Apr 182015
 

good morning old bean!

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sunrise on beach

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welcome to

simple saturday.

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not everyone’s

cuppa tea maybe . . .

but

on saturdays . . . just going to be doing . . .

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 posts about my beloved

minimalism.

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a new series here on the peanut.

every saturday

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celebrating

the simplicity of a life

lived with less!

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less stress we hope . . .

less stuff . . .

less encumbrances of all kinds . . .

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just sharing with each other . . .

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the incredible lightness of being.

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the pictures  on these saturdays will be mostly from

a wonderful blog by courtney carver.

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her blog is called

‘ be more with less ‘

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she is one of the most beautiful and generous people

you’ll ever meet.

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i encourage you to meet her and check it out

if you haven’t already.

you can find it easily in my side bar.

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much practical information and wisdom there

about living a less encumbered life!

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you are enough

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weighed down

so so so many choices.

about every little thing.

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just shopping for food alone!

comsumer reports  . . .

between 1975 and 2008 the number of products

in the average supermarket …

the items offered for

our choice

swelled from an average of

8,948 items

to

74,000.

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there are 14 different kinds of cheerios alone.

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apparently the world needs more cheerios.

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the man quoted below has taken the words right out of my mouth.

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i wish i could have said them so brilliantly.

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” behind the morning “

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i find that very beautiful.

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i love fresh starts.

i always have.

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i feel that each morning is

my fresh start!

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behind the morning

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like the sunrise in the very first picture of this post . . .

shown here again . . .

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the ocean waves are new upon the pristine beach.

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washing it clean.

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so we can start over.

sunrise on beach

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it’s a fresh day.

a new start.

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it’s never too late to start

enjoying the

beauty

and the calm

and

the lightness of being

of

a life of simplicity and

wanting less.

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and living with

LESS.

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and being content.

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with the intangibles.

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life is so good!

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even without 14 kinds of cheerios!

LOLOLOLOL!!!!

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the best things

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til soon old bean!

til soon.

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i hope your weekend is

simply

wonder full!

Apr 152015
 

yes.

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but.

more.

the idea

of tea.

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as in

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the japanese tea ceremony.

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and the japanese tea house.

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silva place

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can you just feel the fine cool mist?

hear the birds of the forest?

breathe the clean air?

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listen to the quietness.

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nothing to distract.

nothing to call your attention away.

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simplicity at its most beautiful.

most restful.

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THIS.

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silva placepinterest.8zldM6x.jpg

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oh my yes.

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THIS.

this is where i go when i meditate each day.

THIS

is where i am in my mind.

to sit and breathe.

and be quiet.

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i walk there slowly and safely

through the great bamboo forest . . .

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bamboo walkcourtesy:artisansofleisure.com

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i breathe deeply.  and i

“go to level” . . .

which merely means i relax

and let my brain waves move into the

alpha state.

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when we’re consciously THINKING worrying fuming planning

we’re in the beta brain waves state.

and thinking more with our conscious mind.

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when we’re totally relaxed and receptive

we’re in the alpha brain waves state.

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the state where our subconscious mind is active.

and ever listening.

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and it’s what you’re in when you’re creating your art.

when you ‘get lost’ in something you love doing . . .

and time means nothing!

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the place where we can make affirmations about how we want to be.

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HERE.

silva place

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here

i have worked on my blood pressure. my cholesterol and my triglycerides.

even my cardio doctor couldn’t believe the new numbers.

he admitted the medicine couldn’t have worked

that fast!

to come down from 2,125 to 500 in 3 weeks time!

besides… i admitted to him i had only taken the medicine for a week.

.

NOW.

if YOU are on any medication…  for pete’s sake!  stay on it!

DO NOT do what i did. i have a weird little body that HATES meds.

i have every side effect in the book from them.

and my cardio doctor knows fully well how i am.

i usually obey him to the letter.

he has saved my life after all.  literally.

he’s the one who detected the thyroid problem

which turned out to be cancer.

and thyroids are not even his field!

 he’s a cardiologist!

but he’s a total physician.

a healer.

 and i trust him very much.

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i would NEVER advise or encourage anyone to stop taking their

doctor’s advice and care.

i still see my doctor. and i’ve struck a bargain with him.

even at 500 the triglycerides are still too high.

so i told him i’d take his pill … his HORRIBLE pill …

every three days. and he agreed.

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i see him again in june.

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in the meantime i’m going to work on the problem . . .

rather . . .

the condition . . .

in my alpha brain wave beautiful place above!

my quiet secret beautiful mind place.

and i am getting it down to 120.

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I AM!

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i also work on my weight there.

and i’m still losing! without even worrying about it!

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it’s the silva mind control method.

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and fear not.

  if you haven’t heard of it and you’re a christian . . .

and if you don’t believe in the subconscious or even meditation . . .

it’s not some weird cult thing that negates your faith

or

your prayer.

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i don’t do weird old bean.

i might BE a little weird. but i never DO weird!

LOLOL.

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this is merely a path.

and like so much that we do not understand . . .

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for this to work so well . . .

   and it does . . .

i believe that

the power of the universes …

yes universes not just this one which is ours !

and their

great

 CREATOR

is behind this ability given to us mortals

to bring forth

results.

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it is simply a matter of learning  the way our

MIND works!

and it’s putting it to use in a way that is most helpful to us.

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it was first introduced to me by doctor simonton and his wife.

both are board certified practicing oncologists.

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when bob was diagnosed with cancer  … and it had moved to his spine …

they said it would be helpful with the pain.

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they told us about this small humble man called

jose de silva.

he was from mexico.

and had finally written a book describing his

method for ‘helping’ the body to heal itself.

and

for general success in simply

living.

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and his discovery and use of his mind

in this simple way

was

amazing the medical communities at that time.

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it is so simple.

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and it can be used for things other than medical conditions.

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SO.

anyway.

bob and i became interested.

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many of you may already know about it too.

even though it’s origination was years ago.

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we both took jose de silva’s mind control course.

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and

it WAS helpful.

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i lost track of it for years.

stopped doing it.

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until lately.

