Twice As Hip

As promised, I am still among the land of the living and I have returned.  I was rather cryptic with my last post and it’s time for some clarification.

Over the last year or so I’ve been experiencing some pain in my joints, in my hips to be specific.  It was occasional and was strangely most evident while trying to get in and out of the car.  I could do stairs fine, I could walk fine.  As late as last summer and fall I was fine.  I walked long distances on my trip to Maine in August, I walked distances when we were in New Mexico into October.

But when the weather turned cold here in New Jersey late last fall, things started to change.  I think it was the combination of the cold and the damp (one of the major reasons we want to leave New Jersey) that exacerbated the situation. I plugged along through the holidays and into the New Year.  As the days went on, it was harder and harder to climb stairs, walk any distances and even as simple as sitting down then standing again.  I’d have some better days and I tried to stay positive, but for most days, it was a struggle.

I went to my family doctor who ordered hip x-rays and an MRI of my lower back.  Turns out I have degenerative joint disease (DJD) in my hips and lower spine.  She suggested I see an orthopedic doctor.  I hit a few bumps in the road in my first attempts to see someone.

However, I’ve heard from a number of friends that the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia is the best of the best.  I called and I was amazed that I was able to get an appointment in only three days.  Having no idea which doctor to ask for (although I had read up on them on the website) I simply asked the scheduler for an appointment.  She replied, “Well, we have an appointment with Dr. Rothman on Thursday.”  When I picked my chin up off the floor I picked my appointment time and I was on my way.

Rothman

 

I will be having double hip replacement on July 23.  Dr. Rothman said that recovery time is the same for one as it is for two.  I need both done, they are equally in need of replacement.  He told me he doesn’t recommend it to everyone, but in spite of my age, I’m in good health and in good shape.

In the meantime, On July 8 I’m scheduled for a day of a physical, giving blood to be available if necessary during the surgery and pre-admission testing. After surgery and two days in the hospital, I’ll be staying with my friend Gail because her home is bigger and will allow me more room to move around and do re-hab.

I also have a ton of things to accomplish prior to the surgery.  I want to get a lot of things done around the house, more of my continual sorting and purging.  In spite of the fact that I’m Much slower getting around lately, I have gotten a lot accomplished.  I want to keep that progress going as much as possible over the next few weeks.

I am anxious and excited and scared all at the same time.  I know that I couldn’t be in better hands and I can’t go on with this pain and lack of mobility.  That is almost scarier than the thought of the surgery.

That’s enough for now.  I will be keeping everyone updated on my progress.  This is going to be an adventure for me as I have never had major surgery.  You can all come along with me on this path.  I’m glad to be back here sharing with all of you again.  I’m going to try to stay calm.

Budda from Florida

Time to get back to meditating, I guess!!

Happy Sunday!

Alive!

Contrary to what some of you might be thinking…I AM ALIVE!!  There have been a lot of things going on that have caused me to be away from BCDC.  All (or almost all!) will be revealed over the next few posts.  The adage “getting old is not for sissies” is true.  Some health issues are beating my brains out and I’m working with them.  I’m keeping a positive attitude and an open mind to all possibilities.  As I type this, I’m also learning that I’m a bit out of practice with my typing…thank goodness for the back space button!!

Life in general is good and I VERY MUCH miss all of you.  I’ve been following many of you on Instagram and Twitter, but I haven’t been on my computer much lately, hence no comments on blog posts.  That will be changing.  I need it to change, because I miss this whole crazy blog thing and I want to get back to it.

I hope and plan to get back on a schedule of posting and sharing the craziness (which promises to get crazier soon!) of my life.  So much to share and discuss.  Those of you who see this, because you actually still know where to find BCDC and care enough to be patient until my return…Thank You so much.  I look forward to reading and commenting on your posts and I very much look forward to hearing from all of you.

Film at Eleven!!   Happy Monday!

Saturday Snapshot~April 19

Here it is the Saturday before Easter already! This year has moved along quickly.  I’m here, joining in with Saturday Snapshot and I have a beautiful one (or two) from my trip to Florida at the end of March.  Be sure to check out all of the other photos that everyone is sharing at West Metro Mommy Reads, hostessed by the lovely Melinda.

SaturdaySnapshot

While I was in Florida, we took a trip to the Thai Buddhist Temple in Tampa.  It’s a beautiful place and very popular for the food market that occurs there on Sundays.

