Tuesday, February 2, 2016

News from home











The news is all rather boring, actually, but no news is good news, they say, and I agree.

Well, some news. I injured my rib/sternum area a few days ago and I'm not even sure how I did it. I was thinking it happened when I was scrubbing the shower, maybe, or while vacuuming. I spent Saturday and Sunday mostly lazing, trying to rest while I had the Bear around to help with things. It's getting better but it's definitely still there. It's that kind of pain where it hurts to sneeze or yawn, where every laugh turns into a yelp.

Resting helped, but by yesterday, I needed to get up and do something. I made my slow-cooker minestrone, as well as rice pudding (recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook and also here), and did some very light straightening up. It's amazing what happens when you let it go for a couple of days. It was looking like a rummage sale. I will say that it's getting easier to be sick or out of commission, now that my children are a little older. They can do more for themselves and I don't feel as much pressure to entertain them or guide them through every activity. It felt good to do some gentle housework and I love having the slow-cooker simmering away.

The weather has been pretty terrible so far this week - two days in a row of dark skies, intermittent snow showers and brisk winds, real winter stuff. We've had a chilly winter here, largely because of El Nino. In some years, February feels like true spring, and this one may pan out that way eventually too, but it looks like it will be cold and grayish for at least a week. I'll be interested to see what my plum trees do this year; I've seen flowers as soon as late February, and as late as mid-March. My bulbs are never up until the end of March, no matter what.

If you want sturdy, long-lasting flowers for your house, buy some alstroemeria. Man, those flowers last forever! I bought a cheap mixed bouquet (including daisies, carnations, mums and the aforementioned alstroemeria) two whole weeks ago. The rest of the flowers have finally withered, but that alstroemeria is still going strong.

Did you watch Grease: Live? I loved it! So much fun. I don't want to give anything away if you haven't seen it yet, but you should look for "old" Frenchy.

I went to the dentist this morning, for my scheduled cleaning. I love my dentist. She is a bit older than me, a mother of four teenagers. She comes from Honduras and she often goes back there to do charity dental work. She complimented my sneakers and said she needs a new pair because she gave hers away last time she was in Honduras. That's the kind of person she is. She also told me that my teeth looked "fantastic." I'm not sure anyone has ever called a part of this body "fantastic." I'm kind of gloating right now. Check out my chompers, y'all.

38 comments:

  1. Your stove looks good, all busy and cheery!
    I love your crochet, too!
    Yay for clean and pretty teeth!

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  2. Hi Jennifer! I'm sorry to hear that you hurt yourself somehow and I certainly hope that you feel better very, very soon. I remember those days when my kids finally got to the age where I didn't have to tend them every single second. That was a relief. Now I think I'd like to go back to being busy with them again, if only to have them back in the house. Ha ha! The pudding looks delicious. I had a stove that looked very much like yours in the house we owned before this one. I loved it. Thie one here has way too many electronics on it and when something goes out it's a serious bill. We spent over $500 just repairing the oven in the last month and a half. I think they may have finally found the correct part though this time. Gosh, I hope so! Have a wonderful afternoon my friend.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  3. You are delightful, Jennifer :) I'm glad you have healthy chompers and that your pulled muscle is getting better. [Once I was brushing my teeth and managed to wiggle a vertebra out of alignment even though I am not a violent tooth brusher. Honest.] We have been having rain showery weather down here in the valley while Mt. Hood keeps collecting snow to the skiers joy. Thanks for sharing your news. xx

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  4. I always knew too much housework wasn't good for you, hope you feel better soon. It was 81º here today. It won't last, but it was beautiful.

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  5. Glad to hear that the ribs are getting better and taking it easy is the way to
    go......Yay for great teeth, my dentist pretty happy with mine now too ☺
    Loved all of you photo's and those kiddies have grown so much ♥

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  6. I'm glad you're getting better. It was sunny this morning so we headed out up the gorge to see how many swans were still in Mirror Lake.. only half as many as last week. I love seeing your darling children at work on their different pursuits. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. Yay for a great visit at the dentist :) Sorry about your injury, hope you are feeling better soon. Such a lovely collection of photographs. Enjoy the rest of your week Jennifer.

