The 4-day holiday weekend was great. I enjoyed time with family and friends, relaxed, and enjoyed so many things that are great about this country. But alas, it was back to work today. Not that it wasn’t a good day, but another day off would have been nice… It was actually a pretty quiet day, since so many other (smarter) people did take the day off!
I can’t complain too much, though, as I had scheduled a much-overdue massage after work. I had a gift certificate from a friend from way back when, at the beginning of my treatments (thanks, Karin!). I never went for it during chemo or radiation because I thought the benefits would not last very long. Of course, I finished treatments in March, and had my portacath out in May, so what took me so long??? The massage felt especially great on my feet and legs, where I have had the most discomfort from the Femara, and it always feels good to have the knots in my back worked on. I’m actually a little sore (she was a brute!), but in a good way.
My garden continues to thrive and for dinner tonight we enjoyed pumpkin flowers!! I think this is the first time I have had these since my childhood. I noticed this morning that my pumpkin patch was covered in orange blooms, so my dad picked them and mom cooked them for me. All ready to go when I picked up Ethan after work/massage. They were as delicious as I remember! Even Ethan enjoyed them. We ate plates full of flowers, and there are still a gazillion flowers on the vines. Plenty left for Halloween. 🙂 The pumpkin flowers are most definitely vegetarian, but not so much vegan… dipped in eggs and then flour before being fried… Good stuff!
I definitely want to continue reducing my intake of any animal protein (including dairy and eggs). I am only on chapter 4 in “The China Study” and there have been a number of good reasons for reducing (well, eliminating) animal protein. But more on that tomorrow!