Inquiry Cards

Inquiry Cards

Inquiry cards are a deck of cards of beautiful six-sided mandalas, each with a question printed on it. We tend to look outside ourselves for answers when the answers are already within us. Sylvia Nibley designed the Inquiry cards and I just adore them.

The purpose of the deck is to help us practice looking inside ourselves for the answers to the questions of life…big or little. The answers of course will be specific to each of us asking as the answer “lies within” us already.

Inquiry Cards by Sylvia Nibley

There are various ways to use the cards. Various games and layouts to try. I decided today to try the layout explained in the booklet that came with my deck called the Chakra Layout.

I shuffled my deck with the cards face down and drew 7 cards. I placed them in a vertical line with the first card at the bottom for the Base Chakra and going up to the Crown Chakra.

After laying the cards out, I turned them over and asked the question in reference to the chakra it was pulled for. These are my cards today working from top (Crown) down to bottom (Base) Chakra.

Crown-Higher Consciousness: What energizes me? Creativity and Healing. Crystal’s in many formations. Large standing stones, mid size boulders, and hand held rocks take my breath away with their solid earthy beauty. Crystal singing bowls have me absolutely fascinated. Music and Brainstorming ideas about what is possible. The earth and particularly the forest has my interest. I have been out walking in our forest much more recently. I have noticed the water flowing, how it looks and sounds. And I have seen the animals tracks. Sometimes I see the animals that leave the tracks. Gigha walks with me in the woods frequently and she notices everything.

3rd Eye-Intuition: What’s the next step? I have some online courses I have been doing currently, a few free courses about sound healing. I have numerous courses I want to take starting in the late spring. All of them will make me stretch and grow which seems to be what I need. I think I am ready for that now. I have a few handpans and singing bowls I want to sell. And I have a new handpan and crystal singing bowls to buy. I want to get my sound studio set up in our sunroom and get the outdoor tent up and ready for outdoor sessions once spring is truly here.

Throat-Communication: What if I were more powerful? I want to speak my truth. I am starting to find my voice again. Both literally in my singing voice but also what makes my heart sing. Expressing that to others is no easy task. I want to learn to temper my tone and delivery to a manner that is peaceful calm and soft.

Heart-Love: What am I attracted to? I am drawn over and over to animals, nature, trees and forest, flowing water and the earth under my feet. The color in my yarns, music in my sound, and bells in the wind all have my attention. I have been noticing my tubular windchimes more and more these days. The tone of my tea kettle. The ringing of my handpan when one of the dogs bark and it vibrates. Little sounds and singing of things all around me.

Solar Plexus-Self: What needs to change? I need more learning and instruction. I want to take a few courses and learn to apply a business approach to my holistic practice. I want better focus and direction to my plan. This has made me realize I have a completely different mindset and business model that I want to pursue. I do not want a product based business anymore, but rather a service based business with some occasional products. I want to move more and self care.

Sacral-Creative Center: What am I committed to? Bringing my healing holistic self out from the box that I stuffed her into 7 years ago is a top priority. Facing my grief and moving past it is also a necessary step. I want to bring music back into my life on a daily basis. I want to get a large set of crystal singing bowls and let my music take flight. It is wanting to burst forth from inside…dare I say it….burst forth in song!

Root-Survival: Where is my joy? My joy is in what I do….in my creating and healing. Music is my creation and my healing both.

This has all been something to really think about and absorb. I am changing. Change can be difficult but it is also good. Look for my changes as they come.

A Revolution of Sorts….

A Revolution of Sorts….

Whiskey barrel collection

My husband, Chaz, says that he believes “gardens should be an evolution.”  Being Scottish born, “garden” to him is the back yard, front yard, and side yards with any landscaping.  Your Basic Garden that surrounds you.  What Americans call a “garden” is a vegetable garden in Scotland.  So from the Scottish definition of a “garden”, he is referring to our surrounding landscaping.  In the example of us though, it is all combined.  I have a tendency to plant herbs next to flowers, vegetables with bulbs, and fruit trees and bushes with annuals and perinnels.  No where is there a gardening handbook or a gardening police that says you can’t plant a lovely lettuce next to a lily!!

