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Liz Andra Shaw

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The Scattered Life Collective #3

October 3rd, 2014
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On the Menu

I am going to be out and about this weekend, so I’m not planning to try a new recipe. I will be making a gluten-free Chebe pizza Sunday night though. Yum!

The Asparagus and Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Pecans that I made last weekend was delish! I need to remember this when asparaus is in season. It would be great with grilled asparagus.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram Post of the Week
I started 2 canvases last weekend. I finished one and gave it to a friend who needed a little cheering up. I am still working on this one – not sure where it’s going yet.


A History of Food Hardcover by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat – this week I’m learning all about cheese and yogurt.

My grandfather used to make his own yogurt in a gas oven using just the pilot light. It was runnier than what you buy in the store, and more tart. According to this book, people all over the world do this, some at room temperature. It’s supposed to be very healthy. I’m allergic to whey, so it’s not for me, but if you’re interested, there are lots of recipes for making yogurt at home on the web. My grandfather swore by it.

The Song of the Week

I needed the reminder to “lighten up” this week.


Revolution – it makes me think about how much I would hate it if all the lights went out. What would I do without the Internet?

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I got to practice my contest speech at my club this week, but the most important part is that I got to test out the new ending. So much better!
  • Had a bit of a giggle over human silliness on Monday. Things got even sillier on Wednesday, and I’m still laughing. This is a big improvement for me.
  • Had a fitting for my Elvira costume with my mom. I don’t think she approves, but she is doing it anyway. I love her.
  • New kids at work.
  • I have discovered the curcumin extract is better than any NSAID for my bursitis. It doesn’t cause increase the tinnitus like the NSAIDs, so I am over the moon.

Round and About

It’s not just the NFL. Victim-blaming is rampant in our culture. Please become aware – Three Simple Steps to Take to Avoid Victim Blaming.

Pictures of a century of reading around the world.

How to Stop Stress Eating

Love these dog paintings by Gary Bunt.

More juicy links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 9/28/14.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Embracing the Inconsistencies of our Natures.

Inspiration for the Week

Don’t bother worrying about the little things – or anything really, because worry rarely translates into actions that make a difference. “Don’t,” as Richard Carlson said, “sweat the small stuff.”

But do focus on making the little, quiet, routine moments better.

Do focus on filling them with gratitude and compassion and joy and love, because one thing is sure: when we give attention to living well in this moment, we make the next moment a little better, a little easier to bear. That helps us make the moment beyond that a bit better and all the moments to come easier until we’ve strung together a whole big awesome life of little sweet moments.

Life is in the little things. The brief moments when we say I love you or walk away, when we give a hug or keep our distance. The moments when we choose kale over chocolate or chocolate over kale. These little moments shape the quality of our lives and the way we contribute to the world. Life is all about the little things. -Polly Campbell

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.

The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge by Matt Granz

Cadre fait en famille
Cadre fait en famille by Neija Zeugme

Making art journals from gelli printed papers. #artjournaling #gelliarts #bookmaking #handmadebooks #journals #art
Making art journals from gelli printed papers. #artjournaling #gelliarts #bookmaking #handmadebooks #journals #art by studio318

Vousnousautrement -Septembre
Vousnousautrement -Septembre by Maryline.MD

distress 19
distress 19 by Bob May

A boy and his dog
A boy and his dog by Adrian Murray

Rainy Woods
Rainy Woods by Vincent van Dam

New Wallpapers

Withered from National Geographic

I hope you enjoyed this! If you decide to join the collective, let me know by leaving a comment so that I can return the favor.

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  • Pam Genant says on: October 4, 2014 at 4:21 am


    Lovely post, and what a mom! Have another wonderful week!

    • Liz says on: October 4, 2014 at 6:53 am


      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Cynthia Lee says on: October 4, 2014 at 5:49 am


    I love the inspiration of the week. There have been so many BIG things to compete for my attention and worry. I have settled into just this moment, this small moment and the ease is amazing. Sometimes I still fell the shadow of the big thing looming but I just can’t turn away from this moment.

    I love the flickr favorites you share as well. I haven’t done much on flickr in a long time. I might need to plug back in there.

    • Liz says on: October 4, 2014 at 6:48 am


      Thanks for stopping back again this week, Cynthia. I am really enjoying this process. It helps me focus on the good things.

  • Sarah Broadfoot says on: October 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm


    Ha! I posted the dancing traffic light video this week as well.

    So much great stuff here. Thanks for sharing all of it.

    Contributing to the Scattered Life Collective is an enjoyable process, isn’t it? Trust me, you’ll soon be addicted. 🙂

    • Liz says on: October 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm


      I am loving it. I was stuck on my blogging, so this is a great way to get re-started.

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Liz Andra Shaw

Journey into the Creative Mind of a Writing Reader