Thursday, November 28, 2013
It went great getting the food ready for Thanksgiving dinner today. I only brought crockpot sweet potatoes and apples (spark recipe), whole cranberry sauce (spark recipe-no sugar in it), a veggie tray with dips, broccoli slaw (my sister loves it), green bean casserole (my mom's request) and tea.
We walked the dogs after letting the cranberry sauce cool. The snow was crunchy so the sound of it must have really scared some turkeys that weren't too far from us- we saw them fly away. It's amazing to see such a big bird fly up into the top of a tree! :)
Then we continued on the walk, and took our basset hound's favorite trail. When you get to one point on it, there are two ways to go (not counting to the right, because that's our neighbor's land). We had planned to go straight, but lo and behold a hunter was standing there on our path, on our land.... Full gear, good sized man. He did not look at us-kept facing away from us. I told the dog I had with me that we had to go the other way- she wanted to bark at him and go his way. Arg. So we go the way I directed her anyway, while I'm telling her not to bark. Along comes my husband with the other dog (they had been behind me a little bit, since basset hounds love to sniff things out) and he says let's go this way ('cause by that time there is yet another branch of trail we can go on), but I say why? I say why because it parallels the guy, and the dogs SEEING him will just keep them wanting to bark and/or go to him. Arg... Hubby keeps on taking a trail that keeps us parallel to the guy. He doesn't say anything to the guy at all. The guy (I keep looking over) never looks toward us- stays in the same standing position, viewing away from us). When we get to where we can't see him I tell my husband he should have put up those no trespassing signs I purchased a year ago. He replies by saying it's a good day to get a turkey or a deer. I thought he'd agreed with me over the years to let our place be a refuge for animals (though he has let a friend or two (or three) come to rabbit hunt...) and he's the one that found the fawn in our field earlier this year. We know there were two fawns and he just saw them the other day standing together. So now I'm thinking the hunter is likely a tracker, and can find the deer on our land. I was frustrated. Also, we are back there... with others also shooting not that far from where we are, it sounds like - are we CRAZY- why are we even out back when people are out hunting?! THIS is why I used to never go out back this time of year. My husband doesn't seem to think we should worry.
I'm thankful we didn't get shot. I do hope "our" deer didn't either.
Anyhoo, we went to my brother's place where we had dinner with him, our parents, and one of my sisters and her family. It was nice. I behaved myself quite well. In fact, when they had pie I worked on taking care of things, divvying out food to Ziploc bags, doing dishes, etcetera, and never even caught a glimpse of the pies. :) I'm not able to eat them anyway you see, due to an allergy to wheat, so it's not a big deal, but it felt good to do something productive while they got to indulge. They did go around and have everyone say what they were thankful for during that time, and I got to participate in that too, of course.
We played a couple games after things were cleared away. I had some cherry tea. Yum.
I ate the same types of things I'd had for the previous meal when it was time to. We left when my sister's family was getting ready to go, 'cause we had to get out of their vehicle's way, and we had hungry doggies at home.
It was slippery driving. The snow started coming down worse. My daughter and I texted -me telling her we left, and what the weather was like, and that they should just go home (they had gone to spend time with her inlaws first), and they said they had to see us -but then when they hit the area we had driven in they saw why we didn't think it was a good idea. So, I only texted my kids today. Didn't see them. I'm okay though.
I am thankful for lots of things. You reading this. My family and friends, and so much more.
I hope you had a great day!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Ever get so frustrated that all you want to do is complain? I'm pretty much there today.
It started with a couple cousins commenting on facebook that it's so sad that a cousin of theirs has very little family that will have anything to do with him.
I know this family that they're talking about -wonderful people. Wonderful! What they know is only what he has told them. They don't know the others' side(s) of the story. What he has done/said to the family -it's mighty awful. I've seen it, I've heard it sooooo many times over the years. It's really sad. To tell them though- why bother- the "gossip" would just get more steam and nothing would turn out for the good. It's just hard not to talk about it because it's so bottled up inside. I did get to talk about it with one family member who understands and agrees it's best not to share with them the other side of the story. Anyhoo, writing helps too. I did pray on it as well.
I want nothing to do with him, and yet I do care about him. He is in the hospital and so I am praying for him.
Then there is the fact that, as most know, I'm pretty limited on what I can eat, due to allergies. Ever since I threw up twice last week, finding out I'm allergic to zucchini too, and it being shakes that I had had, I can't seem to stomach shakes. Maybe it's mainly the overly sweet protein powder I finally found that I don't seem to be allergic to (I only used that one for that second shake last week) or maybe it's all in my head.
I don't know what else I can have when I need to be away from the house though, anything that I can manage to eat quickly enough before break is over at any rate.
It was also celery that I'd had in those shakes... so I am avoiding that too....
I'm kinda down to peppers, onion, mushrooms and cucumbers for veggies. Maybe some tomato, broccoli and cauliflower at times. I'm rather bored...
Yeah, let's call it a pity party. That fits.
