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Got My BlendTec Blender!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Woohoo - My BlendTec blender arrived yesterday! It took longer getting here than I thought it would. I was at Trader Joes and picked up organic baby spinach, some delicious looking pears, and some almonds among other things, hoping that that baby would finally arrive. And there it was on my doorstep when I pulled into the garage.

I didn't get a chance to try it out yesterday, but today, for my first green smoothie, I am planning to mix:

frozen mango

If anyone has any favorite smoothie recipes, I would love it if you posted one as a comment.

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/24/2010 1:32PM

    We have blender but my hubby so wished for a food processor, so my daughter gifted him one. He is thrilled with it. We have a small kitchen so we need to clear a space for it. It's good. emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 1/16/2010 10:08AM

    Okay, that smoothie recipe I posted was delicious! I also added a tablespoon of flax seeds. The BlendTec worked just as it was touted, and was also very noisy, which I had read was the one downside to it. However, it blends so quickly it isn't noisy for long.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/16/2010 8:09AM

    Mmm, that sounds good, Ellen.

Mary, Kefir is a lot like yogurt, but it is a different probiotic culture. It tends to be more liquid than yogurt, so you can just drink it.

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LN7777 1/16/2010 7:25AM

    My sister has what she calls her health smoothie every night. She mixes yogurt, frozen banana, frozen strawberries or other fruit and a heaping tablespoon of powdered fiber mix. emoticon

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MARY1313 1/16/2010 1:37AM

    What is Kefir? That sounds really good! I have been getting a smoothy from the health food store for lunch and it really helps me not want to eat as heavy a lunch too!


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New Flamenco Guitar

Monday, January 11, 2010

I'm excited, but also a bit concerned.

I've waited a few years and saved up to finally get my flamenco guitar. It finally arrived at 6:40 this evening. The jury is out though. I am waiting for it to warm up after its cold UPS trip before tuning it and trying it out; but the action seems a little high up the neck. It is very frustrating not having the opportunity to try a number of them out at the same time to see how they play and sound.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/24/2010 5:02PM

    I returned that guitar, as it had some defects that I was unhappy with. It should be back in CA by now. Once it gets back, they will send me another one. Good to wait since I can't play with my smashed finger!

Flamenco guitar is my love. I play folk music and bluegrass for fun, but flamenco music for my soul.

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/24/2010 1:37PM

    A Flamingo guitar! Oooo La La, love it! So romantic. I studied classroom guitar from our guitar professor (requirement for music education)- classical guitar. He taught us to be on constant alert to extreme temperature changes around our instrument - this goes the same for all instruments. Also to loosen the strings when not in use to take stress off the neck - at least that is what I recall. Studied concert bass as well and the professor I had from the University of Michigan (I attended Eastern Michigan University) advised the same thing on the neck of my upright concert bass and the bow. I wonder if the guitar was not taken care of prior to your obtaining it?

Hope you take a picture of yourself playing both of your instruments. Hey, I better look at your pictures. Maybe you already have. emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 1/16/2010 2:20AM

    The action WAS high and the neck was bowed - very disappointing. I contacted the guitar dealer I ordered it from and they are more than happy to make it right. They will pay the return shipping, and will send me a different guitar after checking carefully for lower action and a straight neck. A bump in the road, but it is good to know there are still honest businesses out there.

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Quiet Reflection

Friday, January 08, 2010

A lovely day to relax, observe, meditate, and reflect on letting go.

Those who bind themselves to a joy
Do the winged life destroy
But they who kiss the joy as it flies
Live in eternity's sunrise.

--William Blake


Heart Chakra

Saturday, January 02, 2010

The last few years have been extremely difficult for me; just keeping my center has been a challenge. In just 4 years there have been devastating losses in my life.

It seems like every time I started to heal, I have suffered a new and difficult loss. The end result was, even with trying to find positive ways to cope, I went through a 4 year depression, which I am just now coming out of.

As I begin to go deeper into my yoga and meditation practice, I find that my heart chakra is shut tight - not just physically. I hold my loved ones close in my heart; they are there with me in that way every day. But perhaps I have been holding them too tight, because my heart feels clamped down. Not shut down, because I still have a strong capacity for love - perhaps emotionally callused would describe it.

My yoga friends, as I explore re-opening my heart and life and deepening my relationships, I find that I will need special focus on my heart chakra. I invite you to post favorite practices and meditations (or links to them) to my blog. I know I am not the only person to have suffered great loss, it is after all, part of the condition of being a mortal being. I will benefit greatly from the practice and wisdom of others, but other readers of my posts will as well.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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JULIEN* 1/3/2010 8:30PM

    I'm so sorry for your losses. : ( Be kind and gentle to yourself and go slow because it can be painful to open up again. Here's a link to a yoga workout I find very healing.



