Friday, March 23, 2018

66 Trips

66 times around the sun, it is my birthday today and I am glad to have made those trips.  I told a friend today that I became Benjamin Buttons this morning, from now on I get younger every year.

It has been a good day.  I went to the DMV and got my driver's license renewed and we have just hung around the house.  We have a gig tomorrow, so we got a good practice in.

Today has been a most humbling day. I have had hundreds of Birthday wishes and greetings on FB.  Many of them were so touching, some from friends and family that I had not heard from in a long time. You know you live day to day never knowing what sort of impact if any you have on those around you.  I spend my days at work giving my heart and soul to those in pain and I hope that it helps, but only time tells the truth.  On social media I try to be as uplifting as I can be, because I know that every one hurts.  Kindness is free and ya'll know I love to spread it.

These 66 trips around the sun have been good, bad, happy and sad.  I will be the first to admit in many ways my life has been amazing.  A good friend at work told me Tuesday that she had Googled me and then proceeded to chide me for not talking about my life and the paths it has taken me.
But she also said that I should be very grateful for such a full life...and I am.  There is not a day that goes by that I don't whisper words of gratitude for my life and the people and experiences that have made it.

66 trips, don't know how many I have left, but I don't worry about that much.  I still practice those questions I ask my students daily...what time is it?  Now.   where are you? Here.  I am here, now.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


We have had many dogs through the years, the majority of them rescues.  They have been in bad health, some downright ugly, some beautiful, comical, smart, dumb and all of them we have loved until they passed over the rainbow.  Only three have I ever used the word magnificent to describe them.  One was our first dog, Duke, a Belgian Shepherd who was not only magnificent but smart and funny.  The second was a Lab/Chow mix named Blackie Bear who was one of the most loving dogs as well.  The third is our Collie, Calliou who lives with us now.  And honestly Calliou probably wins the trophy for the most magnificent.

He is regal and sensitive.  He loves children.  And he should be a movie star, he is that pretty.
When he walks it is apparent that he knows he is royalty and that he tolerates the plain humans he lives with.  I swear sometimes I think he is a cat in a dog's body.

As we sat and drank our coffee this morning he lay on his bed gazing out the front windows, patiently waiting for his morning treat of a tiny ginger snap.  He is polite, only when he hears the can that holds the ginger snaps being opened does he stand and look at you.  He waits for you to break the cookie into small bites and he relishes each one.  Did I say he is a wee bit spoiled?
Mornings for Hook ( the pitt) is all about how many critters he can bark up a tree or if it is cold, how close he can sit to the fireplace.  Taz is all about sitting next to me as I read the paper and drink coffee.  Interesting how their personalities have developed and how they interact with us and each other.  But Calliou, he is the magnificent one, full of dignity and grace, always polite and always beautiful.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hump Day Drain

Do you ever have those days when it feels as though someone took a straw and just sucked the energy from you.  That's sorta how I feel tonight.  Our air is full of sticky yellow pollen and my lungs are in overtime trying to separate the oxygen from the pollen.  We had very little rain from the nearby storms on Monday so no relief.  Maybe with the next rain event it will be enough to wash the air.

We have a gig Saturday and practice tonight was not our best, but we will kick it Saturday.

I used the new pressure cooker to make beef stew today.  Once again I am wowed. The veggies were perfect and the beef was fork tender.  I admit I was skeptical because when it comes to beef stew I am a slow simmer kind of gal, but this was every bit as good as hours on the stove.

I am already in my pjs and a cup of hot peppermint tea awaits me tonight.  ( good for the voice)
Share some kindness tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Aha Moments

Almost 80 degrees yesterday barely mid-50's today, rain and bone chillin' wind.  What a difference 24 hours makes. 

Interesting class today.  One student told me he would be leaving this weekend at the beginning class.  I talked to him about how important it was when he went home to work all the skills he had been taught while at our facility.  ( I didn't mention to him my curiosity about why this was his first visit to my class).  After class he talked with me for a few minutes, it was then I asked why he had decided 5 days before leaving to visit my class.  He told me he had just not given it much thought, but that he was so sorry because he loved what he had experienced today.

