Hi Mimi, I'm sorry you've got so much garbage going on. I know firsthand how crappy the court system can be. You are in my prayers---hang in there!
Not a lot going on here. It's been a gray, cold, rainy, windy week. The last time I saw any sun was on Monday. There won't be any sun for the forseeable future, so says the weatherman. I am trying to keep myself busy with projects so I don't notice all the gray.
Not much else to say, really. I have been reading here; I've just been feeling too tired to comment much. Husband has been on the computer a lot lately, and I sometimes don't get it back until nighttime. By then my energy is shot, lol. I can't wait for warm, sunny weather! View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi and Nancy! I haven't been on much...Husband was out of work all last week and was glued to the computer when he wasn't glued to the TV. I spent my time using the crockpot, tackling various cleaning projects, and even doing some crocheting. I am beyond ready for winter to end and it's not happening.
This morning the weatherman cheerfully said that TODAY will be the only day we see the sun until sometime NEXT WEEK. UGH...Even with the extra Vitamin D I'm having a hard time keeping the blues at bay. Some days when I wake up I have no motivation at all, and I have to force myself to get out of bed. There's just nothing worth getting up for, it seems. I've been using all my tools to keep the blues to a minimum because I really can't afford to get stuck there. I need some good gardening time to get my spirits back up.
We're getting snow tomorrow night, mixed precipitation and rain on Wednesday, periods of mixed precipitation Thursday and Friday, and maybe snow over the weekend. The weatherman also said that March's weather pattern is going to be more like January, aack. How can he be so perky when he says that spring won't be coming any time soon? I wanted spring a month ago!
We are still dealing with the financial challenges. They are becoming part of the woodwork, so to speak, because we can never seem to get free of them. I don't know if that's good or bad, lol. The frustrating part is, I can't do the little things I'd like to do, like mail my packages (no postage), visit my aunt in the hospital (no parking money) and get a haircut. Our checks are spent before we get them. But next month should be better then this one. There is always something to look forward to.
Not much else to say...I need to grab some breakfast and decide which project I'm tackling next. Hope everyone has a good day! View Thread
I use a crockpot a lot---I can start a meal in the morning when I have a little energy, and it's all done by dinnertime.
I make a lot of soups...this is one of my favorite recipes. I don't use the peppers because I'm allergic to them, but the soup still comes out fine.
[br>(SLOW COOKER) GINGER CURRY LENTIL SWEET POTATO SOUP[br>[br>2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped (About 3 cups)[br>1 cup dry brown lentils[br>1 cup chopped onion[br>1 medium fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped[br>4 cloves garlic, minced[br>3 (14.5 oz) cans chicken or vegetable broth (or use homemade)[br>1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained[br>1 Tbsp curry powder[br>1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger[br>3-4 cups lightly packed kale or spinach, roughly chopped[br>1 tsp kosher salt[br>Freshly ground pepper to taste[br>[br>1. In a 4-5 quart slow cooker, combine sweet potatoes, lentils, onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Add broth, undrained tomatoes, curry and ginger.[br>2. Cover and cook on low heat 7-8 hours or high heat for 31/2-4 hours. Add the kale or spinach, salt and pepper during the last half hour of cooking.[br>3. Check for seasoning. Garnish as desired with chili peppers, sour cream, yogurt or crushed red pepper.
Good Morning, Mimi! So much for our warmer weather---I woke to two inches of SNOW on the ground, a howling wind, and temperatures in the 20s. I thought it was supposed to warm up?? Looks like I'll be shoveling today. I wasn't planning to do that, but the money will be nice. I'll be able to get a few groceries.
Not much else to say, really---I just wanted to say hello before I started my day. Aside from shoveling and shopping I don't know what else I'm doing. Husband isn't working this week; and right now he has a cold, so I'm holding off on my painting projects. I'll start them in a couple of days when he's better.
Time for coffee and breakfast...Hope everyone has a good day! View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi and Nancy! I haven't been on much lately...I've been stuck in a flare for a while and I couldn't shake it no matter what I did. I'm sure all the shoveling and painting didn't help. I finally decided to double my Vitamin D intake, and the flare has finally settled. I guess my levels were low again because I haven't been outside except to shovel.
