Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Instant Pot, My New Kitchen Gadget



I bought my Instant Pot about two months ago on Amazon Prime.  What is an Instant Pot, you might ask? The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, saute/browning pan and warming pot.  It's a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools.  

I can remember when I was growing up,  my mom used a traditional pressure cooker for many meals.  It was probably the noise and racket that the pressure cooker made me hesitate to use one in my own kitchen.

After reading posts on FB about the Instant Pot,  and how easy it was to use I decided to include one in my own kitchen.  So far, I have made Chicken and Dumplings ,  Chicken and Stuffing, and Goulash.

There is a bit of a learning curve for me regarding the Instant Pot, but the recipes I have used so far have been very helpful.  What I need to do is downsize the recipes a bit.  They make too much for just me and my husband.   Otherwise I am quite happy with it.



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday This and That



Today's agenda includes physical therapy, and about a half dozen phone calls.  In no certain order, I need to call:

1. Tree Trimmer.  Several low lying branches need to be addressed.
2. New Primary Doctor.  It's time to change due to location.  This  new guy is highly recommended.
3.  Kitchen Design Appt.  We have a 30 year old kitchen in need of a serious upgrade.
4. Pet Groomer.  Our Papillion is in desperate need of a haircut.
5.  Dance classes for granddaughter.
6.  Eye appointment

Halloween went well for the kiddos. They love to dress up and go trick or treating.  We walked around for a block or two and they were content with that. The rest of the evening, my husband and I gave out candy at our daughter's house.

Yesterday my knee was a bit swollen from all the walking at Halloween, so I kept it iced and elevated.  Today marks eight weeks since I had my knee replacement surgery.  It has been an adventure, that's for sure.

My weekly appt with the surgeon was yesterday too.  He is keeping a close eye on the incision that has not yet closed.  Typically, he will dig around in the incision and remove debris.  Thankfully, he did not feel the need to do that yesterday and he said it was doing great.   I don't have to see him for another two weeks. That is good news!

There is a small list for necessary grocery shopping this week.  We will be using up items in the freezer, but we always need milk and bread. There are a couple of BOGO's at Publix I need to get before the ad changes.

This morning, if time permits, I am going to work on genealogy from my dad's side.  Yesterday, I did receive copies of my dad's parents marriage certificate and my dad's mom's death certificate.  There is so much more to research.

Have you researched your genealogy?  Are you using Ancestry?


Have a great day!



Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!



via 
Where we live,  we do not get Trick or Treaters.  That was a shock the first year we lived here.  At our previous home, we would get about 100 to 150 trick or treaters.Typically, my husband and I will head over to our daughter's house and go trick or treating with the grandkids.  I love seeing all the kids dressed up and enjoying themselves.



Today was another challenging day of therapy.  I am about whipped.  I had plans to bake banana cake bars, but that will wait until another day.  There is not much getting done today!



Tomorrow starts the "Great Food Fight".  Keeping track of our eating out and grocery spending should be an eye opener and it will help us to make better decisions with last minute eating out impulses.  We are guilty ( or lazy) when it comes to home prep and cooking.



Enjoy your Halloween!



This video is hilarious!  Enjoy!




Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pain is Relative

Driftless Valley in Southeastern Wisconsin

Today started with physical therapy for about an hour.  I recently ( 7 weeks ago ) had knee replacement surgery and  currently I am undergoing out patient therapy that followed 5 weeks of at home therapy.

Knee replacement surgery is no joke.  It is intense and painful.  When I went to the surgeon this June, I found out I would eventually need to have replacement on both knees.  At that point, I was unable to walk long distances, without excruciating pain.

At my age, 56, I was convinced that I was too young to have knee replacement surgery.  That is only for "old" people.  Guess what?   I AM old.  And arthritis has done a job on my knees. So, after a pity party, I decided to go ahead and get one of my knees done.

The surgeon was highly recommended, and so far I am pleased with the results.  But what do I have to compare it to?  Luckily, the pain medication is working.   The home exercises are working to increase mobility too.  The pain is the greatest when I am trying to sleep.  I wake up several times a night due to the pain, and when I try to shift around, that is when the pain really gets my attention!

There is a lack of healing at the incision.  The area is getting smaller, but it is taking for ever.  The surgeon checks it out every week to keep an eye on it.  I am hoping to avoid a surgery to clean it out.  I have been on antibiotics, and am now using a prescription antibiotic cream. I'd post pictures, but they are pretty graphic.

