Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oatmeal freezer cups

Cooked oatmeal with brown sugar. Half with trail mix. I worked hard getting food together for the week instead of relying on fast food.

Ten Days & Counting

In ten days I will have a new left knee.

This is a short animated video of the procedure.

There are videos of the actual surgical procedure and I have watched one, but they are not for the squeamish. Still, it's an amazing procedure.

A year from now, I plan to be hiking and walking up and down stairs, among many other things. There is a lot of work for me to do between now and then but this is my last chance at greatly improved health and I'm going for it.

Here is the most important reason for making this change:


And John.

And quality and length of life.

Here is the motivational Pinterest board I started. Probably trite, but that's ok. It's for ME.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'...into the future..."

Wow! I had all but forgotten about this blog. It's been 4 years since my last post. Its amazing how many little spaces we can occupy on the Internet - so many that it can be difficult to keep track of them all. I recently tried to compile a list of all of my website passwords. That was a daunting task. I know I didn't get all of them. Not by a long shot!

A lot has changed in four years. The name of my blog, Daisy-a-Day Designs no longer reflects the etsy shop I had at one time or the quilling hobby I used to have.

A little over a year ago, I changed jobs for the (much) better. I still work at the same community college but I'm no longer working in the library, nor do I ever expect or want to work in one again. This was a great change that came with a significant cut in both income and stress. We turned our house over to the bank and are now renting in the far south part of town where all manner of God's creatures visit, from rabbits to hummingbirds to mustangs. Wild horses in your front yard? Not in Tennessee!

John and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this year, too. Time passes so quickly these days.

I hope that this year - next month - will see the replacement of my knees. There are so many things I want to do and am not able to right now, going all the way from taking a real shower more than twice a month to hiking the beautiful mountains of the area with my husband. Right now it's sponge baths and washing my hair in the sink. And just walking across the campus at work leaves me winded and in pain. I'm waiting to hear from the surgeon's office to schedule an appointment.

It's hard to believe that my mom will turn 70 next year. I still picture as being in her 50s. How blessed I am to have a mother who loves me more than she loves herself.

The Steve Miller Band got it right back in 1973:

"Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future..."

As Bob Ross used to say: "Bye bye and God bless."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Come and Get It! Garlicky Vegan Beans & Kale

I am loosey-goosey with recipes, so feel free to tweak as you like.

Garlicky Vegan Beans & Kale

  1. Remove stems from 10 large leaves of kale and chiffonade them. Shake strips loose and toss in a bowl.
  2. Add  half a bunch of chopped parsley.
  3. Rinse & drain one can of white beans well and set aside. I used canellini.

  1. Heat a bit of olive oil in a wok or skillet.
  2. Add one generous Tbsp of diced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
  3. Cook garlic for about a minute then add in greens mixture.
  4. Cook greens for about two minutes, stirring and tossing to incorporate garlic with greens.
  5. Add in beans and stir well.
  6. Season with salt, nutmeg (freshly ground is great if you have it) and if you want a bit of heat, add red pepper flakes or your choice of hot sauce.
  7. Stir well and remove to dish. Serve with a piece of crusty bread and a bit of olive oil drizzled on top.
  1. Enjoy & Be well!

I discovered that it is good with even more garlic (2 Tbsp total) and the addition of bite sized cubes of cooked yam. I just threw one in the microwave to cook and then peeled and cubed it when it cooled. Turned out to be a really good flavor combination. 

    Monday, October 25, 2010


    I am so pleased with the redo of our dining room shelving units.

    Before, 1970s pine. Okay, but really dated:

     After, lovely white shelving and a beautiful red painting, Hidden Heart, by Canadian artist Nathalie Van.

    You can see more of Nathalie's work in her etsy shop.

    Be well.

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Kelly & Ellis & Leo

    I seem to be writing about dogs a lot lately! I can't think of a better subject.

    Kelly Heywood, one of our students, brought in two of her four dogs today. Ellis (13 and 1/2) and his son, Leo, (7).  Ellis and Leo are search and rescue dogs. Ellis is retired now, but has worked finding both live people and cadavers and has worked in avalanche rescue.

    Here are Leo, Kelly, and Ellis:


    It was hard to get everyone to pose! Ellis looks like he is ready for a nap and Leo wants to play. These two gentlemen are well behaved and know their commands. Leo likes to lean into you with all of his weight to tell you how much he loves you; I had to brace myself against the wall, as he doesn't know his own strength. Ellis liked to sit on my foot with his back to me and look up into my face.

    Kelly has been a vetrinarian technician for ten years and is now in her first semester of our nursing program. She is working to launch a training program for service dogs who would work with people suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

    Here is one of our instructors, Wade Hampton, giving the boys some love:

    A big thank you to Kelly for bring Ellis and Leo by. We hope to see you again soon!

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    New in My Etsy Shop

    I had a creative and busy weekend. Newly added to my etsy shop:

    Greeting Card Quilled Violet Posey Purple Green Victorian Scrapbook
    Victorian Violet Posey Card
    Cherry Blossoms in the Moonlight