Another pretty good night…

Monday, July 31, 2017

Here we are…the last day of the month!  Where is the summer going??

Last night at work was pretty easy.  No major issues 🙂  I even learned how to do a new braid because someone was braiding hair on IMC…the fishtail braid, which I LOVE the look of!

I did get a little tired because I had slept pretty poorly during the day, but I made it through with my No-Doze and gum chewing!!

I stopped at Stop and Shop after work to get some fresh buns because we were grilling out for dinner!!

Then it was home and directly to bed.

I slept a LITTLE better than yesterday.  I was up after three hours and then slept on and off for a couple more.  SIGH.  Not sure why I’m not just sleeping through anymore.

Kimm did quite a bit of laundry today…two LARGE loads.  The after effects of vacation.

Dinner was veggie heavy…which was fine by me.  Our salads were so good from yesterday that we had another one, then I sauteed our first green beans of the season in a little olive oil with some garlic, also veggie kebobs and veggie burgers.  YUMM!!  I was full after that.

Lots of dishes and then I checked on the stuff outside.  VERY buggy out…I think I got three bug bites right away.  Our petunias are still not looking great.  ??? I was able to pick our VERY FIRST zucchini!!!!!  Can’t wait to eat that 🙂

Now about to do some yoga, then shower, then a show before my last night of work.

Very humid today…glad for the AC!

Meditations from the Mat (Day 212)…

~~in the beginning we desire the fruits of a good practice, we are afraid of looking foolish

~~desire and aversion stimulate us to work hard…but eventually we experience neither desire nor aversion, we just practice

Things making me happy today: sleeping a little better!,  learning to fishtail braid, veggie heavy dinner (first green beans of the season!!), picked a zucchini!!!!, one night left of work!


Back to work.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

WOW…only one more day left of this month…CRAZY!!

Well, my first night back at work was not too bad…yay!!  Minimal staffing issues, no CERT calls, no CODES, and I was able to catch up on my email/time card stuff.  I also got to see who else was nominated for the hospital ACE awards…during vacation I found out that I had been nominated in the Best Leader category!  Wow…the OR nurse manager, myself, and some other person I have never heard of were nominated.  I am very honored actually 🙂

I did get a little tired about 5:30 am because I hadn’t really slept before going in to work yesterday, but after a No-Doze and some gum, I made it through the rest of the shift until I was able to come home and CRASH!

Kimm’s plans for the day…the LAWN.  With vacation, it had gotten quite long so she knew it was going to be QUITE the job.

I slept good until about 1:30 pm (so about 4 solid hours of sleep) and then I just kept tossing and turning, not sleeping.  So when Kimm came in after her shower I got up and we did dinner 🙂

It was yummy…roasted asparagus, salad, leftover Five Cheese Ziti from Olive Garden.  We ate at the dining room table and just chatted about our days…it was just NICE.

Kimm told me that the lawn was terrible…she had to use the bagger because it was so long and of course that makes the mower even heavier and it took her about 3 hours!!!  But now it looks great.  I caught her up on all the gossip at the hospital 🙂

After our dinner chores, we went out to look at the flowers and garden, something else we had neglected on vacation…I weeded a bunch around the flower…I worked up a sweat!!

And now we are in the middle of porch time.  All that is left is to shower, watch a show, and maybe get a cat nap in before heading back to work.  Tonight is day 2 of 3.  Maybe, maybe I will get in a quick yoga…I REALLY SHOULD!  We shall see if it actually happens.

Here’s hoping that tonight will be another easy night…

Meditations from the Mat (Day 211)…

~~have courage to do the right thing, regardless of what others think…expend less emotional energy worrying about what others think of you

~~as our practice matures, we begin to realize that strong emotional response merely cloud the mind and exhaust the body…through clear seeing, we come to understand the roots of these responses and learn to let them go…pride, fear, and desire slowly fade

Things making me happy today: an easy first night back at work, being nominated for an ACE award, fresh vegetables — asparagus and salad, weeding the flowers, porch time with the FAN 🙂

July Vacation {Day NINE}

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Last day of vacation 😦  And the day I returned to work…

But we made every little bit of the day count!!!!

