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Re-posted From Because I Can: The Female Gaze

The Female Gaze

Originally posted on Because I Can. http://becauseicanblog.com/2015/02/23/the-female-gaze/

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the female gaze and why it is so unarticulated in our society. I’ve been thinking about how our lives, as women, are so dominated…
From Sarah: I really enjoyed this post.

Because I Can

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the female gaze and why it is so unarticulated in our society. I’ve been thinking about how our lives, as women, are so dominated by the male gaze that it is almost beyond articulation. It is so pervasive that we almost forget that we have the ability to gaze right back.

It is starting to edge its way into our consciousness, as the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is framed with a woman’s gaze in mind. Allegedly, it is made for her viewing pleasure, and the conversation is extending into female-friendly porn, in which the focus of attention is not only on the pleasure the woman is receiving, but on the beauty of the man who is delivering it.

But from the onset of puberty – and let’s face it, some time before that, if we’re honest – women are raised to be…

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Reposted From With The Grains : A Plentiful Pot of Roasted Tomato & Root Vegetable Soup ( This is a Redo from March).

From Sarah: I love all different kinds of soups… There is just something comforting about homemade soup. http://withthegrains.com/2015/03/11/a-plentiful-pot-of-roasted-tomato-root-vegetable-soup/
Originally posted here on March 23, 2015. I have learned a lot since then.
With The Grains

A Plentiful Pot of Roasted Tomato & Root Vegetable Soup

Red Pepper Soup by With The Grains

With The Grains

March 2015

A plentiful pot of soup is like a return to your childhood home after many months or years away. Every ingredient, like every quilt, stuffed animal or lingering teen heart-throb poster, tells a story and stirs nostalgia. This soup stirred a few tales.

Red Pepper Soup by With The Grains

First, there were friends gathered around our dining room table. The Urban Farmer and I shared our roasted chicken, vegetables, and hearty bread. They shared their heartwarming tales of transforming travels in Peru. That chicken became stock, and that stock became a base for this soup.

There was a long photoshoot. It began with meticulously styled, petite portions of chopped vegetables. It ended with a back seat and a trunk FULL of produce. Those excesses became a warm oven of slow roasting tomatoes, a house that smelled of Italy, and finally, a robust red sauce. That red sauce stirred the cravings for comforting tomato soup.

There was a Valentine’s Day break from reclusive hibernation and a bundled excursion to the butcher shop. The…

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Posted in A Delightsome Life, A Return To Loveliness, Bernideen's Tea Party, Blog Hoping, Blog Link Ups, Blog Parties, Blog Roll, Blogs I have Just Discovered, Blogs I love, Re-blogged, Sarah's Attic Of Treasures, Tash Tudor

Reposting :A Delightsome Life Shared: A Return to Loveliness

A Return to Loveliness.
From Sarah:
This was an awesome post. Sharing link’s from last weeks blog party.
What got my attention was the following photo:
BernideenI knew that face. Tasha Tudor.
What a wonderful lady. What a wonderful legacy she has given us.

Bernidean at Bernideen’s Tea Time Party posted about her. SO I had to check it out.
In doing so I found another blog to read. http://blog.bernideens.com/2015/05/remembering-tasha-tudors-garden-for.html

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Reposting From two peas and their pod: Greek Tortellini Salad | Tortellini Salad Recipe | Two Peas & Their Pod

Greek Tortellini Salad | Tortellini Salad Recipe | Two Peas & Their Pod.
From Sarah:
I can tell it is the end of the month because I am craving SALADS. Fresh salads. Tomatoes. Greens.
This Greek Tortellini Salad looks awesome.
Is it payday yet?

Posted in About Me, Autoimmune Disease, Blogs I love, Debbie Reynolds, Eating Right, Living The Southern Life, Lupus and Fibro, Oh So Shabby By Debbie, Re-blogged, Re-posted, Southern Food

Posted From Debbie Reynolds :Oh So Shabby By Debbie- Living With Autoimmune Disease and Eating Right.

Living with Autoimmune Disease and eating right-

Living with Autoimmune Disease and eating right-

It’s been a couple of years now after being diagnosed with another Autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s the autoimmune disease not may Dr.’s or us understand well.

  For me it has taken my down a time or two. Eat the wrong thing, or have too much stress ( stress in our life each day can be too much) when you have Hashimoto’s. For some and I am one of them, it can be a mind changing illness and daily…

Posted in BBQ, Blogs I have Just Discovered, Food, Patrons Of The Pit, Re-blogged, Re-posted, Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

The Long Smoke: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I really Like this blog. New to me but not to a number of other people.

