Friday, May 10, 2019

CANYON RANCH SPA...LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT....

WE ARE ITALIANS....
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN????
WE ANTICIPATE WAY AHEAD OF TIME THAT WE WILL NOT BE FED LIKE WE ARE
USED TO....
SO WE MADE A QUICK PIT STOP AT MC DONALDS BEFORE REACHING THE SPA...
WE ALSO PREPARE OURSELVES FOR A MIDNIGHT SNACK OR TWO....
DIP WAS IN THE FRIDGE.....
BUT NOTHING COULD HAVE PREPARED US
FOR THE CANYON RANCH....
THERE WEREN'T EVEN ANY HORSES!!!
 IN OUR CASE.....
INSTEAD OF LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT 
IT WAS MORE.....
LEAVE IT.....OR LEAVE IT....
DAUGHTER INHERITED THE ADIVARI
"IF SOMETHING CAN GO WRONG...SOMETHING WILL GO WRONG GENE"
SHE HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO 
THE CANYON RANCH SPA....SO WHEN IT CAME BIRTHDAY GIFT TIME
THE SON-IN-LAW GAVE HER A TRIP TO THIS FAMOUS SPA...


IT SNOWED VERY HEAVY THE DAY SHE WAS SUPPOSE TO GO SO IT HAD TO BE
POSTPONED FOR A LATER DATE....
I DON'T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT THE COST OF THIS JOINT BECAUSE SHE
TREATED ME...THINKING IT WOULD BE MORE FUN DRAGGING MOM ALONG...
WHICH IS A VALID REASON..YOU ALL KNOW MY LUCK AND IT SEEMS IT FOLLOWED ME ALL THE WAY TO THE BERKSHIRES....
FIRST YOU DRIVE OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE....OKAY THAT'S FINE...
WHEN WE PULL IN TO THE DRIVEWAY WE NOTICED AN AWFUL LOT OF 

CONSTRUCTION BEING DONE....
CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES AND LOT'S OF WIRE FENCES...
THIS WAS PARTIALLY OKAY SINCE MOST OF OUR ACTIVITIES WERE INSIDE....

REMINISCENT OF OUR TIME IN PARIS WHEN WE WEREN'T TOLD 
THE APARTMENT ABOVE US WAS BEING REHABBED 
AND WE WOKE UP EVERY MORNING AT 7:00
TO THE SOUND OF JACK HAMMERS....

I HAD REQUESTED A ROOM AS CLOSE TO THE ACTION
(POOL...SPA....RESTAURANTS) AS POSSIBLE....

MAP OF THE GROUNDS TO FOLLOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW I HAVE TO HAVE ONE
PICTURE IN THE WRONG ORDER....

IF WE WERE ANY FURTHER AWAY WE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN
VERMONT.....
WE GET IN AROUND 3:00 IN THE AFTERNOON....WE CHECK IN WITH A MAN SITTING BEHIND AN OFFICE LOOKING SET UP......HE COULD BE SELLING
PEOPLE "LIFE INSURANCE" OVER THE PHONE FOR ALL WE KNEW...
WE GET OUR BAG/THERMOS/POLYESTER TEE SHIRTS AND A COMPLEMENTARY
"GUIDE BOOK"
A MAP OF THE PROPERTY AND A PEN...
THIS IS THE LIBRARY ROOM INSIDE THE MANSION..... AS THEY REFER TO IT AS....
BEAUTIFUL RIGHT....
VERY DOWNTON ABBEY LOOKING....
MIND YOU THIS IS ONLY ONE ROOM IN THE ENTIRE COMPLEX THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS....
WE WANTED TO WALK INSIDE AND SOAK UP THE AMBIENCE.....
PROBLEM IS NOBODY TALKS AT THIS PLACE....
YOU DON'T DARE SPEAK IN A NORMAL TONE OF VOICE....
EVERYONE FROM THE STAFF TO THE OTHER SPA GOERS....
JUST GAVE US THE SKUNK EYE....
AND BELIEVE ME I HAD NOT DONE ANYTHING YET ......
BUT MY REPUTATION FOLLOWS ME WHERE EVER  I GO....
LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL CEILING......SO EXCITING....DAUGHTER WAS EXCITED
I WAS JUST HAPPY TO BE OUT OF MY HOUSE AND SPENDING TIME WITH H......
NOW REMEMBER THIS PLACE IS ALL INCLUSIVE YOU PAY FOR NOTHING
"ALMOST" AND IT COSTS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS....
THEY GAVE US EACH $320.00 CREDIT TOWARDS SERVICES LIKE A PEDICURE
OR A MASSAGE....
DAUGHTER HAD THE MASSAGE AND WE BOTH OPTED FOR A SESSION WITH THE
CLAIROYANT...WE QUICKLY REALIZED THIS $320 CREDIT WOULD ONLY GET US SO FAR....

NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ROOMS......
AND I WILL GET BACK TO THE CLAIRVOYANT AFTER WE DISCUSS THE FOOD...
CAN YOU SAY "HAMPTON INN"
I LOVE THE HAMPTON INN BUT AT $139. A NIGHT NOT IN THE '
THOUSANDS.....
THE BATHROOM WASN'T EVEN AS NICE AS THE HAMPTON INN.....
I TOOK MY ONE AND ONLY SHOWER AND I FELT LIKE I WAS BEING HOSED DOWN
BY FIREMAN TRYING TO PUT OUT A BLAZE....
I SWEAR WE BOTH HAD BRUISES FROM THE FORCE OF THE WATER....
THE CABINET IN THE BATHROOM WAS ALL CHIPPED AND SHODDY LOOKING....
THE BEST WAS WHEN I WAS TAKING THAT ONE SHOWER I FOUND MYSELF
STANDING IN AT LEAST A FOOT OF WATER....I TOOK A VIDEO OF IT BECAUSE I HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT... I WAS DRIED AND DRESSED AND IT WAS STILL
DRAINING.....
THE TOILET WAS SO LOW TO THE GROUND IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE
EXPECTING MATT AND AMY ROLOFF TO CHECK IN AT ANY TIME....

NOTHING AGAINST THE ROLOFF'S I HAPPEN TO LOVE THEM....
WE HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THEY CAME TO REFRESH THE ROOM,......
WE NEVER SAW ANY CLEANING PEOPLE LIKE YOU ALWAYS SEE IN HOTEL
HALLWAYS.......
THE BEDS FINALLY GOT MADE WHEN WE GOT BACK FROM DINNER....
SO LET'S DISCUSS FOOD....
THIS WAS THE LITTLE DRINK STATION LOCATED IN A FEW SPOTS AROUND THE COMPLEX.....
THIS IS A NO ACHOHOL FACILITY WHICH WAS FINE WITH ME BECAUSE I DON'T
AND HAVE NEVER HAD A DRINK...
AFTER ABOUT THREE HOURS I WAS HAVING PEPSI WITHDRAWAL.....
THEY HAD A RELAXATION ROOM WHERE I SUPPOSE PEOPLE WENT TO MEDITATE
OR WHATEVER THEY DO.... AGAIN NO SPEAKING....
THERE WAS A 5,000 PIECE PUZZLE THAT SOME ONE DONATED...
SUCH FUN!

AT NIGHT THEY HAD ALL FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT.....
NIGHT ONE WAS A PIANIST AND A MEL TORME-'EQUE SINGER.....
NEXT NIGHT WAS A VIOLINIST .....THREE PEOPLE WERE SITTING LISTENING ....I THINK BINGO WAS ON THE SCHEDULE LATER IN THE WEEK....
YOU CAN SEE WHERE THIS IS HEADING....
HERE'S MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER ......BUT I KNOW THAT LOOK....
AFTER 43 YEARS I REALLY KNOW THAT LOOK....SHE IS THINKING....
"WHAT IN THE HELL WAS I THINKING AND CAN I GO HOME NOW"


MAY I PRESENT THE FOOD....

SURELY AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF OUR SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS

THE HEALTHY FOOD THEY WERE ABOUT TO SERVE US HAS TO BE OUTSTANDING...
WRONG.......
DAUGHTER ORDERED THE SCALLOPS AS HER APPETIZER.....
UNCOOKED...BUT THAT WAS NOT THE ISSUE....
ALTHOUGH I WOULDN'T EAT RAW FISH ON A BET....
 IT'S PROBLEM WAS THAT IS SMELLED SO BAD THAT THE SMELL MADE IT'S WAY ALL THE WAY BACK TO MANHATTAN....
IN MY ENTIRE LIFE I HAVE NEVER HAD TO SPIT OUT FOOD BECUASE IT WAS TOO BAD TO SWALLOW....SEE THAT BROCCOLI.....I EAT THAT AT HOME VERY OFTEN....
THIS TASTED LIKE THEY HAD JUST PULLED IT OUT OF THE GROUND....BLANCHED IT FOR 30 SECONDS AND CALLED IT HEALTHY....
NO SALT ON THE TABLE....YOU HAD TO REQUEST IT...I KNOW THIS IS A BIG DEAL TO SOME... BUT I LIKE MY FOOD SALTED TO ENHANCE THE FLAVOR....
AFTER ALL THAT IS WHAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS ARE FOR....
DON'T EVEN ASK......
DAUGHTERS CHICKEN ROULADE ......YES THAT IS CHICKEN....WE THINK.
DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THIS WAS....
DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW...
THEN CAME DESSERT..
FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH PEANUTS..
HOW YOU CAN SCREW UP A CHOCOLATE DESSERT IS BEYOND ME..
IT WAS HORRIBLE...

THE SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS EITHER AT 
"CARVEL" OR BETTER YET "COSTCO"...
I WOULD HAVE KILLED FOR A COSTCO HOT DOG...
THIS WAS SOME SORT OF PEANUT BUTTER THING....
BY  THIS POINT WE REALIZED THINGS WERE FASTLY GOING DOWN HILL......
I HAVE BEEN COOKING FOR OVER 50 YEARS AND I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY MAKE GOOD TASTING FOOD AND STILL HAVE IT
BE HEALTHY....THERE IS ZERO EXCUSES FOR SERVING BAD FOOD.....
WALKING BACK TO OUR ROOM WE LEFT A TRAIL OF CRUMBS IN CASE  SOMEONE
NEEDED TO FIND US IN CASE WE PASSED OUT FROM LACK OF FOOD....

THIS WAS SOME OF THE ART ON THE CORRIDOR WALLS...
EVERYTHING WAS FOR SALE....
I'M PROBABLY EXAGGERATING HERE BUT THE WALK FROM OUR ROOM
TO THE DINING ROOM SEEMED LIKE THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD
 DONE IN A BOX DESIGN WITH A HUGE FOUNTAIN
AREA IN THE CENTER BUT OF COURSE NO WATER IN IT AND
IT LOOKED LIKE IT HAD NOT BEEN PAINTED OR REPAIRED IN YEARS...

WE ARE NOT TWO PEOPLE WHO GIVE UP EASILY...
WE TRIED LUNCH IN THE "GRILL"
THIS IS THEIR VERSION OF A HEALTHY FRENCH DIP....
THE ROLL WAS GLUTON FREE...
 SEE THAT BLOB OF CHEESE
UNDER IT WAS A MOUND WAS ONIONS....AND ONIONS AND MORE  ONIONS...
ONE PIECE OF SOME SORT OF DRIED BEEF....
I DIDN'T TAKE MORE THEN ONE BITE....
 THIS MUST BE THE WAY THEY TELL YOU HOW TO DIET....
FOOD SO BAD YOU DON'T EAT...HENCE YOU LOSE WEIGHT....
UNTIL THIS GEM CAME ALONG....

THE MINUTE WE SAW THIS WE BOTH SAID AT THE SAME TIME.....
JENNY CRAIG.....
ALL THE FOOD THE NIGHT BEFORE WAS BROUGHT OUT WARMISH....
CERTAINLY NOT HOT....
I EXPECTED AT  ANY MOMENT TO SEE MARIE OSMOND COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND SAY
"I LOST 50 POUNDS IN ONE WEEK WHILE VISITING THE
CANYON RANCH SPA....
WE COULD HAVE STAYED HOME AND ATE A WEEKS WORTH OF LEAN CUISINE
AND HAD MORE FUN...

I SHOULD HAVE CAUGHT ON WHEN I CALLED TO SIGN UP FOR THE CLAIRVOYANT...
I WAS TOLD SHE WASN'T AVAILABLE BUT WE COULD GET TAROT CARDS READ...
THEN IT WAS "WELL WE CAN SEE IF THE CLAIRVOYANT CAN COME IN FOR THE TWO OF YOU"....AT $210.00 AN HOUR TIMES TWO.....OR $420.00 OF COURSE
THE CLAIRVOYANT AGREED TO SHOW UP....
WE WANTED TO DO IT TOGETHER...BOTH IN THE ROOM AT THE SAME TIME...
BUT SHE ADVISED AGANST THAT...

SHE SAID BECAUSE IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME....I GUESS SHE DID'T WANT TO GET
MIXED SIGNALS....

FIRST HALF I HAD TO SIT WITH MY EYES CLOSED WHILE SHE "SAW" THINGS...
SHE ASKED IF I HAD QUESTIONS.... I SAID NO....
NO ONE TOLD US AHEAD OF TIME THAT YOU WOULD NEED QUESTIONS TO ASK THIS PERSON...SHE MADE IT CLEAR THAT SHE WAS NOT A PSYCHIC......
SHE SAW BUTTERFLIES CIRCLING MY HEAD....
TOLD ME I AM VERY CREATIVE....SAID I DO EVERYTHING FOR MY HUSBAND...
WELL THAT CERTAINLY WAS TRUE....SHE COULD HAVE READ MY BLOG POSTS TO
KNOW THIS.....
WHEN I TOLD HER THAT I CAN...IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT....KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TIME IT IS BEFORE LOOKING AT THE CLOCK....SHE TOLD ME I HAD
THE "GIFT".....
SHE TOLD BOTH MYSELF AND DAUGHTER THAT SHE PROBABLY TOLD US EVERYTHING WE ALREADY KNEW ABOUT OURSELVES....
YUP....AND YUP.........

SO TO SUMMARIZE THIS PLACE......
FOR WHAT THEY CHARGE THEY SHOULD ADVISE YOU THAT CONSTRUCTION WILL BE GOING ON DURING YOUR STAY....
DURING DAUGHTER'S MASSAGE SHE KEPT HEARING DRILLING GOING ON...
JUST WHAT A RELAXING MASSAGE SHOULD BE....LIKE YOUR AT THE DENTIST...
UNFRIENDLY PEOPLE BOTH THE EMPLOYEES AND THE OTHER VISITORS....
WHEN DAUGHTER WAS GETTING HER READING WITH THE CLAIRVOYANT I HAD AN HOUR TO WASTE SO DOWN THE HALL WAS A LECTURE GOING ON....
OKAY... I THOUGHT I CAN SIT FOR AN HOUR AND LISTEN....
IT WAS ABOUT SELF HAPPINESS.....I THINK....THE WOMEN JUST KEPT BRINGING
UP THE FACT THAT SHE WAS A RECOVERED ALCOHOLIC.......
TWO LITTLE OLD LADIES GOT UP AFTER THE SPEAKER MENTIONED IT A LITLE TOO OFTEN AND THEY LEFT.....I STAYED JUST FOR SOMEPLACE TO SIT......

WE WERE SUPPOSE TO STAY SUNDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.....
WE WERE WALKING OVER TO HAVE LUNCH ON MONDAY WHEN DAUGHTER SAW A MAN...PROBABLY IN HIS LATE 80'S IN A SCOOTER WITH AN OXYGEN TANK...
KNOWING WHEN WE CHECKED IN ON SUNDAY THAT I COULDN'T WALK TOO FAR I WAS OFFERED UP THE SCOOTER FOR A MERE $169.00 OR DAUGHTER COULD PUSH ME IN A COMPLIMENTARY WHEELCHAIR.....
BIG NO.....NOT HAPPENING...


WE DECIDED THE ISSUE WITH THIS PLACE WAS
#1....IT SEEMED LIKE AN OLD AGE HOME....BETTER YET
#2....IT WAS MORE LIKE A REHAB FACILITY...


ONE MORE PIECE OF GUEST ADVISE......
WHO EVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO PLACE A LADIES BATHROOM
DIRECTLY NEXT TO THE CAFE
AND POSITION THE MENU BOARD RIGHT NEXT TO 
THE BATHROOM DOOR....
YOU NEED TO RE-THINK THAT
'IF YOU CATCH WHAT I'M SAYING....

DID WE LEAVE EARLY.....YES WE DID....
DAUGHTERS MUCH AWAITED FANCY SPA VISIT FELT LIKE WE WERE AT THE
BETTY FORD CLINIC.....
WE LEFT IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT.....DAUGHTER SAW THE SAME GUY WE SAW WHEN WE CHECKED IN AND HIS RESPONSE WAS
"I SEE YOUR LEAVING A DAY EARLY".....
NEVER ASKED WHY....
I FOUND THAT ODD...
HERE IS A MAP OF THE PROPERTY.....SEE THAT LITTLE X WHERE IT SAYS
"GUEST ROOMS WEST WING"
THEN FOLLOW THOSE LITTLE ARROWS DOWN THEIR PATHWAY TO
THE SPA AND THE TWO PLACES TO EAT....
YES THAT IS CORRECT.....
I ASKED FOR A ROOM CLOSE TO THOSE TWO THINGS....
AND OF COURSE DEAF EARS TO THAT RQUEST....
THE GUEST ROOMS EAST WING WERE CLOSED....
SO IN A NUTSHELL.....
GO ON A EXPECTED FUN ROAD TRIP WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW WILL BE FUN...
DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING AT ALL LIKE YOU ASSUME IT IS...AND....
 BEFORE GETTING THERE STOP FOR SOME PROVISIONS TO HAVE IN THE ROOM........

JUST IN CASE!


Saturday, April 6, 2019

FOOT RECONSTRUCTION update....AND THE SAME RATTY SNEAKERS.

