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  • in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #10962
    LionLadyLionLady
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    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

    in reply to: Random Droppings #10762
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Dear Dis:

    As always, you are a lovely s***-disturber of the first water, the epitome of ‘grasshopper’ action. :) Thanks for this really intriguing and obscure chain of thought, reproduced here in bits and bites. I admire your ability to sift the ‘net and find the most thoughtful and thought-provoking ‘finds’ – and KNOW that this gift will be truly missed here, when you do the big ‘POOF’ and disengage.

    I second both OtB and ZenS’s sentiments, big-time: we do need to write a new, True Story to adhere to down the road (OtB) . . . and I KNOW that you can don the hip-boots necessary to wade through the now-stirred-up muck you seem to be traversing – and come out on the other side with a shiny-new ‘take’ on what’s what (ZenS).

    The dark doo-doos of Life and the old personal history that has been clinging to your boots (the things you thought would surely drag you down to perdition), WILL eventually slough away by the time you finally hit the beach, drop into a deck chair and hoist that ice-cold pena colada that’s waiting for you when you again decide to enjoy Life. Just keep ‘trodging’ and you’ll get there . . . and we’ll all be waiting to give you a hug and say ‘Well done, Friend!’

    You’ll make it. I know that about you, Dis. Self-forgiveness about all the stuff we’ve so badly done in our lives is the heart of the healing process. We’re all damaged goods at this point in the journey so know you are far from alone in this transition. If I had a penny for every personal “OMG!” I’ve chalked up, I’d be swanning my way down the boardwalk in Monte Carlo, trailing diamonds. :) As it is, the journey continues and a sense of humor is worth more than pearls as one goes.

    Thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes regarding our Mom. As regards being ‘in a better place’: Yes. She is – and we know it. We had a wonderful, private little ceremony for her today out in the meadow in front of our home – just my sis, me and a beautiful soul I promise to intro to all and sundry here: my very dear friend and spiritual brother Chumash shaman Art Cisneros, who made a special trip up from his home to be with us today, to send Mom homeward in the Native American tradition, a consciousness she loved and deeply identified with. It was a blessed day for us all, without ruffling of any kind, feathers, fur or otherwise.

    It’s all good . . . even the truly awful stuff, eventually, since we have the chance to learn serious lessons from the things that are the most difficult to accept – like Death. Both an ending – and a beginning, rather like the ‘cup half empty/full’ parable. It depends on how one chooses to see the situation as to what one eventually takes away from the experience.

    Know you are seen, loved and appreciated for all that you have shared from your heart and your mind, wherever your travels have taken you. Our lives are all the richer for it.

    Blessings,
    LionLady

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #10761
    LionLadyLionLady
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    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

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #10708
    LionLadyLionLady
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    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

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #10702
    LionLadyLionLady
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    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

    in reply to: Home grown food and moar #10701
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Howdy, Mr. P:

    Gorgeous – if lethal! – images. Thanks for posting them – LOVE the plate! LOL!

    I will be posting a brief comment over on Tea with Tigger regarding my latest disappearing act. Do come by for a read – all will be revealed.

    Please know that I deeply enjoy our exchanges and will try very hard to be more present, now that certain aspects of my life are in flux towards easier times. It’s been a major mission, these past few months . . .

    Best!!!!!! L/L

    in reply to: Canners Anonymous #10573
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, Mrs. C:

    Oh, EXCELLENT!

    The TofC sounds intriguing – thanks for the head’s up on this – obviously worth exploring.

    BTW, we rescued at least 2/3rds of the almost-condemned jars of 2010 fruit I did in my early, new-canner’s frenzy of leaving no stone fruit uncanned back in late summer that year, Thanks for saving all of those jars – and all that sweaty labor! – via your timely and useful post on shelf life for home-canned goods, elsewhere – can’t remember the exact thread, but of course it’s canning-related! It saved the peaches, pears and cherries, as well as chutney, pickled figs and pears, etc.

    Major THANKS! for sussing out that important info!
    :) L/L

    in reply to: Home grown food and moar #10572
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Howdy, Mr. P!

    Ah, the Habanero/a – a lively Spanish dance requiring fast feet and a good sense of humor! LOL!

    My Significant Other has had the same ‘lively’ adventures with these cute ‘lil critters – the last time he prepped out his famously HOT chili sauce (for his brekkie eggs), I had to leave the room after closing the kitchen door to the rest of the house. Lethal! It took several hours of open windows and ceiling fan activity to clear the decks. Whew! Them’s truly SERIOUS chiles!

    BTW, I have the exact, same dehydrator! Amazing. Guess we’re sorta in synch, preservation-wise. I dry a lot of things – peppers included – but mostly thinly-sliced fruit as we have a massive orchard and I cannot stand to waste Nature’s bounty – so it gets dried for winter snacking. The chiles? Once dried, I let his Nibs do the powdering . . . but in his mortar/pestle arrangement, NOT in my old Cuisinart! No way to get the hot out of the plastic, once that’s happened. It taints everything else for ages. Just a little hint to those who might think that’s a great shortcut. You will regret it for weeks!

    Hope you are doing well and that your indoor jungle is thriving. We’re shut down here for winter – about time! – but will ramp back up in early Spring. For now, it means I can return to TIF and do some much-needed updating in my rusty, dusty, cobweb-ridden Forum.

    See you in the stacks, my friend! :)
    L/L

    in reply to: Insights From Others #10571
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, Dis and OtB – and Others Who Are Following Dis’ Saga:

    I want to second OtB’s emote-ing above, regarding “none of us can do this thing, this life thing, alone.”

    Hear, hear!

