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Monday, August 15, 2011


I had my ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM  this afternoon.

MAMMOGRAMS are much like a 
Early breast cancer usually does not cause symptoms. This is why regular breast exams are important. As the cancer grows, symptoms may include:
  • Breast lump or lump in the armpit that is hard, has uneven edges, and usually does not hurt
  • Change in the size, shape, or feel of the breast or nipple -- for example, you may have redness, dimpling, or puckering that looks like the skin of an orange
  • Fluid coming from the nipple -- may be bloody, clear to yellow, green, and look like pus
I was just wondering.......
have YOU had your yearly check?
When I got back home from THE IMAGING CENTER,
I mixed together one of my FAVORITE sandwich fillings..
YES, MA'AM....

When I was young and still at home,
my mother always used 
in her Chicken Salad.   

I liked it OK....
nothing I ever really *got hungry for*, tho.

NOW that I have discovered how GOOD it is
with grapes and pecans,
I DO get hungry for it...
and OFTEN !!   

 I have been really surprised at how GOOD the fruit is this year.
I suppose it's because I am right slap-dab in the middle of the worst drought..
everything is so dry here.. 
We FINALLY got the BEST rain on 8/11.
a little over an inch and a half in our rain gauge.
It blows my mind that SOME areas aren't suffering from 
and I suppose these are the states that are raising such luscious fruits.
I LUV Chicken Salad made this way..
JUICY red grapes, so so sweet
toasted pecans...
...don't forget to make your appointment for your yearly mammo.....♥


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

A good reminder and a yummy looking lunch!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Yes, I have had my mammogram...thanks for the reminder!

I LOVE chicken salad with grapes and pecans...yummy!

Martha said...

Thanks for the reminder and your chicken salad really looks yummy!

Kathleen Grace said...

Thanks for the reminder BJ! I am so glad to hear you got some rain! Maybe the long dry spell will be over. I'll be praying for more:>)

Bunny Jean said...

It's good to know that you are taking care of yourself and getting that annual mammogram. I had one (and then the diagnostic ultasound) this year.

I have a new feature on my "other" blog. It is Monday Morning Message, just a little start to your week. (The link is not working but you can get there from my profile page)

xoxo Bunny Jean
Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my main blog)

Bunny Jean said...

Oops... I forgot to mention that the other blog is INSPIRATIONS

xoxo Bunny Jean

Designs By Pinky said...

I am overdue for my mammo so will call and make my appt.! Thanks for the reminder! My FAVORITE sandwich is chicken sald! Sure wish I could run over and SHARE with you:):) XO, Pinky

From the Kitchen said...

Yes maam I had one in July!! Your sandwich looks delicious! I have a question. When we lived in Lubbock, there was a very nice department store. I think it was all over Texas but am not sure. I can't remember it's name. I've looked at stores in Lubbock but can't find it so suspect it is no longer around. If you remember, could you please tell me. Thanks!


Vee said...

So good to know that there was some rain in your corner. Yes, places that have rain are probably doing the best with fruit production...fruits require plenty. Hmmm, chicken salad...running out of here quick.

Tina said...

Yum! Your chicken salad looks so good!
Thank you for stopping by! I'm a new follower of your blog!
Looking forward to coming back and reading more!
You have a beautiful family!!!

Stop by my other blog when/if you get a chance!

Julie Harward said...

I know it's important but I am such a big baby..cause it hurts!
Your salad looks yummy, I do it this way too and then the last minute I love to add cashews. :D

Judi said...

Hi BJ *hugs*
yummy. I have never tasted a chicken salad like does look very delish...That was such a healthy looking plate.
We've had mroe rain and on here and there when we least expect it during the day for the past few days. But it a very pleasant warm and the grass is green and the flowers pretty.
have a great day..
congratulations for winning the lovely giveaway at Shelias!

Ralph said...

The earlier the detection is always prudent - it worked for Patti this year, and it was caught early and treatment- good for you for getting tested!

We wish that in places like Lubbock that you got more of the rain we got - 8 inches at JFK airport in New York City in the past 24 hours...

Chicken salad, a great thing. My mother always made this with leftover chicken, and it always had celery in it. Probably why I love celery, although the kids aren't too fond of it...

Lori said...

So do we ever get to stop having those?

Theresa said...

Yes, it is time for my yearly exam at both ends:) I love chicken salad with grapes and pecans! YUMMY, my favorite!

Thanks for the reminder and for making me hungry! BIG HUGS!

Love Of Quilts said...

Chicken salad with grapes and pecans. I have never tried it...I still do your mothers verison....has my mammogram Friday still haven't heard back from it.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I like my chicken salad the same way! Yeah for the mammo!!

xinex said...

