Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Ronin!!!

I am again celebrating my youngest grandbaby's 4th birthday.  I asked him a few days ago if he was looking forward to his birthday and he said yes and pretty soon after his 4th birthday, he's going to be 5.  It's interesting that when we are young, we can't wait to be older and when we are older, we don't want time to go too quickly.  I am thinking that I must be in the middle somewhere because time seems to be going as fast as I want it to go. I think that's a good thing.

As soon as I get a birthday picture, I'll post it here so if you are reading this Sunita, you'll have to remember to send me one.  See you all next week in Edmonton!  Can't wait. Only 8 more sleeps till our Alaska cruise!!!!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Book Reviews: Food Politics; Safe Food

Most of you may never have heard of Canadian Dimension magazine but it originated in Winnipeg. It considers itself "an independent forum for Left-wing political thought and discussion — including just about the entire range of what passes for the Left in Canada. A few years ago we adopted the banner “a magazine for people who want to change the world.” (I took this directly from their web page), so I am quite honoured that they accepted my book reviews for publication.
 If you have not read Food Politics, you should put it on your "To Read" list.  I read and reviewed it  Book Review: Food Politics. almost 3 years ago and it was quite an eye opener.  If you have ever had food poisoning or heard about endless food recalls, you should read it

The other book is titled Safe Food. I have also read and reviewed this one  Book Review: Safe Food .  It's a telling tale about food lobbyists and the amount of manipulation that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to nutrition labelling.  I have been a nutrition label reader for almost 40 years so I am glad that food packages these days are more informative than listing thee ingredients in food.  I don't know about you but I would like this extended to restaurant meals as well.  Some restaurants say they list it on their websites but I for one do not read and/or print the nutrition facts prior to going out for dinner  This information would be useful when I am about to order, not several hours before going out.  If it becomes standard practice, then all restaurants will have comply not only the ones who are voluntarily doing it.

With a nation of saltaholics and sugaraholics, we should be paying as much attention to what we eat as to how much we eat and that includes genetically modified foods. 

Canadian Dimension has a lot of other great articles for perusal.  Check it out sometime. 

Here's to healthy foods or better yet,
here's to supporting the slow food movement...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Congratulations to Eddie and his family!

Congratulations to you and to your daughter Eddie (and of course the rest of the family) on the birth of her second child - baby Musa.  It must be an especially auspicious time to be born during the month of Ramadan.  

As I understand it, during the month of Ramadan, God revealed the first five books of the Qur'an to Prophet Muhammad.  Muslims who live by the 5 Pillars of Islam are expected to fast during this time as a way of spiritually cleansing themselves.  The Five Pillars are:

  1. Shahada - the belief that there is only one God - Allah - and Muhammad is his messenger 
  2. Salat -5 daily prayers at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and evening
  3. Sawm - ritual fasting, fasting for repentance and ascetic fasting
  4. Zakat - obligatory charitable giving based on accumulated wealth
  5. Hajj - pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca
Eddie is fasting this month and I know how much of a challenge it is, especially when the days are long like they are in the summer.  Good for you Eddie and the rest of my Muslim family who are also fasting.


Monday, August 08, 2011

Happy Birthday Sabreena!!

My grandbaby celebrated her 4th birthday today.  She wanted to go to Montana's (the restaurant not the state) for dinner because they give you crayons and you can draw on the tablecloth.  She was very cute in her black and white polka dot dress and her little silver shoes - almost like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.  When dinner was over, the restaurant staff gave her a party hat to wear and they sang happy birthday to her.  She loved it!

Breen with her party hat!
After that, we went to Sharm's for birthday cupcakes.  Sabreena wanted carrot cupcakes with coconut so that's what she got.  And of course she had to wear her other party hat - the one she got when she was 1. 

Sophie gave her a pair of birthday sunglasses so she added that to her ensemble!!

 Is that cute or what?  Do I have the cutest grandchildren?  Of COURSE!!!