Retirement is in STORE – I could try this!

24 Nov

What’s in store for me

besides the pangs of my youth?

Retirement looms

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Stored deep in my heart 

silver lame and muscles

shimmer and quiver

Looking at all my possibilities in retirement.  Anyone know where I can get silver lame Spanx*?

 

Thanks Bernice. Can I borrow *yours?

Something to Relish – cranberries & HORSERADISH! and experimenting on guests

23 Nov

I like to experiment on my guests.   I rarely cook (or have dinner parties) so when I do I want to try new recipes (except for my 500 degree 7 minute per pound turkey).   People who have been to my “experimental dinners” know that,  after tasting something I made and don’t like, I announce “This tastes terrible”.  First time guests always try to appease me saying, with a forced smile on their face: “It’s good”.  

Most (not all) friends and family know that I take NO offense if a dish doesn’t taste great and will offer their opinions too.  I also make sure to tell them if they like something  “Eat up cuz I will probably never make it again.”

It makes cooking an adventure and takes all pressure off of me worrying about whether others will enjoy the meal!

ALthough we aren’t having anyone over for Thanksgiving this year I just may try this recipe because it’s strange and interesting.  I’ll freeze it for my experimental dinner party next year . . .

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Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish 

(complements of Susan Stamberg)

2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed

1 small onion

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar (“red is a bit milder than white”)

  • Grind the raw berries and onion together. (Use an old-fashioned meat grinder or  food processor that will give you a chunky grind — not a puree.)
  • Add everything else and mix.
  • Put in a plastic container and freeze.
  • Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw.

0030149003908_500X500The relish will be thick, creamy, and shocking pink. (“OK, Pepto Bismol pink. It has a tangy taste that cuts through and perks up the turkey and gravy. Its also good on next-day turkey sandwiches, and with roast beef.”)

Makes 1 1/2 pints.

 

How to shed 160 pounds a year . . . or less

22 Nov

Moderation is NOT my middle name. October did me in - I started celebrating Halloween early and haven’t stopped.  Am I trying to hoist myself back on to my sugar shun track?  Yup.  Listen to this!  Astounding!

Thanks Ida for tuning me into Nutrition Facts

Here’s my original post that helped me eliminate refined sugar for an entire month - 8 Steps to Kick Sugar Cravings to the Curb – Ouch!

 

How to Painlessly Cook a Turkey (painless for you, not the turkey)

21 Nov

Originally posted on Curious to the MAX:

It’s that time of year again for “Cooking with Judy”  Here’s a re-post of my yearly Thanksgiving post — cuz it’s tooooo good not to be shared!  
 
I have a reputation, among those who love me,  to have an “interesting” sense of humor.  Even though this sounds like a joke IT IS NO JOKE.
I read about this and tried it.  The turkey comes out brown, beautiful and MOIST.
 I’ve done this every year for almost two decades and it’s never failed.  (One time I did a 20-plus pounder and parts were not completely cooked so I zapped the parts in the appliance of choice – my microwave)
I’ve shared this with many others and it has failed only once — the woman bought a ButterBall Turkey . . . and has never eaten turkey since. To see why, keep reading.

Ingredients:
10 – 18 pound turkey* and a…

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Earth Smarts

20 Nov

Science always amazes me even if I can’t understand it.  Watch the flow of carbon dioxide traveling across the planet come alive in spectacular color.

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.”

What Happens When Your Brain Doesn’t Sleep?

19 Nov

I think my brain is suffering:  Impaired Wit, Cerebral shrinkage, Eating binges, Hallucinations, Risky decisions, Anger, Lost memories, False memories, Head-in-the-clouds, slurred speech are some of the impacts from diminished or non-restorative sleep.

However, I won’t tell you which of those my brain is suffering from.  You’ll have to read my blog posts to figure it out.

I can’t read this chart.  The print is too small so click here for a larger image: What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Brain.

How sleep impacts the brain

How sleep impacts the brain

I wonder if diminished sleep and diminished eyesight are related . . . .

NEWS! My Cherry Pie Scoop

18 Nov

When I’m tired I crave something sweet:  Frozen cherry pie, on sale, can’t be beat . . . unless I drop it on my feet . . . .

Drop it upside down

Fastest way to cool a pie

Would you like a scoop?

