On this wonderfully cool morning my mind is not totally on my work. I am planning a special day for “Grouchy Bear” on Wednesday.

On that day, June 30, we celebrate 54 years of “wedded bliss. ” The year totals are pretty evident when you realize that in lieu of a romantic interlude we are having dinner out with friends.

It is also evident to me, as I recall the many years, that they have been mostly good ones. We were blessed with five great children, all of whom have made their way in the world and are successful in their personal choices and accomplishments. More importantly they are good people, good parents and strong Christians.
They blessed us with seven granddaughters, who are the light of our lives and bring smiles to us daily.

So whatever the Bear does! Be it growling, snarling, and sneaking all the unhealthy foods he can... Life is good and I praise GOD for every day we have had together, good or bad!

He does complain in the heat and gets in trouble when I find him out weed-eating in 110 heat index, with the sweat pouring off and him red faced and panting.
He has pacified himself somewhat by working in his basement shop. A few wobbly kitchen chairs are now repaired and he even made a birdhouse or two.

It seems appropriate that I make him a few goodies to appease his appetite while he “suffers” inside the house.


Cold Cabbage Salad
Use a food processor or chopper to prepare the veggies.
6 cups chopped cabbage
3 green onions, chopped
3 Tablespoons sesame seeds
3 Tablespoons light gourmet rice vinegar (or you can use regular rice vinegar ½ cup and 4 teaspoons Splenda and make your own. Mix well). Mix first three ingredients.Add rice vinegar and mix well. Let stand for several hours in the refrigerator. Just before serving you can add cooked chicken or shrimp. Calories per serving 55 Fat 2 grams.


Soda Pop Chicken
1 ½ pounds, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 can (4 ounce) sliced mushrooms, drained
½ teaspoon salt (optional)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 can sugar-free orange soda pop
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange chicken in 3-quart casserole and top with remaining ingredients. Cover and bake for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is tender. Uncover and bake 10 minutes. One serving equals 160 calories, fat 3 grams. A few cups sliced potatoes, carrots, celery, etc. are also great added to the pot.

I made the above in a crockpot and it was very good too.

Time has come to finish this article as the biscuits are about ready for the “Bear.” This morning he gets biscuits and gravy, tomorrow pancakes and Wednesday his choice for breakfast.

He made a comment about the fact that I am trying to kill him! If it is healthy he complains and if it is not he questions. How did I ever make it 54 years? See you next week.