Monday, May 27, 2013

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

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(Artwork: "Gates of Fairyland" by Margaret W. Tarrant)

Since I deleted my old blog, there have been crickets around here. (Entirely my doing as I took off the 'Followers' gadget and have vowed to only blog for myself from now on). I've grown tired of knowing that the same May 12th post has been gathering dust up at top of this blog, so I decided to remedy that today.

With another post which will likely share the same fate for a few weeks. Photobucket

It's been crazy around here since we're in the process of moving, and sitting here at the computer isn't exactly easy-peasy just now since a pinched nerve is misbehaving in my shoulder again. (I think this is what they call getting old. When the hell did that happen? Mini rant: Father Time, you suck!)

Since time is limited, and my imagination and creativity just the same, I've decided to just lazily copy/paste a snippet from one of my older blogs (which is just a lazy copy/paste snippet from another site). It's pretty short, and I like that it doesn't ramble on and on and on.

Like me.



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1. Buy a small notebook, set it close to your bed, and keep a pen close by.

2. Before you go to bed each night, write what you want to dream about in the notebook. (Be sure to label somewhere at the top!) Draw pictures, write and draw with lots of detail, remember even the smallest things are important. Don't watch something before you go to bed or you may dream about that!

3. Read what you've written as many times as you need to get it in your head.

4. Lie down, relax, and think hard about what you want to dream about. Think of details, they are important!

5. Close your eyes and look at the images from your dream as they appear in your subconscious. If nothing appears, read your dream again.

6. Think of it in the 1st person point of view. Imagine what it would seem like through your eyes.

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7. Think of dialogue and sounds in your dream until you are hearing them in your mind.

8. Think hard, but maintain a calm posture. Do not get tense. Just relax.

9. Go to sleep with these images and sounds in your head.

10. When you wake up, whether you had the right dream or not, write what happened parallel or connected somehow to the dream that you wanted to have. Again, label!

11. Compare the two dreams and think about the similarities and differences, write them down, or simply ponder over them.

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- Try to sleep in a quiet area with no distractions whatsoever.

- Play music associated with your dream quietly.

- Label everything!

- Remember details as they are important.

- Read your dream journal often.

- Try having a symbol on your ceiling or near your bed that you can easily access. Stare at it for a few minutes before you go to sleep, and stare at it for a few minutes when you wake up. This can help you remember your dreams better/more often.



Sunday, May 12, 2013

That Most Wonderful Person

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I thought I'd share a few pics of the card and necklace that I made for Mom this year.

The photos aren't so great, but I'm striving to accept imperfection as it applies to my creative endeavors. Even the card and necklace.... I made them the best I could with the supplies I had on hand. I really want to age the necklace, but I haven't found any Gilder's Paste yet.

To all the Mommy's out there, Happy Mother's Day! flowers photo flowers.gif


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"Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over."

~ George Cooper

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"The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven."

~ William Goldsmith Brown

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"Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother."

~ Ann Taylor

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"Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart."

~ Author Unknown

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And my favorite Mothers Day-ish quote passage of all!

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after her children are asleep, to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight. When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind; and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.

~ Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie


Monday, May 6, 2013

House Sold

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(Art: Susan Wheeler)

The house sold Saturday night!

Still, being a typical earth sign (Taurus) I won't believe it until we're moved out.

And I'm definitely relieved that we don't have to be out of here until after my brother's wedding. I've never been to that other house and everyone will be out of state for 5 days. I just wouldn't feel comfortable being alone in a strange environment - with mice still probably - for that long.

Well... alone with 3 dogs and a 17 year old cat, and on 43 acres with only one neighbor.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Daybook - May the 4th be with you

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Outside my window... it's a pretty day, and all day little Abby has been driving me mad because all she wants to do is play outside with her new pot. We're out here right now.

I am thinking... that my sweet doggy needs an intervention over this crazy bucket obsession of hers. A plastic bucket used to pot plants is her favorite toy. It's all she thinks about.

I'm not making this up.

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I am thankful... that the animals have been so well-behaved during our car rides and walks while people look at the house.

In the kitchen... there had better not be one flake of dirt on the floor because I'm constantly sweeping in there.

I am wearing... a boring T-shirt and bluejeans.

I am creating... a calming image in my mind of a beautiful rainbow over a sparkling lake. The lake is surrounded by pines swaying in the breeze, but then our real estate agent appears underneath one solitary oak that's as heavy as a Tyrannosaurus Rex on steroids.

The clouds darken and a bolt of lightning strikes the tree, which falls on the agent's pompous, no-good, lying two-faced head. (Karma's a bitch). He screams like a little girl, but seeing how he's all alone no one but the birds can hear him scream.

The birds in this forest aren't of the Disney variety, so they aren't going to fly to the nearest kingdom to ask for help. They recognize a villain when they see one.

His @ss is pretty much toast, so this story has a really happy ending!

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I am going... to have to return from the dark side now, because creating that image in my head was a lot of fun.

Just FYI: Our agent is the biggest liar I've ever come across. In the real estate world he is THE Master at lying. You have to question and second guess every little thing he says.

I am wondering... about several things.

1). How can our agent live with himself?

2). Why are the birds so NOISY and busy today? Is there an Olympic event going on in this backyard, because it sure feels that way.

