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Put the Kettle on....

Spring Break is over - let's get back to normal! 
Apr. 6, 2010 2:02 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2010 7:42 am
I'm not really sure what normal is for me - but I'm ready to go back there.  Last week was my Spring break.  I'm not going to complain - I mean, I love getting time off work!  And, I might add, I had a wonderful week off in spite of everything. 

Our weather was phenomenal!  Usually I have Spring break and pace the house, watching it rain, or worse - snow.  Not this year!  We've been thinking about turning on the air conditioner in fact.  The only thing stopping me is I love having the windows open and hearing the birds and the creek babbling.

I had time to make some really tasty dinners, and we went out to eat several times.  I got to see my family at Easter and I had some "bonding" time with my married daughter as her school's spring break was also this past week. 

So - what's there to complain about, right?  Well - it all started out the first weekend when my son's baseball game was cancelled because the field was not playable.  Then -he calls to tell me his leg is in an air cast!  What??!!  He's finally back on track and at 100% with his pitching from his surgery and now his leg is bothering him and the trainer thinks it might be fractured.  He went for x-rays today and meets with the doctor in about an hour - I'm on pins and needles to hear the diagnosis.  If it is indeed fractured he'll be out for the season, which means he'll probably give up on playing college ball.  He just can't see how he could sit out 2 seasons in a row and be competitive.  There's still summer ball and there is a fairly competitive league he plays in, so all is not lost. 

On to the next gripe.  If you have read any of my previous blogs about my dog, Suzy - then you know about her leg injury.  Anyways - she had surgery this morning.  We're getting ready to go pick her up very shortly.  I'm dreading the next 6-8 weeks of rehab with her.  How do you keep an 18-month old lab "quiet"?  This should be interesting.

Really, that's all I have to gripe about.  And, I need to end on a positive - because that's just the way I am.  So - yesterday my husband and I were both off work so we got up early and headed to the West Side Market.  I bought all sorts of wonderful produce, parsley and mint.  I had decided I wanted to make Tabbouleh.  So, that is what I did and it came out wonderful!  I used the recipe off of this site - Tabbouleh I.  I can't wait to sit down and snack on that tonight!

Besides going to the West Side Market - we had lunch at a great little bar in Cleveland, called Muldoon's.  We had super huge grouper sandwiches that were also very tasty.  Then,we headed out to two different wineries to "stock" up.  The weather was so beautiful that we bought a bottle to drink at each winery and enjoy the views and sunshine.  We didn't drink the entire bottle at either place, so they corked it back up and we brought them home.  The first winery "Chalet Debonne' Vineyard" is one of our favorites.  They have such beautiful grounds and good wine, too.  The second place, "South River Winery" is housed in an old church that used to be near my husband's home when he was a kid.  It was abandoned at that time and the winery owners bought it and moved it about 60 miles away to open their winery.  It was neat to go there and their wine is not bad either. 

So, today was back to work.  It's still beautiful weather so I am looking forward to going out and enjoying the sunshine while it lasts. 
Apr. 6, 2010 2:48 pm
Hi! So sorry to hear of your troubles - it's frustrating for athletes when injuries sideline them so completely. Hopefully he won't end up with problems that will plague him down the road. That's the other side of the coin with some injuries. I feel for you totally too, with having to keep the pup quiet (isn't that an oxymoron, anyway?). Loved hearing about your day out to the market, though. Sounds like heaven to me!!
Apr. 6, 2010 3:58 pm
Hi Mother Ann.... Im just a bit north and the weather has been wonderful. I will say a prayer for your son and wish you the best of luck with Suzy! Ive been througj something similar with my dog Ivy and it was an adventure to say the least. I hope you had a nice Easter and i too am enjoying the weather while it lasts:-)
Apr. 6, 2010 6:02 pm
Thanks for your thoughts. Turns out his leg is broken, so he is out for this season. Hopefully he'll be all set and ready for summer ball. He's a positive person, so he'll be OK. Suzy is resting as I write. Me & her "daddy" have signed her "cast" and my daughter is coming over tomorrow to sign it. We're also going to put paw prints on it and sign it for our other dog, and the cats. Gotta have some fun with it, right?
Apr. 7, 2010 6:53 am
Mother Ann, sorry to hear about your sons broken leg. I can't imagine sitting out for two seasons! I hope he gets to play summer ball! As for Miss Suzy, I hope she gets on the mend real soon as well! Maybe your son and Suzy should rehab together???!!! Misery loves company right?? Take care and it sounds like ya had a good spring break! Our spring break was only two days due to snow make up days : ( Peace!!!!
Apr. 7, 2010 7:42 am
Hi Dragonfly! It is a shame for my son - he loves the game so much. But, he is pretty certain he'll be ready for summer. Suzy was in a lot of pain during the night, but I'm home with her today and she seems more relaxed. I always wanted to be a nurse when I was a kid - here's my chance.... What a shame - only a 2 day spring break! We only had 2 snow days this year, unbelievably!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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