Shake It Up Thursday on a larger scale….

I realized that I have incorporated many new things into my routine as a result of Shake It Up Thursday. Last Thursday I played the accordion at work, which has very nicely become part of my usual routine. I now play my accordion every third Thursday prior to dinner, and I have even been put on the activities schedule!!

I decided that I really need to be doing more — not just to shake things up on a personal level, but to speak up and have my voice be heard. So today for the first time, I contacted one of my state senators to state my opinion on an upcoming vote. You can say that this senator is going to vote a certain way regardless of my input, so why bother sending an email. But if I just comment to those around me, I really have not done anything beneficial.



Shaking It Up by Having A New Routine

So you may remember that I have started to play the accordion — it has sort of taken over my life, but I am OK with that. I do still find time to sew, so life is good…..

A number of weeks ago I needed to bring my accordion into work, because you can’t leave an accordion in a car. It will get too hot, and it isn’t good for the instrument. So I had mentioned to someone in the activities department at work that I was going to have my instrument, and she set me up as actual entertainment! My first gig!!

Since I am having lessons every third Thursday — well you can see where I am going with this…..  I have since played a second time at work on a Thursday. I have my list of songs that are good for singing along, and I do take requests! I actually got a few requests for next time – On Wisconsin and The Yellow Rose of Texas.

So this Thursday will be my next accordion mini-concert, as my publicist (!) refers to my 15 minute concert.

So on other topics, a friend at work decided to Shake It Up last Thursday by wearing a skirt and top to work! It is fun that this impacts others as well. And I did put different toppings on my salad this past Thursday.

Remember to continue to Shake It Up!!




Shake It Up by going back to the usual

So what’s new? I continue to try to do different things on Thursdays – some weeks are more successful than others.

So this Thursday I decided to do things that have been part of my routine in the past, but that I haven’t done in awhile — for example writing my blogpost!!  I started the day by going for a run. That is not terribly out of the ordinary, but I did take Sunny for a short walk after I got back home.

I decided to eat strictly plant based today – also something that I have not done as much lately. No meat, no dairy, no eggs. LOTS of vegetables and other yummy foods.

What else was different?  I actually spent the evening sewing. My accordion practicing has taken over my sewing time, so it was nice to spend the evening working on a sewing project. I am making a fanny pack; however, waist pack sounds much more sophisticated.   🙂



Work in progress.


Have a great day!!



Shake It Up by Playing the Accordion

I haven’t posted in awhile. Turns out I have more followers, which I find a bit intimidating, but so be it. As they say, Just do it. Oh wait, that is probably a different blog……

So if you really want to Shake It Up, go for the gusto! I started accordion lessons, and I purchased a beautiful black Titano accordion. This has become more than just a Thursday thing, since I am practicing about an hour everyday.

So why the accordion? I have always been drawn to accordion music. My grandfather had one in his basement — my brother and I are not sure why he had one. I think someone left it in the taxi he drove back in the 60’s. Nobody really played it, but it was there. As an adult I have managed to find accordion players wherever I travel. My not-very-musical ear is somehow drawn to the sound of the instrument.

My midlife crisis purchase was a sewing machine, and now for my this landmark birthday it is an accordion. At any rate, it is cheaper than a Porsche!

So what did I do this past Thursday? I tried to keep things light at work. I told a few jokes that at least I thought were funny. Just generally had a nice pleasant day. And of course, at the end of the day I practiced my accordion!!!




My beautiful accordion!



Shake It Up Thursday for all 3 meals

In case in is a surprise to anyone, I do not do a lot of cooking. I think about food all day long at work, since that is my job. I help make menus, I talk to other people about what they eat, and my day basically revolves around food. So when it comes to cooking dinner, I have already fulfilled my quota of thinking about food for the day!
I like to think that when my kids were still living at home that I was a relatively good cook. They might not really agree with that, but I did make a pretty good spaghetti with meat sauce.  It is not that I don’t know how to cook, I just choose to do other things with my time.

So it came as a surprise to me that I decided to make my own meals for a full day. For lunch I usually stop at a grocery store on my way to work to make a salad from the salad bar. I had recently decided to bring my salads instead of buying them. But at any rate, since I had made breakfast at home and made my own lunch, I decided to also make dinner. I cooked up some frozen fish and whipped up some veggies, and voila, there was dinner!

So there you have it — 3 meals a day during the week — outside of my usual.

Have a great week, and remember to Shake It Up Thursday!


This is  what my salad should have looked like.   🙂








Shaking Up the Holidays

Happy New Year to All! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

I decided that I would make a different potato pancake this year for Chanukah, so I found a recipe (perhaps on a Thursday?) for Sweet Potato Latkes made with chickpea flour. Guess what? They were delicious! I’m not sure if it was because of the sweet potatoes or the chickpea flour or a combination of the two which made them so tasty, but we certainly enjoyed them.



An actual picture of the pancakes, instead of a random pic from the internet



So what I do for Christmas this year? Nothing different. I could go with the line that it was not a Thursday, so I didn’t need to do anything differently. The truth is that I really enjoy the same cranberry bread that I make every year. After all, sometimes traditions are best left unchanged.     🙂


Wishing everyone a happy New Year, and remember to Shake It Up!!




Shaking Up Food Waste

I have done lots of things to shake things up since I started with my blog. I have been writing the blog for almost a year and actually started the idea of Shake It Up Thursday almost 2 years ago.

But my question has become how can have this blog have a positive impact for others as well. My dear friend Karla and I did use this blog to collect winter coats to donate, and that was a good thing.  And here is my new topic — cutting down on food waste.

There is a lot of food wasted on the food production side, but there is also an incredible amount of food wasted in individual homes. So I decided I am going to start doing my small part to cut down on food waste. After all, our grandparents didn’t waste food. Everything got eaten. Vegetables went into soups and leftovers went into casseroles. When my dad would eat an apple he would eat everything except the seeds and the stem!

So even though it was not on a Thursday, here is what I did to cut down on food waste.

I was making a nice root vegetable dish that used fresh thyme and parsley. I looked at the leftover  thyme and parsley stems and thought to myself, “gee, I should not just throw this out!” I decided to make a vegetable stock, and tossed in the thyme and parsley stems and some sad looking celery that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, and some onion and carrots.

I am also trying to eat more/waste less when I have an apple. I am not down to leaving just the seeds and stem though!

it will be interesting to get ideas from others. Please share what you do to Shake It Up by cutting down on food waste.