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Permission

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I saw this today on Julia Cameron’s Facebook page, and it made me realize how often I don’t really give my self permission to enjoy my leisure time.

 I either: 1. procrastinate it because I don’t “deserve” a break.

 2. multitask it, like combining going out for a coffee plus catching up on some study-reading I need to do.

3. waste it, I just don’t give my self permission so I don’t take the time, even though I could, and I waste time doing something less enjoyable than what I might have chosen to do if I had chosen something.  

Permission is a big deal. I’m pretty sure I am not the only one with this issue. Have you thought about it? 

Julia’s Page: https://www.facebook.com/juliacameronlive/

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Doggy Bark 2

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Ecco doggy bark. Yes, I know, it’s not particularly appetizing looking, but the dogs love it. I made this batch with sweetened carob chips because I couldn’t find unsweetened. I made sure to check that they didn’t contain xylitol which is ok for humans but toxic for dogs, according to VetMedicine. This is a forgiving recipe, we had some extra peanut butter so I added more than 1/2 cup, it still worked. If the mixture gets difficult to stir, put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Robert and Gracie haven’t had any yet because they have to wait while theirs chill but I have. 🙂


Doggy bark

be468ef8-2c19-4054-8a3e-f79789f36306The link to the recipe for doggy peanut butter carob bark that I make for Rob is dead and I can’t find a recipe I like on Pinterest or Google. Some include honey, some coconut oil, salt and other stuff my dogs and yours don’t need in their peanut butter cookies so I decided to write mine up. It’s so simple.

Ingredients:

1 bag of carob chips (2 cups) unsweetened
1/2 cup peanut butter, (plain, just peanuts, smooth mixes more easily than chunky)
1/2 cup peanuts

Process:

Melt carob chip chips in a class mixing bowl in the microwave 30 seconds at a time. When carob is mostly melted stir in the peanut butter until smooth, then stir in peanuts. Drop in teaspoonfuls (make appropriate size for your dog) onto tinfoil or waxed paper and let sit until hard in fridge. When they are chilled, pop them off the paper or foil into a ziploc bag and keep in fridge. You can smear it out into bark and break pieces off as you go but the cookies are less messy to serve.

 


It’s going to be a long winter

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Alpine marmots near the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria, http://www.bing.com/

Today was the first bright, clear Groundhog day I can remember seeing in years. Usually it is overcast here and I feel like I can look forward to crocuses a little sooner than March 21st but it is a silly game isn’t it?

Here is a bit about Groundhog day to refresh your memory about the rhyme and what it means.

February 2nd, Groundhog day

It was also known as Candlemas or Imbolc in the old European Calendar. This is the day that Christmas or Yule decorations must officially come down. Here is the full poem for the day from the old Almanack:

If Candlemas day be fair and bright,

Winter will have another flight.

If Candlemas day be clouds and rain,

Winter is gone, and will not come again.

~ E. Holden

The US tradition honors the groundhog, or marmot, as the local weather prognosticator. Other regions honored the fox, the robin and a host of other animals. The animal chosen is not important, nor is the forecast supposed to relate to a whole country, but is said to describe a local microclimate phenomenon. So don’t look at the News, look out your window.

Here is a historical tradition,

In France, February 2nd is known as National Crepe Day—a lot of crepes are consumed, and people try their luck at guessing their fortunes while they cook them. As they hold the crepe pan in one hand and a coin in the other, they flip the crepe to see if they can catch it in the pan. A successful catch means prosperity for the year!

That one came straight from my Zojirushi newsletter, breakfast edition.

Some fun links:

The American Ground Hog: Click here to visit Punxatawney Phil’s official site.

For some of the science behind the tradition, yes, there is a wee bit of science, see the Farmer’s Almanac article.

Most importantly, watch Groundhog Day again. I love this movie.


Standing strong

America’s oldest living fruit tree was planted by Pilgrims in 1630. This is one of the original Endicott pears planted by European settlers, she is still bearing fruit at age 383+.

Source: One of the first US fruit trees planted by European settlers is still alive and well at age 383+ : TreeHugger


Goodbye 2016!

I’ll admit the first thing I did this morning was check the 2016 deaths for the full tally now that this awful year is officially over. Remember we started the year with Alan Rickman and David Bowie, continued with Paul Kantner, Prince and Muhammad Ali, Patty Duke, Harper Lee, Gene Wilder and John Glenn, finally ending with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Here is the full recap of the year, not just the deaths, so you remember that these were only a few among so many others: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016#Deaths

 


Just watched Elf!

And it’s just as funny as ever…