Julie Andrews eat your heart out.
Yes indeed, I love “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” And most of all my very kind and wonderful spouse. He has had to adjust to my way of a disabled life and done it with grace. Now, let me list a few things which make this way of life better. I know we each have our favorites. Here are some of mine which include medical care, home life,cleaning, exercise, and cooking: I hope you enjoy my list.
A compassionate doctor who has good hearing as well as a smart mind.
A doctor who looks into my eyes instead of the screen of a computer.
A gynecologist with small hands; preferably attached to a female doctor.
A kind receptionist at any kind of office. Don’t make me bring out the ugly attitude; it upsets me to be rude and aggressive.
Doctors who call when they say they will.
Doctor’s offices that don’t keep me waiting all day on my sore tush and back.
Reports, written or called to me, on lab work or x-rays which I have paid for and endured.
Lab technicians who didn’t attend the Marque de Sade school of bloodletting.
A clean office, hospital or other medical facility. I don’t want to know what went on in there before I arrived. I definitely don’t want to see blood on the floor or on the doctor’s shoes.
I love watching a doctor or nurse wash their hands. I feel more confidence in them.
New magazines in a waiting room, anywhere, except during flu season.
Pharmacies that are accurate, clean and courteous.
When all the pill bottles look alike, I like to write the initial of the medication on the top of the cap in large letters; this is because I keep my prn meds in a large open container by my bedside.
I like to prepare my daily meds a month ahead of time in those weekly plastic containers. It makes for less errors when one is fumbling around in the AM.
The same for daily vitamins. I like capsules more than pills which stick in the throat and adore chewable anything, especially antacids and calcium.
L-lysine capsules and L-lysine lip cream for fever blisters which I get often from the sun due to my severe photosensitivity.
Aloe vera gel for any rash. Yes, you can mix it with other things, like cortisone cream. Both are inexpensive.
I adore hemp oil, strictly CBD oils mixed with other organic oils rubbed into the skin over painful anything. Add the heating pad for more effectiveness.
I can’t imagine life without my I Robot cleaners, scrubbers, vacuums…also known as Scooba, Neato and Roomba.
I like all the Swiffer products.
I prefer spray bottles over wipes. They’re easier on the shoulders.
I like to alternate my arms when scrubbing…can’t let “leftie” get any more flabby or weak than it already is.
I love all movies except the ghoulish ones or ones that have no story line. It freaks me out enough that my husband reads Stephen King.
I prefer biographies, classic British dramas, and war stories. I like to read anything inspirational by another fellow human who has overcome…anything.
I love the many pots on my old front porch and back one, also.I love digging in the dirt, usually potting a flower or trailing plant. Always end up taking off my gardening gloves. There is just something about the feel of good soil between the fingers.
I always end up buying colorful flowers so am making an effort to insert more lavender and yellow into the mix this year. I love the way yellowand white jump out at you in a plant, a pot or as color accent inside.
I can’t imagine not growing a few of my own herbs, although our weather isn’t always amicable to the idea. I tie them with a string and dry them on the indoor porch or kitchen.
I love little pottery and china animals and collectibles throughout the house; especially if they make me laugh.
I’m nuts for crazy signs like the one I bought my husband a few years ago. “IF A MAN IS ALONE IN THE WOODS AND SPEAKS AND THERE IS NO WIFE TO HEAR HIM; IS HE STILL WRONG?” He loves it.
I am obsessed with family pictures, especially the old ones of relatives or of my kids and grandkids. I think they keep me grounded. I have a stairwell full of them which are never straight because our funny old house goes downhill about 2 inches.
I love lace, soft cushy blankets, flannel sheets and all heating pads. Well, it is the Northwest and some part of me always hurts or the weather is cold and damp.
I consider feather pillows a must for sleeping, relaxing and under the tush. Don’t have to be the expensive goose down ones, although they are a wonderful luxury. I know the goose sacrificed a lot but I simply can’t worry about her.
I love the riot of wallpaper. Our home is very “loud” but it speaks to me and makes me happy. I like the company all the past offers in an old home like ours.
I love to write. Words can be so wonderful, painful and paint pictures for the mind and soul. Don’t you think so?
I like to find the cheapest way to do something and always buy clothes for myself when they’re on sale.
If I find something that’s comfortable, I’ll wear it until it’s in rags.
Comfortable shoes are a must, duh?? Goes without saying but I just did.
I appreciate compromise in regards to housework. Can’t do everything anymore. Martha Stewart, don’t come to my house; you’d stroke out.
My home is my castle, my infirmary, my cloud, my hell and my solace. It depends on the day you ask me.
I like my pets more than most humans I know. No hypocrisy with them.I love that someone greets me with such overwhelming enthusiasm when I’ve only been out to pick up the mail, kisses and tail wagging as well as purring are all such graphic signs of affection.
I like that the word “exercise” has become my friend, in moderation.
I like it mild, often and friendly. How many things can you say that about?
I love all the stretchy bands; they’re a must when used discreetly.
I love my notebook I’ve kept over the years of all my physical therapy stretches and exercises. Helps me remember what I both paid for and need to do.
I like parking far away from the door at the grocery store so I have to walk, unless it’s raining so hard I fear I will drown or I’m having a bad day.