We were going to head up to Giovanni’s Italian Pastry Shop for breakfast which is right up on Main Street (we were going to walk there) but at the last minute I decided to call to make sure that they were open and good thing I did call because they were closed for vacation!  So we quickly changed things up and decided to head to On the Hill again…we got the same — veggie omelet, but Kimm got the home fries and I got the fried potatoes (whereas last time we both had gotten the hash browns…we were both happier with our choice…better taste).  Kimm had the rye toast and I had pancakes on the side.  YUMM!!

Home to relax our stomachs for a bit and then we headed out on one last day of adventure.  It was a GORGEOUS summer day…sunny, breezy, non-humid!!!!  Everything I LOVE in a summer day.  We drove out to Amherst to go to Amherst Winery for a wine tasting.  We had never been there before even though we have tasted their wines several times before at The Big E.  It was a really cute place and the wine was good!  We bought 6 bottles!!!  And we even decided to stay there and have a glass on their deck because they could re-cork the wine when you left so you didn’t waste it 🙂

After leaving there, we headed home, but stopped at Cindy’s Drive In to try a twist cone with crunch topping…we both agreed it was pretty good…creamy AND flavorful.  Definitely a place we will try again.  And because it was a drive in the SMELL of the onion rings made us both CRAVE onion rings so we agreed when we ordered our pizza that night we would add on an order of onion rings 🙂

Home to relax again…this time on the porch because it was just so beautiful out…When we started to get hungry we got our pizza/fries/onion rings and watched an episode of White Collar.

And then it was time for my shower and getting ready for work.

I left the house with a huge smile, knowing that we had enjoyed an EXCELLENT vacation!!!!

Meditations from the Mat (Day 201)…

~~desire and aversion both have the ability to move us deeply, to take us completely out of ourselves, to lead us into behavior that we later cannot recognize as our own

~~the breath and the postures allow us toe systematically redefine who we are…the breath calms the mind and draws it inward, severing its ties to desire and aversion…the postures deconstruct our old definitions of self

~~note aversion as it arises, but do not try to control the uncontrollable….let go of the problem and embrace the solution with all your heart

Things making me happy today: beautiful summer day!!, new wine tasting, ice cream cone!!, pizza out!!, feeling fresh and clean after a shower, porch time

July Vacation {Day EIGHT}

Friday, July 28, 2017

The last FULL day of vacation 😦

This vacation has truly been one of our best yet though!!!

And it was another really, really nice day.

It started with breakfast out…another new place…Main Street Grille.  Another hole in the wall diner…we both got the same…veggie omelette (onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, American cheese) with home fries and toast (white for me, rye for Kimm).  And coffee…OF COURSE 🙂  We agreed that the quality of the omelette was very close to the one we had at On the Hill.  The home fries were definitely better (not that fake grill butter taste).  I wish I could have substituted pancakes for my toast though!!!  But all in all, a really good (and really filling!) breakfast.

Back home for the usual…resting our stomachs and just relaxing.  I froze a bag of blueberries in the meantime!

After we were feeling less stuffed, we headed out to a wine tasting in Northampton, MA — Mineral Hills Winery (we had gone last year as well, but we LOVE their wine).  The day was absolutely gorgeous…not humid, breezy, sunny.  A PERFECT day for a drive.

We did our tasting (and buying…we ended up getting four bottles, and this really cute sign — “Our book club can drink your book club under the table” — we both laughed so hard at that one because whenever we have book club we are always drinking wine…it was the perfect sign to get and show our friend who is in book club with us! — we also bought two magnets — “Wine is like duct tape…it fixes everything!” — one for us and one for our friend from book club — we just thought it was so cute and RIGHT).

