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Monday, January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013 (Monday)

Gary got up at 5 a.m. to go work out.  The roads were terrible and he drove about 15!  I got up at 6:00 and wisely watched the school closings.  Mine didn't close until about 6:15!  That was cutting it close.  I stayed up for awhile, then fell asleep on the couch until Gary called an woke me up.

Took a little nap when Gary got home after going to Paul's.  Then we ate at Tom's.  I had a grilled ham & cheese and he had a coney and a bowl of chili (and brought half of it home).  Then he had to babysit.

I went to my mom's and then on to the outlets.  First, I went to Dress Barn and tried on two things and bought them both, so that was cool!  One was a peasant-ish top with a nipped-in waist in a sheer fabric.  Bling on the bodice made me wonder about it until I tried it on!  Not sure if that's too much for school.  Maybe I'll wear it to church or parties or if we go out.  The other thing was jeans with bling on the pockets.  They are a 16 and I probably should've tried on the 14.

I had 3 certificates to use at Old Navy.  The $20 needed to be used this week and I also had a $15 and a $5, which I'll use another time.  I have a hard time finding things there, except for the kids.  Everything seems chintzy to me.  I ended up with a coat for Grace's birthday ($11.97), a scarf to go with it, pink fleece pants for her, and a couple pairs of socks for Emmy.  The bill ended up being 49 cents, but it showed up as zero, so I paid nothing!

January 27, 2013 (Sunday)

We went to church and Gary proposed that we begin sending backpacks home with area students, carrying enough food for their weekend, since so many children don't have enough food between their last school meal Friday and Monday breakfast at school.  Everyone sounded very supportive of the idea.

We ate at Big Boy using my $20 Seize The Deal coupon and shared a piece of hot fudge cake to make up the difference. 

For dinner, Gary ran to Starlite and got a turkey dinner for us to split.  Delish!

Ice storm scheduled for tonight!  Let's see if the timing is right to close the schools!

January 26, 2013 (Saturday)

Gary and I went to Grace and Clark's basketball game this morning. Truly a riot! Grace is in kindergarten and plays really well.  Clark is 4 and mostly just stands around and sometimes bursts into playing!

After the game, we went to Starlite.  We both had the special, beef stew on biscuits.  Their biscuits are tender and fluffy and the stew is just right!

Before dinner, I went to my mom's and Billy and Nancy were there, so we had a nice visit. 

Later we watched a movie, The Words.  A very good movie about a writer who finds a manuscript and claims it as his own. 

January 25, 2013 (Friday)


Tonight was Madilyn's first game.  She played very well!

Friday, January 25, 2013

January 24, 2013 (Thursday)

After Gary got home from babysitting, I was disappointed that he went to the girls basketball game in Byron.  I didn't really want to go in the dark, on a snowy night, and get home late.  So I stayed home and went to my mother's.  I had my leftovers from Bangkok Peppers and they were delish, except the rice was totally dried out and didn't rehydrate as I expected.

January 23, 2013 (Wednesday)

We had our Thursday night date tonight, since Gary has to babysit the rest of the week.  Went to Bangkok Peppers on Hill Road.  We could've ordered from the lunch menu for about half the price (and half the portion), but I wanted to have leftovers for tomorrow.  I ordered the cashew chicken and Gary had the seafood medley.

Actually, this is a picture taken a couple months ago, but it is my cashew chicken in the foreground.  Gary's meal in the picture is Pad Thai, which he likes a lot. 

After we ate, we made a trip to WalMart for necessities. 

Gary went to his meeting and I stayed home and watched The Middle.  I recorded Modern Family for us to watch when he got home.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January 22, 2013 (Tuesday)

Ready to go back to work today after having yesterday off for Martin Luther King Day and recovering from the stomach flu.  However, Genesee was one of the first to call in with a school closing, due to frigid windchills. Gary had an eye doctor appointment, so I went and babysat Mad and Grace until he could get there.  Amanda still had college, as they weren't closed.

January 21, 2013 (Monday)

Today was Martin Luther King Day and also Inauguration Day, so there was no school. 

So here's the story of last night.  Remember I had brunch at O'Graydee's and a cappuccino on the way home from there.  At about 4:00 p.m., I sat the dinner of potpies on the table and sat down.  I don't think I even had a bite and left the table.  I had diarrhea and then the vomiting started, losing all my fluid the first time, then horrendous dry heaves the rest of the night.  Really a bad night!  Good to have today off school to recuperate and regain strength!

January 20, 2013 (Sunday)

Today we, of course, went to church.  Between church and Gary's choir we ate at O'Graydee's, more about that tomorrow.  For dinner I made chicken potpies with Southwestern chicken, not so good as my regular recipe.

January 19, 2013 (Saturday)

January 18, 2013 (Friday)

January 17, 2013 (Thursday)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January 16, 2013 (Wednesday)

Tonight we went to Twin's for dinner and had a green pepper pizza.  American Idol started tonight, and I watched it to see the Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj friction.  Otherwise, auditions aren't my favorite.  In fact, I don't like them at all.  Recorded The Middle and Modern Family.

