For the Everyday Ordinary...

"Normal Day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all in the world, for your return." ~ Mary Jean Iron

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring, and pollen...and in the air!

Spring is definitely in full bloom here - including lots and lots of pollen that is making even the kitties sneezy.  I am not complaining, though. 

We've had lots of rain, but it has made everything green and lush and my lilacs are gorgeous this year!

I went out to the garden yesterday to begin getting it ready to plant and I was pulling up old tomato plants.  I noticed a bunch of dried grass and bits of fur and moved it slightly to find a "fluffle" of baby bunnies!  I was horrified that I had messed up their safe hiding place, so I immediately put all the debris back on the spot and hope that mama bunny can repair whatever damage I did to the hiding spot.  I didn't mess around too much with it, but I did see two sweet little bunny faces peering up at me.  Adorable! (edited to add that there are 5 cutie pies all together - I went back and counted)

We've also had some sun, and Princess Peepers has been blissfully enjoying every bit of it:

We've also had other adorable little visitors to our yard:

I've been so busy the past few weeks.  I've been helping my mom move into her new home in the next town over, so there has been last minute packing and car-loads of stuff going back and forth, but she is now in and settled into her beautiful new nest!

One day I got home and needed to lay down for a little bit to unwind.  My Tabberwocky came to snuggle with me - she is the BEST snuggler!

My cute, bad-ass hubs just earned his second degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do!  Look at this guy - if I tried to jump that high...well, that is just a fantasy.  There is no way I could jump this high:

I had a front row seat to his badassery!  It was quite impressive.  We are not exactly, um, spring chickens anymore. =)  Afterwards we went out to dinner with friends to celebrate.  I love the people from his Dojang - they are like a second family!

A dear friend of mine has been helping me through some physical stuff with essential oils.  It has helped me so much that I have decided to spend more time exploring their uses, so I became a member of Young Living Essential Oils - mainly to get the discounted prices of the oils.  They are heavenly!  I have been diffusing JOY (of course!) and sniffing peppermint (for my nausea - and, oh, has it helped!).  I am going to be learning how to use them in my home, as well, so stay tuned for more on that!

I have been learning lots about essential oils for allergies and asthma (especially helpful during this pollen season).  I LOVE mixing oils together to create blends that not only smell divine, but actually improve my health and are better for our environment all around.  I've been sharing my oils with my friends and family.  My son has accused me of being a peppermint addict...

And...I've begun a new workout program that is whipping this ol' bod into shape (there has even been talk of all of us taking an aerial silks class together - I'm SO onboard for that!!)  I love to feel my muscles actually toning up - it is an empowering feeling to know I am getting stronger and stronger!  I am hooping, of course (that is my most favorite thing to do in the WORLD) and looking into becoming a certified hoopdance and hoopfitness instructor.  I've lost 2 dress sizes (and I don't miss them at all!).  As I said...EMPOWERING!

(my super fun LED hoop taken in time-lapse - pretty cool!  I look like a spaceship!  Can't you just hear the dubstep: wompwompwompWOMPWOMPWOMP - I transform into a whirling dervish - ha!)

I've also been trying to keep up with my flute lessons - the past few weeks have been hit or miss, but I'm determined to get past the horrid squeaky phase and begin to play something again that actually sounds like has been several years since I've played my flutes.  So far my kitties DO NOT approve (I can't say I blame them...).

And finally, I have applied to the American College of Healthcare Services for their Holistic Health Practices program to begin in the fall!  It has taken me 4 years to figure things out, but I am SO ready for this next chapter of my life now!  I am still in the intake phase of it - my application has not yet been approved - but I am hopeful!  I have not been to school in...well, a very, very long time. Ha!  It will be a growing experience for me - but I love a really good, meaningful challenge!  Especially one that opens up a new future for me! =)

So, lots of spring, pollen and change in the air!  Good stuff - for the most part!  

What is happening in your world?  Please share!

Joyfully, Donna

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Misadventures of Princess Squash

From small things great adventures begin...or so they say (or do they?  Maybe I made that up...I don't know...)

Anyway, once upon a time there was a mama and she was having a very rough time of it.  There was lots of bad, awful, no-good, horrible days and visits to doctors and nasty, uncomfortable tests being done.  Spring was taking too long to come; there were too many rainy days.  Too many days of pain and discomfort and she had just had enough!

One Saturday she awoke and the sun was shining!  That alone made things a little better and she decided to get up and go somewhere.  She had seen an ad in the paper for the most adorable Easter-themed salt and pepper shaker - and she just LOVED salt and pepper shakers!  She was going to go in search of this most adorable one.

Her son, probably feeling sorry for his poor mama, offered to take her on her search.  Even though he had decided earlier that he was going to have a "lazy" day (and this kid never has a lazy day).  They decided it would be fun - an adventure of sorts.

They had no idea.

The store closest to them was out of these most precious salt and pepper shakers, so they sat in traffic and talked and traveled 12 miles in the other direction to the store that did carry them.  They wandered happily around the store and looked at pretty things and then as poor mama got pooped out,  decided to make their purchases and leave.

Traffic by now was beyond ridiculous, so a "short cut" was decided.

And a U-turn was attempted.  Into a soft shoulder.  After days and days and DAYS of rain.

The son's itty bitty fuel-efficient car sunk midway up the tires into mud and there they sat - stuck on the side of a busy road on a sunny day.

All for a precious salt and pepper shaker.


As soon as it happened, he looked over at me and smiled such a beautiful smile and said, "Don't worry mom.  In a few hours this will all be behind us and we will laugh at all of this."  Then he stepped out of the car in his brand new sneakers and sunk up to his ankles in mud.  He smiled again and closed the door.

It took a while.  He tried branches under the tires.  Rocking the car.  A few nice people stopped here and there to give advice or see if they could help.  We were trying to find out if he had road-side assistance and call a tow truck when a guy pulled up next to us in his pick up and offered to use his chains to just pull us out.

What a blessing!

We were out and on our way in just a few minutes after that.  No damage to the car, but my son was covered in mud from his waist down and the inside driver side of the car was completely covered in mud, as well as the steering wheel and gear shift.  The only thing that was not was the copy of The Fountain Head (and that probably deserved to be covered in mud, but that is just my personal opinion...)

I bought him some lunch after that - but we took it home and I made him wash his hands first!

Then he spent the entire afternoon washing the inside and outside of his car.

Not much of a lazy day after all.

And I don't think his sneakers will ever be the same again.

But you have to admit...this is pretty darn cute!

And yes, we did laugh and laugh and laugh about it.  Now, every Easter when we pull out the salt and pepper shaker, we will have a story to tell.  And that is what it is all about, folks!  Those precious memories.  Gather them.  Remember them.  Talk about them until they become the stuff of legend in your families.  Even after I am gone, that story will remain.

So, in a way, our stories make us immortal!

Think about it.

Easter was a tiny affair this year since I have not been well.  Instead of decorating as I usually do, I only managed to decorate the corner of my counter:

And, of course, this:

(I can't help it!! It is just so darned cute!!)

And, here is a random thought for you.  Do you remember The Pink Panther?  Well, I loved it as a kid.  Then, I found out there were movies of the Panther and was so excited until I discovered that they were not even about a panther at all - much less a pink one!  So disappointing!

So what made me think of that?  Well, there are ants in my kitchen.  I remembered a silly joke we used to ask one another as kids.

What did the Pink Panther say when he stepped on an ant?

Dead ant...dead ant...dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant dead annnnnnnnnnnnt!!


So loving this song right now:

Joyfully, Donna