Monthly Relish

March Relish

Ever find a card that says exactly what you want to convey?  It’s as if the author of the card knew your inner most thoughts and emotions.  Well that’s exactly how I felt when I read my last transmission of positive thoughts for the month of February. The site is a wonderful website that post (or emails should you subscribe) encouraging positive thoughts to brighten your day…very similar to our Monday Minute.  I had been brooding over the theme for the month of March and when I read the words of Jean Wilson, author of the last positive thought post for February, I knew that transformation was it!


by Jean Wilson

No more meekly saying ‘yes’
When my heart is screaming ‘no’
No more taming of my feelings
So my power won’t show
No more hiding my exuberance
From disapproving eyes
No more watering down myself
So my spirit won’t rise

No more ‘smalling up’ of me
Pretending I am not here
No more running from the music
And the spotlight’s glare
No more living in this prison
Barricaded by my fears
No more turning and retreating
In the face of new frontiers

Even as I am speaking
I am taking shape and form
Harnessing my powers
Like a gathering storm
There’s no obstacle so bold
As to dare stand in my way
I am taking back my life
And I am doing it today.


I read this and was overwhelmed with a renewed spirit. March is the time of year when we spring clean; purposely get rid of old things while making room for new and we eagerly look forward to the end of weather induced hibernation. Just as things in nature that were once dormant emerge with vitality, beauty, and purpose so will I.

Jean, although we’ve never met, I thank you for your words.  In being transparent and expressing your yourself,  you’ve inspired me.


~Michaela Jenean


Got My Blendtec on Deck

Most people contact companies to complain. Think about it…how many times have you contacted a company to offer kudos for a job well done? If I were answering the question honestly, I’d admit that my own calls of praise have been limited, although I’m diligently working to increase my calls of commendation. To my surprise, the opportunity to increase my balance of positive calls came sooner than later.


A year ago, I purchased a Blendtec® – “the last blender you’ll ever own” as proclaimed by the company itself. I most certainly concurred with their tagline, as I absolutely loved my Blendtec®. The Blendtec® could do no wrong, and as a result, I found reasons to use it almost on a daily basis. Fast-forward a year later. In the middle of making an amazing drink, I noticed fluid leaking from the jar. Failed attempts to rectify the problem, led me to contact the company.


I went online and discovered that Blendtec® has a fool-proof warranty forum for faulty blenders. You tell them the problem and they contact you within in 48 hours with a solution. In 24 hours, I received an email with both good and bad news. The bad news was that my old jar was beyond repair. The good news was that they were sending me a new jar. True to my promise, I followed up and praised the company not only for my new jar, but for the stellar customer service.


Now…would I have been eager to give kudos if they hadn’t fix my problem? I’m inclined to think so… (perches lips and gives side-eye).

We tried it

Steak n Shake

Restaurant Burger

Restaurant Burger

While growing up in St. Louis, going to Steak ‘n Shake was the ultimate treat. The restaurant was reminiscent of a retro diner and served some of the best cooked-to-order steak burgers and handmade milkshakes. After 80 years in business, Steak ‘n Shake now has some 400 locations, (mainly in the Midwest) and continues the tradition of serving some of the country’s best, freshest, and tastiest burgers and shakes. While this is true of the Steak ‘n Shake restaurants, the same cannot be said of the Steak ‘n Shake frozen items carried by grocers. Continue reading

Monthly Relish

February Relish

Much Adu about LOVE

Valentine’s Day is one of many commodified holidays grossly advertised for the sole intent of making money…in this case, construct LOVE is the commodity. Clearly, people have no problem financially expressing their “LOVE,” as Valentine’s Day is an 18 billion dollar business. The flowers die, the candy gets eaten up, and the lingerie gets destroyed in a couple minutes, but what happens to the LOVE? Is it sustained? Was it ever there? Like many constructs: an idea or theory containing various conceptual elements, typically considered to be subjective and not based on empirical evidence, love can be difficult to define. Continue reading

We tried it

Oceano Bistro


As birthdays are a huge deal for me, I pondered long and hard for the perfect place to celebrate the blessing of another year of life. I wanted an intimate setting, great location with orgasmically delicious offerings… Oceano Bistro was the stand out winner. St. Louis’ “premiere” fresh fish bistro, allows foodies the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy what our coastal counterparts partake in all the time…Superb succulent seafood! Because it was a very special occasion, my friends and I celebrated in style ordering several bottles of wine, appetizers, multiple entrees, and desserts. Fresh baked bread accompanied by roasted red pepper pesto/olive oil for dipping was served while we awaited our meal. Continue reading

Monthly Relish

January Relish

jan-relishCold blistering temperatures, howling winds, ice, snowstorms, slick roads, school and flight cancellations etc.… are very common during month of January. Such extreme temperatures definitely impact our daily duties. Things that were once simple now require time and planning. For example, leaving to go anywhere is now a twenty minute ordeal as you have warm up the car, put on layers of clothes before leaving, and drive slowly.

Yes, winter blues has the ability to set in and damper one’s spirit but as the saying goes, the cup is half empty or half full…perception being the determining factor. I choose to see the glass half full and face January with a recrudescent attitude and relish in activities that warm me spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Continue reading

Confessions of a Food Snob

Father forgive me for I have sinned

confessionalSomewhere on this journey to healthy eating I took a wrong turn. I was hypnotized into believing that the more food cost the better it taste and of course better it is for me. In doing so I have to admit that I had become somewhat of a food snob. The operative word in the prior sentence is “had” because I made a conscientious effort to reposition my nose by taking it out of the air!  Continue reading