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In With the New

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A new Italian eatery -pizzeria has opened up in my neighborhood. The food is delcious – the atomosphere superb. I’ve been there several times in the last few weeks and I leave with a level of physical and emotional satisfaction. Sometimes new challeges leave us feeling drained or feeling inept but they always result in our greater good.   We have to change: our mental condition, our health, etc.


Here’s a recipe from a Facebook friend Raneeka from her blog – socialite in the kitchen.

Ingredients 2 pounds fresh kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced 1/2 cup vegetable stock or water Sea Salt Fresh Ground Black Pepper 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (optional)

Directions Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft, but not colored. Raise heat to high, add the stock, vinegar and kale and toss to combine. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring until all the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Roxie’s Coupon Frenzie

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As I clipped coupons from the newspaper Roxie sat on my bed going through them as well. Yes, we have Groupon and Living Social and email deals etc but there’s something about paper coupons, besides Roxie loves them.

Where's the Coupon for Fancy Feast?

Where's the Coupon for Fancy Feast?

Where’s the one for Fancy Feast?

Leap Year Forward

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I was born today. I suppose that makes me special in that the day itself comes only every four years.  Today I’m looking out at the landscape of my life and I’m happy.  I have wonderful friends, family and a life I enjoy.  There are challenges . Despite the fact I have a superior staff at my job…really just wonderful people who are very talented…work of late as become a challenge.  My sister has MS and while she is courageous and cheerful, the disease has progressed.      I have a job, my sister, who sent me the corniest Blue Mountain card ever, is still with us and  she is slowly  doing a little better.   There is always a bright side to every dilemma.   So today as I am special in God’s eyes I will focus on positive change and moving forward.

The Sass is Back

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Most of you know that Roxie and Jean Claude no longer reside with me on a permanent basis. At first when I would visit CCL’s house there were clear signs Roxie, the Japanese bobtail missed me – if I took a nap on CCL’s sofa, she would sleep on top of me. She came to greet me as does Jean Claude, the black Bombay who thinks he a dog, as soon as I opened the door to CCL’s house.  Once situated she  started to come around  after I had been in my daughter’s house for awhile, a low herself to be petted and rubbed and then proceed to prowl and walk around as if she were queen of the manor.  At some point Roxie was not herself  for a couple of days,  she refiused to come downstairs and was tender when picked up,  perhaps a set back following her surgery last fall  but the last few days I went to visit her she seemed to be her old self – Queen of the Manor.

CCL and I recently went to the Sachal Vasandani , – A Chicago-born jazz singer of Indian descent – amazing.   Sachal’s “Eyes Wide Open-Naked As We Came”  truly fits the “Rhythm of Roxie.”

Oh Jean Claude

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Jean Claude on "his" chair

Jean Claude, the black male Bombay, returned home last night after a 24-hour adventure. Still puzzled to how he got out the house, perhaps as I was hanging a Christmas wreath on the back door.  However he got out and what he did during his day-long dissapearance remains a mystery.  CCL and I spent hours yesterday looking for him in the back alley behind my house. As JC is a house cat he doesn’t tend to travel far.  I also expressed angst to any and all who would listen despite assurances from CCL the little bad a@* would return.  I remained unconvinced as I had put food out for the little bugger and it had not been eaten.  Bombays, as cat lovers know, love food.  I decided to go to bed but just before midnight I jumped  out of bed  almost knocking Roxie, the Japanese bobtail, out of her slumber and went downstairs and noticed the spotlight on my garage flickering off and on.  I knew.  I opened the back porch door and let Jean Claude inside and he went straight for his  food bowl and then to his favorite chair for a nap. Typical male.


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