Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hook Loves the Tree

The Christmas tree is decorated and Hook approves.  Calliou and Taz are never quite sure about the big tree with lights.  It blocks their view of the outside world and chipmunks running through the yard are way more important than trees with lights.

We missed the Nutcracker this year, the first since in several years but the sinus crud is having its way with me.  The rain started this morning, for the first time in months I did not even take a walk.
Taz is not happy.

Jordan and Samantha brought me my Christmas gift this evening.  It is the most beautiful light arrangement.  I will take pictures this week so you can see it.  Jordan painted the vase and helped his mom gather the greenery for it.  They could never have bought me anything more perfect and the fact that they made it, just thrills my heart.

It's hard to believe that next Sunday is Christmas Eve.  I will work this week, many of the staff will be taking vacations with their families and while some patients get to go home, others don't.

Please don't forget to be kind, spread cheer and joy.  There is darkness and sadness even during the holidays. 
 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Favorite Traditions

I started the tradition with Samantha, this going out in the woods and looking for a scruffy little pine.  We brought it back to my house, found a flower pot that would hold it and decorated. We started the tradition of having a Charlie Brown tree.
That was many many years ago, Sam is 26 years old now and the mom of Jordan.

When Jordan was about 3 years old, it was time for him to carry on the tradition.  He and his mom came over this afternoon, ready to find his tree.  We live in a forest, it did not take long and soon Jordan and Rick chopped away.  Jordan carried the tree down the barn road, back to his house singing Oh Christmas Tree at the top of his lungs.

His grandfather bought him new lights, I got him some ornaments and he and his mom did the best Charlie Brown Tree ever.  This and baking Christmas cookies are my favorite traditions.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Finally

Finally I don't feel so Scrooge like.  Rick bought a cd player yesterday and I got to listen to some of my favorite Christmas music today.  First up was Tori Amos' Christmas album, Snow Angel got me going.    Next I finished all my painting, got my Christmas dishes out and bought red carnations for the table.  I am on a roll!

I am almost through with shopping.  We are going to see The Nutcracker tomorrow night and will bring our tree in Sunday and decorate it.  And we will help Jordan find his Charlie Brown tree tomorrow and decorate it.

Today has been cold and damp, perfect Christmas weather.  We bought several gifts at our local Books AMillion store today.  I love shopping there and we always end our trip with a coffee from their  Joe Muggs Coffee shop.  I had a gingerbread mocha today which was awesome.

This evening coming home we drove slow so we could look at everyone's Christmas decorations.
I love the lights, people get so creative.


Tomorrow as you scurry about, remember to spread joy and share kindness. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Commitment


Just a reminder that a week ago we had snow.  I am hoping for more soon. 

Classes today on the 3rd Niyama, Tapas...commitment...literally fire...in the belly.
We did lots of core work, but talked about commitment.  To have a relationship, a career, to live a sober life there has to be commitment.

The crud is still keeping me in its clutches.  Peppermint tea tonight and hopes that I feel better tomorrow.

Make a commitment to kindness tomorrow, see where it takes you.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Light in the Darkness

I went to bed last night with a heavy heart.  Our state is beautiful with mountains, lakes, rivers and even the Gulf of Mexico.  It is like most states with wealthy and poor, educated and uneducated but then the stats start to pour in and we are at the bottom or almost of the barrel in such things as infant mortality, obesity, lack of exercise, opiates addiction, education.

We live in the middle of the Bible belt and for the most part (contrary to that rumor about the war on Christianity) the religious right runs the show.  Somehow all that religion has not helped us in the things that are written in red in the Bible, you know like helping the poor, the needy, those who are hungry  or who are different or old.

The whole world knows our political story that has filled front pages for the past week.  So many of us knew in our hearts we had to do something to try and save our state from digressing even more than it has already.  It was such a long shot.  Alabama is as red as it gets in politics, which was not the case when I was growing up.  Doug Jones is quiet, smart and has done wonderful work in battling hate groups here.  He does not broadcast his faith with every word that comes out of his mouth, but instead his actions have shown him true and fair.

I tossed and turned most of the night and finally about 2:00 am I fell asleep.  I dreamed of my dad, an honest, loving, kind man who did his best every day to let his faith show in his actions.  I dreamed he handed me a notebook filled with all the words he use to tell me:  love one another, we are all equal,
treat people the way you want to be treated, don't straddle the fence, stand up for what you believe,
have faith, and always love.  He told me in the dream to read the book, to never forget the words.
I woke up with peace in my heart.

I was in the bathroom getting dressed when I heard Rick shouting, he grabbed me and hugged me and told me we had a miracle, Doug Jones had won.  We both wept tears of joy.  I left for work and when I turned the key in my car, Silver Bells came on the radio, my mom's favorite song and the first time I had heard it this season.  Both my parents believed that The Golden Rule was the way to live your life, it is what they taught me.  I felt as though they both gave me a big hug this morning.

I believe that my state finally did right by its people who live here and our people did right by our state.  For all the negativity that fills the news daily about Alabama, there are good souls here.
People who want their neighbors to be taken care, to lend a hand to those who need it, to not judge others who are different.  People, like me who could not stand the thoughts of a possible child molester representing us in Washington.  We stood together last night and our light shone through the darkness.  I hope that light lasts a long time and I hope it spreads across this country.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Contentment

Classes today were based on the second Niyama, Santosha, contentment.  How do you find contentment, be here, now and practice gratitude.    Most of the students had spent eight hours today in therapy for trauma.  It is important after a day like that, they understand how much they need to express gratitude.

During breath work, the asanas and savasana I encouraged them to think of one thing to be grateful for and to be here now.

Teaching with this sinus stuff is tough, maybe by morning it will loosen its grip on me.

Tomorrow practice kindness and gratitude, there will be joy and contentment.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Manic Monday

There is some sort of sinus crud making the rounds and it has found me.  My head feels like a squash.
Almost every student at work has the sinus or bronchial stuff, at least it's not the flu.  This has been the longest Monday I have had in a very long time.

Card painting is done, first batch was mailed today.  I do have a few ornaments to paint, but now I concentrate on decorating the house and getting the tree in this weekend.  This weekend we will go see our nephew James and his whole family in The Nutcracker.  This is something like their 4th year to be in our local production.

I love Christmas music, at Christmas time, and I have a great collection of cds.  For some reason our cd player has died and I am really missing my music.  It's just not the same without the music.
Radio plays the same 10 songs over and over.  We have a very varied and unique collection of Christmas music so I am sorta of having withdrawals.  Maybe Santa will bring me a new cd player.

Tomorrow is a special election here in Alabama.  I am holding my breath and hoping that our state will  restore its dignity and take a giant step forward and not decades back.

Remember to spread some kindness along with the Christmas cheer.