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lately a dearest bean of mine . . .

cheerful monk

sent me the little book again…

after i had only mentioned it to her!

i had loaned my book about it away years ago to a friend.

so . . . lo and behold . . .  a new little paper back copy appeared

in my mail box.

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that’s the kind of friend she is!

thank you again my monk!

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her wonderful blog can be found in my sidebar of friends.

look for

‘ cheerful monk ‘

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she posts every day.

wonderful thought provoking and entertaining posts!

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i started re~reading the book immediately.

and it’s like i never left it!

i went to my level within minutes.

and now i go there at least two times a day.

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it’s almost like a form of prayer i’d say.

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it’s mind over matter.

remember the mountain that could be moved…

with the faith of a mustard seed?

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only you aren’t petitioning

as most prayer is …

my only prayers now are of

GRATITUDE!

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with this path . . .

you are picturing results.

and you get them.

because you send love to whomever it is you’re picturing the results for.

if it’s yourself.

or if it’s a loved one.

or if it’s the world in general.

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AND

the world needs all the love it can get old bean!

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the secret of it all is

you have to see the result you want as a

DONE DEAL. COMPLETED.

not… it might happen.  it could happen. i hope it happens.

but

it has happened.

.

IT IS.

.

yes.

some heavy stuff.

but then . . . . not really.

our mind is such a wonderful thing!

and like the scientists say. . .

we only use a tiny percentage of it!

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so . . .

i’m spending part of each day in this magical place.

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it’s so real to me . . .

i can hear it and smell it and feel it.

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silva place

that loving place.

that healing place.

where no negatives are allowed.

NONE.

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and i’m trying to become more aware.

aware of everything that makes up my wondrous life.

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that’s what the japanese tea ceremony is all about.

i know you know that old bean!

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i have always wanted to learn how to do that beautiful ceremony.

and someday i will.

i have read all about it. and it’s fascinating.

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it is

the art of being aware.

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the art of beautiful simplicity.

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the art of living.

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japanese teacourtesy:clearspring.co.uk.

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

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and . . .

special snoopy hugs for my rummy.

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who is

the master of meditation.

and one of the wisest men i know.

Apr 142015
 

good morning old bean!

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light spheres and stars

the day is silvery grey here.

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we have rain!

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blessed rain.

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things are greenin’ up here on the prairie.

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i was just enjoying my morning coffee… listening to the rain

and the birds.  they’re in heaven about it!

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they’re busy calling out to their neighbors…

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” hey JACK!  i see your roof leaks!  LOLOL! “

told ya not to use that silly straw. you should go with the TWIGS man!”

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i got up with them this morning.

the birds i mean.

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sometimes i awaken at 4 a.m.

like in the old days of when i worked.

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 so…

now it’s a almost 9 am and i feel like

LUNCH!

LOLOL!!!!

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sleeping with starscourtesy:theparisapartment.wordpress.com

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and . . . .

here she goes folks.  showing you another minimalist room!

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well. you know old bean.

i just can’t help myself.

i’m a happy minimalist.

what can i say?

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BUT!

it seems i’m no longer so alone.

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oh… we knew from the last few years that it’s almost become a

movement.

thanks to those adorable boys called

‘ the minimalists ‘

remember when i met them on their tour?

what a highlight that was for me!

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they’re going to have a full fledged film about

the simple life of minimalism soon!

can’t wait to see it.

the trailer looks wonderful!

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YUP.

it’s catching on more and more.

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though as you peanut readers know too . . .

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i’ve been one since way before they gave it a label.

and there are many others like me i know.

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BUT . . .

all those years . . .

i never fit in. i always felt odd.

because . . . . the truth is . . .

most people in my age group are the

‘ collectors ‘

the

‘ thrifters ‘

the

‘ shoppers ‘

the

‘ keepers ‘

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they’re passionate about it!

and that’swonderful for them!

and oddly enough i always love seeing their homes with everything

because i appreciate beauty… always!

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it’s just that i could never figure out where

i fit in!

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people look at you like you’re a little strange.

LOLOL.

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what? you don’t want to go shopping?

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” no thanks. i’m not into stuff.”

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seriously. in some circles it’s practically sacrilege.

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minimalism is odd to them.

BUT!

 it’s interesting to me how it seems to be gaining in momentum now.

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i just read an article this morning from the washington post.

by way of one of my favorite bloggers . . .

leslie

in

‘ a simple life afloat ‘

you can find her on my sidebar list of friends

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the article says there are 90 million millennials now . . .

.

and they

ARE SIMPLY NOT INTERESTED

in their parents’ lifestyle of

ever more

STUFF!

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they want simple. and uncluttered.

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they grew up living in a technical age and they don’t relate

to tons of knick nacks and treasures and garages full and sheds full

and attics full and storage rentals full

of

STUFF!

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it said they’re gravitating more to the cities.

they value experiences

with their friends

more than they do accumulations.

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an interesting observation.

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maybe the american dream is changing.

it used to be owning your own home in the suburbs!

and the great cities grew empty.

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interesting how sociology is an ever flowing river.

changing its course.

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they don’t want heavy debt. or things.

they are more oriented to their peers and mutual interests.

or so the article said.

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it will be fascinating to watch.

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maybe the land fills will grow smaller!

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all i know is . . .

it’s a wonderful way to live!

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well.

heck YEAH!

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if i had THAT VIEW!!!

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sleeping with the ocean

but seriously.

it’s just simple.

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unencumbered.

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and when you die…

there will be no problem for anyone …

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no one will have to come and sift through all your

STUFF!

and agonize over what to do with it all.

because

they’ve got their OWN STUFF! LOLOL.

or . . .

they can try to sell it or store it or fight over it or

.

LOLOL !!!

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” WHAT??? YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT NOBODY WANTS

THAT STERLING SILVER TRAY I FOUND AT THAT LITTLE SHOP

WHEN WE WENT TO BOSNIA???? “

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well.

ahem.

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that’s enough minimal chatter for one day.

:D

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just call me preacher tam!

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oh go on. you know you want to!

LOLOL.

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it won’t hurt my feelings.

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i’m stuck with myself.

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i’m getting used to me by now.

