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Prize -Part 1 Need A Cook's Advice!!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Wouldn't you know it, the bridge game I ran wasn't so smooth today. It looks like more people then me were asleep and I got a lot of director's calls and it seemed like the same three tables were always behind. Some people you just can't make play a little faster. Mom arrived early to pick me up to take me to claim my prize, but ended up waiting 20 minutes anyway. I finally made it to the YWCA at a quarter to three. I was told the office would be open until four. Low and behold the guy had left early (what is a male doing running what is essentially a women's facility anyway?) But I did get my perishables as they had to be left out in the fridge.

I got a nice bag of fresh spinach, some mint, a big bag of crushed walnuts, a cooking onion (Mom cut it up for me), a small clove of garlic -never seen one that small lol, some curry masala spice (does it ever smell good), green lentils and olive oil from Italy that is only processed by mechanical means -so no additives. and sun dried tomatoes! So I am not a cook, but I am assuming these ingredients are meant to go together to produce a meal. Beyond knowing you put walnuts in a spinach salad, I am not 100 % sure what to do with the sun dried tomatoes and mint, is that for the salad too, or do they go with the lentils?? I am assuming the garlic and onion go with the lentils. I am guessing the olive oil is to spritz on the salad as you don't cook with it.
You see, I am a raw food vegetarian so don't really cook at all if I can avoid it. I depend on Mom for my veggie chili and lentil treats. I don't carry anything for cooking in my apartment -no oil, flour, sugar, etc. So if I need something like soup base to make a masala I will have to go buy some. Stuff I currently have on hand are green beans, sweet potato, bell peppers and carrots..
Suggestions from any foodies out there?
Really tired and sore, hope to hit the sack early tonight..
Hope you all have a good sleep and a terrific Tuesday

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/31/2012 5:12AM

    Honestly, Linda, I don't have a clue. Sorry!

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PCOH051610 3/28/2012 3:09PM

    I am not much of a cook but I am sure others have answered your questions. The stuff looks and sounds yummy. Good luck!

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MUSHCAT 3/27/2012 10:41PM

    I love to cook but often need the guidance of recipes. There is a show on FoodTV called "Chopped." Chefs are presented with a basket of mystery ingredients and have to produce a dish from them. I know I could never do something as challenging as that. However, I do love sweet potatoes in a masala dish. I've never really worked with lentils. I'm sure you can come up with something interesting and palate pleasing.

Hope you get good sleep tonight. emoticon

emoticon emoticon Judi

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/27/2012 7:42PM

    I have seen a web site, where you list what you have, and they give you a recipe. I will see if I can find that and share it with you! You got some GOOD stuff there!

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THJORA 3/27/2012 7:31PM

    Weird that you got that conglomeration of stuff and no recipes . . . .

You could cook the lentils until they're tender and saute everything else except the spinach and the mint. Once everything is cooked, stir in the spinach until it is all wilted and then mix it all in with the cooked lentils.

I'd do something else with the mint. It's not a taste that I would add to any of the other stuff - but what do I know?

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/27/2012 2:49PM

    I love spinach salad. All your ideas will work. The recipes I've seen with the tomatoes are all cooked. ??? The basket looks nice and you could use the things however you'd want.

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CRYSTALJEM 3/27/2012 12:22PM

    I'm in a bit of a rush so I don't have my recipes handy, but you could use the tomatoes and mint in either or both of the dishes. For that matter you can even do everything as one dish if you want. Go easy on the masala. I love it, but some blends can be quite potent. You can cook with the Olive oil, just don't make the heat too hot. I'd leave the mint fresh regardless of where you are using it and add it at the end.

Man, wish I was closer and we could do some cooking together... it would be so much fun. I you decide you like lentils and curry, let me know, I have a couple of recipes that at least I really like. If you like stew/soup combos, check out some recipes for dahl (or dal)

Enjoy your prize! CJ

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KALIGIRL 3/27/2012 9:14AM

    No advice - but love the photo!

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BOOKISHFABLER 3/27/2012 7:47AM

    There are different ways of making it, but it sounds like the remaining ingredients are to make a lental Dal, which is an indian dish. I'm not sure about the mint, but the curry, garlic, oil and onions, and even the sundried tomatoes make a dal. You can also add some cumin and coriander,
Have fun
hugs HEidi

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REJ7777 3/27/2012 4:51AM

    I'm not a very good cook, but it does look like you can whip up something delicious with those ingredients.

