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Purging - Good

Monday, June 06, 2011

Do you have a junk drawer?

I have a confession to make - I have a junk ROOM. A whole room. Filled with stuff!

I was thinking this evening about the tasks that I have put on hold; there are three that stand out 1) clean and organize the laundry room, 2) get the kitchen remodel planned, and 3) organize and clean out the junk room.

The laundry room issue revolves around not enough closet space - or too much stuff.

The kitchen remodel issue revolves around the fact that my DH trashed the kitchen so that the sink and counters are ruined. Do I really want to spend money remodeling only to have it trashed again? Or would I rather just live with an ugly kitchen. Don't know quite how to resolve that one, so it remains at a stand still.

The junk room - ah, THAT! I started organizing last summer, with quite a few trips to Goodwill, then the school year hit and I threw everything left over back into it. Like the laundry room, it has been on hold all school year, and with good reason. I just didn't have time to tackle it.

What it comes down to is - letting go. Stop grasping, Chris. You have not used that stuff in a year (well, the Christmas tree, I did use the Christmas tree.) It needs to be set free. The same thing with the laundry room. Not enough closet space for the sheets, towels, blanket, and clothes in there? Then, yes, I must have too many. It is time to let go, and make more Goodwill runs. There are closets and rooms that need to be filled; mine certainly do not need to be overflowing. Time to purge. Stuff can get in the way of life. Out with it!

I will post a progress report to keep myself accountable.

Do you have accumulated stuff that clutters your life? How do you deal with it? Want to join me in a spring clean-up and Goodwill (or other charity organizations) donations?

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CITYZOZO 6/12/2011 9:33AM

    just by reading this i feel better about my junk room.. come and join us on the loser team.. we have an ongoing thread just for decluttering... i send you an invite and if you wish the women are wonderful in the group... cheers, zo

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    This has inspired me to get my apartment in order. Thank you!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/7/2011 11:13AM

    Oh, yeah!!! emoticon

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BUNNYSPAL 6/7/2011 9:28AM

    I too need to purge. I think I will start in the dining room and kitchen. Then the family room and leave the bedrooms and closets for last.

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    emoticonRead your blog! Just got off work but had to read it! emoticon

Yes! I've been purging stuff for about a month now! emoticon

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MARY1313 6/6/2011 11:32PM

    I have stuff I have been cleaning out myself. My closets! I have a one bedroom apartment that has two huge walk in closets, otherwise, I couldn't live here because all my clothes would be on all surfaces and there would be no room for me. But now, even these huge closets are groaning. time to clear out.

Also, the new rule is, if I bring something in, I have to take something out!


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    I toss, toss, toss and don't buy.
I require very little. 3-4 sets of towels. 2-3 sets of sheets. Off with one, wash the other.I have no "good" china.
I took a long, hard look at my life deciding what was important.It's not the things in my life that make me happy it's what I do with it.
I keep trying to have less and do more with what I have. My problem is getting my saver husband to not rescue my stuff from the trash or add to his pile!

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WATERMELLEN 6/6/2011 9:07PM

    I am a truly terrible housekeeper. And have 24 years of accumulated junk in this old house of mine that requires jettisoning. And neither the time nor the inclination to take it on. Sad sad truths. Yikes!!

Thanks for your kind comments on my "tiny" (who me?) blog!!

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/6/2011 9:04PM

    I need to clean and organize my sewing room. I know there is a bed in the room but I'm not sure I can find it right now. I think I will work on it this weekend. I need to get it cleaned out so I can work on so Christmas presents.

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LMB-ESQ 6/6/2011 8:04PM

    Pictures? Show us what it looks like now, and how it progresses along. Boy, will you ever have something to be proud of!

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CELLOSONG 6/6/2011 7:29PM

    I think that's why I've loved moving so much the past few years, it's a great excuse to get rid of the stuff I don't need. Nearly everything I own fits into my 12x12 bedroom and the cupboards in the kitchen, and that's good enough for me.