Temple

It was hard to get a shot of it without people around. Also the sun was so bright, I was never really sure how the photos would come out.

As part of the market, they were selling orchids.  There were so many beautiful colors.  I took quite a few photos, but again, I wasn’t sure what I had gotten until we were back in the car.  This is one of my favorites.

orchid

The colors were just amazing.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Tampa/Clearwater area, be sure to make a Sunday visit to the Temple.

Don’t forget to check out all of the photos over at West Metro Mommy Reads.  Have a great day and Happy Easter!

Happy Saturday!

WIAW~Back Home and Blogging

Good Morning!  Here I am, keeping my promise to blog on a regular basis.  I told you I had NOT deserted you and I meant it. Of course, I had to come back for the biggest, most fun party of the week-What I Ate Wednesday, hostessed by the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons. I’ve missed participating and I’ve missed reading all the crazy wonderful posts from all of the other party-goers.  So here I am to share and give you all the opportunity to drool.

What I Ate Wednesday

There are a lot of veggies in this post, well…there  are Always a lot of veggies in my posts so nothing new there.  These are all foods that I ate while on my two-week visit to Clearwater, Florida.  I had a great time and ate a lot.  Fortunately, all of it was amazingly healthy so I don’t think I’ll have any worries when I get back to my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday.  Here we go! My friend Gail found an incredible restaurant called the Green Market Cafe. This is a great find for vegetarians and great choices for non-veggies too.  I ate there five times and tried five different things.  So there is definitely flexibility for vegetarians.

Mushoom Salad at Green Market Cafe

This was the Baby Bella salad.  Huge amount of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and steamed mushrooms, topped with gorgonzola  cheese and house dressing.  Very filling and tasty.  I’ve never seen such huge salads as they have here.

Waldorf Salad

This is their Waldorf Salad. Again, lots of greens, apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese and poppy-seed dressing.  Again, amazingly filling and delicious.

We had to experience Hamburger Mary’s and if you’re ever in Clearwater, you have to give it a dry.  A drag show and a burger.  What could be better.  This is the Huge black bean burger that I had.

Black bean burger at Hamburger Mary's

It came with a large side salad.  I had to eat half of this before I took the picture so that you could see it.  Excellent!

We had quite a wonderful experience at the Buddhist Temple in Tampa.  Every Sunday they have a market with all kinds of incredible foods.  Things we had never seen before or even ever heard of.  I went with something I’ve heard of and am learning to love.

Pad Thai at the Buddhist Center

Pad Thai.  It was delicious.  It was a huge portion and I ate every bit!  My other favorite thing there was sweet bean pie.  Like a little apple turnover but with bean paste inside that was so good.  Didn’t get a photo…I ate it too fast!

I’m home now and starting on trying to eat more routine things.  If I had remembered to get cabbage yesterday, I would have been making my Weight Watchers veggie soup today.  I’ll have to go out and get some.  I need to get back on track.

That’s What I Ate Wednesday for me for today.  Be sure to head over to Peas & Crayons when you’re finished here to join all the fun!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Week In Revew~April 14

Holy Cow it’s April and I can’t remember the last time I posted! Of course, I could just look at the date on my last post but I didn’t think of that before I started typing and I’m already typing so why go back?!

Hi Everyone! I was away in Florida for two weeks.  I had a wonderful time while I was gone.  While I was there, wonderful things happened both in Florida and in New Jersey, none of which I can talk about.  Let me just say that so far so good and there are exciting things happening.

This will not be so much a Week In Review as a catch-up ramble.  I’m still going to link up with Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets just because I love her and I miss being part of the fun!  Be sure to check out what’s happening over there.  It’s always a party.

Week In Review Button Final

I have no real direction in this post.  I want you to know I’m back and I will be posting on a regular basis.  I realized during this hiatus that I miss blogging when I don’t do it.  I miss the typing, the linking up and the general experience.  I’m hooked even though there are some time lapses when I don’t post.

I had a wonderful time with my friends Gail, Alice and Margot.  We also spent a lot of time with Margot’s sister Mary Lynn which was great fun.  We ate out a lot but I have to say that Gail (as a fellow vegetarian) has done an excellent job of finding places where we can all eat.  There is a wonderful place that she found called the Green Market Cafe. It was started by a young man, I think he was 24 years old and it’s wonderful! Incredible soups and salads and you get free frozen yogurt with your meal!  I thought it was a national chain but apparently it’s not.  Someone needs to market this and make it national.  It’s wonderful.

