An Odd Demotivational Poster

Be bold! Be brave! Believe!

We’ve all had those days when we wake up and we feel like nothing is working out–as though we were born for failure. Why was I even born? Just to screw up? Just to be unloved, unaccepted? Sometimes we just don’t even want to try anymore.

Can I tell you a secret? Even the most successful people have days when they wake up and they feel empty or uninspired to do anything. I, myself, prefer to look for my motivation in the one place I know I’ll find it. I look to the Bible, all throughout the pages of the Word of God are people who felt like we do. I woke up this morning and it was just the most frustrating and horrendous morning. I had just finished an article the day before that Ihated and I just felt like a failure. While hanging up laundry, a lightbulb went on and I knew what my next article should be. My source of motivation and the inspiration for my next article would come from the pages of My Father’s Living Word. So I looked at a man who lost EVERYTHING, but still knew where his comfort and salvation lay. His story is found in the Old Testament.

His name was Job and he was a very wealthy man who lived in the land of Ur. He had 7 sons and 3 daughters. He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 she-asses. He also had a rather large household, that would include servants as well as family members. He was a righteous and upright man in the eyes of God. One day when all the angels came to present themselves before God,

Lucifer said “I have been all over this earth”

and God asked him “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is a good and righteous man.” Lucifer’s counter to this was that God had made him prosperous and that was why he served Him. He then went on to say that if God took all his wealth away he would turn on Him. So God said to him that he could take everything from Job, but that he shouldn’t harm him. In one day Job lost everything–his wealth and his family. All gone in the matter of one day. Job went into mourning for the loss of his children. Still, he refused to turn on God and praised Him rather saying that what he had God had given to him. Lucifer saw this and challenged God again saying that if his very flesh was touched with illness Job would turn on God. So again, God gave permission to harm his flesh only he was not allowed to take his life. So we see Job become struck with boils from the very top of his head all the way to the sole of his feet. In this condition, Job’s wife said to him, “Curse God and die!” Job would not and rebuked his wife for saying such a thing against God even calling her a “foolish woman”. Despite all that had happened Job still would not blamed God instead thinking he was the reason. Had he sinned? Throughout the rest of the book right up until Chapter 38, God is quiet in all Job’s bemoaning. Then God speaks and reminds Job that God is God and that He had made the very ground Job sat on. He then proceeds to ask Job a series of questions such as “Where were you when I made the very foundations of the earth?” and “Who provides for the raven his food?” After all these questions Job admits that he was wrong to doubt that God was all-powerful and Job just needs to trust in God’s plan. In the end of the book, we see Job is blessed doubly in all he had before. He had 7 more sons and 3 more daughters. God blessed him and exalted him. A man who had no motivation found it in God and God encouraged him by showing him that God was always there and that He is all Job ever needed.

Next we move to the New Testament. Now in this section of the Bible we are going to take a look at a man whose journey starts in the book of Acts chapter 9. A man by the name of Paul. Now Paul’s life did not begin as a man of God. He was a persecutor of God’s church. Paul was a witness at the martyring of Stephen. He went on to persecute the church, until one day God stopped him right in his tracks and asked him “Saul, Saul why are persecuting me?” Paul asks him, “Who are you, Lord?” and the Lord answered him, “I am Jesus whom you persecute. Why do you resist my pricking in your own heart?” Paul, understandably astonished, says, “Lord what would you have me do?” And from that moment on Paul went far and wide preaching to all the churches that he, himself, had been instrumental in scattering. People were scared at first not trusting this man who had killed so many of their fellow believers, but assured by God and Paul’s own testimony, he became a great messenger of God to the churches. His letters to the churches make up most of our New Testament, we call them ‘epistles’. However, Paul did not have a life of sunshine and roses. Paul experienced tons of rejection, in one town it was so bad that the church there lowered him through a window in a basket so he could get away before they killed him. He was shipwrecked a total of 3 times, beaten 3 times, stoned once, and spent a day and night at sea adrift. Yet, not once do you hear Paul accusing God, instead we see a man who carried on doing the work of His Saviour. If anyone had cause to be demotivated and discouraged, Paul would’ve probably been him.

