Friday – week wrap-up

It’s Friday and the girls will be at the state swim meet – it goes for 3 days but because of their age group, they only have to be there today and tomorrow. That, of course means that I also have to be at the swim meet. It’s a lot of sitting and waiting until your event is called.

You’d do well to being a book (or two.)

Last night I put a call on Facebook asking for recommendations on comfortable folding chairs. I’m so tired of sitting in those cheap “butt hammock” chairs that dig into the back of my legs, eventually causing my legs to go numb. The arm handles always rip and basically, although lightweight and easy to store, they’ve been a waste of money. Continue reading “Friday – week wrap-up”

Friday – week wrap-up

heartbeat

Your heartbeat. It’s filled with peaks and valleys all necessary to keep you alive. If you didn’t have them, you’d be dead.

And like a heartbeat, living with a chronic illness can be filled with much of the same sort of peaks and valleys.

Medication that had previously worked just fine suddenly seems to lose its ability to handle your situation.

You have a good day and you get to go to the gym (or the store or sometimes even get out of bed.) Continue reading “Friday – week wrap-up”

Friday – week wrap-up

Thanks for all of you who have reached out to leave comments here and on other social media about your journeys to regain your health.

Diet

The other day I got busy with my work, then I had to drive my kids to an event and before I realized it, it was 3 p.m. and I hadn’t had lunch. I was tempted to wait until when we sat down for dinner but as I was a little hungry, I knew that that was not such a great idea. I’m a firm believer in “if you are hungry, then eat.”

I gathered some leftover vegetables and tempeh from the previous night’s dinner, put them in a bowl with some water, a tablespoon of tomato pesto and one of hummus, added some spices, heated it up and sat down to a quick, yummy, and filling bowl of soup. (I also want to point out that the cost of this meal was pennies.) Continue reading “Friday – week wrap-up”

Friday – week wrap-up

This post is going to be a bit of a disclaimer. I have been following the story of that Australian “health” blogger who “believed” she had brain cancer and who then went on to market herself and blog as having cured her cancer through diet. She made a lot of money deceiving people and giving those with illness false hope.

What a cruel thing to do. Continue reading “Friday – week wrap-up”

Friday – week wrap-up

Vegan Sloppy Joes - recipe on Monday.
Vegan Sloppy Joes – recipe on Monday.

It’s Friday, a few musings on the how the week went.

When the kids were little I wanted nothing but to make sure they were happy. What this meant (besides ending up buying them far too many toys) was that come dinner time I became a short order cook.

You want chicken? Sure.

You – spaghetti? No problem, coming right up.

After some time (and a few more kids) I realized the foolishness of my ways. Dinners were not supposed to cause so much chaos (for me.) They were supposed to be a time of communal gathering around sustenance – for the spirit as well as the body.

That’s when I pulled out the beef commercial’s – “it’s what’s for dinner” line. Like it or don’t, it’s what we’re having. Eat it.

These days because I’m still in charge of planning and cooking the dinners, (I don’t mind, I actually like to cook) I find myself going back to occasionally making two meals on the nights that meat is served. One with meat, one without.

This is because one of my sons, for his health reasons (chronic Lyme with serious complications) has decided to go vegetarian (with some fish because he can’t live without sushi.) He is actually the reason I took another look at my meat consumption. (And then I watched the movie “Forks over Knives” that pretty much sealed the deal.)

My son and I eat the meal without meat and the others in the family are welcomed to eat from either meal.

It’s not as complicated as it might sound.

If burgers on the grill are on the menu, I throw on a few veggie burgers. Done.

If we’re having chicken fajitas, I cut up some baked tofu and use that for us non-meat eaters. Done.

Last night I made Sloppy Joes – a family favorite. One dish used the traditional ground beef, the other dish used veggie crumbles and cut up portobella mushrooms. (It was a hit, I’ll give you the recipe on Monday.) A little more work, but Done.

It’s not a big deal to make two meals. Perhaps it’s because over the years, I’ve become more comfortable in the kitchen. Maybe it’s that the kids are older and are not as demanding as toddlers, (well, for the most part anyway, I still have two daughters that are teens) or maybe it’s because, in the end, I will always want to make my kids happy.

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Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.