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    • #8038
      LionLadyLionLady
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      (INSERT PHOTO 7: TO COME)
      CAPTION: The kettle’s on! Pull up a stool and set yourself down – tea’ll be up just now . . . – my own photo.

      Nope. No tigers in Africa. And, yep – most lions travel in prides. But here in the USofA I’m flat-out on my own – so I’ve chosen to take on the persona of Pi, er – Tigger, in this iteration of my life, as I was once given a wonderful and very rare hia featuring a tiger, which has since become my very favorite ceremonial garb.

      So – the Tigger is ‘IN’ (no 25 cents required) and open for questions of all stripes/spots/or types regarding any aspect of shamanism and related subjects not addressed by the other threads present here. Feel free to kick back, hang out for a bit and join me for a ‘cuppa’ commentary and conversation.

    • #8349
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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      Hello Ms. Lion Lady,

       

      I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I didn’t forget http://twoicefloes.com/forums/topic/tifonline-school-for-inspirational-indoor-gardeners/ Please stop by and put your very nice paw prints in the thread.

       

      Mr Pepper

      • #8426
        LionLadyLionLady
        Participant

        Hello, Mr. P!

        Thanks for dropping by and nudging me. Running in place has had me so busy I’ve had to restrict my galavanting about over here, thus bypassing a number of places I would much rather be spending my time in than over a hot, sweaty water-bath canning setup!

        That said, we are now awash in various iterations of peaches, plums, apples, grapes, marmalade – and soon both pickles and pears will loom on the immediate horizon. It’s the PITS (literally) this time of year! LOL! Thanks for your patient understanding. I WILL be over to participate on the thread you mention. After all, I’m the one who talked you into that craziness! So – I’d better get my furry fundament over your way and pitch in.

        See you soon!
        L/L

        • #8451
          The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
          Participant

          Hi Ms. Lion Lady,

           

          I thought cats were out at this time of night. Lionlady says: After all, I’m the one who talked you into that craziness! Yes you did:) I posted some background stuff over there today. I’ll keep looking for paw prints.

           

          Mr Pepper™

    • #8936

      Hi Lion Lady,

      I have a few minutes on break and thought I would say hello considering your invitation. I am flattered you find a connection with me. Generally, I’m a loner with a few deep friends. On line forums have been quite an experience for me and jumping in to ZH for my first try was stupid crazy. Funny, I’m sitting here with a bad bite from a feral kitten I got yesterday. Being a microbiologist I’m obsessing over it being infected with Pasturella. I shouldn’t have picked him up as he was hissing at the dogs by me. Poor little thing was frightened and now I am.

      I will try and find some time later and may be we can connect over some tea. I’m an avid coffee drinker but I’m willing to expand my horizons. How ’bout something exotic and green? Since it’s 102 outside, I’d prefer iced. I can’t wait for fall to come.

      Holly ( Miffed)

      • #9070
        LionLadyLionLady
        Participant

        Hello, Miffed!

        Welcome to the Lion’s Den – tea in a few, but first I have to say that this response will be a brief one for starters – I’m about to have house-guests, and between getting OtB’s Essay 8 outta my lap, canning the last fruits of the orchard (you know the drill, I’d think, given your rural lifestyle away from the maddening crowd (pun on purpose), and prepping for incoming, I’ve been beyond remiss over here of late. I think Glynn has thrown up his hands and walked away! Wouldn’t blame him, but hey! I DO make comebacks and will do so yet again. In the meantime, I cannot let this juicy opportunity to connect up with you at last, get by me.

        So – now that you are not keeling over from Pasturella (I hope), nor handling unmentionable virus samples – yet – at work, let’s make hay while we can. I’m hooked up here so that any posts that show up here also show up right away on my e-mails – so I’ll know if you’re out and about. Let’s talk; I’ve been wanting to do this for ages.

        Hang in there – and keep up the wonderful work over ZH way – those guys need you, believe me! You, and Cougar, and the other professionals inputting real info there is beyond important right now.

        Please know that you can always bend my ear, even when you are feeling truly rotten about all of this. I can take it and I’d like to offer that for you, if you’d like a place to just drop down on all fours and howl for awhile! :) Also, if you’d like, you can reach me via my e-mail (see my profile) for starters. That’s my public e-mail; I also have a private one, so personal conversations get transferred over there. I have several going with members here and you are welcome to do the same.

        Hugs – the Big, Furry Kind. Don’ be a stranger!!!
        LionLady

    • #9089

      Hello LL,

      Wow, you make me feel like a celebrity! I really forget the wide readership on ZH. My brain keeps thinking of it as a small community and then I do something asinine like post  my email address and not only people who are members of ZH email me but the non members all over the world. Worked out ok. Got a lot of insight from different parts of the world. Nice contrast from just reading the party line.

       

      My finger is thankfully healing after all my herbal remedies, betadine, H2O2 and TLC. Having a gaping wound in a lab brimming with pathogens is difficult. Had to bandage it when I would prefer open air. Of course when I told everyone what happened they all chimed “Pasturella” in unison. Typical cat oral flora. I used to do microbiology for the San Diego wild animal Park. Big cats were loaded with it and if a keeper was bit, we knew what would grow.

      Let me know if you have anything in particular you’d like to discuss. I’m pretty eclectic and love many topics. Personal awaking has been dear to my heart the last few years so I thought I’d fit in here.  I’ve been interested in intertwining   a story from my work and themes discussed here as an interesting exercise. I shared the story with my kindred friend on the Camino pilgrimage  and it touched him deeply. I wanted to write something profound and may be a bit disturbing… at least thought provoking. I need to get the time to flesh it out and that has been elusive. If I finally get something down I’d hope to share it with a few people before releasing it into the world. Basically it is about a man dying of an exotic fungus infecting his brain and how I tried to save him, facing my own possible death in the process. Tragedy intertwined with enlightenment. Not all sad.

       

      Enjoy your house guests and I hope to hear from you soon.

       

      Miffed

       

      • #9091
        LionLadyLionLady
        Participant

        Hi, Miffed:

        Delighted for you to engage. I’d be pleased to assist as an ear/feedback loop/whatever for your unfolding tale – it sounds like something worthy of putting pen to paper. If you’d like, you can get that private e-mail address from Mrs. C, and contact me with whatever, at that address. Seriously, I’d be glad to help out however you’d like. I think I’m gonna get a bit of a breather with OtB’s Essays before the next wave set hits his beach, so I’m up for exploration with you on this.

        Very glad that you have survived the cat attack. I’ve always had cats and, of course, feel a deep affinity with them, particularly Big Cats. My time in Africa gave me plenty of opportunity for up close and personal moments with lions, leopards, cheetahs, etc. My own private pussycat (who came home with me from Africa back in 2004) is 1/2 siamese, 1/2 African spotted wild cat and we also have a huge white angora/Maine Coon-cross outdoor cat who adopted us a year ago. We are awash in kitty germinology! :) So far, so good – no damage yet. And, we also have cougars and bobcats wandering about right here, so we’re surrounded!

        I hope you continue to evade the little buggers and stay healthy. We continue to need your insights, advice, commentary and objective views on all that is unraveling out there in west Africa. People need to take this stuff really seriously, but they may well be too darned scared to admit it and would prefer to sling inane witticisms about as comments, simply to deflect their personal engagement with something truly nasty. You add reason and reality to the mix every time you comment on ZH, so I am one of your biggest fans when I read there, which I do daily – just am not as brave as you in terms of becoming a member and attempting to ford the river with all the ‘gaters snapping at me in the comment threads.

        Because I lived in Africa, because I learned to understand and empathize with its people (of all kinds!) and because I miss it like crazy, I am very focused on what is happening over there, on all fronts: medical, economic, political, and underhanded. Africa is something that is impossible to explain to someone who hasn’t been there and is loaded down with preconceived prejudices and opinions. Major shame, as it is the most magical, amazing and powerful place I have ever experienced – and I HAVE travelled a lot.

