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Recipe anyone???

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Mar 17, 2019

Looking for a good Corned Beef Cabbage Recipe!

It would be a first time making it from scratch, so it has to be a really tested recipe

Thank you much in advance!


Smile and enjoy

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Mar 14, 2019
  1. “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.” – John Lennon
  2. “A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” – Max  
  3. “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo
  4. “If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Claudia Adrienne Grandi
  5. “Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” – Helen Keller
  6. “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.” – Buddha
  7. “Minds are like flowers; they open only when the time is right.” – Stephen Richards
  8. “Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities in the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.” – Miranda Kerr
  10. “Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And here is from my home to yours: 

It’s coming up, the 11th of March it’ll be 3 years since I took my last puff, hard to believe.


Was it easy?  When I try remembering the days I cried incessantly, or the many times I had to walk away from my work station, or change the focus of my mind onto something else, or the constant deep breathing till I felt dizzy, I would say, NO, it wasn’t.  However, these memories are fading away every day more and more.


And I was here, on EX, after the first month of struggling on my own.


And I asked for help, and listened, and learned something new every day.


The elders were always just a blog away, with advice, support, tough love, smiles, and encouragements.


About 6 months into the quit, my body started revolting against the new regimen, and started “bursting at the seams”: I was walking miles and miles, the knees started swelling, and hurting, to the point I had to call hubby to pick me up from one of the walks.  Then I developed Plantar fasciitis and paid a fortune for shoe inserts, but they helped!  After that I felt the heavy weight of depression, and many other symptoms no doctor was able to identify or link to any of the current conditions.  It took over 6 months to be diagnosed by an alternative medicine provider, as having Hashimoto’s.  This is not as uncommon as I thought; so many of us are suffering from auto-immune diseases.  But to me it was new, and it took a lot of adjusting to get the right HRT dosage and learn to live with that; that and a Fatty Liver (watch it, and know it: smoking is considered one of the causes of Fatty Liver of non-alcoholic origin), and Diabetes.  But I made it.


Speed forwarding to today, I stayed with EX, as a Big, Fat, Thank You for all which was handed to me in time of need, and as a warranty on my own smobriety.


I am still learning something every time I am connecting: about life, places, people, pets, gardening and art, love and respect, challenges and ways to face them, Gods and ways to connect with them.

EX changed my life for the better, in a way I did not even dare to hope more than 3 years ago!



Aromatherapy helps

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Feb 27, 2019

And the season for potted Hyacinths started for me. 


I have been talking to you guys for a while about a smell I can feel in my nostrils, much like burnt stuff...The car was first to blame, since it was not detailed or replaced since I quit smoking. But it follows me wherever I go, not only while driving.


You all gave me all kind of suggestions, thank you, but the smell I can feel now almost all the time, it only grew heavier.

Honestly, not sure yet if I need to see an ENT doctor or not.


But there is one more thing I need to disclose: while meditating, I added incense to my morning sessions.  What I am using was purchased in India, sandalwood.  Doing some research, it seems as the Indian origins contain the most chemicals. Needless to say I will not be using incense until the Japanese sourced ordered today will arrive.


Meanwhile, only stronger smells can cover what I smell, so my nose is in the newly blooming hyacinth sitting on my desk!  It helps!


My apologies if this seems trivial, but it upsets me more and more.

Here is an article about it, just hoping I am not developing more craziness than I already have!

Apparently I suffer of Phantosmia!!! 

Inspiring words from Oprah, happy Saturday!



Snow in Phoenix

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Feb 22, 2019

Not at my house, but in North Phoenix, 7 inches so far and it is still snowing...


Sunday love

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Feb 17, 2019

Nello puppy (he is 12, but behaves like a puppy), has a staph skin infection.  Besides being on antibiotic for 3 weeks, we need to also bathe in a medicated shampoo. 

Here he is, all good and patient, soaking 5 min before I can apply the shampoo.

