This had to have been the easiest leaving-of-Hanna for me in the history of forever. She’ll be back next week! (For an uber-quick drive-by dog drop, but still….) Dan took her to the airport while I went out for some two-wheel therapy.
It was hot today, but I’m apparently now accustomed enough to our version of heat that it’s no different from any other day. I just went on my regular five mile Route and enjoyed being out. Last night the girls and I spread blankets on the front deck so we could comfortably watch the meteor showers. It was our own personal tribute to Karen, who used to drag all the mattresses out into her field and sleep under the stars throughout the summer.
In yesterday’s comments Karen Buys shared her feelings with a wonderfully descriptive version of this process my family and I (and many others) are going through:
“Grief to me feels like a big jagged rock just fell into the river of my life. The water needs to find a way around and it hurts like hell when you bump into it. Over time the water wears down the jagged edges of the rock so it isn’t so rough and smoothes it down, although it never really goes away. And every once in a while you stub your toe on it and it hurts all over again.”
Yep, that’s it. Thank you, this truly does help. As does our message today. I continue to enjoy the words of this deck, if not the illustrations.
“God Of The Arts ~
The artist within you is about to emerge.
You will soon feel a strong urge to express yourself creatively. This creative expression will lead you to new and exciting ventures, projects, and ideas.
Expressing yourself creatively will also help you to balance and heal your emotions, which in turn will help balance and heal you physically. This is a time to be authentic and true to yourself. Allow yourself to express all you feel without reservations, censorship, or judgement. Honour the inner child within you – and just be you.
You can express yourself artistically in endless ways – painting, sculpting, dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, gardening, knitting, carpentry, wood-work, pottery, and writing are but a few of the many ways in which you can express yourself imaginatively and creatively.”
See? Very uplifting and positive draw. (Even if the guy really is unattractive and odd looking. What is the deal with the freaking eyes, Toni?!)
You know how I feel about these beauties below, right? (I borrowed this shot from an article featured in the below link.)
Well here’s a wee something I found last night. From this awesome place. (I get their newsletter, and in every single one I nearly faint from the wanting of these adorable homes. Page through a few posts so you can see a nice variety, totally worth a few minutes. I promise!)
“The outhouse originated about 500 years ago in Europe, and was used primarily at inns or in public spaces. During this time, the ubiquitous symbol of the crescent moon on the outhouse door also began to appear. Since most people were illiterate during this time, the male outhouses were marked with the symbol of a sun, indicating masculinity, and the women’s were marked with a symbol of a crescent moon, which represented the feminine (also the Roman goddess Diana who was the protector of women).
As time went on and the American frontier opened up, the men’s outhouses were not maintained as well as the women’s (since men tended to just go out in the woods), so the men’s outdoor commodes began to disappear, leaving the women’s (and their crescent moon symbol) behind. Eventually, outhouses became unisex and some even included several different sized holes for men, women and children.”
If this historical rendition of my beloved out houses plus crescent moons turns out to not be true, do NOT tell me. ANYONE! Okay? Because THAT is the best damn story I’ve heard in ages.
Now it’s time for birthday wishes, both on this side and The Other. Today marks the happy celebration of my father-in-law! Hope it was wonderful, fun-filled, and overwhelmingly lovely.
Yesterday I found out that Emma’s friend Ryon’s mother’s birthday was today as well. She is recently passed, so we’d like to extend much love and healing in that direction too.
And finally, the last couple of important bits. Mr Mixx Maxx and our affirmation.
I had to go in search of him. Here’s where he was found. In my bed, amongst the assorted garments and messy blankets. One split second later, he heard the front door open.
Tonight on the tweeties LondonMabel suggested he have his own Twitter account. Wow. That might just be tremendously brilliant!
Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno
“When Facing Difficulties
I release this incident with love; it is over and done.
I look with expectation to my next moment, which is fresh and new.
Only good experiences lie before me.
I am greeted with love wherever I go.
I love Life, and Life loves me.
All is well, and so am I.
All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe.
I enjoy a peaceful resolution to this problem.
The uncomfortable situation is resolved quickly, and everyone feels content with this outcome.
I release all drama from my life and now get energy from peace.”