Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tell Me Your Current

I have missed you! 
  I became hyperthyroid after my son's wedding.  He is good and I am getting better.  Someone asked me what it felt like-I think of being like riding a roller coaster, for too long.  Yes, lots of panic and jangled nerves.   I think I am more a Tilt-o-Whirl kinda girl. 

 I found out yesterday my daughter's second session of summer classes are online.  So, now I am redoing our FROG into a bedroom.  Angela will be home with us until August~  I have been busy moving craft stuff and hubby helped get the bed upstairs.

Today, my essay Ode to Tea is on the Bella Grace Magazine Blog-Grace Notes~  If you get a chance stop by.  This blog is dedicated to seeing the magic in life's ordinary moments.

I am borrowing this idea from the blog and would love to hear what is going on currently in your world~


  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
WATCHING: Bloodline Season 2 on Netflix
The Republic of Tea:  Watermelon Mint Iced Tea
"Can't Stop the Feeling" - Justin Timberlake  ( I love to dance)
The quirky nature of my pet, Maggie.  She is a rig-barking at turtles, howling a tune and loves to try to juggle two toys at the same time. 

I have both introvert and extrovert tendencies and  have been known to dance in public on occasion.

What is currently going on in your life?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Y and Z

I had a migraine all day-yesterday.  Finally, gave in to BC powder for relief, when I found out my son and his hound, Wade would be coming over to stay for three days. The apartment below him had water damage and it is so, bad-it is a miracle my son's tub didn't fall through the floor.  The wedding is on May 4th-may the fourth/force be with you.   I still have the wedding flowers to finish.  The bride will be by soon to hopeful approve. I texted her photos-so, far so good.  It takes 25 paper petals to make one rose.   I also have to hem my son's suit pants.  Augh~

But, damn it
I have to finish~

Y is for Yoga.

I am no bendy Barbie.
Did you know there is a Yoga Barbie~
 I love the benefits of yoga.
The calmness I feel after a work out and it is the only exercise one can do that massages your internal organs-kinda cool.
Seriously, the Fish pose helps your thyroid gland-the master gland of the body.


Z is for Zen.
I am craving this vibe, but don't think I will feel it anytime soon.
I know one has to make, take time.   Book stores and nature walks give me this Zen vibe, what about you?


I wish I had participated more in the A-Z Challenge.  Life tossed me some curve balls-but that's life.  I hope to be a better blogger, after Mercury goes out of retrograde~ 
We had three Media com trucks in the neighborhood this week-so, hopefully our internet will improve~     

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for X-tra

X is for X-tra.

Today,  I am going to share some X-tra  insight.  I was going to use the post for P and somehow I didn't.    I struggle with meditation. These days sitting  and quieting my mind-is difficult.   My thyroid is hyper right now-when this happens-I am accused of having ADD.   I am fine, when my thyroid levels are my normal.  Stress usually throws me off track and last month, when my son was seriously ill-I knew it would likely alter my levels.  It did.

   My doctor is from India, so I asked him a lot of questions-about meditation.  It all started the day I wore my prayer beads.  He asked me, "Do you meditate?"   Of course I mentioned-I tried.     My daughter gave me the beads-as a gift.  She tries to meditate and we discussed how these beads are like rosary beads and prayers.  My doctor explained to me-that meditation is a process-which takes time.  You are unfolding the layers of the mind and releasing  thoughts. When he said this-I thought of the petals of a flower opening.  

 Thoughts are like a bouquet of balloons.  

Open your mind and watch your thoughts like balloons.  Notice the orbs of colors floating towards the sky, upward  into the wind until they are out of sight.  You don't grab the balloons-thoughts, you just note they are there.    Release these ideas-which loop into your stream of consciousness.  
You will get better the more you try and it will change your world.

(Now, I am seeing Pop-up Videos-do you remember that show on VH1?!)

Yes, observe your thoughts, like rainbow colored balloons-try not to grab the balloons' strings.  

 *Illustrator, Nicoletta Ceccoli

Yes, this is what I feel like, when I try to meditate. 
I know  what you are thinking:  feathers n' poo.

"Happiness needs no accessories, for it is in itself omnipotent.  It takes hold in the heart, builds its nest, and brings forth its own birds to sing for you." -Mary Brooks Picken

My daughter shared a  meditation-she read about.  You simply count pebbles or beads.  She had read about monks doing this while concentrating on acts of kindness.   
She told me to breathe in and out as I counted the pebbles or beads to help tune out my outer world.   She reminded me when my thoughts start to wander like clouds-to concentrate on my breath. 

