Thursday, December 31, 2009

Was this in style ten years ago?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Getting this train wreck back on the track....

I started the day with a cup of cooked oatmeal and a glass of milk. Love the stuff! Really takes the chill off these old bones, too.

Lunch: Well, again, it is almost two o'clock, and I am just not hungry yet. But likely? I will start to salivate as soon as I get into the car to go shopping, so a trip to Wendy's to share a chili with hubby will work! Watching him eat the crackers kills me though! And of course, there will be a sample or two at Costco...anything without gluten is fair game. Here's hoping for a little bite of protein or fruit!

Supper: halibut fillet, boiled potato, mashed (1/2 cup)with 1 tsp of butter on top, and a bit of skim milk to mash them with . These odd little broccoli things I found at Costco...sort of broccoli on a tall stem. Hope they are still good...things have a way of getting into my refrigerator and languishing there till death...hmmmm maybe I am hungry after all?

Snack: Still have those delish Japanese oranges calling to me from the kitchen island....

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

36 years....

and we are still eating Chinese food late in the evening! Rick got home around seven, so by the time we sat down to eat it was pushing nine o'clock. I didn't think of it at the time, but we ate Chinese food exactly thirty-six years ago today, on our wedding night! Is it any wonder that the sight of chow mein still brings a smile to my face?

Fourteen days until we will board the Equinox. Wanna see?

I am getting sooooo excited! With the new rules on baggage regarding carry ons, we will have to check our bags through, which is arouses fear the size of icebergs in me, but hopefully, if something does get lost? We will be able to track it down before the ship leaves. We leave on the thirteenth and set sail on the fifteenth. We will have a full day in Ft. Lauderdale to sightsee, shop or just relax....I am so looking forward to this! It won't be as restful as Mexico was (there would be no problem packing in a purse for that one!) but it will be enjoyable in a different way.

I am beginning to think that the Windstar cruise might have a bit of competition from this one! They say that Windstar cruises are what the people who work on cruise ships choose, so it will be a tough comparison. By the looks of the food, I shouldn't have any problems eating gluten free, or keeping to good healthy choices. I really can't risk eating in unfamiliar places, either, so there goes the possiblity of scorfing down a thousand calorie burger for lunch! They say that the average person gains two pounds a day on a cruise. You are tempted to eat twenty four hours a day, but two pounds? Point taken though, to wear your tightest formal dress the first evening!

I have to track down a bunch of dry cleaning bags to pack my clothes this time. All the travel tip sites claim that it works to keep your clothing unwrinkled. Maybe it is time to get Rick's shirts laundered at the cleaners!

Next week will be time for the new haircut and pedicure to refresh my tomatoe red sort of kick starts you into vacation mode to get pampered a little!

Ahhh life is good.

Went to bed last night watching the TV show HOARDERS

And had terrible nightmares! I absolutely detest having too many things around me - I also was reading a really interesting fashion site. Those two things coupled to make a rough night! I dreamt I was trying to navigate through a house full of stuff, and clean at the same just kept getting worse and worse! I think that was my subconcious telling me to get into that ten foot closet and get rid of stuff once and for all! I really recommend this site since the author has definite opinions, and sound advice for all body types in a very concise format. I like her list of basics, too, as they are very similar to the items I have in my own closet and find myself wearing over and over again. I truly would be lost without my black tshirt and jeans for instance!

It is our anniversary today. It has been either 35 or 36 years. Can't quite remember! Hubby is in Thompson, and will be home for supper. We usually just enjoy the comforts of home on our anniversary, since that was the whole point of getting married in the first place! There is no other place we would rather be. So, maybe a bit of Chinese food would be nice? Just might light a candle or two....

Anyway, this diet business. I woke up this morning a full two pounds lighter after my day of debauchery yesterday. When I am left to my own devices? I am a total child. The thing is? I lost weight eating chips, chocolate covered almonds and cashews. Mind you I did polish off the day with mandarin oranges, so maybe it balanced out! I did keep my stress in check though...I am purposely willing myself not to worry about every mouthful of food I put into my body. I also got a lot of sleep last night. Maybe there is something to that article? Time will tell! All I know is that I reallyl enjoyed my grazing yesterday. When the cat is away, this mouse turned into a rat for sure! LOL

Breakfast today: toasted English muffin with cheez whiz yum-o! Speaking of Rachael Ray? I bought one of her garbage bowls from the shopping channel, and I love it. AND her measuring bowls. Bright, happy products that are so useful! The garbage bowl sits on my counter, and saves so many steps during prep time, I can not tell you!

Lunch: Hmmmm it is almost time for lunch and I just had breakfast. I am going to work on NOT grazing today, so maybe a good bowl of homemade soup? Lunch ended up being a toasted English muffin with plastic cheese at three. With a side of Sour Cream and Onion Lay's chips. I know. I am bad.

Supper: Chinese food is my plan! Almond Guy Ding, Beef and Broccoli with steamed rice. MMM good. Dessert was a double portion of chocolate covered almonds. Would rather have a meal like this than one at Hy's to tell you the truth! I love Chinese food!

Rick was in Thompson and saw the kids last night. The baby is getting wavy hair, and optomistic hubby sees her as having Glenda's hair. IF ONLY! Mother's lock up your sons!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Now this is interesting....

I haven't gained an ounce over the past few days. And that includes tying on the feedbag at a dinner party, having Chinese food one night AND delving into a ginormous bag of Lay's potato chips! (had help with that one!) So, I am thinking that there could be something to this sleep and body type business, because we did sleep a lot. I feel really rested, and quite content.

Although the scale is not dropping from all my debauchery, I am beginning to see a possible reason why I gain so easily. As I said before, the Doc told me I have too much cortisol. I have always been on a diet, and I have always had a weight problem. After reading the "body type" diet thing, and finding my body shape? The main culprit for me is stress, which produces the cortisol, which packs on the fat...and it also explains why I gained ten pounds after going to physio for four hours a day for six weeks years ago! The theory is this. Adrenal types (me) have bodies that are stressed by diet and exercise, and react by NOT losing weight but gaining it! The body goes into overdrive on the cortisol production. Ah ha! If this is true, it could explain a lot of when I am really, really, really focused on food and exercise, that scale doesn't budge.

I was shocked every morning this past week to wake up to the exact numbers on the scale, no matter what my perceived "sins" were. (When faced with an unbelievable buffet? I kept to 3 oz of white turkey, 2 T cranberry sauce, 1/3 cup of whipped potatoes, 1 spoon of coleslaw and a small cabbage roll. Seconds for me, was another 1/3 cup of potatoes and another cabbage roll. My big delve into sweets, was four oatmeal balls.(how nice to have something gluten free on the table!)

In preparation for the main meal, I had a small breakfast and just nibbled a pickle and a bit of garlic sausage and cheese as I prepared snacks to take. I would think that was about 200 calories at the most. Breakfast that day was oatmeal and milk. Anyway, that was a good load of food for me, and I didn't gain an ounce! Go figure.

Today's menu:

Toasted English Muffin (GF) with 2 slices of bacon (80 cal) 1 tsp of butter (cooking and spreading) a slice of Kraft plastic cheese and an egg. Hmmm Egg McMuffin without the Mc!

Lunch: I just finished breakfast!

Supper: 2 servings of Lay's plain potato chips and 2 servings of chocolate covered almonds - with sparkling flavoured water. Hey, that item bit was okay!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sleepy Sunday

Supper was the highlight of my day. I made a grilled steak, with mushrooms and a Caesar salad...not a full fat one, but it was tasty none the less. Quick, simple and soooooooo good!

Today, while researching what to pack for a cruise, I came across this new book - yes, another diet book by a Dr. Berg ( - of course he sells a butt load of vitamins etc, to detoxify your body which is quackery if you ask me) that had suggested eating plans for body types.

Would love to find out the suggestions, but, you know what? I don't think I want to give one more penny to these "miracle" diet people. I do plan on continuing to eat what makes me feel good and pleases me, though. The no gluten thing works like a charm. A LOT less discomfort in the old digestive tract for one.I feel better, so that change is here to stay. I didn't realize I even had discomfort, since it was always there! I just thought it was the way bodies digested food - painfully! I am such a woos now, that I can't even take a little gas! LOL.

Almost the end of another year....

Four days left until we start making mistakes writing the date on our cheques! I remember when I first learned that the year changed....fifty plus years ago, it was almost as much of a shock as it is now!

It has been an interesting year. New places, new experiences. I hope the coming year has even more adventures! We have resolved to take another restful vacation in the coming year. Mexico was such an education for us both - it was so nice to leave all the hustle and bustle behind us, and just deal with each day as it came. There is nothing like a long stretch of not too much to do each day! I would love to go back to Puerto Vallarta as soon as possible! A Mediterranean or Baltic cruise would be nice too. But only time and budget will tell! You just never know what is going to happen, so while you have the circumstances, you must do what you can. There is a window of opportunity between children and dotage that you have a little time to slip in some living!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Lovely day in the neighbourhood....

We shopped for a few things at Costco today. It was really quiet there, which made a nice change from the last months shopping expeditions that were more like battle deployments! We were able to pick up our milk and who knows what else in record time as there were no crowds to slug through!

We have a party to go to tomorrow evening, so that will be fun. I still do not know what I am going to wear, but something comfortable and resistant to staining would be a good start. I think dress pants and a nice blouse...maybe my new silk number, with nice earrings. Yep. that would be perfect.

