Everything E, well, not everything.



Elderberry – 1 cup has approx. 106 calories.




Eggplant – 1 cup has 20 calories.


Lighter Eggplant Parmesan



Endive – 1/2 cup = 4 calories





Body Part:

Ears.  “If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two tongues and one ear.” Mark Twain.

Listening Skills:

1. Stop Talking – Don’t talk, listen. When somebody else is talking listen to what they are saying, do not interrupt, talk over them or finish their sentences for them. Stop, just listen.

2. Prepare Yourself to Listen – Relax. Focus on the speaker. Put other things out of mind.

3. Put the Speaker at Ease – Help the speaker to feel free to speak. Nod or use other gestures or words to encourage them to continue. Show you are listening and understanding what is being said.

4. Remove Distractions – Focus on what is being said: don’t doodle, shuffle papers, look out the window, pick your fingernails or similar.

5. Empathise – Try to understand the other person’s point of view.  Look at issues from their perspective.

6. Be Patient –  Never interrupt or finish a sentence for someone.

7. Avoid Personal Prejudice – Try to be impartial. Don’t become irritated and don’t let the person’s habits or mannerisms distract you from what they are really saying.

8. Listen to the Tone – Volume and tone both add to what someone is saying.

9. Listen for Ideas – Not Just Words – You need to get the whole picture, not just isolated bits and pieces.

10. Wait and Watch for Non-Verbal Communication – Gestures, facial expressions, and eye-movements can all be important.  We don’t just listen with our ears but also with our eyes.



Whether riding a horse on a pony trek at the beach or in a show, horse riding is great for your posture and core muscles.

Riding a horse for the first time is something you’ll never forget, a well worth experience if you get the chance.

Grooming a horse is an exercise in itself. I love grooming a horse. Horses love being groomed! They are big babies when it comes to this. Most of the horses I know love getting a bath. You can really burn calories when you bathe them.

Give  a horse a hug! You’ll be glad you did!


These are my two girls April and May.