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Just Rambling 
Jul. 21, 2010 1:23 pm 
Updated: Jul. 27, 2010 9:09 am
One final element to this story that I have not shared, is that I lost my job on July third. My boss let me know it was going to happen a couple of months ago because she didn’t want to cause any interference with surgery, treatment and retirement. She smiled a happy smile and gave a sigh of relief when I told her that a termination at this point would be the best thing that could happen to me. I could not quit or give cause for termination but a lack of work termination would be great! I cannot adjust my head to the retirement thing, yet. Probably because of all the medical issues we have had to resolve. I’ll have to learn how to retire when the healing is further along.

My family hasn’t let me prepare any food since the surgery. I think they are skeptical of my quality because I’m on the pain killer. Or, maybe, they are just being nice. Or, being nice while not taking any chances. Anyhow, today I have not had to take any pain killers. My last dose was at 10:00 last night. I’ll probably have another dose at 10:00 tonight just to be sure I get to sleep all night. If tomorrow is the same as today, I’ll try doing without the pain killers entirely.

The pre-surgery information said I would be on a soft/bland diet after surgery. My discharge instructions had that crossed out so I can eat normal food- or what I perceive to be normal. When the pain killers are done with, I think, I may whip up a batch of my notorious Bloody Mary and have a couple neighbors over to help me toast life. Of course this cannot be done anywhere except in my shop. (That’s where my wife and all the neighbors wives look when they suspect their husbands are being naughty. I’ve got to put a security fence around that building!)

My granddaughter continues to clean and moisturize the wound twice each day. Also, she has determined that I am not reliable enough to remember my meds, temperature and blood pressure and promptly presents them to me at their scheduled times. She will ask a few times each day if I need pain killers. ( It seems only a few weeks ago that I was taking care of her when she was too sick for school. Now, the table has turned 180O and she is taking care of me! )

Thank you everybody for the comments of encouragement and hope in previous two posts.

Keep supporting SouthernGma and her Bestest Littleest Friend!

