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My Recipe For a Perfect Meal

I woke up after sleeping early last night. It went smoothly up to the time I fell to my soft bed again in my dream. Then I woke up around 6 in the morning. I went down to prepare my coffee and breakfast. I sat down and took my blood pressure monitor. I have 130/70 mmHg, 70 bpm. Mom entered the kitchen and prepares breakfast. I got the vegetables out.
Ingredients: romaine lettuce 7 leaves cabbage 1 cup bell pepper 1 cup tomato 1 cup cucumber 1 cup mayo 2 tbsp coconut oil / lauric 2 tbsp fried egg 2
It's 20 degrees Celsius outside. Cold morning with a slight breeze. The sun is barely out. Mother is cooking fried rice and sardines. I'm making a salad. She's cooking fish. My coffee is black unsweetened. We sat down to drink our coffee cups. Her cup was with cream and sugar. We started to talk about school and the grandchildren who are far from us now.
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