Thursday, May 28, 2015
Cats Galore! You Said It!
On Jan 6 in the middle of a subzero blizzard, we received an unexpected Epiphany Gift.
Many years ago, I painted a pastel painting of a very dark head and shoulders of a black and tan Shetland Sheepdog, just for practice and fun. I just made him up! I sold him in an art show. His memory still lingers. The painting actually crossed though my vision field recently....Why?
During the winter holidays I picked up James Herriot's story of The Christmas Day Kitten. I didn't read the story, but I opened the book to expose the painting of a dark stray tabby kitten entering her warm kitchen "home" on a farm.
Then I found a large kitten photo on a calender, mostly black tossed with tan in streaks and swirls. I cut the kitten photo out and posted it on our refrigerator. I had never seen markings like that.
Next I saw a Volaticotherium animated figure on Dinosaur Train. The flying squirrel like character, "Vlad" had a dark "cape" with lighter swirls and streaks. I made sketches of this small furry mammal from the 250 million years ago. He lived even before some Dinosaurs appeared on Earth. I am fascinated by his dark coat with a hint of lighter swirls.
I also saved an article How to Introduce a New Cat from a magazine I was recycling. Why?
And then the plaintiff call came....a screeching searching plea for help from our back patio door. OH NO. Orange, the cat, and I ran to see what was there. A frozen kitten, shaking and crying on the snow blocked steps. Orange and I looked at each other in quiet desperation. It seemed about three months old. When the kitten moved into the grey light, I saw it stretched out a bit. "It's older than 3 months, " I thought. The long haired insulated coat saved its life in the winter blast. HELP~
It took some time to coax the kitty into our home. When we took it food, it ran away. Next it cried near the basement window well. All three of us humans stood there and spoke to it. * Try saying "Row" (rhymes with "now"), meaning "food" in Cat Speak. We all "rowed" at the kitten.
We came upstairs to fetch a bowl of food. And the kitten was there at the back door already! "The Power of Row!"
Meanwhile, cats began waking up from their naps and sat in a silent semi circle to welcome the newcomer. We got our largest cat carrier and put a bowl of food in it. Carefully opening the door, we gently beckoned the kitten into the warm kitchen and the safety of the cat carrier so it could rest and eat. None of our cats hissed at the stranger. "They already know him."
We got a large dog "cage" and transferred the kitten into it. He was safe and snug in the kitchen and welcomed warmth and food. On the second day, he was free of his cage. He still went in it to rest and climbed up the wires so he could sit on the top, a high perch.
"It's a Boy" The Vet added that the kitten had targeted our home in advance in case of need be in the harsh winter. He's about 6 months old and weighs only 4.7 pounds. We think he's been living outside, hunting mice and insects for some time, and then the white out subzero wind and snow came....He knew where to come for help!
I I talked with Judy, Phoebe's owner ** Phoebe is a white Norwegian Forest Cat. I bought a long haired cat brush, the kind Judy suggested. Ruff has many features of the Norwegian Forest Cat. His face and body are different from the Maine Coon breed. Brushing him is like brushing my two Collies. He purrs applause and closes eyes in enjoyment. I thought about my dogs and how I miss them.
Next I read Breed Profiles in *** Cat Fancy Magazine, articles written by Audrey Pavia. Bengal Cat: " Imagine a cat that looks like a leopard plus the personality of a dog." I see Orange as a sleek Greyhound or Cheetah as he streaks across our yard. Norwegian Forest Cat: "Is a playful loving member of the household." Very interactive and social, like a dog, Ruff brings unifying energy and sense of delight for humans and cats alike. He is a cheerful relaxed peacemaker, yet gently assertive.
Orange On the Alert
**** Foster Parent
Orange, our young male, adopted Ruff! How can this be? Orange took to washing the fury kitten, head to toe. He even helps Ruff take small strings of oak pollen and little plant seeds out of his coat. Orange "combs" Ruff with his teeth. Ruff also combs out his long coat by himself and with the help of the cat brush from his human parents. Orange also teaches the kitten martial art self defense skills in a gentel way. Does the Orange-Ruff bond of parent figure and kitten have to do with their young ages or common backgrounds of being abandoned and living on their own for a period of time?
The Norwegian Forest Cat seems more social and interactive and may, in the wild, actually live in social groups? Norwegian Forest Cats prefer the outdoors in all kinds of weather (except blizzards). Ruff is very talkative and "speaks" in complex sentences. He talks to himself and sometimes mutters to himself, indoors and out. Some of his sounds are trilled, like bird calls. Ruff has the waterproof double coat of the Collies and Shelties. Like the dogs I know and love, he sheds out in warmer weather.
