Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday morning - a pile of cookbooks

As the year draws to an end, I am thinking about how I will take care of myself as I head into the new year and a new decade.  I have developed some good eating and moving habits over the last few years.  I am ready to dig a bit deeper.  I checked out all the library books I could find that address the issue of inflammation, auto-immune diseases, and food to tame these monsters.  I spent a morning reading through this pile and have decided that I am going with the plan in Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy by Michelle Babb.  I actually took a class on this topic from Michelle about a year ago and I had forgotten that she told us she was publishing a book.  I will begin her 21 day plan on January 1.  That gives me almost two weeks to plan and prep (my cupboards and my husband!). 
I also saw that Courtney Carver (I have been following her capsule wardrobe plan this fall and winter) is launching The Capsule Kitchen.  She is suggesting 33 foods for 3 months - for the sake of health and simplicity.  Hope over and read about this idea and let me know if you plan to play along.  I started making my list of 33 foods and it does not seem restrictive at all. And best of all, it fits nicely with Michelle's anti-inflammatory eating plan.
One more week for the #HolidaySweat challenge.  This has been a great inspiration and motivation for me.  I have only had a few days without exercise but I have hit my water intake and fruits/veggies goals 100% of the time!
Happy, healthy eating.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

slow stitching on a Sunday (and beyond!)

I am officially on Christmas break.  Yesterday was a lovely beginning and I am anticipating many stitching opportunities over the next two weeks. 
I basted another Bible block and worked on that while we continued to watch the Lord of the Rings movies.  I am looking forward to seeing The Hobbit later this week.  And I have just one more section of my Cascadia little quilt to stitch this afternoon.  I would love to be able to share a photo for Lori's reveal link-up this week.
I am beginning to think about the new year.  When I was wandering through blogs recently, I came upon the Craftsy website again.  I have pretty much avoided this site but I saw that they are having a big sale and there is this lovely Sue Spargo class that is calling my name.  Sue comes to the Seattle area occasionally to teach but the classes are multiple days and hundreds of dollars and I have not been able to make it work.  But this looks like something I can manage.  And I have a lovely box of wool and loads of embroidery threads so there you have it.  Some of my slow stitching in 2015 will involve this class.  I would love to hear if you have taken a Craftsy class. 
Linking up with Kathy and friends today.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

celebrating friendship

When I was a mother of young children, I had a lot of friends.  Some were friends from the kids' school or church, others were quilting or book group friends.  Some were friends to plan parties with, others were friends who could hear my heart stories.
These days I have just a few that I would count at true friends.  They are women who listen, who nod and don't try to fix whatever problem we might be discussing.  They have burdens of their own and I try to be that kind of friend for them.  Two of these women don't live nearby but I know I can pick up the phone or send a text and they will be there for me. 
This week I watched the moms at preschool, their heads bent in conversation as they waited to pick up their children.  They laughed together or listened with that look of knowing.  There also a few moms who are unable to join in.  Some have very heavy burdens (husbands without jobs, children with medical needs, worry and concern). 
My prayer today is that they will all have that experience of a true friend, a heart-friend, the experience of friendship that I am celebrating today.

Connecting with other celebrations over on Ruth's blog today.

Friday, December 19, 2014

dear grief

Dear grief,
I didn't recognize you at first.  I figured I was just tired; long days and lots to do, the season and all.  When I woke this morning, I felt like I was just about to round the bend in the path.  I could count the hours until we say goodbye to the children.  Two weeks away from school.   That would be all I needed to begin to feel that Christmas was coming.  But now I see that you have had a grip on my heart and it has been tightening, slowly at first but with a growing persistence.  Each ornament, each nativity, each carol.  Until I found myself in tears this morning.  They came suddenly, relentlessly.  I don't yet know what to do with you but I promise, I won't ignore you. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

More morning colors

I am branching out a bit - changing the colors of my morning.  It started with a raspberry and beet smoothie.  My store has frozen organic beets, all cooked and cut into slices.  That makes for a smoothie that is pretty and tasty.
Then I saw a cranberry and coconut combo.  I bought a few extra bags of cranberries at Thanksgiving and put them in the freezer.  So now I can alternate, green one day, pink the next.  I have seen some orange drinks with pumpkin so I will be on the hunt to add a bit of orange to my mornings too.
It's fun to mix it up - so to speak!