Where Did the Time Go?

My last blog was Feb 10, 2021 – and that was well over a year ago.

I had a ping today where someone used one of my old blogs about a black and white film we watched – where an organist played along live – which was amazing.

I have things to write about. I’ve just been lazy or turned off I guess.

Coming soon:

  1. I visited the UK earlier this year
  2. I knitted a temperature blanket
  3. I moved houses
  4. My familiar passed away
  5. insert interesting things here.

Stay tuned


30 days results .. well 29 I guess

hi peoples ..

i have been working a 60 day fitness program with my coach .. anyone that reads my blog knows i have a fitness coach and that he’s a badass …

this plan includes a menu, daily video workouts, half hour outside, 10 minutes of uplifting reading, – every day no excuses or you start at day one .. plus online sessions with him 2-3 times a week, surprise popup challenges, and participating on a group platform …

there is no way i want to restart at day 1 – and the video schedule consists of a circulation of 5 x 30 minute videos – plyometrics, cardio, core, combinations .. i cannot finish fully a 30 minute video … i am moving better and working harder, but my mind gives out often before it finishes or during a set of exercises and i need to stop for a bit .. there are also fit tests every 14 days which measure progression and they are friggin hard, but mainly because i can’t stop and rest so the mind has to just shut up ..

so .. i did some measurements and weight today as it’s about 30 days in . and i just finished a detox so i thought it was the best day (wink) ..

so looking at these metrics from a pure by inch perspective seemed a little bit NOT worth the effort at first lol .. an inch in some areas .. wtf for so much effort ..

my coach first asked me how i felt about it and i wasn’t sure but then he told me that i was way too hard on myself and i thought i needed to look at it from a percentage perspective so i could see what his experience tells him .. now i’m pleased about the waist and boob measurements


and since i’m pre-diabetic taking weight off around the waist is important to help get off meds … and not sure what happened with the one quad there ha

plus looking at this second set of figures at a pure figure perspective was yucky but when you put it into percentages i see the changes ..

these measurements come from a FitTrack scale that I have that measures all these things electronically through the soles of your feet .. i don’t know how or if it works but if i use it consistently i will see consistent figures if they aren’t quite right ..

FitTrack Dara - Smart Body BMI Scale

the only thing in the normal zone for me is my muscle mass .. but the rest are moving in the correct direction which is awesome … i took off 5% of body weight .. so that is yay

so now i’m happy with what i’m seeing .. and coach gave me a thumbs up and said it was moving fast in the right direction . and seeing it this way i finally believe him

so .. keeping on with the plan .. interesting .. i see phase 2 has double vids … omfg ..

stay tuned ..


Someone called me lazy today …

Before we get all excited let’s see why …

I will admit today I am in a funk. I am having trouble finding work since I lost my job last year re: Covid – I’m either too senior or not a “fit”. Today I lost out on 2 more opportunities. I spiraled down with being unfit, unwanted, a loser yet again. I could just sit here under a warm blanket with the fireplace on and the snow raging outside and just be.

This reminded me that I was divorced so I wasn’t good enough to be married to.

I am working a 60 day fitness/eating plan – I was sitting here being unworthy thinking I needed to get up and press play. I completely did not want to. Nothing I said in my head made a lick of difference. The stuff from above started to bleed into this plan I’m working .. I negated that I’d done something like 24 days, and that I WAS doing it even if I didn’t feel into it. Yet today, it became more of what’s the use if you don’t see results, all the websites we see and advertisements make it seem so easy – just push play, just eat this, give me $1 a year and all my workout videos will make you fit, it’s a brain thing – down down down

Here’s what I’m telling myself .. What if I never get a job, what if I never get fit, I should get up and do the workout, I should want to do it, I’ll never get there.

Well.. I have learned over the years that What if and Should are not good words.

What if can have a negative connotation to me .. it appears to me as a means to stress and be sad that something may never happen and explore all the mental ways it will never happen. I never think about what if something great happens .. I only use it to negate.

Should appears to me to be a shaming type word and I’ve heard that before – should implies somehow that you are not “normal” if you don’t and that isn’t at all true. I have tried to avoid shoulds but they do come out when I’m in this mood.

Then you can go to the Taurus thing – remember this:

Here’s my birth sign telling me that it is ok to not do stuff.

