She is our Mother. She is our Life. Honour her. Protect her.
Too many people have forgotten or ignored the fact that we were born out of this Earth. She bore us in her womb. She nursed us with her flowing rivers. She feeds us with her bounty. This Earth is the only one we have. Our Mother. Tread softly on her heart. ♥
Coffee is officially no longer an issue for me! In 1 week I suffered the migraines, the shakes, and then, the horrible issue of what coffee does to one's intestines.
So, since I quit coffee (and consequently, sugar) as well as removing wheat products from my diet, I have lost nearly 7lbs.
Wait... 7lbs in a week? I'm fairly certain that most of this was water retention, and that I won't be losing a pound a day beyond this point.
But I've noticed a huge difference in how my clothes fit, and how my belly looks! Which was my original goal/intent with the sugar/wheat thing... get rid of my jellybelly. It's working!
It turns out that I don't miss wheat, and due to the whole Gluten-Free diet madness, it's really easy to find wheat-free grain products. Today I will be making spelt loaves. I had spelt flakes for breakfast, which... don't let my Irish ancestors hear this... is better than porridge!
Also, today is my birthday. No plans, no fanfare. We had a family celebration on sunday at my mom's. Matt got me the Wii! So... Wii Fit, here I come! More skinnies!
So, I've licked coffee.... I think/hope/pray. I am 44 hrs since my last cup...
that said, I've had
7 pints of water
3 pints of milk
and I went to bed at 7:30 last night.
So many ppl are asking "BUT WHY???" which I understand, because... I would have said the same thing to anyone who told me they were quitting coffee about 4 months ago (I tried quitting a couple of months ago, but Tim Horton's lured me in with their sexy Roll up the Rim to Win contest).
Here is why:
I drink my coffee triple/triple... that means 3 sugar, 3 cream. And I mean CREAM. Not light cream, not half and half... I mean 18% CREAM!!!! I've tried even cutting back to double/double but then I don't enjoy the cup of coffee, and I might as well quit.
So that combined with the number of cups of coffee I consume per day (4-6) makes my sugar and milk fat intake incredibly disgusting on a daily basis.
Plus, I cannot- CANNOT- go to Tim Horton's for JUST a coffee. No. I get a donut. And not just any ol' donut. I get a chocolate glazed donut. A roundlet of deep fried chocolate cake coated in a thick layer of SUGAR.
I have gained 15lbs since September... and I blame it all on my coffee consumption combined with my affinity for chocolate donuts.
Everything else I eat is fresh, local, healthy.... I figured the ONE vice wasn't so bad.
Is the artwork done in ballpoint pen ink, do you think? I mean, anything sharpish would have cut the delicate Banana flesh... left it rotting and turning brown... I have concluded that the Monkey Banana amazes me in more ways than I had originally posted. I mean, it IS art. Fine art. Banana art. Monkey art. MonBanArt.
I think that's a fairly awesome made up name. I shall from now on write under the pen name Monbanart. French lyricist and Mystic: Phillipe Monbanart. Oooh... sounds deliciously sexy and mysterious.
It's friday night, and my house is empty. Gotta love that stuff man. Time to myself after a long week of Ziggy wrangling.
I wrote 13 pages of story this morning, and then edited like a mofo for a few hours, and now I'm on facebook and the Lost board, and now I'm blogging... and my Lappy, my Fionn MacCumhaill, is dangerously warm to the touch, and behaving erratically. Methinks I shall shut down, let him cool down, and ponder the Monkey Banana under the assumed identity of Phillipe Monbanart until my house fills with peeps again.
I posted a random photo for you to enjoy while I'm gone. Makes me wish I was an apple.
We visited a Hobbit House for a night of Pagan fun last week. The kids dyed eggs to decorate their Spring Fertility Trees, and made pretty collages of Spring-like images (my kid picked mostly owls, and a cave... go fig). This is the pretty tree Ziggy decorated. I love it, and will keep it in her room as a start to her Sacred Space. She's a stone collector, and I've kept some of the more important stones, and will guide her toward arranging them in a way that pleases her.
I wish I had pics of the Hobbit House... I hope I get an invite back, so I can bring my camera. That place was amazing. I'm jealous of the awesomeness of the house. For serious. Custom homes are mega groovy.
Today is April Fools... I don't do pranks, and nobody has pulled one on me... but there are some cute things floating about the internet... such as this adorable story from ZooBorns.
Soo... yeah.... HAPPY APRIL! It's a 4 day weekend. Joy of Joys!
I plan on enjoying the weather, having my husband home, and letting my child run wild through the wilderness. I can't believe it's already 1 month until Beltane. This winter was a fast one... I'm not going to complain, except that it is a scary reminder of Global Climate Change. Yikes.
Oh, and if you're a fan of the Africam that I'd posted last month, here is a new webcam for your enjoyment... obviously, my child loves THIS webcam more than the watering hole in South Africa... it's owlets!!