LAURELINMO

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Freedom has arrived

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I was freed from my personal torture (aka physical therapy) sessions today. I have one more appointment with the surgeon in a month, but basically, I am healed and whole. To be accurate, I was actually undergoing Occupational Therapy as they were working to get my hand functioning to the point that I can do normal work or daily activities. Since I can dress, feed, drive myself (and have for months), technically, I didn't need the therapy except for the minor fact that I couldn't carry anything in my left hand or use it for much more than a paperweight.

Thanks to my therapist (and my work at home), I now have normal range of movement in my wrist. Still very weak in hand strength and the wrist hurts a lot if I push it too far (like trying to push myself up out of a chair or off the floor using my left hand), but it is a far cry from where it was for nearly 3 months.

So, it is time to get busy and serious about the weight loss. Which is good because this is the start of planting season. I'm looking forward to fresh salads using homegrown lettuce, arugula, bok choy, pak choy, radishes, broccoli, cabbage, onions, potatoes, beets, and fresh peas (garden, sugar snap, and snow). Just wish the tomatoes and peppers would grow at the same time the greens.

I'm getting help this year with the garden and farm chores (two young men are going to be staying with me, working part-time in exchange for room and board) so I can and will put in a huge garden. In addition to the veggies above, the garden will include sweet potatoes, okra, corn, beans (green, wax, pinto, romano, kidney, lima, and jacob's cattle), tomatillos (mexican tomatoes), carrots, brussel sprouts, squash (zucchini, yellow, patty-pan, acorn, hubbard, and spaghetti), pumpkins, goards, turnips, and cucumbers (slicing and pickling).

I'm impatient for harvest season - it is so much easier for me to eat well when the garden is producing!

Now I'm hungry but I bought some bok choy from a friend at Farmer's Market (he has a greenhouse), so I think it is chicken stir-fry tonight. I have a meal cooking in the crockpot (trying a new recipe with pork/sweet potato/apple baked together), but I think I'm going for the bok choy with mushrooms, celery, onions and some chicken and save the pork for tomorrow. That will give me a chance to skim the fat off the pork dish before I eat it and the flavors can meld overnight.

Talk at you later. Hope March doesn't blow us all over.

Laurel in windy Missouri
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  • LAURELINMO
    well, the stir fry was great as usual. The pork/apple/sweet potato dish was a major disappointment. Turned out way too bland. The pork was great - the apples were flavorless. Next time, I'm going to use a different kind of apple (not Galas). emoticon
    2883 days ago
  • CUISINEEXAMINER
    Your menu sounds delicious. What time is dinner? emoticon
    2883 days ago
  • SWEETSADDICTION
    sounds ambitious hopes yor garden is awesome.
    2884 days ago
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