So, this morning, we started our day with oatmeal. Lunch was at Wendy's where we shared a chili and french fries. If you dump the chili over the fries? It is really, really good. AND you have to add a package of hot chili sauce for that little zip! When we came home, I quickly made some GF macaroni with ground beef, and spaghetti sauce and cheese. It was pretty, I give myself credit for that! A simple romaine salad rounded out the meal. Rick loved it. I hated it. He is much more forgiving about the GF products than I am, it seems. I really didn't like the meal, and only ate enough to keep the sugars up! So, when we got home tonight, I treated myself to a hot chocolate and two small GF muffins. Mm Mm Mm good!

I really want to sleep in tomorrow morning. I wonder if that is possible?

Stretch Silk Blouse

Have you ever heard of such a thing? This is my new blouse that I just love! (they only had black but the details show up so much better on the pink) I washed it on the delicate cycle, and it came out of the dryer with nary a wrinkle.The picture is not good, but it has little ruffles on either side of the button placket, and a little tie at the back to give the illusion of a waist...which, tonight of all nights? Would be an illusion worthy of that guy that made the Statue of Liberty disappear. Ah well. Just had to share a modern miracle with the world. Washable, stretchable silk. It will be great on the cruise to wear with this skirt...of course, the details likely won't show up here, either, but there is a front panel of sparkly black beads. Another miracle fabric that arrived in the mail crease less and ready to wear! Remember the Turtles song? Well, here is my version....ooooooo I love spandex! And here is a picture of a blouse I ordered that did come in pink! It hasn't arrived, but I am hoping that it will fit as nicely as the first one.... There is nothing cooler than silk, or as easy to dress up or down. Since you are basically only visible from the waist up at dinner, I am trying to think of the lightest possible way to tote along enough clothing to wear for dinner, and for playing during the day. There are two formal nights that recquire a cocktail dress. Less is always more. I think that is why I am so thrilled to have found these blouses. They weigh nothing, and will dress up nicely for evening, with the skirt, and my "travelling" pants (made out of the same uncrushable fabric, that you could wear for a week straight and never get rumpled) for dressy "bottoms"- these four items alone will give me four outfits. I will wear my cocktail dress twice, with different accessories. And my "play" tops can easily be worn with the skirt, and a necklace to dress them up. who said you had to have a different item of clothing on every single day? I have favourite things that I wear constantly at home, so why would I need more if I was away from home? JUST IN CASE, the packer's lament!

Thank goodness the man is home!

It has been a bad few days for me! If there is one thing I shouldn't do, it is to use Cheddar Popcorn as the human equivalent of puppy chow when he is gone. It really whacks me upside the head, but I must admit it is my own laziness that does it. Today, my equally bad diet was as follows.

At noon, I slunk into the kitchen and actually made an egg and a toasted English muffin. That was good. With milk.

At about three? I had three gluten free donuts. Yes. And I am suffering now. My system can not handle things like this and I develop socially undesirable traits....or trails, depending on the severity of the situation.

At about seven? He phoned to say he was finally getting on a plane. I went to the kitchen, cracked the pickles and sliced up some Ukrainian sausage. Oh, my poor belly!

At nine thirty? We were sitting down to Chinese food. Almond guy ding, and beef with broccoli. I have been running ever since.

Tomorrow is another day. I will be more sensible, and make my oatmeal for breakfast at breakfast time, I will make soup for lunch, and we will have a proper supper. Well, if I hit two out of three I will be doing good!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Okay, this online shopping

is becoming addictive. BUT I paid off all my bills this morning, so what the heck! Here I go again!

This morning, I had a GF English muffin, a piece of bacon, a slice of plastic cheese and an egg. MMM good. For lunch? I had nine GF lemon wafer cookies. My theory is, that all food turns to sugar in your body, so eating cookies instead of lunch just eases the burden on the body. I am on a tear these days, out of control. Stop me! No, don't you dare! I am having fun.

Since it is six o'clock, I should be thinking about supper...where is that bag of cheddar popcorn???? This is so 'not a good thing'!


Breakfast: Oatmeal with brown sugar and skim milk
Lunch: Vegetable soup (homemade) cheddar cheese 2 oz
Supper: baked potato with 2 tsp of butter, 2 T of sour cream
Snack: white cheddar popcorn ( 6 cups) and two glasses of diet ginger ale

Lunch was not my creation but my friend's, so I can't take any credit for making such a wise calorie lacking soup! The taste was big but the calories were negligible! Company, of course, was as delightful as the soup!

First night without hubby is always the hardest. SO I ordered new bedding and yet another faux fur coat. Come on! I had to! The shipping was free you know!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Beans, beans the musical fruit...

I LOVE them! For lunch today, I opened a can of beans and added some dehydrated onion flakes and a tablespoon or two of maple syrup. MMMM good. The simplest things are usually the best, and wow, they were the best! To make it heartier for the man, I added a sprinkling of Tex Mex cheese to his portion, and a few shreds for me. Not because I was being "good" - just because I really like the taste of just the beans! They love me too, because they are still talking to me!

After eating beans for lunch I really wasn't hungry for supper, so my very nutritious evening meal consisted of four cups of Smartpop White Cheddar Popcorn. Yep. I fell off the wagon, hard. All that salt will show up on the scale tomorrow, although the calorie count for the day is still well under my alloted 1800 calories. I do feel very full though! Just have this urge to eat, because the "meals" were not very balanced today. The meals were:

Breakfast was 1 cup of oatmeal, brown sugar and milk.

Lunch; 1.5 cups of baked Beans with Ukrainian sausage slices(2" piece) and a tablespoon of shredded cheese.

Supper: confessed to the Smartpop incident earlier in this post.

Snack: hmmmm wasn't that just supper? Just may finish myself off by having a turtle or two. Back on track tomorrow.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Last night was a great success....

and tonight we will benefit from the leftovers! Love the cook once eat twice method. Although, I think the chicken will end up in a pot pie, with a creamy mashed potato topping. It all depends how I feel when supper time rolls around. One thing for sure though, it will be chicken and mashed potatoes! I still have two servings of asparagus left over, but I also purchased some fresh broccoli spear things that would be nice too.....

Breakfast/lunch: GF English muffin, with butter. Skim milk, two eggs and three pieces of bacon. Yes. Again!

Supper: chicken breast, potatoes, vegetables.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fun and games with my remote....

I have been parking further and further away from the door when I go shopping...just to see just how far this gadget will operate! I am thrilled. Usually, we are not this foolish with out money, but hey, everyone has a vice, right? I do see the ridiculousness of the situation though. A two year old car, with 2,100 kms on it, hardly needs a remote starter! But who said logic had anything to do with it? I do feel like it will be a lot easier to get out and about on those blustery days, if I know my seat warmer has been turned on and is ready for my elegant bum ahead of me actually entering the vehicle, well, needless to say, I will be more apt to go out!

So, tonight we are having a dinner party. It has been so long since we had anyone but no fuss friends over, that I had forgotten just how much work entertaining can be! Of course, Rick was his usual wonderful self. He did the dusting and vacuuming, while I cleaned the kitchen and the front hall closet. I managed to get rid of one of his parkas, and that made room for another shoe organizer. There is room for 32 pairs of neatly stored shoes in the closet now, but I still have two of those shoe wheel things in my bedroom closet. Excessive? No more than anyone else, I would think. In theory? You only need four pairs of shoes. BUT in reality? You have to buy ten pairs to find the one good fitting pair you love, and can't live without. You really don't know which of the ten wil turn out to be your favourite go to shoes. I also managed to get the shower curtains and liners laundered. I love my shower curtains. They are both white, both soft and silky to the touch. Why I thought this had to be done before a dinner party is beyond me, but I am glad I had the time to do it.

This morning I had an omelet for breakfast, but couldn't finish it. So, one egg, two mushrooms and about 120 calories worth of cheese. Three slices of bacon and skim milk.

Lunch was a gf English muffin, with "plastic" cheese and a glass of milk. Supper will be a Greek Salad, mashed potatoes (with cream cheese, rather than butter) roasted chicken breasts and Bananas Foster for dessert...This sounds familiar because I did a trial run of the chicken and potatoes last night for supper. I bought regular buns for everyone but me, which is the reason I treated myself to anEnglish Muffin for lunch. Plus, it will make me a better cook, because I won't be trying to cook on an empty stomach. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Today I am going to do battle with my sewing machine and my 'way too long' slips! I have been putting off doing this for well over a month...the sewing machine took up permanant resident status on the spare dining room chair...we just don't see it anymore. BUT we are expecting company this weekend, and I would like to have my chairs available for bums, not for machines!

This morning, I started polishing the silverware, and forgot about breakfast. Bad idea. So, lunch was two eggs and an English muffin with butter. Very good indeed. I have no idea what supper will be though! I have to stick around to receive my gluten free order from Kinnikinnick, so I feel like I have one foot nailed to the floor. My first order of the day was to polish all of the silver flatware, and now I have one remaining challenge....THE DREADED SLIP SHORTENING.

Supper? A baked potatoe would suit me just fine. I found a bag of frozen broccoli the other day in the back of the freezer, so that would make a good addition. I could add a little protein by cracking a can of red salmon to eat on the side. I think it would be really tastey to mix some cream cheese, sour cream and cooked broccoli into the potato flesh, and restuff the skins. Trouble is I don't have any sour cream, but I imagine some whipping cream would do the trick, with a little sharp cheddar to add a little zip. I find that rich flavours in very small amounts are all I really need to satisfy both my appetite and taste buds. It seems that a lot of receipes leave you wanting more because there really isn't anything flavourful about them. What is broccoli without a little salt and a teensy bit of butter? GRASS.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

-24ºC -11ºF

Yay! It is warming up! Really good weather for soups and stews, if one had the inclination to stay home and make them. I like going out when everyone else is at home...makes it easier to drive. Speaking of which? Yesterday, I went to start my little heap, and nothing happened except a clicking sound. Took it to the dealership after Rick boosted it, to find out that I had a damaged cell....well, I could have told them I had several, mainly between the ears, but this one they could fix. New battery on the spot, no fuss, no muss, no bother and I was ready to roll. The downside/upside was, that Hyundai now installs remote starters. I now have an appointment on Friday morning to get one installed. The free battery is costing me a bundle! Ah well. In this weather? You need all the incentive to get out of the house you can manage. And apparently? This gadget will tell me things from 3000 feet. It will communicate with me through song.... Who would have thought that things would come to this! When I was young? Turning signals were optional! Literally. I can not tell you how happy I am with my little car. Great service, good product. What more do you want? All together now! A remote starter!

