Sunday, December 21, 2008
Another great thing about my new life away from the tropics is that I can now appreciate the solstice again. What a thrill today to think that the days are now getting longer and longer and our sun is making its way back up to our neck of the woods. For sure a day to celebrate! I love really feeling a part of this natural cycle again. The cycles were there on St. John, certainly, but verrrrrrry subtle. I would like to think of this as a rebirth for the planet and humanity, too, and all of us who are laid off and struggling having a whole new world to wake up to and a new form of life here to create. I have a feeling life as we know it is no longer and the programming of the past is obsolete. Which is a very good thing even though right now it might seem scary. So here are some beautiful beings who graced me with their presence and I am so grateful! Happy Solstice and inner peace to all!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I got solar powered holiday lights and I am so thrilled with them! There is a spot on our property that people can see down in the valley as they drive along the road. I tried one year with another type and somebody...a furry somebody...must have gotten caught up in the wires and chewed them to pieces! So that only lasted a few days. I hope these last longer! I'm not a religious celebrator of Christmas, but the lights are so beautiful.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We finally got our snow! And this (so far) has been the "perfect storm"....that kind where is is cold enough so the snow is powder and easy to shovel. And SUNNY! Now the temp is dropping and we are supposed to get high winds, drifting snow, and in the MINUS TEENS! Eeek! The dude is out snow blowing and the cats spent a few minutes at their window seats absorbing the "new world", then went back to their sprawl in front of the fire. I went out and shoveled and then took photos like mad. Check out Conehead Buddha! We got about a foot and a half of snow...I think it might even be good enough for snow shoeing! I might take my first snow shoe trek up Grizzly Trail today. I named it that because until this last summer, I had seen the trail but had decided in my head that I certainly would get eaten by grizzlies if I went that far from home. WELL, then curiosity got the best of me and I found the most beautiful overlook up there! I imagined immediately it would be a perfect goal for snowshoeing...with a thermos of vanilla cappuccino, of course. Now I will do my Google magnet thing..... personalized stone jewelry, engraved stones, river stones, Rock Steady Stone Wear, hand made Christmas ornaments, hand made Christmas ornaments,hand made Christmas ornaments,hand made Christmas ornaments!!! Peace!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I've been having a ball lately making tons of art stuff for Northwest Handmade www.northwesthandmade.com
lots of Sculpey clay Christmas ornaments and these fun Dog Bars. I have been just focusing on creating, and seeing that as I focus on what I love, the magic comes. Also, I am seeing that no matter what we "do", being human is about living with cycles. Everything on this planet has a cycle. Our emotional life runs in cycles. I need to remember to not take the down times so seriously. As my mom always tried to drum into my head, THIS TOO SHALL PASS...and it always does. So why freak out about it? Just make my art and relax and flow through it. I just wrote to my website goddess and am going to add my ornaments so keep your eye on www.rocksteadystonewear.com
for them. Or order now! They are $15 including shipping. Dog Bars are $40 including shipping. OK now I am going to do that thing where I write all my key words so Google picks up on it! Have a great day!! Go with the flow! Take yourself lightly!
