Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bowling, Diabetes,

I was tickled pink yesterday, I bowled really well. I actually had a 200 game which is definitely not usual for me. Our new team is a fun group which helps. The team I was on last year were too busy talking family and not interested in the bowling per se which I found unencouraging (is there such a word?) to say the least. I ended up with an average of 170 which is very high for me. I know it is unlikely to stay that high and I hope it won't because I don't need such a high average if I enter for any of the bowling tournaments this winter. Of course with a high average like that, I am unlikely to get "most improved bowler" at the end of the season too although we joked that she (woman who runs the alley) could come up with a booby prize. Now we have a few errands to run before going away. I have cancelled the newspaper, don't want that piling up outside our door, have to license the car this month, its registered in my name so has to be done for my birthday. Also have to have my three monthly blood tests done for diabetes. Bit of a pain, I have to get up at the crack of dawn get a urine sample and then dash down to the clinic which luckily is quite close. They then take 5 or 6 tubes of my blood after which I can come home and finally have breakfast. I have been hearing a lot lately about people who don't take proper care of themselves although they have diabetes. There is no reason why you shouldn't live a long and healthy life with diabetes providing you do everything you are told and having an A1C test every 3 months is one of the things to do. I personally am terrified of all the complications which can occur from diabetes. One of the things which particularly scares me is amputation often necessitated by artery blockages and subsequent lack of blood to the feet. I also recently found out that apart from all the complications we are normally warned about, i.e. kidney, liver, limb functions, heart attacks, one can have trouble with the skin, muscles and exoskeleton. Less prevalent I gather, but it can still happen. We just discovered that Johnny Cash, the singer, died from diabetes. We hadn't realised that before. I am supposed to go to CDA today but they phoned and asked me to come in tomorrow. The weather isn't being too kind to us at the moment. Pretty cool, seems like someone shut off the heat once September started. I do hope it will brighten up for our trip next week. We are taking shorts but are not sure if we will need them. Oh yes, we saw Canada Geese in our park yesterday, from the window, something we have never seen there before. They didn't visit for very long, Matt thought they might be on their migration and just stopped in for a nosh. You can just about see them, amazing how small they look when they are quite big birds. There were lots more behind the bushes on the left. You have to have a permit to shoot them and you certainly can't do so in a city park, but we ate one once and it was good. A friend we used to have was hunting mad. He also knew how to cook them properly. They are a problem in a lot of parks where there is water, they are such messy things and the parks get covered in goose poop. People with back yards which slope down to the water have the same problem. The friends' in Hespeler where we are partying on Saturday have that disadvantage in their back yard. I know the chilled soups weren't too popular so here is a Chicken Satay recipe from the same source - Home Basics. I love Satays, and this is a quick and easy way of doing it. Grilled Peanut Chicken Satays Source Home Basics Serves 6 1 pouch onion soup 1/4 Cup olive oil 2 tbs firmly packed brown sugar 2 Tbs creamy peanut butter 1 lb boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, pounded thin and cut into strips 12 wooden skewers (I actually have metal ones) In a large, resealable plastic bag, combine the soup mix, olive oil, brown sugar and peanut butter. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Thread the chicken onto the wooden skewers (which should have been soaked in water prior to this). Grill or broil until the chicken is cooked through. Have a great day.


  1. Do humans have exoskeleton? I thought that was shellfish (and Minbari).

    I half expected you to give a recipe for goose satay. Canada geese used to visit here, but I haven't seen any in a long while.

  2. That would be a good thing to do with Canada Geese. They are great to see but a right nuisance just the same.

    Re the Exoskeleton, I was quoting the TV programme - I wasn't sure what they meant either.