Andy The Swimmer

This was a cute cartoon that “Anastasia The Lifeguard” doodled of me swimming. 


She captured me doing my laps. 


Enjoying the sunshine.


Breathing in the fresh air. 


Appreciating the beautiful flowers.


Loving the pool and water. 


Thank you so much for this great picture!


(Source Cartoon: the Talented Anastasia)

Every Time I Go Mexico

Beautiful guitar band @Lake Needwood today.


First, we went for a nice kayak boat ride around the lake.


Then I couldn’t help stopping and listening to this relaxing and peaceful music. 


These guys were great–I’d pay to listen to them. 


Just a bunch of friends getting together to play beautiful music.


This is life as it should be. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Everyone Deserves A Day of Rest and Happiness


So someone I know came over to this country and literally has to work 7 days a week for months at a time!


They don’t want or need to work that much, but their employer insists that’s the way it is. 


On top of it, they don’t even get overtime for all the unbelievable hours they have to put in. 


One day, this person actually just broke down in incredible tears, just asking to get a single day off. 


Finally, finally, finally–the employer gave in–for just a single day!


The person was so happy–one day of freedom; one day to enjoy; one day to regain their inner beauty and humanity. 


I was so happy for them!


Every person deserves at least one day off per week. 


Every single one of the major religions in the world that is anchored in the Bible–Judaism, Christianity, and Islam–have a holy Sabbath as a day of rest.


There is a divine and ancient wisdom to this. 


People need a day to rejuvenate.


Everything is nature does.


Even the fields have to lay fallow every 7th year so the earth can revitalize and replenish itself. 


There is a natural cycle to things–peaks and valleys–and we need to have some rest and relaxation–to work for something and not for nothing. 


The joy on this person to just have a day off–it was so incredible and touching. 


It spoke light years to me about treating people right–just–humanly–with compassion–and doing good over evil in this world.


What does the employer need to wring an extra days work out of their employees for the rotten greed of money and profits?  


Better to care for your people, and they will be better off for it and thus to the needs of the business and its customers. 


Care for people–they are people. 


Love people–they are G-d’s beautiful children. 


Treat others as you would like to be treated. 


Let everyone have a day of rest and something to look forward to–to enjoy, to have some happiness, to get time with their family and friends, to get back to themselves, to attain a deserved and proper peace of mind, body, and soul. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)  

Steak or Peanut Butter

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Ok, so yes this is not the best looking steak and peanut butter…


But that’s not the point here.


I was talking to a workman who has a seasonal business. 


“Business is doing well,” he said.


During the busy time…they can work 80 days straight without a break. 


And also work until midnight.


But the flip side is that for many months in the year, they have very little work at all.


It’s literally feast or famine. 


As we were talking about this, he says to me:

“We really have to make it during the busy season, because that determines whether we eat steak or peanut butter the rest of the year!”


It struck me how difficult this must be too depend on a few months for how you live all the year round. 


Sure, it must be nice to have a slower season and have some rest, relaxation, and maybe some fun. 


But if, G-d forbid, you’re not earning enough to support yourself for the duration of the year and you’re stuck eating peanut butter because you can’t even afford a steak anymore, then that must be pretty darn tough. 


Just something to think about and be grateful for if you can eat what you want and when you want to. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Water Cross

This was so fun in the pool.


The water was on and it was almost like a really high-speed jet jacuzzi. 


The cool water was rushing at me and splashing in my face and it was a nice moment of relaxation and feeling of life. 


For those who have been to the mikvah, it felt refreshing and like a renewal of spirit. 


Just in jest…when I look at this, I can’t help noticing that it almost looks like Jesus on the cross. 


Except, thank G-d no nails, torture, or Roman Legion involved in this. 😉


(Source Video: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Lying Down and Looking Up

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So yesterday, we did something that is really fun for me…

It was such a magnificent sunny day out. 


The air was slightly warm, but at the same time there was a refreshing cool breeze.


We went outside, and just laid down in the wide open grass and looked up into the sky. 


I put some music on for us from the iPhone and just let it all sort of be.


There was a father and son flying this beautiful kite that looked like a huge butterfly. 


There was other people riding bicycles and running.


It seemed so freeing to be in the open space under the big blue sky. 


And to have the blessing of time and the luxury to relax a little and enjoy it. 


Thank you G-d for your mercy and wonderful gifts that you bestow on your people. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

To The Salt Cave

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So had a new experience and went to the Salt Cave in Bethesda (a second choice if you can’t get to the secret superhero crime-fighting Bat Cave).

It was a large room filled with Himalayan salt for experiencing all the spa’s “healing” effects.

Supposed to be good to breath in all the minerals infused from the pink salt “micro climate” air and also for exposure to the skin.

It was fairly dark in the cave except for some recessed lighting behind some of the salt stone walls.

The chairs were these weird beach chairs that you could recline in, but it would’ve definitely been worth it to have some fancier cushioned seating to more fully relax in and to match the spa ambiance that they were selling. 

In the background was relaxing meditation music and we were closed in the salt cave for 45-minute to enjoy the dark quiet salt effects. 

It must’ve relaxed me, because when I got home, I had a Buddha face on and took a nice post-spa afternoon nap. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

When You’re Feeling Blue…

Rescue Gum

I was intrigued by this “Rescue Gum.” 


Whole Foods carries this bright yellow-packaged gum pack (17 pieces), selling it at checkout for just $6.99.


Thinking, they should probably sell this right next to the fruit-flavored “Life Savers.”

So this gum is for stress relief, and it’s made with 5 flower remedies.


Do you believe in that? 


When I looked this gum up online, it says:


– “Keep out of reach of children.


– If pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a health professional before use.


– Excessive consumption may induce mildly laxative effects.


– Not suitable for animals.”


Okay, so if you weren’t stressed out before reading the warning on this gum, you are now, right? 


I think I’ll pass on the rescue gum, and head over to the hot bar in the back for some seitan and veggies. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)