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i hope you are too.

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cause

i love you old bean!

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just pullin’ your strings here!

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is that a saying? i have to watch those. i usually get them wrong.

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

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this post is dedicated to someone i adore.

who is balancing between

the simple life and lots of stuff.

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    and for a talented artist . . .

that’s hard!

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Apr 112015
 

meet katie.

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isn’t she beautiful?

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she just looks like a real lady to me.

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katie the giraffecourtesy:the dallas zoo

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NOW!

meet katie’s new baby!

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well . . .

this below is its brother jamie . . . when he was little!

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i just had to show you this picture because it’s so adorable.

i LOVE giraffes!!!

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katie and Jamie

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they say katie is a wonderful mom.

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she had jamie a few years ago.

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 .mother and baby

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BUT!

katie DID HAVE a new little baby yesterday at the dallas zoo!

AND

it looks just like that little guy above.

they won’t know the gender of her new one for about 3 days.

then they will do its first wellness check up.

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below are pictures of the new little one.

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who dropped from its mother’s womb

SIX FEET!

onto the ground!

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and i watched it being born old bean!

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my friend celia called . . . she knows i don’t watch tv in the daytime.

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” QUICK! turn it to animal planet! channel 59! “

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i did.

it was live from the dallas zoo.

katie . . . a reticulated giraffe was about to give birth.

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only we didn’t need to be so quick!

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katie was in labor for well over 50 minutes.

after a gestation period of 15 months.

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first we saw two long legs emerge.

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she walked around like that it seemed forever . . .

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then . . . suddenly a little head hanging down by the legs . . .

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i was so worried about her!

even longer time passed.

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she seemed very calm but in some stress.

at one point she tried to lie down.

then she got back up.

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they are going to show the live birth again tonight

on the animal planet channel.

9pm eastern time/8 central time.

if any of you are interested.

or maybe . . . like me . . .

you were honored enough to see it live!

yesterday right when it was happening . . .

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 finally the manager of new life at the zoo began to explain it all.

he was wonderful.

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they would not intervene unless there was a problem.

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and so far . . .

 all was going well!

many vets were standing by. as well as the keepers of katie.

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it was all very natural.

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in the wild . . . births are quicker.

because there are predators waiting to snatch the little baby.

leopards. lions. hyenas.

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the six foot drop is apparently no problem.

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i was glad that katie had a safe environment to have her baby.

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at first . . . right after the birth . . .

she just stood there . . .

exhausted.

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and yet they called her stance over the baby

a protective one.

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she was exhausted but guarding it at the same time.

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exhausted

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mother nor baby moved at all for many many minutes.

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but the zoo people said all was well. and even normal.

they want to keep the situation as close to nature as possible.

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finally katie began to stir again and put her great head down

for the first time to smell and nuzzle the little one.

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it laid there with its big black eyes just blinking.

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then . . .

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she began cleaning it up. just like dogs do their puppies.

and cats their kittens.

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it soon looked pretty darned spiffy!

.

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cleaning timecourtesy:abcnews.go.com

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it seemed content to just lie there and let her wash it all over..

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look at all those little long folded up legs!!!

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” now if i can just get the hang of what i’m supposed to DO with all of’em! “

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this morning we’re looking very well thank you!

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katie and brand new baby. only a few hours old.

this morning babycourtesy:wfw.8abc.com

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mother and baby are doing fine.

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yesterday . . .

katie’s baby stood up after about 30 minutes of trying!

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and we all cheered when those spindly little legs wobbled and stood!!!

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soon it will be looking forward to

photo ops like this one!!!

” MOVE OVER KARDASHIANS! YOU ONLY think YOU’RE CUTE! “

LOLOLOL!!!!

hello babycourtesy:abc7chicago.com

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thinking life might be a wonderful place to land on!

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katie and jamie smallcourtesy:thedallaszoo

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a mother’s kiss

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katie and jamie

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listening yesterday . . .

and also listening to what the marine has to say about our own zoo . . .

he’s a volunteer worker there . . .

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i have changed my mind about zoos.

at least in this country.

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i used to hate them.

but that was in the era of tiny cages

and more like incarceration than anything else.

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NOW

they are wonderful facilities with large natural habitat areas

for the animals’ welfare rather than the human gawkers!

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they are protected.

and they thrive.

for the most part anyway.

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and perhaps . . .

we just need to thank god for them.

because . . .

if mankind keeps going like we are . . .

breeding like rabbits . . . and swarming like ants everywhere . . .

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all the magnificent animals in the wilds don’t stand a chance.

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the only place we will be able to visit them will be

IN A ZOO.

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the reticulated giraffe’s numbers are dwindling.

poachers. lack of habitat . . . man’s curse upon this planet. himself.

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but yesterday i learned something.

no giraffe in the uited states zoos now has come from the wild.

they have ALL been born in a zoo.

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and yet they retain their natural instincts and are allowed to do so.

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we have turned our zoos into zoology . . .

instead of just a side show of captives.

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it’s sad in a way and yet it’s heartening too.

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all part of living on this shrinking planet in the

21st century.

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hope you enjoyed hearing about

the little miracle

today!

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i know it made me feel good!

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

Apr 092015
 

simple island living

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when my dearest bean … poppy … asked me recently

to do a post on a typical day of what i eat . . .

i was only too happy to comply.

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all this is still new to me! and happily exciting.

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this new way of eating.

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no sugar.

no grains. especially no GMO grains.

you know…

genetically modified organisms

that the huge agri~business is doing to our food.

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i gave it some thought.

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i didn’t want to just make a boring old bullet list.

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that’s no fun for anybody!

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so here is the post.

and it will probably be too long.

and i may lose all of you except poppy!

LOLOL.

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but that’s okay.

.

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first.

is how this lifestyle of eating makes me

 FEEL.

because to me

that is the most important thing.

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i actually live in the middle of the u.s.a.

the central plains.

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REALLY?

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NOPE!

thanks to my new

lifestyle

i don’t.

 not anymore.

.

HERE

is where i really live.

i do old bean!

in my mind.

.

because this is how i live.

maybe not the same view….

but the same simplicity comfort and light.

fresh air.

