Friday, March 22, 2019

Today's Transformations

I spent the morning getting my certifications for CPR and First Aid, then I spent a couple of hours at the salon getting my hair done, and then I came home and we cleaned out my car because we are going to look for another vehicle tomorrow.  It has been a rather busy day.

Rick is making me a cup of hot tea and Taz has stolen my work shoes and hid them because I went to work today.  She does that every day I work, I think she is trying to tell me something.

Again tonight we are under a freeze warning, but that is not stopping the blanket of pollen that is covering our area.  When the wind blows there are clouds of yellow dust that billow.  My white car has become pale yellow.  My eyes are itchy and bloodshot, spring is beautiful but she comes with a price.

Enjoy your weekend, find something to laugh about, and remember to be kind.   Oh yeah, just for grins I hung a "spring wreath" on my door today.  My transformations today, a new haircut, a spruced up door and certifications to help someone in trouble.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reeling

Again I am working a Friday.  Tomorrow I have to my certification in CPR.  I so miss having my Fridays off, I am so spoiled.

A cold front moved in last night, so even though it was a beautiful day, the wind was cold.
This has been one of the most windy Marches I can remember.  This morning as we walked the dogs, the wind blew straight out of the north.

My day has been slammed, my head is reeling and it is time to go to bed. 
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

PS.  be kind tomorrow

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Welcome Spring

First day of spring, full moon, 3rd Super Moon for 2019 and the last until 2020.  No wonder everyone has been so out of sorts.

Beautiful moon and Happy Spring!   Welcome Spring.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Balancing Chakras

Balancing chakras, that was our class today and by the way it was also a yin class.  We held the asanas for at least two minutes each, we moved through each of the seven chakras and at the end relaxed.  Some classes embrace chakra classes and love them, this one did today.  Others roll their eyes and tolerate.  I have had those kind as well.

This group loved the class so much that starting Thursday we will spend a class on each chakra in depth.  What are chakras you might ask.  They are energy meridians or points ( the word chakra means spinning wheel of light or energy).  Yoga recognizes seven points, starting at the tip of the tail bone going up the spine to the crown.  These points deal with everything from survival to spiritual connection .

The asanas help to balance and align the energy meridians to help bring physical and emotional health to the person.  We also use oils, colors, meditations, music, etc to help bring balance as well.
If you studied physics, then this energy work will make sense to you.

Moving slowly in this yin class helps to focus on the chakras and the issues you are dealing with.
I love teaching this class.

Rick says my hot tea is ready tonight.  So is the bed and so am I...ready for rest and sleep.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, March 18, 2019

All Is Good

First let me let you all know Jordan is ok.  There are some digestive issues, but he is much much better today.  Thank you all for energy and love.

Rick and I both are exhausted tonight, Mondays are long work days for us and then throw in little sleep and lots of worry last night ...well you know.

Our nice cozy bed is beckoning, I hope your Monday has been a good one.  Make tomorrow even better, be kinder than you were today.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Good Luck

It's been a good day of sorts.  We had lunch to celebrate my sister's birthday with all her family.
I had put a brisket in the crock pot, and my brother Ricky and Deb and Sam and Jordan were coming for dinner.  Deb and Sam have had to take Jordan to the ER at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.
We think he might have a kidney stone.  His mom, his nana, his papa and most of the rest of my family have had them at some point in our lives.  I hope with all my heart genetics have not played a cruel joke on Jordan.  It's been a couple of hours, but I know things move slow in the ER.
Hoping for good news soon.
On our walk this morning we did find 4 leaf clovers.  I am passing the photo onto all of you for good luck as well.

If you don't mind, please send Jordan some good thoughts tonight.
Have a kind Monday.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Bee Rick

Our Saturday started at 5:30 am this morning.  Rick and our nephew Haven drove 20 miles south of here to get our bees.  By about 8:00 am the bees and their hives were settled in down in the orchard.

We soon left for Birmingham to see the acupuncturist.  I had not been in a couple of weeks and it was time to get a tune up.  Then we went car shopping.  We have a Honda, but to be honest I have missed having a larger vehicle.  My old Volvo, Ingrid was the perfect size.  She could haul all my yoga stuff and when we had a music gig she could haul all our equipment with room to spare.  When we load the Honda for a gig there is barely room for us.

We have been researching used autos for about a year.  So today, the search for a slightly worn Subaru Outback began.  I have a wish list and I think we will find the perfect vehicle soon.  I thought we had discovered it today, all the qualifications but one.  We want leather seats and this one had cloth.  We have found hauling all the stuff around that leather is so much more durable.  It's not like we have to have something tomorrow, so we are taking our time and making sure that we find what we like and can afford.

Tomorrow is another packed day.  Birthday lunch for my sister and then of course there is St. Patrick's Day.  Yes, I will be cooking corn beef, colcannon and Irish soda bread.  We will have a feast tomorrow night.

I made sure to take a photo of Rick in his Bee Keeper clothing today.  I think he looks so professional.  My suit is on its way.  Can't wait until our first batch of honey!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Happy Place

There must be some sort of weird planetary energy taking place.  For the past few days I have been out of sorts at home, at work, in mind and spirit.  Today was no different.  We had a small tornado very near our house last night.  This season, this time of year just keeps me on pins and needles.
But the weather guys say for the next week things look good, fingers are crossed.

The treat every day is to see what bloomed during the night before.  This morning yellow jasmine at the front of the arbor was shinning against the bright blue skies.  After yesterday's dark stormy afternoon, this morning was a happy place to be.

And Jordan spent the day with me.  Now days, he spends the day only when he is not feeling well, so he was here for rest and comfort food.  I made sure there was plenty of both.  We sat in the sunshine for a while today and saw our first butterfly of spring and we blew bubbles.  A good day for both of us.

I hope your weekend brings you a glimpse of spring, a glimmer of hope and a flash of joy.
Remember to be kind.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday Chair Class

Occasionally I teach chair yoga classes, both at the community class and my classes at work.
People are always amazed at how much alignment and stretch they can obtain in a chair.
One of the amazing things about yoga, you can do it at any stage in your life.  It really is an incredible life changing experience.  If you are worried about your first yoga class, or have some health issues, check out a gentle chair class.  You might be surprised.

We both had dental appointments this morning.  For most of the day we have had sunshine but once again rain is coming and the possibility of storms.  It was tough to have spent most of a beautiful morning inside at the dentist's.

