I’m Back! Sorry for my absence…

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What can I say? I’ve been hiding in my cave
And I’ve been way-way down the rabbit hole…!
So here’s one for my Gen-X readers. Enjoy!
I hope everyone is well and my love to all
SJP xxx
ps. The Clash are the reason why I (still) wear Boots

LYRICS:


If it’s true a rich man leads a sad life,

that’s what they say from day to day,

then what do all the poor do with their lives

on Judgment Day, with nothin’ to say?

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

On my own, I faced a gang of jeering

in strange streets, oh.

When my nerves were pumping and I fought my fear in,

I didn’t run, I was not done.

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

Yes, I have lived that kind of day

when none of your sorrows will go away.

Go down and down and hit the floor,

down and down and down some more.

Depression.

But I know there’ll be some way

when I can swing ev’rything back my way.

Like skyscrapers rising up

floor by floor, not giving up.

So you rock around and think that you’re the toughest

in the world, the whole wide world.

But you’re streets away from where it gets the roughest.

You ain’t been there.

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

Songwriters: Joe Strummer / Mick Jones / Paul Simonon / Topper Headon

I’m Not Down lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Artist: The Clash

Album: London Calling

Released: 1979

Genre: Punk

 

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Searching for stars amongst the dust,

The star becomes my object of lust.

 

Lost my path coz my heart couldn’t see,

The star was now, one of need.

 

Found my feet and walked my path,

The star I lost, is found at last.

 

xxx

SJP

 

Star Struck

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*DIVING* Towards Vegan

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Vegan or Vegetarian?

While I was thinking about my answer, I had a bit of a chuckle because it sounded very much like the answer I would give if ever asked what religion I followed.

You see, I don’t really identify with either one and I don’t want to say that I’m exclusively one or another because, well, you know I don’t know if I can resist dairy and cheese. One thing I do know, it’s that I want to reduce (not ready to ‘eliminate’) meat and animal products in my diet.

My inspiration to even consider either comes from ‘Ralph Smart’ (one of my favourite YouTubers) and what he calls the 7 Day Vegan Challenge. Ralph is a very inspirational speaker and a beautiful soul as well. In fact, I can actually credit him as being ‘the last motivational kick up the bum that broke the blogger’s block’. 😛

Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters) speaks often about his choice to eat a vegan diet and his reasons for doing so. A vegan diet was not really anything of a priority for me, all my life I had been naturally thin and had never needed to watch what I ate. Diet was never an issue for me until recently when I entered my forties. First of all, my eyesight started to deteriorate, then arthritis started to knock loudly on my joints reminding me that I’m not a spring chicken anymore and although healthy, I became concerned about stuff like Diabetes and Heart Disease.

For me, there was a definite moment in life when I finally realised, ‘f*ck I’m old. I’m closer to 50 than I am 40… WTF? Now, I’m not sure if this happens to everyone or whether I’m the only one that feels that way. For instance, I love to walk, especially out in nature, breathing in that good arse prana’ (one for the Deep Divers) and almost everyday for the past 6-7 years, you would find me out walking or hiking with my dogs. One day, I developed a twinging pain in my knee and thought ‘Gee, wonder what I did to my knee’. After a moment or two, I corrected myself;

‘der, you haven’t done anything to you’re knee, it’s just old-age, dummy’

And now, I have found a really important reason to start looking after my health and that reason is love. Meeting myself again around 2013 had a profound effect on my desire for a long healthy life. The longer I’m alive, the more time I will have to appreciate this lifetime. There is much I have to learn, countless memories to create and a soul story that’s aching to exist.

So, when it comes to Vegan or Vegetarian? Well, I’m still not going to commit to either one but I WILL commit to eating more rawplant-based foods, more fresh fruits and vegetables and less meats and animal products.

Ralph from Infinite Waters has more information about the 7 Day Vegan Challenge and I will be using this as the starting point in my vegan journey. Perhaps you’d like to join me? If so. please leave a comment and  keep me updated with your progress.

I have included links to the ‘Infinite Waters’ website and Ralph’s YouTube channel. I positively encourage you to watch some of his videos or subscribe to his channel. The linked videos are the actual videos mentioned, the one with the spiritual kick and one that prompted an A-HA moment about veganism.