On the way home, we were able to cross another ice cream place off our list.  Sheldon’s Ice Cream in Southampton.  The flavors we tried — Kimm — Peanut Butter Oreo, Kaye — Boston Blackout (chocolate ice cream with fudge swirl and brownie bits).  We both got ours in a sugar cone but Kimm’s cone broke so she ended up eating hers in a dish…which getting it into the dish was quite the task since there was a hornet buzzing around so there I was the fool running around holding the cup while Kimm’s ice cream practically fell on the ground…but thankfully we got it in the cup just in time!  Kimm thought her ice cream was really good and from the taste I had I thought so too.  However, I thought my flavor was just fair…the fudge swirl and brownie bits were good, but the actual chocolate ice cream was just not very flavorful…but I did enjoy the cone!

As we headed back home, while we were driving through Holyoke, we checked out very briefly Ashley Reservoir…a natural area that a lot of people from work tend to go to after work to walk/run.  It looked pretty nice and we both agreed that we would come back and check it out when we had better walking shoes on (flip flops were NOT going to do it!)

After getting home and relaxing a bit again, we headed out for dinner at our old favorite…El Forestero.  Veggie quesadillas for the win!  SO SO GOOD.  And thankfully the guacamole was perfect this time as well.

Even though it was kind of later when we got home, we still decided to get out for a last drive, although it would be short.  And I’m SO GLAD we did because we saw the most awesome sunset…bright pinks and purples…absolutely gorgeous.

We ended the night with watching a White Collar and eating some of our blueberry ice cream 🙂

Like I said, a perfect day!

Meditations from the Mat (Day 209)…

~~desire is the wish for things to be not as they are

~~dwelling in the real, individuals who accomplish greet deeds demonstrate what IS possible

~~as we accept and connect with postures that are hard for us, we find the understanding that leads to mastery

Things making me happy today: trying a new diner, beautiful scenic drive, book club wine sign, El Forestero — SO GOOD, reflecting on our great vacation, stunning sunset 🙂

July Vacation {Day SEVEN}

Thursday, July 28, 2017


Yep, today we are celebrating our 15 year anniversary 🙂

It started with sleeping in (!!!!) followed by a relaxing breakfast…coffee, blueberry muffins, and the remainder of our raspberry danish…eating leisurely while reading…the good life!

We headed out the door by noon in order to head up to Northampton…we had booked a 1/2 hour hot tub and an hour couples massage!!

WOW…the hot tub was WARM.  Poor Kimm, by the time we were done she said she felt like she had been boiled alive.  I never saw her face so red!!  And the sweat…it was just pouring down her face.  It even got a little warm for me at the end.  It was sweet relief when we exited the tub and breathed in some fresh air!  They do offer outside tubs so MAYBE it would be better in the fall/winter if you were in an outside tub!  But whew…that was an experience!

Our massages followed and that was SO relaxing.  Although at times the pressure seemed a little intense…which is funny because they both had told us that they were going to be using medium pressure…I would hate to feel what HARD pressure felt like!!  Kimm and I both enjoyed the massages a lot and agreed that we would definitely do that again.  The only thing that we were a little confused about was the tipping procedure…we had not known that it is customary to tip the massage therapist…and of course, not wanting to appear cheap, that added another $30 on to the cost of the massages!!!  Oh well, it is not something that we indulge in frequently.

Then it was time to head for home.  It was STILL raining when we left (it had been raining all morning!!!).  By the time we got home we were STARVING!!!!  We quickly fed the animals and got dressed to head out for dinner.  We chose Olive Garden.

The food was SO GOOD…it completely hit the spot because we were just so hungry.  We had an excellent server.  Two things that were not that great….first — we chose to sit in the bar area, assuming that at least there we would not be seated next to any kids — WRONG — directly behind us was a family with a teenage daughter who I’m thinking was either autistic or mentally challenged in some way — she was wearing headphones which ?? may have calmed/distracted her — regardless, there were many moments during the meal where she would get upset/excited and start shaking and making loud noises, and then when we were about done with our meal and that family had left another family came with two young children, both younger than five I would say, and more loudness!!!  SERIOUSLY…in the BAR area!!!!  We are cursed!!!, and then second — the meal came out almost TOO fast…we barely had time to finish our salad before the appetizer was out and we hadn’t even finished with that before our main meal was out…it just felt rushed, like you couldn’t just sit and linger and enjoy.

