Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We went to a restaurant which I won't mention, but those of you who know where I live know it is just down the main drag from McDonald's and has a teepee in front of it. It was raining icy rain and due to the blood thinners I'm on, I was chilled to the bone. Plus my appetite isn't so keen. So when we ordered our food, I decided shrimp would go down easy, although it was a bit of an extravagance, I can only eat like a half dinner at a time so I figured it would be worth it.
Well, the cole slaw came and it was like mayonnaise-saturated mush. Any plant fiber was long gone from the dish, so I kinda shoved it aside and hoped the entree would be better. The shrimp came, and I noticed it was dark brown and the first bite was like way too crunchy. Overdone, tasteless, and overpriced. I tried peeling off the crust but it was still tasteless and not moist at all. So, I told the waitress. They hammered away at me, insisting over and over they would bring me a replacement shrimp dinner. By that time, I just wanted to leave. You know, I wasn't really enjoying myself that much anyway. The fries were not bad, and I filled up on a handful or so.
But I let them try to make it right. So about 15 minutes later, the dish comes back out. And to my absolute astonishment, the shrimp looked EXACTLY the same...and it tasted the same and CRUNCHED the same, too! I looked at Fritz and he looked at me, and we were like "DUH!"
As I said, almost anything that happened that day was much more newsworthy than a bad meal. I just wanted to say, "What the HE>>!? Is this some kind of joke? Am I on Punk'd or Candid Camera, or Boiling Points?" Anyway, I know we have all had these unfortunate experiences. Feel free to tell me yours.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Okay, I did drop Mike on his head when he was a baby. The deal was, I wanted to rock him in a little rocking chair we had, but I wanted the chair to be over by the stove. So I tried to carry Mike while dragging the rocking chair along. I was about 5 or 6 and small for my age. About halfway across the room, I knew I was going to have to drop either Mike or the rocking chair. I distinctively remember pondering which one to drop. Well, I don't remember what series of mental computations resulted in my deciding to drop Mike. But I did.
He cried, of course, and I got in trouble. As you can see from his kindergarten picture, there was permanent damage. Notice the definite jacking of the jaw to the left, and the prominent flap of the ears. Also the shadowy dent in the upper forehead, and the look of a dazed animal in the eyes. Above his head, there is a yellowy-brown stain looking cloud thing that followed him around for years, undoubtedly a result of the depression and persecution complex that is still evident to this day. Also, the buttoned up shirt and suspenders attest to his paranoia about his clothes falling off. He never let me forget it. So here is my official apology: Sorry, Mike! Really! I don't know what I was thinking. Now get over it, okay?
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
However, sadly, Linda passed away today, her heart failed. Her family, especially Jamie and her dad, could use your good vibes right now. I knew Linda in high school, she was really, really cool and all my friends liked her and looked up to her. The guys were crazy about her, because she was fun to be around, a real great personality. She was in a motorcycle accident when she was still a teen, the guy died, and she was left with some serious injuries. Later in life she had other health problems that were serious. But she loved animals and was always so kind to them, taking in all orphans. Even a duck of ours which we raised from a baby but then couldn't take care of, and a raccoon. She had a very loving heart and it it sad that poor health robbed her of some of the good life she should have had. We are sorry she is gone.
Paige came over today with a monitor to check for heart problems, she just acted like a normal 8 year-old that gets to take a half day off school and spend it with her grandma. I loved spending that time with her and will continue to pray for her health, although right now it she does appear to be doing just fine. The monitor is only a precaution.
I am getting behind on posting my pictures and videos so keep checking, maybe this weekend I can get a few on. Also, I am reading Fiersom's Brood, I would like to read it from cover to cover in one day, but as it is, I think it might take me 3 days.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sara Sarazen (17) had a tonsillectomy today and has post-op complications including low blood pressure and difficulty breathing 8 hours after surgery. Pray for healing and clearing up her lungs. Also strength and faith for the family to see them through a stressful time.
Paige has been experiencing heartburn and chest discomfort and is undergoing testing for tachycardia on Friday. Pray for her health and strength.
Linda (Murdock) Kemmerling had a heart attack and needs treatment for a mental disability as well. The family has been unable to deal with her mental illness because such patients are allowed to not take their medicine. Pray for healing.
I want you to know that I often pray for all of you, as I know my mother used to pray for me and others in our family. I am aware of things that each one of you is in need of prayer about, and just because you aren't mentioned today doesn't mean you aren't being prayed for. Thank you too for the prayers I know you say for us. Prayer works.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The piggy above is made out of pills. That is why it is unhappy. Pills are expensive, have side effects, and have to be taken every day. The piggy above is made out of MY pills, that is one morning's worth. Okay, some of them are OTC, but still, there's Lisonipril, Metoprolol, Actos, Metformin, Glyburide, Hydrochlorothyazide, and .81 aspirin. There is also a Tums, fish oil capsule, and glucosamine chondroiton. Here is my advice: quit smoking, lose weight, exercise, and find a good gene pool to mate with so your offspring don't have to have an unhappy piggy in their life.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
There has been a lot of hissing and growling and booty-whappin', and yet, there are beginning to be some very calm and pleasant moments, too. Abby and Smoochie actually play together now, even though they still have their cat-it-tude moods where they diss each other. Today they touched noses, got very close to each other, and chased each other playfully. We are happy!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Damon and Robin came, also Jamie. The fire was hot, the marshmallows were burnt, and the mosquitoes only got a bite or two that beautiful summer night. Ray strummed guitar and sometimes we sang, sometimes we just listened. It was a perfect way to spend an August evening.
I can't remember if I have blogged this video before, but it's one of my summer favorites. One hot day, when I was in Grand Haven, Chris offered to let the girls come and swim in the pool at the Spring Lake Holiday Inn. The girls had a blast, and invented this "synchronized dive."
You can barely see them, but you may be able to hear them. Turn up the volume! When the scouts visiting the Silversides saw the ginormous American Integrity come through the channel, they hollered very loudly....
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
This was a great moment on the fourth. Jamie's copy of Beacon's of Tomorrow was the first bought by a family member. I know own my own copy, which is also signed. I am not sure what happened to the sound, hopefully it is a server glitch and will correct itself!