Thursday, August 28, 2014


namaste (nah-mas-tay): My soul honors your soul.
I honor the place in you where the entire universe
resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty & peace
within you, because it is also within me. In sharing
these things we are united, we are the same, we are
one.  I mean it from the center of my universe.

While the temperatures are still hitting
in the 90's there has been a shift this week,
a noticeable change in the light, lower
humidity levels, the 'smell' that says
fall will arrive, if not today, then soon.
Needless to say, I've loved it.
I have spent hours outdoors in the
beauty and peace that surrounds me,
soaking it all in deep.

The books are ready, my lesson plans
are written, on-line classes have been
signed up for, and the pencils sharpened.
Tuesday Alex begins his Junior year
of high school, I am excited for both
of us, it's going to be a great year.

Daenarys surprised me and started laying
eggs. I thought the eggs would be the size
of quail eggs, tiny, but she is laying pullet
size eggs. She is such a big girl now.

I discovered an apple, just one, but it's
one I grew and the squirrels didn't take;
an apple that will be cut three ways so
we can all enjoy it's sweetness.

My kitchen creativity was a little bit of
a flop this week. I made quinoa patties,
replacing the carrot with freshly ground
raw spinach. The patties looked pretty
with the flecks of green, but the taste just
wasn't what I hoped for so from now on
I will stick with carrot.

Next I made gluten free blueberry muffins
with brown rice flour and they were a little
on the dry side, ahem. They weren't wasted
though since I have a 17 year old garbage
disposal with legs and he loved them. Gluten
free cooking is new to me and I definitely
need more practice.

I've enjoyed this week and now I am getting
ready for the long weekend and spending
time with my favorite six year old. There
are no plans, just hanging out here and
playing, I'm so excited!

I wish you all the love, light, beauty, truth
and peace that this universe has to offer,
from my heart to yours, you deserve it!



  1. It is amazing how an egg comes out of a bird's body. Yay for an Emerson visit.

  2. Enjoy your weekend with Emerson Tracey.

    Namaste. xo

  3. Gluten free IS a bit different, isn't it friend? We must explore and keep on trying, for soon it will come more naturally. May your school year be blessed with joy and peace...and may your weekend with your favorite 6 year old be very special!

  4. Yay for first eggs! Sorry your kitchen experiments didn't quite work out. This is how we learn though, isn't it? Have a perfect weekend Tracey!

  5. Awesome light you captured- beautiful nature images. Have a most wonderful year the 2 of you homeschooling :) My oldest started college yesterday and my 3 younger start school next week...sniff.
    Have a fun and relaxing weeeeeeknd.
    Peace out beansprout.

  6. Oh, we all have those days in the kitchen when things don't turn out as expected. Sometimes adding all of that healthy goodness is a bit tricky!

  7. tracey... you sound like such a fabulous grandmother! just hanging out and playing... what a treat :) thank you for sharing the namaste meaning... i have always wondered what it meant but never thought to look it up! it is sooo beautiful... i will use that word much more carefully now.

  8. Namaste is such a joyful and respectful word....we started our junior year earlier in far, we are doing fine :-) so good to begin a new year. m.

  9. i have used a gluten free flour blend called "Tom Sawyer" it is pricey but it comes all premixed and in 5# bags at whole foods, it is AMAZING! seriously you can't tell. it is my go to for most all baking.
    lovely photos, you have such an eye. have a great weekend with your grandbaby <3

  10. Namaste! Glad you are snuggled up with your best buddy living life:) I am officially done with the moving :) my sister is the best gf baker out there, I can give you her email for her fav cookbooks and such.

  11. Thanks for a great post Tracey. I hope things go super for you and your son as the new school year begins. Have a good week. As always, I enjoy visiting your blog and love your photographs!

  12. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend with your favorite little girl! Kitchen flops mean you are trying new things; this is a good news.

  13. an apple that *you* grew…what a treasure!!!
    hope you've been enjoying the long weekend :)

  14. : ) namaste!

    gorgeous pictures (oh the light in the first)

    squirrels steal all our apples also so I understand your joy.

  15. Hooray for fall! As much as I love summer, fall an I are best buds... Everything about falls makes me happy : From my favorite vegetables and fruit coming into season (I'm a squash,pumpkin, cabbage and apple eater!) to bringing my favorite sweaters out of storage. I'm happy for your excitement and understandable comfort level. May I ask which classes you are taking? I may have missed that post. :-)