Monday, October 15, 2018

October 15

October 15, we are already half way through the  month...wow.   Our weather is finally changing, cooler days and nights and more rain moving in.  These changes are good ones.  More color is starting to show in our trees, and tonight the half moon was wrapped in a gauzy veil.  I am loving this seasonal change.

We have another gig this coming Saturday.  We are playing for an exhibit of many things musical and how the items relate to our county and the people who live here.  The show starts with a vocal group, then our friends The Spook House Saints and then us...it's all acoustic, by a fireplace.  Should be fun and a unique experience.

My hot tea awaits and the bed is calling my name.  I hope your week got off to a good start, remember to be kind and spread joy tomorrow.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Official Forecast

The official Phillips kids persimmon 2018 forecast is in....9 spoons, one knife...10 seeds.
It's going to be snowy and cold folks, get your warm clothes ready.

Jordan, Breeze, Daisy, Joy and ZuZu came over this afternoon ready to go to work with their forecast.
Breeze even got stung by a wasp gathering the ripe persimmons.  They are tough kids and they all love science, even the home grown kind.  Well, we admit Zu is a little young but we have her in training.  To say they were delighted with their forecast is an understatement, they were bouncing off the walls, making plans for snowmen, snow cream, and snow angels...all things snow.

Honestly, if we just muster up one snow this season they will be happy.

It has been a wonderful day, beautiful and cooler.  A day of rest, long naps and happy kids.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Good Night

A good night, we played our songs, spent time with friends and had a great time.  It's called doing what you love and we do it every chance we get.

We singer/songwriters are a strange breed.  We use vacation time, sick time, or sometimes just take off work so that we can do what we love.  It's not for the money, at least not for us and most of our friends.  It is the sharing of creative energy, of talents and our joy that fuels us to play whether we have a big audience or a small one.

I hope you all get to spend some of your time doing what you love, no matter what that might be.
It is important to your well being.

Tomorrow, may you know peace, feel joy, and share kindness.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fall

51 degrees this morning...it felt like heaven.  The dogs ran and jumped for joy during their morning walk.  I wore a jacket, wow.  Fall found us, I hope she stays.

This evening the car is loaded with equipment, our friend Joe who is playing with us tomorrow night came by and helped us.  We are still dealing with the nasty crud.  Lots of Breathe Deep tea tomorrow and hopes that once again our voices stay strong for our show.

I hope your Friday has been good, I have worked and been busy most of the day.
Rest in the morning, play tomorrow night, a good day.

Sending joy, peace and kindness to you all.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday Observations and Thoughts

Our skies today became blue, truly breath-taking blue, like out west Rocky Mountain sky blue.
Between Hurricane Michael and a cold front,  we got exquisite London blue topaz skies.

Our air has a chill tonight, finally those 90 degree temps are gone, and I truly hope I don't feel them again until next July or August.

We both are still dealing with the sinus monster and cough. My best relief has come from Yoga Breathe Deep tea.  It is not the tastiest tea in the land, but it helps with respiratory stuff.

In the past couple of weeks I have said goodbye to 5 or 6 of my students at work.  I will miss them.
They have been a part of the group who shows up for every class with open minds and hearts.
I will always remember this group and one from about eight or nine years ago who brought their A game to my class room. 

We have a gig Saturday night at one of our most beloved coffee houses, Berkeley Bob's in Cullman, Al.   Of course we are up against an Alabama football game, so the crowd might be thin, but that's ok.  Someone once told Rick even Jesus couldn't compete against SEC football, they were right.  I can promise you if SEC football was ever played on Sundays, churches in the south would have to install big screen tvs so the congregations could watch.

I hope this weekend brings joy, comfort and peace to you all.  Spread some kindness.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hump Day

It has been a long day.  Have friends who lived in the area hit by Michael, they are safe, but they don't know if they have homes to go back to.  We all pay a price for living in our paradise, don't we?  Here where we are, we deal with tornadoes and hurricanes, our friends out west deal with fires, earth quakes and snowstorms, every place  has its beauty and its price.

Rick and I are still dealing with this sinus/bronchial infection.  I have had it going into my second week ( and second time in 6 weeks).  Rick came down with it a little over a week ago.

The weather guys swear that fall is coming tomorrow night.  We shall see.  70 degree days and 50 degree nights, that is the promise, I will believe it when I feel it.

Cooking dinner tonight, I looked out the kitchen window and awe struck by the rose light shinning through the trees where the sun was setting. Breath taking.  Maybe Mother Nature's apology for the nasty weather today?  The light varied from rose to apricot, the picture does not do it justice.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Flags

I know, I have way too many flags.  The one I hung September 1, has been replaced by the pumpkin, which November 1 will be replaced by the Horn of Plenty, which then will be replaced December 1 with the Christmas flag, and then of course Jan. 1 comes the snowman flag.

It all makes me dizzy too.  I just love to see them hanging from the arbor when I get home every day.
I think they make our little cottage look welcoming and homey.

For our friends in Michael's path, stay safe.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, October 8, 2018

No Waiting

Loving this quote today.  So there is it is, no waiting, not even a single moment.



"How wonderful it is that nobody  need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world."   -Anne Frank

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ready for New Beginnings

Sunday, today for us was a true day of rest.  Other than cooking dinner for my nephew and his family, his wife has mono and I think their five kids were getting tired of dad's cooking, I have done nothing.
My FitBit probably thinks I have died.  It's ok, I have learned the hard through the years to be very gentle with myself when infection strikes.

Jordan reminded me a few days ago I had not placed the witch hat/broom by the front door.  It is a simple decoration that I have done all his life and he loves it.  So I did get the hat/broom by the door this weekend.  I think next year I might have to at least get a new broom, not many miles left on this old model.  :)

A new moon this week, always new beginnings.  Show some love, share some joy, and may we all be kind.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fall Decor

A day of rest, well for me.  Rick went down and shot pictures of the Sumiton Frog Festival this morning.  This was the first one I have missed, but with work and all our gigs coming up, I have to work on health.  And this was another raging hot day in Alabama.  Never in my life do I remember 90 degree days in October.  Ugh.

I have spent some time doing my fall decorations and am sharing some photos with ya'll tonight.
I hope your Sunday is a peaceful, may you touch someone with your kindness and joy.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Frog Level

We played one of our favorite gigs tonight, The Frog Level Festival in Fayette, Al.  Frog Level was the original town name for Fayette.   The Festival takes place downtown around the beautiful old court house.  This is a true artisan festival, great music, incredible food and wonderful original arts and crafts.  We were thrilled that they asked us back this year.  Anytime you get asked to return is a real thumbs up for a musician.

The meds and all your good energies kicked and I made it through our set without too much difficulty.  We were well received by the audience and several people told us how much our songs touched them.  That is why we do what we do, share our music for others to enjoy.

I am exhausted and so is Rick.  Hot tea and bed await us.
Good night, Sweet dreams
May we all be kind.
 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Rest

A day of rest, just what the doctor ordered and I did as ordered.  The most strenuous thing I did today was go through our set for tomorrow night.  Our gig tomorrow night is important, they always are, because performing our songs is what we love.  Please send me your healing energies tomorrow at 6:00pm that my voice stays strong and we do our set, sharing our songs with love and joy.

It has been a beautiful day, but strangely hot, 90 degrees...where is fall?  I envy all of you who are getting to experience cooler temps, some of you, even snow!  We have lost most of our apple crop because of excessive heat.  It's a shame because we have the best apples ever.

