Sunday, January 10, 2010
Today was a step-by-step process that went from good, to better and then to BEST.
At first, I didn't really want to go shopping at Costco today. It is Sunday, and I can do some shopping later in the week. But my partner wanted to go for the drive and to get some items into the house before the work week started. OK, I went.
It was a lovely drive without more rain (which has been the habit these days.) We purchased some groceries and for some reasons, DH wanted to buy 3 whole chickens. I protested, "We don't NEED three whole chickens." He suggested that he do one on the BBQ for supper, another was for the crock pot and the last one could go in the freezer. How could I argue with that sort of logic? We bought the chickens.
When we got home I put all the food away, I got some organization complete and the first chicken did indeed end up on the barbecue. It was cooked in record time too.
I suggested that I put it in the oven on low until it was dinner time and I put two of the largest potatoes beside the bird. I let them all simmer this afternoon.
Isn't that a calm and domestic story so far???
Our neighbour, Shirley was outside while we were "unloading" groceries (in the driveway) and she looked a bit ruffled. She explained that her hubby had taken a bad turn this week and suffered an angina attack and that his breathing is laboured due to the damp weather. Merle has asthma very badly.
We had an Aaa-hhaa moment! Why not lend Shirley and Merle our dehumidifier? We find it improved the living quality in our home and it would be an improvement for our neighbour's breathing.
DH and I took the appliance over and set it up. We explained how much moisture it would likely remove during the day. The dehumidifier would not spill over and it can be moved around their living space whenever they wanted to try it in another room.
Our neighbours looked relieved, they thanked us and they looked just a tiny bit better ' in their ruffled' state. We suggested that they needed a healthy chicken dinner tonight... we didn't need an entire chicken-- and besides, it was ready to go as soon as they were ready for supper!
You should have seen the relief in Shirley's face! She tried unconvincingly to protest, but we could see that she had been under emmense pressure this week with hospital visiting and getting Merle's prescriptions filled.
At five p.m. we marched over with a roast pan of chicken, a pot of green beans, another of carrots and the huge potatoes cut into four pieces.
They has set the table and put on the kettle... and it was heavenly!!
Merle gave thanks for the food and friendship. We were thrilled to share our Costco 'treats & treasures' and Shirley got to relax in the comfort of her own home. It was warm, friendly and just seemed ordained to have happened just this way.
Were we following some still and quiet voice today? Was it meant to happen and fall into place?
I don't know, but I am certainly delighted that sometimes it just comes together as easy as all of that!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I was reading some Healthy Living Quotations and happened to stumble over this:
To want to be, that is not enough.
To know how to be, that is too little.
To want, to know how, to determine to be, that is the way of all successful men.
Primary to all of these is self-honesty.
You can cheat others, now and then.
You can rarely cheat yourself.
You can never cheat nature.
-- John B. Lust
The author has seven books on Herbs, Natural Remedies, Raw Juice and generally the lust for living. I like how this quote incorporates our desire for something, the knowledge we acquire, then we must add the determination/ drive and then the layer of being true to ourselves.
When I sign up for a Boot Camp, how honest am I with myself that I WANT to work out. Am I honestly educated on the way to do the moves correctly and often enough to make a difference? Am I determined, stubborn, focused and willing to sweat and sacrifice?
So far, I am enjoying the videos and then I have done low impact aerobics for 25 minutes after. Last night I used an old CD, The Eurythmics and one track was "Sister's Are Doing It For Themselves" with Aretha Franklin singing alongside! I marched all over the place with my hand weights over my head.
Let's go, girls!!
Sunday, January 03, 2010
I decided to apply myself this week and start AND complete a knitting project. I wanted to make a Strawberry Hat for a co-worker's daughter. The little gal has a first birthday coming up in February.
Just before Christmas, the mom and wee one popped into the office for a visit and I heard about the Strawberry Hat as being a popular item out there in the Toddler World.
So, I gave it go:
I have located a cute "take out" box for the berry beanie and it is ready to go to the office next month!
I have just proven to myself that I CAN complete a project if I put my mind to it. Do you have some outstanding projects that could use a few hours' focus to finally get completed?
Saturday, January 02, 2010
This afternoon, a balance ball and yoga mat came home.
I now workout with these few tools & computer -- but alone.
With Coach Nicole to show me the ropes...
I'll soon look less like the Queen of Dopes.
I tried The Plank, some push ups too.
Then tried "obique" sit ups (just a few.)
It's Boot Camp Kick Off with a Sparking team-
I'm starting right now to becoming more lean!
I'm off of the couch & the knitting's away...
Here's to cardio, strengthening and a brand new Day~
Friday, January 01, 2010
I moved into a house this August having come from a fully furnished suite. It meant no more renting but it also meant that I needed to furnish a two bedroom home.
My partner is slowly designing and crafting some tables. He has completed a coffee table and the two matching end tables for the living room. There are many sketches all over the house but it will take time and money to get all the pieces made that are needed around here.
Tonight I wanted to hostess a fine dining experience in our empty dining room for the beginning of the new year. I dragged a folding table from another room, added two chairs, found a homemade tablecloth, and lit 3 candles. I used Don's maternal granny's ancient china (Laurentian Snowdrop) and added my sterling silver cutlery. The stage was set!
The ham was tasty without being salty, the potatoes had some sour cream and chives. I boiled some Brussel sprouts and some sweet corn for some colour interest too. The Keen's mustard was a ka-pow of flavour. Instead of wine, I used some low calorie cranberry juice.
I've never used an elevated cake plate until this evening. My homemade carrot cake made with Slenda, was fine without any icing.
I located a CD with instrument love songs and played it gently in the background. The lights were dimmed and everything was ready at the same time.
It's funny how a little extra effort done with love and caring can develop into an "event".
We had stayed home for New Year's Eve, ( when we were exhausted) and instead, enjoyed a dinner at home -- a celebration 18 hours later. This was much more enjoyable in our opinion.
Haven't we been told over and over to use the china, wear the purfume, burn the rose-shaped candle... because life is too short to save up for "someday".
Can you transform a simple activity and elevate it into an "event" too?
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