Thursday, October 9, 2014

Evolution of an Allergy Mom: Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe (with photos)

My photo of Jace playing with his homemade GlutenFree Play Dough
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Did you know that Play-Doh (by Hasbro) contained wheat? Many people don't, which means that many mamas wind up with sick kiddos after a day at school and have no idea why!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Caregiving Is a Full Time Job!

Well, here it is October already. Normally, I would ask that old familiar question…”where did the time go”? For once, I don’t need to ask because I know exactly where the time went.

8:00 am - I’m up in the morning making Mama’s breakfast and medicines for the 9:00 am scheduled time. Wash her dirty clothes, dry them, and get them ready for her to fold.

11:00 am – Snack time, no meds.

1:00 pm – Lunch time, no meds.

3:00 pm – Snack time. Time for 3 pm meds

6:00 pm – Dinner time and time for 6 pm meds. Time to get ready for bed, she goes to bed with the chickens.

This is just the things that are scheduled. There are many more that are not listed here. And, so the day goes in the life of this caregiver.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Did You Know?

During life in the 1500s bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top. Hence: the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence: the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.

So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell. Thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ...dead ringer.

And that's the truth. Now, whoever said History was boring!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to Lock Your Car and Why

This an email I received from a friend:

Thieves Don't Break Your Windows Anymore

I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again!
Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation.

I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police  station, told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars. Two weeks later, my friend's son had a similar happening.

While traveling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone had gotten into his car and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator, name it.

He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into, the police told him he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic -- there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device.

They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim.  They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and that they now have a few minutes to steal and run.

The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car -- that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you.

When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain, it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be instantly stolen.  This is very real.

Be wisely aware of what you just read and please pass this note on. Look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote just to be sure we remembered to lock them -- and bingo, someone has our code...and whatever was in our car.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1st Day of School - 2014

Jace Goes to PreSchool

My gandson Jace, started school for the first time on Monday. Pre-K 4 to be exact. The day began with him bouncing excitedly into my room around 6:15 am. All the while he chants, “Wake up, MiMi. Time to wake up, MiMi!”

I opened my eyes to that big bright smile of his and his usual cheerful greeting, “Good morning MiMi. You wake up, MiMi.”  With as much enthusiasm as I could muster at that hour of the morning, I replied. “Good morning, Jace. How are you? Yes, MiMi woke up.”

We spend the next few minutes talking about Angry Birds, teleporting Angry Birds, and other Angry Bird related things. I tried to interject thoughts and questions about school into the conversation, he answered quickly and returned to his conversation about things he wanted to talk about.

I helped him with his breakfast and getting dressed for school. His mommy finished last minute details like packing his lunch, his snack, and his backpack.

Jace is ready, chatting a mile-a-minute. Soon his mommy is ready to go. Mommy grabs her purse and Jace grabs his Angry Birds Red Bird backpack. They head out the door for the car.

Jace is going to Pre-School. My baby is going to SCHOOL!!!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

News From “MiMi” – Grandmother to a Highly Allergic Grandson

EVENT:  Parent Orientation Meeting 

WHEN: Friday August 15, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

Jace, my severely allergic grandson is entering Pre-K for 4-year olds next week. We’re here for parent orientation to learn what the school expects from us and what we can expect from them.  

There were quite a few people already seated when we made it to the meeting. We chose a seat on the front row and made ourselves comfortable as we waited for the meeting to begin.

The first order of business was a presentation of the history of the school and statistics concerning its outstanding reputation for educating kids. The speaker provided us with everything we needed to know about getting our little darlings ready and delivered to them each day.  

I listened intently, as any first-time grandmother does, with ONE thought in mind. All this information is great and I thank you for it. BUT, this is not my main concern.

I need/want to talk to someone about my grandbaby’s medical issues, namely his “Nut Allergy”. I want to know who will be in charge of managing his needs, his medicines, his food consumption, and how they plan to do that.

The final speaker was the school nurse. BOY was I glad to see her!

Now, this is more like what I came here to find out. The nurse spoke, I listened. Like a child with a one-track mind, I could hardly wait until the meeting was over so, I/we could talk to her alone. I have questions and concerns that only she can address at this time. So, I wait anxiously for the general meeting to end.

At the end of the general meeting, we found the nurse.

Coming NEXT: Our visit with the school nurse and the outcome of our meeting. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Downsizing Again

I started blogging in 2008 and have been going strong the entire time. One blog led to another and another and another. Soon I had so many blogs, I couldn’t keep up with own myself.

