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First Monday of March

Monday, March 02, 2009

I was just looking at the calendar; do you realize we have 5 Mondays this month?
Also, if you live in an area that does the Daylight Savings Time, we "spring ahead" this Sunday too.

Once again I didn't get going and out of the house as early as I wanted too. I got up in plenty of time, it just took me awhile to wake up. I wasn't as sore this morning though, as I was when I got up during the weekend. And I didn't even take a pain pill last night; the only one I had was the one I took yesterday morning. So far, I haven't felt I've needed one today yet.

I made the pierogy lasagna for dinner last night; I like how it turned out! Made more servings than I though it would; I was thinking I'd get 3 out of it, but I ended up with 4. But that's ok; I had one serving last night with a small salad, and I'll save another one for my dinner tomorrow night. The other two servings I put in the freezer. I posted the recipe in a separate blog entry. I tried to do it through the recipe calculator, but it was just too complicated for me.
Maybe I'll try it another time when I have more patience.

I did my weekly grocery shopping today; my hip hurt, like I thought it would, but I did ok with my knee, just some very mild pain. It's still an improvement from the way I felt the last few times I went shopping. I bought ingredients to make some muffins from a recipe I found here on Spark, but I think I will wait another day to make them, I'm going to give my hip a break the rest of the day and take it easy. Tomorrow is my Zometa day so I don't want to go to that appointment not feeling good.

I'll also be trying a new chicken recipe; I'm planning on that for Wednesday. Tonight's dinner is going to be something easy I've had before, I'm making the taco salad from the Hungry Girl cook book.

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    Glad to hear that the nerve block seems to be working. Hoping you will soon be totally pain free!

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KIMUSH23 3/2/2009 9:33PM

    Hey There...

I hope the treatment went well...I have heard that the peorogy lasagna is good! sounds YUMMO!

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LADYDARYA 3/2/2009 2:50PM

    Argh!! Daylight Savings Time - the bane of my existence.... Glad the recipe turned out well!

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MDTWEETY 3/2/2009 2:39PM

    Thanks for the recipe. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Recipe: Pierogy Lasagna

Monday, March 02, 2009

I tried to enter this into the recipe calculator to get the nutritional stats, but it was just to complicated for me. Anyway, this is what I made for dinner last night.


makes 4 servings

This is based on a recipe from Mrs. T's Pierogies. I made a few changes to mine, using some different ingredients and reduced the size of the recipe to make fewer servings.
I made mine in a 6 inch square baking dish, but I had it filled to the top and had 3 pierogies left over that wouldn't fit, so you will probably want to use a slightly bigger dish.

12.8 oz package mini perogies
9 oz. package chopped frozen spinach, thawed
1 1/4 cup pasta sauce
1 1/4 cup Boca crumbles or other meat substitute
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Place frozen pierogies in boiling water 5-6 minutes until hot; drain.

Heat Boca crumbles in microwave until thawed.

Add any additional seasonings you may like, such as garlic, oregano, etc to the pasta sauce.
Pour half of sauce into a baking dish lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray.
Layer with half the Boca crumbles, half of the spinach, half of the pierogies, and half of the cheese. Repeat layers.

Bake at 400°F 30-40 minutes

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DOLPHINIA 3/3/2009 7:11PM

    Oh my! This just sounds TOO good! Can't wait to try it. My problem will be finding some pirogies down here. But I'm gonna try! Thanks for posting this.

Love, Deb

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Sunday morning, and a Thank You

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Once again, my Spark Friends were there to lift me up and give me a confidence boost when I needed it. I want to thank you for that, I took all the comments to heart, and your words were very wise. emoticon That's one of my favorite things about Spark; besides just focusing on physical changes, it also helps us to be a better person on the inside too.

