I admit there were times I took Roxie’s presence for granted and now she is gone. As I’ve said many times now in this blog I think she would be happy if her owners kept on moving forward and grew from the tragic experience that took her from this planet. I am therefore starting a new feature on this blog aimed at humans, and other creatures entitled “Cat-List” for Change. I guess the first lesson for “Cat-List for Change” is to tell those you love you love them as often as possible. You can never say it enough or exhibit it enough. Giving is what makes your world grow.
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As I was tending my garden I realized that I would soon need to start treating it for slugs. Slugs are bottom feeders who not only feed on scraps but sometimes suck the life right out of beautiful plants and flowers. There are people like those worms. They practice “leveling” as a contact sport. The common term for them is “playa haters.” Such people use weaponry of harmful words, ‘accidental forgetting,” glances, snickers, misdirection and direct insult to level the playing field. They are “jealous spirits” – some with no hope of recovery. Like many folk, I have on occasion, sought validation from these types, who depending on their own sense of self at the moment, might parcel out faint praise or at least be nice to me. Now as I enter an age of enlightenment and self-worth I chose, when I can, to be around people who like themselves and like me genuinely. Choosing one’s audience is important. Still it’s not the only course of action against slugs. Prayer and wishing your enemy the best are good tactics to take out the sting of cruel or lying words or misdeeds. As misery likes company sometimes you have to stay away from whole groups and institutions. Some places such as one’s job are filled with people who have no purpose or sense of self. There you can just “grin and bear it” – a trick I learned from my late father who simply would smile at people spoutting nonsense or exhibiting petty cruelty. So next time try a simple smile and/ or even compassion for your “playa hating” enemy or frenemy – the unfortunate behavior won’t stop but you’ll be able to deal with the situation with grace and gain instant peace of mind. Playa haters’ jealousy or envy can only bring you down if you let it. Take a page from Roxie and Jean Claude. Some would say Roxie is more possessed than self-possessed but then she doesn’t give a juggernaut what is said about her.
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.
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.