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How things that are good for me make me feel like a kid again... not in a good way!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We've all had it happen to us, especially when you were a kid. Someone put something in front of you and said "eat this, it's good for you". So, in the midst of my physician trying to put her finger on what's causing my blood pressure spikes and the chest pain, she tells me that ladies "my age" (speaking of chest pain... thanks so much for THAT term) need to watch their intake of Vitamin D and that most people, especially here in Michigan don't get enough. So I go through my diet and admit that perhaps it wouldn't hurt for me to increase my Vitamin D intake... and i go and buy the cod liver oil she suggested.
I should have been tipped off when the store had two kinds, flavored and unflavored... after all... the only time you add flavoring to things that are good for you is because they taste vile (fluoride as a kid... that pink medicine you had to keep in the fridge...). So I buy the "cherry" flavor and take it home. I'm all proud that the moment I take it out of the bag, I grab a teaspoon and go to take my first dose... the cap gets removed, along with the safety seal, the spoon goes horizontal and gets filled and I bring it up to my mouth. My nose wrinkles a bit at the scent (although I like fish, I don't like the smell), but I buck up and put it in my mouth and swallow.
One second, maybe two pass and it's like I'm 6 again... my eyes water, my tounge comes out of my mouth and I'm cupping my hands under the faucet to get water to wash that taste out of my mouth because I can't take the time to go and grab a glass out of the cupboard. I grab a napkin from the basket on the counter and scrub my tounge with it in the hopes that it works as a taste bud eraser and my poor little taste buds will recover from what I just did to them.
I'm up to maybe 30 seconds post-swallow now and it's not getting any better... my stomach is doing it's version of a tilt-a-whirl and letting me know it isn't happy either. I grab the sides of the sink and take small slow breaths in the hopes of preventing a full rebellion. I'm still making horrible sounds like I've just been poisoned and a somewhat lucid thought crosses my mind that's somewhere between "what have I done" and "yippee I'm alone".
A minute or two more and I'm still trying to get the smell of the oil out of my nose and the taste of it out of my mouth with no luck whatsoever... milk... almonds... water... a tortilla chip... and the Sparker in me thinks "you have to log in all this stuff" and I finally give up.
I may be Vitamin D deficient and cod liver oil may be good for me... but unless someone has some suggestions on what I can do to make this a better experience for myself... I don't care!

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NEENER967 8/22/2009 7:29PM

    I am sitting at my computer, laughing at loud, with tears running down my face! OMG! That is too, too funny! I couldn't decide whether to ask where I could go to buy some cod liver oil ... or to run to the nearest door (get me outta here!). You had to wonder just a little with a name like that ... COD LIVER OIL! Ick ... it just sounds gross! Why do those of us in Michigan tend to have more of a Vitamin D deficiency? Sorry for the dumb question, but I really didn't know ...

Thanks for the laugh! I could almost feel your pain while I was reading your blog! My tummy started to hurt - I think it was sympathy pains!


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CAROLJ35 8/19/2009 10:27PM

    There must be a better, easier way!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYLEE56 8/18/2009 11:49AM

    Very funny!! No cod liver oil for me either. emoticon

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ADDERCAT 8/18/2009 11:40AM

    Haha, love this! And I am definitely not getting cod liver oil now. Ick.

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Be careful what you wish for!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So my last blog was about my tomatoes and how they were slow coming on and I couldn't wait until they did... this blog is about the other side of things...
I got home from work last night and hit the garden. I'd been kind of neglecting the one side while I took care of the cucumbers (into 3 kinds of pickles) and the cabbage... so I headed out last night to check out the broccoli. Somewhere between the kohlrabi and the tomatoes there's a path of broccoli plants, there aren't many, but it's enough to keep me in broccoli... I've done the first and second harvests on most of the plants and I know it starts to come on a little slower and smaller now so I was giving it a couple of extra days... BIG mistake!
I've now went from having enough broccoli for dinner for a couple of days in a week to "UTOH, what am I going to do with all this?" emoticon
So I bagged up a gallon bag of florettes for this week, bagged another gallon to ship off to family and then blanched the rest to freeze... I think I ended up with 8 more packets of it. So while packing away my stores for the winter, I'm hoping that it freezes well... and thinking to myself I had better keep a closer eye on the broccoli!

