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Saturday gratitude

2 Nov

Lately I have been so busy that I may have fell out of touch with my values. I felt uncomfortable, scared, vulnerable. Partly because some petty problems arose this past week – a company screwed up our bill, condo association raised their fees, co-workers were hostile and uncooperative, research papers came back, crushed. But. But. The bill was straightened out (their fault). Association have not raised their fees in 3 years and it only added about 11 dollars to our bill, co-workers will get over their problems on their own, research papers will be edited and sent back. It’s life. Something always comes up. Always. Just when you think you have everything under your control, something happens. One thing or the other. I think the secret is to look at those small, petty problems with a philosophical outlook- they come and they go kind of approach.

Yesterday, A and I went for a lovely, fall walk. Although it was cold, the air was so fresh and the leaves so magnificent!

Autumn

18 Oct

It has been a long time since I have walked around my lovely neighborhood. Since I started my doctoral classes this semester, I have not had ANY time for walks or any other kind of activities for the soul. I admit that my life right now consists of the following three things: my teaching job (which I absolutely love), three doctoral courses (which I also absolutely love), and taking care of the house (wait for it, which I absolutely love).

I have bailed out of our Speak to Me group meeting last night – because of my tremendously complex and huge paper. In reality, there are three papers that are due at the end of the semester: a 10 page essay on the history of American Higher Education, a 10 page literature review on affirmative action policy in college admissions, and (oh God) a 25 page faculty personnel paper… The first one is done. The other two are in progress and I feel like I am in good place with both. But: IT IS SO MUCH WORK!! 🙂

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An abundance of acorns keeps squirrels happy and busy

This morning I finally carved out time for my morning walk and snapped some pictures of my neighborhood as I was walking. Autumn in New Jersey is the loveliest time of year, I am certain. Such crispness of air, slow rustle of leaves, smell of burning wood, colorful decorations on my neighbors’ houses, acorns crunching under your feet, pumpkins everywhere…

I finished my walk with a hearty bowl of oatmeal with fresh apple, honey, almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Today’s walk has made me realize yet again how privileged I am. And for that, I am grateful.

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Very few cars – still early

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Our street, I love the quietness of it…

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Black bats on our mailbox 🙂

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Lovely foliage on neighbor’s front tlawn

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Ghosts on our property. Don’t worry, they are friendly 🙂

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Pumpkins and mums – what else do you need? 🙂

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Leaves, leaves everywhere! The minute you clean them up, it looks like before! 🙂

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Majestic sequoias on our street

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The sound of rustling leaves is priceless…

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Our own “national park” 😉

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Main Avenue – just love the colors!

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Our neighbor’s awesome decorations. Happy Halloween! 🙂

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A beautiful Victorian on Main Avenue

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The combination of fall leaves and blue sky is astounding

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LOVE their house! 🙂 Haven’t met them yet

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An old tree stump at the intersection

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Our backyard looks so different from summer

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Red berries

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Hearty, healthy, heavenly oatmeal. perfect for any fall morning

Please share some pictures of your town in the fall, I’d love to check them out! Have a delightful weekend!

Excited for fall…

20 Sep

Fall has to be my most favorite season of all! And as much as I love summer, fall is the winner in my book.

This year I welcome fall in my new, big, old house. It will be amazing, I can feel it. And although fall season in a condo was also fun, I just cannot wait to start celebrating fall in this house. In fact, I already have:

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I have made a fire in a fire pit two nights in a row. There is something about fire that relaxes and energizes me, I could stare at it for hours on end. Sitting in my back yard is such a treat, really.
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At night the place is full of crickets and other nature sounds which I find so comforting. During the day you can spot many different kinds of birds, squirrels, chipmonks and last week I even saw a fox!
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I have big plans for this fall. My hubby and I have decided that we will decorate the house on the fist day of that holiday month. For instance, for Halloween we will decorate on October 1st, for Christmas on December 1st, and so on…

This month I have also seen some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Here is a sunset on Tuesday, September 16th:

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I was thinking putting pumpkins on the porch, and perhaps some orange and mauve mums here and there. Oh, and, maybe even a corn stock.

This is the first year I am decorating for Halloween in such a big place so I am a little nervous. I will post pictures as time approaches 🙂

Everything else is going great so far. I love my teaching job at basking Ridge, I love all my students, and, with this new curriculum, we are having so much fun. I am so glad we have redesigned it this year.

My doctoral classes are progressing nicely although they take up a lot of my time by means of reading, essays, presentations and research papers. But I am learning so much.

I wish everyone an awesome Sunday tomorrow
Xo

Backyard delight

14 Jun

I have never, ever had a backyard in my life. I mean EVER.

Now I my husband and I have a backyard that extends for .78 acre and in places looks like Watchung Reservation. For someone who is not familiar with Watchung reservation – it’s a gorgeous national reserve here in New Jersey. I am in love with trees and plants and shrubs and flowers that can be found there. This morning I came out with my cup of coffee and could truly appreciate the beauty of our new backyard.

Here are some photos I’d like to share with you:

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What is your refuge spot?

25 Mar

The “away from it all ” kind of place… Mine has to be my bedroom… Yours?

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Self evaluation – looking back at the passed week

16 Mar

The past week was a great week. You don’t realize how much you do. Let us see…

Apart from teaching all week and tutoring students privately, I have found time to do the following things:

Monday – strength training for 1 hour.
Tuesday – a 30 minute hike in the Great Swamp Nature reserve.
Wednesday – strength training for 45 minutes
Thursday – school work and read some more of NW.
Friday – treated myself to two episodes of the Borgias, then grad school work.
Saturday- 90 minutes of Vinyasa yoga in the morning, in the afternoon- a walk with hubby. Stats midterm for. MOOC from U Berkeley.
Today is Sunday. I have another 90 minutes of Vinyasa, then a movie with hubby, then…. Chores: ironing, TED videos, higher ed reading, and perhaps read some more of my book or go for a walk.

How is your Sunday looking?

Hello, January…

3 Jan

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Welcome, January. I have many things to look forward to but especially the snow…
After I came out of SoShimSa tonight, everything was white… Beauty. Calm. Coziness. Winter.

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