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We have had several rainy days over the last few weeks.  It would downpour, and I mean downpour,  for five to twenty minutes then the sun would come out and light up the sky with rays of sunshine. Each time this happened, I would run to the window and look for the rainbow.   I looked several times, but did not see the rainbow. I moved away from the window with a smile knowing that someone, somewhere must be seeing it.  I kept believing I was going to see one and the belief filled me with that magical feeling. I made a conscious decision to use this opportunity to slow down for a moment and experience the beauty in life that surrounds us.

During one of those quiet moments I began to hear that inner voice, a voice that I had not heard so strongly in a very long time.  My life is shifting in a positive direction and I see a more distinct path before me.  I no longer feel that I am at an intersection with a million different possible roads that I could take leading me this way or that way while leaving me stuck in the middle too overwhelmed to make a decision.  I am now making and walking into those quiet moments.  I know some of you might be reading this and saying to yourself  “If I only had the time to do that…” Let me explain when I say a quiet moment it might only be as long as taking a few breaths.  We all have the opportunity to take a few breaths in quiet. Even if you have to go into the bathroom and shut the door, take a few breaths (you might want to do it before actually using the bathroom facilities, lol!).

I could go on about this but I am not going to, I just wanted to say that I am building my dream.  What is my dream?  Well that is one I am still forming and may share when I feel ready.  For now, I will share my view of the rainbow. May your day be filled with magical moments.

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I finally feel signs of spring.  I am seeing more birds flying around my window.  The resilient bamboo offers a perfect perch for all sorts of passersby.  Even hummingbirds have been known to stop at the window for a quick pause into my room.  My desk is right below the window and they often will gaze upon me as I type.  If I look up they will cock their head to one side as if they are trying to get a deeper insight into what I am doing…here behind the glass.  A friend once invited me to see a baby hummingbirds nest that was in a tree in her backyard.  This post seems like the perfect time to show that picture.  The nest was so tiny and so were the birds!  She was so kind and generous for sharing this wonderful experience with me!

Baby Hummingbirds

Baby Hummingbirds

Full Nest

Full Nest

 

 

 

 

The backyard where these baby hummers called home reflects the personality of the woman behind the space.  She has created a sanctuary of life in this garden.  The garden is brimming with beautiful and bountiful plants.  Vegetables, fruits and flowers thrive through her touch.  I think that time freezes for her when she steps into her backyard.  Lost in nurturing life with a loving touch and definitely a greenthumb!  

I SO miss having a yard and garden.  To feel that dirt under my nails and the soil covering my hands…ahh back to Mother Earth.  With Earth Day coming up in just a few weeks I can’t help but think of having a garden again.  Everything in life has lessons though.  During this time of not having an outdoor garden I have learned the magic of coaxing orchids back into bloom.  This is a gift that my Mother taught me.  She revealed to me her secrets for nurturing her orchids.  I may not be able to get 20-some flowers on my variety but it blooms faithfully.

Orchid Buds

Orchid Buds

Orchid

Orchid

If you click on the image to the right you can see a larger version of the shot.

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Last night I felt a sudden sweep of sleepiness come over me.  I went to my husband, he was busy working away on his portfolio, and told him I was heading to bed.   I told him I was too tired to do the dishes and would do them in the morning. I also told him I was too tired to set-up breakfast in the slow cooker(which was among the dirty dishes) for the next morning.  At that moment, I had convinced myself of these facts.

I sleepily made my way to the kitchen to get a glass of water to take to bed.  As I rounded the corner into the kitchen I was mesmorized by the moonlight coming in under the half closed curtains.  I raised the curtains and gazed at the beauty of the moon.  It gave me enough of an uplift that I decided to do the dishes before going to bed.  My heart didn’t want to leave the magical feeling of the moonlight.  I went and opened the blinds above the sink to allow the glow of the moon to enter into my kitchen.  Next I placed a small candle at the edge of the sink.  Between the two sources of light I had just enough glow to see my dishes.

Late night dishes.

Late night dishes.

I do love candlelight.  As I began washing the dishes it offered me a heightened sensory experience.  As I could not fully see with my eyes all the surfaces of the various dishes I was washing, I had to feel the surface.  I explored, through the sense of touch, the structure of each object that I use everyday. Both inside and outside surfaces of these everyday objects felt new as my hands utilized the gliding slippery foamy lubricant the dishwater offered.  Our body is capable of so many experiences.  Sometimes if we change just one variable within an everyday activity we can alter our thought process, even if only temporarily.  This experience did this for me, not to mention saving a little on the electric bill. 🙂

 

 

Candle

Candle

 

 

 I turned on the kettle to boil some water. I washed the slow cooker and set up a cup of mung beans to cook overnight. I should mention I use our rice-cooker cup to measure, so I don’t believe it is an 8 oz cup. One cup of beans to three cups of water works perfect in the small cooker that we use. Not only is it an economical breakfast, so important in these times, but having breakfast ready when you get out of bed in the morning is awesome!  

My kettle was ready and I made a delicious cup of herbal tea.  The tea was a custom rooibus blend from the teashop where I use to work.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had any of that tea(yes I know technically it is not a tea) left.  With the dishes done, breakfast prepared, and my tea steeping, I went into the bedroom to grab a small blanket.  I wrapped myself up and called my sweet & precious kitty cat.  She looked at me with eager loving eyes.  Have I mentioned how much I love my cat?  I poured a glass of tea as she watched me.  Then I opened the door to the deck and stepped outside.  She looked at me perplexed….outside at night???  My indoor cat slowly made her way onto the deck with me.  I tightened the blanket around my shoulders and sat down.  She came over and jumped onto my lap and snuggled.  She needed the cuddle time I think, as much as I did.  Together we gazed up at the moon.  

 

Prayer flags in moonlight.

Prayer flags in moonlight.

 

 

Moonbeams gleamed hypnotically through the prayer flags on my deck. We basked together in that light as I sipped my tea and pet her head…and chin….don’t forget the chin!  She purred and purred.  Sitting together I was, and still am, so grateful for those moments.  The moments I almost missed out on!

 So a message to those that might feel alone right now…gaze upon the moon and know you are not alone.  There are those of us also gazing and basking in the moonlight.  We are together.  Can you feel it?

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Enter the moment of darkness. The darkness that appears when you are still clinging onto the last rays of light. Knowingness of light remains deep within your soul. You know the dark does not last forever. The light is still there, even when you cannot see it anymore. Sitting in that quiet place, the time between when the day-walkers slow down and the night-walkers begin to stir.

Darkness

Darkness

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After a rather fantastic night filled with inspiring dreams, I am ready to work on a new series.  Today will be a day of sketching and layouts mixed with homemade Chai.   (more…)

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I have ventured out the last few days to places I have often thought of going.  I spent a day in Encinitas, CA with a friend and we went to Swami’s Beach. We were there at low tide and here is one of the tide pools.

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Magic Moments

The cyclic aspects of life  always enthralled me.  The four seasons, birth and death, sunrises and sunsets offered moments to pause and reflect. So often those moments are missed in our busy lives. (more…)

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