It been almost two months since I have seriously tracked our grocery spending/eating out.  Since the surgery, we have eaten out a lot!  My husband works full time and he really hates to cook.  He tries with simple meals,but I would like to once again keep track for at least the November and December.  If I have another knee replacement in Jan, I won't feel much like keeping track of anything.

I will again borrow the title "The Great Food Fight" and start in November.  I did this back in 2013, you can read about it here. Feel free to join along!

The rest of the day will be spent cleaning out more clutter,  Later on, the grandkids will be coming over and we will take them to a Trunk or Treat at a local church.  Should be a lot of fun!  They usually spend the night on Saturday's and I take them to church with me on Sundays.  After they leave on Sunday, you can bet I will be ready for a nap!

Have a great Saturday!



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Downsizing My Clutter via Ebay

This morning, I decided to list on eBay a ceramic Christmas tree.  It is retro vintage, and truly one of a kind.  I use to be a big seller on eBay, listing, packing and shopping for more stuff on a daily basis.  It was my escape from the stress of my job at that time.  Eventually, after a lay off, I went full time on eBay.  It did well, for about a year and a half.  Then, I went to work( at a less stressful job) and I lost interest in full time selling on eBay.

Vintage Atlantic Mold Christmas Tree

Up Close of Vintage Christmas Tree

Back to this morning, I have had this ceramic Christmas tree for 5 years.  I picked it up at a church sale for a few dollars.  I thought I would use it in my own home, but it ended up sitting in my closet.

I grabbed it out of the closet, took it outside to get a few pictures and now it is listed on eBay.  I listed it high, $349.99 at auction.  This price is a bit much, but the this tree is BEAUTIFUL and it has a music box  in the base that plays O  Christmas Tree.    If you click this link, you can see the auction.   Vintage Christmas Tree

The garage door people were here today to install a new garage door opener.  The opener was purchased two months ago, but has been waiting to be installed.  My husband has been extremely busy and has not had a chance to install it.

I thought it would be a nice gesture to have it installed.  The garage door is a bit old, and some of the wheels on the track needed to be replaced too.  The door now is a lot quieter and opens and closes smoothly without worry of the chain dropping off  its sprocket.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Downsizing My Clutter

Through the years, I have collected many "things".  There are curio cabinets in my home that are full of "things" I could not live without.  Depression glass,  especially green depression glass was a must have for me.  To me, the glass was appealing in color, and in texture.  The smooth, clear green surface always made me smile.

Fast forward to today.  I was looking at the curio cabinet with all the green Depression glass, and mixed in were other items I thought I just could not live without.  Have you hear of the collectibles, Trail of Painted Ponies?   They are collectible ceramic horses/ponies painted with different themes by different artists.

I found several at a yard sale several years ago.  Each pony averaged about $5 in cost.   They were pretty, and I thought I would be able to flip them pretty quick on eBay.  The first editions did sell quickly.  The leftovers were all second editions.  There was not much demand for them.  They sat in my curio cabinet for several years.

Reunion of the Family Man
Kitty Cat's Ball
Dog and Pony Show
Today, I decided to list them on FaceBook Marketplace.  I was asking $20 for each horse.  Within about an hour, a lady made an offer of $50 for all three.  SOLD!     We will meet in a public place (grocery store parking lot) to complete the transaction.

Not too bad for stuff I no longer wanted.  Now, to get the green Depression glass listed on FaceBook Marketplace! Okay, maybe I am still attached to that stuff.  But I should be able to find a few pieces I no longer need.

There should be a monetary goal included with downsizing my clutter, don't you think?  Lets set the goal for $500.00.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Figuring Out Retirement



How much is enough?  That is always my question!  Will my husband and I have enough to live on when retirement arrives?  He is adamant that he will retire when he is 62.  That will be in 5 1/2 years. We are both the same age.   I on the other hand, will probably continue to work at the high school until I am 65 at least.  Then Medicare will kick in. I wish he would work until at least 65 as well.  I have 5 1/2 years to convince him!

I don't think my husband realizes just how much insurance will be if he retires early.  I have no idea either, but I imagine it will be quite expensive.

Talking about retirement to friends is just not that easy.  I was fortunate enough to inherit a large chunk of money when my parents passed.  Will be be okay? Our financial advisers say we will be.  Easy for them to say.

I tend to hoard money.  I love to hide it.  Stash it away like a squirrel. On the down side, I love to spend money too.  It is hard to find a balance.