You can send me valentines
Send me letters every day but it won't pay
Bend to my desires nothing else will do
It's goodbye and so long to you.”
bitter cold morning with the temp only to reach 8 – 10 degrees today. I am thoroughly disgusted with the polar vortex. He can pack his bags any time and go live with Murphy. We are predicted to have snow starting Friday evening and lasting till Monday afternoon with a significant accumulation and then the below zero temps to follow. The countdown till Spring is 20 days and the countdown till DST is 9 days.
I was up at 6 this morning for a trip to the hospital for labs. I picked up my daughter and we went to Bob Evans for breakfast afterwards. Then a stop at food depot to stock up on needed items for the snow storm headed our way.
I really liked my new nephrologist that I saw yesterday. Very nice and thorough, thus my having to have labs done today. I was delighted when he told me that he had telephone conferences with my nephrologist at Champaign. I loved that doctor in Champaign, If you have read any of my blogs from years ago you would know that I always described Dr. Sehy http://www.christieclinic.com/primary-care-and-specialties/doctor/204/sehy-j.-timothy/ as the most handsome doctor that I have ever had. I have this thing about doctors, I either love them or I tolerate them. Two of them have a god complex but most of them are nice. I have a specialist for everything which can be good or bad whichever way you look at it.
And now I am out of the mood to do anything. I have been busy getting caught up on the books I have on my Nook. I think when I have read everything I have loaded on there that I am going to buy a Kindle Fire as I like dealing with Amazon much better than Barnes and Noble.
I have been reading the Calhoun Chronicles bundle. “Award-winning New York Times bestseller and consummate storyteller Susan Wiggs brings you three enthralling historical romances about unconventional women and the men who learn to love them. Included in this bundle are The Charm School, The Horsemaster's Daughter and Halfway to Heaven.”
Photo and description from Amazon.com
Be warm! Stay safe and be happy!!
the countdown till spring which stands now at 21 days. It is cloudy and 0 degrees this morning to reach 12 degrees by afternoon. It is 10 days till DST begins on March 9th.
Marc was released from the hospital on Monday with no definite diagnosis. Thank you for all kind thoughts and prayers.
Work is still being done at the apartment complex down the street from me that was damaged during the tornado, I think the roof is pretty well done now and they are working inside.
The date of the tornado 17 November 2013.
Catty corner across the street from me. They have cleaned up the mess and patched up the roof but no major repair done yet They are living in the house,
and next door to the house catty corner across the street from me. The mess has been cleaned up. This is the house that had the lit Christmas tree in the yard the months of November and December. Around the corner from these houses are several houses that were damaged like this. Our winter has been so bitter cold and snowy that no repair work has been done to these houses.
Definition of catty corner:
cat·er-cor·nered (kăt′ər-kôr′nərd, kăt′ē-) also cat·er-cor·ner (-nər) or cat·ty-cor·nered or cat·ty-cor·ner (kăt′ē-) or kit·ty-cor·nered or kit·ty-cor·ner (kĭt′ē-)
In a diagonal position.
I have been a bit depressed now and I have recalled these sights to help me remember just how very fortunate I am. Thank you God!!
I am off to a doctor visit this afternoon. I hope you all have a good day. Stay safe and be happy!!
and bright sunshine this chilly Tuesday morning in central Illinois. The countdown till Spring marches on at 22 days! My Boston friend Paul asked why I wasn’t counting down the days till daylight savings time. Daylight savings time begins on Sunday March 9th which is 11 days from now, The reason I didn’t mention this before is because I don’t like DST. I wish that the time would stay one way or the other. Stop by Paul’s blog if you have a minute. He always has wonderful photos of the Boston area.
Yesterday was busy for me. I ran a lot of errands which included having new windshield wiper blades put on my car. The ice and snow this winter had ruined them. I couldn’t believe how expensive they were. The guy at Auto Zone came out in the bitter cold and had them on in about 2 minutes.
I talked to my brother near ST. Louis yesterday. If all goes well he and his wife will come in a couple of months and pick me up. We will drive to West Virginia to visit my sister and brother in law and all of her family there. I haven’t seen my sister since 2010. To say I am so happy at the thought is no exaggeration.
I need to motivate myself to clean today but the want to is definitely not there. I was much more motivated in my own home, but, I can’t stand clutter so I try and keep this place as if it was my own. It is time for me to sign another lease. Before I moved here I looked at a lot of houses online trying to decide whether to rent or buy. It is rather late now to make that decision. A super windfall from somewhere would help me make up my mind. LOL Rae and I have talked about that and we can’t think of anyway that will ever happen short of a miracle. But hey, my life has been filled with miracles the last 4 years. I am living proof.