After I posted my blog about "Sally" yesterday, my best friend Donna called me and we had a long talk. She was very supportive too, and made me realize that I did what I could, it's Sally's problem and not mine. But I think it's good I'm going through the mourning process now. Even though it was not a death, it was still a loss; a loss of a friendship. I think maybe that is why it came back to bother me again; I never gave myself the time to grieve over it, I chose to push it to the back of my mind and ignore it instead.

I believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason, and when we need them. Sometimes things don't work out where those people stay in our live permanately, but that is ok; it doesn't mean we have failed. I believe those situations are the ones we really learn from and make us better people.

It's not quite noon yet here. I got up around 9am, and had a nice, relaxing breakfast and just took my time waking up. I decided on a couple of new recipes I'm going to try this week, and I have my shopping list made for my weekly grocery shopping tomorrow.

My hip is hurting a little more today, but I took a pain pill and it's helping a little bit. I can't take them if I'll be driving, because they make me sleepy, so I am going to get to the store as early as I can tomorrow so if I do need a pain pill, I'll take it when I'm back home. There is a Subway in the store where I shop, and I'm trying to decide if I want to have breakfast there before I shop, or eat something at home. I know they have some breakfast items there, but they don't post what they are on the company website, so I don't know the nutrition info on those items. But I thought it might be nice to do just for something different, and it would enable me to get going out of the house a little sooner.

Tonight I am going to experiment a little with a recipe I found; it's for a pierogy lasagna and the recipe came with some Mrs.T's Pierogies coupons I got in the mail. It's made with perogies, pasta sauce and frozen spinach, all ingredients I have on hand. It also calls for peas and carrots, but I don't like those in tomato sauce, so I'm going to leave them out and have some veggies as a side dish instead. I'm also going to make a smaller amount and add some Boca Burger crumbles to mine.

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MDTWEETY 3/1/2009 5:04PM

    "I believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason, and when we need them. Sometimes things don't work out where those people stay in our live permanately, but that is ok; it doesn't mean we have failed. I believe those situations are the ones we really learn from and make us better people."
-- I absolutely agree. I've definitely had those moments in my life too when I've realized I needed to move on from a friend. I think it happens to everybody. Take comfort and strength in knowing there are many people who ARE in your life now and have been there for you. They are the ones who truly matter.

Lemme know how that lasagna turns out! It sounds delish!

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KITT52 3/1/2009 3:15PM

    that piergoy recipe sound wonderful, I just love them....My grandmother use to make them from scratch.oh my what a wonderful food memory for me.

You take care of yourself and your right we are always here for each other.

Happy and Healthy March


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    I think eating breakfast out is a lovely idea. Even if you donīt know the calories beforehand, you are wise and you can make a choice that will fit in. I find it easier to eat out earlier in the day cuz I can make adjustments later. The pierogy lasagna sounds tasty. Hope it turns out to be a fave.

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LADYDARYA 3/1/2009 1:46PM

    One of the things I have come to enjoy on my spark journey (most of the time) is experimenting with recipes - mainly I try to make them healthier although my biggest hit was creating a white chocolate candy cane cake - I haven't even tried to figure out the calories on that one but yummy - I don't like chocolate so I decided to make my own recipe for a cake I like. It's fun and I can experiment on my co-workers....

Right now I am trying to modify a creamy chicken casserole topped with biscuits... I

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DAMISA 3/1/2009 12:40PM

    Your blog made me very hungry!!!!!!!

Seriously, I am sorry to hear about your former friend. I have had to end two friendships in my life and it was very hard. emoticon Just know that, if the relationship was toxic to you, you will be better off. I am a very loyal person and I tend to hold on to people. However, at some point (I think I was 32), I realized that I had to be loyal to me as well. It hurts for a while, but I have faith that you will be alright in the end.

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Mourning a friendship lost

Saturday, February 28, 2009

I snapped this picture yesterday, it's on of the hanging decorations on my porch awning. We had freezing rain the night before. Today it is sunny, but still cold.

