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Stone soup…

OK – so hubby made me think of this last night and I just had to share cause I think it holds a good meaning.  I  think I was either in elementary school or Jr high, but we read the story about making stone soup.

A weary, poor traveler arrived in a small village. He had no food or money and had not eaten in days. The one thing he did have was a cooking pot that he used on those rare occasions

stone soup spoon

stone soup spoon (Photo credit: Hippy Jon)

when he had something to cook.
He built a small cooking fire, placed his pot on it, and poured in some water. When a few villagers asked what he was doing, he replied that he was making Stone Soup which was an ancient tasty recipe passed down to him from his ancestors. He then dropped in a smooth, round stone he had in his pocket into the pot.
As the soup warmed, the traveler told the villagers stories of his travels and the exciting things he’d seen. He tasted his soup and said it was coming along nicely, but a bit of salt would bring out the flavor. One curious villager went into her home and returned with some salt for the soup.

A few more villagers walking by stopped to see what was going on when they heard the traveler speaking. The traveler told more stories and said that a couple carrots or onion would be a nice addition to the already delicious soup. So, another villager figured he could give a few carrots and retrieved them from his cellar.

This continued on with the traveler casually asking for onions, seasoning, a bit of meat, celery, potatoes to bring out the full potential of the soup.
Finally, the soup was ready and everyone enjoyed the tasty meal prepared for them from just a stone, and a few other items.

I love this story and had totally forgotten about it till last night.  I feel that sometimes if you ask out right to get something “large” you might be met with resentment and a few doors slammed in your face.  But if you just ask for something very small to start you might end up with better results, and that includes wh

at we ask of ourselves.  Also to me this is about having faith.  He had to have faith that the people would begin to share small items with him and maybe a bit of curiosity to see what he was coming up with.  I must have faith in myself, I must have faith in my husband, I must have faith in my higher power and I must have faith in other people.  I have faith in my self that I can be a stronger person, I have faith in my husband that he can continue to stay sober, I have faith in my higher power that they will not give me more than they know I can handle and I must have faith in the members of my Al-Anon group who are always there when I need a shoulder or just some strength.

  If no one has told you they love you today, I love you and God does too!

what a week…

I have been looking into getting a replacement plant for my work desk  – my bamboo plant had finally had enough and died despite all my efforts to keep the poor guy happy.  Now I have a sad little corner of my desk.  So I have been looking for a happy little plant to replace it with.  Now, let me explain that I have to be very careful in my choice of plant.  It is very dark in my room with very little natural light and very, very dim artificial light.  I have a list of dark loving plants that  am going to ask all of my local growers about.  If I can not find one at a good price, or find it at all locally I will be placing an order on amazon (my fav place to shop) I love having plants around me – they bring me such peace.

I would love to do some kind of Bonsai and Beta fish rock garden thing.  Just ger my total serenity zen feeling going on, but I was told that animal captivity is not kosher for office decor.  So back to finding just a plant.  I was also told the fish thing was out do to the fact that I am in IT and work around a lot of computers – liquid and computers are not a good mix, I know this.  But it still doesn’t make me want the fish any less.  I might have to get one for the house, hubby said that I might be able to have one at some point.  Plants that like the dark seem to be more in the fern area.  I found a little one called a lemon fern, I guess when it grows or is touched it smells like lemons – I am sold!  I love the smell of citrus fruit.

Told my boss that I had found a plant that might work to cheer up my little cube of existence, he said since it had a scent I had to clear it with my fellow cube dwellers.  Over the week I was able to get to them all one at a time to ask if a lemon scented fern would bother them, I got a census that contained a unanimous vote to get the plant.  Everyone seemed to like the idea of a cute little lemony fern.  I still have my heart set on a bonsai – might have to get a desk lamp that I can put a glow light in for y new desk plant.  I am not sure a Bonsai would be good for my work, with my bad migraines I never know if I will have to miss a day and would hate for the poor thing to have to go all weekend and then an extra day on-top of that without being watered.  I love my co-workers and do not want to bother them with instructions on how to help me not kill a little bonsai tree.  I think that will be an adventure for being at home.

I had a money tree at home I managed to kill – I over watered it.  It seems I need to have a plant that either needs no water or over watered.  For me, the plants bring me peace and happiness.  They help me unwind and get rid of some stress.  That’s why I want to try my hand at doing Bonsai, it is a bit more of an interaction with the plants then – here is some water, a little bit of sun and maybe some plant food now and then.  I want to have something that I had a bit more interaction with.

Hubby said he doesn’t mind the fish, has not said anything really about the bonsai either.  He seems interested in these air plants I told him about.  They come in kits with glass jars that come with sand or rocks and a plant.  The plant doesn’t need soil or daily watering.  Just a “bath” once a week and they just sit on the sand or rocks or where ever you want to put them.  They just need air flow and sun light.  I think I might do ok with that plant.  Plus if I get into a habit of giving it a “bath” every lets say Sunday – it should be easy to remember to do.

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