Monday, September 18, 2017

It Continues

Short post tonight, still dealing with vertigo and migraine.  I taught my classes today and tonight, not easy, but a cup of hot tea awaits me and my nice cozy bed.

I hope your Monday was a good one.  Be kind.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What To Do?

It was near ninety degrees here yesterday with a high humidity.  We walked the dogs later than normal and then spent much of the afternoon at the festival.  Needless to say I got too hot.  You might ask how does that happen?  Well since the IVIG treatments that I did for 3 years, I stopped sweating.
Honestly,  I don't feel the heat until it's too late.  Then I get migraines, vertigo and nausea.  That happened when we got home last night.

I walked early this morning, but I cooked this afternoon.  Once again it was near ninety today, and once again the heat got me.  I am not sure what to do.  Once the symptoms start I take meds and if I act fast,  they work.  I know most who live in the south love the heat, but  summers are getting more and more difficult for me.  What to do, what to do?

I hope your Sunday has been a good one.  I hope you took a moment to see the beauty around you and to spread some kindness.   Get your week off to a good start tomorrow, may life treat you kind, may you treat those around you kind.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Foothills Festival

The Foothills Festival in Jasper, featured one of our favorite musicians this afternoon, John Paul White.
If you don't know who he is, do the Google and listen to a couple of his songs.
We saw so many friends, had such a good time.  Hope your Saturday has been a good one.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hook Finds More Yellow Jackets

Hook found another yellow jacket nest today.  It wasn't as bad as before, only two or three stings, but it brought back the memory of a couple of weeks ago.  There for about thirty minutes he was in flight or fight mode, but finally the benedryl kicked in and he was calm.

We spent time rehearsing for our gig coming up the first weekend in October.  This will be our first performance at the event and we really want to shine.  It is in Fayette which happens to be one of the cities where Rick has an office through the community college.  We play on a Friday night and we are excited.

There is a lot going on in cities near us this weekend.  Tonight, one of our dear friends Max played in Muscle Shoals and tomorrow night, there is a music festival in Jasper.  We had planned on going to hear Max tonight, but the lung infection that I have had for a few weeks  reared its ugly head today. I am back on antibiotics so I should be much better tomorrow. Hoping we can make the festival tomorrow at least for one or two shows.

After such chilly weather for the past week or so, summer has come back to visit.  Upper eighties today and for the next several days.  Ready for her to pack her bags and move on, so ready for fall.

Enjoy your Saturday.  Remember to be kind.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

All Things Yoga

All about boundaries, being grounded and understanding how you can have a big ego and still have low self-esteem, that was class today.  Who knew how much yoga could teach you?  Next week, compassion, wisdom and spirituality come into play.

I saw the meniere's doc today.  I always hope things will have changed, but nothing has.  The migraines, vertigo, hearing loss, and all the rest just won't go away.  Like the energizer bunny I just keep on going.

Tomorrow starts the weekend.  Plan something fun, do something kind.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stillness

A classroom full of new faces today.  Several struggled with the breath work and relaxation.  Savasana or relaxation can be the most difficult part of a yoga class for many.  We westerners are not wired for stillness and breath work.  Well we are, our bodies and our spirits crave it, but our lifestyles have falsely convinced us that we don't need it.  The need to be busy, to always be doing something cheats us from real rest and relaxation.

The new students will eventually get it or they won't.  Some are ready for the change in lifestyle, the journey to go inward, others will never be.

I am so ready for my cup of hot tea and my moments of stillness before bed tonight.  Another busy day tomorrow, seeing the meinere's doctor and then work the afternoon.  Keep spreading that kindness,  it makes a difference.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tough Tuesday

Back to work today.  Tuesdays students leave trauma or grief counseling and come to see me.  Rough days.  I make sure that Tuesday classes are nurturing and gentle.  Sometimes students become very emotional because of things that they have faced in trauma or grief.  They are also exhausted by the time they get to yoga class.  Relaxation was almost thirty minutes today.

Tuesdays drain me too.  It has been cold and rainy today, the forecast is the same for tomorrow.  Sunshine comes back on Thursday.  That will be a good thing.   Tomorrow is a busy day.
Early morning class, haircut and  then back to work tomorrow afternoon.  Making up for yesterday.

My cup of hot tea calls my name.  Bedtime is early tonight.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Be kind too all you meet tomorrow, be kind to yourself too.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma Craft

Because the forecast for Irma was so uncertain, I cancelled my class for tonight and did not go to work today.  Thankfully, we have only had wind and rain and I must say it is chilly.  Temps have been in the 50's all day.  It is pouring rain and the wind is blowing, but so far all is well.

Usually if I am home I am doing all sorts of house stuff and often working on class material.  Today I chose to have a craft day.  I have not done crafts since early summer with Jordan.
I decided our door needed a new autumn wreath.   I had so much fun and only burned myself once with the glue gun.

For our friends in Florida I hope the floods subside soon and the power is restored as well.

Spread the love and kindness this week.  We all need a double dose.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tomorrow

So it's wait and see with Irma and how she treats Alabama.  Our schools are closed for Monday and Tuesday.  The prediction is 2-4 inches of rain, winds 20-35 miles per hour and up to 45 miles per hour gusts.  If we keep power and no trees down we will be very lucky.   I watched as incredible blue skies began to be swept with white wispy clouds late afternoon.  By sunset lots of clouds and the wind that has blown all day has died down.  We will see what tomorrow brings.

I spent most of the day yesterday and today cleaning out my closet.  Samantha loves when I do that, it means she gets new clothes.  Swim meets for Jordan are starting back up.  He has practice 3 days a week and usually on Saturdays as well.  He keeps telling me he will teach me how to swim.  I dog paddle, I think he is in over his head if he thinks teaching me to swim will be easy.

I can feel the atmospheric pressure changing.  My joints hurt and my ear hums.  If it is like it has been in the past, by tomorrow it will be hard for me to breathe.  Out bodies are pretty amazing as they respond to nature.

Wishing you all a good evening.  Start the week with kindness and always spread some joy.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Busy Saturday

So now Irma is looking westward, the Gulf of Mexico is warm as bath water and who knows for sure where Irma will land.  So far we have rain and wind forecast for us.  We live in a unique place, we have tornadoes, hurricanes and also snow and ice and occasionally small earthquakes.  But, the past few days have been picture perfect early fall moments to be treasured.

I took a picture today of my favorite tree root.  It is a root of one our 100 year old oaks.  It is gnarly, covered in moss and has the most interesting holes.  Probably  strange to say this, but I could sit and contemplate that root for hours.  The textures and holes fascinate me.  Where do the holes go, what lives there, so many questions.

I hope your Saturday has been a good one. We have made sure the generator is working, all the yard equipment is covered and lawn furniture is stored.  We are ready for Irma too.
Sending thoughts to all in Irma's path, may you be safe.  May everyone have a peaceful Sunday.
Remember to be kind.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Acorns and Pine Cones

Maybe an acorn the size of a quarter is no big deal to you, but after our heat/drought last year left us with no acorns, this one is wonderful.  Knowing that our wildlife will have food this winter is important.  My heart was full of joy as we walked today and noticed that for the first time in two years there are plenty of acorns.  Yes, I am grateful for the lowly acorn, and the multitude of pine cones we are have now.  It is the little things.

So now the cone of Irma is coming into our neck of the woods.  Lots of rain and probably some wind and who knows Irma may change her mind and go someplace else.  But I think not.  Everybody prepare, and let's hope for the best.

