31 Days of Yoga – Side Plank – Vasisthasana)

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Welcome to day 21. Today’s pose is the side plank. It is easy to transition to from downward dog. This is a challenging pose that can make it difficult to maintain your focus. It is a very empowering, arm strengthening pose.

To perform: From downward dog, lower yourself into plank position. Put your feet together pressing your weight down through your right hand and forearm. Roll your body to the right and balance on the outer side your right foot. Stack your left foot on the right foot keeping your legs straight. Raise your left arm to the sky. Try to keep your body in a straight line. Try to hold the position for 30 seconds. Transition back to plank, then downward dog.

Benefits of Side Plank:

  • Tones abdomen
  • Improves balance, focus, & concentration
  • Strengthens arms, wrists, & spine
  • Opens hamstrings and hips
  • CFFC: Weathered, Burned or Burning Wood

    For my entry in weathered, burned, or burning wood, I’m including some of my favorite campfires. Actually, all campfires are my favorite. I love the way they smell, how pretty they look, the crackling sound of the wood as it burns, and just the way it makes me feel. I tend to be way more relaxed when I’m camping than I am anywhere else. I guess it truly is “getting away from it all” and in this overstimulating world that is exactly what I need.

    Fancy Gap KOA
    Douglas Lake Headwater Campground
    Baileyton KOA
    Jonesborough/Cherokee National Forest KOA
    Fancy Gap KOA
    Little Oak Campground
    Backyard Bonfire

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  • Book Review: The Power of Positive Thinking

    The Power of Positive Thinking was one of the first books to suggest that how you think can change your life. What a classic this book is. It was written in 1952, has sold more than 15 million copies and it’s been translated into 42 different languages. Norman Vincent Peale wrote more than 40 books, but The Power of Positive Thinking is the most popular. I really love this book, but I guess this is more a summary than a review as I am going into detail about a lot of what is covered. If you are interested in purchasing The Power of Positive Thinking for yourself you can go to my Amazon store here.

    Here is what I’ve learned:

    1. This book teaches how self-confidence leads to success. Often we feel anxious and inferior and it causes us to become overwhelmed. Then we may try to put the blame for our situation on someone else. Negative thinking and feeling inferior makes us more likely to suffer from negative outcomes. To change our circumstances we have to change our thinking. When we visualize the possible positive outcomes that we want our problems will seem smaller and easier to solve.
    2. When we care about and like other people and they will return the favor. We all want to be appreciated and have companions. If we only care about ourselves, that attitude can make others not like us, but if we learn to become comfortable with ourselves others will be comfortable with us. We should talk about ourselves less and show an more of an interest in others.
    3. We should stop taking on the problems of others because it causes burdens and depression. Millions of people have the same problems, ours are not unique. No situation is hopeless. People have overcome every difficult situation and when things seemed hopeless they found a way to carry on. But, isolating ourselves and feeling hopeless will very likely lead to failure. Try keeping motivational notes nearby. If we try to solve every problem then we are less likely to solve any and this leads to rushing, tension, and a lack of concentration. Pray or meditate and learn to delegate tasks to others.
    4. Nothing is wrong except our thoughts. Our attitude towards our problems is what’s important. Focus on positivity and inner peace. Sleep is very important. Going to bed after listening to the news doesn’t promote restful sleep as well as reading the Bible or meditating before bed. Our situation is not determined by luck. Rather, our thoughts determine our outcome. Thinking positively sets up positive forces that brings along positive results. Whereas, thinking negatively brings negative results and can affect our physical health by making us ill.
    5. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Worrying is a habit that can be overcome and it should be because it is the source of many physical and psychological diseases. Stress from worry can lead to high blood pressure and shorter life expectancy. If we simply believe it is possible to free ourselves from worry We should practice ridding our minds of negative thoughts, especially before going to sleep. Fear, worry, and negative thoughts can stop the flow of spiritual and mental power. We must remove them before they have a chance to sink in to our subconscious. Then we should fill our minds with positive thoughts to replace the negative ones. Practice this every day to achieve positive change.
    6. Slow down our lives and be calm. Avoid overstimulation. It’s important to find strategies to deal with anxiety and stresses that are a part of modern living. Going out for a walk is a good way to relieve tension. Our attitudes are more important than anything. Choosing unhappiness will only lead to more unhappiness.
    7. Faith can help solve problems. The Bible teaches that we should avoid being angry and view others in a positive, not negative, light. Let go of anger and be positive. Prayer can help release negative energy. Stop imagining that the worst is always going to happen. Look for the positive possibilities. Every problem has a solution. When we expect the worst that is what is likely to happen. Negative thinking will hinder our ability to solve problems. We can overcome our problems by seeing the possibilities and by not focusing on negative outcomes. Often there is more than one solution to a problem. A clear mind stands a much better chance of finding one.
    8. Faith can heal. The mind and body are related. A combination of God and a doctor can improve our physical and mental health. There is power in the subconscious mind. Let the idea of good health sink into our subconscious mind then our subconscious will send forth radiant health energy. By trusting in a higher power we are more able to believe in positive thoughts about our own health. But we have to actually believe it, which requires faith.

    If you have read this book I would like to know your opinion. Feel free to comment below. Have a great day!

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  • November 7th – Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge – Palm Tree

    Palm tree by the pool at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If I close my eyes I can almost hear the waterfall.

    Cee’s Photo Challenge

  • My first Renaissance Faire

    My daughter and her boyfriend took his mom and myself to our first Renaissance Faire for our birthdays (we both share a November 4th b-day).  His dad came as well. Joe had to work so he didn’t get to come with us. None of us had ever been to one before so we were all excited.

    This particular one was held in Greeneville, TN and this was its fifth year. It was a small festival compared to a lot of others that I found when searching online. We didn’t have any elaborate costumes so my daughter and I did our best with what we had to try to blend in. All of us had a really good time and are planning outfits for the next one.

    Some pictures from the festival:

    Awesome music

    So, if you’ve never been to a Renaissance festival you should check one out. It was a lot of fun with good entertainment, elaborate costumes (and accents) and a variety of food and crafts. If you’ve ever been to one before feel free to comment below about your experience.

    Thanks for stopping by. 😊

  • November 5th – Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge – Mohave Pyracantha

    I bought this guy a few years ago & it gets pretty orange berries on it. Since orange is my favorite color I love it a lot!

    Cee’s Photo Challenge

  • November 4th – Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge – Rose

    Orange Apricot Princess Shrub Rose.

    In response to: Cee’s Photo Challenge

  • It’s National Cliche’ Day

    Remember, if it seems like today is going to be a bad day only time will tell. But every cloud has a silver lining. So don’t cry over spilled milk. Just pick yourself up by your bootstraps and move on. After all, you have to look through the rain to see a rainbow. It’s just a matter of time until things get better. So keep your chin up and when life gives you lemons make lemonade and drink up. Because all’s well that ends well! See ya later, alligator.

    Too much?? 😁 Happy Cliche’ Day!

    FOWC

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  • November 3rd – Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge – Crape Myrtle

    Pink Crape Myrtle in bloom by my front porch.

    My entry for: Cee’s Photo Challenge

  • Fandango’s Provocative Question #188 – My Entry

    In response to: Fandango’s Provocative Question #188

    Question: If you were asked to name your absolute favorite in each of the following categories, what would they be? Remember, I’m looking for your all-time favorite in each of these categories.

    • Song – Survive by Jimmy Buffett
    • Musical artist or group – The Oak Ridge Boys
    • Book – Dry Creek Series by Janet Tronstad
    • Author – There is no way I can narrow this down
    • Movie – Nomadland
    • Television show – Everybody Loves Raymond
    • Movie or TV actor (male & female) – Tom Selleck, Emma Thompson
    • Stage play or musical – Hamilton
    • Live concert – Jimmy Buffett
  • November 2nd – Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge – Pink Azaleas

    Our Alaskan Malamute in front of my pink azaleas. I don’t know which one is prettier.

    Cee’s Photo Challenge

  • Catching Animals Unaware Photo Challenge – My Entry 11/2/2022

    This Peeping Tom saw something that caught his attention. Little did he know that he caught mine.

    In response to: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – Animals unaware

  • November 2nd – Deviled Eggs Day

    Hey, y’all, it’s National Deviled Egg day! I LOVE deviled eggs. My mom makes the best eggs with just mustard, mayo, & a tiny bit of vinegar. But my Mamaw and my Mother-in-Law both made theirs with pickle relish. They were yummy, too. So I really like them both ways.

    Deviled eggs got their start in ancient Rome. Apparently they were sliced in half and covered in spices & sauce. They were eaten by the wealthy who could actually afford the eggs and someone to cook and serve them.

    So boil up some eggs, pick a good recipe, and eat like a king. Today’s your day! Here are a couple of recipes to try. The first with pickles & the second without.