.

and my eating reflects that precisely.

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at least to me it does . . .

.

that’s why i call it my

island life.

.

island style

AND

.

i live

here

in

an exquisite

lightness of being!

.

in elegant bare footed simplicity . . .

.

in the foods i eat

and the way they’re prepared.

.

simple vista

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truthfully

it is probably easier for one person.

.

i doubt if a family might put up with my way.

.

still.

there might be ways to get them on board.

.

perhaps it has been easy for me to

fall into this new lifestyle

simply because i’ve never been fond of cooking.

at least . . .

not since i’ve only been cooking for ONE.

when my bob was alive of course i cooked and baked for us always.

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 but now . . .

i’ll tell you how i eat.

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it’s no big deal.

.

WELL !!!!

i almost forgot!

it IS a pretty big deal old bean!

for me anyway!

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yesterday i had the followup with my cardio doc.

the last time i saw him was a month ago.

my triglyceride count was an astounding 2,125.

my cholesterol was so high it couldn’t be separated as to good and bad.

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as of

TODAY

i’ve been on this eating plan for 4 1/2 weeks.

.

AND

he couldn’t believe it! the cardio doctor!

my lab work from the day before my appointment said

triglycerides are now 500.

cholesterol 212.

and best of all

my blood pressure was 140/80 !!!

and i had lost 5 more pounds.

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that’s a total of 15 pounds in one month!

and i feel great. i have energy.

.

WOW !!!!!

am i a happy camper or what!

LOLOL.

YES.

so is he.

he was very pleased.

.

so.

on to the nitty gritty of the life style . . .

.

i start each morning with this

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a lovely fragrant cup of black coffee.

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cup of coffee

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if i didn’t like it black i would use almond milk. not soy.

soy is one of the GMO plants they’ve messed with.

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then breakfast is usually now . . .

any one of these . . .

.

simple fruit salad

sometimes all of them together in a fruit compote like this one . . .

OR

sometimes just one or two of the fruits alone.

OR

 i suppose you could do a smoothie.

i’ve done that…

and added fresh spinach to make a green smoothie.

and they’re surprisingly delicious.

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usually though i just prefer eating the simple fruit.

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i also eat the little halo oranges.

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and along with the fruit . . .

a small handful of these . . .

smoked low sodium almonds

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almonds

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i suppose they should be raw. but i don’t like them raw.

their smokey crunchiness gives body to my breakfast.

and a wonderful flavor.

.

last week every single morning i enjoyed

spears of fresh icy cold

watermelon!

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watermelon

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isn’t that gorgeous!

.

and i also enjoy cantaloupes.

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one reason i’m posting pictures of the food i eat . . .

rather than just dry bones old words . . . is . . .

there’s an odd thing with this new way of eating.

both celia (she’s on it too. my friend in okc) . . . and i have noticed it . . .

.

food simply

TASTES BETTER!

.

perhaps it’s because we’re not ingesting any additives and chemicals

and whatever else they put in wheat and grains and processed foods.

.

dr davis explains it in the book.

some of it still sounds too good to be true.

but it’s not!

it is true!

.

 and another odd thing…

sometimes… make that USUALLY…

that little fresh light breakfast holds me until

almost 1pm in the afternoon!

.

amazing!!!!

.

i can’t explain it. but it does!

i find i fill up faster on this plan. and i don’t get hungry!

.

i had already cut WAY back on all bread and pasta for a week or more.

then when i saw his lecture . . . dr william davis . . .

on PBS

i just went COLD TURKEY on the plan.

no sugar and no grains.

no white potatoes or corn or soy.

.

i had NO withdrawal symptoms at all.

he explains that a small percentage of people do if they’re heavy into

the grains life.

but it only lasts a day or two at the most.

and then

you just start feeling

BETTER and BETTER and BETTER!!!!

i know i sure did.

as a matter of fact i couldn’t let myself believe it.

.

on the weekends i have an omelet.

a special little ritual.

and a lovely

SPECIAL

breakfast!

.

here are my favorites.

i make a pretty mean omelet!

.

tomato goat cheese and avocado

.

 tomato goat cheese and avocado

.

spinach and mushroom. YUM!

.

spinache and mushroom

.

or . . .

get your TEX MEX on!

with salsa.

watch the labels if you buy your salsa.

they’re full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup. a NO NO!

.

easy to make your own salsa. recipes are everywhere on the web.

and dr davis has them in his cookbooks too!

.

with salsa

.

for those who eat meat . . .

you’re used to making your own omelets i’m sure!

as long as you use meat without the nitrates in it …

i’d say you’d be just fine.

.

and they’re filling and wonderful.

you’ll be AMAZED how you don’t even need that toast or bagel!

or biscuit.

.

i don’t even miss the bread anymore.

and that amazed me.

bread and breakfast have always just GONE TOGETHER! LOL.

.

which brings me to the really ODD thing about this plan.

.

when you TOTALLY cut out sugar…

and carbs that turn into sugar in your body…

like my beloved white potatoes …

.

your

CRAVINGS END!

they DO old bean!

it’s a weird little miracle.

.

and definitely a nice little side benefit.

.

i find i don’t want a lot of different dishes to make up a meal.

i’m content to eat just a main dish plus maybe one accompaniment.

.

i feel full easily now.  at every meal!

.

now for lunches . . .

.

i keep deviled eggs made up . . .

simply because i like them.

.

and now . . . they are allowed.

eggs i mean.

they now know that they’re not harmful the way they used to think

for heart problems.

.

I LOVE DEVILED EGGS!!!

.

deviled eggs

.

and depending on my mood . . .

i usually have some type of salad . . .

lots of simple mixed greens salads with various vegetables in them.

.

also

 i make my OWN dressings.

bottled dressings are filled with

additives

and sugar

and modified food starch… which is WHEAT!

.

with whatever salad i also have assorted nuts again.

.

cashews. walnuts. dry roasted peanuts. pistachios.

.

i love this particular cole slaw

.

apple cranberry slaw

.

or cole slaw with green onions.

yummy for spring!

