"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

An Apple A Day


My favorite apple, the Red Rome.  I can find it at only one store nowadays.  They have replaced them with all different and new strains of apple.  They told me people want the newest ones.  Well, I want the old ones. They even have a grape scented one which does smell like grape.  Guess it is good for diversity, but I want my Red Rome back.

This tableau was a joke.  If you are old enough, you remember your grannie's Tupperware.  Don't know if it was sold anywhere besides the US, but every household had Tupperware.

I made this necklace to wear to my first visit with the cardiologist yesterday.  My sister went with me and said I couldn't wear that.  Then she dared me to.  I decided not to in case the doctor wasn't of a certain age as he wouldn't get the joke.

Well, he wasn't - a mere babe, young enough to be my child.  But, he made me feel better and scheduled a couple of tests.  Just waiting for the insurance to approve them. What I didn't tell you before, is I am at high risk for heart disease.  I have Syndrome X and am diabetic, etc.  Plus, one of my brothers had sudden cardiac death at age 45.  Another had a heart attack last month at age 49 and had stents put in.  My sister had a silent heart attack at 36 and has tachycardia.  I don't know all the abbreviations and such, but the family history is there.



Here is what was in the little tupperware bowl.  Aspirin. I thought it was funny, but now I find out that the little bowl was for pills.  Couple of things to pass on.  He told me not to take the whole 325 mg. aspirin, but a baby aspirin.  And,  the recent studies about Prilosec and heart disease in older patients is a misnomer as they still prescribe it for their patients to deal with the effects of their heart meds.  I was glad to hear that as I have been taking it for years and can't go without it.

20 comments:

  1. We certainly had tupperware here too. And I still have some pieces.
    Good luck on your continuing journey. It would be very nice if an apple a day was sufficient to keep them away wouldn't it?
    My favourite apple is a Jazz. Readily availabe a few years ago. Now? Scarce as hen's teeth.

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    1. Child, I can't believe that. I thought Jazz was one of the newer ones. I planted a Red Rome tree and an Orange Pippin three years ago, but that was a terrible weather year and they didn't survive. Glad you know about tupperware as I wasn't sure where it was sold. Used to be sold at parties. My mother-in-law had every piece ever made. Even drinking glasses.

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    2. Jazz just hit our California shores recently. -nice little apple.

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  2. My little tupperware doesn't have a tab on it. It's difficult to remove the lid. I want yours. My daughter sold it for a long time, so I had an extensive collection. It's down to my little pill container, and my coffee scoop, which had better never disappear.
    My apple is honey crisp. It may be new, but it will never get old. I'm only sorry when the season is over.
    All the best on your visits with the young medico. Ask him a lot of stuff. Keep him on his toes. Take a tape recorder, it helps to think it over later. He won't care, and if you put it on the desk he probably will speak right into it.

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    1. Joanne, email me your address and I have a teeny with your name on it. The doctor is thirtyish and his name is Poorya Fazel. I thought, oh no. I won't understand him, but he was born in the US. I took my sister because I feared I wouldn't hear a word he said due to nerves, but he was very competent and I have high hopes that I don't have heart disease. Just hope my insurance will pay for the big test.

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    2. Joanne, I forgot to ask, was it made as a pill carrier and do they still sell Tupperware?

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  3. Oh yes, best apple ever in England was the Cox's Orange Pippin, I grew up with them for eating, and delicious big Bramley's for cooking. A baked apple with melting real brown sugar was always such a fab dessert!
    Sorry to hear of the family heart history being so bad - let's just hope you are the odd one out with the sturdy ticker!!!!!!
    Well dear, you are aren't you?

    OMG that awful Tupperware - which made millionaires out of some. Remember how it stained and got slimy?
    Have to say I much prefer Rubbermaid food keepers - and a whole set at Costco is less than one of those old home party T-ware food keepers!
    Off now to dig out my plastic box (Rubbermaid - of course!) of quinoa, couscous, brown rice, and wild mushrooms grains I made up earlier today. With a nice salad dressed with my olive oil purchased in Provence - at the olive farm no less - I'll be happy. Hubby will have a curried chicken pie from Trader Joe's - can't get him into loving grains like me.
    Be well soon dear - pulling for your heart daily!
    Hugs- Mary

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    1. Mary, you are a sweetheart and thank you. My husband wouldn't touch your salad, but I would! Sounds delicious. We are getting a Trader Joe's in the city and I can't wait to see what the hubbub is all about. I have never owned a piece of Tupperware, except for the teensy bowl. I bought a few of them at the flea market because they were so cute.

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  4. I am a lover of Granny Smith apples. Have some faith that you may be the one spared from heart disease in your family. It happened to me....it can happen to you.

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    1. It's good to hear Michelle. I only use Granny Smith for apple pies. It is the perfect flavor and texture for pie and I slice them thin. It is too tart for an eating apple to me. And, it must be a texture thing for me cause I find it too crisp. They are really juicy though and just the thought of biting into one makes me pucker up. Ha!

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  5. My favourite apple is Cox's and luckily we can always get them here, but there are many other varieties too, which I think are quite tasteless.
    Sorry about your health problems Donna - I hope all the tests turn out well.
    Oh yes, I remember Tupperware - we used to have Tupperware parties here and I still have a few pieces around.

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    1. Pat, I have never seen a Cox's Orange Pippin for sale stateside. Maybe at some of the big farmer's markets. Would love to taste it. Good to know about Tupperware. I didn't know it sold everywhere.

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  6. I used to love red delicious apples, small crisp and juicy, but then they did something to it and made them giant and mealy. haven't eaten a red delicious in decades. my current favorite apple is gala or fuji. but I really don't eat apples as they are at the bottom of my preferred fruit list. I like apple pie though.

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    1. Oh I know what you mean about mealy. I draw the line at a grape scented apple. They do nicely without intervention by scientists/botanists. Whoever.

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  7. Dear Donna,
    I'm playing catch up on blog reading today, after being out of commission for a bit trying to banish a head cold that came calling even though...I do eat an apple a day. I like buying small-sized apples at the farmers markets, all sorts of varieties are available, including some Cox hybrids. Delicious. I agree with you about Granny Smiths being good only for baking.

    I am very sorry to hear of your heart concerns, and hope that all will look less concerning after the big, expensive, testing. I'll be thinking of you! xo

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    1. You get well too sweet Frances. I wondered what you were up to. Thought maybe working extra hard. I figured you could find the old Cox's Orange Pippen at the large farmer's markets on the coasts. Would love to taste one. I read an article recently that said the old maxim about an apple a day seemed to be true in a new study. I love that. Test is scheduled for Monday and I am sure now it will all turn out fine. Just won't read medical reports anymore as I seem to have every symptom ever reported.

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  8. We were spoiled for choice when we lived in the UK and I recall being delighted with all the different varieties of apple. Just yesterday I was in a Japanese supermarket and spied a lovely, dark yellow apple--the name of which escapes me--for sale. I bought one and promptly ate it. It was juicy and sweet, but not too sweet.

    I dig the wee tupperware necklace!

    May your insurance cover the costs of the big test!
    x

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    1. Oh, I can imagine. All those old varieties must taste wonderful. Nothing tastes as good from the store as one freshly picked from a tree. Thanks for the sentiments. It'll all be over after Monday. Then, I'll be able to settle down and hopefully, get the moving all done. Spring, my favorite season, is just around the corner and I have to get started with the gardens.

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  9. thehamish is resting so I am playing catch-up on some of my favorite blogs.
    I haven't been posting, too much to do with his doctors (he has three) but I try to comment on a few here and there.
    I am happy to hear your visit went well.
    Not sure we had Tupperware but I know about the little pill dish. I bought some little pill boxes and decorated them. I have to carry a few pills with me all time.
    I found a small crunchy apple called Jazz. They are a bit tart and taste like an apple. I like them so far.

    You be strong and take care.
    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Well, your are in the majority with Jazz. I'll have to try one. I think of you and the Ham every day. So glad he has improved. Hope they get it worked out as I know of the love between you. You be strong too dear.

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