Removing Several Posts & Editing Update

Thursday, January 22, 2015

For security reasons, I will be removing and/or editing several posts, pictures, and copy from this blog. I regret that this is necessary, but feel it's important that I remain upfront and honest with you. :) Thanks! CMM

edit: Isis and poseurs are now targeting Veterans, so I'm removing all pictures of veterans from my blog. We're all fond of some snipers here, who shall now remain nameless and faceless. Thanks a lot, ya assholes!

The Healers Among Us

Monday, September 29, 2014

horses, autumn

At times I'll have trouble writing a letter. Especially toward the end of the day. Running errands. Carrying a purse. Normal, 20-something things present a difficult challenge. If I can walk down the street to see my neighbors' horses, it's a particularly great day. When I feed them carrots, and leave with muddy hands from their muddy faces, I am left with joy—and a portion of my dignity restored.

I'm thankful for those days.

Horses are non-judgmental. They don't care about how much money you make or don't make, or that you couldn't cut the carrots you're feeding them because you've lost dexterity in your hands, strength in your arms. They don't care how broken your body is, how much joint, nerve, or organ damage brews within your defective frame. They nuzzle you and remind you that you're worthy of love, even if a disease is tearing through your body, telling you otherwise.

When you feel quite forgotten, there may just be a four-legged equine friend who weighs one thousand pounds of muscles you cannot pronounce, who doesn't hesitate to canter toward you when she sees you through Autumn's ignited leaves and trees.

Perhaps, when you feel you've become less a lady and more an unrecognizable Shelleyan creature of disease, it will be the giant beast down the street who quietly cares for you as you learn to love yourself again.

I'll say it again: horses are healers.

Summer Salad with Goat Cheese & Cherries

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Healthy Recipes
A healthy, vegetarian, gluten-free favorite
I've been trying to eat more salads lately. (Read: I have a bridesmaid's dress to fit into in a few weeks.) Summer is the time when we in the Northeast can finally enjoy the seedlings we cheered along in early spring. Fresh fruits and veggies are practically oozing out of orchards and fields. (Actually, when they've gone too ripe, yes, they very literally are oozing! ; )

Last year I made a version of this salad and really enjoyed it, so I figured I'd play around with it again. I threw together these random ingredients the other night, enjoyed it so much that I made it the following two nights. 

  • Wegmans' Organic Spring Mix (Tango, Lola Rosa, Red & Green Romaine, Red & Green Oak, Red & Green Chard, Spinach, Mizuna, Tatsoi, Radicchio, Frisee, Beet Greens, Arugula, Red Leaf, Red Mustard, Kale and Collards)
  • Walnuts, roughly chopped 
  • Chia Seeds (light sprinkle)
  • Fresh Cherries, cut and depitted 
  • Goat Cheese
The first rule of summer salads is that we don't measure anything. We just throw stuff together until it looks "just right." (But, if I was going to use measuring cups, I'd use these ones. I whaley like them.)

The Wegmans' organic salad mixes are awesome because they're triple washed. They make life easy, they're inexpensive, and you get a lot of variety. It's a win-win. Plus, they are perfect for juicing or making smoothies with too! 

Weird fact about me: I don't eat salad dressing. I've never liked it. But the juiciness from the cherries and the creaminess of the goat cheese coats the greens perfectly. You could probably whip up a quick & healthy EVOO-based dressing. The chia seeds and walnuts add the perfect amount of crunch. Yum! My favorite part about this salad is how the cherries turn the goat cheese bright pink. It's the little things, I tell you! :)

(If you're in the market for some cute salad plates, here are a few nice options. How sweet are the turtles?) 

Saturday Songs // London Grammar "Wicked Game" (Chris Isaak Cover)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

It might not be the original music video with a young Helena Christensen, but Hannah Reid and her voice are both just as stunning as the 90s supermodel.

Have a listen, and then don't forget to check out some of their other tunes I'm listening to: NightcallWasting My Young Years, and Hey Now.

Apple Blossoms and New Beginnings

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It took the mountains quite a while to wake up from winter. It's so nice to see the woodland creatures coming out of hiding. (Really...where do they go in the cold?) So far, the bunnies and the twin deer are my favorite visitors.

Spring reminds me that life is overflowing with good things. There are blossoms bursting, peepers yapping, horses galloping, and wildflowers swaying in the cool, not-yet-humid breeze. There's a brook tiptoeing quietly alongside a stonewall, and as it bubbles, it harmonizes with the robins who've just hatched. These are a few of my good things this spring. 

It's kind of like the season says, "Right then, let's begin again. Time to start fresh." We get to throw off the harshness of winter (you're gross, winter!) and claim the sweetness of spring. Our lives become more saturated, just like the hues outside.

Anyway, here are a few snaps. Hope your spring is off to a great start.
Apple Tree
Apple blossoms in the backyard. 

Need to investigate further what type of tree this is...

Bay horse



Blue sky

Pennsylvania countryside

Wellington boots
Explorer Mademoiselle (Jumped up on the stonewall)

Buttercup Flowers

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