Searching Our Archives #4: Appreciating the Little Things

Breakfast with a friend from high school: precious couple of hours catching up.

Younger Daughter read her poetry last night at Playeum: our Butterfly flexes her wings: a poet & advocate has emerged.

Explored Chestnut Nature Park: the joy of re-discovery!

Sitting on the sofa, just musing: appreciating the little, and not so little, things!

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This is written in response to Searching My Archives, which I have decided to do once a month this year.  If you do decide to join me, pingback to this post so I can find you.

Feature Photo taken at Chestnut Nature Park, southern trail.

Sunrise, Sunset

Loving Husband has a green thumb and has kept our balcony plants alive without a whole lot of effort.

The above is a Butterfly Plant (oxalis triangularis) which he grew from a cutting kindly given by a colleague.  It has since flourished and flowered many times over.

The flowers are quite small so you’d have to look rather closely to appreciate its beauty & details.

What little things have surprised you lately?

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An attempt at a Nut Bar

After the success of the Recovery Bar, a recipe from Anita Bean’s The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook, I  had to try another. This one is made of nuts which are a great source of essential fatty acids, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, all smothered in dark chocolate. What’s not to love? Continue reading “An attempt at a Nut Bar”

Battling Dragons with Joy: 3-Day Quote Challenge #3

Challenges exist to be overcome!  Let us be realists, but without losing our joy, our boldness and our hope-filled commitment.

~Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel”, 2014`

As May rolls along, I continue on the Ignatian Prayer Adventure.  Apart from prayer & reflection, I also spend time reading the writings & biographies of Jesuits past and present.  Since he was mentioned several times in this weekend on various occasions, I thought a quote from Pope Francis would be appropriate.

Battling dragons can become all-consuming, so much so that we become so focused on the task at hand that we forget all else. This quote reminds me not to forget why we battle them dragons in the first place, and to hold on to our humanity & the joy that comes with fighting for a cause. Continue reading “Battling Dragons with Joy: 3-Day Quote Challenge #3”

Walking the Talk: 3-Day Quote Challenge #2

“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”    ~Ignatius of Loyola~

I’ve thought on Walking the Talk for a long while now.  It became especially poignant when the girls started asking those interesting questions that children are prone to do.  We were challenged to think about how we felt on many issues, then had to find ways to explain it to them, and finally, we had to determine how we would Walk the Talk as an example to them. Continue reading “Walking the Talk: 3-Day Quote Challenge #2”

I am a Work in Progress: 3-Day Quote Challenge #1

I am confident of this, that the One who began a good work in you will continue to complete it.  ~Philippians 1:6~

I reflect on these words today from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians, as part of my 30DayChallenge for May with Ignatian Spirituality.

We are each a work in progress.  On one hand, it is comforting to know that we are far done: after all, there is still so much to learn, so much of the world to experience!  On the other hand, to wonder wistfully what completion would feel like; the feeling that we indeed have so very far to go! How does this make me feel? How do these thought affect how I treat others when I remember that they, too, are works in progress?  What do you think about being a Work in Progress? Continue reading “I am a Work in Progress: 3-Day Quote Challenge #1”

Surprised by the Unlikely

If you told me I was going to be running repeats on a track, I would have rolled my eyes and laughed!  Loving Husband has long extolled the benefit of repeats to improve speed and endurance, but the thought of arduous discipline made me so tired.

In the spirit of trying new things (or new old things), I went to the track a few weeks ago. Surprise, surprise, I actually enjoyed it!  Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work, and as I rounded the track for the 4th time (my goal was to go 6 rounds), I did consider maybe cutting short the workout.  But I finished the plan, felt strong, and it wasn’t as mentally laborious as I’d feared.  I’ve been back since, and have managed to feel rather zen as I complete my rounds. Continue reading “Surprised by the Unlikely”

The Changing Seasons: April 2018

April has been a month of poetry: writing, struggling, gorging, studying, dialoguing, renewing my faith in the art and my commitment to its practice.  I can honestly say I have not worked in such a focused manner in a while, and it has been brain-taxing, euphoric, troubling & cathartic in turn.

I believe that we have a deep-seated need to create, to encounter Beauty, to transform our world.  Music, photography, poetry are ways which allow me to do this.  And so I will. Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: April 2018”

A Bar for the Road

I occasionally find myself in need of a nutrition bar: when I am a little farther away from home for a workout, or when I have to run errands before I return to breakfast, or when I just simply have to eat something NOW!  I find it difficult to eat early in the morning so I typically don’t before I workout; consequently, I find myself hungry fairly soon after I’m done.

I searched for commercial bars which offered a little higher protein (challenging) and tried quite a few (urghhh!).  Then I found a recipe in Anita Bean’s The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook, which looked simple & delicious, except that it took three attempts too get it right (1st time: too sticky, 2nd time: didn’t bind, 3rd time: success!).  Moral of the story: don’t modify a recipe until you’ve tried it as is at least once as is! Continue reading “A Bar for the Road”