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Eek, husband in the kitchen cooking

Thursday, December 04, 2014

I was going to start lunch at 11am, but fifteen minutes before, husband started pouring oil in a pan, and deep frying himself many fish and many quartered potatoes.

I react badly to a lot of oil, my throat gets a lot of phlegm - so avoiding excess oil is part of my eating plan.

So I have to now wait until he clears out of the kitchen to get me my lunch. Some rice with softened onions, and a few tablespoons of cooked meat. This is what I planned, and sticking with it. Washing double pots and pans happens pretty often since he still wants to eat large portions of extra foods. So my challenge for health still is that: a challenge.

So for those lucky enough to have a supportive household, YAY!

And those without one, I understand.
Sometimes, we just have to be strong, no matter what.

  
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KAMMYJO3 12/6/2014 6:13PM

    You can do it!

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GRLTAZ 12/6/2014 11:46AM

    It is so hard to be tolerant of others choices in their life when it affects us, but we do as well as we can. WTG, not blowing up, or over eating !

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JENNBECK831 12/5/2014 5:01PM

    You're doing an emoticon job staying on track. emoticon emoticon

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LIFECHANGZ 12/5/2014 11:54AM

    emoticon :::nods::: same here... good job eating what you need! Proud of U!!! WTG!!!

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MTN_KITTEN 12/4/2014 11:42PM

    emoticon You stay with your plan!!!!!

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EABL81 12/4/2014 10:20PM

    It's hard to stay on track when there's food around that you know you shouldn't eat. I have a hard time saying no. Good for you for sticking to your diet.

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LISACHOSECHANGE 12/4/2014 7:33PM

    My kids try but they want the junk so i hear you.

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JENNY888 12/4/2014 5:54PM

    At least he is cooking. He might get tired of it and start eating healthy foods. My own DH complained at first and we did double meals but he started eating some of mine and now really prefers the healthy. It can happen. Hang in there.

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STARLITNIGHT 12/4/2014 4:40PM

    emoticon Stay Strong!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 12/4/2014 4:36PM

    oh boy! Am I ever glad my grumpy/husband doen't cook! emoticon

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LOSINGLINNDY 12/4/2014 4:14PM

   

Hi. I know what you man about DH not cleaning the cabinet. I come along behind mine and sanitize.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 12/4/2014 3:50PM

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LINDAK25 12/4/2014 3:32PM

    Oh no! It's hard when you have a plan and it gets diverted. Now that my husband is retired he's in the kitchen more than ever. He seems to have forgotten that I' ve been making meals for him (when he wasn't traveling) for almost 41 years! Now he cooks. I'll start something and he'll just take over adding seasonings and changing the recipe. Don't get me wrong, my husband is very supportive. He'll even weigh and measure things for me. Still, he buys food I don't want to eat and leaves messes in the kitchen for me to clean up. I'm not sure he ever cleans the counter, either. Worst is that he is my enabler and I am his. While he's very patient with me and I know how fortunate I am, I still have moments when I forget that. This is just hard work. I'm lead so easily astray lately, I just can't stay on track.

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BLUEJAY1969 12/4/2014 2:13PM

    I know how lucky I am to have a supportive DH. I'm sorry you have to do so many dishes - that's no fun!
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Traditions or not... countdown to the end of the year

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Now that Thanksgiving day is over, the countdown to New Year's Day is on us.

Not having any children to disappoint, our holiday traditions can change without upsetting anyone, and my husband doesn't care if I decorate or not.

I used to like to decorate but living in a tiny house, a mini tree is waiting for me to make something for it or use some old ornaments. I have not put any lights up in this house, though a few strings are waiting if we decide to light up the place.

Lately I've liked baking pressed butter cookies and molded gingerbread cookies again like I did years ago. I freeze them, then package as gifts for friends and even the mailman. This year I found red and green paper plates, and I was almost delirious in the store. Low cost and festive.

Freezing and giving away cookies mean so few get eaten by me.
A good thing since the Winter Freeze Off challenge is about to begin.

Other holiday traditions like spending too much money shopping is not followed at our home. A few days ago hubby took us many miles away to some thrift stores, where we got a few replacement garments for $3.59 each. I got a 100% cotton burgundy sweater, and a brown cotton long sleeved shirt, and he got two button down long sleeved shirts AND a 100% cotton long sleeved shirt in 3xl tall, that looked new. It would be baggy on me, but I could steal that on these upcoming frosty nights, like a baggy nightshirt. It is gray and really soft.

