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Another Tuesday, another appointment

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Some of you were asking about the lemon cucumbers I mentioned in yesterday's blog;
This description, and the photo are from
" This versatile cucumber is sweet and flavorful, and doesn't have much of the chemical that makes other cucumbers bitter and hard to digest. Though it's often served raw, it's also a good pickling cucumber. Substitutes: green cucumber (not as delicately flavored)"

I was doing some reading about them online, and from what I understand, it's best not to wait until they are too yellow to pick them. I think I waited too long to pick the one I tried last night; the skin was kind of tough and it had a lot of seeds in it. It was ok in my salad, but didn't taste that great. I picked a smaller one today that is just barely yellow, so I will try that one tonight and see if it tastes better. Haven't decided yet if I will try to grow these again next year or try another kind of cucumber.

Had a bad night last night, just couldn't sleep, and the hot flashes were horrible. I finally gave in and took one of my Ambien at 1am, and went back to sleep around 2am, but still woke up a lot. I tried to sleep in but couldn't, my sciatica was bothering me this morning. I gave up trying to sleep and got up around 9am. The lack of sleep always makes my pain worse, so I had to take a half a pain pill at lunch time. Pain is better now, but I'm still tired.

My mom and I both had appointments at the same time today, (we both have the same oncologist); mine was to get my weekly lab work, and hers was for her 6 month check up. My mom had Non Hodgkins lymphoma in 2003, when I first had my cancer, but she has been cancer free for 5+ years now. She has to get her mammogram soon; our doctor does not think it is likely she will develop breast cancer, but I worry anyway given our family history. I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2003, so I don't get mammograms. I had my one and only one when I was 39, just before I was diagnosed.

I asked him about my magnesium; even though it was just a little bit below normal, he said it was still too low for me, so he wants me take magnesium supplements, and he'll check it again in 2 months.

Got my appointment set up for my chemo next Tuesday also, it will be in the afternoon this time. It's also my turn to see the doctor that day.

My mom drove today since I had taken the pain pill. We stopped at the Tuesday afternoon farmer's market in town on the way home. I had forgotten to buy some sweet corn when I was in the store yesterday, so I bought 3 ears today, and also a couple of yellow peppers.

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JONAHSADIE 7/28/2010 8:16AM

    Thank you for commenting on my page.

That does look more like a melon. I hope the second one is better.

I have never tried to grow cucumbers. Maybe next year. I have A BUNCH of yellow tomatoes and Roma tomatoes this year. First year for the yellow ones. I can't beat Walmart for their vegetable plants.


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HOPE2BE 7/28/2010 7:41AM

    The food sounds good and the time spent with your mom. Enjoy her while she is here. Not that she will get Cancer again but the fact that she is your mom and she has well deserved time spent with her.

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DENI_ZEN 7/27/2010 9:51PM

    Mmmmm...sweet corn and yellow peppers - soooo delicious! I'm sorry you were disappointed in the lemon cucumber, though. In the picture, it looks like a melon to me! I hope you enjoy the smaller one more, too. Lots of lutein in those yellow goodies - the corn and peppers - so good for your eyesight. You're an outstanding gardener :)

I am thrilled that your mom has been cancer-free for about seven years now..? I would think that would be very, very promising, Shari. If I'm not being too intrusive, how was it discovered? It's amazing that your doctor appointments were at the exact same time today!

So glad the doctor recommended the magnesium supplement for you :) I hope it'll have you feeling much better, and in far less pain. I've pretty much gone through menopause, and I know how those hot flashes can keep us awake! Have you tried a Chillow? It's a thin pillow insert that's chilled, and it really helped me. If I still had mine, I'd send it to you. Keeping the head cool made a big difference for me when I got hot flashes during the night. Sleep well tonight! It would be great if you could catch up on some of that lost sleep, too. - Sandi emoticon

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ELLFIN3 7/27/2010 8:16PM

    That is not what I thought the Lemon Cucumber would look like! I will be interest to see how yours tastes tonight! I will also be interested to see if the magnesium works, if helps!! Sorry you did not rest well last night! Hope tonight is better emoticon! emoticon emoticon

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TRISHAANN56 7/27/2010 7:27PM

    Sound interesting, I often can't eat cucumbers because they taste so bitter to me.

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BKWHITE3 7/27/2010 5:53PM

    I've never seen lemon cucumbers. They look interesting. I'm sorry your pain was bad last night and you couldn't sleep.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/27/2010 5:23PM

    I got sweet corn at a farmer's stand yesterday and it was so good for dinner last night!



