Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Monday, June 06, 2011

How time flies.

...And not always when you're having fun. Ken is finally on the mend, but it took three lots of antibiotics and three weeks of being housebound (two of them in bed for most of the time). The weather prediction for the coming week is cold and wet, so I don't think he will be going anywhere soon. I've been up to Pussy's Bow in craft projects - mostly patchwork, and enjoying myself immensely. I've been posting all about that on my other blog Patra's Place, if you want to know more. I've been reading too, but it got to the point where I was reading one book after another and doing nothing else, so that's when I decided to do some sewing instead.

As a consequence of attending the cardio-rehab courses and learning what foods contain certain fats, salt, and other unhealthy-for-hearts ingredients, we have been gradually changing our diet somewhat, eliminating saturated fats and salt in cooking, and not buying cakes, biscuits, chips, etc. It's been a bit hard, as we both have a sweet tooth, but I've found a number of recipes for cakes and desserts which substitute oils or other ingredients for butter. But I've discovered that you cannot make biscuits (cookies to the American readers) without butter. They just don't work with oil! So, we're living without sweet biscuits; but still nibble on Cruskits and the other few that are recommended by the Heart Foundation. Trouble with savoury biscuits is that most of them have too much salt, so we have to avoid those too. A friend came over to visit last Sunday and brought of all things a cream sponge!! It was kind of her, and I didn't like to say anything, so we had a slice each, and I gave the rest back to her to take home. But boy, did I feel sick later! After not having anything rich and creamy like that for a while, my tummy rebelled!

Eliminating salt from my cooking is no hardship, as I don't add salt to anything I cook anyway. But I do read the labels on supermarket foods more carefully, and it is shocking to see the amount of sodium in some items that you wouldn't think would need salt. But it is a preservative, so it has to be used in a lot of processed foods, and I've been selecting the low-salt varieties where they are available.

Why am I writing all that on this blog? I can't imagine that anyone is really interested. That's how dull life is around here at the moment! Ken is very bored with his life at the moment. I'm not bored, but I do miss getting out and about as much as I do in the warmer weather. I hate the cold. I don't know how people can live in places where it snows...brrrrr.


Blogger Sharon said...

Lol G... Life at this end is even less exciting as yours...Although we still have the buff banded rail "squatting" somewhere in the front yard - every so often he puts in an appearance...
I am still coughing nearly a month after having the lastest bout of whatever is going around...
The cats are still hammer and tongs at each other...
Pete is still going to work each days...
I have done no stitching what so ever but I have borrowed some intersting books from the library...
Oh, and today I get to meet the new owner when he will spend 10 minutes talking TO me... We have already been forewarned that he is thinking about cutting hours... But at least after today we will know what sort of position we are in...
I haven't rung you as I am just too boring...
Saw Helen and Raye last week too...

Love to both of you

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 08 June, 2011  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Sharon, I'm going to reply to you on your blog, because I've temporarily lost your email soon!

Friday, 10 June, 2011  
Blogger Merle said...

m so glad that Ken is on the mend at last. We like things to happen fast, but have to learn to be patient.
I was interested in your info about what to eat and what not to as it is relevant to many of us, so never think it is boring.
I am going along OK, and I hope that both of you keep getting better.
Congrats on the "new" computer and I am so glad it is better than your old one. Lots of Love, Merle.

Saturday, 11 June, 2011  

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