Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Camino de Santiago

Ever since I read the book the Camino, by Shirley MacLaine I wanted to walk the Camino. Not for the typical Christian religious beliefs. I want to do this walk for personal spiritual reasons. I WILL do this walk in the next decade of my life. Planning and preparing will take time. I will research this - see the poem below written by a pilgrim. The link to their website is at the bottom.

The Camino

When we started, we did not know - exactly - why we were doing it
We had lives which were - more or less - satisfactory
We had friends known much of our lives
We had children - changed from chrysalis to butterflies
We had things:
                      things like machines
                      things like music
                      things like pictures
                      things like shelves full of books
                      things like money and pensions and security
We did not have one thing - and maybe that was why we started

When we started, we put one foot in front of the other
We still did not know - precisely - why we were doing it
The miles passed - many of them pleasantly
Our feet blistered and were slow to heal
Our ankles turned on loose stones
The rain beat its way through our clothes
The cold chilled the marrow of our bones
Some nights, refuge was hard to find
Some days, miles of hot dust had no fountains

When the first few of many long days had passed
We found - without words - that we no longer walked together
That together we spoke in our own tongues -
                      and often of things we had left behind where we began
That together we shut out new experience with the wall of our togetherness
That alone we spoke in other tongues and of our common experience
That alone we were open - open with interest and curiosity.
Often we met - with gladness - at the end of the day
To know our paths went on together was enough

When we got to the cathedral we sat down
We saw - through the eyes of those long before us
The blinding faith, the crucial thirst for salvation
The tower slowly closing off the sky
And we counted our blessings - several hundred of them
Starting with the kindness of ordinary people on the way
And with the warmth of other travellers on the road
Travellers not at all like us - not in age, not in origin, not in interests
But warm across all these distancings
And ending with the friendship and love
We had left behind where we began.

When we got to the sea at the end of the world
We sat down on the beach at sunset
We knew why we had done it
To know our lives less important than just one grain of sand
To know that we did not need the things we had left behind us
To know the we would nevertheless return to them
To know that we needed to be where we belonged
To know that kindness and friendship and love is all one needs
To know that we did not - after all - have to make this long journey to find this out
To know that - for us - it certainly helped

                                            written near Sanguesa, Navarra, September 2003

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I was looking at my jewelry on Flickr and thought I would share the link here. I am amazed at the stuff I created. wow.

Flickr site

hope you enjoy it. Let me know

Friday, March 4, 2011

White Bean Turkey Chili


1 lb ground turkey
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onion
2 Tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans Great Northern beans
1 can chili style diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1 small can salsa verde
1 tsp basil
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste


Brown meat in dutch oven, set aside. Saute onions and celery in butter until soft. Add garlic and saute a couple minutes longer.
Return the meat to the pot, then add rest of ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes.

Makes 12-1 cup servings

The Biggest Helper - Body Media

My wonderful family contributed to purchase a calorie counter for me from Body Media and I wear is everyday now. It is really cool as it monitors my calorie burn, my sleep quality, tracks my weight and even though I need to input my food - it breaks down the areas my calories come from.

I am back on a weight loss trend now, but most of the reason I contribute to this is the fact that I am focused once again to my Abraham Hicks CD's and have hooked up to their website and the FaceBook page also. If my blog is approved, I will be posting a widget here and will get to have a daily quote from Abraham. How cool is that!

So, I gotta get dressed for Zumba and will post a new photo of what I look like this weekend.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

here is the updated photo

Update on Jeans!

So I am now proud to say I am in a size "12" jeans! It has been over 5 years since I even thought about looking at this size. Wow. I can really tell a difference and am excited to keep up with my weight loss. Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and Elliptical are the bomb! Plus I am also adding in weight lifting.

Last night we went out to celebrate a friends birthday at the Trails End in Oregon City and I had a face first with a bar menu. I must admit it looked really good. I ended up with the guacamole cheese burger and only ate 3/4 but I did eat the fries - and they were yummy. I expect to see a small set back in weight tomorrow (delayed loss/gain) but will work out hard today to make up for it. Besides, tomorrow is Zumba again.... Yahoo! Will post a pic later when I can get hannah to take it for me.