There's a site where you can put recipes together with ingredients you have on hand. You might get some ideas there. It is : http://www.supercook.com

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LESLIES537 3/27/2012 1:01AM

    I am the wrong person to ask about that. Can't answer your questions, but I can tell you.....YOU ROCK!!!! emoticon emoticon

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I Won!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Started the day taking it easy. Then had Mom's home made Mac & Cheese for lunch -used double cream brie, cream cheese and cheddar cheese, yummy!! Had a cup and a half. This is my all time favorite comfort food and I can't remember when I had it last :) Then we went to Costco where I had to be ultra conservative in my spending as I was getting that broke at the end of the month feeling. I had an interesting sample -a protein bar that actually had 32 g of protein!! never seen one with that high a count. It was 320 calories though, but if you were going on a serious long hike or climb, this would be a great refuel. Sorry, addled brain that I am, can't remember the brand, first time I had seen it there.
Then it was home and I decided I couldn't do nothing and had to work off that lunch, so Mom and I went for a two hour walk and hike (took the paved path one way and the rough path back).
The geese and gulls have returned in full force: It was neat seeing the white birds in one area of the sandbar and the dark birds in the other..

Lots of tracks on the new snow:

It was a dull dreary overcast day for most of my four day stay..

Then it was off to my brother's where supper was home made white buns with real butter, pulled pork and boiled broccoli, cauliflower and baby cut carrots. Dessert was a kind of parfait, made out of a two bite brownie, chocolate pudding, cherry pie filling and whipping cream on top, was good :)
Didn't stay to play cards, had too much stuff to haul home from Mom's, as well as I had to go to the club to set up for the game I direct on Monday. When I got home, I checked my messages.
The seventh and last message said I won the grand prize package of the Health & Wellness Fair! Involves a one year membership to the YWCA, towel service & locker and three sessions with a personal trainer! I could not believe it! I NEVER win anything! Ironically, this would be difficult for me to utilize as the location is far away from me and would be difficult to find the time for all the bus transfers it would take to get there. Buses on my side of town run every hour and never meet transfers downtown, they are a pain. But also, I already qualified for a free pass to the City's fitness facilities which are much closer to me. I don't know if they will do it, but I am going to see if they will let my Mom have it in my place, I can only hope.
Giving thanks my special friend Lori was not seriously hurt in a horrible car wreck. Spark on Lori!
Goodnight all, have a Marvelous Monday,

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SILLYHP1953 4/5/2012 4:14PM

    Congratulations on winning...and hope they let your mom have it. That would be really cool. Glad your friend was not badly hurt.

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REJ7777 3/27/2012 4:36AM

    Can almost feel the chill in the air, looking at those photos. It's great to see the birds coming back though. Feels like Spring is just around the corner.

Congratulations on your win! emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 3/26/2012 9:49PM

    I love the picture of the footprints!

I once won a free membership at a gym but could not use it because I moved 6 states away the next week. If only I could win now!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/26/2012 9:10PM

    You are making me hungry with the mac and cheese! Home-made is definitely the way to go!!! YUM! Congratulations on the prize you can't use! How frustrating!!!!


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WATERMELLEN 3/26/2012 9:02PM

    That mac 'n cheese sounds fabulous: and supper at your brother's place too . .. real food worth the calories!!

It's great you won the Y membership, just too bad you can't really use it. Sure hope that your mother can!!

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/26/2012 4:56PM

    That menu you spoke of really sounded GREAT....made my mouth water....

LOVED the birdie tracks....

BEST OF ALL....ya won THE GRAND PRIZE.....that is just SO NEAT. That is a BIG prize for sure. You can check out the COST of all that. If you can't give it to your Mom, maybe you could CASH IT IN!!! DANG, why not?! WOW.....WTG!!!

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THJORA 3/26/2012 12:12PM

    All the food sounds spectacular!!!! The mac and cheese description . . . O. M. G. !!!!! Sounds so good. :)

The picture of the birds is really cool. And congrats on the win! Sorry you can't use it, and hope they'll let your Mom use it.

Sounds like you had a nice visit with your family. I'm glad you had a good time. And also happy that Lori wasn't seriously hurt.

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LINDA! 3/26/2012 11:12AM

    Glad to hear that Lori is okay.

emoticonon a wonderful WIN!!

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ITSERTIME 3/26/2012 10:48AM

  Good deal!, and lucky u! i hope u can work it out no pun intended!! ha

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PCOH051610 3/26/2012 9:01AM

    Congratulations on that winning that great prize. I have my fingers crossed that they will simply transfer it to your mom. WOW!

Loved the photos are usual and hearing about the time you get to spend with your family. Your food descriptions always make me hungry!

Yes, and finally thanks for thinking of Lori! Did you see the wound at the back of her head? And she is still smiling through it all. Simply amazing!

Take care! xo Susan

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SEATTLE58 3/26/2012 8:40AM

    Congrats! That's exciting! Winning anything now-a-days is true amazement! Sounds like you had some yummy food put before you too! Hope you've had a good sleep by the time you read this!

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KKKAREN 3/26/2012 8:37AM

    What a great prize, I hope you find a way to use it.

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BOOKISHFABLER 3/26/2012 7:53AM

    Wow, I think I gained weight just reading about all that homemade yummy food. Congrats on the win, I hope you get to utilize it some way.
hugs heidi

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/26/2012 1:18AM

    Love your pictures. Thank you for sharing. Sure hope they let your mom have your membership winnings as she will enjoy it! Giving thanks also that Lori is doing well from that horrible accident. May God continue to bless her. Have a wonderful Monday!!!
emoticon and sleep well.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/26/2012 1:14AM

    Wow, you had a full day. Glad everything is well. Sleep tight.

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KNITTABLES 3/26/2012 1:08AM

    Congrats on your winnings and I hope they will let your mom have it. I am glad your friend Lori is OK.
Sweet Dreams.

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Health & Wellness Fair!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

It was a lot smaller then I expected. One display for organic fair trade coffee, three displays on Moms to be, footwear, climbing, a new local wellness magazine, MS display, A personal trainer demostrating a swiss ball as well as a bosu. I tried both and on the bosu was able to balance on one leg. I couldn't quite get the hang of picking both feet up off the ground on the Swiss ball. Then there was a hooping display. The room was way too small to demostrate it here, so they went to the gym. I tried the hooping, didn't do the worst, but I couldn't seem to stop it from riding up higher on me -most had trouble with it dropping. Its actually harder then it looks, I found it tough. Tried to get the hang of it for 15 minutes, dropped a few times. Then I was running out of time to make it to My Curves Zumba. I made it just as they were going into the second machine, so I stayed at the end to get the machine I missed. The Zumba class was small and a good thing as there wasn't much space to move in -the second class only had three people!
Enjoyed myself this morning, although the cold and new snow wasn't very welcome, we will probably go for a walk later today!
Have a Super Sparking Saturday!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/26/2012 9:04PM

    OK - I'm going to show my ignorance!!! I assume that "hooping" is hula hooping. I used to love doing that as a child and was quite good at it. Of course, I was built a bit differently then, too! LOL! Glad you could make both the activities you wanted!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/26/2012 1:11AM

    So glad you had a great day and got to do your Curves Zumba Class too!!! You are AWESOME, Linda!!!

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/25/2012 8:39PM

    Sounds like fun anyway!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/25/2012 7:58PM

    Reading this reminds me I need to get my cardio in. Happy Sunday to you!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/25/2012 2:14PM

    I'm glad you had an awesome Saturday with your mom.

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    I have never enjoyed hooping, and I don't believe I ever will! Different strokes for different folks, I say! emoticon I am doing ok, but really, really banged up! I may not be on the computer a lot, or maybe sporadic is the better word, until I feel better from my wreck... Love you, friend!

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DEDICATED2HIM 3/25/2012 8:33AM

    hi Linda, I just got caught up on reading your recent blogs. You have such a lovely life it seems (aside from your physical suffering and such)....Your outings and walks, and your company with your mom all seem so comfy and nice. I wish I could have a gym membership to try some of the things you do....but $ and transport preclude it. So i enjoy it vicariously through your blog.
Glad you got to fit in both the Zumba and the health fair.

