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Re: The Secret

Post by Seeker13 » Wed May 15, 2019 1:38 am

Hey Sandy,
The ginormous lavender sounds lovely. Hope your toes got nice and dirty!
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Mon May 13, 2019 5:13 am
Bare feet on the earth...truly very calming and invigorating as Urantia soothes and softens the worst that comes at us.
I have so missed commiserating with her in all her glory!

I'm not one for cutting flowers until well beyond their prime, would rather see them growing, than in a vase somewhere. Except my herbs of course! I'm most eager to harvest them for winter usage. Mmm, rosemary, oregano and lime basil! I started several currant bushes last year and most of them made it through the winter! Don't really need seven of them though, going to have to see if someone else wants a few. Took clippings from bushes at The Center, Tiny LOOOOVES currants! Strawberry bushes are already filling with blossoms. Can't wait to plant the three sisters- corn, beans and squash, I read about in Braiding Sweetgrass. Forsythia, Daffodils, primrose and hyacinths all in bloom and there's been a fairy flower explosion in the back yard. Tiny and were thinking of materials we'd need to make a new fairy house.

I believe warm weather is finally here to stay! Still haven't brought my mittens and boots home from work... didn't want to jinx it! When arriving home today, was surprised by a beautiful blue gazing ball on it's stand in the flower garden. A mother's day gift from my kids. Aleah also gave me a glass blue and clear bird sitting on top of soulful sounding chimes. It's twice lovely because the gazing ball is the same color as one my Mom had, and when she was sick we'd take her little glass bluebirds of happiness in the hospital. She treasured those little birds.

The day here was also made in heaven! We had the kids outside most of the day, a balmy, sunny, 59 degrees, with a slight breeze. Seems their favorite game this week is when I'm a monster chasing them around trying to eat their brains. Can't remember if it was my idea or Tiny's. Some would say, "Yuck!" But when you put ice cream and caramel on them, it's a tasty snack! The kids definitely did not believe moral mushrooms on top would be good.

Hope your fall days continue to be heavenly as we burst into spring. Supposed to get showers tomorrow, guess I'll have to eat my brains in the rain!

:kiss:
Kim
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Re: The Secret

Post by Sandy » Mon May 20, 2019 1:44 pm

Hey Kim,

The week end has come and gone and here I sit with even Monday nearly behind me. I've been in a rearranging kind o mood. Well, actually more like reorganising. Right now, G's office is in chaos. But hopefully it will be more comfortable when I am finished. Our flat is very small so it pays to think things through and to have a place and everything in its place. But that hasn't happened the past few weeks as I have been less then at peace. But today I'm taking on the clutter and tomorrow reorganising in the living room/kitchen.

I had to make room for Teddy's big ferret cage in our kitchen dining living room. He is living inside with us now, safe and sound hopefully. Teddy is a small Siamese coloured Netherlands dwarf rabbit.) He was my Stuart's little brother (Stewie was my large English lop who passed away three weeks ago) Teddy has been despondent after Stuart's passing so we relented last Wednesday and brought him home a little sister. We now have little Dory, another Netherlands dwarf.(We thought Teddy might enjoy having a buddy his own size this time) She is an adorable albino with red eyes and teeny tiny ears. Her siblings all died at birth and she the lone survivor but was babied and loved by the little girl whose family brought her in. She is so courageous and fast but just s happy having a cuddle and a scratch. I'm hoping she will be a good friend and companion for Teddy. So far so good. We are introducing them too each other slowly. So we now have Dory's hutch next to Teddy's . ai yi yi... Rabbits are taking over. Thankfully, George is a rabbit person and is very supportive of "rabbit central."
I'm not one for cutting flowers until well beyond their prime, would rather see them growing, than in a vase somewhere.
I have hard time cutting flowers, myself. I almost always ask the plant or tree now before taking a cutting and then give them a chance to withdraw energy from the part I wish to take. I then give them a little something in return...some water, compost... something like that.

LOL It sounds like you hav a grande time with the kids. I can just hear all the squeals and laughter with the "Monster eating your brain game." Kids love stuff like that. the sillier the better.

I'm glad you brought up herbs. I must get out there and cut and dry some. I have lots of parsley this year and marjoram and rosemary with Sage out the kazoo. I have experimented making smudge sticks but so far my attempts haven't been very successful. First time around they were definitely too tight but those I thought would burn easily fizzle out. Well not giving up and would appreciate anyone out there with smudge making skills or tips to please share what they know.

