I love adventures. Sometimes adventures come in the form of a road trip… sometimes they come in the form of a good book… sometimes they come in the form of moving across the country… or sometimes they come in the form of a change of life…
This new adventure that my girls and I are on is in the form of a change of diet. We are slowly becoming vegetarian and gluten-free. Before this journey started we did lots and lots and lots of research which led us to where we are now and also helped us become very aware of what is in our food and what we don’t want there! 🙂
Today’s post is going to be about a recipe that I came across while on this path to healthier eating for our family.
At this point I am going to direct you to my Morning Coffee blog for the recipe….happy healthy eating!!
Every time I have gone outside to work on my garden this week, it has rained! I’m so dead serious – even when there was no sign of rain in the sky, if I go work in my garden, the clouds come and the rain starts! So, I guess you can blame me for all this rain that we’ve had because I am determined to get my garden up and running!!
The vine you see growing over the arbor to my garden is a wisteria vine! I’ve always loved wisteria and wanted to incorporate that somehow. It hasn’t bloomed yet, but it’s still a young plant, I suspect that next year it will bloom.
These are my green beans. They have already (overnight) taken a liking to their new trellis and have begun to climb it! I just got that trellis up – while it rained – and with at least 10 Mosquitos on each leg despite the many citronella candles and torches that I had burning (in the rain). But determination and perseverance is something I was gifted with and so I didn’t let a little rain, a few dozen Mosquitos, nor a little thunder rumbling in the distance stop me from getting my trellis’ up. And NO, you don’t get a picture of the drowned rat that I looked like after I was done 😛 .
Here are my peas! I love peas and I can’t wait to have some, raw, right from the garden – on my salad!! The peas are not quite as aggressive about climbing the trellis as the green beans are, however, they are sending out their runners and will find it eventually! 🙂
This is a close up of the bean leaves strictly for your enjoyment. I just love how water droplets look on leaves! It makes me happy! 🙂
My squash! Yum, yum, yum…
Then one of my favorites.. The tomato section! They are still very small, but I have 6 big boy tomatoes and 6 black cherry tomato plants and I can’t wait! There is NOTHING like the flavor of a tomato right from the garden!! Oh my! More on my tomatoes later! But I love my yellow cages, don’t you? 🙂
Here are my eggplants… They are doing good and will be a wonderful addition to our world of vegetables! Eggplants have the prettiest flowers and I can’t wait to post some pictures of the beautiful lavender flowers!! This fall when I harvest my eggplants there will definitely be moussaka on the menu!!
I didn’t get a picture of my spinach or my Boston leaf lettuce, but they are coming up too! Also I have several rows of sweet peppers that are doing just fine 🙂 .
Lastly, but if course not least, my beautiful grapefruit tree is loaded with ripening grapefruits! 🙂
Ya gotta have a close up of the water droplets on the grapefruit and leaves because I love the way that looks!
Have a happy, productive Saturday! I hope you enjoy your day. I’m off to Everman’s Natural Foods in Pensacola! 🙂
Okay so I’m going to tell you a story. I do realize that story time was Monday. But, I missed Monday because my whole week has been Topsy-Turvy and I really didn’t write much of anything this week. So, you can look at it that I’m just going out of order this week…if you want to. And by the way, this is a funny predicament, so you have my permission to laugh, or cry, or just sit there and stare – whichever you choose! 🙂
Well the reason I’m all out of order is because I’ve been sick all week. The first day even the medicine didn’t really help…but, each day has gotten progressively better.
Today, as long as I took my medicine I felt pretty good. I may cough occasionally, but other than that I felt fairly normal again. So when it came time to leave work I thought “I should really take my meds before I go home” but I didn’t. As I’m driving home I look in my rear view mirror and see the diapers I was suppose to take back to Walmart … Wrong kind … So I thought okay I’ll just stop really quickly…it’ll only take a minute. 🙂
I park the car, far away from the entrance simply because there are no parking places nearby (do people just live at Walmart?), grab the diapers and head into the store. I step right up to the customer service counter as if I’m the only customer in the store (that never happens) and start to speak to the teller when it starts. The action of speaking brought on a coughing fit that I couldn’t control. It was like at that very moment the medicine wore off and I was my sicko self! I seriously could not stop coughing. However, I was determined to finish what I came to the store for and proceeded with hand signals, through coughing tears, trying to suppress the coughing which simply made it come out in loud squeaking and exploding noises, I communicated that I wanted to return the diapers. Cash back please….
Then I thought I need to get some cough medicine in me… So I went as quickly across to the other side of the store as I could manage. People don’t generally like people like me who are coughing around them..and I should have just gone home… But at this point I was coughing so hard there’s no way I could drive home. So I plunged on ahead. Suddenly the store was completely full and I couldn’t get to the pharmacy without stopping and waiting for people… This is when I realized I seriously needed to pee!! Yes, I said it, I needed to pee… Really badly! It was all that coffee that I drank today when I was feeling better because of the medicine – that made me feel sleepy! Ugh…
Okay detour to the bathroom. I was about 1/2 way to the pharmacy and yes, people were staring as I stood there, with my legs crossed, coughing my head off and trying desperately not to pee my pants.
