Friday, March 30, 2012

The Sister's Hand

The Sister had a small cyst on a tendon in her left hand. It began to irritate her and cause some pain.

She scheduled surgery, but had to change it due to The Brother-in-Law's travel schedule. Then she had to reschedule because of The Nieces' spring break. Then (drum roll), she needed to reschedule because of The Brother-in-Law's travel schedule! The decision was finally made to proceed with the last date. The Husband and I were tasked to take the place of The Brother-in-Law.

We spent the night at The Sister's house. I was in charge of The Sister. The Husband was in charge of The Nieces.
  • We got up at 5am.
  • We left the house at 5:30am.
  • We arrived at the surgery center at 5:50am.
  • The center opened at 6am.
  • The Sister went "back" at 6:20am.
  • The nurse told me surgery began at 7:30am.
  • The nurse told me surgery ended at 7:50am.
  • I phoned The Brother-in-Law & The Mom to advise surgery was finished and she was in Recovery. 
  • The doctor spoke to me at 8:10am and confirmed everything went well.
  • I was called back to Recovery at 8:30am to see The Sister and receive post-surgery instructions. (The nurse told The Sister that I was in charge of her for the day. Total win for me!)
  • We left the surgery center at 8:50am.
  • We stopped at the pharmacy at 9:00am to leave the pain medicine prescription to be filled.
  • We arrived at IHOP at 9:10am.
  • We enjoyed breakfast from 9:10am until 10:00am.

The Sister looks pretty good, post surgery, doesn't she? Could be the meds. Or, perhaps the bacon? I think the bacon.

While we were having fun at the surgery center, The Husband was having fun getting The Nieces ready for school.

This photo is post dressing, but pre-hair brushing. Not bad. 
  • Breakfast was eaten
  • Hair was brushed
  • A few cartoons watched
  • Off to school
As The Husband said, "They were little angels for me." We were so proud.

The Sister recovered at her home during the day and I did a few necessary things at my house. Later in the day, I picked the girls up from their after school karate class and took them to their Miller Swim School class. We came home, ate pizza and went to bed early (8:30pm). This was normal bed time for the girls, but The Sister and I were exhausted from getting up so early that day. :-)

The next morning, the girls had late start at school due to teacher's meetings. I fixed their hair for school. Behold, channeling La La Loopsie!

The Sister felt no pain from the surgery and had been previously released to drive 24 hours after surgery. She took the girls to school and also drove herself to a follow-up doctor's appointment in the afternoon.

I picked the girls up at school and took them home. I also allowed them to have not one, but two, snacks. I'm a push over, what can I say?

The Sister came home with a band-aid over her stiches and a good report from the surgeon.

What better outcome could you wish for? None, I say!

The End.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Family Gender Reveal Party

I blogged about a family "gender reveal" party here.
The result of that party was our lovely Lucye Jane.
How sweet is she?

The Husband and I attended another family gender reveal party this week
for our sweet niece, Mary and her husband, Joel.

We all predicted the gender of the baby by voting on this board.
We also suggested boy and girl names, but I didn't get a photo of those. :-(
(Yes, Cynthia was a suggestion from me!)

There were pink and blue cupcakes for everyone.
The secret is inside!

Mary was so nervous she couldn't bite into the cupcake,
so she had Joel do the honors.

The results are:

We are having a boy!


Have you ever been to a gender reveal party?
They are fun!

Friday, March 16, 2012

"He's Such A Horse's Ass!"

This is my dear, sweet, departed mother-in-law Lucye.
She was a lovely person.

March 16, 1923 - August 3, 2008

One of her sayings to describe bad behaviour was:
"He's such a horse's ass!"

If children were in the room, it would be modified to:
"He's such a horse's tail."

A number of years ago, The Husband and I attended a Texas flea market/antique show. The Husband saw this bottle opener and exclaimed,
"I have to get this for Mom!" 

Behold, a horse's ass bottle opener.
Lucye hung the opener below a long, narrow mirror.
Anyone who looked in the mirror was reminded, "Don't be a horse's ass!"

Fast forward several years.
I collect hammered aluminum and I frequently check eBay
to see if there are any unique pieces for sale.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this tray.

Of course, I had to have it.

They say it's a collection when you have three of kind.
We now have two horse's asses and are looking for a third!

It's only appropriate these are displayed on our bar.

Happy Birthday, Lucye.
You are missed!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Night Dinner Party

We are hosting our dinner party group on this Saturday night.

Here's a look at the table.

A place setting.

A simple centerpiece.

The Menu

with Crackers

Butterfly Leg of Lamb,
marinated in a dijon mustard sauce for 24 hours
and grilled on the Hasty Bake.
(The Husband's old, handwritten recipe from Nancy, 
a dearly departed friend from Connecticut.)

Tablescape Resources:
Tablecloth & Napkins: Jackalope in Santa Fe, NM. (I think!)
China: Nevaeh White, Fitz & Floyd Everyday Bone China, Bed Bath & Beyond
Wine Glass: Riedel 
Water Glass: Mikasa French Countryside Ruby Goblet, won in a BNOTP contest
Sterling: American Classic by Easterling
Salt & Peppers: Collected over the years
Candlesticks: Gifts

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Peacock Room Revisited

A couple of years ago, I wrote here and here about our guest room.
Since that time, I've added a few more peacocks to the room. 
Just a few. 

Despite the fact The Husband thinks I'm too obsessed with peacocks,
I'm going to continue to bring these beauties home with me!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Deviled Eggs

We are attending a family birthday party for our precious 1 year old grand niece on Saturday.

We are responsible for providing deviled eggs for the family lunch.

Here are 24 hard boiled eggs (peeled) waiting for Aunt Cindy's magic on Saturday morning!

Does your family like deviled eggs? Sweet or savory?

Do you have a special egg plate to serve deviled eggs on?