Depression

 

 

depression

We Drink Because We’re Poets posted this on facebook yesterday, I wanted to share it here.

As one commenter said that the above statement was “hauntingly beautiful and painfully true.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Many people who suffer from Depression can seem happy on the outside but on the inside are fighting a daily battle of severe and persistent feelings of worthlessness, self-blame, sadness and hopelessness.

A major depressive disorder — usually just called “depression” — is different than the “blues”. Someone experiencing depression is grappling with feelings of severe despair over an extended period of time. Almost every aspect of their life can be affected, including their emotions, physical health, relationships and work. For people with depression, it does not feel like there is a “light at the end of the tunnel” — there is just a long, dark tunnel.
Canadian Mental Health Association

Haupia

Haupia is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings in Hawaii.

Haupia

 

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) can coconut milk
4 -6 tablespoons sugar
4 -6 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (vanilla or Coconut rum can be used)
toasted coconut, for topping (optional)

Directions

Pour coconut milk into saucepan.
Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in water and blend well.
Stir sugar mixture into coconut milk; cook and stir over low heat until thickened add coconut extract.
Pour into 8-inch square pan and chill covered until firm.
Cut into 2-inch squares. Garnish with toasted coconut.

Wednesdays Child is full of Woe

I would say “Happy Wednesday!” but I’m not saying it today!
It was not a happy day to start, I should have stayed in bed!
Although if you take into consideration that I woke up I guess maybe it was a happy day after all depending on who you talk to 😀 😀

Bentley had a sleepover last night, he and I love sleepovers!
You can read about Bentley baby here ,here, here and here!!  😀 😀
I had made some chocolate mounds/haystacks last night and the girls and I ate a few, there were about 15-20 of them left separated by wax paper.

I put them in a Tupperware container with the lid on and left them on the counter.. 😦
He is not quite 1 yet, still a puppy for another 2+ years!
He had thrown up this morning and was very dopey, even during the car ride to work.
I had only been at work about an hour and kept checking on him, calling his name, checking his breathing. I called the vet and she suggested bringing him in to check his vitals.

It was strongly advised to “hospitalize” him for the day and possibly the night…I called the guys to let them know what was happening. Usually they need to “force feed” charcoal but not Bentley Baby, they gave him the charcoal mixed with canned food and like magic..GONE! They gave him a sedative, an IV and some other meds I can’t pronounce and took him out every hour to pee. When I was leaving I told the vet when they took him out to pee/poop that he would circle numerous times until he found the perfect spot!!! *Once a mother, always a mother* That’s like telling Buddha how to stay calm….REALLY did I actually say this to the vet and get away with it?! She had a huge smile on her face and said they would take good care of him. 😀

He stayed the afternoon, during his stay, he pulled out his IV they needed to put it in his other arm and “CONE” him, even sedated he was a handful and I was called asking when I could pick him up *Laughing out Loud*!!(that part really is not true, just tried to add some draawma to the story) They did however call and say he was ready to go home, the guys were not scheduled back home until later tonight so I went and picked him up, we were only at the house for about 10 minutes when they arrived they must have driven at a great speed to get home from the “Big Smoke” to see their boy!

Poor Bentley Baby is back home with the guys tonight with blackened lips from the charcoal and a clean system and the dreaded “CONE”.

my baby

Poor Baby, I pulled over and got him in the back seat so he could lie down with the cone there was no hope of that in the front seat of my little Nissan

The Vet and Vet technician that looked after Bentley were amazing and treated me with the same kindness.
I was waiting for the vet to come and talk to me when the receptionist came in and said the vet would be a few more minutes and offered coffee or tea and I declined but in typical Angie style requested a Scotch on the rocks!! sorry Mum 😀

So I guess it was a pretty amazing day after all!!!

Bentleys  Chocolate Mounds

chocolate mounds

I have been “non baking” these since elementary school, soooo goooood!!

Ingredients

6  tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3  cups oatmeal
1  cup coconut

Directions
Boil first 4 ingredients for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour over oatmeal and coconut and mix well.
Drop tsp fulls onto wax paper and wait until dry and easy to lift off paper.