Time to get off this computer and do some visiting with you all. Then a bit of cleaning and checking the fridge to see what is for lunch.
Stay safe and be happy!!
The countdown till Spring continues at 23 days. It is 17 degrees this morning and snow is predicted for tonight. Just an inch or so, HA!! Then tomorrow night is below zero temps. I have an important doctor appointment on Wednesday afternoon and it is supposed to reach 14 that day. It has already been rescheduled twice because of the weather.
There is no definite news on Marc. We do know that he has had several tests that have ruled out cause but no definite diagnosis. He may get to go home from the hospital today. Thank you all for your prayers. I will keep you updated.
I was sad to see the last episode of Downton Abbey for the season. That show has really got me hooked. My sis sent me season 1 as I didn’t start watching this till season 3.
I have been up since 6 this morning. I have already exercised and now it is time to have my healthy no fat, no salt, no sugar, high fiber cereal with banana, milk and orange juice. Then I want to find out what is taking the tax accountant such a long time to get my taxes done.
Stay safe and be happy!!
for your prayers. There has been no diagnosis for Marc yet. He remains in the hospital. My heart aches for my sister who has gone through so much lately, first her daughter being so ill and now her granddaughter’s husband!. Thank you all for continued prayer for Rae’s family.
And now back to my one daily complaint. The weather! We have had a lot of major melting and some streets in my city were flooded a few days ago. South Pekin has many flooded streets. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Pekin,_Illinois
Photo courtesy of www.ciproud.com
It will be much colder next week. But spring is only 25 days away.
Have a great weekend. Stay safe and be happy!!
It is with a very sad heart that I am requesting prayers again. My lovely great niece Randi and her husband Marc live in London England. Marc was stricken with something last evening. Unknown yet what is the matter. He is hospitalized in very serious condition. My sister (Randi’s grandmother) did not have full details yet. Randi’s mother is making plans to fly to London.
Randi’s mother asked for prayer for Marc and that he be put on as many prayer lists as possible. No one knows better than I do how powerful prayer can be. Thanking you all from the bottom of my heart!
last night, about 3 inches which filled in the sidewalks and driveway again. I had cleaned my car off yesterday and today it is covered again. It is 19 degrees with a pretty good wind so there is a wind chill again this morning. It is 32 days on the countdown till Spring.
I was asked by one of my commenters if I had a Nook or Kindle. I do have a Nook. My brother got it for me a couple of years ago for Christmas. I have well over 100 books on there. I much prefer holding a book in my hands although I turn to my Nook when I have nothing else to read.
Most of the newest books for the Nook run $14 and up through Barnes and Noble online. If I am going to give that much for a book I would just as soon pay a bit more and get a real book. I also could order books to read on my iPad but I don’t like the thought of that at all. Mildred asked what kind of books I liked to read. I LOVE murder mysteries with a little bit of romance thrown in. Not too much, just a little bit! My favorite authors are John Sandford, Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner and Phillip Margolin.
Have a blessed peaceful Sunday! Stay safe and be happy!!
again!! Maybe I shouldn’t say lied but the 1 – 2 inches of snow forecast for yesterday turned out to be 5 inches. This on top of what we have and our snow cover on the ground is well over a foot. More snow predicted for this afternoon and tonight. Right now the sun is shining and it is 3 below zero. I sure am waiting for the warmer days promised beginning on Tuesday. But aha Mr. Weatherman, I am not holding my breath. The countdown till Spring stands at 33 days. I do know that spring will be here some day, I just feel it in my heart. I haven’t seen a bird of any kind for weeks now. I do see the squirrels though. I am feeling sorry for them as their acorns are buried under a foot of snow.
I did nothing yesterday! I didn’t even read a book. I need to get on Amazon or out to Wal*Mart and purchase some new books.
The maintenance crew has been here checking to see if there was any more tornado damage in our houses. I have a pretty good crack in the wall underneath my window which runs the whole length above the sink and around. It has always been cracked a tiny bit and me being a happy homemaker had dabbed spackling in the cracks. Now the cracks have widened since I did that in 2010. Gosh!!! I can’t believe I have lived here 4 years in April. My memories of my own washer and dryer, water softener and 2 car garage are fading quickly from my mind. Now my mind is filled with thoughts of my car that again looks like a giant snowball. I will go out and clean that off again when the temp warms up a bit.
