Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wonton's made of crab? BUT what else can I do!!! hmmmm

SO what to do with yummy Wonton wrappers!!

I was planning on making crab as I usually do, BIG favorite here at our house.
BUT as I looked at them frying away I realized little pockets stuffed with yummy crabby creammy chessy goodness can be done in so many yummy creamy gooey good treats

SO I looked in the fride and PRESTO ....I had a half eatin pint of Blueberries!! YES LITTLE FRIED WONTON BLUEBERRY PIES!!!!!!

so in a bowl I put the blueberries with some sugar and let them do there thing for about 40 seconds in the Ole Microwave !

ahhhh the yummy gooey sweet blueberries were perfect!!

I plopped a dot on teh wontons and sealed them with water and into the oil they went ! quickly browning and looking crispy and delish ! I let them drain on paper towels and then PIECE de Resistance' powdered sugar! can you say
HOLY COW THATS GOOD!!!!!!! I knew you could !

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our annual Block Party was this weekend ! and again it was so much fun! the kids and adults had a super time , great food and wonderful friends make this little neck of the Ranch a great place to live.

"A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn't climb over it."

"We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor."
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton

"Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there."
-- Franklin P. Jones

"A neighborhood is where, when you go out of it, you get beat up."
-- Murray Kempton

"No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change."
-- Barbara De Angelis

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Consulting Heart and Mind

August 19, 2009
Consulting Heart and Mind
Making Choices from a Place of Balance
Each of the myriad decisions we make every day has the potential to have a deep impact on our lives. Some choices touch us to our very cores, awakening poignant feelings within us. Others seem at first to be simple but prove to be confusingly complex. We make the best decisions when we approach the decision-making process from a balanced emotional and intellectual foundation. When we have achieved equilibrium in our hearts and in our minds, we can clearly see both sides of an issue or alternative. Likewise, we can accept compromise as a natural fact of life. Instead of relying solely on our feelings or our rationality, we utilize both in equal measure, empowering ourselves to come to a life-affirming and balanced conclusion.

Balance within and balance without go hand in hand. When you are called upon to choose between two or more options, whether they are attractive or distasteful, you should understand all you can about the choice ahead of you before moving forward. If you do not come to the decision from a place of balance, you risk making choices that are irrational and overly emotional or are wholly logical and don’t take your feelings into account. In bringing your thoughts and emotions together during the decision-making process, you ensure that you are taking everything possible into account before moving forward. Nothing is left up to chance, and you have ample opportunity to determine which options are in accordance with your values.

Though some major decisions may oblige you to act and react quickly, most will allow you an abundance of time in which to mull over your choices. If you doubt your ability to approach your options in a balanced fashion, take an extended time-out before responding to the decision. This will give you the interlude you need to make certain that your thoughts and feelings are in equilibrium. As you practice achieving balance, you will ultimately reach a state of mind in which you can easily make decisions that honor every aspect of the self.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Honoring Life Changes

August 18, 2009
Honoring Life Changes
The Wisdom of Fear
Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. For example, having a baby, getting married, changing careers—all of these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.

Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in between the old life and a new one. Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as a harbinger of transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.

You might wish to converse with your fear, plumbing its depths for a greater understanding of the change you are making. You could do this by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes up—your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes—is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Living Potential

August 14, 2009
Living Potential
Sharing Your Gift with Others
The gifts we are born with and those that we work to develop throughout our lives vary in form and function. Some we find use for every day while others are only useful in specific circumstances. Yet many times we overlook opportunities to share our unique gifts with others. It may be fear of criticism that holds us back or the paralyzing weight of uncertainty. Ultimately, we doubt that our innate talents and practiced skills can truly add value to others’ lives. But it is the world as a whole that benefits when we willingly share our gifts. Whether you have been blessed with the ability to awaken beautiful emotions in others through art or industry, or your aptitudes transmit more practical advantages, your gifts are a part of who you are. As you make use of those gifts as best you can, be assured that your contribution to worldly well-being will not be overlooked.

Your personal power is defined in part by your gifts. To use your talents is to demonstrate to the world that you understand yourself and are truly attuned to your capabilities. Your earthly existence provides you with ample opportunity to explore your purpose, to utilize your skills in a life-affirming way, and to positively touch the lives of others while doing so. Yet you may feel that your gifts are not as valuable or worthy of attention as those of others and thus hide them away. However, every gift lying dormant in your soul has the potential to fill a void in someone else’s life. Just as your existence is made richer by the love, support, friendship, aid, and compassion of others, so, too, can you add richness to their lives. Your natural ability to soothe hurt, inspire compassion, bake, dance, knit, organize, or think outside the box can be a boon to someone in need.

As you embrace your gifts and allow their light to shine, you will discover that more and more opportunities to make use of them arise. This is because your gifts are a channel through which the universe operates. By simply doing what you are good at and also love to do, you make a positive difference. The recognition you receive for your efforts will pale in comparison to the satisfaction you feel when fulfilling your innate potential.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009


my stomach is a giant knot, and my head is a mish mash of images and quick ideas that come and go faster then a stock market ticker tape,

waiting for a job is Hell BUT now with news of everything coming together quickly and with a fury, I find myself in a new Hell , its one I have been in many times in the last 14 years. AND in a new manner NEVER before.

When this offer is made to us WE will embark on a journey like no Other ever.

my life is to change very quickly and very drastically in the next 2 months.

New Home , New Job, New State, BUT also my private life will be very different I will be very busy. BUT no more taking myself for granted. I will be "ON" as they say .

I know GOD waited a LONG time to give me this.

at 16 I turned to my mom as I was drying dishes one day...and I was talking about what I wanted to have when I was NO longer POOR as I put it LOL

I was sick of trift shop jeans and hippie purses I wanted to be free of the POOR guilt.

funny the way things go, I love to go thrift shopping now LOL

BUT when your young you want new things and its important to fit in .

I am blessed even then when things were financially stressful MY mom made it look like we were doing great! she has taught me how to be humble and how to appreciate the wonders of GOD

and so as I sit and ponder what is around our corner next . I am scared that this might be the gift finally that I asked for many years ago while drying dishes.

and think of the old adage...."Be careful what you ask for"

I hope its all we need and that its where we NEED to be.

more to come............................................