Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Check In

Old Time, in whose banks we deposit our notes
Is a miser who always wants guineas for groats;
He keeps all his customers still in arrears
By lending them minutes and charging them years.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Good morning everyone.  Sure has been hot and humid around here. It's been so hot here you can fry an egg on the sidewalk.  I've been staying in mostly.  Hate to see the AC bill, but I'd rather sacrifice in another area than suffer.  TodayI have to go out.  Bill time again.  I swear, these months fly by faster and faster.  We'll already be celebrating Lammas on Monday.  I can't even remember Beltane it went by so fast.  And soon it will be time to go back to school.  Have to get over to the college and register next month.

Been working hard on my schoolwork and just finished my project and final for Healing with Whole Foods and sent it in.  Now I wait for my grade.  Just received word on my Dietary Wellness course.  Got an A on that one.  Now I am working on Human Anatomy, not a favorite subject but one that must be done so I figured I'd just get it out of the way.

Still dealing with problems with my mouth.  I have pretty much adjusted to the top, but on the bottom I keep getting sores in one spot so I've been unable to eat anything but soft foods as of yet.  I realize it's not even a full two weeks yet, but I get depressed because I love to cook and love to eat what I cook.  Sometimes I wonder if I will ever have a piece of chicken or a steak again.  They have adjusted it twice, and when I leave the dental office I am feeling good, but by the time the day is over, I'm right back in pain.

This upcoming Sunday eve I am off to see my son in his first off-Broadway play.  I am so proud of him.  He knew what he wanted, and he went after it knowing how tough it was.  I'm so looking forward to it, but also secretly hoping that they don't want to go to a restaurant afterwards.  Don't know what to order if they do. Any suggestions?

Have a good one.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Roundup

Even the woodpeckers owe their success to the fact that they use
their heads and keep pecking away until they finish the job they start.

Coleman Cox

Good morning everyone. Looks like we are heading into a heat wave here in Brooklyn. Won't catch me out there running about. I don't get along with humidity and only step out when absolutely necessary. Plenty to keep me busy here at home.

So, things went well at the dentist yesterday. I'd thought it was a husband/wife team, but it was his daughter who shares the office with him. A father/daughter team. And she was so nice. She fixed me up. hopefully, and now it is just a matter of healing up the sores. For now. As gums shrink more is to be expected. But I will say yesterday I felt so good and so proud in Weight Watchers.
Congrats to me. I did it. Not only hit the 50 pound mark but went past it. Lost 2.2 pounds bringing my total to 51.2. Granted I have been on soft foods, but I could have chosen higher point fattening soft foods, but instead I stuck with well cooked veggies and fruit smoothies. Check out my coin.

Speaking of Weight Watchers, a WW buddy pointed out that it has been a great July for me--Leadfoot left, teeth done and looking beautiful, and hit my 50. It has been a great July.

Had my first almost solid food last night and savored every minute of it. I made an omelet--eggs, creamed spinach, and one slice of Weight Watchers American cheese. Very little chewing involved and it tasted so yummy that it's a new favorite for me.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Smile, it lets your teeth breathe. 
Author Unknown

Good morning everyone. It's going to be a hot one today. Humidity is beginning to slowly creep back up. This morning I am out of here early. Have to make a stop at the dentist before heading to my Weight Watchers meeting. Couldn't even eat a banana yesterday without problems and pain. Getting so frustrated here. I knew beforehand it was going to be like this, but it doesn't make it any easier. Somehow, we never think it will happen to us. And the top has it's sore spots, yes, but it's the bottom that is killing me.  I should have kept my old one. 

Before I go any further, I want to thank you, Linda, for offering me so much hope.  Right now it feels like it will go on forever, and I will never eat again, but then I think of what you have said, and I start to feel better. It helps hearing from someone who has been through it.  I know that one day I'll have my favorite foods again.

On a positive note, I have discovered a couple of awesome new foods. I have already mentioned how much I am loving creamed spinach. and I have also discovered Amy's Yellow Lentil Soup. If you love Indian, you'll love this. Going to buy a few more today as well as a couple other kinds of Amy's soups. A bit more expensive than regular soups, but organic and as close to homemade as you can get. 

Hoping for a good weigh in today.

Have a good one.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday Ramble

"I do love Italian food. Any kind of pasta or pizza. My new pig out food is Indian food. I eat Indian food like three times a week. It's so good."

Jennifer Love Hewitt
Good morning everyone.  It's going to be a warm day here in Brooklyn, and the humidity is going to start creeping up again.  No plans for the day except studying.  It's hard to go to the park with my teeth like this.  Not sure what I can bring for lunch.  I'm still on soft foods.  The dentist filed both top and bottom yesterday, and I walked out feeling great with both dentures in, but by the time I was on the bus, the other side of the upper denture started feeling sore.  Sometimes I feel so disheartened, but I know this will take some time.  There's a lot of healing to do.  But pain can be so tiring, and I WANT food.  Pork chops, steaks, yum, yum.

I DID manage to do a wee bit of chewing last night so that is progress. Had my first meat since last Thursday. Nothing heavy. I make a ground beef recipe of tomato sauce, beef broth, and all kinds of seasonings which Ralph had over rice and I had with mashed potatoes. I realized that it is going to take me awhile. Have to learn how to chew all over again.

