Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blue Skies, Blue Waters

Heading south...

See you on the other side :)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Adam's JDRF Run for Type 1 Diabetes

My antique butter crock (right sidebar) once collected loose change
when my coin purse got too heavy.
Now it has a better purpose~~it's a coin collector for my son's
JDRF 48.6 mile charity run at Disney World, January 2014.
To read Adam's personal story about why he's on Team JDRF, click HERE.

Adam during his third Disney Marathon with his son, Landon, in 2011
Landon cried because he was frightened by the loud cheering for the runners.. 
Little things make a difference, Adam says.
While his Dopey Challenge sets a daunting goal
of collecting $2500 for diabetes research
 and generous souls have donated $830 (33% of the goal) so far,
he's up for doing small things to keep the percentage moving upward~~
 busing tables at a pizza buffet after work and running a can drive.
(In Iowa, it happens that
customers pay deposits on bottles and cans
when they purchase soft drinks, vitamin waters, and liquor.
 The deposits are refunded when they return the cans and bottles
to the grocery-store recycle centers.)

My butter crock now holds coins collected from recycled bottles and cans.

Here's how Adam's can drive works:
His work-and-family network of people ask their work-and-family networks
to donate bags of bottles and cans.
They then recycle the cans/bottles for cash refunds.

I'm surprised at how well my summer of collecting has added up.
Now that we're heading to Florida where can/bottle recycling doesn't happen,
I've turned in my coins to the Iowa neighborhood can-drive fund that's growing...
Little things DO make a difference!

In December, I'll give you an update on the can drive. :)


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Moving Heaven and Earth

They're busy out there.
Moving dirt.
 Across the street from our summer home, mighty Caterpillar jaws scoop
 great mounds of earth and trucks haul
 loads from a neighboring field.
 A shopping venue will emerge before the paralyzing winds of winter blow in.

Earth's lovely layer of black soil in Iowa.

We're busy in here.
 Moving dirt
 Clearing closets, steam-cleaning carpets, and vacuuming upholstery
 in preparation for the move south to our winter home.
The soil I used to grow flowers in our balcony boxes
now waits in the front seat of the car.
 I'll drive to a nearby field and toss it into the weeds.

Landon's coming today to watch the "diggers."
3-year-olds + dinosaur machines on the move...


Sunday, September 1, 2013


This isn't the first time I've been seduced by an attractive loaf of bread.

I can't walk past a good bakery counter without being tempted.
Bread is a big no-no on my doctor-prescribed low-carb diet
but, despite the warnings, look what came home with me! 
The crunchy textures and gorgeous crust of this Seeduction loaf
were irresistible and I surrendered.

Ingredients listed on the  Seeduction label: Organic whole wheat flour, water, millet, honey, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, molasses, sea salt, fresh yeast.
Originally, I came to the store to find seeds prescribed by Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Healthy Eating~~chia, hemp and flax. It seems they're rich in antioxidants, have high-fiber content, and are precursors to omega-3 fatty acids.

Here's what I selected:
Left: Chia, buckwheat & hemp cereal (2 tablespoons + 4-5 tablespoons milk = 1 serving). Top right: A shot of chia seeds, great on a serving of cereal, yogurt, or salad. Bottom right: Salad topping mix of sesame nuggets and seeds, bulgar wheat, turmeric, sunflower seeds and bacon bits. Tasty.
 With my seed mission accomplished,
I was side-tracked by the beautiful breads in the bakery.
Especially the loaves with seeds on top.
I picked up a loaf marked Seeduction.

The affair was brief.
Thick slices went down in a few heady days of indulgence.
With a little red wine.

 I'm back on the diet wagon again.
As they always say, today is a new day.