I was feeling blue last night, thinking about an old friendship lost. It was someone I had been friends with for about 15 years before my first cancer diagnosis. At first she was there for me, but then I started avoiding her when instead of positive support, she was dwelling on all the negative aspects of my disease. I think what finally made me realize that the friendship wasn't health any more was the day I completed the radiation treatments to my hip in May 2007. At that time, I was very tired and worn out, so my parents were driving me to my treatments and back. On that last day, they weren't able to wait to drive me home, because my dad had a doctor appointment that was out of town, so my friend, (I won't use her real name here, I'll just call her "Sally" for the purposes of this blog,) offered to pick me up.

It was long 4-5 weeks of treatment for me, fighting fatigue and nausea most of those days. It was only a 15-20 minute drive to the treatment center, but it still felt like a struggle to me, to get myself ready to go and have to cope with carsickness at times, but I made it through to the end. After my last treatment, the nurse gave me a certificate and a really nice mug with a saying about hope on it. I felt so good walking out of there, like I had just won a battle, and felt like I was walking on clouds on my way out. But then Sally had to start talking about how the radiation is no garantee that the cancer wouldn't come back, that it could still kill me. That made me feel just like a little kid whose balloon had just been popped; I didn't say much on the ride back home, it was all I could do to hold back my tears til I was back in my house.

I already know about the uncertainties and the possibility that one day my current treatments may quit working, I don't need to be reminded of that from other people, especially if it's a day I am feeling good and full of hope. It was that day that I gradually quit calling her and finding excuses not to see her.

I still talked to her via email for awhile, and I included her in my updates I sent out to close friends and family about my health condition, and other family news. She stopped responding to those eventually, and I don't know why. I know she had internet, because she has 2 kids still living at home and they are on Facebook and other sites. The last email I sent her was in November, when I let her know of my decision to quit working and go on disability. Still no response.

I had thought I put all this behind me, and moved on, but for some reason, it started bothering me a lot last week. I don't even know what triggered it. She hurt me, but I know I am probably partly to blame too. But I decided today, that I am not going to beat myself up over it, or keep analyzing it. If her choice is no longer be part of my life, so be it. I can't control who likes me and who doesn't, but I can control how I react to it. I still have friends who I know are my true friends, through the good and bad times that I can count on. I don't hate Sally, or dislike her, just some of her actions. But it's time to accept that she is no longer in my life. If we are meant to be friends again someday, God will lead us back to each other.

It's really true what they say about having a serious disease, such as cancer; you really do find out who your friends are.

To end this on a positive note, my pain is still at a very tolerable level, not really any change from yesterday, but still much better than before I had the nerve block, and my knee is not hurting today either. I'm not healed yet, I know it will take some time, but I feel things are at last moving in the right direction for that.

I made plans to get together for lunch on Thursday with a few friends from my former workplace, looking forward to that.

I also cleaned out and organized a couple more cupboards this morning. I still have a cupboard full of plastic storage dishes to sort out and organize neatly, and I need to straighten out the cupboard under the island where I keep my pots and pans, but since they are low cupboards, they will have to wait until my hip is healed more and it's easier to bend.

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DOLPHINIA 3/3/2009 7:21PM

    Hi, and am glad that today is a better day for you. I understand how you feel. Like the other people said, we all have those friends in our lives that just don't quite "get it". There are people that really don't have a clue how to talk to someone who is fighting cancer. It's a hard decision to let go of a friendship, but sometimes it does more damage to us to hang on to one than to let go. Your real, true friends will help you through no matter what.

Have a wonderful week. Love, Deb

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MDTWEETY 3/1/2009 4:52PM

    It's so true. It's during life's biggest and toughest moments when people's true colors shine through and we find out who our true friends really are.

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KITT52 3/1/2009 3:20PM

We all have down days .

Hope you have a happy and healthy March


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PMCFARM 2/28/2009 10:37PM

  Shari, you are a special lady. Even through a friends' betrayal, you can look at the relationship with pain but not anger, & leave the solution in Gods' hands. I am so sorry that you have to walk through this grieving process, but I'm glad you trust us enough to share. Your positive attitude will see you through this and you will grow stronger. emoticon MarilynC.