.

cole slaw with green onions

with this one i would have little grape tomatoes cut in half . . .

and even some slices of the magic fruit . . .

.

avacado with seed

.

speaking of avocado . . .

one of my favorite dishes to eat with smoked almonds on the side

is

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.

i recently found

namaste products.

.

if you must have something crunchy with your quacamole . . .

there are now crackers and certain chips made without grains or GMO items.

i just eat a few smoked almonds with mine.

it’s a complementary flavor i find.

.

you usually will have to find any chips or crackers in a health food store.

.

corn tortillas and corn chips are definitely GMO. a NO NO.

.

celia found some that are made from flax seed and says they are

” DELICIOUS!!! “

she eats them with hummus.

.

i’m also going to make my own pizza soon.

i found a non GMO ready made crust at the health food store.

i’m going to use that and add all my own toppings!

YUM.

i’m one of those people who could have lived on pizza alone!

so can’t wait to try that dish.

.

on days i want something a little heavier for lunch or dinner

.

I LOVE SOUPS!

.

and i eat a lot of beans. all kinds.

.

navy beans

navy like these above . . .

pinto beans . . .

black beans

lima or old fashioned butter beans . . .

.

.

sometimes

i like to mix them up with other legumes . . .

like blackeyed peas and navy beans together.

sometimes i add diced tomatoes to this

and italian herbs and of course olive oil.

YUM!

.

navy bean soup

.

i was a dyed in the wool

PASTA LOVER.

.

but you can have pasta in this lifestyle!

.

i haven’t tried it yet . . .  but he has recipes in his books

for an asian noodle . . . or you can do it with squash.

in one of his recipes his children couldn’t even tell the difference!

they’re always the toughest judges!

LOLOLOL

.

i love just a plain old delicious vegetable soup

with everything in it except white potatoes and corn!

but there are plenty of other veggies to choose from!

.

vegetarian vegetable soup

.

and when i’m especially missing my wonderful mashed potatoes

or a lovely baked potato . . . i eat a steamed sweet potato mashed  . . .

or

i have

‘ mashed cauliflower! ‘

.

i kid you not.

it’s delicious!!!!

and itdoesn’t make you drop into a coma after eating it!

white potatoes turn to pure sugar in the body.

.

butter. sour cream. salt and pepper.

.

delicious!

this is a picture of the faux mashed potatoes below.

.

i had no idea the lowly little cauliflower was so versatile!

mashed

.

i also use cauliflower to make an excellent

potato salad!

i love a good ‘southern style ‘ potato salad. ‘

.

just steam and lightly mash… leave SOME chunks … of the cauliflower.

.

then add your mayo mustard celery onions olives boiled eggs …

or pickle relish… whatever you like to add to it…

chill well and let the flavors blend and enhance each other…

.

OH MY!

i mean it’s amazing how it tastes like the real thing!

.

i have always enjoyed

one dish meals.

.

lasagna used to be my favorite.

.

but now i like this …

.

 an eggplant casserole

.

i’ve only made it once.

but i liked it.

.

it’s a heavier dish.  good for fall and winter.

.

i like to eat lighter in the spring and summer.

.

eggplant bake

.

and now . . .

for

desserts and snacks!!!

.

NUTS!

never tire of them.

.

all kinds.

they’re my protein.  and they are filling for just a small amount.

.

walnuts are especially good for my blood pressure!

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.

I LOVE

a banana cut up in slices . . . on a little white plate or in a bowl

with a small dollop of mayonnaise!

bananas

.

yes!

delicious!

you just dip the banana in the mayo and pop it into your mouth.

.

talk about an island living treat!!!

.

dr davis recommends a piece of very dark chocolate each day.

.

i like to eat mine with a little spoonful of crunchy peanut butter.

.

both in your mouth at the same time is like eating a piece of candy!

.

so simple. and healthy.

.

since i live alone . . .

i can eat my peanut butter right out of the jar!

LOLOL!

.

see? there ARE benefits!

.

truth of it is …

i don’t even miss all the baked goods or bread.

.

i AM going to get some almond flour and coconut flour though

and make me some

pancakes.

and i will eat mine with a little bit of

REAL maple syrup.

not the kind that is high fructose corn syrup with maple flavoring.

.

and i love unsweetened apple sauce.

slightly warmed with a little bit of butter and cinnamon.

.

dr davis has the recipe in his books. as well as cake cookie pie and brownie

ALL kinds of wonderful things!

they look fabulous. and the only thing missing is the GMO flour.

you substitute healthy flours instead.

.

he was trained as a professional chef too.

and all of his recipes are family approved!

.

his first rule is it must taste delicious!

or no matter how healthy food is… people WON’T eat it!

.

i’ll do more baking this winter.

.

i have no desire to do it this time of year.

.

the internet is a wonderful source.

there are websites following the

wheat belly diet.

.

just beware of all the processed and packaged so called

‘ gluten free ‘ products out there.

they sometimes have lots of various weird additives.

.

i already mentioned

namaste products

you can just type that in for their website

they have some wonderful products i’m anxious to try!

.

as to beverages . . .

.

sometimes i share a beer with the marine when we go

to our favorite restaurant.

.

bud lite

 of all things … is the only one made without wheat!

.

i seldom drink one though.

.

i just love my water with lemon.

.

and at home

each day

i have about 6 ounces each of these two juices

.

small juice

.

the best one i’ve found is

.

simply orange with mango

.

no sugar. no additives. no artificial anything.

no concentrate.

just simple pure juice.

.

and i

LOVE THIS JUICE

.

i use it a lot in my soups too.

gives a kick and a wonderful flavor!

.

spicy hot

.

my cardio doctor wants me to start eating fish.

and even shrimp he says for the omega 3 benefits for my heart.

.

i already take a krill oil supplement.

.

when we go out to eat …

i have sometimes been ordering fish.

wild salmon or tilapia.

i don’t care for fish very much.

it has to be very mild and non fishy for me to eat it.

.

nothing fried.  only grilled.

.

many restaurants are serving sweet potato fries now.

they’re a good choice!

.

and don’t laugh…

i carry my own salad dressing in my purse in a little bottle!

and i carry a little bottle of lemon pepper for my salads!

