WPC: Local

Lots of stuff lately getting in the way of posting photos, not the least of which is the missing cord for uploading them…  But this challenge caught my attention and, since my response can use photos already on the computer, I figured I’d give it a try.

It’s an interesting moment for me to consider “local” since I’ve been feeling out of sorts with Lexington and trying to decide where I feel most at home.

The number one place for me is Marin County, CA with the caveat that I’ve sworn never to live any place so crazy expensive without a big enough budget.

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I grew up adoring Lexington, so it’s been a big disappointment to dislike so much about the way it has grown and changed.  But there are places still that take me back to childhood and remind me what there is to love:

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I also have had a long love affair with Chicago but my years there were before digital cameras and I’ve never gotten any of my old photos converted, so I have no pics of my own to post…

Share Your World #41

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I do but I think it’s rare.  I’ve met a few people who met and married in a short time and had happy marriages for many decades.  More often I’ve noted people tend to unconsciously recognize one another’s issues and the buttons they will each push and mistake the frisson of excitement for love…

Your first car?

Way back when Buick owned and still imported the Opel, a German car company that made small, plain but serviceable cars, my Dad was an accountant at Buick and got an employee discount.  So my first car was a little white Opel.

Who taught you to ride a bike? How did it go?

My dad taught me and I recall it going pretty quickly and easily.  Well, you know except for falling over when he first let go.  But then he faked running along holding on and I rode along fine, eventually realized he wasn’t there any more and soon tooled around the neighborhood.  We spent so much more time outside when I was a child…

Ugly and rich or beautiful and poor?

Tough choice, but since I value inner beauty more than outer, the ugly and rich scenario sounds like a better deal to me🙂

What was the first dish you could cook?

Wow, I really don’t remember.  I know one of the first things I really made a point of learning was quiche and in college and early adulthood I made a LOT of them.  Haven’t made one in years though…  I also put my mind to souffles around the same time but I think that came after.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I enjoyed the cooler and very lovely weather and eating some of the faves from Michigan we hauled back from our trip.  I’m looking forward to the continued good weather predicted and continuing work on a new project.

Share Your World #40

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Why did you start blogging?

I’d had some short pieces about metaphysical/spiritual topics writing themselves in my head and wasn’t sure what to do with them.  In meditation I started getting message about blogging and, unusually for me, that internal voice also started nudging me at other times.  Didn’t really know what a blog was, but I did some research and chose WordPress and five years later I’m still at it.

Initially I thought I was doing it to “create my platform” for a book I published on Kindle.  Eventually I realized that was never happening but in the meantime I established a community of blogging friends I love and now I mostly do it to be in that community.

I’m also always hoping that maybe some of the stories of my journey will help someone else…

A piece of clothing you still remember?

I remember my college “uniform” of blue workshirt, faded blue jeans (in those days I think pretty much all were bell-bottoms) and Clark’s Desert Boots.  If something big was going on there was sometimes a red bandana tied around my upper arm too but I think I usually had to borrow that.

Clarks desert boot (beeswax)

Clarks desert boot (beeswax) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who are you trying to reach with your blog?

At this point I’d say it’s both (1) trying to converse with the folks in my blogging circle and (2) trying to offer help based on my path and experience to anyone who could use it

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?


My fluffy stuffed dog

Yes, a very small, furry white dog

The best birthday present ever?

I’ve always had nice presents.  I really can’t recall any one year where the present seemed better than any other.

What would surprise me about you?

I don’t like any fabrics that feel slimy to me — satin and some silky fabrics….  yuck.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

After a week of rain during our trip to Michigan we’ve had lovely weather since we got back and I’m so grateful to see the sun.  More doctor appointments with Mom this week,  but I think the schedule next week is pretty free– yeah!

Share Your World #39

Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

A class you wish you would have taken?

Well, I have three degrees (BA, MA, JD) and partially completed a PhD, so my general feeling is I’ve taken way too many classes already…

What’s your favorite comic figure and why

Snoopy as "the World War I flying ace&quo...

Snoopy as “the World War I flying ace”, flying his Sopwith Camel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve never really been a fan of comics.  The only one I ever read with even vague consistency was Peanuts and toss-up whether I liked Charlie Brown or Snoopy better.  It’s been so long since I read any of the strips I’m not sure I know why, except Charlie was so touching and Snoopy was so funny.

