a blog about Kilt and her kids plus Trouble our JRT mascot.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tis the season.....

Everyone is going in different directions in my family this season.  I seem to be the only one at peace, doing very little differently than what has become the normal for me.

I have contacted the homeless shelter in Sequim.  I would like to help out over the holidays in any way I can.  I am still a very materialistic person (hard habit to break) but I do take time to 'give back.'

Kilt, Trouble, and Wayne have been weighing heavily on my mind.  At first, I told Wayne to stay home over Christmas.  He gets 2 weeks off every year from Lockheed Martin.  The only real relaxing Christmas's were at Jalama beach where we could just be bums for a week.  When Wayne drives here from California, he drives straight through making me crazy with worry.  There is no stopping  him.

Wayne asked to come up for a few days to put a refrigerator in my RV.  Quite frankly, I'm fine without one.  It means I don't have to worry about leveling the damn thing.  A long as I am not on the road for over a week, an ice chest does me fine.

But, this morning, my two dogs in California have been weighing heavily on my mind.  Coming 12 and 14 yrs. of age, I'd really like to have Kilt and Trouble here.  They may be good friendship for Wayne on top of the mountain, but it is hard for them all day in kennel runs.  They can be Sequim bums with me.

At first, I have thought about driving down to California come March/April to pick them up.  But, today I have a better idea if Wayne will go along with it.  I have enough free Alaskan miles that he can fly for free.  Alaska is great with dogs.  Kilt could fly cargo and Trouble could fly in the cabin with him.   I put out a few feelers to him today to see what he thinks of that plan.

I know he has enjoyed their company, but this coming year the house needs to go on the market.  I think it will be less stress on Wayne if I take the dogs now.  No one wants a "yappy" JRT barking at prospective buyers when they come to look at the house :0)

I know Wayne will worry constantly about flying the dogs, but really, it is way less STRESS than leaving them in kennel runs during fire season.  I don't want them to have endure another summer there.  We were lucky this last summer.  The fire season missed us (but, not by much)

My son's house is in escrow on Whidbey Island.  Fingers crossed.  His very last day in the Navy is tomorrow.  He already has some job offers in Roseburg where he will be residing permanently when all is said and done up here.  I told him not to bother visiting me before he leaves, but I just received a text telling me he is coming before he leaves for Thanksgiving with his wife and stepson in Roseburg.

Bonnie Block has extended an invitation to me and one to another lone soul to come to her home for Thanksgiving.  Maybe  I will have to make pineapple upside cupcakes :0)  I am looking forward to it.

So all is well in paradise.  Just trying to get the logistics down for the holidays.  If I don't blog again before turkey day, y'all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Be sure to count your blessings!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Singing Bowls

For quite some time now I knew that there was a group that met in Sequim for healing energy, peace, and harmony with singing bowls.  I finally had some time to meet with them.  They meet weekly on Fridays.  I'm so glad I went this morning.  It was so amazing.  Sitting on the perimeter holding a balloon I could feel the energy vibrate in the balloon I was holding.  When I sat in the middle of the room, the vibrating energy from the bowls traveled throughout my body.  I also had a vision come to me of a good friend.  While in the middle of the room, the leader (a hypnotist by trade) put a glass pyramid over my head that vibrated also.  At $3.00 a session I think I can afford this type of alternative healing.  At one point I put my feet into a large crystal ground quartz bowl while it was played.  I could feel like something like electricity traveling through each of my toes up through my legs. It was like being hooked up to a Tens unit.  Pretty wild.
The room only had about a dozen people from a cancer patient hoping for healing properties, to a stroke patient, to someone just wanting to feel peaceful, another wanting to sleep better, a gentleman on oxygen who wanted to breathe easier and so forth.  I came because I consider myself a kind of meditative person and always open to new and alternative practices.
Wayne and I went away to an alternative healing conference over the weekend once where we danced wildly to drumming among other things.  We also went to an alternative cancer conference at some point in our lives.  I'm very open to different religions, different cultures and different methods to heal. When I had cancer, I was not open to alternative healing practices of (for instance) herbs from Mexico.  I watched Farrah Fawcett DIE of the same cancer because she didn't want to do the chemo/radiation protocol. So, within reason, I'm open to different types of therapies.
I have tubular bells (chimes) on my front porch that emit an energy resonance across the valley.  Sometimes if there is a light breeze I will have a visitor inside my house cock their head and say, "Do you hear that?  What is that sound?"  It's my outdoor, very large chimes :)  I find that resonating sound very comforting.
You know me and my iPhone.  I tried to video the singing bowls.  When I got in my truck to leave, I listened to the video.  You could hear the bowls, but the iPhone picked up a static in the room.  I'm sure glad some magnetic field didn't wipe it out.  I bet it picked up the energy field off of the balloon in my lap.  I will leave it in the car next time.  And, I look forward to joining this group on as many Fridays as i can make it!  Way cool.  A little info for you (below)  

