Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Mindful Transformations

Sometimes transformations come in strange places at weird times.  I had an epiphany many years ago washing dishes it led to my current job at the addiction center.  My job has truly been a transformation.  Other transformations have come because of conversations, both with friends and strangers.  I had a conversation with a woman on a flight back from California once that solidified beliefs about myself and resulted in her giving me, a total stranger, something of great personal value.

I guess often I am like most people, I think transformations are things that take a long time or come from greatness or much effort.  But when I think about the ones that have changed me, they came when I was open.  I was open to thought, to people around me or my surroundings.

Mindful living I believe is a great catalyst for transformation.  Becoming mindful of life and all that it involves changes and transforms.  Today there have been at least three triggers for transformations in my life, now I have to pursue, and be open.

I hope this has been a good Tuesday for you.  It is heating up here in Alabama and the humidity is rising.  Record temps are headed our way.  For those of you in the heat, move slow, hydrate, check on those around you who are older and sick.
Be kind.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday Night

The heat and humidity is building here, while those west of us are experiencing everything from snow to floods to tornadoes.  The weather seems to get more severe every month.

The baby chicks are doing well.  Jordan and his mom have been over many times today to check on them.  They are still so cute, but once their feathers appear they will become gangly and not so cute.

I hope your Monday had some kindness in it, I hoped you laughed out loud and maybe even got a hug today.  If not today, then maybe tomorrow.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bounty Continues

The blue bounty continued today.  We picked another basket of blueberries...yummy.
My sister and her daughters and granddaughter and great grandson dropped by this afternoon.
They got to carry a little of the bounty home with them, blueberries, peppers and green onions.

Rick harvested our first quart of honey today.  It is very light and flavorful.  And then Jordan arrived with his baby chicks.  The chicks are a 4H project, in the fall he will attend an auction with three of them and keep the rest.  He has named the chicks, all 18 of them.  He will struggle when it is time to pick three for auction.

Finally this evening we did a short practice for a gig coming up.  We are being filmed and interviewed for a music show.  We are excited and hopefully once it is edited we can share it on our blogs.

I only got about half of my list done today, but maybe tomorrow will be  more productive.
May is quickly coming to an end, June is waiting  with her heat and humidity.  She is so impatient that she is sending some our way this week.  Stay hydrated, stay cool and don't overheat.
Be kind.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Blue Bounty

Our blueberries have started to ripen.  Big juicy sweet berries, big as my thumb and our bushes are hanging full.  Jordan came over this morning to help work on the chicken pen, then he helped me pick.  As always he ate as many as he picked.  He also took home half a lemon pound cake I made yesterday.  His  mom said he was in hog heaven.  I doubt there is any cake left tonight.

Once again it has been a busy full day, but a good one.  We met our friends Danny and Jo Francis for dinner tonight and as always they were delightful. By the way, we only picked berries from three bushes, there will be just as many to pick again tomorrow.

Enjoy your Sunday, be kind and spread joy.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Busy Continues

Another busy day, starting early this morning and continuing into this evening.  Hot tea and bed are calling to me.

Tomorrow calls for gardening, a visit with my sister for her birthday and dinner with friends. 
I figure more things will pop up as the day goes by, but I am getting use to it.  I do know that Jordan is coming over to help Rick finish the chicken pen and probably pick a few blueberries.
He eats more than he puts in the basket.

I hope your Friday was a nice ending to your workweek and that the weekend holds a few surprises.
Good ones of course.  Be kind, share joy.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Non-stop

It has been one of those days, non-stop from getting out of bed to now.  Rick is making hot tea and I keep telling myself to drink my tea and then hit the bed.  Not a bad day, just an extremely busy one.
For some reason, more and more of my days seem to be non-stop.  Fingers are crossed for a peaceful weekend.

The first part of the week the weather was perfection, but the heat and humidity are building.  Maybe the waxing moon has something to do with it or the fact that it is time for heat and humidity in Alabama.

My pain management class went well today.  The patients seem to really enjoy the classes, both the material and how it is presented along with the asanas. 

The tea is ready and so am I.  Here's to a Friday that brings closure, peace and joy.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Common

Around these parts, she is common.  Often found on the side of country roads, at old home places or farms, I have them growing in our yard.  I love them.  They just always look so happy and their lives are so short.  They bloom this morning, gone tonight...day lilies.  You are seeing our first orange of the season.  Some of my mom's hybrids bloomed last week, but this one is the common one.  She found her way into the house and is now hanging with a pitcher of oak leaf hydrangeas.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kitchen Window

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen.  It is very small and narrow with a window over the sink.  Through the window I see the back yard where the garden, fruit trees and flowers grow.  In the winter when there are no leaves on the trees you can see the old farmhouse.

