The Right Kind Of Investments.

             Now the Universe is just messing with me, I’m sure of it.  Earlier I tried to boil eggs.  Simple, right?  Not if you are ME!  I had turned the knob and walked off.  Behind me was a dangerous sounding POP-type of noise, and then no more burner warming.

             I moved the full pot to the OTHER working element (but truthfully I held out no hope, that burner only functions when Dan’s standing at the stove, never for me).  Wait wait wait.  Still cold.  And lifeless.  So, I gave up.  The deputy was in the shower, last day of our Weird Week and he’s on his way to work.

             As I put healthy snacks into his insulated purse lunchbox, he came upstairs.  The news was shared.  He began shuffling items around on the range-top.  Still nothing.  We must survive until tomorrow by eating only items warmed-by-microwaves, or settling for cold food.  Fine.  I am resigned.  But sadly, we still can’t actually afford (even a used and less-than-desirable) old/new stove.

             He leaves, I go about my evening.  Arriving down here where the computers live.  But wait, it’s cold.  Too cold.  I am now suspicious.  Did he turn off the family room heat?  I text.  Receive a reply.  He did not.  Ah ha!  There is hope for the shitty cooker!  Maybe it’s simply a breaker.

             In the garage I can find nothing switched, snapped, nor out of place, on our electrical panel.  I text again.  It will be “looked at” if he gets a lunch break tonight.  In the meantime, I go drag out the space heater.  This won’t last long, it’s big freaking room, and this is a small freaking warming device.

             Bottom line?  All is not as horrible as it at first appeared.  I am now in a better (albeit chilly) mood.  Also, we received some welcome news from the desert.  Ready?  She won!!!  My baby girl came out victorious in her first-ever NAGA competitive event!

NAGA winners


            They point the car in our direction tomorrow.  We’ll see everyone at the gym on Tuesday probably.  Really, we couldn’t be more damn proud.  (And relieved, I’ll admit it, I am very very relieved.)

             On our card altar this afternoon, we have a lovely message of Self-Care.  Which might be our latest theme, now that I think about it.

fairie and angel cards

“Inner Child  ~

Just as you take care of small children by listening to them, playing with them, and hugging them, so does your inner child yearn for nurturing.  This card also asks you to have patience with yourself, as you are growing and maturing at your own pace.

If you’re feeling neglected and unappreciated, the most likely reason is that you’ve been ignoring your inner child’s needs.  Just as with any child, your inner child needs daily care and attention.  This includes giving her consistently positive feedback.  Take a minute to hug yourself right now, and tell yourself (mentally or aloud), ‘I love you!  You are wonderful and perfect!’

Take some time today to play. . . . Your new daily habit of ‘taking care of the kid within’ helps you feel more youthful and vigorous, and will ultimately make you more productive.  You’ll be filled with fresh, new ideas, and your friends will soon be telling you how young and refreshed you look.


I invest in myself by taking regular time to let go, play, and have fun.”

             This time I did the substitution in the body of that definition   It felt right.  Not sure if maybe I should have also done a cover-up on the illustration, too.

              Oh well.  Moving on.  The point of the message is lovely.  We truly do need to pay attention to our inner needs.  For me, that means reading great books.  (And sometimes baking.)  Right now I’m on a Sarah-Kate Lynch spree.  Thanks to Judy.   Oh yeah, these stories bring JOY right in the damn door.

Today’s Deck:

Healing With The Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue


Living Real.

              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.