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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Behind. Why am I always behind in my blogs?

Life. I think that sums it up in one word. L I F E
And these days it's been quite interesting. Let me start with my feelings today and then step in to the past a minute or twenty to catch up with the last couple weeks. It's been tough.
I've had quite a wake up call. Fat as I am, I've always stayed on the decent side of healthy until the last few weeks. Now, I am diabetic, I have heart problems and Lord only knows what else. But they're hunting. I've been in the hospital via the ER. I've had echocardiagram, I've had a heart halter on for 48 hours, I've had part one of a lexiscan stress test and will have the second part on Wednesday. I'm seeing a rheumatologist. That appointment was to rule out Sjogren's. The doctor is leaning towards me actually having it and they are going to do a biopsy of a gland in my lower lip next in the diagnosis regime. My knee is so bad now I can't walk on it sometimes. The gel injections have been approved but won't start until the 4th. I've decided to see if I can get approved for weight loss surgery. Our insurance says yes so it's a matter of seeing the doctor and getting all the medical approvals now. Then hopefully I can begin the process. I'm told it won't fix things but hopefully it will slow the progression of what's going on now.
I have heart rhythm problems. The bottom of my heart has started to harden. The top part of my heart is enlarged. And if I heard right, that has something to do with my lungs. I'll know more about that after the next test. It's very, very scary. Low to no caffeine at all...low fat...and of course watch that sugar.
Why? Because remember that they decided I'm not pre-diabetic, I'm diabetic.
So that has really filled my days. appointment appointment appointment appointment
And we're selling our campers. One, the annex, has sold. Done and gone. We have been packing up all the things inside and out at both campers and bringing them home. My basement is now playing the part of basement instead of rec room. I want it back from being a wreck to being a rec by the holidays. Not going to happen. It can't. Health will slow me down.
We did finish up today and ours is now on Craigslist. 1998 Sunnybrook .. blah blah I can't remember. Too much there to remember it all. I'm sure hoping it sells. We need it sold and behind us so we can move forward. Many, many thanks to the kids for helping us get it ready to be on the market. Without their help I don't know what we'd have done.
Cliff had his surgery Friday last week to remove the screws in his heel. The one was stripped and had worked it way on through the foot. They tried to get them from the heel but ended up cutting through the top of his foot to remove it. He's quite sore, but is a trooper.
He went back to work on Monday.
Now let me jiggle a little and see what day comes up next.  Mind you NOthing is in order!  lol
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
Taking it back a bit to the week I was in the hospital. That would be the weekend of the 7th, 8th and 9th.
It was really good to be home. I did have moments of nerves, but I was able to be distracted with things enough to calm me quite a bit. Saturday was the hardest day to stay calm because they had me so worked up. It was questionable whether or not they were going to release me. The second part of the test hadn't been done. They planned it for Monday. Trouble was there was really no justification to keep me the extra day. The insurance companies are extra picky now and it would have been unpaid leaving the whole bill to us! That had my nerves on edge.
On Sunday, we went to the birthday party for Mark and Morgan at Corry and Angel's. I really enjoyed being there with the crowd even though it was hard to stay calm. It wasn't the crowd or the kids that made me nervous and upset, it was the fact I couldn't get my mind off the fact they told me I had heart problems. That really, really had me shook. They did a BBQ and I couldn't have much of the food but I did have some of the cauliflower dish. Love the stuff. Steamed cauliflower with bread crumbs and sour cream on top.
We left the party and headed on to the airport to pick up my sister. Got there, went in and found out her plane was delayed at least an hour. Houston had been socked with a blinding rainstorm and they didn't get off the ground for quite a while.
We stopped at an ice cream place and got sugar free fat free ice cream. Soothed my soul a bit that I could still even have a treat of some kind.
I had no idea what I could eat, but after we got Judy we went to Melt Bar and Grilled. I was sure I could find something on the menu that would be okay but even if I couldn't I had decided not to eat and would eat a salad at home when we got there. Judy thought it was a great idea when we told her some of the story of the place. I was happy I'd found something entertaining for her. She's such a great hostess when you go to her place I wanted to reciprocate.
