Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Purple Patch

Today I am so grateful for the beauty of nature.  A gentle reminder that life is always good.
I did my first video for work today for my pain management class.  Being on camera, doing a lecture and teaching a class is exhausting but I am so happy that I can do this.  Storms are supposed to  move in after midnight. I hope we are not in for a bumpy ride.  Everyone stay safe.

Be kind, stay well.  I hope this patch of purple violets makes you smile.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tonight

Thanks to those of you who went to my website jilda.com and watched/participated my class.
Every class is different.   The first one I did was really to help with anxiety.  The next two were shorter classes, one for lower back and hips, the other for the upper body.  The one last night included a moon salutation which is wonderful for those who have sleep issues.  Moon salutations are sequenced so that stressed areas of the body are targeted and the body relaxes for sleep.  Most of the time the classes are around 45 minutes.  I hope ya'll continue to enjoy them, a new one will be posted next Monday evening.

This social distance/shelter in place is at times, surreal.  Some days it is easy and then there are days I would give anything to meet someone for lunch or see someone at the grocery store and hug. I miss working on site, being face to face with my students.  I am scared for all those I know in the medical field, those I know who are doing essential service work, for my family and friends. I find myself holding my breath and then I have to gulp for air.  I want to create, but  I am not sure where my creative energies might take me at this point.

Tonight I am grateful that rain is falling.  I needed the sound of rain on our tin roof, knowing that at least the pollen was being washed away...if only the rain would wash this virus away.

May we all be safe, may we be kind.


Monday, April 6, 2020

Dog Yoga

We did another video for my website this afternoon.  We haven't posted yet, it's still loading.
Doing these videos at home has brought something wonderful to my attention.  Although Hook is deaf, when he becomes aware that I am teaching my yoga class, he walks in, lays down and within seconds falls asleep.  He can't hear me, but somehow he feels the peacefulness and calm and sleeps soundly.

Im most of the classes you see or hear him snoring.  In today's class at the beginning Taz spots my yoga shoes, looks around and then grabs one and sneaks away.  Not everyone might like my class, but they are entertaining.

Don't forget if you want to do yoga with me, go to my site.  jilda.com

stay safe, stay well, be kind

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Planting

We planted again today, we are doing a lot of that these days.  Today in our raised beds, we planted tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers.  We planted basil in pots.  Tomorrow we plant crookneck squash and bush beans in the garden.  We also planted strawberries.  I am a bit tired.

I am grateful for beautiful weather.  I am thankful for health.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dogwood Shimmers

Rick and I sat in the back yard this afternoon after gardening most of the day, just basking in the beauty that surrounds us.  We both agreed, this has been one of the most beautiful springs  in a long time.  Nature is showing us that slowing down is not so bad.

Our dogwood  shimmered in the the sun today.

Enjoy your day tomorrow, I hope it is filled with peace and good health.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Waiting Welcome

I miss friends and family knocking on our door.
Most of our daily routines have not changed, I am still teaching yoga ( by video), Rick is still writing for the paper, and farm work never changes.
Spring is when we start having friends and family over, for cook outs, etc.   Maybe by summer.

Stay well, wash your hands, keep your distance, be kind.

Tomorrow we are going out for supplies.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Buckeye Bee

The buckeyes are blooming and every sort of bee imaginable has been enjoying their blossoms.

Stay well, wash your hands, keep your distance, shelter at home and be kind.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Blackberry Winter

Blackberries are blooming and blackberry winter came to visit yesterday.  It was rainy and cold, in the 50's, down in the 40's last night and again tonight.
Warmer tomorrow. 

Last year the blackberries bloomed and then heat and drought hit.  There was no crop.  Hopefully this year Mother Nature will take pity on the farmer, bless our crops and give us a bountiful harvest of fruits and veggies.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Rescue Iris

One of my favorite plants that Sam and I planted in our rescue garden, wild iris...so tiny, so perfect.

Stay well, keep your distance, wash your hands.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Stay Well

First apple blossom of the season!
I love the fragrance and the color.
This put a smile on my face this morning.

Stay well, be kind, wash your hands, please practice social distancing.

My beloved cousin died this evening
Covid 19

As a good friend so sadly said last week, soon the numbers will become names.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Tree

What can I say, we live in a forest, I am a tree hugger. My morning walking trail.

Be kind, stay well.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Look Up

Another busy day on the farm.  We planted two more elderberry bushes today and I worked in my flower beds out back.

But, we always take time for a walk.  Today was a good day to "look up."

Wishing you peace, kindness and good health.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Hairy Vine

This is such a strange vine growing up the side of this tree.  It looks rather hairy, bigger than my arm and almost reaches the top of the tree.  It reminds me of those that Tarzan use to swing on in the movies when we were kids.

We did our routine spring spruce up today.  Reclaimed the screened porch and moved plants to the deck, suddenly the house felt twice as big.

Be safe, be well, be kind.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Today

Jordan and I made dog treats today.  As we were baking, he asked if humans could eat them.  Of course I said, look at the ingredients...flour, peanut butter, canned pumpkin, eggs and a bit of water.
We decided to use shooting star cookie cutters.  After they had baked, and he walked across the grass to his house he told me he couldn't wait to eat one in front of his mom.  Not sure how that went over.

We got word today the rest of our school year the kids here in Alabama will be homeschooled.  Jordan is worried about his best friend.  It seems his parents are divorced and he doesn't have a computer. I just didn't know what to say to him.  He asked if the state would provide computers for kids that don't have them.  All I could say, I don't know.

Most of our nieces and nephews are like Jordan, they love school.  They miss their friends, their gatherings, they are afraid...so are we adults.

Be kind, stay well, keep your distance.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Escape

I have always had a very active imagination.  I swear I had tiny fairies as friends when I was a child.
Today as we walked I yearned to follow this magical hole in this ancient tree and escape for just a while, a world gone mad.  When Samantha was small, we watched every episode of David the Gnome and we always looked for them ( the gnomes) when we walked in the woods.

