COURAGE – Day 40 in a year of …..

Day 40, August 31, 2016 @8:36 pm

imageSometimes I feel I’ve been in denial and fear most of my life. This is my brave moment – the awaking and seeing clearly and acknowledging. It is a great moment. At last, maybe I can let go of the frivolous, little petty things and be free to live the authentic life. That’s what I’m thinking, sitting before the fire, listening to the flames crackle, telling their stories to me.

What stories are you telling on this beautiful evening. I know. My stories are getting shorter. Maybe tomorrow I will have more to say.

MAKING TIME – Day 39 in a year of…

Day 39, August 30, 2016 @8:05pm

imageSome days it is hard to find time to be here and document my year of doing different. I’m making that time because I see the value of it as my days are evolving.

I have been neglecting both my qui gong and yoga practice. I’ve been feeling a little off kilter the last few days. I’m feeling some of the old anxiety creeping in. I decided to restart those ancient movements again to restore my balance. It’s always a curiosity to me how the gentle movements can do so much. But I did remind myself that it will take more than one session before I can feel the results. I did not get unbalanced overnight. I will not recover overnight. Life takes time. What are you taking time for?

Till tomorrow.

SEASONS – Day38 in a year of ….

Day 38, August 29, 2016 @6:39 pm

imageThe day finds me struggling a little with the changing season. The shift of the earth on its axis, changing the temperature, sunlight, the wind, the everything. Sometimes I forget that change is all around us, every minute, every second of every day.

I am just learning to embrace all these changes. Without them there is no life. I rejoice in the bounty autumn has brought. I am reaping the harvest from the seeding and planting of the previous seasons. I have much to be thankful for. What are you thankful for?

Till tomorrow.

THE END OF THE DAY – Day 37 in a year of…

Day 37, August 28, 2016 @9:20

At the end of 37 days, I am weary of setting intentions daily and following through. At the same time it is getting easier.  I’m stretching and reaching my goals.  I must be developing new muscles and building stamina.  I’m still in the early days of my year.  I must keep to the straight and narrow.  It is my own doing.

At the end of this day, I have to show – 6 loaves of whole wheat bread and two zucchini loaves.  Even if I must say it myself, the zucchini loaf is delicious.  It is my first try.  They are all packed and put away.  The bowls, pans, measuring cups and spoons are washed, dried and in their proper places.

It is wonderful to come to the end of the day with my intended tasks completed from start to finish. It hasn’t always been so. Hooray for me!  Are you a finisher?

It is late.  Good night.  Till tomorrow.

A PERFECT DAY – Day 36 in a year of…

Day 36, August 27, 2016 @7:21pm

IMG_7437Day 36, a perfect golden August day of warm breezes and sunshine.  Nothing to work on, no wants, no worries, no needs.  Everyone deserves such a day once in awhile.  When it comes your way, seize it.  It’s an opportunity to sooth and rejuvenate yourself.

I reveled in the glories of the day – not seeking nor solving.  How was your day?

Till tomorrow.

FAKING IT – Day 35 in a year of

Day 35, August 26, 2016 @6:09 pm

IMG_6649Egad!  I am here in this space in the same state of mind as yesterday.  Not any earlier either. It is habit that has enabled me to be here.  A well worn groove in 35 days.  If it would help my fatigue, I would scream.  It wouldn’t.  I’m grinning and bearing and faking it.  I hope I make it soon.  In the mean time I’ll just keep moving and faking it.  In Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr. Ratey states the results are the same (good) even if you don’t feel enthusiastic while exercising.  So I am kicking up my heels and pumping my arms to the music of Mama Mia and following our instructor, Val.  Monkey see, monkey do is do-able.

I can do that, is what I say to myself all day.  I gather the cucumbers, pick the beans, the tomatoes.  I prepare them and put them all away.  I took all the laundry off the line downstairs, folded and put them all away. I was dying to sit down with a cup of tea.  I was really looking forward to it.  Then I got a call from the guy.  He said he got a flat tire.  Come and get me at SuperStore.  So I did.

GNZT9121Then I sat down with my cup of tea and my book.  I felt I’ve really earned it today.  It is a very good book.  Hard to put down.  I finished my tea.  Then it was wine and cheese.  It is amazing I’ve show up.  See, I could feel whatever I feel.  It doesn’t have to affect the result.  How are you doing?  What are your results?

Till tomorrow.


