Oh, what a beautiful morning….

January 21, 2018

When I woke up this morning, the sun was shining through my bedroom windows, clear and bright.  That song from Oklahoma came to mind (which it often does), “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, Oh, What a Beautiful Day”.  It was 8:13am and I couldn’t get out of bed; it was freezing!!  I stayed in bed for quite awhile and my mind started racing in all directions.  Ideas for a job I have a second interview with tomorrow, what to write on my blog, what pictures to share, what do I want to eat today, etc.  You know how it is sometimes; so much going on, the creative juices start flowing…you just have to get out of bed!!

Now the sun is hiding and it’s overcast.  I guess it’s supposed to rain the next few days.  We need more, so let it rain!

This week was very productive.  I applied for more jobs, had two live interviews and one phone interview.  Tomorrow is the second interview for one of them.  I really, really want this job.  An event coordinator!  Right down my alley!  I’ve been doing a lot of research, too.

Believe it or not, I made it almost 3 days without television.  A record for me.  On the third day, I did watch a movie that night.   I’ve done a lot of walking and being outdoors, journaling, and working on my Soul Shaker program (today is day 11). 

Later on Sunday afternoon last week, Bella and I took a walk around the neighborhood.  It was so cold, but I wore my boots, at hat, and gloves.  Only my nose got cold.

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There were lots of crunchy leaves.

In front of my house, my little white chrysanthemums are starting to sprout!  I can’t wait for the carpet of the daisy-like blooms all over.

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On Tuesday, Bella and I took a walk to the park.  A little warmer that day and the sun was shining.

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I collected some of these clover/shamrock leaves.  They look like hearts!

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You may call them weeds, but I call them lovely!  Tiny daisy-like flowers dotted around in the grass.

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Check out this gorgeous dandelion flower…pre-parachute!

 

I love mushrooms (not to eat, I don’t care for them), and think they are so interesting.  Some are downright beautiful.  These were growing under the pine trees amongst the needles on the ground.

That night, I made pizza for dinner!  I made the dough in the afternoon, and left it to rise for three hours.  Made the sauce from fresh grape tomatoes (no canned), and used fresh mozzarella and basil.  It was sooooo good! 

On Wednesday, Angela hosted our vision board session.  It was very cool and very thought provoking.  Taking moments to think about what is important, and what I’d like my life to look like this year.

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My vision board for 2018!

I took some time to journal about my board and delve into each photo and word.  It was a good exercise to really reflect on what I’d chosen, why, and how to move forward and make it happen.

Thursday morning, the sun was shining in the kitchen window and bringing the vase of my little shamrocks to life.  I took them outside to play a bit.  I tried to create something, but it was too windy and they kept blowing away.

 I took them back inside to the kitchen, and created a “journey” of sorts.  As I kept adding the “hearts”, a thought came to mind; “coming home”.  I stopped for a while then added some more until I was satisfied.  I loved it.  It stayed on the counter near the sink until just this morning when I scooped them all up.  I held the leaves in my hand and rolled them around with both hands.  The smell was earthy and fresh; they felt so soft; and I just couldn’t get rid of them yet.  So they sit in a pile on the counter now.

Friday, after I had done a couple of errands, I stopped along Penitencia Creek near home.  I always love it when I walk along and listen to the water, I don’t know why I don’t do it more often.  We’ve had some rain, so the creek was moving swiftly, but not too high (not like last year when it overflowed).  It sounded amazing.  I need the sound of water in my life!!  Need to get to the beach, but that’s another story. Back to the creek; the banks were coming alive with fresh green grasses and budding bushes.  It smelled so fresh and clean, and the birds were singing their songs.  I could also hear the hawks, or some kind of birds of prey, screeching to each other and flying overhead.  There were a lot of cars going by on the road, but in-between them, the sounds of nature filled my heart and soul.  The smell of the eucalyptus trees was intoxicating.  I collected a few eucalyptus caps as a memento of the day. It was freezing by the way, and very breezy.  I wasn’t really dressed for the cold, and awhile later, I realized my face and hands were frozen!  Time to go.  When I got home, I had to turn the heat on and sit in front of the little heater to try and warm up.

I felt so grounded that afternoon.

Yesterday, I decided to go on an adventure (like I have on my vision board).  I went to History Park San Jose and took a walk around the grounds.  This place is a job opportunity and I hadn’t been there in quite a while, so I killed two birds with one stone.  It was sunny, but cool, and the lawns were that fresh spring green color.  A few early spring bulbs were blooming, but I can just see the rest coming alive soon.  And the roses, there are lots of roses freshly pruned for the spring.  I bet they will be beautiful.

I walked around and looked at the historical houses, the museums and current exhibit on migrant workers, very moving.  I wanted to get an ice cream at the ice cream parlor, but wanted to save my treat money for something else this week.  Not sure what that is yet.  The trolley was working, and I saw it go by several times.  When I was ready to go, the trolley was just getting ready for another journey, so I hopped on.  Not a long ride, but it is amazing that this is how many people in San Jose got around between 1880 and 1938.  My dad’s family came here in the early ‘20s.  I wonder if they rode on one.

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Above: This is where Michael and Rebecca both went in fifth grade for pioneer day.

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Taking a walk on the wild side (trolley tracks)!

I love genealogy and history, so this place is great. I have a lot of ideas!!

Well, a good week all in all.  I hope you had a good one.

Highlight of the week:

Lemons!  I’ve been trying to drink more water, and a large glass is so much better with a slice of lemon.  And my lemons are so pretty!

Wishing you sunshine, joy, and success in the week ahead!!

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