Today Samantha's company ( she has worked for them for over 9 years as a PTA) sent her home, no benefits, no insurance ,nothing.  She is broken hearted, they always told her she was the best.
We will get through this, but I find myself saying every day...the companies who turn their backs on their employees will never get a cent of my money when this is over.  I am keeping a list and checking it twice.  She is not the first this has happened to, almost daily for the past week some one I know has lost their job and most like her were left with nothing.  I know some companies are doing right by their employees, but there is a part of corporate America that has no soul.

Rant over, this too shall pass,

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Love and Hope

We call it the Rescue Garden.  Samantha was around 9 years old, the corporation that owned the land behind us was clear cutting the forest we had walked through her whole life.  She and I walked down through the woods one afternoon after the pulp cutters had left and dug up wild iris and anything else that we could carry back to the house.  It's a tiny garden, but one filled with love and hope.

That's what I wish for the world tonight, love and hope...and healing.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Number 68

There are several wild redbuds blooming on our property now.  We planted two more last week.  They are so beautiful, very light and delicate.

Today was my 68th trip around the sun.  It has been a good one.  I am overwhelmed by the well wishes on FB, the calls and the cards I have gotten.

I baked myself a lemon pound cake, made mango sorbet and enjoyed the day.  Most of the day it rained,  but there were moments when the drops stopped and we walked.

We haven't left the farm since last Thursday.  We might venture out for a few supplies tomorrow.
We will see.

Stay well, be kind.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Busy Sunday

Rainy and cold this morning, but the sun came out after  lunch, the sky was blue and what a beautiful day it became.  We hung our hummingbird feeders yesterday, two came for a visit and food today.
We did another song video today, sure Rick will post it on his blog at some point.  We also did my Monday night yoga class video.  It will post on jilda.com at 7:00 tomorrow night.  Join us for class.

The azaleas are in full bloom now.  Driving down the road in front of our house is quite picturesque.
Be kind, stay well.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Changes

How quickly change can come.  A week ago the woods were whispering spring, today after last night's rain, spring announced herself in all her glory.  Just a reminder, we will not be in this state of flux for ever, everything changes.
Be kind to your self and others.



Friday, March 20, 2020

A Gift

And just like that, spring appeared, the sun came up and we are still standing.  Like all of you, we are trying to maintain normal.  As weird as it might sound, I keep telling myself that all this time at home is a gift.  A gift to do so many things I didn't have time for....music, art, catching up with friends, major house cleaning, planting, reading, etc.  Trying to really watch the amount of time on social media as well.  Tonight there is a pouring rain, washing all the sticky pollen away...I can breathe.
Nature is bursting at the seams here, every day the beauty just takes inspires me.  This morning the wild honeysuckle/azalea  bloomed, dogwoods are next.

Stay well, wash your hands, be kind.  This too shall pass.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Bouquet of Violets

Still looking for the beauty every day.  Reminding myself to be grateful and not lose hope.
Tonight I give you a bouquet of violets.  Even though times are frightening right now,  here  nature is reminding us daily that spring is bringing forth life all around us.  So far, the sun has come up every morning, I am thankful.

Take care, wash your hands, stay home as much as possible.  Get fresh air and sunshine when you can.
Take a walk, talk with a friend, read a good book, stay hydrated...and breathe.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Flowers and A Song for You

Walking the dogs every morning is quite an adventure.  Besides the energy that they expend, the incredible beauty of spring is a feast for the eyes.  There is a surprise around every corner.
This bunch of tiny purple flowers was my surprise today.

Here is a link to a song that we wrote, homemade video on the back deck, birds chirping free of charge.   Hope you find the song as inspirational as some of our friends have

















Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A bit of green, not shamrocks or clover, but still a bit of green.

Happy St. Patrick's Day...corn beef and cabbage and potatoes are perfect comfort food.

Be kind.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Free

I taught my last community class tonight, for awhile.  I took loads of handouts and made plenty of copies of relaxation cds.  Spirits were good, we needed to be together, to breathe and remember how to calm and ground our selves.   This weekend I will start filming videos of my classes and putting them on my website, jilda.com

Classes will be free, there are free meditations to download there as well.  Plans are for the videos to start on Monday.  Please feel free to visit.

I urge you all to breathe, to get outside, to walk, to look for beauty.  Keep in touch with family and friends.  Eat healthy.  This too shall pass.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday Thoughts

My brother Ricky is doing good, but there is one other small artery blocked and they are doing another stent in the morning and he should be home by Tuesday.  Thanks for all your prayers and love.

It has been a chilly damp day.  Tomorrow should be warmer.  We need to get dog food and chicken feed and a bit of produce.  Hoping tomorrow some of the craziness has slowed down and we can pick up what we need. 

I hope this day has been a peaceful one for you.  I hope in the midst of fear, you have been kind, and found moments of gratitude.  Don't forget to breathe.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Ups and Downs

It has been a long day, good and difficult, I am grateful for all.  My younger brother Ricky, Jordan's grandad who lives next door, had a heart attack this morning.  The artery at the back of the heart, 95% blocked, but tonight he is doing good.  He is in ICU, a stent was put in.  Tomorrow there will be tests to determine if there was any damage, prayers, thoughts, healing energy, love and what ever else you got will be appreciated.

My older sister Pat celebrated her 77th birthday today.  We went down to her house for birthday cake and time with her family.  We got our picture made with our great, great niece.   I love the picture I am sharing tonight,  Good times and celebrations are important and we should try to keep them a part of our lives even in these scary times. 