SO .. I contact my coach .. and I did it on purpose … because I could not motivate myself. He wasn’t being all nicey nice .. aww hon you have a bad day so give yourself a break .. nope he was all I don’t understand why you don’t get up and press play (I didn’t feel like it) .. what else are you doing (literally nothing) .. you will feel guilty later that you weren’t productive (I totally would he knows me) .. you’re being lazy lol call it what it is (that hurt but it was in fact true). Sure, part of his role is to motivate me but really why can’t I do it myself?

AND besides I don’t want this look next time I online train with him:

And don’t get me wrong .. I love this guy (not THAT way lol) and I KNOW he would never do anything cruel to hurt me ..

So not only did I get up and push play on the video, but I also did the nutty pop up challenge walk 3K .. and post your route and time so no cheating – and let me tell you it’s fricking cold and stormy here and it was indeed the last thing I wanted to do today.

Still .. super proud of myself and as I walked I reflected on how far I’ve come, I can’t wait to see the 30 day measurement results because I think I will see them, I actually am finding the videos to be less undoable and more doable, I am seeing improvement in the periodic fit tests and I’m not prepared to give up – being a Taurus or not LOL

So .. Someone called me lazy today . . but in truth it really was me ..

cheers all


Spirit Learnings

SO .. for anyone that reads my blogaroonies and/or scribble and bibbles knows that I’ve been working on ME for some time now.  Some years ago during an imposed stress leave from work, I began to explore who I was, and what I truly wanted – be it work or personal life.  I started to explore spirit, spirituality, taro cards, and have had some readings done by some “mediums”.  We have a Psychic Fair at Bingeman’s in Kitchener, Ontario frequently and I’ve often gone in the past few years and had a reading – some successful, some I’m like “wtf”, some try – a couple of times when I shook hands with a medium the hair on my arm and theirs would stand up, and often as I walked by they would raise their heads to look at me and I thought that was weird – and I’ve always thought there might be a grain of truth there and wondered what MY purpose really is in life.  That doesn’t last long when life then again takes over my consciousness and in the end I don’t really believe in God and felt spirit was like angels.

Somehow I never quite believed because as a Taurus and an accountant the logical always wins out and I am quite adept at ignoring signs I don’t need to or want to see at the moment 🙂

I used to watch John Edwards frequently and have seen him in person in April – he didn’t read me LOL.  I also periodically watched Theresa Caputo.

John Edwards April 2017

SO .. I met Mark the medium (I think that’s what he calls himself) quite by accident in my opinion but NOT really if I look at the sequence of events.  Check out how this fell into place …

One of my work friends had gone to a class at this place in Ayr and told me to check out what type of classes they had – because I was going through a messy personal time and was searching obvi for something.  I found a cord cutting class and signed up as it was something I’d heard of and thought it could be something for me.  I’d never heard of them though – THE OLIVE READERS – but the reviews sounded genuine.

go to https://olivereaders.com/

olive readers

Coincidentally, I have another work friend here at the office who was a fairly new acquaintance.  She approached me about 5 minutes after I signed up for the class to say she had something to tell me, something I might not believe, but she felt the need to.  I am not gonna lie .. a bit scared now.

She and her sister had gone the night before for a reading AT THIS SAME PLACE with a medium who had worked out of this store.  They had waited for a very long time – maybe almost  a year for this reading – and she was surprised when this grandma came through with a rose and a message for Barb.  The only Barb she knew was me and she didn’t know me well enough to know that I was a farm kid, that my grandma was a farm lady, and that she was connected to November (she called herself Novemma because she was born Nov 1).   Her message was about my (now ex) husband and the crap we were going through.  Now, she knew pieces of my husband crap but could not have known about the grandma stuff – and the grandma message was from someone that knew what I was dealing with in my marriage of 30 years.

I had just booked a class at this store – and now this – so I must say I was like excited and scared.  Serendipitous – yes, coincidence – perhaps, spooky – definitely.

I showed up for the class.  In the class it was obvious that something was going on with one of the “mediums” – at one point he gave each of us a rose quartz and asked us to fill them with our crap and throw it away into the pond.  When he got to me he said “oh dear you need at least 5”.  He was right too.  I learned so much in the class.  After, when I was waiting for my friend to put on her boots, Mark sidles over and says “your dad is here”.  I’m literally saying Fuck No not interested.  His response was that I would have to at some point and saying No doesn’t work on spirit.  Then I asked if he was the medium who had read my work friend recently because my grandma had showed up to her, and he said no but grandma was here also because she brought my dad there and then he proceeded to tell me the exact same thing my work friend had told me and went further by telling me things about my family that he couldn’t possibly know.  Dead on.  More so than anyone I’d heard before.  He gave me Desert rose and selenite to keep negativity out of my house.  I was stunned.

