Monday, October 24, 2016

Gratitude Monday - Warthog Dreams Edition

The warthog in repose

I got to pet a warthog at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland.
Each night four warthogs came to the campfire at the sanctuary and bedded down for the night. They were so used to humans they could be petted.
I did.
It was a dream come true, and for it I am grateful.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Photo-Finish Friday -- Family

Baby elephant and mama in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Please click to enlarge.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Gratitude Monday --My First Rhinos Edition

The first rhinos we spotted on our game drive was this pair, mother and baby white rhinos foraging for breakfast in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. The bird on the young rhino's back is an oxpecker.
They were peacefully grazing as we went by.
It was a magnificent moment. One of many.
For it and all the others I am grateful.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Gratitude Monday -- Out Of Africa Edition

We arrived home late yesterday afternoon from South Africa.
I am grateful to have taken such a magnificent trip. I am grateful all went well, that my fellow travelers on the tour all got along and were so enthusiastic that every one of them signed up for all the optional excursions.
This is our seventh tour through Explore. This is the first time everybody went all in on everything, and that's something to be grateful for.
Good people, a top tour company that hires the best local guides, and a great deal of good fortune in seeing all that we saw.
I'll write more about that later when I've got the pictures ready, but for now we were there and we are home and I am grateful for every minute of it.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Gratitude Monday -- This Really Rocks Edition

I have learned what some of my rocks and crystals do and for it I am grateful.
Recently I got a free ebook published by Hay House: Crystals: How to Use Crystals and Their Energy to Enhance Your Life, by Judy Hall (Hay House Basics, 2015) and learned a great deal.
It made me get up, collect every rock I had, and set them outside in the rain to cleanse.
After they dried I put most of them away to rest. They'd been out for years collecting energy and not getting my proper attention.
Among the few I left out is a large single point clear quartz that came to me more than 20 years ago.
I found it in the gutter one day. It glistened in the late morning sun. It had two lengths of yarn wrapped around it, one light blue, the other a pinkish purple. Logically, someone had been wearing it.
The Mountaineer had a lost and found in those days so I left it at the front desk and went to my cubicle.
After a week no one claimed it.
I didn't want it so I  took it across the street to where my inlaws had an alternative therapy clinic and my husband ran a health food store. My MIL put it in a glass carrier with some other crystals, most of them quartz.
It stayed there about two months. Eventually she convinced me that the crystal wanted me so I took it.
Over the years I used it from time to time and often took it in my suitcase when we travelled, but at no point did I even ask it what it could do for me.
I have channeled a rocks consciousness in the past, but it seemed like an effort and I got away from it.
Through the book I learned how to ask.
This quartz is a memory crystal. It showed me a series of images from my life. Most of these were scenes from when I was very young though some were from my teens. It went beyond seeing. I relived them, felt what I felt at the moment it happened.
It was wonderful.
I am grateful for it and am looking forward to what else it, and the others show me.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Gratitude Monday -Preparing For Change Edition

The seasons are changing and for it I am grateful. The differences make for obvious markers as time continues along its path.
Fall is a few days away and the leaves are getting ready to go out in a blaze of colour.
If one must change, then do so with style.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Gratitude Monday --General Good Edition

On Saturday we slept in until a bit after 8 a.m.  It's good to do that now and again and I am grateful we had the chance to do it.

We have an abundance of homegrown tomatoes courtesy my in-laws. They are tasty, and that is good. They can go into so many things and lately, they have: corn and tomato salads often with zucchini, too; a potato and tomato casserole; something similar but with zucchini  rather than spud; an egg, cheese, and bread casserole from a batch of bread that did not work out; lazy cabbage rolls that took care of a bit of leftover meatloaf; tomato soup; and the most magnificent Greek salads of the year.

The cooler, overcast weather is not good for farmers, but for writers like me it's not so bad. It has helped me think about my current WIP. It's off in a new direction from the original, and that's good, too.

Life is good. Sometimes the good is obvious. Other times one need only look at a different angle to find it.