CRAZY DAYS AND COMFORT FOOD

This is what happens just abut every morning:  I wake from a nice snuggly sleep to go potty, get a drink of water, put Vaseline on my lips, and eye drops in my eyes.  The cat who has been sleeping at my feet all night is now up, and wants to #1 eat, then #2 go outside.  Despite being three years old now, he is still just a baby kitty.  He used to yowl for me to escort him to his food dish, then yowl for me to let him out.  These days I try to let him out without the food bit.  Anyway, this is my little morning ritual that has been getting me up before I am really ready to get up.  Before my body wants to get up, but not before my brain has started working, and is so completely distracted with the cares of the day that there is no way I am getting back to sleep.  So I think, and then I make coffee, and get out my computer.  And type, or get on the interweb, or think about baking.  Today I am thinking about my mom’s pizzelles.  She gave me her pizzelle iron last time we visited, and I have made them once, but not her recipe.  The ones I made were Tracy’s, a lovely confection made with butter, 3 eggs, and almond extract.  Mom’s recipe, though, is a completely different concoction:  12 eggs, and probably too much oil.  They take all afternoon to make.  But I want to do this.  Why?  Because that’s how she did it, and what that means for me is that that is how it’s ‘supposed to be done.  So there.

Yummy in the Sunny

Yummy in the Sunny

And here:

PIZZELLES

12 eggs

3 C. sugar

2 ½ C. oil

1 T. anise extract

1 T. anise seeds

2. t. vanilla

4 C. flour

In a large bowl, beat eggs, then add the sugar until blended.  Add the oil and mix until smooth.  Stir in anise extract and seeds, vanilla, and when blended, add in flour 1 cup at a time until well blended.  Let sit overnight to allow flavors to meld.

Making the pizzelles:

Plug in the pizzelle iron and wait for it to heat up (the light will go off, on mine, anyway).  Spray both sides with cooking spray, and pour a small amount, about the size of a tablespoon, onto the center of the iron.  I would rather have a smaller pizzelle that have to clean up batter that has poured out the side, so I start small, and if I need to use more the next time I make that adjustment.  Press the top down, and wait for about a minute.  Keep an eye on them, as you want them to be a just stating to turn a very light golden brown.  Remove from iron with a butter knife and place on paper towels to dry.  Keep doing this for hours, until you have several tall stacks of lovely, fragrant pizzelles.  Transfer to tins (the one my mom uses is the biggest, tallest tin I have ever seen. Enjoy with coffee or milk.  And friends.  And give as presents.  And eat more.

 

HOW TO KNOW YOU’RE IN LOVE

KOALAFIED

KOALAFIED

HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE REALLY TRULY IN LOVE

 I have seen several articles posted lately in the ethersphere about how to tell if you are in love.  Having a bit of knowledge on this subject, and desiring to pass it on to my children and others who may be interested, here are my two cents:

You know that it’s really love if:

1.         This person makes every day a perfect day, no matter the circumstances;

2.         You find endearing the things that might normally annoy you about another person,                                  or the stuff that the person does that might be considered ‘faults’ (like leaving their shoes i n the middle of the floor or continually forgetting their keys);   

3.         You want what is best for them, not what works out best for you;

4.         There is no one you would rather spend time with.

5.         You like them.  Really, really, really, really like them.

6.         There is no fault, no keeping score, no question of forgiving.

7.         You are for them and they are for you – TEAM US.

8.         You have the desire to take care of the person as they grow old, especially when they grow feeble.  This one should be at the top of the list because this was the one that really got my attention and let me know that I was really and truly in love.

GOAL UPDATE

 

CARRO, SWISS CHARD, SPINACH, AND ORANGE JUICE

CARROT, SWISS CHARD, SPINACH, AND ORANGE JUICE

1.         JUICING – SO FAR SO GOOD.  I HAVE MANAGED TO JUICE      CONSISTENTLY SO AS TO HAVE AT LEAST 16 OUNCES OF JUICE FOR   EVERY DAY…. WITH VARIOUS COMBINATIONS OF CARROT, RED  SWISS CHARD, SPINACH, CELERY, ORANGE,           APPLE.   YAY!

