Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday Quote

There were many times in my life, until I was left alone, that I wished for solitude. I now find that I love solitude. I never had the blessed gift of being alone until the last of my loved ones was wrested from me. Now I can go sometimes for days and days without seeing anyone. I'm not entirely alone, because I listen to the radio and read the newspapers. I love to read. That is my greatest new luxury, having the time to read. And oh, the little things I find to do to make the days, as I say, much too short.

Solitude--walking alone, doing things alone--is the most blessed thing in the world. The mind relaxes and thoughts begin to flow and I think I am beginning to find myself a little bit.

Helen Hayes

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Morning This and That

The wisest person could ask no more of Fate
Than to be simple, modest, brave, true,
Safe from the many, honored by the few;
To count as naught in world, or church, or state;
But inwardly in secret to be great.

James Russell Lowel
Good morning, everyone.  And a wonderful day it is.  Going up to 80 today.  Fantastic.  Friday it felt more like winter.  Actually dug my flannel pajamas out again.  They had just turned off the heat last Tuesday, and my house was freezing.

I got something the other day I just had to share with you all.  I really have no pictures of my youth, but the other day I heard from a friend on Classmates, and they sent me two pictures that they had of me. 

This was me in high school.  Have no idea what boy they were talking about.  I wasn't allowed to date.

That's me.  Second from the left in front. Hard to believe I was ever that young. 

Yesterday we celebrated my son's birthday.  Actually, his birthday was on the 26th, but he couldn't make it.  His one wish was for my lasagne.  He got his wish.  

We had a real nice day.  My youngest smelled the lasagne from Queens, and he showed up.  And my eldest brought his girl friend.  Notice I separated the word.  They are not a twosome yet, but I can hope can't I?  

The lasagne turned out great.  Two days of cooking it, it better be good.  Made the sauce on Saturday and the lasagne on Sunday.  

I've been reading two books. 
Great book.  I am reading this when I am in the house.  I cannot get it for my Kindle and can't see the print outdoors. So, when I am in the park I have been re-reading...
Love this book.  I am not a Christian Witch, but I do consider myself a Christopagan and now that I attend a Catholic Church, I understand better what the author is saying.  It's an awesome book for everyone, including those who are wrestling with their Christian and Pagan faith.  The two can be combined.

Well, that's about it for now.  Talk to you all tomorrow.  Have a good one.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Roundup

"What is so sweet and dear
As a prosperous morn in May,
The confident prime of the day,
And the dauntless youth of the year,
When nothing that asks for bliss,
Asking aright, is denied,
And half of the world a bridegroom is,
And half of the world a bride?"

  William Watson, 'Ode in May'

 Took this picture on my way to art class on Tuesday.  What a lovely sign of spring!

Beltane/May Day  greetings to all.  At this time, my Germanic ancestors celebrated Walpurgis Night. Either way it is cause for celebration.  Hard to believe that April is gone already.  Time sure does fly when you're having fun....compounded by the fact that the older you get the faster time passes.  Hate to think what it will be like in a year or two.

Went to Weight Watchers yesterday and finally moved passed that plateau.  Lost 1.8 pounds.  That means a loss of 34.4 pounds in all.  I seem to be losing it all up on top.  Blouses and tops are starting to hang on me, but pants are still fitting the same.  It's really hard to lose when you get older, but I'm proof that it can be done.

I take two buses to get to Weight Watchers.  Took this picture for the heck of it while waiting for the bus to arrive.  Not a very pretty neighborhood, but not a dangerous one.  And, of course, this was taken earlier in the morning before the stores open for the day.  If you look in the distance you can see the Verrazano  Bridge.  Actually, it's not as far as it looks in this picture. I used to be able to walk there.

Not much on the agenda this weekend.  Today I'm off to buy another phone.  Hubby checked them out for me yesterday and put half down for me.  I'm no good at it.  I can't even say that I got ripped off on the one I have now because the girl in the store told me the one I already had was a better model, but alas it was too small for my arthritic fingers and deteriorating eyesight.  I could have spent more and gotten a better one, but I thought I knew it all.  Turns out that this one has no memory or storage.  Just purchased some memory three weeks ago and that's already gone.

I almost didn't get those beach pictures posted because the phone wouldn't let me send them.  It kept saying I had not enough storage so I had to delete a bunch of apps just to get them into my email.  I don't have any games, any special apps...nothing on it.  Makes me laugh when a warning comes up that there is no room for anymore visual voice mails, that I must delete some.  Problem is there is none to begin with.  They've already been deleted.  So, you see, it's time.

Tomorrow is food shopping and on Sunday we will be celebrating my eldest's birthday.  Can't believe he turned 38.  Where has the time gone?  His birthday was actually last weekend, but he was unable to make it so we'll celebrate this weekend.  All he wants is my homemade lasagne, "the way you used to make it mommy" which means pre-Weight Watchers.  I use beef, ribs, and sausage for meats and all the cheeses are real and whole.  No one can top my lasagne if I say so myself, but it's not exactly a food that I make very often.  

So, that's about it for this roundup.  Hoping you all have a wonderful, joy-filled weekend. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday Photos

The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.

