We had a lovely Easter starting with church, then coming home and spending the afternoon with my family.
There are two things that I just cherish when my family gets together: my siblings and I sharing fond memories, and cousins making new ones.
The other thing that defines our family get togethers is food, lots of food. This year we had ham, red beans and rice, sautéed squash, warm spinach salad and cornbread
with brownies, chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream for dessert; a good, old-fashioned southern meal.
Of course we sat out the usual appetizers: deviled eggs, celery stuffed with pimento cheese, olives, and a cheese ball that everyone kept nibbling on even after we were full with dinner.
In fact, I’m craving leftovers right now. I’d eat some of that cornbread for breakfast, but I can’t eat until later today after surgery.
A recent ultrasound revealed several gallstones in my gallbladder which would explain the bouts with pain I’ve had for the past three years. I’m anxious to get the surgery over with, and start the recovery process.
Getting my health back was one of the things I wanted to focus on in the new year. It’s been a slow, but steady road. Once I recover from surgery, I think I’ll be able to be much more physically active.
Our church is generously providing meals throughout the week. It’s so nice to know that is taken care of.
I need to wash towels before we leave for the surgery center this morning, and then I think my little family will have everything they need while I recuperate.
I’m pretty sure I’ll get sick of staring at these half painted walls by the end of the week.
And not being able to paint them will drive me crazy but, I’m going to do my best to be a good patient and take it easy.
Hopefully, the down time will allow me to get lots of writing done for Mrs. Hines’ Class. I want to share a couple of the recipes that I made for Easter, and show you some changes I made in the breakfast room this past weekend.
All in good time.
See you in class,
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