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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31, 2013 (New Year's Eve!)

Went to the specialist this morning.  Not too nervous, as I didn't think he'd do much besides examine me.  So he cleaned out my stuffed nose, put a scope up it (waaaaay up it!), then numbed it.  He gave it 5 minutes to be frozen and then chemically cauterized it!   Yaaaaay!  He thinks that should be the end of the nosebleeds, but can't be sure.  I sure hope so!

They are sending me for an MRI of my head sometime this next month, just to make sure there's nothing else going on.  I'm sure it'll be OK.

I want nothing more this vacation than to "nest".  Basically content to spend all my time at home.

It's snowing nicely tonight, and we went to Starlite for dinner.  I had the Turkey Pretzelwich and Gary had the Big Sicilian.  All was good.  Gary usually cooks the New Year's dinner for us, but bought a frozen pizza at Aldi's instead!  Maybe I've worn him out this vacation.

Well, it's New Year's Eve, but we'll just spend it as every other night and relax!

December 30, 2013 (Monday)

The ear, nose & throat specialist called and gave me an appointment in a week, on Tuesday after I'm back to work.  They could've made it Friday, but I didn't want to miss Mary Benoit's funeral.

Went to my mom's and, when I got home, Gary said they'd called back and want to make it tomorrow morning!  That's great!

December 29, 2013 (Sunday)

I didn't really feel like getting around for church after the week I've had.  But I knew I'd be glad to be there and see people!  So it was a nice morning and we ate at Big Boy in Clio after.  Hadn't been there in a long time.  We then went to WalMart and, after we'd been there awhile, they told everyone to head for the cash registers as they were about to lose power!  So that was the end of that!  We hurried, but we were done anyways.

December 24, 2013 (Tuesday) - December 28 (Friday)

Well, today was certainly an interesting Christmas Eve!

Gary went out to shovel in the cold.  Not a good thing.  At about 8 a.m., one of my nosebleeds began.  I pinched my nose for a long time, and after about 30 minutes I sent Duke out to get Gary.  That took a bit, since Duke had to do his tracking first.  Finally, Gary caught sight of him and had decided to come in anyways.  As he was heading up the driveway, I was motioning frantically.  It had been 40 minutes and was still gushing, so he had to take me to the hospital.  It was a long drive on a slippery expressway.  We pulled into the parking lot, about an hour and a half after it had started.  I was hoping I would find then that it had stopped, and I could just turn around and go see Dr. Karr and have him look at it.  No such luck.  It was still gushing.  So into the ER we went and, fortunately, it wasn't busy at that point.  They took good care of me.  One time I spit a huge flattened softball-size clot in the sink there! 

Side note:  Two employees, including the doctor, asked me if I was allergic to anything.  I told them penicillin and they affixed a red bracelet to my wrist signifying that, the same wrist that had my other hospital bracelet on.  When I left, I was prescribed Amoxicillin and Vicodin (for pain, although I didn't really have any, except sinus pain from them messing with me).  Gary picked up my prescriptions at VG's.  I assumed the Amoxicillin was permitted.  After all, the doctor should know, right?  Friday I went to Dr. Karr's to have him remove the packing.  I asked him if it was ok that I was taking the Amoxicillin.  He said, "Probably not!"  He gave me a different antibiotic and asked me if I could take that one.  Heck if I know!  So Gary later went to pick up the antibiotic at VG's.  A different pharmacist and tech were on that day.  He told them the story, and the tech said, "Well, that is flagged in our system, and they shouldn't have given that to you!"  The pharmacist then thought I shouldn't be taking the new antibiotic either.  He checked with Dr. Karr and Dr. Karr said I really didn't need any, so that's how it ended up.

So Dr. Karr referred me to an ear, nose, throat specialist, but said most are closed until after the New Year.

Gary and I exchanged presents on Christmas Day.  It was fortunate that, for once, he didn't wait until Christmas Eve to buy them.  I had already received a new remote car starter from him, as my old one had died.  Also got a created sapphire necklace, a nice scarf and a pink top. 

Thursday was my mom's 98th birthday.  I was able to go and spend some time with her.  I made her a bulletin board to hang in her room with all her family pictures of kids and grandkids on it.

December 22, 2013 (Sunday)

No church today, as everything is ice.  The church and most people around Genesee County have no power.  We're fortunate we do!  Amanda's was one of the first to go out last night.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gooseberry Patch!

Today was supposed to be my last day of school before Christmas break, a half day. However, school was called off due to icy conditions! So, my Christmas cards (half were addressed) and my directory are still there, as are a few giftable sugar scrubs I'd made.  I couldn't get in there today to retrieve them, so hopefully I can by Monday at the latest.

Laura J. brought me a Christmas dish of homemade cookies, etc.  Very nice of her, especially on such a bad day!

Tonight we went to Twin's and K-Mart.  Bought a humidifier, as my nosebleeds are horrendous.  Not normal nosebleeds!  Had another one at school yesterday morning.  Leaned a little to the left, while in my chair, to grab something, and it just started pouring blood once again.  So I made another doctor's appointment, and I hope he'll cauterize it right then! Got on my tote bag (won't completely come out), my bio folder, my yellow shirt (came out easily right then), and also on the carpet!

