Garden Salad


It’s that time of year when the garden pays off with fresh veggies.  I love this recipe because I can put in whatever comes out of the garden.

Garden Salad

2 cucucumbers, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 red onion, diced

Black olives, sliced

Romaine lettuce

¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Optional  –  Radishes, sliced

3 hardboiled eggs, sliced

Vegetable Marinade

1 ½ TBSP red wine vinegar

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp sugar

¼ tsp celery seed

Salt and pepper to taste



¼ cup olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp dill

Combine all ingredients and place in container with marinade.  Refrigerate overnite.                                                                                                                            To serve, place marinated vegetables on bed of romaine lettuce and pour dressing over it.                                                                                                           Garnish with radishes, hard boiled eggs, top with feta cheese.



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Be Gracious


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Why I believe in a higher power



I took this picture from inside my van, through the tinted windows.  In my mind, it is the evidence of a higher power or force at work, however it is defined by the culture.


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Distracted While Meditating? Be Happy About it!

Reframe your meditation experience.  When you feel you have been too distracted, and your monkey mind has taken over your meditation session, step back and be grateful for all the practice you are getting – so suggests Melissa Dinwiddle in this lighthearted article in the Huffington Post.

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Do We Love to Hate to Work?

I recently told a friend that I thought my husband would live longer if he worked part time even though he was forced into retirement early by a small family owned business with no ethics(just like me!)  He loves his 2003 Mustang GT, and as long as he continues to work part time, we can afford 3 cars.  Not to mention the fact that in the winter, he watches a lot of TV and indulges in his favorite snacks, cashews and potato chips.  He is very active in the summer with our vegetable garden and keeping up with the yard work, but in the winter he is bored if it does not snow.  When I was forced into retirement at age 53, I felt displaced, bored, and guilty.  Within a year, I found Etsy, 2 years old at the time, which provided a vehicle for indulging in my passions for sewing and crocheting.  I continue to have fun selling my designs and patterns.

It seemed to me that over the years I heard a lot of men passed away within a year of retiring.  And many of the older women I worked with told me to work as long as possible.  Indeed, my first boss, who retired and moved to Florida at age 57, wished that she had worked longer.  She got bored playing golf three times a week.

Some research shows that people are happier working and complaining about it than they are when they are not working.  The average retired senior watches over 50 hours of TV.  Many do not socialize and feel isolated and depressed.  In a study done in Chicago in the late 1980’s, the researchers dubbed this “the paradox of work.”  They found that if you don’t work, or have an job that leaves you feeling unfulfilled, it helps to find a hobby or interest that gives you purpose, identity, and a sense of autonomy.

Benjamin Hunnicut, an historian at the University of Iowa, envisions a society where many people do not work, where universities become cultural centers, and we do not feel guilty if we are not productive in the sense that we have paying jobs in the workforce.

For more on this subject there is an interesting article in the Atlantic Monthy.


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Friendship from Frankie Perez’s MindGym

Reason, Season, Lifetime

When you figure out which one it is,

you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a Reason,

it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty;

to provide you with guidance and support;

to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend, and they are.

They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,

this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.

Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a Season,

because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.

They may teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.

Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons;

things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,

and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

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