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Grocery shopping for new

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I love grocery shopping. I used to go with my son who enjoys the same things. We loved to peruse the aisles looking for new and different items. We shopped in ethnic stores as often as .

One of our joys was picking up something with a label we could not read. We've found many wonderful foods that way. I love steamy buns I get in the frozen foods section, and Siriachi in the red bottle with the rooster and so do several of my other family members.

I've learned how to use new ingredients to make our meals more interesting. My pantry is full of bottles and cans with unreadable labels. Thank goodness the ingredients are listed in English. Last night I made a stir-fry for myself. I used only half the meat in the package and tons of veggies. The sauce was an item from my pantry. I have no idea what it is because I can only read the ingredients, but the sauce was wonderful. I hope I can duplicate it later.

Experiences such as this make our explorations more fun and definitely productive. Try something new each week. Last week it was kohlrabi bulbs for me. I love them and wonder where they have been all my life. I wonder what I will try this week?

  
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GRANJERRY 11/17/2013 3:50AM

    Ah such small but great pleasures which my body won't allow me to enjoy. My joint pains ensure that I can't walk without a care givers support. But will still enjoy reading about your world from my while rocking on my lazy boy. God bless you!!!

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Reactions to the Boston Marathon Bombings

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yesterday I was driving home from Anacortes after a very pleasant weekend with my son and his daughters. The traffic was flowing very smoothly and I was listening to the radio, (NPR). I heard the first announcements about the bombs at the Boston Marathon. I found myself weeping. My reaction was so intense it surprised me. I hadn't seen a picture so that reaction was strictly visceral.

I am inclined to react with intensity to any event that triggers an emotional reaction, but my feelings yesterday were influenced by the time I spent in Boston after my daughter's graduation from college. She encouraged me to walk all over the city. So now, twenty-eight years later, the memories I have of Boston are still very clear.

As the announcers talked of the events in Boston, I could easily bring to mind my mental pictures of the area being discussed. I am quite accustomed to listening to the radio as I drive and since I do not watch television my mind forms pictures very easily. I could see the carnage. I could feel the shock and the pain of the persons involved.

My training as a firefighter led me to picture the activities of the police, firefighters and others at the scene. I knew what was happening because I've been involved in similar situations, though certainly not as horrible. My emotional reaction surprised me since one of the parts of my training involves turning off your emotions and handling the job at hand. Now, I can understand that having no need to do that I was able to feel the intensity not allowed at other times.

I made that drive in just under three hours, a record for driving that distance and through the east side of the Seattle metro-plex. I don't believe I've ever made a faster drive. I find that I am able to relive many parts of the drive. I think my awareness of the events around me was heightened because I was feeling with such intensity.

I find myself wondering about the why's of my reactions. I think I have "witnessed" so many events of great emotional intensity. My father fell through the ice on the river where we were skating when I was a very young child and I remember that incident very clearly. I remember the day that Pearl Harbor was bombed and the feelings that surrounded me as I observed my grandparents as we waited for the announcement that Japan had surrendered. I think my reactions to the tragedy in Boston were influenced by my lifetime of memories and the emotions that surrounded the events of my times.

I wonder how many of the other listeners yesterday were equally reminded of long past events? How does our past influence our current emotions? How are our perceptions of now changed by our previous observance?

I am very concerned for the children who were injured in Boston. Those who lost limbs are in my thoughts. How will their lives be changed by their involvement? How many of them will take on those events as a challenge and how many will be defeated? There are so many questions racing through my mind. I think I need to take more time to reflect.

  
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TREATL 4/23/2013 1:10AM

    Thank you for sharing. I has helped to bring me closure on that horrific event.

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SWIMLOVER 4/19/2013 9:44PM

  Judy, I reacted by crying and praying for all the people of Boston and what they were going through. I grew up in Massachusetts and went to Junior College in Boston and graduated some 44 years ago from Jr. College. I also worked in Boston. So my heart goes out to all of them.

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GRAMMAP1 4/16/2013 10:45PM

    I understand how your mind flooded with so many memories, Judy. And what kind of depraved mind does the perpetrator have? You certainly are a sharp contrast. We pray for these dear people that experienced such a hateful crime. emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 4/16/2013 9:32AM

    Judy, you express your feelings in such a way that shows you are a caring, sensitive woman. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
My heart goes out to all affected by yesterday's bombings, such a senseless thing for someone to do to others!
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PYNETREE 4/16/2013 9:29AM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feeling.