2.         AH, THE MARKETING PLAN IS GOING NOT SO WELL.  I REALLY NEED             TO SET ASIDE TIME TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS AND PLAN.

3.         INSTAGRAM AND I ARE GETTING A SLOW START AS WELL – I ONLY POSTED 3 LAST WEEK.  I JUST NEED TO ADD IT TO MY TO DO LIST EVERY DAY.

4.         BLOGGING THRICE WEEKLY.  AGAIN, NOT SO GOOD HERE.  IT WOULD SEEM THAT EVERYTHING HINGES ON THE TO DO LIST.  IF IT’S NOT ON IT, IT DOESN’T GET DONE.

5.         I AM AMENDING THIS TO WRITE 500 WORDS A DAY.  I ONLY PULLED             THIS OFF ONCE THIS WEEK.  PUT IT ON THE LIST, JUDI!

6.         FINALLY, SOMETHING I ACCOMPLISHED!  IT IS PRETTY COOL TO SEE           THE MILEAGE ADDING UP AFTER ONLY 12 DAYS.  SO FAR I HAVE SWUM 14,400 YARDS AND BIKED 187 MILES.  OH, IF ONLY I WERE RECORDING RUNNING MILEAGE.  THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.

7.         SPEAKING OF RUNNING, I DID FOUNDATION TRAINING 4 TIMES THIS          WEEK.  SINCE MY CORTISONE SHOT ON DECEMBER 27, I HAVE BEEN PAIN FREE.  NO RUNNING, JUST FOUNDATIONS, RESISTANCE TRAINING, CYCLING AND SWIMMING. AND THAT’S COOL WITH ME,   BUT THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO RUN AGAIN.  EVEN IT IT’S ONLY 3-4 MILES 3-4 TIMES A WEEK.  JUST TO RUN AND FEEL GOOD DOING IT.  BUT I HAVE A WAYS TO GO.   I FELT THE FIRST BIT OF TIGHTNESS ON WEDNESDAY, AND IT HAS PERSISTED SINCE.  YESTERDAY WAS THE WORST AFTER THE B RIDE.  I AM GOING TO KEEP IT UP AND SEE HOW IT GOES.

8.         STILL WORKING ON BOOK #1, IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS BY JAN          KARON.  I AM MOR THAN HALFWAY DONE AND WILL BE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT ONE SOON.

9.         DRAW/PAINT.  THIS ONE I AM AMENDING AS WELL. EVERY DAY, DRAW SOMETHING, ANYTHING!  EVEN IF IT’S A STICK FIGURE, GET IT ON PAPER.  AND DATE IT.  I DID THIS ONCE THIS WEEK, BUT IT IS  GOING ON THE LIST FROM HERE ON OUT.

10.      PESKY BODY FAT!  I WAS ON MY WAY INTO THE Y THIS WEEK AND A STAFF MEMBER WAS AT THE FRONT WITH THE TANITA SCALE.       http://www.amazon.com/Tanita-BF679W-Scale-Monitor-Water/dp/B0009V1YPK

SO I GOT ON IT.  AND THIS IS WHAT IT SAID:

photo

21%?? REALLY?  BOY, I’VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO!!

11.      OKAY, SO IN JUNE, WE ARE DOING THIS:     http://www.pyreneesmultisport.com/2014/pyrenean-traverse/

IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THIS WEEK THAT I NEED TO GET MY BUTT IN GEAR AND GET ON A TRAINING PROGRAM TO GET ME THERE.  SO I AM AMPING UP MY BIKE MILEAGE.

