The Weekend with Company

Living On Oxygen for Life

I had my older sister and her family in town for a visit this last weekend and had a great time. However, I could tell almost right away that my health has drastically changed since the last time they visited. It was a real eye-opener for me and quite discouraging too.

Thankfully, I was already in the habit of preparing in advance a meal or two to be able to pull out of the fridge or freezer and heat up. Mostly, these were for dinner. I have found this to be extremely time and energy efficient for me. Well, really, for everyone. My sister now knows that I can’t help her much in the kitchen and still have energy to talk with her. I get pretty short of breath. So, after dinner, she would have me go sit down and she would take over to clean the whole kitchen.

One thing I’ve learned about both of my sisters is that when they do something at my house for me, it’s because they want to. Mainly because they don’t want me to wear myself out just because they are there to visit and because they actually WANT to do it.

It’s just like my older sister to bring me her special Christmas cookies as part of my Christmas gift from her. Before I was even able to get one, everyone started eating them. I was like… Heeeyyyy… *pout* They are that good. I was willing to share but gee wiz. So, she went to the store to buy all the ingredients that I didn’t already have to make another batch for me. Yay!!! As she’s whipping up another batch of sugar cookie dough, I was amazed at how easy it was for her and she wasn’t even tired! I had to go sit down after a little bit of watching, help with cleaning, and holding the cookie pans so that my niece and sister could place the cookies on each pan. I helped Frost some too but my niece did all of the Sprinkles artwork!

Christmas cookies

After they left for home, I was so tired but I had stuff to do Monday and we ended up having to take Rocco to the vet on Tuesday because he tweaked his back and we wanted to make sure he hadn’t damaged anything. He’s going to be ok. No jumping for a while.

So, today is recovery day. I’m resting all of today. I already told K not to even ask me to do anything or go anywhere because I just needed one whole day of quiet rest. I’m going to post the recipe of one of the dinners I premade for my sister’s visit in case you want to try it. It will be under the In the Kitchen link of my blog’s menu. Beef Tips is what I made and my sister asked for the recipe. I’ll try to get my enchiladas recipe on here too but I’ll do that in a few days. Take care everyone.

What a busy week!

Living On O2 for Life

Just before New Year’s Day, I get a text from my younger sister. What a great surprise that she’s close by and had asked to meet us for lunch! AWESOME! Before we left, I baked her favorite cookies to take with us. Here’s my special recipe for the cookies! And you’re welcome! haha!

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups of sugar
1/2 stick of butter
3/4 cup of peanut butter (i use smooth.. the original recipe has less PB)
1/2 cup of milk (I’ve used 4 oz. of evaporated milk before when I was out of milk)
1/3 cup cocoa
3 cups of quick oatmeal
1 tsp of vanilla

In a medium sauce pan, stirring constantly, combine sugar, butter, cocoa and milk on MEDIUM heat. Bring to just before it bubbles and then add peanut butter. Heat to a slow boil, stirring constantly, and then boil for about 1 minute or 1 1/2 minutes. Take off heat and quickly add vanilla and then oatmeal.

Stir oatmeal in until all is well coated and then spoon out cookie sized shapes onto waxed paper lined newspaper. Let them cool and when they are hard, store in ziplock or tupperware.

After meeting and having lunch with my younger sister, we drove home and I had a smile on my face the whole way. I had a great time. Though, where we met them for lunch was in a casino. Do you realize that nearly everything except a casino will close on New Year’s Day??? I had a little trouble finding a restaurant to meet them at for lunch. Crazy, I KNOW!!

The weekend was coming up quickly, after New Year’s Day, and my older sister and her family were due to arrive at our house for a stay. How lucky can a girl get to be able to see both sisters in such a short period of time? I know… really lucky! K helped a lot with the cleaning of the tub, the vacuuming and a few various other chores that wear me out. We also had to go grocery shopping before they came. So, rushing through Walmart the Friday night they were to arrive was an adventure. Somehow we found a place for everything we bought. We have very little kitchen cabinet space and K is BIG on rotating the food as we store it. It’s a good practice to have and it keeps everything organized.

It was a weekend filled with Bubble Guppies, Yo Gabba Gabba, and a multitude of tea parties. How do parents handle kid TV programming? I have to say that I now have a greater appreciation for CNN. When my family left to go home, K and I crashed for a 4 hour nap and still didn’t want to get up Sunday night. Though, I had to get up to take my diuretic but lounged around in bed thirty minutes longer than K did. When I finally got my butt out of bed and after taking that dreaded diuretic, I walked down the hall and abruptly stopped as I heard K say to me, “I just want to warn you… I think I’m coming down with something like a cold. So don’t keep asking me if I’m sick.” I’m like, “Oooh crap!” I felt really deflated and worried because he sounded like he was getting sick. Now that it’s Monday and that he’s not feeling better, I’m on high alert. We take him getting sick very seriously. Germs spread. I’ll be pulling out the lysol wipes to clean all the door knobs and whatever else K has touched. I would have done that today but I had a migraine all day. I think I over did it this weekend.. but I sure had fun!

I know I’ve been slow this last week on keeping in contact with those of you who have emailed me. I do apologize for that and I aim to do better. This last month has been extraordinarily busy. I did finally get my bipap replacement parts but they didn’t send me the tube that I use to connect my oxygen to the bipap hose and mask. That’s a very vital part! So, now I’ll have to call them. How can they screw that up? Sometimes, I feel like I have to hold their hand through the whole process of reordering my replacement equipment. My bipap is supplied through a different DME than my oxygen which makes everything such a hairy ordeal to keep organized. I just wish I was a bit better at being organized. It definitely does NOT come natural for me. haha!

Hope everyone is having a great week. Stay warm and well. Don’t forget to FOLLOW my blog!