Monday, January 24, 2011

Frozen haiku

So, here we are again. Back to the project, back to the haiku, back to the blog. It's been a couple of weeks since I was online with my laptop, and that gave me some good thinking time. I've decided to make a few adjustments. I am dropping the daily journal entry. It just wasn't inspiring me to write, and that was the reason for it. I am really enjoying the letter and card writing, though, and so I am keeping up with that.

I haven't started the collaging yet, as I am still collecting magazines and haven't had a chance to start cutting them up. That shall start this week sometime.

I am still pulling the daily Law of Attraction card, and enjoying it very much.

I am back to the haiku now, as well.

Here's today's:

Steps crunch in the dark;
even the air is frozen.
Hibernation nights.

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

If it's not one thing, it's everything else

I have good intentions. Really, I do. I have every good intention to go back to the gym, to start eating better again, to keep my house organized, to put myself first sometimes, and to keep up with my projects. Well, I have started eating better again, my house is fairly organized, and I do put myself first (sometimes). I haven't been back to the gym yet, but the plan is still there. And I shall shortly be back to the blogging projects.

You see, I was on vacation last week. Sounds exciting, huh? It wasn't. Don't get me wrong, it was never supposed to be exciting. It was supposed to be a relaxing, rejuvenating week; and so it was. It was also supposed to be a writing week, but the fates were not on my side there. My very first actual vacation day, last Monday, started out with a glass of orange juice to the laptop. Just like that, the week of blogging went up in a puff of smoke (well, down in a sludge of juice, actually, but you get the point).

Today I took delivery of my new laptop. Sounds exciting once again, huh? It's really not. I had only had the last one for about 10 months, and this new one isn't even an upgrade. It is EXACTLY the same, with the sole exception of all my files. They are still on the old one, awaiting the weekend and hopefully a successful operation and transfer of data.

So, long story a little longer, the project shall commence tomorrow. Barring juice, loss of connection and laziness, that is. Until then, have a good night.

Thanks for listening.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday, vacation and naps

Friday. It's finally Friday. The end of the first week of January. The beginning of my week (ten days, actually) of vacation. It's funny, all week long people have asked me what I am doing or where I am going on vacation. My answer every time? To sleep. This is going to be a restful, rejuvenating and relaxing vacation. I haven't had more than a long weekend since the middle of last June, and that was two weeks spent traipsing across Ireland with five other women. Glorious and wonderful, but not exactly restful.

So, I have big plans. I intend to putter and read and relax and nap and watch movies and listen to music and talk to friends and nap and cook and visit and write cards and play with Bailey and curl up and nap and drink tea and crochet and write letters and drink wine and stay up late and sleep late and ... did I mention nap? I do have a few actually concrete things planned. Visits from and with friends. Arranging the spare room (finally, maybe, hopefully). An SU game at the Dome. Did I mention naps? And I have every intention of keeping up with my projects here. lus I am going to start the alternative poetry and collage part during this coming week. We'll see how that all works out.

I am really enjoying this project now that I have settled into it. I am loving writing notes and cards, using my initial stamp, sending mail to friends and family. I love the journaling and blogging aspect that I have fallen into more and more with each entry. I love that it has made at least one person think and remember and start writing again. I do realize one thing, though. I need a small lamp on my new desk. Hmmmm, maybe an errand to run on vacation.

For now, I have yesterday and today to catch up.


Smiles come with the mail;
Pink envelopes don't hold bills.
My true friends are true.

Journal Jar:
If you were given a race horse, what would you name it?

Well, if I had to decide right this minute, I'd name it Caledonia's Crush. I really would prefer to meet (or at least see) the horse before naming it, though.

Attraction Card:
My Creative Power Lies in This Moment
whether you are thinking about something happening now, or something that happened in your past, or something you would like to have happen in your future ~ you are doing the thinking now, and it is this present-thought vibration that the Law of Attraction is responding to. Therefore ~ your power to create is now.


A week of rest starts,
rejuvenation is key ~
taking time to nap.

Journal Jar:
What do you fantasize about being or doing?

One of my biggest fantasies is one in which I have the wherewithal to travel at will, where and whenever I want.

Attraction Card:
My Inner Being Guides Me Through My Emotions
While you are, indeed, a wondrous physical creator, you exist, simultaneously, in another dimension. There is a part of you ~ your Inner Being ~ that exists in this physical body, and your emotions are your physical indication of your relationship with your Inner Being.

As always, thanks for listening. (I really need to find a different ~ more unique, more creatively me ~ way to end these posts....)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sunny winter smiles

Today dawned gorgeous ~ crisp, clear, bright blue skies, white puffy clouds and a frosting of snow on everything. It was cold, boy it was cold (still is, actually); but it was really the perfect winter day. The snow was even light enough for me to shovel quickly before I headed off to work.

The whole day was touched by the sparkle of the snow. Things just went WELL. Nothing in particular happened, it just all happened the way it was supposed to. Patrons came in with actual reference questions, I helped three people figure out how to get library eBooks on their new eReaders, and one of my colleagues announced very good news (for her, it's good news; for us, not so much, but I am exceedingly happy for her). I even got in and out of the grocery store quickly with everything (and only everything on my list), plus a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers for the apartment. Vacation starts in two days, and here I sit writing at my new antique desk.