Tonight, I am grateful for acorns and pinecones.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Gift

Walking the dogs this morning in our 48 degrees felt wonderful.  The dogs love these cool mornings.
I let the big dogs take off for the woods when I open the gate, but Taz stays on a leash.  As Taz and I walked the path she too wanted to venture into the woods, so we did for a bit.  I am so glad we left the path.  The yellow flowers, hidden in the forest were a gift from the universe.  Sharing that gift with you tonight.

Keeping a watchful eye on Irma.  So many friends and family live in harm's way right now.
Spread some love and kindness tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Interesting Day

FYI don't ever call the oral surgeon with a problem and think that you are going to see him for a looksie.  There had been an issue with the surgery site, I called yesterday and of course the doctor's office said come tomorrow, he will want to see you.

Rick was going to a campus about an hour north west of us, the surgeon's office is about an hour north east of us.  No problems I said, just going in to check it out.  Wrong.   I sat down in his chair, he looked at the assistant who was asking if I needed to be moved to one of the surgery areas, panic was in my eyes.  Dr. Clark ( who is awesome, by the way) assured me and the assistant that the problem could be taken care of without going to the surgery area.

There were shots, cuts, snips and a big wad of gauze in my mouth and in a little while I was out the door.  The people who saw me on my drive home must have had their doubts.  There I am, a wad of gauze the size of an egg sticking out of my mouth.  Tissues are in my hand as I am driving because of the numbness, and the drooling won't stop.  Interesting day.

But the moon is full and the sky has been blue and the temps tonight are in the 50's, life is ok.
Sending thoughts of safety and protection to our friends in the path of Irma.  The Farmer's Almanac had predicted an active  hurricane season, I am buying my 2018 issue soon.  Those guys are the weather gurus.

Spread love, kindness and joy to everyone you meet tomorrow.  According to our star gazing friends, this full moon brings an end to eclipse energy and ushers in powerful celestial energy shifts.
Hoping for good for everyone.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Full Moon Coming

Full moon tomorrow night.  Of course we did moon salutations in class today!  The temps are dropping here tonight, but all eyes and ears are on Irma.  Hoping for the best, but encouraging our coastal friends to prepare for the worst.

Early morning class then a visit to the oral surgeon for a check-up tomorrow.  My speech is still wonky because of the flipper I am wearing.  It's a fake tooth to get me by until the implant in January.
This has not been my most fun thing ever.

I am spent this evening.  My body is still fighting the lung infection so my energy is low.
Hump day tomorrow, be kind, spread joy, show some love.  If the skies permit, be sure and moon gaze tomorrow night, it should be a beauty.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday Musings

New students today.  For most of them, it was their very first yoga class.    It is interesting to watch their faces as class starts and then look at them when class is over.  Today everyone of them said they couldn't wait to come back.

The students were so appreciative that I came into work today.  Today was a holiday at the school where Rick works and I thought about taking the day off as well.  But, I knew there would be several new people that had entered the program during the past few days and yoga class is a great way to release the stress .  I take the big holidays off like Christmas and 4th of July and Thanksgiving, but even though as a blue collar worker's daughter this was an important holiday, I felt the need to work.

There is a full moon this week.  It should displace all the weird energy from the eclipse.  Lots of changes taking place in the sky this month.  Those wacky planets are on the move.

Time for a cup of hot tea and I am so ready for it.  Rain is moving in tomorrow and it did not take a weather man to tell me that news.  My aching joints shouted it loud and clear.
Make this a week of kindness.
Goodnight Sweet dreams

Sunday, September 3, 2017

It's All Good

When the beauty berries turn purple, fall is beginning here.  They are my favorite shade of purple.
Our mornings have been perfect porch weather.  Drinking coffee on the porch does a body good.
My brother and his wife, Sam and Jordan and my sister Pat and her daughter Jayna ate dinner with us this evening.  Just laughing, talking and sharing a meal.  That also does a body good.

For many tomorrow is a holiday.  I will be working, but that's ok.  I have had a good weekend.
Enjoy your Monday, laugh, be kind, and hug one another.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Morning Surprise

Monsoonal rains and morning walks bring surprises.   Walking down by the barn this morning, this artful creation appeared on our path.  I love the shapes and colors.  Wishing all a peaceful Sunday.


Friday, September 1, 2017

September 1

September 1...just a couple  more weeks of summer

September 1...Labor Day weekend, summer's last hurrah

September 1... hurricane season in full blast

September 1...College Football games

September 1...cooler nights

September 1...back to school

September 1...colors start to change

September 1...nothing like fresh California grapes

September 1...crispy apples

September 1...sweet potatoes

September 1...my boots are waiting in the closet to make their first appearance

September 1...sunsets become  more vivid

September 1...2017 is quickly slipping away

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Promise of Change

I walked the dogs this morning before the rains moved in.  The sky was angry and the air was hot and muggy.  As we walked a small patch of color caught my eye, a promise of things to come.
It is the last day of August.  Labor Day weekend is upon us, football games have started.  It is that time when summer and fall walk hand in hand.  Mornings are cool, days can be down right hot.

Enjoy your Friday.  Please don't forget to be kind.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday Thoughts

Good thing I saw lung doc today for my 6 month check, seems I probably have walking pneumonia.
Not surprised, there have been some students at work with it.  I knew my cough was not its normal self, and fatigue had been bad, but my mind set just said push through it, it's ragweed.  As Rick so fondly loves to remind me, I do not have a medical degree.  A Zpack for a week and all should be fine.  I am glad this weekend is a nice slow one.

The rains from Harvey started today, times of downpours but so far nothing bad.  The weather guys say tomorrow will be our day for nasty stuff.  South Alabama seems to be getting their share this evening.

I am a wee bit brain drained today.  Thoughts are going nowhere.  I think I should end this about now.
Sending all the good thoughts I can muster for Texas.  Spread some kindness tomorrow, we all need some.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Somatics

On Tuesdays most of my students have trauma or grief counseling.  It's a tough day, so I try to always make the class especially soothing and relaxing.  Many of them also deal with chronic pain as well.
Today was a Somatic Class.   If you suffer from chronic pain I recommend you read Thomas Hanna's book, Somatics ( reawakening the mind's control of  movement, flexibility and health)  I think it will be life changing for you.  The class is slow moving, no forced movements, not painful.  I tell my students even if you don't have chronic pain you will feel amazing after these classes.

Rain from Harvey is moving our way tonight.  We do run a slight risk of severe weather the next couple of days but nothing like the folks in Texas have experienced.  The upside, our temps will be in the 70's for the next few days.

Hump day is tomorrow.  I have my early class and then a pulmonary doc appointment.  Our abundance of ragweed and mold the past few weeks  has played havoc on my breathing.
September is almost here.  Take the last day of August and relish all that summer offers.  Walk barefoot, eat some watermelon, drink some lemonade, sit in the sun and look at the flowers.
Don't forget to be kind.  Share the joy, feel the gratitude.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nocturnal Taz

Taz is not her normal self at night.  For the past couple of weeks she has stopped sleeping at the foot of our bed and she roams around the house most of the night.  She is also barking a good deal in the middle of the night, but when we get up to check on things, there is nothing there.  The other two dogs are fine, no issues at all.   She is due for a check up at the vet so we are going to talk about her nocturnal changes.  I am a little worried.

It has been a busy Monday and a rather long one.  I am not sleeping well because of Taz's activities.
How can a little 7 pound dog cause this much disruption?

