March 1st

It has been a long time since my last post! I have been working hard and also taking a much needed creativity break. Scott now has a complete wardrobe of scarves, hats and socks and I have some new scarves and mitts. These have been good projects for me, combining instant gratification because they knit or crochet so quickly, organization because I have emptied two of my bins of stashed yarn, and practicality because I made warm clothes all at the same time. I also brought my spinning wheel up from the laundry room, where I put her when I enrolled in Kepler College, and have determined that I still remember how to spin. All this manual labor has also been a great way to compose hypnosis scripts so I am just waiting for this cough to go away so I can do some taping for you. Those will be in the store soon and I’ve actually had so much fun that I am going to put some scarves, mitts, handspun and jewelry in the store in next month or so too.

What do spinning wheels, wool and March have in common? Yes, sheep!

March is said to arrive like a lion and leave like a lamb. Aries, the first sign of the tropical Zodiac begins with the Vernal Equinox on March 20th.  Get ready to move into the active time of the year. It is time to break out of Capricorn-mode and start thinking like an Aries. That means finding fun ways to motivate yourself like giving yourself a creativity break or planning your projects as if you planning a party.

I found a perfect quote to relate to goals:

“Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.” James Baldwin

Let this be a reminder to make your goals positive – not I am tired of looking dumpy but…I am fit and vibrant! Think of organizing your basement as an archeological dig. Don’t make Spring-cleaning drudgery — Be kind to your inner Aries and make it fun!

We have a party coming up on the 21st of March to celebrate the Vernal Equinox and beginning of Aries. So be on the lookout for your Evite! If you don’t get one and want one, call or email me. – Inga >^..^<

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January!

Did you make any New Year resolutions?

How are those working for you? (Yeah, that’s what I thought.)

Do you know why we make New Year Resolutions?

January is named for the Roman god Janus. According to Pantheon.org, “Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings, and hence represented with a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions. He was worshipped at the beginning of the harvest time, planting, marriage, birth, and other types of beginnings, especially the beginnings of important events in a person’s life. Janus also represents the transition between primitive life and civilization, between the countryside and the city, peace and war, and the growing-up of young people.” The doors of Janus’ temple were open during times of war to provide sanctuary and closed during times of peace. So instead of seeing this as a time to make a bunch of rules that you’ve probably failed at before, you could see the whole month of Janus as marking the transition time between the old and new, providing sacred space to support the changes you want to make.

Change your resolutions to goals:

Ø      What accomplishment would make the most difference to you right now?

Ø      What do you need to accomplish this year?

Ø      What can you do now that will help you to get ready?

Ø      When you have it, write it down.

Now break that goal down into steps:

Ø      Think about what you would need to accomplish weekly or daily to meet your goal(s).

Few New Year’s resolutions are accomplished by a single effort. Most will take consistent effort throughout the year. Plan how you will maintain that effort:

Ø      Start a journal relating to your goals.

Ø      Schedule some time each week to review your goals.

Ø      Find a friend or a group who will help to keep you accountable.

Utilize professionals:

Ø      Check with your doctor before radically changing your diet or exercise program

Ø      Check with a personal trainer to prevent injury when beginning a new program.

Ø      Call me if you would rather work on your goals in a more formal and effective way.

I’ve enjoyed all the resolution ideas you’ve been emailing me and if you think any of these great ideas would help anyone else, feel free to post them here. The important thing to remember is that making those resolutions isn’t something you do in one day. Invoke Janus’ help this month to plan changes in your life.

More snow dog action photos!

Happy Holidays everyone from snowy Seattle!
sbd */:-)

(Red/green color identification consultation provided by my sweetheart!)

Winter in Seattle!

Scott, your blog reporter-at-large, here. I asked for a white Christmas but this is getting ridiculous! It just keeps coming. Freya, Robbie and I have shoveled the front sidewalk and steps umpteen times, not that they mind one bit. While I toil with the shovel, they romp, chase squirrels, and eat snow.

With a break in the storm on Saturday and the next forecast sounding absolutely dire, people are flocking to the grocery stores in droves. We went across the street to Fred Meyer and found lines 50 people deep at the registers. So we bailed out and plan to come back later at night once the storm has arrived.

During the first few days of this Winter Wonderland, my preferred vehicle has been my ultra competent Honda Element with all wheel drive and ABS but as of Saturday night, the snow is deep enough to break out the serious hardware and fire up Inga’s Toyota Tacoma with 4WD, ABS, ample clearance and big ass tires. I push the 4 – 5″ blanket of snow off the truck and venture out into the empty fluffy white streets, the dark night filled with snowflakes. I tool around the neighborhood enjoying the beauty of it all and the simple pleasure of driving in snow for fun before ending up at Freddie’s across the street. As hoped, it is utterly empty of manic shoppers and I leisurely browse the aisles for a few extra supplies in case the power goes out.

