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About Travel the world with Duey

I'm a 50+ lady traveling the world, teaching English, trying new foods, and experiencing everything this world can give me!

Daily Thought – September 11

This day will always be remembered as 9-11, to everyone around the world.

Nineteen years ago, we were all set back by the act of terror that had happened. Since then, I don’t really think we have learned much from this tragedy.

There are many people who live in fear every day, whether it is in the Middle East with the constant bombings that we hear about, to Americans who live in fear every day that they will be shot and killed by a fellow American (and yes Black Lives DO matter!), to the people of Chile who just had a devastating earthquake that have affected them.

I believe today should be set as a World Holiday – to not only remember the tragedy of 9-11 in America, but also to remember ALL of the tragedies that have besot this world, before that day and since that day. It’s a day that should be set aside for us to mourn together, to remember together and perhaps to get together and figure out a way to make mankind be kind to man.

I remember where I was this day – do you?

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Music soothes me…

I have two laptops – one is for work (blogging, Tupperware business) and keeping in touch with family and friends. The other one is for playing games on, watching movies and, when I think of it, listening to music.

I tend to forget that I can listen to music too. I like to relax at night and I know that music just makes me feel so relaxed and so good. I love singing along, even though I KNOW I can’t sing!

I love listening to almost any kind of music – soft rock, pop, country (which is my favourite), jazz, blues, 60s and 70s – I love a variety of music. Tonight I am listening to country music – it’s fun, it’s danceable (and yup I dance to it too! – curtains are closed though haha), and sometimes it just gets you. It just resonates with the feelings and moods you’re in that day.

So tonight, I’m relaxing to some Keith, Alan, Paul and many many others. What is your favourite way to relax? Do you listen to music? Do you go for a walk? There are so many ways we can relax. Pick your favourite, grab a drink of your choice, and enjoy your evening. Cheers!

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Daily Thought – September 9

Well today marks the first day at my new job as a cashier at a local grocery store. In the past, I’ve always been a bit nervous starting a new job – today I’m not. It’s just one step towards my next few goals I have – but I need money in order to attain those goals. So to work I go!

Dreaming big has always been part of me, and so far, I have made those dreams come true. So I know I will make the next ones come true too.

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Chocolate Bites

Some people also call these macaroons- whatever you call it they are quick and easy and don’t require turning the oven on!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups granulated sugar
6 tbsp. cocoa
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup coconut

Combine butter, milk, vanilla, sugar and cocoa in large saucepan. Heat to boiling. Add oats and coconut. Drop by teaspoon on to parchment paper (or waxed paper) and allow to cool. Store in refrigerator in hot climates.

Finding joy and love in our life

I went on a morning walk on this beautiful Sunday and I decided to walk through the park which is basically my backyard. I did a couple of laps and then went up the hill to the most spectacular cemetery.

I like wandering through cemeteries and reading the headstones – some are very interesting.

But today, as I wandered peacefully through the tombstones, a wondrous feeling came over me. A feeling of contentment, a feeling of joy. It seems strange to write that I had a feeling of joy while looking at tombstones but I did.

I am not the most religious person in the world, but I do believe there are spirits all around us. And today, those spirits were with me, leading me through the cemetery, showing me that life is so short and that while death may bring sadness to their families and friends, that these people found some joy in their lives while they were on this earth. Rather than feeling sad, I felt happiness that these people had so many that loved them, that they wanted to share with all their lives by putting up the tombstones, and showing their love.

I believe that we should all celebrate the time we have here, to see the joy in the world, to listen – really listen – to everyone, to love with all our hearts and to just find contentment in this world. We are not here long, so we should take the time to truly enjoy this life, this world, and listen, and embrace the world. Time is all we have, so let’s make the most of every minute.

Daily Thought – September 5

Who likes Rice Krispie Squares? And chocolate? Well this recipe is for you!

Rice Krispie Roll Ups

1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows (10.5 ounce bag)
5 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter

Melt butter in saucepan. Add marshmallows. Over low heat, melt the marshmallows. Add Rice Krispies and mix well. Spread evenly into a greased cookie sheet.

In a microwaveable bowl, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave for one minute, remove and stir. If chips are not melted, return for another 30 seconds. Stir until melted. Spread over the Rice Krispies.

Let set in a cool place just until the chocolate sets (if the chocolate hardens, it will be not be easy to roll!)

Loosen all around the edges with a knife or metal spatula. Starting on the long side, start to roll. If desired, decorate with sprinkles.

Tip: Roll up in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. Take out and slice. It’s much easier to slice when it’s been chilled.

Slice and enjoy!

An evening walk

I have recently moved to a new area and decided to take a walk to discover the area. Well it turns out I have been missing out all week on an absolutely GORGEOUS view of the valley! Enjoy!

The very steep stairs down to the park – and then you have to walk down a hill from there!
The steep road going down to where I will be working – good leg muscles are coming!
The beautiful cemetery at the end of the road.
I can’t wait for the autumn colours to come out!