Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mama said there'd be days like this..........

Remember that song - I couldn't get it out of my head yesterday.  Actually it's been several days.  CR had thumb joint replacement surgery done this past week so he's been on drugs and one handed and out of it so I feel like I need to do everything, but I've been really tired (4:30am wake up call the day of his surgery) and until last night hadn't been sleeping well.....................so yesterday was a day like that if you know what I mean.  But I got it all done, cleaning, laundry, made a yummy breakfast, then an equally yummy dinner, and finished the thumbs on my fingerless gloves.

I made these for the Feb. Wednesday Night knitting challenge at my local knit shop.  I'm thrilled to have them done and they were actually quite easy for me after the sock in Jan - which is not done and never will be done, because I refuse to revisit that darn thing!  The month of March is another sock - only it's a top down, rather than a toe up.  The only issue I need to work out is when knitting on circular needles I seem to knit inside out and I don't know what I'm doing wrong - I hope to learn how to do it right with the challenge coming up.

This is a busy week coming up.  Tomorrow I work the closing shift at the tanning salon, then Tuesday I take CR to the doc, he'll get his surgical cast removed and get a smaller cast put on  and that cast will stay on for 2 to 4 weeks.  Then Thursday I finally see the liver specialist in Spokane.  I'm actually feeling better - I can feel a noticeable change in my body, so I wonder if I really need to see him, but it's the liver and one shouldn't mess around with it - better safe than sorry.  Friday I will meet some girlfriends for lunch at a new place in town called Fat Olives, then the weekend - esp. Sunday should be a blast - NOT.  I'll be doing my "prep" for my colonoscopy on Monday.  Will the fun never end.  Again one of those things that it's better to do than be sorry you didn't later.

Wish I had more to show you, but I haven't had much time for fun lately.
Happy knitting, hugs and stitches!!
Tammy

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Pizza to Die For

Yesterday was CR's birthday.  I made him this absolutely fabulous pizza - it's a deep dish pizza but with out the normal bread crust.  It was so delicious, we couldn't get over how good it was, and it was something I could eat (bread and I are not friends).  I got the recipe from this weeks episode of Bariatric TV.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (with a twist)


4 oz cream cheese (at room temperature)
3 eggs (or egg beaters - or I used 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon oregano


3 cups shredded mozzarella


1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup low sugar pizza sauce


Whatever pizza toppings you like : I used Spinach, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Canadian Bacon

Beat cream cheese and eggs until smooth.
Add heavy cream, Parmesan and spices. Mix well.


Spray 13x9 pan with Pam


Place 2 cups shredded mozzarella in pan and mix in the egg mixture


Bake at 375F for 30-40 min then cool for 5 minutes.


Spread on pizza sauce and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and add toppings


Bake additional 10 min in 375F oven.

Anything you like on a pizza is what you'd put on this.  I actually put my toppings on first and then covered the toppings with the remaining moz cheese.

And here is a picture:

Happy Knitting, Hugs and Stitches!!
Tam

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I am sooooooooooo behind!!

I am so behind this week I can't even remember what I haven't gotten done.  Good thing next week is the start of a new week - maybe I'll get it done then.

Last weekend was very bad, stressful, upsetting and then my liver issues were in high gear to make things worse.  Finally on Monday things started to turn around and all seemed well - good thing cuz I was off and running on Tuesday.  Tuesday I had an early appt to get my hair cut.  I've decided that my silver hair sheds the color a week after it's done so no more coloring my hair.  To much expense and time for it not to last and hey, might as well embrace the silver/white hair I have, cuz I have earned every one of them.  I also worked Tuesday.  The guy who works the morning shift has evidently decided to do nothing on the days I come in so I spend 3 hours busting my hump cleaning and moving non-stop.  I wouldn't complain, because hey I'm there to work, but when I arrive I see him sitting in the waiting area, just relaxing away.  I was hoping that perhaps he didn't feel well and that wouldn't be the case on Thursday - trying to give him a second chance.  Wednesday it was up early again and off to my physical.  And as predicted, I was given the orders to go get the colonoscopy.  Isn't turning 50 fun, haha.  So I made that appt. for the first Monday in March - what a "crappy" way to start the week, but oh well, get it done and over with.  The rest of Wednesday I was so fatigued I could hardly stand myself, so I spent the day finishing my left fingerless glove and here is the proof. 


We won't get the instructions for the thumb till this week.  In the meantime I've got the right one half done.  So like I said I finished up the left glove on Wed afternoon, and went to my knit along that evening.  Then it was up early on Thursday for the dentist.  How'd I schedule all that in one week - what was I thinking.  That said it's all out of the way now, hooray.  Oh and please don't look closely at those gnarled and ugly hands of mine.  Arthritis has really done them in, but the weight loss has really helped in that my joints don't ache as painfully or constantly as they used to.

I still haven't heard from the Liver Specialist - so I will give in and call this week and get that scheduled.  I guess I was kind of fine putting it off because I am not excited about a needle inserted to do a biopsy.  I made mention on Facebook that I did not like needles at all and a friend replied that I did too - I like knitting needles.  Oh how right she was on that score.  I'm sick and tired of the fatigue and need to know what the issue is with my liver.  One thought was Epstein Barr which I gather is like mono - the kissing disease, which I had when I was 25 and it was horrible.  Well I've had no symptoms like that, but I gather it's fatigue with Epstein's and it can affect the liver.  Who knows, just make it go away is all I can say.

