Sunday, November 10, 2019

Fall Beauty

As we walked the dogs this morning, we realized that we are almost peak fall color.  By next weekend it will be fall in all its glory.  This morning with azure skies, chilly temps and colors starting to deepen we both were so thankful for the beauty that surrounds us.

Today was a day to do some farm things, feed the bees, water all the indoor plants, plant blueberry bushes, a dwarf maple was transplanted and a couple of crepe myrtles and a gardenia bush were planted.  We are both a bit stiff and sore tonight.

Dinner was black bean/ham soup and Rick's glorious cornbread.  A great way to end a good day.

I go back to work tomorrow after being off a week.  I am feeling much better and hope this crude has decided to leave my body.  Be kind, spread joy, laugh out loud...enjoy the beauty where ever you find it.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Old Friends, New Friends

My friend from grammar school texted me yesterday and said she and a couple of her friends would be out in the country today and would love to drop by for a visit.  I was thrilled.  Karen and I had been close friends when we were kids, but she had moved and we lost touch.

A few years ago her husband was killed in a plane crash and as tragedy sometimes does, it awakened a desire in her to reconnect with her past.  We met for lunch one day and discovered our friendship was still there. 

Today, Karen, her friends Kathy and Dianne visited and it was delightful. Kathy brought homemade bread, we shared honey and fig preserves and mugs of hot tea and laughter filled the house.  Rick and I took them through a section of our walking path on this beautiful fall day and we all agreed, "life is good."  Karen and I are in the center, Kathy and Dianne bookend us.  What a wonderful day.
 

Good Times

A fun gig tonight, good crowd but I am so ready for bed.   Good night, Sweet dreams.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fall Color

We have a gig tomorrow night, our first in a few months.  I am excited, we have practiced and we are ready.  The downside, I have had a respiratory infection with low grade fever for several days.  I started strong antibiotics today and tonight the fever has subsided.  Fingers crossed I am over the hump.

Rain moved into today, and cooler temps are on the way.  I saw the S word mentioned in a forecast for Tuesday.  We shall see.

I truly had not planned on taking this week off, but today I realized how much my body and spirit needed it.   Taz and I have taken nice long walks and naps. 

This morning when we walked, fall color had deepened.  I love the change of the seasons.

Enjoy your Friday, stay warm, be kind and laugh out loud.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Off

I decided to take the week off.  There were several reasons, one including the respiratory stuff that has cropped up.  I think I needed a break.  This is the first time in the 15 years working at the facility that I have taken off and not been sick, on vacation or for a death.  To be honest there have been years that I have not taken a vacation.  It has been incredible being home this week.  We worked on our music for three hours today. 

Rain is moving in tonight and there are rumors of an Arctic  Express coming through next week.
Maybe my wishes for snow will come true this winter.

Enjoy your Thursday, spread joy, be kind. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Fall Flowers

I think these are a sort of wild aster.  It is so strange to see them bloom even after we have had a couple of freezes.   There are small patches of them scattered across the farm.

A warm front moving up from the Gulf today and tomorrow, rain all day Thursday and then fall returns.
70 degrees today made the bees go into a feeding frenzy.  It is interesting to see how active warm sun  makes them and how lethargic they become when it's cold.

I have missed a couple of days work, seems the kids might have shared a little respiratory bug with me on Sunday.  Hopefully by Thursday I will be back teaching.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Gnome House

When Samantha ( Jordan's mom) was a little girl we watched the cartoon show, David the Gnome.  She loved it and we were constantly on the lookout for those places we thought Gnomes might live.

This hole at the roots of this tree down by the barn was a place we just knew was a Gnome house.
The tree is a giant now, but the hole still exists and today when I walked by and saw the white fungus growing I laughed and thought, oh the Gnomes are decorating.

I had picked up the tiny branch full of acorn caps as we walked and thought wow, this will be beautiful here.  I hope the Gnomes appreciated its uniqueness.
Can't you just imagine a family of Gnomes living in this beautiful little spot?

