|Sock knitting at lunch|
|Cup and coaster from my sis.|
Thinking that I could sneak in some knitting while waiting for my annual physical, I discovered that my doctor's office - the entire medical complex - is way too streamlined for the usual waiting room shenanigans. No sooner had I sat down to fill out the inevitable yearly paperwork, I was called to the examining room. Thinking that this was the usual Stage Two of waiting, I started filling out my paperwork when in swept the nurse who ushered me to the scale (oh, just shoot me), pumped up the blood pressure cuff, ran the thermometer across my forehead (it's so COOL) and snapped the oxygen measuring clip on my finger tip. Then I was left for another nanosecond before my doctor entered. I really just adore him - he's 12 (kidding, but he's probably in his 30s, which is the new 12), has a wicked sense of humor, is open to alternatives, listens, and doesn't spend all his time talking about himself. Everything was shipshape except for blocked ears and a gimpy left hip. So, out goes the doctor and in comes the nurse to flush my ears out. She was a hoot. When she left, I had gained a new Super Power - Extreme Hearing! I also had gotten the pneumonia vaccine and more paperwork to tote with me to the department of vampires and x-rays.
Once again, I was prepared for a decent spell of waiting/knitting. Which lasted about three stitches in. I was whisked away to have blood drawn, whisked back - I didn't even bother to sit this time - and then whisked down the maze of hospital hallways for my hip x-ray. Zip out of my pants (TMI?), click, click, back in my pants and out the door. Whizzbang. I immediately headed for Marianne's to 'help' her with a cheese test and have two much-needed cups of excellent coffee.
I motored home in the rain (and woke up this morning to a -11 windchill!!!), did my chores early, marveled at all the white noise of my house, and made some cheese sliders in my air fryer, served on lettuce 'buns'.
Speaking of food, I have been focusing on plant-based meals for at least 5 of 7 days, which has led to some gems. Earlier in the week, I made butternut squash fritters which were delish! However, the fact that I had to grate an entire butternut squash puts the likelihood of me making them again in the lowest possible percentile. I've been pretty much living on soups and salads and have been slowly, but surely, reducing the meat stocked in the freezer.
Tonight it is supposed to drop below 0, and tomorrow will be frigid. That means all outdoor chores will be done on sheet ice. Back to Yak-Traks and felted mittens.