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Dinner 1 august

Monday, August 01, 2011

After a successful month with photoblogs every day I am struck with hubris and intend to raise the bar and make dinner-photoblogs for august. Since my plate will be public I will have to make it look nice and inviting before I eat it... I tremble at the thought to do it for a whole month but also thinks its a fun (and maybe inspiring) way to practice self-discipline...

This is today:


If it seems really crowded, I will in my defence say that I bought new plates last year (after reading spark) and my current are smaller than average, their diameter is 23 cm

Today's dinner is grilled chicken breast (no skin) with parmesan, one salad with mixed greens and tomato, one salad with cabbage, apple, flaxseed, sunflowerseed and a dressing of yogurt, honey and garlic. Delicious!

  
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SILLYHP1953 9/13/2011 3:06PM

    Hmmm...interesting concept. I need to do something to inspire me as I haven't been writing blogs OR fixing dinners every night.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/2/2011 2:53AM

    That meal looks so delicious. Yummm!

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INGMARIE 8/1/2011 4:54PM

    emoticon emoticonlooks good.

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KAMAPERRY 8/1/2011 1:21PM

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Photoblog 31

Monday, August 01, 2011

It is the first of august today but as I spark early in the morning I am still "reporting" on july.. as the list I copied from Kaseycoff only had 30 assignments I will find a subject of my own to complete my list - I am kind of proud because I did it every day in july so I have to have a complete list of 31.

This days picture is "joy today" - and it is Merlin trying to play with a lawn mower... I visited friends and we were having coffee in their garde and the lawn mower worked on - Merling finding it very exciting and - after overcoming his fear - invited it to play. The lawn mower was totally ignorant and did not respond at all....


  
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KASEYCOFF 8/4/2011 9:32AM

    I used to have a boxer, and the first time she was 'introduced' to the vacuum cleaner she was terrified. So I turned it off, and parked it in the middle of the room. She just crouched down and wouldn't go near it. So I put one of her little 'doggy treats' on the edge of it. She finally got brave enough to go get the treat. I did that a few more times, until she had no fear of the vacuum cleaner.

Then I turned it on - left it parked, but with the motor running. She ran for cover, again. So I put another goodie on the edge of it. Finally she got bold enough (she really wanted those treats, lol) to creep over and grab it. I did that several more times, and finally she had no fear of the noisy machine.

The next step was moving it. And again, she ran into another room. Back to the doggy treats: I put one on the edge and continued slowly vacuuming. When she came and got it, 'catching' the vacuum to get the goodie, I knew she was okay.

And she was. For the rest of her life, whenever I got the vacuum out, if she was in the room, she'd stand right in front of it, waiting for it to produce a goodie. Took ages to vacuum even a small carpet, LOL!
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DONNABRIGHT 8/1/2011 8:31AM

    That must have been afun day to watch the dog play!

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DSJB9999 8/1/2011 2:47AM

    Thats lovely, glad you did 31! I have really enjoyed your photoblogs.
Merlin is gorgeous.

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Photoblog 30

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A picture of you last year and now - how have you changed since then?"

To tell the truth - I have not changed that much, a few more wrinkles thatīs all. The weight is about the same, I donīt know since I do not use the scale for now.

A picture from last year is this:



And a picture from yesterday is this:



..which I thought would symbolize my healthy living but in reality I was as healthy one year ago because I biked then too.

What has happened since last year is that I succeeded in saving from my salary each month - a new phenomenon for me and a change in attitude.

As I got a house of my own again I feel as if I have "succeeded" in building an assertive life.

The theatre is the adventurous element in my life for the moment and I will enclose a picture from yesterday - a friend was attending and took this:



From our version of "Philosopherīs stone" it starts with me collecting first-year-pupils for Hogwarts...

  
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KRZYKAT3 8/3/2011 1:14PM

    love thte theater picture!

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KASEYCOFF 8/1/2011 9:51AM

    The picture of you with your new dog in the bicycle basket is great! To my mind, positive changes aren't necessarily huge leaps forward, brought on by cataclysmic events. It's the little, day-to-day things, that take us forward. Like building a wall, brick by brick. We have to work at it quite a while to see what's different, but eventually, it gets there. IMHO!
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GOHUSKERS2 7/31/2011 11:47AM

    I love your pictures....you have such a winning and beautiful smile. And, you are a positive person, a very attractive attribute!!!

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DIZZYDOC 7/31/2011 7:31AM

    You are lovely. Congratulations on the house and a very positive attitude.
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Photoblog 29

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"A picture that can always make you smile."

One of my favourites - Gary Larsen - almost always makes me smile. This I simply love:



and continuing on the cow theme:



and another animal joke - I hope I am not offending any setter-owners but...

  
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SILLYHP1953 9/13/2011 3:03PM

    I'm finally back to making time to read blogs. I was subscribing to everyone who added me as a friend (cause I always added them, too), but I'm not doing that anymore!! Your blogs will always be on my list of ones to read, though.
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Photoblog 28

Friday, July 29, 2011

A picture of something you're afraid of."

For many years I had this unlogical fear - of crayfish:


August is the big crayfishmonth in Sweden - we boil them with lots of dill and eat while wearing silly hats and bibs - you should take one schnapps for each claw and there is a lot of singing... I eat them and I have been crayfishing in small creeks - but I have been hysterically afraid for live ones, could not enter the kitchen if they were still alive. My fear extended to crabs and lobster - on Arlanda Airport (stockholm) they have live lobsters in a tank you pass on your way to check in - I could hardly pass that of fear of the lobsters ... jumping out and coming after me... Totally irrational and I have no idea why. I decided to get rid of that fear and have gradually CBT - cognitive behaviour therapy - and today I am not sure that I would lift a live crayfish but I can be in the same room as them without anxiety...

The other thing I am scared of is:



very cold weather. This has a logical reason. When I was small we lived on a farm and it our house was badly isolated - when cold spells came our water and sewers froze. Living without water was ok but living without a sewer meant that there was no wc and I had to use a potty and I was really scared of slipping and falling of it and bathe in my own sh-t. Cars had no motorheaters in those days so cold weather also meant that our car would not start and I spent a lot of time pushing cars to start...

Later in life I was the manager of a 4H-farm (situated in the city for children to meet farm animals) and very cold weather meant that water pipes froze and I had to thaw it and ice by the doors made them impossible to shut. As an extra income we plowed snow so snowy weather meant that I had to wake up at five to see if it had snowed, in which case I had to go out and get the tractor started and plow a lot of snow around a school because it had t be done at 7.30 when the taxis arrived ( a school for retarded children)

Today I live in a well isolated house, cars have heaters and I am not involved with farm animals - yet I feel uneasy when the temperature falls to low.

  
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SILLYHP1953 7/29/2011 1:47PM

    I will not even eat crawfish, or crabs, or lobster...not if I have to take it apart. I will eat crab cakes. My ex-husband used to let some of the crabs out on the kitchen floor before he steamed them...to entertain our kids or him, not sure.

I'd say you have PLENTY of reasons to fear cold weather. Our electric went out the winter before last and I asked my dh to PLEASE buy and hook up a generator before last winter, but he didn't. Our winters are not usually like yours.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/29/2011 10:09AM

    I understand your feelings toward the crayfish. That is why I NEVER ate anything that looked like it crawled from under a rock, and today I eat no animal at all.

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INGMARIE 7/29/2011 9:55AM

    emoticonCrawfish yummy. lucky you, that is one thing i miss.
We can get them in stores here too but they are so small.
Glad you overcame your fear.
The cold weather ,I am afraid you have to live with. emoticon
Have a great weekend. emoticon

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CHIBIKARATE 7/29/2011 2:51AM

    emoticon i can understand but that was yesterday and today is a gift or move out of cooler weather hope it will het better i am working on my own past emoticon

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