Friday, March 21, 2014

~ Daffy ...

... dils!
It's Spring! 
Let's play over at Nancy's ....
Yup!  It's Random 5 Friday.
1.  I usually am not a fan of daffodils.
But when I saw these in the market, I just couldn't resist.
I'm glad I bought them.
2.  Yesterday was the first day of Spring.
It was colder than a witch's you-know-what.
By Saturday they are saying it will be almost 60*.
But then the temps will drop again by Monday into the low 30's
and there may even be some .... gasp .... snow showers!
3.  My fear is that we will go directly from Winter right into Summer.
From 30/40 degree weather right into 70/80 degree weather.
It has happened.
I want to experience Spring.
Its smells ... its colors ... its freshness.
I want to watch the flowers pop up from the soil.
I want to feel Spring's warm breeze.
4.  I've decided that this year I WILL plant a vegetable garden.
Tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers.
Maybe some peppers.
Maybe some green beans.
I missed my garden last year.
I can't tell you how wonderful it is to go outside
and pick our salad right from the soil.
5.  Now that Spring has arrived
I will start searching for garage sales
and flea markets.
Gosh!  I missed doing that!
Why I want to find more "junk" when I am trying to downsize
is beyond me.
I can't help myself.
I use the excuse that my finds are "photo props" (wink-wink).
There you have it!
Oh.....Gumby wanted to make an apPEARance.
Sorry.....he made me say it!
Now get out there and spring around!

Friday, March 14, 2014

~ Ch Ch Ch ...

... Chia.
Chia Seeds that is.
No, not the kind that you smear all over yourself and watch grass grow
but the healthy kind.
1.  My gal Kelly started talking about eating healthy a few posts back.
She gave me "food for thought".
I agree with her comment that healthy eating is a chosen lifestyle.
I strive to eat healthy but sometimes ya just gotta have a big ole salty chip
or a large bowl of ice cream.
I looked into the gluten-free lifestyle
but I found most products to be tasteless
and producing my own gluten-free goodies
involved me going to the bank and making a large
withdrawal of funds to purchase what is necessary for the recipe.
So, I just watch ... most of the time ... what I eat
and I am careful about my portions.
2.  I cut back ... way back ... on my salt and sugar intake.
I did notice much less bloating
and to be quite honest
now when I eat something that has too much salt
I just about gag.
3.  What about these chia seeds, you ask!
I discovered these about a year ago.
These tiny little seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids.
A serving of chia seeds has 18% of the recommended
daily intake of calcium.
Chia seeds are a great source of protein.
Tryptophan is also found in chia seeds which helps regulate
appetite, sleep and improve mood.
4.  In a nutshell ...
2 tablespoons of chia seeds a day can ...
~ help you lose weight without starving
~ balance your blood sugar
~ help prevent diverticulitis
~ add healthy omega-3 to your diet
~ help you feel energized all day
~ add age-defying anti-oxidants
~ cut cravings for food
~ add more fiber to your diet
5.  You can sprinkle these seeds on just about anything.
I really like to put them on/in my yogurt.
In the summer I love putting them in my smoothies.
And you don't need to take the 2 tablespoons at one time.
I stretch it out throughout the day.
You should consider giving them a try.
Run over to Nancy's and add your Random 5!

Oh!  And Gumby wanted to stop by to say "Hello".
He thinks he found a "pet" in one of my husband's chess pieces!