March 9, 2012
March 3, 2012
what is it about watching the flames of a fire that hypnotize us? flame gazing has a therapeutic, meditative quality about it that allows us to still our mind. perhaps it’s fascination with fire that we have genetically inherited by the earliest humans? do we control the flames or do the flames control us? something to contemplate.
although i don’t think this photo is of the best quality. i love the subject.
enjoy your weekend.
February 8, 2012
here we are into february and still we’ve had no real snowfall to speak of. it’s not that i’m complaining, actually, i’m grateful in many ways for the mild winter; anyone who heats with propane could appreciate that. luckily, we have a wood stove that helps to supplement the high cost of heating with propane.
i took this photo last week while hiking in the margery carlson nature preserve; it’s my across the road neighbor. i like how the little bit of green moss peaks out in the sea of brown leaves.
richard has started seeds for this years garden. it’s always exciting to be able to get to work on the garden. we saved a lot of seeds from last years garden so this is a bit of an experiment for me. i’ve never done much seed saving before, but i think it’s definitely the right direction to go. richard is a member of seed savers exchange . it’s a great organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. we have started a few variety of pepper seeds and also some ‘mystery’ seeds richard found in the basement; it will be interesting to see what (if anything) sprouts up from those. i love a good mystery :).
i have tried a new yoga dvd featuring teacher jason crandell. i shouldn’t be surprised that he credits rodney yee as one of his influential teachers. i recently heard an interesting interview with william broad on npr’s fresh air about the science of yoga. broad mentions that there is a new movement in yoga that makes yoga more assessable and safe for all of us. he cites the iyengar method of yoga as yoga that uses props and modifications to make yoga safer. i can appreciate this as someone who , at almost age 50, wants to get the most benefit but with less risk of injury.
i’ll leave you with a link to a recent video i found on you tube:
January 13, 2012
we finally did get snow. yesterday. since it’s been so warm and dry this winter, i kind of like the snow pelting me in the face. it made me feel alive.
recently, richard requested that i make a pot of vegetable soup. i started to do just that, well my standard version, and then thought of being a little more creative and try making a root vegetable soup; partially inspired by a few parsnips i happen to have. i love parsnips and carrots together. also, i happened to find several shiitake mushrooms growing (or actually drying) on richard’s mushroom logs. the parsnips should be coming out of my fall garden, but the seeds didn’t germinate……
as it turns out, i came up with a hearty vegan soup. lets call it ‘root vegetable with mushroom’ soup
olive oil for sauteing
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 or 2 parsnips, chopped
1 large potato, chopped
shiitake mushrooms, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup soy milk
saute onion in olive oil for a couple of minutes and add garlic, mushrooms, and other root veggies. cook a few more minutes. add rosemary and thyme. add vegetable broth and simmer vegetables until tender. add soy milk and heat through. if it’s not ‘soupy’ enough add some water.
great with homemade yeast or corn bread!
you could use a variety of root veggies in this recipe. use what you have on hand and experiment. also you could use coconut milk and curry seasoning instead of soy milk, thyme, and rosemary. there’s no way you can mess up such a simple soup :).
on anti-consummerism :
consider buying what you need second hand. second hand charity stores are a great way to find what you need and also help others.
March 6, 2011
i took this photo janurary 1 while wandering around richard’s property.
weather-wise, when this photo was taken, we had just had a warm up; it was a balmy news year eve and several inches of snow had just melted. winter and relationships are similar in that way; they warm up and then cool down. i like to say that mother nature likes to let us know who’s in charge.
what i like about this barn is that even though it’s slowly falling down due to neglect, the frame still looks quite sturdy and it’s possible that with a little tlc the barn could come to life again and have many more years of use.
it’s this that stands out to me even on a cold, bleak winter day; tender loving care can cause positive change, all we have to do is be brave, trust our intuition and believe in the healing powers of love.
May 23, 2010
i took this photo earlier this spring. who knew what a wet spring we were in for? i think mother nature has turned the spigot off and we’ve gone from april to july in 24 hours.
time to get busy in the garden.
February 2, 2010
i’m always on the lookout for idyllic scenes like this. whenever i get caught up in a scene, it gives me great pleasure and a simple, peaceful feeling. another favorite scene for me is spotting a red-tailed hawk sitting majestically on his perch surveying the land around him. to enjoy moments like this, i can’t be zooming down the road or talking on the phone or going through my to-do list. i have to be in the present; taking it all in with great observation.
ps it actually felt warm on the prairie today!