I am grateful to the people that gave up these items, since when I moved I sold my sweaters, all but one, since there was so little storage here. I gave up my slippers and other things and have room for these new winter garments. It is fun to give good things to Goodwill, then get something new to us and more fitting to our life.

So maybe our Christmas shopping was at a thrift store - how many people would say that? Maybe my new tradition.

I did need a Christmas coffee mug to fill and decorate for a mug exchange in a few weeks. We all use good used ones so of course that was another thing that came from the thrift shop. 79 cents. It is the cutest mug, with a penguin as a handle and a painted /raised wreath on it. In it's original box from Kmart and made in Japan, not China. Old? Yes, the box was getting tan from age.

I can imagine someone taking this out every year for decoration and putting away. I think that was the story behind it, as when I washed this pretty mug, the non-fired paint started to come away! Now I will do a repaint job, covered by many layers of clear to seal it. AND warn the new owner to hand wash it.

Surprise. My 79 cent prize is also a craft project before the mug exchange.

Now, should I do a sewing mug with goodies, or a mug with candy and candle? or ??? It has to be glitzy so people will fight over it. That is the idea of the exchange: pick a number, then pick a mug or steal some one else's. So the best looking ones are fought over and you never know which one you will take home.

If you have holiday traditions or not, I do hope December is kind to you. It used to depress me, but I've learned to be kind to myself and enjoy every day. Just because you don't have a lot of extra income doesn't mean you can't enjoy life.







  
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GRLTAZ 12/2/2014 6:59PM

    Oh good day !

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/30/2014 5:39AM

    I love this blog - I think making your own traditions is great and very important! And I love the mug exchange idea - I vote for a sewing mug :)))

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BLUEJAY1969 11/30/2014 3:50AM

    Isn't it great to be able to be so relaxed? We no longer get into decorating or gift giving here at my house other than a couple of gifts for the grand kids. It's just too stressful to spend money like that! Your mug sounds so cute! I am sure it will be the rave of the exchange!
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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/29/2014 5:07PM

    Sounds wonderful, homey and fun!! Good for you! How about make a little square mug quilt to go under that cute mug! Have fun!
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MTN_KITTEN 11/29/2014 1:35PM

    ... here's to making new traditions.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 11/29/2014 11:52AM

    I love the mug exchange! My boss held a white elephant gift exchage that sounds similar. You got some good deals while treasure hunting! It is always a fun outing for me :)

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LIFECHANGZ 11/29/2014 11:35AM

    ditto that! Here's to happy making, meaningful traditions :)

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STARLITNIGHT 11/29/2014 11:31AM

    Funny how that works. When we are young we want to buy everything but have no money. Later in life, we have money but no desire to go out and give it away for some trinkets. We have started thinking, if it doesn't have a daily value and use, we don't need it. Living with less is best in my book. Hope you have lots of fun with your mug creation, good that you have that talent!

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Multiple Thanksgiving feasts...oh my.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This year appears to have three meals for thanksgiving! First at a church, second tonight at the church I attend, and third was changed as we got invited to a couple's home for Thursday.

I ate properly at first dinner.
I ate more at second dinner yet not stuffed to the gills, and lots of green beans.

So my plan for Thursday is to stay on my feet, help my friend get things ready, and bring along plain green beans for one of the veggies. She like green beans as well and asked we bring that. I warned her they were plain with no sauces or bacon!

Then for the meal I will take proper portions. I feel turkeyed out already so think I will be fine.

A new challenge for the winter is starting, and lately I am rushed off my feet with husband wanting me to do many things for him daily, like mending, special food, while doing all the usual chores.

Winter has blown back in this evening, so no outside activities will be happening. It sounds like a wind tunnel tonight and lots of bumping noises.

Hubby found an episode of Man from UNCLE on and we watched until 10pm! Madness! We are so tired. Really a well done show which I haven't seen since a child! He said, well the last time I saw this was 45 years ago or so. Wow.

But I need to refocus on strength exercises and walking in place again.
Time to rededicate myself to health and the future.

  
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STARLITNIGHT 11/29/2014 11:29AM

    Keep moving and using that body, it is the only one you have!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/28/2014 3:12PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!
I used to love Man from uncle!!
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LINDAK25 11/25/2014 11:56PM

    Sounds like you're having a Thanksgiving week! You've got a good plan for Thursday. I've got to start exercising more, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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LINDAK25 11/25/2014 11:55PM

    Sounds like you're having a Thanksgiving week! You've got a good plan for Thursday. I've got to start exercising more, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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EABL81 11/24/2014 9:48PM

    What a blast from the past - I used to love that show! Good for you on keeping those portions under control.

