Thursday, October 19, 2017
Power, as described by Merriam-Webster is the:
Number one. Okay.
Number two. Odd...but apropos for our current baseball playoff season.
Number three. Yes. This is the power I'm thinking of.
The capacity for being acted upon.
The first and third definitions are almost at odds with each other. One holds the power and the other succumbs to the power.
As women, I think we flip flop between these two definitions. We have the power one day and we succumb to other forces of power the next. I am forever hopping between the two, daily, if not hourly.
My mind moves to Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump and the power they believe that they hold. We can't allow bullies to have power upon us. It is scary how those that feel they are powerful can make others feel powerless. This is not okay.
If you've read past posts, especially Rain, Coffee and Tissues, you'll know that my path has been questioned recently. And I'm okay with that. It's good to be rattled every once in a while. It's okay to be confused. It's normal to wonder if what you are doing or your path is the right one.
But, it is not okay to let someone else take your power. No one can decide your fate as an adult. Don't let the bully get you down. They may have brawn, but you own the power to control your own fate.
Surround yourself with friends that will lift you up. Friends that will remind you that your power is your own and no one can take it. Bullies may try to change the definition to Number Three, but you must own Number One.
~Ability to act.
~Ability to produce an effect.
Remember who you are. Change the definition.
I'll be right next to you, reminding you of how powerful you are.
...and the game changed.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sometimes, in life, you may feel like nothing can go right. Only left. Or downhill. Sucker punched, twice. Sometimes these things are small in nature, but when added onto other struggles, that small 'thing' can be enormous.
And sometimes, you trudge through. It might be ugly and muddy, but you keep trudging, hoping you are going in the right direction. Still with trepidation, but trudging nonetheless.
Then, the sign hits.
My sign hit last night. This sign was just the encouragement I needed to push me forward, I thought I was doing the right thing, and then this song came into my life.
My husband and I were gratefully invited to attend the WBFO's Buffalo Blue's Bash last evening. Our generous friends welcomed us to their table to enjoy two great Blue's bands. Freightrain (Robert "Freightrain" Parker) and Dawn Tyler Watson Band. The talent in both groups was inspiring. The best music is the music you feel in your gut. This was that kind of music.
Back to my sign. You all know I had a rough week (actually one event last week that I couldn't shake) last week. I like to think I've moved on, but there is always that lingering sliver of roughness that doesn't quite leave.
These words came from Dawn Tyler Watson at a time I needed them:
I want to give you all some real good news
I want you all to keep your head up
Spread the love
This is a Song about perseverance and positivity
If you are going through any crap right now,
I want to tell you, Shine on.
And though the road is dark and long
Our light will conquer
Shine on brothers and sisters
Don’t let the darkness get to you
In this world there is pain and suffering
But you must try to see the love in the moment…
And as I connect the words from her mouth to my story, my friend places her hand on my shoulder and the tears begin to pool and stream down.
When others see your sign, you know it's real. I'm taking control of this week. No bad days.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
It's a gloomy, rainy day. I'm thankful for the rain, just wish we could share it with California.
My workout, albeit with great intentions, was not all that great. I whined. I complained. I struggled. But I went. I got in the car and went. Running into a friend on the way in was great, lifted me up a touch. My gal pals that I workout with, well, not sure I'd want to know life without them. If you are reading this and need inspiration, come work out with these women. Insanely inspiring. Each and every one of us has (at least) one physical injury that we power through no matter what. If you don't think you can lift something, they will be there talking you through your mental defiance.
Upon coming home. I screamed. I cried. I made some phone calls. I got an interview. I watched a little TV while waiting on hold for 18 minutes only for the operator to say 'all operators are busy, please call back later'. Just what a girl down wants to hear!
Shower with Milk and Honey Epsom salt on the floor of the shower (amazing...Sara), some music (favorite one of the day here) and this coffee.
My dear friend makes me coffee like this at her house. It's amazing. You can get this little brew cup here on Amazon.com. My grounds are a Mocha Java from our new Whole Foods.
Cute mug, huh? I'd be happy to make one for you. I'll set them up in my etsy shop here in the next couple days, but let me know if you'd be interested. They have been go-to office and teacher gifts. Dishwasher safe!