So, this morning, the man made breakfast, which severely limits the food intake for the rest of the day due to his love of quantity. But it was lovely. A toasted English Muffin (gluten free, of course, and tastes nothing like a real English muffin...just a good bun)buttered, with two strips of bacon, two eggs and a glass of milk. MMMM good. Lunch? I really don't want lunch after all that!

*Supper will most likely be fish in chili sauce and a bit of rice, with some stir fried or steamed veggies (frig pickin's). Speaking of pickin', we are picking up our new camera today (ours met an untimely demise on our last trip) so I will be able to post a few pictures of the culinary disasters errrrr recipes. Cooking fish this way is a real winner, so I am anxious to let you see how pretty it is, and how simple it is to make.

New in my kitchen this week, is a Rachael Ray garbage bowl. I love it! It is pretty innocuous sitting on the counter, and so handy. Since I was ordering the bowl, I splurged on a set of her measuring cups/bowls, that are just amazing. They are huge, but take up less space than all the glass ones I had. They are made out of polypropylene, so they are not harmful even if used in the micro, which I will not do anyway. But if I should happen to need them for something hot, i know they will not leach yuck into my food. Both items were on sale. Now the only thing that remains to be seen, is if they earn their real estate in the cupboards! I find myself baking more and more these days, since I can tolerate baked goods now. I avoided things with flour in them, and didn't even realize that I was doing it, so now? I eat more cookies, pies, cakes and muffins than I did before. In fact though, I have been known to order pickles for dessert in fancy restaurants if they didn't offer Bananas Foster...they have always been my one sugar weakness, likely because they never ever made me sick! Incidentally? The last Bananas Foster I made was killer. I can still taste the Appleton's rum! So much better than snooty old brandy!

December 16

*supper was Chinese takeaway...chicken guy ding and beef with broccoli. We cleaned our plates! I could never really eat a lot of Chinese food before, primarily because my favourite thing was breaded chicken balls - little gluten bombs. After the first bite I would feel queasy, but being not feint of heart, I would soldier on....but I certainly didn't have the heart to eat much of the good for you dishes that were primarily vegetables. I didn't eat the rice, but I do now!

I now understand why people are hungry after they eat a heaping plate of Chinese food. I was actually hungry shortly after eating supper last night! Enter tragedy. Hubby made a plate of taco chips with cheese and salsa, and that was such a bad idea! I still felt queasy this morning, not from the gluten but from the heaviness of it all. Live and learn.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Have you noticed? We are almost done with another year. Where does the time go? I have no idea, but I do know that it is going super fast whatever the destination!

We had oatmeal for breakfast. What a treat! It sticks to your ribs, and is a nice change from eggs. I finally got tired of the same old thing for breakfast, so a change is really appreciated! There are *chicken thighs thawing as we speak, so that is the backbone of our supper tonight. Lunch? Well, maybe a snack at three, because I am still full!

The grocery store beckons, so I really hope it isn't too cold out there!

*The chicken thighs were amazing. I browned them, skin side down in a skillet, flipping when they were crispy, golden and easily "released" themselves from the pan. I then moved them to a plate, and browned two medium cut up potatoes, chunks of onion and a few carrots in the same pan. When the veggies were almost tender, I put the chicken back on top of the veggies and finished cooking in the oven.

Just before they were done (I was aiming for an internal temp of 180º, about 150º) I brushed a mixture of honey, curry powder, ginger and soya sauce on the thighs, then returned the dish to the oven. WOW! Was that ever good! The pan drippings were great spooned over the veggies (worked out to be the same as garnishing the veggies with butter, as there was very little fat in the pan) and everything had the flavour that only roasting can give. I really wish I had a picture, because it was a pretty dish as well. I usually have one chicken thigh, but this was so good, I indulged in two!MMMMM mmmmm good! And the bonus? My blood sugar was normal before my snack at night. 5.5 to be exact. Life is good when you find food that helps you balance!


was a full in tummy full! We started the morning with gluten free oatmeal...mmmm good. Hubby made it, and it wasn't as good as mine! I usually add a bit of cinnamon, and brown sugar while it is cooking, and a couple tablespoons of cream to make it just the right consistency. I do not like to pour milk on it for some reason, and prefer to eat it like a big gooey cookie. I buy GF oatmeal, and although the cost is exorbitant, the flavour sure is good!

Lunch was TWO yep, TWO GF English muffins. I am in love with those puppies. Almost tastes like bread. I had two slices of plastic cheese on them, so I was in hog heaven! After a lunch like that, I had a big nap, just to work it off. Wonder if it worked?

Supper was scalloped potatoes, ham steak, steamed savoy cabbage and carrots. We had company, so I made Bananas Foster. The first bottle in the liquor cabinet was Appleton's Jamacan Rum, and I think that will be my booze of choice for finishing them from now on. I made whipping cream to top them with and they were the perfect ending to the meal. I am still full though, so I don't know what my sugars will be in the morning. I just can not possibly pack in one more bite!SO, my excuse for the indulgences today? I AM ON THE WENDY PLAN! That is my story, and I am sticking to it!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

There is a quick frozen food for me after all!

And I had it for supper. Frozen potato skins. MMM good. Bacony, cheesy goodness. I bought them to have snackage on hand over the holidays, but guess that plan isn't going to come to fruition, aye? Three skins were 210 calories, so supper was six skins and a little bit of Marzetti's light veggie dip. I tried to use cottage cheese, but it was moldy. Another victim of living in my refrigerator. I had every intention of eating cottage cheese, but just didn't get around to it. Not a good thing. Ah well, that is life. From now on I am going to pick buy it and eat it the same day...better yet? Just before dinner, send the man for it!

So, here is what the damage amounts to for today:

Breakfast: 1 GF hot dog bun, buttered of course. Not too much as GF bread products will not hold butter at slides right through,making a mess in your fingers, but naturally limiting the amount you can have! Oh no! It was my last one! 2 fried eggs...tried out my new President's Choice frying pan. Very nice indeed. And eco friendly to boot. Eggs slid off the pan slick as a whistle with just a tiny soupson of butter, for flavour. It is even a neat colour...not teflon black but sort of a golden taupe...matches the wall colour in here perfectly!

Lunch: two GF muffins, with butter, water

snack: 1 oz of cheddar cheese and eight olives
( I am a pickle addict. I need a gallon sized jar of Vlasic's dills onhand always. Where can I buy them in the city though? I usually stock up in Wal-mart in Grand Forks. It has been forever since we went shopping, and no hope of going before Christmas. I can not tolerate crowds, and there is nothing but these days.

Supper; six potato skins, 1 T Marzetti's dip, flavoured bubbly water
Snack: the other box of those sweet little oranges! More water!

Notice the balance? That's because there is none! I will be back on track tomorrow when the man returns, but it has turned into a grab what you can lifestyle. To top that off, the house looks like a tornado went through it! Just me. I can't imagine the luxury of retirement - being able to share every meal, and have the man clean up all the time? LOL How sweet would that be! For now? I am often reminded of Cher in that movie where she had two young girls, and her big stab at cooking was h'ordouvres! Good ideas sometimes come from movies, you know....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It is sooooooooooo cold!

I am just not ready to accept winter yet...I don't care if it is December, I want some heat please!

Today, I grazed and acted like a five year old. I had a toasted GF hot dog bun for breakfast with a slice of "plastic" know the stuff we all love and won't admit to eating? Well, that was followed by four bags of Lays plain potato chips. Yep. Four. 90 calories each and all that fat. Supper was baked beans and a fruit nappie full of sweet mix pickles...more salt. Snack time? I demolished a 1.5 lb box of those tiny mandarines. I showed no mercy - ate the whole family, huddled as they were together in that little orange box proclaiming their sweetness. I have no idea how many calories that all was, but today? I don't care. I was out of milk so oatmeal wasn't an option, and I am tired of eggs for breakfast. Yep. It has finally happened!

So, that is about all I have to report...not much can happen to you if you don't stick your nose out the door! I did order the showstopper from the shopping channel today though...a head warmer.
It was a set of two, unisex (will look bad on everyone!) and most importantly, will be good for our trips north, to keep us warm in case of an emergency. Sometimes life up there is a constant emergency! Whoa Nelly it gets cold! And if it gets really really cold? I am not beyond wearing it with my dress clothes!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

There has to be a fancy word for slug...

there is no other way to describe me! I am cold, and the only place I am happy is under my quilt and duvet! Rick left for Toronto this morning, and his plane was delayed until supper time. Poor guy spent all that time at the airport, just waiting. So, when I hear he has safely landed, I can go back to bed and sleep the rest of the night away. It is so cold outside that I haven't even tried to poke my nose out.

Breakfast: half of a potatoe, fried with two eggs, and two pieces of bacon.
Lunch: Peach fizz jelly candies (I know. I am evil.)
Supper: a single serving gluten free spinach and feta pizza from Glutino. These are good! 420 calories and they are edible. So much gluten free stuff just isn't. And the serving size is just right for me. I had a diet orange pop to go with the 'orange coloured food crap' theme today!

