Getting my blog done for this week: Another super week for this Septuagenarian but does it have to go so fast?
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.
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:
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:
- Spaghetti; 1/2 lb. spaghetti of your choice store bought.......................................$1.00
- Meatballs; 8 pre-made meatballs from your meat area of your local market.......$5.00
- Sauce; 8 oz. marinara sauce store bought or from your pantry......................$1.50
- Cheese; 1 cup freshly shredded cheese from your deli in local market........ ..$3.99
- Basil or Italian parsley ...
- 1. Cook spaghetti according to the instructions on the box.
- 2. Cook the meatballs following the instructions on the package.
- 3. Heat the marinara sauce in a pot until simmering, toss cooked meatballs into marinara sauce.
- 4. Drain the cooked spaghetti and put into pasta bowl.
- 5. Cover the pasta with sauce, sprinkle the cheese on top, garnish with basil or Italian parsley
- 6. Serve, eat and enjoy!
- 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.
I am trying out this recipe card feature, I am not quite sure that it works, so I am nervous!
Wednesday: Snack of the week is carrots with string cheese!
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!
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.
Sunday 11/29 To do list for the holidays:
- Traditional food
- Holiday cards, buy them, make them, recycle them? E cards or mail them?
- Stocking up on food for family visit
- Holiday gifts for family and friends
- Arranging accommodations for visiting family.
- Getting my clothes ready for the holidays. Winter clothes to the cleaners, check buttons etc.,
- Personal grooming. Appointment for hair, nails etc..
- Outside decorations, inside decorations.
Words of wisdom from Charles Dickens: “A loving heart is the truest wisdom”.
How are you? Please share with me.
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