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9 March


The good

My step-son, Jack, has moved in with us. He was having a difficult time with his mother, who has some mental health issues. So, he is here with us. We will be getting him signed up for school this week and starting a new adventure!

The fun

I babysat for grandchildren on Wednesday evening and we sang a few songs together. They are so funny and cute I can’t stop watching them.

The random

Me and one of my favourite little friends from school. I’m pretty sure his shades are cooler than mine.

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Monday: Spicy Asian vegetable soup

Tuesday: chopped salad with shallot/poppy seed dressing, chicken (for the boys)

Wednesday: Mediterranean pasta with fresh greens

Thursday: barley with lemon and herbs, sautéed fennel and Asian greens with ginger and apricot, turkey burgers (for the boys)

Friday: multi bean salad with fresh herbs, farro, steak (for the boys)

Saturday: smoky black-eyed peas and collards, rice

Sunday: roasted veggie lasagna, salad


The good, the random, the fun

Menu plan Monday

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Getting it back together


I purchased the book How Not to Die and the companion cookbook. I also watched a documentary titled What the Health. As a result I have completely changed my way of eating. I decided to begin eating a plant based diet because I wanted to change the way my habits effect the earth and also to improve my health. I have eaten cheese and fish on occasion but other than that I am plant based. I’ve lost 6 pounds and I have a lot more energy. I am breathing easier as well. This is am Asian, spicy, ginger soup with rice that I made. It was delicious.

My daughter and son-in-law went to a wake on Wednesday night so I got to babysit for Verne and Abigail! We ordered pizza and sang songs and jumped on the big chair in the den…well, they did…shhhh…don’t tell mum and dad. What happens with Hopie stays with Hopie. I’m Hopie!

After I put Abigail’s pajamas on she brought her bathrobe over and said, “eh eh, eh.” She held her arm out for me to put it on her. So cute!

It’s been an emotional few weeks. The fourth anniversary of my step-daughter’s death was on 28 February. I found I wasn’t as much of a basket case this year as I was for the first three years. My father-in-law died last month as well.

My sister had surgery to repair a prolapsed mitral valve and went into Afib the night of the surgery. She is home now but it was very frightening to hear her tell me about it. She was thinking of our father, who had a fatal heart attack in hospital when he was just bout her age. Poor sweet girl has been through so much and it just keeps coming at her. Please keep her in prayers. I believe that God has a plan for all of us and I have faith that he loves her and cares for her more than I ever could but it is not easy to see her go through all of this. She will start her fourth radiation treatments and her fourth chemo treatments in March. She was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010.


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Hope

The good

I got my hair cut a few weeks ago. It took me a bit to get used to it but I really like it now! It’s so easy in the morning!

The fun:

Tiny flowers are blooming along the sidewalk gardens. Spring as usual, is a bit coquettish in her ways and teases us with warm weather one day and freezing for the next week…but, two steps forward and one step back still get us there so we mustn’t give up hope all together.

The random:

My sister had to have heart surgery to repair a prolapsed mitral valve last week and was in hospital for the week and only just got home last evening. In addition, when they did follow-up scans for the radiation that she had back in October, they found another small spot of cancer on the other side of her iliac joint. She has stage 4 colon cancer and she will now be facing her third round of radiation (in different spots) and her 4th round of chemo. This will be a different type of chemo and the doctor is hopeful. We are hopeful as well because that is what we have.


The good, the random, the fun

beloved · February brings the rain · purple day · Winter

Rat-a-tat-tat


The good:

Saturday evening the Marblehead regiment met at the old town hall and began their short march up to old burial hill to honor General Glover. I had marked the occasion in my calendar but forgot about it until we heard the musket shots fired. We live in old town Marblehead in a house that John Merritt from the revolutionary war once owned. We scrambled to put on our boots and our coats and ran up the narrow road just in time to the see them finishing their ceremony. Next year I will do better at remembering the event!

The fun:

On Saturday afternoon we drove up to see Joey’s (my step-son’s) basketball game. It is so much fun to watch him play.

The random:

Since we’re on the subject of Joey, I stumbled across this picture of him. I think it’s about from about 7 years ago! Such a cutie. It occurred to me while we were watching him play basketball that I should probably start calling him Joe instead of Joey. It won’t be too long until he is towering over me.


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Selah


I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord

In the land of the living.

Do you? I felt so strongly about this verse last week that I had to share it again this week. Last week I shared a picture of my table set for a meal shared with my mother-in-law and father-in-law when they were visiting at this time last year. It was a sweet time for us to all be together and as it turns out the last time we will all be together because my father-in-law passed away last week.

I posted that particular picture with that particular verse because I wanted to show how I see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living.

Every time we share a meal with loved ones, every time we smile at a baby, every time we show patience when we have little of it, every time we hold out a hand to help some one in need, every time we hear a beautiful and moving piece of music…and we don’t even have to be directly involved…when we see lovers embrace, when we see people greeting one another at an airport or a restaurant…I once saw a mother and grown daughter get off the subway together and hug each other before going off in different directions.

Choirs of angels may sing, those who are very ill may be miraculously healed, Jesus himself may walk on water but, let’s face it, we will probably not see or hear those things in the land of the living.

The verse says, “I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord…” It doesn’t say I shall see…So, even if you can’t see it, even if your eyes or your heart are broken or heavy, even if you are walking through a darkened valley, all you have to do is believe that you will see it…all you need is faith that His bounty is here, in the land of the living…where we are.

So….A two-fold challenge you this week is to look for the bounty of the Lord as you go about your days. And to remember that you, that we, are a bounty of the Lord, so if you can’t find it..be it.


Sunday scripture blessings

Scripture and a snapshot

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Yellow tulips

* My mum was been sick with a cold/flu for 2 weeks and only just started feeling better last weekend. On Friday she went out to run a few errands for the first time and picked up some pretty yellow tulips for me. It was her way of thanking me for taking care of her while she wasn’t feeling well. I stopped at the store a few times for her on the way home from work and Joe and I invited her upstairs for dinner a few times as well. One time we made dinner upstairs but brought our plates, and one for her, downstairs so she wouldn’t have to tackle the stairs. She’s 85 and in great shape but stairs are difficult for her. She’s feeling much more like herself now…we all joke that her social life is more active than mine, my brother’s and my sister’s combined!

*on Saturday Joe and I went to Joey’s basketball game. He is number 24. His team lost by quite a bit. The other team were literally head and shoulders taller and at some point Joey just started laughing about it. It didn’t seem to matter how hard they tried because they were just outsized. Learning to lose is a valuable lesson to learn in life though. After the game, I heard Joey’s uncle tell him, “Don’t worry about it, there’s always going to be someone taller.” I thought those were great words.

*Saturday was absolutely beautiful weather here. The sidewalks were full of people walking to and fro, the sun was shining, I think it was around 60 degrees (F), and smiles were all over the place. Being a dyed in the wool New Englander, I’m waiting for the winter to come back full force…there’s no such thing as free weather here. But it was certainly a lovely day and I’ll take it!

*Monday night I made a quiche for dinner and it came out delicious. I usually make a soup for supper on Mondays but I didn’t get to it over the weekend. So I threw together some veggies, cheese, and ham and we had quiche.

*on Sunday my brother and sister-in-law, and my mum came for dinner. We celebrated my sister-in-law’s birthday which was this week. It was lovely to all get together on a winter’s eve.


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