Thursday, February 16, 2017

Surgeon, Foot Nurse, The Origami Revolution,

I think I mentioned that I now have an appointment to see the vascular surgeon on March 2 at 1:30 - just about when we normally go bowling. So I asked if it was possible to change it. I was told the next appointment would be May. So then at the bowling alley I asked if we could bowl on Wednesday and it turned out they are chockablock both upstairs and downstairs. So I had to go for Tuesday afternoon which means two days running, and before you ask, they are not open on Friday afternoons. Writing this I thought maybe we could go one evening. Will check it out with them tomorrow. We'll see, could even bowl later on the Thursday afternoon maybe. Of course if I do go for surgery I am going to miss some bowling anyway.

Funny, Tuesday morning we were all ready for our foot nurse who is always on time or even before,
eventually after 15 minutes I called her. She was so apologetic, for some reason she hadn't entered our appointment into her diary. We have to be careful because our health insurance will only pay if we don't see her for 6 weeks and even if a vacation is involved, they don't make allowances. However, she is able to fit us in on Friday which is good. She gave Matt some toe separator socks to try last time she saw us. He tried them once (in bed as recommended) and said he couldn't stand them. This picture is not of Matt's foot, he doesn't wear nail polish!!!

This is turning out to be a medical blog, sorry about that. One of the problems when one gets older, or at least for many of us.

TV is not one of my favourite pastimes by any means. There are programmes I watch and enjoy, many of which are some kind of nature programme such as Nature which is on PBS on a Wednesday night here, and then there is Nova, also on PBS and we just watched a fantastic programme about Origami or what began as paper folding and is now being used in things from medical science to space exploration. The programme was called The Origami Revolution. It showed how mathematicians are developing ways to programme folding lines on paper - and now other materials - to produce whatever is required. The art of folding is something nature has been doing all the time and we are now perceiving the uses of folding. Many of you will be able to see the show on your computer but I am unable to do so because of where I live. I could see it on TV  but not my PC. I do hope some of you will watch because what they are achieving is staggering. Maybe the video will be on YouTube one day. The intro certainly is.

I am usually on the lookout for snow pea recipes and came across this one which I thought I would share. I thought it was a rather unusual combination.

Sesame Snap Peas with Carrots and Peppers

The colorful combination of sugar snap peas, red bell pepper and carrot plus an Asian-inspired flavors make this side dish a pleasure to whip up for a weeknight dinner.

8 oz sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 2 cups)
1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips (about 1 cup)
1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
1 Tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbs toasted sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seeds
freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Place peas, bell pepper and carrot in a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water in a saucepan. Cover and steam, stirring once, until crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Toss with soy sauce, oil, sesame seeds and pepper.

Servings: 4


Have a great day


  1. Your health should always come first. That recipe sounds delicious. I love snow peas and peppers but never thought of serving them so simply. I love Chinese noodle salad with them in a peanut sauce.

    1. I know Denise, but as you may have guessed, I am something of a fanatic about bowling. I have cooked snow peas in a similar way, but not with carrots and peppers.

  2. Better to miss bowling than that appointment.
    If Matt wore toe polish, I'd really have to wonder...

    1. I do know that really Alex.

      He did once, when we dressed him in drag for a Hallowe'en party.

      Have you seen the programme about origami. It should be right up your street I would think.

  3. I love snap peas...that recipe looks perfect! As for origami, I have never been able to do it. I love the paper and I have a couple of packages of it but I can't follow the instructions on how to fold it.

    1. Me too JoJo. This programme was more about what they are doing with folding based on the original origami. They are even producing medical cures using the same theory.

  4. Well, you know your appointment is the priority but you are showing how ardent a fan you are of bowling:) When my hubby and I got our toenails done, he got some clear varnish on his but they did draw a cat's face on each of his big toes...He showed everyone and was not shy that he had this done:)

    1. Actually, we have now decided we can probably bowl later that afternoon anyway. How funny, bet that was fun.

  5. I can identify with the difficulty of fitting life in around doctors' appointments. Happens all the time around here.
    I hadn't thought of steaming veggies that way. Sounds delicious.

    1. I can imagine it would Helen. I do hope things will improve for you soon.

      It is a good idea isn't it?