Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Date for Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti Dinner
Nov 2 11:00 - 2:30 pm
Community Hall
Red Willow Fairgrounds
McCook, Nebraksa
Children 12 to Adults $7
Children 6 - 11 $3
Children 5 and under free
proceeds to toward Stuie, a peanut detector service dog

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Jasmine is still getting better. She is so tired. Sleep is good and healing.

Everything is working out nicely for the spaghetti dinner. I have the lists all made. I think! I ordered the french bread instead of baking all of it. Just the thought of baking that much bread.... and my freezer is full. I will bake some fresh to have the just baked bread smell in the hall on Sunday! I am hoping we can set up on Sat night. I will find out more tomorrow.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Spaghetti Dinner
Oct 5, 11:00 - 2:30 pm
Community Hall
Red Willow Fairgrounds
McCook, Nebraksa
Children 12 to Adults $7
Children 6 - 11 $3
Children 5 and under free
proceeds to toward Stuie, a peanut detector service dog

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jasmine is on the mend!!! She still sleeps most of the day and will remain on steroids for a month. But she is feeling much better and she can breathe. Now I can quit worrying and put up some fruit we bought last week. And catch up on housework....

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Not impressed with the brownies at all.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

This is a recipe I got off foodnetwork tonight. I hope to try it out tomorrow.

Outrageous Brownies Copyright 1999,
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
This was adapted from a recipe for chocolate globs in the Soho Charcuterie Cookbook.

1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (1 cup for batter and 1/4 cup in the chips and nuts)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups diced walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.

Melt together the butter, 1 pound chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler. Cool slightly. Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature. Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup flour to coat. Then add to the chocolate batter. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Do not over-bake! Cool thoroughly, refrigerate well and cut into squares.
Today was the same. Jasmine isn't getting better but she isn't getting worse either. She has never had a reaction last like this. I am staying calm about it, I think. I do trust our doctor, she is the greatest! I like using all types of medicence, not just allopathic. Doc has more holisitic than I do but I have more training than one of the PAs. When we see the doctor it is a brainstorming session. It works for us. I take whatever book I am studying to discuss with the doctor/PAs/nurses. Gives Gregg and the kids a break from listening to me!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Jasmine isn't getting better. Back to the doctor today. Chest x ray was okay. Jasmine had different treatments today plus she is back on steroids and other medications. Her body is trying to have a rebound reaction. An other reaction after the first one. We are watching her closely this weekend and she sees the doctor on Monday.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hello everyone. I am tired! It was a long day. It was a good idea I listened to my 'mom voice' and took Jasmine to the doctor. She wasn't feeling well, coughing and her chest hurt. She needed more meds, as her lungs are inflamed from the allergic reaction. The headaches and dizziness were caused by not getting enought oxgyen. I am feeling very dumb tonight. Thankful that she is okay but..... this has never happened before. She needs to go back in a week if she isn't 100% better and in a month even if she is better. We think we will take her back in a week just to be sure. It was really fun, light hearted joyful fun today. Stuie does make life much easier! We did eat at Ruby Tuesdays. We were treated very very well. Found out that there is something in the whole wheat buns, Stuie says! They brought out white buns, they were for ds and dh. Jasmine ate okay. She really enjoyed the food. We had Stuie check everything before we bought it. Even clothes at Goodwill. Oh, Stuie was very good at the doctors office too. Ds doctor appoint went well. There are some things we need to work on and we are waiting for the blood work too. He needs to take more fish oil. Doc said he can't get too much with the way he is growing. I did get pats on the back for being a good mom. I really needed that. I really like our doctor!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


The warm breeze blows and dries the tears on my face,
Why I keep asking myself ........ Why?
As I swallow another sob, at times it feels as if my heart will break into pieces
Tiny little bits that will fly away in the wind.
I long for sunshine,
A smile,
Something to hold on too
As the days turn into weeks, months and years,
The hope is fading.....
I feel all is lost.

A little over a year ago....
My dear sweet Margaret.
My rah rah friend.
The one person besides my grandmother.....
You could explain all of this to me.
You could show me the silver lining
In all my clouds.
How I miss you!

