15 July 2018 Getting Started (Painting)

Hello to you.  It’s Sunday morning and looks and feels like it’s going to be another scorcher for us.  Last night I put some water on the yard and you can hardly notice.  Aw well.  I know we aren’t alone with this hot summer.

Lots of weird dreams last night and the feeling I get quite often that someone besides the dogs, Kyle and I are in our room.  It was really strong last night.  My heart kind of startled after the lights were out and it sounded like someone walking in front of our floor fan.  There was also the non-tinnitis high pitch noise too I hear sometimes.  It sounds like someone screaming at a pitch too high for human ears.  You know the high pitched noise your t.v. makes sometimes or the sound of a light bulb warming up?  That sound.  It could just be the electronics but I don’t hear it all the time so not sure.  Neither of us slept very well last night.

On a silly note, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of a song by Exile.  I used to sing to the neighbor girls using a jump rope as a microphone:

Exile – Kiss You All Over (original 1978)

Talk about a walk down memory lane!

This morning Kyle and I got started on our paintings together!  Just the first coats of Naples Yellow for him and Grape Taffy Purple for me.  He seems to have more of an idea of what he’s going to do next than I do lol.  Part of me wants to go primal and just put colored palm prints all over mine!  Honestly,  I’m thinking about doing the woman in the octagon.  It is such an intimidating thing this painting and canvas bit!  It’s so different than just sketching on a notepad or scratch piece of paper.  I am just excited we are finally doing something like this together – going to stay in that part of it and not worry about the rest!

Time to head out and get some chalk time in before it’s too hot.  Lots of love and hugs to you today!  Try something new that brings you joy today!

16 1 9 14 20 9 14 7

P A I N T I N G = 90/9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle

25 5 12 12 15 23

Y E L L O W = 92/11/2/1

(the song Yellow by Cold Play came on while we were doing our paintings LOL! Kyle was like “Really?!”)

16 21 18 16 12 5

P U R P L E = 88/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

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8 July 2018 Options (Drawing) and True Facts About The Octopus (video)

7 July 2018 – Strange drawing I did and the title “options” came to me afterwards.

As I get older, I realize that the thing I value the most is good-heartedness.
Alice Walker

Hello to you in your here and now.  How are you doing?  I hope this finds you well.  I’m still waking up.  I am finally feeling like I’ve got some rest but still not got my “Sim Energy Bar” completely back to full lool.  For those who have played or have seen the Sims videogame, you know what I’m talking about!

Dreams were happening all night long but none that have prompted me to get up and write them down like I normally do.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as then I stay in bed and get more sleep!  The only thing I remember from last nights journeys was a ghostly, transparent white face in one of them.

The drawing I’m sharing today is strange.  Let me try to explain what it means to me.

Source Internet: jack-storms-glass-cube

It started out being like a jewelry design.  Then it became something Jack Storms the glass carver/artist (https://jackstorms.com/) might make with the boxes on top.  Then the thought of hot boxes from space falling in the water and landing on a giant octopus came to my mind.  Finally, when I sat back and really looked at this mess of imagery, it looked like something happening to the earth.  The eye of the octopus began to look like the earth to me.  The gray line and three planets to the right came after that….hence “options.”   What are our options as a planet should something really big hit it?  My imagination run amok loool.

My husband told me about this Meme this morning and it made me laugh especially since we are tackling laundry this morning!

See the source image

10 5 4 9

J E D I = 28/10/1

12 1 21 14 4 18 25

L A U N D R Y = 95/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

15 3 20 15 16 21 19

O C T O P U S = 109/10/1

3 12 1 13

C L A M = 29/11/2/1

15 16 20 9 15 14

O P T I O N = 89/17/6/3 cycle (makes sense, when you are making choices or considering options it would be a cycle)

This video surprised me.  I thought it was just going to be another nature video until I started listening to the narrator!  Zomg I found it hilarious and informative at the same time.  He sounds like a variation of Morgan Freeman to me.  He managed to bridge the gap between humor and learning….”Clams are dumb.”  Never considered the intelligence of a clam before!

True Facts About The Octopus

I hope you have a lovely day.  Positive vibes through the wires!

5 July 2018 Milk Glass Vase, Watching a Different Sort of Darren Criss, The Practice of Walking (Daily Good)

Hello to you.  Just a quick visit.  I’m really tired.  I haven’t had much sleep the past couple of days.  We had a really nice visit with Kyle’s family yesterday and that of course included lots of furry people too.  It was just nice to get caught up as we hadn’t seen each other in several months.  They understood that it was best to steer clear of us until my cycle was over.  So we had burgers and chicken from the grill, some potato and macaroni salads, the blueberry pie Beth made from scratch and my chocolate pudding pie.  We played  a round of Yahtzee and Kyle and his Dad were the only ones to actually roll Yahtzee’s lol!  There were far too many zero’s on my score sheet but it was so fun to play together.  I like the sound of the dice in the cup when you shake it for your roll lol!  I like my dice shaken but not stirred lool!

What is Yahtzee?

