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When you're CRAZY 
Jan. 10, 2014 10:00 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 10:25 pm
It's been a long time since I've been here, with the exception of the blog I just posted...  It was a foodie blog, this is just a catch up amongst friends...  I was touched that Judy commented on my December post, that she was concerned, as I'd been gone for so long!  Thanks, Judy!  I'm sure there are times that we all feel insignificant in this world, but for one person to reach out means so much...! 

November arrived, and Crazycook was anticipating cooking a modest meal for two.  How I thought that I could pull that one off, is a wonder, as we ended up a table for 9 (one guest bowed out, last minute.)  Chatter at the table was that Christmas would be held at another locale, but as the host had had a kitchen fire, it was a dubious thought, as to whether he could pull off  a gathering... and I'm sorry, but I felt that I would be faced with pulling the table back out to full length at the last minute...

Now, this holiday season was probably the most challenging I've faced in some years...  Allowing your shrink to mess with your "head meds" as the holidays approach is probably not that great of an idea!  I do think that I've settled out now, but Nov/Dec were rather rocky for me...

Just to mess things up a bit more, my primary care DR changed another med around the end of Nov!  I had no reason to expect any changes in my "well being," or even my health, but as the New Year began, I became aware that I was suffering extreme back pain, and began to question why...

I was sure that it wasn't the "head med" issues, and doubted that it was the other change, but just what could it be?  Seems the muscle relaxer the doc gave me is working - could it be that simple of an issue?  I guess so!  Now, I'm wondering if I can find a chiropractor as wonderful as my last...  I'm a firm believer that being "snap-crackle-popped" from time to time is a good thing.

Amidst all of this chaos, I decided that IF I was to deal with Christmas guests, I must recover the dining room chairs...  I'd wanted to do this since "grampa's" furniture arrived in Phoenix in 2007.  I had to replace the fabric my step-mother covered them with,  an awful striped "herculon" fabric in the early 70's.  From the day the set arrived, I vowed that I would recover the seats in a fabric more suited to the era of the furniture!  I'm guessing that the furniture was purchased in the '40s, though I could be off  a tad.  As there are no fabric stores nearby, I decided to order - afterall, I was ordering for Christmas!  I wanted a tapestry type fabric that would suit not only my decor, but the furniture also.  Well, I was going to add a photo of the old/new, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to do that now... I'll have to figure that out another time!  Regardless, I had all six chairs done before Christmas, which came and went - but NOT here at Casa de Crazy!  After the early meal, I was so happy to return home... 

So, there's the personal side of the past months.  Before posting this, I posted another blog that was FOOD oriented...  Read one, or both!  Meanwhile...

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Crazy!

Jan. 11, 2014 5:34 am
I read both! And enjoyed both! Your chairs sound great! I have my grandparents' dining room furniture. It is about 78 or 79 years old and still in remarkably great condition. Lucky for me the chairs are wood with no fabric/cushions for the seats. If I had to recover them it would be a disaster! Hope you're getting your meds all straightened out.
Jan. 11, 2014 6:01 am
Christmas was a non event for us this year. We were camping in a rental house while our new/old house was being worked on. We got in before Jan 1 but have LOTS to do to make this new place a home. BTW Got that Las Vegas Strip view I wanted :)I hope 2014 finds you feeling better Stevie!
Jan. 11, 2014 7:16 am
Hello Stevie, nice to "see you". Our Christmas and New Year were nice, little on the quite side but nice. My sister will be going to her house in Arizona next month, with the weather we have been having I'm almost tempted to join her. Hope you get your meds. fixed up. You take good care of yourself.
Jan. 11, 2014 8:05 am
Getting meds right for any health issue can be trying at best. I hope you are feeling much better and this new year is treating you well!
Jan. 11, 2014 2:14 pm
Mother Ann, re-covering this type of seat is so simple it's scary! The corners were the only issue, and even that wasn't much to work around...
Jan. 11, 2014 2:15 pm
mauigirl, I just love a view of "city lights..." There are spots around town that are breathtaking when the sun is setting, and the lights are coming on all 'round! Hope the house comes together as expected!
Jan. 11, 2014 2:16 pm
manella, sounds like you had the Christmas I had hoped for... BUT, I made it through the hol's ok - grumpy, but ok!
Jan. 11, 2014 2:17 pm
Cat, I guess it all boils down to being a waiting game - have to wait for meds to get a grip and level out some... All is well~
Jan. 12, 2014 6:03 am
Always enjoy your posts, Stevie. Why do we embark on projects at such a busy time? LOL Congrats - bet the chairs look great.
Jan. 12, 2014 9:07 am
Stevie, nice to see you back and blogging.
Jan. 13, 2014 4:18 am
oh my Stevie so sorry you are having the med problem,i sure hope you feel better soon, glad you made it thru the holidays....(i was just glad to get it over) i bet your chairs look so nice,so glad you are back, read your other blogs also...nice to see you...Judy
Jan. 13, 2014 10:28 am
I love your chairs! Mine are from the same era but have the wheat sheaf back. I'm sorry to hear your meds are not working as expected, that is no fun at all and if your taking more than one or two it can be hard getting everything back in balance. Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year!
Jan. 13, 2014 10:19 pm
Maggi, just proves how "nuts" I am, to embark on a project in December, lol!
Jan. 13, 2014 10:22 pm
Judy, guess the med thing will settle out in time... Think I'm just having to adjust to the changes!
Jan. 13, 2014 10:25 pm
BigShotsMom, juggling all the pills can be a pain! Hopefully all will settle down soon, and I do expect a great year aheadd!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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