Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Enchanted Garden update

I found a few more houses for my enchanted garden at various thrift stores.

These little gems were $0.50 - $1.00.  I'm amazed at the detail on this little houses.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Knitting Break .....

Not only did I take a blogging break this summer, but also stepped back from a few other things too, like knitting.  My heart just wasn't in it and my hands wouldn't cooperate for more than 20-30 minutes.  Plus with the warmer weather, holding wool seems to make you feel warmer too.

I had a child's size 4 sweater on the go but has taken almost the entire summer to finish.    This sweater was made entirely with wool I found at a thrift store.  Now I just need to find the perfect buttons to finish it.  The right button can make/break the look of the sweater.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Eat what you grow - My Zero Mile Diet

There is something very satisfying in  growing  your own food.  I have a couple small raised vegetable beds in my suburban backyard.  I have learned over the years what goes best and what doesn't.  Some years are better than others as far as yield goes, depending on the weather conditions.

Some benefits of growing your own.
1)  Free of pesticides/chemicals
2)  Money saving
3)  Fresh vegetables. 

This year I had an abundance of lettuce, arugula, swiss chard,garlic and green/purple pole beans.  We've had fresh beans almost every night for dinner this past month - all from 2 packages of seed.  I don't think I'll ever tire of fresh bean.  

I really enjoy being able to go out in the early morning before work and pick my day's lunch.

Fresh radish / kale / broccoli sprouts

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Stay Vacation ....

Our plans for a short summer get-away this year, the first in many years, got side-tracked.  So instead, it was another stay-vacation.

A stay-vacation for me is just not having to drive to work and put in a full day's work somewhere else.  Instead, I work just as hard at home, cleaning out closets and cupboards decluttering.  It's not much of a holiday, but it's a quite freeing experience to purge the house of stuff that no longer serves a purpose or needed anymore.   I was happy to pass on items to those who really want them and the rest went to our local thrift store.

Hubby was recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea.  During an overnight sleep study he stopped breathing over 70 times in one hour, which would lead him gasping for air and snoring very loudly.  He now has a CPAP machine which he's to wear at night to keep his airways open so he can continue to breath.   Our vacation was side tracked so that he could get somewhat used to wearing the breathing mask and to sort out the pressure levels.   It's been over a week now that he's used the machine and the snoring has diminished by at least 75%.  The machine is very quiet, but takes some getting used to being attached to a machine, with a long hose to sleep.    In a few days, he has another overnight sleep study done, this time with his new CPAP machine where they will be able to monitor and adjust the air pressure levels to where they should be. 

I have learned a lot about sleep apnea in the last while.  It's a dangerous condition, which can lead to heart attack/stroke, not to mention a whole host of other issues when you are sleep and oxygen deprived.    If you know of anyone who has sleep/snoring problems, encourage them to seek medical attention.  It could save their lives.

CPAP Machine

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Healthy Breakfast

My work day starts early and I'm out of the house sometimes before the sun is up to commute to work.  Most of the time I'm not hungry before I leave, so pack a breakfast I can eat at my desk a couple hours later.

Mix of chia / hemp seed and buckwheat grouts
It's easy  get in the habit of just having toast in the morning, but found that by mid-morning I'm hungry and reaching for something not so healthy to get me through until lunch time.   Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and sets you up for the rest of your day.   So I put together a healthy low fat protein packed breakfast to carry me through to lunch time.

Healthy Breakfast Recipe

2 tablespoons of Chia seed / Hemp / buckwheat grouts mix (I mix up my own - equal parts)
2-3 tablespoons freshly ground flax seed
mixed fruit
fat free plain Greek yogurt
Some water if too thick to stir

Stir and enjoy.
Freshly ground flax seed

Monday, September 2, 2013

Took a Blogging Break...

I took a blogging break this summer.  For two months I didn't post.

Why did I stop ....
A number of reasons, but just a few to mention...
Did I want to share to the world ?
Was it, is it safe ?
Do I mind my photos / my ideas being shared on other websites without my consent ?

Did I think I could make an income generating blog?
At first, however, it takes a lot of time and effort.  In order to make income you need to treat it as a full time job and write about things that would interest a vast majority of people which would increase the traffic on your blog.

Why am I back ?
A number of reasons, but just a few to mention ........
I missed the creative side
I missed the comments from others
I missed the on-line community

Will I be back for long? 

Time will tell ..... 

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