I have a roast with carrots, potatoes and onion in the oven now. That will last me a few days. I am trying to keep from baking goodies as there is no one here but me to eat them and my freezer is full.
Have a peaceful weekend! Stay safe and be happy!!
Happy birthday to my daughter and a happy Valentine’s Day to you all.
My daughter will be celebrating her birthday at exactly 10:50 AM CST today. I love all of these photos of her. I appreciate her more each year.
It is now 34 days on the countdown till spring. It is snowing like crazy here right now but they are saying only 1 – 2 inches. One can only hope.
Have a lovely day. I hope your sweetie brings you candy and flowers today or simply says I love you! My sweetie used to get me a card and a heart shaped box of chocolates. I miss that!!
Stay safe and be happy!!
flying by and I have been busy. It is 35 days on the countdown to Spring. It was 10 degrees when I got up but the temp has risen to 27 degrees right now.
Tomorrow (Valentine’s Day) is my daughter’s birthday. Since snow is in the forecast for tomorrow we went out to lunch a day early to celebrate.
We went to the Olive Garden in Peoria. You can see that Peoria hasn’t received quite as much snow as we have.
We both had that lovely chicken soup that has the dumplings in it.
We each had an appetizer. Mine was parmesan breaded risotto. My daughter had meat ball appetizer. Those things were huge. I didn’t take a picture of her appetizer.
We both had parmesan crusted chicken served over bow tie pasta with mushrooms and peppers in a delicious sauce. Needless to say we each had a lot to bring home.
I hope those of you in the south are not being hit too bad by the storm. I just talked to my sis in WV and they got 5 inches of snow but the temp has warmed up there and it is melting rapidly. I am waiting impatiently for the snow here to melt rapidly. Note that I did not say holding my breath.
Have a blessed day. Stay safe and be happy!!
Right now the temperature stands at 6 degrees. That is 16 degrees warmer than it was yesterday at this time. I walked to the laundry room without a coat this morning. The countdown till Spring stands at 36 days. The temp tomorrow is predicted to reach 30 degrees and one day next week it is to hit 40. It will be flooding here if it warms up. If it will get rid of the snow I am all for it.
Other than laundry I am planning to tidy my house a bit. Not sure what I will cook today. I still haven’t cleaned the bottom shelf of the freezer. Maybe I will do that too and see what I have in there.
And now for the local news, A major water main break in Peoria has caused a lot of problems for the city as it affected quite a large area leaving them with no water and issuing a boil order for other parts of the city, Here in Pekin the hospital laid off several employees and cut the hours to 30 for a good number of other employees to get out of paying them benefits. The governor’s race for this coming November has heated up nicely and there is a lot of political poopiedoop flying around. We have had so many days this winter where the kids have been out of school because of the weather that classes will be held here until well into June. I bet the kids are not liking that one bit. And that is the local news for today. Tune in next week for an update.
http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140210/NEWS/140219978/1994 (Water main break)
http://www.pekintimes.com/article/20140210/NEWS/140219912 (hospital layoffs)
I hope the sun is shining where you are today. Stay safe and be happy!!
today as I have been out since early this morning and finally getting my hair cut. I have been to drop off my papers at the tax accountant, to Staples to buy a new telephone and then to Wal*mart for a few things. When I left home this morning it was 10 below zero. It has now warmed up to 8 degrees. My beautician that lives in the country said that her temp this morning was 15 below. The countdown to Spring stands at 37 days!!!
My niece is home from the hospital. She asked me to thank all of you who remembered her with thoughts and prayers. Please continue to remember her as she is dealing with multiple health problems.
I have to stop and take a minute to get my new telephone and the extra handsets charging. That will take a little while as each new phone is different.
Have a good day. Stay safe and be happy!!
at 7 below zero. The countdown till Spring stands at 38 days! The snow is still laying heavy on the ground. The sun is shining brightly so that is a big plus.
This picture was taken through my bedroom window this morning. The screen gives the photo a unique look. You can still see behind the driveway the snow piled up which I am so sick of. I was talking with my son the other day and he asked me if I liked the snow and the bitter cold. I said no and asked him if he liked it. He told me that he knew that on one day there would be heavy snow and on the second night the temp would fall below zero. He said that he didn’t think anything more about it because that is the way this winter has been. And oh, so very true. If I didn’t have to keep cleaning my car off and going out in the bitter cold I might learn again to appreciate the beauty of snow because it really is beautiful when it is coming down. I do have one thing to say in its favor, it is better than ice.
