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Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Menu

I am having an odd day. Mood started out pretty awful. Then I was angry at past issues. So I burned my anger out doing things like scrubbing the tub and washing a ton of dishes. I'm still angry but it is not like it was earlier where I was contemplating going and getting into a fight with someone. Now, I'm calm and my anger is much calmer. Like being angry that I dropped a stitch when I was knitting something. My brain is weird. Hopefully this means that my mood is going to be better now.


Date Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sun scrambled eggs sandwiches /
leftovers
pizza
Mon kids: cereal & fruit
me: scrambled egg,
sausage, avacado
pudding, coffee
Kids: school
Hubby: pizza leftovers &
pasta salad
Me: leftovers
hamburgers
carrot salad
Tues kids: waffles
me: avacado pudding
boiled egg, toast
& butter coffee
Kids: school
Hubby: sandwich, chips
hard boiled egg, cheese
Me: soup & salad
ground turkey tacos
refried beans
salsa & guacamole
Wed kids: cereal & fruit
me: blueberry-egg
bake, avacado pudding
& butter coffee
Kids: school
Hubby: burrito bowl
Me: taco salad
homemade pizza
& salad
Thurs kids: waffles
me: zucchini hash
w/ eggs & butter
coffee
Kids: school
Hubby: leftovers
Me: cobb salad
sloppy joes
cauliflower rice
veggie sticks & dip
Fri kids: cereal
me: mason jar
omlette & avacado
pudding & butter
coffee
Kids: school
Hubby: sandwiches &
chips
Me: leftovers
chicken korma
cauliflower rice
naan
kids: ez mac
Sat eggs, bacon
& fruit
leftovers / sandwiches spaghetti &
meatballs

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Fiction: The Time Machine Is Broken

I wound the key on the mechanism. The quaint sounds of a music box played with the whirring of gears and uncoiling of springs as counterpoint to it. Then the music skipped and began to play again from the beginning as the key twisted backwards. Father did not tell me what to do if this happened. I watched with some curiosity as the music than began to play backwards. The music skipped and the mechanism whirred somewhat louder than before.

I tapped upon the brass back plate wherein the key fitted. Something within rattled. The key began to turn in the proper direction but the music was silent. And then I looked up and saw something most curiously disturbing. Everyone in the station around me had stopped moving. A child hung in midair suspended by possibly some gossamer thread I could not see but of incredible strength. I moved to get up and discovered that my body did not obey my will. I cast my gaze down to my right hand resting beside the device.

It felt as though an incredible weight was upon me, thrusting my hand down into the very wood of the counter it sat upon. Though my limbs could not obey me, my eyes could. I looked over at the device. The key turned slower as that crushing weight became unbearable. My vision began to blur and become spotted. Desperately, I tried to lift my hand to wind the key back to its proper position.

If it were possible, I believe that sweat would have been profuse upon my brow. Instead, everything became cool and colors grew dim. Oh, Father, what should I do? As the key's turning came to a stop, silence and a terrible cold overcame the whole of reality. All was dark. I had no voice with which to cry out for help. I had no body to move. Only one thing remained, my awareness and memories. But even the memories are faded.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fiber fluff: Working on Presents.

I have been working on presents for Beloved's birthday next week. I finished the box and handed it to him night before last. Today, I just finished the scrap granny square afghan for him to use when he decides to nap on the couch in cool weather. The thing needs a good wash but it is finally done.

I just have two more things to make and/or acquire and I'll be finished. I figure four presents over the week leading up to his birthday means it is no big deal if I get the exact date wrong, again.

I am making slow but steady progress combing fiber and spinning it. M.K. sent me a wonderful rainbow of blue faced leicester locks that I have been using my mother in law's viking style combs to process it. I'm almost finished with the white. Next is going to be the bright sunshine yellow. The grey alpaca fiber that I was going to spin on my navajo spindle is going to wait for fall. That stuff felts so easily, I'm going to stick with my current project. That is a silk-merino blend in all the colors of storm clouds. I'm spinning it on my small turkish spindle. I haven't decided how I'm going to be plying it. I still have the rest of the braid to spin into singles before I have to worry about plying though.

I'm waaay behind on the sheep study stuff. I'm going to try to wash fiber this weekend if the weather isn't too bad. My hope is I can wash it and then dry it in lingere bags out in the sun. Keep each bag labeled and I should be able to tell which sample is which. I think last breed we got samples from was Hog Island. I have at least six samples to wash and then comb or card depending on the staple length.

