Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Life is good

We're having a cold snap around here, for which I'm grateful.  We had to turn on the air conditioner one day already, and I hate to see that expense on our budget again; we're getting almost a week of reprieve for the next ten days.  We still haven't gotten enough rain, but I'm thankful for the one inch we got last week.  I may have to hunt up the soaker hose for the garden.  

I'm still trying my best to concentrate on eating in a way that will help me.  The sucralfate I'm taking has been approved by the gastro doctor and will now be coming by mail every three months.  Since I haven't had my appointment there, I'm not sure if this is temporary or permanent; either way, I'm glad to have it coming; it's also cheaper when I get it from Optum RX.  I really wish I would stop losing weight now (never thought I'd be saying that).  I like the fact I'm down to 144 pounds for the first time in years, but enough is enough.  I'm five feet seven inches tall; the charts say I should weigh somewhere from 121 to 153, but I'm big-boned.  I have even had a couple of strangers mention that I'm "skinny"!  I think it will level out once I reach a stage where I know I'm eating the right thing; remember, I'm used to having plenty of ice cream, fried morel mushrooms, fried potatoes... also butter used liberally at every meal and snack.  I'm wondering if I should buy an air fryer, because I love fried foods so much; maybe that would be a happy medium for me.  And yet, at my age, I hate to buy another gadget for my family to get rid of when I'm gone.  

I haven't mentioned Blue, the indoor/outdoor cat, lately.  I was going to make him live outside when he began shedding, and he does for the most part.  However, if he wants in, goes straight to his cat tree, and then goes to his bed next to that for a nap, I let him stay until his nap is over.  I have the kind of tick-and-flea stuff you apply between the animal's shoulder blades, so there's no worry about fleas in the house.  He's always outside during the night.  We are putting stuff in his ears for something... probably mites.  Cliff is amazed that the cat doesn't claw me as he puts the drops in his ears while I hold him;  Blue hates the process and squirms a bit, but never threatens to hurt anyone.

I found someone local who wanted the Little People stuff; the preacher's wife!  I refused to let her pay for them because she does so much for people around the community, even when she doesn't feel up to it.  She baby-sits a little girl who is enjoying the toys already, and her first grandchild will enter the world in a few months.  She has four grown children, so I'm sure she'll have more grandchildren in the future.  Those toys will make a lot of children happy for quite some time, I'm sure. 

Our second-oldest grandchild, Brett, brought his two kids to visit Saturday.  We hadn't seen them for a long, long time, and we so enjoyed their visit.  

I think that's all I have for now.  


  1. I am so glad you are doing so well. I weigh 137 myself and I am 5 ft 4 1/2. I would like to weigh 127 but at my age, it would come right off my face.

    1. From what I've seen on your blog, you eat in a very healthy manner. I so admire your lifestyle.

  2. We had the same warm weather yesterday. Was tempted to turn on the air conditioner, but knew that a cold front was coming through and then nice for the next week so I grinned and bore it.

  3. We've had nothing but rain around here, I'm dreaming of drier days so I can mow the yard. But yes, life is good ! Hope you have a wonderful day !

  4. Another cold day here and it has really put a damper on this years morel mushroom harvest.

  5. I don't know how much I weigh these days, but I would like to lose 10-20 pounds. But I would look gaunt in the face with stick like legs. Weight never comes off where you want it to. I'm glad that you're feeling better and adjusting to your new "diet."

  6. I'm 5'9" and weigh around 163#. I'd like to lose 8-10# but if I don't that's ok too. I saw a friend that I hadn't seen in over a year and he said "Boy, you sure haven't gained weight during the pandemic, have you?" I told him no... but it's because I'm a diabetic and my eating habits can't change, no matter what's going on "out there" in the world. He replied "Not if you want to live, huh?" and I nodded my head in agreement. I'm big-boned too... it's my Hungarian & German ancestry. As they say, you can never be too rich or too skinny, Donna. :-D :-D :-D Take good care... I'm praying for you still. ~Andrea xoxo

  7. Know how you feel about the weight loss. When I went on the heart healthy diet I lost 45 pounds. That was just right but I am still losing a little each week. Now I eat candy to keep from losing any more. Duh.
    So glad the meds are working for you and that you have a good source for them.

  8. So happy to read you are doing well again. How nice that your pastors wife got the little people things. My daycare kids love all the little people sets here too.
    I think you would really enjoy an air fryer. I am 62 and have one that I use on a regular basis for me at night usually. So what if your kids eventually have to get "rid" of it, if you can enjoy some of the foods that you like, then go for it. We are also having chilly days here in Northern MN. high's in the low 50's if we make it that high. But next week its in the high 50's and low 60's...whoo hoo! Wendy


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