am able to do it in my own home. I can list in pajamas if I want to. I hope to one day to be able to do that as a full time career. Anyway, I digress.

Not really sure what the Woolworths Day represents...guess I will have to research that one. Anyway, off to do the Real work thing...hope everyone has a great day.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Broken Down

I placed these broken down boxes on the side of the road yesterday. These total around 40 boxes. This is the amount of dialysis supplies Baxter delivers each month for DeWayne to do his peritoneal dialysis each night. Each box holds 12 liters of fluid. Let me just say, those get pretty heavy when I have to transport them to the bedroom from the living room. Thankfully, I have a roll around cart now that helps out tremendously. DeWayne's not able to lift the boxes because he can't lift more than 5-10 pounds....or he's not supposed to. When I tell him something he can't do or something he can't eat (because of the restricted renal diet), he tells me I have to go to work sometime...lol. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

National PTA Founder's Day

February 17th is celebrated as National PTA Founder's Day. It is a day to remember the considerable roll that PTA has played locally, regionally and nationally.

PTA's founders Alice McCellen Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler were true visionaries. They had one true idea in common - the future of all children.

Today, the PTA has has become one of the largest volunteer organizations in the United States.

Library Lovers Month

February is celebrated as Library Lovers Month. If there was any place that I could spend 24 hours a day at, it would be a library or a bookstore. My dad used to say that when I was growing up, I either had a book in my hand or I was petting an animal. They were my two loves as a child. As an adult, they still are. People ask what's your favorite book...I say I have not one, they all are my favorite.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

National GumDrop Day

February 15th is National GumDrop Day. Gumdrops have been a worldwide favorite candy for years. Now, Gummy Bears which are made of the same gelatin-like substance are more popular than  Gumdrops. 

Recipe of the Day: GumDrop Cookies

Gumdrop Cookie Recipe

This is an old fashioned cookie. Kids will enjoy the gumdrop pieces inside each cookie.
Yield: 4-6 dozen

Gumdrop Cookie Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Shortening
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup shredded Coconut
  • 2 cups uncooked Oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 lb. Gumdrops, cut into small pieces and floured
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  3. Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients, except coconut, gumdrops and oatmeal..
  6. Mix dry ingredients into batter.
  7. Add coconut, gumdrops and oatmeal.
  8. Drop teaspoonful of dough onto greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges of cookie are brown.
  10. Remove cookies and place on a wire rack to cool.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Monday - Shrimp Cocktail with Salad
Tuesday - Swiss Steak, Rice and Asparagus
Wednesday - Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and green peas
Thursday - chili hot dogs and chips
Friday - hamburger Steak and baked potato
Saturday - Pizza
Sunday - Herb Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice and Glazed Carrots

February 13, 2012

I absolutely love old churches. The architecture is so supreme and breathtaking to the naked eye. That "old world" charm I believe is missing in our world these days.I wish for a simpler time in life.