I’m a Lettuce Leaf

“You are what you eat.” ~Victor Lindlahr~ This quote was preceded by “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs,” in a 1923 advertisement for beef. However, Victor was probably not the first to say this familiar line, or a version of it, in the history of humanity. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are,” in 1826. In an essay titled Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism, 1863/4,Read more

SoCS: Tins of Memories

Tin of mom’s pecan fingers Clove-pierced ham Cinnamon and butter yams Brandy-soaked fruitcake Tastes of Christmas gone by Tinseled, ornamental tree Magical lights of color Ruby red poinsettia Presents not quite hidden Sights of Christmas gone by Tinkly angel candle chimes Noisy jingle bells Choirs praising His birth Ripping wrapping paper Sounds of Christmas gone by Tinged by melty marshmallows and chocolate Incense of midnight mass Piney needles of a fresh-cut tree Dough, sugar, butter baking in the oven SmellsRead more

Nothing and Everything

It’s 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon and I have nothing. Nothing in the “inspiration to write something cute and funny” department. Nothing in the “I have a story for you!” department. Nothing in the “here’s another poem or cat photo” department. And, yet… I have everything. I have everything in a job that affords time off during the holidays. I have everything in friends who invite me into their lovely home for Thanksgiving and present a royal feast of turkey, stuffingRead more

Sweet Anticipation

Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation. What are you waiting for? I’m waiting for the last four Pecan Sandies to cool before dousing them with powdered sugar. Anticipating any minute now… I’m waiting to finish the last batch of Pecan Sandies before moving onto Gingerbread. Anticipating a favorite holiday cookie… I’m waiting for the last of the Gingerbread to bake so that I can apply the eggnog frosting. Yes, you heard right. Eggnog frosting. Anticipating a few Mmmmmmmm’s… I’m waiting for the CinnamonRead more

Eat Good Cookies

This is a great motto for December. Beginning Thursday, I will be engrossed in Cookie Baking Extravaganza 2016 for a minimum of three days. This is an annual rite of Christmas when I open Pandora’s Box and summon the evil super duper sugar gods into my kitchen. With their help and the totality of delicious ingredients (flour, eggs, peanut butter, spices, chocolate, nuts, lemon, dates, sugar, etc.), I work with the determination of Iron Chef Zeus to create several tins ofRead more

Directly From the Heart

The presents have been unwrapped. The non-stop Christmas music has stopped. Mom has gone to Christmas mass and out for dinner. The brother and his significant other have come and gone. The amount of pasta and cookies eaten this past week has exceeded expectations. I’ve determined that I love Kentucky bourbon barrel beer. And both Gibbs and Ziva have been immortalized. This was an unexpected gift. From a young woman who cunningly asked me for photos of Gibbs and ZivaRead more

That’s Christmas

“I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me”   ~Pentatonix~ What is Christmas to you? Is it a holiday? A frame of mind? A spirit of peace? A love that we all find? What is Christmas to you? Time with family? Parties at work? Drinks with friends? Potlucks at church? What is Christmas to you? Blinking lights? BrightRead more

Two Words

Several years ago, the organization I work for embraced Evidence-Based Practices, with the goal of lifelong success for our clients. As part and parcel, all employees received initial training in Motivational Interviewing and continued training has been ongoing since M.I.’s inception into the workplace. As one who handles administrative tasks and is not directly involved in our client base, I receive occasional M.I. training, enough to make me think about how I converse with and respond to others. Before I continueRead more

Eye Spy: The Start of an Annual Tradition

This day, if you were a fly on the wall or a CIA spy, you might know that I began an annual tradition around 9:00 am CST. At this moment, the blogging community can see it with their own two eyes. I don’t remember the exact year it started (at least eight years ago) – I take a few days off work and bake cookies to give as Christmas presents to family and friends. This year, there will be aRead more

Another Year Washed Ashore

This started out as a Wordless Wednesday post. I was going to title it Wordless Waving Wednesday or Wordless Wednesday Waving Goodbye. Something like that. It would have included this video… Did you like that? Repeat several times if you’re stressed. If you were drinking a lot of water before you watched the video, my apologies. Anyhow, as you can see, the post is titled differently from my original intent and I’m typing words. This is my birthday week. On Saturday, I say goodbyeRead more

Raindrops on Roses…

Today is not an especially good day, considering the head cold and subsequent stomach bug that began their visit on Tuesday. I’m feeling better, but not 100%. I’d rather be at work, getting the job done, enjoying a lunchtime walk on a sunny 78 degree day. Instead, while lounging in my pajamas, I have the ability to share what is a special day through a kaleidoscope of photos. I cannot choose one day in particular for this challenge, so I present a gallery ofRead more

The Melange Report: Two Birds

Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious. ~David Attenborough~ In an effort to save time and feed two birds with one worm, I present to you a non-mysterious update on mom and my sugar addiction. Update #1 Mom is awesome. After suffering a TIA last week Tuesday, she was bright, chatty and extremely alert whenRead more