Chicken and Dumplings

I woke up this morning and it was foggy and drizzling.  The first sign of Autunm here so Becky and I decided to have a cool weather meal for dinner.  After dicussing a few options  we settled on chicken and dumplings. Besides it being cool today, she also happens to make the BEST!!  These were the best of the best!  That meal was soooo good that I had to take a photo and brag on her a little.
She makes the drop-in style of dumplings rather than the rolled out kind.  All it took was a whole chicken, carrots, celery, onion, and frozen peas added at the end.  The chicken was simply browned, in pieces, as were the veggies until they were soft, and then simmered in about a quart of water or half and half water and canned chicken broth.  Removed the bones and skin and chopped it up.  Added the chicken along with the carrots, onion and celery and simmered it for an hour or so.
The dumplings were so easy!  2 cups of Bisquick mixed with about 3/4 cup of milk until it forms into a thick batter.  Then just drop golf ball sized spoonfuls into the pot and continue simmering for 10 minutes uncovered and another 10 minutes covered.  Add the peas during the last 10 minutes.  The dumplings will thicken up the broth.
There are fancier recipes but this one was darned good!  Leftovers tomorrow!
Hope you’re having a terrific weekend.
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Almost Done!!

  I feel twenty pounds lighter since I had all of those pumps, IVs and the PICC line removed.  I also was able to take a REAL shower!!  It had been 6 weeks of ‘bird baths’.  The only things left to do are weekly doctor appointments and dressing changes, which Becky and I can do.  I’m using a cane for now but that’s a trade-off that I can handle.  The wound has finally closed now and the Collagen will complete the healing process.
Becky and I got to know my homecare nurse, Susan, very well and we will miss her visits.  She did an excellent job… Better than my doctors did!
Here’s a pic:
Well, time to change the dressing on my foot before bed.  Take care everyone and thanks so much for all of your encouragement.
Hopefully I’ll be walking the dogs soon!!
Nite, and have a great rest of the week.
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Yep! It’s Monday!

Today started out pretty well, even for a Monday. I slept in the ‘good’ bed rather than the small, hard thing in the spare room. So glad those pumps and IVs are gone!  Nice!!
Then came a knock at the door.  A neighbor had seen someone dump a huge stray dog out of his car.  And by huge, I mean HUGE!!  But he was very gentle and frightened.  So we locked him in our yard and gave him water and food which he consumed quickly.  He was an old boy with skin problems, tumors and the pads of his feet were falling off.  We decided to keep him seperate from our dogs and called Animal Control.
They arrived two hours later and checked him for tags and a microchip, but neither.  We could see where his collar had been but the owners removed it so that Animal Control could not get their phone number.
Here are a few pics:
Finally, Animal Control showed up:
The officer told us that he would be euthanized tonight.  Sad…….
After that, I decided to hose down the sidewalk where the dog had been and accidently leaned too far into some nasty cactus. OUCH!!!!  I’m dealing with that now.  The trick is to cover the area where the tiny spines are with white glue and when it dries, just peel it off.  Works every time!
Well, the day isn’t over yet so I think I’ll just sit here and hope nothing else happens.
I hope that YOU had a great Monday!
PS:  The owner just showed up!!!!  A young guy from down the street.  They are just moving in and someone left a door open.  He has had his dog, Shay, since he was five so he’s going to pick him up now.  Hope it’s not too late.
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 Today, after almost two months, I was given my last IV. The machine is being picked up tonight so all that remains is to have that PICC line removed. Probably early next week. I hope it feels better coming out than it did going in! It should be a snap. The nice thing about having a PICC line is that I didn’t have to be stuck by needles twice a day. Rather, the line is a small tube that runs through a vein/artery in my arm and connects to my heart. Not only did the nurses inject the IVs through it but also could draw blood. It was just a little uncomfortable to sleep with.
 Now for better news, I had my weekly doctors appointment today and he removed the wound vac. What a relief!! No more lugging that thing around. He then applied Collagen and sutured the wound. No infection present and it’s shrinking by the week.
 So finally, I’ll be able to sleep in my regular bed again instead of the tiny one in the guest room. There was just too much equipment for Becky to have to deal with, although she did say she would.
 I still have a ways to go but today was a huge step forward for me. The end is in sight.
 Have a wonderful, and I hope cool and sunny weekend. And remember tomorrow’s date, never to be forgotten. 
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Pics of my Dad and me

My Dad’s memorial service was today.  I couldn’t be there but I spent the time looking at old photos and remembering the days we spent together.
He and my Mom were high school sweethearts and married right before he left to fight in the Pacific in WW2.  My Mom bought the house while he was away and it was the only house we ever had.  Shortly after his return they had me
and five years later my sister, Susan, arrived.
My Dad began working at RCA Corp and retired from there 55 years later.  I think he missed 3 days of work during those years.  It was a 30 minute bus ride each way and when I was young, I would meet him at the bus stop almost every afternoon.
Among his hobbies were electronics, astronomy, mathematics, woodworking, gardening and being a great dad and husband.  He hated sports!! lol  He was not a humorous man but somehow he always kept me laughing.
He was a Deacon in our Baptist church and never missed a service.  He didn’t drink or smoke and would lecture anyone who did.  Whe he reached his 70’s my sister and I tried to convince him to hire someone to handle the yardwork and snow shoveling, to no avail.  We had enough trouble keeping him from climbing on the second-story roof!
He was a wonderful dad and I wish that all of you could have met him.
Here are a few of the photos that I looked at today.
Dad in uniform
On Leave
With his brother John who served in Europe
His first car
Dad and me
My dad, me and my first dog, Skippy
And, My Mom. She put up with the bunch of us!!  Still does.
Take care my friends and I hope you’re having a Great Labor Day weekend.
 PS  The song I’m playing is for Dad
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I’ll be back soon

Sorry I haven’t been around Spaces for awhile but as some of you know, my dad passed away in his sleep last weekend. He was in his mid-90’s and went peacefully.  So as you can imagine, I have been dealing with my family’s loss and trying to comfort my mom. The memorial service is on Sunday in NJ and I will not be able to attend because of my continuing medical problems but in my heart I will be THERE!
Hopefully, I will post something this weekend.  Maybe a few pics of Dad and me.
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little–but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me–but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone. It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me – But Let me Go!

Author Unknown
Have a nice Labor Day
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One Week!!!

At least that what ‘they’ told me.  The antibiotic series ends next week and the Collagen treatments, to grow new skin, began yesterday.  So hopefully I will have no pumps or IVs attached by next Friday.  I’ll be able to sleep much better then.  Nothing worse than waking up with Bonnie tangled up in the IV tube!  I also can’t wait to get that PICC line removed, but I will admit that it sure beats getting stuck every time I receive an IV.  The nurse also uses it to draw blood samples.
Our wild weather has finally settled down here except for the huge surf:
Our 105F temps will be in the 60’s tomorrow but still sunny.  Out herbs seem to love the weather no matter how hot or cool it gets.
Chives, Basil, Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Mint and even two Bell Pepper plants.
I’m hoping you all have a really nice weekend!
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