    While there are definitely times to pull back, go within (or without, as in walks in the woods, on the beach :) or anywhere that we begin to remember our Selves and who we really are), take stock – and make Life path adjustments . . . in the end, we aren’t nice, cozy little white-sand-beached-islands in the human flotsam and jetsam of today’s reality. So – please consider taking the time off that you need – but remembering that sometimes online has its pluses, i.e. friends in strange places who really ARE friends, even if we’re a bit disembodied! If I could sit down with you, pour you a cup of tea and simply BE THERE for you whatever the circumstances, I’d do it in a flash. So would many others here.

    Just wanted you to know that OtB is absolutely right: ask for help, in whatever way seems most real in the moment. Please. Mrs. C. knows the way to our doorsteps, so ‘private’ is still available as needed.

    If we are too proud to surrender and to ask for support, we remain alone, lonely and isolated from the very things we would most benefit from when Life is at its lowest. I say this from very personal experience, Dis – not because I want to preach or butt in, but because I care. So does OtB. So do a LOT of others, here.

    Please know that.
    :) LionLady

    in reply to: Introductions #10544
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, Miffed:

    Best get used to being admired/liked. I have NO IDEA what you ‘look like’ – and that’s beside the point, anyway; I think you’re a very articulate, brave and valuable commenter, both here on TIF and over at ZH. I look for your comments over there and am happy to see you turn up every now and then, over here.

    You live very near where my own family lives, so that’s kinda like knowing you, your environs, and your world a bit – and also because your lifestyle is much like ours. We have horses, too – and land that has to be tended, cared for and a rural reality that makes me resonate with your comments when you share about some of your challenges and experiences on the land where you are. I just sort of feel like I ‘know’ you and feel comfortable when I imagine what it might be like hanging out around you and your world.

    Anyway, here I am, an aging online LionPerson, also holding my space, snarling on occasion and putting out my considerable 25 cents’ worth when I feel like it. Sound familiar?

    :) L/L

    in reply to: Insights From Others #10543
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, Dis:

    Not gonna comment on the thread discussion – so I guess I’ll be doing the dreaded ‘OFF TOPIC’ thing-y here:

    BUT – I want to catch you while you’re still commenting/following to say I’ve been asking my ‘guys Upstairs’ to keep an eye on you for awhile and take good care of someone I’ve grown quite fond of as a wise and witty communicator with a LOT of wisdom to share out amongst the rest of us.

    I do understand the ‘addiction to the ‘net’ business as I’ve been there myself at times, and that it is beyond valuable to just walk away from all of this every so often. I simply will miss you very much when you do turn out the lights. I hope that whatever is going on as a precursor to this decision eventually brings you to a place where you are in a good and healthy space with Life and with your wonderful Self. And I’m gonna hold that thought for some time to come, so get used to it! LOL!

    Hang in there, Good Buddy – You are NOT alone!
    LionLady

    in reply to: Science vs Music #10513
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, Morpheus, Mrs. C. and Others Here:

    There’s a book out there somewhere, a synopsis of an old BBC program from the early 90’s that studied the henges, stone circles, barrows, ley line constructions, etc. and found that those quarried stones have tonal qualities and make ‘music’ when struck. When I see things like this information, I am continually reminded of ‘The Music of the Spheres’, i.e. that it’s ALL ‘music’ – if one knows how to listen for it. Our ancestors knew and understood this; theoretically, we do, too – but we don’t practice it . . . or rather, we aren’t allowed to do so.

    If let well enough alone, everything is in harmony. Being ‘out of synch’ really means being out of harmony with the universe. And THAT is what is systematically being done to our commercially-recorded music, our home environments (smart meters), our cars (digitized to the max), our schools (filled with brain-damaging wi-fi), our phones (the WORST!) our cities and our highways (wi-fi, monitoring devices, cell towers, etc. etc. etc.): endless, overlapping fields of unnatural sound and vibrational interference.

    When all of this crap gets going, HOW do we tune in to the natural, universal tones of Life? We can’t all run off to deserted islands to reconnect. This is one of modern humanities’ biggest health and mental wellness challenges in my estimation, because we ARE energy and we are only healthy if we are in tune. If you think I’m full of it, there’s plenty of very hard evidence that supports what I say – scientific evidence, if you will – and I know from personal experience how devastating such heavy overloads of input really can be. It’s why I had to move to a very remote rural location. And I still have issues!

    All of this information is very, very important – so thanks for starting this thread, kids – good stuff!
    :) L/L

    in reply to: Introductions #10512
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hey, Miffed!

    GREAT to see you!

    Right ON, re: the dead-end of politicizing a site; it’s the kiss of death. Politics are a fantasy candy-for-the-massesland of fake dreams, hopes and wishes. I agree: dump the ‘Game’and go for the gold, i.e. reality, honesty and open communication without the BS.

    Best Wishes to one of my favorite online curmudgeons! :)
    LionLady

    in reply to: Introductions #10511
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hello, mitchbarr:

    Delighted you’ve joined the Asylum and are already asking questions. Questions are GOOD! LOL! Even the slippery, uncomfy, prickly, Arrrrrgh! ones. We love ’em, here. Do jump in, wade through the current host of great stuff included and unfolding at TIF, poke/prod/query/laugh – or weep – with us. We’re all in this with all four feet as you will see when you really get into the Forum threads.

    This is an amazing, special and extremely rare family of copacetic-if-VERY-different folks . . . and yet we all seem to get along and respect one another, different as we are. Believe me, I’m probably one of the weirder ones hanging about over here, and even I feel at home with my friends here on TIF.

    Doing what the Cogs have done with this site is nothing short of amazing. I came here straight from ZenGardner’s circle – and never went back, because the Cogs created here what I was hoping for over there – but couldn’t find: open, tough discussion, but without the angst and nastiness that so frequently corrodes good, honest exchanges online.