        Thanks for helping me to put the ebola issue into serious perspective, to understand how to view it, and to know what’s real . . . and what’s not. I am deeply concerned for my Lodge members and their families, as they are often the front line for anything that hits the poor local populations who cannot afford a western-style doctor. You’d be amazed at the pharmacological and plant medicine knowledge some of these people have. Forget the standard ‘witchdoctor’ epithet tagged onto indigenous healers; I’ve seen stuff that would blow you away – and it was done when allopathic medicine couldn’t heal and the conventional doctors simply gave up on a patient. I’ve seen some real miracles coaxed out of very ill people by old-time sangomas who are also inyangas (plant medicine specialists). Africa is full of plants that have powerful healing properties; we studied them and if one wanted to, a life’s study of them would only scratch the surface.

        Whoops. You got me started and I have now caught myself running away with things here. Back to the hunt:

        I love it that ‘personal awakening’ is on your plate for exploration. I’m up for it! It’s my favorite topic and why I do what I do, given that I can’t be an on-the-ground sangoma in my natural environs (Africa) – so I’m here exploring the very same things you’re curious about. Let’s compare notes! Let me know what you’re currently thinking about or looking into, and we’ll dish – either here online, or elsewhere. I’m at your service, dearie.

        :) LionLady

    • #9397
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
      Participant

      Photo: A lion cub sitting in tall grass

      Just wondering when you’re coming back, I’ll wait right here:)

      • #9398
        ZenscreamerZenscreamer
        Participant

        Thanks for the cute cub to cheer us during the tech-enforced LL-less interval. Sometimes just a few days can seem like an eternity, and so it is for us on TIF, missing our LL. :-)

        • #9420
          LionLadyLionLady
          Participant

          :) :) :)

          Awwwwwww. ZenS, you’s a sweetie. Thanks for the niceness!

          :) L/L

      • #9421
        LionLadyLionLady
        Participant

        Mrs. C:

        Too cute! You also gotta post the other one . . . you know the one . . . :) Again you hold up my end of things as I thrash about out here in the high grass of tech. Owe ya one – or several, now that I think about it! LOL!

        L/L

        MAJOR EDIT, HERE! Gotta give credit where credit is due – I’ve just been gently informed that our cub cutie is courtesy of Mr. Pepper! Mrs. C’s contribution is below, btw – check it out. :)

        Mr. P!!!! Thank you! I’ll be over to stick my nose into your business soon enough! Thanks for keeping the home fires burning over here. Gratitudes!

        :) L/L

        • #9422
          AvatarMrs Cog
          Keymaster

          I don’t think I can top Urban Pepper’s adorable lion cub, but we were itchin’ for your return. :-)

          withdrawl

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          • #9425
            LionLadyLionLady
            Participant

            THAT’s THE ONE! Thanks!

            Though I haven’t his – ahem! – more obvious attributes . . . the sentiment is the same at this point! It all works! I’m functional again (with a few pesky changes, but – what the hey! it’s all good.

            Thanks for indulging. :)

            Now, off to frivol through all of the more interesting new additions to TIF’s ongoing conversations – gotta get back up to speed, here and catch up to the front-runners!

            L/L

    • #9419
      LionLadyLionLady
      Participant

      Hi, ALL!!!!

      Wait no longer! The large, furry critter is BACK, after battling new OS demands on the laptop, encouraging my wonky wi-fi to get back to business, engaging lovely new ‘wheels’ aaaaaaaaand: gaining a brand-new grand-daughter!!!!! :) All that besides juggling TOMATOES!!!!! However, the lovely Mrs. Cog clued me in on her ultimate secret weapon regarding those pesky ‘lil red things: a SauceMaster and a HUGE CROCKPOT!!!! It WORKS!!! As I type, velvety-smooth tomato sauce is quietly burbling away on the counter, slowly cooking down into something delightful. You just never know what gems will turn up over here on TIF!

      Our new little cutie arrived two weeks early, so we were totally taken by surprise at her arrival – many plans had to be juggled, yet another ingredient in the length of my time away – too much goin’ ON out here!

