Tag Archives: Healthy Lifestyles

What Do You See?

27 Aug

I recently purchased Kangoo Runners and posted this picture on my Facebook page.


The comments ranged from (please see below), “you are going to kill yourself to please video!” Basically saying when you do kill yourself, I want to laugh my ass off!

“Just fill out the hospital admission form ahead of time.”

You’re going to kill yourself, Are you serious?

“I’m not sure…those look dangerous!”

“please video tape this” – My very funny sister and a very funny friend of my daughter’s left this comment


…After I stopped laughing, it hit me like a two by four across the face….As these moments always do.

Pure and good  admission of honesty right here folks…

…I have to admit, I NEVER once saw the Kangoo Runners as dangerous, thought NEVER popped into my head…Just a whole lot of FUN!

Is there something wrong with me?


Is there something right with me?

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

So far I have been correct. I have had a blast running in them! A great joyful workout completely void of fear!

What do you see?

Danger or fun…As always, it’s your decision!

Victim No Longer!

24 Feb

About a month ago my husband had a full hip replacement and after 3 days in the hospital I drove him home on a brutal Cleveland winter day. Our home immediately transformed into a nursing home with prescription bottles decorating counters and rooms with rechargeable air pumps for his legs (to prevent blood clots) that sucked air in and out all day and ALL NIGHT …that he needed to wear all day and ALL NIGHT (bless his heart).  Along with other medical equipment to aid in his comfort and recovery.


…As the recovery (thankfully) has progressed with amazing speed (bless his heart)…

Our house has now been transformed into his office. With conference calls, deliveries and loud out bursts of “damn it”  because of a lost internet connection for a moment (bless his heart).


This morning as he moved from one room to the other with purpose and questions/requests for me (bless his heart), I was doing my best impression of I can’t hear you because what I’m watching (on television) is so interesting I can’t possibly turn my head and pay attention…Admittedly not being the best wife I could possibly be!


…As you know from previous post of mine, I truly believe God works in misteriest ways.

…So here we go…Or rather “hear” (tee hee) we go!

The television happened to have The View on with Gabrielle Union as a guest, she plays Mary Jane in “Being Mary Jane.” A truly stunning well spoken woman with a tremendous amount of love and energy…in her real life; marrying a man with three sons (a soon to-be blended family as she said).


…What truly did end up catching my attention (I know, took me a long time to get here) Ms. Union spoke about the turning point in her life when she realized she no longer wanted to be a victim (raped at gun point at 19 yrs. old) and instead wanted to be a survivor! Ms Union said, you get all the attention and excuses you thought you’ve always wanted when you were younger but the problem she realized was, it was for something negative. People were making excuses for her to be unhappy, making it easy for her not to reach her goals. Staying a victim prevents moving into a productive, happy, wonderful and loving life.

I asked my sister once, what is the difference between being supportive and being enabler? She responded with one word…”time.” I truly think she was spot on. To treat someone (over too much time) as a victim allows/enables them to keep victimizing themselves over and over again.


…On a positive note…My husband is going back to work today (bless his heart)!


Monday’s Clarity!

8 Jul

Well, well, well…Here we are again one week later!

There’s been some soul searching in this emotional house of mine….Some real personal house cleaning so to speak, some step up to the plate take responsibility , true honest thoughts and well needed accountable actions taken.


-Photo taken in Oklahoma City

What you say?

What/Who brought you to the edge of self-improving clarity?

Paula Dean of course….After her weepy Today Show performance I said to myself….Now that is some real soul searching emotional housing cleaning performance, tears of denial, smelly excuses of amends going on right there on NBC and I want a slice of that delicious artery clogging humble pie!

I KNOW it’s hard to believe that hunk of fried buttered bigot could ever push anyone to face some ugly truths about themselves. Well, well, well I guess that expression “be thankful for everyone in your life” is true! There is something to learn from everyone.

Here goes it…

I confess….

…When I see a blog with a little picture of a cat as their icon….I NEVER read their blog! And I just did it yesterday when a cat paw was pressed up against my head while that disguising cat was coughing up a hair ball…

“The truth will set you free” Already I feel so much better, in fact I feel so great I’m not even going to apologize for my narrow minded actions. …I mean it happen 24 HOURS AGO and if there is anyone out there who hasn’t gaged while a cat choked up a hair ball then please throw a hair ball at my head and let them be known. I want to know who you are.

