Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sushi Nori Sheet and You Tube….

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I made this roll of goodness!

I made this roll of goodness!

The potassium level in toasted sushi nori sheets was what first attracted me to the product, but what to do with them? Whenever I was making soup I seemed to have forgotten that I could throw a sheet or two in! And then I finally discovered with the use of You Tube, I would get an explanation on how to roll a nori sheet without a bamboo mat (that was another reason nothing was happening. I thought I absolutely needed a mat.)

Truth be told, I created two sushi rolls with rice, carrots and cucumbers. It was easier than I thought. I enjoyed eating both rolls! And next time I will plan to have some dipping sauce. Yum!

 

This Old Car Still Has It….

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I do love this old car!

                     I do love this old car!

What is “it” about when I see an old car and think it is really cool looking? It is not like I actually ever owned a car of this make or year to relate through a memory! That might possibly bring happiness to others as they see a particular old car, maybe similar to one he/she owned, but not me.

Old cars often sit in a lonesome spot. Have you noticed? Their colors, rusted body, broken windows, flat tires, and ancient look do tell a story, if I could only hear it. Since I cannot, I create the story. I imagine the life of the car when it had wheels that rolled through the countryside carrying a couple on their way to some special place. The car in a time where all was productive, fun, and carefree … there was action, the car was moving!

But even now as the old car sits alone, it still has “it” because I gave it a life story and reminiscing is good for my soul. In my mind, the car will always roll on…it still has it!

Snake!!!

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The usual interaction with a bicyclist coming toward me on the bike path is a wave of a hand, a quick “hello”, or nod of head, But today, loud and clear, it was a simple word, SNAKE!

I had seen a snake when I first rode through this area and I did not stop to take a photo. It was just beginning its slither across the bike path. A woman said something to me and I responded that the snake simply wanted to get to the other side. As she stood there with her dog, I figured the snake may do an about-turn. But it did keep moving forward as she walked her dog away.

On my return trip on the same path, I thought for sure the snake would have been across the path by now and I would not see it. As I got closer to the area, a bicyclist rode toward me and with a loud voice yelled

, SNAKE! Okay then, maybe I will be in luck, see a snake and not have any other person or dog around.

I see the snake just finishing its trip across the bike path and on its way to someplace in the sand. I stopped to grab my camera and the snake immediately stayed in its place. No movement, and never did move until I get back on my bicycle to ride off.

Cool!

Slithered across a bike path in AZ!

Snake slithered across a bike path in AZ!

 

My Dad on Father’s Day

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I am not a shopper. I usually need to ask someone where to buy a particular item. There are stores I have never set foot into, and I am okay with all of this. But lately I feel overwhelmed with “What to give dad for Father’s Day” ideas in the few places I frequent: coffeeshops, gas stations, restaurants.

I am not shopping for a card or gift this year for my Dad. He died last October. Why is it this year there are gift and card ideas always in my face when I do not need anything? I used to work hard in finding the right and best card for my Dad. I struggled figuring out what would be the best gift for him because I always believed he got what he wanted himself. Yet, I eventually did find card and gift and send it off in time for Father’s Day.

My Dad, on this date, while not physically present continues to be carried in my heart. I have written many a note to him in my mind, thanked him for the gifts he has given me all these years, and can only appreciate the fact he had been in my life for so many years!

Happy Father’s Day!

Read, Read, and Read!

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Reading is important for many reasons:

  1. You are one person who can interact in your life with any type of person you read about: poor, wealthy, happy, sad, successful or not, and get strength or insight as you move yourself forward in your own life when interacting with people or in the situation yourself. That’s why I love biographies!
  2. You can learn new facts … not that you’ll necessarily remember them, but you know you can return to the reading material when you need the facts again. That’s why I love reference books: encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks.
  3. You can be buoyed in spirit, or not, dependent on the happy, hilarious or sad reading material. That’s why I like comic books, cartoons, survivor stories, soapbox tales.
  4. You can be motivated to better your personal health. That’s why I like books about food, exercise programs, the science of good health…mental, physical and emotional.
  5. You can be challenged to achieve a goal you set for yourself. Would it be climbing a mountain, swimming or trekking across vast distances, playing on a team or meeting your own personal goal? I love books specifically about mountain climbers and you will find your area of adventurers, athletes, explorers or humanitarians accomplishing great things and be motivated by the individual too. That’s why I love autobiographies, travel and adventure books!
  6. You can love, or like, some reading material. You do not have to like any or all that I like or love. It does not matter, simply read what you wish and you will determine what you will want to read more of, and it no doubt will change as you age…I believe, as I continue to read.

I read this quote:

We read to know we’re not alone            – by William Nicholson, Shadowlands

Reading does allow us to think about what we read. All brain activity is important from young to old, and especially as we age. This quote allows me to realize I am simply one person on this earth while I read about so many different people, places and ideas! How terrific is that?

It is wonderful to read! Take time to read! Today…

A Memorable Hour …Kili or Bust!

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6:45AM, July 14, 2002. An hour of my life I will never forget.

I am on the side of Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking, with a goal to reach its summit by sunrise. The trail is all crushed stone. I am no geologist, but I tell myself it is shale from uplifting and colliding continents, or was it debris thrown from the volcano? Yes, that’s right… Mount Kilimanjaro is actually a stratovolcano with three distinct volcanic cones. Whatever, I tell myself, that is all just science. Right now, I am climbing the 19,341 foot African mountain! Who would have ever thought!

I am cold, somewhat confused, knowing only to put one step in front of another. I am meeting others on the team at the summit come sunrise. The summit: Uhuru Peak at sunrise. It almost becomes my new mantra. Uhuru Peak at sunrise. It joins my most often mantra of “climb the mountain”, used at times when not even climbing actual mountains.

The shale pieces on the trail are now warming up with the rising sun. As a result, each step forward, higher, and with great effort becomes a sliding back routine. The shale bits are not holding steadfast as during the night hours when literally frozen in place. Am I climbing up this mountain or moving backwards? I am hoping for more forward than back movement. I am tired and thinking I should be on top very soon.

I create a rhythm with my trekking poles. I dig into the shale bits and step higher and forward. I see I am moving forward because the sun has begun to rise. I am behind the rest of the team. It is no longer their headlamps that I see ahead of me, instead just their backs. Damn, they seem so far from me, yet we are all on the same mountain. I will get there when I get there. No time or place here to give up. Climb a mountain at your own pace; yes, I will.

It is now approximately 7:45AM and I arrive at Stellar Point. Many people think this is the high point, yet it is not… but this was the hour of the climb I will never forget. I continue to the peak…. an amazing moment when there!