Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, Moon's Day

Monday is Moon’s day (Old English mon(an)dæg "day of the moon) and the beginning of the work week for most people.  I've retired from the 8-5 of Dilbertville, but I find I still begin most of my new projects on Monday - old habits die hard.   

Lately, I’ve been painting again with a vengeance- mostly on rescued wood.   I've posted a few below. I'll be opening an store as soon as I have a bit more inventory.  I already have interest in a few I've posted on FaceBook earlier which is encouraging.   I’ve noticed that I have an obsession with the moon.

  • My cat series, ‘Meowling at the Moon’, sold well a few years ago when I had a small show at Daniel Day Gallery, so I’m working on a new series.
  • My Fems in the Wild did almost as well
  • Small villages nestled in nature are next up.

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    blue fem w cat

     I’m still writing.
    • Working on a review of a friends book, which I will post on the Blog as well as Amazon, B&N, GoodReads, etc. 
    • Finalizing some essays to pitch to a few magazines.
    • Attending Lister Hill Library’s WriteNow program - just 2 sessions left, has helped me immensely to organize and create real-time deadlines for my writing projects.  Big thank you to Jennifer Greer for her encouragement and help.  

    • IMG_4594    3 moons fem forest       cat meow at moon

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Foodie Friday – The Perfect Easy Soothie

    Food for the weekend, or a weekday for that matter, should be easy.  What could be easier than a frosty smoothie for breakfast on a hot summer morning.  I put a lot of good things into my smoothie, so instead of taking out all the ingredients every time I want a one, I prepare 6 or more at a time, then I can go several days without having to go thru all the assembly.

    Breakfast Smoothie premix (store in next to smallest mason jars).
    • 1 or 2 scoops favorite protein powder (follow package directions)
    • 1 Tbs golden ground flax seed
    • 1-2 Tsp ground psyllium husk
    • 2 Tbs rolled oats
    • 1 Tbs Organic cocoa powder
    • 1 scoop MSM (follow package instructions)
    • 1/8 Tsp cayenne (I like heat and it’s good for metabolism)
    • 1/8 Tsp Turmeric (because it’s good for me)
    Make the Smoothie
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    • 8-12 oz Liquid (I use juice, almond milk or water and sometimes I use yesterday’s coffee)
    • 1 container of smoothie premix
    • Fruit if desired (I love half banana, figs or blueberries in season)
    • 1 tsp of blackstrap molasses (acquired taste – I love the stuff)
    • 3 or more ice cubes.
     Blend til cubes assimilated – may have to scrape down sides. 

     This smoothie usually consumed around 7 in the morning, keeps me going til way past noon.

     Happy Friday – Off to Art show and lecture this evening at Space One-Eleven.

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Did You Stop and Smell the Roses?

    I begin Throw Back Thor’s Day with

    Dear Mnemosyne, goddess of memory, mother of the Muses,

    How I wish you interfered a bit more in human affairs as you reportedly did in ancient times, and force us all to slow down and smell those roses.

    I’m still scanning old photos and looking at some of them I realize:mark beret barbie
    • I might remember some names, but I’ve long ago lost touch with the people
    • I have no idea the details of what appears to have been a glorious day
    • I remember wishing in the midst of this or that holiday bustle that I had a fast-forward remote to get it over with. 
    How often go we go tearing through a day so intent on the destination, that we miss the journey?  I know toomany days on my morning 5-mile walk, I arrive back home and wonder how I got there.

    Too few pictures of certain friends tell me we didn’t spend as much time together as we could and it’s too late now.  They’ve passed out of my life and some from this earth. Here's to Mark and Marsha.

    I'm inserting into my life the Zen philosophy of ‘paying attention', and Facebook, however irritatinmarsha 1g it is sometimes, is one of my most useful tools    

    It allows me to keep in touch with so many friends that might otherwise fall by the wayside, because the days are not long enough to visit and talk with everyone every day and many of them live far away. 

    On FaceBook we can share short messages, pictures, family events, our own or our children’s milestones, and arrange to meet-up at various shared events - all those little things that keep a friendship alive and memory fresh. 

    So as Mnemosyne has deserted me, Facebook, that meddlesome thing, allows me to keep in touch and share my friends lives and remember our times together a little better.  

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    3 Rules to Get You Walking

    Walk About Wednesdays – Here are 3 rules to help you get your walk or other workout done early with no excuses.

    Aside from walking to Lister Hill for my WriteNow session, I’m walking in the early mornings again as I once did religiously.  There was a time when I was up every morning at 5 a.m. and out the door for a 5-mile walk before getting ready and going to work.

    Somewhere around the time I had the meniscus tear in my left knee repaired (years of various sports injury), I quit.  It’s true that it takes only 3 days to break a good habit, even one I’ve had for over 25 years.  I’m living proof.  The knee was getting painful before the surgery so my walking had gotten sporadic, but after thepark green at dawn gardensurgery, I just couldn’t get going again.

    I pulled out a blog I wrote some years ago and decided implement the rules that kept me walking for so many years first thing in the morning.
    1. Park complete workout outfit by bed – on top of shoes stack socks, shorts, panties, bra, shirt.
    2. Start dressing while on toilet (I always go first thing, so I take my stack of clothes with me).
    3. Grab keys, phone, and small tablet with pen and stuff in pocket (these should be parked by the door)
    I used to carry a camera, too, but with the iPhone takes jusst a good a picture.  I carry a small, as I'm a writer and good ideas seem to come when you're miles from home with nothing to write on. 

    I’m usually out the door in 10 minutes.

    Will this help you get some early morning walking done?