Monday, December 7, 2009


was a busy day. We were running from morning till night, and then came home to veg in front of the tv. What a treat that was! Breakfast today was oatmeal and milk, lunch was chicken soup, with blueberries and whipped cream for dessert. Supper was shrimp and rice, with chili sauce, and stir fried veggies. Snacks in front of the tube? GF Muffins and milk! Ah, what a lovely day.

One of the things we did today, was to return a set of pots to Costco. We bought this set last January on a whim. I regretted the purchase within a month. Since the cost was quite high (599.99 - ouch!) I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask if we could return them, as they had proven to be dangerous. Every time I used them, I either got a steam burn or a "handle" burn. Not a good thing. Anyway, it turns out that we could return them, no questions asked. AND for real money on our credit card,not a credit note! Now, is that service or what? I LOVE COSTCO. If you are not 100% happy, they make it right. You just can't find a better place to shop! So, now my old Lagostina and Cuisinart pots are back in their spots and I was able to cook supper tonight, without pain! The man will have to spend a bit more time polishing them after supper, but you have to keep the cook happy...a good way is to not have me scorched or scalded every meal! However I do need to find a new "egg" pan...a nice slippery nonstick! Any suggestions?

Saturday, December 5, 2009


You know how it feels when you leave a party early? Well, that is the way I am feeling about Mexico. I just wasn't finished, and I had to leave! I would love to have spent a few more days basking in the sunshine, and watching the waves carry all my troubles out to sea. It was such a simple fuss, no muss, no bother. Not the Ritz Carlton, but a simple seaside hotel, requiring simple clothes for simple activities. I actually feel that I relaxed for the very first time in my life!

There is a feeling of acceptance there, that just isn't present in our culture. Fat ladies wear bathing suits. It is accepted, and not a problem. And if the locals can accept me? Why shouldn't I accept myself? NOW I know what a vacation is supposed to be! Not running from this to that,and shopping myself into a coma, but sitting and being in the moment...Michael Buble's music playing, preferably..... Sigh. Even if I turn up the heat, I just can not get that sort of warmth back into my old bones!

So, to self soothe, I have been frequenting my favourite travel sites on the net. I am not very interested in Las Vegas, although people tell me I should see it once in my lifetime, to take in the shows...but to tell you the truth? It is just too...Vegas! My mind goes back to that beach in Puerto Vallarta in my dreams.

I want to sit on that beach, soak up the sun, and finish de-stressing, if there is such a word! I want to be with my fella and not think about anything other than the sound of the sea and the words to the happy tunes filtering down from the hotel! I am already thinking ahead, past the cruise in January to our next adventure! Hopefully two weeks will be enough in January to see me through until the next vacation is booked.

By the way? The bathingsuits I ordered from did not work out. They must think that people do not measure themselves accurately, and work in a "fudge" factor or something because the suits were both a full size too large. How dissappointing, and how expensive that little exercise was. So, unless you know the brand and the size, ordering bathingsuits is risky business. Twenty eight dollars for shipping to get them here, and 22 dollars to send them back two hours after they came into the house! OUCH.

So, I knew when I was having my little shopping spree that I would have a few returns...cough...a few? The good news is, that all but one pair of shoes fit...the bad news is, where am I going to store four new pairs of shoes? A very happy problem! I really need to reorganize that closet of mine!

The best place of all to deal with was Zappos Canada. They charge ten dollars shipping, and you don't have to pay anything extra upon delivery, because they calculate the taxes for you, and include it in the price they charge to your credit card. It is a real struggle not to go back and get every colour of the shoes that did fit! But, self control is a virtue, and it is about time I started to try to be a bit more virtuous!

As for the clothing? Well, so far, only one item of the Lilly & Van collection has arrived. The quality is lovely, and I am eager to recieve the other items I ordered. I think I am finally learning to mix and match a bit...not buying everything in a coordinate group just because it is there. The one L&V item was a green tunic sleeveless tee - yep. Sleeveless! (Very comfy in the heat, and who cares if I have fat arms? I am going to be 60 next year. It is my party, and I can flutter my flab if I want to!) I am anxious to see what the coordinating jackets and bottoms fit like...if the quality is anything like the tee, well, let me tell ya, I will be a happy camper. If nothing else works, though, at least I have one more tee to wear with my current white bottoms! I am ignoring that last phrase, and hope that you realize I only have one bottom, but several items of white clothing to cover it!

So, that is what is on my mind tonight. I just polished off two tomato and bacon "bunwiches". Supper was half a baked yam and about 2 oz of pork chop. Hmmm no wonder I was hungry!

Menu plan for Saturday? I have no idea, but I am kinda getting hooked on the concept of oatmeal. It really does stick to your ribs, and carries enough protein to see you through until the next feeding time at the zoo!

Friday, December 4, 2009

New shoes!

Oh my. OH MY! OHHHHH MY!!! I am in love with ordering shoes online. Only one pair didn't fit - of course, they were the expensive ones, BUT they are now listed on eBay, because there is a restocking fee that soooo makes it not worthwhile to return. Hopefully, I will get the cost of the shoes back, and just have to eat the exchange and postage. That being said? I am very happy with the shoes that did work! I have a very, very high instep so that is why the one pair didn't work. They were soooo cute though! Sigh.

So, the parcels are steadily coming in from the far corners of the world. Well, make that the US, but you get my drift! My wardrobe for the cruise is filling out nicely, with the accessories needed coming my way one by one. The showstopper on TSC was a black shrug yesterday, which was just what I needed and didn't know it! I was looking for a black cardigan, but the shrug will work with more things, and not look old ladyish. What is it about a cardigan that adds years? Maybe the fact that you get chilly in the tropics and your personal central heating has burned itself out during menopause! LOL

So, today I made oatmeal for breakfast, and had two cups of coffee. Of course, I had to have two tablespoons of brown sugar on my cereal, but I figure since I don't put milk on my cereal that the calories even out. I bought gluten free oatmeal quite some time ago, and it really tastes good. I guess it should be since it was over five dollars for a tiny bag. Just to keep every scrap of contaminant at bay makes the price worth while though. No point getting sick when there are ways to prevent it.

Lunch was a four inch length of Overlander garlic sausage.

I have no idea what to make for supper, other than a spinach and mushroom salad. Hmmm. A chicken breast would turn that into a meal, wouldn't it. Wonder if there is one lurking in the depths of our refrigerator?

Last night I wore my new faux fur coat for the first time, and was it ever warm. I felt like a large, very fluffy leopard! LOL Very long, and very cozy. I didn't get chilled in the car even - getting into a cold car usually sets off chills that send my teeth chattering! I can hardly wait for the new car to arrive with the seat warmers. My car has them, and I LOVE them. We usually use Rick's car, and it is always in the way, so we have to freeze our butts until the car warms up!

Another exciting day in the life!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

After cooking supper for two nights in a row, I copped out yesterday, and had popcorn for supper. Breakfast today was a nice steamy bowl of gluten free that went down well! Hubby of course, had raisins with his, which in my opinion? Is ruining a perfectly good bowl of oatmeal. Think we will have the same for tomorrow's breakfast. I didn't make the shepherd's pie, so ended up warming the leftovers from Monday for tonight's supper. 3 oz of beef, 3/4 cup of peas (80 calories! Should have read the bag before limiting my intake to 1/3 of a cup!)a cup of carrots, and 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes. Gravy, of course. Can't let you think I am totally WW brainwashed! And it was GOOD by the way.... Since we had a late breakfast and an early supper, I will likely have a muffin with my tea, and call it a day. It is so easy to make GF muffins from a mix...especially when you consider that six muffins are 5.99 and make you wonder why they didn't bother adding a few things to make them more palatable! Not to mention that I get 18 muffins from a 5.99 mix rather than six.... So, there you have it - another exciting culinary revelation from me!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sometimes relatives just make your day!

I spent a good part of the morning with my dear niece chattering away about everything from soup to nuts. Nuts being the operative word here! Isn't it funny how tiny children can grow up to be such interesting adults? Although we rarely see one another, every time I talk to her, I feel I am still talking to same wise soul I first met. She was all of three at the time, but always, always,always had such a likable nature. In fact, it was her behaviour that gave me the notion that maybe having a family wasn't a bad idea after all! We share a passion for travelling and homemaking and all things pertaining to the above, so it is easy to chat for two hours and not even feel like we have scratched the surface of all that needs to be said. She works with babies in the NICU, so has found a place to use her very kind and gentle heart. It is a treat knowing the people that are hanging from the branch next to you on the old family tree. An even better treat if you like them!

Food chat. I am still full from supper last night, but since the husband was making breakfast I made a polite attempt to eat it...fifteen oven fries and two eggs...didn't manage to eat it all.

Lunch time has passed unacknowledged.

Supper will be recycled roast aka shepherd's pie. I feel like having dessert, so I will open a jar of peaches and make a dollop of whipped cream for the top. MMMM good! And hubby will think I fussed!

My bathing suit arrived today!

I almost forgot to post this. I found this suit on EBay, and to my amazement, it fits like a glove. The print is a strange colour combination. Brown background, olive green, and shades of Pepto-Bismol pink!The irony is, that it was originally a QVC item! I had seen the suit on-line but this colour was sold out, so I totally knew what I was buying online. Plus it was new with tags, a nice extra.

A lot of other items arrived as well. They are just resting on my office armchair before beginning their long trek back from whence they came. The postage is killing me, but it is the cost I am willing to pay, to have the selection the world has to offer! I really think I should stop ordering things for the cruise though. I am planning on one carry on bag, and seems to me, not a whole lot is going to fit in that little case and my big black purse! I have a good skeleton wardrobe as it is, but the urge to splurge was just too strong to fight when I was all alone with this machine. What is a person supposed to do? Use self control? Naaahhhhhhh

What a Monday!

