Saturday, December 12, 2015

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

60 and 70 degree temps definitely do not feel like Christmas but we will deck the halls nonetheless.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Blue Skies and White Clouds

Today was such a beautiful day.  Strong winds whipping the leaves through the air.  We haven't had really strong winds in such a very long time.  The wind kept beckoning me to come out and play.  So I did.  The weatherman is calling for some cooler temperatures for the next few days.  I know colder, grayer, shorter days are headed our way, and I want to soak up all of the sunlight and fluffy, white clouds that are dancing across the sky while it's still warm outside.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Baked Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Yield: 12 oatmeal singles
Ingredients:

2 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 egg
¾ cup skim milk
2/3 cup mashed ripe banana
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup diced fresh strawberries
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly mist 12 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray.
Combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg white, egg, banana, milk and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until blended together. Stir in the strawberries.
Spoon the oatmeal mixture evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake uncovered for 22-25 minutes or until oatmeal is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
3 per single, 2 singles for 5 PP (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information per single:
101 calories, 20 g carbs, 1 g fat, 3 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Let Things Happen

"Let things happen as they happen , they will sort themselves out nicely in the end. You need not strain towards the future -- the future will come to you on its own. For some time longer you will remain sleep-walking, as you do now, bereft of meaning and assurance, but this period will end and you will find your work both fruitful and easy."

"There are always moments when one feels empty and estranged. Such moments are most desirable for it means the soul had cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places. This is detachment -- when the old is over and the new has not yet come. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing; but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: whatever you come across -- go beyond."

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ('I Am That')


and

 Advice to Myself 

by Louise Erdrich

"Leave the dishes.
Let the celery rot in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator
and an earthen scum harden on the kitchen floor.
Leave the black crumbs in the bottom of the toaster.
Throw the cracked bowl out and don't patch the cup.
Don't patch anything. Don't mend. Buy safety pins.
Don't even sew on a button.
Let the wind have its way, then the earth
that invades as dust and then the dead
foaming up in gray rolls underneath the couch.
Talk to them. Tell them they are welcome.
Don't keep all the pieces of the puzzles
or the doll's tiny shoes in pairs, don't worry
who uses whose toothbrush or if anything
matches, at all.
Except one word to another. Or a thought.
Pursue the authentic - decide first
what is authentic,
then go after it with all your heart.
Your heart, that place
you don't even think of cleaning out.
That closet stuffed with savage mementos.
Don't sort the paper clips from screws from saved baby teeth
or worry if we're all eating cereal for dinner
again. Don't answer the telephone, ever,
or weep over anything at all that breaks.
Pink molds will grow within those sealed cartons
in the refrigerator. Accept new forms of life
and talk to the dead
who drift in through the screened windows, who collect
patiently on the tops of food jars and books.
Recycle the mail, don't read it, don't read anything
except what destroys
the insulation between yourself and your experience
or what pulls down or what strikes at or what shatters
this ruse you call necessity."



Monday, September 14, 2015

Short Days

"I still find each day

too short for all the

thoughts i want to think,

all the walks i want to take,

all the books i want to read,

and all the friends i want to see."

-john burroughs

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Quotes I Love

"I want to be around people that do things. I don't want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people who dream. And support. And do things."
-Amy Poehler

"I want to cultivate a deep sense of gratitude, of groundedness, of enough, even while I'm longing for something more."- Shauna Niequest

"It is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

"Anything is possible if you've got enough nerve" -JK Rowling

"For what it's worth...it's never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if your not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again." (from the movie Benjamin Button)

"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do" -Brené Brown

"I won't desecrate beauty with cynicism anymore. I won't confuse critical thinking with a critical spirit and I will practice, painfully, over and over, patience and peace until my gentle answers turn away even my own wrath." -Sarah Bessey (from Jesus Feminist)

 "Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience" -Ralph W. Emerson

"I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life" -Henry David Thoreau

"Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted" -John Lennon

"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves. Don't search for the answers which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. Live the questions now. And perhaps someday in the future you will gradually, without noticing, live your way into the answer"  -Rainer Maria Rilke

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel" -Maya Angelou

"That house was a perfect house whether you liked food or sleep or storytelling or singing or reading or just sitting and thinking best, or pleasant mixture of them all. merely to be there was a cure for weariness."
-JRR Tolkien

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  - Eleanor Roosevelt*

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sleeping In The Forest

Sleeping In The Forest

I thought the earth remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

- Mary Oliver

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Golden Days of September

"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
"
-   John Updike, September


 "Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain so yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a young and a callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow--follow, oh-oh." 
Try to Remember, Lyrics by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt 


"September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn.  The cricket chirps in the noontide, making the most of what remains of his brief life.  The bumblebee is busy among the clover blossoms of the aftermath, and their shrill and dreamy hum hold the outdoor world above the voices of the song birds, now silent or departed."
-   September Days   By Rowland E. Robinson, Vermont.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

No Un-Sacred Places

There are no un-sacred places.

