Balance for Your Life & Rhythm for Your Days ~ Self-Improvement, Inspiration, & Coping with Challenges
Silence, meditation, reading, and reflection–all are access points, ways to begin to renew ourselves.
The incessant demands of daily life–even the good activities–can deplete us because we need silence. We need reflection. We need to turn inward–to quiet our whirling minds, to be able to listen to our own deeper thoughts or perhaps to hear nothing but restorative stillness.
Filling our minds with the positive, the calming can go far in helping us to reflect on what is truly important and eternal and to renew ourselves. Books, music, art–these can serve as springboards to faith, whether planting seeds or fertilizing fields planted long ago.
Settle in and relax to soothing music as you take some slow, deep breaths.
Be awed by amazing scenes from nature; be inspired by great thinkers in this video Relaxation Meditation Music with Inspirational Quotations HD – Lunar Khandro
I would be remiss if Mother’s Lemon Pound Cake were not the very first recipe I put on this website!*
When I was growing up, this cake was an absolute staple of life. Literally, there was always a Lemon Pound Cake in our house! Occasionally, Mother might substitute lemon extract for vanilla (more on that later), but she could make this cake in her sleep, and so can I.
A few years ago when I thought I had Celiac Disease, the first thought I had was, “Oh, no! Dear Lord, please let me still be able to eat Mother’s Lemon Pound Cake!” Honestly. That was my prayer. Sounds silly to you perhaps, but this cake is a physical connection to my mother, and I would have been devastated had I not been able to keep on eating it.
Mother made this cake for my teachers, for friends, for everyone. It is extra yummy if you run it in the toaster oven & put a little butter on the crispy tops. Lord, have mercy! Enjoy!Read More
February, this fast and frigid month, has taught me several things, some for the first time. In random order, ’cause that’s how my brain works, here are a few things I learned–or re-learned–in February.
1. Having Bliss Sweet Cream All Natural Coffee Creamer in the house is NOT a good idea! It is so good that I ignored the calorie count on the label, and since I “like a little coffee with my cream,” those calories add up fast. It’s back to skim milk and almond vanilla milk, unless I want to buy new clothes.
2. It’s not a good thing when my darling husband comes home bearing twoRead More
Would these simple wooden pallets stacked in the parking lot of your local WalMart excite you?
They give me a thrill–much like the kid who has just spotted the first snowflake or seen the first Christmas lights.
Wooden pallets–oh, yeah, baby!
I get positively G.I.D.D.Y.!
I always rush home and announce to Chops, “They’re here!” And he knows. He just does.
(That’s what over 40 years of being married will do.)
If you don’t “get it” and think I’m just as weird as you’ve been suspecting, how about this next treasure?Read More
Despite the Polar Vortex we’ve survived (with another reportedly about to swoop down upon us), here’s a sure sign that Old Man Winter is on his last shaky leg.
I snapped this photo of the first hyacinth peeking out of the ground in my back yard. A couple of other clusters were starting to push their little turtle like heads up as well, but they were not yet so clearly defined.
Not only are green hints of spring emerging,Read More
What better way to celebrate our wonderful country and our freedom than having an extended holiday with our kids and grandkids?
The first night we were solo at the cabin, the peaceful countryside summarized by this placid sunset.
But then the troops arrived, and the games began!Read More
One of the main things I’ve learned in June is that “Done is better than perfect.” It’s late. I’m tired. June’s almost over, and I’m about to be away from an Internet connection. But I wanted to participate in this link-up started by Emily Freeman at “Chatting at the Sky.” I want it to be “done.” So here goes, my list of Things I Learned in June.
1. Done is better than perfect.Read More