It has been hard to rest today.  I am on a steroid dose pack, if you have never had steroids pulsing through your body, just imagine that you have drank 8 pots of coffee today.  Get the picture?
I woke up at 4:00 am this morning and wrote a song, wide awake, raring to go.   Today I wanted to clean house, paint the walls, wash the windows and repot all the plants...and that was just before lunch.   Thankfully each day the dose decreases, yesterday was the big boy dose.

Tomorrow is the start of the weekend, I hope there is laughter, love and kindness in yours.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday Thoughts

I saw my ENT yesterday, my second sinus, bronchial infection in less than six weeks.  I taught my men's group today but am not going back to work until Monday.  I think along with the meds, my body might need the extra rest.

We do have a gig this Friday night, it is a good one and it's only an hour.  Other than our gig, my plans are to rest, rest, and rest.

My class today was poignant,  I had students who will be going home tomorrow.  They are part of this incredible group that has been coming to class for the past month or so.  Never have I had a group come into my room with such open minds and hearts, it has been a teacher's dream.  I will miss them all when they leave.

I am ready for my cup of hot tea and bed.  I wish you all a good night.
Tomorrow may we all know kindness.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Value

 A friend sent this quote to me today.  As I read it I realized on how many levels this rang true.
It goes on my board tomorrow.  Give it some thought, see if it hits you as profoundly as it hit me.



"Once you carry your own water, you will learn the value of every drop."

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 1

October 1...,today was my parents anniversary, would have been married 76 years

October 1....this can't be October, temps in the upper 80's low 90's

October 1....waiting patiently for crisp fall air to arrive ( well maybe not so patiently)

October 1...we have gigs almost every weekend this month

October 1....my dad's, Rick's dad's and my twin brothers birthdays are this month

October 1...our treat this weekend, mixing salted peanuts with candy corn, yummy

October 1...I am longing for fall

October 1...bon fires, apple cider, smores and kids running through the back yard

October 1...I love Halloween

October 1...spider webs everywhere

October 1....can't wait to sleep in flannel sheets

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bits of Gold

All the rain has helped the dried brown leaves to fall, and now there are more bits of color appearing.
Of course the temps are back up around 90 degrees and tomorrow is the first day of October.  Wow.
I hope this new week, and new month bring joy to your life.  Tomorrow laugh, hug and be kind.
And if you can send down some cooler air, it would be appreciated.
Goodnight, sweet dreams.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Joy

I have a silent prayer that I pray daily for my friends and family...let them be healthy and happy.
If you read Rick's column this evening you know we saw the transformation of one of our dearest friends today.   She had buried her husband awhile back and I had spent a great deal of time concerned about her.  She is not the first of my friends to bury a spouse and sadly will not be the last, but I knew she was such an introvert and I was fearful she might go inward and never know happiness again.  Her husband had fought a battle with pancreatic cancer and she fought it with him.

Thankfully the universe works in wonderful ways and someone came into her life and the light within her came back on. They married today on the banks of the Warrior River in front of her house.  Her smile was brighter than the noon day sun.  Her friends and family joined in her smile.  If your world seemed a little brighter today I am sure it was our joy that came your way.

I hope your Saturday has been as good as ours, I pray tonight that all of you be healthy and happy...and may we all be kind.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Surprise

My implant is in place, the flipper is no longer needed.  I am so happy.  There is some tenderness and pain, so worth it. 

We have had a very long day.  First on the agenda was a visit with Rick's orthopedic doc, he got a glowing report.  Then on to our primary care ( at a different hospital, across town) and flu shots, then pick up a few groceries, then to the dentist, then to our local department store to buy a birthday and wedding gift and then by Rick's office, home, a short practice session for our gig next week and now we are in our pj's wondering if it is too early for bed.

Yesterday morning as the rain continued I looked out through our back door and saw a strange sight in one of my pots of blooming moss...small yellow mushrooms peeking through the sides of the strawberry jar.  What a surprise!  I suppose if there is enough rain there will always be a surprise growing somewhere.

Rick has our hot tea ready.  I hope you have had a good day, tomorrow laugh out loud and give someone a hug.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Cedar Rain

The rain is still falling, at times almost monsoonal but the sound of it tonight is very soothing.
As I walked down to get the morning paper I noticed a big cedar tree that looked like it was covered in diamonds.  Rain drops sparkled on every branch.  I have seen cedars sparkle with ice but not often with rain, it was beautiful.

I hope this day has been a good one.  We have a busy one tomorrow, Rick has a doctor's appointment and I have a dental appointment.  Finally my implant is ready.  Last weekend of September, fill it with kindness, we all need some.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Weather Musings

Monsoonal rains today.  My brother Rick's rain gauge showed over 3 inches.  Our world looks refreshed and alive and suddenly fall color is becoming more vivid.

The dogs have not been happy.  Taz refuses to walk in the rain.  Calliou and Hook walked during some showers but they were not excited.

I have missed seeing the full moon this week, but that's ok.  Getting this rain has been so wonderful.
Our persimmons are ripe, so this weekend Jordan will come over and we will do our winter weather predictions.  He nailed it last year with three snows predicted.  We will see how well he does this year.  If you don't know about the use of persimmon seeds in weather predictions here's the scoop.
You gather up several ripe persimmons from you area.  Cut the seeds open.  In the center of each seed you will see a distinct shape of either spoon, fork or knife.    Spoons represent snow ( shoveling snow)  knife represents cold cutting winds, and fork represents mild.  Will keep you posted.

The official "persimmon lady " who lives in North Carolina got 90 something spoons out of 100 seeds, the rest being knives.  She says that type of forecast has only happened twice since the 60's.
We will wait and see.

Hope your Thursday is a good one.  Be kind, everyone needs it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Unexpected

I had an unexpected off day.  Our building was hosting a training seminar for our nursing staff and there was a space shortage so my room was needed.  It has been nice to have an unplanned day.
I have done a ton of house work, cleaned out a closet and we had a nice rehearsal for our gig next weekend.  I am a tired, but it's a good tired.

This evening we had more rain and more to come tomorrow.  Finally the earth no longer looks dry and baked.  Waiting for cooler temps and I will be so happy if they arrive.

Taz visited the vet today for her yearly.  Our vet and her staff are awesome, but Taz is not a fan.
It might be the shots, maybe the nail clipping,  the prodding, all that goes along with the visit.
She came home and sulked for a couple of hours, I am sure she was wishing she could get into my shoe closet.   She would have had her way with my nice leather boots.

My cup of hot tea awaits and so does the bed.  Enjoy your mid-week tomorrow, do something that brings you joy.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Path

Walking the dogs today, our path is showing more color, I can't wait until the reds appear.
We had rain today, and there is talk of cooler air coming our way toward the end of the week.
I can't wait.

Didn't get to see the Harvest Moon tonight because of the clouds.  That's ok, the rain was wonderful.
Isn't our walking path beautiful?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kids

We have a few nails that are getting loose on some of the boards on our deck.  Jordan LOVES to whack things, so today he came over and whacked the nails back in to place.  He had a grand time and now those pesky nails are back where they are suppose to be.

Our nephew James ( who is  also the publisher of the paper that Rick writes for) came by today and brought his two youngest daughters, Joy and Zuzu.  Zu is a year old, she is the first child I have been around in many years who does not care for me.  She looks at me as an oddity, something to be observed but not with affection.  Maybe she will grow to like me.  Joy likes me.  She loves that I buy her clothes ( she is 6). Her birthday is next week and I told her this afternoon I would buy her a couple of new outfits for school.  She requested that I buy her favorite colors, purple and blue.
My front door is purple, so are both the bedrooms in our house, now you know why Joy and I bond.

