Appointments, Treats and Rewards

This has been a week of getting things done;  I completed my required visits as of this afternoon! I’m sitting here writing with slightly dilated eyes after my yearly diabetic eye exam (I’m doing fine – no signs yet of the diabetes affecting my eye sight – THANK YOU, LORD!). My glasses don’t need adjusting – no change in my vision in the last year – still seeing 20/30 with glasses (my husband said that’s a good thing!).  Yesterday was another ‘every 3 months’ doctor visit and I’m doing good there as well (weight is up a little from last time, but that’s due to a large amount of stress lately). My ‘reward’ (and, my family’s) is: tonight we’re going to check out a newly opened Chinese/Japanese buffet restaurant! Oldest son reported that his Sous Chef went there and reported back that it was better and more than he thought it would be – I’m excited.  I love Chinese food (Lo Mein, Crab Rangoon, all kinds of sushi/sashimi, stir fried – almost everything!).  Two out of three sons will be accompanying us, so that will be  a nice experience.  (One loves Chinese/Japanese foods – the other is hoping this new place has ‘some’ American foods as well).

I’m happy to report that I’m almost totally over the sinus-sickness thing. Mentioned it to the doctor who said “There’s a lot of allergies going around lately – try using the saline nasal sprays and perhaps a decongestant.”  This past week it’s mostly sinus pressure and a light headache, nothing I can’t deal with. Babysat the grandson yesterday and was feeling more like the ‘old me’ – he didn’t totally wear me out like the week before!

Just about 1  1/2 weeks left of school; next week is a full week, then exams. I don’t think I wrote about youngest hoping to get his cast off totally, only to find out that the hand specialist put on a slightly smaller cast and told him to return in FOUR weeks! That certainly didn’t make for a happy youngest son! Oh, and the doctor added: “NO SWIMMING!” I just looked at him and thought “Yeah, I bet YOU didn’t have a very head-strong teenage son, either!”  We’ll see just how long this cast holds up, as I’m sure there will be some swimming in that four weeks . . . sigh.

Ran across a yummy-sounding recipe in the coupon section of our paper:

Lean Steak and Mushroom Salad


4 T. olive oil

4 T. white wine vinegar

6 tsp. Dijon mustard

4 tsp. lemon juice

4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

12 oz. boneless sirloin steak (2 ” thick) well trimmed

2 T. Mrs. Dash Steak Grilling or Original seasoning blend

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

1/2 C.  green onions, sliced

1/4 C. fresh parsley, minced

1 C. cherry tomatoes, sliced

1 head Bibb lettuce


Whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce; set aside. Season both sides of steak with Mrs. Dash. Cook steak on preheated grill until medium rare or desired doneness is reached, about 4-5 minutes per side. Slice steak into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place mushrooms, green onions and fresh parsley in large bowl. Add steak to mushroom mixture and toss with dressing;  garnish with Place several leaves of lettuce on individual plates.  Place steak mixture onto lettuce leaves and serve immediately. Serves 4.

(recipe courtesy “Mrs Dash” and The Beef Check-off)


That’s about all that’s going on around here lately. Been working on Afghan #247 (about 1/2 done) and knitting & crocheting squares. Since I hadn’t knit the Ballband pattern in quite awhile, I’ve taken that up again. It’s funny how taking some time away from doing something usually requires following directions when you pick it back up again! I couldn’t count the number of Ballband patterned squares I’ve knit over the last three years but I know it’s got to be close to (or over) 50 and yet I still needed to read the directions before proceeding! Ah, aging – it’s not all it’s cracked up to be!

Picked up a book at the local library today which is proving to be a really FUN read“Garlic and Sapphires; The Secret Life of  a Critic in Disguise” by Ruth Reichl – she’s the New York Times Food Critic. By reading the write up on her, I guess people recognize her, so she’s taken to going into fancy restaurants in wigs and various disguises, acting ‘parts’ to see what type of service she gets without being recognized, then doing it again without the disguises – and  writing up a double critique on the whole experience. Have only gotten through part of chapter one but it’s proving to be an interesting and FUNNY read!

Today it’s bright & sunny and in the mid-70’s – lovely weather! Can’t wait for my eyes to ‘go back to normal’ and not be dilated – looking at my salmon-colored basket of begonias outside nearly blinded me! With the dilation they looked screaming NEON! Whew!

Hope you have a great day/evening/weekend!



ps:  Almost forgot! HAPPY DONUT DAY! Yes, June 4th is the official Doughnut Day! Visit your local Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts and receive a free doughnut (limit 1 per person), no purchase required. Pretty sweet, eh? See the article on this at:


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  1. Hello Pammie, Just found your site and I love it!.. I cant wait to browse through it!.. Awesome.. God Bless… Irene

    • Thank you! It’s always nice to hear from readers! If you like recipes – there’s lots to find here. If you don’t mind my asking: where are you from (state/country)?

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