I try to keep the window and the kitchen a cheery place, even though it is small.  For me, the kitchen is the heart of the home and every meal is an act of love.

I share a corner of my kitchen window with you tonight.  I think it is down right inviting.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Oak Leaf

The oak leaf hydrangeas blossomed today.  Yes, I had to bring some in the house.  They are so beautiful, both the plant and flower.  Enjoy your week, give hugs, spread joy, be kind.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Today's Memories

I finally met my great-nephew Aiden today.  He was born when we were in Savannah last week.  He couldn't wait to get here, he made it a month early.  But he and his mom are doing well.  His newborn clothes are way too big but we know he will grow into them soon.

Today was decoration/memorial day where my parents are buried.  I placed flowers on their graves yesterday, as well as on my mom's parents grave and her younger brother and sister's graves.  Most of my mom's family are all at the same cemetery.  Next weekend I take flowers to my dad's parents grave.  I know this is a vanishing tradition, but I have spent my whole life placing flowers on graves on decoration day.  When I was just a child, we packed a picnic lunch and had dinner on the grounds.
I thought nothing of exploring cemeteries with my younger brother. We would look at ancient tombstones and try to imagine what those who were buried there were like when they lived.

My grandmother Mamie would make beautiful paper flowers and then dip them in melted  wax to preserve them.  I would go with her to place them on her family's graves.  Watching her make those flowers is a memory etched forever in my brain.  We would also go through her flower gardens and pick armloads of flowers to place on graves in mason jars filled with water.

At the cemetery where my dad's family are buried, there are many graves so old, there are no markers or tombstones.  Just huge slabs of rocks covering the remains.  Through the years, the mysteries of those rock covered graves have caused many to speculate on those buried there.  Some say Native Americans who died on their way to reservations out west were laid to rest under those massive slabs.
I know each time I walk by them, I feel a tug in my heart and my spirit thinking about those buried in such a way.

I hope you all have had a Happy Mother's Day.  This morning Rick and I made quick trip to Walmart.
As I was getting in the car, a gentleman parked beside us was getting out of his truck.  He wished me a Happy Mother's Day.  I thanked him and told him I would let my dogs know about his wish.  He laughed and said, I bet you are like many other women who don't have kids, you have loved and taken care of too many to count.  We laughed and he asked about our dogs and told us that his brother did rescue dogs too.  Dogs have a way of bringing people together, much like kids.

Here's to a week of kindness.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Rare and Valuable

Our gig today was extremely fun.  Surrounded by incredible artists, smiling faces and seeing good friends all made for a great day.  These days are rare and so very valuable.  They are the jewels in my personal treasure chest.  I hope your Saturday has been a good one as well.  The rain is pouring down, the tea pot is on.  
Good night, Sweet dreams.




Friday, May 10, 2019

Rainy Day

A rainy Friday, but Rick and I needed a rainy day.  It was a day to rest, practice some songs for our gig tomorrow and for him to see the doc about the respiratory stuff he has.  He never gets sick.
So I have teased him about being whinny today, but I don't like it when he feels bad.

It looks like rain for the whole weekend.  It's a busy time of year for a rainy weekend, lots of outdoor events, around here there are "decorations or memorials" and it is Mother's Day weekend.
Ya'll be careful if you are out on the roads.  Monsoonal rains make the roads scary and unsafe.

Rick is better tonight and hopefully he will be his old self by morning.  It won't be the first time we have done a gig with one of us sounding a bit froggy.

Here's hoping you laugh out loud tomorrow, and that kindness knocks on your door.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

I left for work today in the middle of a severe thunderstorm.  That's what my weather app said.
It rained so hard when I looked in the rear view mirror there was nothing but rain.  Wind and lightening added to the festive drive.  I was too afraid to stop.  Never had I been so happy to get to work.

My pain management classes are going well.  Once again I was at full capacity.  It is a challenge, but really rewarding class.  It is an honor to help those in chronic pain.

Rick is still not feeling well, I figure a trip to the doc is on his agenda tomorrow.  Several people I work with have the same nasty crud...all have been to the doc.

Rain and lots of it is in our forecast for the  next three days.  I hope our plants don't float away.

I hope your Friday is sunny and mild.  I hope if it rains, you see a rainbow.  May we all know kindness.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Roles Reversed

Usually Rick is taking care of me.  Tonight I am taking care of him.  We are not sure if he has a cold, allergies or what, but he is miserable with sinus gunk.  He will be the one drinking Breathe Deep tea tonight.  The roles are reversed.

My episodes are getting milder.  Hopefully in another week they will vacate the premises.

Our tomatoes and peppers are blooming, the fruit trees are full and so are the blueberries.  We are so hoping for a banner crop of everything this year.  Rains are moving in tonight, and looks as though for the next several days the monsoons will be upon us.

