Are you kidding me? February 16 already

I am not sure what happened but I guess there is no time like the present to start writing again. So much has happened during the last almost 4 months that I can’t really catch up.

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We had no snow until February, and we’ve had several storms since.  We are due a warm up this next week, though, so I am hopeful for an early Spring.

At Thanksgiving, we went to Hot Springs to a family reunion. Below is a picture where we were all acting a bit crazy.  Even the dog got into the act!

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Work had been progressing rather slowly on the condo.  But we are almost completely done now.  I’ll have to get some new updated photos of the finished project.

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Nothing much is going on and that is good.  Don continues to have the injections in his eye.  The medication was changed for the last two shots and the scans are showing improvement.

My son is having surgery next week for a shoulder problem.  He’s been trying to get it approved by his company’s workmen’s compensation program and has had to wait several months.  I am glad he will finally be able to have this fixed.  He was in so much pain when he was here in July, and it is time to get some relief.  I am also happy that he seems to be in a very happy relationship now.  He brought his girl to our reunion in November and the entire family loved her.  The best description is one he gave me early on when he said, “She’s normal, mom.”  He’s had a few encounters with not so normal ones, so I am happy to get that reassurance!

So I need to get back to some more regular posting.  I tried a new app on my phone and it was just not something I could keep up with.  I really need a diary.  My memory is shot.


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Thursday, October 27

Again a lot of catching up to do.  This was the view out back for a while.  All of the cedar siding has been removed and now some patching is going on.

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We had some lovely foliage out across the circle from us, though.  The reds have been especially bright this year.

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I experimented adding some grains back into my diet.  We were in Trader Joe’s and I saw a blend of rice and black barley that looked good.  It was from the freezer and easy enough to try out.  I made a shrimp and asparagus stir-fry to eat along with a portion of it.  It worked out fine.  Earlier attempts to eat brown rice really left me hungry, but I think maybe adding that barley helped.

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Another day I made grain-free waffles for our lunch.  I made a double batch and we actually ate them again for lunch today.

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This is the side of our building.  Some of the white trim has been added.  It has been extremely noisy during the installation.

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On Monday Don had an appointment with Dr. Lerner.  He doesn’t have to go back until April (hopefully!)  He also got his flu shot.

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This is the front of our building now.  With all of the construction mess, we’ve really stayed inside most of the time.  The doctor wants Don to start some more regular walking.

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This is the house next door that is almost finished.

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Today is very cold and it started raining around noon so the guys have shut down for the day.  I am hoping we will be finished for the most part by Thanksgiving, but I will not hold my breath!


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October 19 – Demolition begins

After being told this work would start on August 1st, last night we got an email that it would begin today. So much for advance notice.

I didn’t realize it had been so long since I last posted.

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I got a bed skirt and I like the new look in my bedroom.  The quilt is a bit large, but that is better than being too small in my opinion.

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On Monday of last week, the painting was finished on our slider.  Georgia is always the curious cat and she had to inspect.

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We did get out to Boylston to view the nice foliage at the rail trail just past the reservoir.  That has always been a favorite spot for leaves!

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And afterward, we made our last of the year visit to Rota Springs.  I mistakenly ordered a small ice cream instead of a kiddie.  It was really sugar overload.

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The foliage is really nice nearer to home.  We have been walking in the late afternoons recently.

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In other news, I finished my scarf that I probably have worked on for a year.  It took it three days to dry when I blocked it. It is hard to get a good picture, but the colors are very autumn-like.

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And, finally, food!  Last night’s dinner was oven roasted cabbage and eggs.  My weight went up for a week and now this week it is fluctuating but on a downward track.  I still have not figure out this puzzle.


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Saturday, October 8

This was a stressful week for me.  Tuesday I took Don to the ophthalmologist’s office and made the mistake of sitting in the waiting room while he went back for his exam.  I should have known better since he could not really tell me what the doctor had told him other than he’d scheduled him an appointment with a retina specialist for Friday.  I did get some of my hat knitted during the over two-hour wait, though.

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On Wednesday I made one of our favorite recipes from the Always Hungry book, Mediterranean Chicken.  It is just simple ingredients that blend together so well and are so tasty.

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Thursday was Wifesaver’s day, and we went out to Greendale Mall to walk around a bit.  On the way out we passed by the new location of The Fix and right then I decided that would be where we are lunch.  The old location was so small and crowded, but this place was wonderful.  And the food was delicious!