    Easy Deviled Eggs

    Classic Deviled Eggs

  • Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Replenish

    Slowly her eyes fluttered open. First the left, then the right. Other than the soft chirps outside her window and a waterfall off in the distance, all was quiet around her for the first time in who knows how long. As she began her stretch she noticed that her psyche seemed calmer, too. Had she finally been able to replenish all the sleep she had lost over the past few months? Her mind seemed clearer, somehow free, like it actually belonged to her again. How refreshing to be able to focus on herself for a change.

    She moved the curtain slightly and peeked out the window of her van. Yes, this was the right choice, she thought, as she gazed at the splender of autumn on the Blue Ridge Mountains. How empowering to have spent her first night alone backcountry camping. Something she could check off her bucket list. Yeah, this old van was more than an impulse purchase. It was her best friend and traveling companion for the unforseeable future. The open road. How it replenishes the soul.

    In response to: RDP Tuesday: Replenish

  • November 1st – Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge – Tiger Lilies

    Orange Tiger Lilies in full bloom.

    Cee’s Photo Challenge

  • Share Your World – Halloween 2022 Edition
    1. If you were a ghost, who would you haunt, and why? My best friend’s Dad. He was telling me stories about seeing UFOs the other day. Might as well add a ghost to the mix. 😆
    2. If broomsticks were legitimate modes of transport, would you like one? I would love one! How fantastic would that be??
    3. Would you cook in a cauldron? Yes! Apple butter sounds yummy. 🍎
    4. Have you ever had your fortune told? Not that I remember.

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

    In response to Pensitivity101 Share Your World Halloween 2022

  • October 31th – Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge – Pampas Grass

    I took a picture of this beauty one of the last times I visited my Mamaw’s house before it was sold. She had recently passed away and which, of course, left a hole in our lives. She was a lovely lady with an amazing green thumb. I never saw anything she planted that did not thrive. I hope she is now singing in heaven surrounded by fields full of flowers and gorgeous pampas grass! ❤️

    Cee’s Photo Challenge

  • Dunk – Flash Fiction

    She sits at the table. Her concentration is intense. Should she do it? The pressure is building. She has to make the decision soon. Just a few moments before life was so simple. Do it. Don’t do it. What is the right choice? Finally, when she could wait no longer, she decided to go for it.

    So she dunked that homemade sourdough roll, the one smothered with blackstrap molasses, right into her coffee! And she never looked back.

    Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but it sure was good!

    Have a great weekend!

    In response to: Weekend Writing Prompt #283 -Dunk

  • October 29th – Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge – Fall Leaves

    “The heart of autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure upon the leaves.” – Charlotte Bates

    Cee’s Photo Challenge

  • Book Review: Legend of the Lost Ass

    In response to: Fandango’s Flashback Friday-October 28th I am reposting this review from two years ago because I really enjoyed this book. If you want to purchase it you can find it in my Amazon store HERE along with other books I have reviewed for BookSiren. I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

    In continuing my quest to branch out into different genres I found this little gem. And, no, this is not a weight loss book. 😆 This book was good for me. I could relate to the main character and some of his idiosyncrasies. And I appreciate the effort it took to overcome his fears.

    After receiving a text that was intended for someone else, Colin, a New York author, totally steps out of his mundane life, as well as his comfort zone, and sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. He meets a spunky girl, Lucy, who becomes his traveling companion, and her elderly uncle, Ernesto, not to mention “Miss Mango”. They each have their own issues to work through, as do we all.

    Throughout this book, I traveled with them through Texas, Mexico, Guatamala, & Belize; these were all places that were totally foreign to me. The book shifts back and forth between Colin and Lucy’s present day adventure and Ernesto’s experiences making his way to the United States 70 years earlier. The descriptive writing made me feel like I was there, with my own machete cutting my way through the jungle in 1949, as well as sitting on a foreign beach watching the sunset in 2019. Love, lust, friendship, family, fear, regret, determination, this book has it all.

    Other than some language that I personally found offensive, I loved this book. In fact, if it wasn’t for that I would have given it 5 stars.

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

    Featured Book Reviewer

    Thanks for reading & stay safe.

  • Moon Musings

    But what does the moon see when it looks at me?

    Is it looking down through those branches at a small figure looking up?

    We’re alike, you and me. While we reflect light there’s a darkness on the other side.

    You & I embrace it without seeing it as a flaw.

    For there is beauty in darkness and light.

    In response to: Moonwashed Weekly Prompt-Celestial

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