Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I am good ....

I don't know where this was originally posted or by who. It was shared with me and I thought I would share it here. If you know who to credit, please let me know and I'll add a full credit line. Thx

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Have you ever thought of what night is or what it means to you? 

Have you ever considered what night really is and why, as children, we think everything is hidden in the night? 

We are told that most things to be feared are hidden in the dark of night.

Again, welcome, to the night, to the absence of light, the absence of color, the absence of the 'reality' we live with during the day. Let the night wrap you in its embrace of endless possibilities and endless reality.

I welcome the setting of the sun, the decreasing brilliance of colors as they fade to shades of grey. I enjoy the absence of distractions caused by tricks of light, glimmers, reflections, and refractions. The escape to the endless possibilities of the universe. 

The answers to questions that elude us during the day become crystal clear when the outside world is effectively turned off and our minds are free to explore all facets of the question.

Where will this night take us? What will we be able to create before dawn? Perhaps we can find the path to bring the night peace through to the day.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The A Side

No matter where you go or what you do there are always two sides to your day. In recent times the B side has seemed to be playing in the forefront, over and over again.

Today I decided that the A side needed to play more frequently and definitely louder. It needs to be the star of the show, just as it used to be on 45s.

It was a sunny, hot day that did get a tad wet. But the plants needed the moisture so they could grow stronger towards the life-giving sun. I had the pleasure of spending time with my girls and working in the yard. We now have a solid plan on how to improve the yard so we can spend more time outdoors.

Hopefully, weather allowing, we will be able to have a BBQ/picnic this weekend. We made a list of foods we wanted to enjoy and decided who would make what.

Need to create a playlist that we can all agree on. That is going to be an interesting challenge as we all have different tastes in music.

Had a great afternoon reorganizing my bedroom to be more comfortable. Perhaps instead of a bedroom, I should rename it a relaxation space. A quiet room to watch old movies, curl up with an old friend, better known as a good book. I love reading because you can lose yourself in another era of a well-written story.

Tomorrow is going to be a great day. No, I don't know what will happen but it will be an A-side day, one way or another :)

Tuesday, August 07, 2018


How do you learn to trust again?  I am not talking about everyone but someone you used to deeply trusted. Once that trust is betrayed is there any way to trust again?

I always try to be a truthful person and I expect the same in return. I know there are times when not everything can be disclosed for one reason or another. The question "what did you get me for Christmas?" will never get a straight answer. Unless it is just "a present". At times, work related questions cannot be totally answered honestly.

I was lied to, repeatedly, by someone I formerly had complete faith in. There was no reason for the lies except to not tell the truth.

Now I am expected to continue the relationship as if nothing had happened. As if the breach of trust had never occurred.

Sitting across a table, having a meal and trying to carry on an everyday conversation was the most difficult experience I have had in recent memory. I found myself wondering if anything I was hearing was the truth or a fabrication. I didn't know how to answer the most simple questions as I wondered if what I was saying was going to be used against me.

I really want to trust again, not trusting is exhausting. I am not sure who can believe. If what I am being told, is the truth. I still have some people I trust but the wound from this betrayal has scared my soul.

So, back to the original question, how can I trust this person again? Or, should I just walk away and just keep the memories of the past as my only connection?

Monday, August 06, 2018

Facts On Potatoes

Throughout North America, potatoes are the most popular vegetable, even being ahead of other well-known vegetables such as lettuce and onions.  You can cook potatoes in a variety of ways, and they are usually included in one out of three meals eaten by almost all North Americans daily.  When they are prepared in a healthy way, a potato can be an excellent source of energy. It also packs a big nutritional punch.

Like oranges, potatoes are very high in vitamin C. The fact is, one medium potato contains 45% of the vitamin C that's recommended for good health. Potatoes are also high in fiber and carbohydrates and contain more potassium than a banana.

A potato is naturally low in calories and contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol.  The skins of the potatoes provide a helpful dose of fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and several B vitamins.

If at all possible, you should avoid putting potatoes in the refrigerator or freezing them. The cold will turn the potato starch into sugar and cause them to turn dark when they are cooked.

When you store potatoes, keep them in a cool, dark place. Too much light will cause them to turn green. You can store them in the basement if you have one, it is the best place to keep potatoes.

From mashed potatoes to baked potatoes, a potato is something we all know and love. They are served with many different tasty foods, and they provide our bodies with plenty of healthful benefits.  We all eat potatoes, some of us even grow our own.  Whether you grow your own or buy them, the potato is the one vegetable that makes everything just a little bit better.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Leftovers - yay or nay

Using leftovers is important for any food budget. If you plan in advance to use the leftovers you create, you won't waste food and can likely double how long your food lasts. Also, by using the leftovers to make quick meals, you can save time on busy days.

