Thursday, 16 December 2010
Look to this day! For it is the very life of life. In it's brief course lie all the varieties and realities of your existance: the bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendour of beauty. For yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day. Such is the salutation of the dawn.
~translated from ancient Sanskrit
It's all too easy to live for tomorrow isn't it. To continuously put things off . . . these words though, teach us that today is, and has always been a good time to focus on. There is no point in worrying about what might never happen. Nor is there any point sorrowing about what already has . . . the past we cannot change. What we have is today, so why not make it the best today that we can?
Well, I came away from the Doctors yesterday with stronger pain killers and the admonition to exercise my knee more. The X-ray showed a deterioration of the cartilage between the femur and the thigh bone, leaving very little cartilage there, which means that the bone is rubbing against bone in several places. Apparently quite consistent with Osteo Arthritis. This Doctor I saw yesterday was a different Doctor than the last one I saw and he again told me I was too young for a knee replacement and to go home and exercise it, take the stronger pain killers and to come back if it started locking or giving way. It is very frustrating. First, that you can't seem to be able to see the same Doctor two times in a row. (This was my third.) Secondly that I am being told to exercise a knee that I can barely move or put any pressure on. Thirdly that I have been fobbed off with stronger painkillers, which according to the leaflet in the box, can be addictive, make me drowsy and dizzy, and stop me from breathing! No thanks! I need my wits about me and I am quite partial to breathing!
On a positive note at our Primary Presidency Meeting last night we got costumes organized for the Nativity on Sunday and I feel a whole lot better about it now! I was starting to stress a bit as we haven't had a proper rehearsal yet, and I had no idea of what the children were wearing! It will be alright on the night I guess!
Mitzie was such a good girl yesterday. We've been trying really hard to train her not to jump up on people when they come in. The puppy in her wants to leap all over them and that's no good. Yesterday we finally seemed to have made some real headway with that problem, which is good and Todd said she had a really good walk without too much sniffing and pulling on the lead, which is also good! She has grown so much in these past months. She and I were sitting her on the sofa yesterday afternoon watching the video of her playing with her new toy and the basket in the back garden and it was hard to recognize her as the same dog, although she was very alert and interested in just who that dog was on the screen that was playing with her toy! It was cute to watch her watching herself!
The kids will be off school next week with a whole week to fill in before Christmas! There is nothing worse than a bored child that is full of excitment for Christmas . . . with nothing to do. I found a really neat craft idea online that I thought I would share with you this morning that your kids might enjoy making, and that you might even enjoy making yourself! (Although if you are like me you have more than enough things to keep you busy in the coming week!)
Just look at these adorable flower pot gingerbread people! I have a real thing for gingerbread men myself and I just love these. Simply two terra cotta flower pots glued together and then painted up to look like gingerbread men, with pipe cleaner arms and a pretty bow glued onto the girl one, they look so sweet and easy, and they make good candy holders! Looking at them, I can also see the possiblities of turning them into other things with a bit more paint. Why not spray paint them white and turn them into snow men, or leave the top one terra cotta and paint the bottom one white, add some pipe cleaner wings and a halo and turn then into angels? You could, with a little bit of ingenuity, turn them into a whole row of carollers! The possbilities are endless!
I found this picture on a page which has some free e-books on crafts to download, Free Craft Ideas and Homemade Gifts.
Finally, here is a delicious looking salad that would make a great addition to your Holiday meal! It is so pretty to look at and is also very low in fat and calories. This delicious slaw marinates for several hours in the refrigerator, allowing the dressing to somewhat pickle the cabbage and plump up the cranberries. You don't stir the apple in until just before serving, which helps it to keep it's colour and crisp texture!
Apple, Red Cabbage and Cranberry Slaw*
Makes 8 servings
Here's a pretty salad to brighten up your holiday table. Not only nice to look at, but low in fat and calories as well!
5 cups of thinly sliced red cabbage (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup rice vinegar
13 cup sugar
2 TBS white wine vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
3/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 1/4 cups thinly sliced Granny Smith apple, unpeeled
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
Combine the cabbage and cranberries in a large bowl. Whisk together the rice vinegar, sugar, wine vinegar, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Pour over the cabbage mixture and toss to gently coat. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for several hours. Just before serving add the apple, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with the toasted pecans and serve.
In The English Kitchen today, delicious Chicken Escalopes with Lemon, Parsley and Capers!