Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Forks Over Knives

I can hardly believe that I am at this space in time where I am considering a plant-based diet!  It's not that I am a committed carnivore, but attempting to ingest enough protein on veggies alone seems a daunting task.

However, it was a raining-sideways day yesterday in Seattle so I watched the DVD Forks Over Knives, and was convinced by some mighty strong arguments that most of our health problems could be alleviated by eating in this way.  Since I am now at an age when feeling healthier has become an attractive proposition, an overhaul in the way I eat seems more palatable than in the past.

A surgeon and a scientist, both raised on farms as kids, talk about the knowledge they have gained over time, and other health care professionals also share their stories.  The most compelling stories in the DVD concern several people who have reversed serious diseases by eating a plant-based diet, as well as a group of firemen who eat this way and have become healthier and increased their fitness, despite living in a state where meat consumption is practically mandatory.

During the course of my kid-dom at various times we raised and ate rabbit and chicken.  I was too young to have any idea how the rabbits ended up on our plates, but I did participate in the plucking of chickens a few times and it was truly awful - smelly, messy, distasteful in every way.  

The big issue for me is how to make such a huge shift in my shopping list.  I'm not much of a chef, so perhaps simpler is better.  Giving up the eating of meat doesn't alarm me, since I have already discovered some excellent non-meat substitutes (there are some tasty items available now).  I've already shifted from milk to soy milk, but I do love a good slice of cheese and an occasional scoop of ice cream.  I've already shifted from butter to Smart Balance, but it will take some work to wean me off of olive oil and Smart Balance.  

There is a cookbook out now that provides a range of recipes to help those of us who have absolutely no idea how to shift our eating.  That will be helpful.

I did have vegetable only Chinese food last night, but somebody else cooked it for me.  It was, however, perfectly satisfying - so there is hope for me.  And if there's hope for me, you can't be far behind.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Glass and Crochet on Display

Sunday was a gorgeous day in Seattle, and we were able to migrate our glass and crochet outdoors.

Our gracious host at Blowing Sands provided a canopy which slowed traffic, and pulled some cars over to the side to park and explore our sidewalk installation.
This new venue was exhilarating and we look forward to our next show - although it will be indoors in November.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Artists' Sale Weekend

Admittedly, I've gone a little crazy with the rock crochet, so please - come out this weekend to Blowing Sands at 5805-14th Avenue NW (98117) in beautiful Ballard to take one or two home with you!  We'll be there Saturday (June 9th) from noon until 9:00 p.m. - art walk evening - and Sunday (June 10th) from noon until 5:00 p.m.

As the name suggests, there will be lots of blown glass on hand, as well.  Take this opportunity to visit a working glass studio.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Rocks . . . Or Are They?

I've always thrilled at the discovery of a rock with attitude or unique coloring or shapeliness.  I have a jar full of rocks and seaglass that I have carried home from various beaches.  Often I will put my hand into a jacket pocket and find dirt in its depths from recent rock transport.

Why not, I thought, combine two things I love:  rocks and crochet?  Yes, I think that way.  Designs are evolving with each uniquely shaped stone, but here's what I have so far.

Won't they make cool paperweights?  See how long it takes people to figure out the colorful crochet is simply the clothing on a perfect stone.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Intouchables: Go See This Movie

I had a joyous, deeply satisfying moviegoing experience this week - the way every theater experience should be.  The Intouchables is based on a true story in which two worlds collide, but nothing about the movie is cliched.  Every character in the movie is interesting and nuanced, and you want to spend more time with each of them.  Even a nurse, who appears at the beginning of the film and then fades away, is funny and realistic.  I seldom say this about a sub-titled movie, but I would go to see this movie again in a heartbeat.  It is a joy indeed when you walk out of a movie theater with your spirit uplifted and your day looking brighter, and this is what The Intouchables did for me.    

Friday, June 1, 2012

Wesley the Owl

Ever have those days when you finish your last library book and must find a book to tide you over until your next library visit?  That was what happened to me yesterday.  So a walk to the bookstore it was, and I found such a fantastically sweet tale.

The book is Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien.  A true story of a biologist at CalTech who adopts a baby barn owl.  That is a commitment indeed.  It made me appreciate my feline who is happy with food I can buy at a store, and although she hates change, she's pretty easygoing in general.

I had no idea that owls are emotionally sensitive and can be so upset by the death of a mate or a scary encounter that they may turn their heads to the wall and refuse to eat, and die.  I love a book that teaches you some interesting facts and introduces you to an amazing character.

Some of the chapter titles:
To That Which You Tame, You Owe Your Life
Twilight:  He Who I Tamed Saves My Life
Barn Owl Toddler:  Love Me, Love My Owl

You won't be disappointed if you spend some time immersed in this book and the world of Wesley and Stacey.  Seriously, just take a look at that face!