Friday, December 30, 2011

Merry Christmas Momma!

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My Dad canceled out this year because my brother came to my house…it was the FIRST Christmas without mom & dad BOTH.

My dad’s health is getting bad…I pray he’s able to make it next year!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Aluminum Foil…in the Dryer??? - UPDATE - IT DOESN"T WORK!

UPDATE - I don't feel this worked for us so I went back to dryer sheets!!!

Just ran out of Bounce Dryer sheets and had 1 load to go. Because I ’m too lazy broke my fibula, it’s hurting and I don’t feel like running to the store at 8:30pm…I took matters into my own hands by scouring the internet to see if I could find an alternative so our clothes wouldn’t be all full of static and such.

Low and behold there was a RAVING write up on using aluminum foil rolled up in a 2-3” tight ball in the place of a dryer sheet.

I was tickled pink since I had a roll of aluminum foil that had unfortunately gone haywire and was driving me crazy cause it would no longer tear off right…ugh.

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Double ugh that foil made me so blasted mad when it happened. It seemed I could never get it to straighten back out right either. I didn’t want to throw it away but it has been NO use to me for the better part of a year.

Now I had the PERFECT solution…even if it came off in small pieces…

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it would still work in my tight ball so I just started tearing and wadding…

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Good news is…it doesn’t have to be pretty, or perfect, or anything like that. And thankfully, the more I unrolled and tore…it FINALLY straightened itself back up..YIPPEE!!!

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I stopped at the point when I was able to get my roll back in the order it was suppose to be in…STRAIGHT that is. And was able to make (1) 2 inch ball and (1) 3 inch ball with what I had tore off. This is PERFECT since the reports online say you can use 2 aluminum balls if you have a large load like comforters and things. I’m super excited to see how this works and so looking forward to NOT buying dryer sheets again. I should be able to use the SAME ball for 6 months so the two that I have should last me ALL of next year…WOO HOO!

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My laundry just finished and while there was ‘some’ static sounds when I was taking things out of the dryer…it appears to be the same as what I had when I took the laundry out with the Bounce Dryer sheets so to me…I’ll keep using it and will post later if I return to back to my dryer sheets.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Easy, Yummy, Chewy Coconut Cookies

My husband LOVES coconut. I think it's one of those things that you either LOVE or hate...I happen to be a lover of it too so it works good for us.


He usually runs to the store for things we need through the week and sometimes even does our grocery shopping...especially since I fractured my fibula a month or so ago. I notice he's been buying sweetened coconut and eating the bag as a snack.


I had NEVER heard of coconut cookies but since cookies seem to be the theme before Christmas...I did a google search to see if there was any such cookie. To my surprise...there IS!!!


I found a recipe at allrecipes.com that looked easy enough for me to give it a try. For me, a recipe has to be pretty simple and not require alot of ingredients...I'm not a patient cook or baker. :)


Here's the Coconut cookie on one of my beautifully seasoned Pampered Chef stones. They are SUPER YUMMY! :)


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Merry Christmas Bloggy Friends!!!

I've had my Christmas cards since the middle of November...I had to MAKE myself hold off sending them out until after Thanksgiving. Finally, it's close enough for me to wish you "my bloggy friends" a Merry Christmas!!!




I was pleased to not have to photoshop people in or out of our picture this year!!! I just had to photoshop Lulu a new face because she had devil eyes that I could not get out in the original one.


Keep Christ in Christmas...Jesus is the reason for this season!!!
God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A Fractured Fibula...OUCH!!!

On Oct 15 I ran my 8.5 mile training for the half marathon I was going to be doing on Oct 23. When I finished running that day...I could barely walk. My left ankle did something and it swelled and H U R T!!! OUCH!!!


I went to the doctor that week to make sure it wasn't broken or fractured before I ran the half marathon. The doctor sent me for xrays but also let me know that a stress fracture of the fibula doesn't always show up until it's healing and if it got any worse, I should come back in within 2 weeks and have another xray. The xray at that time showed that I did not have a fractured fibula however, the pain and what the ankle has been doing since Oct 15 never really changed. It has been hurting and swelling this whole time.


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I went to a foot and ankle specialist yesterday for my bruised toenails and to have him look at my ankle and tell me what he thought. He couldn't believe I had 6 bruised toenails of which ALL of them should have come off shortly after the run. Needless to say, we've been so busy around here and this was the first days that both the doctor and our schedules lined up. He took xrays of my ankle and it was as he suspected...a fractured fibula. Since we believe it happened on my Oct 15 run...I am 6 weeks into healing so we're not going to do anything at this point except for me to "baby" it as much as possible no real weight on it for 2 more weeks. He said if I would have come in 2 weeks ago, he would have walked me back to the OR to have them break and set my ankle. He was surprised as could be that it is healing in almost perfect alignment and said it's "nothing short of a miracle" for it to be in line like that after being walked on continually for the last 6 weeks.


Needless to say, I ran a half marathon with a fractured fibula...WOW!!!


My pastors wife said it best, "now you have proof...even when we're broken, God carries us"


Thank you God for carrying me!!! You are amazing!!!
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