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GRACEZN 7/27/2010 5:17PM

  Keep trying. The lemon cucumbers I had last year were delicious - I didn't even wait toput them in a salad. I just ate them by themselves. Couldn't find them this year. I do hope you enjoy them!

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Monday and my weekend

Monday, July 26, 2010

My weekend was pretty good, despite having a sciatica flare up which meant I had to rely on my pain pills, which I hate taking during the day because they make me sleepy.

Saturday, I was up at 7am, early for me! But I was so tired the night before I had gone to bed much earlier than usual. Did a little shopping in Big Lots, got there at 9am when they opened, wanted to get there before it got busy and before it got hot out. I also did a workout with my weights and stability ball, and used the pedal exerciser for a short time. Only did 5 minutes total on that; my hip was starting to hurt after 3 minutes with the legs, and I still can only 2 minutes using it with my arms.

Sunday was a much better today, woke up at 8am. It was cooler and the humidity had gone down considerably. I took a pain pill before heading out for a 10 minute walk after breakfast, and then mowed the lawn after I got home, and got caught up on laundry. After dinner, I sat outside and read for a bit, something I haven't done in awhile because it's either been too hot, or raining.

This morning, I had my alarm set for 7am, so I could get to the stores early and beat the crowds, and the heat (the humidity is coming back today). But I was so tired; after hitting the snooze alarm once, I reset the alarm for 8am. It was still hard to get up, but I got up since I had to use the bathroom anyway. Still managed to get out the door a little after 9am. I went to Rite Aid and Meijer; was pleased with the deals I got in both stores, had some good sales and I had some good coupons.

Tried a new fruit today too; well, I don't know how "new" it is, but it was new to me. I bought 2 pluouts, never heard of them today, but they looked good! I looked them up on Google when I got home and found they are kind of a cross between a plum and an apricot. I had them with my lunch today and they were so good! Already added them to my list for next week.

I also stopped at the hospital and picked up my lab report from last week. Along with the usual CBC, my magnesium was also tested because of the leg cramps I have been having. It was low, 1.6, but I don't know if that is low enough to have caused the cramps, as normal magnesium is 1.8 to 2.4. I will ask my oncology nurse tomorrow when I go for my weekly lab work again. Since I am on chemo, I don't want to add any supplements without asking her or my doctor first.

I picked 2 more tomatoes off my plant today, and the first of the lemon cucumbers, They will be good in the salad I plan on making for dinner. Also bought ingredients to try a new Hungry Girl recipe, an Italian quesadilla.

I did a short workout today with the light weights and stability ball. The first part of this month I didn't do much, but it looks like these last two weeks of July will be better, since last Monday, so far I have done some type of fitness activity all but one day.

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JONAHSADIE 7/27/2010 1:24PM

    I have not heard of a lemon cucumber, you have to let us know how it tasted.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/26/2010 11:48PM

    Thanks for sharing about the new fruit!

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SHOSHANADP 7/26/2010 10:49PM

    Sounds like you had a pretty good weekend. A friend was just telling me about lemon cucumbers the other day so I was excited to hear you mention them in your blog. I'm betting they will start showing up at our farmers markets soon.

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DENI_ZEN 7/26/2010 10:13PM

    I always admire what a good and careful shopper you are! The only other person who really stands out in my mind as a great shopper is my husband. Both of you come home with wonderful finds! And it's so true: Unless we're out first thing in the morning, those of us with any heat sensitivity will really suffer when shopping in this summer heat.

So glad you asked the nurse about your magnesium level. Maybe 1.6 is low enough for cramps to occur? I'm sure they'll help you get this all straightened out, though. The Italian quesadilla sounds FABULOUS! Mm-mmm! Have another great day tomorrow :) - Sandi emoticon

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CMRAND54 7/26/2010 9:36PM

    Just stopped by to say hello. Glad you had a good weekend.

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TERI99 7/26/2010 8:05PM

    Glad to hear you had a good weekend.
What is a lemon cucumber?

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/26/2010 6:33PM

    Sounds like you have had a busy few days. I had a nice quiet Sunday. I went and played music with my friends and then quilted for a few hours when I got home.

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ELLFIN3 7/26/2010 4:52PM

    Cool a new fruit!! I will look for it at the store! Glad you are feeling better! I will be interested to see what they say about the magnesium tomorrow! Rest well and have a Great Tuesday!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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HOPE2BE 7/26/2010 3:45PM

    Shari you are so interesting. It's amazing how you write such good blogs.

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Recipe: Creamy Turkey Burritos

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I found this recipe on
Nice meal on a hot day, you cook it in the microwave. I had a salad with mine to make it a meal.
I cut the recipe down to just one serving since I just have myself to cook for.
I had leftover chicken from another meal, so I used that instead of turkey, and used a whole wheat tortilla instead of flour.
It was very good! Definitely something I'll make again if I need a quick meal.
I also used my own homemade taco seasoning that is salt-free.

