New Basket

This is a basket I completed a few months ago.  It’s my first vessel.  I really like the vessel concept and I plan to make a lot of these.  Since making this basket, I have been working on a series of baskets all in the same color scheme, but in different sizes and shapes.  I’m also very pleased with the concept of making a collection like this.  I still need to add the handles to the tops of the vessel lids, and then take photos.  I’ll post those when I have them

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Celebration of Food (Yay)

In the last month or two I have been able to start eating foods that I haven’t been able to eat since I had my accident with the broccoli in 2011.  I can now eat salads!  I really missed salads.  I can’t eat raw carrots yet, but I can eat lettuce, and carrots that have been sauteed and caramelized, and peas if I take the skins off, and raw zucchini, and marinated tofu, and cooked green beans, all of which make a very nice salad.  And I can eat rice.  I really missed rice as well.  I don’t have to run any of these things through a strainer, and I don’t have to cook the crap out of pasta.  I can eat it al dente.  I can eat beans now, too.  And peeled apples and pears, and bananas, and raisins.  So the world of food has opened up for me quite a bit.  I guess it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to not be able to eat anything but mush, and very soft foods, so it’s also probably difficult to imagine what it’s like to be able to eat foods that probably seem very mundane for the first time in seven years, but it’s absolutely amazing.

Maybe it’s the Reiki that’s doing it.  Maybe it’s a combination of that and reducing the amount of acid I consume, particularly close to bedtime.  I got some information from one of the guides I work with while doing Reiki about needing to reduce my acid intake.  So I stopped drinking orange juice entirely.  I used to drink orange juice mixed with soy milk as a vehicle for my crushed vitamin pills shortly before bed.  Probably the orange juice was sitting in my throat, coating it with acid while I was sleeping.  Now I use apple juice instead.

I haven’t done any full Reiki sessions on myself in a while (story about that in a future post), but I set up a Reiki box in which I have a permanent Reiki request, so maybe that’s been helping.

Whatever it is that’s helping my throat heal, I’m just profoundly thankful that it is healing.  My body was really starting to suffer from the lack of adequate nutrition.  It’s starting to feel a lot more healthy now.  Yay!

Now the challenge is to find a way to stop gaining weight from all of the fun I’m having with food.  It’s a challenge I can live with.

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Fall Outdoor Garden Update

The cucumbers did splendidly.  Until Hurricanes Irma and Jose kicked up some stiff winds here in this part of the world.  I was growing them upright on some wire supports, and the winds knocked those over, somewhat uprooting the cucumber plants.  They never recovered from that, so they are finished with their growing season.  I got some very lovely cucumbers from them, though.

The tomato plants are still growing, and there are now a few small tomatoes on the plants.  No sign of leaf footed bugs yet, and maybe they won’t find these plants, but I have about a dozen yards of netting to cover the plants with in case they do show up.  Some different kinds of caterpillars and worms denuded the tomato plants’ foliage quite a bit, but I started going out there at night after dark and I was able to pick them off and transfer them to a patch of weeds where I thought they might be happy, and the tomato plants have recovered nicely.  Container gardening seems to be my best option at this time.  I can grow my plants in a location where they will not be as stressed out by the intense midday sun during the hottest part of the summer, and I can cover the plants with netting if I have to.  In previous years, the tomato plants suffered from a lot of fungal and viral infections because of the incredibly high nighttime humidity.  This hasn’t happened yet with these tomato plants, even though I started growing them in July.  I don’t know if it’s because they are less stressed out where they are or because it hasn’t been as humid this year as in previous years.  But I will be ready with plastic to cover next year’s plants at nighttime if I have to.

The Asclepias (milkweed) was also severely denuded by critters (not monarch caterpillars, however), but some of it survived.  I wasn’t too aggressive about protecting it this year because I didn’t expect it to blossom in time for the monarch caterpillars anyway. Next year it will probably not have too many predators until the monarchs show up and I’m growing it for them, anyway, so they can eat it all they want.

I was re-reading some of the original posts I wrote when I first started this blog.  I had in mind to have a Perelandra type of garden that would employ the same kinds of co-creative dynamics that are used there.  At the time there were many things that needed to be factored in that I hadn’t anticipated.  For one thing, I don’t have enough control over what happens with the energies here.  I’m not the only person who lives here, and the other person who lives here has a vastly different energy dynamic than what is needed for the kind of balance a garden of this type requires.  And with the kind of co-creative gardening they use at Perelandra, the crop is not the most important thing.  The garden is.  And sometimes the needs of the garden required sacrificing the crop.  That wasn’t possible for me.  My husband could not accommodate the idea of not getting maximum use from the plants that I invested money, time, and energy into growing.