I have attended a couple of his classes and group readings – I am fascinated with watching him work.  Allegedly I’m an empath but I try to block it but I need to let it out.  I’ve learned so much in the past 18 months or so.

How to let go.  How to meditate.  How to let myself talk to spirit if I can.  How I see my dad around me.  How I can forgive and let my dad be around me.  How I can past life regress.  Who has been in my past lives and why I feel so comfortable around them.  Why the cats in the house often stare off into the distance over my shoulder.  What crystals I can use to assist when I get anxious or down.  How to bubble and ground myself for protection from negative energies.  How to cleanse the house of negativity.  How to be open.  How to believe really.

I’ve forged this weird relationship with this medium now – I recently traveled on his spirit cruise (another blog another day – he takes groups of people to places to seek spirit and fun) and learned so much more – but I think I’m open now to what I can learn and how I can grow.  It’s helped me so much in the past year with all the CRAP I had going on in my marriage (I’m not sure I would have coped) and personal life and I’ve met so many wonderful people.

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I feel some days like spirit is around me and some days the old way of ignoring them.  I’ve been told they are trying to communicate with me by ringing in my ears but I’m not mastering hearing them yet.  The learning has put a name to so many things in my life that I didn’t know what it was before – like deja vu times, or knowing something in advance or feeling an affinity to a symbol or animal or seeing something over and over again – like the big birds which are apparently my dad.

Interesting times.






Spirit Cruise Nov 2019 – Pt 1 – Weirdness

Hey anyone that reads my blogs.  The next few days will be a series of blogs about my recent cruise I participated in as part of a group travelling together for fun and to learn more about ourselves and spirit.

More on that later but for now I wanted to put out there the weird things that I encountered or perceived on my cruise and let you know why I thought they were weird because – you know – why not get inside MY head LOL. (Aside – get out now LOL).

The first thing I thought was weird was in the bathroom of the hotel we stayed at the night prior to the cruise (in Port Canaveral).  AND no it’s not IN the toilet but stay with me for a sec.

I was gobsmacked actually.  Who stays in these rooms … munchkins?  I’m 5ft11in tall right?  To sit down in the bathroom or get in the tub is a very looooooooon way down man.  Geez.  I mean I do squats and that sort of thing at the gym so you think it might not be too bad but OMFG – where did they get these fixtures.


Ok so the pic doesn’t do it justice but let’s just say .. where does YOUR toilet hit you in the back of the legs when you sit down?  Mid calf or lower?  Because that’s where it was.  Maybe it was a squat type toilet but gee.  I was afraid the shower would fill and overflow while showering it was so low to the ground.

Moving on.

We boarded the ship.  It was huge!!.  That in itself wasn’t weird so much because I sort of expected it but they had a Jaguar car sitting in the middle of the floor in the middle of a deck.  For fun because you never know when you need to borrow the jag for a jaunty drive from the front to the back of the ship or to impress your girl friend.


The next thing that made me giggle because it was odd/weird/out of place – one of the ladies brought a gift for our host.  Imagine Christmas ginger bread houses on a cruise ship headed for the Caribbean in November.  They were lovely but looked oddly out of place and they were brought all the way from South Carolina.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not dissing the creator of this present because she is hugely talented and has been on TV making them .. it just seemed incongruous to my brain.



We had to muster and my muster post was the fitness center.  It was weird to see all these folks milling about in heels or dresses trying out the fitness equipment because they were bored or in one case a man who was proving to his son he was fit because he could hold down a crunch machine while listening to the safety video and texting on his phone at the same time  .. Again not dissing the dude but having spent so much time lately in a gym it was surreal to see.



Next came the Ugli fruit and it was indeed ugly.  A huge thing that looks like a tangerine,  it is actually  a cross between grapefruit and tangerines – a Jamaican Tangelo.  SO juicy though.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaican_tangelo



Next came in Mexico – three things really.

