A Hectic Start to 2021 …

Which isn’t a bad thing … just a busy thing(!), as DH and I continue to take shifts watching over our Moms and pups, while squeezing in the rest of our daily duties … Here is a quick photo of some of Gina’s babies, who are 3 weeks old and growing by the minute!

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I’ve also been learning about the bread machine and playing with recipes.  I’ve found a sandwich bread we like.  So, then I made french toast for DH.  We love soft pretzel bites and pretzel buns!  The buttermilk biscuits where a bit disappointing, but the Parmesan Focaccia is a definite keeper!

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We celebrated Christmas with our oldest son tonight.  He has survived his covid quarantine!  And we had a great visit with a traditional ham, cheesy potato, green bean menu … Which means we’ll be having potato soup in our near future!

I’ll leave with a quick pic DH caught of Ava (one of our polish ladies) and Buffy (our ISA brown) today … Aren’t they beautiful?!?

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Time for a weekend of ER nursing fun … Stay safe y’all!

Goodbye 2020 …

So, another catch-up post.  I’ve been missing in action because my alien baby, Hollis decided to come back (abdominal cellulitis) about 3 weeks ago.  I had daily visits to my Doc for antibiotic injections, changed up the oral antibiotics and I’m now waddling with a 5-6 month pregnant-look (improved).  Fun times!

We managed a vitrigraph glass pull, opting for shades of purple in coe96.

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Then we had puppies.  Our Gina loves her blue and tawny babies.  And they are too-stinking cute.ginas-pups

We made it through the INSANE(!) mad-dash to fully prepare for Christmas, while maintaining pup watch.  Meanwhile our Georgie was growing her pregnant belly by the hour!  We opted for Christmas ‘brunch’ with the kids (- the menu was unusual, but it worked!).  We had a great time – the food was good, the presents appreciated and the company was wonderful!  (… MINUS ONE[!] … Unfortunately, our oldest son couldn’t come as he is responsibly self-isolating, having tested Covid positive.  We plan to have a special dinner with him for gifts and good food, once he is feeling better.)

We ended Christmas day with DH running Georgie to our emergency vet, as the poor girl was so big, she couldn’t lay down anymore.  They got home just after midnight and our four legged family has grown by 13 puppies.  We are running two nurseries, with 24/7 watch … OH MY!!!

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bread-machineThen, I made a quick escape to squeeze in a weekend of ER nursing fun, and here we are, all up to date … Santa sent a bread machine for Christmas, and I have our first loaf cooking as I type [fingers crossed].  Earlier I made a big vat of Creamy Chicken Vegetable soup, after making chicken bone broth yesterday.  It’s pretty amazing …

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Some other highlights: I made a couple of cute snowmen … a gift tag and a not-yet-finished card top.

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We gave the Ladies a bale of straw in their run.  Ava and Tosh (the Polish girls) love it!

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I’m looking forward to closing the books on 2020, and I am hopeful for a serene, healthy 2021!  Happy New Year, Y’all!

Cruising along … But, I don’t want to ‘People’ …

Cruising along – at 90 MPH, and I hit a little speed bump.  WTH … Why is my RLQ aching and throbbing?  ‘Forget-about-it’, was what shouted through my head.  But wait … what is this intense burning in my RUQ about?  OK, ‘Pansy’ – Do you have a fever?  Nope, HR is 85.   But – there is redness (more than typical) to my ‘Hollis’ gut!  Take Motrin!  I vomited the first dose (600mg), but kept the 2nd dose (400mg) down nicely.  WTH???

I’m expected back in the ER.  I want to go back to the ER.  I can’t handle any more of DH with his uncharted canine delivery questions.  HE did not write the breeding dates down.  (OK – he says he did, and then threw the monthly page away on our calendar … WTH?!?)

It is so much worse than our first few canine pregnancies (back when we were clueless!) … She twitches, he’s rushing her to the vet.  We’ve been 3 times this week, just to determine she is pregnant and progressing normally!

