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day 19, dad, horrible histories

June 17th, 2013 (05:37 pm)

1. I’m hungry today. Had normal breakfast hash – 7 carbs, lunch – a chunky thin soup with celery, mushroom, bacon, chicken, onion, garlic 9 carbs – several cups of tea – 4 carbs and will probably have several grillsteaks tonight and a few strawberries.  - that will push me up to about 35 carbs (the onion made me higher than I want to be.)

2 what are beet greens like? I mean Norfolk is the Beet capital of the world, so there must be tonnes around, although I reckon they just chip them for compost or something. they are 3rd lowest in carbs on my list…

3. rang the hospital this mornng, dad is no better and no worse, they are still doing tests to see what the infection is and they are having problems with him keeping his oxygen mask on and his canulae in. She asked if I were coming in, and I felt dreadful saying “no”… I must seem like the worst daughter in the world, but it’s a long way from here, the other side of Norwich, so it’s about £5 in petrol and £2 in parking – which from £60 a week income isn’t funny. But it does make me feel sick, not to go, even if it’s a waste of time when I do go.

4. Horrible Histories is back !!!!!!! – and I didn’t know!! Just as brilliant as ever and some of the songs are just amazing.  I give you for your hilarity, Mathew Baynton doing Charles Dickens doing Morrisey doing a Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now spoof, A Rosa Parks soul song about Civil Rights and just gob stompingly BRILLIANT: “Simon and Garfunkel” Vikings which references just about ALL of their hits in lyrics or in the music. GENIUS. It’s not just me who loves this show—Al Murray and Mark Gatiss are now regulars on it. Open-mouthed smile


Posted by: julian_griffith (julian_griffith)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)

Beet greens are like most of the other ones, probably most like mustard greens or chard. Can also be compared to collards or kale. Honestly, most of the bitter greens seem alike to me!

It's a pity about the onions pushing up the carbs, because one of my favorite greens recipes is for collards with caramelized onions and feta cheese. I expect you wouldn't need too MANY onions to get the flavor!

*hugs* still thinking of you & your dad.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)

thanks, dear.

Perhaps I should limit myself to "a couple of slices of onion" for flavour, rather than "the whole thing."....

story of my life...

Posted by: julian_griffith (julian_griffith)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)

"A couple of slices" would definitely work. Even for not-counting-carbs, I tended only to use half. Just let them get good and deeply colored, not the pale gold I usually do because I'm not patient enough!

Posted by: lawless (lawless523)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
cm: garcia

In my experience, beet greens are less bitter than many other greens.

That Simon and Garfunkel/Vikings parody got their sound just right.

Living within economic reality is not being a bad daughter, especially when it isn't going to make a difference to his condition. Don't judge yourself for it.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)

gawd knows where i'd get them from - just searched the net to no avail, sometimes this country sucks!

Thanks, hun - he's in good hands, I suppose it's just hating the nurses thinking "she's just dumped him here" not knowing i've been caring for him for years!

Posted by: lawless (lawless523)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
cm: garcia

What other people with incomplete information think is not your problem.

Posted by: lawless (lawless523)
Posted at: June 22nd, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
cm: garcia

Spoke to my husband, who's the one who buys beet greens (sometimes at the grocery store, sometimes at the farmer's market), and what he generally buys are beets with greens attached. He likes both. But if no one sells beets with greens locally, then you're SOL unless you arrange for a farmer to sell them to you intact.

Posted by: sandra_lindsey (sandra_lindsey)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)

Young beet leaves get sold in posh salad mixes ('posh' meaning 'ready prepared & not just iceberg'). No idea how one would get hold of them otherwise - sounds like you could do with having a friendly farmer down the road to provide you with tasty greens & free range chooks :-)

Am amazed how resilient & able to cope you are with your dad being ill. I kept falling to pieces when my dad was ill & I didn't even properly clock how serious it could have been until much later (and then the guilt hit again) I think guilt is an inevitable consequence of being a compassionate human being but that doesn't make it any less bad.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)

I suppose i can't fall to pieces - there's only me, and if I don't deal with it, turn my back, whatever, the state will take over and I don't want that for him. even if he's not really aware of what's going on. I keep feeling I've failed him but I know I haven't - he wouldn't have gone into a home voluntarily as it was, and I had no choice, it's just that perhaps if I'd moved in with him, he might have had a few years of better quality of life, e.g. walking around, instead of being almost insensible as he is now.

Posted by: Angel (valarltd)
Posted at: June 17th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)

I'm a fan of beet tops. Mom used to dig the new beets, wash the good and boil them all, tops and tiny beets alike. Add butter. Sprinkle with a little vinegar and Oh so good. I've been thinking about them for a while, and if our farmer's market has beets with tops, I'm going to buy some.

Love the Vikingland.
Of course, I've had "Thor's Son" stuck in my head for days, as I always do this time of year. (midi file on site) http://www.calonsong.org/CalontirSongs/thorsson.htm

I have nothing on the Dad thing. Try not to beat yourself up too much.

Posted by: Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll)
Posted at: June 18th, 2013 08:54 am (UTC)
Brig -- Raining as Well by sallymn

Excellently cheering vids there.

Don't fret over your dad: you need to keep yourself on track and he's getting looked after.

Posted by: charliecochrane (charliecochrane)
Posted at: June 18th, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)

Horrible Histories is the most brilliant programme evah. (Simon and Garfunkel spot on!)

Don't beat yourself up. Remember how things were before he went into a home. He'd become a danger to himself and to those around him. *hugs*

Posted by: lee_rowan (lee_rowan)
Posted at: June 21st, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)

You're doing your best.

Do you have any garden space? Kale is incredibly simple to grow (so is spinach) and there's a narrow, ribbed variety of kale that's much tastier than the big ruffly sort. (I've just finished planting everything here...

Great videos. A better teaching tool than any boring lecture!

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