First I was watching this lizard/gecko/dragon on a Mayan ruin, see?  No one apparently could see it.  People walked by and didn’t know what the hell I was looking at because they asked me what I was doing.  I’d point it out and they’d say what?  Sigh it’s not THAT invisible.  Is it that people are just not present in the space? Was it invisible or visible only to me?  Was it my spirit animal?  So many people wandering around and SITTING on the ruins beside the DON’T signs and looking at their phones.



Next came an obvious reference to El Dorado in my mind – although my son says it is possible (insert MOTHER)  El Dorado stole it from this Chocolate Shop in Mexico or some other place there – this weird game that is played in El Dorado .. check it out – and yes I laughed out loud. https://makeagif.com/i/mPfMI3

Upon research apparently it is a real thing and not a Disney reference, but it was still pretty cool to see it.  Apparently it appears in Chichen Itza as well


The last weird thing is a artifact that we inherited from friend of my ex husband’s and I always though it was very ugly and stupid and useless.  When he left I gave it away.  Turns out it might be important or valuable or — SOMETHING — check it out – the first one was mine and the second one was in Mexico.  WEIRD.



thanks for reading my scribbles and bibbles and going inside my mind.





Strong Women – not because of smell or muscle :)

Hi peeps that read my scribbles and bibbles.

I am often not a very peopley person .. in fact I often post this pic on Facebook:


That being said I realize the need for a network of people around you for support, assistance, to laugh with or just to have a quiet coffee with – more so now than ever before for sure and I have slowly but surely building this network and appreciating that they are in my life and why they are in my life.

I met a lovely lady – like twice – through another person and that’s how she came into my life.  She has some very special things about her and I immediately felt “at home” around her.   She and her friend elected to run a Women’s Retreat Weekend this past weekend – there was some agenda but in the end I could do as little or as much as I like – and somehow I felt the need to “retreat” and pretty much immediately signed up – then instantly regretted it as I am wont to do – because – you know peopley and strangers to boot.

I arrived with a friend whom I do know fairly well – beautiful cottage on the water that is very calming and peaceful and I’m often drawn to nature or just sitting listening to the vibrations of the water so I was quite happy to have arrived.


And then settled into chatting to some of the quirkiest but strongest women I’ve met – open, forthcoming, not afraid to share whatever the topic is.  The feeling of warmth and comfort and ability to be ME was almost overwhelming – and you know I had found myself prior thinking prior to arriving that geez they will be all thinner, fitter, healthier, younger than I, they all know each other — what will we talk about ..

Nevertheless we all chatted away almost like we were old friends strangely.  And these women were very cool and open – and I’m going to give you a sample of what I heard (and not because I want to call out anyone or really out anyone’s secrets here):

  • One woman had had brain surgery at a very young (to me) age and she was happy in her own skin and with her life for the most part.  The bravery of this individual was amazing to have withstood this and be so matter of fact about it.
  • One woman was working to find her “business” be it fitness or nutrition or whatever her passion was but to me her gift was her saving of poor unloved dogs from Cuba and giving them the love and attention they deserve and have never experienced by finding them homes or having them herself – and this one dog she has now has hind leg and bottom motion impediments but this dog does not know or care about his issue and has so much love to give and she is in turn learning so much about care and self care/sacrifice from this dog.
  • One woman is facing a biopsy and possibility of breast cancer which is a very scary and paralyzing thing because you don’t know what you don’t know until the procedure is done; yet she spoke openly about what was happening and some other women with experiences with this situation came forth with help as much as possible to allay the fears and assist with any preparation.
  • Several women spoke about breakups and marital breakdowns with such knowledge and wisdom of what they learned and strength in moving forward in creating their life they could be proud of that involves taking care of themselves.  So many of the women have been in this boat in this group – likely larger than the divorce statistics which I think are less than 50%:
    • According to the latest Statstics Canada date, approximately 38 per cent of all marriages end in divorce .

See .. strong women.  All in a room (or cottage) .. some know each other, some know of each other, some know only one or two of the hostesses, some we found out know people we know .. all coming together to have a retreat weekend without expectations, judgement or hassles.

