Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kidney Stone, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today we went to see the Urologist who, we were surprised to find, has let his receptionist go and is cutting down his hours and doing his own office work as well. Hard on the receptionist, a nice woman. Matt's kidneys were pronounce clear of his stone so that is OK. He has an appointment to see the doc in a year. I trust we will be alive and kicking then.

Nearly forgot to mention, when we were in the elevator at the doctor's, three people got in and the man towered above me, I had to ask him, he was 6 ft. 5 in. Never been close to anyone that tall, got a crick in my neck. He was a full foot taller than I am.

Tomorrow I have to go to the Cannabis doctor quite early, have to leave home about 9 as it is a fair distance, which, of course means heaving myself out of bed and getting ready early. Then, in the afternoon, late, I have my escorted shopping trip.

Wednesday is, of course, bowling. I was thinking maybe I should do something to strengthen my arms but Matt says lifting weights is needed. The only weights we have are 10 lbs a piece, I don't think so somehow. In exercise class they have small weights and I have seen them for sale - maybe I should get some. Hm, I saw them in our local drug store but they don't have them any more.

A comment yesterday reminded me of this cake which I made some time ago. Nowadays it would be too big, but if I have to "take dessert" it would be perfect. It also tastes pretty good.

Snowball Chocolate Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1 egg
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla INSTANT Pudding
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup cold milk
2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 cup flaked coconut

1. HEAT oven to 350ºF.

2. PREPARE cake batter, in 2-1/2-L ovenproof bowl, as directed on package; scrape side of bowl. Beat cream cheese, egg and granulated sugar until well blended; spoon into centre of batter in bowl.

3. BAKE 1 hour 5 min. or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool in bowl 10 min. Loosen cake from bowl with knife; invert onto wire rack. Remove bowl. Cool cake completely.

4. MEANWHILE, beat dry pudding mix, icing sugar and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min. Stir in Cool Whip. Refrigerate until ready to use.

5. PLACE cake on plate; frost with pudding mixture. Cover with coconut. Keep refrigerated.

Servings: 16

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size-Wise At 16 servings, this fun-to-make cake is a great dessert to serve at a holiday party. Easy Cleanup Save on cleanup by mixing and baking the cake batter in the same bowl! Substitute 3 squares (84 g) Baker's White Chocolate, grated, for the coconut. To grate, first warm the chocolate in microwave on DEFROST 1 min. for each square or until warm. Use a coarse grater for best results.

Source: Kraft What's Cooking

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - glad the kidney stone/s have gone - that's a relief for you both, though obviously Matt must feel better. Use tins ... much cheaper - for lifting weights ...

    The snowball chocolate cake is not something for this heat! Cheers Hilary

    1. So am I Hilary. I thought of using tins but I would have trouble holding them I think. Matt never had any problem with the stone, thank goodness.

      Well if you think Snowball, it should cool you down. I gather it is hot in the UK too.

  2. Until you can get the smaller weights, use water bottles or canned foods. Annalisa Crawford once told me to do press ups (in the US, we'd call them a push up) while standing using body weight against a wall. I'd stay close to the wall until I built the arm strength.

    1. I knew there was something else I meant to get when I took the car for a bath. Wish I had seen your comment earlier. Local pharmacy sells 3 or 5 lb. weights. Good idea about the push ups Liz.