Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Experiments in life

Hi, ya'll.

This week, Sarah is 7 months. For the last month she has been intensely observant of us when we eat, grabs for my spoon, my plate, my cup and in general wants whatever we are eating. So, every once in while I would give her a taste of something that we were eating, soup or smoothie, anything smooth enough for her to swallow without gagging. Last week, I gave her her first full meal of peaches. She loves food! So far, she's had peaches, sweet potatoes, squash, broth from the borscht I made, green smoothies, banana's and beets.

Like I said, she loves food and loves to eat. I weighed her yesterday and as my weight has been going down, her's goes up. She's now 15 lbs. She is officially twice what she weighed at birth.

Last Friday, I did it again. I am assuming the cause was the tator tots and french fries and there might have been some potato chips thrown in there somewhere. NO more fried food for me, I guess.

Anyway, it must have been too much oil, but I ended up with another gallbladder attack in the afternoon. It was early enough that I figured it would be over by bed time. Well, it was, almost. Just when I thought it was easing up, it started in again. So I spent the evening nibbling raw beets and sipping flaxseed tea. Then I dozed sitting up first in warm water in the tub, then in my rocking chair in the living room and finally sitting up in bed. Sometime in the early morning, the stone that was causing the problem either backed off or passed through and I was able to lay down comfortably.

So much for that. Since then, I've been eating mostly raw, and eating alot of beets. The other thing I've been doing is making sure I eat a high alkaline diet.

Yesterday, I made pizza for the kids. It was just pizza crust with tomatoes and spinach, olives and onions. I tried a gluten free pizza crust mix that ended up a bit on the sticky side. Too much rice I think. Not one I'll try again.
The funny thing was I put the yeast in the bowl and the flax/egg replacer and then instead of dumping the bag of mix in I grabbed the bag of flax meal and dumped the whole thing in before I realized what I had done. So I had to start over. The mistake I added flour to, and mixed it up with some seeds and dried fruit and honey and made a sort of flat flax meal bread. It's edible especially if I toast it so I had some for breakfast this morning.

Well, off to get something done today before it the day ends! Later.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Latest happenings.

So, this month we've all had the flu, or something like it. The boys had it first, headache, fever, lethargic. So, I stayed home from church that week. The next week, I had it, so I stayed home from church again, this time by myself with Sarah who managed to entertain herself on the bed while I napped. The third week, Victor had got it so I took the kids to church and he stayed home. Finally, we got to got to church all together. Then Friday afternoon, we went out to eat at the chinese restaurant. Yum!. Except, I ate too much fried food and woke up with a gallbladder attack at 3 am. So, I stayed home from church yet again. When will I ever learn?!

I was feeling better by lunch time and was able to go to the afternoon baptism of one of the youngsters of our church. And had yummy food at the evening potluck!

On a more positive note, the kids joined Kids Club with 3ABN and are enjoying practicing their writing while doing the Bible studies.

Victor and I have been wasting alot of time on the computer, but just recently started up again with reading some great books and spending time studying the Bible. We also managed to get the carpet in the living room cleaned (although it doesn't look it anymore). I did some major pruning of the rosemary bushes out front, which actually ended up with one of them totally pulled out since it was dead to the roots.

Victor did the sermon a couple weeks ago, or was it last week? I've lost track of the time with all the illness and such. He showed the first 30 minutes of "The Blueprint: Earth's Final Movie" by Ivor Myers. Everyone wants to see the rest of it so  hopefully the pastor can get him another couple of weeks to do that.

Sarah is 6 months old now. She's sitting up on her own, even though she can't get to that position by herself yet. She had her first full meal of pureed peaches this morning for breakfast. She has had bites of other things at other meals, and she loves food and grabbing the spoon, so she is pretty much ready for solids. Right now, she's teething so dribbles all down her front, so I have to keep a bib on her at all times and change it out at least once a day. She loves to talk and sing to herself, but of course there are no intelligible words yet.

Well, I think that's all for now.

Oh, yeah, an upside to being sick, for me, I'm back down to what I weighed before I got pregnant with Sarah. 150 lbs or a bit less. Yay for me. Some of it I lost while sick because I didn't eat for 2 days. The rest I lost because I left out the wheat. I didn't realize how much that actually affected me. Now, I just need to stay off it and forget about the fried foods. I guess I'll just have to have chinese food at home, no eating it out. I feel better when I don't eat it anyway. Even the best places use so much oil and fat. If I make it myself I can make it healthier and still get most of the flavor.

Ok, now I'm done.

Til later!