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Please, let me go back to work!  But good-golly(!) what is this sh*t going on in my right abdomen?!?  Well shoot, my RUQ frickin’ hurts … it HURTS!cellulitis

I’m not ‘people-ing’  this week.  After too many encounters with disgruntled, whiney, entitled, millennial BRATZ – I’m not people-ing!  So, this abdominal discomfort is alarming … Do I have to ‘People’?   Well … S.H.*.T.!!!   Wait a minute …  Oh my Goodness, it burns!!!  WTHeck?

Thanksgiving High …

to a nursing LOW … But first – we had a wonderful Thanksgiving, our kids, et. al. joined us for our (now traditional) bacon wrapped herb/butter encrusted masterpiece. [OK – this one was not so beautiful on the outside – I opted for thick-cut bacon … delicious, but not so pretty!]  Even our oldest seemed to notice (for the first time?) how amazing all cuts of our Turkey tasted … not just the dark meat.

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The main dish was supplemented with Hanky Pankies (a Thompson/Purdy tradition thanks to my dear This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is hanky-panky_thumb.jpggrandmother, carried on to her great grandkids!), my favorite blend of apple whiskey stuffing recipes, [our] house-famous garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole from our garden, and a  wonderful gravy made from the drippings, fruits, vegetables and bacon that dressed the bird. Our oldest daughter brought the newer family favorite of sweet potatoes with goat cheese … Round the meal out with croissants, pecan pie and homemade pumpkin cheesecake … All I can say is IT WAS AMAZING – and thank goodness we only eat this way once a year!!!  I’m officially calling Thanksgiving 2020 a success, and I feel truly blessed!  (Hanky Panky – not my photo – but that’s what they look like – and taste even BETTER! [Photo credit])

And then I went back to work last weekend – to suffer a HUGE nursing LOW!  It was difficult, it was painful, it had me seriously considering an immediate job change at 1am … An elderly patient with profound dementia, being fawned over by the adult child … 

I understand the dilemma – the feelings of frustration with inability to actually help your loved one as the unbelievably SLOW medical cogs turn … Does that mean you should be offering your ER nurse up as sacrifice to provide a pedicure, multiple bouts of repositioning, 8 more warm blankets, with a side of 3 more pillows strategically placed (in as yet unknown places) …. ???  … Hmmmm, not so much!  Add to it, the patient is Covid positive – so this HOT MAMA (thoroughly embracing power surges/hot flashes multiple times each day) needs to don the Costume of Death … The mask that only recirculates your own CO2, the Xanadu headband meets Dr. Who visor – that slips all over the place as your ‘sexy sheen’ puddles/pools and drips across your forehead and down your face.  The (fully plastic but disposable/maybe reusable/use it a few times …???) scrub covering.  Heck … no one knows its life expectancy – but it’s plastic so it helps to retain all covid nursing apparelthat extra heat your hormones gleefully generate all by yourself, without any additional stress or conflict required … 

The pt (with profound dementia) is aware that urine is dribbling – so continues to announce a need to urinate.   So, we – the adult child and I ‘COMPROMISED’ … We agreed to change the brief whenever it was suggested – like 5 times over a two hour period.  How do I properly educate this frustrated family member?  How do I survive these locked-in/locked-down room calls that raise my internal temperature to nearing flash point, literally …  It was 5 1/2 hours of my life, but they were the most demanding, uncomfortable, frustrating, non-Florence-like hours of my life … with a bunch of sweaty garb thrown on top (of me) just to make certain I was SAFE miserable!  We ended this fun-fest with a surprise staff meeting …

I’ve asked before for pointers/tips/tricks on how to re-align unrealistic family and/or patient expectations.  There was no simple/real answer provided.  We topped this glorious shift off with a staff meeting. This was the message, ‘Don’t have potlucks, don’t do the things you have traditionally done to keep your team strong and bonded.  None of those things are an option, but what can we [management] do to help?!?’

I’m back in my studio, thank YOU Sweet Baby Jesus – where I can decide when and if I want to create.  So I have … Christmas cards, birthday cards, a few more Christmas tree night lights and a custom request for ornaments.  I’m almost over the trauma of the weekend – I’m only having the occasional night mares/flash-back …  Later today, I plan to cut murrini and package, take photos and make listings …

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Gina-pregnantAll while we watch over our Gina … who is large and uncomfortable, and due any day now!  Thank goodness for puppy-breath … It heals in all the best ways!!!