Joy walked in the house today wearing a sparkly unicorn horn on her head.  You gotta love a kid who wears a unicorn horn as part of her ensemble. I love that there have been kids hanging around us today.  Kids help us to see life from a different perspective.  It has been a fun day.

This is the last week of September and a full moon and we had the equinox.  Change in the season and hopefully a change for us, in the weather.  Send September out with kindness and joy, welcome October with the same.
Goodnight,Sweet dreams

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Not Meant

A quote for this Saturday night...



"In the end, only three things matter:  how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."   - Buddha

Friday, September 21, 2018

Promise

As I walked the dogs this week, I saw promise, a promise of fall waiting patiently for summer to leave.

I am waiting as well, not so patiently, but waiting for my favorite season of the year and all that she brings.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gifted

Sharing a quote with you tonight.



"If you are a gifted person, it doesn't mean that you gained something.  It means you have something to give back."

-Carl Jung

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dental Excitement

I have never been excited about going to the dentist.  ( sorry to all you dentists out there)  I had nasty experiences with dentists when I was a child and what can I say, my body or mind never forgot.
But about 10 months ago, one of my front teeth broke, it was a crown on a root canal.  Best/worst case scenario I went with an implant.  I have worn a flipper for the past ten months.  It has been a learning experience especially when I sing or teach for several hours.

This morning I was excited.  My implant was ready to be screwed into its permanent home, my mouth.  I got to the dentist office, sat in the chair, not nervous for the first time ever.  My dentist came in and got ready to do the deed.  I heard him take a deep breath, and then he said I am so sorry to disappoint you...it seems the color match was not what it should be.  I am glad my dentist is such a stickler for detail, and in the scheme of things waiting another week is not so bad.

I laughed on the way home.  For the first time in my 66 years of living I was excited about a trip to the dentist office.  Wow.  And you know what, I can't wait until next week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Grateful

Sinus crud is better today.  I went to work.  As I was leaving this evening I noticed dark clouds gathering toward home.  It was so hot as I walked across the parking lot, I was hoping for rain.
About a mile down the road there was a gentle sprinkle.  As I continued to drive homeward, the drops were bigger and more plentiful.  Soon as my grandmother Mamie used to say, we were getting a good little shower.  About five miles from home the sun came out, the rain disappeared.  I was grateful anyway.  The air smelled great and for a few minutes the earth was clean and fresh...and cooler.
I considered that good little shower a gift. 

I am a firm believer in grateful.  Gratitude is life changing.  When we begin to be grateful for the small things, big things follow.  And with gratitude comes joy.  So if you want some joy in your life, start being grateful.  Throughout my day, I make gratitude lists in my head.  I tell my students to think of one thing every morning to be grateful for.  Pretty soon, you will think of many things to be grateful for.  Sometimes I tell them to keep a gratitude journal.  Start with three things and every day write down three things, in a couple of weeks, write five down and pretty soon, those five will multiply.  I promise the gratitude for the small will bring the big and any gratitude will bring joy.

Tomorrow is hump day, think of one thing to be grateful for when you wake up.  Before you go to bed tomorrow night, think of three things.  And in between, be kind.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Nature's Composition

I didn't work today.  I made a feeble attempt to walk the dogs this morning, and though I only walked a few minutes I found a gift on the road in front of the house.  This beautiful leaf in an extraordinary composition greeted me as I made my way to the house.  Nature's Perfection.

The sinus gunk grabbed me and did not let go today.  I saw the urgent care doc and got some treatment.  I am much better tonight.

I hope your week started better than mine.  Share some kindness, give a little love, and be grateful.
The sun brings a new day tomorrow.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hanging by a Thread

Walking the dogs this morning there were spider webs everywhere.  Nothing will make me dance faster, jump higher, scream louder than spider webs in the face.  That is the down side to the coming of fall, spider webs, everywhere.

As I rounded a bend in the path, I saw this beautiful amber and gold leaf that seemed to be dangling in mid-air.  The sun light made it glisten and the breeze spun it like a pin wheel.  I laughed when I got closer, the leaf was hanging by a thread from a spider's web.  But it was a beautiful sight.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Evolving

An update on the giant fungi, it continues to evolve.  I have noticed a tree in the hollow between our house and my brother's that seems to be consumed with this giant as well.  Maybe it's some kind of weird alien.  :)

It's a 100 degrees here today, hot and humid.  We are all rather wilted.

I hope your Sunday brings peace, hope and joy.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Team

Another picture of our walking path/road, this time with Hook and Calliou.  Calliou walks with purpose, Hook meanders and looks for trouble.  They make a good team.  I hope your Friday has been a good one.  Be kind, love each other and laugh out loud.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Look Up

The past two days have been extremely stressful for various reasons.  Walking the dogs this morning while Rick was at therapy I realized half-way through my walk I had looked down at the ground the whole time.  I chided myself and reminded me to look up.  When I looked up the universe gave me a gift.  Fall color, I smiled when I looked up and told myself no matter how stressful things were right now, I had to look up. 

Tomorrow no matter how stressed you are, look up.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

All That is Good Today

Great class this afternoon with the men in our group and afterwards a good meditation class as well.
It has been a long day, but I did get a good report from my pulmonary doc.  The clouds are starting to roll in from the east so it looks as though we will get rain from Florence at some point.

For our friends on the East Coast,  be safe.  Water and wind are nothing to play around with, we get  not only the hurricanes but two tornado seasons as well.  Mother Nature is not a force to take lightly.
Hoping she moves quickly and does not stall out over land.
For now, ya'll be safe and be prepared...higher ground is good.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Waiting for Fall

Last night was a wash.  I have had some sinus stuff for the past week or so.  Our rag weed count is off the charts and  I think the rag weed, the stress of the last few weeks and the packed weekend caught up with me.  As I started to teach my Monday night community class, vertigo hit.  At first it seemed manageable, I took some meds and kept teaching.  By the end of class it was past manageable, Rick helped me to the car and we made it home.  We both were laughing as he helped me get out of the car, me with the nausea and vertigo, he with the gimpy leg.  More meds, darkened room and ginger ale helped me to fall asleep, but I missed my blog entry, so sorry.

I bought a new flag for our arbor ( yes, we live in a cottage, and I have to have flags for each season) so I did get that out over the weekend.  And I decorated the front door.  Even if it doesn't feel like fall, it looks like it at our front door.

I am better tonight.  I taught class today, a very slow easy one.  Tomorrow I see the lung doc for my checkup.  May we all be kind tomorrow, and let's laugh out loud at least once.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday Rain

This weekend has been slammed.  My poor hubby's knee is screaming at him.  Yesterday, there was the funeral, then the book signing at the festival.  Today he spoke at the American Legion luncheon.
I swear all that was on my calendar for this weekend was the Festival.  But he has rested this evening.

Rain moved in around lunch today.  It has rained for most of the afternoon, just a slow lazy rain.
Perfect for a Sunday afternoon nap and paper read. 

Ready for the week ahead, a new moon tonight.  I always believe the new moon brings new beginnings.  May your week be one of kindness and peace, show some love, share some joy.



Saturday, September 8, 2018

First Adventure

First time for an adventure since Rick's surgery.  We went to a music festival in a nearby town.
The paper Rick writes for had a booth, so he signed books and made his fans happy.
I got to spend some time with friends that I seldom get to see.

