Friday, December 7, 2018

Peeking in

I still love my blog and this bloggy world.

Winter here in MN. Like the meme says - you must learn to find joy in snow. If you don't, you won't have any joy but still have the same amount of snow.

Friday, May 25, 2018

How to have a sparkling organized picture- perfect home

1. Have a crap-ton of money

2. Do NOT have children.  They will want to do all number of fun, educational activities like crayons, play do, blanket forts, and they track in acres of dirt.  Only a cruel nincompoop would deprive a child of any of this, so just don’t have them

3. Do NOT have outside interests. This results in extra shoes on the back porch, equipment in the garage, extra mailings and catalogs, and too much clothing. Just stay home and admire your clean house.

4. Do NOT have friends.  They give you gifts like food when you’re sick, and divided perennials for your yard.  And friends always lead to #3.

5. Cover your entire property with cement.  No messy gardening, or composting, or seed catalogs, or coupons for mower repair.  Clean cement with no patio furniture to lounge on or a fire pit to enjoy.  Woodpiles are sloppy! And no unwanted perennials from those friends you don’t have.

6. Don’t ever cook.  EVER! Eat out every meal, alone.

7. Don’t travel.  This means keeping unsightly luggage in your closets, souvenirs to dust, and memories that will interrupt the zen of your perfect home.

8. With your crap-ton of money, have other people come in and buff you and your home to a squeaky shine.

9.  Don’t ever celebrate any holiday. Now you have no need to keep wrapping paper or tape in the house. And two words: pine needles.

10. Don't have a pet. Who needs that unconditional love when you could instead have continuous reflective surfaces?

OR do like us and enjoy a full life with all the joyous mess it entails

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Progression of my mornings

the night before ......
I’m setting the alarm nice and early.  I’ll walk for 40 min, meditate for 15, have time for a healthy breakfast and coffee, then shower, make the bed, pack a lunch and head out with 10 min to spare.

First snooze......
Damn! Guess I’ll walk after work.  I’ll even go to the gym

Second snooze.......
Ok, I’ll meditate after supper.  That’s better for sleep anyway

Third snooze........
So I’ll pop a bagel into the toaster and eat an apple on the way

Fourth snooze.......
Shower definitely but I can make the bed after work.  No one but us sees it anyway

Fifth snooze........
I’ll eat at Arby’s near work

Sixth snooze.....
Granola bars in the car are healthy, right?

Seventh snooze.......
Where’s my dry shampoo?

Will I ever become an adult?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

And I'm getting older, too......

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love ?
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail thought the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life
Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older, too......
LANDSLIDE by Stevie Nicks
Been musing quite a bit on life, on growing older, on children leaving home.  My baby, my youngest, graduates high school this spring.  And thus ends my life as a Mom with kids at home.  I tried so hard to be present, just BE, for every second but still the years whooshed past. 
So this past Saturday I sat listening to her choral concert, knowing we have one more performance until I'm done being a parent in the audience.  The grieving thoughts started, and the empty hole grew in my mind. What does this next step hold for me? Someone who never had a clear vocational niche?
As if being whispered in my ear, the alternative view came.
As I have always believed, everything we do in kindness or love creates karma that balances the bad.  Each act sends an "invisible bubble" of perfection into the air of our collective human consciousness.  Each phase of life offers us unique chances to create bubbles.
Each kiss.
Each kind word or wish.
Each tear shed in grief.
Each donation.
Each laugh.

All send up "bubbles" of love and joy that surround us and our fellow earthlings. This thick layer of love is insurance against the hate and anger.  So the next step, as every step before, is to find as many opportunities as possible to make bubbles!  Perhaps I found my niche after all.

Monday, December 12, 2016

President elect Trump


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Frank has a problem

I'm really tired of this hating on the poor, really really feckin tired.

I got into it with a friend. Let's call this friend Frank.  Frank gets his boxers all in a twist at the idea of food stamps, you know, the old "why do I have to work so hard to feed someone who's not willing to work?"

All Frank sees is lazy people all over America taking $20 bills out of his pocket to fuel their drug-addled existence.  Frank refuses to look at facts because they destroy his narrative.  The FACT is that most food and housing assistance folks are white, are working full time, have less than 2 kids, and are off assistance within 2 years.  Literally extending your hand to help a fellow American get back on his feet.

What Frank also refuses to see is the FACT that obscenely wealthy individuals and corporations are indeed taking $100 bills out of his pocket to subsidized corporate jets, off shore accounts, bonuses to failing CEOs, and vacation homes.

Only one of these facts makes Frank's blood boil.  Frank has a problem.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What the Kale???

If you are expecting me to say I've just been to busy to blog, you'd be wrong.  I've been way too lazy to blog.  I had literally 2 months off for foot surgery and didn't blog one single word.  Go ahead and judge me.

But as always, when I find a good recipe to share I go straight here.  Giving credit where credit is due, I found this on Pinterest and followed it here.

Since Kale is the latest hipster vegetable, and will be available by the truckload at midwestern farmers' markets, you need something delicious to make from it.  This is a big hit at my place.  For this and other Pinterest recipes I've tried go here.

ounces cream cheese, softened.  Lowfat would be just fine.

15oz can of artichokes, drained
ounces greek plain yogurt or light sour cream
cup shredded Parmesan cheese
cup shredded Mozzarella or Swiss cheese, and a bit more for topping at the end.
teaspoon garlic salt
ounces kale, chopped (about 8-10 cups)

Mix it all together with a mixer - or by hand if you're stronger than me.  Then put it all in a pie dish or something similar.  The kale will cook down,
Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes.  Add more cheese on top during the last 5 minutes.
Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, raw veggies, compact discs, pencils, up to you.