Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hoar Frost

Yesterday morning we walked while the hoar frost hung on the trees.
It was magnificent.
We knew as soon as the fog lifted
the sun would melt the frost.
We knew for a brief moment
we would see a dazzling world.
This was a wabi sabi
I tried to capture the frozen fog,
yet I could not.

The ivy, holly

and dried roses
in the garden

were beautiful.

 Like all wabi sabi
the hoar frost was fleeting.
My time with the frost is now a memory.
My husband and I walked together
and shared the experience of the hoar frost.
We shall tell the story to our children
of walking in the cemetery
in awe of the frost.

Last year when my sister began her battle with cancer
I went on an inner healing journey
so I could walk with her.
I devoted one year to my journey.
I finished my medicine wheel journals.
My sister is doing okay.

I have begun a new journey.
I have begun to live deeply.
I am living the wabi sabi way.
It is walking in beauty.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Solstice

The Full Long Nights Moon was the moon of the luna eclipse
in today's predawn hours. My skies were overcast but I knew this event was happening.  The clouds broke apart long enough for me to see the Moon set this morning.
I made my wish. I made a Winter Solstice Full Moon wish.

Winter Solstice arrives this evening.

We have had halcyon days. Soon the winds will shift and bitter cold air will blow onto the plains.

I collect moon lore.
I follow the moon.

My friend came over to spend Winter Solstice with me.
We walked in the cemetery across the street.
We talked.
We have been friends since Kindergarten.
I treasure her.

The gardens are always so lovely
with snow and frost.
I hope we get a snowstorm before Christmas.

These long nights are perfect for hand sewing.
I am teaching myself how to quilt.

I want to make a crazy quilt.

I am learning.

I am inspired to do hand sewing.

Capricorn arrives today.

This is my sun sign.
My archetype in Capricorn is the Goddess.

I am approaching my Goddess
with open arms.

I am reading myths and
studying caves.

I am planning a few field trips.

It is a busy day.

It is Winter.
It is time for hot co-co
and snuggling up in front of the fire.

Happy Winter Solstice.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Walking in December

I am inspired by Sister Madonna Budder.
She is an 80 year old world champion triathlete known as The Iron Nun. She is amazing.

My husband and I have been walking partners for many years.
We have walked outdoors when the weather permitted.
In October we made a commitment to each other to walk every day,
regardless of weather, for 1 1/2 hours.  We have honored that commitment.

I started a walking log, keeping track of our miles walked and the conditions we walked in. We set goals and made plans for long distance walks.

October and November were rather dry months. Once in awhile we were walking right after rain showers stopped. But for the most part the weather was wonderful for walking. Even in the wind we walked. We did not miss a day.

I love this story of a man who wrote poems in the snow.
It seems so romantic to think of walking in the snow.
I love the idea.

I imagined myself as the "Girl From The Snow Country".
 I too could make snow bunnies. this is another charming story.
When the temperatures began to drop in early December I had to bundle up for my walks. I began layering and dreading going out into the cold.

 I began reading books about being out in the cold and snow.
I tried to "Cowgirl" up. When the forecast was for bitter cold temperatures and snow my husband signed us up at the community center. They have an indoor walking track. It is divine, easy on my knees and no worries about weather.

 I am walking faster and enjoying my walk so very much.
I look forward to walk time.

I requested a set of lectures on cds to listen to while walking.

Each cd is 45 minutes.
We walk for 1 1/2 hours
so I have time for reflection.

We started a new protein drink that is excellent.
Not only does it provide complete protein
 but also our vitamins and minerals.
Two scoops of mix is one serving.
We are splitting our drinks up,
one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
So easy to digest.
We are using unsweetened co-conut milk as our liquid.

We both are very pleased.

I have added a quiet time to my afternoons.
Just 20 minutes after our afternoon smoothie
to meditate.
I am walking and learning.
Life is very good.