Tuesday 15 May 2012

Feeling Brave

Well, all I seem to have to ramble on about at the moment is my health, so I'm going to go on a bit more :-)

I've had 2 good days in a row! And, today has been pretty good as well! Wow! I'm assuming some of the iron I've been taking in a multitude of forms is actually being absorbed, and I have been actually able to do Something. In fact, more than one Something a day without obligatory lie down afterwards/following day in bed! Sorry, its quite a treat for me.

Sunday I felt inspired to do Something, and that something turned out to be  chocolate sauce for ice cream. Nothing tricky, but oh wow, very, very nice- I've not made anything like it for years!

That had followed on from needing to make some mayonnaise- its been on my 'to do' list for a few weeks, and I resent how expensive bought organic mayo is, but its taken me weeks to feel up to it. My preference is definitely using sunflower oil- we've tried avocado oil and olive oil in the recent past, but they just weren't tasty to me.

AND (sorry, this is Three Somethings, not just the one) when I make mayonnaise we have left over egg whites, which in this house means meringues. Big One has been our main meringue maker, but as she was far too busy playing out, Little One got to have a go instead, and did quite well. I was more than a little tetchy by then, but it was OK and tasty meringues were made.

So that little number would normally be a very energetic week for me, but its just been a good day.
I was quite surprised that yesterday didn't have me as an armchair zombie (the usual price I pay for doing Something), but instead I was full of the joys and ready to do something about the house that's been bugging me- dusting and vaccing. I've not vacced this house more than a room a day, but (even though it really did take me all day and several serious rests in the middle) by 7 pm I had not only vacuumed but dusted every single room. Result! I did ask DH to shake a few rugs out for me at the end, but I really hadn't dared hoped I'd actually get half the house done, let alone all of it.

After another sit down rest- and finishing my knitting (but that'll need photos so I'll do a post about that separately), I had the urge to eat a chocolate mousse. But not feeling up to driving to buy one, so I decided to make the recipe I'd spotted the other day....so I even made chocolate mousse last night- yummy! It apparently was enough for 6, though DH and Big One have had a taste, it isn't enough for six if I'm one of them...Though it did do 3 separate servings for me (and I managed not to have it for breakfast!). Next time I'll make it with just the dark chocolate, and as it only has a little added sugar, I'm sure I'll enjoy it without that too. Yum, can't wait. Unfortunately Big One likes it just as it is, so we'll have to make two batches. I think she can manage to make it herself, she's getting on quite well in the kitchen!

Today I felt I was pushing my luck a bit, but flicking through another recipe book I found something I wanted to make, so Big One and I went for a little fresh air walk (in our defence it was hailing- I'm glad we had full waterproofs and wellies on) and then refreshments and shopping at our local supermarket. I think this has been my second trip into the supermarket this year without an accompanying adult, and I even managed queueing at the checkout (standing around is something I'm still finding hard). I got a bit breathless, but having a short sit down before leaving and -get this- I FELT BETTER. Until this week, once I started feeling rough, it just got worse, so having a few minutes sit down and feeling better has just been amazing!

Well, the chicken has been marinading a couple of hours, so its probably time I got it cooking. DH won't know what's hit him- I think I've cooked tea this month already!

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