    They DO happen here, on a wonderfully regular basis, without the slings and arrows – or mud. Please – share your thoughts, concerns, ideas, humor – WHATEVER! with us. You are most welcome and I look forward to upcoming exchanges with you.

    Cheers! LionLady

    in reply to: The Truth About "Shelf Life" and Expiration Dates #10507
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, Mrs. C:

    As always, you are Johnny on the Spot with the goods. I will peruse those comments. How DO you DO it, girl? I mean – madly crocheting away, posting/webmastering/cosseting 2 other snowed-ins, etc. etc. etc.

    You DO continue to amaze.

    Really appreciate this info!

    :) L/L

    in reply to: Sometimes It's the Little Things #10457
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, You Two:

    What a fun thread! Here’s some ideas and recommendations from my neck of the world:

    My own, on-hand ‘book for all seasons/reasons’: the Yankee Magazine classic ‘Vinegar, Duct Tape, Milk Jugs & More’ by Earl Proulx for Yankee Magazine, 1999. One has to wade through some truly grimace-making puns, jokes, etc., BUT – the tips ‘n tricks are delightful and really useful, overall. It is fun just to read, but it truly is filled with clever and inexpensive ways to fix/use/recycle a lot of things we’d usually consign to either the rubbish tip or the recycle bin.

    Other places to find useful, if not currently popular, sewing stuff is Atlanta Thread & Supply Company, now at http://www.wawak.com – and Clotilde, now owned by http://www.anniescatalog.com. Both are old, tried-and-true resources from my prior craft-writing days. Highly recommended, though I’m not as familiar with their new owners’ reps.

    Also consider another marvelous source for hard-to-find or now-expensive goodies: garage sales, estate sales and swap meets. My generation and the one before me were terrific crafters and stashers-of-goodies. As we downsize, focus elsewhere after the kids are up and gone . . . or we, ourselves, have also gone to greener pastures, such stashes of amazing things do come to light.

    Current younger families often have no idea what to do with Mom’s old sewing supplies, yardage, yarn, craft supplies and tools, etc. and they end up at church bazaars, or thrown into cardboard boxes one may run across in a driveway somewhere totally unexpected.

    I used to make a day of it on Saturdays, when I lived in the South, going out into the surrounding countryside to farm estate sales or village locales. I have found THE most glorious things in remainder/$1 boxes in the garages and bedrooms of old homes whose owners had passed away. No one wanted the old ‘junk’, so it was pennies on the dollar. I have amazing laces, old accessories, buttons (GLORIOUS buttons!), ribbons, patterns – I could go on and on. Things do NOT need to come from a store! Get creative, go poking about on a Saturday, in an older neighborhood near you, and you may be amazed at what you trot home with, for nearly nothing. Highly recommended for a real feel-good shopping experience!

    :) LionLady

    in reply to: The Truth About "Shelf Life" and Expiration Dates #10456
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, Mrs. C:

    BRILLANT! Much appreciated! You’ve just saved me months of effort by posting this. I was about to re-eval our stored goods for tossing . . . and now I don’t have to! Yippeee!!!!! :) All fall well within the above limits.

    Now – to figure out exactly how far I can stretch my home-canned fruits . . . my guy is actively resisting tossing my 2010 heap of enthusiastically-canned orchard produce. Anybody wanna jump in here and disabuse us of the need to toss the stuff? I’d rather not get rid of all that hard-won booty, but then I’ve got a LOT still in the wings! LOL! It is truly an ’embarrassment of riches’!

    Hope all had a great holiday! Now – back to work, dealing with rain/frost/mud/etc. It just never ends! :)

    Cheers! L/L

    in reply to: Under Whose Authority? #10455
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hello, All:

    I’ve followed this complex and fascinating thread since its inception, always thinking “Well, I’ll jump in when I have something worthwhile to say.” LOL. So far, I’ve been simply working my way down the discussion chain, marveling at the wisdom and courage displayed throughout.

    At this point, perhaps the one thing I’d like to contribute is from my own experience, i.e. my African thwaasa transformation.

    Until that event occurred, I spent(!) my life giving away tremendous amounts of energy to resisting/rejecting/fighting/fearing the dark that seemed to find me endlessly fascinating and tasty. What a surprise it was to discover, post-thwaasa, that it had been me/myself/I who was laying out the energy buffet by all this exhausting energetic output supposedly against what I didn’t want. From scattering my energies all over the place and being literally ‘bedeviled’ by things I most sincerely did NOT want in my life, I moved to a much greater understanding and mastery of the mindful/aware use of energy for the creation of exactly what I DID want!

    My initiation taught me how to focus my intention, condense and conserve my energy, stay silent and centered, and THEN ACT. Behind all of that was my teachers’ admonition to be VERY CAREFUL about what I intended/wanted, because working at that level definitely would create results – and I’d best be absolutely sure about the results I thought I was creating. Believe me, I did some doozies before I managed to get into the flow of such a process.:) Granted, such an initiation isn’t readily available to all . . . but each of us still has the power to open the same door, take a deep breath, walk through to the other side and close that door firmly behind us by committing to taking charge of our life, for the rest of our life.

    The idea that we are each powerless victims of predators who ‘eat’ our energies, i.e. helpless slaves to their installed system is yet another false story put into place to keep us right where we collectively are at present: powerless and available. Not so. The truth of personal power lies in knowing that WE have the choice of our actions/decisions/intentions – NOT THEM.