We can't let fear take away our humanity.  We can't let isolation bring loneliness and despair.
We can't let greed destroy our kindness and rob us of our joy.  Call your family, friends and neighbors, text each other.  Don't let these times destroy gratitude, joy and finding the beauty around you.  Spend some time in your back yard, if you are off from work, don't dwell on the darkness, do your hobby, read a book, do a home project, plant some flowers.  Look up at the sky, listen to the birds, slow down for a moment, take care, stay calm.  This too shall pass. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Fresh Potatoes

Had hoped we would have potatoes by St Patrick's Day, we won't but they are doing great.  Can't wait for those little new fresh steamed potatoes.

Enjoy your Saturday.  Be kind.  Stay calm. Wash your hands

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Yin and Yang

We got up this morning to this...yin and yang.   I keep a dog cover on that love seat, and occasionally one of them will decide to hang out on it.   This was a first.    Well over a 150 pounds of dogs, I'm not sure how they both got there together.  But it was a peaceful, sweet moment.

Enjoy your Friday.  Be kind.  Wash your hands, stay home if you don't feel well.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Flu Be Gone

It seems everyone I know has at least one family member with flu.  It also seems that flu has lasted for way too long this season.  Instead of a rain dance, I think it's time to do a make the flu disappear dance.

This evening is one of those times, when the energy has left my body.  Time for hot tea and a warm and cozy bed.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday Transformation

A rainy cloudy morning turned into a beautiful afternoon and that afternoon brought an incredible sunset.  If you had told me this morning that the day would go the way it has I would have doubted and probably laughed.  Surprises can be awfully good sometimes.

The bees were just about causing traffic jams on the blueberry blossoms this afternoon.  Not only honey bee, but bumble bees, all sorts of bees.  I think they were intoxicated from all the pollen and sweetness of the flowers.  It was a sight to behold, all those bees.  You could feel their vibrations in the air and hear their buzz.

We have also had an early arrival of one single yellow butterfly.  Hook has chased him all afternoon.  I am sure that butterfly just laughs at that big goofy dog as he tries his best to catch him.

Be kind tomorrow, stay healthy, wash your hands and spread some joy.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, March 9, 2020

Rosemary

She has bloomed most of the winter...and continues blooming.  The bees love the flowers, we love the plant.  This rosemary bush, she has been with us around 20 years.  I use her leaves and twigs constantly when I cook.  I use them in the spring and summer mixed with flowers from the garden.  I love her.  She is like an old friend.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Perspective

" some people are so poor, all they have is money."
- Bob Marley

This resonates with me on so many levels.  I used it as my quote on my board at work this week.
When my pain management students came, they sat and shook their heads as I read them the quote.
Sometimes in my classes I talk about abundance, true abundance and how to recognize abundance in your life.  It's like success, many equate success with money.  Occasionally I make a check list in my daily planner or journal of the abundance in my life and the success of that day.  Sometimes abundance is a day of good health and success is a day without stress.  Those days I am rich.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Bee Camellia

Our camellia bloomed today and the honey bees love her. 

There were blue skies and lots of sunshine today.
Tonight there is an incredible almost full moon.

Daylight Savings springs into action tonight.  I am not a fan.

Hot tea awaits.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, March 6, 2020

A Tree Day

Our house smells wonderful.  When I came home from work yesterday, a clean yet sweet smell wafted  through the great room.  I knew what it was.
Walking to the garden doors leading out to the deck the fragrance grew stronger,  my meyer lemon tree is covered in buds and blossoms.

Last year the crop was a dud.  Year before last, we had a great crop...I made lemon pound cakes, lemonade, lemon sauce for salmon.  Fresh meyer lemons are incredible.  Fingers crossed,  that we have a large crop this year.  I will keep you posted.

This morning we stood for almost an hour in the cold to buy trees from the forestry association.  We are the proud owners of red buds, sweet shrubs, holly, plum, paw paw, sour wood, fringe tree and more.  Tomorrow we plant trees.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Surprises

The rain and warmer temps have brought new surprises every day.  This one greeted me this morning.  A tiny purple hyacinth pushing through the soil and grass to greet the spring.

I heard from a blog friend last night, another nice surprise.

Don't you love surprises?

I had a student last night in my corporate class who got a surprise...and it was a very good one.
The first class I taught, I noticed a young man and how stressed he was.  During savasana he was so stressed that in first class his shoulders never touched the mat when he lay down.
Last night, his chest opened, his shoulders relaxed and touched his mat, and he fell asleep.  That young man found true relaxation, he was surprised.  I know not all surprises are good ones, but enjoy the happy ones and breathe through the rough ones.  Time for a cup of hot tea.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Drops


The rains continue, but there is a magical quality about all the droplets clinging to everything.    I love the translucent drops on the cedar branches today.

It's been a good hump day.  Be kind tomorrow, spread some joy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hydrangeas in the Rain

Dried hydrangeas in the rain have a unique beauty.  Soon the leaves will start to unfurl and by May the pale creamy blossoms will appear.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Fascinating

Winds are always blowing trees down, chain saws are an important tool here.  This one blew down a few years ago and this is just the stump lying on the ground.  I find the moss, the texture, the rings, the bark...everything about this is fascinating to me

I think anytime you spend outdoors if you let yourself be aware, you will be amazed.

Another rainy Monday and it seems more rain for most of the week.  We have great raincoats!

Be kind, if it's Super Tuesday where you live, go vote tomorrow.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 1

March 1....came in like a lamb for today, but becomes a lion tomorrow

March 1...meteorologists consider this the first day of spring, me, I wait for the equinox on the 19th

March 1... my nephew James, my niece Becky, her son Jared, my sister in law Deb, my niece Dani,
my sister Pat, my friend Keith,  my late friend Ron,  and me....all our birthdays are this month. Wow.

March 1...in 1993 we had a blizzard in March, 18 inches of snow

March 1...just a few years ago, we had snow on March 1...there is hope

March 1...this is the month when the earth awakens, everything seems to bloom at once

March 1...St. Patrick's Day, I cook a very traditional Irish meal

March 1...5-6 inches of rain expected this week

March 1...one day you wear your coat, the next day a tee shirt...some years we have spring, some years we go straight to summer

March 1...spring break

March 1...my favorite spring meal...fresh green peas, steamed new potatoes and grilled salmon

March 1...white jeans come out of the closet

March 1...as much as I love winter, it's exciting to see the world awaken

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Mossy Paths

Even though it' s been cold, the rains have continued, 5 more inches expected by Wednesday, maybe more.