      As for the other ‘news’ I’m done playing chief-tech-and-bottle-washer for awhile, will be returning to comments, Essay edits (I can almost hear the huge sigh of relief from you-know-who) and new forum content – as well as getting ready to take our lovely new wheels for my very first long drive on Friday. Whoo-hoo! After driving a pray-as-you-go 20-year-old auto for so long, this feels like some kind of wonderful for sure.

      Anyway, as of 15 minutes ago, the wi-fi gave up its resistance to hosting more than one device and we have lift-off, the new e-mail address is up and running, my slick new OS interface is now behaving like it should (crossed fingers, eyes and toes) and I’m gonna be able to get back to my irascible, furry, ridiculous ‘ol online self.

      MISSED YEW GUYS!!!! :) I am very, very, VERY glad to be back!

      More yammerings from the Lion’s Den tomorrow – and a nod to all who’ve sent their good wishes; do know I’ll be over your way to drop in and say HI in person as I get my paws back under me.

      Hugs All Around!
      L/L

    • #9765
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
      Participant

      Ms Lion Lady,

       

      I hope you’re doing okay and just wanted to stop by and say HELLO and you are missed dearly.

       

       

      Mr Pepper

      • #9811
        LionLadyLionLady
        Participant

        Hello, Mr. P:

        Sweet of you to let me know I’m thought of – even if I’ve been AWOL of late. I simply needed to disconnect from all of the ‘sturm und drang’ of the internet and all of the crazy stuff going on these days. I got a little depressed by so much upheaval and angst happening. So – when that occurs, I turn to Nature for healing. Walks in the woods, gardening, small projects and harvest duties – visits to the beach, walking in the sand, sitting in the sun and being quiet. Visiting our new grand-daughter, hugging little kids, sitting on the deck and petting the cat, etc.

        I think you know the drill. :)

        Now, I do think I’m finally back. Earlier in the month, I wanted to be back so pushed myself to post/comment . . . but found I just had to step back and take a bigger breather than I’d planned.

        I do feel much better now and more grounded, relaxed and ready to re-connect with those here whom I’ve grown deeply fond of – yourself included! I’ve tried to stay in touch by following comments and new threads via e-mail, but not engaging directly. Seems I’ve missed some lovely exchanges – but I will simply and slowly roll myself back into the mix as appropriate. I’ve stayed in regular touch with OtB and Mrs. C., so they knew what was up. For those who have wondered if I fell off the face of the planet: NOPE. Just needed to dip my toes in some cool water, kick up some dirt, hug a tree or ten, and get myself back together.

        Love You All – Thanks for Staying the Course and Being the extended Go-To Family I can come home to, now that I’m patched back up. Oh – on that note, I did take a tumble on Friday but I’m fine, if a bit stiff and sore and banged-up. I tripped over a log stand (not paying attention, obviously!) and fell flat on my face. Ouch! Wasn’t able to break the fall so knocked myself rather silly in the process – no broken/sprained anything but oh my! I now have LOVELY bruises! Too old for that kind of nonsense, so it’s going to be awhile before I’m hale and hearty again, sorry to say. But – you can’t keep an ‘ol lion down! I fully intend to be healed ASAP. In the meantime –

        Hugs All Round,
        LionLady

        • #9812
          DisenchantedDisenchanted
          Participant

          I’m glad to see you’re back Lion Lady. I too was wondering what became of TIF’s resident lion.

          It may soon be my turn for walks in the woods and such.

          I may seem on the exterior to be rough and tumble, but my interior is just so much sensitive mush. The ways of today’s world is like putting that mush in a blender and pushing the high speed button.

          Speaking of new grandaughters here’s my newest…she’s two and a half now. Her name is Lyric.

          Sending some hugs back at ya.

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          "There is a dream dreaming all of us." ~ Kalahari Bushmen

          • #9814
            LionLadyLionLady
            Participant

            Hello There, Dis!

            WHAT a nice ‘welcome back’! Thanks for the share and yep – the baby’s mini-image shows up very clear and lovely. :) She’s beautiful and I LOVE her name!

            Ours (actually, my partner’s as I’m ‘Step-Ouma’ for these little ones) is only weeks-old and still very wobbly and sleepy and teeny-tiny. A very good baby, though – little fussing, much snuggling, and a LOT of sleeping! LOL! Her mum is relieved – this is the third and the first two were a bit harder for her – so she and her family are having a lovely time introducing the wee one to the world.

