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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Slow Kitchen

 I've spent the last two days walking around my kitchen at the pace of a giant turtle.  Not only have I been weighed down with multiple sweaters and fingerless gloves due to the cold, damp weather, I've been trying to recover from my migraine attacks and the neck injury that caused them.
Stirring up a risotto was the perfect slow activity for this giant turtle!

Speaking of turtles, did you read about the effect climate change is having on turtle populations in northern Australia?  There's an interesting article on the subject here, and as one of the scientists pointed out, we should all care about the health of sea turtle populations, they are bellwethers for the entire health of the ocean.
I've always been fascinated by turtles, they are such ancient, beautiful creatures.

Spending time shuffling around the kitchen is a good time to do small bits of organizing.  I like to have the drawers and cupboards in top shape, otherwise I can't think well enough to cook!
 One detail I've been very happy I chose for our renovated kitchen are these giant deep drawers to hold our everyday dishes.  They are the perfect size and I really like that I can pull them out and do a quick scan to find what I need.
Finally, it's Saturday.  We might go out for lunch today, though I really should take advantage of MrBP's healthy neck and shoulder muscles to help me procure some groceries.  Then we've been invited to a dinner party at Laura's house this evening, always a lovely time, she's a great cook.  They'll also have their wood fire roaring in their living room, so cozy!
I hope you have a wonderful day.
xoxDani

24 comments:

  1. We had a couple of days of mild, balmy weather (50sF.) after a spell of temperatures in the 20sF. but it is frigid again today. I want to stay inside and see a movie "Murder on the Orient Express" at the local cinema. First though, I am meeting with a friend for tea and a chat. Your day sounds wonderful!

    slf

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    1. slf I cannot wait to see that movie! Hope it was good. Thank you :) xx

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  2. I hope that your neck is improving. It seems like such a minor thing to disturb a neck muscle yet the effects are far reaching and impactful, as you well know. Good idea to get help with your grocery trip and not interrupt your recovery by doing too much too soon.

    We are owned by a desert tortoise who is currently hibernating in a lovely cozy den in our back yard. They are native to this area. We adopted him when his owners no longer wanted him, and once they have been kept as a pet they should not be released to the wild for fear of taking pathogens back to the wild population. DH built large enclosure complete with den in a large mound, it's quite the comfortable habitat. He's in hibernation about 6 months of the year. During the warm months he's quite active and we frequently bring him out of his enclosure to roam the back yard while we're out there. Tortoises are surprisingly social and intelligent. Ours is named Sheldon, and he gets along swimmingly with our little dog Marvin. Tortoise rescues ask that you not expose your tortoise to dogs for fear of injury but these two have nothing but adoration for one another and it's quite fun to watch them walking around the back yard together.

    I too think and worry about the climate and environment. I've seen such dramatic change in my lifetime that I am so concerned about what my children are inheriting. The plants and animals are the barometers of the effects of this change. Its impossible to ignore.

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    1. SD I am completely enchanted by Sheldon and his comfortable habitat! I can't get over this! It sounds so magical too to think about him walking around with your dog Marvin. How lovely that you've kept him and that you take such good care of him.
      It's quite frightening to think about what our children will face and what their children will have to deal with. I wish our governments were doing more.
      Thanks SD, my neck has really improved, I'm quite surprised. Taking it slow probably did wonders! xx

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  3. neck injuries are the worst! And I can't even imagine how poorly you must feel after your migraine. Are you able to do some light yoga stretches? Sometimes one injury can be interconnected to another area in our bodies that is tight (for example your shoulders could be tight and causing your neck to tighten up). Maybe even trying to do some cat/cows, thread the needle, super mellow sun salutation. My favorite for neck pain (again not sure what you can mange with migraine after effect pain!) is rabbit pose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkzPl5xBKVA You can put some blankets folded and in front of your to bring the group closer to your head. I would recommend you keep taking it easy but still try and move your body a bit! Happy weekend! x x

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    1. Thank you Alicia I will try this pose! I am quite bad at yoga but I want to keep trying. My friends sometimes bring me to a class with them but I often hurt myself, I need to modify the poses a bit better. Doing plank-type poses can really do me in.
      Often I feel so clear after having a migraine it is quite exhilarating and energizing, but if I have two in one week the second one is very difficult to recover from. I feel exhausted and weak, as though I had just had a flu virus or something.
      Yesterday I felt quite a bit better and did some Classical Stretch, it helped so much. But I think your rabbit pose will be even more effective, thank you! :) xx

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  4. Dani, it's the beginning of my busy season at work, so I don't often have time to comment, but it's so nice to see that you're posting again.

