Tuesday, February 21, 2012
... wasting my fitness time.
When I was young, Ash Wednesday was always of time of saying what you were going to give up for Lent. It was about as useful as New Year's Resolutions.
Somewhere along the line I actually listened to a sermon about Lent. Yes, it's a time of penitence, of being repentant for our sins. It's a time of preparation for Easter. Fridays are days of abstinence. Abstinence means abstaining from eating meat. I have been never sure how fish qualifies as not eating meat, but ... (actually I do, but that's another blog)
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting also. That means eating one small meal a day.
My Jewish friends think that is to laugh. For Yom Kippur you eat nothing from sundown to sundown.
My Muslim friends think it is to laugh. For Ramadan you eat nothing from sunup to sundown every day for a month.
What else does Lent mean?
It's about renewal. It's about making changes. We are told "21 days to a new habit." Lent is six weeks. That's twice as long. Surely I can establish a new habit in that time.
And isn't that part of what we are trying to do here? We're trying to change things in our life. Our eating. Our activity. Our lifestyle. Pick something. Work on it for the next six weeks. If it helps you to think about it as a time of repentance, well then go for it.
It doesn't have to be about "giving up" something for Lent. You say, "I'm going to give up smoking for Lent."
What are you going to have when Lent is over?
Better to say "I am going to stop smoking for good on Ash Wednesday." That says you are done with it. You are just using Lent as a period during which you can concentrate on that task.
Pick a part of your life you want to change -- FOR GOOD -- and start at it during Lent.
I have allowed my strength training to slip since I was injured at Thanksgiving. During Lent, I am going to get back into the discipline I was in before Thanksgiving.
I am not going to give anything up.
I am going to get something back.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Yesterday, I put a really good dinner on for the family. Nothing special, it just turned out well. A stuffed bird, mashed potatoes, green beans, you know, Sunday Dinner.
At one point I needed/wanted some broth so I grabbed one of those boxes of they package it in and only after I opened it did I realize I had grabbed a butternut squash soup left over from Christmas. Into the fridge it went.
Today I wanted a veggie lunch so I found that butternut soup. That's kind of plain. Hmmm Sweet peppers, Yes! Still a little plain.
In the pantry I had a jar of Peanut Butter and Co. The Heat is On. I thought put that on some crackers next to the soup but I had no crackers and about a tablespoon of hot peanut butter.
Well, why not?
I stirred the hot peanut butter into the soup.
Oh yeah. That was it.
Hot Peanut Butternut Squash Soup.
All because I didn't read the label first and had no crackers.
Monday, February 20, 2012
For today's picture, I asked my son Mike if I could take his picture.
I was lucky enough to catch his answer in this photo. When he saw it he used it for a while as his Facebook profile.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
The brand of my dulcimer is a Dusty Strings. Hammered dulcimers have a beautiful sound, but because of the strings, 37 double strung courses, and the way they are stretched across the bridges, the sound board gets very dusty. I have tried one of those ceiling fan dusters, a sock on a yardstick, compressed air. Nothing helps.
I had a professional player tell me to not even try. It is the instrument's patina. You will notice in the picture how dusty my black soundboard looks. It's OK.
But I did take it out of storage and I have gotten it tuned up. I found I had two broken strings and I will have to order from Dusty Strings. Fortunately, every course is double strung and they are on different courses.
This is a photo I took today as I was practicing with depth of field. I focused on the sound hole inset, a maple leaf, and opened the aperture as wide as I could and I turned off the flash. This picture is only in the incandescent light of the room. Notice how the strings above and below the sound hole are out of focus.
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