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White Narcissus and Pink Amaryllis

Wednesday, December 28, 2011      7 comments

My second pot of narcissus has been much more successful: the first bloom opened Christmas day, and now I have clusters of them. Love the scent, love the shape, love the whiteness against sparkling white snow outside the kitchen window. An... Read more

How Much Too Much?

Monday, December 26, 2011      8 comments

Don't really know: but yeah, much too much!! Cinnamon bun and fresh fruit salad for breakfast. Quite a few appetizers. Mostly shrimp, raw veggies with humus/salsa . . . but also a couple of cheesie pastries. And two Virgin Caesars. ... Read more

Mary made Christmas happen the first time . . . .

Friday, December 23, 2011      9 comments

. . . . . and it must have been difficult. Worrying. Money worries? Certainly: the taxes were due, after all. Not easy. Riding a donkey to Bethlehem at 8.9 months pregnant? Not easy. No room in the inn, having to labour a... Read more

The darkest evening of the year

Thursday, December 22, 2011      10 comments

Winter solstice is, of course, the darkest evening of the year: and it's no coincidence that so many religions have a celebration of light, the gradually lengthening days to come. Many of us will remember school days studying or even memor... Read more

What did you buy yourself for Christmas??

Saturday, December 17, 2011      16 comments

Last Monday was my annual Christmas shopping day . . . and I got most of it done. But: today I was out looking for the "stocking stuff". Silly little items, mostly . . . A tiny toy airplane for my son, who's training to be a pilot. A ... Read more

Christmas Under Control? Good Enough!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011      15 comments

Every year the boss (that's me) grants me one day off to get Christmas stuff done. That day was yesterday. And: it was sunny, not snowy, not too cold -- perfect "driving around in a mad frenzy" weather. (After, of course, a leisure... Read more

Pent Up Demand -- for Exercise! for Friends! for Family!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011      11 comments

Busy at work for three days. Then two days of training on how to screen for domestic violence -- with excellent trainers, with a marvellous small group of participants. But: the subject matter is . . . yeah, heavy. Sombre, really. ... Read more

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Thursday, December 08, 2011      17 comments

Have been worrying -- a lot -- about a situation that I could not do much to change. And: yeah. Looks like everything will be OK. Relief. Expecting to sleep much better tonight than I have done for quite some time. Read more

Is Your Office Chair Killing You?

Monday, December 05, 2011      16 comments

www.theglobeandmail.com/
life/health/new-health/hea
lth-news/is-your-office-ch
air-killing-you/article2258518/ That's the link to a very interesting article in today's Toronto Globe and Mail about the effect of a s... Read more

Greek Geek? Like, Totally . . .

Thursday, December 01, 2011      18 comments

It's not just my Greek omelettes . . . Omega 3 liquid egg plus liquid egg white plus Greek seasoning plus low fat feta and spinach, now protein-boosted with turkey and volume boosted with mushrooms. (Is there a more flavourful low fat cheese th... Read more

More Protein: Middle Four, Take That!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011      11 comments

In line with 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's prescription (break plateau by changing it up), plus her focus on getting 150 gm protein a day . . . I'm adopting these strategies to blast middle number 4 before it escalates upwards . . So: I am moving more.... Read more

The Three Times When People are Happiest

Monday, November 28, 2011      10 comments

OK, then: you've guessed one of 'em with no great difficulty. Yes!! emoticon But the other two? When... Read more

Hyacinth Harvest

Sunday, November 27, 2011      13 comments

All winter long and as soon as they are available I buy potted hyacinth bulbs at the grocery store. White. All shades of pink. All shades of mauve and blue and purple. From January through April, there are generally hyacinths in my house.... Read more

Weight Woes and Size Sighs: Gendered Size Creep is Creepy!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011      15 comments

Hmmm. That middle number four is persistent despite diligent tracking. And persistent "Becking": e.g. "hunger is not an emergency"; "eat sitting down". The balance beam scales at the gym do give me my middle number 3. And my digit... Read more

Show Me the Place!

Thursday, November 24, 2011      9 comments

Many of you will know and love Leonard Cohen's iconic "Anthem": (Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack/a crack in everything . . . ) And so you may also enjoy his newest single, Show Me the Place, which comes from a November-dark... Read more


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