Window of Opportunity
Ruff smiles a Wise One's smile.
"He looks like Confucius"
"Maybe he Is!"
Blog Search Key Word Cat
** Stars and Snow, Spirit of Phoebe
Enter Extra Orange
Welcoming Mrs. Harris
* How to Speak Cat by Alexandra Sellers, communicate with your feline.
The Book of Cats, Reader's Digest books, cat family tree, cat breeds and care
*** Cat Fancy Magazine, Breed Profiles, Articles, Photos, Cat Care. Bengal Cat, Seeing Spots by Audrey Pavia Feb 2014, and Norwegian Forest Cat, Loving Companion by Audry Pavia, April 2014. Audrey is an award winning free lance writer . She is a member of the Cat Writers' Assoc.
The New Cat Handbook by Ulrike Muller includes cat "language" and behavior and more.
James Herriot's Cat Stories and Treasury for Children, beautifully illustrated
Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M. and Ph. D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
Dinosaur Train, PBS Kids.org, "Time Tunnel, Time Tunnel Approaching!" Animation, education, comedy, learn more about dinosaurs.
Parental Behavior and the Brain, Charlie Rose May 27, 2015, A team of neuroscientists and biologists study human and animal parenting responses and hormonal activity. What triggers parenting responses and bonding behaviors?
Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor
Photos by Dahlis
Cat Apron, images of cats on fabric evoke Cave Painting Images
Ruff Arrives, Our Epiphany Kitten
Orange On The Alert, Orange explores the cat tree.
Ruff in Light, Ruff shows off his snow shovel feet.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Out of Sync? You Said It!
I certainly have been putting off (avoiding) writing about this experience....Here Goes~
Some months ago I turned on the kitchen sink, but then I could not turn it off! I had a sinking feeling. What?
I am having an out of sink experience!
Wait a minute! I can feel the sink with my hands, I am touching it....what's happening?
Am I on the Earth? Am I between Heaven and Earth? I do not feel dizzy, I do not feel nausea. There are no colors like red and green coming into my eyes. No chills, No fever.
I looked at my hands, they were transparent! I looked at the sink, it was translucent! Think Back to the Future Movie when some objects and photos erased themselves from view..
I seemed to be able to think. Think heart attack? Think stroke? Think ER? Think Out of this World! I heard a feeling "Remain Calm."
On the way out of the kitchen, I had a light switch event....I touched the switch, I felt the switch firmly on my index finger. Again my hands and the light switch were transparent. The light switch did not turn off. Help!
I felt like slow motion and mired in quick sand. I had a sinking feeling.
I glanced up at the ceiling and saw:
Orb or disk shapes in greys and muted pastels. "Arriving soon, they're coming for me," I laughed out loud. Think Humor.
I wobbled into another room to ask my husband for help. He turned off the kitchen sink. Pretty soon I was helped into bed.
My husband took my pulse, "I can't find it." No surprises there....
I had some warm water and kefir (like liquid yogurt) spooned into me.
* Liquids of Life~
Coconut Water, pure and unsweetened
Green Drink, no sugar added, plenty of nutrients with a touch of lemon and lime
Coconut Oil, essential short chain fatty acids
Dark Unsweetened Chocolate, semi melted, 1/2 oz a day
I consulted my Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine to see what medical treatment or tests needed from my M.D. She advised no treatments needed this time, but gave me some stress relieving physical exercises to practice at home to stimulate and relax liver, gall bladder, stomach and solar plexus area "every day."
It took me a long time to recover physically. It took me a long time to recover emotionally. Was I being "re-wired"? I took plenty of time to reboot body and reset mental computer with no agenda of "time" in sight. I felt like a newborn foal learning how to walk for the first time.
"You are experiencing another dimension," a friend commented. Others said, "You are having an out of body experience."
My son Rob said, " It's Paranormalesque."
I will never be the same.....
Out of Sink
** ....we have to take down the wall that separates the natural from the supernatural. Fortunately that's fairly easy to do since the wall was artificial to begin with." Deepak Chopra
By an Unfaltering Trust, "There is no difference between the visible and the invisible~None."
Always consult a qualified medical practitioner when in doubt about your condition.
Charlene Jiang, Great Lakes Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbals, light therapy and more. Stevensville Michigan USA. Charlene is an M.D. in China and has extensive experience in cardiology in a Chinese hospital. She refers me immediately if additional medical help is needed.
