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Where Pickles come from – From the Lady Cave

Where do pickles come from? Do you know? Oddly to me, there are more than a few people who don’t know. In fact, they think pickles are grown as pickles…yes, you read that right.

They honestly think pickles in all their crunchy, salty, sour goodness are grown just like that.

I find it hard to believe and had I not had a completely honest discussion with a 30 year old fella, I wouldn’t have believed it.

Pickles are Cucumbers. A pickle is made by putting cucumbers in a jar or barrel with water, vinegar and spices. Then it sits for a time until the desired taste is achieved.

Here is a video I found, there are dozens more so please Educate yourself: How to make pickles

The next couple of post topics came from my discussion with this young man…he really didn’t know pickles were cucumbers.

Please educate yourselves…

Peace – Dec 8

Peace, what does that mean to you?

Inner peace or peace with others…

For me, inner peace means letting go of what or who, you can not control. We are all control freaks at times because we get caught up in the image we hold in our minds. Sometimes the Universe has a better idea.

Ever push so hard for something and it just doesn’t work out, then you are highly disappointed? Yeah, that’s the universe saying “let it go Elsa” this is the way it needs to be.

Peace with others, this one is a bit harder. You have to be willing to accept people for the way they are, not how you think they should be. Think about that for a minute…

Ultimately, it is NOT your job to make people see the error of their ways. You do not have to be around toxic people but you also can’t carry that baggage around either; put it down, cut that nerve. When and if they are ready, they’ll see it for what it is. Hopefully it wont be too late.

Show your children how to be the better person. Show them how to have inner peace and how to NOT carry others baggage.

Be the better person.

Hope or Promise – Dec 6

I was reading up on Advent and what I was reminded of is the 4 weeks have a separate theme.

This week is Hope or Promise.

What is Hope?

Here is a definition:

“Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.”

I like to try to be optimistic about everything. Like giving people the benefit of doubt instead of believing everything you hear or sometimes see. There’s ALWAYS more to a story…

To me being an optimist means, there’s options. Who doesn’t like options?

I think having hope is a promise for positivity.

Be Kind – Dec 5

I know it should go without saying, but, Be Nice! Be Sweet! Be Kind to others!

On a whim I looked on Google Trends for “Advent Kindness”, want to know what it said?

In a period of 12 months, Kindness is dead! Literally there’s more action on an EKG of someone on life support than on this bar graph.

I went back and just searched for the word “kindness”, ok this bar graph looks like someone ON life support. This graph shows a major peak in November. But did a complete nose dive after November 10th, but it’s on the upswing as of today.

Maybe people dont need to ask Google for advice or ways to show kindness or maybe people just dont care about each other as much.

What do you think?

I think some people are so self absorbed they don’t think about anyone else but themselves; but are some of the first to complain that no one thought about them.

It’s a 2-way street folks, YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE!

Be Humble – Dec 4

What does it mean to be humble?

For me it means in part, to Never Forget where you come from.

What I mean is, your past has brought you where you are today and made you who you are; so honor that.

It’s been my experience that when I’ve forgotten my trials and tribulations; the Universe had a way of knocking me off my high horse.

What I am getting at with this post is, remember that everyone is on their own journey. Don’t be so quick to judge, point fingers and make fun of someone.

Remember:

When you point your finger at someone you have 3 pointing back at you…

Have you listened to Tim McGraws song “Humble and Kind“? Or just read the lyrics…

Tim McGraw “Humble & Kind”

Pay It Forward – Dec 3

I think most of us has seen the movie or may have heard the term before, but have you actually done it?

Like pay for the person behind you in the drive thru or picked up someone’s check at a restaurant?

Me personally, I like to grab a Law Enforcement Officer’s order or check. I was getting gas and as I was running in to get my own coffee an Officer was right in front of me; I just swiped my card before he could.

How about just using manners? Like saying “Please” “Thank You” or “You’re Welcome”?

What about making someone’s birthday a little special by acknowledging it or giving them a card?

It never hurts to pay attention to people around you; maybe someone is struggling to load their groceries and deal with a toddler or just physically having issues.

I know, this can get tricky at this time of year with all the tricksters out there; but couldn’t you just watch out for someone who isn’t paying attention?

This post turned out with more questions than answers…

What are some of your ideas on how to “pay it forward or random acts of kindness”?

Thankful – Dec 2

I was exploring the Advent calendar and this thought popped into my head.

“Just Be Thankful”

Hmm, now that is worth thinking about.

Not just “what are you Thankful for?”

But, are “other people” Thankful for you?

It is my theory that if I am actively being my best person then the answer to that second question should be “yes”.

Remember in my last post, I said the Universe has a way of reminding me that I am just as flawed?

Sometimes being Thankful for someone isn’t meant to be all neatly packaged with a sweet bow and pretty wrapping paper. Like when someone holds the door for you AND says Thank You while looking you in the eye.

Sometimes being Thankful is god awful messy. Like when a person you are close to dies…

You think of all the good, bad and the ugly experiences with that person and yet you are Thankful for having had them in your life. You are Thankful for all the lessons they taught you.

What or Who are you Thankful for?

Life is Short; Make it Count❣

Do Unto Others – Dec 1

Let’s explore the concept of the Advent Calendar.

An Advent calendar was created as a basic daily devotional. Just a way to be extra mindful of yourself and others.

I’d like to point out that a good majority of people have spent this weekend thinking of others as we shopped the frantic “deals”, to be had at every retail shop from here to Amazon.

What does “Do Unto Others” mean to you?

I personally try to do this every day, not just at this time of year. Although, the holiday season makes me want to kick it up a notch.

See, thinking of others helps me cope with difficult people. I ask myself all kinds of questions like: who/what made this person so grumpy? Was it something I did?

Sometimes when we are hurting from physical or emotional pain we throw off serious negativity. Me personally, I can not live there for too long because I really don’t like myself and as you can imagine other people don’t like to be around you when you’re like that either.

So I try to make an effort to brighten that person’s day, if only for a few minutes; with the hope that later in the day when they think of their day there might be a small bright spot in it.

Now don’t get me wrong friends, sometimes people are just miserable for the sake of it, just because they can.

These kinds of people, in my experience, are meant for me; as a reminder or a personal lesson. What I mean is, sometimes the universe likes to remind me that I am just as flawed as the next person.

Are you doing anything special for this giving season? I’d Love to hear about it.

Life is short; Make it count❣