Using leftovers in the most budget-friendly way means that you should know what you're cooking, when you're cooking it, how to store it best, and what you will do with the leftovers and when. So, if you're making pizza tonight, you might want to save some of the sauce, roll up leftover slices and have pizza dip tomorrow for lunch.

Some things make great leftovers just as they are. But the truth is, if you transform your leftovers based on a plan, you can make meals that do not seem like leftovers at all. For example, if you make rice tonight for dinner, it's best eaten like it is because it's fresh, fluffy, and delicious. Tomorrow it will be hard and will not have the same texture. But the new texture is perfect for stir-fry. Throw your leftover rice in a pan with a bunch of veggies, a squirt of sesame oil, shredded leftover chicken and it'll seem as if this is a brand-new meal.

The foods that you want to be leftovers are foods that improve their flavor and texture over time. This is true of soups, stews and it's also true of spicy dishes which get spicier with time. If you know your ingredients, you can know exactly how to reuse them when you cook with them.

When you store your leftovers, the best way to ensure that you're going to use them is to label them. For example, if you're saving rice for stir-fry, put on the label, "rice for stir-fry". Include the date so that you know when you need to use it by. 

Each type of leftover has a storage method. For example, when it comes to beans and grains you should freeze them. This works great for beans since it's less expensive to make beans yourself than buy them in a can. But, if stored incorrectly they can become mushy. Drain them and rinse them before storing. Then you can simply take them out of the freezer and toss into your recipes.

Leftovers vegetables are almost always good in soup. Leftover broccoli can easily become a delightful creamed soup. Just throw the broccoli in a blender with almond milk, butter, and use leftover cooked onions to give it even more flavor. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat on the stovetop, grab some bread or rolls and enjoy a fast meal.

Another great thing to do with almost any type of leftovers is to combine them into a wrap. Get a flour tortilla (or lettuce leaves) and add leftover meat, veggies, rice, beans, add some salsa, you've got an easy meal - all from leftovers.

Casseroles are one-pan dishes that just need a bit of creativity. Mixing any type of starch, protein, veggies, and cheese, with a crunchy topping of breadcrumbs will almost always be good.

If you want to do better with leftovers, think of them during your meal planning. Think about what you're cooking, and plan for using the leftovers in the meal the following evening or for a quick take-along lunch. If you plan it right, you can cook once, then eat two or three times - saving time, electricity, and your sanity.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

ummm .. .. joking

Welcome to the era of 'I can say whatever I want' - and erase it with "It's a Joke" or "I was joking" or plain and simple "Jokin'".

Reality check - once you have said it, it can not be taken back. You can't hit a magic button that rewinds time. Just because a thought pops into your mind, does not make it something that needs to be said out loud. It seems we have turned into a society of mindless, unthinking, uncaring idiots. More and more I hear 'joking' at the end of a sentence - after a few second pause that is - followed by a giggle or nervous smile. I guess after hearing what they just said, the next thought is 'oops, did I say that?' and the automatic response is 'joking'. That doesn't fix anything, it doesn't remove the hurt caused, or the embarrassment caused to either side. 

Freedom of expression is one thing but you still have to think before you speak. Once it is out there, it is out.

Take responsibility for your words as well as your actions.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Parts of the Circle

There is a missing piece, again, in my life. We all start with a circle full of parts to make a whole. As we grow we have the privilege of adding more pieces. Some only stay for a short while because they are just passing through our lives. They are there to add emotions to our circle. Be they positive or negative they are the parts that help us grow up. Help us learn to be the people we are meant to be.

Once we start walking in our own shoes and making our own choices, life opens up all kinds of doors. Places we go, things we do and the people we love. The ones we love add to the circle, add to the wholeness of who we are.

As our walk through life continues, and we get further from our beginning, we start losing pieces. Some of the pieces can never be replaced. They leave us with a hole where they used to be. We have the memories and the stories and the warm feelings just thinking of them. As time passes the hole gets easier to live with but never goes away.

I have lost a lot of pieces over the years. Some of the temporary pieces are forgotten unless triggered by memory. But the hole caused by important pieces are always there. They stay with you, walk with you and still try to help you along the way.

Recently I lost another piece. This piece will leave a different kind of hole in my circle. It is still there but no longer an active part of my life. It left without looking back. It tore away parts that are bleeding and will bleed for a long time. This is a new type of pain I am not sure how to go on with. But, from this loss, I hope I will eventually recover. The damage is done, it can't be repaired.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

7 Peculiar Uses For Pepper

I found this wonderful article at


Pepper is a wonderful spice and a well-known ingredient that no respectable household, restaurant or fast food joint can do without. It’s probably the second most used seasoning (second to salt) and it originates from plants included in the Piperaceae family. The common pepper dust or beads come from the plant’s fruits, which are dried, crushed in a fine and spicy dust or simply used whole; the whole dried fruit is known as peppercorn. The usage of pepper in both gastronomy and medicine dates back since antiquity. The term “pepper” is derived from the Dravidian term pippali, which was later turned into peperi by the romans; the used peperi for both the black pepper and the long pepper. In today’s modern languages, the term shifted into pfeffer(German), poivre (French), pepe (Italian), piper (Romanian) and of course pepper(English). What gives pepper its bite is a chemical called piperine.

