Sunday Musings

The Food Index:  Here’s what I was thinking about on the way to church this morning.  Oh, I wish I had enough time to stop and get a good cup of coffee to take with me to Sunday School.  Oh well, just as well.  Then I would be tempted to get one of those luscious looking scones they have there.  They’re probably only 500 calories.  That’s only 200 more than what you had for breakfast this morning.  But what I really think about food like that, or how I categorize it, I should say, is something more like the heat index–you know–the temperature for today is going to be 100 degrees, but with the heat index it will feel like 110 degrees (hey, I lived in Texas for seven years.  I know a little something about the heat index!)  Anyway, how I think about the scone, or almost any food, is not just the actual calories in them, but HOW MANY CALORIES WILL I CONSUME BECAUSE I ATE THEM.  The food index would  take into account the nutritional value of the food, how long it would keep you satiated, and how it might set into motion the ‘need’ for more of the same (fat/sugar/salt combo.)  So the calories of that scone might be 500, but its food index would bring its calories up to about 1200 .  Then its pretty easy for me to decline the scone.

Eat your fruits and veggies!  Here’s some delicious and creative ways to get fruits and veggies into your daily diet.

The breakfast clafouti–this thing is good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or snack.  I think the nutritionals on it are pretty terrific–for 300 calories you get 4.3 g fat, 38 g carbs, 5.5 g fiber, and 27 g protein.  There’s no sugar in it either.  This version has a chopped up apple in it.

Lunch today–butternut squash fries!  You have to wonder about my food index theory.  I had spackle 2.0 for breakfast, and an apple with peanut butter after church, and then these fries.  Its almost 5pm and I’m just starting to get hungry.

Oh, and I am drinking this.  But its only about 50 calories.  A watermelon fizz.  About one cup of frozen watermelon chunks and a cup or so of seltzer water.  Refreshing!

Dog days of summer?  Is that why I’m not exercising?  Its hot here now, and SO DUSTY.  I was going to take a picture of the trees to prove it to you.  They are all gray from the road dust.  A friend from Texas was fascinated–said it looked like a ghost forest.  Anyway, me and Noah take a 30-40 minute walk most evenings.  I haven’t gone to the gym once this week–just can ‘t make myself drive down there.

Everybody likes new stuff.  Even the dogs.  After the last blog entry, I noticed that the dogs’ bones were getting a little bit worn.  So yesterday I stopped at Walmart and got a couple more of their favorite nylabones.  Oh my goodness.  You would have thought I brought in a fresh deer carcass.  There was a LOT of chewing going on last night!

What is Sophie thinking?  Hey, this topic could fill an entire blog all by itself.  Of course, Shelley would have to be the co-author of that blog, because she is the official Queen’s Interpreter.  When I took this picture, that is exactly what I thought–what the heck is Sophie thinking?  The next day I realized EXACTLY what she was thinking.  She wanted to be on “her chair,” but she needed to keep an eagle eye on “her new bed,” to make sure it was not desecrated by Noah.  Oh, I wish you could have seen the look on her face when he was tossing her bed around like a ragdoll.  As the commercial says, “Priceless!”

Caption, Shelley?

And we all know what she was thinking here.  Oh, you’re taking a picture?  Here, I can improve that for you.

FROYO!!!  I have been quite pleased with my recent frozen yogurt experiments.  This one is banana nut frozen yogurt.  About 2 previously mashed and frozen super ripe bananas, 1 1/2 cups yogurt, a little agave nectar, and some cinnamon.  Superb!  (Jill, could you say that in a French accent for us?)  You might wonder why I’m not posting recipes for my frozen yogurt creations.  I guess its because it seems too simple (take some yogurt, add what you want, and put it in the ice cream maker for 20 minutes.)  Also, I’m not measuring exactly.  This stuff is giving Pinkberry a run for its money.  Most of my creations do not have sugar, and are mostly sweetened by the fruit in it.  So I can feel virtuous while I eat it.   Why yes, I do enjoy feeling virtuous while I am eating.  Refer back to the first paragraph on the Food Index.  I can be very satisfied with a small bowl of this stuff, vs. a visit to the frozen yogurt shop, where I feel compelled to get a large bowl, and add a few too many toppings .