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PUDLECRAZY 1/2/2010 1:05PM

    Thank you, Sue. That healing light was having a hard time penetrating! Life's paths have so many twists and turns; sometimes it's hard to catch up. The journey certainly is an interesting one, though. We learn a life lesson, then it is handed to us again with enough of a variation on the theme that we have to apply a new level of understanding to it.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/2/2010 1:00PM

    That is an excellent article. I book marked it so I can refer back to it.

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KAYOTIC 1/2/2010 12:38PM

    I know this is a long article, but I really liked the explanations of the chakras, so if you haven't seen it, take a peek:


You do have a kind heart, and a willingness to share, so I hope that helps you with your losses... emoticon

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STARLASUE 1/2/2010 12:35PM

    As you work with your heart chakra you might want add green and pink to your wardrobe and surrounding. The vibrations of these two colors aid the healing in the heart chakra area. Wearing a rose quartz necklace is also helpful.

When my heart chakra needs nurturing, I use a bit of rose quartz during my prayer and meditation time. I ask God to allow the natural healing within the crystal to enter my heart chakra. I visualize the chakra spinning clear green (often pick swirls show up too) at a healthy harmonious rate while I 'see' any blockages leaving.

I ask for healing Light to enter and work on the broken places - that I might be open to receiving as well as giving love, knowing any pain I am now feeling is b/c I was given the gift of loving and being loved by those who have crossed. I would not give up a single bit of that love and friendship to avoid the pain I have now. The pain changes to something tolerable but the love only deepens.

Be gentle with yourself as you move through your grief. May your special angel embrace you today and for as long as you need.

Healing Blessings

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PUDLECRAZY 1/2/2010 12:04PM

    I have been doing the 29 days of giving for longer than 29 days. I am a generous person by nature but I really like the focus on intention. I also recommend this program; if anyone on this list is interested, here is the link:


You can also find it on Facebook.

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DREAMFLYER 1/2/2010 10:52AM

    My first thought would be to try 29 Days of Giving. It is both a web site and a book. But really it is deciding to spend the next 29 days giving something each day. Even if it just holding a door for someone or thinking a good thought. I tried it and it was an amazing 29 days.

I was drawn to your post as I try to talk to others by feeling my heart chakra leading my thoughts. Thank you for reminding me to do this practice more often.

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GINNJEN2000 1/2/2010 10:19AM

    Not a practicer of yoga but loss can callous anyone. Love is still there just hidden by grief that one thinks is gone. Grief is a hard one because even thinking fondly of those past can reopen wounds. Loss is a part of the human condition.. to truly be rid of it would take away the pure joy of having known these people and animals. Heres to healing your callouses.

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Chicken Coop!

Friday, January 01, 2010

I know, I know, two blogs in one day - that is kind of excessive. Also, not everyone can understand the joy - I think chickens may be an acquired appreciation. BUT - I am excited. A few years ago, coyotes broke into our chicken coop and ate every one of our sweet hens. The coop was an old one and hard to secure; unfortunately the door blew open one blustery night and that resulted in the demise of our chickens. We got rid of the coop, and never got around to replacing it.

Now for me, there never was a question of which came first. The chicken did. I grew up hating eggs, and would hide when my mother cooked them. But, I loved chickens. As a child growing up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a chicken was an unusual pet, but ...

My father used to stop and a bar on his way home from work and put down a few with his drinking buddies. One of them had a chicken that he kept with him, brought to the bar, and fed on corn soaked in whiskey. One night my father found him crying into his whiskey. His wife had told him that either the chicken left, or she would. My father, being the kind soul and animal lover that he was, brought home to his children, an alcoholic barred rock chicken. We were the only kids on the block with a chicken for a pet, and I would carry her around like a baby doll, lying on her back in my arms with her legs sticking up. Half the Bubbes in the neighborhood would have loved to pop it in their stock pots.

In the 70's, during my Back-to-the -Land, Mother Earth News phase of life, and long after our alcoholic chicken had lived her short life, I raised laying hens and discovered for the first time how delicious a fresh egg tasted. I came to realize that I do like eggs, but only fresh ones from free range chickens.

This spring, I'll order some chicks emoticon and let them grow up for a while in my classroom. Then they can move into their cute little coop.

Back View

Front View

At the moment, the coop is still on the trailer, but it has a rickshaw arrangement so it can be moved around the yard. Woo hoo! Darling chickens and fresh organic eggs!

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MARY1313 1/2/2010 1:25AM

    My Grandmother raised chickens and I love organic fresh eggs! Free range is the only thing I will eat!

From Alabama, we moved to California when I was about 6. My brother missed my Grandmother so much! he was the oldest by 5 years. So Mom got him some chickens to raise! It helped him a lot and we had some great eggs. that's how we made friends with the neighbors too, giving them eggs! LOL

Chickens are a good memory for me too!


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GINNJEN2000 1/1/2010 3:58PM

    Ah sounds like fond memories from childhood. Sorry to hear about your other ones. Hope you get your new chicks soon sounds like they are a huge enjoyment for you.

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