Ah…Side Effects

RA and the meds I take to control the disease aren’t always in agreement with each other.  There are factors like fatigue, lack of sleep and food interactions that can make my day suck.  But like everything  else, there is a pill for that too.

This morning I vomited…a lot.  Sometimes when this happens I break blood vessels all over my body.  Predominately in my face though.  I also have psoriasis on my eyelids (and legs) so when the vessels break it looks like someone punched me in the face.   The psoriasis is a side effect of my meds too.  Oh Yeah!

Today’s pukefest wasn’t as bad as some but it left me feeling like ick.

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Blooming

We have this bush in our backyard and it’s blooming for the first time since we moved in.  It’s rather beautiful.

I’m so excited!!!

Remember to be Kind today.


THE DIATRIBE

So the President and the Trumplicans in the House and Senate are all into hiding what the Mueller Report shows.  The reality of this situation is…if the President is exonerated as he’s tweeted over and over again and that there was “No Collusion” then he would just release the redacted report to the press and the citizenry.  The reality is more to the point it probably doesn’t.  It probably shows that the President and his staff and family acted in a less than moral/legal way during and after the election of 2016.  He’s ashamed of what the MR reveals about him as a person and a leader.  Like we didn’t know he was the SHADIEST MAN IN AMERICA.  Wealth does not bring intelligence.  It gives you avenues to the best education but not intelligence per se.

The same goes with his tax returns.  He doesn’t want them released because there will be connections with Russian Businesses and such.  The other side and probably the real reason he doesn’t want them to be release is his pride.  He isn’t and was never a good businessman.  If you don’t read, say, contracts well you are going to get hosed.  Also, it would reveal that he defaulted on loans, lots of them.  He’s a man of no Character or self rebuke.  He thinks he’s a genius in all there is in the Universe.  He’s not really.  Mr. Trump has and will always be a very, very small man with a very, very high opinion of himself.  The fact he refers to himself in the third person often is just a showcase of all that is Donald J. Trump.

The scary part is that his base follow him like a Cult Leader with Koolaid.  They rally like Nazi’s with no irony to be found.   They hug the flag one minute then walk around in pants that are the flag.   They are a weird angry bunch.

Let us keep in perspective what’s happened over the last few weeks.  North Korea and Russia are thumbing their noses at Trump/America.  Trump has ratcheted up his trade war with our largest trade partner China, aggressive weather fueled by Climate Change is decimating Middle America and there were several shootings by mentally ill, angry Domestic Terrorists against places of Worship and Schools.  Yet we do nothing to stop it.  Thoughts and Prayers for it all.

To Mr. Trump…grow up you sad pathetic easily manipulated fool.  Everyone manipulates you because you have no opinions of your own.  You can’t read and you lack any character that would tell you what is right and what is wrong.  Be the man you’ve told everyone you believe you are and stop lying about everything!

Jacques Inspired Meatloaf

So I knew we were having meatloaf for dinner last night.  It’s Sunday and I usually make a crock pot creation but I looked in the freezer and saw the ground beef and thought…meatloaf!

The ketchup on top is a throw back to my Mom who always put Ketchup on for the last 15 minutes of cooking time.  The larger veggies is all Jacques Pepin. He always seemed to make “Rustic” vegetables look so yummy.  So I used his technique and viola…rustic veggies.

I thought all was lost at one point because I was out of panko but I regrouped and crushed the 2/3 cup of saltines.  It worked fine as a binder and added a salt element internally.  Sometimes it’s just the outside that gets the most seasoning so this worked out nicely.

The Wife liked it and that is all that really matters 🙂

Be Kind today!

My Dream

In the next couple of weeks I want to try to make hollandaise sauce.  It might not seem like a big deal to people but it is to me.  I respect butter that much, 🙂

It is also my dream to make the classic Eggs Benedict.  If done correctly, they say the hollandaise is delightful.  I would love to be delighted by my attempt too, LOL.  Some people might find these goals stupid but you know what…they aren’t!

It’s my dream one day to cook like Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.  I never thought of myself as loving french food but after watching these two chefs create the most delectable morsels I too want to try my hand at it.  After I do the hollandaise and Eggs Benedict my lofty goal is to make Beef Bourguignon and I hope it tastes just like Jacques’.

I will post pictures of my creations.  It’s a nice distraction from current politics plaguing my life, LOL.

I Don’t Always Complain About Stuff

I was reading some of my recent posts and boy do I complain a lot about politics.  It annoys me so, both the complaining and the politics, lol.

What do I really like in this world.  Well beside the obvious answers of my family I’m really into cooking shows.  It started with Julia Child and moved on to Jacques Pepin.  The man is a genius with food.  When I watch him I feel like I could totally make what he’s making.  Not too many ingredients and it looks so yummy.

He started one episode with “Today we will make a Tar-Tar”.  I was like…yuck…I’m totally not into raw.  Then he pulled out a home run.  Tomato Tar-Tar and it was not only genius but so tasty looking.  I thought I would totally eat that kind of Tar-Tar.  He made me rethink what I once thought about food in general.  He also taught me I’ve been sharpening my knives incorrectly.  He does all this teaching from only 1/2 hour videos.  Amazing!

I love the idea of cooking but I’m such a fussy eater that I ruin it with my lack of palate.  When I see him cooking a Dover Sole in butter I think….that looks amazing and so tasty.  But when I actually eat fish I’m like…um, no thank you.  My deaden palate exposed.  Why? Why? Why?

It’s the same with lobster.  Glistening in butter, so delicate and luscious, and it’s all lost on me.  I did learn from Chef Pepin that 1 lbs of lobster gives you .4 oz of meat.  WOW!  Mind blown officially!

It’s a secret dream to take cooking classes one day.  That will only happen if I expand my palate.  So I need to not be so stuffy and try new foods.

Happy Cooking!

 

And Just Like That It’s Thursday…

It’s been a beautiful couple of days in the neighborhood.  I said to a colleague, “Of course it is beautiful, we are trapped at work”, lol.  Yesterday I was able to enjoy the rest of the evening outdoors.  I had to mow the lawn first as the grass was incredibly high and I lost one of my dogs in the back forty, lol.  Let’s just say the Chihuahua was thrilled she could see beyond the grass.

My plants are coming in nicely.  The cucumbers finally sprouted and next week I will till the plot for my small victory garden.  I’m just hoping it goes better than last year.  I think it will always be a battle for me.  I love to garden but I’m exceptionally bad at it, lol.

I find the sanctuary of our deck and back lawn almost religious in a way.  It’s quiet and the air smells so sweet after the lawn is mowed.  I like to read on the deck.  Grilling is also another wonderful thing I do on the deck.  It is where life makes sense and no one wants something from me.  This is the golden time of year to just relax on it.  It’s not cold and not too hot, just perfection!

My little slice of Eden 🙂

 

Weekend Adventures – The Mercer Museum

We had a fun weekend with a trip to Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA.

This amazing building is home to one man’s vision.  It hosts an array of collections of Trades gone-by.  Tanning, cobbler, transportation and so many others.  To think of the tools on display being the “modern miracles” of the tradesman is astounding.

With every level of this amazing facility there is more and more to learn.  There are also oddities to make you smile and also to horrify you.  There is an actual hangman’s gallows on the top floor.  It’s a must see if you are passing through the Doylestown area 🙂