Prayers for the Runners and their Families, and the People and City of Boston.

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AMANDACOETZER 4/16/2013 8:34AM

    May God be with everyone of the affected. emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 4/16/2013 8:27AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing your feelings about this very sad situation in Boston! I have never been there, but my heart grieves for everyone that was affected by this tragedy! God gives us the strength every day to pull through overwhelming situations in our lives! He is my rock every day! Vic, what you said about what God told his disciples is very true! He always will be with us no matter what! I pray that God gives each and every person affected the strength to go on and do the job at hand, but to know it's ok to be normal and to show emotions if they need to! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 4/16/2013 8:22AM

    Jesus told His disciples in the Last Supper, before He was arrested and crucified, to "do this in remembrance of me". God Bless YOU!! Vic.

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/16/2013 8:15AM

    Thanks for sharing! My thoughts and prayers go out to all effected by this horrific event!

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"My" Mountains

Friday, December 07, 2012

I've added a new picture to my SparkPage. The lenticular clouds above the mountain are not unusual, they generally signal a coming change in the weather. However this picture, which was taken from my side of the mountain shows the lenticular clouds catching the morning sun. That is unusual.

This mountain has many moods. She sometimes hides for days while she changes her gown and then in a burst of beauty she displays all her glory for the world to see. She is always beautiful and often stunning. She stands strong and tall, above the trials of the people below and provides a sense of peace to those of us who look for her each day.

It is said that you are a real Washingtonian if you can on a foggy day accurately point to at least five mountains. I have learned where are all the mountains from just north of the Canadian border down to just south of the California/Oregon border. I am speaking of those mountains that show a profile above the surrounding hills. I am pleased with this feat. It means that I am quite familiar with each of these mountains and can identify each of them by their unique shape.

I grew up in Michigan, were the landscape was generally flat. In fact the area where I grew up had once been a marsh. Now the rich black soil grows wonderful onions, celery and sugar beets. I never saw a real mountain until I came west. I was enchanted and heartened by those strong visages. I understood the biblical comment, "I looked up unto the hills from which cometh my strength."

I know now that I will not ever want to live away from "my" mountains. I glory in each changing view. There is strength there in that marvelous beauty. And in these mountains there is the element of danger. We saw one of our mountains erupt not so long ago and Mt Rainier is way beyond its periodicity. It could erupt at any time. Hopefully she will give warning as did St Helens. I do not live on the weak side of the mountain, still there is the danger of a Lahar.

A lahar happens when the glaciers suddenly melt and bring all the silt and gravel from them racing down the mountain picking up more silt and debris as it races to the sea. Lahars are deadly, but they often produce a great deal of beauty. The sand from St Helens was harvested and made into beautiful glass. No two pieces were the same and they were all treasures.

I don't know if Rainier will have similar sand, it is very rich with iron. Our water is orange like the water in Michigan was. What ever she gives us we will be richer for being close to her. We reap the benefit of rain because she stops the clouds and holds them hostage until they pay the ransom of rainfall. Then she releases them to drift on east to the Rockies. That rain produces some of the most beautiful forests in the world.

It is not possible to imagine what it is like to lie in the forest beneath our trees and look up. There is a star there. Not necessarily with five points, but a star nonetheless. At night that star frames the stars in the sky beautifully.

In the spring and fall our trees capture the dew and glow in the light of the moon or headlights. I used to tell my children and grandchildren that the glow was fairy dust that was scattered to show us where to go. I still look at those dew clad trees with a soft love one gives to those that assure our children.

My children have grown, and their children have blossomed and the mountain and the trees keep vigil over my family. They will always be her for my grandchildren and great grandchildren to come home to. They will always be beautiful and reassuring. For that I am most grateful.

  
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SUNSHINEGB 12/9/2012 6:19PM

    A beautiful description of "your" mountains Judy, a delight to read, you made it so easy to visualize! Thank you for sharing!
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MRSJERRYBUSH 12/9/2012 12:39PM

    Beautifully put!

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Testing, Testing

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I wrote a letter to one of my sons this evening telling him that I think he might benefit from getting the equipment to measure his blood sugar. He is overweight and has had problems with pulmonary embolisms in the past.