The music was awesome, Paul Thorn, The McCrary Sisters and Chris Simmons.  Other groups were coming on later tonight, but this being Rick's first outing, he ran out of steam.

Hope your weekend has been a good one.  Spread some kindness and a little love.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Almost

Our apples are almost ripe.  Just a couple more weeks or so and they will be ready.  The deer have already visited the lower branches, but that is ok.  Jordan says the best ones are at the top of the tree.
Hope your Friday has been all that you needed/wanted.

My hot tea awaits.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bigger

Whatever this fungus is, it has grown bigger since yesterday.  There is also a tinge of yellow beginning to show.  Still trying to figure out exactly what it is.

I have had a rough day.  Sometimes my work is rewarding beyond measure, sometimes it is draining and so very difficult.  Today was one of those days that made me want to give my notice.
This too shall pass.

My cup of hot tea awaits me.  Rick is getting stronger and better every day.  Tomorrow is Friday, let's spread some kindness.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Rainy Surprise

Everyday there is a surprise walking the dogs.  Today we walked in the rain ( Taz didn't because she refuses to walk in the rain) and as we walked behind the barn something white on one of the trees caught my eye.  Now we walked the same path yesterday and there was nothing white on this tree.
Today it looked as though someone had glued white dinner plates to the side of the tree.

I have never seen a fungus grow that quickly.  Wow.   All I could think was that maybe the tropical storm Gordon which brought the rain brought some magic with it.  I can't wait to see what it looks like tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Self Love

" Everything changes when you begin to love yourself.  You  no longer send out energy of desperation or need to be filled from the outside.  You become a powerful source within yourself that attracts better.  The more you love who you are, the less you seek validation and approval."   - Idil Ahmed

My women's class loved this quote today.  But honestly, so did the men's class yesterday.  It is a powerful message and a truth.  Self love is not egotistical or arrogant.  Self love is survival.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Ms. Mandy

I have posted pictures of her before, but just like the zinnias she is going out in a blaze of beauty.
Ms. Mandy as we call her has been a haven for humming birds and bees this summer.  Her blooms just get bigger and more prolific each week.  I know she will fade in a few weeks so I wanted you to see her in all her pinkness one more time.

Hope you have enjoyed your Labor Day.  I am grateful for the unions and workers who have bettered working conditions and pay in this country.  We still have a ways to go in wages, glass ceilings and benefits but I think of my dad who worked in the coal mines for 25 cents a day ( no error, twenty five cents a day) and am thankful that he and so many others fought the fight and stood up to corporations and their greed and demanded decent pay.

Spread some kindness, and a little joy where ever you are.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Girls

Every morning when I feed and water our chickens I talk to them.  We have five hens, four speckles and red.  I call them "the girls".  They run to the door of the pen when I call to them.  They know I often bring treats.  Today I took them some juicy fresh watermelon.  They love me.  I think they think I might be some sort of god/goddess .

The girls can be prissy and yet really messy, after all they are chickens.  Often I gather a handful of basil and toss to them, they love greens, especially spinach and collard greens.  Anytime I see a worm on my tomato plants I toss him to the girls too.  They get excited about that as well.

This morning as I was getting fresh water for them, the door didn't close and two of the speckles ran for freedom.  Well, actually they just hung out in front of the pen pecking and as soon as Rick and I began to walk towards them they walked into their pen.

The girls are laying now, so we are getting eggs a plenty.  I tried to take pictures of all five of them but red is moody and very bashful.  The speckles on the other hand are camera hogs.

I hope your weekend has been good, for many this is a long holiday weekend.  I am working tomorrow.  May we all have a week filled with kindness.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 1

September 1....my friend Judy's birthday

September 1...first Alabama football game of the season

September1...fall knocking on the door but summer is a stubborn season in Alabama, she doesn't want to leave

September 1....bits of color are starting to peek bashfully in the woods

September 1...The Farmer's Almanac says winter will be cold and wet, fingers crossed

September 1...yes, I decorate for fall

September 1...I love fall clothes, I love the colors of fall

September 1...soon the smell of burning leaves will fill the air

September 1...I will plant my winter greens tomorrow

September 1...Apples are starting to turn red

September 1...I can't wait to wear my boots

September 1...Lots of festivals in the next few weeks

September 1...apple cider instead of pumpkin spice latte for me

September 1....I do love pumpkin pie, root veggies, all of autumn's bounty

September 1....sweet grapes, don't you love them?

September 1....the last quarter of 2018 


Friday, August 31, 2018

Fall Beauties

A better day for both of us today.  Neither of us have slept well for the past two weeks and Rick has barely eaten.  Today seems to have been a turning point for him, keeping our fingers crossed that we both get a good night's sleep.  My energy finally seems to be returning as well.

It is hot and dry, but the weather guys say we have a tropical low knocking on the door.  Keeping our fingers crossed.  As I drove us home from Rick's therapy session today, the people in the car in front of us tossed their cigarettes out their window.  I held my breath.  Almost every fall I watch someone do that and before we know  it there is a forest fire.  Thank goodness nothing ignited today.

I watered my flowers today.  What is it about the last few days of summer and the start of fall that make them so beautiful.  The colors become more vibrant and they bloom like crazy.  Of course I cut an arm full and brought them in the house.  There won't be many more bouquets for this season.

Here's to a weekend of laughter, good health and kindness.  I know my hubby will be cheering on the Tide tomorrow, once football season arrives, fall hopefully won't be far behind it.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams...enjoy my beautiful flowers tonight, I hate to see them go.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Special

Someone sent me the following quote this week on FB.  I loved it so much I am sharing it with you all tonight.  I wish I knew who to give credit to but I don't. 


" Don't ever save anything for a special occasion.  Being alive is the special occasion." 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hump Day

Lots of new faces today in my men's class.  None had done yoga before and they all loved the class.
My class is a respite for them.   The room is clean, the lights are soft, meditation music plays in the background, and the smell of lavender and other healing herbs fills the air.  Soft comfy blankets are provided as well.  It is a safe place, and there is no judgement.  Positive affirmations and inspirational quotes are on my board.  Before anyone enters, I bless the room and remind myself to fill my heart with love.

A nice rain shower appeared this afternoon.  I hope there is more to come.  When I got home, there was a light drizzle falling and the air smelled so fresh and clean.

Rick got a great report with the doc today.  He is doing way beyond expectations.  Actually the doctor cautioned him about doing too much.  This has been a painful experience and he has handled it well.
We both have had our moments, stress and fatigue have been off the charts at time.  But considering what was involved in the surgery, life is great.  We have much to be grateful for.

I hope your Wednesday has given you some laughter, and some kindness.  If not, be sure to get you some tomorrow.  It's free you know.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tuesday Thoughts

Rick goes to see his surgeon tomorrow.  He is still in a great deal of pain, but his mobility is amazing.
He no longer has to use a walker, and only has to use a cane in the yard or away from home.

It is astounding that a week ago they did the knee replacement and now his leg is straight and he is walking around.  There are some things about modern medicine that are truly miraculous.

I went back to work yesterday.  I keep waiting on my fatigue to subside, maybe by the weekend.

Our facility is at pretty much full capacity right.  Lots of new faces coming to yoga and several saying goodbye.  With out women today I did a class on remembering to love and honor yourself.
As always there are tears when I teach this class.  I look at their faces  as I teach and wonder if some of them have ever loved themselves.  I try to teach them how.

