Monday, April 20, 2015

Five Years

Five years ago tonight, I started a journey that has been life changing.......I wrote the first entry in Transformation Information.   This journey was started as a way to help my students.......but I believe it has changed my life  in more ways than it could ever change my students or yours.

At first, it was so difficult, I wrote from the heart, but there were times I needed to filter my thoughts and words......I wrote about hard subjects, tough life scenarios,tears.....but I have also written about great joy, laughter and fun times.  Transformation is not always serious.

As the years have gone by, I never really spent much time building an audience......I felt that the ones who needed me, the readers I needed......would find me.....and they have.  I have made friendships that I think will last a life-time, though so many of you I have never met.

You all have been there in my dark moments, though the hours spent in the big green chair and all the days of sickness that followed for the past three years.  You sent me prayers and support when I made the decision to stop treatment a few months ago......and I know you still pray for me and send me good thoughts for my health.

Five years.......honestly, I can't believe I'm still here writing, I can't believe you are still reading me.  I hope that my words and sometimes pictures have helped you on your journey.....and that in some small way, I have given you Transformation Information.

I am grateful for these five years......for all of you who read and leave comments......I am humbled
by your loyalty.......I hope our next five years together will be even more transforming ........
thank you for an incredible five years.  It has gone by so fast....... Blessings of good health, and great joy to you all tonight.......thank you for my Transformation.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Diamond Reminder

In his blog last night, my husband Rick mentioned that yesterday really was one of those diamonds......I suppose Mother Nature just wanted to make sure we knew it was a diamond, this morning after a heavy thunderstorm moved through, I looked out our front windows and saw something I had never seen before.  As always after a downpour there were water droplets sparkling on the trees, but the ground itself looked as though it was covered in diamonds.
There were sparkles everywhere, yet no rays of sun beaming down.  My first thought, yep, I got it ......yesterday was a diamond and we just got a reminder of how lucky we are.

I hope your weekend has been as wonderful as ours, but hopefully not as exhausting.
This week starts a busy time for us......we have gigs for the next several weekends....kicking off with the Natchez Trace Festival in Mississippi next Saturday.  We are excited.
Blessings of diamonds to you all this week.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Very Good Day

Fish Fry today......my nephew Haven and his wife Alesha caught the fish, we fried fish, hush puppies, french fries.......our friend Louis made great slaw......we also had red velvet cake, peanut butter brownies, chocolate cake, coconut cake.......we had a feast.

Pictured.....Haven and me, Jayna and me
the three awesome cooks......can I tell you how tired we are?  But it was so worth it.  Haven did the fish, Jayna and I took care of the fries and puppies.........it was a very good day.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wish You Were Here

The blueberry bushes are loaded with green berries,  the apple, peach and pear trees seem to be really happy this spring........here's hoping for a bumper crop of fruits this summer and fall.
There has been so much rain we haven't plowed the vegetable garden, but the forecast calls for sunshine next week......those tomato plants will be in the ground before you know it.

If you have never tasted food fresh from its source.......do yourself and your family a huge favor this summer and travel to a local farm and buy truly fresh local produce. There is nothing like picking an apple off the tree or blueberry straight  from the bush, warm from the sun and popping it into your mouth.......well, if you visit a farm like ours that does not use pesticides......otherwise, wash before eating.

Our hens are laying eggs every day now......big brown eggs, with orange yolks, not those pale yellow ones from the grocery store.  We have made them so happy, on our days off from work if the weather is nice, we let them "free roam" ( Jordan coined that term) around the back yard.
When it's close to sunset, we open the door to the hen house and Zeus leads them to roost.
Zeus, is the rooster.

If someone had told me in my twenties that I would be living on a small farm.......I would have laughed very hard.......but these days, I cannot imagine living elsewhere.  I love to visit other places, I love the energy of big cities.....but there is no place like home.

Tomorrow is our annual fish fry, our house will be bulging at the seams with friends and family.
Our tummies will be full of fish, hush puppies and home fries, ice tea and lemonade.  The kids will run around the back yard blowing bubbles and playing games......I will say it now.....wish you were here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What''s Left

I spent my afternoon with some awesome military guys.......here's a quote for them and you tonight.

" It's not what you've lost that counts, it's what you do with what's left."   - Charlie McGonega'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Always Learning

Always learning......probably if I had a mission statement for my life, that would be it.....well and throw in a little kindness with the learning.

I try to learn something new every day......it might just be fact or some trivial note, a new recipe, information about addiction, work on a new song, a new technique in painting.......just something new......a different meditation, or breathing technique.......I believe with all my heart that we should never stop learning, as along our brain is functioning, learning is imperative.

Jordan had some allergy issues this week, so he spent a couple of days home with me......watching him made me envious.  He is like a sponge, constantly soaking up new things, information, experiences all day long.  About every hour, I would look at him and think......wow, to process that much information, to be that hungry to learn is amazing.

I have always been curious and I think being curious helps the learning process......there have been times in our marriage that I am sure all my questions drove Rick crazy......and my logic is not always the most logical.  :)   I probably would have made a really good detective or researcher.

I believe learning keeps us young ( in heart and spirit) and I also believe it helps with self-esteem and personal happiness.   I have friends who have learned a new word a day for years, others who have mastered cross-word puzzles ( my sister Pat, comes to mind on that one) what ever your passion is, never lose it, never fail to continue learning......it is vital for your survival.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Damp Around the Edges

I love teaching new students, especially when they are apprehensive about yoga.......they are afraid I am going to turn them into pretzels, make them stand on their heads or sniff incense :)   Both of my classes today had new students, and it was a joy teaching .......and as always seeing the faces  of first timers as they experience the joy of yoga.....and the bliss of savasana.

As I was leaving work today I heard rain......pouring torrential rain falling....and my car was at the edge of the parking lot.  By the time I made it to the car, I was drenched and shivering......but at least I had taken my rain coat and yes it was on my body, but the wind was blowing, I had my yoga bag, but nothing for my head.......what can I say, I got soaked.

I am still a little damp around the edges.......I need hot tea, a warm bed and cozy pjs.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams