Sunday Meditation: I Am the Sea.

I find it difficult to relax. Now, you might giggle and roll your eyes at that… but truly. Even being on medication for anxiety and depression, I still find myself needing to center. The medication isn’t carrying the whole load here… I need to put some work in too. But that’s just how I feel about it.

 

What I like to do with my stress and tension at the end of the day/ week: is a yoga session to exhaust any negativity. I want to work off the petty annoyances of the week. I want to turn those piddly moments into my own strength and wisdom. Once I’m good and weary, I plop down on my meditation pillow. (Oh my god it is the most amazing thing. Keeps my mind focused on the breathing and the thought stream, and not on the fact that my foot just fell asleep and I can’t feel my bum cheeks anymore.)

 

I’ve jotted down my most recent meditation for you, if you’d like to give it a read!

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I close my eyes.

Breathe deeply in through my nose and out my mouth.

I connect with my body, and observe.

Relaxing muscles from my toes, up to my ankles.

My ankles are now pooled in relaxation,

I breathe a little deeper into my tummy.

My calves are little creeks, running water up the hills of muscle; down.

to my knees. Past pebbles and intricate little knots of sinew and bone.

My knees are swirling black pools of water, strong.

I breathe into my thighs, relaxing each strand of muscle and each joint.

My thighs are rushing rivers: fueled by creeks and whirlpools.

These rivers crash into my rib cage, and flow and settle backwards into my abdomen.

Swirling and calm and wise.

I am the sea.

Wise in my great passage of time logged, and most importantly: patient.

Regardless of the weather today, my tides will crash and smooth the bones of

My shoulder blades and hip bones. Crafting finer curves and lines, out of sheer

Patience.

I am the sea.

With grand waterfalls collapsing from shoulder blades into the deep wells of elbow joints

and rushing streams down my forearms to pool in my

open palms.

Open palms: Accepting of the good things that I deserve.

I do enough. I have enough. I am enough.

I. Am the sea.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Waves lapping beneath layers of skin.

I am the Sea.

Saturday Stock Up

– or. An IBS Pantry/ Fridge


Grocery shopping day! D and I hit up our local grocery store every other week. This week, we made a special effort to fill the lower (biggest) portion of the cart with veggies and fruit. It wasn’t hard. We let taste buds and soup and salad goals guide us. Yams, sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce, radish, kale, gala apples (from B.C.!) and the rest. Next we stocked up on pickles, pickled beets, and sauerkraut. Bell peppers, grape tomatoes and cucumber rounded out the salad options. And we finished it off with a brief walk through the aisles for things like: kitten food, frozen berries for smoothies, turmeric for smoothies, tuna, rice crackers and some chicken, eggs, and gluten free sausage for protein.

And now. Our pantry and fridge look like this!

 

 

 

 

Canned beans, vegetables, tuna, salmon, potatoes, sweet potatoes, coconut milk and yams and a couple other treats…. this corner cupboard completes our staples in the kitchen.

Get ready folks! The recipes are collecting and they’re going to be shared soon!!!

Until then, we are resting this evening… in preparation for Super Bowl Sunday tomorrow.

Super Bowl Sunday Menu? Chicken wings breaded with gluten free crumbs and coconut flour, popcorn (drizzled with margarine and sprinkled with salt!) and gluten and dairy free cookies. Oh that will be what I dream about tonight.

I hope your Saturday finds you just as contented and smiling. Good night friends!

 

 

 

Hello World

Want to know something nerdy about that post title? 

A “Hello, World!” program is a computer program that outputs or displays “Hello, World!” to the user. Being a very simple program in most programming languages, it is often used to illustrate the basic syntax of a programming language for a working program.

* Wikipedia though

 There’s your something New learned for the day!

And here’s 21 questions, answered!  I got the questions from http://www.ysislorenna.com if you’re interested in checking out her corner of the universe. If you want more, check out my About page!

