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A Fist Full of SPOONS 
May 1, 2012 9:18 pm 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2012 3:35 pm
My dear friend Audie sent me an email, which took me a while to read (through tears rolling down my cheeks) written by a woman with Lupus.  Her name, is Christine Miserandino, and while I don't have Lupus, her theory does indeed apply to my personal situation...  I told Audie not too long ago, that I can handle ONLY one major task each day.  The grocery... the Dr's office... cleaning floors in two rooms of the house...  Each IS one task, and each means that I'm not able to do another that day.  At times, I get so tired from cooking/cleaning the kitchen, that I literally have to sleep for an hour or more, so that I might sit and watch tv for the rest of the evening....

If you have a friend, or loved one, who has any sort of disability, or illness, please take the time to read this.  It will definately give you a better idea just what people like myself have to deal with on a daily basis.  Christine summed it up in words I never would have thought to use...  Here is the link (I hope) to her writings...

I always end a post with words similar to "be happy, be healthy, cook crazy," and almost always end a response to a comment with "be well."  These are not just "tag" words, they all come from my heart, that you all will "BE WELL!"  "BE HAPPY" AND "BE HEALTHY"  You'll better understand, perhaps, once you've read Christine's words...  From now on, I think I'll try to "keep one spoon for tomorrow," just in case I need an extra!

To all at Allrecipes, I do so hope that I'm not taking advantage of a method of sharing special words with an "audience."  From here, I think I'll go to both Facebook, and Blogspot also!  As I don't always "chat" food here, I'm in hopes that I'm not overstepping boundaries...  I am simply too compelled to share this commentary with as many folks as I can, as I can't think of anyone who won't be able to "relate" to the theory.

Be well, all... happy, healthy, and crazy!
May 2, 2012 4:36 am
This artical is important to many folks besides those with Lupus, Stevie. Thank you for passing it on to us. I have two friends with Lupus and until I was afflicted with another problem, I did not understand their issues. This enlightens the understandanding without having to endure something unfriendly.
May 2, 2012 9:05 am
Dear Crazy Stevie - Lupus is but one of an entire realm of autoimmune disorders that are ravaging the stress riddled populations of the "developed" world. I am fortunate in that I am "healthy" for the moment, but a good friend of mine has been dealing with the fact that her husband will not be with her much longer for the last two years, combined with astronomical medical bills, explaining mortality to their children et al. Bless you for choosing this platform to share the message - humanity first, merchandising later. In reading your post however I wonder if you might be suffering from depression. In helping others, don't forget that you need love too!
May 2, 2012 11:50 am
Mike, I HAD to share, and as Christine points out in her writings, her views can be related to any number of ailments/aflictions suffered by millions of people. I've been physically unable to work since the year 2000 due to major energy/stamina issues.... Guess I can relate!
May 2, 2012 11:56 am
Vicky, my health went downhill in the late '90's... depression followed in the early 2000's... I'd guess I've been popping pills for that issue since 2002. Fortunately, my illness is in check (for now, anyway,) AND I'm grateful to have a support network of friends around me! Thanks for your comment!
May 2, 2012 3:29 pm
Thanks for sharing this, Stevie. I too have to plan very carefully. Even with that, the weather can affect me or being exposed to 2nd hand smoke. I try to make the most of my good days and appreciate the effort friends make to spend time with me. I also appreciate the friends I have met online, such as you.
May 2, 2012 4:07 pm
BigShotsMom, by all means, you're welcome! I had missed hearing from you the past few days... take care of yourself, as I will do also! Gotta make the best of each day, even when it might not be a "great" day! Be well, friend!
May 3, 2012 2:33 am
thanks Stevie guess we never think about what others are dealing with,sometimes they might look normal but have a very real illness...thanks for this blog...later friend...judy
May 3, 2012 6:49 am
Stevie, I have a friend who looks so healthy, but has a leukemia. He has good days and bad days. Live each day to the fullest. Take care, my friend.
May 3, 2012 11:42 pm
Judy, thank each day that you get out of bed and feel GOOD! Others may not feel so great... Be well, friend!
May 3, 2012 11:45 pm
Lela, most of my friends think that I'll be the one taking care of them in their "old age," yet I'm the only one with actual HEALTH ISSUES! Go figure! See how they are? Be well, friend... and for all of us, take one day at a time!
Lee B 
Jun. 2, 2012 3:35 pm
I have a friend that tells everyone "each day above ground is a good day!" Be well. And take time to laugh! :)
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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