Blogmas Day 25

Sorry this is a day late, I really wanted to spend a nice day with the family. Christmas Day was really nice. The family slept in and we started to open gifts around 10:30. I received some great gifts which included gift cards, money, and Luminar 2018 for my photography. At this age, Christmas Day is just really another day with more fanfare, which is fine, it’s still my favorite holiday. Christmas dinner was a New York Strip roast, which I cooked to a perfect medium rare, if someone wants it cooked more they can put in the microwave.
My first Blogmas went okay, though I did forget to post a few days and ended up combining some days. Next year I think I’ll be more proactive, this year I decided to do Blogmas on a whim, at the last minute. I’m looking forward to next years Blogmas, hopefully I’ll have something positive in my life to write about. My next goal is to take off the last 45 pounds I need to lose, the first fifty was relatively easy, though I think this will be much harder this time out. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas Holiday, and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope your holiday was amazing.
Until Next Time… Thanks for reading my Blogmas 2017 Blog… Take Care…

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Blogmas Day 24

Can you believe it’s Christmas Eve already? Where did the time go to? There is so much hype for this one day, and it’s over in 24 hours. It’s gone in a flash. Christmas is somewhat discouraging for me as I’ve discussed on my blog before. Being a disabled single 47 year old guy sucks big time. There’s really not much I can do about it. I just roll with the punches and hope for the best. Dinner tomorrow is a New York Strip roast, which I’ll cook. The New York Strip is one of my favorite cuts of beef, probably my all time favorite, there’s just a good amount of flavor. The presents are wrapped and are under the tree, all that we are waiting for is tomorrow, and for the days festivities. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
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Blogmas Day 22&23

The holiday baking is officially finished. It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas. While I make too much, we give some away to neighbors and family and friends. It’s always nice to give away some homemade baked goods to those close to you at Christmas time. Even while we give some away, there’s still a good amount left over. So much so, we end up putting some in the freezer. We end up having cookies and other pastries for a few months after Christmas, which isn’t all that bad. This is going to be a short blog, I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays.
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Blogmas Day21

It’s hard to believe there’s only four more days until Christmas. I could have sworn The Fourth of July was not so long ago, time flies by these days. All my gifts are bought and I just have to wrap three, which I’ll do tomorrow. I guess when you’re not married and don’t have any children, Christmas just becomes just another day, though with much more fanfare and presents. Long ago, I told myself I wanted to be married by the time I turned 30, well that hasn’t actually panned out the way I wanted it to. Each team after 30 I would tag an extra 5 years on to that goal. Now at 47, I guess I’m destined to be single, actually it’s a hard pill to swallow, knowing you’re damaged goods. This makes the Christmas season depressing sometimes.The next two days I’ll be finishing up on my Christmas baking, today I baked 9 dozen chocolate chip cookies, I probably would have had 10 dozen, though over the last few days I’ve been tasting the cookie dough just to make sure it’s okay. I hope everyone’s holidays are amazing.
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Blogmas Day 20

Yesterday was the official start to my Christmas baking. My task was to make a double batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookies. I usually let the batter sit in the refrigerator for a couple of days, the cookies come out better and have a really good flavor. Plus being the chef, I have to taste test the batter to make sure it tastes good, needless to say, I had more then just one taste, perhaps several tastes. The batter really does taste delicious and I’m looking forward to baking them off tomorrow, that’s when the real test will be.
This afternoon was very productive as I spent several hours baking. Mind you, I make everything from scratch, nothing is out of a box. Today I made and baked a double batch of 7 layer bars, a double batch of fudge brownies, and a double batch of blondie brownies. While I did taste the batters, and they all tasted great. I did not taste the finished product, which I’ll do tomorrow as I’ll cut them into squares for Christmas Eve and Christmas for family and friends. I really enjoy doing this each year, even though my legs and hips hurt after, but it’s all worth it knowing my family and friends really enjoy the stuff I bake, and they look forward to it each year. This makes me very happy.
I hope you’re enjoying getting ready for your holidays and any baking and cooking that you may be doing.
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Blogmas Day 19

Lately I’ve been very interested in night photography. I’ve seen some very cool images on Instagram, YouTube, and photography blogs, which have peaked my interest. I always thought of night photography being you know, complicated. After doing some research on the internet and watching various YouTube videos, it’s not all that complicated, at least it doesn’t seem complicated. All that I really need to make a good night image photo is my Nikon D610 and my tripod. The key element of this is really the tripod, as you will be taking long exposure photographs, and hand holding the camera is out of the question. The last few nights I’ve managed to drive around my local area to pursue my new found passion, and it’s been working out great. I am by no means an expert on night photography, I just know I really enjoy trying to capture something interesting with my camera. Photography in a small way has managed to take me somewhat out of my funk. The photos posted on this post are from city hall in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
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Blogmas Day 17 &18

I have to admit it’s quite difficult to come up with content for everyday of Blogmas. The thing is, I’m really not that interesting, at least I do not think I am. Other then living with spina bifida, my life doesn’t create enough drama or content to write about everyday. However, I am going to try to write something everyday of Blogmas or I will double up a couple of days.
Tomorrow I’m going to start baking for Christmas. I do a little bit each day, since my back, legs, and hips are not as good as they used to be. I thoroughly enjoy baking various cookies and desserts for the holiday, it keeps me busy, and I get a sense of accomplishing something in life. So tomorrow I will make chocolate chip cookie dough batter, which I’ll let set in the refrigerator for a couple of days, so that the flavors extract into the dough. I’ll also make a batch of blondie brownies, which for some reason I prefer to the chocolate ones. I hope every is really enjoying the holiday season.
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Blogmas Day 16

I have to admit the day after a cystoscopy catheter change, I’m totally wiped out. For whatever reason it just takes so much out me, it takes a good two days for me to get back to normal. Most of today I just relaxed, I didn’t do all that much. Once dusk hit, I managed to go out and do some night photography. Most of my photography is day time landscape photography, so I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone and tackle night photography. Thankfully, there is an abundance of YouTube tutorials on night photography which I have been watching to help me out Tonight was pretty cold here in Marlborough, Massachusetts, so I didn’t stay out too much as I was getting pretty cold. Here are two photos from tonights excursion.
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Blogmas Day 15

Today’s appointment with my urologist went well, though the procedure was very painful for me this time, even with 5mg of oxycodone which I usually have when I have a cystoscopy and catheter change. When I got off the procedure table I noticed there was more blood then usual, most times there really isn’t much blood, but some of the pads on the table had quite a bit of blood on them. I have to say being a 47 year old man, it’s very embarrassing for me to have a catheter. While I know this is not my fault, I do feel like I’ve let myself and others down by not losing all the weight I need to lose. Tomorrow starts another day, a day in which I’ll start to devote to lose the last 50 pounds I need to lose. I owe this to myself to to give me a better quality of life…
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Blogmas Day 14

Well, tomorrow is another visit to my urologist in Boston for another catheter change. I have to admit I’m a bit frustrated, I hate having a catheter. The passage to my bladder has too many false passages, which makes it not feasible to self-cath, so my doctor has to place it using a cystoscopy. All in all, it’s not a pleasurable experience. My battle with my weight as I discussed on yesterday’s blog is discouraging. This is the issue which is preventing me from having surgery. I get it, losing the weight will only make my recovery that much better and make my overall health better, it’s just has been a struggle. There are times where I get down close to my weight goal and it seems something happens health wise and knocks everything out of whack. This time I’m not going to let anything in my way or get me down. I’m hoping tomorrow’s appointment goes well.
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