RIP Joe

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:83

Practical Life and Death

We continue to feed a lot of birds daily, mostly songbirds. We also have quail and pheasants. As of today, there are 2 pheasants left, down from 10. All refugees from hunting season that ended November 30th. Because of their stately presence I decided to name them. I did it based on how many are around. If there is just one it is always Chester, with 2 they are Chester and Henry, 3 are Chester, Henry and Joe, and so on…

Earlier, as I was walking toward the wetland a hawk flew low in front of me. They have been mercilessly chasing the pheasants. Sure enough, I looked to where the hawk had come from and there was a newly killed pheasant, it was Joe.

Joe lay there lifeless, and I said a little prayer for him. He was mostly intact and so beautiful; nature is the best designer. I decided to take some of his feathers so his beauty could live on. I thought the hawk might come back to finish him but he didn’t, so a few hours later I brought Joe down to the wetlands and placed him on a fence post. I thanked him for providing food for other animals and left him.

A little later as I was pruning, Chester and Henry showed up down the hill from me. I ran to get them some food. Normally if I’m outside they stay at least 30 yards away. I put down some food and Chester walked right up. I sat down and told him I was sorry for his loss. I have no idea what the consciousness of a pheasant is, they seem dense. Regardless, I believe God is in all of us, and we all deserve recognition and love.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon. The Waning Balsamic Moon moves toward darkness.

Meditation

The Universe is within us. Feel the power and the glory of our connection to spirit. As we speak from our hearts, we open our minds to the power of the collective love that is the Universe.

These musings are also viewable on florago.net/notes/

RIP Joe

2021

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:82

A lot has happened in the last few months both locally and globally. We are 9 Days into the new year and I’ve seen many folks wishing they’d canceled this years 7-day trial before it expired.

Practical Life

Locally on Sunshine Lane we’ve experienced lots of rain and wind events causing us to regularly clear drains and pick up of tree debris. We had 3 wind related power outages last week, but luckily we now have water when the power goes out. Our neighbor whom we share a well with put in a generator for the well. Many people on the island have generators, we don’t and are so far ok with the occasional darkness.

There is an upward wind trend. The wind summary for our area (Skunk Bay), stated 2020 had 7,530 minutes of winds over 30mph, where 2019 had 4,455, and 2018 had 3,795. Happily, we did massive tree trimming in November and the trees are flexible and strong.

In other practical news, the van got new tires, the dishwasher keeps breaking, and we started our list of what to do and buy in 2021.

Practical for the heart, I made a bunch of crafty things in prep for the holidays which felt good. Sam, Ruby and Amalia came up from Seattle for Christmas after quarantining. We had a lovely time, hanging out, playing lots of games and eating very, very, well.

BodyMindSpirit

I love this time of year. I like to spend the time between Jan1 and the lunar new year reflecting on the past year and thinking about the coming one. I write down both gratitude’s for the prior year and initial intentions for the current one.  This year the lunar/Chinese New Year is February 12th, always the second new moon of the year.  On that day I’ll collate all my notes and pick the intentions I want to focus on, with ways in which I will make them happen. I place them in my journal and over the year I revisit them.  My intentions always have to do with the wellbeing of my Body-Mind-Spirit. Never a new car, or face lift.

Y’all have a full month to start on your own vision quest if you want to join me.

The new year is also a great time to do a vision board, start a journal or create art.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon. Waning Moon is Balsamic.

Preamble

We are intrepid travelers, chased by shadows. Release all that keep us in the past.

Meditation

Look at the bounty we bring forward.
In all things great and small we see the beauty of the divine expression.
With Gratitude, always.

2021

Be Kind

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:81

Practical Life

Last night’s moon set was divine, and today was a lovely sunny day. We went to the local coffee roaster and then for a walk in the forest. Northwest forests are heavenly, so lush and green, and full of fungi.

