beautiful stuff midweek in a february

Thirteen: Today’s sunshine.  It’s above O°C, for starters, and that is always a bloody beautiful day this time of year.  But the sun – whooo boy do we need it.  I take vitamin D supplements but there’s an extra dose of something in that sunshine – like some secret vitamin that worms its way through your pores and bones and finds its way to your soul. 

But it’s more than that today – the sun is different today.  It's closer, more present.  I could feel it enveloping me down there on the ground, as opposed to just shining down and filtering its way through the blanket of winter.  It’s as if spring is hovering at the door deciding whether to come in.  I say come on in Spring – you’re never more beautiful than you are when you’re hovering at the door.

Fourteen: This post by Steve.  My friend – women everywhere are going to be jealous of your beached goddess.  Finding wonder in long-established love, what could be more beautiful?

Fifteen: This cookbook, which I bought on the weekend.  I have to make myself not buy cookbooks; I could sit and look at them forever.  But I allowed myself this one because I buy the magazine often and I justified the cookbook thinking that instead of buying the magazine every month, I would buy this at the cost of less than two issues.  (Who am I kidding?  It’s a beautiful magazine.)

Clean eating 
These days I'm particularly enamoured with cookbooks featuring natural, unprocessed food.  Natural food is of the most beautiful gifts this planet shares with us, and meals that are simply and lovingly prepared from it is more beauty for the soul.  This winter I’m in love with food more than I’ve ever been – maybe it was my way of enduring embracing the winter months.  When my television is on, it’s on Food Network most of the time – when I'm not cooking and eating, I'm watching somebody else cooking and eating. 

Recently I had to put a moratorium on kitchen activities because I had too many things saved in the freezer for my lunches and dinners.  I’ve used it up and am rocking the kitchen again.  Last night I made Turkey Chili Taco Soup and I’m counting down the minutes until lunchtime so I can eat it.  

Sixteen: How I feel when I do yoga.  My body is not a lot of things.  But it continues to be flexible and bendy and for that I feel fortunate, because the little bit of heaven I feel at the end of a yoga session is something you just can’t bottle.  I’m so ready for serious some outside action again, but in the meantime, daily yoga makes me happy – and beautiful.

How do you define what's beautiful?

15 Comments

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    kelly February 23, 2011

    this post just made me feel better. and yes, that sun, i know exactly what you mean, you can feel that it is closer, that spring is on the horizon. i have never yearned for spring this much. i’m going to check out that cookbook.

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    Jennifer February 23, 2011

    I’m glad. You know, writing this stuff makes me feel better too Kelly. Enjoy the cookbook!

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    Marilyn February 23, 2011

    Thank you for sharing your passage of days – your journal – the thoughts and feelings that make up you. Your love of the simple beauty of things in your life shine through.

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    Donald Kinney February 23, 2011

    Chili Turkey Taco soup, huh… Oh man, now I’m hungry… Don’t think I would have had the willpower to wait until lunchtime…

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    Donald Kinney February 23, 2011

    Chili Turkey Taco soup, huh… Oh man, now I’m hungry… Don’t think I would have had the willpower to wait until lunchtime…

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    Jennifer February 23, 2011

    Thank YOU Marilyn for always stopping by with your friendly and encouraging words. Glad you’re back in blogland!

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    Jennifer February 23, 2011

    It was delicious – though next time jalepenos to spice it up a little. I barely made it to lunch Donald, I believe I ran into the kitchen at 12:01!

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    Susannah February 23, 2011

    Loved this post and really loved your new header too. 🙂

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    Jennifer February 23, 2011

    Thanks! And thanks – I like the new header too!

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    Little Hat February 23, 2011

    Thanks for the plug Jenn, very generous of you. I am envious of you as you wait on the cusp of spring. NYour far northern climes have such dramatic transitions We have to drive about 1000 miles to our national capital in the foothills of the alpine country of the Southern Alps to get a glimpse. It’s pretty special when we get there. I took up snow skiing about 15 years ago and managed to get down there about six times in ten years for a play. Sadly its been a few since the ;ast visit. The kids grew up and stopped nagging me, that and my skiing mate moved north. Now alpine scenery is another of the landscapes which knock my socks off.

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    Jennifer February 24, 2011

    Well it wasn’t me being generous, it was a beautiful post.
    You know we Canadians are famous (amongst ourselves) for complaining about the weather. But most of us have changing seasons and I, for one, am truly grateful for it, even though you might not believe it given the whinging I do sometimes.
    I grew up in a very flat region, and even now it’s a little hillier where I am but nothing like alps – I’ve seen a bit of the breathtaking Rockies, but never been skiing in them. And I’ve visited (what my host described as the ‘intimate’) mountains of mid-Wales and am so grateful for having done so. Alpine scenery knocks my socks off too, and I hope to see more, in Canada and abroad.

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    Carol February 25, 2011

    Ooohhh I love cooking and have not done enough of it recently! I think I shall go check out that cook book cause I can’t agree with you enough about the joys of good home cooked food 🙂
    C x

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    Jennifer February 26, 2011

    It’s a lovely cookbook – plan to spend my weekend making some of the recipes! Enjoy.

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    Selma March 1, 2011

    Sunshine, yoga, natural foods and true love. I always get reminded of the best things in life when I come here. It’s brilliant. And I agree about the yoga – makes me forget about my creaky old knees!

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    Jennifer March 2, 2011

    Selma, sometimes you have astonishing clarity. What else is there to be had in this ol’ life? (I can forget my knees sometimes too.)

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