Sunday, November 5, 2017

DIABETES (Type 2) And All That Jazz

Well for years I've had type 2 diabetes.
For years I've kept in under control with medication.
It was so well under control they lowered my medications.
Then ...
Anxiety moved in to my life.
Mostly because of some things I could not control.
Well ... I went for blood work last Wednesday and went about my business.
I planned on calling to see my doctor for results and meds.
My phone rang Thursday morning at 8:30 in the morning ...
it wasn't great news.
My blood sugars were over 500 ...
way too high.
They wanted to see me right away.
My choices were immediate switch to Insulin along with pills.
See a Nutritionist ... I'll be calling tomorrow for an appointment.
Off Metformin on to a stronger, new to me medication
a change to my carb heavy diet with the addition of exercise.
Well ... I don't want Insulin unless there is no other choice.
So begins a very difficult phase in my life.
Right now I'm hungry all the time.
I want bread for breakfast, not chicken.
It won't be easy ...
It's quite depressing for me especially in the mornings.
I'll keep trying though ...
because really what other options are there.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Meal Delivery Companies ... what do you think?

Hello Fresh vs. Chef'd

It's Expensive to Eat out in California!!!

So last year I tried out a meal delivery service, it was called Chef'd.  I enjoyed it because I was not locked in to trying 3 meals each and every week, and I was able to pick my meals from an extensive list of about 100 choices, though I wasn't totally pleased with the quality of the ingredients, I did like that the prices varied based on the recipe.  
We tried a few different meals and enjoyed all but one of them and that wasn't because the meal tasted bad, it was because it came with chicken thighs which I hate.  LOL
So in an effort put a bit more variety in to our meal planning (it seems I just can't plan a meal with new items that I love anymore my own), I have joined another meal plan company, Hello Fresh!
I am only doing the meals for 2 people x 3 meals per week (it's usually just Pat and I for dinner), with the option to change some of the meal choices I may not want to options we might prefer.  The choices are much more limited each week and I have the option to "opt out" for certain weeks.  I have also decided at this point to only do meals two weeks every month, opting out the other weeks unless we find that we need more.  The price is very good for a main course for two, it's a little shy of $10 per person, or about $20 per meal (I will add in salads or other veggies that we may like from our own grocery shopping). 
We went out for Italian food last night and it cost us with tip about $75 for 3 people, no dessert, no appetizers, no alcohol ... that's a lot of money.
With Hello Fresh for 3 meals a week, it will be less than the price of one night out, and for our first week I had a code so I only paid $29 for 3 meals (yay). 
Now, I'm not saying I won't be eating out anymore, but we really enjoy eating in and relaxing, it's cheaper and the food is usually better. 
My first 3 meals will arrive on the 30th, I can't wait to give them a try and the choices I made sound delicious.  Does anyone else have experience with this particular company?
If you do, I'd love to hear about it.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Random Stuff

1.  Maybe I should start a "Random Stuff Bullet Journal".
2.  I don't like the taste of most food anymore unless it's cold or tart.
3.  Anything too Savory turns my stomach.
4.  I crave my mom's Italian Spaghetti and Sausage.
5.  I am always HOT ... like boiling from the inside out.
6.  Having two dogs to contend with in a small Condominium is a lot.
7.  Fall is my favorite season of all ... but not in California.
8.  I am a Card Maker.
9.  I sell Stampin' Up products and truly believe they are the best on the market.
10.  I have been married now for one year to Patrick Gilmore.
11.  I complain a lot, but I am truly thankful for everything that is good in my life.
12.  I'm not sure what I believe anymore in the way of Religion.
13.  I used to love to cook, but not so much anymore.
14.  I need to have my eyes checked and get new glasses.
15.  I am a bit of a procrastinator.
16.  I am VERY Liberal.
17.  I am not as patient as I used to be when I was younger.
18.  Soup ... I love it just about any time of the year.
19.  I have never traveled to Europe.
20.  I prefer thin crust to a thick crust pizza any day.
21.  I don't wear yellow gold at all.
22.  I am not a "hugger" or a "kisser" with strangers, I prefer not to be touched.
23.  I love to read and prefer historical romances.
24.  My favorite TV show is probably Outlander.
25.  I never went to a "real prom".
26.  I hate surprise parties, as I do not like to be the center of attention.
27.  I have never been in a wedding party, ever.
28.  I love a good steamed Hotdog with mustard, relish and raw onion.
29.  I'm allergic to shellfish.
30. I have one daughter but I've had two pregnancies.
31.  I love to play board games.
32.  I love to watch You Tube.
33.  I've never seen "Gone with the Wind" in it's entirety.
34.  Growing up I enjoyed watching "Ma and Pa Kettle" movies on Sunday's.
35.  I was born on the East Coast.
36.  There is nothing like Bell's Seasoning for Turkey Dressing.
37.  I feel at peace watching the ocean waves.
38.  I don't like birds .. and I don't ever want to hold one.
39.  I prefer Ices to Ice Cream, Rita's Italian Ice is a favorite.
40.  My dad died when I was 11 years old.
41.  My mom died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
42.  I worry that I will die from Alzheimer's Disease.
43.  I want to be cremated, not buried.
44.  I've been married 3 times in my life.
45. I've been divorced only once.
46.  I love the snow.
47.  Maine is my favorite state.
48.  I hate driving especially in California.
49.  I am diabetic.
50.  I am the 3rd of 3 children in my family.