DELAYED GRATIFICATION – Day 34 in a year of…

Day 34, August 25, 2016 @7:17 pm

I despair for words each day when I arrive.  What I need to change is my mindset and my timing.  Would I have more to say in the morning before I live the day?  My inkwell seems dry now, tired that I am.  It is a good thing I set my intention in the morning.  At least I have something to go back on.

IMG_7385I am a terrible procrastinator.  I don’t get a lot done because I delay and postpone everything by having a cup of tea/read a chapter/rest/anything else first.  Then I would tackle the task for a little while and repeat the tea, read, etc. My different today was to cut out all the delaying crap.  I got to the heart of the issue – tasks first, then reward.

I completed all my tasks.  The vacuuming was tough.  It seemed to go on and on.  Dog hair everywhere – under the bed, behind furniture, corners and closets.  Ugh!  I will be deliriously happy when shedding season is over in a month or two.  The reward was the floor felt so clean after.  Well worth the effort.

IMG_7387I was surprised by pleasure in hanging the laundry out in sunshine amid my tomatoes. I felt this smile filling me up from the inside as I hung each article.  Pretty silly, right?  It felt so delicious standing and hanging each wet article to be kissed dry by the sun.  I stored the feeling and memory in my body and mind.  I will call upon it to help me the next time inertia hits me.

That was the morning.  Then there was lunch to be made and dishes to do after.  I almost buckle after that.  But I called upon that sunshiny laundry feeling to help me out.  It gave me a little more energy to return overdue books at the library.  After that, Sheba got a reward to the dog park.  It was one for me too.  How do you reward yourself?

Till tomorrow.





THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD – Day 33 in a year of…

Day 33, August 24, 2016 @5:56

I’m really struggling at the moment to keep my eyes open and my fingers moving on the keyboard.  All day I’ve had to work at it to keep going – even in our morning step aerobics class! I feel myself lagging in so many moments.  I would then step it up, pump my arms more getting my oxygen to my brain.  I picture my goal – slim and trim, no double chin, no bulging tummy.  I huff and puff and  the childhood story of the little engine that could came to mind.


IMG_7379Oh, I do love a challenge.  The little engine that could, that’s me!  It keeps me going, moving.  It gives me purpose.  I stand up, walk around.  I’m a little more alert.  I tap, tap, a word comes, an idea comes.  Finally a sentence.  I get up, put the kettle on for a cup of tea.  A picture and another idea and sentence comes.  I build little by little. Knit, purl, kit, purl – row upon a row.  Almost half a back.  You can see the lacy panel now. By Christmas a sweater I will have.

I can see that having a goal, a plan, a challenge can move me to do great things.  What is great is personal, of course.  What I know for sure is I’m doing great.  What are you doing?

Till tomorrow.

WHO I AM – Day 32 in a year of…

Day 32, August 23, 2016 @7:57 pm

I am thinking of who I am today.  The truth is I am just discovering the who that is under my exterior.  I am like the melancholic stranger in Acker Bilk’s Stranger on the Shore watching the tide go out.  I’m the more melancholy realizing that all I have been is the reflection of what people think/want/expect me to be.  I’m none of that which is written about boys and money in the high school year book.  I’m much more than I have ever shown – even to myself.


This coming year is going to be an exciting one.  I’m going to peel back the layers, like an onion as they say.  I will get to know myself.  I have put behind me the uncertain child, the confused teenager, the caretaker and pleaser of others.  I will grow up and live my life.  I have now put behind me the years of shift work.  I have caught up on my sleep.  I have come back into myself.  No more excuses.  Do you have any?

Till tomorrow.


STILL HERE – Day 31 in a year of….

Day 31, August 22, 2016 @6:09

IMG_7336These late days in August, I’m grateful that the sun still rises early @6:30am.  I’m already feeling the pull of autumn.  I’m feeling the nesting instinct.  It’s so lovely to lay in bed, relishing the laziness, the warmth and the not having to get up if I-don’t-want-to.  Attitude and the freedom to have it is glorious.  Bring it on – all that and more.

IMG_7353Can you tell that I’ve been into the beer?  It’s that beer blush and wide-eyed stare.  Pardon me if I’m not too coherent.  It does not take much.  Just one will do it.  But at least I’m here.  Thank goodness for spell check.  Difficult as it is sometimes, I still get up, dress up. make up and show up. Yes, I’m still putting on my earrings and practicing selfies once in awhile.

Wish I have something more profound to say.  I don’t though.  This is it, not stressing, not fussing, doing small, small.  A little in the house, a little in the garden and a few words here.  Maybe I will have/do more tomorrow.  Till then.