Tomorrow is Thursday, my Friday for this week.  3 day weekend, yes!  Laugh out loud tomorrow, hug someone and for goodness sakes be kind.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

First

I love flowers any season, but the first violets of spring make me smile.  They are so fragile, the scent so delicate.  These tiny little flowers always make me remember my childhood.  We lived on a hill with a tiny little stream, probably more of a brook that made it's way from a spring .  But every spring, the banks of that little stream were covered in tiny purple violets.  I would gather them by the handfuls.  Did I mention that purple is my favorite color?  And the perfume I wear is violet based.

Every morning for the past week as we walked I have looked for violet blossoms.  This morning I hit the jackpot.  Sharing my bit of luck with you all tonight.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Remember

My friend Danny shared this.  I love it.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Time Change

Blame it on the time change.  As I was just getting ready for bed a few minutes ago, I realized I had not written in my blog.  I know most love this moving forward time in the spring, but it really messes with my bio-rhythms.  Getting up in the dark is just not for me, until the sun or some sort of daylight hits my eyes I don't wake up.  I know, the rest of the world loves the extra daylight in the evening.
What can I say, I walk to the beat of a different drum.  I have been out of sorts most of the day.
It will take me a couple of weeks to get it together.  This is worse than jet lag.

The storms moved through and thankfully we did not have violent weather.  But it is the season and this time of year Mother Nature cannot make up her mind about the temps.

I do get the nesting urge this time of year.  Wanting to paint walls, wash windows and clean closets must be in my DNA, because just like clockwork mid-March kicks it into high gear.

I hope your Monday is a good one, not hectic or stressed, just one of those days when you get things done.  Be kind, be joyful.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Today

It has been a day of R and R.  I have put in extra hours at work to get our AC trained and certified as a yoga instructor.  Yesterday was the last day of the 15 hour training program.  I am so proud of our AC who survived the training I put her through.  She will be an incredible yoga instructor for those in recovery.

I did very little today, but that's ok.  My body and brain needed the rest.  I did baked salmon filets with steamed whole green beans and new potatoes for dinner tonight.  Rick and I both agreed it is one of our favorite meals.  Of course he says that about almost everything that I cook.  He is easy to please.

We are still under a tornado watch but hopefully the storms will pass in a while and we can get a peaceful goodnight's sleep.  Right now, the wind chimes are going crazy, but the winds should die down soon.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams.

PS.  Don't forget to set your clocks up an hour.


Friday, March 8, 2019

41

Today was our nephew James' 41 first birthday.  When he and his younger brother Haven were just kids, their parents ( my brother Ricky and his wife Deb) let then spend lots of time with us.  Haven and James are also Samantha's big brothers.

We took those boys on many trips to the beach.  We took them to their first concert.  We took them to their first Alabama football game.  What I am most proud of is that we and their parents taught them the value of service to the community.  Even today, those boys will give anyone their last dollar if they need it, they will give their time, and their love.

Rick posted the picture on my blog tonight, on FB earlier today.  Did I mention that James is now the publisher of our local paper that Rick writes for, The Daily Mountain Eagle.  I figure James could not have been more embarrassed by his Sailor suit than I am about the big 80's hair do.  But I do love that old photo.  It is a memory of very happy times and I am so glad Rick took that picture.

So Happy Birthday to James tonight, I hope you have at least 41 more.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Transformation

Mother Nature is an interesting artist.  Who else could take an ordinary concrete block and transform it into  something beautiful and unique.  I love the way the moss and honeysuckle vines have transformed this old block.  All the rainy weather we have had since Christmas has caused moss and fungi to appear in the strangest places, in forms and colors I have never seen before.
I am finishing up my training tomorrow, we will have a brand new yoga teacher eager to spread her wings by late afternoon.  Hers has been an amazing transformation as well.
Laugh out loud tomorrow, and be kind.



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Rareness and Value

" The more you sense the rareness and value of your own life, the more you realize that how you use it, how you manifest it, is all your responsibility."  -Robin Chino Otogawa

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

My Name

I saw an old movie come on TCM tonight, Design for Living.  Filmed in 1933, whenever I see it I try to watch just a few minutes, tonight I am recording it.  The character that I'm named after is in that movie.  She is described as a comely woman, her name is Jilda.  Actually I think they might have spelled it with a G, I would love to see a copy of the script.  But both the men in the movie who are in love with her pronounce it Jilda.

In 1952 when I was born,  my mom had already had 6 children.  I think she was not too concerned with names.  An older brother asked her to name the baby Jilda if it was a girl.  It seems he had a crush on a young girl in his class named Jilda.  My mom gladly granted his wish.  He married a Shelia.

As a teenager I knew my brother's friend Jilda and her family well.  Her parents were friends of my parents and we all lived in the same small town.  I asked her mom once how she came up with the name Jilda.  She laughed and said I saw a movie about a girl named Jilda and just loved that name.
I thought maybe it had been the movie Gilda, but she said no it starred Gary Cooper and Miriam Hopkins and was not the one with Rita Hayworth.  She said in the movie they called the girl Jilda so she figured it was spelled Jilda, not Gilda.

It's a pretty racy story for 1933, a love triangle, one woman, two men.  If you get a chance watch it sometime.  And there you have it, for any of you who wondered where my name came from.

Tomorrow is hump day.  The past two days have gone by so fast.  Stay warm, be kind and laugh out loud at least once tomorrow.



Monday, March 4, 2019

A Truth

I LOVE this quote!!!  Maybe it's because I love learning new things, maybe it's because of my love of reading.  But I believe with all my heart this is a true statement.



"Education is not something you can finish."   - Issac Asimov

Sunday, March 3, 2019

More Pink

It's our season in hell.  Tornadoes ripped through south Alabama today, last update 14 were killed.
What can we expect?  A couple of days ago, it was near 80, tonight it's dropping to 24.
A friend who lives out of state sent me a text to make sure we were safe.  We are.  But it is the season, and those tornadoes that struck today could just have easily hit us.  Actually it is unusual for South Alabama to have those big storms, usually they deal more with hurricanes.

What has been so unusual for the past couple of months, we are having storms and lots of thunder and lightening even when the temps are cold.  I feel for those who were hit today.  They will remember the destruction for the rest of their lives.

After the storms and rain moved through here this afternoon, I went outside and cut as many of my pink camellias that I could without damaging the plant.  I know when the temps drop tonight, so will the buds and blooms.  She is far too beautiful to let that happen. 

I hope this week brings you joy, laugh out loud, be kind.
 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Spice It Up

It has been a laid back Saturday.  We walked the dogs, had a late breakfast and then Rick had to work at the paper for a few hours.  I did a little house cleaning, washed yoga blankets and took a nap.
These trainings that I have been doing on Fridays are exhausting.  I told Rick that it's like being on stage performing for 6-8 hours.  But it's exciting because I am helping a couple of counselors become yoga instructors and they are going to be wonderful.

