A few minutes ago I conducted a bloggy experiment. It was only moderately successful. Not a bad outcome for me, generally they are complete and total failures. So, hey. Improvement.
What I was striving for was a slideshow, an example of why we are photographically challenged and why I’ve nearly given up trying to get us all in one shot. The “fail” part was that I found out WordPress is slightly limiting when it comes to pictures and how they are displayed. Not terrible, once I learn the right tricks to making it all go the way I’d like it too. As it turns out, I CAN do this. I just can NOT do it if I want to show you any other shots. Like a card. For example.
I put the series of unfortunate views onto the Pentacle People page instead of here. Use the link, it’s easy. Then you can come back, to today’s offering of ridiculousness and absurdity. All done? Great. Now I can tell you what else happened. Here’s a hint.
Having trouble seeing through that obstruction? How about now?
In my attempt to document (for YOU guys!) every aspect of our holiday celebration, I SOMEHOW happened to drop my entire camera into a pie. Want me to say that again? I dropped my camera INTO A PIE!!! A German Chocolate CREAM PIE!!!
This, as you may well expect, caused waves of raucous* and shocked laughter from all in attendance. Mostly my brother and children. The nice thing about my family is, they waited until I had (mostly) cleaned it all off so I could get this picture, below.
*Han and I are choosing to no longer use the word “hysterical” due to its misogynistic beginnings.
They DO laugh at my minor mishaps (because come on, it WAS funny), but they are also kind and patient.
Here’s what the table looked like before we’d moved on to desserts. (Yeah, not exactly chronological, but we’ll live.)
Bryan provided the relish tray, and it was outstanding. Those are the eggs my girls decorated. Discovering that their talent in such things sort of peaked near the end of elementary school. Made no difference at all, we thought they were gorgeous and then they were delicious.
I can’t even begin to describe how amazing these smelled. They were from my brother, for Mom’s birthday. Very thoughtful. She was extremely happy, with all her gifts. And yes, surprised as well. Turned out great! (If we don’t count my camera’s wee accident.)
Last two, and then on with our message. We always share how the holiday bears and dolls are dressed, and Emmy wanted me to make sure I told everyone to look for the new bonnets (and accessories). When I took the first shot though, I realized that we maybe should go back to clean that lens one more time.
We had this happen to another camera of ours about a gazillion years ago. We thought it was a feature we had somehow activated. Turned out, it was that one of the kids had just licked it with a mouthful of something slightly greasy. We have many pictures with that “look” to them. (Have I mentioned how photographically challenged we are? On BOTH sides of the camera?)
No, you probably will never WILL meet another family like ours. Possibly for the best too.
spirituality, positive transformation, meditation.
You are being urged to embrace your shadow side. Take an inventory of all those aspects of yourself that you are afraid to show the world because you perceive them to be bad or inadequate. Meditate on these qualities. Acknowledge them, see how they serve both you and others, then love them and bring them into your heart.
When you realise that every aspect of you serves a purpose, there will be no need to deny half of who you are. Just be yourself and understand that there is nothing in your life to fix. There are simply aspects of yourself yearning to be embraced and loved.
This is a time of profound change – a time of positive transformation which will have a lasting impact on every area of your life, and to some degree, on those around you.”
Right, well I pretty much just showed you one of those “inadequate” aspects of me already today. Maybe I’ll just go grab my Quiet Three Minutes to see what else needs a good public airing.
One line in this definition jumped out at me, and I’m sure many of you noticed it as well. “Just be yourself” VERY much echos the suggestion from our recent Relationship card, about feeling comfortable in who we are, so that we may more easily feel comfortable around others. Which means, it is worth focusing on some more. With a quick inward glance, or if you can swing it, the way this card recommends, with actual meditation.
Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno