THAT’S IT! That’s all the snow we got out of these ‘two big arctic storms.’ Noah does love the snow though. This morning we were out for an hour walking in mostly rain, and occasional snow falling. I didn’t get nearly as wet as I did last night just walking out to the car. That was some crazy rain. BTW, Jenn asked how I keep Noah so white. I don’t! You can see in the pic that Noah is not white compared to the snow. I am lucky, though, that for the most part his coat is very dirt resistant. Even when he goes to the trainer to be boarded, and is outside for several days in red dirt, it seems to fall off of him once he is home. I actually do like bathing my dogs, but not in the cold! I have a hose with a shower nozzle that is attached to hot and cold water faucets, so I can give him a bath on the back deck. And, I have a high-powered blow dryer that works pretty good too. Leftover remnants from my days as a dog groomer.
I saw these two berry bushes and thought they were so pretty. I suppose they are the same species, but I wonder why the berries are a different color and they are right next to each other. Aren’t the drops of water beautiful on them? Just like a Christmas ornament!
All the rest of the day I stayed inside trying to keep warm, and waiting for the BIG STORM to hit. I got a little cooking done–made a batch of my ‘Darn Good Spaghetti Sauce.’ Darn, that stuff IS good LOL! I ate it on a big plateful of sauteed zucchini strips, onions, and mushrooms. Yumm. I gave myself permission to have pasta, and even got it down out of the cupboard. But then I decided I actually wanted more veggies. (Don’t ask what I ate at work yesterday. It wasn’t good.) To make the zucchini strips, just use a potato peeler and keep rotating the zucchini and peeling it until you get down to the seedy center. Don’t use that part.
Oh, here’s how I actually had it–with a little shredded parmesan on top. Perfection!
I made some more banana cubes. I love getting the ‘over ripe’ bananas on sale for 20 cents a pound and making these cubes. I just mash them up with a potato masher and pour them into ice cube trays. Then when they are frozen, I store them in a ziplock bag, and they are ready to use for smoothies, recipes, or as a topping on my protein pancakes. Which I had this morning–oh yumm. I put a few (about 3 half walnuts?) chopped walnut pieces into the pancake batter in the pan, and then top the pancake with the thawed banana cubes. The bananas are so sweet this way, I don’t have to add any other sweetener.
Went out for the late afternoon walk with Noah, and noticed these Japanese Maples. The light seemed just right again. ( I actually shot these two pics on the night time setting on my camera.)
I kept looking at this group of leaves, and then I realized that the ‘star’ of the group was the lowly dogwood tree in the back. You gotta love God’s coloring book!
So, reading around the blogs today, came across a couple of long time bloggers still talking about the frustration of struggling with wanting to eat too much or not the most healthy choices. Wanting to be done with the struggle. I feel that way too. Sometimes I am afraid, especially after a day where I am just eating too much because its fun or its there or whatever. So a day like today gives me reassurance. I didn’t have to muscle through my choices. I just wanted to eat what I ate. I didn’t want to eat when I was still full from the previous meal. I didn’t have to trick myself into waiting a little longer. But still, there’s that wish that the struggle would be over. That I wouldn’t have days like yesterday. That I wouldn’t have to be afraid. I guess I think its part of the human condition. We (us weight loss ragamuffins) tend to think that we are the only ones who have these struggles. I don’t think that’s true. Its natural to wish that things were ‘other.’ I think the key is to keep working on accepting what is. For me, this Bible verse is something I have aspired to for a long time, in many areas of my life. And now I apply its wisdom to accepting the body God gave me.
I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.