12.      WHICH LEADS TO THE ‘A’ RIDE SITUATION.  ANOTHER GOAL AMENDED.  I NEED TO BE HANGING WITH THE ‘A’ GUYS BY APRIL.  I DID RIDE WITH THE GROUP YESTERDAY.  THE STRATEGY IS TO RIDE UP TO THE FRONT A MILE OR SO BEFORE THE BRIDGE TO GET HELP WITH MOMENTUM TO GET OVER SAID BRIDGE WITHOUT GETTING   DROPPED.  I WAS ABLE TO EXECUTE THAT, EXCEPT THAT I QUICKLY     LOST WIND AND LEG STRENGTH. OKAY, THAT’S FINE, I HAVE UNTIL APRIL.  SO THIS MEANS MORE TIME ON THE TRAINER, AND GETTING OUT ON THE BIKE DOING BRIDGE REPEATS AND JUST MORE ROAD RIDING MORE MILES A WEEK.  MY “COACH” IS GOING TO HELP WITH THIS, I HEAR.

13.      GARDEN STARTED!  I HAVE A GREEN AND GROWING ROSEMARY PLANT IN MY KITCHEN WNDOW, AND A BUNCH OF DARLING LITTLE TOMATO SEEDLINGS GERMINATING AND GETTING READY TO BE PUT INTO SOIL.

14.      SO FAR, NO PICTURES SCANNED.  THIS IS A LIST ITEM TOO.

GOALS. 2014.

1.    JUICE CONSISTENTLY EVERY WEEK

2.    CREATE AND EXECUTE A MARKETING PLAN FOR MY LAW PRACTICE

3.    PICTURE A DAY ON INSTAGRAM

4.    BLOG THRICE WEEKLY

5.    WRITE DAILY

6.    RECORD TRAINING ON TP DAILY

7.    STRENGTHEN BACK – BE PAIN FREE – RUN

8.    READ 14 BOOKS

9.    DRAW/PAINT

10.  12% BODY FAT

11.  RIDE THE PYRENEES

12.  HANG WITH THE ‘A’ RIDE

13.  START A GARDEN

14.  SCAN MY PHOTOGRAPHS TO JPEG

MY BIBLE READING PLAN

This is what I started doing about 10 years ago. I took a break for a while, and now I am back to daily (most days, anyway) reading. I started dong this because I had been throughout the Bible about 7 or so times front to back, and wanted to do just more than read a Chapter a day, or someone else’s idea of a read through the Bible in a year plan, which seemed like they were more for those who haven’t read the entire Bible before. So this is what I read:

1 Psalm
1 Proverb
1 chapter from the OT
1 chapter from the Gospels
1 Chapter from the NT

Five Chapters a day. It doesn’t really take that long. I go throughout the Book of Proverbs once a month (I need all the wisdom I can get!). I have found some pretty cool/amazing/GOD things that happen as a result of reading this way:

So many times I am on the Birth of Christ during Christmas or the trial and crucifixion at Easter.
I will be reading about something in the Old Testament, and Jesus is talking about that very same thing in the NT. Like Luke 4:18-19 and Isaiah 61:1. Happens ALL. THE. TIME!

AFTERWORD’S REPLY

You are the here and now, the oh so ever present,
Where life happens, plans are made
and executed, where love exists,
where the rubber meets the road.
In an ever escalating pelaton, like
Winter’s leaves blown high on the wind,
You strive, you climb, you do, you are,
More than anyone I know, you take hold,
you grab on, you set your sights and off you go!
Planning, executing, authoring exploits;
Recreating reckless abandon that is the eight year-old in you,
In me in all who dare to follow into the blue
Yonder of the wild, to great and daring escapades.
Every day you create your story,
Memorializing with images and words;
A beautiful life fully alive, filled with
A future only One knows.
Growing, yearning, straining, pushing; steady as she goes;
Up Alp, through mud, o’er slippery cobbles; Labor’d
breath and foamy mouth sing you the opera of the possible.