I have decided that I'm going to make notecards with the details that I learn in the spinning process for the different samples. On the notecard will be a sample of the cleaned fleece showing staple length (which will also be noted). Then there will be a tiny sample of singles and a plied yarn made from each sample. Notation will include the weight of the spindle it was spun on, wraps per inch, and total yardage I got out of the sample. I'm thinking that the final skeins of each sample will be knitted together into a shawl. Just a basic triangular shawl.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Menu for the Week of 5/14/18

The last several days have been busy. Just the usual household stuff going on. I am not entirely sure what to say about how things are going on the diabetes front. I've been attempting a ketogenic diet while waiting for my health insurance company to approve a medication they denied earlier. This has not been a pleasant time for me. I've found somethings I have enjoyed (zucchini hash and butter coffee) and some that I can tolerate (egg 'muffins'). It is still hard and I am still spending a good amount of time feeling hungry. I don't know if it is because I'm eating less carbs, because of the diabetes, or because of my other medications. I honestly don't know.

I'm trying not to set myself up for cooking three separate meals at a given time. It is leaning towards that happening. Just because what I am doing is so radically different from everyone else in the household.

Date Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sun scrambled eggs
w/ bacon &
fruit
sandwiches /
leftovers
pizza
Mon kids: cereal & fruit
me: zucchini hash
w/ egg
butter coffee
Kids: school
Hubby: noodle bowl with
muffin
Me: leftovers
hamburgers
carrot salad
Tues kids: french toast
sticks
me: mason jar
omelette & butter
coffee
Kids: school
Hubby: chinese leftovers
Me: soup & salad
ground turkey tacos
refried beans
salsa & guacamole
Wed kids: cereal & fruit
me: blueberry-egg
bake & 1/2 muffin
Kids: school
Hubby: burrito bowl
Me: taco salad
meatball stroganoff
& salad
Thurs kids: french toast
sticks
me: zucchini hash
w/ eggs
Kids: school
Hubby: leftovers
Me: meatballs &
zoodles
broccoli salad
chicken salad
sandwiches
potato salad
Fri kids: cereal
me: mason jar
omlette &
1/2 muffin
Kids: school
Hubby: sandwiches &
chips
Me: leftovers
pad thai stir fry &
spring rolls

kids: ez mac
Sat eggs, bacon
& fruit
leftovers / sandwiches sloppy joes
cauliflower rice
veggie sticks & dip

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Monday Menu: Week of 5/6/18

The menu plan for this week has me eating some type of egg thing every blasted morning. I'm not thrilled with this, but so far it is the lowest carb form of breakfast I can come up with. I'm going to try making chia seed 'pudding' tonight to see if I can tolerate the stuff. If so, it will be added into the menu as per needed. Sunday went off the rails menu-wise because my kitchen was a disaster. As such, breakfast was cereal for the kids and half a banana and some meatballs for me. Lunch was foraging for leftovers in the fridge. Dinner was salad and a sandwich. Well, sort of. Beloved didn't have the salad part and the kids refused any of it in favor of macaroni and cheese.

I'm trying really hard to do this low carb meal planning for myself and avoid having to make three meals for any given meal. It's been challenging. The hardest part of going really low carb is the fact that I feel hungry all the time and I'm finding myself struggling not to skip meals. Sounds contradictory, but feeling hungry all the time is triggering my almost anorexia behaviors. It's been pretty awful. I've been emotionally a mess through out all of this.

I'll find away to make sense of it all, somehow. I tried butter coffee today. I'm struggling to see what the big difference between putting cream and butter in your coffee is. I'll be trying it with a little coconut oil in it tomorrow. Who knows, maybe this could do me some good. I've been limiting stuff like red meat so I'm not getting much in the way of cholesterol from meats. But the eggs every day.. that might be problematic. I don't know.


Date Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sun scrambled eggs
w/ bacon &
fruit
sandwiches /
leftovers
pizza
Mon kids: cereal & fruit
me: egg-bacon

'muffins' w/ toast
and sugar free jam
Kids: school
Hubby: noodle bowl,
cornbread muffin, boiled
egg
Me: leftovers
hamburgers
apple salad
Tues kids: french toast
sticks
me: zucchini hash
with egg and toast
Kids: school
Hubby: chili & cornbread
Me: soup & salad
pulled pork tacos
refried beans
salsa & guacamole
Wed kids: cereal & fruit
me: blueberry-egg
bake & 1/2 muffin
Kids: school
Hubby: Cuban sandwich
bean burrito bowl (small)
Me: taco salad
meatball stroganoff
& salad
Thurs kids: french toast
sticks
me: egg-bacon
'muffins' w/ 1/2
muffin
Kids: school
Hubby: garlic bread pizza
Me: leftovers
sweet-n-sour
meatballs w/ barley
tropical fruit salad
kids: pasta &
meatballs
Fri kids: cereal
me: blueberry-egg
bake & toast
Kids: school
Hubby: leftovers
Me: leftovers
pork korma
naan
cucumber salad
kids: ez mac or
sandwiches
Sat eggs, bacon
& fruit
leftovers rotisserie chicken
roasted baby potatoes
roasted brussels sprouts
or broccoli