Monday, December 07, 2009
We had some snow overnight, not a whole lot, but just enough to make the roads slippery in spots. I took extra care driving to the store for my groceries this morning. At least there is not any wind today, so the temperatures don't feel that bad. Today's trip to Meijer went better than my trip to Walmart yesterday. Didn't have to wait too long at the checkout, and also my hip wasn't hurting as bad today. Still on the bland diet, so I didn't need to buy a lot in groceries this week.
I bought a snow brush for my car; the handle extends 52 inches; it will be nice to be able to clean the snow off the car without getting my coat all wet, since I am on the short side. And we have a snow storm coming Tuesday evening, so I am sure I will be getting my use out of it very soon.
A friend of mine lost her father over the weekend. The funeral is Wednesday, and I plan to go, even though it will be the day after my Zometa treatment. I won't have far to drive; the church is only a few minutes drive from my house, and my IBS has calmed down enough where I will be ok as long as I take my Imodium and don't eat much in the morning before I go. I just hope that the weather won't make it difficult for her sister and brothers who have to drive up here from downstate.
I am going to pick out my outfit tonight, so if anything need ironing or mending, I can do before my treatment tomorrow; after that, I know I won't feel like doing it. I haven't worn any of my dressy clothes for awhile, so I'm going to try them on to make sure they still fit right.
My oncologist appointment and Zometa treatment are tomorrow afternoon, and I have my MRI on Friday. I'll need to take a Xanax before the MRI, so that won't be day I really plan on accomplishing much, but that's ok; I can take a nice long nap when I get home.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I'm still dealing with the IBS from the radiation, some days are better than others. The painful cramps I have with it sometimes are starting to lesson though. And most of the time, my hip isn't feeling too bad either. I think the pain I am feeling in my hip now is mostly from my sciatica, because I can feel it in my knee. So even though I am still having pain in my hip, it feels different now since the radiation, more manageable anyway. When the IBS symptoms start to improve, I am going to try to start a fitness routine again, something that will help help those muscles in my back and legs. My goal is to able to go out walking for exercise again in the spring. It's not like I'm training for a marathon or anything, but if I can go out and walk for 15-20 minutes without hurting, that would make me very happy; and eventually I would like to increase that time.
I went out to Walmart this morning to get the rest of the little things I needed to complete my Christmas shopping. It was busy in there for a Sunday morning, but it didn't feel crowded. I didn't go over to the grocery side of the store. I don't grocery shop there anymore since the store was remodeled. They greatly reduced the variety of items they carry, and the aisles also feel smaller and closer together too, kind of makes me feel claustrophobic too. Anyway, I'm straying off my topic here. I took my time walking around the store and found the things I was looking for. Also stopped and talked to a couple of friends who were working today. (I used to work there until I stopped working a year ago.)
I was in a pretty good mood til I got to the checkouts. There were some lines, but not the worst lines I've seen in there. Not a lot of registers open too. But I knew that going in there to shop on a weekend this close to Christmas, I was probably going to have a little bit of a wait in line. What really bugged me was having to listen to the other customers crabbing and complaining; I hate being around that kind of negative energy, it doesn't serve any purpose. It certainly doesn't make the line move any faster either! And years ago, I use to be a cashier. I know what it's like to work behind a cash register this time of year, and have to put a smile on your face even though you are tired and overworked. I always make sure I give the cashier at least a smile and a "thank you"; when I use to be a cashier, those simple things went a long way with me.
Sometimes impatient people really get on my nerves, but I guess we are living in a society where people want everything instantly, and so many people always seem to be in a such a hurry all the time for everything. But if having to wait in line a few minutes at Walmart is their biggest problem in life, they are pretty lucky people.
My hip was hurting when I got home; I guess I overdid with the walking today, even though it didn't feel like a long time while I was doing it. But that is feeling much better now after taking a pain pill. At least my Christmas is all done now; almost all done anyway. I still need to get a bottle of brandy for my dad, and I will pick that up at Meijer while I am grocery shopping tomorrow. Here in Michigan, you can't buy liquor on Sundays anyway.