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We both got a salad from the salad bar, and I added a side of grass-fed beef cooked medium.  It was perfect and I can still almost taste it.  I will definitely go back and have the same meal again.

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After lunch, we went to Westborough to the Steinmart store and I bought a quilt and two pillow shams for my bed.  I didn’t get a really good picture of it, but I love the look.  It has really brightened up that room.  The bonus here was that when we got to the register the purchase rang up at 50% off.

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Yesterday my friend Shelley sent me a message with a recipe for a Caprese Omelet and since it was right before lunch, I made my version of it.  It was very tasty.  I loved the melted mozzarella cheese!  Since I was doubling the recipe I found that making a frittata was easier.

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So yesterday found me knitting again.  I only knitted while we waited in the waiting room for over an hour.  IMG_20161007_142644866

This time, I went back with Don so I could get the straight answer on what was wrong with his eye.  He has Macular Degeneration in both eyes, but it is the Wet variety in the right eye where he sees the black spot.

He actually began treatment immediately with an injection of Avastin directly into the back of his eye.  It sounds a lot worse than it actually appeared to be.  He will go back for regular injections in hopes of stopping the progression of the MD and maybe regaining some of his lost vision.

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So that brings us to today.  We had no deadlines but needed milk and eggs so we headed to the farm.

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We did not get eggs, so will need to go back for them.  Afterward, we went to Aldi’s and picked up a few groceries.  It was a pretty good low-key day and that was what I needed.  Don says he thinks his eye is a bit better, but I am not sure that I can really believe that the first treatment worked so quickly.  Time will tell.


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Monday, October 3

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The hydrangeas are starting to fade.  These bushes have grown so much over the past two years.  If life had been normal I might have cut some of these to dry.

We got the last of the basement blinds installed this afternoon.  So we at least have our privacy back. I got the treadmill back in place and the tv with the Roku set up so I can walk and watch if I see fit.  I need to make myself see fit!

We have been taking short walks after dinner.  I want to continue with that.

Today was the day I set as my “official” weigh-in day.  I was disappointed that the loss I had on Saturday was completely erased plus by today.  My net for the week was .3.  I guess a loss is a loss, but I surely need to lose more than that weekly.

Onward and downward.


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Friday, September 30

Where has the month gone? Seems like Don’s birthday was just yesterday.  It’s getting cooler out and soon there won’t be flowers left.

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On Wednesday I was ambitious and made some Coconut Cashew Clusters from my Always Hungry book.  My first attempt at these trying to just drop them on parchment paper didn’t work very well and it has been months since then.  I decided to try them in my muffin top pans and that was a success.
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We each ate one after dinner and the remaining four are in the refrigerator still.  Dinner that night was some chicken breast that I sauteed in some butter, and roasted green beans with grape tomatoes.  Very tasty!

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Yesterday we ran around getting some things from Home Depot and then made a trip to the store to pick up some things I needed for a soup I am making today.  We got a rotisserie chicken which we ate for dinner along with some leftover green beans and chard from Monday night.  Today I took the leftover chicken and made the Chicken, Grapes and Walnuts salad from my book.  I actually divided the salad up into four servings, and have my tomorrow’s lunch all put away.

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I am making an Italian cabbage, tomato, beef soup for dinner.  I’ll share that recipe tomorrow.

Don has had some double vision.  He has a call in to his doctor and we are now waiting for a call back.  I am hoping it is nothing to be too concerned with given that it is Friday.  I wish he’d mentioned this on Monday, but that’s life.

Still waiting for the painters to patch nail holes and paint the door frame.  We picked up the blinds for the basement yesterday and I am hopeful we can install them this weekend.  It is going to be rainy so that is a good plan I think.


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Wednesday, September 28


I was drinking coffee in my pajamas when the guys arrived to fix the slider.  I ran to get dressed thinking it would only take an hour at most.  That was at 8:30.  They finished around noon.  It still needs to be inspected by the project manager, but I think they may have fixed the problem today.  They replaced one of the sections of glass that may have been warped.

We decided to go to the Big E on Monday and we had a pretty decent day.  We got caught in traffic and arrived way past our normal lunch time.  Instead of depending on fair food we stopped at Five Guys and got cheeseburgers and just tossed the bread.  That is a really good option.  It tasted much better than this picture looks!

