The Irony of Eating, Big Bad Wolf BBQ, and George’s Birthday

Oatmeal and Chocolate – Fighting the Stress

There’s such irony in our eating decisions. Mine especially. I go to great ends to find oatmeal that has no sugar content, only to throw chocolate in my cart as well. What can we do with ourselves? We just have to keep trying and recognize we WILL have inconsistency and splurges and urges, especially prompted by stress. Lets just call it a “delta variant” purchase and also blame it on George’s birthday week????

It’s so hard to find just plain oatmeal to take to work without it having loads of sugar in it or various “bad” ingredients. The regular oatmeal I guess I could put it a baggie, and take but it doesn’t do as well as the instant does. I’ve NOT tried this yet, but was happy to find it at the DOLLAR STORE amidst their bare shelves. I usually try to find the Organic Oatmeal by Quaker, but it’s hard to find. And I end up paying a lot for Bob’s Red Mill on Amazon. Have to order an entire box of it but it’ll last a long time as I don’t really eat it but about once a week. I like a variety of things for breakfast.

So I add my wellness programs stress formula which if in hot water by itself tastes like hot apple cider (to me anyway). Often I just have that. But I’ve found it quite pleasing to add to oatmeal and it gives it a sweet taste. But it has adaptogens in it and other things that calm me down. The stress formula is called “Ionix”. I no longer use the name of the wellness company on my blog b/c they had asked me to remove their name when I typed a paragraph with the “illness” that has been going around. As you know there has been an attack on our free speech lately. It made me mad so I vowed no more free advertisement for them. If they want it out of a paragraph, it comes out of the blog entirely. I spent hours removing their name from my blog of several years. I still love the products and I know they were being pressured by those in society that throw their weight around, but still. Stand your ground or lose it. They lost their grounding on my blog by letting fear get to them. But yeah, I still love the products and although pricey – it is pricey anywhere to get your hands on true nutrition. I get enough to alter whatever has gone on with my body from a auto-immune situation. (Always tired, random pains, random low grade fever). And now with pre-diabetes and high blood pressure it has been wonderful to offset those with good quality supplements and nutritional food types). I’ve just worn it out during the years on the snacks, shakes and breakfast bars but I still use the supplements and in a big way and the shakes occasionally.

All that to say…..I found some oatmeal for on the go! 😉 I’m a wordy sort, ya know? Gotta tell you EVERYTHING I know about a subject and then some. Which is usually not much but I can dredge it out. lol

And also all that said…..there is this side of me when stressed:

Mom and I went to the Dollar Store again as she needed some things. The first time I went by myself and passed over the candy. The 2nd time I was not as strong. I love a bit of something sweet after lunch – or around 3 p.m. but I really don’t need it. And those M&M’s are tricky. there are 120 calories on the bag but there are about 3 servings in that bag alone right there. And I almost ate the whole bag yesterday. I just cannot quit eating them. Then I had to drink butt loads of water so I didn’t have some kind of sugar attack. And then at dinner time I was not very hungry. Don’t worry. I was able to eat. lol Now I feel bad for eating that many this morning and vowing to have my “greens” for breakfast.

Don’t overlook that chocolate wafter in the right corner. I LOVE THOSE! I allowed myself to get them. I had that for breakfast yesterday. Yesterday was a bad sweet tooth day. Now I have to detox myself. lol Someone HELP!

George’s Birthday Week, Day 1, The Actual Birthday

We were so excited to get to go to The Big Bad Wolf yesterday for George’s Birthday meal. We have tried off and on for years to get here, usually with friends. And they are only open at night on certain occasions. They do a BIG catering business. So usually when we are wanting to eat out they are closed. And sometimes they don’t even follow their hours very well. If they get a big catering event, they will close the restaurant. So it’s spotty. But it’s so good.