Yahtzee

Yahtzee
Yahtzee is a dice game made by Milton Bradley, which was first marketed as Yatzie by the National Association Service of Toledo, Ohio, in the early 1940s. Yatzie was included in a game set called LUCK – 15 Grand Dice Games. It was marketed under the name of Yahtzee by game entrepreneur Edwin S. Lowe in 1956. Lowe is also responsible for introducing Bingo to the U.S. market. The game is a development of earlier dice games such as Poker Dice, Yacht and Generala. It is also similar to Yatzy, which is popular in Scandinavia
This mornings drawing isn’t what I had wrote myself a note to draw.  I was supposed to draw a mermaid for my dear Cindy! I will be sure to do that after I’m rested so she actually looks like a mermaid!  I’m not firing on all cylinders lol!  One of the two milk glass pieces my Aunt Ruth gave me that belonged to my Grandparents made it into things today.  When you think of milk glass do you immediately think about dipping an oreo or something in a glass of milk?  Well there is a type of glass that is actually called Milk glass:

5 July 2018 Milk glass vase that belonged to Grandma and Grandpa Becker Alvarado TX

https://www.countryliving.com/shopping/antiques/g2965/milk-glass-facts/ – a vase like the one I have is actually in this article, valued at about $10.  It’s worth much more in sentimental value of course!
“Opaque Glass originated in 16th century Venice and came in a variety of colors, including white, pink, yellow, blue, and brown. The white variety beloved today rose to prominence during the Victorian era, when 
it was coveted as an economic dead-ringer for porcelain. (The Victorians also get credit for coining the term “milk glass.”) Its production and popularity waned during the Great Depression but saw a resurgence after World War II. Thanks to a frenzy of mass production during the 1950s and 1960s from companies such as Anchor Hocking, Fenton, and Westmoreland, the mid-century finds are readily available today—many for mere milk money. Here are some pretty pieces to add to your own collection.”
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Last night Mom Beth and I stayed up late and watched about half of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story starring Darren Criss (Blaine from Fox show Glee):https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Assassination_of_Gianni_Versace:_American_Crime_Story

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is the second season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. The season premiered on January 17, 2018,[1][2] and concluded on March 21, 2018. It consists of a total of 9 episodes,[3] and explores the murder of designer Gianni Versace by spree killer Andrew Cunanan, based on Maureen Orth‘s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.[2][4]

I normally don’t like to watch television shows with gun violence or based on real stories.  I used to but with the way things have gotten in this country, I don’t need it in my entertainment too.  This said, this was Darren Criss and Beth and I both have an appreciation for him ever since his role as Blaine on Glee.  While it was strangely delightful watching him dance around in a Speedo at one point, it was equally awful watching him murder people and be the kind of human being he was asked to be for this part.  At least they didn’t do the cardinal sin of showing the harming of a dog (physically.)  Ryan Murphy was at the helm of this production.  You could tell.  He knows how to do character development almost too well!  There were times as I was watching that I squirmed, felt a great awkwardness with watching Darren as Andrew being a sociopath and just never telling the truth.  I was physically uncomfortable, cringed and just felt so mortified for the people being portrayed that had once been alive and how Darren Criss’s character Andrew Cunanan destroyed them.

The last I saw of the show last night was the part that brought Beth and I both to tears and it was enough that I don’t know if I could watch anymore of the series.  It’s when he killed the young architect David Madson.  Ryan really put together a sequence for this that just really brought home the message that David was someone’s little boy once and he was dearly loved.   No matter how his Dad felt about David being gay, he loved him more than anything. 

Like I said, I don’t indulge and or relish watching gun violence in most everything now.  When the violent parts happened in the show, I kept saying to Beth, “this is why I like to watch baking and home decorating shows!”  I see someone being hurt, it’s like it’s happening to me.  This said, this scene I am sharing isn’t all about that.  It’s a painfully poignant scene where Andrew is gunning David down and in this process David is transported to one of his most special memories with his Dad.  He realizes he shouldn’t be there again but it brings him peace in the middle of yet another terrifying bit of time with Andrew and just before he dies:

American Crime Story Versace 2×04- Andrew kills David ( Ending Scene)

How do you smudge your soul after channeling someone like Andrew Cunanan?  I see young actors like Darren, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and others who take on these very dark aspects of human nature and I worry about them.  What is the aftercare for their soul after exposing it to such horror?  Even if it is “just pretend?”  I imagine it is probably therapeutic to some degree to be able to “let loose” of the shadow self.  I know when I’m allowed to really yell, scream or release anger I feel better afterwards but how do you bring things back to balance afterwards?  We’ve seen many instances of actors who just couldn’t get back to balance.  It’s very rare that someone can channel such a villain and not implode or explode afterwards.  People like Christopher Lee, Anthony Hopkins, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson and Mads Mikkelsen don’t come along too often!

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglas

Great article topic from the daily good to share!

http://www.dailygood.org/2018/07/05/the-practice-of-walking/this is one of the most important things in my sanity toolkit.  A 40 min walk is great therapy!

But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations. –Gwyn Thomas

 

The Practice of Walking

–by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee & Hilary Hart, syndicated from heartfulnessmagazine.com, Jul 05, 2018

In the busy-ness of our contemporary life, we are drawn into ceaseless activity that often separates us from the deeper dimension of ourselves. With our smartphones and computer screens, we often remain caught on the surface of our lives amidst the noise and chatter that continually distract us, that stops us from being rooted in our true nature. Unaware we are drowned deeper and deeper in a culture of soulless materialism.

