Saturday, November 12, 2016

Dedicating Sawyer, Tuesdays with Judith, Quotable Quotes, A Toe Story, Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken AND Pinterest Stuff (Object Lesson on Anger)

Good Saturday evening!

RANDOMNESS #1 - My great-nephew, Sawyer (son of nephew, Bradley, and niece-in-law, Stephanie), was dedicated this past Sunday.

He did a great job, and whimpered/cried/fussed not at all.

Poppa T and Sawyer.

Such a sweet little guy!

RANDOMNESS #2 - A Little Toe Story (First Posted November 16, 2009) - I went to my rheumatologist yesterday for my six-month check-up.

And, no. I did not develop arthritis upon turning 50.

I developed arthritis at the ripe ol' age of 39.

I'm special that way.

Anyway, the receptionist always gives you a picture of a skeleton, and you are instructed to shade in the areas which are giving you the most trouble.

Sometimes I shade in the brain area, and my Doctor patiently explains to me I can't have "arthritis of the brain," and I just laugh and laugh because I think I am hysterical.

But this week, I took extra-special care to heavily SHADE IN my big toe on my right foot.

For the past six months, it has been dealing me fits. It feels like it is broken, but unless my "arthritis of the brain" has kicked in, I cannot recall doing anything to break it.

When I sat down with my Doctor, he looked at my "skeleton" and said, "I take it your big toe is bothering you?"

"Uh, yeah!" My Doctor is a genius!

And then he looked at the big toe on my right foot and the big toe on my left foot, and there was no noticeable difference.

Then he held the big toe on my right foot in between his hands.

"Your toe is hot. There is fever in that toe."

I thought perhaps my toe had the flu.

And then my Doctor said something that made me feel 100 years old. "You may have the gout."

"Well, that's just peachy," I thought to myself.

But then I immediately thought, "I'm not going to say I have gout. I'm going to say I have 'toe flu.'"

And I felt immediately better.

One X-ray and 15 minutes later, my Doctor informed me I did not have "the gout." Nope. I no longer had toe cartilage in that particular joint.

"Well, where did it go?" I asked.

"It's degenerative. It happens. I can give you a shot which will help with the pain for awhile, OR you can try a topical solution and see if that gives you any relief."

One guess which option I chose.

That's right.

I'm going TOPICAL, Baby.

The idea of giving my poor big toe a shot where it hurts most makes me shudder... just a little.

All of the above to tell you, I DO NOT have the dreaded toe flu... or gout... or brain arthritis.

But my cartilage is mysteriously disappearing.

Bizarre, huh?

The good news... He said I was good to go as far as walking two miles a day and/or Body Pumping.

(Just between you and me, I was hoping to get a Doctor's Excuse for Body Pump.)

Heavy, heavy sigh.

NOTE - I know I paint a very pretty picture, and many of you think I have a perfectly perfect life, but I wanted you to know that I, too, experience pain now and again.

Believe it or not, The Enchanting Belinda is very, very human!

RANDOMNESS #3 - This past Tuesday, I took Judith to the park in Fultondale with the life-size plastic animals arranged here and there.

She still gravitates to the swings, and that is fine with me.

I will push her from now until the end of time if it makes Little Chick happy.

She had a very long conversation with this particular dog statue.

Long enough for Nana B to get a little bored and steer her toward some of the more exotic plastic animals.

She fell in love with the giraffe.

And she begged the giraffe to love her back.

Let it be known here and now, I would never walk around like this.


Just one more reason to love 22 month-olds...

Pulling a top tight across their belly just doesn't bother them.

At all!

The walking trail was perfect after swinging, sliding, talking to animals and eating a little picnic.

Just perfect.

And our post-park/pre-nap snack of vanilla milk and bananas was pretty awesome, too.

Quotable Quotes

"I am not in control, but I am deeply loved by the one who is."

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

You will need the following:

3 medium-large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup corn starch
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup cold water, plus 2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Sesame seeds, for topping

1. Chop chicken into 2-inch pieces. Add to a large resealable bag and add corn starch. Seal and shake to coat chicken.

2. Drizzle a large skillet with the oil and preheat over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute 1 to 2 minutes (just to brown the very outside, chicken should not be cooked through) and remove from heat. Add to a greased slow cooker.

3. Whisk together the cold water and corn starch until dissolved. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ketchup and rice vinegar and whisk to combine.

4. Poor sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low 3 hours. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

Pinterest Stuff

Object Lesson


1. I asked my kids if they ever got angry at someone and said mean things. Then I asked if anyone ever got mad at them (parents, siblings, friends, etc.). 

2. I asked for some examples of things we say or people say to us when we’re angry. (Make sure you tell them ahead of time not to repeat any bad words or say really bad stuff.) 

3. As each child said something, my helper crumpled up a half-sheet of paper and threw it to them. When everyone had taken a turn, I asked them to smooth out their paper and make it nice and flat like it was before it was crumbled.

4. Of course, this was impossible. We talked about how when you say hurtful things to other people when you’re angry, you end up hurting them in ways that can damage their spirit. It isn't easy to undo the hurt.

5. The final point you want to make... think before you speak.

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." James 1:19

Have a great rest of the weekend! I'll talk to you soon.


The Enchanting Belinda

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