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Tiring Triathlon

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I rolled out at 5:40 this morning, and made it to Nelson's by 6:10. We set up and made pancakes and sausage until 11:30, then cleaned up. I brought a bunch of stuff home and washed it, and now it's nearly 4 PM, so I've sort of wasted a Sunday. I went to sleep sitting in front of the computer a minutes ago, so this is about it.

I took some pictures of myself, as Red Shoes did, just to show you the stitches and black eye, but the software I have right now doesn't allow me to edit the pictures. I'll have to try another program later. Here I am in all my glory.

There are two lines of stitches in the first picture - the top one runs along just above my glasses' temple. Both show you the size of the hole they stretched skin to cover. Two doctors discussed how to run the stitches to have enough skin, and it did work.

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MS.ELENI 9/11/2011 7:54PM

    You look rough for sure. I hope it doesn't hurt as bad as it looks like it might.

If you haven't tried Lee Roy Selmon's yet I think you will like it. Food is awesome.

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No Exercise

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I taught safe driving Tuesday and Wednesday and did paperwork after class, then went to a three hour Kiwanis session Wednesday night. Thursday I rolled out and got up to New Port Richey, on the north side, by 8:30, and then spent 8 1/2 hours there while I had two Mhos surgeries on the last two skin cancers on my face (I hope). I don't have to go back for three months. Yesterday I was going to take the BW to lunch for her birthday, which was Wednesday, but she said she felt so bad that she wanted to skip it. Today I was going to take her out to Oldsmar to watch the water skiing show, but she still doesn't feel up to it. It has been raining here every day, and I'm due to cut the grass, but we're going to serve pancakes to the youth triathlon, both runners and adults, tomorrow morning. I'm still supposed to be resting (through tomorrow) and not exercising for a week, but I'm taking off the bandages and having a shower in a little while.

I haven't done anything like exercise for a long time, partly because it's been raining every day. I dumped 2.4 and 2.5 inches of water out of the rain gauge, and hope it's a dry morning tomorrow, but it probably won't be. I haven't cut the grass for more than a week, but it went almost two weeks the last time, so I'm sure there will be a dry morning along sooner or later.

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MS.ELENI 9/10/2011 7:28PM

    Hopefully things will get back to normal. I have always wanted to go see the water show but just never remember. Hope Ace feels better soon.

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Really Good Salad Dressing

Sunday, September 04, 2011

When I lost my right kidney because of kidney cancer the one left (the left one) couldn't quite handle the load, and was somewhat out of specification, which got my internist excited. After reading some, I ate vegan for a couple of years because I had read that animal protein is especially hard on the kidneys. You really don't want to have your kidneys fail, and eventually my urologist told me that my kidney was in fine shape, and I started eating animal protein again - just a little at first, and eventually daily, and then quite a lot of it.

Then, because of my latest news, I got this book called "Eat to Live" by another doctor - not Dr. Oz, and not one of the others. I have cut way back on the animal protein, and have been using some of the recipes in this book. Today I made another salad dressing, and it's a real winner, as far as I'm concerned. Here it is.


4 cloves garlic
2/3 cup unsweetened soy, hemp, or almond milk (I used almond milk)
1/3 cup raw cashew butter or 2/3 cup raw cashews (I used the cashews)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1and a half tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Dash black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Break the garlic cloves apart, leaving on the paper skins. Roast for about 25 minutes, or until mushy. When cool, remove the skins and blend with the remaining ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender until creamy and smooth. (I used an immersion blender and a glass two-cup measuring cup. The result was so thick that I decided not to pour it into a dispensing bottle, but instead put it in a lidded container and will use a spoon to spread it. I didnít want to lose any of the batch because it tasted so good.)

PS - I had to buy the almond milk and the nutritional yeast, but we had everything else on hand, and now I have enough material to make a lot of this dressing.

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GLC2009 9/7/2011 5:47AM

    that does sound tasty. have to give it a shot...thx

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THINRONNA 9/5/2011 6:19AM

    That sounds really good. Thanks for the recipe!

