Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring Fever

Our Spring has been wonderful so far.  It's been warm and the trees and flowering bushes are beautiful.  No snow to kill off buds! (Whoa, it's still early so I hope Mother Nature didn't hear that!)
This flowering crab is really pretty.
These white flowering trees dot our them!
Of course it wouldn't be perfect Spring without my favorite lilacs and this year we weren't disappointed in the blooms.  Too bad we don't have "smell 'ol blog"!   Even though it's been a warmer than usual weather pattern I'm not going to plant any flowers or veggies just yet.  In fact I noticed this staple of Ohio still planted by the back door:
Yep, it's probably going to hand there for just a bit!
Jack snapped this pic a few days ago....I guess I'd call this "two peas in a pod"!  As this day comes to a close I'm asking for prayers for my Mom.  She's in the hospital with some heart issues again.  This time it's slow beats and a pacemaker is probably in the care plan.  She's going to be 91 in May and it's always scary when things start to go wrong but she's also tough and determined to get out of the hospital ASAP.   A trip to Chicago is probably in the works for us too depending on how things roll. She's in good hands with my sister who goes the extra mile to make sure Mom is well taken care of.  I'm so thankful for her as I'm 350 miles away.  Hang in there Mom! We love you!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017

I love Easter and yesterday was such a nice day to celebrate.  After Church we gathered with a few of the kids and only 2 Grands but it was still fun.  Jack and Evelyn got back from Alabama and Florida on Saturday so they were able to come over for food and fun but their kiddos had Easter with the other side of the family and couldn't make it. Phil and his girls were here and Jordan too, but I fell short of my picture taking so here are just a few pics of the day.  Hope everyone had a blessed Easter!
Lamb cake as always.  It's a tradition from childhood that I've carried on with my family.
Weather was lovely! It was warm and the predicted rain never happened. Thankfully!
Addy and Peter Rabbit!
Lex ready for the egg hunt.
Walking the rails for the goodies!
Eggs grow on trees? These eggs did!
Putting all your eggs in one basket...this time it's a good thing! Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

And The Beat Goes On

As we start the move into the next weekend I feel like I've been on a treadmill going nowhere fast! Our trips to Cleveland are at a standstill for a few weeks.  Easter is fast approaching  and work is an up and down roller coaster.  Yesterday I had already logged 12,000 steps before I even hit the exit elevator! I was on call the weekend but thankfully it was quiet.  But here's how the past weekend started out:
Friday we had a dose of the white stuff.  In fact it was a level one snow alert.
The jeep was ready for takeoff as I've been driving Jack to work until he can do that himself. He's improving daily and for that we're very thankful. So Friday was a mess but then Saturday and Sunday were this:
Yep, snow all gone and temps in the 70's.  Besides the crazed weather the warm air brings about the frantic antics of wasps...they're everywhere outside looking for a place to built a home I guess. The bad part is they find their way into the house every now and then and the now was Saturday morning and the place was the bottom of my foot. YIKES! I said a few choice words as I hopped around in pain...not even realizing I could hop! It calmed down with some ice and I was able to resume my Saturday running and grocery shopping.  Sunday came and we took back a special chair Jack was using during his head down time.  As he got out of the car to help get it out of the back the wind caught the passenger door and broke it.  I was very ready for the weekend to be over.  Our go to mechanic is on vacation but he promised to look at the car door next week.  So as the beat goes on here at the Pines I do hope this weekend is less painful and not as windy! It's Easter after all and I love that special time.  Hope yours is great too! P. S.. .A big thanks to my sweet Mom and Sis for the package of Greek Easter bread and Greek cookies...a taste of my past was fun today!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Keep Your Chin Up

It's been a week (tomorrow) since Jack's eye surgery.   He's had to keep his head facing down for a week.  I was often reminding him to "keep your head down" and today after his post-op check he can now "keep his chin up"!  Many times after retina surgery and the gas bubble they put in the eye, you have to keep the head down for at least 2 weeks.  He's healing really well and got  the OK to eliminate some of the drops and he only has to keep his head down when he sleeps.  He still can't drive and is dependent on me to get him to the office (yes, he continued to work...crazy guy!)  I'm getting better at the drive to Cleveland.  I grew up in the Chicago area and learned how to drive on freeways but after living in the country for 40 yrs  I'm slightly rusty.   I didn't get us killed or dented so all's good.  I forgot about rush hour traffic.  Seriously, I have to be at work by 7 am so why isn't everyone already at work by at least 8 am?  Stop and go is painful. Last week I said to Jack as we were leaving the Clinic, "Let's get out of this city and back to civilization!"  Then there's the weather.  We went to the Cleveland Clinic 3 times last week and each day it rained and that made the drive even more exciting.  Today it was predicted to rain of course but, "Surprise!" rain this morning, just bright, almost blinding, sunlight.  I was a happy girl!  The doctor was very pleased with his work and the fact Jack was being a good patient.  I'm pleased to not have to do as many drops in his eye.  I think more ran down his face than in his eye but I'm getting much better.  So hopefully he'll be 100% soon and Spring will arrive and stay.  It was warmish this week and yesterday I even mowed the grass!  However, as I let ol' Chubbs out tonight, the snow flakes were falling.  Yep, we might get 1-4 inches of the white stuff.  The weather people aren't sure what's going to happen.   Monday it's suppose to be 75.   Holy cow.  We'll get through this crazy Spring weather by telling ourselves..."Just keep your chin up!  It will be warm soon!"