At this time I find it more and more important to have outer activities that can connect us to what is more natural and help us live in relationship to the deep root of our being, and in an awareness of the moment which alone can give real meaning to our everyday existence. Over the years I have developed a number of simple practices that bring together action and a quality of heart-centered attention, or deepening awareness, that can nourish our lives in hidden ways. These activities, like walking, cooking with love and attention, can reconnect us with the web of life, our natural interconnection with life in its beauty and wonder. They can help us ‘declutter’ our outer life and instead become rooted in what is simple and real. One of these practices, which combines action with awareness, is walking.


Walk as if you are kissing
the Earth with your feet.

—Thich Nhat Hanh


I have always loved to walk early in the morning, to sense the Earth at the beginning of a day, to feel Her pulse, Her beauty and magic, before thoughts and demands clutter my day. Waking early, I have a hot cup of tea, meditate in silence, and then, as soon as the first light comes, I walk down the hill to the road beside the wetlands where I live. Sometimes the frost is sparkling around me, sometimes the water is clouded with fog, an egret appearing white against the reeds. This is another time of silent meditation, walking, breathing, feeling the Earth. I try to be as empty as possible, just to be present in the half-light, aware of what is around me. Prayer, meditation, presence, awareness – these are just words for a practice that immerses me in a mystery we call nature. Here the sacred speaks to me in its own language, and I try to listen.

Now I live beside the wetlands, and the tidal water is part of this meeting, this communion. Other times, in other landscapes, it has been rivers and streams, the sounds of waterfowls’ wings, the dawn rising across meadows. Or in forests, a different bird chorus, animals skittering across the path, a deer and her young. Always it is a listening awareness, a deep receptivity to what is around me, an honoring of a world other than people. It is a remembrance of what is essential, elemental, and its nourishment carries me through the day. It is a return to the sacred, sensed and felt, without words or thoughts – a primal consciousness as if of the first day.

This is a practice that has been with me since my teens – when I first started to meditate I also needed to walk. It was not taught or learned, but came as a need, a way to be, an antidote to much of the world around me – a world of people and problems, demands and desires. When one foot follows the other and the day has hardly begun, it seems these demands cannot touch me, as if I am immersed in something simpler, more essential. Placing each foot on the earth is a practice, but a practice that comes from my own roots, not a book or a teacher. Later I came to hear it called “walking in a sacred manner,” and it is sacred, a return to what is sacred. But it also is deeper or more primal than any purpose. Nature speaks to me and I listen. Nature calls and something deep within me responds, and I just need to give it space. I am part of a life far greater than any ‘me’.



The Earth gives us sustenance: the air we breathe, the food we eat. She is generous in so many ways, even as we forget Her and abuse Her. But there is also this deeper nourishment, this invisible, intangible giving. My early morning walk is a communion – if I am receptive, it is a wine drunk deeply. It comes through Her landscape, moss dripping from the trees, white and pink blossoms welcoming spring, the cry of a sea bird. Those first rays of sunrise are always a blessing. I do not understand this with my mind, but my soul feels it, needs it. Once again we are back at the beginning, in that elemental world we never truly leave. Our present culture may have forgotten it, disowned it, covered it over, may pretend we no longer need this communion, but my soul and my feet know otherwise. This is the landscape of the soul as much as it is the wetlands stretching towards the ocean. But it is also any landscape we walk. A walk on city streets is made of the same elements: feet touching ground, the rhythm of walking, breathing, the same sky overhead, the wind touching the face.

I would like to say it is easy, but so often I have to remember to reconnect, to empty the clutter of the coming day from my mind, my everyday thoughts. I have to stay in a place of awareness, sense my feet, feel the air, listen. I have to remember that I am not separate but part of everything around me. I have to push aside this great myth of separation, the great untruth. We are the air we breathe, the earth we touch, the same one life, alive in so many ways. We are the Earth awakening in the early morning, just as we are the buds breaking into color in the spring. To be fully alive is to feel how we are part of this embracing mystery. My morning walk is a remembrance, a reconnection, experienced in the body and felt in the soul.


So often I have to remember to reconnect,
to empty the clutter of the coming day from my mind,
my everyday thoughts.
I have to stay in a place of awareness,
sense my feet, feel the air, listen.
I have to remember that I am not separate
but part of everything around me.


Walking Practice


Walking reinforces our connection to the Earth, one step at a time. Attuning to the rhythms of one’s feet, the swaying of one’s arms, the in and out of breath, the ways walking moves us through time and space, helps develop this relationship, reminding us consciously and unconsciously just how much a part of nature we are. Nature is cyclic and rhythmic, and walking – when we are not focused on where we are going – attunes us to this non-linear reality.

Walking practice is perhaps best begun alone, when the intimacy of nature’s communication can be sensed without distraction. Just as when we meet a lover in the early part of a relationship, we do not want to share that meeting with others. Choose a time when you can be alone, when listening, hearing, and sensing can take place. Perhaps the start or the end of the day, before life’s clamoring takes hold or after it lets go. Lunchtime or an afternoon break from work might be more difficult, but if that is the time available, then make sure the walk is long enough for you to let go of work thoughts or tensions of the day.

Turn off the cell phone, or better yet, leave it at home or the office. There is a way that the vulnerabilities that come with being alive have been squelched by our daily-life safety tools, like cell phones. If you can be without the protection and constant access they provide, try it. Social media will not miss documentation from your walk.

