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February 19, 2012

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The weekend is drawing to a close and the working week awaits.  I have had a lovely weekend with the special occasion of welcoming a new granddaughter to the world.  The world always seems like a rosier, more optimistic place when a baby arrives.   I have had cuddles with her and she is tiny and perfect and beautiful.

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Menu for this week will be as follows:

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

Sweet Potato Burgers with Avocado

Fish with Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

Vegetarian Lasagne

Steak with Caramelised Shallots and Steamed Vegetables

Pasta Matriciana

Looking forward to a delicious week of dinners.  My diet has definitely improved so far this year, with far less sugar and fat being eaten. Intake of fruit, nuts and wholegrains has increased.  I now take a small container of nuts to work each week and snack on these to ward off hunger pangs between breakfast and lunch.  During the afternoon, I have another small container with grapes to nibble on; this gives me my hit of sweetness each day.  Yesterday I made Vegan Breakfast cookies which are a delicious option for those mornings when I am running late for work and don’t have time to prepare breakfast.  These are made with rolled oats, banana, nuts and dried fruit. They are free of gluten, sugar, eggs and dairy.  http://blueberrygirlinoz.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/no-sugar-oat-drops.html

Vegan cookies with banana and oats.    VEGAN BREAKFAST COOKIES

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Wishing you all a fantastic week.  May all your plans come to fruition.

 Quote of the Day:  Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.  ~John Shirley

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February 18, 2012

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I can’t believe how passionate and heated conversations on Facebook can become.  I usually manage to stay well clear of controversial subjects on FB for that very reason. However, I made the mistake today of buying into a debate over someone’s post on racism in Australia. WELLLLLL!!! That was a BIG mistake!  The ensuing conversation went on for over TWO hours with just one other person who was very passionate about her point of view and she was still posting (lone) comments long after I had said goodnight and left the conversation.  Among her comments were her thoughts on the state of my education and whether I was a ‘redneck’.  All because I had called into question the authenticity of the videos she was linking to in her comments to me.  I am all for healthy debate and the right to express our opinions, even when we don’t agree;  but I am not fond of being sworn at, or being told I am not educated because my opinion differs from someone else’s.

The internet has made it so easy to access information that is not 100% accurate, and people believe it because it on the internet.  Videos are put together in people’s lounge rooms and uploaded to Youtube; racist conspiracy theorist type videos that pander to a certain type of viewer.  Unfortunately, the information they contain is often biased to the maker’s own viewpoint and pays scant attention to the truth.  Sadly this is becoming more and more common with the spread of social media and the easy access we all have to it.

As for being an uneducated redneck, my comments were all about how I believe Australia is a tolerant and welcoming nation, a wonderful melting pot of different cultures and that all religions have their fair share of atrocities committed in the name of their God.  Shocking, I know.  I also quoted some reliable sources in regards to the Christian Crusades and the Illuminati and pointed out some historical facts to the lady in question.  All the while remaining calm and polite.  It is great that people feel passionate about their beliefs, but we need to be able to debate/argue in a reasonable fashion without making personal attacks on others.  Our differences keep life interesting, manners keep it bearable.

Quote of the Day:  In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination.  ~Mark Twain

February 17, 2012

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A very special beginning occurred early this morning when my eldest daughter gave birth to her third child.  This is my sixth grandchild and my fourth granddaughter.  Her name is Kate Bethany and she is beautiful.  I am, of course, in no way biased in this opinion.

She was born at 2.30 am and weighed 7lb 1 oz.  Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes, tiny shell like ears and a light covering of dark hair on her head.  I had a cuddle this afternoon.  She slept so soundly in my arms and didn’t even flinch when I took her photo.

As I was caring for my other two grandchildren last night, I was unable to post yesterday.  I arrived home from work, went out for a work dinner with my partner, left there early as I had received the call from my daughter, and drove 20 minutes through a massive thunderstorm to arrive at their farm for the night.  As I had no internet out there, I had to wait until today to get a post organised.  In a way this was good as it has allowed me to post my good news and a photo of the latest addition.  Her brother and sister are excited to finally have their baby sister.  Stephanie is almost three and has informed her Mum that her sister’s name is not Kate, it is Baby.  My five year old grandson, Will, was interested in how the baby got out of his Mum’s tummy!!!  He was worried they would have to cut her out!! Luckily that wasn’t the case and the birth went smoothly and quickly for my daughter.