I’m facing a Very busy day with lots of things to catch up with, groceries, laundry, banking, sorting and packing.  All of that! I am back and I promise not to be a stranger like that again, especially without warning.  So here’s to a good week with lots of lists so that I can update all of you Next Monday!

Happy Monday!

Saturday Snapshot~March 22

It’s time for Saturday Snapshot, the great link-up hostessed by the lovely Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads.  I love Saturday Snapshot because I get to see great snapshots of all of our friends’ lives all over the world.  Pretty exciting if you ask me.

SaturdaySnapshot

 

I’ve been moaning and groaning about snow and cold for…well…all Winter! Just a bit more groaning and I think we’ll be over it.   At least, I think I’ll be over it.

Ralph and I were heading out to a St. Patrick’s Day lunch with his family on Monday and what happened?!?  It Snowed!! I was not happy.  We weren’t traveling far but some of the other family members had longer drives and I was concerned for them.

Last snow

 

This was what I saw as we was sitting in the parking lot waiting for the others to arrive.  It actually was pretty, but I am so tired of it.

But they tell us that on Wednesday, Spring arrived.  Most of the snow was gone and I took this photo.

Finally spring

 

No leaves yet, but when I look, I can see the buds starting.  In fact, just below that center tree is where the crocus usually show their pretty heads each year.  I checked this morning and not quite yet, but I bet I know what my photo will be next Saturday!

Be sure to stop by at West Metro Mommy Reads to see what everyone else is sharing!

Happy Saturday! Happy Spring!

WIAW~True Confessions and a Recipe!

I have been among the missing for a bit and I do apologize for it.  No real explanation except life gets in the way sometimes. But I wanted to get back for What I Ate Wednesday because I missed playing along with Jenn and all of the fun kids over at Peas & Crayons.  So Here Goes!

What I Ate Wednesday GOES GREEN

Well, it is the week of St. Patrick’s Day so I’m using this logo.  Since I wasn’t around to say it…Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

First the true confessions part.  I have been off track with my eating and I would be truly ashamed to show some of the things that I’ve wolfed down in recent weeks.  No one’s fault but my own.  However, I always have a safety net, a trick in my back pocket that works wonders for me.  Weight Watchers vegetable soup.  With all the updates to the program, I’m not even sure what the current “Garden Vegetable Soup” recipe looks like.  Over these many years (almost 27 years) of being a Weight Watchers member, I’ve made some changes and made it my own.  This is my current version.

Veggie soup in crock pot

Weight Watchers Veggie Soup

1 large onion chopped (or more if you Like)

2 or more tbsp of chopped garlic ( or more if you like)

4 peeled, chopped carrots

3 celery stalks

3-4 cups of chopped cabbage

1 large jar ( think it’s 12 oz but it might be larger) salsa of choice

I have for a number of years made my veggie soup in a crock pot.  I like it because I can make it and then it takes care of itself.  All of these veggies can be adjusted as to amounts depending your preferences.  I sometimes add others depending on what’s in the fridge, but this is the basic.  That’s one of the best parts of this soup, you can make it your own as I have.

When it comes to spices, I vary that again depending on my whim. Right now my spices are cumin (liberally sprinkled), turmeric (good for me for anti-inflammatory purposes, so I’m told, also liberally sprinkled), a dash of cayenne or several, depending.  I also like to add a few teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce.

I cook in the crock pot for usually about 4-6 hours on High.  You can cook as long as you like depending on how crunchy you like your soup.  I like mine still a little crunchy.

This soup as it is counts for 0 Points on Weight Watchers.  For anyone who is following Weight Watchers and want to make this, I have a suggestion.  If you want to add something else to it, pasta, rice, quinoa, beans or meat if you are a meat eater, I suggest that you make the basic soup.  Then take out the portion you want to eat.  After you’ve done that, then measure and add whatever else you want to add in.  That way your big pot of soup stays “pure,” it still counts as 0 Points.  You can then calculate the Points for whatever you might be adding to your portion of soup.  Just makes life simpler and you’re left with a pot of 0 Point soup in case you have a day when you’re Hungry and need something that counts for 0 Points.

The finished product…

Veggie Soup completed

 

It is so delicious and so versatile.  It’s a great tool for helping me stay on track.  Even if you’re Not a Weight Watchers member, it can be a help.

That’s it for me today for WIAW.  Be sure to join in all of the fun over at Peas & Crayons.  Have a great day!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!