Find a park or a path through quiet woods if you can. Let the rhythm of your steps soothe your mind and create a space for listening. Feel how your feet connect with the earth, how the air moves through your lungs. Follow your attention as it is drawn inward and outward both – to the inner movements of your body and to the feeling of warmth or cold, the sight of birds, the sound of a distant plane. Let your thoughts and impressions move through and out, as part of the natural rhythm of walking. Just as we come back to the breath in silent meditation, return your attention to your feet and their meeting and letting go of the ground.

Commit to walking every day if you can. Walk without expectation, with an attitude of openness and gratitude. If you feel a longing inside you – a need to connect, a desire to be closer to nature – let it motivate and guide you.

The nineteenth-century existential philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once wrote in a letter to his niece, “Every day, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”


Syndicated from Heartfulness MagazineLLEWELLYN VAUGHAN-LEE & HILARY HART explore the contemplative, spiritual value of walking in Nature, and share with us a simple walking practice.

 

 

 

3 July 2018 Molting – The Humble Cicada

Hello and good morning.  Hope this finds you doing well today.  I’m cooling down after deciding to cut what there is of a lawn right now.  It’s really hot and dry and no rain in the forecast for us that I know of.  Hopefully the sweat of my labors helped me earn my place here today.  There is a funny meme I saw recently about sweat.  It’s a picture of a person sweating and the quote says, “My fat is crying.”  My fat needs to cry some more I think!

I had an interesting dream before waking this morning.  It was about people who could alter time.  I remember the song The Reflex (of all songs right?!) was playing during the dream.  There was a sweet little British boy watching the process while I was there.  He asked them, “Do I survive?” I heard a voice say to him, “No.”  Then there was a woman who looked like Glen Close hugging him and saying something about his being able to do it again. 

This dream put an ache in my heart for the little boy whoever he was.  Then fast forward to me finishing cutting the lawn and glancing at the door to our fence.  There was the molting of a Cicada there.  I absolutely love these feisty beings.  I call them my little shaman of the trees with the music they make in summer.

Nature always finds a way to show me, “this isn’t all there is.”  When our journey in these forms is finished, insects like the Cicada remind me that all we do is just transform into something new.  We become so much more than we used to be.  The cycle of life in nature gives that eternal gift to us – all God’s promises are fulfilled.   Like what the woman told the little boy in my dream, he would be able to do it again.

“Look and see”

Cicada Molting

3 9 3 1 4 1

C I C A D A = 21/3 cycle (of course!)

The Reflex – I didn’t link song as it’s already stuck in my head LOL!

The reflex
The reflex
The reflex
The reflex

You’ve gone too far this time
But I’m dancing on the Valentine
I tell you somebody’s fooling around
With my chances on the danger line

I’ll cross that bridge when I find it
Another day to make my stand, oh woah
High time is no time for deciding
If I should find a helping hand, oh woah

Why don’t you use it?
Try not to bruise it
Buy time, don’t lose it

Oh, why don’t you use it?
Try not to bruise it
Buy time, don’t lose it

The reflex is an only child, who’s waiting by the park
The reflex is in charge of finding treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover, isn’t that bizarre?
And every little thing the reflex does
Leaves you answered with a question mark

I’m on a ride and I want to get off
But they won’t slow down the roundabout
I sold the Renoir and TV set
Don’t wanna be around when this gets out

So, why don’t you use it?
Try not to bruise it
Buy time, don’t lose it

Why don’t you use it?

The reflex is an only child, he’s waiting in the park
The reflex is in charge of finding treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover, isn’t that bizarre?
And every little thing the reflex does
Leaves an answer with a question mark, play

So, why don’t you use it?
Try not to bruise it
Buy time, don’t lose it

The reflex is an only child who’s waiting by the park
The reflex is in charge of finding treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover, isn’t that bizarre?
And every little thing the reflex does
Leaves me answered with a question mark

Oh, the reflex, what a game, he’s hiding all the cards
The reflex is in charge of finding treasure in the dark

Songwriters: ANDY TAYLOR,JOHN TAYLOR,NICK RHODES,ROGER ANDREW TAYLOR,SIMON LE BON
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind

1 July 2018 Look Within (Happy birthday wishes)

Our calendar message for July is:  “Look within.  The secret is inside you.” – Hui Neng

Hello to you.  Hope this finds you doing well in your where and when.  Last night I had a snippet of a dream about actress Maggie Smith of all people.  Something about her and selecting chocolate toffee bunnies lol.  I woke up before finding out what she picked out lol.  Today has been productive for us.  We got the grocery shopping done early.  We were remind why Kyle normally goes without me:

1 July 2018 – Kyle made the mistake of saying this little dragon looked sad. Darla had to come home with us. “Darla – They say I’m bold, fun and pink. I love to do puzzles , they make me think.” My birthday is May 25th.

I had to agree with him that going shopping with me is a lot like going with a toddler, “Daddy can we have this?! What about that?!” I wasn’t too bad though lol.  Other than our coming home with a sad looking pink dragon named Darla that we didn’t need, we spent about $153 which is pretty good for us.  We filled the car and it wasn’t too bad yet, $2.58 a gallon.  Wait til the 4th comes!  If it’s like other holidays, serious sticker shock will be happening at the gas pump!

Today is my mother-in-law Beth’s birthday and we will all be getting together for the 4th to celebrate her day, Kyle’s birthday (13th of July) and the other birthdays we missed and those yet to come later this summer.  It’s tricky getting everyone together so when we do, we have a great time!  Happy Birthday to Beth! Loving daughter, sister, wife, mom and friend.   She has walked with me through some serious trials and loves me still.

