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Topics I've Started


23 June 2015 - 01:27 PM

You know, it's funny how folks on an internet chat board can become such good friends. So you folks are the first ones I've told this to.


My kitty died a couple of hours ago. Yes, her name was Grommit. She was 16 years old and moved out here to South Dakota with me 11 years ago.


She's been fading the past few months. Lost weight and all. She was still eating and drinking and jumping up on the bed to wake me several times a night. She was still under my feet all the time and purring and happy.


But last night when I got home she seemed to be in pain and couldn't walk much. Her feet kept going out from under her. She went into her favorite spot on the bathroom rug and lay down. I sat up and petted her and talked to her most of the night. She seemed to quiet down (I think the pain was in her legs). When I got up this morning she hadn't moved so I stayed home and repeated the petting and talking. She was unconscous but I think she knew I was there.


About one o'clock this afternoon she took her last breath. I wrapped her in an old shirt and left her there and came to work. (I've got to give lessons this afternoon.) When I get home tonight my "son" is coming over with a shovel and we're going to bury her in the yard.


She was my best friend for the past 16 years and I'm going to miss her so much.


Guess it's time to buy an alarm clock.

I'm Back And I'm Sick

11 June 2015 - 09:47 AM

Hi everybody. Computer problems have kept me away for the past week or so. Got that solved but during that time something happened. I can't figure it out.


I have not eaten anything different, yet I have all the signs of a glutening. My psoriasis is flaring and both my hands and feet feel like they're on fire. My ankles are swollen and I've been getting charlie horses. My insomnia is unbearable. My gut aches after I eat. And - WARNING: TMI - although my stool is fairly solid there is blood INSIDE it, kind of like the white cream inside those caramel candies. Solid poop with a red center. (Sorry.)


The only thing I can figure is something I have been normally eating is CC'd. Or maybe I'm having problems with a new intolerance? Anyway, I am miserable. My hands hurt so badly it's almost impossible to play guitar so when students come for lessons we work on music theory. (I can do that with paper and pen instead of a guitar.)


It looks like I am going to have to do another elimination diet. :( I was so happy to be gaining back all of those foods, and now I have probably lost them again. I'll have to get it down to meats and vegetables for a while. YUCK! Although those are OK, I'm going to miss my grilled cheeses and my ice cream and everything else.




11 April 2015 - 09:48 AM

Looks like Kimberly-Clark (the makers of many paper products) are now making TP and paper towels out of WHEAT STRAW!!! They say they will be shipping this stuff to sports venues and colleges. One more thing for us to watch out for! :angry:




Just imagine - you bring your own snacks to the ballgame so you know you will have safe food to eat. You go wash your hands, dry them on wheat straw and then eat. You'll be wondering how in the world you got glutened. GRRR...


12 March 2015 - 03:04 PM

I had stopped eating nightshades a couple of months ago because I was getting joint pain. My back pain went away but my left wrist seemed to be getting worse. I started taking glucosamine chondroitin complex one week ago today. Yesterday the writst seemed better finally. Still painful and still had trouble playing guitar (and I make my living with my guitar so it's rather important.)


Today there can be no doubt - my wrist is much better. A bit of pain in the morning but nothing like it was a week ago. Today I was able to play my guitar and give lessons without having to stop and go, "OW!"


These bad boys are expensive but they had a buy one/get one sale. And although the directions say to take two capsules three times daily, when I looked it up the article I read said that over 1,500 mg. was wasted so I am only taking ONE capsule three times a day.


It may be the placebo effect. It may be coincidence. But if this hadn't worked I was about to buy a copper bracelet! :P I was lining up substitute guitar teachers in case I couldn't play anymore but it looks like I may be able to teach for a while longer.


Anyway, if you've got joint pain and haven't tried this yet, you might want to give it a shot. And if you HAVE tried it, what were your results?



Ronzoni gluten-free Pasta

02 March 2015 - 12:30 PM

I've mentioned how happy I am that one of our grocery stores now has a gluten-free section. Well yesterday I found a new gluten-free item in the regular aisle. Ronzoni gluten-free pasta! It is made with white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa. And right on the box it says, "Made in a dedicated gluten-free facility".


The regular pasta was $1.89 a box. (12 oz.) This was $2.35. I bought a bunch at that price!


I went home and made a "pizza casserole". I cooked the rotinni (the corkscrew shaped things) and used a jarred sauce (I CAN make a good from scratch sauce but I didn't bother.) I bought some pepperoni and mozarella. Fried the pepperoni to remove the grease and get the edges crispy. Then I mixed it in with the sauce and pasta. I layered the pasta, then some cheese, more pasta, more cheese, etc. Kind of like lasagna.


It was good. The pasta had a great taste and texture. And I found out for sure that corn doesn't bother me at all anymore. This is a "product of Italy" where they do not allow GMO corn and that's nice to know too. I like Tinkyada but it's about twice the price here so from now on Ronzoni it is.

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