I made a hominy cilantro chicken soup last night.  I thought Rick was going to eat the whole big pot.
We are having leftovers for supper tonight and he is excited.  The soup was exactly what I needed after training all day.  It was hot and spicy and soothing.  If you would like the recipe let me know and I will post it.  I can promise you there will be another pot at the Watson soon.

Last weekend I made Chicken and Chickpeas with garlic.  Sometimes you just need to shake things up a bit in the kitchen.  I bought a new cookbook, Mediterranean Meals in 30 minutes.  We have always had meatless days several times a week, but we are upping our plant based meals more.
In both recipes, the plants ( hominy and chick peas) were the base.  Tomorrow will be like last Sunday, no meat.

It's a sit home and watch a movie tonight, we both have been busy this week.
I hope your day has given you what you needed.  Tomorrow be kind. 

Friday, March 1, 2019

March 1

March 1....March is coming in like a lion, rain and temps dropping

March 1...so many family birthdays this month, including my 67th trip around the sun

March 1...spring shows her face on the 20th

March 1...time springs forward on the 10th

March 1...everything is blooming, it's allergy season already

March 1...spring clothes are making their way back to my closet

March 1...sandal season is just around the corner

March 1...St Patrick's day, always celebrated at our house

March 1...I love fresh green peas, grilled salmon and tiny red potatoes, my favorite spring meal

March 1...the days are getting longer

March 1...maybe we can make March the kindness month

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pink Lady

She bloomed today. I call her my pink lady.  She was a gift from my friends Kaye and Jamie a few years ago.  Last year a freeze caused her to drop her blossoms and buds , hoping for better luck this year.

Tomorrow I teach my second day of training.  I am excited. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Together

Occasionally I get to meet family members of some of my students.  I am honored when a student brings someone they love to  meet me.  Today one of my students brought his spouse to meet me.
She was thrilled he was doing yoga.  Hopefully when he leaves it will be something that they can do together and will build their relationship.

In my community class on Monday nights there are couples who come.  I love that.  I truly think coming to yoga or participating in a class or activity of any kind helps strengthen a relationship.
It is easy to get caught up in our jobs and personal hobbies and let relationships slide.  Doing something together creates a bond of caring and trust.

I posted a quote from John Steinbeck today.  I loved it, because our theme for classes this week has been "journey'. 

"A journey is like marriage.   The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it."  - John Steinbeck

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

No Name

It's not profound, but especially when I was a teenager, I always looked for my name.  It was never there.  Haven't seen it yet.


" Here's to all the kids who have never found their name on anything in a souvenir store."

Monday, February 25, 2019

Hectic

It's been hectic today.  My classes were packed.  New students at work and at my community class tonight.  I always fret about my new students, wanting to make sure they have a good experience, to keep them safe.  Time will tell.

We have had two whole days of sunshine.  But, clouds came by this evening, rain follows tomorrow.
We know the sun will shine again and there have times of drought here, so I talk about the rain, but try not to complain.

This is the last Monday in February, already the first couple of months of 2019 are almost gone.
Enjoy your Tuesday, I hope you laugh out loud.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Great Memories

This picture popped up on my FB timeline yesterday.  Five years ago, we were in Kosciusko, Mississippi. That afternoon Rick did a book signing and that night we played at an incredible restaurant, Frenchies.

We also played at the Natchez Trace Festival that was held there a couple of times and the county fair.

We have great memories of that sweet little town.  We need to get back there soon.

This is the last week of February.  I hope you enjoy it, be kind, spread some joy.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

A Natural Collage

We have had tornadoes bouncing around tonight.  It looked as though everything was over, all the tv stations had gone to regular programing and then our phones began to ring.  It was a tornado warning for our zip code.  We spent the next 15 minutes in our shower ( our safe place).  Hopefully now, the system is out of here and things have calmed down.

Our dogs have been so restless today. They know the weather so much better than we do.  Now they seem to be settling down and Calliou is actually sleeping.  That is a good sign.

With all the wind and rain we have had, each day we walk there is  treasure with every step. I loved the collage I found today.  All the objects were right there on the ground in an artistic arrangement.  Mother Nature is so creative.  If you look close, the hickory nut at the top of the photo has begun to sprout.
Sweet dreams tonight, and may we all be safe.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Spring's Coming

And even though the rains and floods continue, spring is showing her face.  Blueberries in full boom, every one of those little flowers is a blueberry that will be devoured in a few months.
My seminar was cancelled today, due to a scheduling conflict, so I had a day off.  Just some shopping and a little cleaning and walking the dogs in between the rain drops.

I hope your Saturday is a good one.  You know tomorrow is the last Saturday of February, so enjoy and make the best of what ever kind of day it is.  Be kind.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Apricots

Walking the dogs this morning, fragile  soft pink blossoms caught my eye.  Our apricot tree is in full bloom!  Last year was its first year to bear fruit, only a couple of apricots but Jordan said they were good.  This year the tree is covered in blooms, let's hope for a good crop.  If you look closely you will see a tiny raindrop on the biggest flower.  Yep, it is still raining.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Serious

I am a broken record, but it is still raining...over 4 inches today...more to come for the next several days.  Wow.

I had my men's group today and there were a couple of new students.  One told me that he had attended only serious yoga classes, I just smiled.  When class was over, I told him I hoped he realized that I was serious about my classes.  He told me over and over how much the class meant to him.

I teach, where I teach because I know that the way I teach, helps people to understand that yoga can be a legitimate tool in their recovery.  Mine is not the yoga class you expect, but it is the class that serves a purpose and that purpose is helping you to heal.

My hot tea is ready and so is my bed.
Enjoy your Thursday, please be kind.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Light A Lamp

I wrote this quote on my board today at work, it seems appropriate for tonight's blog as well.


"If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path."   Buddha

Monday, February 18, 2019

February Snow Moon

February, 2018 did not have a full moon.  Tomorrow night, February 2019 will have a full Snow moon.  Since rain ( lots of it, we are under a flood watch) is moving in tonight, I figured this super Snow moon would be one that I missed.

Once again the universe sent me an unexpected gift. That happens often and I always express my gratitude.  This evening around 5:30 as I walked across the parking lot at work I saw dark clouds looming on the horizon.  My first thought, wow, the rain is moving in fast. As I walked toward my car, a beautiful glowing orb up in the trees caught my eye.  I could not believe my eyes, surrounded by clouds , there was the almost full Snow moon.

I know the phone camera never captures the moon's image that well, but I was so happy to see this moon.  I pulled out my phone and snapped away.  It was so beautiful.  If you have clear skies tonight and tomorrow night, step outside and treat yourself to one more beautiful sight. 

