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.

Back Home Again

I’m home in my nest, getting back to the simple pleasures of life; dinner on the porch, hanging out the laundry, Sammy on my lap while I read. Soon enough the responsibilities and obligations of my life will take up much of my time, but for right now I am enjoying the quiet. The cat snuggled up with me last night-I guess having extra space in the bed doesn’t make up for a snuggle partner. Also, the pile of mail, a full inbox, and an empty refrigerator are calling my name. There is a sweetness to these moments on the cusp of the season’s change-letting me know that all life is change, and mine has changed because of this trip. I’m not sure how this will look, but I can feel the shift in energy. Welcome home my spirit!

Here’s the tailend of our trip.

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On Saturday we packed up and turned in the car in Inverness and took the train to Edinburgh. This time we were awake and could really enjoy the scenery. (Remember the sleepyhead photo on the way up to Inverness!?)

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And we even caught a glimpse of the Edinburgh Castle from the train. No time this trip to show it to the girl. I saw it the last time I was here, and thoroughly loved it! There are statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce (potentially an ancestor, I have some research to do there) at the entrance.

Rather than the shuttle, we took a cab to the hotel out by the airport.

It’s always so funny to me how large the British hackney cab is on the inside when the outside looks so small!

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Our hotel room was just fine, but unfortunately there was an all day and all night party going on in a warehouse next door. Swarms of teenagers, and boom-boom-boom until 4 AM. Somehow I slept. I think it was the 2 glasses of wine!

Today I finished the socks…I will always remember that I knit them in Scotland.

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Time to finish unpacking and put everything back to rights, not to mention getting my creative groove back!

By Loch Ness

It took twenty hours, but we’re finally here! Limo, jet, prop plane, shuttle, train, taxi, and rental car. What a trek! Here’s the girl in Dublin where we had to change planes.

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We flew a prop to Edinburgh! Caught the shuttle to Waverly Station, and the train to Inverness. Sheep everywhere!
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And all of us trying to sleep any way we could
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Taxi to the Inverness airport to get our rental car, got lost finding our cottage, shopped for dinner at Tesco, and finally made it to Hazelgrove. Here’s my view of Loch Ness while making dinner.
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Watching Braveheart, immersing myself in everything Scottish!

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