It seems it was just a few days ago that I blogged, but I realize that a bit more than a few days has passed. I find it ironic that I am about to share about a smoothie I made this morning when my last post was complaining about the inconveniences I experience in making them!
Ha! I was whining. I get like that about my kitchen. It just lacks the space I want. However, I am quite content with my sweet little place overall. I am getting so close to having a completely furnished studio apartment! Yes, heading toward my tenth month of being here; it has taken quite some time to thoughtfully recreate my small home into functional, usable space without being over crowded. I recently got the perfect bookcase that fits the space I wanted it like it was meant to be right there. I finally unpacked a box just marked “home” not knowing what I would find inside. I discovered all my wonderful books and spiritual totems that were in the former “Zen room” as “M” and I liked to call a room at the old house. It was the only room in the house that felt peaceful and calm to me. It was the only room “M” did not go into to except for plant watering, thus the tranquility! It was my refuge and it was the room “M” had much scorn toward. Too much feeling stuff could happen in that room! That’s why I loved it. That is why “M” didn’t. I remember my beautiful symbols that grounded me and brought me back to center were called “clutter”. Well, I am thrilled to have my totems, books and pictures that bring me so much happiness displayed where I can see it all again. This is no clutter! This is what guides my life! Visible in a lovely cabinet I scored at a bargain price! A glimpse over to my fireplace mantle, rustic and charming; there is an arrangement of memorabilia dedicated to my childhood and my mom along side my most precious spiritual totems. It makes my heart so happy.
I woke up way too early this morning. I’m not sure why and I really wanted to sleep more, but my body said no so I was putzing around before the sun was up. That used to be a regular waking time for me, however I now enjoy sleeping an average of seven hours nightly and generally sleep much later than in the past. This is another interesting observation I have made in my time away from “M”. Some of the worst sleepless nights I experienced were while I was living with “M”. I now enjoy some of the most restful nights ever in these past nine months! Amazing, isn’t it? I think it’s fantastic. I suppose that is why most mornings I wake feeling energetic and motivated to begin my day. Even though this day began around 4:30 a.m. I feel happy and excited for the day ahead. I have enjoyed the company of one of my favorite out of town friends this past week and hope to catch one more glimpse of him before he heads back to the east coast later today. I’ve spent my early morning finding peace in my tranquil environment, candles burning, fall decor surrounds me. I love this time of year. My little place is comfortable, homey and cozy.
It put me in the mood to take some time to continue this good feeling by fueling my body with healthful food to start my day. I have had frozen mango chunks in my tiny freezer and want to move them out so I can make room for jars of chicken soup I’ll be making later today. I went a little crazy with chicken on my recent shopping trip! More on that in another blog! I came up with this delicious breakfast treat that satisfied me and had the perfect flavor. I also feel really good knowing I’ve begun my day with wholesome, fresh goodness! Give this smoothie a try, drink (or eat) and feel great!
Mad Mango Green Smoothie
2/3 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 medium banana
1/2 cup packed purple kale
1 cup cashew “milk” (or other milk of your choice)
sprinkle of nutmeg
drizzle of pure vanilla (about 1/4 tsp)
Blend all ingredients in magic bullet or other blender until smooth.
Mine was just thick enough that I decided to enjoy it with a spoon!! YUM!