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Making Memories

We had my brother's family and my sister and her daughter, grand daughter and great grand son over for chili and hot dogs and smore's and hot cider today.  The kids had a great time, the adults had fun and I thought so much about my parents.  Yesterday was 15 years ago my mom died, my dad who passed away in 1991 would have celebrated his 101 birthday on the 26 of October, they both would have loved today.  I like to think that this is how we honor our ancestors, this coming together to share food and fellowship.  A fire burning in the fire-pit, kids laughing and running through the yard, simple food, these are the memories we seal in our DNA in hopes that generations decades from now, will enjoy moments like these.  I hope these kids remember us with love and remember the good times at Uncle Rick and Aunt Jilda's house.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Slavic Food Festival

A little village about 20 miles from us has an amazing history.  It is Brookside, Al and it is home to the only Russian Orthodox Church south of the Mason Dixon Line.  For the past 27 years or so they have had a Slavic Food Festival.  Rick and I visited one of the very first they celebrated.  We met out friends Danny and Jo Francis this morning and headed to Brookside.

It was a perfect fall day with clear blue skies and chilly temps.  When we got there, there were a few people stirring around and we visited the church first and listened to the Father tell its history.
Then we decided to go next door to get in line for food.  The dinning hall was packed, but the atmosphere was festive and in about 30 minutes we had our food and oh what food it was.

We dined on Kolbasa and Kraut, Holupkic (stuffed cabbage), Halushki (potato dumplings) Piroshki ( meat pies), Pigachi ( potato cheese bread)....there was so much more I can't name it all.  There was Russian tea,  and baked goods and a beautiful quaint gift shop with handcrafted items.  I brought home a small St. Nicholas to hang on our Christmas tree.

The church and the village have an interesting history, if you get a chance be sure to Google Brookside, Al.  St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.  I think you will find the history memorable. So here we are, me, Jo, Danny and Rick...look at that sky.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November 1

November 1...a change in the weather, boots and sweaters finally

November 1...I love fall

November 1...Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

November 1... nothing as spectacular as the color of fall, even in the south

November 1...October 1 it was 100 degrees, October 31 it was 31

November 1...this month is bittersweet, with all it's beauty and bounty, it is the month my mom died

November 1...today is All Saint's Day, the love, the courage, of all that have come before us, lives in our DNA...honor them tonight

November 1...two months left in 2019

November 1...bird feeding frenzy begins as their source of food dwindles

November 1...nothing like a cold night sky

November 1...is it too early to hope for snow?

November 1...fireplace, dogs snoring and music...all good things

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Dog Jordan

Who knows why an eleven year old boy wants to be a hot dog for Halloween, but that was Jordan's choice  this year.  He loved it and it will fit me if I want to wear it sometime.

He thought the mean face would make him a scary dog, we just laughed.

I love Halloween.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rainy Night

The delightful sound of rain on the tin roof is what we hear tonight.  We have listened to it for most of the day as well.  Tomorrow brings our first real cold snap.  After all the heat and drought the weather is changing, and not every one is happy about it.  That's ok,  just like life the weather changes and for some it is a good thing for others not so good.  I am doing a happy dance tonight.

My class this afternoon was how to use yoga to bring balance and stability and calmness to your life.
It was the men's class and the guys really enjoyed it.  It still amazes me to watch someone come into my room so tense, sad and fearful and leave smiling.

My cup of hot tea calls to me...rain, a bit of a read and a cup of hot tea...life is good.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Greens and Drought

We are expecting our first frost Thursday  night.  Today I transplanted collard plants, gave some to friends and still have lots more to plant.  If you have never eaten collard greens they are an acquired taste but I love them.  I have been eating them since I was a very small child.  When I was growing up, we ate seasonal.  Probably because we raised so much of our food, but various greens, root vegetables  and soups and stews  and dried beans were our fall and winter diet...still that way.

I mentioned the first frost because collard greens develop a sweetness when frost bites their leaves.
When I was digging in the earth this morning I was shocked that about three inches down, the ground was bone dry.  This after we had almost six inches of rain last weekend.  That's the kind of drought we are in.  Thankfully more rain to come tonight and Wednesday and Thursday.  I just wish I could share it with the folks in California.

Nothing planned for tomorrow morning except a good long practice session.  We have a gig next weekend and we are getting ready to have fun.  Of course there is work after lunch, but the morning is all about the music.

My cup of hot tea awaits,  be kind tomorrow and laugh out loud.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Foggy Color

It was a chilly foggy morning as we walked the  dogs today.  It just seemed to bring out the fall color that is starting to appear.

