Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Musical Duo

The youngest Grandson came over yesterday on his spring break, I think he can't get enough of us. He spent the weekend and was as happy as a clam.

He was announcing the purchase of a new acoustical guitar, Both him and his older brother are taking private guitar lessons. I'm excited, Family celebrations are going to be amp-ed up just a bit. Fun.

He showed me that he could already play "Smoke on the water" through self teaching and it wasn't bad. His teacher is a folk style jazz guitarist. At least I'll be able to tolerate practice.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Thank you Scott

It wasn't as easy as you claimed, I kept getting errors. then I'd go back and start over. Until I was ready to throw the keyboard...Then it, happened I seen My banner.
Thanks again.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ahhhhhhhh, Spring again.

Spring Equinox...A fresh start to the sunny season and sort of a spring forward to the getting out of the cave and feeling alive again.

Speaking of feeling alive again,
I had dinner the night before last at home and made by myself. It was wonderful! It was King Crab, rice pilaf, and a Caesar salad.

The crab was incredible, The first bite was taken in some apprehension with a tad bit of "What if the lab was wrong?" But the succulent sweetness complimented by the delicate texture and slightly salty butter washed away my worries. At one point during my dinner I was almost emotional it was so good. It had been since 10/19/05 that I had eaten shellfish. The best part No reaction! (I knew it wasn't the shellfish)
The rice pilaf was very good also, I put elephant garlic, bell pepper, celery all chopped finely with olive oil, a little chicken broth and brown and long grain wild rice. Salt and pepper to taste with a touch of Cheyenne pepper for a little kick. Mmmmm, It was as pretty as it was Good.

I worried how the scales would do after abandoning all life plans and eating for pure enjoyment, I woke up, went to the girls room and weighed...Down almost a pound! Woohoo!

I'm probably not going to make my goal by my Birthday but I'm damn sure gonna be closer, The Mr. hit a milestone this morning with his weight loss that he wasn't going to even start. He is eating what I cook and that's my WW type core menu. He's only 9 pounds from his perfect weight and the odd thing is he says he eats all that he wants. But we've adopted a phrase in our household and it's if you don't love it don't eat it. Find foods you love...and be satisfied.

I'm just so thankful that I've found some ways to get back to the me I know and love, It's been a long hard road of trials and tribulations believe me.

Monday, March 19, 2007

The world really is my crab, shrimp, clam, lobster and oyster.

Howdy all, I know long time no hear...I've been getting all the extra testing done that was so rudely suggested after having about 3 hours of revelry thinking I could eat shellfish again and having the allergist call and say Whoa, whoa, whoa we need to do some long term testing.

Well, it's all done and to my greatest pleasure I am able to resume the normal life that I love without worry, Except for scallops, I am very allergic to them. No biggy though...I didn't like them anyway. I should carry an epi-pen as suggested by my allergist. I'll talk to my Dr. about that next time.

The my and I are getting ready for the knife show in April. He's been in the shop doing long days and now I'm going to try my hand at making scabbards and sheaths for the knives. It should be interesting. I tooled a holster for my little .25 cal and it turned out great. I used to do this stuff when I was younger and living in Vegas, It was a popular craft in that area.

I'm still doing the weight watchers, and thank heavens for the chocolate carmel bars by weight watchers! It's becoming a way of life in our household now...The Mr. is losing at a good rate of speed and almost to his goal, but he is able to be a lot more active than me right now. We bought a recumbent bike on craigslist, it's in great shape and even has a heart monitor and 10 different programs. It rocks! I been pushing myself a little on it, I have to be careful with my back though.

I'm thinking that I am probably building muscle and will only see minor amounts of weightloss for a while. But 12 pounds so far ain't bad. I remember telling my doctor I would like to lose 10 pounds a month and he said to me Well, that's ambitious and said 2 pounds a week is a good goal. I'm thinking now that he was right. Only because 2 pounds a week is proving to be hard Damnit.

I've started a new endeavor thanks to a product I'm using called Prolief and Phyto prolief, It's working for me I have felt more like myself with more energy and good mental clarity and of all things it lowered my fasting blood sugar from 110 to 85-90 (=Reduced fat storage)in the mornings. I thought this couldn't be, so I tried not using it for a couple days and yep, it was right back up there. I liked the results enough that I became an Independent consultant. Now maybe I can help others. Naturally.
Anyone interested in Natural hormone balance should go to and have a listen or read into it.
If you have questions and I don't have the answers I most likely can get them thru the resources at my disposal.

Now, I'm planning a new menu. Maybe a different seafood per night...and soon a crabbing trip. Ahhhh, life back to some normality finally.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A Cookie is a Cookie right? Not So...