Instead of making all of those blogs and sites public and putting them out there for the search engines, I left a lot of them in draft form. Nobody could access them but me. My intention was to fix them up really nice and publish them. That never happened. 

I have so many things going on these days, it is impossible to focus the way I should and to be truly productive. The last several months with more things to do added on top of an already full plate, it finally dawned on me that I need to get rid of some unnecessary things.

I started two weeks ago to do just that. 

-First, I eliminated several networking sites that I never visit or participate on.
-I deleted a couple of my Blogger blogs that were public but never got much public attention.
-I deleted six blogs from Blogger that remained in draft status and never saw the light of day.
-Then, I unsubscribed from six or seven newsletters I never read.
Yaaa, way to go dellgirl.

The downsizing is going well it has made a big difference already. Now, I don’t have to check on blogs I’m never going to have time to do anything with. I still have quite a bit of de-cluttering to do, going right now to work on that.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Update: Where Have I Been?!

It’s August already, where in the world did July go?! The past two weeks have been really busy, chaotic would be more like it though. Mama came (my turn to do the care giving) on Tuesday the 22nd and left to go back to my brother’s yesterday, July 31st.

My daughter has done a ‘bang-up’ job of planning and preparing Mama’s meals while she’s in the kitchen cooking up something for herself or for grandson, Jace. When she (my daughter) is done, all I have to do is heat the meal and give it to Mama. WHAT a blessing and a sanity-saver! That means one less thing I have to do as care giver. Thank God for my beautiful caring daughter!!!

Even with food preparation eliminated from the list of things to do, care giving remains quite a task. I still have to administer medicines three times a day, get meals and snacks to her at specific times, help her get a shower, and more.

Thankfully, I have help. What a blessing that is. I don’t know how people manage who don’t have any help at all. I especially don’t know what I would do without help.

Among the blessings and the chaotic goings on, I AM one tired woman…hoping to get some much needed rest starting shortly.

How much do you know about care giving for the elderly? Have you ever had to provide care giving for a loved one? Do you have any suggestions for making the process less complicated? 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Funny


A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest..

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"

"Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," replied the vet.

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever.

As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room.

A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$250?" she cried, "$250 just to tell me my duck is dead?"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat scan, it's now $250."  

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Things To Do In Houston This Weekend

Here is a quick list of 3 fun things to do in Houston this weekend. All events are scheduled for tomorrow.

Saturday July 12, 2014

Saturday Storytime at Brazos Books on Bissonnet 
Admission: FREE
What: Saturday Storytime
Where: Brazos Books on Bissonnet
When: 10:30 am

2nd Annual Day of Music at Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony
Admission: FREE 
What: 2nd Annual Day of Music
What is it: Performances by the orchestra, jazz groups, rock bands, blues artists, ethnic ensembles, choral music and much more
Where: Jones Hall
When: Noon to 10 pm.

Lionel Richie & CeeLo Green in Concert in the Woodlands 
Admission: You will need tickets
What: Lionel Richie in Concert
Where: @ the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion
When:. 7:30pm.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Diagnosis Diabetes

What A Mind-Boggling Week!

Another week has come and gone, this one did not fly by though. It was a long tiring caregiving week. Mama came last Friday and stayed until last night (Thursday). I say the week was long and tiring because Mama now has a new medication and diet regimen.

She no longer takes these thirteen pills morning and night, the doctors here have reduced the number to five pills a day total. Thank God for that. I just knew she should not have been taking so much medication. Mama also has a new (to us) definite diagnosis identifying two serious medical conditions, one of which is diabetes.

Both conditions require constant monitoring and specialized diets. Both diets require careful attention to what foods are recommended and what foods are to be avoided. The diabetic diet also calls for eating smaller properly measured amounts of suggested foods throughout the day. That means the person should eat at two-hour intervals to keep the blood sugar levels constant.

WOW, this is mind-boggling if you have never had to deal with something of this sort. With my daughter Jordyn’s help, I/we were able to get through the meals and medicines without me pulling all my hair out wondering how to get it done.

Thank you, sweet Jordyn. I could not have done it as well without you. You make it look so easy, and I know for a fact that it is NOT easy…not by a long shot.

 Now the weekend is here, and I am so looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation.  As I am so fond of saying, my plans for the weekend are to do as much nothing as humanly possible. Today started out bright, sunshiny, and HOT. Now, it is raining. Thunderstorms are scattered here and there. This is the perfect weather for doing all that nothing I wish to do.

