Friday, June 8, 2012

World's Ocean Day

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

Jacques Cousteau

In the words of famous explorer Jacques Cousteau, today I want to pay tribute to my favorite place our planet earth, the Oceans.

Today is World Oceans Day, a day in which we need to honor and celebrate this wonderful body of water that links us all, for what it provides and what it represents.

But why are Oceans important (you might ask)?

The Oceans cover about 2/3 of the Earth's surface which helps create the atmosphere in which we live. 

These great body of waters impact our daily weather and climate. But most importantly the Oceans are home to thousands of marine species and invertebrates, creating amazing habitats that we can only imagine.

So, what can we do to honor and help such an amazing and important part of our planet?

Perhaps we think that one individual cannot make a difference, but that is not true.Every day tons of plastic and garbage gets thrown into the sea, making it hard for sea animals to swim and in some cases they even get killed when confusing food with garbage.

But we can make a difference, with simple changes:

Stop using single-use plastic water bottles.  In nearly all cases, the water out of your tap is just as safe – if not safer – than the water distributed in single-use plastic bottles.   Instead, buy and use a reusable bottle and fill it with water.

Stop using plastic grocery bags.  Each year over one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide.  Because these bags are so light and thin, they are easily carried by the wind out into the environment.  Instead, use reusable bags to get your groceries and other purchases home.

Buy a reusable travel mug.  Use a reusable travel mug or to-go cup for your coffee, tea and other beverage purchases.  Think of all the lids (as well as the waxed paper cups) you’ll save.

Always look for alternative packaging. Many items such as soft drinks, detergent, cat litter, etc. come in alternate packaging (such as aluminum or cardboard) that can be more easily recycled than plastic.

Buy and sell secondhand before tossing it.  Clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, household supplies, sporting goods and many other consumer items can often be found through secondhand sources, thereby reducing the amount of new plastic entering the waste stream.

If each one of us makes a pledge to at least change one of our ways with plastic and garbage, I know that  together can make a difference from this...

To this...

Being that I live on a piece of land surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Ocean is a HUGE part of my daily life, I am an avid swimmer and diver, considering it almost like my natural habitat, so I myself pledge to protect it and make a difference today and every day for future generations... Are you with me?

Here's to many more centuries of cleaner oceans, for me and you and future generations!!!

Happy World's Ocean Day and happy weekend : )

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

in transit

As Venus was in transit by the face of the Sun (yesterday), I am glad to say so we are, weather is been beautiful the past few days, making up for those torrential rains a few weeks ago!

So, yesterday after work I got home and my husband was watching the whole spectacle that Venus was putting for us to enjoy, he even took some amazing photos of the whole thing, so if you were not as lucky to have such view yesterday, just visit his blog here and see the pics!

Monday was a holiday so we went visit my Brother and SIL, had a great time with them and it was so awesome to see them again, on our drive back while my hubby did the driving I took some pictures (with Instagram- of course!)...

Coconuts & Casuarinas
Old Caymanian Porch
Boddentown Bike Ride
For those readers that are on Instagram and feel like following me (promise to follow back!), my user name is Caymansunshine.

Have a great Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Now, that's a yard!

Over the weekend we hired some gardeners to come and do some very much needed landscaping in our yard that was over grown and massively high in some areas after the rain we had a few weeks ago.

So we went from this...

To this now...

And from this...

To this...

Of course it now looks all brown, but I am sure it would get pretty green once we get the next shower.

I am so happy I decided to do this because our yard needed a bit of form and such a thing can only really be accomplished by actual gardeners (well I could probably do it but it would be a hell of a huge job!)...

Now, if only we could get those annoying chickens to stop digging on every plant, then we can really have a nice yard!

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday OFF

There's nothing like starting the week with a day off.... Makes you really appreciate the other 4 business days, right? Well maybe not, but it's still very nice!

Today we are home but going to visit my Brothers and SIL in the afternoon, haven't seem my brother in more than a month as he was away in Saudi Arabia on business, glad he is back!

Many years ago I read a wonderful book  "Como Agua Para Chocolate" or in English "Like Water for Chocolate" by Mexican author Laura Esquivel.

It is a great love story that tells the life of Tita, the youngest of 3 sisters that was pretty much born and raised in the kitchen and mainly because she was the youngest, her Mother decided that it is her faith to never marry so in the future she will take care of her in old age.

Tita grows to be a wonderful cook and with her delicious and in her almost magical recipes she literally puts all her emotions in every dish which she passes along to all those that eat them... The she falls in love with the wrong person, her love is corresponded but because of her faith she is unable to fulfill it...

There's much more of the story that I don't quite remember right now...

Then, years later (after I read the book) the movie came out and like most books that are turned into movies, it was not as good as the written version, but it was a good movie over all.

Why am I now after all these years thinking about such a story?

Well, on Saturday I tried a new recipe for flour less chocolate cookies and while trying to melt some chocolate, then it dawned on me a possibility of why such a story has that name...

I have to say it wasn't the first time I've ever melted chocolate, in fact I've done it many times before very successfully, but on Saturday I learn the hard way, what not to do.

I guess I was in a hurry to get it done so by mistake I set the water on the double burned too high and by the time it started boiling, the water splashed on the chocolate and that did it, I was never able to melt it.

So after about 1/2 hour trying to melt it, I gave up and went to do some research online. Well almost every articles on the subject says that once water touches the chocolate it will become dry and hard, making it impossible to melt...

Well, perhaps now after years of reading the story by Mrs. Esquivel, I finally think this could be the reason why she decided on such a name for her book... Or maybe not!

Anyway, I started all over again, and the second time on the melting process was a success and so was the recipe for the cookies....

If you ever have the chance to read the book and specially if you like to cook, I am sure you'll enjoy it. It's available via Amazon here in both Kindle and Paperback edition, I know I am reading it again on my Kindle.

Also on Saturday before my melting "ordeal" I went out to lunch with my hubby and we stopped by a local kitchen ware store that I absolutely love and that I had a gift certificate I won last year at some event... Well, it was time for me to find something to add to my kitchen and I am very, very pleased with my purchase.

I got some very stylish and useful Joseph Joseph Nest Utensils, I love them!

Are those cool or what?!?!? This store has so many amazing kitchen utensils and gadgets that I want to buy it all...

This past weekend I downloaded the very much acclaimed "Game of Thrones" Season 1, can't wait to watch it to see what's all about and why so many people are raving about it... Have you watched and like it or not?

Have a wonderful Monday and and eve better week!


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