I've enjoyed making these Gooseberry Patch wall hangings this year:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 12, 2013 (Saturday)

Woke up at 6:30 a.m. when Duke wanted to go out.  Got back in bed and made an effort to get back to sleep and then woke up after 10:00!  Really dawdled around, totally unmotivated.  I need new clothes and new shoes, but just wasn't in the mood to shop.  Gary went to "the office" (Taco Bell) with Keith.  I did a few things around the house (very few) and then went to the library to return a book, McDonald's for a drive-thru hamburger and large Diet Coke, and a ride through the boat ramp park to enjoy the early fall colors.

Later I went to my mother's and was surprised to find out that she had sat outside on the deck for over an hour (she says)!  We didn't go to the chicken dinner at church, since neither of us is a fan of their fried chicken.  We went to Twin's instead (for the second time this week) to satisfy Gary's fish craving.  I had a personal pepperoni pizza.

Then we ran in WalMart to get me windshield wiper blades.  At home we watched the Netflix movie, Trade.  Very good!

October 11, 2013 (Friday)

So TGIF.  Definitely need a weekend!

We ate at Starlite tonight and I had the chicken quesadilla that I'm always getting there lately.  Very good, but I need to tell them they shouldn't put the salsa cup and sour cream packets on top of the quesadilla.  Creeps me out to think of all the dirty hands that have touched those things!  Gary had the marinated chicken salad that someone had recommended to him, but it wasn't really Gary food.

Made my October craft project tonight; running late on this! 

Made from a recycled Gooseberry Patch appointment book page.  I often buy $2 Family Dollar wall art and cover it with fabric and decorate.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Krystal Jo's

I am belatedly blogging Krystal Jo's on Fenton Road in Flint.  Let's just pretend it was today that we ate there!

Krystal Jo's is a tiny hole-in-the-wall place.  Think "atmosphere"!  Gary had been there for breakfast once with Fred.  Since then, it has been voted the 3rd best hamburger in Genesee County by The Flint Journal.  It's owned by a Kearsley High grad, who is also the cook.

I didn't notice how many tables were in the front, but basically it was just a couple.  They were full, so we had to sit at the counter, something I don't usually do.  But, hey, it's part of the atmosphere! 

I see they now have a website:  Try to overlook the many spelling errors!

Gary had the Hook Burger, which has battered jalapenos, for $7.49.  He liked it much better than the burger he had at Freakin' Unbelievable Burgers.  It was huge, and he took half home.  I had a turkey wrap, but I don't see that on the website menu.  It was very good, though, and I took some home, too.  They both came with fries, but Gary upgraded to onion rings.  Both were excellent!

Soooooo, as I was perched on the stool at the counter, with Gary on my right, a big black guy took the stool to my left. His arms were totally tattooed.  More atmosphere.  I'm leaning for all I'm worth towards Gary!  Often Mr. Big and I were arm-to-arm, but definitely not leg-to-leg!  It was quite humorous, as he was watching America's Got Talent on his cellphone and his keys were laying on the counter.  The only tag on his key ring was from the Genesee District Library!  Quite the Renaissance man.  Everyone was talking to each other, employees and customers.

This locally-owned business has been open for awhile and I hope it continues to do well!

July 12, 2013

Today we took a drive up to see the Tall Ships in Bay City.  I thought today would be the best day, since maybe people would be at work and the crowds would be down!  However, there were hordes of people, so I can't imagine what the weekend will be like.

Bay City is such a nice town!  We ate at Dockside, formerly Kingfish.  We were disappointed, though, because they had a limited menu for the Tall Ships, as they expected to be so busy.  Not too busy yet today.  There were only 4 sandwiches, including a hamburger and a chicken patty sandwich.  I had the Cuban, which was pulled pork (no flavor added in any way to it) and ham.  Pretty bland sandwich.  Gary had a roast beef and cheddar sandwich.  The view is always enjoyable though.  We should've sat outside.
After eating, of course we had to go across the street to the Nut House.  I had to have my dark chocolate-covered orange peels!
Stopped at Menard's on the way home and got stain/sealant for my new swing that Gary bought for our anniversary.  He got it all stained tonight, too!  The only problem is the swarms of mosquitoes that prevent me from going out and sitting on it, especially this week with temps in the nineties.

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 7, 2013 (Sunday)

After church, Gary wanted to drive to Bay City to eat at that restaurant across from the Nut House on the water.  So how did we end up in Caseville instead?  As usual, I slept too much on the way.  We took lots of pictures of barns and clotheslines, etc. 

After driving around for awhile in Caseville, we ate at Baywatch on the Beach, just a little sandwich shop.  I had a really good turkey club pita wrap and Gary had fish & chips.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July 6, 2013 (Saturday)

Had to think what day of the week it is!  Church tomorrow!

I ran to Birch Run to use a $10 certificate at Old Navy for Carter's birthday, which is today.  Katherine's is today also.