    As long as we believe ourselves to be powerless and are driven by the fear of some power outside of ourselves, we will remain servants and slaves to the unspeakable. When we not only realize but begin to use the fact that WE are the generators of our own reality, then – and ONLY THEN – will we begin to return to being the true Creators we really are. Taking personal responsibility for our lives is THE key to regaining and employing immense power, power that cannot then be siphoned off of us, no matter what. Once that Rubicon is crossed, it’s an entirely different ‘game’ with our resident critters, one that we can begin to participate in with power, vision and ability.

    Easy? No – it’s not. But – it IS real and true and opens the door to vast individual landscapes never before available or possible. And therein lies freedom, creative scope and endless access to true power, the power to manifest greatness in everything we do and are. May we each, and All, chose to create such a world for our Selves and for one another.

    Love to All,
    LionLady

    in reply to: Take A Walk on the Wild(life) Side #10242
    LionLadyLionLady
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    LOL! Mr. P.!

    You have SUCH a great sense of humor! This is totally amusing. I’m sure the squirrels are celebrating the seduction of yet another willing provider of bounty. Have fun – I LOVE the blue chair! :)

    Hope you’re keeping well in all of this sudden winter weather changeover. I’m s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g out the last moments of ripening tomatoes in our suddenly mellow and mild late Fall weather here in central CA. We are watching and waiting for the first frost warning – but until then, the gardens continue to produce, even while knowing that something is coming that will be an end to all this last-minute push to produce.

    I’ve been drying herbs, finishing canning and am about to put my feet up for the winter and count my larder as a done deal. Now, I’ll turn to indoor amusements . . . like continuing to watch you deck out your hidden hydroponics shangri-la. Looks great . . . even if I can’t get the darned thread over there to sit still long enough to leave a comment!

    Happy Hydro-happenings!
    L/L

    in reply to: Another good website #10241
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hi, Adventureed34:

    A big high-five-toed welcome to TIF from LionLady. I think you’ll enjoy what’s here and hope you’ll want to jump in and comment/post/share with all of us. This is a fabulous place for enquiring minds and loose lips. :) I, of course, speak only personally, here . . . LOL.

    Come by sometime and take a walk on the wild side, over on LionLady’s Forum; you’d be most welcome. Plus, my guy and myself live on the land, too – and are old-er hands at the kind of thing y’all are now tackling. Don’t hesitate to share about your adventures and to engage in dialogue with us about it. You’ve come to the right place for common cause and good conversation – great canning advice, too! :)

    Cheers!
    LionLady

    in reply to: Home grown food #10240
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Howdy, Y’all:

    Well, I hate to rain on anyone’s parade here, but there’s an increasing issue regarding the loading of images when one hits this (and a few other foodie/image) threads here of late. It takes a LOOOOOOONG time for the thread to load and, as one is attempting to read, it leaps about and gets incredibly twitchy for ages, until all of the images are up and running. I think we have another incipient NO EMBEDS issue about to pop, here.

    Sorry, ’cause I LOVE to see what Mr. P. is up to; however, waiting for the thread to stop jumping and jiving in order to comment or post is getting harder and harder.

    Simply a word to the perpetrators/webmeisters/instigators who might be listening. :)

    L/L

    in reply to: Random Droppings #10239
    LionLadyLionLady
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    Hmmmm:

    I’m a bit late for the ‘Farewell Party’ weeping and wailing, Dis – but I am gonna toss in my 25 cents’ worth.

    I know how it feels to want to disengage from all of this; it’s become almost overwhelming out here. However – I’d like to invite an ‘au revoir’ rather than a firm farewell from you to all of us TIF-ites.

    Yep. Head out, sniff the air and kick off the traces – I get it. BUT . . . perhaps you would consider leaving the back door open just a little, simply in case you decide it would be useful/interesting/amusing/whatever to come back on occasion and let us (who have come to care about you rather a LOT) know how you’re doing out in the wilds of non-net-life.

    Just a thought.

    Whatever you decide, I wanted to let you know how much you have added to my experience here. Dunno what a Lion is gonna do without her devoted ‘grasshopper’ to nip her toes and demand really difficult answers to trulyamazinglydisconcertingly challenging queries from someone who has a great mind, an enquiring soul and a very enjoyable presence out here amongst the tall weeds, thorn trees and assorted wildlife rambling about here on TIF . . . and beyond.

    Hasta la Vista, Baby – if indeed you do hit the road for good. But I VERY selfishly and personally hope you choose not to make it a final, permanent disappearing act.

    Love and Light and All Good Stuff for a Guy with Great Grace,
    :( LionLady

    in reply to: Moar Cello Please #10097
    LionLadyLionLady
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    How ’bout ‘MOAR’ viola?

    Here’s my young friend Christen Lien performing ‘Unabi’, which is Zulu for ‘flash of light’. A brilliant young woman with great gifts and a tremendous passion for her art:

    Christen Lien – ‘Unabi’

    Do enjoy –
    :) L/L

    in reply to: Take A Walk on the Wild(life) Side #10062
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hi, Mrs. C:

    Turkey Vultures? TOTALLY COOL! Though physically un-beautiful and ungainly on the ground, they are extremely graceful in flight. In Africa, the vulture is revered, especially by sangomas. They are the symbol of transformation, the ability to see far, and to discern. They are the only bird that creates life from death. Their job of dealing with carcasses is one of the most important in nature.

    I once saved one of these huge birds from being killed – it had obviously had a glancing blow from an auto when I found it floundering on the side of the road. I simply couldn’t let it lie there and be crushed by a passing car – so I pulled over, grabbed an old Indian bedspread from the trunk, walked up to the bird (which was disconcertingly huge, with a wicked curved beak and very long, sharp talons), told it I was there to help, crouched down and waited for a moment or two. I then wrapped it in the bedspread, carried it into the adjacent field and gently unwrapped it. It allowed me to do this, relaxed in my arms and was able to sit by itself when I found it a safe spot. Not once did it threaten or hurt me. I sat with it for awhile and then left. I hope it survived.

