Archive | January, 2017

Haiku For Hope

31 Jan

Blog Post #283

Dark days are looming
Stand strong for humanity
We must act with love

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Now more than ever, people everywhere must add their voices for peace, humanity, and love of all.  Now is the time to gather together to fight the GOOD fight — without violence and with the conviction love will win.

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Monday Motivation — Hope

30 Jan

Blog Post #282

It is hard to find a sense of hope when things seem so dark in our world. I am trying to believe that right will win — I am struggling to believe there is hope…

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Fear

29 Jan

Blog Post #281

I don’t know about you, but I have an ominous feeling of doom. These are dark days.

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“…Give Me Your Huddled Masses Yearning to be Free…”

28 Jan

Blog Post #280

Statue of Liberty image

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…”

At airports all across the United States, protesters are gathering in solidarity with Muslims detained by President Trumps sudden ban on immigrants (and green card holders and permanent US residents).

Americans and people around the world are speaking up, standing up, and fighting for human rights. As citizens of the world, it is important to ensure that we do not remain silent when discrimination, racism, sexism, misogyny, and xenophobia rear their ugly heads. The world needs to come together to fight peacefully against the darkness and stand in solidarity with those who are most at risk.

In the words of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor:
“Let us remember: what hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.”

Friday Night at the Movies

27 Jan

Blog Post #279

Friday night — a great night to stay in, cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie.

Tonight, we decided to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel with our daughter who came over to steal our food have dinner with us. We decided to watch this film on a whim — it looked interesting and got great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you haven’t seen this movie, you might want to give it a try — it is well worth your time. Charming, whimsical, and funny, The Grand Budapest Hotel, takes you on a fast-paced adventure through the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. Written and directed by Wes Anderson with an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, the Grand Budapest Hotel won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy and received 9 Academy Award nominations.

This highly acclaimed movie is a delight to watch. Everything from the story and acting to the set design, colour and soundtrack were spot on.

The film takes place during the time period between the first and second World Wars and relates the escapades of the Grand Budapest Hotel’s legendary concierge, Gustave H. (Fiennes) and his trusted friend, the lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (Revolori) as they race to prove that Gustave is innocent of murder before the police can arrest him.

I recommend it — it’s a fun and exciting tale!

TBT – When We Went to the Zoo

26 Jan

Blog Post #278

A visit to the petting zoo — this is something we did often when my daughters were small. Simple pleasures that brought a lot of joy into our little girls’ lives.

Miss B and a little kid photo

When I think back to those days, I am sometimes filled with a sense of longing — a longing for those halcyon days when it was an uncomplicated matter to live in the moment, to enjoy our daughters’ childhoods. Or does it just seem so because I am looking back and the problems and challenges from that time have dimmed my memory of the stresses and tensions of raising a family?

It doesn’t matter now, does it? That little girl in the photo has grown up. She is a young adult going about the business of building her life — bringing her dreams to reality, finding her place in her world. My memories of my daughers’ childhoods are sweet and funny, filled with love and happiness. I know that we had our worries, our hard times, felt anxiety and fear —but when I look at the old photos, I remember the joyful, days when their giggles, smiles and lilting voices were heard throughout our home.

I remember love.

Happy Birthday to My Girl

25 Jan

Blog Post #277

Wishing my wonderful, beautiful second-born daughter the BEST day!

Happy Birthday, Sweetness! May the adventure continue!cupcakes photo

 

Where Did The Time Go?

24 Jan

Blog Post #276

Today is our 30th wedding anniversary. Thirty years!!

I can’t believe it’s been that long — three decades — gone in a blink of an eye!! How did that happen?

We’ve had our ups and downs, for sure, what couple hasn’t? But we’ve had more good times than bad and we’ve weathered a few storms over the years. We’ve raised two beautiful daughters, built an awesome family.

Now we’re headed into our “golden years”, a time of change  — new roles, new priorities, new challenges and new adventures. We don’t know what lies ahead, but we do know that we will face the future together.