Before shot of new area when we first saw the property in Jan 2013

We have about 20 Acres on the Michigan Alba Ranch and it is all deep woods except for a small area around the house and barns and the pond area.  Because you can’t have a tree growing up in the middle of the pond or it isn’t a pond. Once we bought this property, the first thing that started as soon as Chaz went off shore was for some of the trees to start falling….on the buildings!!!  The first one fell on the lean to roof where Chaz vintage 1970 VW bus was parked.  Over this last year, we have taken down about 180+ trees.  This is barely a dent in what needs accomplishing.  We could have it logged but than it would be about 60% gone with no fire wood left for us.  We will probably continue working on it ourselves instead.  Just this last 10 days we have had 2 maple trees fall.  Both were broke off about 10-15 feet in the air, no other trees down around them, and in a middle of a grove area.  We do wonder if those were lightning strikes with the recent storms???

Brush piles

The trees that we have cleared maybe opened up about 1 acre of land.  It was a very uneven topography, steep hills, drop offs, low bits, flooded areas and stumps everywhere.  Working with a chain saw, wheel barrow and by hand only gets you so far.  I decided to get a quote to bring in the big guys…..just for research as I didn’t think that we could afford it.  Well to say that excavation costs and operations in Michigan are different than in Colorado is an understatement.  We ended up moving the rest of the firewood out of the low old orchard area and burning the huge piles of brush.

Brush Burning

It took over 3 days to burn all the brush.  After being in Colorado for 7 years, I still haven’t gotten over fear of wild fire and even lit my fire pit for a camp fire yet.  So burning the brush was major….efficient…but scarey for me.  Chaz did an excellent burning the brush and keeping everything under control, complete with having a water hose on and down at the site for fire suppression safety.  All those years working offshore and those fire and safety courses paid off!!

We had the Beckman Brothers come and with a bulldozer, loader, trucks, and excavator they made quick work of the job.  It was like big Tonka trucks playing in the sandbox.  I was fascinated and set up a chair to sit outside and watch them.  I didn’t go so far as to pop any corn, but almost.  Amazing.  I was used to watching excavators dig for WEEKS and make very little progress compared to this few days with my 1 acre looking nothing like it did before.

Excavator at work

Once the excavator left, we got down to work.  We raked most of the acre by hand and seeded it.  Certain sections will be pasture in and around the orchard trees for the goats.  That was seeded with alfalfa, wheat grass and sun flower seed.  Chaz keeps saying all he can envision is this field of grass and alfalfa over 2 feet high and can’t see any of the goats….only occasionally see the grass wiggle because they are so short and the kids are even more tiny.  The other areas were seeded with regular grass seed.  Chaz had to put a fence around the entire area as the deer were trying to move in the night the excavators left!!

We have planted about 9 varieties of apple, 2 crab apples, 4 mulberries (white and red), 5 cherries (sweet and tart), 4 peaches (white and yellow), 8 plums (6 European varieties that most folks here have never heard of but are familiar to Chaz), 3 apricots, and 2 pears.  A partridge in there probably as well.  Also I have planted 9 sea berries, 10 fruiting Blue Honeysuckles, 6 Service Berries, numerous other blueberries, 10 red and white currants, a contorted mulberry, and am about to plant the last 2 trees which are a weeping mulberry.

I hope to be making loads of jams, jelly, preserves, chutney, pies and such later on. We did have the excavator raise, fill in and level an area off the house that was eroding and steep enough that with the constant walking that I do on it, my back and knees were having some severe issues.  In that area, the bull dozer took one nice chunk dug right out of the side and Chaz is out there building the platform to set up our Snorkel Hot Tub.  We have been waiting to get this hot tub for over 5 years.  It is a red cedar tub that has a submerged underwater wood stove to heat the water.  No electrical maintenance or running.  Since we don’t have a bath tub and our house is too small to add a tub, it really is a necessity that the Doctor has told me repeatedly to soak in Magnesium flakes.  Now I will be able to and will change the water frequently enough that we don’t have to use chlorine at all since I am allergic to it.  I can’t wait.  We deserve this bit of fun.

Chaz just said to me last night, “I believe a garden should be an evolution.”  I responded that this was as about 5 weeks ago I hadn’t even thought of doing what we were doing and he responded, “No honey, this isn’t an evolution….THIS is a REVOLUTION!!”

Disconnection from Social Media

I have made a decision to try disconnecting from social media.  I have noticed with using both Twitter (although very little since I started with FB) and with using FB, that most of the other ways that I used to stay connected have fallen by the wayside.  My productivity has fallen as I am spending more and more time on FB.  My husband and I watch TV together and we both read FB at the same time.  We go out and I have said to him more than once, can you get your nose out of FB!  He has looked at me in exasperation when we need to go somewhere or do something and I say “oh just finishing this FB thing”.  It must stop.  How can someone be so connected via social media and still so DISCONNECTED in real life?