 

25 Aug 2009 – trip back in time. Beth and her beautiful Grandbaby Laci who was trying on some Mary Kay products for herself lol.

For the birthday girl – Beth introduced me to Glee and one of our special things was watching it together.  Love us some Blaine (Darren Criss)!

GLEE – Raise Your Glass (Full Performance) (Official Music Video)

30 June 2018 Sunshine

Good morning to you.  Least it’s morning yet here as I write to you.  How are you?  I hope you are well in your where and when.  My drawing today lead me to the word sunshine and I found some interesting things.  We are never too young or too old to learn something new.  To find another way to appreciate the gift that is this life….this earth.   Sending you love, hugs and lots of positive vibes through these cords, wires and electric flares.

The world will be balanced when we are balanced.
Tarthang Tulku

19 21 13 13 5 18

S U M M E R = 89/17/8/4/2/1

19 15 12 19 20 9 3 5

S O L S T I C E = 102/3 cycle (of course!)

19 21 14 19 8 9 14 5

S U N S H I N E = 108/10/1

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/indepth/hello-sunshine-thousands-flock-to-stonehenge-to-mark-summer-solstice/ar-AAyWS2O I hope Zoie won’t mind me sharing this here.  The pictures are so beautiful and help bring this spiritual experience to folks like me.  Thank you for this article!

Hello sunshine! Thousands flock to Stonehenge to mark summer solstice

Zoie O’brien

Every year the neolithic Wiltshire monument becomes the centre of day-long celebrations to mark the official start of summer.

The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The sun breaks the horizon and shines through the stones at Stonehenge onto crowds of people celebrating the dawn of the longest day in the UK Up to 25,000 people attended the 2018 summer solstice at the site, as the sun rose at 4.52am this morning.

Onlookers watched on as the sun came up behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument.

a group of people wearing costumes: People play drums while wearing colourful attire an as the sun rises at behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited People play drums while wearing colourful attire an as the sun rises at behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle It is believed that solstices have been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years.

a person talking on a cell phone: A tattooed woman with dreadlocks leans on her staff gazing into the skyline wearing a colourful jacket and bold jewellery for the occasion© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A tattooed woman with dreadlocks leans on her staff gazing into the skyline wearing a colourful jacket and bold jewellery for the occasion

The event has long been associated with the Pagan religion, with Druids attending Stonehenge today.

a person wearing a yellow flower: A woman dons a colourful head-dress adorned with bright flowers and red toadstools gets involved in the day-long celebrations to mark the official start of summer© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A woman dons a colourful head-dress adorned with bright flowers and red toadstools gets involved in the day-long celebrations to mark the official start of summer Jennifer Davies, English Heritage’s head of historic properties for Stonehenge, said: ‘Celebrating summer solstice at Stonehenge is a fantastic occasion for friends and families to come together to mark the longest day of the year in a very special place.

a person wearing a hat: Revellers participate in the summer solstice at Stonehenge (pictured). The annual festival attracts hundreds of people to the 5,000-year-old stone circle to mark the longest day in the northern hemisphere© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Revellers participate in the summer solstice at Stonehenge (pictured). The annual festival attracts hundreds of people to the 5,000-year-old stone circle to mark the longest day in the northern hemisphere ‘This year, we hope that even more people will choose to either share lifts or use public transport, and help reduce the number of cars and the amount of CO2 emissions in the World Heritage Site.

a view of a sunset: People get up with the rising sun on Calton Hill in Edinburgh for the summer solstice as today marks the longest day of the year© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited People get up with the rising sun on Calton Hill in Edinburgh for the summer solstice as today marks the longest day of the year

‘As its guardians, it is our job to look after Stonehenge and everyone who visits here.

‘We therefore ask people to please respect the stones and bring only small bags with you.

a group of people sitting in the grass: Thousands were at Stonehenge to make the annual occasion, many wearing traditional outfits (pictured). Solstice, from the Latin word sol sistere meaning Sun standstill, marks the longest day of the year as the sun reaches it's furthest point from the equator© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Thousands were at Stonehenge to make the annual occasion, many wearing traditional outfits (pictured). Solstice, from the Latin word sol sistere meaning Sun standstill, marks the longest day of the year as the sun reaches it’s furthest point from the equator ‘Please remember that alcohol is not permitted and help us keep solstice special, so that people will be able to experience midsummer here for many years to come.

‘Bag searches on entry might create slightly longer queues to get into the monument field so please be patient.’

a group of people standing around a fire: Every year the neolithic Wiltshire monument becomes the centre of day-long celebrations to mark the official start of summer© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Every year the neolithic Wiltshire monument becomes the centre of day-long celebrations to mark the official start of summer Last year, around 13,000 people attended Stonehenge for the summer solstice.