Speaking of food, lately I have been into Indian food.  My obsession started after I read Monica Bhide's book "A Life of Spice: Stories of Food, Culture and Life".  The stories were fantastic,  and the recipes were just begging me to try them.  Now Indian cuisine is right up there with my favorites--Italian, Mexican, Dominican, and Cuban.  Check out what I bought at Amazon.  

Believe me.  I have put this kit to good use.  

Have a good one.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Wee Bit of Magic

Good morning everyone.  Today I am off to the dentist.  I think what bothers me the most is the letdown, because, despite all my research....and despite the logical part of my mind expected some pain afterwards....the illogical part had me thinking that NONE of what I read was going to happen to me...especially after how good I felt the first day when I took that selfie.  But, like hubby said, of course I felt good.  It took awhile for all the novocaine to wear off, and I was walking on air because it was over.  The fact is my gums went through some serious torture.  

With that being said, I'd like to lighten this up a little.  Hard to believe that we're heading very quickly towards Lammas.  The magic of summer is now at its peak.  

One way can be learned by starting to see the magic in everything. Sometimes
it seems to be hiding but it is always there. The more we can see the magic
in one thing, a tiny flower, a mango, someone we love, then the more we
are able to see the magic in everything and in everyone.
Where does the mango stop and the sky begin?

Joshua Kadison

And my newest herbs are beginning to sprout.  Oh, the magic of the first sprouts breaking ground.  New life begins.

 Cayenne peppers

Cumin, lemon mint, winter thyme, and cilantro
 Basil, chives, and mustard seed

Borage, catnip, and lemon balm

Holy Basil.  Planted last year, it doesn't grow.  It just stays as is.  Makes me happy it does this.
his herb has been revered for its medicinal value throughout India for thousands of years. Hindus believe the plant as an incarnation of the goddess Tulsi, offering divine protection, and Ayurvedic texts describe Holy Basil as the building block of holistic herbal medicine. Today it still remains one of the most cherished of India's sacred healing plants.
Have a good one. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Update on my Mouth Surgery

Some tortures are physical
And some are mental,
But the one that is both
Is dental.
Ogden Nash

Good afternoon everyone.  It's been very hot and humid here in Brooklyn.  Been spending most of my time indoors for several reasons--can't take the humidity, have lots of schoolwork to catch up on, and have been having a difficult time adjusting to the new teeth....although not as bad as some of the horror stories I have read.  To begin with, there is a sharp, knife-like piece of whatever they use to make the gums with which is slicing into my bottom gums.  Wore it to church yesterday, went to Key Food afterwards, and when I spoke with the girl at the register, it felt like a knife cutting into my gums.  Couldn't wait to get out of the store and rip it out.  The top is not so bad.  I have a small sore, but one that I can deal with until he does some filing tomorrow.

Been on a very soft food diet since last Thursday.  Yesterday, my diet consisted of oatmeal for breakfast, pea soup for lunch, and creamed spinach, chopped broccoli, and mashed potatoes for dinner.  Snacks for the day included rice pudding, yogurt, tapioca, and my fruit....cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries and grapes....and I stuck it all in the blender.

I also eat pudding, tomato soup, and amazingly I can eat Weight Watchers American Cheese.  It's soft enough to melt in my mouth. At any rate, I will probably hit my 50 pound mark at Weight Watchers this week, but this is NOT how I wanted to do it.  Just can't wait to eat some solid food again. 

I know a couple of friends have called me, and I apologize for not calling back, but I have been talking down to a minimum until these sores in my mouth have been taken care of.  Hurts a lot to talk.  Know that I appreciate your concern and please forgive me.  It's not that I have been avoiding you guys.  

Have a good one.

Friday, July 15, 2016

It's Over.

A dentist gets to the root of the problem.

Dental Humor

Good morning everyone.  We're in for a very hot and humid day here in Brooklyn.  I'll be in for the day.  Dentist's orders.  Rest up and eat light foods for the next few days, so all I have eaten is a yogurt for dinner last night and a pudding about 8pm.  Not much of an appetite.  I should be able to hit that 50 mark next week with a few days of this....and it's exactly what the doctor ordered. (By the way, I put on .2 yesterday). 

Not much 'real' pain, only a lot of soreness. Heck, I had 8 needles and anyone who has had a tooth pulled knows the needle sites can sometimes hurt more than the extraction. And I have 6 stitches. Of course, I am on pain meds right now, and as they wear off I realize it's not as bad as I expected. Lets hope it stays that way.

The teeth themselves fit great, and I was pleasantly surprised that I could taste my yogurt. My pre op research had turned up a lot of horror stories about losing your taste for food. Have a wee bit of swelling, but not that bad. They say it is the worst on the third day so I am following orders with ice packs to keep swelling down.

The dentist told me I was a champ. First had to drill off the bridge. What he did was drill to separate each tooth. One came out with the drilling and he had to dig for the roots. After we were done he told me, "You had some bad stuff under there." Seems my teeth had been dying off throughout the years but who knew because the bridge looked great. 

So, the nightmare is over now, and although I'll have to deal with some suffering for a few days, it's over, and as Ralph said, "You will never have to go through this again."
Thanks to all of you for your support. I'm so glad I had you with me.

Have a good one.