I was busy all day, but doing what I couldn't tell you! We had company for supper, so later in the afternoon, I popped a roast in the oven. We had spinach and mushroom salad, roast beef, carrots, potatoes and some pretty wonderful gravy. I used three tablespoons of my Kinnikinnick bread mix to thicken the pan juices. Well, I had no idea that the stuff would be soooooooooooo 'thickening'! One box of stock later, I had a smooth, silky gravy. MMM good. I think I will freeze small portions of the leftovers after I make shepherd's pie for tomorrow's evening meal.

Breakfast: one egg, two pieces of bacon (80 calorie kind) a
gf hamburger bun with butter.(that weights in at about 260, with butter)
Lunch: an orange
Supper: three hefty slices of roast, 2/3 cup of potatoes with gravy and 1 cup of carrots. Dessert was a gluten free apple cinnamon muffin.
Snack: antipasto and the crumbs of some gf rice chips that I found under the island a couple of days ago. They tasted just fine! Of course, antipasto would make a brick palatable, wouldn't it?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Busy Saturday

This morning we went out in the ministry, then moved on to buy a couple of sports jackets for the man...we found nice light windowpane beige/ivory one, and a really gorgeous grey corduroy one for casual wear in the winter. The man is lookin' good....especially with his fifty dollars worth of new socks! When did socks get so darned expensive? HOWEVER it has been such a struggle to get him to release the old worn out ones that the socks really are trophies! I made sure that he didn't cop out and just buy six pairs of black, which is a nightmare for me to sort after they go through the wash. These have nice patterns that are very recognizable!

Well, after we finished at Moores, we dropped in on a good friend, then home to change for our trek to Costco. It is bonus time, so for once we came out of there with a small profit but a profit none the less. Now that is noteworthy! Their produce is so good that I am hard pressed to buy elsewhere. I also stocked up on GF muffin mix at Sobey's, and bought some more gluten free hamburger buns. Whew!

Having had such a grueling day, we went to A&W for a huge frosty mug of diet root beer and a regular order of fries at about six, and so far, so good. If I don't react quickly, I usually don't react at all, so that is a good thing. You just never know if the deep fryer is contaminated or not. So, now I have one more fast food item that has been proven "safe". After I hit the POST button, I am off to the bath to study for tomorrow. Not a small feat, as my eyes are driving me wild. So dry and itchy. Wish people wouldn't burn off their fields, because the smoke just is so irritating. I can barely keep my eyes open - they just want to shut on me! ANYWAY we had a good day.

Breakfast, because we were running late, was simple. A can of beans split two ways. Of course, the man had two tortillas and butter, and a big glass of juice, but little Miss Purity here, had just the beans, and a glass of water. That nourishment lasted till about 2:30, when we made it home to change clothing and make a lunch...Nachos! Yum. Of course, the man ate twice the portion. It kills me you know. And HE is the one that will lose weight. I kept to the regulation 19 taco chips, 1/3cup of shredded cheese, and lots of salsa. We had that flavoured water from Superstore ANYWAY supper was the half order of fries and half of a humungous diet root beer from A&W. , I think I will complete the pattern of inadequate nutrition and have a toasted hamburger bun, or maybe? An olive and liver sausage sandwich...mmmm yummy! It is so much easier to make sure that each meal you have is about four hundred calories...although, a couple of my meals didn't make that many calories today. Maybe that will buy me a nutritional bed time snacklike an orange!

Friday, November 27, 2009


This morning, or rather this afternoon, I had a mushroom omelette with antipasto for breakfast. It was an interesting combination! I have noticed a drop in my sugars in the morning the last two days...a very good thing. I am doing all I can to put off taking insulin, and against all odds? It seemed to have dropped after an indulgence with the gluten free muffins I had for supper last night. Go figure. You watch every crumb, then do something you think will work against you? And it turns out exactly the opposite. But I must say, 4.9 is just perfect in the morning, even though my morning was at noon because I stayed up late last night! The meal plan for today depends entirely on me getting to the store. It really is ridiculous - the store is a few blocks away, but it is so nice and warm here at home! I am getting chilled to the bone this year, and the snow isn't even here yet! Thank goodness I was able to find a nice big long coat! It will actually be a pleasure to go out in the first snowfall!

The days are so short, the darkness comes far to soon, and the morning sun comes far too late. I think it is a common reaction to hibernate!

No splurges to report...I await the parcels from the last mega session!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

This morning, I didn't get around to eating until just before lunch time, at which point I was really hungry. So, I made a small potato into pan fries, with two eggs and four (YEP. I am shameless) pieces of bacon. MMMM good. I didn't have my usual glass of skim milk though, as I have run out and Rick isn't here to fetch some! Heaven forbid that I go to the store and buy some. That was breakfast. I just finished my lunch, or rather, I couldn't finish my lunch. I made guacamole and twenty taco chips...couldn't finish it all. Just had enough. So, in the garbage half of it goes, because this stuff just isn't good saved. Lesson to be learned is never prepare this for one! Here is the recipe that I really like for guacamole.

1 very ripe avocado
heaping tablespoon of salsa or finely chopped tomatoes...I prefer the tomatoes.
heaping teaspoon of salsa verde add a little more if you like zing
juice of one lemon

That's it! Mash all together, then crumble in some Feta cheese. Serve with chips or soft tacos. MMM good!

By the way? All my Mexico weight is now fact? I am .2 lbs lighter than before the trip! Whoo hoo! A two week turnaround time!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Company for lunch..

meant that I actually had to cook something. So, out came the quinoa that I made yesterday (curry, carrots, raisins and orange juice added) to serve with fish in chili sauce and roasted peppers and mushrooms. Gluten free muffin for dessert.

Supper? Two bags of lays chips - 90 calorie variety, so I really have to forage forsomething to eat before bed.

Breakfast was a two egg omelet with 90 calories of cheese and salsa verde, and a scoop of antipasto. Does that make a "fusion" meal? It sure was good!

I wore my new black shoes all day today and what a treat not to have to suffer through the "stretching" period. Online shoe shopping is the bomb! This is what I ordered from a different company:

Finally! Shoes for my big feet that aren't boring!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kinnikinick Hamburger Buns

I have been just dying for something "bready" for weeks, and yesterday? I stopped into our local Sobeys...the one I don't usually frequent because it is horrible. Anyway, it was a brand new store! Totally redone, and restocked with guess what? GLUTEN FREE STUFF EVERYWHERE! I found the Kinni hamburger buns in the freezer section and was I happy! No more orders necessary from Alberta. I can just skip over to Sobeys and there they are! So, needless to say? I scratched the itch yesterday, and had two buns for lunch and two for supper. I polished off the last one this morning for breakfast. I must say that the bun I ate for supper did have pate and olives on it, so it was sort of a balanced meal! Who cares. I am happy!

So, my new shoes came yesterday. I turned into an ordering fiend after our holiday...sort of got out of control for a minute there! I ordered from new places, and I must say that is amazing. I ordered two pairs of shoes on Nov. 18, and they arrived last night at about eight o'clock. The black snakeskin ones are sooo soft! They aren't a true black, but have sort of a soft taupey green in them as well....very smart. Both pair fit right out of the box! The width is perfect and they just need a little walking in before they are need to get the "bends" in place to make any shoe really comfy! I only hope that the bathing suits I ordered are as nice.

In view of getting ready for the cruise in January, I found two new evening dresses in my closet with the tags still attached. One dress is perfect, and will do for both formal evenings. One night I will wear it as is, and the next night I will wear it with this coverup, in black. As you can see? It is a phenomenal bargain to boot. The lace is so soft and pretty, and for once? the thing is long enough!

Shopping online is so much easier! I am tired of spending my vacations shopping, now that I know how to relax in the sunshine! So far of all the things I have ordered this time? I am hitting three out of three. I guess that is what happens when you really consider exactly what you need, and then search for exactly what fills the bill, rather than buying something close from what is available in the stores and then hating it!

Breakfast: toasted kinni bun with butter, fizzy water
Lunch: what lunch? The buns are all gone!
Supper: will fill in after I eat it!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

SHOPPING is an armchair artform!

I have missed quite a few postings, but the basic menu plan around here is very simple. I am trying to recapture Mexico in the kitchen. I have gone through a bag of avocados and a flat of tomatoes this week, preferring that to the meat & spuds that I have offered up to hubby...the food is the closest I will get to seashore and sunshine in landlocked Manitoba!

Breakfast is simpler than ever. I really enjoy the Mexican way of making an omelet, and doubt that I will go back to the classic French style again. The method is so simple. Whisk two eggs in a bowl, put in a tablespoon of shredded cheese, pour it into the pan. When the edges curl, and the omelet is cooked through? Gently roll in off the pan onto your plate, top with green sauce, finely diced tomatoes and a few more shreds of cheese, or crumbled Feta. Salt and pepper at the table. That's it. MMMM good!

This morning, hubby made eggs and chips with bacon for breakfast. Not very appealing because he didn't think to taste the oven fries...just put them in for 18 minutes. It should have been for 22. Not crunchy enough for, I picked out the good bits, and left the rest. Supper for hubby was leftover chicken, rice and carrots...I had guacamole and a quesadilla since I actually got around to making my own tortillas today. They are really more like pancakes in consistency, but hey, they don't make me sick! So tonight, I ate the closest thing I have had to a sandwich since May! Gluten free bread is disgusting but tortillas made completely with corn flour? Tasty, tasty! All in all, supper was about 2/3 of a cup of mashed avocado, about four little tomatoes, two 5"tortillas with 1/3 cup of shredded cheese and the juice of half a lemon. MMM good! And of course the obligatory green tomatilla sauce. I think I am almost ready to let go of the Mexican theme here....mainly because there is only one more avocado left and just enough tiny limes to keep my gin bottle happy, should they ever meet.

