Saturday, December 22, 2007

A whole day on my own. A rare gift. I slept late late late. Another rare gift. Hubby ran errands, took the piles of crap in the garage to the dump, and is out buying groceries and Christmas gifts pour moi!
In the classic words of Ren and Stimpy - HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!

I have had my coffee, written letters, watched and squirrels and birds at the entertainment center, had cinnamon raison toast, walked Murphy a couple times, played on the internet, have a load of laundry in the wash, and generally enjoyed myself completely. I have read blogs, played with my own, and not felt guilty for the lack of gift wrapping.....though I think it is time for me to get on with it.

It is melty outside. Getting up to 40 degrees today, though the sun is not coming out from behind the heavy cloud cover. We are also gearing up for a big Lake Effect snow fall Sunday night...tis the season.

A perfect day to play inside.

Petite Meditations

Found a cool blog today. I was looking for my friend's name on line and it appeared in the archives of this blog. Don't know if it was my friend I found in her blog, but I kept reading and I had alot of fun...thought you might find it fun too. Click on the title to navigate to her blog.

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Art of Power

'Our society is founded on a very limited definition of power, namely
wealth, professional success, fame, physical strength, military
might, and political control. My dear friends, I suggest that there
is another kind of power, a greater power: the power to be happy
right in the present moment, free from addiction, fear, despair,
discrimination, anger, and ignorance. This power is the birthright
of every human being, whether celebrated or unknown, rich or poor,
strong or weak....'

--Thich Nhat Hanh, from 'The Art of Power'

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Orion Outside My Door

Last walk of the night. Murphy and I bundle up (13 degrees outside) and head out for his last spritz. I have my eyes on the ground. The melty days of the past 48 hours, followed by 12 hours of hard, cold, below 20 degrees freeze, has led to very hard, very slippery ice patches. When I got to a dry area I looked up and was stopped in my tracks by the blinding brilliance of the diamonds glittering above.

Orion was at the end of my driveway.
I am astounded at the clarity of the night sky, the size of the stars and the brilliance of their glow in the winter sky. It seems the colder it gets the more brilliant the stars become.

I was awe struck. I said "thank you" and again, a star shot across the top of the sky. Like a reply. Like a wave from the other side reminding me we are all in this together.
I smiled. I forgot how cold it was. I didn't even notice I had forgotten to put on my hat until I turned to walk back into the house.

I should drive down to Lake Ontario some time and look at the stars over that huge expanse.

I was feeling cranky about the hard ice until I saw the sky. It is the beauty of the natural world that frequently saves my soul. Pulls me out of my cycles of self blame and depression.
One of the things I wanted when I moved here was more life out of doors. And I am getting that. And it makes me happy.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Got a tree.
Got some lights and garland.
Went to our first holiday party last night.
Snow is coming down soft and beautiful.
Another party tonight.
Took a long walk in the snow with my darling Murphy.

Letting the holiday spirit move me. Making gifts and cards, listening to classic holiday music.
Wearing a silly santa hat and Christmas wreath earrings at work and around town.
No better time to be silly.

No better time to be grateful.

No better time to be generous with others.