|Crocosmia in the yard, I love these!|
I hope to find you all well and happy. It has been a little while since my last post, I have needed some good down time. I have been doing a LOT of thinking...a lot. I've been in my head so much lately. You guys and gals are in for a doozy of a post today...I feel like the chemo might be catching up with me a bit...the hair is falling out steadily again, and I've just been tired and run down feeling for a while, so as a result, I've been getting a lot of rest :)
|Cute purple balls, anyone know what this is?|
|You must read this book!|
1. Our food
I'm talking about the stuff you are not getting at the farmers market or at the organic section of your local community grocery store. The stuff with words we can't pronounce, all the additives, colorings, chemicals. Tell me again why we are ok with letting people put this crap in our food? When did we become complacent and let large corporations tell us that eating Cheezits would be a good source of our daily need for calcuim, or that Cheerios are good for our heart. Even Campbells tomato soup has high fructose corn syrup as one of the first ingredients! We are either just plain ignorant or too stubborn to admit that these foods are not healthy for us. We feed them to our children for crying out loud! Our babies, our toddlers, our tweens and teens and wonder why they can't pay attention in school or why they have ADHD, ADD, IBS, diabetes, or any other myriad of disorders. Ok, enough of this...Just remember that you are what you eat, literally. YOUR body is comprised of what you put into your mouth. So if you think that Twinkies and soda is your thing, and just one a day wont hurt, you might want to think again and read those labels and google those ingredients just to see what they are doing to your body.
2. Things we put on our body/things we breathe.
|Oh My! All those chemicals!|
|At the naturopath|
|Teeny weeny zucchini|
So, we wake up to the alarm, make our coffee/tea (put lots of sugar/creamer in it), toss down something that is less than desirable for breakfast (donut/sugary cereal/pastry/bacon), shower, run out the door most likely completely unfocused on the road as we drive to work (most likely bordering on being late), we might hate our jobs or our co-workers and watch as the clock seems to tick backwards, waiting for the moment we can flee our confinement. We scarf down anything we can get our hands on at work (the donuts someone brought/the birthday cake for our co-worker/the little candies the secretary or someone else has on their desk/stuff from the snack machine) then we NUKE our lunch (which is probably filled with chemicals) in the microwave effectively killing any residual nutritional value it had in it from processing, get through our late afternoon slump by another visit to the snack machine/candy bowl. When we finally get off work we jump back into our cars, drive home as fast as we can cursing people and traffic along the way. We are too tired to cook a real meal so we order out, or pick up something from the drive thru, maybe we stop at Costco for a pizza or farm raised salmon pre-made meal that you just toss in the oven. UGH, even writing it out kills me. This is how a lot of us operate. Stress, stress, stress....unhappiness, tired all the time, run down, can't concentrate, irritable, don't feel good a lot of the time, headaches, stomachaches. Stress is such a huge contributor to our physical illnesses including cancer. The Hay's book suggested that cancer is brought about by years and years of harboring resentment and stress towards something. Some people (including me) are so unwilling/incapable of letting resentment go. We hold grudges or ill will deep within us literally eating away at our physical bodies. For real. Have you ever noticed how many really unhappy people smoke? This is just one small example that can be applied to many things like over eating/binging/or not eating/drinking/obsessive exercise or low self image. We just replace our having to deal with it in a constructive and creative healthy way with our need for self destruction for what ever reasons we feel that we need to be bad to ourselves. Maybe we feel like we are not deserving of happiness or friendships or health. Maybe something happened in our past that was terrible so we decide that we cannot be happy in the present moment or future moments. Maybe someone lied to us and now we feel that we cannot trust anyone at all anymore. Maybe we got hurt so we are afraid that everything and everyone will hurt us. We harbor those things inside of us and it creates dis-ease within our bodies which manifest as a myriad of illnesses. Why do we want to treat ourselves this way? Ask yourself this question, "do you love yourself?" "are you deserving of happiness and love?" Look yourself in the eyes in the mirror and say out loud "I love myself, I truly love myself and I deserve to be happy and healthy." I bet it is harder to do than you think it may be.
Ok, enough, ENOUGH!
|Teeny weeny cucumber|
I still have not started my sewing project yet. I have all the best intentions of doing so. It is going to be an apron. I figured I would start simple :)
|Isn't Pearl pretty with her accessory?|
|Kayaking on the Columbia|
Yesterday we drove all over creation to go rock hounding. We didn't find much. We went to this old rock quarry off of hwy 4 waaaay out in the woods. It was fun breaking up rocks and we did find some interesting pieces of quartz, but if we don't find some really interesting material soon I think that Jeff will not want to go much more with me. So if anyone out there knows of a place to find cool stuff near Portland or within a couple of hours please let me know. It would really be fun to find something super cool :)
|The road to the quarry|
|Sorry buddy, you taste too good. Thank you to the crab :)|
|Mother daughter time|
|An old pic from RC Ridge|
|My cute Goodwill dress :)|
My garden is growing! My garden is growing!
I have teeny tiny cucumbers, all kinds of teeny weeny zucchinis, kale, and bush beans that I will be harvesting for the third time. Meanwhile the tomatillos and tomatoes continue to grow and bloom. I can't wait to harvest those! I love a warm tomato right off the vine, one of my favorite things. I have interspersed the garden pics throughout this post for your viewing pleasure :) This is only my second ever garden, hence all the excitement.
|I love my San!|
Now I have never been one to get excited about these types of things but I am so super excited about this one. I am very excited to get to see some people I haven't seen forever except for on facebook (yes, I am a facebook junkie). My friend of 24 years is coming into town from LA and I absolutely cannot wait to see her! Jennifer and I have had many many experiences together, she probably knows me as well as I know myself or maybe even better. San, I love you! I am expecting her visit to be wonderful. I have not seen her for a couple of years, I miss my friend.
Ok everyone, sorry it took me so long. I guess I really needed a mental break or at least the feeling of no obligations for a while. You all PLEASE take care of yourselves and remember to please read those labels on your food and body products. There are so many ALL NATURAL alternatives out there that are just as good if not better than the chemicals you are currently using. Just ask me if you have any questions about anything or any products I use. I have pretty much found all natural products to replace every one of those chemically products I used to use, even cleaning products. I do not even like to have chemicals in my home any more. And remember just because some large corporation says that something is "HEALTHY" or good for you or a good source of vitamin A or calcium or whatever, please take the time to see if if is also a good source of DISEASE as well. Maybe you can find another option.
|Kale in the garden|
In the meantime, much, much, much love and peace and health to all of you. So much! May you be blessed with good health, great friends, and all the peace and love you deserve.
The Cancer Assassin