The Jetsons lead me on

Dr. Hill said we are trying a new chemo thing!

In 10-14 days, Pepper is going to be my chemo nurse! I will be starting a pill that I can take from home. I love the girls and guys at the chemo center in #Starkville, but now, no early morning appointments 40 minutes away! YAY!

Pepper said he is planning to be a tough nurse, so I need to plan for a LOT of what he calls “straightening out!” He said Sherry and Steve were “too soft” on me! (Oh my! He may be taking this a little too seriously!)

Well, my take on it is I really can live in my pajamas! (Hopefully I will snap out of it soon, but until then, it is #pjsallday!)

I have been in a LOT of pain since in #chemoembolism on March 30. I have been running fever and so incredibly sore. I have had this procedure a lot and I firmly believe I have never been this miserable with it! One night, my fever got up to 101.8. I am a 96-97 degree girl, so even at 99-100, I am fairly miserable. When the pandemic started, I would joke with the nurses that, “y’all will know if I have a fever, because I will be crawling on my hands a knees at 99 degrees.” I don’t do high temps! I’m a cold girl! Pep says I like to ‘make it snow’ in the car year-round!

While I have thought my sore left side was a swollen spleen, it’s not. It’s just an angry liver.

But I would like to say, today, I felt every single bump and pothole on Peppertown Road, Tomahawk Road, the Natchez Trace and every road in between. It was a rough ride there and back. So, as of today, I am ready for my flying car! The Jetsons lead me on! I was totally convinced we would be flying cars by now! Bring it on! I am ready! It needs to be black! I love a black car/helicopter! And I would look so cute in it (mainly because I would not be grimacing in pain!)

Thinking about apple pie

It is one of our favorite desserts.

And it has been a while since I have made one, but I am craving apple pie — flaky crust, soft, cooked apple, cinnamon and melted butter dripping with every bite…YUM!

I must make one tonight!!!!

Apple Pie Recipe

¾ cup sugar

2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

¾ stick of real butter

3 cups or 5 medium-sized Granny Smith apples (thinly sliced)


2 9-inch unbaked pie crusts.


I use a Pillsbury uncooked pie crust that comes pre-prepared. All you have to do is unroll the dough. Super easy! I unroll the first pie shell and place it in the bottom of the pie pan. Peel and thinly slice five apples and put them in the pie shell. Sprinkle sugar, flour and cinnamon on the apples and place pats of butter on top. Unroll the second pie shell and cover the apples and seal the edges. Use a fork to put holes in the top of the pie shell. Place the pie on a cookie sheet while cooking in case of overflow. (I rarely happens, but it happens.) Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


I love it right out of the oven, but a slice will fall apart and look more like some sort of scrambled apple dessert. Once it sets a little, it is a little prettier. And so good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! YUM!

Shoulder surgery rescheduled

Shoulder surgery has been rescheduled (say THAT three times!)

Due to last week’s snow storm, Pepper’s surgery has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 5:30 a.m. WHEW! That’s early!

Sandra will take Pep tomorrow to surgery and dad is taking me to chemo! It takes a village, and tomorrow, we are taking some of our “villagers” to Starkville! 😂🤣

We are doing the “good” shoulder first, because if there is no intense pain, he may not return to do the other shoulder!!! I know him!

Please say a little prayer for Pepper tomorrow. He will do the next shoulder in about two months. And then all that physical therapy! It is going to be a LONG year! I’m afraid there will not be very much singing and dancing going on here for a while! 😜

One of Pepper’s favorite dishes: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes 😋

Apparently, Pepper Sisson’s wife hasn’t meatloaf and mashed potatoes in a while, so she may need to work on that! 🤣😂

I LOVE this meatloaf recipe from the Bell’s Best Cookbook. (My Bell’s Best has been used so much it is in about 10 pieces but I manage to keep it together with a rubber band! HA!) Just about everything I have ever tried out of that cookbook has been great! I have altered this original recipe to account for our personal preferences, mainly because I do not like sage!

Gwen’s Meatloaf that Pepper LOVES

1 sleeve of crackers, crumbled (the original recipe says 2/3 c. of day old bread crumbs or 2 slices of toasted bread, crumbled)

1 cup of milk

½ cup or more of onions, chopped

1 ½ lb. of ground beef

½ cup of bell pepper, chopped (I don’t always use bell pepper.)

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. salt

Dash of pepper (the original recipe says pepper, thyme or oregano – we like pepper)

(The original recipe said ½ tsp. of sage or poultry seasoning – but I do not add that)

(The original recipe also adds 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings – I do not have a “drippings jar”)

For the sauce:

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

¼ cup ketchup

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp dry mustard

Soak the crackers or bread crumbs in the milk; add meat, eggs, onions and other seasonings. Mix well. Grease the loaf pan with bacon drippings. I use a glad pie pan or make the “loaf” into thick patties and use them on a pan with a built in rack. Form a loaf and cover with the sauce. For the sauce, combine three tablespoons (or more) of brown sugar, the ketchup, nutmeg and dry mustard. Mix well and spread over the top of the meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Then, I will cut up the potatoes (I LOVE Yukon Gold potatoes when I can find them!) so that all they will require is placing in the pan of water to boil for 30 minutes. We add four large pats of butter and a splash of milk to our mashed boiled potato cubes. I like firm mashed potatoes and Pepper likes them a little more “liquidy,” so if he is in charge of mashing the potato’s, he gives them two or three splashes of cold milk while I object loudly! (But I am grateful he is taking an interest in cooking these days!!!)

We love it! Usually, I prep this as part of my weekend meal prep adventures. I will mix the meatloaf ingredients together in a glass bowl with a lid. I will mix the sauce and store it separately. I also cut up the potatoes on meal prep day, just to make it all a little easier to deal with on the day we plan to have it for supper, which would typically be the next day, because I want my hamburger meat to be as fresh as possible. If I plan to have this meal later in the week, I will put the meatloaf in a ziploc bag and put it in the freezer. I make sure to remember to set the frozen meatloaf out of the freezer the night before we plan to eat it, so it will be easy to mold into a loaf, the pie plate or patties — whatever I plan to cook them in that night.

I am so paranoid about meatloaf not cooking all the way through, I prefer the pie plate or patty cooking method and kick it up to 400 degrees for an hour if need be. I like the pie plate, so the meatloaf can soak up the grease a little, because it gives it such a great flavor. I use the patties a lot more these days to reduce the grease a little. It is also a little easier to make patties if I froze the meatloaf.

So, do y’all make meatloaf and mashed potatoes on a regular basis? I would love for you to share your recipe below!

Shoulder surgery for my favorite guy

I suspected sympathy pain. But the orthopedic doctor said his shoulders are quite messed up and both will require surgery.

Someone is not happy about it, but on Monday, Pepper will have the first of two shoulder surgeries. He is starting with the left shoulder, which has the least amount of damage. My thought was if we do this one first, he will have to do the other one. This one has a tear and a small cyst. If we did the bad one first, he would NEVER go back for the second surgery!!! I know this man!

It will take about eight weeks to recover from this surgery, which will work well with my last chemo embolism procedure on March 30. We will schedule the second surgery after my two week hybernation.

His right shoulder has three major tears and the surgeon will fix something in the neck region if I understood correctly.

The second surgery will require at least three months for recovery and Pepper will likely be in physical therapy for most of the year.

Please say a little prayer for my singer and dancer, who is going to be dealing with a lot in the next few weeks. I am thinking this will reduce the dancing, but his bellering, I mean, singing, will not be altered unless he is feeling REALLY bad. I hope we don’t get to that point, not that I couldn’t use a bellering break! Lord help us!