Friday, January 19, 2018

Dream or Visit

One of the highlights of our musical career together  was getting to open for the late, great John Stewart in Birmingham many years ago.  John was a musical hero when he played with the Kingston Trio but as he evolved into an amazing songwriter and performer on his own I grew to respect his talents even more.

A couple of years ago on FB I was lucky enough to become friends with his wife Buffy ( a wonderful singer/writer on her own).  It is so obvious with her FB posts the wonderful relationship and love affair that she and John had.

The night Rick and I opened for John in Birmingham he was so very kind and generous to us.  We saw him a couple of years later and he  remembered us and once again was so kind and gracious.

Last night I dreamed of John.  I dreamed that Rick and I were in Woodside California.  We saw a small cafe and there were so many people sitting outside eating, listening to someone on a small stage play music.  Everyone was smiling, just enjoying the moment.  In my dream, I walked into the cafe to get some food and there was John Stewart standing at the counter.  I said hello to him and he smiled.
He then looked at me and said I know you.  I laughed and reminded him of the time so many years ago that Rick and I had opened for him in Birmingham.  With all his kindness and grace and a twinkle in his eye, he smiled and said of course I remember you.  He wanted to know if we were still playing and writing and encouraged us to never stop.  I looked at him and told him how magical this cafe was, how wonderful and friendly all the people were.  He smiled and said yes he would be going on stage next.  I looked at him and exclaimed that this was the most wonderful place I had ever been and I never wanted to leave.  He looked at me and said but you can't stay, you have to go.  Then I woke up.

It was one of those dreams that seemed so real, and I was so happy and felt so great when I awoke.
Rick was up making coffee and I could not wait to tell him.  As I sat on the sofa waiting for Rick to bring the coffee to the great room, I glanced at FB.  The first post I saw was from John's wife Buffy stating that today was the 10th anniversary of his death.   Wow...was it a dream or a visit?  I will never know.  But I sure hope I get to visit that place again someday. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Out with the Old

It has been an interesting few months here at the Watson house.  Back in the fall our heat pump/cooling unit died and then our microwave died and then this week our dishwasher died and oh yeah, my hair dryer died.  We also bought a new mower this summer, the old one died.  It seems we live in a disposable life.  Nothing lasts long, a few years here a few years there and then gone.  So it goes.  The sad thing, it costs as much or almost as much to repair as it does to replace.

The weather moderated today.  38 degrees for a high, can we sing Heat Wave?   Honestly I am loving the weather.  I own warm clothes.  Unless it has been pouring rain, we have walked the dogs every day this winter.  We just bundle up and it is exhilarating on our morning walks.

There is a new moon tonight and boy was it beautiful on the drive home.  New moon, new beginnings and all sorts of new energy.  Time to begin again and get things done.

Ready for my cup of hot tea tonight.  One class on chronic pain today, one on breath work, all new new faces this week.
Be kind tomorrow, be kind all weekend.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Better

I worked with a young woman in class this evening who was in pain.  They all are in pain emotionally but she was in extreme physical pain.    The saddest words came out of her mouth, she told me she had been in physical pain for several years, every day, that she had just gotten use to hurting.  This is not the first time I have heard those words, but it breaks my heart each time I hear them.

After spending a few minutes discussing her health history, we began to breathe.  For almost ten minutes we did slow deliberate breathing and visualizations.  For the next twenty-five minutes I took her through a series of slow, restorative asanas, including about fifteen minutes of somatics.
Then I got her as comfortable as I could and took her through a fifteen minute guided meditation.

As we ended the class, she expressed how much better she felt.  She was definitely moving better.
I gave her one of my cds with meditations on it ( down load yours for free at jilda.com)
I straightened the room, went downstairs to clock out and she was at the front desk.  As I left the building she told me again how much better she felt.

It is not always the big full classes that remind you why you teach, often it's that one student.
To know that she felt better because of my help made my day.

Tomorrow be kind, it doesn't cost anything and you might change someone's day.  I know it will make your day better.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snow

A cold dry snow came in around noon today.  The snow in December was wet and sticky and Taz wanted no part of it.
Today was different, she didn't seem to mind at all.

I didn't make it to work, but those who did are there till the thaw.  My friend sent a note tonight which said that being snowed in was all about being a member of the A-team.
That's ok.  I am all right with not being a member of that particular A-team.  :)

Tomorrow is not looking so good either.  No thaw until Thursday. 

I love the silent sound  of snow.  I love the crisp clean smell of the air when it snows.  It has been a good day.

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Great Truth

I used this quote on my board today.  It is probably my favorite Martin Luther King quote.
It is such a great truth.


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that;
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."  Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday's Thoughts

Since we have yoga class tomorrow night, and tomorrow is Rick's birthday I cooked his home cooked
birthday dinner tonight.  Grilled salmon filets, asparagus, mashed potatoes and cheesecake.  I think he might be a little spoiled don't you?

The weather guys are saying the snow word again, this time for Tuesday.  Enough of the teasing, I want snow guys!  It was beautiful when we walked the dogs today, clear cold and blinding blue skies.  Calliou thinks he has died and gone to heaven, this weather is perfect for him and his thick furry coat.

Tomorrow is January 15, this month is half over.  Another full moon on the 31, blue moon now and again in March with no full moon in February.   This year is starting with interesting celestial energies taking place.  May we all be kind.

Treat those around you with kindness tomorrow. 
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Birthday Dinner

Since we changed travel plans due to weather for Rick's birthday we treated ourselves to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner tonight, Black Rock Grill in Jasper.  If you are ever in the neighbor hood do yourself a favor and go there, it truly is a wonderful place to eat.

The birthday boy got a rib eye and it looked so yummy.  I got the house specialty,  Ponchatrain catfish , blackened, stuffed with shrimp and sausage and peppers and onions and celery in a cream sauce.
Wow.  We had bread pudding for desert.  They also have an in house bakery so all the bread is made there.  Birthday boy was happy.

I am full and happy and sleepy.  It was 25 degrees when we got home, more cold to come.
But hot tea awaits and so does a warm and cozy bed.
Be kind tomorrow.