Showing posts from January, 2014

The Saturday Trust—Choosing the Right TTE

The Right Stuff

Let's start with what it takes to be a good trustee from both the perspective of someone who is currently in this role and from the standpoint of someone who is setting up a trust.  

#1:  Fiduciary Responsibility

From the Free Online Dictionary

fiduciary 1) n. from the Latin fiducia, meaning "trust," a person (or a business like a bank or stock brokerage) who has the power and obligation to act for another, often called the beneficiary, under circumstances which require total trust, good faith and honesty.
A fiduciary relationship encompasses the idea of faith and confidence and is generally established only when the confidence given by one person is actually accepted by the other person. Mere respect for another individual's judgment or general trust in his or her character is ordinarily insufficient for the creation of a fiduciary relationship. The duties of a fiduciary include loyalty and reasonable care of the assets within custody. All of the fiducia…

Thursday Mini-Post: 2 Cute Kitty Vids

Japanese cats are extra cute!

Start with this one introducing the real 9 cats...

Maru in a lion mane attacks toy safari're welcome! 

Keep watching...It's a cat party at the end.  :)

Monday—Holiday Special: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.  ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I HAVE A DREAM ~ August 28, 1963 ~ Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery: Beatle Cats

The Fab Four were cat people...

All of these pix came from Google images, but no one sited the names of the photographers.  I'll continue to search for them, but meanwhile, enjoy these cool pix of the Beatles and their feline friends.

Thursday Mini-Post: 80's Dating Vid

Oh, my goodness...LOL!  

Given the choice between having kids and dating in the 80's, I'll take childbirth without anesthesia.

Tuesday's Cupboard—Healthy Veggie Risotto

Start off the New Year with this delicious and hearty shrimp & vegetable risotto.  This dish is even better heated up as leftovers the next night!  

Adapted from Weight Watcher's Magazine January /February 2014

Serving Size:  A generous 1/4 cup
Serves 6
Level of difficulty:  Medium
Preparation time:  45 minutes

Nutritional Info:  1/4 serving; 229 cal, 4 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 645 mg salt, 35 g total carb, 5 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein, 81 mg calcium.  Points Plus = 6

Shrimp & Vegetable Risotto
Ingredients 4 cups of chicken stock (I use double cubes of organic chicken bullion in 4 cups of water zapped in the microwave for 4 minutes; stir to dissolve the bullion cubes)
2 tsp. olive oil1 sweet yellow onion, sliced or chopped chunky-style1 c. Arborio rice1/4 c. dry white wine2 fresh garlic cloves, chopped OR 2 tsp. jarred chopped garlic in H201 pkg. of pre-cut & peeled fresh butternut squash from Safeway & Whole Foods1/2 c. water1/2…

Monday—The 71st Golden Globes Recap

For today's coffee break...

In case you missed it, here is last night's Golden Globes opening monologue with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

And, the winners are...

Nominated:  Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, Rush

Nominated:  Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street

ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:  Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Nominated:  Sandra Bullock_Gravity, Judi Dench_Philomena, Emma Thompson_Saving Mr. Banks, Kate Winslet_Labor Day

ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:  Matthew McConaughey_Dallas Buyers Club
Nominated:  Chiwetel Ejiofor_12 Years A Slave, Idris Elba_Mandela, Tom Hanks_Captain Phillips, Robert Redford_All Is Lost

Nominated:  Julie Delpy_Before Midnight, Greta Gerwig_Frances Ha, Julia Louis-Dreyfus_Enough Said, Meryl Streep_August: Osage County


Sunday—Making Happiness Real

Putting the "happy" into Happy New Year!

I'm taking the easy way out and linking to a really good blog post about happiness by Wordpress blogger, Leslie G. Nelson.  I found it because she shared my "gratitude" wallpaper, the most downloaded Photoshop project I've ever done.  Turns out, I completed it last year at the beginning of 2013.  It was a New Year's project!

Click HERE to read Leslie's post.  Check out this YouTube on the connection between gratitude and happiness.

The Science of Happiness by SoulPancake

And, since it's a lazy day for me as far as blogging goes, I'm going to add another link to a YouTube vid that will make you smile and laugh.  I love this kid...

20 Things We Should Say More Often by Kid President 

For me, what I say is not as important as how I say it.  Admittedly, it's something I need to work on.  Here are the 20 things I need to say in a kinder, gentler way...enjoy!  

2.  What's wrong with you …

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery

New MiniMoo cards for my new job as trustee

Click HERE if you want to order your own MiniMoo cards 

($19.99 for 100 different images)

Tuesday's Cupboard—Avocado Hummus with Coriander & Lemon

Try this fantastic fresh avo hummus from food blogger, Natalie Ward

Look for succulent Meyer lemons if you can still find them in early Spring at the beginning of avo season.

I love Natalie's suggestion to use this as a late-night supper with toasted tortillas cut into quarters.  It would also be wonderful with toasted pitas.

Serve with fresh, sliced oranges; a side of spring greens with herbs & heirloom baby tomatoes; and a glass of sangria over ice.  Yummmm

Click HERE to go to Natalie's food blog & get the recipe.

Monday—The Reading Corner: 52 Book Challenge for 2014

Saw this on my favorite online book club, The Library Thing

Library Thing 2014 Book Challenge
Looking for a fun reading challenge for 2014?

The Library Thing goal is to read 75 books in a year.  I could do that!  That's about 6 or 7 books a month, or 2 a week.  Alright, so maybe I can't do that.  Seriously, who has time to read that many books??!  It won't work with my new normal as trustee of my dad's estate.  A more realistic goal would be...say, 2 or 3 books a month.  Or, a book a week might be doable if they weren't too long.

Dontstealmypen's 2014 Book Challenge
Alright, so I'm resetting this goal at a book a week, 52 books in a year.  One has to leave time for dancing, after all.

Each week, I will post the book that I've read.  To be fair to the books that start out slow, but end with a bang, I make it a personal rule to finish every book.  I may skim over pages if I start to lose interest...but I finish.

I am addicted to detective novels.  I am c…

The Saturday Trust—The New Normal

Everything I've learned about administering a family trust

The New Normal
For those of you who don't already know, my dad died on November 26, 2013, two days before Thanksgiving.  From that point on, my life changed with one powerful stroke.  When the phone rang at around 5:30 that evening, I was pulling a pot out of the cupboard beneath the stove and thinking about making mashed potatoes.

The coroner said that she was sorry to tell me that my dad had passed away earlier that day.  I was stunned.  Unless you've ever been stunned, you don't know what it's like.  The air seems to leave the room, and all light fades.  There is no emotion whatsoever, just a feeling of floating in crystal clear water.  No feeling, no breath, just a sense of being cut loose from all that is known and normal.

In the absence of all feeling, there is a purposeful calm.  I asked the right questions, burrowing into the facts so that panic could not emerge from a lock box of anxiety.  Knowledg…

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery: New Year Bouquet

Happy 2014!

Thursday Mini-Post: Dogs & Cats Being Shot with Fingers

Love the human and doggie sound fx!

First, the good dogs...

Now, the wonder cats...

Holiday Special: Happy New Year 2014!

Auld Lang Syne 2013

Enjoy this beautiful version of Auld Lang Syne by Dougie MacLean with the original Scottish lyrics and English translation.  To remove the gray pop-up text, hover your cursor over the top right corner of the pop-up window to bring up the small "x" and click.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne? CHORUS:For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne. CHORUSWe two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne. CHORUSWe two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine†;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne. CHORUSAnd there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for a…