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so green, so good

20150419_161018Yesterday, I came up with an idea of how to get Mr. Right to take a break from yard work.

a snack.

Yep, that did the trick.

If you have never stopped by the VegKitchen with Nava Atlas, give it a try.  mouth-watering recipes to fill your belly and soul with goodness, seriously uplifting blog.

Okay, I made the Very Green Avocado Tahini dip.

Start to finish, with clean up………..maybe 7 minutes.

4 ounces spinach, 1 ripe, peeled and diced, avocado, 1/3 cup tahini, fresh juice of one lemon, 1 teaspoon cumin, 2 Tablespoons combined: parsley, dill and cilantro.  You need and will love the flavor. Real Salt and fresh ground pepper.

Rinse the greens (I use raw, you can also cook if you want)

Place all the ingredients plus 1/4 cup filtered water into your Blendtec or some other fancy blender.

Push play. Wait for magic.

Serve with tortilla chips, veggies or my favorite, Black bean chips (yum-oh) .

Say Grace before you walk out to the back yard to serve.  There won’t be time, once your mouth starts watering.

so green, so good.

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let’s trade

  Trade phones with your spouse/significant other for one week.

Yesterday, while browsing blogs, I came across this challenge/idea/suggestion.

Can trading phones for one week make your relationship stronger?

While it has been brought to my attention that this was a “game” lesson in trust…….my first thought was empathy.empathy

Oh my stars, if I had to answer all the questions and text that Mr. Right receives…….yikes.  I am not sure I could go on and on about the shipping industry, Army, politics, golf or hockey playoffs.  Nor do I think he would be that interested in my friends talking about quilting and recipes and kids and spouses, dog treat orders or the new website for ordering dresses.

(Okay, we are not REAL scientists here, so don’t get all twisted in knots over this experiment.  If you don’t have a spouse, substitute the word girlfriend or sister, adult child, co-worker.  Maybe even try it for a weekend?)

The idea is you trade phones and have to answer text and emails in place of the other person.  Not in their voice nor can you say, “Hi Joanne, this is Mr. Right, I am using Daleen’s phone for the week, she will get back to you in seven days.”

You have to answer the greeting and have a conversation.   “Oh Hi Kathy, this is Mr. Right, do you like the orange fabric for the border of the quilt or do you think teal would be more shocking and fancy?”  or   “Oh my goodness, I am sincerely sorry your friend passed away.  We will begin praying for you.”   Then go get a sympathy card and get it ready for mailing.  “Will you join us for the potluck on Tuesday?  Yes, and I will be bringing a vegetable tray.  Thank you for including me”.  Then write down veggie tray on the calendar.

Will your spouse say NO?  My work is much too important for you to dabble in it!  Will your spouse say NO, my phone, my private life?  Will your spouse say NO, I am vital and no one, not even you can take my place? 

Or will your partner in crime say, SURE, I will gladly let you see how my week unfolds.  Yes please, you talk to these folks for a week, see what I go through.  Here you go, can we start NOW? 

Now, I don’t think the experiment means answering specific work related questions.   I don’t want to answer a government question about shipping something to Argentina or if I think the Toronto Maple Leafs should get a coach (which, by the way I do think they should GET A COACH, any coach).

I think there are some questions you can politely answer.  However, let’s leave the work specific questions to the pros.

I think the general idea is to walk a week in your spouses shoes.  polka dot shoes

plain blackThe idea of me carrying a plain black phone is sort of sad.  I love my teal colored case.  It has “diamonds” that sparkle all over it and a lovely quilted pattern.  Under my fancy, girlie case, my phone is gold.  Yep, you guessed it, Mr. Right’s phone under the black cover is black.teal phone case (seems rather dull and boring)

So, once we trade phones, the discussion begins.

Wow, you have a lot of friends who check in with you.  My goodness, you sure keep in touch with lots of folks.  You must get tired of answering some?  How do you manage to stay kind and friendly with some mean and grumpy folks at your business?  How on earth do you keep all this straight?

