Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Roundup

Today I know that I cannot control the ocean tides. I can only go with the flow. . . . When I struggle and try to organize the Atlantic to my specifications, I sink. If I flail and thrash and growl and grumble, I go under. But, if I let go and float, I am borne aloft.

Marie Stilkind

Well, another Friday has arrived.  This week is over, and it has been a busy one for sure.  Went for my four month field test this past Tuesday.  Aced the glaucoma tests..  Pressure is still good and no signs of glaucoma, but because of some early markers, I remain glaucoma suspect.  Not all news was good though.  I've been diagnosed with Age Related Macular Degeneration.  There is no cure.  One can only try to slow down the process with healthy foods--especially lots of greens.  Already been doing that.  The doctor also suggested that I begin taking Occuvite.  He didn't have to tell me twice.  Stopped on the way home and bought it.  My sight is important to me, and I will do anything I can to keep it.

Lost another .4 pounds this week.  I'll take it.  Lost 35.2 pounds altogether.  Started out at 223.8 and am now down to 188.6.  

One week before I see my daughter.  Might as well say I am meeting her because she is a grown woman now with children and grandchildren of her own.  She''ll be 49 in July.  I'm feeling so anxious, but it helps that she understands that leaving her was a decision forced on me.  We've done a lot of chatting, and sadly, mom treated her pretty much the same way she treated me.  So what did she want to adopt her for?  To hurt me?  Not going to let it eat me up, though.  I've been given a second chance, and that is a blessing.

Made a new dish in my crockpot.  So yummy. Only the second time I used it since I got it for Christmas.  I have a fear of leaving food cooking while I'm out, and with a crockpot that only defeats the purpose.  

Chicken Provencal

2 chicken breasts (halved)
One onion (chopped)
1/2 cup pitted olives
About one tbs. white vinegar
McCormick's Lemon Pepper
McCormick's Herbes de Provence
1 Bay Leaf
1 can low sodium chicken broth
Minced parsley

Fry chicken until browned. Place onions in crock pot and layer chicken on top. Add olives and vinegar. Sprinkle chicken with spices. I don't measure. Slowly add broth and cook on low 5-6 hours. Top with parsley and cook about 15 minutes more.

And that's about it for this week.  See you on Monday.


  1. Glad to hear that you are getting together with your daughter. I come from a "less than functional" family so I understand that relationships are more complicated and difficult than in the more functional Brady Bunch homes. But it's great that you are making the effort and that's all you can do. I wish you the very best!

    I am glad that you are taking care of your eyesight. Many of these eye issues can be treated with regular monitoring. I have the vision field testing every year too. I find it quite weird and a little creepy for some reason, but I don't want to have sight issues. Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. Our poor old eyes age along with us, alas! My Rare One takes some kind of pills to slow down macular degeneration too.

  3. I'm so happy you're being reunited with your daughter... See it as a new beginning and don't relive the past.... Like you said.. your reunion is a blessing

    Oh, I just love crockpot food. Your chicken looks and sounds amazing... I just might try this one day. We've used our crockpot quite a bit this winter... last time my hubby made a rabbit stew in it. :)

  4. I am so happy for you. Reuniting after all this time. Thank you for sharing this with us!