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OFF THE CUFF WRITING
With my Beloved’s expertise, we spent the past 4 days repainting a covered wraparound deck adjacent to an open deck. It was hard work removing everything to the interior, including our container garden during a heat wave cooled down by a few showers–thank God. With breaks in between my imagination ran wild with new ideas using what décor we have. It’s the ‘Egyptian blue’ color that has transformed our outdoor living, and the inspiration for this post.
Perhaps you may like some of these ‘stay vacation’ do-overs since the pandemic still forces us to hold off on summer traveling.
We pitched our tent in the backyard, fired up the open pit to roast marshmallows and sip on tropical cocktails, gazing at the twilight sky. Then we placed some planter boxes at the windows with flowers and herbs to contrast the freshly painted shutters. By the end of this project we were thoroughly exhausted, but now we are content to glide into August relaxation.
I would love to hear your ideas to spruce up your stay vacation. It could hugely impact your well-being, so go catch that ‘summer feeling’ at home!
Art by David Black
I believe with all my heart — Love is about writing your story — it unleashes the soul and makes you expressive about life. The art above reminds me of my brother and moi playing at the French beachside.
For me, this isolating pandemic has reawaken my passion for writing letters to family and friends who live far away.
“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
“In loving a friend, we will his or her true good. In a word, we love a friend as another self.”
–Fr. Sebastian White
Because this kind of love fosters goodness, receiving a reply doubles the joy of friendship. I say, all writing is a journey, so make every word count!
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A SENTENCE AND HAIKU
‘Man’s Life is like a Honey Bee’
–Buddha’s ‘Spiritual Path’
Nature wises up
from its juicy nectar
prodding man to respect
Like bees hovering over flowers without destroying beautiful petals, we are invited to do the same.
Water Lilies by Claude Monet
GOOD SUNDAY AFFIRMATION
“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So, we must dig and delve unceasingly.”
Living with intent
through energizing light
mind unscrambles fresh
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Loving Saturday – time to be free, relax and happy! Rev up the mind and sip healthy smoothies, wishing to be on the beach…melting stress away…hope you like these recipes:
SPINACH COCONUT ELIXIR
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 avocado, 1/4 cup fresh spinach, 1 chopped apple
and 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract or fresh mint leaves
Puree all ingredients in blender and sip away to improve digestion
BERRY VANILLA BOMB
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup kale or arugula, 1/2 cup raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or grapes
and 1 tsp. honey and vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients in blender – so good for blood circulation and to erase wrinkles
CHOCOLATE BANANA SURPRISE
1 cup milk or almond milk
1/2 avocado, 1 banana and 2 tsp. cocoa powder and 1/2 cup ice
Puree all ingredients in blender – the cocoa powder helps reduce fat storage
Pamper yourself with summertime fun!