Look what I did!  The cool thing about giving yourself permission and time to work on art is that it builds on itself.  Something on another quilt gave me the idea to add to this one.  I plan to add a couple of other layers of ‘stuff’ on top of this.   Remember, it started out as a Double Wedding Ring quilt?  So the name of this quilt is After the Wedding.

La la la la (trying not to think about my hands!)  My first carpal tunnel hand surgery is this Thursday, September 1.  Aaaagh.  There are a LOT of things that are hard to do with one hand.  I am going to think about what I can do ahead of time the next couple of days that will make it easier.  Like have food ready in the freezer/pre-cut fruit.  Change my sheets the day before. Noah is   scheduled for a bath this week!  I even thought about getting one of those voice recognition things for my computer, because blogging???  Requires two hands!!  Well, it is what it is.  I have plenty of books I haven’t read yet, and I ordered myself several more that I’ve had my eyes on.  There’s only 61 shows on my Hulu que LOL.  I guess I’ll make it through alright.

Whew.  The end of my Sunday Musings.  Its exhausting to think about so much on my day of rest LOL.  Hope you all had a wonderful and restful weekend!

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11 thoughts on “Sunday Musings

  1. That watermelon drink looks so refreshing!
    If you were looking at a Starbucks scone – they really are not all that. Don’t bother. So not worthy.

    Pixie doesn’t really like conventional toys that much. She will sometimes play with them, but prefers rolled up balls of paper and bread ties. 😀

  2. I’m sold on the watermelon fizz too!! Heck, all your food looked so good today. My family got me an ice cream maker attachment for my mixer for my birthday. I want to try some frozen yogurt concoctions too. Yum yum!!

  3. AWWWWW! I’m all verklempt over the dog pictures!!! Noah looks so purely happy with his new chew. BTW we got Paco a new Nylabone on Friday night – something must have been in the air – all dogs needed new chews, I guess. 🙂 And I’m honored to be the official interpreter of the Queen! That shot of her moping on the chair just kills me – she was so torn. You know, if you put her bed on “her” chair, she would have the perfect throne to rule her kingdom. Just a suggestion. 😉 The shot of her on the wooden chair? She’s worried that you are going to forget to give her dinner. Also, I love how tiny she looks next to Noah. Of course she should be in that picture! She’s the Queen!!!

    I love your food index. You nailed it – it’s not always the first thing you eat, it’s what it begets.

    And (because this comment isn’t long enough) your After the Wedding quilt is just so cool. Very forward-thinking – I love the swirls and the modern take on it!

    Glad you have a huge list on your Hulu – that will hopefully get you through some of the enforced downtime you’ll have with your surgery. But it will be so worth it! 🙂

    P.S. I want to see your ghost trees.

    • LOL’ing about putting her bed on her chair. Oh my there would be no stopping her.

      The shot of her on the chair? She got up there when I took a break from writing a blog. I thought she might be thinking of a hostile takeover of the blog. But considering I was writing during her mealtime, I think your assessment is more accurate!

      Thanks for the positive input on the quilt. Wish I could finish it before I get derailed…

  4. I had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand last year, and extremely glad I did! It was soooo worth it. It initially healed pretty fast, and was back in gentle action sooner than I would have thought. I did have weird little pains here and there for months, like little needle prick sensations in the area of the stitches, and such. They told me the surgery would stop the damage, but not reverse any already done. But! I’d say 99% of my pain and numbness symptoms are gone, and my hand has gained strength and flexibility. Oh, and I’m left handed, so I’m very happy to get back ALL of my fine motor control! 🙂

    Just hoping to encourage you, that even during the awkward one-handed days after surgery, it will be worth it! You’ll be typing up a blog-storm in no time. 😀

  5. Oooooh, I LOVE the swirlies on the wedding ring quilt! I think it adds a little whimsy to it. Vary nice!

    Watermelon fizz – my kids would love that!! How fun! I even have some watermelon in the fridge at home, just gotta get the fizz.

    I hope your hand heals up quickly. You’ll be back to being creative very soon!

  6. I have been retained by Mr. Monk to point out that there were no photos of him on this post, which is a violation of his contract. You have 24 hours to correct this egregious omission…or get him another new nylabone. 🙂

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