Monday, January 16, 2017

Busy Monday: Doctor Visit, Grocery Shopping, and Clothes Shopping

It was a lovely sunny day, today.  A bit on the cool side (low 50s) in the morning, but the afternoon high was 65F, and I know that must feel like summer to some of you, right now!

I had my appointment with the neurologist in the morning.  The visit went quite well, I thought.  He asked me some questions and took down some notes, tested my reflexes, had me do some eye-hand coordination and resistance movements, etc., and said everything seems to be in good working order!  He didn't think the reflexes were any slower on one side than they were on the other and any slowness/clumsiness on the left side was nothing more than would be considered normal for a right-handed person.  He will send his report to the primary care clinic and I will be meeting with the Physician Assistant tomorrow afternoon, although I don't know if she'd receive the report in time for our appointment.  I must say I was very thankful to hear his diagnosis!  We still don't know why I fainted and fell, but my central nervous system seems to be functioning okay!

On the way home, I decided I felt well enough to go to the Armenian store to do some grocery shopping.  I only needed a few groceries for the rest of this week - some vegetables and a little ground beef:

January Week 2 Groceries

I bought:

1 packet pita bread = $.99
Green beans, @ $.79/lb = $.25
Broccoli, @ $.49/lb = $.24
Potatoes, @ $.39/lb = $.47
Beets, @ 3 lb/$1.00 = $.21
Cucumber = $.20
Ground beef @$1.99/lb = $2.03
Total = $4.39

January Week 2 Receipt

I didn't buy any fruit because I still have 1 pear, 2 bananas, and 3 large apples in the fridge and my oranges are just about ready to be picked.  Plus I have canned fruit in the pantry.

They had chicken drumsticks on sale for $.59/lb. this week, but I didn't feel like having chicken, this week.  Head-on shrimp was on sale for $3.99/lb. and I debated buying some, but, again, didn't feel like cleaning and cooking shrimp.

I bought the ground beef with the idea of making some spaghetti sauce so I could take spaghetti for lunch to the office once or twice and maybe to make a cottage pie or, if I feel up to it, something we call "patties" which are small pastries filled with ground beef, very similar to empanadas.  I browned the ground beef with some onion and garlic, this evening (yes, I found the 2 onions I had bought earlier that I couldn't find when I was cooking the fish curry and the dhal; I had stored them in a place where I normally don't store them, so forgot where I had kept them!)

January grocery budget = $75
Spent to date = $5.12 + $4.39 = $9.51
Balance remaining = $65.49

I had one of the pita breads with some of the meat curry my friend had given me for lunch.

Then, I decided that I felt well enough to go shopping for a new pair of pants.  I went to Sears, first.  They had the brand I was looking for (although the name had changed a bit from the last time I bought their pants!), they even had a few in the style I was looking for (elastic waist, all around), but they didn't have any in the size I wanted: 12 petite, short.  I was laughing to myself, because, when I was looking for bigger sized pants, I had a difficult time finding any and there used to be plenty of the size 12 pants.  Now that I want a size 12, all I was finding were size 16 and up!  I tried on some other styles and brands, but I didn't like the fabrics and the cuts.   I've lost weight, but I still have a bit of a tummy, so I need something roomy enough and high waisted enough to accommodate it!

Next I went to a discount clothing store, located a block behind Sears.  I've had good luck with finding clothes there, including pants, but it's a bit "hit and miss", and I didn't find anything today.

Finally, I drove to Kohl's which is in the opposite direction, but not too far.  They didn't have the brand I was looking for, but I tried a couple of other brands and styles and they didn't fit right.  By then, it was around 3:00 p.m. and I was starting to get tired.  So, I gave up my search for a pair of pants that I liked and came home!

Had a banana for a snack and a cup of tea, a bit later.  Then, browned the ground beef, took the kitchen trash out, took the trash cans to the curb for pick up tomorrow morning, had dinner, video chatted with my daughter, looked on-line for the type of pants I want to get but didn't order anything, and relaxed.

Tomorrow, I have my doctor's appointment in the afternoon.  Depending on how I feel afterwards, I might stop at the mall to see what they might have in terms of pants!  I really do want to support the stores in my neighborhood by shopping in them.  So many actual stores have closed or are closing, it really is a shame.  

Today, I am grateful for:
- The neurologist's diagnosis that nothing seems to be wrong with my reflexes.
- Free parking at the clinic!
- A safe drive there and back.
- Feeling well enough to go shopping!
- A sunny day.

Today, I spent:  $15 co-pay at the clinic; $4.39 for groceries

How was your Monday? 


  1. My mother needs petite cloths in a larger size and Sears used to be our go-to store for her. However, last time we went to get her some things, all of their clothes had changed and we didn't find much. Sounds like you had the same experience. I guess they're changing things up trying to improve sales because overall, Sears is not doing well.

    1. Yes, styles change and stores change their merchandise to keep up with the times. There seems to be a pair of pants similar to what I want available on-line; but I haven't bought many things on-line, so just the thought of it is stressful to me! :D

  2. Bless, I am so thankful that your doctor visit went well, and test were good.
    Sorry you couldn't find any pants [in your new size, or that worked for you]. It is so frustrating... In my "older years- I am 62", My body has changed so much.. fitting is such an issue.. Even sewing is more difficult because of fit. Hope you find some tomorrow..
    Have a great day.

    1. Thank you, Judy. I was so happy when he said I was OK. :)

      Yes, that's why I was so glad to have found this one brand and style of pants - they were roomy around my tummy and their "petite short" fitted me without having to re-hem, etc. Well, I'll keep looking. :)

  3. Congrats on a favorable doctor visit!!! Wonderful news!

    1. Thank you, Carolyn. I was so happy and thankful! :)

  4. Glad the doctor's visit went well. Bet that was a relief! Sorry you didn't find the trousers you wanted. I hate shopping for them - either too big at the waist or too small on the hips. Maybe I'm just the wrong shape lol.

    1. Oh, it was such a relief! I tried not to worry too much, but it's hard not to! As for the trousers, well, I will continue to search for a pair that fits me, but I'll wait a few days. I am still losing weight, so, maybe I'll just wear the baggy pairs I have for now and alternate with skirts. :)

  5. Good luck with the pants! It sounds like you have quite a mission. Take it steady, you are still on that mountain, but I hope that you are getting near the bottom. x

    1. Thanks, Lyssa. Yes, I am taking my time and doing things slowly. Not going to push myself and risk a relapse!


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