TGIF weekly recap

It’s been a busy week with house stuff and appointments and somehow finding time to work in between all of that.

Update on our house: the flooring is almost done so next week we will have the painters come, and we had most of the cactus taken out in the backyard and new plants planted in their place.

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New flooring laid, but grout not in yet.
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“Before” picture of some of the cactus along the fence that came out.
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“Before” picture of some of the cactus along the fence that came out.
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After cactus has been removed
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“After” photo of new plants
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“After” photo of new plants

Besides the managing the house projects, which I have to give 95% of the credit to Ken, I was able to finally find a new primary care doctor. It was really hard to make the decision to move out of Washington because I had finally found a wonderful team of doctors and knew it would be a challenge to build a good team again. It took some time, but I found a naturopathic (integrative) doctor and she has me trying out some new diet and lifestyle changes to hopefully improve my health now that my Crohn’s symptoms are under control. I struggle with anxiety, depression and high blood pressure so we are focusing on some things that will hopefully lead to me reducing and eliminating some of those medications. One thing about integrative doctors that is really important to me is that they try a holistic approach to healing, but aren’t resistant to prescribing pharmaceutical medication when necessary. Some of the lifestyle changes I am trying out are juicing, increased exercise and meditative yoga. I never thought I would be one of those people, you know the juicing-loving-type, but alas here I am. I am to try celery juice to help with blood pressure, and have signed up for a yoga class Sunday so I am off to a good start.

Here is my first attempt at juicing. I took a bunch of celery, a green apple and a half bunch of cilantro and put it in my Ninja blender. Because this is not a Vitamix or another juicer, I have to strain my mixture to get the juice out. This will be easier once I have my normal kitchen stuff and can squeeze the juice out  through a cheese cloth.

We also started a new weekly ritual in honor of football season- Chili Sunday. Last Sunday I made a chili out of ground turkey, green bell pepper, onion, can of diced tomatoes, two cans of tomato sauce, plus seasonings like chili powder, paprika, and penzey blends.

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I am trying to clean out our pantry here at the airbnb so we don’t have so much to move over to the house and that means a lot of canned tomato products need to be used up. Another meal we did this week was a simple rice pasta dish and zoodle dish. You can’t even tell these are zucchini noodles and not regular pasta! These are topped with Kite Hill ricotta which is a cheese made entirely of almonds.

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rice pasta
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zoodles

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