WINTER JASMINE

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The holidays have quickly passed us by.  It’s now ‘ordinary time,’ but for the Chinese this ‘winter jasmine’ welcomes Spring, a sign that a good end usually ushers a good beginning.  Let us begin anew life’s journey upholding our inheritance as prince, priest, prophet and king!  Following Christ.

Also, today, is special for my dear friend, Vera, on her birthday – sending her this winter jasmine with a warm smile and kind wishes.

“We cannot predict the future – all the joys and sorrows, excitements and disappointments, that the next 12 months may contain.  No, we can only take things one day at a time.  But let us praise the Lord that, come what may, one thing remains perfectly clear:  our eternal future.”  — Rev. Sebastian White, O.P.

 

STAY WINTER WELL

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With winter’s low humidity getting rid of dry skin or a persistent cold can be a challenge.  We can stay well and heal our bodies with simple natural remedies such as these:

  •   Drink plenty of rose hip tea full of vitamin C.
  •   Take fresh gingerroot to ward off the chills.
  •   Consume plenty of lemons, oranges & apple cider.
  •   Use onions, garlic, horseradish to fight bacteria.
  •   Eat spicy foods to clear the sinuses.
  •   Add prunes for vitamins A, B, iron & calcium.
  •   Dab a bit of honey on cracked lips.
  •   Use moisturizing lotion-Cleopatra bathed in milk.

My favorite remedy is making a broth soup with garlic & onions; sipping hot lemon honey tea to avoid a sore scratchy throat.  Tell me, what are your ‘go to’ winter remedies?  May you stay healthy this winter.

 

THANK YOU! GOD

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Today, I acclaim ” Thank You! God.”  After 24 days our plumbing repairs are finished.  The aftermath of a wall demolition between the laundry room and bathroom has transformed our impatience and both rooms with fresh paint and new tiles. God finally removed the sting of inconvenience and the renovations procure a cozy corner for me to sit and gaze through the window into the backyard…where now I can let myself be inspired to scribble whatever comes to mind as I do laundry…what a lovely gift!

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“Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity.”  –Jesus Calling, Sarah Young

THE BEST ‘LITTLE WAY’

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“The reflections on a day well spent furnish us with joys more pleasing than ten thousand triumphs.”  -Thomas a Kempis

I say…

Be adventurous, be kind to strangers, give a helping, never expect anything in return, do everything for God.

Please add your thoughts to this post.

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“A mantra is a password to transform the mundane to the sacred.”  –Deva Premal

 

 

SO GOOD FOR YOU

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When I think of the delicious benefits of apples, I hear my Papa saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  We are blessed to have so many yellow, green, pink and red varieties especially in November.  Apple juice, apple sauce, apple butter spread, apple pie, baked apples, apple cinnamon cake, hot apple cider, apple cider vinegar and apple scented candles…to name a few.  They pack body healing nutrients to burn fat, curb hunger and balance blood sugar. Here’s a warm tangy elixir for the coming cold days.

A Spiced Apple Burst will ward off inflammation and curb viruses:

In a saucepan, bring to boil, 1 cup apple juice, 1 sliced apple, 1 cinnamon stick and 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar, wards off inflammation and curbs viruses.

May you be healthy eating them…have you had an apple today?