Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fracture Clinic, My Parking Saga

At long last the surgeon in the Fracture Clinic has seen the right Xray of Matt's ankle and not the one of the toe. I don't blame him as he obviously was not properly informed. He was today, by me.
Finally we got another Xray done and Matt's break is healing cleanly - thank goodness. He was pleased there was no stiffness in the ankle. Such a relief to get a proper inspection. I was having a bit of a panic prior to this. We got to the hospital and there was nowhere outside to park so I had to head for the parking garage which is not exactly close to the hospital. I walk with a cane and not very well. First I pulled into the entryway and the machine gave me the impression that I had to have a paid ticket to get in. Of course I was stuck and couldn't back out because I had several cars behind me. They must have been pleased. I yelled a few sorrys (just discovered there is no plural for sorry) and went over to the office to pay. I interrupted people because I was causing a holdup and the clerk said all I had to do was push a button on the machine and it would give me a ticket. Duuh, it didn't say that. Having got a ticket there was another bit which told you to scan it. I misread this I guess as the guy behind me said just go and take the ticket with me. He must have thought I was a dumb blonde except, of course, I am not blonde! Maybe "stupid ol' woman". Then, of course, I couldn't find anywhere to park. Lots of
spaces marked for the Renal Clinic (why them only, I wonder). Finally on the 5th floor I found a spot. It is a very confusing garage. There are arrows pointing to pay points which are actually pointing to 5 floors down. How the hell is one supposed to know that? I could see signs for stairs but not for an elevator and was terrified I might have to walk up 5 flights of stairs. Not possible. However, I finally found the elevator hidden in a corner. When I got to the bottom I had quite a long walk back to the front entrance of the hospital. Well a long walk for me. By the time I got to where Matt was waiting I was exhausted. Of course then I had to walk back again. Leaving the parking garage I finally figured the slot wanted my card and my Visa together so it got them and I was delighted to find I only paid $9. So, even after all that, maybe I will use the parking garage again.

It really isn't my day, I have just posted the recipe below but my Picture link isn't working. Not just here but in any blog I tried. It doesn't open. OK, I rebooted and now I have my pictures. Think I will give up whilst the going's good.

I love Pierogis and have a friend in North Carolina who has made them her specialty. I have never tried to make them and thought I might have a go. However, as someone pointed out on the web page, "you do all that work and want to use instant mashed potatoes?" Does seem a bit odd. However, I guess it would be easier than peeling, cooking and mashing that many potatoes.


4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup water
1 large egg

3 cups instant mashed potatoes, prepared according to direction on package
4 - 6 oz cheddar cheese
1 small onion, chopped fine and sautéed in butter
salt and pepper

1. Place flour in a large bowl and make a well in center.

2. Add water and egg and stir to make a soft non-sticky dough, if dough is too sticky, add more flour, 1/4 cup at a time.

3. In a separate bowl, prepare filling by combining all ingredients.

4. Add about 2 tsp. of filling to dough and knead in.

5. Roll out dough about 1/8" thick.

6. Cut out large rounds, 3 to 4" (I use the widest glass I have).

7. Place about a tablespoon of filling on one side of each circle.

8. Moisten edges with water and fold over to close.

9. Pinch edges or use fork to seal.

10. After filling all pierogies, place in boiling water until they float.

11. Freeze for later use or fry in butter over medium heat and light brown both sides.

Yield: 50 small pierogies

Source: Genius Kitchen

Have a great day


  1. That parking confusion reminds me of the one at the Detroit airport. Hard to figure out where to get the shuttle to get out of it. Our hospital has valet parking and I have used that on occasion. Only $4 US.
    Growing up we made our own pierogies and sausage. As long as Kowalski stays in business and keeps making them, I'll keep going to the store and buying them. BTW, my nephew used to take home the leftover mashed potatoes and sauerkraut from family dinners and make pierogies at his home. And I used instant mashed to start with, lol.

    1. Airport parking has always been bad Denise. Valet parking? If only.

      Never made either but there is a store locally who sells good ones.

  2. Parking garages are a hassle. Although why you have to pay for one for the hospital is beyond me.

    1. Hospitals are under funded - we don't pay for treatment after all Alex, so they use parking fees to help their funding.

  3. Hi Jo- well I'm glad you got the hospital parking and Xrays sorted out ... good to know about Matt. I expect the kidney spaces were for long dialysis. But it is costly to park - take care and cheers Hilary

    1. The parking story got funnier as I told it Hilary, especially the thought of all the cars waiting behind me. I am sure they were but why no other department I wondered. Do you pay hospital parking in the UK these days? Cheers to you too.

  4. I would assume renal is for dialysis patients. I love pierogies but I've never made them. I like them sauteed with green/red/yellow bell peppers, sugar snap peas, onions and frozen peas. So yummy! Or done in the crockpot with some turkey chourico, cream cheese, shredded cheddar and chicken broth.

    1. I guess so JoJo. I was in too much of a tizz to think about it at the time. Those ways of doing pierogis sound good.

  5. This parking nightmare reminds of a Seinfeld episode where they are lost in the parking garage.

    1. Never watched Seinfeld Birgit so I don't know.

  6. I thought it was 'sorries'. You know, "stuff your sorries in a sack" which interestingly was a quote from Seinfeld which is mentioned in the above comment. I hate parking garages. I called security once because I thought my car had been stolen but I was on the wrong floor.

    1. According to Google and Wikipedia, there is no actual plural of the word.

      Easy enough to do Pinky. This one has floor numbers but not parking spot numbers.