Okay, enough already. I’m going to get started right now. What are your plans for the weekend? Are you doing anything special or will you just take it as it comes? Whatever you’re planning, I wish you a Wonderful Weekend.

I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July today!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hearing Loss

Wife With a Hearing Problem 

A old man thinks his wife is losing her hearing. He calls the doctor about it and the doctor says he can do a little experiment to determine the severity, "Ask her a question from the next room in a normal tone of voice, and keep asking while coming closer until she can hear you. That way you know the range of her hearing."

That night, he's sitting on his easy chair in the living room while his wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner. He estimates he's about 30 feet away. In a normal tone of voice, he says, "What's for dinner?"

She doesn't respond, so he gets up and walks to the kitchen doorway, about 20 feet away, and asks, "What's for dinner?"

She still doesn't respond so he walks 10 feet closer and asks, "What's for dinner?"

She still doesn't say anything, so he gets right up beside her and asks, "What's for dinner?"

She says, "For the fourth damn time we're having chicken!"

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ventilating: Not Feeling Motivated Today

There’s so much going on at one time, so much to prepare for, too many things to do that most of the time I hardly know what day it is. Several days I have gone the entire day thinking it was one day when it was actually another day completely. (((Siiiiiigh)))

Mama was here for the weekend to give my brother and sister-in-law a much needed break. Everything went rather smoothly while she was here, but it was still very exhausting. Preparing and administering medications along with making special diet meals and getting it done in a timely manner are more demanding than I ever imagined. It takes a lot of mental concentration and focus.

Jace’s mommy took Mama back to my brother’s late Monday evening so she could be there for her physical therapy appointment early Tuesday morning. I spent yesterday (Tuesday) trying to re-group from the weekend of care giving duties.

With that said, I woke up this morning feeling just so-so, not great but not bad either. As the morning progressed I began thinking of all the things I NEED to do, that didn’t make for happy feelings. I trudged through the list of things to do that were really necessary, and finally reached a point where I could pop open my laptop. I need to update my blog, check my emails, post some photos to Zazzle, and a few other things.

The problem with that is I am not feeling motivated, not motivated at all. I am not feeling motivated to write, not motivated to think, not motivated to - -  to - - to anything. I definitely am not feeling motivated to think of something positive and uplifting to write about. I am just not feeling it.

That was earlier today, so I thought I would put that in writing to see if ventilating about it helps at all. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Everybody Is Gone, I have the House to Myself

All of my loved ones who are constantly on the move, who always seem to have to be busy, are gone for a while. They left with parting smiles and fond farewells for me, wishing me a restful and relaxing time while they are away…for a couple of hours.

I have the house to myself for a few hours, free to do or not to do whatever strikes my fancy. I’m going to enjoy this quiet FREE time to the fullest. First, I’ll take my tired self in the kitchen and grab a bite of something delicious to snack on along with a nice cold glass of something refreshing to drink. Yes, that’s just what I need.

Then, I’ll prop myself up on my bed on my trusty brown pillow to surf the television channels for something good to watch. I’ll crack open my laptop and get ready to visit and read your blogs.

I hope you’re having a nice time and, I will see you soon. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Surprise at the Doctor’s Office

Jace had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday for a check-up and routine immunizations for school. Eyes, ears, nose, and throat all check out fine. Breathing is good. Reflexes are right where they’re supposed to be.

The doctor asks questions all while performing these tests. Does he know how to help clean up his toys?  Does he know his primary colors? Can he count to twenty? Does he eat fruits and vegetables? Does he know “I” (can he distinguish himself as “I”)? Does he drink milk?

Well yes. He knows HOW to clean up, but he would rather mess up than clean up. Yes, he knows his colors and counts to twenty. He eats fruits that he likes very well but, vegetables are another matter. It takes a lot of coaxing to get him to eat some of them.

Does he drink milk? Yes, he drinks milk like a baby calf! His mommy and the doctor had a long discussion about Jaces liquid consumption. He drinks a LOT of liquids, all day long. This discussion prompted the doctor to order blood tests to determine if there is anything going on inside.

OH BOY, immunizations AND blood tests!?!?!! WOW, we are in for a tough time, and we thought he would just be getting immunizations!

The shots proved to be quite an ordeal, we knew that going in. Next stop, blood tests. Jace started to scream the minute he saw the needles and tubes. Oh boy, this is SO traumatic!