We walked in and the wait was 1 1/2 hours! No no no. We couldn't do that. It was late, everyone was hungry and we still had to get Kennedy back home. We got back in the car a bit disappointed and headed down the road.
Then...we found entertainment. Two people wearing purple shirts and...racoon tails a-swingin! Yes. I am serious. I don't have a clue why they were dressed that way but it gave us all a good laugh.
We ended up getting on the GPS and seeing what else was nearby.  When I read the list of restaurants, the Winking Lizard caught Judy's ear.  So the Lizard it was.  We definitely weren't sorry.  The building was awesome.  A century place I'm sure.  Beautiful inside.  Even if it did have a real live lizard inside.  Yes.  For real.  The group of kids there for some kind of party got a big kick out of it.
I got the Greek salad...which wasn't.  But it was good.  The only Greek thing in it was the cheese.  I ate half and took the other half home and drank water.
When we were done eating, we got back in the van and headed to take Kennedy home.  She didn't get to visit much but at least she did get to see Judy.
Then on back to Corry's to introduce Judy to little CJ.  After a little visit, we headed on home, talked a while and then headed to bed totally whooped!
Monday the 10th--
Monday was filled with more phone calls.  And at this point I wasn't sure I could ever catch up on all the appointments and tests being required.  And with the insurance run around, I had to grab tight to the little string and hold on for the ride.  [It ended up taking next to forever but I finally got it all authorized and set up.]
Judy and I at leftovers for lunch and played cards on the front deck.  We didn't like the rules that came from the game so, being the soosters that we are, we made up our own rules and had a great deal of fun!  lol  It's how we roll. 
Mid-afternoon, we headed out to Lake Varsity Diner for a meal with some of the kids.  Kris, Darlene, Dusty, Shirley, Missy, Melanie, Rusty, Cait and Emmi met Cliff, Judy and I there.  Food was fabulous as usual.  Judy wasn't disappointed.  We had everything from a Rueben to bacon cheddar burger to portabelisimo to a gyro and beyond. 
On the way home, we stopped to get cake and ice cream to take to the house.  We were celebrating Judy's birthday.  Corry, Angel and CJ joined us at the house.  Leon came too after he got off work. 
We had a fire in the pit, but no one ended up sitting out there.  Instead we talked and talked and laughed and laughed in the house. 
We decided to start the day picking up Emmi instead of having Rusty bring her to us.  Judy was anxious to see what all home improvements Rusty had done so this was the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  Judy's trip was a little short and we tried cramming in all we could.
After we got Emmi, Missy called.  She wanted to go to Hartville for lunch.  Judy said YES almost before I finished my sentence!  lol  Hartville Kitchen has always been on the top of the "do" list when she comes up.  Awesome food. 
I got the chicken breast smothered in onions.  Oh man it's good.  I don't know what they marinate in, but it gives their chicken an awesome flavor.
Rusty and Cait invited us over for dinner.  Good good good.  Steaks, Greek salad and pouch potatoes on the grill.  And the best smoked gouda for an appetizer.
When I got up, I was craving protein so I ate a leftover piece of chicken.  Lunchtime was my leftovers of chicken with the onions, green beans and squash casserole.  Good stuff.  I'll post the recipe next time I make it.  Can't find it right now.
We got Judy to the airport just in time.  Didn't matter though.  Her plane was delayed getting out.  I'm glad I wasn't there waiting for all that time going in both directions.
I saw the rheumatologist and was very impressed with him.  He was very thorough and very caring. 
I made a big salad and enjoyed it.  It's good having lots of fresh stuff to work with. 
broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, romaine, spinach, asiago, green onion, tomato, cranberries, almonds, sweet bell peppers, banana pepper, celery, apple salsa instead of dressing.
For supper, we had meatloaf, cauliflower, mango applesauce.  Good food day. 
I finished the last of the main style of Cleveland Browns scarves.  I've got some fluffier, softer ones to do too and who knows what else I'll get done by the 13th of next month.  I hate to plan because it's almost like setting myself up for failure.
