Friday, September 20, 2019

Much Needed Walk

It's been a long, good day.  I truly am not used to sitting for long periods and that is what we have done most of the day.  We went to a bee conference ( I told my friends at work I was going to bee school) today.  Met some amazing people and learned so very much.  When we got home this evening we both looked at each and said we have to take the dogs and  us for a much needed walk.  I didn't know Rick had snapped the picture until a few minutes ago.  The walk did us and the dogs good.  Rick is going back to bee school tomorrow, but I am staying home.  I still have some online classes that I need to complete.
I hope the weekend brings good things to you all.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Nature's Collage

When  we walk each morning I am always trying to be present, to be aware of all that is around me.
This photograph tonight made me think about what an interesting artist nature is.  There was an old concrete block and she created art with it.  That is what I saw on my daily walk today.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Beauty Bush

Even in the blazing heat and drought this beauty has flourished. Enjoy your Thursday, be kind and at least once tomorrow ...laugh out loud.   It will do your heart and soul good.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Bark

Back in early summer, a thunderstorm rolled through and lightening struck one of our 100 year old oaks.   He is still living but there is a long nasty scar from his battle with nature.  A few days ago we had dry hot winds and the next day when we walked there lay a long strip of bark that had fallen from the struck tree.    I have been known to do a few crafts, so I am letting the bark weather a bit longer before I get creative.  It's one of the longest strips of bark I have ever seen and it is beautiful.
I snapped this photo this morning.   The textures and colors are mesmerizing.  This strip is about six feet long.

 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Wrong

The heat, along with some fatigue has triggered a Menieres flare the past couple of days.  I thought I was over it this afternoon so I went to work.  I was wrong.  In for the night, ready for bed and a better day tomorrow.

Be kind, spread joy.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Science Geeks

We took Jordan and his Nana to visit Cook's Museum of Natural Science today.  The Cook family gave back to their community ten-fold with this museum.  It is truly a beautiful experience with most of the exhibits including some sort of hands on interactions.  It was thrilling to see families bringing their children to experience science in such a creative way.  I feel sure several budding scientists were inspired today.  Jordan was just beside himself.  We spent almost three hours there and he would have stayed much longer if the adults had just a wee bit more energy.  The museum is located in Decatur, Al so if you are ever in the area I urge you to take a couple of hours and find your inner science geek.
In the photograph we are at an exhibit created by someone from NASA.  About every 60 seconds the climate and terrain in this "sand box" would change....desert, Arctic, jungle, tropical...we built a mountain out of sand, a volcano, lakes and saw all of them change as the climate and location changed.

It was a truly wonderful experience.  I think it is safe to say, a good day was had by all. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Brunch

Full moon this Friday the 13th, I was so excited but we have cloudy skies tonight.  Just hope the clouds bring rain and cooler temps.  It was 100 degrees today.  I hope fall remembers to come to Alabama.

We visited Jordan's school today.  It was Grandparents Appreciation Day.  His Papa had to work, but his Nana made it and we got invited as sorta grandparents.  Jordan called early this morning to make sure we remembered the invite and he made sure to tell us it was going to be a brunch.  This was a 5th grade and 6th grade event.  The lunch room was filled to overflowing with proud grandparents.
Rick took tons of photos.  I think it is safe to say, the brunch was a success.  There was a lot of love and many smiles in that school this morning.

I hope your Saturday is a good one.  Be kind.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Welcome Fern


 Even in the heat, this fern never seems to wilt.  She  has welcomed people to our door for so many years I have lost count.  She sheds her fronds each fall and then in the spring they appear as tiny curled brown bits.  The angel came from my mom, the owl from Rick's mom.  They greet us daily, reminding us of those we have lost.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Enemy

Sharing a quote from Gandhi with you tonight. 



"The enemy is fear.  We think it is hate, but it is fear." -Gandhi

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tuesday Thoughts

Rain fell all around us tonight, we could hear thunder and at times I swear you could smell the rain.
But no drops fell on our neck of the woods.  Maybe tomorrow.  The heat goes on.

I am taking another online class.  This one is yoga based, but geared toward pain, fatigue, depression.
It seems almost everyone I meet is dealing with pain or fatigue and many are depressed.  So far I am loving this class and the instructor.

Hump day is tomorrow, something about Wednesdays that makes everyone breathe a sigh of relief.
Be kind and take a few moments to remember 9/11, not that anyone could ever forget.
 Posting this picture of raindrops on cedar branches, for me it is so soothing to see those drops.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Monday Musings

Normally on Mondays, I rush like crazy trying to do a million things, you know, getting into the work week, making sure the house, the laundry, the chores are taken care of.  Today, I slowed down.
Yes, there were things that needed to be done, but I chose to only do a few, the others will wait until tomorrow.

I am trying to rewire my brain, remembering what is important and not pushing myself to do those things that can truly wait.  We all live busy lives.  I have come to realize that much of my to do list won't matter a year or two from now.   I am also reminding myself to laugh more.  I look for funny comical cartoons or things to watch.  Laughter changes everything about your day.

Bad things happen, they happen to those we love, to the world around us and none of us have a guarantee on tomorrow.  I have tried my best to live in the present for many years, but the older I get, I realize the importance of doing so.  Bringing my life into balance, enjoying what is important to me gets my attention more and more.

I hope your Monday brought you some laughter, some kindness and some peace.  I hope the week continues to do so.
 Even in the heat, the shade garden keeps thriving.  It is an oasis.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Jewel

None of the other Rose of Sharons are still blooming, except for this white one.  She stands at the walkway to our house, under the shade of the towering water oak my dad planted many years ago.

She is a welcome sight  walking up the walk on a hot summer's day.  She is pristine and icy and just looking at her is cooling.  She is the jewel in our shade garden.

It has been a hectic weekend, draining both because of the heat and emotion.

