Learning to be kind to myself

I wrote yesterday about our week of moments that have changed everything, and it seems the ripples will continue to spread for some time to come. One of the minor casualties has been my attempt to take better control of my health – especially my diet. A week of ferrying relatives, shuttling back and forth to hospitals and taking meals around everyone else’s needs has really taken its toll.

But I have some respite!

My boys have gone away for a few days – up north for some father-son time at the beach.
Although my guys are incredibly easy-going about food, it still feels really liberating to have three days of only me to feed.

I’ve decided to base my meals around what’s in the garden and am thinking spinach and sorrel soup for dinner tonight and roast butternut squash with sage tomorrow. We also have lots of bell peppers and herbs so salad lunches are looking good.

One of my goals is to totally avoid all grocery shopping, so meals could be really interesting!
I’m looking forward to this; not only for my physical health, but also because already feel more relaxed knowing that I don’t have to fight my way round the supermarket, or try to come up with meals that please everyone. I can eat what my body wants – when it wants it.



Weekly Writing Challenge: Playing With Space

I don’t write poetry much any more – probably since I found an old notebook from when I was an angsty teenager.

But then I bought some magnetic poetry – the Shakespeare edition, the food edition and the music edition for a bit of variety. Because it’s just taking words that are already there and playing around with them, it doesn’t feel like writing poetry; it just feels like having fun.

Eat oft
     this luscious symphony
Of pink lust 
     and drunken lover's grace

And sing melancholy 
     from sweet jam tongue

For there is much ado about trifle
photo credit: Rachel Ford James via photopin cc

photo credit: Rachel Ford James via photopin cc


Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime #4

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Apples, spinach, celery and mint. Wasn’t sure what this one would taste like.

Surprisingly good.

Surprisingly good.

I’m not sure if having dental work has made the juice fast easier, but I think so. Since I’ve had to have the temporary crown replaced, I’m so conscious of it, and drinking is much easier on my teeth than eating.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime #2

Another day, another juice

Another day, another juice

This is today’s lunch. It’s apple, carrot and beetroot and I’m drinking it through a straw because I’ve been to the dentist this morning and now have a brand new filling and a crown, not to mention a mostly numb face and a big hole in my bank account. On balance, I preferred the small holes in my teeth.


Weekly Photo Challenge – lunchtime: Why do they call it a fast, when it goes so slow?

Juice ingredients; apples, celery, mint and a little ginger.

Juice ingredients; apples, celery, mint and a little ginger.

This week I’m trying to do a juice fast to see if a) it helps me lose some weight, b) weaken my caffeine addiction and c) somehow, magically stop the pain I’m in from endometriosis.

Apple, mint and celery juice, with a little ginger and a squeeze of lemon. Yum.

Apple, mint and celery juice, with a little ginger and a squeeze of lemon. Yum.

So for the Weekly Photo Challenge, here’s today’s lunch juice. Not sure about the medicinal properties, but it tastes really nice.