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Today’s 4 Miracles

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Miracle #1:  I made my own pants — and in half the time!  I’ve started meeting with my friend once or twice a month for sewing lessons.  So far I’ve made 2 pairs of pants and 2 pillow cases.  I’m a bit of a slow and steady learner, but I’m starting to get more of the hang of things — this pair of pants took me 4 hours!

Miracle #2: I fixed my computer keys!  After reaching the end of my rope with the “e” and “r” key randomly not working, I watched a youtube video today on taking the keyboard apart. I took the two keys off, cleaned a little around them, and put them back together.  They don’t seem to be 100% but they are MUCH, MUCH better. . .  which is fortunate, because when I began this blog post, I wanted to smash my keyboard into pieces.

Miracle #3: My rose bush is still alive!  You may have read in some of my previous blog posts that I’ve been having some issues with our rose bush, a wedding gift from this past May.  First there was an asian beetle.  Then, apparently — caterpillars.  The poor plant was left with nothing but stems.  I wasn’t sure the rose bush was going to make it, but I clearly still know nothing about plants.  The last few days I’ve noticed some beautiful fresh leaves with rosy trim.  Plants will never cease to amaze me.

Miracle #4: Zumba Learning Fix!  What if it were easy?”  At the beginning of this month I became a certified Zumba instructor, and I’ve started trying to learn the routine for my first class.  I received a “My First Class” DVD and started on the first song, but I struggled not to copy the instructor, as I normally would as a participant.  (As an instructor we have to learn to start with the opposite foot that we are used to, since we are mirroring the participants.)   I’ve started thinking about one of my coaching questions: “What if it were easy?” and I applied it to this scenario.  Why not actually capitalize on how good I am at following?  So, I video recorded myself following the instructor and today started following myself in my own recording!

What were your miracles today?  I’d love to hear about them! ❤  Much love and many blessings.

Pests

Asian beetle eats my rose bush.

So much damage.

Should he stay or should he go?

Are we not also . . .

the world’s pests?

Winter Cleansing

"Image courtesy of Iamnee/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net".

“Image courtesy of Iamnee/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

Last night, instead of reading or blogging or researching expressive arts (homework) I went on a reorganizing frenzy.  I put dishes away, washed the sink dishes, wiped counters, and cleaned off and reorganized the counter space, moving kitchen equipment that we never use away and out of sight.  I moved the dog cage to the garage — since we haven’t been using it.  I cleaned off and wiped down the divider between the kitchen and living room space. (Originally the objects were there to discourage the cats from entering the kitchen, but we decided that hasn’t been an issue.)   I did a load of towels.  I pulled the metal shelves (not too heavy, but a little difficult to maneuver) from the basement and put them in the garage.  (Brian moved his car before I could scratch it up.  I think I did pretty well with my own, though I don’t really care if it gets scratched.)  I took the gardening odds-and-ends (planters, pots, hoses, soil, fencing, stakes, etc) and put them on the shelves.  I took the recyclables that we are unable to/have not gone to recycle (styrofoam, water bottles and cans that could be worth something, old medicine, old cleaners, light bulbs, batteries, etc) and put those on shelves.  I put the windshield washer fluid and some other car fluid and put those on a shelf.  I put the baseball bats and a rowing oar that Brian found between our house and our neighbor’s on the day of the flood — I hope nobody had to use it! — and put those things on a shelf.  I took our Christmas tree that we moved to the garage after our basement flooded and recycled the old, ruined box — the soaked thing had broken open — and then filled up a whole set of shelves with all of the branches and the plastic interlocking pieces.  I don’t even know what the rest of the stuff in the garage was (I don’t know if Brian even knows), but I put that on shelves, too.  When I was done the garage floor was clean, and I didn’t feel too cold at all, not once throughout a half hour or more of organizing in the cold garage.  (My fingers complained a bit, though.  No gloves on, of course.)  I was so energized and wanting to stay on the freight train of the “Teri cleaning machine” that I continued, organizing a bit of the bedroom, packing up a few things to give away, and then quickly finishing up the kitchen table (i.e. my work space — Brian gets the living room coffee table), as Brian was going up to bed.  I’m a bit tired this morning, but all-in-all, I did a great job, and I feel fantastic! 