Better get a move on. Have a good week Kim and everyone who reads. :sunny:
Love,
Sandy
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Re: The Secret

Post by Seeker13 » Mon May 27, 2019 3:58 am

Dear Sandy and all,
Sounds like you're in bunny heaven! Poor Teddy, hope he's adjusted to his new a...Dory...ble new sister. Hope you're adjusting also to the loss of your Stewie.

Clutter stresses me out, but with both Dave and I not feeling up to par for the past month we've been doing the best we can. Also with nice weather, THERE'S SO MUCH TO DO! Have a four day weekend, Friday Dan was sick so I watched Nova while Rachel and Tiny were signing up for a new preschool for next year. Saturday Dave and I went shopping, bought plants and saw a movie. Today Dan decided to go to the doctor, has been really sick all last week. Dave and I went over to clean, watch motel and the girls. I planted and weeded in my flowers when we got home. Tomorrow Tiny and I are preparing a Memorial Day picnic while everyone else is cleaning... Needless to say, at our house the clutter remains.

My sage is hardy stock, never tried to make smudge sticks from it sorry. I have to start new rosemary plants every year, have not been able to overwinter, and lost my oregano too. Can't wait to get the basil going! I just toss a bunch of seeds in pots on our back porch and it goes crazy. Spearmint of course is taking over everywhere, and will have to transplant fennel from work, rhubarb is almost ready to pick. I just love the smell of chamomile, mmmm. Tiny bought a new pair of gardening gloves so we can do gardening together. Have to wait for her to help me plant pumpkin seeds. We LOVE watching them twining all over and hanging from the fence.


On a different note, reading Uteah's latest message on teachers brought me to tears tonight. It was announced last Monday our sweet little Center is closing. We have more and more senior citizens in our area. Pretty expensive for young families to live here, so fewer children. Already decided I would not be returning next fall, been a very stressful year and lots of adult drama, but it still makes me sad it will be closing June 6. Aleah was two and a half when I started working there. I'm very grateful after all these years to love children more than ever.

I'm not letting it get me down, some things simply run their course and their time is done. This summer I will be cleaning part-time at the motel and watching Nova three days a week, Tiny also on Fridays. This fall is up in the air, but I know something will present itself, it always does.

Time to turn in, give your sweet bunnies an extra hug and a snuggle for me. Really glad George doesn't mind living in Rabbit Central. Hope you've had a good weekend.

Love,
Kim
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Re: The Secret

Post by Sandy » Wed May 29, 2019 2:17 pm

HI Kim,
Oh I'm so sorry to hear your center is closing. I've been there myself when the preschool I worked at for 13 years went out of business two yers after I left. It was nearly the same troubles afflicting your center with a diminished young population. I felt almost like a family member was dying. The preschool was my second home and a place of safety security love where I knew I belonged. Like you I knew God would open a door. (turned out it was an upper "story window" :roll: :lol: ) But all things considered I am where I am because of actions at this time. I see the seeds of that future being planted. Interesting thought, eh...the seeds of our future. it is almost a little daunting to think that all our actions (thoughts of course too) are creating what will grow in the future. And sometimes something small changes everything in retrospect.
Sounds like you're in bunny heaven! Poor Teddy, hope he's adjusted to his new a...Dory...ble new sister. Hope you're adjusting also to the loss of your Stewie.
Dory and Teddy have become good friends. They are now sharing the same hutch and much happier. The funny thing, Teddy was always the baby as far as the relationship fundamentals with Stewie and he behaved like a juvenile. But with Dory he has taken on the role of the wise adult bunny and Dory's mentor. She is so sweet cuddling up to him. I am so happy they are getting along. I wasn't sure how teddy would react but it is impossible not to love dory. She is so tiny and innocent.

We also have another surprise family member. A domestic pigeon who self-rescued with us on Sunday and not knowing what else to do.. we have adopted her at least until we can locate where she came from. (It's 1111 :D just saw it on my clock. ) so now how little flt is bursting at the seams with animal activity. :bana:

How was your picnic? It has been years since we've enjoyed a picnic. we used to take food to the beach and eat by the ocean but G's illness has kept us from doing anything too strenuous.

