Friday, April 29, 2011

I love nights like tonight!

Outside it is gently raining, my cat Figaro is cuddled near me on the couch. I am drinking an herbal tea made from fresh ingredients from my garden and I am reading a great book! I only wish I could spend more nights this way!

The tea I made was a "relaxation tea," if any of you would like to make it here are the ingredients.

2T Fresh Chamomile flowers
2T Fresh mint leaves
2T fresh fruit or pineapple sage leaves.

Bring your water to a boil, but DON'T boil for too long. I think I did mine for a too long and the flavor was a a little flat.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Runaway - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Can't help looking back. Run, run, runaway. Lost, lost, lost my mind."

A little more on "Spring Cleaning"

This spring I am cleaning out more than just my room. The thing I am tossing is:

Baggage. Lets face it we all have it, and its time to get rid of those metaphorical suitcases!

There are somethings that are not worth the struggle or the fight, and are harmful to hold onto. I'm letting go, and in doing so I hope to find the courage to live the life I desire, and to love freely with an open heart.

If anything or anyone is weighing you down and holding you back join me, and together lets let go.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Cleaning

I know that I am not alone when I say that I am not a fan of extreme cleaning. Perhaps many of you reading are also tired of constantly battling the second law of thermodynamics when it comes to keeping your home-room-etc neat and tidy.  No matter how often or diligently we clean everything manages to get messy again doesn't it?! Its an eternal battle that never ends! Because of this I have developed the unfortunate tendency to drag my feet with the never ending task and have become comfortable with a system of organized chaos.

However my negative view of cleaning was altered this week while reading a passage in Paulo Coelho's novel "The Witch of Portobello;" a book I would highly recommend to anyone. In this particular passage a character, Edda takes a rather sunny view on the simple task of washing dishes.  Edda says:
"When you are washing up, be thankful that there are plates to be washed; that means there was food, that you fed someone, that you've lavished care on one or more people, that you cooked and laid the table. Imagine the millions of people that have absolutely nothing to wash up and no one for whom to lay the table."
This idea can definitely be applied to more than just washing up. It is wonderful that I have a home and a place to clean.  Even though constantly having to clean up can be a pain, it is a sign that people are present in and enjoy my home. As a playground of some of life's fondest memories, it is only natural that a home requires an investment of our time and energy for maintenance.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sleepless Beauty.

Its that special time in the semester when lots of shi* needs to get done, and sleep is a rarity.

As I prepare to stay up late again studying, I am reminded of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. I have to say 100 years of sleep and waking up to a prince's kiss sounds lovely right about now... unrealistic perhaps, but lovely all the same.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In a bookshop I found a greeting card that read:

"She requires a steady diet of faith and fancy, with a little mischief here and there for good measure."

I love it! :)