|Blooming 'White Christmas' Schlumbergera |
with Tanis' Winter Solstice Haiku
interspecies communicator http://sandylagno.com
as well as Tanis my baseball buddy aka Rose's Auntie T)
the Winter Solstice is the beginning of the new year.
This shortest day and longest night was celebrated this
year by an event not happening since 1554. Did our
cloudiness allow you to see the lunar eclipse? We here
at MuRefuge were fortunate to catch periodic glimpses
all of which was absolutely awesome thus beginning our
new year with a silent celebratory bang, a bang not
jarring for our Rose who does not like fireworks or any
loud bangs whose source is not known to her.
|November, 2010 Full Moon as view looking East from our Bridgeport "home"|
Following in Dewitt Jones' tradition of CELEBRATE WHAT'S RIGHT
WITH THE WORLD! http://www.dewittjones.com/celebrate.htm
I'd like to celebrate some of this year's meaningful events for
me and the lovely BE-ings in my life. The most monumental event
was Dwight and my 23 year celebration BE-ing together, aka
wedding in Bridgeport this past November. The pictured above
Full Moon provided light for my girlfriend driving from the Reno
airport South on Hwy. 395 throught the treacherous Carson Valley
and windy Walker River Canyon. More about those fabulous two+
weeks in the Eastern Sierras in this blog's next post.
Just this past Friday MLB network announced their Greatness
in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards. Most Dependable? Ichiro,
of course, said co-host Harold Reynolds. Ichiro is my very
favorite baseball player ever and was the only position player
in Most Dependable Player category. Then there was the heart
tugging Dallas Braden's embrace with his grandmother on
Mother's Day after pitching a perfect game chosen as the
Moment of the Year. Josh Hamilton, the Texas Ranger's
outfielder, was chosen the Player of the Year with his shortstop
teammate, Elvis Andrus, honored as the Defensive Player of
the Year. Of course, the Giants walked away with a whopping
five GIBBYs: Lincecum - Postseason Most Valuable Player,
Wilson - Closer of the Year, Posey - Rookie of the Year,
Bochy - Manager of the Year and Sabean (the longest-tenured
general manager in the Major Leagues) - Executive of the Year.
I rooted for the Rangers during the World Series BE-ing a fan of
Ron Washington and Josh Hamilton fan, preferring American
League Baseball. All said however, I can and do appreciate
well played baseball. And I cheer when players with integrity
and BE-ing character honored . . . no matter their affiliation.
And then there's all the wondrous BE-ings who supported
my first year of talks/tours here at MuRefuge. First and
foremost is Jenny Blaker of the Cotati Creek Critters
http://www.cotaticreekcritters.info/ who is so supportive
of the process here at MuRefuge.
Then there is Vickie Rodriguez, my very own, very best
cheerleader who attended every one of the talk/tours
as well as assisted me in ready for each one with her
delightful, incredible enjoyment of weeding. Overflowing
gratitude to you Vickie!
And Rosolio Nava, who mows and weed whacks always
attentive to my choice of what is in need of trimming, is truly
a find. Thank you cannot begin to express my feelings.
He is also the muscle behind the almost completed rebuilding
all of our vegetable beds.
AND to each of you who attended the talk/tours
inspite of unseasonable weather for several I want to express my
deepest thanks! Of course, I cannot leave this arena without
expressing my heartfelt appreciation for all of Dwight's support
as well as the photos he has taken, organized and assisted my
learning of his digital camera and iPhoto. How would we BE
without each other in our lives?
My 96 year old mother departed her physical form in October.
She has been ill for some years. Her spirit has now joined
my stepfather's and my brother's. I miss them all. The gift of
their passing is remembering impermance is the cycle of
There are friends and acquaintances who are doing "good work".
You can visit their web sites:
Harmony creates the most beautiful organic fabric and has an
equally beautiful blog. Please check out http://www.harmonyart.com/index.html
At http://www.mostlynatives.com/ you not only can access what
plants they have for sale but helpful lists for transforming one's
garden into a whole ecolgy. The energy of their place is healing,
the staff incredibly helpful in answering diverse questions about
gardening and their plants
From http://www.larnerseeds.com/ I order seeds for native plants.
The web site is filled with lovely pictures and useful information
about getting started with natives. The owner, Judith Larner Lowry,
has written several riveting books as well a blog.
And then we have a proactive development in Rohnert Park . . .
who would have thought! http://www.sonomamountainvillage.com/.
Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO) is the first community in North
America endorsed by the prestigious international One Planet
Last but not least, for those of you who are pre-, peri-, post-
menophausal a fellow RN and Certified Enneagram Teacher
has a well written, informative blog with her own absolutely
stunning photographs. I encourage you to check out
Lynette Sheppard's site http://www.menopausegoddessblog.com/2010.
For our Winter Solstice New Year celebratory lunch Dwight
and I made a tasty dessert.
Oranges with Pomegranate Seeds:
Score the whole pomagrante in quarters then tear open under water in a very large bowl filled with cold water.
Pomagranate juice STAINS! Gently tease the seeds out of the rind. Throw away the rind and the seeds will
sink to the bottom.
Place half the seeds in a serving bowl, the other half squeeze the seeds with your fist or wooden spoon you don't
mind getting stained.
Peel one of the navel oranges and a Meyer's lemon with a potato peeler. Chop, I use our handy Chinese cleaver,
into desired bits, I like mine smaller and the author of the original recipe (located in Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone) likes hers quite large. Punge for 10 seconds into boiling water then strain. Also, peel the remaining oranges then slice and quarter, adding them to the pretty serving bowl with the pomagranate seeds.
In a small saucepan add 1 C. water, maple syrup, spices and citrus peel from above then bring to a boil, remove from heat and add the tea bags, cover for 15 minutes. Pour this over the sliced oranges and pomagrante seeds in the pretty serving bowl. Add the pomagranate juice. Let set at room temperature for several hours to allow the flavors to merge.
I am looking forward to your comments of gratitude, thankfulness at this time of rejoicing in the Winter Solstice New Year.
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