On May 15th of 2017 I walked into a Surgeons office wearing these shoes
since I thought at 66 years old I really should be able to have a better shoe choice.....
I was about to have foot reconstruction surgery to correct a deformity
that happened over the course of about 6 years.....
Back at the old house I had two accidents within a 6 month period...
Our old Pyrenees Boo dragged me down my front porch at 3:00 in the morning when he heard a noise under the porch. I broke a toe on my right foot and within 6 months...
I fell on a slippery ice covered front lawn while taking same dog for a walk...

little by little I noticed my foot was curving.... the day of the surgery my big toe had become dislocated and my arch had ruptured....The Fam thought it was time I got my foot fixed...
Consulting with 5 different surgeons over the years I finally found the one doctor
who was different then all the rest...
If you have read the first blog post you might remember that he said to me the first time we met...
I asked him what happened to cause the deformity....???
He Said....
"I know how to fix it I am not a detective"
where all the other surgeons were going to fuze my big toe he was the one guy who didn't believe in that.... stating that once your toe no longer moves you will have many other things go wrong.
it seems that Big Toe is there for more then just putting nail polish on it.
It helps balance....it makes you walk normal and if it is immobile your back and
your hips will eventually act up....
So I chose Dr. Paul Speigl....

I didn't care that he had zero bedside manner...I was having this in his surgery center as an out patient so Dr. Speigl would be the guy to fix the wonky foot..... there would be no bedside encounters so who cared that he had a crappy personality....

On June 26th of 2017 I had the second portion of my foot repaired..He would be working on my toes.....I had been in a hard cast unable to walk at all from the first surgery. He tackled the rear of my foot first...he shaved off bone
he transferred a ligament from leg into arch and did work on my heel....
All this time I complained that my toes...which had not been touched yet.... were unable to move....not once or twice but Every Week I would go in to have the cast changed and every week I would bring this subject up...
To Deaf Ears....
I heard every excuse in the book....I had and still have a weird sensation under my toes..
It feels like someone glued them shut....Dr. Speigl would always say...
"I have no idea what your trying to explain"...

He did not want to know what I was trying to explain...
Finally out of the casts and able to walk but still not able to wear normal shoes.....I was able to travel to NYC for the birth of Jack...I was about to have a grandson and I wouldn't have missed it if I had to crawl to NYC....
I did pretty well and was able to put on shoes for 2 hours during Jack's Bris....
My foot went crazy after that and swelled to twice it's size....
But I was able to walk....so all was good....I thought...

A month later in October of 17' I was actually able to host a Octoberfest Party for 30 people...
I did ALL the cooking and baking and it was a hit....I love to throw a good party....

Many more appointments to follow my foot was not getting any better but I was mobile.
Moving right along into 2018.... in April I was actually able to take Monty for a walk around the neighborhood....I was thrilled...I had gotten Monty the Pyrenees so I would have a reason to get up and out and get some exercise for both me and him....This lasted all of about 4 days....

My right knee started to get numb.... my foot by now can be safely called paralyzed....

No wiggling of toes...no motion at all....it looked and still looks frozen. Foot cramps and ice cold toes were not a good sign.....walking up stairs became a chore...my thigh were I was given a nerve block during surgery one was so painful that putting on clothes became a problem.
So what did I do since the surgeon is either an "Idiot Savant" and his only talent is straightening toes....or he just doesn't give a damn....I Googled my symptoms....
A Friend of mine once said....
"Im not a doctor I just play one on the internet"
I brought to his attention that my Femoral nerve in my leg might be injured...
 This was one year after the first surgery....

Mr. Personality suggests I might want to see a Neurologist to see what exactly was wrong with my 
Foot....He claims innocence.....He suggested I could have a bad back or perhaps Gout??
I see Neurologist #1.....a goof ball is the only way to describe him...
in all of about 3 minutes maybe a little shorter....he tells me I would have to wait a minimum of 
18 Months before expecting any improvement....There is a test they can do to find nerve damage but he claims it's too painful and he would never do such a thing...
I actually talked to myself out loud as I walked out of his office saying
"Well that was an hour out of my life I will never get back"....
I counted in driving time!!

I continue through the summer of 2018 no better off then the day of the first surgery...
In fact the foot and leg were getting worse....
Luckily even though I was putting all 165 pounds on one leg my good leg was doing just fine....
I never even thought to think of Medical Malpractice or the statute of limitations....
I wanted to know when my foot would get better....
In September of 18' at the referral of my BFF I called her Neurologist for an appointment....
Explaining that I was to the point that I could not walk more then a few feet and the 
paralyzed feeling had worked it way up my leg....