Just random stuff about me, now you know me better.

Monday, January 23, 2017


Just a question for all my Blogger peeps.

Have you ever had an amazing friendship, a best friend/friendship, that suddenly ended?

I did this past year.
The person I used to call my best friend suddenly was no longer my friend.
I suspect that we were so politically different during this election year she simply decided we no longer had enough in common to keep the friendship going.
We came together as friends through Scrapbooking online years ago.
She lived in another state so becoming friends wasn't easy,
but we were on a design team together and after a girls weekend in LBI, NJ we both went home feeling like we had been the best of friends our whole life.
We visited one another and knew each others families.
We called each other often and shared secrets.
She was the first person I called when my mom was dying, and the 2nd person I called when my husband passed away.
She was my person.
Then suddenly it all stopped.
It's the oddest feeling, knowing that the person you thought would be your oldest and dearest friend  simply was no longer on your radar. 
She stopped responding on Facebook then one day I found she had limited my view of her page.
It felt weird, and though I knew it was all because of politics,
I had trouble believing that she would simply just stop all connection with me.
I told her long ago that it wouldn't offend me if she chose not to read or respond to some of the things I posted and I would simply do the same for her, I guess she just couldn't get there.
I mean ... isn't it possible to be friends with someone that you have differences of opinions with.
It felt like a death in the family.
I know that things and people change in life.
Friends and acquaintances come and go and sometimes change because we change.
It's still weird to me though that I know we'll never talk again.
I did feel kind of watched though, especially knowing she could have full access to my page though I was limited on hers, so one morning recently I went ahead and unfriended her, her husband and her kids.  I guess I felt like the friendship needed to go both ways or no way at all.
So that was it ... gone and they no longer have any access to view my page.
I wish her well ...
I hold no anger towards her.
I understand.

The Times They are a Changin' ...


A New Year.
My first New Year married to Patrick Gilmore.
I never would have dreamt that after moving away from California so many years ago that my path would ever cross Patrick's path again in my lifetime, but as we know things change.
I had a crush on Patrick from the first time I met him, back in 1970.
He was my first date ever ... and it was the best date.
We doubled with Randy Jones and his girl at the time.
Pat borrowed a Camaro from a friend to take us out in style.
We drove to the Queen Mary thinking we were having dinner at a French restaurant on board, and while we girls waited on board for the boys to check in for our reservation they came out with frowns on their faces and told us the restaurant had messed up our reservations and we couldn't eat there.
So off we went, starving of course to find some other place to eat.
Driving down PCH Patrick stopped on the side of Bolsa Chica Beach,
he asked me to go out and grab a map out of the trunk for him, because he knew where he wanted to take us, but wasn't sure what road to take.
I thought for sure something was up so Randy got out with me ...
and when we opened the trunk there was a picnic basket.
The boys had planned all along to start a fire in a fire pit at the beach to grill us dinner.
We had steak, salad and dessert which I believe was Smores.
We also celebrated with Martinelli's sparking grape drink,
we were only 16 and 17 years old, and Mormon.
Pat was a gentlemen all night, 
we walked down the beach and talked, 
it was dreamy.
When he brought me home I never got a good night kiss, we were both too shy.
I joke now that I had to wait 33 years for that kiss,
but it was worth it.

We've moved away from Long Beach and are currently living in South Coast Metro.
It's a small 2 bedroom condo, but I love it, it's just the perfect size for us.
I never want a big house again, they're way too much work.

Morgan is living with us right now as is my sister,
it's tight, tempers flare sometimes, but we're making do.
Pat and I hope to save some money and be able to buy a place of our own eventually.

The only sad news I have is that we no longer have our amazing President Barack Obama.
I knew it was coming ... I had hoped that his replacement would be Hillary Clinton,
but that was not to be.
We've turned the clocks back 100 years and the biggest clown ever got voted in, Donald Trump.
He's a horrible person.
I won't go any further talking about him here other than to say, let's hope that we figure out the error of our ways and vote the idiot out in 4 years, and we'll pray that he doesn't get us all killed in the meantime.

Hoping that the New Year will get better, it started off with both Patrick and I sick with colds and flu, and we hope that our friends and family all find love, hope and prosperity in the days to come.