Saturday, March 30, 2024

Naughty doggies (again!), a healthy lunch, and a good book

 Hello chic friends!

So this is what happens when you get up from the sofa for less than a minute. You lose your seat.

These dogs are like wet sand at the beach. Your footprint is erased as soon as you lift your foot. You get where I am going here. Where Micky and Daphne are sitting in the photo was where I was sitting only moments before.

And Chloe is busy working on squashing the back cushion. Of course she is.

And actually it happens in my office too, with Nina cat. She can often be found on my desk, and if I so much as stand up to turn the printer on, she hops onto my office chair and curls up into a contented ball. It happens more often than could be called an accident. I do feel like I am being stalked by her. Daily it seems!

I guess these are just the prices I'll have to pay to enjoy all this 'goodness' in my life πŸ₯°πŸ€£

Do your pets bully you out of the good seats too? I do hope I'm not the only mug who never has anywhere to sit 🀣 Maybe they think they are doing me a favour, because standing is better for my health. Such caring pets and not self-serving at all 😊

How yummy does my 'wellness bowl' lunch look? I've been loving making these lately. Changing up how I view things such as 'wellness bowl' (so trendy 🀣) instead of 'salad' is how I keep my motivation fresh.

Of course lunches like these are always delicious, but sometimes I don't 'feel like a salad'. But I make something healthy anyway, rechristen it 'wellness bowl' and et voila, it's lunchtime with a flourish πŸ’ƒ (I always love the dancing lady emoji, she has such a pep in her step!)

In my wellness bowl above are:

- homegrown black and yellow cherry tomatoes, normal red tomatoes and cucumber
- homegrown avocado (we are so lucky to have a tree!)
- celery
- homemade coleslaw
- 9-minute hard-boiled free range eggs from my aunty's chickens
- hummus
- salt and pepper

Basically whatever veggies are in my fridge, plus protein, plus a bit of dressing such as mayo on the coleslaw, and hummus.

And I love serving my lunchtime goodness in these stylish shallow bowls. I got some from Kmart for $3 each which look EXACTLY like the $25 each ones from fancier stores.

Happy lunchtime to you, and I hope this gives you some inspiration for a healthy, delicious lunch!

Please let me know what your favourite lunchtime healthy treat is. I love new ideas!

I just finished reading the book above and I really feel like I achieved something πŸ˜‚ It was a complex, meaty read with a vast list of characters, and 756 pages long.

Something I enjoy about reading a paper book is seeing the bookmark advance through the book as I read it, and this one especially so because the size of the book had put me off reading it in the past.

But I did it! And it was a very enjoyable read.

I'm actually quite proud of myself, because my memory, and ability to concentrate has been lacking, seriously lacking lately.

I wondered if it might have something to do with menopause and I'm glad I looked it up (apparently it is very common with 60% of menopausal women experiencing it, and thankfully it is temporary although it can last ten years...)

I'm just glad I don't have early onset dementia, and I'm deadly serious, I was very worried. I read that if you remember something, whether it's after two hours or five years, you are okay. Phew πŸ˜… And one of the best things you can do is exercise, both mental and physical, and that reading is very good. Yay!

So I will carry on reading (I am reading through my bookshelf at the moment), and also enjoy my walking and at-home Pilates (I call it my 'rich lady lifestyle' exercise so it's more appealing for me to do 🀣 It actually is enjoyable once I'm doing it, I just need help getting started sometimes 😊)

Happy Easter to you if you celebrate!

xx Fiona

PS. Penny’s books are here on Amazon and the one I just finished is called ‘An Absolute Scandal’. Another of hers I loved was ‘A Perfect Heritage’ mainly because it was set in the cosmetic industry and reminded me of Estee Lauder as the main character (even though it’s set in London).

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  1. I enjoy your sense of humor about your pets! Also, that lunch looks amazing!!

  2. I just found your books and your site, I’m loving both! Turning 60 in a couple months, and I’m determined to go into my 60’s well equipped! 😊 We have a wonderfully large Lab, Jordy, and if you’re sitting where he wants to sit, he’ll sit next to you and lean into you until you surrender and move to another seat. πŸ˜‚


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