It’s now Sunday afternoon and the storm warning has been extended into Monday morning. It’s been snowing on and off for hours and the sidewalk needs shoveling yet again. Robbie looks for squirrels in the trees and Freya plops down in the snow and starts eating it. The snow melts on Robbie’s back but Freya just looks like she’s been sprinkled with coconut flakes due to her super thick fur coat. Little birds are steadily chipping away at the suet. It’s only 30 degrees and the snow is going nowhere. Seeing how we have about 30 or so snow plows in all of Western Washington, getting to work tomorrow may be problematic. Thankfully, it’s very quiet at work right now due to the holidays so working from home is an excellent alternative. The weather people are saying that it will not get above freezing until Christmas Eve and Inga is now talking about moving to San Diego. */:-)

Merry Solstice and Good Yule!

I am sorry about the weather preempting the Solstice party. It was a bummer missing the opportunity to spend time with you. Maybe we’ll wait for the Spring Equinox or maybe we’ll do something for Candlemas, a.k.a. Groundhog Day. I made Robby a batch of oatmeal peanut butter cookies for his birthday. What a great recipe! I left out the wheat germ because I didn’t have any and just added a little more flour and oatmeal and he and Freya love them. Stew and I thought they were pretty tasty, too.

Dec 21st is the Winter Solstice. On this day, the Sun enters the part of the space-time continuum belonging to Capricorn. This is the official first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or “Sun,” and stitium, or “stoppage.” At the Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the same spot on the horizon.

On June 21, the Summer Solstice, the North Pole is tilted most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. On December 21, the Winter Solstice, the North Pole is pointed away from the Sun giving us in the Northern Hemisphere, our shortest day and longest night. It is this tilting of the Earth’s rotational axis that gives us our seasons. If you want more information on how this works, just ask and I can recommend some articles and books that explain it really well. I don’t know about you, but to me, the important part of this is that from here on out, we get a few minutes more of daylight each day, until the Summer Solstice, that is. Here is evidence that humankind’s fascination with the Sun hasn’t waned in thousands of years. Study-buddy-Jacqui sent me this website featuring a series of photos called “Holding the Sun

The 25th is Christmas. Do you believe in Santa? Did you? I did until I was 10 because we had one. The guy across the street used to come over on Christmas Eve and hand out presents. He had a Santa suit and Grandpa left the bag of presents on the front porch for him. He did a great job because I never had a doubt he was the real Santa.

I'm on You Tube!

My Kepler College Newsletter just arrived and it has links to our graduation speeches! You can watch my study-buddy, Jacqui and me here on You Tube. We were the serious, no-fun, class-nerds so of course, we gave the comedy speech at graduation while everyone else gave serious ones.  Our Senior Projects are also featured in this issue. Thank you, Enid!

I’ve received two notes from people who have planets made by Josh Simpson! I’ve only seen them on the website and can only imagine how beautiful they are in person.

Inga >^..^<

Friday the 12th is a Full Moon in Gemini.

This Moon will appear exceptionally large as it rises since it is both full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit where it passes closest to the Earth. At midnight, it will appear quite high and bright. The Full Moon is when you can “see” the results of what you have been planning and working on for the last two weeks. It is time to release the plan and review your ideas and to reorganize or restructure where necessary.  The Moon in Gemini can indicate distraction and difficulty in focusing your energy. One way to try to help your self to get tasks done is to use the distractions rather than fighting them  Make a list of what you need to get done and then just go ahead and start a few of the items on the list. Don’t worry about forcing yourself to methodically finish one task then the next and so on, but just allow yourself to flit from one to the next. When I have needed to do this, I’ve noticed that I do complete all the tasks that need to get done without the procrastination and stress that would be caused by forcing myself to work on just one task at a time when my “brain” isn’t in the right mood. Leave a comment if you try this or if you want to share what you are working on.

Are you looking for last minute holiday gift ideas? How about a gift certificate? We make a beautiful one that can be used for a relationship, natal or transit report, the jewelry in my store, a consultation, or soon to be available, relaxation and stress release mp3s. Call 206-459-6963 or email me for more information.

Other gift ideas: I am fascinated by Josh Simpson’s little “planets.” The planets are hand blown glass marbles. Check out his Infinity Project scrapbook which contains photographs of his marbles that have been placed all over the world as “a testament to the longevity of glass.”

The cool book of the season is Porn For Women. Also in the same series: Porn for New Moms. No, honestly… you MUST click the link and then post what you think.

And a plug for my perennial companion: Every home and every gardener needs a copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Inga >^..^<

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