Remember the caramel experiment from a few days ago? Well, it was not exactly a FAIL. Instead, turns out, it is now what Dan calls an “inadvertent success.” By which he means, it’s not necessarily what I set out to make/create but it’s also NOT an entire waste of resources either.
Here’s what he texted me tonight “I really like your stupid* toffee.” Yeah, I made a hard candy, not a sticky/chewy one. We already know why, so please don’t speculate on the cooking time, temperature, ambient humidity, or any other potential surrounding-feature/method of my mishap. It’s what we have now, and HE doesn’t hate it. So we go forward, not back.
*This was not a rude or hurtful remark towards me, nor my kitchen skills, he was merely using that term, in jest, because he knows how I feel about my non-perfect results. He and his son tend to call things “stupid good” implying that, for some unknown reason, a particular item is beyond wonderful, which makes it sort of an annoying phenomenon.
I can’t eat it. I’ve already lost a piece of tooth from an early sampling. The taste is spectacular, super yummy. It’s the density that’s dangerous. I happen to be married to a person who has infinitely more patience than I do. He doesn’t risk his enamel, smartly allowing the confection to slowly melt and dissolve in his mouth, while he goes about his work. And yes, he keeps taking containers of it with him every night in his lunch bag.
No giving up from here though. My attempt at easy candy continues. We had to run out quickly today (in the car) for several small errands and one holiday-related acquisition (the tree*). So I made him stop at a grocery store for some ON SALE supplies.
*Our new neighbor, the Ridgeline Montessori school, was having a fundraiser with locally harvested conifers. We supported them.
The printer was humming along just moments ago, with new recipes. But first, I’ll need to go make more biscuits. The last batch had an oven issue, but I’ve been given some excellent ideas about how to complete this project without running that risk again. (Thanks, once more, Sierra!)
May I back up just a smidge? There is a nearly flawless instructional technique in early childhood education that utilizes Distraction. I’m implementing that idea right now, here in this post, and in my own life. It is a way of coping. Not denial though, let’s be clear on that point. Because I’m abundantly aware of what’s going on, nationally and globally. I’m simply choosing NOT to engage in the pain of it every single second.
The thing about Distraction is that we are able to honor the process (in the teaching model, as well as our current grief) while at the same time continuing, compassionately, with our lives. I’ve chosen to distract us with goodies. And some weather news.
Precisely why we are so thrilled with our raingear. I really enjoy my biking errands, for the most part. With only rare exceptions, like yesterday afternoon, when I was pummeled with hail. Three separate times in a four mile ride! Less than pleasant. However, I arrived on time. Proving, once more, that there is no such thing as bad weather, merely inappropriate clothing.
On our card altar we have the last in this current rotation of the sumptuously illustrated deck that we’ve all come to know and appreciate. Next time around, we’ll shuffle and begin anew.
“The Keeper of the Scales ~
The Law of Harmony is enacted when the Keeper of the Scales comes to you as an Ally. Align with her as the law states, making conscious choices that create balance in your life. When you do, you also magically align with the abundance of the Universe and the powerful forces of synchronicity. This creates conditions and possibilities that lead to the fulfillment of your highest intentions.
Harmony begins with the self and then resonates outward to others. You are in harmony with yourself when you nurture yourself with love, respect, and acceptance, always fully taking responsibility for your actions. Only then can you be in harmony with others. This is because love is the central force that connects all of life and aligns you with like-minded others.
Another message is restoration and the positive fair resolution in all disputes, including those involving the legal system or other important exchanges. The Keeper of the Scales is a just and kind Ally, always making sure balance is activated on your path.”
Interestingly, this is one of the most difficult part of being human. Seeing that balance, especially in light of current events. However, as a person of faith, I can assure you that there IS a reason, and it IS a fair one. Do I know what that could possibly be? No, I don’t really. But I have full confidence that we will be informed of it when we get Home. It will all make sense, eventually.
For now, it feels as though we are being reminded that there IS a justness someplace. There IS a balance we are able to maintain, somehow. Going back to yesterday’s Dolphin message, if we concentrate on our breathing first, infused with love and caring, the rest will follow.
Wisdom Of The Hidden Realm Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid
Washington DC (from yesterday), today we saw nothing but Utah and Texas (boatloads of ’em).