Spending Time Alone ~

Greta Garbo, the American-Swedish film actress was famous for saying ” I ‘Vant’ to be alone” when in actuality she said ” I want to be left alone”.

This quote made headlines back in the day.

She was made to appear aloof and unfriendly by the media.

What is it about being alone that as a culture we are so afraid of?

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I’ve been so looking forward to my time in Hawaii that I would be spending alone.

My family doesn’t see it that way.

They call and ask if I’m okay.  ( It is sweet, I know), and I’m not complaining.

They tell me to arrange some visitors while I’m here.

They send me on errands to get me out of the house and send party invitations for me to attend with people I barely know.

I think they are concerned that I will feel lonely.

And those are all very thoughtful gestures, but I really do want to be alone.

I love getting up in the morning to have my coffee in silence, with birdsong and the wind rustling in the trees, breathing in the fresh morning air.

I like being free to watch my thoughts drift in and out, and kind of check in with myself to see if my thoughts are flowing positive, or if there are any worries or concerns that need to be addressed.

Well, what do you do all day?  they wonder.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m on a path of transformation.

This week I’m doing a cleanse.  I’m working with Daily Om for the next 8 weeks on the body challenge.

I’m on a path of study, doing an online course with Christy Whitman, learning to visualize my future self.

I’m also studying Crystal Healing with Katrina Rafael, Color theory with Dougal Frazer, How to get a whole year accomplished in 12 weeks, practicing letting go with Hale Dwoskin, Holosync with Bill Harris, writing this blog and learning how to take it to the next level with Ruth Soukup.

So, basically I’m not alone, as I’ve surrounded myself with all of the above teachers and mentors.

Yesterday I taught myself how to make jam and I’m developing a recipe for flax seed crackers.  I posted the recipe here.

I’m learning to wire-wrap gemstones and coming up with my own designs.

I’m very productive with my alone time but still have plenty of time for rest and play.

Yesterday, I danced like no one was watching, and it felt so good – No one was watching by-the-way.

Sometimes, I play music.  Sometimes, I just listen to the sounds around me.

Last week, I took myself to the movies to see “Paris Can Wait” with Diane Lane.

Beautiful scenery, great cast, lovely story line.  Definitely recommend it.

In the movie, she ( an American) was so used to running on schedules, and the French man that she was travelling with, was actually showing her how to slow down and enjoy the journey.  The destination (Paris) was a goal to be met.

How often do we find ourselves, over scheduled, our lives filled up with friends and family, and going to and fro, that we lose touch with who we are, why we are here, and what life is really all about?

How often do we take time from our busy lives to turn off the TV, put the social media down

smell the plumeria

sip the tea

enjoy the journey

share our lives with those we love

and spend time alone for quiet reflection?

After the movie, I took myself out to dinner to California Pizza Kitchen, ordered the Kendall Jackson Reserve chardonnay,( I usually just order the “house” chardonnay), the Caprese Chicken, and had a date, with myself.

It felt a little weird at first, going into a restaurant alone, but I really don’t think anyone noticed, and the waiter was so sweet and very attentive.

I took my time, enjoying every sip, every morsel, and thought about the movie, and how much I like to be wined and dined, the way the Frenchman wined and dined Diane Lane in the movie,, and how I might just fall in love with myself all over again.

How do you like to spend time alone?

When’s the last time you did?

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 2….

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Banan ~ Food Truck in Honolulu

It’s not that often that I come across a business with so much integrity that I just want to shout it out to the world!

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Banan is located on Montserrat in Honolulu near Kapiolani Park.

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A modest food truck that serves up delectable frozen banana and fruit treats every day.

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Just pure fruit – No Dairy.  The main base is pureed, frozen bananas.

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Prices range from 6 – 12 dollars per bowl.

They’re delicious.

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A refreshing surprise all year long

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And a compost bin for the local farmer’s pigs.

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A bright and colorful seating area with a view of Diamond Head.

Next time you’re in Hawaii, check it out.

I feel so much gratitude for the companies who are conscious of our planet, and give something back to Mother Earth, who think out-of-the-box to offer healthy goodies for us to enjoy.

Mahalo!

This is not an affiliate post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Polishing Silver Spoons

I have a humble collection of silver plated-“silverware” in my kitchen.