Good morning, everyone.  Had a wonderful day yesterday.  After class I went to Coney Island for the afternoon.  The weather was warm and sunny.  Had a hot dog at the world famous Nathans...

I was good.  Had the hot dog but skipped the cheese fries. 

My son and I have a date for opening night here.  He's a regular on Blue Bloods and has gotten close to Donnie.  Hoping to get a picture with him.

Wouldn't catch me on this.

This man had a gadget that found metal in the sand.  He was up and down all day.  Said he found about $5.

All and all I had a wonderful day, so much different than last year.  I was heavier back then and had so much trouble just making it to the boardwalk.  I was short of breath and in so much pain that tears came out of my eyes.  I had to stop every few feet and almost turned back and went home.  This year was much different.  I had pain, yes, but not enough to stop me from going again.

Have a good one.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday Quote

My first attempt at drawing a fairy

When you're touched by magic, nothing's ever quite the same again.
What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the
chance to know that touch. They're too busy, or they just don't hold
with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it
was there to be opened in the first place.

Charles de Lint

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Morning This and That

We are responsible for what we are and what we wish ourselves to be; we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions, so we have to know how to act.

Swami Vivekananda

Wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a good morning as we start this new work week.  I didn't do much this weekend.  Had a report to write for Population Health, and that took up most of my time.  Been a long time since I had to write something so in depth.

I made the following this weekend.  Tasted so good.  I forgot to take a photo when I took it out of the oven.  Luckily I had some leftover.  Surprising even hubby, the cauliflower hater, loved it.

Roasted Spiced Cauliflower
Head of cauliflower
3 Tbs. Fat free butter
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy
1/2 tsp turmeric
Dash of cinnamon 

Melt butter and mix it with the sugar and spices in large bowl. Add cauliflower and toss to coat. Lay pieces in a single layer on baking sheet and roast until Brown. I usually do about 20 minutes. 

Hard to believe that Beltane is almost here.  Certainly fooled me with these temperatures we've been having.  This is the time of year I should have the windows open and air out the stale winter apartment.  But, it's 37 degrees in the morning.  Brrr!!!!  What is with this weather? 

It's been over 3 weeks since I planted the Chia seeds, and of those I planted on the Chia sponge, not one of them sprouted.  The only Chia seeds that just started to sprout was the Cilantro I planted in my regular potting mix.

So I dumped all of them and replanted in my good potting soil. Waiting to see what happens.  If nothing in two weeks I am just going to buy my own seeds.  

My Forget-Me-Nots have sprouted...

And look how well my Moon Flowers are coming up.

That's about it for now.  Have a good one.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Roundup

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

Mother Teresa

Yesterday I got on the bus to return home from Weight Watchers, and there was a guy on the bus giving her a hard time.  I sure gave her a lot of credit for keeping her cool because he was pretty darn rude.  He finally got off the stop before mine.  I pushed the button for my stop and moved up.  "Sorry you're having such a bad day." I told her.  She sighed and told me she was pretty used to this.  When I went to get off, I looked at her and smiled, "Hope the rest of your day is a good one".  She smiled back and said, "Thanks, you just made my day."
Brrr!!!  Winter has returned.  The sun was out for a short time, a very short time only. My hands were so cold I needed my gloves yesterday.  Big difference from those wonderfully warm days I spent in the park.

Coyotes in the city?  Who would have guessed?  Most of them are living in city parks, This is our fault.  Mankind and our need for more and more territory.  We've taken their land away, and they have no place to go.  Hope they don't decide to take up residence in my park.

I've reached a plateau in my weight loss.  After losing 33 pounds I gain .2, then lose .2, then stay the same.  Can't seem to move that scale any further.  Not giving up though.  I know exactly what it is.  Because of a fibro flare and now a bout with sciatica, I've been unable to walk as much as I was.  Perhaps in my haste I pushed myself too far too fast.  16 to 17 blocks a day is quite a bit for someone who is not used to long walks.  Now I am taking it easier.  3-4 blocks at a time, and I'll slowly move back into it.  

I am so, so happy.  I received mail yesterday from the New York State Department of Taxation.  My first response was, "Uh oh, here we go."  I am so afraid of them and the IRS.  Not that I am guilty of anything.  I've got to be the most honest person around, but sometimes we unintentionally make mistakes.  I've been audited before and paid what is due.  I was so fearful this time because I am so broke.  My son's birthday is this weekend, and I've no money for a gift.  I'd agreed to make him a lasagne dinner for he and his girlfriend, but I honestly didn't know where that money was coming from.  This living on a tight budget is all so new to me, and, in all honesty, being this broke was my own darned fault for being frivolous, but I am not going to get into that now.  I'm just going to do better from now on.

So, when I opened the letter I was thrilled to find a check for $348 from 2013.  I'd been audited again, but this time it went in my favor.  And this time I am going to use it wisely.  It's not often we are blessed so.  This time it's going into the bank and staying there.  No more money spent on Facebook game cards.  Yes, I was addicted, I admit it,  and learned my lesson the hard way.  That's why it's good to be back in classes with homework taking up much of my idle time.  By the way, I dropped out of Beginning Chinese and instead took up a course on population health.  So much better.

And with that I bid you a wonderful, fun-filled weekend.