Archive for March, 2009

Spring is on it’s way!

Blue, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Finally Spring is on it’s way here in Maine. A long winter to say the least. I spent 10 days in Kentucky recently and spring had already arrived in full bloom. Not quiet here yet, but green sprigs are sprouting up all around us and the rains have arrived to melt the snow. Although the ground is till somewhat covered with snow, we can see the vacant earth underneath. Mother Nature is bringing it back to life.

In other news I have now lost a total of 119 lbs so far and getting closer to my goal. I still workout at the gym around 6 times per week, but I still continue to have stomach/pouch problems. There are still items, I can no longer eat, and there are times when things won’t stay down. My surgeon assures me that I am fine and this problem may resolve itself. We are looking forward to Italy 2009 in June. We are just planning the details, daily itineraries, road maps and such. Eating in Italy will be different this year, but I believe I am up for the challenge. I remember last year at this time, wondering what it would be like eating and enjoying “things” for the “last time”. Well I do know, that that was an unfounded belief on my behalf. In fact there are only a few items, that I can no longer enjoy. But I’m ok with that. After all I still can enjoy espresso…..which is at the top of my list. What about “no sugar added” gelato?  heheheehee

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Back From Kentucky…

kitty paws, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Life goes on. Time passes. Things change. Well I’m home again in Maine, I had a terrific week in Kentucky with the exception of my flight back. We had fun with family, shopped, played domestic house, cooked, shopped some more and even spent time at the local Gold’s Gym…BTW thanks for the free guest pass! The trip home turned out to be rather eventful after the plane hit a bird upon departing the runway. Adrenaline rush, thank goodness all ended safely, except a nine hour delay home…..it could have been much worse.

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After a long three months of Winter here in Maine, I’m on my way home to send some quality time with my husband in Kentucky. I’ll be blogging from my Kentucky home, while I am doing my domestic chores and shopping for a new spring wardrobe…in a much smaller size! See you from the road!

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my dad, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Last night I had a dream about you. I know you have been gone for almost 31 years, but each day I think about you. The day you died, part of me died too. I can not help but think how different my life may have been if you had not died so young.

In my dream you were still alive, I was sleeping and woke up frightened, and I called to you. But you did not come. I yelled and yelled for you to come into my room and tell me everything was going to be ok, but you never came. I woke myself, by yelling for you. It seemed like yesterday I was a child, calling out for you in the night. It took several minutes for me to realize that this was only a dream, but in my heart I wanted you to come to me. I miss you so much. Even though you are no longer here you are with me everyday, and I know that you would come to me if I needed you. I haven’t had such a vivid dream in a long time. I hope that you are ok, and we will see each other again. I love you more than you ever knew and I’m sorry I never had the chance to know you as an adult. I hope you are watching over me, and comfort me when I’m feeling bad. I feel your presence everyday!

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broken foot, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

News for the day…..no exercise for a few weeks. Well I can lift weights. I twisted my foot a week ago and have been walking on it ever since, but Thursday and Friday night I did not sleep with excruciating pain in the top of my right foot. So after another painful day yesterday I went to the local ER for xrays and found our why the pain. I have a broken lateral cuneiform bone in my right foot. Know have crutches if need be and a hard walking brace (boot) for my foot. I guess I have to rest if for a while.

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On a winter day, nothing is more comforting than a bowl of soup, or as Rachel Ray would say “stoup”. I find that this soups adds a great deal of protein and fiber to my diet. I love the combination of tender beef, barley and mushrooms. I wish I could eat a slap of homemade bread along side of this dish….I really miss good artisan bread post op.

* 1 cup pearl barley
* 2 1/2 cups water
* 8 ounces chopped mushrooms
* 8 ounces of chopped carrots
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 (3 pound) boneless chuck roast
* 5 quarts water
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
* 2 (14 ounce) can beef broth
* 1 tablespoon kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon pepper


1. Combine barley and 2 1/2 cups water in a bowl; cover and let soak overnight. (I skip this step).
2. Place the chuck roast in a large stockpot over medium heat; cover the roast with 5 quarts water. Bring the water to a boil, skimming any foam off the surface. Boil the roast until the foam no longer forms on the water, about 15 minutes. Pour the barley, mushrooms, carrots and the water into the stockpot; stir in the parsley, broth, salt, and pepper. Return the mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring every hour, until soup has reduced to desired thickness, 4 to 6 hours.
3. Remove large pieces of beef from the soup; trim and discard fat. Cut remaining meat into bite-sized pieces and return them to the soup.

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