Daily Prompt: Who You Gonna Be…



With the New Year

I choose who I want to be

And I choose me.

For better or worse

‘Til death do me part.

To better myself,

To be like the greats,

Like John Lennon

Or Einstein

Or even the Saints.

I want to be brave,

I want to be strong,

And why can’t I be

If I keep moving on.

I want to be kind,

I want to be fair,

I want to work hard,

I want to show that I care.

To be with my family

And know they’re okay,

To play with my dog

Every darn day.

To travel the world,

Have adventures at sea,

To remember the love

Of all that is me.

And I’ll try new hobbies,

But wont’ forget the old.

And I’ll make new friends,

Whether shy or bold.

And this year will be wonderful!

Fantastic, and free!

Because I chose the best of all,

I chose to be me.


Time for a Beer Review!

We’ve just finished off a bottle of Hardywood – Reserve Series – Gingerbread Stout.


Appearance: Dark in color

Smell: Ginger, Molasses, Raisins, and Cloves

Taste: Ginger, Vanilla, and a Milk Chocolate finish

Mouth Feel: Velvety, Medium-body

Overall: 96 out of 100 (Beer advocate gave it 100 out of 100)

Alcohol By Vol: 9.2%

Delicious! Definitely would recommend! Perfect beverage for a cold winter night.

Everyone Loves Surprises! Especially in the Form of Many Bottles!


Andrew came home baring gifts tonight! An assortment of ciders, meads, and wines compliments of his boss, Brian.  On top of that, he bought me some ingredients to make a new beer to put on tap!


Right now we have a Nut Brown Ale… Next on tap – Belgian Saison and a West Coast Style IPA!

…Possible because Andrew brought yet ANOTHER keg today and now we have 3!

(My apologies for the bad picture, it was quickly taken with my phone in a whirlwind of excitement!)

Can you spot our photo bombing puppy…

Spring Teasers

It’s about 40 degrees today in MA, give or take depending on where you are, and although that may sound cold, it sure beats the teens or single digits!

I see the snow melting, almost gone, and I start thinking of how it looks and feels like February and Spring is around the corner! And then I remember….it’s only December.

Here I am teasing myself with pictures of old adventures had in the woods


Remembering life growing out of the dead trees in the Spring


Taking photographs by the water


Running across rocks on the beach




Childhood memories of climbing trees! I can do that again right??


And I throw my shorts on and slide open the balcony door with a burst of energy and a dash of motivation!…

…And the cold air rushes in, and as refreshing as that is, I realize it’s just too cold for this.  I wrap my blanket around me, sit on the couch, curl up with my dog, and go back to my blog….but that name haunts me still…it tells me don’t settle now…

“Curing” The Common Cold

I seemed to have come down with a slight cold, and seeing as everyone hates having the cold, this was a good motivator for making a blog post on “curing” the common cold, or in other words, getting rid of it as fast as you can!

Now, I personally don’t use any special remedies, and I thought I’d let you know this has always worked for me.  So instead of selling you an herbal remedy with promises of benefits that haven’t been proven, I thought I would give it to you straight.  I stick to the fluid rule.  Lots of fluids in, lots of fluids out, rid your body of toxins and help your body get rid of what it doesn’t want.

What do I drink?

I drink mainly tea, sometimes just water, every couple of hours for two days, and usually by the third day, my cold is gone.  Any type of tea works fine, I usually switch between different herbal teas, jasmine green teas, and oolong tea; chamomile and sleepy time tea if I want to sleep.

And if you really feel a need to go out to the store and buy healthy ingredients because you think tea just can’t do it…

There is no need to go out and buy tons of ingredients and herbs, you can add honey if you’d like because honey has some great health benefits.  Seeing as I could write a full blog post on honey and it’s benefits, I’ll save that for another time.

And what about if you don’t have the cold yet but you just KNOW it’s coming!

If you don’t yet have the cold, but you feel like you’re about to come down with one, you can also drink orange juice.  I swear by Tropicana orange juice! It may not be organic or fresh, and I’m sure if you’re willing to juice yourself, then fresh is 10x better, but if you don’t have the time, Tropicana work just fine.  I tend to buy 2 small single bottles of orange juice and drink both, one right after the other, when I feel a cold coming on.  Now, it could be because I wasn’t going to get the cold anyways and I was being over cautious, or it could really work because, Well, Hello! Packed with Vitamin C! Either way, I never have a cold when I wake up the next day.

…But I have acid reflux!

Of course if you have acid reflux or you’re sensitive to citrus, then maybe 2 bottles of orange juice may not be the right choice.  But I would recommend some form of Vitamin C in the form of fruits, vegetables, or juices.  And I would also recommend lots of fluids once again.  It’s amazing how much of a difference getting enough water makes in your day to day life.  That said, I’m almost always dehydrated because I always forget to drink enough, but when I do get enough water my skin feels better, my joints feel better, and I breathe better.

Stay healthy this winter! And don’t forget, drink lots of fluids!