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BOOKISHFABLER 3/25/2012 8:04AM

    YOu wear me out just by talking about all that exercise. I live in Florida nad haven't seen snow in over a decade. Chilly. It's in the 70 to 80 here right now.
thanks for sharing
hugs Heidi emoticon

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MUSHCAT 3/25/2012 12:16AM

    Sounds like you really enjoy your exercise. I am trying to find my way back to loving it again. There is a Curves very near to me that I have thought about joining. Then I think of all the means available to me to exercise at home. That's if these migraines will take another long holiday.

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CATHOLICCORGI 3/24/2012 8:56PM

    emoticon it sounds like the fair was a nice change of scene!
emoticon More power to ya for even being able to USE a stability ball! I roll right off!
As to the hula hoop, I have never been able to do it! I try on the Wii, and my hips just do not move in that fashion!
I like your background shot, too. Who would thing you would have frozen trees and it is only two weeks until Easter?
Enjoy your Sunday!

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THJORA 3/24/2012 7:35PM

    I have never in my life been able to do the hula hoop. Drops like it weighs a million pounds the minute I try to start it. It is wrong - WRONG I tell - you that it rides up on you!!! :-D

Even with the fair being small, it sounds like you made the most of it. :) I still haven't tried Zumba yet, but it's on the list.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/24/2012 5:55PM

    Sounds like you enjoyed yourself, which is always a good thing. LOVE your page background with the ice-clad branches and deep blue sky behind. Gorgeous!


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JUNEAU2010 3/24/2012 5:37PM

    I read an article about hooping yesterday - how funny to read about you trying it today. I am far too uncoordinatedfor any of this, but it sure sounds fun.

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ITSERTIME 3/24/2012 4:59PM

  balancing on one leg on the bosu, im impressed, Erica

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WENDYSPARKS 3/24/2012 2:54PM

    emoticon Glad you had fun!


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Freezing Friday

Saturday, March 24, 2012

We went out for our first walk of the morning. Wasn't expecting to feel that cold. Bone chilling, get deep in your pores cold. Not the temperature so much as the humidity making it seem so cold. The dark overcast day didn't help any.
It tried to snow all day, but nothing much came down. Spent most of the day reading and resting. Then we walked over the bridge to go to Wal Mart as Mom needed some flour to make muffins. Back home and more rest and relaxation. Watched an excellent movie on Turner Classics Jane Eyre. I had never seen Orson Welles as a young actor. It was very good. I have not read the book. It was interesting seeing Elizabeth Taylor as a young girl in a small part at the beginning.
I have a dilemma. Tomorrow is a three hour health and wellness show only for the one day and morning at the YWCA. My Curves Zumba runs smack dab in the middle of it, so I would not have the time to get to both :( Mom wants to see the health show as would I, but I have done nothing much for exercise and feel I need something.. While the pain eases up when I am resting, I do feel it ramping up with just walking, but the rest of me would feel better moving.
Two days in a row without exercise, can I do this? I could always try the noon hour aquafit instead. Maybe my cramping toe would give me a break.. Just don't feel like hitting the pool when its so cold out...
Good night all, sleep well and have a super Saturday!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/26/2012 1:06AM

    Hope it warms up some for you. We are supposed to get some freezing temps coming out of Canada on Tuesday. I have gotten used to these abnormally warm temperatures. Hope you figure out what works best for your schedule and you mom.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/24/2012 1:53PM

    Hope you figure out the scheduling dilemma. Choices are hard sometimes.

Your weather sounds like the extreme of ours, probably the same weather front. It would be nice outside, except for the wind.

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GIANTPANDA 3/24/2012 10:56AM

    Our weather was 80 degrees and so hot without AC! We seem to have the reverse problem of getting such hot weather so early in the year. So grateful that the temperature is coming down this week. I hope you got in the workouts you wanted on that bone-chilling day and you get warmer weather soon!

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WATERMELLEN 3/24/2012 10:09AM

    Our summery weather has backed off and we're back to cooler (but not as cold as that!!)

