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Well Happy New Year!

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Yes I know that it is already a few weeks in but here I am.  Quite a lot has been going on the past few months.  I mean all the holidays are over but man they were a whirlwind.  Stephen and I were busy with work, family and friends.  We hosted our Friends Kurt and Christine for a late friends Giving, they had me over for lunch one day while Stephen was working.  They also invited us over for an early Christmas dinner. which was delicious.

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They put out a yummy plate of meat and cheese.

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Kurt and Stephen in the kitchen making refreshing drinks.

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Fizzy…

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I love Christine’s plates!

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The four of us leaning in for a group pic…

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This is a little gift that Kurt and Christine gave us!

   Stephen volunteered himself and I to make Christmas Day lunch for his entire Precinct, so we were busy preparing everything all day Christmas eve day.  We went over to my parents house that evening to eat dinner and enjoy family time.

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This is how we do Christmas Eve diner in the South.  Fried shrimp, Crab and Corn bisque, cheese grits and coleslaw.

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Not the best but it is a pretty descent photo of us.

 They next morning I woke up and pre heated the oven so I could get everything cooked and ready to deliver by 11:15 lunch time.

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 It worked out so well. I was able to have Christmas Lunch with Stephen and his squad.

New Years was uneventful for me but that is perfectly fine.  I really don’t like going out and about on big holidays.  There are to many people out there who do not think, drink  and then drive.  No thank you.

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 I was content sitting on my couch snuggled up with a blanket and my 2 Fur Babies.  I heard the fireworks from the living room  and that was enough celebrating for me!

Well this sums up my last 4 weeks.  I hope that your Holiday season was awesome and that your New Year brings you good health, good friend, great food, love and everything else you wish for!

I have started my new year off with a challenge.  I will talk more on that in a day or two.

Until Then,

Wende

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Well here we are, the best season of all is upon us, FALL oh how I have missed you. I mean it is still in the 90’s here in my home town, but I am still decorated and ready for bonfire nights. How about you?

I know that I said I have a ton to tell you from my time away so here we go.  “Takes deep breath”, My Mom was diagnosed with Breast cancer last October.  She had a few surgeries to remove the affected areas, went through radiation and is now hoping to keep a clean bill of health.  She is one tough Lady!  I was so proud of her through this entire journey and I am so glad that she is doing well.  One day at a time is how we live these days and it is good.

Second, at the ripe age of 43, my Husband finally decided what he wanted to be when he grew up… He went and signed up for the Mobile Police Academy! He went through the interview, polygraph, physical fitness test and they chose him to be one of the Recruits.  He was the oldest guy in class!  I tell you what I have never been more amazed at the dedication he has shown through the 3 months of training these guys endured.  He came home black and blue, limping, bloody and so sore that he could hardly walk, but he never complained. He studied hard every night, took long hot showers, slathered on sore muscle cream and got up every day and did it all over again.  3 month came and went and on Jun 30, 2017 my husband was awarded his Badge and he graduated the Academy.  I am so proud to say that he is now Officer Stephen Scroggins.  It was one of the most amazing things that I have been a part of, seeing all of the guys stand and take the oath to Protect and Serve their communities.

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Now I am a Police Wife and I LOVE it.  I can not sit here and say that it isn’t nerve-racking at times because it most certainly is.  I worry every time he leaves for Duty, but I know that he is out doing what he loves.

One perk is that i get to go to the FBI Gun Range with him!! I always love his off Saturdays.

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So now you know what I have been doing for the several months I was away.   I am going to start my October Movie of the week posts this week, so keep in touch!

Until Then,

Wende

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Thanks Giving greetings,

Sorry that I have been MIA this month but things have been Not so Good around my house.  My eldest (14 year old) Fur Baby “Ennis” took a turn for the worse, health wise.   He had a stroke about a 8 months ago and we found out that he has Cushing’s disease. These things have pretty much made him very weak and his muscles are just deteriorating.  We have to carry him in and out of the house and also to eat or drink water.  He did not even have the strength to shift positions when he was lying in his bed.  His eye sight was quickly failing, his hearing the same.   Just this past Sunday he began to not eat and his water intake was very minimal.  We knew that his time with us was limited. We had a decision to make no matter how hard it would be.

On Wednesday November 23, 2016 I said good bye to my best friend, soul mate, kindred spirit, Familiar.  My heart is shattered and my spirit burns less bright with him gone.

14 years ago this handsome boy chose me to be his human and my life has been better because of it.