Creamy Turkey Burritos

1 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey
1 cup nonfat sour cream
2 tablespoons 40% less sodium taco seasoning mix
2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas

1. MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: In medium bowl, combine turkey, sour cream, taco seasoning mix and 1/4 cup of the cheese; mix well.
2. Spread 1/4 of turkey mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place1 burrito on each of 4 microwave-safe plates. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of the remaining cheese. Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap.
3. Microwave each burrito on HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. If desired, serve with salsa and shredded lettuce.

per serving: 300 calories, 8g fat, 29g carbs, 27g protein

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CARTOONB 7/25/2010 9:36PM

    That sounds really delicious. I'll have to try it.

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BKWHITE3 7/25/2010 9:06PM

    Sounds good. Thank you for posting the recipe.

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CMRAND54 7/25/2010 8:35PM

    Sounds good. I could use corn tortillas since I am gluten intolerant and can't have wheat.

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ELLFIN3 7/25/2010 8:27PM

    Sounds Good!!! Hope all is well with you!! emoticon emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 7/25/2010 7:25PM

    Tanks o' thanks for this one, Shari! It looks faaaantastic!! - Sandi emoticon

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SHELLPRO 7/25/2010 7:04PM

    Not bad- I've got one I've converted for lower carbs that I use for both Poultry & Cheese!

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JUBEESH 7/25/2010 6:43PM

    sounds delicious! I will definately have to try this!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/25/2010 6:42PM

    Good idea!

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Recipe: Totally Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I made this for dinner a few nights ago; it was good, but too spicy for me! Next time I will leave out the red pepper, and either thin out the peanut sauce with some regular peanut butter to take some of the "hotness" out of it, or make my own sauce from scratch. Here is the recipe, with the changes I made in mine in ( ).

Next time I will also put together the veggie mixture a few hours ahead of time; when I had the leftovers the next day (at the time, I doubled the recipe so I could have leftovers), the veggies tasted better with the flavors having time to blend.

This is from the Hungry Girl 123 Cook Book


3/4 cup peeled and diced cucumber
2 scallions, cut into 1/2 pieces (I used green onion)
2 TBSP shredded carrot
2 TBSP seasoned rice vinegar (I used plain rice vinegar, that is what was in my cupboard)
1 TBSP chopped cilantro (left it out, don't care much for it)
dash crushed red pepper, or more to taste
3 ounces raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cubed
1/8 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 TBSP Thai peanut salad dressing or sauce, low fat with about 35 calories per tablespoon
3 leaves romaine, butter or green leaf lettuce
optional garnishes: lime wedges, sesame seeds

In a bow. combine cucumber, scallions, carrot shreds, rice vinegar, cilantro, and crushed red pepper, Mix well, refrigerate til you're ready to assemble your cups.

Bring skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium high heat. Add chicken and sprinkle with garlic powder. Cook chicken, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Place chicken and peanut dressing or sauce in a bowl and toss to coat. Remove veggie mixture from the fridge.

To assemble, evenly distribute the veggie mixture and the chicken among the lettuce "cups". If you like, finish with a squirt of lime juice and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Makes 1 serving; 227 calories, 4.5g fat, 875mg sodium, 21g carbs, 3g fiber, 23g protein

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 7/24/2010 10:22PM

    Sounds wonderful, but would be too spicy hot forme too! I like a little but too much and my nose runs and eyes tear up.

Absolutely love your new profile pic! You look summery. Thx for dropping by to encouraging me.

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DENI_ZEN 7/24/2010 6:30PM

    This really reflects all the unique complexity of Thai food AND wow...those calories are just right! I'll have to give it a try; thanks for posting! Plus, as hot as so much of the country is right now, even with that little bit of heat (and I have pretty good tolerance for spicy food :), it'll be refreshing. You're great at finding appealing recipes, Shari - that's for sure! emoticon - Sandi emoticon

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BKWHITE3 7/24/2010 5:52PM

    Thank you for posting the recipe. I'll try it.

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TRISHAANN56 7/24/2010 5:44PM

    Sounds good, but for me(I like it hot) I will probably increase the heat. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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ELLFIN3 7/24/2010 4:58PM

    Sounds good! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great Saturday evening!! emoticon emoticon

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SHEENADEE 7/24/2010 4:30PM

    Sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/24/2010 4:15PM

    I love Thai food, but can't take too much heat either. Thanks for the ideas!

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PAULAR03 7/24/2010 3:39PM

    Sounds great, I can't wait to try it.