Sunday the 16th
So this was an interesting day to say the least. We started out going out to camp to finish up and close up the annex. We wanted to get pictures taken and get it on Craigslist. Once that was accomplished, the deck we had there was moved to Kris and Darlene's camper, right next to the annex.
The plan was to have chicken and sausages for our meal once the deck was moved. It smelled so good cooking! And then it happened. I'd gone over to see how they were coming. Corry headed over to check the food. Then we heard it.
We didn't react right away. We all were thinking, yes, there might be a few spurts of flame. It's chicken. The fat burns off and the flames shoot up. Someone looked up and saw smoke. We knew it was burning pretty good so we all moved a little faster. FLAMES!!
Yes. It was on fire. And something on the grill was melting onto the tank. Brian got the tank off and away, Kris grabbed the pressure washer we'd been using and put the fire out. The raccoons got a good feast tonight. We were pretty sure the meat was unsafe. We could smell paint and plastic and thought the meat had probably been completely ruined with the fumes. Soooo
I headed out to Ianazone's for chicken and jo jo's while they all finished moving the deck. The meal was good. Their chicken rocks! Beans, mac salad and chips and spinach dip rounded the meal. The spinach dip was okay for me and so were the chips. Low, low sodium and sugar.
My knee has been bad all weekend and the little hills at camp didn't help. By the time we left, I was a wreck. We headed to Mom Sage's to deliver her meds. I couldn't even get out of the car.
Then home we went. Got to our street and found two police cars and a crime scene van at the neighbors. I guess some guy went on a rampage of break ins today and their house was one of his targets. The side door was kicked in and the second floor trashed. What in the world is happening these days???
I spent the evening working on my own scarf for the Browns game we're going to in November. I'm really liking it. A very soft, fluffy, yet warm mix of brown and orange, Once it's done and the others have their fringe I'll have to take some pictures.
Yes I am making scarves again.  If you are interested in a particular color, feel free to let me know. Special orders challenge me.
Monday, 24th
Alrighty then.  That didn't work.  I tried hard to stretch the pain meds I got in August.  Never thought it would get this bad!!  Thankfully, I'll be getting the gel injections beginning Friday the 4th.  Anyhow...  Tried to go pick up a new prescription and the doctor's office was closed.  Waste of gas.  sigh
We then went with Missy to Spaghetti Warehouse for the coupon special.  BOGO lasagna or spaghetti.  I got veggie lasagna with half marinara and half alfredo sauce.  GREAT idea!  The waitress suggested it and I just loved it.  I went easy with the alfredo scraping off a lot of it.  But the flavor!  mmmmmWHA it was good!
Wednesday, 26th
I had the second part of the lexiscan on Wednesday.  Really wasn't bad at all.  The anticipation was much, much worse than the actual testing.  I'll see the doctor for the interpretation on the 2nd.
Thursday, 27th
We did BJ's with Missy and Cait and Rusty then went to eat at Red Robin.  I ate about half of a BBQ chicken wrap. 
I know I can't eat NO salt, but I'm trying to cut way, way down.  NO soft drinks at all.  NO cooking with any salt.  Choosing the best I can when we're out and only eating part of what I get.  It just makes me sick that I've done so bad with this body.  If you're young, TAKE CARE OF YOURS NOW!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'll have a new blog soon, but until I do....

I'd love for y'all to like my new facebook page.

Made by Mama Sage

I have a few scarves listed now including Cleveland Browns and Ohio State scarves.  Please take a look and tell me what you think.  Thanks.

I will have a new blog soon.  I'm working on it and it's getting later and later.  Health issues have been holding me up. 

Hugs to all.
~~Mama Sage

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wishing things were different

But they're not.

So the days aren't perfect.  That's fine.
I'm learning to deal with what is reality.  And reality seems to change each day. 
Yesterday, our reality was that we both had some testing for our hearts.  Cliff had seen a cardiologist to get okayed for his foot surgery later in the month and was scheduled for an echocardiagram.  I was scheduled for one too by our PCP and also for a 48 hour halter.  The appointments pretty much took up any free time we might have had in a day.