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  8. So sorry you are hurting, but glad you are healing. It's been dreary here a lot too... I am missing our usual snow. I feel like if I can't have a real winter with cold temps and snow, then I want summer! Have a good week.

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  9. I can sympathize with injuries! It sounds like the kind of thing that can only be healed by taking it easy, which is easier said than done.
    We've had sun in Wisconsin, but cold, wet snow, too. No fun, fluffy stuff this year.

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  10. Glad to hear you are feeling better. It is so hard to take it easy, always something to do. Grease Live sure made me smile. It was great to see the original Freechy.

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  11. All of your happenings around the home look just beautiful to me! I am going to have to check out that slow cooker recipe you used…I tried one but I am thinking I need to add some more to it. And I got excited when you said that it gets easier as they get older…I can't even imagine this yet!!! I hope with a little more rest and taking it easy you will be feeling better buddy! Happy Wednesday and yes…no news is good news!! Nicole xoxo

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  12. Hope you feel better soon. My friend fell over just before Christmas and had the same symptoms as you. When we get together we always have a laugh so it was had watching her laugh and yelp like you. She found it so annoying too as you've just got to wait for it to go, there's no quick cure x look after yourself x

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  13. Hope you feel better soon. My friend fell over just before Christmas and had the same symptoms as you. When we get together we always have a laugh so it was had watching her laugh and yelp like you. She found it so annoying too as you've just got to wait for it to go, there's no quick cure x look after yourself x

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  14. I am sorry to hear you have hurt yourself, I do hope you feel better soon. I love your description that your house looked like a rummage sale, we sport that look often here too, it's amazing how quickly that happens when you take your eye off the ball!

    Hope you get your sunshine :)

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  15. It's so easy to twist something in your back whilst doing something that you'd think wouldn't hurt. When I first had backpain that was obviously more than "just" a pain in the back, the physio told me not to do any hoovering or cleaning the bath or even taking the dog's lead when out for a walk. A hot water bottle helped me enormously - and still does when I need it! I also am ridiculously happy when Douglas does the hoovering! Take care of yourself! :o)

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  16. So sorry about your injuries, I hope you soon recover! I too find it so much easier to be 'ill' with the children older, especially now Abi is driving and can pop to the shop for me :-) I love alstroemeria, where Hubby used to work someone would bring bunches of them in on a Friday and he would often buy some for me! It all looks so cosy in your house, settled in the lounge or the dinner simmering on the stove! I hope you still manage to have a lovely week in spite of the pain. x

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  17. No news is good news - that is a good old saying, Jennifer. So sorry your hurt yourself - it is funny how we can injures ourselves and be unaware at the time; the hurting comes later. Love that rice pudding - Yum!

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  18. Hope you're feeling better soon, I know what those sort of injuries are like, you start forgetting about them until you laugh or cough and then you jump out of your skin. Grease Live sounds good, we had The Sound of Music Live on tv over Christmas and it was really good.

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  19. hope you're feeling better soon x

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  20. I'm hopeful that February will be brighter and more spring-like. This past winter has been so dark and awful, I need some sunlight!
    I hope your pain goes away too. I did something similar to my lower back a few years ago and all it took was bending to look into a cupboard. Strains and sprains can really hurt!
    I'm an alstromeria fan too. They're inexpensive and we often get them locally-grown and yes, they do last forever. And on close inspection they're rather beautiful.
    S

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  21. There's a lesson there Jennifer! Glad you're on the mend but no more vigorous cleaning for a while I think. Your delayed spring means that you have a good excuse to stay cosy indoors. I have a soft spot for alstroemeria. They are quite easy to grow in the UK, not sure how they would fare in the high desert but I presume yours must be fairly local? When my children were little Monday night was always rice pudding night after Brownies and swimming. So comforting!

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  22. Ouch - that sounds painful. Hope you're managing to take it easy. Definitely let others take the strain and don't worry about the mess. (Easier said than done, I know.) I'm a huge fan of restorative soups and puddings and yours sound perfect. Hooray for fantastic gnashers :-) Sam x PS Your blanket is looking lovely.