    It was one of the most memorable encounters of my life. The trust that bird had was breathtaking.

    LionLady

    in reply to: Food is the best medicine #9984
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hi, Y’all:

    Right there with ya re: the goodness of home-grown tomato-based ‘from scratch’ yummies. I’m in the midst, even this late in the year due to a very mild ‘Indian Summer’ we’re now having, of dealing with an incipient onslaught of a massive tomato harvest.

    Here I was, smugly smiling at Mrs. C’s bushels of tomatoes, thinking “THIS year, it ain’t gonna happen again to ME! I won’ let it!” HAH.

    Tomatoes have a way of deciding for you that they are simply gonna GROW – EVERYWHERE. I moved the most hearty of them from the random spots where they popped up, not having a clue what they were or in some cases where they came from other than the compost heap . . . and now, we’ve got three jungles running: the regular garden, which was all the nice heirlooms; my herb and medicinals garden, where a mass of volunteers popped up and I didn’t have the heart to toss them (now, they are covered with hundreds of HUGE, perfect tomatoes!), and in the planting bed along the front of the house – mostly small to medium cherry toms, but LOTS of ’em! The deer don’t seem to like them, nobody else has filched any of them, and thus they became such big bushes from the constant watering that I had to tie them up to prevent them from mashing down the jasmine and honeysuckle bushes.

    So – tomatoes DO seem to rule! LOL! They are simply determined survivors and isn’t it GREAT that they provide so much ‘Y-U-M’ for the effort? Good for us, easy to grow, easy to store and easy to use. What’s not to like??? Up Salsa! Whoo-hoo, marinara sauce! Yippee, sun-dried baby toms! Etc. etc. etc. . . . well, we all know the drill!

    :) L/L

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #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

    in reply to: TIF/Online School for Inspirational Indoor Gardeners #9982
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    :) :) :)

    Thanks for the kind words, Mr. P. I do keep trying to better my relatively modest gardening knowledge – and you go a long way towards helping me to add new and fascinating approaches to the mix. I’m so glad that you are great at documenting all of your steps via pics – makes visualizing your process ever so much easier. And the product refs are much appreciated. Now, to find a local store that sells this arcane stuff . . . could be an interesting process! LOL!

    Funny image, that: black paw-pads with green thumbs. Must be a genetically-altered Lion you have in mind – most do NOT have opposable thumbs – let alone green ones! I must be ‘special’! LOLOL.

    :) L/L

    in reply to: Random Droppings #9981
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hey There, Glynn! :)

    Good to see your lovely, smiling face. Thanks for the warm greeting; much appreciated!

    Ah, yes – cast aluminum. Been there, cast that and got away with stuff my instructor said ‘couldn’t be done’ (very thin, textured sand castings that didn’t fall apart). Sad to say, for food service, aluminum isn’t a great choice – even bronze isn’t the best in that case, unless glass-coated afterwards. One needs copper (for non-acid foods) or even silver/vermeil/gold(???) instead. Thus, the idea of enamel-coating the interior of this thing done in bronze – and the color would be just about right, too. Glass (fired enamel – and for that matter, glazes of the right chemical mix) would be best for any food service stuff.

    So – takes you back? Do tell . . . I LOVE stories! as you can tell from my still-to-be inaugurated ‘Stories, Stories, Stories’ thread in my cobweb-littered Forum (at present). C’mon over and share your story and I’ll share mine on this casting business. Much fun and a wonderful learning experience when I took it on. Isn’t pouring hot metal a rush? :)

    Cheers! L/L

    in reply to: TIF/Online School for Inspirational Indoor Gardeners #9957
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Oy, Mr. P!

    WHAT progress since I was last here. I see from earlier comments that you’ve nixed the greenhouse for now – totally understand. We’ve postponed as well – too much still going on outdoors for us to even THINK about taking on yet another major project this winter. Perhaps next??? Time will tell. Anyway, your indoor set-up is, as always, not only inspiring but awesome! You will eat WELL this winter! Hydroponics is still Greek to me – but seeing what you are doing makes me want to understand it a lot more.

    Thank you for the great inspiration and for being the pro-active one in this mid-air Pepper-to-Lion teaching duo. I’m still dragging my sorry tail along behind you, admiring as I am of your efforts. I’ve obviously got a ways to go in order to keep up with your ingenuity, energy and green thumb (My paw-pads are black. Is there any hope for me? :(

    Signed,
    Ham-fisted Lion Lady :)

    in reply to: Random Droppings #9956
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hello, Dis:

    I think I can solve this one: it’s an oak boll. I’ve collected them for years, out here in the far West.

    There’s a benign wasp that irritates the small branches of young oak trees and causes them to form a protective ‘boll’ around the wasp’s activities of laying eggs. Eventually, the entire wasp/egg event is contained in this ‘ball/boll’. In spring, the baby wasps break through the boll by drilling tiny holes to the surface. You’ll find little groupings of nicely-bored holes that allow the nymphs to escape the boll, which then stays on the tree for awhile, eventually falling to the ground when the weather has weakened its hold on the branch. They are really quite lovely little things – all different, all interesting. At one time I made a plaster mold and wax casting of one particularly nice one, intending to cast it in bronze and then enamel the inside, as a kind of French-style ‘pot au creme’ container. Never got around to that one, but still have the wax cast of it – with every little detail evident in the casting wax. Would have made an exquisite container, I think . . . Anyway, I believe that’s what this is.

    Nice find!