The moss is loving the rain.  Our trails have turned into mossy paths.  There are places where I swear you could see fairies dance if you looked long enough.  I think David the Gnome might have moved in as well.

It's been a beautiful sunny day with a cold wind, warmer tomorrow as the rains prepare to move in.
May your Sunday be peaceful, may you be kind.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Surprise


 Winter sunsets brighten the dreariest of cold days.  This morning we had a chance of snow flurries ( didn't see any) and this afternoon the sun came out and set the sky on fire as darkness spread across the heavens.  Mother Nature gives the best surprises.



Thursday, February 27, 2020

Germs

Not sure how things are where you all live, but here for the past few months, flu, strep, stomach bugs, migraines have raged.  It seems almost every one I know, young, old and in between has had some sort of ailment.  We had a flu outbreak at work before Christmas, another one after and now once again there is flu.  Our local schools have flu and strep.  I think the cold rainy season has kept everyone indoors so much the germs have just gone wild.  Sorta like germs on steroids. 

So I continue to wash my hands all throughout the day.  I take airborne when ever I leave home and I also take elderberry capsules daily.  I am constantly telling family and friends, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.  Don't touch your face, cough into your elbow, the CDC should cut me a check.   If I go grocery shopping I go early morning when it's not crowded,
Soon the days will be longer and warmer and folks will spend more time outdoors, hopefully things will quiet down.

It was cold today, but the sun was shinning bright.  Tomorrow will be a few degrees warmer with more sun, the bees will love it.

A cup of hot rose tea awaits me.  Goodnight, Sweet dreams.
Tomorrow...be kind.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

First Violets

Windy, rainy and cold today.  The dogs and we humans had to walk.  As we walked the last lap, there on the mossy stones of our walkway, two tiny purple violets braved the weather.
Spring is not far behind.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Kodak Runs

The new dog, Kodak is boundless energy.  We take him for long walks every morning, well we walk and he runs.  Usually Lady ( Jordan's dog) and Hook run for awhile, but then Hook prefers to dig and Lady likes to walk and Kodak just runs.  Jordan has a busy schedule but a few days a week he comes by and runs with Kodak. 

Kodak loves Jordan and loves to run with him.  Jordan can actually run as fast as Kodak which is amazing to watch.  This afternoon I called Jordan and asked if he could come run with Kodak.
Kodak was beside himself when he saw Jordan bounding up the hill to our house.
There was method to my madness...I am sure Jordan is sleeping like a baby, Kodak certainly is.

More rain and cooler temps moving in tonight, but it was a mild day with moments of sunshine.
I hope your Wednesday brings joy, remember to be kind.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Pink Kisses

No, they are not blooming yet, but each day when I walk by our apple trees I send them love.
Love for the incredible fruits they give us, but also love for the fragrant blossoms each spring.

If you have never smelled the softness of apple blossom,  give yourself a wonderful gift this spring and visit an orchard while the trees are blooming.

Apple trees blooming are a treat for your senses.  You start with the variations of pink in the flowers, the rich greens in the leaves and then that cloud of soft fragrance wraps you in a kiss.

It's cold and rainy tonight, it was cold and rainy all day.  I made banana nut bread, we had a cup of hot tea and all was right with the world.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Pink Jewel




She's budding now, but this is how she looked last year.  I am hoping that the blooms are this beautiful. Our friends, Kaye and Jamie gave her to me a few years ago.  She is a jewel on dreary winter days.

Today we drove by the house where my parents use to live.  My mom had planted two camellia bushes at their walk way.  They are at least twelve feet tall now and full of red blossoms.

Driving by and seeing those shrubs full of blooms was like a hug from my mom.

This is the last week of February.  Enjoy these next few days, spring will be here before you know it.

 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Waiting


This photo is from last year.  We have had so much rain and cold, it just doesn't seem right not to have snow.  I keep waiting...

Hot tea awaits me.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday Thoughts

Sunny but cold today.  The dogs loved it.  Kodak could run for hours if we let him.  Hook hangs with him for about forty five minutes and then he's ready for a nap.  Taz looks at both of them as if they were aliens.

Jordan did great at the Beta Club Convention.  He placed 5th in the state for language arts so he goes to Ft. Worth Texas for nationals in June.  We are just a wee bit proud.

My niece Jayna came by for a chat, and we chatted way past our bedtime.  Time for sweet dreams.
Enjoy your Saturday, be kind, spread joy.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Nature

I brought in branches from our apricot tree a few days and put them in a vase.  Tonight I noticed they were blooming.  Even though it is in the 20's here tonight, I have vases of daffodils, forsythia, and apricot blossoms in our house.  When I walked in from work this evening, though it was damp and cold outside the blossoms made the house warm and cozy.

My sister in law Deb has a huge peace plant in their living room.  She has had pneumonia and I cooked food for she and my brother Ricky this week.  When I sat down to chat for a moment, she said look at my plant.  There were big beautiful white blooms in the midst of all those deep green leaves.  That plant makes their living room so inviting.

I love nature.  I believe with all my heart that we are a part of all living things.  I read once that when the earth suffers, all living things suffer.  I believe that.  I know this, that I can be down, I can be sick...but if I can spend some time outdoors, I feel better... mentally, physically and spiritually.

I know here in the US, it's cold and rainy and snowy.  But if you can, bundle up, go outside for a few minutes...breathe in the fresh air...look for the beauty that only winter can bring.  The bare branches, the crystal clear nights, rain drops freezing on twigs.  Maybe you can smell pine or cedar or smoke from someone's fireplace, maybe you can hear the incredible silence of snow.

