Raving About Ryvita

ryvita.pngI have recently changed the type of crispbread that I buy. I have become a Ryvita convert – especially the wholegrain cracker breads Ryvita produce.

I stopped buying bread regularly years ago. I do at times but a rustic loaf from one of the local artisan bakeries, especially when I am having a friend staying overnight. But since I have lived on my own, I have tended not to buy bread for myself. Instead I have been buying crispbreads.

dr kargs.pngBut some of them are really boring and for a long time, I have avoided Ryvita I must admit. I found a crispbread that I loved. Dr Karg’s Emmental Cheese and Pumpkin Seed Crispbreads. Yummy! However, it might be just my imagination, but I feel as if they have been gradually making me put weight on. In addition, they are filling me up. I can only manage one crispbread now, whereas I used to have two for lunch (with toppings) and if I was hungry, I would have three! But now, I can only manage one.

And of course…I am thinking that I want to look my best for Goldfinch and shed any unnecessary pounds.

You might be thinking crispbreads are about as exciting as slices of polystyrene or cardboard…but as well as the crispbread itself, it is all about the toppings. There are so many ideas for crispbreads. You can have them as simple as you like, as interesting as you like, or as indulgent as you like.

 

I normally have crispbreads as a quick lunch. So now with the help of my wholegrain Ryvita crackerbreads, I hope to be on top form when I am next with Goldfinch 🙂

Still As Exciting As When I Was Sweet Sixteen

in love again.jpgI have been feeling so excited about seeing Goldfinch 🙂

You have no idea how much I am trying to reign in my excitement for everyone else’s sake! And of course I don’t want Goldfinch to be sick and tired of me before I even arrive!

But it is sooooooooooooooo exciting!!! I feel like a kid again – falling in love for the very first time. I have never travelled so far. I have never spent so much money on one thing. (That might sound odd, but I have never bought a car or a property and all of my previous travel has been paid for.)

love 1You know I think I need to state that I have no expectations. Nothing has changed. We are still two people who had a great thirteen months together, but now live on opposite sides of the planet. But I am able to spend a little time with him – and I am really really looking forward to it.

I am excited, but simply because I can’t wait to be with him. Nothing else is going to happen. My life is not like a novel or a Hollywood movie. I have no expectations except to be held by him and to enjoy my time with him. Then I will be on a plane on the way back to England before you know it and back to the old grindstone!

But I am still very excited. It’s a long way to go just because you want to hold someone’s hand and stare into their eyes. Even though I am in my thirties, I do sometimes feel like I am still sweet sixteen…going on seventeen.

Whatever The Season

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Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme SEASONS/WNTER/SPRING/SUMMER/FALL.

I have chosen a song simply because it mentions “season” in it. I really like this song and the only time I hear it is as the theme tune for a movie that was very popular in it’s day: “Three Men And A Little Lady”.

I really liked this catchy tune and perfect pop vocals from Donna De Lory.

It’s a great feel good song…and I am starting my Sunday morning thinking of Goldfinch while I sing along to this little nugget of perfect pop.

I am going out to soak up some sun!!! England is gorgeous today! Hoping that by the end of the day I won’t be quite as pale as I am this morning. Have fun and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thinking of you…

Every time that you go by

Boy you smile to me and you take my breath away

Every time I catch your eye

I can see that you’ve got a whole lot more to say

So don’t be shy, coz I’m waiting here

Hoping you’ll open your heart

The more I wait, the more I find

I can’t get you off my mind

 

Whatever the season

Whatever I’m going through

I’m always thinking of you

For you are the reason

For all that I say and do

You gotta believe that it’s true

Hey Baby

In big ways and small ways

I’m always thinking of you

 

How you do it, I don’t know

But I keep having dreams and you’re all I’m dreaming of

Everything I feel is ?

I keep thinking maybe, maybe this is love

I was alone, but now that you’re here

I’m finally feeling alive

The more I feel, the more I find

I can’t get you off my mind

 

Whatever the season

Whatever I’m going through

I’m always thinking of you

For you are the reason

For all that I say and do

You gotta believe that it’s true

Hey Baby

In big ways and small ways

I’m always thinking of you

 

From the time that I wake up

Til I fall into bed

I got pictures of you

Running straight through my head

I think it’s clear as A..B..C

That’s the way love’s s’pposed to be

 

[Instrumental]

 

The more that I feel, the more I find

I can’t get you off my mind

 

Whatever the season

Whatever I’m going through

I’m always thinking of you

For you are the reason

For all that I say and do

You gotta believe that it’s true

Hey hey Baby

In big ways and small ways

I’m always thinking of you

 

Whatever the season

I’m always thinking, I’m always thinking of you

Believe that it’s true

In big ways and small ways

I’m always thinking of you

An Array Of Potential In Just One Word

The beautiful Belle, creator of Wondering Belle’s Blog, has tagged me to take part in the “3.2.1 Quote Me!” Challenge on the topic of ATTITUDE, as you can see from her post below:

https://wonderingbelle.blog/2019/04/15/321-quote-me-attitude/

Just in case you did not know the “3.2.1 Quote Me!” Challenges originate with Rory, the creator of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!:

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2019/04/15/321-quote-me-attitude/

Rules

Thank the Selector – THANK YOU BELLE!

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

I must say that sometimes when I think of the word “attitude”, I think of it with a slightly negative connotation:

“Don’t take that attitude with me young lady!”

“He has a big attitude problem”

“The attitudes in society today are deeply unhealthy”

I hear a lot about negative, harmful attitudes. So I decided that to give my mind a blank canvas for this challenge, I should check the dictionary definition of the word “ATTITUDE”, and I am glad that I did:

“a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something,

which is often reflected in a person’s behaviour”

nervous.jpgAaaaaah! That clearly shows the potential for positive or negative is equal. Attitudes can be extreme, or in between. Our attitude is basically our habitual thoughts and feelings about things or people. Careless, indifferent, generous, arrogant, hopeful, rebellious, judgemental, kind, miserly, cheerful…there is a array of potential when it comes to that one word: ATTITUDE!

I know some people who seem to want a fight with everyone. Or seem to think that the whole world is against them. I saw it in a workmate once. Right from the start it was clear they were rather insecure. No matter what I said to reassure that colleague, they kept on declaring that the rest of the team disliked them and were discriminating against them. Of course the end result was that the rest of the team were so nervous of saying anything at all, they did start to avoid contact with that individual. It was all exhausting.

Of course, I understood that in the past that individual had been treated badly by some people. But it was now wreaking havoc on their ability to develop and maintain new relationships. And it was a battle to help overturn their entrenched thoughts, feelings and attitudes towards other people. I kept on hearing the same expression over an over “it’s just me, I cannot change”. Wrong – of course you can change. It might take effort, but of course you can change.

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My Two Quotes

Personally, I think that one of the best ways to combat negative thinking, feeling and attitudes is to cultivate healthier, happier, more positive ones. Amongst my favourite attitude quotes is this one:

You may have heard quotes along the lines of gratitude can make a poor man rich. I realize more and more that being rich is not really about how much you own, or how much money is in your bank account, it is very much to do with how you feel about life, people and creation.

Gratitude for a myriad of things is a powerful force in helping you endure trials and hardships. Hard times will come, no doubt about it, and no matter what anyone says, it is ok to be sad, and it is ok to cry. But do not let those bad things impact too much on all the wonderful things in life. Treasure up the wonderful.

Realize you are richer than many who have more material possession than you (those who might well be decrepit when it comes to ethics and integrity). Hold your head up high knowing that what really counts is not how other people treat you, but how you treat other people. Be a princess. It is the peace-makers that will inherit this earth.

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I have mentioned in a few posts that when I was a teenager, I went through a bit of a rebellious stage (which is not unusual). I started working for a record company. I was listening to songs with lyrics full of angst and anger and apathy and disdain for any authority. Not surprisingly those lyrics started to effect my attitude. I met a lot of musicians during that time. I mixed with filth, some who I came to regard as the dross of humankind. (Some of them, not all of them.) Now, as a 14/15 year old, I should not have been at some of those venues – stupid me!

But I woke up to the fact that I actually felt rather disgusted by what I was seeing. I saw more vomit in my brief time working for the record company than I saw in all my years working in medical care. I saw things that I have come to despise: drugs, excessive consumption of alcohol, yucky stinky men with mouths like refuse who tried to have their way with me, but did not realize they were dealing with someone who was still at school.

Admitting that I found that atmosphere foul and breaking free was liberating. I was still a bit lost, because as a teenager, I just did not know what I wanted in life and had no sense of direction. The first time I walked onto a construction site as a volunteer, I found the purpose I had been longing for. Clean, kind, friendly, good humoured, generous, patient, gorgeous, warm – I could go on and on. It was so refreshing to me.

