Singing Praises

Good morning everyone! How are you all doing on this beautiful, albeit, hot morning? My first venture outside proved to be warm and muggy already at 7am! Anyway, it’s gonna be a great day and I just wanted to share my joy with you-it’s about a new product I’ve been eating and it is nutritious and delicious! This is a cereal, something I don’t eat much of, since I follow the Paleo lifestyle. It’s by Van’s brand and it’s called Blissfully Berry. All of their cereals are made from whole grains including gluten free oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth. No wheat! As far as I’m concerned, that is safe for those like me that eat a whole food diet. The company is very concerned about clean eating and most, if not all of their products are non-GMO and certified gluten free.

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As you can see, I enjoy them with So Delicious cashew milk, and of course, my bulletproof coffee. Just in case the Paleo police come after me, I’ve reached out to the company to assure me that their products are safe for those on diets like mine, regardless, I will continue to enjoy them, since I follow the 80% rule most of the time. That is, I eat Paleo 80% of the time. I’m healthy and still at my target weight, so I’m not that concerned.

Ok, for all the Paleo purists out there, bring it, I’m ready-I’ll talk to ya, send me a comment and I’ll be seeing everyone later-on the patio!

Summer Is Tea Time

Man, I love tea! I guess you could say, especially in the summer, I have an addiction. Ice tea. I drink it by the gallon, in addition to water, but tea hits the proverbial spot! Here is a pic of me preparing another pot.

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Lately, I have taken to adding one bag of a specialty or flavored tea to 2 bags of regular tea. Today’s choice is black chai. I love the spicy flavor, not to mention the aroma fills the kitchen as I’m making it. Sometimes, it’s raspberry zinger, other times, simply cinnamon.

What is your favorite summertime beverage? Do you like flavored teas? Lets talk about it, hit me up in the comment box or feel free to email me. Gotta go remove some pesky weeds from the beds in the yard, see ya later, on the patio!

Potted Perfection

This morning while rushing around trying to get ready for work, in my spastic, do something in three different areas of the house kind of way, I took the time to stop and give my potted plants a drink. The yard was cool, since we just had a rain shower on Saturday, however, during hot weather, I need to water the potted plants more frequently. I strive for daily but, like my writing, that doesn’t always happen. Anyway, this morning it did and I was rewarded with the beauty of what has become the best looking of all my plants. My coleus on the front porch loves it’s spot so much, it has literally exploded and now has seeds shooting out of the top of it!

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I’m so proud of this since I used to be known as the person who kills her plants. I love the colors of this one and can’t wait to try my hand at another. I have a similar looking one with different colors in a hanging basket, just itching to get out into a nice pot. Maybe this beauty won’t mind sharing her spot!

Church, Family and Big Brother

I don’t know about y’all, but Sundays around our house follow a kind of routine. For me,    it begins with my cup of coffee, bulletproof of course, and my favorite program of the morning, CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. It’s a nationally syndicated news magazine with entertaining news, profiles of famous people, art and more. Then, most Sundays I go to church. Since being back in the area, it’s been harder than usual to select a home church, however, I am fond of the one I’ve been going to, First United Methodist of Watauga. We have moved around a lot in our 31 years of marriage, and we became Methodists early on, my husband having been raised Southern Baptist and me a Catholic, we decided to compromise and become Methodists. This morning was cool because the front of the church was all decorated up for VBS which started tonight.

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My friends I normally sit with were absent, that didn’t bother me though because I always feel welcomed from the moment I walk in the front door. I missed seeing them still because I like having them to talk to and visit with.

Next in the lineup is usually prep and planning of family dinner, this Sunday was a little different though, because we had predetermined what the menu was and my brother in law offered to cook the meat. That left us with less prep and more pool time, yea! We were down a few members today but still had a full house and a good meal. My idea when we first moved back was that we would rotate houses for family dinner, but since  we have a pool and more room, and my brother works crazy hours with little time to do much else, and my dad’s house is kind of small for up to 11 people eating together, it has been at our house most of the time since summer started. We used to go to my brother in law’s place a lot but he has also been deluged with a full and hectic schedule, so we hate to ask him to work any harder. It has been wonderful having the whole family together at least once a week to break bread and we don’t mind at all. It’s a great tradition and I hope it stays part of our routine.

Tonight was another edition of Big Brother, one of my favorite summertime shows and I’ve heard from at least one other blogger, I’m not alone in this! My friend Stephanie watches as well so we always have that to talk about on Monday or Thursday, depending on show times. Tonight, I was surprised to see a budding romance between James and the houseguest with the dark hair (jeez, I forgot her name already). This will be a topic of conversation between myself and the other blogger (Myra) that I’ve been talking to. We were just wondering the other day why he didn’t have a girlfriend yet when he is so personable and cute.

So, there you have it, now you know my routine for several days of the week if you’ve been following along, what are yours? Go ahead and leave a comment and tell me your routines, fav shows or whatever you want to talk about. I’ll be waiting, on the patio😉.

My Friend Steph

Before the wine takes hold tonight, relax, it’s just a dab with Sprite, I thought I’d pen a thought or two, bout you and me, and me and you. We share some common interests, true, we love to write, and read and view, silly shows and live ones too. I’m glad we found each other, you are like no other-you make me laugh and keep me light, never have things not been right. A joyous friendship shared by two, feel lucky that I work for you, not like any “boss” I’ve had, never make me feel bad or sad. Big heart, bigger smile, always goes that extra mile, making those around you feel good, glad you’re in my neighborhood. You and me, we jive that’s true, we’ll know it til our time is through. Since that time is far from here, know I deem you very dear. Til tomorrow, special one, I’ll see you when the night is done.image