The Pre Years – a Fandango Flashback Friday Challenge

For Fandango’s Flashback Friday Challenge – a tidbit about life back in 2018, pre-brain surgery, pre-pandemic, pre-hailstorm.

3/18/18 It’s All About Balance

When you’re a spoonie with a family of 2 with chronic and autoimmune diseases, kitchen work can be a considerable challenge. We follow two similar yet different diets at our house. I follow WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) diet, Superhubs is primarily pescetarian. He eats fish, generally once a day, egg whites as an ingredient and occasionally chicken if we eat out. He’s extremely particular about the type and preparation of fish, hence the occasional chicken and eschews all forms of dairy. We eat LOTS of beans, tofu a couple times per week. Since we are in “travel mode” right now, we eat simple and rather more “packaged” food than we normally would. Today we’re not moving but still follow the same principles. A quick look at our menu for today.

Breakfast: Museli for SH, quick oats for me.

AM snack: SH – 1/2 banana, 1/2 sheet graham cracker, 1/4 cup nuts

Me – 1/2 banana, 1 rice cake

Lunch: Soup with toasted cheese sandwiches, veggie sticks, chips

PM snack: Both – homemade oil-free hummus, crackers, cuties

Dinner: Saag Aloo with chickpea curry

Dessert: Fruit plate, 1/2 spelt muffin w/almond butter (homemade pumpkin butter for me)

As you can see, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It equates in spoon usage to a part time job. I’ll also do some writing (fiction project) in addition to this and some housework. Trying to figure out how to fit in some exercise since it’s snowing and blowing and too cold outside for my lungs. If the roads clear enough, we may try some “walmart walking” after lunch.

It’s always a challenge, to balance everything, enough rest, enough exercise, nutrition and convenience. The scale moves both ways and every day is different. I tell my yoga learners that balance is not a static thing. Stand in any one leg pose and feel the tiny adjustments your muscles make, especially your feet. Life is like that, balance isn’t something you just find, it’s a thousand tiny adjustments every day that give us the feeling of solidity. Life is always in motion and you have to roll with it. Nowhere is this more true than in the life of a spoonie. A healthy recipe for Saag Aloo (spinach and potatoes) in the slow cooker and a pretty picture for you my friends. Namaste ~oep

Saag Aloo — Serves 2

Ingredients
2 medium to large potatoes, well scrubbed (or peeled if you prefer), any “eyes” or brown spots removed.
1 cup reconstituted broth (I used Better than Bouillon vegetable)
1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons dehydrated onion flakes (or 1/4 Cup chopped onion or 1/2 cup sliced onion if you have it).
1/2 teaspoon each of: cumin, ground corriander, hot chili powder (I use ancho), and graham masala
ground black pepper – a few good shakes

As much spinach slightly torn as you can fit into your slow cooker. Feel free to use a mix of greens, I threw in some collard greens that I needed to use up and a few handfuls of baby spinach. You can add more spinach as it cooks down.

Directions

Cut the potatoes into 1 inch or smaller pieces. I, personally do not peel my potatoes, I use organic and the peel is full of nutrients. The smaller the pieces, the quicker it will cook.
Add the broth
Add the spices and onion and stir in.
top with greens, firmer greens on the bottom, spinach on top
Cook on high for 3-5 hours depending on your slow cooker and the size of your potato dice
Add spinach as desired.

There you have it, quick, easy, yummy and slow cooker friendly, especially important on a low spoons day.

My view this morning

street lights cast a blue glow on the snowy branches in Richfield, UT

Til next time ~Duuuuude that’s COLD! ~JP

FOTD – a little prickly

Beavertail cactus flower – watch out for the spines

“I am not a pretty daisy to be casually picked and discarded. I am a cactus flower, wild, irresistible, hard to find and more than a little prickly.” ~JP

For Cee’s FOTD challenge

Til next time ~Bloom where you are planted ~JP

Crow’s Tale — a Crimson’s Creative Challenge

“A crow? Really? Witch just HAD to turn me into a crow. Could have chosen a nice black cat for a familiar, or a horse would’ve been nice, a tiny dragon oh yeah! Well, I’m standing my ground on this one, I don’t care how nutritious it is, I am NOT eating THAT!”

For Crimson’s Creative Challenge #171 (yep, I’m still laughing)

Til next time ~Eat it up buttercup ~JP <] πŸ˜‰

Wild Green Magic – CCC #101

For Crimsons Creative Challenge # 101 – Wild Green Magic

The old stone archway had stood for more years than Brandi and her company could imagine. Whatever was inside was veiled by some power. Whether that power be light or dark, no one knew. Astride flicked a small light ember toward the opening. It was immediately engulfed in darkness. Ahhh, dark magic then. Brandi gathered her will and her power, a glowing sphere if light in her hands that she hearled at the archway “tombershio” she whispered as she cast her light. What happened next was truly remarkable as a woodland spirit began to emerge from a nearby oak.

word count 99

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Picoftheweek — Movement

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek challenge – Movement

I’m running a bit behind right now. Behind everything so time for some catchup this week. πŸ˜‰

6.9.20 Movement
Sunrise on Kauai

Sun rising
as the earth
always in motion
dances through the day
Waves bring the tide
as the sea
always in motion
dances through the night

Ornico Flow — Enya

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Monday Window and #picoftheweek 14

4.6.20 up the canyon
View from the rear window of a Swiss Army Butt Cruncher at 13,000 ft. near Silverton, Colorado

For Ludwig’s Monday Window and
Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek #13 — On the Road

STUCK INSIDE

Stuck inside while the hours roll by
instead of the miles
how I miss the drone of my tires
on hot asphalt
taking me to places never seen before
for life wasn’t meant
to be lived in one place
and I am not the same person
having seen the sun rise
on the other side of the world

On The Road Again — Willie Nelson

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

AtoZ Challenge days 5&6 oh and What Day It It Anyway? — Coping with Covid day ???

3.25.20 bill the cat
Image found on Pinterest

A to Z — Eating and Fatigue/What Day Is It Anyway?/Coping with Covid day???

OK so I officially don’t know what day it is anymore. I seem to have lost a couple of days. Well not really true but kind of, it’s Monday, I think. I suffered a fatigue collapse yesterday (yes that’s a real thing). It happens to people with various types of chronic fatigue when for one reason or another your entire system just collapses, you can’t think, you can barely move, sometimes can’t eat or even speak.

One of the blessings of this quarantine is that I have reconnected with my mad kitchen skills. When I related to friends and family the fact that we’ve not stepped foot inside a traditional grocery store in two months, the main question I got was “what do you eat?” Oats for breakfast with protein powder and frozen berries, lunch; canned salmon, low carb wrap, canned olives and vegetable soup from freeze dried vegetable mix; dinner; tempeh with red cream sauce (cream sauce with freeze dried tomato powder) and frozen vegetables, snacks have been banana chips and dried apricots (both unsweetened) with various nut butters. Yep, you can eat healthy from the pantry.Β  Of course, you can also binge eat all out of proportion …. but that’s a topic for another day.

It has taken me over an hour to write this so …. I’m going to go drink a cup of tea and maybe take a nap. πŸ˜‰

I’m Tired — Madeline Kahn

All The Tired Horses – Bob Dylan

Til next time ~Keep your head down and your pantry full ~JPP

A to Z challenge and SOCS

socs-badge-2019-2020

A to Z Challenge “D”
For Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is β€œdeep.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

4.4.20 deep memories

Deep Memories

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep
but I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep”
~Robert Frost

Deep and dark have always equated to trouble in my lexicon. As a child, caught in an undertow, pulled out into deep water, I watched the shore slip away. I struggled to stay afloat as I fought against panic and waves. Until he was there taking me in strong arms, hooking my little arms around his neck issuing a command to “hold on” as he swam back toward the shore. Then standing in hip deep water, pulling me around to his chest and carrying me back to solid ground. The next day, he taught me to body surf and what the different surf warning flags meant. Just like always, Daddy was there. Until the day he wasn’t.

I’ve Been Watch You — Rodney Atkins

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

NaPoWriMo day 4 and dVerse OLN — Clouds of Dreams

1.30.20 Blue Skies

For NaPoWriMo day 4 where today we’re writing about dream images
and for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub

Clouds of Dreams

I bounce along the clouds
as they form a path before me
like cobbled stepping stones
solid and multi-hued
but translucent to the light
that pours from the sky
through me, through the clouds
through the stones
reaching down I pluck
a yellow daffodil
as the clouds begin to whirl
and shift beneath my feet
until they part, leaving me
standing in clear air

Dreams — Fleetwood Mac

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

What Day Is It Anyway? Coping with Covid and AtoZ blogging challenge “C”

snowy branches

For A to Z Blogging Challenge — “C” Coping

Coping with Quarantine

Looking out my window hoping
there’s more to life than merely coping
my nerves in need of extended doping
fingers raw from excessive soaping
with new protocols I’m still groping

but …

snow still glistens, bunnies hop
and birds still sing, never stop
it’s really not so bad a thing
simply coping with quarantine

What Day Is It Anyway? – Coping with Covid day 15

What day is it anyway? Hmmmm I’m thinking Friday? I only know this because it’s “Castle” night. Yep, we watch dvds of the series “Castle” on Friday nights and, hey I never miss Nathan Fillion. It’s quiet here, very quiet, no people out walking, no carts driving by, no snow plows. It’s almost eerie and kind of weird but we’re just taking it all in.

Castle Theme

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP