143: In the blink of an eye

(Bella, ready to play.)

Day 2 of the 10-day challenge.  Another success.  I was up at 6:00 and on the yoga mat by 6:15 or so.  The cats are freaked out.  They’re not used to having humans doing anything other than sleeping while it’s still dark outside.  The exception is when we travel since we frequently have to leave home at some ungodly hour to get to the airport for a ridiculously early-in-the-morning flight.

It has been a fabulous day.  I feel relaxed yet invigorated.  I will have to keep reminding myself that although starting the day off with yoga and meditation might not mean every day will be a fabulous day, it is a good way to start any day.

(Sunlight, shadows, and footprints on the pond.)

M and I were going to go cross-country skiing today but the wind was too much.  I did go out for my walk and nearly got blown away.  Talk about invigorating!  Cold, crisp, and nearly impossible to walk into the wind.  The wind did, however, carry me back home quite nicely.

While back in the woods by the creek I took this photo:

Before I could move the camera, things changed and I took this one:

I didn’t change any of the settings on the camera.  The answer to this mystery is:  the sun broke out from behind the clouds and changed everything.

We woke up to heavy snowfall.  A few hours later it changed over to mostly sunny with occasional cloudy spells.  If the wind wasn’t trying to blow us away, it would have been a very nice day.

(Windy day by the creek. The birds might be nearly as noisy as the wind.)

M and I are getting ready to make a Chicago-style deep dish pizza for dinner tonight.  It’s one of those things we make really well together.  I thought I might have posted the recipe here sometime over the past 5 years but can’t find it so I’ll have to make a point of doing so someday.  Not today, though, as I need to get upstairs and start chopping veggies.

Today’s CD

Dr. Chesky’s Magnificent, Fabulous, Absurd & Insane Musical 5.1 Surround Show

It’s actually a DVD and I’m not quite sure what the purpose of it is other than to show off your surround sound.  Maybe.  Whatever the case, it was M’s choice since he’s home today and it’s interesting.  With selection titles such as Cello, Helicopters and Cars! and Church Mice, how could it not be interesting?  I’ve actually been enjoying it.  I’m not sure I expected to enjoy it but today’s yoga intention is:  An open heart.  That means approaching everything today with an open heart, even things I don’t necessarily like to do.  It’s amazing what a difference intention makes.

And on that note, I am outta here.  Time to make some pizza!

P.S.  Thought I posted this an hour or so ago.  The pizza will be going into the oven soon.  🙂

20 Comments on “143: In the blink of an eye”

  1. I always find it amazing how weather can change so quickly – I love how you were able to capture that in your two photos here! Just think, maybe all this wind is bringing in the warmer weather that we’re supposed to be getting tomorrow!! At least… we were promised warmer weather… is it coming your way, too?

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    T’ai chi–check.
    Art fair–check.
    Bird feeder watch–check.
    Counting my blessings–check!!!

  3. Marianne says:

    Day 2 completed also. Great going girls.

  4. penpusherpen says:

    Bella looks a proper scamp,
    and I’m sitting here typing whilst listening to the video, and the sound of bird call through the wind. Which reminds me, I was out yesterday and I could hardly hear any birds, I felt there was ‘something’ missing, something important and needed. Life I suppose, birdsong adds so much to anyone’s day…Even the bad tempered chatter of the Local Magpies, chasing anything away form their unseen boundaries.
    Thank you for my ‘fix’ of the day. 😀

  5. Amazing what a big difference a little bit of sun can make, isn’t it? 🙂

  6. bearyweather says:

    Waiting patiently for the pizza recipe …

  7. Bella is precious! How funny that the cats are freaked out by your waking early. My dogs love it when I get down on the floor to exercise. They think it’s play time.

    • Robin says:

      Kathy: I think it’s because they’re so used to us sleeping in, a habit we got into a year or so ago. The cats do love it when I’m on the floor exercising, especially if it’s yoga. Izzy like to do yoga with me by stretching out on the floor and purring, belly up. Silly cat. 🙂

  8. Barbara Rodgers says:

    What a great example of what a difference sunlight can make! I especially love the second one of the sunlight, shadows, and footprints on the pond… So pretty… And I enjoyed hearing the birds, the running water and the wind…

  9. Kathy says:

    How many commitments do you have going, Robin? Your life sounds so strangely similar to mine. I do meditation first in the morning, followed by yoga (not every day, but probably 3 days/week.) I am impressed by your commitment. Even though I am being anti-commitment today, lol. I LOVE your pics here.

    • Robin says:

      Not too many commitments, Kathy. The outdoor commitment and now this short-term (10 day) yoga challenge. I needed to get back on the mat and going public is a good way to push myself to do it.

      Thanks! 🙂 And enjoy your anti-commitment commitment.

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