Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June 6th, 2012

I am such a BAD Blogger!!!
Here, let me explain.

A little OVER A MONTH AGO(!), Pat (A View from the Edge) had a contest.
Well, i entered my guesstimate, and...
I WON!  I was totally shocked!

The prize for winning was a gift certificate to Amazon.  Well, let me tell you, i am ALL ABOUT books!  I've bought more books in the past few years than i've bought in my entire life!  Growing up, we didn't buy books.  Too much money for a household of 4 kids with a teacher & a secretary for parents.  We always went to the Library.  Thank goodness for public libraries!!  
But in the past few years, if i want a book, I GET IT!  =-)

When i won Pat's contest, i eagerly went to Amazon and bought a couple of books on Ayurveda.
What. You haven't heard of Ayurveda?!  It's *only* the world's oldest medicine/science/health-lifestyle.

Here are a few links if you're curious:
Deepak Chopra's site 
An excellent book on Ayurveda (including recipes)  
Another good book on Ayurveda  by the leading Ayurvedic doctor, Vasant Lad
Wikipedia's explanation on Ayurveda  
The University of Maryland's site about Ayurveda  

That should give you something to do for awhile.  {evil grin}

Thank you so much, Pat, for the contest, and for the gift certificate!!!
I've REALLY enjoyed my books!

I hope you're having a Wonderful Day!!!
Love and Light -

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 5th, 2012

So... Yesterday.

I am now OFFICIALLY a Registered Yoga Teacher!!!  =-)

I took the 200-hour course at Gotta Yoga in Charlotte.  It was Quite a Ride, too.  =-)  Lots of Yoga; lots of emotions; lots of "stuff".  

And i learned some very valuable lessons.
I think the most valuable lesson i learned is that "Girls are Okay!"
I've never had a "group of girlfriends" that i hung out with.  I've never had a special "best friend", other than Boyfriend, but i'm talking about Girls!
Oh, don't get me totally wrong; my daughters are my Best Friends,
and my Sister has ALWAYS been my Best Friend.
But they kinda "hafta" love me.  =-)

I'm talking about someone who started out as a stranger, but ended up as a "Girlfriend" or a "Bestie".
So imagine my delight and surprise when i discovered this group of ladies of all ages who didn't whine about everything,  didn't bitch about little things, didn't talk about each other behind each others' backs, and didn't get moody!  I LOVED IT!!  =-)  It gave me a renewed faith in "Female-kind".  =-)

I had the privilege of auditioning for my Yoga Studio this past Thursday.  =-)
And i did just fine.  =-)
I've been offered a position there!!!
Right now, i'm "merely" on the Sub list, 
but come the Fall, they'll probably offer me a Regular class!  And i'm SO tickled!  =-)

On the HomeFront:
The Landscape Dude is in the back yard right now, hammering and making all kinds of noises as he and his lone helper bust up all the concrete back there.  It's an area of about 14'x26'!  And they're just using one sledge hammer!  I offered them mine so they could each bust the concrete, but he told me it's okay...  Whatever, Dude!  It's gonna be slooow going for ya, but whatever.  =-)

I hope you're having a WONDERFUL Day today!  
(You'd better be; this is the only June 5th, 2012 that you're gonna get!) 

Here's a little "Relaxation Inspiration" for ya!
photo by Boyfriend @ Long Key, FL
June 2011


Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4th, 2012

Whooh!  What a weekend.
Boyfriend and i went to Beaufort (SC) to see my Mom.
It's been awhile since i was there last...
And once again, i was rudely reminded why that is.

We don't really like her husband.
He is so opinionated!  And he's never wrong.  And even when you try to agree with him, YOU'RE STILL WRONG!
It's a bit like the Harley saying, "If i have to explain it, you won't understand!"
If you haven't been with this man, there really isn't a way for me to explain and describe how and why he is SO difficult to try to get along with!!!

I try to bring my Yoga "off the mat", as they say.
I TRY to overlook his habits...
I try to remind myself that, inside he's just a hurt little boy...
I try to ignore the "bad", and only look at the "good"...

But DAMN!!!  
When i went there at X'mas and New Year's to take care of them from their hospital stays, it was so rough.  And when i finally came back home, i told Boyfriend that i felt as if i'd been physically and mentally abused! 
This time isn't quite that bad (and i assume that's because i didn't stay as long), but it's still... such an ORDEAL!  
And it makes me not want to go back.

I know that's awful of me!
So many people simply WISH they could visit their Moms for just ONE HOUR, but they can't because their Moms have already passed away.
And if you are one of those people, and my incessant *whining* is bugging the hell out of you?
I sincerely apologize!

My day today was good!  =-)
I think I'll wait 'til tomorrow to tell you about it.

I hope you're having a Lovely Day!!!

May 30th, '12

Boyfriend and i are busy with plans for the backyard.
He's decided he really wants to do some "re-work" back there.

So i've been moving dirt and plants from that area, 'cause it's gonna be totally changed!

Last Tuesday (the day after Memorial Day) was a kinda busy day for me.
First, i transplanted a bunch of my irises; some into the front yard, not far from the front door; some to the back left corner, by the fence.  [Weekend before  last, Boyfriend and i moved 3 Clematis plants, and about 15 Asiatic Lilies.  We put them in the "new" area up against the fence.  They already look great!  =-)  (I was so afraid that moving the Lilies would kill them, but they actually survived!)]

I also did some sewing.  My little sister, Z, brought a friend, Nikki, over on Sunday evening (May 27th) and asked me if i could fix a couple of Nikki's dresses.
Huh?  I haven't seen Z since the day before Daddy left, and all of a sudden she zips in and wants me to do something for her friend...
Okay.  Whatever.  (At least she knows i'm here for her.)

Anyway, i did a repair on one dress (sewed elastic back in around the top), and "tightened up" the straps on another dress.  It was kinda funny because, with Monday being a holiday, i kept thinking that Monday was actually Sunday, so Tuesday kept feeling like Monday to me!  Nikki "needed" one of those dresses on Tuesday 'cause she was going on a date, so when it suddenly struck me that morning that, "Oh Crap! It's TUESDAY!!!", i had to jump-on-it!
Whatever.  It got me goin', anyway.  =-)
While i was at my sewing machine, i also repaired Bunny's purse that's been sitting there for a few MONTHS waiting for me to fix it.
And i "darned" the hole in my jeans that's been slowly getting bigger.

So THAT felt good!  To get all that stuff accomplished, and to be in front of my  sewing machine again.  It made me feel like "the Old Me".  =-)

I also made supper!  Boyfriend & i went on the Atkins diet in March of 2011, and have been on it since then, and something about it...  I dunno.  I just have been on a downward spiral about getting in the kitchen and actually cooking.

And now?  Now we're switching from Atkins to Ayurveda.
What?  You've never heard of Ayurveda?  It's merely the oldest medicine there is. It's a holistic way of living that's over 5,000 years old, and it's from India.  Deepak Chopra has a site about it.  And this is an AWESOME book about it, including recipes!
Anyway, i diverge...  I've been reading about Ayurveda, and trying to memorize my "Allowed" and "Not Allowed" foods, AND Boyfriend's "Allowed" & "Not Allowed" foods, and so i'm having a difficult time with trying to figure out WHAT to cook!
But Tuesday, i cooked!  And it felt GOOD.  
Again, feeling more like "the Old Me".  =-)

It was a good day!
I hope you're having a good day, too!