News for January 2010

Gardener

In the spring and fall, the climb­ing rose bushes in our back yard put out bloom after bloom. This year, the cool weather and con­sci­en­tious water­ing by John helped make for a boun­ti­ful crop. This was notable because I killed at least one bush by trim­ming it back way too far at the begin­ing of the season.

When the blos­soms started to open up too far, we decided to extend our enjoy­ment of the flow­ers by pick­ing the best buds and plac­ing them around our house in tiny bud vases. One by one, the roses passed on, first becom­ing dried red crum­ples atop brit­tle branches, and even­tu­ally sucumb­ing to a black, spi­dery mold that filled the neck of each glass.

That is, except for one spe­cial rose. Despite all odds, this lit­tle plant keeps hang­ing on, send­ing its roots out into the water below and push­ing its green stem up towards the light.

I am reminded that, like friend­ships, most plants require a lit­tle more care than this rose, which seems con­tent to sit above my fire­place in a vase.

This week, one of my dear­est friends of the last 15ish years is mov­ing far away. Another friend did the same the same this past fall. And yet another is think­ing about mov­ing on in the next few months. When things like this hap­pen, it is easy to think that the friend­ship will be okay on a shelf with the occa­sional drink of water and a kind word or two. Or that every­thing will mag­i­cally come back the same when you see them next sea­son. The real­ity is that while great friend­ships aren’t demand­ing, they do need a lit­tle more care than they let on.

I am hop­ing that my super life-loving rose will stick around for a while as a reminder to tend to and cul­ti­vate my rela­tion­ships both near and far.

Posted: January 25th, 2010
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in which i try to embarass my self and my friends

Micro-movements

I’ve been lis­ten­ing to some SARK audio bits where she talks about micro-movements. Today my micro-movement was 5 min­utes on my loom, which I pre­fer to call my weav­ing machine. Look at my progress!

Posted: January 14th, 2010
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One Little Word: Unfold

If 2009 was a year where I was sur­rounded with peo­ple hun­ker­ing down, per­se­ver­ing, and mak­ing it thru, then I hereby declare that my word for 2010 will be Unfold.

Unfold­ing is some­thing that can hap­pen phys­i­cally, men­tally, and spiritually*.

I look for­ward to good things unfold­ing on this year’s horizon.

*funny for me to men­tion since I comfortably/firmly an agnos­tic and don’t really care for that word, but it is appro­pri­ate as related to good soul­ful yoga liv­ing. Kinda like a sec­u­lar ver­sion of adhy­atma vikasa.

Posted: January 6th, 2010
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Mini Juice Fast/Feast 2010: Day 2

Sun­day, 12pm:
Same juice from yes­ter­day after­noon but with more granny smith apple and gin­ger and some flax oil
Linds’s ver­dict: “way bet­ter than yes­ter­day“
John’s ver­dict: “tastes the same”, “you’re just hungrier”

Sun­day, 5pm:
Same home­made almond milk from yes­ter­day after­noon but with more dates
Linds’s ver­dict: “sooooo good“
John’s ver­dict: “it’s good”, “it’s delicious”

Sun­day, 9:30pm:
1/2 bunch pars­ley
3 sticks of cel­ery
1 cucum­ber
1 red bell pep­per
1 granny smith apple
Linds’s ver­dict: “pretty excel­lent, actu­ally“
John’s ver­dict: “I don’t know about excel­lent but it tastes like veg­etable juice”

I think we will do apple/beet/carrot juice in the morn­ing and then be done with it!

Posted: January 3rd, 2010
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Mini Juice Fast/Feast 2010: Day 1

Sat­ur­day, 10am:
4 Tan­ger­ines (blended)
2 Beets (juiced)
Linds’s ver­dict: “yummy“
John’s ver­dict: “tastes like dirty beets with a lit­tle bit of orange juice”, “liked it”

Sat­ur­day, 2pm:
4 car­rots
1 fuji apple
1/2 granny smith apple
1/2 lemon
1/2 bunch lac­into kale
1/4 cab­bage
bunch of fresh gin­ger
Linds’s ver­dict:
“meh”, “too much of some­thing I can’t iden­tify“
John’s ver­dict: “noth­ing awe­some about it but not terrible”

Sat­ur­day, 6:30pm:
Almond milk made with this recipe
1 banana
3 date
Some flax oil
Linds’s ver­dict:
“this is awe­some and we should make it all the time“
John’s ver­dict: “I like it“
Linds’s ver­dict at 11pm: “I’m hungry”

Posted: January 2nd, 2010
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New Years Fortune Cookie

If our New Years Eve and New Years Day were a for­tune cookie, this is what John told me it would say:

You are risk tak­ers. You are will­ing to take on risks to find happiness.

What a crazy night, but I love that way of look­ing at it!

Posted: January 1st, 2010
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