Showing posts from May, 2013

Tonights Sky

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma tonight.   Our sky is looking a bit turbulent, but nothing on the radar.

Mammatus Clouds to the west and over head, just a bunch of wild gray clouds !

The Weekend in Food

This past weekend I had lots of fun in the kitchen, trying my hand at a few new recipes.  A green papaya salad,Som Dum ส้มตำandXôi Xoài kiểu Thái-Classic Thai Mango Sticky Rice/Khao Nieo Mamuang.
Both were big hits with Emery and the sticky rice with mango was one that had him asking when we were having that again.  It was a delight to make and certainly a delight to eat.  In our constant attempt to include more vegetables and fruits in our diet, and maintain a fun nearly vegetarian diet, it has me exploring more Asian foods. Emery prefers many Asian foods in place of the typical American foods and really I do too. We both feel better eating this way.  
The wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables at the Asian markets have had us experimenting with exotic fruits and some strange to us, vegetables.  My son in laws cousin has been sharing some recipes with me from Thailand, which has been wonderful.


Happiness comes in many shapes and in many different experiences.  Today, a little boy was very happy to see what Grammie had purchased at the market today.  Mei-Ling and Yen both love fruit more than candy and I don't think there are many vegetables they don't enjoy.  Good training from their parents ! 
Mei-Ling has some sort of stomach bug, all her fellow class mates have it too it seems.  For her, things are just a bit more serious. Today she ended up in the ER just to make sure all was well.  Pleased to say, they did not need to admit her.  Hoping her recovery is a quick one.

Natures Fury

Natures fury was unleashed last night, 13 tornadoes in North Texas.  2 of them within 5 or 6 miles of us.  A friend lost his roof, his bedroom wall and just about every window was broken, but he and his family are safe.  We went to do a few errands this afternoon, and drove past the outskirts of where the most hard hit area is.  The hard hit areas were not on our path and there were people working hard to make things safe there and I had no desire to be in their way. All along the road, trees were down by the thousands.  Roofs gone, so many without electricity.  I had mixed emotions about taking pictures.  Its like you are capturing someones misfortune, but at the same time, photos serve as a reminder that we are not in control of all things and that we have to have respect for the forces of nature, be wise and take shelter when danger is approaching.  We were blessed, we had about 40 minutes warning that tornadoes were heading our way, plenty of time to seek shelter.  Earlier in the …

Long Night

Just a quick little update regarding the tornadoes that blew through our area last night.  We spent much of the evening in the basement of the Girls Dorm of  Southwestern Adventist University, which is close to our home.  Its the towns designated shelter.  Melanie, Casi and the children were there with us.  Mei-Ling was shaking she was so frightened when they arrived, but, Yen, he is a typical 3 year old boy, he thought maybe it was a volcano and that dinosaurs might be running through town, so he was excited.  Sirens keep blaring and the bits and pieces of news we all were hearing was not good.  About 5 miles from us, lots of destruction.  We had heard that the tornado was travelling down the road by our house.  We kept wondering what we would see when we got to leave the shelter.  By the grace of God, all was well when we got home.  We never even lost electricity.  In the shelter, which also houses the Chapel for the dorm, there was much prayer, Bible reading, and hymn singing.  If …

"New Dawn"

"New Dawn" is the name of this rose and its one of my favorites.  Such a soft pink, with a very delicate texture.  We transplanted this bush a few months ago, we did the unheard of, we transplanted it without cutting it back.  We did the entire bush, long trailing vines and all.   It looked a bit under the weather for a while but with careful feeding and lots of tender love, it has come to life in an extraordinary way.  Blooming better than it ever did before.  The reason we transplanted it was because I was certain it did not like the spot we had originally planted it in. 
I am sure there is a lesson for mankind in this replanting experience.  I can think of several, and most are of the spiritual nature.   And, then, the name seems to suit this whole experience, "New Dawn", perfect name. 
Its turned into a gray sort of day, with moments when the sky opens and rain falls by the bucketful.  Then as fast as it arrived, it leaves.  During the no rain times, the birds ru…

Feeling Full

The title of this blog post has nothing to do with eating, but everything to do with life.  Over Mothers Day weekend, I felt so blessed by my children.  A call Saturday morning from a dear young man telling me, "Mom, be all dressed and ready by 5:30, we are picking you and Dad up and taking you out to eat."   On Friday, when the mail arrived, there was a beautiful card from a city three hours away, such loving words and a note, perfect words, carefully chosen to match what the heart felt and described not only a love for a mother, but a friendship and a note about how I had always been there.  A gift card was inside, that would unfold a plan.  A sweet sweet plan.  Sunday morning, while the birds were singing their morning song, a voice called out to me from the house, I was on the porch as is my habit now.  "Mom, Happy Mothers Day !"  How I smiled thinking back to a time when that now strong masculine voice was childlike and later when it squeaked and cracked with …

