Pud's Peanut Butter Balls
cats - esher
Here is a step by step guide to making my famous peanut butter balls. I don't share this recipe around too much, but I've been making these bad boys the exact same way for more than 20 years now. I usually only make them once a year around Christmas, but those who know me have been lucky because this is my third batch.

I will warn you ahead of time they're a little messy to make and they are a major time commitment, but OMG are they ever so good.


Well, it's Thursday...
writing - english thug
My brother was finally released from the hospital late this afternoon. He's doing quite well all things considered. He still has along road to complete recovery, but I think in the end he will be much better for having his hip replaced. He's up and walking around well with the aid of a walker, but because he went so long before having anything done the thigh muscle of his bad leg is weak. That will have to be worked as he goes through physical therapy.

I do know that I'm getting rather spoiled being home this week. We had a spot of nasty weather yesterday where there was just enough sleet and ice to cause trouble. I didn't have to worry about anything because I could stay in my nice warm bed and read the morning away. I am really going to hate going back to work next week. I will miss lazing about with Dashiell and thinking about what I might write. I'll pray for a big snow so I can get a freebie day off!

One thing I have learned in my newly recovered addiction to reading is that doing a dialect badly really ruins an otherwise decent story. Dialects are difficult. I know I would never attempt one in my writing. I'm also bothered by the continuation of dialect in the exposition. That only works when used for very specific purposes. I know the author is trying to evoke a certain feeling, but don't. It's just distracts from the story. I've also discovered that I'm highly annoyed when an author falls in love with a word and uses it repetitively. Seriously, where is the editor here?

Dusting off
cats - esher
Well, it's been quite a while.

It's been quite the tumultuous year dealing with Daddy's estate; moving house (if you want my new address just ask); undergoing massive renovations/addition at work which has caused two office moves this year with one more to come; reconnecting with estranged family; older brother's health problems (he's doing better now); younger brother's health problems (hip replacement surgery tomorrow)...well, it's been a lot to deal with.

I didn't realize just how mentally and physically exhausted was after years of caring for my father and trying to work. I've had to relearn how to live my life as I see fit without having to think about how it effects others. Having free time to do what I please when I please is the most amazing thing ever.

One of my goals for this year is to finally get back to writing something. I haven't in so long that I'm completely out of practice. I also have no idea what to write. So instead of writing, I read and read and read. Something will strike my fancy eventually. I just know it.

flowers - white flowers
My father lost his long battle with Alzheimer's Disease tonight at 11:30pm 9/27/2013.

He is finally at peace and he is no longer suffering.

I love you, Daddy.

Update on Daddy
cats - kitty paws
First, I thank you all for your kind words, prayers and hugs on my last post. They were greatly appreciated. It nice to know that there are people, that while you've never actually met, do care and support you. *hugs flist back*

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Update on what is going with my father
flowers - blue flowers
I haven't posted here much about what is going on because it's been a very tough few months here with my father. He just turned 80 on March 8 and is near later stage Alzheimer's. He took a pretty bad downward turn over Christmas, to point we could no longer leave him alone and it's been a steady decline since. My brother and I have re-arranged our work schedules to be at home with him because Daddy makes too much money for services, but actually doesn't really make enough to pay outright for them. It's been frustrating to say the least.

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ch - *pouts*
Seriously, does life have it out for me?

On top of everything else going on in my life, I was told by the dentist today that my remaining three wisdom teeth must come out. Hurrah. Not.

It's wicked windy and cold today with thunderstorms early this morning, pouring rain all night and snow in the afternoon. It's been a wild weather day for late winter. I guess it's true that March comes in like a lion. Naturally work is open, the only thing open in the world. S'ok, I took the day off which was a good thing with the craziness.

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dw11 - amy iz tired
I must say it really sucks to be an adult and make adult decisions about one's parent.

My father has been ill for a while, but recently he's gone downhill to the point that I can no longer care for him alone. My brother has been stepping in to help me lately. It's good, but it's not enough. We both have to work.

Now is time for hard decisions to be made and a lot of upheaval in my life to begin.

It sucks.

The constant migraine isn't helping either.

Time is not on my side
cooking - kitchen goddess
I have been a busy beaver this weekend:

2 dozen chocolate chip cookie brownie cupcakes
1 butter almond cake with caramel frosting
1 dozen chocolate chip cookie buttercream frosting sandwiches
2 dozen vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting
1 pone of oven-fried cornbread

Things at work and at home have been busy to the point I'm flat out exhausted.

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general - i'm not evil

What is that?

Why that is snow right outside of Pud's house! SNOW!  Who would've thunked it?!?!  I knew for sure we weren't going to get anything this year.  I'm so glad to be proven wrong! 

It's even triggered the university where I work to open late in the morning, unfortunately the library is opening earlier than the university by an hour.  I have issues with this since I live far away, yet I am the only who makes it to work on time consistently.  I just hope that things don't freeze too hard and the temps come up quickly enough to eliminate slick spots.  We've had four straight days of rain before this snow so VDot couldn't pretreat the roads.

On a happier note, drought? What drought?  That should have disappeared this week after four inches of rain and now up to 5 inches of snow.

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