The Weekend with Company

Living On Oxygen for Life

I had my older sister and her family in town for a visit this last weekend and had a great time. However, I could tell almost right away that my health has drastically changed since the last time they visited. It was a real eye-opener for me and quite discouraging too.

Thankfully, I was already in the habit of preparing in advance a meal or two to be able to pull out of the fridge or freezer and heat up. Mostly, these were for dinner. I have found this to be extremely time and energy efficient for me. Well, really, for everyone. My sister now knows that I can’t help her much in the kitchen and still have energy to talk with her. I get pretty short of breath. So, after dinner, she would have me go sit down and she would take over to clean the whole kitchen.

One thing I’ve learned about both of my sisters is that when they do something at my house for me, it’s because they want to. Mainly because they don’t want me to wear myself out just because they are there to visit and because they actually WANT to do it.

It’s just like my older sister to bring me her special Christmas cookies as part of my Christmas gift from her. Before I was even able to get one, everyone started eating them. I was like… Heeeyyyy… *pout* They are that good. I was willing to share but gee wiz. So, she went to the store to buy all the ingredients that I didn’t already have to make another batch for me. Yay!!! As she’s whipping up another batch of sugar cookie dough, I was amazed at how easy it was for her and she wasn’t even tired! I had to go sit down after a little bit of watching, help with cleaning, and holding the cookie pans so that my niece and sister could place the cookies on each pan. I helped Frost some too but my niece did all of the Sprinkles artwork!

Christmas cookies

After they left for home, I was so tired but I had stuff to do Monday and we ended up having to take Rocco to the vet on Tuesday because he tweaked his back and we wanted to make sure he hadn’t damaged anything. He’s going to be ok. No jumping for a while.

So, today is recovery day. I’m resting all of today. I already told K not to even ask me to do anything or go anywhere because I just needed one whole day of quiet rest. I’m going to post the recipe of one of the dinners I premade for my sister’s visit in case you want to try it. It will be under the In the Kitchen link of my blog’s menu. Beef Tips is what I made and my sister asked for the recipe. I’ll try to get my enchiladas recipe on here too but I’ll do that in a few days. Take care everyone.

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6 thoughts on “The Weekend with Company

  1. Glad you had such a lovely visit with your sisters. Yes, recovery days….I have them too. Sometimes I can’t predict that I need one until that day….when I find out I am too tired to do my basic tasks.
    Thanks for sharing and take care.

    • Thank you Elayne! Sometimes I don’t know how exhausted I am until I start doing something simple like getting out of bed. Then I’ll tell myself it’s ok and that I’ll just read a good book today. Every so often during the day, I’ll try to do a little chore to gauge how fast I’m recovering. I keep those really small though so I can conserve most of my energy for when K comes home.

  2. Christine, I can totally relate. My sister and family were in town after Christmas and I was the same way. I could help somewhat in the kitchen but then had to rest (and it was easy stuff setting the table, chopping vegetables). Plus, I do not know if you are like me but I have to eat early enough in the day. If I eat too late, I am miserable when it comes times to sleep. Anything past eating at 5 or 6 is anyone else with PH like that? Anyway, Christine, happy new year.. keep on blogging as I love to read about your adventures!! xoxo

    • Hi Margie! As for me with eating and sleeping… I can not sleep if I feel hungry. So I might actually eat a little sandwich before going to bed. As with any meal that I eat, I eat small-portioned meals. If I eat too much at any one meal, I will feel uncomfortable and sluggish. I basically eat to the point where I start feeling full and then I stop eating. I can’t breathe when I get too full. It feels like I’m struggling to breathe.

      Thank you for reading my blog! *hugs*

  3. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with your sister and niece, now rest for a day or two😉. I will definately check out your beef tip recipe. I still use your BBQ rib recipe, I have also used the sauce from your rib recipe to make pork roast in the slow cooker for pulled BBQ pork. Slow cooker meals are the best for dinner because my energy wanes as the day goes on, so I love to be able to start it early in the day when I am more up for it, if you know what I mean. Thank you again! P.S. Those sugar cookies look yummy too!

    • Hi Bonnie! Wow! You make pulled pork for sandwiches? Good stuff! Would you believe me if I told you that not a big BBQ sauce fan? However, I like the rib recipe I make & have on my blog. I bet your pulled pork is awesome! And yes, those cookies are really good. Unfortunately, they’re almost all eaten. Haha!

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