It is windy and quite chilly here tonight. The wind is whistling through the cracks in the windows. I love it! :bana: I always sleep well on a windy cold night. Hope you all have been well out of the way of the tornadoes! It is shocking the number and widespread destruction they have caused over there this spring. Stay safe please everyone.

It sounds like you have a busy summer ahead. Enjoy those happy times with Nova and Tiny. I can imagine Tiny with her gardening gloves helping you in the garden. It will grow all the better I think... fairies will see to that... :sunflower:

Good night..(.I am falling asleep as I type.) all is well down here...
love,
Sandy
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Re: The Secret

Post by Seeker13 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:28 am

Sandy,
We are down to our last few days at the Center, having a picnic gathering on Wednesday, closing the doors on Thursday. Last weekend all alone I went through all the STUFF that I had taken in to share with kids, kind of overwhelming after twenty-three years. Took back what I thought my grandkids would use...I might have a book addiction problem, … just might. But it felt like closure, there's a rumor going around the school might take over the building, feels good more kids will be able to experience it. It is a really great building and playground!

Today we had a wondrous thing happen. While exploring in the woods behind the building we found twelve morel mushrooms growing in a sand pile! It was crazy! Our focus was to find materials for building fairy stuff. Last week Aleah took a picture of Tiny playing on the lawn at the motel. She loved it so much, sent it to my son Ken asking if he could photoshop it to make Tiny into a fairy. The picture ended up looking spectacular! The minute the kids saw it they started fluttering around the playground and making fairy cake. So for our last week we're exploring fairies. Tiny said some red fairies came into her room last night, she even told everyone how they sounded. They put birch bark, moss, pretty rocks, pinecones, seeds... and about a million other things in their baskets. I just finished telling them about the baby deer Dave and I saw yesterday, when a day old fawn jumped up scared by our presence. The poor little thing was so frightened it ran into a branch teepee the kids made and got it's hind leg wedged between two branches. I felt so bad knowing it was our fault it was in this predicament. No matter how hard the little thing pulled or cried it couldn't get out. I told the kids to freeze and they did immediately. I walked slowly up behind the little fella telling him it was alright we were going to help. Careful not to touch it, I reached down and was able to pry apart the two branches holding it's leg. Realizing he was free, he darted away. It was such an amazing experience to share,... a magical morning.

It really feels like my guides and guardians are helping me through these last few days. My nephew's graduation was on Sunday, a few funny coincidences between he and I happened, and when I sat down in this huge church auditorium I was sitting in seat 1111! Arriving home after it, I was searching through several notebooks of my old writings looking for a fairy song I'd written. On the back of one of the stories there was a quote I wanted to save. It was from the same nephew who had just graduated, dated 10/5/07. I'd read the story to him and his sister. When the story was done he said, "Aunt Kim, I'm going to put my green paperclip on it, and attach my imagination to it." The whole time I was reading he was holding a giant green plastic paperclip Aleah had given him. He turned 18 on May 30. In the fall he will be attending CCS a college for creative studies in Detroit. His major is illustration, and he's an incredible writer.

So, many thanks to those watching over me, the memories made these last few days will be, and are, greatly cherished.

Love to all, :kiss:
Kim
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Re: The Secret

Post by Sandy » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:07 pm

Hi Kim,

Looking at the clock I can see it is still the wee hours of the morning...I suspect you are up and about, though, busily getting things ready to go for the picnic. I think a picnic is a great way to end the official life of your priceless little preschool. But in reality and unofficially the school lives on in all the many children with whom you shared your life and they theirs all those 23 years. I understand much of what you may be going through, the conflicting emotions, the sting of loss, the love and pride in what has been accomplished,sitting all alone in the school building, your home away from home going through all the little additions you've added to the school program...
Years ago I participated in the same lone vigil looking at all the bulletin board creations, backdrops, props, photos, books, decorations, project ideas, your favourite chair...even a lone salt shaker left by the first preschool teacher you worked along side.

