Thursday, March 24, 2011

What happened to spring?????

I swear...yesterday was in the 70's. This morning it is 40.  The cats are highly upset.  lol

  There is some cold weather coming back in, with possible snow flurries on Saturday. All over the place, the magnolia trees have been in fuill bloom, the daffodills and crocuses spreading their cheer along yards and driveways. I have 2 small trees at the end of my drive that are full of small white flowers. And all the big trees are budding...hope this doesn't hurt my fruit trees.

   One more day and then I have my day off.  In a month or so, I am going to start having 2 off, I think. I'll need the time to garden.  My yards still look likie a war zone from all the winter storms, and with only one day off, it's hard to use that working outside...when my house needs attention and I need rest. Oh, well. I am, grateful to have what I have.

  I am slowly but surely getting used to the new computer/keyboard.  Yippee!!

   A friend gave me a small jar of kefir grains. It's in the closet and needs to be separated this morning. You put organic milk into the grains, shake and put in a dark place to ferment for 24-48 hours. If you have ever had kefir, you either love it or hate it. I started drinking it back in the late 70's, after being introduced to it by my friend Randy, when I first moved to California. . I loved the peach kefir and the raspberry kefir the best. I am going to use it to make smoothies for's chock-full of probiotics (as are most fermented foods), and really expensive in the stores. I think it runs about 4 dollars a quart, or more. So, it will be a fun experiment and we'll see how it goes. You can also use it like a sourdough starter in breads and paqncakes...buit as we all know...I am not eating carbs right now, or at least keeping them at a minimum.  Eating the fruit smoothies will be close to a problem, but the adantages of the probiotics will outweigh the disadvantage. I am trying really hard to eat a sensible low carb diet...and am losing about 2.5 pounds per week.  So far it's going okay, and I don't feel deprived or hungry. Wish me luck. I am eating a huge salad every day, no sugar and am feeling pretty good, actually.

   I am off to town this morning to buy some cardamom seeds and some fresh nutmeg if I can find it. I also need a half gallon of organic milk.  It's only about a 17 mile derive to the health food store....but I need to get back home to have time to do all the stuff I need to do.  lol  (It's a old story....)

  Prayers for my friend Andrew who had shoulder surgery yesterday. I may try to call him today, later, to see how it went. Or I may give him another day before I bug him.  That rotater cuff surgery is a bear...I have several friends who have had it.  Love you, buddy....hope all is well.

  Have a grand day, all.



Dad and Mom said...

Complete shoulder replacement is not a piece of cake either. (personal experience)

Tell him to do exactly what the physical terrorists tell him to do.

Gabriella Moonlight said...

We have the same weather, yesterday it was 75 today it's 37 degrees and we had hail like you would not believe...the dogs are not happy with this...

Kefir is great, you're right though love or hate inbetween.

Many hugs to you!
xox Gabi

Andrew said...

I am home and doing pretty good. Not a complete replacement Dad and Mom but a 'resurfacing' of the ball.

Thank you (Annie). Your good thoughts mean so very much to me.