A New Leaf


Today I am turning over a new leaf. I went to the doctor for my quarterly checkup and even though I had lost three whole pounds since last time, she suggested I go on a low fat, low carb, high protein diet.

This is not to my liking. I love sweets and sugary things. I love to bake and cook, so now I will have to figure out how to do this on a low cal diet.

I did go to Costco today. I bought two organic chickens. One, I cut up to make roast chicken breast and the rest will be broiled for dinner tomorrow night. The backs and wings I make into chicken broth.

I was very good. I got portebello mushrooms, which I can saute in olive oil and eat like a hamburger with lettuce, tomato etc. I got asparagus, which I can cook in olive oil and lemon juice.

The peaches looked so good, and they are really only good this time of the year. I like them plain, but maybe I can figure out some sort of baked peach something with crumbled oats on top.

Dinner was a big salad with a little chicken. I even broke down and got a bag of brown rice.

I have been violently opposed to brown rice all my life. It always seemed like a ‘hippie’ thing. But it isn’t all that bad.

I made something very good out of three cups of cooked, cooled brown rice. A ‘tabouli’ salad. This is done by adding one quarter cup olive oil and one quarter cup lemon juice. Chopped up parsley, mint and green onions. Chop up a tomato or two and some black olives. Not bad.

The recipe called for feta cheese, which I didn’t have on hand and cucumber, which I didn’t have either. Next time I will add these items, along with some more parsley.

For dessert I had some watermelon. Not too much sugar or calories in that.

I never really feel that the doctor is a great source of nutrition information. I am going to give this ‘new’ method of eating a try for six weeks. Hopefully I will lose a lot of weight, if I don’t lose my mind.


eBay Registration

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Scream, scream, scream. I just ordered something on eBay. What a hassle!

First of all, my sister tried to order something and her credit card was rejected. I don’t know why, except her shipping and billing addresses do not match.

So out of the kindness of my heart, I said I would place the order and put it on my credit card.

I selected the item she wanted, a cup holder for her doggy stroller at $10.99 plus $10.42 shipping. I hit Guest checkout. I filled out the entire form, only to be ‘told’ that I already had an eBay account.

So I hit ‘sign in’, and guess what? In big red letters: My username or password was incorrect. As I didn’t remember either one, and didn’t even know I had an account, I decided to Register under a different email account.

Bad idea: I had to fill in name, address etc. Then username, and as mine was ‘already’ taken I had to figure out something else…which I will never remember.

Then to the password, which had to include letters and numbers. Uh, oh, enter again. Now they didn’t match. Fixed that.

Then onto a secret question: I had my choice of street I grew up on (and as we moved about ten times by the time I was ten, I didn’t think that was a good question.

I finally settled on mother’s maiden name. And now I thought I must be done.

But no, now we had to have my birthday with month, day and year.

I still couldn’t order item. No, I had to wait for an email from ebay condfirming my registration and activating my account.

Fiinally got back to item I wanted to order. Then I had to go through the Pay Pal stuff and I said I just wanted to pay with my credit card. After filling all this out and submitting it, I was advised that my shipping address and billing address did not match.

I looked them over, and they seemed to match to me, so I just clicked the one they recommended.

Done. This is the last item I will ever order on eBay. I’m sure  I will never remember my username or password. In fact, I can’t remember what I finally put and it’s only been ten minutes.

I just got two emails from eBay: Congratulations and Welcome.

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The Green Thing


The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

He was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

Some Dinner Ideas

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I am always telling you about sweet fattening food items. The guilt has set in so I am including a couple of not sweet, fairly plain and healthy food items.

Here are a couple of easy dinner ideas: First is a mushroom, pasta dish. This is really easy.

For two or three, use half a pound of spagetti, one box of mushrooms and one chopped up leek.

In a big pot boil some spagetti. About nine or ten minutes is fine. Take the spagetti out and drain, but leave the water in the pot. In a big skillet with a lid, saute a cut up leek and a few cloves of chopped garlic in olive oil. Add some chopped up mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms are best, but any kind will do.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Add a ladle of pasta water, cover and simmer until mushrooms are soft. Add pasta, cover with more water from the pot, cover and simmer till the water is absorbed. Toss with chopped up parsley.

This is a good ‘main’ dish or a side dish with meat or chicken. I like it with shredded parmesan cheese on top.

Another good side dish is also very healthy. Chop up an onion, brown in some olive oil with a can of drained garbanzo beans, add a little chopped up garlic. Stir for about five minutes until beans are a little browned.

Add juice and zest of one lemon and some torn up kale leaves, minus the stems. Stir for another minute or two, until kale is wilted. This makes two or three servings, or you can double recipe.

