Thursday, April 23, 2015

Adventures in Health Care.

So, today was the first appointment with the surgeon , if that is the treatment that we decide to go with. Met with a lovely PA first who could not have been more nice, answering every question that we had and some we did not know we had. Really everyone in this new office , at least to us, was as kind as they could be.
Mr. actual  Doctor swooped in afterwards, " did all your questions get answered " ? Yes, yes. He was very nice too, just did not spend as much time as his assistant, which is fine - his time saved for the robots in the OR. We still have to meet with the radiation folks - they want you to cover all your bases, get all the info you can before making the final decision.

A date has been penciled in for July, post all Neil's trips and time for a couple of medical things that have to be done before you go under. I at least, am still feeling very positive about this - and the Doctors not being in any rush is helping with that.  Both doctors that we met with asked our personal histories with prostate cancer, who we knew etc. Jimmy's name got mentioned a few times.

Came home to this photo posted by a friend on Facebook

The 80's when people smoked inside and drank Budweiser

Just hit me like a ton of bricks, I guess just lack of sleep and pent up emotions. Totally different situations, almost like a totally different disease - just made me sad for a bit. Fine now. I did love seeing this photo .

More Snow

Tuesday, April 21, 2015



You can tell how happy I was by the fact that I am posting a
 really bad sophomore picture of myself. Neither me nor Mitch is really sure what we were doing - we know it was Drama and pretty sure it was 10th grade - those other kids being older than he , Van and I.


The only time I really get to watch my hometown team is when they play the METS or the hated Yankees , which is not often - as we get every NY baseball team game.

No joy in Mendon tonight as Atlanta went down hard, 7 - 1.


 Had some folks over for supper tonight, and I was finishing up getting ready , I went into the dining room as the sun hit the yard fresh flowers at just the right moment.

 Koda had a old chewy - we had Princess Goldfish

Chicken Florentine Casserole

This is the same Winder Casserole that I made last week, I bought enough stuff for two, other than the chicken, not knowing how much it would make. But the original calls for canned green beans, which I am just not a big fan of, so I swapped out three boxes of frozen spinach. Just the little ones - it takes three to get enough thawed and drained spinach

Chicken and  Rice Casserole
With green beans

3 cups cooked chicken ( diced – small) about 3 extra large breasts

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 small jar pimentos ( drained)

2 cans Frence  style green beans ( regular size cans) Drained
3 small boxes of frozen spinach thawed - I just cooked it , heated it really in with the sautéed onions

1 medium onion sautéed - I added a couple cloves of garlic as well

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

1 can water chestnuts chopped and drained

1 box Uncle Ben’s Long grain and wild rice cooked according to directions on box

1 sleeve Ritz Crackers – crushed

1 stick butter

This just makes the whole meal too rich, so just go with a french fried onion at the end of baking. I made this a couple of hours in advance and just reheated , which it does lovely. A very easy dish if you have to take something somewhere - I thought we would have enough so I would not have to cook tomorrow, but these folks just inhaled this .

Mix all ingredients together  except crackers and butter.  Put in 9 x 13” casserole dish.  Mix crackers and melted butter and spread on top of casserole.

Cook 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Chickens... hatching... Don't ( put your heavy coat away )

Still a couple of weeks out from full dropping of the guard. A couple of flurries and some frost on Saturday morning. It takes a good long time to get here, but when Spring arrives we appreciate it - more than most.

There really is not anything in Neil's garden that will be hurt by this last season cold snap.

Daily Koda

Out and about with Koda an a cool but sunny Tuesday, 
where he finds a chewed on deer leg bone

 Gets yelled at for trying to eat chewed on deer leg bone
 and runs away with it - to be chased.

Was then proud to be an American dog, living in southern Ontario
Then rolled around in a puddle. 
It was a good morning.