            We spent two days with them this past weekend and had a marvelous time simply being playful and silly with a 4-year-old, his 2-year-old sister and the new baby. These are simply wonderful children and great teachers about what matters in life, despite all of the awful stuff out there that you mention. I totally understand the need to disconnect from all of the crapola that seems to inundate the airwaves of late. I’ve been reaching BS overload/systems fail ‘WAY too often and MUST remind myself that focusing on the physical world around me, especially since we live in deep Nature, is where the healing begins and stays.

            The little ones are a reminder of that fact – and why we need to do what we need to do here as their forebears and protectors. Our ‘yob’ is to pave the way, lay down the means and tools, and do what we can so that they have a life that is worth the living. I hope what I leave behind is worthy of that – so I try really hard to be the mentor/mediator/peace-maker/Grand-hugger-in-Chief :) and whatever is needed/wanted by these innocents. Am I scared spitless on their behalf? You bet your sweet patootie I am! But again – that’s our job: protect and serve, in the real sense of the phrase. The rest is up to them, as they grow and learn.

            BTW, I LOVE ‘mush-mallows’! :) I’m one, too. The ‘ol Lion has claws and fangs – but at this stage, I’d rather flop down here, let the cubs crawl all over me, swat a few flies, and just take a nap on the ground.

            So – have at it and enjoy the ‘grounding’ – it’s worth the away-time. We’ll all be here, scratching ears, yawning and hanging about the ‘ol lair when you get back. :)

            Hugs,
            L/L

            • #9839
              DisenchantedDisenchanted
              Participant

              Hi L/L and OtB,

              Thank you for the compliments on my beautiful grandbaby. She’s getting quite precocious now and smart as a whip. She’ll be trouble that one…trouble that is for those who might try to feed her a line of BS.

              @OtB, I always make sure I’m not in range of a baby that’s just had it’s meal. lol!

               

              L/L said:

              Am I scared spitless on their behalf? You bet your sweet patootie I am! But again – that’s our job: protect and serve, in the real sense of the phrase.

              No kidding on the scared part. Is it our job to paint them an inaccurate picture of the way things are? Do you think I can look in those eyes and tell her(or my other grandkids) that there’s a bright and shining future ahead? Btw I’m not a very good liar. I’m not even sure that there’s any kind of future for my own self let alone my daughters and their children.

              I think I might need a walk in the woods right now, but I’m scared of the dark.

              (edit): Maybe uncertain or unsure would be better options in place of the word scared for me personally. I am not afraid. I have made peace with the idea that ‘what will be will be’ as far as my own future.

              "There is a dream dreaming all of us." ~ Kalahari Bushmen

              • #9849
                LionLadyLionLady
                Participant

                Thank you for this, Dis – it was a great question:

                Is it our job to paint them an inaccurate picture of the way things are?

                Nope. No lying. It simply isn’t on as it weakens people instead of empowering them.

                However, I do have to respect the circumstances here. I am not their parents, who are conservative (but VERY clued-in) Christians; so I stay away from Bible-based conversations, MSM BS, etc. – but eventually will have to deal with the propaganda that passes for education. They are all pre-school at present. My best approach these days is to share what I have learned with their parents, who are also seeking the truth about what’s going on out there and are courageous people in their own right and will act in an honorable manner. I’m not worried about these children being lied to by their folks – or by either of us, when the time comes.

                In the meantime, it’s more about reassuring them that we love them and that we’re there for them. I’d lay down my life for these children . . . and they aren’t even mine, in the genetic sense. It doesn’t matter – I love them so, even if I’m only ‘step-granny’. Their mom just asked me if it was all right to call me her ‘step-mom’ instead of her dad’s GF. :)

                Overall, it’s not so much what I say, but rather how I say it. One can be truthful without being monstrous about it. As they get older, and begin to notice things that don’t feel ‘right’, then we’ll talk. Remember – my calling/profession is counseling and I take that VERY seriously. It’s about strengthening and supporting others to be the best they can be and to fully discover and express themselves in life – and I would offer nothing less for these little ones I love so much. So that is how I plan to approach these upcoming exchanges.