OK. That’s it. Tomorrow it will be back to the brownies and the hot fudge sauce.

Bulletin Board for Great Ideas

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http://pinterest.com/ Here is a link to some great ideas. You can sign up and every day you will get a bulletin board full of nifty stuff.

It could be a recipe or how to wrap gifts using a phone book.

It could be how to make a toy for your child out of nothing or how to duplicate a runaway look from Paris.

Another good site for craft projects and ideas of things to make is Skip to My Lou. Every day there are interesting easy to make items. That is where I learned how to make homemade ice cream sandwiches.

Even my boyfriend thought they looked very ‘professional’.

And of course Heloise.  This is great for household tips. Heloise was a navy wife who lived in Honolulu in the sixties. The current Heloise is her daughter.

When I was a housewife with a three year old and a one year old, I read her column religiously to learn all the clever ways to cut household chores and do things ‘better’.

To this day, the one column I remember from fifty years ago was her method of cleaning a drinking glass. ‘Wad up a handful of nylon net and push up and down in the glass’.  This was before the era of sponges that had a scrubby side.

She also had a whole slew of things to do with baking soda, vinegar and household ammonia.

If you sprinkle baking soda on your tile counter and pour vinegar all over, it will clean your grout. Does anyone still have tile counters with grout?

This is also a good way to clean your garbage disposal. In fact I think you are supposed to do this to all your sink drains once a week, to keep them sweet smelling and flowing smoothly.

OK> That is enoughtinformation for today.

Too Good Not to Pass On

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1. The nicest  thing about the future is .. . .. that  it always  starts

2.  Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his

3. If  you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense
at  all.

4. Seat  belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A  good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep  water.

6. How  come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark
to  become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7.  Business conventions are important . . . because they demonstrate how
many  people a company can operate without.

8. Why  is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else

9. Scratch a cat . . . and you will have a permanent  job.

10. No  one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy
a  car.

11.  There are no new sins; the old ones just get more  publicity.

12. There are  worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4
a.m. – like, it  could be the right number.

13. No  one ever says “It’s only a game” when their team is  winning.

14.  I’ve reached the age where ‘happy hour’ is a nap.

15. Be careful  about reading the fine print . . . There’s no way you’re
going to like  it.

16. The  trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size

17. Do  you realize that, in about 40 years, we’ll have thousands of old
ladies  running around with tattoos in strange places? (And rap music will be
the  Golden Oldies!)

18. Money can’t  buy happiness — but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry
in a Cadillac  than in a Yugo.

19. After 60,  if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you’re probably

20. Always be  yourself because the people  that matter  don’t mind .. . .
and the ones that mind don’t matter.

21.  Life isn’t tied  with a bow . . . but it’s still a gift.

It’s About Time

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What a good idea! Glasses for putting on your eye makeup. It is very difficult to put on eye makeup if you wear glasses. If you have them on, you can’t get to your eyes and if you have them off, you can’t see what you are doing.

These come in various strengths and I found them at the eyeglass store in Straub Clinic, Honolulu, Hawaii. $25.

They come in various strengths and colors. Red is the cutest, but they also have clear and rose.

I’m sure it won’t be long before you will be seeing these on the racks in the drugstore along with readers and bifocal sunglasses.

Another great idea are the ‘reader’s that are sold in drugstores. These come in many strengths from 1.00 to about 4.00. I am a 1.50 or a 2.00.

There used to be just one or two styles. Black, brown and gold. Now there are jillions of styles and colors. Such fun. I have them all over the house.

It is a good idea to have a pair in the kitchen and another in the bathroom. Essential for reading recipes and medicine bottles.

Then of course you need a pair at your desk and another at your bedside. Don’t forget one by the phone.

And if you are a crafter or a sewer you will need one or two pair in that department. Maybe you should keep a pair by the couch. That is good for reading magazines or newspapers.

And never leave home without a pair of readers in your purse or jacket. It is very hard to read a menu or map without some aide.

Not a bad idea to keep a pair in your glove compartment, just in case you forgot to take them with you.

I think that is  eight or ten pair. At about $10 a pop, that is about $100. Sometimes CVS or Walgreens will have a ‘buy one, get one free’. That is the best time to get a couple of pair.

Most of my ‘reader’ glasses are very plain, but last time I was in Vegas I broke down and got a gorgeous pair. I was walking through the Venetian hotel and there was a shop with the most beautiful eyeglasses.

These black and jeweled beauties were $60 and they are my ‘going out’ glasses that I keep in my purse. I always get compliments from strangers when I wear these.

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