Monday, July 16, 2012

Some Pep in my Step...and other Monday Rambles

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

Nora Roberts

Greetings.  The weekend has come and gone without event.  Didn't really do much of anything. Early Saturday morning I took a walk to Circle Fruits.  It's almost like a Farmer's Market there, plus it is a blend of fruits and vegetables from all different cultures.  One can buy some Turkish bread, Star Fruit from the Philippine's, a Haitian mango, Mexican Jalepinos, to name a few.  In fact, you can pretty much find  'anything' you're little heart desires.  I was like a kid in a candy store and came home with some donut peaches, cherry plums, grape tomatoes, raspberries, peaches, cherries, star fruit, and apricots.  Also bought fresh broccoli, cauliflower, Romaine, Green Leaf, and some baby leaf lettuce, cukes, vine tomatoes, watercress...and some walnuts and chunk of low sodium cheddar to boot.

I'm finding that now, already, with the loss of 11 pounds and about 50 to go, my step is picking up.  My breathing has improved, and I no longer find myself having to stop several times for rest. Of course, I've not yet dealt with high humidity. On Friday I found my old impatient self beginning to make a comeback, and although I am pleased as a peach, I do have to keep watch over myself. 

Speed was always my middle name. It was go, go, go. If someone in front of me was too slow, why I'd immediately feel my stress level building up...and we all know what stress does to high blood pressure.  There was a time when hubby would refuse to walk to the store for me because he could not keep up, and I could not slow down.But life has a way of stepping in and forcing us to take the time to 'smell the roses'. The hairline fracture on my lower spine became arthritis riddled, my knees ached, the fibro went out of control, and years of smoking took their toll, and my body forced me to slow down.

And above all, watch with glittering
eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets
are always hidden in the most
unlikely places. Those who don't
believe in magic will never find it.

Roald Dahl 

In doing so, I began to realize how much I had been missing all these years.  I began taking notice of notice of my surroundings and realized that, although I live in a city, there is still so much nature around me.  I took notice of the trees, the flowers, the structure of a beautiful building.  I took time to watch the birds, savored the cool breeze as it brushed across my face, and found magickal beings hidden in the shape of a cloud.  I don't want to lose that magic that entered my world when I finally took time to slow down and notice.

The world is full of magic things, patiently
waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

W.B. Yeats 


  1. We have a Farmers Market here but I have not been there since last summer. The next time I have a Thursday/Friday off I shall attempt to go there if
    I am not too tired. I really enjoy going and you have reminded me how much I love it.

    thank you
    Happy Monday Mary
    hugs and love Sharon

  2. You lift my heart my friend. So glad that you are on the right track/path to better health.
    I've been at a "stalemate' with my weight and need to get serious AGAIN. Have a wonderful week. (((hugs)))Pat

  3. What a beautiful, beautiful post Mary! Just beautiful and happy and uplifting and full of finding joy and.... I am so happy you feel thus.

    And thank you for posting this, on a Monday morning, for us... your Dear Readers.

    Gentle hugs,

  4. Dearest Sister...I'm so happy you are slowing down in all the good ways! :) Farmer's Market is such a wonderful way to spend time outside, connect with people, and bring good 'fruits of the harvests' home. Your selection sounds divine. I guess I never trust anything grown outside of the U.S. because I don't know what laws govern the use of chemicals being sprayed on fruits and vege's. So I tend to wait for what is in season here, and talk with the Farmer's whose stalls I want to buy that regard I can connect with the person and the manna too!
    Have a wonderful week Beloved One!

  5. What important realizations you've made lately! Life just seems to keep getting better and better for you despite all the challenges we face with health and age. Keep going!

  6. What a haul of fruits and veggies. Fresh produce is so enjoyable. Glad to hear you are feeling more upbeat!!