Monday, November 29, 2010

Grace In Small Things: 47/2010

What I am grateful for this week:
  • A short work week and a LONG Holiday weekend!
  • Thanksgiving dinner with my Dad
  • Dessert and conversation with my aunt, uncle and a whole mess of cousins after dinner
  • Time at home to work on Christmas gifts - - love those extra days holiday weekends give me!
  • An NCIS Marathon on the telly all day Sunday.
**I go for my next foot surgery post-op checkup on Wednesday, Dec. 1st. Wish me luck for a good report!

Count your blessings - - join Grace In Small Things.

Friday, November 26, 2010

'Tis the Season To Be Snotty

After last year's Black Friday incident (I posted about it here:, I have sworn off day after Thanksgiving shopping. Forever. I don't care how much something is on sale for - - I don't care how badly I may want it - - I don't care if they are GIVING IT AWAY - - you couldn't pay me enough to put myself through that again.

Besides, why go there, freeze my ass off waiting for a store to open, get pushed and shoved and practically beaten black and blue by rude, inconsiderate people on Black Friday, when I can get that any day in the week?

Yes, it's true, unfortunately....the closer it gets to the Holiday season, and all during said season, people get more rude, more inconsiderate, and just plain, downright mean.

Case in point: Yesterday evening Dear Mr. Dizzy and I decided to get our grocery shopping done before the crazy holiday sales madness hit the following day. It was good timing - -
Walmart was almost deserted. We happened to see someone I work with, and pulled over to the side of the wide main aisle to chat for a minute. As we are standing there, a young lady walked by, and as she passed us, she rammed into my friend's cart, actually pushing it, and just kept on walking without saying a word. My friend was shocked, and I said to the girl's back (she was about an aisle away by that point), "You could at least say excuse me." Well, she turned around and gave us a "look" (and not a nice one at that), and then just tossed an "Excuse me" over her shoulder at us, and kept walking.

Gee, we were all the way over at the side of the aisle, to make sure we were out of people's way. And then you come along and decide that is the EXACT SPOT in that whole, wide aisle you wanted - - you NEEDED - - to be. What a sense of entitlement.


A bit later, as Mr. Dizzy and I are checking out, I'm paying the cashier, and happen to look over at the checkout lane next to us. There is the same young lady, who just finished checking out and is gathering her bags, standing there just GLARING at me. I ignored her. She continued to stand there, glaring at me. I finally looked over and gave her "the look" (if you know me, you know exactly what I'm talking about!). She faltered a bit, but continued to stare....but finally looked away and walked off.

Lucky for her. I don't put up with people who feel they are entitled to treat people as rudely as they wish and just get away with it. Push me too far and find out what happens next. Bring it, bitch.


It's going to be a LONG Holiday season.....

Monday, November 22, 2010

Grace In Small Things: 46/2010

What I am grateful for this week:
  • Warm kitties on cool nights
  • Gooey Butter Cookies!
  • A weekend out of town shopping with my Ladies group
  • Coming home after a weekend shopping!
  • Dear Mr. Dizzy walking in the door after a long hunting weekend....feels so good having his arms wrapped around me - - where they belong!

Count your blessings - - join Grace In Small Things.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Grace In Small Things: 45/2010

What I am grateful for this week:
  • A SHORT work week - - only 3 days, followed by a 4 day weekend.
  • A long weekend spent with good friends in Brownsville, Tennessee. Southern hospitality at its best.
  • Southern cooking - - nothing like good hot grits for breakfast!
  • Being home - - no matter how good it is to get away, it's even better getting back home where we belong.
  • Three fuzzy cat-creatures greeting us as we walk in the door, SO happy to see us.
Count your blessings - - join Grace In Small Things.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Moving Forward....Finally!

Progress is being made!

For the first time in three months, I am able to go back to the Gym! The Doctor has cleared me to work on upper body and core, but no machines that would put stress on my foot (such as treadmill, elliptical, bike, etc.) Doctor and I have a good trust built up between us. He knows he can trust me to NOT do something I'm not supposed to do, and to protect my foot.

So Tuesday I went and worked out on the upper body and core machines, did some crunches on an exercise ball; only did about 1/2 hour workout, because that was my first time in three months. Wednesday, I made it back for my favorite Body Toning class. This morning I made it in for more work on the upper body/core machines. I was going to go back tomorrow morning, but.....

Tonight, the pain has hit. *sigh* Tomorrow morning, it may be all I can do to get out of bed without assistance! So - - tomorrow's workout may have to be put on "hold" until next week.

But you know, it's all worth just feels so damn good to be back!

Now if my muscles will stop being mad at me.....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Blog.....

I have been looking for a way to put all my recipes in electronic form, not only to keep from losing them someday, but in a form that allows me to find one easily, or share them easily with friends or family members that may want a copy.

So, I decided the best way would be to start keeping a recipe blog.

The new blog is called "Cooking In the Kitchen With Dizzy" and can be found at

So far, I have quite a few of our favorite recipes in there, complete with a picture of each. And? Each recipe is categorized with a label for each in searching.

I hope you get a chance to check it out sometime!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Grace In Small Things: 44/2010

What I am grateful for this week:
  • A good report from my most recent post-op foot is healing well.
  • Actually able to wear a real SHOE periodically on my surgery foot!
  • Spending a couple of evenings with my one night, Crescent Dogs the next. And lots of fun.
  • Seeing my son for the first time in months - - it had been WAY too long.
  • Bacon-Corn Chowder in the good!

Count your blessings - - join Grace In Small Things.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Well - - Good News, and Not So Good News.....

My latest post-op checkup with the Doctor was some good, and some not so good.

The GOOD news is that:

  • I am healing well.
  • I can start sleeping without the surgical shoe on (HALLELUJIA!).
  • I have been cleared to take my "road trip" to Fairview Heights on Nov. 20th, including driving myself all that way.
  • I can start going back to the Gym to do some light working out, such as upper body weight machines, recumbent bike, etc. NOT the elliptical, stairmaster, or treadmills yet, but that's fine. Baby steps.

The NOT-so-good news is that I'm still having to wear the surgical shoe quite a bit. I was hoping to be able to put on a REAL shoe this afternoon, but my foot was swollen just enough that it was not possible. I got the shoe about halfway on, and there was no getting it any further.


I know - - it's only been 2 months tomorrow that I had surgery. I'm trying very hard to be patient. But anyone who knows me, even a little bit, knows that PATIENCE is NOT a strong point of mine.....

I have some good, supportive lace-up shoes I can wear, that will probably fit just fine, and those will definitely be getting worn a lot. But, they are not the kind of shoes I can wear and look okay with my work clothes. And as for going shoe shopping? Out of the question, for quite a few more months.

I'm really not complaining. I'm healing well, and things are looking pretty good. But it was disheartening to not be able to fit that shoe on my foot. I know it's because my foot will be swelling as the day goes on, and that will continue for a few more months as the healing process continues.


And tomorrow? I will feel much better about everything.

Tonight, I just want to be able to be bummed out, and get it out of my system.

Grace In Small Things: 43/2010

What I am grateful for this week:
  • I survived a horrendous work week!
  • Hot tea to warm me up on chilly Autumn mornings
  • Lap robes to snuggle under while watching an NCIS Marathon
  • Finding a new Holiday outfit at JC fits perfectly, and it was on sale!
  • Tater Tot Casserole for Supper - - one of the ultimate comfort foods!

Tomorrow I go back to the foot doctor for my 4th post-op checkup. If all goes well, I may be able to start wearing regular shoes on that foot again. Keep your fingers crossed!

Count your blessings - - join Grace In Small Things.