I think I hear my bed calling me.  We have to be in Birmingham early in the morning.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams
Don't forget to be kind.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Arts

Sharing a quote with ya'll tonight.  I think it's a good one.



" The arts are not a way to make a living.  They are a very human way of making life more bearable."   - Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Full Moon Thoughts

Someone/something robbed me of my energy while we were at the hospital this week.  My fatigue has been off the charts.  Caregiving, aging, illness, none of this is for wussies.  Have you ever been as tired when you wake up as you are when you went to bed,  that is me this week.  Sorry for the rant.

Rick has had a good day.  Everyone wants to make sure he is ok, so we have had a great deal of company the past few days.  But he is very tired tonight, time for rest.

Full moon tonight, this is supposed to be the most beautiful full moon of this year.  I am going to check it out in a few minutes.  I miss the early moon rises of fall and winter.  We have several friends at the beach this week.  They have all said the moon has been breath taking.  I hope our next trip to the beach is during  a full moon.

The last week of August coming up.  For those of you who love summer, savor these next few weeks.
For those of you like me who lust for fall, our day will come.
Start your week with kindness, end it with the same.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Slow and Steady

My nephew Haven and his wife came over this afternoon and brought a big pot of 15 bean soup.  Storms had blown down more trees and the two of them cut them and moved them out of the way.
Alecia drove that tractor like a pro.

Rick is showing improvement every day.  It's not leaps and bounds, but slow and steady.
I can't believe how well he is walking.

The heat has come back with a vengeance.  Hot and dry, we are moving into typical early fall here.  Usually the only rain we get in the fall is if there is a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.

I hope your weekend has been a good one.  May your Sunday bring peace.

Friday, August 24, 2018

First Beauty

The dogs are settling down and getting back in their normal routine.   We walked this morning and they were joyful, including Taz.  Rick was with Sam at therapy but I think they understand he can't walk with us right now.

Honestly, this evening is the first time in over a week that I have felt normal.  Could you hear the sigh of relief?

There is a big beauty bush down behind the barn.  Every fall I look forward to its beautiful purple berries.  I want  clothing and shoes this color of purple.  This morning I saw the berries are beginning to show their purpleness.  Is that a word? 

I know for us it will be a while before we experience true fall weather, but the beauty bush gave me hope.  I also saw my first monarch today.

I can't believe today is Friday.  My week off from work has just been a blur.  It seems the past few years, the only time I take off is sick time.  This has to stop.  I told Rick today there has to be a vacay soon.

Enjoy your weekend.  Spend time with those you love, laugh out loud and always be kind.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Shy Taz

The dogs have been a little taken aback by all that has happened this week.  First we were gone, then Rick came home and it was obvious there was something wrong and then there was that big metal thing he was walking around with.  Calliou and Hook are curious.  Taz, just can't figure out why she can't sleep on his legs, why he has taken her favorite spot on the couch and why I am not giving her all my attention.  She has become very shy and withdrawn.  This morning for the first time since Sunday I tried to take her for a walk and she just sat down on the grass, would not budge.

It is an adjustment, this healing process, for all of us.  Rick is so independent, so he is struggling with my caring for him.  I knew he would.   But Taz, she just looks at us, trying to understand what is going on.  This is a learning process for all involved.

I snapped this picture of her tonight.  She was resting on her favorite blanket  and my shoe. I kept calling her name, but she would not look at me.

This day has not been easy for Rick, PT is tough, but he had his first hot shower tonight and we are ready for bed.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Moving Forward

Sam picked Rick up at 7:20 this morning, took him to work with her.  I picked him up about 9:30, he was a worn out guy.  Long nap when we got home.  I am still really tired, but am seeing a great deal of improvement in him so it's worth it.

My sister Pat and her daughter Jayna are bringing us lunch tomorrow.  Can't wait!  They are great cooks.

The dogs are still weird and freaked by Rick's walker.  They must think it is a weapon or something, they keep their distance.

Tired tonight, but moving forward.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Home

No place like home, let me repeat, no place like home.  Rick had a couple of great docs, wonderful nurses and PTs but we are home and happy.  He has a new knee.  He is in pain.  More to come later.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Gold and Silver

Jordan and his mom came over and had Sunday supper with us today. He had been to his swim party and gotten his state medals, one gold, one silver.  Swim practice starts again this week for fall competition.  He is ready and excited.  I can't believe he started 5th grade this week.

Rick gets his new knee tomorrow.  We are both excited, not for the surgery, but for this opportunity to enjoy an active lifestyle again.

Enjoy your week, August will soon be a part of our past.  Full moon coming and maybe even a temporary cool down.  It's all good.  Jordan wears gold and silver well, don't you think?

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Many More

Some days you just need time with friends.  Our friend Jamie celebrated his 69th birthday today.
He and his wife Kaye invited us to their house for dinner.  Jamie is an incredible cook and yes he cooked his own birthday dinner.  We saw several old friends tonight and made some new ones. It was an evening full of laughter, good food and conversation.  It was the type of evening that I love.

This week has been a bit stressful, dealing with all the pre-surgery stuff that Rick is going through.
At one point this afternoon, life was beginning to get a little overwhelming and I thought maybe we just need to call Kaye and Jamie and promise to see them soon.  But I took a deep breath and thought no, we need this.  I am so glad I listened to my inner voice.

Some times we have to turn off the voice in the head and listen to the one in our heart and soul.
Sitting by the pool, feeling the breeze blow across my face, hearing the laughter of friends was healing and comforting.  I knew they had our back and if I needed them in any way this week, they were a phone call away.

Life is short, no matter how many years we make it.  Nights like tonight are reminders of what is good and that kindness is still with us.  Everyone there tonight was seasoned, living  to middle age and beyond leaves you with a few scars.  But age also serves to remind us to be grateful for who and what we have now.  Tonight I am so grateful for those few hours of laughter and food.  We remembered those who are no longer with us but celebrated those who are.  As I so often say in class, life is good.

Happy Birthday Jamie!  I wish you many more.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Busy Friday

A busy day, therapy for Rick, haircut for me, a trip to Costco.   Storms moved through this afternoon, we had been in a bit of a dry spell so you could hear the earth sigh as the first big drops fell.
The downside, with all the heat, the lightening and thunder was fierce and Calliou panicked.
He is such a nervous ninny.

This weekend Jordan gets his gold and silver medals for the state swim competition.  His coaches are throwing the team a swim party on Sunday afternoon and he is so excited.  I will try to post a picture of him with his medals Sunday night.

I hope your Friday has been a good one.  Tomorrow is one of those weird calendar dates, 8-18-18.
Enjoy your Saturday, get some rest, have some fun.  For my friends who are working this weekend, just breathe.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Changes

Several of my students said goodbye today.  I will miss them.  This group, both men and women have been a teacher's dream.  They walk into the room ready and willing.  They walk into the room with open hearts and minds.  They are all smart, funny, kind and loving.  They have so very much to offer.
My prayer is for their recovery to be with them for the rest of their lives.  That they understand and believe how valuable they, how deserving of love and peace they are, that too is a prayer. I hope the changes that they have worked so hard to achieve are lasting ones.   Their choices and time will tell the end of their stories.

This week has flown by.  Lots to do in preparation for Rick's knee replacement.  I still have a list a mile long to things to do.  I am tired but ready for his quality of life to be better.  He loves being active and I want to see him live an active lifestyle.

Tomorrow I take an hour for me and get a haircut.  Rain is moving in and the threat of cooler weather is still in our forecast, be still my heart.  So ready for a change in the weather and hair.

