If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

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You Can’t Use It Up

paperdollsAs I work on my little ring of paper dolls, I think of the circles of women I’m so lucky to have around me.  However, half way through this happy project, I want to make black eyed peas and cabbage for New Years.  And those green tomatoes that are beginning to turn redthat I want to fry.

peasandcabbage Between these creative activities I work on bookmarks for next week’s book club, as Netflix streams the first season of Downton Abbey.  I’m glad I have had an unscheduled day to follow this energetic muse.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.   ― Maya Angelou

Yikes!! That kinda scares me.


The Privilege of a Lifetime

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. – Joseph Campbell

It’s a new week.  The summer heat seems to have broken.  The Saints won their game yesterday.  It’s time to get back into the world.

I’ve had too much time on my hands.  Too much time in my head.  But that’s not such a bad thing.  I needed to get to this point of restlessness.

And who are you today?

One who will play bingo with her after school kids. The younger ones will recognize numbers, the older ones will practice math facts. And there will be prizes!

One who will finish reading Fahrenheit 451 for tomorrow’s book club.

One who will find another eggplant recipe for her prolific plants.

One who will take a long walk through the gardens behind the art museum.

It’s a good thing to be me

Moving Along

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.  Bill Watterson

Yesterday’s quote sets me up for having the best day in the year and reminds me to write it on my heart that every day is the best day.  So, today I’ll take the pressure off of my little Dottie Do Good persona and let today’s best day’s awareness be of doing something completely pointless.

Yesterday I promise pictures, but alas, my camera and new computer are not yet speaking the same language.  So I will tell of the pictures that would be on this site if I were more fluent in computerese.

1.  Here’s a picture of the Mexican petunias in my front flower bed.  There are six blue-purple flowers.  However, what is not in the picture is the hummingbird that flits back and forth among the blooms.  I couldn’t find my camera fast enough.

2.  This is a picture of the tattoo I drew on my arm.  It’s a heart that contains the words every day is the best day in the year.  See, I wrote it on my heart.  Get it?  I’m thinking that having a real tattoo like this would be a nice reminder.

3.  Now here’s a picture of the veggie quesadilla (now spelled correctly) I made for lunch, using peppers and squash from my garden.  Last Saturday I learned how to make these at the Valencia Youth Garden’s Veggie of the Month class and I’ve been making them ever since.

4.  You’re now looking at a picture of this sweet little computer with more power than I yet know what to do with, as I discover how well Netflix instant play movies work.

5.  Here’s the new stack of books from the library that I am getting lost in.

6.  There is no picture for the last three encounters that made this the best day in the year. A text from Leah about a movie outing for Monday, the message from Maryanne setting up a time to meet at Barnes and Noble today, and the Facebook messages from Dawn as she recounts her adventures in Arkansas with my brother.

Life is good.  And today I’m looking forward to another best day doing something completely pointless.

Veggie of the Month

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.
Chinese proverb

Yesterday at the Valencia Youth Garden we celebrated Veggie of the Month.  This month we used several vegetables to make vegetable quesidillas.

in the garden

1. First we picked vegetables from the garden. Ms. Denise and Reggie are picking okra.

picking eggplant

2. Jada has found an eggplant.

cutting the veggies

3. Ms. Angie demonstrates how to cut the vegetables.

cutting zucchini

4. Andrew slices the zucchini.

grating pattypan squash

5. She’Lexis grates the pattypan squash.

sauting the vegs

6. After all the vegetables are cut, it’s time to saute.

putting it together

7. Ms. Angie is adding the sauted veggies to a flour tortilla.

8. Next she adds some meat.

cheese then cover
9. She adds grated cheese, then covers with another tortilla

cutting the quesidillas

10. The quesidilla is ready when it has been browned on both sides. Now it’s time to cut it up.

last step

11. The final step (before cleanup) is to add salsa and enjoy.

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