Sunday, March 09, 2014
Today was such a beautiful day. At 5:00 the temperature was still 68. It's been cool so much of the time and my gut acting up, but today it was warm, sunny and I felt great. So Cassie and I went on a nice walk. It wasn't a long walk compared to most people's, but for us it was long. We were tired by the time we got home, but the day was so nice we stayed outside for at least another hour.
Tomorrow is supposed to be warm and sunny again and I am hoping we can get out again before the storm comes in on Tuesday and the temperature drops low again for a few days.
Thank you God for this beautiful day.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I have been craving cheesecake for a few weeks, so looking for ways to make it low carb. I finally found a recipe to start with, dropping the crust and substituting Truvia for the Nutrasweet they called for. I set everything up, put my cheese in a mixing bowl and on the mixer stand. I fixed the gelatin mixture to put in it. Then I turned on the mixer to whip the cheese and ingredients other than the gelatin mixture. Nothing. Tried again. Nothing. So I was hitting the end of the mixer to get the cheese out of the beaters and it turned on. Okay, so it's going to work. So it kept speeding up, just about throwing the entire bowl off the stand. Not good, so I turned it off. It keep going and speeding up more. Tried again. Same result. I had to turn off the extension it was plugged into (since it didn't work in just the outlet).
So off to find a new mixer. Walgreens had a sale on small appliances, but no mixers when I went there. Target had Kitchen Aid mixers at $300, but I don't have the money for something like that so had to go all the way to Walmart and found one there. Had to get more gelatin since I knew the gelatin I had dissolved wouldn't be good for mixing when I got back.
Finally got back, started the gelatin over, got the new mixer out and the beaters ready to go. Put the gelatin mixture in with the cheese mixture and turned on the mixer. Well, it worked, but threw gelatin mixture all over the table. Poured the entire mixture into a pie pan.
Gosh, I sure hope the cheesecake will turn out.
RESULT: It didn't turn out like the fluffy ones like I wanted, but did firm up and tastes okay. I didn't use quite enough Stevia, so it really needs some berries on it. But it is good enough to eat and rich tasting enough to not eat too much at once. Next time I will try the egg whites that were mentioned on one of my teams.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I am hoping that today's weight isn't a fluke and isn't from disease. I have lost 4 pounds in the last week, 6 pounds this month since the 4th. I have been mainly trying to keep my carbs pretty low because my A1c was high. I haven't really paid that much attention to anything else. There was smoked sausage on sale, so I got a couple of them. Still, I lost that weight. This morning when I saw the loss I thought maybe I could get my Wrangler Auras on, even though it might mean I would have to struggle. They slipped right on. I was shocked. It is really nice getting back into them and I am sure hoping I can keep it up. Friday night I wanted something sweet so bad. I tried to find one of those little packages of cookies -- the ones you can usually find at the checkstands, but didn't have any luck. Only packages of 12 or more that were larger cookies. I ended up with an orange and it actually satisfied my sweet tooth.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I have never done anything like trying out for any kind of play, but after I messaged my friend about how lonely I always was she said I should come to the practices and see if I could do anything in the play. I wasn't thinking that I could actually be IN the play, but maybe help with something there. But they did need people for the crowd, so I was in there for that. They were doing tryouts for speaking parts and I actually thought of trying one, but one of the other women really wanted to do that and the others are experienced in those parts, so I didn't try out for that. Besides, I am too old for the part. Near the end of the evening they decided they needed to look for people in the crowd who question Peter. Those who went up first were those who also were doing the other parts and finally the lady in charge of those parts asked me to try. Now, I have never been able to read something and get anything but monotone out, so really didn't think I could do it, but I actually did pretty well. Don't know if I could get the part (it's just a one-liner) but it was fun trying out. The play runs for the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.
We have to figure out what our character would be in the crowd. That includes choosing our Biblical times name (I chose Esther, which is actually part of my name), our occupation, where we are from, why we are in Jerusalem, what our past is (with Jesus, I think, but I'm not understanding that the best) and what we think of Jesus. Not understanding all of that I just decided that something that actually happened to me would be the past -- I was healed from a serious illness. I will need help figuring out my character. It will be a busy couple of months and I hope I can make it through that without crying too much. Every time I go to the Passion Play I end up in tears.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Today I have had Cassie for one year. I didn't really expect I would have another dog at that point. I had lost my Venture early in December and was interested in eventually finding a certain type of dog -- one with a certain temperament. My friend I called who I knew studied bloodlines a lot and not only the conformation, but the temperament and working ability had a little girl who needed a place to go where she could be loved and give love.
Cassie has really been wonderful to have around. She loves to be with her person and loves people in general. She even likes Orzo, my cat, even though he did attack her when she came home and a few times after. Now they get along fine.
Today, Cassie got dental chews and treats. This morning she had part of my egg. I think she is enjoying her time here.
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