Swimming and High Dive Board and Chocolate Chip Cookies and Haircut and Elephant Love and Humane Society

April 23 2018:

Swimming Day!!! Thomas had fun using the diving boards this time. He even tried something new! The high dive board! Wheeee!!

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April 23 2018:

I could eat the entire bag in one sitting …😋 … xoxo …. (Trader Joe’s)

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Trader Joe's 4.23.18

April 26 2018:

Took Thomas for a haircut today. Spotted some love on a shelf! Isn’t this the cutest???

This was the first time Thomas knew exactly what he wanted for a cut. And, Roger nailed it!!! We are truly blessed!

Elephant Love 4.25.18

April 28 2018:

Humane Society volunteering for Thomas and I yesterday! We visited the small animal room. Full to the brim with rabbits and Guinea pigs. So many cats and dogs too.

It’s your lucky day if you were thinking of adopting. It’s Maddie’s Pet Adoption Day and it’s free to adopt today. Be sure and research though, as rabbits and guinea pigs are delicate and are very much different than a cat or dog.

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Team TLC on The Plush Life in Photographs

April 8 2018:

We haven’t had a TV since 2008, so I wasn’t sure we’d be able to see this. I found a way to watch! Not the best quality, yet, we went to the gym at the lodge and used the wee televisions attached to the gym equipment. Didn’t have ear buds with us so we turned on CC.

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Lillian and Camilla March 2018 Date Day

March 29 2018:

Lillian Darnell and Camilla March 2018 Date Day – 1st stop:

Lunch and dessert – Parmesan fries for Lillian followed by a yummy iced shortbread bunny cookie!

Roasted potato and garlic pasta for me followed by a vegan gingerbread cookie! That potato was delicious!! And the gingerbread cookie was the perfect sweet and spicy treat to follow the garlic pasta. Sigh!! Yum!!

Next: Smelling yummy soaps. Lavender mint and coconut milk. Smelled incredibly delicious!!

Last stop: One of our favorite parks. Reading first with this amazing view and then going for a beautiful walk.

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What beautiful sounds …

The Problem Will Still Be There

March 24 2018:

I look into his eyes during these conversations and wonder where this brilliant and amazing human came from? ….. And think about how grateful I am … Conversations with Thomas today …

The borders in Europe before World War I and after World War II, Winston Churchill, FDR, romantic comedies of the 30’s-50’s vs romantic comedies of the 80’s on, the marches today, and Thomas sharing this thought …

“If you continue to address everything except the problem, the problem will still be there.” …. and this one …. “If you don’t ever address the why of a problem, it’s like putting a bucket under a leaky pipe.”

He loves to create metaphors. He does this almost daily. And he’s good at it! (Photo from earlier this year when we got to experience a ceremony with the Gaden Shartse Monks)

It’s not just wisdom. He runs it through his heart and applies compassion and empathy … He just blesses me so with the thoughts he shares … xoxo

Gaden Shartse Monks Visit 1.20.18 #1

Bingo and Homemade Wall and Bowling and Fortune and Portal or Peephole and Marvelous Mason and Tea Wisdom and Lotus and Shadow Whisperer

February 12 2018:

Tonight it was Bingo!! Yes! We are set! I’ve unpacked the UNO and Bingo. No need to unpack anything else. HA!

I actually won’t be unpacking that much more. We just needed room to move around!

We are using many of the boxes that are filled with books as a “wall” in the bedroom so that Thomas and Lillian each have their own “room”. These two beings wanted their own room, and by damn I have made it where I am and with what I have. Even if it’s bookshelves, boxes of books, and curtains! Will post a picture as soon as I get a few more boxes out of the way. Wahoo!!

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February 13 2018:

Homeschool bowling with Thomas this afternoon. Brought back fun memories as we used to come here often when they were younger. xoxo

Thomas Bowling 2.13.18

February 13 2018:

More treasures discovered while unpacking. Looks like 1984 was the first message received that It’s an inside job.

Figured this was the perfect opportunity to go through the keepsake box! Found some stuff to get rid of. YAY!! I LOVE lightening the load! xoxo

Old Fortunes 2.13.18

February 14 2018:

Yesterday morning while I was the only one awake and had not yet opened the blinds, I spotted this odd shaped rainbow on the wall (top left photo).

I looked behind to see where it could be coming from and the only opening to the sun outside was the tiny peephole across the living room.

