Archive | September 2012

No Inspiration

What a week…full of beginnings and endings.
1. Started a new job, many more hours then I was hoping for, but better then not enough. 🙂
2. Bernice, my wife, has started to receive infusions of a powerful new drug…powerful side effects too.
3. My parish victor, and friend, is leaving our parish to take on a new assignment. He will be wonderful in his new position, but I will miss him.
4. I’m having to take a step back from my Etsy shop…just not enough time in the day…it’s still open, but I won’t be able to add new work. I’ve had a hard time this week accepting this.

God Bless, Julia


Oh My Aching Feet

My feet are killing me…not. Surprising since I’ve spent 30 hrs on my feet, standing in just one place. I’m just not use to standing for that long. I know there are people who work longer on their feet…I feel for you, I really do. So this is my question…what do you do when your feet are sore, and swollen?

I’m going to do some research of my own, and some experimenting, but if you have any tried and true ways to pamper your feet, please drop me a line. I will post the best ones next week so we can all have happy feet.

God Bless, Julia


Inspirational Video 8

I am so sorry that I have not been able to post every day…I miss it. I have very little time for anything other than working this week, but I hope next week will be easier. I did get taken away with this video, and the other two that preceeded…I just had to see this beautiful girl’s journey.  Be warned that some of the video showing the actual operation are a little graphic, so if you have a sensitive stomach you might want to look away for those parts. However this child is a testament to the human spirit, the will to survive, and how to make the most of the life that God gave us.

God Bless, Julia

Pre-Teen Skin

Claire is officially a pre-teen as she closes in on 12 years on this earth. I knew this, so of course I knew that the dreaded day of the appearance of the first pimple was imminent. With this in mind, I went in search of a,”natural,” toner for her to use along with the dreaded Clearasil…no I do not own stock, but I should. I found this simple skin toner…so this morning as she came down the stairs with an enormous bright red spot right on the end of her nose, it was time to bring out the arsenal.  If you have a pre-teen, teen, or you still suffer from this skin issue…if it has reappeared because of menopause, ugh!…maybe this recipe from, ”Organic Body Care,”  can help you.

Acne Astringent

2 cups distilled water

1 Tablespoon yarrow

1 tablespoon chamomile flowers

6 drops rosemary oil

In a small saucepan bring water to a boil, remove from heat. Add the other ingredients and let steep 30 min. strain the mixture and put in a jar for safe keeping. Refrigerate, lasts one week.

God Bless, Julia


Claire came home today and wanted me to watch this video that she saw in music class…she goes to a school where about fifty percent of her classmates are Muslims from all over the world.  Each time she saw a country that one of her classmates was from, she got all excited. I’m so happy that she has such a diverse class…having grown up in Montreal I know how valuable it is to have such a childhood.

I have a new job as a picture framer, so I am going to try to post every day, but I think their idea of part-time and my idea of it are far apart. Oddly I feel a little guilty when I don’t post, lol, I’m such a geek sometimes.

God Bless, Julia


Thought this is great…new job is keeping me running, new post tonight 🙂

Healthy Delicious

Organic Week is a weeklong celebration of all things organic in Canada. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about organic food. And for those of you who like recipes, keep reading for a delicious beet dip recipe.

There’s been an organic food hate-on lately (after a weak study from Stanford was released). When I think of the debate between organic vs. conventional farming, I can’t help but think of the scene in the movie Baby Mama, where Amy Poehler tells Tina Fey’s character that, “organic food is for rich people who hate themselves.”

So, allow me to tackle some frequently asked questions about organic food.

Is organic produce worth the price?

It sure can feel like a sticker shock when you reach the checkout with your teeny tiny organic apples and you realize that you’re paying more than you would if you were buying conventional. And so…

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Plant Killer

I read an article in a book about having a,”green home,” the other day that suggested that having plants in your house will help to keep the air clean.  I knew this in the back of my mind but I guess I never put it all together before.  It suggested that for every 15oo’ of house you need fifteen plants. Our home is quite small so I think I can get away with ten plants. I know that I need most of them inside my studio as that is where most of the toxic air in this house is made. That leaves just one issue.

I can grow plants outside, but I seem to be able to kill all my house plants.  It is not as if they require a lot of care. I just seem to become oblivious to them, and then a month later, when they are crying out for water, I notice. Maybe if the room is filled with plants I will be less likely to ignore them. At present we have one plant that Bernice inherited from her mother. I have no idea what the plant is, but it is a survivor…it seems to live just fine hanging in the window no matter how much we ignore it. I’m thinking of taking the plant into the nursery, and asking for nine more, :).

Juicing Update 3/10

Mood: up and down

Energy: Tired

Physical Symptoms: nausea, headache, sleepy, achy

God Bless, Julia