Monthly Archives: January 2011

I don’t always recognize the lesson playing out in my life

I’m like everyone else.  The Universe is sending me messages all the time but I’m not always in the receiving mode, so I don’t always “get it.”  Only when it comes back around again and again and again in the form of different people do I finally drop my blinders and begin to see what’s been playing out in front of me.  I have to laugh at my own blindness because it reminds me to be more aware in each moment.  That every moment contains so much more than I can quickly grasp, unless I’m paying attention.  And, as it turns out,  that’s what it’s all about.  Paying attention in each moment. Continue reading

Spice up cooking with coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek seeds

I like to cook.  I like to cook light meals and mostly vegetarian dishes.  For health and weight, I keep my fat grams to under 60 per day, so when cooking, I use a lot of fresh ground spices to keep the flavor high.  Some favorites are fennel seeds (licorce-y), coriander seeds (citrus-y), cumin seeds (smoky/nutty), mustard seeds (hot-ish) black cardamom seeds (aromatic, smoky/cool) and fenugreek seeds (maple-y).  How I use them is I crush the seeds using a mortar and pestle or using the spice grinder.  I often use equal parts of the above seeds (maybe 1/2 tsp each) but I always use less of the mustard seeds since they’re hot.  Most often  I saute the crushed seeds in oil in a pan before adding in my veggies. Continue reading

That yellow wrapped paper on your driveway? How to unsubscribe from Your Essential Shopper

Take it back, take it back, take that thing right outta here. Right away, far away, take that thing right outta here. — Take It Back (Cream)

Like most of you, I get a yellow wrapped paper thrown onto my driveway every week that sits there unopened until recycling day.  It’s weekly junk mail from “Yes! Your Essential Shopper, An Edition of Florida Today”.   Inside the all-ad newspaper, I found a contest phone number and the call center gave me the number to call for Customer Service at Florida Today for Brevard County, FL. I called 877-424-0156 and asked Tonya Washington to unsubscribe me.  She said she took me off the list but as of 3-4-11 I am still getting it.  I called again today and asked Jennifer the same thing and she sent an email to those in charge asking that it be discontinued.

3-18-11 Update I spoke to Karen Bross who said she will remove me from the list.  We’ll see.

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All you can wish for is all included in the price of admission

I once heard a great story about a very poor family who was taking a very long boat trip and they were so poor that they brought only bread and cheese to eat for the trip. So each day they are eating their bread and cheese sandwiches and the little boy sees the other kids eating ice cream and he keeps asking his dad to give him money so he can have one also. Finally the dad gives in, even tho they can ill afford it, and after awhile the boy comes back with his ice cream and a big grin on his face and he gives his father back his money. The father asks how the ice cream is and why he didn’t have to use his money, and the boy says, the ice cream is great and so was the steak and the hot dogs and the baked beans and the watermelon, and he didn’t have to pay for it, because it was all included in the price of the admission for the trip!

How often do we not know enough to ask for something or are too shy, when all the time it’s included in the price of the ticket?

If you’re in Palm Bay waiting for your recycle bin

If you live in Palm Bay, FL and have not yet received your spanking new recycling bin, I requested one in November and today when I called was told I am on a delivery list, it is just there are so many who they have not yet been delivered to.    Louis at 321-952-3420 said until I we get the new recycle cart, to continue using the old recycle bins.  Now I know.

When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous. Wayne Dyer