Will this experiment give us more understanding of what our significant other walks through daily?  Will we be more understanding when, at the end of the day, they say, geesh, I am tired.

Will we find it charming that they still lift up and continue to cheer on friends from 30 years ago, or do we find ourselves being a bit jealous?

Will we have more empathy and act more loving toward that person?

I am like a 6th grade girl twisting and twirling a lock of her hair.  Smiling.  I think it will be a lovely experiment and a look behind curtain at how the magic happens. I think it will bring to light just how kind, generous with time, considerate my spouse really is.

Are you game?   Are you brave/curious/thoughtful enough to take on the challenge?

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trilogy

I didn’t see it.

I didn’t take the time.

It was 1982 and Mr. Right and I were sitting on a blanket in the middle of a city park having our picture taken with our new baby.  I am guessing the car was packed full with all kinds of supplies that new parents think they “need” for a 30 minute trip. Our entire focus was to make that new baby HAPPY.  As young, brand new parents we wanted a great family picture.  We wanted that brand new baby boy to be the star.  So just outside “the” perfect shot was a stack of clothes, the stroller, diaper bag and on and on. The behind the scenes “magic” to help keep a baby happy and picture ready.

Our mission was to set up “camp” and have our photograph taken.

The park was a beautiful scene.  It measures 10 city blocks right smack dab in the middle of a big city, our city. The park was established in 1886  & I would guess, thousands of people have had their wedding, baby, family, engagement, Sunday afternoon in the park, pictures taken somewhere in those 27 acres.

Side note:  my grandma used to go to church across the street from Wright Park.  I wonder if she ever had her picture taken in her Sunday best?

We were so caught up in trying to make a baby happy and focused on our photos, that honestly we did nothing else.

20150405_142337 20150405_144610We did not explore.  We did not even walk 50 feet ahead and take in and enjoy a brand new piece of art.  The sculpture was created by Larry Anderson.  It was placed in the park in 1978. He named it “Trilogy”.

I didn’t see it.

I didn’t take the time.

Sunday afternoon.  We took the time.  The year is 2015 and we did not have a baby with us.  We strolled, hand in hand through the beautiful hometown park.  We took in the Seymour Conservatory.  Yes, in this day and age, we still have a stunning, breathtaking Seymour-ConservatoryConservatory to explore and soak in.

It was the perfect way to “fill up our pitcher”.  We all need to do that now and then.

20150405_143739I wish someone had told me that when I had a 4 month old baby.  I should have taken the time.  I would have been a much better wife and mom.  I/we were so busy trying to take care of and learn about a new baby, we had blinders on.  We forgot to fill our pitcher and take care of our souls.

We didn’t see the beauty.  Only had eyes for our family of three. The mechanics of everyday life overshadowed the beauty that was right before us. 20150405_142836

This past Sunday we experienced “Trilogy” in the park, we drank it in.  We took pictures, we talked about it.  Heck, I even sent the photo to a few friends and asked for first three words that came to mind:

joy fun family

breathless moving goodness

adventurous playful carefree

contentment confidence optimistic

joy adventure love

20150405_142607When I was reading a bit of the history of Wright Park, I noticed 21 other parks listed in the Metro Parks of Tacoma line up.  You can guess what I am going to say next.  ha

Sometime, during this spring and summer, Mr. Right and I are going to visit all 21 parks.  We are going to explore, look around, soak in the beauty and fill our pitchers to overflowing. 20150405_142418

We are going to take the time, open our eyes and see the beauty right before us.

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ding dong, spring is here!

The dull, boring nothing on the front door screamed out to me. To be honest, it has been screaming for about 3 weeks now.

The neighbors are starting to talk.

Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest.

20150330_154204Time to get a little creative and celebrate the season.

