Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What a mess!

What were you doing at 3:00 am this morning?

You were probably sleeping. Am I right?

This is what Andrew and I were doing.

If you are thinking we are collecting water, you would be correct. A couple weeks ago we had a really windy day. The wind did some damage to the house. We lost some shingles and have some siding hanging loose. We contacted our rental agency, but I guess the owner of the house didn't want to fix it. 

Last night we had a thunderstorm come through. At 3am I woke up to find Andrew grabbing the cooler and trying to place it under the leak. 

See that bubble? That is where the leak is. 

Gross, isn't it?

It has done some damage. I need to do some restoration to my trunk. We have books drying out around the house.

These will all survive. No serious damage. I did have to get rid of an old Webster's dictionary. It was on the bottom of the pile and quite immersed in the water. I love books, especially the old ones, so it is sad to have to get rid of it,but there is just no saving it. We also lost the cute little tray that they were sitting on, on the trunk. That, also, just had too much water damage. I'll have to go to Hobby Lobby and see about finding a new one!

Now, we are just waiting for someone to come and fix our ceiling. It is still dripping behind me as I type this. 

What a night!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Spring is in the air. The crocuses are blooming! I love crocuses. After a long, cold winter, it is so wonderful to see them; the first signs of spring!

Monday, March 14, 2016


Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like everything is going wrong and your stress level is skyrocketing?

That was my day Saturday. 

It was one things after another. Work problems, problems with my insulin pump. It just kept piling up on me. 

Then I heard this song on the radio on my way home from work. And, although everything wasn't sorted out yet, I had peace. It would be okay. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are my favorite. There isn't much better than a fresh out of the oven, slathered in icing, cinnamon roll.

I found this recipe on pintrest and knew I had to try it. No yeast, quick and easy? What's not to love? Plus, it only makes 4. You won't have a whole bunch hanging around, tempting you!

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided use
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided use
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For the glaze:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • splash of cream or milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 375, and spray 4 cups in a muffin pan with cooking spray (or use extra melted butter).
  2. Combine the flour, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a small measuring cup, combine the milk, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until a soft dough forms.
  5. Heavily flour a work surface, and pat the dough out into a rectangle about 6" long. Use plenty of flour as you go.
  6. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter on top of the dough.
  7. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Press this mixture lightly into the butter on top of the dough. Carefully, roll the dough up starting with the long side. Roll away from you. When you get to the end of the dough, pinch the entire seam shut.
  8. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces, drop into the greased muffin cups, and bake for 14-15 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, beat together the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. If it seems hard to spread, splash in some milk or heavy cream.
  10. Frost the cinnamon rolls when they come out of the oven, and serve.

We enjoyed ours for dessert with some fabulous Earl Grey tea. Jenny, it's my new favorite!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Can't live with it, can't live without it.

Literally, in my case. Technology is big part of what keeps me alive and healthy. Having Type 1 diabetes I am insulin dependent. I am very grateful for my pump. It keeps me from having to give myself injections multiple times a day. 

I am also very thankful for my glucose monitor. Most of the time. 

I've had it since October and it has really improved my life. I don't have to poke myself to get a blood sugar reading as often. It checks it for me every 5 minutes. It is incredible....

When it is working properly. 

Lately I have been having some small problems with it not being as accurate as it should be. There are many reasons why this could be. It could have too much scar tissue around the sensor, it could be too close to my pump site, or the sensor itself could have gotten bent somehow. 

Whatever the cause, I have had to change the sensor way more often than I should. As a result, I am out of sensors until the UPS guy comes with my package tonight. 

So, for today, I have gone back to the days before my sensor. Today it is just me and my pump. I don't think I like it, really. I've gotten used to always knowing, right away, where my blood sugar is at. Oh well. It's just one day, and it is good for my skin to get a break.

We have to find the positives, right?