WATERMELLEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WATERMELLEN WATERMELLEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Watermellen recipes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735556 I really DO love watermellen. And I had HALF of a (very small, seedless) watermellen for supper . . . about 3 cups cubes. <BR> <BR> But here are some stunning watermellen recipes . . . gotta try a couple before watermellen season is over. <BR> <BR> <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/wa<BR>termelon?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_me<BR>dium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_197<BR>831&cid=partner_zergnet </link> <BR> <BR> The watermellen pizza. The lime watermellen slushie. Both of t... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:40:25 EST Anticipating Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734346 There's an interesting article in this morning's Globe and Mail about anticipating happiness. Unfortunately it's not in the online version so I can't provide a link. But the gist is essentially this: happiness research establishes that we actually get more pleasure from planning a trip than from taking the trip or reminiscing about the trip afterwards. <BR> <BR> Interesting! (Just think about the money we could save on hotels and airfare!!) <BR> <BR> And supposing we think about this in... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:50:38 EST What Do We Value? And Why It Matters To Value Ourselves! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733566 It's not what we SAY is important to us, so much as how we spend our time and our money, which demonstrates what we value. Really value. I have to remind myself about this over and over again. <BR> <BR> So many people (and maybe especially women) feel constrained to spend most of their time taking care of others: working both inside and outside the home. We're praised for it. Taking care of others is right at the core of the social definition of what it means to be a woman. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:20:05 EST Much much better . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733012 . . . the left knee, that is. And I don't believe it's a joint problem but rather more of a tendon/ligament issue. Feeling more optimistic! <BR> <BR> Thinking about a trip this afternoon to the beach! It would be the first "local outing" for that cute stripy tankini I bought in Florida last February!! <BR> <BR> And to earn it, better do some weeding in the garden this morning!! My zinnias are looking quite pretty, both the taller and the shorter varieties. Nasturtiums should start bl... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:13:50 EST That Left Knee . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732674 Played nine holes of golf last night . . . yikes! Pretty painful left knee. <BR> <BR> Got the to the gym today: 30 minutes on the elliptical, upper body weights, lower body weights, stretching, used the foam roller on the hamstring, calf muscle and the applied the whirl pool jets on the left knee. <BR> <BR> It's feeling somewhat better but I'm thinking this is taking a long time to resolve. <BR> <BR> If I'm not seeing significant improvement soon, will be considering a physio appointmen... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 19:02:12 EST The persistent impulse NOT to track . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731768 I track my nutrition every day. <BR> <BR> And I have for more than five years. And I know that for me it's essential to maintaining weight loss. <BR> <BR> But still . . . . still . . . when I believe that I've eaten "too much" there is a huge temptation to skip tracking. <BR> <BR> Such as yesterday, after celebrating my self respect in the morning, and after pretracking my supper soup meal and eating as planned, I found myself also eating an extra cup of fresh cherries. Not so bad. Th... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:55:32 EST Hungry at Bedtime . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731115 This is a persistent issue for me: I'm at the end of my day, within my calorie range but still some "room", and I'm tempted to eat. <BR> <BR> Especially if DH is eating. <BR> <BR> Whose calorie range for weight maintenance is (roughly) twice mine. <BR> <BR> It's so companionable just to sit down together while he eats and . . . I inevitably eat more too. Even if not as much as he's having. <BR> <BR> But my best option always is simply to leave the kitchen. To climb up the stairs t... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:11:43 EST How I Spent Canada Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730333 A long morning sit on the verandah -- with its red and white Canadian flag fluttering in the breeze! <BR> <BR> A bowlful of minestrone before golf. Just about everyone on the course was dressed in some variation on a red and white theme. TUFFMUFFIN and I broke out our red golf shirts with our white shorts, and I had my maple leaf cotton bandanna around my neck. <BR> <BR> A salad with Romaine and bell peppers and black olives and grilled salmon for supper on the golf course patio (my left k... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:41:30 EST Still Canadian!! Sing Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728824 I'm so proud to be Canadian! Tomorrow's Canada Day, July 1st -- <BR> <BR> And once again, here's the "I am Canadian" song for which I wrote the lyrics (French and English) in celebration of Canada's 125th birthday, waaaaay back in 1992, music by Louis Lefaive -- with the slide show put together by my daughter! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwI9vElpdAI&<BR>feature=relmfu </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcNDR61mxGg </link> <BR> <BR> OK everyone, feel free... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:31:54 EST When Did I Become an Athlete? Shout out to ONEKIDSMOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728224 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728172 </link> <BR> <BR> Barb "tris", oh yes she does. Take a look at her incredible blog today, "When Did I Become an Athlete?" All of us are athletes, she reminds us, reviewing her own remarkable progress: but only some of us are in training!! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty compliant with nutrition tracking. Being "in training" is something that I have to learn and relearn over and over again . . . I've had a couple w... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:58:43 EST It Never Gets Old . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727630 . . . sitting on the verandah on a summer morning with Charlie and the newspaper and a cup or two of coffee, interrupted only with periodic trips to the laundry machines to flip things around and hang things and fold things. <BR> <BR> Simple pleasures. <BR> <BR> Next up: gym, library, Pet Store (for Charlie food), bank, groceries, and a dinner out with friends at a tiny bistro beside a mill pond. With any luck, under the stars. <BR> <BR> And: of COURSE I'm thinking about "what to wear"... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:37:21 EST Gorgeous Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726940 . . . and the garage is looking so much better, given its generally decrepit condition. Presumably that new coat of fresh paint will help reinforce it slightly! <BR> <BR> Son will be heading back to his job later today, but it's been a great visit. Charlie got an extra swim in yesterday and is moulting absolutely astonishing quantities of golden retriever fur everywhere -- it simply wafts around him and collects in huge clumps on the floor, no matter how often he gets brushed! Oh well oh... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:45:14 EST Perverse Results of Taking It Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726152 Went in yesterday morning intending of course to take it easy, no pressure, and prepared to zoom home when sleeping-in son got up and . . . it was remarkable how much work I whomped through simply because I was "taking it easy". <BR> <BR> Hmmmm. I'm wondering whether this is an attitude worth cultivating more generally?? You think? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:56:38 EST Taking it Easy . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725398 A little gap seems to have opened up in my work schedule which is great, coinciding with the last couple days of son's impromptu vacation. <BR> <BR> I'm just about 7 minutes from my office, so I'll keep an eye on emails with my iPhone but . . . planning to spend a bit more time at home. <BR> <BR> Least I can do is hold the ladder for the high parts of that garage, right? Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:28:22 EST Garage Grinding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724671 Got home from work yesterday and there was my dear son on a ladder grinding paint off the garage . . . <BR> <BR> He'd been to the hardware store, purchased a grinder and paint and rollers and turpentine and decided to spend his vacation time repainting the garage. <BR> <BR> Which absolutely needs it: garage is perhaps not quite as old as our 1889 house, but close. <BR> <BR> Of course we'll reimburse him for the equipment and supplies. But seeing what needed to be done and taking it on... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:03:45 EST A Sense of Hummus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723877 Found an interesting "starter" concept for tahini soup on the internet and tweaked it a bit for the ingredients on hand: <BR> <BR> Onion and garlic (softened in a little olive oil); then carrot, shaved Brussels sprouts, cumin, red chili flakes and a minced jalapeno, brown rice, two cans of chick peas drained and well rinsed, a little red and yellow bell pepper all simmered in vegetable broth; and a quarter cup of tahini plus the grated rind and juice of a lemon stirred in at the end. <BR> ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:17:11 EST Today's the 35th! Still Do . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723356 We've been "saying" we've been married for 35 years for awhile now . . . not really anticipating we weren't going to make it!! . . . but today's the actual day. Sunny, peaceful, both our kids here . . . and Charlie. A day to celebrate. <BR> <BR> Both of us do divorce work. And we know the stats: something like 50% of firsts, 73% of seconds, over 80% of thirds . . . (that's of course counting long cohabs and actual weddings both). <BR> <BR> We see close up the human misery generally res... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:25:54 EST Are You Lying to Yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722691 <link>mentaltoughnessblog.com/are-you-lyin<BR>g-to-yourself/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's our old friend, Steve Siebold, on Mental Toughness Blog asking the critical thinking question, "Are you lying to yourself?" <BR> <BR> And as a society are we lying to ourselves? <BR> <BR> Lying about what? About whether it's ever attractive and OK to be fat. He's on tour and promoting his Fat Loser book. And he say no. It's not. We're deluding ourselves if we try to persuade ourselves it is. ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:31:44 EST Super Surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721900 Talking on the phone with dear son yesterday, catching up with the news about his new job flying . . . . and the doorbell rang. <BR> <BR> He was NOT at work -- he was here! At home!! Had been given a couple days off and driven the six hours to spend the time with us!! <BR> <BR> Charlie was incandescent! Daughter home from teaching yoga ditto. Husband home from playing golf with the guys the very same! <BR> <BR> Happy times, absolutely. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:58:32 EST Heaven, I'm in Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721118 . . . and my heart beats so that I can scarcely speak!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOYzFKizikU </link> <BR> <BR> Isn't that a fabulous song? <BR> <BR> Possibly a slight overstatement in my case, but after my all-too-literal purgatory I am feeling close to euphoric this morning. <BR> <BR> Charlie and I have been "out together" for our walk around the garden (nope, not "cheek to cheek" exactly, and yesterday other cheeks were at issue) and added two deep red peonies, a... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:30:40 EST Purgatory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720448 It's scheduled for today, and I've been through the prep. Which is worse than the procedure. The roto-rooter procedure. Delicacy forbids me sharing more detail. <BR> <BR> Besides, I'm pretty sure that many Sparkies of a certain age will know exactly what I'm talking about. <BR> <BR> Necessary? Yup. Especially (given my family history, immediate and more distant) in my case. Many members of my mother's family died of colon cancers. Dear sister is a five year survivor this year. We ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:41:57 EST Wish I were as good a person as Charlie thinks I am . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719670 . . . but you know, I'm not. (Shhhh, don't tell Charlie). <BR> <BR> And: not as good a person as I should be either (as yesterday's blog about running into a former acquaintance pretty clearly revealed!!) <BR> <BR> I hesitated to write that blog . . . afraid it would come across as crowing or gloating. There clearly was a barely concealed gloat going on there which a number of astute readers recognized! Called me on!! And I appreciate that. Really I do. <BR> <BR> Will try to be bet... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:37:59 EST Ran into a former acquaintance . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719141 This happened to me last Thursday and I've been mulling it over ever since. <BR> <BR> The lady in question was the mother of one of my daughter's closest friends when the girls were tiny. <BR> <BR> We were two at-home mothers who spent quite a bit of time together for "play dates" and birthday parties and such without ever really ourselves becoming personal friends . . . although we were always friendly enough, of course. Just haven't kept in touch for well over 20 years. <BR> <BR> Back... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:35:34 EST Happy Father's Day to the Great Spark Dads! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718456 There are some great guys here at Spark who are clearly fine husbands and fine fathers . Having come from a challenging childhood myself -- and having been blessed with a wonderful husband who's been a super dad to our two adult kids --- I am so deeply appreciative of excellent fathering. <BR> <BR> In many many aspects of life, it makes a huge difference. <BR> <BR> When it comes to weight maintenance, my own guy is naturally lean . . . and will always be able to eat a whole lot more tha... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:13:12 EST Lotsa Chores Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717779 Last evening's golf was a good reward for soldiering through the day-long conference: a whole bunch of sitting, and food that I cannot/should not eat (unanticipated: usually there are leafy and fruity options, but not this time). Oh well oh well. <BR> <BR> Grump grump grump. Washing machine is NOT working properly . . . will have to postpone completing the laundry till I can get a repair person here next week. <BR> <BR> Made soup, tried a "taster bowl" and yup it's good: asparagus chi... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:52:01 EST Golf Again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716731 Tomorrow I'll be spending the day in one of those "continuing education" seminars -- always make me terrified about all the things I should be doing!! -- and then if the weather cooperates trying out the knee in a round of golf. <BR> <BR> It's just twinging a bit, that's all . . . and I'm keen to get some exercise! Will be even keener after a day sitting still listening to speakers, right? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:06:52 EST Thunderstorms coming up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715468 . . . and that's OK with me. Lots of work on my schedule, after-work meeting also (with one of those networky cocktail things too, gotta navigate the hoovie-doovies carefully!!). So no golf happening. Plus my nasturtium seeds will be totally happy about the rain! <BR> <BR> I'm really enjoying the water feature on my back deck: what a lovely addition to the summer its gentle burbling sound and brilliant orange canna blossoms! Looking forward to the water hyacinths and water lily blooming ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:54:54 EST Pride Goeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714743 Remember the boasted "no doms, nsv" blog? Aaaack!!! I spoke too soon. Pride goeth before a fall etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my left knee put the lie to all that . . . really really sore. Took a bit of the joy out of those red polka dots! With the white kitten heels . . . . <BR> <BR> So: I hobbled up and down the stairs at work. And stretched the ol' knee (cautiously) with alternate toe pointing/heel extensions. And worked the hip flexors intermittently all day long. And didn... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:47:42 EST Early Morning Walk Around the Garden! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713920 One of my favourite things to do at this time of the year . . . just an early morning stroll around the garden in my nightgown and bathrobe with a cup of coffee in my hand to see what's blooming, and to listen to the birds. <BR> <BR> (Our house is set back from the street with the thick lilac hedge providing quite a bit of privacy . . . or at least that's what I tell myself. The neighbours probably think I'm nutz but are too polite to say). <BR> <BR> Everything I planted yesterday is lo... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:22:49 EST NO DOMS! NSV!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713388 Wow, I'm proud of my fitness level (how's that for unabashed?) After yesterday's extreme gardening (and a fabulous jazz concert last night, Myles Davis . . . ) I feel great. <BR> <BR> A little more gardening today (the planting part) and then out for golf. <BR> <BR> This week's supper soup is a black bean chicken chili with cilantro and lime and no-fat sour cream on hand for each serving. I had three large red peppers that were "still good" but maybe past their salad prime: sliced the... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:12:14 EST Extreme Gardening!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712870 Digging out a dead rose bush. <BR> <BR> Pruning back a completely overgrown lilac tree (the tall woody core sections which didn't bloom at all, sprouting up from the top looking all . . . dead basically!) <BR> <BR> And preparing flower beds to put in some annuals. Can you believe that it was below freezing last night?? I've got some zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons and more nasturtium seeds to plant . . . but will have to take another run at it tomorrow. Picked some lilac, bridal wreath spir... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:48:49 EST Super Impromptu Holiday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712390 Had a wonderful time just walking and walking, enjoying urban life, going to the art gallery (special Bacon and Moore exhibition, and I also enjoyed revisiting some old faves). Found two very nice bow ties for DH also (he's a bit of a bow tie connoisseur!!) <BR> <BR> Burned off way more calories than I ate, but did enjoy a spectacular dinner last night: lobster bisque, scallops, and strawberry rhubarb pie!! Mmmmmm rhubarb is a wonderful spring treat. <BR> <BR> Spontaneous time off, th... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:22:45 EST Soup All Gone Plan B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711129 And what a great Plan B! <BR> <BR> Nope, not a non-vegan version to stave off dear daughter with chicken or fish. <BR> <BR> That would just attract the attentions of dear husband anyhow, especially if I made my chicken minestrone with basil pesto: he loves all things Italian! <BR> <BR> But instead of cooking, I've opted for a spontaneous two day holiday in Toronto: city time. A hole opened up in my calendar unexpectedly (and with a bit of a push from me to get some stuff done yesterday). ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:03:52 EST Within Range http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709529 Well within calorie range yesterday -- and that exceptionally wonderful Indian eggplant/lentil supper soup was just terrific. Only problem: it's vegan and dear daughter loves it too: so it won't last out the week. Sigh. Gotta learn to share, right? <BR> <BR> Will be tracking today, tomorrow, rest of the week, rest of my life: yup, like that. <BR> <BR> And probably by Friday or so will be feeling lean and mean again!! Well, maybe not so mean . . . depending upon how that soup holds u... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 07:39:09 EST Carb and Calorie Overload! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708692 Yikes!! <BR> <BR> Sure didn't "stick to the program" yesterday -- clocked an excess of calories mostly due to an excess of carbs (but the fats were high too). <BR> <BR> How often do I eat a hamburger? Maybe a couple times a year. And this was grilled on the BBQ, with melted old cheddar and served on an Ace bakery cheese bun. Tarragon Dijon. Even a handful of oven fries. Mmmmmmmm. <BR> <BR> Oh well, oh well -- an extra 500 calories once in a while isn't fatal. Went to the gym th... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:10:47 EST Sunday More of the Same! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708071 Well, different a bit -- but same mood and tone. <BR> <BR> Made a second batch of that fabulous Indian eggplant lentil soup with even more fresh ginger and garlic and flaked coconut (but no coconut milk): and two huge gorgeous shiny eggplants prepared yesterday by roasting them for 20 minutes at 500 degree, placing them in a paper bag to cool, peeling, cubing and chilling. Such a great smoky flavour (KANOE10's preferred method and I can see why). This batch I believe I'll reheat with a h... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:10:47 EST Saturday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707379 Don't you just love 'em? <BR> <BR> It's a gorgeous day here -- blue sky, warm, birds singing, flowers blooming (iris! chestnut candles!!) <BR> <BR> DH has headed out to the golf course for his sacrosanct Saturday game with the guys (we played last night till dark and had supper at the club, quite lovely). <BR> <BR> Daughter has headed out to teach yoga. Son texted: he made it about half way to his new job yesterday, no moose! <BR> <BR> I've got three loads of laundry pretty much done (DH... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:00:29 EST Flying High! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706567 At the end of April we'd attended our son's graduation -- and it was so memorable. What a tough tough program, to become a commercial pilot: literally so many ups and downs! And: the aviation school is a long long way from home too in the far north-western corner of the province: bush pilot territory. <BR> <BR> The graduation included the opportunity for each student to take two people for a half hour flight (in a tiny Cessna 172s ) and that was so exciting. Not everybody invited paren... Fri, 30 May 2014 07:39:53 EST Muffler??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705820 Elderly Volvo needs a new muffler (and no, not of the variety that you tuck around your neck to ward off wintry breezes)! Just a bit ironic, when we're finally getting the summer tires installed. But can't complain: this is a car which had cost me almost nothing in maintenance. AND has a sun roof, which is an absolute essential for me!! No air conditioning, door locks unreliable, quite a few little dents/scars: but I never worry about loading a muddy Charlie in the back seat after a long h... Thu, 29 May 2014 08:25:53 EST Leap of Faith! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704954 Oh what a winter that was. Even with a gloriously scented garden bouquet on my kitchen table (lilac AND lily-of-the-valley, plus forget-me-not and japonica, so pretty) I can't forget what we went through. <BR> <BR> But nevertheless this morning I'm taking my elderly Volvo to have its snow tires taken off, and summer tires installed. (NOBODY should drive in Canada in the winter without snow tires . . . ). <BR> <BR> Usually switch in late April. But not this year: we had snow after that.... Wed, 28 May 2014 07:41:29 EST Easy Day Coming Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704120 Adjourned a matter that was pressing. Whomped through a whack of over-due-to-be-read professional reading yesterday (and inserted some key entries into our "law digest" for quick retrieval). <BR> <BR> Nothing