As far as wreath making days……only one glue gun burn.  not bad. 20150330_160331Get your coupons cut out, high tail it to the craft supply store, plug in those glue guns and might I gently suggest some jaunty polka dot ribbon for the “sass” factor!  (my budget was $20.00 and I came in at $17. and some change)

Happy Crafting…..Happy Spring!

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Groovy Granola Bars

Can you teach me how to make granola bars?
Sure thing.  Easy Peasy.
Buckle up………..oodles of ingredients………….(secret, you can use pretty much whatever you want, just keep the amounts similar)  I think everyone has their “own” recipe.  This just happens to be the framework for mine.
So easy, you will slap your forehead and wonder………..WHY on earth have I not made these before now?
Here we go:
2 cups gluten-free oats (or 1 cup oats & 1 cup toasted quinoa, so good)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup raw, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sesame seeds (great calcium)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins or blueberries … I like cherries (no sulfates, please)
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Himalayan Sea Salt (be generous)
1/2 cup almond butter
3/4 cup raw honey
3 Tablespoons flax-seed oil
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
preheat oven 350*
20150320_102334In a 9 x 13 inch pan……….I like to toast my main ingredients prior to mixing up a batch…..
Mix oats, seeds, coconut, wheat germ, nuts,  and toast 10 minutes……..stir….toast 6 more minutes.
In a medium saucepan combine…. salt, almond butter, honey & oils.  Bring to a boil.
Pour over oats.  Stir.  Stir in cherries (or raisins etc)… stir some more………let cool a bit more…. Stir in mini dairy free chocolate chips.
Press mixture down into pan.  20150320_105726
Bake 20 minutes.
20150320_111201 (1)Cool 2 hours (hardest part).
Cut, generous bars.  Wrap in wax paper then plastic wrap.  Store in a big container.
Take on a road trip.
Amazingly delicious.
Love to hear what you add or subtract.  What’s your secret ingredient?
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when life gives you lemons…

If you are old enough, after you read this post, you will be singing along with The Beatles, all day long.   If you are not old enough, you may want to check it out on You Tube.  Catchy little tune.

 

Here comes the sun, 

Here comes the sun. 

And I say, it’s all right. 

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. 

Little darling,m it feels like years since it’s been here. 

 

Yesterday, the mailman left a 17 pound box of a surprise on our door step.

20150319_100442What the heck could someone mail me that weighs 17 pounds?

Sunshine and healing that’s what!!!!!

The sunshine and healing came in the form of ……17 GLORIOUS pounds of fresh picked Meyer Lemons!

Our home smells like a beautiful lemon tree that is bursting forth in all her glory.  Oh my stars!  You can almost feel the healing and goodness just looking at my pictures. 20150319_112114

When life (read that as friends from sunny California) gives you lemons you make: 20150319_170608

Apple Cider Lemonade

Lemon herb rice

20150319_173324Lemon tarts

save 14 lemons out to use for this week’s juicing adventure (yes, we use 14 lemons a week)

juice 2 for humus and guacamole to make today

Give 4 away………..Hey, there is NO WAY, I am chancing being a greedy Gus and nixing my good fortune and karma! (yes, folks, you have to GIVE away a portion of your good fortune………….or it will circle around and bite you.  fact.  Do not mess with karma.)

My brain is still twirling and swirling as to what else I can make.

Marinate some fish with lemons, onions and fresh parsley…….Coho Salmon on the grill is a favorite.

A splash of fresh lemon with some raspberries ………….hello beautiful sorbet. 20150319_100458

My 8-year-old friend painted an amazing sunshine, just for me.  She wanted to share her California Sunshine with Miss Daleen.  I can “feel” that sunshine warming my bones.  Glorious sunshine.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t get super frigid winters with mile high mounds of snow.  What we do get is gloomy, gray, dark days. We get drizzle and pouring rain.  We get chilly, cloudy, dull, no color days………….

20150319_124216From the mouths of babes…………….

Sun, Sun, Sun, here it comes!

ps.  have I mentioned lately what a lucky/grateful girl I am?

