Owning horses is a gift

My foot is much improved and so I rode my horse this weekend. It is a thankful thanksgiving knowing I can get my foot back in the stirrup without pain. I was amazed really.

These are pictures I took on my walk around our property.

Horses are very interesting and honest animals. Expensive to keep them strong and healthy at times. Aren’t we all a bit expensive ourselves?

When things are clear for me and sometimes when they are not clear I like to just be around them. I like to ride them too, weather permitting. It is an honour for me to be able to do that.

I am fortunate that my husband has years of riding experience and has received training from riding clinics and has learned what’s best for our horses. They are fortunate these horses we own. It is a good life here for them at Kirkville.

I am being instructed and critiqued from him this year. That is a very open loving thing to have him do for me. I asked him to be my riding instructor. It’s working well.

She is a nice booking buckskin mare

Go out to a horse ranch or riding stables or anywhere that you can
see and touch a horse. You will never regret!

thanksgiving then and now

I lost a loved one 15 years ago.

I realize that every time a memory appears that shows that I could have been a more thoughtful caring person at that time; Guess what shows up….


If only I did this instead of that.

Hindsight is 20/20

STOP. I created a boundary about memories of guilt and should have and could have.

A bad memory is recognizing something in my loved one that I should have seen and attended to, or I did notice and brushed it off at the time. Whoa! well then, Stop. It’s over. Boundary!

It is wasted energy and I turn the guilty, sad memory to:

Knowing how fortunate it was for me to have loved and realize it was a blessing being important in that individual’s life. This is a worthy memory. A memory that has value for me. There were lovely beautiful times and I got 18 years of bringing a baby into our home and doing what I knew best to do. Making adjustments and learning all through those 18 years.

I am thankful that God gives us memory pictures of our losses and reminds us that this person was part of my beautiful journey. The guilt is no longer of value because my life is guided by that guilt now in a good way.

Thankful to have thanksgiving to remind all of us that memories can be re-directed and made into a wonderful documentary of what we did well and contributed at those times.

I exist, I am here, I count, I am worthwhile, I have a future.

I just remember:

That was then. This is now.


grab a wing

Snow geese gatherings,

that leave you thinking

White noise?

knowing when and where to rendezvous

is knowing you have like-minded excited

flocks to travel along the journey with.

It is an exciting sound listening to the

snow geese,

reminds me of getting prepared for a flight,

and know it is going to take you somewhere


someplace away from your home,

someplace where your eyes get bigger with


fly geese,

fly people,

it doesn’t matter whose wings you use,

it is the excitement!

settling and gathering

testing the wing strength


Righting the Writing Diet (part 2)

Progressing…progressing….writing down the foods I eat all day for 7 days and the emotions that have presented itself are: bored/lonely, tired. I need more rest. I am discovering I need to focus on doing a better job of mundane household tasks. Listen to music more and use the Bose sound system to amplify.

My journal was messy and fast writing but the past couple of days I am writing neater (acceptance of the process).

Onward forth!


thinking spot

I'm in over my head
I'm so unsettled
is there a place
that can get me un-nettled?
If so I need it now!
Ah I know where I can go!
to my quiet place
I feel free-er and authentic
in this thinking spot of mine
I'm in some trees
along a lonely road
I have something on me
to take a snapshot
who knows how it will turn out
it's the process of doing this
all by myself
It feels like serenity and excitement all at once
my thinking spot!

the writing diet

I write in the mornings. In a lined blank note pad. I write about meal planning and now I am writing about what I am eating throughout the day.

I am writing (righting) my nutrition. My journal is full of eating carbs with a little greens thrown in.

Meal planning is preparation ahead of time. That is the trick, the secret, the key to eating. Period.

I am going to use the HALT method from AA, Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.

Yes. Am I hungry? Am I Angry? Am I lonely? Am I Tired?


I have high blood sugar. I take Metformin to help control the rises in my blood sugar.

I have to ‘feed’ my blood sugar. If I get too hungry and go without food or snack for several hours the blood sugar rises,.

