Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I got an email from my sister who just hung up on my mom. When my sister needs a bit of support, she doesn't usually phone Mom, so this is disappointing.
My sister, "S" is a young widow with a 12 year old daughter and 14 year old son. She works full time and has both kids in hockey. Their time and finances are often stretched to the max.
When sis phones our mother, there isn't the sympathy you might expect. Mom doesn't value the time & money spent on equipment, practices, games and exhibitions. Telling my sister to get the kids out of hockey isn't the answer she wants to hear. Telling sis that she's doing too much isn't what she wants to hear either.
Sometimes we women just want to unburden and have a listening ear...
Have you ever needed to purge your troubles and all your supporters want to do is SOLVE your problems? sigh
Sure, my sister could use a full time housekeeper, a part time nanny, a rich partner, a chauffeur, cook and maybe a few more support staff. (Some days, couldn't we all???)
I'm 5 provinces away and feel pretty useless at this point.
Since I've read her email, I've had a prayer for her, asked some Spark friends to pray, and I haven't sent any reactive email back. I hope she is doing all right.
If you have a friend or relative who needs to be heard, try with all your energy to listen and sympathize this week. Don't solve. Don't poo-poo their trials.
And if you see your sister sometime soon, give her a hug. I sure wish I could hug "S" this afternoon...
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I wondered how long it would take and it ended up taking a few extra months, but I have managed to put on my satin dress from long ago.
I wore this chemong to a dance and the domes would pop everytime I moved my arms. (Not a good outfit to move around in.) But I've held on to it for themed dinners and sentimental reasons.
Maybe this was a strange goal, but it was my goal!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Well, here goes! I have downloaded a Sparks recipe for Chicken Parmesan and I can hear the chicken breasts sizzling in the next room. Succulently sizzling!
I will brown them, add a bit of tomato sauce and give them a liberal dousing of rosemary, oregano and basil. (Sounds like a singing trio, eh?)
I find Italian cuisine to be a veritable comfort food... I think the earthy herbs are compatible with my tastebuds and sense of smell.
Looks like it's time to turn everything over and brown the other side.... Hope your dinner is yummy too!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I went to the grocery store today with this recipe in hand. It turned out rather yummy, so I thought I'd share the recipe with my Sparklers!
AVOCADO AND GRAPEFRUIT SALAD
1.5 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp liquid honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 olive oil
1 chipotle pepper, finely chopped
2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
8 cups baby salad greens, (or spinach & romaine mixed)
1 large avocado, pitted, peeled & cut into thin wedges
1 grapefruit, peeled & thinly sliced
1/2 pecan halves
Place first 4 ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Mix the chipotle pepper, cilantro and pepper. Add lettuse, acocado, grapefruit and pecans and toss to combine.
Divide salad between 4 plates, ensuring some ot the avocado, grapefruit and pecans decorage the top.
378 calories, 4.3 gm. protein, 33 gm fat, 22.9 gm carbohydrate, 8.8 gm dietary fibre, 28 mg sodium, 8% of your calcium, 14% of daily iron, 100% daily vitamin C, 49% folate
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