we are ok after the storm!

everything is ok again, the storm is over.
things are going back to normal. although lots of people are without power, but we didnt lose ours. over 200 thousand people lost theirs though and are without it.
it will take days to restore the power. I’m grateful we didnt lose ours.
the schools were closed on monday, and they are closed today tuesday also. most places were closed. the A and E department of the hospital was open but any outpatient parts of hospitals were closed. My home help was off work too. So I had to fend for myself and cook my own meal.
I cooked chicken nuggets and onion rings. the kids were delighted with that. my sister had given us homemade vegetable soup and we made ham sandwiches with it and had that for lunch. they’ve been hiding all day because of being scared so they enjoyed coming out to eat.
I need to go to my college’s website to see if they’re closed today tuesday. Also first thing this morning I need to see if the partnership where I volunteer is opening today.
if not i’ll stay home all day. my pa kristen can hopefully come this morning and we can clean my house and she can help me make breakfast of sausage and hash browns.
thanks to everyone for the good thoughts and for worrying about us.
your all such amazing friends. dont know what we’d do without you.
carol anne

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Recipe-Cherry tomato salad

Cherry Tomato Salad
1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Place tomatoes in a shallow bowl. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and sugar; shake well. Pour over tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate.
Note:
For the best flavor, prepare and serve this salad the same day.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Storm update post

well it started at around 8 AM. and now its definitely upon us. the winds are whipping up and the rain is coming down hard! nitro is very nervous! to be honest so am I! I’m not good with storms and neither are most of the kids!
we are staying safely indoors. no going out for us. everywhere is closed! well practically everywhere. our country cannot handle storms!
The weather warning is in force until 9 PM tonight. so we have a long day yet to go.
carol anne

No storm yet

nothing yet, but its on the way! The rain has started!
I’m a little bit nervous!
I hope we’ll be ok. We’re on our own. And our home help rang to say they got a message from their boss not to come to work today.
So looks like we’ll be preparing our own food. So I told the kids they could have chicken nuggets and amy wants onion rings and we’ll have hash browns too.
At least we slept ok last night. Went to bed at around 11 and its almost 4 AM now and we slept for all that time which is really unheard of for us.
I brought nitros bed out into the hall and shut my living room door. He seemed to like it in the hall, well the little bit of time he spent in the bed, because mostly he slept with me lol.
Anyway thats the update for now will keep yall posted as to how we do with the storm.
carol anne

a sunday ramble

i’m having another lazy day. not up to much. woke up early, actually was awake during the night, at like 5 AM. got up for an hour went online, and then was able to go back to sleep for another hour or so. woke up at 8, because nitro decided he was going to lick my face until I got up 😛 he’s so funny he just wanted to see who was out in the kitchen he’s so nosey hahahaha 🙂 so i got up and fed him and then i was starving myself so i ate breakfast. i made yummy hot buttered toast, i love it when the butter is melted on the toast, its my favourite way to eat it. i havent done anything else this morning except showered. my dads brother is here the one thats in a nursing home, its his birthday today and so he came to my parents house for dinner. its my dads birthday tomorrow. there is 3 years between him and his brother, his brother is older by 3 years, my dad will be 64 tomorrow. i gave him money, because i didnt know what else to get him, he’s not a gifts sort of person, he prefers the money. i’ll just relax for the rest of the afternoon, i’ll be going home to my own house around 6 PM. and of course x factors on tonight, i’ll be glued to it. i’m totally addicted.
do any of you watch x factor?
what are you doing for your sunday?
carol anne

Hard to hear

so we got some sad news today. an aunt of ours, our moms brothers wife, is dying. she has bone cancer, and she was given the news yesterday that she only has about 1 week to 1 month left to live.
She has been really ill for the past couple of weeks. last week she was admitted to hospital, and they gave her two blood transfusions. the doctors told her yesterday that she isnt making blood, and that they cant give her any more transfusions. basically there is no more they can do.
we are all devastated.
If you pray, please send prayers our way.
her son is a drug addict and he is on the streets, no one knows where he is so he hasnt been told yet.
her daughter also takes drugs. she isnt quite as bad as the son but she’s still bad enough.
moms brother her husband, is frantic.
imagine the stress he’s under? a dying wife, and two addicts for kids?
it breaks my heart. i havent seen her since she got the bad news.
i’m not sure i’m strong enough to see her.

recipe-Marinated zucchini salad

Marinated Zucchini Salad
6 small zucchini (about 1 1/4 pounds), thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onion
1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
2/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a medium bowl, combine zucchini, green pepper, celery, onion and pimientos; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a jar with tight-fitting lid; shake well. Pour over vegetables; toss gently. Cover and chill for 8 hours, or overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Makes 8 servings.