It was great. I got the ribs. And I kinda wish I had known they had salad. I didn’t see it on the menu but Mom’s salad looked good. I got beans and potato salad as that seemed to go with ribs but I realized later – more starches that turn to sugar. I had a really bad day yesterday and I need to do better than this. Let’s chalk it off to George’s birthday. I’ve blamed his birthday before, lol. But seriously need to do better. I really need to try and detox today and have my greens and get this sugar out of my body.

We posted this yesterday on social media. It was very popular, lol.

On the way home we saw two Bambi’s in our neighborhood. We had about 5 deer in our yard. They just come and hang out and stroll through. Sometimes we have days where we don’t see them, but I think that is just a timing thing. But they are all around us every day. We love seeing them.

So tomorrow, I’m hoping to give you a list of all the Sailing folks that I follow on YouTube. I don’t want to include it on this blog entry. I want it to be its own entry, for the most part. This is my plan anyway. If today contains a lot of blogworthy content that needs blogging tomorrow morning I will delay the Sailing entry.

Today I get off early as I take Mom for her eye injection. We have a busy weekend ahead also it’s George’s “birthday weekend” and we are heading out with Kevin and Susan. We are also eating burritos tonight at a new place in town with just Mom, George and me. And then Sunday George wants to have an excursion out to a brewery. So we’ll have a lot of pics and then Monday I’ll be complaining that I need more time off b/c I won’t have been able to get my weekend things done. lol. But what is life if you don’t have fun and celebrate birthdays. We just celebrate several days in a row.

So this is what George wanted from me for his birthday. I also gave him some random extra things like flair pens that he likes, expensive beer that he won’t buy himself, and some gourmet food items. But this is “The Who” box set. lol lol

This photo pretty funny as Mom’s feet is in the upper left corner and my messy hearth in the background (top).

Random Thoughts Over Coffee

Well, I suppose I’ll head out soon. Need to get another cup of hot coffee which seems so good right now. But at least it’s Friday. I’m so glad to at least have a day to sleep in – in the morning. We still have church on Sunday. So as of right now it looks like it’ll be very hard to get anything done this weekend but maybe I’ll get some time at home to do *something* at least. I’ll just do the most important things first. And I’m hoping to at least have the morning tomorrow.

It’s kind of been a stressful week in some ways. I’m trying to shake a few things off as “not my own” worries – especially on the work scenario. So far so good.

George got his 1st shot yesterday and I’m proud of him for finally doing that. And he did it on his birthday! His 2nd one is Sept 9th. Mom was telling him to stay away from her because now he has germs in his system. She is anti-V I guess you’d call it. She is afraid of it. It’s a personal decision but she still went on the birthday outing and we can’t oust him out of the house, lol. (She has a way of making a person feel so special sometimes with her honest assessment. lol lol. I guess its her way of letting him know she is not happy with his decision to get the shot.) But it wasn’t her choice to make. None the less she made it very clear she is worried she’ll get the “illness” from him getting the shot. Some have said that has happened. Don’t know for sure what is fact of fiction. But we are doing the best we can and it appears we are soon going to have to show proof to be able to do things so…..

Meanwhile in Texas

Little Roo’s day care teacher is out with “the illness” – yes THE variant illness. And so my Texas family has been exposed. I also have been exposed where I have been. So there’s that. Also Katy went for a root canal yesterday and had to be stopped because it wouldn’t stop bleeding. I’m confused as I don’t know why that happened. Is that normal sometimes? She hadn’t taken an aspirin. Or did the dentist do something wrong? So she has to go back in a month after it heals. Has anyone heard of that before?

Anyway, I need to get out of here and get more coffee.

More tomorrow, Lord Willing!