Bread, buns, pita bread, bagels, cereal, granola…and so forth are high carbs but necessary in moderation.

FRUIT! alot of ‘natural’ sugar in fruit so it may state on a food guide or certain diets that fruit is to be eaten more because of the vitamins. Vitamin C. I love oranges. Navel seedless oranges. The best way for me to curb my hunger is to have an orange. The oranges are high in natural sugar.

Bananas in my protein powder shakes is still the best tasting and also the texture is like a milk shake blend. Bananas are high in ‘natural’ sugar.

Tricky is that high blood sugar!

This The Writing Diet is from Julia Cameron‘s book she wrote in 2007. It has examples from Artists like: songwriters, singers, actors, musicians, dancers, photographers and so on. They tell their own winning strategy with this diet.

It affects us all… don’t it? poor grammar there but it makes it more interesting throwing in a word or two improperly, or to slant it a bit when I write.

For myself, am I hungry because my blood sugar needs something to keep the cells burning OR am I angry and food is better than expressing myself OR am I alone too much. Food is comfort. Well if I am tired I have no problem going to nap or get to bed early. Being tired is not an issue for me.

Knowing my emotional state and stocking my fridge with foods I love BUT less sugary foods in fridge goes a long way. Yes it is all about meal planning and SNACK prepping.

that is my plan and I am sticking or I mean eating and writing and prepping to it.

I am writing and righting my diet.


perennial plants

On the calendar it is fall now and I am going through my photos and joyfully blogging nature’s planted garden subjects of summer 2019.

lady’s mantle
Mountain Cornflower
lilac bush
Wishing Well gardens
Wishing Well gardens
yellow day lily

With fall, or the fancy name is “Autumn”, I start to change in myself as I watch the colour of leaves change and fall and the hot and then cool nights flipping back and forth I wonder that nature teaches us to be flexible and I find myself changing what I blog here as well.

Nature is a good mentor for me.


small points of interests around my home

I drive past this spot all the time and I finally stopped and found out what this body of water is all about. I mean it had a plaque created for it. I found it to be an interesting lake.

What this point of interest plaque says is:

The unusual circular lake seen to the West, was created as the result of the collapses in the geological formation beneath the lake a potash-rich, prairie evaporate salt formation 915 meters below the surface underlies most of Southern Saskatchewan. Ground water can dissolve the salt, causing the ground above to sink.

Crater Lake was formed by two different collapses. The first, prior to glaciation, led to a cylinder-shaped depression of about 100 meters in diameter and 43 meters deep, during the last deglaciation, about 13,600 years ago a second drop occurred around the first. This collapse was about 213 meters in diameter and 15-30 meters deep.

The circular shape was first thought to have been caused by a meteorite the lakes name was a result of this belief.

gathering by geese line up at Crater Lake

pretty plant fluff

Points of Interest are worth checking out. I’m glad I stopped in.


The Car

I finally took the photo. The old car on the intersection that just sits there for eternity. Was it put here for a marker? It sits on an intersection secondary road to a provincial park.

I just want to take a can of metal spray paint and make it a different colour like a solid red or maybe pink.

The funny thing is, and it is not funny of course, is I almost had an accident as I ran into the ditch across the road so to stop and get the shot I wanted.

I was sure I had room to pull over a bit and let traffic go by me but when I pulled over I went in and dipped down into the ditch. I kept creeping along in the ditch until the road I needed to get back on was clear of traffic. That was upsetting but all is okay and me and my vehicle are fine.

That’s crazy! Anyway, I got the shot by driving a little further down the road and turning into a nice gravel off-road which was an entrance to a farm yard.


When devastation knocks on your door

Well, it is messy

It is scary

You are out on a deserted island

I (you) are the only one this has happened to

I have to share and tell people what happened

I can’t let anyone know my life is crumbling

Who can help me?

It is such a messy journey getting the right people to help me

Who can fix this?

I am a survivor of that knock on the door

I am a survivor of the telephone call

What fixed me?

well, lots of processes and messy emotions

people changing

perceptions changing

I started to ….do this

This is for many of us who have had a nasty knock on our life.

Go forward slowly and trust yourself that change is inevitable.


My Art (therapy)

The journey of the past 15 years of grief and moving to a new city I needed to find a get-away or release.

I wouldn’t put my art into a show or sell it. It can tell a story of the stages I have been at because my art is just manifestations. Which means?

I take a large art sketch pad (it has to be big because small art sized paper is too restricting for me), then I just make a crazy line or shape and look at it and whatever strikes my mood I start adding to it and changing it. I don’t erase.

Sometimes I copy off a picture; then I go over it with paint and make something else. That’s okay!

This pile of art must of been a phase where I wanted to just have fun and express myself!

A simple watercolour.
There are many ways that one can choose to receive therapy. Art is a HUGE healer. Just don’t be your own worst critic. Love the process!

dig deep those feet

Almost a rhyme!

A foot massage like no other today in the beautiful sands at Good Spirit Lake.

Walking in deep sand and wet sand in cool water is the best treatment for wounded feet. My foot has a Morton’s Neuroma and that is a pinched nerve in the ball of my foot.

Any therapist will state the fact that sand and bare feet is very healing. Mentally it relieves the feeling of structure and restrictions wearing shoes and makes you feel in control with your feet moving and digging into the sand.

Freedom it says to me. Release!

The foot has to grab with the toes and push and release with the ball and arch and heel, as it digs deep from the pressure of body weight.

Infant feet are wonderful to learn from. When you touch a baby’s feet the toes will curl and grab your finger and the response from pushing gently on their foot pads is instant and soft and flexible.

I am learning about feet with this affliction of a neuroma.

This is a lovely beach 30 minutes away from home. I took some photos below. Summer vacationers are gone so it was quiet and pretty.

This photo is taken on the road out of this lake. Saskatchewan has hay bales and pasture this time of year.

Harvest is under way.


almost everyone showed up

My folks turned 90 and are still doing pretty ‘dang’ good.

Missing from our family are 2 nieces and my sister-in-law.

This was a quick get together and fast food saved the day.

Houston Pizza provided the food of lasagne, ham and pineapple pizza and pepperoni pizza, ribs, ceaser salad and garlic toast (my favourite) is garlic bread.

We are a family of quick get togethers and the simpler the better. My sister and I are not fancy hosts for elaborate food. We just want every one to connect once in a while.

It is very important to keep the connection with our family.

Relationships in the immediate family and beyond can have past hurts and past tragedies; it is important for me and anyone who wishes for more family connection to make the effort to “get yourself out of the way” and step out to connect.

Family is strength, love and power. It is who we are and where we belong.

Happy Labour Day!


travelling August

Points-of-interest photos that caught my attention this month.

Golden fields waiting for harvest in the Qu’Appelle Valley as we left Crooked Lake.

I am learning how to not scare a herd of cattle. I walk by cows that are settled eating pasture grass and laying down, frequently. I could literally make them run! Now, I just stop and look at them and let them check me out and they usually stay where they are now.

Red Roan cow
Crooked Lake Provincial Park
Bonfire. Sculpture of a burning farm at the Western Canada Summer Games festival at the exhibition park. This was a welded and sculpted scene of what you would see on a farm. The old truck, tall wheat, an oil rigger, old machinery. It was super creepy actually, as it was emblazoned in fire. Very unique!
I just liked this landscape arrangement at Riverside Park, Swift Current.

I am looking forward to September and the energy of harvest is almost starting in our family. My brother-in-law is on his last year of farming and he is getting anxious to start the combines. The rains come off and on and is preventing harvest to take off. My husband is anxious to get out there and do his part on the grain cart.

September brings a season of new beginnings and start-ups!


this blog is really a healing centre

I started blogging many years ago. I lost my first born child; Graham, (photo below). He was hearing impaired.

He wore in-the-ear hearing aids with the volume unit wrapped behind his ear and attached to the ear mold in his ear.

He was not deaf. He just couldn’t hear the low sounds. He lived in both worlds of hearing and not hearing.