I have one more day to get over last weekend … I can do it!!!  Happy weekend y’all!

Love Those Date Nights …

So we made the soup last week – the creamy cabbage kielbasa soup.  It was delicious!

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kilnwash-spoon-restsAnd then I moved on to some studio cleaning and glass slumping.  I had a small mishap with my spoon rests, as it’s been ages since I re-applied kiln wash, so after ruining 3, I’m prepping those molds with a few more layers of protection (kiln wash) … Doh!

Needing something successful and productive, I made a batch of Christmas cards to add to my growing stash.  I like them.

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And, we had our vitrigraph pulls – both last Friday and again tonight (date night in my house!).  All from previously prepped stacks I had sitting around.  The first is Chocolate Caramel (coe90), a light beige covering with cream and dark brown designs inside.

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Tonight’s pull is festive, and I call it Heat Miser (coe90), with a red covering and bits of orange and yellow designs inside.  I like them … and hope to have some of both listed in our Etsy shop next week.

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In between taking care of our Ladies (the chickens who are still producing 7–8 eggs each day), and playing with the pooches, I’ve been sleeping like the dead (10+ hours each night)… I must need it!

I’ll leave with a cute photo – the birthday card DH gave me earlier this month.  Still makes me smile!  Have a safe weekend y’all!51-bd-card

Family – We Had Them out …

It wasn’t quite the way we planned, but we had all of our kids over for dinner.  It was supposed to be something along the line of mano a mano … So that we could spend time with each of our offspring in a meaningful way, with good food in a relaxed atmosphere, making each one’s favorite meal.  DH and I have spent the last 3 weeks trying to make this happen, in a way that fit their schedules.  And – it has happened.  Not quite the way we planned, as the twins – who entered into this world together, also chose to dine together … It’s all good!

spoonrestsDeciding to call it a win, I moved on to my studio.  I’m moving 24 spoon rest blanks along, as well as restocking a few ornaments – and tonight I played with card pieces.  The new Altenew Cartoon Roses – hmmm – not bad.  And an older Christmas card design I wanted to try – I like the first pass …

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I kept the Ladies well fed this week – with cabbage on a hanging chain, hot dogs, hard boiled eggs, watermelon, spinach – along with their scratch and meal worms, and their ever-present layering feed, with a separate feeder for shells and grit.  I think they’re happy – they continue to produce 6-8 eggs each day!  (And –  love to look at themselves in the mirror!  Silly Girls!)hotlips-in-mirror

I’m also trying to take photos and make listings from some older products – as we just can’t seem to make the (in person) shows:  Small (ring) dishes; medium sized stamping, with crackle and fun frit background plates, along with some involved color combination mesh spoon rests …

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So, moving on … the plan for tonight, along with making  creamy cabbage kielbasa soup, DH and I are planning a ‘vit pull’ date.  I’m excited.  Good food and glass production … He might just have figured me out by now …

Have a great weekend y’all.  Will post photos of the glass pull if it works out well!

Santas, Snowmen, and Spoon Rests–Oh My …

I’ve had some major mojo in the studio this week, while I’ve worked hard to restock some much-needed inventory …

Tonight was all about ornaments … I’m working on Santa, Snowmen and Nut-Cracker Soldiers.  In the between time, I’m building Christmas Tree night lights, along with other night lights (Caribbean, psychedelic and rainbow!) – all while restocking some much needed spoon rests for the upcoming Christmas Season!

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unicorn-shaker-cardI played with one card this week … this time a shaker.  It’s okay – kind-of cute.  I hope to make more cards next week, once I get my glass inventory under better control.

We tried a new recipe.  I didn’t love it, as it was SO SALTY … maybe it was the sausage, as I never add salt.  It was Bob Evan’s Original (- the ‘Sage’ that I typically go for was out of stock) … The rest of the ingredients were pretty basic, so I’m thinking it had to be the sausage … DH likes it.  So, good – he can have it!

