Saturday, June 30, 2012

what i've been doing today...

Work is not always required.
There is such a thing as sacred idleness.

George MacDonald
Also known as sabbath. I sometimes sabbath all weekend. This may be one of those.

Happy sacred idleness to you.

Friday, June 29, 2012

i know what these will be

(our baby limes)

We know what we are, but not what we may be.

William Shakespeare

Salad...and chili lime peanuts.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

love thursday 06.28.12 ~ "thank you"...two words worth saying repeatedly

(misi having a moment of self-love with her narcissus)

We must find time to stop and thank the people who have made a difference in our lives.

Dan Zadra

Misi has not been feeling well. She is (as posted earlier) 18. She is stiff and skinny and requires medication. She has good days and bad days. Some mornings we don't know whether she will still be breathing when we get up. So far, she always is. Some days she surprises us by coming upstairs on her own and requesting attention.

She is a love. She is sweet. We are glad she is still with us, yet we don't know for how much longer.

Thank you, Misi, for all the joy you have brought to our lives.

And thank you to all of you for continuing to come here and let me know that you enjoy reading / looking at my posts.

Thank you.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

two oranges and a lime and ease

The peace that we are looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.

Pema Chödrön

Those are the two orange boys--now three years old. This is their birthday week. They were each less than one pound when they came home. Now? Mijo is pushing 20 pounds and HoneyBoy is probably 16. So glad they made it through that early illness.

The tree is a kaffir lime. We love the fruit and the leaves for cooking. The leaves we use to make chili lime peanuts. The fruit we use to dress a brussel sprout slaw--my favorite salad.

The quote speaks to the kind of ease I think I am supposed to find this year. Good luck to me....

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

reflections on ease

I've been thinking about my word for the year: ease. The last couple days, I wondered how I ever agreed to that. As I have mentioned before, my word often does not bring me what I ease, but brings me opportunities in which I need to find ease--because the situation I find myself in is not easy.


Will someone please remind me of this at the end of the year when I am contemplating what comes next? Please?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012 for no reason at all

Everyone loves a good secret.

Thanks, Puanani, for sharing this with me.

Friday, June 22, 2012

from the archives

I've been remiss with blogging lately. I guess I am in another transition. And now, my NEW computer is in the shop. Bummer. Everything is harder on a machine that I am not used to. Bear with me. I'll keep up as best I can. Thanks for continuing to visit.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

love thursday 06.21.12 ~ i love this shot

She hasn't been back yet this year. I hope she returns.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

is it really summer?

This is an old picture...but it feels like this today. Rainy, dark...damp. Summer doesn't start until July 5th in Oregon. Great....

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

our souls are connected

When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.

Langston Hughes
I've taken a break from input lately. Long ago I stopped reading, listening to, or watching the news. More recently I decided to stop looking at Facebook. I'll probably go back to it some day. Just not now.

I'm feeling a need for connection and what I see there is divisive, derisive, and...frankly, often upsetting. I get enough of that without seeking it out on my community pages.

For the time being if there is something you want me to see or know about, send it to me directly since I won't be seeing the posts.

Time for a little soul straightening, I guess.

Monday, June 18, 2012

a hand to hold

Is there better advice than this: to hold hands? Think about what it means. Packed in there is taking care of each other, feeling connected and maintaining the safety of our kids. We need a hand to hold--metaphorically when we want support and literally when we're crossing the street. Robert Fulghum, of All I really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten fame, includes this nugget of wisdom in an essay: "When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together."

Did you hear about the Iowa couple married for 72 years who died an hour apart? They'd been in a car accident and were in the emergency room. When it was clear their injuries were not improving, they were placed side by side. Guess what they did? They held hands. When they died, they were still holding hands, the husband departing an hour before his wife. After he died, her heartbeat was visible on his heart monitor. Why? Because they were holding hands.

Andy Smallman

reprinted in its entirety from
Ode Magazine
read more of Andy's posts at

Sunday, June 17, 2012

the whole family did yard work today

I'm not sure what this chore was...
but he did it faithfully.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

words to live by #2

It's time for greatness -- not for greed. It's a time for idealism -- not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.

Marian Wright Edelman

Every once in a while, it would be nice if we could all hear the same words at the same time, wouldn't it?

I keep struggling with the compassionate action being my first move. I do think about my need to move in that direction--even if it is just an ideal some days.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

love thursday 06.14.12 ~ heaven now

“Everything exposed to the light itself becomes light,” says Ephesians 5:13. In prayer, we merely keep returning the divine gaze and we become its reflection, almost in spite of ourselves (2 Corinthians 3:18). The word “prayer” has often been trivialized by making it into a way of getting what we want. But I use “prayer” as the umbrella word for any interior journeys or practices that allow you to experience faith, hope, and love within yourself. It is not a technique for getting things, a pious exercise that somehow makes God happy, or a requirement for entry into heaven. It is much more like practicing heaven now.

Richard Rohr

Happy Love Thursday, everyone. May you pray Heaven now.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

smooth move

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.

Thomas Jefferson
And make sure it is not hot when you do it...

...said she who is minus a few fingerprints, left behind on the grill.

(I'm fine...truly. Just one of those unthinking moves that, fortunately, did not cause lasting pain--just some I-can't-believe-I-did-that reminders.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

mijo and the puppy

This earth is a garden, the Lord its gardener, cherishing all, none neglected.

Sikh blessing

Mijo loves him, too. See how the puppy imitates his BIG brother?

Monday, June 11, 2012

honeyboy grooming puppy

My friend Mary gave me a puppy. (Note to self: Never admire the possessions of someone who is packing to move across the country.) He's the kind I like:

1) Corgi

2) Battery powered

3) Doesn't have to be walked, fed, or potty trained

4) The cats love him

Sunday, June 10, 2012

tattoo step two

There is nothing to share. It didn't work. The product is supposed to be kind of like henna only black so it looks like a real tattoo. Now I am going to have to go back to the drawing to see if I can make it work.

I was so looking forward to surprising you all.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Friday, June 08, 2012

tattoo day

I'll keep you posted....


Thursday, June 07, 2012

love thursday 06.07.12 ~ he truly never met a stranger

Every morning when I wake up, I dedicate myself to helping others to find peace of mind. Then, when I meet people, I think of them as long term friends; I don't regard others as strangers.

HH Dalai Lama

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

mijo knows the way to peace

(prime real estate)

If there is righteousness in the heart / There will be beauty in character / If there is beauty in character / There will be harmony in the home / When there is harmony in the home / There will be order in the nation / When there is order in the nation / There will be peace in the world.

Sri Sathya sai Baba

Tuesday, June 05, 2012


(guess which one is bigger)

...sort of.

Monday, June 04, 2012

honeyboy germinating the seeds

Mysteriously hidden within each of us are the seeds that can germinate into a new society, a new planet. Like the corn, we have hidden deep within our living process a wisdom that reaches back to all knowledge and beyond all possibilities.... We have the wisdom of the ancestors reaching back to the mighty power of all creation... within us."

Anne Wilson Schaef

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Friday, June 01, 2012