Wishing you a Monday that brings kindness, a week that brings joy.  Peace to everyone.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

RIP Lena

RIP Lena.   She and her husband Gary came to almost every show we played in North Alabama.
She went in for a short procedure this week
and went into cardiac arrest.  At the memorial today, many of our musician friends were there.  Lena and Gary were fans, but we musicians saw them as friends,  much more than fans. 
Lena was always smiling.  I just can't believe she is gone.  It is one of those times in our lives when we question why do bad things happen to good people.
I can't imagine what Gary is feeling tonight.  I know he felt the outpouring of love that was given to him today.  I hope he finds comfort in the coming days.
Lena's procedure was one that several friends and family members have undergone.  I will never ever shrug off the what if, what might, of a medical procedure again for anyone I know.
Life can and does change in the blink of an eye.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Allergies

I found out this week that I am allergic to my contact.  I have worn mono-vision contact for many years.  ( contact in one eye)  My distance vision is almost perfect, but up close reading gets iffy.
I use readers when I am at home, but teaching yoga, eye glasses are just not for me.
For the past year, I had noticed when I removed my contact at night, my eye would be bloodshot and itchy.  Then a few months ago the bloodshot and itchy became a problem even during the day.

At first I thought I was just picking up eye gunk from where ever.  Then I thought it might be my solution or the fact that on days when I wore the contact it was in my eye way too long.
I called the eye doc this week, and she looked at my prescription and told me that in the past year several of her patients had developed allergies to their contacts.  It was the brand I wear.

Today she gave me daily contacts to wear for a week or so to see how I do.  Tonight, there is a big difference in my eye.  I knew that allergies can develop suddenly.  My oldest sister had eaten peanut butter all of her life and at age 75 became allergic to nuts.  I just never thought about being allergic to a contact.  In the words of my husband, "every day is a school day."

So this transformation information tonight is this...allergies can occur at any time.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A Morning Walk

The dogs amble and meander this time of year.   When the morning temps are in the 70's and humidity is high, none of us have much energy.  A couple of mornings, we dipped down into the mid60's  and we all had a spring in our step.  We have another one of those coming up in the morning, I can't wait.

The picture tonight was taken a few mornings ago on an amble morning.  Frequent breaks were taken to check out the woods, making sure that nothing was amiss.  If the weather man is right, in the morning there will be a spring in our step with no breaks.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tuna Pasta

Sharing another recipe tonight, I appreciate all the kind comments about sharing recipes with yall.
This is one that I got from Glamour magazine at least 40 years ago.  For a busy day, it is easy and delicious, we love it.

Tuna Pasta
I use one box of any pasta, usually penne
one can of tuna ( your choice) flaked I use either packed in olive oil or water( if in water, drain)
tablespoon of capers
teaspoon of dried dill
small can of sliced black olives, one quarter cup of sliced green olives
one tablespoon of finely chopped onion
juice of one lemon
2-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil ( adjust amount to your taste and amount of sauce you wish)
red pepper flakes if you wish

cook pasta
mix tuna and other ingredients in a small sauce pan, heat until bubbly
drain pasta, pour tuna sauce over pasta and enjoy
I usually serve this with a simple green salad

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Wonderful Day

This is the quote I used on my board today.  I think I am going to paint a plaque with this on it.  Good words to remember by one of my favorite authors.

"This is a wonderful day.  I've never seen this one before."
-Maya Angelou

Monday, September 2, 2019

More Smoothie Recipes

Another recipe for a smoothie tonight, I buy vanilla and chocolate flavored protein powders.  The vanilla is pea based and the chocolate is soy.  Tonight I thought I would share a recipe for those who love their chocolate.

Half cup of coconut water
half cup of ice
cup of almond milk
scoop of chocolate protein powder
tablespoon of honey
one quarter teaspoon almond extract
small banana
cup of frozen dark cherries
half cup of greek or plain yogurt
blend until smooth, makes about 3 servings

This is a great breakfast or afternoon pick-me up.  Jordan loves this one too.

If you like chocolate/peanut combo:
half cup of coconut water
half cup of ice
scoop of chocolate protein powder
cup of almond milk
small banana
2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter
tablespoon of honey
half cup of greek or plain yogurt
blend until smooth, about 3 servings

The kid likes this one too.

For a milk shake consistency you can use frozen bananas.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 1

September 1....90 degrees today

September 1...days are shorter, thankfully nights are a bit cooler

September 1...Hurricane season is just as scary as tornado season

September 1...Labor Day is tomorrow, proud to say my dad was a member of two unions, my husband was a union member as well

September 1...like last year, the heat has destroyed our apple and pear crop

September 1... I really want to buy a new pair of boots, I am exercising extreme control

September 1...a long weekend, I am grateful

September 1...humming birds are in a frenzy

September 1...the light has begun to shift, I love the subtle changes

September 1...football season is in full swing here in the south

September 1...local festivals start next weekend, I love attending them

September 1...time to plant fall crops

September 1...soon I will hang my welcome fall flag and wreath

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Agreements

I use this as a handout at work every few weeks.  I always recommend the book " The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel.  It's a small but powerful book.  If you haven't read, I urge you to do so.  I hope tomorrow, the first day of September by the way brings you kindness.  I hope you share that kindness with others.


Friday, August 30, 2019

Purple Beauty

This is when I know fall is coming, when I see the beauty berries in all their purple splendor I have hope.  Purple is my favorite color, and their purple is the most beautiful shade .  This bush is behind the barn and it is huge.  We had dinner with friends tonight and I am just giddy with joy.  Nothing like great conversation to make you feel alive.  Enjoy your Saturday.  Be kind ya'll.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Tonight's menu was take-out.  Rick is a genius when it comes to picking up food on Thursday nights.
He knows by the time I make it home on Thursday evening, I am drained.  My day starts with almost two hours with the Pain Management group.  Next up is First Responders/Military and then the women's group.  I am emotionally and physically spent by the time I get home.

