Play it, Jen

Every good movie has a piano player somewhere in the background--
sometimes seen, usually unseen.
Seldom really noticed.
The feeling, the very soul of a scene, is created by that person tinkering at the keys.
It has been said, "All the world's a stage."
Well then...Play it, Jen.

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Location: Over Yonder, Missouri

I'm a California Native transplanted to the Missouri Ozarks. I've learned how to chase cows in high heels and load hay faster than you can say "Coco Chanel." These are some of our pictures and stories of living in a land with breath-taking beauty and adventure around every bend.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's a boy!

and his name is Squiggy! :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

We have a new baby!!!!

Shirley had a calf!!! I went out today to change the cows to a different pasture. I moved their big galvanized water trough, all the bricks that go under it, and their feed trough. I thought it was funny that the cows didn't come up, they always come up when they hear me banging around in the shop.
I took a bucket of pellets down to entice them through the gate into the new pasture. LaVerne (excuse me, AUNT LaVerne) came over but Shirley stayed on the other side of the pond and wouldn't come. Something didn't look quite right. Then I realized there was a little beltie at her side!
We don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet. We're building a corral for Family Home Evening tonight! We is country folk now!

Mini Oreo

Mini Oreo

Oreos in triplicate

Friday, March 07, 2008


Jing Luo (Channels and Collaterals | Meridians and Sub-Meridians)

--Jing Luo are the main channels of communication and energy distribution in the body.
--Link interior Zang Fu organs with various tissues of superficial areas of the body. In this way they allow for internal adaptation to external change.
--They connect different superficial areas of the body.
--The Jing Luo are more external (and more Yang) than the Zang Fu Organs. When pathogens penetrate the body from the Exterior, they usually penetrate the superficial channels and then the main channels and finally the Zang Fu Organs.
--Jing Luo cover the entire body.

Every part of the musculoskeletal system is related to a main meridian and its associated sub-meridians.
Via the main channel, every part of the body associated with a given internal Organ can be affected by imbalance in that Organ.
Example: The Bladder channel: connects the small toe, lateral aspect of foot and ankle, posterior aspect of leg, buttocks, sacroiliac and dorsal region, occiput, vertex, central frontal region and inner canthus of eye.

Knowing the pathway of the channels, we can make connections in symptoms as diverse as itchy eyes, occipital headaches, lumbar pain and spasms in the gastrocnemius. For example, the Heart channel begins in the axilla and ends on the small finger. It has long been noted in western biomedicine that in the case of myocardial infarction, the pain often travels along this channel. TCM provides a link between this external muscular pain and an imbalance in the associated internal Organ.

We have 12 bilateral Meridians. The two special vessels (the Conception Vessel and the Governor Vessel) are not bilateral. They are singular channels, which follow the midline of the body, one in front and one on the back.

There are a number of ways in which the Primary Meridians can be classified. One method is to classify them into two groups, according to their polarity of Yin and Yang. The Chinese determined that some of the Meridians are predominantly of Yin energy, and some are predominantly of Yang energy.

The Primary Meridians are also grouped together in coupled pairs, each Yin meridian being coupled to a specific Yang meridian. The pairs are coupled according to the table above, i.e., Lung with Large Intestine, Spleen with Stomach, Heart with Small Intestine, Kidneys with Bladder, Pericardium with San Jiao, and Liver with Gall Bladder.

Another way of classifying the Meridians is based on the main location of the Channel and its terminal point. Six Meridians are located on the upper portion of the body, and start or end on the fingers. The other six Meridians are located on the lower portion of the body and end or start at the toes.

The Chinese determined that the energy flows from one meridian to the next in a continuous and fixed order. It flows from meridian to meridian in a two-hour cycle, making the complete circuit once a day.

This cycle is known as the Horary cycle. As the Qi makes its way through the meridians, each meridian in turn, with its associated organ, has a two-hour period during which it is at maximum energy. The Horary Effect is recognizable by measurable increases of Qi within an organ system and meridian during its time of maximum energy. (Qi is, of course, present within every organ system all the time; its level simply fluctuates according to the Horary Cycle.)

Just as each organ system has a waxing and waning two hour period of maximum energy on the Horary Cycle, there is also the minimum energy effect of the organ on the opposite, side of the cycle, 12 hours apart. An example of this is that while the Lungs have maximum energy from 3-5 AM, the Bladder on the opposite side of the table is at its minimum energy level, 3-5 PM. Qi begins entering the Lungs at 3 AM, and has reached its maximum concentration in the organ at 4 AM. By 5 AM it has done its tonification and repair work and is moving into the Large Intestine channel.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Froggy Cakes!

I made these cupcakes for our New Beginnings program with the girls last night. There was a whole "herd" of 'em on trays on the table. I didn't get a pic of that but this one little survivor made it to get his pic taken. We had a "FROG" theme and I thought these--along with chartruce (sp?!) juice would be perfect. One of my girls had her wisdom teeth extracted the day before so we teased her that we'd put her frog in a blender and then she could just drink it...

A Joe and his cats

David's Tongue

Don't ask...