October, How I Love Thee…

Oh, October! How I love thee. Let me count the ways…

1. A cool morning breeze, that begs me to wear a sweater.

2. Low hanging gray clouds, allowing only a peek of blue underneath.

3. Pumpkins at the grocery store, pumpkins at roadside stands, pumpkins at the Farmer’s Market.

4. Spiced coffee and pumpkin flavored muffins.

5. Cozy blankets to snuggle in.

6. Warm candles in apple, pumpkin, and cinnamon scents.

7. Sweaters and fluffy socks, and boots.

8. Fall festivals and harvest time and corn shocks and drives on the country back roads.

9. Brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red.

10. And football.

IMG_1950

IMG_2020

IMG_1164

IMG_1191

IMG_1241

Heal Our Bodies

I wrote this entry, and then forgot to post it over the weekend. I had good intentions…but, then….well. So, here is my post that I meant to put on my blog yesterday. Hopefully, my forgetfulness will not be an omen for how the rest of my week will go.

IMG_1166

The last post in my weekend gut health series will be introducing Dave Asprey. I listened to his interview at the Healthy Gut Summit 2015, sponsored by Donna Gates of Body Ecology. His segment was entitled, BioHacking The Gut. Dave stated that he had bio-hacked his own biology. He lost one hundred pounds and upgraded his brain (and IQ). Dave is a blogger and podcaster, and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. If you ever heard of or tried “bullet proof” coffee, he is the man behind the scenes of this fast growing, healthy coffee, trend.

I was intrigued by what this man had to say, from his very first words during the interview. He started by talking about MCT oil. Some of you may know what that is, others may not…..so I’ll give you his brief description from his Bullet Proof site.< MCT is> “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) work directly in cells to give you an extra boost to maximize your performance.  Very little MCT oil is stored as fat because it is used for energy so quickly!”

MCT oil will re-awaken the thyroid (which regulates your metabolism), and give a burst of energy. We already know that coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-yeast, and fat burning…it actually helps to put our bodies in ketosis mode. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. (WebMD. 2015. What is Ketosis?) According to Dave, his MCT oil is 6x more powerful than coconut oil.

In his bullet proof coffee, he calls for good, organic coffee, real butter or ghee from grass fed cows, and some of that power packed MCT oil. The coffee comes out smooth and creamy with a bit of froth on top, reminiscent of a hot latte. By the way, real butter contains butyric acid which helps gut lining, and reduces brain inflammation. (an interesting article on butter from Dr. Mercola) It is great to drink (or eat) wonderful creaminess and to know that it is also extremely healthy. Who could ask for more? If you are not a big fan of coffee, MCT oil and it’s benefits, can also be used when cooking, and in soups to enhance the flavor of whatever it is that is being cooked.

Eating clean, and eating “real” foods will help us to lose weight, gain energy, and heal our bodies.

The In Between


1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you.

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

OK, are you ready? Let’s see your best five minutes for the prompt:

In between

*******************************************************************************

The in between is often times the unknown.

Beginnings can be interesting, or exciting, or maybe even down right scary.

Endings can be sad, or frustrating, or maybe a relief.

It is that in between that can be difficult.

And sometimes that journey of the in between is what makes all the rest, worthwhile.

The waiting is between the beginning and the end…

 

 

Friday Harbor

 

 

28 Jun 2013

Five Minute Friday: In Between

Friday, time to crack open the chocolate ice cream and unscripted version of beautiful you!

DSC_0474

Got five minutes? Let’s write. Let’s finger paint with words –>{click to tweet}.

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how to play along:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.

3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you.

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

OK, are you ready? Let’s see your best five minutes for the prompt:

In between

– See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/#sthash.bxTJYL49.dpuf

Thankful For This Day

Thankful for this day.

It is a gift.

Pink nail polish.

Even, if it is a Monday.

Even, if it is raining.

Even if I’m not at my perfect weight,

I’m having a bad hair day,

or I don’t complete today’s to do list.

It is still good…because God is good. He is good all the time, even when I don’t understand.

A friend’s sister, who recently went to the doctor for a “routine” procedure, was instead told the doctor had found that she had aggressive cancer, and barring a miracle she might not live out the month. Aggressive chemotherapy to try and shrink the mass. Praying for that miracle. My heart aches for her, and her family.

*****************************************************************

What would I see as a gift, if I knew I only had 30 days left to unwrap those things?

* raindrops on the window pane

* a cold wet, dog nose

* hugs from my children

* kissing my husband

* the softness of my favorite pillow

* the warm glow, and sweet smell of a burning candle

* the smell of a freshly mowed lawn

* warm, just laid, eggs

* emails from friends and family

* a new bottle of pretty pink glitter nail polish

* faces, I’d memorize those faces

* the Word, worn and read….notes taken, passages underlined

* the sweetness of chocolate, peanut butter ice cream…my favorite

* knowing my Heavenly Father in a very real and personal way

 

Thankful For Butterflies

English: Monarch butterflies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cloud of butterflies flew up into the sky, dots of pale yellow wings against an azure sky.  For one, brief, fleeting moment time stood still. I was mesmerized by these simple creatures. Simple in their flight, golden in their beauty.

This Monday, not so different than all the other Mondays of the year, and yet……. no day is ever exactly the same.

There is always something to be thankful for.

****************************************************************

Today I am thankful for:

* the quiet breathing of my husband sleeping next to me

* fresh eggs from my own chickens

* being in the midst of a cloud of butterflies

* a bowl of chocolate peanut butter ice cream

* sharing stories

* meeting someone new

* friends

* walking around the property

* feeling at home

* a son’s new car

* happiness in a mother’s heart

* tender moments with my children

* lively discussions

* singing Christmas carols in August

Don’t Overlook The Joy

Monday is the day the agency I work for makes ...

