This Week’s Menu, October 22, 2017

Menu for the week of October 22, 2017

Breakfast: Pancakes (recipe)
Early Dinner: Fish with lightly battered asparagus spears

Breakfast: Migas (recipe)
Early Dinner: Chili

Breakfast: Leftover pancakes
Early Dinner: Pork stir fry (recipe)

Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble
Early Dinner: Leftovers chili

Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy
Early Dinner: Leftover pork stir fry

Early Dinner: Enchiladas (previously frozen–recipe here)

Breakfast: Breakfast out since we’ll be hitting garage sales
Early Dinner: French onion soup with warm French bread


We decided to forego our anniversary dinner. It seemed silly to indulge when the bill for Nana turned out to be so much more expensive. But that was fine. We won’t miss it.

This week is all about easy-to-make comfort food that comes with its own leftovers. I am exhausted looking after Nana. I have to lift her with a sling any time she gets up or tries to walk–and she’s a heavy dog! Her kidneys seem to be functioning fine, but she’s yet to have a bowel movement which is beginning to bother me. Another visit to the vet tomorrow if I don’t see improvement in this area.

The cone of shame is uncomfortable for her and she kind of shuts down when it’s on. We’ve elected to take it off but only when we’re sitting right next to her to make sure she doesn’t touch the incision. Strangely enough, she’s left it alone without any intercession from us. At night, we put the cone back on. We have not left her alone since we got her back. Poor Iko seems content with his lot in life, but I try to make it up to him by taking him for walks.

For now I’m living on too little sleep and aching muscles. I’m sure next week will be better.






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  1. I sure hope Nana’s recovery isn’t too difficult and that she can be up and about as her normal self much sooner than later.

    Hugs to Iko!

    Hugs to you and hubby as you tackle this parental challenge with your fur-child 🙂

  2. Maria sounds like at least Miss Nana has kept her cool, so far anyway. Glad you have her home and hopefully the rehab portion of the recovery gives her back every bit of your girls ability to bear weight on the leg as well as the strength in it she needs to enjoy her normal routine of energetic behavior.

    I know that is still in the future but optimistically looking ahead.

    Also optimistic that things work out well in the “now” so you can maybe relax a little more sooner.

    Iko is getting his own “Mommy time”, good for him and somewhat of a break for you too just to be able to get out and about with him carrying his own weight quite literally.

    As Angela said, hugs to you and hubs because you are facing a long term challenge together rather than separately which would be so much harder.

    • Jackie: Iko is such a sweet boy. He just wants to get along. He never asks for anything except a hug.

      It’s a good thing we’re retired. I imagine it would’ve been a lot more uncomfortable for Nana if we’d been working. I would’ve had to leave her in a crate with that awful cone of shame. This way, I hope she’ll be more optimistic and heal faster.

  3. Hoping her incisions will heal fast so she’ll be out of the cone of shame. That is so sad to see them in it. Lots of work in her recovery, but I know it will be worth it.

    We tried something new to us tonight. Made a chicken stir fry on a sheet pan. It turned out delicious and we have leftovers for tomorrow night.


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