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So we went to the fair mainly to see the animals and there were so many cute ones.  This was one of my favorites – a baby alpaca!
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There were also many disgusting things – few more deplorable than this shirt being sold.  I can even go there!  But this is my blog and I can post whatever I want LOL!
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We left the fair without tasting one bite of fair food.  We bought a $1.00 bottle of water and escaped not feeling like Miss Piggy who is pictured here taking a rest after feeding her EIGHT piglets!
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We came home and ate leftover waffles.  There is nothing like good home-cooked food.   Last night I grilled some salmon and sauteed some rainbow chard.  We bought what was maybe the last sweet corn of the season on Sunday so had an ear of corn with dinner.
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That brings me to lunch today.  Tuna salad on top of half a head of shredded romaine, with some local heirloom tomato.  This is one of my favorite throw together meals.  I can put this together in less than 5 minutes and it is oh so good!
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Weighed this a.m. and the scale is down a tiny bit.  According to my app that is graphing my weight losses I am on schedule to reach my goal of losing 15 pounds on my birthday!  The good part about it is – this is so very easy!

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Sunday, September 25th

I am way behind here. The window painting took two days. We were stuck in the house, so when Saturday arrived we were ready to hit the road.

We went first out to Cooper’s Hilltop Farm for milk and eggs. Then in the afternoon we shopped for brackets to rehang our old blinds. That was not really successful. We also shopped at BJ’s for some food.

Today we went to return the brackets that did not fit to Lowe’s, and went to buy some at Home Depot. A set of brackets cost $2.99. Across the aisle new vinyl blinds cost $4.59. Forget the brackets. We picked up two new ones to see if the fit, with plans to buy four more for the basement. We got one hung this afternoon and the fit is great.

Tomorrow we plan to go to The Big E. Blinds can wait until later.

Oh and in other news, the new slider is going to be removed and replaced. That is supposed to be a quick fix, but it will likely go over at least two days. The woodwork will need to bo prepped and repainted, and it’s likely that can’t be done on the same day.

Starting a weight loss challenge with the We Can girls. I hope this doesn’t mess up my progress. So far my head has been in a good spot, but I’ve only been accountable to myself.

 


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September 22, First day of Fall

When did the first day of fall change from September 21?  No matter the date it feels like summer still anyway.

Today was the day for painting the window trim.  I did my best to move the vertical blinds out of the way in the living room.

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I also moved the hanging plants after taking this picture.

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I wish I could say this job was done. I am sitting here now with no blinds on any of the windows or the sliding glass door in our living area. No paint happened at all. The ONE person working did fill in the nail holes on all the windows here and the one small window in the bathroom. He is due back at 8 a.m. hopefully to finish. I will believe that when I see it!

There was no way I felt like trying to come up with dinner so we went to the good old 99 Restaurant & Pub.  I had my usual glazed salmon with roasted asparagus, tomatoes and broccoli.

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Now we are waiting for the football game that will start at 8!  Hope it is a great game.  It should be because…

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Tuesday, September 20

It’s been a week.  It seems like it was much longer.  But we have new windows!  As promised, the guys arrived early on Wednesday morning and started taking the old windows out.

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It went much quicker than I expected.  They got all of the windows out and the new windows in before they took their lunch break.

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The next day they came back to install the trim.  We had to improvise overnight in some cases.  I used my shower curtain in the bedroom.  I rather liked the look!

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On Thursday early the trim was installed.  They finished really early.  The two basement windows did not come with the order so their installation was delayed.

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But the upstairs was done.  It is hard to tell in this dark picture but there is a tiny bit of leaf color change happening in some of the maples.

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And the swans are back on the pond.  We did try to get out and walk most evenings after supper.  Yesterday was rainy and we had a condo association meeting so I am not sure if the swans or still around.  Perhaps tonight we an check again.

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It’s really not been chili weather but I have wanted some so I made chili on Sunday in my Instant Pot.  I also made a batch of “no-corn” bread from my Chickpea Flour Cookbook.  This time I made them in my Vitamix muffin top pans and they came out perfectly portioned.  This is such a good recipe!  I just discovered a very similar recipe on the cookbook author’s website.  Just leave out the blueberries and sweetener.

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So today the basement got new windows.  And on Thursday the painting crew will be in to cover the nail holes and paint,  And then by Friday I hope that all our inside work will be finished!


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