My day and what I ate

Dear Friends,

Victoria woke up at 6:30am. She read for a while, went to the bathroom, started a load of laundry and did deep breathing. Angel woke up and nursed. Then they read Angel’s stories together for a while. Victoria got dressed and made their bed. They went into the kitchen. Angel took a bath in the sink while Victoria juiced tangelos, lemons, celery, cucumbers and apples.

Victoria got Angel out of the bath, dried her off and got her dressed. Angel played in the backyard while Victoria hung clean laundry on the clothes line. Then Victoria jumped on the rebounder. When finished, she put Angel in the jogging stroller and went on a run. They didn’t make it far, Victoria was still sore from her last run. She walked home slowly going through the old cemetery, listening to the birds and enjoying the beauty around her. Victoria felt so grateful to receive such beautiful gifts from nature.

When they arrived back home, Victoria put Angel in the truck and drove to Round Rock for a fruitluck. As she was leaving town she saw the local farmers market and stopped. She bought a bunch of fresh picked oranges. Yay! Victoria and Angel listened to fun music on the drive. They arrived at the fruitluck, their friends Sarah and Ariel were already there. The kids played in the playground while Victoria and Sarah talked. Then they all ate oranges and raw crackers that Victoria had made and was giving to Sarah.

They all said their goodbyes and Victoria went on a scenic drive before going to work for George. Angel fell asleep on the drive and woke up when they arrived at George’s. At George’s, Victoria did a few chores. Then she drank a banana strawberry coconut water smoothie while listening to George and playing with Angel until it was time to go home.

Victoria enjoyed the ride home. Her mind was quiet and peaceful. Victoria was grateful and listened to fun kids music with Angel. When they arrived home, Victoria checked the mail, got the clothes off the line, put them away and talked with Savana Storm and Tyler, while Angel played with the cat. Then Victoria and Angel went to bed. Angel nursed and then they read stories.

It was a wonderful day.

I appreciate music

I appreciate friends

I appreciate cats

I appreciate gifts

I appreciate electricity

Thank you for reading my blog and appreciations.

I appreciate you!

Blessedly yours,

Victoria

p.s. Breakfast: 16 oz. lemon water; 16 oz. celery, cucumber, apple juice.

2nd breakfast: an apple

Lunch: 64 oz. 13 mango and oj smoothie; 2 fresh picked oranges.

Dinner: 64 oz. 9 banana, 6 strawberry, coconut water smoothie.

Almost 1 Mile Run

Dear Friends,

So far in my life up until a month or so ago, I’ve not been interested in running. Then in January I believe, I went on a couple short runs and really enjoyed it. Then I spent 5 weeks detoxing, resting and healing with mono. That was really nice actually. 5 weeks of rest! Blissful!

I’ve healed mostly from the mono and am slowly getting my strength back. Then last night, I started walking home from church when I became overcome with the desire to run. I started running at a slow pace pushing Angel in the jogging stroller. I kept running the whole way home. It was only almost a mile run but that is more distance than I’ve run without stopping since I was in my 20’s. I didn’t feel tired or winded. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Very interesting!

Today I am barely sore from the run, I only did a walk today to take it easy. I’m looking forward to trying another run tomorrow morning.

I appreciate fireflies.

I appreciate legs.

I appreciate the baby birds nesting in the shed.

I appreciate Angel Baby and Savana Storm.

I appreciate my belly.

I appreciate poop.

Thank you for reading my blog and appreciations.

I appreciate you!

Gratefully yours,

Victoria

p.s. Breakfast: 16oz. lemon water; 16oz. celery, cucumber, apple juice.

2nd breakfast: 1 bag of black grapes.

Lunch: 64oz. 7 Banana, strawberry, coconut water smoothie.

Dinner: 64oz. 9 mango and fresh oj smoothie.

Appreciations

Dear Friends,

I don’t always have a blog post but I do write out my appreciations daily.

I appreciate friends.

I appreciate tandem bicycle rides.

I appreciate coconut water.

I appreciate teenagers.

I appreciate dogs.

I appreciate nights.

Thank you for reading my appreciations.

I appreciate you!

Gratefully yours,

Victoria

A Day

Dear Friends,

Here is a story:

Victoria woke up at 4am. She did a headstand and handstand, finished reading “The Four Agreements” and went back to sleep. Angel Baby woke her up again at 8am. They read some stories, made their bed, got dressed and went into the kitchen. Victoria pulled fresh made banana chips out of the dehydrator. Angel helped her pull them off of the dehydrator trays and ate them in the process.

Victoria made herself some lemon water and sat outside listening to the birds while she drank it. Angel played with her toys and ate banana chips. After finishing her lemon water, Victoria went back into the kitchen and set up the juicer. She made a big batch of celery, cucumber and apple juice. Then she juiced a big watermelon, rind and all and put that in big jars in the fridge.

After Victoria cleaned up the kitchen she went on a walk with Angel in the stroller. She walked to the post office and sent off an on-line order of her dehydrated snacks. Then her and Angel walked around downtown, stopping in the stores and saying hello. She went into the thrift store and got a few pairs of shorts, that are high waisted. Victoria thinks high waisted shorts are more comfortable and doesn’t care if she looks like an old lady. These had front and back pockets too, which Victoria prefers. She also found a couple of books and a little coin purse. When she went to pay she realized that she had forgotten to bring cash with her and they didn’t take cards. Pat at the front desk told her to just pay for it next week when her and Angel stop in to say hello. Victoria thanked her and went next door to the bistro. She ordered a mango/pineapple smoothie to be blended with apple juice. They always make her smoothies however she wants them and lets her know what fresh fruit they have in. It’s wonderful to get such awesome service. Angel and her shared their smoothie while talking to the owners. They were talking to Victoria about how they are adding more fresh fruit into their diet. 😊Victoria loved that! She enjoys being a positive influence.

Angel and Victoria left the bistro when they finished their smoothie and went next door to the artisan shop. The owner gave Victoria some money for the kale chips she had sold the month before. They talked for a while about how good the smoothies were from the bistro next door and then about what other types of dehydrated snacks Victoria is selling. They asked her to bring in her onion flax crackers and more kale chips. She told them she would bring them in tomorrow.

They left and went next door to the antique store. They said hello and talked to the ladies working there for a few minutes. The ladies were trying to get Angel to say words and finally she said “dog” and everyone thought that was great fun.

They left the antique store and went down the street to the gift shop. At the gift shop Victoria bought a water bottle for Angel and talked to the owner for a bit. Then they headed home.

At home Savana Storm sat out back and played with Angel while Victoria made some banana nice cream. Victoria’s friend John showed up and he will be staying until Friday. They all sat out back and talked and ate nice cream. Victoria got to talking about projects she was doing around the house. Then John gave her an idea about one of the projects, which was getting an outside outlet to plug into. John suggested getting an adapter that screws into the outside light sockets that has a plug in. Great idea!

Savana Storm went to work, Angel, John and Victoria walked to the hardware store down the road and they had just what we needed. They walked back and screwed the adapter in, it worked perfectly. Next they drove across the street and John loaded up Victoria’s pickup as full as it would get with free mulch. Yay! While he was doing that, a lady drove up to get some mulch. John filled up her bins while they talked. She has lived here a couple of years like Victoria. Victoria had fun getting to know her. When the truck was loaded, Victoria drove back across the street. Alice (Victoria’s roommate) and John helped unload all the mulch.

When they finished, thet all went inside. Victoria started dinner. John played with Angel and talked to Alice. Dinner was a big salad, plain jasmine rice and pinto beans.

After dinner, John, Alice and Victoria played scrabble until dark. Then they all got ready for bed. Victoria went to bed and nursed Angel to sleep.

I appreciate friends.

I appreciate words.

I appreciate connections.

I appreciate walks.

I appreciate help.

I appreciate stretching.

Thank you for reading my blog and appreciations.

I appreciate you!

Fulfilled and yours,

Victoria

 

Free Water

Dear Friends,

The neighbors next door to me have had a water leak for months. Since they are uphill from me the water runs into my yard and has flooded out the north side. It’s a swamp over there and used to be one of my favorite parking spaces. I have talked to the neighbors several times about it and they keep saying they will get the leak fixed soon. I’m guessing their water bill is a little bit expensive but not enough to convince them to actually fix the leak.

I have found myself getting frustrated about the north side of my yard being full of water fairly often. I didn’t like feeling that way and prayed for acceptance in the situation. Then a few days ago I suddenly realized that the neighbors were giving me an incredible gift. They were giving me free water. What a blessing! There is so much I can do with that water. I am thinking of putting a pond there where the water runs down, with a nice fountain. I can also channel some of the water into the garden if I dig a trench. There are so many wonderful things I can do with that wonderful gift of water. I am truly grateful and blessed. Thank you neighbors!

