Friday, March 07, 2014
I am sitting at my desk, having packed up my laptop. There is a suitcase and a cooler in the hall just outside the office door. The car is already loaded with my sparkrecipe flax seed muffins...blueberry, strawberry, cherry and apricot. My wine, and some soda, water and my dinner contribution all set to go.
Why so much preparation? Why so much excitement?
I'm heading out to a sparkteam meet. We haven't managed to all be able to make it but enough of the team that it feels like a full team rally....we are all coming with our missing sisters in our hearts!
It's ABSOLUTELY AMAZING how this site has drawn so many strangers together as besties.
How Crazy is this? NOT!!! LOL
Friday, February 28, 2014
I haven't posted too many blogs this winter have I?
For that matter, I haven't logged too many miles either. Gulp
No coincidence there....I often compose these posts in my mind while I run, but inside while I try to do what I can without dying of boredom and cutting the workouts short.....well I go the mindless route, watching something entertaining and thinking about....nothing.
Today was a Johnny Carson DVD. Worth the mindlessness since I believe strongly that laughter truly is good medicine. And it worked to distract me from my forced confinement.
Now this evening, I look out the window at yet another snowfall. it's too cold to snow....doesn't the weatherman know that? Ok, make the best of it, think positively. Tomorrow is March first. In like a lion, out like a lamb right? I hope so. I'm ready for spring.
Enough whining and complaining. What's been sustaining this winter?
Those I know......
and those I don't.
A few members of one of my teams will be gathering at a hotel next weekend. I've met a couple of these women and look forward to seeing them again. I have not met others yet I know them so well that I can't wait to see them too. This is such a strange phenomena. In the course of a couple years of communications, we have supported each other through our efforts to make positive changes in our lives. We've worried when one of our group has had illness or injury in the family and we've tried to be there for each other when some have lost their jobs. We have cheered on those who have made career moves and we've shed some tears when some have had losses or other big concerns. And all of this without having met each other in real life. Amazing.
Just this past week, I have had contact with some new sparkfriends (new for me anyway) and with these first exchanges, I am reminded of the final line from one of my favorite movies......this may be the start of a beautiful friendship! LOL
You may be wondering why I seem to be so sentimental today.
I received an e-mail from an old friend containing news that another old friend has passed away. I've been doing a lot of thinking about friendships.
As we go through our lives we make so many friends and over time we often lose track of many of them. That doesn't mean we forget them but our lives follow divergent paths and we no longer see each other regularly. Life goes on......and then it doesn't.
When we make friends, we share a part of ourselves and our memories will always hold some part of that friendship. That is always a good thing.
All right, it's time to March on! C'mon spring, time to say goodbye to the past and hello to the possibilities of the future.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I woke up this morning hearing a tiny voice saying dip me...it was soon joined by a choir of little voices saying DIP ME!!
Those strawberries I bought yesterday are noisy little (big) critters! LOL
Now, I love all that beautiful fruit of course and it's delish all by itself with little or no adornment.....but big beautiful berries are just made to be dipped into dark chocolate! At least for me. The combination of two of the most luscious, decadent things....................................
When I finally let those voices draw me out of bed, I took the container of strawberries out of the fridge. They're big, beautiful and perfect for dipping. I can see why they woke up and started calling to me!
Of course they needed to take a quick swim first so I pulled out the specimens that I plan to dip and a few extras for good measure. Most of those big babies are now drying in anticipation of a robe of dark lovely chocolate.
So.............I also washed some blueberries.
A waiting bowl received some of the cantaloupe, the blueberries, some pineapple and sliced strawberries. I almost grabbed the camera, this made such a pretty dish.
But...that's not enough! I stirred some plain Greek yogurt with a bit of Kahlua flavored sugar free coffee syrup and gave the fruit a robe of this flavored "sauce" A couple of tablespoons of granola crunch sprinkled on top.
I'm in heaven!
Now, I have to go. I've only gotten to savor half of that lovely bowl and I just can't delay any longer!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Our house is rarely devoid of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have always loved my fruits and vegetables but since I started paying attention to the rainbow on my plate, this has become even more so.
At 1AM this morning, I finished off the last of the fresh pineapple in the fridge, the big bowl on the coffee table had only 3 cuties left in it. My shopping list on the counter had been growing steadily and today, since we needed to drive to Green Bay, I planned to remedy my fresh fruit and vegetable supply situation.
It's comical how both my husband and I have grown so accustomed to having plenty of sweet fresh fruit at hand. We approach the store with a predictable pattern, sweeping through the entire store, checking out everything as we go and following the list for those things we know we need. When we get to the produce section we usually split up to get all the things we want and often something a bit different too depending on the season. So today, while my husband picked up bananas and a pineapple, I picked up strawberries, blueberries, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes a watermelon & some wonderful little cantaloupe, add some sugar peas, some more cuties of course and we were ready to head to the meat and bakery departments. Now, we had a lot to pick up today, including a case of wine, but by the time we got to the check out, our cart looked pretty much the way it usually does these days, loaded to the brim with delights of color and taste.
It makes me smile when I see a cart full of goodness. When a check out clerk comments on the substance of my cart, I am always reminded that this is not what they see all day every day, and I'm glad that I can brighten the clerk's day as well as my own.
It's so easy to make me smile!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A friend sent some pictures today....actually this friend who has been in Hawaii for weeks, has been sending photos almost daily...but today the photos were different. No orchids, no scenic tropical views and no frosted glasses dressed with pineapple.
My favorite is perhaps something filled with hope.
It was warmer today and I enjoyed my walk, but it will be some time before I get to see something like this in reality.....
So for now, I'll just hope!
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