Saturday, July 24, 2010

Its About Endurance... Always.

If there is a character trait that one must resolve for themselves to nurture within their own life, it is endurance. If there is a character trait of greater importance during the course of determining your path through this life, I know of none. You and your child, and the children you encounter along the way... these should be nurtured to understand the need for endurance.

How long does it take to apply endurance to your life? Do you possess more endurance within more of your choices today than you did last year? What is endurance? When does endurance start for you?

These are all profound questions that never take place in public view. The aftermath is what we get to hear. Have you ever complained because of the discomfort you felt at the present situation that held you captive and turbulent... like a long car drive in the family station wagon? The public complaint is only heard after endurance has broken down. More endurance always produces better results, but more endurance is always a result of effort... and failed efforts abound.

Training endurance may happen in numerous ways. And while our muscles may be trained via endurance training to support our decisions as a thinking body... we are always enduring within the engines of our souls as Individual Human Beings. The heart of our minds is where endurance comes from, and from which our drive is derived. As we feed and nourish this part of ourselves it grows stronger. As we deny and stifle it, it remains meek. All are choices.

Choosing well is an art crafted by a well-heeled life. Who among us can say we have been a well-heeled life for the entire run? To me, they are impressive people who have lived impressively in the presence of great endurance. Luck falls blindly on us all, for the most part, and good fortune is fickle just as often. But endurance is all around us. Everyone has some. We all share a connection to the same kind of source.

Energy; have you ever considered what energy is from within its structure? To be a formation of matter that may burst into combustible and useable results, like a seed that grows and produces fruit for innumerable seasons. Within each of us is such a source of energy. You may touch it daily if you wish. Life has many aspects, and you will touch it whether you want to or not... so why not touch it well?

Endurance is how energy is managed well. While you are young, you are cared for in spite of your lack of general endurance. As you mature, more should be expected of you. By you. By the other people you are guided by. By your teachers. By Society. You should want to manage your energy source well.

An energy source well is what our sci-fi dreams portray being harvested by movies such as The Matrix. It is these wells of energy that have never run dry, in spite of the most horrific conditions and treatment at the mercy of life itself. Our ancestry of endurance is as legendary as being Human will ever be. When I see it in existence, I honor it. I offer it my attention. When I sense a need for it, I honor it. I offer it all that I am.

In the manner that we train to learn a skill or a sport, or in the process we use to train for a marathon, to climb a mountain, or to master a new language. Let us learn endurance everyday. What will you do today that causes growth in your life? What obstacle will you approach to overcome? What attitude will you expect from yourself? How will you handle a failure today?

As the parent of a five year old son, I will make myself available every day to help him understand his endurance. I believe parenting is a job of divine importance. When you meet me in this life, you will always know that of me, now that I am a parent. I wish the entire world shared in this experience with me. We all come from parents on some level. None of us share a common experience of that experience. Parenting happens well, parenting fails.We are all left to live our own lives with the reality that we are invested within. But with effort and awareness, we can all make parenting better in the world. Whether you are a parent, or ever were parented as a child, or completely lacked parenting as it should be defined in this world... your life has been affected by parents.

Parents; you are the creators of energy source wells. How many do you have care for?

Learn up people. Every day, learn up!

kidOYO™ @ Noiz Ivy . org

~ Dad

Monday, July 19, 2010

Culinary Delights from the Garden

Today I decided to do some harvesting of the garden and was happy to have so many tomatoes to work with.  They have been so slow to ripen and we have learned that next year we need to start the plants indoors a lot earlier in order to have tomatoes before fall ....sigh

So here is what I had to work with..

Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Green Bell Peppers
Banana Peppers
Summer Squash
Bob's Better Boy Tomatoes
Fresh Basil

Since our garden has not produced very much in the way of onions, I had to supplement from the grocery store.  I had also picked up a polish kielbasa earlier in the week.

In a large skillet I added a small amount of olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan.  Then cut the kielbasa into 1/2 inch thick slices.  Sauté the kielbasa until slightly browned then add the chopped onions (I used 3 medium onions).  When the onions just start to carmalize add in the basil (and I used about 1/2 cup fresh basil).  Sauté for about 10 minutes..stirring frequently.  Remove the kielbasa to a paper plate or paper towel off to the side.

Next add in the green peppers, banana peppers and salt and pepper.  At this stage you can decide it  you want a  little kick and add in some crushed red pepper, about 1/4 tsp is plenty, but it's all about how much heat you like.  Toss this around for about 5 minutes then add in the zucchini, squash and tomatoes.  I decided to chop the tomatoes and hand crush about 1/2 of them into the mix.  Top it off with a tablespoon of sugar and simmer on medium heat for about 20 minutes.

Another little cheat here is to add a can of tomato sauce.  And I like a little pink sauce so I added some milk, about 1/2 a cup but you can also add cream cheese if you have it and it melts down  very nicely adding a creamy mild flavor to the sauce.  Since all I had was milk I used that and then added about 1 tsp of corn starch to give the sauce a bit more substance.

Once the sauce has cooked down nicely and has the consistency you want, add the kielbasa back in and simmer low for about 5 minutes.

Serve over a whole grain, whole wheat spaghetti or linguine.  And Mwah!  Delicious!

~ Mom

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lottie's Georgia Blackberry Cobler

My neighbor showed up this evening with a fresh picking of blackberries.  What a welcomed surprise to have a delivery of delicious gigantic berries!  She gave me a recipe for Black Berry Cobler her mother used to make.  Her Mom was a share cropper in the deep south.  I've augmented the recipe slightly so that I could use a stone ground whole wheat flour.

1 c. sugar
7/8 c. stone ground whole wheat flour
1 c. 2 % lowfat organic milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick melted butter
2-4 cups fresh fruit (in this case fresh farm away black berries)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish spread melted butter.
In a medium sized bowl mix sugar, flour, salt until all ingredients are blended well.  Add milk and stir until mixed.
Pour batter over top of butter.  Shake pan slightly to even batter and add berries or other seasonal fresh fruit to the top.

Bake 35-45 minutes.  I opted for 43 minutes and the berries were absolutely perfect!!

Happy Eats and THANK YOU LOTTIE!!!



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Here comes BISCUIT!!

Just got the flight number, arrival time and confirmation number from the breeder.  It's official, Biscuit arrives at 2:10pm on friday!!

It's like the coming of Christmas Morning!!!!!!!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Blackberry Delight

After almost a week away from the "home farm", as our neighbor calls it, we came back to very nice offering of blackberries from our "home away farm", also known as our part time neighbor's black berry patch.  Picking the berries everyday increases the production and with a conservative bramble there are still more than enough berries to go round.

Here are some images of today's picking

Now I have to figure out what to do with them, and am thinking Blackberry Cobbler sounds DELICIOUS!!


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