Then I went to Bath & Body Works.  I had 4 random products at home, so I made a list of them and bought 4 matching things to go with them for gifts as needed.  Went to WalMart to get a couple things, McD's and then to my mother's.

Tonight we ate at Starlite.  I had the chicken quesadilla, which was very good.  Lots of toppings and covered the whole plate.  Gary had a patty melt and onion rings.

July 5, 2013

Ate at Twin's tonight, a Greek grinder.

July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!  Not too big of a deal with us.  Gary went to Keith's to help him get ready for his rummage sale and to take things there.  Ate at the new Angelo's in Mt. Morris.  Not as nice inside as I expected, having been there previously under other owners.  I ordered a well-done hamburger and that's what I got.  I liked it, but most probably wouldn't.  Crispy!  However, the patty was really, really thin and small and the bun was too big for it.  Gary ordered what the menu said was homemade chili and onion rings.  The chili was obviously canned.  I bet it's not homemade in the summer.  We won't go back.  We can get the same food elsewhere and better.  The prices were actually quite cheap, though. 

Then we went to Laura's and checked out her new house, which will be nice. 

Didn't go to any actual fireworks displayed, just drove around looking at private ones. 

When we got home, it's a good thing I was looking towards the front door as I got out of the car, because a skunk (I think a little one) was walking across our porch!

July 2, 2013

Gary's 67th b'day.  We ate at Zehnder's, another birthday freebie.  Lots of good stuff and certainly filled us up!  Starts with stollen,  homemade jam (strawberry today), cottage cheese, coleslaw, garlic toast with cheese spread and pate, cranberry relish and chicken noodle soup.  Then comes the main course, which is family style, of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, buttery noodles with cracker crumb topping and corn with red peppers. Then he had a special birthday sundae and I had vanilla ice cream with orange sherbet.  We switched!

After babysitting, I thought we'd go to Clio to check out the two free concerts.  As we drove in to town, there were people everywhere and we discovered fireworks were the 2nd this year instead of the 4th!  So we just left town and headed for home.

July 1, 2013 (Monday)

Today we ate at Red Robin to use Gary's birthday freebie.  He had chicken bruschetta, which he often gets and loves, with bottomless fries.  I had my favorite pollo fiesta salad.  I do love that, but their greens are often wet with water.  So that dilutes the dressing and can also be bad for the tortilla strips.  He also had a sundae, free for his b'day, with a song. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013

Today is Mary and Margaret's birthday. They were born on their mother's 40th birthday!

We went to Senor Lucky's for dinner, splitting the luncheon fajita special.  Delicious as always!

June 15, 2013

Today we went to Maryann and Emily's open houses.  Maryann's featured a photobooth, where we could get our pictures taken with her for her scrapbook, and lots of Middle Eastern food.  Emily's was outdoors under a tent, and we saw lots of our friends there.

June 10, 2013

Happy 32nd birthday to my baby girl, Amanda!

As we drove from our cottage in Aura towards
L'Anse, we came upon several Model A's going
the same way as us!  We thought maybe they
were heading to Pequaming, Henry Ford's old
company town, but they kept right on going.

Can't resist a clothesline!

Later we ate at Applebee's and then drove around Hancock
on roads we'd never traveled before.

We couldn't figure out why anyone would be selling fresh sticky oil!  Then we saw the sad face and realized they meant IT WAS ON THE ROAD!!!

June 9, 2013

The next day at the L'Anse Park was calm and beautiful.  We made a salad at the salad bar in Pat's IGA and enjoyed it on the lakeshore.  Of course, Gary had to fly his kite!

Tonight around 6:00 I was standing and looking out the living room window at the water (remember this is Lake Superior, a/k/a Keweenaw Bay) and I couldn't figure out if I was seeing one or two ducks, maybe having some kind of altercation.  Gary turned to look and said it was an eagle in the water, but we couldn't figure out what it was doing. So I grabbed the camera and we snuck out.  As we came around the corner of the cottage, though, it flew off.  We walked over that way.  It had been about 12 feet out in the water.  Just then the neighbor, Mike, came out.  He was wondering where his elderly cat was, as he hadn't seen her in a bit and she doesn't spend much time outdoors.  Oh-oh.  Gary went down to the shore to look for her and found her drenched.  Apparently the eagle had grabbed her and that was the altercation I saw in the water!  If we hadn't went outside and scared the eagle, the cat might've been gone for good!  So fortunately the cat swam the right direction to the shore and Mike scooped her up and took her in his house.  Hope she's OK!

June 8, 2013

Today is the Trout Festival in L'Anse and lots of people are in town and on the water! 

June 7, 2013

We drove down the road to Silver River Falls, which was washed out. I was marveling that there were no mosquitoes there, and then they swarmed around us, so we didn't venture far!  The falls were flowing pretty good though, still with spring run-off.

The Aura Lutheran Church meets once a month, the other services are held in town (L'Anse).

The Aura Jamboree is coming up next month!  Lots of music, food and fun for all ages!

We got to enjoy spring-flowering trees twice this year!  This is the latest we've encountered spring in our area up north.

Forget-me-nots line the road beyond Pequaming.

The old water tower in Pequaming.

A Pequaming sunset.