But besides that the food was yummy — we both got the Five Cheese Ziti pasta dish for our entree — of which I think I had five bites max…I had eaten so much else.  We had bread sticks with Alfredo dipping sauce, salad, apps (mozz sticks, Parmesan crusted zucchini planks…which we were a little disappointed in…we thought they were going to be the deep fried zucchini that we had had there before).  Kimm also got a Blue Moon beer and I had a Strawberry-Mango Margarita which was fantastic!  We had absolutely NO ROOM for dessert even though it all looked decadent and delicious.

We came home and opened cards.  We both agreed that our cards were excellent 🙂

And then I CRASHED.  I napped for probably a good hour.  All that good food!

We finished the night with a good movie…”Did You Hear About the Morgans?” — with popcorn and some ice cream.  A perfect night on the couch with my sweetie.

Here’s to many, many more years filled with happy memories….

Meditations from the Mat (Day 208)…

~~afraid in a fearful world, we very much DESIRE certain things to happen, and we very much DESIRE that certain other things not happen

~~asana practice is an immersion into the NOW…the work we do on the mat teaches us wholeheartedly to commit to the PRESENT moment

~~all positive outcomes are by-products of our present-moment awareness…do your BEST as an expression of your love for life

~~”Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward.” — Don Miguel Ruiz

Things making me happy today: celebrating 15 years together!, massage, Olive Garden — so good (especially the bread sticks with the Alfredo dipping sauce and the strawberry-mango margarita), relaxing night with a movie in our comfies!!

July Vacation {Day SIX}

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We had a lot of FIRSTS today!

After rousing ourselves from bed, we fed the animals, and then headed out to try out a new breakfast place — On the Hill Family Restaurant.  A little hole in the wall joint — we really liked it!  We both ordered veggie omelets (with tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheese) with hash browns on the side — Kimm choose rye toast with butter for her carb, and I went with …. PANCAKES!  (they were EXCELLENT…I haven’t had pancakes in like FOREVER!!)  Coffee as well, which was pretty good for coffee!  We left STUFFED!!

Home to rest for a bit.  After my stomach was a little less full I made a batch of blueberry muffins with some of our blueberries we picked (we still have SO MANY left!!) and then mixed up some taco dip because we were going to be getting together with friends to chat that evening.

And then….we headed out to explore Robinson State Park!!  We hiked for about 2 hours and 20 minutes…got lost a few times 🙂 (only because the trails were not well marked).  But it was SO peaceful…only the sounds of nature.  It completely soothed my soul.  I LOVED it.  Kimm did too so I’m hoping this is the beginning of an adventure in hiking 🙂  I know that there are so many places to hike in MA.  I’m EXCITED!!!!

We came home, showered, I assembled the taco dip and then we gathered our liquor (wine and beer) and walked down the street to our neighbors.  We enjoyed about four hours of chatting and sipping and eating — taco dip, hummus and veggies, cheese and crackers!

Home a little after 11 pm and we snacked on an English muffin with peanut butter and our blueberry jelly (WOW…good) before heading up to bed.

ANOTHER REALLY GOOD DAY!!!!!  I’m absolutely loving our vacation this year 🙂

Meditations from the Mat (Day 207)…

~~asana wears away at asmita…the sense of isolated self decreases and you come more fully into yourself

~~in yoga you are both the masterpiece and the methodical artist, painstakingly working to uncover the hidden work of art

Things making me  happy today: trying a new breakfast place — On the Hill, hiking at Robinson State Park, seeing Kimm’s beautiful posted pics on FB, blueberry muffins, wine and snacks with friends

July Vacation {Day FIVE}

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

No, no, no…the days are going by WAY TOO FAST!!!  Why is it always like that for vacation???

