B. has to have surgery for a ruptured disc(k?) in his lower back. He is hoping to put it off until the first of the year so that he can finish his Master's without interruption. I do not blame him, but I'm not so sure he is going to be able to wait. I certainly hope and pray he can. I feel so badly for him.
K. had minor surgery on her knee Wednesday. As of last night, she was still in a lot of pain. She went to school today and will hopefully be able to stay the whole day. Homecoming is tonight, and I know she will want to go to that. She can take the brace off tomorrow, and she goes back to the doctor on Tuesday to have the stitches removed. She's not much for pain--that is for sure.
We have the craziest bird at our house right now. He walks back and forth across one particular window sill and pecks away at our window. We had fun watching it yesterday--it does get on one's nerves after awhile though.
We have a small water leak under the house--not the best when your husband has a ruptured disc (k?). We also have a heating element out in our water heater AND in my oven. (No oven for the past 6 weeks.) Plus, my microwave is on the blink. K's class ring payment is due. B needs new tires for his truck. And the battery died on my van. Our pocketbook is aching a bit, needless to say. Thank goodness gas is down to $3.00.
The girls and I are getting ready to learn to knit. I am excited.
I bought a gorgeous red enamel-coated cast-iron skillet yesterday (on sale) at Belk (evil, evil store--it draws me in). I think I'm in love. My arms will be stronger too. My teflon skillet was starting to chip--and I want to get away from the non-stick pans for health reasons--I no longer have any.
I am not a huge fan of life without an oven, though it hasn't been as hard as one would think. I have done a lot of recipe searching and have found three great new recipes to add to our regular fare. I just wish I could bake myself that german chocolate cake and chocolate chip pumpkin bread that I have been craving. I may borrow a friend's oven soon.
I have realized that I have an unhealthy love for dishes. I have five sets that I can choose from--it's sick and crazy--blue Fiesta, floral Pfaltzgraff, deep yellow something from Penny's catalog, ivory Sorrento (which was just discontinued at Belk and is 75% off), and my white-with-tiny-blue-flowers china from Winn Dixie. I use the deep yellow something most days--and I know you were very interested in that little piece of information.
School is going wonderfully at home--we are having a hard time getting our History and Science in though--working on that.
It is ridiculous how much I am looking forward to leftover Spaghetti Soup tonight.
My 40th Birthday
Labels: Random Thoughts
- Sarah's Spaghetti Soup
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 3/4 cups each of chopped onion, green pepper, celery, carrot, and mushrooms might be good too--but are optional-I didn't use them.
- 3 cloves garlic ( I used the jarred minced garlic--heaven forbid)
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 3 14 oz cans diced tomatoes ( I substituted one of these cans with tomato sauce.)
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- crushed red pepper (I used three dashes)
- 3 oz. uncooked spaghetti broken into 1 inch pieces
Chop vegetables and cook with ground beef until meat is done and the vegetables are tender--I didn't drain this before adding the remaining ingredients, but I will next time. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil for 15-20 minutes. Put Parmesan cheese on the table in case anyone wants to sprinkle a little on their soup. Serves 8-10 (There are 5 in our family, and I have enough for tomorrow's meal.) Enjoy!
I serve this with hot buttery french bread--yum!
*Adapted from Sarah's recipe*