I’ve Got The Joy…

When I was a little girl, I remember singing that song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  It was such a cheerful tune and lighted up my soul as I sang along with all my friends and we clapped our hands in the happiness of the moment.  Can you recall a time like that in your life, when your face hurt because you were smiling  so hard, but you just couldn’t stop?  Or has time erased some of what was once so easy to bring to mind?  It isn’t hard these days to lose sight of our inner child, the one who craves the simple sound of a song.  So here, I hope you’ll find a pocket full of joy to fill your day with just enough of that tune to see you through whatever is your need.  Stop for a moment.  Breathe deeply.  And soon, you may be singing of joy as well.

Wellness Wednesday, July 14, 2021

No photos today, but big news! First, can you believe it’s already the middle of July? Five more days marks my 8th veganniversary!

Now for the news. We sold our home and are moving back to Florida. This time on the central gulf coast. It’s a family matter. I’m just grateful we’re in a position to help. I will miss Colorado and the mountains and the winter and the grandkids, but there’s one in Florida we haven’t met yet and we’ll get to enjoy.

As a result, I probably won’t be posting again before August, perhaps for another month. But I will be back. Thanks for your support and understanding.

Wellness Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Where has time gone? Tomorrow is July! Grateful June is over. It’s been a really hard month for me. I almost didn’t post, but I already took the pictures! Lol!

It’s hard to believe I started this blog 7 years ago! It’s been sporadic at times, but I’m glad I have this to look back on. There will be more news coming up in the next month. Some necessary life changes. But something I’m looking forward to.

Today’s dinner was a simple salad.

It doesn’t look like much but it sure was good! It has lettuce, potatoes, mushrooms, and avocado. I have been rather sick and it’s soothing to the tummy as well as something I didn’t have to cook. Potatoes just took 8 minutes in the microwave. Everything else was just assembled. Great dinner for a hot summer day.

What comfort foods do you crave in the summer?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June is a really hard month for me, so I apologize that I haven’t been very consistent this month. I have health issues and grief issues. And I know they are intertwined. But I keep pushing forward because what else is there to do? I wake up every morning despite my emotional or physical state. My mind doesn’t stop even when my body does. I learned many years ago that sometimes, even having enough energy to dust the window sill is a victory.

This past week, we had no power except to our refrigerator and microwave. I’m grateful we have a gas stove and water heater. Nonetheless, it was hot and I didn’t feel like cooking. One of the things I did was buy precooked pasta, and made this delicious salad.

It has carrots, mushrooms, black olives and celery, dressed with a fat free Italian dressing. We’ve been eating a lot of salads lately. Our power was off for almost a week, and has been back on since Saturday, but we’re having record highs. Loving the simplicity of just grabbing a handful of greens and tossing them together with a few fresh veggies.

What are you eating on these hot summer days?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Today is a bit different. I’ll start with a simple meal and then explain why.

I made a simple salad with lettuce, cabbage, mushrooms and steamed potatoes, with a plant based ranch dressing.

I wanted to keep things easy, as today is a mental/emotional health day for me. It is the 30th anniversary of my younger son’s death. This mama is still destroyed over it.

So I’m taking it easy. Simple food, a lot of reading and self reflection. Sometimes you just have to take a day off.

Thank you for understanding.

Wellness Wednesday, May 26, 2021

What I ate today.

Today was a leftovers day. I had spaghetti (made with elbow macaroni) and a side of broccoli microgreens for breakfast. I love lazy mornings.

For lunch it was leftover pasta casserole. I got the idea from Brittany Jaroudi. Y’all should really check out her social media. She’s a great WFPB cook who follows Dr. Michael Greger. Anyway, this was my take.

It’s a mess, but that seems to happen when you put food away. It was really good though. You have to get the recipe from Brittany if you’re interested.

I might post about my health journey tomorrow…if I remember.

What did you eat for wellness today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day


No blog post today. I had a procedure at the hospital and am not feeling it. I still know nothing and probably won’t until I see the surgeon in 2 weeks.

Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes. I’ll be back next week.


Wellness Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Dinner is farro and stir fried veggies to which I added some white beans. Simple seasoning of garlic, onion powder and a little turmeric and pepper. I cooked the farro in veggie broth for more flavor. It turned out quite good. But then again, I like simple meals.

Spent the morning at yet another doctor appointment. They’re ordering an iron infusion….again. Perhaps one of the reasons I’m so fatigued. And I am having 2 specialized blood tests to check for pancreatic cancer. This has been a long, hard road. Perhaps we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

How are you spending your Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, April 21, 2021

I know I’ve shown this to you at least 100 times, but my favorite breakfast. Steamed potatoes, bok choy, and my no-cheese sauce. So good!

Dinner was Cuban beans and rice, with green beans, salsa and guacamole. I used the individual pack (100 calories) of Wholly Guacamole. Simple and delicious!

No picture, but I’ve been eating my veggie-lentil soup about an hour before I go to bed to keep my blood sugar from crashing in the middle of the night. It’s scrumptious and light.

Spent half the day at yet another doctor, but I think we are making progress. Then we went to Sprouts so I could get some steps in. It’s still snowing here!

But it’s supposed to be 75 on Saturday. Colorado bipolar weather.

What wellness practices have you implemented today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Breakfast was my usual…bok choy with steamed potatoes and a no oil vegan cheese sauce. I’ve shown you that so many times.

But lunch was this:

Leftover tofu stir fry. It doesn’t look like much but it was delicious! Peppers, onions, zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, and tofu, but this time I added pineapple, as I was already using garlic and ginger. And I added leftover rice. It was so good! I was glad to see I made enough for leftovers, then hubby said maybe not…depended on how much he ate! Glad he left some for me!

Dinner was this scrumptious lentil vegetable soup. Carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, garlic, and lots of lentils in a veggie broth seasoned with herbes de Provence. I think I could live on this soup! I threw in some grape tomatoes that were on their last leg. That’s the great thing about this. It’s a clean out your refrigerator kind of soup. And I have been craving it. I make it every week.

And my activity calendar. A sticker for every day I walk. I only missed the first! I take Sundays off. I’m determined to get well if it kills me! Lol!

What scrumptious things did you make this Wellness Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Still walking. I’m getting between 5000 and 7500 steps a day…which is amazing considering I was bedridden for almost 4 years not so long ago.

I was hoping to update you on my health issues today, but after spending more than 2 hours with the doctor this afternoon, we still don’t know. But I am hopeful again. We have a course set up. I just have to be patient and wait for them to find it. Sometimes we have to jump through all the hoops before we get answers. And I have a few more to go.

But I’m still kicking!

What have you done today to improve your life?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day