Saturday, June 11, 2016

Alex Turns Seven?!


 Happy Birthday Alexandria!!!

The picture on the right captures four generations celebrating Independence Day with you Alex... 

Just want you to know that Great Grandma Kay, Grandma Debbie and Mama Tiana are VERY happy you were born 7 years ago! 

We love you SO much!

Grampa Joe and I are so sad we can't be there for your birthday, so we thought you may enjoy some pictures from the past when we DID get to play and have fun with you ...


        





 
































I took lots of videos of you too. Here are some links to the videos... maybe you can ask Mama to show them to you....

https://youtu.be/ecuPesqdjGw

This one you have to watch to the end...

https://youtu.be/XqxjD1q99Fw

Your first words:

https://youtu.be/Kcq6k_lPIYE

Alex is a Munchkin:

https://youtu.be/WuJvXJ2LOrw

Grampa Joe and Gramma Debbie hope you have a fun day!

WE MISS YOU!!!!




Sunday, October 4, 2015

Some of our Favourite Places in the South West of Western Australia


Sunset Between the Bridge at Australind Estuary, Western Australia



The Houseboating on the Blackwood River, Augusta, Western Australia


Reflecting at Ellenbrook Homestead at Margaret River, Western Australia





Monday, September 22, 2014

Take Time for Morning Meditation... Clouds, Rainbows and Epiphanies



Clouds and rainbows are full of enlightening messages... if we only take the time to notice.

This is a story about my experience several months ago during my housesitting journey that my gorgeous daughter inspired...

Tiana, being a health and life coach with


"Healthy Heart Happy Soul", encouraged me to make time for myself first thing every morning. My intent in sharing this personal epiphany is to inspire YOU to make time for yourself as well to open up to your own valuable insights like I did on this particular morning...

"As I sat down on the bed facing the window, I noticed clouds morphing quickly from one image to another after a night of intermittent rain. It's wintertime here - the "rainy season". Im not very fond of rain, having grown up in the semi-arid plains of Colorado, where over 300 days of sunshine a year is the norm. But the rain here at the South West Coast of Australia transforms it into a lush greenness and a profuse explosion of colourful flowers, both planted and wild, that begs to be adored!

As my husband drove me back home last night from the airport, the rain was a worry as it pounded down upon the road, making it very hard to see. It grabbed the wheel from time to time, rendering the steering wheel dysfunctional enough to bring a flutter to the heart. In some places along the journey the rain let up but then fog rose up and out of the grassy bogs, creeping like ghosts onto the road, seemingly to spook us...which it did! Joe even joked about Casper the Ghost flying out to greet us :)


It made for a bit of anxiousness on my part, which was NOT welcome, after having just travelled five hours on a plane with a hundred school kids. Most of them were coughing loudly and blowing their noses (aaarrrrggghhh). The roar of the kids once we landed, waiting for the doors to open and release us, was deafening and I couldn't wait for silence and a relaxing ride home... but it was not to be.

When I woke up the next morning to the clouds and realised they were setting themselves up for another rainy day, I cringed at the prospect. But as if the skies read my mind and and wanted to console me, I happened to notice a cloud formation rising into my view that looked like an angel with huge wings.



As I studied her, to my amazement, I noticed a prism of rainbow formed the trunk of her body. I was also fascinated that between her and a huge mass of dark cloud rising up behind her was a patch of blue sky where the rainbow seemed to just disappear. Yet, lo and behold, the rainbow continued further and was even bigger and bolder specifically because of the darkness of the mass that now totally covered the lower half of my view.

It was so beautiful, I was just enthralled with drinking up the colours and energy of it all, then...

Boom... a profound insight popped into my mind... as if that angel knew exactly the message I was hoping for in my meditation.

'Deb... as much as you love blue sky and sunshine, notice how the rainbow disappears from your sight when the blue shows up. It takes the sunlight to play with the colours among the clouds for you to truly see and enjoy this rainbow.


Did you also notice that the arch of the rainbow is still complete... even though your physical sight tricks you into believing it's broken, lacking, missing where the blue sky breaks through?'

Tears came to my eyes and I thanked the angel, the clouds, the rainbow and the blue sky for that message! In gratitude my heart burst into joy! I thanked my daughter for encouraging me to take back that special time for me to connect with spirit each morning.

Then as I thought about my daughter and her wisdom, the cloud slowly transformed into a multi-eyed dragonfly ( a symbol my Tiana and I share deep connection with). The shaft of its body was the rainbow with a long rainbow coloured tail reaching into the dark cloud behind it (minus, of course, the bit where the blue sky appeared)...


I understood then that it was just an illusion the the dragonfly appeared incomplete.

I felt the connection so strongly with my daughter just then, feeling she was here with me and my granddaughter, Xandria, sitting on my lap all marvelling at the beauty and wonder of that sky in front of us. I could feel us reliving one of those special moments like we had before in the Denver jucuzzi one winter evening as we shared the beauty of the moon and stars just before the clouds moved in, making us laugh and shiver as we quickly scurried in the snow back to the apartment.

Mom popped into my heart and the love I feel for her, having given me the gift of life, gratitude for the gift of life I gave my daughter and the gift of life she gave my grand daughter. I marvelled at the knowing that we are forever connected regardless of whether our physical  bodies are touching... 

WE ARE ONE... just as we are one with all our sisters in the common field of feminine energy!"




Perhaps the next time you notice the sky and truly take the time for yourself to ponder the wisdom it contains, you'll notice that the clouds and rainbows are full of answers you may be looking for. When the ominous dark clouds do roll in, do not fret, for they may be waiting to show you a bolder, brighter and more colourful world!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Do You Laugh Back at the Kookaburra?



Just can't help it... when I hear the distinctive laughing call of the Kookaburra, two things happen: First I laugh and then I pause to bring my attention to what is happening in my life or what I was thinking about at that moment. 

When a bunch of them start calling back and forth to each other in a round of pure joy, I can't help but think what a gift they are to the people of Australia!

The gift of Kookaburra is Laughter and Joy. 

They have such a distinctive sound of human laughter that when heard makes it's almost impossible to not  laugh along with them, surfacing the joy that lives deep within our being. Where I lived most of my life in the US, we only heard their sound in the movies. So for me, now living in Australia, I never tire of them, even when they wake me up in the early hours (nicknamed the bushman's clock).

In fact... press the play button on the short video below... I bet it will make you smile :)




Apparently, the kookaburra's call is really meant to be a territorial call to warn other birds to stay away, but the funny thing is, they can get pretty buddy buddy with humans... especially humans who feed them the meat they love!

On our last camping trip we met a group of young people from France who were visiting Oz on a working vacation. As they were grilling some lamb, their cameras were capturing these cheeky little guys, one of them bold enough to be touched


Wise ones say to pay attention to opportunities around you, and listen to nature and to the world around you when kookaburras come into your life. You may find that you are being given some important messages at this time.


They draw our attention to family, and our family relationships. Often kookaburra energy suggests that family connections are important in our lives at this time.

It is said that it also helps you to hunt down your truths, and these truths enable you to recognize your own inner strength. In turn, you are able to teach your truths to others, and also aid others in finding and recognizing their own truths.

So next time the kookaburra flies into your life, you may be wise to listen to the message! 

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Monday, March 24, 2014

If a Dragonfly has Appeared in Your Life it is a Message to Delve into Your Belief Systems - Part 2

Welcome to Honeymoon Pool, near Collie, Western Australia
In my previous post I detailed the story about 3 dragonflies landing on my body as I sat on a rock in the middle of this stream on the left. 

When the huge dragonfly was headed straight toward my eye at hypersonic speed, I didn't know what to think... just snapped into protection mode! But when I looked at it in the eyes from the corner of mine (it landed on my left clavicle bone with its head facing up and I had to wrangle my neck in order to see it) I FREAKED!


Not from fear, mind you, but because it twisted its head like Regan in the Exorcist in order to look at me! 

If you've ever looked at a dragonfly up close and personal in the eyes, you would notice that they cover most of the insect’s head, resembling a motorcycle helmet. They contain up to 30,000 facets producing a mosaic of “pictures” as well as a highly developed sense of movement. The twisting of its head, besides weirding me out,  seemed to have been an attempt to figure out just what the heck I was in the middle of its river. 

Now I know how Ziggy Marley felt when he wrote the lyrics: 

"hey miss dragonfly i see you look at me with your beautiful eyes
you must be wondering what type of creature am i " 


Strangely calm, it occurred to me that this whole 3 dragonfly experience was both weird and wonderful! How would you react if it happened to you?

Then having lost track of time, I came  back from my musings, bid farewell to my visitors and reluctantly plunged back into the pool... I could barely wait to share with my hubby. 

Perhaps you would just take such an experience at face value, but I couldn't stop thinking about it and felt there were messages to be discovered inside of this particular occurrence that I wanted more clarity on. So being the internet nerd that I am, I Googled "Dragonflies".

It's not my purpose here to write a "term paper" on Dragonflies. I could because there is a ton of information in cyberville about them... so much significance attached to them in history.  But I wanted to sift through what I found and share what resonates with me personally... so here goes:

Did you know that the dragonfly lives the majority of its life in a different form under water? As a nymph, we humans would consider it quite repulsive, as well as hurtful when it bites. It sports its colourful body patterns and gorgeous iridescent wings for just a fraction of its life, after a metamorphosis similar to a butterfly, usually for not more than a few months long. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. 

It flies forward, backward and turns almost instantly. It hovers, turning while hovering and accelerates to full speed in a split second, then glides effortlessly, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes as compared to the other insects. It's absolutely clear on its purpose... to capture food and find mates and gets it done in fine style before time is up.

It could care less that we humans find it fascinating and beautiful once it has transformed into adult status. The three that landed on me must have found me warm and vibrationally comfortable for their rest ... not there to amuse me or be admired. None the less, they DID "speak" to me and delivered a message I was meant to hear... and share:

They live IN the moment and life to the fullest, being exactly what they are, doing what they do best in the time they have here on this earth. 

By living "in the moment" instead of "in our heads", which often is focused on the past or the future,  we are FREE to be aware of who we are, where we are, what we are doing, what we want, what we don’t and make choices on a moment-to-moment basis.


This ability invites us live our life without regrets... like the great dragonfly.

As for me... I have for many years in my adult life, been putting together a story in my mind...in truth, more like a screenplay. I often play the movie in my mind and it's full of emotion, drama, beauty, love... all the components of a great movie or novel. But I have been putting off writing it down, hoping for just the "right time". 

Yet, I choose to have no regrets before my time is up, so I am truly grateful for those three dragonflies showing up in my life... they inspired me to begin this process. The chapters are now taking their place ON PAPER and this series of posts on my blog are being published in order to develop the habit and self discipline of writing consistently and getting over the fear of it not being "good enough". 


Please join in! I welcome you to come on this journey together.

So much more to come... Like... Why Do Kookaburras Laugh?






Sunday, March 23, 2014

Live Your Life Without Regrets Like the Great Dragonfly

Imagine yourself sitting on top of a flat rock in the middle of a pristine, slow moving stream, knees up to your chest, arms on your knees. You're soaking in the warmth of the sun as the shallow flow of river water tickles your feet and bum, staring at the sheer awesomeness of the view in front of you. 

You can't wipe the grin off your face, reminding yourself of the reasons you long to spend time in mother nature's grand playground. 

You look down at your right forearm as something tickles and you're surprised to find a little black dragonfly sitting there. After the initial urge to chase it off, you welcome it instead, as surely it's a good sign, right? 

As you ponder what the tiny sign means, another dragonfly, but this one twice the size of the previous and patterned with vibrant colours of yellow, orange and black lands in the middle of the top of your left hand! 

Now you're thinking to yourself, "WOW, this is crazy", and once again you try to process what this could possibly mean. A thought sneaks itself in that it could be an ancestor coming to say HI! You smile and start talking to them both, thanking them for stopping by in such grand fashion. 

While the little one on your arm stays put, the other one flits off your hand to chase another away as if to say, "NO... this one's mine!", yet comes back to the same spot. "That's strange", you think to yourself the first time it happens, but after four more takeoff and landings, you get the message that it surely likes that spot... sort of like a helipad. ;)

Just as you're sitting in awe of this once in a lifetime experience, what seems like a small dragon rather than a huge dragonfly,  TWICE the size of the second, comes out of nowhere toward your left eye like a rocket! YOU SCREAM, close your eyes tight and turn your head to protect yourself!


What happens next just BLOWS YOUR MIND.... 


This story is true and it happened to me on one of our camping trips in the South West Region of Western Australia. This one was at a magical place called Honeymoon Pool. 


"This very popular camp ground is set along the banks of the Collie River and shaded by graceful peppermint trees and an overstorey of yarri, jarrah and marri eucalypts. A large deck extending out over the river offers good views, with steps providing easy access to the water."
While this experience itself has had an incredible impact on me, I realised that it's really just a piece of the much bigger puzzle of life. 


What does mother nature and her creatures have to teach us about fully living life without regrets?


Because we have so many amazing experiences, revelations and images to share and because I'm keen to hear about YOURS as well, I  hope to turn this into an interactive series... with your input and sharing.

If this idea resonates with you, if you find the stories entertaining as well as enlightening, if you love the images, love nature and have plenty of your own to share, please subscribe and come back.  

Coming up... discover what happened with the dive bombing giant Dragonfly and what it must be like to have 30,000 faceted eyes that see you from 360 degrees. YIKES!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Good News is, It's Only Raining on One Side of the House We're Sitting

video


Sobbing, she blurted, "I have some bad news... we just got word from the doctor that we have to call off our trip and I feel terrible about it".

Uh oh... what do we do now! The house/petsit we accepted over 6 months ago, which was to begin now and last for 3 1/2 months, has suddenly fallen apart as a result of a knee injury that none of us could have foreseen.

Living with uncertainty is part and parcel of the housesitter's lifestyle...


and once again, we find ourselves scrambling to fill our calendar ... this time for 3 1/2 months...YIKES!

We ARE totally blessed, on the one hand, to have generous and loving friends who have saved us from being out on the street. Not only have they offered us a bed and shared meals but treated us with good old fashioned hospitality. For that we are extremely grateful! LOVE you Julie, Chloe and Codee-lee!

On the other hand, we don't want to take advantage of their kindness, so we are busy researching and applying for gigs that fit with our schedule. It includes checking the four housesitting websites we are members of as well as getting word out into the network, which includes facebook, newspaper ads and even a few phone calls to previous home owners.

As badly as we feel for Jenny, our sadly injured home owner and her family, we are pleased that they have have offered us a reprieve for a few weeks while they are away in Perth dealing with the doctors and operations. So we get to stay in their beautiful home and gorgeous bush acreage for a few weeks after all. And WHAT A TREAT!

Be Sure to Scroll Down and Check Out the Photo's Below!

You never know what cool experiences a new house/petsit will bring...
Things like in the video above.

It was captured on the second day as the morning sun was shining through the trees onto the breakfast nook. Check it out carefully and you will notice as the sun shone through, it started sprinkling... but only on one side of the house!

We have to confess. As much as we love the ocean views and beach life...

Sculpture at the Famous  Busselton Jetty WA















Experiencing the quiet beauty of rolling hills...

Yellow Wildflower Carpeting Springtime Meadows










       

and breath taking vistas...






Click here to see more Wildflowers of Every Colour






wildflower explosions...














Emu and  Horse are Mates?


wildlife surprises...

















Lilly's of the Field by the Thousands


and acres of majestic bushland...
















is hard to beat.

Just goes to show... one never really knows what lies ahead when living the life of a housesitter!
There are surprises around every corner. Just like when it rains on just one side of the house ;D

Embracing uncertainty and having faith that things will work out is a way of life and a choice we highly recommend.

I know it sounds crazy... but we love it!