Friday, 20 September 2019

September 20, 2019 Chautauqua

Beth's Ponderings

   After a very long 6 years and 4 months of trial and error, eliminating foods and adding them back in, extremely stressful moments and massive setbacks, plus trying different treatments and dramatic lifestyle changes, we finally know now what is causing/triggering my liver stress and subsequent health’s our tap water!

   It seems that it may be a chemical they are using to treat the water to make it “safe” for us to use that is causing massive havoc with my body, sending it into toxic overload and stressing the liver as it tries to deal with it. 

   No wonder I’ve often felt like every step I took forward to heal resulted in a few steps backwards, as everything I was doing for the good was being completely undone by my daily water usage.

   On the one hand, it is a HUGE relief to finally know what is causing my health setbacks, and to finally be able to connect the many dots (symptoms) to create a more comprehensive picture of what I’ve been living with for the majority of my life.  And to have validation that what I thought might be the real underlying issue, really was.

   But...on the other hand, knowing doesn’t automatically solve anything, or make me instantly well, since we still have to come up with a plan of action to deal with this.  As well, I have to change a LOT of long-standing habits and routine activities as water usage is pretty pervasive part of our days.

   No matter what we are facing, we usually do know what the real issue is, and it is usually something very basic and simple.  That doesn’t mean it’s easy, just that it is simple, and rarely as complex as we make it.

   So much of our daily lives are lived on autopilot, as we do the same tasks day in and day out, that it takes really noticing what we are doing throughout our days to find out where we need to make tweaks and changes to feel better, do better, and live better.

   Now that I have discover “why” I’m so sick, I now have to figure out “how” to apply that knowledge in order to turn it around and see my health improve.  The journey isn’t over, it’s just taken a new turn.


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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Monday, 16 September 2019


When the wind of change blows, 
some people build walls, others build windmills. 
- Chinese proverb

Friday, 13 September 2019

Give Yourself

It’s OK to say no, and contrary to what people tell you, 
it’s completely fine, if not recommended, to put yourself first. 
Love doesn’t hurt people, people hurt people...
All the things you’re looking to receive from someone else
 you can give to yourself, especially love;
 you’ll have so much, you’ll have no choice 
but to find people to share it with.
 - Humble the Poet

Wednesday, 11 September 2019


The hardest thing to learn in life 
is which bridge to cross and which to burn. 
- David Russell

Monday, 9 September 2019

Friday, 6 September 2019

September 6, 2019 Chautauqua

Beth's Ponderings

   There is a story that one day a young girl was watching her mother prepare a roast for their supper.  The mother cut both ends off the roast before putting in pan, and then placed it in the oven.  The young girl asked her mother why she cut the ends off the roast, and her mother replied because that was what her mother did.

   Curious, the mother called her mother and asked her why she always cut the ends off the roast, only to be told that’s what her mother had done.

   So, the mother called her grandmother and her grandmother told her she cut the ends off because as a newlywed she didn’t have a big enough roast pan to fit the size of roasts she cooked!

   Too often we continue traditions that, quite honestly, should never have reached tradition status, but did, because, while there was originally a good reason for doing something a certain way, the reason was lost when the next generation took over the task.

   I was taught peas HAD to be blanched before freezing.  As this summer was so cool and wet overall, my peas produced abundantly and I gave away most as I believed I wouldn’t be freezing any, because I wasn’t able to blanch them for reasons beyond my control. I did experiment with pickling some.  Imagine my delight when I discovered peas -  or any vegetable really - don’t need blanched as our food preservation methods and technology have improved since the days of old!


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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Monday, 2 September 2019

Friday, 30 August 2019


I am not in charge or responsible for the wreaks 
others have created in their lives 
and I do not need to save everyone in my life.
 - Brendon Burchard

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


Celebrate meaningful struggle and hardship 
because we know those very things 
will free us from one level of life and set us into another. 
- Brendon Burchard

Monday, 26 August 2019

Friday, 23 August 2019


The more we are true to ourselves,
 the more we can connect with and contribute to the world.
 - Brendon Burchard

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Long For

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together 
to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, 
but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. 
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery