Yikes.  While I was out today WordPress tossed all kinds of new dashboard shit at me.  This might take some adjusting.  Hell, I’m gonna have to go read the newsletter now…..  (found itand got more info, not all of it useful.)

             Where was I?  Oh right.  Let’s begin with a photographic update.  Our budget-y Dad’s Day turned out nicely.   If any of you Like me on Facebook,  follow me on Twitter, or just click the links to stay current, then you’ve seen this picture.  For others, what do you mean don’t LIKE me?!  Nah, just kidding.  Here ya go.

Father's Day, TwentyThirteen.
Father’s Day,

             We stood outside after dinner, and posed.  Of course neither of us stopped talking, so the options for a good shot were few and far between.  This one will do.

             Before I got up today, as I was dozing through several SNOOZE cycles, our message crowded into my head.  Kind of a funny thing, to have this happening.  I like it, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it.

Functionality; fix something today.

             The stack we’ve come around to on our card altar continues to impress and inspire.  Everything about it is soothing and yet, at the same time, dynamic.

oracle cards, dynamic and soothing

“Coming into Power  ~

‘I step into my power boldly and confidently.’

Card Meaning:

You have been gathering your inner forces and are coming into your own strength.  Assume your power.  Accept the vibrant truth that all you need is already within you.  It is safe to own your deepest inner gifts.

The Universe wants you to know:

If you have given away  your authority to someone or something else, now is your chance to reclaim it.  Pulling this card indicates that it is time to stand in your own light.  If you are holding on to any beliefs that you won’t be liked or will be rejected if you step into your potential, let them go!

The more you shine in your own radiance, the more others can see the glow of their own capability.  Your strengths can heal others and bring light into the hearts of many.

Questions to ask yourself:

What has stopped me from expanding my potential in the past?  How can I come into my power more fully?  In what ways can I support and help others with my own strength?


I step into my power boldly and confidently.”

             Yeah, I can’t really add anything to this one.  It’s complete, and it goes nicely with what I received earlier.  As long as we keep repeating that affirmation, we’ll be golden.

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

Today’s Sharing:

is really from yesterday.  One of my favorite local shops is having an Anniversary Sale (they do it every June).  We rode our bikes over there after the bagel breakfast on Saturday to purchase a necessary ingredient.  (Project explained below).

             While I was busy at the cash register Daniel entered us in that day’s raffle.  Sunday morning they called to say that we’d won a prize.

raffle prizes
Even more stuff on the back side that you can’t see.

             I shared lots of it with Mom, bringing the rest home.  That raw honey, on the right in front?  Holy crap it’s yummy!  And I am REALLY enjoying that moisturizing blend.  Haven’t made any tea yet, but I plan to as soon as this post is done.  Thank you, Universe, and folks at the healthy store!

FLP Report:

includes a weekend (yours and ours) round-up, beginning with this über rare sighting.

All the way from Rhode Island!
All the way from Rhode Island!

             Right after this one we spotted a British Columbia (hi beautiful Canadian friends!).  In the past couple of days we’ve also seen a Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota (a few of these, but they could be repeats), Nebraska (also pretty damn thin on the ground), Wisconsin, Oklahoma (times 2), Iowa, Montana, and yet another New Jersey (which was not on a car full of people I know and love).

Tonight’s Kitchen Adventure:

is in preparation for another item in my on-going attempt to alleviate chemicals* from our life.  We’re making our own Febreze.  The recipe calls for vodka, flower water, and essential oil.  We chose the clean, citrusy scent of bergamot as our base.  But we didn’t want to go with the traditional (and often overly/heavily floral) rose or lavender water option.

*As much as we can manage, reasonably, that is.

             Mostly the deputy sprays this product on his protection vest (bullet resistant crap doesn’t do well in the washing machine, so it rarely gets laundered), so we wanted to keep the fragrance fresh, not something else.  Tonight he found a recipe for the distillation process, and then we went picking in the yard, and off the back deck.

how to make flower water
Upside down lid is key for collecting the “water” in this process.

             We’ll keep you posted on the assembly progress.  And, possibly most importantly, how it smells.

6 thoughts on “Empowered Transitioning.

  1. Glad you had a good Father’s Day!!!

    Messages are totally awesome & work so well together! I will beam love to my water-withholding boss, even if it kills me! 😉

    So great that you won the raffle!

    I am so interested in the homemade Febreeze experiment… my concern is that the vodka will smell nasty, cuz, well, ya’know, vodka smells nasty (IMO). I imagine denatured alcohol, like they use as a base in natural scent perfumey type things, would work? Love the bergamot idea, I’m a huge fan, due to Earl Grey. I got some seeds at one point, but none I planted survived. I want to try again (in all my spare gardening time, LOL!)

    I can’t say that Earl Grey has ever reminded me of bergamot, but it WAS in the definitions that I found in my googling around. Now, I’ll be more conscious of that and sniff for it.

    To me, vodka smells like rubbing alcohol, and it was merely the carrier-of-recommendation, so that’s what we bought. Yes, absolutely use any type that you prefer.

    11:17 p.m.

  2. You and your dad look great in the pic.
    Congratulations on winning what looks like a fun prize.
    I love bergamot. It’s one of my favorite scents.

    Thanks, we look like we’re not unhappy, anyway!

    11:18 p.m.

  3. Great win! Looks like some cool stuff there. Love the picture with you and Sir. Never thought of Febreze on the armor.

    It’s part of his returning-to-himself process;
    a few spritzes keeps the muggy-ness away.
    For a while, at least. 😕

    11:20 p.m.

  4. That’s a nice looking and healthy prize to win.

    It was the biggest one they were giving away!
    So much really good stuff.

    Two prizes this summer already! 😀

    11:21 p.m.

  5. What a cool prize to win! And winning something like that brings joy!

    I love the pic of you and your dad. You both look great and I love how your hair is growing out. Mine’s gotten all longish (for me) and is kind of driving me crazy.

    I look forward to hearing about how your Febreze-alternative turns out, especially making your own flower water. Bergamot is NOT one of my preferred scents (don’t like Earl Grey tea, either), but I know many folks like it a lot. And I can understand how perhaps the deputy might not want to wander around in his body armor smelling like roses. 🙂

    Love the message and the card today. Definitely useful. Thank you!

    This is one of the reasons that I adore making our own personal-care products. Not only are they all chemical-free, but we can choose the scents that suit us, or in his case with the body powder, go with no fragrance at all.

    11:23 p.m.

  6. love the homemade febreeze idea, definitely keep us updated. and functionality/fix something! that is interesting and different. I even have an idea already. wish the Montana plate had been me.

    I ALWAYS wish the Montana plate is YOU !!!
    (But then I look, and it’s not.)

    Have to agree with you (big fucking surprise) about this message being an “interesting” one. My thought, at first, was, what the hell?!

    But yeah, “fix something” makes a lot of sense. And as soon as I let it just BE THERE, an idea popped into my head too.

    11:27 p.m.

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