Monday, April 20, 2009

You Won't Regret Reading this....

...I promise.



thank you Brad for posting this on your FB.

One love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

On The Subject of Happiness...


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

More Spain

I'm quiet this morning.
Not much to say today.
Thought it might be a good opportunity
to post more pictures from Spain.

In no particular order.......

Spain March 2009 394a

Spain March 2009 617a

Spain March 2009 428a

Spain March 2009 331a

Spain March 2009 493a
I don't know who he was but I regret not walking up and just kissing that man.

Spain March 2009 389a

Spain March 2009 417a

Thursday, April 16, 2009

On The Subject of Clarity...


In the attitude of silence
the soul finds the path in clearer light,
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.
Our life is a long and arduous quest after truth.

Mahatma Ghandi

One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

Sunrise on Lake Superior...

I couldn't wait to show you five am here on the north shore.


We're drinking mini Dr. Peppers, check out is noon.
Listening to some Amos Lee.
For once we're not trying to cram a lot in a short amount of time.
I don't think we've ever left at check out, we've always left early.
Seagulls are outside making "we're hungry" noises, we got nothing for them.
They're really hungry judging by the sounds of it.
I almost feel bad.
They count on being fed by the guests here.
I think this morning its just us.

As Kat says....we b chillaxin.


Beautiful day...beautiful beautiful day.

I think I'm gonna shower, Joshy's going to get a fire going...
windows wide open so we can hear the waves and the gulls
yes we're popping in a movie, one we always seem to watch when
we're up here. Which one you ask.......ah P.S. I Love You.

Oh wow, that's right I leave for Oregon next week.
April travel has been berry berry good for and to me.

man y'all have a really great day~

: )

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Brother Joshy's Get away SURPRISE!!!!!

HE LIED! But damn it was justifiable.
We're up on the north shore!
I guessed it. He said nope.

We come here as often as possible. It's about a four hour drive.
He said nothing I asked nothing as we drove.
I like surprises. I think I've said that before.
Only one way we can go and that's thru Duluth.


That was a given.
I waited.
Watched the signs.
He took a different highway around Duluth
to try to keep me off the trail.
It worked for about half a minute.





We counted well over 20 deer on the way up.






Six eagles...

Stopped to get a couple of quick grab shots.








Coming here.......the lake, the smells.
The fire in the fireplace, the smells.


The waves, the sounds.
The music, the sounds.
(yes ALWAYS, Martin Sexton and Amos Lee up here)
Little bevvie....OF COURSE!

WE JEST. Joshy sips his bourbon. FAST. HAHAHA JOKING Again...
brotha is throwin pillows at me now.


haha i'm just joshin. get it. joshin?

(He's laughing ...on the inside. )

and well 239485649839 pictures by the time we arrive.
Only three other cars in the parking lot.
We basically have the place to ourselves.

I've been to Spain twice, Germany and more than a handful
of states.......this is my favorite place in the whole world.
I say that not having seen the whole world.
I don't need to.

A chance to breathe. A whole lotta peace.

Life is good man. that's all I got to say.
This is called self care. When the rest of the world gets crazy...
take care of spirit. We are.

thank you my brotha!

Blue Fin Bay Resort on Lake Superior

random comments..

Joshy: there's casiopia

KB: where?

Joshy: there. see it up in the sky?

KB: no. let me put my reading glasses on.

fits of laughter.

We did get to see a falling star......was HUGE.
Could see it turn orange as it fell. way cool.

Joshy: ah warmth. (standing in front of fireplace after coming in from balcony)

KB: fix it.

Joshy: what... is it broke?

more fits of laughter

(editing pics)

KB: if fooking digital noise removal didn't take so long, it'd be quicker.

(i know i know)

y'all have a good night/ day.....

we be seein u soon~

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One The Subject of Love...

Spain March 2009 436a

love builds up the broken wall

and straightens the crooked path.

love keeps the stars in the firmament

and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides

each of us is created of it

and i suspect

each of us was created for it”

Maya Angelou

One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

Monday, April 13, 2009

I got no clue....

Who wants to help?
The surprise trip.
Below has been typical of our conversations this week.
This was tonight's.

Too bad so sad Joshy a girl's gotta do
what a girl's gotta do
to get the 411.

COS I'M GOING NUTS! (in a good way)

I got NOTHIN I tell ya!

Joshy and Kate live convo tonight:

Joshua Anderson: hey there
Kathleen Bade: hey sorry i missed you !
Joshua Anderson: no problem
Kathleen Bade: wasup?
Joshua Anderson: my vacation time was approved so we are good to go
Kathleen Bade: yay!
Joshua Anderson: yep
Kathleen Bade: two more sleeps
Joshua Anderson: exactly right
Kathleen Bade: i get one question per day right?
Joshua Anderson: sure. providing that question isnt where are we going
Kathleen Bade: lol
Kathleen Bade: are we going up to the north shore?
Joshua Anderson: nope
Kathleen Bade: that's truth?
Joshua Anderson: yep
Kathleen Bade: i figured we weren't but i had to rule it out
Joshua Anderson: yeah
Kathleen Bade: however that doesn't rule out duluth
Joshua Anderson: i got clues for you
Kathleen Bade: really?
Joshua Anderson: yep
Kathleen Bade: bring em
Kathleen Bade: i'm ready
Joshua Anderson: baseball
Joshua Anderson: south
Joshua Anderson: relatives
Joshua Anderson: iowa
Joshua Anderson: do you know what all these things have in common?
Kathleen Bade: not yet
Joshua Anderson: i will tell you
Kathleen Bade: good
Joshua Anderson: they have nothing to do with where we are going
Joshua Anderson: that is what they have in common
Kathleen Bade: oh mah gad.
Joshua Anderson: lol
Kathleen Bade: you brat
Joshua Anderson: sorry
Joshua Anderson: i know how much you love baseball
Kathleen Bade: lol
Joshua Anderson: and staying with my relatives would be a blast... not to mention iowa is just, well... its iowa
Kathleen Bade: i kinda figured it was a not
Joshua Anderson: yeah
Joshua Anderson: but it is not south... that is sort of a clue
Joshua Anderson: at least rules out a few things
Kathleen Bade: is duluth south?
Kathleen Bade: of us yes it is
Joshua Anderson: technically perhaps but I would classify that as east
Kathleen Bade: so it doesn't rule out duluth
Joshua Anderson: bemidji may be south or north, but i call it west
Joshua Anderson: duluth is not a rule out
Kathleen Bade: if it weren't duluth you'd give it to me because i'd for sure have no clue where we were going.
Joshua Anderson: wherever it is, twill be fun
Kathleen Bade: HA!
Kathleen Bade: HA! HA! HA!
Joshua Anderson: dont yell at me
Joshua Anderson: typing in all caps
Joshua Anderson: whats so funny?
Kathleen Bade: ITS DULUTH!
Joshua Anderson: you think so?
Kathleen Bade: like i said if it weren't you'd have said so, because then i'd be totally confused.
Kathleen Bade: and duluth does have sushi and you said that was an option
Joshua Anderson: or maybe i want to keep you off track?
Joshua Anderson: think about it
Kathleen Bade: it is near the border of the state
Joshua Anderson: u think u so smart
Kathleen Bade: ffs sushi is probably an option if we make it
Kathleen Bade: you probably did that clue on purpose
Kathleen Bade: the sushi one
Kathleen Bade: to trip me up
Joshua Anderson: mayhaps i did, mayhaps i didnt
Kathleen Bade: i'm thinking
Joshua Anderson: what are you thinking?
Kathleen Bade: no clue
Kathleen Bade: hahahahha
Joshua Anderson: i have been there many times
Joshua Anderson: i will be coming into town tomorrow, alright if i stop in still?
Kathleen Bade: maybe we are going to grand forks
Joshua Anderson: always an exciting town
Kathleen Bade: or theif river falls
Kathleen Bade: i know nothing about it
Kathleen Bade: Ely?
Joshua Anderson: are you just picking towns that are not south?
Kathleen Bade: yes
Kathleen Bade: hahahah
Joshua Anderson: lol
Kathleen Bade: yes
Joshua Anderson: that could take a while, besides you have used your question of the day
Joshua Anderson: you only have one more
Kathleen Bade: tomorrow yes i know
Joshua Anderson: and perhaps i have lied about it all and we are going to the cities
Joshua Anderson: ahahahahahaahah
Kathleen Bade: you promised that answer was truth.
Joshua Anderson: i did, and it was
Kathleen Bade: could be just north of the cities.
Kathleen Bade: not necessarily not south of here.
Joshua Anderson: i suppose it could... but i am not quite that technical
Joshua Anderson: lol
Joshua Anderson: i got ya thinking now
Kathleen Bade: yes but still lost.
Joshua Anderson: ooh... just thought of a clue
Kathleen Bade: do tell
Joshua Anderson: you figure out where we are going before we get there and without me telling you
Kathleen Bade: that's not a clue
Joshua Anderson: if you think really really hard on the trip
Kathleen Bade: you already told me that
Joshua Anderson: did i?
Kathleen Bade: yes, you said you knew exactly where on the road i'd figure it out
Joshua Anderson: my bad, really didnt mean to repeat
Joshua Anderson: sorry
Joshua Anderson: and here i thought i had a good one
Joshua Anderson: dammit
Kathleen Bade: nope
Joshua Anderson: well i am just useless at the clue thing arent i
Kathleen Bade: pretty much
Joshua Anderson: it happes
Joshua Anderson: happens
Kathleen Bade: you have me totally kernfused.
Joshua Anderson: good
Joshua Anderson: im confused too so dont feel bad
Kathleen Bade: no you aren't. you know where we are going.
Joshua Anderson: i suppose i do
Kathleen Bade: I really don't have a clue do i
Joshua Anderson: your piecing together a fair deal considering the horrible clues i give
Kathleen Bade: Thanks bud, for even this part of it....I needed the distraction as much as you needed a roadtrip.
Joshua Anderson: you are most welcome, i am glad you were free to go, and to play this little game
Kathleen Bade: Okay.......shower time for me, and need to make my lunch for tomorrow. You have a good night Joshy.
Joshua Anderson: you too, will talk to you tomorrow