Enjoy your weekend. Be kind.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Employee Class

I am teaching a class for a company on Wednesday afternoons now.  The employees who come are loving it.  Tonight they told me how much the class last week had helped...with stress, sleep, pain.
It thrills me when someone comes to a yoga class and they understand how much this mind/body science can benefit them.  This is why I continue to teach, I know that what I teach works and is so beneficial for those who come to class.

More rain moving in tonight.  The local weather guys say this is our wettest February on record.
Fingers are crossed we don't experience our driest summer/fall on record. 

I hope you spread joy tomorrow, that someone hugs you and that you are kind.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Feed The Bees

During the winter months, we have to feed the bees on days that are warm enough for them to leave the hive.  It is interesting to watch them devour sweet water and bits of honey we saved for them from last years harvest.

They come by the thousands it seems, the air alive with their search for food.  I know it  might see rather scary seeing them, but they are quite calm and gentle.

The rains have kept them in the hives today, but tomorrow, weather permitting they will look for food.  Since the blueberries are blooming and the dandelions too, we are backing off our supplementation.

Thanks for the hints on chew toys for Kodak.  Fingers crossed this chewy stage passes soon.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Help

We are still having major chewing issues with the new dog.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to curtail all this chewing.  He is a lab mix and someone told me tonight that it might go on for a year or so.  This is a first for us.  All the rescues we have done, we have never had to dog proof our house.  Please give me some advice.

Ready for a cup of hot tea and a calm dog.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Art and Friends

We watched the movie tonight, Lust for Life starring Kirk Douglas.  I love Vincent van Gogh's painting.  I would love to go to the Van Gogh museum.  Van Gogh lived such an incredibly sad tormented life but you have to wonder if his paintings would have been different if his life had been.
He lived an emotional roller coaster and it is heart breaking to think that he never knew how much the world would love his art.

We met a friend of ours this afternoon for coffee.  She and I worked together for a few years but she left a few months ago to work with a non-profit.  The recovery world is so fortunate to have her helping those is need.  She is amazing.  I miss working with her so very much. 

It has been a good weekend.  I hope tomorrow gives you the opportunity to laugh out loud and hug someone you love.  Be kind.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Good Friends

Another beautiful chilly day.  As I walked the dogs this morning I realized that spring is only days away.  The blueberry bushes are blooming, the peach and apricot trees are budding, mother earth is waking up fast.

Rick has spent the past few days in bee school and my best friend at work, Fred had some knee work this week.  I thought the three of us could use some cheer today.  I went to our local grocer picked up some nice rib eyes, did a salad and baked potato and the three of us spent some quality time together.
There is nothing better than good food and good friends.

Our sleep has been cut short the past few nights.  Rick's commute to bee school was two hours each morning and evening.  We are in sleep deprivation and I intend to catch up on mine tonight.

Enjoy your Sunday, be kind and may you know peace.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day

A chilly Valentine's Day, maybe 48 degrees, but the sky was blue and the sun was shinning.

We had one of my favorite springtime meals, grilled salmon filet and asparagus.  I also made Valentine cookies.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Happy Flowers

Cloudy and cold, lows down in the 20's tonight and tomorrow night, not a chance of snow.

But there are yellow bells, daffodils and buttercups blooming all around our yard.  These are ancient bulbs that grew around all the old home places.  Not giant hybrids, but sweet fragrant blossoms that seem rather fragile compared to some of the newer bulbs that are in most gardens.  If we can't have snow, at least we have happy flowers.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. I hope you get a card, a hug, a chocolate, an I love you, flowers...a token of some kind from someone who loves you.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New Class

I taught a class for a company this afternoon.  The manager felt that maybe offering the employees yoga once a week it would help with stress, morale and encourage a healthier lifestyle.  It was not a mandatory class, just a perk.  Only a few employees showed up, but they loved it.  I think next week's class will probably have more participants.  I love watching stress leave students faces and bodies.

More rain tonight but a cold front coming through for a couple of days and then it will warm up again.  Rick has bee school the next few days, so the dogs and I will have some "quality" time.
The new dog still has a long way to go...but he is getting there.

Stay warm, dry and be kind.  I hope tomorrow brings a hug from someone you love.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Blossom Love

I cut an armload of yellow bells this morning and put them in a vase on the kitchen table.  I have loved to pick bouquets since I was a very small child.  My grandmother Mamie had the most wonderful flower garden.  Her front yard was her garden and it was filled with every type of flower you could ever dream about.  There were stepping stones and paths that let you meander through the blossoms and the most wonderful part of it all...she let me pick as many flowers as I wanted.
In the summers I never left her house without flowers.

Many of the flowers in my yard came from Mamie's and my mom's yards.  The two of them passed on a love for growing things that I cherish.  This green thumb is something that I treasure, a gift that is immeasurable in its value.  As soon as there is anything blooming in the yard, I bring it into the house.  For me flowers are so beautiful and that living beauty just feeds the life in our home.
When I walk into our house and see flowers, I smile, they make me happy.

Mamie also grew roses.  Mamie's roses were not the kind you see in manicured yards these days.  Her roses were the fragrant lush heirloom ones.  Climbing roses that twisted around a trellis, 7 sisters that grew in big fat bushes and glorious white and sunny yellow ones that could intoxicate you with their sweetness.  Very few roses have any smell at all now, what's a rose without its perfume?

For me the best part of spring and summer, is when the flowers bloom and the harvests of fruits and vegetables fill my table.  Did I mention that our blueberry bushes are budding?

Monday, February 10, 2020

50th

I canceled my community class tonight because of  the risk of flooding.  The rains have continued all day and it looks as though they will be with us for the next couple of days.

I taught the men's class at work this afternoon because the woman who took my place is on vacation.
It was fun, but she is doing a great job and they love her.  I am loving teaching the Pain Management classes on Thursdays.  I think it is a win-win situation.

