Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I want to start out by saying I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused you. You see, I changed the name of my blog You Me And The Goddess and did not inform you prior to the change. I changed the name because I wanted the title to be aligned with the subject matter which in unschooling. You Me And The Goddess did not do that, you wasn't sure what it was about 'til you got to the blog, (if you decided to go there in the first place), so I decided to change the name so that folks will know what to expect (kinda) when they get here. Also, for me, it helps me to stay focused on the subject matter as well ('cause I tend to veer off track from time to time).
Since I'm not internet savvy (I'm a novice at that too), I will have to go to my individual social networks and change it that way. That's the only way I know how to do it (I'm a newbie remember), so that might take some time. When looking at the blog I noticed that my followers seem to be in tact, but as far as my subscribers, looks like you gon' have'ta re-subscribe. Please re-subscribe to this blog so that you can continue to recieve them in your email.
Please feel free to leave comments to this post as I know some of you can show me a better way to get the word out, or you can just tell me what a ____________(fill in the blank) I was to change my name in the first place without lettin' y'all know. LOL! I know y'all won't do that, but I'd like to know what y'all think okay? Show me some LOVE family!!
I humbly give thanks in advance and I'm looking forward to connecting with y'all via "The Novice Unschooler" www.noviceunschooler.blogspot.com blog very soon.
Infinite Love and Gratitude!
Monday, July 25, 2011
We were quiet this weekend 'cause Nyasha wasn't feeling well. She's still recovering today. You see, Nyasha has asthma, and as active as she is, sometimes it does get her down. It comes when we least expect it. We still don't know exactly what triggers it but it's a combination of things like dust, mold, dogs, cats, chemicals, cigarette smoke, weather, etc. We're working on it wholisticly as well as traditionally. I think this attack was brought on by dust which left her feeling "ill" (as she says) and lethargic with not much of an appetite, 'cause honey let me tell ya, that chile can eat .
This dust situation, I know I know, I'll dust more often especially places where she comes in constant contact. I don't store things under the bed anymore 'cause of the dust build up and I sweep and mop under there often. I'm gonna do better 'cause I hate to see her suffering. The dust that she came in contact with was on the shelf that held the videos that she was watching earlier that day, by the evening she was telling me that her chest was hurting. It brought her to tears. I felt her pain. I almost in tears myself but I had to keep my composure. She gave herself a treatment to relieve the pain. Eventually the pain subsided.
So we laid around most of Saturday. I had to finish washing clothes so I did that in between lying 'round with Nyasha. We watched videos most of the day. By the time Sunday rolled around she felt better and as the day went on she got even better. That in turn made me feel better.
This morning, she's playing quietly with her Littlest Pet Shop toys. She hasn't eaten breakfast yet but her Spirit is uplifted. She's much better than the other day, she even looks better! There will be no beach today and she's okay with that.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today it's scorchin' hot, it's a whoppin' 92 degrees. We woke up too late this morning to make our trip to the beach, but these are scenes from the other day. We may go to the beach later in the day, but for now it's too, too hot. With that heat comes humidity which makes it even hotter. Nyasha was outside earlier practicing catching a ball with a baseball mitt and she stayed outside for about 15 minutes or so, when she came back in she was drenched in sweat. That's what humidity will do. She did not stay out there long.
I told y'all that we decided that we were going to be "beach bums" this summer, and so far I'd say we've done a pretty good job at it. Well, at least we are taking full advantage of the fact that we live four or five blocks away. When I worked outside the home, we (or should I say ), I did not have the time to enjoy this beauty-full wonder that the Mother has bestowed upon us, 'cause there were other things that needed to be done that were more important, (so I thought), and that lifestyle did not afford me to do so. In other words I just didn't make the time. Even though I knew how much Nyasha enjoyed the beach, I felt that the neighborhood pool would suffice. It did, only for a while.
This unschooling journey has taught me to "be in the moment", to trust Nyasha (getting better at it), trust myself (which I'm still workin' on, y'all I got issues), and it's taught me to go wherever the learning takes us. Which, by the way, is anywhere our hearts desire. That's why we decided to make the beach a part of our daily living, to go there, and "be" like it's second nature. I'm becoming more in tuned to that. I'm learning to "just be".
Being, and not doing feels great! It's the remembering that's the hardest part. The knowing when and how, that makes it extremely challenging. But,we humans make things so difficult don't we? I'ts really simple, all we have to do is just do it. When I follow Nyasha's lead it's easy.
I'm grateful to have Nyasha in my life, she brings so much insight, beauty, joy delight, pleasure, happiness, clarity, smiles, serendipity, wonder, spontaneity and lots and lots of unconditional love into my otherwise drab life. I find myself constantly learning about myself, about my life, about just about everything.
So, life is truly a beach, then you evolve.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Nyasha did a mold experiment a few weeks ago to find out in what conditions do mold grow. We needed three slices of bread and three ziploc bags for the experiment. This experiment can be found on www.education.com. Each of the slices of bread were placed in the ziploc bags and placed in different areas of the house. In a sunny area. In the refrigerator. In a dark area with a little water on the slice of bread. Here are the results:
Placed in a sunny area
In the refrigerator
Placed in a dark area with a little water inside
Within one weeks time, the slice of bread that was placed in a dark area had begun to mold. In two week it looked like the photo above. Nyasha's hypothesis stated that the slice of bread in the refrigerator would mold faster than the other slices. I know it's hard to believe, but sometimes she is wrong. This was one of those times. She enjoyed doing the experiment and religiously checked her slices every morning to see if any mold had arrived. Surprisingly the other two slices of bread did not mold at all.
Since we're vegan we don't eat white bread so we used wheat and spelt. I'm curious to find out if white bread will mold faster than wheat or spelt. My hypothesis is that white bread molds faster than spelt or wheat. Nyasha and I are gonna do another mold experiment with white bread and wheat or spelt bread at a later date, just as soon as I get up the nerve to borrow a slice of white bread from one of my neighbors.
Infinite Love and Gratitude to you all!
It had been raining all day on sunny Miami Beach on this particular day, but that didn't stop Nyasha from keeping herself entertained while I worked on my new business venture (I don't know if I told y'all I found a direct sales business that I decided to try, more on that later). This day in particular, Nyasha stayed in her pajamas all day. We both get like that sometimes where we lounge around all day in our pj's, and read or watch movies all day. On these pajama days we also eat junk food, chips, veggie patties, popcorn, toast cheese sandwiches, anything that does not require me stand at the stove. This day, in her pj's, she decided, that she would make pinwheels. So she checked google for directions on "how to make pinwheels", chose the one she wanted to make, checked to see if we had all the materials that she needed (which wasn't much) and began to make her pinwheels.
I decided to join in the fun and made a pinwheel myself. In an instant, that little activity took me back to my childhood, in a time when I loved pinwheels (I had forgotten about how much I loved pinwheels). I always had pinwheels especially in the summer. I remember making them, but I also remember my Mama buying them for me whenever I went to the store with her. I'd ask her to buy me a pinwheel, she'd call me "a pain in the neck" and buy I for me anyway. Once I got home I'd take my myself and my pinwheel outside and blow and run until I tire myself out. That was fun! Being transformed to my childhood helped me see Nyasha's delight in making the pinwheels and playing with them. I could overstand exactly how she was feeling at the time, which filled me with joy, fun, delight, and laughter. I also overstand the joy and simplicity in the life of Nyasha and all children and how they see beauty, fun and delight in everything. How the simplest of things make them happy. Yeah, I got all that from making one pinwheel. Amazing isn't it, how you can get so much out of so little.