Massage and Neck Cracked

Today was a good day.  I couldn’t stand it, so I had to weigh.  I have lost some weight so I am happy.  David came home from working and took a shower.  When he came out he told me that he lost some weight.  This is really encouraging.

Well any way about the title.  The receptionist at my chiropractor found out that my insurance would pay for a massage because it is part of my physical therapy.  Also since I have reached my out of pocket I didn’t have to pay anything.  Well I said, “Of course, I will have a massage!”  It was this morning before I got my neck cracked.  My neck is finally getting better since I am sleeping in my bed and not traveling.

Day 4 of our life change.  David had to work today, so I sent him with water bottles and leftover meatloaf that was in the freezer.  He said he just ate one slice.  I really think he needs to eat more.  I had a shake for breakfast and lunch.  I also have been having the last of the coffee in the pot with ice and almond or cashew milk.  It has been a nice with the hot weather.

For supper I fixed hot wings.  I had cooked the wings last night while I fixed our supper.  Then today I made a sauce and put them in a gallon baggy with the sauce.  I stuck them in the fridge for later.  I was going to make a spinach salad but if it has been in the freezer it just welts when it thaws.  I sautéed them in butter with pecans.  We then put a vinaigrette on it and that was really nice.

Today was Thursday, so we go to Midnight Sun Brewery where David volunteers with the tour.  This is supposed to be our one day with a beer. I did stick to my one beer but David had two.  He doesn’t need to get in shape as bad as I do, so I don’t think it will hurt him.

I do have to seem to have more energy.  When I got home from the chiropractor I decided to tackle the kitchen. I had bought some OXO container to start putting my different flours and other things in.  I was Ketoing, is that even a work if not it should be, my kitchen.  I even got the stove cleaned.

 

Baby steps but I am getting our new life changed organized in my kitchen.  It will make it a lot easier now I think.

Keto Day 2

I didn’t get this written last night because I was too tired. We ran a ton of errands and I went with David and Dusty to look at some jobs. We chased down the original owner of the truck Dusty, my youngest child, and finally got it in his name. Hurray!

Back to the diet. We had a really good breakfast, who would ever think of baking an egg in an avocado. You should give it a try because it was great with a little cheese on top.

We dropped the groceries off. Yes, I am really getting things in house that we can eat. I also had to buy the briskets I am going to BBQ for the church picnic. I then made a protein shake to fill the empty whole in my stomach. It was wasn’t bad at all.

We had to go out to the valley, Wasilla to be exact, to look at a job. After leaving David says let’s go to one of the breweries out here. I am thinking, oh no our second day on our diet and we are already screwing up. Actually we hadn’t eaten that many carbs yet, so I thought we might be ok as I gulped down my beer with a guilty feeling.

We went to the Last Frontier Brewing company.  We had been there before and I had enjoyed it then too.  We had a very nice brew. We could tell it was where the locals hung out.   You can check them out here.

http://lastfrontierbrew.com/

We got home and I fixed stuffed chicken thighs. They were stuffed with cream cheese, spinach and bacon. They were very tasty. We had a chopped salad I had bought at the store. All in all I didn’t think we did too bad.

Right now I am waiting at the doctor’s office to get my A1C results. I did loose a little weight already though. That makes me feel great about my new life change. A1C is down to 6.3. I have to come back in 3 months to see if I can drop down on Metformin or come off all together. He also said people have had good results on the Keto diet.

Flat Ole Hippies First Camping Trip

Our friends asked if we wanted to go camping with them.  We agreed to go because we have never been before and it sounded fun.

The first place they took us was the Girdwood Forest Fair.  There people with flowers in their hair, people all dressed up and even pirates singing.  We thought this place was pretty cool.  As you follow the trails through the forest you will find all kind of booths.  There was really a lot of people though.

 

Then we stopped for a nice brew at Girdwood Brewery.

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We found a nice place to camp by a pond. The camper was really comfortable and scenery was nice.

 

I got to play with the twins.  That was lot of fun.  They are really cute.

 

The next morning we packed up after breakfast.  This camping stuff is fun. I hope they invite us again.

 

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We will say Good-Bye for now and hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ole Flat Hippies Day 6 in Iceland

Well this is our last day before we head home to Alaska.  We enjoyed a couple of breweries, met a new friend, Donbird, went looking at the boats and had one last meal with our friends the Crewdsons.

 

We know this adventure is coming to an end but are sure we will have many more great times with the Crewdsons.

Day 6 Final Day in Iceland

We decided to just hang out in Reykjavik today because we hadn’t really checked the town or the breweries out yet.