I got a notification over the weekend that my 50th High School Reunion is coming up in April.
When I graduated in 1970 I could not even imagine fifty years into the future.  It seems like a million years ago, it seems like a few minutes ago.  Time is an interesting concept and I have often thought about how it would be if there were no clocks, calendars and we lived day to day.  I think we would lose a great deal of stress.

This week has gotten off to a good though rainy start.  Spread joy, be kind.
Goodnight,Sweet dreams

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Bells of Happiness

Whether you call them golden bells, yellow bells or forsythia this beautiful shrub rings in the coming of spring.   We have them planted throughout our property.  I have seen them bloom in the snow and ice or mild 70 degree days but just like daffodils when they appear, you know spring can't be far behind.

We planted a small one by Caillou's grave.  I looked at it this morning and those tiny little bells made me smile.  Oh yes, we are still missing our Caillou.

It's been a good Sunday with lots of sunshine.
We are under a flood warning again, 9 inches of rain to fall in the next 48 hours on rain soaked soil.
The extended forecast, another round of tornadoes on Wednesday and then two more days of rain.
I think it's time to build a big boat.

Be kind this week, hug those you love and I hope you laugh out loud every day.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Snow Moon

Snow moon...I watched it rise tonight, sitting on the sofa.  I love our floor to ceiling windows.  They are perfect for moon and sun rises.  If you are one of the lucky ones and happen to be where the snow moon casts shimmering light on the snow, I am so jealous.  I also went out back and howled after it came up over the trees.  Howling at the moon is a very freeing experience, try it.

We drove to Birmingham this morning to see Jordan compete, but not only was there a swim event but also state track event as well.  There were no parking places available.  I don't think I have ever been to an event and that happened.  His mom taped his meet and he did great.  He earned his team points and that's important.  He also shaved his time.  So proud of him. He knew we were there in spirit and this evening I cooked dinner, complete with a confetti cake to celebrate this swim season.

If you can, go out and look at the moon tonight.  Never miss a chance to see something of such exquisite beauty. 

May your Sunday be a peaceful one.  Be kind.
We are filming a music video tomorrow.  Fingers crossed.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday Musings

I suppose it's a combination of weather and stress, but meniere's/vestibular migraine hit last night and has been with me all day.  I am more stable tonight, but not 100 percent, fingers crossed for tomorrow.  When the storms howled Wednesday night/Thursday morning I could feel the changes take place in my body.  I held my breath and hoped for the best.  And to be honest, there have been much worse episodes that left me unable to function, this one has just not been pleasant.

Jordan has a swim meet tomorrow.  This is one of those where he can qualify for state.  Fingers crossed, send him love.

Kodak has decided he might want to be my dog.  I think it's because I feed him.  He
is at my feet tonight as I write this entry.  I think he senses how much I miss Caillou as well.
I keep telling him he has big shoes to fill.  He's still just a big pup but he's starting to get it.

Enjoy your weekend, stay warm, stay safe and be kind.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Why I Teach

I love teaching Pain Management yoga.  Today after class one of my students told me that for the hour and forty-five minutes he was in my class that he was totally pain free.  He couldn't remember the last time he was without pain.  That is why I teach. 

The weather guys say we might get a few flurries tonight.  A light dusting would make my Friday!

After all the storms last night, no one I saw today had gotten a good night's sleep.  It has been a long time since we had a truly stormy night.  Thunder shook the house time and time again and lightening flashes were like strobes.  Today on my way to work, there were many trees down and the rivers are out of their banks with flood cresting  by late tomorrow.

Cold tomorrow but it will probably be 70 again by next week.
Enjoy your Friday, be kind.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Weather Coaster

It's pouring rain tonight.  It was 70 degrees today and there's much colder air on its way, that will last a couple of days and then it will be warm again.  This winter truly has been a ride on the weather roller coaster.  We are under a tornado watch, hoping that no one has to deal with those things tonight.

We awoke to a big clap of thunder this morning and I looked for Caillou.  He was terrified of storms.  He doesn't have that to worry about now.

Tomorrow is my work day.  I am beginning to get into this one day a week gig.  Of course, I already have another class lined up and a couple of art things and a bit of music going on.  I love being able to mix things up.  Another interesting thing,  my fatigue levels have dropped by at least 75%.  For the past year I kept hearing myself say, "I am just give out."  Now I realize it was not so much physical fatigue, but emotional drain.  Giving constantly, being around such emotional conflict, definitely
took its toil.   I think my blogger friends and my family members are right, my health will improve.

If you are in the line of these storms tonight, stay safe and dry.
Tomorrow, be kind.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Missing Calliou

It's been a day of missing Calliou.  Walking, feeding, just seeing him or rather not seeing him, it's been tough.  The other dogs miss him.  None of them would go for a walk today.  They have barely eaten.  We have taken in so many rescues through the years, but I'm telling you Calliou was one of those who stole your heart.  He chose us.  For that we will always be grateful.

It's been rainy and grey.  For a few short moments the sun came out but the clouds over powered it.
Tomorrow we go to my oldest sister's farm for blueberry bushes to add to our collection.  She has several varieties that we don't have.  The more you add to the mix, the better.  We will also plant potatoes tomorrow.  It will be a busy day.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams...another picture of Calliou, wasn't he handsome?

Monday, February 3, 2020

RIP Calliou

This is last fall, just as the foliage had started to get bits of color.  Calliou loved walking the trail that day.  It was cool and he was happy just to hang out.

We said goodbye to Calliou today.  He passed over the rainbow bridge this morning.  Our vet thinks it was a stroke.  He had been with us ten years.  We think he might have been around two when we got him.

These past few days have been hard ones.  Almost losing Taz on Friday, and then losing Calliou today.  I still can't believe he's gone. 

