Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy, Happy, Merry, Merry

Some say “Eat drink and be merry, for next week we must diet” But we say “May all your dreams come true. Have a blessed Christmas and a merry New Year” We’re loving you.
Ed and Sandra.

Happy Happy Merry Merry Christmas.

And I have so much to be happy and merry about. My Physical Therapist was here yesterday. She says I have full range of motion in my right knee and about 95% in my left knee. That is 16 days from point of knife to full range of motion, PTL.
I have been blessed with so many cards letters and calls. My husband, (Mr. Ed) has been just wonderful. He could make someone a really good wife someday.:>) My daughter came for 6 days. She did something for me that no one had ever done for me before. She read an entire novel to me; one of Fiona Buckley’s series on Queen Elizabeth thie first’s court.

I went into this knowing that it would be hard, but it has not been as bad as I expected. I know I have a ways to go but I am surely on my way to a speedy recovery. Then it is on to see what I can get into in 2010. Be Blessed

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Yooo Hooo, Where are you?

You probably have been wondering where this blog owner has been. I am her daughter and wanted to let you know.

Sandy now has two new knees (no, not "nieces," -- KNEES -- those bendy things in the middle of your legs!)

Sandy has been walking bone-on-bone for about ten years. Besides the obvious pain, this has been very difficult for such an active, vivacious septuagenarian.

But now, well, NOW, there's no stopping her! She has undergone two separate surgeries with stellar recoveries for each. She's surprising her surgeon, her physical therapist, the nurses, her friends and family with her joyfully gritted determination to get'r done and get home.

The usual holidays celebrations will probably have to be scaled back quite a bit. However, she's planning on dancing non-stop on Valentine's day!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Buttons Buttons Who 's Got The Buttons

Me! There is always someone bringing stuff to donate to the Senior Center where I teach. Some of you are familiar with process, cast offs. Well, today someone brought ribbons, lace,floral supplies and a jar of buttons. I dibbed them, you know put the make on them :>)
We, my class and I, had great fun over who got the jar of buttons . I plan to make jewlery, broaches, and the like. I may also make little dolls. Once some time ago my daughter ask "Mommy when you die can I have your buttons" :>)

I got the laugh of my life this morning. My brother and his wife came to give me a greeting card (they were in the area). On the front of the card was a picture of Roseanna banana, and on the front it said"SO" you open the card and a recording began to say " I'm depressed, I have a headache, my ankles are swollen, I'm, consitpated, my gums are bleeding, my sinus' are swollen , and I have gas.
Well I just roared :>) The message read, "When someone asks you how are after your surgery, give them this card."
Today was my last class, probably until February (knee surgery on Monday). I will really miss the laughter. We have the greatest fun. We also have some really good artist. Be Blessed

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


While I was cleaning a persimmon for lunch I though of blog. This is a new experience (not thinking but my blog) ;^).

Several years ago I bought my husband a Fuji persimmon tree for Christmas. Persimmons are such a beautiful fruit. They are bright red orange. In north Texas they sell for about $1.29 each.

Our tree attracted quite a lot of attention this last week. We had the doorbell to ring. I answered, there stood a Tonganese woman, whom I had never seen before. She ask if she could have some of our fruit, and ask, "what is it anyway". I told her that it was Fuji persimmon and that it was not quite ripe as yet, but she could have a couple.

My husband, who is a very generous man, went and got a large coffee can and filled it for her. She then proceed to reach up and take two more! The next day there was a ring at the door and I answered it. There stood a Hispanic man whom I had never seen before. He could not speak English, but made me understand that he would like to have some fruit. I said he could have a couple as they were not quite ripe. He proceeded to the tree and got two and put in his pocket. Then he reached up for more. I stepped out and said, "That is enough!"

Two days the Tongenese woman and her husband and child came to the door and ask for more fruit. Something came over me and I said, "No, if (his) wife had not taken advantage of my husband's kindness, I would have said yes."

Man, was my husband upset with me! Well, we went out of town for a day. The next day we found a branch broken out of our poor little tree.

Anyway, enough of that.

I wanted to show you the fruit and pass on a couple of recipes that I have invented in order to use the fruit:

Heavenly Persimmon Pie

2 large persimmons cut into slices or chopped in a medium saucepan cover and bring to a boil cook until tender.

Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnimon, 1 heaping Tablespoon corn starch, Add one can apple pie filling. Stir well. Poor into a deep unbaked pie shell, cover crimp and flute edges. Brush with milk. Bake 15 minutes at 425 lower to 350 bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

My son says if there is pie in heaven this will be it. ;^)

Mix wet ingredients together:
1/2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped apricots
1 cup raisns
1 cup Crasins (dried cranberries)1 cup chopped persimmons
1/2 cup prune juice
Dry ingredients :
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp ground clove
1 tsp soda1/2 salt
Cream butter and sugar together with egg. Add fruit. Add dry ingredients.
Pour into a bunt pan. Bake for 1 hour, check after 45 minutes. Yum