Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Hello, friends!  This has been a very busy time in my life so I won't be getting on here everyday.  I will do my best to keep up with things with you, but I just have so many hours in the day.  And facebook can just not expect me at all!  But I wanted to tell you how things went with Joe's surgery.

It was quite the day, folks.  The night before we were supposed to get a call telling us what time to be there.  But... it never came.  We had no idea when to show up.  So finally at 9:00 p.m. with no call yet, I called the hospital.  At first I was told he wasn't on the surgery schedule.  I told the lady on the phone that was impossible and to check again.  She looked and said he had an office appointment on July 3rd for a follow up.  I asked her a follow up to what?  She said his surgery that he was having yesterday.  "Yes," I said.  "And just what time is that surgery?"  "Be here at 7:30 a.m.," she told me.  OK!

So I got up at 4:30 a.m. to get all my medicine taken and have time for breakfast.  Joe got up shortly after me.  Around 6:30 we got a call from the hospital asking if we were still coming.  Yes.  "You were supposed to be here before 6:30 a.m."  "What?  We were never called," I told him.  "We are on our way!"  Joe and I rushed out of the house, and got there a little after 7:00 a.m.  I dropped him off to check in and went to park the car.  I went across the street, into the building, checked in, and found him in admissions.  We didn't know we had to pay a co-pay so it was a good thing I was there because I had a credit card.

We were at Pennsylvania Hospital.  It used to be it's own entity, but now is part of the University of Pennsylvania Medicine group.  Pennsylvania Hospital was the first hospital in America, founded by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond in 1751.  Here is the link to a short history about it.

This is the original building, but of course it has been added onto over the years and is much larger and more modern now.  I just found out you can take a historical tour of the hospital and when Joe is well enough we are thinking about doing just that.

It took about an hour for Joe to get checked in and on his way to Pre-op.  The surgeon was waiting for us and wanted to know where we were.  We told him what the hospital told us last night and he said it wasn't our fault.  The nurses were super nice and got him ready really quickly.  When they wheeled Joe out to the operating room, the doctor was actually pushing the bed.  He was almost an hour late getting to surgery!

One of the nurses walked me to the waiting room which was on another floor.  What a place!  I checked in with the receptionist.  She took my name and cell phone number and gave me a card with a six digit number on it which was Joe's ID.  On one wall was a large screen which had all these numbers color coded and showed you where your loved one was (Pre-op, Operation/Procedure, Recovery, etc.) by color and told the time they got to each step.  Wow!

It was a large room with groupings of furniture.  There were about six large screen TVs set to different stations so that you could watch whatever you wanted -- news, Rachael Ray type programs, documentaries, etc.  Each grouping had seating and a coffee table with magazines and newspapers.  There were even recliners and sofas if you wanted to lay down.

Since they had my cell phone number, every few minutes I would get a text message saying, "Patient has been given anesthesia and we are about to begin."  Or "Patient is doing well.  Surgery is almost completed."  Or "Patient is being moved to recovery."  Plus there were four in-house phones where first the doctor and then two different nurses called me to tell me how he was and what was happening.  I snapped a couple of pictures of the room where I was.

There was free wi-fi so I was able to post on facebook as things went along.  And if you notice, there were two computers in case you didn't have your own with you and wanted to use one.  I have never seen anything like this.

There was also a really nice Liaison Nurse named Pat who went from person to person acting as a patient advocate and making sure both you and your patient were being taken care of.

I finally got the call to leave the waiting room and go to the discharge area on the 9th floor.  Nurse Pat walked me to the elevators because it was like a maze in there and I would never have found them myself.  When I got to the area another nurse walked me to the check in area and the lady there buzzed me in and took me to Joe's room.  He was sitting in a recliner and had already eaten some crackers and drank some cranberry juice.  A few more checks and I helped Joe get dressed, went to get the car and we were on our way home.

As you might suppose, he is in a great deal more pain than he expected, but all in all he is doing so well.  He was able to eat dinner last night and everything seems to be OK.  Thank you all so much for your prayers and good wishes.  That really means a lot to us.

And now for our...
Day number 17 was stripes.  I knew just what I wanted to do for that.  Last summer when I was in Lancaster I stopped in Kirklands for the first time.  I really liked the place although I thought some things were a bit high.  But one thing that was on sale (because the Fourth of July was over) was this "America" sign.  My sister and I both got one.  Mine is hanging on the front door, so here is my "Stripes" picture.