My tea awaits and hopefully a good night's sleep.  I hope our friends in the Houston area are ok.
Prayers that the rains stop soon.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bring Light

I love it when there are energy shifts.  The past couple of months had been a little rough. Losing a friend and a family member, the heat, the rain, things had seemed oppressive at times. Even the few days before the eclipse I felt really out of sorts.  Other friends had said the same thing.

Since the eclipse there has been a change.  Lightness has returned, an uplifting if you will.  Last night's pickin' party helped a great deal as well.  Seeing friends, hearing good music, sharing a meal, there is magic in all of that.

This is the last week of August.  Labor Day is a week from tomorrow.  Kids are back in school or are going back. Something about summer moving into fall always makes me feel hopeful.  I know most feel that way about winter to spring, but summer to fall gives me energy and hope.
This last week of August up your kindness quota.  Share more smiles, spread more joy.  We can do this.  One person at a time, we can bring light to the darkness and fear.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Just What We Needed

We invited a group of our musician friends over tonight to share their new songs and a meal.
We laughed, almost cried, voice frustration about the music biz and had a great time.
Even the dogs had a good time.  And when it was time to say goodnight, we all decided it was just what we needed.  We played our songs for each other with no judgement, just appreciation for talent and creativity.

Wishing a peaceful Sunday for each and everyone.  And if you are feeling down, listen to your favorite music.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Good Friday

Our weather pattern is changing.  The past couple of mornings have been down right cool, low 60's and the afternoon temps have been in the upper 80's .  It is a nice respite and according to the Almanac we are in for more "normal" fall and winter weather this year.  We can only hope.

Looking around outside today, you can see the subtle changes taking place around us.  The garden is playing out.  The trees that were verdant and rich a few weeks ago seem to becoming tinged with gold. The sunsets are more vivid and the days are getting shorter.  Summer is holding on, but fall is waiting in the wings.

It has been a good Friday.  I have thought of Louis many times today.  I miss my friend.
May the weekend bring each of you joy and may each of you spread some kindness.  Sending good thoughts and prayers to our Texas friends.  May you all be safe.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Masters/Slaves

Sharing the quote I used on my board today.


"We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip."
- Winston Churchill

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Celebrating Louis

A celebration of our friend Louis' life was held today, which by the way was his 89th birthday.
There was music, pictures, videos, laughter and tears.  Honestly, I hope it is the way I will be remembered.  No long pious sermon, just an encouraging prayer, the 23 Psalm and story after story of people loving Louis.

An opening song of Amazing Grace, closing with Frank Sinatra singing My Way, Louis would have loved it.  We met so many of his friends and family.  Now we have faces to go with the names he so often talked about.

I woke up this morning thinking of him, wishing that we could have celebrated this birthday together.
It was just not meant to be.  His body was worn out.  Our nurse Lynn from the infusion room came, his friends from Home Health Care.  I could just see him sitting over in the corner, laughing and holding court, glad that we were all together.

I miss him.  I know that I will always miss him.  He was a gift that I will never forget.  I am so grateful for his friendship and the friendships that we made with his friends and family.
His favorite thing to say each time any of us told him we loved him, " I love you more."
Tonight, I love you more Louis.  I miss you so very much.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Palatable Fear

Transformations are painful, whether they are good or bad.  We humans don't like change, don't want change.  Change is going to happen, whether we embrace it or fight it, change will happen in our lives.

I listened to students' stories in class today.  I am always astounded at how strong  they can be.
My students are fighters.  No matter their lifestyle, their profession, their past, by the time most make it to rehab they know something has to give.

Today was a day of tears, anger and frustration, but by the end of class there was a flicker of light in faces.  These students are new and they are walking a tightrope with no net.  For many of them this time at our facility will make or break their life.  Fear is palatable.

In a few weeks, their eyes will begin to sparkle, laughter will slowly come back into their lives.  Hope will blossom and the understanding of how to rebuild their life makes sense.
I am drained, but that is ok.  A cup of hot tea and my cozy bed will make it all better.

Early class tomorrow, early bedtime tonight.
Remember to be kind to every one, even those who don't seem to deserve kindness. They need it the most.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Energy Shift

To celebrate the eclipse today, our class tonight did both sun salutations and moon salutations.
I did not want either to feel slighted.

You could feel the energy shift as the eclipse took place this afternoon.  For me personally, I went from a place of out of sorts to arriving at peace as the light overpowered the shadow.  For days now I have not slept well, had weird dreams and just felt strange. When the eclipse was over today, I began to feel like my old self.

Jordan and my brother Ricky had lunch with us and then stayed for the eclipse.  Jordan was delightful watching the change of light, seeing how the birds and chickens and dogs were reacting to mother nature showing off her stuff.

If you missed today's eclipse there will another one in seven years.  Jordan will be driving then.  Wow.

Spread good will, joy and kindness where ever you go tomorrow.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Kind of Sunday

 The kind of Sunday I love.  Morning papers, walk the dogs, brunch, a few chores.  No place to go, nothing that has to be done, a day  to recharge and relax.

We all need these kind of days.  A day to spend at your own pace, enjoying normal little things.
Sunday gives me the  time to get ready to face the week.  My yoga clothes are washed, my yoga bag is packed, I am ready.  Rick will tell you if my Sunday is jammed with things to do, I get grumpy. And I face the week a little out of sorts.

These past few weeks our weekends have been packed with things to do, places to go. To get out of bed this morning, knowing that the day was ours, was delightful.  We did have a little power outage this evening ( heat index 103) but Alabama Power came to the rescue.  No storms, no wind, who knows why or how, but we do have outages often.  Winter is not so bad, but summers are brutal with no fans or AC.  We do love our creature comforts.

Tomorrow is the eclipse.  I will be glad when this shift of energy is past and maybe things will settle down.  Jordan is excited because he gets out of school early and will spend the afternoon with us.
Spread some kindness tomorrow, share some joy.   Time cannot be taken back, spend it wisely.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Waiting

one of things that is not so much fun in playing music is the hurry up and wait that takes place before a gig of any kind.  Rick caught me patiently waiting at the wedding this evening.  We were the music before the wedding started.  It was a beautiful wedding and the room was full of happiness.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The View

We are celebrating a wedding this weekend.  Our friends Wes and Deidra's daughter Laken is getting married tomorrow night.  ( their younger daughter Leigh got married in May, yep you heard that right, two daughters, two weddings in 3 months).  We have watched both girls grow up.  They are family.

Laken had asked Rick and I to play guitars for her wedding.  We did the rehearsal tonight and then went to the rehearsal dinner.  It was held at The Club in Birmingham.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit The Club, go.  The food is excellent and the view will take your breath.  Seeing the sun set over the city and watching the lights appear as the darkness moved in is something you don't want to miss.  Looking forward to the wedding tomorrow.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

No Money

An interesting quote came across my FB page today.  I thought I would share it with all of you.  It made me think.



"If there was no money and everything depended on your moral standards and the way you treated people, how would you be doing in life?"   - Tupac Shakur

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mossy Path

A day that I needed.  Hanging out at home, doing chores, taught my morning class and playing guitar.
A good day.  Hook's stings are nasty.  He has about 12 stings from his face to his tail, but he is getting better.  He did not want to walk with me today.

Our path that we walk changes daily, with the weather.  Since we have had so much rain, the moss that I love is everywhere.  Part of our walking path is now covered in moss, so of course I took a picture.

I saw the butterfly again today.  I was sitting on the back steps and there she was, just flitting around my feet.  I have never seen a butterfly like her.  Her colors are incredible.  She is not shy or afraid.
I keep thinking she is some sort of omen, a good one.

