random thoughts

Welcome 2015!

Let's Celebrate my Friends!
Let’s Celebrate my Friends!

When asked to review this year (beyond what WP said about my blogging habits), I am at a loss for appropriate words.  I could describe this year in some annoying hashtags: #exhausting #neverenoughtime #workaholicdaze #imperfectparenting #perimenopausalproblemsandallthatjazz (read: the really serious stuff never makes it to a hashtag either).  But who wants to read/hear about those items?  The fact is I would rather have my digital footprint really only speak about the awesome-ness of the year.  Yet, everyone knows life is messy, and my life is no exception.

Beyond the #roadtrip there were a whole host of little things that I am proud to say were accomplished this year.  I quietly participated in A Poem a Day to generate some new work (hooray!); I joined a gym toward the end of the year to get some physical fitness in my life; and I golfed for the first time in my life (I didn’t completely suck!)  But the best part of 2014 was spending time with friends (new and old) and family.  I am grateful for having this year of splendiferous adventures!


Have a blessed and beautiful New Year!  May your dreams become realities in 2015! 🙂

Now, bring me that horizon…


Welcoming the Bee (2014)

Welcome 2014!  I am happy to have 2013 behind me.  The last half of the year was a tumultuous mess of workaholism coupled with the inability to get rid of the emotional bogeyman (men) who are ever-present beside me.  Get thee behind me and away from here! 🙂  That said, as I was making fresh scones for breakfast this morning (because making home-made food is a good way to ring in a new year), my eldest son called out that he saw a wasp hovering about the fireplace.  We hustled out to see if that was true only to find an ash covered bee limping along the floor beneath the hearth.  I was excited.  This was the first creature to be seen in 2014.  For many, the first creature you see is a message for how to spend the year.  A kind of random magic (or not) about what you should think about and/or experience.

According to many sites and the Ted Andrews book Animal-Speak, Bees represent Fertility and the “Honey of Life”.  I was pretty happy about that.  I do think the fact the poor bee was covered in ash may be a notice to my Self to be careful not to cover prosperity thinking with sooty negative thoughts.  The bee asks me today: “Are you taking time to savor the honey of your endeavors, or are you a workaholic?” (337)

Enough said.  Time to recognize that sweetness is all around me. Slow it down.

Happy New Year to all! May it bring you sweetness and honey each day of this year!


P.S. Here is a link to a great bee pic: Bees Welcome You

Source: Andrews, T.   Animal-Speak:The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small. Llewellyn Publications. St. Paul, 1994.

random thoughts

Bring on 2012

Cambria Sunset

It has finally arrived.  The last day of 2011.  For some it has been anticipated like the end of a great bout with influenza.  For others, it will be sad to let go of a year.  It is always interesting to watch children as they deal with the ‘letting go’ of things and ideas.  Ideas are like actual living things to children.  And well, who are we kidding?  We love our ideas so much they are like home movies of our pets or children.   We replay them over and over until we make ourselves sick with the projections in our heads.  Letting go is hard but can be therapeutic and, even better, *should* be done regularly.  What are YOU holding onto so tightly that you cannot let go?  Let that be the ‘thing’ you kiss fondly and set down.  Let it go.  Trust me, these things that you let go do fly away and transform into beautiful angels for you.  Be warned though: Rilke was right, “Every angel is terrifying”.  The thing that saves you will at first shatter you, but then you will glow and sparkle as you have not before.

Be brave and bold dear friend, dear self.

~Happy New Year to all, may it bring you peace, prosperity and new visions!


daily draw

Sweet Dreams in the New Year

Sweet Dreams (36 Bedtime Wishes) by Cooper Edens and Sheryl Abrams

Happy New Year to everyone!  On to a smashing-good 2010! 🙂

Sometimes the best divination is simple.  Pulling one card from any kind of deck can be magical and/or medicinal.  It all depends on if you are the type of person, like me, who seeks symbolism in everything.

After a NYE dream of thousands of spiders crawling my bedroom walls only to see them fly (yes, fly) away– I thought pulling a card from my eldest son’s deck of bedtime wishes would be the way to earn a more peaceful sleep.  Though my friends do tell me the dream was probably a sign of things that will resolve themselves…I am not taking chances tonight.  😉

The message on the back of the card pulled (see pic above) reads:

The lightning and thunder,

They go and they come;

But the stars and the mystery

Are always at home.

–George MacDonald

Quite nice, I think.  Perhaps I could make a lullaby out of that, or in the very least, put it under my pillow.

Sweet dreams and may this year be beautiful and prosperous to you!