For Day #18 the topic was Something Old.  I have a lot of old things -- mostly packed away.  Although this isn't too old, I have had it for about 40 years so I think that qualifies.  My sister gave it to me right before I moved into my house and I've been here 39 years.  So here is my spice rack that is hanging on my kitchen wall.  I love it because it looks so old and country like.  And now I guess it really is old.

And that's it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow (or the day after) with another post.  Have a wonderful day.


Monday, June 17, 2019


Hello, everyone!  Woodstock looks like me today.  I made the mistake of drinking iced tea too late in the day and ended up not being able to go to sleep until after 1:00 a.m.  Of course I could sleep now!  But really can't because there is too much to do.

Joe's surgery is tomorrow morning and there is a lot to do to get this house ready for him to come home.  And you know it will be the same day because no one keeps you overnight any more.  Joe has asked for privacy concerning this surgery and I will respect that.  Just know it is minor but any surgery is surgery!  Your prayers for his safety and recovery would be greatly appreciated.

Joe had a good Father's Day yesterday.  One of the young ladies in our church has "adopted" Joe as her father since her dad died a few years ago.  She gave him a box of chocolate and a beautiful card from "his little girl."  And then later in the day he was able to see and talk with his son J.J.  He had gone to Rite Aid and ran into him on the street.  He came back with a big smile on his face.

We still had the free ham we got from Shoprite around Easter and so yesterday I thawed it out, cut it into serving sizes, bagged some up for us and cooked some for dinner.  We don't have ham very much because of the high salt content.  So this was good.  We also gave some to our next-door neighbors Chrissy and Mike and have some packaged up for our Pastor and Rick when we see them at the nursing home today.  And we still have enough for five more meals and the bone to give my sister for soup.  It was a big ham!

Tonight I'm planning on a pork roast, asparagus and a salad.  I want to have it early so that Joe has time to digest it before he goes to bed.  You all know the no food after midnight deal with surgery.  At least they are taking him early in the morning for his procedure because he is diabetic.  We are continuing to try to eat healthy and still losing the weight.  Slowly... very slowly... but we are going in the right direction.

So I am going to get on with my day.  I have to go food shopping today instead of tomorrow.  I will lose my Senior Discount, but that's OK.  I will get it next week.

I'm continuing on trying to catch up.  So day #15 is "Backyard".  This was easy because I have so many pictures of my backyard.  Here's a recent one.  It's even more cut back now and that's something I have to get back to doing.  The weeds and plants grow so quickly!

I didn't know what to do for day #16 "Bright".  But when I saw this on the windowsill at church yesterday, I knew this was it.

How bright the yellow tulips looked with the sun shining in on them.

And with that I have to go.  Loads to do and not much time.  Have a good day, everyone!


Sunday, June 16, 2019


Hello, friends!  I haven't forgotten about you.  It's just been really hard to find time to write.

Yesterday was the Men's Breakfast at church.  I took Joe over and stayed a little bit to get some pictures for our facebook page.  I thought I would share them with you also.

The tables were set so nicely.

And like the ladies had for their brunch last month, there was a program at each place.

When we got there, Pastor was struggling to cook the scrapple.  Joe went to the kitchen and was drafted into taking over.  He didn't mind.  Does he look like he minds here?

There was coffee, tea, water and juices to drink.

Lots of fellowship before eating.  Carolyn came over with some food so I wasn't the only woman there.

Rick made a great fruit salad.

Rick, Joe and Pastor Wayne, our former pastor, who was the guest speaker.

Lots of food.

When they began to eat, I left and went home.  Joe called me about 2 hours later to come pick him up.

He wanted to get a haircut before his surgery on Tuesday, so I drove him to the Super Cuts that he likes to go to.  There were a lot of people there, but there were three people cutting so it moved really fast.

When he was finished, we went next door to the Japanese restaurant and got food to go.  Then we headed home.

Joe had just eaten and wasn't hungry, but I was and ate my Sunshine Sushi.  It was so good.  I love mango.

