My Favourite Quotes

On this Saturday, I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes! I hope it gives you all a little inspiration this weekend.

Aesop

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

C.S. Lewis

“You can never have a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

Victor Hugo
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

Plato

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

George Carlin

“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.”

Oscar Wilde

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Apple Inc.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”


In conclusion, I just want to say that I really like C.S. Lewis – and the Narnia series. Also, I honestly think that there’s something special about music and the effect it has on us.  And regardless where you stand on the Apple vs. PC debate, I think we all can agree that this quote has pretty much nailed it!

Let me know in the comments – what are some quotes you like?

Poetry Fridays!

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She Walks In Beauty 

She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
   How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
   A heart whose love is innocent!

Lord Byron (George Gordon)

Tasteful Thursdays!

Let’s talk about coffee. There a lot of coffee addicts out there. Like my brother, for example, who is definitely a coffee lover – he even has his own small one cup coffee maker in his room now. However, and don’t hate me for saying this, but I’ve always been more of a tea person. But I’ll save my love for tea, for perhaps, a different post.

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Though lately I’ve been in the habit of drinking one cup of coffee per day, there’s one big reason for that. There is one kind of coffee that I would say I LOVE.

Two words. Can you guess what it is?

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French Vanilla!

I first tried this sweet drink at Tim Hortons, of course. (My favourite coffee shop)! Can you tell I’m Canadian? Anyways, ever since then, it’s been the only coffee I can truly say that I enjoy. I like it because of its great taste, and it’s not bitter as I find most coffee.

What’s your favourite coffee beverage? Or are you more of a tea person?

-A

P.S. Referring to the picture shown above. It’s probably not French Vanilla coffee. I tried finding a specific picture, but all that came up, for some reason, were french fries.

Patience is Wisdom

Tonight I’ve learned that to exercise patience is a wise thing! Sometimes I don’t want to wait, I want to act, see change, and move forward right now. But in life there can be times where I can’t have immediate gratification. I just need to hang on a bit longer and be patient.

Fact #1 (about me): I was diagnosed with a wheat intolerance about 5+ months ago.

And little while ago, I thought to myself that it would be a good idea to try to reintroduce wheat back into my diet. After all, I was really missing all the things I wasn’t supposed to be eating: bagels, donuts, baked goods, etc. I do have an enzyme that helps me be able to better digest wheat, but (I’ve been told) I still shouldn’t be eating too much of it.

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I know some of you may be saying, ‘Hey, you can buy or make some GF versions of most foods!” And you’re right…yes, you can. But really, a lot of those GF variations aren’t as good as the regular (wheat) stuff! GF breads, (and such), are usually much more crumbly and dense.

Anyways, things really backfired on me. Earlier I had more wheat and tonight I feel the consequences of all the wheat that has been building up in my system.

This is me sharing my new-found wisdom! The moral of this story is to not be too impatient. Some things shouldn’t be rushed – it can take time. Maybe I’ll always have this intolerance or it could just need more than a few months for my body to change. So, I think I’m going to listen to my body now and do what makes me feel healthy.

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There are good wheat & GF recipes you can find. It’s been a learning experience and sometimes you need to dig a little deeper, ask friends, until you find the really awesome brands and recipes.

Anyone else with an intolerance or allergies? What are your stories? Do you have any go-to awesome recipes, brands you like to buy, shops, etc.?

-A

Poetry Fridays!

Petals & Things

“It’s my very favorite time of year
Yes it’s spring, oh glorious spring
The world is alive with changes
Like delightful petals and things

Precious tiny leaves peek out
All along the branches
Buds are getting braver now
Flowers about to take chances

Color is fresh and new again
The fragrance wafts in the air
Gives us hope for tomorrow for
There is not so many cares

For nature is filling in the voids
Without a single string
Let’s enjoy what spring gives us
Like wonderful petals and things!”


Marilyn Lott

Source: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/petals-things/

Tasteful Thursdays!

Here’s the recipe I’m making for dinner, Meal in a Dish, from the cookbook “Company’s Coming Meatless Cooking”.

  • Chopped onion (1 cup)
  • Chopped celery (1 cup)
  • Diced yellow turnip (1 cup)
  • Diced potato (1 cup)
  • Diced carrot (1 cup)
  • Diced red lentils (1 cup)
  • Boiling water (2 cups)
  • Smooth peanut butter – or substitute other nut butter (1/4 cup)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp.)
  • Pepper (1/8 tsp.)

Place first 7 ingredients in ungreased 3 quart (3 L) casserole. Stir to mix evenly.

Stir boiling water and peanut butter together. Add salt and pepper. Stir. Pour over vegetables. Cover. Bake in 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 11/4 to 11/2 hours until vegetables are tender. Serves 6.

Poetry Fridays!

Brother of Mine

Brother of mine
I know sometimes I may whine
But deep down I really find you somewhat divine

You are smarter than you think.
Smarter than me – in some ways
Wiser than you know –
You have experienced pains and joys
Some twice your age have never seen
Because of all of this you are three times the man

Brother of mine
I could be no prouder
I could love you no more
I will always be here for you.
No matter what occurs –
No matter what is said or done
I will never be too far away
No matter the distance
You’ll always be in my heart.


~Samira

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/brother-of-mine#ixzz3UJ1OHoUY
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