Tomorrow will be another day,
I will survive, I will cope.
My heart will not break into
Tiny little pieces
And fly away in the breeze.

I long to set thing straight,
Make things right!
Alas....... this is not my sin.
The broken heart is mine
The pain is mine.

As I travel down this road called life,
I see more and learn more....
Some with pain and heartbreak.
Some with great happiness and joy!
All with everlasing love.
Soon we will travel down another road.
We will say goodbye.
Trade this pain in for another look at life.
Joy ...........
Love ...............everlasing.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The bottled water is here! I am trying to post the label but it isn't working. Email me and I will send you a pictue of the water. We used the Jasmine and Stuie first hug photo I took for the label. If you want some water contact us. It is $1.25 a bottle or $30 a case. Nebraksa spring water! Johnny Scott is selling the water at his grocery store too! Thanks Johnny!
I think now that Gregg is on the mend, I will start having him do some honey dos around the house. Our basement and garage needs decluttering badly. Think I will be posting a lot on craigslist and yahoo.
Jasmine had a few spots on her back this morning. This is why she gets medication for days after a reaction. You can have what is called a delayed reaction. Sometimes if the delayed reaction happens during sleep, the person isn't aware of the reaction. It isn't a good outcome either. :0(

She woke up enough today to take her meds and to eat a little bit. She isn't very hungry today. I know I am not! I am tired, I finally got to sleep around five this morning.

Jeremiah seems to be doing better today too. This is hard on everyone in the family.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Tonight while Gregg and I were 45 minutes away Jasmine had a allergic reaction. Thank God for Stuie! The kids brought frozen green beans in to start for dinner. Stuie went into his mode as we call it. Jeremiah took the food outside, then the kids called us. Jeremiah opened the food outside to put some in a bowl, to see if the contents were contaiminated or the bag. There was a peanut in the green beans. Jasmine was inside the house. We kept calling and talking Jasmine saying she was okay, then she wasn't okay anymore. I was talking on my cell to Jeremiah to remind him what to do to take care of his sister AND Greggs cell to call the ambulance.

If it weren't for Stuie, pointing out the problem with the green beans, the kids would have cooked the beans with the peanut. This could have killed Jasmine. Gregg and I were so scared, Jasmine has never been by herself when she had a reaction. The kids were GREAT. They did everything like we had pracited. Jeremiah made sure Jasmine took her oral meds and Jasmine gave herself the EpiPen. The doctors and staff were so impressed that the kids knew what to do and stayed calm. During Jasmine's stay at the ER, we took turns staying with Jasmine. Including Jeremiah. He needed time with his sister to prove to himself she was going to be okay.

Stuie did great too. After the Jasmine took the meds and Epi, I told Jeremiah to put Stuie in his kennel. Stuie knew he needed to be in his kennel out of the way of everyone. He was excited to see his girl when we came home!

The next few days will be L O N G. As par we will need to wake Jasmine up every two to three hours for the next two to four days. We all take turns checking on her.

I have checked with FAAN to see how I need to handle this. I will be making phone calls on Monday.

Stuie has been WONDERFUL since we returned from the hospital. He is in super mode. He knows something happened and he is double and triple checking everything in the kitchen. As normal, we stopped and picked up some no cook and easy meals for the next few days. Stuie was in the kitchen checking everything. He is wanting to check everything more than once. I keep telling him he has done his job after the first check or sniff. There is no residue in the kitchen at all. Jeremiah took care of that along with taking care of his sister. Wow, he did a LOT tonight. What a great kid!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Last night the email I had been dreading came. A good friend went home to heaven. I am selfish, I want her here, I want her back! No more emails, no husky voice on the phone "Connie do you know who this is?". I am thankful her pain has ended. My heart is breaking for her family. So I say goodbye until we met again, Godspeed Vickie.

Into each life some rain must fall but sunshine does appear.
It brings with it a rainbow and a message that is clear.
Please know that you are not alone that we all hold you dear
Let faith and hope into your heart and keep your memories near.

Rest in peace Vickie.