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Its Been A Long Week

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There are often challenges in our lives, and we can allow them to over take them, or we can ride through them, moment by moment, without letting them over take us.   Melanie was admitted into the hospital with a very bad case of influenza b, despite having a flu shot.  She is now home and doing much better.  Tamiflu has helped but it was $131 for that one prescription and they have insurance, lousy insurance to be sure.  We got our car back a day early and that helped a great deal with all that was going on.   Mindfulness, got me through all this, living in the present.  Today, the coming of spring, plum blossoms, blue skies and the wonder of new life.

Spring is Has Sprung

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Almost every day you can find me out in the gardens, pruning rose bushes, planting more rose bushes, working in the garden or just walking around checking the progress of things.  This morning I was happy to find my lavender plants loaded with buds !  The oregano did so well this winter and has taken off already spreading.   The fruit tress are budding out and the Ash tree is far ahead of all the others with tiny vibrant green leaves bursting forth.   My fingernails are always dirty, my hands a bit rough around the edges, my back a bit sore from planting lots of blue potatoes yesterday, but its all worth it.  Today, the wind is blowing as if it were March already !  What a blessed time, the coming of spring is !

Update With Really Good News

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Melanie is home from the hospital and doing fine, with the exception of a sore arm from her IV and the other arm having a pinched nerve. Her blood work was fine, EKG was fine, just leads not placed correctly in the Drs office. What a fright.   We are all breathing a sigh of relief in our family tonight.  Thank you to all who prayed and sent good thoughts her way.   Guess its really really important to have experienced folks do your EKG !  
Reminded today how important it is to breathe and live in the moment, not live in the land of what ifs and the place where you imagine the worst.

Urgent Prayers Needed

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It looks like my sweet daughter Melanie has had a heart attack.  She is a type 1 diabetic since she was 7 and now this.  Please please please pray for her.  Her 30th birthday is in just a couple weeks.  Too young for this, too sweet for this kind of thing to happen to her.   The little ones are will be staying with me.  Her heart appears quite weak and they will be running more tests and perhaps a surgery.

Thoughts on This Friday

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This morning I woke up in wonder at the world I live in, awe, really.   The way everything works together.  Flowers in bloom in my living room, Spring bursting forth after a long winters nap. 
Stars that hang in the sky, a moon that glows and gives us a sense that we are not really the big shots we think we are.  The way the Milky Way stretches across the dark velvet sky.  How morning comes every single day, even if we sleep through it.  The miracle of how babies learn to talk and walk and grow into children that can read and dance and sing.   There are very few mornings that pass by without this one verse coming to mind...."For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."  Romans 1:20
My search for peace, for ways to become a better person have taken me down many paths, lessons learned on many of those little journeys, truth is tr…

Let Nothing Disturb Your Peace

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The concept, is to be so at peace within yourself, so strong in mindfulness of the moment, that you don't let someone or some event, steal that peace from you.  I like the idea of that and have read it so often in my younger years in the Bible.  Psalm 119:165 was a verse I quoted so often through the years, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."   Yesterday after a wonderful lunch with my husband, thanks to a Christmas gift card, and then shopping in our favorite Asian markets, we started our drive home, sitting next to each other in the car, holding hands and chatting about how good our life is, in that very instant, we were turning onto a rather busy road, and then it happened, NOTHING, the transmission went out, no warning, the car just did nothing, but by a miracle of some sort, we were able to coast around the corner, and down the road to a safe place to pull over.  We were in the country, nothing but grazing land on either side o…

Meditation Morning

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This morning I spent time meditating at the Quang Chieu Zen Monastery and attending the Dharma class they hold in English on Saturday mornings.  A rich experience in so many ways.  Kindness and compassion from the nuns so very tangible.  
As I strolled around the gardens, I noticed that buds were on all the trees and bushes, much too early I thought, then upon close inspection I saw that each blossom was a silk one, lovingly tied on by hand, beautiful !  I asked the nun about them and she said the lay people come and do that for them, so there is always beauty to see, even before the real buds come in spring.  Now it is nearing the time when each silk flower will have to be removed with the same loving care as when they were tied on.   Despite the cold winter air, it felt so springlike, and so beautiful.

Garden Time

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A chilly day in the garden, but nothing that a thermos of hot tea could not make it a pleasant time.   Rows of snow peas, baby choi, Chinese celery, kale and carrots were planted today.  The north wind blew cold and the gray skies seemed to hold a promise of rain to come.  The old barn, now serves as a wood shed and for me seems like a creepy sort of place, strange stirrings were heard inside as I passed by.  I am sure some sort of creature has taken refuge from the cold in there today, hiding from the wind and damp cold air.  I had no desire to see just what it was in there, it seemed better to just go about my business of planting.  Looking up from my work, from time to time to listen to a bird sing, or watch the clouds pass by over head.  As I was looking out to the wood, something caught my eye.  I Bobcat ran along the fence line for a bit and then took off to the woods.  I suspect he thought it was still dusk or dawn by the color of the sky, as they are usually not out and about …

Our Heart As A Garden

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This morning as I was reading, I came across this profound sentence..."In the garden of my heart, the seeds of peace bloom beautifully."   Thich Nhat Hanh..    
These words suddenly took on a very deep meaning for me, it is my goal, my desire, that my heart, under all circumstances, no matter how trivial, that my hearts garden be tended in such a way that peace grows stronger than any indignation, any bit of anger, any bit of feeling slighted, or insulted.  That within me, that heart garden is tended with the same loving devotion I care for my rose garden, or my vegetable garden.  That all around me see what I value in life, peace and compassion.  

Taking Time For Tea

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In the sunshine of the afternoon, a long leisurely cup of green tea.  The sunshine through the  cup, cast a lovely rainbow on the floor

Gary Malkin feat. brother Phat Niem & Thich Nhat Hanh - The end of suffe...

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Happy Valentines Day

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For several years now my husband has given me a rose bush for Valentines day, his thought is a beautiful one, rather than give me roses that last a week, he wants to give me a symbol of his love that keeps on giving, year after year.  So that when I am in the rose garden picking roses, I can remember that each one was given in love, planted with his hands.   This year he gave me two rose bushes and due to my new found love of raising orchids, he gave me this huge orchid plant and the small white plant was an early valentines gift from him.   I love the idea of having Valentines Day flowers that last and last, year after year giving of their beauty, just like true love does.   Happy Valentines Day to each one of my readers, may your day be filled with love !