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Psalm 131 - Come to the Quiet - John Michael Talbot

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Day 6

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Day 6 has arrived with some changes.  I broke my juice only fast last night by eating a banana and a scrambled egg.  I just felt bad.  My gums and tongue have been beyond sore from all the juicing, which I now found out is pretty normal.  I felt shaky and weak.  The little meal helped so much.  That all being said, I am still committed to doing this fast, perhaps with a modification here and there, like having a small meal when I feel the need, keeping it mostly raw, unless I feel  like I need an egg from our hens.  I did 5 days without eating solid food, a good detox.  Now, its a "rebooting" time.  I have lost 5 lbs in 6 days.  My bursitis in my knee is gone for the first time in  two years.  My blood pressure is the lowest it has been in a long time, its not been high, but now its like when I was 20.  106/65 seems to be the average for the past week.  But, aside from all the physical aspects of this fast, the spiritual side is by far the most beneficial to me.  I can only …

Dala "Best Day" from FolkAlley.com

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Just puts a smile on your face to listen to this...Think about my grandblessings when I listen to this song

Day 2

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Day 2 of my juice fast.  I am sleepy and was last night.  Had a hard time staying awake to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  I won't lie to you and say I am not hungry, because yesterday I was.  This morning, not so much.  My strawberry, pineapple, cucumber, juice seems perfect for me.  Later I will have a big glass of the Mean Green Juice.   I weighed myself this morning and am down 3 lbs since yesterday morning.  That is encouraging !  It would not matter to me if it was just fluid weight loss, its good to see the numbers lower, regardless.  Its a funny thing about fasting or even being vegan, it brings out the worst in people when they find out how you are eating, or in my case right now, not eating solid foods.  The comments from folks are just often unkind, as if they felt threatened by your choices.  Strange behavior and its not because they love you or care about you, since many times the comments are made by just casual acquaintances.  We often fear what we do…

"Rebooting" A Vegetable Juice Fast Adventure

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A few weeks ago, I spent 48 hours doing a vegetable juice fast.  I went to Whole Foods and purchased freshly made vegetable juice and spent the entire weekend just taking in vegetable juice.  What surprised me most, was that I never once felt hungry and by the second day I felt like a new person.  I felt 20 years younger.   There was a pep to my step that I had not experienced in a long time.  I felt lite, inside and out.  Now to be honest here and disclose all the facts, I had done an intestinal cleanse the two days prior to the vegetable fast, so I had a head start on the cleansing aspect.  My mind was clearer, my thoughts more organized.  I slept fantastic and my energy was top speed.  I had only committed to 48 hours and that's what I did.  However, in the days and weeks that followed, all I could think about was how I had felt, and how much weight I had lost in such a short time, weight that did not go back on once I started eating again.  More than a pound a day was gone.  I…

Beauty In The Ordinary

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A child's play cloths catching the morning sun, Princess slippers, shadows, sunshine, figs ripening on the tree, woods begging to be explored, Edgar waiting for breakfast, Quackers and Cheese enjoying their pool, sage and morning glories.  All part of my ordinary day, all extraordinary in some way.   Life is good.

Contentment

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"Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty"
~Socrates~
Spending time with family, having a welcoming home, having a life filled with love, good health, all give one the greatest level of contentment.   Each day I wake up thanking God for the life I have.  This past weekend we spent in Austin with our oldest daughter and her husband in their new home.  What fun we had.  And this week, I have had lots of time with two of the grandchildren and nothing could be better than be surrounded by children's laughter and all those hugs and kisses they so freely give.   Yen, got kissed good-bye from mommy when she was headed off to an appointment, he had the evidence on his face to prove he was kissed !  Miss Mei is doing well, still needing prayer as her last visit to the neurologist was not a good one.  There is a serious problem with her spine that needs to be watched, with a few restrictions put on her activities that will be difficult for a 5 year old.    In life…

What If ?

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This afternoon I was thinking about how we practice Christianity has changed just in my life time.  When I was a girl, one would not have heard sermons about praying for prosperity, or imagined going to a service that had big screens and bands.  Before you feel offended, notice I don't say anything about if these things are good or bad, I just mention them as examples of how "religious practice" has changed.   As is often the case with my brain, one thought turned to another and another.  I sat thinking about there are times I no longer know how to believe.  The world we are living in is full of changes, daily.  One just needs to study diet and in a weeks time you will be totally confused.  Eat meat, don't eat meat.  Eat fat, don't eat fat.  Etc.   The modern church is a bit like that.  One says something matters, and another church will say, "oh no, that was done away with".   Each denomination has there own take on a certain scripture, claiming all el…

Mei-Ling

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Last week, Mei-Ling had what we all hope and pray, was the last surgery for a long time.  It was number 17 for her.  Way too many for a child of 5.  She is now enjoying life to the fullest once again.  Yen, got to stay with me while Mei was having surgery and what fun he is to be around.  A happy child that never seems to get into trouble and listens the first time when you do tell him "no".  Well behaved children are tiny treasures for sure.




                                                      Mei-Ling one day after surgery !

Summer Rains

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My days seem to be racing by faster than I would have ever imagined them to at this age.   How much fun their is to each and every day.  Discovering new interests, playing with the Grandchildren, going on dates once again with the love of my life.  This is a joyful time in life even though we have had some difficult moment in the recent past with Mei-Lings health, she is now back to her old self, full of giggles, full of this delightful girlishness that brings a smile to my face over and over.   Life is indeed, good !Summer here has been so much nicer than last year.  For the past few weeks we have had summer rains fall quite often, chasing away the heat.

Simple Delight On A Hot Summer Day

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Fresh, locally grown peaches, crushed ice, a little water, blend and enjoy

Garden Fresh

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What a joy it is to pick fresh veggies from the garden and prepare a meal with them.  Life is good !

Reading "Living the Savvy Life"

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Purchased the book, "Living The Savvy Life" by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibons, recently and have found it full of good advice.  My husband has been skimming over the pages too and keeps telling me, "we do it right" and I guess we do and have for a long time.   We have carved out a life for ourselves that has centered around needs more than wants.  Granted, now that the children are all grown and married, we have a bit more spending money for things we enjoy but even so, we are big on not spending needlessly.  I am not as good at that as my husband is, but he has been a good influence on me over the years and I have come to the place where just about every purchase I make comes with some serious thinking attached to it...."do I need this?"  "Will it be something of value for more than 10 minutes after its purchase ?"  And the big question I ask is..."Am I just in a buying mood ?"  Right now I am trying to decide on what kind of Gas Ra…

1776: Signing of the Declaration of Independence

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What brave men we can thank for this Holiday, Independence Day !

Reading of the Declaration of Independence

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