Let me take us back into the Old Testament and just briefly discuss two major prophets: Jeremiah and Elijah. There are many more I could discuss, but these two are the most prominent. Jeremiah you will probably remember as the “Weeping Prophet” or the “Prophet of Doom”. Jeremiah had a very painful calling of God, yet he kept on as God had commanded him. God sent Jeremiah to Israel despite the fact that they wouldn’t listen and his ministry would be rejected. Now how’s that for motivation? Being told that what you’re doing is going to be of no purpose to the people it was supposed to be teaching. We, as children of God, can now look at the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations and see warnings and comfort from God, but for Jeremiah this was probably the hardest time of his life. He suffered greatly from depression, as did many of the prophets, which brings us to our next prophet, Elijah.

Elijah was the prophet that challenged the prophets of Baal. The challenge was whose god was real and whose god Israel would serve. Israel was on the fence, about which god to serve–Baal or the God of Israel? So, Elijah then presents a challenge to the prophets of Baal. The conditions were very simple: both were to prepare a sacrifice and the true god would send fire from heaven to burn up the sacrifice. You can read the whole event in 1 Kings 18: 20- 40. Suffice to say, as He always does and always will, God came through. Yet after this, Elijah runs into the desert to hide from the wicked queen Jezebel who was none to pleased that all her prophets had been killed. We find him in a cave bemoaning his lot, similar to Job. He says to God, “I am the only prophet alive in Israel.” and God’s reply is, “No, you are not there are 100 prophets of Israel hidden away.” All this time God sends food and drink to give Elijah the strength he would need to continue on the journey Elijah still had to take. God was’t finished working with Elijah.

I have only mentioned four of the thousands of prophets and teachers mentioned in the Bible, but as you can see, despite one day being on top of the world, they sunk to the bottom very quickly. It happens to everyone. We all need God’s strength and motivation to keep moving forward. It can be something you hear from a friend, a song, a message on the radio or a thousand other ways.

I started this blog feeling so demotivated, but now I feel motivated to keep writing. Simply walking through the Scriptures has reminded me that no matter how sad or demotivated I feel, the only source of inspiration I will ever need is my God.

God bless you and keep you motivated, my avidReaders.

The Will to Survive

I was asked a question by a follower of this blog and it made me wonder, “What would happen if mob mentality took over? Would we plunder stores? Start ransacking empty houses while the inhabitants fled perhaps to a safer location?” While I can’t answer for everybody, it is an interesting thought, isn’t it? “What would happen if we were all put in a position where we had to fight to survive?” This thought, in turn, made me ask myself, “Are we selfish creatures?” And while there are people who will say ‘no’ and others who would agree, it is a very good question to ask ourselves. Who am I? Am I selfish? Am I selfless? Where do we stand on this existential question?

In H.G. Wells book, “War of the Worlds”, Wells puts his Narrator in a position where he is forced to share an abandoned house with a selfish drunkard. While the Narator is trying to ration out their resources between the two of them, he struggles with his greedy and selfish companion to ration out what they find in the pantry and wine cellar. Still, one morning he wakes up to find that, not only has his foolish and selfish companion almost emptied what was left of the pantry, he has also almost depleted their supply in the wine cellar in his gluttony. Here, for the first time in his life, the Narrator is faced with a difficult decision: does he kill his companion or leave in search of other provisions and, perhaps, a safer place to hide? I won’t tell you the answer to that question, if you wish to find out, read the book. It is the most amazing look at what a person will do to survive.

Another example of this is “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. In Lord of the Flies we observe a group of young boys that quickly strive to develop a semblance of order after finding themselves stranded on an island, but instead of working together to establish a community, all that happens is we watch them rapidly disintegrate into absolute chaos and brutality. They end up with a power struggle amongst themselves and begin to fight over resources. Golding, like Wells, had a very firm grasp on humanity’s will to survive and the lengths we’ll go to in order to survive. In the book he takes a further look into mankind’s base nature.

Two examples that come from both movies, as well as the books they’re based on, are the Maze Runner trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy. In both trilogies we witness what happens when people are pitted against one another and forced to do what they must to survive. The Maze Runner puts their characters in scenarios where they are forced to participate in a set of various experiments where their will to survive is tested. In this book we see only a few of these characters survive in the end as not all of them were able to survive despite their companions doing their utmost to assist them. Here we see a positive look at what they were willing to do for each other, as well as what some of them were willing to do to survive, sometimes even sacrificing themselves in order for the others to survive. Definitely one of the best of the modern day teenage ficition I’ve read.