11 responses to “The Irony of Eating, Big Bad Wolf BBQ, and George’s Birthday”

  1. Oh dear Poor you and your eating the wrong things, then trying to right it the next day, I’m sorry but I do smile when I read about all the delicious food you have and then worry about it.!!! I have been trying to avoid tit bits especially biscuits for weeks now but last night I went in the fridge to have some milk and what did I see ? A box of chocolate finger biscuits….could I resist them…NO….so like you I’m now guilty……I’m real sad that Mum is anti vac. I’ve had both mine now and indeed everybody I know have had theirs, on Sunday afternoon we had an afternoon tea Party at church to say a good bye to our lovely minister there were 32 visitors, I was in the kitchen serving tea/ coffee to what seemed a never ending queue but at one point I surveyed the site before my eyes …it gave me such a smile of relief to see and hear chatter it seems such a long time since we had all met together, I reckoned as I glanced round that everybody had had their 2 vaccines and everybody seemed so happy. We at last felt we had turned a corner, we had to leave windows and doors open but it was at last feeling normal…if people had arrived without being vaccinated we had to ask them to wear a mask which we could have provided. This was for the safety of older friends who if they had got infected could have been very poorly…..
    Glad that George has had such a good birthday…..up till now…..roll on the weekend and your trip out with friends….Won’t be long now till your working week will have ended…look forward to the weekend. I’m real sorry for Kate and hope her toothache has died down, I’ve certainly not heard of that kind of thing happening before….Hope wee River keeps well….God Bless xx

      • I really don’t want to be a spoil sport but I personally would reconsider taking your mom or George into a restaurant at all now, birthday or no birthday. Sorry this is just my personal opinion.

      • No spoiling here. Any and all can opt out of our plans at any point they wish. No one being forced. Here it’s just started getting bad again. So we may slow down some soon but around here life pretty much is still going on as normal. Mom is tired of sitting home while we work as she’s not driving and George wants to celebrate birthday. But you could be exactly right. We could all get it and be gone in a few days time. Or die some other tragic way. We are never promised tomorrow.

  2. I struggle every single day with my diet or lack or what is good for me to eat. I feel your pain. I did find sugar free york mints at Walmart. They do not taste sugar-free and curb my cravings. I usually order online because the store is always out.
    I am prediabetic so am trying not to have to go on meds ..My grandfather and two cousins were diabetic. So it runs in the family.
    Happy Birthday to your big baby. he looks like he’s a hoot. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. I am so sorry about The baby’s teacher. It is everywhere it seems. I pray your little River doesn’t get and I hope his teacher is ok. My grandson was exposed his best friend has the virus. So far he is ok just had a fever and aches and pains. So he had to be tested, daughter had to be tested as well as sil. All were negative. But he had to be quarantined for 14days. It is enough to worry a body to death.
    The boys play together all the time. His parents had the vaccine and were careful as well. But the mom got then him.
    Your rib dinner looks good. Enjoy what you love but just in moderation is what I have heard works. It is hard when married I think my husband buys stuff just to temp me.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    • There are some breakthrough cases and also new variations of the virus past the delta one. They say for the most part the vaccine works but in some folks with lower immune systems it may not hold up.

  3. I’ve only had 1 root canal a few years ago. I don’t remember any bleeding but…
    They did it in 2 visits but I thought that was just the process.
    I’m glad George got the shot. I don’t think anyone should be forced to get it. I try not to listen to all the conspiracy theories. I would think your mom having heart issues should get the vax, but that’s her business.
    I do know the virus is NO joke. I’ve known 3 people personally to die & known of many more that passed. All were anti-vaxxers. So sad.
    Happy Birthday to George!🎁
    I love the pic of him on the floor. That’s a riot. You guys do a birthday right. Party on!!🎂🍾🍺🍹🍻🍽 lolol
    Have a great weekend!

    • Yes most of the people that didn’t believe the virus existed actually got it. She thinks it exists but thinks it’s ma made and part of the move to socialism and or monetary gain. She got off on all that today and I don’t know what to say. I don’t have an inside trac (neither does she). I don’t know what to believe and have no way to know so I quit thinking about it but she seems to be sure she is right. lol

  4. I’m glad all those years ago that people got the polio vaccine so we did not have to worry about that. Can you imagine? I’m not sure of that timeline exactly. That may have been b4 your mom’s time.
    What’s that vaccine scar I have on my upper left arm from birth? 😮

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