Handmade Christmas ornaments! Personalized stone accessories! Stone necklaces! Stone key rings! Engraved stones! thanks!!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I went to my last (this time around) "TruSelf" seminar over in Hope on Saturday and once again, I realize that we are never "done". Life on this planet in this form is a constant shedding of layers, shedding of illusion as we get closer and closer to remembering who we really are. Once we say "I already know that" ....SHAZAM here comes another lesson so we can remember and re-learn it in a deeper way. The first big truth I ever actually "got" was "KEEP THE FOCUS ON YOUR SELF" and it is turning out to be the ONLY truth I really need to remember. Everything comes to that. Whenever we are feeling sad, mad, shameful, hurt, confused, all we need to do is look within and drop the story. We are not our story. I re-learned this on Saturday, a story that I didn't think I had the RIGHT to drop. A story that I just thought was "my burden to bear" in this life....part of me. And guess what? It's not me. It is not who I am, it is not necessary to hold on to shame. It is not our responsibility. Our responsibility is love. That's it. All the other crap is illusion. Jeez, what's next? What a trip!! ....a smart friend tells me that I need to put keywords to my website on all my blog entries because THAT is what Google picks up on so here goes...... personalized stone jewelry! engraved stones! river stones! key rings! labyrinth meditation stones! personalized stone signs! Ahh what a riot! Peace to all who read this today!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I took these photos yesterday after I planted about 12 iris around our pond. The pond is way down. Everything was wet and gray and decaying. Almost all the leaves are down and the Tamarack are almost done with their yellow show. I am in a lull business-wise...and in every other way, really. I had a great few days creating fun art items (I'll post them next) for Northwest Handmade www.northwesthandmade.com
and that is where I am happiest. Here in my sanctuary in the woods. Creating fun things in my art room. Making tea or coffee and getting on line when the paint is drying (FACEBOOK!!). Walking around our beautiful property and seeing all the animals and loving them deeply. Loving myself deeply. Then....an acquaintance on St. John drops dead of a heart attack. Bills loom over my head. No orders on my website. I throw my attention away from my wonderful core of peace and detachment, and SHAZAM! I am thinking of the future or the past and letting fear creep in. I am not in the present, I am not in my true self, I am in illusion. But sometimes it feels so real. All the tools I have learned in the past few years to let go of illusion and be "in this world but not of it" seem to be just out of reach, in the fog. Yesterday I also made a new compost bin. As I dumped our organic waste into it today, I remembered how that in the spring, all this dead stuff will be beautiful soil. With worms! And I will put it on my garden and stuff will grow in it! And as I look at these photos, and think of Dan on St. John. I remember that we all die. It is no different from birth. It's a cycle. Our bodies die and we feed the soil and then we turn into something else. The energy of our life force is only visiting this body. The leaves all decay and create new soil for more trees to grow in. Bills won't kill my spirit. Fear won't kill my spirit. My spirit waits forever for me to remember who I am, and over and over again, it says "YAY!! You're back!" I'm back. Thank you, Autumn. Thank you, Fall. Thank you, Dan.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Kairos. It has taken me a week to blog about it because there is so much that can't be explained in the written word. A 28 acre bubble of love and safety in the hills north of Spokane, Washington. Nothing but ponderosas and huge boulders. Run by Catholic nuns, Sisters Florence and Rita, who are true love personified. Dedicated to assisting in the re-discovery of inner peace, inner knowledge, no matter what the religion. (or lack of one, in my and many cases) We each get a tiny hermitage. Mine, Francis, is the most remote of all of them, however I am still close enough to the main house to feel safe and comfortable. Our retreats are in total silence, with fabulous vegetarian meals served twice daily. Breakfast is on our own, which is so perfect. Snuggle in the hut with hot tea and fruit, or take it out onto one of the endless boulders-with-a-view! For so many years on St. John I had heard about silent retreats and been intimidated by them, even though in my deepest knowing place, I knew I would do them someday. For my first one, exactly one year ago, I woke up the first morning of silence and thought I was supposed to "do" something. I wrote in my journal wondering if I was "doing it" right...and then just got a feeling of all over joy and realized it is simply about being. Not doing. Doing is about obligation. Being is about our original purpose that we have forgotten. Joy. Love. Simplicity. That's it. Since then, and on this third silent retreat, I flow into it with no expectations and no doubt. We enter and then come out of silence with a non-religious ritual, which is walking a labyrinth (see my website) and Eloiwa's www.heart-sounds.com beautiful music with her harp and crystal singing bowls (among many other instruments). During the silence I just walk, sing (yup, I let myself do whatever I want!!), talk to bugs, just be. The silent meals as a group have turned out to be the most life-altering thing for me. It is hard to imagine it before you do it, but it is TOTAL LIBERATION and a re-focusing on self. Especially for a rather co-dependent, people pleaser like myself. :) I am ready for a little longer period of silence. For the next one I might go there by myself a few days early. Here are some photos from Kairos. There will always be room if any of my out of town friends want to come to one!