SOPA and PIPA dropped by Congress! And Good Days.

Yay!  The Blackout worked!!  SOPA and PIPA were dropped by congress today!!!  I’m so thrilled!

I’ve had some good days recently, unfortunately today isn’t one.  I woke up with a migraine today that has left me feeling icky.  Meds worked but left me feeling a bit off….then headache returned.  It’s minor right now, waiting to see if I need more meds.

On to the Good Days!

This photo is not enhanced. The sky really was that blue!

Remember when I said, I was going to take advantage of every good day and live it to the fullest?  Well, I’m keeping my promise.  Now, what one might call living life to the fullest, and what I call it, may be vastly different things.  Just remember for about 6 months I was barely able to get out of bed, so the small things mean the world to me!

Has a wonderful day earlier this week, just enjoying the unseasonable warm weather.  As you can see from the photo above, taken from our back yard, it was a beautiful day with a bright blue sky.  This color sky is unusual for our neck of the woods, I haven’t seen a sky this blue since moving from California.

On Wednesday had my eyes examined, and have new glasses on the way!  Afterward, I didn’t want to go home, so Stuart and I went to the mall.  Just window shopping really.  He wanted to try on some shoes he was interested in to decide if he really wanted them.  He loved them!  So, surprise!  I ordered them for his birthday.  Of course, they arrived today, and I couldn’t wait to give them to him…so he got his birthday present early!  (his birthday is February 6th, shh, don’t tell him, but I have another surprise planned.)  He’s so thrilled with his shoes, he’s been wearing them ever since he opened the package.

We walked all around the mall and had a nice afternoon together.  That night, I was in much pain.  My hips and lower back…oh my goodness.  I took a hot bath with Epsom Salts, and felt better, but still had a hard time sleeping.

I’ve been in the kitchen quite a bit this week.  You all know how much I love that!  I have a lot of things to add to Wendy Cooks!  We bought some plain ground pork and I made Italian Sausage without onion or garlic!  I cooked that with potatoes, and kale.  What a nice dinner.  The next day I made Sticky Pork Chops.  Served those with roasted green beans and rice.  Stuart’s feeling spoiled.  He’s so happy I’m cooking again.  We also made a big pot of chicken stock. (Stuart actually got this one going.)

This is Sandy and Max while we were traveling across country. See how well they do in the car together?

Yesterday we took the furry babies to the vet.  Sandy really just came along for the ride.  She did have a pedicure, but the main reason she was there was to calm Max.  It’s so funny, Max really loves his dog.  If we take him to the vet, he does so much better if Sandy is with him.  Max got his annual check-up and shots.  Our vet is so in love with our pets.  Sandy is referred to as the “Wonder Dog!” If you read my blog regularly you probably know this, but Sandy is 19 years old, she has bladder cancer, cataracts have taken most of her vision, and she’s very hard of hearing.  In July of 2010 we were told she had probably 3 months to live, but she may last up to a year.  Well, she’s still going strong!  Still runs and plays…she acts like a dog less than half her age!  Our pets also have very good temperaments.  They don’t fight the vet, as long as they are together, and mommy is near they have no troubles.

Last night I had a challenge.  We took a friend out to dinner who is moving away for a new job.  She wanted steak, so we went to the Texas Roadhouse.  If any of you have ever been to a Texas Roadhouse, you know how noisy it can be.  Normally they seat us in a booth with a very tall back, it’s much easier for me to hear if there is no noise behind me.  This time, we sat in a booth with a low back.  It was a challenge for me to hear.  Stuart sat to my right, on my hearing aid side.  Our friend sat across from me.  Luckily, she has a voice I hear pretty well, and she remembers to look at me and speak clearly (most of the time).  I think I only had to ask her to repeat something 3 times.  Yay!  Stuart on the other hand, I could barely hear.  It’s amazing how much I depend on lip reading (they call it speech reading now, I don’t know why).  We stayed at the restaurant for nearly 3 hours.  So,I feel I passed this challenge fairly well.  I was so excited!   But I know it would not have gone as well with more people, or with someone who has a voice with a frequency I can’t hear well.  (I’ll take the victory though! Eating out with a friend, something I haven’t done in a VERY long time.)