I think it can be very fun to get the up to minute status updates of your friends and family, but I have also noticed that less and less actual communication occurs as more and more status stuff happens.  With many of these new locator apps, folks don’t even need to do a status update. They can just click a button and it updates to the entire world their exact location via GPS and satellite.  Talk about being on an electronic tether.  Do you ever think about how EVERYONE knows what you are doing all the time?  It has been said that you can control what you put on social media.  Although this is true to a certain extent, the real addiction is that to truly experience social media as it is designed to be you are involved all the time.  You become an open book, with your “knickers” so to speak hanging out there!!!

I realized that I don’t like this.  I want my private stuff private, and my personal things for friends and family for them, and my public things for others on my blog.  I wish to control my media.  FB has repeatedly changed their privacy settings so that I need to continually check to make sure that my private stuff is still private.  I have had to turn on the notifications that I have specifically set for various people and businesses back on repeatedly because FB turned them off yet again.  The amount of times that I have had to specifically turn back the notifications for my OWN HUSBAND because FB shut them off escapes me because of the sheer number of times I have had to do this.

It has been said to not punish those that do wish to stay connected with me because of FB bad behavior.  If I can not control FB, which no one can even control their own profile and you are delusion if you think you can, than my only way to “rebel” against the liberties FB takes with my information and photos is to DELETE FB and NOT engage.  THAT IS THE REAL CHOICE.  FB has said that it is free and will always be free.  They are giving special priority to those updates that folks PAY to have boosted.  My views on my Fan page plummeted when FB started that procedure.  My friends will update their status with a comment and photo and I will see the comment but can’t see the photo even when I go to their profile page and LOOK for it.

All of this is frustrating.  It creates tension.  It creates negative energy.  It creates time wasting as you search for ways to get that information back that you had before and FB took away.  Have you ever tried to search for something that you posted on your own timeline a year or so back and couldn’t remember the exact date?  Good luck trying to find it.  It is so much easier to look for it in my blog or my calendar.

I don’t have time to spin, weave and dye fibers because I am on FB.  I don’t even watch any of my TV shows or a DVD with hubby because I am on FB.  I don’t hang out and walk the dogs like I want to (OK in all fairness that is a lot to do with being eaten alive by skeeters more than FB right now).  I don’t make cheese, soap, lotion or even cook the way that I want to because I keep getting sucked into FB. I am going to return to real life, ranch life, holistic therapies, fiber arts and just breathing.

Have you noticed how FB and FaceBook have now become both a verb and noun.  REALLY?

I haven’t deleted either my FB or my Twitter account, but I will not be posting or tweeting. I will not check them and I will be sharing my adventures here, or by phone/text, letters the old fashioned way with paper and pen, or……shock horror….FACE TO FACE!!!

*I reserve the right to change my mind if I find that I can’t live without FB and am freaking out.  This is why I am not deleting the account right this minute.  But FB be aware, the writing is on the wall!!*

Green Card Interview

It is almost 6 am and we are about to leave to go to Denver for Charlie’s green card interview.  wish us luck 🙂

UPDATE:  We are now back on the ranch from the green card interview.  They granted his green card and stamped his passport with a temporary one that he can use when he goes offshore next week and use until his new one comes in the mail.  So Chaz is now offically a registered alien.  I asked him how he felt and other than anticlimatic after all the build up he hasn’t been able to put his feelings into words yet. 🙂

On another note, Rowan is doing better.  He was bitten by a rattle snake about 3 days ago on his left front leg.  The entire leg swelled up and he was crying and in horrible pain.  We put lavender, purification and peppermint (essential oils from www.youngliving.com)  on the entire leg and down his spine and that has helped his pain level, the swelling go down and well..him not die from the bite!  His brother Larick, had his face swell up the size of a basketball with his eyes closed shut a couple of months ago due to a suspected rattle snake bite as well.  Same essential oils and it took about 48 hours for the swelling to do down on him as well.  We have not seen the actual snakes and hope the dogs killed them for all the hassle the snakes gave them, but if we are walking in the pen I think we might start carrying the .22 Rutger.  I never saw the actual puncture wounds on Larick’s face, but I have seen 3 of the 4 punctures on Rowan’s leg.  The fangs were about 1.5 inches apart..so a young snake but a good size still!  As far as I am concerned, all rattle snakes are bad except dead ones!