Welcome to Lamb Cottage. It's a real place, and this is where I live with my dear husband. We even have lambs. This is a personal blog, especially concerning life as an American expat in Scotland, life as an over-50, life with lambs, and life as an Orthodox Christian. You're most welcome to come and visit awhile. I hope we can be friends!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Too Darned Much

Last night, I realised that I just had TOO MUCH extraneous stuff in my head (and life). Part of that included trying to do too much in the blog world. So, I need to be ruthless and cut some things out. 

I have removed my Orthodox Stitcher blog -- I cannot keep up with it right now, and am not currently designing, so out it goes! 

I have also removed my BodyMindSpirit blog. Yes, I am still on a healing journey, but really, I am NOT an expert, and this is simply my own personal journey. I wish health and happiness to anyone who was reading it, and encourage you to find your own way. God has wired us each to have the ability to travel these healing journeys and repair ourselves -- on our own. We don't need anything but to be connected to God and to open ourselves up in ways that will remove any blockages and negativity. Blessings to you who are healing!

Awhile ago I wrote my last post for The Daily Doodle blog, as well. The lambs are all well, so you may see them from time to time on this blog.

My internet writing world now consists of this blog and my stitching blog. That is all. And what a relief to just let go of some things.

There is a lesson for me (and for others?) in this.  The internet is seductive, and can be very time wasting. And you can suddenly find yourself overwhelmed with having taken on too much. The other thing is: the internet has created a whole culture of pseudo-experts. As if everything everybody says is valuable and necessary to our lives. Well, it's not. Everyone is talking just TOO DARNED MUCH, and most of it is drivel. We all need to let go of how much time we spend online, how much scrolling we do on Facebook and other types of social media, and how much sage advice we THINK we have to pass on to the world on our blogs. Let it go! It is a waste of time and it is a delusion for us to think we are so fabulous that the world can't live without hearing from us on a regular basis.

I enjoy writing and stitching, so I am going to keep up my two little blogs -- but they are purely personal with no pretension towards wisdom and advice. If you enjoy reading them, I'm glad. It's okay, too, if you'd rather not.

Many blessings and great joy to everyone!
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Martin's Chrismation

It is with joy that we welcome Martin into the Holy Orthodox Church. It was wonderful to witness his Chrismation on Saturday.

When I was received into the Church, along with my husband (who was standing as Martin's God-parent!), I was filled with joy. And life was never the same again. It was so much MORE, and, truth be told, a lot harder - but worth it.

Many blessings and many years for Martin!
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Around the Cottage Today

It's a dreich day in Scotland. At least, where we live it is. Wet, grey, dark, windy, cold, dreary. Ah, June in Scotland! Of course, it could all be different tomorrow (here's hoping).

Today I am busy with homemaking tasks. This is somewhat hampered by my inability to eat and drink properly. I'd like to be making a lovely homemade dinner to share with my husband, but I am, instead, drinking my food in the form of juice and smoothies, and considering what to make my husband for dinner. This is one of the times when my healing journey is frustrating and I am impatient.

Also today I plan on doing some stitching. I have many projects on the go, and lots more lined up that I would like to be doing soon. 

My days are much different now that I am working on my own healing. A lot of time is taken up with careful nutrition, careful exercise, reading, energy work, meditation, and prayer. It's a full-time job spurring myself on, motivating myself, staying positive and hopeful. And when the weather is like this, it's doubly hard. Last week I was soaking up the sun and warmth. Life looked much cheerier then. 

Yesterday was a General Election for the UK. Apparently, there was a lot of upset as many people lost their seats and others gained who were not expected to. There is, at the moment, a Hung Parliament. It will be interesting to watch. Happily, though, the candidate we voted for and hoped would win the MP seat for our district DID win. Congrats to Jamie Stone!

Tomorrow there is a Liturgy in Inverness. We are going, and I am both looking forward to it and worrying about how I will feel and handle it. Going out is very difficult for me right now - just the whole energy involved and needing to consider hydration and nourishment all. the. time. We especially want to go because of the obvious: Confession and Communion. But we also want, and need to go, because someone is going to be Chrismated and received into the Church. This is always a glorious time and cause for celebration. My husband is god-parent for this man, as well. 

Our own Chrismation and reception was only two and a half years ago. The journey to reach that point was long and arduous. The journey since has been even more so! But also wonderful. Life definitely changes.

So, today is a day of housework, healing work, and preparation for tomorrow. 

Unlike a lot of blogs out there, I am not writing to show you how fabulous I am, how much I know and what an expert I am, how wonderful my life is, how perfect my home is, or what a great Christian leader I am. All the "how to have a perfect blog" articles out there tell us we have to do this, this, and this in order to be a great blogging success. I think I break all the rules. Sometimes I ruminate on this and wonder what I could do better. But then I realise, this blog is what it is, and my life is just as valid and meaningful as those who have wildly successful blogs. 