Now let’s have a look at the Hunger Games. I have watched the movies, but haven’t personally read the books. When one watches the Hunger Games, it is truly atrocious how people are pitted against each other in a game of death where only one champion survives. These ‘victors’ are lauded and glorified by their districts as heroes. Nothing could be more horrifying BUT our heroine arises, one Katniss Eberdeen. Katniss, as anyone who’s watched the movie knows, sacrifices herself for her little sister, Prim. In the Hunger Games, we witness something similar to what happened in Rome at the Coliseum. However, the witnesses to the Hunger Games were exclusively the rich and their viewers were extremely flamboyant. Their blood-thirsty nature preyed on these innocent children’s lives and, in-turn, caused them to kill each other purely for the viewer’s own entertainment. We even see the effects that this has on the victor’s psyche. Man’s cruel abuse in forcing fellow humans to make a choice between heroism or survival, between life or death, is an age old act.

My last example comes from the greatest of the poets and playwrights the world will ever know, our beloved Shakespeare. In his play, Macbeth, we see Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, led by a prophecy from three witches that they would rule the kingdom one day, but this would come at a heavy cost to them. Despite the warning given, they were willing to kill anyone who stood between them and the throne. However, in the end, this cost them their very lives. Their greed for power killed them, just as the witches had prophesied.

For interest sake, other examples of what we mentioned above are the series “Lost”, “Survivor” and the movie “Life of Pi”. I can’t vouch for Survivor, but I will say that “Lost”and the “Life of Pi” are a perfect example of man’s inhumanity toward man.

We have looked at a few examples from classics and modern day fiction. Now let’s have a look at what leading psychologists have to say about this particular topic.

The term ‘Wille zum Leben’ or ‘will to survive’ was orginally coined by Arthur Schopenhauer who was a German philosopher born in Poland on the 22nd of February 1788. He stated that it was a psychological force of self-preservation, whether conscious or unconcious, representing an active and necessary process of reasoning causing an autonomic response to survive. Many people who survived near-death experiences describe it as their “driving force”, in other words what kept them fighting to stay alive. Psychologists have something else to add to this statement, saying that this is coupled with our hopes and expectations for the future. This is something I never even considered, but it is a very valid point. Why fight to survive if not for a specific purpose or hope in the future?

This desire to survive at all costs has been called many things by many people. Sigmund Freud called it ‘the pleasure principle’. Viktor Frankl, developed a type of psychotherapy he called ‘logotherapy’. Maslow’s Hierarchy, which represents the different priorities we have established in our lives, has at it’s very basis the will to surivive, before such requirements as love and the need to belong. As well as all this, our will to live is also influenced by our existent drives, should they be diminshed or achieved it may affect us in a negative or even positive aspect, this could sometimes lead to depression or feelings of euphoria/happines. Psychologists have much to say about man’s various drives and how they tie into our own will to survive, but they can all agree that every living creature has an innate will to live despite all odds.

Two other things that can affect our will to live are ‘fear’ and ‘pain’. While pain alerts us to a problem within our bodies and enables us to quickly identify the problem and treat it, it can also be an emotional suffering for example the loss of a loved one or the loss of a relationship that you greatly valued. However, fear is a far more complex creature. Typically fear releases adrenaline giving us the needed stimulus to run and seek safety or security, or even to fight off whatever is causing danger. Fear may sometimes be because of an outside stimulus, but sometimes, despite all logic, fear exists. In the treatment of this kind of fear, finding a coping mechanism is recommended, or even seeing a doctor who can help you. Sometimes it may be a chemical problem that can’t be cured by an external force. Anything as long as it gives you an escape from what causes your anxiety or fear.

We are hard-wired to survive for a variety of reasons, even the simplest of organisms face this same pressure to advance and succeed. There was a Japanese hiker who, after being seperated from his tour group, essentially hibernated for 24 days. Humans don’t hibernate. This amazing man was discovered to have no damage to his body at all. He recovered without any brain damage. Here we can clearly see he was not willing to give up his will to survive.

There are many movies and stories out there of people who suffered the most traumatic experiences, but despite all odds, these people survived. In school my mother read us the book, The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. This story is the journey of 6 young people striving to be re-united with their parents in Switzerland during the Polish Holocast. In one scene, in order to escape a prison camp, Edek, the oldest brother, had to cling onto the bottom of a train in the freezing cold winter. If you want to read what happened to these brave children and their journey of courage, faith and survival look for the book. You won’t regret it, I promise.

When it comes to survival, there will always be the selfish and the selfless. I like to think I’m the latter and not the former, but only once I’m in that position will I know for sure. That’s a question I hope I never have to answer. It’s a question I hope none of you will ever have to answer.