After we were done, we traded meals with Corry and Angel.  They had made too many pork steaks, potatoes and cauliflower and I'd overdone it with chili.  It was fun to have an awesome meal that I didn't even have to cook!  Maybe we should do that on purpose sometimes.
Then out to camp to load up some more.  We're selling both campers (shout out if you are in the market and we'll talk about it) and I want to get all the things in them both home.  Of course there isn't a place to put it all so for now, it's in totes and crates and will probably be in boxes and bags too in the basement.  I'll deal with it as I can through the winter.
We took the load home and then took the flatbed to Rusty.  He's doing his siding and was going to load the old on it to take for recycling.  Gotta hand it to him.  When he decides to take on a project, he digs in with both hands and keeps on keepin on till the job is done and done nicely.  It's really looking good!
Finding a way to sleep was real fun.  Sure it was!  I'm already hooked up to the C-pap and then add to that all the wiring of this halter....  I look like a construction project!  And the little tabs are making me break out and itch.  I knew they would.  Last one I had, about 15+ years ago did too.  Most adhesive does.  I ended up feeding the strap on the little bag that holds the machine part through the arms of my nightgown.  Good thing we don't have company!!  The wire pulls the front of the gown up and the pouch through the gown holds the top of it down.  Real cute. 
I slept okay though not real good.  But you just can't stay in bed forever.  So up and at 'em!  My mouth was so, so dry.  I hate that.  It glues shut and it's hard to get it wet and normal.  And yes.  I do have an appointment about that too.  I think I have an appointment for everything!!
I made some of the doctor appointments I needed to and have just a couple left to make.  I was disappointed that the doctor Rusty had for his surgery isn't part of the doctors I'm able to use for bariatric surgery.  I'll have to see another guy.  I know he's done good for a couple friends.  I just really, really wanted Rusty's doctor.
I saw the knee doctor today.  She is going to get the okay from the insurance folks to do the gel injections.  It's a serious of three injections.  Hopefully it will last a while.  We talked about the knee and also a little about the back and hip and decided waiting until after weight loss surgery would be best.  So the gel will hopefully get me through it.
Got the office done today too.  Snacks are there, juices there, bed made.  Still want to find a little lamp for by the bed and sweep.  Then done.  I think the lamp on the piano will work.
Piano.  Sounds like it's gone to taker #2.  #1 had to back out because the landlord said no.  #2 will be calling to come by soon.  She also wants the changing table.
I didn't do cooking today.  Just warming up.  Except for the apple cinnamon bread.  Took three muffin mixes and made them a loaf instead.  Tasted good even if I only ate a little, little bit. 
I'm having a really rough time of it tonight with this knee o' mine.  Oh boy.  When she asked if I felt like the pain was calling for another shot, I told her no, I could make it until the gel injections.  I am rethinking that right about now.  I think I needed it. 
10/7 and 10/8
Let's roll this into one.  Some of you know why.  For others this is brand new news as it was for me when it happened. 
Emmi and I decided we would ride with Cliff on one of his delivery runs that was called to him extra.  It would work out because it would be on our way to go get Kennedy.  We got ready and got into the van.  Oh MAN my knee hurt!  I took medicine because I could hardly even pull my leg into the van.  It was that bad.  Bone on bone is not a fun thing.  I really should have accepted that offer of another cortisone injection while we wait for the gel to be okayed.
I started getting sick about half an hour later.  Thinking it was my sugar, I ate three peanut butter crackers.  That didn't do it.  I dove for the one starlight mint in my purse.  Nada.  No help.  Cliff asked if I thought I needed something else.  I couldn't make up my mind but ended up telling him a cheeseburger.  We went through McDonald's, he got the burger and I was way out of it and couldn't look at it without feeling like I was gonna barf. 
He took me to the ER where he works, the closest place to where we were.
Well my heart was doing all sorts of weird things and I made mention of this little feeling in my chest at my sternum that felt like someone pushed me gently.  That was enough for them and they shipped me off to the hospital via ambulance. 