Tomorrow is Thursday.  Remember to be kind.  It's more important than ever to spread kindness and love.  Be the change you want to see.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hook's Adventure

Walking the dogs became quite an experience this morning.  It was so warm and muggy that Taz stepped outside the fence and refused make another step.  She went back to the house.  Calliou walked one of our usual rounds and he decided to call it quits.  Lady ( Jordan's dog) and Hook took me up on a second lap.  Hook as usual ran ahead to scare up all the rabbits and squirrels.  Just a few yards from the barn he left the path and within seconds ran across the path in front of me, began rolling and yelping.   He took off for the house.

Hook made it to the gate in record time and just about knocked me down to get inside the fence.
He barreled through the doggie door and by the time I made it inside he had hidden in Rick's closet.
I feared the worst, snake bite ,but suspected yellow jacket stings.     It was yellow jacket stings.  Big angry red welts were popping up on his nose and back.  He would not come out of Rick's closet.
I gave him a dose of Benadryl.   I sat in the floor and petted him, assuring him no wasps were in the house.  After about an hour he finally ventured out of the closet.  He slept for most of the afternoon.

There was a good moment on our walk this morning.  Down by the barn, there is a patch of tiny gravel and pebbles, a most beautiful beautiful  butterfly flew around me there and then flew down on the pebbles and posed while I snapped a picture.  Sadly I have not been able to convince Hook that anything good happened on our walk today.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Forecast

The Farmer's Almanac came out with their fall/winter forecast today.  For our area, the southeastern United States they are predicting below normal temps and above average rainfall.   I know it might sound crazy, but I hope they nailed it.  I love fall and winter.  I love boots and sweaters and coats.

I love walking the dogs in the cold.  Hot tea and coco in front of the fireplace is my cozy special place.  Snowfall is so rare here in Alabama that even if we just get flurries I am thrilled.
I admit, I did a happy dance when I read the forecast this morning.  I know there are many who would love to spend their winter in tee shirts and shorts, but not me.

I like the changing of the seasons.  Fall and winter are my favorites.  As a wannabe farmer, I know the importance of cold weather on crops.  The past two winters have been extremely mild.  As a result of the drought and mild winters our fruit crops have been almost nothing.  The bug infestation this summer has been awful.  So bring on those cooler temps, I am ready.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

One of the 36

My friend, Barbara Dollar shared this post with me this evening.  I think it is a very insightful and profound way to look at life today.  So I am sharing it with all of you tonight.   May we spread love and kindness on our path tomorrow, may we be one of the 36.



According to Jewish legend, there are in each generation 36 righteous humans who prevent the rest of us from being destroyed. Through their extraordinary good deeds and their love of the divine spark, they save the world over and over again. They're not famous saints, though. They go about their business anonymously, and no one knows how crucial they are to our well-being.
Might you be one of the 36? As a temporary experiment, act as if you are. ~Rob Brezsny

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Update

A busy Saturday.  We went shopping this morning and Rick got his first new suit in many many years.  Sometimes, you just have to wear a suit even if you are a jeans  and khakis kind of guy.

This evening we celebrated our niece Alesha's graduation from the UAB master's program.  She graduated with a 4.0 while being a mom, working as a nurse full time and dealing with MS.  We are proud of her.

For the first time in a couple of weeks the night sky is clear, hoping we can see some meteor showers tonight.  Then of course we have our glasses ready for the eclipse this week.

Ready to watch Doc Martin, sip a cup of tea and have some sweet dreams.
May we all know peace, joy and love.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tough Friday

I had a 46 year old cousin die this week.  His funeral was today.  A couple of years ago, he had pneumonia  which was viral, which went directly to his heart.  He developed congestive heart failure.
Diabetes followed, do did a foot infection, death came this week.  Tony left a mom, three sisters and two children, remember them in your prayers.   Right now in our area, pneumonia is rampant, scary stuff guys.

Jordan spent another day with us.  His school starts Monday.  He loves his teachers, he is excited.  But he is also looking at the calendar for fall break and Christmas vacation.  We had a great time with him.  Did I say he is has become a bottomless pit?  I swear, he ate most of the food in our fridge before he left for home today.  Swimming burns endless calories.

A better day for me.  Sometimes at work, my heart breaks.  Sometimes life breaks my heart.  Anger is not the answer for any of it.  This too shall pass.  My reaction is all that I can control.

Saturday is tomorrow.  Summer is zipping by. Get those grills going, enjoy the last few weeks, Labor Day is waiting and then fall zooms in.

Don't forget to be kind. Take the time to love and spread joy.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Flow

Some days are difficult.  Today was one of those days.  I have not been angry in a very long time.
I understand the anger, I know where it's coming from and I also know that the only thing I can change is how I react.   This too shall pass.

Anger and stress are exhausting.  I am exhausted tonight.  Lots of deep breaths and talking to myself  has helped.  Life throws curves.  They are frequently unexpected.  Once again it comes down to realizing that it is all about your reaction.

Class today was on the second chakra.  One of the key phrases for working with this chakra is to live like water.  Go with the flow.  Life is change and survival and growth cannot take place without it.
Perfect class for me, the teacher today.  Live like water, face the ups and downs, go with the flow.

Tomorrow is Friday.  May we all have peace, joy and kindness in our lives.  Go with the flow.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hump Day

Hump day, more rain and clouds.  Mold, mildew and mushrooms are everywhere.  A walk through the woods in the morning is like moving through some dank, dark medieval world.  We are now past jungle and into the fungus domain.

Jordan told me yesterday he just wanted to play in the sun.  He loves fresh air and sunshine as much as I do.  I keep telling him, the weather will change, fingers crossed and full of hope.  At least our ground water level is back to normal, no more drought.

I have thought of my friend Louis so much today.  We usually saw each other on Wednesday or Friday...I miss him.

Spread a little kindness tomorrow, throw in a smile and make someone's day.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Root

Working on the root chakra today in yoga class.  With students who have PTSD, the root chakra always needs lots of work and love.  PTSD from being in combat puts the student in constant fight or flight mode.  The adrenals are in over drive and fear an usually guilt are constant companions.  By the time our asanas were done and students had experienced a 25 minute yoga nidra and temple massage (with cedarwood oil) there was a sense of peace and calm as they left the room.  The teacher received many hugs.

PTSD from any cause is devastating.  Most of its victims do not sleep, or if they do they experience night terrors.  Any sense of security they might have had in their past is usually gone.  Fear most often drives their days and nights.  Our group was mixed today, military and non-military.  Thankfully it was a small group.  The room became a safe place, a respite from the thoughts and memories that flood the mind.

As a teacher, I walk into my classroom, give all I have, use every ounce of wisdom and knowledge that is in me and keep judgement and competition out of the room and hope for the best.
Tonight I am drained, but that's ok, tomorrow is a brand new day.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Pink Zinnias

Please don't tell me you are tired of seeing photos of my zinnias, they are so beautiful this year.

These pink ones make me smile every time I see them.

It has been a rainy Monday.  Looks like rain for the next week or so.  That's ok, the flowers are thriving.

My students were happy to see me today.  It was good to be back in the classroom.   After a week without yoga, my body felt some transformation today.  Felt so good to breathe and stretch.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Welcome Zuzu

I met my great niece Zulu for the first time today.  Like all her siblings before her, she is perfect.
I can't wait until she is at my kitchen table baking Christmas cookies and gathering flowers in my garden.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Harvest Continues

A beautiful day in the neighborhood.  The butterflies are still swarming the flowers and the hummers are drinking their food about as fast as we can fill the feeders.

