Tag Archives: Heinen’s

Busy and Blessed

Day 288 in my striving to be healthier to meet up with Mickey in October at Magic Kingdom  (4 months and 20 days to go)

Today’s plan was to take care of some personal business.  I first drove back to the church where I work, because I wore my computer glasses home yesterday, rather than my everyday glasses.  My computer glasses are only effective at the distance from the computer to my chair, so they make it difficult to read, drive, watch TV, or anything else outside that range.  Since it is Memorial Day weekend, I chose to get my glass so I can see properly to enjoy the long weekend.

Next I treated myself to breakfast at Eggsperience, in Bannockburn.  I had an egg white and veggie omelet with mozzarella (I ate about half of it and took the rest home), one piece of rye toast with butter and a skim cappuccino.  Wow!  A healthy and delicious start to a busy day!

Then I went to Bent Fork Bakery in Highwood.  We are having a lovely Nigerian family of four over to brunch tomorrow after church.  Mike (my sweetest) will make kropsua, a Finnish pancake.  (It’s actually a lot like Yorkshire pudding, except you cook it in butter rather than in beef drippings.)  We will also have fresh cut-up fruit, sausage, juice, coffee, sweet rolls from the Bent Fork (for my guests and Mikie, not for me) and bacon.  (Speaking of bacon: it is really hard to find bacon without sugar in it.  I was shocked!!  I finally found some that claims to have not more that 2% sugar, so I grabbed that.)  I’m looking forward to visiting with the Bakfwash family tomorrow!

Next I went and knocked off our weekly grocery shopping.  This was a huge undertaking for me, as I continue to recover from major surgery.  My doc told me to listen to my body and if something hurts, I should quit doing it.  So with that in mind I moved at a turtle’s pace through the store, and when I felt my tiring, I skipped the last few items on the list.  A lovely Heinens worker helped me to the car and loaded the groceries for me.  (In the course of our visit, I found out he will turn 20 on Monday, and wants a cookout for his birthday.  Luckily Heinens is closed on Memorial Day, so he is off.  Isn’t that a wonderful policy?  I dig it!)

Then I went home where Mikie unloaded the groceries.  (I am not supposed to lift more that 10 pounds for 16 weeks at least.)

Whew!  A productive and beautiful (thank you, Lord, for this glorious weather) day.

Meet you at the Kingdom!

Getting Down to Dis-ness (Business toward a Disney Trip)

Day 211 in my challenges to get ready to meet Mickey in October. (7 months and 6 days to go)

Today’s plan was to take care of a lot of little things that needed seeing to, and to gauge my energy level to get through the day.

Here’s the list:

  1. Make a delicious. nutritious breakfast–I made another batch of Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal.  It is sugar-free decadence.  And I have enough left over for 2 breakfasts this week.  I fry a leftover patty in just a bit of coconut oil.  So good!
  2. Finish paying our last two bills for this pay period–I wrote out a check for one and brought it to the post office to mail, and I arranged to pay the other online.
  3. Take a shower and clean up–I showered, washed and treated my hair, brushed and even water-piced my teeth.  (I don’t use my water-pic nearly enough.)
  4. Go and visited my sister/pal Joan–we had a lovely visit.  (Prayers for her, please.  She is having knee replacement surgery on Tuesday.)  A visit with Joan is always so good for my heart and soul!
  5. Pick up groceries–I went to my new favorite store, Heinen’s, and picked up some necessary items for tonight’s dinner, and for the week’s menu, and for cleaning the house.

I got everything finished by 5:00 pm, and am now in my favorite chair with my feet up sipping a Decaf Skinny Hazelnut Latte from Starbuck’s.  I had plenty of energy to get through my day.  I’m glad to be back home and chilling, but I am so-o-o grateful to have the va-va-voom to move around more and get a few things done.

Life is good, my friends, and God is even good-er!  Meet you at the Kingdom!

BTW: Happy birthday, to dear Eliza!!  She is our daughter-in-law extraordinaire!  Such a beautiful person inside and out, and I am in awe of the way she loves our precious son.  Love you, Girl!

Keeping Busy

Day 112 in my efforts to stay more active until I meet up with Mickey.

My plan for today was to go and take a walk at the COOL 5K/10K Walk/Run.  (A benefit for a local food pantry that is organized by some very good friends of ours.)  Best laid plans…  As I lay still awake at 3:00 am, I started to rethink that plan.  I was still glancing at the clock at 5:00 am.  It was just one of those inexplicable things.  There was no reason for me to be sleepless; I just was.  The next time I looked at the clock it was 10:00 am, and I’d slept through the beginning of the Walk.  Bleh!

So instead I’ve filled my day with a series of errands, walking extra steps in each place.

  1. First, off to Walgreen’s to pick up some cash and some vitamin B12 for Mike.  He was clean out and his doctor has him taking it every day.  I lapped the store on my way to the checkout counter.
  2. Then off to Aldi.  Have you ever been?  It’s a discount grocery store where you bag your own groceries in bags that you bring along.  The one I visited in ParkCity, Illinois, was not too busy, but a study in humanity.  We were a hodgepodge of every color and persuasion.  I was there for gift certificates for the Bethel Christmas Program at our church.  Every year we get the opportunity to shop for gifts, including food gift certificates, for people who then can purchase these gifts at a significantly reduced cost in a needy neighborhood in Chicago.  Those who have no money for the gifts can work in the Bethel Christmas Store to earn enough for what they wish to purchase for their families.  It’s a wonderful program, that is not perceived as outright charity, but as an opportunity to provide Christmas for your own family.  Anyway, I had to go to the checkout counter to buy the gift certificates.  When you walk into the store you must walk all the way through the aisles to get to the counter.  So again I lapped the place, humming the Christmas tunes that were playing in my head.
  3. Third, off to Heinen’s to shop for a few groceries.  I was picking up the ingredients for Barbecued Meatballs for our Advent Dinner at church tomorrow.  This year, for the first time, I will substitute Splenda and low-sugar catsup in an effort to get the sugar out.  I made sure to lap the store and even added extra trips up and down the aisles to get some extra steps in.
  4. Finally I am making many trips up and down the basement stairs doing laundry.

Busy, busy, busy…but it feels good to have a bit more energy to get it ll done.  Meet you at the Kingdom!