Tonight we had Chinese and a tv show.  I put leftovers in the fridge, he cleans up the kitchen and we are good.

For our friends on the Florida coast heed your weather folks and for our friends in the PanHandle and Alabama Coast don't let your guard down.  We all know hurricanes are fickle and can have multiple lives.  We will all be watching the weather stations with baited breath the next few days.  Even for us, we have been in the midst of the eye of a hurricane, flood waters and horrific winds.

Labor Day weekend starts tomorrow, enjoy your holiday and these last days of summer.  The days are getting shorter and this morning was downright cool.  But I know it could be 90 degrees tomorrow.

Be kind, spread joy, be safe.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Cherry Tomato Pasta

Continuing with recipes tonight.  Tonight's dinner was one of our summer favorites, fresh cherry tomato pasta.
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
half cup of chopped basil
half cup of sliced black olive
cup of mozzarella pearls
tablespoon of finely chopped onion
cooked pasta of your choice, 4-6 servings, tonight I used mini penne
make your favorite vinaigrette,  tonight I just mixed extra virgin olive oil with balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
mix everything together and enjoy

Right now our cherry tomatoes and basil plants are prolific and I am using them as much as possible.
I promise I won't bore you with recipes every night, but I did want to mix things up a bit.

Last week of August, September awaits in the wings.  Enjoy your Thursday.  Show some kindness to all you meet.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Another Recipe

Since breakfast for many of us, can be an iffy meal I thought I might share another recipe with ya'll tonight.  We both love big southern breakfasts, but we know those are a treat not a daily meal.
Something that I enjoy in the mornings is a cup of plain yogurt with chopped walnuts and a small chopped apple with a drizzle of honey.  The yogurt and walnuts give you protein, the apple, fiber and a healthy fruit and of course as bee keepers, we love the nutritional value of honey straight from the hive.  If plan yogurt is not your taste, vanilla yogurt is tasty in this combination.

We all seem to live such hectic lives, but eating healthy is vital to our well being.  Food can taste good, be good for you and easy to prepare.  In the coming weeks I will try to share more of my recipes and tips for eating healthy.  This blog is called Transformation Information and transformation comes about in many different ways including our diets.

Rain and storms today.  Several trees near us were blown down, thankfully we didn't lose power.
Enjoy your Wednesday, I am going to see the acupuncturist tomorrow.
Spread joy, be kind.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Blueberry Smoothie



Almost every morning we have a blueberry smoothie.  Rick suggested that I post my recipe.

1 cup of blueberries
1 banana
1 small apple
1 small carrot
half cup of greek yogurt
half cup of coconut water
'cup of almond milk
t tablespoon of honey
small scoop of protein powder ( we use pea protein)
blend until smooth, if you like frothy and cold, throw in some ice cubes
makes 3 smoothies


Hope you enjoy.  If Jordan is with us, I might use frozen pineapple or mango instead of the apple.
About a half cup.  He loves the pineapple or mango version.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Rain Drops

Rainy days.  I told Rick a few days ago, I could not remember the last rainy day we had.  I am talking rain all day, rainy day.  Looks as though we might get one tomorrow.  The rain started this afternoon, it's still raining and there's a rumor of rain all day tomorrow.  I think I may be getting my wish.

All the plants look healthy and happy with raindrops on them.  Now if we could just send rain to the Amazon and put out those fires.

I hope your Monday brings joy.  I hope your Monday brings kindness.  If you're driving on rain slick roads, be safe.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

"Off Day"

I rarely take an "off day."  But today, well this afternoon, I took an "off day."  I spent most of the afternoon reading.  At first I felt a bit guilty for not doing something,  after all there is always something to be done.  But after awhile, it felt right, to just sit and read.  I had longed for weeks for a rainy day.  The rains came in this afternoon and Taz and I took advantage of the sofa.

I hope your Saturday has been a day of value for you.  If you worked or played, spent time with family or friends, whatever the day has given you I hope it has been good.  Be kind tomorrow, to yourself, to friends and family, to strangers and to the earth.  We are all in this together.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Gravel Road Art

Glad to be back on line tonight.  We are getting rain and it has been glorious.  The woods around us have come back to life and it's exciting.  There are tiny teasers of the coming of a new season.  The beauty bushes are starting to show glimpses of their purple berries and here and there you see a bit of orange or yellow.  Our temps have dropped a bit, not much but just a few degrees makes a difference.

Be kind this weekend.   I read about a challenge that the singer Pink sent out to her fans...go a day without being critical of anything or anyone.  I'm trying.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rain

It rained within a mile of our house this evening as I drove home.  I could smell its sweetness.
When I got home everything was still bone dry.  I made dinner and as we settled in to eat we heard thunder.  We held our breaths.  In a few minutes Rick looked at me and said "It's raining!"
We ran out on the screened porch and laughed with delight.  That was an hour ago, and it's still raining.

We are so grateful for this rain.  It will take several inches to get us out of the drought, but this is a start.

I hope your week is going good.  I hope that someone, somewhere has shown you kindness.  I hope that you have shown kindness to someone as well.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Grace

Sharing what I think is a most beautiful quote with all of you tonight.



"Grace is like a blanket of hope that covers you at night, when you think you don't have what it takes to get up in the morning."
-Caroline Wyss

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Myrtles


Around here, they are everywhere, in every yard, pinks, reds, lavender and white.  They are crepe myrtles and they range in size from small bushes to large trees.

Several years ago, many of the small towns planted them along streets and down medians.  In the heat of summer, they offer bursts of color when most flowers are starting to fade.