I am happy to report that I have lost at least five pounds of travel weight. Thank goodness! But I am still up three pounds. A week of no man in the house ought to fix that little problem!

As for milestones? I took my measurements, and it is no wonder that I have been returning so many purchases lately. I have completely crossed over the line into a different size. It is a big deal, because the difference between plus sizes isn't a paltry inch or even two. There is a good six inches difference in the size charts, since they are grouped 22/24 under a 2X and 26/28 under the 3X. The reason for the measuring, was my quest for a new swim suit. I have a "swim dress" in bright happy colours that works just fine, but I really need "one on, one drying". So, I found this place in the US that will send to Canada....then, since hubby's bathing suit is looking a little worse for wear? I ordered a couple of suits and a pair of micro fibre pants for him.....yesterday, I ordered a capsule Lilly & Van wardrobe for the cruise - a skort/short combo that seperates, two tank tops, a jacket and a swing coat and a few dresses....not the whole wardrobe that I need, after all, I do have a pair of white comfy shorts and a pair of Capri's already! Did I mention shoes? ...four pairs of sandals. I even found one pair of pink ones! They are sooo cute, dare I hope they are comfy?

Here are the new and old favourite sites that have captured my fancy and my pursey; for the Lilly & Van cotton play clothes, dressy skirt and cami, floral sundress and LBD for white Sofft sandals, dressier Trotters black snake sandals for a black lace shrug for great selection of bathing suits, one black and one knock your eyes out neon blue, pink and white print - I figure if I confuse everyone's vision with the glare, they won't even notice my belly! And I can always cover up with my bright orange pareo! LOL Besides, this is the new affirmation. "I am going to be sixty and I accept my present self to live my present life" for pants and swim trunks for Rick. The micro fibre pants will be hemmed with a cuff to order without any extra charge. Can you believe that one? Where are free alterations for women???? It is impossible to find a dress store with an on staff seamstress these days, let alone one that will hem pants for FREE! Men have it sooooo easy. Packing for him, will be so easy - I don't even have to write down the list. This is it. Tan, navy and white are the three core colours. One pair of tan dress slacks with a navy blazer, one black suit with three shirt/tie combinations. Two pairs of shorts and four colourful t-shirts, a couple of polo shirts. Underwear, two swimsuits, extra man panties and sox and a pair of dress shoes. That is it. Toiletries that fit in one little quart bag, and he is done. Life is just not fair. Not to mention that he doesn't have to haul a curling iron or makeup, jewellery or wraps. His "cover up" for the pool will be the souvenir t-shirt that he buys on board. If only women's packing was that easy! Do we complicate things too much? I think I do.

I have been doing a lot of research about packing these days. I thought I took just the bare essentials to Mexico, but turns out that I didn't really need that much after all. Especially the accessories. I bought a ton of silver there, and only wore two of the necklaces that I brought. I wore all of it, but just to say I did! I honestly didn't need it. The most interesting article said you could travel for two weeks with 8 to 10 pieces of clothing. Now that I would like to see! A Baltic cruise would be easier to pack for, because with the cooler weather, a pair of jeans would see a lot of days. Anyway, we have these neat little clam shell Heys suitcases for carry-ons, and I would like to take the majority of my clothing on board...losing my luggage once was enough to make me steer clear of checking it through. With a good size tote to hold the unwrinkleables and my toiletries, this little gem just might work. I have a pretty good chance of getting most of my absolutely necessary wardrobe there at the same time as me!

Something tells me there will be a good deal of time spent rambling about packing over the next eight weeks, so maybe I should apologize now?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Oh boy...

stepped on the scales this morning, and let's just count that five pounds as water weight, okay? And after I had JUST pared it down, too. Sigh. Ah well. Live another day.

So here is today's menu plan:
Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 egg white omelet with 1 oz of cheese, 1 glass of skim milk
Lunch:baked sweet potato, 2 tsp butter
Supper: 2 chicken thighs with honey and curry, "fried" rice and carrots
Snack: oranges

I have a new love. Salsa Verde. It is basically a green tomato relish with chilies but man! Does it ever pack a punch on a simple egg, or bit of rice. At virtually no calories too, perhaps 15 per T and if you can eat 1 T? I bet the heat will melt the fat right offa ya! There is something new that we bring back from every adventure in life, isn't there?

The cold here is going right to the bone now...perhaps it is this stupid cold that I can't shake. It is back with a vengeance now. I did purchase mega strengh vitamin D capsules on the weekend, and those chewable vitamin C's. Hopefully that will give my immune system a boot in the backside, and get it going.

Today, I will be in the laundry room, catching up with all the problematic stains of life. Tide has a new stain remover out that I am going to try...that makes doing laundry into an experiment of sorts, doesn't it?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

News flash....

At the ripe old age of fifty-nine, I have discovered the joy of basking in the sun.

My skin is old, so what on earth do I have to lose? I am actually a shade or two darker. Unbelievable. And WHAT a week we have had! We totally enjoyed our time in the warm sunshine and being waited on hand and foot! Puerto Vallarta is everything and more than people tell you it is. A total delight. Friendly, safe...I left my purse on the lounge chair at the beach when we went swimming or to the restaurant. Could you do that here in Winnipeg? I doubt it. It really felt we were staying at someone's home, rather than a hotel, since the staff was so courteous and kind. I have never seen such hard working people. You couldn't turn your head without seeing someone scrubbing something! Everything was so clean and fresh all the time. Not a pin out of place.

We spent the majority of our time under the shade of palm trees or a talapa (not sure of the spelling...basically a thatched roof that provided perfect shade)by the ocean...venturing away from sea and sand only long enough to go up to the restaurant for lunch, or take a dip in the infinity pool to cool down a bit.

I definitely overpacked, and did not need the stuff I thought I did! Guess that is what happens when you spend nine hours in your swim suit, hey? Next time we go, and yes I assure you that there is definitely going to be a next time, I have made a note to only pack a couple of sundresses, one pair of shorts, one pair of capri's, four tee shirts and two pairs of shoes and call it a day. Of course the mandatory bathing suits and pareos are a given, since that is what I lived in for the best days. I definitely need another bathing suit to have a nice dry one to put on while the other dries completely. That will not be an easy task by any means.

The joy of this vacation was being able to totally relax and enjoy without worrying about what I was going to wear, or what to rush off to do next to "fit it all in". We were there strictly for the rest. We did spend one day on a "City Jungle Tour" - including the obligatory stop at a tequila factory for an educational interlude and a drop or two of the elixir! We also spent one morning shopping at the Mexican version of Wal-Mart - Soriana's. I have the spices and salsa verde to prove it! I did manage to burn up quite a little cash in the hotel at a jewellery booth...I do have such a soft spot for a bit of bling! And there were such beautiful stones in simple settings that I just could not say no to them!

The food was interesting. I had basically the same thing every day. A two egg omlette topped with salsa verde, and a mexican crumbly cheese that reminded me of very dry feta and daintily chopped tomatoes. Lunch was quacamole and yes, soft tacos. They were made from 100% corn flour and were delish! Closest thing I have had to bread in a long time! Supper was always plain grilled fish, with rice that came in a different flavour every nigh and vegetables. Sometimes I would spoil myself and have a bowl of jello with a good dollop of creamy rice pudding. MMMM good. The downside was that although a good swig of gin and lemonade doesn't contain gluten, it sure has calories! Better to have loved then lose - isn't that the expression? And I definitely have a few to lose now!

What I ate:
Breakfast: omlet with salsa verde, 2 T cheese, 1/2 tsp butter, 1 glass of orange juice
Lunch: refried beans mixed with regular beans, 1 cup - taco chips (I am having a bit of trouble with separating from my holiday!)
Supper: grilled fish, 1/2 cup of basmati rice, 2 T refried bean mix from supper, 1/2 cup of green peas - squirt of lime over the fish mmmm good! Very light sprinkling of salt over fish.

Snack: kettle corn....270 calories for six cups. Isn't it roughage?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pedicure at two....

And I have my packing list finished - all I have to do, is put it all into my suitcase and forget about it!

This is what I am taking, if you care to see, and if you promise to forgive my messy room! I am in the middle of packing, you know!

Hubby took it upon himself to make breakfast this many potatoes, too much onion powder on the eggs, and too much bacon. So, I picked out what I thought would be the equivalent of an egg, and one serving of potatoes, and ate all of the bacon! Yep. Three slices, and I am not sorry...nor am I hungry! So, I will jaunt off to my pedicure, and forget about it!

Supper will be steak and salad because Pete is coming in today at about five. He is going to drive us to the airport in the morning, so we won't have that headache to bother with....I can wear a nice warm coat and send it home with him!

I won't be posting for a week, so here is my plan. I am going to have my usual breakfast minus the milk, but with the addition of fruit. Lunch will be a portion of protein and a salad, snacks will be taco chips and guacamole...mmmmmm...and supper will be protein (fish if I can get it) and vegetables. Hopefully, that won't add weight, although I am allowing for a couple of drinks at night time. Hard liquor is so much easier on my system than wine, but I will have to watch the mixes! is the mix that will kill ya!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Still not on the ball with packing. Panic is beginning to set in! To my credit though, I do have the money sorted, the passports set aside, the tickets printed, and my camera charged. Now all I need to do, is select the outfits I will need, and the suitcase I will need to carry them in. I haven't decided on a purse yet, or shoes. I guess I will figure that out after I choose the outfits. I want to keep things really simple this time, and not over pack, but in the heat, you just feel so wilted all of the time! It is nice to have fresh outfits to put on.

