Snow It’s Not

It all started yesterday when a friend told me we were expecting a huge snow storm. I immediately got worried, scared and troubled over what was to come. I saw accidents and horrible struggles and fear.

We were planning on having a family breakfast get together in the morning. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to get the one mile down the road to the store for the items we needed in the morning so I hurried up and went that evening.

I awoke to at least 4 or 5 inches of snow and started my coffee. I went on Facebook and I started seeing all these posts about the snow. People were calling it “heart attack” snow because it is wet and heavy.

I figured I would start shovelling so my daughters, sister-in-law and niece could park in the driveway. There would be no parking in the street so the plows could get by. I told my son and other daughter, “One of you watch the bacon and do the cooking and one of you help me shovel. This is heart attack snow.”

As they had just woken up I knew it would be a while before one of them came to help me so I just got started. As I was shovelling I began to think….

“When did it become “heart attack” snow and not “good packing,” “snowman building,” “sledding,” or “snowball fight” snow?

Snow Bunny

I wondered how many people would have heart attacks shovelling, and how many of those because they thought it was heart attack snow. I thought about how much fear and worry I had felt because I knew it was coming. I thought about how much negativity was being spread as people were freaking out about the snow. I got sucked in too. I just told my kids the same thing.

I started trying to change the way I felt about it. Actually, I like shovelling. I always have. It’s a great workout and I like the sense of accomplishment I feel when the driveway is all cleared. Although, according to the weather man, I probably won’t get to feel that until tomorrow when it finally stops.

I thought about all the extra money the snowplow drivers would make. I thought about the breakfast we were having and my family I was clearing the driveway for. How lucky I am to have a good reason to shovel.

I thought about writing in the snow and taking a picture for my friend that moved to California.

Then my son came out to help me. I am so lucky to have a son that cares about me and will help me. He was exhibiting a lot of the snow negativity as we were talking while shovelling. I told him all the things I was thinking and that the choice is always his as to how he wants to view the world. I told him how awesome this snow was cause we got the chance to talk and spend this time together. I got the chance to give him some guidance. This was a good thing.

As we were shovelling a guy came down the street on a snowmobile. I bet that guy was happy as a clam. Then I heard the neighbor’s kids across the street in their yard. The voices were happy, cheerful, excited.

Now I know driving in it really stinks, but my sis-in-law & niece did it anyway to come and see us. My daughters and son-in-law too, although they didn’t have far to come.

My youngest had to work too, so we had to drive her and will pick her up but I’m sure  we will make it without a mishap. I do feel for all the people who have to drive today but hopefully most people can stay in and hey, maybe they could really use some down time anyway.

So the challenge and lesson for today, as it is every day, is to be conscious of the way we think and what we share with others. We can choose to be sucked into the negativity and keep spreading it or we can choose to see the good in things and spread more light.

So, heart attack snow? Snow it’s not. It’s great snowball snow!

snowball

 

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Snow It’s Not

It all started yesterday when a friend told me we were expecting a huge snow storm. I immediately got worried, scared and troubled over what was to come. I saw accidents and horrible struggles and fear.

We were planning on having a family breakfast get together in the morning. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to get the one mile down the road to the store for the items we needed in the morning so I hurried up and went that evening.

I awoke to at least 4 or 5 inches of snow and started my coffee. I went on Facebook and I started seeing all these posts about the snow. People were calling it “heart attack” snow because it is wet and heavy.

I figured I would start shovelling so my daughters, sister-in-law and niece could park in the driveway. There would be no parking in the street so the plows could get by. I told my son and other daughter, “One of you watch the bacon and do the cooking and one of you help me shovel. This is heart attack snow.”

As they had just woken up I knew it would be a while before one of them came to help me so I just got started. As I was shovelling I began to think….

“When did it become “heart attack” snow and not “good packing,” “snowman building,” “sledding,” or “snowball fight” snow?

Snow Bunny

I wondered how many people would have heart attacks shovelling, and how many of those because they thought it was heart attack snow. I thought about how much fear and worry I had felt because I knew it was coming. I thought about how much negativity was being spread as people were freaking out about the snow. I got sucked in too. I just told my kids the same thing.

I started trying to change the way I felt about it. Actually, I like shovelling. I always have. It’s a great workout and I like the sense of accomplishment I feel when the driveway is all cleared. Although, according to the weather man, I probably won’t get to feel that until tomorrow when it finally stops.

I thought about all the extra money the snowplow drivers would make. I thought about the breakfast we were having and my family I was clearing the driveway for. How lucky I am to have a good reason to shovel.

I thought about writing in the snow and taking a picture for my friend that moved to California.

Then my son came out to help me. I am so lucky to have a son that cares about me and will help me. He was exhibiting a lot of the snow negativity as we were talking while shovelling. I told him all the things I was thinking and that the choice is always his as to how he wants to view the world. I told him how awesome this snow was cause we got the chance to talk and spend this time together. I got the chance to give him some guidance. This was a good thing.