DSCN6135Unretouched photo of cherry pie scraped off the bottom of the oven.*

*Since this is a cherry pie I cannot tell a lie.  If it were apple I would have scraped it into a pan and called it cobbler.

The Arctic Circle of My Mind

17 Nov

Indecision strikes

in the heat of the moment

Frozen in my tracks

Waiting for the thaw

mind mindlessly numbed with cold

limbs frozen in space

passion beckons me

slowly move forward in time

melting my reserve

Lotsa ways of keeping warm!

In the Arctic ya gotta keep moving to not freeze in place!

"she's soooo transparent"

“This is my life” – all 17 years and 3 months left*

15 Nov

I’m searching for my focus in this next phase in my life.   (I’ve probably always been searching – this is the first time it’s conscious).  In my search I found this Holstee Manifesto video.

My 3 favorites are:

  • If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
  • Getting Lost will help you find yourself
  • Stop over analyzing
  • We are united in our differences

The more I think about it the more I realize I’m in a pickle.  The Holstee Manifesto says:  “Do what your love”.  Well,  I love my job and  . . .  I’m quitting.  Now I’ll have more time to watch TV . . .  I’m feeling more and more lost.  But it feels good to know we are all united differently in the same search  . . .  I’m very confused.

Holstee Manifesto
https://www.holstee.com/pages/manifesto

*My Life Expectancy 

A Smile Goes a Mile – It IS a New Age

14 Nov

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Thanks Linda!

EXCELLENT presentation on Brain research & Chronic Pain conditions – Stanford University

13 Nov

If you have a brain in your head WATCH this!   Important information for everyone, whether or not you or anyone you know has a chronic pain condition (including – MCS, irritable Bowell, TMJ, Interstitial Cystitis, Back pain etc.).  It’s well worth your time.

Although the focus is fibromyalgia Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D explains how the emotions, the workings of the brain impact our physical well-being.

His presentation is 51 minutes long and then takes questions and answers.

Rosemary Lee, Seeking Equilibrium posted this on her excellent blog Seeking Equilibrium.  Rosemary keeps up with the latest research and I highly recommend her blog

FIGHTING for Peace – an Oxymoron

12 Nov

 “God has created the world as one—the boundaries are marked out by man.”

‘Abdu’l-Baha

Earth’s soil fertilized

artificial poppies grow

in human blood, bones

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Fallen in battle 

 It’s time for falling in love

Soul’s soil fertilized

SEa of Poppies

Sea of Ceramic Poppies, Tower of London, England

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The exhibition entitled Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, is the work of Derbyshire-based ceramic artist Paul Cummins, and was set up to Commemorate the 100 years since the beginning of the First World War Each poppy representing each British and Commonwealth death during the conflict.

See view from drone http://bcove.me/qgvfevz2

poppy installation London Tower 6

One of the reasons I follow the Baha’i World Faith:

“To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.” 

Abdu’l-Bahá

Haiku Horizons - prompt FULL

Haiku Horizons – prompt FULL

Holiday Dinner Party – pass the water (bottled) please

11 Nov

It’s not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu!

Sandy and Richard Riccardi, Holiday Dinner Party

The Perfect “Body” by Victoria’s Secret – What is “perfection” anyway?

9 Nov

When it comes to women’s bodies I strongly suspect that “perfection” is really in the eye of the beholder and not the eye of the possessor! _78846586_body Three British students took issue with Victoria’s Secret The Perfect Body ad campaign, resulting in the online advert being retracted, but no apology from the lingerie giant.

“According to the campaigners, the advert failed “to celebrate the amazing diversity of women’s bodies by choosing to call only one body type ‘perfect’.” They asked for the ad’s message to be changed, and for an apology from the company. As of Friday afternoon, the petition had attracted more than 29,000 signatures. US underwear company Dear Kate responded in turn, posting their own version of The Perfect Body, showcasing a variety of body types.” Here’s the full articleVictoria’s Secret Changes Course on ‘Perfect Body’ Ads

Take a look, if you haven’t already, at the video on What body part would you change?

If you could change one thing about your body . . . ?

8 Nov

“. . .  it is so easy to feel insecure about our appearance. Whether it is because of the mean comment that comes our way or the photoshopped image we see in magazines, it can be so easy to feel self-conscious about our body. When was the last time you felt comfortable in your own skin?”

“We are so excited to share with you our newest 50 people 1 question short – Comfortable. We hope that this video will inspire you to be more comfortable and confident in yourself. Beauty is not about what you don’t have, but about being comfortable in your own skin.   

Jubilee Project

 

I am thankful for
Not having been given the freedom
To choose my face, God,
I would have been
Tempted to copy that too
Or picked up
Pieces from the best looks
Here and there…

by Ramesh Sood

A Little More than Ordinary 

I have 17 years and 4 months to live

7 Nov

My life expectancy is 87.4 years.  I KNOW because I got it calculated by  the Social Security Administration and THEY KNOW since they will be paying me money every month for 17 years and 4 months.

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a judy doodle

The calculations don’t take into account health, heredity or history, not to mention socio-economic status or hair loss.  But SURPRISINGLY, at least surprising to me, I am actually a bit relieved to know I have only 17 years and 4 months left . . .  for a few reasons:

  1. I work best under deadline pressure.  I get things accomplished if there are outside parameters. Give me a deadline and I go into action.  Give me as much time I want it will take however much time I want and often not get finished . . .  or started.
  2.  Seventeen years seems doable.  It’s the 4 months I’m a bit worried about . . .

If you want to know your life expectancy

click here for the social Security Government Life Expectancy Calculator

 

Frankly Freddie, What’s lost is found – Canine Power!

6 Nov

I love my job being a Certified Canine Therapist lying around and comforting people,  My beagle type-buddies are not as suited for “calmer” professions as evidenced here:

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Freddie Parker Westerfield On the clock

 

 

 

The Ultimate Water Conservation Landscaping

5 Nov
My good friend Sharon doesn’t know it but she’s a MURALIST.  Here is her latest “landscaping project” on the wall alongside her Cave Creek, Arizona home. AMAZINGSharon and her masterpiece1
Sharon and her masterpiece

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Amazing

4 Nov

I scraped the back bumper of my VW Beetle.  The scrape is hidden under this bumper sticker:  My small gesture of desire that all scars caused by us humans will someday be covered in loving harmony.

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“At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, “A lot of people don’t realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant. And it has a haunting, haunting plaintive quality to it that reaches past your arrogance, past your pride, and it speaks to that part of you that’s in bondage. And we feel it. We feel it. It’s just one of the most amazing melodies in all of human history.” After sharing the noteworthy history of the song, Mr. Phipps delivers a stirring performance that brings the audience to its feet!” 

Thank you LINDA.

Retirement is DAWNing

3 Nov

Retirement Dawns

in the dusk of my life

The moon lights the way

Someone asked, with concern,  how I was feeling about my impending retirement.  Sounded a bit like my impending demise!  I am actually feeling a bit of relief and am preferring to think of it as re-treading as opposed to retire-ment!

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My tires aren’t blown

just ready for re-treading

Fill up my gas tank!

Haiku Horizons - prompt DAWN

Haiku Horizons – prompt DAWN

100 Monsters – Rorschach test, Flora

2 Nov

This is a Fly-By-Flora Monster.  

She thinks she was born-to-fly but can’t seem to get up the speed to get off the ground.  

 
Needs a make-over

Flora needs flight lessons, a good tail wind and teeth whitening.

Is this a Rorschach test, or what . . . . ?

Inspired by Stefan Bucher’s The Daily Monster

Mabel Mumster the Matriarch now looks tame by comparison . . .

 

 

Happy Hallowee’eeeeeeeeeeeen

31 Oct
    HAPPY  HALLOWEEN! (don’t blame me for this, blame my friend Sharon!)

Two brooms were hanging in the closet and 
after awhile they got to know each other so

  well, they decided to get married.

 
One broom was, of course, the bride broom

​​the other the groom broom.
 
The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was  lovely.  
 
After the wedding, at the wedding dinner, the 
bride-broom leaned over and said to the groom-broom, 
‘I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!’  
 

‘IMPOSSIBLE !’ said the groom broom.  
 

Are  you ready for this?
Brace yourself; this is  going to hurt!!!
 
 



 
‘WE  HAVEN’T EVEN SWEPT

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TOGETHER!’  

 

…………  …………  …………..
Oh  for goodness sake… Laugh, or at least  groan.
Life’s  too short not to enjoy…Even these  silly
….little  cute………….And clean  jokes!!!!!!!!!!!!!  


Sounds to me like she’s …….  !
……been sweeping around!!! 
(the BROOM, not my friend Sharon . . . ) 

One Hundred Monsters – Mabel Mumster is #1

31 Oct

This is a Mabel Mumster, Matriarch of the Monster Family.  

