29 September, 2009

It is Official!

This past weekend, I just took a test, performed a swim stroke test and made it! I scored a perfect on both evaluations and I have to say, it felt good. I am a great swimmer, I know my stuff and now I am a Certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.

Note, picture not so flattering....

Next month I will go for the Lifeguard Certification, but right now, I am enjoying this achievement. It has been a while since I took a test and to score 100% 15 minutes before anyone else was done...? Well I was very happy about that.

Now the fun starts, finding private clients so I can earn some extra spending money!

26 September, 2009

TIME FLIES!


My little guy V turned 5 this past week. He was so excited about his birthday, but who isn't at 5? He had a small celebration with some school friends and this Monday we will have the real party with cake and presents. Mystikman is going to make his favorite food for dinner...mac-n-cheese! He wants a race car cake, so I need to put my thinking cap on in order to make it.

As a family, we watched his birth video. I gave birth to him in a tub at the hospital without ANY pain medications. It was natural all the way. What struck me was how happy V was to see the "baby". Once in a while he would refer to it as himself, but most of the time it was the "baby". I think in watching the video I did a little rebirthing. I was tense and clenching my teeth in parts, remembering what I was going through and knowing I needed to get this baby out! There was a moment when my midwife was yelling at me and I clearly remember that!

All in all he is 5, not a baby anymore. But he is my baby and always will be. I remind him of this fact several times a week.

19 September, 2009

Natural Defenses

This week I have been arming myself with information. What information? Information regarding vaccines and fighting dis ease naturally. How do we keep our bodies healthy naturally?

It seems you are either pro vaccine or against it. The more I read, the more I know it isn't for our family. I reluctantly vaccinated my boys, albeit, one at a time and not with those 3 in 1 shots. Now, as I see the push for the flu vaccine escalate beyond normal promotions...once again, my inner spirit tells me to heed maternal instinct.

If you are inclined to do your own investigation, here are some resources to get started. There are many more sites but these two will get you thinking.

In any event, I have also come across some basic steps to keep you healthy and boost yoru immune system. I thought to share.

1 Oregano Oil is a great immune booster. It is even touted as one key component to living a very LONG life.

2 Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands, wash hands.

3 Collodial Silver is a good addition to the immune boosting regime.

4 Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands, wash hands.

5 Antibacterial Spray - caution using one with alcohol or other chemical ingredients strips away your bodies natural defenses. Instead use a gentle natural spray like the recipe listed below.

Natural Antibacterial Spray:

The formula which includes equal amounts of: cinnamon bark, lemon, eucalyptus, clove, and rosemary therapeutic grade essential oils. Mix them with jojoba or olive oil as a carrier, and use on hands as a sanitizer. (Note: pure essential oils can be very potent, it’s important to test some on a small patch of skin to check for any adverse reactions.)

6 Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands, wash hands.

Okay so there are some tips. Hopefully they will help keep you and yours safe, healthy and happy for many years to come without having to get stuck by needles needlessly it seems.

16 September, 2009

Challenges


When we learn something new or become aware of an idea, it seems that we see it everywhere. The same is said for being tested. Once we realize a new level of understanding, it seems there are challenges thrown in our way to test that knowledge.

Finances have been challenging for me in the past. Growing up poor and without many of the things my friends had, I learned from a young age that money controlled a lot of how we lived. I can remember hearing my parents struggles year after year. If they could afford private schooling for us, if the financial aid package would cover it, or if they were able to buy holiday presents. Lack of funds affected their purchases and how I was raised for certain.

As I grew, I knew I didn't want to be poor. I didn't want to always have a hand me down couch. I wanted to be able to buy what I wanted when I wanted it. At one point in my life, I was able to do that for the most part.

Then the responsibilities came and money became a must have goal again and I felt that familiar squeeze. The battle I had with money came back and I struggled to find any redeamable qualities.

In the past year, I came to a place of realization for me. Money is money and the emotion I attach to it is my issue. It really doesn't matter if the emotion is there or not, because the money just is. So what I can do is take away the emotion and at least live a freer life, without the stress of it all. I would like to claim victory over this battle, but well, there are slip ups.

Recently, I have been challenged again. A business venture, gone sour, finally came to a close. The money invested is far more than the money gained, so a loss had to be dealt with, emotionally. I had to come to terms with the idea that we will not recoup that money and it is what it is. I did truly get there. I let it all go and I felt okay about it. Of course we want everything we do to be great and feel confident about our choices, but sometimes there are factors beyond our control that get in the way. Reality is we can not control all the factors and there will always be unknowns.

So here I am, feeling that I am getting closer finding peace in this struggle, then a bomb is dropped. From this business deal, something awful happened, but if I kept my insurance, I stood to gain some of my investment back. Here is the kicker... I canceled the insurance 2 months ago, due to lack of funds! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Really? Why didn't' this happen when I was insured? Why did it have to wait? Is this part of the test, to see how I would handle it?

This event happened 2 days ago. Today I am just in disbelief that I am here, in the financial hole. I breathe through it and try to just move on. Don't dwell on the negative. Yes I get it. and I am here to say I am trying my darnedest to move on. Lord knows, I want to MOVE on!

We all have our struggles. We all have our tests, hopefully we all move onto greener pastures!

