Renewal

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The freshness of a simple morning can make all the chaos and bewilderment recede. I am renewed each day.

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I am preparing to drive over to the coast today so I am busy gathering all the things we need and making a list for the market. I had to check the newly planted seedlings in the herb garden to make sure they weren’t wilting in the sunshine, and I come upon this exquisite perfection. It’s a tree peony and just gorgeous. The rest of my chores had to wait while I gave her her due.

Remember to pay attention and be here now.

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The first to hear the call of the heart every year, blessed little beauties.

Routine Bliss

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I have been away for a week on a CIE tour in Scotland (…sigh…), with my grandson. It was my third trip to my second home, (and hopefully some day, my first home!), and it was beyond wonderful. I met old friends there, and made a few delightful new ones too!

This morning, I am alone, with tea in hand, savoring the memories that give my heart space and light, and, I am cherishing my routine as the stalwart hub of my life. Especially in the morning, my quiet time, with journal and book, is the thing that supports my sense of groundedness and peace. Getting back on the mat later this morning will seal the deal for me. It’s so good, to be home.

photo taken at the ruins of St Andrew’s cathedral in Scotland

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December Enlightenment

There’s been entirely too much time since the last post! Ah, me. September was a time of getting back to ‘normal’, after a kidney summer and the Scotland trip with this year’s 10 year old kidney. Unpacking, catching up, sorting through photographs. Then, not too long after I returned our Slovakian son Dan came for a visit. He was an AFSer in the mid 90s. A couple of days afte Dan flew home, the Arizonz kidneys arrived for a week of fun. Their cousins came up for a weekend, which we packed with as much fun as possible.

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Making brownies and a visit to a dairy.
Family time is precious. The boy got to show off his stormtrooper costume we made for him

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and on their last night here we enjoyed a meal together at my favorite gluten free restaurant, Burton’s Grill.

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My knitting projects have gotten less than the usual attention since I’m having some RSI issues, but I am working on socks a bit.
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I had the guts to throw out a sweater project that just wasn’t coming together. It was a brave act and I did feel badly for a day or two, but what a relief it is to not have to struggle to make it right.

I’m starting quilts for the kidneys when they’re here.
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And I’m working the Pay-It-Forward projects. I can’t show photos of those as they are surprises!. My new project is ‘365’-a photo of my garden every day made into a rememberance book for when we no longer live here.

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I’ve been posting more in Instagram (the link is to the right), and decorating.

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Now that the holidays are upon us, I am busy writing for my free course “December EnLIGHTenment. It gives me such pleasure to gift this to students and friends. If you need some joy and magic this season, let me know and I’ll put you on the list.

Blessings to all.

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