Tomorrow is my long day, full of classes.  The Art in the Park show we are playing at Saturday has been moved into the local civic center.  All weekend there out door events scheduled, but the rains don't care.

About to make hot tea for Rick.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

More Pics

I am wiped out tonight, but I did want to post a couple of more photos from our weekend.
Enjoy your hump day tomorrow.  The dunes were beautiful, the lighthouse so historic.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Magic

I know many will think I am being sacrilegious when I say this, but I like the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans more than the Gulf of Mexico.  The East and West Coast are so rugged, the waters cold and wild, they make the Gulf seem sort of prissy.  The Gulf with her white sand and emerald waters is pretty, but she doesn't seem as honest and down to earth as the Atlantic and Pacific.

I say all of this because we spent the weekend in Savannah and went out to Tybee Island.  There is a working lighthouse there.  I loved it.  I loved Savannah, her people, the food and the beauty and richness of her culture.  We stayed in a house that was well over 100 years old.  It was the perfect spot to celebrate 45 years of marriage.

My photo tonight is the boardwalk in front of the light house.  It leads out through the dunes, across the shell strewn beach to the water.  The water was so cold you could hear people squeal as the waves hit their bodies.  Little kids ran down the boardwalk, couples strolled hand in hand.  It was the yellow brick road that lead to a day of magic.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Search for the Perfect Dress

I am always looking for the perfect dress.  This one came close, but not quite.  I think I was drawn to the necklace as much as to the dress.  I love wearing dresses and long skirts, but my days are spent in yoga clothes.  

I have been looking for a red dress for a couple of years, I will know it when I find it.
All those years I worked in the apparel business probably scarred me for life.  And the fact that my mom loved clothes as well, I just didn't stand a chance.  Samantha says I have done the same thing to her.  It's a good thing we wear the same size.  She shops my closet often and laughs and says that people ask who her stylist is.

We have had a good anniversary.  Actually, it has been a memorable one.  We will talk more about that later.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams.



Saturday, May 4, 2019

Upswing

A good day.  No episodes or flares.  Lots of rain, so it has been cooler.  I am making sure I drink 64 ounces of water daily, watching my sodium intake and no msg and have added some supplements to the mix as well and getting extra rest.  Today I have walked over 10,000 steps, something I have not done in the last couple of weeks.  Fingers are crossed I am on the upswing.

Tomorrow is our 45th anniversary.   It seems like a life time, it seems like yesterday.  45 years for some is a lifetime, for some they never reach the age of 45...we are lucky, we are blessed, we have worked hard to keep this marriage strong.

May your Sunday be peaceful, may we all know kindness.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, May 3, 2019

John Rose

Our friend John died during the blizzard of 1991.  He had a rare incurable cancer that killed him almost as quickly as the doctors discovered it.  A few years before he died he heard me mention the wild pink seven sister roses that bloomed around so many old barns and houses where we live.  I loved those roses and wanted my own.  He had some on his farm and within a couple of days I had my rose bush.  It is actually a climber and now it covers a large bank down by our mailbox.  I call it the John rose and this week bloomed.  The roses are tiny sweet smelling jewels of shades of pink.
John was unforgettable, a truly larger than life man with a heart of gold.  I could never forget him, but the rose bush just adds to his memory. Each time I get our mail I think of John and remember his kindness and his gift of the John rose.



Thursday, May 2, 2019

Daisy

My mom called them baby daisies.  They are actually a member of the aster family, but I too, will always call them baby daisies.  There are fields of them all around us and when I see them, I think of my mom.

All my life, I have had an affinity for daisies.  As a little girl, Avon had a little girl fragrance called Daisies Won't Tell.  I still remember the smell.  I love Daisies.  When I was nine and would pester my older sister who was senior in high school, she would hand me her literature book and tell me to go read.  To this day, I remember a short poem from that book, "the sunflower ain't the daisy, the daisy ain't the rose, why are we all so anxious to be something else that grows?"

My senior class picked a class flower, yep, it was the daisy.  I love them because they are simple, honest and strong.  And, haven't we all picked those petals at some point whispering, "he loves me, he loves me not."

It has been my long day at work and my hot cup of tea awaits.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Grateful

A visit with the acupuncturist this morning and I made it to work this afternoon.  I am very weak and fatigued but better.  So very grateful for a good day.

Tomorrow is my long day, a two hour group with pain management students and then more regular classes. 

Here's to a Thursday that will be kind to us all.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Normal

Another day at home.  These past couple of days the episodes have not been as violent, but bad enough to keep me from work.  It is discouraging and depressing.  I know this too shall pass, but I want normal. 