                At present they are all much too young for serious conversations, so I’m waiting for the day when the really difficult questions start showing up. Hasn’t happened yet. When it does, I refuse to lie to them. While children have huge BS detectors already built in, they still require simple language until they are old enough to reason and discuss things that are more complex. I’m actually looking forward to that as I do my best work with teens and young people. My focus will be on the things that are still very good and beautiful and true as well as talking as frankly as I can about the not-so-nice stuff – and why it’s important to keep the beautiful things by choosing not to participate in the ‘bad’ things.

                Yes – there’s a lot that isn’t great; but my job is more along the lines of emphasizing the things that will help them to grow up as solid, capable and confident people no matter what is happening in the world at large. That is the best gift I can give them – along with affirming that I love them and always will. When we know we are loved by someone we trust, it makes all the difference in the world.

                :) L/L

        • #9881
          The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
          Participant

          Ms Lion Lady,

           

          I’m glad you’re back and doing okay, I’m sure you will heal fast because you are Super Lion Lady to us. Maybe all of us TIF’ers  should post that were going for a walk in the future, that way nobody or somebody doesn’t have to be a worry wart:)

           

           

          Mr Pepper

          • #9983
            LionLadyLionLady
            Participant

            Hi, Mr. P:

            Thanks for the good wishes. I’m fine – just wanting NOT to trip over log carriers again anytime soon! LOL! I wasn’t looking where I was going – and, well, that’s what one gets when not paying attention, eh?

            Super Lion Lady? Nah. Jes’ ‘lil ‘ole Moi, padding about and piping up every now and then when I have something to say that might be worth saying. At my point in life, just showing up is amazing!!!

            I’ll try to be more considerate about letting y’all know when I’m going off the rails next time. When I’m in a blue-Lion-Funkout, I forget that anybody out there might care or even remember that I’m not showing up. My bad. I promise to do better next time so no one thinks I fell off the TIF turnip truck! Heck – I enjoy this place WAY too much to disappear – unless I’m off in the ethers for good, without a chance to let everyone know that was imminent. So – am simply enjoying each day, trying to keep ahead of those $*&^$# TOMATOES!!! and wind down the garden so I can put my feet up in front of the newly-lit living room hearth fire and just pet kitties and write stuff. Sounds divine!

            For now, I’m knee-deep in MOAR OtB ESSAYS! LOL! Once that’s done and I’ve dusted off my pinkies, I’ll be back on here, writing and posting stuff . . . after I’ve taken a big broom to all the cobwebs hanging about in my Forum these days. Gaaack! Spiders, too! What WILL the neighbors think??

            :) L/L

    • #9836
      On the BeachOn the Beach
      Participant

      So good to have you back Lion Lady, bruises and all.

      What a cute baby Dis. Love the drool. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had drool go right down my mouth playing with a baby. Better than vomit, which happened one time. Only one time thankfully.

      Having little ones around really makes the walk in the woods time better and more important. They are always so much closer to nature than we oldsters are.

      OtB

    • #9850
      LionLadyLionLady
      Participant

      Hello, All:

      The above comments from OtB and Dis highlight something that is very important for me to remember – and maybe also for all of us: that it’s not ALL awful.

      It’s the ‘tone’ of the thing that is dark and disturbing right now. The planet – Her Earth – is still magnificent, powerful, beautiful and filled with potential. It’s we humans who are having the problem right now and need to do some SERIOUS house-cleaning. At present, we are collectively skating on very thin ice, as we have in the past – and may well do again in the future if we don’t remember our lessons further down the road. There will be serious consequences for EVERYONE (no one gets out of this one, not us, not the ‘elites’) when this puppy skids.

      She isn’t finding any of this amusing.