As we were shovelling a guy came down the street on a snowmobile. I bet that guy was happy as a clam. Then I heard the neighbor’s kids across the street in their yard. The voices were happy, cheerful, excited.

Now I know driving in it really stinks, but my sis-in-law & niece did it anyway to come and see us. My daughters and son-in-law too, although they didn’t have far to come.

My youngest had to work too, so we had to drive her and will pick her up but I’m sure  we will make it without a mishap. I do feel for all the people who have to drive today but hopefully most people can stay in and hey, maybe they could really use some down time anyway.

So the challenge and lesson for today, as it is every day, is to be conscious of the way we think and what we share with others. We can choose to be sucked into the negativity and keep spreading it or we can choose to see the good in things and spread more light.

So, heart attack snow? Snow it’s not. It’s great snowball snow!

snowball

 

 

 

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Merry Days

I have been hearing complaints about people wishing people “Happy Holidays.” I find it sad that one can find something negative about someone wishing them well.

Then my daughter didn’t like me saying “Merry Christmas” to the man at the bank. Maybe he was Jewish and celebrated Hanukkah and would be offended.

To me, I don’t care what you celebrate, the fact that you took the time & thought to wish me well is all that matters. If someone said, “Happy Kwanzaa” to me I would say, “Thank you. You too.”

So I don’t understand these Facebook posts challenging people to have the guts to say “Merry Christmas.”

It doesn’t take courage to wish someone well. It takes an open heart, thoughtfulness, kindness and love.

With that said, and in the hope that you take this wish in the spirit that it is given, I would like to wish you

Merry Days!

May all your days be filled with light, love and kindness.

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Make a Wish and Watch it Grow!

A while back my sister had the opportunity to go through an old barn and take any items she wanted. She collected a few things and offered some to me. Of the items I took was an old rusted iron trough. I have no idea what it was supposed to be but I thought it was interesting and wanted it.

iron bowl

My usual plan would have been to use it as a planter but that was boring to me so I hung on to it for several years until I had just the right use for it.

This past summer I decided to expand my flower garden and turn it into a special place. A sanctuary where I could meditate or just sit and be grateful for all the beauty that nature provides. A natural place for the bees, butterflies and birds to eat and drink. A space where I could connect to nature and feel its power and abundance.

As I began to add more features to the garden I looked at the iron thing again and started pondering what I could use it for. At first I was thinking maybe I could incorporate it into the water feature I was adding but it didn’t fit in that plan.

As I was building the fountain though, I was going through all my rocks and that gave me the perfect idea for the iron trough.

I made it into a wishing rock container. What is a wishing rock, you ask? Well it is something I made up.

Wishing Rock Love

It is a rock that has a wish painted on it. I took a bunch of stones and rocks that I had collected over the years and put them in a basket. I bought some paint pens and invited everyone who came over to visit me to paint their wish on a rock and toss it into the iron trough.

Stones and Paint Pens

I put the wishing rock trough in my flower garden so that everyone’s wishes and beautiful thoughts would grow and spread.

Heart Heal Rock

Serenity RockIt was a great way to incorporate my family and friends and their hopes and dreams into my sanctuary. The perfect way to turn an old, rusted iron thing, which was pretty cool looking, into something more beautiful.

Wishing Rock Trough

 

So if you ever come to my house you will find the basket and paint pens and can make a wishing rock of your own to add. I think it would be awesome if the wishing trough started to overflow with beautiful pictures, thoughts and desires. I hope that all the wishes come true and the energy of all the collective ideas feeds the garden making this space a true sanctuary for all who enter it.

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A Nice Warm Cup of Soap?

I have been wanting to create a new soap for a while now. After collecting some ideas I decided to try making an Earl Grey soap.

Earl Grey Soap

I love earl grey tea and find it very warm & soothing with its smoky, sweet citrus tones. It gets its unique taste and fragrance from bergamot essential oil.

This oil is obtained by cold expression of the peel from the fruit of the bergamot tree, which was named for the Italian city where the oil was first sold.

It was a great idea to add it to tea as some research has shown it to be useful in curing mouth infections, as well as skin, respiratory and urinary tract.

Tea has all kinds of health benefits as well. It contains flavonoids and antioxidants which can help fight against cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, strokes and improve cholesterol levels. Contrary to popular opinion, the caffeine in tea does not dehydrate you and since tea is 95% water it is also a good way to hydrate your body.

Earl Grey Tea

So with all that goodness I thought, why not put it in soap?

Wouldn’t it be great to take a nice warm shower with it and then curl up on the couch with a soothing cup of earl grey tea?

Or maybe a bath with it because then you can use the soap and drink the tea while relaxing in the tub.

Either way, I made a strong batch of earl grey tea and used it and some of the tea leaves in the soap. I scented it with bergamot essential oil but also added a little orange, lavender and smoky vetiver. I’m not sure how it will turn out after curing for 3 weeks but so far I like the smell a lot.

I will be curious to see if others will like it too. What do you think? Want to try it?

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