What did we do?  Did we just cry about our situ and bash men? Did we sit around in sexy pajamas and pillow fight (insert man brain here)? What was this women’s retreat? We participated in whatever we felt like or retreated to a swing chair or a dock or went for a walk on our own if need be –

  • We received T shirts which we all loved in a gift-bag with other cool things in it – with a saying/comment personally chosen for you and taped to each bag:
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  • We watched a movie entitled Embrace – you will recall this lady posted a fit picture of herself as before and a less than skinny picture as after and caused a stir as it was the opposite of expectations:
    • https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4862478/
    • Embrace follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
  • We walked in a provincial park and spent time on a lakeside in the wind – and ate a cool lunch and had snacks (mmm .. power balls)
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  • We climbed trees
  • We took pictures
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  • We ate delicious food, planned and prepared by the hostesses and anyone else that wanted to help with no expectations there (the pampering promise was real)
  • We had a yoga nidra session – all laying down on mats or in chairs in a small living room – head to toe, or side by side – snoring optional
  • We had therapeutic touch or emotional release sessions from one of the hostesses
  • We tried out face soaps and cleansers that we don’t know about
  • We tried stretching in the morning, I think there might have been yoga
  • We read books we brought or books others brought, discussing them sometimes
  • We talked in groups of 2, 3, 4, 10 .. whatever worked at the time
  • We sat in the dark due to the power outage and made bead bracelets by candlelight
  • We burned bay leaves on which we had written those things we needed to release (the Friday the 13th Harvest Full Moon IS the time to do this thing)
  • We learned about essential oils and smells
  • We learned about USANA products like smoothies and face masks
  • We watched the rain and embraced the winds
  • We allowed a dog to love us even though we were strangers
  • We learned what strong women look like


So grateful to have had the experience and taken the chance to spend the weekend with essentially 10 strangers 🙂 who are no longer really strangers but are such strong and inspirational women!!!

thanks for reading my scribbles.







Tie Dye – Still A Thing

Recently the local Library had a free class on learning to make Tie Dye Shirts:

It’s been 50 years since the Summer of Love! Bring back the love and the tie dye and learn to make your own hippie shirts. Please bring a t-shirt and/or item you would like to tie dye. Registration is required. July 23, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM @WPL.

FOR FREE.  How can I resist?  I like to try things . . new things .. fun things .. free things.

So I signed up.  While waiting on the class day to arrive I researched tie dye – I haven’t had an experience with this since the kids did pillow cases one summer while at a trailer park – when the kids were like 11 years old and down – and even though I’m 50 plus I’m not sure I ever did this type of thing.

I found some cool things and was hoping mine might turn out as lovely (FYI .. this has NOT been my experience LOL).

I wonder what I might bring – aha a White MANS’ XXL T shirt would do the trick – if it’s ugly it can be a sleep shirt or run around the house shirt – if it’s nice it can be paired with stuff or go on my body when I go to the gym .. so this could be cool.


So off I go.. T shirt in hand.  The teacher was lovely – and all the dyes were premixed AND warm.  Woot.  She had dowels, plastic bags, dyes, elastics, patterns, suggestions, gloves and anything else you really really need to do this without getting it all the heck over yourself and your hands (because like dye = stay so hands in dye = purple hands).  All things you don’t think of when you say “hey I’d like to do this” and do it in your kitchen on your new kitchen counter that isn’t quite as stain proof as you think 🙂

First she gave every person a lovely square chiffon like scarf to try it out on – an unexpected surprise – so you get to fuck that up first :>

SO .. I pick a circular type pattern, stand the dowel in the middle of the scarf, roll and twist the scarf around the dowel and try my hardest to put elastics on over the dowel in a tight enough manner to avoid the wet water and dye from running.  I do remember that from the one time I helped the kids.

Success!!! … I pipette the dye (or spoon it or dip it whichever alleged circle you are doing), hoped for the best and then put it in the plastic bag to soak/seep.  No dye on my shirt – disposable gloves are awesome sauce!!

Armed with that success (and in reality I don’t know if it was truly successful yet because it needed to set) I pick an interesting cross body pattern that might be cool – like zebra or like something was clawing through my skin sort of – not the regulation circular pattern you see in so many places.  This involved accordion or napkin folding the t shirt across the body and then trying to put on very TIGHT elastics.  I chose to start at the lower right side hem and work up and across so in the end there are very fat areas and some not so fat and some that looked decidedly lumpy.  Regardless, I dipped, pipetted and spooned a pattern with colours I thought would work, dumped it in the second bag and left with a smile.