Patrons of the Pit

I shuffled through the darkened house, groggy-faced, with hair tossed like a bad salad. I merged barefoot into the cold boots which were docked by the back IMG_09001patio door, and dawned my old, woolen smoking jacket there, turned up the collar, and stepped outside. It was 5:30 in the blessed morning, a toe nail moon shimmered through cracks in a cloudy veil, and the cold December breeze rustled the cotton fibers of my pajama pants. The world was still, almost abandoned it seemed, in perfect hibernation, whilst pale-blue moonbeams fell silent on crusty snow, and frozen ponds. A lovely time of day, peaceful like early mornings are, and unto which I thus and heartily pandiculated on my patio. Yes, that’s a word. Means to yawn and stretch at the same time. Something, off-hand, it turns out I am very good at come 5:30 in the morning. After that, and…

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Posted in Blogs I have Just Discovered, Blogs I love, Bobby, Celebrations, Danny, Good Times, Grief, Grief and Grieving, Grieving, Joys and Sorrows, Just Me and My Thoughts, Mother's Day, My Ramblings: About Me, Re-blogged, Re-posted

Happy Mother’s Day to all of us….the good and the bad :Re-posting From Lily Pup’s Life

Happy Mother’s Day to all of us….the good and the bad.

If your mother has passed, I am sorry. It must be a tough day.

If you are estranged from your mother, I’m sorry. It must be a tough day.

If your mother was abusive, I’m really sorry. It’s a tough day.

If you had the kind of mother that loved you and was there for you, I am happy for you.

If you are a mother and your kids will recognize the day in some way, good for you.

If you have lost a child, you have my sympathy and prayers.

If you have children that could seem to care less, I’m sorry.

I just couldn’t let Mother’s Day go by. Without raining on the parade, I think it is important to remember that it is a not a good day for everyone. Do you know someone who could use a hug or a prayer today?

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From Sarah:
My Comment Oh Her post.

Lily, I should have read this YESTERDAY. Or whenever it first came to my attention. But I wasn’t feeling positive about the day. I was in a dark place. The almost uncontrollable teary/moody/bitchy/emotional/Menopausal/Hormone and Grieving rollercoaster I get from time to time. Where I want to yell or scream at Danny (because he’s here and doesn’t say the words I need to hear…Happy Mother’s Day.} Danny is just Danny. If I were to ask him …he would have said them…This Year I decided not to BEG…SO I never heard the words.
Our phone lines were down…Thanks Verizon…..
So I couldn’t call My Dad. (Mom died less than a year ago). I couldn’t call my sister, my niece…No one.
I didn’t want a stranger to say the words although I almost wish someone had.
I can’t call Bobby. He’s in Heaven.
I had an awesome /magical childhood.
Mother’s Day along with Father’s Day were CELEBRATIONS. All Holidays were.
I kept the traditions up when I left home.
Bobby was awesome.
My mom always sent me a Mother’s Day card. Even after Bobby died. She understood. This year…..No Mother’s Card.
It was the knowing for weeks that I wouldn’t get THAT CARD that hurt. I wouldn’t be able to call her. I wouldn’t be able to hear her voice.
Yet, today : I remember HER. I see her smile.
I remember Bobby.
I rambled here…Again. Sorry.
Lily,

Thank you for this post. I am sorry you had a rotten childhood….I am so very glad your children have you as their mom. Happy Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you.
Love Sarah

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Our Neck Of The Woods

Rolling Meadows Ranch Our Sunset Spot- Our Yard
Rolling Meadows Ranch Our Sunset Spot- Our Yard
Sand Hill Cranes
Sand Hill Cranes

This is from my Our Neck Of The Woods Facebook Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/sarahsneckofthewoods. Our Life. Lake Kissimmee State Park, Rolling Meadows Ranch and Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park, Lake Wales, Florida. Where we work, live, play, cry and most of all Love each other.. Come and sit a spell. Danny and I share so much laughter and tears here, working and living here as we do. I needed a place to start downloading pictures I have taken over the years here. I need to write about them. I spend so much time wishing I was still living in Colorado that I forget what I have here. We really have a great life. I’m praying that once we finally get into the Cracker House things will get better-UPDATE- We are in the remodeled State Cracker House and it is better, although there are times I miss the RV. We lived it in for 5 years. It was home. It IS OURS…..I am also posting about Country Life in General and Florida in particular. Danny is a park ranger at Lake Kissimmee State Park. I volunteer there. I am a former teacher who misses being around kids.… I am mom who lost her only son, Bobby 9 years ago. I am a wife. I need to find me again. “Our Neck of the Woods” refers mostly to Rolling Meadows Ranch, were we live. It joins Lake Kissimmee State Park, on one side and Allen David Broussard’s Catfish Creek Preserve State Park on the other. We work mostly at LK and RM.
From Sarah Now. : Our Neck Of The Woods, Is all about  Our Life in the last 10 plus years. All about Our area and it’s history. About Life in Florida. It is about Danny and Sarah. Life at or around the park.

via Our Neck Of The Woods.

