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Christmas Contentment! A Charlie Story
Wednesday, December 18, 2013      55 comments

On December 8, our dear Charlie had to undergo very serious abdominal surgery. He had swallowed a sock (or maybe a jCloth?) which got stuck in his stomach and small intestine. He was clearly in terrific discomfort. Once we figured out t... Read more
Anybody Need Motivational Gold or Silver Brocade Pants???
Monday, December 16, 2013      11 comments

www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5564672 Yup, a little fashion works to help me keep wearing it: that is, wearing the clothes instead of the calories . . . And BESSHAILE"s recen... Read more
Spicy Hot Fish Soup!
Sunday, December 15, 2013      16 comments

On hand: vegetable broth; a can of diced tomatoes; pretty much a full head of celery, thinly sliced; about a cup of grated carrots; 4 small sweet parsnips, scraped and chopped; a couple of Russet potatoes, diced; a cup of Brussels sprouts trimm... Read more
Wearing . . .
Saturday, December 14, 2013      20 comments

When I came home from court the other day (it was an intense day-long but non-gowned matter) my DD took one look at my clothes and said, "Pretty boring outfit! How'd it go?" She recognized just from what I was wearing (plain charcoal grey busi... Read more
Potato Chips
Wednesday, December 11, 2013      27 comments

Long stressful day in court. Called for 10 am; not heard until 2:30 pm. And not out of there until after 5 pm. It was very hard work. High stress weakens will power. There were potato chips in the vending machine. I did not ... Read more
The Good Enough
Friday, December 06, 2013      33 comments

Does anyone remember Bruno Bettelheim's writings about the "good enough mother" (later, the "good enough parent"?) We mothers never feel that we are doing enough for our kids, sacrificing enough, putting their happiness first. So I found Bett... Read more
Benign Obesity?
Tuesday, December 03, 2013      25 comments

ca.news.yahoo.com/benign
-obesity-myth-even-blood-p
ressure-cholesterol-health
y-224003714.html Fit but fat? It is possible for me to be healthy even if I'm significantly overweight? Uh, no. Apparently not. ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Principles of Soup!
Monday, December 02, 2013      114 comments

There are no hard and fast principles, of course. I make a big pot of soup, generally on the weekend, and it's never the same from one week to the next. Then I nuke a bowlful of soup as soon as I get home from work: it's my standby supper ... Read more
Thermostat Up or Down??
Sunday, December 01, 2013      23 comments

ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs
/shine-on/keep-home-warm-a
void-gaining-weight-winter
-153053235.html So silly: previous research which suggested that keeping our homes a bit cooler in winter would help with weight loss i... Read more
A Prayer of Desmond Tutu for (American) Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 28, 2013      13 comments

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
COtoTfOdjmU Should Justin Trudeau have appropriated the voice of Jack Layton? Or were both of them (consciously or not) influenced by Desmond Tutu? A purely Canadian political contre... Read more
Watching a jogger on video . . .
Wednesday, November 27, 2013      17 comments

. . . . actually raises the viewer's heart rate, respirations, sweat etc. So says recent Australian research reported short short in my morning Globe. Hmmmm. But not by much. I'm not thinking this is a credible substitute for getti... Read more
Winter Stewps!
Sunday, November 24, 2013      18 comments

Last week, most uncharacteristically for me, I made a carbonnade de boeuf a la flamande. (Beef stew-soup Flemish style with six sweet onions, big chunks of massive carrot, turnip, baby bella mushrooms and a bottle of beer). I "don't eat" beef u... Read more
Using My Brain to Make My Life Work
Saturday, November 23, 2013      18 comments

chriskresser.com/how-to-
prevent-spending-the-last-
10-years-of-your-life-in-a
-diaper-and-a-wheelchair HOUNDLOVER1 posted a blog today with this link to an article by Chris Kresser on aging well, and it's such an ... Read more
Smoking Ads and Persistent Temptations
Wednesday, November 20, 2013      23 comments

Short short in my Globe this morning says that exposure to even one glamorous and cool cigarette ad can affect the desire to smoke a full week later. I haven't smoked for 35 years, not one cigarette. Because I know that I am one cigarette ... Read more
Spray Thin?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013      12 comments

www.theglobeandmail.com/
life/health-and-fitness/he
alth/if-you-think-weight-l
oss-sprays-sound-too-good-
to-be-true-youre-probably-
right/article15241472/ Has anybody here tried food scent suppressant sprays... Read more

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