    Cheers, L/L

    in reply to: Disenchanted at the Beach #9954
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hi, Dis:

    Yep – I’m still here and finally able to be a bit more consistent in commenting/posting – post-tomatogedden. :)

    As OtB has offered, I’m also available via ‘private post’ for any rants/vents/whatevers. Just ask our lovely hostess for the gory details . . .

    Safe journey – and do find some woods/land/seashore/etc. to set foot on sometime during your ‘away time’. Good for the soul/soles.

    :) L/L

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #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

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #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

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #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

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #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

    in reply to: Random Droppings #9527
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hello, Dis et al:

    Sad, this: the ‘tone-poem’ of our society.

    However – outside of this insanity, we each have one another.

    I can live with that,

    amidst the failing chaos

    and the bricks in the wall.

    All fall down . . .

    But Us.

    Here’s to TIF,
    L/L

    in reply to: TIF/Online School for Inspirational Indoor Gardeners #9513
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hi, Guy:

    Sorry for the delayed response – we just got in from dinner out with friends.

    I think it would depend on what you intended to grow; as for wasted space, I see hanging gardens and vertical pipe gardening as more possible in the larger version. I’d be working on imagining how to max out the space available. The one immediately above seems very small if someone wanted to be VERY serious about feeding themselves from it. Also, a larger one would provide room to store things, start things, and keep critical materials available and handy. So – we’ll be going with the big one, when I can drag Mr. Lion down the way to take a look at it in situ, and ask pertinent questions. Stay turned – and don’t get scared. You are SO clever that I know you’ll have a million and one ideas for filling in the blanks.

    :) L/L

    in reply to: TIF/Online School for Inspirational Indoor Gardeners #9475
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hi, Guy:

    OK – this is all looking pretty AMAZING. I wanna do this too! – but I think here it’s gonna have to be exported out to the new greenhouse . . . WHEN we can get that ordered and set up here. (BTW, my sis sent COUPONS! Real, live ones that are good thru Dec.) There simply is no space in-house these days for such a vast growing enterprise. Gerryrigging stuff all over the house will not fly, other than making its occupants unhappy . . . so I want to create its very own little micro-culture in its very own little enclosed environs in order to do this.I think, since you’ve admitted that my input has fatally impacted your own heretofore stalwart ability to resist the temptation of purchasing such a structure, that I shall again sit at your filthy feet :) and beg for info as you go forward with this, so that I can do it right the first time and not create an epic fail. Your visuals are SO helpful as to the success of your process that I am becoming quite addicted to checking in here just to marvel at the progress!

    I don’t, however, think there’s any kind of hydroponic store anywhere nearby us (Waaaaa!), so I will have to sleuth out some kind of mail-order version of your vast wealth of choices where you are (I’m getting closer and closer to guessing kinda where that is, btw – thanks for being so elusive :); however I think I’ve lived in your neck of the woods as I twig to some of your very well-disguised location references, as arcane as they might be!). Any discoveries along these lines that you might stumble across would be most welcome!

    Now – keep calm and carry on (the original Brit version of this now-popular advice), Mr. P.! Your audience awaits!

    :) L/L

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #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

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #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

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #9420
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    :) :) :)

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

    :) L/L

    in reply to: Tea with 'Tigger' #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

    in reply to: But What Are YOU Listening To Now? (2nd Thread – NO EMBEDS) #9295
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hey There, Dis!

    Long time, no contact – but I’ve been sending you good thoughts all along. Hope things are smoothing out for ya – have missed your delightful presence over my way. I know, I know – I’ve been awol myself rather a lot of late. But do go back and check out yesterday’s heap of uploads in my Forum. And, on OtB’s War thread.

    LOVE IT that Korg is out and about on this thread and that so many are aficionados of that beast. WHAT a wonderful piece of artistic tech! :)

    Lotsa the GOOD STUFF, Dis!
    L/L

    in reply to: But What Are YOU Listening To Now? (2nd Thread – NO EMBEDS) #9294
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Bravo Duc888!

    Play that funky music, white boy! :) I thought of this thread the other night when I was watching a totally fantastic film I’d recommend to everyone here: ‘The Sapphires’. Based on a true story of 4 Aussie Aboriginal women who formed up a group and went to Vietnam to entertain the troops back in ’68. They had a ‘funky white boy’ as their manager and the entire acting ensemble could SING! Play pianny, too. The music – and the entire movie – is totally fantastic. Check it out.

    I grew up with the same stuff playing in the background, Duc. Not really a musical family per se, but an aspiring one – so I was shoved into piano lessons early on. Found I was really good at it and loved it when I was left alone to discover it on my own.

    Now I, too, own a Korg (Trinity) and find it endlessly engaging. How cool to see in this sub-thread that others here are Korg-ites as well! Mine may be 15 years old, but it can still ROCK! LOL!

    Hugs to All of You – Back in a Few Days,
    L/L

    in reply to: The War: Aeon vs Archon #9292
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hello, OtB,

    Well, I thought I’d race by and see what had transpired here before I unplug myself from all of this and found your response, above. Had to comment before I head out:

    Regarding your statement:

    But Nature always has the last word and that word is always death without compassion at all in any way. We will all die.

    Ah. Perhaps we, in our bodysuits, must do this thing; however we, in our greater Selves, are eternal. So the big fears that run people’s lives around shoving this ‘death’ experience (and yes, it IS an experience, not a door slamming in one’s face) as far away from us as possible – usually by totally compromising our personal integrity – are wasted effort.

    No one gets out of here alive, as the old saying goes. And yet – we really do. It’s just the worn-out body-auto and its accessories we shuck off and set aside as we head back to our real Selves. Not such a bad thing, is it?

