Flu Me to the Moon

I want to share a column written by funny girl Michele Wojchiechowski (pronounced “where’s your house key”) about the recent flu run. I’m ok, she’s ok. This past week, I went on a search for a treasure. It was something so scarce, so valuable, something that can ward off sickness and even death. And after the vast amount of time it took me to find it, I think the quest for it can rival the searches that still go on for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail….

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Falling back! And a call to all for art…

Hello, friends! I am back to blogging after a few months of inactivity. I hope you missed it. I have an exciting project to share with you! This venture, by a hip and eco-friendly local artist, is at the grassroots level – and needs your participation! The project, called “Art Is” has no specific goal, except to inspire all to dig deep into their souls and share by expression. To participate in the “Art Is” project, please: 1.Pick out a paint color sample card that you like, either a single…

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Goodbye, Meg…

My hair is slowly disappearing. I had my Meg Ryan/Peter Pan haircut for about three weeks, but after the second chemotherapy treatment it began to weaken. First there were just extra strands in the hairbrush. Then the strands appeared in larger groups, and I kept picking loose hair off my shoulders and my pillowcase. I decided not to shave my head. Although it seems to be the norm for patients to take control of the hair loss in that way, it doesn’t seem right for me. I would prefer to…

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Thoughts on relationships

Warning: deep subject ahead. Please use caution and keep young children away from the edges. I receive a number of emails related to positive thought. One of today’s emails mentioned the idea of being “right” in a relationship, and that in a higher vibration, the ego doesn’t need such a validation. What is more important is to allow relationships to be harmonious and balanced. This struck a chord with me. Some who know me don’t quite understand me when I say “it’s their stuff” when referring to the way someone…

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Flipping Coins

For today’s Lovely Blog Award, I am veering away from farm things today to give bring you a blog that informs and inspires women. Money is on all our minds right now, and how to raise and train your dollars to be the best they can be is often daunting. I will add posts that take a look at thrifty living, recycling and reuse, etc, but I thought Barbara Stanny’s blog is a good place to begin. Our dollars need love and kindness so they can go forth and multiply!

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A Slice of Farm, Please

I admit it. I am a sucker for lamb pictures. But today’s Lovely Blog Award goes to Farmgirl Fare not only for the oh-so-well-done pics of her sheep, but also for the fabulous recipes she offers. This girl can mix up a party in a pan. And oh…the bread. Another of my weaknesses. There is something spiritual about it. I plan to go back and try the No-Knead Crusty Bread, although the pics are so good you can almost smell the yeast. This blog links to a bread baker’s blog…

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Be Back Soon

It was a long night, so today I am making a short post. I’ll be back in force soon! The banner picture made me stop at this blog. Ok, I am veering away from the “lovely” part of the Lovely Blog Award, but I Am The Cheese fits perfectly into the silliness factor. Make sure you check out the “experiment” pages, as well as the story titled “Randle’s Crandles.” Thanks, Planetross, for the chuckles this morning!

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Dads and Moms

Of course, I woke up thinking of my dad this morning. He would have been 90 at the end of this month. But he went on to other adventures 28 years ago. My memories of him always make me smile – his crooked grin, his purposeful walk, our shared love of Mother Earth, and all the funny little mental movie clips I have of events over the years. They would mean very little to you – they are the types of events that we talk about at family gatherings. The…

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Honest Abes at the Airport

Dear readers, I missed a few post days. It turns out the center in Philadelphia blocks some internet communications. So although I could read my emails and my daily press releases, I could not access or blog on Trust the Universe. But I am home now. Last night, I waited at the Philadelphia airport for my flight. I was due to leave at Gate B18, Terminal C. My Albany flight was listed next after a USAirways flight to Greensboro, SC from the same gate. My energy was low so I…

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Tiny Farm, Big Harvest

Today’s Lovely Blog award goes to Tiny Farm. I must admit the blog itself isn’t that lovely – but the content did it for me. These Canadian farmers prove that you can make a small amount of land productive. Two acres doesn’t sound like much, but if you work hard and are smart, and if you appreciate the gifts of the earth, you can make magic happen!

