Saturday, June 19, 2010
Kaeli is picking me up in a couple of hours and we are spending the day doing some walking on the nature trails in Elk Island Park today. I've got my water bottle already and my shoes are ready too! The sun is shining, so promises to be a great day.
We had a lovely evening out last night. We were invited to friends for a BBQ. There were eight of us all together and we had lots of good conversation and laughs. Donna had made three different salads, all of them very good. I had purchased myself a veggie burger to take to put on the grill and then promptly forgot it at home, but no big deal as the salads were more than enough to fill me up. My favorite salad was the Pecan-Pear Tossed Salad. I even managed to snag the recipe for it from Donna...I'm sharing it with you also. Give it a try!
Pecan-Pear Tossed Salad
2 tablespoons fresh raspberries
3/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cide vinegar
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of sugar (this might be able to be reduced or even eliminated)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Press raspberries through a sieve, reserving juice. Discard seeds. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, sugar, pepper and reserved raspberry juice; shake well.
4 medium ripe pears, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
8 cups torn salad greens (mixed salad greens work really well)
2/3 cup pecan halves, toasted
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/3 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta or blue-cheese
Toss pear slices with lemon juice; drain. In a salad bowl, combine salad greens, pears, pecans, and raspberries. Sprinkle with cheese. Drizzle with raspberry dressing. Yield 8 servings.
Hope you enjoy as much as we did.
A great evening last night with friends.
A day to spend with Kaeli and getting some exercise in.
The sun is shining.
My garden is coming along nicely. I noticed that my green onions are starting to appear. Not sure about my lettuce though...waiting and hoping!
So far it appears that the cayenne pepper is working on keeping the cat from next door out of my garden! Yay! (I'll wear a mask if I have to redo the sprinkling or I'll get Garry to do it!)
The day lies before me filled with infinite possibilities...I'm planning of making the most of them. Woo Hoo. Life is exciting when we choose to make it our plan.
Have an awesome day everyone. I'll stop back later for a visit on the posts.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Yay, it's Friday!
Last day of the work week, beginning of a lovely weekend, a new day to create how I want it...what more can you ask for!
Garry and I have been invited out to friends for dinner tonight. YAY! My weekend is off to a great start. A planned day of walking some trails with Kaeli tomorrow, Father's day to celebrate on Sunday...this is indeed a great weekend.
It's still overcast here and the temperatures have yet to make it to even 20 this week. Summer has not really arrived as yet, but on the plus side...we don't have snow! We are supposed to go up to 24 today with some sunshine, but it's still pretty overcast out there so who knows.
A great weekend shaping up.
One more week of work to do, then I have a week off...yay...holiday time! I will hopefully get some projects done around the house.
My family and I are so blessed...it's all the little things that make our life so wonderful.
Have a great day. Seek out the blessings in your day and be amazed at how great your life really is too.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Another wonderful day lies before me ready for me to create just the way I want.
I'm choosing to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, to embrace what ever comes my way and to find the lessons in anything negative that I encounter. I'm grateful for the opportunities that present themselves to me either in the form of lessons that I can learn from or as blessings that add to the joy of my day.
Have you ever noticed that when negative stuff happens around you and your response to it is to engage with it, that it just gets uglier. When you step back from it, you recognize it for what it is,you can disengage from the negative and although it may not be pleasant, you are able to move forward into positiveness.
I've learned(still am learning) that I can be grateful for these occurances, as they are ways for me to gauge my progress in life. They are ways for me to recognize the areas in my life that I may still need to work on and let go of actions/thoughts that no longer serve me. Sometimes the same lesson keeps occuring in my life in different forms until I finally get it. It's like being in school, only this time it's the "school of life". At first you don't recognize what the heck is happening, then you start to vaguely recall something about it, then you recognize that you've encountered this same "type" of negative before, now you are ready to confront the negative and take control of it by choosing to work on correcting that area of your life or letting go. Usually once you have chosen to be the one in control and choose not to engage in that negative anymore, your lesson is learned and you go forward once again until you meet up with the next life lesson you are here to work on. Then process repeats its self. Yes, I am grateful for these occurances, as they are measuring sticks, they do help me to become the spiritual person that I have been created to be. Ahhhhh life. It truly is wonderful.
I'm a work in progress and I accept that I am just that...a work in progress.
The knowledge that even when we stumble, we have the power to get back up again and keep on going...it's called "choice".
It's a great day to be alive.
Phone call from our son.
Invitation from Kaeli to go walking on some walking trails this Saturday.
I'm staying on track with my exercising, despite the decision to try not tracking it on a daily basis.
God, friends and family that encourage and support me.
Have an awesome day. Take the time to look for opportunities to perform random acts of kindness....be blessed!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The swelling in my nose is retreating with the antibiotics. YAY! I can breath again! I can't help but laugh at the absurbness of how I ended up with the infection in the first place...who would have thought cayenne pepper could cause so many problems!
Another busy work day ahead of me. Lots of orders that need to be input and that makes me happy. Big perk of my job, is that, when I input the orders, I get to place any of the books I'd like to read on hold for myself. I have read so many books that I might otherwise have not read just because I didn't know about them!
It's bonus points week at the grocery store this week, so will be stopping to get groceries after work today. Time to stock up on the necessities and fruits and veggies. Father's day this Sunday...so a little extra special things are on the list. The girls will be coming over for dinner. Garry wants to have a BBQ at home, and as it's his special day...he gets to choose what he wants to do.
My nose is getting better.
Checked my potatoes yesterday and they are sure growing! Not sure exactly when I'm supposed to start "hilling" them, but according to one source, it's when the plants get above the container rim...and at the rate they are going that might be this weekend. Yay...fresh potatoes this fall.
My tomato plants are doing not too bad, the flowers on the other hand are not recovering from the snow we had at the beginning of the month.
Took my break yesterday and got some walking in. That's my goal again for today. I need to develop the habit of taking my breaks and moving during them once again.
Some lovely fresh veggie snacks to take to work with me today. Garry, bless his heart stopped and picked me up some on his way home from work yesterday.
Farmer's Market tomorrow evening...I'll head there also for some fresh veggies.
Life...it's so filled with blessings...all we have to do is open our eyes and hearts to them.
Have a wonderfully blessed day. Remember, it's your choice what your attitude is.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My long weekend is over and it's back to the salt mines today. Yesterday saw me spending most of the day indoors unfortunately. The wind made it too chilly to sit outside for any length of time and even going for a walk wasn't an option with my nose making it difficult to breath. Oh well, today is a new day and despite going to work with some swelling still apparent, I'll survive. Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in soon and begin there work of assisting my body to fight the infection.
I made a very yummy veggie stir-fry for dinner last night...I even made sure there was left overs so that Garry and I could have ready made lunch today. Veggie stir-fry is one of my favorite meals. It's a clean out the fridge kind of meal. I love using up veggies that are left over in the fridge in this manner.
My goal today is to take my breaks at work and do some walking. I really need to get back in the habit for many reasons. Taking that break from the computer screen, being the biggest reason.
Health care, it's there when a person needs it.
That it's been over a year since I've had the need to go to a doctor.
Breathing a bit easier this morning...antibiotics must be doing their job!
A short work week...only 4 days.
Making some head way on this week's to do list.
Glad to be going back to work today...I've run out of reading material! By being at work...I can easily walk out of my department and go and select some books ! (I work at a library)
Life...ahhhhh, how often we take it for granted instead of appreciating all that it has to offer us.
Have a wonderful Talking Tuesday....yep, it's Talking Tuesday....take the time to interact with those around you and those you haven't talked to for too long.
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