I have a new Facebook page called the Weird and Wonderful on Facebook, I have shared the link on my Facebook page already. Share and follow, I will be posting weird and wonderful little facts for your interest. Again, thank you for your continued support. I appreciate each and everyone of you. 🙂

God bless you all my avidReaders. Look after yourselves.

Mothers

A mother’s tender heart is something we will always need

Good morning all my beloved avidReaders! I know I’ve taken a while to post my next article and I do apologize. Work has been no joke.

I just thought I’d post a short little poem for all you glorious women out there who somehow manage a house, kids, being a wife and working full-time. You women are genuine superheroes! There was a little poem in an old Grade 4 student’s text book which I will post below. However, before I do, let me just say that you are all a blessing specially crafted by God to be able to do what you do😇 Thank you to all of you unsung superwomen out there without capes, or catchphrases or Batmobiles🤣, you are all amazing and wonderful and I pray God bless all of you magnificent people today!

Mother, oh mother,

There is no other,

Lady I find,

Who is so kind!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! 🌺🤗

A Cardiff Cookbook

The above image is a cookbook belonging to my great-grandmother. While sorting out my mother’s recipe books a month or two back I came across this particular book. My great-grandmother grew up in the Isles of Scilly and these were some of the recipes she no doubt grew up on. My mother and I went through them together and were surprised by the ingenuity of our ancestors. The way they treated colds alone left us speechless. So I decided I would share some of the recipes my great-grandmother would have followed.

Below is an image of a recipe for Stuffed Heart, still a common dish in many countries.

The next dish is something called “Stewed Sweetbread and White Sauce”. Sweetbread is the thymus (also called throat, gullet or sweetbread) or pancreas (also called stomach, belly or gut sweetbread) of a calf or lamb. Beef or pork is a less commonly used alternative. There are various other ingredients that can be utilized when cooking sweetbread. A few of these include what is called “heart” sweetbreads, these are more spherical in shape, while “throat” sweetbreads are more cylindrical in shape. The parotid gland (cheek or ear) and sublingual gland (tongue or throat) are other ingredients utilized when cooking sweetbread. Below is the recipe my great-grandmother would have followed for her sweetbread.

This dish is called Calf’s Head and is typically served with brain sauce made from the calf’s brains once they have been removed. One of the various recipes involves seasoning the brains with bread crumbs, salt and pepper, accompanied by a glass of Port or Claret to be used as sauce. The Port/Claret that remains can be used in a soup the following day. There are various other recipes online one can follow, but I decided to post the recipe my great-grandmother would have followed.

As the above recipe mentioned Brain Sauce, I thought it only right to post the recipe right underneath it’s corresponding dish. There are many variations of this dish. There are recipes for Brain Sauce and Witch Hair and Baked Devil’s Brain in Blood Sauce, among a host of other variations for this particular dish.

These next two recipes I thought I’d put together as they both have the same main ingredient. Eels are still a fish enjoyed in various countries all across the world including England, Japan, Korea and certain coastal towns villages in Asia.

This last dish is a pudding that is still quite popular as an after dinner dessert in the Southern United States, Tipsy Cake. It is traditionally served in England and several small cakes stacked together. One other variation is stale pound cake or angel baked food cake, fruit jam, one ounce of Whiskey, five ounces of Sherry and warm vanilla pie filling or custard.

These are just a few of the many recipes my mother inherited from my great-grandmother. It’s of particular interest to see how food has changed over the years. Each generation grows up accustomed to eating different foods and consequently find of the foods their grandparents and parents grew up eating, rather horrifying, sometimes downright repulsive and bizarre. I would bet that if they could see what we eat today, they too, would be surprised.

I hope you found these recipes as interesting as I did. Again thank you for your continued support, my avidReaders.

A Natural Answer

I was asked by a friend to explore all the benefits of herbs and spices. Since this is a topic I myself wholly believe in, I decided to pick up my shovel and get digging. What I found was something that was quite amazing. I’ve always believed that God gave us everything we need in His Creation. Nothing God does is ever wasteful and the more I dig, the more I am reminded of this. I myself have tried some of these herbs and spices in my teas and find them very beneficial time and time again. These herbs and spices can be taken in teas, but it is always preferable to use them while fresh.

This is a small collection of herbs and spices that have all proven to aid in a host of health issues, some of these might surprise you.

So let’s get started.

