LADYIRISH317's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LADYIRISH317 LADYIRISH317's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Quickly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098280 Just a quick update. I move to my friend's place Friday morning. Monday I meet with a legal services office for the disabled in Santa Rosa who may be able to help me get a voucher to help pay my rent (when I have rent to pay). And this morning the owners of the Cloverdale apartment called ME to schedule a face-to-face appeal for Wednesday morning! So things are moving. I just hope they keep moving in the right direction. <BR> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:18:07 EST Finally some good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095868 Okay, lots to report. I have to leave the shelter on Friday morning since I've been there for six months. A friend is allowing me to stay with him until I find an apartment. This is a huge relief, because the alternative was giving at least a grand a half to a crime-ridden, fleabag motel. AND I'll have access to a TV and a kitchen again, as well as morning coffee every day! Oh, and I'll be moving my computer to my friend's house, so I'll be able to return to Spark full-time again! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:44:43 EST And on it goes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077224 Trying to gather all the necessary documentation for my transitional housing application. Geeze, I wish I'd known at the time that all those "you're on the waiting list" letters would be needed for documentation! And some time this coming week I'm talking to someone in the Fair Housing office about possible discrimination issues. Unless, of course, my number comes up at the courthouse (jury duty roulette). I'm tired. I feel like I'm frozen in molasses and unable to move. <BR> <BR> <BR> The ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:38:52 EST And still more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071157 The craziness continues. My old landlord is down to one one-bedroom apartment and wants $1,700 a month for it. Yeah, THAT'S gonna happen. I'm not even going to bother talking to them. <BR> <BR> <BR> Transitional housing is terminating at the end of the year (HUD is taking it over to be veterans-only housing), but I'm going to apply anyway. It'll at least buy me some time. I'm getting more scared by the minute. <BR> <BR> Dusty asked me a few questions. Do I get Section 8? I've applied for i... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 16:14:43 EST Good grief... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068616 <BR> As the protagonist on the TV show Fringe once said, "Isn't there a point where it just can't get any weirder?" <BR> <BR> I am so tired and beaten down, I can barely move. Next week I'm going to go crawling to my old complex and beg them to take me back. They're hard up for tenants, so it's a possibility. Nothing else has worked. If that doesn't work, I'm up the proverbial creek. I have only five weeks left at the shelter with nothing else in sight. <BR> <BR> At the end of December I w... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:34:01 EST Post-holiday update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054102 I hope everyone had a terrific Christmas. <BR> <BR> Mine was -- well, you know. I had so hoped to have a new home by now. Tomorrow I'm driving to Sacramento again to talk to two more apartment buildings. I'm beginning to wonder if ANYBODY is going to rent to me. <BR> <BR> There's one woman in the shelter with me who wants me to be one of her roommates. You read that right. First she asked me to share a one-bedroom apartment with her, one other woman and a German Shepherd! She said I could h... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:24:11 EST Not ideal, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046051 Okay, a couple of possible options. I could be placed in "transitional housing" if nothing shakes loose in a few weeks. Basically, I'd have a room in a shared house. Not ideal, but I'd be out of the shelter, and I'd have my computer, TV and access to a kitchen (Four months since I've cooked anything -- believe it or not, that makes me cry). <BR> <BR> The other option? The Powerball lottery jackpot is $164m, and the Mega Millions jackpot is $66 million. Yes, I bought tickets (hey, somebody's ... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:49:47 EST So now I'm untouchable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044960 It turns out that I have an eviction on my record, even though I left before the Sheriff could lock me out. So now NOBODY wants to rent to me, even though I tell them I will gladly pay an extra large deposit. I am not exaggerating, there are people in the shelter with prison records who are having an easier time than I am. At the Monday morning meeting, one man said, "I've been homeless for ten years." I just froze solid at that. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I looked at an apartment in Sacramento. It... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 15:35:01 EST Still stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036765 I'm still at the shelter, still looking for a home. Saturday morning we were hauled out of bed literally at dawn and told that we all had 24 hours to drug test and that if we didn't, we'd be marked as a failed test and suspended (read: sleep in the street for a few days). Boy, nothing I love more than being greeted in the morning with threats and ultimatums. (BTW, I passed. If they'd tested for coffee I would have been in trouble.) <BR> <BR> Apartment hunting is a lot crazier than it used t... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:47:58 EST HUGE dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027807 Affordable housing here in Sonoma County practically doesn't exist. The cheapest I've been able to find is a $1,100 one-bedroom in a questionable neighborhood in Santa Rosa. However, I've lived in this county for 17 years and know it well. <BR> <BR> If I'm willing to move about an hour away to Sacramento, I'll be able to get a two bedroom for about $900, or a one bedroom for about $750 WITH ALL UTILITES INCLUDED. Sacramento is our state capital, and has many amenities. But my only two face-t... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:29:59 EST Slow learner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024808 I've learned that I have to limit my ex to just one call per week. He was hospitalized for a leg injury earlier this week (he's home now). Well, when I call to check on him, he tells me how he's relaxing in his recliner, watching TV and enjoying a meal he cooked for himself (he hates to cook). He knows perfectly well he's twisting the shiv just a little harder each time. He also likes to preach to me about how good I supposedly have it! When I reminded him he's never been in this situation, h... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:08:04 EST Why not the library? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024233 Well, I can't use my own computer because right now it's packed away with my furniture. I have no place to put it in the shelter. And at least here in Sonoma County, the computers at the library are EXTREMELY limited in what you can and can't do on them. I can't get to most housing sites from them, for instance. Everywhere I turn there's another broken brick in the path. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 14:04:44 EST Tired and befuddled. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024220 I can't even compose a coherent blog post right now. Besides, I'm on a computer that charges $20 per hour to use, so I can't stay on much longer. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:41:05 EST Does it ever end? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019929 Still searching for a home. I feel like an ungrateful clod for this, but I HATE living in the shelter. At my age I should be able to choose my mealtimes, NOT have neighbors constantly poking in my business, and I absolutely should not have a bedtime! (Lights Out is at 10PM). I miss my recliner and my TV. I miss my kitchen. I miss baking my own bread. My case manager and my friends tell me I'm closer than I think. I sure hope so. I feel like I'm being punished for something. I want to go home.... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:45:32 EST However it may appear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010694 I have NOT died. It's just extremely difficult for me to get computer access here in the shelter. I'm trying hard to find a new home and hope to be back full-time before Christmas. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 22:51:44 EST Lost at sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980543 I lost my apartment on Sunday. Nobody was able to help me get the amount of money they demanded, so I left on Sunday so I wouldn't have an eviction on my record. My friend Sacha got me a motel room for Sunday and Monday, and today the shelter had a bed for me. And best of all, they gave me a hospital bed instead of one of the bunks. I should be able to sleep a lot easier. My friends Sacha and Paolo have my belongings in storage, so at least I didn't lose the most important things. I did lose ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:21:45 EST More developments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972136 Tomorrow my social worker is coming over, and she said her office is paying for some groceries for me. On Thursday I'm meeting with a case worker for the organization that may help me with my rent, getting Meals On Wheels and other services. And there's an organization that owns and manages affordable housing complexes here in Sonoma County. They have an adorable senior complex a few miles away that is within an easy walk of stores and restaurants. My lease here ends in September, so there's ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:38:12 EST Plodding along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970428 Trying to keep moving when I feel totally inert. Today I got the pots and mixing bowls washed and the dishwasher emptied. Right now I'm trying to get the dirty dishes into the dishwasher. <BR> <BR> The batch of meatballs I intended to make became a huge meatloaf, half of which is in the freezer. In a little bit I'm baking another batch of bread. Baking my own bread has become VERY important to me. I'm out of whole wheat flour, so I'm trying Julia Child's white bread recipe. For a two-loaf ba... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:41:45 EST Floating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967595 Still floating, waiting for things to develop. Dealing with government offices takes a LOT of patience. <BR> <BR> Of the first two batches of bread I baked, I have half of each to friends. Tomorrow I'm making spaghetti sauce with a mega-batch of meatballs to freeze for later. My knee-jerk first thought was to give each of the same two friends a container of meatballs. Both are working, and I'm waiting on my SNAP application. I probably need to keep the food for myself. But I feel like a chea... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:49:34 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963318 I know I've been MIA for a long time, but a lot is going on, and most of it is good. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday one of the women from the rental office came to me and said that her manager said, "we need to talk to her, this isn't like her not to pay." And the RENTAL MANAGER HERSELF gave me the name and phone number of a social services agency that might cover my rent for this month! I go to see them tomorrow afternoon after therapy. <BR> <BR> Meantime, on Thursday I met with a medical social wor... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:15:33 EST Hitting the bottom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958814 My disability payments this month weren't nearly enough to cover this month's rent and I have no hope of coming up with it, so I'm almost certainly going to be evicted. I'm terrified -- I'm 62 and disabled. Today I washed all the dishes and made a large pot of hard-boiled eggs. Tomorrow I'm baking bread. I have no idea why. I don't know how much of a future I have. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:34:29 EST Bleary Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949175 Yesterday was a mess. Fathers' Day is always hard for me. I had a horrible relationship with my father, so it's always emotional. Also, yesterday would have been my 40th wedding anniversary. We've been separated for twenty-four years. It was definitely not supposed to turn out this way. <BR> <BR> Still trying to regroup from being sick. Yuck. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:18:27 EST (Almost) back to life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948278 It's been an extremely rough several days. I have to be brutally honest -- Thursday night I was so miserable I gave thought to just swallowing all of my meds and get it over with. I thought, "I don't want to live like this." Then I guess the Irish kicked in, because I thought, "No, I f*****g DON'T want to live like this" and put the bottles back. I had eaten extremely little and drunk nothing since Wednesday, trying not to need the bathroom. Of course, that raises the conundrum that I may n... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:40:05 EST Scared stiff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947523 Since I got home from the facility I'm scared to death. Yesterday I used the bathroom and couldn't get off the toilet. I had to shout for two hours to be helped. I can't sleep, I can't get in or out of the shower and I have to stand over the toilet when I can get there in time. I don't know what is happening to me. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:28:52 EST Scared stiff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947522 Since I got home from the facility I'm scared to death. Yesterday I used the bathroom and couldn't get off the toilet. I had to shout for two hours to be helped. I can't sleep, I can't get in or out of the shower and I have to stand over the toilet when I can get there in time. I don't know what is happening to me. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:28:52 EST Have you missed me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943660 Day ten here. I'm getting the boot next Tuesday morning, so apparently they think I'm sane. Little do they know. <BR> <BR> I'm on three different meds (Zoloft, Gavapentin and Trazadone). They appear to be working very well. My old therapist Arthur totally opposed medication. I thought the world of Arthur but he was dead-bang wrong on this. I should have been on meds years ago. <BR> <BR> One thing I have to say -- the food here is SPECTACULAR. This morning I had the best breakfast I've had i... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:19:54 EST Update and other stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936852 I talked to the facility yesterday, and they say it will be one to two weeks. I thought it was cute that they made a special point of telling me the food is very good! <BR> <BR> Yesterday my friend Paolo bought me a new coffeemaker, so I'm enjoying my first cup of home brewed coffee in over a week. I know it's a small thing, but in my present circumstance the small things matter a LOT. Also, my ex said he'd cover my rent, so I don't have to worry about that for another month. Hopefully by th... Sat, 30 May 2015 15:31:15 EST So you know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936394 Letting everybody know that next week I'm going to be going into a residential treatment facility for about a week. Please don't panic when you don't hear from me. I should be back week after next. <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:52:33 EST Even more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933137 I may or may not have next month's rent. That aside, I barely have $500 for food, gas, phone, cable and electric. And now my coffee maker has broken and I can't afford a new one, so I can't even enjoy a hot cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> I have had no sleep since yesterday and I'm in a very bad mood. <BR> Sat, 23 May 2015 18:40:23 EST The ongoing story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932091 The leader of my therapy group said two things about me yesterday. I talked about how I feel weird making an elaborate crocheted lace project that isn't going to be a gift for anyone else. She said I need to consider this part of my therapy, to learn to enjoy doing for myself. <BR> <BR> She also said I need to find some outside social activities, like a knitting or cooking club. I'm looking for them right now. <BR> <BR> She also blew me away by saying that I'm intelligent, funny, and enjoya... Thu, 21 May 2015 16:06:20 EST Scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924897 I couldn't make myself leave the house today, even for therapy. Filled with fear and anxiety. Fri, 8 May 2015 15:26:14 EST Wobbly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924364 No therapy on Thursdays. I'm feeling tired and wobbly today. <BR> <BR> I'm making a rule that I have to eat at least two meals a day, and one of them has to be hot. Right now there's a pot roast in the crock pot with potatoes and carrots. I seriously miss my wine, but I'm going through limeade like it's about to be outlawed. I know I should be thinking more about calories and such, but right now it's an accomplishment just to make a meal. <BR> <BR> My head feels like it's being squeezed. I'... Thu, 7 May 2015 15:59:38 EST Where am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922695 I feel like I'm turning to stone. A couple of times I've gone a day or two without eating or drinking anything. It's hard to make myself do anything. I'm in therapy and I've started on meds (though they take time to work), but I feel like I'm lost in the dark somewhere. <BR> <BR> Getting hassle still from work, but too bad. I spend every day in a blank fog. They loved to tell me how unsatisfactory I am anyway. <BR> <BR> I miss my wine! The nerve ends are jangling, and I miss the symbolic as... Mon, 4 May 2015 22:01:36 EST The black day and the twenty hour night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913225 Tuesday night was a horror story. I was closer to self-destruction than ever before. I kept having the recurring thought, what are you waiting for? So I decided that the next morning I would go to the Kaiser ER in Santa Rosa. However, late that evening while walking to the bathroom I tangled up with my walker and fell. I was able to get to my cell phone, called 911 and asked them to take me to the ER. <BR> <BR> I got to the ER at midnight but it was so busy that I didn't see a doctor until 6... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:05:23 EST It continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908956 The psych appointment needs to be rescheduled. In limbo right now. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:32:00 EST I don't know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908019 The appointment with my MD didn't go well. She pretty clearly thinks I just want to get out of work. I hope I have better luck with the psychiatrist on Friday. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 23:36:09 EST Going to the doctor tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906084 I've had a sore throat and intermittent cough for two months now. I'm having other physical symptoms I won't discuss here that scare me. And mentally and emotionally I'm barely holding it together. I'll admit to having had some self-destructive thoughts. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to the doctor to ask about disability. I don't think that, for now at least, I'm in any shape to deal with the stress on my job. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 22:46:42 EST Home sick -- boo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904839 I have a bad sore throat today. I'm also coming off of a particularly brutal work week. <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday I had huge amounts of payments to post because Tuesday was month-end. Then on Wednesday I had to catch up the huge volumes of correspondence that had arrived. When I tried to get payments posted yesterday the boss told me to drop them and do another task. I know that sooner or later I'm going to be asked why the payments aren't done. <BR> <BR> I'm sick and tired of feeling si... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:48:26 EST This morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901965 This morning I decided to go out to breakfast. Yes, I have plenty of food in the house, but I decided to go out anyway. Funny, but all the way down the walkway to my car I felt this huge pressing sensation, like I was doing something wrong and NEEDED to turn back. But I did go out, to a restaurant near me. <BR> <BR> The food was good, but the service definitely left something to be desired. When I and a few customers all walked in, the hostess turned and left the stand instead of seating us.... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:33:26 EST On a treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899732 While my boss is on vacation, HER boss has been badgering us every few minutes. Why isn't this done? What's happening with that? Why? How? When? we're all on eggshells. I've been working like crazy trying to get a little ahead and I can't even keep up. <BR> <BR> When I get home, all I can think about is ordering a pizza or driving through the drive-through. I have so much food in this house, I look like a food hoarder. I can barely close the freezer and I can't get all the cans and bottles i... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:50:44 EST Friday night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896751 What was that old Simon & Garfield song? "Time it was and what a time it was." It's been a demanding week. I'm still trying to dig out from under a mountain of other people's demands while catching up my work from being sick last week. Helping me greatly is the fact that my boss is on vacation until a week from next Monday. <BR> <BR> I finally had all I could stand of my cable provider (Uverse) and tomorrow I'm switching back to Comcast. I know they're more expensive, but the savings weren't... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:41:16 EST Whew... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891416 I had to move files around today, so I'm sore and tired. My boss (who's luckily in Atlanta this week) thinks I should be as strong and capable as anybody younger who's not on a walker. Well, I did get them done but I hurt right now. <BR> <BR> Meantime I started to crochet a new afghan tonight and -- brace yourself -- there were a couple of typos in the pattern! I guess I should have known when I realized they'd switched the captions under a couple of the illustrations. I had to look REALLY C... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:59:52 EST Useless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888841 This was a very emotional week for me. In addition to what I already blogged about, Thursday was the 33rd anniversary of my daughter's passing. I can't stop wondering what she'd look like, what career she'd have, if she had a family, and so on. <BR> <BR> Last night I slept extremely poorly and woke up before dawn. I can barely move today. I keep meaning to clean the kitchen (I can barely find the stovetop right now), but I feel like my limbs are made of cement. I didn't even make coffee unti... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:32:22 EST Don't know how to feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887785 Tuesday was my birthday. I've worked at my job for thirteen years. My department mates fuss and celebrate for each other's birthdays. Nobody so much as wished me happy birthday. Maybe I'm being childish, but I'm very hurt. They only notice me when they want something. Otherwise I don't exist. <BR> <BR> However, I am very grateful for the birthday wishes from my Spark and Facebook friends. My friends Paolo and Diane took me out for dinner last night, and they gave me a gorgeous earthenware la... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:51:03 EST Which day is this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884194 Yesterday the love of my adolescent life passed away. Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. I'm sure Heaven is a much more logical place! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126305246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was also month-end at work, and it was brutal, Not helped at all by the fact that I'd slept very poorly the previous two nights running. Also, I had a 32-page payment from State Medicaid that needed to be posted by hand instead of run electronically. The situation wa... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:49:36 EST Feeling dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882131 Yesterday I had a near panic attack at work and almost quit my job. The situation I reacted to turned out to be not nearly as bad as I thought, so luckily I kept my head on (sort of) and I'm still employed. <BR> <BR> I've had a problem with using the walker because I have to lean forward, so most of my dresses (all but the two oldest and rattiest) are too short in back for modesty. I checked the bank account today and discovered I'm in far better shape than I thought, so I went to the shoppi... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:34:12 EST Saturday sleepies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879995 Long week at work, poor sleep the last few nights. I'm drowsy and unmotivated today. But there's SO much I need to do. Cooking meals seems overwhelming lately. I stay in bed in the morning until I have to run, never mind breakfast. And at night, thoughts of the drive-through or phone-out are almost irresistible. I have SO much food in my kitchen, it looks like I'm hoarding it. I'm making myself cook at home, even if it's just heating a can of chili and making some garlic toast. <BR> <BR> Wel... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:36:51 EST Relighting a dead Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869555 I have had literally no Spark for months. I've even been kicked off of a team I used to lead. I want it back, but I don't know how. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:20:11 EST And Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862282 One of the handiest tools I bought at the restaurant supply store turned out to be one of the ones I initially paid the least attention to. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid my parents had a small, long spatula (called a burger spatula in the trade) with a serrated side edge. I had hoped to find one of them at the store, but none had the serrated side edge (I don't think anybody makes them any more). I bought one anyway. It's larger and heavier than the one my parents had. I didn't give it much tho... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:06:28 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861867 Okay, for the record salt-scrubbing does NOT work at cleaning cast iron. I tried to avoid using water at all but ended up having to anyway because I couldn't get all the salt out by dusting. Keep reminding myself -- most decades-old cast iron has been washed from time to time! <BR> <BR> I've bought two new cookbooks -- one Indian and one African. I have some trepidation about both. I have no familiarity at all with African food, although what I've read looks very good. Indian is quite fright... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:12:25 EST