Tatjana and Mummy by Tatjana Rhodes, 1992
Taking the occasional “lazy day” to watch movies and favorite TV shows together is a family tradition for Tatjana and me. She drew this picture for me when she was only five years old. It sits in a frame by my bed.

Smiles feel sooooo good!
That drawing never fails to make me smile, and so does the one below that hangs in Tatjana’s room. It was drawn when we celebrated her sweet 16th birthday in Las Vegas.

However, I will say that six weeks of lounging (OK, recovering) and watching TV is not all it is cracked up to be. I always thought I would like being a lady of leisure, but cabin fever is beginning to plague me. I think my life has turned into TIVO. Stop, rewind, pause… I’m anxious to be living in real time again.

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes in Las Vegas, 2003
Until then, I am so lucky to have friends willing to come spoil me with yummy meals like this salad by Marlene Stewart… can’t you tell she’s a designer? Look how beautiful! It reminds me of springtime, and all the vivid colors of the flowers beginning to blossom in my neighborhood this time of year.

Salad Marlene

Servings: 4


  • Mixed baby greens
  • 1/4 red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 celery, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup sprouted green lentils
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 small golden beets, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup Wakame seaweed, chopped
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Agave nectar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dill (or any herb of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1). In a small bowl, mix juices, garlic, Agave nectar, dill, nutritional yeast, and salt. Whisk in extra-virgin olive oil until well incorporated.

2). Add all the salad ingredients to a large bowl. Toss with salad dressing and serve.
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  • March 19, 2010
    12:12 am

    That salad looks absolutely scrumptious!!!! I love Tatjanas' drawing. It never fails to amaze me how the small things in life are what children treasure most as opposed to big, expensive and elaborate things.You're six weeks into healing…not much longer to go now!Alison Sherman

  • March 19, 2010
    12:12 am

    Hi Julie, I hope you will be completely recovered very soon and doing all the things that you want. Springtime is just around the corner so I'm sure you will make up for the time you have spent indoors 🙂 Loved Tatjana's drawings.I also have an only daughter she is 10 and we have our special sittings watching films and tv…greetings from Lebanon :)Heliana Castelazo

  • March 19, 2010
    12:13 am

    We call those "hookey days" at my house, and they are a little slice of heaven… It really is the "little" things that are so special. :)Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • March 19, 2010
    12:15 am

    I feel your pain. After my appendectomy I was about to climb the walls long before my recovery time was over. Hope you're up and at 'em soon!Lisa Ward Rehme

  • March 19, 2010
    3:56 am

    Hey Alison and Kim… wait until they grow-up, they DO like the big, expensive things as well as the little. Having said that… Tatjana still likes our lazy days together.Heliana, I think it is so COOL to hear from people in far away, exotic places. I hope you will share some tips on making Lebonese food with us? Lisa… I'm stronger every day, just not as quickly as I'd bargained for.

  • March 19, 2010
    5:53 pm

    Oh yes for sure I will! Even though I'm Mexican I'm a much better cook of Lebanese food. I always thought you may like to try many recipes as there's plenty of vegetarian meals. Im a meat eater myself can't seem to give that up specially if i get a whiff of some barbecued meat! haha :)Heliana Castelazo

  • March 19, 2010
    5:54 pm

    Me too Heliana… I still eat meat, just much less than I used to. Did you do a geographic for love? I always say… next boyfriend will either have to be local or willing to move here for me. Famous last words!I'll bet approaching Lebonese food from a Mexican standpoint would make it even more interesting. Can't wait to try some recipes! Please post them by clicking on discussions.

  • March 20, 2010
    3:08 am

    Hi Julie Anne,You can see Tatjana was a talented artist at 5yrs of age. How beautiful to have it sitting beside your bed. My little Mia (almost 15months old) drew her first lot of scribble on some paper a few weeks ago which me and my husband have already framed. I am hoping she gets the artistic side of mummy and her grandad as poor daddy has absolutely none at all. I am so happy to hear that you are doing extremely well 6 weeks on. Must be all that positive energy and wishes everyone has been sending. Take CareAussie Mum P.S. I realy like this salad recipe. Looks delicious.

  • March 20, 2010
    3:53 am

    Hi Julie Anne,I just saw the footage of Louise Ashby you mentioned on FB. Yes, what an inspiration.Puts alot of things into perspective.Aussie Mum

  • March 20, 2010
    7:12 pm

    Hey Aussie Mum… One thing for sure that Tatjana had growing up is a lot of creative encouragement. It is becoming so important over here too, because they keep cutting the arts from school curriculums as they tighten budgets. I think it is criminal. Even if you don't go into a career in the arts… it teaches you to think outside of the boundaries. Save every drawing, write everything cute she says down, and document whenever you can with photos and video… you think you will remember it all, but you'd be surprised how much you forget until something refreshes your memory.

  • March 20, 2010
    7:13 pm

    soon soon soon. Cabin is the worst but at least you have Daisy to keep you company 🙂 woof!Penelope Worley

  • March 20, 2010
    7:24 pm

    Hey Penelope… Im contemplating wether or not to go to one of those parties tonight, and then I've been invited to someone's comfy home for brunch tomorrow… that one I will definitely do, so hopefully most of my cabin fever will be history now.