I weighed this morning, and have gained a pound. We had a big, salty dinner last night -- I'll check again tomorrow to see if the pound has stuck around or if some of it was the dinner; if its still there I'm going to have to make a few adjustments in how I eat. We had cookies around this week. (I got into the habit of making them over Christmas, and kept at it because especially our son likes to have something sweet around, and we all like homemade cookies more than stuff you buy at the store.) My husband is pretty disciplined, and maybe eats one small cookie a day. I could make a meal of them. That's bad! lol
My sisters met this week with the person who runs the assisted-living place where my folks live, and got strong assurances that they will provide all the services my mom needs including the two-person lift. I think the management is concerned about how many residents have left due to their rooms being unusable until the ceiling in that wing is repaired, and if I were them I would also be concerned that the family might sue for the gaps in the promised care of my mom. My sisters probably wouldn't have paid much attention to their assurances (after all, they didn't deliver on their promises before) except my stepdad gets frantic if we suggest they move. If the problems can really be fixed, it's probably worth them staying, so he won't entirely lose it. Unfortunately, all assisted-living places are only as good as their staffing, and at times, all of these places have staffing problems, so we really can't say a new place would be lots better than this place, and if they are really concerned that our folks stay, they should shape up.
Lately I've been introduced to a really good kale salad made by our local fancy grocery store. I've never liked raw kale, but maybe they "massage" it -- apparently massaging does improve kale. (The method involves squeezing the leaves in your hands in salty water, I think.) The salad is simple, consisting of the chopped kale, seasoned pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, white and black sesame seeds, and a very tasty lemon-and-vinegar dressing -- obviously appallingly healthy. At only $2.50 a pint, I can eat a lot of it without breaking the bank, so I think I'll make it my go-to lunch. Maybe I can knock off that creeping pound that has found its way onto my waistline.
Have a great week!