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garlic

Garlic, what is it about garlic that can make it such a special plant, not everyone likes it, but many do, and those of us who appreciategarlic its flavour, love to put it in almost everything we make for consumption.  I myself like garlic, in Chinese cooking, it is almost a staple.  When I keyed in garlic what I got was recipes of all kinds that use garlic.  Garlic cheese bombs,  rustic chicken with garlic gravy, roasted garlic, garlic rubbed roasted cabbage steaks, very impressive.

They all sound so tempting and so yummy, and I likely to try them, probably not.  Over the years I have I freely admit, set in my ways, and although I enjoy what I cook and eat, food is not something I have a passion for, it is necessary in life, and therefore, I eat.

Many of my friends are “foodies”  they love experimenting and trying something new, they chase the food trucks, all the rage now.. each truck a delight to the palate and the sensory senses.

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Just the smell of fresh garlic is a savory moment.

If you are old school, and you crush your garlic on a wooden cutting board, (I use the Chinese traditional cleaver) when that aroma burst into the air, Wow!

Now to my husband who didn’t grow up with the smell of garlic or other seasonings and ingredients of Chinese cuisine, caught of guard, he can find it almost repulsive.

We are all different and unique, it comes up in our daily lives all the time.

Why do we have such issues with it, when it is on a grander scale.

Did you know that garlic is a good remedy to stop a persistent cough..

I admit when told of this, I was not really a believer.

I had a cough that wouldn’t go away.  A friend said, “hey you gotta try garlic!” He told me to make a piece of dry toast, and put a fresh piece of garlic on it and eat it.  Nothing else, only the crushed garlic and the dry toast.  Unable to sleep because of the cough, I got up and out of sheer frustration with my situation, I made a piece of toast, minced the garlic with one wop of my  palm on the cleaver… and … put it on the dry toast….. bit into the garlic and toast.

I had never eaten (to my knowledge) raw garlic (except the stems in a salad) talk about instant reaction in my mouth.  It is strong, potent, and for good measure I’ll say again, strong.  I persisted and ate it all…………. the cough went away.  I think my beloved husband was ready to go too, the dogs didn’t mind, but even I held my breath…   the moment passed, and so did the coughing.

You just never know until you try something.

 

PL Precept # 18 – Each Moment Is a Turning Point

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

 

 

cookies

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looking out at me…

there are days when like this character

my days are filled with too many things that matter

into my office I run

doing my best to forget that beckoning sun

however, the sun shines through the window

and no matter what…. I know

I should make time for some fun in that bright happy sun

But. but…. if I don’t work on my  art now, or at least make a start

tomorrow, there will be that much more

and I will not think that today’s decision was very smart

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The open skies beckoned

I wanted to travel to  someplace new

but….. today wasn’t going to be the day to wander

instead I applied myself to the artistic expression that I’ve wanted to share

I spent hours researching and preparing

took time to asses and ponder

did I succeed, I think I did

the cookie monster  held open the can lid

and let the sunshine in =^_^=

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half way through the day, I got to visit with a friend

what a pleasure that was

I would have missed that opportunity had I gone out

so you see, there is always a reward and a positive

when we listen with a clear intent

to the little voice inside our head

now cookie monster can close the lid

and I can go to bed.

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Here’s a hug to keep you snug

=^_^=

namaste      –      oyashikiri

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and then, along came Jones

Some days start with quiet contemplations, today wasn’t one of them.

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Hello out there, whatever is on your plate, work it, savour and enjoy.

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I’m ready for a lot of things, this is not one of them,  Having said that… I would like to feel the exhilaration and satisfaction of being on the rope and doing that stunt. (slacklining)

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We don’t have to do anything as extreme to realize our dreams.  We put it out to the Universe and then, with clear sincere intentions we live our lives, knowing that the moment will be ours.

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

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Tiger's nest monastery, Paro,Bhutan (by druzi)A monastery in Paro Bhutan called the Tiger’s Nest.

My day started with what I was finding to be a very vexing problem.  I was doing a project in Photoshop, (software program) and for some reason, something that I knew I could do, wasn’t happening.  No matter what I did or how I tried to make it work, it wasn’t working.  Stubborn to a fault, I was determined to get this project done, and off my “To Do list”

To reach the Tiger’s Nest one must travel a very winding and steep path up the mountain.  It is easily done when one takes the time to know the route, and to listen to the more experienced traveler.  When one is stubborn, we don’t always reach out, we instead waste time by repeating the process that we aren’t doing right in the first place.

A call to a wonderful talented friend in the UK. set me back on the path, this time with better coordinates. I had interpreted the numbers wrong at the very start, I assumed,…. based on that assumption, everything else I did was not working. My friend is a born leader/teacher, she didn’t do it for me, she redirected my thinking so that I was working with the right numbers, in so doing the calculations worked.

There are times when we need to reach out… we need to allow the input of another “voice”  Not to tell us what to do, but to guide us in making the right choices.

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

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BRAVE THE CLIMB TO THE TIGER’S NEST Taktsang Palphug, commonly known as Tiger’s Nest, is a seventeenth-century structure clinging to a mountainside a dizzying 10,200 feet above Paro Valley. Why the name Tiger’s Nest? Because it’s said that in the eighth century, Guru Rinpoche flew to this exact spot on the back of a tiger

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compromise

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we may not say it out loud

but our hesitation, our actions

or non actions

speak volumes

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do we some times, learn to late

that perhaps we should have given a bit more thought

to a situation or opportunity,

before, we stepped out to meet “fate”

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sometimes it is our choice

of friends, and/or toys

we surround ourselves with

our time on earth is a gift

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and yes, it seems that we are constantly being challenged

by one choice or another

and, yes, our minds just never stop chattering

one solution always brings up another possibility

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compromise can make  life more complicated

know what YOU want for yourself

never compromise with your SELF

once something is said or done

we can not take it back

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To thine self be true..

