Ciao for now

A happy Place

A happy Place

Going to our Happy Place to relax, rejuvenate and take in the energy of mountains and water.

Sacred Waters

Sacred Waters

This is where we will go to every day to refresh our souls… for me a sacred place, one that brings me back to balance.  See ya when we get back with some new pictures.  Namaste’

Where to shop

where to shop

where to shop

Have you ever wanted to get out of the box you’ve enclosed yourself in?  Our outer appearances can be misleading to the world..  hiding behind blandness..   Are you moderate in your dress, blend into the background… or are you loud, screaming out to the world, “look at me??”

Most of the times, I blend. Casual dress, bordering on the sloppy at times.  I dress to work and for comfort.  Paint stains live on a  lot of my clothes and I get to the point where I need to go out and shop!  Buy something fresh, a bit edgy, different, artsy…. cause a head to turn.  There have been times (many times in my youth) I have “screamed” out loud with my clothing… it can be fun.    More often than not, I blend.

After I doodled this, I saw that there are two and possibly three critters off to shop.. and I wonder which clothing store they’ll choose.  Choose something different, create your own fashion statement… but don’t let it sit in your closet either 🙂

Full Moon Challenges

What is it with Internet Explorer anyway…. I know others out there have had a problem and it has been giving me grief.  I went in through netscape.. but lose my “favorites” this way.   I have the day off.. kind of… car is in the shop and I’m finally finishing up the chair for a client.

It’s a drizzly sort of day, so it helps to keep me in…  I think I’ll try “restore”.. and then firefox download.  IMG_2274Maybe it’s just the Universe forcing me to be open to new things… try something new. Change.  Explore.  Stretching beyond the predictable routine I find myself in.

This full moon was in my 5th house.. house of  creative expression.  With that in mind, I’ve decided to explore those possibilities.. move into another direction.  On that note.. I’m going into the art room 🙂

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There are some advantages to my “summer job”.  It is the environment.  There are a few camps and long ago I decided to work at this location.  It’s in a park next to a lake.  When I first began teaching art at camp, the groups were small.  I had a small craft hut with some picnic tables right outside.  A small zoo right behind the craft hut.  Peacocks, rabbits, donkey, pigs…  One of the  guys that took care of the park would gift me with peacock feathers that would be shed. 

Zoo is long gone, as is the craft hut.  Now I’m under a large tent that sits besides the lake.  When the heat rises, the kids out of control.. I go to the swans.  Sometimes I spend some of my lunch just watching.  Last year I was focused on a catepillar that kept coming into the art tent.  This year it’s the swans.

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We  chat.. I protect them from junk food and stuff thrown over the fence as best I can.  It is calming and I’ve collected a few of their feathers.  My mandala friend Sue created a beautiful mandala from some that I sent her… take a look… http://sacred-circle-mandalas.blogspot.com/

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and then the butterfly visited, sitting in the middle of the geese and swans, allowing me to take it’s picture as well………

Frog in Cancer Moon 10th House

frog medicine card

frog medicine card

Meditation.. quiet moments are key for me.  Working on mandalas, journaling in a book, sitting quietly and at times, choosing from a deck of cards.. these are my tools for digging up that which is below the surface… What needs to be uncovered, to be brought to light, so I can see clearly my direction.    Those AHA! moments when it finally becomes clear, are the growth spurts I relish.

As I have been reading  on various sites about the Cancer New Moon and interpreting it for myself,  I sat to journal. 

This new moon is in my 10th house.  House of career.  I have been given a lot of work lately.. various jobs, some pretty challenging and they keep coming in.   The problem lies in letting go of them… it’s all piling up!  Now I have unfinished work… waiting to be completed and why is it not being “completed”????  

This is where that Cancer moon comes in.  My father was a Cancer and I looked at him as the PERFECTIONIST!   I inherited that trait.  And the problem with that is… is anything ever really perfect?   Damn!  I try………. So this aha moment of what wants to be released – let go of-  is the need for perfection.  Perfection keeps things stagnant.. I can’t move on.  I need to say, “enough” and let it go.

