Sunday, April 30, 2017

Zen Moments

Sometimes simplicity is best and easy.  Best, yes; easy no.  The more I think about simplicity, the more elusive it is.  It is the same with finding time and a quiet place:  they are elusive, but we need it.

 I will leave this April Challenge for this year with the simple wisdom and simplicity (sophistication) of the Zen Master himself:  Thich Nhat Hanh.

Breathing in, I know this is my in-breath.
Breathing out, I know this is my out-breath.
Breathing in, I'm aware of my eyes.
Breathing out, I smile at my eyes.
Breathing in, I'm aware of my whole body.
Breathing out, I release the pain in my body.


In, out
Deep, slow
Calm, ease
Smile, release
Present moment, wonderful moment

Namaste

Go in Peace and Harmony
Enjoy the Summer
Yes!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yellow in the Garden

I have a few Cassia bushes planted at each side of the yard.  The green leaves and the flowers slowly die down in the late fall/early winter.  They stay green during the summer but come fall, the blooms explode in yellow.  Boom!  It's like a touch of sunshine.



There are small delicately yellow green butterflies hanging around the Cassia bushes and their flowers.  The butterflies are like children playing.  They chase each other and they circle each other.  They seem to enjoy the yellow flowers and each other.

When the Lantana bushes are blooming which seems to be most of the year, they are orange yellow.  The monarch butterflies favor the Lantana.  Perhaps it's because they are similar in colors.

It's a good idea to trim the Lantana bushes or they have a tendency to become woody and leggy.

Finally, I have the yellow squash flower.  The squash requires much room to grow and spread.  The squash is a good flower producer and that will attract pollinators, hopefully bees, if they are in the neighborhood.

Unfortunately, the squash suffer from bloom end rot which is a calcium deficiency.  This could be prevented by using fertilizer with calcium and used on the plants before they bloom.

It is apparent that I do need more yellow in the yard and garden.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Exercise and Relax

During my recovery from drop foot, effecting both of my feet, my physical therapist emphasized relaxation after each completed set of exercise.  "Relax," he said, "focus and be mindful of what you are doing."

The exercises were simple and easy.  They consisted of mindfully moving my feet forward, backward, and sideways.  Relax.

The exercises also consisted of "kicking my butt."  When I first attempted to do this, it was difficult.  "Relax," he said, "and do it again."  He also told me that what I did to one foot, I should do it to the other.

These simple exercises strengthen the muscles.  Exercise and relax.  The muscles remember.

Relaxation is the art of letting go.--Dan Brule

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Walking

Walking is the best medicine you can give your heart and your body said my husband's cardiologist.  Move the body.  Walking is a full body exercise.  Walking is healing.

I also heard on the news that some doctors are prescribing walking and it's always been known that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

During my recent convalescence, I made sure that I walked, not just a few lapses between a comfortable couch in the den and to the bedroom.  I walked up and down the drive way with the roller walker and wearing my braces for my feet.

I was afraid that if I did not walk, I would develop blood clots that would travel more than I and cause more damage.  Even with the Mother of all Boots, I try to keep moving.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vodka

There has been a time or two when I have rushed into the local liquor store at ten o'clock in the morning to buy the smallest, sweetest, and least expensive bottle of brandy.  I explained to the clerk that I was making peach jam.

I have never bought Absolut Vodka.  The price has deterred me and I have never had the taste for it.  Actually, I don't know what to do with it.

But this has not stopped me from admiring the advertisements for this particular brand of Vodka.  I found the ads to be extremely creative and even funny.

The bottles of this brand of Vodka are plain, yet sophisticated, distinctive, and immediately recognizable on the shelves or in the ads.  I also admire the imagination of the makers of the Vodka.  What will they come up with next?

I don't particular like cilantro either; consequently, I won't be rushing out to the local liquor store to buy a pint of Vodka.  Not today, any way.

Cheers! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Ugly and the Unwanted

The ugly and the unwanted may just as well be an essay on the human condition but that is too deep and too philosophical, not to mention judgmental, for me to write about in this April Challenge for bloggers that I am sort of side stepping any way.


I really had to scratch my hairless head for the letter U.  But since spring is in full swing, there are those ugly and unwanted critters that are awakening and will visit the garden to nibble on new and vulnerable plants and seedlings.

To do least harm to the environment, I found a recipe "to clobber bugs and thugs" in the early spring garden.  I hope Jerry Baker doesn't mind me sharing his tonic from his book Backyard  Problem Solver.

Mix the following ingredients together and put in a handheld sprayer:

3 tbs baking soda
2 tbs Murphy's Oil Soap
2 tbs canola oil
2 tbs vinegar
2 gal warm water

It is important that the plants be well sprayed, the underside of the leaves too, until they are dripping wet.  This may have to be repeated a few times.

It is also important to catch the ugly and the unwanted bugs and thugs early in the spring before they have a chance to do too much harm.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Thank You

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading my blog and making comments.  Thank you for supporting the April Blogging Challenge for this year.  It has actually been fun and interesting for me; no pressure.  It has also been therapeutic for me to write my blog journal.
Thank You!

Enjoy e.e.cummings poem:

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and  a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

I am also adding a saying by Dag Hammarskjold:

For  all that has been,
Thank you.
For all that is to come,
Thank you.

Another profound saying by Dag Hammarskjold:

The longest journey is the journey inward.


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