I am not a great cook but I am a good basic sort of cook. I do not even consider making something that has ingredients I have never heard of or if you can only get them at a “specialty” store. So, I don’t make a lot of Martha Stewart meals. But I do find a lot of easy recipes in the newspaper, yes I still get the newspaper, some magazines, and from blogs.
I am trying to eat healthier and that includes less beef, oh I do love me some hamburger, and more fish or vegetarian meals. For the most part I have found that vegetarian meals tend to be a bit time-consuming and have some of those never heard of things in them. I have, however, found a blogger that has recipes of the meatless variety that are quick and have things in them that are familiar to me.
The Simple Veganista is the place.
A favorite that I found on her blog is, Chickpea of the Sea Sandwich/Salad it’s really good…okay, this is the only recipe from the Veganista I have made so far but I am going to try more…easy to make and inexpensive. I have made it a couple of times and shared it with a neighbor, who also liked it a lot. And this neighbor is picky!
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Today, I think I will celebrate with a Chickpea of the Sea Salad.
This week my bestest friend was off with her hubby on vacation.
A vacation without work or kids.
I hope she got a sexy new nightgown to take with her.
Really, long time married and off on their own for a whole week should mean…well,
you know what it should mean without my spelling it out.
The point of this post is not about that…
It is about finding some small thing that I did or that happened this week that I can celebrate.
Being a not too interesting person (I really don’t do much of anything) this is no easy task.
But as I was pondering the week I thought about my bestest friend.
She is not a small thing in my life she is a big part of my life.
But she is someone I celebrate knowing.
My life is richer and more fun and happier because she is a part of it.
I can laugh, talk about anything, rant and rave, and just be me when I am with her.
I have even cried. Not something I do!
So this is what I celebrate this week…my friend…”Lucy”.
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Today, I think I am one lucky ditz to have a friend who is much more than a friend.
Wednesday was my mother’s birthday. She would have been 96 years old.
If she was alive today she would probably still be playing the piano or organ. And playing badly.
She loved playing the piano/organ.
She took years of piano lessons when she was young but they didn’t seem to help.
She had a basic understanding of music.
She could read music and knew where the corresponding keys were on the piano and organ.
But somehow it just never all came together.
She would happily play all her favorites.
But none of us knew what she was playing because they all sounded the same.
We would say, “That was very nice. What was the name of it?”
“That was familiar. I just can’t remember the name of that song.”
My dog, Polo, loved to hear her play the organ. He was her biggest fan.
He particularly like the Mickey Mouse theme song.
When she played that he would sing along.
They were well suited as a duo…they had the same musical abilities.
I have her lack of musical talent but I like to sing.
In my head the words sound beautiful but something happens when they the hit the air.
Sadly, even the cat laughs when I sing.
But I don’t let that stop me.
But I only sing in public in big groups where no one can really hear me.
I did take voice lessons. One day I will tell you about it.
I like people who are filled with wonder.
People who wonder are people who enjoy life.
They are not easily bored because they are curious about the world around them.
They find nature fascinating and learning fun.
They look a things and wonder how they work and why.
They look at people and wonder at the diversity.
People of wonderment are delighted with life and the complexities of it.
They see each day as a wonderful gift to be opened and explored.
Today, I think wonderment is a wonderful thing in a person.
I like people who are quietly quirky.
These people are different and a bit unconventional.
There are loud quirky folks, I guess, but I like quieter quirky people best.
Quirky people are not quite eccentric they just have some idiosyncrasies.
There are things they do or say all the time that are just different.
Like always putting their right sock on first or always reading the editorials in the paper before the front page.
Or like never leaving the house without saying “good-bye be a good boy” to…the cat.
We all know quirky people and usually they are people we really like in spite of their quirkiness.
Or maybe we like them because they don’t think our quirks are odd.
Today, I think this qualifies as one very quirky way to nap.
I like people with know-how.
They are people who are experts in a given field.
They are the ones you call when you don’t know-how to do something.
They have expertise in things that are inexplicable.
Like anything that starts with tech…
One thing those with know-how often are not expert is the English language;
especially those people with expertise in the things that start with tech…
When I need their know-how I need to know-how to use my expertise in patience.
Today, I think that’s all for K.
I like eccentric people.
They are unusual, different, a bit odd in their thinking and behavior.
They are interesting but sometimes difficult; difficult be with and to understand.
Eccentric people tend to be very smart and funny and are often crotchety.
It is a waste of time to try to change them; to make them “normal”.
In fact, they usually feel sorry for “normal” people and think they are a bit weird.
What I like best about them is that they don’t seem to care what the rest of the world thinks of them.
They are who they are with no excuses.
They just keep on being who they are and doing what they do.
Marching to music only they can hear.
Today, I think “E” is entertaining.