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Well the weather here is really not very “Fall” like lately.  The highs this week are supposed to hit 90.  At least it is cooling down at night.  I have been trying to get motivated, in many ways.  Today I wired on the office, throwing away, putting away, and loading CD music not my iTunes account so I can just store all the CD’s away too.  Soon we will buy all our music on-line and not have to buy CD’s.

The poppies are from a trip a couple years ago to Ojai.  It was a nice place we stayed at and should go back sometime.

Roscoe had a big surgery on last wednesday, he had 12 bladderstones removed.  He came home on Friday afternoon, and is finally acting like himself today.  I have been sticking close to home to keep an eye on him.  He will not be happy tomorrow when I head out to work and put a cone on his head!

I started a diet, today is day 12. I am doing better than I have in the past and it is giving me some motivation to get things done. To get the house in order, my office, I want a space to write. A space to create.  I need at least another weekend to make it happen. Hopefully before Thanksgiving.





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40 Days

It’s been a while. I have been terribly busy, I suppose that I could have made time to blog. But lately it doesn’t seem like its been a priority.

On Sept 27 I decided to do a 40 day sadhana. In yoga they say it takes 40 days to create or change a habit.  I desperately needed to develop a relationship with my personal practice, I am almost done with a 500 hour yoga therapy course and have yet to actually have a good relationship with my practice. In yoga they also say you need a relationship with your teacher and your practice and yourself. In any case on November 6 I did what I set out to do. Yoga every single day.  Now my definition was either a practice at home or at a class, a meeting with my teachers, or teaching a class.

What I found was that after the 40th day I continued to either practice or walk on the days I didn’t do a yoga practice.  It worked.  So well that now I have decided to do another sadhana, adding on to my existing new practice.  I am journaling everything I put in my mouth. If I want to lose weight, I need to be conscience of what I am eating and drinking.  I started that on November 13, and will finish n December 23.

So continuing with a personal practice and exercise, and adding on the food component.  Abhyasa and Vairagya : effort and detachment. Adding something new, before taking away something.  Lets see if this works.

In other non yoga news, I think I will be taking off some time over the holidays.  Thanksgiving is already next week, and I really want to clean the house and clean out some closets before the Holiday.  I feel the need to purge.  Also get the front patio set up nicely with some potted plants now that I have the fence and some privacy!

I also need to paint that wall as the contractor had to use cement for the posts and it doesn’t  look quite right.  But it is wonderful that everyone who walks by cant look in the front windows. Also the dogs are so much quieter because they can’t see every dog in the morning and evening that is going for a walk!

I guess the best thing for me to do is to make a list of everything I want to do next week!  Oh and by the way I teach my first yoga class at a real studio tomorrow morning. Wish me luck.

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Old News

Just in case you hadn’t noticed I have converted over some of my old My-Meadow blog. So now I have archives back into 2004, with 3 more years to convert. I began blogging in October of 2001. I abandoned My-Meadow when I was going through my divorce, as I was sure my now ex-husband had been to the site. I didn’t want him to know anything about what I was doing or thinking. 

During the divorce I had a blog over at blackandwhiteandread, and once my divorce was final (May 2007) and I became settled, I decided I needed a permanent home, thus canyon cottage, becuase that is where I live. In a canyon cottage.

The only problem is I am not bringing over many of the photos that were linked in the old posts, so I thought I would just repost some of them in my current posts.  I am going to try and finish the conversion this weekend, it goes fairly quickly once I am on a roll, and i put up one month per post. 

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Cross your fingers

Well he is home.  Arrived with not a single piece of clean clothing!  That was amazing!  I didn’t ask if what he was wearing was clean that morning, I didn’t want to know!  We did lots of laundry and hung out, its back to the two of us for a couple months now. Nice.  I have goals and projects for him this summer, I hope he can accomplish some of them.  One is getting his drivers license, taking a class, getting a job.  Cross your fingers.

I have decided I like my job, I like my staff, I like many of the people here. I just hate and have no respect for my boss and some of the other executive staff (of which I am one).  There fore I am trying to be more positive, I guess.  So if I do my job, and quit trying to aspire to more, then I should be ok. 

Motivation.  I have a problem with it. Not sure how to get it going.  There are so many things I want to do, but for some reason I can’t get it going.  Things around the house, personal goals, like losing 20 pounds, routine things like getting my butt out of bed earlier on the weekends and going for a walk, Any suggestions? 

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This is a picture of the trellis in the backyard. I almost lost it during a big wind when a tree limb broke off onto it. The limb cost me $400 to cut off and remove, the trellis leans a little now, but was saved.

This weekend I have been fairly lazy. After last weekends busyness I supposed I earned it, but I still feel sorta guilty. I did my running around, my errands, even went to the farmers market. But both yesterday and this afternoon I took naps, nice long naps. I think it the oppressive heat outside, its humid, and I have no energy.

I’m bored, lonely, bordering on depression probably, but everyone left at the same time. Candice will be back next week, hopefully she will make time to see me. The boys won’t be back until about the 30th, that’s is a ways off.

I made my favorite summer salad last night. Tomaotes, curly peppers, red onion, cucumber, lemon and salt and thats all. I like to make it with all the ingredients fresh from the Farmers market. It was delicious and I at the rest for lunch today with half a turkey sandwich.

The vendor I buy everything but the tomatoes and the lemon from is only there from May to October or so. He is so nice a big Hispanic guy who makes big bowls of the salad while you stand there and puts it out with toothpicks for everyone to try. He makes a great business selling his produce. I buy my tomatoes from someone else, I like either beefsteaks or heirlooms. It’s so nice to go there, to taste the freshness, peaches, nectarines, plums, it really is the highlight of my weekend. I also bought some late season sweet corn, lettuce, potatoes and some squash.
I had to go to Trader Joes to get the lemons since they are out of season.

The batteries in my camera died last week when I was trying to take a picture for this post. So no pictures of the new furniture in my little cottage until later. I like calling it a cottage Y! It totally fits, thanks!

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Almost the Weekend

I am ready for some R&R, and some projects. Although this weekend I won’t get to much done as I have alot of commitments to deal with. Sunday is Fathers Day and Jacobs birthday, so dinner at my place for the gang, tomorrow I have a roofer coming for an estimate, taking Jacob to the DMV and a hair appointment, then D is coming over at 5. Saturday is pretty open, I need to grocery shop and do the farmers market so I have some yummy stuff for Sunday. But I will make a list of all the projects I want to do. I am finally feeling a little motivated.

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Well, I always want to believe in Karma. What goes around comes around, good things happen to good people, bad things happen to bad people, and all that. But with everything that has happened to me sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve it? I think I finally am going to start believing in Karma.

I found out that ex-husband got fired from his very high paying job. Yep, about 2 weeks ago, which is about 2 weeks after the divorce was final. A couple of things to note, if this had happened a couple months ago, I could have been out about $50,000 in a spousal support settlement, not monthly payments I negotiated a lump sum for various reasons. Yep, that’s right. But the timing was very good, thank you Karmic Gods for doing the deed but sparing me while doing it. Now I can just know that karma does exist and its time for me to get some good juju.

How do you like my new chairs? I bought them for the back yard for under the trellis, but they look so nice on the front porch, well it is sort of a porch, and it so nice to sit under the tree in the early evening with the breeze, that I decided to leave them there, and I wen and got 2 more for the back. There was a big sale and they were greatly reduced.

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