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Lego reality

 

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Meet the Lego Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts Mini figures, this set can be purchased retail.  In it you get the complete set of 22 Factory sealed character pieces.  If you decide not to invest in the whole set, and try your luck at  purchasing individually, then you have to take your chances and purchase a single pack, for 3.99 and hope you get the hero that you want.  Otherwise you keep trying.  I believe that the set in Canadian dollars is about 180$ give or take.

The figures are rather cute, the collector that I am thought,  I want one.  I liked the figure third from the left, front row.  My first bag, I got Harry himself along with his owl, my second try I got #11 (yes they are numbered,) the character with the red hair and green  uniform holding a tea cup. 2nd row, to the right of the other figure I would like, the one with the pointed ears.

My next bag I tore open to find that I got #6, he is standing behind the one I want, in the back row with the green plant.  So far three tries, and each one is  3.99 with tax.  Do you see where I am going with this. By the time I am done, trying to get the two or three that I want, I will likely end up paying for the cost of the full set.  but then what do I do with the other figures?

They are darn cute,  I see the attraction, my reality is, with arthritic  fingers, and often diabetic numbness that visits these same fingers…. I ask myself if this is a collection that I really really want to start  playing with.  Of course the one option is that I find others who would want to trade.  LOL.. somehow I think that the age group I usually “play” with, won’t have any interest in mini Lego figures.

Oh!!! I was smitten by the dragon and figures in Lego #75951 (Fantastic Beasts)  why?  One figure looks like a Chinese magistrate, and the other is a an older character who looks dignified with his white hair.  Grindelwald’s Escape, it is 132 pieces, suggested for ages 7-14.  Take the hyphen away and turn the numbers around, maybe……  the characters are Gellert Grindelwald, and the other is Seraphina Picquery  I did get it, how long will it take for me to put 132 small pieces together.  It is anyone’s guess.  =^_^= will I try?
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Some people never grow up, I could be one of them.  However, where my mind might be willing to explore  the opportunities, The body will often give me hints on the realities of actually following through.

Day 2 of the PL Calendar  Be Forever Young and seek new challenges

The world is constantly in motion and never rests.  Keep your senses sharp and be ready to adapt to the ever changing world.

PL Precept #2  To live is to express One’s self

Oyashikiri

 

To my many Lego adult friends who are Lego buffs, ever think you would see the day???

 

 

left overs

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noodles and rice

I know 8-(

very small portions

with the miso soup

it was very nice

small pieces of fish

a piece of lobster

and some greens

I’m giving it my best

my willpower is being tested

I shall persevere

PL Precept #20  Live maintaining equilibrium

between mind and matter..

Oyashikiri

Last meal in Japan

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Knowing it would be a while before I would once more be in Japan, I surveyed the available restaurants well before I decided on where I would eat.  No fast take away, or the airport versions of western food, believe me the dishes all looked good, I was hungry.

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I had plenty of time, I decided on a venue that had a more traditional feel (for me).  I saw it as my last meal … and made the most of it.

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I obviously have a lot to tell you about, once I’m over this jet lag, I’ll talk more of the benefits of eating healthy, the talk I had with the doctor in Japan, (re. being diabetic)  The Japanese cultural history is world known for promoting good health and longevity. (Food)

Being without internet, social media, television, etc. for an extended period is very self revealing.

PL # 15  All is a Mirror

Oyashikiri

Taste, delight & savour

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Sauted black fungus and mixed vegetables…The veggies are done just right, with a  crispness to them, and the sauce is light not drowning in starch and sugars. Looks good, and it is.

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There is a whole array of salads too, some very nice ones, but I skip those,  in the background you see, just beyond the  customer is a whole delight of cooked dishes.  There is a plate of scallops that my friends delight in, they are plump lightly breaded with not a hint of “fried”  Next to that dish, you will find the  different noodle dishes and I believe that is where the fried rice is for the North American taste buds.  BUT to the right of that customer, is also two dishes that I find hard to resist, One is green beans stir fried and tossed with a few sesame seeds, I pile as much of that as I can over my other goodies.  In front of that dish is a mixed veggie dish that I supplement my other choices with.

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From this side of my plate, you can see the green beans, and the crisp broccoli, on the top to the left is salt and pepper fish, the dumpling on the right there is a pot sticker, and under the broccoli is a small piece  salt and pepper pork .. the stick you see, holds a wonderfully roasted piece of chicken, moist and succulent.

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This side of my plate shows you the  larger helping of black fungus and veggies.   Buried under all of that is freshly steamed Basa fish, a nice big slab of it. Note, no rice, no noodles. You can’t see it, but I likely have a couple of sushi there too.  They have a good sushi cook and serve some traditional sushi, not North American …

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All this side of that round server going around to the right there, where the customers are, is DESSERT.   The counter on the right is where the steamed or baked fish dishes are. You can not see that portion because of the back of the bench.  Sorry.. behind the bench is another serving area, of ice creams. Off to the left or other dishes, and the server behind the benches on the left, holds the soups, and more steamed dumplings and Chinese steamed spare ribs in a garlic and black bean sauce.

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You are witness …. I did have dessert.  that cake  or whatever it is on the left is to die for.. it melts in your mouth, it is like a whipped cream, only the colour of pistachio.. the square on the right is mouth drooling tasty, it looks innocent, but oh wow it is good, and so is that silly looking cup of  what you think is a little bit of pudding,  I’m not usually a dessert person, so I cannot tell you what they are, just that I will go back for more.  The little macaroon didn’t stand a chance next to the other goodies, it was good, but… hands down on the green whatever it was.( looked like a cake)

All this to say….. seize the moment………live each day making choices that you will enjoy….. choose wisely, but get out there,  try new challenges..  