I have made a deal with myself to forgive my arms, and let myself breath in sleeveless outfits. I don't want to bundle up and hide anymore. My arms do go with the rest of my body! My limbs are a matched set. And after all is said and done? I think I have earned the right to a little comfort through overexposure! Besides, there is a part of me that says I will likely never see these people again, so who cares? I am sure they will not use my upper arm condition to bookmark their holiday memories. "Sure, Maudie, I remember. It was right THERE that that large Canadian woman waved her arms and there was a huge traffic accident because the drivers all went blind....". How often do we limit our experiences to what others may think, when really? They won't give us a second thought? So, I am going to fly under the radar and be a rebel while we are away! We are so looking forward to this vacation!

Breakfast: egg, breakfast potatoes, bacon and skim milk
Lunch: mandarin orange hmmm it is three now, better get that down me before supper time arrives!
Supper: left over carrots and peas, baby potatoes from our dinner last night.

***good news this morning. Went to the eye guy, and there isn't even a trace of diabetes in my eyes... what I mean to say, my sugars are under really good control and there is NO TRACE of hemorrhages anymore!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hair today, toes on Friday!

In three short days, I will be sitting in Mexico, watching the world go by!

Time has just slipped away. I have yet to churn out a packing list, but I do have a hair appointment in half an hour. I remember dreading going to the hair stylist when I was young...remember when a split end was the end? Keeping my hair long and smooth was a headache...wind would whip it into a split frenzy in no time, and the conditioners we have now were none existent then. Well, things aren't much better these days. The only difference is that you pay so much more for the shock!

Breakfast: eggs, McCain's breakfast potatoes, bacon, skim milk
Lunch: who could eat lunch after all that?
Supper: baked cod, with a cream curry sauce, baby potatoes and peas & carrots. Tiger tiger ice cream for dessert. MMMMM good!
Snacks: popcorn thingy's in a bag
* haircut went well...I have now have a visible neck!Ah, the things that can be accomplished if you are willing to part with copious amounts of money!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Time to make lists!

We are leaving early Saturday morning, and I am still in the thinking stages of packing! I did make headway though, and managed to book a hair appointment for Wednesday and a pedicure for Friday. Always nice to have the feet in tip top shape when you plan on spending a good deal of time looking at them! (earthy little chuckle here!) I also had the man pick up our US cash for tips, and found our passports. Getting these little things done well in advance does make life a lot smoother! I use the top of my bedroom dresser for a "gathering place", so these little things will not get left behind. I am presently charging my camera. And, I have streamlined my cosmetic bag and toiletries, so that is pretty well thought out as well...even the SPF30 is ready and waiting! This vacation is so easy to pack for, since there are no obligatory banquets or parties...we have chosen to abandon the super dressy clothes which really brings packing to a minimum. Basically, we need seven outfits for day, and seven for night. Since it will be relatively casual, the things I wear in the evening, can be worn again for a day outfit. I see very light suitcases in my future, since I am going to keep shoes to a minimum a well. A couple of pairs of sandals ought to do it. And I am opting for a nice fresh short haircut, which means styling gizmos and gadgets will not be necessary either! I can hardly wait!

As for the menu today? It started with a mushroom and cheese omelet with skim milk for breakfast, a toasted gluten free hamburger bun with butter for lunch and a bowl of popcorn for a snack. So far, so good, but I am still full, so I tossed leftover shepherd's pie at the man (not literally, folks) and will find something to snack on later. We are going to watch V you remember that one from years ago?

So, there you have it. My exciting life!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pork tenderloin and brown basmati rice

will be our supper tonight. This morning, since we were out of eggs, I warmed up some cabbage rolls for breakfast. Of course, breakfast was at ten in the morning, but it seems to me that cabbage rolls must be as good as eggs in the morning! For "dessert" I had a small bowl of gluten free corn flakes with a glass of milk. It is almost four now, and I am still full. The thing about eating a good breakfast, is that it not only gets your motor started, it keeps it going throughout the day. So far, I have had one drop in guest and talked on the phone for over an hour with my dear, dear daughter-in-law, well, really it is more like two, but I don't want to admit that we can waste that much time! It is fun to hear about all the goings on with the little one - she will be a year old on November 8. The time is going by far too fast.

So, my plan for the day consists of getting to the grocery store for eggs and milk, and little else. I have to start making a packing list for our vacation. With one thing and another, it will be no time at all until we are slogging our way to the airport at five in the morning! We have been looking forward to a week away, to spend in the sun doing nothing ...with the weather being what it was here? There were not too many sunny days at all, and if there were? We were out of town, someplace where it was foul weather! I am definitely not a sun bunny at all, but there is something to be said for sitting on a beach by the ocean with a good man, a good book, a bottomless beverage, a big shade umbrella and a slathering of SPF30 - not necessarily listed in order of preference!

Breakfast: Two bison cabbage rolls, a glass of skim milk, 1 cup of corn flakes
Lunch: 1/4 cup of orange juice mixed with tonic water
Supper: 3 oz pork tenderloin, 1/2 cup of basmati rice, stir fried red peppers, onions and mushrooms

Snack: Mandarin oranges

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Shepherd's Pie

Today I made good use of last night's leftover potatoes for our supper. Modifying recipes to suit a low calorie, low fat, no gluten diet is a bit of a challenge, but this is made and waiting in the refrigerator to warm up for supper. I apologize for the lack of measurements, but every time I make this? It turns out pretty much the same, no matter what the proportions. I just love no brainers!

The original recipe called for a full block of cream cheese, but unless you are feeding eight people? Can you really justify adding a whole block of cream cheese to anything in good conscience? On a chilly fall day, it is good to have a comfort food like dear old mom used to make. There are three of us for supper tonight, so I imagine there will be a good amount leftover for the freezer.

Topping for pie:

Leftover mashed potatoes whipped with
one egg and
a half block of cream cheese
chives to taste
garlic powder to taste

ground bison
diced onion
Worchestershire sauce
salt & pepper to taste
baby carrots cut into rounds
frozen peas
celery cut into fine slices

Saute the onions, add ground bison. Brown well,adding veggies in stages, cooking until tender. (carrots, peas, celery) Season, and place into casserole. Layer with a can of creamed corn, then the potato mixture. Brush the top with melted butter, and make a design on the top, much like icing a cake. Place in 375º oven and bake until done.

The exact number of calories or grams of fat this has depends on the amounts you use, and the size of portion, but a reasonable portion has every food group and a modest amount of fat. But one thing for sure is that it doesn't have a scrap of gluten! I am going to serve it with a hefty side salad, lightly dressed, a generous serving of green beans on the side. Visually, when I fill my plate, I divide it into quarters. 3/4's will be veggies and 1/4 will be protein.

Breakfast this morning was a serving of low fat oven fries, two eggs, two slices of bacon and a glass of skim milk. Well, that was lunch, too! And after this supper, I doubt very much there will be room for a snack.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

As if you didn't know already,

I am not a saint. Tonight, Rick was making himself egg rolls for supper, and I stole them....yep. Just a little part of me was wanting everything to be alright with a little bit of gluten. After all, there is so little gluten in an egg roll wrap, right? Well, it is now two o'clock in the morning and I am finally getting over the initial wave of "sick" - another couple of days, and it should all be out of my system. Guess what I know now? I really have to leave everything with gluten alone. In my defense? This has been the first time in months that I have consciously eaten gluten. Just had to go there, didn't I?

Anyway, meals today were late, and a bit on the odd side. Breakfast was at lunch time, and we had eggs, and a toasted gluten free pizza crust with it.(these are small squares, not a humongous sized pizza crust!) It almost tasted like bread, too...but I am thinking that could have weakened me to fall for the egg rolls later on - the thin edge of the wedge.

Then came the munchies. Halloween bags of Lay's chips. Yep. Bags. Multiple, as in three. 280 calories there. Then, to top that off? Five Werther's candies. Then I smelled the egg rolls, and the rest is history. At about eleven PM, I had a bowl of soothing corn flakes and a cup of milk, as I needed to put something back into my stomach. So, I am not sure what the calorie count is for today...oddly enough? I think I am within the boundaries, but the lack of balanced nutrition is appalling. Tomorrow will be a better day.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Good grief! It is Thursday!

Actually, it is Friday, but I don't want to admit it! This cold has been with me forever it seems. Today though, I did manage to go shoppng for a few things to keep us going. After supper, I didn't even have the energy to clean up, so went down to my chair for an energizing snooze. Just woke up!

Breakfast/lunch: Bush's beans with one crackerbread with butter, a glass of skim milk
Supper: mashed potatoes, cottage cheese with cooked spinach and leftover carrots MMMMM good!
Snack: Lay's original potato chips and sparkly berries of the field water
snack: mandarin orange

I must admit that I enjoy eating cooked spinach for the simple reason that you can consume a lot more of the leafy wonder that, it just tastes wonderful!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday catch up!

We have had an easy weekend, with me going out as little as possible and resting. We did manage to take in a movie on Friday night though, and I quite enjoyed it. "The Ugly Truth" - a fluffy movie, but enjoyable. Loved the sound track.

I am trying to get rid of this rotten cold, and having no success it seems. I am getting a little more interested in my meals because for the first time today, I was able to actually smell a little....yesterday, I actually cooked a meal. Oven baked chicken thighs with sliced carrots and niblets corn. It was good, if I must say so myself, and well worth the effort. As with most of my recipes, it is a pinch of this and a squirt of that or "to taste" as the tv cooking show hosts would say. Basically, I brown the chicken pieces in the oven, drain away all of the fat, then add the glaze and finish the cooking. I always use a meat thermometer to prevent burnt offerings, but when the skin is crispy, and the smell is driving you out of your mind? It's ready! The glaze I am particularly fond of these days is a mixture of honey,a splash of soya sauce, curry & ginger powder, a squirt of hot sauce, a squirt of chili sauce and a bit of salt. It turns into a deliciously sticky chicken that is best eaten in the company of someone who has seen you at your messiest!