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  23. I wonder if you hurt your ribs coughing? I have done that before and it really hurts for days. Hope you are feeling much better now. It is nice when your kids get old enough to do things for themselves, you can actually get other things done or rest if you need to.

    Fell better,
    Meredith

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  24. How quickly those dear children grow up and manage things for themselves. They really do look content with their projects. Hope you feel better soon.

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  25. it's wonderful to know such caring people! the photo with your oven and the crock pot looks so lovely and cheery, I just loved it. Food really is something that brings us together and brings warmth! I hope you stay warm! It's grey here today as well!

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  26. Hey Jennifer,
    Honestly I love it when 'not much' is happening around here! I think minestrone is my fav soup, but I've never made it from scratch. Olly is playing contentedly as I type, but I still feel the need to call out and ask if he's ok. We have actual sunshine today. It is lush. Rest easy friend. I hope you recover from your cleaning injury soon.
    Leanne xx

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  27. Ha I wish my chompers could be classed as fantastic even a good clean up doesn't make them look much better. Sorry you have injured yourself Jennifer it's so easily done, I often find bruises and haven't a clue how they got there. I love alstroemeria I tried growing them a few times without success. Take it easy and I hope you recover soon. :) xx

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  28. A cleaning injury! You must work hard! ;-) Take it easy. I like this no news, what a lovely post. X

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  29. i'm so sorry you had to have a cleaning injury....instead of some olympic sport injury or marathon injury. (Easier to give up olympic high jumping or iron man marathons than cleaning!) Feel better soon!

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  30. Oh no, it is a good job the little/big ones can help out. Take it Easy friend. Jo x

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  31. Hope you are feeling better. We love those flowers too! I love the blanket you are making, it just looks so beautiful and comforting.
    I had not heard of Grease live but am off to watch it!

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  32. Your dentist sounds lovely! A good one is hard to find. Sorry you've hurt yourself, I hope it heals soon. In the meantime, lots of rest I think. Although I know exactly what you mean about how quickly it all gets messy. CJ xx

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  33. Some nice candid shots here Jennifer. It is nice when you suddenly realize you haven't been called upon to play with Barbies or whatever for a while. As our kids grew older my husband and I used to say to each other "this is the best age" because blah blah blah. But really, every age turns out to be better and better as they grow up. Your kids are still cute, but your son probably doesn't want people saying that now. He looks very focused on the guitar. Enjoy your week, and congrats on your pearly whites ;)
    Wendy

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  34. Minestrone sounds and rice pudding sounds great! Oh dear, I hope you are healing ok. I love Grease, I had a friend who was named Sandra and that girl made me dance with her everything in that movie. Thanks for the tip about alstroemeria. We have a new dentist and she is young girl who is very pleasant which a good thing since I am an anxiety queen. Glad to hear your teeth are strong and healthy!

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  35. Love all your photo's you've shared.

    Sorry to hear you hurt yourself - hope it completely heals soon.

    Happy Thursday Wishes

    All the best Jan

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  36. Poor you. Sore ribs are no joke, so I'm glad they're improving. Your weather sounds much like ours and I agree that relaxing indoors with lovely warm comfort food cooking is the best idea.

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  37. I'm so sorry you hurt a rib. Are you sure it's not broken? I had my Crockpot going yesterday, too, but with chicken in it. I hear you on the gloomy weather. Today is the first day we've had sunshine in a long time. The SAD really hit me yesterday. Ugh, the dentist...I have terrible dental phobia. I had my checkup and cleaning 1-1/2 weeks ago and even for that, I'm a nervous wreck. Unlike you, I don't have fantastic teeth or gums, despite being fanatical about my oral health. My dad had bad teeth/gums and so does my mom, so I'm guessing it's hereditary. I have to go back Monday to have a cavity filled. A cavity at my age! How in the world am I still getting those? I don't even eat sugar anymore, nor sticky foods. I think my husband has only had one or two cavities his entire life, no other dental work, and fantastic gums. Not fair! ;-)

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  38. Lovely homley photographs, your children look so contented and busy. Love your pot simmering away on the stove, it's a pretty one too. All my pots are either steel or cream,mamd the cream ones are really well used so are quite stained on the outside despite being well scrubbed after use. x

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