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IUHRYTR 6/6/2011 7:21PM

    Just today I filled another large yard bag full of unneeded stuff. I keep a big box in the trunk of the car and add to it until it's full then off to Goodwill. As I see more empty space, I feel liberated. Keep at it, a bag, a box at a time. -- Lou

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On Being Alone

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I am by nature an introvert. It isn't that I don't enjoy the company of other people, far from it, but I need alone time to regenerate. Perhaps because I work so intensely with people, have to keep track of children's activities and whereabouts, plus the responsibility with all of this, I tend to really enjoy alone time. I relish not having a rushed schedule or a schedule dominated by the needs of others.

Mornings alone are particularly delicious. It is luxurious to be able to ease out of sleep, listen to the birds sing, stretch, and think about the morning before getting out of bed.

I rarely (or do I ever?) get bored being alone. There so many things that I enjoy doing, and I love to be able to do them at a slow or even scattered pace. Rather than rushing to meet demands and schedules, the day unfolds and reveals things that would be overlooked in a busier pace. There is an inherent flexibility of decision making, leaving room for spontaneity and unexpected turns of events.

I enjoy the quiet as well; no television or radio blasting, no bells or buzzers, or people who need something from me. It is restful and restoring.

Occasionally, alone time DOES feel lonely. I would not enjoy being alone all of the time; I enjoy being with people. Time away is like a vacation, a restful pause. Alone as a consistent life-style would feel isolating.

What is alone like for you? Do you relish the quiet spaces around you, or do you feel lonely and/or bored? What do you do with your alone time?

Being the Life-of-the-Party in China on my 50th birthday. Oh, wait, these guys are terrocotta, I'm the only life at THIS party!

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CITYZOZO 6/12/2011 9:26AM

    loved the blog.. i too love to see the day unfold by itself and don't want a lot of plans being made beforehand...great blog. i feel exactly the same.. my job is intensive and i need to unwind alone sometimes without entertaining others or thinking about their needs

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    I too am introverted. While i like small group settings, I despise large events. And I really, really enjoy my alone time or alone time with the Boy. Makes me feel calm.

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CAROLIAN 6/7/2011 1:24PM

    I too love being on my own most of the time I like sitting still in the garden watching the wild life.For 40 year i had to put up with people 24/7 now i can choose if i want to be with them or enjoy myself being alone. lol emoticon

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    I am also an introvert. As you mentioned, I enjoy visiting with family and friends occasionally, but most of the time I like to just hang out with my animals! My husband and I are very compatible in this area as he is also an introvert. We try to spend some time with each other every day when he is not traveling. Otherwise, we have our different interests. I have my construction projects at home creating a habitat for my chickens. He has been learning bass guitar and spends a fair amount of time practicing as he will start playing occasionally at church later this month.
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BUNNYSPAL 6/7/2011 8:56AM

    I love my alone time. I Don't get it often enough. I like the quiet mornings best. Another three days of quiet and then my hubby is home from fishing and I will have him to contend with him and the quiet will be gone. I miss him in the evenings when I have had time to myself all day. Waking at my own pace and having a quiet, un-rushed breakfast is enjoyed.

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MARY1313 6/6/2011 11:39PM

    Years ago, I learned to like being with myself. Now I like it even more. But I do have April the Poodle. I don't feel alone at all really, I have my guitar, my auto harp, my books, and if I need company I can take April for a walk and visit a neighbor. But for the most part, I love my alone time.

In the mornings, I don't turn any tv or radio on. Just me and the birds and my coffee cup. Listening to the world waking up. That is my restorative time.


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REDSHOES2011 6/6/2011 9:59PM

    Nothing wrong with being a introvert. I do this too working with the sick, mentally ill and the elderly.. I get tired of hearing other people talk all the time, my early hours when no one else is up and about is my cup of solitude...
emoticonis soothing.. emoticon is my access to people on my terms..

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NEWKAREN43 6/6/2011 9:41PM

    I love, love, love to be alone...I love the quiet, the peace, the alone-ness, the 'I can do what I want to do' time. But, there was a time in my life when I could not be alone, in fact, a counselor told me that my "assignment" was to "spend 5 minutes alone with myself" to start...and I was to increase my time from there as I got more comfortable with me...I can tell you that those first 5 minutes alone were absolute hell, I couldn't even make 5 minutes alone. But I did get to he point where I was comfortable with me...and I've never gone back...love this blog. Blessings on your journey of health and fitness. Karen

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GOLIGHTLY344 6/6/2011 11:22AM

    I love it for the same reasons. Also, Music takes my concentration and I love that intense time of paying attention.

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BARBIETEC 6/6/2011 8:43AM

    I love being alone sometimes.. Like now there is nothing turned on in my apartment, the TV is quit, the Radio is quiet, no one is home, it is just me and my Apple (mac) reading SP blogs and sometimes listening to some sounds coming from outside that reminds me that I am not completely alone :)

I recharge after being alone, my mind get's calm and I get energy... and I enjoy people more after a quiet afternoon :)

Than you for your comment on my blog!!! have a nice day my friend :)

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 6/6/2011 1:15AM

    I seem to have an over abundance of alone time. Hopefully I'll find someone to share it with.
If they own a tv it would be nice since mine left with the dishes and dressers and a bunch of other things.

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JABULONESTAR 6/6/2011 12:24AM

    I absolutely love having "alone time". In fact I look forward to the moments in the day when I have the house to myself. I like to be able to hear myself think and be able to hear the sounds of nature. Sometimes I will take Jabulani on a walk just so I can get away and be by myself for a while. So I completely understand what you are saying!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/5/2011 11:24PM

    Beautiful to read your thoughts about solitude. I also find it restorative to unfurl myself in the mornings, listen to the voice of my soul. I usually write as a regular solitary activity but I don't feel lonely or 'alone' when I'm doing it. Sometimes I feel I'm in dialog with my inner voice.
I also love chatting with friends. I like taking walks with my hubs or with a friend. My world expands through my friends. And it is enriched by my time in solitude.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/5/2011 11:23PM

    I am very flexible in this area. I love peaceful alone time & I love chilling with family & friends. I would have to say I consider Stella, Baily, Thumper, Baby & all the others as companions & we are not alone when they are there. Heck, sure would be lonely without my Boo even though she gets on my nerves sometimes. Happy Birthday!

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CELLOSONG 6/5/2011 10:44PM

    I know exactly what you mean about needing alone time. I love to take mine out in nature--hence all of my hikes lately. It's so refreshing to hike through the woods without another soul in sight. It clears my mind (just like running does) and helps me find myself apart from others again.

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WATERMELLEN 6/5/2011 10:12PM

    I am pretty sure that you are very good company -- for yourself!!

And: it's time to "replenish the well" which will run dry if you just keep drawing on it.

I'm pretty friendly. But like you, I need time to be alone, regularly and predictably. And time to be in nature, listening and looking and touching and smelling and yup, tasting too!!

It restores my soul.

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IUHRYTR 6/5/2011 9:46PM

    Quiet = peace. emoticon -- Lou

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    I cherish my alone time. I found out that when I go swimming I can dunk my head under, and be in my own world. Try it!

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LMB-ESQ 6/5/2011 8:40PM

    I love being alone. I don't get to be alone enough. It's my time to regroup and collect myself either before or after being around people. I make jokes about living on a mountaintop and never seeing another human again as long as I live. I don't think I'd really like that, but sometimes when the day has been long and trying with no privacy at all, it sure does sound inviting. I need it, like you, to regenerate, so I can remember who "I" am and be clear about how I feel and what I'm thinking. I am rarely lonely or bored when I'm alone. What I do when I'm alone is almost irrelevant; I just need the quiet and the peacefulness of it.

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KATRINAKAT23 6/5/2011 8:36PM

  Funny you should blog about this today. For the most part I enjoy being alone. At my job I deal with the public so on my time off I like to be by myself but today for some reason I have felt lonely. I phoned my sister to go for coffee but she had already made plans. Oh well back to work tomorrow.