Walking the dogs this afternoon ( it was so beautiful, we walked them twice) I smelled figs.
I walked over to the large bush and yes, there were ripe figs!  Not a large harvest, but enough to make us happy.  The jalapeƱos are large enough to grill.  That should happen happen tomorrow.

I hope your Saturday has been a good one.  My mouth pain and tenderness has finally left.  About to binge watch Doc Martin.  I love the show.

Blessings of peace to all of you tomorrow.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Healthy Journey

This week away from work has seemed more like one day and  not a week.  I have done a great deal of sleeping, I suppose my body needed it.  What can I say, I have been a slug.

Today was a whole day of real food, not soft stuff.  Rick and I went to our local produce stand and bought tons of fruits and veggies.  My body is rejoicing.  I have been reading about a Dr. Wahls.
Basically her story, she was a successful doctor, was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS and became wheel chair bound.  Since her particular MS did not respond well to meds, she was told any function lost as the disease progressed would never return.

She began to research why her body was failing and what she could do about it.  She took her health into her own hands.  After successes and failures, she figured out the nutrients the body had to have to function properly.  She was able to return to walking after being wheelchair bound.  It was not an easy journey. But her story is amazing.

I have been reading a great deal about energy healing/medicine.  I believe with all my heart we are what we consume, food, water, positive/negative energy, books we read, thoughts we think, people we spend time with.  Everything around us has an impact on us.  I believe our earth has everything we need to keep us healthy.  Native Americans taught that all the medicines we needed were supplied by nature.  My father and his mother believed that as well.

It's Friday, the first weekend of August.  The year is half over.  Let this next half be one of kindness, a journey toward health and joy.  Eat your fruits and veggies, drink some fresh water, get some sunshine and gentle exercise, breathe and be grateful for one thing every day.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Madame Butterfly

Jordan spent the morning with me.  We watched a couple of PBS shows, took the dogs for a walk and just hung out.  We had a great time.  I ate real food today, very small bites, but real food.


After Jordan went home, I spent some time gathering fresh flowers for all the vases in the house.
The zinnias were covered in butterflies and bees.  They were fearless, none of them ever flew away as I cut flower after flower.  I talked to them as they danced flower to flower, you could feel the tiny breeze as they fluttered by.  This one, a beautiful yellow one, followed me, flower to flower.  I called her madame butterfly.

Tomorrow I get my hair done.  Nothing like getting your hair done to make yourself feel great.
My mouth still hurts, there is still soreness, but it is way better today.
This week has flown by.  Tomorrow is Friday.  Summer is slipping away.  Enjoy it while you can.
Spread some kindness.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Normal

Starting to feel normal again.  What is it about general anesthesia that just kicks your butt?  Well, stitches in the gum and roof of the mouth don't exactly make you feel pretty either.  But, much better day today.  Can begin to eat regular food again, just very small bites.

Our nephew James texted me this evening.  His wife's water broke, so they are now at the hospital with baby number five on her way.  Zuzu Phillips should be arriving around midnight tonight.

This week is Hook's first anniversary with us.  A year ago, his ribs were showing, he was sick with all sorts of infections and heart worms.  Today he weighs about 80 or 90 pounds, all muscle and happy as can be.  Who knew we would have a collie, a yorkie and a bulldog?

Ready for a cup of hot tea and bed.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1

August 1....oral surgery is not for wussies

August 1...summer is half over

August 1...here in the south east, there is talk of football

August 1...local teachers and support staff have already gone back to school

August 1...today was picture perfect

August 1...tomatoes and watermelons are at their best

August 1...I really hope we have winter weather this year(ask any farmer why we need the cold)

August 1...can't wait to see the eclipse

August 1...days are shorter

August 1...always strange to see swimsuits and sweaters at the same time

August 1...I have missed work this week

August 1...what I miss most about back to school?  new clothes

Monday, July 31, 2017

Oral Surgery Day

Today was oral surgery.  I closed my eyes and the next thing I knew Rick was in the recovery room and I was getting a wheel chair.   The pain hit on the way home.  Now I know why they tell you to pick up your prescriptions on the way home.

Soft foods and liquids for a week.  I am so glad I have a Vitamix.  I can make smoothies all day long.
Between the pain meds/anesthesia  my thought process is very slow.  I think I should call it a day.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Our Path

I think the path to our house is an inviting one.  Stones, and timbers and moss, edged with ferns and impatiens and the trickle of a little fountain by the steps guide you in.  Many times I walk that path and find joy in its earthy beauty.  I come home from a long day and I look down at those stones and know I am home.  Some days as I walk those stones they tug at my heart and I don't want to leave.

Those stones have felt the tiny feet of our nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and even great great nieces and and nephews.  They have felt the love of our siblings and our parents as they walked to our front door.  Friends have brought joy to our house stepping on those stones.  Those stones have felt the burden of grief that we have carried coming home from the funerals of loved ones.

Through the years we have talked about upgrading our walk, making it look more updated and newer, but now I see that walk as an old friend.  Some day when I no longer walk it, maybe someone else will see it as old and broken and build their own.  For me, I want it to lead to our purple door forever.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Last One Standing

We opened a bottle of champagne tonight and toasted the memory of our friend Louis.  We both expressed our gratitude that the universe brought him into our lives.  We toasted his friendship and our love for him.  We are so lucky to have had him in our lives, even for a a few short years.

Life gives us gifts.  Sometimes we accept them, other times we don't.  Sitting in those big green chairs while the chemicals ran through our bodies, it would have been easy to have ignored all of those around us.  I could have withdrawn, thought about my troubles, become obsessed with my illness.
I am so thankful that our little group chose to reach out to each other.  We chose to face what was going on in our lives and acknowledge those around us.  We made friendships, knowing that they would not be long ones.

Louis and his smile, his faith and love for his fellow man brought us together.  Our bond was a gift.
Tonight, I am the last one standing.  I won't let my friends down.

Friday, July 28, 2017

No Thoughts

Monsoon rains again today.  The weather guys swear we are going to get a break this weekend from the heat and humidity, we shall see.

Tonight my thoughts are nowhere to be found.  I think I should just drink some tea and go to bed.
Rambling accomplishes nothing.

Sweet dreams, good night

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Schedule Change

Some days are going to drain you no matter what you do.  I have been so stressed that my shoulders are aching.  This too shall pass.  Nothing major, just little stuff that appeared out of nowhere and demanded my attention at that instant.

Storms moving in tonight.  We shall see how Calliou does with his new crate.  Fingers are crossed.
I had to tell my students today, no yoga next week.  That was a toughie.  I am having oral surgery on Monday to fix the dental issue that cropped up a few weeks ago.  When the oral surgeon found out I taught yoga , he nixed my schedule for next week.   Seems a bone graft can shift if not allowed to set and if it does then it has to be redone.  I will be home reading a few good books next week if anyone is interested.

My hot tea awaits.  Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moments

After my early morning class, it has been a day of rest for me.  It has had its moments.  For the past couple of months we usually went to visit Louis on either Wednesday or Friday.  I woke up this morning thinking I should call Bert or Steve and check on Louis.  Then it hit me, Louis does not require me to check on him any more.  Not an easy moment.

Jordan and his mom are on their way to Auburn for state swim competition.  Louis was proud of him.
He was always telling me to tell Jordan the only person he had to beat was himself.  I called Jordan today and told him how much I loved him, how proud I was of his hard work and then I reminded him of what Louis always said.

Grief is exhausting.  But I have had enough in my life to know it won't kill me.

