Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I entered a blog ....
Things really did get busy for me before I left for my trip to Kayenta/Monument Valley Arizona last week. My nephew ultimately backed out of the trip, so new Spark Buddy, LaNeita, rendezvoused in Mojave CA for the trip. We drove to Flagstaff for the night, and spent the morning puttering around town & stopped by the Museum of Northern Arizona to pick up some anthropology books for graduation gifts. From there it was off to the Navajo Nation and Kayenta where my good friend, Margaret, teaches & family/friends had been invited to celebrate graduation of her daughter, Merry and all of the Class of 2009. Merry was one of 11 seniors at the school that was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship this year (she's 3rd from right in pic)!
The graduation ceremony had a brief power outage from passing storm so was delayed a bit, but it was well worth the wait to listen to the student drummers and to see all those beautiful young faces and people with so much promise ahead of them. The majority of the kids also wore traditional Navajo dress when they walked up to receive their diploma, We had fun time helping with food preparation, catching up with old friends and making new friends; and of course taking a day trip north to small village of Mexican Hat & Goosenecks State Park. The wanabe-botanist & geologist in me had the best time, oohing & awwing at the formations & unique vegetation at our various stops.
I'm also proud to report that I maintained weight, despite indulging in graduation cup-cakes & cake and home-made waffles and REAL MAPLE SYRUP! Yummy!
Monday, May 04, 2009
Well I logged on this morning, and decided to check up on new buddy (Shasta11) who is trying to blog more often, and read her blog about Charlie her sweet cat that she lost to leukemia.
So I of course started crying; then realized that I'm still mourning the loss of my cat Snowball last year (23 y/o beautiful feisty-spirited blue-eyed white persian); then got more teary eyed thinking about Jasper (my sweet 18y/o orange-n-white poly-dactyl pussy cat -he had 6 toes on all his paws); and then more tears for Sir Alfred Wyatt Winchester, AKA: "Alfie" (a 17 y/o huge, gregariously loyal Old English sheep dog).
It just amazes me how much I still miss everyone of them. My little sis says that our pets are physical replicas of the angels/protectors assigned to us by God/Yahweh through out our life. Her theory is the animal kingdom were created after the angelic kind that reside in heaven with our Creator God. So I greatly miss my 'angels' that have passed away and look forward to meeting any and all angels that have helped me through life over the years.
I am also thankful to all of you exercise and healthy living angels that have been encouraging me to achieve my Spark goals. You are all awesome!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Hello to all!
My big "accomplishment" for last two weeks in April has been weeding, tilling & installing my vegetable garden @ our community garden. So the tomatoes, peppers, squash & greens are in! But the best news is my strawberry patch has started to produce gorgeous, juicy, sweet berries & we get to start picking them today!
Most of my cardio has involved walking to/from the garden about every day, and of course spending 2-4 hrs in the garden, tilling, weeding, watering, & repairing hoses -n-faucets. Hard, tiring but oh so rewarding work!!!
The other garden catch up has been at the city house, our cabin & of course the California Native Plant Garden in Sacto. Ahhhhhh, so many weeds and so little time! Now that the gardens are getting under control, I'll be starting back to the gym again.
let's keep our eyes on our goals & continue to lift each other up on our trip!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I am so happy, because my dad pulled out of his downturn and was actually discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon! Thanks to everyone for your sweet, thoughtful, comforting words during all this.
Unfortunately, I was burning the candle at both ends. You know, staying by his bedside in the emergency room for 36+hrs, until he finally got admitted to ICU. Then basically pulling the night duty, while he struggled with his GI bleed, atrial-fib, congestive heart/lung failure issues. Late night phone calls w/family from around the globe; and of course staying up late getting in my bible study w/mom- during this Holy Day season, and just trying to wind down.
So I am truly paying for not taking better care of myself during this little family crisis. I think the whole "Mucus" family clan has set up household in my sinus's & lungs
But most of all, I've missed checking with you Spark folks!
Monday, April 06, 2009
My father's health has taken a downturn this past week and our family has had to begin the real sad discussion about his wishes if/when he passes away. He's a very tough old 76-year old bird who wants to die on his own terms at home.
In addition, my family is preparing for Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread which begins this week. Part of the preparation is physically removing all of the leavening products out of our home. Leavening (baking soda/powder, yeast, etc.) "puffs up" bread, just as our sins of vanity/pride etc. puffs us up spiritually. So my family is also examining our life this past year and trying to identify the things in our lives that we have overcome and improved upon; as well as those things that are dragging us down and in need of improvement.
Needless to say I have been crying & praying, laughing and praising at various times this past week. But my heart hasn't been 100% at peace. So on one of my diversionary trips on the internet (to avoid house cleaning & the gym) I thought I'd check out various proverbs about life and death from a Zen perspective, and ran across the following Zen proverb:
LIVE EVERY DAY LIKE YOUR HAIR WAS ON FIRE.
My first thought is, Hmmmm, this does not sound like a very peaceful way to live.
My next thought is IF my hair was on fire- I would be running and jumping in the back yard pool as fast as I could to get my hair soaking wet. So is one interpretation of this proverb is I need to run, jump and stay wet (does sweating count)???
I'm still puzzled by the deeper meaning of this Zen proverb, and would love to hear other views and opinions about it.
(PS: You guys are THE BEST!)
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