Just for your own amusement, see if you can identify the moment in this video, when I felt like Ralph was ‘literally’ (and I literally mean literally) talking through the screen, to me personally.

Anyway, thanks again for reading and as always…

Live life with Love, Love Life and Live

Daily Prompt: Tender

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via Daily Prompt: Tender

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Tender perfectly describes how I feel right now; tender in heart, mind and spirit.

The last two weeks of May was the final curtain call in the drama that apparently was my life for the past 4 years. Even now, counting out the years on my fingers, I just can’t believe how much time that has passed and how much (crappy) stuff I’ve dealt with – or perhaps not dealt with.

The events of these years played out with a domino effect, you could say it was like an avalanche that started with a quiet rumble and just got bigger and more out of control until it was unfathomable and unavoidable.

They hit me in every corner and effected every part of my being. I am no longer the same person that I was before this ordeal started. For better or for worse? Well, I guess that remains to be seen.

I’ve suffered loss, humility, disrespect, dishonesty, betrayal, isolation, abuse and separation, my ego was hit with a huge blow.

But if this wasn’t enough, the final blow, the last nail to be driven into the coffin was when the system that’s meant to protect me ended up being a complete failure.

I like to think that truth will always prevail in the end and yeah yeah, I know, the judge and jury don’t ‘KNOW’ anything for sure and they can only go by the evidence that is before them.

But I DO KNOW the truth about the events of Feb 2015. I waited two and a half years to finally have my day in court, and every little bit of strength that I had re-built within since that night was once again, stripped away from me when the system failed me and did so, quite grandly.

Well, fuck the system, I never had much faith in it anyway.

Love to all,

SJ

xxx

I Like Almond Milk

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3D-UHT-1L-Vitasoy-Almond-Milk-unsweet-DLib-COPY-330x617This morning turned into one of those mornings when you wake up to ‘no milk’, which means ‘no coffee’ but you’re ‘too lazy’ to walk to the shop.

So you do the next-best thing and you ask your daughter if she would drive to the shop for you…? but of course, she’s way too busy.

Alas, I looked in the fridge once again, knowing too well that the only thing I was going to find, the only thing that even came close as a substitute for my usual coffee creamer, was a carton of Vitasoy Unsweetened Almond Milk.

So, Almond Milk it was.103056_honey_large

Under normal circumstances, this would be classified as ‘last-resort’ actions so to soften the blow to my taste-buds, I decided to heat the Almond Milk and use honey for flavour rather than try to perfect my morning coffee.

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I used my EXPRESSI Milk Frother to heat the milk, however, I wasn’t sure if the Almond Milk would froth so I removed the ‘frothing’ attachment and just used it to heat the milk.

I have since learnt that Vitasoy do have a product called Café for Baristas Almond Milk that has been specifically formulated for barista-made coffee.

Taking my first sip, I must say, the taste was a pleasant surprise; I mean, I could tell that it wasn’t dairy milk but I genuinely enjoyed my ‘unusual’ morning cuppa. Not only did I finish the entire drink in only a few gulps, I even went back for seconds.

Overall, Almond Milk tasted much better than I thought it would and I will definitely buy it again.

My Way or The Highway

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Apologies for the long delay between posts, however I’m sure many many of you will understand exactly what I mean when I say “my daughter turned 18 last week and had her party on Saturday night. So as you can imagine, the past couple of weeks have been rather hectic to say the least.

Of course, I wouldn’t be me if i didn’t completely miss the whole  Easter weekend thing. That’s right, I didn’t realise until I started trying to book appointments for Friday only to be told it was a public holiday and the store wouldn’t be open. There’s nothing like a bit of pressure. In the end, the party went well and everyone enjoyed the night.

On Sunday, I celebrated my own birthday, quietly and with less people. So I’m another year closer to 50, which got me thinking… from now on, in every way, i’m doing everything ‘my way’.

I’ve recently discovered Zentangle.  and I find it to be a very peaceful way to express some creativity and a good start for my creative journey to 50 and beyond.

 

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