Eating Alone In Half The Time

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Not Again!

October 16th, 2013 · No Comments

 Notice: Recipes, such as there are, forthcoming when photos are available

Another Day 
‘Anyway’ should be my mantra – not ‘any way’ which would mean that I can do any thing, but ‘anyway’ with a sigh meaning something like ‘well, that’s the way it is, can’t expect anything more’. Just fell – again. That’s 2 times in the space of 3 days. Not good as an average type of thing. And I had good reasons for each, like I lost my balance putting on my socks, and the second time, I tripped over a box I had put there right in my normally traveled pathway, ready to be thrown out. I guess the box had to have its due. And the socks thing? I usually put on my socks first, so there I was lying naked on the floor with my socks on, wondering if I could get up. My age sometimes gets the better of me. And someone was passing in the hallway on the stairs outside my door, but due to my state of dress, there was no way I could call out for help. In any case, I did get myself up. And the second time, I was carrying breakfast – well that was the end of the oatmeal (that’s the second time in two days that the oatmeal has ended up on the floor. I wonder if I’m being told something), with the scalding hot coffee all over my face. Got up with the aid of the chair but couldn’t find my glasses. Finally found them on the top of a shoe box under the sideboard – in perfect shape. I swear I’m being looked after. That’s aside from my klutzy movements from which I cannot be saved. 
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Talking about getting up – was watching a child just learning to walk, with lots of encouragement from mom. He would fall down repeatedly and just get up with no problem and continue. That’s the way it worked. But once you have learned to walk, that’s when the problems start. Even then, it’s amazing how a mother’s kiss on the wounded limb solves everything and stops the crying for a four year old for whom falling was no longer the norm. That’s what it’s all about – expectation, and mom’s support. 
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The Dinner To Possibly End It All 
I’ve been trying to get myself to remember some cooked sweet potatoes that have been left in the refrigerator. Tonight was remember night. Opened the plastic whatever up and there they were, with little white spots on them. Can’t remember those from before. What to do?  
Step by step: and if you don’t see this comment, well… 
Cooked them again in its original water (should have added some onion and garlic to the mix for all of the antimicrobial stuff they contain) with some broccoli which, by the way, did not have any white spots. 
Once on the plate, put lots (and I mean lots) of turmeric on (with some black pepper to help in the digestive process) because according to one source it takes care of “antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antioxidant, antiseptic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, radioprotective, and digestive activities” problems http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/  
Added a layer of cinnamon because it fights its own corner of the world by taking care of different forms of bacteria, fungus and parasites http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-cinnamon.html  For other medicinal uses for cinnamon.

Would have added oregano and thyme which guard against their own bevy of microbials and fungi but felt I had already covered the field.  
 
We’ll see
 
Update: the taste was not bad (with plenty of butter) and I’m still here. But don’t take this as the end-all of how-tos. Your white spots may be different from my white spots. But at least you know some of the spices which do have an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-whatever effect and can be used whenever and however there is any question. That may be one good reason to put cinnamon on the top of a cappuccino – aside from the fact that it may solve some hard to handle health problems, it’s great – being slightly sweet and having its own unique taste. 
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latest
Decided that I really may not have much time left. I pressed the blue dot on my phone-camera and it didn’t register. No matter how many times I did it, no click, until suddenly out of nowhere it reacted – I think my frustration level got high enough to register as plausible force. I will have to take the phone in to be checked, and if they notice me, maybe I’m doing something wrong. Always think positively.  This dish should not be emulated – tasted terrible. But at least I got some greens (swiss chard) which I haven’t had in 2 or 3 days – very bad. Maybe one of the reasons for the non-registry. I’m out of spices except for turmeric – if I live it’s because of that. Was going to cut up an onion but forgot – not much of a game plan in my cooking. Almost out of olive oil, so cooked it in water. Also, by the way, out of coffee. This living alone sucks. Added a tomato, and 5 cloves of garlic. Put half of the remaining butter on top of the finished product. Didn’t help in the taste department. 
Lessons: eat greens at least once a day 
                buy olive oil so you can fry stuff 
                buy coffee 
                find someone to live with, hopefully better at  
                  remembering things and better at cooking. 
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Just another morning until…
I was not putting the food down fast enough and the stray cat that I feed breakfast to each morning got confused – I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt. Like before when she bit me, it was because my petting her got in the way of eating – confused or not, she knew what she wanted. But for me, doing the same thing and expecting different results is a sign of insanity – to paraphrase a quote misattributed to Einstein – or my case a sign of stupidity. For other great quotes attributed and misattributed to Einstein, see http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein. So next time, I think I’m going to put the food down before opening the window.  
And as for the bite, I immediately put on one of the best and most immediate sources of stopping bleeding as well as providing instant antibacterial activity – cayenne pepper. Of course, let it bleed a bit to flush it out (usually not a problem as those teeth are sharp). 
And as for the cayenne itself, I could have used powder instead of flakes but then I wouldn’t have gotten the artistic effect I had on my arm. Carry plastic bag of the stuff in my pocket. It stops bleeding in 10-20 seconds or faster, and if taken as 1 teaspoon to a glass of warm water, will stop internal hemorrhaging in about the same amount of time. It is truly great stuff. And also for all the other things it does for you – it is an incredible herb. When half a teaspoon is taken in a glass of warm water on the occurrence of a heart attack it will stop the attack in its tracks. It is also very good for the pain of arthritis, ulcers and many other conditions: Natural News , Global Healing Center, BellaOnline   
This is one herb you want to know something about.  
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