We all enjoyed a glorious three days of celebration around this big turning point. Sorry for the blurring photo. I’m trying to find my old digital camera with no luck despite all my cleaning and organizing.
We kicked off the day before with a new friend. She showed us a very charming old town. Everything was so bright and clear I kept thinking I had my sunglasses on. I told her I felt like we were in a technicolored film. The forest was so deep green and the sky so blue! Perhaps it was the week or so of smoke filled air that gave us a new sight.
It feels like your on vacation just being there. We collected lovely rocks and had Mexican food for lunch on the cafes patio. We stayed 5 hours! I love that I can “vacation” like this.
My birthday was spent cleaning my home thoroughly. I wanted to hire someone at first to clean it for me but as I cleaned deeper I found myself in such a ritual of cleansing and gratitude. Bali painted all the last rooms and wanted it done before my birthday as one of the gifts. Our home is so bright and charming filled with color. His second present were 5 crepe mertle trees with vibrant blossoms of deep red and grape colors.
The dogs had their first spa treatments and the boys had their forest coop school. I had time alone to clean and prepare.
That night we had dinner with our neighbors on the porch. Candle light and pizza, good music and conversation. The next morning I had an aunt and her sister visit for coffee. She brought coissants and quiche and we enjoyed that time. Later in the afternoon an old friend I’ve known since we were 15 years old visited with her family and we had so much fun until late last night.
I made vegan pizzas and a vegan cake. Actually, it was boxed cake that I veganized and made vegan butter cream frosting. It was a very ugly cake but delicious.
I am craving more and more fresh ingredients these days and that is a good thing since we are trying to get away from packaging, plastic, palm oil, sugar and pesticides (can the list get any longer!) I made my own tomato sauce from basil and tomatoes from our garden and some vegetables from our neighbors garden that she puts in a bucket and throws over the fence for us to enjoy. The sauce was wonderful and inspires me to make everything fresh from now on.
I don’t know what changed but all the sudden the canned things smell heavy and old. Over cooked or processed foods taste too dense and strange. I crave fresh, made from scratch…I don’t even enjoy left overs right now. Hormones I’m sure.
So, it was a wonderful time filled with friends and family. Right now we are headed to the forest to meet more friends and kids for a walk. I’m full in my soul and have lots of wonderful thoughts on life to share soon.