Monday, January 31, 2005

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

What was one of your first crushes?  Tell us about it.

When I was in sixth grade there ws this boy named Kenny.  He was both dreamy and intelligent!  So I decided to take the initiative and call him up one day.  "Hello?" he said when he picked up the phone. "Hello," I said back.  "This is Krissy," I said.  "What would you like?" he asked.  "I don't know," I replied.  "Bye," he said.  "Bye," I replied and hung up the phone.  So much for that romance, and for my conversational skills for that matter! 

Now tell us about one of your crushes!

Sunday, January 30, 2005

This Week's Hunt

This week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#13) should be completed by Saturday, Feb.5, at 8 PM EST.

This weeks's theme will be: COLD.

Take a picture of what the word cold represents to you.

Entries for Scavenger Hunt#12

Entries for Scavenger Hunt #12

Spell Out Your Name in Photos












Photo Scavenger Hunt #12

My name is up in fruits and vegetables! 

The first item is a Kiwi.  It is a tasty fruit.

The second item is Radicchio.  It is a vegetable.  It is very bitter, even more so than radishes.  

The third item is Iceburg Lettuce.  I think everybody knows what that is.

The next item is Swiss Chard.  It is a vegetable that I don't know what it's use is, lol.

Then we have Star Fruit.  It is supposed to be a tasty fruit.  I haven't tried it yet, but I guess I will now.

Finally, we have a Yam.  

So there you have Krissy in produce!         

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Put your link here

If you have not already given me your link for this week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#12) please put it in the comments section below.

Thanks, Krissy

Five Years Old

Jeannette from Jeannette's Jottings has asked us to put a baby picture of ourselves in our journal.  I can't find a baby picture but I found a picture of myself when I was about five years old. 

Here is Little Krissy:

Sorry it is a little blurry.  It was taken back in the days when they didn't have digital cameras!  Anyway, that is me! 

Monday, January 24, 2005

Blizzard of '05

So here is a pic of the Blizzard of '05!  A dinky little thing.  We got five inches at the most!  So much for the 6 to 12 inches they were calling for.  Pennsylvanian's laugh at 5 or 6 inches of snow!  It snowed on Saturday with a few flurries on Sunday.  The roads were drivable on Sunday and people were out again on them.  Which, actually, in my opinion was a little soon.  They were not clear enough.  But I had to go out, because I had an appointment.  My Church made me take a marriage preparation test.  Then John and I are also going to have to go to about three or four weeks of premarriage counseling.  I shouldn't be saying "making" us do it, because I am sure it is a very good and helpful thing.  They also say we need to go to something called Engaged Encounter, whatever that is.  I heard from my friend Penny that it was a very good thing.  I am glad.  Now I am even a little excited!  Well I must go.  Love, Krissy 

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

If you HAD to do one of the following to save your life, which would you choose and why:  bungee jumping, skydiving or hang gliding?

I would choose hang gliding.  It seems the least dangerous to me.  I would NEVER bungee jump!  That would scare me to pieces.  I am not going head down for anybody! 

How about you? 

Saturday, January 22, 2005

This Week's Hunt

This week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#12) should be completed by Saturday, January 29, at 8 PM EST.

Well folks, it is time for another Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Boy do I miss them!  This weeks idea comes from Val at Val's Thoughts.  Here is what we are going to do this week:

Take a pic representing each letter of your first name (or nickname, or do the first few letters of your name)...for example, if your name is could take a photo of the snow for the S, a phtoto of an apple for the A, and a photo of the moon for the M. 

Have fun!  Krissy :-) 

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Inauguration Day

I am really proud of you all!  You know what your keys on your keychain are for!  That is so much better than me!  I didn't know what half of mine were.  Perhaps that should show me something about myself.  I'll have to think on that one. 

So it is snowing here.  Has been for a couple of days.  I guess there is at least four inches out there.  If I had been feeling well enough I would have gotten out and taken a picture to show you the nice snow.  I am still trying to fight this bug.  I am lying in bed as much as possible to kick this.

So the Presidential Inauguration coverage is on right now on TV.  The president will deliver his address in two hours.  It reminds me of when I used to live in the DC area and go to the Inaugural addresses.  I like the slower pace of where I live, but in some ways I miss the DC area.  In some teeny way I way I wish I was at the Inauguration.  But it is only teeny; I am glad I am in my warm house right now.

On the other hand, I have to go out in half an hour to my therapy appointment.  So I better get off of here.  Bye bye, Krissy     

Monday, January 17, 2005

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

How many keys do you have on your keyring?  Out of these keys, how many do you NOT know what they are for? 

