Inner and Outer Observations

             I wast late to the Netflix party because . . . . . video stores.  I miss them, I loved them.  Streaming felt like I was cheating on them.

             But now, they’re mostly all gone.  (At least here, anyway.  I heard that there are still some around.  Might they also make a comeback, the way records did?)  I have to move forward, I have to watch SOMEthing when I get done with work and sit mindlessly crafting in my chair.

             Thankfully we’ve come across some fabulous BBC programming.  I couldn’t be happier!  We blew through every single season available of the Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, then moved on to the Great Pottery Throw Down, British Home Cooks, and are now rolling around in the clover field that is Love Your Garden plus Big Dreams Small Spaces.

             Where it all takes me is to a Happy Place.  Speaking the Queen’s English, proper teas, misty cool weather, ancient smooth stones, and a soft genuine caring for others.  Where it has brought my focus is to:


             For nearly one full year now we’ve lived in a rental house which doesn’t belong to us.  The dwelling that DOES have our names on it, isn’t where we currently dwell.  It can feel unsettled.  And not cozy.

             What I keep being reminded, whether it’s by a clay artist, a master gardener, or classically trained chefs who create/toil side-by-side with messy amateurs, is that, the old saying Home is Where Your Heart Is has some truth to it.

             We can make a house a home simply by being in it.  Or, we can suffer with (as Dan calls them when I have a severely strong bout of) The Wanty Wants.  Being miserable about what we don’t have doesn’t make anything better for anyone.  It certainly does not fill the needy gaps.

             Looking for a way to improve our surroundings, even if it ends up being in tiny, inexpensive ways, brightens our mood, helping to lift us up, instead of dragging us down.

             It’s about Transition, it’s about Observation, it’s about Perspective.  There is movement forward.  There are changes we can’t avoid, we may as well embrace them.  It has everything to do with an Attitude Adjustment.

             Which, as a surprise to no one, is precisely where our attention is drawn, here, reminding us of the life-death-rebirth cycle.  It’s a process, and it’s progress.

home and transformation

“Crocodile   ~ the alchemy of energy teaches that death will always yield new life.

Silently slipping through her riverine world, guardian of the margins between land and water, of the mud from which life springs, Crocodile is keeper of all knowledge.

Her wisdom speaks both of the enduring nature of life and its utter fragility, of gentleness and ferocity of how death yields life and the constant transformation of all energy.

If Crocodile has swum to you, the time has come to examine the primordial mysteries of life and prepare yourself for rebirth and the wonders it will bring.”

             My home decor options are limited, so I do what I’m able with what I can find.   Observing our “home” as a feeling-in-motion, rather than a solid place we own or create, can help those of us who are re-birthing right now.

             It seems less severe when we view our living situation as an emotion (a feeling, a heart-flow) instead of a location (a place or a limit).

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages by Susie Green

Today’s Sharing:

is to say, please do click on all of those links above.  Watch a few fun shows, allow them to sweep you across the pond, away from our current struggles and disappointments, into a lightness of caring and beauty and joy.




Over and In

             Reminiscent of yesterday’s theme about the “one sock” process, this morning’s message arrived in living color, with sound and much emotion.  The mindful slowing is really (really!) important here.

Address the core.

             When we pare down the most overwhelming problems to their very basic structure, their very skeletal framework, they can be quite manageable.  Of course, that’s not easy, either.

             In fact, the very process itself can be challenging.  So, back to our simple-ing down, we go.  Stripping back all but the very root.

             The images that I was shown were calming (not at first, though, eventually).  “Sit still” was the initial instruction on how to begin the centering.

             “Go within,” was the next.  When we are calm, one with our breath and heartbeat, we are able to hear* the most.  Which leads us to accomplish the most.

*Hear, and see, and smell, and feel, and sense on all levels.

             To go along with this message, we have left our regular rotation and gone with the newest cards for our daily draw.

oracle cards, flying messages

“Flying  ~  20  ~

‘You have the power to see things from a higher perspective.’

If you were a bird flying high in the air, what would you see?   When you soar above life’s challenges and opportunities, a new perspective becomes available.

Today you have invisible wings that allow you to swiftly bring your circumstances into alignment with your highest purpose.   This is a sign that your waiting is over, that all your hard work has paid off and the things that you hoped for are no longer beyond your scope.

You have the ability to reach for the stars and find one with your name on it.  Spread  your wings and soar.  The angels are waiting for you.”

             Interesting side note.  Last night I had the most fascinating dreams/visions of flying, parachuting-and-landing.  Then folding up the ‘chute, to go out and do it again.  Never any plane in sight, just the skydiving views.

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

The Latest Project:

is this one that I finished last week.  Hand-quilted, both hand- and machine-pieced.

The front.

The front.

             Shot while hanging from our outside clothes line.  In the wind.

The up-close view of one corner.

The up-close view of one corner.

             This one (18 by 19 inches), and a blue version (20 inches square), are now available at our Etsy shop.

The back.  It's one solid piece of fabric, the quilting is what makes it look shaded.   Apparently.

The back. It’s one solid piece of fabric, the quilting is what makes it look shaded. Apparently.

             They are intended as place mats, or centerpiece mats.  But really, they could be used as an accent to anything.  If, ya know, you were a decorate-y type of person.

Revealing, so very much.

             Inside all of us, there lies many a mystery.  Past lives, inner secrets, yet to be uncovered enigmatic somethings.  These possibilities, I saw this morning.

             The vivid details that I was shown were fabulous.  But even better, was the entire scope of this message.  Because it’s so incredibly true.

Hidden Treasures

             Like undiscovered rooms within a massive old building, we have these gifts to find and open.  Gifts yet to be brought out.  Like an archaeologist, we can go exploring.

             Before I even got to the card altar room, the direction was to use our Map to further this as a presentation of choices.  Options and ways for us to seek our Treasures.

oracle cards, the map, hidden treasures, into the unknown

“Into the Unknown  ~  7

‘Trust . . . .  and all will be revealed.’

Life is an adventure, and often, new opportunities will arise that you won’t know how to deal with.  This is one of those times.  You’re required to trust that this new phase will reveal wonders and miracles as you step into unknown territory.

Imagine that you are not only a path finder, but a path maker.  Whatever your inquiry, trust that you’ll be safe.  Stay aware as you discover new and marvelous territories and valuable treasures.”

             Ha!  I had no idea that this one said “treasures,” too.  Well, there we are, then.

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is THIS new thing that I’ve been working on the past few days.  Enjoy, and check back occasionally, we’ll be adding items constantly.

             (Let’s see, I’m on Twitter, Instagram, business-Facebook, Pinterest, and now Etsy.  Missing any?)