Sunday, September 14, 2008
Yesterday, the Ouachita was whipped to a backward flowing turgid froth by Ike's outlying winds, swirling, sucking, and battering the interstate bridge pilings below me. The city raised the floodwall on my side of the river 3 days ago, because the backwaters of already swollen rivers and bayous had been emptying into this river for a week following Gustave's visit. Today, the river looks like slowly melting pewter glass beneath uncertain skies. I've been kicking myself all day for not taking pictures yesterday from my perfect vantage point! A friend's daughter's house a few miles to the southwest was robbed of windows by a tornado spawned by the hurricane system...thankfully, she and her family were unharmed. She said that small twigs lined all the crevices on her car doors as though they had been carefully and deliberately inserted upright by some mischievous child making a unique work of art! How incredible are the forces of nature set in motion by the hand of God at the beginning of time! I pray for all those who have been more closely and seriously affected by this storm.
I've done reasonably well this week on the "cut back on the dairy products" regimen. I've been fighting a throat infection all week, but I haven't felt the bloated, swollen head thing, so I think I may be on the right track. If I have to completely give up cheese and yogurt, though, it's going to be a difficult battle. I think I can almost live without chocolate more easily than I can live without cheese! But then, I suspect that the cheese and other dairy products may contribute to my craving for chocolate and other sugary things. We'll see. My sister has embarked on a similar dietary clean-up program, so we are being mutually supportive.
I maintained the Nordic Track sessions for the week. All in all, I'm satisfied...no weight loss yet, but I could zip my jeans a bit more easily! Whee!!
P. S. Tonight I tried fixing salmon a slightly different way than usual. I started off the same way...sauteed some sliced red onions in a spritz of olive oil, then added the salmon on top of the onion, sprinkled it with dill weed and cracked black pepper, and cooked covered (turning once) till done. When it was almost done, I added a squeeze of lime juice to deglaze the pan. I served it with a thin smear of roasted red pepper hummus spread over the top along with sides of brown rice and a bit of chunky guacamole. (That last one's for you, MOJO!!
) I have to say, I was satisfied...yum!