Sunday, August 10, 2014

Djembe Love

I am loving being a drummer. I have been spending some time regularly practicing and trying to learn new rhythms.  And guess what happened! The music director at the Unitarian church I attend offered me a job as the church percussionist. OMG. How exciting that he would have the confidence in me and my limited drumming skills to want to pay me to play in front of the congregation a couple of Sundays a month. Oh boy. This is exciting and scary and a great way to achieve more persona growth. Stay tuned for how it goes In the meantime, I still drum with the rhythm group every couple of weeks, and today we played in the service as a group. What a lot of fun.

New Tattoo

My Bob Marley tribute tattoo. I have loved Bob Marley's philosophy and music for many years. I feel that the human race is one with all of creation, one love, one heart. Peace.

Friday, July 11, 2014

I just realized that I never posted about my latest tattoo. It's the woodland faery with the cobweb wings that I have wanted for 10 years! I am loving it. Its about 3 months old now. New in the photo. And it already feels like me. :)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

 So, I am taking up a new hobby, exercise, fun time. What ever you want to call it. I got a bike. In fact it was gifted to me by a lovely friend who used it for 3 years as her only transportation. I am blessed not to have to do that, but I do plan to use it to get around town to places like the farmers market, the library, the bookstore and others. I am so excited to get going on this. I only need a helmet and a basket now. I want to be able to carry anything I 'd  like. And eventually I will get a cargo bike for even more possibilities. Stay tuned.. Peace~Yarrow

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Becoming a Drummer

I have always been a dancer. As a child I danced to any and everything, any time and any where much to my parents chagrin. As an adult I danced with my husband every chance we got, and as a mother, I danced with my children on my hip and then holding their hands. Finally at 30 I took belly dance lessons and loved it. The djembe drums were always what I loved dancing to the most. I danced at festivals around huge bonfires and the live drumming was what kept me coming back, they fascinated me.

At one festival, when Sophie was only two. She began mimicking a drummer on a small djembe. She was so good at it that I bought her a tiny one of her own. I loved it myself, but the size was not easily played by an adult. Friends I knew had and played djembes and I longed for one of my own.

Finally, I have one. Found at a pawn shop of all places. I have no idea why someone decided they needed to a pawn this beautiful instrument. But I am glad that they did. I cleansed it with sage and now it is mine.
My church has an informal drum circle that meets every other Saturday and I recently attended my first one. It just happened to be the one where the musical director sat in and decided that he wanted us to play with the choir and band the next day. Play in front of an entire church congregation!!!! Me!!!  Well, since I have long ago decided to stop saying no to things that I later regret, I did it. I showed up the next morning early to practice and we played along to four songs and a full choir. It was so much fun and I felt great afterward.

It is a strange feeling identifying myself as a drummer, a musician. I have always felt un-musical, so to speak, never really learning an instrument completely. Always dancing to the music. Now I am the one making the music. It is a really nice feeling.

Peace, Yarrow

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sam sure has grown. He will be 6 months old next week. He weighs around 45 lbs. And is learning more and more how to be a good dog every day. He brings a lot of joy and fun to our house. Katy is reinvigorated because of him. They love each other and get along well.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

We have a new family member

On December 14th we added a new addition to our family. Meet Samy, he is a yellow Lab that we adopted from the local animal shelter for Sophie. She had been begging for a puppy for several years and things just fell into place for it to happen this year. We were planning on another Golden, but when I saw these three little Lab pups on the animal shelter's web page, well I just had to take one.
Unfortunately, less than a week later he developed Parvo and was very sick little guy for about a week. At one point I was not so sure he would make it. We had him on IV fluids and fed him pedialyte and broth for several days. Then he finally rallied.And is now a completely healthy pup.

He is settled in nicely and he and Katy, our golden, have become a sort of friends. Katy plays with him much of the time, and tolerates him the rest of the time. They will eventually become the best of friends. I hope.







Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Bohemian Home!

We finally found the perfect home for us. It is just right, on a beautiful piece of fenced property in the school district that we wanted to keep Sophie in. It has space, space for all four of us, and for the four pets, as well as the puppy that Sophie is requesting for her 10th birthday next year. I am so thrilled with it. I was at work today thinking about how the light shines through the many windows in the living/dining room and catches the sparkles in the sun catchers and crystals that hang there. I was wondering what my hubby was doing in our lovely new home. I have so many bohemian plans for the space, and especially the garden/yard. More on that to come. Peace.




Thursday, November 28, 2013

An Iroquois Prayer Returning Thanks to Mother Earth

Thanksgiving We return thanks to our mother, the Earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone. We return thanks to the sun, t
hat has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children. ~ Iroquois ~ - See more at: http://www.pachamama.org/blog/an-iroquois-prayer-returning-thanks-to-mother-earth#sthash.baPoY4uu.dpuf

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hello Again.

Hello again dear readers. If anyone is still following my blog after such a long hiatus, thank you. And let me fill you in a little on what has been going on in my little corner of the world.

Work! Work, work, work. I have begun working full time at the veterinary hospital, but have switched to the office/reception instead of technician side. Due to the arthritis in my hands and elbows, the animal handling got to be very difficult and I went home most evenings in excruciating pain. Luckily for me, the current receptionist chose that time to retire and I got the position. More hours, but easier work. For the most part anyway.

In other areas of my life things have been more complicated. My marriage has had several ups and downs, but we are working on a fresh start, or at least starting fresh from where we are. A renewed commitment to what we want out of our life together. We are still in the tiny bohemian house. However, new developments could mean the purchase of our own home is closer than we thought. More as that story develops. :)

My older son graduated from high school in June, so freaking proud of him pushing himself, working with his strengths and doing what, at one time, we feared he would not do. Graduate!

My youngest son starts class on Monday as a Junior. He is becoming quite a wonderful young man.

My poppet, Sophie became a third grader this year. She is just amazing and never ceases to bring me and her dad great joy as well as challenge our parenting know how. :)

I have reignited the local Red Tent Temple here in Oak Ridge. In October of last year, Sophie and began attending the local Unitarian Universalist church. We have found kindred spirits there and felt such a sense of family. It has been great.

As for my last post, it has been 5 months without Diet Coke. I have lost weight and feel much better. There is a great improvement to the arthritis, even before the job change.

Things are looking up for my family. I hope this finds those of you who are still reading well and happy. Look for more frequent posts from now on. Until then, Peace and Blessings.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

No More Diet Coke

Well, I finally did it. I cut the Diet Coke out of my life. I have wanted to do so for a long time now, because of the health issues associated with it. But after reading an article about aspartame poisoning, I had the kick in the pants to really do it. This is day 4 with no coke and I feel great. No caffeine headaches, thanks to a cup of chai tea each morn. No cravings for coke or for carbohydrates. Wonder of wonders. :) Here are two articles that really changed my thinking. One health related the other environmental/human rights. 



So, wish me luck and think hard about your own soda drinking. But remember, aspartame is found in many, many products....read your labels.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Latest Tattoo

One more tattoo in my tattoo addiction/collection. This is a Triple Moon, in honor of the Great Maiden. Mother, Crone. With the words to my favorite chant added.This is on the front of my left thigh.