I am going to get stuff ready for the tax accountant today. I am always glad to get that taken care of. Taxes are the part of February that I don’t like. My daughter was born on Valentine’s Day so that makes February special.
I hope this week is a really good one for us all. Stay safe and be happy!!
the countdown till spring continues at 39 days. Spring is inching ever closer and I couldn’t be happier.
My niece is still in the hospital. She is scheduled to have an endoscopy Monday morning to address some internal bleeding. Dee and her family thank you for your prayers and also for continued prayer.
We are having a break in the weather this morning at 14 degrees. It will be down to below zero again tonight. The one to two inches of snow predicted for yesterday turned out to be more than that as it filled in the sidewalks and driveway again. I had prescriptions to get at the pharmacy this morning. First thing after I got dressed I went out and cleaned my car off which looked like a giant snowball again. Then I went over the snow packed roads to the pharmacy. About a 6 mile round trip but it was a bit scary.
I made the cake yesterday and it was very good.
On the left side to the middle pineapple/cherry was the size of piece that I had. I put a piece in the fridge for today and froze the rest. I didn’t get the bottom of the freezer cleaned out so I have no idea what is in there. But that is a job for another day.
Have a blessed Sunday! Stay safe and be happy!!
on a bright sunny morning in the heart of Illinois. The temperature is to rise to 7 above today. I have hope though because it is only 42 days on the countdown till Spring!
I got out yesterday and cleaned the snow off my car again. Our latest snowfall was 8.4 inches. Put that on top of the 7 plus inches we had a few days before that and we have an impressive amount of snow here. Our total amount for the year stands at close to 40 inches. We have more snow predicted for Saturday.
Yesterday was a non-productive day where I got nothing done. I wanted to do something but I just couldn’t make myself. I am having some back problems. I have had back surgery in the past. I would never recommend back surgery to anyone except as a last resort because the pain is still there afterwards. Part of it may have been because I did use the vacuum on Tuesday. Let that be a lesson to me. LOL
And now for some fun. The following is a cartoon from Julie Larson. She is an Illinois native from Lincoln Illinois. I sent her an email once and told her she must be patterning her cartoons after me. she replied that she was the model for the cartoons.
Copyright Julie Larson…
Copyright Julie Larson…
Have a wonderful day. Stay safe and be happy!!
this morning as the countdown till Spring stands at 44 days. That is 17 degrees warmer than it was yesterday morning at this time. Our winter storm watch has turned into a winter storm warning. This event is to begin at 12 noon and last till 12 noon tomorrow. Expected snowfall this afternoon, 6 – 8 inches. Unknown amount over night with winds from the northwest gusting at 30 miles an hour. So you can see that we are going to have a blizzard. I will go out in a few minutes and start my car as I didn’t get it started yesterday.
I am resting my mind right now and reading a Harlequin romance. You have to love these books as they don’t tax your brain in any way. The plot is the same in each book, only the name of the author is changed and the locale is different. These are little tiny books of just over 180 pages and I can read one of them in nothing flat.
in nothing flat and in no time flat
Fig. very quickly; in much less time than expected. Of course I can get there in a hurry. I'll be there in nothing flat. We covered the distance between New York and Philadelphia in nothing flat. The waiter brought our food in no time flat.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Some of our phrases here are very different from other countries. My friend White Angel has been writing lately in her posts about their customs etc. in Tasmania. I absolutely love reading about the customs, food, etc. in other countries!
And now I should get busy. I have made up my mind to clean as if it was a warm sunny day. That means running the vacuum, shaking the rugs and mopping the kitchen floor. I may procrastinate a bit though as I am going to get a pot of chili started first. I love my homemade chili but I don’t like the canned chili.
Stay safe and be happy!!
who cares?? It is only 45 days till Spring. I am just home from having lab done at the local hospital. My daughter was kind enough to take me. Then we went to Bob Evans for breakfast and stopped by Food Depot on the way home for milk and Prairie Farms Cherry Vanilla ice cream and caramel topping! Now I think I will bake a cake to eat with it.
Photo courtesy of http://www.prairiefarms.com/pd/731946/Cherry-Vanilla-Ice-Cream.aspx
Tomorrow and Wednesday we are under a winter storm watch for 6 –8 inches of snow and several inches more Tuesday night until Wednesday noon. The roads are terrible here in town as the salt they put on the roads doesn’t work at the below zero temps. I don’t care as I have become immune to the snow and the below zero temperatures. I figure it will even out in a month or two and by May we will be getting some 90 degree days. By then the snow will have all melted from my car and I won’t have to clean it off again.
I called and changed my doctor appointment Wednesday till February 26th. I am hoping the weather will have moderated some by then. Last week I changed my hair appointment to the 11th and my hair is looking so awful that I will have to make that appointment if I have to crawl.
I finished my Lisa Jackson book yesterday. I read 512 pages in just over 2 days. Now I have to hunt for something else to read. I may have to resort to the over 100 books I have stored on my Nook. I really do prefer a real book even though I have a cover for my Nook and it is easy to hold.
I hope this week is a really good one for us all. If you happen to encounter an older person that needs help with snow removal, please stop and help them. You will get your rewards in heaven. My mom always used to say that and I do believe that it is true.
Stay safe and be happy!!
But then I already knew that. Today the sun is shining brightly and our local groundhog Gertie in Peoria saw her shadow. This means 6 more weeks of winter. It is 8 degrees here this morning with the sunshine glistening on the snow. It is 46 more days till Spring. We have more snow to come on Tuesday.
I did go out and get my car cleaned off yesterday. The snow weighed a ton and was hard for me to lift a shovel full. The snow that was packed against my tires I just pushed back on the sidewalk. I wonder each time I go out to clean the snow off my car if it will be the last time. I hate to admit it but I think I am getting too old for this.
I am just about to finish the Lisa Jackson book I am reading. It is a page turner and I didn’t want to put it down to go to bed. I was sitting here reading last night about 10:15 when my doorbell rang. I think I jumped a foot. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I received a call from the police station informing me that a registered sex offender had moved into our neighborhood. The police do call all of the people in the neighborhood to give them a heads up. They give you the name, address and description of the offender.
Fortunately for me it was a delivery from a pizza place for my new neighbors. How can can anyone eat pizza at 10:30 at night? And then I remembered it is a young couple in their 20s. When I was that age I could eat pizza late at night too! Oh to be young again!!
Is everyone all geared up for the Super Bowl?? I am not a football fan but my husband sure was right from the days he played football in high school. I must admit that I admire the uniforms that the football players wear though. I only like sports that I really understand like baseball featuring my beloved St. Louis Cardinals and basketball featuring my beloved ILLINI who are not doing so well right now.
Have a wonderful day. Stay safe and be happy!!
and no thanks to you and January for the new snow fall we got yesterday and last night, Several inches fell and it is still snowing with more to come. My car is covered again so you know what I have to do when it quits snowing. I will have to go out and clean my car off again. It is 47 days till Spring and the groundhog will tell us tomorrow if we will have 6 more weeks of winter.
My car this morning and the guy hasn’t been here yet to snow blow the sidewalk snow up against my car.
But on the brighter side a very nice guy from Pekin glass came yesterday afternoon in the midst of all of the snow and replaced my window. He was very polite and meticulous. He was very careful not to make a mess and he took off his shoes when he came in the house. His name is Brad and I asked his permission to take his picture and to put it in my blog.
And what will I do now that I am stuck indoors for the next two days? I can’t bake anything because I have to go early Monday morning for fasting lab. Even though my blood sugar always is a bit below normal I definitely don’t need to load up on sweets before I have lab. It is too messy outdoors to clean so that leaves reading and computer.
I am reading a book by Lisa Jackson called Running Scared. It has 512 pages and I am 1/3 of the way through it.
“Fifteen years ago in Boston, Kate Summers made a bargain: she became the mother of a perfect, beautiful newborn baby, and she promised she would never breathe a word about the adoption to anyone. Now Kate has built a good life for herself and her son, Jon, in a small town in Oregon. She has almost forgotten her fear that he will somehow be taken away. Then Daegan O'Rourke arrives in town and strikes up a friendship with her and Jon. Daegan has his own past to hide - one with shocking ties to hers. Someone is searching for Kate and her son and is willing to go to any lengths to claim him. And the one man Kate is tempted to trust has dangerous secrets that could change her world forever. Soon, the past Kate thought she could outrun will explode, unearthing a legacy of lies and treachery and a fury powerful enough to kill.”
All material courtesy of www.amazon.com. I love Lisa Jackson’s books and this is a really good one.
Have a peaceful weekend. Stay safe and be happy!!