I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring. – David Bowie from Madison Square Garden on his 50th birthday

David Bowie passed away… people were leaving flowers and candles outside his home on Lafayette Street in Soho, New York and here myself and the farmer were wandering around outside that building a few months ago and you have no idea who lives in these beautiful buildings…

so I did what so many others I’m sure did this morning… listened to Best of Bowie while cleaning and doing laundry…  and considered his quote ‘it won’t be boring’ as I folded the same underwear as I did last Monday morning…

I also took the time to read a little bit about Bowie’s life and career…  I assume everything on Wikipedia is the truth…

he became Ziggy Stardust for awhile… similar to Beyonce becoming Sasha Fierce… I need an alter ego… this is something I need to add to my things to do in 2016… alter ego… and my main reason for wanting it is to have someone to blame when I falter…  Naughty Nicki did it…  I saw her do it…

songs I enjoyed listening to this morning…

Space Oddity (released in 1969), Changes, The Jean Genie, Rebel Rebel, Fame, Let’s Dance, Young Americans, Dancing in the Street with Mick Jaggar and of course Under Pressure with Queen.

the farmer came home for lunch and told me he had been listening to Lazarus which was off of Bowie’s latest album released when he turned 69 called Blackstar…

when asked about religion, Bowie had a few opinions but one was ‘you should follow music’…  this one I found the most interesting out of what he said… mostly because a good portion of his thoughts were rather scrambled…  this is what makes music so timeless and important and makes us mourn artists… even though the artists might look a little different or talk a little different than anyone you have ever seen in your own life… they make songs that resonate with us or make us question things or wonder or disagree… but it affects us and draws us out of our day-to-day hum…

for instance, yesterday I left the house at 10:30 am to go to Prince Albert for a hockey game and got home at 10:30 pm in the evening… around seven hours of being in a vehicle… and this is a pretty normal Sunday for us…  so music becomes very important…  new music, old music… basically anything other than 80’s music…  it feeds the soul and lights the imagination…

it reminds you of how you felt when that song came out, what you believed about the world, about our society, about love…  and new music inspires you to be more creative and gives you insight into what direction our world is heading…

so today, as I listen to more Bowie, I will cook, clean, make chilli, take my daughter to a hockey practice, pay bills, watch tv, go to bed…  but it was not a boring day…. why?  because I was transported by music to New York, to London, to a different time… a odd time… artists make life less dull… make us think… make us love…

from all the farmwife’s out there… thank you Bowie and thank you artists for making my life less boring!

chicken and navy bean chili

  • Servings: one small pot
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Ingredients:

  • 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • lemon pepper
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 2 cans (398 mL) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (398 mL or 14 oz) navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • toppings: cilantro, lime wedges, hot sauce, sour cream

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • on a parchment lined baking sheet, lay chicken thighs and drizzle olive oil over them
  • season with salt and lemon pepper generously
  • cook until done, around 20-25 minutes
  • in a deep saucepan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil and add onions
  • then add red pepper and garlic and saute on low heat
  • add the spices and the sauce and beans
  • cut up the chicken and add to the chili
  • let sit for a few hours (no heat) for flavours to combine
  • turn heat back on to low and heat up to serve
  • top with your favourite toppings and serve with a slice of bread