She’s a beauty as is evidenced by her beauty mark.  

She’s ambidextrous as is evidenced by her detachable arms.

She’s extremely intelligent as is evidenced by her exploding brain.

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Mumster, ink blob

I just watched a video workshop Drawing Daily Monsters: Finding Inspiration in a Drop of Ink by Stefan Bucher.  Stefan teaches how he creates his monsters.  He challenged everyone to make some kind, any kind, of creation every day for 100 days.  Here’s my day one . . .  however, as you all know, I rarely finish any challenge to do 100 of anything.  (I used his ink-blob download for her cuz I don’t have no ink)

Psychological Truth from a “Venerable” Therapist

30 Oct

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Thanks GLORIA!!!  

 

MESMERIZING! Beyond Comprehension

29 Oct

  If this doesn’t help put things in perspective watch it twice!

“In the movie above, we get an eye-popping view of an epic arc of solar magnetic field rising above the surface carrying superheated 50,000-degree plasma with it. As the plasma cools, it forms blobs that rain back down along the magnetic field lines.”

“It’s an eerie, jaw-dropping view of solar reality. Make sure to make the video full-screen. If you can, let the whole four minutes and 16 seconds play out while you keep an eye out for small details. Watch the other parts of the surface boil and ripple. Later in the video, watch the bright patch on the lower right undergo its own smaller eruptions.”

“The recognition that this kind of Earth-dwarfing, mega-bomb-powered arcade of plasma hell is just another day at the office for the sun will, hopefully, remind you that there’s more going on out there than our worries.”

Read the entire article here.

P.S.  This was a MEDIUM sized flare – whoa! (make sure you watch long enough to see the image of the earth).

 

Am I dying . . . ? His honest answer

27 Oct

As I near my 70th year I am more than ever aware of what a blip in eternity my time is on this earth.

The 3 areas that the people who were dying shared with Mathew O’Reilly gave me pause for thought about what is important . . . and what isn’t.

  • Forgiveness – reflecting on their regrets
  • Remembrance – wanting a lasting connection with others
  • Meaning – having wasted life on meaningless tasks.

It’s very short video and worth a few minutes of your life.

“Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?” — and the personal choice he made to tell the truth.”

 

This is a Haiku, I HOPE

27 Oct

hope keeps us moving

sometimes the wrong direction

progressing backward 

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judy’s journal

Haiku Horizons - prompt HOPE

Haiku Horizons – prompt HOPE

The Power & Pain of Being an Introvert – TedTalk

24 Oct

People have me confused. You can read that in several ways but for now let’s just take it as most people think I am something I’m not.  

I was painfully shy in grade school.  So much so that my parents worried about my socialization skills.  They pushed me, encouraged me to put myself “out there” which being the obedient, wanting to please child that I was I complied.  I joined clubs, ran for office, went to dances all the while feeling like I didn’t really belong and was a bit of an imposter.

All that practice in school - putting myself “out there” has been helpful as an adult.  Most people would describe me as extroverted. But in the privacy of my own heart I’d rather be by myself. It’s simple - I NEED to be alone to regenerate my physical energy and stimulate my thinking.

I’m an introvert.  Susan Cain will explain it in this excellent TedTalk:

Watch it even if you are an extrovert it will help explain most of your friends or family members!

 

Let’s FACE it I’m finally an under-achiever . . .

23 Oct

Ah, the days of my youth when I was always striving toward a goal and the criteria for reaching those goals were defined, set and enforced by others. In high school and college I would be mortified if I didn’t do every assignment ON TIME.  And there was no way I would drop a course.  It was an unwritten law that what I started I finished.

No slacking. There were people taking attendance, people grading my work, people watching my progress.

The age of technology has changed all that. I’ve discovered the beauty about taking on-line courses - if you miss the class  (in my case the entire course) no one knows.  I signed up for Carla Sonheim’s Faces class a few years back and never did the exercises.  So here it is again.  I’m already 3 days behind a 5 day course. (That is also the beauty of Carla’s on-line classes – you can do them at your own speed and time and take them again for free!)

Here’s day one - Faces from our imagination:  Paint a blob of water-color the shape of a face, put hair on it and make a face with pencil:

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The assignment was to do 8 faces.  I pooped out after 5.  So now I’m only 2 days and 3 faces behind.

