Friday, August 18, 2017

The Ostrich Lady

I am one of those people who cannot seem to merely watch the news or read about current events without feeling as though I have absorbed the negativity that permeates nearly every aspect of our daily happenings. This is not a good thing because I spend my days anxious and nervous and have even been reduced to tears. It's gotten to be way too much. When all of your senses are super sensitive and on high alert every second of every day, you have to stick your head in the sand for a minute to clear your mind and recharge.

My favorite person in the world sent me this text Saturday morning: 

...take your time, sip slowly, DO NOT TURN ON THE NEWS, it will be okay...

I didn't follow the advice until yesterday morning. It was incredibly liberating. I took my time, I sipped slowly and I did not turn on the news. I went through the entire day without the news. I felt like a new woman. I was more energetic, I smiled all day, I was calm and positive. Good grief was I happy???? 

When I perused Facebook and Instagram I realized I needed to stop following a few groups that post about current events and politics. So, I did. Same thing in my inbox so I unsubscribed from the news sites and anything political. More boulders off my shoulders. Y'all, I even stopped following (without unfriending) people on Facebook who post their reactions to recent events or politics in a negative, arrogant, ranting sort of way.   

If I could simply watch the news and 'read-all-about-it' followed by nothing more than intellectual discussions and courteous sharing of opinions that would be fine. But I do not. No one here is interested in different opinions and I tend to ingest the news. I feel it through every single fiber of my body as it runs through wreaking havoc. It's not so much the reporting of the news (I can tell the difference between where the facts stop and sensationalism begins because I'm not stupid) but the video coverage where you see and hear people spewing verbal garbage that gets to me. (The very same thing happens when I come into contact with other people- I absorb their negativity or if I'm lucky enough to be around a positive person, their positivity. I know, it's a blessing and a curse.)

I have a hard time understanding how people in positions of authority in the year 2017 can act this way. It's embarrassing. It's juvenile. It's disgusting. It's sickening. And I'm tired of it. So, I'm taking a break. Just call me ostrich lady for the time being. I need to regroup. 

I spent my day with these two who my youngest daughter jokingly call 'the same person' because Tucker and Baby M do so many things together including searching for squirrels while standing on the toddler bed to look out the window.

If I'm going to be the right kind of influence on this little girl, I have to regroup. I want her to know how to fight social injustice and bigoted, racist, misogynistic, narcissistic leadership in such a way as to be heard not simply be part of the chaotic crowd. To use her compassion for social justice to effectively invoke change. To work within the system to fight for the changes so desperately needed. To spread love and kindness in the midst of hatred and ignorance. To encourage cooperation and communication. To learn to accept responsibility for one's actions and not to pass the buck or point the finger. To not get caught up in the heat of the moment but to get in there and be ready to fight for good for the long haul. To fight fair. To fight honestly. To fight without hatred and violence. Because it's going to be a fight. 

For now, my focus is on the good things in life- grandchildren and my sweet pup, my friends here and there, near and far, and my family. I'll get back in there. But I'm definitely taking a time out. I have to regroup.

Do you ever have to regroup? What do you find works best?

Oh, and we're STILL awaiting the arrival of Baby R. I'll keep Y'all posted!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dogs Days and the Hodgepodge

Welcome Home, Joyce! I know it wasn't easy to head back but I'm glad you had a wonderful visit and safe travels! Here in the low-country of the Palmetto state, we're still awaiting the arrival of our baby boy. Any, Day. Now. Meanwhile, let's enjoy the Hodgepodge, friends!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Do your actions match your words? Most of the time, they do. Elaborate. Most of the time I do what I say is mirrored by the things I do because I am who I am. There are other times when this does not hold true. Like when I am obligated to do something so I do it but not with a cheerful heart just out of obligation or because I think it's the 'right' thing to do. Then it's me talking one thing but doing another. No, I don't like it. 