So we are told to leave them in the bag to soak/set at least 24 hours.  Off I go home and leave them on the kitchen table – not leaking thank goodness but they were very interesting to the cats and my son.  Squishy bags of something colourful.  Poke poke poke – but happily not poked through the bag.

Fast forward slightly more than 24 hours – because you know .. work – and I have to rinse them until they no longer run dye out.  I choose the stainless sink because – remember – dye – and go to it – and I don’t have gloves this time so I’m very delicately handling it and snipping off the elastics.  No I didn’t untie the elastics – they got cut with the kitchen scissors.  Then I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed.

The scarf turned out ok but in the end the colours didn’t quite work.  I guess my pipetting and spooning didn’t quite avoid bleed or maybe the elastics were not quite tight enough for such a light/sheer material which allowed bleed and I’m not sure the colours should be next to each other. Not sure where I will wear it being like square and all but I think it will work somewhere where I need something to set something on that I don’t want to mark the surface.  Plant or beads or crystals or something.  Future project.  Still  needs to be washed.

So now I’m afraid that the T shirt would be unappealing or just MEH.  However, the T shirt I like much better.  I liked those colours, that the pattern wasn’t the “regulation” circle pattern, and that the fat sections and bleed made for interesting obviously not professionally done rigid patterning. I suspect the material being thicker and more absorbent helped in getting a nicer pattern differentiation or maybe I was just that much smarter.  More white in spots than I was expecting but I’m pretty happy with it.  Still needs a wash.  I’m haven’t put it in the machine yet – you know dye = permanent .. what if I colour my delicates in weird pinks/purples? But then who would know.

Would I do this again?  Absolutely?

In MY house?  Absolutely not.  Hello – Dye = permanent.  I did have a pinkish finger that took weeks to be “fixed”.

BUT .. I say go for it if you get the chance as you meet interesting folks and get outside your comfort zone .. and  .. a) free b) fun c) fabulous 🙂





Meal Kits – fresh and yummy – Nailed IT

Hi folks

Today’s scribbles and bibbles is about a subscription service .. yes those horrid words subscription service (cue horror music).

I’ve been watching what I eat – and trying to learn how to eat better – for a very long time now and I’ve often wondered what would happen if I pre-ordered food boxes – I mean everything comes all at once in the right quantities and you don’t have leftover ingredients of foods right?  I mean let’s face it, I’m a poor planner for weekly food and menus and that leads you straight to the pizza place, right?

With just Scott (my 20 YO kid) and I home now, I started to look and see what’s out there.   A friend had tried a sort of “healthy eating” site (the name escapes me at the moment) and she wasn’t enamored of the resulting foods that arrived and they did send foods on her restricted list.  Not boding well.

However I thought I’d give it a go and .. being me .. research ensued.

OMG there are so many of these types of services out there right now .. and that’s not JUST in the family meal category.  Where to start?

I read this Chatelaine Blog … and found MORE kits I hadn’t even heard of … take a read .. I doubt Chatelaine will mind that I included this link:


OK .. so too much choice, all roughly the same price and roughly the same foods/options – all allow you to not get stuff you hate or won’t eat, all have roughly same portions or commitments to their plans, all get you in with free meals in the basket for the first box or two.  So minimal variations.

What to do .. well .. GROUPON of course.  I got the most amazing Groupon and basically paid eight bucks for my first week.  This IS the way to go if you want to try and you can cancel anytime and the one company I chose don’t lie about the cancel anytime thing.

I went with Miss Fresh – at that time the menu looked the most appealing and like something I’d eat.  Ordering was easy – the box arrived at a pre-ordained time (Tuesday AM before noon).  The packaging was MOST IMPRESSIVE – insulated box, everything wrapped together so you can just pick out what you’re making and don’t have to refer to the menu list to see what you need.

When it came to cooking, I was very impressed with the quality and size of the foods sent – I mean you may assume they might think a medium onion is really what YOU  would consider small but that was not the case.  The meat portions were in some cases larger than I would have chosen, the portion sizes were clearly more than needed for the two persons it was for, and the vegetables were crisp.  The red onion in fact was so big I did not use the whole thing for fear of being onioned out of the house and get heartburn 🙂

Things I’ve gotten and made – and of course I’ve posted on Facebook as “nailed it” lol:

  1. Thai Green Curry – I wanted to experience this because my son likes spicy things and this is not something I’d make.  Preparation was very simple and it looked delicious.  It wasn’t as spicy as I thought it might be and in truth since I don’t like coconut milk, it isn’t a favourite.