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Eerie sky last night; sticky weather today

Friday, July 23, 2010

Last night, the sky looked very strange; first it was yellow, then green, then orange, and it turned purple before it got dark. I went outside a couple of times to try to get pictures, but the camera just wouldn't pick up the colors. It looked kind of like something out of a science fiction movie; there was no fog, but kind of a haze that gave everything an eerie glow, and softened the edges of everything. It felt eerie to be outside too; the air was very still. It felt like tornado weather, but there were no watches or warning for my area.

But further downstate, there were slow moving storms and tornado warnings. I don't know if any touched down, but there was a lot of wind damage and lightning. We just had rain here; a little over half an inch.

The weather made my hip and knee start hurting; had to take a pain pill last night. I slept in this morning and didn't get up til 11am. I was sore when I got up, and had a headache. I think the headache was from being a little dehydrated, that went away shortly after taking an Excedrin and drinking some water. The sciatica pain didn't go away though, had to take a pain pill, but I only took a half of one. Still makes me sleepy, but not as bad as a whole pill does.

We had a heat advisory earlier today, but it was cancelled; it stayed cloudy most of the day, so it didn't get as hot as was expected. But it still feels pretty sticky outside. I've been inside most of the day; other than the aches and pains, I'm pretty comfortable with the central air.

I'm glad it didn't get as hot as expected, and that we didn't have any stormy weather today. I have a cousin whose son is one of the bike riders in the Wish A Mile ride through Michigan, a 300 mile journey, and they started riding from Traverse City today.

I was out for just a little bit today, while it was still cloudy, just picked up some of the branches that came out of the trees last night, and deadheading a few flowers. I picked the first two ripe tomatoes from my patio tomato plant today! I just sliced them and ate them with just a little salt and pepper on them for part of my lunch, they really tasted good. Nothing beats a home grown tomato. The ones from the store just don't have much flavor to eat them plain like that.

It looks like I will soon have some cucumbers to enjoy too; I checked my lemon cucumber plant and there's at least one that should be ready to pick this weekend. I grow both the tomatoes and cucumbers in containers. This is the first year I've had such a nice tomato plant, and my first try at cucumbers. I want to do some research online and see what other veggies can be grown in containers for next year.

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MARTHA-ANN 7/25/2010 4:04AM

    Mine will be ready for picking i a couple of days...can't wait!

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TRISHAANN56 7/24/2010 12:46AM

    Those home grown tomatoes can't be beat.

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CMRAND54 7/23/2010 10:37PM

    Wish I had some of your tomatoes. They look wonderful. I'm glad you didn't get bad storms.

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GAYLEP67 7/23/2010 10:15PM

    Those tomatoes look delicious! You just can't beat fresh produce. I regret not taking the time to plant my balcony containers this year. I'm hoping to go to a local organic farmers market tomorrow morning and if I'm lucky I'll find some tomatoes to enjoy for lunch too! Hopefully the storm we're expecting holds off until I can walk down to the market and back.

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DENI_ZEN 7/23/2010 10:00PM

    Those emoticon look so bursting-with-flavor, I wish I could just reach into this monitor and have one of them! It's so true, Shari; it's so easy to eat them with just a little salt and pepper, isn't it? I love them! That sky sounded almost surreal! Who knew that being on the fringe of tornadoes and other storms could make a sky turn those colors? - Sandi emoticon

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ELLFIN3 7/23/2010 9:51PM

    You are right the store bought tomatoes do not taste good!! We had fresh from a friends garden! I told Hubbie that is what veggies should taste like! Glad you did not get any storms! Have a Wonderful Saturday!!!!! Rest Well emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VALI_T 7/23/2010 9:33PM

    Ooohh! Those tomatoes look gorgeous and yummy. Maybe next year I'll try to grow tomatoes on our balcony 'cause I'm really jealous. emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/23/2010 8:55PM

    We had storms most of the day yesterday and were under several tornado warnings through out the evening. The sky was kind of yellow green color here as the sun went down We had alot of rain. We have standing water in our field.

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BKWHITE3 7/23/2010 8:23PM

    The tomatoes look wonderful. I agree homegrown tomatoes do taste better.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/23/2010 6:27PM

    The tomatoes look great!

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1849HOPPY 7/23/2010 6:27PM

    God Bless your garden. We grew tomatoes and peppers last year, but none this year. However, we have pecans and chestnuts for the fall. The fruits we have are blueberries, figs, grapes, plums and pears. Nothing beats home-grown.

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    This morning in Florida, off the coast in Palm Beach, there was a line of demarcation, north of the line the sunrise was beautiful, south of the line, Bonnie was ugly!

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