There will be many incredible photos of this Snow moon, Rick shot one tonight with his trusty camera.  But I love my humble photo and I am grateful that I got a chance to see the Snow moon in  her beauty before the clouds covered her face.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Monsoonal Week

The monsoons the weather guys predicted arrived this morning.  Thankfully there was a break mid morning and we walked the dogs.  After lunch the rain came down in sheets and it's still coming down.  Not sure where all this water is going, but it has to go somewhere.

A very restful Sunday.  We did book our reservations for our 45th Anniversary trip.  I think we picked the right spot.  We had looked at destinations all over, including both coasts, the desert, the UK, and  this morning we decided on Savanna. 

There is a slight chance of snow flurries tonight.  Wacky weather is our daily forecast here in Alabama.

I hope your Monday starts good and your week just continues to get better and better.  A full moon this week, the Snow moon.  We probably won't get a chance to see it, we'll just call it the Rain moon.
Be kind, spread joy.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Today

I was still dragging when I got up this morning.  Breakfast and a hot shower helped, but what was truly miraculous was the hour long nap that Taz and I took under our cozy feather blanket.  Yesterday was like being on stage for almost 8 hours.  My throat hurt,  and every part of me was drained.
It takes a lot of adrenalin to teach or perform and after the rush comes the crash.

Today was cloudy and a very cold forty degrees.  It is warming up tomorrow to rain.  The last prediction I saw was for seven inches of rain this week.  We will need boats.  The ground squished today as we walked the dogs.

But spring is coming.  You can see the transformation all around us.  The trees have tiny tips of color on their branches, early flowers and shrubs are blooming.  Rick planted our new pear tree today and started our seeds in their small cups of soil.  Our lemon tree is full of buds and should be blooming by week's end.  I love that smell.  Last year, every time you opened our front door you could smell the lemon blossoms.

May your Sunday be filled with peace and kindness.  This picture is from last year, but she is full of buds and they will open any day.  She is always quite the beauty.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Taz in a Blanket

I spent the day training two of our counselors.  It was a jammed packed day with two more Fridays to go.  I had worried that I had pushed them too hard, but when they left today both told me how much they had enjoyed it.  I breathed a sigh of relief.   Tonight I am exhausted but I think I did a good job today.

When I got home this evening, Taz was not on the sofa to greet me. I called her name, but I didn't hear her tiny paws on the wood floors.  I started to get nervous, but then I called her name one more time and her tiny little head peeked out from beneath our feather lap blanket on the sofa.  She and I use it when when we nap.  Rick says he saw her shiver and remembered how much she loves our blanket so her covered her up.  In the meantime he went to pick up Chinese and I arrived home from work looking for Taz.

Just a shout out to Rick, not having to cook dinner tonight was major.  Thanks for picking up carry out, you are the best.

Enjoy your weekend.  May you find kindness everywhere you go.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love Filled Cupcakes

I got up today and made Valentine cupcakes for Jordan .  I am pretty sure his mom, Nana and Papa are eating them too.  They were made with love.

Valentines Day always reminds me of my mom.  Every year from the time I was very young she told me that the birds chose their mates on Valentine's Day.  I sat and watched the birds around our feeders and thought of momma this morning.

I hope your Day was one of love.  I came home tonight and made dinner and we ate a cupcake too.
( I saved a couple for us)
Normally I am off on Fridays, but am training teachers tomorrow.  Send me good thoughts, that I teach them what they need, that I inspire them.

Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Excited

Blue skies today.  We drove into Birmingham to see the acupuncturist and pick up a couple of things at Costco.  Coming and going we both drooled over how beautiful the skies were.   It has been a wet winter so the days the skies are blue are appreciated.

We are getting so excited about our gardens.  We  get excited about our garden every year, we both love to get our hands dirty and watch things grow.  We have a new pear tree on its way and lots of seeds.  We visit out fruit trees and bushes daily to check on how they are doing.  I know, we are a little nutty.  Last year I redid a couple of the flower gardens, one more to go this year and we are also planting a flower meadow for the bees and butterflies.

I am getting a bit nervous.  I start training my first group of teachers on Friday.  I have spent days working on the manual and my class notes.  I am prepared but still a little nervous.  It will be good to have the first day under my belt.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.  I hope you all feel loved and may it be joyous as well.  Don't forget to be kind.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Diamonds

I completed my training manual today before I went to work.  WHEW!   So excited to be training my first group Friday.

Rains came in early this morning and by the time Rick left for work it was pouring.  About 11:00 there was a break so I got the dogs out for a run.  By the time we made it to the barn, the drops were falling again.  I can tell you, Taz and Calliou are not fans of walking in the rain.  Taz usually likes to ramble, but when those drops fell, she was moving as fast as those short little legs could go.

I did walk by the blueberry bushes to see how they were doing.  Buds are popping out all over.   Rain drops dripped from the branches like diamonds.

Tomorrow is hump day.  Back to the acupuncturist and then on to work.  Be kind, be loving, spread joy.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Happy

The forsythia branches that I brought in last week, filled with yellow bells over the weekend.
On these grey dismal days, yellow is such a happy color.

Spread the joy, continue to be kind.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Another Hard Day

Cold and rainy today.  I have almost completed the manual for the training seminar at work.  The seminar will be taking place on the next three Fridays.  I think it will be a success.  I have put a lot of hard work and love into it.  I have spent another several hours working on it today.  I know the two counselors who were chosen to complete the certification will be wonderful teachers.

My nephew Haven and his wife are expecting a little boy in July.  Today I found out my great nephew Jonathan and his wife are expecting a little girl in July.  Two new babies coming into our family, it is so exciting.  Both are due around the same date.

Everywhere around us there are signs of spring, flowers are starting to bloom, trees are budding.
But Alabama weather is so precarious.  The only blizzard I have ever experienced here was in March.
Anything can happen.

Valentine's Day is this week.  I am baking cookies for my night class in the morning.  Thursday I will bake cupcakes for Jordan and his mom. 

Start the week off with love, kindness and joy. 
Goodnight, Sweet dreams


Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Good Day

It's been a work day for both of us.  Rick spent the day at the newspaper office.  I have spent the day working on a project for work.  My project is one that I have spent a great deal of time thinking about and now it is coming to fruition.   Long story short, I am developing a teacher training program for in house training at our facility.  Yoga teachers are plentiful, but to teach in a recovery environment takes a whole different skill set.  My students for this program will be colleagues who want to include yoga in their skill set as counselors.  I am excited and humbled to be able to do this.  I have spent the day working on the training manual and classes for the seminar that will last three days.   Tomorrow will be more of the same I am sure.

