Pasta with Pumpkin, Pine Nuts and Canadian Bacon

I may have mentioned once or twice that I love pumpkins.  I love the way they look and I love the way the taste.  I got some pumpkins for my porch to welcome fall. I also used some pumpkin in my cooking for the week.  A new recipe I found and adapted  was our Sunday dinner.  I found the original recipe on Cozi which I have been using to get organized.  I changed the recipe and made it my own.  Give it a try, you might like it too! Pasta with Pumpkin, Canadian Bacon and Pine … [Read more...]

Music To Motivate

My favorite way to get and stay fit is walking. No special equipment is needed except a good pair of shoes, and for me, my iPhone. When I walk for fitness, I commonly walk for more than an hour at a time. While I enjoy walking with friends (including the man and the dog), I sometimes have to walk alone. My alone walks are often my high mileage walks. I don't find many people willing to walk 10 or 15 miles with me. When I walk long distances alone, I need something to motivate and distract me. … [Read more...]

Summer is NOW Officially Over

Since Labor Day people have been saying "Summer is officially over". This is not accurate. While labor day marks the unofficial end of Summer, it is not the official end of Summer. The start of Autumn or "Fall" as it is commonly referred to in the United States and Canada, is  when summer is officially over. The season officially begins at 4:44 p.m. eastern daylight time during the autumnal equinox, which is today. The autumnal equinox is when the sun crosses directly over the Earth's … [Read more...]

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Santa Barbara 2013

On September 7 and 8, 2013 I  participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - Santa Barbara.  It was my 11th AWBC event.  I have walked and crewed events and I find both walking and crewing very rewarding. I participate with AWBC because it is a well run organization.  A large portion of the money raised in each city is gifted to hospitals and other agencies supporting breast cancer causes (detection, research, treatment) in the area around the city that the walk takes place.  At closing … [Read more...]

Mostly Wordless Wednesday

  Just a few memories that make me smile. Find Your Own Balance - Terri … [Read more...]

In My Own Backyard

It always amazes me all the stuff that goes on in my own community that somehow I don't know anything about until the very last minute.  Perhaps it is because I am not that good about reading the local newspaper.  This weekend was a good example. Lobster Fest, Highland Games and The Elephant Parade all happening this weekend.  Any of these things sounded like a lot of fun, but it was the Elephant Parade that I was interested in. I heard about the elephnt parade some time ago, but the extent … [Read more...]

Donating and Volunteering – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

I am a big advocate of volunteering, donating and generally giving back to the global community in whatever way I can. Anytime I can pair up something I already do, like shop, with something that provides for someone in need, I try to.  Can't get much easier than that. Sometimes it feels a little self serving, like the other day when I got an additional percentage off my purchase at Macy's for donating $9 which would buy books for kids in need. The amount I got off my purchase was way more than … [Read more...]

Happy Adoption Day Ann Marie!

A year ago today Tom and I adopted our dog Ann Marie. The year has gone by fast, yet it seems like we have had her forever. We adopted her from the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter . She is not the dog we thought we were looking for at all, but it is apparent that she is exactly the dog we were meant to have. She is a pure bred mutt. Her DNA results say that one of her parents was half Shar Pei and one parent was half Chow Chow. The rest is a mix of other breeds, none of them … [Read more...]

Almost Silent Sunday

  I like to walk.  I walk a lot. I find it therapeutic. I see interesting things on my walks.  Today I saw a giant white rabbit in a stroller. Here are some other things I have seen on my walks. … [Read more...]

Belgium and The Netherlands – Accidental Pleasure

A little over two years ago my husband and I went to The Netherlands and Belgium. I always say we went there by accident which is the best way I can describe how we happened to end up there.  It was one of the most amazing trips we have ever taken. It was our first time ever to Europe. We had a bunch of frequent flyer miles and we knew the dates during which we could take a vacation. My husband did the research and the choices for destinations for the time period we had available were … [Read more...]