Saturday, November 26, 2011

Grandpa and Grandma's Helpful Babysitting

Not sure what the arm signals are, but they insisted on this pictureNot sure if he is upstairs, I heard a whistle
Finding Grandpa
where is he?

The Keenan house is perfect for playing hide and go seek.

Emily wanted to try whipped cream, hiss hiss

This dessert is scary good
Molten chocolate volcano cake is a big hit
Chocolate was flying
A Fireman disagreement. Emily wants to drive.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jerry's Magnificant Deer Camp

Paul's deer blind
Bar view
The front of the camp
The mantle in the great room, a mountain lion, elk and coyote. And the lion is legal, it is quite old.

The great room viewed from the stage.

Jerry is a great host and his camp is beautiful and interesting. He is known far and wide for his parties with lots of music and great food and drinks and a free ride home. This is part of the bar.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

South Bend Visit


The kids were all coughing and had runny noses. We were both coated with at least a billion germs, but are hoping for good health. Fun to watch Charlie play, we haven't much experience with little boys. He is very imaginative, loves Woody from Toy Story and dinosaurs.

Julia is reading a lot now, she knows numbers and words and loves to play on the computer. She and Charlie are both slender and fast!

Ellie is at the perfect baby age, not moving around and getting into trouble, she is smiley and funny, she says "high five" and puts her hand out for me. Andrea is my witness.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Loon Lodge - Louie's Deer Camp

Paul visiting
A fireside chat

A truly pathetic trophy wall, Louie was robbed of the big racks a few years ago.
The bunk room

This is Louie and his deer camp, Loon Lodge, has been around since the 1940s with few improvements. It is a family tradition.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Letter Revisited - The Meds, The Meds!

So I called the doctor's office and they called in a script for me, I pick it up today for $47. What a surprise when I get the mail when I get home and there is a three month supply of those very same pills!! They were going to send them out on November 16. No one knows what is going on at Medco. Arrrgh

Roger and Beverly's Wedding Reception

Roger and Beverly taking a kissing lesson.

Roger, Lance and Paul

Roger dancing with Dawn, his oldest daughter.

Me and Roger and the buck he shot last year

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Letter To My Daughter

Dear Julie,

I have had get Anna a BD card on my list for over a week and it still isn't done. We will call her on her birthday and find one asap and send it. We have been crazy busy. Have a lull in the action coming up as Dad will be at deer camp a lot until we go. I only have to finish doll bedding, pack for the winter and try to remember everything.

Now I am thinking of Emily's BD too. So basically, I need to think of interesting little gifts for all the kids. Not noisy or little pieces or annoying at all. Hummmm.

I was trying a new diabetes med through October, then the insurance company decided not to pay for it. It worked ok. So I finally deciphered the message from the mail order drug co. that something wasn't going to be sent, gave me a prescription # that wasn't in my records. Lawyers must write their emails, it is all a big secret. How do dumb people figure it out? Don't just say, "your cheap ass insurance company won't pay for the new drug, call your doc and ask for a different one." Just allude that something isn't coming, guess what it might be.

Part two, the doc also had me take more of my old drug, so I ran out of it , He had ordered a new script of a larger dosage. They won't fill it until it is time. They did say Nov. 6, on Nov. 6 they changed it to Nov. 16. No one knew that before then? Again I get a secretive phone call with a script # that is secret. I won't get this before we leave for Texas.

So today I have to go a round with the doctor's office and try to explain some of this to the girl, who clearly doesn't care, and beg for a script for a month's supply and pay for it myself. Then I have to perfectly time changing my address with the drug company so pills will arrive in TX and not be lost in Post Office/ Medco limbo for several months. Dumb people don't have a chance.

I exchanged several sarcastic emails about this with various machines at Medco, they apparently don't have the sarcasm chip in their mother board.

Last week I got a new new diabetes drug to replace the lovely expensive Januvia drug, and I appreciate it's kick ass attitude. Sometimes I get to drink orange juice to raise my blood sugar. A treat as I never drink it. I expect to lose some weight with this! And have energy.

So as you can see, I have been busy swearing at inanimate machines and laying awake thinking of revenge instead of buying daring little girls birthday cards.

Last night we had friends for dinner so I could clean the whole house and hide all my projects so as to give the appearance that I am organized and give a shit. Paul helped a lot, vacuumed an acre of carpet, tidied. He was a cleaning trooper. We had a great time, very good friends, dry turkey that wouldn't reach 180 degrees. And the whole point of this paragraph, a wonderful easy recipe I tried. Nut Brown Butter on steamed broccoli. It is a French recipe that translates to Nut Brown Butter. For a pound of broccoli you put 3 Tablespoons of butter in a pan and cook it till it is brown and tasty, pour it over the broccoli. It was incredible, so tasty and easy. I am thinking of other vegetables to try it on.

This email is nearly a blog. I think I need to post it.

Love, Mom

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November Sunrises

A gray and pink morning
Saturday at 8 am, 26 degrees, ran out in my bathrobe and crocks. Too pretty to resist.
Cannot resist taking sunrise photos, they are always a little different, and beautiful