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Shagging it

I had my hair cut today. This Friday will be my first chemo treatment. The oncologist said I may not lose my hair if I cut it shorter. And, although I am not my hair, I kind of like having hair. But que sera, sera. If it goes, it goes. Anyway…I decided to go with a Meg Ryan shag – it isn’t bad. I might post a pic if you’re interested. Since I still have saloon feet (painted toes) from my son’s wedding, I feel like I am borrowing someone…

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Lavender Fields Forever

A friend recently sent me a picture to put on my vision board. It was of a hill covered with lavender plants in full bloom. My friend knows the love I have for this plant, and my dream of having my own hill of lavender someday. My friend Byron still has three lavender plants that were transplanted from my old place, and every time I run my hands through their oily leaves, I relax and think of the day when my own bees will be working a field of blooms….

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Yo Yoga

After accepting Vera’s Lovely Blog Award yesterday, I went searching for my first new blog to pay the award forward. I stumbled upon this very cool blog by Silvia Mordini of Total Body Yoga. Silvia discovered yoga after a life-changing accident 15 years ago. I especially liked guest blogger Rachel Dewan’s post of June 9th. After you read Silvia’s blog, go to the main site of Total Body Yoga and check out Silvia’s videos. The blog definitely fits Trust the Universe’s criteria for the Lovely Blog Award!

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I Accept This Award…

…on behalf of the Universe. I received an email from Vera Marie Badertscher at A Traveler’s Library. Vera is a very cool woman and a talented writer – and she has a great nickname which I won’t divulge here! She told me that Trust the Universe had been awarded a Lovely Blog Award, along with 13 other blog sites. What a nice surprise! The rules of the award are: 1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award…

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Finding the Tiniest in Vermont

Although I have traveled to many places over the years, Vermont has always called to me. I knew it was where I belonged, and it was a happy day when I received my Vermont driver’s license and put on the “greens,” the green Vermont license plates, on my truck (the numbers and letters on my plates, after decoding, translate to “bees love honey”). I am madly in love with my new – last – homestate, and with the Green Mountains that climb along its western side. For the last day…

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Cheers Honey

I know – I missed a day. But I had a good excuse. I went to the farm yesterday and added honey supers to five of the beehives. We hope to pull some honey before opening day on the 4th of July. While I was there, I checked out the blueberry fields with owner Byron Winney. A colony of honeybees worked the middle field of blueberry flowers along with dozens of bumblebees. The plants are loaded, so Mother Earth willing, there will be a bumper crop this year. Today, I…

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Dance Fever

I was chair-dancing this morning…I can’t sit still when a good song comes on the radio, and pretty soon my upper body starts to sway in the computer chair, then my arms start to swing, and pretty soon I’m doing a full out eyes-closed, lip-biting, torso-turning half-body groove-thing. Good thing I live alone. I relate to the Seinfeld episode where Elaine shows off her special dance move. Elaine, like me, loves to dance. And like me, she doesn’t fit into the “wow, she can really dance” category. But she’s entertaining….

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Me and My Shadow Puppet

Bennington is rainy and overcast today – a perfect day to make homemade bread and a pot of soup. A handful of dried beans that were soaking overnight, some stew meat, garlic, onion, and some leftover tomato sauce and vegetables, along with the rest of the kale I received in yesterday’s CSA box. Once that was done, I flipped on the office light to do some work…and noticed the shadows on the wall. I remembered that fellow writer Wendy Helfenbaum had suggested learning to make a new shadow puppet. Since…

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Kale, Kale, the Gang’s All Here

I picked up my first CSA share today. Chuck and Lisa’s produce looks fabulous! The shares are still small, as the season is barely in, but I was happy to get a bunch of young kale in my box today (as well as organic eggs, spinach, and mesclun mix). I love kale. It is so packed full of nutrients that I am surprised the leaves don’t explode from the pressure. I usually eat it raw or throw it into stews or soups. But I decided to search for a new…

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