Awoke at 8:50 a.m.
Weight: -32lb from max.
Thursday’s exercise: Goal = 3.5 miles
Clean-up: Empty two boxes of junk from under desk.
Blessings: Retreated into crying several times with nice hugs. After Al got home, tonight, he decided that instead of going grocery shopping, we should go out to dinner, again. I had a wild salmon skillet. Al had his usual. We discussed how we are reacting to not having any dogs in the house, the first time in our marriage when we’ve not had at least one. We decided that we must clear out the excess in the house and also remove the carpets. I also want to clean out everything I am not using, putting old papers into plastic bags and adding water, so that the ink degrades and destroying old DVDs/CDs by gluing them together in stacks with Superglue. Too, I am not wearing the majority of clothing items that I own; I cannot handle the dust that has accumulated on them, and so I will have to throw them out. That is, we have a plan.
Problems: Getting rid of excess junk, furniture, and books that have been replaced with digital editions.
Find a local breeder of purebred, long-hair American Cocker spaniels, by preference, because we do know that I am not ever allergic to them if they’ve been kept clean and been groomed with fragrance-free products (or aired out sufficiently). If that is not a possibility, then we must look for smaller, long-hair spaniels (European, Asian, e.g.).
Tuesday exercise: 3.2 miles/exercise bike
Today’s blessings: I finally was able to call the (now former) client who had needed work done before this last bout of illness started. The person that was hired to come in and do the cleaning also does typing, and so my former client now has someone else available. That just leaves the two piano teachers, until they retire, which is not so far in the future. We’re talking fewer than a handful of jobs during the year between ’em.
Al did not wake me up before he went off for his RSO shift, and I did not awake until an hour ago. So nice! When we next have puppies, I think that they should sleep in their kennels, rather than climb up and paw my face to see if I’m awake yet.
SpO2=94%, P = 77 bpm
I must have slept in an awkward position, last night. My right hand and arm are numb and tingling. I imagine that washing last night’s dishes will help. Time for breakfast, now.
To help ease “nervous” eating patterns, we stopped at the grocery store on the way home from the emergency animal hospital to ensure that we would have a variety of tempting, healthy food choices during the transition period after losing Samantha (our pet cocker spaniel).
On Tuesday, the sixteenth of February, I had already gotten back on the exercise bike and pedaled three miles (2 miles, and then 1 more mile after a rest). On Thursday and Sunday, I pedaled three miles each day with no rest. I will need to find some simple exercises for strengthen the lateral muscles of the legs. I’m pretty certain that it’s been nearly nine months since I did any systematic exercising. That has resulted in some unsteadiness that must be addressed.
I have been putting together smaller, tempting meals and snacks and eating slowly, enjoying the variety of tastes and textures. Sunday morning’s breakfast (see the photograph) consisted of
I had tried sushi for the first time, this week, at the suggestion of an Internet friend, Mara Eastern. I was surprised that I liked it, but both cucumber and avocado are favorites of mine. Snacks were a single melon slice, one sushi slice, half a dozen hazelnuts, one or two carrot or celery sticks, or a mandarin orange. I have been drinking black or oolong tea rather than fruit juices. For lunch I ate a sandwich: two slices of deli pastrami on g-f millet bread with chia seeds and a slice of Colby-Jack cheese.
I took a very long nap during the evening, but Al was still awake when I got up at ten-thirty o’clock. We replenished our soup supply (lovely coupons for Progresso soups: $1 per can) during the afternoon, and I bought some light, g-f chicken corn chowder. I plan to have that for supper.
I also bought a can of g-f cream of mushroom soup that I plan to use in a small pasta casserole. Wondering if spinach would go good in that.
Thinking that the food will taste good, and the cooking will help keep me busy, so I will have less time to eat. I’ve already cleared a lot of old stuff out of the kitchen cupboards and moved some “basement” items out of the living room, where they have lived for too long.
Off I go, again! My kitchen table book right now is Winds of Fury by Mercedes Lackey. I have been rereading the original Valdemar books, starting with The Last Herald Mage trilogy.