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 9/4/2011 7:09PM

    this sounds like one to try, if you like Ceasar salad! emoticon

The book is by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. His regime is very strict. There is a Fuhrman Eat To Live group here on Spark, if you want more support about that particular way of eating.

You can do it, Rextine1! I agree with the other are like a cat with 9 lives, or a Timex that keeps on ticking! What an inspiration! You are never content just to sit by and take pills. You take your health into your own hands and work hard to turn things around. We're here with you! Keep up the great work!


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MS.ELENI 9/4/2011 6:57PM

    I love the way you are always trying new things

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/4/2011 6:51PM

    The more I learn about you, the more I think you're part cat: you have nine lives. Or maybe you're a Timex: takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.

Your dressing sounds very yummy. I'll have to try it sometime.

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GONEWLIFE 9/4/2011 5:24PM

    sounds delish !

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Easy Day

Friday, September 02, 2011

The computer is still getting well - when I turned it on today the processor was at 100 per cent activity for at least ten minutes, installing updates. There was no indication how many, but my impression was that a lot got changed. Then, when I turned it off later it started in again - said it was at 2 of 75. I had to leave to pick up Jack, so I left the power on and went.

We had lunch at Ivory's. He had a shrimp dish, and I went for mixed vegetables and tofu. When I looked up the dish, the pork fried rice, and the egg roll I decided that it still isn't a diet meal. With the hot and sour soup, it totalled 1100 calories. I'll push for another place next week.

Then I went back to the Y for my 2:00 appointment before I came home. Jason checked me out on three strength machines and three aerobic ones, gave me a record sheet, and sent me home, where I put sheets on two beds for the BW. The mattresses are too heavy for her to handle.

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MS.ELENI 9/2/2011 4:56PM

    Glad you had a good day.Where is Ivory? There is a place in Ozona I want to check out. It was in the paper the other day.It has Hawaiian food.
My grand daughter came by and did our bed for us.

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DEBOERSH 9/2/2011 4:48PM

    I like easy days also, but today isn't one of them. It sounds though that you have things under control. Have a Great Weekend.

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Going Along

Thursday, September 01, 2011

The computer continued to get better today - it wanted to update with Service Pack 3 as soon as I turned it on today, and there were several more updates. It's still a world faster than it used to be, but it has slowed up a little. I looked at three complete computer scans by AVG, and the number of files keeps going up, so I suppose it takes longer to get everything out of storage in the beginning.

We were charter members of the Palm Harbor Family Y, but had dropped out for a couple of years when the BW was so disabled that she had a back operation. After that it was the shoulder, then two torn muscles for a year that no-one could diagnose. Now she walks some and wanted to get back in the water, so we paid our money last week and signed up for the first of the month, which is today. We went over and split up - she spent her time in the kiddie pool, which is warmer (they cool the olympic one for the swim teams), then a bunch more in the locker room.

I signed up for a tour of the exercise room, where someone spends a half hour telling me how to use all the machines. That's tomorrow at 2:00, after I take Jack to lunch. I also got a strong sell on the silver sneakers and yoga classes, which I think I might try again, even if the BW can't handle them.

I was taking inventory of the backup hard drive to see what I could delete, and ran across the "Our Documents" from the last computer, which had a Windows 95 operating system. It was dated October 10, 2003, so I guess this computer is about eight years old. I don't think any of them has lasted that long before (I went through four versions in nine years). It still is faster doing the things I want than the new notebook, so I can't complain.

I also found a bunch of music in a folder, and have been listening to Strauss. It almost had me in tears, listening to music I can remember when I was four or five years old. There's nothing new like it, and it chokes me up a little because it sounds so good.

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 9/2/2011 3:42PM

    Music can touch into the depths of the soul, can't it?

enjoy the membership, and the music memories!

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THINRONNA 9/2/2011 5:31AM

    Go for the yoga classes. I haven't taken one in years but I used to really enjoy it. I am glad you are getting your computer up and going again!

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MS.ELENI 9/1/2011 11:34PM

    How sweet that you enjoyed your music so much.
I hope you enjoy the Y.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/1/2011 6:58PM

    A gym membership is a good thing to have, especially when the weather isn't favoring outdoor exercise.

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