My mom had a lavender one in her yard.  When she passed, my oldest sister dug it up and planted it in her front yard.  It is a beauty now, a full grown tree.
Ours are the watermelon pinks and they are perfect for our tree covered yard.

I worked on card designs today.  I will paint them this week and then start submitting samples for orders.  I am excited. 

I hope your Monday brings joy and kindness. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Drought, Rain and Christmas Cards

Rick had gotten new glasses yesterday and he was so excited.  When we came home, he took out his contacts and put on his new glasses.  I heard, oh no.  I looked at him and he said look through these, do you see a round spot?  Yes, I dd.   Our eye doc and her team are awesome.  Rick called and this morning he took his glasses back to be redone.

While he made his early morning trip to Birmingham, I cleaned house, did laundry, watered all the plants outdoors, fed the dogs, the birds and had lunch ready when he got home.  We drove down to the local produce market this afternoon.  All the trees and plants look so sad and wilted.  With daily temps hitting 100 and no rain in weeks, our world is wilting.  All the fruit dropped off our trees and now many of the trees are dropping leaves.  Hoping and praying that rain comes soon.

I know this sounds a little strange, but tomorrow I will start designs for Christmas cards.  There are a couple of gift shops interested in selling them.  I will paint the samples and hope for big orders.

May your Sunday be peaceful, may you find joy and may you be kind to yourself and those around you.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Update

There were no clouds in the sky today.  We drove into Birmingham around 10:00am and drove home around 1:00.  Not a cloud to be seen, nothing but blue skies.  That is a rarity here.

Have you seen the full moon this week?  It has been a beauty.  I would love to have seen the meteor showers, but the light of the moon has been so bright, the stars dimmed in comparison.
Last night I thought Rick had left lights on, but when I got up to check, it was moonlight filtering through the windows of the great room.

Jordan came over to check on the chickens this evening.  He does that every day.  He is taking this chicken farming as serious business and doing a great job.  He wants that 4H blue ribbon. This weekend is his swim party for the summer season.  It's the final gathering of the team until the fall season starts and medals are awarded, including those won at state competition.  I can't wait to see what he gets.

It was almost 100 degrees today, more of the same for the next several day and no rain to be seen.
This is similar to the weather we had last summer.  It seems our summers are getting hotter and drier.

I hope your Saturday brings you joy, rest and fun.  Spread some kindness while you are out and about.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Long Day

Neither Taz nor Calliou wanted their picture taken today.  I think they thought their pictures should be first.  They are so full of themselves.

Long day at work.  Thank goodness Rick picked up dinner.  I think someone suctioned the energy right out me today.

Hot tea and bed are calling.  Be kind tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hook

Now our dogs want their time on my blog.  Well, I think they probably do.  Hook is our quirky dog.  He is deaf, so communicating with him can be tricky.  He's big, at almost 100 pounds and he is a Pitt mix which makes some people nervous.   He is just a big old teddy bear, he loves kids and loves to roll around in the grass.  We knew if we didn't take him in, he would be put down.  He has a been an awesome addition to our crew.  I can't imagine life without Hook.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lady Daycare

Jordan and Samantha's dog, Lady appears at our front door every morning as we drink our coffee.
She comes to our house for "doggie daycare" while her folks are at school and work.

Our dogs love her.  She plays with Calliou and Hook and they always have an adventure or two.
Taz thinks she is the leader of the pack and follows her everywhere.  Even on the weekends Lady wants to visit each day.  We have decided we are actually co-parenting.

Lady never likes to get her picture made, but this  morning she posed for me.  I love this shot of her by the fireplace.  Lady was a throw-away dog.  Sam and Jordan found her as a puppy with two siblings in a ditch on the side of the road.  Lady's eyes always look so wise and kind.  We all love Lady.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Heat

Almost a full moon tonight.   On the way home, to my right was the moon rise and to my left the sunset was burning across the horizon.  It was a surreal experience.  And the blazing heat just added to the ride.

Walking across the parking lot at work today, the smell of baking asphalt and the heat of the sun beating down was about as unpleasant as it sounds.   Never been a summer girl, never will be.

May kindness spread like this heat wave has.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Another Beauty

It has been a productive weekend.  Another honey harvest, the chicken pen is finished, chores done,
and ready for the new week to begin.  The dog days of summer continue to rage, but that is typical August weather here in Alabama.

The butterflies are now competing for photo shoots.  This afternoon this beauty kept hanging around as if to say, yoo hoo, look at me, take my picture please.  I swear he waited for me to get my phone and then when I said something about a better angle...there it was.

Another week, let's continue with kindness and living by the Golden Rule.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Red Barn

The old farm house on our farm is beautiful, but so is the barn.  I have always loved red barns.
The entrance to the door is moss covered.  On one side of the barn is an ancient cotton wood whose purple blooms smell like nothing you have smelled before..  On another side is a giant beauty bush which will soon be covered in purple berries.  At the back is the entrance for the tractor and hay loft.

When my parents lived here their chickens and cow resided in the barn.  When we first moved here, we had a dark room in one of the rooms.  I can't tell you how many photographs we processed and printed there.  At one point a giant chicken snake lived up in the loft and often wrapped itself around the rafters.  There is an old photograph of us and seven or eight friends holding his skin that he once shed.

Occasionally an owl will take up residence in the barn.  There are field mice aplenty.  This summer wasps tried to build a nest there, but they were removed.  They chose an inconvenient place to build.

Every morning when we walk we circle the barn.  The dogs always run in to check things out.
I just love walking by it.  There is something about that old barn and farmhouse that is reassuring.
Knowing those structures have withstood storms and humans since 1926 gives me hope that some things do last.  They have passed the tests of time.