He did really, really well, and mom loves the puppy very much!

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I know it's Friday, but for the last 2 days I have been working till 11pm or later, it makes me sick, and there is a lot of stress associated with it. Trying to meditate to lift off some of that, but it does not seem to help lots, 


Sorry to be a downer, I just needed to vent, I know it's Friday, and I wish I learned how to work smart not hard; my son grew up here, and he knows well how to do that; maybe he'll teach me one day.

For now, this is just how I feel...

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Happy Friday everyone!



PS I changed out of my PJ's

It is an acquired skill.

It involves learning, and exercise. determination and not giving up.

But once you learn it, you never really forget it.

There will be bumps in the road, but you'll learn to go around them, jump over them or absorb the shock like a necessary evil.

You can take your quit tool box with you.

You can make riding your daily exercise, or you can take it to another level and become a teacher on how to ride it.

It is fun and rewarding.

Happy riding my fellow Ex!

Today it's gonna be a great day!

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Falling not slipping

Posted by Daniela-3-11-2016 Feb 11, 2019

I promise you all, starting today I'll really believe in Karma: what you give out to the Universe, comes right back at you!!!


For many months, our team did not do anything together, we were just too busy.


Our boss scheduled lunch today, not far from the office, at a burger place.  We got seated at a booth, set up with plates and napkins for 4.  We were 5, only one of us being a normal thin person (not me).  I asked the server if we can get a chair on the aisle, but she said "no, it is a fire hazard, you'll just have to adjust", instead of giving us other options, on the patio there were round tables, or she could have used 2 tables together and make us comfortable.  I held my purse on my lap to make room for my co-workers, and kept mumbling to myself, instead of calming down and enjoy my meal. We tipped well, despite the lack of accommodation.


On our way back, I stepped on the edge of the sidewalk (towards the grass thankfully, not the road), I felt my right ankle twisting, and I knew I could not keep my balance, folded my knees, but ended up on the right knee, then the right hip.

Thankfully my bones were strong to hold my weight, I pulled myself up from my 4's!


Needless to say, I am still in pain, but I will take the lesson, and stop expecting I deserve everything...

Painful lesson of humility.


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One Key Step Can Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking - MedNews 


You might need to take it longer than initially established, in order to be successful in quitting smoking, say new studies.

Probably many of you know them all, to me there were some new exercises worth trying.

Best Pulmonary Fibrosis Breathing Exercises | Lung Institute 


Enjoy your weekend!

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Not to speak about many other benefits!


As I walk learning every day about life and choices, it occurred to me that the reasons keeping us all here, even after securing our quits, are LOVE AND BELONGING.


We love our peers, we are all one, we belong together.

Not as former smokers, but as human beings.

We crave the love dispensed here unconditionally.

And we crave sharing that love.

I do, I am here because I am loved, and I am here because I want to give love, to newbies, to friends I made here, to complete strangers who are wiling to take it.

And even if I don't understand  some of the references to past social behaviors, or food, or cars, or kid's games, I still feel I belong.  Because I learn it, I ask questions and someone will answer me.

And I am grateful for being here in this loving environment.

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Happy New Year to all!


There are things in my life I need to improve, fears I need to conquer, but why would they have to be part of a New Year resolution?

There is a time and a place for everything in one's life.  I've broken so many New Year's resolutions throughout the years, including quitting smoking.


But if you are still a smoker, thinking, starting to plan for your quit, pick the day and go for it, the first day of the new year is as good as any other day!


The sooner you quit, the better for your health, wealth, happiness, relationships, respect from your kids, self respect!


As soon as I put this on the side as "resolved", nearing 3 years in March, all that is left is to maintain it.

Quitting smoking gives you wings to conquer everything else in your life!


May 2019 be the year of your forever quit, and for those of us who've already done it, may we stay near EX, to protect our own, and help our peers build a solid quit for themselves!


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