Need to know?

Vegan pre ordered mealI enjoyed the company of my colleagues last night, I danced happy and participated vigorously.  Only how can I resolve the food issue?  I refer you to my other blog and the post called:  Held out hope again, oops!  Do I name the establishment?  I can’t remember if I named the other one of the previous years.  They must know by now that they lost a whole groups valuable annual booking…

Who cares?  Who needs to know?  What next?

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Cauliflower’s Calendar

Cauliflowers Calender.jpg

Totally enjoyed putting all these annual things down and putting a humorous label on it.

p.s. Stop the spelling mistake on the image.

A helping word

Today am I telling you two things I hope you find helpful:

  1. Try not to forget your humble packed lunch, but if you do forget, you can be like many others on this planet and go without that meal.  You do not NEED to buy expensive take away.  Going without food occasionally won’t kill you, in fact it is scientifically proven it does you good.
  2. Against all the odds, be at peace with yourself and your life.  Maybe start to be the one that enjoys washing up for it’s meditative quality, during the “Don’t worry about the financial strain, let’s buy with money we can’t spare, to be like everyone else onMASS!”

‘A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track … an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity’ —Henry Ward Beecher

Poncey YettaOthers will ignore advice and that is their business.  Others will misunderstand and that is their business.  I don’t like this pressure people are putting on themselves this stupid time of year.  Don’t buy anything unnecessary.  Don’t buy for others, especially things you have no idea what they need.  If you have spare cash, look to the family member that might NEED it.  All this avarice isn’t necessary, please don’t be pulled into it, because you are all beautiful, kind, loving and loved, sentient beings, so job’s done and no need to give a brass monkey’s ponsey yetta hat!

60 min timer

An item to include in the shopping list for those that forget things, is the 60 minute timer you can just plug in a socket, then plug an electrical item into it.  You can twist the dial to set it and when you forget the item it will switch off when the timer is up (say 10 mins). TimerI’ve recently bought a couple for £3 a pop, from B&Q in Llanelli, called the DAILL 1 Hour Mechanical Timer.  So if you have someone or are someone with a little bit of forgetfulness occasionally or kids that leave things on, these can be reassuring and can save on the leccy bill.

As for online onscreen stopwatches

 

Hugal bank

Over forty years ago, along the north side of our garden, hubby’s family dumped tree trunks and covering them with rough stone filled sod.  It now stands around four feet high, with well established trees, shrubs and native plants in it.  Some might call it a simple Hugal bank or perhaps Hugelkultur pronounced “Hoo-gul-culture” meaning culture or hill mound.  Whatever it’s gonna be called, it’s a valuable barrier from the cold air flowing down from the field above in the north, from water during heavy rainfall leading to soil erosion.  The phrase permaculture didn’t arrive until the late 70’s, but this permanent looking ecologically sound hugal bank, is a sure sign of what permaculture stands for, with its carbon sequestration.  I’m sure there’s future archaeology to be found in there too, from my hubby’s childhood, his siblings and our children who played on it also.  So far I’ve found plenty of plastic toys, parts of clothes pegs, once some WW2 shells and an actual spent out land mine!      Hugal bank

Notes:

  • It would be a bad idea if you live in the northern hemisphere, to build a hugal bank on the south side of a plot of land, as it would trap the cold air during the winter months.
  • Sod means about a spade full of soil.

HabitYouAll

We all have habits.  I have a few great ones, but I wonder what ones aren’t doing any good and how I can dump that limited time wasteful shit.  I wonder what new ones I could start.  Apparently habits are really powerful, like magical spells that lead us to do the same shit at the ring of a silent bell.  I remember Pavlov and his dogs, but seriously, maybe there’s something in this habit forming thing.  If I could just harness that power.

bangleNotes to self:

  • Get out that pretty bangle with the little bells on and create a new improved habit when hearing them jingle.
  • Get new more powerful silent magical bells to create great new improved habits that create a kinder work.
  • Start using said bells often.

Maybe some of the habits can include clothes.  I might only keep those I can wear comfortably anywhere and stick to wearing them (habitual don’t you think).

Sortalike meditation

Beloved reading this, when you get stressed out big time and all you can know is that you are still breathing.

breathing meditation

World earthI found helpful to make myself physically as comfortable as possible or accept what~is, then imagine that in each breath going out that the love of the universe is flowing out and as I breathed in the love from other sentient beings and of the universe was flowing in.  I have invited friends (some I have only just met) to do the same and whether stressed or not, maybe you can too?  I think maybe it is sort a like meditation?

 

Sicilian style crisp butty

Going to start making a batch of these chickpea snacks this morning.  These are easy enough, but you do have to add a little time between the start and finish processes.  Panelle  pronounced “P’nelly”, is a Sicilian snack of chickpea polenta, cut and made into fritters, using very few ingredients:

  • Chickpea flour
  • Water
  • Salt (not much)
  • Herb of choice (I used dry sage and garlic granules, others use fresh chopped parsley…)
  • Oil for frying

I add the flour, dry sage, garlic and a pinch of salt to boiling water in a saucepan, stiring over a low to medium heat.  I don’t stop mixing and I do NOT let it re-boil until it resembles a very thick paste ball.  At this point I take it off the heat and place it into an icing bag to cool, then in the “frigo” (French for fridge).  When I want the snack, I thinly slice the dough and cook in hot oil until golden brown.  Uncooked, uncut dough keeps well in the frigo for a couple of days and you can then just cut slices off from the wide end, as and when.  I find it’s best to make the dough in the morning ready to cook later.  If you want to make a meal of panelle crisps, serve with a wedge of lemon on the side of the plate, some watercress and a roll.

Oh wow, I just found a better blog about how to make them properly, with photos in French:  Panelle siciliennes

p.s.  The wacky scientist in me wonders if prior to cooking, I put some vegan cheese and peas on one and covering with another, brushing them with oil, whether I could cook them in the sandwich toaster?

p.p.s. Placing this recipe onto my verb vegan blog

Frienemy

frienemyIf you find yourself devaluing what a friend is sharing, belittling them, being unsupportive of their moral stances, undermining their efforts, giving false dress codes to a function, are non-compliant of previously set boundaries and basically being a draining one~way street, you’re being a frienemy.  Please stop that shit or you will have no real friends left and will not be able to keep new ones for long.  Start by listening and valuing the ethics of others, support their stance, keep shtum about things the other person has entrusted to you, respect boundaries and FFS did I mention NOT to tittle~tattle.

Also if you recognise some of these traits in your friends, then you’ve got an infestation of frienemies.  I suggest you be grateful for the discernment and make a choice:

  • One is to end the relationship soon, before they tell someone something that can land you in the dangerously deep, hard to get out of, slimy, stinking shit!
  • Another more gracious approach is to keep the frienemy by careful management e.g. never passing on information, giving them a taste of mercy by remaining in their life (but I’m not personally sure at this present time how that is achievable, I might need to work on that).

A strange yet enlightening time is had, when you ask the universe to protect you from your enemies and you start losing friends.

Post Script:  Inoculation boosters against pain from a frienemy are friends.