Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thinking on a Thursday...

 Not so hard, eh ?  And makes a lot of sense [to me].

  Of course I have a to-do list in front of me-I am famous around here for my "lists", lol.  This one has been sitting here since yesterday, when I transferred all the UN-done things from Tuesday to Wednesday's list. I completed about half of them, and today I'll probably just scratch off Wednesday and write Thursday.  lol

  I had some company yesterday morning, and she stayed way longer than I expected. So...my optimistically long list didn't get done.  But I accomplished enough and wasn't too upset about it.  She didn't leave til almost 4 o'clock, just about time for me to start supper. After supper, the Irishman and I watched a Netflix movie--Identity Theft. We saw it at the theater when it came out, and it's so funny it was a hoot to watch it again. Then it was time for his bed and me to get on the computer and play --are you busy ?? Let the dogs in and out at least 3 times and then just when you get back to the office again a cat wants out and will yowl and yowl until you come open the door and then when you get back here again another damn cat wants out. And then by the time you get a glass of water and get back here again the damn dogs want back in.  It's where I get most of my exercise in a day to be honest. LOL

 It warmed up some yesterday. Not enough to do something crazy like plant or anything. But it was at least 50 and it was sunny. And windy. Today is heading for 65 and the nighttime temps are warming up too. Looking at the extended forecast, it appears that spring might actually have arrived. Wouldn't that be nice ?

 I bought some little pots of Tarragon, perennial garlic and perennial onions that need to get out in the dirt soon. I watered them good yesterday and brought them in here to sit in the front window.  I am a little worried about it being planting time, as I am still  having a lot of pain in my right arm. I go back to the ortho guy on Monday...I don't know if it's nerve pain or what, but I can do something as innocuous as pulling a door closed and nearly scream in pain. It's got me a little worried. One of my nurse friends said there's often nerve problems from these braces too. Sigh...I don't wear it all the time. He told me not to.  I'm also having all kinds of muscle cramps (arms and legs) and muscle pain in my upper arm. Don't know if that's just weakness from the injury or if there is something wrong. I have NOT gotten nearly enough exercise this horrid long winter, I know that's true. I should get my yoga tapes out and start stretching at the very least...


 Tonight I am picking up a couple of women and we are driving about an hour and a half to hear another friend give a talk. That will be fun--ROAD TRIP !!!!  lol   I need to clean my car.(Better put that on the list).  Have to make some supper and have it ready for himself , because I will not be here when he gets home from work.  I'm leaving just before he gets home, and I'm sure he will welcome the time home alone. Maybe...lol. Not sure what I'll make--hopefully it will come to me in due time. Gotta check and see what's in the pantry...

 Just took a stroll out to the henhouse...came back in, filled the dog food bowls and the animal water bowls too. Made myself a very pretty smoothie for breakfast with some golden flaxseed thrown in and some protein powder too. 

Isn't that gorgeous??  A dark mauve, one of my favorite colors...I had a part of a bag of [each] blueberries, strawberries and mangoes. Then I opened a bag of pineapple and threw some of those in the mix. A squirt of lemon juice, some almond milk, 2 carrots and 2 ribs of celery. It tastes really good...a perfect breakfast for a perfect day. 

  Alright--I do have granola bars to make again and I can get those started and then do a couple of other little things. I've decided not to shower until I get most of my dirtier work done, then I can get cleaned up for tonight, so for now I'll throw on some old sweats and turn on some loud music and get my groove on. After all....it's Thursday, and it's sunny-ish and I might just throw open the old windows too.  We'll see how I feel about that after I get out there and clean the chicken coop. It's only 9:30 in the morning--might still be a little too cool.

  Ahhhh....spring.  The possibilities are endless...



Namaste.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday. Rain. Chilly Temps.

After the past week has been looking at 70's and 80's and lots of sunshine, we get this. April is one fickle month.  What do you do with a day like this? 



 You can stop by a little flea market that just opened on your way home from the chiropractor. Aren't these gorgeous ?  And the vase !!  All for under 10 dollars, which I thought would have been a good price for the glass vase itself, considering.


Not a good view of the vase there....here:

Isn't it beautiful ??

  And then there was the lilac candle with a stained glass lampshade on it. I love lilac candles and have a hard time finding them anywhere, so when I find one, I always buy it.

 And some baskets...