Unfortunately, the GI stuff hasn’t gotten better.  Looking forward to find out what the dietitian has to say about getting the Fructose Malabsorption under control.  I’ll be seeing her Wednesday of next week.

Whew, today is a bit of a rough one.  My head hurts.  Think I need to get off of the computer and take some more pills.  I planed on making Spaghetti tonight with the rest of the Italian sausage.  We may have left overs instead.  Unless I can talked my dear hubby into making the spaghetti.  It’s times like these I wish I could just eat sauce from a jar, but alas, it’s not to be.  Plus, homemade is so much better!


14 thoughts on “SOPA and PIPA dropped by Congress! And Good Days.

  1. wow — glad to hear you had some good days and some fun times. I’ll keep the secret of Feb. 6 quiet. Besides, with my short term memory so short term, I’ll probably forget anyway.
    So glad to read about you making the most of your good days. I wish you may more of them!


  2. it’s hard to keep up with you, my dear!!! you do so much and I am so proud of you. sorry you had a minor setback but knowing you, I am sure you are doing better already. when can I come over for one of your wonderful meals? How fun would that be? My left ear has barely any hearing so we will have lots of fun, we would find ways to communicate, no doubt about it. Wishing you happy days and lots of sunlight. Love, Laurie


    1. what a difference from a month ago huh? just 2 months ago I could barely get out of bed. Now most days I’m able to get up and out a bit. Still can’t bend over without getting dizzy, and can’t move my head too fast, but I’m learning to not do those things!

      This week was full of milestones for me. A good week.

      (thank goodness since Stuart will be gone the week of Feb. 13th, I’m nervous about staying by myself, but if I can keep this up I’ll feel much better about it.)

      You can come over any time for a meal. Just let me know what you want me to cook. : ) Since we both have hearing loss, we’d at least know how to talk to each other. Drives me crazy when people talk while looking the other way, or in a whispered tone. Starting ASL next week! I’ll really be able to talk with my hands then! w


  3. I haven’t been at mall the in years, so glad you had the strength to go. I have been at Texas Roadhouse and it is a very loud place, we went there for my son’s birthday in December. Keep cooking…Stuart will get spolied…and that’s okay!


    1. I’d rather cook for us, that way I know everything that’s going in my food! And he usually loses weight when I’m cooking, he gained a lot when I wasn’t able to cook…and so did I.

      The mall we went to is very small compared to most. There are more near here that are much bigger. The one close to us is small and pretty quiet, especially during the week, so it’s a safe place to go and walk out of the weather. Don’t think I could handle the big mall just now.



  4. Wow! From not being able to sit up, let alone get out of bed, to becoming a gadfly–LOL! I am just so dang happy for you, sweetie! Until someone hasn’t been able to function they don’t really know how exciting it is to be able to cook or walk at the mall or go out to a sit-down restaurant. I am just thrilled for you!! *smiling from ear to ear in Fargo*


  5. Fizzy

    YAY ! the mall and dinner ! thats fantastic 😀 and i have to say, how cute are your pets ! I cant beleive your cat just sits in the car like that, how gorgeous 🙂 Hope the migraine is on its way out xxx


    1. I must admit Max takes a little while to calm down…but is better if Sandy is calm. On day onour very long trip he cried the whole day…it was so sad. It was raining and both pets were anxious. That was a short day…but thet are pretty cool.


    1. Thank you, my fur babies are pretty special….at least they are to us! Max is so attached to Sandy, I’m so glad she had beat the odds and is living way past her expected life span (since being diagnosed with cancer). I worry about how he will handle things if she leaves us.

      Out for dinner was nice, but a bit intimidating. A good milestone.


  6. love so much about this post. being a dog lover, i think the part about your dog and cat’s relationship may have been my favorite. is that wrong?

    so happy you are having some good days! as always i’m playing catch up on the blogs. hope there are lots more good days to come!


    1. No that isn’t wrong! Sandy and Max are incredible and I’m a very proud parent! They do have a good relationship. But like all siblings they get on each other’s nerves sometimes. I think Sandy could live without Max, but wouldn’t have as much fun…but Max if very attached to his dog!

      when we let Sandy out in the back yard, Max will sit at the door and wait, when she comes up to the door he meows and meows and scratches at the door…like he’s saying…”Hey, my dog wants in….get up and let her in NOW!” it’s so funny!!

      you made me smile w


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