"We only give appointments to emergency cases"....
That was what I was told by office staff so I go ahead and make their first appointment for November 1st.
I decide the pain in my foot was getting so severe that I went in and had them take out the two screws that were put in my ankle...my foot had healed so it was okay to remove them...
BTW.....they gave me the screws as a souvenir and they looked like they came from the hardware department at Home Depot.....
I kept telling the Boss that one felt like it was going to pop through the skin at any moment...
He thought.... like I'm sure everyone else.... that I was embellishing the situation...
He was shocked when I came out of surgery to see what they took out...
I got an apology.....

On September 28th while waiting to see the Neurologist my good leg decides that it doesn't want to be left out of the fun so it decides to tear my meniscus and give me a cyst behind my knee....
Oh this is great because now both legs are like jello.....But not one to stay silent I go in to see
the Surgeon for a "where do we go now"......
I was still having hope that all of this would just go away....I was trying to be
Reasonable as everyone was saying it takes time....I did have over 100 stitches in my foot so I played along....
I...as most people would do...trusted this man...Surely he didn't know that something went wrong during the surgery...He is there to help people not hurt them....Or So I Thought....

As the days went on I started doing less and less......
Monty could not understand why he had not been on a walk since April....He looked sad...
My everyday gourmet meals went from filet mignon and lasagna to
Take out and sandwiches....
I used to spend my entire day in the kitchen....
The Surgeon....and I use that title loosely.....
Still wasn't saying a word...and then I slapped myself in the face and woke up to what was going on around me...I wondered why his entire medical staff both in the office and in the surgery center had all left.... apparently all at the sign time...
I'm as good as the FBI in finding out information....it was time to use my skills at finding out
what in the world was going on....
This was my typical 
"This could only happen to Sue" moment.... 

Watch out for post #2.....The Legal Disgrace.....and if your old your basically screwed....

Sunday, January 20, 2019

OPRAH IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH A LIST.....