All our rescues are gifts, but some are outstanding and he was one of those.
He was loyal, and loving and his favorite days were the days all the kids came over.  He would spend hours playing soccer with them, stealing the ball and then letting the kids roll him in the grass. Ten years might seem like a long time, but it was nothing.  I miss him so much.
RIP Calliou

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Grateful

It has been a beautiful Ground Hog's Day.  Crisp cool air, clear blue skies, one of those promise days that February gives us.  You know, the promise that spring will come, but you will probably have another arctic blast and maybe a few thunder storms.  In the meantime, daffodils are blooming so be grateful.  Be kind tomorrow, everyone needs a bit of kindness you know.  I hope the daffodils are blooming where you live.  Just looking at them makes me happy.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday Update

Rick did his bee conference today and I stayed home and took care of Taz.  This morning she was still a bit groggy from the pain meds and the surgery, but she ate.  Then came the fun part, medicine time.  It took some skill, but the meds were given.

By mid-day she had perked up, but it was cold and rainy and she hates rain.  No walking the Taz today. Hook and Kodak would walk through a hurricane, Calliou  is like Taz, no fan of the rain.

By afternoon, she was happy to see Sam and Jordan and was much more alert.  She felt well enough to enjoy one of her favorite treats.

Tonight she ate, but when it came time for meds, it took Rick and me and more than one attempt before she swallowed those nasty liquid antibiotics.

That was my Saturday,  and oh yeah, the chickens got out of the pen while Rick was at the conference.
I called in my trusty crew, Sam and Jordan and Nana and soon the girls and their fearless rooster were back where they belonged. 

Hot tea and a warm bed sound heavenly tonight.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Long and Stressful Day

It has been a very long day.  I had written early in the week about Taz's dry itchy skin.  We decided this morning that Rick would take her to the vet at 8:00am when they opened and get her a shot.
While with the vet Rick also mentioned that we had seen some tiny drops of blood on her bed.
It turns out she had an infection of the uterus and had to have emergency surgery.  The surgery was successful and she is home tonight.  We don't know her age for sure, she was grown when we got her and we didn't know if she had been spayed.  She had not and this infection could have killed her.
We are so grateful that our vet did such a thorough exam.

We got our new fridge today.  Rick will hook the ice maker up sometime over the weekend and I will do a happy dance.  I love this new fridge.  It takes up less room than the old one, is more energy efficient and has more storage space.

Rick is going to a bee conference tomorrow.  I had planned on going, but I'm going to stay with Taz and make sure she is ok.  She has not eaten and she starts her meds tomorrow, so I have to get food in her.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Pain Management

It felt good to teach today.  Currently our Pain Management program is small, so I am able to give lots of attention to each student.  For me, that's the way I like it and how I think it should be. Chronic pain is personal, and life changing.  Hearing each student's story and understanding their struggle helps me to develop classes that are beneficial to them.  Today was all about low back/hip pain and how to function with that pain on a demanding job.

No one wants to stay home on the sofa and wallow in their pain but many reach a point where they don't know where to go or what to do.  As stress builds in their lives, so does the pain and it all becomes a vicious circle.  Once they begin to get relief and understand they can reclaim their life, they have hope. Once there is hope, there is the will and desire to do what they have to do to live as normal as possible.

Today there is more money spent on the treatment of Chronic Pain than on heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined in this country.  We are a world in pain, everyone searching for an answer, looking for relief any way possible. There are no easy answers, but there are answers for many.

Managing and living a life with chronic pain involves time, effort and resilience,  It includes, nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep and much more.

I love teaching these classes and seeing the look on students faces as they regain mobility, experience relief, and regain their health.

My cup of hot tea awaits, enjoy your Friday.  I am so excited, I get my new refrigerator tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hump Day

Since I am home three extra days a week, I am in a cleaning out frenzy.  Today I hit our bedroom from corner to corner, organized my jewelry box and cleaned out magazines.

Tomorrow I will teach our Pain Management group and our First Responders group.  I am looking forward to teaching for a few hours.

This time of year Taz's skin gets dry and itchy, usually it takes a trip to the vet and a steroid shot.
I had bought a waterless dog shampoo based on essential oils and I tried it on her today.  She hasn't scratched at all. I knew the oils would be good for her skin but I am thrilled that it's helped her itchy dryness.  Hopefully we can avoid the shots.

Today was Jordan's birthday, he is twelve years old.  It's just hard to believe he is 12.  He asked me to make a meatloaf for his birthday supper so I did.  I talked with him a few minutes ago and he told me how good it was.  He loves comfort food.

Hot tea and a warm cozy bed are calling my name.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A First

A first for me today.  I have painted and drawn all of my life.  I have painted on furniture, canvas, floor cloths, walls and painted hundreds of  cards, even painted on ceiling tiles and discarded pieces of wood, fabric, etc.  My prize drawing is a portrait of Samantha when she was around 3 years old.
My first...I actually had art displayed in an art exhibit today. 

It's been surreal actually.  I told the woman when she called a few weeks ago asking me to submit some of my work that I wasn't really a "fine artist".  She told me that the uniqueness of what I did was the reason they wanted to show some of my work.  I am humbled and honored.

The exhibit featured the works of 54 artists from the county where we live.  Amazing pieces of sculpture, photos ( three of Rick's) paintings, textiles, pottery, jewelry, just exquisite works of creative talent were displayed today.  There was a compilation of my Christmas cards that one of our dear friends had framed so she allowed me to show that as well as a cow hide that I had painted for her husband in 1986.  The hide was a gift from another friend and when he passed her husband asked if I would paint something for him on a piece of the hide as a remembrance of our friend.  Another friend made a similar request, so I cut the hide into pieces and painted one for each friend.

There has always been a running joke in my family,  I was the different one, the one that must have been swapped at the hospital and someone else got the child who belonged to my family.
Today it was nice to be considered different and unique. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Time Will Tell


The dogs are loving their morning walks.  Temps in the 30's seem to be the perfect fuel for them.  It seems to be perfect for me as well.  Or maybe it's the cutting back on my time at work, but my FitBit is telling me that my steps and active minutes have doubled in the past week.

