Saturday, April 07, 2012
I love holidays, mostly because of family. This one has some troubles associated with family - a brother with cancer, and he's facing his 5th or 6th surgery soon. He has other disabilities and he will not fully understand what is happening to him. I'm a guadian, and I'm worried about him, but despite his cancer and his many disabilities, he's in good form. He's happy. He's visiting - he's always here on holidays - and he has his own room, his own TV, easy chair, etc. He's quite big but he's lost 60 lbs by just switching some of his unhealthy foods (apples for fries, fruit for pudding, less bread and butter for breakfast). Now he looses one pound a month, not much, but still on the downward slope. He has not missed his negative foods but he'd eat them if he could; his caretakers watch him without restricting him much. Other than cancer, he has been blessed with good physical health and a sunny outlook on life. So tomorrow will be another fun day - I will make devilled eggs with hummus (Chef Meg's idea), ham, scalloped potatoes from a recipe on site here, and pumpkin pie, plus salad and fruit and veggies to go with the ham; I'll see what the freezer holds. No rolls or breads because they are not needed. My brother and I will do eggs today, and his basket will have more treats of a non-candy kind (toys he likes, a card, so forth); I have bought almost no candy. My son in law will take home half of everything left over, they are busy and I like to share because they both work but even more importantly, we are not eating pie and potaoes beyond tomorrow's meal. I cannot go to church as my brother's problems would not make him comfortable, but we will enjoy the day anyway, as a cheerful way to prepare for the hard surgery coming up. And this will be a wonderful day without too much to eat - just enjoying my brother and daughter and her family.