Feeling grateful to be feeling

a little out of sorts

Because really all the important things are fine

Probably just the setting in of winter

that gets me a little down

Once a remember how good I have it

I realize I’ll come around

though sleepily and slightly off-center

with an eye on the door

All things must pass

We’ve heard it all before

The cycles circle back and then

I find the beat and it’s up againIMG_1319





Not Much

Pencil poised for action

My mind’s in overdrive

Extra special traction

Bring me back alive


Toward the Unknown

1.   Back to a more disciplined plan

2.   of living

3.   of finding my focus

5.   when I seem to be free-floating

6.   one day, one, moment, one change at a time

7.   back to a more meticulous effort

8.   toward the unknown


Come to Light

A sunny, sleepy day

emerges from the cold

IMG_1706filling this soul

with hope and a 

certain expectation

that I will be okay

even when bleakness

insinuates itself into the picture

with no consideration at all



Random Thought

The real, live Christmas trees are starting to look kind of fake to me. 

What can that mean? 


Burger and Fries…Hold the Burger

IMG_2947I thought I wanted a hamburger on Saturday, but really, how vegan would that have been? 

So we headed home.  I diced up mushrooms, mostly small with a few larger bits, sautéed in water and seasoned it with salt and pepper, and a bit of onion powder.  I sautéed the mushrooms until the water was cooked down.

Meanwhile, we sliced up some purple potatoes; cooked them for two minutes in the microwave, seasoned them with salt and pepper and then spread them on a tray (lightly greased with coconut oil) and baked them for about 15 minutes at 450 degrees (turning once).

I lathered slices of sourdough millet bread with Vegenaise, mustard, ketchup, piled on tomato, lettuce, pickle and onion…..oh and then added the diced mushrooms. 

My version of a hamburger and french fries…….without involving hamburger.

So good.  Seriously.  Simple, too.







IMG_2701So weary of hearing that anything, ANYTHING, I eat is bad for me and going to give me cancer.

“Wheat will destroy you!” they shout…..so we switch to rice.  “Rice is full of arsenic and will cause cancer!” is the next dire warning.  And carrots have arsenic I just read.  I EAT CARROTS EVERYDAY!!


Having read this, that and the other, I’ve gotta believe that meat, dairy, refined sugar and oils are more of a threat to good health than fruits and vegetables and grains are.

And if arsenic in rice is such a cancer-causer, why are cancer rates lower in Japan and China where they eat rice much more than people do in the USA?

I think I need a break from all the advice that is meant to help me.  If I believed all of the contradictory and dire warnings, there would be no food or drink that would make the cut.  Seriously.  Every food I believe to be good for us has been bashed by somebody.


I think this guy:      G Chang   has some good advice:

August 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I think the arsenic-in-rice alarm raised by Consumer Reports exaggerates the danger, possibly causing readers to take actions that actually harm their health. If you quantify the harm, you’ll see that this is a minor issue compared to other dangers you face in your daily life. Take a look at my calculations at http://ataridogdaze.com/recipe/arsenic-rice.html

Significant Health and Safety Hazards Under Your Control
  • Have you stopped (or did you never start) smoking? CDC
  • Do you maintain a healthy weight? CDC
  • Do you drink alcohol moderately (or not at all)? “Moderately” means no more than two drinks per day for a man or one drink per day for a woman. CDC
  • Do you drive a car only while free of influence from alcohol, drugs, fatigue, and distracting electronic devices? Do you always obey traffic laws and wear your seat belt? NHTSA
  • Do you refrain from using illegal drugs, and from using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes? NIH
  • If your household has firearms, are they securely locked out of sight, and accessible only to responsible, emotionally stable adults? HSPH
  • Do you always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing or eating food, and after using the toilet or taking care of a sick person? CDC
  • Do you exercise at least 30 minutes every day? CDC
  • Do you eat at least five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day? HSPH
  • Do you consume no more than one or two sugary drinks per week? HSPH
  • Do you consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day if you are young and healthy, or no more than 1,500 mg per day otherwise? CDC



November Harvest

IMG_2934Late bloomers:  Carrots from the garden………….perfect addition to a smoothie and crunchy good all by themselves .  A lovely antidote to the cold and snow that is on the way tonight!

NaBloPoMo and Things Like That

I’d like to participate in some of these WordPress things like:  NaBloPoMo but I’m never quite sure how to link to stuff even when I read the directions.  I am directionally challenged.




A Good Planner Gone Too Far

And I am falling far behind…..

Mostly in my mind

In real time I am fine

Fit as a fiddle

Right as rain

And many other clichés

that I could name

Tackling imagined problems

-they do not exist-

still there is hardly an eventuality

my mind wants to miss

Analyze and scrutinize,

Stop.  Breathe more slowly,

close my eyes

can’t live in tomorrow

though I have tried

It will be what it will be

Let the future come to me