Liebster Award

A big thank you to Cyndi at Healthy A-Z for the Liebster Award nomination. I am honoured that you enjoy my blog posts enough  for recognition. The Liebster is focused on blogs with less than 200 followers. What a great way to get the word out about blogs by others that we may not have had the pleasure of finding ourselves! I highly recommend checking out Cyndi’s blog. She is an inspiring woman.



A factor in receiving this award is answering a few questions to help you all get to know a little more about what makes me tick. Here goes!


How would you describe yourself in one word?




What is your favorite quote?  

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”     – Harriet Tubman



If you could spend one month with a person from history who would you choose?

I would choose to spend a month with Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee. He was a man of great vision and passion for helping others. His life story is incredibly intriguing and gave me a huge respect for him as a person and as a scientist. His work changed the world of health and medicine. I will be adding a page soon on my personal website (found at the right-hand side of this blog as Live Love Be Green)  regarding Dr. Shaklee and his scientific career. Truly a fascinating individual.



What modern convenience could you easily do without for the next year?

I could easily live without a microwave oven. I have a love-hate relationship with the microwave. It is too easy to use for reheating food even though I know they it is unhealthy. After a year without a microwave I would be reprogrammed into not feeling the need to use it.



Where was your favorite vacation?

My favorite vacation was a side-trip to Wales while visiting England. There was something so homey and mystical about Wales that the experience has stayed with me as almost a “home-coming” of sorts. I intend to revisit Wales at some point.



I have chosen the following blogs for my Liebster Award Nominees:

Late Bloomer Show

The Girl in Yoga Pants

Change My Body, Change My Life

Candid Impressions

Confessions & Dreams

Homesteading Downsized



These bloggers always post thought-provoking material that I look forward to reading. Please visit and show them some love. Here are the questions for these nominees to answer on their blogs:

How would you describe yourself in one word?

What is your favorite quote?

If you could be anywhere at this exact moment in time, where would you be?

If you could have a conversation with anyone, from the past or present, who would it be?

What is your favorite time of the day, and why?

If you could have a super power, what would it be?



Thank you, once again, to Cyndi at Healthy A-Z and all of you that take the time out of your busy day to read my blog.

Black Friday

I don’t get it…I really don’t.

I understand the significance of the name Black Friday. There are a few different theories on where the “black” in the name Black Friday came from but the one that is most well-known is that of businesses making a profit or being “in the black” on their ledger books. Understanding the meaning of the name does not make me want to participate.



I am not a lover of shopping to begin with so the thought of a stampede of people sounds absolutely dreadful. I am the kind of shopper that makes a list, knows what I am looking for and I get in and out of stores as quickly as possible. Oh, except at grocery stores. I am like a kid in a candy store at grocery stores. I love looking at labels and investigating new products. The healthy food section can suck me in for an hour, easily. Sorry, I got off-topic. I remember too many reports of crazed shoppers to want to risk being anywhere near stores today. Living only minutes from the U.S.- Canadian border, there is always a bit of a whirlwind of excitement when Black Friday is approaching. We are bombarded by American ads announcing their fabulous sales. I say, “no thank you”. Every year after Black Friday we hear of those unfortunate people who get caught up in the insanity. Like the man who was trampled to death or the woman who brought her pepper spray. All for the sake of things. So sad. Consumerism at its worst.



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Last week my son asked me if I would go “over the river” and get him something he wants at a Black Friday sale because it is so much cheaper than here in Canada. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic my response was,  “You would send me, your loving mother, into a pit of insanity for a thing? I could be crushed to death!” I may have over-reacted just a titch. Stopped the wanting in its tracks though. Mission complete. The other upside to this is that he revealed an idea for a Christmas gift. Oh, I’m so wily.



The thought of humanity getting so wrapped up in things is rather unsettling. Yes, I like nice things too but I’m not about to fight for my spot in a crowd or grab rudely.  I plan to wait a few days, saunter into local businesses without the panic of pushy shoppers surrounding me and enjoy the process of finding something special for those I would like to give a gift to over the Holidays. And, truth be told, a few gifts for myself as well.




“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”   – Dwight D. Eisenhower



I am caught in a vortex of emotions.

Over the last few weeks there has been a few pivotal moments in my life that I have needed to focus on. I have been trying to juggle many things at once and it seemed like something was just going to have to “give”. It was at this point that I received a feeling of sorts. Out of nowhere, fleeting thoughts of someone dear to me appeared throughout my week. On the evening of Friday, November 2nd I had been out and upon returning home I received a message to call my father. I knew instantly in my heart what he had to tell me. My thoughts were confirmed. I was told with sadness that my grandmother had passed away. Although I was upset by the news it was not a terrible shock. My grandmother was 95 years old and had lived an amazingly full  life. She was is great health with only a broken hip to slow her down a couple of years ago.


If you don’t mind, I am going to reflect briefly on my sensational grandmother and who she was in my eyes.


My Grandma was extremely pivotal in my evolution as a woman. She was always full of positivity and  seemed unflappable. She had a “You have to eat a little dirt before you die!” attitude. She rolled with the ups and downs of life and adapted when she needed to. As a young girl growing up, I saw my Grandma as brave, independent and fabulous. She was a seamstress and always had stacks of “repairs” she was working on. A steady stream of customers were always dropping by to pick up their clothes that Grandma had fixed for them. Never judging that the customers pants needed letting out – again. She would just chuckle and do a quick little wave of her hand to signify that it really didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. I loved when she did that. I have since learned that the little things we can all get so bent out of shape over are neither here nor there. Let life flow as it may. Enjoy the ride and let others live their lives in their own way. Being non-judgemental doesn’t mean not having an opinion on things, it simply means that we are all different and others are not there for us to critique.


I learned early from my Grandma that sanity comes from acting a bit nutty sometimes. Laughter is the best medicine life has to offer. She would laugh with us when we told jokes, acted crazy or dressed up in her closet full of retro clothes. I see myself very much like her in this respect. I love to play and get kooky with my kids and friends just for the heck of it. Life is too short to be serious all of the time! When the weather is grey, put on some red high heels, sling a red purse over your shoulder and paint your nails to match!


I think the hardest part of saying goodbye to my Grandmother is that in my mind and heart she seemed immortal. I know better, obviously, but she had serious staying power. It seems surreal that her time here on earth is over. Memories of her will always be easy to come by since there are so many wonderful life moments that were shared with her.She showed me through her actions how to be kind and joyful. I was truly blessed to have her as my Grandmother.


Now I just have to learn to make raisin cookies the way only she could!



“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”  – Mark Twain