 That’s also the beauty of on-line - I can finally be an under-achiever!

A Sugar Shun to Snicker at

22 Oct
Snickers is my favorite candy bar.  It’s very good frozen or fresh.  Since I’m THINKING ABOUT DECIDING to go back on my Sugar Shun I’m reading a lot about sugar in preparation.
I found  a  recipe that meets my criteria for 4 ingredients or less from http://www.food.com/recipe/snickers-dip-the-secret-is-out-481616
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Snickers Party Dip
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  • ounces Cool Whip 
  • 10 regular sized Snickers candy bars, chop 6 of the bars into small chunks
  • lb small pretzels, for dipping (or large slotted spoon)

Directions:

  1. soften cream cheese.
  2. (eat one of the snickers bars to make sure they are fresh)
  3. cream the cream cheese until fluffy.
  4. (eat one of the snickers bars to renew your energy from all the creaming)
  5. add brown sugar and cream cheese until well blended.
  6. (eat one of the snickers bars to renew your energy from all the blending)
  7. carefully stir in the cool whip and 6 chopped snickers bars until combined.
  8. (use a large spoon to stir, licking  it frequently to determine when all the ingredients are properly blended)
  9. Place in covered container overnight, so flavors blend.
  10. (eat one of the snickers bars the next morning to make sure they are still fresh)
  11. Garnish with chopped peanuts,(if  it is lacking in crunch) shaved chocolate, or a carmel drizzle (if it is not sweet enough)
  12. serve with mini pretzels or eat with a slotted spoon so the calories can leach out.
Hammy Hamster sez: "BYOP (Bring your own pretzel)

Hammy Hamster sez:
“BYOP”
(Bring your own pretzels)

Do you remember Englebert Humperdink?

20 Oct

Haiku “Ode” to Fibromyalgia

(haiku prompt “RELEASE”)

Fibromyalgia!

Please release me let me go!

romance is kaput

* * *

Unrequited love

I don’t want you anymore

time to get a life

 

How about adopting this song as the National Chronic Conditions Anthem!!  Wadda ya think?

Please release me let me go
for I don’t love you anymore
To waste our lives would be a sin
Release me and let me love again

I have found a new love dear
And I will always want her near
her lips are warm while yours are cold
Release me my darling let me go

for I don’t love you anymore
So release me and let me love again

Please release me can’t you see
you’d be A fool to cling to me
To live a lie would bring us pain
So release me and let me love again

I'm thinking about it . . .

I’m thinking about it . . .

“Release Me” (sometimes rendered as “Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)”), is a popular song written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and James Pebworth[1] under the pseudonym Dub Williams,[2][3] published in 1946 . (Wikipedia)

Only watch this if you sleep. On second thought – watch this if you DON’T sleep

19 Oct

Did you know your brain creates waste all day and gets rid of waste all night? Not enough sleep may be a key to Alzheimer’s disease research.

“The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.”

 

Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss & chocolate cake recipe with sneaky ingredients

18 Oct

I did REALLY well all September in cutting out refined sugar . . . then October happened and I starting practicing eating candy in preparation for Halloween . . .  Dr Joel Fuhrman, he don’t like sugar, no how.  Here’s some of his ways to stay away from sugar AND lose weight:

Dr. Fuhrman’s Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss

1. Eat a large green salad as your main dish at least once a day, with a healthy dressing. (I put spinach in my fruit smoothie, does that count?)

2. Eat two ounces of nuts and seeds a day. Include walnuts and flax seeds.  (I only eat brownies that have walnuts in them)

3. Eat some beans every day, in a soup, chili or burger. (I bought a can of beans)

4. Eat a large serving of cooked green vegetables every day.  (I put spinach in my fruit smoothies, see #1)

5. Eat one fresh fruit with each meal (I put spinach in my fruit smoothies, see #4)

Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Healthy Chocolate Cake

This recipe that has some sneaky healthy ingredients.

“This cake tastes so good, you’ll never believe that it’s packed with veggies.”  (This is a quote from Dr Fhurman.  Please make it and let me know – I only make recipes that have less than 4 ingredients, including the package mix)

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup shredded beets
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini

Chocolate-nut Icing:

  • 4 tbsp natural nonalkalized cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews
  • 1 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup Brazil nuts or hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla flavor

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flours, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside. In blender or food processor, puree 3 cups dates with the pineapple, banana and apple.