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JOYINRUNNING08 8/11/2009 11:52AM

    I think you're lucky. But heck, I don't even HAVE a garden! :)

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KLEE46 8/11/2009 10:57AM

    There is an old saying, "never plant more tomatoes (broccoli) than you can carry water to." I remember the discovery of a weekend away from the garden and zucchini surprise, the size of a baseball bat. I used to be an urban organic farmer in Los Angeles until the medfly spraying.

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TUTFAM 8/11/2009 10:46AM

    I guess that's a good problem to have if you are going to have too much of something?!?!

Oh I miss home grown tomatoes and cucumbers. Even lettuce!

We had big plans to have a garden this year and just didn't do it. This winter I hope to read up on gardening and when to plant so we can have a great garden.


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Where are the tomatoes?

Monday, August 10, 2009

It's almost mid-August, the garden is in full swing... well mostly.
Cucumbers are going great, as are the cabbage, onions and broccoli. The corn is a bit behind but nice and sweet and doing ok. The peppers are doing as my peppers normally do, slow until fall and then watch out. The beans would be great if I could keep the deer out (they unlike the rabbits don't seem to mind the cayenne pepper). The tomatoes on the other hand are another story. I've pruned back the growth twice and it's due for a third prunning, but the tomatoes are all just green green green. Not that I mind green, after all, I'm a Spartan fan and Irish... but dang... I'd like to see a little color in them soon!

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SPARTANJAI 8/12/2009 11:08AM

    UPDATE!!!!!! I picked my first tomato last night... a tiny but perfectly ripe Roma and it was delicious!

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4ANEWME2DAY 8/10/2009 9:39AM

    I understand too. My tomato plant, which is an Abe Lincoln variety, has beautiful "green" tomatoes. My DH says I must be patient. I'm normally a very patient person. I'm just craving for a good homegrown tomato. We also have 3 Celebrity tomato plants that look good but no tomatoes yet. We received them from a neighbor. We have 2 Roma plants. They don't look so good but I still have hope for them. I try to prune my plants but I feel that we just haven't had enough warm weather. In PA we have had so much rain which I think has affected the tomatoes.
Let's keep our thumbs green and hopefully our tomatoes red,
Lise emoticon

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BOXEM180 8/10/2009 9:32AM

    Same here! This is a horrible summer for tomatoes. We've gotten some yellow ones but the reds just aren't turning color. I guess they miss the heat!

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Cheater Cheater!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I'm a cheater... at least I admit it. Tried to do what I was supposed to do and got to the point that I said "Forget it!". Been having some health issues that my doctor can't figure out so I've been banned from caffeine, alcohol, exercise, salt, etc... and I've done really well on it... since July 15th, then today I said enough of that and became Cheater Cheater! I had a piece of caramel filled dove candy, put salt on my deviled egg this morning and after work... yup... you guess it, I'm ignoring her "walk only" orders and putting a little jog into it here and there. So I don't listen very well... or at least not for long... but hey... I'm still avoiding alcohol! ~grin~

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LINDALOO80 8/8/2009 11:42PM

    If you have to ditch the salt, it's not actually that hard to do. I've been sodium free (and caffeine) since March 2007. I can honestly say I feel better, and I don't seem to get as hungry as I did before I made the leap. Give it an honest try! emoticon

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MONARCHMERI 8/6/2009 2:30PM

    You know, life is about LIVING! You've gotta have it once in a while and frankly, I'm a fan of throwing caution to the wind! Watch that salt though, lol! :) I hope you get your health issues figured out, but don't let anyone stop you from living in the meantime!

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PICKIE98 8/5/2009 6:18PM

    I can competely relate to that!! However, I did eat some nice radishes the other day FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WITHOUT SALT!! I lived to tell about it and it was not really that bad!! It was a habit, family-learned, so now I am in the drivers seat and steered myself away from the habit and enjoyed the taste of the root, not the salt!!
Just keep trying..

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MSYERSON 8/5/2009 2:35PM

    Hang in there! Restrictions like that are very hard to work with and not stray. Do your best, that is all that anyone should every ask of you...

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QUEENMOM4 8/5/2009 2:08PM

  I`ve had those days my self, but get back on track thats what I did.
Some days my sister gets to me and I can eat anything in the house Stress will do it every time . good luck

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Another icon gone

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just heard the news that Farrah died today. Another icon from my youth is no longer with us and I've realized that I'm beginning to see the start of where I'm going to hear more about deaths of those near to me than births... another day older, another day wiser and another life no longer with us.
Her will to live and her battle was strong, but she's lost her fight, rest in peace Farrah!


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