Friday, June 01, 2012
Do you think that events that included food during our childhood influence choices as we age? I do. I can remember several things from when I was young that have made an impression on me even now.
My brother was going to be 10 in a few weeks and considered old enough to care for five year old me when our parents were gone for an hour during the Christmas holidays. Most likely he was, but neither of us could resist the call of the peanut butter fudge our mother had made for company. Between the two of us we ate it all!! Needless to say neither one of us care for it even today!! But chocolate fudge, until I couldn't eat it, held a real temptation for me.
Our mother came from the depression era, but lived on a farm where they grew their own veggies, milk products, and did their own slaughtering of some of their herd of cattle. Her mother was from the era when some illnesses ran rampent regarding how food was prepared. Between those things, she would as I said - cooked everything to death and as my brother says - until it tasted like shoe leather. That doesn't mean we like our food rare, but we do know the importance of cooking to a safe yet tasty doneness. We also enjoy our veggies that are cooked not to be mush!! Those were our choices growing up - mushy or raw. It is no wonder we didn't care that much for our veggies. As we grew up and had other tastes of these same things we came to love them better. By the time I was living with our mother as an adult, she was doing a lot better than she had when we were kids. There are some foods we still don't care for, though.
It wasn't until I went to college that I tasted shell fish. As much as I love crab and lobster meat, I still have not learned how to get them out of their shells. Those foods were never introduced to us. Mama used to tell us that everytime her dad sold a herd, he'd bring oysters home for the family, but she never fixed them for us, and I still don't care for them.
There are still a lot of food that I choose not to eat because of how I had them in my childhood. Then there are other ways to prepare them that I enjoy a lot. Tomatos are a good example. When I was young they were served with sugar on them, especially when I stayed with my grandparents. One day I was staying with my BFF and her mother served them with mayo and I loved them! That is the only way I would eat them.
Our father grew up at the same time, but they were in the city and ate quite differently. Some of those things carried over to our childhood and I find I enjoy them today, too. Stuffed cabbages, noodles, sour cream, and fish are some of them. My grandmother could stretch the hamburger with adding a lot of rice to the stuffed cabbage. She could also make a meal of noodles and sour cream witha little bit of fish.Several other dishes from that time that I still care for are mac and cheese and scalloped potatoes.
With all the advice in SP, I now still eat some of my favorites, but have lightened them up considerably.
One thing I have forgotten is my grandparents had black raspberries growing outside their back door. We could just take them as we walked by. To this day they are my favorite fruit.
What are your tales of food choices from when you were a kid?
Peace and love to all my Buds. And blessings, too.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
With the week I've had, I decided I needed to take some "me" time today. So I went and had my hair cut and my nails done. Ohhhhhhhhhh did it all feel so good and relaxing.
My new hair cut is pixie like and I love it. It's going to be so easy to take care of. My hair has always been difficut to cut as it was very deceptive. It is so fine it looks like there is little there, yet it was thick, so there was much more. Whenever I found someone who could give me a good cut, I stayed with them.
All of that was before my treatments. Now it is fine and sparce in the front and on top. Wendy who cuts my hair, says it is has come back thick in the back as it used to be. She also said she was surprised that it grew in straight again (it has always been stick straight). But, she said it was darker than it was before. It had been a dark blonde, now she said it is blonde-brown - what is called dirty blonde.
Wendy is my third hairdresser since I've lived in FL. Sadly the first two have left us. The first one was from CPOD and she was in her mid-60's. The second was a dear friend and one of the first people I met here. She was in her early 50's when she died from breast cancer. We were in school together and she was very, very good with color. I think she even did a better job in corrective color than our teacher.
Pam and I had a comical relationship in a lot of ways. She was an only child and both of her parents had passed away. I was 2 1/2 months older than she. Anyway, when she was in the hospital, she told them I was her sister so I could get in to see her. When I started to work at the PD here, she was my trainer. We had an interesting time as I had never worked with so many codes and signals at the other department where I worked in OH. She would quiz me each day to help me learn all of them. Then when the writing was on the wall that our jobs were going to be taken over by the sheriff's office, we both decided to quit. The thing was, we made that decision independately from one another. Once I had made up my mind, I went to the voctional school and signed up for the cosmetology classes. When I got back to work, I told Pam before I turned my letter in to the chief. She started laughing and I was really confused. Then she told me she had already turned in her resignation!! She asked me what I was going to do and I told her. She laughed again. She had signed up for the same classes at the same time!! Of course not one person at the PD who believed that we didn't know what the other had done. It really was comical. We seemed to get into similar situations both at the PD and in school. We even got scheduled to take our state boards on the same day and location!
For my nails I have only had this one tech that I have now. Most of the time I gave myself manicures and Bob would give me pedicures. Today I had the manicure. The polish she used was a really pretty shade. In the bottle it looked purple, but once it was on, it is sort of irredesent. It is very light and one way it looks like light lavendar and when you move your fingers it looks like a very pale green. I love it and so does Bob. Denise does a fantastic job and I've had lots of compliments with some of the polishes she uses on me. During football season, she will always make them orange and blue - the Gators' colors!! She does a fantastic job and I'm really fortunate to have found her. Not only that but both young ladies work in the same salon.
So this is what I did for me to relax. It sure did take a lot of stress away. Now I need to find someone to give me facials and massages!! I used to get those in OH and they were so relaxing. I would come from having a massage and be like a rag doll!! My mom would give me two gift certificates for both - one at Christmas and one for my birthday. She couldn't have found a better gift for me! If you have never had them, I recommend you try one. Perhaps you could have them on your "Wish List" and be gifted like I was.
We have all worked hard on our journys and we need to take time for ourselves every so often as a reward. After all we are changing our life styles for ourselves so we owe ourselves "me" time.
Peace and love to each of you. I love all of you, my SP Buds.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thank you my Buds for all your comments on my last blog. Here are some comments, answers to questions, and perhaps a question or two.
I have updated everything/drivers that needed it. I always reboot everyday and with my laptop I reboot each session I finish. I know it cannot my computers or ISP as it just started and all other sites I go to work just fine.
We are rural, too, but on ATT DSL as fast a speed as is possible in the area, so I doubt that is the issue. I'm with you, Penny, I wish SP would just say there is a problem and they are working on it. Yesterday I got my points, could post on the pages, could also do my blog all just fine. Sometimes the mail worked and sometimes it didn't. Doing my other activities to track, some worked and the other shut down my browser. Update status, teams, other blogs, I could not do at all. Oh yes, I cannot use my spell check either.
If someone can post my problems to tech board and copy their answer on my page, I would be forever grateful.
About the sign....... some of your comments made me smile. It is at the Palatka Mall by the Aaron's entrance. Yes, it is in FL.
I think I covered everything. I would have answered at the other blog entry, but it wouldn't let me leave comments.
Take good care my Buds.
Peace and love to all along with blessings,
Monday, May 21, 2012
Am I all alone in having the feelings I have been for the past four weeks?
Everytime I do my Friday weigh in, I see that I am losing, yet I don't feel like I am. I know I'm wearing size 10 jeans, but everytime I look in the mirror, I still feel I look fat.
I can't seem to get my mind wrapped around the fact that I am 1/2 the weight I was in April of 2010. I try to get back into a positive mood whenever I start to feel like this, but sometimes it stays with me a while.
Am I crazy or going through some sort of stage?
Peace and love to all my SP Buds!
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