Tuesday Gratitude

Well, here it is Tuesday again.

I’ve made it through Monday.

I’m thankful today for my family. We got together with our nephew to pray over him before he heads off to MD Anderson today to a full assessment on the cancer diagnosis.

I’m very grateful for the best doctors in the world that will work on irradicating the foriegn invader in Colin’s body.

I’m so grateful for my husband, who is so loving and kind, and so strong, reaching out to support his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew with an unconditional offer to help in any way, any time, any where.

It’s always a privaledge to pray for someone, it’s like the last 20 years of practice that has led me to this moment. I’m so grateful that I’ve gotten to practice for this moment.

Image from Pinterest.

A Beloved Texas Staple Sold

Whataburger, a Texas based, family owned, best burger in town…..sold.

https://www.statesman.com/news/20190614/texas-chain-whataburger-sold-to-chicago-investment-firm

Nolan Ryan, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, plus the spokesperson for Whataburger for decades.

Texans are outraged and a little disgusted. Just like you can’t get good salsa from New York City, you can’t let a Chicago based firm make a Whataburger, it won’t be the same.

A Texas treasure sold to a freaking Chicago investment firm.

Oye. I’m just completely bummed out.

Quotes about dogs

I found this today in Rob Chrisman’s blog.

It made me smile, and made me miss my Rascal.

I’m grateful to have had dogs in my life.

Here, 14 dog quotes that capture the special bond between a human and their pup. 
“I’m suspicious of people who don’t like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn’t like a person.” – Bill Murray
“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.” – John Grogan
“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz
“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron
“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” – Doris Day
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
“My dogs have taught me to be more loving, more nurturing, and happier.”- Nicollette Sheridan
“When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins
“I love my pets so if they are happy, I am happy … I have treated all my dogs like my kids. To me, they’re just kids I didn’t birth.” – Kristen Bell
“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler
“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Elizabeth Taylor
“Reason No. 106 why dogs are smarter than humans: Once you leave the litter, you sever contact with your mothers.” – Jodi Picoult
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

Well….cuss words

My heart has a cold fist around it.

I’m beside myself with frozen emotion.

Our nephew, precious young man, engaged to be married, his wedding to his lovely Heather is in December…he has been diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma. I met him when he was 4 years old, the cutest little boy. I fell in love with him immediately. He’s been part of my family’s holidays ever since. I’ve not had a Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Birthdays, Baseball game…Game of Thrones episode without him.

The mass is in his chest wall, wrapped against a rib and pressed against his liver, about the size of a small dinner plate. He’s 32, and in for a fight.

He and Heather are currently in a strategy session with MD Anderson to investigate this mass further, and determine how to fight. It wont’ be without surgery, radiation et al.

If I could get ahold of that devil, and stomp on his head with my 7 1/2 foot, I’d put a hurt on him like he’s never known. Big Cuss Words!

Colin has an Aunt Wendy who’s praying for him. We are coming together as a family to support our precious young man. Please pray for him, he’s like one of my own boys.

Why I’ve been Tink since I first met her

At a very early age I was precocious.

Always in trouble, but very loyal.

I could put on a pout, better than anyone.

I was always enamored of my image, and sought out any mirror I could find.

When the image changed for me, I was equally unhappy.

I’ve always loved flying and have enjoyed helping others fly too.

I love Tinkerbell. I’m glad she’s still with me.

Breathing

It’s hard to breathe in a storm.

Professionally, personally, there is so much going on.

It seems like everything has hit at one time.

Parents, children, nephews, clients, co-workers, in-laws, friends….

I’m strapped in for the storm.

But I am breathing.

Tomorrow is another day, right?

Flat

There are times when I put myself out there, then I regret the emotional robbing, when I realize I should have held myself back.

There are vampires out there that are generational. They’ve counted on their heritages then mock you when you consider yourself their equals.

They are empty sacks, and unworthy.

When will I ever learn?

Counting the Wins

We are halfway through the year.

It’s gone by so fast.

It’s been a year of loss, accidents, unfortunate incidents, stress, and disappointment.

It’s been a year of travel, wonderful places to visit, reacquainting with cousins and old friends, new photo challenges, Graduations, and new clients.

My family has been hit with some challenges recently that I can’t go into right now, as we won’t know for sure what we are dealing with until next week.

So I’m focusing on how to bring the family together, and the way I know I can do that is by cooking.

Cooking is something I turn to, that very rarely lets me, or anyone else down. We can relax around table, talk, plan, strategize, and pray.

I need something to focus, and keep my fingers busy. These are some of the dinner wins for this year. I just have to decide which will be perfect for our family get together.

Which one do you think would work?

Maybe some Beef Wellington. My family likes beef, and this is just fancy enough and filling enough to make everyone slow down and enjoy the meal. It’s a little complicated, but that’s a good thing for focus.

Speaking of beef, I could put together the King of Beef Entrees, Prime Rib. The family loves Prime Rib, and there will be plenty to send home with the nephews. But I did make it at Christmas….time has gone by. It could be time for the Prime again.

Or, we could do Ham. Everyone loves ham with potatoes, roasted carrots and onions. Ham is easy to send home too.

Maybe some Lamb? Lamb isn’t for everyone, but it’s easy to eat with the fingers, if we decide to stand around and snack. I could do a Tapas sort of thing, and there won’t be any pressure.

Some Salmon? Something low carb, good fat, and super tasty. It’s also a one pan meal and the lemon garlic broccoli is amazing.

The low carb-one pan options continue. This one wins every time. Filet and asparagus, easy, elegant, and not a lot to fuss over with the clean up.