quejimenez Morning Light. || Almost there. We are almost done with renovating the kitchen. The wait, the sore muscles, the "no free weekends or week nights" had started to wear on me. Grad school work continues, homeschooling begins next week, teaching my fiction class begins a week later, the garden needs to be prepped for Autumn/Winter, and there is that blog I dream of updating daily. I was frustrated with the weight of it all this past weekend. The never ending train of work, aches/pains, the something is always being neglected. But this morning, after another late night of work, I found peace in the morning light. I can see how far we've come. I'm reminded I didn't want a perfect, "show" kitchen. I wanted a clean, airy, bright space to make good food for my family, to cook and watch the garden while I work out poems and novel details in my mind, a place to dance (because I dance a lot while cooking, no really, it's like this thing with me). This morning I see I'm almost there. Floors, more wall organization, a range hood, art/photography, knobs on the cabinets and baseboards, and we are there. In the meantime, I'm going to remember to be a bit more kind to my and E's bodies. To go on neighborhood walks, cook pies and other homey meals, and dance like crazy on that ugly linoleum floor. 2d

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quejimenez Peach Pie. || What better way to celebrate my father's life. I think he would have enjoyed the taste of summer giving way to fall. Summer peaches, warm autumn spices, a hint of vanilla and apple. The house smells like a loving celebration. 3d

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quejimenez Happy Born Day Daddy! || Wherever you are, enjoying ether, I hope you remember your short 26 years on earth and know you were and still are so very loved. || Is not my daddy and grandmother the most beautiful pair? I see my son in that handsome, little rascal, and see my daughter in my grandmother. My, how beautiful is she! Miss them two greatly. 3d
  •   quejimenez @1countrylovinmomma Thank you! Yes, we do! So sorry for your loss. It is a large hole that never gets filled. Hope you have the solace of sweet memories to salve your heart. 3d
  •   quejimenez @she_beat LMBO! Yes!! Those stories too! The last thing he said to me was how much he love her and how good she took care of him. And yes, we need to have operation, steal photos! lol I'm trying to work on our family tree, but finding Granma's information is so hard. Aunt Karen said There is a whole family tree on the Clark's, but I can't locate it. Do you know Kermit? on Grandma's side? 3d
  •   she_beat Yea I need love like grandma and grandpa . That love that last forever ♡♡ I remember hearing the name but I dont remember who he is @quejimenez 3d
  •   fedricka @quejimenez no didn't get a chance to. We went semi camping with one of Emilio's coworkers this past weekend 3d
  •   quejimenez @she_beat He's a cousin on Grandma's side. I think he is the one who organizes all the family reunions and stuff. Or did. I'm not sure either. Aunt Karen just told me that he has done all the work of tracing the Clark family. I'm determined to map our family all the way back. But yes, their love was pure magic! You will have it. 3d
  •   quejimenez @fedricka Okay...don't know why I thought I had missed a call while we were working. I must have dreamt it. My psyche telling me we're due for a convo. Did you all feel the quake? Hope all is well for you all. 3d
  •   she_beat Ohhh ok now I remember but I dont remember his face 3d
  •   quejimenez @she_beat I've gotta track him down. lol 3d

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quejimenez Drywalling. || Wish I had my hands outside digging in the earth, but these holes aren't going to fill themselves. I'm focused on getting all the large holes drywalled, painted, and my shelves up before tonight, tomorrow? But the green, the green over my shoulder is calling. 5d

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quejimenez Diversity. || We need it in our diets and gardens, our country, our cities & neighborhoods, our organizations of power and authority, the distribution of wealth, health care, and access to education, and throughout the world. So much of the world's current turmoil and suffering stems from the lack of empathy, compassion and love. As a whole, we're loosing our humanity as we fail to see each other as human. These are all in the Nightshade (Solanaceae) Family, just as we are all a part of the human family. Ferguson is deeper than Black & White, it is also about power, authority, and human rights, which all boils down to Empathy, Compassion, and Love for your fellow human brother and sister. Cultivate empathy, compassion, love and goodwill in your life towards others--it will go plenty far in what we will collectively reap as a nation, as a civilization. Let your pain, anger be turned into a voice of love. #onelove 1w

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quejimenez Planning. || Had a breakthrough in how I think about and approach gardening in my zone. My heart is set on this year's Autumn & Winter garden reaping the benefits. I'm planning, prepping and eager to buy new seeds. What will you grow this autumn/winter? 1w

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quejimenez Mint. || In bloom. Writing and gardening has taught me to slow down, get close to things and listen. Who would ever believe a tiny mint flower has purple stripped dots at the end of it's stamens. I can only imagine what the bees see each morning. What colors and shapes they've seen, oh, I think, the paintings they could paint. 2w

