My goal is to be a whole lot more like my dogs, able to live in the moment and just be grateful.
Smile. Listen. Care.
Ohhhh, MANDA…How are you?? 😀
I loved your post about being in a room next to all the babies. That is probably THE most healing place energy wise in the whole building!
If you are not already, I hope that you will soon be home in familiar surroundings with Violet and Jack and Jeff. 😉
On a physical level, generally the food! We used to live in a multicultural and very transient area, and there were myriad ethnic restaurants, festivals, and so on. While the cultures were often different from mine, I loved getting to experience the “flavor” of other cultures. We once attended a Greek Festival where they treated everyone who came as part of the family. It was awesome!
I grew up as the minority in a predominantly African American community, so I learned ear...
I grew up as the minority in a predominantly African American community, so I learned early to appreciate and accept difference. I now live in a predominantly white community out in the country, and I am amazed at how difference scares people into believing what just isn’t true.
Hmmm…maybe we all need to meet around the table — everyone bring a dish of their own specialty to share, and all you need is an open heart to sample something different and learn to celebrate those differences.
I find that solitude is essential to restore me, especially after a lot of interaction. In the bustle there is often benefit, but when I can just be quiet and restore my tissues, as they say, it is a blessing.
That said, even solitude must have its balance. I find that I can sometimes sink too deep into solitude, like an eel going into mud. We all need the mirrors of those around us as well as times of quiet aloneness.
I am grateful for progress. Today a load goes to the Goodwill, and with it my hopes and prayers that the items will go forth and be a blessing to those who buy them. Thank you to the staff and people who make that possible.
I am grateful for frozen red raspberries so I can make a batch of freezer jam as a special thank you to a very kind friend who came to our rescue when the truck’s fuel pump went out. I tried to get some fresh, but I just missed them, apparently.
This man also showed up a week ago with a sofa he and his wife gave us when they got a new one. It has a small spot of damage that we can likely get fixed, and it is far nicer than the one it replaces. He is in his mid 70’s and I was worried for him helping to carry it inside, but you cannot stop him from something he has his mind set on doing.
There’s no way he would take anything in return for his gifts of time, muscle, caring, or sofa, so I shall nudge my gratitude for who he is and how he gives under the radar in a way that he cannot resist — Red Raspberry is his favorite. 😀
I am so grateful for our Family of Choice. Truly we are very blessed!
The ability to care…and listen. Fresh vegetables to share from the garden. Gratitude itself, passed along to others. Encouragement. And paying attention to the lessons I am learning in a time of transition, knowing that someone else will probably need that encouragement from me one day.
Black Strap Molasses and a good B-12 supplement will also help replenish the blood. Yes, yes, I know some varieties of the former taste like hot asphalt, but it is an old remedy that does help. 🙂
Hmmmm…do you remember the context? I have a number of favorites. 🙂 I am guessing it was probably “Uncorked,” but it might also have been “An Unfinished Life.” But then I also like cartoons, so it could have been the Kung Fu Panda series. (The action may be attractive to children, but the message is much more mature and healing.)
Or I could come up with many other suggestions! What is your favorite type?
We will be cleaning out and packing up for awhile. This weekend was beautiful weather, so we made two trips down to where my friend is sharing some of her land as a nursery bed for our plants that we want to take along. We have quite a bit built up here, and it gives us wiggle room on when to sell if the plants are moved at the right time to be okay until we can move them to the new place — where ever that might be. I am very grateful to be able to do this.
So now my beloved Dra...
So now my beloved Dragon Garden is nearly devoid of its plants. Only a few remain to go later. The rest of the things we want to take will be in other loads, especially my favorite “Heart Throb” mallow that is in FULL bloom now. They are the most magnificent deep maroon, very well named.
You will be happy to know that the baby chicks are doing well and growing fast. Got to see one learning how to dust bathe as we pulled out yesterday morning, and it was SO adorable. 😀
Keep up the good healing! 🙂
Yep — each individual household is basically its own planet!!
Oh, Ursula, I know EXACTLY what you mean with feeling down when unsure of what your symptoms might foretell. I know that when a symptom comes to me that I have had in my worse days of healing from Lyme, I feel down as well, afraid that maybe it foretells something hard for me. I bet you were never so glad to have “just a virus” in your life! 🙂
Oh, 50! Wow. 😀 You are not very much older than I am. In our country, many people tend to celebrate this with black balloons ...