urgent, for once. <BR> <BR> Gorgeous day out there. <BR> <BR> And if things continue to be calm once I land at work, who knows? Maybe an early exit for the golf course???? <BR> <BR> Gotta grab it when it's possible, right? Tue, 27 May 2014 07:54:59 EST May Fave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703343 What a marvellous month! Now my lilacs are in bloom -- and the bouquet on the kitchen table smells wonderful. Lily of the valley will be next. <BR> <BR> Lots and lots of golf. <BR> <BR> Going to fit in a little work too, of course -- yes I will!! Mon, 26 May 2014 08:37:31 EST Verandaaaaaaaah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702701 Planted my geraniums yesterday on the front verandah and the back lower and high decks . . . Swept the decks and the breezeway (lots and lots of pine needles) and completely exhausted myself actually: yikes!! <BR> <BR> However, it's now warm enough to take my coffee out to the Muskoka chairs. Sun in the evening on the back deck (with the gentle trickling of that water garden, bright orange canna now in bloom, bright orange ceramic goldfish swimming around). Sun in the morning on the fr... Sun, 25 May 2014 10:42:57 EST It Never Hurts To Be Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702033 Just a follow up thought to the modern manners blog with thanks for all the great responses. We all encounter contemporary rudeness, for sure. (Even very occasionally here: some of those recipe comments can be a bit un-nuanced!! Really, if you don't wanna eat it or make it, that's OK. Just don't eat it or don't make it!!) <BR> <BR> Yeah. <BR> <BR> The older I get, the more I subscribe to the above. It never hurts to be kind. And the more I attempt to put it into action. <BR> <BR> At ... Sat, 24 May 2014 10:16:35 EST Good manners in a modern world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701311 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relatio<BR>nships/a-reminder-of-good-manners-in-a<BR>-modern-rude-world/article18805138/ </link> <BR> <BR> Having experienced sustained rudeness in a business meeting yesterday, you can bet I found this article in my Globe pretty interesting this morning!! <BR> <BR> "Social thuggery": such a punchy term! <BR> <BR> Is it true our brains are programmed to hold about 150 people max in esteem: no more? <BR> <BR> I'm reminded of the Adam Smith economic d... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:37:54 EST Contentment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700504 Experiencing a contented patch. <BR> <BR> All round, things are humming along quietly. Sure I'm aware that I could freak out about this. Or that. But for some reason, not. <BR> <BR> All good, or pretty good, which is good enough. <BR> <BR> Yeah. <BR> <BR> Worth noticing, worth being grateful for. <BR> <BR> And I am. Thu, 22 May 2014 06:55:35 EST Water Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699755 DS visited over the past weekend and installed a late bday gift for me: a water garden on my deck. (DS has just about completed her Master Gardener qualifications and this was one of her classwork projects: I'm the beneficiary of her studies!) <BR> <BR> There's a tiny circulating pump to create soothing sound. Some papyrus, a canna (orange crush), water hyacinth, parrot feather and a Little Sue bronze-leaf water lily. <BR> <BR> Lovely!! <BR> <BR> The chickadees found it almost instan... Wed, 21 May 2014 07:41:09 EST Indian Soup, KANOE10 Style! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697503 KANOE10 loves Indian food and cooks it often. She was recently kind enough to send me some tips on ingredients and spicing so that I could experiment with an Indian-inflected supper soup for next week. <BR> <BR> Based upon her advice, I bought: 3 medium eggplants (unpeeled/cubed); butternut squash (peeled/cubed); fresh garlic (used lots); fresh ginger (ditto); red onion; fresh cilantro; unsweetened coconut. <BR> <BR> And I had on hand: garam masala; coriander; cumin; turmeric; chilies; coc... Sun, 18 May 2014 08:30:04 EST Nutrition Nannies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696935 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate<BR>/never-mind-the-nutrition-nannies/arti<BR>cle18706014/ </link> <BR> <BR> Margaret Wente is one of my fave Globe and Mail writers -- she pulls no punches, takes no prisoners. <BR> <BR> So I loved today's article on "nutrition nannies", in which Wente outlines some of the recent history of nutrition research . . . and concludes that most of it has been debunked. <BR> <BR> She doesn't say so, but it's my experience that there is a significant g... Sat, 17 May 2014 10:02:57 EST From My Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695916 I love wandering around the garden and picking a few blossoms for my kitchen table. <BR> <BR> Today, a couple of daffodils. One red tulip. Three branches of japonica and two of apple blossom, still in bud. And several hyacinths: a deep pink, a couple blue. <BR> <BR> Lilac hedge will soon be in full bloom too! Thu, 15 May 2014 19:39:12 EST