NUTMEG

Our first spice we will discuss is nutmeg. Nutmeg is one of the key spices that gives the Spice Islands their name and is often credited with hallucinatory effects. When ingested in dangerously large amounts it can create a feeling of euphoria, similar to the drug ecstasy, this is because of its active ingredient, myristicin. However, this is not the only properties attributed to nutmeg, it is also a very strong antibacterial agent, killing mouth bacteria and aiding in the prevention of cavities. The myristicin in the nutmeg has also been tested and proven to inhibit a specific enzyme that contributes to the Alzheimer’s disease. Nutmeg has also been proven to have success as an antidepressant, along with Ginkgo Biloba, B-vitamins and Zinc.

FENNEL

Our next herb is a liquorice-flavoured bulb known as fennel. Fennel is known for it’s bone-building calcium, phosphate, potassium, iron and magnesium. This is not, however, it’s only benefit. The fiber contained in fennel is known to greatly lower cholestrol levels, while its higher levels of potassium aid in heart health. A study was posted by Medical News Today that stated people who took +-4 g of fennel per day had lower risk of heart disease. Fennel can also boost your levels of immunity, act as an anti-inflammatory and helps to promote healthy weight as well as reducing the effects of PMS in women.

OREGANO

A popular addition to any pizza, the following herb has many uses. Oregano, or wild marjoram as some have called it, is a known staple in most kitchens. Aside from its delicious contributions to any pizza slice, oregano contains a myriad of vitamins and minerals that are essential to our bodies. Vitamin K, vitamin A, iron and manganese all contribute to its healing properties. The Vitamin K in oregano has also proved to aid in bone health. Oregano oil is also know for its antioxidant, antifungal and antiseptic properties, this makes it prefect for a great face wash. Oregano assists in the treatment of colds, stomach ailments, when ground up, and also boosts the immune system.

CLOVES

Like nutmeg, this spice also contains ‘eugenol’, which stops COX-2,a protein which increases inflammation. This spice is called ‘cloves’. Like the above mentioned herbs cloves contain anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant qualities. Its these same antioxidant properties that contribute to the prevention of heart disease and helps to stave off cancer. It assists in the treatment of arthritis as well as improving insulin function. If you should ever find yourself suffering from a toothache, clove oil is a known treatment for toothache. Simply put some whole cloves in your mouth, wait until it softens and simply nibble on them to release the oils in the cloves. A recent study has also discovered that cloves contain properties that actually fight bacteria-resistant antibiotics.

CILANTRO

Cilantro, found in coriander seeds, is also known as Chinese parsley. It is a staple herb in many countries across the world. It is famous for its digestive system aiding capabilities. Some people use this herb in their tea. It is known to help people with IBS symptoms, as it can help prevent diarrhea. Some studies have produced evidence of anti-anxiety properties. Cilantro has been proven to fight E.coli and salmonella poisoning. It also lowers cholesterol and is one of the most powerful antioxidants.

MUSTARD

This is a spice most commonly favoured as a hot-dog condiment–mustard. Aside from this spice being delicious on any hot-dog, it also serves to benefit the body in many ways. It can increase your appetite, increasing the flow of saliva and digestive juices, hence its popularity as a condiment for so many foods. Due to its spicy flavour, it also serves to aid in fighting congestion. It inhibits the growth of cancer cells, helps vicitms of Raynaud’s phenomenon by increasing the blood circulation in their fingers and, if added to your foot-bath, kills athlete foot fungus. However, taking too large a dose of mustard seeds or mustard powder can make you quite ill, so it is recommended that you use no more than 1 tsp of mustard seeds and 5ml of mustard powder.

COCOA

Cocoa, something every woman loves. Most commonly associated with chocolate or hot cocoa, this spice has much more to offer us than just chocolaty beverages. It aids in heart health and assists in keeping our coronary arteries clean and healthy, as it is full of antioxidants called ‘flavonoids’. It is these same flavonoids that help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

HOLY BASIL

Our last herb is a herb that is sacred to India–Holy Basil. This herb fights infection as well as boosts immunity by increasing specific immune cells in the blood, a small study was conducted and has verified this. It inhibits the growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds. If used before and after meals, it reduces blood sugar levels. It also successfully treats anxiety and anxiety-related depression, however to verify this further study will have to be conducted.

As this is a rather long list, I have only mentioned a few herbs and spices. I will, however, be looking at these other herbs and spices in a future article. Nevertheless, from this rather long list we can see that God has blessed us with an abundance of herbs and spices that are engineered to cure our ailments and keep us healthy, often working better or equal to pharmaceutical grade medications and with no side effects.

Thank you again for reading this post and I hope to write again soon!

Why Eat That?