I'm feeling a little sleepy from the pain pill, so I probably won't get much of anything else accomplished today, but that's ok. All that stuff can wait til tomorrow. And tonight, I have a brand new Desperate Housewives to look forward too.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Here is another recipe that I used when my family came over for Christmas last year.
Taste best if it has at least few hours to chill first.
From Simple & Delicious magazine
1 pkg. ( 8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 can ( 20 oz.) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 can (21 oz. cherry pie filling
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 carton ( 8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Additional whipped topping and cherries, optional
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and pineapple. Stir in pie filling and pecans. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into individual dessert dishes. Garnish each with additional whipped topping and a cherry if desired. Cover and chill until serving.
I used Lite Cool Whip and Comstock No Sugar Added cherry pie filling.
You can leave the pecans out; I did because one of the people I was making this for can't eat nuts.
Also, if serving a crowd, you can serve in one big bowl.
Edited to add: I also use low fat cream cheese
This isn't really "diet" food, but it's a lighter dessert if you use the lower fat and calorie ingredients; and I only make this on holidays when I have a lot of people to cook for.
Friday, December 04, 2009
I have nothing really interesting to blog about, so I thought I'd share a holiday recipe today.
I made these for Christmas last year. They turned out great!
Jeweled Lace Cookies
Tracey Seaman and Diana Sturgis
From Every Day with Rachael Ray
MAKES 4 DOZEN
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 10 min
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flour
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 325°. Grease 2 cookie sheets. In a medium saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, corn syrup and butter over medium heat until smooth and bubbling, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. In a bowl, whisk together the oats, flour and salt; stir into the pot, then stir in the cranberries and pistachios.
2. Drop rounded teaspoons of the mixture about 3 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake until bubbly and a shade darker, 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 1 minute before quickly transferring each cookie to a rack using a thin metal spatula; let cool completely.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Kallie had her appointment this morning for her yearly shots and check up at The Pet Hospital. I didn't have any problems getting her into her carrier, she went right in without a struggle. I put her in the back seat of the car and buckled her in, running the seat belt through the handle on the carrier. She howled a little bit, but not the whole trip. Fortunately, it's short drive from my house, about 5 minutes. She didn't seem to mind being in the waiting room; she was purring and rolling around in the carrier, I think she would have liked to have gotten out and had a look around.
But her good mood changed when it was time to go into the exam room. She didn't want to get out of the carrier, and she was hissing and giving Dr.Davids dirty looks. Poor kitty, she yowled like she was being abused! But he was able to get her exam done quickly, get her weighed and gave her her shots and then she was back in her carrier, with one more growl and loud hiss for good measure. All was good with the check up and she has a clean bill of health. Then after I paid the bill, she was buckled back into the car and home again.
Timmy was very glad to see his sister come home, but Kallie was still mad about the vet and snubbed him at first. After Kallie was out of the carrier, Timmy tried to go in there but as soon as he poked his head inside, Kallie swatted him and hissed at him, as if to say, "That's mine!" LOL. And it is hers, her carrier is pink and Timmy has a blue one. But things are back to normal now, and Kallie seems to have the ordeal put behind her now.
Here is a photo of Kallie:
I am feeling about as well as can be expected; it's only my 2nd day after my radiation completion, so nothing has really changed yet.
We are getting our first real snow of the season today. It started late this afternoon; there's a layer of snow on the grass now, but you can still see the grass poking through for now.
I started working on my Christmas cards last night, got about half of them done and mailed them out this morning, the rest I'll work on tonight again while watching TV. I also printed up a few letters to update friends and family on what has been going on with me for those I don't see very often and don't use the internet either.
I got a call this afternoon from the radiation center; MRI is scheduled for Dec. 11th; they called in a prescription for some Xanax for me to take for my claustrophobia. Then I see the radiation oncologist again on the 17th.
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