Wednesday, April 11, 2012
When I was young I went to Girl Scout camp for two weeks each summer. Of course as youngsters, there were a lot of foods we weren't accustomed to eating. But our table councilors made sure we had what they call a "NO) thank you" helping. It usually consisted of a small spoonful. They also made sure we tried it. It was because of that insistance that we were able to discover my allergy to peppers and lima beans.
Whenever I try a new veggie, fruit, or any other kind of food, I think back to scouts and remember the "No thank you" helping. I'll try at least a spoonful before making a judgement on wether or not I like or don't like something. Most of my life I can honestly say if I don't like something it is because I have tried it and don't care for it. I don't think I have ever said that because of how something looks, the texture, or how the name makes it sound.
Here on SP, I have tried new things as often as I can with foods I was able to eat before my cancer or items I never tried. I try to do this at least once a week. Things with spice, carbs, sugar, citrus, I have to really try before taking a full helping. Lots of things I loved before I can no longer eat. Of course I keep hoping some of the things I didn't care for before, I'll be able to have and enjoy now especially fruits and veggies. Since I do so well with salad and veggies, I have been having very little meat including poultry. My sweetie made a turkey - used to be my very favorite - and I had the portion size right. However, I managed to lose it about 30 minutes later. That really saddened me. I like grilled or broiled fish and shellfish as long as no spices are used to cook them. And absoultey no breading or frying!! I have found I don't do well with hot cereals, grits, or anything like those. I still don't like whipped cream or cool whip. Yuck!! I'm not so sure that is a bad thing!!
Whenever we go out, I'll usually have a salad, perhaps fish or a veggie plate. I always make sure Bob can eat whatever it is before I order! But at least with the salad, I know I won't starve! I sometimes can eat some salad offerings that aren't the healthiest, but I usually have a size like a "No thank you" helping.
There are several things I can no longer eat that I had loved. Very little potatoes no matter if they are fried, etc. Somedays I can have a little helping of mashed potatoes or boiled ones. I miss garlic bread and homemade bread and breadsticks. I enjoyed cereal a lot, and I can long eat it. whenever we have a pasta dish with tomato based sauce, I can only do a tablespoon at best. It really helps to have portion control!! And pizza! How I miss pizza!! Even most cheese are difficult to get down and I was a huge cheese adict. I loved most kinds. Another I must watch and try the little helpings is with salad dressings. They tend to burn in my mouth. I usually use cottage cheese or sour cream for dressings.
But all and all, the "No thank you" helping has been a good rule to follow. Especially with trying new things on Spark People recipes. I don't care for Tofu - and that is something I have tried several times hoping my tastes have changed. It hasn't.
Do you think you'll add the food philosphy to your attitude about trying new foods rather than refusing because you don't think you would like and you haven't even tried it? All I can say to you is, "Try it, you'll like it"!
Thursday, April 05, 2012
#6 in my self awareness blog questions is something in life I hope I never have to do.
The thing I hope I never have to do is tell Bob something has happened to one of his children. I can't magine how that would make him feel other than anguish and I would never want to be the one to deliver such news.
Twice in my life I have had to tell someone about a death and that hurt so much. One was my ex. I had to tell him his father died. The other was my sister-in-law. I told her that our mother had died so she could tell my brother in person - I didn't want him to hear it on the phone like I did when he called me to tell me our father had died. This was on my 30th birthday. I was having a party within the hour and it was too late to call it off.
It was a good thing I had the party. It really helped me a lot. Several of my coworkers took care of the kitchen and phone calls and took messages. Then a good friend came to relieve them. By this time friends started arriving with food. Jeannie started a book and wrote who brought what and their container. Then another co-worker came to spend the rest of the night with me so I wouldn't be alone. At 8AM, another co-worker arrived to help out. She continued the book entries Jeannie had started. She kept the coffee pot going for some of the family that had arrived and did dishes. When my mother arrived home that day, she was able to visit with visitors, but not have to worry about anything else. Fortunately not many came around other than his brothers and sisters. My brother and his family stayed with his in-laws, and he came to the house in late afternoon and stayed a long while.
The next day he and mother went to the funeral home to finalize the plans she had already told them from my brother's home the morning before. They knew that he had a large family, but that he retired two years before. They used the largest room for the calling hours and the service.
We were stunned! Usually if someone comes to calling hours they didn't come for the service. It seemed everyone came to the service! All of the room was filled and they had to open it up to the hall and into the second room to accomidate everyone! My father had been the head of the township road department and many of his crew was there. My mother had been a teacher and lots of those she taught with were there. I was working at the PD so all the dispatchers other than the one on duty and most of the off duty officers and auxillary members were there. There were also representatives from other area departments. Daddy had also been a deputy sheriff and the sheriff had ridden with him a lot and he had taught that youngster a lot about police work. So the sheriff and a number of deputies were there, too.
The guys from my department performed a ritual before the casket was moved, plus each of the uniformed officers and deputies approached the casket and saluted. It was quite impressive although sad, too. The funeral director told us that this was the most they ever accomidated.
Everyone went to the cemetery. Our department officers accompanied the limo with the casket and the family cars. The deputies handled traffic and stopping in areas and roads that needed to be closed. When I looked back I couldn't believe how many cars there were!!! The area around the little chapel at the cemetery was full for several blocks. The whole thing was amazing.
But, I would still hate to have Bob hear any bad news over the phone and I would hope I never have to deliver such a message. As I mentioned, having no children of my own, I can't begin to imagine how it would feel like to be a parent and receive that kind of news. I just know I would hate to see Bob feel helpless and hurting.
Love and peace to all my friends.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
What a sad day this is for our county. The theater complex closed recently (the last ones in the county). Today in the paper, the last independent (and only one) bookstore is closing. After the first of the year the used book store closed. Now, if we want to own a book, we must either use Amazon and wait for delivery, or go out of the county. It is the same with seeing a movie. We have to wait until it is on DVD, order on satellite, or once more - leave the county.
This says so much about our electronic age. Amazon.com is putting out not only the independents but also the bigger stores such as Borders. So far as I'm aware Books-A-Million are still opened. I hope they are able to stay so as there are several in Gainesville where I have one doctor that I see about every 6 weeks and can check out the stores. It was much easier having the local store, though. And the services she provided were difficult to find at any other stores. She would feature books, articles, and writers from FL with emphasis on our county. Ah, I miss that all ready.
The web sites where we can now watch movies on our computers or even smart phones make things rough for theaters, especially the smaller complexes.
With gas prices, it is out of the question for us to go 100 miles round trip to see a movie. I guess that choice is out of the question for us. I'm sure we aren't alone. People I really feel for are those without computer use other than at the library. Those people will have to depend on when the movies are on DVD to even see a movie. They could rent at Blockbuster for now, but how long is it going to be available. It's the last of the four different ones we had when I first moved here over 20 years ago.
Our lives are certainly changing. In 1996 when I first went on line - there were mostly men using computers. Mostly there were personal web pages hosted by other sites such as Tripod or AOL. There was chat done by downloading programs such as pirch, etc. Messagining programs were realatively new such as AOL chat and ICQ. My ICQ number is so low, it has 6 numbers! When I went to computer school in 1999, I taught our teacher about a search engine called 39 that was even better than yahoo, lycos, and others. I also showed him how a lot of the sports teams who had their own sites let fans have emails for free. I had one @gocubs.com. Then the MLB and NFL, etc had all the teams on their pages and those emails went the way of so many others. Google also came along and nearly took over the world!! Now most all businesses have sites and you may shop from the majority of them.
All of this makes me wonder how things will be 10 to 20 years from now. How many other businesses in local areas will shut doors as most clients get their merchandise on line. It is terribly convient after all. But with so much unemployment, is this really going to be that big a thing? With even more people out of work and no chance to work for these on-line stores, who will be able to buy with no income? I've read where Sears has closed a lot of their stores across the country and are in danger of closing their doors to many more. And after over 200 years, Encyclopedia Berttanica will no longer be publishing another updated version. Their update in 2009 will be the last one ever that can be held in hands. For anything else, you'll have to find it on-line.
So, this has been a very sad time for my county. And I imagine some of you in rural areas have these same issues to bring you sadness, too. The world has become much closer because of the internet, but what is it going to do for our commerce? After most of the local stores close, how much left will stay free? How high will the prices go when their is little or no competition with local brick and motar stores?
How will all of this effect our goals of staying forever with a healthy life style?
Will our food supply go the same way with all the big ag companies taking over small area growers more than they have already? Will it be easier or more difficult to find animals and veggies and fruits that have remained free from bad for us additives?
Are the book stores and movie complex closings only the beginning of the end to our lives as we know them today? Let's see what tomorrow brings.
Love and peace to all my buddies.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
#5 of my self discovery: Something you hope to do in your life.
This was a difficult one for me as there is so much I dream/hope I can do.
The one I decided on was to write so well that I would be published. I have written poems all my life, though I only have them from my 20's on. I have also taken part in a program called NaNoWriMo since 2002. The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. What makes me sad is I had several of them saved on a private page on our web site. We had to change our host and they were all lost. One was a story about a police chief who was in a coma after he was shot. Another was a young adult one where a young girl spends the summer with her grandmother and aunt. They teach her to scrapbook and cook. Each chapter had a recipe at the end. Yet another one was about a writer who meets her love over the internet. The last one was about a widow who owns a shop and being stranded at home during a storm listens to her radio and hears of the death of a disc jockey from her teenage years. It takes her back to high school memories.
As you can tell, most of my stories have a little romance going on in them. But I don't write too much about sex. There is often a mystery involved, too. I think most of them would be considered inspirational as most are sweet with some sort of moral involved.
So that is one of my hope/dream for myself. BTW, my hubby writes, too. His first one was a murder mystery. He has gone on from there with two of the same characters in a forensic medical series. His are all so good. I would include him in my hopes/dreams to be published, too.
Another of my hopes/dreams is to finish visiting all the states I haven't visited. They are: Mississippi, Arkansas, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Washington State. I'd love to add Hawaii and Alaska, too.
Today was my Sweeties 70th birthday. Thank so many of you who sent him Birthday Wishes. He truly enjoyed them and I put them all in a folder for him.
Everyone enjoy their days.
Love and peace,
Monday, March 26, 2012
Roxie arrived Friday afternoon. It was almost like a homecoming we celerated so much!
She is such a rich looking red. I got to take her for a ride yesterday around the neighborhood. She received lots of compliments from just about everyone we passed. As soon as Bob gets some pictures, I'll post them.
Bob is going to take over Maxine. He'll change the name and will jazz her up with orange pinstrips and dectorations so he can have another Gatormobile!!
As much as we both love our chairs, we are quite grateful we don't have to be in them all the time. We both try to get as much walking in as we can. Some days I still must use Pinkie (my walker) to take my walk, but at least I can still do that. Sometimes I also have to change up the exercises to acommendate use in a chair or sitting on the floor. I am grateful a lot are done on the floor anyway.
Everyone have a nice week!!
Love and peace,
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