It has been a beautiful day.  The world has awaken this spring so quickly and each day seems more incredible than the one before.  There has been the perfect balance of rain, sun and blue skies.
This is the time of year when farm is lush and full of life.  Sitting on the deck, you hear birds sing and the smell of honeysuckle fills the breeze.

I am going to see the acupuncturist tomorrow.  Send me good thoughts.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, April 29, 2019

Jasmine

Another Menieres flare today, didn't make it to work.  Rick is teaching my community class tonight.
The good news, the jasmine is blooming.
Fingers crossed the week gets better.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

How It Should Be

We visited with our sisters on Easter Sunday, but my brother Ricky's family were all going in different directions.  This evening they all came to our house for supper.  Ricky's wife Deb, daughter Sam and daughter-in-laws Alesha and Andrea all made side dishes and desserts.  I roasted a chicken, baked a ham and made potato salad and steamed corn on the cob.  We had a feast.

All the kids seem to love coming to the farm.  Our house is small but there is a big deck and a screen porch and a huge backyard and a swing out back.  They are in constant motion when they are here.
They drank a gallon of tea and a gallon of lemonade today.  Laughter is constant.  It has been a good day.

For much of our married life, holidays were a blur.  We went from house to house, never staying long enough to enjoy the moment.  When Ricky's kids married I told them I never wanted anyone to feel obligated to spend time with us on holidays.  Those times should not be stressful and often they are the most stressful days of the years.  I wanted them to visit when they had time and could enjoy the visit.
It has made a great difference in all our lives.  Celebrations are important, holidays should be spent as joyous occasions, not necessities.

So today, they all stayed for hours.  The kids were exhausted when they left and so were the adults.
Tummies were full.  No one was stressed or looking at their watch.  This is how it should be.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Self-Care

The privets are in full bloom.  I am in pollen overload.  It has been a incredibly beautiful day but windy.  We did some yard work, some garden work and a little house work.  Rick has gone to an Alumni Banquet tonight.  One reunion in a weekend is plenty for me.  But he is taking photos for the paper and the high school website.

I am already in my pjs, watching public television.  I might be awake when he gets home.  I still have some fatigue from the infusion as well.  It is self-care night.

Enjoy your Sunday. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ruby Rose

Almost everyone in my family grows beautiful roses, everyone but me.  In years past I have a couple of wild roses that have thrived, but the really big beautiful ones have just never been part of my green thumb.   Last year my older brother gave me a little miniature rose bush for my birthday.  It was so beautiful and my first thought was oh no, it doesn't stand a chance with me.  But I placed it in the bed with my peonies and it has thrived.  Today it is full of blossoms and buds, I am beyond happy.  It's blossoms are small but fragrant and plentiful.  I named her Ruby after my mom.  She is a stunner.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Gift

 A wonderful surprise when I walked outside this morning, my pink peony had bloomed.  My grandmother Mamie gave her to my mom and my mom gave her to me.  She is around 30 years old.
I love her, because when I look at her I feel my mom and my grandmother's love for me.
She is the gift that has kept on giving.

Twenty four hours with no episode, that is a gift as well.  Today has been a good day. I am grateful.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

All Done

Three and a half hours later, shots are done.  There is definitely some pain now, but the last round of shots gave me almost six months with no episodes.  I trust these will do the same.
I am headed to the sofa and later to bed.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Today

I missed writing my blog last night.  I am in the throes of a  Menieres flare and last night an episode hit hard.  I am much better today, I taught my class this afternoon.  That is the nature of this beast.  There are triggers, but sometimes it just appears with no rhyme or reason.

Tomorrow I am getting shots in the eardrum.  It is not pleasant, but they seem to tame the beast for a few months and that is something I look forward to.  I have learned some good news.  It seems in the recent findings, Menieres lasts about 10 years and then goes away.  This is my 9th year, I am counting the days.

It has been a beautiful spring day here.  Actually perfect weather, 80 degrees in the daytime and 50's at night.  It won't last long and then the heat and humidity of summer will greet us.

I hope your hump day is a good one.  May we all know kindness.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter

We visited with our sisters today.  We stopped by my sister Pat's house first and spent some time with her and her daughters.  We drove over to see Rick's sister Mary Lois.  His younger sister Christie was there and so was Mary Lois'  daughters and several friends.  Our final stop was my oldest sister Nell's house.  Nell is 85, she is an incredible gardener, farmer, keeper of goats and chickens and smiles her way through life.  She truly has been my second mom.  Her yard is filled with beautiful flowers and she can tell you the name of each one.  Spending time with Nell is like a beautiful journey filled with laughter.

