Sunday, January 24, 2010


Lately I've been buried in an avalanche of good reads. I'm reading Twilight, In Cheap We Trust, A Simple Abundance Companion, a book on Reiki, and several collage books. I've also been doing a bit of illustrated personal journaling, which necessitated yet another archaeological dig of my art space. I am glad to report that I survived, and now have a functional place to scrapbook and journal again! Hopefully good things will come out of it and I will be able to report back with a few things I've worked on.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter Pining

Took the boys out sledding out back yesterday. I actually don't recall ever having been sledding before! As a city girl, it just wasn't accessible for me. And by the time we moved to the burbs I was a bit old, or so I thought. So today was fun for me because I sledded too!

My little snow warriors! Though it hasn't actually snowed for days, they seem to want to shovel every day when we get home from school.

Still taking my walks around the pond, though doing it in daylight since the other evening when I found coyote tracks in the snow. Several years back I started dreaming about them, then suddenly one Sunday morning, very early, my husband and I saw one grabbing a "snack" from the edge of the pond. I thought we were going crazy until I read an article in the Dispatch about coyotes being back in central Ohio. Now, especially in the spring and summer, we here them yipping at night, and I kind of like them.

St. Francis weathering the snow.

This is the spot where the lettuce and tomatoes will go on the deck once all this white stuff is gone. For now I did some indoor planting today of lavender and a few tulip bulbs.

I also did this idea I saw in MaryJane's Farm in an article called "Square inch gardening."

You line a couple of jewel boxes with paper towels, sprinkle in your leftover seeds, spritz with water, and cover with just a handful of soil.

Park your little greenhouses in the window, and soon you'll have sprouts! I'm also trying some in jars which is a little more traditional. Little things help take the edge off the chilly days.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My view out back this morning

The first little blushes of sunshine we've seen in forever.

Weatherman says we'll reach 34 degrees today. It's 16 now, so I'll believe it when I see it.

I am eager for spring, yet really enjoying the beauty of the present moment.

My neighbors must think I'm mad, running out in my boots and jammies to take pictures of my sleeping berry bushes.

I think it's going to be a great day.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

30 Minutes for Me

For the new year I've come up with a routine for myself that I'm calling 30 Minutes for Me.

Basically, every day I take a walk around the pond out back for 10 minutes, regardless of the weather, I exercise for 10 minutes, and I meditate for 10 minutes.

I can do it altogether or split it up as needed through the day.

So far I've done this for 7 days and I'm really feeling pretty good.

It's 20 degrees here today, windy and bitter cold. They say 3-6 inches of snow will fall by midnight. Good thing I've got great boots!