January 15, 2014 (Tuesday)

I went into work for about an hour and then Gary picked me up for Jeannie Moore's funeral.  It was very nice.  Four members of our choir, including Gary, sang Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) and Lord, You Have Come To The Lakeshore.  Then I grabbed lunch at McDonald's and ate it at work so I could continue recording exams to cd's for Thursday and Friday. 

Gary didn't have to babysit until Grace got off the bus, as Clark and Emily went to Doug's mother's for the day.  So I went with him, and we took Grace and Madilyn to Senor Lucky's.  Then they came back to our house for an hour, before he took them to basketball practice.

January 13, 2013 (Sunday)

At the very end of today's church service, Pastor Karen announced that Jeannie Moore had passed away yesterday.  We were all so shocked! 

January 12, 2013 (Saturday)

Gary wanted to go for a drive today.  I wasn't too thrilled about it, as the destination was the bakery in Linwood that made the pies for Tyler's wedding.  We bought a Kentucky Derby pie there, chocolate, pecans and bourbon.  Then we went to Bay City and he insisted on going to the Nut House!  I managed to not buy chocolate-covered orange peels, but Gary bought some candy and, of course, I ate plenty of that. 

January 11, 2013 (Friday)

I took Gary back to Dobies' office to turn in his heart monitor and for his appointment with Dobies.  It turned out better than expected.  Dobies' associate told Gary in the hospital this time that there was another blockage and he'd need another stent!  Dr. Dobies said that was not the case and had a very positive outlook.

January 10, 2013 (Thursday)

Gary called and said he would be released around four, so I planned on that.  Took my shower and then he called and said they were releasing him right away to go to Dr. Dobies' office and be put on a heart monitor for 24 hours. 

January 9, 2013 (Wednesday)

Got a call from Gary tonight as he was on his way to his meeting.  He was having chest pains on the way, on the expressway, so he pulled onto the shoulder and took a nitro.  He drove on for the allowed five minutes and pulled off and took another nitro, still on the expressway.  He then drove on to Genesys and called me.  He said Paul was on his way to pick me up.  So I waited for what seemed forever.  I'd rather be in control.  They decided to keep him overnight.  No heart attack.  Maybe it was just his body adjusting to the stent. 

January 7, 2013 (Monday)

Back to school today after a very long Christmas vacation!  Back with mixed feelings, but mostly glad.  Good to be back to routine again.  I was fortunate to have the time off with Gary in the hospital for five days.

January 4, 2013 (Friday)

Gary's heart cath was today.  So cool that Dr. Karr, Dr. Dobies and Dr. Mohammed (kidney doctor) all keep in contact with each other and work together.  Since Gary cannot use the IV dye without certain precautions, that had to be planned by Dr. M.  Usually a stent takes just a short time, maybe 20 minutes.  Gary's was two hours.  Turns out Dr. Dobies had to use special techniques because of it's positioning.  I overheard the nurses talking afterwards about how skilled he was and they were in awe of how he did it.  I also found out from him that he'd only done this procedure three times before, because it isn't usually necessary.  Another nurse had to apply pressure to the incision for almost 10 minutes and apparently that was a big deal also. 

January 2, 2013 (Wednesday)

Gary will have a heart cath & probably one stent Friday and be released Saturday.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

January 5, 2013


This old mirror and shelf was found in someone's junk put out by the road.  It was in over a dozen pieces, some of them broken.  My husband put it back together and now it enjoys a spot on our cabin wall just a few feet from Lake Superior's cold shores!

Gary came home from the hospital today.  We were almost home when the hospital called.  They had forgotten to return his Fenofibrate to him.  We had to supply that as they can't get it there.  So we turned around and went back and got it!  Then we ate at Bob Evans on Hill Road, as Gary had a craving for their Cobb Salad.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013 (Tuesday)

Happy New Year's to all! 

Gary and I planned to have a New Year's dinner for Amanda & the kids.  He was going to make fettucine.  But that plan didn't happen, because Gary had chest pains late this morning.  So after taking two nitro and waiting 5 minutes after each one, I called the ambulance.  All his tests came back good, but they're keeping him overnight and he'll have a treadmill stress test in the morning.  They were going to do the nuclear stress test, but he asked if he could do the treadmill and they said he could.  I left there at 4:00 to get home before dark.  Got a McDonalds hamburger, small fry and Diet Coke, since I hadn't eaten since my breakfast oatmeal.  Made the mistake of going in VG's since we're almost out of milk and also came out with a pack of fudge stick cookies.

Elderly neighbor Margaret called to see who went in the ambulance.  She said if I get scared, just call her!

I found this cute idea for Christmas next year in November's Good Housekeeping, which I'm just getting to!



Supplies:   7 sheets white printer paper
                  Variety of scrapbook paper, cut to 5-1/2 inch squares
                  Spray adhesive or scrapbooking glue
                  Hole punch
                  60" ribbon, cut into six 4" strips and two 18" strips
***Print the individual letters in 430 point Bodine font on the white paper.  Cut each into a 4-1/2" square, with letter centered.  Adhere each letter onto the larger square of scrapbook paper.  Punch holes in the two top corners of each square.  Join lettered squares with ribbon tied at each corner, leaving about an inch between cards.  Tie longer pieces of ribbon to outer corners of first and last letter and allow to hang down on either side.