best real estate websitesWhat I’m Grateful For: Fire (and Friends)

So after years and years of longing and looking, I finally ordered a “fire table” when they showed up on a special sale at my favorite place to shop, Costco (I admit, I’m a Costco-lover and there’s no escaping it!) It was a little adventure getting it home too – with a snow storm rolling in, snow tires to put on the SUV, and work to be done, I had to meet the delivery guy at a halfway point and recruit some help (thank you Jen!) to shove the heavy boxes in my car. Then once home, it was a fun adventure with me, the cargo sled and the snow made into a handy-dandy ramp to get the thing up my front steps. THEN I put it all together, managing to not figure out where the battery was supposed to go (thank you handy-dandy boyfriend who put it in when he got back!) BUT all told, now I can sit in wintry wonder on my front porch with dancing flames, no smoke, and a cozy cup of cocoa with my favorite book. I am in love. Thank you everyone who helped me in this silly little journey too!

What I’m Reading: Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche by Bill Plotkin. I had a fun afternoon at our local independent bookstore last week, and I left with a huge stack of books. This was one of them, and I am so glad it caught my eye. It’s somewhere in between a book on “personality types”, on “human mental disorders” and on “ecology and human existence” – plus a dash of Jungian archetypes, symbols, and myth-and-metaphor. But essentially it’s a book that suggests we look at a different way of considering and addressing our mental/psychological hangups, woes and tribulations, while looking at the world – especially the four cardinal directions plus “up” and “down” as a framework for understanding and growth. If this sounded boring and weird, not the book for you. But if you felt intrigued and a little curious, GET A COPY NOW. It’s remarkably fresh and new and not at all a bunch of regurgitated tripe, which frankly is most of the self-help lexicon these days….

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Quote I’m Pondering: The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?