    This, for me, is one of the most important points to get across to people: you are ETERNAL. Therefore, the illusion that something/someone can take from you something that you fear is a one-time-only experience is hogwash; however it is relentlessly used to scare us into compliance with something truly nasty and thereby divest us of our freedom and will to choose for ourselves, how we do such lives while immersed in them. Ugh.

    Remembering that this is all a stage-play and that we are all it’s players . . . who then move off-stage, dump the costumes and the drama, and simply get back to what’s REAL afterwards, is the key to keeping both our personal sovereignty and sanity through the complete screw-up that is slowly imploding all around us right now. Otherwise – they’ve got us.

    And, regarding Kali, I must gently and firmly disagree about your definition of her in that form:

    Kali is Her in Her very angry form, winnowing the arrogantly ignorant from Humanity.

    Please give this link a read; I think it will illuminate what She REALLY is, in Kali form. Much more in accord with your Essay series, etc.

    http://www.goddess.ws/kali.html

    Also, do check out the entire site – it’s all about the Goddess, in her many forms – nice artwork, too! :)

    Goddess, the divine mother of the universe http://www.goddess.ws/index.html

    Hasta la Vista, Kiddo – I’m off to unplug. See you when I re-join the Tif family, in a few.
    L/L

    in reply to: Electromagnetic Pollution #9283
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hi, ZenS:

    Right there with you, ZenS; I’ve been on this one for years. I also sew, etc. If you want to dish about this, I’m up for it. Great idea, BTW – something useful and very necessary, to whit:

    Up until last year, I lived in a gorgeous place with a bird’s eye view of the entire Pacific coastline . . . but one very near a power relay tower and within sight lines of cellular mass communication towers. I commuted from there to where we are now, for 4 years. Finally, I moved – not soon enough in my estimation, but soon enough.

    After a year here in the midst of NATURE with no cell/wi-fi anything except when it’s plugged in during the day, I cannot tell you the improvement in my general health. That former ‘death-trap’ was depleting my energy and affecting my immune system very, very badly. I’d feel great the day I arrived back there but by day two, was feeling the effects and by day four, when I’d leave to head back to my partner’s ranch, I was a wreck.

    I can say to anyone that there definitely IS a very negative effect from being around this stuff and that turning all of that shite OFF when it’s not being used and especially at night, is HUGE. We also have a ‘smart meter’ (WHAT a dumb name!) but I’ve negated that – I used an old, out of service satellite dish and mounted it facing outward, on the wall behind the meter. Deflects the signal out to the hillside and shields the house completely. The power company person used to read that sucker from her truck out front; now, she has to get out, go around the house, and read it with line-of-sight metering. Hee-hee. These things CAN be mitigated if one cannot dispense with them entirely.

    Also, all tech is OFF at night, no cordless phone anywhere NEAR the bed, put the cell on ‘Airplane Mode’ at night and turn off the Wi-Fi and the satellite modem. Doesn’t hurt ’em at all – it just removes all interference from getting a healthy night’s sleep.

    Don’t wear cell phones on your body, use a bluetooth earpiece, or carry them in a pocket or purse anywhere near your torso. I now have three friends, all under the age of 40, who’ve dealt with brain tumors. Two are now dead; the other is recovering from major brain surgery to remove three tumors. They were/are all cellphone junkies.

    Remove microwave ovens from your life – not only are they unhealthful to live around, they wreck the nutritional quality of your food. Not worth the convenience. Also remember that cars, trains and planes are electrical cages and when you are riding in one, you are exposed for hours to a condensed and intense field of electrical interference. Electric cars are a total no-go if you are at all electro-sensitive, btw.

    Oh, yes! Many grade schools have installed facility-wide wi-fi. NOT a good idea! Little kids are so susceptible to cellular damage from wi-fi. It will do a lot of damage. Also do NOT give children your cell phone or your iPad to ‘play’ with. It’s NOT a toy!!! I’m fighting this battle with our own kids who think it’s just fine – and will keep their pre-school kids up with the other kids – to give them their very own iPads. NOT! Not good at all! Please don’t do this; this is concentrated amounts of disruptive signaling that can do great hurt to vulnerable and innocent little bodies.

    Just a few jots from what I’ve learned to do to protect myself and my loved ones from this stuff. I think there’s potential for a massive product line here, ZenS. Think of all the tech that needs shielding! Great idea.
    LionLady

    in reply to: Self Healing and Wellness #9281
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hi, All:

    Lovely guy, Julian Rose. Brilliant writing and obviously an old soul. Love his stuff.

    And – he, and you ladies and OtB are all seeing exactly what matters: nothing else!

    OtB’s

    ” . . . taking conscious control of our intentions and acting on those intentions with all the passion and creativity with which we are all each endowed.”

    is PRECISELY IT. Conscious control and acting on those intentions with a LOT of focused energy driving them gets the job done. This is the empowerment that every mentor/teacher/guru/baba/whomever should be imparting to their followers or students. How to DO IT YOURSELF. We all can – it’s just remembering how and getting on with it. I think what stops a lot of us is disbelieving that it’s really all that simple. Yet – it is. Simple, powerful, do-able.

    There’s an old lyric that keeps running through my head about all of this, one from the late 50’s as sung by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross:

    “Remember who you are and what you represent.”

    Their version was a major dig at our gov. overseas propaganda program that sent musicians and artists over to ‘impress’ the natives, something Julia Child’s hubby Paul was busy doing while they were living in Paris after WW II and she was about to create her epic French Chef food opus, BTW.

    Instead, this lyric reminds me of exactly what we are talking about: we need to remember who we are and that we, here and now in this physical envelope we call home for our life-spans, represent our ‘greater Selves’ as OtB would put it. If we will represent that greater Self as fully as possible while galavanting about here in this lovely little flesh-toned suit we all sport, we’ll be just fine. No fear, no regrets, no ‘what will THEY think?’ Just doin’ LIFE to the max.

