Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Music Mon....Um...Wednesday...So Let's Do the Humpty Dance

So two whole days just flew right by....
Really, I did try to get a Music Monday done, but there was just so much other crap to be done.
The days just slipped right on by.

So here we are, Hump Day. What other song would fit?
Plus, when you happen to mention 'doing the humpty hump' more than once in a week, well this song HAS to get the heck outta your head.

And I DID reference this song more than once this week....so you know things are a bit crazy.....
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And why the heck not dance? I find in times of great stress, even the thought of dancing eases the stress a little , especially in the kitchen while making dinner (which I do regularly...).
As Mr. Humpty Hump says:

I'm spunky. I like my oatmeal lumpy.

So, outta my head, into yours. 
This little retro hip hop rap ditty is sure to get you through this hump day.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunrise in Pinks and Sea Fan for you to share

South Sound beauty I get to experience regularly. Thankful for where I am. Now you too can have a postcard with this beautiful image on it. Mail it to someone who needs a reminder of the beauty of this world.
Sunrise in Pinks - South Sound, Grand Cayman Postcard

Or here is a Greeting Card. I thought I would put on some cards too. Leaving it blank inside for further words or wisdon that you come up with.

I decided to mix it up a bit and throw in a sea fan.

And then I found pillows....this is dangerous.


Taking a little break now to work out some glitches and clear the cobwebs from my brain about Zazzle.

I actually can't wait to put on some mugs, even though hubby says they aren't good sellers. I might be my own best customer, because I like mugs, and somehow I keep breaking my favorite ones.

But that is another day's work. Enjoy, and please share!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Music Monday! I Nearly Lost You

Still reeling from the sudden death an old and dear friend, this song doesn't quite capture the loss but for some reason resonates. The chorus playing over and over as we struggle with the fact that cancer came swooping in and ravaged my dear friend. It crushed her down to almost nothing, and finally took her vibrant smile and giggle, warm heart, and soft kindness.

All we can do now is celebrate everything she brought to our lives. She made me smile countless times, her warmth so soothing. She will be sorely missed, and leaves a loving husband and 3 beautiful kids (who are around my kids ages).

Rest well my dear friend, you fought hard.
Now we find you in our memories and hearts forever.




I nearly, I nearly lost you there
And it's taken us somewhere
I nearly lost you there
Let's try to sleep now

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wow, Where Did December Go? Wait....It's March Now!

I first started this in January, asking 'And now almost half of January?'
But now it is MARCH!
Time sure does fly.
And I try to write, and am plagued by 'Where do I even start?'
Then I start, and never quite finish.

So, time flies but have I been having fun?
A bit, yes. That and a bit of a piled on work load at the 9-5.
Work load over full, the lead up to the holidays flew by, and suddenly our house was full.
Kids were home from College and they got me to play a bit.
I even miraculously got some time off from work!
And I even managed to get the whole family up before sunrise Christmas Day to watch the sunrise together. Best present ever!
Christmas Day 2016 Sunrise via Raige Creations
But suddenly the holidays were over, and I was back to work and they were back to school.
The house was again so quiet.

In January, I though maybe, just maybe I can get back to more writing and creating.
I tried to make it higher on my priorities this year.
(Not that I made resolutions...the 'thing' this year is no hard cut resolutions, and yes, I hopped on that bandwagon. I was never good at them anyways.)

I had decided to get back to writing and creating.
Ha, it is now March and neither have been making it in to my daily grind.

But the Spring is a time of re-birth, right?
So here I am, writing.

I am set on enjoying life this year too.
Hubby and I started to incorporate SUNRISES in with our coffee routine, making 'enjoying the little things' part of what we do regularly now.

Creativity has been creeping in there too. I got some great shots of sunrises.
And I may just take some of the photos and offer them in cards or calendars or something.
But, that there will take some time to work into my daily grind too, so I hope another 3 months don't go by before that happens.
Christmas Day 2016 Sunrise via Raige Creations
I also decided I am going to learn to sail!
Not right away, the water is too cold.
Also, we have to save up some money for that because hubby said he would go with me too!
He knows a little about sailing, but said he would do it with me because he could use a refresher.
So this is a great thing to look forward to this year.
Hubby and me doing something fun together.
I am learning something toally new, with my best friend!

A pipe dream is getting a sail boat but that is another post altogether, and years away.

So, let's focus on this year, and reality. No harsh specific things with deadlines. Attainable goals.

Enjoy the simple things.
Have some fun.
Learn something new.
Connect further with those close to you.
Do what you love.

It doesn't have to be the beginnign of the year to decide to do these things either.
No better time than the present.
Or, another way to say it:
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Did you approach 2017 in this way? Did you decide to make changes in your life like this too, and not resolutions?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Music Monday! Feelin' Groovy

I wish I was....

This is such a peppy tune, I hope it makes your Monday feel less terrible.




I need all the help I can get to feel groovy. This cold...

And that is all I am going to say about that.

Instead of more complaining, I will wish you all the joy you can find in chatting with a lampost and kicking down the cobble stones.

After all, complaining don't do no good.
Happy Monday!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Yep, It's Fall ~ I Have A Cold

It used to be the norm. Change of season = Onset of the Common Cold.
But now that my kids are older, well not even kids anymore, we don't get sick regularly anymore.
I love this aspect of children growing older, by the way.
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Used to be me and the boys got strep throat ever few months when they were little. They were prone to it and without fail every time they got it, I got it. Hubby and daughter didn't seem to be affected, but me and the boys - every damn time. And the colds, we got those every other month! Kids in school = Colds every other month.

And I don't even want to tell the story of that stomach flu they brought home from school. Let's not go there. (Besides that it hit every one of us 5 days before Christmas the one year that I was hosting a huge, like 20 people over, family Christmas. That goes in the books as THE WORST.)

As they kids grew and went off to college, we noticed seasonal colds, flus, sore throats, etc virtually were non existant to us. And let me tell you I relished in the fact that we didn't get sick very often.

Then, this happened. Hubby started complaining that he was getting sick. There was some doubt on my part I have to say...after all you know how hubbies can complain at the slightest discomfort and love to be babied. But it was true, he had a cold. Now, this time, for him, it was just a slight congestion, a few sniffles, and lots of complaining of how terrible he feelt. I have gotten used to this. I encouraged orange juice and rest, and gave lots of sympathy and attention, thankful that I didn't have any of those symptons. He didn't even need a box of tissues!

Then it hit me, Friday night. The onset of congestion, runny nose, sneezing, coughing. I was weak, and feeling terrible. I had a roll of toilet paper next to me at all times! (we were out of tissues, again)

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I managed to get to the grocery store early Saturday. Okay it wasn't early - I slept in till 8am! (I am normally up a little after 6am on days I am not up at 5am to make it to 6am yoga or cross fit class.) So I got to the store before I felt like real poopoo. I came home, took the cold medicine and parked myself on the couch with the box of kleenex and spent the entire rest of the day between heavy naps from the medicine and waking hours with kleenex constantly wiping my nose. I was wiped out! (no pun intended...didn't do that on purpose..teehee)

Today, I feel only mildly better. I got up at 6:30am, took meds and coffee. I felt good enough for a 3 mile walk - but not run. (I do think that the medicine and coffee helped with that) But the heavy naps still are necessary.

What do I mean by heavy nap? The nap that you suddenly need because your body and head are extremely heavy. Thus, the sleep is the heavy, 'I am not lifting my head or eyelids until this feeling goes away' kind of sleep.

My nose is red from wiping, I am sneezing, Yes, this all sucks.

I completely blame hubby for giving this to me, by the way. He got it first, 3 days after store, and like clockwork 3 days later I got it. But why was I so much mroe congested than him? Totally random explantaions : I have allergies...he doesn't have tonsils....who knows really. Who cares this still sucks. (And after 23 years of marriage, I am allowed to blame him for things like this, right?.)

Back to wiping nose, and I think it's time to take more meds, and perhaps a cup of tea with honey, and the inevitable medicine induced heavy nap. Thank goodness it is the weekend. Hopefully tomorrow I will be better, who can call in sick for a measly common cold, right?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Music Monday! You Get What You Give

It's been a while. I keep wanting to get a Music Monday done. I keep picking songs, even have a Two for Tuesday picked. But when it came to writing, I was at a loss. Nothing to give.

Yes, I have written about having nothing to write about. A few times, and then some more. It is every writers problem, at one time or another. So I will save those songs when I feel the reason I picked them in the first place.

But this song I heard, and I just felt like writing. I was avoiding the Debate last Wednesday, actually. Hubby wanted to 'witness history' or something like that. Me? Nope. I honestly have such a strong dislike for Trump, that listening to him at all gets me in such an annoyed and angry state it takes me a long time to recover from. I haven't uttered much about the election or the candidates for this reason. It is best for me to just put headphones on and listen to some good music and stay in my happy place.

Anyway, to drown out the blathering on TV, I put on my headphones and started a very decent playlist on YouTube and enjoyed some good 90's music. This song came on, and I loved the happiness in the video. The lead singer just looked like he was enjoying the crap out of the whole song. Then, everyone running through the mall was having a ball.



Yes, it is time to enjoy the crap out of stuff. Enough election crap. Enough negative crap. Enough fighting. Let's just have some plain old fun! 

Wake up kids! We got the dreamers disease! 

Okay, yes I know this song is about being fake. New Radicals' front man Gregg Alexander said he chose this setting because he sees the shopping mall as a metaphor for society—a fake, controlled environment engineered to encourage spending. But the title says it all, really. You do get what you give. If you don't give anything, you don't get anything. And it is peppy. 

And peppy was much, much better than the debate, though you could draw some similarities to the theme of the song {fake} and the presidential candidates {fake}, I won't go there.

You've got the music in you
Don't let go
You've got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don't give up
You've got a reason to live
Can't forget
We only get what we give 

I think I will continue to listen to music until all the blathering about the candidates and the election is over. Actually, I will continue after that as well, because music is my happy place. And I will fantisize about letting puppies free in a mall, because that would be so much fun!

If you are curious about the playlist...click here...it is a good one.