Saturday, April 30, 2011


Perspective: a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their realative importance.
I’ve been giving this word a lot of thought the past few weeks and I think I am in need of some serious “perspective”.
How does one make the right decisions, choices if there isn’t something to compare it to? How do you decide what fork to take in the road if there isn’t a map, telling you what lies ahead? When I was younger, I was often asked “what’s your plan”?  How can you make your plan if you don’t know what it is? Do you let life unfold and go along for the ride, or do you steer it in the direction you want it to go?  I can see pros and cons to both. I also know that life is precious and very short. Death has become a family member, one that I know very well. And while he/she is not welcome, it doesn’t keep them from taking up the seats at the dinner table.  Do you live life until your chair has been taken, like a game of musical chairs? Or do you notice that there is only one chair left, and decide to go find another because you refuse to be out of the game?
I used to know what my plan was, or more less where I wanted my life to go, but I’m not so sure anymore. I do know that I’m not ready to stop playing, but I need some new game pieces.
On a separate note, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, my garden is growing delicious herbs and vegetables, my two cats are playing in the yard, and my dog is at my feet. At this moment, I am right where I want to be.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


There’s Ups.
There’s Downs.
There’s all a rounds.
There’s times when you want to yell,
And others when you want to hide in a shell.
When you’re at the very top,
Your heart just wants to drop.
And the best thing to do is go with the flow
When you’re very very low.
Holding on.
Not letting go,
Even when things get super slow.
And when the ride comes to a complete stop.
You wish you were back at the top.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Traditional Food

I recently visited Scotland and had the opportunity to try some traditional English/Scottish food. I love food, and enjoy trying new things. However I was a little hesitant to try the following items.

·         Black pudding, also known as blood sausage, is a pudding made of curdled and boiled pig blood, mixed with chunks of pork fat for texture.

·         Haggis -  is a dish containing sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal's stomach.

Interestingly enough, Haggis is has been declared “unfit for human consumption” by the USDA and is outlawed in the USA.

Of the two dishes, I actually not only preferred, but enjoyed and finished the Haggis. Now that I know it’s outlawed in the US, I may refrain from ordering it next time or rebel and order an extra helping.

I was hesitant to try this food, but Norman encouraged me to try it, and I’m glad that I did.

“that boy's head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts! Now that was offside, wasn't it? He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow”   Name the movie.