I hope your Friday gets your weekend off to a great start.  Find some joy, spread a little kindness and laugh out loud.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Three Hours

Three hours at the dentist today.  I went in for my routine cleaning/check-up and mentioned that the oral surgeon had given me the go ahead for my implant/crown to proceed.  Next thing I know my dentist is saying that is great we can do the impression and set mechanics today.  Then he is telling me how thick and healthy my gums are, but he because of that he is going to have to do some shaving and cutting of the tissue.  I hate the taste of that numbing stuff...and the sound of whatever tool he used.  Then there was the mouth full of impression for material for four minutes.  Then came the assurance in a couple of weeks I would no long have to wear my flipper, but would have my tooth in.

It was one of those happy, glad it's over kind of things...and then he said oh yes, we will probably have to cut those nice healthy gums again when you come back, be sure to use warm salt water as a mouth rinse for the next couple of days.

I am exhausted, but I had a great class today, but now I am so ready for bed.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

All About the Weather

My brother Ricky called me tonight in the middle of dinner.  I could hear the excitement in his voice.
He did a little chit chat for few moments and then launched into his reason for calling.
He wanted to know if I had seen the local weather forecast for the upcoming week or so.  I had seen the 48 hour one, but not the extended . 

He said in a voice that was straining to contain excitement, " it's going to rain for a few days."  I said well that was good, we needed the rain, we were going into our normal dry season and forest fires make me nervous because we live in the middle of the forest.  He was silent for a moment and then remarked with glee" the guys are saying in a week or so, we could have temps round 80 for a high and maybe lows in the 50's." 

I admit his call has just about made me giddy.   Summers are quite difficult for both of us.  We both have lung issues and he has heart issues as well.  Summer's heat and humidity play havoc with our breathing and now our air quality has not been very good.  The thought of night time temps in the 50's is almost more than I can stand.  I know it won't last long, we might not even get there.  But dropping into the 60's would be fine too.

Ricky laughed and mentioned we might just have to buy so long johns.  He was just joking, but he and his son have a plumbing business and they spend long hours outdoors in the heat.  They look forward to a change in the weather as much as I do.

So now you know how my brother and I communicate.  We both should have gone to "weather school", talking weather is one of the things we share with delight.  It took Rick awhile to get used to our weather reports, but he swears we are better than most of the guys on tv.  We are now teaching our skills to Jordan. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Thought

Something to think about tonight....



" I never lose.  I either win or learn."  - Nelson Mandela
                                                  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sleepy

Late night last night, playing in the heat and humidity is tough on the body.  We book very few outdoor gigs in the summer.

Today was rest and catch up.  Getting ready for the work week and starting the countdown for Rick's knee replacement. 

Jordan wanted watermelon ice cream today.  I made it and he loved it.  I love watermelon but I am not wild about watermelon in any other food group other than fruit.

No matter how late we go to bed we always wake up at our usual time.  We looked at each other earlier and said at the same time, "can't wait til bedtime."  It will hopefully be early tonight. Not even our afternoon nap helped today.

Wishing you all a good week, one that is productive, happy and full of kindness.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Fun Time

We had a great time tonight with our songwriting buddies, Bob Keefe, Ron Brown and John Lott.  The stage was full of talent.  I love this picture that our friends, The Spook House Saints took of us as we were playing.  It's late, I am tired and I hope ya'll had as much fun tonight as we did.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Surreal

I got home from work a couple of evenings ago and there was a gentle rain falling.  The sun was also shinning and the light bathed everything in an "old master's" radiance.  This is  my smallest
hostas,  she is an offshoot from one of the larger ones, but she was surreal in the rain and light.  Tomorrow we have a gig, one that we are so excited about.  We will share the stage with three of our wonderful songwriter friends.  Well, actually we open for them.  What could be better than good friends, music and a warm summer's night.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Meet Flo

Every day during lunch if the weather permits I sit outside on our deck steps for ten to fifteen minutes.  I call it getting my vitamin D infusion.  Today when I sat down I gazed over at the butterfly bushes and there was this beautiful butterfly.  She was just hanging around and I began to tell her how pretty she was.  I swear she understood me. 

She kept just hanging with me so I told her not to go away I wanted to take her picture.  I got my phone came back out and she was still there.  It was like she was posing for me.  She would flit from one blossom to the next but each time she would rest for a moment while I took her picture.
It was magical.

For some reason she reminded me of my aunt Florence who died a few years ago.  As she visited with me, I called her Flo.  I can't remember the last timeI had such an enjoyable ten minutes.
Let me introduce you to Flo.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Hard Work

The first half of the day we spent doing the prep for Rick's knee replacement.  Blood work, swabs, etc and then classes, it was informative, but draining...the reality hits as you sit there and listen.

It is so draining to spend any amount of time in a hospital setting.  You would think being in a place of healing would be such, but when you walk around and look it is actually a place of suffering.
One of the nurses who did the lecture today said it best, you don't come to the hospital for rest, you do that when you go home.  I know from personal experience, healing is hard work and good health is something you have to work for and even then it can be a crap shoot.

My cup of hot tea is waiting and so is the bed, I can't wait.

Sweet dreams

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday Thoughts

Hot and humid, I sound like a broken record don't I?  This will be my story for at least another month, maybe 2 or 3...Alabama summers...sometimes just fade into a fall of sorts.  If we get really lucky, we have a real fall and almost winter, keeping my fingers crossed.

I had a great class today.  Sometimes the students just bring such an incredible vibe and energy to the room and magic happens.  On days like today, the positive energy just seems to flow out the windows and bathes our little world in hope.  These days charge me and I come home energized, not drained.
Sadly most days are not like today, and that's ok.  Lives are being sorted out and that is true turmoil and chaos.  That is why today was magical.

Tomorrow we spend more time prepping for Rick's surgery, classes, tests, some sort of movie...I never knew it would take this much work before surgery. 

We had a brief shower on  my way home from work today.  I rolled the windows down and smelled the earth smell.  You know the one,  when raindrops hit dry earth for the first time in a while and then it gets mixed in with freshly mowed grass and hay.  Almost too much for the olfactory senses to take.

Tomorrow is hump day, make it a good one.  Find at least one thing to be grateful for.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Happy Flowers

More flowers, don't they make you smile?  I will be sad to see them go, but am looking forward to cooler temps this fall.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Electric Flowers

My flowers seem to be really coming into their own.  They are thriving in the heat and humidity of August.   When I walked this morning, the colors in the garden were electric.
It has been a nice restful Sunday.  We both needed it.  Dinner was on the grill and a splurge of home made ice cream in the freezer.  Life is good.



Saturday, August 4, 2018

Zuzu

Zuzu's birthday party was all that you expected from a first birthday.  She loved her blue/rubber ducky cake.  Her mom was a wise woman to take her party frock off before cake.  There was blue frosting all over Zu's face which just made her that much sweeter.  What is it about watching kids?
They are just so much fun!!!  My nephew James, Zuzu's dad provided the picture tonight.  Isn't she a cutie?

Friday, August 3, 2018

Stuff

It has been a beautiful hot, humid day.  The outdoors would beckon and look so inviting, but then I would venture out and the heat would laugh at me.  So I spent the day cleaning, the air conditioning was on and it was the perfect day to do chores inside.

Jordan spent the morning with us, he talked to me about back to school.  He is so excited about school and the fall swim meets.

Tomorrow is our great-niece Zuzu's very first birthday party.  We will spend the afternoon watching her cute little one year old self dive into her birthday cake.

