It’s the beginning of a new month – September is here. And fall is right around the corner. The weather here is cooling off and we have been getting some much needed rain. It feels lovely and fresh here with the cooler weather – I like this weather much better than the heat of summer!
I look forward to the new things coming up for me in September – back to work and time to meet more people. My plans are to head into Vancouver for a day to myself soon – I’ve been out here now almost 3 months and haven’t ventured very far. It’s time to see Vancouver!
What are you looking forward to for the new season coming up? Wearing sweaters again? Looking forward to football season? Whatever it is – embrace the new season and enjoy!
Yesterday, I was out for a walk on my own – a rare occurrence these days! – and I decided to treat myself to a coffee. As I sat in the coffee shop, enjoying my drink, I noticed groups of people around having lovely chats with each other, and it hit me that I felt lonely. I don’t feel lonely often but yesterday was a difficult day for that. I am missing adult conversations with people other than my children. I don’t necessarily want someone around every day to talk to – that would drive me crazy – but every now and then it would be nice to have someone to chat with over a coffee.
Do you ever fight with loneliness? How do you cope? I ended up coming home, and being quiet all afternoon and then decided to journal. Journaling definitely helped – I should remember to do that more often.
Most of us feel lonely every now and then and it’s okay to feel lonely. Most of the time it’s a fleeting emotion and then we feel better. I feel much better today, despite the lack of sleep I had from a very cranky baby!!
Stress – when I’m stressed out I head to the kitchen. And I eat and eat and eat. Whatever I can find, I eat. I hate that I do this but it’s what I’ve done all my life. Stress eating has been part of my life since I was a teenager. The battle of the bulge has been a constant for me, and it’s the one battle I’d like to win!
We all have stress in our lives – sometimes it takes over our minds and causes us to do unhealthy things – like eat, drink or smoke too much. I am trying to take one day at a time, meditate and do deep breathing to calm myself. It doesn’t always work but most of the times it does.
Today is one of those days – I have looked at everything I need to and have adjusted my budget and calmed my nerves somewhat – however, the fridge won so far today! After nap time for baby, we will head out for a walk so I can work off this stress!
It’s a cool rainy day today so I’ve been perusing my cookbooks in anticipation of baking more, and I came across one of my favourite recipes.
3 ripe bananas, mashed 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups flour 1/3 cup melted butter 1 cup chocolate chips
In a bowl, mix together baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour (I use a whisk to make sure everything gets incorporated together). In a separate bowl, add sugar and beaten eggs to mashed bananas. Mix well. Add butter and mix. Stir in dry ingredients and add chocolate chips.
Spoon into muffin pan that has been greased and floured, or use muffin cups. My preference is to grease and flour but either way works.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Enjoy! This recipe makes 12 large muffins.