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What a Summer! Includes Pics of the Ohio Bash 
Aug. 20, 2013 10:45 am 
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 8:56 am
My cage was rattled quite vigorously last April. That’s when we found out that my wife needed surgery on her brain. As brain surgery goes, hers was very easy and simple for the surgical team but, it was still brain surgery. Apprehension made the next two weeks drag by until the scheduled day.
She had no post-op complications and very few instances of pain and the doctor predicted 100% recovery. She was released two days later with instructions on how she had to live for the next six weeks and guess who was given the responsibility to make sure this single minded, stubborn and (somewhat) peevish wife of mine, stayed on the program as instructed. And, as she left the room, the Charge Nurse looked at me, snickered and said good luck, which she punctuated with a laugh.
Perhaps the most difficult instruction was, no bending beyond the waist. Simple, right? When you are up and around (at home), try it. I had to hover over her to keep her from bending, which turned on her peevish quality into a high state of discontent which I bore as sharp darts coming at me in supersonic sorties.
When the six weeks of healing was over, we headed for the doctors interview which provided exactly what I wanted to hear. All clear! Back to normal routine! My wife was delighted to be back to normal and I was ecstatic with relief. She was healed and I was free!
A couple of weeks later we were off to the Ohio Bash hosted by Midwestchef and her husband.


 Sharing presiding responsibilities were Chef Louigi (Left) and Chef Juan Carlos (Right)





 The table that Midwestchef prepared for us.



From left: Bellepepper; Midwestchef; Carrie; Sassyoldlady.




Mr. Midwestchef ready to assist his guests.



 MrsMike admiring the perfect kitchen of Mr. and Mrs. Midwestchef.

The next post will pick up at CatHill's "Middle of the Midwest Roundup.

Aug. 20, 2013 11:13 am
Mike, glad to hear that your wife is doing well! Sounds like there was a great gathering, at which you two could celebrate the end of long summer of anxieties, worries, and tightly wound nerves... Be well, and my best to the missus!
Aug. 20, 2013 11:54 am
Great blog. I'm so glad to hear that everyone is well and back to normal. BTW it seems that all is well with the camera too.
Aug. 20, 2013 12:07 pm
Thank you, Stevie! That is a chapter we are both happy to close!
Aug. 20, 2013 12:08 pm
BD, we really have no idea of what normal could be but this may be pretty dang close! Thanks for posting.
Aug. 20, 2013 1:59 pm
Hi Mike, so wonderful your wife is doing well. As for stubbornness goes, I have one too. He's a Type A personality. When he says he's ready to go, he's going, barely giving the nurses time to pull out the IV. Thanks for sharing the great photos of the Ohio get together!
Aug. 20, 2013 5:30 pm
Hi Mike, so glad to hear Linda got the "all clear" from the doctor. It's so nerve wracking until you hear those words. I'm also laughing thinking about you hovering over her just waiting for her to bend deeper than her waist. I don't think I could make it through a single day without bending than that. So many tasks require a good deep bend. Please give Linda my love.
Aug. 20, 2013 6:13 pm
Cookin'Cyn, A Type A might be what she is but I have another adjective that I find suitable. Unfortunately, this is a family site so I cannot share it.
Aug. 20, 2013 6:15 pm
Will do, Candice! We really missed seeing you, this year.
Aug. 21, 2013 3:28 am
Glad to hear Mrs. Mike is doing fine! I really wish I could have made the Ohio round-up to meet you guys! It's hopeful we're going to be in Brighton, though!
Aug. 21, 2013 4:35 am
We'll see you in Brighton, Mother Ann!
Aug. 21, 2013 8:57 am
Mike, nice to see you blogging here again. I wish you and Mrs. Mike a healthy rest of the year!
Deb C 
Aug. 21, 2013 9:13 am
I'm so glad your wife is doing well! That would have scared the living daylights out of me. Take care and thank you for posting pics of the Ohio bash. I would have loved to have attended! Hugs to Mrs. Mike.
Aug. 21, 2013 10:50 am
You know, I woke up worrying about you this morning! Hadn't seen much of you and was wondering how things were going in the great North Midwest! Uh huh, I'm sure dear sweet Linda could say your better qualities sallied to the forth during your recupping time too! Glad you are both well!
Aug. 21, 2013 12:16 pm
I, like Cat, have been wondering how you and your bride were doing this summer. I knew about her surgery, and thought you were contemplating a kitchen redo, but was concerned because after Cat's gathering you sort of went silent. I cannot imagine life without bending lower than my waist and I'm guessing it was as stressful for you as it was for Linda. So, I shall look forward to your next blog.
Aug. 21, 2013 12:46 pm
Thank you, Lela! I hope I can maintain my blog more regularly.
Aug. 21, 2013 12:47 pm
Hugs gladly passed on, Deb C. Thank you!
Aug. 21, 2013 12:48 pm
The accuracy of your perception is noted, Cat! We are both well, thank you!
Aug. 21, 2013 12:51 pm
BigShotsMom, neither of us adapted to the no bending, very well. I found it difficult to stop her because of it being such a natural thing, and she found it difficult for the same reason. But, wow! The repercussions if she wound up with problems! (shudder!)
Aug. 22, 2013 4:15 pm
LOLOLOL! I am really glad you are both doing well and you do need to do some more blogging!!
Aug. 23, 2013 5:53 am
Mike so very happy your wife got the all clear, and for you also. What a time you had. Thanks for sharing and many more happy years for you and your wife.
Aug. 23, 2013 9:03 am
Well, Cat, I'll be getting more in for a few weeks, mostly in catch up mode. BTW! I just bought my fruitcake ingredients. I'll try making it without the nuts this time. If it turns out, I'll send you a sample.
Aug. 23, 2013 9:04 am
Thank you Manella!
Aug. 25, 2013 1:57 pm
LOL! I've been weeding in the heat and now you are threatening me with fruitcake! I STRONGLY suggest you repeat your fruitcake blog this year so the dislikers (note not HATERS) and the likers can weigh in again!!!!!
Aug. 25, 2013 5:41 pm
Was good to see you two again Mike! Hope you make it to MiniMI, and don't bring fruitcake, save it for Cat ;)
Aug. 25, 2013 8:05 pm
It was a great gathering, Sassy! Sorry, but Mickdee has already asked for it, way back in December, and I just bought the ingredients.
Aug. 26, 2013 8:56 am
I'm making an un-fruitcake for you, Cat! I've made a couple trial runs and it is OMG SUPER!!!
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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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