Green Progress

May 30, 2013 | My Jottings

As I shared a couple of days ago, I’ve never been a fan of green, grassy-tasting juices, even though I love vegetables and all manner of green salads. A huge pile of romaine and field greens and butter lettuce with chopped asparagus and broccoli florets and sprouts and raw sunnies and red cabbage? Yes, please. But a glass with the juice from any of those things? Uhhh, I think I have to go clean my toilets.

But I’m trying. I’m trying because Michael loves green juices and I know they’re a wonderful way to flood our bodies with vitamins, minerals and enzymes. So my goal has been to try to make one good-sized green juice for us per day. Yesterday that didn’t happen and Michael reminded me of that last night. So today I’ll be making us a juice that is so delicious it’s my favorite so far. I got the recipe from my niece Savannah, who got the recipe off of this website.

All items are organic.

2 large carrots (I hate carrot juice but in this I can’t taste it)
2 large handfuls of Kale leaves (or Swiss chard, which is a bit milder)
1 red apple
1 Granny Smith apple
1 orange (the peel zested off, but white pith remaining)
1 lime (the peel zested off, but white pith remaining)

To me, this is more of a morning juice because of the fruit in it. I made the recipe above for Michael, and when I made my own I only put in one apple, and I enjoyed it just as much.

Here’s a picture of this juice:


Today we have a carpenter friend coming over to do some work for us. Michael has requested a handrail in our shower, and a short one in our entry, where three steps lead to this hallway where a bathroom, the office and all the bedrooms are.


Things seem like they’re changing quickly, and “one day at a time” has taken on new meaning for me.

Also, I have decided I need a mentor and I’ve actually been praying that the Lord would bring one to me. I may be too old in some people’s minds to have a mentor, but I am missing the presence of an older, wiser woman in my life, so I’m asking.

This week I will spend some time with my dear friend Carey before she heads off to a large island in the South Pacific for a month. I also get to meet with my SAGgy girlfriends for our monthly dinner. In a day or two I’m going to try a new recipe for veggie and quinoa pilaf. I have a lovely appointment for a preoperative physical exam with my new doctor. I will be caring for and smooching my eighth grandchild Louisa. And I have several dates with a few piles of paperwork.

What will you be doing for the next couple of days?


  1. Kay in Cornwall says:

    We’ve tried a couple of juices mainly based on Gala apples, carrots, celery and pineapple. Although Alan hates the taste and texture of celery, he found it quite palatable in a juice. When I drink them I can almost feel the goodness fizzing around inside of me – I have a vivid imagination! 🙂
    We too have various aids around our bungalow to help keep Alan safe. The biggest blessing is that we have no steps anywhere: even outside is mainly flat with only a couple of gentle slopes.
    If your new recipe works out well, please share it with us on your blog. All of a sudden I’m eager to try new ideas with regard to our diet.
    Alan and I have just come inside after working outside in the glorious, glorious sunshine. We were attempting to move a very large, fifteen year-old compost heap. We think we’ve done a sterling job. However, we had to admit to ourselves that we couldn’t move the whole thing. As well as Alan’s haemophilia and my osteoarthritis, we reckon we’re also just getting on too much to be able to do all the things we really want to do. So,sensibly, we decided to move about 2/3rd and the rest will have to sit there quietly until next year. I suppose it’s a case of realising and accepting our limitations. This is not something I’ve ever been very good at. I’ve always wanted to work at a project unceasingly until it’s completed – something I accept that I can’t do now.
    However, today I feel like we’ve really achieved something and the sun has lifted my spirit.
    Enjoy your time with friends and family and give little Louisa an extra hug from me.
    Love to you and Michael

  2. Just Julie says:

    I agree with you about the celery Kay. Michael also hates cucumber, but it and celery are the base of most of the juices we have — surprisingly mild and good. The new recipe I posted here today is delicious… enough to want seconds. Your compost project sounds daunting — I hope you’re enjoying the sense of accomplishment. It makes me happy when you leave long comments like this, so others can get to know you too. God bless you and Alan…. xo

  3. Carol Z says:

    I’ve been thinking about juicing and your post may just be the push I need. The last few days have been completely eventful, as I just retired from my job of nineteen years. It’s a whirlwind, but a very gentle one. Louisa is a honeybunch!

  4. Just Julie says:

    Hello Carol — nice to meet you! Congratulations on your retirement. May this next phase in your life be fruitful and happy! I’m going to pop over to your blog now… Blessings…. xo

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