11 September, 2009

Remembering...

Eight years ago, I was a newly married woman, living in New Orleans, LA. I was a consultant working for one of those massive international companies who "try" to make local companies better with their "superior" knowledge via outsourcing resources. I had just left a meeting, onto another when I noticed people congregating around a roaming TV stand in the hallway. I found it strange that so many people were watching this apparent action movie stunt.

Then I noticed the mood. It wasn't in awe that people were watching it was in horror. I stopped and started to investigate what was so special about this action movie sequence.

It wasn't a movie, IT WAS REAL! The was a plane that flew into one of the Twin Towers!@@#$@# Okay, what on earth happened? Then I was one of the flock, not moving. More information came and then it was apparent there were terrorists attacking the USA. Attacking us on our own soil? Is this possible? This has never happened in so many years.

OH MY GOD, I have friends and relatives that work in NYC and in Washington DC and there is a plane over Ohio? My family lives in Ohio...must go home, must call everyone I know and check in.

Running back to my office, I hear of other possible targets, national landmarks. The Superdome was one of the things I heard. Oh know, must leave work. The office was attached to the Superdome. I went to my bosses office and let her know I needed to go home. She didn't think it was necessary, as we had another meeting. I then reiterated to her, that the US was being attacked and there were more planes circling the country. She took me a tad more seriously, but I had to go.

I drove home, found mystikman in the driveway and we just hugged each other sobbing. I had called him from my office and demanded he call his family in NY. Everyone was fine, but they were watching the smoke over the horizon and knew one of their neighbors was there fighting the fire.

Luckily it was mystikman's day off and we spent the entire day at home, on the phone, glued to the TV in pure awe of what the world was going through. This was REAL, this was NOW, this is our HISTORY.

Today, all of our relatives are fine. Our friends were accounted for, even one who was stuck in the subway on her way towards ground zero to volunteer with the Red Cross. My in-laws neighbor? Well he never came home that day. Instead we walk by a bench on the way to the beach in his honor. I didn't know him, beyond "Hello". But I do sit on his bench when I am there to pause. He is remembered often and celebrated often. As the years have progressed, this neighbor's cousin would one day become my brother-in-law.

I am now a mother of 2 beautiful spirits in the form of BOYS! We are living in Southern Florida on an idyllic Island or KEY. WE have bought and sold our first home, started and sold out of our first business, fought and made up with family members, laughed and cried, lost jobs and found better ones and realized that life is not about anything but the present moment and the relationships around you. Through it all, a nod to 9-11 is there.

For the first time in my life, I realized the US is not impenetrable, but just another country open to whatever force is out there. The threat of horror that exists in our countries now exists here. We live with a doubt as to our safety.

My contribution is to work on Peace. I pray every night to Archangel Michael for safety and protection. I also ask this supreme angel to carry Mother Earth into safety, to help heal her wounds. I picture this massive angel placing its protection ultraviolet wings around the globe in a loving embrace. I ask that I am aided in ways that will help Mother Earth heal. The people on this planet need to find healing in their hearts and minds so their souls can be free to love.

This is my prayer on this day:

"May the angels help all humans find the love within their hearts, no matter race, religion, sex, culture, language, appearance, ability, age, orientation or affliction. Through the Supreme Being's guidance our wounds will be healed and our bodies will be restored to temples of love and witness."

Blessings!

08 September, 2009

Summer Vacation Photos

Okay the photo part of our Summer Vacation has arrived!!! Just click on the last photo box below and it will take you to a slide show. But in the meantime here are some others...

The Fair


Bikes with cousins



After the Tubbie


Canoeing on the Clarion River, PA


Bubbles at the Cabin

Enjoy!

Summer Vacation
video

07 September, 2009

Motivation!

Here are some things that are on my to do list....

1. Upload vacation photos... I know ally, I am behind on that one BIG TIME!

2. Sew Colored Pencil Art Pouch for the boys to use during Eco Academy... already started Eco Academy

3. Lose 20 pounds... started this component using FITDAY but lagging in the exercise department

4. Create our homeschool schedule and prepare the new binders for the year and reading lists and math drill sheets etc.

5. Vacuum/dust house...ugh... I don't enjoy cleaning, but do enjoy a clean house, so I guess I have to buck up and do it!

6. Sew a fun skirt for me... this will have to wait until all other things are out of the way.

7. Organize hand made gifts items for the fall birthdays and winter holidays... started on one item... many, many more to go!

8. Complete growth chart for my V... who has patiently waited now, almost 5 years!

9. Clean out car...should have done this prior to leaving Ohio, but didn't. Still carting around Pennsylvania Cabin pine needles and lost peanut butter pretzels in the car.

10. Enter Quickbooks Data for Client.

11. Enter tax deductions to date for alpaca business.

12. There is more, much more to list.

It is good to have projects, something to look forward to, something to accomplish. But there are times, when the list isn't fun or engaging or when you just want to curl up on the couch with a good book, or quiet TV watching something like how to cook something divine or build something cool and then drift off to sleep. This for me is the perfect cat nap, when I am just relaxing and the TV is quiet enough for me to drift off. I love that!

Time to go and....well what would you do if a list like this was staring at you?