Friday, May 28, 2010

Finding the Light

Oh, it was restful, my blog-free week.
(Griffith Park, Hollywood, 5/30/10)

1. I slept.

2. I ate consciously and healthily (thanks to superb cooking by the Divine Italian).
(I'm extending my "Clean" cleanse for another 14 days because I am finally starting to feel like myself again. It's not rough at all: two home-made fruit smoothies or vegetable soups a day and one midday meal laden with protein -- turkey, chicken or fish -- and lots of greens. Easy-peasy.)

3. I took spiritual guidance from a very wise teacher who has mastered living in the moment.

4. I saw "SATC2" with Ivarene Farmer and "Shrek 4 Ever After" with the goggle-headed kid below.

5. I read and lounged in the comfort of my new Nathan Turner "Flores" chair and John Robshaw pillow. In a perfectly timed stroke of serendipity, they both arrived last week when I needed them most.

FYI: The John Robshaw pillow was only $39.97 on HSN, down from $168.00 (a few other styles are available too.) One caveat: It arrives with a stiff polyester insert pillow which you will want to replace immediately with a down one, as I did here.

6. I hiked with my family in the hills behind our house. Boy, did we hike. Do you see Luca rounding the bend?

So many people think that life in Los Angeles is entirely urban. But as you can see, it's not.

Reaching the top of our neighborhood peak, we were rewarded with a glimpse of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains.

Turning back toward Hollywood, the famed Griffith Park Observatory pointed us in the right direction.

There were trompe l'oeil forests...

...and countless beautiful specimens of a life well lived.

Afterwards, gratitude predominated (although it may have been just because the hike was over.)

29 comments:

1 Funky Woman said...

I think once I am off crutches I would like to eat like that and cleanse myself! I love your kitchen! Your hike looks amazing! Beautiful pictures!

Jewels said...

Funky woman... we must BOTH go for hikes, once off the crutches, before eating like that.

I could certainly do with a divine Italian that cooks myself right now!

Belly said...

So glad this cleansing worked for you, but even happier you're back. And I agree, cats are the best mentors.

Ivarene Farmer said...

And what about the guilty pleasures of "Sex in the City"?

Beutiful photo's they remind me of "The Secret Garden"

royalapothic said...

Thank god youre back. Inwas having withdrawals! Lunch this week?

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

1 Funky Woman, Jewels: Two successive commenters on crutches?! Why? How? xx

Belly: Thank you, lovely one.

Ivarene Farmer: Post has been updated to reflect our guilty afternoon. :)

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

royalapothic: Yes. I want to interview you!

Emily said...

I'm in the midst of reading Clean (thanks to you). I've done detox before, but his seems so sensible. Glad you think it is easy. Encouraging to hear!

JaneH said...

Lisa, your week was inspirational! I think I will attempt something along those lines in a week or two when my children's end of year activities abate. Last week, I was armed with paint/glue guns/glitter/ etc as I heped put the finishing touches on the sets for mt son's 8th grade play- Bye Bye Birdie - (he was Birdie - i was so proud!)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The Songwriter was out of town, so dinners were easy... lots of spinach salads... books were read... baby hats were knitted... dogs were walked... flowers were cut in the garden. It was a restful week, not so unlike your own. But no hike, or Shrek... unfortunately.

Glad you're back.

little augury said...

I especially like the trompe l'oeil forests you passed, I will call it the Forest of Thocroo. (inspired by word verification)

Susan's Snippets said...

Lisa -

I guarantee that anything I did was not as groovy as you!!

a welcome back yahoo

ps - actually my sister and i attended a very cool conference on saturday. we learned a lot about curing something near but not so dear to our hearts.

making great advances is a start(s)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Lisa,
Welcome back! The globe fixture over your table...I've been admiring it for some time...don't know if it will ever make it to my house, but at least I know I can enjoy it here!!!

So true how our domestic creatures can teach us that each day is gives us something to enjoy.
~Rebecca

StuckInABook said...

Love the pictures, especially the first, which reminds me of my favourite photo I've ever taken - http://stuck-in-a-book.blogspot.com/2008/02/blame-quiz.html - but I do not have your camera skills!

Ragged Roses said...

What a wonderful post!

skirmishofwit said...

What a lovely sounding week! It sounded wonderfully restful. Great to see you back on the blog though :)

Grant K. Gibson said...

What a WONDERFUL weekend!
Following your adventures and I felt like I was there!

Angie Muresan said...

After the way I ate this weekend I could do with a month long cleanse. What a gorgeous hike, Lisa.

pve design said...

I love that the light finds us when we slow down.
Thanks for inspiring me to slow down, eat fresh and live with a grateful heart.
pve

pilbaraface said...

You live a beautiful life! I really like your new cushion cover.

A Super Dilettante said...

Welcome back, my dear. You were missed here a great deal in the blogsphere. It must be blissful to be away from it all! xxx

VictoriaArt said...

This sounds all so comfortable to me, the cleanse the cooking, the hike, the beauty in nature and in the heart!
Lovely pictures and I can see how relaxed you all are!
Wonderful!
LOVE that pillow! What a steal!
And cat naps are my favorite pasttime...

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Awesome week. I need to read about your cleanse, I have been considering it.

The Zhush said...

That was just lovely! Love your new pillow, and the trompe l'oleil forests were inspired. I can neither spell nor pronounce this word...oh well. Off to encourage my own divine Italian to take to the kitchen...wish me luck!

Lee said...

Oh how I've missed your beautiful writing and style. Your 'cleansing' week sounded just the thing. Think I might have to try an Australian version of it myself!

penelope said...

goodness gracious! so pretty.....it's 100 degrees in texas and that view looks especially inspiring!

24 Corners said...

Lisa...forgot to mention that your new chair looks perfectly wonderful in it's new home, so happy you've been enjoying it's restorative qualities! ;)

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