Daily Archives: March 13, 2014

The Prophet Kahlil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke, saying, We would ask now of Death.
And he said;
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

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The last few days…

The last few days have been the warmest of the year. The nights have been cold dipping below zero. I have been out working in our flower beds that are against the house. I cleared all dead fall. I cut down the dead stalks on what is left of last years flowers. We have snow drops, two varieties of lilies, forget me nots, daffodils foxgloves, poppies… are coming to life and the rhubarb is even breaking grown.

It just felt good to have my hands in the dirt. I have missed it so much. I have heard that gardeners live longer and healthier lives. I always thought that was because of the exercise which is obvious. I really Think it is the state of mind working in the garden creates. The peace, tranquility, harmony I feel when I work in the garden. Stress melts away. Gardening takes patience and time. We are in no hurry to get everything landscaped in one season. We want to live in it and dream what we want to make it look like and then with time make it our reality.

Every year I find new flowers that come up that were under the over grown flower beds. I work the ground every year airing it with a pitch fork. Last year we worked the flower bed under the kitchen window. We removed a foot of dirt or rather compacted roots. It shocked me that anything could possible work its way to the surface through it all. Under all that there was dirt and all kinds of hidden treasures. We sorted through and set aside the bulbs. We separated them and broke apart the huge clumps of tubers. We replanted everything and added soil and manure. It was gorgeous all summer long. Our landlord came by and said it was really nice. He thought we had bought all the flowers. I laughed and said all these flowers were here all along. We just helped them come up.

Summer time is when we grill out most days. We like to sit and look at the garden and admire all our work. I been thinking about my recipes. I have a lot of recipes to put up, but I just don’t know whether to write the recipes or make them and photograph the process. It would take me a lot longer.

I guess I will have to think about it. Right now I am planning to experiment baking with Stevia instead of sugar. We recently discovered this product ourselves. It is a south American plant that the indigenous people have used for 400 years instead of sugar. It has zero calories and is a gluten-free product. The carbohydrates rates are so incredibly low. It is exceptionally good for Diabetics. I will have to learn how to cook with this new product. This will be interesting. We have tried it with coffee and ice tea. It taste great. It can even be used in canning and making preserves. I usually bake pies during the summer time. I guess I will write the original recipe and Stevia recipe for baked goods. Giving you the reader a choice.

The other product I am trying to learn about it is Quinoa which you pronounce Keen-WA. It is organically grown and the company name is Ancient Quinoa harvest. It is wheat free and a gluten-free product. It is a 100% whole grain. It is easier to digest. This is a product originated in the Inca Civilization. It is also made into a flour as well as other products. It is also beneficial for diabetics. I figure that I will like the Quinoa because I like all kinds of rice and couscous but Hubby is a different story.

Have a little patience because we are working on so many things. I am still rattled from some tragic news we have just received. Our long time friend has struggled with Glioblastoma Multiforme (an aggressive form of Brain cancer). The doctors removed the original tumor in September 2013. It returned a second time they removed the new tumor in January 2014. We just found out on March 5th that the scans taken on February 28th show that the tumor has already grown back for the third time….

It is hard being supportive when this news has devastated us like it has. I can’t even imagine what this family is going through. Our dear friend’s incision had just healed enough to begin Chemo- and Radiation therapy. We are awaiting news on what the doctors recommend now. Then we have to await our friend’s decision. We have been by our friend and his family’s side through out this period…. We know it is terminal. I try to remind myself that, The journey is heartbreaking, not the destination.

I am anything but organized at this stage of the game. I am working on it.. There is beauty in every facet of life. That is why the lesson for me is enjoy the present. Enjoy the life you have now. I count my blessings everyday.

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