I hope your Easter Sunday has been one of peace, reflection, love and family.
The photo of Nell and me made me laugh.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ten Years

Ten years ago today, I wrote my first blog.  I was so unsure about this blog stuff, but Rick convinced me that it was a way to keep in touch with my students and talk about the work I did.  I didn't think anyone would be that interested in what I had to say.

To be honest there are many times I think about stopping, but then one of you will send me a message and I know there is someone out there reading my words.  So many have sent me words of encouragement through the past ten years...words that were sent to me from people I had never met.
But, these people had become friends in this strange and wonderful world of blogging.

Tonight I celebrate all of you and wish that somehow we could all meet.  It would be one giant block party, diverse and interesting, yet with common ground.  Thanks for being my blog friends, I hope our relationship continues to thrive.  I wish you all joy and kindness and good health.

May your Sunday be filled with peace.  May kindness and love wrap around you like a warm blanket.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Holy Night

The storms left a few trees down on the farm last night.  We were lucky, our power stayed on.
It has rained and the wind has blown all day.  One weather forecaster mentioned snow flurries tonight.  I am so glad we have not jumped the gun and planted our garden.  My grandparents and my mom and dad always waited until Easter weekend to plant the bulk of their vegetable garden.  I'm glad we listened to their wisdom.  We plant tomorrow.

Spring flowers are every where.  These lovelies are invasive but I do think they are beautiful when they bloom.  We keep them contained.

Tonight is a holy night for many around the world.  May we all know peace and love.




Thursday, April 18, 2019

Honey

Walking the dogs this  morning there were delightful surprises every few steps.  One of the best, the honeysuckle is blooming.  My favorite spring scents are honeysuckle, peony and gardenia.  Those three are the trifecta of spring scents for me.  Our friends know that our house will be filled with those blossoms and aromas until summer and then zinnias and sunflowers will fill the vases.

Storms have moved in, another line to follow later tonight.  Be safe, be dry, be kind.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Roller Coaster

It is a barometric roller coaster here in Alabama, storms are rolling back through tomorrow.
If you have any physical ailment I can promise you know there is a change in the weather.
Our bodies are around 70 percent water, we feel the phases of the moon as well as the changes in the weather.  We are also in the throes or about to be, of Blackberry Winter.  The blackberry brambles are in full bloom  and cold air is moving in.

I taught meditation classes today.  Those who attended were amazed at what they accomplished in 20 minutes.  I love to see their faces at the end of the session.  They are always shocked that they are able to reach any state of meditation.

I hope your day was a good one.  Tomorrow I start a new class at work, Yoga for Pain Management.
May we all know kindness and joy.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tuesday Thoughts

It's one of those transitional times at work.  All my students that have been so faithful have left, and there are new ones gradually finding their way to yoga.  For me, it is time to plant seeds and see what happens.  That is all I can do, plant seeds, nourish and hope for the best.

I started a new course of study for me today.  It is a course from the University of Minnesota teaching ways to deal with chronic pain.  Since so many of my students at work and community class have pain issues, I hope I will learn some new ways to help them manage pain.  An interesting fact I learned today, more money is spent on health care for chronic pain than for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  We truly are a world in pain.

I have still not recovered from my flare this weekend at the wedding.  I see my doc tomorrow.  It had been months since I had an issue and I know the acupuncture helped so much.  But, something triggered my flare and I need to figure out what and why.

Have a smooth hump day tomorrow, be kind, spread joy.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lovely

A lovely surprise as we walked this morning...my mom and dad loved Iris flowers and they had every color you could imagine.  My sister and I dug up their bed as best we could and transplanted the Iris to our beds.  Mine had bloomed once in the almost 15 years since my mom died.  As walked I gasped when I saw this beautiful white Iris standing proud this morning.  I love that it has bloomed the week of Easter because my mom would try to always have bouquets of Iris in the house during Easter.  She is a gift very  much appreciated today.  Isn't she lovely?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sweet Surprise

I love labyrinths.  Several years ago I did a proposal for one at work.  I thought that the patients would love to do a meditative walk.  But wheels move slow for corporations and I am sure my proposal fell in the trash somewhere.

We were in Gainesville, Fl  this weekend for a wedding.  Actually we were in the bride's parents wedding 33 years ago in NYC and were delighted to be a part of this celebration this weekend.
Her parents wedding was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been a part of...Sarah's wedding was one of the most poignant.  As she and her dad danced the daughter/father dance a recording of her dad saying goodnight to her when she was a toddler was played.  Hearing her sweet little voice and the love in her dad's goodnight...well, there was not a dry eye in the house.

I digress.  While in Gainesville, we spent Saturday morning at the Botanical Gardens there.
They have a beautiful grass labyrinth.  I fell in love.  Now I am trying to convince Rick we need one here on the farm.   I think I might finally get a labyrinth.

We are both really tired, but it's a good tired.  To see old friends and make new ones is always worth a road trip.  The labyrinth was just a sweet surprise.  I love that it was formed with grass.

Friday, April 12, 2019

First

It's already tick season.  Yep the first one got me on my shoulder today.  Got dressed and kept wondering why my shoulder itched and asked Rick to check it out.  I heard him say, uh...and then another uh, and I knew...You once have been bitten by a tick, you always know that sensation.

Living in a warm moist climate you learn tick first aid at a young age.  Last summer I had several bites but thankfully tested negative for Lyme.  We will watch this spot the next few days.

Some of the weather guys are saying we might miss the bullet on the nasty storms this weekend, keeping my fingers crossed.

I hope your Friday has been a good one.  Enjoy your Saturday and if you are anywhere near these nasty storms, keep an eye to the sky.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Beautiful Day

It has been such a beautiful day but the weather guys are saying stormy weather is headed our way Saturday night and early Sunday morning.  Prayers and fingers crossed that Mother Nature runs out of steam with all the snow she has dumped on those west and north of us and the tornadoes just don't exist.

We are under a wind advisory for now so I'm sure there will limbs o'plenty to pick up around the farm the next couple of days.

I am a wee bit tired tonight, so I think me and my cup of hot tea are going to call it quits.  Enjoy your Friday, be kind and  spread some joy.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tree Hugger

A very busy hump day, it seems as if the more I tried to slow down the faster things came.
I am so ready for bed.

The picture that I am posting tonight is just a partial showing of the trunk/roots of a water oak in front of our house.  My dad planted it probably 30 years ago and it is a magnificent tree.
We have had so much rain that a great deal of its trunk is moss covered which adds to its beauty.
It holds a special place in my heart and I love that it is one of the first trees you see when you come into our driveway.  The other tree you see is also one planted by my dad. It
is a giant dogwood and right now it looks like a big fluffy cloud.   I admit, I am a tree hugger.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Happy Daisies

Some years these yellow daisies are every where and then like this spring we only have one small patch.  I love seeing them, they always look so happy.  Hopefully our wildflower meadow will have many of these happy flowers.

Tomorrow is hump day.  Spread some joy.  Find some happy daisies.

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Four Agreements

On my board today, The Four Agreements.

1.  Be impeccable with your word.

2.  Don't take anything personally.

3. Don't make assumptions.

4. Always do your best.

These come from the book of Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
It is a book that I recommend to my students.  If you are looking for an interesting read that is uplifting and enlightening I suggest you give it a read.

It has been a good Monday, though we had tornadoes in the county next to us this morning and are expecting more storms tonight.  It is that time of year in Alabama.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Apple Blossom Time

Our old apple tree is in full bloom.  I love apple blossoms, their color and their fragrance.  The bees are loving the tree as well.  I could not resist today, I had to break a couple of branches and bring them inside.  What can I say, they make me happy just to look at them.  I also added a stem of fresh mint, a nice little twist.

I wish you a Monday full of peace, kindness and great joy.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Coal Fest

We played the Coal Fest in Parish Alabama today.  This is the heart of coal mining here in Alabama and there were tributes to those who spent their lives providing fuel for those all over the world.  Sadly, quite a few through the years have given their lives and health for this energy source as well.

My dad was a retired coal miner who died with black lung.  Several times during our set I thought of him and got a lump in my throat.  He went into the coal mines when he was 12 years old for 25 cents a day.  I cannot even fathom that today.

Several of our friends came to hear us and we greatly appreciated their presence.  The stage was in the center of the high school football field and the noon sun was oppressive.  Thank goodness for cold water, sun glasses and straw hats.

We had a good time and hope the Fest was successful.  There were many smiling faces.

Enjoy your Sunday.  Ours will hopefully be one of rest.


Friday, April 5, 2019

Anthony

My nephew Haven and his son Anthony came by to pick up our surviving chicken today, Sweetie Pie.
Haven and wife Alesha are expecting another little boy the end of May.  Anthony was talking to me about becoming a big brother.  He told me that he would love his little brother and feed him but he would not change diapers.   Then he smiled and said"daddy has diaper duty/doodie, get it?" and he just laughed.  He is 8 years old and loves cracking jokes.

Still dealing with the remains of the migraine but its getting better,  just want to our gig tomorrow and be our best.

Enjoy the photo of Anthony tonight, he is such a cutie.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

We had a really enjoyable gig this morning.  We entertained at a meeting for retired school teachers and they were delightful.  It was a joy to repay in some small way all their years of sacrificing in the class room.

My migraine is still with me, but better.  We did our gig, and then I went to work this afternoon.  I was not at my best and am still not, but much better than yesterday.  I would never wish a migraine on my worst enemy.  Rick's sister called this evening, her daughter is in the throes of her first ever migraine.  All I can ever tell anyone is I hope you find relief, because I walk  in your shoes.