I was diagnosed with Gilbert's Syndrome some years ago. Learn more about Gilbert's Syndrome, chronic hepatic functional disorder, medical research. Symptoms may include very low weight, sensitivities to medicines, herbs, light, and noise, rashes, joint pain and fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Help is here in the form of lower stress lifestyle including Yoga and Tai Chi practice plus Meditation for calming and relaxation, plenty of sleep, and simple whole foods.
** The Future of God, by Deepak Chopra. See "God" in a different Light. Chopra Center Meditation and more.
Ask Your Angels, Alma Daniel, et al , St. Michael prayer to restore energy and cutting cords that bind us, "Re-wiring" angels help adjustments, The Angelic Vacuum Cleaner clears negative energy and restores bent energy to vitality.
Healing with the Angels, Doreen Virtue, "All things Angel"
Hands of Light, Light Emerging, Barbara Brennan, energy medicine, cutting cords that bind, neutralize strong emotions and more
Debra Basham, CHTP, NLP, HTt, RMT, and Joel P. Bowman, Ph. D. Imagine Healing, guided imagery including Freedom from Pain, Emotional Freedom and more
*Liquids of Life
Help during recovery and everyday as needed
Lifeway Kefir, Greek Style, unsweetened unflavored, live and active cultures, probiotic, tastes like liquid yogurt. Can be used in smoothies.
Naked Brand pure unsweetened coconut water, plenty of potassium
Evolution Green Drinks, Cold Pressed, various formulas with or without fruit juices added. I prefer the green plant formulas rather than the fruit juice with green mixes.
Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil, in glass jar, apply to skin as moisturizer, cooking, and eating
Dark Unsweetened Chocolate, Baker's Brand, for cooking and eating
Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor
Photos by Dahlis
Kitchen Cup lit by the sun through window blinds
Orbs of Light taken out of a window from indoors looking out at a dark night. What?
Zigzags of Light, bent by the incoming sun. I am fascinated by the effects of light.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Fun with Eyelash Yarn!
After a twenty year "Om" My God" vacation from knitting, I picked up needles and yarn again. Light years ago, before I learned to knit, I loved seeing the yarn basket and multicolored needles. I loved squeezing the yarn and noted soft and harsh textures. I loved the oh so kitten soft ball of white angora. I loved helping my mom wind yarn into balls. Thankfully pull out skeins came along! I remembered asking my mother, "What are Knitting Pins?"
"That's another name for knitting needles."
I began to learn to knit, a lifetime journey of joy and discovery. I actually sat still while I was concentrating! After I learned the basic cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, I found knitting calming and creative.
Knitting Right Along~
Reversible Cable Scarf
For my first "new" project, I tried a classic reversible cable scarf. I had done cables years ago, but this one reversed! What A Concept! Best yet it was easy so I could stitch along and enjoy TV or music at the same time. I felt my left and right brain functions coordinate in wonder and harmony.
Addicted to Yarn
Recently I began experimenting with specialty yarns in addition to classic sport, worsted, and and wool blends for sweaters and hats. What Fun! A candy store assortment of new products and techniques of all kinds welcome me~
Some yarns contain sequins, shiny ribbon, or light weight metallic blends. Other yarns create stripes as you knit, no need to change colors Patterns of colors, sharp and muted, create themselves! Organic cotton yarns are available with natural dyes. Quick project yarns are big and chunky. You can learn to knit without needles! Not sure how much yarn you have for a sweater or vest? Knit from the top down. The finished length is when you run out of yarn! The knitting revolution/evolution is an explosion of creative inspiration.
Silver Boa with Sequins
Can't Sit Still? Don't!
Kick back, relax and enjoy the meditative art of knitting and designing. Connect with others. Take a class, some are one on one instruction. Join a knitting or crochet group. Treasure your yarn, hooks, and needles. Your journey to tomorrow begins with one stitch at a time....Your family, friends, and pets will benefit from your hand made creations, stitched with love.
