It's 3:30 in the morning and I can't sleep. Not for any bad reason, I just fell asleep about 7:00 last evening and woke up after midnight and am now wide awake. I guess I'll be even more awake in a bit since I've just made myself a cup of coffee. I think I'll do a random links round-up with possible recipes.
Books finished:How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide
by Toni Bernhard. febobe
recommended this to me and I'm glad she did. While I don't have near the health challenges she does, still I have fairly serious diabetes and can use all the help I can get to learn how to live with it with more equanimity. I'm always attracted to methods of mindfulness so I'm finding this book really helpful and kind. Only about 2/3 way through but I'm a slow reader these days plus I want things to sink in so am just reading a chapter or two at a time.
Reading that book got me to thinking I need to practice mindfulness meditation more plus lemonlye
made a wonderful post recently that included some discussion of meditation that also got me to thinking and doing. Here's some links to sites that offer free meditation talks:UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
. Brief (5-20 minutes) meditations focusing on various things (loving-kindness, breathing, body awareness, etc.). Streaming or iTunes.Mindful Self-Compassion
. From Christopher Germer, PhD. Streaming or download.Audio Dharma
. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of talks and meditations to listen to. Most teachers tend to be very soft though clear. Sister Susila is soft, clear and kind of stern. First I've encountered that and I think I'll revisit. Meditation Timers
. From 15 minutes to 60 in various increments.
We had a great Thanksgiving potluck at work Friday. So much good food. Small tables for six. T made us all sit at tables with people we didn't know. It was lots of fun, it's such a nice group of people, lots of good food and laughter. I was asked to bring turkey so, after a lot of angst and whining to hanarobi
and my brother, I did a turkey breast in the slow cooker. Instructions: Mix up 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce and 1 packet dried onion soup (I used Liptons). Put the breast in the slow cooker, pour the sauce over the bird, put the top on, cook on slow for 9 hours. The next day I took it to work in the crockpot and heated it up. It had a lot of delicious sauce but with little fat so I let that stay in the pot and put the cut up/pulled turkey back into it. I had a little to bring home but not much :-)
Harry is currently abscess-free, knock on wood *taps Harry's head* for the first time in two weeks. Silly cat.
Enjoy your Sunday, my friends!
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