Monday, January 06, 2020

1-6-2020 Monday-11:15am

Good Morning!
Lots of pictures today.  Will be a longer chat, so grab a cuppa!  :)
After I blogged last Monday I took some pictures of the results of the blizzard.  Out the front door looking one way...
...and the other.  Hard to see how high these snow piles are... here's a closer shot.
This is a door in the stairwell that you couldn't get out of.
Love the shape of the drifts, though.
Out in the hallway that connects my building to the main center building I took a shot out the door that goes to the dumpster and parking lot.   
Not that you can see much of them--LOL!
Okay--the big story of the week is about the lone rabbit (on the right).  It was joined on Monday late in the afternoon by another jackrabbit...
...with darker ears and face.
That lone rabbit that has been showing up before and during the last two storms...well, on Monday it was acting really spacey.  (You may be able to tell a little by that first photo.)  Didn't care if I walked right up to the patio door.  Sat in one spot and chewed slowly on seed...staring...eyes seemed unfocused.  I even began to wonder if it had gone blind.
That night when I peeked out after dark I saw four other jackrabbits that ran off a ways when I moved the blinds, but that lone lighter one still sat on the patio not moving.
In the morning on New Year's Eve I opened the blinds and cracked open the patio door to toss out some seed.  I hadn't seen anyone out there and they all run away when I open the door, I tossed the second cup I noticed the lone jackrabbit sitting in the left hand corner of the patio near the building.  Its eyes were bugged out in fear and it was breathing heavily--had that trapped look of fear.  I closed the patio door and stepped back.
Well, the poor thing tried to run away...but it just flopped over on its side and kicked the air frantically.  It would manage to get partially upright but then flop over on the other side.  Its back feet occasionally connected with some snow and it would kind of slide forward a few inches.  The poor thing was absolutely terrified!  Vulnerable, broad daylight, sunny morning, terrified, and couldn't get away!! 
This frantic ordeal went on for close to half an hour...with me staying more out of sight when it was facing my direction as it flip-flopped, kicking wildly.  It made it off my patio and was trying to head towards the short sidewalk to the left of my patio.  As I was staring through blurry eyes next to a Puffs box I had moved over to the end table by the suddenly occurred to me ...  Energy work!  Healing Touch!  Soul Comfort!  Why had it taken me so long to even think of it!?
Well, maybe because I have barely done any energy work since I moved up here 20 years ago and have done none at all since long before I moved here over 4 years ago.  Regardless, I immediately asked GA to help the jackrabbit and to help me with the jackrabbit.  Stood tall, planted my feet, palms toward the rabbit, put myself aside, and the energy came!  Like we had just done it yesterday!
The tingling vibration came down into the top of my head and out through my hands.  I kept repeating--both aloud and in my head--"you are safe, you are safe...."  The kicking slowed down.  The panting subsided.  "It's okay.  You can go.  You will always be safe.  It's okay.  You can go.  You will always be safe...."  
In just a few minutes it passed. 
I was so relieved!  Nothing worse than dying in terror.
Now that could have been a coincidence, of course.  But the energy is very intense and physical.  When I worked on people they could actually feel my hands vibrating and some people said they could feel the energy passing into their body or feel warmth or coolness.  Even though it has been many years...when I needed it and I was there.  :)
Speaking of getting teary-eyed.
Dagan was coming that evening to dump another bag of seed in the bin for me.   They never cleared the sidewalks so nobody bothered the rabbit all day.  Its body was safe there.  It was surrounded by snow drifts and the side doors in the back here couldn't even be opened.  :)

   Critters returned after the jackrabbit died.      
Life goes on.
A couple of its buddies even came by to eat at dusk.
Dagan came, brought in a
#40 bag of bird seed from the garage and dumped it in the bin for me.  Then Dagan and I went out and got the jackrabbit into the empty seed bag and then inside another trash bag and Dagan brought it to the dumpster.  It was handled with love and care.
I could easily have taken videos of it flip flopping and kicking in terror...but every living thing deserves dignity.  
  Then...after Dagan left on New Year's Eve I did my burning bowl ceremony and picked an angel card for 2020. 
That is the card I picked for my focus/my word for 2020!!  The card is all about sending healing/loving energy and how it helps others and yourself.  Perfect!!  It felt like the lifted up I felt all day...Dagan and I taking care of the body... the angel card that came so quickly and definitely--the entire day--just all fit together like a soul puzzle.  :)
That was my New Year's Eve.
What an uplifting start to 2020!
New Year's Day...
...Annie enjoyed her favorite many squirrels in a park video...
...while I finally started my calligraphy classes!
After the intro and supplies lesson came the Faux Calligraphy lesson.

I have done faux calligraphy a little bit in the past.  You just use an ordinary ballpoint or gel pen to make the thin and thick lines.
I didn't even draw guidelines.  Just winged it.
Now I am ready for lesson three this week!
Thursday was the very first time I have ever worked on a post ahead of that I could post my very first question blog on Friday when I got up.  Felt good to get my additions to the week done this first week of 2020.  
Friday was busy.  After getting up, getting ready, taking care of critters (inside and out)...  
...Caroline came with my groceries in the morning and then Dagan picked me up about 1pm for Christmas with McFamily!
The boys got to open their presents.  Liam even smiled for me!
Ian loved all his art supplies and workbook.
Liam liked his handheld dohickey that plays music and does numbers.  (Mama guides me in the right direction for these new-fangled kids toys--LOL!)  He got a laptop that has animal sounds, etc, too--and a Mog the cat book.
Liam got markers, paints, colored pencils, paint brushes, a big workbook, and a child's first rubber stamp set (of vehicles).
I remembered to get a picture of Leah...
...and Dagan, too.
Oh, and Ian liked Liam's laptop, too--LOL!