Oh, 50! Wow. 😀 You are not very much older than I am. In our country, many people tend to celebrate this with black balloons and “funny” things about how you are over the hill, and so on. This is not my thinking, though. I think, rather, that we are finally coming into the time of our lives when we are putting the pieces all together, healing what we can of the past, and discovering who we REALLY are. That is something to celebrate, especially if you have already faced something incredibly scary and made it through. Let that add an additional luster to your celebration!
Dogs, too! Don’t forget the dogs! All of our pack, pups and the cat who thinks he is a dog, are all quite willing to help with solitude enjoying!
I think we humans have not even scratched the surface of the outermost tip of the iceberg when it comes to what dogs can sense and do and how they accomplish it. They amaze me regularly. Each seems to have their own area of expertise, too, which is awesome.
Re the moose who woke me up — the Anatolian breed is an ancient Livestock Guardian breed who used to spend months at a time out guarding with the shepherds, in all weather, against any and all predators, often making his own ...
Re the moose who woke me up — the Anatolian breed is an ancient Livestock Guardian breed who used to spend months at a time out guarding with the shepherds, in all weather, against any and all predators, often making his own decisions on what was a danger without direction. This is why their intelligence and independence is often too challenging for folks who prefer push button dogs.
Our guy somehow senses storms before we can hear thunder or see lightning; if he comes to us for his valerian tincture and Kong with peanut butter, we know it is likely to be stronger than the little ones. I think what we are seeing there is thousands of years of instinct, purpose and knowledge in action, and it amazes me every time.
Let us know how it goes! I use a lot of Mountain Rose herbs in making my tinctures. They have top notch stuff!
39C is 102.2F.
I think you are right that light and warmth help the soul. One of the most relaxing feelings is when you sit, eyes closed, in the spring sunshine, when the air is still slightly cool, and just let that sunshine go right through you. Melllowwwwwww. 😀
If it helps any, you can think how the cooler weather has been a blessing for my husband, especially, as he drives back and forth in my truck — that has the A/C on the fritz. We traveled down to the veterinary acupuncturist last night, and I needed a blanket on me on the way home!
Even in the hot weather, he has figured out this “system” (forgive him, he is an engineer brain) on precisely HOW to position all four windows to get maximum cool with minimum disruption of...
Even in the hot weather, he has figured out this “system” (forgive him, he is an engineer brain) on precisely HOW to position all four windows to get maximum cool with minimum disruption of things blowing around. Of course, with his short hair it is easier. I still wind up arriving everywhere looking like Animal from the Muppets.
Sigh. And once again it looks sideways on my screen. Poor cat might slide off the chair!
Oh, Manda. I understand. It is a sad thing that sometimes the best someone can do is not always what we need. You are right, though, that all we can do is wish them the best. They are who they are.
When this sadness comes to me regarding my parents, I call to mind my Family of Choice, those who do love me, check on me, come to my assistance when there is need, and who are the sorts of people who will allow me do the same for them.
Know, too, that your cyber Gratitude family fo...
Know, too, that your cyber Gratitude family folks will be checking on you, thinking of you, and praying/well-wishing/holding space for you.
Even if we cannot have what we might want, it can help to remember that we have what we need. We are not alone. And we are very much Loved.
HUGS to you!!
The picture is to make you smile. It is our Anatolian looking out the slides and guarding the chickens…while the cat slumbers on. I think if a meteor hit the yard, that cat would possibly stir, raise an eyelid, say, “Meh. It missed me, it missed the cat food cupboard…no worries.” and go back to sleep!
Greetings, Anna! No holidays here, but thank you for your kind words! Things have been a bit busy, requiring research on my part, so by the time I finish that, I have been ready to close the laptop and walk away for awhile. 😀 I have thought of everyone I usually see in here, though, and missed them, so today I came in here FIRST. Today, something else can get lopped off the end instead of my visit. 🙂
Sweet Manda, you will be in my prayers. May you have a successful surgery with no complications of any kind and as smooth a healing path as possible.
With all the research on how a positive outlook influences outcome and rapidity of healing, I have no doubt you will be back soon, boompsadaisy and healing!
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