Enjoy your Sunday.  Continue to be kind, it is more important than ever.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Dragon Fly Welcome

When I got home from work last evening, the sun was starting to drop in the western sky.  The lighting was amazing, rays of dazzling light filtered through the trees in our front yard.
As I walked down the walk I saw my dragonfly welcome flag looking like an abstract piece of art.
I hurriedly snapped the picture knowing how fleeting those magic moments of last rays are.  Did I mention how much I love dragon flies?

Today has been acupuncture and chores, yin and yang sort of day.  I checked in with most of our great nieces and nephews who started back to school yesterday and it seems they all had a good day.
What  more could I ask for?

More chores tomorrow including the harvest of honey.  It truly does look like liquid gold in those Mason jars.

Enjoy the weekend,  Be kind.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dahlia Exuberance

Last year my dahlia only had one blossom.  This year she has bloomed all summer profusely.
My sister Nell gave her to me last year for my birthday.  I love getting plants as gifts.  They keep on giving.  I look at this dahlia daily and feel the exuberance of life she emits.

A long day, back to back classes filled with emotions.  There has been tears, laughter, anger, anxiety and everything in between.  I cannot wait to crawl into my bed.  My friend at worked talked about our job stress today.  It is difficult to deal with other's emotions and then go home and be open for your friends and family.  Alone time is imperative.

Enjoy your Friday.  I am going to the acupuncturist and then we harvest more honey.  I wish you all great kindness tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Knock, Knock



My old friend vertigo has been trying to visit me.  Not the severe bouts I once had, but still he is knocking, along with the migraines.  Trying to figure out the triggers is difficult, I know that stress and fatigue are biggies, so are weather changes.   I have experienced all three this week.  I know it is a strange picture to post, but that fungus reminds me of how scattered I feel or really  more how my head feels tonight.

Thankfully tomorrow is my Friday.  A long weekend of rest should help a great deal.
May we all spread kindness tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Madam Butterfly

Jordan and I had just walked out on the deck this afternoon to check on the chickens.  As we crossed the deck to the steps, I told Jordan I had to get my phone.  There by the steps was Madam Butterfly.
She was rather coy at first and flitted from flower to flower.  I begged her to be still so I could take her picture and amazingly she did.

This has been our summer for butterflies.  Every day we have an abundance of the beautiful creatures.  We have already had Monarchs.  The bees, the butterflies, the dragon flies and even tiny little yellow birds have spent day after day in our field of flowers.

I hope your week started with kindness, I hope it continues.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Music

Today's quote on my board.  Enjoy!


"Music gives a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and live to everything."     -Plato

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Feel Better

Rain, glorious rain!   It has been raining for over an hour and we are almost giddy with delight.
I swear I think our little universe is singing.  We sat on the screen porch for a while and breathed in the clean fragrant air  as the drops danced on the tin roof.

Of course there was thunder and lightening and Taz and Calliou have been upset, but things have calmed down.  I read an article about different cultures a few days.  Many indigenous cultures believe that when the earth is sick, humans become sick as well.  I believe it too.  Our heat and oppressive humidity and drought these past few weeks seems to have solidified that thought for many who live here.  Everyone I talked with has said something like, " if the weather would just change, I think I would feel better." 

Tonight our spot on earth got a big drink of water and relief from the heat.  I feel better and I think Mother Earth does too.

I hope this week brings healing, peace and kindness for all of us.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Remember

We met our friends Kaye and Jamie for lunch today.  Kaye has been my best friend my whole life.
We have been through the good, the bad and the ugly together.  It is always good to spend time with friends, to laugh, to talk honestly together and know that you have each other's back.

I grilled dinner this evening, lots of veggies and smoked sausage and a loaf of crusty bread.  Simple earthy food, nothing better on a hot summer's evening.

We keep waiting for rain.  Each day it rains east of us, west of us, north of us and south of us, just never on us.  Maybe tomorrow.

May your Sunday be peaceful and somehow, some way may we humans remember what kindness is and show it to each other.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Bougainvillea Bouquet

It has been a busy Friday.  Jordan was here early, so eager to finish the chicken pen and watch his chicks in their spacious new abode. 

Laundry and chores have filled my day.  I always cut fresh flowers for the house on Fridays.  I started to walk down to the zinnias but the bougainvillea called out to me.  She has been producing an abundance of flowers this summer.  Never have I been able to cut a bouquet for the house of bougainvillea but I was this morning.   They are beautiful and the  color is stunning.

I hope your weekend is off to a good start.  Enjoy this last month of summer.  Spend some time outdoors, eat fresh food and have some fun.  Oh yeah, be kind.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August 1

August 1....the middle of dog days and yes it is hot and humid.

August 1...our schools start back next week

August 1...this is the month for meteor showers

August 1...never have I seen so many butterflies in our wildflowers

August 1...the hummingbirds are in a feeding frenzy

August 1....I have a new great-great niece born this afternoon

August 1...days are getting shorter

August 1...our tomatoes are blooming again, a second crop to come

August 1...figs are plentiful, more preserves to be made soon

August 1...it is hard to see fall and transitional clothing when it's 90 degrees

August 1...the shorter days, regardless of the heat, bits of orange and yellow appearing in the woods

August 1...8 months into 2019

August 1....crickets are starting to chirp and maybe a tree frog or two

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Carpenters

My two favorite carpenters, ( Rick and Jordan) finished the construction of our new chicken domain today.  Well almost, we still have to hang the protective netting across the top and install the nesting boxes and then....the girls get triple the space they have been living in.

Jordan was beside himself today, Rick taught him to use the power drill.  I taught him how to make fig preserves yesterday, he uses a power drill today.  I think the kid may have learned some valuable skills.

It's been a good week.  Today we say good bye to July, hello to the Black Moon and tomorrow we welcome August.  And a little rain fell on the farm as well.