Then on Saturday Ian came over for a Gramma Day.  He used his colored pencils to draw in his new big workbook.  We rearranged all his art supplies to put away all his new Christmas stuff in his bookcase.  I gave him another tote for all his markers.  Then he decided he needed to dust so all by himself he took everything off each shelf (except the top one), dusted thoroughly, and put everything back.
When we only had 45 minutes left before Daddy was going to come and pick him up...he settled in to watch Stinky and Dirty.
So it was a super busy week for me.  Needless to say, I collapsed on Sunday--LOL!  But was a good first week to the new year, for sure.  I am hoping to keep up with the new schedule indefinitely.  Two blog posts (M,F), calligraphy class (W), Leah is going to try to come twice a week for craft nights (T,Th) and then a Gramma day(Sat or Sun).  Plus the occasional Friday afternoon visits over to McFamily's or a visit from Dagan and Liam at my place (to get Liam more comfortable with me).  That's a huge activity jump for this old lady who's been in extra low gear since June--LOL!  But I am thinking positive, of course.
Warmed up somewhere along the line for a short time after the blizzard.  Can you see the glaze of ice on the snowdrift?
Oh, I got an unexpected New Year's present from Google/Blogger.  :(  Not all my comments from you guys have been showing up in my inbox so that I can respond to you.  I get them all and read them all, but after I post them I am unable to respond to all of them.  Hopefully this is a glitch they will fix, but I thought I'd let you know in case it doesn't get fixed.  Know that I read and cherish each and every comment.  You also know that sometimes I am very, very slow responding or have not been feeling well so occasionally haven't answer some weeks unless there was a question...but now I may not be able to in the first place.  A new little fact of Blogger life for me.  Has this been happening to anyone else?
Well, that's it for this weekly newsletter post--LOL!  Congrats if you made it all the way through!  Have a wonderful week, everybody.  Stay safe in Australia!!  Love and hugs!  :) :)
"You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing.  You don't have to do anything to earn it.  Your shortcomings, your lack of esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success--none of that matters.  No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here."
Ram Dass


Rita said...

My comment to attempt to get your comments to respond to in my inbox if Blogger feels like it--LOL! ;)

DJan said...

Oh, Rita, I am still crying about your healing that sweet rabbit, and then drawing that card! What a delightfully uplifting post, one that brings light and love all around the blogosphere. May this year bring us all healing. My heart is full. Thank you.. :-)

Terra said...

What a sad and yet beautiful story of the rabbit, and you using your energy to help it pass. You picked the right card for 2020, healing.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Poor rabbit, you did what you could for him. Rabbits are funny they can be scared to death. Looks like you had a fun Christmas! I like your word for 2020, I hope it is a healing year for you cause you have lots of arts and crafts to do! :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This has truly been one busy week. Too bad about that poor dying rabbit, but I feel you helped it pass with dignity. Poor thing. Looks like you had lots of snow, too. You have been very busy, and I STILL can't believe how good Leah looks. She's amazing. But so are YOU.

Deb said...

Hi Rita - you have had a super busy week and lots of snow. I love the pictures of your grandsons. They are such good-looking young men! So glad you could help the rabbit pass peacefully. Hope enjoy this week and the new year!

Bonnie said...

You do have a lot of snow! Your week has been super busy too. It is sad about the rabbit but at least you were able to help it finally pass and rest in peace. I'm glad to hear you had a nice Christmas with the family. It sounds like you have the start of your new year all planned out which is great! Have a wonderful week!

Jon said...

Your New Year's Eve was extraordinarily significant, and you did a great job of describing it. The saga of the rabbit was very sad and upsetting, but he died amidst an aura of love - and he is at peace. And the amazing cycle of life goes on...
A memorable post, Rita.

Krisha said...

Great post Rita. So sad about the rabbit. They boys have really grown since my last visit, they look so happy.
I heard you were getting a lot of snow, WOW! the weather man was right!
Happy New Year!

Divers and Sundry said...

Wow! That snow! The story of the jackrabbit is a lesson in doing what we can to ease the way of others. Your week sounds busy. I look forward to seeing more posts from you :) The calligraphy lessons sound like fun!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

A very full week Rita. Happy grandson's with their Christmas presents, time to visit. A kind and loving passing for the rabbit. Adding your 2nd posting each week. Beginning your Calligraphy course. A good beginning for your year. Healing.

TammyVitale said...

focusing on the rabbit. I have a feral kitten that has started acting that way. He can't stay upright, but I see him playing with reeds (on his back) and he eats with the rest every morning. He acts like he's had a stroke or something. I am hoping that neither were poisoned or something (btw great energy work!).

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

The image of the lone jackrabbit flipping and flopping around dying was so sad. Grandchildren loving presents is always good

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

That's so sad about the jackrabbit. However, the energy you sent to it to help it know it was safe was just what it needed to move on. Thank you for caring so deeply for the wildlife and helping them in this life and as they transition on.

I can't believe how much snow you have up there! WOW! That's a lot to deal with.

Teresa Evangeline said...

Hi Rita, I haven't been by here for some time but am so glad I did this evening. This is a beautiful post, everything about it made me feel blessed. You are an amazing person ...