I like the cloth shopping bags because they’re eco-friendly, feel better on the hands and keep me from chasing canned foods that fall out of plastic bags and roll down the hill where we live while unloading.
I like all healthy products for cleaning and eating, like Shaklee, Avalon Organics, Tom’s of Maine, EO products and bathe the dogs in Buddy Wash by Cloud Star or Earth Bath pet shampoo, especially the one with Tea Tree Oil. Thanks, Australia. I prefer CBD rubbing oil for painful joints.
It’s so much easier to grab a hat and a jacket and walk by the river than to walk on a treadmill. Finally gave mine away.
I like to count when I do leg lifts, modified sit-ups etc. because I feel the progress when my count is higher than it was last week. I confess as my diseases progress, I have had to modify many of these.
I like doing neck stretches with the hot shower pouring down on me. It’s heavenly on a bad cervical spine.
I always keep ice packs in the freezer. You never know. In a pinch a bag of peas is also good. Don’t open them. Although if they defrost; you’vegot dinner.
I figured out some time ago that we still have to eat, whether I feel like it or not.
My husband cooks scrambled eggs and toast. That’s it unless it involves something in the microwave; he’s getting better at that.
I love my guy for never wavering if I tell him I just don’t feel well enough to cook. He always replies, “Whatta’ ya want me to pick up?”
I like the volume shopping at a store like Costco but only if it’s something I know we’ll eat within a few months, like those great Sirloin hamburgers all ready with cheese and bun. I also like the frozen tamales, burritos, etc. I do not, however, enjoy hiking around large warehouses and usually leave it to my dear man and a list.
I love our organic community store where the produce is fresh and grown in the states.
I try to never fry anything but if I have to brown something, I use olive oil only. I like the lighter versions.
I bake a lot of meat these days. If we want it crispy, I soak it in buttermilk (you know you can make soured milk by adding a tsp. of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of regular milk?) if I have it on hand. Then I roll the meat in breadcrumbs and love the Japanese ones the best, like Panko. Cornflakes are good, too. This is especially wonderful for chicken.
I love oven roasted vegetables, particularly sliced potatoes instead of fries, asparagus, different kinds of squashes mixed with baby pearl onions and baked Brussels sprouts, etc.
Balsamic vinegar on salad, in potato salad, as a marinade. It has a sweetness and aroma that’s fabulous and interesting. It will make your potato salad beige, however
I love the silicone baking sheets on the cookie sheets. They make clean-up a breeze.
I love real butter. They always find some carcinogen in the latest fad of margarine and it usually tastes terrible. The low cal ones don’t melt well because they’re half water. No, I’ll take the cow.
The best cheese sauce I ever found is the easiest. Melt any grated cheese you like in a cup or two of sour cream over a low burner. Stir and enjoy over potatoes, cauliflower, etc.
I usually cook with leftovers in mind. Why cook again tomorrow? Doesn’t make sense to me. Many foods such as spaghetti, casseroles and potato salad are better the next day anyway.
Did you know French or sourdough bread stays fresher in a clean kitchen trash bag; you know, the white ones?
I love fresh herb butter made with herbs from the pots on the back porch. Basil butter is my favorite. Just mix chopped herb of your choice with butter and a dash or olive oil and cover it and you’ll eat it until it’s gone.
Get the grandkids or your own children to eat vegies by cutting up colored bell peppers, carrots, etc. and serving them with a small amount of Ranch dressing.
I love one of our local pizza places because they sell more interesting varieties of pizza as well as salads and will deliver anything. You can be sure they know just where we live.
In our area, I love the fish and chips, especially the beer battered ones. Yum.
Did you know you can put just about anything in a rolled-up tortilla, preferably flour for flexibility and call it a burrito? This works with any vegie, meats or cheese. Grilled cheese sandwich are wonderful when you use corn tortillas.
I love the produce guys who put out small paper bags for mushrooms because they get slimy much faster in a plastic one which holds too much moisture.
Did you know if you shove an old can of root beer far back in your refrigerator and ignore it for too long it will explode with this sticky, syrupy mess? Just learned that one myself.
Love keeping a small glass bowl of Kosher or Sea Salt by the stove. Makes me feel like a TV chef I guess; a pinch here, a pinch there.
I don’t like paper plates of any kind. My husband will use them. I won’t. We have a dishwasher for goodness sakes!
We have a small refrigerator upstairs. Didn’t cost much and it’s great in the middle of the night for juice, yogurt, etc. Also good in the AM when the stairs are just too much before the daily pills kick in. Beats tumbling down the stairs. I keep my little refrigerator off our bedroom stocked with fruits and Ensure, as well cold seltzer drinks.
I adore my seltzer machine because you can change flavors, it’s convenient and cost effective. You also don’t have bottles to recycle.
Julia Childs was right. If you dry off any meat first it browns better.
I find if we’re dieting, it’s best to cheat once a week. Then we’re back to it. Hey, I can’t give up fried onion rings altogether.
You can’t diet for another person. They have to be motivated within themselves. You can, however, sew their pants a bit tighter around the waist to inspire them.
Well, I’ve rambled on quite long enough. Those were a few of my favorite things. Most importantly, I love knowing I am loved by my friends, family and a loving God who knows all, sees all and always guides my life each day, even when my faith wavers; His faithfulness does not.