Okay, so let's not stay there. I did go neaten up my kitchen to blow off some steam. That was productive.
I am looking forward to what family I can see tomorrow.
Looking forward to hopefully weighing in less this Saturday.
Okay, I was just given this by the relative I was sharing with- perfect end to this pity party. :) You should copy and paste and listen to the song too. :)
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I'm feeling so much better today. It's great to not have head pain anymore. The chiropractor took care of that, and boy did I hear it when my foot was put back into alignment,by him Friday, from when I twisted it two and a half weeks ago.
My lower back was still mighty sore (yes, from being put back in alignment) even this morning, but I decided to try low impact aerobics (4 miles with Leslie Sansone) and I'm glad I did. I'm feeling much more normal now.
Still have a goose egg from the curling iron falling on my head, but I was able to retouch my hair color without any problems with that.
Still not looking forward to trying shakes again since I got sick using them last week, but I will remind myself, when I take them to work, that I got sick due to raw zucchini, and I'm not using that anymore.
Started the day with pancakes- haven't had any in some time due to being allergic to wheat. This is a gluten free mix. It does have buttermilk in it, but I used anti histamine and it's not like I'll use it all the time, so I think I'm okay with it today.
Also used bread for a sandwich, though gluten free bread, so far, leaves a lot to be desired...
We have snow on the ground. I don't know why the outdoors affects me indoors as it does, but I'm dressed pretty warmly and feeling pretty good.
Been mainly catching up on some tv shows online and reading Catching Fire. :)
I hope you're having a really good Sunday.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Yeah, I threw up way worse today. At least it was AFTER work this time.
So time to get down to the figuring out of it all. What was in common two days ago (when I first threw up) that wasn't in common yesterday but was today....zucchini and celery. This is a curious thing. I looked up zucchini and interestingly found that many people have had such a reaction as I have to raw zucchini. Nausea, bloating and oftentimes the people also have vomiting. Okay then. So what is IN zucchini that could cause it? It looks like it could be oxalates. There are oxalates in zucchini, celery and spinach- which is the combination in my shake just before the worse vomiting I've done this week. SOOOO I'm thinking it could be oxalates. I don't like the list of what things have oxalates.
I already have a very limited list of foods I can eat due to allergies, including the nickel allergy...do I have to narrow it down even more? It's looking like it. Well, at the very least, zucchini, it turns out, is known for being allergenic- who'da thought? So after this awful week with it being used in my shakes and upchucking them, I am going to definitely be done with zucchini.
On a better note, I went to the chiropractor today and he took care of my foot/ankle that I had twisted two weeks ago yesterday, and the other foot I'd landed on a rock sideways with, and my neck that really got nastied up from the conk on the head by the one pound curling iron that fell 1.5 feet onto my head the other day (Boy I sound like a clutz!). Plus all the back issues that came about from all those things happening. I am sore, from everything being back in place now, but no pain is a great thing. I did have to take a couple pain killers to help bring the swelling down. Hubby and I did some walking that helped ease some of the soreness, and went out for dinner (I had some steak and veggies and sf jello). So the day turned out good.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Yeah, great topic, huh?
So here's the story, in case you're still with me on reading it.
I bent over to plug in my curling iron. When I did, the larger curling iron came flying down and hit my head behind my ear. What a sound that made inside my head. Okay, I've had concussions before. Was trying to figure out if I had one again. My pupils looked okay. I was a little shook up... maybe slightly achey in my head. Maybe a little bit queasy. I'd eaten about an hour and a half previously. I drove to work and seemed to do fine this morning with my first student. Then drove to the next work place. Had my shake real quick, as usual, and walked the walk to the bus stop. After the bus came, she and I walked to the work site. I wasn't feeling so great along the way, so I confided in her that I had hit my head and was feeling a bit queasy. So we get there and she starts working and I bend over to do something and when I stood up it felt like I needed to throw up. I tried hard to not let it happen. Almost excused myself to go to the restroom. It did stop. Then after a few more minutes it happened again. This time I knew I wouldn't make it there, so I went for a nearby trashcan. Two times in a row I threw up. All within a matter of a minute. The dirty dishes she was to wash kinda hid me from the student. There was another sink and paper towels so I took care of myself with those. The girl is such a sweetie she said it was okay when I said I was sorry. I told her now that that was over I didn't think it would happen again. Did fine after that, pretty much. It has been almost four hours since I ate, and I'd normally be pretty hungry, but I am afraid to have anything. The thought of food makes me think of the vomiting.
Anyhow, I got to thinking, does the protein shake and the water I took in before I threw up still count on the nutrition tracker? How in the world do you count for sure when this happens? Silly I suppose.
I'm having a lemon lime zevia (soda made with stevia) presently, and doing fine. Figuring it might settle my tummy some if it still needs such to happen.
I'm kind of afraid of my shakes now since it happened right after having one.
Oh the thoughts that go through your head on such a day.
And how sweet of me to share them, right? :)
SSSSOOOOOO, no exercise for me for a bit....not if I might have a concussion.
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