A full weekend.

Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017

Yep, I’m combining days.  And it feels good.  FREEING.

This past weekend was AWESOME.

It all started Friday when I got out of work…free for two nights 🙂

After getting up and eating dinner, we went for our FIRST RIDE of summer!!  Kimm and I love going for our rides and this one was so peaceful and relaxing.  So many beautiful homes for sale in Connecticut.  Twilight was wonderful.  We stopped for our FIRST ICE CREAM of the summer too!  (The Ice Cream Shoppe in Agawam…small twist cones for each of us — which were HUGE, and a kiddie vanilla in a cup for Izzy — also huge…I had to feed it to her slow to avoid brain freeze!  — total price was around $10.50 — pretty expensive I thought, and also, the line was not that long but moved SUPER SLOW…we probably won’t be going back there much…to many other places to try!)

After getting back from the ride, we started making chocolate chip cookies for Kimm’s Dad for the next day — it was the anniversary of his 18th year since getting his heart transplant so we were going to do a grill out to celebrate.  Making cookies was SO MUCH FUN.  Made 40 cookies…ate a lot of raw dough (because of course there are no calories until the cookies come OUT of the oven 🙂 — and just did a lot of laughing.  It was a well needed night.

Heading up to bed and crawling under the sheets just made it that much better…LOVE going to bed at night.

Saturday we slept in, then had breakfast, and then headed out to get our garden plants and outside flowers.  We went to Calabrese like usual.  We found what we wanted — four different kinds of tomatoes (Beefsteak, Early Girl — both larger tomatoes, and then a cherry tomato and grape tomato), green peppers, green beans, zucchini (yes, I’m trying AGAIN!!!), cucumbers and basil!  For flowers — marigolds (yellow, orange and this brilliant orange/maroon mix), petunias — dark and light purple, dark and light pink, and pink and white vinca.  Total price — about $55.  Not too bad.

A quick snack and then we were out there getting to work.  We weeded for AN HOUR — let me just say…WEEDING IS HARD WORK!!!  We were both done with it after like 15 minutes!!!  But we persevered and got it done.  Then the planting and putting up the chicken wire — of course we were about 3 feet short of the chicken wire so we’ll have to get some more but we improvised with some cardboard boxes buried in the dirt until then.

WE WERE EXHAUSTED.  Dirty and tired.  But it looked so good.  And we both felt so accomplished.

Showers which were glorious and then we headed over for the grill out.  YUMMY food — veggie burgers with fried onions, potato salad, veggies and dip, chips, baked beans, deviled eggs, chocolate chip cookies, and cake!  SO MUCH GOOD FOOD.  I was in a food coma, seriously.

Everyone watched Hidden Figures, the movie, after eating, while I of course napped.  I could not help it.  After getting all that food in me, the eyes were closing and I could not stop them!

Another day I was so glad to climb into bed.

Sunday was a hot one.  It got up to 90 degrees.  And of course we still had to plant the outside flowers.  So after breakfast we headed outside.  We were so sore from the day before so of course all the movement was just a little bit slower 🙂

We weeded for about 1/2 hour and then planted, which took about 1 and 1/2 hours.  I got some sun on my shoulders and back — just like going to the beach!  All the flowers looked so good when we were done — petunias in the front barrels, vinca in the side barrels, marigolds by the mailbox.

Of course, just as we were about to go in, we notice that OUR DOG has completely dug up a section of the hostas by the house!!!!!  I was SO MAD.  So while Kimm watered everything, I had to transplant hostas…not a task I was anticipating doing that day.

Showers again which felt SO GOOD.

And then it was grill out leftovers while watching The Girl on the Train — I really liked the movie, I think Kimm thought it was so-so.

And that was the end of my weekend because I had to go in for 8 pm…boo!

But if all weekends could be as nice, I would be one happy girl!

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Meditations from the Mat (Day 160)…

~~in daily life we are bombarded with sensation…because of this we become REACTIVE….we react in the moment, out of the tangle of past experiences…clear seeing becomes difficult

~~yoga opposes this condition with practices aimed at quieting the mind, the body and the spirit…on the mat we have a microcosm of our lives

Meditations from the Mat (Day 161)…

~~”You, just as you are, and your life here, right now, are all there is and all you need to know.  You don’t have to do anything special.  Mostly, you have to be open to meeting face to face, and even dancing with, the truth that pertains to your life right now.  You have to find a way to collect your fractured pieces, examine them, and then accept them as part of who you are.  Spiritual practice is about transformation, but it’s also, and more importantly, about working with what is.” — Angel Kyodo Williams

Meditations from the Mat (Day 162)…

~~”What am I AFRAID of??”

~~know that there are many aspects to your practice that are stuck or that you approach in a manner that ensures you will only scratch the surface…take the SMALL steps to break free from this…catch your habitual attitudes

~~find new ways of experiencing yourself and your potential

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Things making me happy…

June 9 (FRI): done with my nights on!, first drive of summer, first ice cream of summer, making chocolate chip cookies together, raw dough (no calories 🙂 !!)

June 10 (SAT): sleeping in, the accomplishment of weeding and planting the garden, hot shower when achy, grill out with Kimm’s parents, sleeping during the movie

June 11 (SUN): sleeping in, getting the outside flowers planted (petunias, marigolds, vinca), leftovers, watching a movie while eating, tan on my back!

 

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