Friday, April 18, 2014


Well, well, welly.
"W" and I had my doctor's appt. yesterday to get the lowdown on my hip.....
After sitting in the doctor's office for 1 hr. and 45 min. ("W" doesn't do real well with that)
As a matter of fact he was sitting there with his calculator adding up what he was going to charge the doctor for his time away from work.....
It really was that long and we were just about to walk out.
but we didn't.
So, In walks Dr. Jarrett.

now, people can say what they want to about reading up on your diagnosis on the internet, but I'm here to tell you, I was and am informed.

I read the specifics of what I have and also consulted my orthopedist friend.
And, believe it or not, I retained the information.
That's a first for me :)

Dr. Jarrett (my Dr. in Atlanta) said to me "I love an informed patient"

So, this is the deal.
I am on the cusp of needing a hip replacement.

If I had waited probably 2 more months before going to the doctor, that would have been where I was headed.
We are choosing to do a Core Decompression because of a couple of reasons.
The main one is that I am 54 (another being right on the cusp thing) but also, given the anxiety level that I have with my deceased mother's issue, I just don't think I'm ready to deal with that.  If you've read my blog for 3 years, you know what a nightmare that was.

The bad news about Core Decompression is that I will literally be on crutches for 2 months.  Absolutely NO pressure can be put on my leg.
How am I going to play tennis?
Let alone cook.  And what about painting?  And I have a dog that has to be walked.
We have a lot of things to think about.
I know one thing.
I'm taking a major trip before this happens.  Hopefully I can find a bunch of girls to go with me!!!

  Please pray that the pain I'm experiencing (pretty major this morning) will subside.

have a great day y'all!!!
I'm heading to an Easter egg hunt with my g-babies!!!!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fun Chores for Kids!

When my kids were little, I was the worst at assigning chores.
I was one of those moms who would rather just "getterdun" than fight the battle.
Looking back, I believe that teaches your kids to be spoiled and that momma will do everything for you. With that being said, My kids ARE NOT spoiled. (I really got lucky)
But, since I'm now a grandmother, I know everything right?  Actually that is right :)

So, when I was in Birmingham last week, Jordan left Cate and Bennett with me for the morning.
While I was folding 5 loads of clothes. (what the what BTW)
I decided to put them to work.

Now, being 2 and 3 1/2 I couldn't really insist on manual labor like cutting the grass, painting the deck, or even steam cleaning the carpet.
But, I knew i had an edge with Bennett because he's almost 4...and he's motivated.
With money.
Enter pic
those are dollar bills billowing out of his trousers (to make him behave)
So, I started with Bennett.
The thing with a four year old is that they have no clue how much 1 dollar is.  All they know is that it's money.  And money motivates him. (must be his accountant father)
1st, he emptied all the trash cans in the house.  (these were dirty diapers BTW)
Then came picking up his books and toys off the floor.
Then vacuuming.
I was getting to washing the windows but couldn't find any Windex.
Cate was another story.
I tried to teach her how to sweep, but being 2 she just couldn't grasp the concept.

Anyway, by the time J got home from the gym, the clothes were folded, put up, dishes were clean and the house was straight!!!

So, here are some tips to start your kids off right (by helping that is)
Let me digress......
The Internet and texting is a HUGE HUGE HUGE waste of time when you need to do your chores.  My humble opinion is to put the phone in a cabinet, the computer where you can't find it and ONLY use it when you get your chores done.
Not only that y'all, what does it tell your kids when you are texting or on the phone or internet constantly.  I'll tell you what it tells them....that those devises are more important than they are.
Say what you will, but it is a form of rejection. period.
When mine were little we were connected to a phone cord (geez, can you remember that?) so that was even a more time buster.  I do believe though that texting not only is a waste of time, but you just don't get the social interaction that you get by talking one on one.
Take 30 min. and spend texting or Internet and make your time more useful.
Also, use the time that your kids are napping/resting to get your chores done.

Now, a few tips from and old grandma.

1) pay them.  Not much, because they really don't know a penny from a dollar.  And make them put it in an electronic piggy bank so they can see how much they save!
2) have them pick out something they really want so they can save that money for a special treat!
3) MAKE A CHART AND STICK WITH IT.  Y'ALL...SO IMPORTANT.  Not only for behavioral issues, but to empower them to do their best and to behave.  DO NOT be afraid to remove that sticker either!
4) Choose chores that are age appropriate.  Sweeping for a 2 or 3 year old will probably cause more mess and possibly break things in the meantime.
5)  Be Patient.  period.
6) teach them how to do the chore before they do it.
7) help them stay on task.  Teach them to not get distracted.
8)  Give away items that they don't use anymore.  Teach them the importance of giving to another child in need.  This is a huge learning process for your child and develops a giving soul
9)  Probably not a good idea to teach a child at a young age to fold clothes.
10) but, you CAN teach them to neatly put them in their drawers!!!
Good luck!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Love Inspirational Quotes!

My friend "E" posted a beautiful quote on FB this morning.
It made me realize how much I love inspiration quotes!
So, I compiled some of my favorite quotes...
for you to enjoy!
This is probably my favorite!  From my favorite "E"!

You can make the choice on how you live your life!  You can be forward thinking or live in yesterday.
One of the most important things I have learned in my life is to live life as each day is a new one.  What happened yesterday is irrelevant.  Always move forward!

have a wonderful day y'all!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Lion King! A Must See...

Last night "W" took me to see The Lion King here at the Fox in Atlanta.
If you can go and can swing the now ridiculous prices that StubHub is asking, you should.
I promise you WILL NOT be disappointed.

First, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, who plays Rafiki is reason enough to drop a couple of hundred dollars.
I honestly can't say that I have ever seen a performer on stage who sings with such passion and depth.
She is loud.  She is unique.  She is authentic.
She is quite simply AMAZING.

Another actor that I noted was Nick Cordileone.
He plays Timon the hilarious muskrat.  If anyone can enlighten me if he is actually a ventriloquist I would appreciate it!  He was just so entertaining and captivating!

Now, things to know.
The Fox stage seems to be smaller than most NY stages.  I may be wrong about that because believe me, I'm no expert, but it just seemed like that.
The acoustics aren't exactly as good as a NY stage either.
Just my humble opinion.
But, as far as the show goes?
No different than the NY show and the costumes.  Y'all.  My word.

So proud that I live in a city that offers this type of entertainment.

If you want to give your friend/spouse/significant other a wonderful gift, take him/her to see

The Lion King

BTW!  Scott Antique Market is just AWESOME this month!  Get out and enjoy this wonderful weather and come see me!!!
South Building, K-8
Have a beautiful day y'all!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Strange Diagnosis.....My Hip Issue

I am dealing with a strange diagnosis that I just received from my doctor.
I'm writing about this because since I have had some crazy pain in my hip I have been told by SO many people that they have the same pain.
This is something that isn't easily diagnosed.  Nor does it show up on an x-ray.
So, I hope my diagnosis may help others in finding the source of their hip pain.

It is called Osteonecrosis
or Avascular Necrosis.

Sounds awful huh?
That's what I thought.

Well, about 2 months ago, I played a really, really tough 3 set tennis match.
That afternoon I literally could not walk up or down the stairs.

This pain continued and still continues.
It is a collapsing pain, one that I literally have no control over.
As in being able to stand or walk.
Sometimes its worse than others.
I can still walk, it's just painful.
It's just very strange.

So, what causes this disease?
I am (I think) in the 10% of cases of healthy folks to whom this happens.
Most of the time this happens because of some trauma to the hip bone.  Underlying health issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or cancer can also be a cause.
Also, alcohol abuse seems to be one of the causes.
I DO NOT ABUSE ALCOHOL (before you start thinking that)
But, it is important to know that 1 - 2 alcoholic drinks per night can cause this (yikes)

After having an episode of literally not being able to walk I made an appt with my orthopedist.
He did an x-ray and nothing showed up.
He then maneuvered my leg and everything was fine.
Then he press on my right knee and made me lift up.
This move literally made me collapse.

So. He ordered an MRI.
Had that done.  Even purchased my own CD.
Because I knew I could diagnose myself.....

So, Tues, the dr. called me with the diagnosis.
Y'all, I thought, pulled thigh muscle? maybe a little arthritis?  um stress fracture?

but never in my wildest dreams did I think this would be the diagnosis.
I mean I literally have the bone density of a 25 year old.
I am healthy as a horse.

So, while in Birmingham, I decided to contact a friend, orthopedist, and hip specialist.
I went to see my friend C.J. Talbert and he looked at my purchased CD.
He feels like it is Stage 2 (of Stages 1 - 5).

He sat me down and explained exactly what is going on.
Ostenonecrosis is a condition where the cells around the hip ball become enlarged.  They create a dam so to speak which results in cutting off the blood supply to the bone.  Essentially that bone will die.
He also said they call this "a heart attack of the hip"
that was comforting :)

So, what do we do?

This is not a reversible condition.  I was like, okay, I can do PT or take medication or change my diet?
um, that would be a no.
There are a couple of things I can do.  One is a procedure called Core Decompression.
This is where the doctors insert a needle into the hip and then drill a hole in the hip releasing the blood flow.

This works in 20% of cases.
Recovery is 6 - 8 weeks on crutches.
Or total hip replacement.
Actually Ostenonecrosis is the number one reason young people have total hip replacements.
It typically strikes 20, 30, 40 and 50 year olds.  It also is advised to have other joints checked for this disease.  Many times this disease will be unilateral and affect both hips.

ugh!, big ugh!!!

I will be seeing my doctor here in Atlanta next week to see what steps he wants to take.
I am also going to seek the advise of an alternative non surgical orthopedist with Emory to see if there are options he can recommend.

In the meantime, I am trying to stay positive and off Dr. Internet!
Please say a little prayer for me!

have a wonderful day y'all!
oh, Scotts starts today and I have moved to South Building K-8!!!!
if you want to see me walk weird, come see me!!!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Yummy, yummy Chicken Salad!

My cousin's sweet wife was looking for a Chicken Salad recipe on FB the other day.
For some reason I assumed I had done a blog on THE BEST Chicken Salad EVER.
I had not.
Anyway, here we go with THE BEST CHICKEN SALAD EVER!!!

What you need:

and this (be sure and clean out his insides)
side note.  Only use a whole chicken.  Chicken breasts or pieces just don't taste the same.  And I'm serious.
you are going to use this many walnut pieces
and about this many red seedless grapes.  Don't those look yummy?
while that sucker's this....until he is done....
split those grapes in half, like this...
when the chicken is done, he should look like this
When he is completely cooled, you are going to take all of the skin off and pull the meat away from the bone.  BTW save the broth and freeze it to make yummy chicken rice (another blog)
pile the walnuts and grapes on top of the chicken
this is the ONLY.  And I mean ONLY mayonnaise you should have in your pantry.  Throw all others away.
add as much mayo on top as you think you will like.  I like a not so much mayonaissy taste.  You however, may like more.  It's just up to you!
mix it all up and salt and pepper to taste.
then serve it up!
It is just that simple!

have a wonderful day y'all!