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The day he found me

Each day is hard. I miss him so much but I know that he is happy and free running the fields with his 2 sisters.  No pain, no worries just happy and free.

Until we meet again,

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The day I let him go.

Wende

 

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Good afternoon!  I hope that you are well. I tell you what, it is so Hot here.  The humidity is at 71%.

 Although that is not very high for Mobile, Alabama, it makes it really hard to take our afternoon walks.

So today when I got off of work (it was my 1/2 day) I went and got my hair cut then headed to my local grocery store and got a few items to make smoothies.

I have looked for a good smoothie recipe that I could use as a nice breakfast or even a refreshing dessert.

I really could not find anything that fit the bill for this Banting Diet, so I kind of just mashed a few together to create my own.

Strawberry/Raspberry Smoothie

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup plain whole fat Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract – I use my homemade vanilla!

1 tsp of sugar-free strawberry jello

about 4 ice cubes

put all in a blender and blend away

Pour and Enjoy!

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Not the best photo but it shows the products!

This was so refreshing after a long 4 mile walk. Now time to figure out what’s for dinner!

Until Then,

Wende

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Good afternoon,

I hope all is well.  I have some exciting news. . .  after a year of pursuing a new job I was finally offered a position with the medical office right down the road from my house!  I never gave up. I applied 3 times.  At my current job I was lucky enough to meet many wonderful people who also work at the medical office.  They got to know me and 3 of them personally emailed or called human resources on my behalf.  I am so thankful for the time and effort that they put in for me.  I start my new career September 31.  I am excited and very nervous.  But I know that it is all going to be great.

In honor of my new job, I decided to make something homemade.  I settled on turkey meatball subs.  I did not make the bread but the meatballs are homemade.  Easy and sooooo delicious.  You will want to run out and get supplies today!

Turkey Meatballs

1 pound ground turkey

1 egg

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

¼ cup breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

Tomato Sauce

1 28 oz can  basil garlic & oregano crushed tomatoes

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2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

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Heat olive oil in a large wide skillet on medium heat.

Add the olive oil and minced garlic and allow to gently simmer for 2 minutes or until garlic begins to turn golden in color.

 Add the can of crushed tomatoes and can of tomato sauce.

Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

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While the sauce is simmering, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl until a soft dough like texture if formed.

Form into 1 inch balls using a scoop or by hand.

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Gently place the meatballs in the tomato sauce while it’s simmering

(do not stir).

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Allow to simmer for 15 minutes

 Gently shake the pan and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Serve with spaghetti, on rice or alone with bread.

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How’s that for a slice of fried gold?

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I must now go and eat up this goodness!

Until Then,

Wende

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Good Morning,

One year ago to the day and almost time of the morning I was startled awake by a phone call.  I did not recognize the number so I rejected it and shut my eyes.  Seconds later the phone rings again.  It was a woman’s voice introducing herself in a very matter of fact but professional way.  Then the most life changing words hit my ears.  Your Husband has been in an accident and he needs you to get here as soon as you can!    He was headed to work that Friday morning ( he rode a motor cycle, a  Triumph)  and he was still in our neighborhood.   A lady sitting at a stop sign on her cell phone never looked up when she decided to enter the intersection. She hit and ran over my husband.  When I approached the scene my heart was broken. It takes a lot to walk up on your husband lying there with his clothing being cut off.  Needles to say his body was broken but his spirit was not. He was calm and had his wits about him to make sure I stayed calm.  After 2 ambulance rides to 2 different hospitals, emergency spleen surgery, artery replacement in his crushed left arm and a rod in his right hip to fix the broken femur head, I finally took a breath!  Although I was not involved in the accident it is true what they say. . .  My life flashed before my eyes.  I have no idea how I could live my life with out my Husband.   We tell the people in our lives we love them and it is true but this made me realize that it is more than love. It is love, companionship, friendship, compassion, dislike, arguments,  jokes, fun times and sadness.  It is Life and mine would not be fulfilled without Stephen in it.

Thank goodness he is tough as nails and has made a remarkable recovery. He says he should have been a stunt man! He was blessed that day with a second chance at Life.  I feel like I got a wake up call as well.  Do not take life and Love for granted.  Make sure to tell those in your life that you Love them but be sure to show them everyday.  wess

This photo above was the happiest day of my life.

Until they told me Stephen would recover from his accident. Then it was the second happiest day.

I can not imagine stumbling through life with out him beside me!

Feeling Blessed.

Until Then,

Wende

 

 

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