But, I’m determined to enjoy every last minute of every day 🙂

Okay, so for today…

Up by 8 am again…oh that Izzy!!  All the animals fed and ourselves dressed and then out the door…for breakfast out at…CRACKER BARREL!  And we made sure to go all savory after all that sugar yesterday 🙂  We got our norm…scrambled eggs, cheesy hash brown casserole, buttermilk biscuits (with butter), coffee.  YUMM!!  SO GOOD.

And then afterwards, a perusal through the store…and we were able to get some new fall decor 🙂  A ceramic pumpkin candle, a fall sign (“There is always something to be thankful for”), and some pumpkin spice lotion (that was VERY fragrant…I had tried it on at the store and when we got in the car, Kimm kept saying, “it smells like fall!”…and then it became a standing joke, because all day long, no matter how many times I washed my hands…all you could smell was that lotion!! — good thing I like the scent!!)

Home for some relaxation and to rest the stomachs!

Around 1 pm we decided to watch a movie (with some popcorn of course!).  We choose “The Railway Man” — based on a true story of a soldier who was captured and tortured by the Japanese during WWII (very riveting and of course I can NEVER believe that humans would treat other humans the horrible way they have…even in times of war).  Midway through the movie we paused and made blueberry ice cream cones…whoa…VERY GOOD!

I believe a short nap followed 🙂

And then it was off to try a new restaurant for dinner — Bueno Y Sano (fresh, made to order Mexican).  We were SO GLAD we tried this place…EXCELLENT!!!!  We both went with burritos and they were HUGE.  I got the pinto bean, Kimm got the black bean.  Came with rice, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream…and we both got tortilla chips and guacamole on the side.  A VERY filling meal (as we ate the ENTIRE thing!)  But oh so good.

We headed home and again had to rest our stomachs!  And then we both took showers which felt excellent since we hadn’t showered since Sunday 🙂  Love that freshly showered feeling 🙂

And to end the night…GAMES!  We played Kings in the Corner and Yahtzee.  I seemed to be on a winning streak which is kind of unusual.  It was nice to just chill in our comfies and get re-acquainted with some of the games that we own.

By the time 11 pm hit, bed was calling our names…

Another REALLY good day 🙂

Meditations from the Mat (Day 206)…

~~the state of spiritual ignorance is FEAR

~~we spend our days trying to protect a self we envision as being weak and vulnerable to attack…on the mat we experience this fear as an inability to know peace for more than fleeting moments

~~this fear is asmita (an exaggerated sense of I-ness, or self-centered fear)…the asana can restore balance to our bodies and our spirits 

~~the asana slowly wear away our sense of an isolated self…the heart settles…we are able to rest and see that life is good

Things making me happy today: Cracker Barrel breakfast, new fall decorations, blueberry ice cream, trying a new restaurant — Bueno Y Sana (excellent burritos), showering, game night

July Vacation {Day FOUR}

Monday, July 24, 2017


We got A LOT of rain today.  Bummer, since it kind of wrecked our initial plans!  (wine tasting in Amherst, trying a new ice cream place in Amherst)  BUT…it didn’t get us TOO down, I mean, come on…we are on VACATION!!!  We just switched things up!

First things…breakfast!  We braved a drive in the rain to pick up donuts at Mrs. Murphy’s (Kimm — glazed yeast, powdered lemon filled, sugared jelly filled, me — glazed cake, glazed yeast, sugared jelly filled) and ICED coffees (yes, we are a little crazy considering the temps were only in the 60s!!)

The donuts and coffee hit the spot, but we both agreed that three donuts is a little much for us…boy have times changed 🙂

At that point we KNEW we had to come up with a plan for the rest of the day as the rain was still like a sheet coming down.  Turns out that several streets in Agawam were flooded.  We got over three inches of rain…even some in the basement!

So we snuggled in at home and watched a movie — The Book Thief — with some appetizers (pizza bites, mac and cheese bites, and mozz sticks!).  I liked the movie, but Kimm was a bit disappointed…she had just recently read the book and felt that they deviated from several important parts too much.

