I had my quarterly checkup last week, and I am ashamed to report that I must have slacked off a bit much from the great report
I had at my last checkup. My labs were not good. LDL and triglycerides were high, blood pressure was high, and I am seven pounds heavier. Bad boy me!
I have had a choking problem for years. In 2004, it was diagnosed as a symptom of smoking too much and, in true smokers form,
I ignored it. In 2008, it was attributed to allergies of some kind. Last week, my primary care doctor told me to try sleeping with my torso and head on an upward incline. His theory is that my reflux is irritating my throat as I sleep and when I get active,
that irritation manifests itself by making me choke when food brushes the wrong way, when I breathe hard, when I breathe through my mouth or when I ingest a sudden change of temperature. I already owned a wedge from post op recovery so getting started was
It has been seven days since I started sleeping on a wedge and, it seems, the doctor may be right on the money. I have experienced
only one choking session during that time and it was an actual lodging of food that caused it. Sure hope it continues. It seems I am sleeping better, as well. My wife says I’m tossing far less. I’ll have to monitor this further.
I have returned to daily walks of at least four miles per day instead of 1 ½ miles per day in spite of the atrocious heat and
humidity. I have increased the intensity of the calisthenics and discontinued weight lifting as a weight control activity. Tai Chi will replace the weights.
Also, I have enrolled in two health oriented programs. Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Jijuan) for relaxation, awareness
of body and toning of body. The other is The Presidents Active Lifestyle Achievement Program (PALA) that helps me keep track of my physical activity. I will be able to migrate to more advanced levels when I succeed with this level. I report activities as soon
as I complete them. This first level requires six weeks to complete.
Last week, we were in Holland, MI visiting our daughter and her family. On a whim we went to the farmers market and are we
glad we did? Yup! I found a couple of excellent buys on early onions (perfect for mustard pickles) and a very good buy on cucumbers that were not sellable because of their appearance. (Thank you, Fussy Folks!) We were planning on doing some canning this week
so the offerings were quite timely.
My wife found a vendor selling bagels and bought a few dozen because they were so good. We froze them for future use but the
future is well on its way to becoming the past. They are just too good! My favorite one is sesame/toasted sesame/poppy seed/roasted garlic. I hover over the toaster to let the aroma carry me off into ecstasy. Durn! They’re even good when I only think of them.
I guess, I’ll think up some bar cheese.
Pickles were my focus this week. I had been wanting a good Mustard Pickle recipe that would come close to the one my mother
used. I think this one is close- if not identical. They taste strongly of mustard and vinegar which is exactly why I like them.
Grandma's Mustard Pickles
. My friend tried these last year. He said he hadn’t had mustard pickles since he was a teenager. He ate nearly half
a pint “just tasting” them. This year, I made a small batch just for him. I made a smaller batch with less mustard just to see what they would taste like.
These pickles I made just because I am interested in the recipe.
Grandma Arndt’s Pickles
are very colorful but rather labor intensive. I’ll need to report back to you on the taste. Probably after a couple of weeks of curing time.
BAWN recipe got a five star review from Mother Ann. Thank you, Mother Ann! She also gave it high
compliments in the blog where I introduced it. A couple other commenters expressed uncertainty with the ingredients but when their curiosity overrides their caution, they’ll be happy, too. I don’t cook by rules (which has caused some ugly results) so I come
up with the unexpected fairly often. The BAWN is a home run for me. If I sound like I’m bragging, don’t get misled … I am!