Crystal Singing Bowls Help to Balance Your Seven Primary Chakra

Within the human body, there is believed to be seven energy centers, known as the seven primary chakras. The concept of chakras dates back as far as 1,000 B.C. and while the origins are based in Hinduism, the understanding of chakras, and the significance of these energy centers, has crossed several cultures and continents.
The seven chakras allow energy to flow through your body. The ability for this energy to flow unobstructed is essential to your good health and well-being. There are a number of ways to help keep your chakras in balance and working optimally, including use of essential oils and meditation. 
But one of the most effective ways of keeping your chakras in balance is the use of a meditation singing bowl. These bowls are known by many names--including singing crystal bowls, crystal singing bowls or crystal healing bowls--but all refer to special crystal bowls that, when struck or rubbed with a mallet, emit a note on the musical scale. Each chakra is also associated with a specific note on the musical scale, allowing you to use a singing bowl to address imbalances with corresponding chakras.
Avoiding imbalance and obstruction of these energy centers is vital. When any of the chakras become out of balance, or even blocked, you are at risk for illness, fatigue, anxiety, and a host of potentially negative impacts to your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Because of these risks, it is essential to understand the seven primary chakras and the musical tone associated with each.
Root Chakra
The root chakra is located at the root or base of the spine. The melodic tone associated with this chakra is "C" on the musical scale, also known by the tone "oohm." This energy center is associated with some important core human needs, such as the need for security, survival and livelihood. When your root chakra is in balance, you experience a feeling of being grounded, safe and secure. You have a feeling of overall contentedness. But, if this chakra is being obstructed, you may be experiencing feelings of insecurity and confusion. Or, the imbalance may have you questioning your personal or professional purpose in life.
Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is associated with the musical note "D," or "ohm." This chakra influences everything from creative expression to healthy sexual desire. This energy center is located just below the navel. When your sacral chakra is in balance, creativity will flow more easily, including creative problem solving. Look for this energy center to also provide healthy sexual desire. When this energy center is unable to work optimally, you could experience sexual dysfunction or even fear of sexual or emotional intimacy. You may also find yourself becoming withdrawn, or you may having excessive feelings of neediness. As you would expect, a balanced sacral chakra is one of keys to a healthy relationship.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is just above the navel and strongly affects your feelings of self-worth and self-identity. This energy center is associated with the sound of the musical note "E," and the tone, "ahm." If you have ever heard someone described as being "comfortable in their own skin," then you are experiencing the affects of the solar plexus chakra, which affects your feelings of inner peace, and confidence (though not arrogance). Signs of a balanced solar plexus chakra also include patience, a calm demeanor and flexibility. By contrast, if you are experiencing feelings of nervousness, have difficulty understanding or controlling your emotions, unusual stress, low self-esteem or feelings of abandonment or rejection. Trouble with your solar plexus chakra may also manifest itself in egotistical behavior, arrogance, and acting as though the world revolves around you. Difficulty with a solar plexus chakra can also be expressed through addictive behaviors, including eating disorders.
Heart Chakra
Yet another chakra essential to healthy relationships, the heart chakra can strongly influence your ability to give or receive love. This energy center is located in the region surrounding the heart area and is associated with the musical note "F," and the tone, "Ah." The heart chakra is also instrumental in enabling you to cope with the sadness experienced from life events such as death, abandonment, relationship breakups and betrayal of a loved one. If your heart chakra is unbalanced, you may experience unusual feelings of jealousy or selfishness. You may have difficulty giving or receiving love unconditionally, and may feel hateful toward those who have betrayed or abandoned you, finding it unusually challenging to move on.
Throat Chakra