So we are both rather brain dead tonight.  Supper will be some crusty bread, cheese, olives and Conecuh sausage and a movie.  I figure bed time will be an early one.

80 degrees on Thursday and then 40 yesterday and today has been a shock to our bodies and to nature.  Hopefully the fruit trees will survive.

I hope your Sunday brings peace, I hope you find joy and beauty and may you be kind to all around you.




Friday, February 8, 2019

Stress

Jordan, his mom Samantha, and her dad Ricky ( my brother) have all had the flu this week.
Ricky had to go to the ER this morning with chest pains.  He is a heart patient and the whole family knows not to play around and wait to see if things get better.  Thankfully his heart is good, he is back home tonight.

Jordan spent the day with us, and it was bonding day for he and Rick.  I was the short order chef.
He had not eaten for days, hunger struck him this morning.  I have cooked and fed him all day.
I am glad he ate, but I am exhausted.  Partly from stress, and partly from spending the day in the kitchen.

Yesterday we had record temps, almost 80 degrees.  Today it was maybe in the low forties.
Talk of snow/sleet/ice tonight, my head is spinning from the weather change.

Hot tea is waiting for me, so is the bed.  May we all have a good night's sleep and a joyful day tomorrow.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

A Spring Tease

An interesting day at work, sometimes the energy there is really good, sometimes it can be trying to employees and patients.  Everyone seemed stressed today.  My classes were good, but draining.  I was so ready to come home and kick back.

When we walked the dogs this morning, spring had sent us gifts.  The golden bells are blooming and our first daffodil showed her sunny face.  But spring is a teaser, cold weather and rain coming in tonight. 

Enjoy your Friday, be kind and spread joy.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Cotton Candy

I walked out of the building this evening around sunset.  I was getting into my car when I looked through the trees and saw one cotton candy pink cloud floating in the sky.  Just a couple of hours before, the sky had been grey and sad.  That beautiful pink cloud was a gift.  When I saw it, I laughed out loud.  I hope you get a cotton candy cloud in your life too.



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Alive

"Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and do it.  Because what the world needs are people who have come alive."   - Rev. Howard Thurman

If you are not familiar with Howard Thurman, I suggest you Google him.  His was an amazing story and he was a dynamic force.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Flu

The flu is rampant here.  Our local school had 80 kids out today, including Jordan.  Yep he has Type A.  If it is in you area, and you have not taken a shot, call your doc.  Whether or not you have had the flu shot , WASH your hands, OFTEN.  Do not touch your face.  Try to avoid crowds.
WASH your hands!  If someone is coughing or sneezing and  seems to be really sick around you, try to avoid them.  Avoid crowds.  Because of my compromised immune system I have had the flu many times, it is horrible.  If you think you are coming down with the flu, go see a doc immediately.

Flu is serious stuff, it kills people and pneumonia often follows it.  So if you have had the flu and the cough remains see the doc. And one more time, WASH your hands. 

I know my friends and family think I am a germ freak.  I am.  My immune system has made me this way.  But because of first hand experience with the flu and pneumonia I do get on my soap box .

I hope that this wave passes soon and for all of you, I hope none of you catch A or B.  But don't delay going to the doctor, it really can mean your life.  One more time, WASH your hands often, avoid crowds, stay hydrated.

Stay well, be kind
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hot Bread

Jordan has the respiratory crud that I had a few weeks ago.  (during Rick's birthday) At times it felt flu like, it stayed with me for over two weeks.  It grabbed him Friday.  He loves banana walnut bread so I made him a loaf today.  Comfort food really does comfort doesn't it? 

It has been another beautiful mild day, but rain moves in tomorrow and stays around until Thursday.
Mild wet days will turn to cooler dry ones by Friday.

This morning on our walk I cut forsythia branches and put them in vases of warm water.  There were tiny buds on them.  I am hoping in a couple of days, tiny golden bells will blossom.  The house seems so sad with blossoms. 

The weekends go so fast.  How can Monday be tomorrow?  Start the week with love and kindness, end the week the same way.  Wish I could send you all a slice of banana walnut bread.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

First Day of Spring

Sunshine, blue skies and 68 degrees today.  Phil did not see his shadow, but our Birmingham ground hog saw his.  Who knows with those wacky animals?  Our weather is supposed to be warm most of the week and then cooler again.  I wish Mother Nature would look at the calendar.  Today was like the first day of spring.

No snow, other than flurries, so far Jordan's predictions are a no show.  The persimmon seeds predicted heavy snow and cold winds.  He must have gotten the seeds for the Chicago forecast.

Rick did heavy yard work today, I did house cleaning.  We are both are so ready for bed.
Enjoy your Saturday night, and have a restful Sunday.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, February 1, 2019

February 1

February 1...2019 is off and running

February 1...Groundhog's Day, Phil is not reliable

February 1...Valentine's Day, wouldn't it be nice if love truly filled the air?

February 1...President's Day, truth and cherry trees

February 1....our weather gets crazy, one day 70 degrees, the next there is snow

February 1... plenty of winter left, please let it snow

February 1...today the earth awakens, she is getting ready to greet spring

February 1...a month filled with candy and flowers

February 1...a short month

February 1...the color purple

February 1...Mardi Gras, bring me a king cake

February 1...Chinese New Year, the Pig gets this one

February 1...as always, don't blink, this month will be gone so soon

Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Over

It has been a long week, not sure why, but this one seems unusually long.  Thursdays are my Fridays, so tomorrow I will see the acupuncturist and get my weekend off to a great start.

Temps are warming up, someone said upper 70's next week.  Honestly I had rather it stay cold than go up and down.  Here when the warmth hits early, storm season usually comes early as well.

Can you believe tomorrow is February1?   January you came and went before I could get my breath.
I am just now feeling the holiday stress fade.

For those of you in the frigid temps, hang on, warmer days are on the way.  Spread some joy, and be kind.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Be Prepared

Last night we had just driven up in our driveway, I got out of the car and I walked maybe two steps and suddenly the power was off.  No electric lights as far as the eye could see.  We opened the front door and Taz was in a panic ( power outages do that to her), Hook was sound asleep and Calliou was out back protecting the home and property.

Sadly there was an accident a few miles down the road, which took out a power pole/lines.
So no electricity for several hours, and no blog.  I have heard no news on the accident today so I hope all is well.  When we went to bed last night it was in the 20's, so I piled on the blankets.  Thankfully those linemen did what they do best and power was restored.