I'm back....with my favorite things I discovered during
2018......
you might be familiar with some but I found some really interesting things that now I can't live without....
Let's start with the biggest find of the year 
"Everything But The Bagel
seasoning"....
It's difficult in the South finding a good NY Bagel.....
I discovered that if I take a Thomas' plain bagel
toast it then put on whipped cream cheese....then sprinkle
heavily with this seasoning.....well...who needs NY Bagels!
Found at Trader Joe's it is fabulous....
here is a link to other things you can use it on...it's almost a 
cult item....
https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/everything-you-can-do-with-everything-bagel-seasoning-article
I'm always asked when I'm having lunch out with the girls about the lipstick I wear...No matter what you eat or drink...
it never comes off...
cheap at $7.99 at Walmart
it's Revlon Colorstay Ultimate....
#25 Premiere Plum
so far so good...I have been using it awhile now and unlike the last stuff I tried this is not drying out my lips like I just walked across the Sahara Dessert....
Admit it who doesn't like to receive a card in the mail....
It's a lost art and sentiment we need to get back to doing...
A thank you on the Internet is just not the same...
The price of cards have gone through the roof....I mean
Hallmark....really....$5.95 for a greeting card....it's crazy
And now the price of stamps are going up....
But if you go to the Dollar Tree the cards are either
50 cents or $1.00...and they are nice cards....
Unlike the ones you find in the mixed box these are quality
greeting cards many from Hallmark....so for $1.00 counting the stamp and two minutes of your time to write a little note
You will have made someones day....
And speaking of the Dollar Tree for those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile....Let's not forget the time my
father-in-law...."The Big Boss" got into a verbal fight with the
manager of said store because
Nothing was priced.......
speaking of the Dollar Tree.....I was shopping someplace where a mother and daughter were fighting about what kind of soap to buy...
The daughter was raving about Yardley Oatmeal and Almond soap....while the mother was complaining about the price....
Being "me"....who will butt in on any one's conversation I told them that the Dollar Tree sells it for .....well...$1.00.....
They also sell Yardley Lavender which is equally lovely...
I have to admit I am cheap but would like to think of myself as
"Frugal".....
I was paying about $150.00 for color and a haircut at our local
fancy salon.....what a waste of money since it lasts between
5 and 6 weeks....that's nuts!
So off to my other favorite frugal store Walmart....
Yes I have the gall to park the Maserati out in front of the store...
and to make matters worse I park in the
"handicapable spot".....
In the year I have owned this SUV I have only seen one other one on my side of Cobb County.....
And where was it parked.....At the Walmart....
I hoped it was another frugal shopper and not a stolen car...
This hair dye is fabulous....it lasts a good 5 weeks and takes all of 1/2 hour to put on....it livens up your hair and makes it incredibly
shiny....at under $3.00 how can you go wrong....
nothing much to say.....best sauce ever....Making the list 
Two Years in a Row.....
At Costco comes in a two pack for under $7.00
Gives Rao's a run for the money....
Unfortunately big appliances eventually die.....
In our case half of this was true....
Since we moved in to the house 7 years ago I always wondered why I had a cheap Ikea dishwasher when all my neighbors had a
Bosch......
It appears the Boob that lived in the house first....you remember the guy who had nothing turned on to save money...
even my Wolf stove was disconnected....they cooked all their meals in the microwave....
He had another rental property that they were moving into when he sold us the house...I figure he needed a dishwasher so he took the high end one and left me with the cheap Swedish crap....
Anyhoo....the dishwasher that drove me nuts for 7 years finally died....
Home Depot was unable to install the Kitchen Aid that I replaced the Ikea one with....Why....who knows the installer was an idiot....
He left our house with the dishwasher halfway out in to the kitchen.....said he was unable to "fit it" into the existing hole...
Cancel one Kitchen Aid and off to Lowe's.....
where I picked out the dishwasher of all dishwashers....
expecting to never replace it in my lifetime I asked for the best one that Bosch made....
German engineered and made in North Carolina I was sold...
with the sale Lowe's was having and a rebate that would pay for the installation I said "SOLD!"
It actually cost less then the Kitchen Aid at Home Depot...
it is one fabulous kitchen appliance.....
stainless inside and out....it never shows fingerprints....
What sold me was the third tray for flat utensils that are too high to fit in the silverware container....
So quiet that they have a red light that shines on your floor so you know it's running...when it's done the light goes out...
The only thing I had to get used to was the fact that dishwashers no longer come with a heating element...
I know...that's crazy right...
you need to use a drying agent along with your soap and it does have a "extra dry" button that works like a charm....
The drying agent...that tiny little bottle....lasts a very long time...
I recommend this to anyone in need of a new dishwasher....
I have a son in law who loves gadgets.....
I used this air fryer during the holidays at their apartment and
was intrigued....to someone like myself who takes cooking seriously I usually don't go for cooking gadgets....
WRONG....
this thing is great....the day I got home from New York the
S-I-L had one sent to me....
I happen to have a very wonderful son in law....
Light in weight and quiet you just set the temp and time and this is what you get.....no grease or oil of any kind used....
I'm a big tator tot person but I discovered the other day that
I can also make Monty's nightly meal in it...no mess no fuss...
I make him 1/4 pound of ground beef to add to his dog food if not he refuses to eat....It's always been such a pain....a dirty fry pan...
a greasy stove....a bowl and a stainer to get off the grease because this monster of a dog has a "dainty" stomach....
Popped the ground beef broken up in to the Air Fryer and in 4 minutes Monty was eating....Clean up is a breeze....it goes right into the dishwasher....actually just as easy to clean in the sink...
right now everyone seems to have it on sale...I saw it at Best Buy and Macy's for $39.95.....
Go buy yourself one....it's the best invention since the crock pot...
This particular one is a Bella....
Now we're talking....
Candy!
Who doesn't love getting a box of chocolates.....
Daughter gave this to me for Christmas and besides being
beautiful they taste fabulous....
I was equally intrigued by the box they came in....
A tin lacquered box that you can use for doo-dads long after
the candy is gone...On sites like Bloomingdale's and
Nordstrom's it sells for $35.00 or around the same price as
Godiva that only comes in a throw away box...
well packed inside my suitcase for the flight home...
Delta managed to crush the box somehow????
Hey...my computer was in the same bag and luckily was not damaged....
Delta..... quickly without an argument... sent me a check for
$35.00....the Boss ordered me a new box and I got to keep the
check...I call that a win win situation....
They also come in different colors....like yellow...pink and
turquoise.....It would make a lovely hostess gift....or
a birthday gift for a friend...
Speaking of sweet things....and thanks again to the
son in law.....I discovered another Trader Joe's
irresistible item....
Cookie Butter Ice Cream...
Think of those good cookies Delta gives you on a flight and picture that crushed up inside of ice cream...
I don't even want to know how many calories it is...
They also have fabulous Coffee Bean ice cream for the
Coffee Ice Cream Lover....
But....we are all trying to keep the calories down....
So that we can eat all these goodies and tell ourselves...
"But I won't drink anything with sugar"
Who are we kidding????
I switched from Splenda which everyone tells me will kill you...To....
No difference in taste....I use this in my unsweetened ice tea...
Unfortunately I still drink a ridiculous amount of
Pepsi Max a day....
I wasn't out and about much in 2018 like in past years or I'm sure this list would be a lot longer....I hope you try something on the list....I highly recommend the hair dye!!
Have a wonderful 2019!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

