Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Decisions, decisions

I'm anxious to get moving again.  I've been visiting in one location for quite some time now and I am sure my hosts as well would like a break, I know I get that way myself.  I have been struggling with the idea of getting a loan (omgosh after 7ish years of debt free living!) to buy a vehicle so I can travel a little easier.  I learned from 170 miles of hiking that carrying everything on my back is a kewl idea and it can get old - quickly.  I can live out of a backpack and I would like a few more things than that style of life is giving me at this stage of my life.  So it's probably a good idea, since it might look a little kooky to see a middle aged woman walking on the side of a road dragging a wagon or something, to just buy a car, a mini-van, a van, a small suv --- something.  And big enough to be comfortable and to sleep a night or two in while traveling.  So I've been looking and a found something interesting and I have contacted my credit union ---- and now the wait... (fingers tapping the table...)

I have learned a few things this time, as is usual with travels.  I haven't been very good about buying normal, everyday items off the internet and I just decided to try on buying stuff from Amazon, since I had an address available - it's amazing that the prices are similar to going to a store and they just deliver it to the door --- whodathunk! (go ahead laugh at how long it took me)

I seem to go through stages of amazingly boring down times after some of my adventures.  I border on the depressed, lazy, computer junkie for a week or two as I just barely function, sleep lots, take hot showers - drink pots of hot coffee - want to eat ice cream and potato chips (and sometimes I do).... until - one day or morning I just come to again.  Like I've just recovered and am able to open my eyes completely, the world isn't fuzzy anymore...  and then I'm usually only less than a week away from another adventure.  It's pretty quickly that I can't sit still, start organizing and day-dreaming or planning the next thing.

So the loan officer called - they can't approve me for the amount I would like based on their standard income levels...sooooo back to the drawing board.

PS Oh and the fish in the upper left hand corner of the blog page --- they like to be fed!

Monday, July 25, 2011

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Vincent (my Van that Goghs) and I...: Food For Thought

Vincent (my Van that Goghs) and I...: Food For Thought: "My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. J. Brotherton"


I admit it I am a Foodie!  Okay I just love food.  It's so creative.  It makes people happy and I can make pretty dishes with it that help people smile or remember good stories to share.  I just love touching it and molding it and putting flavors together.... and honestly I like eating some of it, I don't like eating as much as one might think.  I have eaten - more than my share sometimes,  yup that's how I got fat - maybe not the Why I got fat - that is another story.

Food is fun!  We need it everyday, more or less.  I think it's a wonderful thing that God gave us a way to survive, to fuel our physical bodies, to affect our emotions (think relationship break ups & chocolate cake, or PMS and pints of wickedly flavored icecream!), to play creatively mixing colors and textures and show love and we can do this every day - or share the experience with others and do it a couple times a week.  Food is great!

My family's physical heritage affects our digestive track, it seems most of us do not digest foods in ways that the general population of America do, so we as a family unit have tendencies toward allergies, athsma, diabetic related health issues.

This morning my sister and I were discussing our frustrations and changes with our weight and diets over the years.  We were sharing what had worked and not worked, why we made some changes and why we let other circumstances affect our choices and of course there was some discussion of big business and how they have their hands in our health and well being thoughts.

I have tried many different styles of diets for health and for weight loss.  As part of my mother's life process, she would add or subtract stuff from our family diet as she learned or changed a belief so it was a familiar process that I guess most of us American's tend to do.  My tendency for being allergic to all kinds of things gave me reason to learn and research different ways of relating to food as well.  I studied Natural Hygene, learned about Herbal Teas and Aromatherapy, Protien Power and cottage cheese and hard boiled eggs, liver cleanses and getting Back to Eden, macrobiotics, blood types, Orange Juice therapy, fruiarianism, raw foods, suncooked foods, Essene diets, wild and foraged foods, native foods, Nousishing Traditions...

I know how to do lots of stuff with food - I can manipulate the simplest of foods into wonderful taste experiences - and I am still human, still have times when the knowing and the doing don't seem to match up very well.

And then there is --- Ice Cream!  black raspberry - honey vanilla - home-made - rice dream or raw and decadent almond mylk what have you.... hmmm

Friday, July 22, 2011

The How, The Why, The Where am I going...

Today is the first day of ... well - the rest of my life as someone says, so I figure it's time to catch up with all the blogging I haven't done.  While I have been pondering ideas of how to tackle this major project, I thought it a good idea to just post some history stuff by subject.  I do have personal journals that I have written most days for the past 30 years and it is possible that some of those entries will become part of this blog as well.  Many people have asked me to write a book or books - we will see where this leads.  I am open to many things and creative ideas generally spark an interest with me.  So hang on and enjoy the ride, if you dare!