now it can't be too too far, because we leave wed as soon as joshy gets off work.
that would be five thirty-ish and we come back thursday night.


: )

Friday, April 10, 2009


Y'all saw that I changed my background, on my laptop its a darker sage green.

On my big computer it's this wretched kelly green. I realize that monitors
are calibrated differently. Obviously I want to make sure it's that darker sage green.

What does it look like to each of you?
And did you like the blue better?

I like surprises...

~I like them a lot.
~I'm comfortable not knowing...
in most situations.
~I like things uncomplicated.
~Entanglements make me think of spider webs.
~Beautiful. Sticky. Fragile.
But always messy when you walk into them
~I like spiderwebs, I don't like entanglements.
how's that for contradiction?



So on the subject of not knowing. On the subject of SURPRISES...
How grand is this? Brother Joshy says to me today, you're still free for next week right?
I'm thinking what did I commit to and forgot? Yes I'm free next week.
He says okay for at least one over night?
Sure. Is it camping season already? Cos I'm still seein snow.


I always say, I remain on a need to know basis and you'll let me know when I need to know.
Joshy remembers this. He says.....You're on a need to know basis and you don't need to know...yet.
BTW I'm too lazy for quotation marks. 50 questions later, I still know nothing, except, it may involve
border crossing, I suspect state not country, he has no passport.
He said he'll tell me what to pack next week.
I asked how far. He says far. more smartass remarks back and forth.
I asked are we flying or driving. He says I haven't decided.
I think we're driving.
I really really like surprises.
I really really like people who take the bull by the horns.
Joshy when we first started hanging out, had to plan everything
and if it wasn't planned it totally messed him up.
I like to fly by the seat of my pants.
Ha, this surprise trip..he gets to plan,
and I get to do what I do best... fly into the unknown.


Sooooooooooo NEXT WEEK I GOT A BIG SURPRISE to look forward to.
Yay, I say!


I've done well teaching him how to do the unplanned.
This last Sunday he calls from town, and wants to spur of the moment head to Bellisios.
I'd had not a great week, so I was wiped when all was said and done between work and other stuffs.
I started to object and make excuses. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?
I caught myself....I said who am I to deny you spontaneity, or myself for that matter.
Grasshopper learned well....he surely did.


I still haven't posted pics from the week before, dinner out.
For that matter I still have 239487594321 from Spain left to edit.
I'll get there.


What I've posted are few from this past Sunday.
Blue skies.
Great drive.
Great music.
Great company.
Great food.
What more do I need to say?


I reckon I do have more to say...ha.


Yesterday Catie and George came over.
She walks in and first thing she says is...your family is here! That made me smile.
And I got to thinking about my friends,who have become family. My Minnesota family.
Joshy, Catie and George, and of course Joshy's mom who's not pictured here.
On one hand I can count my immediate life friends who I now call family.
That's what mamma always said...if you can count on one hand...

I gotta stay in the place of grace and gratitude.

One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

On The Subject of Letting Go....


Letting go doesn't mean giving up
but rather accepting things that cannot be.
There are things we do not want to let go of,
people we do not want to abandon or leave behind.
Letting go is not the end of the road,
More often it is the beginning.


One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

Monday, April 6, 2009

One The Subject of Surrender


Surrender becomes so much easier when you realize the fleeting nature of all
experiences and that the world cannot give you anything of lasting value.

Eckhart Tolle

One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gordon Ramsay's Squid with Roasted Peppers and Cannellini Beans

I never follow recipes.
My food might be better if I did.
That being said,
this half-assed followed recipe is not half bad.


Let me qualify this first picture.
I had friends over.
I get only one day off a week. Thursday.
Most weeks I like to spend my day off alone.
Sometimes it feels like just another day.
Sometimes when my friends come it feels like it doubles
my time off. Which is a good thing.
So when Catie and George showed up at 9:30 in the morning....
A thousand pictures later {literally} and one burnt red bell pepper.
Not bad considering the amount of beer we drank.
Yes we got our partyness on.

Squid With Roasted Red Peppers and Cannellini Beans

(as I made it)

squid and bean salad 072a


1 pound squid
a few thyme sprigs, leaves stripped
a few rosemary sprigs, leaves stripped
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
lemon zest to taste
juice of one and a half lemons
3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
10 oz jar roasted red peppers (i roasted my own)
2 - 14 oz cans of cannellini beans
rinsed and drained
sea salt
black pepper
small bunch of Italian parsley

Gordon added one small red chili
sliced on the diagonal. I didn't have one on hand.

squid and bean salad 005a


(as he instructed, I did not do. ha. squid was cleaned I grilled it as is)

Cut along one side of the body pouches to open them out,
then lightly score the flesh in a crisscross patter.
Lay the scored squid and tentacles in a shallow dish
and sprinkle with the herb leaves, coriander seeds, chile,
garlic, lemon zest (he used pared rinds), and 1/2 the lemon juice.
Drizzle over 2-3 tbs of olive oil then toss the squid to coat all over
with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the frig
for 20 to 30 minutes.
I marinated overnight.

Heat a stovetop grill pan.
Transfer the squid to a plate, ready to cook,
scraping off and reserving the excess marinade.

Pat the roasted peppers with paper towels to absorbe excess oil,
then slice into strips. Heat the reserved marinade from the squid
in a saute' pan and add the peppers, beans, remaining lemon juice,
and some seasoning. Saute' 3- 5 minutes, to heat thru. Set aside.

Place the squid ont eh grill pan, laying the scored pieces flat.
Cook until the squid turns opaque, about one minute on each side
for the scored pieces a little longer for the tentacles. Remove to a plate.
When cool enough to handle slice the squid body into strips
and cut tentacles in half (didn't need to cut the tentacles)

Stir in the sliced squid and chopped parsley through the warm peppers and beans.
Serve immediately.
I added more rosemary and thyme, I felt the parsley wasn't the right herb flavor for this.

squid and bean salad 076a

you're wondering about the 1,000 picture day off?

really wanna see em?

do ya?

here's only a few.
its as far as I got editing them.



the love portion of our day.


we are cheap entertainment





the dancing portion of our day
I did NOT step on his foot.


we laughed a lot.
we ALWAYS laugh a lot.

{Bad News Bears, yeh?}

I'll save the rest for another day.....livin large requires more than one posting!

: )

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