Tag Archives: Family

Sweating some rust

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My cousin plays the violin and my sister plays the flute and I sing so sometimes I think it would be amazing to make some music together when I hear such wonderful stuff.

Oaty Goodness

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Put some oats in your diet!

This past few weeks I got a taste of some different recipes for Oats.  A friend’s wife made me baked oatmeal and I just fell in love with that and I was sharing my pleasure with the recipe and my friend said his wife used Scottish oats something I knew nothing about.  The nerd in me took over and started some researching oats.

Whole Oat Groats: Cooks in 50-60 minutes. You can use the brown rice setting on a rice cooker to make groats the easy way.

A groat is another name for a grain kernel. Whole oat groats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. You can most often find these in health food stores. They take the longest to cook. 

Scottish OatmealCooks in 10 minutes.

Instead of cutting oats with a steel blade, the Scots traditionally stone-grind them, creating broken bits of varying sizes, which some say results in a creamier porridge than steel-cutting.

Steel Cut Oats Cook in 10-20 minutes. I use my crock pot to cook these overnight!

If you cut groats into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade, you get steel cut oats. They cook quicker than oat groats, because water can more easily penetrate the smaller pieces. Steel cut oats are also sometimes called Irish oatmeal or pinhead oats.

Rolled Oats – regular (old fashioned): Cooks in 5 minutes.

Are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster, by creating a greater surface area.

Quick Oats – quick or instant oatmeal: is ready in 60 seconds.

If you roll the oat flakes thinner, and/or steam them longer, you create quick oats and ultimately instant oats. The nutrition stays the same (these are all whole grains) but the texture changes

 

Preparing for Surgery

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In 8 days I will be going into surgery to repair the meniscal tear to my left knee that plagues me with pain.  I have recently gotten a cane to help me with walking and my friend from church is letting me use a walker to help me move around. Things will be difficult for about a week while I heal but I have faith in my friends and in myself to manage my healing for a week.  I must say I am excited to get this done because it means that I will be able to walk around more without the need of a cane as much.  

My hope is that I can start walking again in 5Ks next year!  But mostly I hope that I can enjoy taking a walk in the park again. 

Gifts for the future

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In the holiday season we get gifts and often it’s thought that these are just cuz it is the thing to do and it is. It is because the gifts are meant often for you to start a new year with inspiration and excitement for what we want to do next.  It also gives a happy close to the previous new year so that we can have good memories to fall back on when the next year seems like it is too much of a struggle.

While we don’t think of it often what we do each day builds to what tomorrow is. For the gifts I received this year a new place to  live, closeness with my family, and encouragement for my writing, my health, and my cooking.  

Dashing December

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It is the last month in our year and it’s started so nicely.  My mother has given me the best holiday gift possible in life a clean and organized home.  She came up from Texas and while I was a work she was at home cleaning my kitchen, doing the dishes, mending clothing and washing laundry.  

My life is so blessed.  

Jenny my favorite and only sister visited me as well this past week and it was so much fun just talking and sharing tea with her company.  Her absence is felt much now and I wish I could be with her up in Alaska to play in the snow and have hot coco.  

Family will will always be a mixed experience but creates who you are and allows you to grow into something new.   

Reverse graffiti

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Reverse graffiti

My cousin shared this with me on FB and I was just blown away by the beauty I saw here. I do not have much time but I wanted to get this out now and share some more thoughts about it later.
Have a beautiful day everyone.

Pics or didn’t happen

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I win at 5Ks

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Okay I went on another 5K this past weekend and visited my family to make some wonderful memories.   My time matched the Shamrock Run 1:35 and I am happy about that because while it was difficult I am doing well.  Linda my aunt was wonderful because I don’t think I could have made it without her support.  My cousin Emily ran it in 26 mins so that is impressive and I am very proud of her.  Because of when I registered a shirt was not included so I picked up shirts there for both Emily and myself.  The shirts are very nicely made with material that wicks sweat away from your body and is lightweight for comfort.  I will be wearing this likely on my next 5K walk and speaking of that I will be posting the info on my next one very soon.  Please sponsor me and get a personal letter from me before and after the 5K.

 

Back with supplies folks

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Saturday, April 13, 2013 This will be my 3rd 5K of the year and I will be walking with family on this one.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

  • 7:00 am – 5K – Medford City Hall
  • 7:30 am – Mayor’s Cup Awards – Justice Building
  • 7:50 am – Mayor’s Cup 1 Mile – Justice Building
  • 8:00 am – Scholarships Awarded – City Hall
  • 8:10 am – Wheelchair Start – City Hall
  • 8:20 am – 10 Mile Start – City Hall
  • 8:30 am – Mayor’s Cup 2 Mile – Justice Building
  • 11:00 am – Parade Starts
  • 11:15 am – 10 Mile course closes
  • 12:00 pm – Barbeque at South Fred Meyer near Exit 27
  • All Day – Street Fair and Pear A Fare-Downtown Main Street

New book of stamps i hope it will last till the end of the year.

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