August: Where did it go?

August 29, 2013 – Wow! Where did the month go? August is my favorite month of the year and this year it just seemed to slip away. The month was punctuated with several memorable visits and gatherings which I enjoyed so much. And, we have plans to share this the last summer long weekend with…

Sorbets and Sherbets: Sensational Iced Summer Desserts

Sorbets and Sherbets are two sensational iced summer desserts with a vegetarian difference. Both are made with the same base ingredients ie. puréed fruits, sugar and water, but Sherbets can also contain milk, gelatin, or egg whites. Sorbets do not contain any eggs or dairy products and that makes them vegetarian sweets.

To Do List

I haven’t forgotten my blogs I simply don’t have time to update them. The pain from kidney stones is coming and going. I’m exhausted and bleary eyed. I am preparing for  a decision  re: hospitalization. Cross your fingers for me please.

Life on hold

July 30st, 2013- My life is on hold as I wait to get into a doctor’s appointment. I’m in excruciating pain again. It seems to be the same pain accompanied by the same symptoms I experienced  off and on all last week. I think it’s pain from kidney stones.  Please forgive my absence.

Crops in Posts

Whose eyes don’t feast on a stunning array of colorful flowers? Who doesn’t love the fragrance and flavors of the many plants that can be grown on balconies, decks and in other small spaces? Growing veggies, herbs and flowers in the spaces we live in lifts our spirits. And, I guarantee you will be surprised…

Herbal Teas for You and Me

Despite the prevailing myths to the contrary,  caffeine has few proven health benefits. Caffeine sensitivity varies from person to person depending on metabolism and the amount consumed but some people like me experience nervousness and stomach upset when drinking it. Those are  just two reasons why herbal teas are a better beverage choice for me. …

Walking Lightly One Step at a Time

Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face and your home is plugged into nature. Your home energy usage or carbon footprint might seem trivial, however, as much as 17 percent of CO2 emissions come from private home electricity usage, heating and waste. Wasting electrical energy prompts CO2-emitting power plants to produce more…

Healthy Snacks for Kids by Kids

As most of the diseases humans of all ages suffer from are self-inflicted and many of them are “food – centered”, parents/caregivers and kids making lunches and snacks together is preventative medicine. Taking to time to make kids part of the food selection and preparation process early on means they learn what their bodies actually…

Still catching up

We to connect and communicate and we do that in comments. Sadly, I’m far behind in answering comments and owe those waiting a heartfelt apology.  I am so sorry and hope you do not think poorly of me for not answering sooner.

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

Even when the mere idea of walking around the block makes you want to  crawl back under the covers and never surface again, exercise is essential for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Working through stiffness and pain requires accepting responsibility to become your own healer and summoning the courage required to stay the course. When…

Cabin Renovation: Simple Green Living

Thirty years ago my husband and I were city dwellers still spending most of our time working  for someone else.  Then we made a life changing decision, a decision to make our simple dream come true.  We moved to where we wanted to live,  purchased a home, committed to voluntary simplicity and built our own…

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to deny it is unhealthy for both mind and body. Living in a technologically connected 24/7 society that undervalues solitude and overvalues attachment…

MUL Mantra

The Mool Mantra (also spelled Mul Mantra) is the most important composition contained within the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs; it is the basis of Sikhism. The word “Mool” means “main”, “root” or “chief” and “Mantar” means “magic chant” or “magic portion”.  It is a most brief composition encompassing the…

Aad Guray Nameh

The Sanskrit word mantra- (m.; also n. mantram) consists of the root man- “to think” (also in manas “mind”) and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”. I’m sharing three different versions of the Aad Guray Nameh mantra in this article, hoping you will give an ear…

Canada Remembers

Over the course of 100 years thousands of Canada’s service men and women sacrificed their lives for the greater good.  Recent research confirms more Canadians than ever want Remembrance Day to demonstrate respect for the fallen in all wars. At Memorial Cairns on Remembrance Day from sea to shining sea we will conduct our services…

Ambient Music for Working Online

  I don’t listen to music that demands my attention while I work. I don’t like listening to music with a driving beat that makes me feel like dancing or catchy lyrics that make me want to sing along.  I select music that’s restful and relaxing. While I work online I listen to ambient music…