    That’s all, that’s it.

    :) L/L

    in reply to: TIF/Online School for Inspirational Indoor Gardeners #9280
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hi, Pepper-Upper:

    Still following, even if not commenting; I’ve had tech-issues – but they should be solved after I dump them in the lap of the unsuspecting tech I’m about to descend on tomorrow AM; that means NO L/L around these digs until the weekend, sad to say. I’ll miss y’all! Anyway, MOLD???? Gads! Call the Cops! 911! Fire engines!

    So – how DO you deal with that? Cut down on the moisture levels? trim off the mold? Just let it do it’s thang? This is all so foreign to me that I don’t even know what questions to ask! You really do have to hand-hold us newbies out here through this wonderland of non-dirty crop-growing. But enquiring minds truly do want to know – we may seriously need this approach in times to come . . .

    Aaaaaand – that seductive little comment trailing across your post:

    Ms Lion lady, you might just get your wish on the Greenhouse next month:) Great job on planting the seed.

    You VERY bad boy, you! Now I’ll be totally jealous if you get there first (however, I’ll also be secretly grateful that you get to be the one puzzling out how to put that sucker up, make it work and make stuff grow) – but do know we’ll probably be right behind ya on this one. We’re getting ourselves ready for Fall/Winter and the greenhouse is on the current short list of ‘must-have’ items for continuing the garden gavotte. That’s an olde French dance, silly – but perfect for indoor gardening parties! LOL!

    Let us all know how it’s unfolding (literally, if I don’t miss my guess as to how these structures are packaged and shipped!) . . .

    Cheers and Happy Garden Trails,
    L/L

    in reply to: The War: Aeon vs Archon #9278
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    Hello, OtB:

    A very delayed response to your response; been hideously busy of late and not online much. I’m playing a bit of TIF-catch-up today before all of my tech-toys go into the shop for ‘adjustments’, so here I am.

    Gentle? HER??? Nah. Only when she wants to be! She’s about killed me several times, so I know how remorseless that side of Her truly is.

    In Africa, you mostly see the Kali side of Her, which I would equate with the Mamewatta/N’dau energy I talked about over on the old Shamanism thread in my Forum. Major kick-a** stuff. No one there EVER takes Nature for granted. It will kill you if you do . . . and sometimes, even if you don’t. There are so many lethal aspects to living there that you simply begin to accept them as ‘What IS’; but you do it by incorporating into your life, waking OR sleeping, a very heightened sense of awareness of your surroundings and your relationship to it as you move through it, whether in the wild or in a city situation. Both there are fraught with potential danger, believe me!

    I loved it. Absolutely loved it. The most ALIVE I’ve ever felt, from moment-to-moment.

    The REAL over there makes the ‘real’ here laughable. Seriously. It grew me up, in terms of getting clear about what life really is, on the ground, for a vast majority of us humans – and how out-of-touch we, here in our land, are from both the Earth and from one another in the most basic of ways. I, too, could cry a ton of tears over this fact – but I won’t. Wouldn’t change anything and I’d just make a mess – so I simply remember and keep that memory alive in my heart, each day that I wake up in a place that still feels strange to me, even a decade after the fact of coming ‘home’. Sigh.

    Just ask anyone who has ever gone on a real African safari – not a shooting one, a photographic/tourist one – and watch their eyes go far-away, their excitement level rise and listen to the hushed but urgent tone of their voices as they try to convey how it was, how it FELT, what they experienced and how Africa just IS different and you can feel it in your bones when you are there. Hard to explain, but it’s so.

    People come ALIVE when they go there; I worked in that business for several years, went to a lot of different safari camps and met a lot of people from all over the planet who were there either for the first time – or because they simply couldn’t stay away. You either LOVE it – or HATE it; nothing in between. The haters are spit-scared of it; the lovers may be too – but for them it simply doesn’t matter because the energy, light, air, and yes – the MAGIC – of that place is unforgettable.

    If Kali comes – I can tell you that after she ‘takes some’ and the dust settles, Africans and people like them, will still be standing and capable of facing the awful hardships that will arrive with this transition. They’ve had to live with such harshness and danger for so long that they know how to recover and move on from the very worst of things, even from the ebola that is ravaging western Africa right now (if, indeed, the WHO/CDC information is real).

    I learned real toughness from Africa – but I also learned about real generosity, compassion, sharing, laughter, hard work, responsibility to others as well as myself, companionship that gave as well as took, and a million other wonderful things. I miss it all terribly – but my work is here, now. So I dream, I remember and I wait – for the possible moment when I can again touch that soil and feel that warm wind in my hair, and hear the cicadas, jackals, go-away birds and hyenas calling in the bush. Unforgettable.

    I also want to discuss stones and energy – but it will have to wait a few days. See y’all soon . . .
    LionLady

    in reply to: On the Ground: African Community Structure #9277
    LionLadyLionLady
    Participant

    All Right, Troops:

    This time, I really AM ‘Outtah heah’ for a few days. The earlier attempt to get the unwilling-to-integrate tech toys that make my presence here possible to play nicely with each other, didn’t happen due to the VERY unexpected release (at least, to ME) of the new iPhone 6 last Friday – necessitating a quick change of plans. No line-standing for this old lion . . . so we decided to wait until all the hoop-la died down and go in tomorrow, instead. So – I will be ‘out of pocket’ probably until the weekend, provided the tech at the store can MAKE these un-cooperative ‘lil cubs start to behave with each other.

    Sorry ’bout that; I was just getting into my stride, here – but time and tech wait for no Lion, so off I go to beat some sense into these %*##%! things. See you around the baobab tree in a bit . . .

    :) LionLady

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