Thursday, July 1, 2010

Day One

I hate to call it "retirement," because I'm simply too young. However, the opportunity presented itself, and I eagerly took the leap.

I've got a lot of work to do to get my health back in order. My first step in this was to make an appointment with a surgeon to remove my malfunctioning gall bladder. For that, I'll have to wait until the end of July. So in the meantime...

A special diet is in order. One that is very rich in iron to boost my severely low levels, and very low in fat to quiet my gall bladder. Now, I don't cook. It's not that I can't cook - I just didn't have the energy at the end of the work day. I still don't have the energy. After a morning walk in the park with my husband and dogs, I barely was able to eat lunch before falling asleep. I woke feeling even weaker, but determined to cook a dinner that might make tomorrow a better day. I'm so glad I did! I had found a recipe for Beet and Spinach Soup that I love and have to share!

1 small onion, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 large carrot, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
2 celery ribs, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
6 cloves garlic, minced (I skipped this - I just don't like garlic)
1 large beet, shredded (about a cup)
4 cups fresh, chopped spinach or 1 cup frozen spinach
4 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon dried dill
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
plain yogurt for garnish, option

In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in 1 tablespoon of water. Cook until the onions and garlic are translucent. Add beet, spinach, broth, dill vinegar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then simmer 10 - 14 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

I'll be sitting down to my harp later this evening. I'm looking forward to ending "Day One" with some gentle music before bedtime.


  1. I will have to try that soup sometime, it sounds yummy!

    I dealt with the pain of a bad gall bladder for over 20 years because I was afraid of the surgery. After three days of hospitalization from complications, I knew I didn't have a choice so three years ago it was removed. I feel so much better now, but the bad part is after 20 years, I can eat anything!!!! I needed to learn self control really fast :)

  2. I spent a year with the progressively worse symptoms of the bad gall bladder. After surgery, I'm a new man. I also have to watch how much I eat :-) The only thing I can't do now is Indian spicy + creamy sauces. You'll get your life back!

  3. Hope you're enjoying the "new" life and that you regain your good health so you can enjoy your music, your family, and your days.

  4. Thanks for the reassurance. I'm going to see the surgeon on 7-26, and we'll see how long it will be before he can take this sick gall bladder out!