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The LADIES (no photo) are having some difficulties with the time change.  The first day one of the girls was locked out.  Tonight, all but Tosh were locked out.  We have been leaving a light on, but I fear that is messing with them TOO much.  We’ve been getting 6-8 eggs each day … But, maybe it’s time to make sure they’re healthy and safe! [Dang Michigan day-light-savings time change!!!]

I’ll leave with an adorable photo of my BULLDOG sisters, who are patiently waiting for me to get tired, and go to bed!  birthday-girlz

That done, and the week rolling to a close, I’m officially celebrating my 51st birthday with nothing but studio time.  Yep, cuz I CAN … I’m OLD enough now … and just BRATTY enough!  (DH is bringing home Mancino’s!!!)  Happy Birthday To ME!!!  Have a great weekend y’all!

It’s All Good …

Lots of time spent talking with my family this week, and in the end, it’s all good!

In between phone calls, I wrapped up my spoon rests and got a few Etsy listings completed.

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Then I made a 3 pound meatloaf to keep DH happy while emptying out left-overs in our fridge, and checked on my chickens – who are regularly producing 6-8 eggs each day.  I’ve done some ‘egg-heavy’ recipe searches, DH and I have had a few talks about the best way to utilize all of this ‘bounty’ … and I continue to feed the Ladies special treats each day (- they LOVE watermelon!!!).

I also started work in the glass studio to increase my ornament inventory – including this ‘first-round’ gnome idea… Hmmm – we’ll see.

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And tonight, after touching base with family one more time, I played with a couple of cards/card-bases.  Yep – all good.  Now for some weekend ER nursing fun!  Be safe y’all!

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Food, Family and Fall …

Finally some cold working, some kiln work … some production!  And some spoon rests that I’ll be adding to our shop very soon!

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I played with paper too.  I have wanted to make fall themed backgrounds – I love these!  Now to figure out how to finish them …

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I’ve been producing in the studio, in between long RIP VAN WINKLE-like slumbers (15 hours on Wednesday) … WTH?!?

Our daughter and future son-in-law came out for dinner this week. Nothing too fancy, but here’s what we made: Creamy Herbed Chicken Stew (slightly modified, with red potatoes, spinach, parsnips, water chestnuts and mushrooms, no celery), Sweet Potato Gratin (officially known in our house as Brooke’s Potatoes), along with a salad, and brownies for dessert. [PS – thank you again for the recipe, Kalyn!]

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It was fun having our girl and her beau for dinner.  Just need to say it … Love you Baby Girl, so proud of you!!!

I’ll leave with a cute photo of Beulah Blue – our newest family member.  Have a great weekend, Y’all!

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Finally–Some Mojo!

I found my mojo this week!  We are finally moving things along in the glass area of the studio.  I’m working on an ornament request, but I’m moving spoon rests (no photo) and night lights along too!  Yay!

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no-yolk-eggI also had to keep up with the Ladies this week, giving them another ‘pumpkin treat’, a plate of cottage cheese with ground shells on top … and we tried canned peaches for the first time (not a favorite).  The ladies are really producing  – laying anywhere from five to nine eggs each day.  We’ve had a couple double-yolks along with this ‘yolk-less’ odd thing.  Hmm … it’s our first, so I’m not too worried.

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So, I’ve been digging into the cookbook for egg-heavy recipes.  Years ago, my boss gave me a sausage gravy hash brown casserole recipe that calls for a dozen eggs.  (I tried doing a quick internet search, and while many were close, I wasn’t able to find the exact recipe – let me know if you’d like a copy …), and  then we made the Zucchini pie again – so good!  While no eggs are in it, I did have to put together a vat of potato soup … because it’s fall and officially soup weather! Smile

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And I made a few cards.  I love the gift-card holder cards, so easy to make for any occasion! While DH wasn’t as much of a fan, I think the elf cards are too stinking cute.  So yeah, slowly building my card stash for gift giving …  Christmas will be here before we know it!

 

 

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Leaving with a couple of cute dog photos … Linda giving her ‘sexy’ pose and the motley crew.  Too darn cute!  Have a safe weekend y’all!

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