All of us can agree that we don’t all eat the same things. Whether it be allergies, food intolerance or just a general distaste for certain foods, there’s just something about those foods that doesn’t sit right with us, but there’s also certain foods that, despite all reason, just seem to keep us coming back for that second helping.

I remember, when I was in elementary school, my favourite snack was dried 2-minute noodles. My mother would pack it in for me for lunch sometimes and it made me so happy. All my friends would look at me, not understanding how I could eat them like that. Then later when I was in primary school it was sandwiches, but not with peanut butter or bovril and cheese. No, no, my favourite snack was a “sugar sandwich”. Yes. That was my favourite snack. Where we all know the famous peanut butter and chutney combo, my father has his own special take on the ideal sandwich, this may be where I got my weirdly adventurous sandwich tastes. My father puts peanut butter, tomato, chutney and salt&pepper on his sandwich. If you had to ask my mother what her choice of snack was she’d say jelly powder, sometimes straight out the packet–this consequently got me hooked on it myself. The two of us would sit, watch TV and eat jelly powder out of little bowls like it was sherbet or, as I mentioned above, sometimes straight out the packet!

So you can see that there are just some foods that don’t make sense but still taste good. I’m going to write about the most popular, yet weird, food combinations I’ve come across. I’ve already mentioned a few of our family favourites, but thought I’d ask around and see what others I could get from my friends and other family members.

Most little girls at some point in their lives have had a fascination with fairies or mermaids. Our next weird, yet delicious, food combo takes advantage of that. It is called a “fairy sandwich”. This “fairy food” was a special treat my uncle made for his daughter. He was the one who coined the name “fairy sandwich”. Now, what is this lovely fairy food? Well, quite simply, it is peanut butter sandwiches with sugar sprinkled on top. In the words of my cousin, “And what little girl doesn’t want to eat fairy food?” Too true, what little girl doesn’t?

This next weird food combo comes from a friend who says when her sister-in-law was pregnant she had a variety of weird cravings, which is typical of pregnancy cravings. Hers however had a distinct obsession with peanut butter. It seems she ate peanut butter with almost anything. She would eat it with russians, spinach, marmite and cheese. She would also eat potjiekos with syrup and pieces of chicken with ham and cheese. So it’s fair to say that cravings can make us eat weird and unorthodox things.

Another weird food combo is something that is rather peculiar. However it is supposed to be rather delicious. It is a marmite and lettuce sandwich.

Another unorthodox, yet common treat among school children, is an Indian sweet. It is lime slices in a small plastic bag with syrup, sometimes coollade, and various food colorings. The children buy it and then bite a small hole through the bottom and suck the juice through the hole. It is the perfect combination of sweet and sour and a very affordable and popular snack for school children.

A food combination that sounds odd, but really works is peanut butter and cucumber. Among the various peanut butter combos mentioned so far, I think this one sounds like something I, myself, would try.

They say that one’s childhood leaks through into your adult life even down to places you go or to the foods you eat even how you cook them. This next food combination is a perfect example of that. The friend who suggested this said that, as a child, her mother got her siblings and herself hooked on this. The food combination in question is simple enough. Toast with mayonnaise and banana. She mentioned that the reason she liked it so much was because it was very close to what banana salad would be like.

I have only mentioned a few of the weird and wonderful food combinations out there, but from the above we can all agree that somethings, no matter how weird, just appeal to certain people.

Maybe the next time someone offers you something, try it. You never know you may find that, no matter how weird, it becomes your new favourite.

Thank you again for reading this post. I hope to write again soon.

Redeeming the time!

I’m sitting on our carpet watching a YouTube video on ancient Egypt while also keeping my 2 Jack Russells busy with their favourite toy rope and it occurs to me that we lose so much time to work and travel, that we neglect these simple things. There’s nothing I love more than spending time with my family and my two Jackys. As much as we need to work, I think we ought to slow down every now and then and just take time for ourselves to do something that removes us from the insanity of our everyday lives.

Plant a garden, try a new and interesting recipe. Go for a walk, have a coffee at a shop in the middle of nowhere. Do something that you can one day look back on and only have fond memories.

Watch a horror movie at midnight or binge a series that you’d never think to try. Invite over family and friends and play a board game or even find something outside of work that gives you meaning, you never know it might turn out to be something that you spend the rest of your life doing. Anything is possible. There’s so much we can do and so little time.

As for me, I’m going to play with my pups and spend time with my family.

Thank you for reading this post and hope to write again soon.