I am always grateful that we have a gas stove, gas logs in the fireplace and that I have a bounty of battery powered candles.  Soon I had a pot of soup simmering on the stove, the logs gave a warm glow to the great room and the candles made it all very cozy. 

In the past we have not always been that prepared.  When the blizzard of 93 hit, we had no heat, no way to cook, and a gimpy flashlight.  Two days into the blizzard, it was around 10 degrees in our house, Rick's beard had ice crystals in it and we had on so many layers of clothes we could barely move.  I swore things would be different.

A  small generator was bought, a gas grill, gas logs, gas stove, and gas supplemental heater all came to our house.  When battery powered candles came on the market, I bought a couple of dozen.
I keep canned goods, pasta, rice, beef and chicken broths, bottled water, etc in the pantry.  The blizzard kept our power off for almost two weeks, tornadoes in April a few years ago kept water and power off for a couple of weeks.  With each event I have tried to learn valuable lessons and be better prepared for the next one.

I was never a Scout, neither was Rick, but their motto "Be Prepared" has become ours.
Enjoy your Thursday, laugh out loud and be kind.

Monday, January 28, 2019

More

Thought for the day.


"Read more books than status updates.
Look into more eyes than screens.
Hold more hands than devices.
Love more than you judge."   - Dulce Ruby

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Bees

If you read my husband Rick's column then you know we are getting bees.  I am so excited.
Because we both love hot tea and coffee, we use a lot of honey.  With lung issues, I also use honey as cough syrup.  As farmers who do not use pesticides, we cherish bees and their work to keep the human race alive.  If you do not understand the importance of bees to human life, Google it.

Our bees will come to live on our farm when the weather begins to warm.  We have picked the perfect spot for them,  down by the apple, peach and pear trees, near the blueberry bushes and just a skip away from the wild flower meadow.

Yes, we have both been stung by bees and wasps, but honey bees are not aggressive.  I can't wait to taste our first batch of honey.  When we first moved here in 1980 there was a wild bee tree down in the woods behind the barn.  You could hear their drone on warm days.  Not sure what happened to them but one day we walked and you could no longer hear them.  As the years have gone by we see fewer and fewer bees when the fruit trees blossom and the flowers and herbs bloom.  Hopefully that will change this year.

It has been a good yet busy weekend.  This last week of January is looking interesting.  Our weather guys placed us under a winter storm watch today.  By Tuesday we should see white stuff.

I hope your Monday brings kindness, I hope you help spread that kindness.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Snow Pie

Sam, Jordan and Nana are spending the weekend at Jordan's swim meet.  Sam's dad ( my brother Ricky) stayed home to take care of their animals, two cats, two ferrets and a 100 pound Airedale mix named Lady.  Today was such a beautiful day that after we all had fed and cared for our critters we decided to just road trip and Ricky decided to join us.  We had a great time, spent a few hours out and about and then came home in plenty of time to do the evening pet chores.

Sam called us with updates often.  Jordan had a great day, we are hoping for more of the same tomorrow.  I will give details tomorrow night.

The local weather guys swear we will get snow Tuesday.  I have heard that song and dance before.
We shall see.  Fingers are crossed that Jordan and I will get to treat Rick to a "snowpie" on Tuesday.
"Snow pie"  is a really large flattened snowball  squished in the face.  Jordan came up with that phrase when he was about 4 years old, now it is a family tradition.

Enjoy your Sunday, it's the last one for January 2019.  Hug someone tomorrow.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Update

A beautiful sunny cold day and snow is forecast for next week.  I am so happy.  Jordan spent the morning with us.  His mom had errands before they left for his weekend swim meet.  It is rare we get to spend time with him when school and swim are taking place.  He and his mom are busy, but that's ok, they both are enjoying life. 

We ran down to the local produce stand this afternoon.  I love buying our produce there,  It is always fresh and yummy.  Fresh Florida oranges, tomatoes and honey crisp apples came home with us today.
They also have restocked their supply of FROG jam.  It is my favorite, a wonderful blend of fig, raspberry, orange and ginger, a heavenly concoction.

Did you know that next Friday is February 1?  I have already bought the supplies for Valentine cookies and cupcakes.  Jordan was thrilled when he saw all the sugar pearls and sparkles today.
There will be pictures.

Enjoy the week, this is the last one for January 2019, make it kind, make it loving.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Dying Slowly

Tonight I share with you one of my favorite poems.  It was written by Brazilian writer, Martha Medeiros.  It is , To Death Slowly.


To Death Slowly

You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly when you kill your self-esteem,
when you do not let others help you.
You start dying slowly if you become a slave to your habits,
walking everyday on the same paths...If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colors or you do not speak to those you don't know.

You start dying slowly if you avoid to feel passion and it's turbulent emotions, those that make
your eyes glisten and your heart beat fast.
You start dying slowly if you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love, or with your surroundings.

If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not allow yourself,
at least once in your lifetime
to run away from sensible advice.

- Martha Medeiros

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wet Day

Rain has been falling all day.  I wore the brightest colors I have in my yoga wardrobe to work today, turquoise tee and royal blue pants.  Today was a rare day when we couldn't walk the dogs.  The rain has come down in sheets.  As I drove to work,  there were places where water swept across the road in waves.

Another visit with the acupuncturist, it is helping so much.  The difference has been remarkable.
Rick has been in front of his computer writing  almost constantly all day.  I am sure his brain has turned to mush.

My cup of hot awaits, so does bed.  Stay warm and dry and know that January is almost over.
It will be spring before you know it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Book

There is a small book on our bookshelves, not much bigger than my hand.  I have had this book since 1970.  The cover and the pages are worn.  It is on my list of recommended books that I give to my students. It was published in 1923, written by a poet, artist and philosopher from Lebanon, Kahil Gibran.  The book is The Prophet, one of my five most favorite books.

Every time I read it, something different jumps out at me.  As the years have gone by, the familiar words I have read time and time again take on a different meaning with each life experience that I have.  The pages I read today resonate differently than they did when I was 18.

Gibran's words are beautiful and truthful.  The first time I ever read them, I thought this person can not be of this earth.  I still feel that way.

If you have never read this little book, do yourself a great favor and read it.  Read it with an open mind and heart and then maybe a year from now read it again.  Share it with your children, grandchildren and friends, give it as a gift. 

Tomorrow is mid-week, hump day.  January is passing quickly.  Don't forget to be kind.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Love

I look for beauty every day, even in the dead of winter.  If you look for beauty you see it, if you are kind, you find it, if you are grateful, you have joy.

