I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but I often accept packages for my musician (and other) neighbor when no one is at home- and they happen to be able to catch me at home. Yesterday I was walking in from an appointment and they snagged me to ask if I would accept a package. I knew my neighbor was out of town, but he had told me that he was expecting a http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/adam-audio-a7x-powered-studio-monitor and asked if I would be willing to accept it if he arrived while he was away. Since they travel a lot, they have also given us a key to water their plants and so forth when they are away- so last night I sent him a message and let him know what had arrived- and told him that I’d put it in the house since I knew we would miss each other this weekend- as I’ll be out of town and he is coming back into town. He was thrilled- and grateful but I call it the neighborly thing to do.
Archive for the ‘Life’ Category
April 21st, 2017
March 12th, 2017
Spring has sprung- Daylight savings time is in full effect, and hopefully ‘all set your clocks ahead an hour and weren’t too late for any appointments today. I love seeing the sun stream through the windows at an earlier time, and since our weather is always a bit up in the air- I love seeing so much sunshine the last days.
I’ll admit, I’ve spent as much time outside as possible, which has not only been great for absorbing a little natural Vitamin D via the sun, but also to keep me moving and get a little exercise, which I definitely need. Well, we all need it, only some of us (me) more than others.
Despite the amazing weather, we’ve had a few grey days as well, but it hasn’t been many. I have to wonder if the grey is going to start being more the exception than the rule and the blue will take over.
A few days ago, I took a snap and the sky was so blown out, that when I went to process it, I thought it looked better in black and white. I rarely do that, but even in this world where everything is awakening from the sleep of winter- and everything is coming to life- and colors begin to pop- the black and white still looked best.
As the new week begins, I’m excited at all the potential and the energy buzz that I am feeling. I have quite a bit of work to do this week, but at the same time- plenty of time to have a little play, which I’m very grateful for.
All things in balance, right?
I’m still buzzing along with Whole 30 and doing really great. I will admit that I’ve craved sugar, but mostly I’ve been craving black beans and dairy. Crazy combination I know, but it’s true. I’m getting close to being at the half way point, and from there it’s all down hill. In the meantime, I’m glad I have no dinners out planned, I’m even having to abandon my beloved Starbucks this month. That’s quite ok though, as I love keeping Starbucks for the treat, rather than something I get used to having all the time.
March 9th, 2017
I am sure I’m not the only one who feels solar powered at times. This morning I woke up to fog, but within a few hours it had burned off and it was an absolutely gorgeous Spring day. It was a little windy- and for some probably a little too chilly, but for me- perfect! I felt as though I was plugged into the sun and my batteries were charging away.
Even JJ was feeling the energy from the sun as he was definitely showing a case of Spring fever. SO much so that it was difficult for me to get him to sit still long enough to pose for a photo in the crocus- but he did- and I was a happy pup owner.
This coming Sunday- the clocks in the United States spring forward one hour. Giving an extra hour of daylight. Don’t forget to set your clock forward an hour late Saturday night before bed, so you won’t be late to any Sunday appointments, or even work on Monday- if you happen to forget to spring forward all together.
March 8th, 2017
My favorite feline is turning 12 this year. I’ve noticed small changes in him that start to occur when cats get older. He’s losing muscle mass and in turn seeming a little thinner. Ragdoll cats are large breeds, and he still weighs more than 10 pounds, but those little things tell me he’s getting older. I’m so grateful that he still plays. In fact, lately he plays more than he has in years. For a long time after we got JJ he wouldn’t play at all, because every single time he did, JJ would intervene and spoil the fun. He still tries to, but Mister M. will often turn the tables and pounce on JJ, which leads to a crazy chase or some other fun for the two of them. It more often than not leads to me breaking them up, to avoid excessive hair flying all over the house. They love each other, even if they don’t necessarily admit it.