Life is good.

Sunshine on snowflakes,
trees frosted with icy dust.
Winter's settled in.

Journal Jar:
Would you like to be informed of the circumstances of your death, including when?

This one is easy. No.

Attraction card:
As I Am Segment Intending, I Am Attracting
The way you feel is your point of attraction. And so, the value of Segment Intending is that you pouse many times during your day to say: This is what I want and expect from this segment of my life experience. And as you set forth those powerful thoughts, you will attract into your experience what you want.

I hope you had as good a day as I did.
Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Inspiration strikes

I have been inspired! Twice!

When I was a dreamy college student studying literature and writing and poetry, one of my favourite things to do was cut words and phrases from magazines and newspapers and put them together my way. It was fun and relaxing and a challenge to create collage poetry, and I didn't realize I missed it until this very moment. (Thanks Fox!) Collage poetry shall be a weekly task on my new creative project.

The other inspiration is from a project called a river of stones ( It is a writing project and looks like a very interesting one. However, as I have already started a few and planned many more such projects and challenges for myself this coming year, I have no intention to take part (I am taking note, however, for the future). It did, however, give me a great idea of my own.

I collect stones. Small stones from all over the place ~ all over the world, really. Where ever I go and whatever I am doing, I am so often compelled to pick up a stone. I often am drawn to them for no particular reason. I have stones from beaches and forests, from Ireland and Florida, from years ago and from last week. Honestly, the stones are starting to take over. They are in dishes and baskets and bowls, in crystal and ceramic and wood ~ all over my whole apartment! So, I am going to start selecting certain stones for certain people and sending them along. Each will carry a particular message, and each will carry a part of me with it.

I shall never stop collecting stones, and some of them will remain mine forever. This is just one small way to share myself, my thoughts and my travels with the people in my life.

And now to the daily project ~


Life brings surprises,

unknown and interesting.

Okay, bring it on.

Journal Jar:

What do you feel is dangerous?

Oh, the list is long and varied. Honestly, though, the things I once deemed as dangerous seem less and less so as life goes on. There's the insane, like skydiving, bungee jumping and other thrill rides that I would like to say I'd leap at the chance to do (not sure if I could, but I'd like to think so). Then there's the foolish, like driving without your seatbelt, drinking and driving, lifting with your back, and leaving candles unattended (you know, the things we have been trained to not do, and for actually good reason). But really, the only thing I see as truly dangerous is simple: not taking the internal risk. Whatever the risk is, take it. Otherwise you run the actual risk of living with regret. And that is truly dangerous, and irreversible.

Law of Attraction Card:

"To the Degree I Am Happy, I Am Successful"
Whether it's a trophy, money, relationships, or things, the achievement of anything you desire must be considered success. But if you will let your standard of success be your achievement of joy, everything else will then fall easily into place. For in the finding of joy, you are finding vibrational alignment with the resources of the Universe.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, January 3, 2011

December was for practice

Just as New Year's resolutions are for rookies, I guess December was just for practice, for trying things and thinking about things and figuring things out. I should really have known better than to start a major project during the busiest month of the year. I waited until now to start up again, because I really don't want this to be a New Year's Resolution. So, I've thought about it, made some minor adjustments and I'm starting today, Monday, January 3.

First the daily plan....

Once a day I shall write an haiku and answer a journal prompt from my journal jar. This part shall stay the same. Once a day I shall also pull a Law of Attraction card (thanks Merlyn, I do love them) from the beautiful blue velvet bag I keep them in. These shall all be posted here.

Next the weekly plan....

I've been thinking about what to add in as a weekly task, and have come up with a couple of things I'd really like to do.

Once a week I shall send someone a piece of mail. A real piece of mail; not a text or an email or a voicemail. A letter, or a card or a small package. I love getting mail (especially the kind that is not a bill or junk mail), as I think most people do. I won't be posting these here, for obvious reasons. {NOTE: If you'd like to be on the list to get "real" mail, please send me your snail mail address via a private email message!} I did kick this one off today. I have to admit that I am looking forward to writing letters and cards at my new desk:

Once a week I shall also write a poem that is NOT an haiku. A sonnet, maybe; or an ode. A ballade or a lyric. Something different every week; I need to start challenging myself again with my writing and that should be a good start. These poems I shall post here.

I'm still working on the once a month things, but as I wasn't planning to start that until February, I am actually not behind on that one yet. :)

Okay, there's the plan. Now on to the project....

December's practice
leads into January
as the plan takes shape.

Journal Jar:
If you had to name one thing that most limits your freedom, what would it be?

Well, it would be really easy to say money is my biggest limit. I mean, if I had unlimited finances I could do anything. Right? If I'm to be honest however (and this is, after all, about self exploration and honesty should be the first rule), I'd have to say that my own insecurities are the biggest block to my freedom. I am working on breaking them down, and this year-long exercise is a big step in that direction.

Law of Attraction Card:
I Can Learn to Prioritize My Intentions
"It is important for you to identify which intentions you most want to fulfill, because as you prioritize, you give the singular attention to what is most important; and as you give that your singular attention ~ by the Law of Attraction ~ you attract power unto that intention that is most important to you.

And so the year has begun, the project has begun (again) and the exploration has begun. Thanks for coming along on the journey.
And, as always, thanks for listening.

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