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Eyes Have It

Remember that little ditty:  "I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw".   Seeing is a gift most of us have and I'm sure take for granted.  When it's gone you realize how much you depend on it.  This week Jack and I have been making trips to the Cleveland Clinic where he got treatment for a detached retina.  Jack's not new to eye issues. He had cataract surgery about 20yrs ago in both his eyes.  He's done very well since then but a detached retina is something that can happen because of cataract surgery.  Plus age, plus being near-sighted as a child, plus being male (more frequently happens to men than women) and a good dose of plain bad luck.   He had some mild symptoms and thought it was something that would go away.  Well, it's going away but that was after 1 1/2 hours of surgery to repair the retina.  We had to be up in Cleveland by 7am today, which meant leaving around 5:30 this morning.  We've had nothing but rain the past few days so we left even earlier just to make sure we'd be on time.  I'm not the best driver in the dark and rain so I told Jack to hold on and enjoy what I called "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"!   It wasn't too bad but I noticed my shoulders hurting this afternoon from gripping the steering wheel! Ha!   The Doctors and staff were really wonderful.  I'm sure it was due in part to our good friend and Doctor at the hospital where I work..Dr. Gupta...calling ahead and making the arrangements.  I talked to him this afternoon and he said he also talked to the clinic and Docs and told them Jack was a very special person and to get him in quickly!  Way to go Dr. G!  I owe  him big time!  We have to head back up tomorrow morning but not as early.  In the mean time if you,or anyone you know, has had this type of surgery you know they inject a  gas bubble in the eye that stays in there for about a week to keep the repair in place.  What that means is you can't lift your head up for a week.  You have to look down at your feet all the time and sleep with your face down too.  This is not a fun thing and I know this week will be a challenge for Jack.  I'll be doing the driving and many other things around here but I know it will all be good by next week and he'll be back to his normal routines.  If he doesn't go nuts before then.  Jack is not a sit around kind of guy!
Wish us luck!

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Quick Trip

We  had planned many months ago to go to Portland, Oregon to visit Craig and family this week,  but his work schedule had us changing those trip plans to August.  I adjusted my work schedule too but kept a few days to head out this past weekend and see Mom and my sister.   Jack and I jumped in his little Jeep and we drove to the big city.  We even took a different route off the turnpike for something new to see!  However, no matter how you paint northern Ohio and Indiana it comes out flat, farm land and not too much to write or blog about!  But seeing family was fun and we didn't have anything huge planned to do....just hang out and visit. My Great-niece, Brooke, stayed at Mom's too and was given a cooking lesson on how to make bread and Greek pastry.
The bread and pastry came out perfect and it was fun having the kitchen full of YiaYias! (Grandmas of all ages!)
We make a mess but Mom's right there with us helping to clean up. 90's the new 70 I think!  The weather wasn't the best.  On Friday it was great...80 and sunny believe it or not!  But Saturday dawned very rainy and only 40 degrees.  We were going to do something outdoor but changed to going to a movie instead.  We decided to go see "Beauty and the Beast".  My other Great-niece, Ella, joined us all ready in her princess outfit!
Check out those boots!  The movie was good but it was in an IMAX theater and holy smokes it was LOUD!  Poor Mom had to take out a hearing aide and I was wishing for some earplugs!  But the girls enjoyed it.  Ella actually fell asleep in the middle and when we asked her how she could sleep through all that loud singing she just said "Because I was tired!"  Well, duh to us I guess!  We left this morning and made it back to the Pines safe and sound and Chubbs was happy to see us. Jordan took good care of him for us this weekend.  Thanks Jord!
The daffodils were happy to see us too!  Spring is slowing happening here....I hope it's happening in your neck of the woods!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Eve

Tomorrow Winter says "Bye Bye" and we welcome Spring.  Mother Nature may not cooperate in the weather department but it's Spring none the less...and I say "Bring it on!"  I'm ready to dig in the dirt and get outside and Spring clean. But first I'm going to look back at the week and highlight a few of the activities around here.
I bought a bunch of strawberries from a co-worker who was selling them for a fund raiser.  I  got myself into a bit of a "jam" over it!
Squished them up..
Cooked them up..
Jammed them up! Yum!   As the week moved on we were lucky to dodge the storm on Tuesday. We did get a little snow but it melted by the next day.  However, we got a little surprise on Friday with another storm that dumped about 3 inches of the white fluff.
Pretty, but I'm pretty much over it by now and thankfully it went as quick as it came.  Saturday we went to visit my son Jack and bring some homemade soup because Evelyn had surgery and I hoped my soup would hit the spot.  Chubbs came too and visited his buddy, Happy.

Happy is Summer's  pup and he and Chubbs get along really well. Chubbs enjoyed the extra attention from our little Summer girl!  We took our Grandsons, Anthony and Cameron back to Ashland with us so their Mom could pick them up.  We had a little time to kill so when Anthony said he'd never been to the "Cheesebarn"...well, we decided to knock that off his bucket list! Ha!
Here's two silly cheese heads!  Grandpa's Cheesebarn is a crazy place that is always, and I mean always busy.  They also have tons of other things they sell in the food department and the boys loved all the free samples too!  Plus the milkshakes were awesome! Anthony said "Gee, I didn't think this would be so fun!"
Yep, a tourist attraction you have to experience!  Then it was across the parking lot to "Sweeties Homemade Candies".
Lots to choose from here but Anthony said he needed to watch his figure because summertime is he just devoured a chocolate covered strawberry milkshake!  Today I made a recipe I found on Facebook...Rigatoni Pie.

It was simple but it looks so cool! Plus it turned out exactly as the Facebook one did!
Yummy! Well, that's the week in a nutshell...or a pasta shell! Happy Spring tomorrow...finally!