Hungry and tired this evening, bedtime will be soon.
Goodnight, sweet dreams

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Bugs

Jordan loves playing practical jokes.  Today on their way home from the swim meet, his mom took him back to the Cook's Museum in Decatur or as Jordan fondly calls it the Bug Museum.  As all the kids roamed the museum today, the museum employees gave them plastic bugs as treats instead of candy.

When they came by the house this evening I caught a glimpse of a scorpion on my kitchen table, of course I screeched and Jordan laughed.  One of the many bugs he was given at the museum today.
I have been warned, there will be many more to come.  I dare not think about where the others will be lurking.

Last week of October coming up, along with one of my favorite holidays, Halloween.  The down side to living out in the country on a dead end road, very few trick or treaters.  The kids who do make it by our house get lots of good candy!

Enjoy your Monday, be kind...to yourself and everyone you meet.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

A Good Saturday

Our great nephew Aiden came for a visit today.  He is still not sure if he likes me, but I can say without a doubt I am crazy for him.

It has been a good day.  The rain continued but Aiden came for a visit, we had dinner with friends, we got in a great practice session and Jordan did awesome at his swim meet.

May your Sunday bring joy and peace.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Color

Lots of rain today and fall color is beginning to brighten the woods.  It's an odd time, this in between seasons for us.  Lots of green still, but golds and oranges and reds are starting to pop up.
The forecast  calls for our first frost  next week, so when the rains stop Sunday, we will move all our potted plants to the now converted screen porch/sun room.

I wore a sweater and boots today.  It felt great to put my summer clothes away.  The sound of the rain on the tin roof is so calming tonight.  Good sleeping weather.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Simple Things

I love this fence post.  It holds the gate that secures the road to our barn.  This time of year with fall leaves in the back ground the moss is at its prettiest.

It's an interesting composition of metal gate, wooden post, wire, moss and fall foliage. The colors and all the elements work together perfectly I think. All simple things, each has their own unique beauty.

Thursdays are long and draining, as soon as I get home I put my pjs on, bedtime comes early.
I hope your Friday ushers in a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Surprises

Daily there is something new to discover.  This morning on our walk, this white fungus was on several  fallen trees.  It was not there yesterday.  Surprises are everywhere, just look for them.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fall Sunset

It's been a beautiful fall day, ending with a beautiful fall sunset.

Not sure about the brain drain, but I have it tonight.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, October 21, 2019

Best Day

" Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Similar

Jordan's mom, Samantha and I had a long heart to heart this week.  We are both in the same place in the same area of our lives and struggling with similar issues.  I think we both realized that even with the age difference we have more in common than just being related. 

She has at least a short term solution/answer for her issue, I am still trying to figure mine out.
There is no doubt we will both do what we need to do.

There is a warm front coming up from the Gulf tonight and a cold front coming from the northwest.
Things could get interesting around here tomorrow.  Hopefully no severe storms just lots of rain.

Mondays come so fast.  I hope for all of us, tomorrow is a Monday of kindness and great joy.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Accomplishments

The transformation continued today.  I cleaned out my closets.  Rick dusted window blinds.
The house feels bigger.  He also got the screen porch  ready to move all our potted plants to this week.  It just feels good to get some things accomplished.

Tomorrow we rest.
Enjoy your Sunday, may it bring peace to you and yours.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Fall Bits and Pieces

Last bit of fall decorating and house cleaning today.   It felt  good to stay home and get some things done.

Now, maybe tomorrow, clean the closets.

Sometimes just the simple cleaning of your space is an amazing transformation.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Foodies

Jordan's mom sent over a photo of his report card tonight, all A's, straight 100 averages.
I mentioned we should celebrate, she said well he has already, he asked for pork chops and mashed potatoes for dinner.  What can I say, our family celebrates, mourns, loves , comforts and bonds with food.

Put us around a dinner table, we can love, solve world problems and laugh ourselves into tears.
Food is the tie that binds.  At least for our family.  No better way to celebrate than with a good meal.
Did I mention I came home from and made fish tacos?

I hope your Friday is a good one.  Be safe, be happy and be kind.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Soup

We do our best to eat seasonal foods.  In the fall and winter we eat lots of root vegetables, greens and soups and stews.  Today I made a giant pot of vegetable soup.  A little of this, a little of that, raiding the pantry, the fridge, the freezer.  Tossed together, magic happens and the flavors blend.  Thank goodness Rick doesn't mind leftovers.  We will be eating soup for a few days.