Meanwhile, it's been so nice here, the temps have been mild and it felt like spring was around the corner till the north wind started blowing today and the temps are frigid.  I was ready to go buy some capri's.  Oh and back to my Thursday, I went to the dentist and then off to work, where the morning guy - again - did NOTHING.  I was so pissed off, he had  6 customers during his shift, I had 18 and I had to clean and detail all of the 11 tanning rooms, lobby, etc.  I didn't get to it all and I was running like a mad woman.  When I arrived at work I saw him get up from the couch in the lobby area, meanwhile I didn't get a chance to sit or have a bathroom break in my 3 hours.  So I left him a note and we shall see what happens this Tuesday.  If he doesn't do his part, I will discuss this with the lady who runs the 4 salons.  Something better change, I don't care how much he kisses her behind (which I'm assuming he does because she thinks he's the cats meow), I won't be used like this for 10 dollars an hour.  I would never have the nerve to sit down in the lobby when things need to be done - and there is a chore list spelling out what is to be done daily.  I believe I am frustrated.  I don't mind hard work and I believe in pulling my weight and then some, but I don't believe in killing myself when he sits around either.  Stay tuned, I'll report on what happens.

Today is my Beloveds birthday.  I've baked him a chocolate cake and will make a peanut butter frosting for it.  I also have a recipe for a deep dish pizza that doesn't have the traditional crust.  It's something I too can eat.  The cake I made with Whey Low - it's a sugar substitute like splenda, it comes in sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar and it bakes so nicely, no funky after taste that I get with splenda.  If we love the pizza as much as I think we will, I will share the recipe this week.

Happy Knitting, Hugs, and Stitches!!
Tam

Thursday, February 10, 2011

No News is Good News?

Yesterday I talked to my doctor, it would seem all my blood work came back fine - which is good, however it doesn't explain the high liver enzymes.  So they are going to have me see a Hepatologist - a Liver Specialist and a biopsy will be done to determine what is going on.  So I'm still waiting, with no real answers and still worried, but they assure me that anything significant would show much higher enzyme reading, so that is good news.

In the meantime I finished Abril's quilt and she has received it.  Emails from her Grandparents and Parents indicate that it is considered beautiful and will be well loved.  Here are a couple of pictures, one showing the backing which is flannel to make it warm and soft.

I've also been working on my fingerless gloves.  I have both cuff's done now and this week we will be working on the left glove.  Here is what I had yesterday morning before I finished the second cuff.  I must say I'm enjoying this pattern a lot more because I learned so much from the sock last month.  I feel a bit more confident this time around.


I'm also excited to be taking a long arm class from my friend Ginny.  She's been teaching at a local shop and so I'm on her schedule for the 26th of March.  The shop rents the machine by the day and will be a great way for me to quilt something to large to do on my sewing machine.  Also a great way to learn more about the quilting process I think.  Go check her blog out - tell her hello:  Ginnys Quilts.

I've started working at the tanning salon again.  Noon to 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it's nice to get out of the house and even though I didn't have a lot of customers, it was fun to just have another focus, especially right now, it keeps my mind off my own problems.

Have a great day and stay warm/cool where ever you are.
Tam

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Struggling

This has been a difficult week for me.  I received a letter and lab instructions from my surgeon's office that did my gastric bypass.  My blood work while heavy may have shown issues with diabetes and cholesterol, but always my liver enzymes were perfect - liver enzymes I gather show fatty liver issues or other issues.  But all the while when I was 110 pounds heavier and for 6 months after surgery, my liver enzymes were perfect.  When they did my surgery, my liver looked good - not fatty and problematic.  Then suddenly in December my liver enzymes went up, a retest of them in January showed them increasing, my blood work for my physical this month has them even higher.  So ten vials of blood later, they set out to test for hepatitis and genetic issues involving the liver.  I always get a copy of my blood work mailed to me and keep it for my records.  So yesterday I received the copy of all those tests, the good news is it appears I don't have hepatitis or anything else they were testing for, the bad news is - what the heck is wrong with me and why do the liver enzymes keep climbing up.  I'm nervous and a bit scared about it all.  I want to hope that it's nothing, but if it's nothing, then why do they keep going up.  So I'm trying to stay busy and not focus to much on it, but that is a bit hard to do at the moment.

Yesterday I went to my friend Kelly's house for a sew day, it was so nice to get together and sew and talk and enjoy each others company.  I wish I'd taken my camera so you could see the gorgeous king sized quilt she is making for a friends wedding.   We had a lot to catch up on so not as much sewing got done, but hey it was a great time.  I took the quilt I started making for our bed and then got frustrated with and put to the side for almost a year.  I got 5 of the 40 star blocks put together and I feel energized to get on with this quilt as I think it will be beautiful when it's done.
My pattern is called Anniversary Stars from 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy.
And in other news I've decided I need to be out a bit more, I love to meet and talk to people, so I'm going back to the tanning salon, just 2 afternoon's a week and 3 hour shifts, so not to much, but enough to get me out and meeting people and keeping busy.  I always enjoyed working there and had fun with the customers, so I'm looking forward to it.  CR will be having thumb joint replacement right after his birthday this month, so we have a lot going on and meanwhile I'll be waiting to hear from the doctor if I will be seeing a liver specialist or what they plan to do next.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, so if you're watching the game, I hope your team wins.  I'll be in my sewing room enjoying a movie and knitting on my fingerless gloves for the Feb. challenge.  CR will be cheering on the Packers I believe.

Have a wonderful and relaxing day!
Tam