We Are Getting Closer to Big Creek

I figured out what is wrong with the motorhome.  It is possessed.  By demons.  Or, maybe gremlins. The electricity came back on some time in the night. But then everything went out again about nine in the morning. I made another appointment at the RV repair place in Indiana for Monday.  We are planning to hit the road on Saturday morning.

Here’s the big news.  Maybe.  I called Hugo House editor, Patricia.  She said Big Creek is ready for a copy editor.  They had not called me since I submitted the last draft.  “What?  George didn’t call you?  He must have thought I did.” She said she had a meeting in six minutes, but would call me back later in the day.  She never did. I wasn’t surprised. I call her Dr. Ditz.

Since I changed the dosage on my Vancomycin, I am getting better again.  Now THAT is good news. I have a complicated regimen, changing the dosage and timing gradually over the next several weeks. If that doesn’t do the trick, the next step is “fecal transplant”.  Yep. it’s just what it sounds like.

And, speaking of transplants, my friend Sharon sent me an interesting link:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gastroenterology_hepatology/clinical_services/advanced_endoscopy/fecal_transplantation.html

When I read about the obese donor and then the recipient becoming obese, I wondered what other traits and maladies are a result of germs in our guts.  Then Sharon responded:

“My two year-old granddaughter spent the first 18 months of life with severe, open wounds, eczema. After seeing a dozen doctors they determined it was stomach bacteria causing the chronic condition.

Once they got on top of that, she has been so much better and a completely different joyful child.”

I don’t know about you, but I find this fascinating. I hope there is some serious research going on somewhere.  As I told Sharon, it is apparently not all about our genes, but also about our germs.

Daughter Kathy came for another visit.  She brought a Kabocha Squash with her.  She has a plot in a community garden and her next-plot neighbor, and older Asian man, gave it to her.

b Kathy with Kabocha Squash
Kathy with Kabocha Squash

Kathy wanted to smash it onto the driveway, but Andy thought chopping it with a hatchet would be neater. Then, Kathy and I picked out the seeds for planting. It tasted a bit like pumpkin to me.

b Chopping Kabocha Squash
Chopping Kabocha Squash

Andy and I had another exotic (to us) fruit adventure too.  There was a pile of Dragon Fruit just inside the door of the grocery store.  They were so strange and beautiful; we had to try one. Wikepedia has a nice description. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitaya I never would have guessed that it is a cactus!As I mentioned in my last post, I had to Google how to eat it.  First, you slice it in half.

b Dragon Fruit Cut in Half
Dragon Fruit Cut in Half

The tiny seeds are like those in a kiwi.  I scooped out the flesh with a large spoon, cut it into small chunks, and put it them in the shell for serving.

b Dragon Fruit Ready to Eat
Dragon Fruit Ready to Eat

Andy and I were both disappointed.  It was juicy, but very bland.  Hardly any taste at all, certainly not enough for me to describe.

Here is another petunia picture from Sister Barbara’s back deck.

b Purple Petunia
Purple Petunia

 

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11 thoughts on “We Are Getting Closer to Big Creek

  1. leggypeggy July 7, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Yep, dragon fruit is just a pretty face. I tried it once and that was enough. Feel better.

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  2. Frank Wilmer July 8, 2016 / 9:15 am

    why didn’t you cook the squash? PS…congrats in your book and your recovery!

    jane

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    • Dinata Misovec July 10, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Despite the fact that it looked pretty good in the picture, it was well past ripe. She had saved it for seeds since last year. Oh, hold those congrats until that book is actually printed!

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  3. Lutheranliar July 8, 2016 / 9:28 am

    I have often found motor homes to be ‘possessed by demons’. Have a fun adventure! Thanks for sharing pictures of that crazy fruit (and I don’t mean your daughter)!

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    • Dinata Misovec July 10, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      We have had more than our share of breakdowns and mishaps while traveling in our motorhomes. I consider them little side adventures. But, this electrical thing has everything shut down. (except the refrigerator, thank goodness) Oh, I like to think of Kathy as a crazy fruit!

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  4. Beth Gorton July 8, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    First, I recommend a squirt of lime on your dragon fruit. I’ve only had it once, but found it quite tasty with lime. Or maybe it was another variety.

    Second, if you can get your hands on that Science magazine (April 22, perhaps – I should write it down and carry it around until the next time I have internet!!), you will see lots of serious research going on about gut microbes. They are working in a lot of areas on c. diff. and its relations. From the FGC Gathering, in haste –

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  5. Claremary P. Sweeney August 4, 2016 / 12:38 am

    I’d never seen the inside of a dragon fruit. How beautiful! Maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon could help with the bland taste?

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    • Dinata Misovec August 4, 2016 / 11:16 am

      I think you are right. I should have sprinkled something on it to enhance the flavor.

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      • Claremary P. Sweeney August 4, 2016 / 11:46 am

        I’m going to find this fruit and try it out. Thanks, Dinata and I hope you’re feeling better. Clare

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