To Watch or not to Watch

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For five years or more I’ve tracked my daily steps with fitbit. About three years ago I decided to upgrade to an Apple watch. The things it did! I like to track my steps, monitor my texts and phone calls, keep an eye my heart beat etc., etc!

This morning when I removed my watch from charge, I dropped it…on the tiled floor in the basement. SMASHED! Not only was the face smashed, but also falling out of its case. Oh dear, I’m clumsy. Checked to see the price of a new one…SHARP INCREASE IN PRICE!

I believe I paid two hundred and change for my watch when I got it, now it will be over $400 to replace. What to do?

I lived without an apple watch for years, I survived, stayed healthy, dieted, answered phone calls. Do I spend the ridiculous amount of money now required to buy a new watch, or do I learn to live without one?

Steve Jobs…I miss you, your company misses you too!

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Pickpockets!

Years ago the good people of London worried about pickpockets. I had my wallet stolen on London underground, it contained eighty pounds and a photo of my daughter. I was upset!

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However, I’d much rather lose a handful of pounds or dollars than have my identity stolen by the scumbags who now make a living from hacking into store computers. For goodness sake, if you’re smart enough to that……

GET A REAL JOB!

I LOVE SOUP!

I write and I cook, so I decided to write about my cooking this week. Every Sunday I make a big pan of soup to eat during the week. My schedule is always crazy so soup works great. My husband can heat it up during the day (he works from home). I can take it to work with me. It is nutritious and good. Do I ever use a recipe? Seldom!

I will call this soup Curried Sweet Potato and Chicken although it contains many more ingredients.

Ingredients

1/4 of a medium onion (chopped)

3 Serrano peppers (Chopped)

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 large sweet potatoes

4 carrots (Chopped)

3 tomatoes (Chopped)

1 cup of dried large lima beans (previously soaked, boiled and rinsed)

2 cooked chicken breasts (I used leftovers from the previous evening’s dinner)

32 ozs of Chicken stock, home-made or bought. (I like the cartons from Sprouts Farmers Market)

Curry powder/salt and pepper.

Heat the coconut oil in a large heavy based pan and add onions and Serrano peppers, cook for about five minutes until are soft. Add chopped sweet potatoes and carrots and stir in 2 tablespoons of curry pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Mix all ingredients together so curry powder evenly coats everything. Add chopped tomatoes and stir everything together well.

Add chicken broth and allow mixture to simmer until the carrots and potatoes are soft ( 15 – 20 mins). Remove from heat and using a hand blender, blend all ingredients together. (I prefer doing it this way, but you can pour into a separate blender) You should now have a nice smooth mixture.

Add beans and chopped chicken breast and stir. If you want a thick soup, no need to add any more liquid. For a thinner soup add more chicken stock or water.

Allow to simmer for another 20 minutes allowing all of the flavors to mix.

You now have a delicious wholesome soup. Because I hate waste, my soups are made from leftovers and the contents of my refrigerator. I always keep cartons of chicken stock in the cupboard (never tins) because you never know when you will need them.

You could put a swirl of half and half or double cream on the top of this if you want it to look ‘fancy’. I also make all of my own bread and would serve this with butter rolls. Crackers would go just as well.

I never buy any canned soups because I don’t like the extra ingredients they add. I am not retired, or a stay at home mum, I work a full-time job, write fiction novels, work out three times a week after work and manage my husband’s IT Security business. The reason I am telling you this because I want you to know that making your own soup, sauces, puree is easy and more beneficial for your health.

This was my first attempt at recipe sharing, so I would love feedback, criticism or whatever else you would like to share with me.

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Family

Lets talk about family. After all it is part of life’s journey and believe me that journey has more than a few tales and mishaps.

My family has never been close, which is sad. When you are young, you don’t care about anything except having fun and meeting someone to share your life with.

Every day is a new adventure. Life is fresh and new. You get excited about everything, butterflies in your tummy are a regular experience. Who needs family? Life is full.

I was fifteen years younger than the younger of my two brothers. I loved them both dearly, but they were always feuding. My brothers were both incredibly smart. One was hard-working and serious. The other was a joker who put money ahead of everything, and did what ever he could to get it, hurting anyone who got in his way. I think he had a good heart, but the Devil was in his soul.

His obsession with money (as well as other things) tore the family apart. Thirty years ago that didn’t matter, now it does. It makes me very sad.

Strange as it sounds, his death brought some of us together again. My lovely nieces (who are almost the same age as me) and I are friends again. I am in touch with their wonderful talented children and trying to make up for the years that slipped away.

Unfortunately the wounds are too deep to be healed for some of my family and they remain strangers. I understand why, but what a shame. Life is so short.

If anyone reading this is feuding with your family, STOP NOW!

Life flies by in the blink of an eye. Keep your family close to you. Stay in touch with them, even if you live thousands of miles away. Don’t let your future be filled with regret.

Yesterday I was twenty. Today I am fifty-five and trying to cram so much into the next ten years or so. I hope I have the energy to complete all I need to do.

And so endeth my lesson for today! One of my very favorite families is pictured below.