Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I HAVE BEEN SELECTED.

This is pretty epic for me.

Some of you loyal hanger-ons ,dropping in now and then to see if the vultures have stopped swarming around my carcass, know I am passionate about writing.

Well, did you know I am also passionate about reading.

Last year I ventured down the Flash Fiction highway and loved the journey.

So much so, that I’ve been putting my stories together for a book.

The ISBN number is waiting patiently as I stumble and trip over the “how to get it published” part. Which, by the way, lead me to discover I don’t need the costly addition of photos to actually print the stories. 

Well, blow me down and fluff up my feathers - I did not figure this out until July 12th.

July 12th...

a day to remember, well, until August 9th arrives, and then that will also be a day to remember.

Back to the 12th though - I went to the Cottage Bistro and bent an ear while 10 storytellers did their thing. 

It was then I figured that I too would like to tell a tale - a scary, spine chilling, freak-you-out sort of story, you know, the kind I like to write.

SO.... I ENTERED THE DRAW. 

That would be the draw to be a storyteller for the upcoming August 9th Vancouver Story Slam.

And today, after four days of suspense - where I confess I breathed in deeply from my lavender essential oil bottle and imbibed of the red wine spirit (gods come in many forms) - I was sent the email bearing the subject: “Story Slam draw results”.

I HAVE BEEN SELECTED.  THAT’S RIGHT - ME.

So, look out Vancouver - I’m ready to rumble... well, okay...

I’m ready to read! (then rumble!)

If you’re in the hood - drop in and listen, if not... say a word or two to your favourite spirit. Hey, you never know.

Alrighty... 

I’ve even got two stories I’m polishing. I’ll decide the night of which I’m going to read. 

Kudos to my mother, the great IZ (kinda like OZ, eh) who’s been my audience of one while I read and reread my selections. 

I mean to go in prepared, and come out feeling like I did myself proud.








A special thank you to Bouncin’ Barb and Bushman - two of the best readers a girl could know. Your supportive comments over at WBC (under construction) has brought me to this spot. I’ll take the stage on August 9th knowing your spirits are with me.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Ah, LIFE - what the hell are you doing to me!

So, here's the thing...

I did not finish the 2016 A to Z Challenge. And... that's okay!

Why? Because I gave you all I had at the time.

I've been in rough shape since my Feb 4th epic car accident. Slow to mend, slow to find my inner strength I have left this part of my life on the backburner. And... that's okay too!

Why? Because sometimes we have to prioritize.

What I can say, about this part of life's little journey, is for the most part I am in a happy headspace. Not happy physically, but definitely happy mentally. And... that is really okay!

I have been reading - lots of reading! My reading list is epic. I have a Blog Roll, over there on the right of this post, called TO YOUR HEALTH where I share with you the best of the best writers and doctors supporting Low Carb High Fat.

My current read is Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils, and Cholesterol by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D

Here's a photo of the books I've been reading... the top being the current read.


As you can see, some of the titles are very much to the point. Take Dr. Jason Fung's book, The Obesity Code - one might think this is only for obese people to read. HA - not a chance!

Anyone, and I mean anyone, that wants to know what goes into the whole "getting fatter" phenomena which is plaguing North American MUST read this book. It's a huge eye opener. I'm also tickled that Dr. Fung is a Canadian doctor working toward reducing this growing (literally) problem here in Canada.

Dr. Fung gets big points on having the first printing of his book done in soft cover, which makes it very affordable to buy.

I actually have a pet peeve to share - that is - all books should be in soft cover to make them affordable for those of us that like to add them to our libraries. (Because I have such a great thing as my own library - another HA.)

Seriously - there's NO need for any of these books to be in hard cover, other than to grab a bigger dollar... tsk, tsk, tsk. A little finger wagging going out to those few that have.

NEXT UP

A shout out to Ivy, over at The Happy Whisk - thanks for those sweet notes. You have a way of adding a smile to my day. Hugs coming your way.

I'm waving to Barb in Florida - yes, one of these days we'll get our Skype butts in gear and have that long overdue chat. Hugs to you for thinking of me!

To my Aussie partner in crime - Trish - I want to say thanks for the ongoing giggles and laughs. And for inspiring me to think about picking up my pencils again... still thinking! Getting close - need this damn neck to get better before I can lean over a page and draw.

I'll end this little love fest with a special "thank you" to Linda  - YOU ROCK, it's just that simple - you do! I really appreciate your continued support of all my endeavours, and my follies.

Here's a little fun fact...

I just hooked up to NETFLIX - yup, I am sooooo with it now. Shock and Awe!

Here are the things I've watched this past Saturday and Sunday - in bed on my little Surface 3 Tablet because sitting and holding up my head is painful. (It really is!)

Hotel Transylvania - way too cute.

SPY with Melissa McCarthy - fun and entertaining too!

Prescription Thugs - excellent documentary, worth watching if you have issues with "legal" drug use.

Sugar Coated - WOW is all I can say.
If you're American - YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS.
If you're Canadian, yeah, same sentiment - WATCH THIS! NOW!

Wild with Reese Witherspoon - I enjoyed this movie. Spectacular scenery with a decent storyline.

There you have it - what life's dishing out to me... not all that bad, eh!

If my neck would stopped hurting and my shoulders and back would stop aching I'd be good to go. Right now, I'm good to rest... and I'm taking it one day at a time.

Thanks for dropping by - always happy to have the company!










Tuesday, April 19, 2016

M, N, O and now P is for Proust Update


I HAVE A REALLY GOOD THEME 

IT’S LOW CARB, HIGH FAT (On Twitter #LCHF)

And right now I’m entrenched in a book titled The Autoimmune Solution, by Amy Myers, MD. 

I can’t put it down. I highly recommend it TO EVERYONE.

BUT today...


My good buddy
and 
proud new Papa
is doing a repost for P.

So I’m doing one too.

So there.

Back on July 14, 2014 I posted my answers to a PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE I was asked to fill out...

by…

well, I’d rather not say…

it would mean I’d have to resort to being a MEAN GIRL (that’s my M)…

and possibly show my NASTY SIDE (definitely my N)… 

which might cause me to throw out a few OBSCENITIES (my O my)…

if I was forced to tell you who “insisted” I fill out this PQ as part of the prerequisite for “joining” her little writers club…


BELOW are the questions and my original answers.

The stuff added in blue is what my answers would be if I was asked these questions today.


1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is reading in bed, Wee Dog snuggled close by, and rain playing on the roof and decks. Bliss!

2. What is your greatest fear?
I can’t say I have a ‘greatest fear’ - at least not yet.
When I wrote that answer I already knew about my PBC diagnosis.  Now, in light of my friend getting a quadruple bypass the other day I think losing a loved one would indeed qualify as a greatest fear.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Procrastination 
My inability (or lack of desire) to filter utterances that qualify as “not very nice” when someone annoys me.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Procrastination
Being ungrateful, and thankless.

5. Which living person do you most admire?
I admire three - Me, Myself and I - they have never let me down.
I now admire four - the aforementioned three, and Miss CP (aka my daughter, Courtney) who stepped up to the plate when the going got tough.

6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Living vicariously through the lives that have graced my space.

7. What is your current state of mind?
Determined
Still determined - but more so.

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I didn’t know virtues could be overrated - if anything I think many are underrated. 

9. On what occasion do you lie?
When asked a question were the truth would hurt.

10.   What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Nothing - I like what looks back at me in the mirror, always have.
Damn, I do get better looking the older I get - so… I really still like my answer. I hope you all like what looks back at you too!

11.   Which living person do you most despise?
I prefer not to despise people.

12.   What is the quality you most like in a man?
Humour

13.   What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Humour

14.   Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Hmmm, really…”

15.   What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My daughter and Wee Dog - they both get top billing.

16.   When and where were you happiest?
I am happiest in the NOW.

17.   Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to carry a tune. 

18.   If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Preferring my own company when I have been privileged to have friends that would like my company. Bless them!

19.   What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting this far in life without doing life.
Looking at life now, I consider “having an open mind”(with something in it) and “the willingness to break from convention” (without killing anyone) to be my greatest achievements to date.

20.   If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
I’d come back as me - better the devil I know…

21.   Where would you most like to live?
With grandfather in the Alps.
Well, that Alp thing hasn’t worked out so… hmmm… give me a minute.

22.   What is your most treasured possession?
A childhood doll.
And, my mind.

23.   What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The state of unhappiness.

24.   What is your favourite occupation?
The one I’ve done for 33 years - being my own boss.
Being right. Oh, and there’s that frank outspoken thing I failed to mention earlier.

25.   What is your most marked characteristic?
My sense of humour tied for first place with my optimistic outlook on life.

26.   What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, compassion, and patience - mostly patience; I can be a trying friend! 
The above still holds, but as for being a trying friend… what was I thinking! You’d be damn lucky to have me as a friend. 

27.   Who are your favourite writers?
J M Barrie, Jane Austen
J. Bushman - damn fine writer. Note the first initials of my favs - all J's. 
Hmmm J. Pearson is also a fav of mine, hehehehehe, What? One should be proud of their accomplishments. 

28.   Who is your hero of fiction?
I don’t have a particular hero of fiction.

29.   Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Cleopatra 
Beryl Markham - remarkable woman, and free spirit.

30.   Who are your heroes in real life?
In real life my mom and dad are my heroes; they taught me to work hard, pay my dues, show gratitude, and to value integrity.

31.   What are your favourite names?
Moo-tastic and Lucky Lucky Pow Pow

32.   What is it that you most dislike?
Questions that are vague - and dishonesty.

33.   How would you like to die?
In a fit of laughter.

34.   What is your motto?
“She who helps herself is in good hands.”-JW Pearson



Question for this post - Have you ever answered these questions? (feel free to cut/paste/and answer them in a post some time)







PS - for those of you dropping by and leaving comments - thanks. I’m sorry for the lack of reply. I will do proper posts to make up for those that are missing. Fear not… the Low Carb High Fat saga does continue.

I could make up some lame assed excuse, but let's just be frank, shall we, I'm just way busier than you. Or was that way lazier than you… hmmm… busier really does sound better… so, that's what I'll go with. See, that's what I would say if I didn't filter my utterances. Just sayin'...



Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

L is for Lucky...


My theme is Low Carb High Fat. 
(#LCHF on Twitter)

But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health. 
It is about two women. 
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.

As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.



Here we go… 

L is for Lucky... 


The day is almost done - I had a post lined up but today has been a day and a half.

My daughter, the ever interesting Miss Courtney, who is also participating in this year’s A to Z Challenge HERE, turns 29 today at 11:28pm.


WOW - hard to fathom where the time goes.


She just let me know she’s arrived at her birthday destination (Harrison Hot Springs Resort - a family favourite) and is enjoying the chocolate dipped strawberries I ordered to go with the champagne I sent along for her and her hubby to enjoy.


How lucky. 


Lucky for me to see my daughter turn 29. To be part of her life and know she is thriving and prospering. What more can a parent hope for. 

Lucky for me to know she works in an industry that stokes her passionWe both agree you don’t really work at a job if you love what you do.

Lucky for me to know she is happy in her relationship. Again, what more can a parent hope for.


Today I had some sad news… I'm still digesting it.


A longtime friend is facing open heart surgery. She went in for tests this morning, found out she has 90% blockage in the main artery, 75% blockage in almost everything else.

No options - she was booked right then and there - her operation is tomorrow. I don’t know how she’s coping.

But.

How lucky.

How lucky we live in Canada where right then and there something like open heart surgery can be booked. 

How lucky to have another chance at living. 

Because, until she has this operation she’s not. 

In fact, she’s lucky this was caught, it could have gone in such a different direction.


How did this affect me?


It made me realize how really lucky I am

And how thankful I am for all the abundance that surrounds me.


How about you?


What does it take for you to realize how truly lucky you are?


Looks like this little car ride took an unexpected turn into uncharted territory. Good thing it’s an all-terrain vehicle - but, more importantly, good thing I’ve got you along to make this ride a little less daunting.


Thanks… 








Wednesday, April 13, 2016

K is for Ketosis - how it works.


My theme is Low Carb High Fat. 
(#LCHF on Twitter)

But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health. 
It is about two women. 
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.

As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.



Here we go… 

K is for Ketosis, how it works.

What is Ketosis? - a quick overview… this information comes from Lindora Clinic, a website that simplifies the learning curve.

The carbohydrates you eat are converted to glucose, which is the body’s primary source of energy. Whenever your intake of carbohydrates is limited to a certain range, for a long enough period of time, you reach a point where your body draws on its alternate energy system, fat stores, for fuel. This means the body burns fat and turns it into a source of fuel called ketones. (Ketones are produced whenever body fat is burned.)

When you burn a larger amount of fat than is immediately needed for energy, the excess ketones are discarded in the urine. Being in ketosis means your body has burned a large amount of fat in response to the fact that it didn’t have sufficient glucose available for energy needs.

To read the rest of Lindora Clinic’s explanation go HERE. (it’s worth reading)

During my 27 days of fasting I was in ketosis - I was a fat burning machine. Seriously, the fat was literally melting off me. And, in all the right places too. Which for me, was that visceral fat around my organs - oh so glamorous! 

NOTE: if you really want the game changer on how KETONES affects your MITOCHONDRIA read this paper... Click on the pic, it links to the whole article.


Source - which is also a link.


NOW…

Let’s talk about DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS - NOT to be confused this with KETOSIS


DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS - is a life-threatening complication which predominately affects people with Type 1 Diabetes. It is often the first signs indicating a person is diabetic. It is triggered by several factors, of which an underlying illness  often the cause.
More on Diabetic Ketoacidosis can be found HERE - and is definitely worth a further look.

Again, this transport vehicle is slow on the uptake and though one could blame it on the building an epic KUCHEN (aka cake) for a special occasion (my daughter’s birthday) I can also blame it on lack of being ready with this topic. Eeekkkk, bad Jenny, bad!

Question for this post - Do you understand the difference between being “in ketosis” and experiencing “diabetic ketoacidosis”? I hope so!











Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

J is for Juice - what's in yours?


My theme is Low Carb High Fat. 
(#LCHF on Twitter)

But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health. 
It is about two women. 
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.

As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.



Here we go… 

J is for Juice - what’s in yours?


Do you drink fruit juice? 

Do you juice your fruit? 

You throw out the pulp and keep the liquid, right? 
Cuz it’s good for you, right?

WRONGO - You get the booby prize if you think drinking the liquid (sugar water) produced by juicing fruits is good for your health.


Here… look at this chart comparing CocaCola to Apple Juice and Orange Juice:



Look at the amount of sugar in what we normally think of as healthy juices.

Shocking, eh!

So what about juicing your own? Is it better?

Well - the trick is to focus on the GREEN stuff. Mostly green veggies - mixed with a handful of berries - make great juices. 

Green juices are full of living micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that give a healthy boost to your immune system.

Kids are the ones that suffer the most because parents are not paying close enough attention to beverages passing themselves off as healthy.

Some of the so-called Healthy Juices are nothing more than glorified sugar water which we pay a small fortune to the following companies that pressure us with powerful advertisements targeted at our children.

Oxfam International has made this graphic showing how a handful of corporations control nearly everything we buy at the grocery store.
SOURCE

The graphic focuses on 10 of the world's most powerful food and beverage companies: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, Danone, Mars, Mondelez International, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nestle, and Associated British Foods.
Time to take back control of what these companies pass off as nutritious and wholesome. 
If it is sold in a bottle and has sugar in it - it is BAD for your health.
Here are other names for SUGAR: 
The following lists is complements of a post called How To Spot Sugar on Food Labels.
Sugars ending in -ose include: Sucrose, Maltose, Dextrose, Fructose, Glucose, Galactose, Lactose, High fructose corn syrup, Glucose solids
Just because it doesn't end in -ose, however, doesn't mean it isn't sugar. There are plenty of other names as well that may or may not sound like sugar. 

Regardless of how they sound, the following are all sugar:
Cane juice, Dehydrated cane juice, Cane juice solids, Cane juice crystals, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Dextran, Barley malt, Beet sugar, Corn syrup, Corn syrup solids, Caramel, Buttered syrup, Carob syrup, Brown sugar, Date sugar, Malt syrup, Diatase, Diatastic malt, Fruit juice, Fruit juice concentrate, Dehydrated fruit juice, Fruit juice crystals, Golden syrup, Turbinado,  Sorghum syrup, Refiner's syrup, Ethyl maltol, Maple syrup, Yellow sugar

Okay, wasn’t that a little scary - NOW you’ll look at water in a whole different light. 

Question for this post - Do you have a favourite green juice recipe you’d like to share?









Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.