My Monthly Memories February 2016

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I was invited by Basants to join her in “My Monthly Memories” for February 2016. I have already taken part in the January 2016 event.

February has been a very exciting month, I have just been going through my daily posts, getting an idea which posts get the most views and comments.

Not that it really matters, I have managed to write a post for most days, joined many new writing groups, written two flash fiction, I find I have to be in the right mood to write those posts.

Won two new awards “Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award”, and the “Sunshine Bloggers Award”.

I’m looking forward to continuing writing daily through the month of March, but there will be days when it won’t be possible as I’m moving into town, will be changing my internet provider from Satellite to Broadband, hope I don’t miss too many days, as I get very restless if I can’t post.

More importantly, I’m writing for “The Challenge, A to Z in April 2016”, so need to get my internet provider sorted and connected.

I spend many hours a day reading, liking and commenting on other writers posts, so many good writers.

I have applied for the “Commenting BootCamp March 21 – 25”, which could be very helpful to put me at ease with commenting.

One thing I have learnt is if we want to have readers, we must have interesting posts, interact with other bloggers, commenting is the best way, likes are nice, but with some readers it is just an action, they really haven’t taken the time to read your blog.

So as February comes to an end, have written thirty-six posts for February, have 125 followers, which is pretty good as I only started writing my blog at the beginning of January.

Thanks to all my follower I enjoy all the emails I like reading and getting to know all of you, (about 100 every day) .

I appreciate all the likes and comments from my viewers, I do return the follow if I can find a follow button on your blog.

Cheers to all my new found friends on Blogosphere.

28th February 2016 Self Confidence Sunday Quote

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Self Confidence Sunday Quote

“Life is not about finding yourself, Life is about creating yourself “. – George Bernard Shaw

The picture above motivates me with self-confidence.

I have a heart.

So now I have found myself, what I’m I going to do with it?

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This week, a lover of nature, I will be spending time enjoying the last few days of summer before Autumn arrives.

The leaves will soon be starting to spread their glory, of yellow-brown, and golden leaves around.

Tidy up around our farm home so we can start enjoying our new home in town.

I have a feeling that my Park Like Garden on the farm will be neglected.

Steak With Lightweight Roast Potatoes and Mushrooms

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A couple of weeks again I posted a recipe for valentine day.

I got quite a good response to it.

Today Sunday 28th February I was looking for ideas for Sunday’s tea.

Decide to have Steak and Mushrooms, I’m sharing the recipe I use with you.

It’s the last weekend in summer here in New Zealand, feeling a little sad with the thought of winter ahead.

STEAK:

750-gram piece of well-trimmed sirloin steak, (no fat)

2 teaspoons horseradish cream

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

2 teaspoons brown sugar

MUSHROOMS:

1 Tablespoon oil

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

1/2 cup port or medium-sweet sherry

2 cups beef stock

4 flat (field mushrooms, chopped

6 button mushrooms, finely sliced

2 teaspoons cornflour

pepper to season

LIGHTWEIGHT ROAST POTATOES:

6 small to medium starchy (roasting) Potatoes

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

Preparing The Steak Method:

1. Heat a non-stick frying pan and when very hot add the beef fillet.

Cook quickly over a high heat, browning the fillet evenly on both sides.

Transfer to a board.

2. Mix together the horseradish cream, mustard and brown sugar.

Spread this mixture on the top and bottom of the fillet of steak.

Place on a foil-lined baking tray.

3. Place in a 220c oven, turn down to 200c and cook for 25 mins.

Set aside to rest for 10 minutes, before carving and serving with

Lightweight Roast Potatoes, freshly steamed vegetables and mushrooms.

Preparing Mushrooms Method:

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion.

Cook over a moderate heat for 7-10 minutes until the onion is soft, but not colored.

Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.

2. Add the port or sherry and simmer until reduced by half.

Add the beef stock and chopped field mushrooms and simmer until reduced to 1 1/4 cups.

Strain and return to a clean saucepan.

Add the sliced button mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Mix the cornflour with a little water to make a smooth paste and stir into the saucepan.

Simmer for 1-2 minutes until thickened.

Season with pepper before serving.

Lightweight Roast Potatoes Method:

1. Peel the potatoes and place in boiling salted water.

Boil rapidly for 5 minutes.

Drain and return to the saucepan.

Shake the potatoes over the heat to rough up the outside edges.

Alternatively, use a fork to score the outside of the potatoes, so that the edges are rough.

2. Roll the potatoes in the oil so that they are evenly coated and place on a baking tray.

3. Cook at 200c for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Steak Mushroom Sauce

I decided to make a  Mushroom Sauce, didn’t have a nice recipe, I found one on YouTube, will try it, let you know tomorrow what I think of it.It was delicious

It was delicious, worth making, I made it with farm grown mushrooms, I think it makes a difference to what mushrooms you use.

State of Mind Photo Challenge

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I was looking around for a picture to write a post about the DailyPost Photo Challenge “State of Mind”.

I came across this sad looking animal, supposedly a holy cow.

That’s where my state of mind comes in, it looked so sad and hungry it turned my heart over.

My husband and I have been farming for fifty-five years, we love our animals, they are looked after in paddocks with grass and hay in the winter, “feed every day”.

It wouldn’t be the first time that we have had an animal inside by the fire when they are not well.

We go out in rain hail, gales, whatever, sometimes we put our own bodies at risks to feed the animals, but we would never leave animals not feed.

So for my state of mind, I hope someone feeds that poor animal.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Red Maple Tree

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” & “BeWow

Forests Trees and Peoples Writers Quote Wednesday

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Quote, about trees  – ” Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company. Only a few love to be alone”. ~Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939

A maple tree standing in all it’s glory among the native trees protecting it from the cold autumn winds.

Did you know? – There are approximately 128 species of the maple tree.

One of the reasons this tree Maple tree is so beautiful is because they need shade to protect it from the hot summer that would scorch its leaves, that why the quote above is perfect for this tree.

Pot of Gold

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photo by Alyssa Smith (click here for full version).

Always been looking for that pot of gold that’s supposed to be at the end of the rainbow.

When I’ve seen one coming back from town I always hoped it was on our farm.

Maybe I need to look for the tallest skyscraper I can find, which must be in Auckland NZ (which could be the Skycity casino complex.)

Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Four for detailed instructions.

About Triglycerides

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Triglycerides sound like some chemical circulating anywhere, other than in a body, it is a lipid that circulates in the bloodstream of a human body, in case you don’t understand, or never heard of it before, I have written an article to explain what triglycerides are.

What are Triglycerides?

It is part of a substance in your body, we all know about cholesterol, but triglycerides get far less publicity. Like  bad cholesterol high levels of triglycerides can spell disaster, but they can be checked with a blood test.

In fact, they’re the most common type of fat found in your blood and an important source of energy, it is a type of fat found in your blood, but  having too many of them could make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

When you eat, your body uses the calories in food to give it energy. Any calories it doesn’t need are turned into triglycerides and stored in fat cells so they can be used later.

What causes high triglycerides?

If you make a habit of eating more calories than you burn off, the amount of triglycerides stored in your body can increase to a high level that may be harmful.

Other causes are:

Drinking a lot of alcohol

Being obese

Have an under-active thyroid

Kidney disease

Having untreated or poorly controlled type 2 diabetes

Side effect of certain medications, including steroids, beta-blockers, breast cancer drug Tamoxifen and the pill

Also, it could be a genetic condition.

Often you don’t know you have high triglycerides levels as they don’t usually cause symptoms.

However if you have any of the above problems, there is a good chance you may have high levels.

You can have a blood test taken after you have gone without food for at least 12 hours, the same as they use to measure cholesterol levels.

The Difference Between High Triglycerides and High Cholesterol

They are both fats found in your blood but while triglycerides give for body energy, cholesterol is used to build cells. Neither of them can dissolve in your blood, so they spend their time traveling around your body and can cause problems if there are too many of them.

High levels of both are considered signs you may be at the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

How Can You Lower Your Triglycerides Levels

The most important things you can do is make lifestyle changes. Cut down on calories. Exercise regularity. Lose weight. Give sugary and refined foods a miss. Opt for healthy fats, like those found in olive or canola oils. Don’t cut fats out of your diet completely.

Cut back on drinking, there’s a link between alcohol and high triglycerides levels.

Try suitable nutritional supplements. If you don’t eat very much fish, a fish oil supplement can help supply all important omega 3 fatty acids. Meanwhile vitamin B3, also known as niacin, has been shown in some studies to lower triglycerides levels by as much as 50%.

If you find you are unable to improve your triglycerides  levels by changing your lifestyle, your doctor may wish to prescribe medication to try and lower them.

Let’s look after our body and keep our heart beating.

Writers Quote Wednesday – Sir Edmund Hillary

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The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest on May 5, 2007. Photo Credit

Writers Quote Wednesday & BeWow Challenge.

My Quote: “It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves”

Sir Edmund Hillary

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Who was Sir Edmund Hillary?

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008)

He was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist.

On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth‘s highest mountain.  Its peak is 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level.

Following his ascent of Everest, Hillary devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded.

He was a very shy man, so I wonder if the above quote made a difference in his life also, I think it did as he had many accomplishments in his life.

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A man to this day still has his portrait on the New Zealand five dollar note.

He was named one of the most 100 influential people of the 20th century.

An event I will never forget in 1975, was the death of his wife and daughter.

While on route to join Hillary in the village of Phaphlu, where he was helping to build a hospital, Louise his wife and Belinda their youngest daughter, (only six) were killed in a plane crash near Kathmandu airport shortly after take-off.

He remarried, June Mulgrewin 1989.

He is survived by a daughter and son, Peter Hillary also a climber, summiting Mount Everest in 1990.

In May 2002 Peter climbed Everest as part of a 50th-anniversary celebration.

I think what I consider the most important thing that Sir Edmund Hillary did was the founding of the Himalayan Trust, in 1960 and led it until his death in 2008.

Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in this remote region of the Himalayas.

A man who not only conquered a mountain, but a name to be remembered worldwide.

He had a state funeral on 22 January 2008

Buying a House is Stressful

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It’s “Daily Post Write Anything Wednesday” today.

After two days of no posts here I feel like those pussies above, wondering what going to happen next.

My self-confidence was very high when I wrote “Self Confidence Sunday” post, now it is Wednesday 24 February, only two days before we take over our new home in town.

It is like looking into a mirror and wondering what’s on the other side.

So much has happened in the last couple of days, trying to get everything sorted out, for instinct, setting up a power account, getting insurance for our new home, which was so unbelievable, because of the stress I had to go through to get it sorted out.

I needed to know the measurement of the home, no matter where I went I came to a blind corner, not finding it out.

This all came about not having an LIM (Land Information Memorandums) report, which costs $300 to $400’s.

The Real Estate, two humans could not help they were out of the province, it wasn’t on the contract I had.

New Plymouth District Council could have helped, but not over the phone, I would have to drive 55 Km’s to find out, then return home to ring the insurance company up, as we don’t have a cell phone, not worth it as we live in an area where there is no cell phone coverage.

The Lawyer didn’t know but suggested ringing up the lady we bought the house from.

Now I didn’t like worrying the dear old lady which was retiring to a pensioner’s flat, last resort I did, I found it out from her, after a second phone call to her after she unpacked some of her person papers which she had already to shift.

That call to that dear lady saved the day for me, I was just about at breaking point, I got to know that dear lady quite well, invited her if she ever comes back to have a look at her home {which they had build forty years ago), her husband had passed away, to come in and have a cup of tea with me.

Finally, I was able to ring up the insurance company and sort it out now I knew the measurements.

They must have checked out the first call, (which I was about 45 mins on the phone) which it was obversely a newbie being trained for the job), they were so helpful, it seemed to me that that insurance company had checked out the information about the house measurements, themselves as they had already worked out how much it would cost monthly for the insurance.

That’s my rant over, it goes to show how little an elderly lady knows about modern information when buying a home, it wasn’t as though we brought a home every day, having lived on a farm for so many years.

Glad I kept my cool, all though I felted like a wash out rag after it all.