"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bread Crumbs

The monthly book club meeting was yesterday.   I enjoyed the book and will find another book by this author. The consensus at the book club was half liked and half didn't.

This month's pick was Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. Her upbeat approach to life is catchy. Before I got the book I was wondering how the bread crumbs thing could be in the book. When I discovered it about a third way into the story, it made sense and from then on I was 100% involved in the story.

The book won't be a keeper, on my book shelf with my special books, but it is a book I wouldn't have found without the leading of the book club.

Gads, how many time is the word "book" in that last sentence? I could probably find another place to put the word. Ha.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Booked Travel

Expedia is my best bet when booking travel. Sometimes I am not the one booking the travel, my kids book it for me. But I like the challenge even if it runs close to the frustration line. I am fortunate to have a peaceful life; no job to juggle, no ongoing problems, cozy and safe little home, calm pet (Lola the cat), nice friends in person and online.

It took awhile to decide on timing and then check out different venues for travel, but yesterday I booked flight and then decided to stay in a downtown hotel for two days before heading out. After finding hotel I found best price on AARP travel site and was unable to book it on that site, so called the 800 number on the site and ended up talking with a rep with Expedia. I told her the price I was looking at online for the hotel I want to stay and she helped me book it as well as going above and beyond in helping me with an online request for a refund on the difference between the site I was on and what it was going to cost, about $25. And an added bonus is a certificate to use on any travel or hotel booked with Expedia during the next year. The online certificate is for $50. I enjoy being treated to nice surprises, and this is one of them. My Expedia rep deserves a gold star for her professionalism and pleasant responses, and we even laughed here and there during our phone discussion. Three cheers to Expedia.com!

More about this trip soon.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Energizing And Freeing

Watch this video to the end, then lift your arms up high and let it go, then let me know how you feel.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Who Says

Who says "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? I am getting close to the "old" mark, but I just proved I am teachable.

I tried a canned soup that makes me a believer of canned soup again. I have been making my own soups from scratch for years, and I really like my home cooked soups, mostly because I know for sure nothing goes into them that I am allergic to. But I will make sure I have a cupboard full of Wolfgang Puck organic soups from now on, at least the ones that are gluten free.  Some of the organic soups are not gluten free like the chicken noodle soup, the noodles are not gluten free. 

The five Wolfgang Puck brand gluten free soups I have found so far are:
Free Range Chicken With Wild Rice
Signature Tortilla
Tomato Basil Bisque
Hearty Lentil Vegetable
Black Bean

The first soup of his brand I tried was Free Range Chicken with White and Wild Rice. It is very good. Best of all, it is gluten free. Even the soups that are on the market that are gluten free now have not been very good. But his soups are awesome. So glad I discovered them. No adding water to dilute flavor; heat and eat. 

Just thought I would share this info with my buddies. I will sometimes add some onion or some of my fresh herbs, but I would be happy to invite my gal pals over to share some soup with me and see if they can tell it is from a can! As an added note, not all his soups that are organic are certified gluten free, so those of us who have to eat gluten free, continue to read the labels carefully. 

Busy days, winter or summer, you will be glad you have this soup ready to heat. I used some gluten free Crunchmaster crackers with mine. You could have Doritos or crackers and cheese or even open face cheese on bagels with yours. 

No, this is not a commercial. Ha.

You're welcome. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Debate Is Still On

This article was forwarded to me this week. My friends see something about gluten and send it to me in case it is something that would be helpful. It does not matter to me where the information is found, I am open to reading from any forum. 

I am willing to read just about anything, am interested in something healthy that works for me. It was during the years that I was raising my children that my health was at its worst. The pain in my intestines; the diarrhea and accidents; telling my kids we would do something and then I was curled up on the bed in pain and unable to keep my promise; being told to eat healthy meant whole wheat, so I would fill up on whole wheat bread, cereal, eat less meat, thinking I was doing the best thing. Yikes. 

It could be that longer rising time could take away some of the potency of gluten, as indicated in the article; however, I thoroughly believe that today's flour is still MODIFIED from what it was when I was a kid. I did not care for the writer's tone in this article, using words to demean and sneak in some things to tell gluten free folks they just don't know what they are doing. People like this author don't have much to say to someone like me. If this person were someone like me who has found a way to feel better and all it means is stay completely away from wheat, barley, and rye, yet this author then does the experiment that would maybe have some merit. But any of us gluten free healthy people are not going to listen to just anyone with an opinion who are not themselves forced to be gluten free because of their problems. They are all entitled to their opinion, but why try to force feed that opinion on others? I say to them, thanks for sharing, but no thanks.