Our lives, and energy was felt on everything we touched, everything we contributed and everything that contributed left a stamp"on us as well as the creations take an energy life of their own via the imaginations of kids. (If that makes any sense) But it is the children that are our greatest school legacy and with hopes and prayers for the safety welfare and happiness of each and everyone of our precious charges ((the same ones we prayed everyday on the way to work and on the way home but this time with one final tweak) we let them go out into the world, knowing that our prayers do not go unanswered. May the Creator of us all bless your children those of blood and those adopted by heart... May it be so and blessed be! :happy

A part of me aches thinking about those days with the kids. It all but consumed me when it was over...the missing and longing so many years ago...But something someone told me at the time kept filtering back into my brain, "The famous quote, "When God closes a door, he always opens a window." So as I sit here on my laptop tonight I am excitedly thinking about your "window possibilities."
Because for me, the window God opened actually began my spiritual journey that led to Australia and my dear George. :happy Your window may be to the moon and back... :) who knows. ;)

I just want you to know that I am thinking about you today and on Thursday. I am with you sister in spirit and kinship. You are loved by all manner of "beings" and all is well. :kiss:

Enjoy the picnic. :sunny:
with love,
Sandy
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Re: The Secret

Post by Seeker13 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:34 pm

Good morning Sandy!
Thank you for thinking of me. :kiss:

It is done, the last music circle beginning with Rattle, Rattle, Bang, Bang has been sung. The last time eating the yummiest snacks in the world, at a picnic table, on the playground joyfully leaving left over morsels for the 'Chippys' and birds, has been eaten. Redistribution of materials began almost immediately. It kind of reminded me of a death of a loved one, materialistically minded individuals trying to get what ever they could, squabbling between groups wrestling for control of the site, all with their own vision of what it should become. The building is owned by the village, strict stipulations in the deed state it houses only entities benefitting the community, no private company or enterprises allowed. Of course many have their own ideas what that means.

It's interesting really, both the Center and this board worked in tandem to teach and reshape my view of life and realize what is truly important. If I had not consistently made progress at realigning my perspective, all that 'kerfuffle' of the past few weeks would have had a much more negative impact. There is a season for everything and a time to move forward, new beginnings must come form old endings.

It's funny I didn't read this post until today, but several times over the past few weeks I thought of:
Sandy wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:07 pm
"When God closes a door, he always opens a window."

Guess I must have heard you in my heart.

Goodbyes are part of the process when you're a teacher, ...it just is. You do what you can, love those in your care, knowing this is simply a blip in their journey. "How do I want to be remembered?" A question always asked when meeting with difficult situations and behaviors, has always been in the back of my mind. The heaviness in my heart is not for myself, but for those children and families already slipping through the cracks, and will no longer have a safe haven when met with the onslaught. My prayers will continue for them, asking God to place each and everyone of them in, "A bubble of love and protection."

The picnic was joyous! We all walked down to the Marina Park on a blissfully sunny day. Faces were smiling, hearts teaming with love and happiness. On the way back we stopped at the town library, giving a final hug to our beloved librarian who hosted the year round, Wigglers Story Hour. We had a group picture taken and shed a few tears.

There has been no time for heavy hearts since then. My gardens are shaping up, Tiny and I had a Grandma Day and sleep over, lilacs are in full bloom, everything is lush and green! Possibilities, especially this time of year, seem endless! The fairy flowers look to be multiplying before our very eyes! Tiny and I got a good start on the new and improved Fairy Village. We decided they would love the location, situated under the canopy of beech, maple trees, and Granddad Oak. The houses are surrounded by forget-me-nots, lilies of the valley, sweet peas, sweet woodruff, and of course fairy flowers! We thought they would like living between Emmaline's Garden and the asparagus, fennel, currant and raspberry garden... Building a Fairy Village takes a lot of consideration! Materials come from a variety of sources, beautiful broken pots, accessories no longer used in the turtle tank, and of course birch bark from our fallen loved one. We thought he would appreciate being a part of the village...shouldn't every fairy village be made of birch bark?

Although it might be a difficult transition for me of not working at the Center to... playing, dancing and singing at the beach, exploring woods and parks, going 'A Wondering', imagining about fairies and constructing a fairy village, buying food from the farm market, reading, reading, reading, laughing and loving my granddaughters, writing new stories, working in the flowers... I'm going to work hard at bridging the passage as smooth as possible.

Well, the rain has stopped. Time to sow a few seeds, plant the rest of the marigolds... Hmm, a thought after rereading this line makes me realize this could be a metaphor for deeper meaning.

Love to all! :loves

Kim
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