Jennifer Lyon

Monday, November 28th, 2022
Weekend Roundup

I’m back! It feels like 9 weeks since I’ve been here!

Thanksgiving went well. It was the usual chaos when all my kids are together, but that’s how holidays always go with us :-) Unfortunately, Biker Witch and her Biker Hubby couldn’t be there, but we all understood. All I can say though is these days, I couldn’t do it without all the help from my daughters-in-law! My middle daughter-in-law is an amazing cook so when she starts cooking, we get out of her way! And all the girls brought a lot of the food, which made it really easy on me. I made the turkey, potatoes and had three kinds of cookies in the freezer that I thawed out for various dietary needs. I had things on hand like whipped cream and ice cream for the pies and the girls pretty much did all the rest.

Friday we went to the car show which was in Los Angeles with CPA Boy, Special K and Turbo. Special K and Wizard both suffer from eternal car fever, so this was for them :-) We did, however, run into Officer Turbo:

They were letting kids sit on a one of their fleet of motorcycles. And they gave him a badge sticker — he was thrilled.

Saturday I tried to rest, which somehow included two walks because I’m so good at resting, LOL! My side was annoying me, but it was somewhat better yesterday.

Sunday…frustrating. My chairs came, YAY! (right after Thanksgiving, LOL). I checked everything but whether they reclined. So of course, I can’t get them to recline. It’s probably just that they are tight because they are pushback manual recliners. Wizard will look at them when he gets home (I’m writing thoi Sunday afternoon when he’s at a radio control car race). Otherwise, I love the pattern and I think we’ll be happy. If we can’t bet them to recline, the store will send someone out to check them.

Then yesterday my microwave shorted out, and the lighter on my cooktop stopped working (likely shorted too). I need to contact the housing people today and push to get that fixed ASAP. I use my microwave and stove a lot, so I’m sort of at a loss without them.

Today, we are on standby at the vet’s office — they are going to try to work Maggie in for a swollen lymph node. It’s one of those things that could be nothing, could be something like a bad or infected tooth that I just can’t see, or could be more concerning. Overall, Maggie is eating and acting normal which is good.

But that’s enough of me, how was your Thanksgiving and weekend?

4 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Silver James
    November 28th, 2022 at 1:24 pm · Link

    Oh noes! I hope Maggie is fine. Even though she seems good, it’s still scary. I salute Officer Turbo! 👮🏼‍♂️ Hope Wiz got the chairs to work, and having wonderful family (especially if they can cook!) is a blessing. You have a good one and I know you hold them dear.

    So. Thanksgiving. I was told to bring my rolls, a pecan pie, and a pumpkin pie. I went to make the rolls and…well let’s just that I had a senior moment. The whole story is on my blog for Thursday. ( The second batch turned out perfect. So, we go to Uncle Fix-It’s for T-giving lunch. Aunt Hooey is in a motorized wheelchair now so life is much easier if we all go to them. All but one (husband of a niece) in her family was there. The husband of the other niece broght the turkey. 14 lbs. For TWENTY people, only two of whom were children. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Luckily, Uncle Fix-It had a ham in reserve. The SiL’s brother brought *his* rolls and a loaf of homemade bread. Neither was part of his food assignment. And there were SIX other pies–two pumpkin (for a total of three), another pecan, and three fruit pies of some sort. We came home with plenty of pie. Her family just…we just roll our eyes and go on. Only, Baseball Boy, and Stormy got to take a whole pan (30) of my rolls home. That was fine too. Anyway, LG and I were peopled out by the time we got home and I refused to adult for the rest of the weekend. It WAS good to see part of her family, just wish we could those select few one or three at a time. 🤣

    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I worked, though there was along nap in there on Saturday. I’ve written over 10K words in the past week, with 6 solid chapters and a prolgue, with all the snippets and scenes now in a mostly chronological order that just need for more words to stitch them into the whole story. Yay for progress.

    I’ll save the next Pete story for Friday because…Imma gonna need it to get my five things. 🤣

    Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend and that the coming week works for us all.

  2. Jenn
    November 28th, 2022 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Silver, thanks! Maggies swelling is down today, but the vet examined her anyway. she can feel a little swelling and definitely feel the pockets left by the original swelling. So I’m going to watch her, and if it returns, take her in for a needle biopsy. I feel better. Her vet and all the staff were so good to us on a terrible day in there.

    I read your blog! I hope it’s not wrong that I laughed! The corn meal surprised me, LOL. But I’ve done very similar things so part of my laugh was pure sympathy. I’m sorry it was such a hassle and THEN there were duplicates of the rolls and pies you worked so hard on. That’s aggravating.

    Yeah, relatives often are a package deal :-) I get it.

    I love hearing how much of a roll you’re on with writing!

    Looking forward to Friday’s Pete story!

  3. Viki S.
    November 29th, 2022 at 10:51 am · Link

    Oh no! Poor Maggie. So glad you were able to have her seen and that the swelling is going down. Good that you are keeping an eye on her and have to vet at the ready of needed.

    I LOVE Officer Turbo! How cute is he sitting up there on that BIG bike 🥰! I can just imagine how he must have loved it.

    OMG! I would be in such a mess if my kitchen appliances decided to short out like that. Like you, I use my kitchen constantly. Sure hope you got them to get someone out to fix things.

    Was Wizard able to get the chairs to recline? My sofa (a LazyBoy), is manual and it can be difficult but I can still do it.

    I’m so happy you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Ours was nice too. It was just 6 of us and I did all of it but everything turned out great. The bird’s pop up thermometer released less than 2 hours into roasting. I laughed out loud thinking of a new cook that wouldn’t know better and would have thought the bird was done. Thank heaven I’ve been doing this since I was 12 and know that there is NO WAY the bird is done @325F in less than 2 hours. Four hours of roasting and it was perfect.

    Yesterday was the wake for eldest grandma. He drove up by himself (DIL and Harrison are sick). He made it to the last hour of the wake and then came here for the night. The funeral is today. He drives home this afternoon.

    Well, I hope all your stuff is fixed and that you have a great day.

  4. Jenn
    November 29th, 2022 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Viki, thanks, I’m very relieved about Maggie. I also appreciate how hard they worked to get her in.

    Turbo was both thrilled, it made my day!

    We are getting a repair visit scheduled for the chairs — it’s odd because we can see the mechanism but neither Wizard or I can get them to pushback. It could be they are just that tight, or maybe some band wasn’t cut, but we need the company to check it out.

    We are still waiting for a service response on the cooktop and microwave, but right now we have them working. There has to be a short popping the breakers. But right now we can make it work.

    Six people is a nice size without being overwhelming. But I know you must have missed Harrison! LOL on the temp button popping early. I usually use my own thermometers because I want it cooked to the right temp. I bet your roasted turkey was perfection!

    How did your pies turn out?

    I’m sorry Harrison is sick too now, and that Eldest had to go to his his grandmother’s wake, and now her funeral, alone. That’s hard, but he’s a good man for doing it. I hope staying with you while going though this is helpful for him.

    Hope you’re feeling well and have a great day too!

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