Saturday, 14 January 2017

Practicing Retirement

What is a workaholic supposed to do when retirement looms ahead them?

This question has plagued me for the past year, when my early retirement date came and went.

Many find it very difficult to understand my none retirement, my reluctance to walk away from an 8:30 to 4:30 job into the amazing world of, do what you want when you want!

And here lays the horror of retirement for a workaholic, what do you do with all that time?  Sitting around knitting sweater after sweater does not sound like fun and while knitting is both relaxing and enjoyable life is fuller, holds more meaning now.

There is purpose and meaning in a career, order and routine, engagement with new ideas, people and learning.

These are things that have brought meaning to much of life for the past 30 years.

Yes, family, friends, community and church are also part of what bring meaning to life however we are not expected to enjoy saying good bye to these when we turn 55, 60 or 65.

Retirement, however is not something that can be put off forever, eventually aging will overcome ability and the value we offer our employers diminishes at which point we are asked to leave.

Forced retirement is not what is desired either.

Retirement counselors all ask the same questions, what new new goals do you have, what new challenges are you ready to tackle?

Here is the second horror of retirement, I don’t know what I want to do! 

I do not have a bucket list!

When I shared my predicament with a wise woman she laughed, “Practice retiring.”

Practice retiring?

I was challenged to look around my community, find classes, groups, social clubs and explore them to determine if they will bring new ideas, people and learning into my life.

So it was that I found myself in a watercolor class today at our local library and who knows maybe I might become an artist.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Friday, 13 January 2017

Beet Brownies

In the long cold dark Canadian winters root vegetables like beets sustain us and remind us of our summer gardens.

Beets are more than just a side vegetable they also add flavour and nutrition to many salads and desserts, like today's Brownie recipe.  When there are leftover cooked beets we shredded them in our food processor in 2 cups containers for use in soups, salads or desserts.

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cups Coco powder
  • 2/3 cup butter/margarine
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded beets
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Shift all dry ingredients together
  3. Beat together butter, eggs and vanilla
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry
  5. Add beets
  6. Add chocolate chips
  7. For thicker brownies spread the batter on an 8 x 8 baking dish lined with parchment paper
  8. We prefer thinner brownies so we spread our batter into a 9 X 12 pan lined with parchment paper
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted.
  10. Remove from oven and sprinkle 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top of brownie and spread as they melt.
From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Monday, 9 January 2017

What makes a great parent?

For that matter what makes a great Grandparent?

They are the same things that make a great teacher.

These are individuals who are able to

empower, motivate and cultivate:



 sense of belonging and 

responsibility to the family/community.

Be mindful in how you parent and instruct young minds.

Challenge yourself to explore the words of Lao Tzu

and understand them in the context of how you parent.

We do not have quick and easy answers to give you.

We are the same path as we daily seek to parent, 

instruct and live our lives through these words of 

Lao Tzu.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The heavens were opened

And God Blessed His People with Peace

What is the peace that we are blessed with?

It is not the absence of war, for many people live in war torn countries and humanity is bent on settling disagreements through conflict of one sort or another.

And peace is also defined as a state of tranquility or quiet a reprieve from the troubles and surround you.

Over the past few months, God’s blessing of peace has entered our lives through the actions of friends, strangers and the dying.

God visited peace on us in the depth of our grief, when a beloved Great Grandmother, summons all of her strength to smile and kiss her infant Great Granddaughter and when the child said more, another kiss was summoned and we in the room knew peace and a sense of family in that moment.

God visited peace upon an exhausted woman weary from working all day when a tattooed and pierced teenager stood up and offered her his seat on the bus.  They smiled at each other and she knew peace and a sense of community in that moment.

God visited peace upon an anxious panic stricken mother when in her frantic search for a missing purse is tapped on the shoulder by a homeless man, “here is your purse it dropped out of your stroller” he turns and walks away, to have the mother hurry after him to say thank you.  In that moment they both knew peace and sense of community.

 The heavens were opened and the spirit of compassion, family, service and connectedness descended on humanity.

We experience God’s peace in relationships with each other, in the care we offer and receive.

There is no exclusivity in God’s peace and nor should there be in our care for each other.
Acts 10:34 “I now realize how true it is that God treats everyone the same”
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings: Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 3:13-17.

Sunset at the beach reflected

Four images of how the sunset is reflected in the waves Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls