Friday, November 28, 2008


It started out like a cold, but now I think it may be a sinus infection similar to what I had in September 07. I can probably look forward to about a week of congestion and aches, to be followed most likely by a cough that will make my docent duties challenging.

Oh well, at least I lasted for over a year without an illness, and got through my Death Valley trip and Thanksgiving before I got sick, and I have no serious obligations for several more days.

Pass the Kleenex, please.

And the heating pad.

Or maybe the ice pack.

And the TV clicker.

And that half of turkey leg in the refrigerator.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner

Even though there were only 3 of us for dinner, I still made the usual feast, just smaller amounts (of some things). Michael and Jessi ate with her family, but they came here for dessert (and in Michael's case) carcass-picking.

New this year: Vegetables simmering to make vegetable stock for the stuffing. Jessi recently became a vegetarian. I didn't know if she would even eat any, but I was ready for her any way.
After draining off the stock, I gave the dogs some of the veggies and the turkey liver in their food.

Our bird. A modest 13 pounder, smoked to perfection. It was supoib as usual.

Basic yams. I don't go in for all that marshmallow stuff on top. These are par-boiled and tossed with margarine and brown sugar, then baked.

Green bean casserole. Quite possibly the best side-dish ever to come out of 5 cans. (3 cans of green beans, one can of cream of mushroom soup, one can of french-fried onions)

The stuffing casserole. This was Jerry's mom's recipe. It has bread cubes, apples, onions, celery, mushrooms, olives, walnuts, giblets and raisins. I made a special giblet-less portion for Jessi.

Jessi's beautiful apple pie.

Leafy pie crust detail. Jessi's pie crust is amazing. So much better than the pie shop, even.

We had about 3/4 of the turkey leftover, and ample amounts of the accessories as well, but I don't expect them to last more than a couple of days, except for one breast-half which I froze for later. The two days after Thanksgiving are usually spent constantly grazing on leftovers, right out of the fridge. That's good for me, because I came down with a cold last night, and at least I don't have to worry about cooking for a couple of days.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fire storm, day 2

The air was thick with smoke this morning. Really bad air quality. There is heavy ash fall. The fire has moved north a little bit. We can no longer see flames from our front yard. It's actually creeping closer to where Jerry works. There was virtually no wind when we first ventured out, but now there is a little breeze blowing. We don't want wind. It fans the fire, and it blows the smoke over many miles.
I have put a few pictures on my Flickr page. Still bugging Jerry to get some of his on there, too.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Close enough, thank you

Fires are burning close to where I live. The closest one is just a few miles away. but there's a much bigger fire whose western edge is probably about 10 miles away. Jerry and I spent some time up at our hilltop park with a bunch of other local lookie-loos, watching the hills burn and taking pictures. Most of my pictures turned out pretty crappy, but Jerry's were a lot better. If I can steal a few from him, I'll post them here, and hopefully he'll put more up on his flickr page.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Box of love, '08

This is my digitally-created card for this year's Box of Love. I used paper and elements from Lliella Designs. , but of course added my own touches as well.

You can find out more about Boxes of Love, and see one of my earlier cards here.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Boomer update

I had mixed feelings about going in for his 6 month post-amputation exam. Even though he has been feeling just fine, I wasn't sure I really wanted to know if the deadly seeds of cancer had spread to his lungs, as the doctor cautioned it might. But part of me did want to know, so I could be prepared for what might be next.

I let them give him an x-ray.

It was clean! No visible mets or suspicious spots.

I wasn't really surprised, because I know he's been feeling and acting like his old self. But I sure was glad anyway.

He also had a routine blood test, mostly just to make sure that his liver function is still OK with the continued use of his NSAID prescription.

Good boy, Boomie. Mama loves you.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Voter's muscle

Michael asked me to draw the Obama logo on his arm with my face paint crayons. He proudly displayed it all day.

Not a bad present, eh?

(Click to enlarge)
With apologies to Lane Smith and the Happy Hocky Family.

I did my part

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Going back to the desert

Jerry and I decided rather suddenly to plan a trip to Death Valley for later this month. He has time off coming, and seemed disappointed this morning that we hadn't planned some kind of getaway yet. So I checked, and by some miracle one of the nicer rooms at Stovepipe Wells was available. We toyed briefly with a couple of other options up and down the map, but ended up booking reservations at Stovepipe.
Usually, a trip to DV is something we plan for months in advance. This trip is just 3 weeks away!


Originally uploaded by Buglady1104
Just one of those things that caught my eye.

The hose again