So, I mentioned in my previous post that I’m currently working toward making a large pledge in my process of cultivating Dao.

Well, I’m happy to say that I’m making progress! (Yay, me! lol)

Thus far, I have memorized both primary and secondary parts of one ritual. (Only four more to go!)

Thank goodness for index cards! lol

I’ve returned to a technique that many of us relied on as kids. Flashcards! The visual really seems to help me. There are even times when I am practicing that I see the words in my mind.

Hey! Use what works, right?

I’ve also made progress on my “dilemma” with regard to the “onion family” and alcohol.

One of my new friends, who is Italian and, therefore, cooks Italian food often shared her “workaround” for garlic.


I would have never considered putting ginger in our red sauce before talking to her, but last night I made “chicken” parmesan for my family.

Because many of the store-bought sauces have onion and garlic in them, I made my own sauce. (Who am I kidding??? I’ve been making my own sauce for years now! But, even if I were feeling lazy, I wouldn’t lean on the store-bought stuff, especially for that reason.)

But, I used these “chicken” patties from Aldi that I’ve recently become aware of… 

(They’re great if you want to have a “chicken” sandwich too!)

I placed them on a bed of egg-free spaghetti noodles, poured red sauce on them and liberally sprinkled mozzarella cheese on the top.

It was delicious! And my family, which was first concerned about the idea of giving up meat, loved it!

Next came my alcohol substitute.

Admittedly, I nearly “broke down” and bought a bottle of Moscato the other day. I just really enjoy it!

As I considered it more, though, I realized that it’s not the alcohol I enjoy as much as the fact that I find it to be both fruity and refreshing. Especially on particularly hot days, which we’ve had quite a few of as late. (It’s the south. Should I expect anything less? lol)

Upon Dh’s suggestion, I tried this workaround yesterday.

I took a glass, added ice, then filled it 3/4 of the way with this juice.

The other 1/4 of the glass was club soda.


I then had a wonderful fruit juice spritzer.

Fruity. Refreshing, and alcohol-free.


The lesson here, at least for me, is this…

If one really wants something badly enough, they will find a way to make it happen, and, sometimes, in the most creative way possible.

It just depends on what they are willing to sacrifice to get it.

For me? After a good deal of contemplation, I’ve realized that I’m really not sacrificing as much as I’m gaining.

But, that is only something an individual can determine on their own.

Much Love and Many Hugs to you, my friend. Until we “meet” again, may you (as always) walk in love and light.