Only small bags will be allowed into the Monument Field and searches will take place throughout the night.

a group of people that are standing in the grass: Onlookers watched on as the sun rose behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Onlookers watched on as the sun rose behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument Superintendent Dave Minty, of Wiltshire Police, said: ‘Once again we have been working closely with our colleagues at English Heritage and other agencies to ensure your safety at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice 2018.

a group of people flying kites in a field: People gather on the ridge overlooking the Avebury Neolithic henge monument, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as they wait to see the sun rise© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited People gather on the ridge overlooking the Avebury Neolithic henge monument, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as they wait to see the sun rise ‘Our main aim is to make sure that everyone attending can enjoy the celebration in a safe environment and the policing response at the site will be very similar to last year with officers conducting high visibility patrols.

a person sitting on the grass: On the longest day of the year, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone at Stonehenge in Wiltshire© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited On the longest day of the year, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone at Stonehenge in Wiltshire ‘Armed officers will be attending again this year to further enhance site security but this remains a precaution only and is not in response to any specific threat.’

a large stone building with a grassy field with Stonehenge in the background: The neolithic Wiltshire monument is built along the solstice alignment of the summer sunrise and the winter sunset© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The neolithic Wiltshire monument is built along the solstice alignment of the summer sunrise and the winter sunset A 40mph speed limit was implemented on the A303 near Stonehenge to assist traffic flow, with lay-bys closed and the dual carriageway reduced to a single lane.

A temporary pedestrian crossing was also installed near the Stonehenge Cottages for people walking from Stonehenge Road in Amesbury.

a group of people holding wine glasses: People of all religions enjoy the summer solstice although it is widely associated with paganism© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited People of all religions enjoy the summer solstice although it is widely associated with paganism Gareth Price, Highways England’s emergency planning officer for the south west, said: ‘We are anticipating traffic volumes to increase around the event, and our aim is to keep the Highways England network running while keeping road users safe and informed.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: First, a selfie: Men and women clamber on the ancient stones to take pictures before the sunrise© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited First, a selfie: Men and women clamber on the ancient stones to take pictures before the sunrise ‘The traffic management will be in place for safety and to keep disruption to a minimum, and we advise all road users to check our traffic and travel information channels, plan their journeys and allow plenty of time.’

Summer Solstice Timelapse Stonehenge 2017 (the one I saw for 2018 wasn’t timelapse and not that fun to watch)

 

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/national/16323497.More_sunshine_ahead_as_roads_melt_and_hosepipe_ban_begins_in_Northern_Ireland/Excerpt – guess North Texas isn’t the only place getting a heat wave right now!  I was curious about this because of my wondering what a hosepipe ban was lol.  Same as here – unless we water on designated days, we can only water with handheld garden hose.  29th June

More sunshine ahead as roads melt and hosepipe ban begins in Northern Ireland

Press Association 2018

Roads melted, train tracks reached 49C (120.2F) and a hosepipe ban came into force as the UK basks in the scorching heatwave.

The first hosepipe ban began in Northern Ireland at 6pm on Friday, with plenty more hot sunshine forecast for the coming days.

Northern Ireland Water said demand was outstripping supply, leaving them with no option but to bring in the ban in order to save water.

Elsewhere across the UK consumers are being urged to take simple steps to reduce the amount of water they use.

The meaning of the term “sunshine law” was unfamiliar to me.  When I put sunshine in my search engine, the phrase came up a lot in regards to business. 

Sunshine laws are regulations requiring openness in government or business. Sunshine laws make meetings, records, votes, deliberations and other official actions available for public observation, participation and/or inspection.

Sunshine Laws – Investopedia

www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sunshinelaws.asp

 1033am – this drawing was following the sunshine theme so had to add it to the post.  I surprised myself with drawing the sun in the form of a flower.  I hadn’t thought of doing that before.

28 June 2018 For You

Hello to you.  Just a quick note.  I hope you can make out the picture from this morning.  I like to draw when there is shade on that side of the house so my pictures don’t come out as bright as I’d like.  I tried doing a trick with a metal tray like in The Fifth Element movie – “Aziz Light!”  – but it didn’t work lool.

The Fifth Element – Aziz Light!

An important thing I keep having to remember is when I do things like my drawings, this blog or whatever to do it for myself first.  I have to check my motivation for doing things.  There have been times in my life when I have done things for others expecting something in return and all I got out of the deal was a resentment!  My husband has taught me during the course of our marriage the important lesson of living without expectations.   If you are going to do something, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

 

Life is short and we have not too much time
for gladdening the hearts of those
who are traveling the dark way with us.
Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.

henri-frederic amiel – 1885

 

My Aunt shared this video on Facebook and I loved it so much I shared it too!  Sharing it here for my animal lovers in case you haven’t seen it.  This video is good for your heart!

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28 June 2018 Drawings, Moon Pics, Headlines Like Cubes and Extreme Empathy (Daily Good)

Hello to you.  How are you?  I hope you are well.   We are getting our car back today….Yay!  It’s the little things right?!

The moon is full and was just so lovely last night.  I got four new mosquito bites to get these LOL!

This morning when I was looking at the headlines on MSN I started thinking about those nightmare cubes from the Cabin in the Woods movie.  If I click on any of the boxes in front of me, some nightmare is contained in there to come at me!

The Cabin in the Woods – Cubes

Not all the news is negative and I’m usually able to find positive things to find out about but it seems harder to do.  The Daily Good website (http://www.dailygood.org/) and others like it help remind me there is a lot of good, a lot of “heart” yet going on in this world.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2016/i-feel-you-the-surprising-power-of-extreme-empathy-knowledge-wharton/if you are interested about the subject of empathy, you will find this informative.

Excerpt:

Knowledge@Wharton: I wonder if we are born with a certain level of empathy.