Breakfast/Lunch this morning: 1 serving of McCains fries, two eggs, three pieces of bacon ( the 40 cal per slice variety) and a glass of milk.

Supper will be warmed up chicken from yesterday, and a broccoli/cauliflower stir fry with brown basmati rice. I haven't tried the brown basmati before, but I am guessing it will be a bit more flavourful than the white basmati. And good for you too!

Snacks: veggies and dip, fruit

On Friday, we went to Sydney's for lunch, and I brought back the majority of my scallops in a doggy bag. The sides of asparagus, baby carrots and a potato dish were far too tempting, and they filled me up entirely! Anyway, the scallops were done in a (I do not know how to spell this word, so please read phonetically!) shey-swan sauce and served with orange slices. To reheat them, I cut each scallop into quarters, wrapped them in 1/2 slice of precooked bacon and heated in a hot oven for a couple of minutes. They were wonderful. What is with fancy restaurants that they like to give you fish half raw? I do not like translucent. I LIKE COOKED fish! Reheating them this way did not make them tough at all, so they were definitely underdone. Anyway, dipped in a half and half mixture of horseradish and ketchup, they made our supper. I enjoyed going to the restaurant though, as the aesthetics of the food on the plate are something that I really appreciate...however, when it comes to taste? I like my own cooking so much better! Every time I go to one of these fancy places? I wish the cook would have added a bit of this or left out a bit of that. This time? I had my usual treat of pickles for dessert, and with some pride the waiter set them down and said they were made in house. I am tempted to send them my recipe, which is so much tastier! Humble, aye?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A busy Wednesday

I actually managed to get some housekeeping done today. After a short nap, we were off to Costco where we bought too much! Ah, the Costco shopper's refrain. In keeping with the theme of excess for today, I had a veritably delightful day eating all sorts of goodies. Tomorrow, I will have to atone, but for today? I am just happy as a clam!

Meals today:

Breakfast was two eggs , 2/3 cup of breakfast potatoes (130 cals), three strips of bacon (120 cals) and a glass of orange juice.

Lupper: half a Wendy's Chili and a half order of fries
During show snack: contriband sour fuzzy peach gum drops - so much better than the mega snacks with gluten available there
After show Snack: 1 cup of bean and bacon soup (thank you Campbells for making it gluten free!) a serving of rice crackers and a glass of pink lemonade flavoured Crystal Light

Before bed snack: 10 animal crackers - 130 calories worth!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Its one of those days....

when the last thing I want to do is eat. But, at around noon, I thought it might be prudent to tie on the feed bag. One omelet, a glass of milk and three strips of bacon later, I was full. Since it is a grey day, I made vegetable soup for our supper. It is so easy to make soup, that I often wonder why I buy canned soup...I guess some days finding twenty minutes to chop veggies is difficult! Anyway the soup is simmering and smells great. Here is the recipe...I have a big pot out of these sparse ingredients.

All veggies are nice little uniform squares, thanks to my Nicer Dicer!

In a pan, I melted 1 T of chicken fat (reserved from last roasted chicken)in which to saute:

2 stalks of celery
handful of baby carrots
1 1/2" thick slice of a large onion
handful of gluten free pasta
can of diced tomatoes
box of organic chicken stock
1 tsp of garlic (jar)
hot chili sauce, salt & pepper to taste

I think I will try making a few little dumplings out of my bread mix flour, to see if they just may work...this soup is a perfect base for dumplings, as the liquid will thicken and turn a lovely colour from the addition of flour. Or, perhaps I will add a little whipping cream to do the job! I am told that I used to make great fluffy dumplings but this will be a first GF attempt...just may turn into little goo balls with the special flour! Whatever. It is food, it is hot, and it is here!

*made the dumplings, and they were awful! Flat little soft things, not the puffy confections of days gone by..... If I try making them again, I will have to reduce the liquid to next to nothing. Of course, Rick ate them with gusto without complaint. Instead of eating the soup and dumplings, I made myself PBJ out of corn cakes. REALLY good with two glasses of skim milk! It reminded me of the number of times I would decline supper when I was a kid, and resort to a sandwich of my own making, rather than eat gruesome things like roast beef or steak.I never felt good eating things that didn't taste right...a real waste of calories at any age.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Do I know how to be wild or what!

Smoked pork and apple sausages were the highlight of our supper, served with sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. They were pricey, coming in at 200 calories per link, but oh my! They were good.

Lunch consisted of raw veggies and dip, and a serving of animal crackers (130 calories of gluten free bliss!). I also took a swing at the gluten free Multigrain corn cakes I bought yesterday...mmmm good. With Cheez Whiz they were wonderful!

Breakfast was one third of a cup of breakfast potatoes, two eggs and skim milk.

Just thought I would mix things up a little and report supper first tonight!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Another Saturday night...

We went to the movies tonight. District 9. Very interesting, but too much shoot 'em up stuff...I tend to nod off during "action" scenes. Anyway, after the movie, we went to Safeway (talk about an exciting date night!) and I found they had gluten free animal crackers! Yep. Better than the real thing. They have a slight lemony taste. So far, I have eaten a camel, several lions and a bear cub for my before bed snack. You get 10 for 130 calories and it only took five to give me a "cookie fix"! I also picked up some corn cakes...multi-grain gluten free corn cakes. I am saving that tasting for breakfast tomorrow. Will be nice to have an egg and a bit of crunch with Cheez Whiz on it!

Supper wasn't something I dug out of the freezer after all. We went to Wendy's and ordered fries and a chili and a diet drink - Rick always asks for two 'potato' dishes, and then we put half the fries topped with half the chili onto each plate. It makes a really nice supper, and with a package of hot sauce? My sinuses received a welcomed cleaning out as well! I never seem to be able to finish my half, so that gives Rick a little extra, so it is an inexpensive, easy meal out. I honestly don't know what to do when I have to go to a restaurant and order for just myself. I quite like sharing, and you have to admit, it sure keeps the calories in line. I don't add them up daily, but I know if each meal comes in at 500 calories or less, the day is a success. The minimum number of calories I have been given is 2000, but that really is too much to show weight loss. So, some of my meals leave out a few calories here and there. Really, meals that consist of three dill pickles and a piece of cheese really don't amount to many calories, so I easily had enough left in my day to cover a half order of fries and half a cup of chili. Life is good.

An interesting note here..... I wasn't tempted for one minute to indulge at the candy counter tonight. The popcorn actually turns my stomach (remember the free popcorn incident a while back?) and I found the rustling of my fellow movie goers quite irritating! Eating and movie watching are officially divorced! Oh how nice it is to be so smug and superior!


It is pretty early in the day to write down the menu, so instead, I offer you my intentions:

Breakfast: 1 serving breakfast potatoes, two eggs, milk, ketchup
Lunch: two dill pickles and 20 gms edam cheese
Supper: sweet potato, meat of some sort - I will have to dig into the freezer to see what appeals - and broccoli
Snack: dill pickles

My other intention for the day, is to get this place cleaned up before the man returns. I like to give the impression I live like a civilized woman in his absense, but we all know that when the cat's away, it just isn't that important to pick up after yourself! So far, I have the bedding changed, and the dusting done in our room...the vacuum is sitting at the foot of the bed waiting to be pushed around. BUT I have to make breakfast first, and then hit the shower. There are a few necessities I can no longer live without, so I will make the supreme effort to go out of the house and down the street to the grocery store. Who knows what goodies just may jump into my basket there? Vitamin D tops the list, as they say that is a great preventative, and I can go days without seeing the sun. So, better get going before my good intentions turn into yet another nap!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday and here comes the weekend...

Things are looking up today. I actually managed to make a couple of meals, and although the kitchen is a disaster, that can be fixed, fifteen minutes at a time. Right now, the dishwasher is half emptied, and the dirty dishes are in the sink, so right after this post, I am going to put a few things away. Feeling a little better today, and actually felt hunger for the first time in quite awhile. Unfortunately, I still can't taste, but vinegar seems to come through loud and clear. Hence the unorthodox choice for lunch! Today's menu:

Mushroom 2 egg omlette with sprinkling of havarti cheese, milk and bacon

Lunch: three dill pickles
Supper: leftover carrot, broccoli, cauli stir fry and rice
Snack: 1/4 cup of rice with sugar and cinnamon
Snack: antipasto with seed crackers

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Another down day....mind you, I did feel like eating today for the first time in awhile....I even made myself a stir fry for supper.

Breakfast: home style potatoes (McCain - bless them!) two eggs, two slices of bacon and a glass of milk

Lunch: 1/3 cup of rice, stir fry of carrots, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower and broccoli, with almonds sprinkled on top. NUM!

Supper: antipasto with crackerbread, water

Dairy milk chocolate bar for a snack. Yep. And it was good!

I honestly feel like I have eaten a ton of food today, but when I see it written down, it is well under the amount I am supposed to consume in a day. The fact is though, if you are in bed most of the day, you just don't burn the calories, so I am sure my body won't go into shock from not getting the required amount of fuel - although at rest, they say you burn by the pound! After I made the stir fry, I was exhausted. The dishes are still in the sink, and as far as I am concerned they can stay there till morning. By the way, I was three pounds lighter this morning, but that definitely is a fluke of nature. Like Arnold, the pounds will be baaack!