My day is looking better already. Thanks for reading.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Cauliflower crust seems to be all the rage these days. Personally, I find it bland and boring. I'd rather go without.
But...Mr. Spaghetti Squash...he's a good egg.
This isn't a super fast recipe, but it has minimal ingredients, which I appreciate.
If you are super pressed for time, go to your local market and head to the salad bar. I grabbed a small container and filled with a few things for my flatbread/pizza. Yes, you can call this pizza and you can eat the whole thing.
This flat bread would work great with a rolled sandwich or dipped in some pasta sauce. I like to overcook mine so that it gets crispy.
I'm currently eating clean, so I went super veggie on this with a teaspoon of grated Parmesan - mostly for the photo, I normally leave it off totally. But if you want a pizza, sauce and cheese it up!
Cooking the Squash:
Slice your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and stringy goop.
Place face down in half inch of water in a baking dish. Roast in oven at 375 for 30 minutes or so. I don't set a timer, when I smell it and there are a few brown spots on the skin, it's done.
When you are ready, put a cheesecloth or dish towel on the counter and place your squash in the center. Roll the sides over and start twisting the water out of the squash over your sink. You may have to open up the towel and adjust the squash and repeat. It always amazes me how much water is in there!
|Squash after Draining|
Drained spaghetti squash
2 eggs (if choosing to add cheese to your crust, omit one egg)
Italian seasonings, to taste
Onion powder, to taste
Bake in 350 oven for approximately 25 minutes.
Keep an eye on this, it all depends on how much water you got out of the squash.
When you see it curl a bit on the edges and have some crusty spots, flip it over and put back in the oven for 10 minutes.
Top with your favorite toppings and put back in the oven for another 7-10 minutes, or till toppings are melted, warmed, crispy...
Please let me know if you try this and how it worked out for you in the comments below. This won't hold up like a Buffalo pizza crust - so get that though out of your head right now.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
I've left all my previous posts so that you have a little window into who I used to be. I'm still that girl, just been through a long road in between.
Not doing as much art or fiber, but working hard at keeping my body working. I have back issues and a knee that blames me for every dance move I nailed in my teens. I love chocolate, but try to stay away, it's the first step in the steep spiral staircase that has me wallowing the pit of denial. I watch too much MSNBC and was recently let go from my previous job that started my healthy eating and exercise - that's a sad story for another day - or for never - it's in the past.
So that you know I am a REAL person...here is my before and after pictures. Yes, I lost 100 pounds at one point in my life. It was amazing. Unfortunately, I didn't hide all those pounds well enough and they found me again...all in the struggle. I know I won't get that all off again, and that's okay, I'm ditching the scale and living my life.
I hope you follow along - please remember, any recipe on here prior to TODAY, is most likely not healthy at all! Remember, I was a FAT GIRL. My twist...I'm done being fat.
Monday, May 19, 2014
As much as I love seeing the daffodils peek through the snow and crispy leaves, I love the mid spring flowers growing around the fading spring bulbs.
My sister - in - law told me once that her mom would have her roll all the daffodil leaves and tie them close to the ground. Every single plant individually.
I think about that every year when I'm ready to rid the flower beds of the thin spiked leaves. I never seem to have the right tools when I want to clean up the beds.
This year, I did a simple French braid across three daffodil plants with a simple knot At the end.
At least it's interesting.
Monday, March 24, 2014
We like broccoli.
We like ground sausage and beef.
2 cups chicken stock
2 broccoli crowns
3/4 lbs ground sausage
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion
Garlic and basil
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
This weather has made us hermits.
Even the dog is getting antsy. She is eating everything that she shouldn't be: Sharpie Paint Marker, Valentine list for school, lid for our pretzels and most heartbreaking, Tom's wool hat he has had since he was 13 years old.
We went for a walk tonight. She is very protective of her yard. Barking incessantly. On our walk, a neighbor dog was barking at us. Millie couldn't understand what the noise was about. Quite funny. Although my legs were frozen within three minutes of the start of our walk, we forged on.
A warm-up is on the way. 31 degrees. Sounds like short sleeve weather.