Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings-that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I am thankful for so much.

a healthy family
a clear pathology report for husband
all of our friends and family
the support we received from all this summer + fall{we are still in awe}
good food
energizing music + chill music
the chubby squirrel that has no tail that lives by me
sweet treats
green plants{my little alligator plants are doing great Stephanie!}
HBO shows{I'm enjoying The Wire right now}
lying under the trees
chapi chapeau
thrift stores
blue skies
the free fax the guy at the print shop gave me
coffee + tea + vino
...and so much more

Enjoy your holiday. Love to all.

move your body

good for the heart. good for the soul. good for the body.
this week is yoga, tennis and running.
we like trail running. {the Quaking Bog at Theodore Wirth is nice}
how about you?

This is London by M. Sasek

Miroslav Sasek's illustrations are delightfully charming. I would love to collect the series.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


The other day Saul was in the car with us and meowed as we drove by a Toxic Hell, uh, I mean Taco Bell. We told him, "Oh, you don't want go there. They'll turn you into chalupas. No. No. Saulupas." Hee hee.

{photo by good ole Adam and adjusted by me}

those stairs

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

could not stop laughing...

I was a painter one summer...

{via Daily Grafik}

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Trad to Mod

I happened upon this sturdy, clean-lined chest of drawers and knew there were possibilities. I kept it simple. After a thorough scrub, sanding and three coats of whale gray, it is just what I needed!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Many Ghosts

Many Ghosts by Akron Family

Oh Happy Day

The piece above is titled Oh Happy Day. My inspiration for this piece was BloomaUganda, whose mission, in conjunction with Off the Mat Foundation, is to raise funds to build a Shanti Uganda Birth House and Learning Centre. This is crucial as 150 women die each week due to childbirth complications. Last week we headed to the Gala and Oh Happy Day was auctioned off for the cause and went to a new home.

This week, I am headed to two donation yoga classes to benefit BloomaUganda: Thursday, November 19, 7:45 PM, Chakras with Nan and Sunday, November 22, 7:00 PM Voda Vinyasa and Vino. Care to join me and support a great cause?

Friday, November 6, 2009

the good stuff

my neighborhood framed in yellow
my cat got mail + treats...from the mailman
pancakes with bacon + chocolate
a stick + a metal fence=xylophone
layers + legwarmers
Citizen Cafe
creating new art for the BloomaUganda Gala {wait 'til you see!}
Mighty Leaf Tea
organization {gracias, Lauren}
someone chased me down to return the mitten I'd dropped
hot, lathery showers
family dinner when our schedules align
silver nails
happy hour yoga
honking geese
a trip to the playground
the breeze through the window

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A New Earth

Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction, the insanity of the human mind. When you recognize it for what it is, you no longer misperceive it as somebody's identity. Once you see the ego for what it is, it becomes much easier to remain nonreactive toward it. You don't take it personally anymore. There is no complaining, blaming, accusing, or making wrong. Nobody is wrong. It is the ego in someone, that's all. Compassion arises when you recognize that all are suffering from the same sickness of the mind, some more acutely than others. You do not fuel the drama anymore that is part of all egoic relationships. What is its fuel? Reactivity. The ego thrives on it.

Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Busta Move

Time for a challenge!
A Push-up Challenge.
I need to psyche myself up for this one.
Push-ups every day to get my farm girl muscles back.
Anyone care to join me?