I explained that since I was diagnosed with Diabetes last June and have been testing regularly I have lost a great deal of weight and haven't really been trying. I have found the foods that elevate my blood sugar and for the most part I have eliminated them from my diet. I haven't missed anything but bread. Bread has always been my big weakness. Changing that more than anything else has contributed to my weight loss.

I weighed in at TOPS and for fourteen weeks straight I lost weight every week. I blew it when I ate bread products several times in one week. That was a good learning experience for me. Since then I have been eating more sensibly and I am fairly sure my weight will once again go down when I weigh in this week.

My point is keeping track of one's blood sugar can be a real help in a weight loss program. I am not glad I have diabetes, but finding out what foods are my triggers and cause the most trouble for me is really very helpful. emoticon

  
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JLLOVETT 10/23/2012 3:06PM

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SUNSHINEGB 10/21/2012 10:39AM

    Thank you for sharing with us Judy and I'm sure your letter will spur your son on to get the equipment to measure his blood sugar.

Congratulations on how well you've done and are doing. It is difficult to give up something we really like, bread in your case, but when you see the benefits, you know it is really worth it!

Keep up the great work!
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Oh what a day this was!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I started home planning to stop at a specific gas station to fill my tank. As I was sitting there waiting to get to the pumps a fight broke out in front of me. I didn't get concerned until I saw two guns drawn and pointed. I got out of there immediately and called the police. As I was leaving the parking lot I met a police officer headed for the fight. I felt much better seeing him.

I went on south and stopped at James' mother's house. I saw an officer with some pedestrians on the way. He had his code lights on but I didn't think anything of it. I talked with James' mother for a few minutes and then started out again. At the first corner there was an officer sitting with his code lights on. At the second corner there was another officer with lights. By the time I got to the third corner and saw yet another officer with lights I was beginning to get a bit worried. When I saw another officer with a through alley blocked I decided that I needed to leave the area post haste, no stop at that gas station.

I finally found a safe place to stop and fill up, which was good because I was running very low and I didn't want to fill my tank up here where gas is soo very expensive. With my newly filled tank I started the climb to get home. All was going smoothly until I stopped at my favorite espresso stand where they stock sugar free, fat free chai drinks for me. As I was sitting talking with the owner she told me there was a large fire between there and my home. The firefighters had been battling a fire that grew to 80 acres at her last report. As I went on I didn't see much smoke. Then I noticed a TV stations remote broadcast truck and many people looking to the north and there high on a hill were two fires. They were still small, but right now a small fire will grow rapidly into a huge conflagration.

The governor today issued an emergency alert for the whole state banning all outdoor fires since we haven't had appreciable rain since mid July. The whole state is popcorn dry and it is very dangerous. I was watching the clouds all day today. They started this morning with very high wispy cirrus clouds and as the day progressed the clouds became slightly thicker and developed into the real mare's tails that are a precursor of rain. The weather reporters are predicting rain by Friday. Those clouds say it might just come sooner which will be a blessing as long as they don't bring lightening.

The last series of storms brought lots of lightening to the east side of the Cascade mountains, but no rain. That started many wildfires that took many weeks to subdue. We don't need another weather situation like that. Those lightening caused fires destroyed many homes and did all kinds of damage to the forests and animals. Hunting season is just a few days away and I am worried that the hunting activity will cause more fires. I wish they would call off hunting until the rains start.

Well, things have calmed down for me now. I am tired and ready to go to sleep.

  
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IMAVISION 10/20/2012 2:48PM

    You have a wonderful way of giving word pictures.

I am thankful that you were alert to what was going on in front of your car & that you determined to remove yourself from any possible danger.

After the big fires of our summer (we live in Colorado Springs) & having to evacuate our home as they raged closer & closer (they came within a half mile of our home), I certainly do understand your concern about fires.

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God bless!

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DIDMIS 10/12/2012 6:02PM

    How scary. I guess you deserve a good sleep.
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SUNSHINEGB 10/9/2012 8:14PM

    What a day you had Judy! Excitement of a bad kind, just glad you didn't get to that gas station at the wrong time . . . if the shooting had started, you might have been in the middle of it! And the fires, oh my! I hope you get a good downpour of rain to offset any fires and . . . no lightning!
Be sure to tell us how this goes, will you?
Have a good sleep tonight, see you tomorrow!
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