And now he has taken on the property as his project, which thrills me to no end, but I am not the one making decisions about what is going to happen, and my husband is not the sort of person who would consider consulting with nature about what to do next, so I’m just going to have to do my best to advocate for nature as much as I can, and then work to achieve healing and  balance through other means.  The Genesa crystal will help a lot with that, and I will probably use Reiki to heal this property and the nature that exists here.  I think we can achieve balance.  But I guess it’s not truly co-creative if one of the entities who lives here (my husband) is not included in the energy dynamic or the decision making process.  So it is going to have to be a kind of balance that includes the paradigm within which my husband lives.  I feel that the result will still be very beautiful and magical in its own way.

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As if my time wasn’t already in short supply… I’ve added another thing to my already full schedule.  A while back someone suggested that I investigate Reiki as a possible way of treating some of my health problems.  He was saying that he’d seen some very impressive results from that healing method.  I considered it but since I don’t have a lot of resources for that sort of thing, I put it on a back burner for the time being.  A few weeks ago one of my friends shared a “memory” in Facebook from a couple of years ago.  It was a link to Udemy, which is an online platform for taking courses in a lot of different subjects.  This particular link was to a Reiki course, Level I, Level II, and Master Level, all in one course.  And Udemy had it on sale for a limited time for only $10.  How could I refuse?  I took it as a clear sign that I was intended to learn Reiki.  Not too long before that, I also had asked for the perfect work for me.  I feel that making beautiful things is perfect work for me, but alone, it isn’t going to be paying the bills any time soon.  I was hoping to be able to add another revenue stream that could make it possible for me to quit the muggle job and spend all of my working hours doing things I love to do.  And then this course fell in my lap. I took it as an answer to my request.

I am still taking the course, but I have received my Level I, Level II and Master Level attunements, and I have been working just on myself so far.  I’m going to continue working mostly on myself, and on people close to me if they request it, until I feel I can charge for my services with the confidence that it is actually helping people.  I feel that if I can make a difference in my own health, then I can help other people as well. But I won’t start a practice until I see results with my own health issues.  In the Reiki tradition there are five principles.  One of the five is this:  Just for today, I will do my work honestly.  That is a very important principle to me, so I intend to be true to it.

When I am in the sitting spot, near the Genesa crystal, I can feel a most beautiful healing energy flowing through my body.  When I do Reiki self-treatments, I feel something very similar.  This gives me some optimism that what I am doing is helping me.  I sure hope so.  Being able to move forward in health and abundance would be a blessing.

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Baskets and my Etsy Shop

I’ve finally opened my Etsy shop.  It hasn’t got much in it yet, because these baskets take a long time to make and I can only work on them in between calls at work and when I’m hanging out with my sweetie after work, but I hope to add as many as I can as quickly as I can. And eventually I hope to be able start making tables again and put them in the Etsy shop as well.

I sold my first basket the first day the shop was open.  (!!)   That was pretty thrilling.   That was the green and purple one, so that is no longer available.  And the baskets in the last picture are not for sale.  I made those for my son and his girlfriend.  My son served in the Peace Corps in Madagascar so I made his basket in the colors of the flag of Madagascar (and I made the Madagascar flag in the background).  The basket for his girlfriend is in the colors of the Rio Summer Olympics because she volunteered there.

Table with six baskets

This basket is sold

Purple and green basket side shot

This basket is sold

Purple and green basket abovePurple and red basket side shotPurple and red basket above shotRed flowers and plaid side shotRed flowers and plaid from aboveBlue and tan basket sideBlue and tan basket aboveRed and blue basket sideRed and blue basket aboveRed and green basket sideRed and green basket aboveIan and Natalias Baskets

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Celebrating Nature, October 2017

Some more of the wonderful critters I’ve been enjoying this year.  These pictures are from July, August, September, and October.

American green tree frog – Hyla cinerea

American Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea

Orchard orb weaver – Leucauge venusta

Orange and Green SpiderSpider 2

Broad-headed skink – Plestiodon laticeps

Big Skink

Five Lined Skink, Plestiodon sp (not sure which species this one is)

Skink Blue Tail


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I just spent a couple of hours working on a blog post about saying “yes” to myself and then I deleted it.  There’s irony for you.  lol

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