Be kind, spread joy.
Goodnight Sweet dreams.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A Path Any Could Have Taken

I think a couple of our best programs at our facility is grief and trauma.  I tell my students, I tell my friends and family, it is important that you tell your story.  To heal, to move forward, you have to tell your story.  If you do grief or trauma counseling, you tell your story.

Today a couple of the women who had finished their last day of group trauma came to my class afterwards.  It is always obvious.   Their faces show shell shock, their eyes show tears, their body language shows surrender.  I put aside my plans for the lesson I had planned to teach and instead taught a yoga class on love, on opening the heart.

If you are in an addiction program, there is not much self love in your life.  In fact there is a great deal of self-hate, guilt and anger.  Today I encouraged my students to open their hearts to love and healing, especially self-love.  To share love, to love others, you have to find love and compassion for yourself.

The women came into my room in tears, they left with smiles.  I hope they left with the understanding that they truly were worthy of love, joy and peace.  I talked with them about that feeling of being invisible,  of no one seeing you or hearing you.  I reminded them of their strength, after all it takes guts and strength to come to rehab.  It is not for the faint of heart.

Daily I see students who have lost their way.  Their spirits have withered and they think their hearts are beyond repair.  I look at them and see their beauty, their strength, their incredible minds.
It is my job, my purpose if you will to show them who they are, to remind them of their value. After all they are humans, someone's daughter, son, father or mom.  They are people you know who have taken  a path that any of us could have chosen.

Tomorrow is Wednesday, I wish you much kindness.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Fig Preserves

We have an abundance of figs.  I dried some last year, but this year I thought I might make fig preserves.  I called my sister  Nell and got the basic recipe, then I did as I always do and tweaked it.   I made lemon ginger fig preserves.  I set aside one jar today that we could sample tonight.
I had some Brie and Carr crackers.  All I can tell you, Rick and I ate half a jar of the preserves.
( it was our dinner)  For my first time making them, I think I did ok.

The true test will be when Jordan comes over tomorrow.  He loves figs.  We will see what he says. I might have to make another batch in a couple of days.  Don't want those figs to waste.

A few clouds in the sky tonight.  We are hoping, seriously hoping for rain. 

Hot tea awaits. 
Goodnight, sweet dreams


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Cool and Soothing

 The Rose of Sharons are still blooming.  This pure white one greets you as you walk up to our front door.  She might just be my favorite.  She sits amidst the ferns and impatiens, cool and soothing in the heat.  Those nice days in the 80's didn't last, neither did the low humidity.  Today the air has been hot and heavy, yet this beauty never loses her crisp coolness.  I wish I could deal with the heat like she does.   This is the last week of July.  May kindness fill every day.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Tomato Lottery

We got to spend some time in Muscle Shoals yesterday and last night.  Heard great music, saw old friends, that's about as good as it gets.

Today has been a get'er done kind of day.  Clean the house, do the chores, all that kind of stuff.
I am so tired this evening, I thought today was Sunday.  I realized a little while ago, nope, tomorrow is Sunday!  Maybe there will be some rest time tomorrow afternoon.   I remembered this afternoon that my class is over and because it is, I regained almost two days of week personal time.

Crops this summer have been all or nothing.  We have hit the tomato lottery, and the pepper and blueberry one as well.  The apple trees and pear trees and peach tree were loaded, but then just like last year heat and drought hit.  All the fruit fell to the ground.  But the figs are starting to ripen and they are plentiful.

It will be an early night.  We were up way past our bedtime last night.  Enjoy your Sunday.
Be kind, Be joyful.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Blessed

Sometimes I have to pinch myself, I can't believe how lucky I am, how blessed I am.  My friend Christine is one of the most incredible singers you will ever hear.  As big as her voice is, her heart is bigger.  What a show tonight.






Thursday, July 25, 2019

Sun Bird

My great great nieces Kay Lynn and Payton and their brother Parker gave me this delightful chime for my birthday back in March.  I absolutely love the configuration...the sun, a bird, a candle and a bell.  It hangs on our back deck by one of my lemon trees.  It makes me smile each time I look at it.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday.  Be kind.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Complete

Celebrate!  I completed my course today on the Prevention of Chronic Pain.  I am proud to say I finished with a 94.   I did a happy dance.

I learned so much in this course.  I started it because of our Pain Management program at work, but much of the information has been helpful to me personally as well.  I know that this class has helped me to be a better teacher and person. I think knowledge does that regardless of what you do or what you study.

Jordan and Rick and a friend worked on completing the chicken pen today.  It looks great.
I can't wait to see the chicks when they move into their new place.  Just a couple of more days and they will move into their new digs.

My cup of hot tea awaits and thankfully so does my bed.
Good night, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Persnickety

Last year she bloomed a couple of blooms, the year before she was covered.  This year our persnickety bougainvillea has decided to be prolific again.  She is a stunner.



Monday, July 22, 2019

Suffering

My daily quote today. 


"If you don't transform your suffering, you'll transmit it."
-Richard Rohr


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Calm



One more week of class, two more tests.   Looking at this photo this evening is calming, know that the ocean is there on the other side of the dunes.  Jordan wants to go to this beautiful place, I want to go back.  Now to convince Rick that we need to plan a trip.

The weather guys are saying things like cold front coming through this week.  I am skeptical, but hopeful.  Daytime temps in the 80's with night time lows in the 60's sound delightful.

Can you believe July is almost over?  School starts here in a couple of weeks. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Matt's Destiny

This afternoon we drove north to attend the wedding of a friend.  We have known Matt for several years.  We met him when we played a folk festival several years back and every time we ever played at Berkeley Bob's Coffee House he always came.  When his family's home was destroyed by tornadoes we were there to help them celebrate their new home.