He has the opportunity to have one more class with me before he leaves.  There have been those who came in on their very last day and expressed the same remorse.  One young man came on his last day and about a year or so later he was back in our program.  That time, he never missed a class and the last I heard from him which was a couple of years ago, he was doing great.  It is so hard to understand how something like yoga came help you in recovery, it is so hard to understand how it can help anyone be healthier, how it can help you deal with bad days and stress.  Until you experience it.

Truly experience the breath work, the asanas and meditation and then somewhere down the path, there is that aha moment...and it all makes sense.

There are many things in life that don't make sense to us at first, but once we begin to experience, to practice, to educate ourselves, we too have that aha moment about so much.

Time for hot tea and bed.  Tomorrow is Hump Day, make it better, be kind and spread a little joy.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Musings and Weather Update

Nasty storms north and east of us, ( tornadoes) for us, so far so good.  It is still in the 70's here, and dew points are in the 60's.  We are under a tornado watch until 11:00pm.  Many of our friends live in the areas that are being hammered tonight.  They are keeping us posted on social media.  Reports of tennis ball size hail are coming in now.  Alabama in the springtime.

Today would have been our friend Ron's birthday celebration.  He died in 2000.  We talk about him often.  Even at family gatherings many of our nieces and nephews still speak of Ron.  He and his wife Kaye had a beautiful home at Blue Mountain, Florida and they were always so gracious sharing their delightful home with my family.  So many good memories of food, music, laughter and fun.
Where ever you are tonight Ron, you will always be loved and always missed.

My first full day back at work since last Monday.  Time for a cup of hot tea and update on the weather.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Grateful Sunday

Today my sister Pat's grand-daughter Cassie cooked birthday dinner.  My sister Pat celebrated her 75th birthday on the 15th this week.  After lunch we stopped by my brother Glen's house to check on him.  He had a stroke the week after Christmas and it has been a slow recovery.  As we walked in their house today, his wife Shelia told me to sit down that Glen had something to show me.  He was sitting in his chair and their son Stacy brought a walker in, placed it in front of Glen and stepped back.

Glen stood up and walked around their living room.  Those were the first steps I had seen him take since the stroke.  We all clapped.  It has been a good day.

The years going by have taught me to take nothing and no one for granted.  I know that my siblings and I are aging and I am grateful for each day that we have each other.

The weather guys are predicting the possibility of tornadoes here tomorrow.  The downside of spring here in Alabama are tornadoes. Hoping that Mother Nature is kind and even tempered and no one will feel her wrath tomorrow.

It has been raining tonight.  Here's hope that the rain will help to stabilize the atmosphere.
Be kind tomorrow, spread joy and hope.  A picture of my sister Pat, a very young 75.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Jingle Jangle

Maybe it was the corned beef and cabbage, but I feel better tonight.  It's been another busy day.  We had a memorial service/visitation to go to this morning and then I came home and cooked.  But for my birthday Rick bought me a pressure cooker!  I love it.  I cooked lima(butter beans) in it this evening and they were delicious.  In 30 minutes a pound of dried beans were cooked to perfection.

I had resisted this whole new pressure cooker deal.  In the early 70's when we first married my mom had bought me a Presto pressure cooker.  She had taught me how to use one when I was a teenager at home and knew that a new working bride could use a labor saving device.

The first few months I used it almost daily, but I had never cooked dried beans in it.  One winter's evening I came home from work in the cold and dark and decided that I would surprise Rick ( who working second shift)  with his favorite dish of beans and corn bread.   I put the beans in the cooker, turned the stove on and went to change out of my work clothes into my sweats.

I heard the jingle jangle of the steam rising up through the little metal safety value and then I heard, well I wasn't sure what I heard.  I ran to the kitchen and the safety valve had blown on the cooker and dried beans were spewing all over the kitchen ceiling.  The valve itself had knocked a hole in the ceiling and beans were now dripping down on the kitchen floor.  After cleaning up the mess, I vowed to never own another pressure cooker in my life time.  My how times have changed.

This new one does not jangle or jingle, you set the timer, it beeps when all is done.  But if anything blows,  I promise there won't be another one ever.  Will keep you posted.

This St. Patrick's Day has been a good one.  I hope the "luck of the Irish" comes to each of you tonight.  And tomorrow, may you all know love and kindness.