It’s 6:31AM. I’m awake. In these days of no certain schedule, we try to keep busy, to keep our own schedule. But sometimes we go to bed earlier than normal, or maybe we don’t and I just wake up because my brain never shuts off. It whispers to me, we are not safe. Coffee. WestonContinue reading “The Voice Whispers To Me”
Eight years ago today a doctor walked into my hospital room and told me I had leukemia. Since then I’ve periodically asked a question of myself. Not, as you might expect, why me, or even just why. There is no why. It was random, not predictable, and as far as we know not preventable. ItContinue reading “Eight Years”
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinkingContinue reading ““I used to think I was the strangest person…””
“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.” ― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder andContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 1)”
I’m in a good mood. And maybe because I’m in a good mood I want everyone to be in a good mood. Happy speaks to happy, that kind of thing. I know, I know, there’s a lot of shit going on in the world. Yes, I said shit, I’m allowed to cuss once in aContinue reading “Be The Love You Want to See in The World”
Stomps foot down and says in a huff, I was meant for more than this, I was meant for great things. I didn’t really throw a tantrum, though it sort of felt like one in my head, mental foot stomping and all. Sometimes our better selves appear to the world, but not always so muchContinue reading “Extra-Ordinary”
We, unaccustomed to courageexiles from delightlive coiled in shells of lonelinessuntil love leaves its high holy templeand comes into our sightto liberate us into life.Love arrivesand in its train come ecstasiesold memories of pleasureancient histories of pain.Yet if we are bold,love strikes away the chains of fearfrom our souls.We are weaned from our timidityInContinue reading “Maya”
Here it is, June 1. I am amazed this much time has passed. Two years. Two. Two years ago today I was a sick puppy and ventured into the urgent care, on the insistence of my honey and of the nurse who I’d talked to on the phone. Urgent care to hospital via ambulance aContinue reading “The Power of Two”
So Karen and I realized we’ve lived here just about five weeks. We are finally getting things sort of settled, though there’s still some wallpaper border to remove and definitely painting to be done. I took a little tour of the house, snapping shots as I went, so that we could share what the placeContinue reading “The House”
Life in the Midwest is pretty much everything we expected it to be… yet… more. And less. So philosphical. Karen and I were making a list the other day of some of those differences and I thought, given the fact that I’m sitting here in the office while Karen works and it’s getting hot hotContinue reading “17 Days in Urbana… and Counting”
Kev and I went to the airport last night to meet Karen, who was returning from a business trip. She didn’t expect us as she’d driven to the airport, had a car in long term parking (the trip was a Tuesday to Thursday thing), and was expecting to drive herself home. We thought we wouldContinue reading “Being Normal”
As most people in our lives know, Karen was very very sick in late November and early December. She spent 6 days in a critic care unit at Sunnyside Hospital. It was a very scary experience for both of us. Nothing is worse than being so sick or watching someone you love be so sick,Continue reading “Consider This”
I haven’t posted in ages. I’m lame. And exactly how many times have I said that after not posting for ages? Many. So much in life has happened recently… Since Thanksgiving really. Thanksgiving with friends, then Karen’s illness and hospitalization, then her recovery, then our time in Chicago over the holidays which included Mary andContinue reading “Lordy… This IS Life!!!”
11 Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl October 27 Karen, Kev, and I traveled to Mom and Don’s place to do our annual celebration. It always includes three things… candles to commemorate the year, brownies, and mocha almond fudge ice cream (because it’s Mom’s favorite). What are we celebrating? We are celebrating Mom. Mom’s determination, grace, senseContinue reading “11”
Dinner by Nicholas Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl Last Friday night we had a little get together for our friend Kate. Kate, you are an inspiration to all who know you. One year girl… the first of many fantastic years to come. You are a rock star. It was a joy helping you celebrate!
Another Tub Shot Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl We love our tub. Here’s a great shot of it with the burgundy colored rug in front of it. Had to throw a bit o’ red into the bathroom. Also love the faucet for the tub. So cool.
Window Casings Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl So here is a shot after some of the crown and the majority of the window casing in the bay was finished. There are also rugs on the floor. Cool eh?
Practicing With The Wide Angle Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl I just recently procured a wide angle lens. I had a professional job as a photographer and needed it to do the shoot I was hired to do. This was me practicing with it at home to see what the scope of it was. Our bookcases…Continue reading “Practicing With The Wide Angle”
Chiminea, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Last weekend, both nights after the work was done, we all (Mom, Don, Kev, Karen, and I) sat around the chiminea chatting. Really nice way to end a hard days work. Love having this outdoor mini fireplace-ish kinda thing. Pretty terrific. So our project is coming along. After tiling willContinue reading “Chiminea”
Ground Cover, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. The ground cover at our house is really lovely right now. Gorgeous in fact.
You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. – Frederick Buechner
… just had to do that. National Blog Posting Month, every month. July’s theme is routine. Thought I’d throw out a mini post about routine. A day in our life, so to speak. Get up at 6:30, take the dogs out, take a shower (or not), get the lunch ready to take to work… meanwhile….Continue reading “NaBloPoMo…”
Hey folks… Just wanted to say, I’m still here. We’ve been swamped with all things life. A trip down to San Jose to visit with Karen’s family (had a great time with them), watching election coverage (including watching all manner of news programs we normally don’t watch but are now hooked on), trying to getContinue reading “Still Here…”