Good Morning Everybody! Winter Wonderland status here in Ottawa this morning but freezing rain on its way this afternoon. Did you send that to us Lori? :) Had a decent sleep all things considering! and looking forward to the day ahead. Have a bunch of shovelling to do after breakfast. Think I may make Bacon Gouda Patties for my dinner this evening. Heard from Jim and he is in Cambridge safe and sound. They don't have a room for him for a couple hours yet though so he's going to grab something to eat and then if it still isn't ready he may just go into the office and suck it up. He only got about an hours sleep between the meal service, duty free and the drink/muffin service! Talked on-line to Benj a bit last night. He's looking around at different Temples he could go visit. They look stunning! Think I'll make a big pot of chicken broth today too. That always makes the house smell good. Have a great day everyone!
Glad Jim is down safe and sound. I know you miss him already. Solo in the house must feel a bit wierd. Just read Tina's note from last night. I can't quite imagine how much pain poor Fred must be in. I keep trying to imagine what I would do if it were Brian in the same predicament. You want so much to make it better and keep being thwarted. Hugs Tina. I hope the doctor at least was able to find some sort of remedy for his pain.
Remember the old movies that showed a dental patient with the full head wrap surrounding the face. Fred came home in full head array with ice packs to cut down the swelling. He is so pale. He had his milkshake. He was ANGRY. Flat out furious. His words. "They failed". Tried four times to get the breathing tube in him and could not do so, he even grabbed the anestheologist's hand and fought with him in the OR. They had a nurse try to restrain him. I told them in the preop history,"You will not be able to intubate him. He has too much scar tissue." three times, to the nurse, to the doctor, to the anesthesiologist.. So they shot him full of local novacaine and did what they could with the bone. It is by no means a fix of the problem. I want my $44.00 dollars back.....not really.
Thank you dear friends for your support.
Poor Jim, he must be so exhausted. I hope he has a good evening to catch up on rest. I love the smell of stock simmering away.
Laura, how did Dad do with the heart monitor? You have your hands full with elder care and that is one obstacle after another.
I'm reprising yesterday's uneaten meal for tonight. Fred can slurp his spinach and mashed potato. I'll mince the chicken for him. Feels like I'm making Tyler's meals all over again...Ty's swallow delay = Fred's jaw pain.
Need to get ready for work....11:00 to 4:30 here I come. UGH.
Morning Laura. Morning Tina. I can't even imagine how frustrated poor Fred is and trying to deal with that while in pain is just a whole new level. You have a nice dinner for this evening. Not too long of a shift so I shall wish you that it goes by in a blink of an eye with nary a problem. Hugs.
Janet, Take it easy out there shoveling and I hope you have some sand and salt to put down after so you don't slip again. Den was out shoveling at 5 AM this morning and he sent me an e-mail to say he didn't clean my car off b/c of the freezing rain and it would be easier to clean off after that. I was pleased to hear Jim got there O.K. but had hoped he was able to get more sleep than just an hour. Nice you heard from Ben also. Those Bacon Gouda burgers sure look yummy to me and I noticed many people have made them. A big pot of chicken broth really does make the house smell awesome.
Hi Laura, What are you up to today?
Tina, Poor Fred God love him! I hope they gave him some super duper very very strong pain killers! Shaking my head why they didn't listen to you and even more so over the 44.00 dollars!!! GEEZ!!! I hope your shift goes by smoothly and swiftly.
Thanks Marie, the Chicken Tortilla Casserole looks just great it would be a good meal for me when Den has his burger and fries.
Not quite sure what we are having for dinner yet but I am leaning towards pork chops and something but no rush to think of it at the moment. It may just be something that falls on my head out of the freezer though.
Good morning Joce. Today is "Guy" day. Terminix guy coming around for the regular inspection. That was good because this weekend we found a suspicious line of tiny ant-like creatures crawling into the attic from outside over the garage door. Ants good (when dead) - termites bad. Happy to have an inspection. Then later the AC guy is showing up for the semi-annual inspection on the system. Hoping for the cute, well-mannered youngun' or a well aged with humor sort of guys. We'll see.
Got some great big Turkey Wings all washed up. Going to rub them down with Kbds All Purpose Rub for dinner. I think some long grain and wild rice for the side with nice broccoli for the veggie.
Laura, So it is inspection day for you! I have never seen a termite b/c we don't have them here. I think they go as far as southern Ontario though? I understand they can do quite a lot of damage to buildings just gnawing away at them. I have never had turkey wings other than them being on a single turkey. We just never see just turkey wings here for sale either!
Well that wasn't too bad at all. Just took me an hour and I got everything shovelled out. You know what I like about shovelling? It's like you are beating back the forces of Mother Nature. Carving out your homestead. :) And no, unfortunately Joce, the one thing I ran out of last week and forgot to grab more of is sand or salt. And it is slippery now never mind when the freezing rain comes. The Ottawa Airport just announced Travel alerts for both the Ottawa and Montreal airports. Hope the inspection just finds those little creatures were just 'passing' through on travels Laura. Didn't you have some termite issues last year or was that at your Dad's place? I would kill for some of those rubbed turkey wings and some of the bean dip from your Facebook page!
Yeah we have had some minor termite attacks here. Happily our service plan covers all that. I think last year was the arm twisting necessary to get them to replace the baseboards that were damaged by an invasion that had occurred a year or so earlier and simply not seen. They did get it done.