I added more things to my Eucharisteo notebook today.

Things like:

*sparkling frost

*snow on the ground

*snow flurries

*belly laughs

*the ability to teach

*the jingle of Lonnie dogs collar

*Nikki (the cat) greeting me with a morning meow

*thank you

*piles of cookbooks

*leftover chocolate chip cookies

*finding new blogs that speak to me

*the smell of cinnamon spice coffee

*faith, in all things

*peace for right now

*abiding in Him

*knowing I’m never alone

****************************

Enjoy your Saturday, my friends.

Don’t overlook the joy.

It’s there…

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.  Psalm 28:7  NIV

Summer Afternoon

Chocolate ice cream

Image via Wikipedia

Hot, sunny, summer afternoon in July.

A day for mowing grass, and working in the flower bed.

 

A day for rides on country roads, ice cream, and family.

A day for open windows, and curtains blowing in the breeze.

Time for sitting on the Adirondack chairs on the front porch, sipping iced tea and enjoying the view.

Summer time.

Summertime Memories

Porch

Image by sonjalovas via Flickr

Summertime Memories

Front porches, tree lined streets,

hometown parades, ice cream treats.

Lightning bugs, stars at night,

running barefoot, tea on ice.

Shucking corn, bumblebees

curtains blowing in the breeze.

Lemonade, country roads,

windows down, lawns need mowed.

Just washed linens smell like sun,

staying up late, having fun.

Coke in a bottle, feet in the sand,

old friendships, lots of plans.

Dawn Gibson 2011

*************************

 

Country Livin’

Barn

Image by cindy47452 via Flickr

I found this quote online and well…..it just summed things up for me on this July day in the country. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Thank you Adine Cathey for your thoughts…

“A MOTHER’S SMILE…RAIN ON A TIN ROOF…MARSHMALLOWS IN A CUP OF COCOA…FLYING GEESE IN OCTOBER…WILDFLOWERS ON A COUNTRY LANE…STRAWBERRY JAM…DADDY’S LAP…PICNIC…CORN SHELLER…LEMONADE…FIREPLACE…POPCORN…PURPLE VIOLETS…SUNSHINE ON DEW DROPS…PEPPERMINT CANDY…SANDBOX…BUBBLE BATH…A HOMEMADE QUILT…AN ATTIC…GRANDMA’S APRON…A GREETING CARD…FLANNEL SHIRT…A SPARE TIRE…AFTERNOON NAP…FINDING SOME BABY ANIMALS…SOME ONE TO SAY I LOVE YOU…CHOCOLATE CAKE…A LITTLE BOY’S ARMS FULL OF BOUNCING PUPPIES…A LITTLE GIRL’S HAIR IN BRAIDS AND A FRONT TOOTH MISSING…GRANDPARENTS LIVING ON A FARM…A RUSTY OLD TRACTOR…AN OLD PICK-UP TRUCK…PEACE ON EARTH…A RAINBOW…TOOTH FAIRY…PRAYER…MORNING SUNRISE…DUSTY CROOKED PATH IN THE WOODS…WILLOW TREE BY A CREEK…DADDY’S LUNCHBOX…FRESH APPLE PIE…A PICTURE STORY BOOK…LISTENING TO A BANJO…COUNTRY CHURCH…COWS IN A PASTURE FIELD…SEMI-TRUCK…FREIGHT TRAIN…SIPPING TEA WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN…STUFFING CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS…BROWN BISCUITS HOT FROM A WOOD BURNING STOVE…A RUSTY BARB-WIRE FENCE…A WOODEN FENCE POST…FEEDING THE BIRDS…A SOFT WHITE SNOW FALLING…GRANDDAUGHTER HITTING THE BASKET IN A BALL GAME…A BENT CROOKED NAIL FOUND IN THE BARN…FRESH HAY BALES… CATCHING LIGHTENING BUGS…WHIP-POOR-WILL CALLING AT DUSK…TIME SPENT WITH FRIENDS…FRESH CHURNED BUTTER…BABY CHICKS…COLORING EGGS AT EASTER…A BUTTERFLY ON A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER…BUMBLE BEES COVERED WITH POLLEN… Written 1991-1992….Happy Thoughts by Adine .”

Author: ADINE CATHEY

Down Home Blessings

Picking Strawberries Again

Image by CaptPiper via Flickr

Wow. It’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon and I am just getting around to blogging today. I’ve been busy…Mondays are always crazy.

I have my good days and bad days just like every other human being on the face of the Earth. And yet, I have so much good in my life…I am one of the blessed. Sometimes I forget that. In the grind of the every day, it is easy to overlook the best parts. The timeless, the priceless, the small moments. It occurred to me today that, hey, it’s summertime in the country!!! There is a lot to be thankful for……and you know what? There always is.

*My Country Living magazine came in the mail

*The breezy day blowing the curtains away from the windows

*Purple toenail polish

*Sweet Tea

*A new Daytimer/Organizer

*Favorite Dinner

*Kids that are healthy and happy (most of the time)

*Hearing my husband’s voice on the phone

*Traveling safety

*Family ties

*Community

*Friends

*Small town yard sale days

*For the friendly man in the truck that waved back at me

*Ice cream cones

*My son chatting with me online

*Hearing “I love you”

*The smell of lavender plants

*The air before a storm

*Running bare foot

*Sticky watermelon and juicy berries

*Waving flags

*Parades and fireworks

*Pick up trucks

*Riding with the windows down

*Hair blowing in the wind

*Country roads

*Walks in the evening

*Playing with the dogs

*Sunsets

*Sunrises

*Crisp Sheets

*And sleepy nights.

Yeah. It’s good. Really good.