The rains came this afternoon.  As I drove home from work there were bands of yellow pollen in the mud puddles, maybe by tomorrow it will be gone.

Tomorrow is my off day and I am so ready for one.  Then Saturday we have a gig at an outdoor festival.  Sunday will be rest day.

I hope your weekend brings joy.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Azaleas Awake

Probably the result of all the pollen, but a migraine hit hard and heavy after lunch today and I didn't make it into class.  Better tonight so hopefully it is a done deal.
Walking the dogs this morning I saw the azaleas starting to bloom.  Spring has awaken them from their winter's slumber.  They shimmered in the dappled morning light.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Feeling

Walking the dogs today, I kept looking for  the bees to swarm.  I know it's strange, but I looked at the peach tree several times today.  I just felt they were going to swarm.

When I got home from work this evening Rick met me at the door saying "guess what".  Yep, the bees swarmed.  He got Samantha to come over and video him getting the swarm.  I am sure he will post it on his blog in the next day or so.  Suddenly these bees are hatching queens left and right.
We started with two hives, we have evolved into four.  Ok, enough is enough bee family.

We have been practicing for our gigs.  One is Thursday morning for a private event, the other is Saturday at a festival.  The pollen is so bad, we both a little raspy.  My voice always has a great deal of vibrato and now there's raspiness as well.  This will be interesting.

I am loving our Outback.  So far it has exceeded my expectations.

Hump Day tomorrow.  I hope you laugh out loud at least once, twice would be even better.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 1

April 1...Easter comes later this month

April 1...blackberry winter happens this month

April 1...were you fooled today?

April 1...50 today and 80 degrees by the end of this week, freeze warning last night

April 1...on the 27th in 2011 our state was devastated by tornadoes

April 1... a wedding to attend soon and two reunions

April 1...slowly the garden work is done, still a chance of frost mid-month

April 1... April is so fickle weather wise and can be so stormy

April 1...Easter eggs, bunnies and jelly beans

April 1...I miss getting a new Easter dress each year

April 1...don't like hunting Easter eggs, but love decorating them

April 1...jelly beans are good, but I love those Cadbury eggs too

April 1...Samantha's birthday is April 2, seems like yesterday she was Jordan's age

April 1...all my spring and summer clothes washed and hanging in my closet

Sunday, March 31, 2019

March 31

Two gigs this week so we did some practice today.  We also did some grocery shopping and Rick did some bee work.  It got darn cold last night and has been chilly today.  But  at least the rain washed away some pollen for now.  Next pollen beast to come will be the privets, and they are nasty.

Tomorrow starts a brand new month.  What happened to March?  My birthday just came and went.
March 23 started my 67th trip around the sun, wow who knew when I was 18 just how fast the years would move . 

I hope April and this new week starts with joy and ends with joy and all that comes in between is kindness.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Saturday, March 30, 2019

A Good Saturday

Rick worked this afternoon.  I made very good use of my time as well.  I cleaned out my closet.
And as usual when I do this, a cold front comes through.  That's ok.  The sound of pouring rain tonight is music.  You can see the sticky yellow film of pollen washing off the roof and trees.
At least I know tomorrow when we walk the dogs my breath will come easy.

I also did my first spring bouquets.  A gathering of dogwood blossoms in a blue pottery pitcher on the kitchen table and a mix of wild honeysuckle and camellias for the bathroom.

Rick brought home Chinese carry out, we will watch the Brits on PBS tonight and all is well.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Vision Complete

Three years after I posted a photo of it on my vision board ( even the same color) I got my Outback today.  I love it.  For us and our needs it is the perfect vehicle.  The Outback on my vision board was a 2016, same color of blue.  Today we bought a one owner 2016 blue Outback with only 27000 miles on it.  I am beyond thrilled.

I did another acupuncture treatment today.  They are working so well.  For the first time in several years I feel truly hopeful about my health and confident enough that we can start planning trips that were on the back burner because we never knew when the flares would happen.

I hope your Friday has been a good one.  I hope that someone showed you kindness today and that you were able to return or pass it on.  My Volvo was named Ingrid, the Outback shall be called Buddha.  We will spread kindness where ever we go.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wild Flowers, Wild Day

If you read Rick's post tonight then you know I found our bee swarm as I walked the dogs this morning.  Taz, Calliou and Lady were not interested, but Hook wanted to dig up the peach tree.  I had visions of him covered in bees.

I got all the dogs back to the house and sent Rick a text.  We thought that when we had our first swarm one of the bee masters could come help us.  Nope, not today.  Rick did an admirable job, but we will know in the day or so if he captured the queen.

