Sunday Break

Because there is no such thing as taking too many breaks!

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OliverThis is Oliver, our pug. At just a little over a year and a half old, he is the youngest of our three dogs.

He is a character – he loves to wedge himself behind the cushions on the couch…and then fall asleep. This is our first pug, but by now we are quite used to the snoring, gasping, snorting, and all of the other sounds that come out of such a small package.

Oliver has become my shadow…wherever I am, he can usually be found close by. On the mornings when I get out of bed late because of my rheumatoid arthritis, he is always waiting by my side, his face full of eagerness to see me start my day.

In the future, I will also introduce Lily (an 11 year old Cairn Terrier) and Alva (a 6 year old Chihuahua/Terrier rescue dog). With these three dogs, life around the house – even on my worst days – is never boring!

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Yes, I downloaded The Lost Symbol when it was released this past Tuesday. (Digital book readers are a lifesaver when living in a country where English books are hard to find.) I am about two-thirds of the way through, and hope to finish today!

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During my various Prednisone tapers in the last few months I have been determined to not gain weight, or to gain as little weight as possible. So far I have been successful. On top of the loss of five pounds that I shared a few weeks back, I have since lost almost another ten pounds…for a running total of almost fifteen pounds! (My secret: Ditch the salty and sweet snacks, and instead snack on lots of jello and fruit.)

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Yesterday we enjoyed a loaf of homemade sweet bread with coconut and mango – the recipe was from one of our favorite Thai cookbooks. The pieces of fresh-cut mango floating throughout the bread were delicious!

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

5 Comments
5 comments
  1. Laurie says:

    What a cute puppy! I have 4 cats, they are always there for me. Can’t find that unconditional love anywhere else.

  2. cateepoo says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to wake up to someone so happy to see you every morning? I love how Izzy follows me around the house. Sometimes I feel guilty though because she just gets comfy and dozes off and I move to another room and she has to start all over again.

    Congratulations on the weight loss. What a wonderful feeling.

    The bread sounds absolutely delicious, especially since I am eating a lot of veggies right now.

  3. Millicent says:

    Oliver is a precious pup! I can’t wait to read THE LOST SYMBOL–just finished SOUTH OF BROAD by Pat Conroy–really like his books (usually about dysfunctional families in the Charleston, SC area). I LOVE the way he puts words together!Enjoy your Sunday!

  4. Christie says:

    Oliver is adorable! I can’t wait to meet Lily and Alva. Dogs are such wonderful friends… so forgiving and compassionate and loyal. If only I could teach my dog to vacuum!

    The bread sounds delicious. And thanks for the jell-o and fruit tip! I crave sweets. I suspect I think they’re going to give me some much needed energy, but as we know that generally backfires. I’ll try to sweeten up with some jello and fruit and see how that works for me.

    Hope you have a peaceful and restful Sunday.

  5. Remicade Dream says:

    What a great puppy!!!

    Congrats on losing weight while on prednisone! If you’ve read my blog lately, you know it hasn’t exactly gone that way for me… (blushing) I am back on the weight-loss wagon now, but even so, prednisone seems to stop my loss even when I’m being an angel. At least I can stop the gaining too, though!

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