The Mr. has an insatiable desire to consume the little scrumptious morsels that the little girls peddle this time of year, and diet or no diet we buy them.
A month or two ago, we bought some (A bunch) clear from the state of Texas and the hands or Marianne and Ms. Mollie. It was a happy day when they arrived. Now they are gone.

Now these ones were called Carmel Delights, a light cookie smothered in Carmel and coconut and laid in a bed of chocolate and striped on top. To all whom don't know a cookie isn't just a cookie.

Samoa's, are very much like their cousin the Carmel Delight however they have a slightly different cookie inside. It's crispy-ER and a tad thicker. But still very much appetizing and addicting.

Now the Mr. comes home the other day from the little market 2 miles away and says I found more cookies, and that he did 4 more boxes and then in the next breath he says and I got a line on where they'll be selling this weekend too. He's a hoarder.

I only allow myself 2 cookies at a time and even with the temptation around my scales are still going down. YAY.

Supporting a good cause and winning the battle of the bulge at the same time.
Who would have thought?

Now go buy some Girl Scout cookies...and if your buying for the Mr. you now know which is his favorite.

Friday, March 02, 2007

The World is my shrimp, my crab, my clam, and my oyster

Well, over a year ago I had a test done, it was a CT scan on my Kidneys and Adrenal glands. It involved a scan with and without contrast, sort of before and after. Somehow or another the test showed my Adrenals were functioning fine and had no abnormalities to my knowledge. Of course the Kidney stones I knew I had showed up as predicted, and they too were non-obstructing so we did nothing about them and I still have them all 5 of them.

Now on or about 5-7 days following this scan, I had a severe allergic reaction to something and ended up in the Emergency room. A rash covering the whole trunk of my body and some on my arms. No breathing problems but as freaked out as I was it was probably next.
I had eaten shrimp for a few days in a row on salad and enjoyed it immensely. Well, immediately the emergency room doctor said it's a shellfish allergy and that's that.

I tried to explain, I had a CT scan and it involved contrast. He would not hear it and said then that it was probably an Iodine allergy also. I thought "What?" This never has set right with me. Everytime I walked past the seafood counter or drove past Tony's Seafood Market I longed for my favorite foods only to remember with a sobering mind adjustment, the next reaction could be worse and could kill me. Deep Sigh...

I love to go crabbing, and do things like this. Most of all I'm a cook, I have been told by many, A good cook. Shellfish and seafood have been a mainstay but not limited to ingredient in my cooking repertoire to this point. But no more.
We quit going crabbing, we virtually eliminated all ways that I would come in contact with shellfish out of fear. Needless to say not fun, and my poor Mr. also suffered, Oh, he would have some from time to time when out to eat, But he felt wrenched with guilt by having it in front of me knowing how I loved it too. So he has suffered right along with me.

Well, as you all know last month was Valentine's Day and the Mr. knew I was doing the Weight Watchers thing, so candy was out. Flowers are always nice. But he suggested I go have shellfish allergy testing done as his gift.

I made my appointment, had blood drawn, and made the plan to test for Shrimp, Clam, Lobster, Oysters, Scallops, Crab and Iodine.

The results are in:
Shrimp- Negative
Clams- Negative
Crab- Negative
Oysters- Negative
Lobster- Slight reaction- no biggy, still eatable.
Scallops- Bad reaction- allergic, but no tears on my part, I never liked them anyway.
Iodine- Negative

So YAY, I'm not allergic, Well, to the foods I actually want to eat.

No more dreams of having seafood and actually tasting it in my sleep and freaking out about it and waking in a panic and sweat, Somewhat similar to the coming off cigarette dreams, Sheer withdrawals.

Now things are going to start making sense to me hopefully, I didn't mention I was taking Metformin a Diabetic drug at the time of my CT scan which has been known to produce these symptoms. I asked my specialist at the time "Could this have been what caused the reaction?" His response without missing a beat was No but eating the shellfish so many days following the test could have pushed you over the edge with an iodine sensitivity. I left it at that, and continued to research this.

Now in my research, I find out Metformin alone does not cause this, Mixed with iodine it can cause Lactic Acidosis (Serious problems) But rather it's the effects of the leftovers of the contrast in your system that has not flushed before restarting the Diabetic drug Metformin, I.E., (Creatinine clearance had not been established) or adjusted back to normal due to kidneys that don't filter up to par before resuming the medication. So after resuming the meds it posed a reaction. This is my best guess as to what happened to me. I wonder how close I actually am?

Either way I'm not doing the contrast again and I seriously modified my diet to get off the Metformin which made me ache anyway.

I called the specialist back and left my results and asked for an explanation to this, I'm curious to see what they come up with. Maybe I'll finally know after all this time.

I wonder what shellfish I should have for dinner at long last?

I'll have to make the Mr. a really nice shellfish dinner, I love him.