I’m fairly certain that there are exciting experiences coming our way and I’m looking forward to the next 30 years!

I love you, my dearest — Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary

 

On Writing…

23 Jan

Blog Post #275

Writing, writing, writing… I’m still trying to keep up with this “postaday” wordpress thing. It takes up quite a lot of time — coming up with ideas, researching if necessary and writing the piece. It’s challenging and sometimes frustrating, but also fun.

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One of the challenges that I’ve faced is the dreaded typo — whether it’s a simple case of a misspelled word or a word used incorrectly — it seems that no matter how diligently I check, one little mistake often sneaks through my most stringent “eagle eyes”. It’s so embarrassing to catch a mistake after it’s been live for week!

I like to do a little research, looking for writing hacks, tips and lists to help me hone my writing and reduce errors. It seems as if a lot of people have trouble with grammar and spelling — there are many articles written on subjects such as: “the 30 worst grammar mistakes you make everyday”, “the top ten words you are using incorrectly” and “a short primer on the English language”.

As I was reading some of these articles, I came across one entry that really irritates me — the use of the words: “peek” and “peak”.

The incorrect usage of these words makes me crazy!

I cannot believe how many times I have see this out there in the world wide web — sentences like the following: “Click this link for a sneak peak at our newest product” AAAARRRGGGG!!

Spell check won’t catch that baby, so it is up to you to notice when you’ve used this word incorrectly.

Read on for tips to help you avoid this mistake.

Peek is a quick look at something – Jane took a quick peek behind the curtain to see if all was ready.

Peak is the pointed top of anything or the highest or most important level or point – The hikers climbed to the peak of the mountain.  Or: She retired at the peak of her political career.

So in other words, peek is a look — and peak is a sharp point.

Have I piqued your interest?

Dinner is Served

22 Jan

Blog Post #274

Don’t you find it a chore sometimes to come up with a great recipe for Sunday night dinner?

I found myself in this dilemma this week as I searched online and in my foodie magazines and cookbooks. Flip, flip, flip, nothing seemed appealing. What did I want: a roast, chicken, pasta? Flip, flip, flip.

Finally, as I was browsing through a new magazine, I spotted a recipe that sounded delicious — Egg and Salmon Potato Salad. I love potato salad — and salmon — and eggs! Decision made!

This recipe is easy to make and it comes together fairly quickly. The best part it was scrumptious!! So good, that there was not one bite left… yum! (Also, I was so hungry when it was ready, I didn’t stop to take a photo of the finished dish — good thing this isn’t a food blog, right?!)

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Egg and Salmon Potato Salad

(adapted from Canadian Living’s Comfort Food 2016)

Serves 4 to 6

4 hardboiled eggs
1 ½ lbs mini potatoes scrubbed — (I used the red ones, for colour)
1 skinless salmon filet (large enough to feed four or more)
Fresh ground pepper
Salt to your taste
1 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons grainy mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
8 or 10 cornichons (French gherkins), sliced
Spring mix, baby spinach or any fresh greens (I used spring mix — my favourite)

Preheat oven to 350° F {180° C)

Peel the hardboiled eggs and cut into quarters. Set aside.

Cook potatoes in a pot of boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes; drain. Set aside to cool, then cut into quarters.

While the potatoes are cooking, place the salmon filet on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper, drizzle with olive oil and fresh lemon juice if desired. Bake in oven until fish about 15 minutes, or until it flakes easily. Flake salmon with a fork.

Place a serving size of greens on each dinner plate. Set aside.

In a large bowl, squeeze the lemon(s) to get about 2 tablespoons of juice. Whisk together with oil, mustard, freshly ground pepper and a dash of salt. Add in the potatoes, flaked salmon, chives, dill, and cornichons. Toss gently to incorporate the dressing and spoon onto a serving platter, or directly on top of greens on the dinner plates. Top the salad with the eggs.

Bon Appetit!

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