I can't decide if I like the boots with this or not. I look like Popeye's girlfriend, Olive Oyl.
Especially when it is Lilli Ann. People go wild with money over the earlier Lilli Ann pieces (I have a few of those as well) but overlook the 70s Ultrasuede. In addition to the two long coats I have a few of her Ultrasuede blazers. They're wonderful pieces, and easy to care for. As fabrics go, Ultrasuede is rather durable stuff. I wouldn't dare wear real suede out in the elements.
I saw this and it reminded me of the imaginary conversations I have with my stomach I've named, Pickles.
Not being able to eat is wearing on me a bit, but I'm trying to keep a sense of humour about it. I don't know at what point my body will start cannibalising my brain for energy the way it does with fat and muscles but oh boy, is it ever in for a surprise. I don't even think I have a brain any longer. Probably just oatmeal in there! Anyway, yeah.
I went with the red tights as there's prominent red flecks in the tweed, but unfortunately it doesn't show well in the photos. It made better sense in person.
It shows a bit better here.
I haven't felt much like cooking-it takes too much mental energy to get things together, but a pot of chili is worth the effort as it can last several days. This one turned out well and was made from what is pantry staples for us. Tinned pumpkin is easy to find in the states, but if you don't have it, go ahead and leave it out. Cooked squash would work here too if you have it.
4 15 oz. tins black beans
1 15 oz. tin pinto beans
1 15 oz tin kidney beans
1 15 oz tin pureed pumpkin (not the spiced kind for pie)
1 14 oz. tin diced tomatoes with juice
2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bay laurel leaves
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon black pepper
3-4 tablespoons corn oil (or whatever you have)
1 quart vegetable broth
Drain and rinse the beans. Amounts of spices are obviously adaptable to your tastes. Use whatever you like.
Heat the oil in a big pot. Cook the onions and garlic over medium heat until they start to soften. Add spices and mix well. You might want to add more oil at this point if it looks like you need it. Add everything else except broth and mix well. Add enough broth to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover the pot leaving some space for the lid to vent. After the broth reduces (about an hour), top it up again with the remaining broth and cook it down once more. You can speed this up by cooking at a higher temperature but make sure to stir it often to ensure it doesn't scorch.
Makes a LOT of food but it keeps well and can be frozen.
Danny figured out that the Dr's name is pronounced, "Quack." I'm glad I'll have a mask over my face. Poor guy, that's a hell of a name for a doctor. We have plenty of bona fide quacks now that our governor has mandated waiving the licensing for medical people to work in the state (!) and also waiving any vaccine mandates. If that sounds bad, it is. The state attorney general also signed off on letting people be treated with horse medicine. Or crystals, or lupus meds, or really whatever they have to hand. That doesn't mean hospitals have to hire them, but I'm sure in certain parts of the state that would be considered just fine and dandy.
I don't expect him to do much other than listen and order some tests, but at least it gets the ball rolling. I was already sick before the appendectomy in May, but I was never right after the surgery and I hope he understands that there are two different things going on. Anyway, I don't expect to know anything, but hopefully it goes well. Or errrr, ducky.
See you later.