May 17, 2010, 1:34 am
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Well, we have moved over to blogger and set up our Etsy store!  Please visit us on over there

Tulsi Leaf Traders Blog

Tulsi Leaf Traders Etsy

Thanks so much!

Warm Wishes


Over here……
May 16, 2010, 4:12 am
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Okay, I have decided to switch over to blogspot.  It will be easier in adding different widgets and customizing the look of the blog.  Also, I don’t have to keep signing into many of my favorite blogs under wordpress.  I can just use my gmail.


Here is our new address.  Hope to see you over there!

The finish line
May 15, 2010, 7:16 pm
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I haven’t been blogging really well this past week.  I always think of things to update with, but we have been so busy that it just gets away from me  Last night I really hurt my back, the camera batteries are low(charging right now) and we are racing to finish pieces for our etsy store’s grand opening.  My husband has done a lot of pieces and I learned how to make earrings!  So todayI have lots of pictures to take, things to upload and captions to write.  We are very excited and hopefully this is a new adventure for us  We would like to extend a little bit of an incentive to all our blog readers.  If you buy something,or if someone you know buys something, please include the code GRANDOPENING in your purchase and we will give you free shipping.

Also, my husbands 30th birthday is tomorrow.  M and I are going to be making him a cake tomorrow morning for dinner, we need to make him a card and I think I am going to make his deities some clothes.  He had his friends from temple come over on Thursday and we had a very sweet devotee come and give a class.  She is very dear to his guru and to have her in our house was a very special thing to my husband.  The class was wonderful, and we were complimented a lot on how nice of hosts we were.  Which is quite the compliment because they stay in lots of places and with lots of people much better off than us.  So it is a testament that it’s not how much you have, it’s what you do with what you do have.

So, if I can snag a few pictures, and sit long enough in the chair to update maybe I can squeeze something nice out tomorrow, if not then Monday.  We are enjoying a 3 days weekend with my husband.  Today I have to work though, and he is going to Busch Gardens with M and his family.  I am jealous!  But I wouldn’t be able to walk around the park today and well, someone has to earn the money!

Warm Wishes!

time for me to hobble to work.

p.s.  We are thinking about shipping ourselves over to blogger.  It works better for linking things like our etsy to it, I can just sign in with my gmail account, and when I reply to most of the blogs I can just use that.  Although I really like the dashboard in wordpress, I can also customize the blog a lot better.  So maybe tonight if I am up for it I might be switching over.  I already have it set up, I just need to do it.

May 12, 2010, 9:02 pm
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I am so out of shape.  So so out of shape.  My flexibility (which used to be amazing!  I was a gymnast) is next to nill and I am huffing and puffing at the littlest amount of exercise.  I have also gained a tremendous amount of weight, all the baby weight I lost.  Well, I never gained weight while pregnant, I lost about 30 pounds after.  So, something needs to give.   I joined a gym, but I feel so uncomfortable at the gym.  The music is blaring, and it’s bad music.  It’s this tugged out hip hop and it just makes me anxious to try and relax to it.  I am thinking about canceling my membership (it’s so cheap, like 10 a month) but my husband is urging me not to.  I never use it though!

But I want to get my flexibility back, my strength back and my confidence back.  So I was thinking about doing some yoga, though I have NO clue where to start.  Right now we are to tight on money to pay for a class, so I have been searching out free online videos.  I know how to do a sun salutation, but that is all.  I have no clue what type of yoga would be best for me, what sequences to do and just generally what the heck should I try!

Anyone have any suggestions?

Warm Wishes.

Summer, already?
May 12, 2010, 8:41 am
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It’s May, and it’s already 90 degrees here with a lot of humidity.  I bet you are all jealous.  Probably not.

