Wednesday, April 23, 2014

the radish


CSA (community supported agriculture) season is just a few weeks away. My CSA goes from May until January with the final month full of loads of root vegetables to last me for quite a while. It is usually in March and April that I start buying more vegetables at the Co-op. I am one of those board members that is not ranked as a "top shopper" but I'm OK with that (finally) knowing that I spread my money around. Today I bought a ton at the Co-op because I just couldn't wait any longer for some fresh vegetables. We had big salads for dinner and I feel so good now imagining all the nutrition coursing through my body (and yes, today I have a touch of the dramatic in me).

Anyway, so it is because of the CSA that I am fond of radishes. They seem exactly what I need to flush out those cold weather toxins from my body. I'm sure there is some science in that, some local wisdom about eating in season and maybe someday I'll pin that down. But for today I'm just going to feel good.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


                            I, you, he, she, we.
                            In the garden of mystic lovers
                            these are not true distinctions.  -- Rumi


I totally had other plans for the photo today BUT today was a day full of sunshine and therefore, we had to be outside. We spent most of the day outside therefore, no time to do any sort of work inside. So, there you have it - a dried hydrangea, or I might say, a hydrangea in a phase of perfection. Yet, I am well aware that every phase of the hydrangea is one of perfection therefore there is no other distinction in the phases of hydrangea but perfection.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

the happy couple

Every Spring I am truly astonished by the wildlife that appears in my backyard.


The ducks are back! I'm glad they appeared last evening rather than this morning. In the past they have had a tendency to announce their arrival early in the morning, suffering what appears to be identity crisis, waking us all up at the crack of dawn with their incessant, insisting quacks.

I'm glad this little lady has already found a mate what with all that I've heard about the brutal way single female ducks are treated later in the season. I followed her around while her mate kept an eye on me from the rooftop. I tried to get the Lotus Bud off the couch to see the ducks, but she was tired. It was her first day out and about after a long three-day battle with a bad flu.

Eventually this couple was sick of me and with a call to one another, they were off into another neighbor's yard.

Compare these photos and you will see that they have some matching feathers.  I do hope they choose our yard again for some egg-laying! Our backyard elm tree is perfect for all sorts of habitation.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

city birds


Having recently heard about the housing problems that birds face in the fair city of Minneapolis (foreclosures, McNests, gentrification, etc, etc),  I started paying attention to the birds in my own backyard.

On a daily basis I see how the squirrel clan comes in and takes all the choice foods, even the stuff that's been left out specifically for the birds. And there's yet another bully in the yard.

Yesterday I saw that migration has had an effect as well, an entirely different species of sparrow have moved into the hood. Because I have dealt with discrimination on my own block, I do hope these newcomers manage to find a home and ignore the bird gangs that have taken over the wood-pile high-rise.

I'm starting to feel like I'm in the middle of a reality show drama -- Stay tuned for more episodes of The Real House Sparrows of Minneapolis.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014


Nature doesn't rush,
Yet everything is accomplished.  ---  Unknown author but found by the Big D


In the middle of every month I come to a place of total exhaustion. Now is the time for rest. I try hard to ignore all those things that didn't get done and I try to empty my mind of all that still needs to be done. I want to linger in these promises of warm days and relax myself in the faith that the season has turned.

This the lull in the month and the lull between seasons. The snow has finally found another place to dump and summer is just waiting to fill the region with bounty.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

a night of big dreaming

Chowgirls Parlour


I went from a day full of child vomit to an evening full of public speaking - versatile and adaptable is the best way to describe a Gemini Lotus and her life.

Last night was the unveiling of our expansion plans to the Co-op Owners. Usually we have less than twenty people at these events (counting a few spouses). This year we has nearly 200! And we were stunned by the turn-out. There was standing room only in the back. It was a great event and I had to begin the meeting with a little update about the Board's work. Phew! Glad that's over.

The EFC expansion rendering
 It was a surreal experience for this low-tech, flip-phone girl. People were tweeting things I said and posting real-time photos and updates on Facebook. Nonetheless I loved talking to the Owners who seemed super jazzed about the plans. An article in our local newspaper got the scoop about our recent property acquisition along with the architectural renderings which probably explains the large turnout. We also aired the new video that was filmed last Thursday.

It was all very exhausting but all very, very fun.

first time seeing a washboard in action

I got to end the night with a drink at the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis where I also got to hear some awesome music from Mike Munson and Mikkel Beckman.

In the Fall of 2013 when I began "big dreaming" I put it out to the Universe that I wanted to be a community leader. And that's exactly what I felt last night. It was all that I imagined it would, everything except the day full of child vomit and 5 loads of laundry.

Now I have to switch gears and prepare for the class I will teach this Saturday morning. It's my last class of the year and I'm looking forward to the break and the opportunity to focus in on these other parts of my life: family and board service, but...ummm...hopefully without the vomit.

I look tired, don't I?   photo by Kristina Gronquist

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She did it!


For the first time, the Lotus Bud made it through her school concert!!! I am so ridiculously proud of her! Last year it didn't go so well. She broke down in tears when she saw the large crowd and I nearly cried watching her trying to brave it out. This year I was nearly in tears and they were tears of pride.

She even surprised us with the special song where a group of five kids got in front and sang about clouds. She didn't tell me about this ahead of time and I was stunned by all the cute-ness.

Ever since the last concert fiasco, we've been encouraging her to practice in front of big groups of family and that strategy seems to have worked.

That silly goose did so very good!

And I'm glad she had a good time because the very next morning she got hit by a stomach flu. It's been all vomit and fatigue since then. The bad with the good, the natural way of life.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

out with the old


Make room for new life, new seasons, new possibilities.

I had little idea of how much it would snow today. I had no idea that the day would get me frustrated and frenzied.I had many things to do today. I had no idea that this day would lead me to this re-design yet I'm happy to have tossed everything aside for what little that I have accomplished. 

There are lessons in the pine cones, right? This precious evidence of life must contain a lesson other than the one about reproduction. There must be a lesson about randomness and uncertainty, faith and perseverance, adventure and serendipity. I have no idea what they are exactly only that there must be some truth in it somewhere.

Anything to distract me from the snow.

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