Smorgasbord Time!

"Abstract Radial" courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Abstract Radial” courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s been a long time since I last posted — if I’m trying to post every day, which I am — so, this is the time when I spit out everything and attempt to make it organized, so that it doesn’t come out like (_insert disgusting analogy here__).

GO BLACKHAWKS!

Yeah, I’m totally a fair-weather fan.  I don’t even attempt to hide it anymore.  And I’m fairly disgusted with certain Chicago sports. But, Go Blackhawks!  How awesome are they?  (I have no TV pretty much, except for 3 channels, but I’m getting a basic idea of what’s happening in the game from the triangle of the slow internet score updates, my neighbor’s anguished/excited cries out back, and Brian’s occasional texts.)

Hay House

I overdosed.  Yes, (raised hand) I admit it.  I knew it was crazy to try to listen to ALL of those videos, but I tried anyway.  And it all ended up blending into a crazy mish-mosh, so that if people asked me what I learned for the day, I couldn’t tell them anything with certainty.  HOWEVER, I did enjoy the videos I listening to, and I feel I internalized some great ideas, that I may or may not remember right away if you were to on-the-spot ask me about them. (But, give me time — they will likely come up in future posts.)   If nothing else, I know this: Meditation!  Self-love!  Gratitude!  Service!  And I am now trying to limit myself to two or three videos a day, instead of 9-10!  (Today I listened to two on finances.)  Tomorrow will be a little tough because 5 of them look interesting . . .

School of Metaphysics

I am really enjoying my Wednesday class.  It’s funny; I go in cycles between being really excited and being anxious.  Now I’m more excited.  Tomorrow will be interesting because we’re having a “beautify the space” day, and I’ve found that I’m tight with time and helping lately, so this is not something I’m super excited about, even though I know it will be good for me (which is funny because I’ve been looking for volunteer activities.  I suppose looking is not the same as doing.)

Coursera Art Course

I’ve been wanting to explore art for forever, but it’s been one of my blockages, which relates to letting myself “play,” as Cindy, my coach tells me.  She told me to take 2 minutes a day to play.  That was yesterday.  I still haven’t “played” yet.  Sometimes I wish I could just make myself into a 3-year-old again.  Anyway, the course is really fascinating. The audio lectures about the artists are a little long for me, but everything else is intriguing: the fantastical artists themselves, their work, the various materials one can use for art, the various lines and shades and textures and other-art-terms-that-I can’t-remember-but-was-awed-by, etc.  I’m supposed to create a couple of art projects. One is supposed to be an introduction to me.  I thought it would be fun to use some collage maybe and possibly some colored pencils.  (I’m not going to have the really awesome fancypants materials that the instructor was showing us, but I’ll make do!)  And I thought it would be neat to incorporate something having to do with dreams and my true self, since that’s what I’ve been interested in lately.  So, we’ll see.  If I get it done — I mean, WHEN I get it done — I’ll post it on here.

Tutoring

I am starting a new student on Monday.  It will be for 3 weeks, and it is a summer make-up Level 2 Spanish course.  I’m both excited and terrified.  I already have some ideas, but I can feel the old anxiety settling in.  Sigh.

Job Stuff

And speaking of job-related stuff. . .  yeah, I’m still thinking about where I’m headed next.  All the time.  Money and job.  Those thoughts are my constant companions.  It’s good that I’m still tutoring, so I don’t feel like I’m completely aimlessly floating.  There is aim!  Sigh.  BUT, I’m meeting with the director of the School of Metaphysics tomorrow to hopefully get some insight from her about it.  I’m really nervous all my blockaging forces will come kicking and screaming out at her in a ferocious and scary way, but it can’t hurt to see what happens! . . .  Right?

And that’s going to have to be it for now.  Blackhawks are in double overtime right now.  Yeesh. . . yawn . . . Bed time.

Wait. Wait — (for those of you who came to this page because of the “strawberry” or “gardening” search terms I threw in there) Here it is: Strawberries from your garden are the most delicious thing ever. Well, anyway, they are amazing. That is all. 😀

"Red Strawberry"  courtesy of criminalatt / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Red Strawberry” courtesy of criminalatt / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Worth the wait, right?  

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