On the home front, Tom planted fairytale squash this year and they were prolific. Each weigh between 15-25 lbs. We still have 6 left after eating 2 and giving a few to neighbors. Most of what’s left will go to the food bank. They are beautiful, think Cinderella’s coach. And tasty too, like a delicate sweet pumpkin. I baked 17 lb. one earlier to use for a few recipes. My intention was to make a little soup for dinner and use the majority for a sweet squash butter. But… I got a little fast and loose adding thyme. In my attempts to save the soup, I kept adding more squash and broth to thin out the thyme. In the end we have 2 gallons of crappy soup, oyez. Luckily, we have plenty of squash for future butter.

BodyMindSpirit

On social note, I am unused to talking to people in person, (Tom doesn’t count). Yesterday I saw an ENT about a little hearing loss. They ran a rapid litany of possible reasons for the loss, nothing serious that I could surmise, but the recital went on and on. I felt like an alien with my first human encounter. My eyes glazed over and all I kept thinking about was if their sweater was cashmere. The reason I bring this up is most conversations I’ve had lately, have been with myself. This surely rings a bell with all 3 of you still reading. Some of us are going to need adult kindergarten when we transition to maskless.

Until then I am coming to terms with my will power being strong. AKA opinionated. My need to inflict my opinion and justify my position is a constant battle, in my head. Sometimes it’s directed at Tom, poor soul, but usually just me and my fictitious prey. I have endless internal arguments, proving my points. It’s exhausting. It’s likely just Covid fatigue. So, when I find myself in a dialog with myself about enlightening another part of myself that supports a differing opinion, I gently tell myself to back the f!!k off. I now understand why people usually have a nutty after 6 months in solitary.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon.

The waxing moon is gibbous.

Meditation

All is mind.
Be kind.

These musings are also viewable on florago.net/notes/

Be Kind

Fantastic Fungi

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:80

This volume of the SO is dedicated to the fungus among us. Today I walked around the property with the intention of snapping a few pic’s of mushrooms and found a magical kingdom of at least 20 varieties.  Most are hidden blending into the landscape. All it took was pausing to look. Some are beautifully formed, some look like dog puke. There was 1 lone blue mushroom with a fuzzy stem, possibly Stropharia caerulea.

The Fungi kingdom has between 2.2 million and 3.8 million species. Did you know fungi are genetically more closely related to animals than to plants?

I created a fungus album, all taken on Sunshine Lane. There is 1 added photo from today that is not a fungus, it is gross looking, and has a tell-tale sign… 10 points for identifying it.

BodyMindSpirit

Watch the movie “Fantastic Fungi” It really is fantastic.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon.

The waxing moon increases in light moving toward Gibbous.

Meditation

Be here now.
Pay attention to your breath.
With each breath give thanks to your body from your toes to our head.

Fantastic Fungi

Trees

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:79

Practical Life

Yesterday we had massive excitement because the tree trimmers came to work on the Douglas Firs. Whenever people come with large equipment its immediate adult daycare. Those of us less useful in this situation stand around and marvel at man and machinery.

They used a truck with a 75’ boom lift. It was extended a few times, but the trees still towered over. The guy on the bucket would cut massive limbs, then perch them on the bucket as he maneuvered down to a point where he could safely drop them. Guys on the ground scurried to collect the branches into a massive pile and then tossed them into the chipper. I always think of the movie Fargo when we have a chipper onsite.  Only tree limbs were chipped yesterday, and the smell of the branches and needles was divine.

The wind moves through the trees with ease now. We love them and hope they’ll forgive us for the torture.

BodyMindSpirit

I love Angeles Arrien’s Four-Fold Way. The 4 points are:

  • Show up and choose to be present.
  • Pay attention to what has heart and meaning.
  • Tell the truth without blame or judgment.
  • Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.

Often when I meditate our kitty, Pino, joins me. He snuggles on my lap purring away, bringing joy. Sometimes however he’s not quite committed. He’ll get on my lap and stand there. I’ll pet him, but he doesn’t settle down. It’s awkward for both of us and I eventually kick him off. That’s OK, he made an effort by just showing up.

Meditation can feel awkward sometimes. I’ll sit with the intention to be here now. Then find myself in another time and space just starring out the window or worse running a task list.  While it can feel frustrating, I think of the four-fold way. I’ve shown up, I see my attention is unavailable, and I have an intention I believe in. So, the frustration is from not releasing how the meditation plays out.    