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has its day, can't teach an old dog new doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life? Sick as a dog applies to Baby M right now as she has come down with her first daycare illness which means she's spending more time at my house which means a mixed blessing because while I love our time together I hate she's sick. Dog tired could easily apply to me because keeping up with a sick one-year-old is not the easiest thing in the world to do. I spent the last two days holding her during her naps so she could breathe easier and then trying to console her when being sick made her grumpy which was 3/4's of our day both days. But that's ok. She's sick and the queen so...  😀

3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? I tend to avoid books and movies about dogs because, let's face it, these media usually take an entire box of tissue to read/watch. However, Baby M and I are loving, DOGGONE DOGS right now. What makes it a favorite? It's an adorable book with a flow and rhyming that makes it fun to read. Also, the author was clever in her writing and the illustrations are bright and funny. Then there's the fact that Baby M loves dogs so much that 'dog' was her first spoken word. 

4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do? I'm not sure there's anything I need to develop the confidence to do. Mostly I need to have the time and money to do a few things. 

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke. Ok, but I only know a dirty joke: A white horse fell into a mud puddle. Ha! How about this one: There's something about subtraction that just doesn't add up. LOL I feel good from my head tomatoes. Haha! 

Yes, it's the puns that keep me laughing. I have a friend and a son-in-law who are quite good at these and they keep me rolling all the time. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. I think we all need to share lists of our favorite children's books. I have a list of my old favorites but I also love seeing lists from the young moms today. There are so many great books out there for little ones and I know some of us wouldn't mind growing our grandchildren's' libraries.  Is anyone interested in doing this? Or am I just way more of a book nerd than I care to admit? Ha!

Also, here's my sick girl:

Look at that little face. She spent most of the last two days on my lap. Poor baby.

Usually, snoring gets on my last nerve. But when you're one and sick, it doesn't bother me except I don't like she's sick. Even though it's because she's sick, it's still the cutest snoring I've ever heard. She is feeling better today, Ya'll!


Today is Baby R's official due date. If he's late, my daughter is going to explode. Just sayin'.  

Have a wonderful rest of the week, Y'all!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Another Recipe Post

Mother is still here with us but her doctors are very pleased with her progress. They are now saying as soon as the physical therapist gives us the OK, Mother can return to her house which motivates her even more because her independence is something of which Mother is quite proud.

I'm still coming up with recipes to try and working out some ideas for easy access snacks to keep in the fridge that fit into Mother's nutrition plan. I am finding that she prefers old standbys (modified, of course) more than anything but she has enjoyed a few of the new-to-us dishes.

Breakfast usually consists of whole wheat toast, Cream of Wheat, egg whites scrambled or as an omelet, and some fruit of avocado.

Yes, she eats small portions but that's ok. I bring her snacks in between meals. Most often, she wants the egg whites and toast OR Cream of Wheat and toast but putting it all together like the picture is too much.

Mother and Baby M both LOVE breakfast no matter what I prepare. Baby M is especially fond of my cheese eggs but they both think sweet potato toast with peanut butter and bananas for breakfast or snack is the greatest thing ever. It works better when I cut the sweet potato into little circles because they're easier to just pick up and pop into your mouth.

I tried a skillet lasagna recipe found HERE and made my own heart smart/diabetic friendly version. It was delicious but then, anytime I make zucchini lasagna it's delicious because- cheese.

I love how the top was a little bit crunchy with all that cheese! Oh. My. Goodness.

I am not a fan of ricotta cheese so I subbed in cottage cheese. I used egg whites instead of the egg, and avocado oil instead of olive oil. The avocado oil is something I'm trying out for the first time and we really like it. I find I do not have to use very much of it and the flavor is nice. I also chose a pasta sauce with only 3 grams of sugar. I was just not in the mood to make my own.

The recipe is not that much different from any other zucchini recipe I've used. It's not even that much different from my usual one. Except I do add a little splash of sherry to mine which tops just about anything off nicely.