 

 

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Marriage secret number 598:  pay special attention to your tootsies!

Years ago, Mr. Right came home from the hospital and needed to rest for a couple of days.  Besides healing soups & foods, great music, reading aloud, aromatherapy, fresh & ironed sheets and pillow cases, aired out room for 30 minutes each day………I was trying to figure out what I could do to help the healing process.

I started reading and reading some more.  I found reflexology.

Okay, there are some doubters out there.  Doubt away.  Or maybe, just maybe I was part of the healing?  I like to think, because of my actions, I helped the healing process along.

reflexology-socks-feetI bought these socks to help remind me what part of the foot is connected to the other body parts.  I put a short stool on the floor at the end of the bed.  I used the socks for the first couple times, then I started to memorize the chart.

I used all natural oils, coconut, almond, apricot.  I added touches of essential oils.

Here’s the thing folks, whether you think it works it works or it doesn’t  …………..it will.  Um, interesting.

Let me ask you, what person reading this right now, would not adore a 20 minute foot rub on each foot?

What person here, hasn’t had a stuffy nose and the thought of someone rubbing their feet with vapor rub or apricot oil with eucalyptus oil for 20 minutes wasn’t enticing?

What person has not had a grumpy, tired, won’t go to sleep little person?  You got it, bath time, story time, jammies and lay back for an amazing foot rub.  Yes, little short people who don’t even go to school yet, fall madly in love with foot rubs.

Healthy Feet are part of a Healthy person.  Ask any person in a white coat, who is worthy of wearing the white coat……………..look at a patients feet to find out how healthy they are.  Yes, you can tell how the kidneys and liver are working.  You can tell about circulation.  You can tell about sugar intake.  You can tell, if a person keeps their tootsies in tip-top shape, then you can make an informed guess that they work on the up keep of the rest of their bodies.

20150121_120433This past week, I made new shoe refreshers for Mr. Right’s shoes.  It had been a few years since I made the last ones, time to start over.  Sure you can just replace the cedar, I bought new fabric and started fresh. I cut the fabric, add a pull tag and stuff with fresh cedar chips.  Smells amazing. 20150121_122000

While I was sewing, I made a couple extra sets to add to birthday gifts.  I added some dried lavender along with the cedar to the girls sets.  I chose team sport fabric for one set.  Who doesn’t need a little freshening up in their sneakers?

Buy a huge bag of cedar chips at the feed store or the hardware store.  It cost about $3.50 and fills oodles of shoe inserts or make some closet sachets.  They draw the moisture out of the worn shoes, the cedar is natural and keeps little bugs from coming to live.

Take a minute to check if your Mr. Right needs new shoe laces, needs new insoles.  We live in a climate where we have to remove moisture from closets, I double-check on that as well.  We celebrate Socktober.  That is when we toss old, worn socks and replace with new.

One thing that doesn’t make the cover of Bride magazines, taking care of your spouse is a way of showing your love.  Yes, even taking care of the other person’s feet.  No, it is not glamorous.  No, it doesn’t make face book.  Taking care of your spouse helps take care of you.  duh

If you don’t live with an old Army guy (who happens to do an amazing job at shining all our shoes and boots), take a couple pairs to the cobbler and have them shined.  Donate or toss the old not worn shoes.  Make the effort.  Make it a priority.

20150121_154105While getting ready in the morning, I spend at least 10 minutes rubbing coconut oil and essential oils all over my tootsies.  I am worth it.  I am worth healthy feet.  They have to get me around all day.   Let me ask you, who doesn’t want to slip between those cool, clean sheets with happy, smooth, healthy feet?

For the past couple years, I have skipped the salon pedicures.  I have been avoiding germs as much as possible.  So I make an effort to do a pedicure twice a month at home.

Who wants to dance, dance, dance, walk the dog, bike 5 miles and then wear kick ass cowgirl boots and not have amazing feeling feet?

We are in this together, here’s to our health and wellness!

dance on, my friend, dance on!