Sunday, March 19, 2017

CHICKEN SOUP

I have been blessed (thus far) with extremely good health all my life. No broken bones, no chronic illnesses and other than the occasional lump removal (I'm inclined to be lumpy), very few surgical interventions. 

However, this week I came down with a cold.  My throat scratchy, my neck glands tender to the touch, head feeling punky and I can feel the pressure in my sinuses. 

I needed some comfort. Sitting beside me in the big chair is Lulu, cuddled up beside me. I can feel her steady heartbeat on my thigh and it's comforting to have her close. But for a cold, some homemade chicken soup was in order. Something with big chunks of chicken, veggies, rice and parsley.


We all have times when we just need to be comforted. I've been thinking about what I call "the suddenlys." These can be good and bad but without warning life changes and suddenly everything, or a lot of your normal, changes. It's a transition, a bend in the road you did not see coming, a loss or a gain. 

When you are hit with a suddenly, I hope you can find the comfort you require, whether that be a prayer, a hug, or the love or a good dog. 

If you need it, I have some homemade chicken soup in the fridge!




Sunday, March 12, 2017

WEIGHING IN ON MINIMALISM

Before I begin, it's Sunday morning, and I have a question....

Why, oh why are we still doing this time change thing??? Come on Ontario, let's put that one on the back shelf please.

But I digress...I watched a documentary on "Minimalism" yesterday. If you have not heard about this new trend, here it is in a nutshell:

To intentionally live with only the things you really need. 

"Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it" according to Joshua Becker.

Which got me thinking....am I a Minimalist??? The answer is No, but I am a purger...which is close! 

I intentionally purge nearly every week and I have a continual pile of items ready to go when the charity of choice calls up and asks if I have anything for pick up - you betcha I do.

I don't "collect" anything (except maybe things that are yellow). 

Yesterday was another so not necessary freezing cold day but as I hunkered down in the house last weekend I was not going to be trapped in again so I went to do some shopping. 

Like me, I expect Minimalists do not get a high off of shopping but I did need to pick up a few things:


The honey and spoons were for work. For some reason, spoons disappear at the office. I don't know where they go, but I suspect they are canoodling with socks somewhere.  I picked up the spoons at Value Village along with a sundress for $12. Now since I bought a sundress, that means I will get rid of something. Purgers like to keep things in balance. 

The wafer cookies were a treat for my hubby, and the coconut oil was a necessity along with the wine!

Funny wine story. Went like this:

Cashier to the young woman behind me next in line: "May I see some ID?"
Young Woman: "Of course"
Me to the Cashier: "You coulda asked me too!"
Cashier: "You were borderline"
Me: "I bet you say that to all the girls"

Now that's just funny on so many levels!

I think Minimalism is a good perspective. We really have way too much stuff. My plan is to slowly whittle everything down to only what is important to me before my kids have to move me into a retirement home. 

That should leave me with pets, humans, music, food and wine and all things yellow!








Sunday, March 5, 2017

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE!!

We had a little glitch when we were heading south for our holiday. The plane was a good 10 hours delayed. That meant we spent a whole lot of time in the airport wandering around aimlessly! 

As it was, I had forgotten my lip balm with SPF and since I had LOTS of time to kill I went looking for a replacement. I could find nothing with an SPF in it and not being a shopper I finally just asked the nice lady to help me pick something out.


She chose this one. And at the till I found out if cost me over $30!!! Yikes!! But when I tried it the stuff was amazing. Who knew?? Went on like butter.

Where Have you Been All My Life!!

Sometimes you just have to try something new and discover your life could be sooooo much better. 

Like this homemade hummus recipe that has been stuck to my fridge for at least 3-4 years and I had never tried it. 


Yesterday was a good day to hibernate in the kitchen (freakin' cold out) so I made Primal Crunch Granola (another "Where Have You Been All My Life moment) and decided to give this Hummus a go.

I chopped up the garlic:


Added the lemon juice. Working with lemons always make for a better day - the colour, the smell, it's all good!


And put it all in a blender. I added some cayenne pepper and sweet red peppers cause I wanted a bit of that hot/sweet thing going on:


A voila, I had a beautiful Hummus


So good for dipping veggies or crackers or Naan bread!

It's always a good idea to try new things. You may discover something that will make your life richer. Like an expensive tube of lipstick, a friend, or a new hobby.  How about exploring your faith? Apparently God is standing at the door knocking waiting for someone to open it, according to Rev. 3:20...just saying...

Or maybe you should just check the fridge door. Might be a great life-changing recipe right in front of you! 





Sunday, February 26, 2017

WE WERE HERE



For the record, this is not my footprint. It belongs to someone I was following on the beach who's feet are not nearly as ugly as mine. 