Frog has been visiting me lately.  And today, that is the card I chose… Pay Attention, as he is bringing me a message.   Frog represents cleansing.. bringing in the rains.  How appropriate.  It’s been raining here for weeks.. (has NY become Seattle?)  and it has been that my mind has become very muddy.  Too much to do, too much to think about: on overload.   Too many distractions and unable to focus…

 Frog calls for cleansing, taking some time to refresh, renew my soul.  In order for me to feel this, I need to let go of stuff.  Inner stuff, outer stuff… say it’s done and let it go.

Then maybe the sun will come out 🙂

Blue Doe

Blue Doe

When I was young I loved the million dollar movie, The Thief of Bagdad.  I love when he found the blue rose, his adventurous and treacherous search for it to prove his love.   I am always aware of something of the quality of the blue rose.   Whenever I see something unique in color, it draws me in.   So while cleaning up at Margaret’s house, I came upon this blue glass doe.  I was making room on the table and moved it off to a shelf… and it stayed on my mind for a week!

Last week, my mother-in-law said if there was anything I wanted.. to take it.  I felt funny doing this with the exception of art supplies.  I was told to take any art supplies I found :-)…. so when this came up again, I said there was one thing I’d like to have and went to get the doe.

She laughed because it wasn’t Margaret’s but her’s.  She said she brought it downstairs with the intention of getting rid of it.  She said she thought I was going to ask for something of value.

This is what gave me food for thought… the things we value.  This doe is unique..  and my mom affectionately calls me Doe, or maybe when she wants a favor ….  so it has value to me.  A symbol of uniqueness.  The symbol that says I am a unique individual, no one else like me and to value my gifts, my special qualities that make me, Me…. as it goes with all of us.

Each of us has special qualities that make us “individual, unique” beings… This is my reminder when I feel that lack of confidence, or unable to get clear about my path.. it doesn’t matter.  Just being here is enough as long as we are being true to our higher Self.  Once we connect, we know what to do.  We walk our path effortlessly  (not to say there are no challenges)… just that we know the direction to take.

The last few weeks, I have been hit with all sorts of projects.. some under the guise that they were easy.  Well, no they weren’t so easy, but I persevered anyway… and learned a lot about myself during the process and isn’t that what it’s all about?  Learning and growing into ourSelves.  Knowing what to leave behind and what wants to be more in focus or  improved upon and what brings about the most joy.

Find the joy… Then it does become easy.

A reflection

releasing...letting go

releasing...letting go

As I am packing up Margaret’s clothing, finding art supplies.. some still packaged, tags dangling from clothes, stuff unworn, perhaps saved for a special occasion, I see myself.   It is a mirror.  I see myself here as the “collector”.  Her clothes will go to someone who can use them and her supplies won’t go unused by me or my students… but it won’t be used by her.  How many times have I myself  bought something… “just in case” or for later on.. or because it was a deal too good to be missed…. and it sits…. waiting to be used or worn.

Sometimes, it never does get used.   The perfect project is sometimes too far in the future and that special paper ends up tattered instead.  The dress goes unworn because you gained weight… no longer useful.   And then there is the “buy it because you may not find it again” logic.  That comes from my mom. 

My brother didn’t inherit this mindset though.  He comes from the different end of the spectrum.  Nothing has a chance to gather dust.  Out it goes.  There are no “leftovers”!

Now, I do know better.  I really do.  Experience has PROVEN that it provides when the time is right.. or ripe.  Why pluck the fruit before it is ready, just because you think you might need it later.   The awareness is there.  It is in the forefront of my consciousness.  It has smacked me in the face actually.. this time a bit harder and deeper.  A mirror has been put up before me.  It says, “use this stuff.. or give it away”.

Let it go. 

Nature provides us with wisdom.  It has no problem with letting go.  I took a walk yesterday to a neighbor’s garden.  Those poppies were finishing up.. they need to let go in order to leave their seeds.  We need to let go in order to make room for something new.  A new flower.  Death includes life.

Transformation.  Change.  Allowing.  Growing. Life’s lessons. 

We learn… and then we do the laundry.

A new door has opened

For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to get my blog back.. so here I am.  Something new to figure out and I just may try to bring my blog from blogger over here.  But first I need to figure it all out.  I am persistent and will figure out a way.  If one way doesn’t work, well, one must rethink – come about it through another path.  I chose this mandala, because there are infinite possibilities.  We cannot solve the problem with the same mind that created it.. one of those Einstein quotes :-).. So… wish me luck. Mercury is still retrogradeInfinite Possibilities

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