My answer:  I have eight keys on my keyring.  I don't know what four of them unlock!  This shocks me.  I don't know what half of the keys are for!

What's your answer?  Check it out - you may be surprised!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Still Feeling Blecchhy

Here I am again, several days later and feeling no better.  As a matter of fact, I feel a lot worse.  This bronchial thing is trying to kill me!  I don't remember anything like this since I used to have bronchitis years ago.  I have only one tablet of antibiotics left (to be taken tomorrow).  I was told that when I was finished with the antibiotics that if I was not better I was to go back to the doctor.  So I guess it is back to the doctor tomorrow unless something drastic occurs overnight.  Because I sure feel lousy tonight.  I can't even believe I am on here posting this, I feel so rotten.  I haven't been on the computer but a few minutes in the past 48 hours. 

Well, gotta go, don't have too much strength to write.  I am going to do a Monday Morning Question and get off of here. 

Love, Krissy

Friday, January 14, 2005

Back Home Again

I thought I'd make an entry while I was momentarily feeling well enough to do so.  Wow, this bronchial/bacterial infection has really been miserable.  Most of the time I have been too ill to even sit up.  But the Z-Pac they gave me for an antibiotioc, as well as the cough medicine, and steriods (yuck, a weight gainer) for asthma, should fix me up within about a week.  I can't wait.  I guess I am a baby but when you are going through it, you feel like you are going to die, and like it will NEVER end, lol.

So, I just got back from Ohio and helping John's Mom.  She really needed it.  She was so frail.  We were really shocked when we saw her.  She is 5'7" but looked about 90 lbs.  She could not put on her own shoes, get dressed, cook for herself, pull out the chair for herself, nor even feed herself too well.  I wonder what she had been doing before we got there.  I think her husband had been helping her before he became deceased.

Before John and I left we got her all kinds of services.  We got somebody to come out and stay with her just about everyday of the week.  We got her a greif counselor, a senior companion, help with cleaning, help with bills, help with packing (she is going to stay with John's sister eventually), one of the buttons to wear around your neck if you fall).  Okay, I can't remember if there was anything else but I was pretty satisfied.  Because this was for a woman who always resisted ANY kind of help.  And the services were free!  Oh yes, we got her free transportation to doctor's appointments and such!

At any rate, all of this was very tiring to do.  So was being a full time home health care aide.  She woke up at three thirty in the morning so I had to get up at three thirty in the morning.  Because she would often need my help with something.  She had fallen just a couple of days before.  That is something else we did.  Took her to get x-rays to see if she had broken anything!  Anyway, I stray.  I was getting up at 3:30 am and going to bed at 12:30 am.  With some catnaps during the day.  Very poor idea for a bipolar.  I need to take care of myself also.  That is probably why I got sick when I got back.  My immune system held it together because it was necessary when I was there and then I just collapsed. 

Well, this entry is getting to long already and I am beginning to feel feverish.  If you don't hear from me in a few days it is because I am still under the weather.  We shall see.  Pray for me and I will pray for you.  Love, Krissy

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Canceled Again

I have to cancel the Photo Scavenger Hunt again.  If you read my previous entry you know it is due to a death in the family and that I will be going away for about a week.  I hope you are not beginning to think that it will be canceled forever.  I assure you this is not the case!  We will be back at our regular time next week!  Thank you for understanding.

Love and take care, Krissy 

Going Away

Well, it's been a rough week.  For a number of reasons.  One of the reasons is the death of John's stepdad (Don).  He passed away a few days ago. 

John and I are going to Ohio tomorrow morning to be with John's mother.

In the midst of all the stress and planning I forgot that it was John's birthday yesterday!  I feel bad about that.  He said he didn't mind at all.  I will have to do something for him when I get back.  Is it true that men don't mind as much as women when you forget a birthday like John says?

So I had better get off of here. I have to finish packing and do some other things.  See you in about a week.


Monday, January 3, 2005

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

Name one New Year's resolution you have for this year.  If you don't make them, name something you would like to do.

My answer:  Losing weight

What is yours?

Happy 2005

It's a few days late, but I wanted to say Happy 2005 to everybody.  This year is going to be a year full of many new changes for me.  I have so much planned.  And the wedding is in May.  That is such a short time away!

Before I look ahead I just wanted to say that I had a wonderful time at Val's New Year's Eve Party.  There weren't a lot of folks in town, so only four of us gathered at her house, but four made a fantastic amount of fun!  There was Val, me, John, and Michael (a friend of ours, not the cat).  We had lots of good food and drinks (including our traditional guacamole dip, and punch made of grape juice, gingerale and sherbert).  We of course watched the ball drop at midnight.  And in between we talked and played party games. 

