It has been a while since I posted anything on my blog and a lot has happened since my last posting. I have lost a couple of pounds but that’s been very difficult with Thanksgiving, my birthday and bunch of celebrating with friends from near (Saanich and Sidney) and far (Calgary and Hope).
Yep! Canada Place in the background!
I started an on-line course with the University of BC and now I have homework. I also have been chosen to give a workshop(twice) on adult learning for a First Nations educational conference in Vancouver. I love this conference because I get to see people from all over the province and sometimes from all over the world and the hotel is right on the harbour.
It all started the week of the 2nd of October. Norm and I started to thoroughly clean our house and set up for 3 people to stay with us. !0 of us were getting together to celebrate a wedding anniversary, birthdays and grandchild births. I think I dusted things in our wall unit that hadn’t been dusted since last Christmas. The house looked great we had enough beds to sleep 6 comfortably, but I think our daughter, who had to sleep in her very old bedroom, would disagree with me but she was only here for one night. Five people came from out of town and three stayed with us and it was like having old friends over for a sleepover. Oh wait, it was old friends over for a sleepover. My stomach started to hurt on the Tuesday and by Wednesday I hurt a lot and slept for quite a while. I phoned in sick Thursday morning, put stew in the slow cooker and went back to bed with my stomach in a binder to hold my guts in. For those of you who may be new to my never-ending tale of body issues, I have a huge abdominal hernia that sometimes gets annoying with small (or big) blockages. This wasn’t a “emergency” situation and as my normal body functions were still happening, I just sucked it up – in I mean.
Mine doesn’t make me look this good but I felt it!
By 7:30 pm we were all in the living room enjoying stew (I was drinking lots of water, no buns and a tiny bit of stew, no meat) and enjoying catching up on tales of traveling and grandchildren. Much beer and wine was consumed but not by me and I went to bed early. I felt much better in the morning but kept the binder on.
Friday was when the 10 of us friends (41 years+) were getting together for a traditional turkey dinner.The turkey got stuffed, potatoes (6 pounds) got peeled, squash got sliced and lots got prepared. Others were bringing salad, veggies and fruit platters and for dessert we were promised a B52 cheesecake.
Well, there ended up being 15 of us, 16 if you count the 4 week-old, new granddaughter. Food disappeared with lots of smiles and I believe the only dinner left over were some veggies (cauliflower and I don’t like cauliflower) and gravy. Dessert was brought out and the birthday (Rick and mine) cheesecake was 16 inches wide. OMG! There was even a 9 x 13 pan of apple crisp for non-milkatarians with whipped coconut cream! We celebrated the births of Aryia (Wendy’s granddaughter) and Avard (Lynn’s grandson). I still have B52 cheesecake and apple crisp in the freezer. I had been given a seemingly infinite supply of wine as a birthday present, so much was consumed. Turkey was stripped and soup started. Early bedtime was midnight.
Saturday night was another celebration, we went to a wonderful Chinese buffet to celebrate Dave and Randi’s 25 wedding anniversary. Then the whole bunch of us went downtown for a Ghost Walk of Victoria. So much food but the hour and a half walk helped, then we went back to my house where I crashed big time. Sunday, Rick and Karla had to leave so it was blueberry pancake day. And ask Lynn about the turkey soup. It sure felt good in my tummy. Monday is the official day off for Thanksgiving and it was also my birthday so we went out to a restaurant then home to a birthday cake – more cheesecake. In fact Norm had found one that had, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla and mango slices. I never thought I could get tired of cheese cake, but sometimes too much is just too much!
Another year older and it’s time for reflection on my life. I’ve got two new parts (knee and shoulder) so I guess the government thinks I’ll be around for a few more decades. I’m back on my diet and the desserts are in the freezer for single servings or to give away. I’m still looking forward to the next 12 months and the changes I’ll make in myself. I can walk now so exercise here I come. Bit by bit I’ll get better but no more surgeries until after May 2016. I and my body need the break.
Thanks for listening. ;D Diane