My cup of hot tea awaits.
Goodnight Sweet dreams

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Moderation

Class today was about moderation.  I know you are thinking well of course, you teach at an addiction rehab center.  But actually it was based on the 4th Yama, Brahmacharya.  Brahmachary is often translated as celibacy, its real meaning is to stop wasting one's energies.  Over indulgence in anything can be destructive, too much work, play, exercise, food, drink, sex, the list can go on and on.

To understand moderation or balance you have to practice awareness of being in the moment.  We remind ourselves, the past is over, the future is yet to come, all we have is this moment.

When we think about the energy we waste daily, all the worry, the stress of trying to achieve perfection, the pursuit of material goods, trying to be thinner, younger, worrying about what others think of us.  That list could go on and on as well.

I reminded the class of the two questions I ask them daily; what time is it?  now
where are you?  here.     If you can ask those two questions through out the day it will be easier to stay in the moment, to practice balance of the inner and outer lives, to calm the mind. Our energy is precious, it is our life force, our chi,  don't waste it, it is not without end.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tough Day

It has been a tough day.  I appreciate all your love and good thoughts and prayers.  I miss my friend very much.

The sunset coming home tonight took my breath.  The colors had not been that vibrant in a long time.
I couldn't get to a spot where I could take a picture.  The sun and horizon were shades of red, orange, and everything in between, while the clouds were indigo and purple and gray and a tiny bit of bright blue.  When I saw it, I told Rick "Louis is saying goodbye."

My tea awaits.  I am ready for it and bed.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I Love You More

When I left my friend Louis yesterday my heart ached, I knew he was beginning his  transition.
This morning his friend James sent Rick a text, Louis had died.  I felt it in my heart when I awoke today, I knew that yesterday was the last time I would see him in this life.

It is hard to explain grief because it is different with each loss.  In many ways our friendship with Louis was so different than with other friends.  We met just a few short years ago under tough circumstances, both undergoing treatments in an infusion room.  He had beat cancer several times in his life.  He was a survivor in every sense of the word.

When we met, it was as though we had known each other our entire lives.  We bonded sitting in those big green chairs while chemicals filled our veins.  There was a camaraderie in that room.  Several of us sat and became friends, encouraging each other, praying for each other and grieving as our friends passed.

Louis and I were the last of the group.  We spoke to each other almost daily.  He and his nephew Steve and friend Bert came to our house, shared meals with us and our families.  This past Thanksgiving as Louis and Bert left the house that evening I had a sinking feeling it might be the last holiday we spent together.  Louis was getting frail.

Christmas came, we celebrated with a conversation on the phone.  After the first of the year, hospital visits became a common occurrence for Louis.  We would drop by the hospital,  talk on the phone, we both knew in our hearts time was short.  A few weeks ago, he was moved to a hospice care center.
We would visit and hope for the best.  Some days he was unresponsive, others  weak, yet so happy to see us.

A couple of weeks ago, we dropped by and he was sitting up in the bed.  Eating a meal, laughing, visiting with family and friends, it was a day I will never forget.  As we got ready to leave, he told me he was going home next week.  His nephew Steve walked us to the door and out into the hall, Steve, Rick and I knew that by some grace we had been given a gift.

The the past two visits it was obvious that day had been a gift.  Louis was losing weight, becoming so weak and then yesterday, I knew what was next.  No matter how much you prepare yourself for someone's death, there is no preparation.  That loss hits hard and heavy.  Loss is loss, losing those you love is a transformation that is the most difficult.  I hear his voice in my head, I miss his hugs, his calls, his laughter and his kindness.  We ended each call and visit with me saying I love you, and then he would always say, "I love you more."

The picture tonight is one at his house.  He was a great cook.  He loved having friends over for lunch and dinner.  Tonight, I would love to have one more meal together, to hear him say one more time, "I Love You More."

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Peace,Joy, Kindness

We visited Louis today.  I don't think I have ever seen anyone so thin.  I sat and talked with him about  our friends.  I told him about Jordan going to the state swim competition next week.  I told him how much I loved him.  There was no response.  No movement, no sound.  I think my friend is about to make his transformation.

I am drained tonight, and rather sad.  Tomorrow is Sunday.  May we all know peace. May we all know joy as well as kindness.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, July 21, 2017

One Last Bloom

I walked through the back yard yesterday and smelled a sweetness I thought had gone for the summer.  I was wrong.  Our big gardenia bush had one last bloom.  She was small but her fragrance filled the hot humid air. We have never had blooms this late.  Summer's transformation has started.
The days are shorter and spring and early summer blossoms are fading.  This one was such a gift.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Little Red

Our chickens all have unique personalities.  This is Little Red, she delivers a fresh egg every day.
She will actually come to you if sit quietly and talk to her.  The other chickens are not so trusting.
Today they were all pecking and when they saw me taking pictures all but Little Red scurried away.
She posed for me.  She is a little beauty and her eggs are delicious.

Jordan spends the day with us tomorrow.  I am sure there will be adventures.   I have brain drain tonight.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Two Gifts

Two gifts, that is how our day went, two gifts we received from friends.  Not gifts in the traditional sense, but gifts of time, calls.  The first call came this afternoon from our friend Ann.  She is a fellow songwriter that we have know over 20 years.  She has helped us book gigs and make many new friends through the years.  She is effervescent, her personality and laugh makes you happy just to share space with her.

Our second call came from our friends Tom and Judy, there are health issues in their lives right now so for them to take time to call and talk with us made us glow with happiness.  We spent most of the conversation with them laughing.  That is the really nice thing about friendship, it is a thread that runs through your life.  You go for months without seeing or talking with each other, but it doesn't matter.
You just pick up where you left off.

The gift of time is the most valuable one.  Life goes fast. But the  moments count.  A call, a card, the connection is made, the gift delivered and there is joy and love between humans.  Tomorrow give a gift; a call, a hug, a smile, a kind word.  Free gifts, make someone's day.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Do No Harm

I started the new group of students on the first yama today, ahimsa ( do no harm).  We talked about what is harm to your self, anger, jealousy, negativity, hate, self-doubt.  To have compassion for others you have to have compassion for yourself.  As we moved through the asanas I encouraged the class to practice "do no harm."  We can truly be our own worst enemy.

Some of the poses were easy, others more difficult.  That was the plan so they could react with kindness when challenged.  I was proud of this group of young men, did I mention they were all male today?  They laughed and encouraged each other and no competition.  By the time class was over, they understood how self harm comes in ways you never even think about.

Tomorrow as you go about your day, practice ahimsa.  Remember those negative thoughts do harm.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, July 17, 2017

It Has Been A Monday

Almost all new faces in classes today.  Funny how a week changes everything.  Sometimes I feel as if I am on a merry-go-round, students change so fast, it all becomes a blur.

I came home from work to pick up Rick for our class in Sumiton.  He was in a panic.  At some point today while we were working, the air conditioning stopped.  Temps are in the mid-nineties for the rest of the week with a heat index over 100, not a good time to lose the cool.  Thankfully Rick fixed it while I went and taught the class.  Whew!  Much Gratitude.

Storms moved through again this evening.  It has been years since we have had this many summer storms.  Thunder and lightening are becoming almost daily events.

I am drained tonight.  Time for a few minutes of down time and then bed.  Don't forget to spread some kindness tomorrow, we all need some.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Love

I love Sundays.  I have loved them since I was a child.  I love the fact that usually Sundays are slow and laid back.  Once in a blue moon we do book a gig on Sunday or there is some function to attend.  Most Sundays are for us, the dogs and family.