Knowing that he is getting older leaves me faced with that one day I’ll have to say goodbye to him & that’s something I can’t begin to imagine. Thankfully, right now I don’t have to. Instead, I’ll continue to love him (even when he’s being naughty) and cherish every moment we have together. That’s what matters most.
March 8th, 2017
I was talking to an old friend from High School a few weeks ago about how many of the guys we graduated with went into the music industry. There are about six of them we could count off the top of our head, including one who just bought his first epiphone les paul standard at wwbw.com (which is actually what started the conversation). While that isn’t a huge number, when you consider the fact that it isn’t an ‘easy’ career choice- I think it’s actually a high percentage. Some have made it big, and some are still waiting for their big break, but ALL of them are having the time of their lives, which is what it’s all about. I love seeing people using their talents.
March 8th, 2017
If you’ve ever heard me sing- then you know that I’m definitely not one who will be standing in line to be on any musical talent show, so when a friend sent me photos from guitar center roseville mi and said ‘wish you were here’, I had to giggle. I even asked why, but they responded with ‘so I could help them choose some new toys’. Shopping I’m good at, plus time spent with friends is always a good time.
March 1st, 2017
Happy March y’all! I’m loving the sunshine we are seeing today & I’m feeling energized from all the Vitamin D I’ve been soaking up. The days are getting longer qua daylight hours and I can practically smell Spring in the air. It also seemed like a great time to kick off another Whole 30. This will be my third one- my first about a year ago which changed my life and how I felt so much, the second in August and now, this one.
I have heard quite a few people say that Whole 30 is hard. No, honestly- it isn’t hard at all. It takes thought, effort & in order to be 100% successful on the Whole 30 plan, you MUST be prepared.
I decided last week that it was time to do another Whole 30, so I started making mental notes (and some paper), of the things I knew I needed to do to set myself up for another Whole 30 success.
One of my favorite stores had boneless-skinless turkey breast on sale for an amazing price, so I called to see if they would grind some for me, but it wasn’t something that they do. No problem- I did a little Googling and found a method to grind my own using the food processor. Earlier this morning I spent some time doing exactly that.
I made some almond butter- nothing but roasted almonds and salt. That’s it. Forget the fact that I burned the first batch because I got busy with something and remembered when I smelled the scent of burnt almonds (it’s not a good smell y’all). The second batch was a success. I know exactly what’s in it, which is important.
I purchased and stuck in the freezer some packages of my favorite Whole 30 compliant bacon. Plus, I found sweet potatoes on sale for a great price & decided to buy an entire box. Kept cool, they keep for ages, so why not?
I also picked up some avocados, something I pretty much keep on hand all the time anyway, but this ensures I don’t run out.
Those are the ‘main’ things I’ve done thus far to ensure that I can manage without little stress and rock the next month.
More information can be found by visiting whole30.com.
February 22nd, 2017
Some mornings I’m not feeling the urge to eat when I first get up- so rather than eat because I’m ‘supposed’ to, I wait until I feel a rumble in my stomach and then I eat. Today- I had quite a few things to check off my ‘to do’ list- One of which was finalizing my business tax paperwork so it could be taken to the accountant, plus some cake prep for an upcoming order.
I have been trying to keep the protein on the higher side-so I decided to opt for some Greek yogurt, a few raspberries, pepitas, almonds and a few cacao nibs for a little something special. You know- give it that indulgent feel without being indulgent.
It was delicious- sans any sugar except the natural sugars in the raspberries. It kept me full until dinner time, which was my goal.
Now the taxes are dropped off- I have the evening to myself, so it’s time to take a hot bath and curl up with some good TV.
February 17th, 2017
A while back I made a decision to delete the Facebook app from my iPhone, which eventually was followed by me deleting it from my iPad. I kept the messenger app, plus I also kept the business app, but aside from that- it’s all gone from my ‘devices’. I still pop in on occasion from the laptop, but the negativity and mean-spiritedness was keeping me up at night. The divisivness- the name calling- all things I couldn’t wrap my head around.