“I don’t think that there’s a finite amount [of empathy] that you’re given at birth. But I do think that there are people that are born with a disability.”–Cris Beam

Beam: There’s some research that suggests that, when we look at sociopaths and psychopaths who are supposedly born without it. It’s hard to make that overarching judgment that some people are born with it and some people are born without it. I do think that it can grow. If it’s modeled for you, you can learn empathy. You can absorb it. You can become a more empathetic person if you are treated empathically. So, I don’t think that there’s a finite amount [of empathy] that you’re given at birth. But I do think that there are people that are born with a disability [of not having it].

I send you love, a hug and mega positive vibes through the wires!  If you are suffering in in some sort of “nightmare cube” of an existence right now, I hope there will be a loving, healing, positive way out for you. 

 

26 June 2018 Ramandu and Lilliandil (Drawing – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis)

A quick hello to you.  How are you doing?  I hope you are well.  Everybody was in my thoughts and prayers this morning.  Turns out the drawing from yesterday that was to be a lion but ended up looking almost like a pool was indeed a good place for praying and meditating!  I had used some of the chalk with glitter and it makes this sparkle like the surface of a pool of water when the light hits is just so.

25 June 2018 – This started out as a lion. I was thinking of Aslan. I wasn’t happy with how it looked so this happened lol. When I sat in front of it, it was actually great for meditating. A lion becoming color and light!

I was inspired in my drawing this morning to try and render an image of Ramandu, a resting star and his daughter Lilliandil.  There is something wonderful about books, especially stories like C.S. Lewis wrote, that stir the imagination.  Some characters and stories are just so vivid and bright that it makes me want to bring them out of the book in my chalks.  I hardly have done them justice but it was fun to try!

26 June 2018 – Ramandu and Lilliandil in chalk. I will probably tweek this later and see if I can’t get things to stand out more. It’s all an experiment when it comes to this for me!

Kyle and I haven’t seen the rest of the movies they made in the series, just the first one.   After reading the stories I hope to find the movies available to watch at some point.   This scene I’m sharing is so beautiful.  Talk about a star making an entrance!

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Meet Lilliandil

 

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Ramandu


I am a star at rest, my daughter. When I set for the last time, decrepit and old beyond all that you can reckon, I was carried to this island. I am not so old now as I was then. Every morning a bird brings me a fire-berry from the valleys in the Sun, and each fire-berry takes away a little of my age. And when I have become as young as the child that was born yesterday, then I shall take my rising again (for we are at earth’s eastern rim) and once more tread the great dance.
―Ramandu (Chapter 14) [src]

Ramandu was a star at rest, and the father of Caspian X‘s wife, in the world of Narnia.

Description

He was an old man with silver hair and a beard that went all the way down to the floor. Tall and straight, he was clothed in a robe that appeared to be made of the fleece of silver sheep, and his feet were bare.

He was mild and grave of demeanor, and seemed to radiate light, commanding silence and respect.

Biography

It is unknown when Ramandu was first born as a celestial star, but after many years he became tired, as all stars eventually do, and returned below to the surface of the world. During his rest, he lived on his own island, located at the beginning of the world’s end, where years later he eventually bore a daughter with an unknown human woman.

During his time as an earth-bound star, he and his daughter together guarded the ancient Stone Knife of the White Witch, which she had used to kill Aslan during the Winter Revolution. It lay on Aslan’s Table, and was forbidden to be touched by anyone.

In the 2290’s NY, however, Ramandu’s island was discovered by three of the Seven Lost Lords, Mavramorn, Argoz and Revilian, one of whom touched the knife in a fit of anger, causing all three of them to fall into an enchanted sleep.

In 2306, a ship called the Dawn Treader docked at the Island, searching for the three lords and Aslan’s Country. This party was led by King Caspian X of Narnia, who quickly fell in love with Ramandu’s daughter.

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When Ramandu first appeared to the travelers of the Dawn Treader, he did not greet them, but joined his daughter; with her he raised his arms toward the east and sung a ritual song of welcome to the Sun. Afterward, a Bird flew by and placed a bright fruit into his mouth. This was a Fire-berry, which renewed his strength each day until the time when he would be able to once more join the great dance.He told Caspian that in order to break the enchantment of the Three Sleepers, it was necessary for someone to sail as far east as possible, and to leave there a volunteer who would continue on to the Utter East. However, he could not give Caspian navigational information about the journey there, because he had only a star’s perspective of Narnia.

When Ramandu first told the visitors his name and there was no recognition from them, he realised that he had ceased being a star long before they were born. He also corrected Eustace for equating what a star is made of, stating that although in our world stars are made of balls of flaming gas, that is not what they are.

He also informed the adventurers that they had already met another star, Coriakin, who he indicated was earthbound because of some personal failure. However, he would not reveal the circumstances of Coriakin’s fall, on the grounds that humans are not meant to know such things about stars.

Dismissing this line of questioning as useless, he pressed Caspian to decide about sailing east. When the king mentioned the weariness of his crew, Ramandu said that enchantments can be broken only by knowledgeable and willing participants. He also assures them that should the adventurers wish to winter on this island, Aslan’s Table would supply them daily with royal fare.

Finally, Ramandu laid his hands, radiant with a faint silver glow, on the head of Lord Rhoop, so that he could experience rest in the company of the three sleepers.

When the crew finally left for the Utter East, they left behind Lord Rhoop and one other Narnian with Ramandu, who cared for them until their return. When the ship eventually returned, they took the Narnians back home with them, including Ramandu’s Daughter who left to be with King Caspian whom she had fallen in love with. Presumably, she left with Ramandu’s blessing.