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the moon. The waxing moon has reached the first quarter.

Meditation

The heart is always open when we have gratitude.

Trees

Jud

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:78

Practical Life

We took a walk on the Deer Lagoon dike today. Freaking gorgeous. Bragging photos attached.

In other news, we decided to ditch cable TV and subscribe to YouTube TV. There was a promotional offer that included a free Google TV remote. My beloved likes gadgets and so this tipped the purchasing decision. Before the remote was delivered, we used the mouse to navigate the YouTube TV interface, and it is a crappy interface with a mouse. And we’re no strangers to the 10’ mouse experience.  When the remote was delivered, my beloved spent an hour and a half getting to know it. Eventually he emerged claiming he’d neglected to read the fine print for the device which clearly stated, ”Not recommended for those over 50”. No problems on my end however. “We’ve” since mastered it. I think the overall experience through the Google TV interface is decent.

BodyMindSpirit

My uncle Jud died yesterday, the last of my mother’s generation in our family. He was a lovely man and always truly kind to my family. I remember him taking such good care of my aunt who needed much attention before she passed. I thanked him at the time for his devotion and care for her. He replied- my care for her is only caring for myself. That really stuck.

He is remembered fondly.

Often when someone dies comes a reflection of our own lives. Thinking about what we value and where we place our attention. Is there dissonance?

So much of the western lifestyle is about the accumulation of things and status, vs the accumulation of love and friendship. I’ve been very lucky in love and friendships. I am not afraid of death, only of the pain it might cause loved ones. In my dying moments I will hold them all dear. And my hope is that Love will travel with me to the next realm.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon.

Waxing toward first quarter

Preamble

Consciousness is our superpower – direct it accordingly.

Meditation

Welcome Love and kindness.

Jud

Human First

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:77

Practical Life

Today we celebrate our 3rd anniversary of living on Sunshine Lane. No regrets. Yay!

Fall weather is pushing our buttons. Rain, wind and cold mixed with a few sunny days. The whole island lost power last week for a day due to high winds and downed trees. We prepared today for another wind event coming tomorrow with projected sustained winds of 30 mph and 60 mph gusts. We tucked in any potential projectiles and filled every bucket with water. Not having water is the biggest bummer when the power goes out. Our shared well is close to being generator ready, but not quite. Fingers crossed the only thing we lose tomorrow is power and none of the 100’ trees near the house or garage come down.
In case you were wondering, Chester and Henry the pheasants, continue to hang out on the property while the hunters lurk just beyond the fence line. We have started feeding them. There are so many birds that frequent our feeders, a few more add to the diversity.

BodyMindSpirit

There is something innate in humans that has us seek to belong. This belonging can be easily manipulated by political agendas creating “us vs them” situations. A long time ago I gave up the democratic party. Not that I don’t believe in many of the principals, but because I feel belonging to a party creates divisiveness, forgetting we are humans first.  I believe in letting our voices be heard, through protest or other means. However, the idea that because we disagree on 1, 2 or even 10 things makes the other an enemy is ridiculous. Regardless of whether you agree or are in opposition to an opinion, remember, we are humans first. Most humans are not evil.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon.

Waxing moon increasing in light moving toward crescent.

Preamble

“If you want to know your past, look at your present. If you want to know your future, look at your present” -Buddha

Meditation

Welcome dreams,
and visions of beauty.

Human First

All Souls

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:76

Practical Life

We continue to be busy with projects around the property prepping for winter. The wetland path has been a priority. We had some good help this past weekend from Sam who wheelbarrowed 20 loads of wood chips for the path base. I usually do 3 loads before I want to pass out. The elevation between the pile and the wetland is about 60 feet which doesn’t sound like a lot until you walk it repeatedly pushing or pulling something.

BodyMindSpirit

It is all Souls day. A day to connect with our ancestors and Loved ones. I assembled the altar pictured above in honor of them. The pillars are candles that my family created for those who have passed on. The oldest is for my father who left this earth 26 years ago, followed by my mother a year later. We loved them dearly. With broken hearts we decorated the candles with images of them. Now we light them whenever we want to be close.

