Day 457: More or Less

More, more, more.

It seems like I just can’t get enough:

  • Rest.
  • Praise.
  • Cats.
  • Validation.
  • Chocolate.
  • Music.
  • Walks.
  • Sunflower seeds (or any other snack item that’s within reach, especially when I’m watching TV).


Pictured, above (with something else I just can’t get enough of), is the 10-pound box of unsalted sunflower seeds I ordered online, six months ago. I ordered those soon after my diagnosis of ongoing atrial fibrillation, because I decided to eat less salt.

Nobody told me I should eat less salt. I just chose to.

Soon, I’m going to have to order more sunflower seeds. Here’s pictorial proof:


Making such headway through a 10-pound box of sunflower seeds in 6 months may not impress YOU, but do you realize how friggin’ light a sunflower seed is, people?

Ooops!  It’s time, more or less, to eat some breakfast.

Aha!  Here’s something else I can’t seem to get enough of:


Opening up perishable items, without checking first to see if there’s already one opened.

I shall try to do less of that.

Is there more of this post? (I certainly can’t give you less.)

Let’s end with some items within reach, right now:


I choose to get more, not less, of these things* in my life.

Thanks to those I can’t get enough of, to people who are doing their best getting more and/or less of anything into their lives, and to you —  of course! —  for visiting today.

* Movies, making music, and more.

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34 thoughts on “Day 457: More or Less

  1. Now that is a lot of sunflower seeds! Wow!

    Love the poem in the final photo — lovely.

    I shall scatter sunshine all day — not sunflower hulls! 🙂

    • That poem was an unexpected gift, Louise. Thanks for this (not so unexpected) gift of your comment. Oh, and I should mention that I’m not the ONLY one who has been eating those sunflower seeds.

  2. Yay you! Yes that is a TON of sunflower seeds. And I love the index card – definitely words to live by : )

  3. If you turn yellow from the sunflower seeds we’ll understad. 🙂 My mother always said, “A little of what you fancy does you good”, so, since the seeds are small, you are having only a little, simply often, so what’s bending a few ‘rules’. Enjoy!
    Susan x

    • Thank you for your (and your mother’s) understanding, Susan. I enjoyed this comment, and I will try my best to enjoy my rule-bending with what’s left of these seeds.

  4. That poem is nice. I’d probably put chocolate higher mind 😉

  5. I use a lot sunflower seeds too, but most for baking my own bread and in salat. I do also use pumpkin seeds for the same. Both are very healthy, when they are raw.
    Nice poem Ann. 🙂

  6. This was a tidy Wednesday post, Ann, more or less.

    • Thanks for magically transforming a little bit of messiness, Mark, into tidiness. I hope you had an excellent Wednesday.

  7. I am telepathically sending you lots of praise and validation for this delightful post, Ann. Thank you for making my day with your inquisitive cat, Guinness Book of Records-worthy box of sunflower seeds, and gentle sense of humour. You have a knack for lampshading little bits of your day for us in a way that brightens ours. Plus, you mentioned chocolate.

    The “Please rotate your stock” notice on the sunflower seed box is hilarious. It looks like your cat is planning to help you with that by sifting through the individual seeds with paws and claws.

    • These posts are just not the same without an observant, kind, and validating comment from my sofa-sitting sidekick. A sincere and non-stock thank you, from all the curious and hilarious creatures here.

  8. Live simply, expect little true true. Wow that is a lot of sunflower seeds 🙂

    • Yes, indeed. You seem much more observant than an average anything, I must say. Welcome to this blog, New Reader from South Africa!

  9. “Nobody told me I should eat less salt.” I’m telling you now, EAT MORE friend.

    • Okay, David. I’ll keep drinking salted caramel hot chocolate and keep up my intake of the sea salt they put on every friggin’ thing these days. Don’t worry!

  10. robert87004

    Too much of chocolate (and rest) are almost enough. Salted caramel hot chocolate? I’m going to have to look more deeply into my grocer’s hot chocolate inventory 🙂

    • Hi, Robert! Thanks for the comment. Salted caramel hot chocolate is a specialty drink at Starbucks which is no longer available because …. winter is gone! So I’m not complaining. Let me know if you find it elsewhere.

  11. robert87004

    Ah, Starbucks, now I understand why I have never heard of SCHC.

    • Robert, I just googled it and found a recipe, as follows:

      Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe
      Author: Savory Sweet Life
      Recipe type: Drink
      Prep time: 1 min Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 6 mins
      Serves: 1

      A copy cat recipe for Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe
      3 tablespoons Caramel syrup, heated to luke warm (recipe here)
      Hot Chocolate (4 tablespoons of ganache plus 6 oz. of milk, heated)
      Canned Whipped Cream
      Pinch of Medium Coarse Sea Salt
      Pour 2 Tablespoons of caramel syrup into a mug so the inside of the mug is coated well. Add hot chocolate and stir everything. Top off with with cream, drizzle with remaining caramel, and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy

      • robert87004


      • Not that you asked, Robert, but here’s a simpler recipe, from Mama Makes a Mess, here at WordPress:

        Food Friday: Just for you – Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
        Okay, I tried the Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate last winter and thought it was pretty good. (Except the time they put too much chocolate in it.) I must’ve been in the minority since they pulled it. 😦

        Fortunately, enterprising souls can still have their chocolate sweet, hot and salty. Savory Sweet Life has a post on this with some yummy-nummy photos. It looks good, but I’m kind of lazy, so here’s my take on it when you just don’t have time to do it up right.

        I start with the Swiss Miss Indulgent Collection Dark Chocolate Sensations. Mix with a bit of Coffee Mate Toffee Nut creamer. Add caramel sauce (anything you like in a squeeze bottle is easy). Then add boiling water. Stir well. Top with whipped cream and a bit of sea salt. And, just to make pretty (and that much sweeter), add a little drizzle of caramel on the whipped cream.

      • robert87004

        Now this sounds about my speed. I have a heart-felt (and very lazy) belief in simple food prep, especially as I shop and cook for one. I’m positive 🙂 this fits perfectly well with my (mostly) vegetarian lifestyle. I just won’t read the contents label on the pre-packaged whipped cream. Thank you, Ann.

      • You are most welcome, Robert.

  12. I love your list of things that you cannot get enough of! Simple yet sincere. 🙂

  13. a phoenix, you are! sunflowers are incredibly healthy!! xox

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