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MYBULLDOGS 6/5/2011 8:28PM


being alone on some days seems like a great place to be. kids can be a real challenge. the older they get the bigger the problems. a man if the wrong one can be a nightmare.

i don't think if people are truly honest have not said at least once in their life , if only i had stayed single.

enjoy your life the way your happy.

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EDWINA172 6/5/2011 8:24PM

    Sounds like you are describing me! I am never bored. I love peace and quiet. I dislike the phone, tv or radio on when I'm home. I need quiet and alone time to regroup. My "work" life is so busy, hectic and rushed. So unlike me. Nice to find someone like me on Spark! Have a great weekend.

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JENN03275 6/5/2011 8:23PM

    Having been a visiting nurse for the past 2 years, I have spent a lot of time alone. I found that driving from home to home was rather lonely being alone. I start tomorrow caring for people in a static place.

I think that is when I will learn once again to relish in my alone time. I will be called upon much more at work with the needs of others, not to mention the needs of my family, pets and friends.

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Once Upon a Time...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

In my guided journal, my writing prompt was to write thoughts about my birthday so this will be my blog for today.

Once upon a time, I was little girl who celebrated my birthdays with party hats and streamers, a birthday cake, ice cream, and friends. I have always thought my birthday was special and even as a child I liked it better than holidays because it was about being here. Right here. On this planet.

It did cause me a bit of philosophical angst, though. Before the war, my mother was married to a man named Max. Max was a war hero in World War 2, who died trying to rescue his fallen comrade amidst enemy fire. My mother became a widow in her early twenties, and I don't think she ever got over the loss of Max. She had been high school sweethearts with my father; and when he came home from war, a shadow of himself and weighing only 98 pounds after living in a POW camp, their relationship was reestablished. She married my father and slowly his physical injuries and malnutrition healed, although both of my parents suffered from their emotional wounds for the rest of their lives.

Max was not mentioned in our house, but I discovered some photos of him in a drawer and hounded my mother until she told me who he was. Having gotten a scolding for snooping and the bare bones explanation that he was her first husband who was killed in the war, the subject was closed. So I was left alone with my pondering. What if Max hadn't died? What if Mom hadn't married Dad?

Who would I be?

Would I be?

Would I be half me?

Which half?

Would I be the same spirit, but in a different body?

I doubt my mother ever knew that her little girl would sit with a picture of Max and try to see the half of herself that she might be if she were Max's little girl instead of Gene's, or fret that it could have come to pass that she might never have existed at all.

And so the little girl had her birthdays and was always glad that she was here at all. By some mystery of the universe. By a special happenstance.

When my oldest son was six (about the age I was when I discovered that my mother had been married to Max) he called out to me that he couldn't sleep. I went in, sat on his bed and asked him what was bothering him.

"Why can't I see the atoms that are on my eyeballs?" he wanted to know. "They are right up close - I should be able to see them." I rubbed his back and talked to him about atoms, but knew the angst of those childhood journeys of metaphysical exploration.

Perhaps it is the unanswerable questions that give a special depth of personal exploration to our lives; the enigmas that we try to wrap our minds around that help us build who we are in this world. I am one who is always trying to figure out my relationship with the world, and my son is a physicist, still exploring what seem to me to be unfathomable questions about the universe.

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    This entry makes me insanely happy and calm and at peace with everything. Also, I majored in Physics so I officially adore your son. :D

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BUNNYSPAL 6/7/2011 9:22AM

    Many people wonder what changes would be made if they could do something over again or if one thing in their life was changed. I always look at my daughter and am glad I had her and how strong and loving a woman she is. I wouldn't change that part of my life because she wouldn't be the person she is. Life was not easy but most of the time spent with her are good memories. We have had a few rough spots, during her teen years, but they were growing years for her and she needed to spread her wings and see if she could fly. I of course did not want her to plummet to the ground. I am so glad to have my daughter, her wonderful husband and my granddaughters. I know I couldn't go back and change one part of my life because all this could vanish. Thanks for your blog.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/6/2011 11:00AM

    I think my girls go through this, having grown up dead center of a 10 year custody nightmare. It consumed our lives like a shadow. What would their lives have been like growing up in one home with mom & dad, something they never really had because their father left me when they were all babies.

