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The master’s chair

I could’ve sworn I bought this chair for my husband…

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Be our guest

Who has seen Disney’s Beauty and the beast?  I had to share this picture because it reminded me of the scene where all the dishes were singing to Belle… “Be our guest, be our guest, put our kitchen to the test…”

The hand you’re dealt

“Life is like a hand of cards. You have to play the hand you’re dealt, you can’t win by folding, and sometimes you must take chances in order to win.” ~ Mike Conner

Life isn’t fair, but it is good.  It’s a constant maneuvering of decisions, points of view, strategies, action and direction. We’re all recipients of a deal.  None alike, each one unique.  How we play it, what we make of it and what we get out of it is up to us.

Driving Miss Daisy

Daisy: “Charles, I think we’re lost.  We must stop for directions.”
Charlie: “Shush woman, I know what I’m doing… ooh look…. camera, say cheese!”

Do you ever wonder what your dogs are talking about?

Finding happiness…

Quoted from one of the seminars given by Anthony Robbins.


  1. Love
  2. Certainty
  3. Uncertainty or the need for some adventure
  4. Significance
  5. Growth
  6. Contribution

This topic is just part of a twelve-hour seminar.  Out of that, this discussion is what got me thinking.  Identifying my most basic needs, my top two, how it controls the direction of my life and what has it cost me?  At the end of the day, we all are searching for what makes us feel good.  We search for the meaning of true happiness and hope to find it.

As Tony Robbins said… “Life is not about getting what you want.  It’s about becoming more.  Happiness is temporary moments, fulfillment is what we need to go after because it lasts.”

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Some little known facts about the apple from

  • Weight Loss  - A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.
  • Bone Protection  - French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.
  • Asthma Help -  One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.
  • Alzheimer’s Prevention  - A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Lower Cholesterol  - The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.
  • Lung Cancer – Prevention  According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.
  • Breast Cancer Prevention  - A Cornell University study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.
  • Colon Cancer Prevention – One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.  Liver Cancer Prevention  Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.
  • Diabetes Management  - The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.

Sounds like a trip to the store for me… need more apples since it also has more caffeine than a cup of coffee and I’m trying to cut down.

Splitting image

How dare you question me…they look just like your mother!

Hello Friend

Dear Friend… it sure is nice to see you this morning.  I don’t know why I thought I could live without you.  You cheer me up, energize me and get me going.  I don’t know why you get such a bad rap from some people.  I guess like with everything else, we have to hang out in moderation and I will no longer go cold turkey on you… that just gave me headaches and I think I was depressed too!  Anyway, welcome back – sooooo glad you’re here and thank you for being you.  Muwah!

It’s cold outside

I should make some bacon clam chowder, add some logs to the fire, find my fuzzy blanket and watch the snow fall gently.   

Fresh Eggs

The other day, a friend gave us some fresh eggs.  She has hens and they lay unfertilized eggs.  I didn’t know you could do that without a rooster.  I made some egg salad and scrambled the rest.  I must say I am convinced this is the way to go.  It was creamy and simply delicious!  I should read up more on it and hopefully this summer, I will have a coop, some hens and my very own fresh eggs!


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