Our wild honeysuckles are blooming now.  They are scattered throughout the woods in various shades of pale pink to almost red.  A few years ago we transplanted one to our back yard.  She was a stunner this morning.

Tomorrow I see the acupuncturist and pick up our Outback.  It is not new, but will be new for me.
So excited.  Enjoy your Friday and always choose to be kind.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Anxiety

Another good day with Jordan.  He brought his new books over this morning.  He was so excited to show us what he got.  Once again can I say how thrilled we are that he loves to read.

My men's class today was full.  The guys had experienced a difficult day so I taught a class on using yoga to help with anxiety.  One of the big issues that people often experience with anxiety is that they can't take a deep breath and because they can't take a deep breath they get more anxious.
So with yoga I teach to not focus on a deep breath, to breath as normal as possible and to focus on the exhalation instead.
When you begin to exhale slowly and controlled, the respiratory rate slows, and stress response slows down as well.

Each breath we took, each pose we did, I encouraged the guys to focus on exhaling slow with control.  Something else to remember, those two questions I always ask...Where are you?  Here.
What time is it?  Now.   Be here now. 

Something else we did, very simple balance poses.  Those rapid thoughts that fly through your mind begin to slow down as you concentrate on balance.  ( this works before you go to bed at night too)
You can do something as simple as standing on your tip toes and breathing.  Or you can place one hand on the wall or back of a chair and extend the opposite leg behind you.  Or place one hand on the back of a chair, now raise the opposite arm and lift opposite knee.  And BREATH slowly and exhale even slower.

Tomorrow I will observe the young woman I recently trained and certified as an instructor as she teaches her first official class.  I know she will be awesome.

My tea awaits.  May Thursday bring kindness and joy to us all.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Books

Jordan spent most of the day with us.  We had given him a gift card to Books A Million for his birthday.  His mom took him to the bookstore on Saturday to spend it.  When he got here this morning he spent an hour telling us in great detail about the books he got.  I love the fact that he gets excited about books.  Just like his mom, and his Uncle Rick and Aunt Jilda he can spend hours in a bookstore.  Most of us in my family love to read, I think my mom passed it down or maybe it just ended up in our DNA.  But I appreciate the fact that she encouraged reading and always had books around.

Rick bought me a new book for my birthday.  The Martha Manual by Martha Stewart,  or how to do (almost) everything.  It is an amazing book with directions on everything from painting your house to knitting to taking care of pets and most everything in between.

Not sure if it's the high pollen count, the weather changes or maybe  we both picked up a bug, but Rick and I both have not felt the best today.  Not really sick, but achy and fatigued and out of sorts, it's just very unusual for both of us not to feel well at the same time.

Our hot tea awaits and so does bed.  I am excited about both.
Goodnight
Sweet dreams

Monday, March 25, 2019

Lemon

I smelled a delightful fragrance in our house this morning.  I knew what it was.  Our Meyer lemon tree is blooming.  I hope we have a good crop this year.  Nothing like them.  I always make a lemon pound cake and it is the best.  Mondays are busy and I am so ready for hot tea and bed.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Zipped By

This weekend has just zipped by.  Today has zipped as well.  I suppose it is because the past three days have been jammed.  Even today, which we tried to keep contained and laid back was the opposite.
But much was accomplished and that is good.

The last few days have been beautiful spring days, but Alabama springs bring storms.  Tomorrow they come.  Hopefully the weather guys are wrong and we just get much needed rain.  Everything outdoors now is a pale shade of yellow.  Wind only moves it around.  It takes a lot of rain to wash the air clean when it is full of tree pollen.

The last week of March is upon us.  Enjoy your Monday and always be kind.  Can you believe it is almost April?

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Overflowing

It has been one of the best birthdays I have ever had.  Friends and family have called, texted and sent cards and letters.  I have received messages that made me cry because they were so loving.
We had lunch today with my best friend Kaye and her husband Jamie at the Cajun Steamer and the food and company was awesome.

We have found a car, and our sales rep has requested it be be brought to Birmingham.  So it looks as if sometime next week we will have a vehicle. 

My day started with a trip to the eye doc, eyes swollen from allergies but it has been such a beautiful day filled with so much kindness that I have cried several times.  Now my eyes are swollen from tears of joy.

The photo is mine and Samantha's rescue garden.  When she was 9 years old she and I went into the woods behind the barn and dug up wild flowers because the company that owned the property  was having it clear cut.  She will be 29 on April 2.  I showed the little spot to Jordan this afternoon and told him the story.  ( I don't think he was impressed.)

I hope your day has been as wonderful as mine.  Tonight my heart is overflowing with gratitude for the love and kindness that I have been showered with today.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams
 

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.