Sunday, September 11, 2011
Today was a special day at our church. We live near two major Air Force Bases and my husband and I are retired from the USAF so we are very patriotic. Today at church, we had 3 speakers; 2 AF Colonels and one AF Fire Chief. One of the speakers was a nurse who was getting ready to retire but she told us about her tour in Iraq this past June. She said they had a medical clinic with several doctors and nurses but nothing major, just a clinic to take care of the military and civilians that were assigned there. One day, they brought in an Iraqi Master Sergeant who was having a heart attack. He was gray and his vital signs were not good and she just knew that he wasn't going to make it. However, they all jumped in to treat him the best they could, got him stabilized and sent him on to Kerkuk Hospital.
Several days later, she heard from a doctor that treated him at the hospital. He survived and when he woke up, with his family surrounding him, he said, "The Americans saved me!"
Just that one person in Iraq, with his family, made a difference to her and what her lifes work meant.
The whole service brought tears to my eyes and my husbands and we were Proud Americans today! As we are every day!
Yesterday we attended the FSU football game and the band had dedicated the half time show to patriotic songs. The last formation they did was an AMerican Flag and the flag girls held up big cardboard shiny stars. I'm posting the pic and if you look at the upper left corner you can see the stars! Very impressive!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Jicama with a silent J that sounds like H, is a tuber, similar to a potato or a turnip. It is served sliced in salads and grown in South America or the Phillipines. I've probably had it at oriental restaurants and didn't know it. I think it is one of those veggies that takes on other flavors and not necessarily one of its own. That's all I've got for today on fruits and veggies!
I joined the Organize Yourself team and I've formed a new club within it, AAPT! It's the Attack A PIle Today Club! Amazing how I've been more aware of piles around the house and more anxious to attack and put them away now that I am the head honcho of the AAPT Club!
Yesterday I met with a friend who is a professional organizer. We agreed to help each other for a year, trading services. She will help me get organized and I will help her decorate her house. Amazing, it's like the shoemakers kids with no shoes! Our own homes don't reflect what we do so well for other people. I visited a prior client yesterday and her home was beautiful but she had a lot of new "stuff" sitting around that she had acquired in other places. Almost too much stuff but hey, why ask me? I have lots of stuff!
What was interesting about my visit with Cassandra, my organizer friend, was how completely opposite we are in personality! I am visual and she is audial. I love to write and watch the written word jump off the page and she has a set up where she talks into a microphone and the words type themselves on the computer! As all of my reader friends know, I have this goal to write a book someday, or develop a quilting pattern and sell it, or write a blog, or something that will make me famous! So Cassandra and I have decided to get together once a week for one year! And I'm going to blog about it. I will keep you posted on where and what to read. We are both excited and have scheduled a meeting for next week! Later. ENjoy your jicama!
Friday, September 09, 2011
There aren't a whole lot of I fruits and veggies but everyone knows iceberg lettuce. It is a head of lettuce and not that drippy stuff you get in a bag. I really missed my iceberg lettuce when I lived in ENgland back in the 70's. Shopping in the Air Force commissary was a help as we could get it but not always. Now, it is convenient to buy those bags of lettuce if you are making a salad for a lot of people and right away. However, I find those bags going to waste if I dont' eat up right away.
Caution, be sure and wash that lettuce out of the bag. I've heard of people getting ecoli from unwashed produce, especially greens! I learned from my mother to always wash fruit and veggies before eating. Imagine eating an orange straight from the supermarket that people have pawed over, picking out the fruit they want!
Today I'm having a professional organizer over to help me with some things. Business is slow so I need to find a way to get the phone to ring. Later.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
G is for grapes, grapefruit, and gooseberries. And green beans too. G is an easy letter to identify fruits and veggies with. THere are probably others too if anyone can think of them. Everyone likes grapes. WE grew up on them, the seedless kind. Don't like them with seeds, too much trouble. I love grapefruit and already discussed that one. Now gooseberries are something I had no clue about until we lived in ENgland back in the 70's. Our landlord was being posted to Malta for 3 years (touch assignment) and we were able to live in his 4 bedroom home with central heat. Lovely it was, living in ENgland with central heat back in those days! Anyway, they left us a freezer full of frozen food which included gooseberries. When my in laws came to visit, my mother-in-law baked us a gooseberry pie! It was delicious of course as she never made a bad pie.
Todays Spark tip is to buy fruits and veggies in season. They taste better. That makes sense I guess but you can get just about anything in season anymore. I grew up in Delaware and I remember the tomatoes tasted so special! Really tasty. Living in FLorida, they are pretty much tasteless. One year, I had a client in Alabama and I stopped at a roadside stand on the way to her home and bought some tomatoes. THey were delicious as they were home grown in dirt, not sand!
I joined the Organize Yourself Team here on Spark. I've been grousing about getting organized for years so yesterday I just went to the team section and looked to see what was out there. I've already established the AAPT club and I'm the first member. That's Attack A PIle Today! I've set a goal to put 5 piles away. Not being anymore specific because it would take too long to list them all but when I accomplish the task, I will post it. Then I'll set a goal for another 5 piles. Before you know it, I'll be Pile less. Enjoy your G fruits and veggies. This would make a good book if I ever got to it. Later.
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