      That’s why Nature and friends are where I go for my re-boots when it just gets all too ugly/awful/depressing as hell: the night sky, the moon and stars, the view from the Ridgetop, a walk up the road from home, the bounty of my garden, a warm cozy fire in the evening, beautiful music :), good friends, playing with little children, pure water to drink, a joke to share, wonderful new things to learn from people I enjoy (hello out there, all you TIF’ers! :), and explorations that will go on no matter how mad the human world becomes, until I can’t lift my foot another step. Until then, I’m glad to be alive, glad to have the chance to stand my ground in the face of fear and F’d-up-ness, and to continue on until it’s my time to head home. I chose this, I’m here and I’m not going to waste a moment of it.

      Cheers to all of my fellow-travelers on this rocky but oh-so-amazing path back to the beginning. See you around!

      :) L/L

    • #9862
      DisenchantedDisenchanted
      Participant

      Thank you Lion Lady for both of those replies.

      I went to the woods today and saw this fellow along the way…

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      • #9888
        AvatarMrs Cog
        Keymaster

        I spy a bird… (I zoomed in and enlarged it from your image.) Nice find. :-)

        Disenchanteds-Bird

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        • #9891
          DisenchantedDisenchanted
          Participant

          Yeah I made a mess out of that. I guess you zoomed in on the original that I emailed you which was too large to post. Thanks muchly.

          But it was very nice in the woods, just like your post in the Self Healing and Wellness thread suggested. Lion Lady also had a hand in inspiring me to get out there. Next time I’m going without the camera and the rambunctious beagle Lucy. So I can just sit quietly and soak it all in. I hadn’t been there since my girls were little. It’s less than a mile from my home.

          Have more pics, but I think I’ll pass on trying to put them up here…though there’s one of a lonely little flower soldiering on in late autumn that I really like.

          "There is a dream dreaming all of us." ~ Kalahari Bushmen

    • #10702
      LionLadyLionLady
      Participant

      Well, Dear Friends – and more casual Readers, too:

      This has been a seminal year for me in so many ways: For starters, undertaking this Forum here on TIF has been one HUGE watershed, as has the ongoing odyssey of working with OntheBeach to create his Essay series.

      Beyond that, a new consolidation of two households out here in the extreme sticks of central coastal Cali, recreating two new – and VERY large! – food gardens this summer, setting up a new household while celebrating a very important birthday for my partner, and dealing in the background with ongoing family concerns has meant a rather discombobulated and on-again-off-again year for me, especially here in my cosy little (now heavily cobweb-covered) lair at TIF – something I hope to remedy in early 2015 so DO stay tuned.

      Happily, both Cogs have understood and exhibited extreme patience with my peregrinations and intermittent offerings. Such wasn’t planned – but occurred anyway due to things that simply overwhelmed me with responsibilities to others within my partner’s family . . . and very recently within my own family circle:

      I have one very dedicated – but exhausted! – sister who has been sole caregiver to our 97-year-old mother. Mom has always been a pistol, even in her greener days; but during the past year her physical health began to seriously fail along with her mental capacities. This put my long-suffering sis on the hot plate 24/7 . . . with me providing daily emotional back-up via phone when it all just got to be too much. We live a day’s drive away from one another, so physically being on hand to help wasn’t an option – thus my drop-everything presence when it got to be overwhelming or when decisions had to be made. It’s been teamwork, even at such a distance.

      Hospice had been in the mix off and on for several months which did help; but feeling she’d stabilized, they were about to pull out last week and leave us on our own with Mom. We were dreading the situation, as Mom had become bed-ridden and physical care was becoming really hard. We were discussing my coming down to pitch in when, within 12 hours, Mom hit the skids, went downhill fast . . . and passed away very suddenly the morning of December 10, before I could even manage to get to her bedside. My sister was there, but the suddenness of her passing was a total shock to us both.

      I’m still a bit wobbly, but determined to have the best Christmas we can, celebrating Mom’s long and amazing life by hosting my sister and my partner’s family for the holidays. Family is EVERYTHING when the chips are down: Please do have a beautiful and meaningful holiday season, whoever you are and wherever you may be – cherish those close to you, tell them you love them, and enjoy each moment. It is all one has and can be gone in a flash.

      Much Love to Each of You, from
      LionLady

      • #10703
        The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
        Participant

        Ms Lion Lady,

         

        I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom passing. Stay strong and I’m sending you mega positive vibes your way.