Our first stop was the Bryggjan Brugghus Bistro & Brewery.  We met Arturo Santoni a Brewmaster from Argentina who gave us a tour of the most beautiful brewery we’ve ever seen.  We then enjoyed a flight of the their beers which we really enjoyed.  Sorry guys we couldn’t bring any back because the liquor store we stopped out didn’t carry any.  We will check at duty free on our way out though. Arturo even gave us a sample of his red ale with cherries and coriander.  That was our favorite.  When we told him that he gave me a cap.

To Fred I think these people started with a little more than 5000 pounds since they have only been open for two years.

 

Then we looked at some of the boats and the ducks with one duckling in the harbor.

 

 

We then stopped at the Sun Voyager to take a couple of photos.

 

Then we were off to meet Alyson Hartwig the brewer at RVK Brewing Company.  Alyson is an American from Colorado. They are not open to the public yet but if you contact them you can go for a tour. We really enjoyed her beers.  I think she will really make a name for this place in the future, so be watching for her.

 

We did find some interesting buildings today.

 

We then went to eat at Le Bistro.  We ate here our first night but couldn’t remember the name or where it was.  At that time I had some wonderful mussels and David had a very nice lamb shank.  They had an Icelandic sampler that we wanted to try. We had the goat’s cheese, carmalized onions and dried apricots baked in a filo pastry served with beetroot and a French vinaigrette.  This was very nice.  Then we had the Icelandic sampler which was black pudding made with lamb, pickled herring, smoked salmon, dried cod, smoked lamb, dark rye bread, rotten shark and a shot of Brennivin.

Kæstur hákarl or Rotten Shark is a national dish of Iceland consisting of a Greenland shark or other sleeper shark which has been cured with a particular fermentation process and hung to dry for four to five months. Kæstur hákarl has a strong ammonia-rich smell and fishy taste. Kæstur hákarl is readily available in Icelandic stores and is eaten year-round, but is also served as part of a þorramatur, a selection of traditional Icelandic food served at þorrablót in midwinter.

I was also told that the reason the shark has to fermented is because it is full of toxins.  The ammonia smell is because it looses its urine through its skin.  The closer the skin the worse the smell.  We didn’t think it was as bad as everyone said but the waitress told us this is because it was not from close to the skin.

 

We highly recommend this restaurant if you ever get to Iceland.

Our last day was a nice relaxing day.  Now time to start getting packed for our trip back to Alaska.

 

 

Flat Ole Hippies Day 3 in Iceland

We took off with our friends today and they said we were really going to have a great time.  I guess they knew where they were going this time.

We did have a great day! We saw some great rivers and waterfalls, played in the snow, went down a long gravel road, checked out some tomatoes and stopped at a brewery for a couple.

Can’t wait to see what adventure they come up with tomorrow.

Flat Ole Hippies in Iceland

Well we started off this morning with our friends.  We were not sure they knew where they were going but they said, “Sure we do.  We are going to the Golden Circle.”  We never saw a golden circle but we did have a good time.  We headed out on our road trip.  We saw beautiful waterfalls, great scenery, wonderful clouds and drove through a tunnel under a fjord.

When we got back to the apartment we found out that we never did get to the Golden Circle, but fun was had by all anyway.

We then decided to go to downtown Reykjavik and have a beer.

 

The bartenders were so pleasant that we left them a tip.  Then we all walked home discussing what we would do tomorrow.

 

Day 3 in the Highlands

I told M that I wanted to take David to see the sock tree.  I had driven past it many times but never stopped to check it out.  Off we went again with our piece of paper with places to go. Clootie Well is not far from Fred and M’s house, so we started there.

The Clootie Well is a rather weird remnant of an ancient tradition once commonly found in Scotland and Ireland, of holy wells to which pilgrims would come and make offerings, usually in the hope of having an illness cured. The tradition dates far back into pre-Christian times, to the practice of leaving votive offerings to the local spirits or gods in wells and springs. With the arrival of Christianity, the practice was simply adapted to the new circumstances.

The holy well at Munlochy is said to date back to – and probably beyond – the time of St Boniface or Curitan, who worked as a missionary in Scotland in about AD620. Pilgrims would come, perform a ceremony that involved circling the well sunwise three times before splashing some of its water on the ground and making a prayer. They would then tie a piece of cloth or “cloot” that had been in contact with the ill person to a nearby tree.

As the cloot rotted away the illness would go away as was believed back then.  They even would leave their children there over night in hopes of making them well.  Not sure if that worked or not because I think it would have scared them more than anything else.  It is a very eerie place.

Today people leave pieces of clothing but they are made from man-made material and don’t rot away. David said the  whole place smelled of mildew from all the damp clothing. This isn’t great for the environment but people still believe that it might work, so they leave all kinds of articles of clothing.

David and I tied a couple of Fred’s socks to a limb. I wonder if that means Fred will get double healing, since we tied his sock there.  I hope he can be fixed but I doubt that there is anything that can cure him of crazy.

https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/munlochy/clootiewell/index.html

 

Our next stop which will be a big surprise to everyone was Black Isle Brewery.  We were given a tour by one of the brewers, Sandy.

This is from their site

Welcome to Black Isle. We are the UK’s premier organic brewery, making world-class beers from the finest organic malt and hops grown on farms without chemicals, just as nature intended.
We have our own organic farm where we grow malting barley for brewing and even have our own brewery house cow, who eats the malt from the brewery mash tun and gives us 20 pints of fresh, creamy milk every day.
Based near Inverness, this is our beautiful, unspoiled, unpolluted, wild, and more than a little bit wet highland home – and we love it!

It was a great place.  Well worth a visit. They have won several awards for their beers.

https://www.blackislebrewery.com/

 

Fred got to talking to the girl that waited on us and she mentioned she had written a couple of books.  Fred got into telling her about his film studio he was starting.  We finally managed to pull him away so we could go on our next adventure. One of the lighthouses on Moray Firth.

The dolphins were out but were not playing so I didn’t get any pictures of them.  It was a nice day, so I did get some nice photos.

The last stop of the day was at Clava Cairns. There is not a whole lot known about the cairns except that they are believed to be around 4000 years old.  It is believed that they were used for burial.  I just always thought it was a peaceful place but the day we went there were several tours there.  I guess it is now a tourist attraction.  I just thought of it as a cool park in the country.

There are a lot of stones circles and cairns all over Scotland.  Many people have them on their land.  They just don’t say anything about them because they want to be left alone.

Well the boys did pretty good on this day because we were out of the car a lot.  They tried to make up for it when the got back in the car by talking even more.

We headed back home after the cairns where Fred cooked yet another good meal.

 

Flat Ole Hippies Do England

This nice couple, Cindy and David, are so much fun.  They take us everywhere with them. We went to The Four Thieves and had a beer with them.

We got to ride the underground.  It was a really big train.

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We went to Swiss Cottage where we had a beer and fish and chips.  We hung out by the taps and our friends David and Gary.

 

We got to go to Chester on a train.  It was a lot of fun. To our surprise our new friends found yet another brewery pub called Brewery & Kitchen.  We had a nice beer there with a good head.

Then back on the train to go to Bebington which we were told was on the Wirral.  We were really tired and kind of slept through those few days.  We did get up to ride the ferry to Liverpool.

We got to go to The Cavern but I didn’t see the Beatles.

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Back on the train we went to head back to London.  We were told we were flying to Scotland next.

 

 

The Search for Breweries

I wanted to go visit my friend, Ian Mcinnes, in Hampstead.  I once again did a search for breweries and Gary, David and I set off.  We took the underground at Earl’s Court to King’s Cross where we walked to Euston.  I picked up my tickets for our trip to Chester the next day.

 

 

 

 

After our visit we were off on the search for the greatest beer.  We used our Oyster card to hop on a couple of buses.  We got off and started down the road.  We then noticed that the numbers were getting smaller, then turning around we started back up the road.  We found the address just where we had gotten off the bus.  As we all stood there looking dumbfounded at the empty building, we wondered if there was another building 100.  We had now gone completely around the building looking for a brewery.  Gary saw a security guard in the building, so he knocked, asking is this 100 and told yes.  Is there a brewery here?  No, this building is empty and has been closed for many years.

Ok no big deal we have another one to find.  We  got directions, so off we went.  We found the address with no problem.  Only problem was it is now Tesco Express.  Once again Gary went in to see what he could find out.  No one knew anything, until a gentleman came out and told us that the brewery has been gone for many years.

Once again it was rush hours, so we decided to go to the Ye Old Swiss Cottage to eat dinner.  We walked in and David noticed all the taps were Samuel Smith beers.  I guess I should mention that the one thing he wanted to do while we were here was going to Samuel Smith brewery which is in Tadcaster.  I tried to get us there but it was just going to be a pain, so we decided to skip it. David was in heaven.

The Swiss Tavern was built in 1804 in the style of a Swiss chalet on the site of a former toll gate keeper’s cottage, and later renamed Swiss Inn and in the early 20th century Swiss Cottage.

Swiss Cottage is a district of the London Borough of Camden in England. It is part of Hampstead and is centered on the junction of Avenue Road and Finchley Road, at the tripoint of the postcodes of Hampstead NW3, Kilburn/West Hampstead NW6 and St Johns Wood NW8. Swiss Cottage is 3.25 miles (5.23 km) north-northwest of Charing Cross. It is the location of Swiss Cottage tube station.

 

After some great beers, nice meal and rush hour was over we headed back to Gary’s flat.