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MTN_KITTEN 11/24/2014 4:24PM

    Man from UNCLE!!! What fun! Now get in there and get your ST in.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 11/24/2014 7:56AM

    You're doing great! I hope I show as much self control on Thursday as you have already shown!

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GO_VEGGIE 11/24/2014 7:41AM

    emoticon Good morning, Karen! Wow 3 meals and you did great on the first 2! Pat yourself on the back, Karen! Good game plan for the 3rd meal, too. Roar, mighty Black Panther!
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The Man from UNCLE series will be a made into a movie released on August 14, 2015. Maybe you'll enjoy that, too!

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BLUEJAY1969 11/24/2014 5:03AM

    I hope you take some "you" time during this busy holiday season! Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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LINDA! 11/23/2014 11:42PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! You will have a busy week.

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Cold snap, progress and Burt's Buzz

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Winter fell suddenly here the other day, early, but this happens every few years, and now a high of 30 and low of 15 is our normal. Neighbors left for two weeks, and did not prepare the water tank for their animals, thinking it was to be the usual autumn, above freezing. Surprises!

I made the best progress ever on the Fall Frenzy Challenge which is in last weeks now. 7.1 lbs. Of course I had from January had a gain, so still not down to the January weight. But a steady loss mostly each week has been encouraging. My fitbit site said I was to lose half a pound a week, but it varies, as my body does not jive with statistics! Calorie counting plus exercise is the way for me. Mindful eating, and choosing lower calorie veggie rich things is the key.

I watched Burt's Buzz on Netflix. Not only did I like it more than I thought I would, I went online to see how he was doing now. A few years older, 79, a worse back, leading him to give up on the bee keeping, yet still living with cold water, wood stoves, and if I read it correctly, three golden lab dogs. I do hope he can get some pain relief for his back. I am not sure he would take medicine or not. I know rice and veggies mentioned from the movie meant he was at least a vegetarian.

His story was interesting, as he did not chase after the fine trappings of life that tend to trap people. Simple living and being out in nature thrills him. Being alone is something he prefers. He made a misstep in his marriage that was costly, but ended up still with some millions left to pay his property taxes and such. At the end of the story I was glad it somehow worked out for him and he knew how to enjoy his life. Some would think him a bit of an oddity, with a cluttered house, but he was so comfortable and content, it made me smile by the end of the movie.

Onward and downward!

  
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BLUEJAY1969 11/15/2014 1:38PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed the challenge. I was part of a different challenge and really liked it more than I thought I would. (5% Fall Challenge) I will be going back for another helping this winter! I like the fact that you do not let what your fitbit says you should be doing affect your attitude about reality!
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GRLTAZ 11/14/2014 11:36PM

    Yup, iowa gets cold and the weather changes a lot. hang in there. emoticon emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 11/14/2014 9:14PM

    I think winter is here early for everybody. Not liking this, but what are you gonna do? Can't fight mother nature!! emoticon

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EABL81 11/13/2014 11:53PM

    It's heading our way now. Drove home tonight and with little bits of ice pelting down. Now I don't remember that in the forecast.

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LINDAK25 11/13/2014 5:10PM

    Brrr! I'm not ready for winter yet, but our weather is getting colder, too. Usually, our colder weather starts on December 21, but this year Thanksgiving Day will be in the 30's instead of the 59's or 60's. Maybe we'll have snow this winter.

Congratulations on your weight loss. That's great. Woo Hoo!

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LINDAK25 11/13/2014 5:10PM

    Brrr! I'm not ready for winter yet, but our weather is getting colder, too. Usually, our colder weather starts on December 21, but this year Thanksgiving Day will be in the 30's instead of the 59's or 60's. Maybe we'll have snow this winter.

Congratulations on your weight loss. That's great. Woo Hoo!

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STARLITNIGHT 11/13/2014 4:06PM

    Very Chilly. I love how we mowed grass in 70 degree weather one day, and woke to snow and below freezing the next morning. Love Iowa! emoticon

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MTN_KITTEN 11/13/2014 1:19PM

    The high here in the Rocky Mountains is 11*

Those that follow their own path ... amaze me ... and they get to place few do.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 11/13/2014 11:57AM

    So cold!

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LINDA! 11/13/2014 10:23AM

    I will have to check that out.

