For those of you who don't live in Southern California, you may not know that we have been in a seven-year drought. Last year, it was hot enough for an air conditioner (if you so happened to have one in your home) all through January and February. Lawns were dead. Many a backyard (like ours) was a dust bowl. Water bills were high. Morale was low. Because after 7 years of a drought, and the ground is cracked, and you see thirsty wild animals down low looking for food and drink, it's a bit upsetting and it feels like it may never end. This Winter, however, despite predictions for another dry Winter, we are getting more rain than we have seen in 30 years. Oatmeal is at an all-time high. (That's not a fact, by the way, about the 30 years, that's just my personal guess. Because, when I was 5, streets were flooded in Winter and people rode their kayaks and rowboats on Eastside streets. A child doesn't forget these things, you know.)
This Spring will be wild. The pools will be filled on all the hikes that our kids are finally old and determined enough to walk. Our backyard, already a project, will be even more of one now. But oh it's going to be an amazing Spring. One that my kids have never seen. Already there are volunteer tomatoes and calendulas popping up left and right. All those seeds that I scattered which sat dormant as I tried to garden, year after year -this year is the one they've waited for. This is the year of the roots of the dry dead lawn that would not be brought back. That essentially non-existent lawn we finally pulled out, then covered with a sheet of weed repellent material and decomposed granite. This is the year it miraculously comes back, against all odds, under our new "no-grass and drought resistant" landscaping. This is the year our backs will get sore from weeding.
And I think about all the happy fruit that will come to the markets. Apricots and peaches and plums and strawberries and watermelon... Yum. In the meantime, there is a LOT of rain and I couldn't get to my classes due to flooding. So I am home with an afternoon off. That is why you see my knitting. I love to knit, but don't have much time.
Well. Alongside all the rain, my week has been a busy one. I released my 7th body of musical work, an EP called "Instructions for a Reset." It is available here - for just $5. You can watch a lyric video of it here (and please friend me on FB, if you like while you're there, too.) I raised all the money I needed to record this EP and I can tell you that the process of raising the money, and recording the album, is a lot of hard work. (I share more about my musical ventures here.) All that said, I love these four songs and am very happy with them. I hope you enjoy them.
As for health and diet...I've completely made it through another cycle with even fewer symptoms!!! I'm amazed how the symptoms just lessen and lessen each month. I was blown away to not have more than a few 30 minute episodes with slight tension around my forehead and face this cycle (remember, I used to have anywhere from 3-15 days of tension headaches and migraines per month.) And...a FIRST for me: absolutely no fatigue after my cycle ended. Usually I have a day where I feel a crashed and beat up, even just a little bit. I did experience a little bit of insomnia, but it was not accompanied with stress and I did end up getting enough good sleep despite the hours I laid awake. I attribute ALL of this positivity to my diet.
(That broth cooking you see is this one that I've shared with you before. )
I think people draw a blank when they are presented with the fact that a very clean alkaline plant-based diet can very possibly rid them of their health issues. That is because we are so dependent on the realities we have set up for ourselves and it takes a lot of mental deconstructing to stop eating things like dairy, gluten, meat and so forth. We have stories and beliefs attached to these foods and our diet can't change until those beliefs are mitigated. That is what has been true for me, anyway. And I will try to speak more to that in the coming posts.
In closing for today. Here are a few things we have brought into our kitchen recently that you might like to peek at. In an effort to stop using bottled water or RO (Reverse Osmosis) water (which takes gallons and gallons of "waste" water to get 1 good gallon of usable water), we invested in this which filters our sink water! And we could not be happier.
I also got this book as a present from my mom to go with this spiralizer. I was using a really old spiralizer that didn't work at all for years and had my eye on this one. I am so excited to start spiralizing today when my new one arrives.
Much Love to you and Be Well,