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Jul. 21, 2010 1:51 pm
Hi Mike! According to my parents - retirement is great! I've always believed we should start out retired, then work later. It seems I could have used retirement while my kids were little - I was so busy running here and there with them and taking care of them. Glad to hear you are doing well. My neighbor's garage (aka "Man Cave") is where we go to find our naughty men - at least our naughty husband's. My husband's garage is so packed full of "stuff" there's no room to be naughty in there!
Jul. 21, 2010 2:20 pm
What a sweet grand child! I'm so glad to hear of your progress. I told SGma, I had crochet patterns I could share cause I have two retired friends who make them(hats for premmies and others) for the hospitals. I've had to say sorry twice now. They,my friends, are traveling,LOL, Grandma Gen meant it when she said when I retire I'm turning into a snowbird. She meant it catching them home is tough! Mother Ann has it right with the Man Cave but I'd enter it for a Bloody Mary. Love tomato juice!!!! Keep us updated!!! Please!
Jul. 21, 2010 3:49 pm
So very happy Mike! I am Thrilled that you are Racing toward recovery with the help of your Dear Sweet Granddaughter! I hope you have told her how much she is loved on this site, Much less you!! Future Foodie I do believe:) Hope Hope! LOL Congrats again Mike!!
Jul. 21, 2010 4:40 pm
Mother Ann, every neighborhood should be required to have a "shop" for the husbands to kick back and lift a few drinks... of water ;). My shop has even seen the tax assessor leave far happier than when he arrived!
Jul. 21, 2010 4:44 pm
How well I remember those caps knitted by hospital volunteers, Cat! Each of my kids wore one home! We washed them thoroughly and re-donated them to a local church during a March of Dimes drive.
Jul. 21, 2010 4:50 pm
She has been very good, indeed. PattyCakes! Yes, she knows we love her very much and her current efforts show us how much she loves us!
Jul. 21, 2010 5:37 pm
glad to hear you are feeling better, and that you are being well cared for!
Jul. 21, 2010 7:28 pm
So glad things are going well for you! your grandaughter sounds like such a sweetheart!
Jul. 21, 2010 9:05 pm
Glad you are doing so well, Mike. You will do great as a retired gentleman, you have lots of interests and enjoy those around you, plus the grand daughter will have you teaching her how to drive in no time and taking her here and there in the meantime. I think the best part of retirement is the "grands."
Jul. 22, 2010 4:21 am
I think I'm beginning to like being the center of her attention, njmom!
Jul. 22, 2010 4:23 am
She is, Nurse Ellen! Ever since she learned to talk, her interests have been to benefit somebody else. A trait her 16 yoa sister likes to take advantage of. :)
Jul. 22, 2010 4:31 am
BigShotsMom, I believe I am doing very well. Tomorrow I'll know the doctor's opnion, also. I am looking forward to making spontaneous trips to my daughters house to visit her, the granddaughters and my new son in law!
Jul. 22, 2010 5:09 am
I suspect you will be spending more time in that shop and so you should. Have a Bloody Mary for me would you? I pray you receive good news today. Enjoy your time out of the kitchen for now, you can make up for it in the fall. Take care.
Jul. 22, 2010 6:18 am
Good to see this post surgery update. "To life!", indeed.
Jul. 22, 2010 7:02 am
You're right, Janet! The first project to begin is new kitchen cabinets! I figure I'll be about four months building them. Then I begin the remodel of the kitchen.
Jul. 22, 2010 7:04 am
Thank you, Hezzy! I hope I can post the prognosis for the rest of my life sometime this weekend.
Jul. 22, 2010 8:24 am
Glad you're improving! Hope you get to enjoy that retirement doing whatever makes you happy. :D
Jul. 22, 2010 11:58 am
Hi, Lynna! I suspect my wife has some big ideas of how that time is going to be spent! So far, she agrees with remodeling the kitchen.
Jul. 22, 2010 6:14 pm
Awww, that little girl just grabs my heart Mike! How very wonderful to be doted on! Hmmm, a whole shop of naughty men? That is my kinda neighborhood! :) Glad to know you are quickly mending and your humor is returning if not your culinary skills, LOL - let the ladies spoil you .... they love you!
Jul. 23, 2010 8:37 am
You are building your own kitchen cupboards? Are you for hire????? Retirement? Doesn't sound like you have time for retirement. Enjoy planning that kitchen.....
Jul. 24, 2010 1:44 am
Mike, I was waiting for the news before commenting - so I add my joy to that of the others and wish you all the very best.
Jul. 25, 2010 7:09 am
Mike - I am so glad to hear that you are doing well. Enjoy every day.
Jul. 25, 2010 10:02 am
Hi Jan! During the whole ten days of post op, she stayed with us and cleaned the wound twice a day. She is now at her home and is recovering from me! Tomorrow is my return to cooking for my wife and I'm still doing pain killers! Maybe she'll need to ave some when she eats my cooking!
Jul. 25, 2010 10:03 am
Thank you, Swiss Phil! Thanks for keeping watch!
Jul. 25, 2010 10:05 am
I will enjoy life much more, Baking Nana! Thank you!
Jul. 25, 2010 7:03 pm
How ya feeling Mike? Been a few days since you posted the blog and were considering stopping the pain killers. Hope all is well!
Jul. 26, 2010 8:46 am
Hey Mike Harvey! Sorry about the job loss but hope you find "retirement" a very pleasant experience! If you need help with the Bloody Mary's, holler. Can't wait to hear about all the projects you'll face. Please know you are always in our prayers and how greatly you enrich our lives. Get well, Sunshine and back to cooking!!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:00 pm
Sounds like you've got a budding nurse in your granddaughter! That's awesome how she's taking such good care of you. I hope all is going well with cutting off the pain killers so you can get back to the kitchen and have some fun!
Jul. 26, 2010 3:30 pm
SG, I'm hoping I'll find the perfect balace between honey-do's, my projects and recreation. Am I kidding myself?
Jul. 26, 2010 4:45 pm
Hi Keri! The pain killers are soon to be history, I'm sure.
Jul. 26, 2010 6:07 pm
Oh, you'll do very well, indeed. Just put the Honey-do's at the top of the list and everything else will, miraculously, work out very nicely! Trust me! ;)
Jul. 26, 2010 8:15 pm
Like the Bloody Mary idea. I'm sure retirement will include more projects than you can count. You'll be amazed at how many things you'll have on your "to do" list. Mostly the list your wife's written.
Jul. 27, 2010 4:33 am
I think SouthernGma and Magnolia Blossom are conspiring with my wife!
Jul. 27, 2010 7:36 am
What a journey, Mike. Best of luck for what looks like a speedy recovery.
Jul. 27, 2010 9:09 am
Hey Mike, Would you please send me an email at cathydotweijersatcomhemdotse?? I have a recent experience at the dentist that scared me, but I would rather not talk about it here. I would sure appreciate it if I could talk to you personally. Thanks, Choppie (aka Cathy) :)
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13101603/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=204609
My cooking tragedies
Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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