Sunday, January 31, 2016

A look back at January

 Last year, I went on a cleaning campaign.  Ridding myself of things
 "that don't spark joy" according to Marie Kondo's book, The Magic Art of Tidying Up.
I'm finding the balance now.  I  like things and my collections make me happy. :)
And Matisse's words got me to thinking. . .
I escape into nature and it's a mess!  To include dust, dirt, thorns and well, chaos everywhere. 
 There's nothing sparse or simple.  There are layers of complexity.
Rocks are a jumbled mess and leaves are scattered everywhere.
Yet there's an order.  Maybe it's because the space is bigger?  lol

My happiest times have been outdoors this month!!!
We've had the good fortune of a mild winter in SW Oklahoma, 
so I walked often in the sun and wind.  

The ocular problem eased up!  I do a vision test every morning.
I look across the street at the neighbor's giant house number 118.
When my right eye was affected by uveitis, that number was a blur -
The 55 sign on the highway was a blur and headlights were painful to look into.  
BUT,,,  the light sensitivity has eased up and I'm seeing so much better again!!!
 I still experience slight pain and weird sensations, BUT progress has prevailed.  

Digestive issues flare up my eyes!!! What a weird connection.
I read that horses have inefficient digestive systems - 
I also found out they are prone to suffer from uveitis.  Interesting, huh?

Anyway 118 is a special number!

"The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; 
The right hand of the LORD does valiantly." - Psalm 118:15

Some other January's I enjoyed:

Star Wars
The Martian
Downton Abbey
Mozart in the Jungle

A piano concert

Reading poetry

A Japanese restaurant (3x)

London Fog (black tea, steamed milk, honey, vanilla)
Started a new batch of sauerkraut
Cooked some new dishes - plantains are magic
Lots of bone broths

Several new eye glasses 

Worked on Medicine Bags and Earrings
Art Journaling

A Catholic Church Service (lovely but could not handle scented candles)

I learned lessons, received precious gifts 
and treasure time spent with my mom and
my peaceful times with Greg and Zody.

Favorite quotes:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
-The Serenity Prayer

Look at your life in terms of a journey.
Where is the transformation?  Real healing doesn't 
occur unless there is transformation.
It's not saying "I want to be healthy so I can
go back to normal."  If you go back to normal,
you have not transformed, you have the
opportunity to grow spiritually.
-Health Blog

I think I'm ready for February.  How about you?


  1. yes to downton abbey, the martian, a london fog, and catholic mass.

    that's such a sweet photo of you....such a pensive yet beautiful expression....


  2. Like you, I am deep into Downton Abbey. I'll miss it when it's over! :(
    And Prairie Hill sounds like the place to be. Glad you're outside enjoying all the beauty and chaos of Nature.
    Best of all, progress prevails in the fight with uveitis! That is great news!

  3. Defintiely because the space is bigger. I'm loving Downton and feeling pretty sad that it's soon to be over :( Also...that little bag is amazing (purse?) So cute.
    My kids have been obsessed with Star Wars ... I blogged a couple days ago about their crazy costumes they made up and my son has death star decals all over his new green walls. :)

  4. So glad to hear about your sight is improving and even more beautiful to hear the awareness/transformation that emerges from these experiences. My favorite moments of January were outside as well.

  5. happy to hear you are doing better ♥
    love everything about this post ... quote is now in my quote journal xo