Sunday, November 13, 2011

The last beautiful Fall day this year, probably

It's been a great fall.  After we made it through all the rain, earthquakes, and other storms we got the beautiful foliage, the mild temperatures, and lots of good local produce.  We've spent a lot of time outside enjoying the sunshine, blue skies and the crisp air.

I think this weekend might be the last of that.  We had a few bouts of cold air, lots of wind, and the trees finally gave away all their leaves.  Now that the sun is hiding more, and our days are getting shorter I'm going to feel the need to stay warm.  Maybe I'll cuddle up with a good book, drink some hot apple cider, and watch the skies turn from blue to white.

Here are a few shots from this weekend.  J and I raked all the leaves in the back, front, and side yards. Almost all of them have fallen and have blanketed all the grass.  We couldn't see any of the lovely green grass we had worked so hard on in the last few years.

It was hilarious to see Lhotse -the dog, find her way through all the leaves.  She almost can't be found!

I hope you're enjoying your November, where ever you are!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

You mean, she actually posts??

Wow, it's been a long time.  Let's hope I can keep this up.  I'll try for once a week, and then maybe I can kick it back into high gear.  I have to admit it's been hard to get back into the swing of things.  I've been involved in a lot of things for the fast few months.  But it's all been really good.

Firstly, I finally started my yoga/art program!  The first session was this Tuesday, and it went really well.  We're working with a small group of teenage boys who are mandated to be in the detention home for 6 months.  The boys are all around 16 or 17.  I expected some excited behaviors or even some complacency. But they did great.  Some were glad to greet a time when they could kind calm down, and others were excited to do some movement.  I can't wait to go for it again next week.   It's a 9 session program, and we'll have to cram it all into 5 weeks.  I'll keep you posted.

I've also finally committed to yoga teacher training.  It begins in January and runs through June.  It's going to be intense, but I'm sure, a powerful experience.  I've already started reading the texts and taking tons of yoga classes to prepare.  I *think* I'll be ready.

Last but not least, I have some art work that I donated for a SEVA project my friend is working on.  She's raising money to go to Haiti and donate her time, energy, and money to help fund some educational programs there.  She's so inspiring.

Here's my artwork I donated.  We'll see what it goes for in the auction.  They're just some small pieces, and the pics were quickly taken with my phone.

This summer I was working on some pieces that were inspired by plants and nature.  One of them is a lotus, which is very symbolic to yogis.

So, my goal is to keep updating!  It's a work in progress, as always.