Throwback Thursday – Traditions

This time of year for us signals calm, peaceful gatherings of food, family and friends. It’s no longer about gift giving. (I don’t shop Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any of that nonsense). There’s nothing we need or want that can be purchased at a store. It’s more about being “present” with each other.

When the kids were small, it was a different story. It was about presents under the tree, anticipation of Santa coming while they were fast asleep. Rightly so. I loved seeing the looks on their faces on Christmas morning. Especially the year they each got a new bike. So much fun!

With my parents being gone and the kids grown, my perspective of the holidays has  changed over time.

My Mom loved Christmas. It was definitely her favorite holiday. I always got a thrill out of helping her decorate, baking with her, and reminiscing about Christmases with my grandparents.

We laughed a lot. We sometimes cried, missing those times of absolute joy. We would turn up the music loud and dance around the kitchen together when Jingle Bell Rock played.

One year I accidentally dropped a whole pan of cookies on the floor. Both of us looked at each other with wide eyes and then laughed hysterically. No stress; just fun.

Now I’m the matriarch of our motley crew (makes me feel old … ha)!

The first picture consists of things that are special to me.

The wreath above the fireplace is one that my Mom had for years and the last one she hung when she had to move to assisted living.

The brass candlesticks were made by my uncle, who honed them from mortar shells found during the war. How he managed to get them home from Germany, no one knows. He never told anyone … haha!  They’re very heavy!

Mr. and Mrs. Claus shelf sitters were given to me as a gift several years ago. I just love them!

The velvet Christmas stockings were purchased at a craft fair when we lived in California. I stuffed good memories in them.

And last, but by no means least, the Merry Christmas hearth rug was made by yours truly for my grandmother the year she had to be in a nursing home during the holidays. I wanted her to have something that would cheer her up. It did. Mission accomplished.

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The next image is a tree made completely from jewelry items that belonged to my grandmother, my mother, myself and my daughter. My favorite is the cameo toward the top that my grandfather gave my grandmother when she was 16, the year they met. They were married for 55 years. Wow!

This was quite a project for me. Selecting the pieces and placing them strategically to form a tree took a while, I must admit. But once that was done, gluing them on was pretty easy. I used a special glue and once completed, put this into a glass shadow box. There are still a few holes to fill in with some pearl head pins, but that’s easy..

It now hangs on the wall in the family room and each time I see it, I feel all the memories attached to each piece. My daughter suggested that I list each piece on the back and its history. I think I’ll do that. When I’m gone, this will be passed down to her. She wants it now. Ha!

Not yet, dear daughter 💓

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving not just to my American friends but to all. A prayer of thanks …

Divine Presence:

Thank you for the many gifts you have brought into my life. Thank you for my heart that beats with your love, and this miraculous body that serves me so I may serve you on this Earth. Thank you for new ideas and opportunities that are revealing themselves to me every day. Thank you for the beauty of this Earth and the bounty that she provides.

Thank you for those who care about me and bring joy and love into my life. Thank you for showing me how much I am loved and for giving me new ways to give love.

Let my body hold the force of Gratitude in every cell and let that awaken me to your Presence. May I see your gifts in every moment and be grateful for all that I am given, no matter what it looks like. Let me respond in gratitude to every situation knowing that my soul’s awakening depends on my responses.

ballet-359982_1920As Gratitude fills my being, help me to flow this energy of love and thanksgiving into the world.

At the center of my being, I know all is well. For this and all my gifts, I say thank you, thank you, thank you. And so it is.

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

TBT – The Fire Dances

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Feeling the warmth from a fireplace, especially when it’s outdoors, is something I absolutely love. A clear, brisk night with thousands of stars — wrapped up in a blanket, feet up on the hearth, and the dancing flames. So simple. So tranquil.

I used to love to sit outside and just watch the flames, completely mesmerized by their movement. It took me to a place where I could just breathe and BE. Didn’t have to think of anything, solve any problems, talk to anyone, or worry about what anyone else was doing or thinking. For while the fire danced, the madness of the world was gone. I like that … a lot.

I miss this fireplace in our back yard in Tucson. Don’t have one here. So I’ll just revisit this image often and be instantly transported to that place of pure being.

Be good to yourself and each other. Stay warm! Namaste’

 

But Not by You

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Please, please, please … write because you have something to say. Not because you want to impress the reader. Your writing will not appeal to everyone. That’s okay. It will to the ones who need it the most.

Write from your heart. Let your feelings flow. Get it all out. You can always edit later for style, grammar and punctuation.

And yes, it may have all been said before. But not by you. You are unique; one of a kind. You have a voice. There is no one else like you on the planet. Celebrate that and share it through your writing.

Who knows? Your writing may just fill up the cracks in someone’s soul. You are such a messenger!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

TBT – Mirror

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I don’t remember where I purchased this mirror, and it doesn’t matter, but when I saw it, I had to have it. I love the retro look of it and her dragonfly wings. One day I noticed the reflection on the wall of the glass flowers on my nightstand. Just had to take the shot!

The dragonfly is often seen around water, ponds or on the edge of a river or lake. It symbolizes the affinity with the realm of feelings, water being a powerful symbol for emotions and the unconscious. If the spirit of the dragonfly comes to you, you may be called to explore your emotions in a light and joyful manner.

When we were in Arizona, there was a red dragonfly that I saw several mornings in a row that landed on the gate by the pool. It was an amazing creature to watch and it let me get close enough to photograph it. Thank you!

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Have a wonderful Thursday. Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’