I have done a little gardening today, washed yoga blankets, lunched with my sister.  All the monsoons we have had for the past few weeks have moved away.  Our grey skies turned to blue today and Ol Sol came out in all his glory.  Those rays felt great on my skin as we walked the dogs this morning.
The biggie, the humidity dropped too.

Sometimes transformations are mundane but wonderful.  After weeks of rain and storms, our day of sunshine has been wonderful.  Of course it is mid-July so the heat will build, that is no surprise.
That is why you wear cotton or linen clothing in the south, nature's air conditioning.

Mid-July, August is already breathing down July's neck.  Someone told me they had already seen Christmas stuff in some of the craft stores.  Please give me a break!  I am so not ready for Christmas  in July, but that seems to be a trend.

On our walks this week,  everything is so lush that it looks like the old technicolor movies.  We now have paths covered in moss. Old trees, rocks, barn wood, there is moss everywhere which I love.
Our massive dogwood in the front yard has moss covering her limbs.  I am not sure if that is good or bad, but it is beautiful.  The picture I shot this morning is of Jordan's favorite dogwood limb to climb.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday night.  May our Monday be uneventful, yet full of joy.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Baby Hosta

Baby hostas are blooming.  These are about the size of a small saucer and are offshoots from big ones.
They were a nice surprise this morning.  The rain and heat have made our place seem tropical.

Jordan did great in the district swim meet today.
He will be in state competition in a couple of weeks.
We are so excited.  I cooked his favorite meal for dinner this evening.  We celebrated with meat loaf and mac and cheese.

Enjoy your Sunday.  Blessings of peace and joy to everyone.  I am a wee bit tired tonight.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tree Snake

The storms that have moved through the past few weeks have left fallen trees everywhere.  Yesterday morning as I walked the dogs this one had fallen across our path.  At first glance, ( I did not have my contact in) I thought it was a BIG snake.  That got my heart rate up in a hurry.

We saw Louis today.  Once again, he has slipped into that place between here and there.
Last Friday was such a gift, I hope I am wrong but I think that day was his goodbye.

The weekend has started.  Jordan has district swim meet tomorrow.  We are hoping he goes to state.
He has worked so hard.  Keep your fingers crossed.




Thursday, July 13, 2017

Safe Place

Storms rolled in last night after we went to bed.  Heavy thunder and pouring rain drove the dogs into a frenzy.  Taz and Calliou panicked while Hook ( who is deaf) slept through the ordeal.  We now have a crate for Calliou, we hope it gives him his safe place.

I often do a safe place meditation for my students and they love it.  I wish that it would work for the dogs.   It seems that is what so many of us ( human or not) want isn't it; a safe place.   Maybe one day the world will have a safe place.

My classes were packed today.  My body is tired.  Time for a cup of hot tea and bed.  ( my safe place)
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Reading

Thanks to one of my blog world friends Julia, I bought a new book last week.  Julia had recommended a book titled, "Energy Medicine."  I will be the first to tell you it is no easy breezy read.  I find it fascinating.  Since I do quite a bit of work with Charkas, meridians and use Reiki this book is a perfect read for me.  I even took a free on line class today offered by the author, Donna Eden.

I started in the early 70's, reading and studying about energy, health, nutrition, and yoga.  I was starving for information and read everything from Gaylord Hauser to Carlos Castaneda to Buddhist teachings.  I was a sponge.  Often I was reading 2 or 3 books at a time.  I still do that.  :)
Right now I am reading Energy Medicine, Several Short Sentences About Writing, The Rise and Fall of Alexandria, I know quite a variety there.

I constantly encourage people I know to read.  Rick and I often buy books or gift cards to book stores for birthday gifts.  Our gifts might not always be someone's favorites but hopefully we plant seeds.
Thankfully  Jordan shares our love of books and when we give him gift cards to book stores he is excited.

I have loved reading since I was a small child.  I am grateful for that love that my mom and older siblings instilled in me.  Our house looks like a library.  Put me in a book store with a credit card and I am dangerous woman.  The only other place that I am that dangerous, a shoe store.

Goodnight, Sweet Dreams

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teacher Thoughts

That time of coming and going at work again.  I have said goodbye to students this week.  This has been an exceptional group, I will miss them so much.  As a teacher you want the best for all your students.  You want them to learn, to accomplish and to succeed.  Sometimes that does not happen.

Most of my class were newcomers today.  Some of them had never done any type of yoga, some are polished yogis.  The new comers are often fretful.  The ones who have had some sort of practice are surprised at my teaching style.  I teach yoga, breath work and meditation as a tool to help them in their recovery, it's not an exercise class.  We do move, we practice our asanas slow and gentle.

My philosophy is simple, if my students understood relaxation and knew how to relax they would not be using drugs and alcohol for relaxation.  Drugs and alcohol are numbing, breath work, asanas and meditation teach you to feel, to go inward and be in the present.  It is hard work, to become sober, to look at your self with truth and honesty, to accept responsibility for your choices and actions.
To remember who you are, who you once were and who you can be is earth shattering.  It takes time and energy.

The building I teach in is always full of energy, good and bad.  I walk in somedays and feel beaten before my classes ever start.  The sadness and fear can be palatable.  But there are also moments of joy and celebration, of confidence in finding one's self.  Sometimes a student will tell me they feel human again.  I can tell when the sparkle appears in their eyes, that life is improving.

Time will tell about this new group.  Will they embrace my classes? Who knows.  I teach what I know with as much love and kindness as I have in my soul.  The students choose whether to accept or reject it.  I am tired and drained tonight.  A much needed off day tomorrow.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, July 10, 2017

Difficult

"Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge."  - Carl Jung

I love this quote.  Not judging is difficult, but's it an important path if you are searching for peace.  Daily, I have to remind myself not to judge.  Judging others takes you down a path far from kindness and joy.  It creates self-righteousness and a false sense of importance.  

Tomorrow, share kindness, spread some joy and do your best not to judge. You will sleep  better tomorrow night.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Chakra Boots?

I know this might sound so very strange to many of you, but old habits are hard to break.  I have already done inventory on my fall/winter clothes/boots.  Yes, it is barely July, but I spent most of my adult life in the fashion industry and that is what you do in July.  I had told myself that living here in the south I really should not buy any more boots.  Rick had bought me a pair of Toms for Christmas last year and my old ones from years past still looked great.

But, a friend shared a link with me on FB today for Chakra boots.  They are basically just suede ankle boots with the Chakras embroidered on them in beautiful rainbow colors.  I think as a yoga teacher I really need them.  As a musician they would look so cool on stage and on dreary winter days they would make anyone who saw them smile.  I think I might just have to buy them.  If I do I will post a picture of me wearing them.  :)

Our friend Fred came over this evening for dinner.  He is friend, sound guy, work place friend, Fred is family.  We sat and talked about our next cd.  We should start the recording around the first of September, getting excited about it.

The weekend is pretty much over.  No rain today or for the next few days.  It will be good to see blue skies and feel the sun on my skin.  Be kind this week, give a hug or two, spread some joy.

For those of you who might want a pair of Chakra boots, here's the linkYeswevibe.com/products/colorfulchakra

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Transformations

We saw our friend Louis yesterday.  A week ago he didn't recognize us and could not speak, yesterday, a different story.  Walking down the hall to his room we could hear laughter.
We could hear Louis talking with others.

As we walked into his room, there he sat, in his bed, holding court.  His nephew Steve and two of his friends were there.  He waved as we walked in.  We stayed for about 20 minutes or so.  Laughing, actually rejoicing with Louis, our friend is back.  We don't know how or what happened, but for now there is much gratitude.

