Today was grocery shopping day.

I got up a little before 8 and did all of my exercises.

I heard from two of my sisters about my blog today. One of them said, “Just wanted you to know that I look forward to your blog every morning. I would be disappointed if it were not there.” The other said, “Wanted to tell you that I like the way you have your blog set up now–with the lists of what you ate over the course of the day. Just saw it yesterday. For those of us who are not on the Diet, it is easier to ferret out your noos. Since atchly one does not have to ferret a’tall.” Guess she doesn’t look at it much because I’ve been doing that for a couple of weeks now. And it isn’t a Diet. It’s a Lifestyle. A diet is something a person goes on for a period of time. It can vary from less than a day to weeks and sometimes months or years, but it isn’t something that’s expected to last. A lifestyle change is for a person who wants to make it a permanent thing. And I expect this eating raw food to be permanent. I got tired of treating symptoms and decided to mend my licks (Mother again) and get rid of the dis-eases that were plaguing me. And I have, all but one, and that one is needing much less control than it used to. It’s amazing that the cure to a multitude of ills is in the produce section but people prefer to medicate. And the medication can cause more problems than it solves.

Food for today:

20 ozzies OJ
Four purple plums
24 ozzies banana/spinach smoothie (I used lots of spinach and it was dark green)
Mung bean kim chee
2 large bananas, eaten in the car
A few pieces dehydrated mango, likewise
A Ataulfo mango eaten when I got home
A young coconut (just about right, maturity-wise)
The rest of the small watermelon
Big bowl of Fred’s Mom’s Salad
A durian pod
Veggie kim chee

I got away to go shopping at about 1 pm. It was a beautiful day but cool. The low this morning was 23. The thermometer says the high was 66 but that was in the sun so I don’t believe it.

Mother’s grave is still there in the little country cemetery. I need to do some maintenance on it but I just stopped and looked today.

I did my rounds of the stores and got everything I needed and some things I didn’t. I’d failed to get a check cashed Friday for my shopping at ALDI so I’d taken a baggie with quarters and the people at the Asian market were kind and let me exchange $25 in change for $25 in bills. The man even helped me count them out. I started to pay for my purchases at one of the stores in cash but it’s a good thing I didn’t. I wouldn’t have had enough to pay ALDI. Grapefruit had gone up to 39 cents each but that’s still a good deal. I went ahead and got a box. That helps to stretch the oranges and they haven’t come down in price.

When I was at Wally World, they had some early plants out. I checked to see if there were any basil plants. There were lots but only two that showed any signs of life. I guess whoever is in charge of the nursery part of the store doesn’t know that basil isn’t hardy. It had been thoroughly bit. I let them keep the poor little things and came on home.

Even with the cool weather, lots of things have been blooming. The Bradford pears are in their prime, tulip trees are beginning to shed, there are lots of daffodils still, and the yard in town full of anemones is just starting to show lots of color. My redbuds are beginning to have a haze of purple (WHY are they named REDbud?). Spring is here. There may be some cold nights but I don’t think they’ll keep it away. I just hope the fruit trees will survive without damage.

I put lots of stuff in the alternate fridge and stowed everything else in the one in the house. It was time to turn in and eat and eat I did! I was hungry. The Ataulfo mangos aren’t as sweet as I expected them to be. They have a good flavor and texture but I had to add some agave to the salad.

When my daughter called, I was eating the durian. It was fairly decent but nothing like the first one I ever had. We didn’t talk as long as usual but it was getting pretty late since I still have quite a bit to do. There are some changes afoot at her place of employment. One of her co-workers has left for another job and her immediate superior will be leaving in a month. It will be interesting to see what happens now that her department will be down to three people.

The dishes are done and I just took the scraps out to the garden spot. I startled a critter and it scrambled around and climbed the apple tree. Best I could see, it was a good-sized possum. That’s fine with me if it wants to dine on the leftovers. And I don’t call peelings leftovers.

When I was at the roadside market the other day, the woman was telling me that they have possums and raccoons getting into the produce they keep outside. They may have to screen the place in. It’s large so that would run into some money. It might not make sense to do it.

My sister wrote, “Keep feeling good – and I hope you can start getting to bed earlier!” It’s already almost 11 so I guess I’d better get to bed sooner than later. The forum will have to get along without me tonight.

And happy birthday 2 Qué!

3 Responses to Today was grocery shopping day.

  1. Valerie March 20, 2007 at 2:51 pm #

    Right on! Lifestyle not diet. I’m living the green smoothie lifestyle. (Smile). Thinking of growing some basil? I’ve got my eye out for some cilantro to grow on my deck. I’m wondering how it will do here on the Washington coast.

  2. Tommie March 20, 2007 at 8:41 pm #

    I saw some cilantro plants and started to get a couple but I don’t have anything ready to plant them in yet. I’ve been reading about the conditions needed and it does best in cool weather. The way to fool it into not bolting prematurely is to mulch it well to keep the soil from heating up.

  3. Valerie March 21, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Thanks for the advice Tommie. I’m on a mission now. I will have cilantro growing on my deck this spring!

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