Category: Misc.

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“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
St. Francis of Assisi

Like a single sunbeam on a warm day, there is exuberance and brilliance in the sunflower. Its botanical name is Helianthus – helios (the sun) and anthos (flower). Sunflower seeds, at 163 calories an ounce, are dried before eating and add a nutty sweetness to recipes. Richer in vitamin E than any other food, studies show that vitamin E curbs the risk of heart disease, some cancers, cataracts, and may even prevent angina and muscle damage.

Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh painted bold and distinctive sunflowers because he felt they symbolized gratitude–to his brother Theo for support, the artist Gauguin for friendship, and the sun for light and warmth. “Yellow,” he said, “is capable of charming God.”

Let your spectacular heart bloom like a radiant sunflower.

Great Quotes Misc.

Organic, here we come!!! I had heard many good things about a store called Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem (it’s a chain too, so check out the link for locations), but was never prepared to go take a jaunt over and see what it was all about. Thanks to this new South Beach Diet that Aunt La, my mom and I are doing, I was filled with the proper knowledge and ammunition to go check it out. AND NOW I’M IN LOVE!

My primary goal was to find an organic milk of some sort that did not contain Vitamin A Palmitate or Vitamin D (these are the only two common ingredients in milk, soy milk, and lactaid–all of which I am allergic to). Well, low and behold, they have several variaties and I found a soy milk with no A or D!!! And while I was looking, someone who worked there came over and asked if I needed help. I gave him my very long explanation about my milk allergy and he started helping me read lables. When we found one he said, “Why don’t you take this home and try it–it’s on the house. Just tell them the store manager John said so.” I couldn’t believe it! As store that really cares about it’s product and about helping people. I am psyched! I am not at a point in my diet that I can try it yet, but we’ll give it a go very soon. I’m hoping that I finally found something that I’m not allergic to! Needless to say, they made a customer out of me!

I couldn’t buy much because I’m not at that point in my diet yet, but I decided to search for the things I know I will need soon for the next phase of the diet. I found my wheat pasta, whole grain “REAL” wheat bread, natural peanut butter, Uncle Sam fiber cereal (mentioned in the diet), organic veggies, meats, dairy, cheese… I can go on and on. They even sell natural deoderant and lotions, spices, organic wine. They also have a salad bar, sushi and other places to order food (like in Wegmans)… I AM TRULY IN LOVE! Some of it is much more expensive, but I think it is a price I am willing to pay. It is huge too… not just a small mom-and-pop shop. They sell just about everything that a regular grociery store would, but minus the chemicals, etc.

I picked up their flyer and that’s where I noticed the website listed, so I checked it out. They also list a couple of recipes in the flyer, and there are more online! The ones in the flyer were Eggplant Lasagnia and Roasted Ratatouille, both are friendly for our diet as long we buy fat-free cheese. And you can also look up health knowledge too! So check it out!


Would someone post something good? This is my favorite break from this $#%&*$ job, and no one has posted anything for me to interact with. Karen I sure you have probably painted the entire house over the past two days and Erin you have probably cooked 3 new recipes, but I’m bored and I wish someone would entertain me. I have terrible allergies and feel awful, but I have a call into the Lactation Consultant to see if I can take anything. Bob is wrapping up his statistics course and will be happy to have that over. Buffy has allergies too and she is scratching all the time, poor thing. Delaney, well she is the bright spot in all our lives. She is just as cute as a button and can’t wait to see all of you “Out of Towners” soon. She will be 6 months this Saturday, boy how time flies. She can sit up good now- still tips over but she is getting pretty good. Loves these new toes she has found. Has started cereal, veggies and fruit and so far has found anything she doesn’t eat (takes after Erin!!) Loves to sing and get attention. And had her first carousal ride this week. I told her she won the Belmont, but she didn’t seem to care. She went to the mall with us for 3 hours and was in her glory. Everyone was paying attention to her and she just grinned the whole time. Breaking her in early so that we can make this a regular cadence!! She also went swimming and was kicking her feet, this pool was much warmer than the one that she takes lessons in, so she didn’t turn blue after 20 minutes.

Family News Misc.

Here is a place to share ideas, thoughts and daily happening or bitch about the things that have gone wrong or piss us off or show us photos or quotes or ideas or recipes or just what ever. There is no theme yet and this site is not totally set up. Please remember that I am ignorant on html/blogging/FTP stuff and am in the process of trying to learn. Thank God I have help from my niece and goddaughter Erin (who is also limited on time) to try and help and teach me. Be patient- we will get there. For now enjoy while I pull my hair out!

With 4 places to log in- two different scripts I had no idea what was what and who was where- Erin to the rescue….now I get it and where I should be. Now I just have to learn the code but I get the FTP, the GreyMatter program and the jist behind the code so I think we can move forward. If I did what I think I did (I know what I mean) I should be able to start putting peoples names in to be able to post and turn this in to a family affair. I will e-mail people for username and password after I talk with Erin tonight. Soon…is the anticipation killing you?

Family News Misc.