I appreciate neighbors.

I appreciate water.

I appreciate my girls.

I appreciate frogs.

I appreciate bills.

I appreciate my stomach.

I appreciate hair.

I appreciate peas.

I appreciate tangelos.

Thank you for reading my blog and appreciations.

I appreciate you!

Thankfully yours,

Victoria

p.s. Breakfast: 16 oz  lemon water. 16 oz  celery, cucumber and apple juice

2nd breakfast: 64 oz  banana and coconut water smoothie.

Lunch: 64 oz. fresh tangelo juice.

Dinner: 2 cups coconut ice cream.

 

 

Appreciations

Dear Friends,

I appreciate tomatoes.

I appreciate people.

I appreciate headstands.

I appreciate words.

I appreciate thunder.

Thank you for reading my appreciations.

I appreciate you!

Peacefully yours,

Victoria

You Are A Blessing To Yourself

Dear Friends,

Here is a story:

Victoria woke up at 3:30am. She answered messages for a while and then read Harry Potter. She started to feel tired again around 5:30am. She turned out the light and then started to think about all the things she wanted to do today. She barely drifted off to sleep around 6:00am, when Angel Baby woke up. Victoria nursed Angel and listened to the morning birds singing, then she did a headstand and some light yoga. Angel read books to herself and climbed on top of Victoria during yoga. Angel brought Victoria a book and asked to be read to, when yoga was over.

Victoria and Angel sat and read a story about a snake hiding. They enjoyed finding the snakes eye in all the pictures. After the story, Angel said that she was hungry. They made their bed and Victoria got dressed, Angel stayed in her pj’s. They went into the kitchen and Victoria cut up 2 mangos for Angel to eat. Angel ate some and then played with her toys. Victoria started thinking about everything she had to do that morning. There were smoothies to make, mulch to haul, getting Angel dressed and making it to church extra early to oil all of the woodwork for Palm Sunday. Thinking and planning and thinking was keeping Victoria from being in the moment. Her life was starting to become fast paced.

Victoria decided the house needed some light and fresh air. She picked up Angel who was next to the front door and opened the door. She stood in the doorway holding Angel. Angel looked at the sky and yelled “bird”. Then she started laughing, pointing to the bird as she watched it fly above the tree line, her eyes were full of awe and wonder. Victoria turned and watched the bird through a childs eyes, as if it was the first time she had ever seen a bird fly in the sky. The bird had no name, it was simply something beautiful doing something amazing. Victoria also  became filled with awe and wonder. It was incredible watching the beautiful thing glide through the sky until it was out of sight. Victoria felt like she had been flying too. She remembered when she had that feeling for the first time in her childhood.

Victoria suddenly understood that she didn’t have to do anything that morning if she didn’t want to. She asked herself what she wanted. It became clear to her. What she wanted was to go to church early, so she could oil the woodwork and clean it at a leisurely pace and make everything look beautiful. So she packed 10 mangos, put Angel in the stroller still in her pj’s, with a blanket. Brought a dress for Angel to change into at church and they were off walking to church at a leisurely pace, enjoying the morning.

Victoria thanked Angel for reminding her to be in the moment, because it never lets you down. Victoria thanked herself for releasing resistance and letting go of the need to think. Victoria understood in that moment, she was a blessing to herself. She saw how she was creating freedom within herself. That was the first time she had felt that.

There’s never an end of things we get to experience for the first time.

I appreciate dogs.

I appreciate free water.

I appreciate lettuce.

I appreciate life.

I appreciate donkeys.

I appreciate shoes.

I appreciate smiles.

I appreciate frowns.

Thank you for reading my blog and appreciations.

I appreciate you!

Honorably yours,

Victoria

Appreciations and taking care of myself

Dear Friends,

Another day is successfully completed. Angel and I are in bed early. I am going to get a lot of rest tonight. Yay!! I love taking good care of myself and Angel. It is fun. I’d love for you to share one way you enjoy taking care of yourself..comment or leave a message.

I appreciate evenings.

I appreciate yoga.

I appreciate chickens.

I appreciate friends.

I appreciate connections.

I appreciate the way grass looks blowing in the wind.

Thank you for reading my appreciations.

I appreciate you!

Happily yours,

Victoria