I loved the games!  I got some off the Internet and modified some of them to fit us a little bit.  They had us in stitches.  One of them had us sitting in a circle passing an envelope.  Everybody had to say "Chugga Chugga Chugga Chugga Choo Choo" at the same time.  Then we repeated it.  Whoever was left holding the envelope at the second Choo Choo had to reach in it and do what it said.  Everything had you make somewhat of a fool of yourself, but it was ok, as everybody was doing it on their turn also.  I think the funniest one was when John pulled out "Be a ballet dancer for sixty seconds."  He was doing his ballet routine around the room, stopped in front of the window and said, "I had better stop now, lest somebody be looking in the window and think something is wrong!"  He was such a good sport for doing that.  Another game had us linking arms and with a team member and hitting a balloon back and forth.  Yes, I was really getting grown adults to do these things, lol.  Then we played Trivial Pursuit. (Val's idea).  We played for awhile and quit because the men were smearing me and Valerie.

At midnight we watched the ball drop.  Then we screamed Happy New Year out the window.  We sat around and talked for awhile longer and went home.  We really had a fun time!

New Year's Day was really great also.  A quiet time for John and I.  I made a ham with a cranberry sauce and clove glaze.  First time I ever tried it and it came out well.  I also made some pumpkin custard and John made mashed potatoes. 

So that has been my past few days.  Sunday was nice also because I went to church.  I would say a pretty good start to a new year.  Except that John found out yesterday that his stepdad (well he is so close to him that he calls him dad) passed away.  But I will leave that for the next entry. 

Sunday, January 2, 2005

Some of Our Foods Explained

After the last entry I made, I was asked what a few American foods were.  I will try to explain them below.

Sweet Potatoes:  The sweet potato is a tuberous root vegetable particularly popular in the southern United States.  Sweet potatoes are sometimes referred to as yams.  The true yam however, is native to many African countries and it is not remotely related to the American sweet potato.  Sweet potatoes come in two varieties (orange fleshed and yellow fleshed).  Most Americans eat the orange ones.  The skin is buff to brown colored. 

We eat them boiled, but more frequently baked with butter and salt, or maybe butter and cinnamon and sugar.  Or whipped.  

And during Thanksgiving we make them really sweet and call them Candied Sweet Potatoes Or Candied Yams!

I don't have the exact measurements for the ingredients, because I am a person that just looks at things and cooks as I go, but here is the recipe I use if I want to make my version of this killer side dish:

-Open a can or two of yams (yes I know they are really sweet potatoes, but in America when you buy them in cans they say yams on them!) and put the yams in a mixing bowl
-Add a table spoon or two of butter, and mix everything up well, but leaving a few chunks
-Put this concoction in a glass baking dish and put it in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for about half an hour or so.  Oops I forgot something.  Before you put it in the oven, sprinkle the yams with peacns (nuts).  A lot of them.  Cover almost the whole top with them  
-Meanwhile make the glaze that could kill you.  Put about half a bottle of Karo syrup in a sauce pan. Add a lot of brown sugar to that.  maybe a half of cup or something.  I don't remember, just make it look dark!  Add a tablespoon or two of butter.  Heat stirring constantly until it is melted and comes to a boil.  Turn down heat and simmer for about one minute. 
-When the yams are done, take them out of the oven.  Pour the glaze over the yams.  This should keep the dish hot until it is time to eat because the glaze will be heated up.  
-It tastes very yummy. 

Collard Greens:  Collard Greens are particularly popular in the southern part of the United States although they are eaten allover the US.  They are a member of the cabbage family as well as is these other greens: kale, spinach, mustard greens, and turnip greens.  Unlike kale and mustard greens they have a very mild, almost smoky flavor.

What else can I say about them?  They are well, very greeny!  You either like them or you don't.  I happen to like all the greens.  

Corn Bread:  Another Southern thing, but the whole US enjoys it and often eats it.  It is a bread made from stoned ground corn.  That hardly describes it though, because it doesn't taste like a bread.  You would have to eat it to understand the consistency.  It is heavenly with some melted butter on it.  

If you have the ingredients, please try it.  Find recipes here:


Well I gotta go now, I am REALLY hungry!  I want some of that Southern cooking.  Even if I do commit heresy according to the Southerners and get my greens from the frozen section of the grocery store, lol.  Maybe I'll have some of those nice Southern grits this morning.  Bye for now, Krissy

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