Some patterns are similar to ones I grew up with.  At one point in my life, my mom changed to “silverware” that was made of stainless steel — the latest rage in the 60’s.  We still call it silverware though.

Apparently, after much trial and error, stainless steel manufacturers discovered that eating utensils made of this wonder, didn’t taint the taste of food, or have any chemical reactions.  Thus, a more affordable eating utensil was born. But, what was it about the old fashioned silverware that I remembered so much as a child?

 

The delicate floral patterns, perhaps?

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or the attention to detail?

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Then, as I grew older having a home of my own,  having a mixture of stainless steel and silver plated utensils in the same drawer…

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I started to notice that my family would favor using the silver-plated pieces over the stainless steel…a curiosity indeed?  And it was all tarnished to boot, not nice and shiny .

Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC) famous for stating :  Let food be your medicine, had also made a discovery that silver was beneficial to our health in fighting infection and warding off diseases as well as “decreasing swelling in mucous membranes in the nose, throat, urethra, and colon”.  (offthegrid news.com)

Which leads me to believe that the “Born with a Silver Spoon in one’s mouth” could have a whole new, even deeper meaning!

Was my family naturally going for the healthy alternative in choosing the silver over the stainless steel?

Perhaps only the wealthy could afford to have real silver eating utensils and feed their babies from silver spoons, but did the doctor’s have a special knowledge from studying Hippocrates?

I’m just speculating ( so don’t take this as medical advice), but did the practice of putting a silver spoon in a baby’s mouth also help to ward off infection and disease, and protect the baby in some way?

Food for Thought!

When did the tradition of a baby’s first eating utensils being made of silver come along?

 

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Can you tell which one is silver?

Long since gone, but my mother saved our silver baby spoons and forks until we were grown.  By the time my children were born, the silver tradition had been replaced with a stainless steel replica.

I remember my grandmother telling stories about how the ladies she knew were so proud to say that they had all matching silverware and china.

Then, my grandma would tell them that her set of silverware was so unique that no one else in the country had anything like it.

When they asked her to please tell them what was so special about it, she would say ” No two pieces alike”.

And that’s pretty much what my set looks like.  But I do remember that she did have all silver utensils, and no stainless steel.

Note:  I spoke with my Mom about her stainless steel, and she said that Betty Crocker had a special promotion in the 1950’s, where you could get a free piece of stainless steel utensil set as a gift when you bought their products.  And that is how the Stainless Steel Utensil was put into the American Homes.

Before I wrote this article I took out all of my silver pieces to clean them.

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All Natural and Non-toxic way to Clean Silver

I soaked them in white cleaning vinegar in a glass bowl, enough to cover them.

Add 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Then I sprinkled some Baking Soda on them and used it to scrub some of the tarnish off.

 

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You can see how the tarnish just disappears

 

It worked like a charm.

When finished I poured it all down the sink with some extra baking soda to freshen the garbage disposal.

Do you still have your baby spoons?  Do you use your silver every day? Do you call your eating utensils “silverware” or do you have another name that you use?  Do you collect vintage silverware, or have a set that was your grandmother’s?  I say, bring it out and enjoy it, it could do your family some good!

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Waldorf Salad Wraps

As I am discovering new ways of eating, focusing on whole foods that are easily processed by the body, I was wondering what to do with that big bag of walnuts that was in the freezer.

I just love the taste of fresh apples with walnuts, and thought I might try a Waldorf Salad.  Would you believe it, that I could not find one recipe in the ten different cookbooks on the shelf?

I should have started looking on the internet, duh!?

I found a little about the history of the Waldorf Salad and a great, simple recipe at simplyrecipes.com.

And you know, I like just a few ingredients, and little prep time, and easy clean-up.

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Waldorf Salad Wraps

3 Tblsps Real Mayonnaise

1/2 squeezed lemon

1-3 red apples – cored and diced

3 stalks celery – diced

1 cup walnuts – toasted in 350degree oven for 15 minutes, then chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Romaine Lettuce

Mix all ingredients, except for lettuce, together.

Clean and pat dry several lettuce leaves to prepare for stuffing

Cut other half of lemon into wedges

You can also add golden raisins, or sliced seedless grapes, or a touch of cinnamon.

 

imageEnjoy!  What would you add to this to give it your own twist?

These would be great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!