Today at the grocery store I saw twins that had Down’s syndrome. They were men, older and slightly graying. I noticed them standing next to a cart, they were still and silent and dressed alike. I found them to be incredibly beautiful and my heart grew bigger. Their mom came up, distracted with her grocery shopping it took her a minute to notice me standing to the side watching them. She looked at me and I gave her a big smile. I said, “they are so cute!” She smiled back and said thank you. The twins heard me and gave me a big smile too. So many smiles! They walked away. Tears of joy filled my eyes and I felt blessed.
Today I decided to put a new roof on the shed. I had put the old vinyl swimming pool over it when I built it and that worked for a year before it started to disintegrate. So now when it rains, everything inside gets wet. I had brought home some plastic panels from the greenhouse a while back but hadn’t gotten around to borrowing a ladder and putting them on the shed roof.
This afternoon my neighbor was outside so I went over and asked to borrow his ladder. He said I could, so I carried it to the shed and leaned it up. I got the plastic sheets and put 2 of them up there but the third one was bigger and heavier. I couldn’t pull it up the ladder with me. I tried pushing it from while standing on the ground. That worked, it popped right up there. I got the drill and screws… I was all set. I climbed up there and very carefully climbed on the pallet roof. (I built the shed out of pallets.) I tried pulling off the strips of old vinyl still stuck up there. I couldn’t tear them off, so I carefully walked back to the ladder and went down to get scissors.
I got the scissors and climbed back up. I cut off all the strips of vinyl. In doing this I seemed to have disturbed some yellow jackets who were building a nest in one of the vinyl strips. They were buzzing around me but were not giving me warning bumps, so I continued with my project making sure to move slowly and deliberately. They continued to buzz around me the whole time I was up there but didn’t get aggressive.
It was a really windy day and when I picked up one of the plastic sheets to line it up with the edge, the wind caught it and almost ripped it out of my hands. After that, I kept the sheets flat when I moved them around. I worked my way across the shed and was a 6×8 rectangle short of having enough plastic sheets. I decided that I would find something around the yard that would work. I looked around and in the back of the shed I found some thick vinyl. I carried it up to the roof and it fit perfectly. Yay! I screwed it on and tada! Just as I was finishing, Angel woke up from her nap and was headed for the ladder. Perfect timing! I climbed down before she made it there and laid the ladder flat. Mommy beat you to it Angel Baby!
The shed has a new roof! It feels good and I am grateful.
I appreciate birds singing me to sleep.
I appreciate myself for putting a new roof on the shed today.
A fast paced life snuck up on me. It’s crazy how that happens. It was causing me suffering, so today I put on the brakes.
Everything I had scheduled for today was canceled and not by me. They all contacted me. So that unexpectedly opened up my day. I had free time and I had forgotten how delicious free time was. I basked in moving slowly and spending time in Angel’s world. Two year olds are brilliant at living in the moment.
I had been suffering from my thoughts and couldn’t figure out how to acknowledge and release some fears that had popped up from a situation. I couldn’t get to a place of acceptance. Then today when I slowed down, I realized that it’s because I wasn’t going slow enough to see the answer that was immediately given to me when I asked for it. The answer was to stop thinking about it and be in the moment. If I am feeling and enjoying the textures of the dishes while I’m washing them, then my mind isn’t thinking. I’m being and not judging…only appreciating. If I’m looking and playing with rocks with Angel. I am engaged and creating…not judging. If I stop and watch a deer walk through the trees. I am connected and at peace. For each moment I acknowledge I am grateful.
I was worn out today! 4 days of fruit festival fun and a lot of driving. I took it easy all day. I almost went into Austin again to have a last minute dinner with those still in the area but I decided to stay home. What I great decision. It was so nice puttering around the house, making onion flax crackers and spicy salsa kale chips. Then when I went to the store to get more supplies, I ended getting a case of spotty bananas. Woohoo! They are all stacked neatly in the freezer and will be banana nice cream. For a day of rest, I am grateful.
Today was the last day of the Austin fruit festival. It was such a wonderful amazing experience. I learned an incredible amount from everyone that attended. People actively practicing acceptance and love…my heart grew bigger. Deep connections were made. For this experience, I am grateful.
It was pouring rain when I left the festival at dusk and started the hour long drive home. I took the slower back roads half of the way because it was really hard to see the road and lanes in the heavy rain. Then I reached a point where I would have to get on one highway or another. I chose the one that is usually less busy.
