September 16, 2014


Thursday, I called Willowbranch Library and found out they were closed until at least this Tuesday (today). I asked about the books on hold and the librarian told me that they would all be at Murray Hill Library for patrons to pick up.

Friday, Petunia got a ride home from BB's dad and picked up an overnight bag. She and BB went to the movies and she stayed the night.

Saturday, Sharky and Mr. DW went sailing and then when Petunia got home, ran to the library for me. Yeah, books!

Sunday morning, we went to Publix and did the grocery shopping for the week. I used the BOGOs and digital coupons and saved about $50. Not too bad.

Monday morning, after dropping Petunia off at school, Sharky dropped me off at the doctor's office. I had an echocardiogram (like a sonogram of the heart) and then a stress test (hooked up to heart monitor and walk on treadmill). I did very well on the echo and actually made the full 5 minutes on the treadmill. Unfortunately, after I got off, I had a full blown asthma attack. Scared them more than it scared me, of course. They kept me an hour extra to make sure I could breathe, then Mr. DW picked me up and took me home.

Good news, the tech assured me that my heart was in great shape. I also lost 2 more pounds, keeping up with the one pound a week loss that I've been doing since I got out of the hospital.

September 10, 2014


Sharky and Petunia tried to go to the library yesterday evening, but it was closed. Not sure why, no announcement on the phone line and no notice on the website. Hopefully they'll be open this evening.

Made the breakfast egg muffins Monday afternoon. Turned out pretty tasty. Makes a super easy breakfast in the morning, only nuked for 30 seconds from the fridge. Haven't frozen them yet, will make another, larger batch this weekend and freeze them to see how those turn out. There is also another version made with a biscuit base, might try those if the carb count isn't too high.

I have a pinched nerve in my left shoulder and elbow. It hurts like hell and sometimes I have a hard time holding things, but I don't know what to do about it. Its not like I can just not use it. LOL It keeps me up at night at times, trying to get comfortable.

Felinertia: Yesterday, a finch hovered near the screen door and then landed on the trim that holds the screen in place. Lucie-loo was watching from the table and as soon as the bird landed, she launched herself at the door and landed, spread-eagle, on it and slid down just like a cartoon cat. It was hilarious - I so wish I could have caught that on video.

September 9, 2014

Kerry's Breakfast Egg Muffins

Kerry's Breakfast Egg Muffins

  • 2 slices of bread (Nature's Own Honey Wheat)
  • 1 oz diced ham (Hormel Cure 81 Diced Boneless Ham)
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar (Winn-Dixie Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese)
  • 3 scallions
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (optional)
 Preheat oven to 400F. Spray regular sized muffin tins with cooking spray.

Shred bread slices (smaller the better) and distribute evenly in the muffin cups. Do the same with the ham, cheese, and scallions but reserve a little bit of the cheese.

Beat the eggs, add in salt and pepper, and using a ladle, distribute evenly in the muffin cups. Take your time, the eggs will soak into the bread. If bread pieces float up, just poke them back down. Sprinkle remaining cheese on the top.

Bake 10 minutes. Keep a close eye on the muffins, don't let them brown and try to remove from oven when set but still slightly "damp" looking on top.


The original recipe (from the Thriving Home Blog) said 20 minutes, but I believe she was using over-sized tins because at the 8 minute mark, I could smell the eggs starting to brown. The original also used 1/2-1 cup of milk, parsley and 2 tsps ground mustard, which I eliminated from the recipe. I'm sure the milk would have stretched these out a bit more, but I don't add milk to my eggs.

 (Nutrition Facts via the MyFitnessPal recipe app)

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10 g 16 %
Saturated Fat 4 g 22 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 298 mg 99 %
Sodium 342 mg 14 %
Potassium 110 mg 3 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 2 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 14 g 28 %
Vitamin A 13 %
Vitamin C 2 %
Calcium 4 %
Iron 10 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

September 8, 2014


What a busy weekend. Totally wore out, didn't sleep a wink last night either. Ugh.

On Friday, Sharky got home late and we went to Volde-mart. And, of course, a huge storm hit. The store has a metal roof and the rain came down so hard we could barely hear each other. Had to yell to be heard. Picked up a bunch of stuff and got soaked loading up the truck and came home. Luckily had frozen pizzas in the freezer.

Saturday  morning was taken up by showers, laundry and prepping fruit & cheese. Bug stopped by for a little bit (TBoo and he got to her mom's house at 3 am that morning). Mr. DW came by and Bug followed him and Petunia down Blanding and Sharky & I took I-10/301/218. Guess who got there first? Yep, we did. Everyone else was stuck on Blanding in traffic and got there 1/2 later.

The fruit and cheese trays were a hit and so was the punch. I floated orange rings and carambola stars (aka starfruit) and people thought it was very cool. TBoo's mom had mini sandwiches, a relish tray, and chicken wings and mini corndogs. The cake was very cute (ugh, too much fondant for my taste). I even had a little cupcake.

Bug & TBoo got a ton of nice stuff and were very happy. The lady that owned the day care it was held at (I think she was TBoo's aunt) was uber-efficient and was packing as they were opening gifts and then helped pack up their little car. She was like a tetris master.

After it was over and we were home, everyone kinda pooped out. No one really had an appetite so I just grazed for dinner/snack. Even after all the foods, my glucose levels were good.

Sunday, we went over Mr. DW's house and he gave us a bunch of nice, like-new, pots and pans that he had extra. Oh, also a rice cooker - something I've wanted for a while. Then Bug came over and he and his dad and sister went to the Moose for brunch. Timing was off for me, so they brought home an omelet which I had for lunch. Delish.