Spend some time with those you love tomorrow, laugh out loud and be kind.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Trouble

"The trouble is, you think you have time."  - Buddha

If I could give someone one quote to live by, it would be this one.  We are all guilty, we all think we have time.  We think we have time to make our dreams come true, to take that trip, to make amends, to work on our health...it's a never ending list, this thinking we have time.




Monday, October 14, 2019

Jordan Time

We picked Jordan up from school today.  He was in such a good mood.   He was also hungry.
He pretty much ate from the time we left school until his mom picked him up.

All that swimming takes a lot of energy and he is a growing boy.  I am amazed at how much food he can consume!

I hope tomorrow brings kindness and joy to each of you.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Fall Dance

This morning as we walked, I couldn't help myself...I burst into song and dance.

The air was crisp and clean, it truly was a "great day to be alive."

I am glad only Rick and the dogs saw me.

I hope your Monday will be a "great day to be alive."  Be kind.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Fall Daisies

I couldn't resist decorating the kitchen table.  The daisies come from the plant my sister Nell gave us in the spring.  The plant is at least 15 feet tall, covered in those beautiful yellow daisies.

It has been a wonderful fall day.  We did a few errands but not much on the agenda, the same for tomorrow.

I hope your Sunday brings peace and joy.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Welcome

Good news, Jordan's foot is not broken, his ankle over extended and he will be fine for his swim meet and he got to see the parade today and get a bag full of candy.  He and his cousin Anthony always have so much fun at my sister's house.  And what kid doesn't love a parade?

I came home after we delivered the boys to their homes and did a little fall decorating.  Rain and cooler weather coming in tonight just put me in the mood!

I hope your weekend started with as much fun as mine did.  Nothing like kids and a small town parade to make you smile.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

What a Thursday

I taught a walking meditation class today for the pain management group and a pranayama class as well ( breath work).  After that I spent an hour with first responders, police officers and military students, and finally this evening with our women's group.   It is rewarding work, but exhausting.

Tomorrow is our local high school's home coming.  That means a parade and a football game tomorrow night.  I always take Jordan to  my sister's house for the parade, she has the best view ever.
He twisted his ankle today in PE class and is going to see the orthopedic doc first thing in the morning.  Next weekend he has a big swim meet.  Send him some good thoughts and healing energies and a few prayers, those feet are important when you are swimming. 

He is upset about his foot, about the swim meet and about missing the parade tomorrow.  We just want his foot to be ok.

My bed and a cup of hot tea are calling to me. 
Sweet dreams to you all.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hump Day

I read a wonderful blog tonight about stillness and silence.    I know this might sound a little strange coming from a musician, but I love silence.  Actually I crave it and if I don't have those moments of silence, of being still ,I become out of sorts.  Those moments nourish my spirit.  They inspire my creativity and they make me a better person, a better teacher.

I am always urging my students to find stillness, to sit in silence.  I urge you to sit in silence a few minutes every day.  Once you do, you will find yourself like me, craving it.  No tv, no music, no conversation...just silence...and stillness.

We spent most of our  morning with our primary care doc, doing the regular check-up stuff. Then we treated ourselves to lunch at our favorite meat and three.  It's been a good hump day.

Remember kindness tomorrow, to yourself and others.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

At Last

A wonderful fall day.  Our walk this morning was cool and crisp, this afternoon hit a high of 74 degrees.  At last.

The dogs enjoyed the walk this morning as much as we humans did.  For the first time in months they didn't pant when we got home and neither did we.

The change in the weather inspired me to cook chicken and dumplings.  Jordan came by after swim practice this evening and was beside himself to know he would be having chicken and dumplings for dinner.

Tomorrow is Wednesday, this week is flying by.  May you enjoy kindness and may you extend that kindness to others.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Peace

Sharing a quote with ya'll tonight.



" Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than how you think it should be."  -Wayne Dyer

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Change

Rains came yesterday evening, for the first time in  months we had rain during the night.  The weather guys say more tonight and tomorrow.  Our world looks so different today.  Everything looks alive and vibrant. The temps have dropped about 15 degrees, today was around 80 with a breeze.  It was heavenly.  A true change in the weather.

