Potatoes of a Different Sort

April 14th, 2014

Late last week, a dear friend dropped me an email to suggest that she drive over from the city she lives in (about an hour from me), pick me up, and for us to go spend a few hours walking on the beach. We both find comfort in the sand and water, and I suspect she knew how I had been feeling, unable to get out and about as usual.

Since I was feeling better and slowly getting into the swing of things, plus always love spending time with her, it didn’t take me long to say YES!!

I don’t know about you, but there is something calming about walking along a virtually deserted beach. We talked and talked, laughed and explored. It was food for the soul. I was so grateful to her for the suggestion.

The beach was full of these shells, which we weren’t sure of. She felt sure they were a sea urchin of sorts, and I was going between that and a variety of sand dollar.

As anyone who knows me personally can contest- I have a natural, never-ending curiosity, so that became my afternoon project- to find out ‘what’ this was. After much searching and even a quick poll on my Facebook, I was able to find that it is indeed a type of sea urchin, and when they die they lose their spikes. This variety is known as a sea potato, and when alive- it does indeed look like a furry potato, color and all.

With the help of my dear friend, I managed to find a few that were whole, and I brought them home. They are now drying in the sunshine outside.

It was a simply amazing day- new discoveries, long walks, and all in the company of a great friend.

At the end of our 4 plus mile walk- we stopped in for coffee and tea at a local beach cafe, where we continued to laugh and fill our souls.

I can’t imagine a better way to spend the day.

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Walking the Dog

April 8th, 2014

In my ‘baby steps’ recovery, I’ve taken JJ out (as opposed to leaving him with my mother-in-law) for the past two days while Marcel has been working. It was in between showers, thanks to this crazy weather we are having (sunshine, rain and hail – all in a 30 second time span), but it was simply intoxicating. No, I don’t mean the effect it had on my ever-so-sensitive allergies, but literally a thrilling moment, to be outside walking around.

It’s one of those little tiny (or not so tiny) things that we take for granted, and don’t realize the magnitude of just being able to get up and move around freely outside, until we aren’t able. I made a mental note to myself, that once I am out-and-about regularly (soon), to make sure that I really take the time to bask in my surroundings, to notice the little things even more, plus to express gratitude to my own two feet for carrying me there.

The ‘new green’, the cherry blossoms, and every thing else that is bursting with life, brought a smile to my face, plus joy to my heart, and the best part (aside from JJ being absolutely perfect outside)? Getting inside a full 10 seconds before the bottom dropped out of the sky and the rains began again- not just one day, but both.

Spring, how I love you.

Moving Right Along

April 5th, 2014

After much of laying low and giving myself some proper time to heal, I’m finally getting close to attempting to ‘press play’ on regularly scheduled life again.

I’ve had plenty of time on my hands- and that means plenty of time to think (more so than usual), plus also plenty of time to make a few decisions, and a few upcoming choice that will be life-changing.

What started out in a great lesson of patience has given me so much more. Aside from Marcel, and one visit from a friend- I’ve been pretty self isolated. I haven’t been typing much since it irritates the arm, so I got used to my own company fairly quick. I like my company, so it wasn’t hard.

I had plenty of offers for people to come over and even bring food, but Marcel said he had it- so I let him do his thing. He’s been great.

I’ve noticed a shift around me since all this. Maybe it’s me, or maybe there is something in the air- but things have definitely changed.

I’m grateful for the time, but I admit- I can’t wait to get back in the swing of things. So many great things to look forward to! Parties, weddings, and other festivities. Plus a possible house full of people here from out of town- staying my birthday week. So so much fun in the pipeline- and a lot of great work projects. Bring it on!!

Slowly but surely- baby steps- I’m getting there.

Ode to Savings AND a Coupon Code

March 25th, 2014

To know me is to know that I LOVE a good deal, and even more than a good deal- I love being able to share that deal with others. I can’t remember if I’ve written on here about iHerb before or not, but iHerb is THE BEST online store for any and everything your heart desires for healthy products.

I’ve ordered from them several times- quite a few of my friends are regular customers, and since they have free shipping over 40.00, I believe it is- you can’t go wrong. They have a great selection of Bob’s Red Mill products- so I tend to order steel-cut oats from them, along with various flours- think coconut, quinoa, sorghum, blue corn and the list goes one.

They also have a ‘free’ product that you can choose from a list- and they’ll include it in your box. I call it a little extra bit of ‘happy’. They have skin products- snack products (Blue Diamond almond thins and Beanitos are two of our faves.), and pretty much all sorts of amazing things, for no more than you’d pay for the same items somewhere else, and in some cases- they are even less expensive, which is a win-win all around.

Their turn around time is also SUPER fast- so I can’t sing their praises high enough. I don’t work for them, and they aren’t paying me to write this- I just like their site and thought I’d share since I was putting my own order together.

They also sent me an email several days ago that they’re having a special so I’ll receive a 5% discount over 60.00, which is a great thing- and if you happened to be a new customer- you will also receive an additional 10.00 off your total order if you spend 40.00 and 5. off if you spend less than 40.

You can find them by visiting http://www.iherb.com?rcode=QJK747 or visit the site directly at iherb.com and use the iHerb coupon code “QJK474″ at check out. Enjoy! You can thank me later!

Sunny Days

March 22nd, 2014

20140322-190512.jpg Some of you who know me, may know that I am on complete bed rest. It hasn’t been ideal, even remotely so, but one of those necessities to keep from adding insult to injury, so-to-speak. I’m not used to having to sit still for so long, nor am I used to having to be totally dependent on someone else. Both of the aforementioned have been a learning experience for me.

