Archive for February, 2008

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Happy Leap Year Day!

February 29, 2008

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What are you gonna do with your extra day, today?  

  •  yoga
  • shower
  • reiki
  • errands
  • unblock my scarf
  • knit/read
  • pick up the young one from his field trip 
  • work
  • home and relax

Enjoy your extra day!!!

Extra bit: a little boy said this in an interview after giving the Heimlich Maneuver to a fellow playmate: It is not about living. It is not about dying. It is about living and helping other people out. Don’t you just wanna cry? Too sweet.

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Today is Thursday, Pretty Cut and Dry

February 28, 2008

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This is what our place looked like yesterday morning!  Snow.  My sister called and said, “okay, so WHEN are we moving to Florida?”  If I could have mounted an escape plan then and there, believe me, I would have.  Thankfully, today looks a lot different.  Most of the snow is gone and the sun is shinning bright.  It truely is a new day.

It is also my day off.  Love Thursdays!  I put dinner in the crock pot and then got down to business.  I have my Spinach Scarf blocking on the dining room table (finally) plus I am blocking the dishcloth for Larissa’s art project” so I can get that in the mail.  I made a new herb heat bag for my clients at work plus a fragrant eye pillow for me (full of lavender and clary sage essential oils–heavenly).  Now, it is the afternoon which means time for me to wind down and do some reading, knitting and journaling.  I am going to get a pot of tea on and then relax.  

I hope you all are having a most delicious day, too.  Here is the latest quote from A New Earth:

“Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately NOT who I am, that I CANNOT find myself in all those things that continuously pass away.”  pg. 78 

The paragraph above that one talks about discovering your true identity, that which you truly are and not what your ego would have you believe yourself to be.  My take on that section boils down to: you cannot obtain Presence (Awareness).  You cannot set it as a goal or strive for it.  You have to Practice it, every moment of every day.  Awareness is a process, always unfolding.   You are either aware, present or you are not.  Pretty black and white.  

Class dismissed.  Peace~ Dawn  

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Textile Knitting

February 26, 2008

There be knitting going on in these parts, I swear.  As an example of said knitting, behold the above photographic evidence.  I have taken the rest of the “Felicity” yarn and made a nice square fabric piece and I bought this nice SWS yarn in “natural earth” and am making another piece of fabric.  Together they will be a pillow.   

 

Now, on to other subjects of interest to me.  I have begun reading Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”.  I am so engrossed in it that I would like to post quotes from it from time to time and invite anyone else reading the book (and this blog) to post comments, question or suggestions for comments and questions if they feel the desire to.  I don’t think I will join the whole Oprah’s book club online discussion thing because I really don’t have time on Monday evenings (I’m usually not here) but we shall see.  I am kind of open to opinions in the blog world verses a virtual classroom.  I am a black sheep that way.  But anyway, here is my quote from the book for today:

 

“The past has no power to stop you from being present now.  Only your grievance about the past can do that.  And what is a grievance?  The baggage of old thought and emotion.”  pg. 66 

 

Hmm, how many times can you think of that you got stuck on thinking about what someone else did or said to you.  How many days did you waste on thinking about old emotions.  Emotions that came and went except in your head.   I have several vivid examples in my own life.  Times when I stalled myself out and only when I forgave and let go did I free myself.  It was like suddenly my life was flung forward and I began moving again.  It was amazing to me how re-living ONE thought pattern over and over made me stay in the same place.  Life was going on all around me and yet, I was standing still.  Grievances have no purpose but to keep you in one place.  Forgiving or letting go, serves to put you in motion again, back in the flow of life.  

 

Today:  recognize a grievance you have, see how it is holding you back.  Once you recognize that, you can let it go and move on with YOUR life.  Peace~ Dawn   

 

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Ceramic Tea Pot

February 22, 2008

 

I love tea. I have a few teapots, maybe 3. I tend to be partial to one over the others so I don’t go overboard on buying teapots. When I saw this one at the thrift store I was overjoyed. It is a pretty glazed green and had the cutest little froggy sitting on top of the lid. Hello, I love frogs so it obviously was meant for me.

Well, it was not meant for tea. Apparently the glaze is not food friendly because the two pots of tea I made in it came out with a very metallic taste and left a nice haze of “oil” on the top of my tea. Blah. I only had a few sips of each pot so I feel confident that the lead level in my bloodstream is pretty minute. I am disappointed because it really is a pretty pot but I guess I will just have to use it as decoration. If not somewhere inside than maybe outside when the weather warms up.

Cheers! ~Dawn

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Moon in the Tree

February 20, 2008
 

Total Lunar Eclipse tonite beginning at around 8:45 p.m.  Get out there and soak it up.  We won’t see a total one again until December 20, 2010.  Good luck!! 

 

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The Lightness of Being

February 20, 2008

Each morning I light the candle as I sit in the quiet of the house. Before everyone wakes up and begins their day, I like to start mine with a moment or 5 of silence.

Remember: you are not your body or your possessions, you are the awareness.

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Felicity in Paprika

February 18, 2008

Oh lookie! a finished object and her name is FELICITY:

I loved this pattern when I first saw it. I tried it a couple of months ago but the gathered back turned me off and the CO number seemed so small. So I tried to fiddle with it and was not satisfied so I Ripped it back and put away the pattern.

Then along came Spirals and her Felicity. Well, it was just to much.  Way to cute and just what I wanted, so. . .  

I bought some new yarn (an inspiring color–Paprika) and pulled out the pattern again.  I followed it exactly but for these modifications:

  • size 6 instead of size 5 needles for the beginning
  • increase till 120 and no further
  • made an even decrease crown instead of the gathered one

 

I am so happy with it.  I used Red Heart Soft Yarn in Paprika (very similar to Caron Simply Soft, but it doesn’t split as easy.  I love it).  So if you are looking for somthing other than a beanie than look no further.  Felicity might just be for you.