Friday, June 19, 2020

Sheets, Present, Shopping, Phone, Fight, Alzheimer Meetings.

As I had a pile of sheets to wash, decided to do them along with some towels this morning. I find this hard work as I have to walk along the corridor, but needs must.... Before they were dried, I checked the video on line about folding fitted sheets. I kind of remembered. So when I got the sheets out I tried to do it and I made a right mess of  them again. I used to manage fine. Then I had to get a small stool to put them in the closet which I could no longer get to - well not the top shelf. Will have to do some re-arranging there. Later ladydog folded them for me again, did one fine but the other was not so perfect.

Ladydog and Zoe arrived and she brought me a delightful shawl which she had crocheted. I will have to take a picture of it. It is lilacs and whites, just my colours. Having discussed lunch and thought of lots of different things, we ended up with Subs again because the Thai/Viet restaurant wasn't open til 12 so we figured it would end up being too late. I checked with them and they said that yes, we could order the day before to pick up at noon. So we will perhaps do that next week. 

She also picked up the rest of my kidneys for me. I am sure you will all be pleased about that. Ladydog and I both want to get some sweetbreads, but we can only buy them in large quantities and frozen which would make it difficult to share. I'm sure none of you like sweetbreads either. You don't know what you are missing.

Later I went down to the store to pick up some few things I had ordered which I hadn't received the day before. It was such a gorgeous day I figured I might as well go to the asparagus farm. Went to phone Matt and the damned cell phone wasn't working, I tried home and then ladydog and nothing worked. I went to the bread store to get some buns (they had none) so I tried the phone again, nothing. I went home having bought a couple of pieces of carrot cake, just what I need.

Of course I phoned and in the end, it was working again until I put the phone down and my cell phone wasn't working once more. However, I did the same as I had done following instructions and it worked OK. Phew. However, I didn't get to the farm!!

Supper time unfortunately ended up in an enormous row which ended up with Matt sitting on a coffee table on which I had a glass. Luckily I managed to retrieve it before  he actually sat down. Just then the guy who delivers our meds arrived, had forgotten he was coming today, and I went to the door crying. He said could he help, I said yes and he came and helped Matt stand up and then sit on his chair. Not an hour before he had been telling me how he would never call me bad names or anything and then he ended up yelling all kinds of stuff at me. Don't really know what provoked it. 

Coming out of our garage into the building, I bumped into a couple I kind of knew, turns out he has dementia. She told me that prior to Covid they had been going to meetings, one for  him and one for her, at the local Long Term Care Home, think its an Alzheimer run programme. She said it was good for both of them. I guess I will look for it.

Shaved Asparagus Quinoa with Soft Boiled Eggs

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
2 cups (500 mL) CAMPBELL'S® Ready to Use Vegetable Broth
3 eggs
1 lb (454 g) asparagus, tough ends trimmed
2 tsp (10 mL) honey
2 Tbs (30 mL) lemon juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) minced shallots
1 Tbs (15 mL) chopped fresh tarragon
1 Tbs (15 mL) dijon mustard
1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil
1/2 tsp (3 mL) each salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 cup (250 mL) flat leaf parsley leaves

1. Place quinoa and Campbell's broth in a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the liquid is absorbed; about 15 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

2. Bring a pot of water to a simmer (small bubbles, not a rapid boil). Add eggs and cook for 6 minutes. Adjust heat to keep a consistent temperature going. Remove eggs from water and run under cold water until cool. Peel and set aside.

3. Use a sharp vegetable peeler to peel the asparagus lengthwise into thin strips, starting at the bottom end. Put into a large pot of boiling salted water for 30 seconds and then remove from pot and directly into a colander. Run under cold water until cold.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together honey, lemon juice, shallots, tarragon, dijon mustard and slowly incorporate olive oil until well blended. Add salt and pepper. Toss with quinoa, asparagus and parsley. Arrange on platter and top with halved eggs before serving.

Servings: 6

1.  Make ahead: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

2.  For something different, replace the soft boiled eggs with an equal amount of hard boiled eggs, grated.

3.  PLANNING TO COOK GLUTEN-FREE? Before preparing a recipe always read product labels to ensure each ingredient is gluten-free. Products and ingredients can change.

Source: Campbell's®

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. Oh Jo.
    Heartfelt hugs and oceans of caring are flowing your way.
    Folding fitting sheets is a nightmare. I have seen that video but cannot retain it in my overcrowded head. I would need to watch it every week to ensure 'nicely' regular sheet folding.

    1. Thanks Sue. It was a bit traumatic at the time.

      I know, and they make it look so easy on the video.

  2. Hi Jo - you've lots going on ... I'm glad the meds chap arrived and was able to help you with Matt. Also Ladydog sounds a great boon ... as too Zoe. Glad you got the kidneys ... while I do like sweetbreads ... have them very rarely ... take care and hope you can get to the farm today. All the best - take care - Hilary

    1. So was I Hilary, I think he was a bit "took aback". I haven't eaten sweetbreads in years, my mother used to cook them a lot, but they are difficult to get hold of these days, especially here.

  3. I am very sorry to hear of your fight with Matt, Jo. It is distressing to read about it, let alone take part in it. Name calling, it seems to me, gets especially vile, but I suppose that Matt is not in total control of his impulses. I have no idea how you live with this every day.

    1. No he is not in control David and eventually neither am I and I tend to react badly. Not the calm controlled person I am supposed to be. As for every day, needs must.

  4. When you hear the term 'elder abuse' you always assume it is the caregiver doing the abusing. But sometimes it is the elder, even though they might not be in control of their words or actions. It must be very hard and you have my sympathy.

    1. I must admit, I never thought of the term elder abuse in connection with this Denise. It was I guess though. Thanks.

  5. It hurts to hear about your days sometimes. You always write about it in such matter of fact ways that impresses me. Matt is so lucky to have you. I do put you in my prayers every night.

    1. I guess it hurts to live them sometimes. But things I have heard from other spouses both in the past and presently, I am actually fairly lucky Susan. At least he doesn't wander, nor does he turn on the stove at odd times like the middle of the night. Once he is in bed he sleeps soundly.