And the Voice said, "Not So Fast"

In my life, I have had two very obvious, unexplainable to the natural world, experiences.  Once when I was lost in the woods of Vermont, after encountering a bear and falling down the side of a mountain, I prayed...."God, send me a light that I can find my way" and within a very short time, there was a light, a flashlight shining down from the top of the hill.  I climbed through the thick underbrush to it and there stood three young men, I was 18 at the time.  They helped me to the road, and told me they would walk me to my campsite, 2 miles away at least.  They were kind, cordial yet not very talkative.  It was Oct, so not a lot of people in the woods in the middle of the night.  They took me all the way to my tent.  I turned around to thank them, and they were gone. Vanished.  I know without a doubt, they were angels.  
Then, a couple years ago, I was in the car, turning onto the main road from my house and at the corner, I stopped about 2 car lengths from the corner.  No i…

Its Time to Say Good-Bye

Today I learned that something I wrote on here hurt a loved one deeply.  It wasn't intended to, but the fact remains it did.  I didn't even know it had hurt them.  I am not even sure if what I wrote was written with them in mind, or if I referred to them in the post.  But, the fact remains, I never want my words to hurt anyone.  Yes, I am opinionated, and sometimes just say what I am thinking, no intended target other than a philosophy, that at that moment may seem contrary to how I see life.   I am removing the blog in a weeks time.  
I read something today that gave me full direction, a deeper understanding of why the understanding of compassion is so important to me.  There is a difference between love and compassion, yet they blend together so well when understood.  I want a life of being able to see life through someone elses skin, when they are suffering, remove judgement from the equation all together.  This is what I read this morning from Thich Nhat Hanh...."Love …

Saturday Morning

Saturday in pictures

What To Do With Pulp from Making Carrot Juice

We make carrot juice on a regular basis, and usually we end up taking all that carrot pulp out to the compost pile.  I feel better knowing its going to some good use, rather than just throwing it away.  Earlier this week I watched a video that showed how to make crackers in the dehydrator using carrot pulp.  That sounded great to me so I gave it a try.  I am very pleased with the results.  They are delicious and healthy, along with using up the carrot pulp.  I made two batches, one following the recipe on the video and then I made an Asian flavored batch, using Asian seasoning in place of the Italian spices and using Braggs Amino Acids in place of the water used in the video recipe.  They came out really tasty.  The Asian flavored crackers are Emery's favorite of the two.  Next time I think I will try a curry flavor !
Here is the link for the video 
Ronnie & Minh's Raw Crackers


I don't have much of a "Prepper" mentality.  I love to do things the old fashioned way, keep things uncomplicated, and enjoy the benefits of spending a great deal of time outdoors.  I once read, not that long ago, that back a century ago, women were in good physical shape just from all the housework they did, hanging laundry, a good 20 minute workout of bending, stretching and lugging that load of wet clothes out with you to the line, is a muscle workout.  Scrubbing floors, using a whisk in place of an electric mixer.   Beating ingredients together with a wooden spoon keeps the arms in shape.  Washing dishes, is a hand workout.  You catch the drift.  Gardening, well, everyone by now has heard of the benefits of  gardening.  Not only the physical aspects of keeping up a garden help you out, but they are now telling us that it helps us emotionally and I know that for a fact.  Its meditative to be out there pulling weeds or hoeing.  I  believe its spiritual work too.  There…

Monday in Pictures

Fresh fruit salad with "coconut noodles" on top made after I drank all the coconut water from the young coconut, lots of goodies in the salad.  Melon, bananas, papaya, mango's,strawberries, and kiwi.  Then, a relaxing breakfast with some Jasmine tea in the new tea set Emery gave to me as an early mothers day gift.

Weekend Fun

This weekend we all went to the Texas Scottish Festival and had a wonderful time.  Its great to be able to do things together as a family.  Wish our oldest daughter was not 3 hours away so the entire family could have been there to enjoy the music, the food, and the window shopping.
It was fun seeing a second generation wearing the little kilt I had made so long ago.  
I had a special treat, a fried Mars bar, which I love but only eat once a decade or so.  
After the children were worn out, some of us headed off to do some food shopping at Hong Kong Market and a late lunch at Pho Hung where I enjoyed some Pho and a nice glass of Che Ba Mau