In Pl, we have a Principle, PL Principle #13  – Concerning food, I will not have complaints, likes and dislikes, nor preferences; nor will I overeat, over drink,nor eat irregularly

Not easy peasy all the time to follow… in this case… I did my best to choose wisely, I didn’t waste, I ate what I picked, taking only a bit of this and that, meant that should something not please my palate, I could still eat it.. and I do try different dishes.  Some I do not have because I won’t like them, but because I know they will affect my sugar levels.  Eating moderately means that I can enjoy these buffets, and not suffer later.

Delight in what you eat.

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

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Insulin

I don’t know what struck a chord of anxiety more when the doctor first told me I had to face the fact that I was diabetic or when he suggested that insulin might be the best route for me to take.  My life had been spent thinking I lived a very healthy lifestyle.  No coffee, tea, pop, alcohol, I don’t smoke, have good lifestyle habits, bed  before midnight when I can, up early, exercise on a daily basis yada yada yada.  Still some years back the doctor sat me down and pulled out the results of my latest blood tests and a comparison chart and began showing me why I was well on my way to being diabetic.  Let me tell you the logical, intelligent me, suddenly became a very cautious, stubborn, and uncooperative patient.  I did not do what I tell my own client/patients to do.  I resisted and gave the doctor no amount of (now I realize) non productive reasons why I wanted to continue doing it my way.  My way being no drugs, just making changes to diet and whatever else I could do with my lifestyle.

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I’ll tell you now, it didn’t work.  A year later the doctor was again showing me numbers and comparing where my numbers should be and where they are,  One can only be obstinate for so long.  Once the D word had been given to me, I had to do a lot of soul searching, on how come I was having to deal with being Diabetic, like it was some awful curse, I had to bear.  I did talk to the minister and I prayed, I didn’t want it. Eventually I came to realize that my body needed help, and my mulish behaviour was counter productive.

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Diabetes is a silent killer.  Often the only way you know you are headed down the slippery slope is from your doctors diligence in yearly check up tests, and the comparison of results with the overall history of your  visits and what YOU tell him are your concerns.  It took the doctor several years to get me on the medications I needed to be on.  Once you are a diabetic you are (your health) is measured by a whole new set of numbers.
I won’t bore you with the ups and downs I had to live through before I  accepted that I was a type 2 Diabetic, and that medical assistance was needed if I was to continue living the lifestyle I wanted to,  Even when I could finally say I am  Diabetic, it took me some time to really really accept it as fact.  Skip forward now to a couple of years later.

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In praying to be a better person, to try harder to listen to the inner voice within me, I genuinely began seeking to improve myself, my momentum towards being more at ease with being Diabetic grew more positive and more balanced in my daily life.  So this past month when the doctor again used the I word (Insulin) I was open to the idea.  I was ready to open the door and walk out into the freedom of living with Diabetes and have it part of my life, not a burden I had to carry.  Is this a work in progress, I don’t really know, I can only take life a step at a time.  AND please don’t show this blog to Dr. Dy, he  will only comment that the pictures flatter me.  He has been a “saint” thought this journey with me.

Rev. Tiago spoke of  appreciation yesterday…. I really have true appreciation for my GP.

Always pray to become a better person.     Oyashikiri

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Spotless Mind Cafe

Spotless Mind Cafe

I’ve been struggling with my blood sugars. Headaches, fatigue and unease have been daily companions. Rev. Eugene was coming over today to pray with me and help give the meeting area a spiritual lift. Tomorrow I will host a prayer circle. Needless to say, I was dragging and not the liveliest of “hosts” prior to his arrival.
Some company and prayer soon put that right. I can’t say enough how much prayer can uplift and ease a tired “mind”.
PL minsters are always there for us. It is easy to forget just how powerful a consultation/meeting can be, certainly the “Universe” provided for me today.

A gift started my day ( of a call from Spain, =^_^=)  is it no wonder that when I took a tour into SL, I found myself at a place called Spotless Mind Cafe. Your calls, comments and e-mails have been so appreciated. I feel so very  blessed.

You can find the cafe at  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pure%20Dreams/151/119/21

Tomorrow is another day.  Thanks again for being there for me today.  I love you all… Today, tomorrow and always

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Diabetic in denial

Diabetic in denial

I am a diabetic, I have known now for maybe 8 – 10 years. Yet not until today, did I get good instruction and educational information on what being diabetic means.
Knowing something, and acceptance are two different things.

I met with a certified diabetes educator and the pharmacist where I get my prescriptions filled. Both took the time, to go over with me what diabetes can do to a body over time, and what the medications are that help control symptoms and hopefully work so that the “patient” can live a balanced and healthy life.

I had asked for a consultation with the minister at church, and at that time I asked for a Mioshie.( Available to members this is a special request that is sent to Japan, where it is then prayed and focused on by special trained ministers. When the response comes back, it is given to you via the minister at the church, left with you to meditate and pray on the suggested lessons. Then there is further consultation with the minister to help you work through what will help ou to improve you situation.)  For more exact definition of what Mioshie is, we can have Rev. Eugene  explain it further?

My head is reeling with all the information that came at me today, one of the visual demonstrations of what is happening to my blood when my sugar levels are high, left no doubt in my mind that I would have to go back on the medication(s).  I have to go back to zero, and start with a lower dose of the one drug.  The others I will hold off on, till I see how this one drug does.  I don’t want the headaches back.  I took 1/2 a tablet at 4:30 pm and now at 6:50 pm, I’ve got a whopper of a headache.  So, down go 2 Tylenol, the stress of thinking of the start of another drug infestation is sending me running  for cover.  sigh.

Time to retreat – lay back – and allow my inner self to assimilate  the information I learned today.  I will try to “let go” and allow the voice of “divine wisdom” to filter through my human reaction to all of this.  Let go, Let GOD

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