I meant to report in about my use of the frozen collard greens. Dahlia had reported that hers were not so good coming out of the freezer. I agree they aren't a wonderful candidate for freezing. I decided to use them in a "cauldo". I had chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken I got at the deli, a cup of the Easy Collard Greens , 2 carrots, 1 boniato and 8 cups of my turkey stock. That came out really well. The collards are okay but I think they would do better to be an ingredient after freezing. The flavor coming from the greens was all I used for seasoning, well maybe I added a bit of salt.
OH TINA!! Poor Fred, bless his heart. I am so sorry they weren't able to do the repair. Laser surgery should be much easier on him when the time comes. I hope that takes care of everything. Soooo frustrating when the doctors won't listen. I thought I was going to come to blows with a couple of nurses during more than one of my ex's many hopsital stays. There was more than one who would not listen OR communicate my concerns to the doctor correctly...right in front of me, AS I was saying it. Oy Vey! $44 indeed. Good grief. Hugs and prayers for all of you, girlfriend. I know you hated to leave him today, but, a short shift is better than a long one. :) Hope it's going smoothly for you.
Janet, glad Jim made it safe and sound. Hope he gets to sneak a nap in somewhere!! I can't wait to see pix of the Temple(s) Benj gets to visit. How awesome is that? UGH on snow shovelling...you are a better woman than I am. :) Dinner sounds excellent, I have to try those burgers. Sorry you are getting that freezing rain! We are back in the 60s and supposed to have severe thunderstorms with damaging winds tomorrow! Geeez Louise!
LOL Joce...with me it would be whatever falls on my foot from the freezer. I am seriously missing that extra freezer space I have been using for years! lol I'm gonna have to break down and have chicken soon...this one package of breasts falls out all the time. : /
Laura, hope you get some cute guy eye-candy and one that's good for a few laughs. :) More so, I hope the termites have not done any damage!! They are some nasty little buggers! lol I don't remember seeing turkey wings at the grocery store...but...I haven't looked either.
Oh, yeah...dinner. Well, Sunday I used my "go to" marinade for pork on a couple of tenderloins and roasted them in the oven. (EVOO, stir fry sauce, Worcestershire, lemon, liquid smoke, onion powder, poultry seasoning, dry mustard, salt, garlic pepper). And tonight I will turn lefovers into one of these sandwiches. Maybe the french dips cause there is all kinds of good "au jus" that I hate to waste.
Yes, it was the baseboard work I remember being done Laura. Homemade soup is always yummy. Hope you made out well with your appointments today. Yummo's on the sandwiches Lori. Both recipes sound good. I'm probably leaning with the first one though because it has pickles. :) Heard from Jim. He's just heading out to find a local Pub to get his lunch/dinner at. I imagine he'll hit the hay pretty early tonight so the time change may actually work in his favour. Cambridge is five hours ahead of Ottawa so it's already past 8 p.m. there. He said someone from the office gave him a ride back to the Hotel and a little tour of the area. His hotel is very close to Cambridge University and he says its beautiful. I'm jealous. :) No freezing rain here yet. How about at your house Joce?
Home from work and Fred has decided to organize the pantry. He put everything I use frequently on the top shelf....I'll never reach it again. He must be feeling a bit better. Leaving in a few to get his next batch of medications.
I offered him the chicken and he said "NO". Just the slurpy stuff. Poor guy.
Work went well, but I happened to have on a dress that is just too short for me and I was tugging and pulling it all doggone day. Felt like I was exposing my less than Beyonce like backside.
Jealous of Jim's big adventure in Cambridge. I loved my visit to Great Britain...it was a remarkable time. I had a blast.
Lori, I heart you. Exactly, I tell them he can not take a tube...and she says "Are you a nurse?" NO, but I play one at home, you dumbbell. LOL on the chicken falling out, me too. Love those sandwiches.
Janet, you are the better woman, shoveling snow!! Joce, what ended up falling out of the deep freeze? Laura..were they eye candy or good old joes? LOL Termites or carpenter ants are just awful. Sorry to hear that frozen collards are not up to snuff...I have a big batch frozen too.
Well, got to run and get this drugs before he gets to cranky.
LOL @ Fred helping out with the pantry Tina! :) The guy I used to work with at the Hardware store was over six feet tall so we were always having chats about that kind of thing too. :) Jim had a beer and a plate of Fish n' Chips at http://gkpubs.co.uk/pubs-in-cambridge/baron-of-beef-pub/ I too love England. It's just so English. :) Sens Game on tonight. Whoop-whoop!
My "Guys" were ugly but friendly and competent. That actually is better than pretty and useless. Turkey was a big hit and Mr. SuchAFuss made SUCH A FUSS about Peetabears Pumpkin Rum Quick Bread# as did his daddy.
LOL on the ugly competent guys Laura. Too funny. Your dinner sounded wonderful. I've heard you say a few times about Plant City. Just watched an episode of Food Network "Pitchin In" and Chef Lynn was just there at the farm working and then making them a huge strawberry feast. Turns out that Plant City gets their strawberry plants from Ontario, Canada and then they grow them there. How fun is that? Also watched another episode of the same show this morning and she was in Tennessee at McCallister's Sweet Potato Farm. Really enjoy that show. GO SENS GO! :)