The Broken Circle

The ecosystem in my garage.

A few years ago I witnessed a spider eating a mosquito. As he finished the meal, a lizard stepped in and had his own. 

Yesterday I spared the life of a small spider and told him to eat lots of mosquitos.  

Today, I find this: 

 

I just got bit by a mosquito and the snake is still in the garage. I guess I should be happy the bear did not stay.  

Apologies to the man who didn’t steal my trimmer

 

A few weeks back I took a nap.  I was in my car.  The car was in my open garage.

I woke to a noise but did not look.  I was comfortable. The car was locked.  I wasn’t moving.

There was news of a bear prowling around the neighborhood.  The bear had made the noise.

The next week I could not find my hedge trimmers.   There were multiple reports of stealing out of unlocked cars.  There were reports of items disappearing from porches.

My policy for lost items is that they will come back to me eventually.  The lost item suddenly appears.  It may take an hour. It may take a month.

Three weeks later I could not find my trimmer.  My plants are overgrown.  Maybe the neighborhood thief took the trimmer.

I spent a week thinking ‘the guy’ took the trimmer.  The noise was from him.  It was not from the bear.

Guess what I just found.

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Rose Theory of a Health Journey

I have had a hard time finding a way to explain why I am even on a search for better health.  I needed to be able to explain it to myself.  I was not as concerned about what others thought.  It never really occurred to me to try to explain it outside my own ego.

When I am trying to loose weight it seems like there is always a missing piece to the puzzle.  Calories in vs calories out, raw, vegan, paleo, low carb, low fat…it always seemed much more difficult and complicated than it should be.

When fighting Lyme and company, there has always seemed to be something just not right.  We are missing a puzzle piece somewhere.  Various infections, hormones, nutrition….it always seems much more difficult and complicated than it should be.

I believe that I have found a way to explain it to myself.  The theory will not fix anything but thought I should share it in case anyone else could use it.

The Rose Theory

I first moved into my house over 10 years ago.  As a new home owner I was excited to fix up things and put to use all of those hours spent watching home improvement shows.  One thing that I really wanted was a beautiful rose bush.  It was a peace rose.  I tended to it as Google said I should.  I watered it often but careful not to over water it.  I sought advice on what fertilizer to use and when to apply it.  I made sure it received all the nutrients it needed.  I trimmed it as directed.  I was very attentive to its every need.  If I was doing everything just right, there were a few beautiful blooms as a reward.

As the years went on I became less and less attentive and the plant produced less and less blooms.  I eventually just ignored it.  If I happened to walk past, I would check it out and maybe trim a wild offshoot.  During this time of neglect, there might be 1-2 blooms a year.

Late winter this year, a tree needed to be taken down.  It was not that big of a tree.  An adolescent oak 20-30 feet away from the ignored rose bush. 

THIS WAS THE MISSING PIECE TO THE PUZZLE

As spring warmed the longer days, this rose bush began a new life.  There were more flowers and new stems than in any previous year.  That includes the years that I was so very attentive.  Previously unnoticed, this peace rose bore a new rose plant.  There was a whole new plant that resembles a knock out rose presenting a dozen buds ready to bloom.  (I am guessing some sort of hybrid, cross pollination thing.)  

This rose needed more sunlight.  It was not obvious that is was deprived of light as it appeared to get full sun most of the day.  It continues to bloom and I have not fertilized it or watered it anymore than what the grass may get.  I do occasionally trim it but just to harvest a beautiful flower for my desk.

May we all find that missing peace.

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USA post election fear prediction: A table with no legs

My mind was musing this morning as I sipped my coffee and watched pundits pundit.

Most seemed simultaneously excited and fearful of the possibility of Mr. Trump becoming President of these United States.

There is a chance he may lose the Republican primary, but with every delegate that he gathers, there seems to be an unease.  By the end of my coffee, everyone seemed to calm down and settle into acceptance that he really may win the nomination.

He may, actually, become President.  Yes, he would need to win the general election but there appears to be a H-U-G-E (Trump voice over) enthusiasm gap that could lead to poor Democratic voter turn out and high Republican turn out.

I began to think…so what….if he really goes off the rails, then Congress can get rid of him.  Well, Congress has agreed to nearly never ever agree on anything. With Trump’s marketing skills, I cannot imagine anyone up for election in the next 4 years would agree to it.

So the Supreme Court could take care of it…..well, I suppose, but they will be short a Continue reading

Spread Positive Jam On Toast

MyIntent Project

A friend gave a gift from a company that has a mission to share meaning and positive energy.  It is a pretty cool idea.  You think of one or two words that are meaningful to you.  The word can be a goal or an intention, or just something meaningful.  They press the word into a metal circle and you choose if it is on a bracelet or necklace.  Example words are love, grateful, compassion, purpose, and surrender.  The company is running behind due to a record number of orders and sent an email apologizing. The email included a link to free music.

What is your word?

In the spirit of sharing positive energy, here are some YouTube versions of songs on the album. 

The Sweetest Thing

One of my neighbors was putting up Christmas lights this evening.  As I made my way to the mailbox, I complimented her on how pretty they were. She smiled and told me thank you. 

She then grew the biggest smile and sweetly wished me a happy Chanukah. 

Now, I am not certain why this neighbor of several years thinks that I am Jewish. Perhaps it is because I used to decorate my bushes with blue lights and had a white lit tree. Just always thought it was pretty.  Perhaps she overheard me telling someone about a DNA test that said I am 12% Ashkenazi. 

At any rate, her being so considerate and sending her warm thoughts across the yard was the biggest highlight of my day. 

I smiled back and said thank you. 

              Happy Hanukkah