Our night time activity was….Barnes and Noble!!!  Always a favorite.  I caught up on my celebrity news with People magazine, read the first part of The Book Thief again, and skimmed some books on downsizing/organizing (I SWEAR August it WILL happen!!!).  We enjoyed our treats from the cafe as well — S’mores frappacinos and sugar cookies.

I ended up leaving with a new planner (super cute with painted animals — I was able to use my B&N gift card that my friend got me for my birthday! — FREE is always best!!)

Kimm and I had the same thought as we were driving home — even though we had good stuff to eat during the day that tasted so good at the moment,  we were both SUGARED out…we were CRAVING savory 🙂

We came home to our furry animals who got some lovin’ while we watched an episode of White Collar.

Fourth day…a success EVEN with the rain!

Meditations from the Mat (Day 205)…

~~”Buddha saw that suffering and evil are rooted in a mistake about how life works” — Deepak Chopra

~~the first affliction, ignorance, is our mistaken view about how life works…the mistake is that we identify with the external

~~we arrive on our mats identified with the results of our actions…we bask in the glory of a good day, we are crushed by a bad one

~~the emptiness of all this striving to control reality stems from the emptiness of our vision of who we are…over time on the mat, we take a long journey, moving from the idea of separation to the idea of connectedness

Things making me happy today: donuts!!, hearing the rain coming down, a movie in the middle of the day, apps!, B&N trip, a new planner :), S’mores frap and sugar cookie!

July Vacation {Day THREE}

Sunday, July 23, 2017

HOW is this vacation going by so fast already!!!!????

Today was a mix of relaxing and entertaining.

We woke up kind of early again (thanks Izzy!).  But thankfully bagels and coffee awaited us 🙂

Then I painted my toenails (light teal blue…) in preparation for the wedding we were attending later that afternoon…

While the nails dried, I watched a bit of The Mockingjay (LOVE!).

Then shower time…with shaving of course…

We had a slight error with the wedding card!  I had filled out the message on it, placed it in the envelope carefully, sealed it and Kimm had found some heart stickers for the front of the envelope because it was one of those “may need additional postage” envelopes…which would NOT have looked festive on the card front…so the heart stickers were a great cover up…HOWEVER…all of a sudden I remembered that we did not put the cash in the envelope (the gift!!!!).  So I had to use a sharp knife to get the envelope open again, oh so carefully, but it still looked horrible, and of course we had no other envelope that would have fit, so I became VERY creative and used more of the heart stickers to re-seal the envelope.  All in all I think it looked pretty good!  But thank goodness we remembered that BEFORE we left the house 🙂

Kimm and I looked excellent for the wedding if I do say so myself!!!!  It was nice to get dressed up for once.  I wore my new Gap cream colored linen pants, with a white tank, with my light-weight long-sleeved button up (white with pastel stripes…blue, pink, yellow), with sandals….Kimm wore cream colored shorts with a short sleeved plaid button up (cream and blues) with sandals…It was a dressy casual because they knew it was going to be warm.

I was SO happy for the brides that the rain held off.  The venue was in Hadley, MA at the Young Men’s Club…it was a really nice place!  An outside pavilion with tables, a bar, a kitchen area, restrooms.

The ceremony was held on the grassy area next to the pavilion…it was a warm one!  Kimm got even MORE of a sunburn!  The ceremony was very intimate and sweet…completely befitting the two brides…the best part was when each of them sang a song for each other.  There was definitely some squish-squish going on 🙂  It was so wonderful to see two people who love each other so much be able to commit to each other in front of all their loved ones 🙂

After the ceremony…drinks and food!  It was a cash-only bar but the prices were really reasonable…we each got three drinks and total was about $27 (Kimm had two Bud Light Limes and one berry sangria, I had one Mike’s Hard Lemonade, one berry sangria and one citrus sangria).  Food was excellent — the did a taco bar!!  I had tortilla chips with salsa, a side salad, and two hard shell tacos with black beans and the works (lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream).  Followed by cake!!! (gluten-free funfetti for me — one of the brides is gluten-free, and chocolate for Kimm).   Dancing followed but we just chatted away with our table of friends (mostly people we knew from Drag Brunch).   Both Kimm and I agreed it was one of the best weddings we had ever been to…it was so simple, yet so perfect!

