I had a Shingrix shot, the first one of two, a while ago. I have experienced side effects. The pain, rash, and swelling on the arm where I received the shot were short lived. No big deal. However, the gastrointestinal issues were painful, inconvenient, and very unpleasant. The Shingrix people said usually 2 to 3 days of this, but it was going on for over a week.
I feel self-diagnosis is a poor basis for self-medicating, unless the medicating is harmless. So I looked at electrolytes, and their role in gastrointestinal issues. Hmm… worth a try I thought.
I gag on electrolyte beverages such a Gatorade, they are vile and expensive. So that was out of the question. Next I thought, “OK, I need sodium, I need sugar, so why consume them together.” My solution, eat a few pickles, eat a teaspoon of jam, and drink a glass of water. Surely these things would mix well in my stomach.
Now I don’t know if this home remedy cured my gastrointestinal issue, but it went away immediately. It might just be a coincident, but if I get the same symptoms after my second shot, I’ll be invoking the great pickles and jam cure!
It has been snowing all day long here. It is a wet, slushy, clingy kind of snow, not pretty at all. A snowy day does make Mist Cottage seem all the cozier, particularly when Attila is here too.
Today the last of the ripening Tomatoes were processed into Tomato Sauce, which is stored in the refrigerator to use in the next casserole that calls for it.
The Ground Cherries did not ripen as hoped for. They were harvested after a hard frost, so there is no great disappointment in having lost them. That leaves only one gardening remnant, the drying seeds for next years planting, spread out over horizontal surfaces in the kitchen and living room. Soon those will be adequately dried for storage. I am hoping that this is completed before Christmas, as I would like our home free of garden projects by that time.
This weekend I made Naan bread, processed Tomato Sauce, baked Chocolate Cranberry muffins for Attila’s lunches, and made four liters of Switchel for Attila’s lunches. And of course prepared three meals each day from scratch, except for today’s dinner.
The thing about our lifestyle, is that unless I cook and bake, there is nothing edible in the cupboards. We have ingredients, and ingredients offer themselves as food only when attended to. There is a huge disincentive to be lazy, when all you have available is ingredients.
My Granny’s generation and those before her experienced the same challenge. By the time I arrived on the planet there were lots of canned, frozen, and pre-prepared meals on the market, and by the time I was an adult the fast food industry was feeding a lot of people. We ended up creating our foodstuffs from ingredients because the food industry got greedy, and began to use preservatives in everything, to prolong shelf life, enhance shipping procedures, and increase profits. That made most of the food others are eating dangerous for me, due to allergies. I am now thinking that has probably been rather fortuitous. Attila and I have skills and knowledge that enable us to make the most of what little we have. If there are issues with the food supply due to the pandemic, we have a shot of navigating the period of adjustment successfully.
Well that’s us this weekend. Attila is cooking our Sunday dinner, Coconut Lime Fish, Roasted Potatoes, and garden Brussels Sprouts. I have my feet up and my fingers moving here.
One month to Winter Solstice!
Date: 3:00 PM EST Sunday 22 November 2020
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 102.5 kPa
Dew point: -0.2°C
Wind: NE 19 gust 30 km/h
Visibility: 2 km
“I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.”
I don’t think lazy people invented the wheel or the bicycle, but I do think lazy people provided a great market opportunity. Lazy seems sad and pathetic, while well earned rest and relaxation seems joyful and admirable.