Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Haircut, LCBO, Physiotherapist, Cardiologist, Sweetbreads.

Well, now we look like us again. The amount of hair that came off our heads, I figured we would have had a weight loss. We were supposed to wear masks of course but Matt flatly refused. In the end Katy (pronounced Catty) took him to the chair in the back where she always cuts female hair. Hidden away from any customers coming in. She has offered to come here and I think next time I might take her up on it. If Matt had kept moving he wouldn't be having all the trouble walking that he is experiencing now. Not sure if that's stubborn men or stubborn patients. Bit of both I suspect.

On the way home we stopped at the small liquor store as three of us call it. Much to my surprise, for once, there were only a couple of people waiting outside. Had to get myself some bubbly, can't do without that. I also wanted some white wine for cooking. In the end I settled for a slight more expensive Pinot Grigio because it was in a pack instead of a bottle which I thought would be better for keeping in the fridge.

I am seriously impressed, there is one young woman, well young to me I have no idea anyway, I have never met her, who has been one of the most helpful people I have come across. Two or three days ago I asked her if she could get me a physiotherapist and be damned if one didn't come today. Last time I asked our health people I never did get anyone. He was a very nice Vietnamese young man and after lots of questions, etc. etc. he finally decided that Matt had a ligament problem in his leg with basically was causing his problems (we practically had to carry him into the hairdresser). He said he would be back on Friday with an exercise programme. The trouble is, Matt has decided he wasn't impressed with the young man. I was, so I hope he will forget this. The physiotherapist said it would be better if Matt had PSW's to help him with this programme, and I 100% agree. No way he will listen to me. Please keep your fingers crossed for me or even pray if you are so inclined. He needs this to work and he needs to work at it. Tomorrow I need to see if I can get some more PSW visits to help with this programme. Maybe I will go back to the same young lady who seems to be able to work miracles.

I was reading some very interesting recipes/comments about sweetbreads today, but unfortunately the only way I can get sweetbreads is in a large quantity, frozen of course, which would make it difficult for me to deal with. I would share them with ladydog but I am not sure we could defrost a large quantity safely.

Tomorrow I have a phone call with my doctor to get a referral to a new cardiologist. What a bloody rigmarole. What worries me is that my pending EKG will get lost in the shuffle.

Just so happens I have some Scallops in the freezer as well as prosciutto.

Asparagus with Scallops, Browned Butter and Prosciutto

1 lb white asparagus, peeled, or green asparagus
3 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter
1 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1 lb sea scallops
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth

1. Cook the asparagus in a large sauce-pan of boiling salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a colander and leave the pan of water simmering on the stove.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet. Add the prosciutto and cook over low heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer the prosciutto to a plate.

3. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the skillet. Add the scallops, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops to a plate.

4. Add the lemon zest to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and simmer for 10 seconds. Add the stock and simmer, scraping the bottom of the skillet, until reduced to a rich glaze, about 3 minutes. Swirl in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Return the scallops, along with any juices, to the skillet and cook over low heat until heated through.

5. Return the asparagus to the simmering water to heat through. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a large platter and spoon the scallops and sauce over it. Top with the fried prosciutto and serve.

Servings: 4

Source: Food and Wine

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. I will definitely keep EVERYTHING tightly crossed for you and Matt. With some loud applause for that helpful young woman. If only there were more of her. A lot more of her.
    Good luck with the phone call.
    I have an appointment with the neurologist at the end of next week and I hope (fervently) he has some solutions and suggestions.

    1. OK Sue, I will reciprocate and keep everything tightly crossed for you too. Our health problems today will probably be instantly curable in the future, I just wish they would hurry up and find those cures. Nest wishes for your neurologist visit.

  2. Men stubborn? Wash out your mouth! There is no such animal! Too bad that Matt is unwilling to give the young physiotherapist a chance, when it seems as though he could be of considerable help. This must be so difficult for you, Jo. It sometimes seems you are thwarted at every turn. I hope you and Matt had memorable rimes together before Alzheimer's took them away.

    1. Not washing out my mouth David, it was the physiotherapist who said "find me a man who listens to his wife" LOL. I think he will probably do what is recommended when they young man returns on Friday, but I need more PSW help because he is supposed to do the exercise regime 3 times a day and he certainly won't listen to me then.

      Yes, up until now, we had a good life together. Hey, just got a couple of largish birds on our balcony rail. First time I have ever seen a bird there. No idea what they were as I wasn't close enough and we have sheers.

  3. I hope you can get some help convincing Matt to move. And to wear a mask for haircuts. Don't think he'd even be allowed in the building without one here.

    1. I hope I can too Alex. He was prepared to sit in the car and wait for me to have my hair cut rather than wear a mask. I guess he shouldn't have been allowed inside there but Katy knows him.

  4. Hi Jo - so glad things seem to be working out ... and so I do hope that continues - especially getting Matt to co-operate would take a lot of weight off your shoulders: all the best. Love the sound of the recipe ... take care - Hilary

    1. Well, I hope so Hilary. It would take a lot of weight off if he could start walking without pain again. In my book you can't go wrong with asparagus and scallops.

  5. Well I do not know how you do it. I would have told him no mask, no haircut. He can become a hippie. You even have to wear a mask to shop at the local nursery here - outdoors!!!

    You take care of you and he can get off his duff and take care of himself. He has Alzheimer's so he should be able to use his body. You have more reason to be idle than he does.

    1. You sound as bad as me Denise. Katy, the hairdresser, said we should bring him in, I told her I was leaving him in the car. She practically carried him in herself. In fact, he is in a lot of pain Denise, I thought it was all his fault for not moving, but it turns out it isn't. All we have to do now is get him to do the recommended exercises That might take some effort.