Thursday, November 6, 2008


I guess your first questions are what is TNC and AEDM. TNC is The Next Chapter where the group is reading and discussing Soul Coaching by Denise Linn. AEDM is Art Every Day Month - a group the lovely Leah from Creative Every Day put together to get us motivated to be creative. I signed up for both of these groups with the best of intentions, but life (or the universe) sometimes interrupts what we think we would rather be doing. I tend to listen to the universe or I get a headache! So, when the contractor called and said they could begin repairing the damage from Hurricane Ike, we said come on.

Here's a picture of one of the walls that had the drywall and insulation removed after getting wet from Ike.

The two humans (Mr. and Mrs. Dragon) and the fur babies are the only things not covered by plastic or dry wall dust. YUCK. But, things will get back to normal (whatever that is) and we will have a new paint job in the living and dining rooms. We will take the opportunity to clear the clutter (one of those Soul Coaching suggestions) and really clean the house (more Soul Coaching). We've been spending a lot of time on our balcony listening to the birds and watching the squirrels (Soul Coaching again) while the dust and dry wall fly inside the house. Guess I've been more with the TNC group than I first thought. I'm just doing things in a slightly different order!

One of the suggestions in Soul Coaching is to set up an altar. We have two altars in the house. One large one near the front door (covered in plastic) and this small one in the bedroom. I love the St. Francis. He reminds me of nature -- animals -- birds -- that we are all in this adventure together. The candles are ritual candles -- one for health and one for my guardian angel. There is a small piece of obsidian on the table -- a gift from a dear friend of some 40 years -- to remind me of the earth and to keep this Gemini grounded. Also on the table a small tag that says Bless My Cat.

As for AEDM -- I haven't finished the collage I started in the organic background class I took with Paulette Insall. You guessed it -- all my supplies and working area are under plastic. However, I did pull the canvas out and placed on my focal points. The Buddha is a photo we took in Maui many years ago and the lotus is from clip art. They are both just sitting on the canvas as I decide if this is the final placement. I will have a few words on the canvas: Listen With Your Heart.

And I am crocheting dolls for my two little girls in California. Aren't they cute?! They were designed by the same woman who designed the Favrielle dolls. My fingers are itching.


Genie Sea said...

How absolutely admirable! Beauty, art and peace in the midst of upheaval! Restoration and release! Thank you so much for sharing your journey. :)

Jamie said...

Welcome to Soul Coaching! How amazing that you seem to have been on the journey with us the entire time!

Beautiful Witch said...

I get such a feeling of warmth and peace from your altar - your statue is adorable! :) I think the way you have embraced the timing of your renovation is amazing. You are definitely with us on Soal Coaching with all the cleaning and decluttering and spending time in the fresh air.

Leah said...

great job on doing so much with so much under plastic! good for you for going with the flow. it sounds like you're doing fabulous with it. and the art is looking fabulous too!

Rosa said...

Wow, you are a busy gal! I love your collage, your dolls and your altar! I love learning about such things and I've been following the art of Feng Shui for years now. I have my angels and rosaries and coins and candles and flowers etc. in the corner here with my computer. It just worked out that way. Oh, and I don't have a Viking stove. I just took some classes at the store. I have an AGA that I adore. Good luck with your painting. Ugh. I feel for you! I have one room that needs doing. It's just waiting for me to get to it! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon!