Good Morning, my friends.
If I’m completely honest, I’ve been feeling a little bluer lately. The combination of rising COVID rates in my state combined with our national strife has really gotten to me. While I try to be an optimist, sometimes it is just hard! How about you?
It is times like this when I remind myself to put one foot in front of the other and just plow on, but I am plowing on with a heavy heart.
I know that I am not alone, and to that end, I am making an extra effort to smile, and to be kind, and thankful to everyone I come in contact with, from the cashiers in the grocery store to the customer service rep on the phone. While wearing a mask may prevent the smile on my lips from being seen, I know that eyes can show smiles too.
In fact, during a time when one feels so powerless and helpless, a simple smile is really powerful! Did you know:
- Smiling is contagious. The benefits of smiling are really circular in nature with the positive effects bouncing off you to the person receiving your smile and then being returned to you two-fold.
- Smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous health benefits, including reduced pain, stress and blood pressure, increased endurance, and strengthened immune systems.
- Smiling will take a few years off! The muscles we use to smile also lift the face, making a person appear younger.
- Smiles boost self-esteem
- Smiling helps you stay positive.
I wish that erasing the hurt in our country and our world was as easy as a big smile; I know it is going to take more. But I also know that it surely can’t hurt and if we each made a point of being kind…Wow…just imagine.
I posted this several years ago as a way to ‘Be The Good’ and it is surely topical now.
Do you know what those blue flowers are in the image at the top of the page? I took this picture years ago and have never been able to figure out what they are?
In my continued quest to use what I have in the kitchen and reduce food waste, I’ve been making dog treats for Flora. Here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Dog Treats plus a list of flours you can use and how to keep your homemade dog treats from getting moldy.
In case you need a reminder, here are 40+ tips to reduce food waste.
Substituting what you have in the kitchen as opposed to making a trip to the grocery store is one of the ways to reduce food waste. To that end, I will be making these Cheese Puffs, but substituting a package of frozen sharp cheddar cheese for the Gruyere.
Along the same lines, if you have scraps of fabric you need to use up, consider these darling sachets. Make a bunch for your gift stash.
For those of you in the US, you may want to sit down for this one. The Fourth of July is in less than 3 weeks! ? Mom just told me that the 4th may be her ‘coming out party’ after 3 months of quarantine, which puts a whole new spin on ‘Independence Day!’ We will surely keep it simple, if mom feels comfortable joining us, it will just be the 5 of us. But, it will also be the last time we are together before Kate leaves for Medical School, so a small, family celebration will be in order. I haven’t nailed down our menu fully yet, but I do know we will grill Hamburgers (with this seasoning) and make these Red, White, and Blue Popsicles.
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
Be kind my friends, to yourself and everyone around you. Together, we will get though this.