YUM!!!

LOLOL

.

i’d say if you eat any of your favorite burgers…

just go ahead and order them…

only tell them

NO BUN!

.

actually it’s kind of fun to see how to maneuver in the

eating out world doing this.

it’s not as hard as i thought it would be.

luckily i like salads. and they always usually have a good one.

.

after i lose all the weight i want to …

i’ll occasionally eat a baked potato again of course

when i want to.

just not as much as i used to!

.

i hope this answered your questions okay poppy!

of course

as soon as i hit the publish button i’ll think of something i forgot!

.

and for all those new here and

don’t know what the heck i’m talking about!

.

i’m following the

wheat belly diet lifestyle.

.

it’s by a practicing cardiologist and professional chef

doctor william davis.

.

here are his books.

his original was written in 2011.

then he did more research and wrote

his latest

wheat belly total health.

.

he also has two cookbooks.

one with 200 recipes… the other with 150.

.

total health

.

cookbook

.

30 minute wheat belly

.

til soon old bean.

til soon!

.

here’s to good health for us all!

Apr 082015
 

marcel proust

french

author

essayist

wit

dabbler in neuroscience

.

asker of pertinent questions.

.

as still as pertinent as when he first asked them

a hundred years ago.

.

mainly…

just fun.  and a way to know ourselves and others.

.

this post was suggested by my friend rummy in india.

.

you think you know yourself?

or others?

.

feel free to answer some yourself!

these are mine old bean!

.

marcel proust

1871 ~ 1922

proust

.

your favorite virtues: compassion and simplicity

your favorite quality in a man: ability to communicate and a sense of humor

your favorite quality in a woman: honesty and humor and warmth

your chief characteristic: lover of life and optimistic

what you appreciate most in your friends: their understanding and patience

your main fault: talkativeness. on paper and in person.

your favorite occupation: just being. and quiet solitary pursuits. reading.

your idea of happiness: a cold black nose and a wagging tail. and reading on a rainy day.

your idea of misery: being confined in a small or even large airless place with no windows.

if not yourself who would you be: merle streep

where would you like to live: england

your favorite color and flower: white and beige and vibrant tropical colors. tulips.

your favorite prose authors: rosamund pilcher. hemingway. anais nin. gladys taber.

your favorite poets: basho. rumi. mary oliver. ee cummings. billy collins. poppy.

your favorite heros in fiction: jesse stone. gus in lonesome dove.  atticus in to kill a mockingbird.

your favorite heroines in fiction: agatha raisin in all the mysteries by m.c. beaton

your favorite painters and composers: renoir. chagall. o’keeffe. cindi.  … puccini. cole porter.

your favorite heroes in real life: my marine.  my husband.  jacques cousteau. the dalai lama.

your favorite heroines in real life: my mother. my gram. helen keller. audrey hepburn. vicki.

what characters in history do you most dislike: the shooters of lincoln and jfk and john lennon

your favorite heroines in world history: eleanor roosevelt. queen mum. madam curie. mother teresa

GOOD GRIEF!!! HOW LONG IS THIS THING!!!!!  LOLOL!!! :D

your favorite food and drink: crunchy peanut butter and strawberries. water with ice and lemon

your favorite names: kate. sarah. (ellen …  my middle name) and michael. david. sam. jacob. blake.

what you hate the most: the MEGA greedy and powerful corporations that have taken over the world

world history character you hate the most: hitler . all small minded and power hungry politicians.

military event you admire the most: the spirit of the english people during the london blitz

the reform you admire most:  women’s right to vote. and the birth control movement.

the natural talent you’d like to be gifted with: to be a sultry voiced jazz singer… julie london style

how you wish to die: quickly. painlessly. quietly. and as a very wise old lady.

what is your present state of mind: bliss

for what fault have you the most toleration: when someone is inept but still doing their best

your favorite motto: live and let live and try to do no harm.

WHEW!  

but it does make you think. and it is rather fun. but…. never again probably! LOLOL.

.

hello? hello old bean?

are you still here?

LOL!

.

til soon old bean!

til soon.

.

and don’t feel you have to comment on this post…

it was just a bit of fun.  you should try it!

i would visit and read all of yours!

thanks rummy.

.

and poppy . . .

the next one on food! ♥

Apr 062015
 

one of my heroes.

.

father of simplicity here in our country.

and the art of

contentment.

.

his friend of another lover of simplicity . . . was

ralph waldo emerson.

.

together they gave a new vision to the world.

in their time . . .

they helped try to change the ever grasping world of

MORE.

.

thoreau words

.

i’m trying to remember the stresses and the

sense of

NEVER ENOUGH TIME

when i was working.

.

you might say . . .

easy for me now to find joy . . .

in all the little things i do . . .

.

but actually . . .

truth to tell

i always did find joy in all the little things.

.

maybe it started as a child.

who knows?

.

but i do know that TIME is what i always valued the most.

my whole life!

.

money is necessary.  good for the necessities.

food.

a roof.

enough clothes to keep from alarming the masses!

LOLOL.

.

but

TIME.

time is the true gold.

and now

i’m very rich indeed!

.

so . . .

what are some things that bring my own quiet sense of joy?

well . . .

.

dogs.

.

of course.

always.

you knew that.

.

and a dog . . .

they know how to  live for today.

their needs are simple.

.

they wag when they’re hurt and abandoned.

they give us another chance to love them.

.

they know far more than we’ll ever realize.

.

oh yes.

they always have my heart.

.

those i know.

those i don’t know.

those i loved and lost.

.

but then . . .

i love ALL animals.

.

even alligators.

.

i can’t stand to accidentally see the ad for that

STUPID show

where some fat guys in a swamp

DELIGHT

in killing them with their guns.

.

that’s entertainment???

NOT!

.

.

ANIMALS.

all the magnificent animals

both domestic farm and wild.

.

i’m what you might call

PASSIONATE

ABOUT THEM.

and their welfare.

.

from whales and elephants

and cows and horses  . . .

to tiny bats in caves.

all of them.

.

always

remember…

animals…

.

they have no choice.

they have no voice.

.