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill - more of each
than you have - inspiration
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity…

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensional life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.



Wendell Berry

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Are things ever really the way they seem?   Just a simple question to ponder.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sister Time on the Kayaks




My sister, Shug, came early Thursday morning (6-26-15) for coffee with me on the kayaks.  Absolute bliss...

"Shanty-on-the-New"
















Shug (my sister) and I had THE BEST TIME camping at our brother, Denson's, New River property.  We only had two nights and two days, and we made those minutes count:  We ate often and a lot :), rode bicycles, and took the kayaks out with the float boat, all the while talking non-stop.  We enjoyed getting to spend some time with our sister-in-law, Vickie, and our nephew and his wife, Travis and Crystal.  Thanks again, guys, for the salads for dinner.  They were great, and it was so fun to see you.  :) 

Den has earned the Host of the Year award for smiling through our constant chatter, acting as our tour guide, and shuttle operator.  We had a blast, and hope it didn't take Den too long to recover from his sisters' silliness.  Shug and I can hardly wait for our next trip to kayak the River and bicycle on the New River Trail.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day




A beautiful morning and I eagerly don sunscreen and hat and head down to the kayak and water. I am like a kid at Christmas. The birth of a new day, the birth of a new passion. A zest for the hours ahead that has been buried by burdens that squeeze the joy out of you. I am finding that being literally on the water. ..alone with your soul and source,  those burdens find their way into a cloud and they float away, leaving space for joy to flow back in.   So soothing and much-needed space.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend





I have never been on a kayak before this past week, but have had the thought from time to time over the years that I've lived here at the lake that I would enjoy one.  Well, I finally got one and I have found a bit of Heaven on earth.  I am head-over-heels in love with being on this tiny boat on the water.  I have found the perfect way for me to de-stress and just be with nature.

Nathan and Rhea were here for a full week this past week.  They left yesterday.  Arrived last Saturday evening.  It has been a week full of fun and also a week full of intensity.  I think it will take several days for me to process the past week, and also to recover my energy.  If you need me, you can find me drifting along the edges of my world on a little yellow kayak...

Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day Weekend.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Happy May Day


May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and
Know it's beauty all the days of your life. - Apache Blessing~

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bits of Spring in Northeast Tennessee








This April has been so lush and beautiful.  All kinds of weather.  The last several days have been quite chilly and so very windy.  The winds have finally laid today---and the sun has been shining.  More rain forecasted for tonight and tomorrow.  April has been such a lovely month.  April showers will bring May flowers.  My soul shrivels up for those (places/people) who are in drought.  Sending prayers for nourishing rains to all creatures.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter Greetings and Blessings


 David Whyte
32 mins · 
 
EASTER BLESSING

The blessing of the morning light to you,
may it find you even in your invisible
appearances, may you be seen to have risen
from some other place we intuit and know
in the darkness and that that carries all we need.
May you see what is hidden in you
as a place of hospitality and shadowed shelter,
may that hidden darkness be your gift to give,
may you hold the shadow to the light
and the silence of that place to the word of the light,
may you join all of your previous disappearances
with this new appearance, this new morning,
this being seen again, new and newly alive.


David Whyte: Easter Morning 2015
In Memoriam John O’Donohue
Photo © David Whyte July 2014
Sun Through Gate
Littondale Yorkshire.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015 and Still Building Fires





We have had a few days this week that were just wonderful---sunny and warm.  It seems that this has been the longest, grayest Winter that I can remember, so these days were sheer gems and I spent them, whole days, outside.  Then the cold came to visit again and we've had 27 degs and 19 degs the last two mornings.  And so chilly in this house that I have built fires again the last couple of days.  NOW, the sun is out, it has warmed up to 44 degs, a veritable heat wave, and I have been able to turn the blower off on the woodstove.  Totally awesome...