  The top long one is a bread basket with a muslin liner embroidered with little vegetables.  The bottom one is a small bushel basket with a heavy wood lid with handles. Lined with blue gingham. A picnic basket, really.

  This one is just a run of the mill basket stained a faint mauve color. I thought it would be great to line with plastic and plant some flowers in for the little table on the porch.

  The baskets were 2.00, 8.00, and 3.00 dollars respectively.  
 I also bought a small golden square shaped vase about 8 inches tall for 2.95.

  And then ...a very small platter  Maybe 7-8 inches long, for 1.95  I couldn't pass it up--perfect for a small plate of cookies.

 Not too bad for spending around 40 dollars, I didn't think.  He was an adorable young man named Jerod who opened this place with his mother. They have lots of beautiful things in there, and I will definitely be a return customer !!  They're called Round 2 Relics, and they rock!

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   Then it was home. We are having a potluck at La Vista tonight for our discussion group ending (we always do this--great way to end a segment!!).  I have some leftover Carrot Ginger Soup from the workshop on Saturday, so I am taking that as my contribution.  Perfect rainy night food, a luscious carrot soup, zinged up with a little ginger and cinnamon.  I also just cooked a batch of basmati rice in my rice cooker and have made a rice pudding, with coconut milk, coconut chips, vanilla, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, a little butter, a little sugar and a splash of heavy whipping cream.  I don't think I'm going to put any cinnamon in it either like I usually do, because it tastes just right the way it is.  Yum.  Not TOO sweet, not TOO rich...a nice clean satisfying dessert. 

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  Feels like nap time. I was on the run this past week a bit...catching up on things, doing things...you know. On Wednesday I went to the hospital to sit with a friend who was later released home to Hospice care. Losing his battle with cancer at the ripe young age of 46.  Thursday I did stay home and putter.  Friday, went to a friends 10th anniversary in AA and then after the meeting a bunch of us went to pizza.  Earlier that afternoon, I made the Carrot Ginger Soup and a big pot of vegetable stock to use  (in that soup) as well as the other 2 soups I was making.  Saturday I went to the meeting I usually attend, my friend followed me back here for lunch, since I had made a big pot of Quinoa Chickpea Soup earlier that morning. That left me with just one more pot of soup to make, and I figured I could do that while we ate and visited.  Urp.  I was almost late  (not for the whole workshop, but for the time I said I be there). But, as always, in the end it was all okay. lol

  The workshop was a rousing success, we had a great time, and all was well with my world.  


  Sunday I made a raspberry pie for my friend who was asking for one (and apparently no one in our circle of friends can bake a pie, lol). Found some fresh organic raspberries on sale and whipped up this bad boy:


 Dropped it off on Sunday afternoon after going to a shop owned by my friends friends, lol., to look at what they thought was an industrial canner (not quite) . I was excited, thinking it was going to be one of those 2 burner rectangle shaped canners that holds like 16 quart jars at a tie (not close).  On the way home after all THAT, we drove on the backroads  and passed a farm where there were 2 cows out of the fence. Not quite in the road yet, but def on their way. I made a U-turn and went back to the farmhouse to tell the farmer (who was watching the ballgame). He came flying out with his boots on, jumped on his Gator and we drove down the road and stopped where they were. The Irishman got out of the car and I stayed and watched. lol  The farmer opened the big gate and the 40-50 head of cattle still INSIDE the fence all came running. While he chased them all back up the hill, the Irishman was waving his arms around and stamping his feet to stop the other two from their journey farther away from the gate. LOL  Eventually all cows were where they were supposed to be, and we helped him tack up the piece of fence where they had gotten through.

  And now it's Monday, and I've seen the chiropractor and bought some pretties and come back home. I've finished the rice pudding, started the soup to heating, had an almost hour long phone conversation with a friend who's having some family problems.  5 PM and I didn't get a nap in. Oh well...tomorrow's another day, and I don't have to leave Honeysuckle Hill at all if I don't want to. 

 BTW--the honeysuckle is coming back and greening up !!!  Trees are leafing out some and as soon as this cold spell is over--I'm gardening !!!!!





Namaste.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Is it Tuesday already ? sheesh...