I was driving slower than usual, I am a confident driver who rarely experiences fear or anger while driving and I drive well in less than ideal driving conditions. As I was driving along listening to “A Course in Miracles” I noticed a line of cars behind me. I immediately tensed up when I noticed and I was feeling upset thinking I was holding up traffic. It was difficult to see in order to find a place to safely pull over and let them pass like I usually do.
I decided to question why I was feeling stress about cars being behind me. Then I had the thought…nothing is what I think it is. Instantly there was a shift in my energy. All of a sudden I realized that I wasn’t holding up traffic. I was safely leasing traffic. I knew I was driving well and that the cars following me were in good hands with me in the lead…at this moment. I became a mother duck with her ducklings following. When I would go around a corner I would count the cars behind me..1,2,3,4,5…all my ducklings made it around the corner….they are so cute!
The stress I had been feeling was gone and I was thoroughly enjoying myself. After a few miles, the road came to a place where there was a passing lane. I moved to the right lane to let my little ducklings go off on their own and pass me in the left lane if they wished. To my surprise they all stayed behind me. Aww…they are content to have me stay in the lead, how fun! So I led the ducklings until my turn off, then we parted ways. For this experience I am grateful.
I have been driving into Austin for the past 3 days for the fruit festival. It’s been a lot of driving and I heard myself complaining a lot about traffic when talking to people today. So when I left the fruit festival to go to George’s today and got stuck in Austin traffic once again, I decided to enjoy the experience.
It was a lot of fun watching the dance of traffic. I turned off pandora and listened to the sounds around me. I was pleasantly surprised to find an incredible amount of silence in between the noise. My heart grew bigger listening to the music of the traffic. It was a lovely song and I am grateful.
Another thing I did was look at the people in the cars around me. Oh man! What a blast that was. A fancy fast car zoomed past me in the left lane and a lady was flipping her long blond hair around. Another car comes up on my left, bright yellow with rap music blasting, the driver was a man wearing a turban, the passenger was a nun. I had to do a double take on that one! On my right I pass an older man driving a little red pickup. He seemed nervous and blinked a lot. I smiled at him when he looked my way. He did not smile back and I am grateful.
Traffic loosened up and I was going fast again. I heard a boom and knew instantly that I had blown a tire. I wasn’t sure if it was the front or back left but I pulled over as soon as I could. I got out and looked. It was the back left. I knew I would get towed if I stayed on the pavement. Thankfully I was next to a patch of dirt and dried grass. I got back into the truck and popped over the curb onto the dirt. I got out the jack and started cranking it up.
“Do you need help?”, I heard a voice say behind me. I turned around and standing there was a gorgeous young hard body Latino man. Ahhh…an angel! I said, “please”. He got right to work, pulled out his hydraulic jack and power tools. I watched the show and tried to stay out of the way; 15 minutes later I was set to go. I told him thank you very much and he gave me a big smile. Bonus! I enjoyed the rest of the drive to George’s. I am delighted with life’s experiences and so very grateful.
We went on a lovely hike today to a beautiful swimming hole in Austin with the fruit festival group. I met more lovely people with beautiful fruit energy. When I am with people that live the fruitarian lifestyle the energy vibration is so peaceful and accepting. Several times thoroughout the day I closed my eyes and basked in the energy surrounding me. What a blessing it is to have found this lifestyle. I am so so very grateful to experience what it feels like to live off of fruit. It is like floating and my body feels pain so infrequently that it’s like I don’t even have a body a lot of the time. Simply amazing! Life is a beautiful constantly changing river and I am in love with it.
I had a conversation today with a friend about women’s body hair. She has stopped shaving but was feeling a little shy still about showing her armpit hair. Tomorrow she said she will be braver and wear a tank top. I am just glad she is doing what she wants.
I don’t have an opinion on whether women should or shouldn’t shave their body hair. There is one main reason that I have not shaved for over 20 years. Low maintenance! I don’t enjoy the grow back prickle that happens within a day; I don’t like the sticky feel of my skin after shaving and it simply takes up a lot of time.
I pamper my body in many ways but not with shaving or make up or doing my hair. I dry brush, I put on coconut oil infused with lavendar or rose oil, I tell my body I love it. I have not shaved my body hair in so many years that I forget that I look different than other women in the U.S.A. I just want around unknowingly flaunting my lovely body hair. It’s good though, I walk my own calling and my life is rich. I love nature and I love my body being natural and I am grateful for hair.