Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sometimes its a bunch of little things that make up a great day.

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus . . . 

1.  Had a great sleep.
2.  The fire alarm went off in the building.  I figured I better get dressed and put my coat and shoes by the patio door . . . just in case.  Turns out it was a test.  Made me wonder what I would have grabbed if it had been a real fire.  Decided it would be my purse (for ID) and my external hard drive so I wouldn't lose all my photos.
3.  Finished a pile of chores.  My Dreaded To Do List is up to September 7th.
4.  I'm starting to get online orders for my paper piecings.  That's pretty exciting.
5.  One of my books is now on Barnes & Noble.  It was accepted by iTunes a few weeks ago.  I hope my writing career takes off.  I love writing.  I would love it more if I made a living at it.
6.  Had a couple of lovely conversations with Hal who is out west somewhere right now.  He told me not to watch the Weather Network.
7.  Received a couple of lovely letters in the mail.  I should make some time this week to reply.
8.  I got some test results back today and I definitely do not have cancer.  I didn't realize how much I was worrying about it until I felt the absolute relief when I received this news.
9.  I made a lovely spaghetti dinner with chicken and veggies.

1.  I have a paper cut.

Book Review: Hidden Ontario by Terry Boyle

Hidden Ontario: Secrets from Ontario's Past

I had such a great time reading this book.  It is a series of stories about some of the funniest, oddest and most interesting events.  I was not familiar with any of the stories which I found very surprising considering the amount of reading I do.  
Terry Boyle's writing story is just ripe with description and you can frequently sense that his tongue is in his cheek as he tells some of the most ridiculous true stories from Ontario's history.
I loved the story about the bridge built across Rice Lake.  The lake freezes every winter and all that nasty ice made the bridge so fragile that when British royalty came to visit alternate means of transportation had to be found rather than risk the visitor's life.  When the train reached the other side of the lake, the Prince of Wales hopped back on.  We have the opposite problem here in St. Thomas.  We have a temporary bridge that was put in at Dalewood Dam many, many years ago and just refuse to break so we can get a permanent bridge.  
There were a few interesting murders with very interesting endings.  I rather admired the gentleman of wit who ran a huge mental health facility in Kingston for many years, and quite well, before it was discovered he had no qualifications for the job.
I'm not going to hint at anymore of the tales.  Pick up the book and find out for yourself.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Review: Breaking Thru the Fibro Fog

I recently read Breaking Thru the Fibro Fog by Kevin P. White MD PhD.  Dr. White is a Rheumatologist and Epidemiologist practicing in London ON who has spent many years studying what many people think is the recent phenomena of Fibromyalgia.  Dr. White believes this condition has actually been around for centuries but misdiagnosed and misunderstood.  In fact Dr. White suggests that fibromyalgia may be similar to missing limb syndrome, a problem with the nerves in the body not shutting off when they should.  (okay this is a very very simplified version of what he suggests)

I have lived with this condition for many years . . . many many years . . . and most of that time has been spent learning to deal with it on my own since I've never been able to get a referral to someone like Dr. White or much help from my family physician.  But through research and trial and error I have learned to make the most of my life.  Sometimes this condition can be so frustrating because it is hard to see from the outside . . . except occasionally when someone notices that I can't turn my neck or on really bad days when my dear hubby tells me I'm walking like John Wayne . . . again.  Many people don't really believe fibromyalgia exists; that we are just tired or lazy or exaggerating.  I'd like those people to walk a mile in my shoes.

It was very exciting to read Dr. White's book.  It is nice to know that those of us with fibromyalgia are not crazy, that we aren't lazy, that it isn't all in our heads.  (Personally I'd like for it to be all in my head because then some lovely doctor could just give me a pill to make it go away or at least make me forget about it.)

Dr. White challenges all the nay-sayers by offering scientific proof and common sense to explain this mysterious condition.  In fact he writes in a style that suits a medical book and yet takes the time to explain to those of us without medical degrees in a way we can all understand.

Thank you Dr. White for letting me know its not just in my head.  Once the medical community jumps on board perhaps we will find some treatment that doesn't just deal with the symptoms but can actually cure.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

2 large eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup salted butter, melted
1/2 cup applesauce
1 small apple, grated
1-1/4 cups milk
3 cups old-fashioned oats

Butter a 2 quart baking dish.

In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients, except the oats.

Fold in oats and combine well

Transfer mixture into the buttered baking dish and spread evenly around.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly on top of the oat mixture.  Refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, preheat oven to 375F.  Unwrap oatmeal and place in the oven.  Bake for about 30 minutes until oatmeal is set and browned on top.

Serve hot with milk or cream.

Deb, Taylor and I taste tested this recipe and feel it needs extra sweetness and perhaps a little more cinnamon so either add some brown sugar into the recipe or have it on the table to add with your milk . . .

Hmmmmmmm . . . I wonder how it would taste with vanilla yogurt or ice cream on top ???  LOL

Monday, November 7, 2011

Paper Piecings for your next card or layout . . .

I will have all my paper piecings with me tomorrow at Ladies' Day Out and of course you can email me any time if you want one or to order a custom piece.  Thanks for making it possible for me to afford my favourite pastime . . . scrapbooking . . .

Red light . . . green light . . .

When I hand off my camera to one of my grandsons I can never be sure what they will capture.  Taylor  (11) took these photos at the Elgin County Railway Museum in August.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My grandchildren enjoy museums and art galleries . . .

My grandsons love hiking and letterboxing and hanging around and computers and arts and crafts and so much more . . . but I am thrilled that they share our love of museums and history and art galleries.  Neither Hal or I are art connoisseurs or experts on history but there is a level of excitement and curiosity in these institutions that give us so much enjoyment.

Hal and Austin spent the day together (July 26) at the St. Thomas Art Centre.  I never was able to make it to this display so I'm glad they remembered to take a photo or two.