 A real cold front is suppose to move through next weekend, I can hardly wait.  I'll be wearing those boots and sweaters before you know it.  I told Jordan today, we have to start making plans for a weenie roast!

It seems the past couple of months our weekends have been non-stop, this one has been no different.
I hope this is a good week for all of you, be kind, spread joy, laugh every day.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Frog Ribs

Rick does the local Frog Festival website which was today.  Once again it was hot as blazes and I debated on going or staying home.  I decided to go for two reasons, the first, I always see people I haven't seen in years and two, a friend I went to high school always has a booth there and he cooks ribs.  Anyone who has ever eaten my BBQ ribs will tell you they are good, but his are great!!
We brought a slab home and we both ate ourselves silly.   I wish I could send you all just a taste.  But,  between Rick, me and Jordan there are no more.



Friday, October 4, 2019

Dinner

One of Rick's favorite dishes tonight.  It is so simple, just peppers, onions, garlic and some sort of sausage.  ( I used a local one, Conecuh) throw in a dash of olive oil, some crusty bread and dinner is ready.

I hope your Friday has been a good one.  We broke more heat records today and more to come tomorrow.

Spread some joy, be kind and if you actually have fall where you live, please enjoy and be grateful.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Plasticity

In my pain management classes on Thursdays we talk often about the plasticity of the brain.  If you have not read or heard people in science and medicine talk about this subject, do yourself a favor and read, "The Brain That Changes It Self" by Norman Doidge, M.D.

The last several courses I have studied, everything from meditation to chronic pain to yoga have all included lectures on plasticity of the brain.  For the past few months I have been working on myself, rewiring my brain to function even with the damage from the Meniere's.

This brain science has been used with stroke victims, addictions, chronic pain, so many different health concerns.  The more I study about it, the more fascinating it becomes because of the possibilities.

I am exhausted, as always on Thursdays and that is ok.  Thursdays give me the opportunity to see results, good results from my teaching.

Tomorrow be kind, spread joy and at least once, laugh out loud.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Thirsty

Our magnificent dogwood  is so thirsty.  The tree is one of the first things you see as you enter our driveway.  In the spring it looks like a massive white cloud and in the fall when the leaves turn red it is glorious.

All the kids have climbed its loving limbs.  I wrote a story a long time ago about it called The Magic Tree.  That's what the kids have always called it.

Each day I walk by her and tell her to hang on.  I know the rain is coming.  We hit 100 degrees today.
The weather guys swear rain and cooler rain will make an appearance this weekend.  I hope so.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October 1

October 1...today is my mom's and dad's anniversary, they would have been married 76 years

October 1...96 degrees today, we broke some records

October 1...no rain

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

October 1...this will be remembered as the year of the endless summer

October 1...time to mix the candy corn with salted peanuts

October 1...I love Halloween

October 1...can't wait to wear boots and sweaters

October 1...no fall color, only brown dead leaves

October 1...the last quarter of 2019

October 1...Jordan wants a bonfire and s'mores, so do I

October 1...a pot of chili would be nice ( if we cranked the ac to about 65 degrees)

October 1...I know I am a whiney baby about the weather

Monday, September 30, 2019

Endless Summer

It hasn't been the best year for my pomegranate tree, only three fruits this time but maybe next year will be better.

Today is the last day of September and  temps back in the 90's.  It could be worse.  A friend of ours who lives in Florida said their temp hit 108 today.   Wow.  A long hot summer that will not go away.

We decided at the Monday night yoga class that it might be time for serious measures.  Someone suggested a naked rain dance, at this point, I think we are all ready to try anything.

Be kind tomorrow and laugh out loud.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Silly Birthday

Our great niece Joy celebrated her eight birthday today.  She had a surprise party and she was surprised!  I am sure all the giggles from the silly string attack could be heard in outer space.
She loves Kermit the Frog, everything was green, including the cake.

A weekend of chickens and stilly string, our lives are not dull.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Chicken Show

We attended the 4H chicken show and auction today.  It was hot as blazes but it was fun.
Jordan won a second place for medal for showmanship ( that is when he had a one on one conversation with the judge)  he explained all he had done the past few months to care for his chickens and also present his book to them.  ( The book explains in detail everything from remodeling the pen to present day and includes photos.)

He also won second place for best breed of chickens ( Easter eggers) This is all about how healthy his chickens were.