One of the strange things about living in Florida is how unaccustomed you get to whatever cold we get.  Normally, the cold that we DO get is very slight, and a lot of you northerners would laugh at me when I say I am freezing and it’s only 50 degrees.   We never really have to worry about covering our plants and frost?  What frost?  Well this year we got some severe cold weather.  So severe that everything died.  Everything.  You drive around my town and where there used to be lush vegetation, it’s all different shades of brown.  Even the Jacaranda’s aren’t as pretty(that reminds me, I need to get a picture of those, it’s amazing to see huge big trees full of purple flowers.  And when they fall off it looks like purple snow on peoples driveways and lawns) or as full this year.  On our property we had some really beautiful trees and bushes. A great big staghorn fern that sits in our grapefruit tree is half dead.  We had a 6 foot tall Gardenia bush.  It completely died.  Normally you can just cut them back and in a few weeks they will come back, our hibiscus did, but the Gardenia is just gone


so sad to lose that bush

All that green over top?  Oh those are VINES.  We are constantly fighting these vines.  Granted we haven’t gone and done crowd control in a few months since everything died, but this is just crazy.  You see that twiggy hole in the middle?  that is where my beautiful Gardenia tree used to be.  Every morning I would go outside and smell the most amazing smell.  Now, it’s gone.  I am SO sad.  Although it looks like we have some new green growth at the bottom coming up from the floor.  I hope that it is another bush.  I hope.  When I took this picture I had been hacking branches for a half an hour.  Husband had to finish up so that I could cook dinner.

Yesterday we started the garden work with the front yard.  We hacked and trimmed and pulled and raked.  Our arms where so sore, but our front yard looks so nice!


Husband is such a good helper.  Or maybe I am the good helper?  I prefer supervisor.  I have some insane allergies that prevent me from touching to much brush.  I can do clipping and some raking, but when it comes to picking it up, I just can’t.   The asthma attack that would ensue from it is not worth it.   But I did a lot of clipping with our new clippers.  They cut like a hot knife through butter!

The whole family came out, even Stingy!


oh!  don’t look at my terribly old beat up car!  That was my car I bought when I was 18.  I’m 30 this year.  She has served me well!!!

We are working with Stingy to be off leash around us in the front yard.  She is doing really well, but we couldn’t be on our toes to keep her under control, so we leashed her.  I feel it is better to be at ease and really aware when working with her than half there.  We couldn’t ask for a better family member in Stingy.   She is loving, loyal and listens.  Well most of the time!


even helped us plant some flowers.  Then tried to eat then while I was not looking.  Naughty!

The one thing I really love about working outside as the sun goes down is how quiet things get.  How calm the day becomes.  You can almost hear the earth starting to settle down for the night.  The wind changes a bit and the air gets cooler.  The light dims and the bird songs change.  There is something to be said about getting your hands into the dirt and working hard.  Makes a person sleep better.  Goddess knows I need it!

Warm Wishes!

May 9, 2010, 9:52 pm
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Happy Mothers Day, everyone.

I am just waiting for my daughter to get home from her Nanny’s house, she spent the night.

Hope everyone had a great day!

Warm Wishes

May 6, 2010, 8:37 am
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Chanting japa like her papa!

M tries to be like Papi in every way possible.  She is of that age that Papi is her super hero.  And why not?  He is a lovely, good person to look up to.   One of her favorite things that he does is chant japa.  Back when I used to go to temple with my husband, I was given a bead bag and some japa.  I never got into the chanting, but always kept the bag.  A few years ago M saw my bag and wanted it.  So I gave it to her.   I found it neat to see her toddling around at 18m old with her hand in the bag, shaking it and chanting. While I was taking this picture she was instructing me how to do it.  And let me tell you, she does it properly.   My husband was so proud to see her her it.  All she wants in this world is to make her Papi smile.  How wonderful.

My husband is also very excited.  The week after next his Guru is coming to Orlando to stay.  The last time he saw Guru was when he was initiated a few years ago.  He is hoping to gain second initiation.  It is going to be a fun family day trip.   I am very excited for both him and my daughter.  M is very eager to meet Papi’s guru.


sorry about my messy hand writing.  my favorite pen ran out of ink!

I am weird about pens.  They have to have a certain feel or my hand writing just goes out the window.

So we are doing to do lists.  This to do list is hanging on the hanging board we have in our kitchen.  We have many many things that we want to get done, but sometimes we lack the motivation to do it.  Maybe seeing it on paper, every day when we wake up will motivate us.  After reading it, I noticed how much of an exciting life we live.

Well, the last thing on the list makes it exciting, hehe.

Take Care!