30 June 2017
absence of the wall,
and it gives air and light
because it is empty.
Be empty of all
of all imagination
and the very absence
will cause reality to rush in.
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Never heard this quote before,
it drew me in.
I never considered a window
being an absent wall,
or thought about what
a window gives: air and light.
May all your rooms have a window - or two!
28 June 2017
Where Summer spends the Winter,
and Hell spends the summer!
Where hot water comes out of both taps!
Where you can get a sunburn
through your car window!
Where the best parking space is determined
by shade, not by distance!
When the temp drops below 95F,
you feel chilly!
Where your seat belt makes
a pretty good branding iron!
We joke about our hot summer temps,
and yes, they can be quite hot!
It's been over 112F for 11 days straight,
with no relief in sight. It's a little early
for this much intense heat, but perhaps
that's an indicator of the amount of rain
we can expect in our monsoons?
So here I sit, looking out instead of being out
in the backyard. I will have to make time to
water my plants. Perhaps tomorrow.
26 June 2017
note to self:
i don't have to take this day
all at once but rather
at a time.
I am only one person.
Things will get done
when they get done.
Mondays can be the hardest day for me:
the beginning of a week, the ending of the weekend,
and a whole lot on my plate that needs doing.
Some days I handle it better than others.
When the prospect of change feels overwhelming,
that's when I take a step back and get back to
one step at a time.
At work. At home. Even with goals
that I set for myself.
It all starts with one step.
Some days it feels like one step forward,
then two steps back.
But I keep striving for one step at a time.
23 June 2017
21 June 2017
Day 4 of what looks to be like
a week long stretch of Extreme Heat days.
It can zap your strength and your spirit.
Having the new car helps - it cools off quick!
But when the dash shows an outdoor temp @ 120 degrees......
just what is cool??
I make it through my mornings ok,
keeping busy helps.
But when day is done, and the temps are still climbing
I find the coolest spot in the house ....
Temporary at best!
Is it September yet?
18 June 2017
16 June 2017
Just Do It.
Ok, I know they're ... platitudes if you will.
but today, I did it!
I joined Planet Fitness. I've really missed
the gym, my workouts, and no matter how
often I did my little "home routine" ... I have
a small interruption hovering at my feet.
Yes, I'm talking about Sadie. As much as I
enjoy having her around ...
So I decided that I'll take a little bit longer
lunches and dash over to PF. I'm looking
forward to a little bit of time to myself :)
Here's to a little bit of hard work and progress!
13 June 2017
"Negative energy may not stay
I release it and send it on its way
Negative energy I banish thee
and is my word so mote it be."
toward a darker side of me,
I like to smudge out the
negative energy in my house.
Ever careful, I set my smudge stick
in a mug .... for safety's sake!
I make my own smudge stick using
the sage that grows in my backyard
along with a branch of my eucalyptus
called Moon Lagoon.
Forgetting that the darker room slows
the camera lens creates a bit of blur!
09 June 2017
“Each time a person passes by you and you say 'hello',
imagine that person turning into a candle.
The more positivity, love and light you reflect,
the more light is mirrored your way. "
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun
turns into a quiet Friday night
and I'm reflective.
A rough work week ended with saying "Goodbye"
to someone who meant a lot to me.
I wish him luck in his new career
but for purely selfish reasons wish he was staying.
Life moves on, and we move with it.
04 June 2017
Stacking stones has become a big issue in Arizona.
Our soil is not held together by much, so moving a
rock to make a stack can change the whole eco-system,
according to some.
I'm a fan of the occasional stack of rocks when I'm out
in nature, and sometimes, if there aren't any others around,
I might stack my own.
In my own yard, and in my house, I have a few stacks.
I enjoy collecting rocks, and am always picking up one
if I find it interesting in one way or another!
02 June 2017
"No one appreciates the very special genius
of your conversation as much as the dog does."
If you're a dog lover, 'nuff said!
Yes, I talk to Sadie .... probably more than I should!
She's good company, and never judgmental!
There are days when I grumble and complain
about something she's done .... my dog is like
having a permanent 2-year old, very needy.
But she keeps me on schedule!
Last night, the first game of the NBA Finals
was on TV. I was watching in the living room
on the bigger screen. 7pm rolled around and
she began to whine at me .... and didn't stop
until I turned off that TV and headed in to the
bedroom to finish watching the game.
SHE knew it was bedtime!
And wasn't about to let me forget it!