Sadhvi Wonders: How Do You Unwind?

SADHVI

I am trying to keep up.   No, I take that back: I am done with trying to keep up.  At this point, I am just doing the best I can.

I did have a good excuse in getting behind in my garden this year because, yes, Asheville officially got more rain SO FAR this year than Seattle gets in A YEAR.  And we got 10 inches just in the first week or so of this month, July.  And over an inch an HOUR on the 4th of July. I think that makes us an official rain forest with now over 50 inches of rain!  So planting starts and seeds was almost impossible with the soil in the raised beds looking and acting like soup.

Talk about how the weather affects my mood, well, all I can say is that for those weeks (yes, weeks) that it rained and rained (and rained) I was not feeling very happy.  I almost moved back to Cleveland.  Oh wait.  They were having the same weather!

I am very grateful that the rain stopped, the rivers didn’t overflow, and that we have a good roof and excellent french drainage thanks to the genius and hard work of my Swiss husband.  Oh, I did become a born-again Christian though, because the rain stopped as I got down on my knees to pray!

When the sun finally did come out, it felt kind of weird.  After not seeing the blue sky for a very long time, I couldn’t believe how much I had missed it; so much so that I had to take a picture of it:

Blue Sky

Besides being grateful for every singe day, I am seeing that things always work out, that letting-go and trusting is a good thing,  and that this is the new normal so I can stop whining about how it is so intense, etc.

I am also seeing how much of a baby I am if the sky isn’t blue and sunny all the time.  I mean, the ice caps are melting fast, it’s getting harder and harder to vote in my state, and now we can’t even protest anything that we don’t like in this country because it’s a crime, and I am feeling depressed about the weather?

So out of necessity, I’m making time each day to disappear: into my garden, to lay down on the floor with my feet up, to write a letter, to put gold dots on the new batch of business cards, to read a book, or to bake.

Carolina turned 17 this past month, and I wanted to make her something special.  I knew she would appreciate a cake with lots of layers and chocolate icing and frozen, ground up peanut butter cups between each layer and on top.
And she did!  I found out that while I do like to bake, sometimes, it takes a little practice to make such a cake.

The next time I make the “Smith Island Cake” it will look like the one below (click on the picture to get the recipe that I used):

Smith Island Cake

So while everything seems to be crazy and getting crazier, I like to spend more and more of my time in my own world.

I’m just wondering, how do you unwind?  Let me know when you get a moment.

Lots of Love,

Sadhvi

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About Sadhvi

Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

6 thoughts on “Sadhvi Wonders: How Do You Unwind?

  1. Loved your Blue Sky picture and, I gained 5 lbs looking at your photo of this cake – but your flowers made my day. How do I unwind -I just look at your great paintings, working on my family tree and then going out for a free meal with my hubby and win money at the casino. It’s great being retired and living in Las Vegas!

  2. Now that was too much for this chocoholic.
    STICK WITH THE FLOWERS LADY!! NO MORE PHOTOS OF CAKE
    OR ANY OF THAT GOOD STUFF…HAVE A HEART! IT IS 10 PAST 2 AM IF I GO IN THAT KITCHEN I’LL HAVE 40 LBS
    ON MY HIPS WHEN I GET UP AT 9 AM.
    YOU ARE TOO MUCH, But I did enjoy the rain, it gave me an excuse to go back to bed. ZZZZZ. LOL
    one more little peek at that gorgeous slice of cake then I’ll go to bed and dream of it.

  3. Nice sharing, Sadhvi!

    I think I only have to tell myself that whatever I thought I had to do today can wait till another day—certainly, later!—I can pretty much unwind from whatever tension I’ve made up for myself. Because it usually is caused by my lustful and voracious appetite for doing things. Getting things done. Participating. Enjoying company. But ha-ha to fitting it all in a time frame—especially when I love to respond to spontaneous things. One of the things I hate the most is when I reply to a spontaneous opportunity whining about how annoying it is to be offered what I can’t accept!

    That usually only lasts for minutes anymore, but isn’t it absurd!

    Being home, letting my house love me.
    Seeing all that nature is busy providing for herself.
    Sitting looking out my window at the hummingbirds and butterflies on the butterfly bush.
    Drinking earl grey tea or espresso.
    Doing the NY Times Crossword (the medium-hard versions in the Mtn Xpress)
    Cooking, taking a bath, doing yoga or qigong.

  4. Ha,ha…well, here in Ecuador, next to the Amazon it hasn’t been raining..so, of course, there is some freaking out about this…send it down here. We need a little balance. Here, it’s fiesta time for some saint or local hero..doesn’t matter, any excuse will do to celebrate…

  5. I LOVE YOU …..because of your warm inspirational messages that I can SO well relate to ! I love your philosophy, and your style of writing that you back it up with. Tell Sakshi that I say “he is damn lucky to have you in his life” !! Love and miss you both, Is
    p.s. we have been soaked this summer too, so you’re not alone, ugh enough already !

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