Creative soulful therapy is good for us. Make a candle for something lost, or a beautiful vision of the future. Make one for nature, missing hugs, or aspirations. Just do it from love. Directions below*.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon.

Still very bright, the waning moon decreases in light.  

Meditation

It is a time for Love.
To gratefully remember love given and received.


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*Candle Soul Therapy

Here’s what you need…

Tools: Scissors, ruler, glue stick, double stick tape.

Materials:

  • Glass votive candle holders- these come in a variety of sizes, the ones pictured are 8” and came with candles in them. I replace the candles inside as needed.
  • Paper copies of your favorite photos of your subject- I go to a copy place because my printer ink is water soluble.
  • Paper base big enough to wrap the candle- I usually use an archival paper.
  • Decorative:  paints, pens/pencils, glitter, stickers, papers, foil, tissue, ribbon, washi tape, etc.

Create:

  • Paper base- Measure the height and circumference of the pillars and cut the paper shorter than the height, and a little longer than the width/circumference. Test the size by wrapping it, before attaching anything.
  • Attach/glue to the paper base, images and decorate. Layer as much as you want while still being able to bend it.
    You can paint the glass with an acrylic, I sometimes paint the rim.
    Once you have your base decorated, wrap it around the glass to see that the shape is correct.
  • To adhere to the candle- on the back of the paper base, on one of the short sides, place a strip of double stick tape as close to the edge as possible.  
    Carefully attach the taped back to the glass, eyeing and readjusting so it wraps correctly.
    Once all is square, lay the candle on its side with the back of paper exposed like a flap.
    Place a second strip of tape along the remaining inside edge.
    Roll the candle in the paper and secure it.

Light the candle with a loving intention.

All Souls

Right

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:75

Practical Life

Today we rested, pondered, stoked the fire, read, and zoomed with family.

BodyMindSpirit

I have a thought worm about the value we put on being Right. That place where being right is more important than anything. Sometimes we get stuck in it. We look everywhere for confirmation to prove our point. We can’t see our bias. Too attached to see being right should never be the point.

Certainly this is going on in politics. No matter who wins, there will be a lot to clean up. I hope we can shower off the us vs them party line bs and work together for the best and highest good.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon.

The waxing moon increases in light moving toward Gibbous.

Preamble

Observe where your focus is now. How does it feel? If you want a new result focus on something different. Our minds are a terrible thing to waste on someone else’s bs.

Meditation

Be here now.
Pay attention to the pattern of your breath.
With each breath give thanks to your body from your toes to your head.

Poem
The Moon, she is shining bright – despite her shadow.
Receive her with Love.

Right

10/24/20

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:74

This picture is from the Kohlwes dike on sunlight beach down the hill from us. It borders the Salish Sea and is 1 of the 3 dikes protecting the Useless Bay wetlands.

Practical Life

It was a chilly morning, 54 degrees in the house. Tom made a lovely fire before I got up so the living room would be cozy. We’re trying not to turn the heat on until the vents get cleaned Tuesday. We had a small mouse problem. We think they’re gone, although don’t want to breathe any potential waste coming from the vents. Our resident hunter is slacking.

We worked on the paths in the wetland again. We use a hedge trimmer and weed wacker to clear. I think previous owners used a scythe; we found an ancient one in the creepy garage. After clearing we lay a new foundation with sticks and wood chips, making a cushy walkway. During the summer it is near impossible to keep the paths clear because of the forever growth. Nature always takes back what it can. At this time of year however it’s very satisfying work because the paths will stay until spring.

I picked the last of the cucumbers, it was sad to see them end. Onto over wintering vegetables.

BodyMindSpirit

Times are weird. Introspection is necessary.

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Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon.

The waxing moon increases in light moving toward Gibbous. On Sunshine Lane, the Moon sets at 12:07 am 237⁰ WSW, and rises at 3:56 pm 120⁰ ESE.

Preamble

Yesterday was the first quarter moon, evenly split between light and dark. Now is a good time to make decisions and act in alignment with our intentions.

Meditation

Stay in the flow, step over fear.

Imagine the beauty of your vision.

10/24/20