Blog Search Key Word: Knitting
A Stitch in Time
Call to Colors
Addiction and Discovery
Knitting Daily TV.com "Make Time for Yarn Everyday" free patterns, tips, DVD's
Lion Brand Yarns, over 5,000 free patterns
Red Heart Yarns, free patterns
You Tube: learn to knit and crochet
Yarnspiration.com home of Patons, Bernat, Caron, and Lily's Sugar and Cream Yarns
Fun with Yarns:
Free Patterns on lables and online
Blue Boa in progress pictured, "Eyelash Yarn," looks like eyelashes, Bernat Boa Electric Blue
Silver Boa, pictured, Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins, color Smoke
Reversible Cable Scarf, pictured, Bernat Super Value colorfast, 7 oz 4 ply, machine wash and dry. Color Grey Ragg (heather)
Red Heart Boutique Ribbons, Super Bulky, I chose a mix of blues and greens
Lion Brand Hometown USA, Super Bulky, color Memphis Blues
Lion Brand Heartland, Medium Weight, color, Glacier Bay
Premier Yarns, City Life, medium weight, color Indigo, metallic blend in blues and silver
Clover Brand needles, bamboo, easy on hands and joints
Boye, plastic needles, various lengths, easier on hands and joints than metal needles. I tried the USA #'s 6, 8, and 10 short length for scarfs and small projects. "Knitting to Go" is a take with adventure.
Alice Starmore, Aran Knitting includes history of Aran knitting, photos shot on location plus patterns. Take a virtual vacation to the Isles of Aran.
Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans: Fishermen's Sweaters from the British Isles, by Gladys Thompson, history, classic designs
Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor
Photos by Dahlis:
Eyelash Yarn: Bernat Boa Electric Blue
Reversible Cable Scarf,: Bernat Super Value, Grey Ragg, (heather), 7 oz skein, 4 ply, washable, color fast, no dye lot.
Silver Boa with Sequins, in shades of silver, grey, charcoal, and black, Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins, Smoke
Thursday, May 7, 2015
St. Michael, The Archangel
Recently I placed my impressionistic painting of St. Michael in our "living" room. Energy radiates outward and inward. I signed the picture in all four directions and enjoy turning it around "as needed" for a different view.
Jiong Gu, "I keep it simple." I hear my Tai Chi teacher's voice.
Sitting down to write today (yes please and thank you) I want something "easy!" A bit of moving wake up centering exercise combo of Tai Chi and Yoga set the stage. Meditation is in place with toning, at barely audible volume. Plenty of fresh water and some simple food is here. Loose and comfortable clothing, sunlight, breathing fresh air. *Purrfect~
What will happen? All of my blog drafts, words (worlds) forming on a launching pad, are way too complex for me "today."
What will I write? I open a page of **Silver Butterfly and read scattered words.
I began to plan the painting.
Just two days ago, I had a waking vision while watching TV. I closed my eyes for a minute and saw an impressionist beach image forming very simple...very paintable.
The image settled comfortably and stayed with me. I made a pencil sketch of the memory.
Setting the Stage
Excitement mounted as the future adventure approached.
On my way to blogging this morning, I saw a picture on ***Debra Basham's Blog, an Inner Child Card called 8 of Swords. I stopped short~I had seen that image in a sleeping dream just a few days ago. My mind swirled. I showed the picture to my husband. He saw the same image recently..."somewhere on the Internet!"
Early Spring Melted into May
Allegheny Service Berry and Pink Redbud
This morning I looked out at the mauve redbud tree sparkling alone in the sun. The little white flowered tree pictured comes from the Allegheny Mountains. She blooms in spring and flames with brilliance in the autumn. Last year our little white Allegheny tree toppled in a wind storm.
We miss you but you are still here....
Get comfortable, breathe and focus. Set a timer for 10 minutes, or even five depending on your "timing." Write like crazy without thinking at all! Thinking short circuits the free flow of energy. Freedom from thought, grammar, spelling, sentences, logic, "see" what appears.
* Purring Right Along
Encounters with Michael, The Artist Meets the Archangel
The Rainbow Crane
Tonal Vision, the power of frequencies
*** Debra Basham, CHTP, NLP, HTt, RMT, Healer, Author, Spiritual Teacher
Read the Story: blog post May 3, 2015 Hello Fear, entering the cave, exploring possibilities
Dinosaur Train, animation, for kids of all ages. PBS.org, Caving with Vlad. Shiny is afraid of entering the cave with her family.
Earth Angel Realms by Doreen Virtue
Tai Chi and Qigong
Dr. Paul Lam, Tai Chi for Health worldwide. Paul's new memoir, Born Strong
Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming, YMAA, All levels of practice, Qigong, Tai Chi
Deepak Chopra, Chopra Center Meditation, book The Future of God
Jou, Tsung Hwa, The Tao of Taijiquan, the Tao of Meditation
Chet Day, Cat's Purr Cd and nature sounds
** Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor
Free PDF E-book, illustrated, Silver Butterfly Create A Vision, Awaken Your Creative Spirit, email@example.com
Images by Dahlis
St. Michael the Archangel, oil painting
Allegheny Service Berry and Pink Redbud