I love your title selection, most fitting.

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 6/6/2011 12:59AM

    I don't and can't have an answer for the metaphisical questions of the child or the adult. But I and many others do thank God for the spirit He created when when He created you. You have touched all of us in a good and positive way.
Thank you for being you.
I hope you had a happy birthday!
PS I supose some atoms are invisible like plastic wrap and scotch tape

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GOLIGHTLY344 6/5/2011 4:02PM

    Your blog makes me wonder what my grandchildren are thinking internally. They are so full of love for my DH and me and for their parents, cousins and all of the family.

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OLDERDANDRT 6/5/2011 11:37AM

    Well, there you go. A physicist? Maybe I didn't ask enough deep questions as a child! hehe Seriously, a super blog. I always enjoy reading what you write. Very thought provoking.


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LMB-ESQ 6/5/2011 7:48AM

    What a great blog! A beautiful tribute to a little girl and her thoughts. I think we're all here by happenstance, to be honest. My mother told me she always wanted four children. She had three, then two miscarriages before I came along. What if one of those miscarriages hadn't been a miscarriage? I used to ask myself that a lot, until I realized I was making myself crazy. That's not what happened, I'm here, I'm glad to be here, and that's all that matters.

And I'm glad you're here too! Happy birthday... again!!!

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JABULONESTAR 6/5/2011 2:15AM

    Great Reflection! Thanks for sharing :)

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/4/2011 10:10PM

    Love the photo and the guided journal blog. Thank you for sharing. It does expand our sense of self to ponder the mysterious, whether it be our identity or the structure of atoms.

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IUHRYTR 6/4/2011 10:05PM

    Chris, this parallels my family so much it's uncanny. My mother was also married to a soldier killed in the same war. I never knew hi name and she never talked about him except in a diary I found after she died. Then she met my father who went by his middle name of Gene. My older sister was born of Mom's first husband and then adopted by my dad. Of course, she was always my sister, never referred to as a half-sister or anything but sis. I, too, wondered if I would have been born if Mom's first husband had lived or if the divine plan would have brought Mom and Dad together anyway. An interesting point to ponder. Thanks for a thoughtful and memory provoking blog. -- Lou

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WATERMELLEN 6/4/2011 9:59PM

    Love the picture -- and so glad that this little girl came to be (and has grown up into such a wise and wonderful woman!).

Is it so easy to underestimate the metaphysical anxieties of small children: and I suppose especially so for your mother if she felt she had somehow "broken faith" with her heroic first husband by remarrying . . . Adults in general had much less to say to children, and considered them less to be real people, than we do today: and of course part of your huge success as a teacher is that you do consider your students to be real people.

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SM-ARTGIRL 6/4/2011 9:42PM

    What a fabulous birthday reflection- so interesting where this guided journal is taking you! I resonate with the depth of your connections from your mother to your son.
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    Your blog really touched something in my heart, and I don't even know what it is, if that makes any sense at all. Maybe it's because I've been playing folk music all day, been nostalgic for days gone by, and maybe even a few regrets thrown in. I, too, wondered as a girl, why am I even here? Why did my dad want to leave me for some other lady? So many deep questions we ask as children, and nobody can ever seem to provide the answers...

ahh, sigh... I guess we all have the things we wonder about and never really quite understand.

I loved it that you wrote this... it gave me more realization that it's ok to think about these things, and still wonder...

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Birthday and 1 1/2 Years on Spark Blog

Friday, June 03, 2011

I have been having a pleasant and quiet birthday. Mike is not big on birthdays and is at the Vietnam Veteran's reunion with his buddies; I have been being my usual independent self. So, starting with dinner, dinner for one does not have to be boring, in fact, it can be quick, colorful, delicious, and nutritious. I usually bake a few sweet potatoes and boil a few fresh beets to have on hand to add to meals without having to cook for each meal individually.