Name something you wish you could like.

I wish I could like the traveling part of travel more than I do.  But really, I like the being there part and I pretty much loathe the traveling.  I’m reaching the point I seriously wonder if I’d prefer to just stay home.

Tell me about your first crush / first date / first kiss.

I had a crush most of the way through high school on the same boy but he was never interested in me.  My first date was when I got to college, a fellow a couple of years ahead of me in school.  He decided on the first date that I was too innocent and he didn’t want to be the person to take that away.  So we hung out a lot but as friends.  To be honest, I don’t remember the first ever kiss, not the who, not the circumstance…  Clearly not kissed by someone who mattered to me.

Who was your best friend when you were 10?

When I was 10 there were 3 girls from my neighborhood I played with all the time.  One lived next door, one in the house behind mine and the other across the street from the one next door.  They were pretty much equal to me.  With the exception of my college roommate (sophomore through graduation) I’ve never been much of a “best friend” person though at most times of my life I’ve had a number of close friends I really loved.

What sign are you? Do you believe in astrology?

Virgo Symbol

Virgo Symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m a Virgo.  I DO believe there’s something to astrology but I’ve never been very interested in it.  Amazed when I run into someone who’s really good at reading and analyzing, and then I really enjoy the experience.  Still, I don’t read about it or seek it out much.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My mother and I had a lovely visit this last week in my home town of Flint, MI.  She’s so frail at this point I’m not sure we’ll get there again so kind of bittersweet.  This week I’m looking forward to being quiet after lots of running around.

Share Your World #38

Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? 

Kind of a mix.  It doesn’t come naturally to me (although I think it did when I was little).  But hanging around with spiritual seekers seems to involve a lot of hugging so I’ve readjusted.  And I like hugging my good friends.

What is your least favorite Candy?

I really don’t like licorice.  But I’m pretty fussy about candy and how I take my empty calories, so if it doesn’t involve really good dark chocolate, I mostly don’t eat candy.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

That I think I may have lost track of how to have it.  I mostly enjoy pretty quiet pursuits like reading and watching TV — enjoy but don’t exactly think of them as “fun”.

The one activity I dearly love is getting together with one or two good friends, sharing a good meal and having a long and deep conversation.

I can also get pretty excited about attending a workshop with a Rinpoche or some other great spiritual teacher or going to an event that will involve a meditation or some kind of spiritual ceremony.

List of Favorite Smells: What smells do you love? Whether it’s vanilla scented candles or the smell of coffee in the morning or the smell of a fresh spring rain…make a list of all the things you love for a little aromatherapy.

Image by Mark Prince, CoffeeGeek.com, 2006, ri...

Image by Mark Prince, CoffeeGeek.com, 2006, rights released for wikipedia. Image can also be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/coffeegeek/113110988/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lots of cooking scents:  coffee brewing, bacon cooking, spicy baked goods baking, chocolate baking, turkey roasting…

I’m a big perfume fan so the list is long.  My current two faves are Butterfly (Hanae Mori) and one called “L” that’s available only through Soft Surroundings.

I also love the scents I get on my fingers when I run them through lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary, basil, etc.

Clary Sage

Clary Sage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And I work a bit with aromatherapy.  A friend designed a mix for me as part of her finals at aromatherapy school and I wear it most of the time (somewhere underneath clothes if I also want to wear perfume).  It’s an odd mix of lemon, peppermint, clary sage and vetiver but I’ve grown to quite like it as well as appreciating its benefits.

Recently I’ve also created a mix of rose and frankincense, after reading about their cancer prevention/curing benefits.  It’s a little sweeter than scents I generally favor but some days I enjoy inhaling the lovely fragrance of rose.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for lots of lovely weather and fresh air last week.  We’re getting ready to leave for our annual (and possibly last) annual trek to Michigan.  We’ve had to cancel and change plans a number of times due to Mom’s health issues but things finally seem plateaued.  And most of her old friends (the “grown ups” of my childhood) up there are still getting around so some nice visits will be on the roster.  When GM tanked the economy of Flint most people my age left, but I’ll see the one friend who’s still there — and whose mother is one of Mom’s great friends.

WPC: Mirror

Late again.  No excuse except I couldn’t seem to get around to digging up the cord for uploading the photos from camera to computer…  This is my entry for Mirror.

Both of these shots involve an odd configuration of mirrors wherein a mirror on a hall door can be seen from the bathroom mirror.  Depending on the angle of the door, the reflected view changes.

Both of these are shot looking into the bathroom mirror and catching the reflection in the hall mirror.  The first of these photos shows a view of a window in the next room over.  The window is actually on the same wall that’s behind me as I’m taking the photo.  The second photo has the hall mirror reflecting back the bathroom sink and mirror (and me🙂 ):

Mirrors 1

Mirrors 1




Turmeric Ginger Lemonade

As I mentioned in my earlier post about Turmeric Ginger Tea, I’ve become a fan of the turmeric ginger combo and its health benefits.  It took me some experimenting over the course of five or six pitchers to develop a recipe for the lemonade I like:

Leigh’s Turmeric Ginger Lemonade

  • 7 cups water
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 4 inches fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup (or more, to taste)
  • 6 medium to large lemons (possibly one or two more depending on how juicy they are) squeezed; 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • optional:  for better absorption of turmeric, add a few peppercorns

Put two cups of the water plus the ginger and turmeric in a sauce pan. If you’re using peppercorns, add those too. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.  Turn off the stove and add the agave syrup to the pan.  Let steep 10 minutes, cool a bit, then strain out the turmeric and ginger.

While the turmeric ginger tea is cooling, squeeze the lemons.  When the tea is cool enough add the tea, lemon juice and remaining water to pitcher.  Refrigerate till nice and cool. It’s the best tasting way I’ve found to drink the turmeric and ginger.

Share Your World #37

Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?


Quite a few.  I occasionally pick up a rock whose energy feels special to me.  But a huge number came into my life when I was studying with a Hopi elder and, a couple of years in, we worked on creating our own medicine wheels.  The process involved receiving lots of painted rocks to use to create our own personal circles.  I left the group before we finished so I don’t have the whole wheel, but I use the stones along with some of my other faves when I cast a circle for meditation or spells.

What is your greatest strength or weakness?

I think my greatest strength may be my willingness to look into the deep dark shadows of my inner world, examine what’s there and release.

I think my greatest weakness is probably my fear of failure and the ways in which that often holds me back.

What makes you feel grounded? 

I learned long ago to put my attention — and therefore my energy — into my feet and their connection to earth.  If I’m specifically aiming to come back to earth, that’s what I do.

I also tend to feel very grounded after I practice yoga or chi gung or the Five Tibetan Rites.  Since I do those regularly they keep me pretty grounded most of the time without having to “get into my feet”.

Would you rather never be able to eat warm food or never be able to eat cold food?

Well, since I’ve specifically been warned more than once that cold food isn’t good for my body type and since there’s a lot of info out there on Ayurveda with its warnings to avoid cold food, I think I’d want to keep the warm stuff and give up the cold.  Even if that means no ice cream😦

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m really grateful we finally got some cooler, less humid weather and were able to shut off the ac and open the windows.  I’m looking forward to the finale of America’s Got Talent tonight and tomorrow night.

Share Your World #36

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

If you were given a boat or yacht today, what would you name it?  (You can always sell the yacht later)

I’ve never been keen on the tradition of giving boats women’s first names, but never having wanted a boat, I’ve also never given a lot of thought to what I’d name one.  Off the top of my head I’m thinking, “Waverider”.

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best?  (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey) Plus what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? 

In recent years, with all the sleep difficulties related to my muscles, I guess Sleepy would often describe me.  I’d prefer to be like my 8th dwarf:  Compassionate

Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?

One of my long-time faves has been Justin Hayward’s version of “This is the Moment”.  Another one I never tire of is Paul Winters’ “Icarus”

Complete this sentence:  I like watching…

Way too much TV.  Lately I’m a big fan of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie

My cat sleeping

Sunsets and sunrises

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week was one of those weeks I’m grateful I made it through.  And grateful for a nice, quiet birthday.  This week I’m looking forward to hitting the end of the long run of doctor’s appointments to which I’ve had to haul my mother…