Sunday, January 20, 2019


I looked at this picture I shot yesterday and let my imagination run wild.  What if this tree were another universe and this fungus and moss, villages with people so different they hated each other?  They were fighting for survival on this tree and what they didn't know or understand was that the tree, their universe was totally at the whim of something else? That a lightening bolt, windstorm, or human could destroy everything.  Now you know about my imagination...sorta.

It has been a lazy restful day for Rick and me.
We walked the dogs this morning as tiny snowflakes swirled around us.  The freezing wind coming straight out of the north froze our faces.  Calliou loved it, Taz and Hook could not wait to get back to the house.

A holiday for many tomorrow, but Rick and I will be working.  May your week start with kindness and may it continue every day.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Green Textures

Every day we walk, there is more moss.  I told Rick we should do a coffee table book of moss photos.
Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by moss, this weather has fed the fascination.
The wind is howling tonight, causing the clouds to rush across the nearly full moon like feather boas.
Stay warm, cozy and dry.

Friday, January 18, 2019

In Sickness and Health

I saw the acupuncturist today.  I am so pleased with the results so far.  Today he heard me coughing and I fessed up about the gunk I have had for over a week, plus shared with him my lung history.
He took a few moments to scold me and then said let me help you.  He did.  Breathing has been so much easier this evening, not sure why I had not shared this with him.

Last weekend we went to Muscle Shoals to celebrate Rick's birthday.  We stayed at one of our favorite hotels on the river.  But honestly, it was not the celebration he had anticipated.  I was sick all weekend and the rain came down in buckets.  We had a great meal and spent some time listening to music but we both knew it would not go down as one of his best birthdays. On the way home on Sunday, we laughed about that "in sickness and health" phrase.

Tonight we went to one of our favorite places to eat in Jasper.  It has been written up in many food columns, even national ones.  The food was off the charts.  He had Scottish salmon and I had seafood carbonara ( lobster and shrimp and scallops)  Wow.  I think this weekend made up for last.

He works tomorrow and I will for a while as well.  That's ok.  Rain is moving in again and cold cold air.  I hope for snow and not ice.

Stay warm, dry and be kind.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Warm and Comforted

My women's class today was inspiring.  Cold and rainy and some of them had been in grief therapy for eight hours today, others it was their first day at our facility.  They looked worn and beaten as they walked into my room.  There were a few tears as well. And then there is the crud that we all seem to be sharing right now.

I looked at them and knew today was the day for heart opening.  Bad days make you want to fade into the walls, bad days make you wish to be invisible or go into child pose and stay there for hours.
This when you open your heart, find your strength, practice ahimsa ( do no harm) and lift your face to the sky. 

Breath work, slow movements and the reminder to love who you are was the medicine we all needed.
Savasana included meditations based on love and joy.  When class was over, we all looked taller and everyone smiled.  The students left for dinner and meetings, I left for home.

Rick made my night, I got home and he had picked up Chinese, including my favorite hot and sour soup.  Tonight I am full, warm and comforted...I hope you are too.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


quote on my board today, let those thoughts pass right on by

"Leave your front door and your back door open.  Allow your thoughts to come and go.  Just don't serve them tea."
- Shunryu Suzuki

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Daily Growth

So much rain has turned our place into a weird cold non tropical forest.  Each day we walk brings new growth and moss is everywhere.  This tree seems to have its own ecosystem, vines, berries, moss and who knows what might be lurking under the leaves.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Circle of Life

I love circles, I think they are symbols that promise life and hope.  Today as I walked the dogs this one made me smile.  So very beautiful on a cold cloudy day.