One thing all my blogs are: authentic. I really can't offer much more than that. If zillions of people suddenly find and read and love my blogs, great. If not, that's okay, too. 

If anyone is reading today, I hope this blog and my others bless you and encourage you, even in a tiny way.

Stay strong in the Lord!
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Talking About Healing

UPDATE:  See THIS POST for more information, and where this other blog went.

Please remember to visit my blog all about healing, especially if you are working through an autoimmune disorder or Myasthenia Gravis:

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

When You're Feeling Frustrated

A line from a Wordsworth poem keeps running through my head: The world is too much with us, early and late... 

I feel frustrated with how much the world pushes its way into my life sometimes. We live in a fairly rural area with a smallish population. No TV in our home. Relative peace. But still. We are in this modern world, with computers and internet and mobile phones. And somehow, the crap of this world just finds its way in. It does its best to bring me down. To depress me. To make me blue. After all, you can't check the news without finding out about another terrorist attack somewhere. It's easy to get overwhelmed. If we are not overwhelmed, we have become desensitised, and that's when we should really worry.

Still, it's draining to feel blue. What do we do to keep going and keep positive?

I think this is when we really have to take every thought captive to Christ, and to turn our way of thinking around. First, be grateful. Find gratitude in everything you possibly can. Praise and worship God. Love your family. Get out in nature and see God's beautiful work. Stop looking at social media. Definitely turn off the television. Be careful what you allow into your mind - it will stay there forever. Get moving - do some exercise, or better yet, dance. And keep thanking God for every breath you take.

I feel frustrated at the moment, but most things are things I cannot control. Time to let them go and not worry about them. 

Trying to turn my blue feelings into blue flowers and beautiful thoughts. 

Stay positive and be strong in the Lord!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vegetable Head

So...remember this painting by Guiseppe Arcimboldo? I can't remember where I first saw it, but I was quite young, and my initial reaction was EEEWWWW.

Now, I am him. I have begun a juice fast as I progress on my healing journey. Here's the thing: I haven't been able to eat solids for, well, most of this year so far. So I figured I might as well up the stakes and go for broke with the healthy eating. I definitely believe in food as medicine, and since I can't eat well currently, a juice fast seemed like the logical choice. The juicer is getting a workout, and I remain amazed at how many fruits and vegetables I am going through in a day. Yesterday, for example, I juiced:  11 carrots, 4 apples, 2 oranges, 1 lemon, 2 large handfuls of spinach, 1 large cup of strawberries, a thumb of ginger root, and an entire avocado. Add to that some pure beet and pure orange juice, and plenty of water. And several trips to the bathroom!

The thing is, although I am not back to normal with chewing / swallowing / talking, the rest of me is feeling better than I have in YEARS. Seriously. It's amazing. If I can do it, with all my current stumbling blocks, then anyone can. Yes, sometimes I get a craving for a cheeseburger, but the cravings are becoming fewer and farther between. Someday I will have the occasional burger or hotdog, but my goal is to eat super healthy for the rest of my life. I feel the difference and I'm sold!

NOTE: I have started another blog about my healing journey and Myasthenia Gravis. The link is up with the tabs on this page. If you are on a healing journey or searching for healthy alternatives, or if you just want to know what's going on with my healing, I hope you will join me there!
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Feeling Pretty Good

It is late spring here in Scotland. I think. The seasons run a little late here, but at the same time, the days are already long and bright. Lovely! The weather is, as usual, a bit of everything. Today it is dull and soft and wet and grey. A bit cool. A few days ago, it was quite warm and bright and sunny. Everything is blooming, so it's beautiful to see. And yes, the woods are carpeted with bluebells.

The daffodils and snowdrops, crocus and tulips, are long gone. The cherry trees are done blossoming. The apple trees still have some flowers. There are forget-me-nots everywhere. And daisies.

A person comes to life with all this growth around her. The lambs are growing like crazy, already quite big!

I am growing like crazy, too: learning and changing and growing. 

I feel quite good at the moment. There is a lot to say about this MG (Myasthenia Gravis) and how I, personally, am dealing with it...and healing from it. I think I will link to a separate place for updates and info on my own healing journey. It's not that I think I am a healing guru, not by any means. But maybe something I share might be of some little help for others who have MG. I want to say: I am completely drug free -- no pharmaceuticals at all. If you are like me, and you want to heal from within, and not rely on harmful drugs which only mask symptoms, and even those, not very well, then maybe my journey will help you. I will post a link soon. 

Meanwhile, take this day to slow down, be grateful, enjoy life. Whatever you do, find something to be grateful for. Take time to pray. Meditate. Listen. Look at whatever beauty you can find around you. Control your own mind, and follow your intuition.

If at all possible, get outside and into nature. Put your bare feet on God's ground. In the sand or grass. Rest your palms on the earth. Be thankful.

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thess 5:18
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