Thursday, December 12, 2013
Hello everyone, thank you so much for the goodies that have landed on my page! I have not been ignoring all my lovely friends - I had to make an emergency trip back to the States, to Kansas.
On November 16, my dad and his wife were coming back from ordering a new truck in Lawrence. An oncoming car swerved across the center line, my dad took evasive action, and the truck went off the road. I don't even know all the details of the accident and I don't want to know. Iva (his lovely wife) was killed instantly, dad was lucky to escape with severe injuries.
My wonderful husband took over and booked my flight, my rental car, shuttle to the airport, everything that needed to be done for an emergency trip. I flew over two days after the accident, and my daughter flew the following day. Dad was in surgical ICU for almost a week, then in a progressive care unit, then he spent almost a week at a rehab hospital.
I have nothing but praise for the staff and doctors of University of Kansas Medical Center. Same for the Kansas Rehab Hospital in Topeka.
Was a rough ride. Dad had concussion and extreme sleep deprivation and for about a day and a half he was not in touch at all with reality. They managed to get him pulled back from that, and he did quite well from then on out. Except for a sidetrip into pain relief with Oxycodone which did not do well - made him constantly sleepy and out of touch again. Very scary.
I was there three weeks. I am going back at the end of January. Just got news that he was released a week early from rehab and is at home again. His sister Sue came from Florida and I think she did some good convincing to let him come home. I'm glad of that - he'll heal up better where he's comfortable. He has a broken neck, broken ribs and sternum, and got quite a horrible wound on his right hand.
So tragic this happened. Iva was a teacher for her entire career, and a respected and admired teacher. She had a heart attack this past February, and had made so many positive changes to her life and was getting so healthy and was so looking forward to retirement and all the fun things they'd planned. Just a week before she died, she told dad to ask if I thought a 'girls' only' trip would be a good idea. I'm so glad I said "YES!" I had the opportunity this past August to really have good long talks with her. So sad.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
I had a bit more to eat last night than I should have...but it wasn't a blowout. For the first time in ages I made spanakopita, and three servings of that were consumed. Since I don't like any spanakopita other than what I make, it'll be ages before I have it again and I didn't worry. I had two scoops of vanilla ice cream but I didn't worry about that either. I hate to waste food but this ice cream was awful. Nothing but sweet. So it went in the garbage rather than in my stomach because I felt bad about wasting it.
So today I've been very good about what I'm eating. It's hot and muggy too which makes drinking enough water easy. I am alone for dinner tonight so I made chana saag - an Indian dish of spiced chickpeas and spinach. Had that over a cup of jasmine rice and it was really tasty, a nice change. My husband doesn't care for ginger so I have to cook gingery dishes when I'm alone, or for my lunches. This was all aromatic with garam masala, ginger, garlic, and cumin. Mmmm.
My sons' friends rescued two fledgling spotted turtle doves today, from a cat. They called me for advice so we went over and had a look just to make sure they weren't actual native doves - which Wires would have taken. I forgot how darling little spotties are. Had to change my shirt as soon as I got home. I'm really glad they want to take care of the wee birds til releasable. They called the RSPCA and they said the birds would only be euthanised...and at Tara's expense. What's up with that? Just takes a bit of time and effort and some loving care and the birds will be flying away. I'm very happy with my funny Chicken bird. He's excellent company.
It's still hot and we are smoked in. Time to turn on the air con I think, and get the house cooled down for my husbands' return tonight. He'll be broiled after sitting in the sun all day doing radio relay. Those firefighters just don't get paid enough for the work they do.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I've been on the go since 5:30am...finally sat down at 1pm for a rest. Wired and tired. Husband headed off for two nights away at the fire and I took a Valium last night so I wouldn't lie and obsess/worry. Gave me odd dreams and I'm still feeling sluggish. Plus I think I am fighting the "less fuel" feeling where I don't have all the excess food fuel now.
Annddddd.....a raging sweet tooth. I wanted cheesecake or ice cream something fierce. So when we finally got home I had a Moccona latte and 45 grams of gluten free muesli and that did the trick. A victory of sorts - usually I would just give in to the cheesecake or ice cream and call it good. I even had it all rationaled out that we're having soup for dinner and it's reasonably low calorie. ;) I'll save the treats for tomorrow night when my daughter comes over for her birthday dinner. Then I'll have some cake and ice cream and won't fret.
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