We are getting rain here later. After that it should warm up a bit. I'm ready for spring! This winter has gone on long enough and I want to be outside and doing things again. I'm so ready for gardening it's not funny. I know it'll be at least another six weeks, though, before I can actually do something outside. But I can dream.
I have been officially out of the brace for a week and a half now. I couldn't use it when I shoveled, and my ankle was hurting worse with it on, so I decided I was done with it. Now I'm in the adjustment period as my ankle gets used to doing things again. My foot is still partly paralyzed, but I'm hoping now that I'm out of the brace that will resolve itself. I just wish I could do something about the swelling. That has been a real pain.
Today will be a low-key day. I spent all of yesterday making soup, and I'm feeling a little more tired than usual this morning. I made a batch of my Curry Ginger Lentil Sweet Potato soup in the crockpot; and I made an even bigger batch of White Bean/Kitchen Sink soup. It started out as white bean soup, but I noticed some of our veggies were getting rather tired-looking, so I threw all of them in as well. Thus, the "kitchen sink" label. I put five quarts of the white bean soup in the freezer, and six pints of the curry ginger etc. soup. Our freezer is nice and full now. That's a nice feeling, especially with Husband not working this week. At least we have something to eat.
I am going to start breakfast...Husband is up now, and is sitting half-asleep on the sofa, staring at the TV, which is off. I want to feed him before he decides to turn it on, lol. Hope everyone has a good day! View Thread
Hi Mimi! I haven't been on for several days...I've been dealing with a massive flare brought on by all that shoveling. There has also been some stress here, and that doesn't help any.
Husband lost six days of work due to the snow...Today he found out he won't be working at all next week because his student's school is having their winter break. This means we won't be seeing another paycheck until MARCH 14TH, omg...That's almost a full month away!!
I am flaring too much to really panic...actually I can't afford to panic. We are okay on most of the bills for the moment, and the rest will just have to wait. But a month without a paycheck...AAAAACCCCKKKK!!! I'm doubly grateful I was able to get a bunch of dry beans and barley on sale yesterday for 79 cents a bag. We will be eating a lot of both. I won't be grocery shopping for a while now, that's for sure.
So that's been my day...I was really laid low by this flare and I'm trying to ride it out. But I will have to suck it up and get out there with the shovel come tomorrow. We're getting two snowstorms between now and Sunday morning and I have my client to take care of...Now I'm going back to bed! View Thread
Hi Mimi and Lou! I had a horrendously busy day yesterday---it was my second day of hard shoveling. I had to go and take care of my client. The public walk went okay because her neighbor went down it with his snowblower; but the front walk to her house was drifted in waist high on me. That took some doing to clear.
After that, I had to go in through her front door to get to the back yard, because her driveway hadn't been plowed yet. On the way through, she had me clear her tenant's stairs, which were also drifted in. When I'd finished that, I managed to clear the snow away from her garage doors (it was a foot deep there), and I tossed that into the unplowed driveway. Then I tackled the porch and the back sidewalk.
The porch wasn't too bad; but the sidewalk---OMG. The snow had drifted in there and it was murder to get through. I finally had to quit when the drift got chest high on me, because I couldn't get my arms high enough to throw the snow out of the way. I was pretty tired when I finally got home.
I was also sick---I'd had a runny nose all day but thought it was allergies. But that night I started coughing and aching, and I ran a low-grade fever. Today I have zero energy and have fever-type aches from head to toe; plus I still have the cough. So I am fighting something, I guess. It's not serious, just annoying. I've been cranky all day...My mind wants to get things done but my body's not going anywhere. I don't want to sit still but I feel too miserable to do much. I really hate days like this.
It's gray and rainy out, which doesn't help. We may get a storm Wednesday night, and another one over the weekend. I haven't even stuck my nose out the door today. Husband has a day off because the roads are still horrible here; and he may have another one off tomorrow. We'll see. Some parts of CT got four feet of snow.
Think I may go take a nap. I haven't gotten anything constructive done and it doesn't look like that's going to change. Hope everyone's having a good day. View Thread