Slice remaining 1/2 cup dates into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. In a large bowl, mix sliced dates, beets, carrots, zucchini, cocoa powder, currants, walnuts, water, vanilla and flour mixture.

Add the fruit puree and mix well. Spread mixture in a 9.5-x-13.5-inch nonstick baking pan. Bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Or to make individual servings, bake in muffin tins lined with paper liners. Reduce cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

For the chocolate-nut icing, combine the remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve or spread on cooled cake.

I Dare You to Listen like a 7 Year Old

16 Oct

Even if your ears are past the age of 7 take a few minutes to listen with your heart – to the message . . .  and the music.

Pianist Daria van den Bercken in this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of Handel’s music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.  Plato

We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high…”  The Baha’i World Faith

Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy

Psalms 95:1 – O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.


Frankly Freddie, Canine Dog Entrepreneur & Fairy TAIL

15 Oct

My Human-being has the “vapors”** and is resting so I  am helping her by keeping the blog going in her absence.

Besides being a Canine Dog Therapist (CDT) I am also an entrepreneur*.  (Few people know that I am the brains and the driving force behind my Human Being’s financial stability.)

Since you’ve been following this blog you know that my Human has been able to keep her sense of humor by taking Carla Sonheim’s Year of the Fairy Tale class.  She seems amused – she amuses rather easily – by drawing silly things that bear little resemblance to reality – like this:

Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing

Horsey, Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing

If you want to amuse yourself Ms Sonheim is repeating two of her really easy and CHEAP online classes starting next Monday, October 20, 2014: “Faces 101” and “Imaginary Creatures.”  

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE

Canine Dog Entrepreneur

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE

* I would like a doggie treat kickback.

P.S.  Don’t tell my human being about this “arrangement” because she would not approve.  But a Dog’s gotta do what a Dog’s gotta do to make a living.

**“The term referring to illnesses known as the vapours (or vapors) is an archaic form for certain mental or physical states,[1] such as hysteriamaniaclinical depressionbipolar disorderfaintingwithdrawal syndromemood swings, or PMS, ascribed primarily to women and thought to be caused by internal emanations. This is related to the similar term female hysteria“. Wikipedia

 

Year of the Fairy TAIL – Horace the Horse

14 Oct

Smile!

Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing!

Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing!

I was asked if the eye-closed drawings get better the more you draw that way.  NOPE!  Better isn’t the goal. The more you draw with your eyes closed the funnier they get.  My goal is smiling!

Are the Rumors True that I’m Retiring?

13 Oct

I’ve bitten the bullet (while I still have my teeth) and am taking the leap (while I still can leap) into the next phase of my life (which is getting shorter by the day)!  

judy's journal

judy’s journal

My office lease is up this February 2015 and coincides with my (gulp) 70th birthday.  

I have wrestled with whether to sign a new lease, rent space from another clinician, buy a van to set up a Therapist-on-the-Go practice (kidding), move to the South of France (sorta kidding) or fade into memory . . .  I will close my office along with my 69th year (no kidding).

Being a psychotherapist has been one of the most gratifying things I’ve done in my life. I’ve been blessed to have had thousands (yup, count ‘em thousands) of people profoundly touch my life.  Therapy is a two-way street.  I’ve learned and grown along with my clients.  Their pain, hopes, struggles and faith have helped inform my choices, strengthen my faith and deepen my belief in human courage, resiliency  and ability to learn & change.

It is almost inconceivable to me that I will be 70 years old and have been “practicing” psychotherapy for 30 years.  It is hard to admit that in the last several years I have less physical energy and resiliency.  But it’s true.  (I like to blame my declining energy on fibromyalgia more than aging  because fibromyalgia should be good for SOMETHING).

As I take the leap I will try not to lose my grip on the cord of these words that I do my darndest to tether me in my life:

  • “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.  (THIS is a hard one!!)
  • Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.
  • Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.
  • Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.  (GOTTA WORK on this – my speech isn’t always guarded as my friends can attest)
  • Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. 
  • Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.
  • Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.
  • Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive.
  • Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
  • Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”  (A TALL ORDER for us humans – one “leap” at a time).

(The Baha’i World Faith, Baha’u’llah)

I’ll keep you “posted” (on this blog) where I land.  

Say a prayer that I land on my feet and not my head . . .

