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Spring!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

First day of spring, I love the weather warming up, the birds. Planted my first lettuces, yay!
Had a great weekend, last night walked an outdoors exhibition, Lux, with multiple installations of lights around the waterfront. Truly beautiful on that still, warm night.
And on Saturday, went to a gala dinner, here is a selfie as we are heading off.


Got more spring cleaning done, emptied some boxes of junk, I'll be incinerating the paper this evening.

Enjoy your week, sparkers!

  
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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 9/1/2014 12:08PM

    Great photo!

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/1/2014 11:49AM

    You look absolutely RADIANT! emoticon

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RDEE22 9/1/2014 9:13AM

    Lovely photo FiFi. Have a lovely Spring.

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PHOENIX1949 8/31/2014 10:53PM

    Nice to meet y'all in person, virtually that is.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/31/2014 9:42PM

    Awwww, thanks for sharing the selfie. Wonderful pic of the 2 of you.

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Fizzing along

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today is the day to make my first batch of kombucha. I will infuse some for a few days before fermenting it. I think I will add ginger and lemon to some, and earl grey tea to some, and leave some plain.

Big weekend this weekend, we have a gala dinner and a friend's significant birthday tonight. Wish I hadn't woken up so early (4am), will try to get a little nap in this afternoon.
Wish me luck!

  
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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/29/2014 7:36PM

    emoticon emoticon Yum!

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WETPTARMIGAN 8/29/2014 6:58PM

    Fizzyfrizzle! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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JLAMING263 8/29/2014 5:27PM

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SAMYOOPER 8/29/2014 5:26PM

    I been making kombucha for several years and my husband and I love it. I use ginger and blueberry juice for added flavor. It's so refreshing. Dave drinks it because it helps with his arthritis and I just drink it because I like it. I've been limiting myself because there are some carbs in it and I'm doing low carbs.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2014 5:21PM

    Well, hope you have a wonderful time @ the parties. And good luck with the kombucha.



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Baby steps

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I'm not being as diligent about my exercise & food as I might be, so I am blogging the positive steps I AM taking, no matter how minor.
So, I have begun taking diatomaceous earth and bentonite. So far so good, I know I need to have heaps of fluids to keep everything moving along, if you know what I mean.
I've been feeling quite foggy headed & am attributing this to a cleansing reaction.
Part of my increased fluid intake is apple cider vinegar with honey and cayenne pepper. I,ve just mixed some up ready to add to my hot drinks, it is a probiotic & is supposed to alkalinise the system. It is a delicious drink!
My kombucha is fermenting away, and I have a jar of mung bean sprouts on the go.

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:52AM

    Wow, this sounds really interesting! Good for you! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/25/2014 6:59PM

    Strange foods but, whatever floats your boat.

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TWEETYKC00 8/24/2014 10:34AM

    Hey, big or small, a step in the right direction is always good!

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/24/2014 10:28AM

    You're headed in the right direction Fifi! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2014 9:31PM

    Good job.

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VEG954 8/23/2014 7:11PM

  Yes, you are taking baby steps! Slow and sure. emoticon
I was taking Bentonite clay for a while and, for no reason quit taking it.
Thanks for your blog! Will start taking it again in the morning along with pumping up the fiber.
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UMBILICAL 8/23/2014 6:58PM

  One at a time

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For Eunice

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Watermellen blogged about fit neighborhoods. My DH used to walk to school with his friends. They would stop by each other's homes where the SAH mums were there to welcome them, and the tins were always full.
He is now at that age where the parents of the friends are dying, and on Monday he is flying home for the funeral of one of those women.
So this blog is to remember Eunice, who had two sons, one of whom was killed just a few months ago in an aircraft accident in a plane he was piloting.
Eunice lived in a house of men, Richard her husband is an engineer and an inventor, and her two boys were into motorbikes and planes. My DH's father died when he was a teenager and Richard and Eunice welcomed him into their home. Richard supplied some of what DH missed in his father, who was a wonderfully talented maker of things. DH and their youngest son were best friends at high school, and together all the time.
Richard built a boat in his backyard, and a plane in a hangar a few miles away, he always had something on the go and that was of course very intriguing to DH. He learned a lot from Richard. And always in the background was the support of Eunice, keeping the house going, and providing the morning and afternoon teas, the lunches, making her sons' friends feel welcome in their home.
I used to feel for Eunice whose husband was basically never at home, he was at work or busy from dawn til well into the dark on these very large projects. Those projects consumed all Richard's time , there was no time for holidays, and I dare say much of their spare money too.
And although the boat was finally finished, after many many years, and named after Eunice, by the time that happened her youth was long gone, she was in a wheelchair and couldn't go on the boat. Once her sons were grown and gone she had the house pretty much to herself.
It's too expensive for us both to fly south for the funeral, but I look forward to hearing from DH about how this woman of character spent her days.