It is so lovely to see my family growing steadily!  There are now two at school, two at kinder, and two babies.  I now have a total of ten direct descendants.  WOW!!  Loving it!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

Quote of the Day:  Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.  ~Gail Lumet Buckley

February 15, 2012

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I am a big fan of lists.  I have to have a list whenever I go shopping, I have a Christmas card list, I write lists when I am packing to go on holiday (especially if we are going camping).  I also take my holiday list with me so I can check things off when I am packing to come home again.  And I love reading lists of ‘Books you must read’, ‘Movies you must see’ and ‘Things you must do’ before you die.

So today I am writing a list of my most favourite books from childhood through to the present time.

As a child I loved nothing more than curling up with a good book, especially on cold rainy days.  My favourite books as a child (in no particular order) were:

Charlotte’s Web

Seven Little Australians

Mary Poppins

Enid Blyton’s Folk of the Faraway Tree series

Willard Price’s “Adventure” series

In my teens I remember loving:

To Kill a Mockingbird

Lord of the Flies

Catcher in the Rye

1984

I then moved into the horror genre, with Stephen King one of my favourite authors.  I also started reading Wilbur Smith in my late teens and early twenties; I still enjoy his books.  However, I am well and truly over the horror stories.

As an adult I love these books:

Tully

Deep End of the Ocean

Cloudstreet

Dirt Music

Lord of the Rings

Anything by John Grisham

I get so caught up in the story and the characters, that I am often sad when the book comes to an end; I miss these people that I have come to know and love.  I cannot read books where the characters do not grab me from the start.  I need to feel empathy for them, they need to come to life and hold my interest, make me care about them, cheer for them and then not want to let them go when the book ends.

I enjoy a wide range of genres these days.  I will often have 2 or 3 books on the go at once, and I read which ever one I am currently in the mood for.  My partner bought me a Kindle last year and I am now able to download e-books from Amazon.  This makes it easy when travelling; much lighter than carrying 3 books in my luggage.

I just could not imagine life without books.  They carry me away into other worlds; and sometimes I don’t want to come back.  Do you recall what your favourite books were when you were a child? Do you get carried away when you read?  Can you let go when the story ends?

 

Quote of the Day:  My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.  ~Thomas Helm

February 14, 2012

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY.

My gorgeous partner Aaron got home early this morning after working night shift and set up the following surprise for me.

This is what I found when I came through to the dining room at 7am.  So beautiful.  I am one lucky lady.

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The world has been enveloped by a great cloud of pink and red today.  It will all be cleared away again tomorrow.  Congratulations to all of those people who became engaged/married today – may the romance continue for the rest of your lives.  A great relationship takes hard work to make it successful, it doesn’t happen by itself.  Respect, communication, honesty and a little silliness now and then are great rules to live and love by.   If you find love, nurture it, share it, treasure it.  Tell your loved ones every day how much they mean to you; hold them close and every so often, whisper sweet nothings in their ear.

Quote of the Day:  We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.  ~Robert Fulghum,True Love

February 13, 2012

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It is the eve of Valentine’s Day and the cynics amongst are complaining that the day is a commercial rip off; a made up day to make us spend our hard earned cash on flowers, chocolates, jewellery and lingerie.  It is only that if you allow it to be. Valentine’s Day, to me, is just another opportunity to tell my partner how much I love and appreciate him.  I do not have to spend a vast sum of money to do that.  This year I have taken the time to make a card and I will cook something special for him.  We do not need a special day to tell each other  “I love you” but there is no harm in the bit of fun and romance that is February 14.   The following information has been taken from Wikipedia:

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day,  is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.

The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of  courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Hardly a modern, commercial money making made up day.  It has, in some ways, gotten out of hand; but so has Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  We do not have to buy in to it.  We can pare it back to the basics;  a card, dinner, time spent in each other’s company. None of these things need cost a lot, but they can mean a lot.  We don’t have to wait for special days on the calendar to do any of these things for, and with, our partners, but we can enjoy the day when it does roll around.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.  Wishing you Love every day.

Quote of the Day:  I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.  ~Author Unknown

February 12, 2012

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In a tribute to Whitney Houston who died today aged just 48, the remainder of this post will made up of her song titles.  I was, by no means her greatest fan, but I did enjoy her voice and it is sad that she has passed away at a comparatively young age.

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Quote of the Day:  “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Whitney Houston