Friday, June 25, 2010


Isis, originally uploaded by Ruinwen.

Hello everyone. This is my beautiful Isis that my sister brought me from Egypt. She was professionally matted and we finally found a place worthy of her. She makes me smile every time I see her.

We have gotten a lot done and played here and there. I'm tired and sore but when I look at the house I smile. A vacation lasts a week but my living room will be with me every day from now on. A good investment of our time indeed.

Hugs to you all.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Color of Purple


"I never know what the next lesson is going to be, because we’re not supposed to know; we’re supposed to trust ourselves to discover it."
-- Melody Beattie

So this week the house is in flux. Everything has been moved so the nice man can paint the living room and all our stuff is crammed in the nooks around the house. The old TV has been moved up to our bedroom and I can’t wait to watch something on it.

Everything is happening much quicker then we thought it would and it amazes me how we were able to move everything in such a short time. Of course, most of the kudos go to DH because he was able to do a lot of the prep work and move a bunch of things before I got home. But I think I did my share too; which is why we make an awesome team.

Next week I am off so I’m not too mortified about the house being in pieces. I really want to put it back together slowly and clean up and dust everything before it goes back into place…if it goes back at all.

The  Color  of Purple

It feels good to accomplish a goal like this. These walls have never been painted since we moved in 15 years ago. I think I will like the magical purple color we picked. DH painted 3 different colored blocks on our walls; so the first thing you saw when you walked in the door was purple against white. Everyone picked magical as the wall color. It somehow seems right for us…if you know what I mean. ;)

I’m on the last square of the blanket so I should have all the trim and everything done by next week to show you. It will be great to finish it.


I have acquired more crystals. These are “aura” crystals that are the end result of an electrostatic vacuum process which uses intense heat to infuse different vapor deposits to natural quartz. The atoms fuse to the crystal’s surface and become part of the crystal as well as creating color and or an iridescent metallic sheen.

There are many different types and combinations of crystal that can be created through this process. The ones I have here are Aqua aura, Angel aura, Champagne Aura, Tangerine Aura, Ruby Aura and Tanzine Aura.

I am excited to work with these crystals. I have had in my possession for many years now some beautiful Aqua auras. I was leery at first thinking the process would harm the crystal but what I found was quite the opposite.

I know that tempering is a common metaphor to being tested and tried and coming out stronger at the end of the gauntlet. When I first experienced the Aqua arua energy I was stunned at how powerful it was. I could feel it purifying the chakras and auric field of all the things that were not for my own learning and growth. All this was done in a gentle non-evasive way.

BTW I was able to use the rose quartz matrix this week and each shape took on its elemental guide and worked just like I’d hoped. I’m very happy with this set. They have such loving, compassionate vibrations.

I want to see what happens when I couple the rose quartz and the auras with the phantom…I need to spend a week just working with my crystals and luckily I have next week off just to do that!

Bright blessings to you all,

Friday, June 11, 2010

Plan A, B and C

Rose Quartz - WaterRose Quartz - Water

"The problem is not that there are problems.
The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."
-- Theodore Rubin

Problems are a part of life; the trick for me is not to turn them into excuses. I’ve been trying to make a Plan A, B and C so when something doesn’t work out the way I wanted then I have something to fall back on.

I’ve found that this is a good practice for me because it helps me to not worry about an outcome if I know there is another chance for it to happen. I’m very easily discouraged and that emotion turned inward becomes rage. I’m trying to be very wary when my emotions start heading towards anger. When I find I’m upset for no reason I go back to taking cherry blossom essence and really try to pinpoint the root cause of this shift in emotions.

For instance my last post had me up on Thursday night irate at myself that it was suddenly Friday and I had no pictures or prose of any sort. But instead of just skipping it and being mad at myself I used other pictures and jotted down a few things that were important to me and I had a post.

Voila! The anger never got a chance and I stopped it before it could voice another negative opinion on the subject.

I’ve been on a plateau in WW for a month now. Plateaus can try you to the point of insanity if you let them. I had to try Plan A, B, C and even D before my scale started to move again. I know that I’ve been losing inches and fat is turning to muscle but I wanted to see that magic number change at WI.

The big thing was each plan took a week to implement. This is a life-change after all and I’m not in it for band-aids or quick-fixes. I’m in it for life. The easiest thing for me to change was "eat more veggies". I really enjoy food that is in season and there are so many things you can put in a salad that I really look forward to mine each day.

The hardest thing for me to find time to fit in is working out. Because of our house situation I can’t do the things I used to do. PROBLEM: It would be rude to work out in the morning right over the BIL and kid's heads and that was my optimum time to work out. PROBLEM: I can’t set up my machine because that room is now my BIL’s family room more or less.

PLAN A: So I’ve been walking. I walk around the block. On the weekends we go to the park and get a much longer walk as a family. My DH has to get at least 5,000 steps a day or he gets cranky. So it works great as a motivator.

PLAN B: On days it rains I plan to use the Wii Fit. There is a walking program in there and it is fun. Biking is harder because you have to steer too. So there is always the Wii.

PLAN C: Create a new exercise room. This would take money and planning and if things continue the way they are…might happen in the next few years. But in a pinch I can take my little stair stepper which is crammed into the corner and use it. It has a nice burn after about 20 minutes and your legs feel like jello when you are done. Also, I can work out at lunch for 20 minutes and bring a bar on those days.

The point is I have options. And I’ve been fitting walking in rain or shine for the last month and I have finally come off that plateau! I have one more pound to convert to muscle until the Wii will be happy and sing accolades of my BMI being spot on.

On the knitting front I’ve been concentrating on finishing the Community Lapghan. I just finished the 7th square and I’m starting on the 8th. I think this should be done trim and all by the end of this month and I’m very pleased with how it is coming out.

Rose Quartz Elemental Set

I’ve been doing a lot of work with crystals lately. Here are my rose quartz elemental representations. They have a loving, compassionate vibration and I couldn’t be happier with them. The water crystal has the most beautiful rainbow window in it. It could be an angel…I have to work with her more to find out.


And here is something to make our booth more appealing…cheese for the mice of course! I tried knitting the holes in the fabric but it didn’t felt so well. DH cut the cheese with all the different holes and I adore this little felt slice!

So all in all, things are progressing…life is ever changing and I’m just trying to keep up with it…but that is okay.

*hugs to all of you*

Friday, June 04, 2010

Endings and Beginnings

This week went by so fast after our friend and family full weekend that I barely had time to breathe much less come up with a meaningful post. I’m a little behind in a lot of things but that is okay.

I completed a goal that I’ve been wanting for myself for four years and it felt really good. I always like to begin and end with a ritual for most things. I believe in honoring the cycles that our lives go through on this journey. To celebrate the joy of being a Mother yet moving on to a place where I will not be having more children (knock on wood…cross your fingers…say a prayer) I wanted to get my belly pierced. I know that sacred transitions always come with a little pain and a change that is more inward then outward and this is something I’ve wanted to do for some time now.

So I went with my BFF and it was a rite of passage ripe with tears, fun and pretty new sparkly things that remind me that while I’m not perfect…I’m an awesome Mom. And my body was amazing to gift me with the two children it did. And I will be and ever am thankful to the whole amazing process of the creation of new life.

That said. This is for me. It doesn’t mean I’m wearing low shirts or anything. For the most part it is my secret only shared with a few friends who understand the meaning and importance of this simple act.

So meet my new phantom quartz crystal. This may seem like a simple thing but again it just a seed for something quite bigger then I ever thought possible. I’ll try and give you more on all that later on in the year when it makes sense to me. lol

Phantom crystals help to realign our actual self with our auric template. As a crystal with exact copies of itself inside it puts out an amazing amount of energy. Mine has seven phantom layers…which correspond to the chakras and the auric fields of the body. I could not be more pleased in this crystal. :)

I’ve been keeping up with my goals and finished another square on the MAK blanket and got another few squares done on Dianna too. I’ve got a knot on the board that I’ve been working on but this week has flown by and I never got to finish it…but that is what weekends are for.

Oh and in my off moments I’ve been learning sacred geometry. Shown above is the Flower of Life. Pretty neat stuff.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

And I almost forgot....the winner of the Celtic knot book is Geraldine! Congrats! Send me your address by e-mail okay...please and thank you! :)