Oh your chicken salad looks so yummy, BJ. I like mine with grapes or apples too. Wanna come see my twins?...Christine

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love my chicken salad with grapes and pecans also!! YUM. I need to make my appt for my annual check up which will be followed by my annual mammogram! hugs, Linda

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

That looks so good I'll be going to the store for grapes and pecans..
Mammo in oct.. thanks for reminding everyone.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh yum! Love chicken salad...most any kind of way!
Yours does look especially wonderful.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Had mine earlier this year. I love chicken salad, too and now I know what to make for lunch tomorrow.

Liz said...

Yummy chicken salad!

My entries:
Moms...Check Nyo

Maria @ LSS said...


Sweet Tea said...

Thanks for the reminder to get the "girls" checked - BTDT a couple of months ago...Love Chicken Salad!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey my Dear friend..I had chicken salad sandwich for dinner..I got a whole cooked chicken and made it up of course I'm no great cook like you girl..Love ya girl..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Jean said...

That chicken sandwich looks soooooo very good.

Pondside said...

That lunch looks scrumptious!
I've had my mamo, and I'm very grateful to live in a place where every woman gets one - and gets a reminder in the mail to make the appointment.

Pat@BPM said...

Re: Your Comment...
I am not decorating for Fall either. Other than moving a few things around and adding a bouquet of seasonal flowers, now and then, I do no real seasonal decorating these days.

The mantel was dusty, needed cleaning, when it was empty, it needed something, so I put some chickens and things there and called it a pre-fall mantel and took some pictures and yes, there will be some pumpkins up there in October, if I think about it.

It was something to do and it took my mind off things happening here, that I don't necessarily share with people on the blog, the blog being a Pollyanna sort of place. I gave some thought about even sharing about our daughter's emergency surgery, but in the end decided why not write something about what is happening in our family right now. I know there are folks who think I don't have a brain in my head and happily skip through the days. But we are real people with ups and downs just like other people.

I suppose changing the mantel was a diversion. It was something that cost nothing more than a morning of dusting. Dusting and arranging is just one of the times I meditate...pray. I also find cleaning and arranging cathartic.

The mantel is in just one of the rooms of our home with coffee cups and newspapers strewn all around and childrens toys and books and black Labrador Retriever paw prints. We live in our home and enjoy. It was a hard earned home, built with blood, sweat, tears, heartache and heart break.

Thanks so much for visiting our much loved home, a physical santuary, in the real and, at times, not so pretty world.

Jo said...

Great post,I always go every year round Feb/March.This is a great reminder to all!
And that dang sandwich is
"shut the front door" delish!

Kim, USA said...

Oh my this is my favorite sandwich yum!


Rettabug said...

Wise words, BJ & a timely reminder...I'm well overdue! ~blush~ Too busy taking care of everyone else, I'm afraid.

Around here, my friends all add a touch of fresh tarragon to their chicken salad. Its a nice change of pace that you might enjoy.

Hugs & Thank you for the nudge to make my appointment.


Debbie said...

Great post, BJ, and no. I haven't had mine this year yet.

And the salad? Looks so yummy. I went for years never having had a fruity chicken salad. Once I had one, no other kind will do for me.

kassidy's notes said...

oh wow, i love your blog. it's like an online album/scrapbook. i love chicken salad with grapes. i think the grapes gives a little sweetness to the salad :). thank you for visiting my blog.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love chicken salad, probably one of my favorites. YOur plate looks soooooooo good. I would love some. My exam is coming up in a couple of weeks. I won't forget. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Phyllis said...

Hey BJ,

Yep - I'm overdue and keep meaning to make that appointment. I didn't have insurance till three months ago so there is absolutely no reason for me to put this off another day, so thatn's for the remidner.

Oh - that is my FAVORITE way to make chicken salad!! (and we had a super storm Sunday night with quite a bit of rain)!

Gloria said...

What a wonderful post. I've had my "M" and glad I did. I love what you made for lunch, those grapes look delish. Thanks for stopping by my Ruby Tuesday. It's always nice meeting new bloggies. Have a wonderful week.

Rita said...

Just got back home from a sad funeral when I saw your pink ribbon. Lise was a beautifiul cousin who did go for her mammogram 5 years ago and was operated for breast cancer at that time. She has been battling it ever since and it finally took her away at the tender age of 57. I'm still feeling kind of numb.

Jen said...

Definitely go for my annual mammogram without fail.
Have never had chicken salad with grapes and pecans, but will for sure make some!


TexWisGirl said...

had my mammo and ann. exam just last week! :)

andrea said...

Nothin' says summer like a chicken salad sandwich.. a long time fav of mine! Andrea @ townandprairie

JudyBug said...

I never miss my mammogram time! Glad you had your's also.

Love chicken salad with grapes and pecans. Yummy!

La said...

Your chicken salad looks divine. Your sound bite is freaking out little Bosco. He keeps looking out the window. Hahaha.