I call this blog “The Flash Speaks”! That is how I heal by posting a photo that I took myself and talking about any topic that manifests itself.

It is a practice to write a post and do it well. Authenticity is the key.

I was sent an email from a problogger that I follow and he said “what is your brand”? What are readers saying about your blog? What knowledge are you sharing with the readers? You need a brand.

He is correct.

This new website is about healing.

Graham in Grade 5 wearing an FM system that connected to a microphone the teacher has clipped on their shirt.

This above photo was taken by my son’s Resource Room Teacher in 1995. Graham consistently attended a resource room all through his school years. It was mandatory.

So, here is what it must of been like. He heard things, words, teachers’ voices, schoolmates talking.

He attended the resource room at the school and finds out maybe he didn’t understand or hear it all so he needed more teaching. So it is confusing to configure out from what he heard on his own vs visiting another room to have it exemplified or corrected from yet another teacher.

As a parent we were either over amplifying or clarifying words and teaching sounds. Or even just assuming he understood and heard everything; being busy or distracted we were not always on our game.

Of course, more time listening and more time asking questions is what I would change if I could turn back the times AND…..

the big one….waiting patiently for him to figure out a reply.

As a parent, I know I am not alone with some regrets raising children. I have processed this through the years of grief.

I am feeling the need to write now about our life as parents with hearing impaired children. We had two boys with this hearing loss.

My second born son Tommy beside me. He was born hearing impaired as well
and practiced the difficult art of living in our world of hearing and not hearing. He is my blessing. I am so thankful I have him.

This is really about why I was inspired to blog. I am not a writer. I am a blog poster. My brand is this healing website. I just share my life.


Windy photo op at Crooked Lake

It was windy today so it really created a different atmosphere on this beach.

A wedding arbor on the beach.
I love this!
orange plumed cockscomb
red plumed cockscomb

I have been trying to look up the names of the orange and red flowered plants above to no avail. If you know what they are please comment.

updated: Aug23, 2019 – the plants have now been named!


Rocky, Grace, Norman

Here are 3 of our horses that we own.

Rocky on the left. He is a golden dun gelding.

Grace is on the right: She is a buckskin mare.

I rode Rocky for a few years while I learned to ride.

Grace came into the picture 2 years ago. Love having a girlfriend horse for me. All the other horses are geldings.

And below is Norman my spouse’s new purchase. He is a 7 year old Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB). He has a good mind and is learning to trust his new owner.

We call him Norman. His registered name is Roman Humour.

There are many stories to share if we put our minds to writing them all down. Maybe someday we will.

My spouse has been riding horses for 18 years.

It is an amazing adventure owning and riding these animals.


do you trust?

This is a trust post. Nature can be trusted. I know that.

It rejuvenates the soul.

It rejuvenates the spirit.

It is wild and unpredictable

It is calm

It has these colours to express it’s mood: green and blue and gold and yellow and brown and black and grey and white and orange and …and

It can call you to hug a tree? why not? feel the trunk’s vibe and strength. What is it telling you?

Water is a moving force even if it is calm. the underneath of water is the big story and the picture I see when the water is still is it is okay right now and it keeps being okay. The undercurrent is strong and it changes and …hey! A person’s spirit is the same. We have undercurrents that we do not show. We appear calm when we have things under control but the body is the telling story of how you have managed the undercurrents in life. Did you ignore?

Did you guffaw some subtle messages?

You and I are human.

I trust nature to help me listen and watch and learn and repeat. Who and what else can you and I trust to keep life making sense!


Oh no..don’t get me started on rocks. That could be another post!


Appreciating the Cow

A nice looking cow and the cow is looking at me. It appears to be a short-horn roan coloured cow.

I have never been comfortable around cattle. They stare at me and then run. I now have learned to stop and look at them slowly and not to move fast.

Cows are meant to be here to feed us. God gave us animals and plants for our survival. I have no “beef” about eating beef or being vegan. I need protein and cows eat grass from the natural pastures that grow with prairie grass so they can eat. It is such a revolving wheel, this food cycle.

I always pass cows on my way into town and I live across the highway from a community pasture where cows are brought to this pasture and then leave in the fall.

When I first moved here with my partner I was on my own for a few weeks and I was out on the acreage and these cows that were pasturing close by kept me company. The mooing was reassuring and then they would huddle in one corner to keep those nasty flies under control and swish their tails. I appreciated the large herd and seeing them out my living room window. I didn’t feel so alone.

This cow story came up driving home today and seeing them lying in the grass.

I think I might talk about that at my 5 minute StorySlam night.


Artistic Expressions in the Southwest

I love this concept of art! a huge doll out in the field or on the roof top. It is so compelling. what do you think?

Heather Benning is the artist and she has done some cool perspectives. I mean huge cool perspectives.!

This is me/moi/selfie in front of the Swift Current Art Gallery with the field doll on the roof of the gallery.

Thirty professional Artists from Southwest Saskatchewan are on display at this gallery while the Western Canada Summer Games are on. My son is included amongst those 30. A little bragging here.!

Art is so open and brilliant and weird and fun and dark and creepy and can tell a story better than words!


Are you grounded and present?

I just returned from 5 days of travel from a visit with family and driving to the lakes, (love it) and attending the Canada Summer Games in Saskatchewan.

I realized I was still not present this morning. I had boiled a pot dry because I turned on the stove and was going to put water and eggs in the pot. But I walked away and sat on the deck to load my new photos from my trip instead.

My husband came home from town and turned off the burner and used some comet to clean the pot. Oops!

I went for a 20 minute walk outside to ground myself and breaths to empty my brain of stuff from my trip.

Let’s get back to what my focus was at these last few days.

Alberta and Yukon Territories competing in Girls Beach Volleyball

Watching the athletes play their games and their focus is the key! I get distracted too and have to concentrate on what the key players are doing to achieve a goal. It is a great way to practice being in the present moment.

Nunavut and Alberta competing in Beach Volleyball
lining up for the Kayak finals at Western Canada Summer Games 2019


are you doing what you love?

It is hard work to plan, and, sometimes it is the easy part for me, planning. It is the energy to get up and go and actually do it!

I wrote a free style poem below and it speaks to how following the simple enjoyment of water on a summer day is like for me.

my son on the dock with me

I grasp the energy

of water

anyway I can receive it

sitting on a dock

dangling my bare feet into the cool liquid

thank you say my feet

it is not about how far I travel

or how much I spend

or who I visit

it is about the presence of mind to

know I am here doing my spirit life

watercolour painting that was manifested and some cutting out to shape it to something that is a boat and periscope to see out and beyond.


summer tourist perspectives

3 shadows in empty parking lot at the Assiniboia Downs and we are waiting to meet up with an owner of the OTTB.
Some things are just great! A loaner lifejacket program at Good Spirit Lake.
Getting into position to pose for a selfie photo with the bear sculpture at Clear Lake.

I bet you have some interesting perspectives tucked away in your mind or on your camera/cell phone too.


long weekend quietness

We have a very small family. I always find these holiday weekends to be a long stretch with quiet times. We did go kill time in a lovely way this long weekend by hitting the lake close by. We sat in our lawn chairs and read and then I swam in the lake.

I took some photos of our perennials this weekend that are just finally really showing off.

dark burnt orange day lily
Mountain Cornflower
white cluster flower
white petunias

Hope you loved your long weekend this August.


what works for my health

  • hydrate (6-9 glasses of water a day)
  • massage my feet every night and do yoga for foot health daily
  • dance to my music not just listen
  • calm breath (blowing out candles); then big sigh exhale like going down a slide; this gets rid of the noise in my brain/intellect/ego, whatever you want to call it.
  • I expect good things everyday
  • I am available to accept the good things and acknowledge them at the end of the day

I don’t always know what I want, so SURPRISE ME. I love this free spirit intention. Instead of always planning just expect a good surprise. (this is a different way of saying “be comfortable being uncomfortable”)

I wonder what tommorrow has in store. I am going swimming in the morning and I always do the breaststroke for most of my laps. I am going to do the backstroke for most of my laps. That’s a change for me.