They admitted me to the floor right away and hooked me up to monitors.  I told them my sugar was probably way off since all I'd had that day was a piece of date nut bran bread and the three crackers and mint.  After a while of getting me settled and wired for sound, they brought me a tray that was a left over.  Welllll it wasn't what I should be eating but I ate some of it.  I gave the cookies to Cliff, ate the scalloped potatoes and veggies and a few bites of the fish.  I was afraid the fish might do me in like often happens.  I didn't get anything else until about 11PM.  Graham crackers and a muffin that was so, so sweet I didn't want it. 
Now naturally, with not eating properly, my sugar was whacked out.  Stayed that way all day today too.  I'll explain why in a few.  My blood pressure wasn't real good either since I was scared spitless!!
They scheduled me for a stress test for this morning.  I got down there, they started doing the first part, the ultrasound, and called the cardiologist.  Nope.  With blah blah blah on the echo I'd done Tuesday and bloah blah blah on the halter I turned in on Thursday, a better choice was a ....  I dunno.  Starts with an "L" and is in nuclear medicine.  I found out it's a two day test and they don't do it on Sundays so again I was stressing to the max.  I had SO much going!  [Looked it up.  Lexiscan is what it's called.]
It took a lot of people to okay it, but after doing the resting part of the test this morning, they decided I could do the second part on Monday as an out patient.  Yay.  I'd be able to go to the airport to pick up my sister AND I'd be able to actually visit AND I'd be able to go to the kids' birthday party tomorrow.  It's Mark and Morgan's birthday and I didn't want to miss it.
My meals today were wonky too.  I don't know what gives with the planning, but I made no choices so it wasn't me.  My breakfast, supposedly low sugar, no added salt, low sodium, diabetic, 1800 calorie was a dried up piece of French toast.  They brought smart balance, which would have been gross on it and no syrup of any kind.  I know they make diabetic syrup.  You'd think if they were going to give you the toast you'd get the syrup.  Nope.  They gave me a fruit cup with juice.  Really??  And turkey sausage.  Oh yea.  I forgot how loooow in sodium sausage is!  right  And orange juice.  Well that meal didn't cut it.  I ate the sausage because I was starved and ate the fruit trying to not get any of the juice.  Didn't do the juice and tried one little bite of the dead French toast and decided it was a no.  So I was still very hungry and had only had carbs pretty much!  NOT GOOD!  Then they gave me metformin and came to take my sugar 15 minutes later.  It was high.  Gee.  Wonder why.
Then came lunch.  It was very good but....  The meatloaf was covered in gravy.  Probably jar mix gravy which is filled with sodium.  The beans were good to me.  Very bland.  Could have added the Mrs. Dash but I chose not to.  I like them bland.  Then there was a roll.  No smart balance this time.  great  And there was a little thing of low fat ice cream.  Super.  But it does have sugar and sodium.  And a nice salad.  Fine except....  The whole meal had 685mg of sodium.  The dressing they send, fat free Italian, had 540mg of sodium.  So we didn't do but a couple drips of the dressing.  How do they figure that to be on the diet?  I don't have a clue.
The lady came up to plan my supper.  I was avoiding the carbs and asking for substitutions.  She looked at me and said, "You only have 3 carbs."  I wonder what her point was and told her I realized that but I'd like to go heavy on the vegs and not do all those carbs for choices.  She gave me a look and started writing.  Okie dokie. 
I didn't stay long enough to find out why my supper meal ended up being.  That's fine.  Didn't need to. 
I got home and we took the prescriptions to the pharmacy.  Super.  Can't get them until tomorrow morning.  I can handle the one but the nitro tablets better not be needed.  I think it was way better when the hospital actually sent you home with your first dose of things.  Doesn't happen anymore. 
I was pleased that I had a meal in the frig that was good for us.  I'd taken some very lean steak and crocked it with onion, mushrooms, garlic, carrots and thyme in red wine.  It was wonderful.  No salt.  Only carbs in the carrots.  No fat at all. 