I walked over and held my finger in front of it and that is indeed what was creating this interesting shape.

Then I just had to take bunches of pictures of the peephole! Ha! I adore Nature, the sun, the light, and the amazing colors. xoxo

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February 14 2018:

I got to spend two hours today with this amazing soul!! His name is Mason, yet I’m calling him Marvelous Mason.

Marvelous Mason was born deaf and lost his eyesight about two years ago. He’s 9 years old and is the most joyful being I have ever met.

He wags his tail joyfully and loved playing tug of war with his stuffed Scooby Doo! He likes it to be thrown so he can fetch it.

It takes him a while to find it as he checks around the room smelling for it. He is not as familiar with his home here so he bumps into the wall and chairs when he’s walking around. Still staying joyful and wagging that beautiful tail!

I am deeply inspired by Marvelous Mason. As I watched him find the couch and walk alongside the couch knowing he wouldn’t bump into anything.

I get to spend another two hours with him next week too. His human can’t leave him alone due to his anxiety from not knowing this part time home (as they only live here part time). He’s taking it out on the front door and causing a wee bit of damage.

He did great with me there. We played for about 30 minutes and then he jumped on the couch, moved a pillow that was in his way, and took a nap. No attacking the door!

I’m pretty sure Marvelous Mason is sharing a story with me …. We shall see!!

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February 16, 2018:

Yogi tea wisdom … xoxo

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February 16 2018:

Ya know those days when you’re morning meditation felt like 5 minutes, and then you have an amazing, off the charts Reiki shaman session that felt like 5 minutes too, and then you go to the grocery store and use 3 forms of payment just so you can pay the tab, and then you come home and check the mail and you receive a surprise early birthday gift of a lotus gemstone chakra pendant?

That’s the magical day I’ve had so far! Wheeee!!! Thank you Momma for the beautiful, shining gift. And the lotus is no longer a broken bird.

Lotus Chakra Pendant 2.16.18

February 16 2018:

And then there’s this … While I was at my Reiki Shaman appointment this morning, I missed quite the rainbow show from our amazing crystal friends. Lillian had fun with this one and her shadow. I call her the Shadow Whisperer aka Shadow Fairy. Love this picture she made. xoxo

Lillian Rainbow Finger 2.16.18

The Reason for Music

February 9 2018:

“People have forgotten the reason for music. It’s supposed to make you feel something.” -Thomas Darnell

Thomas hears things in music that I have never heard or paid attention to hearing. He does this with movies too. The performers pitch and tone, the mix of instruments, and the like. He analyzes it in a way that is so foreign to me. He doesn’t get some modern music and certain genres of music either.

What Does Age Have to Do With Intelligence

February 10 2018:

“Age doesn’t have anything to do with intelligence.” – Thomas Darnell

Thomas continues to educate and humble me. The pure beauty and simplicity of how “young ones” view the world is magical. xoxo

He has never understood why kids are treated as second class citizens, why they don’t have any “rights” until a certain age … He enlightens and teaches me so much … xoxo

How Rain Came to be Nature’s Glitter by Lillian Darnell

February 2 2018:

She’s writing again! Look what I just received in my inbox … I LOVE this one!! I predict there will be future books for Lillian. xoxo

“How Rain Came to be Nature’s Glitter”

Once long ago, there lived Raine and her friend Storm who lived happily in their home. One day, Raine and Storm saw an advertisement that read, “Mother Nature is looking for weather assistants. Please visit Mother Nature at 8989 Snowy Sun Lane about the job. ”

“Should we visit Mother Nature about the job?”, said Raine to Storm. “Yes, we should. I just hope that Mother Nature is paying a good price”, said Storm.

So, Raine and Storm walked over to Mother Nature’s home. When Raine and Storm got there, here’s the people they saw Hailey, Thunder, Lightning, and Sunny all waiting for Mother Nature to open the door.

Just as Raine and Storm arrived, Mother Nature opened her door and her eyes widened in surprise. “My goodness, I didn’t expect so many people to show up. Well, I guess I better get started,” exclaimed Mother Nature.

Fortunately, Raine and Storm were first to head inside Mother Nature’s home. Mother Nature had white marble pillars arching high over their head, a large winding staircase leading to the meeting room, and a gorgeous chandelier overhead.

As soon as Raine and Storm reached ….

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How Rain Came To Be Nature’s Glitter

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