  Pineapple just out of the canner.  Yum. Total preserved was 8 quarts frozen and 8 pints canned.
 Mangoes.  Did you ever see the movie Paulie ? It's a Disney movie about a parrot and a janitor who saves him and gets him back to his little girl (who's all grown up now--he's been in the basement of a University lab). Stars Monk's Tony Shaloub.  Anyway...he plays a Russian immigrant and offers the bird some fruit trying to get him to talk, and so anytime I say mango, I say it like they did--MAHn-GO.  LOL  I peeled and cubed about 13 Mahngoes to get this small bowl full which was about 3 full quart bags for the freezer. Every time I forget what a nightmare job it is processing Mahn-goes, and every year I say I'll never do it again. 

  That's what I did yesterday. 

  I saw the flyer today and it looks like Aldi's still has the pineapples for .99 each, so I might go buy another 10 or 15 and dehydrate some as well. And maybe can some more, as it was easy.

  You KNOW how much I like easy. lol

  Today's agenda has included changing the personality of my dining room table (new tablecloth, placemats and napkins), canning home made bbq sauce (it's in the canner now, 20 minutes @ 10 pounds pressure), and making bread. Making a whole wheat bread with extra wheat germ in it. It's in the breadmaker because my right arm is still too weak and painful to be kneading bread. As much as I love that. This will be great, and I don't have to turn on the oven.  AND--it will be done in time for supper, when we're having breakfast. lol  Bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes with onions and peppers and TOAST (or biscuits and gravy, which I'm considering).  (That's bacon for me and sausage for him)  (We're not heathens here.)  LOL

  It has been quite a week.  Saturday I attended a wild womans retreat (smile) and we had a blast.  There were workshops on everything from knitting and crocheting to Crystal therapy to massages to Findhorn and intentional living. There was a dreams workshop, there was a chakra spreading workshop and other energy works. There was a bonfire, there was great food, there was singing and drumming and so much laughter and hugs I could barely stand it. I made a host of new friends and I was so whooped by the time I got home that night I slept like the dead for about 9 hours.

  Sunday morning I woke up to find that my brothers house had caught fire in the early morning hours and they lost almost everything. Thank God they are all safe, but seriously traumatized. He lives in Georgia.  It makes you so grateful for what you have, no matter how little it may seem. It could all be gone in an instant.

  Later that morning, the Irishman and I went to a flea market and spent a nice morning together. We didn't buy much, but did see a friend there with a stall, selling her soaps and skin lotions that she makes. We bought 2 bars of pretty smelling soap for me (cucumber mint soap and Patchouli Rain) and a bar of Poison Ivy soap for him (Jewel weed soap) and some hard lotion for me that is a lovely citrus-y smell. All vegetable products.  I also found a silver chain for one dollar for my new tourmaline pendant gifted me by my good friend Ellyn. Afterwards we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant and headed home.  It was an ordinary day, a nice respite from the rain we've been having (which is STILL better than the snow and cold), even though my front yard is like the Okeefenokee Swamp.

  All around, daffodils are blooming and yards are getting green. Trees are leafing out. It's heavenly. The bbq sauce is out of the canner, the potatoes are par-boiling, the bacon and sausage is cooked and the biscuits are together, save the buttermilk. Gonna sit for a minute and plot my evening.

Blessings of peace to you all...


Namaste.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Humpity, hump, hump, hump

 ...how true this feels today. Joys, sorrows, fears and hope.  Feeling the disbelief and pain of the people in Texas, where there has been another shooting at Fort Hood.  Feeling the joy of a friend blessed with 3 grandsons in 2 days. Knowing the sorrow being experienced by a friend who has lost his mother.  Feeling the hope of someone newly sober as she watched someone else celebrate one solid year of sobriety this morning, and knowing that what crossed her mind was, maybe this can work for me too, and knowing that she shares much more in common with that woman than with me, bumbling  along here with my almost 24 years of sobriety. Identification. Identifying with fear, with joy, with pain and with hope.  So many common threads.  So many common bonds, if we can just look for them.

  Sometimes I feel lonely and afraid and walk around with a knot in my stomach. Just like lots of people do.  This can be an unsettling and uncertain world we live in, and it's easy enough to spin off into space when you get scared.  I heard a young drug addict once say that she..."just tries to stay where my  feet are."  That was one of the most profound things I'd ever heard. Keeping my feet on the ground, I'm unlikely to fly off.  Staying "grounded"  I'm less likely to short circuit. When I get anxious or afraid, I try to make it  a point to look down at my feet. Focus my thoughts and my breathing.  Be where I am. Not off in some imagined holocaust or desperate calamity. Just. Right. Here.