I blocked his view of what was happening with his arm with a towel. I asked him what he wanted to go get from Toys R Us afterwards. That helped to take his mind off the needle sticking in his arm a little. The test went quickly.

We left the doctor’s office and headed straight to Toys R Us! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Promise to Myself

It hasn’t been a month yet, but here I am. Yay! There has been so much going on and too much to do around here for the past several months. Truthfully, it’s been pretty intense and hectic since early November last year.

Mama is still here with my brother and me. She will never be 100% again but, she is getting better all the time. She gave us some moments of concern early-on about wanting to go back home. We finally convinced her that she is here for her own good and possibly forever. She doesn’t talk much about going home to stay anymore. Now she just says she wants us to take her back for visits every once in a while. We can do that.

Jace is growing like a wildfire in a drought. He getting taller but he is on the thin side. As busy as he stays, I am surprised he has any weight on his bones at all. I know he has made all of my clothes droop and hang on me from staying on the move so much with him. He is ONE busy little boy!

I spent some time at the park yesterday, it was a much needed ‘get-away’ so to speak. Sitting in the park alone, soaking in the sunshine, and breathing in the cool fresh air was a welcome respite. I have promised myself to do something relaxing and rejuvenating every single day. I feel better just knowing that, I will be looking forward to that “me time” everyday.

What have you been up to lately? Anything fun and relaxing? Okay, gotta go now or I won’t get this finished and posted. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Avoiding Work Today

It has been quite a while since I checked in here, way too long as a matter of fact. So here I am saying good morning to some of you, good afternoon to others, and good evening to those who live in different time zones. Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. 

How are you? I hope everything is going well for you. I’m fine physically, a bit frazzled but fine. There are a lot of things going on here that I have to stay on top of. I’m working on that.

My brother and I had to bring Mama to stay with us while we get a handle on some medical issues she’s having. That is taking quite a bit of maneuvering. You all know how care giving goes.

I hadn’t quite decided what to write about today. I did have a couple of ideas in mind as I tried really hard to avoid several menial tasks that need to be done. I did a pretty good job of ignoring them though. They can wait.   

Instead of doing household chores, I switch on my computer. Hopefully, I will spend this nice cloudy day visiting blog friends and reading blogs. So, I hope to see you all soon.

Have yourself a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eating in the Bedroom

I made my lunch plate and poured myself a nice cold glass of ice tea. As I turned the corner headed down the hall to my bedroom to eat a leisurely lunch, an odd thought crossed my mind.

How many people eat in their bedrooms? Do you eat in the bedroom? Is that taboo at your house?

I know many people who would die and go to purgatory before they allowed anyone eat in their bedrooms. I also know some who do as we do, we eat in ours. We have done this for so many years, it is hard to remember when and how it first started.

So, the big question here is this. What are your thoughts on the matter? What is your custom? Do you eat in your bedroom or not?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Another Busy Week

Last week was another busy one, so many things to do I wondered how I would get it all done. Then, I remembered that I could only do what I could and leave the rest. Thankfully though, I got it all done with a little time to spare.

I ended the week by going to the doctor for a check-up on Friday afternoon, had to make sure the old blood pressure was still under control. It was. Everything checked out fine. I left the doctor’s office with another handful of prescriptions for other wellness tests.

They’re sending me out for the dreaded old mammogram, bone density study, and a few others. I have to get these done by the time I go back in three months. Grrrrrrr!!!

If I sound like I’m complaining, I’m not. I just dread all the poking and prodding and such, sometimes it hurts, for real. I’m counting my blessings though, at least I am still above the ground and able to go get these tests done.

Today turned out to be a pretty good day even with the overcast skies and no sunshine all day long. I’m just trying now to figure out what I want to eat, I’m getting hungry.

Wishing you all a peaceful and blessed Sunday!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thank God It’s Friday!

Another week flew in with its never-ending “to-do” lists. Bill paying was the BIGGIE this week, I got it done though. Now the week is gone already. Well, thank God, it's FRIDAY and I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend.

I intend to partake of a whole lot of quiet time doing a great deal of nothing laced with a touch of self-pampering. Nails need to be re-painted. Last week’s polish was pretty but not my favorite color. So, I’m going to change colors tonight.

What about you, what fun things do you have planned for the weekend? Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Anybody heard any funny jokes lately? I need a good laugh!   

May tomorrow bring happiness beyond belief, joy beyond comparison, and peace to sooth your soul.

Wishing you a blessed and serene weekend!

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