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As I was driving out of our road to go to my silent retreat (that will be another blog post!) the sun was shining on the Tamaracks below Roman Nose Mountain and WOW it was so stunning! I got some pics but they are rather smoky but I had to post them anyway. The Tamaracks and the other trees (mostly birch and aspen) are all changing at once this year. Last year they were staggered; Tamaracks went last. So the yellow is so intense, everywhere! I am so grateful for my life, my friends, my family, and this beautiful planet.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Last spring I was working at my art table in the guest room and saw movement out of the other window and look who it was! She hung around for a few days so we named her Matilda. They were all so tired from the insane winter. We really tried to give her space and leave her alone but she was just like...."whatever". She had the most pathetic look on her face! I so adore these amazing furry beings and the peace and joy they add to my life. But of course I also avoid getting eaten or stomped. They give me peace and joy from a nice healthy distance!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I spent this past weekend at a wonderful self-healing (among other things) seminar. www.truself.info It was an amazing, awakening experience, and it was at a beautiful home in Hope, Idaho overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Here are some photos from that location. Have a great day!!! All is well. PS I just heard a beautiful song: "All Will BE Well" by the Gabe Dixon Band
Monday, October 6, 2008
It has been raining (finally!) and on my hike today I noticed so many mushrooms. Wow they sure do grow fast. One of these days I will have to find out what the good ones are....and what the REAALLLLLLY good ones are. Heh heh. Just kidding. Just a few Juncos, too. It is a bit blurry but they sure are cute. Fall is hitting fast. There is SNOW in the forecast for the end of the week! Yikes!
I'm going to post my pics from a few weeks ago, before I had the blog. We went to the National Bison Range with our guests from Denmark, Tanya and Laurits. We drove around once and hardly saw anything. We would have had to call it the National Chipmunk Range, but the Dude is so smart and he convinced us to go around again. And LOOK what we saw! It is a beautiful place and only $5 to get in. The bull elk gathered his harem out of the creek, and walked right in front of our truck and up the mountain. They really are majestic!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
There seems to be more fall flowers this year than I have ever seen before, and many types that I have never seen. The bees are having a ball, and so am I, sticking my lens in their poor little faces! I wonder why this is? My yard looks more like spring than fall. It is truly magical.
Everybody's getting ready for winter! I went on a new hike this morning, the Dude (he's not letting me mention his name on my blog.....conspiracy theorist) and I found it last week and there are killer views! Anyway, I saw this cute little fat cheeked guy! Then I tried all sorts of close-ups and I am amazed at how well my new camera takes them. (There is a cat's tail across the keyboard as I try to type! Tito's a mama's boy.) When snow falls up in the mountains the view shot is going to be gorgeous! Now if I can just avoid getting shot by the hunters. I wish there were hunter-free zones. I am listening to Karen Drucker's music. I love her! I think her site is karendrucker.com. Have a great day! All is well.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Pam and Dan, my friends and the owners of Northwest Handmade, invited me out on their fabulous new boat for a sunset cruise. I can't believe we are still out on the lake (without a jacket!!!) at the end of September! It was simply deeeee-vine. Views of Roman Nose Mountain and the Seven Sisters were spectacular but I'm still learning this camera so my photos stunk. Oh well. They also have the 2 cutest dogs on the planet, Hunter and Peaches. It was definitely one of those "I can't believe I live here" moments. Thank you Pam and Dan!! By the way, it is supposed to be in the 70's and 80's all week. I sure do dig this!!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
After not having any seasons for 15 years, it thrills me to see the changes up here. Right now the chickadees are raiding the sunflowers that were volunteers from last winter's bird feeders. I only feed them in the winter because of bears. So after the bears go to sleep, the birds get a party! (I also did my research and they have plenty of food around here in the spring and summer) Another great fall sign is that the Stellar's Jays come back and spend the whole winter with us. They mimic the scream of a hawk and scare everybody else away from the feeder. Photos of them will be on my list this winter! Have a great day!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Well, thanks to Judy Miller (http://rareplantnursery.blogspot.com/ ) I have been talked into blogging and sharing my photos as I learn about life in the woods, with snow and seasons, after 15 years in the Caribbean! Here are my latest photos with my new camera of the fall flowers and foliage in my yard. Thank you for looking!