  I can become craziest about money and welfare. Things like, can I pay the bills? Can I buy enough to feed us ?  Will we have the money for taxes so they can't take our house ?   My mouth will say things like "money isn't real. It's just some shit we trade for other shit."  It will say things like             " Believe and Receive."  Or, "I have everything I NEED."    And still...some nights I have waves of these fears attacking me, beating me down, making me cry.  The fear that I will never have everything I need, that life shouldn't still be so hard.  That I'm tired...just SO bone tired of all the juggling that it takes for 2 people to live into old age when they haven't "properly" planned for it. (Whatever that means.)


  All that.

  It has not been  a bad day around here. The weather was godawful, with monsoon-like rains and tornadic winds. But temps in the mid 60's.  Tomorrow is bringing more rain, supposedly, and even warmer temperatures. And more wind. Unless it doesn't.  AND IT'S TURNING GREEN OUT THERE !!!!

  I made a grocery run today, because Aldi's has their fresh meat sale on Wednesday. Boneless skinless chicken breasts for 1.69/lb.  They also had pineapples for .99 each and mangoes for .49 each Of course, I bought about 25 lbs of chicken and 12 pineapples and 15 mangoes.The fruit will be peeled and cubed and frozen for smoothies. The chicken was bagged in quart sized freezer bags for meal sized servings and put into the deep freeze.  

  I do love a good sale. Even if it means spending about 55 dollars.  Money well spent I can live with.



  Yesterday a friend came by (I have had no where I HAVE to be for 3 glorious days!!!  Well, tomorrow will be the 3rd day). She came by and gifted me her 2 year old Dyson vacuum cleaner. She just got a new one (the Dyson Ball), and said this one works like a charm and she thought I could use it more than anyone she knew, because I have a houseful of animals like she does. That thing is a beast!!!  It was an incredible act of kindness, as I'm sure she could have sold it for at least a hundred dollars. Of course I used it as soon as she was gone.  lol The extension wand is in the handle, which is a genius technology.  And it pulled a lot of dirt and dog hair out of my carpet.

  Tomorrow another friend is coming by for a visit.   I'm feeling blessed.


  Friday I have a massage, then the chiropractor. Then I'll come home and make a big pot of soup to take to the womens retreat on Saturday morning. In the early evening, I will have the honor of giving another friend her 32 year coin on the anniversary of her sobriety.  I will have all day Saturday from 8 AM til 9 PM to celebrate with a group of women~~ life and love and womanhood.  I just remembered--I have to make a dessert to take along to that as well.  I can't wait.


  Well, it's limping towards midnight. The power was off today in the storms , but that was very early this morning and we didn't lose it again, even though the weather got worse later.  Hopefully tomorrow will be less extreme than they seem to think. They said the rains would resume tonight, but so far, it's quiet.

  As usual, on my way to bed I will cover the birdcage, close the drapes, turn off the lights and let the cats in. Then I will try to get some sleep, although this hand is hurting pretty bad and last night was not a good one for sleeping.  Hoping tonight will be better...



  Namaste.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

A perfect Sunday morning...

 The sun is shining. It's relatively warm, and getting warmer.  Not quite warm enough to hang clothes on the line to dry, but maybe next week.  The skies are a brilliant blue with some fluffy white clouds lazing on through.  The chickens are out scratching in the dirt, making their contented noises, the birds are singing, and the sounds of spring are in the air. Neighbors doing yard work, children playing, dogs barking. Ahhhh...

  I have laundry going. One folded and put away, one in dryer and one in washer. I'm debating about changing the sheets on our bed and washing those up too. I opened a few windows and turned on 2 ceiling fans. I went out back and picked what little bits of chickweed and dandelions I could find for the chickens. I pulled up the old stalks from the chives bed and saw new chives coming up, maybe 2-3 inches tall. Spring !!  Lots of work to get started on out there.  The Irishman started digging in the bed where we'll put this years potatoes. He also cleaned out the cold flat, and I'm going to get out there today or tomorrow and plant some lettuce and some kale. There is spinach that somehow survived the winter, and it's about 2-3 inches tall too.  I'll plant another bed as well of greens and such, but this one is going in now in hopes of some early greens.