They sound like an orchestra when they warm up before a concert.

3). I repeat: Why a grungy plastic bucket?  photo stumped.gif

4). Is our agent really as stupid as he sounds? The latest idiocy spew out of Dumbo's mouth this morning.

"You should feel flattered. These people like your house. They want your house, so it's like they want to date you. It's a compliment."

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Yeah, you dumdum. Let's agree to lose $8,000 to complete strangers. You're so right. We should just give them our house because they want to sleep in it.

I am reading... nothing at the moment. I haven't read a book in a long time, even though I have hundreds of them inside my closet just waiting to be explored.
I am hoping... that in a parallel universe this man is my husband.  photo 110104_emM9.gif

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I am looking forward to... hopefully having cows and a donkey named "Hugs" as next door neighbors.

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I am learning... that animals are smarter than people.

Around the house... it's stressful because so far the people that have come to our house aren't serious. They're only a bunch of lookie-loo's. Even today we get an offer for $8,000 off the already-low asking price.

And these are the same people that came to our house twice yesterday. Late Thursday night they gave us a ridiculous 5-minute notice, which we turned down of course. They were basically parked in our driveway, and they knew we require a 30-minute window to get ready. They then made an appointment for Friday morning. They came, then made ANOTHER appointment the same night from 7:15-8:15. They stayed the entire hour, even though they had already been in our house for an hour earlier in the day. That's over 2 hours of our time on these people, so I hope they're serious.

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Rambling Note: So I just found out they're from Missouri, and I have to say that they were very complimentary about our house on the agent's website. They've been looking at a lot of houses, and they said ours was the best one they'd seen.

I can understand how difficult it must be to move from out of state, and I can understand how much better the real estate market is here compared to elsewhere... but we're not gonna give this house away.

Anyway--I felt really sorry for Wendy Kitty yesterday. During that first showing, she got really sick right there in her crate. It was horrible. She's an old gal of 17 and these trips can be stressful on her frail little body.

One of my favorite things... is Walt Disney World.  photo fan.gif

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I am pondering... why so many people in this world lack manners.

A favorite quote for today...

"There's a dark side to each and every human soul. We wish we were Obi-Wan Kenobi, and for the most part we are, but there's a little Darth Vader in all of us. Thing is, this ain't no either-or proposition. We're talking about dialectics, the good and the bad merging into us. You can run but you can't hide. My experience? Face the darkness. Stare it down. Own it. As brother Nietzsche said, being human is a complicated gig. So give that ol' dark night of the soul a hug. Howl the eternal yes!"

~ Chris in the Morning / Northern Exposure


Friday, May 3, 2013

I am, I think, I know: May 2013

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I am: more than ready for this house to sell.

I think: positive thinking and the Law of Attraction is total bunk.

I know: this is true because I've tried it twice now. Experience teaches sense, so never again will I believe in it.

I want: aliens to be real. I want them to beam up all the unconscionable real estate agents into their spaceships, and then transport them to a planet that's overrun by either dinosaurs or proctologists.

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I have: grown tired of people and real estate agents that don't think our time is valuable.

I dislike: pretty much every single real estate agent we've come across over the past month. There's no professionalism or common courtesy. They even think they're above the laws of breaking and entering. (We have evidence of this on our security cameras, twice).

And if they're not going to honor an appointment, why don't they have the common courtesy to at least call and say that they're running late? Otherwise we're stuck riding around in the car for an hour or two, with 3 dogs and 1 elderly cat of 17 with failing health.

Treat others the way you wish to be treated is all I'm saying. This is something we're taught in Kindergarten, so you'd think that surely they could grasp such an elementary concept.

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I miss: the 80's. Remember when MTV actually played music videos, and the Disney Channel didn't just cater to middle school kids? Remember this?

I fear: that lately my pessimism > my optimism.

I feel: restless, lost and annoyed.

I hear: the dogs barking again.

I smell: a clean house, although the cat has other ideas.

I crave: to win the Texas lottery very soon.

I search: and search, and search all the time.

I wonder: if I'll ever find a way to make good money by working from home.

I regret: that money is a necessary evil in this world.

I love: this weather we're having today! It's a record breaking 67 degrees right now. Incredible!

I care: about my pets a lot more than some people.

I am always: wanting everyone to be happy.

I worry: more than people know.

I remember: that I used to want to be an astronaut.  photo earth.gif (What kid didn't?)

I sing: like nothing special at all.

I argue: with myself a lot.

Does that sound a little psycho, because it sounded like it as I was typing.  photo blink_zps6f8a60d8.gif

I write: hardly ever in my blogs anymore.

I wish: I had a bag of Orange Milano cookies to enjoy with my cappuccino tonight.

I listen: to cd's that I've made a lot more than I do the radio.

I don't understand: violence.

I am scared: of our time being wasted again. (The people that saw the house this morning are returning tonight. If they aren't pre-qualified and are just more lookie-loo's, I'm gonna lose it. I am so tired of this. So, so, soooo tired).

I need: either a nap or an attitude adjustment. I'm just not in a very pleasant mood tonight.

I am happy: when I'm at Disney World!  photo mk.gif

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Quote of the Day:

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