Today we celebrated a new life for Matt.  A while back he met his Destiny.  A beautiful young woman whose spirit seems the perfect match for him.  Today they said their vows during one of the sweetest ceremonies I have ever attended.  Matt and Destiny ( yep, that is her name) just glowed with happiness.  His eyes teared up as I gave him a big hug.  Along with Rick and me, Bob Keefe and his wife Geri who owned the coffee house all through those years, we were there to cheer this wedding on.  As Bob said, we were all coffee house family.

As we drove home through the rain this evening we both were glowing too.  It is so uplifting to be in the midst of happiness and joy.  As I hugged Matt and Destiny goodbye I told them Rick and I celebrated 45 years together in May, I hope they get their 45 years and more.
Congratulations Matt and Destiny.  May life always treat you kind.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Classes and Chickens

Busy Friday, lots of laundry,  my online class with test, and then the 4H rep came by to check on Jordan's chickens.  You could tell the rep was impressed with Jordan's knowledge and skill set with the chickens.  And he spoke several times about how healthy the chickens were.

Next  came the shots, so Jordan helped catch the chicks and then hold them while they received their routine vaccinations.  I laughed and told Jordan he is now a professional chicken farmer.

I have two weeks left on my class.  It is amazing how much I have learned and how much I already knew.  I was nervous about being too old for a college class so this has helped my self-esteem as well.
I am a much better teacher for taking this class.  The class?  Prevention of Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach.  It has not been easy and I admit I have shed some tears.

Tomorrow will be busy with errands and then a wedding to attend tomorrow afternoon.  More class hours and another test to do Sunday.

Here's to a weekend of joy and kindness.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Teacher Success

Thursdays are draining. I spend about two hours with my Pain Management class.  I love teaching these groups.  Today the class dealt with lifestyle and how it affects those with chronic pain.
We talked about, ways to make the changes that would make lives easier.  We covered diet and nutrition, how to get a good night's sleep and movement.

I watched remarkable changes take place in a couple of the students today.  At times the class was quite serious, but then we laughed a great deal.  I also took healthy snacks so as we talked about eating and working on a healthy body they got to experience healthy food.

I watched students move in ways they thought were impossible.  They left armed with knowledge and confidence.  I felt successful as a teacher.

I hope your Friday gets your weekend off to a great start.  Have some fun and always be kind.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

3 Treats

Today has been quite a day.  I had an acupuncture appointment, then Rick and I had eye doc appointments and we had the "Kid".   We decided to treat Jordan to all his favorite places in Birmingham today.

While I was at my acupuncture appointment, Rick and Jordan went to Starbucks for his first treat.
Nope he doesn't drink coffee, but he loves their birthday cake pops.  That was treat #1.

They picked me up at the acupuncturist and then on to the eye doc.  Jordan amused himself while we saw the doc by taking pictures of us with my phone and then adding strange and wacky add ons, like Rick with a bouffant hair do and me with Elton John sun glasses.  Of course by now we both have eye pupils the size of dimes and the appointment is over.

Now for treat #2, did I mention that the eye doc was at the mall?  For Jordan's second treat, we visit the LEGO store at the mall and he builds 3  mini characters.  By now it is past lunch time and the three of us are hungry.

Treat # 3 we take Jordan to his favorite Birmingham restaurant, Nikki's West.  It is an icon in the city, serving up the best meat and three ever, plus incredible Greek seafood.  On Wednesday one of the specialties is blackened tilapia, yep, Jordan's favorite.

By now we still are an hour from home, we are all exhausted and my eyes are still not normal.
I call work and take the afternoon off.  On the way home, Jordan makes up names for his 3 LEGO people and then continues with tales about their adventures.  The three of us laughed so hard our faces hurt.

You might say, we had a really good day.  Rick snapped the picture just as Jordan put food in his mouth.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Screen Porch

Rain moved in a little earlier tonight.  We often go out and sit on the screen porch just to smell the freshness and listen to the drops falling on the tin roof.  We did tonight for a few minutes.  Building that screened porch is one of the smartest things we ever did.  It gets used 12 months out of the year.
When the kids come, it is their private space.  They play games, do crafts, eat and laugh there.

Rick uses it for his writing office.  I use it for solitude and respite.  All three of the dogs love to go out and sit and wait for the squirrels and chipmunks to run across the yard.  Often in the mornings we drink coffee there.  We play classical music that floats across the neighborhood.

In the winter months, we put heavy vinyl over the screen, set up a small heater and it becomes the perfect green house.

The only thing I would change, I wish we had a fireplace on it. 




Monday, July 15, 2019

Simplify

Today's quote on my board.

" Our life is frittered away by detail.  Simplify, simplify."
-Henry David Thoreau

This is what I'm striving for, working for.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Look Up

Normally when I open the front door, I look straight ahead or to the left or right.  This morning when I opened the door I looked up.   Towering above me was a persimmon tree that was only about 6 feet tall when we built our house.  Beside the persimmon tree is the first Christmas tree we ever planted, a white pine.  That pine stands about 40 feet tall now.

Looking at those trees made me smile.  Those trees stand tall and strong and they are beautiful year round.  They give food and shelter to many of the critters who live here.  They give us precious shade on these hot humid days.  We love our trees.

It has been a wonderful laid back weekend.  We both have spent time together, apart and doing things we enjoy.  I hope this new week starts with much love and kindness for us all.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Morning Taz

Taz loves to sit on the back of the sofa while Rick and I have our morning coffee.  She appears to be related to a cat.  The higher she can perch, the happier she is.

Often she climbs up on her blanket, and catches a morning nap while we sip coffee.  Hearing her snore is so funny.  Little dog, big snore.

We went to Jordan's district swim meet today.  He qualified for state competition on all 5 categories.
Our great-niece Breeze qualified in 2.  Looks like we are going to state!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Me Time

It has been awhile since I had a "me" day.   I gathered some flowers for bouquets this morning, walked the dogs, chatted with my sister and niece.  This afternoon I spent a couple of hours at the hair salon.  I can tell you this, I needed a "me" day.  For the first time in a few weeks, I actually feel rested and refreshed.   WooHoo!

