When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck

November 24, 2010

Chloe Gayle Songs of Love.wmv

My DIL Tara called me this morning to see if I had seen this on her facebook. I didn't even know about it.
The Songs of Love Foundation wrote this for her. To learn more about the Songs of Love Foundation go to TMI  I am so excited about it. The song fits her perfectly and has little lyrics that are so special to me.
The last verse says Zippity Doo Dah. Papa has sung that song to her since she was born. He sings it to all the grandchildren but, when Chloe was a baby and all she did was cry, that song  would calm her down. I can't wait for Papa to see this. He is at our local Turkey Toss giving out Turkeys.  My daughter Megan and her family surprised me last night by showing up at my door for Thanksgiving. (Too bad I didn't expect them and there won't be enough food.)
Now this little song has warmed my heart. (I know I sound like a sap)
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

November 23, 2010

November 22, 2010

Turkey Trot or in my case Turkey Wobble

This was the scene in Syracuse Saturday morning. It was the Turkey Trot 5K race to raise money for Chloe's Sunshine Playground. 
That is Chloe and daddy Oby in front there. Papa and I are still back in the building trying to register. I didn't know they would not take checks and even with Papa trying to use his powers of persuasion with statements such as "You mean even though we are Chloe's grandparents and OUR check is good, you won't take it." We were out of luck.  We walk ran the race anyway.  

Chloe was just happy to be there. Luckily the rain did not arrive until the race was over.

She giggled the whole way. I know this from her father since Papa and I  were not able to get going until  5 minutes after the race had started. We were walking fast to try and at least keep up. I knew a few minutes into it that my bum knee which had been feeling pretty good lately was going to be a problem. I started to slowly jog here and there because it actually felt better than walking. I used to run 5 miles a day. What has happened to me? 
Anyway, we crossed the finish line after a very quick 53 minutes. What a joke. Well, at least we finished and we were not last. 
I know that is hard to believe.
I was thrilled to see so many people there. Tara my DIL has been working very hard to raise money for this playground.
The city of Syracuse has been going all out to help her.
I don't know when they will be able to build but, I know they will.

This is Chloe and me after the race. The wind did not help either one of our hairdo's out one little bit.
Now you can also see why my brother's call me Phil (my dad) when I have on no make-up. Actually I look more like Phil's mother, my grandma Taylor.
I feel like an old grandma since I have barely been able to walk since Saturday.
Maybe it's time to go back and get this knee checked again.
It was fun to be there anyway. The community that surrounds my son and his little family could not be any sweeter and supportive.
Thank you to everyone.

November 16, 2010

Spicy Tomato Soup With Avocado Relish

This soup is YUMMY!! Just the ticket on a cold winter day.
Whip up some Jiffy Rolls to go with it and you are set.

I found this recipe in "Down Home With The Neelys" Love their stuff.
As usual I tweaked it a little to fit my families taste buds. ( I should say my taste buds, I'm the cook I can do what I want.)

Here goes:
2 TBS. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 - 2 teas. dried thyme
1/2 teas. dried crushed red pepper flakes
Two 28 oz. cans peeled tomatoes with juice
(I used two of my quart bottles of tomatoes that I had bottled from my garden. Not braggin just sayin.)
6 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
2 TBS. chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons sherry-wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper

Avocado Relish:
WARNING: Let your husband know he is to only take 1 to 2 tablespoons and dolip it into his soup. He is not to take the bowl of relish and dump the whole thing in his soup leaving the rest of the group relishless.

1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
1/2 small red onion, finely choppe
1/2 seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves ( I left this out. I don't care for cilantro.)
1 serrano chile, seeded and finely chopped ( I also left this out as, I did not think the small children or my dad could handle it. I am glad I left it out because the soup is spicy enough.)
2 TBS. fresh lime juice

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt, and cook, sitrring, until the ingredients are fragrant and tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, broth, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Reduce  the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the avodado relish. combine the avocado, red onion, cucumber, cilantro, serrano chile, lime juice, and a generous sprinkling of salt in a medium bowl. Taste for seasonings, and add more salt or lime as desired.

After the soup has simmered, discard the bay leaves and stir in the chipotle peppers and vinegar. Working in batches puree the soup in a blender  or food processor and return it to the pot. Season the puree with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, and serve each portion garnished with a few tablespoons of the avocado relish. Those in my group that got no relish still liked the soup very much! What am I going to do with Papa?
The Neelys have some really good recipes in this book.
They are also on the food network.
They are also very cute.

November 12, 2010

Trying To Get It Together......I Don't Know If It's Working

Some of you know I recently have had a new addition to my family. My sweet little granddaughter Madison. I went and stayed with my daughter and her family for 3 weeks. It was great to love on these two little ones. (These are recent pics of her and her big brother. I didn't want you to think she was a 12 pounder. They came to visit me last weekend.)

Here she is with cousin Izzy.

Well,  when I left to go to my daughters I knew my kitty cat Goldie was sick. A couple of months ago the vet put her on antibiotics and told me I could refill them when ever I needed to. She (the cat) had some really bad teeth and the vet didn't want to put her under anesthesia to take them out because Goldie (the cat) was 16 yrs. old and well she probably couldn't take the anesthesia. He said it would be like "Her teeth are fine but, she died during the surgery."

When I left I had given Papa instructions to give Goldie her antibiotics until they were gone and to give our dog her antibiotics until they were gone. The dog had just had a tumor removed from her neck. (I know pathetic) Anyway Papa fulfilled his duty. Although when I returned home my mom (you remember the crazy lady from next door) informed me that Papa had not finished giving Goldie her medicine so she took it upon herself to finish what Papa had started but, in his laziness did not complete.  I thought that's weird because Papa promised me he had given Goldie ALL of her medicine. Mom then went to her fridge and retrieved the bottle of left over antibiotic. She informed me that Goldie had been given her morning dose but I needed to give her that evenings dosage. I took the bottle from mom looked at it and ......
it was MY prescription for .... here it comes..... Candida. Yes, Candida drops that I , me, Nana, take daily! I didn't take them w/ me on my trip because the bottle is glass, it has to stay refrigerated. It was too big of a hassle for the plane ride.
I INFORMED mother of her mistake, then promptly asked her if the dropper had been inserted in my cat's mouth at any time. She assured me it had not she had just been putting a drop full on the cat's food twice a day. 

Well, even with antibiotics, candida drops,voodoo and what ever else my mom had thought up my cat was still very very ill.
I took her to the vet as soon as I could. He told me he had good news and bad news.  The cat DID NOT have a yeast infection however, she did have bone cancer. (he really didn't say that about the yeast infection)
I had to put her down.
I don't know if I will get another kitty.
Maybe in the Spring I will feel different but, I don't think so.

September 15, 2010

September 6, 2010

For Zeke

Whew, it has been a busy month. (August) I have been traveling, nothing extravagant but, that is for another post.

I also had house guests. The three stooges came for a visit from California.

Before I go on I must say YES, I know what month it is.

These three wanted to see.......
All of  this...... So, I put it up. Zeke lives in Vegas and he can't come to see it. His mommy is ready to have grandchild number 8 so, they are stuck at home for now. Here ya go Zeke.

Hope you enjoyed Nana's spooky village Zeke. Izzy misses you.

Chloe says Hi.

So does Tonio but, he's off with the big boys.
I love you,

Just ignore the pictures below. I don't know how to delete them w/o screwing up this whole post which took me forever.