Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Monday and Tuesday

On Monday morning, I had an appointment with the oncology nurse practitioner.  My blood test results were all very good, I was told; everything was within the normal range, with things that should be below a certain level being below it and things that should be above a certain level being above it.  My blood pressure reading was very good, too.  The oncologist will put in a referral for surgery to have the catheter port removed.  In the meantime, it was flushed.  I was given an appointment to return in February for a follow-up visit.

Monday afternoon, I did some grocery shopping and did a few things around the house, such as taking out the trash cans to the curb for pick up.  Spent the evening chatting with daughter.

On Monday, I was grateful for:
- A good visit with the oncology nurse practitioner
- Blood test results were good
- I had a safe drive there and back
- I got some good deals on the groceries
- Good, meaningful conversations with daughter

On Tuesday morning, I had an appointment with my financial planner.  Daughter went with me as she, too, had some questions about a couple of things.  The appointment went very well.  I have known this financial planner for several years now and we work well together.  We generally meet twice a year to go over financial goals and plans.  I feel very blessed to know that I am well on my way to achieving my financial goals.  

Afterwards, daughter and I went to a favorite Cuban bakery/restaurant.   They are famous for their meat pies, potato balls, and pastries.  We bought some of our favorites:

Meat Pies and Potato Balls (with a meat filling inside)
and pastries:

Guava Strudels (left), Cheese Strudels (right)
We also bought a mini fruit tart and an almond croissant, but they were eaten before I could take pictures!

After we came home and had lunch, I ran the dishwasher and daughter and I both took naps!

Later in the evening, daughter made us some tea and I brought the trash cans in.

The weekly grocery ads had been delivered, so I took a quick look through them.  One store is selling avocados for $.50 each; another has advertised "small avocados" for $.20 each.  I don't know how small they are, though, to be that price. 

I did a load of laundry and daughter and I watched the season finale of Dancing with the Stars on TV.
I also made mango pickle (cut up not-quite-ripe mango, mixed with vinegar, salt, chili powder, and sugar). I suppose it is a bit like a salsa.  We eat this as a snack:

Mango Pickle
It was a gorgeous day as far as the weather was concerned.  Sunny and warm, with an afternoon high of 91F!  

On Tuesday, I was grateful for:
- A good meeting with the FP
- Treats from the bakery
- Afternoon naps
- The summer-like temperatures
- Spending time with daughter

Plans for Wednesday include a trip to Ikea and baking some cornbread for Thanksgiving. 

How was your day?  Do you have a favorite bakery and favorite pastries? 


  1. It's good to read your blood tests are all good Bless and I'm sure it will be a relief to you when the port is finally removed.
    The pies and pastries look delicious. I'm not surprised they didn't all make it into your photographs! X

    1. Thank you, Jules; yes, the port being removed will make the recovery all the more real, I think.

      We don't go to that bakery too often, which is a good thing! :)

  2. I'm so happy to know that you had good results at your visit with the nurse practitioner.
    Those baked treats look marvelous and I love meat pies. We do have some specialities in Canada, like Nanaimo bars, which DH loves, and Butter Tarts (I heard on the radio of someone who puts bacon bits on top of these! It would work really well if they were made with maple syrup). However, I have fond memories of the bakeries in England, with eccles cakes, custard tarts, cream slices, banbury cakes, eclairs, bath buns, Bakewell tart, Battenburg cake....I could go on!

    1. Thank you, Bushlady; I was so happy about the test results, myself. :)

      All those treats you mentioned sound wonderful! One of my cousins brought me some Battenburg cake when she returned from a visit to England, several years ago, and daughter and I looked up a recipe, but we never made it. Now you have me wanting to make some!


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