2. Creamy Herb Chicken Pasta – again I wouldn’t have used or experimented with these herbs in the past and I love pasta (as does my son) so I tried this one.  It turned out so lovely and with an arugula salad which I’d not made before.  Win.


3. Orange Pork chops with Spinach Orange Salad – never had orange pork chops nor would I put oranges in my salad.  This also was delightful but the orange juice and wine used in the pan for the chops gave it a tendency to burn.  Salad contained too much red onion and Scott didn’t like the oranges in it (but he did eat the spinach).


4. Tomato and Beef Casserole – ON POLENTA  – hm .. polenta – again something I’d not made or would have eaten that I wanted to try.  It was ok – polenta not my fave – but this is a 9 x 13 inch pan and clearly more than two folks would eat.  The tomato and beef casserole was very nice though.52769414_10161573835110438_3962626600696020992_n

5. Chicken Burrito bowls – I do eat burrito type bowls at work periodically when they have them in the cafeteria thingy and I love them so why not try it at home.  I will definitely make this again but Scott didn’t like the beans much.



  1. Recipes easy and short prep/cook time
  2. Ingredients fresh
  3. I tried things I would not normally (Trout coming next week as well as Pho)
  4. Full ingredient and recipe cards are unexpected win – make it again yourself and tweak it as you go (Scott had many suggestions for what he would change in them which is showing an interest)
  5. Maybe more expensive than you would do if you’d shopped for yourself – but in the interest of new things I’m prepared to take that on the chin for now to widen my palate
  6. Super fabulous service – stopped boxes when I was detoxing or following a specific meal plan or was away – no fuss – change boxes when that recipe didn’t make me say WOOT – AND warned me that I’d chosen something that was on my restricted list and offered to drop or swap it (so no wrong food I guess)

Anyway .. give it a go if you’ve been thinking about it – not necessarily Miss Fresh because there are a lot out there.

Widen those palates





Jewelry with Intentions

Hello all

Today’s scribbles and bibbles are about something that I’ve been exposed to especially in the last few weeks and that is making me feel such peace and happiness I felt I must share.

I go to the gym – the Wreckroom here in Kitchener – HOLD ON this is not an exercise blog – don’t tune out.  One of the trainer’s there is often there in the mornings doing her thing with her clients when I come in to do my workouts (at 7:30 am .. uh huh) and we’ve been talking back and forth and getting to know each other and be friends.

This is Wendy – she’s the most lovely soul and she has her own training business – Tiny N Tuff Fitness | 1-on-1 Training | Olympic Lifting | Powerlifting  – operating out of the Wreckroom (I stole this pic and description from the Wreckroom website – I’m not sure she’d mind – she’s gorgeous).

HOWEVER, what we’ve been talking about recently is the most beautiful jewelry she’s been making with love and intentions.  We sometimes talk about our spirituality even though she is TINY and TOUGH but this is the most loveliest of soft sides that I’m starting to see and now I see her also as #wanderingwendy.  I mean I’ve seen her deadlift like crazy weights etc but that’s not all she is.

I’m not sure how public her beadwork album is on Facebook but here’s the link and a pic of some:  https://www.facebook.com/WendyAnne85/media_set?set=a.10157107171884099&type=3


Now .. I have been going through some “stuff” and I just adored the lovely black and pink Heart Strength mala .. so I asked her to make me one .. and she did customized with a bit more green and replacing the fringe with black.  It turned out lovely and the meaning to me  is amazeballs and something I need in my life.

Now . .what made it all the more personal is that she told me that when she was making it for me she set some intentions to help me with my heart strength and asking to reduce my negative energies from a certain person.  I felt the love for sure.

Imagine someone making something so heartfelt just for you .. no mass marketing,  no mass production, no giant price .. just someone doing something they love for someone who appreciates it at a reasonable price.

Naturally I went back for more … sending her some pics of things that I would like and that spoke to me . ..shamelessly getting ideas from online about what I could do (I’m new at the whole stone thing).  She and I had a laugh because she says she has been spending a lot of time recently at the bead store .. but I don’t think she minds truly 🙂

Imagine .. the next two (yep I couldn’t decide – hence two) bracelets I asked for she made this week – with the same love and intention as before and with me in mind as she worked – AND she let them bathe in the recent full moon to cleanse.  WOWSERS – these stones should be so perfect, right?

