Another super week!

Poinsettia arrangement
Poinsettia arrangement with “air cleaning” plants.

Getting my blog done for this week:  Another super week for this Septuagenarian but does it have to go so fast?

Poinsettia from Holidays past
Poinsettia from Holidays past, left one from 2014 and right one from 2013.  

One year later my 2014 poinsettia is still doing very well growing inside, being watered and fertilized regularly although I don’t expect it to bloom.  My 2013 poinsettia has gotten taller and ganglier.  They both probably need to be moved to bigger pots with fresh soil,  but that is a project for tomorrow.  

Italian sausage, on toasted sourdough with marinara sauce topped with mozarella cheese.Friday:  T.G.I.F. Cold day today,  35F/0c.  For dinner I went to a local eatery and ordered a grilled  Italian sausage open-faced sandwich on toasted Italian bread covered with marinara sauce and topped with Mozzarella cheese browned under the grill.    Cost $7.00.  A glass of red wine would pair perfectly with this meal!   After dinner I took a short drive to check out the holiday lights in our neighborhood, some houses decked to the nines and some houses in total darkness.   While I was out,  I dropped off the plastic bags to a local  recycling center.  Today I also packed the paper and cardboard recycles and the cans and bottles recycles into the back of my car for tomorrow drop off.

Thursday:  Dinner for 2: 

Spaghetti with meatballs
Spaghetti with meatballs.  Home cooked meal!

Today,  I had to drive to the store to get some pasta and cheese for dinner.   While I was there I noticed some freshly shredded Italian three cheeses for $3.99,  a bargain, so I popped that in my basket.  The spaghetti was on sale for $1.50, another bargain.  Passing the meat area I picked up some freshly made meatballs for $5.00,  with instructions on cooking.  The vegetable department had fresh peppers for sale, 2 for $3.50, I picked up a red one and a green one.  I cleaned the green pepper by removing the seeds, and I slicing  it into about 1/4 inch strips and rinsed them in cold water.  I dried them with a paper towel, stored them in the fridge until dinner cooked.   The pepper strips were served on a cold glass plate with the pasta dinner!  Here’s the recipe for the Spaghetti with Meatballs dinner:     


Dinner for 2
A delicious Spaghetti and Meatball dish
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
2329 calories
60 g
639 g
141 g
192 g
56 g
993 g
1661 g
14 g
8 g
67 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2329
Calories from Fat 1268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 141g
Saturated Fat 56g
Trans Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 62g
Cholesterol 639mg
Sodium 1661mg
Total Carbohydrates 60g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 14g
Protein 192g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. Spaghetti; 1/2 lb. spaghetti of your choice store bought.......................................$1.00
  2. Meatballs; 8 pre-made meatballs from your meat area of your local market.......$5.00
  3. Sauce; 8 oz. marinara sauce store bought or from your pantry......................$1.50
  4. Cheese; 1 cup freshly shredded cheese from your deli in local market........ ..$3.99
  5. Basil or Italian parsley ...
  1. 1. Cook spaghetti according to the instructions on the box.
  2. 2. Cook the meatballs following the instructions on the package.
  3. 3. Heat the marinara sauce in a pot until simmering, toss cooked meatballs into marinara sauce.
  4. 4. Drain the cooked spaghetti and put into pasta bowl.
  5. 5. Cover the pasta with sauce, sprinkle the cheese on top, garnish with basil or Italian parsley
  6. 6. Serve, eat and enjoy!
  1. This is a recipe for 2 people, if you are eating alone, split the meal into two, eat one half today and store the other half in your refrigerator for tomorrow, or store in your freezer for future eating. This tip I got from a Septuagenarian who lives alone.
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Carrots with string cheese
Carrots with string cheese.  Carrots are supposedly good for your eyesight but don’t eat too many or you will turn yellow according to the nutritionists.  The cheese adds protein and fat to the snack so one or two is enough for snack.Wednesday:  Snack of the day carrots with string cheese.

Wednesday:  Snack of the week is carrots with string cheese!


Holiday ornament that I bought at the hospital gift shop while I waited for my husband to come out of surgery
Holiday ornament that I bought at the hospital gift shop while I waited for my husband to come out of surgery !

Tuesday:  12/1  Remembering this day last year when my husband J had his surgery and marveling at how healthy he is today,  Congratulations J ! You are a bright burning star, I am so proud of you! Continue to heal….with the help of modern medicine

Red geraniums still blooming in pots at the entrance of the hospital
Red geraniums still blooming in pots at the entrance of the hospital

Monday:  Trip to the physical therapist.

Today:  I am having my left arm exercised as part of my treatment for my recent surgery.  As my left arm is close to the site of the surgery it has to be exercised every day until I get it back to normal.  This is my second visit to the therapist.  Last week she spent an hour explaining how my lymphatic system worked and showed me a simple exercise for my left arm.  So I tried to remember to exercise every day.  This visit the range in my left arm had improved by 30 degrees.  I got a sticker for that, just kidding!  My therapist was very pleased with me and said so.  


My holidays getting off to a good start with a note from my 10 year old grandson!
My holidays getting off to a good start with a note from my 11 year old grandson!

Sunday 11/29  To do list for the holidays: 

  1. Budgeting
  2. Giving
  3. Traditional food
  4. Holiday cards, buy them, make them, recycle them?  E cards  or mail them?
  5. Stocking up on food for family visit
  6. Holiday gifts for family and friends
  7. Arranging accommodations for visiting family. 
  8. Getting my clothes ready for the holidays.  Winter clothes to the cleaners, check buttons etc.,
  9. Personal grooming.  Appointment for hair, nails etc..
  10. Outside decorations, inside decorations.
Red berries!
Red berries!

Words of wisdom from Charles Dickens:  “A loving heart is the truest wisdom”.

How are you?   Please share with me.

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