There’s much to be grateful for this week. Sometimes I have to remind myself. When life’s challenges start to get you down, remember how much there is to be grateful for.
Monday was a sad day for me. The young lady, Naomi Svendsen, that lost her life in a car accident last week was laid to rest. She was a special young lady who had a smile for everyone and a compassion that was uncommon for her age. Horses, dogs, people… all were spoke about at her service as having been touched by her compassion and kindness.
It was evident that she touched many people. My untrained eye estimated around 400 people in attendance.
She was only 2-1/2 weeks older than my Kayleen. They grew up together, going to church, etc. Cherish your children and hug them close.
Earlier in the week…
I was talking with Kayla recently… my tolerance levels are down. Kayla says that my “baloney” meter is pegged out. I have to agree with her. It used to be that I could let things go, but doggon it… If we are spending so much money on public schools, why is it that no one knows the difference between there, their, and they’re; to, too and two; you get the picture. I understand quick communication… and many times I get keys “firing” right hand before left hand, but when you’re online (especially) and trying to communicate information, how about having some standards. In a private offline conversation, I asked that question and the response I got was, “What do you expect, this is Douglas County.”
I nearly blew a gasket. That was right after we got the news that Roseburg Forest Products was moving much of their headquarter operation to Springfield. I immediately saw the correlation. EERRRGGG, I was told that a 12-step program may be necessary for me. <smiles>
Wanna know another gripe? LOL, really? Are you really laughing out loud? Or… as I just learned from a friend, SALTS…Smiled A Little Then Stopped…. That’s what normally happens when you’re at your computer and see a joke. You SALTS. You don’t ROTFL… very seldom have I EVER seen anyone rolling on the floor.
Something along that line, however, that I want to pay very close attention to is when I’m talking to friends, either online or in person and tell them that I’ll pray for them, that I actually do. I see it all the time on Facebook, a siren is reported going one way or another and someone types, “prayers”. I want to be one that instead of typing “prayers” to bow my head and take a moment in prayer.
Time’s gone, have a wonderful week.
Black Bean Burgers
Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total: 20 min | 4 servings
I used a Nordic Ware Micro Max Burger and Sandwich Grill. When it's 100° out, it keeps the kitchen, well, not hot.
On my sesame seed bun, I had a tomato, cheese, mayo and sweet chili sauce. DELISH
Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl, mash black beans with a fork until mostly pureed but still some half beans and bean parts are left. Stir in condiments and spices until well combined. Then mix in oats. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into thin patties. Bake for 7 minutes, carefully flip over and bake for another 7 minutes, or until crusty on the outside. Slap into a bun with extra condiments and eat!
(original recipe: http://happyherbivore.com/2011/08/easy-black-bean-burger/)
There’s much to be grateful for this week. I had a wonderful week. Kayla, Kayleen and I went to Portland on Amtrak and visited Powells Books, Ikea (and had a fabulous lunch there), then went to the reception at the SMART office where I was able to introduce my daughters to all the great people I work with. I was so proud! This time Kayla took her FitBit with her, Thursday we walked 13,000 steps. (fyi - I have sedentary jobs... normally I get in somewhere around 1,300 steps. My legs, feet, back and hips were tired!)
Friday we went to the Lloyd’s Center and got to look around... They have wonderful benches outside stores for mothers who have been walked too much the day before. <smiles>
Trying to get home was something of a challenge. WE got to the train on time, however, because of the extreme heat, the tracks had expanded, making the train run slower and therefore run late. THEN there was a fire north of the train station and they had to get special permission to drive the train through that location.
We got home late, but we had a wonderful time together.
Today I learned of the death of my friends’ daughter. She was the same age as my daughter and my heart breaks for them.
Cherish your children and hug them close. I am grateful that my friends had a wonderfully close relationship with their daughter.
So... I'm an avid something, I'm sure I am. I do stuff. All the time! Really I do. I have passions, possessions and puppies. Ok, not so much stuff, but it was for the alliteration! I do have puppies, well, doggies! Punkin and Nutmeg. And I publish AND I work for SMART. I'm pretty passionate about both of those things. And I kinda REALLY like Toastmasters. I'm currently an officer in two clubs and I'm the PRO for District 7.