Namaste    –     Oyashikiri

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Inspiration

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today while watching  the sun melt the ice

I delighted as it  crystalized before our eyes

the morning sunlight cast a golden halo

around my furry little friend, as she watched with me

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how about some tea, she said

I had to smile she was being such a silly little nilly

is this not what life is all about

new discoveries and sharing with friends

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oh, have we met yet? said Mrs. squirrel

to my friend  Sal  and her little charge baby Pearl

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no we haven’t yet, but you are welcome in our world

we love to  laugh, share and hug

 we truly care about our friends, ,

happiness is the order of the day

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I’m all for that said Mrs Squirrel

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What are you waiting for, grab a cuppa tea

and join with us on this glorious day

it is up to us to make this a memorable day

Friends bring the sunshine to our days

handle things that come  your way

one by one, and there is nothing

that can’t be done

one way or another, a moment shared

is a moment lived as ONE

Namaste     –      Oyashikiri

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a sincere request

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In the quiet of my heart, I ask

that I be blessed with the ability

to disagree without being disagreeable

share my convictions 

without being contentious

to lift up truth

without putting

others down.

In this quiet moment of prayer

I ask  for help with unresolved 

perplexities that weigh on me

I trust in the Universe to guide my thinking

unravel my difficulties

and empower my decisions.

I am ready for this day

I plan to live it with

freedom and joy

Namaste  –     Oyashikiri

* Kalamina Gorge,Karijini,National Park,Western Australia (Christian Fletcher)

Life is Art – contemplation

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A creative mind was at work here

using the natural elements found (driftwood)

the artist created a masterpiece of beauty.

Using elements of what was (past)’

The reality of “today” is a work of realism

texture, and depth, the artist

drew on yesterday’s experiences

to create a now that is

awesome

n’est pas?

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

heart-felt blessings to each and every one of you.

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picture is from a driftwood sculpture photo gallery on Yahoo News.

text -Q  (Qyhat Harbour)

lost

brdge, Inca

This is an Inca rope bridge (Qeswachaka) above the Apurimac river in Peru. Rope bridges were simple suspension bridges over canyons and gorges (Pongos) that provided access for the Inca Empire.  traffic was limited to pedestrians and livestock and were an integral part of the Inca road system …

bridge, northern Pakistan

This bridge is known as the most dangerous bridge in the world.  The Hussaini Hanging bridge is only one of many precarious rope bridges in Northern Pakistan. These rickety cable and plank bridges are long and poorly maintained.  Planks go missing, and strong winds shake the bridge as you cross it.

ladder, 5stories high,Putucusi,Peru

OK 1 more.  This is how one scales Putucusi, (Peru) it is a hike that brings you up adjacent to Machu Picchu, it is said to be about 5 stories high.  One hiker hiked for 4 days over the top of the Andes on the Inca trail to get to this ladder.

PL lesson,  Everything that happens to us, is material for Growth.

I lost my cell phone today. Won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say after searching and searching some more, it has not turned up. There are a few more steps to be taken tomorrow, but the long and short of it is that I simply will likely find myself with out a phone. (cell)   Didn’t use it much, will I miss it, it will be inconvenient at times.  However…interestingly I am not really concerned.  whatever happens it will be for the best.  I believe that.

Would I cross the bridges I’ve shown you in this blog.  If I needed to get to the other side,and that was my option, yes I would.  Would you?

Peru,Machu Picchu

Peru – me and you?

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

 

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**by grace murano (extreme bridges

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thank you SO much

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“Thank you so very much” said the voice, it was soft and cultured, without turning I knew that it would be someone older, of an “age” when courtesy and etiquette mattered.  I heard rather than saw the smile in the young woman’s voice that was serving the client.  The store was busy, crowded with shoppers looking for that special gift at the advertised discounted prices.”You are so welcome, it has been my pleasure” was the reply. The interchange between customer and sales associate  made me smile, I felt a nice feeling and thought what a wonderful way to start a day.  When I turned to the area where the voices had come from I was surprised to see not an elderly woman, but a young girl with faded jeans, and a torn T-shirt, her hair was dyed a fluorescent pink, her lips and nails were an ebony black, studded with blinking gems. When she smiled at me I saw that she had a tattoo of a rose on her  cheek and a gold ring in her nose. I must have stared, because she gave me a knowing smile, while   flashing me the sweetest of looks from the  bluest of eyes under the longest lashes I’ve ever seen.  With a mischievous nod of her head, she winked at me and said “A very good day to you Mam” and gracefully turned and walked away.

The sales associate who had witnessed this exchange gave a little giggle, and said, “isn’t she just the greatest”  I recovered my surprise and agreed with her that yes,  “she” certainly was.  That was …… and she named the actress who was playing at the theatre up the way.  Ah…. a light bulb went on in my gray matter….yes there was a play happening in the city, and they could have been having a dress rehearsal … yet … I knew I had just been given a “lesson”  a reminder, that I should not be judging a book by its cover, and I for sure, should not have made assumptions…. PL Precept # 18 – each moment is a turning point.

PL Principle #2 … … …. I will look for and be aware of shortcomings in my own thinking and actions  **the exact wording to this Principle is  “I will not have complaints about others, matters, nor the weather.  Rather I will always be creative and will look for shortcomings in my own thinking and actions.

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Take a moment to say Thank You for the lessons you have learned today.  I like to begin and end each day with a sense of appreciation for the gifts I have been blessed with, and the lessons I have yet to learn. To know true meaning in our lives, we have to sincerely believe and appreciate the blessings we receive.

Namaste  – Oyashikiri

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