Pepper has a long established reputation in the kitchen, but having some around can solve a lot of problems around the house. There are many unusual uses for pepper which will give great results. Here’s what you can use it for:

1. Keep ants away
Ants are naturally attracted by sugar compounds, so as long as you give them a reason, they’ll come invading your kitchen or wherever else they might find something sweet to take back to the colony. If you have some pepper in hand, you can sprinkle it every here and there, where you might think I’d get in the ant’s way. If the ants encounter pepper along their trail, they’ll most likely g thrown off and they’ll turn back.
2. Keep garden parasites at bay
Your garden won’t be safe until you take some measures. Your plants are in danger ever since they begin sprouting; as soon as they’re out, there are all sort of bugs that are ready to feast on the fruits of your labor. To keep these pesky parasites away, just mix black pepper and flour (equal parts) and sprinkle the mixture around the plants.
3. Keep away squirrels from the bird feeder
If you have a squirrel problem around the bird feeder, you can solve it by simply adding some cayenne pepper. Sprinkle the spice around the feed, and you won’t see squirrels around ever again. This won’t bother the birds that have a natural tolerance for the pepper; not only won’t they feel it, but the high amounts of vitamin A found in the pepper will also improve their plumage.
4. Brighten the colors of your clothes
If you wish to keep you clothes looking like new as long as possible or simply bring back to life some of the older clothes with faded colors, you don’t need any fancy and expensive products to get the job done. If you have some pepper around the house, just add a teaspoon of the spicy dust to the wash. The pepper thrown in the mix will keep bright colors as strong as ever and will prevent them from running too.
5. Migraines
If you find yourself having a strong headache for no apparent reason, some are claiming that pepper can save the day. Just get a regular glass of water and add half a teaspoon of pepper, mix it up good and drink the concoction. If you have a smaller glass, ¼ teaspoon of pepper will suffice. If in 40 minutes time you have had no results, repeat the procedure.
6. Clear up your sinuses
If you’ve caught a nasty cold or if your sinuses are acting up, you may be able to ease up the situation by adding some extra pepper you or meals. However, if you’re intolerant to spicy food, there’s another solution for your problems: you can get eucalyptus drops and mix them up with liquid pepper; put them in the steamer and they’ll do wonders for your clogged sinuses in no time at all.
7. Detoxify the liver
If you’ve been having liver problems lately or if simply you want to give your liver a hand, you’ll need to mix up the following in a small glass: 1 cup of flat, filtered water; 1 entire lemon (or lime) squeezed; 1 teaspoon of maple syrup (or other natural sweetener) and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. You should have this drink every morning, before breakfast.
Thanks to its natural properties, the common pepper s far more than a simple food spice. It can be used as a pest repellant, as a fabric brightener and even as a natural remedy for various afflictions. Having some around the house can be very convenient if you should ever find yourself in the need for any of its uses.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018


Until recently I was bombarded with negative opinions regarding a common acquaintance. I didn't have the opportunity to work closely with this person. Very rarely was there anything positive said. The characteristics offered were usually "stubborn", "won't take direction", "has to do things their way", "will not listen", and "has to argue about everything". No matter what I believed, it was hard to not to listen to all the negatives and have them creep into my thoughts and, I'm ashamed to say, beliefs.

A fortnight ago several things changed, this acquaintance and I started working together and spending a lot more time together. What I have discovered is that all the negative opinions and comments were wrong! The person in question has a wonderful, quick mind. They can create solutions for either simple or difficult problems 'on the fly'. A wonderful trait that allows work to be finished in a timely manner with, usually, better than expected results. They are open to suggestions and willing to try doing things a new way.

Recently we came upon a dilemma that did not seem to have a solution. Two days of trying solution after solution that failed, we thought we were at an impasse and would have to scrap the project we had been working on so diligently. We were both disappointed and called it a day. The next morning, after being held up with meetings, I arrived to find the project complete. The solution had presented its self while I was away. We spent the rest of the day celebrating :)

How many times do we hear an opinion in a week? How many times is it about someone we only remotely know or don't see very often? Do you believe all the opinions? How much do you trust the source? Should you trust the opinion of others?

"I heard that ......." please fill in your own negative gossip. Is this what we really should be basing our opinion of others on? Have you ever stopped to wonder what those same opinionated people are saying about you? If they can malign one person, what stops them from doing the same to others.

If someone new comes into your life, form your own opinion. If you do hear something, anything takes it with a grain of salt. Leave your mind open and form your own opinion. That new person could turn into a best friend, a wonderful employee or a companion that will fulfill a gap in your life.