 There is wonderful music playing on the Bose ... cd called Celtic Dreams. It's serene and lively at the same time. I love Celtic music. It speaks to my soul...

 Bread dough for rolls in the bread machine. One batch already out  and formed into little balls and in the 9x13 pan to raise.  Taking them to a birthday supper at my nephews tonight for my brother. He turns 59 next week.  It will be fun. Decided the bread machine would save my poor hand from further hurt. lol

  The hand is paining me some...across the top and up the arm. Swept the porch a couple of days ago, and it's been giving me fits ever since. I was careful (I thought), but I guess you twist your wrist more than you think in that sweeping motion. It's more my hand that hurts from the sprain than the broken wrist.  It's healing...slowly but surely.  Why do I always want everything now ?  lol


  I am going to a one day womens retreat next Saturday. I can't wait. They have lots of cool stuff going on...little mini-workshops ...yoga, precious stone healing, chakra clearing,  crocheting, massages, journaling, dreamwork...just neat stuff. It 's going to be at an old Girl Scout camp about 20 minutes from here. We'll be there from 8 AM til 9 PM, and everybody is bringing food and we'll have 3 meals together. I'm taking a vegetarian soup for lunch. There will be several women bringing soups, salads, etc.  I am so excited to meet a new group of women from this area that I haven't met before !


 Feelings of energy shifts keep washing over me the past few days.  I know that there have been solar flares (big ones) and there is an eclipse coming and lots of other planetary things happening.  I spent Saturday night out on the bluffs overlooking  the river for Earth Hour. About 17 of us, watching the night sky with all the lights off for an hour.  Do you know about this ??

http://worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour?gclid=CI3hxY70ur0CFewRMwod83wAcw

  It was really a wonderful thing. The quiet that engulfs you when it's really dark is something we don't get to experience very often.  Then we had a bonfire and sang  and discussed a movie we watched to start this all off. About the impact of all the light that we use on the planet, the problems it causes in nature, in electric bills, in circadian cycles.  About cities like Bar Harbor Maine, where they passed ordinances about light pollution, because ..."we live here for the night skies" as one resident said.

  At any rate, the experience changed me in some small way. Looking at the constellations was breathtaking.  Picking out the constellations with 2 men from Zambia and one from India was interesting and educational. Being part of a like minded group of people was exhilarating and comforting.

  Time for lunch. The last little bit of the quinoa/chickpea soup mixed wit some of the leftover Caribbean pork stew I made the other night. And a half of a giant soft breadstick.  Yum.  I stripped the bed after all.  The second batch of rolls is nearly ready to put into pans for the second raising. Now I have NPR on the radio and eating and will jump in the shower as soon as I have finished that batch of rolls.  After that, I will bake the rolls and finish up the laundry and then maybe go sit in the porch  rocking chairs if I can fit that in.  I've been home alone since about 9 AM and it's been peaceful and relaxing.

  This life is good.



Namaste.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rainy and about 45 degrees today...

 I feel a little like Rainbow Woman today.

 I'm not leaving this house.  I have no dr appointments, no commitments, no nothing. WOO HOO !!!


 I do have a plan towards some cooking though. A stew of some sort. Either a Hobbit Stew (roasted root veggies) or perhaps a Caribbean Pork Stew.  I want to bake some yeast rolls.  I want to make a dessert of some sort.  Pie, maybe??  Coconut custard maybe, with toasted coconut on top?   I need to make some granola, himself has finished off the last gallon of it I made, and put the jar out IN PLAIN SIGHT so I wouldn't miss it. lol   

  That sounds like a day full of householding, doesn't it ?  I have no intention of venturing any farther from the house than the chicken coop. It needs cleaning and the regular egg check.  The rain is supposed to stop pretty soon, but so far it starts and stops.  So...I had a sandwich.  lol




 I feel lazy. And tired. And  am going to take this day slowly and mindfully.  I have a new book, a crime thriller from the "Queen of Scandinavian crime fiction"  Liza Marklund.  I'll be resting on the couch off and on reading too. I've been traveling to town 3 x a week for chiropractic care for my poor neck and shoulders It's getting better.  I had acupuncture on my knee yesterday too. Don't know if it has helped or not.  But it isn't worse.  I have also been hitting a LOT of meetings and appointments with people, and you know how I get when I am not home enough.  Crabby.  Irritable.  Discontent.

