In February we decided to suspend our Directv service. I really thought my husband would have withdrawals and demand it be activated again after a few weeks. Fast forward seven months later...he was in total agreement when I suggested cancelling our account for good! Once he learned that the football games could be viewed online that sealed the deal. :)
You never realize just how much the television is on until it isn't an option anymore. The graph below is quite shocking. American's are viewing an average of 7 hours per day! I don't know about you but I can get a lot accomplished in seven hours.
Directv sent us a postage paid box to send our receivers and remote controls back to them. The box was delivered to the post office yesterday and I have to say I am beyond happy to be TV free.
These past seven months it has been nice to be able to choose when we watch a movie on Netflix or just not have a screen on at all. When the television was so available it was just too easy to have it on for background noise then get pulled into watching something that was really not important or enjoyable.
When our children were young we always participated in TV Turn Off Week. It was endorsed by the school system and the teacher's would give a coupon for a free pizza if the TV stayed off.
It was always interesting to see them really struggle with not having their favorite shows at the beginning of the week and by the end of the week be reading, playing games and getting creative without the "square" as I always called it.
So, if we had been watching even 3 hours a day we just gained 21 hours a week to do other things. That is 1092 extra hours a year to make a difference, learn a new skill, walk on the beach, hug a grandbaby, etc.
What could you do with an extra 1000 hours a year?
My husband built two of these to try to tame the grapes that have been out of control for years. We cleared out old lilac bushes and I think we are going to be able to harvest a ton of grapes now!
Grape leaves are also a great food source. Just one cup of grape leaves (14 grams) has 77% of your daily value of Vitamin A.
Here is a great recipe using grape leaves in a smoothie:
8 large grape leaves
2 frozen bananas
1 cup mango
1 cup pineapple
enough water to blend
It has been a busy six months or so around here. My son married his best friend Emily this past Saturday. We had the wedding right here at home and it was perfect. The weather was wonderful too!
That's me in the red dress. I think this may be the first and only picture of myself I have ever included on the blog. Maybe it's time to make the posts a little more personal and friendly.
My husband has been adding more raw food into his diet. He had a craving for onion rings so I gave these a try. I'm not an onion ring fan but he was quite happy with this raw version of one of his junk food favorites.
In first bowl add:
4 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons water 1 Teaspoon sea salt
In second bowl add:
1/2 cup ground almond meal 1/2 cup ground golden flax seeds 1 Teaspoon smoked paprika
Cut onions into slices, dip in first bowl, then second bowl. Place on mesh dehydrator sheets. Set temperature at 105 degrees and let them go for 14 or so hours.
This is a great mixture for kale chips, so delicious and easy.
One bunch of Kale 2 cloves garlic 1 cup cashews (soaked for a couple of hours) 1 large red bell pepper A few squirts of Bragg's Liquid Aminos 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
Blend cashews, red pepper and garlic in food processor.
Put cashew mixture in a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Wash kale and spin extra water out with a salad spinner. Coat the kale with the mixture evenly. Don't be afraid to use your hands and really get the leaves evenly covered with the mixture.
Spread kale out evenly on dehydrator screens and dry for 12 hours. That's it!
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Ingredients: Kale, spinach, chard or your green of choice Bananas Frozen or fresh pineapple Frozen or fresh mango chunks An orange (I only had a couple of clementine on hand today) Enough water to blend (about a cup)
I don't use any additional sweeteners because the pineapple makes this recipe so sweet. If you prefer a thicker smoothie you can freeze the bananas ahead of time.
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha
Post written by Leo Babauta one of my FAVORITE bloggers. Link to his site on my Blogroll to the right.
We’re several days into the New Year, and many of us are still basking in the glow of a fresh start.
Every year, January brings renewed optimism for change, for a better life, for a better you. And that’s a wonderful thing.
It’s wonderful, because this fresh start gives us a chance to reinvent our lives and ourselves. It allows us to reinvigorate ourselves, to shed the baggage of the previous year and do anything. Anything is possible!
That is a gift, my friends, and I suggest we make the most of this gift. Not just by creating and sticking to resolutions (here’s my guide for doing that), but by reinventing the way we live.
1. Let go. Many times we are held back by the tangled web of previous failures, commitments, emotions, barriers. We cannot change careers because we’re used to what we’re doing and it’s too hard to change. We cannot find time to get healthy and fit because we have all these other things to do. We cannot find time for our loved ones because we have too many commitments.
This is all old baggage. A fresh start demands a clean slate. Let everything from the past go (easier said than done, I know). Clear your plate and your palate.
Let go of attachments to what you’ve been doing for the past year, or years. Let go of failures. Let go of fears you’ve built up. Let go of reluctance. Let go of your ideas about what your life has to be like, because that’s the way it’s evolved so far. Let go of long-held beliefs and habits.
You have a fresh start. Let go of last year, and start anew.
2. Decide what matters most today. Forget about your goals for all of this year. Instead, decide: what do you want to do today?
What matters most to you, to your life? What are you most passionate about, right now? What excites and invigorates you? What would give you the most fulfillment?
Often the answer is in creating something, making something new, helping other people, becoming a better person, working on a project that will be an accomplishment to be proud of. But whatever your answer, have it clear in your mind at the beginning of the day.
This might be something you work on all year, or it might just last a month, or it might last a week or a few days, or just today. It doesn’t matter. What matters is today — that you’re going to work on this with all your heart, today. Tomorrow … we’ll decide on that tomorrow.
3. Clear away distractions and focus. Clear away email and Facebook and Twitter and your favorite blogs and news websites and social forums, clear away the iPhone or Blackberry or Android or cell phone, clear away all the little nagging work and chores and errands that pull at your attention, clear away the clutter that surrounds you (sweep it off to the side to deal with later).
In fact, if you can, shut off the Internet for awhile. You can come back to it when you take a break.
Now, find focus. Even if only for 15 or 20 minutes at first, but preferably for 30-60 minutes. You can take a break and check your email or whatever after you’ve focused. Focus on the thing that matters most. Do it for as long as you can, until you’re done if possible. Feel free to take breaks, but always return to your focus.
When you’re done, focus on the next thing that matters most, and so on.
4. Find happiness now. Don’t look at happiness as something that will come when you’re done with this goal, or when you’ve attained a certain accomplishment or certain amount of wealth or material goods. Don’t look at happiness as a destination, something that you’ll get later.
Happiness is possible right now. Always remember that. When you push it back until later, it’ll never come. When you learn to be happy now, it’ll always be here.
When you’re doing whatever you’re passionate about, whatever matters most, whatever you decide is worthy of your time and heart and focus … be happy! You’re doing what you love. And that is truly a gift.
5. Reinvent yourself, every day. Every day, you are reborn. Reinvent yourself and your life, every day. Do what matters most to you, that day.
It might be the same thing that mattered most yesterday, or it might not be. That isn’t important. What’s important is today — right now. Be passionate, be happy, right now.
You’ll have a fresh start every single day — not just on January 1. And that, my friends, is the best thing ever.