I was really tired and ended up taking a nap all afternoon.  Dinner was easy -- hot dogs and fries.  Not the healthiest dinner, but I've been so good for several weeks, that every now and then I can have a dinner like this.  I was still below my calorie count for the day.  I'm still losing weight and I hope to keep on to meet my goal.

The word for Day #13 was "shadow".  What a hard time I have had with this.  I just could not find an interesting shadow.  I spent over an hour looking through old photos to find something and finally came up with this.  It's not very good, but at least it's something.  The trees are shadowed against the sunset.

The words for day #14, Flag Day, were appropriately "Red, White and Blue".  So of course I needed to show you a flag.

And now I have to go.  I hope you have a wonderful day!


Thursday, June 13, 2019


Hello, friends!  Did you see Philly featured on Good Morning America this morning?  Wow, it was quite an honor to be the first of their pop-up programs that they are going to be doing around the country.  And Philly presented itself well, too.  Joe tried to get us tickets to go, but it was hard to do and he didn't succeed.  Just as well since it was POURING rain and chilly.  It was so cool in the house that I closed all the windows and put my little stove on to warm up the room.  I am wearing a long-sleeved top and glad I am.  It's getting warmer as the day is going on, but this afternoon we are supposed to have another downpour and it will get cool again.

I am sitting at the kitchen table watching the birds at the feeder.  There are a lot of sparrows, four mourning doves and I just saw a female cardinal.  The mourning doves think they are the size of the sparrows and can get to the seed.  Nope.  They are standing on the bench, though, and are on the ground eating the seed that dropped and drinking water from the puddles.

I was so chilly this morning that I made myself a cup of hot tea.  I haven't done that in weeks, but it tasted so good.  I'm thinking about having another cup.  I was sitting here watching some vlogs as I finished my breakfast.

Yesterday was a bad day for me because I was in so much pain in my legs and back.  Today is a little better so I am going to try to get all my dishes washed and scrub the stove.  It is a mess!  If I am still feeling OK, I want to clean out another shelf in the refrigerator (I will probably wait until Joe gets up to help me with that) and clean off the kitchen table.  Another job that needs doing over and over.  Items just seem to accumulate there.

I am doing two of the challenges today.  Then I will try to do two tomorrow and be caught up.  The first one, #11, is "jewelry".  I knew I wanted to show you this ring because it has a great story behind it.  At first I took the ring on my hand, but my hands look awful!  I think I might be getting old.  So I just laid it on the table.

A few years ago Joe was in Walmart and saw this ring.  It is my birthstone and has diamond chips around it.  He wanted to get it for me and saw it was $147.95 marked down to $82.50.  It was a little out of his price range, but he really loved it and decided to splurge because that was a huge markdown.  When the lady behind the counter waited on him, she told him the ring was on special and it was $45.00.  Even better, thought Joe.  He said he would take it.  When she rang it up, it came up $32.00.  Because of the difference in price she called her manager.  The manager explained to Joe that the lady waiting on him was a trainee and must have hit the wrong button on the cash register.  She canceled everything out and rang it up herself.  "That will be $18.75." she said.  "Are you sure?" asked Joe.  "Of course I'm sure," she replied.  So Joe took the ring and thanked them.  When he gave me the ring we laughed about it.  So here is my $147 ring that Joe got for $18.75.  I love it and wear it a lot.

Now for Photo Challenge #12 - Flowers.  I told you I wasn't going to show you any more flowers, but I decided to anyway.  The beautiful flowers Joe bought me have mostly died.  But last night I rescued those that were still good, cut them down, and arranged them in a smaller vase.  They are still so pretty.

I have had my break, so I am going back to cleaning now.  I hope you all have a nice day.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Hello, friends!  What a beautiful day it is here in Philly.  Sunny, warm and a beautiful breeze.  No air conditioning in yet.  I have the windows open and it's just lovely having the fresh air blow through the house.

After Bible Study today Debbie and I went to Shop Rite for a few things.  We each grabbed a cart and went our separate ways, meeting up at the food court in half an hour.  Since I got such a positive feedback last week, I thought I would show you what I got today.  It's not much.  I'm trying to go each week and get just what I need.

Eastern potatoes, zucchini and green beans.  Do you know that a zucchini has only 28 calories in a whole squash?  When we split one for dinner, it's only 14 calories apiece.  And we both like zucchini.

