a Stubborn Wish and a Bowl of Goodness


I’ve been battling dandelions. Last summer it seemed so fun to have a yard full of wishes.

We raced each other to them, spreading them to the sky with laughter while warm sun held us.

This year our yard is so full of wishes from those carelessly blown seeds that they are taking over everything.

I have fought and fought and dug and pulled and finally realized there must be some middle ground. I must let the wishes stay. So I pulled them out of deeply loved flower beds and pruned them back from newly planted wants, and then I told them they can have the rest. When I woke up this morning, in our last wheelbarrow from the battle, one wish stood tall. I believe it’s saying, thank you.


IMG_8900 2Today’s lunch, sautéed veggies with chickpeas and kimchi.

I sautéed red onions and yellow peppers until almost soft, added shredded cabbage and kale and cooked until desired doneness. Topped with chickpeas and kimchi.

Eat well. Stay safe.




How are you handling the isolation?

We are drawing, listening to music. Trying to not read too much news (not working.)

Today was the first warm day in so very long and we had a picnic outside, right in the sunbeams.

Did you see this? Some much needed levity in this crazy situation. Thank you, Rita Wilson.

Italy is where most of my thoughts are these days.  It’s just too much. My beloved Italy, the whole world is holding you in its heart.

My husband is so many thousands of miles away, with Kenya now in lockdown as well.

Is this all real?






IMG_6567.jpgA recipe for crazy times. 

It’s been a crazy time. It is a crazy time. I vacillate between calm trust, and pure anxiety. For someone already prone to anxiety this is quite the test of will.

I hope this finds whoever is reading it with loved ones, feeling safe, feeling hopeful.

I have asked my husband so many times over the years, but what it there is a pandemic..?

And now we are here.

And I am alone with the kids in North America and he is thousands of miles away in Kenya.


I’ve got this.

All these years of moving around the world, an upcoming move back to Kenya, the hardships and fear and unexpected, and more fear, and I’ve got this.

One step at a time. That’s all I have to do. That’s all any of us have to do.

I have always been a passionate (obsessed) believer in nutrition. Did you see this? How Vietnam has handled the virus?

“First, the doctors are required to treat the symptoms, like fever. Second, the patients are placed on a strict, nutritious diet.”

I have read of isolated patients in the States who are offered cheeseburgers and fries and I am shocked at the lack of understanding between what we feed our bodies and how our bodies function.

I wanted to share my favorite salad that has been keeping me going through the stress, keeping me healthy, and just plain yummy. Could not be easier to make…

  • One bunch kale
  • Any kind of nut ( I love Brazil in this)
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • Shallots
  • Lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Rinse and soak kale in salted cold water for about 10 minutes.
  2. While kale is soaking, heat olive oil in pan and sauté mushrooms, shallots and chopped up nuts.
  3. Rinse kale and chop as finely as you like.
  4. Cover with vinegar and lemon, salt and pepper.
  5. Add hot olive oil, mushroom, shallot, nut mixture.
  6. Toss so kale becomes wilted, maybe add a bit more olive oil.
  7. Try not to eat it all before you get to the table.

Stay safe. Wash those hands!