Yesterday was a very busy day, mostly in the kitchen. My feet are still sore today, but I had fun. I enjoy working in the kitchen when I feel up to it.
The chicken needed to be cooked and the meat taken off the bones and separated into bags to put in the freezer. That little bird had LOTS of meat on it. I was able to get four nice size pieces of chicken breast. These were saved in the freezer to make Parmesan chicken or something like that later. Also saved the carcass in the freezer for making soup. The legs were put in the fridge for Christy. She likes the dark meat. Next task was to make chicken pot pie -- one for me and one for Christy. They came out pretty good. There was some broth left over from cooking the chicken, so I used that to flavor the pie fillings.
Cooking the corn on the cob was fun. According to what I read a few places online, it can just be roasted in the oven -- husks and all. So I pulled off the yucky looking part of the silk and then put the corn on the top rack of the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. They smelled so good while they were cooking! I hope Christy likes them. When she is ready to eat them, we will probably toss them back in the oven to reheat. They had to be cooked up though because we didn't want them to spoil.
It was such a nice day yesterday that I decided to hang my hang up clothes out on the line (about 8:00 p.m.) About 5:00 this morning it rained. Oooops! Guess they got a second rinse. And, I left the clothespins out there too. Oooops!
When I went out to hang the clothes, a rabbit hopped out from under the porch. It ran off to the butterfly bush and sat under it but did not run away. It let me get close enough to take a picture.
Another thing I saw out the back door was a fire ant nest. It is right at the bottom of the steps. This nest seemed to be getting larger and larger. It was time to do something about it. So, I came in and got the shovel and went back out and leveled it. Was surprised at how hard the top of it was. It was not like sand but more like clay. In the top of the nest were little compartments, almost like in a wasp nest. In these compartments were hundreds or thousands of what looked like eggs and larva. It only took about 10 or 15 minutes for the ants to quickly move the eggs and larva to safety. Since the shovel had ants on it, I left it outside. Needless to say, the ants were extremely unhappy.
This morning I did some more kitchen work. Produce pick of the week at Aldi this week was bananas. Of course, two people can't really eat that many bananas before they go bad, so the solution was to put the in the freezer. So, I cut up about 4 or 5 pounds of bananas and put them in little baggies. Then I put the little baggies in a larger bag for extra protection. Then they were ready to be stored in the freezer for later.
God encouraged me with these verses this morning.
"8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:8,9)
A couple of days ago, Christy was cleaning out the sink and found a trail of ants going to a fork in the sink. A little piece of food was on the fork, and the ants had found it. While she was busy cleaning up that mess, she felt a little pain between her fingers but didn't think much of it. It kept hurting, so she looked at her hand. There was an ant, hanging on for dear life. Guess he didn't want to get drowned in the water. After Christy got him off, she showed me the little hole he had made when he bit her. Well, now we would find out if Christy is only allergic to fire ant bites or if she is allergic to other ant bites as well. The answer is, She is allergic to other ant bites as well. In spite of Benadryl and a homeopathic remedy called Apis Mel, the hand swelled up quite a bit and turned red. Ouch! Thankfully it looks much better today.
Yesterday afternoon I went to the dentist to see about getting a partial for my front tooth. He examined my mouth very carefully and took pictures. The conclusion was that he did not think it was wise to do one. When most people close their mouth, their bottom teeth come to about the middle of their top teeth. Mine come almost all the way up to the gum line. If he made me a partial, my bottom teeth would hit it right where the fake tooth connects to the plastic, and it would break. He said it probably wouldn't last more than 6 months.
Another problem is the back teeth. In order for a partial to work well it needs to be held in place by some wires that go around the back teeth. The picture showed that my back teeth are not symmetrical at all. Also, they are very tight. If he were to adjust the bite so that the wires would fit in, he would have to work on the bite so much that it would make the back teeth thin and weak and easily breakable. Then there would be the cost of fixing the teeth as well as the cost of adjusting them and making the partial.
The dentist gave me the name and number of a place that would do "same day dentures" for about half the price and recommended going with that instead. Then it wouldn't be such a big loss if the partial broke. When I got home, I looked up some videos on youtube. There were videos of people who apparently had the same kind of bite I had. They did get a partial for the top. However, the effect of the partial was that it wore the bottom teeth down quite a bit. One lady's bottom teeth looked like they were worn about half way down. I don't want to get something that is going to damage other teeth.
So, now I need to make a decision. What are the options available to me?
1. Do nothing. Leave as is.
2. Buy "snap on teeth" (Yes, they really do make them. The cost is about $35.00 a set)
3. Try to make one myself (Yes, there are kits that can be purchased to do that or there are instructions on the internet how to make them and links to purchase the correct materials.) This does not seem to cost any less than the "snap on teeth," and I'm not confident of my ability to produce something that looks or fits right.
So that is what I have to think on and decide about. :-)
In the evening yesterday a thunderstorm went around us to the east. The clouds were very dark. In the west, the sun was shining brilliantly. It was just the right time for a rainbow, so I decided to go out and take a look. Sure enough, there was one -- a very bright and beautiful one! Such a happy ending to the day!
And here is a little video of the rainbow. It had a neat effect in that the thunder decided to boom and roll while I was taking the video. You can also see the sky get darker toward the end of the video.
12And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. Genesis 9:12-16
Yesterday I tried my hand at some homemade shampoo. It seemed to work OK. The picture below shows how my hair looks today, one day after trying the shampoo. My hair feels a little bit "sticky," so it seems I did not get the shampoo rinsed out thoroughly. Am making a more concentrated solution today and will work on tweaking the proportions a bit. Once I get the proportions right, I'll share my recipe. The shampoo is very simple to make and the cost of the concentrate comes out to about 30 ₵ a quart.
Please be in special prayer for Allison tomorrow morning. At 7:30, she is to have a dobbhoff tube inserted. It is something like an NG tube but goes past the stomach and into the beginning of the small intestine. They will then be trying to give her a special elemental formula. For specific prayer requests, please visit her CaringBridge page. Thanks so much to those who have already been praying. Amazingly, Allison was able to make it to church tonight. She and her family continue to trust the Lord.
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That Sour Sam had lost his frown --
Jesus had turned it upside down."
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