Category Archives: Friends

Amanda as a quilted Bee

Thank you Mom for the most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen! It is strewn with bees and fairy-gardeners, dragonflies and lady bugs. It is the perfect fusion of your style and my style and it’s wrapped around me right now! Thank you!

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I love the bee randomly sewn on the back of this quilt! It’s my favourite feature.

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Choose your Mirrors

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I have to thank James for recommending me this terrific book. I would like to “reflect” this idea off of you, dear reader.

We choose our mirrors carefully. You know, the one you primp and fluff yourself in the morning. I try to spend a calculated amount of time in front of the mirror. Some mornings, I do not recognize myself. This reflection does not reflect ME! The essential Self!

As I was reminded,  when I read a passage from this book, I am better reflected in those around me. I rely on a reflection of my behaviour, of my attitude from Marc, friends or family more than from a mirror. I can look into their eyes and see approval or disappointment.

Sometimes I do not choose my mirrors carefully. I lose my sense of self when I look through some people’s eyes. I lose a sense of proportion. I become too big and more than I actually am. Or I become too small and insignificant. I see my doubts reflected in their eyes, as I wonder if I’m good enough, if I’m strong enough, if I am simply enough.

Dear reader, choose your mirrors carefully. You are not crazy, you are not insignificant, you are enough! And you are. What a lovely freedom we have in being.

Let us be.   Reflected.

Flurry of Saturday and Sunday Flurries

 

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First I had to deal with my sprouts. The quinoa, like last time, sprouted red and green stems and had a peculiar odour which I would normally associate with socks. This is the “healthy” smell that I described before when I made Quinoa and Honey Bread. Theresa and her dad came over because they wanted to watch me feed the bees. I fed them pollen patties that arrived in the mail this week and some medicated sugar syrup. I am medicating my bees for American Foulbrood and Nosema. These are two out of about 4 causes for the recent drop in honeybees.

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After this, we went to Theresa’s and made fresh pasta to have with our spaghetti.

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p3140022p3140023p3140024But today it’s snowing. I had big plans for the garden. I wanted to do some weeding at Clam Bay. Big plans! I think Winter is haunting me. And taunting me.

I’m not impressed.

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Snow Day

I was very disappointed in Mother Nature this morning when I crept out of bed, careful not to wake my husband, to discover a blizzard has hit Blooming Beautiful Pender Island. Drat! As Marc reiterated immediately, “Poor bees.” Poor bees indeed! Poor herbs with their green little sprouts. Poor crocuses, poor daffodils, poor snow drops. Poor me!

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This is my kitchen window. In this photo, I’m featuring Tanya’s Slovakian walking duck, and “Amanda as a bee” plant ornament in my orchid given to me by Jennifer. You are in fact looking at the inspiration for the title of the blog.

But all this is besides the point. Look at the snow! It’s hideous. And unscheduled which makes it all so… Inappropriate!

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Thus the snow cancelled my previous plans. I declared a snow day, which meant guiltless unabashed laziness! Unproductivity is very difficult for me because my days off are so precious. I have so many things I’d like to get done. I did none of it today.

Instead, I baked cornbread and smeared it with honey-butter. I made the cornbread with blue cornmeal which is an heirloom blend I found at our good ol’ Tru Value Grocers.

p3090036I have posted this recipe in my Recipe page. Cornbread with honey-butter was my solution to my stagnated start. (Notice the spring-form pan, given to me by Danielle) Soon after the cornbread came out of the oven, the power went off. It was off for a few hours. This gave me time to read a gardening book I borrowed off my mom. It’s called “The Garden Path, 52 weeks of Organic Gardening.” It’s quite informative.

I’ve also been reading “The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks. Prof. Sacks was a neurologist. He studied diseases affecting the brain. This fascinates me to no end. Call me a psych-geek! Say what you will, but this guy couldn’t recognize faces. His right cortex was damaged so he would pat fire hydrants on the head and speak to them, thinking they were children. He pulled at his wife’s head because he thought she was his hat. It ended up that he had a tumor pressing against the part of his brain that recognizes objects andpairs the object with an emotion.

Have I lost most of my audience?

Anyway, I’m starting my second round of quinoa sprouts. The first round was quite successful and made the quinoa and honey bread.

p3090042I’ll try to take pictures of the progress of the sprouts themselves this time. The sprouts went multi-coloured last time. It’s just regular grocery store quinoa. There is a heritage blend that’s called “multi-hued quinoa” but I was surprised when my plain little quinoa was so vibrant.

For those who don’t know about this lovely grain, the health benefits are outstanding. It is an old aztec grain that wasn’t far behind maize in its culinary popularity. It is incredibly high in protein (12%–18%) which makes it a favourable option for vegetarians. Unlike wheat, quinoa contains a balanced set of amino acids which makes this easier to digest. It’s also gluten free! Though my large readership of celiacs probably already know this.

As for the benefits of sprouting, it’s best to check out Sprout People‘s website. They have been doing this much longer than I. I must thank Karina for getting me hooked on sprouts. For anyone who has trouble digesting food, sprouts are the way to go. Because the seed is “alive,” the starches are already breaking down and it makes it much easier on the tummy.

I’ve had a few requests on how to make cheese, the processes, the ingredients. I’m looking forward to doing a post about cheese-making in the near future. For any information regarding making yoghurt, my friend’s blog mommyblog has the easiest instructions on this process. And great pictures!

Thanks for playing with me on the snow day!

Thank you!!

Just wanted to write a quick note to thank Holly for the lovely card and the lovely friendship. It was a good day for mail. Not only did we receive our monthly coffee order, but I also got a card in the mail. I love days like this!

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