Sunday, September 25, 2011

What's mine is mine and what's yours is mine also!

I went foraging today for greenery, pods and other accoutrements of fall in order to decorate my front door wreath and herald in the new season. Off I went up Llagas Ave with my hand pruners and a recycled Safeway grocery bag under my arm. Today's booty included pale pepper tree berries (they will be bright red by December and worth another trip up the hill for Christmas decorating), fragrant eucalyptus with flowers intact, almonds still encased in their protective hull, wild pomegranates (oh they pruned back my favorite bushes so they are scarce this year) and some unidentified tree pods.

I am writing this post at the urging of my middle son, Patrick, who has endured patiently his mother's habit of petty theft, all with good intentions of thoroughly enjoying God's beautiful earth. I learned how to do this very early in life (along with a few WWII marching songs) while walking with my dad for exercise. My dad always said that if it hangs over the fence onto the sidewalk it's yours! That includes apples, kumquats, avocados, almonds, olives and any kind of greenery that might look good on your fireplace mantel.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Diva to the World


I celebrated my birthday on Thursday and am now another year older and a wee bit wiser. Several years ago I received a birthday card from a wonderful friend that had a similar picture to this one on the outside and on the inside it said “Diva to the World”. I loved that card and practically tore my bedroom apart last night looking for it but to no avail.

When a woman gets to a certain age birthdays take on a whole new meaning. I am in no way a “Diva to the World” but I can appreciate that it is a goal to strive for when outward beauty wanes and inside wisdom takes precedence. There is certainly a profound moment when a woman realizes that this transition has occurred.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Leap of Faith

Not your traditional slab of cattle on a plate…

This Labor Day BBQ included seared Ahi tuna, mixed brown rice and roasted eggplant to begin the journey into fall and celebrate the change of weather and all things new.

I attended the International Association of Yoga Therapy Symposium in Pacific Grove Friday through Sunday and am now inspired to practice pranayama breathing, a daily mantra, meditation, positive thoughts and healthy eating. A perfect transition into a new season as well as a fitting attitude adjustment for the new academic year.

I hadn't planned on taking this picture of dinner, but it just looked so lovely on the plate and I was "in the moment" seeing it in all its' beauty, colorfulness and nutritional value. How often do we stop and appreciate something so basic? A plate of wholesome food in my funky backyard in the awesome Indian summer weather.

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