Sunday, October 31, 2010
No, no, no, no, I'm not going to try to convince you of anything or even let you know my personal leanings.
I am tired of all the ads, some of them the same over and over! I am tired of answering the phone and getting a recorded message urging me to vote one way or another. I immediately hang up on these. One phone call with a recorded voice that I almost hung up on turned out to be a change to an airline reservation I have for Christmas. Good thing I listened to that one.
Yesterday a flyer was left on my front door from one of the major parties urging me to vote for their candidates. It also offered a ride to the polls, which I thought was a nice touch. I then read on down and saw that it had my polling place listed. Unfortunately, the polling place listed was for a town 10 miles from my little town. Since my town has its own polling place within the city limits, I fear that this may confuse some people.
I have been visited by several nice, sincere candidates. I believe that most local candidates do have the best interests of our state in mind, but I have a problem with those who intend to fix all the problems just by being elected. Doesn't seem realistic to me!
So, Sparkies, if you care one way or the other, please vote on Tuesday.
Have a happy week! Hugs!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Many, many years ago I worked for a doctor who stressed that salt is bad for you and contributes to high blood pressure. The reason we crave salt is that it was the only way to preserve food in out ancestors day and we learned to like the taste. Meat has all the salt the body needs without adding any more. This was way before most practitioners subscribed to that theory. I was in my twenties and not concerned about blood pressure, but , nonetheless, quit adding salt to my cooking. It didn't matter too much because my husband (ex now) never tasted food before adding salt, so he didn't notice any difference.
So, for the past many years I have not added salt and after developing high blood pressure have gradually cut out more and more processed foods that have a high sodium content. My blood pressure is controlled with medication and salt avoidance.
One of the hardest foods for me to enjoy without salt are eggs, but I finally managed it! But today, I made a big pot of goulash (comfort food for me). I carefully drained the fat from the hamburger, used wheat noodles, home canned tomatoes with no salt and rinsed dark kidney beans before adding. It smelled wonderful! I ladled out a bowl full and tasted it. I absolutely could not eat it without some salt! I use salt so seldom that once I found the shaker, I had to sift the lumps out of it.
So, the same as when I eat in a restaurant and can't control the sodium, tomorrow I will have swollen ankles and gain 3 pounds.
Was it worth it? Yep! But not very often!
Oh, I can't use the artificial salt because they would interact with my medications!
Hey, Sparkies, take care of yourselves and stay healthy!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
How was my visit with my old friend?
We immediately hugged, started talking and didn't stop until I had to leave 5 hours later. Had a great lunch (I had tomato bisque and a spinach cranberry pecan salad with raspberry orange vinaigrette). Found we are diametrically opposite in our political views, but it didn't matter at all! Barb is heavier and older than when I last saw her 45 years ago, but the smile was the same.
How was my visit to the eye doctor?
As I expected, the cataract in the left eye has progressed to the point where I will be scheduling the surgery in January. The right eye (which has already had the cataract removed) needs some laser touch up and I have developed an early, not serious at this point, macular degeneration which will need to be followed closely. All in all, nothing serious.
How do I like my "Nook" (e-book reader)?
It was great for the bus ride. I didn't have to deal with 3 heavy books (I always take 3, so I don't get reduced to reading the hotel information booklet, if I finish a book!) Also, it works well for the exercycle or treadmill as one hand is free to hold on for dear life to the handle bars! I did discover that I need an external light source for it, as it is not back lit. Downloading new books is easy. My credit card information is on file at Barnes and Noble and they have free books and books for under $5 as well as books in the $10 range. If you have Wifi availability, the books download instantly. I still prefer a "real" book for reading in bed or in the bathroom (I know, more information than...).
Nobody asked this, but my mammogram is rescheduled for Thursday morning! I hope the machine is repaired and working well by now!
So, Sparkies, get your eyes checked, catch up with new and old friends, read a book and get a mammogram! That's all my advice for right now!
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