We made our exit about 9 pm and headed home…we ran into Kimm’s parents who were over letting Izzy out for us.  We chatted a bit and then after they left, ate an English muffin before heading up to bed.

A wonderful third day of vacation!!

Meditations from the Mat (Day 204)…

~~the yoga mat is a mirror…the habits of the mind that create suffering everywhere else in our lives turn up on the mat as well…

~~it takes a while to figure out that our suffering is caused by our habitual thoughts about the world, rather than by the nature of the world…eventually we understand that if we want our outsides to change, we must first change our insides…

~~self-defeating habits of the mind (the five kleshas, or afflictions — ignorance, pride, desire, aversion, fear of death) can be overcome with yoga…the asana give us a chance to see the problems in action and to apply the principles of yoga to overcome them

Things making me happy today: relaxing breakfast, watching some of The Mockingjay, painted toenails :), getting dressed up for the wedding, beautiful wedding ceremony, sangria


July Vacation {Day TWO}

Saturday, July 23, 2017

First FULL day of vacation 🙂

And of course, Izzy was not cooperating and wanted us up super early.  No sleeping in for us!

Breakfast was excellent…egg bagels with cream cheese…a vacation favorite of ours.  Enjoyed while reading of course 🙂

Once we got ourselves together…we headed out the door to go BLUEBERRY PICKING!!!!! Yep, we finally crossed another thing off our summer bucket list…this was a first for both of us.  We went to Easy Pickin’s….a farm in Enfield, CT where we’ve gone to pick our apples.  They have over an acre of blueberry bushes to pick.  We picked for about an hour and a half…got about 11 pounds!!!  It was FUN…although hot and tiring.  Kimm got a wicked red burn on her neck.  I guess sunscreen would have been a good thought!

We drove home (a beautiful scenic route)…and both showered.  And then we were SO hungry!!!  We ordered out veggie grinders and fries….so good, especially since we were famished.  (We always tend to do these physical things over the lunch hour!!!)  We watched an episode of White Collar while eating and then rested a bit to let our stomachs recover.

And then we headed out to the kitchen to make blueberry freezer jam and blueberry ice cream.  First I mixed up the ice cream base (2 eggs, 3/4 cup white sugar, 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1 cup whole milk) and the blueberry mixture (2 cups blueberries, mashed, 1/2 cup sugar, juice of 1/2 a lemon).  That sat in the cold fridge for two hours.  Then into the ice cream maker for 15 minutes…done and oh so tasty!!  We licked the bowl clean 🙂  The jam was pretty easy too…5 cups of blueberries, mashed, which equals about 3 cups mashed, then 5 1/4 cup sugar (!!!!!), pectin and that’s it…made 7 small jars with a little extra put into a glass dish.  Can’t WAIT to try that on our English muffins!

Dishes done and we got into our comfies for movie night…we watched The Other Woman (a cute comedy) while munching on popcorn and ice cream (Kimm — Rocky Road, me — Caramel Cone).

A VERY satisfying first FULL day of vacation 🙂

Meditations from the Mat (Day 203)…

~~”To put the world in order we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” — Confucius

~~asana practice is kind of like an archaeological dig…you unearth layer after layer of the habitual thinking that has caused you suffering

~~you slowly rehabilitate your physical self and encounter stored memories of a lifetime

~~yoga uncovers the part of ourselves that knows better and thereby sets our hearts right

Things making me happy today: bagels with cream cheese, blueberry picking!!!!, making blueberry jam and blueberry ice cream, grinders out, watching a movie with popcorn and ice cream