For my blogger friends who told me that my health would improve with less time at work, I think you were right.  I know I have much more energy, but I am still missing my classes.  It's only been a week and I have been told there is an adjustment period.  Time will tell.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Party

Jordan will be twelve on Wednesday.  His mom did his birthday party today at Dave and Buster's.
His cousins came and his best friend from school.  Not only did the kids have a great time, but the grown-ups did too.   Samantha told me that on the way home today, Jordan told her it was his best birthday party ever!

Samantha and Jordan have a packed February, two swim meets, a state Beta Club Convention and a state Quiz bowl competition.  Just knowing how much he has to study and swim, makes my head spin.

I think the picture is a good representation of adults and kids having fun at the party today.
Zuzu and Joy are the kids in the photo, Samantha and Andrea( Zuzu and Joy's mom) are the adults.

This last week of January is a busy one for all of us.  Rick and I have both have art being shown at an exhibit and Rick has bee meetings.
I am still trying to get use to only working one day a week.

May your Monday be filled with kindness.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Blueberry Buds

That week of 70 degree weather is playing havoc with our blueberries.  They think it's time to bloom and produce.  We had such a bumper crop last year, hoping for the same this year.  Fingers crossed.

For the past week, finally our temps are normal and we are hoping that the bushes slow down. 

Today we bought a new refrigerator, not the most interesting way to spend Saturday morning, but an important project.  Next, a new freezer.

This evening our friend Fred took us out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  A grilled greek style sea food platter was my choice.  I am full and happy.

Enjoy your Sunday.  Be kind.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Dog Fest

Lady, Calliou, and Taz decided the new dog had gotten way too much attention.  Today they decided time for a love fest of the old dogs.
I couldn't believe Lady jumped up on the sofa with me and Taz.  Calliou tried but there was just no room.

What a crew.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rainy Thursday

The rain started as we had our morning coffee and continued until mid-afternoon.  Finally a break and we took the dogs for a walk.  Well Taz took a half walk.  She hates getting her feet wet.  Even in the wet and cold, it felt good to be outside.

Thursdays are supposed to be my work day now.  But work texted me yesterday and told me all yoga classes had been canceled this week (including my Pain Management class for today) because of a flu out-break. I missed teaching, but I certainly do not want the flu. It seems everyone we know has a cold, a bug, the flu or something.  We are taking elderberry every day and keeping our fingers crossed.  Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands.

I made cilantro hominy chicken soup this evening, it was perfect for a cold rainy day.  I love soups and am so glad that Rick enjoys them as well.  We will have leftovers tomorrow.

Enjoy your Friday, hug someone you love, be kind.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

#LibraryShelfie

In support of our local library, Rick and I are doing "take a shelfie".  We have many shelves of books and at this point in our lives we have given away those we no longer wish to keep.

The books on our shelves now are those we love, those we reread, and those we are currently reading.

The little deer bookend has a mate.  The set belonged to my grandmother and I cherish them so much.

We have tried to share our love of reading with all our nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and now great great nieces and nephews.  We often give books as gifts.  I have been a bookworm since I was five years old.

The love of reading has been a dear friend and I can't imagine not reading.
Be kind, spread joy, and read a good book.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday Thoughts

So I have been doing serious house cleaning these first two days of semi-retirement.  For me creativity flourishes when things are in order.  I think the dogs are really happy I have been home more.  It still seems I am just on vacation, I think week two or three will give a truer picture of how things are really going.

I love this cold weather.  Our morning walks are invigorating.  The heat and humidity makes me feel wilted, the cold gives me energy and I can breathe so much easier.  Now if it would only snow.

Tomorrow is my brother Ricky's birthday.  He is 22 months younger than me.  We have lived next door to each other for 35 years.  His kids have keys to our front door.  He is Jordan's Papa.
He is the spitting image of our dad.  There are days when he walks up the hill to our house and I stop breathing, he looks so much like daddy.  If he thought you needed it he would give you the shirt off his back and ask if you needed anything else.  He is a good decent man.  I am proud to say he is my brother.  I will call him early in the morning and sing happy birthday.  He is always the first to call me, just like our dad was.

I hope this week has brought you kindness.  Tomorrow I hope you laugh out loud.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Today

Walking out of the community center tonight the wind came out of the north, cutting and cold.
It is 28 degrees right now, and will drop to around 20 by morning. It is brisk and invigorating.
I wish it would snow.

I don't think the reality of cutting back my work week has hit me.  After all today was a holiday, tomorrow will probably be a bit different.  I keep looking at my vision board, a reminder of what's important for me now and moving forward.

A cup of hot tea is waiting, enjoy your week.  Be kind.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Weekend Away

We spent this weekend at a bed and breakfast in Mentone.  Friday and Saturday were cold and rainy, but this morning the skies were blue.  We love bed and breakfasts.  The Mentone Inn  was the perfect mountain get away.  A large homey living room welcomed us with a fire glowing in the fireplace.  The sofas were covered in cushy pillows and cozy throws.  Our inn keeper Cynthia made sure the tea kettle was full of water so that when we came back each night from dinner, we could sit by the fire and sip hot tea.

Breakfast was amazing each morning, full of southern goodness like homemade biscuits and jelly and lots of hot coffee.  The inn was built in 1927 the same year as our barn and farmhouse.  I felt a kindred spirit.

The dogs were happy to see us, but not over excited.  My brother Ricky lives next door and he comes over to check on them when we are out of town.  He spoils them and he brings Lady, Jordan's dog to hang out with them.  I don't think they missed us much at all.

This week will be my first week of semi-retirement...I am nervous.  I have worked since I was 15, cutting back to one day a week is a major step for me.  Time to take a deep breath and see what happens.

Be kind this week, spread joy.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cold and Rainy



Sometimes, even if it is rainy and cold, you have to get out of the house!
Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.
Be kind.