The pink one:  Self Love Intention Bracelet – For love, self love, healing, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion and kindness. Has Rose Quartz, Electroplated Rose Quartz and Hematite I think.

The Multicolored one: Dream Magick Intention Bracelet – For intuition, prophetic dreams, imagination, lucid dreaming, sleep, calming and magick.  Has Amethyst, Onyx, Agelite, Sodalite and Hermatite I think.

I picked them up this morning and clearly am wearing them now AND my mala – and I had to laugh because coach Luke wanted to wear the pink one becaue he wanted heart strength also but he was told “nope .. made for Barb with intentions for her”.  HA. You must appreciated what that does to my soul.

OK . so this is what I’m playing with currently .,., and shameless plugging for a very talented person who deserves all the good coming her way.  Love and thank you Wendy.

Of course if you need jewelry AND fitness she can take care of the second part also.  Check it out.






Snail Mail Pen Pals .. Still a thing

Hello everyone .. this blog’s ramblings go on and on about a thing I found fairly recently (well started last summer) that I didn’t know was still a thing .. Pen Pal.

Remember when you were a child and you had a pen pal …. didn’t almost everyone have one at one time or another – or at minimum you wrote to another kid in another school?  I can’t imagine I’m the only one and that I’m that old.

I remember writing to a girl (now a lady) called Debbie Nelson in Westland Michigan for years .. before losing touch.  It was quite interesting to learn about others, see what they were up to and imagine what their life is like being different from yours.  I don’t even know how I came across her name – maybe a balloon thing where you send it up and see where it goes?  OF course you often write to cousins who live far away but somehow it wasn’t the same as writing to a .. gasp .. stranger.

Fast forward MUCHO years and I’m an adult now and mother to adult children who might have had a pen friend when very small but really not – and now in the age of technology and the internet – who really writes letters?  We don’t even get bills in the mail anymore and even if we still do that’s the only thrill we get these days from the mail person right?  Just the odd bills and a weird pizza flyer sometimes.  I mean, I have heard they don’t even teach cursive anymore these days so how can a person “write” a letter …

Imagine what your kids now think when you might say …. hey I’m thinking about getting a pen pal?

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I accidentally came across this website on the Facebook – and in truth I hadn’t thought about a pen pal or getting one – like everyone I communicate via email or text and I hadn’t thought about pen palling for EONS or a donkey’s age as my mom would say.



I joined and lurked for what felt like forever . .because you are supposed to introduce yourself and seek pals so I wanted to see what it was about.  I noted that a lot of people do crafts on the envelopes or send special trinkets or flip books (?) in the envelopes which was new and made me a bit fearful since I’m not crafty that way.


I eventually waded in when I saw an ad I enjoyed or thought “that could be fun”.  Incoming – Treena from the UK.  I have traveled there once and I thought that it would be interesting because the cultures are different enough and they have that whole Brexit thing going on and the Queen stuff.  Different perspectives you know?

Turns out she was lovely – has been to TORONTO – and we did make it past ONE letter (my fear is that when she found out how boring I was she’d bail – true story).

It was so ridiculous how excited I got when I saw the letter in the mail – curling up with a tea/coffee and enjoying the letters.  Been so long since I’ve done that 🙂

Incipit of a letter to a friend

SO .. that went well right?  Let’s see what else?

Enter Teshha – my new pen pal who was looking for folks that had asshats for family and would love to dish dirty laundry and be real.  Pretty sure my current family situation topped her expectations for asshattery and I challenged her to write me – and she did – and that was that.

Enter Suzi from California – a helicopter pilot in the army or navy who is studying and doing school work – who has lived in interesting places.

Enter Nancy from Oklahoma – who sends lovely things in her letters – and who is living and enjoying a retired life

Enter Jane from Scotland – likes outdoors and camping and stuff I liked – who’s writing is so lovely to read.

SO looking forward to seeing where these letters/relationships go.  My writing is atrocious and I always apologize for it .. I’m an accountant – we do numbers on computers and things – we don’t often write.

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I just hope that we find things to know about each other and it doesn’t just be a short term fad.  Hearken back to the old days my friends – give the idea an explore 🙂

Stay tuned.