Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Exodus 3 and God reveals Himself to Moses.

'Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.'

To this day, anyone looking at the Creator could go blind. All of us exist by His Light that shines on all of us. The just and the unjust are seen... Get a grip everyone... Life is very short. Make that time work, not just for yourself, but also for good friends and family. At the end of days, our individual body's will turn to dust. Even as, the very essence of what makes us unique, will rise to new challenges.

Friday, July 20, 2018

After seeing that I had gained weight.... I made pasta!

I got down to business and made myself up a batch of pasta! What? Yes, I've always felt that when you begin to let events start to control your life, then it's time to say WTF!

Of the many pasta's I've tried, over the years, I like Penne Rigate most! It's fast to cook up (7 minutes), absorbs the sauce really well and makes my tummy very happy!

But, what about your diet, you may well ask? No biggie. Like all things food, it's really the calories you have to watch, and in the cast of pasta, it's all about portions.

According to the package, a ¾ cup (56 grams) of dried Penne will contain about 200 calories. Add a very simple tomato sauce and you would be pushing about 350 calories, all told. That's not really bad, in my book at least!

Where you have to exercise caution would be with topping like Parmesan cheese and such. The only side I like to add is a slice of garlic bread which throws another 120 or so calories into the meal mix. Still a very livable repast....

My daily planner form! Am I nuts?

Since nature decided to make me a very OCD sort of person, I've learned to accept the need for detailed records in my life and went with the flow. One result was the development and use of a daily log and planning system....

THE FORM

What started as a very simple log page of my daily activities, changed over time, into a rather complex yet informative form. Above is pictured the form that I currently use to help plan and to track my day to day existence. Each page contain tow of these, representing two days. Following is a brief key to each section;

A - Date, Cash on hand and a symbol of my belief in living drug free, while eating a proper diet and getting just enough exercise so that I keep going.

B - Exercise panel that help me track such items as 8 min bike riding, sit-ups, curls, light and heavy walking, etc.

C - My To Do list. The older I've become, the more sparse this section became.

D - Menu of food for the day including snacks. (This section is tied into a data file that analyses my nutritional intake.

E - Meds taken. At the time, I was only taking various forms of aspirin for joint pains.

F - Heating and AC devices used. All things being equal, the majority of my electric bills reflect how much heating or air conditioning I used during any given month. I have a device (T.E.D.) that displays my power use in kilowatt hours each day.

G - Weather stats. I'm something of a weather nut (www.taneyweather.com) and so like to track Mother Nature.

Now while it may sound like I spend a ton time filling out various forms, that is not really the case at all! In general, I spend only about 20 minutes during the course of a 24 hour period to plan, enter and execute. I keep these records in a set of binders ( I'll go into more detail at a later time) from one month to the next and so have a rather interesting sort of 'diary' that currently stretches back a few years!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Big Cedar Bar

A really fun place to be......

Penne with homemade sauce!

A good serving of pasta in a tangy homemade tomato sauce is very good eats, in my book! I used Penne which cooks up fast and added a simple sauce I made from a can of sauce to which I added dried oregano and red wine. The result was pure heaven.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Tee Set and My Belle Ami!

Circa 1969, William Rainey Harper College, Schaumburg, Illinois, clicks at the cafeteria, new buildings, windows, pool tables on the second floor, late day classes, fake chocolate machines, fast times, good times and a life evolved...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Onions reborn!


After buying an onion and using up most of it, I'd often end up with a small piece towards the root end of the bulb. This guy often ended up toward the back of the fridge in a container of some sort where it would languish for a long period of time.

On day, while I was cleaning out my fridge, sure enough there was an onion piece escounched in a container in the back. I noticed that a green shoot had emerged from the center and on impulse, planted it in a small pot of soil. I watered it, placed it on a kitchen window sill and then forgot about it.

A week later, I noticed that the son of a gun was growing like there was no tomorrow. I water it again and moved it outside to catch some direct sun. Then, after about three weeks, viola, I had a batch of mini onions to enjoy!