I hope your Friday has been a good one.  Enjoy this first weekend of August, when you blink your eyes, it will be September.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Perfect

This is the perfect pear.  Tomorrow it is mine.  If Rick is lucky, I will share.



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August 1

August 1...my how time flies

August 1...Jordan goes back to school in a few days

August 1...hot and humid

August 1...fruits and veggies are at their peak

August 1....after years of being in the clothing industry, I admit, I still start thinking of fall clothing now

August 1...time to get get ready for planting fall crops soon

August 1...Rick will have a knee replacement this month

August 1...humming birds are in a feeding frenzy

August 1...I know people who are doing their Christmas shopping now, wow.

August 1...no vacay so far, maybe after Rick recovers

August 1...for the first time in a few years, our apple tree is full

August 1...one gig this month, the finale of our Americana coffee house series

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Pain,Present and Choice

Yoga and chronic pain, many who suffer are surprised when our chronic pain specialist suggests that they visit my classes.  They are often surprised as well when I don't promise a magical solution to their pain.  I teach breath work, I teach meditation and gentle asanas that help you deal with pain and often the pain does goes away.  But not always...and then I teach what I taught today.

If you study all the major religions none of the texts promise a life free from pain, sadness, illness or death  here.  Life is a balance, there is good and bad, happy and sad, healthy and sick...I think our answer is to strive to get up every day and truly make the best of what we have been dealt.  We are all tested and there is nothing about life that is fair...we are born, we die and what we do, how we live in between deals with the choices that we make.  Choices can add to our life of pain or make our pain more bearable.  Choices can bring great joy or unbelievable heartache.  Choices can create or destroy.  All those choices come with responsibilities. 

Often my students want me to tell them that when they leave our facility that life will be wonderful.
All I can do is teach them how to use the tools that I use, tools that help us to understand we can't control life, we control how we react...and that is our power, how we react.  Life is not only one day at a time, but most days, one breath at a time.  It is always about those two questions, where are you...here.  What time is it.....now.  Getting through pain, especially chronic pain you have to understand the importance of the breath and being in the present.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Heal

Sharing  a quote with all of you tonight...I hope your week is off to a good start.



"You cannot heal in the same environment that made you sick."
- unknown

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Good Sunday

A good Sunday, full of normal Sunday stuff...reading the paper, walking the dogs, a little laundry and cooking a celebration dinner for Jordan, complete with gold sprinkles cupcakes.  He wanted my home made butter cream frosting and yellow vanilla cake and that is what he got.

I took an extra long nap today.  It was luscious.  Even though the temp hit 90 the humidity was lower and the blue skies made it all bearable.  That changes tomorrow.  Much needed rain is moving in on Tuesday so the humidity has already started to build this evening.

But the moon, have you all seen the moon this weekend?  So very beautiful and how about Mars?
The night skies have been radiant...though the energies from all the activity in the heavens has been at times  difficult.

Our humming bird activity has been off the charts.  They go into a frenzy when we bring the feeders in to clean and refill.  They fly up to the front windows furiously flapping their wings ( I imagine tiny feet stomping) as if to yell at us, hurry up, we have places to go and things to do and we are hungry.

Can you believe July is almost over?  I worked my day planner and calendar this afternoon and was shocked when I realized that Wednesday is the first day of August.  Time is going so fast it makes me want to hold my breath.

I hope your Monday is an easy one.  I hope you get hugged and laugh out loud every day this week.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Gold

Jordan and his relay team brought home the gold today.  They won first place in the state!  I am  still crying tears of joy.  He swam in 5 meets and over all against 100's of kids, he placed 13th in the state.
Breeze continued with her skills of knocking time off her meets.  Their team, The Jasper Sharks placed number 7 in the state.  Can you tell we are bursting with pride?  Their little team only had 59 swimmers that made state, and there were teams there with many more swimmers.

You can tell by the photo that Samantha ( Jordan's mom, his Nana and I) are bursting with pride.
Jordan was overcome by all the attention and congratulations, he kept looking at me saying I don't like this part of it...I told him he'd better get use to it, there would be a lot more to come.

Friday, July 27, 2018

A Good Friday

I saw our local urgent care doc today.  I have an appointment with my pulmonary doc in a couple of weeks and I thought I could "tough " it out until then.  I was wrong.  A couple of shots and another round of antibiotics for a week, but I already feel so much better tonight.

I like this urgent care doc very much.  He graduated from our local high school and spent about 20 years as an ER doc.  He is so knowledgeable about so many diseases and he is smart enough to know if he can't figure out the problem he sends you to someone else.  I wish that I could use him as my primary care doc, but insurance won't let me.  I am lucky he is near by.  Many in our family have used him the past few years, and we are grateful he came back to his home town and opened up a practice.

Jordan competed in two state meets today.  He place 2ond ( in the state) for one, and did not place in the other.  Tomorrow he has three meets and these are his strong ones, fingers and toes crossed that he brings home a first place.  So proud of him.  Our great niece Breeze also competed today, though she did not place, she shaved several seconds off her time which is awesome.  Very proud of Breeze as well, because making it to state competition is not for the faint of heart.

I hope your Saturday brings some fun, some kindness and lots of love.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

More Comfort

So today for lunch,  meat loaf, butter beans, Brussels sprouts, mac and cheese, fried okra.  Jordan inhaled a plate full.  He loves Panera green tea and we have been trying to recreate that taste...today he informed me that our tea was not so good...maybe we should give up.  But no, I told him we can do this, more to come.

His mom is on pins and needles about the competition tomorrow.  Jordan on the other hand just shrugs his shoulders and takes it all in stride.  Hopefully by Sunday we will have some pictures to post.

I had full classes today, so I am a wee bit tired tonight.  So glad I am off tomorrow.
Tomorrow night is the full moon, there is an eclipse  but we can't see it here.  Suppose to be the longest eclipse of this century, so if you live somewhere and can see it, enjoy.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Comfort Foods

Jordan and I had a great day.  We made chicken and dumplings and his mom called to remind him to bring a big bowl home when his Pawpaw picked him up.  Tomorrow he wants to make meat loaf.
Our little swimmer is into comfort food, but after all he swims in state competition Friday and Saturday and he needs fuel!

The weather has been stellar again today, but the weather guys are saying heat and humidity back by Friday.  I knew it wouldn't last, but we enjoyed its short visit.  Be sure and read Rick's blog tonight about the weather folk lore and today's clouds.  Our fingers are crossed.

It has been a good hump day, tomorrow is my Friday which is always good as well.
Be sure to laugh out loud, and be kind.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Best Shot

A very long day.  Four hours of HR training on work this morning, then home for a couple of hours and then back to teach classes.  My class was full and the students were incredible.

Home tonight, the lung infection that has reared it's head a couple of weeks ago persists.  I know the drill, it is back to the doc and more meds, stronger ones...this won't be fun.  I think the heat, the humidity, the stress of the past couple of weeks ...ugh.  It's ok, this too shall pass.

Fresh tomatoes from our garden were part of dinner tonight.  They were so yummy.  This weekend I am doing grilled stuffed peppers ( home grown) and maybe some grilled salmon.  I love to eat...and cook.

I am exhausted tonight, and Jordan will be with me tomorrow.  That I am looking forward too, we will just hang out and maybe cook something interesting.

Tomorrow spread love, share kindness and feel joy.  Life is short, give it your best shot.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Joy

Flowers in the house make me joyous.  Sunflowers in the house make me giddy.  I love cutting an armload of sunflowers while the bees buzz around me.  Flowers truly give me joy from the tiniest wild violet to the fluffiest fragrant peony. 

