the Night Before Christmas where the moon was concerned. A couple of differences, though—no snow and it’s October. The moonlight was shining right in through the blinds and into my eyes. Even though I had them closed, I could see the light through my eyelids. I got up and turned the blinds the other way so I could go to sleep.
I was up fairly early for Sabbath and was ready to leave by 9:45.
100% Raw Food
16 ozzies OJ
28 ozzies banana/romaine/red leaf smoothie
Large salad of romaine, red leaf, cucumber, onion, tomato, avocado, dressed with EVOO and lime juice dressing. I put some of the salad provided at lunch with it and didn’t eat about that much of the whole thing.
Probably frozen mixed fruit (a tiny bowl with a tiny amount) (I didn’t want more)
I made it to the church just before Sabbath School was over and found my sister and BIL. I’d slipped in, unnoticed, beside my BIL and was going to see how long it took for them to see me. A lady in front of them saw me, grinned and pointed. So, the jig was up. They acknowledged me and we settled in to enjoy the rest of the service.
Between Sabbath School and church, I was filled in on the latest family news. Another sister had been at Grandparent’s Day at her grandkids’ school and had a fainting episode. 911 was called and someone did chest compressions because they couldn’t find a pulse for a half minute or so. When she came to, she refused treatment (of course—she’s as stubborn as I am) and was worried about her car! She has an appointment with a cardiologist tomorrow.
The music was magnificent. There were instruments being played that I couldn’t pick out individually but I’m sure they added to the overall sound. The choir was in excellent voice and I saw the speaker wiping his eyes more than once.
The sermon was inspired. At one point, the preacher recited Psalm 8 from memory and I never heard more expression put into a passage. It gave me chills.
1 O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
After church, we headed to the lunch. My niece had to teach a Sabbath School class and my sister had obediently stayed home with her granddaughter standing guard. She was able to convince her DD that she was well enough to come eat with us.
We had part of a table to ourselves and were able to visit. Pictures were taken (I didn’t take my camera) and there were breaks to visit with other people.
There was some curiosity about my salad. I’d speared a piece of avocado and popped it into my mouth when my sister asked, “What was that?” I told her and she was surprised I’d eat it since my (apparent) gallbladder attack. I told her I’d been fine for some time and I don’t eat more than half an avo at a sitting. She was dismayed that I eat that much. Well, that and the EVOO were the only fat fat I’d had all day and I hardly ever eat EVOO. It isn’t like I eat butter, margarine, mayonnaise, and fried foods. The fat in avocado isn’t going to gunk up my arteries when I don’t mix it with other SAD food.
Following the meal, I went to the motel with my other sister and BIL so they could change clothes. I was kind of at loose ends without a place to call my own. They got into more comfortable garb and we went to the afternoon concert. It was performed by Dan Landrum playing the hammered dulcimer. I was fascinated by his skill. My sister took advantage of the time to catch some zzz’s. She said she was dreaming and I’m sure the music gave a good background to her brain movies.
It was time for the sandwich supper and I was kind of amused at the speculation going on about the Mystery Food. There wasn’t any information put out on what was what. Usually, the Food People will have some indication of what’s vegan and what’s vegetarian but not this time. At least, there wasn’t any meat at the party.
My sister brought me a piano/organ duet book and a picture of a group that included me and my BIL from the long long ago. I was a teenager.
I’m the one that’s circled (duh!), my best friend at that time is the girl next to me, the girl in the center of the back row was my roommate in academy, and my BIL is on the right on the back row. The fellow at the left on the back row was an unintentional comedian. He could have made a fortune. He could come on the stage at chapel and bring down the house with just a look. He was also the Brain. If you want to see a larger version of the picture, click on it and it will open up in a new window. Just close it to get back to my blog.
After sundown, I bade all my family goodbye and started to leave. My niece stopped me and I could tell she needed to talk. She is scared spitless about the situation with her mother. I told her that all of us will eventually go but I don’t think my sister is even close to checking out yet. Our mother lived to be over 100 without taking even close to as good care of herself as my sister does. She will no doubt be fitted with a Holter monitor tomorrow and that will give a good idea of what’s going on, if anything. She thinks she got overheated and her body shut down briefly. That’s scary enough and I hope she’s right.
We talked for a little while and I took my leave and went to Aldi where I found very little to buy. I had $50 with me to spend there and left with less than $10 worth. Next was the organic market. When I was going through the line, the cashier wanted to know what I was going to do with all those greens. I told her I drink a lot of green smoothies. The bagboy wanted to know if I’d cleaned ’em out and I said almost. I got a daikon radish and he remarked it looked like a geoduck (pronounced “gooey duck”). I didn’t think so but I asked him if he’d ever eaten geoduck and he said, “NO!” I gave them each a card and the girl showed me a bulletin board where I could post mine. I hadn’t even noticed it before because I’m always in such a hurry when I go there. I put several up so people could take them if they want.
I was in need of some napa cabbage for kim chee/kimchi and there wasn’t any to be had. I stopped at Wally World and there was none there, either. BiLo had beautiful, gorgeous, perfectly fresh napa. I weighed the head I got and it came in at three lubs. I had the price figured for much more than I was charged at the checkout. Plus, I got some limes that were marked 2/$1 and they rang up as 20 cents each. If I’d known they were on sale, I would have gotten more.
Someone had asked me when I thought I’d get home. I estimated 10 or after and I pulled into the driveway at 9:58. I put most of the fresh stuff in the other fridge then came to the house and unloaded the rest. I didn’t eat anything, fed Twinkle, brushed my teeth, and went to bed after I posted my brief entry.
This morning, I was up after some nine and a half hours sleep. I did all my exercises including a 63 second pushup.
100% Raw Food
20 ozzies OJ blended with a lub of strawberries and a shot of agave nectar (yummy!)
26 ozzies banana/pear/spinach smoothie (it was nutritious but not delicious)
2 of Dario’s persimmons
28 ozzies banana/peach blend (not delicious)
Large salad of romaine, red leaf, sweet onion, cucumber, carrot, tomato, dressed with the rest of Matt’s Dip (I couldn’t eat it all)
I didn’t get a lot accomplished today. I think all the activity of yesterday with insufficient food kind of took the stuffin’ out of me. I did get the napa cabbage cut up and into the brine to soak tonight plus I chopped all the veggies to add to it tomorrow. I was doing that when my DD called for our weekly visit. She’d been shopping in Manhattan and called me late. We didn’t talk as long as usual because of that.
It was cool and windy so I didn’t attempt any sunning.
If I don’t hurry, it will be past 10:30 when I hit the hay. Better get around! Good night!