I get to the bathroom and guess what???? Did you guess it was blocked off with a “closed for maintenance sign?” Well then you would be exactly right! Seriously? Oh my gosh… What was I going to do now? I looked at the men’s bathroom which had a line of men waiting to use it!! What?? That NEVER happens! And now they are all staring at me! Oh Sheesh!!
Okay – so pee my pants or not I make a beeline for the pharmacy, tears running down my face because I am still coughing my head off. I seriously could not stop. I get to the pharmacy, all dignity now gone and tear into the cough drops…of which there’s a million to choose from. I happened to grab the halls and took one… Worked like a charm. The coughing stopped completely!
I stood there for a moment to regain my composure as I felt like I just ran a marathon!! By the way, just in case you were wondering I did NOT pee my pants! 🙂 okay move on now from trying to picture me standing there in Walmart with peed pants and a crowd gathering to cheer me on – on my coughing marathon across Walmart! 😉
As I stood there recovering and sucking on first ONE, then TWO, then THREE cough drops (just to make sure) I began to think about my trip across the entire store and came to the following conclusions.
1) I must have looked totally rediculous on my trip from one end of the store to the other.
2) with all the people that stopped and stared during my predicament, not a single person offered to get me a drink or a cough drop or even a piece of hard candy to help me in my time of need!!
3) a lot of people that did not help sure did stare!!
4) I will probably see some of these people again…
5) maybe they won’t recognize me… I’ll wear a disguise next time I go to the store.
6) I will always carry cough drops on me when I am sick.
7) I will always carry cough drops on me in case someone else ends up in my predicament and I’m there to help them.
8) I will NEVER just stand and stare when I can offer someone my assistance!
9) Never let your medicine wear out…
10) listen to that gut feeling you get!!!
The End! 🙂
It’s finally happening! Little green things are popping up all over my garden!! Woo hoo, I’m so excited! Of course it’ll be right before the season is over this year that they produce any veggies. That’s because I got such a late start! But regardless, everything except the peas are popping their little heads up and welcoming the sunshine! 🙂
This year I have tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, peas, Boston leaf lettuce, spinach, eggplant and green beans! Can’t wait for the first salad!
There’s someone in my life who I keep hoping for better out of and yet all they bring is confusion. One time they will be super nice, the next time they’ll do something that just throws your whole world upside down. I don’t understand this person. As soon as we start talking again they do something that trips all good progress up and makes you never want to talk to them again! They seem to try to sabatoge the good and then twist it all up to try to make you look bad. They twist things in a way that leaves you dangling and feeling lost and all alone.
I have dealt with this person long enough that you’d think I’d always be on top of the game and their manipulative, cruel, vindictive and self-centered ways would not be able to trip me up! You’d think I could rise above this and not be so affected by their meanness….but yesterday and today I have felt it full-on. I’ve felt the impact of their manipulation and have succumbed to the depression, anger and sadness that this kind of behavior brings. I’m saddened because I thought that they’d finally risen above this middle school behavior.
Today I am choosing to lean in to the promises of who I am in Christ… Because who this person makes me feel like I am is a direct lie from Satan! How is it that one person with very undesirable traits can have so much control to spin your world off its axis with just one brief, yet very cruel action?
I can only feel that this person is so desperately in need of being right and making them self look good by bringing you down that they will use any means to do so. I can’t even have a normal conversation with this person because they are so hell-bent on having their way be right and me bowing down and submitting to their mean lifestyle!
Today I am struggling…I am struggling to see myself as God sees me, not as this person tries to make me feel like I am. I feel like I’m swimming upstream against a torrent of lies and I’m losing the battle :(….the only conclusion I can come to today is that they are hurting so badly that they can’t stand for anyone else to feel good about life!
Please pray for me!
Here we are on the last day of the work week already! I am about to head home from work feeling very accomplished at work! This weekend I am planning on finishing my garden boxes – that means finishing filling them up with dirt and then planting my seeds! I also have some areas in the fence where the boards have broken and I need to replace the boards as well! Then order my pine straw for the walk ways in my garden and then just wait for it to grow!
I am planting lots of different kinds of peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, squashes, & melons this year. Hopefully by next week (on Nature day) I will have some pictures of my completed garden to share with you 🙂
There’s always so much to do around the house, I rarely ever feel fully accomplished at home like I do at work. Wish I could change that, but you know that organization thing that I talked about last Friday…I think that needs to happen first before I’m going to start feeling “accomplished” work-wise at home….
Can’t wait to bite into a juicy, red tomato from my garden!! Yay!
Have a wonderful weekend. See you on Monday with a story from my weekend!