Two bags of salad -- Premium Romaine and Field Greens.  They didn't have any good kits today, so I will add my own dressing and toppings.  I also got some spinach and cheese tortellini.

Chicken thighs, pork roast and salmon fillets.  I almost never buy the prepackaged fish.  I wanted fresh salmon but there was no one at the fish counter.  I waited awhile and no one showed up so I got the package.

Joe eats fruit every day.  He was out of bananas and apples, so I got them for him.  He usually eats Gala apples but they didn't have any.  I got these Jazz apples.  I have never heard of them, but they looked good and I have to try one.  I also got two bottles of iced tea for me.  I drank one for lunch.

I am still one day behind in the challenge, but I have decided not to try to catch up.  One of the days is "flowers" and I think I've shown you enough flowers.  So I am going to skip that day and it will put me back on track.  Today's phrase was "upside down."  What can I do for that?  I was totally stumped.  Until this morning when I was sitting in Bible Study and I saw all the cups on the coffee/tea station were stacked upside down. Of course!  I didn't get a chance to take a picture of them, but I took one of my cups when I got home.

Are they upside down?  Or right side up since the writing is the correct way on the bag?  What do you think?

And now I'm off to do some things around here.  Always something to do.  Talk to you tomorrow.


Monday, June 10, 2019


Hello, friends.  This will be a quick post and then I will do another one later today.  Sunday was a very busy day and I didn't get a chance to blog.  But I wanted to keep up with the Photo Challenge.
The word today is "Macro".  I wasn't sure what this was, so I looked it up.  It is a very close up picture.  So here's a close up of one of my flowers.

And here it is a little further away.

Joe was not feeling well and didn't get to church.  I started filming the sermon for him, but my battery went dead.  I had forgotten to charge the battery which I usually do on Saturday.  *sigh*  He is still not feeling well today and didn't get to the Nursing Home.  This is two weeks that he has missed and it is not like him to not show up.  Hopefully he will be able to make it next week.

I made fried rice for dinner last night and used up some of the leftovers.  It is rare for us to have leftovers.  Tonight it is pork chops in the air fryer, zucchini and a salad.

Now back to cleaning the house.  It is an ongoing every day thing.


Saturday, June 8, 2019


I had a surprise when I got up this morning.  The one lily in the flowers Joe had given me had opened.

It's so pretty!

Just brightens up that corner of the room.

I just noticed how pretty the carnations are too.

I am loving these flowers so much!

Joe and Rick went out street witnessing today.  I dropped Joe off and then went home.  I was going to get so much done and ended up talking to my sister.  That's not a bad thing!  Then I went back to pick him up.

When Joe got into the car he said he wanted to go to Shoprite for lunch, so we did.  I wasn't hungry, though, so just had an iced tea and small bag of chips.  Joe got the Asian Bar.  When we were leaving I noticed all the new planting they are doing in the parking lot.  I have never seen evergreens like this.  There are other kinds of trees also and lots of colorful bushes.  It is going to be so pretty as time goes on and the plants get bigger.  I just had to take a shot of the planting near where I was parked.

I made a salad, meatballs and zucchini gratin for dinner.  The zucchini is a new recipe for me and I wasn't sure if we would like it, but it turned out really good.  The only thing I would change is more cheese sauce next time.  It is a very easy recipe, so let me give it to you.

Wash and cut 3 to 4 zucchinis in slices about 1/4" thick (1/2 cm).  Spray a 9x9 inch pan and put in a layer of zucchini.  Cover with cheese sauce.  Add another layer and cover with sauce.  Do this a third time.  Sprinkle with bread crumbs.  Bake at 350*F (177*C) for 20 minutes.

I used the cheese sauce that I make for macaroni and cheese.  It is from the Pioneer Woman's first cookbook.  But you could use any cheese sauce you'd like.  My friend was going to make it with cheddar cheese condensed soup.  Mine is basically a white sauce with cheddar cheese, dry mustard, salt, pepper and seasoned salt added to it.

And we even have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Today's word is "childhood."  I was going to show pictures of Hadley, but I didn't take them.  So instead I am going to show you what is sitting on the back of my sofa.

Raggedy Ann and Buddy Bear aren't just for children.  Or maybe I'm just a child at heart.

Have a great evening and see you all tomorrow.