Rolling Meadows Ranch -Where we live, work, play, love
Rolling Meadows Ranch -Where we live, work, play, love
Deer by the French Doors.
Deer by the French Doors.
Just a small part off the back and side of the yard. and the Cracker House
Just a small part off the back and side of the yard. and the Cracker House
Danny Fixes One Of The Electric Gates
Danny Fixes One Of The Electric Gates
Me Working at Rolling Meadows Ranch
Me Working at Rolling Meadows Ranch
Danny and I were on the swamp buggy at Rolling Meadows. Oh the fun we would have.
Danny and I were on the swamp buggy at Rolling Meadows. Oh the fun we would have.

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Danny and I at Liar’s Lair Saloon : Park Of Camp River Resort and next to Rolling Meadows Ranch and Across From Lake Kissimmee State Park. . We were celebrating a house event. Or Park Event . Not sure.
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Our Neck Of The Woods

Our Neck Of The Woods.

Posted in Blogs I love, Elizabeth Peterson, Love, My Ramblings: About Me, Our Life, Re-blogged

Re-posting from Elizabeth Peterson : This Journey I’m On. Love. Never. Fails.

Love. Never. Fails..
From Sarah: I want to respond to this post, yet, tonight isn’t really a good time to. Brain is somewhat foggy.
This is a good post about marriage. The day in and day out aspects of living with someone. About still having butterflies.
Yes, I still get Butterflies looking at Danny or sometimes just thinking about him..
I also love Elizabeth’s Title : This Journey I’m On.
Our lives. Our Marriages are Journey’s.
More to come. Sarah

Posted in Blogs I love, Grief and Grieving, Memories, Re-blogged

Re-posting : remembering an old friend by Miriam @Writing For Myself

Miriam’s post hit me hard. I think we have all had a situation like this. Grieving a lost friend whom we haven’t even thought of in years.

Writing for Myself

So out of the blue tonight I looked up an old friend on Facebook. I don’t know why. It’s not something I normally do. I’ve lost touch with nearly everyone from my childhood and young adult years, and I only have two Facebook friends that I knew when I was a kid. They both friended me, and I accepted. It’s fine, being updated on their lives, but I have no burning desire to track down everyone I’ve ever known and see what they’re like now. I barely have the energy for current relationships beyond my immediate family- why would I want to connect with people I haven’t seen in years and years?

But I guess I was just curious, even though I wouldn’t have sent a friend request I wanted to know that she was “out there”. And then I ended up finding out that she died of breast cancer…

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Posted in Blogging, Blogs I love, Re-blogged, Writings

Re-posting:Dip Happens—What Do We DO When Nothing Seems To Change? by Kristen Lamb

Dip Happens—What Do We DO When Nothing Seems To Change?.
This post was mentioned in the post before this one so I thought I would include it here as well.
I need to re- read this one a few more times.
This slump I am in as gone on way too long.

Posted in Blogs I love, Just Me and My Thoughts, Memories, My Ramblings: About Me, Re-blogged, Writings

Re-posting :Persistence Prevails When All Else Fails—Being an Outlasterby Kristen Lamb

Persistence Prevails When All Else Fails—Being an Outlhttp://webmaila.juno.com/webmail/new/5?session_redirect=true&userinfo=fb736b89c5cd271b70343517b203a075&count=1430608363&type=no%2Dmagic&session_redirect=true&userinfo=fb736b89c5cd271b70343517b203a075&count=1422913690&cf=SP2&randid=1013773394aster.
From Sarah: Kristen’s Blog is a new one for me. I have only been following it and her for a few weeks now.
I have struggled for years writing because I can’t write the way I use to…The way I want to. It’s all garbled sometimes. Words use to flow so easily from my brain to my pen.