Located at the center of the throat or neck, your throat chakra greatly impacts how well you are able to communicate your thoughts and feelings, but it also influences how well you hear and listen to those around you. This is true not just for the spoken word, but for written and visual communication as well, including body language. Your healthy throat chakra allows you to have practice effective communication skills and be both expressive and a good listener. It enables you to be patient and honest, while also open to constructive criticism without feelings of persecution. When this chakra is out of balance, you will have difficulty speaking up and tend to repress your feelings. Or, conversely, you may experience uncontrolled verbal outbursts.
Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is located in the middle of your forehead, just above your eyebrows. This chakra is associated with the musical note, "A," and the tone, "Eem." This chakra is instrumental to influencing the areas of your mind that control your wisdom and intelligence, along with your common sense, memory, and intuition. It also affects your dreams and spirituality. If you have been complimented for your commonsense and intuition, or you prize yourself in being a fast learner, you have your healthy third eye chakra to thank for it. On the other hand, if you find you suffer from forgetfulness, nightmares or make decisions that appear to lack common sense or a reasonable amount of intuition. You may also find yourself behaving less sympathetic or empathetic, and more judgmental than you would like.
Crown Chakra
Located at the very top and center of your head, the crown chakra helps you to reach a higher understanding of yourself beyond just the physical or material world. The musical note associated with this chakra is "B," while the tone is "om."It is this chakra where your connection, not only with others but with a higher power, is housed. A healthy crown chakra helps you to lead a balanced spiritual life and enable you to understand that life has purpose. A healthy crown chakra enables you to show wisdom and insight. If, on the other hand, you have an unusual fear of death, feel unbalanced spiritually or have feelings of being unloved or angry at your Creator, your crown chakra may be obstructed.
Use of Singing Bowls
Now that you have a basic understanding of the seven primary chakras, you can use crystal singing bowls to affect those chakras where you believe you may have imbalance or obstruction. The OM Shoppe has a wide selection of singing crystal bowls to use in balancing your chakras. These bowls come in various sizes and notes, and each is shipped to you with a free o-ring and leather striker. The mallet can be used to either strike the bowl or to use the side of the mallet to rub the lip of the bowl. In both cases, each bowl will emit a specific musical note.
The note emitted by the bowl is identified in the bowl's description. For example, a solar plexus chakra crystal singing bowl will sound the "E" note and help you to improve your feelings of self-worth, while the third eye chakra crystal singing bowl will emit the musical note "A," and impact your wisdom, commonsense and intuition. A sacral chakra crystal singing bowl will sound the tone "D" and be instrumental in improving your creative thought and sexual health.
If you have difficulty in communicating with those around you, the throat chakra crystal singing bowl should be your choice, sounding the musical note "G." A heart chakra crystal singing bowl will sound the musical note "F," which corresponds to the heart chakra and your ability to enjoy a loving relationship and avoid being overwhelmed by difficulties in life, such as death and the end of relationships.
A crown chakra crystal singing bowl will sound the musical note "B" and help you reach that higher understanding beyond the physical world and balance your spirituality, while ordering a root chakra crystal singing bowl will aid you in gaining a sense of security as it sounds the musical note, "C."
By understanding the impacts of your seven primary chakras, you can more easily identify suspected imbalances or obstructions, and take action to bring harmony and balance to your body's energy centers once again. Crystal singing bowls allow you to choose just the right musical tones to impact specific chakra needs, improving your physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Drop Box

I don't know if you have seen this documentary on Netflix.  It is about "selflessness."  It makes me revisit my life as a nurse.  It makes me feel selfish looking at the material things I have purchased and the money I have spent on my dogs.  It made me cry.

It makes me wonder with sadness about war, about corruption, and brutality.  It makes me question my own existence.  I am sure I have helped many sick and frightened people in my profession.  But, I feel that it has not been enough. I know not to mourn the past, but to stay in the present.  One can only change in the present.

I am happy that I am healthy enough to volunteer and give back during these later, retired years.  I am so much wiser about people now in my later years.  We are all so different. I think we all have something special to add to this world.  It's just that many never find that path, their true calling.

I was one of those fortunate kids that came from a loving home who knew at the tender age of 5 yrs old what her calling would be later in life. Though, I tried hard to find other paths before it was truly evident that I would care for other people.  During my mid teens I wanted to give my life to religion.  That became a dilemma because I never had a concrete vision as to "whom"  is our creator.  To this day, I believe in "something"  greater than myself.  I'm just not sure what that something else is.....

The older I get, the more thankful I have become for my life and the choices I have made. I have always been interested in world religions and different cultures.  I think that is part of the reason I loved bedside nursing.  Not a day went by where I didn't learn something new, if not about disease process, then about compassion, and of course about the many different behaviors that make up our society.  The good, the bad, and the ugly. To understand is to forgive.

Nor does a day goes by that I don't take time to reflect inwardly.  I try to make every day count, not just for myself, but for others, too.  I hope that if I get a second chance at life, as in reincarnation,  I will come back less selfish.  It requires discipline.  Heaven only knows, that's a weak spot in my make-up. There have been many times in my life that I wanted to give away all of my possessions and live for a month upon a mountain top.

I could never quite convince my husband about that last above statement.  I'd tell him, "Let's have an open house and give away everything we have accumulated."  He was like, "Are you nuts?" I was dead serious.  I still accumulate material 'things' and still try to decrease the accumulation.  I guess that makes me human.  But, I'd like to do better if there is a "next" time.

If you get anything out of this rambling blog today, reflect, and ask yourself what you might do to make this world a better place, even if it is just to give someone else today a great big smile.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Random Thoughts and Good Dogs

Everyone pretty much knows my dogs are my family, for better or worse.  Kind of like a marriage :)  There is something to learn from each dog that becomes part of your family that you train up from a pup.  That is what makes you a "trainer."

I don't expect to do well at all of the trials.  I cut my losses, but grin big when one of them does well.  And, I won't do consistently well because I don't have livestock.  I know that and I'm okay with that.
That doesn't mean I don't try to keep up our skills.  I do.  We continue to learn together and I have been blessed to come to the PNW where my knowledge has grown about me as a handler and about my dogs.

Occasionally someone will offer me some advice.  And, I'm pretty good about listening and digesting most advice.  I get lots of good suggestions.  I once had a renown handler tell me my dog wasn't a good sheep spotter.  I took that with a grain of salt.  He has never crossed over or missed picking up sheep at over 500 yards away.  Not everything people tell you is factual.  You have to be smart enough to sort the good advice from the poor.

First and foremost, I think of my dogs as "farm dogs."  Secondly, we "trial" for the sportsmanship, competition, travel, and to be able to conquer new fields with different types of sheep.  I was very lucky to have a small group of sheep to trailer out to the desert in SoCal during the winter months.  This is where my dogs learned to "spot" sheep.  Next important thing is to "bring" sheep.  If I get DQ'ed for grips at the top, but my dog brings sheep, it is still a GOOD day.  Maybe the next dog up can bring them without a grip.  Possibly he has more presence and confidence.  That still is okay.  Each packet of sheep and how they are treated at the top affects the status of the start of the run.  A bit of a crap shoot.

I know my dogs skill sets and my own as a handler.  I have 4 open wins and some placements in the last year trialling here.  Granted, the trials weren't huge, but the competition was excellent.  It's like throwing the dog a bone; random reinforcement.  It makes you want to try even harder.  Yoko is trying hard for me.  I overheard someone making a joke about her at the last trial.  She may not be what other people are looking for in a trial dog, but that's fine with me.  She will win again (when it is least expected)  LOL

Pictures by Bonnie Block

Champ coming 4 years of age next year has a ton of potential.  He has been changing dramatically this year from taking the reins out of my hands to gaining experience on tough range sheep, and now starting (again) to want to be my partner.  Both of my dogs were nursery qualifiers and Champ qualified for the open finals last year, but was no where near ready.  I will know when he is ready.  And, if they are never ready for that level of competition that is okay by me, too.

Know yourself and know your dogs.  I believe that's the bottom line.  Don't be afraid to ask for help.  But, be sure you know the person you are asking for help from.  Sometimes it's difficult to judge a book by it's cover.  Do your homework.  Don't be afraid to speak up especially where your dog is concerned.  When it stops becoming fun, find another sport :0)