This was his first year in 4H and to compete.  Many of the other kids have been in involved with 4H for several years.  We think he did great.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Focus

Transformations come sometime when you least expect them.  The other thing about transformations they are not always "big" ones.  I experienced a small one this week.  I had finished another online class and at the end of the class as a surprise the instructor had sent a five minute meditation video.
Now I teach meditation classes and it takes a lot to surprise with me, this one did.
The meditation deals with focus and bringing clarity to what is important to you.

It came at the perfect time.  I have listened to it daily and suddenly I have found myself making decisions that I have toyed with for months. Bringing into focus some of the things that are important to me has been my transformation.  Before it seemed so hard, but this week the brain rewired and things came easy.  Choices are clear.

Tomorrow we go to the "chicken show and auction".  Jordan came over this evening, he is excited and has been practicing his presentation.  I am so proud of him.  I know he will give it his best shot.
We will have pictures to post tomorrow night and hopefully a ribbon or two to display.  Fingers crossed.

Enjoy your Saturday.  Be sure to laugh out loud.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Bone Dry

We were so excited about those few drops of rain last night.  There was some vivid lightening and loud claps of thunder.  It seems that vivid lightening might have struck a tree on the property behind us and started a forest fire.  Around 7:00 tonight, the forestry folks pulled out telling us the fire was contained.  Fingers are crossed.

Our woods are bone dry.  We have been down this road before and it is a scary one.  When I walked out to feed the birds this morning I could smell the burning pine needles.  We need way more than a few drops of rain.  Our nephew Haven spent the afternoon with the forestry group, showing them the lay of the land, helping them cut fire lanes.  This is when we hook up all our water hoses and hold our breath.  Haven told me tonight that the way the lanes were cut if the fire ignites again it should move away from us.

Thursdays are long emotional and physical days for me.  Rick picked up Chinese for dinner and I have been a slug.  A night's sleep will do me good.

Be kind tomorrow, urge those around you to be kind, we all need it.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Rain Giddiness

For a few short minutes we had rain tonight.  It was just a passing shower, but the first drops we have had in weeks.  We both were giddy with gratitude.  Hoping a change is coming.

Rick had some routine tests today so we were in Birmingham for the morning.  I have come to the conclusion that even if you are not sick, if you spend time at a hospital it is exhausting.  I think it's the energy of being surrounded by those who are ill( much like my job) and it drains the life right out of you.  We both came home and slept for a couple of hours.

I hope your work week is winding down with no drama.  Laugh out loud tomorrow.  Be kind.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fall



I should have steamed it, but hopefully the heat will get the creases out.  I thought that by hanging the fall flag, fall weather might appear.  Will let you know how that works out.

Tomorrow is hump day, the week is half over.
Spread some joy and please be kind.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Educations

Love this quote I am sharing with ya'll tonight.



" There are obviously two educations.  One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
- James Truslow Adam

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday Summary

We needed this day.  We have done several routine tasks around the house and a little grocery shopping, but it's been great to have no agenda.  Walking the dogs, a little laundry, a nap, some comfort food for dinner, it has been a good day.

There is a tiny chance of rain for tomorrow night.  I hope Mother Nature proves the weather guys wrong and we get a monsoon.  This is our dry season.  September and October are our two driest months of the year.  While much of the nation enjoys fall,  we are lucky to have a few days.  With the drought, unless something changes, there will be no color to our leaves.  They will turn brown, wither and drop off the trees.

We are getting excited.  Jordan does his big 4H presentation on Saturday and he will give 3 of his chickens to be auctioned off.  We are hoping we can buy them back.  We have grown to love his chicks.  Several will let us pet them.  Jordan is hoping to bring home a ribbon.  He has worked so very hard on this project for the past several months.  Keeping our fingers crossed.

May your Monday go smoothly, may you laugh through out the day, may you be kind to all you meet.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Schooled Out

Rick did more bee school today and I stayed home and completed another online course that I was working on.  We are both tired, hopefully tomorrow will be a day of rest.  We are all schooled out.

A cool front moved in yesterday.  Still no rain but the temps stayed in the 80's today.
The sky was such a beautiful blue, but the trees and plants look so wilted from lack of moisture and extreme heat.
Long range forecast, no rain and temps in the 90's through the first of October.

I am ready for a cup of hot tea and an early bedtime.  May tomorrow bring peace, kindness and joy.

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.