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LADYBUG546 11/13/2014 10:05AM

    Yes winter seems like it is going to be long but we can push through it.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/13/2014 8:25AM

    thanks I'm going to have to check that out! We were in northern mn woods for 8 weeks. we do have electric and phone but that's it- no plumbing-no bathroom only an outhouse :o)
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I remember before recycling

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This recycling thing has me thinking sometimes.

Like I watched a youtube video, bragging that this restaurant did not take out it's trash, yet in the video I saw food put in styrofoam containers. It was great his veg scraps went to chickens and his plastic milk/water jugs went to the recycling center but it made me think.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s. My Mom got married in 1954.

She got Revere pots and pans, and used them until she died.
We had melmac plates and aluminum tumblers that lasted forever.
We did not use paper plates nor paper napkins.

In the back was one oil drum used as a trash can. It was not full at the end of the week. Everything came in glass jars which we reused for storage and crafts. I had a bottle cutter so made vases, which I decorated. I used paper mache from newspaper to make one jar into a sitting guy. Foil was reused as much as possible. Wax paper wrapped my sandwiches.

The original refrigerator with it's tiny ice box is all Mom ever had.

We were not poor at all. Just careful.

We walked the half mile to the Jewel grocery, pulling a two wheel cart. We used the paper grocery bags to cover books, draw on etc.

We owned a mesh shopping bag for small shopping trips.
We walked in all four seasons. Father had a car but we stopped taking Sunday drives to the country when gas got up to 29.9 cents a gallon! Just too high!

The oil drums of trash in the alley were a treasure trove, especially when someone was moving away. 45 records, stuffed animals, small radios, leather gloves, and even our wooden kitchen table (oak) came from our alley just on our block. This was before plastic trash bags.

If we did buy soda pop, it was in returnable glass bottles.

To get to work farther away as a teen, I took the bus.
On weekends they sold a pass so one price, ride where ever you wanted to go.

Now, people have multiple recycling bins, certain bags to use, and it is complicated.

My husband sometimes hauls a load of old tires from Iowa to way down south. People pay to have someone take the old tires, then they sell them! Rubber mulch is made, retread tires, melted to make rubber mats. It is not a good paying load.

So things have changed a lot since I was born in 1959.

Does this make you think?

  
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GRLTAZ 10/26/2014 9:09PM

    Well said. Not all things have changed for the better.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 10/22/2014 4:31PM

    Indeed it does!

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JANET552 10/22/2014 8:05AM

    So true!!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/22/2014 7:41AM

    I really miss the simpler times. :o(
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EABL81 10/21/2014 11:30PM

    Karen, you are so right! We live in a disposable society. Recycling is better than throwing things away, but how much better to have products with long lives and to find new uses for things rather than to dispose of them. Unfortunately, products today are designed to become obsolete in a very short period of time. The computer I'm typing on will have a relatively short life span, even though it might not wear out for years. In a few short years, it will be impossible to run newer versions of software, and rather than being able to update it to allow for that to happen, it's designed to be thrown on the scrap heap.

One would hope that at some point we'll realize how wasteful this is. After all, the U.S. has less than 5% of the world's population, but we produce 1/3 of the world's waste. How many jobs could we create, how much money could we save, and how much less waste, pollution, and greenhouse gas could we produce, if we returned to the values that our parents understood?

We used to tease my mom because she saved everything. Each year, old Christmas cards got recycled as gift enclosures, bows, boxes, and wrapping paper got reused. Now, the joke's on me every time I find myself saving a bow, a gift bag, or a piece of pretty wrapping paper, thinking, "this is still good, I can use this next year." In that sense, I really turned into my mom. Guess it was in the genes. emoticon

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LINDAK25 10/21/2014 9:32PM

    At least people are recycling. I swear that things are made to last only so long so that you have to go out to buy a new one.

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EMSSBEARS 10/21/2014 6:36PM

    Sounds like you were describing my life there growing up and you very well could have been I was born in 1958 and had many of the same experiences. You are accurate in the account of the same dishes and cookware, etc - my Mom recently went into nursing home and we were cleaning out some of the closets and I found where she had kept all my dolls from my childhood - some of these are collectors some can be passed on to my grand kids - my effort to recycle and reuse and a lot more sturdy than the ones they make now - especially the Barbies - however some of those are collectors.

Great blog - brought me back to my childhood.

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STARLITNIGHT 10/21/2014 5:41PM

    Yes I agree, times have changed, some good, some not so good. Lots of waste and its just going to get worse if we do not turn it around ourselves. emoticon

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AJB121299 10/21/2014 5:32PM

    nice

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