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Dragon Fruit Breakfast

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A trip to the local Asian Market yesterday yielded many special treats for us in preparation for Chinese New Year, and also I was able to pick up one of my favorite fruits, A Dragon Fruit.  Simple to eat, just cut them in half and scoop out the fruit with a spoon.  

Contentment With Age

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In recent months, my personal level of contentment has taken giant steps.   If I had thought I was content in the past, I realize now, that it was just a step in the right direction but nothing to what I feel now, and hopefully, the joy of contentment continues to grow and become greater and greater.  My sweet husband and I kept planning all these wonderful trips and found so much fun in planning them, but always, we discovered we would much rather just stay home and enjoy what we have here.  Our porch, our garden, the comfort of our own bed.  The easiness of our day to day life is precious.  I suspect our children think we are just getting to be old fuddy duddys and perhaps fear we are just reaching a stage in life where we don't have the "umph" to  conquer the world, but the truth is, we have already conquered so much of life and now we are finding profound joy in living the life we worked to achieve.   Contentment is joy, it is peace, it is beautiful.  For us, it is t…

As The Week Comes To A Close

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This has been a very trying week.  Mei-Lings surgery went well and she is recovering nicely, but its always difficult to see a wee one in pain.   God bless her sweet heart, she is so strong and does not give in to her pain, she never complains.  Melanie, Mei's mommy, came down with pneumonia right after Mei's surgery.  Terrible cough and a very high fever.  I have been helping her with the children at her house and yesterday at my house.  Melanie went to bed in her old room and got the much needed rest her body was begging for.  Mei-Ling played most of the day quietly on the floor with her brother but by late afternoon you could see in her face that she was exhausted and in pain but she didn't want to give in and rest.  Finally we convinced her that it was a good thing to do.  I am on a different antibiotic since the last one did not do the trick.  What a difficult winter this has been.  Everyone we know has been sick.  At the hospital, all the nurses were telling us that …

Prayers Were Answered

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Praise God, prayers were answered.  Mei-Ling did great yesterday, all went well.  She is now at home recovering, a bit uncomfortable, very tired and has a slight temperature but otherwise is doing fine.  Please continue to pray for a quick recovery.  Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.

Prayers for Mei-Ling

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This afternoon, Mei-Ling will be having surgery.   Please remember her in your prayers.

Enlightenment About Food

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As I have mentioned in previous posts, the book, "SAVOR, Mindful Eating, Mindful Life" has given me insight and the ability to transform how I eat, what I eat and why I eat.  3 lbs lost in just one week of opening this book and seriously digesting it and putting into practice what I have read.  
I thought it would be nice to give you a little taste of the profound wisdom contained in this book.  Since I had no desire to do a bunch of typing, I just photographed a couple paragraphs to share with you.  These are the paragraphs that changed it for me.  Gave me what I needed to hear in order to begin to eat more mindfully and in the process, live more mindfully in ways I could not have ever imagined.  The freedom I feel and the peace I feel are beyond words.

click the pictures if you need to make them larger to read.

Sunday in Photos

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Knitting a Rainbow, a rainbow shawl that is..
Time for tilling the garden that we allowed to be fallow for the past year.
Stir fry with tempeh
Black Forbidden Rice
A day of sunshine and warm temperatures. A day to be outside as much as possible, for, winter has not gone, just taking a little break.

Mindful Eating

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Loosing weight has been a struggle for me in the past few years.  I have done many diets, Weight Watchers, Raw Food, Vegan, Paleo, French Women Don't get Fat, and more.  All with some success but not with any staying power.   After my children were born, I had gained some weight, not with pregnancy, but when nursing.  I ate more than I needed out of some fear that I may not be getting enough calories.  So after my youngest was through nursing and a toddler, I lost all that excess weight with no problem, then my mother passed away.  The loss I felt was unspeakable and I ate to comfort myself.   Nothing seemed to work for me since then in getting all the weight off I need to. I realized that its not the food, its my thinking, my mindset, my mindless eating.   I have realized after reading book after book on becoming mindful, that so many of the things we do are done without much thought.  We seem to be overwhelmed with thoughts of what happened 10 minutes ago, yesterday, 5 years ago…

Grammie and Mei

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At least once a week, I get to have an afternoon with Mei-Ling,  We do any homework she has, then we make cookies, play in the dirt and today she had her first spinning lesson, to which she said, "this is harder than knitting"   What a joy to see another generation learn to love the simple things in life.  What a treasure grandchildren are.  