BALLARD DESIGNS......UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

How many of you ladies get this catalog in the mail on a regular basis....???
I always assumed they were based here in Atlanta but I was wrong....They are from West Chester Ohio...
Only familiar with their two outlet stores here in town I have never
been a fan.
I used to look through every catalog that came but was never thrilled with the.....(I'm going to say it)....cheapness....of it's
appearance....bad photographs....too much print....thin paper.
always reminds me of those cheap clothing catalogs that show up just as often....
Even at their outlets the prices are high but at least in person the stores are nicely laid out.
I have noticed that the furniture.... that is usually in the back in the clearance area.... more then likely is returned merchandise...
looks like it is cheaply made....so now those catalogs just get thrown in the trash.
Until the other day on Facebook when I saw an ad for their new....as of July.....retail store in the warehouse district of Atlanta....
Planning a day with crazy friend Joyce and not wanting to go to
IKEA.... where we cause chaos....
I suggested we check out the new Ballard Designs Retail Store..
One Word.....Fabulous.....
being a lover of blue that was the first thing we saw when we walked into this huge beautiful retail establishment...
I fell in love with with wrought iron chandelier
right in the front window....
A salesperson seeing me oohing and aahing....
quickly came over and offered to check stock....
Not ready to buy...but a great price at $499.
thinking of our friend Rose....she will probably be hand painting
her own pumpkins this year as she is also the
Queen of all thing Blue...
And she can paint!!
Our only complaint was most of the merchandise had price tags
if you could find them but they were very hard to read...
Joyce spent the whole time taking cell phone pics of the
bottom of the items to then check the price...
I was very impressed with this particular sofa...
Beautiful heavy duty tweed fabric...
I think it was around $2400. with 25% off...
And it was super comfy...

If it's red I love it!!
How cute are these dishes...
something even for the Flamingo Lovers....

little salt and pepper thingies....
I don't know what the one hanging from his mouth is for
But very cute...
pig salt and pepper shakers...
many many beautiful chandeliers.....
bringing back "spool" furniture....
a nice large cow print....
we both loved these hanging baskets.....
there were many baskets of various sizes and styles...

this was very cool for $100.00
a very long memory foam floor mat for your kitchen....
I have one I bought at Williams Sonoma but it's small
so I'm constantly tripping over it when I'm moving
about cooking...
I loved that this was so large....
they also had them with a laundry room theme.

Red Desk! Love Red! 
eye candy for women who love decorating....
How cute is this for the working women....
I could use one that says....
"Out of the Kitchen"....

Two Words....How adorable.
Ditto....

wood bowl of twine!
pretty bed but look closer.....
A Wooden Bird perched on the headboard...
a "spool" bed in black...
a very large copper tray with Napoleon's Bee...
Now your talking my language....
Animal prints....
I knew I was ahead of the trend....
And people made fun and thought I was crazy when
for my birthday this year....
the Boss bought me.....
The real thing.....
I love taxidermy.....
I did not kill anything.....I adore animals of all kinds...
Have taxidermy all over the house....
including 2 Deer.....a Buffalo....and an Antelope....
the Zebra and Antelope came from the collection of an
elderly man who was a big game hunter in Africa....
purchased from a very legitimate business in town...
They are fabulous....
Back to Ballard....they sell all sorts of things that can be
Monogrammed....
loved this mirror....it was on a big stand....
Almost through walking around the store....
I noticed this beautiful tablescape.
I also saw this beautiful leather recliner....I could use two of those!
It was priced at $1399.00....the leather looked like a nice
quality....

A nice touch as we wandered around....
We were offered a cold drink by one of the employees...
This is the South and everybody believes in
Hospitality.....
Plus it was like 100 degrees outside ....
 
Before leaving Joyce took my picture in the Zebra chair.....
I texted it to the Boss who promptly said....
"If you want it go ahead and get it"....
He does that....which is how I ended up with the
Antelope and the Zebra in the first place.....
By now we were ready for lunch and since it
was Joyce's treat and my choice I opted for the best
Pizza in Atlanta....
ANTICO!

So the moral of the day at
Ballard Designs is......
"Don't judge a catalog by its cover"
Or it's pictures...
or it's print...
or the quality of the paper
it's printed on...
I came I saw I loved....
I recommend...
The pizza on the other hand
is highly recommended
But unless you live in the ATL
your out of luck....
HAPPY
CATALOG
SHOPPING.