I had an entirely different type of post planned for today.  Instead though, there was harshness within my range of hearing, before I was even conscious this morning.  (And we’ve talked recently about how my single-layer focus can be problematic.)  The neighbors behind us continued with last summer’s tree killing project.

             No question, the most grating and irritable noise that could possibly wake me up is the scream of chain saws.  It’s almost physically painful.  I did pretty well rolling over and covering my head, but eventually it was just time to get up.  I avoided all the glass on that side of the house.  And I did my very best, clinging onto that Zen Balance I’ve worked so hard to maintain.

             Then, I got some sad family news.  It was a lot in one afternoon.  Later, we just left.  Fortunately this was one of Dan’s bonus days to make up for the earlier training shifts.  And there’s a Home Show happening.  We used it like therapy.  Being in the Moment, being Present, and enjoying the beauty of Spring’s promise.

pink flamingos
I wanted it all.

             This organization has a booth, sometimes an entire room, or even a stage, every year.  For all the events at the convention center.  I look for them each time.  I have brought home the BEST bargains from amongst their gently used offerings.  Tonight, we found a sweater.  And then we saw the fudge booth.  I was much cheered.

             Our daily draw message helped too.  As I knew it would, which was why I went in to my card altar room, practically first thing after I got out of bed.  I looked (with much diligence) for ways to keep me ABOVE the on-going arboreal murdering, and it worked.  But I certainly didn’t do it alone.

angel cards

“Comfort  ~

Archangel Azrael:

‘I am with you in your time of need, helping your heart to heal.’

Additional message:

‘Even the strongest person experiences upsetting situations, and there’s no shame in taking time to heal your heart.  This is a good time for quiet reflection upon your true feelings.  Write them down in a private journal, and then call upon me to bring comfort to your heart and mind. I can help you sleep better at night, and put your mind at ease.’

Working with Archangel Azrael:

Azrael’s aura is a beautiful shade of vanilla cream, a very pale yellow tone.  He surrounds grieving and dying persons with this loving light to bring them comfort.  When Azrael is around, you may see eggshell-colored twinkling lights in the room.  The crystal, creamy yellow calcite is calibrated to Azrael’s energy, so holding or wearing this stone may lend additional comfort.”

Today’s Deck:

Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s FLP Report:


Last Night’s Kitchen Adventures:

were both good and bad.  (MY incident was the bad, as I’m sure all of you guessed.)

Not my intention.
Not my intention.
(Just keep moving,
nothing more to see here.)

             We watched a show recently on cheese.  So I put together the ingredients (mostly gathered from our fridge) for a batch of home-made deliciousness.  The deputy’s skills did not disappoint.

home made mac and cheese
Baked mac & cheese with veggies.

             It wasn’t really that green.  But there WAS some  broccoli in there.  And cauliflower.  And carrots.

LateNight Fight Update:

this makes it official, she’s a competitor, after all that work, and all this time.

Vegas fight cards
Fight Card

             Tomorrow (Saturday) at 1:30, Las Vegas time.

5 thoughts on “Living Real.

  1. Ugh, sorry about the rude awakening. Glad there was a wonderful event happening that you could escape to! The flamingo display is awesome!

    Very appropriate card for me.

    Looks like a yummy dinner!

    Good luck, Emma!

    The flamingos were just such an adorable and welcome surprise, right there with the cherrywood armoire, bamboo-styled chairs, and the carefully selected costume jewelry. Makes me want to bring home friends for Pinkey!

    Someone super clever works for that charity,
    I’m tellin’ ya.

    1:04 a.m.

  2. The Home Show sounds great; I love going to those! And that flamingo booth is terrific!

    So is this going to be Emma’s first competition? Sending her good vibes.

    I like the card. I hope it helped you yesterday calm down from the early-morning unpleasantness.

    The second I flipped that card over, my whole self elf just eased up and went, “ahhhhhhhhh……..”

    1:07 a.m.

  3. Ugh. That is a horrible awakening, hope you got to take a nap later in the day. That’s a nice soothing card.

    See above, the card was perfection.

    1:08 a.m.

  4. That is a rude way to awaken. Great card to get you through the day, however. I think we’re going to the home show Sunday a.m. which we have discovered is a great time to go to large public events…missing the church crowd, as it were. Love those bonus days off! And at 1330 I will think some positive energy Em’s way. Rock the house!

    All of that positive energy everyone shot in her direction worked like a charm, she sent a phone picture that I put in tonight’s post.

    1:09 a.m.

    (Hope you had fun at the show!)

  5. Ugh. I’ve been awakened that way. It sucks.

    So I was looking at the home show picture and my husband says, “What’s that?” as he walks past. I told him and said, “Julie really likes flamingos.” and said, “Mmmm, with a warm sauce.” 🙂

    Good luck to Emma. What does No-GI mean?

    “No gi” means that she is not a hand-to-hand competitor who wears the coat/pants outfit
    gi , pronounced with a hard G, rhymes with SEE
    (click on that word if you aren’t familiar with this gear).
    4 a.m.

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