As I recover from surgery and have loads of down time on my hands, I’m finding myself wandering the Internet and indulging myself in reading whatever I like.  I’m rediscovering topics that have fallen off my priority list, even though they are quite important and beneficial.  Take clutter, for instance.  De-cluttering, to be more precise.

I’ve just had a lovely re-read of how Marie Kondo’s concept of tidying makes living better.  Of course it does!

Here’s a particularly good summary of Kondo’s books:


I’ve already promised myself that once I’m totally recovered, and can bend and lift again with impunity, I’m starting in my bedroom by zooming through my closets and dressers.  I know it will work, ‘cos I’ve done it before, and can hardly wait to weed out the STUFF that’s collected since then.

And here’s a tutorial on her magic method of folding.  It truly  is amazing.  You’ll find that once you can see what you’ve got, you probably have a lot of stuff you don’t need.


I intend that 2018 be a year of off with the old!  Then I make room for more creativity and spirituality.  How good will this be?  😀





2018 – Embodying Shambhala

As the sun shines upon me today through the rather dirty windowpane, I feel a new freshness and promise.  There’s lots to be done (not the least of which is window washing), lots to be finished, and lots of opportunities out there.  A new page in my life journal waits to be written upon.  More paintings to paint, more poetry to write:  more, more, more!

I note that 2018 is an 11 numerologically, the number for illumination, inspiration, and enlightenment.  (I read heaps of pages, and have put excerpts in italics, with links at the bottom of this page.)  For me specifically, it’s a year to explore and emphasize my creativity and spiritual gifts.

“It is the Master Teacher, featuring illumination, enlightenment, inspirational, idealism, intuitive, psychic abilities, channelling, poetry, art/artistic, symbols, expression, dreamer, revolution, drugs, alternate consciousness, mysticism, catalyst, prisoner, prophet, celebrity, highly energized, radical, sensitive, visionary, enthusiastic, creative/creativity.”


“The word ‘Shambhala’ resonates to the Master Number 11 in numerology… and is the perfect word to help us embrace the greater potential of our Universal 11 Year.

Shambhala is a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to a place of peace, tranquility & happiness. Each of us has the FREEDOM in our hearts/minds to choose to experience Heaven here on Earth, a place of Shambhala. We have the choice to live our lives being kind to one another, to live in harmony with the Earth and in service to something greater than us.

Our Universal 11 Year is our wakeup call to remember Shambhala, to remember how beautiful the world feels when we experience our lives through our hearts and how when we choose to create Shambhala in everything we do we awaken the best in ourselves and inspire others to do the same.”


“2018 will be a great year of illumination of self and others. This year is full of optimism and hope. It is a place for new ways to begin, new shifts to occur on a level like never before. The 11 year is a powerful year for relationships, standing together in business, love or collaboration with others. This year many like minded people will work together for the greater cause of humanity and unity.

It is truly an extraordinary time to be on the planet. We are witnesses to change that has never been seen here before.

Stand tall in 2018. Know you are a beautiful light. Know you have the wisdom within to make change. Know you are supported by great love. Know that we are all moving to a space and time of peace, compassion and kindness. Know that you know.”

And for me, born in 1954, I have a life path number of 3.  In 2018, this brings a strong vibration for my creativity and intuition and helping.  Hm.  Lots of work to be done.


“This is a year to really get your ideas, thoughts, and feelings out there. If you’ve been thinking of writing a book or starting a blog or even taking up regular journalling, this is going to be the perfect year to start. You are really going to be encouraged this year to share your truth and to connect to that intuitive voice within. It is also a good year to do anything creative, or anything that allows you to express your true self. Finding your truth and speaking your truth are all going to be strong themes for you this year. You may also have to open your eyes to the truth if you have been avoiding things and really learn how to trust your intuition. This is a very powerful year for you and will really help you to strengthen your intuition.”


The Ruler:

Silver, glossy white, black, violet

Platinum, silver, mother of pearl

Guardian/Archangel Angel:
Archangel Uriel  
Uplifting and inspirational, Uriel guides you to the truth and nurtures balance.

Astrological Equivalent:

Tarot Card:








Alzheimer’s Communication

Doing it NOW

This thought-provoking reflection was posted today by Ruth Hill, a local writer I know slightly.  Very apropros for all of us.

“Hmmm … I am thinking of having to clean out my mother in law’s house when she died. I am thinking about all the people I know who have lamented about cleaning out their parents’ houses, when the parents became incapacitated or passed away prematurely. I am thinking of the elderly who accumulate a lot of stored family junk, and then get too old or sick to take care of anything.

So wouldn’t it be a nice cultural habit if everyone who reached retirement age cleaned out their own house? Encourage offspring to take what is theirs out of the parents’ homes. Encourage parents to sort things:  KEEP, DONATE, RECYCLE, or TRASH. For you younger folk, HELP your parents do this, before it is too late to make their own decisions or do the work.

And those legal problems: have an end of life pre-intention agreement drawn up for hospital care decisions and funeral decisions, so your children don’t have to bear this burden. Have your organ donor decisions ready. There is no sense in avoiding these issues as unsavory. We know for sure: we are born mortal, and no one knows when.There is no way around that, so let’s make it as easy as possible on everyone we leave behind. Have mercy on our poor spouses, who have to deal with heartbreak, along with all these other burdens.

Prepare ahead of time. Later is too late.”

And in addition, here’s a relevant link provided by another writer I know, Franci Louann.   AWOC: Ageing Without Children, is a British organization (meeting in Brighton, dontcha know, near where my aunt lives).



Nurture Yourself First

This is something we all need to do–every day–especially when we are caregiving!
Today you may feel greater compassion for others and want to express yourself in a nurturing manner. It might seem easy for you to take on the challenges of the people around you in order to make their lives more comfortable. While it is important to want to save the world and help others, today you may also need to remember to nurture yourself first. Before giving to others, you can take a few minutes to do a loving-kindness meditation. Focus your attention on yourself, wishing that you will soon find love, peace, and happiness. Then widen this circle of love to include your family and friends, and finally all beings in the world. By doing this meditation you may notice that it becomes easier to truly help others.

Learning to extend compassion to ourselves first and then to others allows us to cultivate true care. When we feel the need to help other people we can easily wear ourselves out unless we make the effort to care for ourselves. We sometimes have the tendency to help other people and hope that we get something back in return, which means that our compassion is tainted by our desire to be needed. By giving ourselves the love we need, however, we provide ourselves with the strength and unconditional love required to selflessly support others. Grounding ourselves in an unlimited source of love and peace lets us give so much more as a result. By practicing loving-kindness meditation today, you will give with a pure heart and increase the effects of your compassionate acts.

Aries Horoscope
August 19, 2017

Daily Om


Fascinating article here about risk factors.  New research is indicating that hearing loss is a predictor, which is not surprising when one thinks about it.


These are the 9 risk factors for dementia that you probably didn’t know about

Fascinating blog about Highly Sensitive People.  It’s probably not what you’d expect.