STAY WARM! January/February 2017

What better way to start off January than with a bowl of creamy white bean soup topped with fresh sprouts? Soup sustains me in the winter, so I thought I’d use this photo on my Home Page and post the recipe later in the week, maybe with more soup (and stew) recipes.


With the first of the year here, many of you are probably making resolutions that will be broken by February, so I no longer make them. Instead I list projects I want to start, continue or finish, like working on my rhyming memoir at least one day a week and sending out at least one freelance query and essay/article. These are just ideas that I can easily adjust.

Just as I exercise to stay flexible, I need to be flexible with my daily plans and not beat myself up when I don’t complete something on my list. I just read an interesting idea in Susan Moon’s excellent book, this is getting old. In it she says, “I’m letting go of letting go.” I like being tenacious about my goals and also sometimes letting go of an idea that isn’t working. So I waffle between letting go and holding on, and I may let go of both concepts!


Speaking of books, I have several I want to review under the sub-topic of “Healthy Reading.”  Many of your goals for 2017 may include talking better care of yourself, so these books may help. The one above I purchased when I developed severe laryngitis and the doctor recommended it. Clever title which relates to eating more alkaline foods. I will include a recipe or two from the book.


Of course, February is the month of LOVE. I met my husband Alan right before Valentine’s Day in 2003 and he called me on the 14th to wish me Happy Valentine’s Day, which was two days after our first meeting. So now I like to celebrate this day as a kind of anniversary, but with a twist that it can be love for a friend, a sister, a teacher, with just a focus on love, in general, whether you are single, married, in between relationships, whatever your current situation. Or use this day to shower your pet with love! Maybe I will buy a new giraffe for Valentine’s Day, since we can’t have pets  in our condo. My giraffes around the apartment are my pets! In the meantime, here is my daughter and daughter-in-law’s cat Bunny wearing a red bow for Valentine’s Day.


February is also Heart Awareness Month, so I will do some research on women and heart disease, since women seem to have different symptoms from men. I think the recipes I post are already heart healthy but will search for some specific foods for the heart and maybe create a recipe with them.



Finally, winter upon us, I hope that those of you in the colder climates will stay warm and help others stay warm. Like a bear, I like to “hibernate” in the winter, catching up on projects and taking time to do indoor activities that are neglected in spring and summer. (When do people who live in Hawaii or Florida do this?)

Or maybe just cuddle on the couch with my husband and read a book, do a puzzle page, or watch an old movie on one of the movie channels. I think being “cozy on the couch” sounds like a wonderful prescription for winter!




P.S. Have a Happy, Healthy, Warm New Year!


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