Sunday, July 15, 2012



It seems like Columbus has one giant
umbrella over it.  Rain to the North and South
yesterday and all around us.  
It would be nice to have one day of
steady rain.  They say we only got
.14 of an inch yesterday.  I think I saw about
two spit drops of rain on the windshield.  And they kept
saying we'd get an inch to inch and a half.
You see how that turned out.  You're 
better off being your own weather person
by going outside and looking up. 

Well time for a late breakfast since we all
slept in.  Gonna make some creamed chipped
corned beef over biscuits.  Yummy!

Ok, since I have laundry and stuff to do today
and are going to be keeping busy I want
to turn this breakfast into supper also.
I don't want to spend my weekend in the kitchen.
So I made up a big pot of sausage gravy
with corned beef in it.
Half will go on biscuits for lunch
and the other half will be turned into
some potato soup.  Oh my goodness, if you haven't
made potato soup with the Pioneer sausage 
flavored gravy, you're missing out.
This gravy is one of my favorite foods, lol.
I put that $#&% in everything, lol.

2 pkgs Pioneer sausage flavored gravy packets $2.60
1 pkg regular Pioneer biscuit gravy .69 cents
3 pkgs sliced corned beef cut up $1.50
2 cans biscuits $1.25

4-5 potatoes cut up, cubed and boiled .75 cents
1 bag broccoli cuts- free
velveeta type cheese to put in gravy- .75 cents
leftover sausage gravy- free

or $3.77 per meal


Should not have eaten.  
My stomach and lower body is
throbbing to no end.
Feel so tired.  That's the reason for
fixing a couple meals up this morning.  
Gotta go lay down.
I just got up at 10:40
and are already laying back down 
only two and half hours later after getting up. 
My flare up started Friday, was much better Saturday
and is hitting me like a ton of bricks today!


 I have slept more today than
I have been awake.
I had a pan of boiled potatoes
and a pan of gravy sitting on the stove
to make potato soup with for supper.
I get up from my nap after feeling
like I'd been hit with a ton of bricks only to find that the kids
have ate about half the gravy from the pan.
I told them I hope they enjoyed it
because that was supposed to be used
for potato soup for supper.
I tried to plan ahead for supper
because I didn't feel well
and this was the result of it.
Looks like a ramen noodle night for them.  

I just took a couple ibuprofen,
the first for the day, hoping it helps
this inflammation I'm having. 
So much for getting any more
laundry done today.  I managed
to get about three loads done yesterday.

Started hearing some grumbling outside.
We had a thunderstorm roll through.
Didn't last long as usual but it poured
pretty good with a couple nearby lightning strikes.

Here are some tomatoes we've picked from
the garden.  We've eaten some already and
so far have lost 3 due to a garden critter
who either takes them off the vine or
eats them right on the plant.
I don't suspect squirrels and haven't seen
the raccoon or think it's rabbits.
Tony thinks it's an opossum which 
he has seen recently.
Might have to put up the fence around the tomatoes
to keep him out.  I don't want my hard work
to go to waste!!  It's heartbreaking to see
half eaten tomatoes around the yard.
Below was the first beef master he's eaten.
All others were early girls.


Me and Tony is getting ready to have a 
microwaved potato for supper.
Might pour the little bit of remaining gravy
over top of them.
The kids wanted ramen noodles so that's what they had.

The ibuprofen finally kicked in and took
a little edge off the major flare up I've been having.
I feel like I have a low grade fever with
it as well which is common.
I have 3 weeks and 3 days til my next
digestive appointment.  Tony thinks 
I should call and try to get an earlier appointment.
I'm going to try and rough it out unless
it gets to the point I can't stand it any longer.
I googled what to do when you have a major Crohn's flare up
and thought this article was pretty informative
and helps those who don't have it
understand what it is a little better.
This flare up of mine has been one of the worst
ones I've had since getting diagnosed
and going on medicine in January.
The best way I can describe it is if you've ever had
the flu.  You lay in bed most of the day from
body aches and pains and want to do nothing
but sleep.  You try to get up and move about
and you feel weak and dizzy.  Now add in
more than your usual bathroom trips along
with everything in your body from head to
toe throbbing from inflammation, especially
your stomach area, you get a low grade fever 
around 100 degrees and feel like all energy has been
sucked from your body.

It's very difficult for me because I am one
that is active and up running around
doing things from housework to projects,
gardening to shopping and everything in between.
I feel like I have landed on "go directly to jail,
do not pass go and do not collect $200."
It's not like you know when it's going to happen,
what the symptoms will be, how long it will last
or how miserable you're gonna feel.
It's a guessing game every single day of my life
and yes plans get changed around lots.
It sucks!  I feel really horrible at the moment!!
I try to get up and move about and it's like
my energy level does not last very long
sending me back to bed.

So before I head back to bed I wanted
to share this article I got in my email
about getting senior discounts on many things
so I don't feel totally worthless today.

Senior Discounts

Keep this list - - - and Send a copy to your senior friends and relatives.

As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy's recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told
me that seniors over age 55 gets 10% off everything on the menu, every day.

Being of 'that' age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the discount too.
This incident prompted me to do some research, and I came across a list of restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals and other types of offers giving various discounts with different age requirements. I was actually surprised to see how many there are and how some of them start at the young age of 50.

This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and family, too.

Dunkin Donuts gives free coffee to people over 55. If you're paying for a cup every day, you might want to start getting it for free.

YOU must ASK for your discount!
Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off (
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location� (60+)
Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (
Chili's: 10% off (
CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter (
Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off (
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (
KFC: free small drink with any meal (
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (
50+) Cousin Cathy, How's that?
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations (
McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday (
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney's: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy's: 10% off (
White Castle : 10% off (62+)

Banana Republic: 10% off (
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (
Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (
Big Lots: 10% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 10% off (
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 20% off (
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)
Modell's Sporting Goods: 10% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (

Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)�
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (
Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 5% off (62+)

Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages
Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
Over Night Accommodations:
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)
Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (
Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 30% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (
SeaWorld Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets (

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

NOW, go out there and claim your discounts - - - and remember ---
YOU must ASK for your discount --- no ask, no discount.




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