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SJ1320 2/28/2009 10:34PM

    I'm sorry about your friend. I've grown away from a few friends and it is very sad. I am sorry that you are in pain and I hope that it gets better. emoticon

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IVYLASS 2/28/2009 7:04PM

    Kiddo, you know what? I know it hurts that she didn't stick around for you, but that says more about her than you. She couldn't deal with your illness. Treasure your friends now, because they are your TRUE friends, and feel sorry for Sally. It's hard to go through life without empathy.

I'm so glad the nerve block worked for you. My husband has chronic pain, and I know how debilitating it can be.

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SSANFORD1 2/28/2009 5:46PM

    I think that is such a shame that your friend felt the need to cause you dispair at a time when you needed her most. As I am sure you know that attitude plays a big part in fighting any disease. Keep up your positive outlook it is very inspiring.


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LADYDARYA 2/28/2009 2:07PM

    I too have had a "sally" in my life. It took her moving in with me as a Katrina refuge to really change our relationship. She is now back in Louisiana but our contact has dwindled and I avoid calling her because it is all negatives with "I hate" thrown liberally throughout the conversation. I send her letters every week with a brief update and a how are you doing type of thing but she doesn't respond either. I can't quite let her go but I have acknowledge that the conversations with her stand a real possibility of poisoning my soul. Good for you for getting away from that. It is hard though...

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    You have won another little battle, girlfriend! This is a really hard thing, and I think you have done a great job of analyzing and coming to an agreement with yourself on how to handle it. I still have many times when a relationship confuses me - whether or not it is as imporant to someone else as it is to me, and vice versa. Iīve been taken by surprise too many times when a suppused friend treats me disrespectfully or undermines the relationship. Itīs definitely hard on the heart, the up and down emotions are incredible. I know that the hard things that we all face in our lives help us to weed out our relationships and show us who are true friends are. Sometimes, too, I believe that some relationships are not meant to be long-lasting but temporary according to eachotherīs neesd at that moment in time. God has sent me some angels at just the perfect moment and I am so grateful that they were tender to my needs when others were not.

Iīm proud of you for taking this step and releasing Sally from your heart. She was only tearing you down and who needs that? Not you! Not me!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

We had rain all night and into very early this morning. It turned colder and then we had some freezing rain. Almost all the schools in the area were closed today. The sun is out now, but the wind is keeping it very cold. The sun is melting the ice on the pavement though.

I'm feeling my hip pain a little more than I did yesterday, but it's still much less pain than I had before the nerve block injection. I had to take a couple of pain pills, at 4pm and 7:30pm yesterday, and I took one when I got up today. I know it's going to take time for my nerve to heal. If the damage occurred during my radiation treatment, that was two years ago, so that's been quite a long time, so I am not expecting it to heal up overnight. Most of the pain is right around the hip, not through my whole leg, so that itself is a big improvement.

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XSUNSHINEEE 2/28/2009 8:24AM

    Hello, hope you are enjoying your weekend so far! The weather here hasn't been pleasant either - and we're supposed to get snow tomorrow apparently. But lately the weatherman has been messing up his predictions, so who knows what kind of stuff will be falling from the sky! Haha! But that's good that it's sunny where you are now - hopefully it'll get rid of all that messy ice.

Sounds like the nerve block injection worked well for you, which is great! The pain pills will keep ya going through the smaller pains, I'm sure. Keep thinking positive!


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DAMISA 2/27/2009 6:32PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better and sorry to hear about the icky weather. We had a beautiful day yesterday and today was rainy and cold... No schools closed, though. Glad the ice is melting, though.

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LADYDARYA 2/27/2009 3:41PM

    We got rain last night also, although it was regular rain. Cats didn't care for the thundering though. I'm glad to hear your feeling somewhat (?) better. Take care of yourself....

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