Proverbs 17:6 Children’s childrenare a crown to the aged,and parents are the pride of their children.

Prayer for Mei-Ling

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Mei-Ling will be having another surgery on Monday, this is either #19 or #20, I am loosing count.  Its not a major surgery, but still we would love her to be surrounded by prayers and also remember her Doctor in your prayers, that his hand be guided.   This child is such a loving, sweet angel, and has been through so much.  

"In Mysticism..."

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“In mysticism that love of truth which we saw as the beginning of all philosophy leaves the merely intellectual sphere, and takes on the assured aspect of a personal passion. Where the philosopher guesses and argues, the mystic lives and looks; and speaks, consequently, the disconcerting language of first-hand experience, not the neat dialectic of the schools. Hence whilst the Absolute of the metaphysicians remains a diagram —impersonal and unattainable—the Absolute of the mystics is lovable, attainable, alive.” 
― Evelyn UnderhillMysticism

The Quest

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For many years I have been on a quest to live simply, and for the most part I have been when compared to mainstream American mindset, but it has always felt a bit forced, as if a mission, something I HAD to do, something a bit against the grain of my inner most self.  Turning each and every aspect of living simple as doing the "cool" thing.  It was never painful, but still forced.  After all, I certainly did not grow up with the concept of simple living.  I knew though, that simple living, which in my mind, involves not being tied down to materialism and the rat race to achieve what is commonly referred to as "success" for these modern times.   In the past 40 years I have been on this search for a deeper meaning to live than the accumulation of things and using society as a measuring stick for my happiness level.   If you were to look at my computer search history you would find terms like, "the happiest people" over and over.  The books on my shelf most …

Warm Wool For a Winter Day

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The wool passing through my fingers remind me of the colors of winter, grays, browns, and a dusting of white.  Warm socks, a hat perhaps, will be on the knitting needles in no time at all, winter spun and knit into warmth.

John Michael Talbot - The Hiding Place

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As the sun sinks in the west, and the light in the living room fades, a sort of extraordinary peace fills the room and takes up residence in my heart.  The shadows outside are bold, as if to catch the last moments of sun.
A song came to mind, one that matched the moment for me....

"Around Us, Life Bursts With Miracles"

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"Around us, life bursts with miracles--a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life's daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” 
― Thich Nhat Hanh

God Dwells....

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Contemplation  today for me, the Hasidic rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk said, "God dwells wherever we let God in." 

Gentle Sort of Morning

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A cozy fire in the stove, early morning lamp light now extinguished, replaced by sunlight streaming in naked windows.  North wind blowing, the wind chimes.   Baskets of wool beside me, spinning wheel humming.   Contentment in knowing today's main meal is all prepared.   Mashed sweet potatoes, kale salad, and a nut loaf.  Dessert made too, a raw chocolate coconut tart.  Beside my chair, in the window sill sits a piping hot mug of Chai Tea.  Steam swirling up from the hand thrown mug with a dragonfly on it, a gift from the dearest of friends.  Incense burning on the hearth.  Feet warm against the cold floor, thick wool socks up to my knees.  Emery is outside raking the garden, the sunshine calling to him.  Even though its 29 F outside, with a wind chill of 20, he has garden fever already.  Over breakfast he shared with me his plans to till the garden once today, his eyes twinkling as he talked, excited to play in the dirt. I watched his hands for a bit while we ate, farmers hands, s…

A Walk in The Rain

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After a trip to the Doctors office and some wonderful antibiotics for a sinus infection, I am feeling better finally.  However it seems this whatever it is, is making round two or is it three on the children of the family.  All the little ones are under the weather again.  It is the same in every family we know in the area.  The Doctor said the same thing, people feel better for a week or so then it comes back again.
I was tired of being inside, I never seem to be able to sit still very long.  That need to walk among the trees beckons me with something stronger than reason.  I know its probably not the best thing in the world to be wandering around in the rain when I am sick but the colors are so vibrant during a rain, the wood so dark, the raindrops like crystals hanging from the branches, and honestly, I like walking in mud.  My mind cleared of the fogginess that so often accompanies illness, after just a few steps in the cool damp air.  The wonderful world around me, wakened my dul…