WE

are their voice.

.

.

.

yes.

just thinking about dogs makes me happy!

dogs.

they teach us just by being.

 take a look of this pure joy below . . .

.

one of christer’s dogs in the north of sweden . . .

.

never too old to enjoy the taste of a

good stick!

LOL

a big stickcourtesy:thecottageonthecranelakethree.wp.com . . . christer

.

AND

.

returning spring . . .

.

it has always come.

sometimes late where you might live . . .

sometimes violent here where i live . . .

sometimes glorious . . . always!

.

AND

the birth of a sense of

freshness!

a new beginning!

.

a quiet sense of joy.

.

AND

trees.

ALL TREES

i love trees.

.

they are simply

sacred beings to me.

.

when i was a child i would hug and kiss them.

.

i don’t mind admitting that here.

.

it’s part of who i am.

.

and even now . . . i still talk to them.

they are my friends.

.

green againchrister

.

and new lifechrister

.

and the light returns to our world

.

yellow glorychrister

.

AND

.

RAIN!

always welcome in my own parched land . . .

.

to awaken to rain!

sweet rain!

.

and

it’s so nice when it comes

DOWN

instead of

      you know . . . .

sideways! in the oklahoma wind!

LOLOL

.

city raincourtesy:fineartamerica.com … artist tate Hamilton

.

rain in the city.

.

the swishing sound of the cars

.

lights reflected in the pavement . . .

.

or rain sparkling in a silent pine forest

.

i just never fail to delight in those things

.

.

AND

here’s a favorite of mine enjoying a raindrop . . .

.

little lady bug

.

i love lady bugs!

.

lady bug and raindropwallpedas.com

.

such a wonderful little creature.

a natural gardener!

.

what’s not to love when looking at her?

doesn’t she look like a tiny volkswagon?

LOLOL.

the original love bug!

.

.

my heart seems filled with love lately.

maybe it’s simply because

I FINALLY

feel good again!!!

i do!

it’s this wonderful eating plan.

it’s working for me.

the wheat belly diet.

or rather … lifestyle.

.

whatever works for you old bean!

and this one is working for me.

.

it does make a difference old bean to feel good.

instead of in pain and tired and miserable!

it’s easier to find that sense of joy when well i’m sure!

;)

.

AND

lately . . .

i find i want to try hard and love all the world.

i want to try to understand the bad.

the ones who don’t seem to value any life…

even their own.

i want to send peace to even them.

.

i want to try.

i haven’t wanted to try before.

i have felt hard towards them.

i just wanted them

GONE.

.

but who knows?

one drop added to many drops

can make an ocean.

maybe it’s worth it.

.

my drop of love . . .

added to your drop of love . . .

and yours and yours and yours . . .

and we send it to them

in our minds . . .

.

if we all

think

feel

love

want

.

PEACE

.

more than anything else . . .

.

who knows?

the world could change!

.

i know.

i sound like a hippy.

.

but

.

maybe

.

it could.

.

mark twain and violet

.

as president jack kennedy answered once when asked

“what are you?”

.

his answer was . . .

.

” i’m an idealist.  with no illusions.”

i’m with you john.

.

but we must never give up trying.

.

AND

.

for you old bean . . .

i wish for you a life of your own simple joys!

.

yours are different from mine probably . . .

but oh . . .

how they make this life worth living.

and isn’t it fun

just thinking about them!

.

.

til soon old bean.

til soon!

.

YOU

are another one of my simple joys.

every one of you.

.

Apr 022015
 

IT’S SPRING !!!

.

purple tulips

.

for most of the northern hemisphere anyway.

.

well.

unless you count the continuing snow in some places!

.

so . . .

it’s time to take a look at my favorite little guys.

.

DUCKS!

.

i just love ducks.  always have.

i love their whank whank quack quack

i love their faces

i love the way they float

and then turn bottoms up to grab some dinner!

i love the way they waddle walk on shore . . .

.

i just love ducks.

.

baby paddlingimg.wallpaper.com

.

mama and babies

.

.

.

.

WHO IS THIS drill instructor. anyway???

i didn’t sign up for this!!!!

.

hut one two threereddit.com

.

.

any water will do . . .

.

any water will dopratouxerlond.blogspot.com

.

.

exquisite little face

.

exquisite little facepixshark.com

.

.

there’s always ONE.

” C’MON  GEORGE !!!

get with the program.

we don’t wanna be here ALL day for this silly picture! “

.

always one

.

.

hero worship!

.

mom and little oneanimals.ekstrax.com

.

.

oh . . .

sweet little beings . . .

thank you for being on this earth.

and in this water.

.

and for teaching us how to

just

shake it off!

just like a duck!

.

to swim on.

with courage.

and happiness.

.

whether we find ourselves in a pond or a teacup.

.

we love you for being part of our experience here.

.

.

til soon old bean.

til soon!

.

have a WONDER FULL weekend!

Mar 302015
 

WHAT?

WHO IS THAT?

.

spy

who is this man below?

.

and why should he matter to you?

.

george nighcirca: 1983

.

well.

LOLOLOL!!!

.

because.

he and i had a slight run in

in two different ways one evening.

in another lifetime!

.

i remember it now… because i was watching a tv program

just the other night.

.

and it brought it all back to me.

.

in my autobiographical post

‘ just me. the old old old me. ‘

you may remember the 5 years i worked at

the lincoln plaza hotel and convention center.

.

hotel

.

here it is below in color . . . later . . . when it was owned by wyndham.

.

color hotel

.

i was lucky enough to work there while it was still in its heyday.

.

i ended up being the assistant catering manager . . .

living on property and manager on duty for night functions.

.

it covered 24 square acres.

tennis courts. olympic pool. exercise rooms. landing pad.

.

LOL… now THERE’S a story involving the landing pad!!!

but . . .  for another time.

.

317 guest rooms and multiple suites in the hotel

.

a 500 seat dinner theatre with a rotating stage for live performances.

a 14,000 square foot ballroom

and 17 meeting rooms.

2 restaurants.   and one night club.

.

it also had attached a huge office complex connected by a skywalk.

.

it was truly state of the art for its day.

sadly it’s all gone now.  what a loss.

.

on the night of this story we had only one event.

.

1200 people were in the gold crown room . . .

listening to a speech given by the governor.

.

all the carpeted halls were empty and quiet.

.

except for the grand hall outside the ballroom.

.

i had been watching the man for some time.

.

he had on a trench coat.

.

he was LURKING.

.

you probably already know where this is going.

LOLOL.

i swear i didn’t.

.

 our chief of security was a gorgeous man named bruce.

he also happened to be a fire fighter as his main profession.

they work on 24 off 24

so he worked also for the lincoln plaza as our chief of security.

.

six feet four inches.

calm. assured. strong. totally capable.

.

i had watched this suspicious character long enough.

.

i walked into my office and called bruce.

.

“bruce! would you come to the grand ballroom please?

there’s a weird guy here.  i’ve been watching him. i think he’s up to something.”

.

” i’m on my way. stay in your office. “

.

and . . .

.

yup.

.

i’m sure they’re both still laughing over it now years later

whenever they’re having their respective beer or cup of coffee

with their cronies . . .

.

the night i turned in the governor’s body guard to security!

.

i’d like to say it ended there.

.

but truth is . . .

.

i used to be a FAST walker. even in high heels.

.

our uniform was a navy blazer navy skirt white shirt and heels.

.

we looked a little like flight attendants used to.

.

see what i mean . . . this is the catering crew.

.

the crewtammy .  rita  .  gloria  .  pat  .  katie

.

i was sailing down the hall toward the great doors of the gold crown room

to take a message to someone on the dais.

can you believe it?  LOLOL. before cell phones.

we actually had to do that kind of thing!

.

i was looking down or elsewhere i guess . . .

and guess what?

the governor walked as fast as i did.

.

we MET.

i think they call it a belly butt nowadays.

.

i nearly knocked him over.

or did he knock me over?

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all i remember is . . .

the suspicious looking character reached out and

steadied me to my feet.  nice of him. considering

i’d thought he was a criminal.

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the governor was very gracious of course. as all politicians are.

little did i know he was leaving to another engagement.

he had only given the speech ~ not stayed for dinner.

and he was running late.

thus his hurry.

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now.

this new addition is added to the others here on the peanut…

of usually fortunately

 and sometimes unfortunately for me rather odd experiences

with famous and some not so famous people.

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i insulted the moon walking astronaut

then got a hug from him in . . .

‘ some things really are ture ‘

.

i got a kiss blown to me from james garner in . . .

‘ loss ‘

.

and i was even spied on myself

when i was totally half nude and vulnerable  in . . .

‘ nude trespassers ‘

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all fun true stories.

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but . . .

it does come to mind . . .

if you think big brother is watching you . . .

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you just might have to re think it . . .

little sister might be watching too!

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

Mar 292015
 

good morning old bean!

well . . . what’s left of it!

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morning personcourtesy:linkedin.com

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men are excused from this post.

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unless of course you enjoy the esthetic of a lovely home

as much as the rest of us!

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and i know many men who do. though they don’t talk about it

as much as we do.

the best men care about the comfort and livability of their homes.

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but for today . . .

this is going to be just a fun and frivolous romp

for us girls.

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eye candy for this lovely sunday morning!

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the sun is shining bright here on the prairie.

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my big window is open in the wren house.

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the birds are busy.

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so . . . feeling happy and cozy myself . . .

 some rooms i like this morning you might find surprising.

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yes.

even minimalist me.

.

LOLOL!

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but each one has something about it i love.

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light and shadow.

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an elegant dark wall perhaps.

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texture. wood. age. vintage.

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vibrant spots of color.

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an overall feeling of joy.

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and every now and then . .

the perfect beloved occupant for any room

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A DOG!

get set now . . . .

GO!

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first stop . . .

shower and brush our teeth?

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in london no less!

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good morning!

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wot! ho?

who wouldn’t feel cheerful in spite of themselves?

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or . . .

back to new england for a shaker calm lovely morning

in a warm but elegant kitchen

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shaker style kitchen

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if i had done homework at this table

i might have had better math grades!

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homework table

well.  probably not.

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speaking of color . . .

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little guy

i fell in love with him rather than the room.

SORRY!  LOL.

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wonder what he’s thinking about  . . .

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hungry

do you get cranky when you’re hungry?

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love the simplicity of this.

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speaking of light and shadow.

oh.

we weren’t?

well . . .

these i love for that reason alone.

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kitchen light and shadow

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light and shadow lv rm

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morning coffee

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and below . . .

always nice. a touch of the forest inside.

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light and shadow tree

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i don’t care for a smothering overly made bed

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but these below captured me simply because of

the vibrant color on the wall alone!

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and the simplicity of the space.

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jewel like color on the wall . . .

the paintings glow.

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dark blue wall br

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and another

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another dark blue br wall

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or even in the kitchen

a dark vibrantly colored wall can spell magic

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dark kitchen wall

love that blue hour. and that blue wall. and . . .

all the  wood. especially the recycled floor and white marble.

rustic elegance.

it doesn’t get any better than this for me.

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lovely!

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awww come on

awww  . . . .  come on.

i don’t wanna get down.

this chair just fits me!

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bohemian living room

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there is a strong bohemian side to me.

i might could live here.

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for a moment anyway!

LOLOL.

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still.

it is beautiful.

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here’s the dining area . . .

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bohemian dining room

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and a minimalist bohemian bedroom!

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bohemian bedroom

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what is not to love about this mid century delight below?

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mid century light

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oh my.

such lovely space to prepare a meal!

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and a banquette by open windows.

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heaven.

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texture and wood

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well.

all these kitchens are making me hungry old bean!

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i going to leave you here and whip myself up a little brunch.

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i’ll be having an omelet with onions and tomatoes

fresh avocado slices

and sliced lusciously ripe strawberries!

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happy sunday to each of you!

here’s to home sweet home.

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always.

wherever or however it may be.

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

PS

man. I hope this doesn’t show up in your mail boxes twice.

but I forgot to give credit!

all the pictures except the first one

came from the lovely site

desire to inspire . net