Monday, March 19, 2018


I got the results of my most recent blood test.  It looks pretty good.  Much better than I expected.  My B12 and Vitamin D are good.  Calcium and Albumin are low as usual.  Chloride is high as usual.

The Calcium is always low but not by much.  Albumin is low as usual.  The Chloride is high and that says I am dehydrated.  I am frequently dehydrated because I don't drink enough.  I guess I will turn into a raisin.

Anyway a good blood test over all.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, March 18, 2018


I made a wonderful soup today with the last of the veggies from my veggie/fruit delivery box.

I made Lemony Kale, Leek and White Bean Soup.  Yes, another soup.  It is cold and damp here with all the rain.  Okay it is not raining today but we are looking at a huge storm coming in a few days and I will be ready.  This recipe made enough soup to last many days.  I used the rest of the kale, carrots and the one leek.  I had to buy two more leeks for the soup.

A few weeks ago I accidentally opened a can of cannellini beans.  I looked up what to do.  I was told to rinse the beans and put them in a bit of water and stick them in the freezer.  The next day when they were frozen, I put them in a foodsaver bag.  Today I opened up the bag and put the frozen beans in the boiling soup.

I made a really tasty soup.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, March 17, 2018


I went to see Love, Simon today.  Love, Simon is a movie about a teenage high school boy who knows he is gay but no one else knows.  This part is in the advertisements so it is no secret.  It is a movie that will make you cry and laugh.  I enjoyed it very much.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, March 16, 2018


This morning I took Happi to the vet for a second opinion.  She has been doing this thing with her mouth/teeth where she grinds or taps her teeth together.  It has been going on since November of 2017.  For a long time it was really loud at night and would wake me up.  I spoke to one doctor in the practice and he thought it had to do with her stomach issues and he put her on Flagyl.  She was on Flagyl for 8 weeks.

Then she was done with the Flagyl and her gastrointestinal symptoms returned in a few days.  He put her back on the Flagyl for 12 weeks.  She has been on the Flagyl now for about 9 weeks.

About a month ago I decided I wanted to get a second opinion but because of my trip and the her doctor being really popular, I could not get an appointment until today.

We went in and asked to get his opinion on the teeth chattering.  It has gotten better but she still does it.  He listened to what I had to say, how her nose is really wet now, how she has only recently begun to lick me again.  He does not feel it has anything to do with her stomach.  He thinks that for whatever reason Happi has gotten old and older dogs do weird things.  He checked her out and he can't see anything wrong with her.  He has given me some muscle relaxers to see if that works to relax her a bit and if that makes it go away.

He also suggested acupuncture for Happi not me.

Since Happi seems to be getting better on her own, I am less interested in doing anything too aggressive.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, March 15, 2018


I went to see my gut doctor today and things are okay.  Well the same as any other day.  Nothing new to report.  Nothing horrible.  Which is good.

I don't have to go back for 6 months.  Yay!

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Today is Pi Day.  Some people think it is Pie Day and buy some pie.  Happy Pi Day.


Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


This is a piece of art from my friend S.  It is really beautiful.  It has a home on my mantel.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, March 12, 2018


I went to see my nutritionist today.  I go about every three months to check in.  He has been helpful with me eating better and that caused me to lose weight and feel better.  We check in every three months. 

At first it was about learning how to eat being on Prednisone.  Then it was about weight loss to lose the weight I gained while on Prednisone. Then it was about eating better when I became a vegan.  Now I go to keep myself eating well.  He helps me to find recipes and items that I can eat and keep healthy.  He helps me make a plan if I travel.  He helps me make a plan if I feel I am not eating well. 

I have a plan most weeks where I shop on Sunday and then cook a big thing that day.  I cook something like a pot of soup or paella or stew.  That will last most of the week for dinner.  That way when I get home at 6:30pm I don't have to cook, I can just pop it in the oven after I feed the dogs.

Now that I get the veggies and fruits delivered once every two weeks, it cuts down on the amount of shopping I have to do. 

Having someone to be accountable to is helping me eat well.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Today my friend H took me out for a burger for my birthday. It was nice to catch up and talk.  We went to a local place and I had a veggie burger with mushrooms and avocado, my favorite.

After lunch we went for a walk since it was so sunny.

When I got home I had to go around and change a bunch more clocks.  It always amazes me how many clocks I have in my home.  There are regular clocks, timers on lights, timers on hot water, thermostat, answering machine, phone, TVs, etc.  So much to change.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, March 10, 2018


I am having a friend over for dinner tonight.  S is coming over and I want her to see how well I can cook.  I am making:
  1. Roasted beet salad with orange slices and toasted pine nuts.
  2. Vegan Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Kale
  3. Vegan Spanish Paella
  4. Vegan Lemon Cookies
I thought the food was delicious.  I made extra cookies to send a favorite relative I will not name since my relatives read this blog.

She said she was very full and she ate everything.

We also played with my new Echo Buttons.  Buttons are like the buzzer on Millionaire.  The Alexa Echo has games like Trivia Pursuit and Hanagram.  In Trivia Pursuit Alexa asks questions and you have to be the first on to hit the buzzer. The buzzers are different colors.  It was fun.  Hanagram gives you letter in particular order and you have to figure out what word they are spelling out and press the button first.  There is also a Song game where Alexa plays a song and you have to name the song and singer.  You will get points if you get one or the other or both correct.

I had fun playing the games.  I think S had fun also.  I do have to say Alexa was funny sometimes.  Thanks bro and family!

Until tomorrow...