Some people have noticed and others haven’t. I’m perfectly OK with both. I’m someone who can overlook a lot of things- when something becomes too much- the unfollow button works wonders, but it became to be ‘too much’. I don’t agree with A LOT of things I see, read, hear- but I am also open minded enough to know that my thoughts are based on my view to the world. It’s different than yours, yours or even yours. That’s how it’s supposed to be. We are individuals- not cookie-cutter or Stepford versions of each other.
What I DO have, regardless of whether I agree with someone or not- is respect. Even when someone is responding to something in hate- it doesn’t give me (or anyone) a ‘free pass’ to reciprocate with the same. It fuels the fire. It ignites more division, it perpetuates more division, more anger, more of the things that I have no intent or desire to feed.
In the March issue of “O Magazine” Oprah sat down and had a real talk with women. Women on both sides of the political lines to discuss what’s happening in the United States, to try to understand. They were different, but at the core they are the same- as are so many of us. The things that bind us are far greater than those that divide us.
We need more respectful conversations. Real, open, authentic conversations- it’s only then when we will be able to begin to understand and heal.
To the surprise of many- I don’t watch the news. I don’t read the news. I’m extremely selective of what I allow into my grey matter. For some it seems crazy, but to me it works. It keeps me from drinking the crazy Kool Aid that seems to be floating around- be it from fear or all the uncertainties. I don’t believe the media- any of it.
We all have the ability to be kind. To show compassion and grace- to not join in the fear mongoring- spewing the rhetoric that the media produces- but rather, to show love- to agree to disagree- to have honest conversations where we respect and care for each other- if for nothing more because we are all human beings and we ALL matter.
February 2nd, 2017
I can’t believe it has almost been a week since I was on here last. The week has flown by- with last weekend spent in the company of a good friend exploring various inspirational foodie haunts, plus a little trip to the beach. One of our ‘stops’ during the day was the local camera store, because she needed to get some passport photos made so she could renew her ‘almost’ expired passport.
I saw this ad in the store and I couldn’t help but pause and soak up not only the image, but also the text and what it means.
I do believe that what we focus on in our lives is what we not only see more of, but also what we manifest. Yes, life is full of ups and downs- but when I think of some of lifes’ darkest moments in my life- I also can find the beauty in them. I would prefer that life had no sadness or tragedy, but to be able to find something beautiful in the midst of pain is important, at least to me.
I was reading an article earlier today talking about life defining moments, and how some of them are moments that have brought us the deepest sorrow. I was reminded of a moment where I felt a deep amount of pain and in the beginning wasn’t quite sure how I would make it through- as it was something I’d never experienced before.
Rather than becoming angry and bitter- as it would have been easy to do- I allowed myself to feel what I was feeling, also made a few choices that I wasn’t extremely proud of, as a knee-jerk reaction to the pain, but on the whole- I took the time to grieve, then I wanted to be aware of what the pain could teach me, and what lessons I could take away from the entire situation.
Through that- I learned SO much. It was one of lifes’ biggest gifts and because of the experience, I was able to carry what I learned with me- so that I can apply it to life as needed. That embodies the above photo- and the …. beauty of life.
We are all different. It seems now more than ever there is a focus on how different we really are, but at the core- it really isn’t us versus them- we are all very much the same. We all bleed, we all have hopes- dreams- fears- uncertainties. We all love- believe in something- laugh- sleep- and the list goes on. The truth is- we are far more alike than we are different.
Fill in the blank- I am.. ______ As for me- I believe the one word I’ll put above all others for what I AM- LOVE. I am LOVE. Don’t you want to join me in striving to be love in all that we do? While one person doesn’t have the power to change the world- we do have the power to change ourselves- to be a shining light- the proverbial North Star in the night sky- to leave a ripple of love, respect, inspiration and positivity so large that it creates a tidal wave of the aforementioned and brings something beautiful and positive to every one in it’s path.
That, my friends is how beautiful things happen. Love!