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If you don’t watch this you are stooooopid

12 Oct

Yes, I’m name calling to get your attention.  Watch this TO THE END!

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. . . .”

ERIN, THANK YOU for telling me about this!!!

 

Am I Whining? you bet!

11 Oct

“Thou Shalt Not Whine”  is a hand embroidered sign in my office that was given to me by my good friend Sharon.

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I do try to live up to that motto but today I am whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiining.   I have a headache, my body aches all over, my feet are burning, my brain is fogged and the only energy I had was depleted by the effort it took me to get in bed and take a nap*.  Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!  Woe is me! Oh! woe is me!

"I'm not lissssssstening"

“I’m not lissssssstening”

Like all (or many) of us living with chronic conditions the key is life-style management to keep the symptoms at a low simmer instead of a rolling boil.  In the last several decades I’ve perfected life-style management:

judy’s Life-Style Management 

Overdo it quick

take advantage of the lull

then crash, moan and groan.

Whimper quietly

when no one is listening

It’s free therapy

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Did whining make me feel better?  Nope.  But it’s nice to know that even if I’m not feeling well

 my inner child is alive and kicking.

 *You don’t have to wash your hands after reading this post.  I’m not contagious.  It’s just fibromyalgia letting me know who’s in charge.

Beyond Comprehension

9 Oct

Birds of a “feather” High Coo

6 Oct

 High Coo

Imagination

taking flight without boundaries

The sky’s the limit

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Oil pastel

Oil pastel

 

Haiku Horizons - prompt SKY

Haiku Horizons – prompt SKY

Year of the Fairy TAIL – you can lead a horse to water . . .

4 Oct

The Magic Horse is our new fairy tale.  Gotta draw 11,000 horses with my eyes closed, one-liners and scribbly.  Every since our 7 week summer hiatus I’ve not gotten my drawing-umph back.  But here are 6 of the 11,000 horseys drawn with my eyes closed.  We are suppose to pick one that is our favorite to paint.

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Favorite Bald Horse #1 – That’s his TAIL.
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Favorite Bald horse #2 with an udder

HOME on the range warmed over

1 Oct

Gene Autry singing Home, Home on the Range inspired my original Haiku ( posted the last time the prompt was “home”).  For your literary pleasure I’ve added a another “homey” haiku.

Bob the Blobfish sez: "Here she goes again. . ."

Bob the Blobfish sez:
“Here she goes again. . .”

Panic on the Prairie Haiku

Home, home on the range
it’s much more comfortable
when the gas is off

by judy's brain

by judy

When the cold wind blows

be careful warming your buns

by the home fires

Frankly Freddie (parenthetically speaking) CHOC it up to Blu

30 Sep
(Dear Human-beings,
I am writing to you and not your canine owners because it’s you human beings who we allow to make the big-picture decisions.
My human-being told me that Blu is going to Disneyland.  I’ve never gone to Disneyland.  
Huge, distorted creatures live there judging  by the pictures Blu sent. 
Blu and Mini

Blubear and Minibear

Blu is taking  his human-beings who sent this announcement): “This adventure is a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Orange County.  Please support Blu by walking with us through Disneyland and California Adventure on Sunday morning, Oct. 12th. You can sign up by going to CHOCWalk.org and look for Team Blu.   If you are unable to join us, your sponsorship to either Adele or Bryan Green would be appreciated.”
Blu
Adelbear, Blubear, Ginormousbear & Bryanbear
“Blu and family understands that we all have limited resources.   If you are unable to help, your prayers and thoughts are welcomed. Blu needs all the help he can to be good while walking through Disneyland to remember that he can’t use the park’s fire hydrants for his personal use!”  (Even if  huge, distorted creatures live at Disneyland I would take my chances and go there to check out the fire hydrants.  ALL the fire hydrants around here are already mine).
Sincerely yours,
Freddie Parker Westerfield, philanthropist

 P.S. Blu has his own facebook page for the children at the hospital: 

www.facebook.com/chocblubear

(I don’t have my own Facebook page.  If it’s as good as a fire hydrant I want one too)

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT Philanthropist

Freddie Bear

Frankly Freddie (Parenthetically Speaking) Cody

28 Sep

Dear Gloria Human-Being,

 You wrote me about your owner Cody and I will try to help you understand him to improve your relationship.

