Persistently Cyclical and Occasionally Damp

             You’ve probably heard of the idea that life is a boat ride, the world our river (or ocean).  We are rowing along, doing the work, navigating as best we can.

             Water, sometimes roaring rapid-like, takes us for a ride.  Not necessarily “off course” but certainly in directions we hadn’t thought we were headed.  Perhaps we never aimed our craft over there, at all.

             And yet.  Here we are.  Bobbing in the waves, floating about, where we had no clue we would end up.

             This is what the Universe wants to remind us:

tides and currents.

             Much like the saying, Time and Tide waits for no person, we are not always in charge of where we sail.  Nor are we the ones who get to decide on when to tie up safely and wait out the flash flood or tsunami.

             I mean, we ARE.  Or rather, we were.  When we set this whole shit-show in motion.  But, we weren’t actually HERE, wearing our meatsuits and living this physical life, sitting in a dinghy being tossed and splashed.

             And now that we’re rowing merrily down the stream, not every single part of it is truly a dream.  Some of it is downright nightmarish.

           Which is where the whole Acceptance Lesson has to be revisited.  We just need to sit back sometimes.  And let the water lead.  Go gently along, where our little rivers and tiny seas need us to go.

             It’s not always an easy choice.  In fact, it can be extremely challenging.  We have the strength though, I know we do.

             And, look at what our validation is saying.  We can always pick up our boat and portage until a new option appears.  It’s all about the opportunities.

rowing our boat


Reconsider a commitment.

You have the right to change your mind.”

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Personal message:

is to say that I’m down to only one job now.  I had a day off.  I rested some and I socialized some.  Beginning my new work week on Friday, I’ll keep you posted, and take some more pictures.




Being Nice (er).

             We rode 16 miles today.  I want to say that again, in case you thought your eyes viewed the number wrong.  We rode SIXTEEN miles today.  On our bikes.  Me and Dan.  16 miles.  On bikes.

             Okay.  Now I can move on.  I hope.  I’m very tired, so maybe there won’t be much more moving this evening.  We pedaled home, changed clothes, and went out for grocery shopping (plus a few other items in the same complex).

             Did I mention how tired I am?

small dogs and small chairs

Keep in mind that Max is the size of a cat.
(And those are standard 8 1/2 by 11 pieces of paper.)

             A few days ago I woke up to those chairs* in my living room.  With the FREE signs taped just like that.  I love them.   Just not sure where I’m going to put them.  (They were on the side of the road in Mayberry, along with a very large, very faded, red table umbrella.)

*I will take another shot with better perspective, so you can see how small they really are.  They fit me great!

             On our card altar today it appears as though we have Toni’s version of Kwan Yin.  With a bit of the Virgin of Guadalupe thrown in for good measure.

oracle cards

“Goddess Of Compassion  ~

Self-criticism is diminishing your sense of self-worth.

The Goddess Of Compassion has shown up in your reading today to ask you to be more compassionate towards yourself.

At the core of every living thing only love exists.  Your personality and the role you play in this life is only transitory and ultimately, an illusion.  All that  you perceive to be good or bad are necessary aspects of who you are; positive and negative qualities exist in everyone and in everything.

A more accurate description of positive and negative is Yin and Yang, for in reality there is neither positive nor negative, only opposite qualities which together make us whole.

Self-criticism is diminishing your sense of self-worth and keeping you in the illusion that you need to improve in order to be worthy of success, happiness, and fulfillment.  Have compassion; love and accept all of who you are, as you are, and stop striving for something that is impossible to attain.  Through love  your life magically transforms.”

             Again, I was guided to go with this choice.  Which, coming from who I know these messages are coming from, is pretty damn amazing and spot on.

Today’s Deck:

Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

             We found out today when and where the upcoming Celebration Of Life (funeral) will be for my friend.  I don’t know if I can attend it.  I couldn’t go to my sister’s, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to show up for this one.  It is more probable that some combination of my children will represent us.

LateNight Goodness:

Kewl Kate came through with some news recently, she got the PayPal to work!  I don’t know how, but I think she just typed in my e-mail address into their site, and I popped up.  So, if anyone needs a card reading or something stitched, you can try this payment option as well.

              I won’t be including a “pay this way” button yet, but I’ll rewrite the info on my Services page soon, to reflect this.  Be aware that they do charge me a percentage for this convenience, though.