I teach self-care daily, but it is difficult for me to practice.  I am doing much better than I have in the past.  Old habits die slow.

The rest of the weekend is agenda free.  I cannot remember the last time our calendars were empty.
The weather guys say tropical rains are headed our way for the next few days.  I hope with the rains the temps drop a few degrees.  But there have been times in the past the rains came and the heat never backed off.

I hope you all have the opportunity for "me" time this weekend.  It feels really good.
Be kind, be grateful, spread some joy.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Plow Memories

You can tell looking at the picture that the old plow doesn't get used much anymore.  These days  most of our gardening is done in containers and raised beds.  It's just easier on the joints and with the two of us, we don't plant the field like we did when my parents were alive.

I love that old plow.  The last time I saw my dad down in the field, he was teaching Rick to use the plow to harvest sweet potatoes.  It's one of those memories etched forever in my brain.

My dad picked up one of the sweet potatoes, laughing as he told me, " I'll make a farmer out of that boy yet."  Little did I know in six months my dad would be dead.

Sometimes when I walk by that old plow, I swear I can still hear my dad laughing.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Worth

The following quote has been on my board for a couple of days.  It has started many conversations.



" Two signs of not knowing your worth, you settle and you tolerate."

I wish I knew who said this, but a friend sent it to me and she didn't know.   It is a powerful statement.   Knowing and understanding your worth is life changing.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pretty in Pink

Every spring when I resow the flower garden I just mix all the seeds together and sow them with wild abandon.  I never know what is coming up, where.  I buy several packs of mixed seeds so there  are always surprises.  This year I have had some of the most beautiful pink zinnias.  Each one seems to be more beautiful than the next.  I had to share them tonight.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Change the Energy

The heat just keeps on coming.  We have had triple digit heat indexes for about a week.  Even the nights are hot and humid...I am envious of those who live where the air is cooler.

My community class was so much fun tonight.  Everyone was in such a great mood.  Sometimes I go in and think I cannot teach one more class, but the group comes in and brings amazing energy .  Suddenly I find myself energized.   We humans are like that.  There can be a grumpy group and someone can change the whole dynamics with a smile and kind word.  The reverse can happen as well.  A negative angry person can cause a whole group to lose heart and see nothing good around them.

Be kind tomorrow.  Be the person that brings good energy into every room you walk in.  Brighten someone's day with a smile or kind word or hug.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Good

It has been a very good day.  It rained, a much needed, greatly appreciated rain.  We had good friends visit and play their songs and share a meal and laughter.  This has been one of those days you call good.  I go to bed tonight with a heart filled with love and gratitude.  Oh yes, the blazing star bloomed.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Happy

She bloomed this morning.  She actually bloomed most of the winter on screen porch/green house.
I smile every time I see her out on the deck, such a happy flower and color.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Back to School

I am taking an online course through the University of Minnesota on Prevention of Chronic Pain :A Human Systems Approach.
Many times the lectures have been so far above my head but I have stayed the course.  I have learned so very much and am able to apply it to the classes that I teach at work.  Four more weeks and so far my lowest test score has been an 87.  Actually the class has helped me manage my own health issues better.

The philosophy of this class is an awareness that medicine only plays a very small roll in our health.
Self-care involving body, mind, spirit, nutrition, education and more plays a major roll in health.
The choices we make daily affect our health.

My brain is mush tonight.  I took two exams today, went to the acupuncturist and Costco.
That cup of hot tea is calling loud and clear.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independence Day

A few years ago a friend sent me a 4th of July challenge...today, somewhere between the BBQ and fireworks, read the Declaration of Independence.  I did, and have every July 4th since.  I urge you to do the same.  Happy Independence Day!


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Lemon Drops

A much better day today.  I love feeling normal!   My oldest sister Nell always gives me seeds, plants, etc for my birthday.  I have an incredible hawthorn tree in the back yard as well as a walnut tree and apricot tree too.  We have apricots that will soon be ripe.

This year she gave me seeds.  There were several packages of sunflower seeds  including some I had never seen before.  Those sunflowers are now blooming, taller than our backyard fence.  There are vivid orange ones, but my favorites are what she called lemon drops.  I cut several for a bouquet today.  I am sharing them with you tonight.  I love mixing herbs in with the flowers.  There is basil, sage, rosemary and mint in this bouquet as well as tiny old maids.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Miss Dahlia

Last night was a vertigo issue, sorry, it was not pleasant.  Today has been better and fingers crossed it will stay that way for a few days.  My oldest sister Nell gave me this dahlia for my birthday last year.
Isn't it beautiful?  She is thriving this summer.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Last Day of June

With all the rain and heat, everything is so lush.  Our plants that live on the screened Porch/winter plant room have all grown like crazy.  I have learned there is a trade-off here.  For a bountiful summer you have to deal with the heat and the rain.  I remind myself of that often.

I can't believe today is the last day of June.  Our kids here go back to school in less than six weeks.
Jordan has a couple of more weeks of swim meets then he's off for about a month before he goes back to school.  He is so excited.  Tomorrow night he does his first sleep over with a friend.

There's probably two more pickings of blueberries and they will be gone.  Soon the figs will be ready and by September or October the apples and pears will ripe and juicy.  I don't mean to brag, but our tomatoes have been awesome.

I am rather tired and there has been more vertigo today.  Ready for hot tea and soon bed.
Starting off a new week and a brand new month tomorrow.  Let's make it kind and joyful.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Green Bounty

The bounty continues.  We are so excited.  Anyone up for fried green tomatoes?



Thursday, June 27, 2019

Blaze

Vertigo is upon me tonight.  I share a picture I took this morning.  Time for me to call it a day.