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quejimenez Favorites. || I know it's not nice to play favorites, but these colors in my hand are all of everything. Someone tell me how Nature mixes her palette. Clouds? Wind? Soil? Or do the ladybugs come through at night with the praying mantis, trying to one up the bees and dragon flies. Who paints these wild colors? || Time for me to go shower and wash my locs...ants were all. over. me. || Are those purple tomatillos and tomatoes not rocking your world too? 2w

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quejimenez Friday Night Harvest. || We've worked for hours, and hours (10+). Finished the California Native garden, pulled a full trash bin of weeds from the vegetable garden, and started pruning/prepping for our autumn/fall garden. After a long week holed up inside doing homework, it felt good to get dirt under my nails again. And this rainbow of fruit...my word. 2w

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quejimenez Plant: Upland Cotton. || This morning I read poems to the cotton balls yet to come. She stores all the words in her star mint leaves, so later I might weave a poem to cover the cacti growing through my ribs. 2w

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quejimenez Como Cuates. || This evening my sky-long husband instructs our nimble, thinly stretched son how to move his bones to care for the earth. They toil, como cuates, their long-limbs, and shuffle boat shaped feet, reflecting cowlicks that bend like elbows in the white blue yawning sky. || Hard to concentrate on homework when these two, tonight, keep shouting love and gratitude to my heart, while the chill in the air keeps licking my bare arms, Autumn winking coyly. 2w

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quejimenez Slow Lightening. || This afternoon Corral's rich poems, cold ice cubes, plans to make peach pie, and an impending, long weekend comfort me. 2w

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quejimenez Blooming Sonnets. || Black Eyed Susans, sonnets, summer dusk breezes whispering to my arms as the sun yawns behind the moon. Today I heard two sonnets, managed to still myself the 14 hours it took to birth them into words. Tonight, I tell myself, if I fill my belly with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom tea, more sonnets will come, the birth will be easier. #fool 2w

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quejimenez Write again. And again more. || You'll drown in silence. Come what may of the pain, have the courage to claw out your body and birth your own soul. This writing work is painful, but silence is death; I live. Today I fight for every word; my poems, temples bare scars. || Plant: Sunflower. 3w

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quejimenez Sweet Tomato & Tomatillo Tart. || No matter how neglectful I've been the past 4 months, the garden continues to nurture and feed us. This tart is well over a couple pounds of roasted heirloom tomatoes and tomatillos, and we still have more. These were so sweet and juicy I couldn't keep E or the kids from snacking on them. Makes me think roasted tomato jam should happen. Soon. I'm anxious to slow down, settle into an easier routine, replenish and care for the soil, and get baking/cooking again. However anxious for slow times, I'm also deeply grateful for what I have and where I am now. 3w

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quejimenez Love Apple. || Woke this morning to this beautiful, full basket of red sun love E picked and left for me. The last few days have been some of the darkest I've ever endured, but these love apples bring me hope that love salves. There are always new days, a pocket of peace within us even when all falls down. Perhaps a lovely love apple tart or pie will soothe what ails. 3w

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quejimenez Petals + Leaves = Peaceful, Restorative Art. || Grateful for all the hard work my body did the past few days, but today I'm slowing down, spending some time cuddling and physically repairing/recovering with my soul mate. I've started a weekly ritual of resting on Mondays, and slowly transitioning into the week's work of writing/reading intensely. Life requires care, balance, periods of work along with periods of rest. We do ourselves the best good when we love and care for ourselves. Wishing you all a beautiful Monday and productive week ahead. || Plants: Mint, Thyme, Echinacea, Sunflower, Chive Blossoms, Chamomile, Heliotrope, and Calendula. 3w

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quejimenez Flash Flood. We literally just walked in from planting. I could feel the storm coming. It is POURING, thundering, and lightening. 4w
  •   execumama Wowzers!! 4w
  •   raqmayoral I'd be dancing in it. it was much needed!! 4w
  •   damika12345 🌳🌳🌳🌳🌲 4w
  •   artist_mochasolsista Ion't do thunder and lightning. No sir re bob! 4w
  •   quejimenez @execumama Right! @raqmayoral We'd been planting in it all weekend! Enjoying the drops, but this was serious sis! The sky was black and purple, we literally watched/felt it roll in. @damika12345 Yes! My plants will love it! @artist_mochasolsista Yeah, I had to come in when the sounds and lights started rolling in. All the neighbors went inside where we'd all been out before. 3w

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quejimenez Muggy Saturday Life. || While we work digging holes in hard, clay soil they read, water plants when we finally get one in the ground, or help cart weeds to the trash. It's slow, grueling work for us, but great reading time for them. We'll surely be sore and aching tomorrow. They'll still be reading, enjoying the last month of summer they have left. 4w

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quejimenez Summer Storm. || A light storm cell just passed. As much as our parched land needs the water, it was not the best timing for us. We were right in the middle of replanting our front yard, when the clouds started to laugh. I braved it for at least 30-45 minutes, then eventually went in to snack and wait for it to pass. Now the air is heavy with the scent if wet earth. So lovely. || Plant: Purple coneflower (Echinacea) 4w

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