The last day of 2020.
The whole world has been to go through an upheaval year.
This America has had the most Covid 19 virus-infected in the whole world;19,455,045 cases and 350,778 death was reported so far.
The sad year of 2020.
Not Pandemic related, but I have had my own painful experienced this year.
I have been meditating every day more mindfully observe and purified my mind to see the blight side.
I’m ready for the new year of 2021.
Christmas weekend, Eric and I went to North Fork, California (near Yosemite) with our six dogs and two cats family.
For the first time, we just did not do much, ate, slept, did meditation, walked in nature, and watched Netflix.
We came back to Santa Monica and we had lots of rain three days ago.
It was a beautiful day today.
Looked at the sky and felt sunlight.
I spent a slow relaxing time and just planted shallots in the planter on the rooftop garden.
Usually, I feel I needed to plant much more after rain, but it was just shallots and I was satisfied and relaxed.
I am learning to do much less.
Animal family is also relaxed when I am relaxed.
I am grateful for this relaxing last day of 2020.
Grateful to have health and welcome 2021.
Grateful to Eric and the animal family to live with me.
Grateful to family, friends who support my soul.
Grateful to my garden, trees, flowers, plants, and birds.
Grateful to sky, sun, moon, ocean, mountain, and nature.
Grateful to be able to write this blog.
Grateful to people who read my blog.
Grateful to 12 steps program.
Grateful to Vipassana meditation.
Grateful to macrobiotics practice.
Grateful to myself.
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
I want to introduce a tasteful new year mocktail (none alcohol cocktail) with elderberry which I love to make tea and introduce on my blog before
I am in 12 steps program and sober for almost 36 years so I am looking forward to drinking this special mocktail to enjoy.
New Year Elderberry Mocktail
Makes 1 drink
- Peach juice
- Infused elderberry and white grape juice (*see below how to make)
- Lime juice
- Fill a champagne flute or a glass about halfway with peach juice.
- Gently pour infused elderberry and grape juice over the top to create layers of color.
- Add a squeeze of lime juice to add.
Pro Tip: Using a spoon to catch the initial splash helps to maintain the two-tone color.
*Infused Elderberry and White Grape Juice
Makes 6-8 drinks
- 8 ounces organic white grape juice
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup dried elderberries, to taste
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup dried lemon peel, to taste
- Put all ingredients into a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Heat to approximately 200°F, just before boiling.
- Remove from heat, cover with a lid, and let infuse for 30 minutes.
- Strain the grape juice into a separate pint jar.
- Store infused-grape juice in the refrigerator—it should be used within 5 days.
Recipes source from https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/elderberry-bellini