It is most likely that Ramandu eventually returned to the skies when he was fully rejuvenated, and shone once again as a full star.

Appearances

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And when they looked at her they thought they had never before known what beauty meant.
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Ramandu’s daughter, known as Lilliandil in the 2010 adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, was the wife of King Caspian X, as well as the mother of King Rilian.

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Description

Lilliandil was an inexpressibly beautiful, young woman; tall, with long yellow hair that hung down her back, and she dressed in a single long garment of clear blue that left her arms bare. According to the illustrations in the book, she went barefoot, just like her father.

Biography

Childhood

Lilliandil was the daughter of Ramandu, a resting Star, and an unknown mother. Since she was not a Star herself, her mother might have been human. She grew up on her father’s island at the Beginning of the End of the World. Together, she and her father watched over Aslan’s Table and the Stone Knife with which he was killed, which was kept on the table in his honour. Circa 2290 NY, the Narnian lords Revilian, Argoz, and Mavramorn landed on the island and fell into an enchanted sleep after one of them touched the Knife.

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Caspian and Ramandu’s daughter (illustration in the book)

In 2306, another ship landed on the island, which was met by Lilliandil. They identified themselves as Narnians, friends of the three sleepers, and were led by the young King Caspian X, who was instantly smitten with the Star’s beautiful daughter. He asked her what breaking the spell on the sleepers would require, mentioning something about Sleeping Beauty and the kiss required to wake the princess. Lilliandil, however, replied that it was the opposite here; he must break the spell before he could kiss the princess.The young king immediately decided to break the spell, and asked her what he must do. Ramandu gave him instructions, and Caspian and his crew sailed away, leaving behind a Lord named Rhoop and a sailor called Pittencream. Ramandu and his daughter cared for both men during their stay.

Marriage and Queenship

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Lilliandil meeting Caspian for the first time.

In time, the spell was broken, and the sleeping Lords awoke. Shortly after, King Caspian and his crew returned to the island to take their people back to Narnia. While there, Caspian asked Lilliandil to come to Narnia with him, which she did. Soon after, the two were married and Caspian made Lilliandil his queen.She was a good and dearly beloved queen. After about fifteen years of marriage, she gave birth to a son and Caspian’s heir apparent, Prince Rilian, who, like his mother, had some Star’s blood in his veins. When Rilian was newly knighted, and about twenty years old, he and the queen, together with some courtiers, went maying in the Narnian forests. While resting apart from the others, the queen was attacked by a green serpent. Her screams were heard by the courtiers, who rushed to her aid, but they were too late to save her. Before she died, the queen seemed to try hard to tell Rilian something, but was unable to say it before the serpent’s venom took hold.

It is unknown what she was trying to say to Rilian before she died, but it was discovered later that the serpent who killed her was a witch who was plotting to kidnap the prince. It is possible, although speculative, that the queen knew this and was trying to warn her son.

Afterlife

Following her tragic death, Lilliandil went to Aslan’s Country where she lived happily, and was eventually reunited with her husband ten years later. Rilian later joined his parents, though it is unknown when he died. Lilliandil was among the many Narnians present at the Great Reunion following the end of Narnia, along with her husband, son and father.

Adaptations

  • In the 1989 BBC TV series, Ramandu’s daughter is played by Gabrielle Anwar. In the 1990 sequel, she is un-credited, but possibly played again by Gabrielle Anwar.
  • In the 2010 film adaptation, Ramandu’s daughter was played by the Australian actress, Laura Brent. This is the only adaptation to name her (the book series simply called her “Ramandu’s daughter”). Her name was created by producer Douglas Gresham, which was created to evoke imagery of the sea of lilies from the book. In the movie, she is apparently a full-blooded star (being the Blue Star that guides the crew of the Dawn Treader to Ramandu’s island and the Dark Island), not a half-star, though again there is no mention of her mother, and her father is mentioned by her (and is the namesake of the island), but does not make an appearance. In this adaptation, she wears a white dress and is surrounded by a bluish-white glow.

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2:47 pm edit – A little brighter in the sun with more color applied.  Need more practice! 

25 June 2018 Drawings and The Chronicles of Narnia

For those unfamiliar with The Chronicles series,  here is a little info.  If you go to the actual link there is a lot more.  I would have to say my favorite relationship/part of the book is what goes on between Aslan and Lucy.  She has the faith of a child and it is her unyielding belief in Aslan that gets them out of more than one trouble spot.

“Will the others see you too?” asked Lucy.
“Certainly not at first,” said Aslan. “Later on, it depends.”
“But they won’t believe me!” said Lucy.
“It doesn’t matter.”
C.S. Lewis

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Author C. S. Lewis
Illustrator Pauline Baynes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Fantasy
Children’s literature
Publisher HarperCollins
Published 16 October 1950 – 4 September 1956
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children’s literature and is the author’s best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages.[1][2] Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, and originally published in London between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, the stage, and film.

Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world. Except in The Horse and His Boy, the protagonists are all children from the real world, magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil and restore the throne to its rightful line. The books span the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician’s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle.

Inspiration for the series was taken from multiple sources; in addition to adapting numerous traditional Christian themes, Lewis freely borrowed characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

The books have profoundly influenced adult and children’s fantasy literature since World War II. Lewis’s exploration of themes not usually present in children’s literature, such as religion, as well as the books’ perceived treatment of issues including race and gender, has caused some controversy.

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