Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Importance of Being

Today is the anniversary of my Dad's death. Although a day does not go by that I don't think about him, talk to him or remember something he taught me, I want to honor him on this day.
I usually associate my Dad with horses. After all he loved them and spent a great deal of his life watching them and following them in the races . He certainly was responsible for my own adoration for the creatures but there were so many other dad things that need mentioning, it's hard to pick just one.
For instance, the beach. As a very young child we lived near Jone Beach in Long Island and every Sunday when the weather was warm my Dad would pack us into the car at sunrise with a hibachi grill and eggs and off we would go for breakfast on the beach!! It's a vague memory but still one that evokes good feelings. Years after we would spend many weekends or vacations at the Jersey beach combing the sand for shells or learning how to maneuver the large waves.My Dad's love of the outdoors became mine and I didn't realize how lucky I was until much later in life. Road trips, reading maps, hiking in the mountains of West Virginia to find a "safe" camping site, houseboat trips on the Mississippi, long ferry boat rides on Lake Michigan, and taking the road less traveled......all my Dads influence and now a part of me.
Funny how life goes.....I think, no I am sure my Dad's influence continues to guide me!
 NJ Beach at sunset

 The great Mississippi River

Rhythm of the Home

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Feeling Very Lemony!!

This past year and a half I have spent traveling from one corner of the country to the next. I have had to learn to improvise, leave behind and give away many many things. It's all good as they say because certainly I needed to let go of a lot. It isn't an easy road, some habits are down right difficult to break. Which leads me to this post. It has been challenging enough traveling with 2 cats in tow but for some bizarre reason I had the crazy notion that I could schlep my plants along with me as well. I can't seem to live without the flora and the fauna. Unfortunately not many have survived but the ones that have I am very fond of like my Lemon Tree and my Rex Begonia as well as my little pot of Lemon Thyme.I accept the fact that this habit is not so practical and hopefully when I settle down in one spot long enough I can start a little garden again but until then I will have faith in these few trusty souls that have stuck by my side! The following recipe is from Baked Bree.com.....I plan to make them this weekend!

Monday, April 2, 2012

You Say It's Your Birthday

Yes I realize that at my age the Birthday thing should not be such a big deal. I mean after all my big partying days are long gone and aside from the annual marshmallow peep consumption and some really nice cards and gifts from my good friends, what is there to get excited about? I'll tell you what gets me excited.....that I was born. That I have had the experiences I have had, the friends I have shared my journey with and the love in my life. I know it hasn't always been a bed of roses but nobody's life is....right? To me it's like the Hindi salutation, namaste,which translates to I honor the light within you. Well Happy Birthday means, I honor the day you were born. So here's to me and to all those celebrating Birthdays this year........I honor the day you were born.
Oh and don't forget to eat cake!