My birthday dinner:

1/2 baked sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon

steamed fresh asparagus

beet and feta salad ( fresh beets on a bed of mixed lettuce, sprinkled with feta, and drizzled
with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

wild mushroom ravioli topped with sauteed mixed mushrooms

This was Shamelessly Pamper Myself Day. I started the day with one of my favorite yoga classes, Women's Seasonal Yoga. It was a very gentle, restorative yoga today and I left feeling both refreshed and relaxed. From there I went to the groceries store to pick up food to cook for dinner.

Once home, I spent quite a bit of the day playing my guitar and working on the techniques to learn before next class. Class, by the way, went really well. I was a little worried that I would be disappointed in my new teacher - that he sounded better on his music profile than he is in person. Nothing could be further from the truth. He is very knowledgeable about flamenco, plays with skill and grace, plus is an excellent teacher. I am very excited about the progress I think I'll make with his help. I miss Dave, but I think Fernando might be even a better teacher - and that's saying a lot.

This afternoon, I took a long walk in town with a good friend. We enjoyed walking through the allies, admiring people's back yards and gardens, and catching up on each other's busy lives.

So, on today, my 61st birthday, I have been with Spark for 1 1/2 years. I have lost the weight that had spiraled out of control during the those five tragic and stressful years, and got my energy and strength back in spite of some physical set backs. I am back to exercising and enjoying better strength, agility, and vitality. I do not need any prescription meds - blood pressure, cholesterol, etc, still excellent.

This is the birthday picture I took today.

A special thank you going out to J Lo for making having round feminine hips, well...hip!

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BUNNYSPAL 6/7/2011 9:04AM

    Sorry I missed your birthday. My sister was visiting and I haven't been logging in much. Happy belated birthday! Your dinner is so colourful and healthy looking. What a beautiful picture you posted. You look so fit and healthy. You look much younger than I do and I am 55. Have a great year! emoticon

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MARY1313 6/6/2011 11:45PM

    You are very very beautiful and you have a gorgeous figure! You've worked hard and it shows! 61? nope, more like 41.


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VALERIEMAHA 6/6/2011 1:00PM

    You are nothing short of amazing, my friend. Bright blessings in this 61st year of your phenomenal life!

And I've been on pins-and-needles waiting for a report on...Fernando (Hispanic, eh?). SUCH good news!!!
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MEOWMAMA3 6/5/2011 2:00PM

    Happy Birthday teacher sister! I'm so glad you get to enjoy peace and good health as your best gifts! You look mah-velous dahlink!, truly! (But the "6" in "61" has GOT to be a typo!). I've not been Sparking much as we finish up the school year, I still have until June 22nd. Then I can exhale.... Have a great day, and many more happy birthdays ahead! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAWRTIAN 6/4/2011 1:48PM

    You look fantastic! Love and hugs for you birthday!!

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 6/4/2011 10:48AM

    Congratulations and happy birthday. I hope to ring in 47 with some of your vim and vigor! Wow! Inspirational, and georgous pictures of you and your plate!

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LMB-ESQ 6/4/2011 8:36AM

    Happy Birthday! That's the way birthdays should be... just for you! I like spending my birthday alone too.

And may I say... you are looking utterly fabulous!!

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PENNYAN45 6/4/2011 8:31AM

    I'm glad you pampered yourself on your birthday with healthful food, yoga, and music. Your dinner looks delicious...
...and if I were a man, I would probably say that you do too!

Happy Birthday. You and I have been friends for over a year here on SP - and throughout that time, you have given me much support and inspiration. Thank you!

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CAROLIAN 6/4/2011 1:49AM

    Happy Birthday you are looking great lol emoticon

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    Looking Good! emoticon emoticon emoticon
I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing birthday!

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 6/3/2011 11:55PM

    Happy Birthday!! you forgot the cake emoticon

cake doesn't count on your birthday's

That is a really good picture of you!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/3/2011 11:23PM

    You really look so beautiful Chris, hottie!

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IUHRYTR 6/3/2011 10:51PM

    Absolutely beautiful. Never would have guessed your age. How about another pamper yourself day tomorrow, too? emoticon -- Lou

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WATERMELLEN 6/3/2011 10:11PM

    You. Look. Fabulous!!!! WOW!! Happy, healthy and very very pretty!!