Oh well…

On to the next self improving task! I love this emotional house cleaning amends stuff!

This coming clean thing is going really great for me. At this rate I will be done with all my self-improvements in time for a delicious gossip filled lunch!

Stay safe!

TGIF- Greek Yogurt and Bobby Flay’s Tandoori-Style Salmon

16 Nov
Dear Readers,


With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday I thought it might be a nice idea to share and inspire a little healthier choice leading up to Thursday’s feed-bag!

Please cut and paste for a very easy delicious and healthy salmon! 


Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today being all to aware of the need to slow down and be mindful of our healthy choices in life.


Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!


Kindest regards,




President and CEO



Day 6 – Sadly Our Last Day!

9 Oct
Dear Readers,
The last and final day of our biking trip – Day 6 – Dry Creek Valley Loop: 27 Miles. Reflecting on the last six days of magnificent made to order weather ranging from the upper 70’s to low 80’s sunny everyday with evenings and mornings cooler in the upper 50’s. The rain weather gear stayed in our suitcases, and sunblock and sunglasses used everyday!
Turn right out of the parking area onto Matheson Street, how appropriate, “turn right” and yes we did turn right, all of us, turned right into a weeks worth of great biking, great weather, great food, great adventures, great sceneries, great wines and most certainly right into great friendships for miles and miles! 
I love referring to our trip as an active vacation. We actively biked over mountains, we actively biked through the Sonoma winds, we actively made fun of each other, we actively laughed until our sides hurt… we actively forgot everything else except our love for each other! 
As all good things must come to an end, we Turned left into the parking area for Hotel Healdsburg…For this is the end to our exceptional trip experience!
Our farewell lunch was at Barndiva, a charming restaurant with an outdoor patio to dine on sustainably sourced cuisine and bid dear friends good-bye. Again how appropriate for our last meal together…Barndiva website –  ”At Barndiva we believe a great meal should have elements of both celebration and tradition, and that optimally it should be a sensate hunt for what the French call ‘Gout du revenez-y’ the taste you return to” 
Our friendships “sustainably sourced” with much “celebration” and already talks of turning the trip into a “tradition”…So for all the right turns and for all the right reasons, for it is only right…”the taste you return to”! Our reunion dinner has already been planned for it is only right!
Asklotta and staff will rightfully MIND YOUR BUSINESS today feasting on sweet memories (the taste you return to) of an active vacation of proudly biking 200 miles in six days of beautiful backroads and beautiful sustainably sourced friendships!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

Day 3 – The Shortest Route Is 28, The Longest Is 60 Miles Of Heartache!

26 Sep

Dear Readers,


If lounging and sleeping is what you like, 

then stay in bed, for Day 3 will be a painful hike. 


Breakfast at 7am at the Big 3 Diners. 

“Route Talk” by the trailer, no room for whiners!


Luggage packed and placed by the door,

with aching muscles we’re ready for more.


We are given five riding options, 

none are for the weak or meek!


For this is Day 3 as I said,

and we’re only here for one glorious week!


The shortest route is 28,

the longest is 60 miles of heartache!


One by one we choose our mile count,

onward and upward, our bikes we mount!


We will be heading west towards the beautiful ocean! Up and out of Sonoma,

through the town of Santa Rosa, 

along a creekside bike path-a,

 all 14 of us arriving at Bodega Bay-a…And all rhymed out! (as if you couldn’t tell)


 But before arriving at our next Inn to take our helmets off, placing our heads down on our well-earned pillows, we will first learn about the Lavender Gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery, enjoying yet another scrumptious gourmet picnic lunch (thank you Mason, Courtney and Mark) over looking the beautiful Lavender Gardens. 

Please see photos below…





A little tidbit of information for your memory files,

It takes about two to three weeks to completely dry lavender and then it is used in many products as well as wines! Lavender is supposed to calm anxiety!


Asklotta and staff is MINDING YOUR BUSINESS today completely anxiety-free with a delicious scented lavender hand lotion spiced with pumpkin and vanilla! Yummy!


Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!


Kindest regards,




President and CEO




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