A gift I've been giving myself and -- and I hope the rest of the world -- is listening to Pema Chodron's Noble Heart, a recording of twelve lectures from one of her workshops on Tibetan Buddhism. The lectures are about meditations for overcoming obstacles. The idea is to do the meditations to benefit oneself, but also with the intention that the act will benefit others as well, in some way, directly or indirectly. I've been listening to one or two lectures a day, hoping to get through them before school begins. That's when I will need a calm mind!
Day 22 was Friday. We did our usual going out to eat on Friday. I was feeling very tired after a week of accomplishing quite a lot, and decided to treat myself to some time in the bookstore. We don't have a new bookstore in town after Borders went out of business, so it's only used book stores, but the largest of them was just a few blocks from the restaurant we went to, so we walked there and shopped for books. I found what I hope will be an interesting novel: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I was so sleepy when we got home that after feeding the cats, I also treated myself to an early bedtime. I fell asleep pretty darn quick.
Day 23 was today. I went to the Farmer's Market and bought fresh eggs from free-range hens (the yolks are nearly orange, full of vitamins!), locally-made cheese, fresh lettuce, and a half-flat of berries. I like getting fresh, healthy food and I like supporting local small farms. I dropped some cash in the open guitar case of a couple of players who were performing. I went to my knitting group in the afternoon and had a good time with my friends. Then when I got home I knew I had a potatoes-and-eggs recipe set aside for dinner, but instead of looking for frozen potatoes, I fished around under my potato plants and brought in some homegrown ones, and picked tomatoes and a green pepper from the garden. The potatoes, pepper, and a couple of Roma tomatoes were fried up and some fresh eggs from the market added, and topped with artisan cheese. One huge Brandywine tomato I sliced up, put the slices on lettuce leaves, sprinkled them with salt and pepper and thinly sliced fresh basil, drizzled with wine vinegar and olive oil, the topped with Parmesan cheese. Yum! Tasty, and with all those nutrients we ought to be leaping tall buildings in a single bound, I think. Hubs takes blood pressure medicine, so his doctor always advises him to eat fruits and veggies for the potassium. I think we do that pretty well.