Happy 61st Birthday (and how is that possible???)

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    You look wonderful. Happy Birthday, friend.

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OLDERDANDRT 6/3/2011 8:30PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like you have a scrumptious meal and a fantastic day!!! Good for you!!! And I know your fur babies (esp. Stella the Diva) has helped you celebrate with birthday lovins'!!!
And you look fabulous!!! emoticon
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    Happy birthday! I'm glad to hear you had a spectacular day!!! :D And you look absolutely spectacular!!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/3/2011 7:10PM

    Happy Birthday!

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JABULONESTAR 6/3/2011 6:55PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! You look beautiful and happy :) That dinner looks Yummy!

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0309COOKIE 6/3/2011 6:46PM

    Sounds like you really enjoyed your day. Good for you. You look absolutely wonderful in your birthday pic along with your sidekick, Stella.

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    Happy Birthday! You look fantastic! I wish your DH would make birthdays more of a priority... you deserve it!
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LINDA! 6/3/2011 6:34PM

    Happy Birthday and you look great!! emoticon

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A Wee Bit Nervous, But Shouldn't Be

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I am going to meet my new flamenco teacher this evening. It has been two years since my teacher moved away, and until now, I have not found another teacher who says they can teach flamenco. In fact, most people around here think it's flamingo music,

or confuse it with mariachi and ask if I have one of those giant guitars.

So i am thrilled to find someone who actually knows something about flamenco and I am crossing my fingers that he is at least almost as good as my previous teacher, who was excellent.

One thing most people don't know about me is that I am a little shy until I get to know someone, so I am actually a bit nervous about going to my first class this evening. There is always that first time of meeting someone - I know I'll get over it, but darn I wish I was more gregarious from the onset.

Here is Paco de Lucia playing a flamenco solea - I won't live long enough to be this good,


but I can enjoy every step toward being a proficient flamenco guitarist.

Wish me luck - I really hope this new teacher is a good match!

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MARY1313 6/3/2011 11:38AM

    Too funny! I hope you have a great lesson!


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SM-ARTGIRL 6/2/2011 11:36PM

    Good on you for following through with your passion to improve your practice despite the fear of meeting a new teacher.

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 6/2/2011 11:36PM

    Yes you can don't ever cut yourself short.
I noticed that none of the pro players have more than five fingers on either hand. so if they can do it so can you.
What is wrong with flamingo music?
little yellow chocolate easter peep likes to make music with flamingo's just can't catch them yet
got any more birdy pictures yet
they should be fethery by now if they still live at home

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    I think that this is FANTASTIC! I, on the other hand, would SQUISH a flamingo if I tried to flamenco! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/2/2011 8:29PM

    He plays really well for a flamingo!! Yeah!!

And as for being shy when you meet someone new -- well, all I can say is everyone here loves ya, and your new teacher (if a good teacher and a good human being, and they're kinda related in my experience) is going to absolutely love ya too!!

(I'm betting you're perfectly friendly on first meeting, but just don't like to put all your goods in the shop window, as it were . . . )

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OLDERDANDRT 6/2/2011 6:17PM

    emoticonGood luck, but you don't need it, hon! Let us know how you get along with this teacher! emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 6/2/2011 5:41PM

    Flamingo???? LOL that's too funny!

I hope he's a good match too.... and you should post a video blog of yourself playing... how exciting!

Too bad you're not in San Diego. I think I've shown you this before. My nephew is the director, his wife is the principal dancer.


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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/2/2011 5:26PM

    You play or dance? I'd love to see a flamingo doing flamenco.....

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/2/2011 5:13PM

    Beautiful! Austin has a Classical Guitar Society and I just bought tickets to their summer Latin music festival. Cuban guitarists in June (Edel Munoz and Rene Izquierdo), Argentine guitar and bandoneon in July (Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiacchiaretta) and Mexican guitar in August (Juan Carlos Laguna.) I'm really looking forward to hearing all of these.

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    I know what you mean about being nervous with first meetings. That's really rough for me to. But you're gonna ROCK it!!! :D

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