We had contact with all the kids today.  It was great seeing pictures of the house Adam's girlfriend is building.  Even a little video.  Really enjoyed that.  Kris and Darlene stayed out at camp working hard to clean and pack up the campers.  That is an awesome help.  Time is growing short.  Corry and Angel brought us over another meal.  We'll probably eat it at noontime tomorrow.  Or I might have a little before heading up to bed.  We'll see.  Missy and Melanie came by to visit and Kennedy went back with her to do her homework (she'd stayed the night with her and left things at her house) after Kennedy went up and cleaned her room.  Rusty and Cait and Emmi came over to visit too. 
I love my family.  Ya, there are times when people piss and moan and argue.  We're pretty normal in that respect.  But I can count on everyone to really BE family when we need it to happen.  With everything going on this weekend and week, with my sister coming in tomorrow, the kids' birthdays tomorrow, all my doctor's appointments coming up and all Cliff's, all the unexpected excitement, my family stands strong and stands as one.  Thank you kids.  You are loved.
And so now you're caught up on life down Sage Lane.  The next weeks, maybe months or more, will be filled with doctor appointments.  This week alone, I have the test Monday, see a cardiologist Tuesday, have to go in for my new c-pap on Thursday and to the rheumatologist on Friday I think it is.  Next week looks busy too.  Couple that with Cliff's appointments and we will be spending a good part of our time with medical personel.  His surgery is the 21st to get the screws removed and it's none too soon.  He's really feeling them now.  I hope he gets some good relief once they're out.
Off I go now.  I've decided this will once again become my journal to keep track of all that's going on.  Mostly because I want to document all the things between now and me being skinny again.  Partly to remind myself that bad isn't all bad and good should be savored.
Hugs, all. 
~~Mama Sage
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning
But anyone can start today and make a new ending.
~~Maria Robinson

Monday, October 3, 2011

It's me again

I've got some catching up to do.  I will have to tell you that the knee injection has officially worn off and I've had to really take it so much easier the last week or two.  Back to YOUCH often.  I do see the doctor for that on Wednesday so we'll see what's next.  I hate having to take the pain meds.  They make me so sleepy.  Can't take them when I have Emmi so I suffer through and try just taking excederin.  Helps some but generally not enough.
I've got some notes from a few of the days since my last blog.  Don't know if that will help me get going on this or not, but I am hoping.  And I am hoping that I can get some things done around here while I do this.  I'm watching Dancing With the Stars, blogging and cleaning all at once.  We shall see what happens I guess.
Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. 
~~Earl Nightingale
Well I found out poached eggs and slim bagels doesn't do me good on the sugar.  Strange.  I take metformin with that meal too.  My sugar was wacked out both times I tried it.  Funny to me that eating blueberry shredded wheat and skim milk was better.  And it doesn't matter if I have light juice or regular juice, the result is the same. 
I'm doing a little experimenting with when to take it and when to do meals.  For the time being, I've decided that sometime 10 or 11ish is good for breakfast, about 4PM for lunch and then supper anywhere between 8 and 10.  I take the metformin always with the breakfast and supper meals.  I'm taking my sugar 2 hours after a meal, varying which meal for now. 
Took me a while to learn to use this silly little machine.  I get all thumbs and that's not good when it takes fingers to do the test!  lol  I've learned that your index finger is not a smart one to use.  And I've learned that you have to hold the thing close or you have to do the jabbing more than once.
Emmi has become Mimi's little helper.  She likes that little broom we got from the broom maker on our vacation.  Just her size.  I only thought it would be decoration but hey.  If someone wants to help with the chores?  I'll let 'em!  lol
Cliff got the gate made for the deck.  We'd been using two sections of the yard gates we have.  It worked but didn't look real good.  This one will match the lattice under the deck once it's on.  I'm hoping that gets put on fairly soon too.  I hear critters under there.  I'm afraid some animal is going to nest under there and have babies!  Nooooo!  Go into the woods ye creatures!  Join whomever it is that put a mattress and five gallon water jug out there! 