Find joy tomorrow in color, in nature, in someone's laugh...and then share some kindness.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday Musings

We almost went back to Muscle Shoals tonight, but we both have to work tomorrow and we let common sense rule.  But....later in the week, we will see what we can do.

This afternoon was all about getting ready for the work week.  Some weeks are a little more laid back than others, but this one is shaping up to be a busy one.  That's ok, one day at a time, one breath at a time and we see what happens in between.

Today felt like a different world.  A nice cool front dropped down, the temps were only in the 80's and tomorrow should be the same.  Did I mention that tonight temps drop to the 60's...heaven has arrived, at least for a few days.

Ready for a cup of hot tea and my cozy bed.
Goodnight sweet dreams.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bee Hive Queen

If you love music, do yourself a favor and come visit the Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals, Al.  It started this weekend and every day for the next week or so, there will be incredible music to be heard all over the Shoals area.

Tonight we came up to hear our friend Christine Ohlman and The Decoys play.  What a treat!  Great voices, incredible musicians it was heaven.  Rick took his new camera and got a great shot of Christine and was kind enough to let me share it with ya'll tonight.

Sometimes you just need to have fun, and we did that tonight.  Made some new friends, saw some  old ones and life is good. 


Friday, July 20, 2018

Decision

We cancelled our show tonight.  We actually did it this morning.  When we got up, our friend Fred, who is also our sound guy had already sent us a message wanting to know if we were watching the weather forecasts.  All the local guys and the weather stations had said a strong possibility of nasty weather.  You know, hail, flooding, strong winds, tornadoes.  We contacted the owner of the business whose property the event is held on each month.  They had already experienced flooding from two other storms in the last few weeks.

We took a breath, contacted the three songwriters who were coming and asked if they could reschedule for August.  Everyone said yes.  We cancelled.  No storms yet, but in our hearts we both feel we made the right choice.  Many things shaped our decision...the distance the performers were traveling, the amount of time to set the stage and sound system up, the amount of time to tear it down,  the safety of all involved, the cost of all the equipment involved...way too many liabilities. Out door venues, even when the weather is perfect can be risky.

I am sure there were some who were disappointed, and felt that we erred on the side of being too cautious.  Our sound man has been at concerts where storms hit and people were hurt, we never want to expose anyone to undue risk.  My thoughts tonight.....the show will be even better in August and more people will come.  We did the right thing.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Energy and Coincidence

Tomorrow is our gig, and it is still hot as blazes, like dog days hot.  As weird as it may sound, I am watching any movie that has snow or cold weather in it, even Christmas ones.

A few days ago my blog friend Julia wrote about a book she was reading.  I was intrigued because a couple of months ago I had blogged about a similar subject.  My subject, people who rob you of your energy, who exhaust and drain you each time you are around them.  The book that Julia talked about seems to have nailed the subject..."Dodging Energy Vampires."  Rick and I bought the book, I can't wait to read it.  We had talked about this subject over the past weekend.  We had discussed about how much we needed to learn to set boundaries and protect ourselves from energy thieves.

The book came today.  A student warned me about reading it, she said if you read it you will probably quit your job.  Another blog friend awhile back that I should rethink my work that she felt it might be part of my health issues.  Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something? Coincidence, we shall see.
Will keep you posted on my thoughts as I read, "Dodging Energy Vampires" ( an empath's guide to evading relationships that drain you and restoring your health and energy)  by Christiane Northrup.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hydrate

Eye exams today, so lucky.  My vision has remained the same for the past 7 or 8 years.  Thankfully I am still wearing monovision, ( one contact).

My class today very moving, quite spiritual.  These days are rare, and I truly appreciate them.

We have a gig coming up this weekend, with three of our friends.  It's going to be hot, but fun.
We picked our first ripe tomatoes and peppers this week and yes, they are yummy.

If you are dealing with the heat and humidity like we are, please take care.  Hydration is of the utmost importance.  We carry water with us every where we go.  If you are outdoors and become overheated, use an icepack at the back of the neck and head and hydrate.  If you wait until you are thirsty, too late.  Start hydration before you start outdoor activity and try to avoid being out in the heat of the day.
Take as many short breaks as you can.  Because I do not sweat, I have dealt with heat exhaustion several times in the past few years.  Believe me, it can be debilitating.

Show some love tomorrow, spread some kindness...and remember, be kind to yourself as well as others.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

In the Pink

Her first bloom of the season.  It seems she has taken lead from the blazing star and has decided only to show her face in the heat of summer.

I love her color.  There is happiness as her face rises to face the morning sun.  I understand that phrase better now, "in the pink."  May we all be in the pink.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Bits

Storms almost all day.  The dogs have been so stressed.  Now the stars are out, hope it stays that way the rest of the night.

Full classes today and tonight, that's good, but exhausting.  Tomorrow only one class, I get a breather.

Today I feel normal again, first time since the shots on Thursday.  It's ok, worth the pain to not have the episodes.

Bed and hot tea are calling out to me.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Blazes

So maybe they call it a Blazing Star because it only blooms when it is hot as blazes?


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Celebrate

Something to celebrate...Jordan had District Swim Competition today, so did Breeze...they are both going to State Competition!!!  We are so excited, they are so excited.  This is a big deal and we are so proud.

The heat is on, along with the humidity.  I am still kinda wonky since the shots.  Just not feeling very stable, but I am sure all be good before long.

I forgot that I made 4 quarts of home-made ice cream for the July 4th holiday.  Jordan and I rediscovered it today.  We may eat the whole bowl by tomorrow.

I hope your Sunday is one of peace and that you feel loved.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, July 13, 2018

Memory Plow

We continue to deal with high temps and high humidity.  I have been beaten into submission by Mother Nature, summers for me just seem to get worse every year.  If I could only skip July and August.  I come in from our walks and the skin on my arms is damp, not from sweat but humidity.
I know those who live in cold climates suffer, but you know even if you are naked here, there is no relief.  At least if you are cold, you can add layers.

This picture of the old plow means a great deal to me.  It was the plow my dad used on the back of his old blue Ford tractor that sits in the barn.  It no longer runs, but in my mind I can look back at the last summer of my dad's life.  He and my mom and Rick and I, working in the field out back.  We harvested bushels of sweet potatoes that late summer and early autumn. My dad laughed as he watched Rick drive old blue and said, " I'll make a farmer out of him yet."

Sometimes I look down the field and if I squint just right I see daddy walking down toward the barn with corn stalks thrown over his shoulder, taking a treat to his milk cow.  I have pictures of him, Mamie ( his mother) and my mom down around the barn, all of them smiling.

Today has been an extremely stressful day.  I am so ready for bed.  This new moon, Friday the 13th had many strange energies moving through our lives, hopefully tomorrow will be better.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Everywhere

Shots in the ear today, a painful afternoon, but much better tonight.  It has not been a very productive day, but Jordan is spending the day with us tomorrow so there is adventure waiting.

The heat and humidity has been relentless.  Our morning walks are full of mushrooms, mold and fungus.  Some are beautiful, some are scary and some are really stinky.
This one popped up out of the blue this morning.  Who knows what we will see tomorrow.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Serious Stuff

The last blueberry harvest of the year today.  Only a handful of berries remained on the bushes, but Rick with serious determination picked every last berry.  What is it about the last of the harvest being the best?  These were the sweetest and most juicy...the freezer is full and we hope for a great harvest next year.