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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ The Secret of Change

I am actually a bit tired of the new at the moment. 
EVERYTHING has been new, again and again and again. 

Another new bed to sleep in, new kitchen to get used to, new foods to try, a new (old) car, new roads to learn, new people to meet, new internet codes to set up, new phones to hook up, packing a suitcase again.

I am so ready to settle in and have some things get old again.
I am ready for my space to become familiar.

I long to be able to wake up in the middle of the night and know where I am! 
(Still takes me a minute or two to figure it out)

Building the new is exhausting.

But...totally worth it.
Source: Raige Creations

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ This Too Shall.........

Source: Jacqueline via Pinterest
A bit unlike my recent blatherings of how wonderful life is and how good things are going?


But I have realized one thing:

No matter where you go, no matter how hard you try to be positive, there are some things that just suck!

I will give you three things you will most likely wholeheartedly agree that universally, totally SUCK:

Utility Companies
Used Car Salesmen
Insurance Companies

No matter where, when, what other things are going on, these things ALWAYS suck. 

The key is to always remember....
source: Jamie via Pinterest

Monday, July 7, 2014

Music Monday! Hotel California...Caribbean Style....

I am still here.
I have emerged from the chaos.
I have survived the incredibly hellish move, the journey over land and sea, the displacement to an entirely new (yet familiar) place.

I have survived the 3 months of preparing for the move, the sorting and purging and packing, the hellish week of emptying and cleaning the house, the day of travel on 2 hours of sleep, the 2 weeks in a resort hotel right next to the Jet Ski hut, the 3 weeks of living out of a suitcase, the strange beds and kitchens where you don't know where anything is, the start of a new job. We have survived the search for a new place to live, a new car to drive, a new life to settle in to. 

We landed in the world of the tropics, steel bands, beaches, and a slightly more laid back lifestyle. A lifestyle we haven't enjoyed for more than ten years.

I sometimes have to pinch myself, wondering if this is all a dream. I am slightly suspicious when things keep falling into place, and working out as we need them to. I think, 'wow, that is just what we need, and it is right here in front of us! How come it is all working out this time?'

But it is, and I am trying not to question it too much. Instead of being skeptical, I am attributing our success to all the hard work and effort we put in to get us to this point. 

It is strange though. We are actually getting what we want...a concept that we are a bit unfamiliar with. It is a peculiar concept to be sure, but we have endured much more extraordinary things, so I think we can make it through this.

And as we get more settled, you should see me back to writing, blogging, and creating. One thing at a time. 

With that, I am going to live it up, and get myself to the pool, because, well, why not?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Angel Food Cupcakes and Other Necessary Creations

Yes, you read that right.
I made Angel Food Cupcakes.
Yes, they were from a box, and all I had to do was add water.
Not the picture of delicious made-from-scratch Angel Food Cakes, which really are the best, but a necessity in our current situation.

I have to empty out the entire kitchen this weekend, and I don't want to throw away a bunch of perfectly good food (well, mostly good food), so I am trying to creatively cook up anything that is left in the freezer, fridge, and cupboards, with the remaining kitchen utensils that I have not yet packed.

I found a box of Angel Food Cake mix in the back of the kitchen cupboard. (Okay, it had passed the expiration date by a month or 4, but hubby was fine with it, and since I only had to add water and there were no creepy crawlies rooting in the mix, I said 'Why not?')

I should mention too that Angel Food Cake is the only cake hubby will I had to make it.

Oh, and I should mention too that I have had a checkered past with Angel Food Cake. The first one I ever tried to make from scratch, with a recipe my mother in law lovingly gave to me (she makes very delicious Angel Food Cakes). 

It turned out like a brownie-doughnut. Not fluffy, tall and airy. 
No, it was like a short, round brownie. 

This was not how Angel Food Cake should be. Not at all.But amazingly hubby LOVED it. He even asks me to make it again like that, but honestly I have no idea what I did wrong. I have never duplicated it. 

So here I had a box of Angel Food Cake, and a hubby who was insistent I should make it and not throw it away. Fine.
I had already packed the bundt pan and the mixer.

What to do? 
I had cupcake liners and cupcake pans still unpacked, a big bowl, and a spatula. 

I lined the pans, and man did I MIX! I didn't really know my arm could move that fast. 
YOU try to imitate a mixer. 

I amused myself actually. I felt like those food network competitors when they hand mix to make whip cream on a competition show. So what that I was in my pajamas.....

I also had to guess at the cooking time. I may have guessed slightly wrong, so the end result certainly isn't 'Pin-Worthy' but certainly quite edible, and even tasty! 
Single Serving Sized Angel Food Cake.
They don't look fabulous.
Not Pin-Worthy for sure.
But still edible and pretty tasty.
Today we are going to drizzle some of the jam I found in the back of the cupboard (see last photo) on some of them and have some fruit-topped angel food cupcakes.

And tonight, we are having Ramen Noodle Pork Bowl. I just made that up too. I found too much Ramen, and actually have not yet cooked that pork because it is kinda small. We will see how it turns out. I just can't throw away perfectly good food. 
Too much Ramen, not enough Pork.
But necessity dictates something yummy out of this.
I also found these things hidden, still perfectly good so why throw them away? Perhaps Ramen Pork Beet Bowl??
Beets, Mulberry Jam and Plum Sauce.
Need to Use...Must be creative....
At any rate, it is challenging to come up with tasty dishes using things you don't normally use. Ah the fun of moving, moving with only a suitcase or two and then sending for the rest of your things that you have meticulously packed and stored. 

Fun? Wow. I will be so glad when it is finished. When we are done, and I don't have to work jam and beets and Ramen into my dinner cooking. 

Bon Appetite. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Music Monday! Craigslist

It has been almost an obsession lately.
I hate it, but I love it at the same time.
Of course, Weird Al had something to say about Craigslist.

I have listed a good many things on Craigslist, after our massive purging over the past few months, and also years ago when we last moved.
Things we didn't want or need anymore, things we decided we couldn't move with us, things the kids have grown out of, furniture, cars, motorcycles, tv's. (Sadly, no slightly used sombrero to throw in.) 

Why give them away when you can get a little dinero?

So I listed, and yes I fielded MANY scams, dealt with ignorant and difficult people, even had someone try to return an item after picking up and taking home and fiddling with it. (I won't go into details about our newbie mistake years ago, like taking a check from someone wanted by the police for check fraud and writing bad checks)

I have had email after email, asking for explanations and haggling prices. And giving directions for pick up - I have never asked out loud so often why some people don't have GPS! (I am notoriously bad at giving directions....)

All of these the 'hate' part of the love/hate feelings I have for Craigslist.

But I do love it too, because for the most part the people I have dealt with have been great! They get something they wanted at a price they are happy with, I get rid of something we didn't want and get a little something for it. 

The added bonus is I don't have to put it in my car and take it anywhere, they come to me!

All a great thing when my days have been filled with the big change in our lives. It makes it easier to get rid of things, really.

I also feel that I am much smarter and more savvy in dealing with people after these experiences. I got pretty good at spotting a scam, there were certainly many examples I fielded. 

In case you might be interested in the listings I have they are!

Verizon Wireless Jet Pack WiFi Hotspot

iDog Soft Speakers - Set of 2

PS3 Tony Hawk Ride video game, board, and connector

Basketball Hoop - Sand Filled

Grid Wall Display or Storage

Rampage BMX System 20 Hard Tail Bicycle

Carrera DSY 100 Mountain Bike

And there may be more! 
Hubby just mentioned wanting to list some paint, 2 army jackets, and something else I forgot because I have so many things going on in my head.

So, thank you Craigslist, for the space to unload crap. 
Isn't it great to have one place to advertise your eclectic collection of trash TREASURE??
Even though it is a love/hate experience, overall, it has worked out pretty good. And thank you Weird Al for a relevent-to-me parody of a great band
Hope I didn't just jinx myself and now get a line of terrible people to deal with.....

Monday, May 12, 2014

Music Monday! Sing Along with Yellow Ledbetter

I love to sing to songs.
In the the car....even a little bit when I am on my walks with my headphones on.
(I sometimes even look around to make sure no one can hear me....sometimes.....)

When this classic Pearl Jam song came on the radio one day when I was in the car with my son driving, I said, "Oh Pearl Jam, I like this song!"
And because he was driving I could sing along with even more focus and enthusiasm!

When it started, I quickly remembered that THIS was the song that was THE WORST mumbling that Eddie Vedder did. (He did mumble regularly, and at the same time became known for his distinctive and powerful vocals....)
I garbled through the song, belting out whatever I thought he was saying, mostly making up the words really. After a short time, I thought it best to hum, and my son wholeheartedly agreed.

Imaging then, when I found the video with the lyrics! I could sing right along!! Join me, sing along!!

No, these words aren't really what Mr. Vedder was trying to say, although it sure sounds spot on. "Make me fries...."

As a bonus for this Monday, I am including that here, so you can see what he is really saying...well so 'they' say anyways.....and sing along with the correct lyrics. Sadly, they don't make much more sense...
(I usually save 2 videos for Two for Tuesdays when I miss Music Monday, but today, you get two. Happy Day After Mother's Day!)

Don't forget to sing daily, it is good for you, correct lyrics or not.
What is your favorite song to sing along with?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ Speechless

Sometimes there just aren't the right words.
Sometimes you just can't find the right quote, or saying.

Sometimes all you can do is just savor the moment, and bask in the warmth and love of the moment, and not try to put words to it.

Like when I got home on Tuesday, my daughter said:
"I got you something!"  
That was a surprise, and immediately I felt so grateful, not even knowing what it was.
My beautiful gift.
photo courtesy of Raige Creations.
But then, when I saw it was an Iris, purple and yellow (my favorite!), I knew just how thoughtful, and what a loving a gesture it was.

We had been going for walks together the past few days, noticing all the blooming Iris flowers around. I then got to tell her the story of how I insisted the Iris should be my wedding flower, in October. 

Note: they bloom in the Spring. So this request was a tall order for an October wedding! I insisted, so of course we only had a few, and had to supplement with other flowers....yes cheap flowers I wouldn't have picked for my wedding flower, ever. 

We had to use Carnations to fill in. Normally I don't like them at all, as I to me they mean death and funerals.

I could go into that association, but will save that for another time, or perhaps no one wants to hear how Carnations only make me think of my Grandfather, and the strange and scary feel of a cold stiff hand....

Long story short, in order to get my desired Iris, I had to sacrifice in other ways. So Carnations it was.

All this was just a short mention on our walk, but she remembered and brought me home an Iris. Purple and yellow, just like my wedding flowers. 

I was so touched. There are just no words for the thoughtfulness and love that went in to this gesture.

Then I found out she had to pull off the side of the road on her way home from class, and get out of the car to fetch this flower for me. I had originally thought she got it while walking by on her way to the car, but no. She stopped her journey to get it, clip it, and bring it home for me.

There are no words I can find to let her know how much this tiny gesture means to me. My heart warms every time I see it, there right next to my little Jellyfish collection. 
(each one of those jellies is also a thoughtful gift from someone special in my life)
The view at my kitchen window.
Warms my heart every time I see it.

photo courtesy of Raige Creations.
And then I think how much I am going to miss her when she if off at college, far far away. There are no words for that either. I am not ready to try to explain the empty space she will leave. I cannot linger on the thought of getting through the days when she is not around.

Sometimes there just aren't the right words.
Sometimes you just can't find the right quote, or saying.

Sometimes all you can do is just savor the moment, and bask in the warmth and love of the moment, and not try to put words to it.