READING LIST

Below is a list of books that some say ought to be read. I have read some, started others, and do not care to even start some. I have added my own beginnings of ‘books read’ at the end, and will continue to add to the list this year. I would like to include a mix of fiction, non-fiction, classics and new best sellers. At the moment I am reading:
In the Company of Others by Jan Karon, and Foundations Training by Dr. Eric Goodman and Peter Park.

 

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien:
a. Fellowship of the Ring
b. The Two Towers
c. Return of the King
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 
C
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
a. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
b. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
c. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
d. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
e. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
f. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
g. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
h. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 
X
6 The Bible – God 
X
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 
X
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’Ubervilles- Thomas Hardy X
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (how many should this count as?)
15 Rebecca – Daphne DuMaurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien 
X
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown X
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame 

X
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis 
X (this counts as 7)

34 Emma – Jane Austen X

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golde
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X
42 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving X
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy X
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm
54 Sense and Sensibility X
55 A Suitable Boy
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold X
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery X
93 The Father Brown Omnnibus
 X
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams 
X
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo X

Many of the books above are okay. . . . but I am going to nix those that I have either attempted to read and could go no further, have no interest in reading, or believe that there is greater value in reading others that I would like to add to the list. Such as:

Anne of Green Gables series
1. Anne of Green Gables (1908)
2. Anne of Avonlea (1909)
3. Anne of the Island (1915)
4. Anne of Windy Poplars (1936)
5. Anne’s House of Dreams (1917)
6. Anne of Ingleside (1939)
7. Rainbow Valley (1919)
8. Rilla of Ingleside (1921)
Emily trilogy[edit]
1. Emily of New Moon (1923)
2. Emily Climbs (1925)
3. Emily’s Quest (1927)
Pat of Silver Bush[edit]
1. Pat of Silver Bush (1933)
2. Mistress Pat (1935)
The Story Girl[edit]
1. The Story Girl (1911)
2. The Golden Road (1913)
Miscellaneous[edit]
• Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910)
• The Blue Castle (1926)
• Magic for Marigold (1929)
• A Tangled Web (1931)
• Jane of Lantern Hill (1937)
Short story collections[edit]
• Chronicles of Avonlea (1912)
• “The Hurrying of Ludovic”
• “Old Lady Lloyd”
• “Each In His Own Tongue”
• “Little Joscelyn”
• “The Winning of Lucinda”
• “Old Man Shaw’s Girl”
• “Aunt Olivia’s Beau”
• “Quarantine at Alexander Abraham’s”
• “Pa Sloane’s Purchase”
• “The Courting of Prissy Strong”
• “The Miracle at Carmody”
• “The End of a Quarrel”
• Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920)
• “Aunt Cynthia’s Persian Cat”
• “The Materializing of Cecil”
• “Her Father’s Daughter”
• “Jane’s Baby”
• “The Dream-Child”
• “The Brother Who Failed”
• “The Return of Hester”
• “The Little Brown Book of Miss Emily”
• “Sara’s Way”
• “The Son of his Mother”
• “The Education of Betty”
• “In Her Selfless Mood”
• “The Conscience Case of David Bell”
• “Only a Common Fellow”
• “Tannis of the Flats”
• The Road to Yesterday (1974)
• “An Afternoon With Mr. Jenkins”
• “Retribution”
• “The Twins Pretend”
• “Fancy’s Fool”
• “A Dream Come True”
• “Penelope Struts Her Theories”
• “The Reconciliation”
• “The Cheated Child”
• “Fool’s Errand”
• “The Pot and the Kettle”
• “Here Comes the Bride”
• “Brother Beware”
• “The Road to Yesterday”
• “A Commonplace Woman”
• Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1988)
• Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1989)
• Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1990)
• After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1991)
• Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1993)
• At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1994)
• Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence, edited by Rea Wilmshurst (1995)
The Willows in Winter – William Horwood