Now, I have bits and pieces …nothing really fitting …Kind of the way I feel about my self any more.
I love the Word: Outlaster. I want to be an OUTLASTER. Not just here blogging away but in my life.
I got off the subject: This Post of Kristen’s. Read it. Please. Let’s all be Outlaster’s in the blogging world and in our won world at home.
Hugs Sarah

 

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Reblogged From Elizabeth Peterson: No Regrets

https://thefuzzyoctopus.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/no-regrets/
From Sarah: Elizabeth’s  timing on this post is perfect.
Menopause has not been good to me.
I was sitting at my desk here, waiting for Danny to come out of his Computer Room where he’s been tied up since we got home from Walmart. I’ve had a sinus headache all day. So my mood hasn’t been all that good. I’d tried laying down but couldn’t fall asleep. I just KNEW Danny was going to come out and say: “Are you ready for a glass of wine?” It’s been our habit to have a glass or so of wine every night. We both look forward to that. I usually have a few snacks ready as well.
This was my first read of the day.
I’d been thinking of ALL the words I wanted to say to him. The ones I really shouldn’t say. The angry, bitter or whining words.
Danny hasn’t done anything wrong. I could always go in and just ask “How much longer”.
Yet, I sit and ponder ALL those WORDS.
So Elizabeth: Thank you.

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Getting Framed. Re-blogging this from Elizabeth Peterson

I love Getting Framed..
From Sarah: This is a must read for those of you who truly miss your hubbies when they are traveling . I really enjoyed Elizabeth’s story.
I have a love /hate time when Danny is forced to travel for the state . Fortunately, he doesn’t have to travel very much any more and when he does I usually get to travel with him. One advantage of being a Volunteer at the state park.
I love “My time” at night. I lived for most of my life as a single mom so I sometime DO MISS the evenings spent alone.
I READ  or immerse myself in a series or marathon of movies.
I don’t have to make coffee . I am not a coffee drinker. I can’t stand the smell. Yet, I make it for Danny every night  so he has it in the morning.
Danny and I email, send message over the phone, chat for hours when he is away. Just like we did for the 2 years before I moved to Florida.
We spend hours a day together when he is not home.

But then we spend HOURS together when he is home.
What I do Miss . We have a King Size bed and I usually end up with enough space to lay down and not fall out.
So you would think I’d crave the whole bed to myself.
I hate it. I really HATE IT. Danny will cuddle me ALL Night most nights……
I need that time with him…
I miss not being there when he walks out the door of where he is staying. I hate not watching his truck leave in the morning.
Then at night , I hate not seeing his truck coming back home from the park.
Every day, rain or shine…I watch him leave and then I watch him come home.

I am glad Danny does not have to travel very often . I am glad he chooses NOT to when he can. Or that I can tag alone at other times.

Posted in Ally's Kitchen, Blogs I love, Re-blogged

Reblogging From Ally’s Kitchen. Potato Salad

eastern european red potato dill yogurt salad

From Sarah: Potato salad at it’s best.

Posted in Blogs I love, Passion, Re-blogged, Re-posted, Romance, The women On The Yellow Bike

From The Woman On The Yellow Bike :The Unspoken Gardener (A Tale Of Passion And Romance)

The unspoken Gardener (a tale of passion and Romance).https://lifewithayellowbike.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/gardening-in-kilquaide-106.jpg
I am an unspoken gardener!

It sort of crept up on me like moss across a damp lawn.

I had left a large garden long ago and on closing that gate in my life, claimed to be done with spade and rake and hoe for ever!….
From Sarah: This is wonderful . Poetry in motion. Passion. Romance…A story is told.

Posted in Dirt Naked and Happy, Dirty, Joys and Sorrows, Motherhood, Re-blogged, Re-posted, Trials and Tribulations

Re-posted From Dirty, Naked and Happy : I Stand Quietly

I Stand Quietly
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Originally posted on Dirty, Naked and Happy: I stand quietly while you do somersaults on the bed as you aren’t being naughty, you are just trying to get your out of sync body under control. I stand quietly…
From Sarah
Beautifully written. Awesome. Sad. Brought tears to my eyes .

Dirty, Naked & Happy

I stand quietly while you do somersaults on the bed as you aren’t being naughty, you are just trying to get your out of sync body under control.

I stand quietly by the toilet door every time you need to go, and come with you around the house, and sometimes even just across the room, because I know you can feel truly frightened when you are not near me.

I stand quietly at the supermarket checkout while everyone stares at you barking like a dog and blowing raspberries on my arms to cope with the buzzing lights.

I stand quietly while you tell the baffled shop owner that you are looking for shoes that feel hard like splintered wood because your skin can’t bear soft things.

I stand quietly when the attendant gives us scornful looks when I ask for the key to the disabled toilet because the hand dryer…

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