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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