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Dr. Appointment

Friday, March 23, 2012

I saw my Rheumy today and she was pleased with my blood work and saw no reason to change my medicines, as on the surface, it appears they are working. She could offer no help for my toes, saying there is nothing they can do, but she has offered me a referral to a Dr. specializing in sleep problems. She wants me to splint my bad right hand more, with a working splint as well as my resting splint. I find the working splint uncomfortable and really bulky so I haven't been using it, but am finding my right hand is really getting sore, so will have to get to it.
Mom and I then shopped around and I found a good deal on some Eddie Bauer pants, a nice heavy duty brushed cotton in grey with zippered pockets, just in time as our weather has gotten colder and very windy and my sweatpants aren't warm enough.
Then Mom got her hair cut, was spontaneous and ended up liking the young man who did it, realizing he really knew how to handle difficult curly hair. It was interesting to watch. He would actually take a lock, twist it tightly around and the cut on the strand, never seen anything like it.
The we went to an Asian restaurant and I had ginger chicken -not breaded, but boiled, with a ginger sauce with real pieces of ginger in it, was on a bed of very fragrant Basamati rice..
Then we walked part way home, but the blowing dust and cold was too miserable so we stopped at an Art gallery, and I had hot chocolate (made with real dark chocolate in water) while she had a coffee.
Then it was home for a relaxing afternoon and evening. I was really feeling my sore muscles and iced up. Not used to the Curves machines yet.
Another brain addled moment - I forgot I was to play bridge with the Probus group today, so the guy who offered to kindly give me a ride would have got no answer from my apartment :(( When I realized I was supposed to go, it would have been too late to get him as he said he was having lunch downtown. So he would have gone all the way back to pick me up. Bad, bad, bad this memory of mine -I get distracted way too easily and forget what I am supposed to be doing :((
Hope you all get a good sleep and have a Fantastic Friday!

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SILLYHP1953 4/5/2012 4:10PM

    I know how you feel about the memory, it probably is very related to lack of sleep. When I exercise at night it tends to make it hard for me to get to sleep, so don't know if that is a factor with you or not. You're making me hungry for Asian food, haven't had that in a while.

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/26/2012 8:58PM

    I adore Asian food!!! Since I've been out here in Maine, I can't find a decent restaurant. Can't wait to get home!!!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/26/2012 12:59AM

    If I was as busy as you always are, I would never remember anything. I am sure he will understand. So glad you will be seeing a sleep specialist and good things will come of it.
Blessings and hugs,

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FIT-AT-50 3/25/2012 10:37PM

    Sounds like a full day. I do hope that the sleep specialist can offer a good option and that the splinting will become less of an issue.

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LINDA! 3/24/2012 12:15AM

    What a busy day!! Oh, it sounds soooo cold there.

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JUNEAU2010 3/23/2012 10:19PM

    I hate memory lapses like that! Stay warm and safe!

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SEATTLE58 3/23/2012 10:10PM

    I'm so happy that you'll be seeing a Sleep Spec. too! Sure hope you can get on a regular sleep pattern. That can make a world of difference with our RA too. Good wishes to you! So sorry about your toes and your pain in your hands. It seems that that's where my chronic pain is, in my hands. But, we seem to carry on, don't we? But, I do know that when enough is enough, we seek help, and it's so good that you are! I hope you get help for everything that's ailing you, my dear! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/23/2012 7:12PM

    Love the sound of that hot chocolate . . . gonna have to look for a recipe (although it sounds very simple).

Interesting haircut technique too!! Sure would NOT work with my "straight as a stick" type hair.

Thanks for your great comment on my red rain boots blog: NANCY found the Raffi version on You Tube, with a great trumpet solo, and I've added the link . . . it's really lovely.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/23/2012 2:36PM

    I take a calendar with me everywhere I go. I write down everything I need, apts, lunch dates, etc., then I forget to look at it and forget anyway.

Glad you're going to the sleep doctor and hope you get help. Sorry your hand is still paining you. Hope it all gets better. Weather will warm up pretty soon. Hope it helps.

Sorry your toes haven't had relief.

I'm going to plant pansies today and planted roses and blueberries yesterday. Soon, it will be time to plant vegetables.

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    Oh, I'm really glad about the sleep specialist! That really should help you a lot, I think! emoticon

The food sounded YUMMY, and I would love to know how to make chocolate like that! Wasn't it bitter? emoticon

Linda, I forget things sometimes within minutes of thinking of them and telling myself that this time, I will remember! Argh! emoticon

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KIMMYWIZZIE1 3/23/2012 9:03AM

    Yeah for the sleep specialist! I love Basmati Rice. I know that was good! :)

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KALIGIRL 3/23/2012 8:25AM

    So GLAD you will see a sleep specialist! Keeping my fingers crossed he/she can offer some assistance.

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