Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Crane

I had to stand inside the front door to get a shot of him/her. They have very sharp eyes!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Every single time I went out today there was a Crane out on the dock. Every single time I reached for the camera it took off. To the ancient Chinese, the Crane was a symbol of justice and longevity. A Crane totem entering your life could signal recovery of what was lost to you. Crane people have a sense of secrecy and protectiveness. Crane reflects the importance of not dividing your attention between more than one project rather focusing on just the more important one. Mothers with Crane totems do better as stay-at-home moms rather than trying to juggle raising a family and work. If this is impossible, ask Crane to help you accomplish both. Crane can teach you how to celebrate your creative resources and keep them alive, by having the proper focus in your life. I decided to drop everything and weave.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Today was a day filled with color ❤ Not yet the intense color of Autumn but the color of creatures that visit the cottage. We have a pair a Cardinals that hang out in the thicket by the stone staircase leading to the rivers edge. There also seem to be more butterflies than usual. We have many yellow sulfer butterflies and these tiny blue ones, I have no idea what they are and my favorite Monarchs! I just realized that there is milkweed scattered among the ivy and the maple and oak saplings. There were dozens of Monarchs everywhere I looked. They seemed to be mimicking the the leaves that have begun to change. Here's one that sat still enough for a photograph, this is in the wild tangle on the north edge of the lawn overlooking the river.

Turtle Totem

Yesterday as I was sorting thru boxes to see what goes where I decided to grab a drink and take in the view for a moment.....after all that's why I'm here in the first place. Moving is crazy. At least it makes me crazy everything all willy nilly in the wrong place, in the wrong box, BROKEN!!!! I had just discovered my shortbread pan that I loved is shattered. But there is still too much to do and deal with so I put the pieces on the table wrapped up in paper to list on the damage claim sheet. The day before I had moved a table outside under the Loblolly Pines and Maple trees I thought it would be nice to have a place to get outside and shift my focus for a bit. Theres a little spot that sticks out a bit at the edge of the yard before it drops to the rivers edge that nice for sitting and watching..........everything! As I was making my way to the table...slow going barefoot due to the amount of pinecone, sticks and pine needles I came across this little one making her way under the the table.......Good for me.....something to take my mind off the broken things.
A few things about Turtle: A great deal of mythology exists in regard to the turtle. In the Far East, the shell was a symbol of heaven, and the square underside was a symbol of earth. The turtle was an animal whose magic could help you unite heaven and earth within your own life. A symbol of the turtle was an invitation for the blessings of both heaven and earth. The turtle is a shore creature, using the land and the water. All shore areas are associated with doorways to the Faerie Realm. The turtle is sometimes known as the keeper to the doors. turtles thus were often seen as signs of fairy contact and the promise of fairy rewards. To the Native Americans, it was associated with the lunar cycle, menstruation, and the power of the female energies. The markings and sections on some turtles total thirteen. In the lunar calendar, there are either thirteen full moons or thirteen new moons alternating each year. Many believe this is where the association with the female energies originated. turtle is the symbol of the primal mother. It does not move fast. It is as if, on some level, turtle knows it has all the time in the world. turtle medicine can teach new perceptions about time and our relationship with it. turtle totems hold the mystery of awakening the senses - on both physical and spiritual levels. turtle stimulates hearing and clairaudience. It can help with vision and clairvoyance. It heightens the sense of smell and higher discrimination. If turtle has shown up, you may need to ask yourself some questions. Are you not seeing what you should? Are you not hearing what you should? What is it that you are not discerning? Turtles carry their home on their back. The shell is actually the backbone and ribs of the turtle. It serves as home and shelter for it. Although some believe it impossible, if a turtle is flipped onto its back it can right itself. It uses its strong neck and head to flip itself over. For those with this totem, it is a reminder to use your own head and knowledge to right yourself when your world gets topsy turvy. Sometimes turtles show up as a totem to help us during such times. When turtle shows up in your life it is usually a reminder to pay attention or you will miss opportunities. To the Native Americans, the turtle was a symbol of Mother Earth and a reminder that she provides for all of our needs. Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees, and turtle can slow us down to help us see our opportunities. If turtle has shown up in your life, it is time to get connected to your most primal essence. Go within your shell and come out when your ideas are ready to be expressed. It is time to recognize that there is an abundance out there for you. It doesn't have to be gotten quickly and immediately. Take your time and let the natural flow work for you. Too much, too soon, can upset the balance. turtle reminds us that all we need for all that we do is available to us, if we approach it in the right manner and time. Turtle showed up just in the nick of time ☽✪☾

Sunset ❤

The first Sunset at the new place. Sunset's a big deal here, people come out to watch from their porches, docks and beaches. We sat on the sea wall of our place to watch this one.