Rest In Peace Glen

On May 27 I lost my father in-law. Gregg’s Dad, Glen. It was a long road. For the past 2 years the family has watched him slowly fade away. It started with a fall and that just put him in a world wind of visits to the doctors and hospitals. He had some bad seizures that brought on full-blown dementia. He knew who we were but the conversions were repeated often. I can’t remember all the details but it just all was going down hill. He was put in a care home last year. He needed 24/7 care. There were still lots of visits to the hospital. This last visit he just couldn’t rally up the strength to get out and go back to his care home. After 3 weeks he was sent to the hospice. We watched him spill away from us.

Glen was a fun guy. He was always happy. No matter what the situation he would see the bright side. When I first met him we got a long instantly. He didn’t judge me for who I was at that time. He knew I was trying to change. He made me feel welcomed. After Gregg and I got married and I called him Dad for the first time. He looked at me and said ” no I’m Glen.” So Glen it was. But then after my Dad died something changed and he let me call him Dad.

There is much I want to share with you about him, but I don’t think I can get it all into this one post. I will just say that I loved him. He was a great human being. One of the best I have ever known. I will miss him deeply.

I will share my favourite memory… Mexico 2007. Dad fell hit his head and ended up with a black eye. It was Halloween the next night and I had bought a costume for him. Little did we know that he wouldn’t need the eye patch for the pirate outfit. A bit of eye liner and it was perfect. We couldn’t have planned it out any better! LOL He got such a kick out of it and loved that trip. Best time ever.

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Good-bye Fatty Baby

Today I put my Baby to sleep. Sweet dreams BabyDork. You will be missed. You were a weird cat. Not very friendly. Your drool made my skin itchy You were a moody son of a bitch, but I loved you. Bunny is going to miss you. Duncan will look after her. Tho, you only liked her the last few years. I saw you in the pet store and I had to have you. You were only 5 weeks old. You were my birthday gift to myself. You lived a long life. 15 years and 8 months.

I am going to miss you fatty Baby.

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Be Different

I can’t remember where I found this but I thought it was a good list.
When your desires are few, your mind is naturally tranquil.

1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.

2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.

3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

5. Always use ‘we’ when referring to your home team or your government.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

7. Don’t underestimate free throws in a game of ‘horse’.

8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

9. Don’t dumb it down.

10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.

11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.

12. Never park in front of a bar.

13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.

14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first boy/girlfriend.

15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.

16. A suntan is earned, not bought.

17. Never lie to your doctor.

18. All guns are loaded.

19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.

20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.

21. Take a vacation of your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.

22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.

23. A handshake beats an autograph.

24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.

25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.

26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.

28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.

29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.

30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.

31. Eat lunch with the new kids.

32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.

33. It’s never too late for an apology.

34. Don’t pose with booze.

35. If you have the right of way, take it.

36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.

37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.

38. Never push someone off a dock.

39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she’s pregnant.

40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry; live up to it.

41. Don’t make a scene.

42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.

43. Know when to ignore the camera.

44. Never gloat.

45. Invest in good luggage.

46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day, too.

47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.

48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.

49. Give credit. Take blame.

50. Suck it up every now and again.

51. Never be the last one in the pool.

52. Don’t stare.

53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.

54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.

55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.

56. Admit it when you’re wrong.

57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.

58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.

59. Thank the bus driver.

60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.

61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

62. Know at least one good joke.

63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.

64. Know how to cook one good meal.

65. Learn to drive a stick shift.

66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.

67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.

68. Dance with your mother/father.

69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.

70. Always thank the host.

71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.

72. Know the size of your boy/girlfriend’s clothes.

73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.

74. Be a good listener. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk.

75. Keep your word.

76. In college, always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately.

77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.

78. Be patient with airport security. They’re just doing their jobs.

79. Don’t be the talker in a movie.

80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.

81. You are what you do, not what you say.

82. Learn to change a tire.

83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.

84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.

85. Don’t litter.

86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.

87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest. But you can be the toughest.

88. Never call someone before 9am or after 9pm.

89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.

90. Make the little things count.

91. Always wear a bra at work.

92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.

93. You’re never too old to need your mom.

94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date, commit to keeping them on and keeping your trap shut about how much your feet kill.

95. Know the words to your national anthem.

96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun then sitting on the bench alone.

97. Smile at strangers.

98. Make goals.

99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.

100. If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard.

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LC Cinnamon Donut Holes

Finally got to making some Donut holes. I searched and found a few but not what I was looking for. So this is what I came up with.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat your Pops Maker or preheat the oven to 300c. Mix up all the ingredients. Make 14 balls, place in Pops maker or on a baking sheet. If you’re doing them in the oven, you might want to flatten them a bit. Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown. I rolled them in some cinnamon and splenda.

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I think next time I will try it with pumpkin spice.