Monday, December 8, 2014

Where Have I Been?

It's already December 8th...I haven't blogged in over a week! In fact, it was Thanksgiving.  This month is full, full, full.  Work is busy as it usually is this time of year.  Folks want those surgeries done before the end of the year for many reasons, but our hospital is facing some big changes in the next few weeks and that's pushing us to do more.  We'll be merging with some other health care company. We (the employees) don't know yet who (or is it whom?)  that will be.  We could even have our  hospital taken over and then closed.  Thanks to our country's health care reform, it will be the death of many small town hospitals.  (Don't get me started on that!)  You can imagine the stress we're facing and added to long work days and nights and weekends,  it's taking it's toll.  But it's also Christmas and that's suppose to be fun...right?  Well, I'm getting it done and that's where I've been....
Making these peanut butter cups..
And buckeyes!  I've made these for many years.  I learned how after moving to this buckeye state long ago!  However, I never saw a real buckeye nut until moving to the Pines..
These are the real deal from our tree...they're poison BTW...the nuts, not my candy!
Along with the sweets, comes the savory.  Yesterday I made a pot of homemade potato soup...perfect for the rainy, cold day we had.
Yum!  However, today was a beauty!  It was sunny and crisp this morning.
See the frost on the pool?
As I admired the sun I decided to snap a few pics.  Then I spied a little doggy doo-doo that must have been left by my sweet Eddy..or perhaps the neighbor's dog.  So with my camera around my neck, dressed in my bathrobe, wearing my hubby's giant shoes, I grabbed the nearest shovel...a snow shovel no less...and preceded to scoop.  The thought did cross my mind that if my neighbor next door happened to be out feeding chickens or whatever,  I would be a lovely sight indeed!  Oh well!  This day had blue skies...
The fire that heats our home sends up smoke signals into that beautiful sky.  After church I put together some chicken and decided to grill.  Hey, this was like a day in Florida!  Ok, maybe a day in Florida that was under a deep freeze! But perfect for grilling!
Love that smokey flavor!  So that's what I've been up well as decorating..
Hanging my greetings and doing my best to be:

Throw in some shopping and shipping and that about sums up this month so far...and it's only the first week!  A trip to Chicago is coming up and that always has blog worthy moments.  Can't wait! Oh, a special thanks to my son Jordan for putting our tree up so we can decorate it today.  He comes every Sunday to do his laundry and let Eddy run in the Creepy woods.  When I came home from church it was up....nice surprise! Thanks Jord!


betty said...

The candy looks delicious! Ick with the potential changes at work; not knowing for sure what will happen can be the worse I think!

Typical December! Lots to do but lots of fun things in the process :)


acorn hollow said...

I sure hope these small town hospitals are left alone they are so important in our life even though we do hit the giant ones in Boston. To have your tree up ready to decorate is a good gift.
I hope you have a great visit with your family.

Rick Watson said...

I thought you'd been abducted by aliens:)
I thought at first you were baking buckeyes and I thought to myself, I thought those were poison.
Then I read where it was candy :)
Have a great holiday season Yaya.

Susan Anderson said...

You sure know how to do thing right! And Obama sure knows how to do thing wrong. Sheesh. I can't believe the fallout from Obamacare. Burns me up to think of your hospital and others like it disappearing. That's just wrong.

As for blogging, I just did my first post in weeks. Sheesh!


selvageedge said...

All those crazies trying to get in their surgeries before the end of the year... ;) I hope that Ellie's hospital (she says it's hers every time we pass it) will only have good changes.
Happy decorating. :)

Nonnie said...

Gee, I'm not sure I would want to be part of the hospital "rush". I'm sorry to hear that about the changes coming. I hope they will be good changes for you.
Your food looks sooooo good - especially that chicken. Looks really good. Aren't sons wonderful? Such a thoughtful thing to do.
The outdoor pics were pretty.

Stacy Crawford said...

Potatoe soup looks awesome, I might need to make some this week.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

That potato soup looks so divine! I have never tried a buckeye. But they look good too.

Hilary said...

All of your baking and cooking looks so scrumptious! Drool!

Sweet Tea said...

Don't know how you do all you do. Sure hope the changes don't affect your job. Heaven only knows that hospital workers need more help, certainly not less. Fingers crossed it all works out well for you...Ya know, I've heard the word "buck eye" but never knew what it was. Now I know - a nut! *giggling a bit!

Becky Jerdee said...

Sorry to hear about the hospital news...reorganization is always a stressful time and who needs it at Christmas time?!?!?!?

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, dear YaYa! I'm late but as I told you on my blog I was away on a trip to the Carolinas until early this morning. Our flight back to Tampa was delayed because of the nor'easter and it was going on 1 am until I got to bed.

I hope that when the dust settles and the smoke clears you and your co-workers still have your jobs and favorable conditions. Mrs. Shady is no stranger to flux in the healthcare industry.

Those buckeyes look like the real thing. Be careful you don't get the two mixed together on a serving tray!

That potato soup looks so good! I could have used a bowl the last few days in North Carolina where the weather was windy, rainy, raw and cold (by Florida standards).

Frost on your pool? Perfect for ice fishing!

You are forgetting, dear friend, that the pile of dung in your yard might have belonged to the Sasquatch that resides in the Creepy Woods. He might have gotten a whiff of your baked goods and was marking his territory so that he could find hid way back to your house and beg for scraps. I'm very happy to know that my buddy Eddy gets to visit W.P. nearly every weekend and nose around the property and woods. Please say hello to him for me and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

Linda said...

Everything looks very good, great photos.

Munir said...

I was wondering where. I hope that all is well.
I understand why people like to get over with when it comes to surgery. They want the loved ones to be all better. You guys in medical field make a lot of sacrifices. Thanks!