         

         

        Mr Pepper

      • #10704
        AvatarMrs Cog
        Keymaster

        Our dear @LionLady,

        I think I speak for he entire TIF tribe/pride in conveying our most heartfelt sympathies to you and your family in this time of transition. Might I also add an “atta-girl” in celebration for your mother’s long life and gusto.

        Please don’t have any worries about your forum or readers you’ve collected here. We shall keep it free of cobwebs and be ready for tea whenever it works for you. Until then, we will keep you in our warmest thoughts.

        Big Hugs,

        Mrs. Cog

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    • #10708
      LionLadyLionLady
      Participant

      Dear Mr. P. and Mrs. Cog:

      MEGA-THANKS for your lovely, warm and kind wishes. We’re doing amazingly well, considering. Sis arrives tomorrow and then we’ll be awash in family doings for the duration. That will help immensely, not to mention a wonderful day with the kids and grand-kids, which includes time on the land at the ranch plus introducing my sis into my partner’s family for the very first time, since she’s had to be so focused on Mom’s care that she’s never been able to share such moments here until now. She adores little people – and these are three of the most delicious little people I know. I can’t wait to see the chemistry when she gets to hang out with them for awhile. Now THAT is heaps of healing energy, right up front: When the past moves on, the future is right there in the forefront, just waiting for a chance to re-energize us all.

      Please have the MOST beautiful, meaningful and cosy holiday that you possibly can manage; it wraps one in warm memories no matter how cold, heartless or scary the world may become. Create them NOW and have them forever.

      Love to All,
      LionLady

    • #10723
      GlynnGlynn
      Participant

      Dearest LionLady:

      Thank you for your sharing and your rebounding positivism. I am moved and now more attached, for better or worse, to you and fellow TIF’rs.

      My condolences and best wishes to you, and your extended family.

      It may be none of my business, and freely say so, but please define ‘little people’ as you used in your above reply. I cannot stop smiling as I contemplate the incredible diversity that I have encountered here on TIF.

      Glynn

      • #10761
        LionLadyLionLady
        Participant

        Hello, Dear Glynn:

        Gratitudes for your warm words.

        As for your ‘little people’ query – well . . . you know what I mean: the short ones, under 10 years of age and filled with LIFE, LOVE and a sense of ADVENTURE, i.e. those who remind us of how we started out on this crazy journey . . . and what we need to remember as we slowly, slowly turn down the volume and ‘return to sender’.

        In indigenous cultures, the very old are those who hang with and teach the very young. In the eyes of their communities, they belong together – one has just come from ‘over there’ and the other is about to return to same. They both see and understand one another. So, having newly-minted small free spirits in the holiday mix is a BIG BLESSING.

        Hope your current situation is healthier, calmer, and more copacetic in HUGE DOSES, Glynn. Be well, be blessed and know that you’re simply an ongoing member of the extended Asylum family.

        Hugs,
        :) LionLady

    • #10899
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
      Participant

      Ms Lion Lady,

      I’m just stopping by and doing a check up on you and saying hello, I hope you’re doing okay.

      http://cute-n-tiny.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/cute-lion-cub5-400x582.jpg

       

      Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

      • #10962
        LionLadyLionLady
        Participant

        Awwww!

        Mr. P. thank you for coming by and leaving such a lovely image.:)

        Yes – I’m having a bit of a struggle these days – but am committed to returning to my Forum when I’ve re-found my own balance. Lots of changes going on right now in my life and I have to juggle my day-to-day responsibilities with the new ones occasioned by my Mom’s passing. Complications abound, but I hope to be back in form/Forum as soon as possible.

        For me, 2015 is a year of re-committing to making a solid contribution to the TIF conversation and to life in general, from a new place of perspective and awareness.

        Your support and ongoing friendship means a great deal to me – as does that of all the other TIF’ers who have sent me support and understanding over the loss of my Mom. This is a wonderful group of folks, one I hope to re-engage with very soon, in rare and roaring fashion. After all, I AM a Lion! LOL!

        Hugs and Kerfluffles,
        :) LionLady

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