On Overload


I don’t know about you, but I am on overload right now.

The harsh winter. The lack of sunshine this spring. Tsunami in Japan. All of the rain. Rising food costs. Rising gasoline costs. And now over 100 tornados in the south yesterday. And worse, seeing the massive destruction when day broke this morning. 

I just cannot wrap my mind around what I am seeing on the TV screen. My brain is having trouble comprehending all of the destruction. My psyche is like a circuit ready to blow.

I need some silliness before I can cope. I need some laughter. Just a little time so I can regroup.

So this morning I went in search of some ways to relieve my stress. Following are a few  of the ways I found that I think might work.

Stress Relievers


Jam tiny marshmallows up your nose and try to sneeze them out.


Use your Master Card to pay your Visa.V

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Pop some popcorn without putting the lid on.

When someone says “have a nice day”, tell them you have other plans.
Forget the Diet Center and send yourself a candy-gram.

Make a list of things to do that you’ve already done.

Drive to work in reverse.

Dance naked in front of your pets.

Put your toddler’s clothes on backwards and send him off to preschool as if nothing was wrong.

Retaliate for tax woes by filling out your tax forms with Roman Numerals.

Read the dictionary backwards and look for subliminal messages.

Bill your doctor for the time you spent waiting in his waiting room.

 That is  the kind of stress relief I am talking about!!

There is simply no better antidote to stress than a good belly laugh and lots of playful silliness.

Then last but not least, and I don’t know why, but watching this movie clip always makes me feel better.



I think it is Kelly’s  infectious joy! Was there ever a dancer so light, easy, and graceful on his feet? All the while he mocks the rain and tells it, “You can’t rain on my parade. I won’t let you!!”

Atta boy!!! That’s the spirit!!!

I feel better already.

Featured Recipe    Sun Dried Tomato and Cream Cheese Canapés

A canapé is a tasty bite-sized appetizer made of, what else,  a bite-sized base of bread, cracker, or pastry with some kind of a topping. It is  served as an appetizer or to accompany drinks.

I first ate these tasty morsels at a reception at a hotel years ago. It did not take me five minutes to figure out the ingredients. Any time I serve these the compliments flow. And they are simple as simple can be.

These would be great for all of the entertaining days coming up in the next few months: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations, and Weddings.

I don’t have specific ingredient amounts. I kind of make it up as I go.

This is what you will need:

Toast rounds and/or French baguettes

Spreadable or Whipped Cream cheese

Sun-dried tomatoes in oil


Here is what you do:

If not using toast rounds slice the bread. You can make simple rounds…..

……………….or you can get all fancy and cut the bread on a diagonal.

Using paper towels pat as much oil off the tomatoes as you can.

NOTE: When working with sun dried tomatoes in olive oil I move from my wood cutting board to a plastic one. Makes clean up much easier and does not leave  a  stain on the wood.

Dice the tomatoes.

Dice the parsley.

Create an assembly line……

Spread some of the cream cheese on each piece of bread, add a few of the tomatoe pieces, and then top with some of the parsley.

When finished making them all, plate and serve.


I made 80 canapés today.

Bon Appetit!!!!!!!


Toast rounds and/or French baguettes                 $5.88             

Spreadable or Whipped Cream cheese                 $1.00

Sun-dried tomatoes in oil                                    $2.99

Parsley                                                              $0.15

Total cost = $10.02

Cost per canapé = $0.13

NOTE: I used all of the bread and toast rounds, half of a jar of tomatoes, and a little more than half of the Cream cheese.

Quote of the Day

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.  
John Lennon
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