January 14, 2018
Hello again, this lovely, cool, Sunday. It’s been a good week. Hope you’ve had a good one, too.
2018 Finding my true north!
Earlier in the week, I putzed around, trying to straighten a bit, gathering Christmas décor to put away in the attic. I spent quite a bit of time going through all of my magazine collection, and finished with the last one last night. On my coffee table are only those that are current. Yay me! Now I have lots of words and images for my vision board, and for collaging and journaling throughout the year.
Bella, Hope, and Charity are all doing well. Here’s a little visit from them.
Hope’s taking a little rest.
Hope and Charity.
Charity showing off her beautiful feathers.
Bella taking time to smell the flowers!
Check out these amazing pictures of a dandelion I sighted around the corner.
Did you know that a dandelion is an herb? I didn’t, and I didn’t know there were so many kinds. Also, it can be used as an anti-inflammatory, and one cup of raw dandelion greens contains 112% of your daily required intake of vitamin A and 535% of vitamin K. Not that I’m endorsing this at all. Just telling you what I read. I love this, “After flowering is finished, the dandelion flower head dries out for a day or two. The dried petals and stamens drop off, the bracts reflex (curve backwards), and the parachute ball opens into a full sphere”. I love the way it describes the “parachute ball’. I’ve always thought that when you blow on dandelion seeds, they do look like little parachutes floating in the breeze. Of course, you make a wish when you do this, but remember, when they land, a new dandelion will appear! “This ball is made up of myriads of plumed seeds or pappus, ready to be blown off when completely ripe, by the slightest breeze. Although considered a botanical pest, the common dandelion is an amazingly complex and beautiful object”. I’m not sure I’ve ever thought of a dandelion as beautiful, but the l do think the little parachutes are stunning. Instead of making a wish with them, I shook the seeds into a little jar to save until I need to make a wish or two. Maybe on my upcoming birthday!
On Thursday, I began the Soul Shaker 90 day experience (a class through the Brave Girls Club). Below is a quick description:
90 day spending freeze, except for $5 a week fun money! Did $8 this week. I bought myself some flowers. For me, this will be the hardest.
90 day pared down wardrobe (I haven’t started this part yet).
90 day pared down menu. Less food, healthier food. I’ve also decided no food of any kind in a can. Glass jars, okay, if needed.
90 days of gentle daily decluttering activities. This week it has been the magazines!
90 days of daily connection activities. I did join the Facebook group, and have added photos and comments, but I’m not into the social media thing, so this will probably not be a daily thing for me.
90 days of adventure challenges. Going outside! Doing pretty good with this.
I’m on day four. So far so good. Getting outside even though it’s cold. Journaling and blogging when I had planned. Wahoo!
I’ve covered my journal and am using it every day, generally because of the daily to-do’s of the Soul Shaker program. Me, I have to be creative in all things, so my pages include doodles, pictures, and a saying or two.
On Friday, Rebecca came over to help me put Christmas away, and my dad came to help with the boxes. While he was here they both cleaned up the leaves and Daddy mowed the lawn. Rebecca grabbed some lemons for grandpa, for her roommate, and a couple for me. Oh, they smell so good!
I love the smell of fresh cut lawn, especially when the sun shines on your face.
I took a few more pictures of my little “conservatory” vignettes. The sun was shining through the windows. I just love walking into this room!
Yesterday, Saturday, was a wonderful day. I decided to have a no technology day of peace and quiet. Yes, no phone (luckily no one called), no texting, no television, no music, nothing. I spent the day writing, finishing up about 5 magazines I found hiding, reading, spending some time in the backyard looking and listening, and I made myself some cupcakes. Dangerous, I know. But I’ve been craving one for a long time. I had a box of cake mix (white, of course), so I made myself a treat. They are soooo good. I didn’t even frost them…yet. Maybe I’ll frost some and deliver them to some family/friends tomorrow? Anyway, it was so restful. You can take a quiet day and watch a movie, or listen to your music, and it’s relaxing, but not in the same way it was with nothing else but the birds chirping. Try it. I’m planning on doing it again soon.
Today, I went to Kaiser, and to the grocery store (bought my flowers), then home for a snack, writing in my journal, talking with Angela, and writing my Blog! She’s doing dinner tonight, spaghetti squash with fresh tomatoes and basil. Then a quick walk around the block. It’s freezing out.
Highlight of the week:
When I walk around my neighborhood, I love to walk by the crepe myrtle trees and feel them. Their bark is so beautiful and smooth. I grabbed some shots one day. If you ever have the chance to walk by them, stop, look, and touch their gorgeousness !
Lastly, I bought myself some blue hydrangeas for my treat this week. I love hydrangeas so much. Depending on the color, they can be airy, fragile, or bold, and they can produce huge blooms. I have a couple in my yard right now, in pots. I really want to get more and plant them in the yard. I’d love them to grow big and bushy like the one that was in my grandma’s backyard. It grew against the garage wall, and got as high as the roof!
Have a great week!