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    1. Hex thank you so much! I was thinking of you this week because I saw on Instagram you're well into the busy season now with your work. I hope you are doing well, keeping healthy and that the new year finds you happy too. I really hope work doesn't become too stressful. Thank you xx

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  5. Hi Dani, I'm glad you are over your migraine. I've suffered from some bad headaches in my time, so if migraines are much worse than that, you have all my sympathy.

    Well, I must say, this post sparked some interesting comments! I loved reading about SunnyDay's tortoise, and that rabbit pose that Alicia shared looks like it would be very helpful for neck pain, which I also suffer from a bit. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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    1. Patricia thank you for the sympathy. Headaches and migraines are just dreadful. For me the difference is that with a migraine I have very severe nausea, and sensitivity to smell and light. Then the headache pain is so bad I can't sleep, which is of course all I want to do!
      I am sorry that you get bad headaches too.
      Maybe you should try that rabbit pose too? I know I can't get over SD's tortoise, that just delights me no end!! Thanks Patricia xx

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  6. Hi Dani, I'm so sorry to hear about your neck and the migraine... hope you're feeling much better and a dinner with friends sounds like the perfect tonic. Sympathies on the cold- I've seen in the news it's been very cold this year... of course we're in the middle of our summer holidays so we have the opposite problem with heat waves and air conditioning on. Take care and hope you're better soon xx

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    1. Thank you Heidi! I am imagining you with your toes in warm sand while the sun shines! Oh gosh I'd love to be there too. Absolutely freezing here!
      Yesterday I felt really well which was great because it was the one day I was able to hang out with my hubs all day. The dinner party was so lovely and we weren't cold one bit with the wood fire roaring! Thank you xx

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  7. Oh I am sorry to hear of your neck injury ad the associated migraine headaches...hope you feel better soon. No doubt the dinner out with a cozy fire and good friends will help.

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    1. Thank you Hostess, it did, and of course after being ill one has new appreciation for things like a dinner with friends and a cozy fire. :) xx

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  8. Worrying about the effect climate change is having on the turtle populations in northern Australia. We
    have just been to one of our local beaches for a beach walk (Northern NSW Australia) walked out on the
    wall where the river enters the ocean and saw a beautiful green turtle swimming on the ocean side of the
    wall. Also saw two large pods of dolphins.

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    1. Anon wow that sounds like such an amazing place to live!
      Being there and witness to so much beauty must have you feeling really thoughtful when news like this becomes public. It is very worrying.
      Thank you for your comment xx

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  9. Hope you feel better - migraines are the worst....We have spent some time in Nicaragua at Monty's Surf Lodge http://montysbeachlodge.com/ where we learned about turtles, swam with baby turtles out to sea and continue to watch this amazing place commit to nurturing the turtle population - and Monty is a Canadian. Hope you feel better - such a lovely dinner outing. Anna26x

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    1. Anna that looks amazing! And he's a Canadian, wow that is interesting, what an excellent family holiday that must have been.
      I think there has been a lot of work going on worldwide to try to preserve turtle populations, but something like rising water temperatures, well what is the answer to that?
      Thank you we had a lovely dinner, and just around the corner too, we didn't have to be outside too long! xx

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  10. Here's to your healing.

    And to deep drawers:). What a great innovation (or remembering) when someone realized that they could put drawers in kitchens!

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    1. Thank you Lisa.
      So true and it makes perfect sense, so easy to find everything in a big drawer. xx

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  11. Hi Dani,

    my comment mysteriously disappeared again; so I will just say that I hope your neck and migraine get better fast. Ann

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  12. Ellie's friend from canada has left a new comment on your post "Slow Kitchen":

    I'm sorry to hear about your neck and the migraines and hope the problems vanish soon. Our weather has gone from -35 to plus 2 in a day so we will send some warmer weather your way. The problems mentioned about posting are similar to what I was experiencing. I will be reading about the sea turtles. I never thought about how polluting the fabric industry is. You are opening my eyes! Ann

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  13. Ann I found your comment and published it above (using copy and paste). I get email notifications of comments and sometimes if someone mentions theirs has been lost I can find it in the email feed (not always). Not sure why it is happening and blogger isn't much help.

    Thank you Ann, I've had migraines most of my adult life, I have hope that they might go away or at least lessen as I get older.
    The turtles are wonderful, and yes the fabric industry is ridiculously polluting, it's quite frightening really.
    xx

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  14. Love those drawers. I hope you are migraine-free over the next while. They are dreadful. Xx

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