Life is simple, but hate and fear make it very  complicated.  On this MLK day of remembrance, choose love over hate.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Imagine

I looked at this picture I shot yesterday and let my imagination run wild.  What if this tree were another universe and this fungus and moss, villages with people so different they hated each other?  They were fighting for survival on this tree and what they didn't know or understand was that the tree, their universe was totally at the whim of something else? That a lightening bolt, windstorm, or human could destroy everything.  Now you know about my imagination...sorta.

It has been a lazy restful day for Rick and me.
We walked the dogs this morning as tiny snowflakes swirled around us.  The freezing wind coming straight out of the north froze our faces.  Calliou loved it, Taz and Hook could not wait to get back to the house.

A holiday for many tomorrow, but Rick and I will be working.  May your week start with kindness and may it continue every day.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Green Textures

Every day we walk, there is more moss.  I told Rick we should do a coffee table book of moss photos.
Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by moss, this weather has fed the fascination.
The wind is howling tonight, causing the clouds to rush across the nearly full moon like feather boas.
Stay warm, cozy and dry.

Friday, January 18, 2019

In Sickness and Health

I saw the acupuncturist today.  I am so pleased with the results so far.  Today he heard me coughing and I fessed up about the gunk I have had for over a week, plus shared with him my lung history.
He took a few moments to scold me and then said let me help you.  He did.  Breathing has been so much easier this evening, not sure why I had not shared this with him.

Last weekend we went to Muscle Shoals to celebrate Rick's birthday.  We stayed at one of our favorite hotels on the river.  But honestly, it was not the celebration he had anticipated.  I was sick all weekend and the rain came down in buckets.  We had a great meal and spent some time listening to music but we both knew it would not go down as one of his best birthdays. On the way home on Sunday, we laughed about that "in sickness and health" phrase.

Tonight we went to one of our favorite places to eat in Jasper.  It has been written up in many food columns, even national ones.  The food was off the charts.  He had Scottish salmon and I had seafood carbonara ( lobster and shrimp and scallops)  Wow.  I think this weekend made up for last.

He works tomorrow and I will for a while as well.  That's ok.  Rain is moving in again and cold cold air.  I hope for snow and not ice.

Stay warm, dry and be kind.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Warm and Comforted

My women's class today was inspiring.  Cold and rainy and some of them had been in grief therapy for eight hours today, others it was their first day at our facility.  They looked worn and beaten as they walked into my room.  There were a few tears as well. And then there is the crud that we all seem to be sharing right now.

I looked at them and knew today was the day for heart opening.  Bad days make you want to fade into the walls, bad days make you wish to be invisible or go into child pose and stay there for hours.
This when you open your heart, find your strength, practice ahimsa ( do no harm) and lift your face to the sky. 

Breath work, slow movements and the reminder to love who you are was the medicine we all needed.
Savasana included meditations based on love and joy.  When class was over, we all looked taller and everyone smiled.  The students left for dinner and meetings, I left for home.

Rick made my night, I got home and he had picked up Chinese, including my favorite hot and sour soup.  Tonight I am full, warm and comforted...I hope you are too.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tea

quote on my board today, let those thoughts pass right on by



"Leave your front door and your back door open.  Allow your thoughts to come and go.  Just don't serve them tea."
- Shunryu Suzuki

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Daily Growth

So much rain has turned our place into a weird cold non tropical forest.  Each day we walk brings new growth and moss is everywhere.  This tree seems to have its own ecosystem, vines, berries, moss and who knows what might be lurking under the leaves.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Circle of Life

I love circles, I think they are symbols that promise life and hope.  Today as I walked the dogs this one made me smile.  So very beautiful on a cold cloudy day.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Surprise

I swear I must live in a parallel universe sometimes.  For some reason I thought I had read that an author whose book I recommend frequently had died in a car accident a few years ago.  I use her book  yearly in January in my classes and I have been telling my groups she died.  Surprise! she lives. 

Tomorrow I will apologize profusely to my groups.  But tonight, I will tell you the name of the book is Your Best Year Yet.  It was written in the 90's and it truly helped me through a bad spot.
There are ten questions and you answer them honestly and if you do it helps you to focus on what is important to you for the coming year.

The first three questions deal with your past year, and then the following seven become your guide for the new year.

1. What did I accomplish?
2. What were my biggest disappointments?
3. What did I learn?
4. How do I limit myself, and how can I stop?
5. What are my personal values?
6. What roles do I play in my life?
7.Which role is my major focus for the next year?
8. What are my goals for each role?
9. What are my top ten goals for the next year?
10. How can I achieve my top ten goals?

I can't believe I have been telling my classes she died.  LOL.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Snow and Rain

cold and rainy and  sinus crud does not make for a great Saturday, but I know this too shall pass.  A friend who lives in the St. Louis area sent pictures today, almost 8 inches of snow!  She said her drive home yesterday from work was iffy.  Wild and wacky weather these days.  Our rivers are out of their banks and swamps have appeared out of nowhere.  I am holding my breath hoping we don't move into drought mode this summer.

Rick's birthday is Tuesday.  He told me today I was always sick for his birthday.  Not a true statement, but yes for the past couple.  Year before last, I was fine until our second day at the beach, I woke up with the flu.   I expect to be well by Tuesday.

It's only 7:30, but I swear I am so ready to put on my pj's and drink my tea and climb into bed.
I promise I will stay up until 9:00.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, January 11, 2019

Breathe Deep

The moon is growing larger each night.  The stars seem to be glowing brighter.  Cold winter nights seem to enhance celestial sky.  For those of you who got snow, I hope the clouds clear and you get to see the snow sparkle in starlight.

It seems the sinus crud found me today. 

Picked up my car today, wow what a difference.  It took me a while to adjust, a tap on the brakes instead of pushing them to the floor is a big change.

I am about to drink a cup of Breathe Deep tea and go to bed.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Good and Bad

My car has been in the shop most of the week, poor Rick has had to work his job and take me to mine and then come and pick me up.  I know he will be so glad to pick my car up tomorrow.  I knew my brakes were getting bad but the repair guys have had to replaced all the brake stuff on all four wheels.
I know I was pushing my luck, especially in all the rainy weather we have had.

I cooked Rick and Samantha's favorite dish for dinner this evening.  Well they say it's their favorite but Rick says that about most everything I cook.  It is a dish my mom taught me how to make.
A layer of really good sauerkraut, a layer of onions, then red potatoes and then a slab of thick country style ribs, cooked slow all day.  I have to admit I ate way more than my share of it tonight.