I am now sporting two braces and a sling for my arm, and in spite my protests (which got me here in the first place)- I’ve learned that listening to my body is a necessity. My mind may think it knows better, but the true lesson is in realizing that our body gives us signs. The wisdom is in learning to listen and do what is best, even when it isn’t ideal for what we may want to do.

This afternoon, I did take a little whole to sit in the sunshine. I knew the

I seem to be in a little less pain today- and I'm grateful for that. I feel certain it means I'm on the road to recovery. Now to just not get ahead of myself, but instead, continue to listen to my body and what it's got in store. This too shall pass.

The Not So Intentional Stillness

March 19th, 2014

This is one of those ‘on location’ posts, and this time the location happens to be the comforts of the sofa, with iPhone in hand. (Thank goodness for the WordPress app.)

Those who know me personally know that I am a lefty, and as it so happens my left arm is currently sporting not one, but two braces, in promotion of healing.

I love to relax and have my ‘down’ time just like the next person, but there is definitely such of ‘too much’, as is the case here.

My left arm is on complete house arrest- with the key letters being REST!! I thought I could try not using my arm, but that hasn’t worked, resulting in aforementioned braces and a banishment to the sofa and/or bed, whichever strikes my fancy.

Marcel has been a champ, and has been taking care of everything, including cooking- after a couple of impromptu cooking lessons. My mother in law has the dog while Marcel is working, and it has been Mister M. and I.

I realize that I don’t make a good person of rest, but I know my body (arm) needs it to heal so I’m doing my best.

Arm aside- the rest of me wants to write a few hand-written letters, a couple of articles, plus I have some fantastic ideas for cakes and caramels. (Excess time makes for good brainstorming sessions.) Thankfully, I have amazing friends who have not only offered to come bring food, but also to come help do anything in house that needs doing. I love them for that, and also for their patience in me not being able to come out and ‘play’.

It isn’t for lack of desire, that’s for sure.

I believe all experiences have lessons, and this has not only been teaching (I say that because I still don’t have it down pat) me patience, but also the importance of doing what my body needs and requires of me, even if not convenient.

Mostly, more than ever- I am fully aware of just how blessed I am.

Party Planning

March 15th, 2014

I don’t know if it’s a Southern Hospitality thing, but Southern people love parties. Not only to attend them, but also host them. This year- we have a mish-mash of both. I’m planning (and have planned) some, plus we also have quite a few to attend.

In the midst of all that has been swirling around health-wise, this gives us something great to look forward to. There is always a silver lining- and something to be grateful for.

Parties make me happy. Not just going to them, but also planning and giving them. Spending time with people I love and care about is always a plus, but meeting new people, the shopping for all the party supplies, equals joy, for me!

Yesterday I was out and about, and came across some cute items that really sparked inspiration for a party that I’m having later on in the year. Since I like to be on top of things, I picked up the colorful items, and truth is- I can’t wait to use them. It will have to wait though.

After all, I have menus to plan, more shopping to do- plus a few other parties to attend between now and then.

So tell me, dear reader- do you enjoy parties? Planning, attending or both?

Defying the Odds

March 15th, 2014

20140315-160930.jpg I was out walking a few days ago and even though I ‘knew’ the signs of Spring had been popping up everywhere (thanks to my over-active allergies, plus the abundance of daffodils and crocus I’ve been seeing), I still can’t help but smile when little signs pop up in unexpected places. These tiny little violets, were a vibrant burst of color at the base of some bushes that haven’t yet shown any sign of life.

It reminded me of a quote I read recently from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. It reads: Hardly anything reaffirms birth to me like daffodil bulbs. Put those seemingly dead brown lumps in the ground, and they will defy rock, storm and pestilence to emerge and unfurl themselves.

I’ve read that quote quite a few times since I first came across it, and each time it resonates with me more. Not simply on a nature state of going from one season to another, but also, how no matter how unlikely things may seem- or even impossible, that if we stay focused on the goal at hand- and don’t allow obstacles to stop us, but instead make us stronger.

It is a reminder to me on this grey day, that no matter how things may appear- there is always something bright and shining waiting to come through.

Impromptu Reunion

March 15th, 2014

This morning when I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw that some of my friends from High School had ran into each other, where some other classmates were playing a ‘gig’ last night. I could see the band in the background- one of them sporting his new Alvarez, and even though they were soaking wet with sweat- I could see by their facial expressions they were having a blast.

The one guy works in Saudia Arabia and was home for a while, and the four girls (I think) were there together. It was great to see them all together, and I love when those little unplanned reunions happen. From the looks of things, they all had a great time.

Personally, I can’t wait until we go ‘home’ for Christmas. I’m already looking forward to spending some time with some of them, plus hopefully having a few impromptu gatherings of my own.

Longer days and 59 Degrees in March

March 8th, 2014

As I type this, I’m sitting outside in the sunshine. I can’t see my iPhone screen that well, so this could end up being a post filled with typos- if so, please excuse them.

I’ve had a productive day, and now it’s time to kick back and relax. My feet are propped up, and I’m in awe of the blue skies and temps. After all, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 59 degree day in March since I’ve lived here.

I smell someone’s BBQ grill, so apparently I’m not the only one cashing in on this great weather.

Dinner? It’s something I should be considering, but right now the only thing I’m interested in is the sunshine and soaking up that vitamin D.

Happy weekend!

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