Here were 300 men and women who either lived locally or who had travelled for up to four hours to get there. None of them were being paid a penny. All had volunteered to give their time and skills to the project. They were willing to train unskilled volunteers (like me) and were so encouraging and appreciative. I learnt what kind of person I wanted to be. No looking back ever since.

Habitual thoughts and feelings form attitudes. So if I sense my thinking or feelings are becoming unhealthy – I chase those thoughts and feelings away and expose myself to healthy ones. I stay in control. I choose my attitude. If I don’t like it, I change it.

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Three Bloggers I Am Tagging For The “3.2.1 Quote Me!” Challenge On The Topic Of ATTITUDE:

The Meltdown

Tiny orbs perfectly frosted

To the last remnants of shadow they cling

Winter is fading away

Their icy empire is vanquished by spring

Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

 

This was in response to THE ELEMENTAL CHALLENGE hosted by Teresa aka The Haunted Wordsmith:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/elemental-writing-challenge-april-19/

I’m Going Out Tonight

out tonightWell…more like this afternoon really. I am going to an event that will last for a long time. But you, know I am used to events that drag on a little because of the sheer amount of people present.

I have been worried about my outfit. I had an outfit picked out…but then the forecast is saying the weather is going to be gorgeous and so I have had to change my choice at the last minute and I am not so confidant in this other dress I have decided to wear.

The secret is remembering that everyone else is worried about their own outfit and they are probably not worried about yours! Harsh but true. So it is not worth being overly anxious.

There is a banquet early in the evening and then…later there will be a sort of party, with some live performers. But there will be a dance, which I am looking forward to.

But here is the thing…I have decided I am going to leave after the banquet and before the party really warms up to go to another event. A completely different event. Then I am going back for a dance.

Over the past few weeks, I have received three invitations for an event to do with commemorating the an event which is sacred to billions. I received two while I was out and about in London. One near London Bridge and the other I received when I was up in Camden. I was interested, but I knew I had this big bash to go to, so I thought it was not possible to go.

Then on Wednesday I was at work and I opened the door when someone buzzed the intercom and a beautiful young woman walked in and gave me the same invitation I have already received.

Three invitations – that clinched it. I am sure I can get away for a couple of hours in between the food and the dancing. I had to search on line and I have found that I can go to a hotel where they are holding the service to commemorate this profound night.

I know there will be a lot of people who will be dwelling on the foundation of all their faith and their hope for the future this weekend especially. So I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Revealing My Eighties Music Background

Kristian, the creator of Tales from the mind of Kristian, has nominated me to take part in the Weekly Song Challenge, as you can see from his post below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/a-song-challenge-from-laura-venturini/

I am quite pleased to see I can go all eighties with this week’s challenge. I was born in the eighties, so my choices give you a little idea of the music I grew up hearing.

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The Weekly Song Challenge originates with Laura Venturini, the creator of lauravent69:

https://lavent69.blog/2019/04/15/weekly-song-challenge-round-9/

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Rules:
Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!

1. Post a music video of a song by an artist popular in the 80s.

2. Post a music video of a song that makes you wanna shake your groove thang!

3. Post a music video of an acoustic version of a popular song.

I am tagging the following two bloggers:

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Thinking Cool Thoughts

It is very warm here in London. I am at work and trying to keep cool. I am drinking one glass after another of water and trying not to run around, but to stay calm and chilled.

And I am imagining that crystal clear water in that cool cascading waterfall gathering into a refreshing plunge pool at it’s base. The appeal of diving into cold water right now seems so delicious.

Just over three hours of work to go. Can’t wait for a cool shower when I reach my little abode.

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

This was in response to THE ELEMENTAL CHALLENGE hosted by Teresa aka The Haunted Wordsmith:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/04/18/elemental-writing-challenge-april-18/

Oh To Be Loved, Warm, Safe And Hiccup Free

Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind,  always asks us interesting questions for SHARE-YOUR-WORLD, and this week is no exception, as you can see in her post below:

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/04/15/share-your-world-4-15-19/

I have decided to mix up the order of the questions a little, because…well, I have some shorter answers and some longer answers, so I thought I would start with the shorter ones, and then if you get bored, you can skip the longer ones! You have been warned – this is a long post, especially my last answer!

QUESTIONS:

Gratitude – If you would like, share a story, a photo or some thoughts on you may be thankful for this week! 

Well…I am very grateful for some friends who treated me to a great night out last week. We were just round the corner from Trafalgar Square and it was fun. The show was a bit more excitable than the opera we are used to, and it did raise a few eye-brows, but we endured it to the end and then had a delicious meal afterwards.

I am grateful for such kind friends, especially at the moment when I am saving all my pennies to be able to go and see Goldfinch in Australia. I am grateful for friends who love me and are always looking out for me.

What’s your cure for hiccups?

holding breathI don’t often have hiccups, but I did at the weekend. I just held my breath until they went away.

My sister Milly has always had quite significant bouts of hiccups. They are loud, sounding a bit like a frog’s “ribbit” and they last for up to half an hour. It’s obvious they are hurting her. She has tried all sorts to relieve them quickly, but they seem to just want to run their course.

What’s the coldest you’ve ever been?

Probably when we were in the north of Sweden. It was at least -15ºC and one day I went out to the shops without my hat (only because I had lent it to one of the boys who was going to try and learn to ski with the friends who were hosting us) and after a few minutes I was in tears because my head hurt so much. So long as we were wrapped up, it was fine. But I regretted going out without a hat.

I also remember when we walked up Loch Nagar, it was freezing cold at the top and there was a fierce bitter wind. I did struggle there. I remember us huddling together trying to stay warm. It took us some time to recover afterwards because we felt like the cold went through all our layers of clothing and right to our bones!

One of the boys was determined to get out his camping stove and heat up some baked beans. But the wind knocked his stove over and meths spilt all over the scrub and the flame caught. He spent the next fifteen minutes trying to put out the fire. We just happened to have a friend who worked for the Scottish tourist board with us. She was horrified at him.

How would your country change if everyone, regardless of age, could vote?

Who knows? But do you really think it would it would increase the chance of a successful human rulership that can satisfy the basic needs of all? I don’t.

The only thing I do suspect is that if more children were allowed to vote, then environmental political parties would probably be likely to receive more votes. Many children have concerns about pollution and animal welfare etc. A large number of children in England went on strike (boycotted school) in a protest about pollution within the last year.

Guns?   Are you pro or con?  Explain your point of view.

I feel a little nervous about this question, because I do realize that in America this is a huge political issue, and I have no intention of getting involved in American politics! To me living in England, where guns are just not part of the culture here, guns seem kind of barbaric. To be honest, any weapon seems barbaric. Here in London there have been a lot of stabbings and that seems utterly insane. I cannot comprehend violence. It baffles me. The thought of it being easier for those consumed with anger, desire for revenge or bitterness, or those who are seriously mentally ill, to be able to get their hands on a weapon that could obviously cause great harm and even death, is quite frightening.

I used to live near Hungerford in Berkshire, where in 1987 there was one of the deadliest fire-arms incidents in English history. The gun laws were amended after this horrendous massacre. Less than ten years later there was an even more deadly massacre at a school in Dunblane in Scotland prompting further and more stringent prohibitions on guns.

But I am aware that across the pond, there are a lot of people who think very differently and have very strong views about guns. I think there is an amendment as part of the American constitution that legally allows people to bear arms in order to defend themselves against some kind of oppressor. I am not going to make any comment on the American constitution and how it is applied. That is up to the political and justice system, neither of which answer to me.

I have worked for years for international charities and we are careful to maintain a neutral stand in politics. I can report many accounts of other volunteers who have been working in areas where violence broke out. It’s only because of our neutral stance, how careful we are to promote peace and how we respond to aggressors that we are allowed into certain remote areas.

We are trained and prepared in case of the scenario of violent or aggressive attacks. Never ever are we encouraged to defend ourselves with weapons. Hiding and fleeing if at all possible are usually the best course of action. If not possible, then remaining calm, remaining still, explaining we are neutral and non-political and non-military have time and time again helped many volunteers to diffuse situations.

My brother-in-law’s cousin and his wife were in an African land when violence broke out within hours of a plane crash (the plane was shot down) which killed the presidents of two neighbouring lands. Their experience was terrifying. But believe you me, it would not have been made better at all if they had tried to use any kind of weapon in self-defence. They knelt on the ground, they blind-folded each other and they prayed intensely. When the building they were in was stormed, they experienced a very frightening ordeal, however, they were not harmed. If they had tried to use weapons, I dread to think what would have happened.

Many volunteers risked their lives to hide people of the tribe that were being hunted down. It is very moving to hear of the stories of survival from those who had to hide for months in appalling conditions and the bravery of those who helped them by supplying food and other essentials throughout this time.

I think most people would condemn unprovoked violence (someone going out with a weapon of any kind with the intent to cause harm and take the lives of others), whether they think guns should be legal or not. The cause for debate is the old chestnut of “self-defence”. And I have to say Hollywood does not help with this issue – all these glamorous martial arts experts with fingers like lightning able to take out the “bad guys” before they do anything else. I think a lot of entertainment that glorifies violence and the completely degraded video games available are just abominable. It makes me feel quite sick to think of what people are programming their minds for.

I wonder how many of the gun shots fired are genuinely by “innocent” people defending themselves? I would imagine far more bullets are fired in crime, drugs related, gang related, burglary related crime, or in domestic violence. I have never read the statistics, but I cannot imagine that there are many “righteous” bullets fired compared with the completely criminal bullets fired. The governments have to make their own decisions about “defence”…it is not my place to make any judgements. They are “allowed” to bear the sword. So I will remain silent on how authorities act, as I am not their judge.

As a child, I was disturbed when I started school and noticed some rather questionable toys available in the classroom. I took it upon myself to collect all of the toy guns and swords I could find and I took them to the teacher and asked her if she really thought they were appropriate. She had them removed. Then I noticed that at the GP surgery, there were toy weapons in the play area. I drew this to the attention of the receptionists, and they did nothing. So I took it up with our Doctor. He personally removed them from the waiting area. I did the same at the dentists surgery. Even as a little one I thought it was rather bizarre that a child would be provided with a top in the shape of a weapon to play with.

As regards my own decisions and actions as an adult, there are clear principles (Matthew 26:52; Psalm 51:4; Micah 4:3; Romans 12:17,18) that govern my decisions on this subject of “self-defence”. One of them is that life is far more precious than material things. If someone broke into my home and threatened me, I would not take any risks, they could have my valuables (although I don’t actually have anything of value) and go.

night sky through trees.jpgI found myself the victim of a crime some years ago. I was a strong woman, used to running for miles. With all my might I tried to run and defend myself. But I was completely overpowered. I was injured so badly, that I was told my attacker may well have presumed I was dead. However, I remember lying there seeing the branches above me and the night sky and the words “keep breathing” over and over, and the next thing I knew a man was asking me my name and where I lived. I was on my way to hospital in an ambulance.

violenceUltimately, I do believe in a Creator who can restore life (Psalm 36:9) and bring about true justice. I know not everyone does. I love life and would take reasonable precautions to stay safe (which means I will never be in a park on my own late at night). I have a little screamer alarm I take with me when I know I am going to be coming back home late. But for me, wielding my own weapon is not an option. If somebody with evil intent took my life using a weapon, I have strong trust that my story would not be over.

I think it is completely unacceptable that there is so much violence in this world and that many live with the fear of others harming them or their loved ones. This sorry state is one of the reasons I am looking forward to major changes on planet earth.

Let go of anger and abandon rage; 

Do not become upset and turn to doing evil. 

For evil men will be done away with,

But those hoping in [our Creator] will possess the earth.  

Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;

You will look at where they were,And they will not be there.

But the meek will possess the earth,

And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

— Psalm 37:8-11

 

 

Squeaky Clean And Ready For Sleep

After a day out in the smog and smoke of London I come home covered with a dusting of filth. I can tell its entangled in my hair, peppered on my clothes and clogging up my pores. All the dirt I have brushed against or absorbed into my skin making me look shabby and dull.

Once I am in my little nest, my haven from the big chokey smoke outside, I turn on the shower or sometimes the bath taps…and soon I submerge myself into cleansing water washing away all the grime.

Swan, White, Nature, Water Bird, Water

Image by pixel2013 from Pixabay

And now that I am glowing and squeaky clean, wrapped up in flannel pyjamas…it is time to say goodnight, and hope wherever you are you have peace.

I need to get myself to sleep, but I am so excited about the thought of being with Goldfinch soon. So I have just warmed some cashew milk and honey and I am hoping it will make me sleepy. Good night and thank you for your wonderful comments.

 

This was in response to THE ELEMENTAL CHALLENGE hosted by Teresa aka The Haunted Wordsmith:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/elemental-writing-challenge-april-17/