Yes.  I'm serious.  Someone has put a mattress there and I'm afraid they might be living there!  I don't like that one bit but don't know who to call.  I don't see a person, so how do I report a vagrant when there's no person?  Probably there late at night or something.  Just hoping whoever it is doesn't get the idea to move into one of the empty houses!!
I've been working hard on the Browns scarves.  I think I've got 15 made now.  I've got at least three more of the ones like this and then some other projects to get done.  We want to have a load of them to sell at the Browns vs Rams game in November.  Should be a cold sit and folks should want them.  I always give a big portion of the proceeds to the Browns backers group that Rusty, Kris and Cliff belong to for their charities.
I've got three totes full of other ones I've done that need to be put somewhere and sold.  It's going to take me some time to get it listed, but it's a must.  I can't be making them just for fun.  lol  Well it IS fun, but still. 
You're right.  When I started doing these, I hated knitting.  It's still not my most enjoyed craft, but I have learned to at least like it.  I'd prefer to cross stitch or scrapbook.  One day I'll get back to those too!  I will!  Yes I will!  (I have to keep telling myself that.  But if you need any cross stitch patterns, look me up.  I might just have it.)
I've finally sorted through all the baby clothes I had here.  Still have to go through the tote we had out at camp.  I took out all the things that are 12 months or smaller.  Most that were a little bigger and might fit Emmi were summer so nope.  It's not summer any more.  Short sleeves maybe but nothing sleeveless.
I found enough clothes that are bigger sizes that she should be outfitted here for winter.  I don't keep a full wardrobe of course, but all the years I've watched any kids I kept extra clothes around.  Kids don't always stay real clean.  :-)  I don't have a warm winter coat or socks and shoes, but she shouldn't need those from my end.
Did I tell you I made a million tuna egg foo yong patties?  Well not quite a million, but a LOT!  I had a #10 cam of bean sprouts downstairs and thought why not?  It's such an easy thing to do.
Tuna Egg Foo Yong
    #10 can of sprouts, drained
    large onion, chopped
    2 cans of tuna, drained
    1 doz. eggs
    flour to keep it from being real runny.  Don't overdo it.
Then I got out my griddle and slopped on some olive oil and fried them up 8 at a time.  I froze two bags, we ate some, and some went into the frig for lunches for the week. 
Our first load of things from camp got put away.  But now there is a second downstairs.  I'm afraid to look!  And there will be more.  We're going to get rid of both campers if we can sell them so we're completely emptying them if we can get it done by the end of the month.  Hoping...  A sign will go in the windows this weekend.  It's sad, but honestly I think we'll enjoy the vacation deal more.  It's a little hard on us to keep up with things now.  The ol' body she ain't what she used to be.
So who's interested?  Need a nice camper on a terrific lot in a great campgrounds?  Have one.  Need a cheap ol' camper for maybe a hunting camper?  Got one of those too.  Let me know if you know anyone interested. 
Cliff is also considering selling his motorcycle come spring.  And we have a project Harley golf cart in pieces we'd get rid of cheap.  Oh yes.  And a pop up camper that needs to be titled I think.  And I still have the piano, the organ and a changing table.  What else are you looking for?  We just might have it!!  lol
Well tomorrow should be interesting.  Cliff and I are both having an echocardiagram done and I'm getting a heart halter for 48 hours.  Just two in a dozen doctor visits we've got coming up.  I guess I'm glad this gal we're seeing is staying on top of things, but MAN I didn't know I was falling apart THIS bad!  I'll keep you all posted.
And I'm going to put this in print so I will do it.  I'm going to call and talk to the gal in finance for the gastric bypass doctor Rusty saw to make sure that they do take our new insurance.  IF they do, then I'll be scheduling to see the doctor and begin the process.  This whole diabetes thing is what finally tipped the scale for me.  I want to live.  Simple and straight.  I want to live.
So Mama Sage is out of here for now.  I'm going to sit and knit a bit while I wait for the ;pineapple date nut bran bread to be done.  I'm making two of all the things I'm doing to have things in the freezer for "those" days I know will come.  Night all.....