  • “Cody rarely barks except when he thinks I (Gloria) am too slow in answering the front door or taking him for walks”.  (All humans are too slow because they insist on getting about on only two limbs).
  • “He thinks everyone that comes over, came over to see him”. (Gloria Human-Being, don’t be so sure that’s not true)
  • Cody
    Cody Brookins
  • “He has a doggie door but if he thinks he’s not getting enough attention, (If he thinks he’s not getting enough attention, he’s NOT getting enough attention) he goes out his door and comes around to the family room door and barks to let me know he’s out there.” (how else is he going to let you know he’s out there? . . . make sure Cody carries his smart phone so he can text message you)
  • When the doggie door is closed and has to potty, he finds me in the house and scratches my leg a couple of times to let me know he’s there”. (Gloria Human-being, of course he scratches your leg.  Bend down so he can reach your shoulder)
  • “He’ll scratch my leg like that for attention if I’m in the office, to let me know the timer is buzzing when I’m watering my trees”. (We doggies are very conscious of conserving our natural resources – especially since water is the only one we are allowed to drink)
  • Cody
    Cody, full “blown” Westie
  • “If you’re eating something, he will look at you with his ears perked up, but you tell him it’s “mine” his ears drop and walks away.  (Gloria Human-being, you must learn to be more generous and share). Although if someone feeds him a snack he may stick around for more.  I try to tell my friends to give him carrots or dog treats only.” (Is that what you feed your friends – carrots or dog treats?)
  • “Cody has been a treasure to have as he and I are buddies.  He loves going to grandma’s house as he usually gets a piece of chicken or meat to taste”. (Grandma rocks!  I would like to have her for my Grandma.  Please ask her.)

Sincerely yours,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT

Canine Dog Therapist and Animal Behaviorist

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT Animal Behaviorist

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT
Animal Behaviorist

Cody

Cody, contemplating how to better train his Human-Being.

Spice up your memory

27 Sep

I drink a concoction of spices which is quite good that I first saw on Dr Oz.  Dr Sanjay Gupta drinks this every evening for calming.  Now that there is more in the news about the cognitive benefits of turmeric on Alzheimer patients and the anti-inflamatory effects of ginger and cinnamon I thought I’d share.

1 cup almond milk – either vanilla or chocolate

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1 tsp honey to drizzle over top

Heat the almond milk in microwave. Stir in spices.  Drizzle honey on top. (You can add a packet of Stevia to the mix if you like your drinks sweet)  I like the dark chocolate almond milk and don’t add honey or stevia.

I buy bulk turmeric, cinnamon and ginger in the market and mix up a batch to have on hand.   I add  1-3/4 tsp of mixed spices to one cup of almond milk.

Thanks Ida for tuning me into  Michael Greger M.D. and NutritionFacts.org.  Great information!

Warning! Google “Hanging Naked Men Orchids” at your own risk

26 Sep

Remember my 100 flowers drawing assignment (41 Flowers to go  and who’s counting) from Year of the Fairy Tale?  I still have 36 flowers to draw and occasionally I get sent “interesting” flower pictures from family and friends . . . .

ORCHIDS, no comment

ORCHIDS, no comment

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It is called Orchis Italica, or The Naked Man Orchid.

They come in all sorts of shapes and . . . sizes.

I’m not telling you who sent these pictures to me cuz I don’t want to EXPOSE them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frankly Freddie: Pudsey’s Got a Partner with Talent

25 Sep

My human being . . .  just can’t get her to twirl and roll over.  She tries but just doesn’t have the talent it takes.  Pudsey is lucky that he has a younger and more limber student.

Pudsey and Ashleigh 

Me, exhausted after trying to teach my HumanBeing to roll over

Me, exhausted after trying to teach my Human Being to roll over

Listen at your own risk . . . of encountering enchanted imagination.

24 Sep

Stop!  Listen!  Smile!

“Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn’t children’s books be? In this charming talk, author Mac Barnett speaks about writing as a doorway to wonder — at any age

P.S.  Who said you couldn’t have a pet whale?  

 

Bet You Can’t Shake Your Booty Like this J-Lo!

21 Sep

It takes a second for the video to load cuz there’s a whole lot of shake’n go ‘n on . . .

Butt JUST in case you’ve not seen the Peacock Spider’s competition here’s J-Lo & Iggy’s booties.  (I wonder how they would shake “IT” if they had 8 feet . . . )

Thanks Ida! Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrety Incrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrredible (The spider, not J-Lo)

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