I'm happy to report that G's pancreatic cancer seems to be responding to his treatment! He was VERY thin, but had good color and reasonable energy and appetite, considering everything! :-)
If you've never seen Highland cattle, they're very compact and stocky, with long hair and wicked horns. I understand that they're reputed to be "lower fat," but perhaps that's just the grass-fed version ... so i'll forgive them! Personally, I find them so attractive, i'd be inclined to forgive them being low-fat even on a diet of grain -- one can always serve them with Béarnaise sauce!
"...A high-carb, high-fat diet is really tough to pull off without incurring health problems, like hyperlipidemia or overweight. High-carb, high-to-moderate fat is just about the worst kind of macronutrient ratio for heart health; it’s no accident that the standard American diet is high-(refined) carb, high-to-moderate (refined) fat. It’s notorious for elevating LDL particles, especially the small, dense ones. Professional athletes, high-performance Cross-Fitters, people training hard nearly every day of the week can get away with pairing large amounts of fat and carbs together, but most people cannot."
So says Mark Sisson ... effectively BLOWING OUT OF THE WATER the concept that a high-carb diet is just ducky for EVVVVERYBODY, as a lot of ignorant young things seem to think! It's about bloody time, too.
I hurried back home from Texas in order to attend a seminar we booked some time ago -- a mixology class at a local restaurant/bar. Louise (one of Tess's living-history alter-egos) is a very happy camper, having learned some tricks of the bartending trade, and even some theory when it comes to creating cocktails out of the imagination!
We learned about some stellar brands of spirits, too; we made a trip to one of the best shops in town to pick up a few of them -- good thing alcohol doesn't spoil, cuz it'll be a while before we could possibly use them up!
Be on the lookout -- definitely going to have to provide ORIGINAL recipes for low-carb cocktails in honor of Valentines' Day and Mardi Gras....
I'm happy to say, I've managed to "infect" my daughter with the reenacting bug! :-D After we returned from "Cowboy Town" she took a day off, and we visited a fabric store where we picked out some materials to make her two more dresses of her own (she's close enough to my size to be able to wear my things). ...Oh, and I picked out a fabric to make myself something too -- people who sew can become terrible acquirers and hoarders of yardage!