RIP Eunice.
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:51AM

    Such a special blog... emoticon

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BOHEMIANCAT 8/25/2014 12:58PM

    Sorry for your loss, but I loved reading it.
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WATERMELLEN 8/21/2014 8:24PM

    What a fine tribute to one of the many many fine women who are the unsung heroines of their neighbourhoods . . . I hope that your DH will have the chance to read it at the funeral!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/21/2014 8:13PM

    Nice story brought on by a sad happening.
It makes me think I'm doing the right thing by living some of my time for today, not saving the living for later.

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VEG954 8/21/2014 7:21PM

  Sorry for your loss.
Memories live forever.

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PHOENIX1949 8/21/2014 4:25PM

    What a lovely tribute to Eunice, R.I.P.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2014 2:57PM

    Awwww, sorry for the loss. But glad your DH can be there. What an amazing lady.

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TANITHSEH1011 8/21/2014 2:43PM

    As long as we remember those we love they never truly die. Thank you for sharing your story.

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Kombucha and other probiotics

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I had lunch with my niece yesterday after we did a water exercise session. Then we picked up a scoby she had saved for me and bought a big jar to make Kombucha in. It is sitting on my counter working away. This will be my first batch so I hope it all goes OK.
In the meantime we have a bottle in the fridge, it is very pleasant tasting and delightfully fizzy. So now I make yoghurt and Kombucha, I guess the next step will be water kefir or sauerkraut.
Meanwhile I am drinking apple cider vinegar with local honey, so local it is from the hive next door (what crazy spellchecker makes this Dior, have a guess!), and cayenne pepper to work on my alkalinity.
I bought some diatomaceous earth and gave the cat the first dose, she's still standing so I guess it will be OK. On the packet it says to have daily for three months, so, away I go, I'll have it in my smoothie this morning.
Birds are singing and some of my chickens are laying their first eggs for the year, spring is definitely on the way.
Have a great day, Sparkers.

  
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ROSINVN 8/20/2014 11:36PM

    wow this is like learning another language. I had to do a search to find out what all this means! It sounds interesting though and I will be interested to see how you find it. I wonder how this would work in my very hot humid climate. i too am looking at home made sauerkraut. But not there yet- no time at present to investigate further. Sounds all very healthy though- Good on you Fifi


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C8TSON 8/20/2014 11:17AM

    Wow! That is awesome! I started drinking apple cider vinegar with raw honey while I was pregnant to keep my immunity up. Now it's a taste I desire like a good hot tea! It's also good to prevent stomach viruses.

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RDEE22 8/20/2014 8:31AM

    I've made lots of yogurt, some kefir and sauerkraut, but not Kombucha.
You will have the healthiest insides in all NZ.
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VEG954 8/19/2014 9:21PM

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TRESSWANN 8/19/2014 8:48PM

    Cat on our team is into Kombucha. Would love to try it. We are going to do ketchup next week. And Dior for door works for me

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/19/2014 8:34PM

    Strange happenings in your kitchen!
I love the honey. I want to raise a beehive in y backyard.
My DH thinks I'm nuts.

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WATERMELLEN 8/19/2014 8:03PM

    Gotta love that in-house cat tester!! (In medieval France I believe that the kings' nobles tested all food first . . . . !!!!)

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1CRAZYDOG 8/19/2014 5:51PM

    Sounds like you had a good day!

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