For Your Inspiration Friday

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Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Meister Eckhart

 

You are liquid love, you are pure positive energy, and life is meant to be good for you.

Abraham-Hicks

 

Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes in which we think.

Albert Einstein

 

Real awakening comes with an inherent sense of integrity.  Something innate in us knows if we’re on or off the mark.

Adyashanti

 

If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.

Alan Watts

 

 

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The March Journal

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I think I have found the format I need to create for my monthly journals (which are for some reason heavily linked to and connected with the monthly newsletter theme).

I am still working within the whole recycled old book for the covers, adding in my own pages binding system.

Just so you know…the March newsletter included at least one tutorial run-through of how I created said journal.

It’s an old book, with basic cardstock pages…a la Donna Downey, which is where I got the idea from, when I took her year-long Inspiration Wednesday ride a couple years back…or something along those lines — time is not something I can keep a good grip on lately…

Basically, every morning, I get up and I swab, literally swab, like a deck, watercolor all over the pages, smudging, blurring, sometimes making mud, sometimes splashing dots of color here and there, sometimes having a plan, usually just playing.  I have a space to write a small stone or bit from my day.  Usually that’s all there is.

I have glued things in.  Here and there.  I have written things.  My watercolor is the artists loft brand and they leave a lot of residue, so before I write–using a simple Bic cristal pen–I have to scrub the pages down with a paper towel or tissue…or else my pen gets clogged up…pens I write over semi-wet acrylic paint with that don’t clog then…just sayin’…

I have done some classwork in there.  I have done some gratitude work in there.  I so love my youngest’s dentist office, everyone of them on her staff, her, the whole shebang (email me if you want/need her info and are in the area –North County St Louis…and yes, they are part of a trio of clinics that takes from birth to death patients…they are all awesome)–and they have been a big part of this month’s journal because he has had to go there a few times…his spacer on his bottom teeth that apparently the first dentist he saw a couple years ago should have known better and put in there, but didn’t….I just cannot say enough positive about these people…

Anyway…this is the style of journal I will be using going forward.  I am debating on whether or not to continue to use old books…I have stacks of antique book pages that I removed from books just sitting around now (so, again, if you want some of those, email me…).

We’ll see what the coming month brings in the new journal.

Thanks for coming along with me every month as I play with these things.

 

Coming In April

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I am actually a bit nervous to say this…I do not know what I am getting myself into.

We follow several different poetry prompt sponsors throughout the month of April, because April is National Poetry Month.

For some reason, I am throwing my hat into the poetry prompt ring this year.

I think the format that I will be doing, what keeps roaming around in my head, is a prompt to write a poem about and a style of poetry or type of poem to write…although you do not have to use the form prompt to write about the topic prompt.

It’s been a long time since I have written poetry the way I used to write it–and I am afraid that I don’t know how to write that way, poetically, anymore…so I am hoping to encourage myself by encouraging others.

So–here we go.

In the month of April, expect a prompt every single day…or rather two types of prompts, in the same post, every day…

We’ll see how this goes.

Hope you join in!

 

The Ginger Experiment

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So, we have been exploring options in hydroponics and aquaponics this year.  We are still in the early beginning stages.

However, I watched a video of someone using an amazing hydroponics system who grew ginger for home use.  I watched him harvest a few pounds of ginger.

We eat a lot of ginger here.

I make my own chai tea (recipe forthcoming some other time).  I cook with ginger.  I make ginger bread, gingerbread, and all sorts of other things.  Ginger is a real thing here.

I tend to use it for pain, especially in tea form.

I watched this guy harvest several pounds of home-grown ginger…and I knew how much I had just paid for dried ginger a few months before when I made my last batch of chai tea (as in, I make up the dry stuff, and then use it to make tea as needed).

I buy ginger root from our local global food store fairly regularly.

Not a day or two after I watched this video, and saw genuinely fresh ginger root, we went to said global food store and I saw for the very first time in my life the freshest ginger root I have ever laid my eyes on…laid up in the bin with the regular old dried up not so fresh ginger I was used to seeing/buying.

Strange as I am, I grabbed a nice thick big hunk of the fresh stuff…and then I grabbed a smaller piece of the not so fresh stuff.

I brought them home.  Showed them both off to a boyfriend who looked a me as if I had grown great big bunny ears because I was so excited about the ginger (and apparently he has no clue that I cook using as much ginger as I do…)

The not so fresh stuff…since I already had a nice hunk of that in the freezer that I use to cook with…I actually took outside and stuffed into this large pot of dirt that we have.  We’ll see what comes of that this year.  Fingers crossed it grows like gangbusters–we’ll have to see what happens with this bizarre weather around here.

The young fresh root I sliced, using a mandolin, very carefully, since i have lost more of my thumb to that thing that I care to admit to on a regular basis, and I cut it into fairly thick rounds.

I laid all these rounds out on dehydrator trays.  Oh, do I love our dehydrator.  I set it on the low herb setting.  I walked away.  About three hours later, just before I went to bed, I decided to check on my ginger.

I am so glad that I did.  Those nice big three inch wide rounds (some of them, not all of them were so big) had reduced down to tiny crumpled pieces of paper.  I had about 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound of root…I have a sandwich baggy full of the dried scraps that I could probably crumple up and hold in my hand…it rehydrates amazingly well into those coin shapes once it hits a liquid again…so it is beautiful.

Terrific for using in cooking…amazing for using to make just plain ginger tea … which I cannot actually tolerate, but I can add something else to it so that it isn’t just ginger…because believe it or not, ginger alone upsets my stomach…with some other stuff, I can take it just fine.

There’s my idea for the day that I am sharing.

Thanks for listening.

For Your Inspiration Friday

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We are all one.

Nikola Tesla

 

If the world were clear, art would not exist.

Albert Camus

 

Compassion directed toward oneself is true humility.

Simone Weil

 

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

William Arthur Ward

 

The movement toward gratitude, authenticity, and union is the natural and organic inner work of the second half of our lives.

Richard Rohr