 Yesterday the only things I had to do were the chiro and then meet up with my niece and sister-in-law for lunch. Then I came home  and read a little and lay on the heating pad. I had some chicken thighs in the freezer, so I got those out and put them into the oven and made a Paprika Chicken for supper. Smashed up some red potatoes with the jackets on and stir fried a big skillet of vegetables with Italian seasonings on them.  Voila!  We watched an old movie called With Honors  as we ate...starred Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, Patrick Dempsey...quite good.  I must have picked it up in one of my thrift store deals, because I don't recall having ever watched it, and it was marked 75 cents. lol 

  Well, it looks like the water has stopped, so maybe I'll head out to the girls and get cleaning.  Maybe some fresh air will get me going, because honestly, I could sit at this computer all day.

  The wrist is still sore, but getting a little better every day. I still have a bit of swelling and bruising that you can see, but all in all (even though it isn't healing fast enough)  I feel optimistic.  Sort of. Truthfully--last night I started writing this and was an emotional wreck. Wrote and wrote and wrote and will never publish it.  But it was cathartic, apparently, and that's what I needed. Having a ..."life hasn't turned out like I'd planned and now I'm old" kind of moment.  Boo Hoo.  Thank God I have some tools today to help me through times like that.

 Alright chickens, here I come...


Namaste.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A quiet Sunday morning...

 There is magic afoot.   Always this time of year, even though we yo yo in and out of chilly and warm weathers. In a matter [of what seemed like] hours, green started showing up in the grass, tiny bits of green here and there.  At the same time, trees in the backyard started budding and there are already little casings and seeds falling to the ground. As you can see in the picture, the surprise lilies are popping up too.  Spring...finally.  2 days ago, it was 76 and I sat in the back in my favorite old metal lawn chair with my shoes off and my feet on the dirt.  Yesterday I went to our annual Spring Equinox celebration and it was too cold to plant the peas. lol  We all were bundled up and trekked over to the community gardens and went into the greenhouse to see the seedlings and listen to a young man talk to us about permaculture and sustainability. A young hippie looking guy. lol I talked with him a bit about hugelkulture and  made sure he had our phone number and later in the spring we will have him out for supper. Oh..I am so sly in my old age !  lol


  I am still fretting and fussing about the honeysuckle and my better half says not to worry, "...you can't kill that stuff".  But I've never seen it all look so brown. Todays high is forecast to be only 41, but at least it's sunny out there.  Tomorrow will be 50, back to 35 on Tuesday, and then it looks like a warming trend from there on out.


  People asking asking--if I have my garden in yet. A resounding NO as usual. I just do not ever plant (except maybe potatoes and usually not even them) until mid to late April.  It's just not worth the risk of losing them to frost (or flood, lol), which is entirely possible here until mid-May.  We have such a great long growing season here that there is no reason to rush it.  Besides, the gardening/canning/preserving season goes on plenty long enough for me. lol

  I have been doing some fun-ish stuff since my cast came off and I have a little more freedom. I bought about 8 pounds of strawberries the other day for 99 cents a pound and  made strawberry shortcake with about a pound and a half of them.
Lovely, isn't it ?  I used Mary's scones recipe, sweetened it up a bit more, patted it out a bit thicker and then sugared the tops before baking. O.M.G.  It was so good.
 Then the rest of them got the stems taken off, washed well and then individually quick frozen on a large cookie sheet. This morning I took them out of the freezer and put them into zip lock bags. All ready for smoothies or dessert or whatever.

  Earlier in the week I decided to try a recipe I found for fermented carrots. Along the line of the kimchi, but only carrots, garlic, a little red pepper and rosemary.  Aldi's had organic baby carrots on sale and that was perfect because I didn't have to much chopping. (Yes--my right hand is still pretty weak and sore).  They LOOK beautiful, I just can't wait to taste them They are on Day 4 (I think) of the fermenting process.

 Other than that, it's been a cycle of chiropractor, orthopedics and trying to get my house cleaned up. 



 I am feeling pretty anxious for the season to change and hoping some of this arthritis pain will go away when it warms up.  I'm tired of not feeling good, and hurting all the time. Way tired. This has been a rough winter. 

  These are the visions I have in my head:



Sigh....soon enough....soon enough...





Namaste.