Thursday, January 5, 2012

Reflections 2011 (Diets/Carolina Christmas)

 This is the sunset from Roy's Restaurant out in Hawaii Kai. We went there to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary in 2011. It was delicious! We had the house salad with butterfish. As we were eating the butterfish, we were looking for bones. It appeared that we had boneless butterfish. After we were done eating, we asked about it. They said someone picks out all the bones from the butterfish! What a job! As you can see, we had fresh fruits for dessert.

The little anthurium was our centerpiece and they gave us a gift certificate to return to eat there again. We were planning to go back in December, but both of us are on special diets and can only eat certain things. :-(

 As I mentioned in my last post, DH was diagnosed with prostate cancer and is now on an Anti-cancer diet from Dr. Jason Uchida, naturepathic physician. His diet consist of fresh fruits, veggies (raw), nuts, seeds and fish. He is also taking an arsenal of supplements! He needs to juice some of his fruits and veggies two to three times a day.

I am on an Anti-Candida elimination diet from the same naturepathic physician to get rid of some of my allergies and food sensitivities. I can't have any of the major allergens along with whatever I am allergic or sensitive to. I can eat turkey, fish or organic chicken. I am taking enzymes, probiotics and hypoallergenic vitamins. I still need to take two more things. Dr. Uchida said that this will take about one to three years. Lets hope this works. I'd love to be able to eat more things.

Remember this quilt? Carolina Christmas? Well, I was having some issues with it because my poinsettia blocks were about 1/2" smaller than the Christmas star blocks. I ended up putting a 1/2" border around the poinsettia blocks to make them the same size as the Christmas star blocks. Since that has been resolved, I've been able to sew the blocks together. I put on an inner border, started to put on the last border, then I found a small hole! Arrgh. Now I have to patch the hole. Well, that's where I am on this quilt. I don't think it wants to be made. lol. Well, I'll let you know when I patch it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Reflections (Footprints in the Sand)

This post is for Eleanor, my niece. My brother and his wife were in the process of moving back home from Arizona, when they lost her at six months. Her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. I am sad that I never was able to get to know her.

My DM tells me that my brother and his wife go to visit her weekly.

While we are on the topic of life changing events, DH was diagnosed with stage three prostate cancer this year. Fortunately, the scans showed that it had not spread to any of his major organs. He had his prostate removed in April and will have to have radiation, however, before radiation can be done. He had to have hernia repair surgery to prevent complications once radiation has begun. His hernia surgery was in October, so much of my year was spent taking care of DH. His radiation is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

As a result of the surgeries, I can really see where the Lord has carried me through these challenging times. The poem "Footprints in the Sand" illustrates how I feel I was able to make it through this year. This battle with prostate cancer is not over yet, but I know the Lord will be with me in whatever 2012 holds.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Oregon Trip #2!

 It's been a long time since my last entry and so much has happened that I don't know where to start. The first picture is of the view on the way to visit my MIL at Oceanside Hawaii Assisted Living. She has been there for a year now.

The next two pictures are from our second trip to Oregon. to get DD#2 set up in her dorm room. This is the sunset from our room at The Grand Hotel in Salem. It was a very quick trip.

We ate at Marco Polo Global Restaurant where they have delicious gluten free food. I had the Sauteed Chicken Breast with brown rice. It was delicious!

The next two pictures are of omiyage that I made to take up to Oregon to give as gifts. Of course I have to include some sewing/crafty items in this post. :)

I got the tissue holder pattern from an internet group that I belong to. These were fast and easy to make.

I learned how to make the combination tissue holder zippered pouch from a class I took at Bernina.