Friday, January 20, 2017

A Dark Day Turns Into A Day Of Kindness

It's here.  The day so many of us have been dreading.  I'm still in a fog about a lot of it to be honest.  That person, who represents so much hate is going to be our President and a world leader.




It's not about partisan politics at this point.  I mean, I've never voted for a Republican for President, but I've never feared lives and freedoms the way I do today.  This is dark and different.

12 years ago I was at Bush's second Inauguration.  It was so insanely cold standing outside for everything, but it was also really amazing to take in that experience.  My favorite part, but also the coldest part, was the parade.  I remember just dying at the end from sitting on a mental bleacher {we had great seats though- thanks Jules!}, unmoving, outside, for hours.  My friend and I parted ways as we left and I popped into a Caribou Coffee {are they even still around?  We don't have them up here.} to use their rest room and get a drink.  And as I picked up my drink, I saw a chair open up and I sat down.  And because I had been outside for hours and my feet were completely numb from being so cold {it would be years before I gave in and bought Uggs}, I just sat there and slowly sipped my coffee and people watched in that crowded coffee shop for over an hour.  I don't know why that sticks out as a memory for me, but I honestly really enjoyed it.  Once the feeling in my feet came back, I made my way home to my Sadie on the Hill.  It was just a really cool experience all around.  Literally.

Again, I didn't vote for him.  But we don't win everything in life.  I never feared the man, though.  I never looked at his words and thought, people will die because of your reign of terror.  I didn't politically agree with him on much, but I constantly said and truly believed that he, like every other President in my lifetime, cared so deeply about our country.

The fears we have today are real and valid and multiplying daily.  I hope you know that you are not alone in those fears.  




I have really fun plans for this day though, as I am not giving in to either a full on wallow session or a celebration of a hate agenda.  No time for that today!  

Today is my personal DAY OF KINDNESS.

Now, I have some actual things I need to do in the morning, so this is like a half day of kindness I guess.  But I mean, it's a Friday on a week that sort of got off kilter so I'm working with what I have.  And that's the afternoon.

I'm not doing anything groundbreaking but I am going to donate a bunch of coats {and other warm clothes} to a local shelter.  I love coats and have so many of them.  But I don't need all of them.  So it's time to share.  Winter will be here for at least three more months so it's time to warm someone else up.

I have a list of Random Acts of Kindness lined up too.  Though they're planned out so for me, they are not at all random.  But hopefully for someone else they will be.  {My list is simple though because a few years ago I did this for my birthday and it was sort of a disaster.}




I'm sending some love mail to a few friends.  I used to write letters all the time.  But it's so rare these days.  Today though, I'm sending my words old school snail mail to my loves=!

And of course, I have yoga on the agenda.  I am not always kind to myself.  In fact, I'm probably least kind to myself if I am being really honest here.  So my goal is to be kind in thoughts as well as kind to my body.  

Today's a dark day.  But I am determined to put just a little light and love into the world, too.  



Thursday, January 19, 2017

How To Grow Celery For Free

There's something so satisfying about finding a second life for something destined for the trash or compost bin!  This gardening idea is easy enough for kids to do and requires no sill!  You can regrow more celery from the root end that you normally throw away!




When you buy your celery, simply cut off the root end.  Set it aside.




Take a small jar that will support the end.  Stick the celery end inside the jar.  Fill about half way up with water.  




Set it in a sunny window and remember to keep replacing the water as needed {likely every few days}. Eventually, small celery sprouts {I've had up to three at a time} will pop out of the top and roots will grow from the bottom.  Divide the plants if more than one appear and plant in the soil after the last spring frost date.




That's it!  Truly trash to treasure.  

Happy gardening!

XOKK

Monday, January 16, 2017

Albany Food And Wine Festival

Last minute, District and I decided to go to the Albany Food and Wine Festival on Friday.  I had no idea what to expect but was so impressed with the amazing display of locally available food and beverages.  All of the best of the Capital Region were available for tasting and you know I just couldn't say no to that!

Oh hello my loves!  Just all of the very best Cider Belly Donuts in a tower.  A thing of beauty!  The maple are out of this world!




Hudson Whiskey has quickly found a place in my heart.  Not only because it tastes amazing, but the company also sources locally grown corn and uses green energy.  I'm. A. Fan. 




I don't have a photo of the treats from Druthers but they were delicious and their chef was hands down the nicest person at the event.  Kind and gregarious and happy to explain everything.  







Everything we tried was so beautiful!  I also got a kick out of the doll sized utensils we were using.  Because no matter how old I get, little things will forever amuse me.




Same recipe they began using in 1870.  








It was fun to watch this French chef make a simple but delicious frog legs dish. And even more fun to taste!




I never really got on the rose train with the rest of the world but this was really delicious!




And finally, a little snap of me and District, happy as can be getting to taste a bit of everything on a Friday evening.  Thanks for bringing me as your date, sweet friend!  Such a great event!




How was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun and different?  

XOKK

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stay Tuned For Tales Of Whiskey And Lamb Chops

I planned to put up a cute blog post as well as a video on how to make hair ties.  The kind that don't crimp your hair.  They're so cute and easy to make.

But then District called and convinced me {it wasn't a hard sell} to go with her to the Albany Food and Wine Festival this afternoon.  

So off we went to drink bubbly and bourbon and eat delicious savory treats.

And I promise to put up a full review.  This weekend.

We had a great time though!  

Cheers to an unexpected and fun ending to this week, District!

XOKK

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