1. Are you named after anyone?

     The girl in a play that my new high school was putting on when I moved there. Well, that’s the story behind my screen name anyhow.
2. When was the last time you cried? 

     Today. Sometimes frustration results in leaky eyes for me. 



3. Do you have kids? 

     There are two children who are in my life, and I care about them very much. They are not my own, but I’m so honoured to have them touch my life like they do. 



4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? 

     I’m happy to say yes to this
5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

     Yes, but subtly
6. Will you ever bungee-jump? 

     Nope. Hard pass. 
7. What’s your favorite cereal? 

     Honey Nut Cheerios. 
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

     I notice and gauge their greeting smile. From warm and genuine to rushed and false. 
9. What is your eye colour? 

      Brown. With an amber glow in the sunlight if we want to get vain about this. 

10. Scary movie or happy endings? 

     Happy endings. It fuels my daydreamer sensibilities

11. Favorite smells? 

     Coffee, fresh baking, pasta as it is cooking and the faint smell of gasoline. 

12. Summer or winter?

     Summer

13. Computer or television? 

     Computer

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

     Thompson, M.B.

15. Do you have any special talents?

     Story telling, writing and findng the silver lining. 

16. Where were you born?

     Abbotsford, B.C.

17. What are your hobbies?

     Finding new ways to organize, playing with the children in my life, doing yoga and occasionally journaling. 

18. Do you have any pets?

     A tuxedo cat named Audrey and two kittens!

19. Favorite movie?

     Crazy, Stupid Love. 
20. Do you have any siblings? 

     Four half siblings

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

     Patient
Thanks for reading a bit about me! Until next time you lovely people you ❤

Please feel free to try the 21 questions for yourself! I’d love to know your answers 🤗

Mani-Monday 

Alright. So I did this manicure yesterday… Regardless. It was a cute and simple procedure and I got some studying done while I waited for them to dry!


What are you going to need? 

– 2 nail polish colours of your choice. I picked purple and gray. 

– 1 glitter nail polish of your choice. I chose gold glitter!

– scotch tape

– clear coat

Then, with some trusty scotch tape, just set up your painting parameters!

Once you have your base colour on and fully dried…. (I waited a full day between the purple base coat and the gray and sparkle additions… but that’s called laziness my friends. Not ingenuity.) …. you can do something like this:


So for my nails, the ring and index finger got diagonal lines, the pinky and thumb got a half way across the nail line, and the index got split in half down the middle with tape. Now that you’ve got your perimeters set up: add your accent colours! Go wild. I only used glitter on the pinky and pointer finger, but you are the creator here. 

Once you’ve allowed that all to dry. Top with a clear coat and read another chapter of your textbook – okay the latter part might not be a requirement for you… and et voila! Your Monday ready mani!

Now. Go enjoy some tea and admire your fine fingers. 


Until next time, toodles!

Saturday Snippet

Have you ever been here: You bought that bunch of bananas on your grocery trip. They seemed perfect: slightly green on the tops and slowly ripening. You add the cheery bunch to your cart or basket and take those suckers home.Not three days later, they are looking worse for wear. You can only eat bananas so fast, and so you watch them deteriorate on the kitchen counter.

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Fear not all ye banana eaters! Today’s Saturday snippet took longer to write than it will take you to complete.

Here’s what you will need:

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  1. Your ripe (or slightly over-ripe) bananas.
  2. Plastic wrap
  3. A plastic Ziploc type bag.

What you gotta do:

  • Take the five minutes to peel the bananas
  • Feel free to break them in half as you place them in the plastic wrap (they’ll lie flatter)
  • Place your neatly pre-packaged bananas into that baggie and pop it in the freezer.

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Bam! There you have it folks. Bananas that are ready for your morning smoothie, that banana loaf that you’re craving, an intriguing Pinterest recipe… speaking of Pinterest – if you want to share that digital friendship with me: click here.

 

So happy Caturday to you! May your day breeze by at this kitten’s level of comfort. ❤

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