We are at the Assinboia Downs in Winnipeg watching the horse races on a Saturday night. We are here because of my spouse’s search for an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB). He connected with the owner of the thoroughbred named Roman Humor. This connection was made from the Final Furlong group. The Final Furlong is a facebook page community that shares the horses that are off the track and ready for new outside the track life. The end result was he wrote the cheque and we are now this thoroughbred’s new owners. My husband renamed this 7 year old OTTB ‘Norman’.

one of the races we watched on Saturday

This is where we got into the inside track of thoroughbreds and the owners who want to find a good home for their thoroughbred’s who no longer race on the track . My husband has been searching for a well rode horse who is past the colt stage and has some maturity and of course, smart and athletic!

  • He found one here at the Assinboia Downs racetrack and barns of the thoroughbreds and also the living quarters of the jockey. We stopped one of the jockeys’ walking by quickly and he gave us a minute of his time. This is what he said:
  • Where are you from? Barbados
  • Do you work here all year? no, I go back to Barbados for winter
  • How much do you weigh? 110 pounds
  • What do you actually do? I exercise and race horses

This was an exciting weekend and I, my husband and a couple of our friends, received some education and a totally different perspective of the world of the thoroughbreds; compared to the cowboys and equestrian competition riding.

Loved it! A new project at Kirkville.

There is something about the outside of the horse that is good for the inside of a man.

Winston Churchill

How High Can We Go?

This trail ride, in the below photo, was a very exciting ride through the coulees of southwest Saskatchewan. I am the second rider in the blue shirt. I was on an extremely solid trail horse at the time. Riding on the very top ridges of these hills, or coulees they are called here in Saskatchewan, was the epitome of adventure!

Saskatchewan Landing Park in Southwest Saskatchewan

This last weekend was a blur of a very different horse journey and I thought we couldn’t go any higher than my partner and I already had with our equine experiences.

We opened our minds and left our comfort zone behind and I took a 5 hour trip to Winnipeg with my spouse and a couple of good friends.

As you can see from the picture below, my partner got himself a wonderful new project with this beautiful Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB).

More posts coming of this journey and how this came to be.

Brian and Roman Humour (renamed NORMAN)

How high can we go with this new equine breed?


the intensity of a photo

Photos that are bold without being offensive are tricky because it depends on the viewers reactions.

A country cemetery. (It is intense for me)

This green leaf plant is intense. It is not even very attractive and dark green leaves are reaching for something.

A common photo of the orange daylily which is very bold and dynamic.

A Yarrow…well it is attempting some colour. Leaves take over the yellow tiny flowers.

Off beat hanging characters that to the eye are weird and a bit creepy. The black wall is intense.

These puppets or characters hanging on the above black walls are my son’s artistic explosion of video game characters coming alive. These are Five Nights at Freddy’s game characters.

What is your reaction?


my tie dye t-shirt

Here I am with Grace and my riding outfit this morning. I find Grace can spook a bit. As an 11 year old trained horse she needs a bit more practice at not being so untrusting of what I put on my head. She never looked twice at my shirt!

I have hat hair and my face has spf 60 sunshield lotion so it is kind of making me look pale.

Yup this is a pretty vulnerable photo for me.


On The Ground Horse Play

Lately, my husband and I have been working on a playground for our riding horses. It’s fun and they do need to get used to different objects, sounds and anything they may come across when riding out of an arena.

our horse grooming brushes
6 sided log circle and a bridge behind

I thought Gracie would be okay with walking over the white side of the tarp.
She needed convincing and eventually she successfully walked on it!
The tarp is a big deal and horses need to be able to walk over it;
it can resemble water.
A bright coloured exercise bouncing ball that horses can get used to seeing roll around the arena and bumping into their legs. Some horses actually play with balls and chase after it and try to bump it. Our horses are not at that level yet!

Making our horses aware and less spooky is just making our rides on them more secure.


Bison Burger for supper

We eat bison meat quite a bit and this is my recipe for bison burgers.

ground bison
  • shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cut up onion
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsps Montreal Steak Spice

Mix all together and make into patties and BBQ!

It is a little heavier burger and one is enough for me. The meat is so very very lean.

Something different to keep the taste buds alive!


I used to take Selfies

A selfie, if done right, is a wonderful way to share who you are. In my case, it shares who I am, what I like, and what I do and don’t want to do.

These are 2016 selfies.

My favourite of these is ALL OF THEM.


Do you feel vulnerable when someone takes a photo of you?
I at first thought it was a very scary, put yourself out there, vain thing to do.


Simple Fish grills on the BBQ

My mom’s recipe with canned salmon and mashed potatoes. I cooked these on the BBQ because it is summer time.

the recipe is:

2 cooked potatoes (mash them)

1 slightly beaten egg

1 can salmon

1 tbsp dill

4 green onions (i used 1/2 of a small regular onion)

S & P (salt and pepper to taste if you so desire)

mix together and form into patties!


Fish and Chips from Captain Highliner himself:

I kept temperature at 425 degrees and read a book while this was on the grill and checked every 10 minutes.

This is a treat in my family and takes some pressure off of preparing a full meal. It is a time now, where living is easy here in July, on the prairies.

Do not forget your greens. I used Iceberg Lettuce and a few tomatoe slices and cut up celery. Add your favourite dressing.

Iceberg lettuce I used this time because it holds up nice and crisp. I am waiting for my garden lettuce soon.

Keeping summer simple is my mantra these days.


making my blood sugar smile

I looked in the cupboards and fridge and found lots of good food to prep for my snacks and even to put in a green salad.

Prepping food, cutting up vegetables and placing them in a quick snack freezer bag, or put the cut veggies in a nice pretty bowl with a little bit of water and place in fridge. Every time I want to grab something to chew on the food is ready.

We have all heard this before, or maybe you have not. I know this sounds easy breezy to do but somehow I buy the groceries and put everything in the fridge and cupboard and wonder what I should make for side dishes or snacks.

I love popcorn! it is a good snack for blood sugar control as it is a lite carb and fun to snack on.

Rice Cakes, especially the caramel flavoured ones are actually very good. I don’t know if they fill me up but they can if I put cream cheese on it or peanut butter.

Apples, especially MacIntosh are our favourites. The rest is yellow and red peppers, celery and carrot.

The strawberries I hope you noticed in the fridge? … well, how can I stop eating them when I can just take a big red juicy one and pop it in my mouth. Yum!

The tomatoes, well they are store bought and we are waiting for the garden to produce on that vegetable or fruit. Is the tomato a vegetable or fruit? here is your answer. Do you agree?

tomatoes are fruits that are considered vegetables by nutritionists. Botanically, a fruit is a ripened flower ovary and contains seeds.

Did you find something in the images above that does not belong as a healthy snack.

(I’m human and it’s only one.)


Beetniks For Sale

I live a few miles down the road from this place and every summer they have a sign up and I did not know what they were selling. I do now.

At first I thought it was a hat (like a beanie hat) or special stick or something. Well this is what they are selling:

IBeetniks (Beet Leaves and Dough) A favorite Ukrainian dish. You take fresh made bread, wrap it in beet leaves to make tiny dumplings and then soak them in a dill cream sauce.

I have never tasted a Beetnik but if you ask someone in the Ukrainian culture they will happily share what they are and how delicious a treat to enjoy.

I live in a very Ukrainian community and my mother is Ukrainian but she never raised us in Ukrainian traditions.

  • a loaf of bread dough (frozen or from bread maker)
  • 2 large bunches of beets with tops
  • some butter
  • some onion
  • some dill
  • 1 cup of cream

Here is the full recipe

  • Cut tops off beets. Remove stems and thick ridges. Save beetroot for another use.
  • Wash and dry leaves- If leaves are mature, wilt slightly for easier handling by scalding with hot water,Cool and dry.
  • Grease a round roaster or large casserole dish, or line with parchment paper.
  • Cut off small pieces of thawed bread dough (about the size of a walnut) and wrap each in a beet leaf, rolling loosely. If leaves are very small, use 2 or 3 per bun.
  • Place buns in layers, filling roaster half full. Sprinkle each layer with salt and drizzle with butter or oil.
  • Top with a layer of leaves, cover, and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk (1 – 1 1/2 hours).
  • Bake, uncovered, in pre-heated oven at 350F for one hour.

I am going to stop in and try some!


bbq chef

Having our son come to visit us and BBQ a smoked salmon main course meal, is the most superb reward in raising him. He can cook. He is very creative. He loves the details and spends hours prepping this meal.

several hours tending to the salmon on low heat

corn cobs marinated with kosher salt and maple syrup
potatoes baked on bbq marinated with olive oil and rosemary
The salmon was on bbq for several hours and smoked with wood chips underneath the grills
these are the wood chips used for producing the wonderful smoke flavour on the salmon

You missed out on a delectable meal!


How I am healing from Morton’s Neuroma

Oh my! my foot has pain between my 3rd and 4th toe. I went to the Doctor. Nothing on the X-ray that was done. I am waiting for an UltraSound. My doctor thinks it is a Morton’s Neuroma. What is that you ask?

My understanding of this diagnosis, is my foot has a nerve that is inflamed and it is almost always between the 3rd and 4th toes when it happens and henceforth it is a neuroma. I don’t know where the Morton comes from. Irrelevant! No pictures are needed. If I showed you my foot where the neuroma is you would see a normal foot. Nerve pain is internal. This is how I am healing this foot:

  • gel toe separators to be worn as much as is comfortable
  • foot movement to pickup a towel or pencil for 1 minute
  • heel walking for 30 seconds
  • walking on the ball of my feet for 30 seconds
  • extra strength Tylenol
  • peppermint essential oil on the ball of my foot

If you want to see how the foot exercises are to be practiced, clic on this link below for a very quick video on how to perform these simple foot exercises.


This is a serious issue and I do not want surgery to remove whatever is in between my 3rd and 4th toes.

No more surgeries for me.

I have researched this diagnosis and the above foot therapy exercises must be done diligently and keeping toe separators in until that inflamed nerve is healed, will stop it from pain and a surgery.

That is going to be me! Here is a photo of my foot because I know you really want to see my invisible foot pain and I painted my toes to match my open toed support sandals. See you can’t tell if I have foot pain as there is no swelling or rash?

It is my left foot and I am no longer on any anti-inflammatory!

Foot Report on my Nerve Neuroma

I am calling my Morton’s Neuroma a nerve neuroma because that is what it actually is. It is not affecting a muscle in your foot it is that the NERVE IS THICKENED and tight. The muscles need to be strong in my foot to conquer the nerve stress.

I traveled to a writing workshop this past weekend on my own. I brought 3 pairs of shoes with me. They all have insoles in them to support the ball of my foot.

I brought my special massaging ball and threw that in my carry on bag.

I have listed the imperative exercises I do at least twice daily.

  • picking up a towel with your foot
  • walking on your tippy toes (walk on a rug or yoga mat for this)
  • walk on your heels across your rug or mat
  • keeping my heel and toes planted on the floor, pull the arch of my foot up
  • massage my foot with a foot massager ball/tennis ball. It takes away stiffness and keeps circulation going.

I have had 2 foot massages with a massage therapist and it has really helped. I feel I am on the win!

Oh and I have another NUCCA appt coming up this month.

detailed explanation: These chiropractors’ focus specifically on the upper cervical (upper neck) region of the spine using the chiropractic technique referred to as NUCCA (“NU-ka”). NUCCA utilizes the principles of mathematics, physics, biomechanics, and kinesiology to balisance the head on the neck therefore relieving stress throughout other areas of the body.

Dr. Jeff Scholten

My Anytime Fitness gym club is giving me one on one personal training for a month, free of charge, to work with a routine that my foot can adjust to and hopefully prevent a surgery. This was a wonderful surprise.

Progressing favourably!