You could do this with buttons, shells, even dried beans. 
I would love to hear if you try this and see what happens.  The first
time I did-I used a tin full of vintage buttons.
Family memories big and small tucked between Irish pennants. It was peaceful and distracted me.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for Worry

W is for Worry. 

I have a tendency from my mom to project the outcome of any endeavor.   I believe my mother uses it as a coping mechanism.  This way she is  prepared for the worst outcome.  It saddens me to think of all the time and emotion wasted on worry.  I do it, too. 

 My daughter is in college and  called the other day telling me about this dreaded project with a partner.   "What if.... and what if so n' so doesn't do his half of the project?"    "We are using google doc and if he doesn't do his work-I will have to."  

"YOU are projecting the worst outcome." 
The project hadn't started-yet, but my girl was already in a sea of turmoil.  
The sea of worry building on a rogue wave that may not appear.

I reminded her,  "You are wasting time-none of this may happen." "You could be getting your other work done, laughing, or exercising instead of worrying.  Go, do something you enJOY-for a few minutes.
Sad thing is-it did happen.  
Her partner wouldn't text her back, didn't do his work and left her with  the burden of  finishing the project, but both parties had to turn in their own references for the work, quoted research and individual assignments.   The professor emailed my daughter and knows-what is going on. 

Worry is like the common cold-there is no cure.  

We can visualize and use small escapes to downsize our anxiety-hobbies we enjoy, music, writing, movement-like walking.  

Drumming helps me.  Funny thing is I don't own a drum.  So, I pound and tap what I have around me.  It puts me into the now, I get to pound the heck out of something,  and no one gets hurt.  

Do we need a medicine cabinet shelf with ideas for anxiety and worry?  Nah,  but maybe we can make list of distractions that can help us worry less-like those over the counter meds we get when we are fighting a cold: cough drops, tissues, nasal spray and cough syrup.

How do you manage worry? 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for Vulnerability

V is for Vulnerability.

Being vulnerable helps us reveal our authentic self.   
For me-it is about revealing an inner obstacle. If I share my truth-the burden seems to lift a bit. Maybe because someone-I love reminds me to think like a little red caboose.

 "I think I can, I think I can...."
Being human and showing we have limitations opens our world to
creating stronger relationships.  We all are flawed and have many facets
of our personality to share.

We are diamonds in the rough-glowing with energy and passion-when we allow our spirit to take the challenge-we can move mountains-at least ".... I think we can!" 

I think of a camera lens and how taking a photo of myself feels like crawling out on tree limb.
I feel exposed!

WE all have freeze-frame moments in life, but once we face them-we become

How do you handle being vulnerable?


Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for Universe

U is for Universe.

We all  owe ourselves a peaceful universe and deserve mindful escapes.  
I try to schedule mine like an appointment and add these time outs  to my To-do list. 

Lately, my universe is too fast.  I feel overwhelmed with should, could and would I- in my life.  
I am making wedding decorations and feel fear building like the moon playing tug of war with the ocean's tides.  So, I am going to take these moments and focus on something I enjoy.  Panic never  me get anywhere.  I feel like the spiraling energy inside this hands-like a dog chasing his tail. 

  Funny, that childhood song is playing in my head:  "He's got the whole world in his hands."  

What simple joys help you cope with stress and calm your universe?


Saturday, April 23, 2016

S is for Self Sabotage and T is for Trust

S is for Self-Sabotage.

I sometimes get in my own way. This nagging voice of doubt loops unkind thoughts throughout my day.  Sometimes, I can be my worst enemy.  Avoidance-happens.

I feel bad-then panic, anxiety and exhaustion join in. 

 Debbie Downer's dialogue plays over in my head. I need to stop the chatter and reset my inner voice.  The I'm not good enough, or this will never work have worn out their welcome. 

I find to break these stream of consciousness-I work on something I am good at.  It reminds me what I have to offer. 

How do you prevent self sabotage?   

T is for Trust and thundershowers.
Our internet was down and out due to the weather-yesterday.   So, I decided to combine S and T.   
I hope the weather is good where you are~


Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Golda Meir
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"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."

               - Golda Meir

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Golda Meir
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_trust.html

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Golda Meir
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_trust.html