Monday, April 24, 2017

What's in Ohio?

Yesterday I was telling you about the trip my sisters and I made to Ohio.  While we had a lot of fun doing things there, the reason we went was to visit our friend Cheryl.  Cheryl blogs at the Winds of Life, and we have known her for some time.  My sister Cheri and I were able to visit Cheryl and her husband Alan when they lived in Pennsylvania, and this time my other sister Terri was able to come along.   Cheryl is such a sweetie, and it was so good to spend time with her.

We were planning to get lunch on Saturday and then go to their house, but Cheryl invited us for lunch.  We told her not to fuss, but look at this wonderful lunch she had prepared - with lots of help from her husband Alan! 

(I got this photo from Cheryl's blog)
She had croissants, chicken salad, veggies and dip, tortillas and cheese dip, a yummy jello salad and homemade potato soup.  We were so full!  I told Cheryl that this was a much nicer lunch than I ever usually have!


Here is Alan, being so good and washing up the dishes so we could visit.

After lunch, Cheryl took us to the park near their home.  We had been looking for a bridge we saw on the internet, and she was sure she knew where it was.


 Isn't this a great bridge?



 Cheryl said that Alan used to camp here as a boy scout when he was young.



We got a passerby to take a picture of the 4 of us on the bridge.  Me, Cheryl, Cheri and Terri.


This park also has a peacock aviary.

 They have such brilliant colors!



This one even put on a show for us!




There is also an old log cabin at the park.


After we left the park, we drove around and Cheryl gave us a nice tour.  We told her she could become a tour guide!  Then we went back to their house and talked and talked!
We ordered supper out, Alan and their son Chad picked it up and we ate at their house.
We had such a good time, with lots of good conversation and laughs!



I made Alan and Cheryl pose for a photo before we left.  It was a wonderful time together.
Thank you Alan and Cheryl for being such great hosts!  You are always welcome in Michigan!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A getaway with the sisters

My 2 sisters and I returned from a few days away this afternoon.  We love doing things together, but with our busy schedules, we don't get to spend as much time together as we like. 
Earlier this year we scheduled this getaway and have been really looking forward to it!
We left on Friday morning from Michigan, destination - Ohio!  We made it to Ohio in the middle of the afternoon and decided to stop at a mall and wander around for a few hours.

 This was a really nice shopping area.  One of the stores was this bookstore.  Can you see all the names of famous authors that are written all around the top of the building?


There were a lot of neat looking buildings here.  We didn't eat here, but thought this building looked like it belonged in England!


Here's where we did eat - The Cheesecake Factory.  I've never eaten in one of these before, and I enjoyed it. We got a piece of cheesecake to take back to the hotel that night.
After eating supper, we headed for our hotel.  It was supposed to be an hour away, but we ran into construction and lots of traffic.  At one point we were driving and suddenly the road was barricaded - no warning and no instructions on detours.  We managed to get around it, and did make it to the hotel.
We drove around the town for a little while and found a nice park.

This cute little family was wandering around the park too!


The next morning, we went into town to do a little shopping.

One place we stopped at was The Kitchen-aid Experience.  They had every Kitchen-aid appliance and accessory you could want.  They also had a little museum which included this gold plated mixer.


We walked around town too.

The courthouse is beautiful!


Here are Terri and Cheri posing for me.  We were wearing our winter coats as it was kind of a dark day, windy and cold!





This town is pretty, with lots of nice old homes.



There was a statue commemorating Annie Oakley who was born nearby.

Although all this was fun, it's not the reason we came to Ohio.  I'll tell you about that tomorrow!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cooking Thursday

Last week I brought a meal to a family in our church who had a new baby.  I usually try to include cookies or bars along with a meal.  This time I included bars that everyone seems to love.  I think this may be a recipe that I have shared more than any other!  When my kids were younger and had to bring a snack, people would often ask if they would take this.  It's another oldie, that I remember my mom making when I was young.  They are chewy peanut butter bars with a chocolate topping and are so good!

Chocolate Scotcheroos

1 cup white sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Place sugar and corn syrup in a pan, stir to mix and place on stovetop.  Heat, stirring frequently until mixture barely begins to boil.  Stir in peanut butter, then stir in Rice Krispies.
Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and press into place.
Melt together chocolate and butterscotch chips.  Stir and pour over mixture in pan.
Place in refrigerator long even to cool and set chocolate topping.  Cut and served

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring floods

Our area has been under flood warnings this past week.  The Grand River which is a little over a mile from us has really overflowed its banks.  This isn't unusual in the Spring, with the snow melting and Spring rain falling.  Apparently this is widespread this year - all the Great Lakes gained a lot of water; 5.1 trillion gallons of water in the first 12 days of April due to snowmelt and a lot of rain!
Our home is higher than the river so we are quite safe and have never had to deal with flooding, but some that live closer deal with water in their houses every Spring.
Bob and I went down to the river this weekend to check it out.  Here's a few pictures of what we found.

It's hard to tell without comparison, but the water is much closer to the bottom of the bridge than usual.






Walkways have been covered by water.



The woods are now filed with water.




 This is the top of a picnic table!



 The sign is pointing out a walking trail.  No walking right now!




The road has been closed.




Another road that can't even be seen.



The river bank is covered.  All these trees are usually on a grassy bank.
Its hard to even imagine how much more water has to fall to cause this much flooding.  It's interesting to walk around and see it in person.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

MOPS

I've shared before with you the fun we have in our MOPS group.  MOPS stands for mothers of pre-schoolers.  I'm a mentor mom and have a table of these young moms to love and support.
We met last week and had a great time talking about Easter, and how to share the story with toddlers.  We also had a mentor mom panel.  This is something we do once a year.  The young moms turn in questions the month before, and the mentor moms sit in front of the group and answer as best as we can. They come up with some really good questions!

One of our young moms is gifted in decorating on a dime.  She decorates the tables and our room for each meeting.

This is what she had at our welcome table.



 She did this for the center of each table.  She also made these delicious mints for each table and said they were so easy.  If you want to try them, here is the recipe.



Another thing she made is this resurrection garden - it can be made any size and reminds the kids that the grave is empty!


Our craft this time was making miniature succulent gardens.  We painted mini terra cotta pots how we wanted, added some jute twine and planted our choice of succulents.



This is my little pot.  It says "Luv grows".  The question is - will the cactus?  I am notorious for my brown thumb.  I can't keep a plant alive in the house!
We had a nice time as usual.  The mom's get to spend time with other moms, we have a lesson and a craft and enjoy ourselves!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Friday Funny

(A little grammar appreciation!)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cooking Thursday

Who says turkey and stuffing can only be served in November?  Not me!  I made a turkey breast the other day and made stuffing, potatoes, gravy and the typical fixings to go with it.  It was good, but then I had turkey left over and I was lookin for a recipe to use the leftovers on.  I found one we really liked. It's perfect to try the next time you have turkey or chicken left over!


One Pan Turkey Dinner

2-3 cups cooked, cubed turkey
1 can green beans, drained
1 can cream of celery soup
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1 box Stovetop stuffing, prepared

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place chicken in bottom of 7-11 pan. Spread beans over top of chicken.
Mix soup, broth and sour cream together.  Spread over the beans.
Spread prepared stuffing over soup mix.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until hot and bubbly.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fun with the girlies!

We had Alaina and Ruby overnight on Saturday. 

Here's our Ruby in the car  She loves to wear sunglasses, and lately has decided that they should be worn upside down.



I saw a cute project that I thought would be fun for us to do to celebrate the beginning of Spring.

We started by sorting M & M's into different colors.  Ruby had a hard time with this.  She could sort them all right, but it was so hard to put them on the plate and not into her mouth.


Next we put square pretzels on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Here Alaina is putting one white chocolate candy melt on each one.  Then we popped them in the oven for about 4 minutes, just enough to soften the white chocolate.



Then we put the M & M's on each square, to make a Spring flower.  As you can see, it took a lot of concentration!



Here are some of our cute flowers.



Alaina was very creative - she made several different versions!



Then it was time to taste them!  Ruby ate them quickly...



And Alaina savored hers.



They slept well and were up early the next morning. Here they are, dressed cute for church.
After church and lunch, we brought them back home. 
We always have fun together!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What a week!

I told you last week that I was going to have a busy week and might not be around much.  Quite a few nurses at our place were going to be gone on Spring Break, and those of us that were left were planning on working a lot.  However, it was worse than we planned on.  We had hired a new 3-11 nurse who was supposed to be done with her orientation on Monday and then starting her week.  She quit saying it was too hard, which was quite surprising because all through orientation she had been saying she felt good about it.  Then, another nurse's dad had health issues and she had to stay with him and then our 11-7 nurse had to go to the ER and had 2 nights off.  That left a very skeleton crew and more hours to work than I've ever done in a week.
I had some bright spots during that time though.

My sister Cheri stopped by one day with my favorite chocolates, to be shared with anyone who was working a lot.  :)   We did enjoy them!



Another day Laura stopped with Ruby and Alaina.
Alaina had drawn me a picture and made this pretty butterfly.



Laura brought this pretty succulent garden which looks so pretty on my end table.


One morning this week, I was so tired.  I had worked 17 hours the day before, then had to get up and was planning on another double shift.  I got up and thought, "I don't know how I am going to get through this day".  I got to work and one of our residents was already sitting up in his wheelchair.  He has serious Alzheimers, but his life long faith shows so frequently!  He often prays out loud and also sings old hymns.  On this morning, as I was preparing my med cart, he was praying out loud and was thanking God for potatoes.  He was saying that he was so glad God had given us potatoes and listing some of the ways they can be prepared.  He then started to sing an old hymn I haven't heard for some time:
"Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.


God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you."

Wow!  This was just what I needed to be reminded of.  God did take care of me.  Someone came in early so I only had to work for 12 hours, and later in the week, someone else agreed to work on Sunday so that I could go to church and we even got to have the girls overnight on Saturday night, which is always good medicine!  Also, in spite of the fact that so many people around me have been sick, I've remained healthy.
This week should be better - the vacationers will be back and our sick people are doing better.  Thanks for the notes I gotten from some of you, and also the prayers.  Please keep praying that God sends some nurses our way.