We have a sinus crud at work now, almost all of my students have it.  It is cold, they are in rehab and sick with sinus junk...not such a great start to the New Year, but I keep telling them it will pass.
This evening I had to leave work at 5:30, so I couldn't teach my meditation class.  Rick had come to pick me up, take me home and then had to cover a local city council meeting.  A female student showed up for the meditation class, just as I had finished yoga.  When I explained that I had to leave, she burst into tears.  I felt so bad for her, it was obvious she had had such a bad day.  All the way home, I had to tell myself that this too shall pass.  Like most of my days, it has been good and bad.

I know many of you are getting snow, I am so jealous.  Send me pictures!
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday Musings

Another visit to the acupuncturist today, for the past few days Rick and I are both seeing difference.
Hope that it continues.

I had students to say goodbye today and some who said hello.  It is our busy time.  There is something about the New Year that makes so many of us want to better our lives.

Our mild temps disappeared today and Arctic cold has decided to visit us.  There are rumors of the S word, but so far only rumors.  Yesterday it almost 70 degrees, today it was 49.  Chilly.

I hope your 2019 is going well, that if you are considering changes you are able to make them and if this is the year your goals are within your reach, wait no longer...go for it. 

Spread joy, be kind and stay warm.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Mirror

I have had new faces in class the past couple of days, old ones are leaving, as always it's the toughest part of my job.  Saying goodbye and hello, it's all emotional, it's all good and bad, it's life.

My quote today was fitting for those new faces, but it was also fitting for all of us.

"If you are looking for someone to change your life, look in the mirror."  

Don't know who said it, but it fit the day well.

Going back to the acupuncturist tomorrow, feeling pretty good.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, January 7, 2019

Celebrate

I something on FB this weekend about exercise, I didn't save it and am so sorry I didn't.
But the gist of it was this...Exercise to celebrate what your body can do, not to punish yourself for what you ate.

I told this to my classes today.  We all want to start the new year losing weight, or getting in better shape, etc.  But what we need is to think about health, what will make us healthier, what will make us feel better. 

At the start of a New Year, we join gyms, we buy equipment, we start diets, but many of us fail.  We attempt too much, get discouraged and quit.  Health is one day at a time.  Start small, drink more water,  eat  more fruits and veggies, breathe, walk five or ten minutes...then in a couple of weeks, add some weight bearing exercise, add ten minutes to your walk, do some yoga, meditate.  Before you know it, in a few weeks your body starts to change, you feel better.  One day at a time.

So this year, strive to be healthier, to feel better and celebrate what your body can do.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Taxing Day

Another blue sky day in our neighborhood, temps were mild and the sun was warm.   A beautiful day, but for some reason, not very productive.  It seems like everything I started got displaced by something else.  Energy got weird and I realized it was time to just sit or nap.  It became a day of reminding myself of the good things in my life and to remember to be grateful. But for whatever reason, it has been a taxing day.

And with all that being said, I am totally drained, void of energy and thought.  So, time to drink hot tea and relax.

Goodnight,Sweet dreams


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Ode to Friends

Blue skies today, incredible blue skies...Rick did his happy dance.  We spent time outside with the dogs and just enjoyed being alive.   This evening we met our friends, Danny and Jo for dinner and talked and laughed ourselves silly.

Days like today feed your soul, they caress your spirit and remind you that life and its simple pleasures is what we live for.  I love spending time with friends.  I adore our families, but friends are just gifts.  Some of them come for moments, some for years and some are there as long as you live.
I appreciate all of them and what each one has brought to my table, good and bad.

There is something grounding about spending time with friends at the beginning of the new year.
For me, it reminds me of what is truly important and what I need to survive.
It is interesting that this blog world has opened up a new way to enjoy friendships.  I don't know if I will ever get to meet you all, but through this way of communication friendships have been formed.
I suppose some would call these friendships, new age tech friends.

So tonight, I am appreciating friends, new, old, and in-between.  I am grateful for your presence.
May this New Year, strengthen the ties that bind us.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Friday Update

A busy Friday, I saw my acupuncturist this morning.  I am not sure why I waited so long to see him about my Meniere's but so glad I went today.  In the past when I have seen him, his treatments worked so well, fingers are crossed I will get good results this time.  I have decided to try a couple of different holistic methods since traditional medicine has not given me the results I had hoped for.

Tonight we went down to the local Mexican eatery to meet up with all of my brother Ricky's family.  His son Haven and daughter inlaw  Alesha had a reveal party for her pregnancy.  It's a boy. This will be their second son, Anthony will be eight when his little brother is born this summer.  Joyful family gatherings are good.  All the kids  had a great time and the grownups did too.

Rainy and so very cold tonight.  As soon as we got home, my warm cozy pj's  jumped on my body.
A cup of hot tea is next.

I hope this first week of January of the new year has been a good one for all of you.  Tomorrow we plant our Christmas tree.  Keep that kindness spreading.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Wisdom

"By three methods we may learn wisdom:  First, by reflection which is noblest;
Second, by imitation which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest."  -Confucius  

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Rainy Night

Pouring rain today,  I think we have relocated to Seattle and no one told us.  Rain and fog on the way home tonight made for an anxious drive, just happy no deer decided to cross the road in front of me.

Back at work this week, everyone has been a little slow moving.  Being off for any length of time requires motivation to jump back into the swing of things.

What is it about the holidays that once they are over, you have the sensation that they are not.  Or is it just me?  Come January, there is always a part of me that still feels as though Christmas is still coming or it's not over yet.  It makes me sad to put away the decorations, to not have the tree in the house.  Maybe I have withdrawals from Christmas.

Thursdays are my Fridays, I love working a four day week, three day weekends are the best.  Of course all my friends who are retired tell me that every day is Saturday once you retire.  Is that really true?

So ready for my cup of hot tea tonight, the rain has chilled me to the bone.  I can hear it tapping on the tin roof, sleep should be sweet tonight.
Good night, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 1

January 1, 2019...first day, first month, brand new year

January 1...my new mantra, Thrive don't just survive

January 1...Rick's, my brother Ricky's, Jordan's and Breeze's birthdays are this month and so was my grandmother's Mamie

January 1...snow, I want snow!

January 1...traditional southern New Year's food today...collard greens, sweet potatoes, black eye peas, ham and corn bread.  Bring on the money and the good luck!

January 1...will make a vision board, think about vows and intentions for the coming year

January 1...music, art,  friends and family, travel...things I want to focus on this new year

January 1...my new year's wish, good health for us all

January 1... my hope for the new year, that our focus will be on kindness

January 1...this year brings our 45th wedding anniversary ( May 5)

January 1...sweaters, boots and jeans, my go to wardrobe right now (other than yoga clothes for work)

January 1...running feels really good

January 1...fresh cedar and pine make the house smell so good ( I use fresh greenery now instead of flowers)

January 1...let's all treat others the way we want to be treated this year