Who knows what the future holds, but the transformation that took place in that room in a week's time was remarkable.  One friend left this world and another one, at least for awhile is back.
I learned long ago there are no explanations for most of the transformations that take place in our lives.  They are gifts from the universe.  We work for them, strive for them, pray for them.
Sometimes if we are lucky, we get them. They are not always good, not always bad, but it seems there is a reason for them all.

Wishing peace for all of us tomorrow, wishing joy, and always wishing kindness.

Friday, July 7, 2017

RIP My Friend

I found out a couple of days ago that one of my friends from work was very ill.  I  thought for the past few days she was on vacation.  I got the really sad news first thing this morning that she died last night.

I mourn her death on so many levels.  My respect for the work she did with our patients was off the charts.  My caring for her as a friend who greeted me each time she saw me, no matter how busy she was, how she shared her artistic talents with me, ( she was an incredible photographer and I am lucky that she gave me two of her photographs.)

I mourn for the patients who will never have the opportunity to have her as a counselor.  Her story was hers to tell, but I will tell you this, for those women who came through our program who had been abused; she was their greatest friend and advocate.

I  heard her voice in my head all day today.  I mourn the fact that we were always talking about her coming for a visit to our place and now that will never happen.  I mourn the loss of her humor and her take no prisoners/no bull attitude.

No one will ever fill her shoes.  Tonight, I hope she found her happy place, tonight, I hope she knows how much she was loved by all of us who worked with her.

RIP Deborah W.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Solutions

For years I tried my luck growing eggplants.  Each time there was disappointment.  My oldest sister Nell who is a farmer extraordinaire suggested I plant them in pots.  She never fails me!
There will be eggplant on the grill this weekend.  I am so excited.

A busy day tomorrow.  Appointment with eye doc, a visit with my friend Louis, and a monthly run to Costco.  It is all good.

We have been at wit's end these past few weeks.  Our collie is terrified of storms.  We had bought a thunder vest, tried sedatives, music.  They all sorta worked, as long as we were here.  Yesterday storms came through with horrible thunder and lightening.  He left the house ( through the doggie door) and escaped somehow over our fence while we were at work.  Rick found him when he got home, dripping wet.

A friend who spends his days working with dogs suggested putting him in a crate.  There is one on its way from Amazon.  Keeping our fingers crossed that this gives our sweet beautiful dog some peace.

Tomorrow is Friday, the start of another weekend.  Didn't we just have one?  I hope there is sunshine, peace and kindness for all of us.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fuchsia Canopy

Last  night Samantha and Jordan, Stone, Breeze, Daisy and Joy came over to our field for fireworks.
At 8:00pm it was 80 degrees with 82% humidity, I kid you not.  Welcome to the south.

But, the rain and the heat have given us a summer of incredible lushness and beauty .
Our crepe myrtles are as tall as oaks and dripping in ruffled blossoms.  They have created a fuchsia canopy.  It has been a short week.  I thought today was Monday.  Holidays do that.
Enjoy your Thursday, I hope life treats you kind.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Making the Challenge Easy/July 4th

 By the way, for all you Americans I have a 4th of July challenge for you.  Before you go to bed tomorrow night, read the Declaration of Independence.  Remind yourselves of what the foundation of this country really is.  In case you are not sure where to find the Declaration of Independence, here is
the link  https://www.archives.gov/founding.../declaration-transcript


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Early 4th Celebration

We did a small family gathering today.  An early 4th of July celebration if you will and it was a hit.
Ribs and smoked butt, baked beans, corn on the cob and potato salad and peach cobbler and ice cream, and there was enough that everyone took some food home with them.

As always at our gatherings it is all about the kids and in true fashion, the kids had fun.  I looked at this picture and was astonished by how much they have grown since Christmas.

I am exhausted, but it was worth it.  At one time it seemed the rafters shook with laughter.
A cup of hot tea and bed are calling to me.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 1

July 1...ice cream, fire works, American flag

July 1...summer is official

July 1...ice cold watermelon and lemonade

July 1...red, white and blue

July 1....Independence Day

July 1...vacations, beach or mountains?

July 1...fire flies, June bugs and humming birds in a frenzy

July 1....bare feet every day

July 1...fresh corn and ripe tomatoes

July 1...juicy peaches

July 1...heat and humidity

July 1...six months left in 2017

July 1...days are getting shorter, but no one knows it yet

July 1...ice tea on the porch

July 1...time to slow down and enjoy life

Friday, June 30, 2017

Six Months

June 30, six months of 2017 are gone at mid-night.  Is it just me?  Does anyone else feel that this year is almost an oxymoron?  It feels like the longest year ever, yet  six months have disappeared in the blink of an eye.

Blue skies made an appearance this afternoon after floods this  morning.  Our county made the tv news in Birmingham because of our floods.  Thank goodness we live on top of one of the foothills.
We still have ponds in our garden.  Our tomato crop has been so wonderful, but all this rain will soon destroy it.  So it goes.

I talk about the weather often, but I do because it is such a great teacher.  It is constantly undergoing transformations here in Alabama and you can't control it.  We humans love to be in control of all things and the weather laughs at us.  She can be a cruel teacher but also one filled with beauty.

Rick is attending a writer's seminar this weekend.  It has been strange being alone this afternoon, but my house cleaning has been full speed.

I hope this holiday weekend gives you time to do the things you love with the people you love most.
Celebrate America's birthday and remember even with all her warts, there are so many good things about her. Also, to my Canadian friends  Happy 150th Birthday!  Enjoy your celebrations no matter where you are, stay safe and spread the kindness.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Energy Shift

Today the weather changed, grey skies and rain drops and it seems it will continue for the next few days.  Our bodies feel those changes.  Everyone who came to class today felt the changes in their bodies or spirits or both.  All the upbeat energy from the days of sunny blue skies shifted.

Even the dogs seemed a little down today.  None of them like to go outside when it's raining and when the thunder and lightening began, nobody was happy.  The chickens didn't even complain about being left in the chicken house today.

It is pretty amazing how all living things are in tune with the universe and each other.  We might not admit it, but we are.  Energy is energy and any time there is a shift, we know it.

Tomorrow is Friday, the last day of June.  2017 is half over.  It seems like we have been living in this year forever, and then there are days that remind me of how fleeting time is.  Tomorrow do at least one thing you love.  Don't forget to spread some kindness.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday with Jordan

This week is a transitional week at work and the next couple of weeks will be as well.  More of those goodbye days and hello days, the nature of the job.

It has been a beautiful day.  Early morning class and another one this afternoon.  In between, Jordan spent some time with us and I got a haircut.  It has been another busy day.

When I asked Jordan what he wanted for lunch today, he asked for spaghetti.  It seems no one at his house likes  spaghetti so our house is the place for home made spaghetti.  When the sauce was cooking he walked in the kitchen and told me "that smells so good."  We also made lemonade.  He left happy and full.

Rain moving back in tomorrow.  Today was blue skies and sunshine, but the humidity was building.
It is normal weather in Alabama, hot and humid.

My cup of hot tea is ready, so am I.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Deepest Fear

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."  -  Marianne Williamson

I love this quote.  I tell my students daily that they are way better than they will admit, that their goodness outweighs the bad.
I think most of us know that deep within us there is goodness and incredible power, but we hold back.  

Maybe we think we are not worthy or that there is something wrong in recognizing your worth.  What ever the reason we should never be afraid to let our light shine, never  hide our talents or as the parable was taught, don't hide your candle under a bushel basket.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams