I looked through my stash of medicines and found anti-inflammatory pills that are stronger than the ibuprofen that I have been taking. I made sure that they had not reached their 'use by date' and took the first pill yesterday evening. I don't really know if they work all that much better, but I am going to give them another try today. I did have pain in both my knees when I tried to go to sleep last night and initially it kept me awake. Luckily, the sleep medication did the job in the end and I slept well all night.
I am seeing my psychiatrist this morning to talk about how I am doing on all the various doses of medication I am taking. He likes to get a personal impression of how I am besides just being in touch with me by email, although that is a very handy way to exchange information also.
The Exfactor was here yesterday and brought me a good looking ivy in a pretty pot for my birthday and it now has a place on the coffee table. It will get good light there and should grow as quickly as the one I already own. Now that I know that I am perfectly capable of keeping house plants alive, owning them doesn't daunt me any longer. I know my sister is also getting me one because I asked her to and I am very curious to see which one she will have got me. I purposely did not ask for expensive presents because times are rough for everybody.
For my pasta, I made a vegetable mix of garlic, onions, celery, mushrooms and carrots with Italian herbs. It turned out well, but Tyke appreciated the carrots more than I did and in the end, he ate almost all of them. I went a bit lighter on the Italian herbs because I realized that with as much as I was using, I was drowning out the individual flavors of the vegetables.
Today it is going to be tropically hot, but it ought to be the last of the real summer days. Tomorrow's temperatures will be a lot more pleasant. I think today we will set a record for how warm it is going to be in September. I have kept the apartment shut up and the blinds closed and that is how we have survived. Yesterday evening, I didn't walk Tyke until the sun was almost setting. I do think he appreciated that and he moved around a bit easier.