Tuesday, January 26, 2016
It's Tuesday already?!
And almost the end of January?!
Well, I actually spent the weekend working on The Postman's Knock January challenge/contest. [Note: The T-Stands For Tuesday group will recognize the red coffee mug at my side--LOL!] I drug out the old binder from the adult evening calligraphy class I attended over 20 years ago.
Using Lindsey's frame that I colored, I made up the goal list.
Nothing worked right...not all weekend.
I'm sure when you've done anything creative that you have had those days where nothing worked right--whether it was sewing, baking, crafting, painting, whatever. I am soooo out of practice that my hand just wouldn't work the way I wanted it to and nothing turned out right. But I kept plugging away--because I know it is exactly because I need to just get back into the swing of things again.
I did the illustration--challenge number two. Lindsey had samples she had done and I chose to try a letter.
Even though nothing was turning out well, I was having a lot of fun. I'd play a little and needed lots of breaks...
...but I worked on the hand illustrated card and envelope (parts three and four).
It was dark on Sunday night by the time I finished...
...so no matter how I arranged these I got shadows from the big kitchen light (that I am so glad is working again--LOL!).
I am just so glad I finished!! Whoohoo!! :)
Karma was too busy snoozing to care--LOL!
Anyways, some exciting news! Midcontinent is now available in the building! They left little info-bags on all the doorknobs. I called yesterday to switch over my internet service. CableOne is more evil than I thought. In the new buildings they are keeping all the keys to the cable boxes! Usually the management/office at the building has them. This means that in order to switch companies I have to arrange to get CableOne out here to open the box for Midcontinent. Apparently they have not been very cooperative about this box opening for other companies, either. The Midcontinent lady, Tammy, told me that sometimes it can take up to four days to get them out to open a box--and that's even after they have picked a day and time. They keep changing it or not showing up so the Midcontinent people have to waste time waiting around for them.
Also, it is illegal for them to tell people (like they told me) that they have a contract with the apartment complex to be the sole provider for Cable and Internet. It was an outright lie, but they do it all the time, she said.
So, I called CableOne yesterday to arrange for them to open the box on Wednesday at 3pm--which is when Midcontinent can be here to switch me over. I not only wanted CableOne to come and open the box for Midcontinent, but I wanted them to come and get the modem I was renting from CableOne, too, as long as they were here (which they usually make you return). I played up the old, disabled and housebound thing to the hilt, baby. Hey--I am not lying! I was sweet as could be and just expecting them to be helpful with all my gratitude for them going out of their way. Will it work? Don't know.
I never got a call back from Cable One yesterday. Oh, and I asked if they had to come earlier than 3pm could they just leave the box open for Midcontinent when they came later? Time will tell. I am hoping to get more flies with honey, as they say. ;)
My former good memory pre-fibro is long gone. I cannot even remember now who suggested I look to see what the grouse and jackrabbits mean as totem animals or spirit animals in native cultures. But I did it--and took notes from several websites--and, no, I didn't write down where the notes were from, but you can google it. Or google your own animal. Was very interesting!
Grouse, also known as Prairie Chickens
If grouse keep showing up in your life: you will be learning lessons that entail understanding and connecting with the Sacred Spiral, one of the oldest symbols of personal growth. Grouse medicine can be imagined like a whirlpool or a tornado with the spiral taking you to the center. (I found this fascinating since it is a wind spiral that brings them to me in the first place!) Going to the center will allow for a personal vision or enlightenment of some kind. Grouse invites you to dance or walk--get back in balance with the earth--mind, body, and spirit. But stay grounded, slow down, keep your balance.
Grouse comes to you when your spirit is too tired and you need to rejuvenate your energy. (Spot on, eh?!) You want to be alone. You want/need power/energy. You are finding it hard to trust someone. (huh?) You need to seek higher enlightenment and wisdom for your current difficulties. Need to connect with spirit. Need balance.
Fertility, creativity, magic, associated with transformation. Receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages. Power of listening/hearing/clairaudience. Quick thinking. Moving through fear.
Abundance, comfort, creativity/creation, harmony, vulnerability. Jackrabbit tells you to love, nurture, and then let go. To examine and utilize the tools we have within ourselves. Jackrabbit is the teacher of skills in the arts and crafts. (Whoohoo!)
I was born in the Chinese year of the rabbit. Luckiest of signs. Talented, articulate, affectionate, and peaceful. Rabbit is the eternal optimist. (Right on, baby!)
Anyways, I thought you might get a kick out of grouse and jackrabbit as my spirit animals. I loved it!
Come February it is International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo). The challenge is to send something every day of the month--card or letter. "Vintage social media"--one of my loves--LOL! You can sign in and track your mail and such, but I will just try to write as many letters as I can on my own. I usually write 1-3 a week, but 29? You know me and challenges--LOL! I'd be glad to send half that. Of course, if they are not all letters and more cards...hummm....
McFamily is home from their weekend as of yesterday. Leah and Ian might stop by for a bit this afternoon. Sweet! :) I have the dentist on Thursday--and maybe be getting new internet service this week. If all goes well--tomorrow!! Unlimited amount of usage at half the price, too!!
We have sunshine today!! 26 degrees F. I saw the grouse half a dozen times yesterday and they've already been here this morning. Brought the trash out after dark this weekend and a couple jackrabbits were playing in the parking lot. And I even finished a challenge!! Felt so good to have calligraphy pens and paint brushes in hand...like a old friend I have been away from for so long that we are still a bit awkward. But I know we will get comfortable quickly if we just keep spending time together. ;)
Have a beautiful day!! :):)
"May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers."
Thich Nhat Hanh