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Friday, 16 December 2011

Christmas Tea Party

Here's a picture of my three friends that come to my house on Thursday afternoons for a craft session.  I decided that this Thursday we would have a tea party as it was our last meeting before Christmas...
We had a lovely time and ate too much - of course!  Here's the menu...

On white & brown bread
Ham & Soft Cheese
Prawn with Sweet Chili Mayonnaise
Hot Sausage Rolls
Home Made Chutney
Hot Mince Pies
served with Grand Marnier Cream

Sherry Trifle

Palmier Biscuits

Fruit Cake
To Drink
Red or White Wine
Ginger & Lemon Grass Cordial (hot or cold)
Cup of Tea

We didn't eat everything, no one had fruit cake.  No one had the wine but I thought it was nice to have it to offer.  I did feel too full by the end of the tea and had to go and stand at the back door to cool down!

I couldn't have done this if I had stayed on the Sertraline.  I stopped taking it a week ago and feel much better - more awake.  I'm still sleeping better and my mind feels a lot calmer.  If I start to feel unwell in the future I would probably go back on the Sertraline but only short term.  They did help me.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Just Lately

I've been making a lot of these....

...a nice, filling, fruit crumble.  To make the topping less stodgy I add some porridge oats

2 oz plain flour
2 oz sugar
2 oz porridge oats
2 oz butter

I put all the ingredients into my food processor and mix until butter is combined.  Sprinkle on top of the stewed fruit of your choice, this one is apple.  Sprinkle on some flaked almonds (optional) and bake for 30 minutes until golden.

Well at least I've been doing something!  I'm struggling a bit with these Sertraline tablets though.  My reason for going to the doctor was that I didn't understand why I was so tired yet couldn't sleep for more than four hours a night.  Since I've been on these tablets I can't seem to wake up.  I am sleeping much better but you know that feeling you have as you start to wake up and feel sleepy and comfy in your bed?  Well I have that feeling all day.  I'm tempted to stop taking the tablets.

I've been having a bit of trouble with my right hand, it has been quite painful.  To give it a rest I've been using my left hand to work my mouse, it is a bit awkward and my right hand does feel a bit better.  It has cut down how much I'm using my computer lately but that doesn't mean I've got more done, I just feel too dozy!