But we were here. 

In Punta Cana, walking the beaches with thousands of other souls in so many different shapes and sizes.

We listened to the waves wash in with a gentle swoosh as they gave the sand a sloppy wet kiss.




We were treated like royalty at the Riu Palace Bavaro, where the staff went out of the way to meet all your wants and needs.




I ate a lot of seafood: Lobster Risotto




Sea bass, cod and Sushi!




I LOVE SUSHI!

The desserts were nothing to sneeze at either!




I spent most of my time by the pool, reading and swimming. Much to my surprise, I usually had the pool to myself - seems most everyone just wanted to dip in for a minute to cool off before they headed back to their lounger and cerveza. Me, I was doing laps: back stroke, breast stroke, side stroke, dives, somersaults. When I get the chance to swim, I'm gonna take it!

We landed back in Canada early Saturday morning around 4:00 am. I thought Lulu was going to pee on the floor she was so excited to see us! 

The opportunity to take such a luxurious holiday only magnified my sense of gratefulness. Not just for going on the trip but for all I have waiting for me at home. Everything from my bed and the big chair in the front room, to the clarity of Canadian light, and for doing the simple things, like walking the dog and baking banana bread. 

So I'm sending up a big prayer of thanks for enjoying adventures in far off exotic lands and for the comforts of home. 

Thanks for letting me be here. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

THIS IS NOT THE BLOG YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

This past week was Valentine's Day so to show the love I made some treats for my peeps at the office.




 Strawberry and raspberry tarts 



And cookies: ginger and some white chocolate vanilla! Because I'm all about putting others first you know....

WAIT.....

I have to be honest..this is not a blog about thinking of others first. If that's what you want, this is not the blog you are looking for..

Cause to be honest, right now I'm here..



Doing this:



And looking at these!



Having a wonderful time, wish you were all here!









Sunday, February 12, 2017

I WON'T JUDGE YOU BY YOUR iPOD.



If I were a betting woman, I would guess you usually have some sort of music floating around in your head. Something you heard on the radio or a catchy commercial ditty. Or, something from your own music collection. 

I know I do. Follows me around while I carry out my morning ablutions, while I'm walking the dog, working, eating- my own personal musical just going on in my head. The song changes up when another ear worm invades and takes over my head space. 

"Ear worm, or brain worm" is described as "stuck song syndrome, a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person's mind after it is no longer playing." Well, some of them are catchy, some are just plain annoying!

I love music. All kinds (except Country....sorry. Just can't do it).  

Some I love because of the memories they bring. Memories of loved ones or a beautiful moment I can somehow relive while the song is playing. Led Zeppelin always reminds me of my sister Heidi. 

The musician in me will fall in love with the bass or drum line or a gut wrenching solo. The guitar solo in Elvin Bishop's "Fooled around and Fell in Love" nails it.  

Some I love cause they are great work out songs - hats off to the awesome funk of Earth Wind and Fire and Bruno Mars! 

Some, are so beautifully engineered they are works of art in themselves. John Mayer that's some team you got working for you!

I have classic rock, funk, inspirational, classical, jazz, pop, alternative all hanging around on my music collection and in my head space.  

You have yours too - quite likely there's some country in there. hey - to each his own. What happens in your Musical, stays in your Musical.  I won't judge you by your iPod!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

BUT I STILL LOVE GODZILLA!!

On Friday, I was chatting with a coworker about our weekend plans. 

I was pretty excited! Friday night included getting groceries and then home for sushi and opening a new bottle of spanish wine!! AND as a bonus, I didn't even have to pick up the sushi!

WOOHOO!!

My how things have changed...Friday night used to mean heading out on the town for a good time!


This is myself (in the middle) with friends Brenda and Lisa on New Years Eve. I'm 19 at the time...maybe 20. The pic is a little fuzzy cause it's old. Like me -  fuzzy and old.

My favourite food was home made chocolate chip cookies. 

Now it's homemade Granola! A girl at work calls it "white man's crack!"


Front walkovers and cigarettes are definitely out. Pilates and water with lemon are in. Where have I gone?? What the heck happened?? Even scarier....what will I be like in another 25 years, well into my 70s??

But wait....some things have not changed....I still Love Godzilla!


It was on TV last night. A 2014 version and still awesome! I remember back in the 1970s on Saturday afternoons I would watch Monster Movie! Loved the cheesy Godzilla back then, still love it today! You can bet I will be rockin' the rocking chair at 75 watching Godzilla stomping and blowing blue flames.

So take heart all you young things growing up, having babies and adapting your lifestyle. Inevitably, things will change. 

But Godzilla will still be as Badass as ever!