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.

Scripture Sunday, October 25, 2020

O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

Psalm 88:1-3

What scriptures are you pondering today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, October 21, 2020

I have been feeling a bit under the weather for the past couple of weeks….not the virus, my doc thinks it’s fibromyalgia.

So how do I take care of myself when I don’t feel like taking care of myself? First, I walk. Even if it’s just around the block. I make a point to move every day. I don’t know how long I have been walking regularly, but I’m pretty sure I have walked at least 5 days a week since February. Most of the time I make it 6 days. I think I’ve only missed 2 days in that entire time. Having had 4 strokes, I try to not take for granted the fact that I can walk at all.

The second thing I do is leftovers!

I made a version of red lentil chili a few days ago. I added a few extra veggies as well as sweet potatoes. Having it over leftover rice tonight. Easy peasy and always vegan.

And one other thing…

Not taking my vote for granted either. We went in person and filled out a paper ballot. Want to ensure as much as possible that my vote isn’t subject to fraud. Did you/are you voting?

What do you eat on your not-so-good days?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, October 14, 2020

My day of simple vegan meals…

Breakfast was simply grits and greens, in this case, spinach, flavored with a little salsa. Quite good!

Dinner is my Mediterranean salad. Lettuce, farro, chickpeas, olives, red onions, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and banana peppers. I don’t think I forgot to list anything! I have a fat free Italian dressing on it. Delicious! One of my favorites!

What are you eating today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, October 7, 2020

This week I will be adding a video to my YouTube channel for the first time in over six years. I currently only have one video posted. And it was originally to set up a book series I was planning to write pre-strokes, just as this blog was originally intended to do.

The book idea has morphed, and I will touch on that in the video. Now the only thing standing in my way is the fact that I don’t remember how to upload.

If any of you are interested, my channel name is my own. Betty Horn. Original, I know. But it’s the best I can do for the moment. It is nothing spectacular. I’m just using my phone.

But I’m committing to this week as long as I can figure out how to post it. Hopefully my small contribution will be of help to someone.

What are you doing to make life a little better today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, September 30, 2020

It’s starting to cool off here in Colorado. Time for a delicious autumn soup!

Fresh from my instant pot. A combo of onions, celery, carrots, lentils, farro and spinach cooked in 8 cups of vegetable broth and seasoned with garlic and herbs de Provence. Perfect for a fall night. Extremely healthy, so filling, and always vegan.

What did you eat this wellness Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, September 23, 2020

I made a stirfry yesterday to use up some produce. Potatoes, tofu, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, garlic and bell pepper. But we couldn’t eat it all. So what does one do with the leftovers?

Create a Mexican style bowl! Added riced cauliflower, basmati rice (because that’s what I had) and pinto beans. Added some fajita seasoning and topped with avocado and lime juice. Sooooo good!

What are you eating this Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, September 16, 2020

I almost forgot this!

I loved tonight’s dinner. It was a one-pot instant pot dinner.

It might look like a hot mess, but it was delicious! I had a blend of eggplant, tomatoes, onions, zucchini and yellow squash I had cooked up a couple of days ago. I put it in my instant pot along with a jar of Trader Joe’s fat free pasta sauce, a box of chickpea fusilli from Thrive Market, a bag of frozen artichoke hearts and I threw in the rest of my fresh grape tomatoes.

So easy and so good! The best part is leftovers!

And totally unrelated, but a happy birthday in heaven to my Junior tomorrow. He would have been 44.

How are you promoting your wellness today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Scripture Sunday, September 13, 2020

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Esther 4:14

What scriptures are you pondering today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day