Update on Javis / A little break/ Happy Thanksgiving :)

Last week the kids had a day off of school and I was babysitting them. Javis was playing rough with the dog/ jumping on his bed, eating well for the first time in days since the injury.  ( If you missed that post it is HERE )

So when I let the DIL know this, she contacted the doctor in regards to his neck injury and they moved up the checkup from two weeks to one. The good news there and in regards to his Xray was that he could remove his neck brace.

But when I was down there the other day after school, he’d had an F on a paper!  He’s never had something like that.  Javis has always been an A student.

My DIL posted this on FB after the follow-up with the concussion specialist :

“He is still currently showing signs of a significant concussion. But also signs of PTSD. Dr also gave him an eye test that she wasn’t pleased with (slow, jumpy eye movements) Good news is we have a game plan (routine visits every 2-3 weeks, rehab/therapy, exercises, routine schedule and academic accommodations) and she seemed pretty confident that he will heal within a few weeks. Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers and messages! “

( He’s having nightmares ( the PTSD) and troubles with schoolwork. The school will accomodate…less workload, retests as necessary until he overcomes this. )

Another issue is the bills. My son has a huge deductible and will probably have to pay all of these bills himself. They signed a waiver so the football association is not responsible at all ( even though the other team played “dirty” and the boy who did this was a good 3x larger than Javis :(

It’s dreary, rainy and muddy here and I’ve not been in the mood to blog or be online very much lately.  I guess that we are settling in for winter here :)

My oldest son will come home from St. Louis for Thanksgiving. If you spend a certain amount at the local grocery store over time, you get a free turkey. My 14 lb. free one is in my middle son’s freezer down the street.  I’ll get it out and cook it traditionally so that we can have traditional tasting gravy. HE will cook a 22+ lb. bacon-wrapped turkey that tastes great but does not bode well for gravy as he learned a few years ago :)

I will also make the stuffing and a corn souffle. From the list that my DIL sent to me the other day, other people have signed up for green bean casserole, cookies, pies, desserts, beer, Greek grape leaves, seven layer salad, a dip / snacks, spinach dip, juice boxes for the kids, pumpkin roll, mashed potates, mac & cheese, more desserts….I am sure that more will be added on.

For MOST of my life, I hosted Thanksgiving & Christmas. Fancy tablecloths, china, the whole bit…I am so enjoying THIS part of my life where I do not host :)

Whatever YOU do, I am wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, here in the U.S.A. and I am going to take a little break in regards to blogging and not worry about getting the next post up for awhile :)

I’ve been mostly in a reading / research mode this week, so just a wee bit of quilting…still working on this block, and the light is lousy since it gets dark so early now :(

Last for this post, my youngest son’s pit bull has started a new habit. If I am on the computer in the early evening, and he is feeling cuddly, he’s started to jump in to the computer chair behind me! :)

He was on the floor with Jugsy in the above shot, then decided to hop up to cuddle me )

Have a happy Thanksgiving :)  I am going to take a blogging break until I feel in the mood to do another post after the holiday :)

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Around here lately…Thanksgiving transition to Christmas ( the Holidays )

I cooked some Thanksgiving food here, then there was a small family and neighbor Thanksgiving at my sons’ house on the day, then a very big Thanksgiving get-together on Black Friday, which even found this mama doing a whiskey shot with the boys…something called “Fireball”.  Now, I don’t like whiskey but I always liked fireballs and redhots and so this shot went down easily, but I preferred the Riesling that my DIL had for us ladies :)

Here’s a different kind of ‘shot’…one of the grandkids and their cousins. It was in the mid 40’s so they could be outside without coats for a bit…


On Saturday a big tupperware container of all foods related to Thanksgiving that I had here went home to my youngest son on top of his laundry basket :)

I was never so happy to just have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner after non-stop turkey for four days.

And what do people do after all that eating and drinking ? They do this :


Next it was time to drag out the Christmas stuff ( which is helter-skelter between the basement, a closet upstairs, etc. )


I had a Christmas cactus for a good 10 years that faithfully bloomed around the holidays and at least once in the summer. It finally died off and I did not replace it last year but I picked up two when they were on sale at the grocery store recently ; one for me and one for my DIL. I was thrilled to see the first bloom.


Other than that, nothing was new…in fact, just as I did in the Autumn of 2015, I decided to downsize. That year I had given my DIL a good 2/3 of my fall decor to use at their place, and this year I decided to send to send a good bit of my Christmas decor to them as well.

I took 3 huge boxes down…mostly related to the houses, little people, trains, my Nativity set etc.






While I have enjoyed these decorations that I purchased over the years, the children will enjoy them on a daily basis at their own home. Some of my fondest memories of Christmas as a child are not which presents I recieved ( I only recall a few ) but enjoying the village and train under the tree, the nativity set, and the choir made of candles and the elves, Santa’s workshop etc that was on our mantle.   Christmas Memories as a Little Girl ” 

Meanwhile, one of the dishes that the neighbors had brought to my sons’ house on Thanksgiving was an interesting green bean dish…it was beans roasted in the oven with mushrooms and onions, parmesan and panko bread crumbs. They had diced up the mushrooms and onions so small that I couldn’t get a handle on what I was tasting…it almost had an oriental dish taste to it. Lindsay said that she’d found the recipe on Pinterest. 


love to cook ornament

I found a few online recipes similar to her rendition and can’t wait to make my own soon :) This is the time of year that we think about old tried and true holiday recipes as well as exploring new ones …

From my kitchen to yours…let’s hope that any new ones turn out great :)


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