The easiest spaghetti I ever did see...

I watched Karen make Spaghetti and Meatballs in my Instant pot when she was here last month, and I was amazed!She just puts everything in there, even the dry noodles, and then it just takes about 15 minutes to be done.
I said, "So you could just get home from soccer practice and throw this all in the Instant Pot and it would be done in 15 minutes?"
"Actually," she answered, "That's what it's called, Soccer Mom Spaghetti." 
I watched her kids google it up.

Go HERE for the complete recipe, but basically it's this:Add a little olive oil to the cooking pot. Olive oil will help keep the noodle from sticking and also add a nice flavor to the spaghetti sauce.Grab meatballs out of the freezer, dump them in.Open a jar of your choice of spaghetti sauce and dump it in.Breaks some Spaghetti in half and dump it in.Pour in the water.
Once all ingredients are added to the Instant Pot DUO PlusMealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker, you are ready to pressure cook. …

Thinking about what it must have been like....

Sometimes when I see something, I just have to share. 

So here's what I watched this morning and I've been thinking about it ever since...

I especially appreciate how this TED talk speaker summarizes at the end.

He's recovering

We were both so happy that Dennis felt up to going back to church today. 

Two Sundays he missed because of his stroke 20 days ago.  We figure it's probably the most he's missed church in a row  since he joined back in 1969.
Even when he had that bad staph infection in his elbow back in  2000, and he was going to the hospital almost daily for about a  month or two...he didn't miss church. 
He showed up every Sunday even with that pic line of antibiotics going into his heart. 
He loves church so much. And the people there.

We were told repeatedly at the hospital, and many times since then by his Dr, that if any stroke symptoms appear (in him or anyone else!) we are not to wait at all, but to call 911.  
It's all in the timing. 
We were hoping that Den got his tPA shot within a 3 hour block of time. I know it was progressively getting worse, until after the shot, and then he seemed to stabilize. 
They asked me right away at the hospital, when this all started.  I didn…

List of 13 tender mercies the past 2 weeks

I was thinking of all the things, since Den had his stroke 2 weeks ago, that came into place and were so helpful to us. 
(and I'm sure I'm leaving much out)

Here's my list:

1. Den's kids gave us a Roomba vacuum for Christmas. Den worked with it a few times but it just wasn't doing what it was suppose to.

Fast forward 8 months later.

So the very week before the stroke, Karen was here and she said she could probably figure it out, and she did! Now all I do is turn it on with my phone and Googoogaga (Leo named it) goes all over our house vacuuming. 

What a blessing this has been the past 2 weeks. 
One less chore I have to do.

2. Grocery delivery! We had tried grocery pick up before but never delivery. But the first few days he was home, I couldn't well leave Den alone, so this felt more like groceries from heaven.

Yes, Costco delivery. They say their prices are higher for home delivery, but I couldn't tell much difference, but then I don't keep track of prices so I…

Annie reads her letter to Grandpa Dennis

Our granddaughter Annie from Montana reads her letter to Grandpa Dennis. She's 3 1/2.

Btw, she's the one who got confused @ her Great Grandpa's funeral last March....and thought it was her Grandpa Dennis who died instead. (even though she just had breakfast with him that morning.) It's tough being 3.

Den's stroke at Vons

So this is how it happened. 
(If you don't like details, this is not the post for you. 😊)

It was Monday morning, Aug 19th. I was busy cleaning floors so I asked Den if he'd like to go to the store and pick up a few things.

Our 8 days of precious time with Karen, Tyler, Richie, Leo, Juliet, and Daisy had just ended 2 days before, and we needed to replenish some food.

When Den returned and was carrying in the groceries he casually mentioned what while at the store he kept "stumbling." That sounded odd and like nothing he had mentioned before. He said it kept happening. I said that doesn't sound right. He said, "I'm just out of shape. I need to get more exercise."

Then as he was walking from the kitchen to the family room, he stumbled and nearly fell about 3 times. 

I helped him sit down, and told him not to move. 

He then told me that he had a hard time lifting his right foot off the gas pedal and onto the brake on his drive home. Of course I said, "Wh…

Sometimes you just have to join them...

Going back in time about a week or so....

I think Leo (on the left) was the one who chose the music, 
and asked Alexa to play it. 

Then Richie and Juliet just had to dance. 
But Leo holds back for some reason. 

But then, love it how I see Leo's little shoulders start to move until 
he can contain it no longer and just has to join them....

Sometimes you just have to dance, 
even when you think you're going to sit that one out. 

They can't help but dance... from Jill Shelley on Vimeo.