If you can, follow my line of vision as it extends over the top of my computer screen and travels outwards. You can see what I see, but there is more: fat drops fall heavy off palm fronds, crashing into tiny boughs and blades on their journey to the ground. A bossy breeze pushes the branches and silvery leaves around and low rumbles of thunder vibrate across the heavens. There is a cyclone forming north of us, although this far south this kind of weather is not called a cyclone but an east coast low. Whatever, it’s sending some wild, wintry weather our way.
The good news? We have lit our first fire for the year. What a blessing, what a luxury a slow combustion fire is on a day like this. The bad news? Apparently in my desire to stock up the cupboards with food in preparation for a flood, I forgot to get toilet paper. Oops. Ahem. I have some more good news. Hang on a moment, pull your chair closer to me. Are you ready? Terrence, my second Dad, is home. Yes :). Now, I know that only last week they were forecasting months in hospital. Apparently T had different ideas. Once he decided to return to the world of the living, he quickly passed all of their tests and was assessed as ready to be released on Wednesday. When I spoke to him on Thursday he was sitting at the kitchen table having a cup of coffee, waiting for breakfast and slyly badgering my mother for a second cup (he’s got no chance, by the way). Have I told you that my mother is an experienced Naturopath/Homeopath with well over 30 years of clinic experience? Along with his local doctor, he’s in good hands I think. Gratitude <3.
Despite the wild weather, this has already been a perfect day for an hour’s early morning yoga practice with a friend, a delicious breakfast of banana, ricotta and honey on sourdough toast with a good espresso coffee, a morning’s work of helping young children with their literacy and numeracy, an eye popping episode of Games of Thrones with my mate…and now writing my weekly blog for my online people. I call that a good day, my friends :).
We call the month of May the Festival of the Cow in our house, because in my wisdom as a hormone addled potential mother, I had both of my children 9 days apart in the first half of May, with my own birthday plunked in the middle as an overlooked adjunct. Yep, that’s right, three birthdays in 9 days. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: ((whispering)) I don’t like parties. It’s hard to know if I dislike hosting them or going to them more, but whatever, it makes no difference, because my kids love birthday parties. One of my mottoes in life is: never let fear win. So, in that spirit I give parties for my children. My son, who will be 11 wants what he normally has – a sleepover party with his best mates where they binge on xbox, ipods and fart jokes. My daughter, who will be 7, wants a ‘free range playing party, Mum, where we all just run around.’ My tendency has been to micromanage children’s parties in an attempt to micromanage my fear. Now that I have gotten more comfortable with this aspect of motherhood I have become more relaxed, and the idea of a bunch of girls flinging themselves around my backyard is not quite so terrifying 🙂
How do you feel about parties (especially kid’s parties)? Do you have a motto?
Best Short Read
Listen up people – I don’t have a religion and no religion has me. I have this thing about dogma and righteous people – and religions seem full up with both. Nevertheless, religions do have their share of wise people – Thich Nhat Hahn, Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha and the Dalai Lama come to mind :). Another of these wise, beautiful people is Glennon. In this article, she replies to a letter by a transgender teen trying to find their way in a hostile community:
Hey, J. G Here.
Holy texts are like shovels—some use them to dig up the earth and plant new seeds and some use them to bang people over the head. Most of us do both.
Let’s dig, J.
Check out this scripture. It’s from right there in the beginning- the beginning of the Bible about the beginning of time.
So God created mankind in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.
J, did you catch that? It says that when God wanted to create people in God’s own image, God needed to create two genders to express God’s self fully. Could that mean that God’s image is both male and female, too? Both, J? Just like you? Maybe God is just like you, J.
– See the rest here.
My eyes kind of bugged when I read this, because this is a deep, wise truth – and if the average person is starting to grasp it, then humanity is in a better position than I thought. Read the rest, it’s worth it.
Best Astrology Words
On Thursday I had the oddest day. It felt like a bunch of things that I had thought were sorted, were in fact not. The Bear and I (temporarily) returned to an old way of communicating that was abrasive and impatient, some work plans turned out to be much more difficult than we had hoped and most disappointing of all, the English Major that I had enrolled in through Saylor Academy had been downgraded to what they call a legacy or community run course, meaning that no certificates would be issued, and that the Academy would not be maintaining the course online. It also happened to be the day that I looked over my goals for April and saw that the only goal I had achieved was to maintain a daily meditation practice as part of a 40 day commitment I had made (I am on day 33 as we speak). I was sitting there all brow furrowed and pouty, feeling bad about everything when I saw this:
Saturn is now retrograde in Sagittarius – he will cover old ground as he tacks back into transformative Scorpio in a few weeks time. When you find yourself face to face with reality-checks & blockages you thought you had dealt with I want you to hold on and take a deep breath. This review of structures is in harmony with the tides of life right now, so work with it, not against it. We revisit an area of our life of self development through the retrograde movement of a planet. Saturn is about structures, ordered systems, bone-level realities and the foundation of who we really are (not who we would like to be). Work constructively with this Saturn retrograde by taking the time to return to the foundations of your life, check and double check that the structure is as you wish before you do anymore building. If you want to build something significant taking time to check that everything is sitting as planned is never a waste of time – it can be frustrating but ultimately it will pay off. – Asha Maria, Astrologer
Ah. All of those things – speaking without thinking, education and lofty goals are Sagittarius themes, and Saturn was casting his eye over them. Do you really want this, even if it’s hard? he seemed to be asking. To tell the truth, I didn’t know, so I sat with it for another day. Do I want to study? How much? Do I want a loving relationship? How much? And also – are the only important goals the things that I write down at the beginning of the month, or could it be as a friend pointed out to me:
Sara, don’t be disappointed. Your unplanned achievements for the month were the amount of love and support and strength you gave your family during this difficult month. And your dad’s recovering and that’s a celebration worth having in itself. – Diane ❤
Is Saturn giving your choices the once over and finding them wanting?
Welcome Home by Joel McKerrow
I love spoken word poetry – in fact, I kind of think that poetry is meant to be spoken, not read. There’s just something about listening to poetry that sends it straight to the heart, whereas if you read it, it sometimes gets lost in the maze of the mind and misses the heart altogether. Anyway, I have such a treat for you today, oh my. Watch this:
Mama Kin. I had heard of West Australian singer/songwriter Mama Kin before – one of her songs featured on a blues and roots compilation I bought a couple of years ago, but for some reason I hadn’t gone and looked at what else she was doing. This week though, I came across this song from her new album Magician’s Daughter and was immediately head over heels in love:
Well my dear friends, that’s it for me on this sodden, wild, flooded day. There is no point resisting what it is you know, so today I will just enjoy the warmth of the fire, the chatter of my children, the embrace of the Bear – all with a few movies and books thrown in I think! Enjoy your day wherever you are and whatever you’re doing <3.
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