BTW, we're are STILL awaiting the arrival of Baby R so if you picked a date earlier than today, you're in the boat with us and missed the mark. Anyone want a new guess? I know what he's going to do, he's going to wait until we exhale and relax a minute and then surprise us. Which means he's coming into the right family. Haha!

Have a delightful Monday, Y'all!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

This is Gonna Be FUN!

I've started a new tradition in the family and Y'all have been elected to help us out. I don't want to vote because I know who did what so, Y'all will vote on these whenever they pop up. What are they?

Ok, every time I get just the right picture of one of the grandloves (we're still waiting on the arrival of Baby R), the rest of the fam has to meme the shot. Once they do, I'll put them up on the blog and Y'all vote for the best one.

What does the winner get? Why to win, of course! And lord it over the rest of them until someone else wins. Becuase that's what families do. Well, that's what this one does. Muahahahaha!

The family member with the most votes at Christmas gets a Christmas surprise! WooHoo!

Here's the first meme contest (we're short this time so a few people are already going to be behind.

Meme It, Part 1:





You can probably tell the ones who are concerned with having to change a poopy diaper. Good grief. 

Anyway, there they are. Next time, everyone should weigh in. Especially when they decide they could have done better than these because-- competition. 

Just tell us in the comment section who wins the first Make Your Own Meme Contest at Empty Nest. Thanks for your help!

Have a great weekend, Y'all!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

We're Still Waiting But the Hodgepodge is Back

If you want time to slow down I found out how. Have your Mother move in for a while. That'll do it. Ha! For those of you who didn't know, Mother has moved in for a few weeks while she regains her independence from a 5-day hospital stay (Y'all can read about it HERE.) Things are going well and everyone is amazed at how quickly she's improving. I think part of the reason she's doing so well is that she gets to spend time with Baby M. Anyway, it's nice to have the Hodgepodge back. Especially since it's the first one with Joyce as a GRANDMOTHER! 
From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Well, I try. Explain. No matter how hard I try, 
life steps in and thwarts every effort to do this so I've just boiled my time use down to this: don't waste any of it and try to enjoy (or at least appreciate) every second of it.

2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? Yes. The Sullivan's Island lighthouse is less than 4 miles from my back door. If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person- I'd probably chose one in Maine since I've always wanted to go to Maine because, Stephen King. 

Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggys Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)

When you've been away, what's your 'lighthouse' telling you you're on the right road home? The smelly paper mill. (Family joke, sorry.)

3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Concerning myself with a certain family member. Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)? Nope. I think it was my subconscious that got me started and when I realized it I knew it was a good thing. This may sound harsh but negative, selfish people just aren't worth the stress.

4. We've had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far. As always there's this cutie face who loves to climb. No worries, that's her dad's hand right behind her. Doesn't she look grown up? Why does this time have to go by so quickly? 

5. Tell us one song you love with the word 'baby' in the title. This will take more than one title--

  • BABY LOVE because I loved anything Motown and my cousin and I would take turns being Diana Ross by standing on an ottoman and blasting out the song into our hairbrushes.
  • BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE because it's sung around Christmas and it's so stinkin' cute.
  • BABY YOU'RE A RICH MAN because it's the Beatles.  
  • SOMEBODY'S BABY because Jackson Brown and college and the love of my life.
  • SWEET BABY JAMES because James Taylor.
  • ONE FOR MY BABY because Frank Sinatra.
  • THERE GOES MY BABY because the Drifters and the beach.
Ok, I know. But there are a lot of good songs with 'baby' in the title. I'll stop here. 

6.  Insert your own random thought here. We're still waiting on the arrival of Baby R but isn't it exciting that Joyce's little bundle has arrived?! And isn't he so stinkin' adorable?! Joyce, welcome to the best club in the world! I'm so happy you're a member! Oh and Joyce, there really is no such thing as too many pictures. 😊

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