We said goodbye and then Sharky, Petunia and I went over JBun's house and got to meet her baby girl, Lilliann, for the first time. We brought her a present (super soft, full length pink kitty onesie) and a bunch of dvds. She loved the outfit but I think she liked the dvds more. LOL She has a lot of kid relatives visit, so there were a lot of kiddie movies in the lot.

After that, we swung by Publix and did a bit of grocery shopping and then came home. I tried to nap, got about 15 minutes of sleep and then Bear called on my phone to chat. LOL

Just had a bowl of soup for dinner (still full from the omelet). Sharky & Petunia had a frozen pizza. LOL

September 5, 2014


Petunia lucked out. BB's older brother, OB, bought a car this week with his own money and now will be driving her home from school. He promised to text her on days he is either not there or doesn't have his car so she knows not to meet him in the parking area after school. So cool and nice of him, want to buy a $10 gas card as a thank you. (Its not costing him any money/gas giving her a ride because we're on the way to either his home or his job, but I do want to thank him for doing so.)

Going to Volde-mart after Sharky gets home today to get the stuff needed for the baby shower tomorrow. I'm excited and dreading it. First real social event since my hospital stay.

Sharky picked up the last of my meds last night after work, a Symbicort inhaler. Had the first dose last night before bed and, for the first time in what feels like forever, when I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I could actually breathe and did not need to use the albuterol inhaler. Breathing is nice. I HATE being on all these medications, but if it makes me feel better, I won't complain.

September 2, 2014


Sharky did some yardwork yesterday but basically we all just had a quiet day.

This morning, he took me to the doctor's office for my appointment (the one I had to cancel in August). More medication was ordered (breathing and cholesterol).

So sick of my father emailing me garbage. I should just delete them all, but I still have the stupid hopes that he'll actually ask about me and my welfare. Nope. Never does. Just forwards horrible Tea Bagger lies & propaganda. I lost it this time and emailed one back to him debunking the whole thing with proof - took me less than 5 minutes to investigate it and write it out. *sigh*

The baby shower is this upcoming weekend and I'm excited and dreading it. I hope it goes ok and we are able to help out and not just look like deadbeats. TBoo's mom is not very nice sometimes and I'm trying so hard to not cause any waves. I asked about where it was being held and she got very snippy with me, telling me that it will be in the "family daycare" whatever that means. (All I did was ask if the place it was being held had a kitchen. *sigh*)  I've offered to help with a few things (like a fruit & cheese tray and making the punch). Most of all, I just want TBoo and Bug to have a lovely time with friends and family.

August 31, 2014


Sharky is out sailing with Mr. DW today and Petunia should be home sometime this afternoon. I'm going to try and make a grocery list so they can do some shopping later today. Can't go tomorrow, the store is closed.

August 30, 2014


Petunia is over BB's house. She spent last night there and will again tonight. They are all going to a party at CORK. Lucky, it sounds like fun. We gave her permission as long as she comes home tomorrow and does all her chores without complaining. (And it's a 3 day weekend...)

Sharky took me out to a little place I found on Yelp (The Caboose) to get a burger last night. It was really, really good. I thought that would help the craving, but I think it just made it worse because I really want another one. LOL

I'm very tired lately. Can't wait to see the doctor on Tuesday. I'm sure its all this medicine that is making me feel loopy.

Insurance starts Monday but that is a holiday, so I'm ordering all my rx tomorrow and then on Tuesday, after the doctor visit, I'll go by the pharmacy and give them the new insurance card to ring it all up. It better be affordable. Just the smallest amount of stress makes my heart flop and I cannot stand it.

August 28, 2014

I hate diabetes


Petunia is doing well walking home. Sometimes she gets a ride home from BB's dad who picks up the older brother (senior).

I officially ran out of Lantus insulin last night. Instead of 20 units, I was only able to get 14 out of the bottle. Cannot get a refill until the insurance kicks in. Going to call the pharmacy later this morning to find out if they are open on September 1st, which just happens to be Labor Day. I'm afraid they might not be. If so, then I'll have to wait one more day to get all my Rx filled. I could already tell by my glucose levels this morning that it might be a hard time for the next few days. I was just getting happy because the levels were normalizing.

August 25, 2014


Well, school has been in session for a week now, and Petunia seems to be enjoying it so far - as much as a 14 yo girl can enjoy high school. LOL

No word from the school board on whether or not a slot opened up at Paxon. Tomorrow is the last day and then they close submissions until next semester. A little after the fact, in my opinion. I doubt we will ever get the phone call.

The first day of school (the 18th), Mr. DW picked me up and then I dropped him off at the high school so he could walk home with Petunia. He was going to do that the next day, but he called me that morning and said he was in the ER with a swollen elbow. They put him on antibiotics and sent him home, thinking it was a spider bite.

Tuesday, Petunia was picked up by Sharky. After work, he went to Metro PCS and had her cell turned back on so she could call us.

Wednesday, she walked home for the first time all by herself. She called me when she left, and I was on pins and needles until she got home.

Thursday, Mr. DW called, he had been admitted to hospital. He was told that if the swelling went beyond a certain point to come back in, it did and he did.

Petunia walked home Thursday and Friday. She's good about it, calls me as she leaves the building, but still on school property (don't want her using the phone and being distracted) and she gets home within 30 minutes. Still have my fingers crossed that I can get a small car soon.

I wore myself out on Saturday by going to both Wal-mart for school supplies and Winn-Dixie for groceries. It was the most I had done in a while without rest.

Mr. DW is still in hospital as of today. I do hope he gets to go home. Turns out it was not a spider bite, but some type of bacterial infection. Very scary.