Where is My Mojo

Ditching the bike ride this morning

In Triathlons on January 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I ditched the bike this morning for a visit to an organic veggie garden with The Dude. I was under the belief all day yesterday that I would be able to accomplish both, but the Dude wanted to leave the house by 8am. So going for a 7:30am ride with my coach and team mates was out of the question.

I wanted to come by to see this place because The Dude had told me how wonderful it was and how amazing it was to be able to pick your own veggies. He thought the experience was great. He was going to volunteer and I was coming along to help as well.

The Dude is on a quest of healthy eating and cooking. Everything organic. He’s a vegetarian in progress, and not because I influenced him. I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t try convert people. I live and let live, because at the end it’s whatever works for you!

The garden is located in what is called in Miami “Horse Country”, and when we got there we were greeted by Brent, a man filled with so much energy it makes him have a continuous smile on his face. He’s on a natural high, with a passion for what he does and with the desire of bringing a community together. He made this garden and it is beautiful. In three months time he made it to what it is now. And still has more plans of extending it.

Our first task of the morning was to clean up an area that was filled with rubbish. I thought we were going to be planting, or something like that. “Hard” labor was not on my plans for a Sunday morning. But it felt good to be able to help rescue the land from plastic bottles, metal tubes, a hoses, a carpet (yes, a carpet), and many other things, including a metal outlet cover I brought home with me. We were a team of 7 or 8 people and in no time we had finished our task and were ready for a break, which was filled with plenty of conversation, water and watermelon. After that, we cleaned up the road entrance to the garden, from debris and the infamous air potatoes. While we worked, Brent kept us entertained, answering questions, talking about his plans, sharing his energy with us…

As payment of our work, we were giving permission to pick veggies from the garden and fill up to two bags. This is when the “experience” The Dude was talking about started. Each of us were armed with clippers and our bags, so off we went cutting lettuce leaves, cilantro, broccoli, and you name it. To me it was challenging as I had no clue what was what. It’s not the same seeing a broccoli at the supermarket, then seeing it in it’s original environment. And there’s where I began clipping off, on the broccoli as it is one of the main ingredients to Socrates’ (a.k.a. Pocho, my dog) diet. Pocho was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, and after his reaction to the first chemo session, I decided that I would prefer for him to live two healthy and happy days, than six months of torture. However, I changed around his diet, which consists of baked salmon, raw venison meat and veggies (mainly yellow squash and broccoli). And with the addition of some supplements and healing energy work (Reiki and Shamanism) this little guy has been in remission for the past 4/5 months, has no tumors (he was filled with them) inside his body and is as playful and happy as ever. The only RX he receives is Prednisone, which we are now in the process of eliminating. I continue to give him the same diet, and maintain positive thoughts so that thing never comes back into our lives.

Back to the garden… I cut off small quantities of veggies and herbs, because I’m not a cook, and am not into cooking, so I was afraid they would all go to waste in my fridge. I took the amount I knew I would consume. But when I got to the rosemary, and smelled it, I had to take several of these little branches. I couldn’t stop smelling them. And after putting them in my bag, I smelled my finger tips and the scent went right through me and made my eyes teary. I got emotional. Yes. I know. It was WEIRD. Getting emotional over rosemary is definitely weird. But that scent filled me up inside and awoke something there that I can not explain. I had to call The Dude, and as he approached me I placed my fingers next to his nose, but he didn’t seem very amused. I, on the other hand, was on a rosemary high I didn’t want to get out of. Same thing happened with the lavender, with the only difference that I’ve always loved lavender. The scent coming out of the leaves as I touched them, was amazing. I’m seriously thinking of making some kind of home fragrance or oil using rosemary and lavender… not necessarily mixed together. My only doubt with the rosemary is that I might end up smelling like a salad, or some main entry.

I might’ve ditched the bike this morning, but this was, as stated by The Dude, like strength training. So at the end, I did get somewhat of a workout, a sunburn and sweated out a lot of stuff, even mentally!

Thank you Dude for making me a part of your passions! Thank you Brent for sharing this piece of heaven with us!

P.S.: If I regret something now, is not clipping off more rosemary and lavender!!!

  1. Through the rosemary you were able to connect with the garden, nature & the universe. ❤

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