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Day 25

Day 25! How much am I enjoying getting up and doing yoga right away? A lot apparently. I forgot to turn the alarm off this morning, so I woke up thinking it was a regular day and not a holiday. When I clued in that it was a holiday, rather than go back to bed… I did yoga. Who am I?!


Today was a gentle practice. We often forget to be gentle with ourselves, to take breaks when we need it. We live in a chaotic world that doesn’t stop. We have access to news, social media and whoever we want to get in touch with 24/7. Things such as cell phones and social media can be a huge determent to our own mental well being. We need to remember to be gentle with ourselves and sometimes, turn the world off, even if for 30 minutes.
Everything about this picture makes me happy. There is a raven, a black cat, a baby Chuthulu, Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. The only thing missing is a bat. I’m sure it’s there somewhere. I’ve read their work many, many times and I will read it many times more. It’s my happy place.


The other book I have read so many times that my copy is falling apart, is A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. It’s the book that inspired me to be a writer.


What authors do you read over and over again?

Day 5

Day 5 in the bag! Do you like shiny things? I like shiny things. Do you know what else likes shiny things? Crows and Ravens!

I love Crows and Ravens! I swear that Ravens are my spirit animal. When I go to see my parents I am always out looking for them. There is usually a murder of them in the yard beside their house, some occasionally landing on the railing of their deck.

When we were in Japan, they were everywhere and massive in size. A Crow there was the size of a Raven here and they had this gorgeous purple sheen on their feathers. First thing I would hear when I woke up was the beautiful sounds of the crows cawing. I want to hear that every day.

One thing, not related to beginning yoga, but, something I am becoming, even more in tune with since starting, is mindfulness. I think I’ve always been fairly mindful of those around me, but being there with my friend Carlin‘s for her journey with cancer and her death due to the disease, I’ve really woken up about how I and others treat those around me/us/them. Even though we think we are being mindful, we can still do better. I think this is another reason I’m drawn to Crows and Ravens. They are mindful of each other, they have each other’s backs and take care of each other. Let’s be more like the Crows and Ravens.

Bat Adventures and Crow Sighting Map

My husband came up with a genius idea for me to create a map for our bat sightings. I’ve also added in crow sightings. Here it is. 

Crow Update: Day 4

There is something about this place. It’s weird and strange. It draws out the darkness that I try to hide in my safe little place. Every time I’m here, stories of strife and horror brew within my mind.

The crows and the ravens caw to me. Giving me permission to tell the stories of the things they see. They release the words from the grey clouds as they skydive to the ground.

Listen to me! Listen to me!
You are our storyteller.
You are our medium.

Listen to me! Listen to us!
You bare our witness.
You hold our trust.

Sing with us! Sing with us!
You are one of the witches.
You are one of us.

Crow Update — Day 2

Was thinking it would be fun to do a daily Crow Update. So… here goes.

Yesterday, I heard a Crow. One… single… Crow. Yet, it was nowhere to be seen. Are they playing hide-and-seek with me? They are playful creatures.

I didn’t not see any Crows yesterday, just not at my parents. My Mom and I went to Owen Sound and I saw a few along the way, just not the ones I want to see! Today is another day. I am going to go out for a long walk today and fingers crossed, I see some of those beauties! Next update, forthcoming!

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Here Birdie Birdie & Tales Of Other Flying Things

Where are my Crows and Ravens? Where are you?

One of the things I look forward to when I visit my parents is seeing the Crows and Ravens. I absolutely love Crows and Ravens. I swear as soon as I show up, they aren’t around. Why? Why do you do this to me? All I want to do is love you. Please come back Crows and Ravens. COME BACK!!!

In the meantime, I will lovingly look at this drawing of two Crows.

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All kidding aside, There are two birds that fit with who I am and what people think they see. On the inside, I feel like I am a Raven. I also feel that it is my spirit bird. The Raven is intelligence and is able to learn quickly, using what they learn to figure out solutions to problems, to puzzles.  They are dark and mysterious. ‘The Raven totem signifies mystery and divination, and the attraction to the magical or mystical ways.’  I’m the dark little girl with the crooked smile. I am a Raven.

Others see a Flamingo. Someone who is bright and showy. I am only that way when I really, truly need to be. I am what you might call an extroverted introvert. I love being on a stage and performing, yet being around people close-up and personal has always made me uncomfortable. I was an incredibly shy kid who would rather sit alone and read or draw. I’m ok to perform for those people, I just don’t feel comfortable talking to them. This is why I am so drawn to both of those birds.

flamingos

Of late, I have also become very curious about all birds. With Spring sort of returning, there are many, many different types of birds singing in the trees around us. I’ve been seeing a lot of Cardinals this year. Way more than any other year and it had me thinking that I would love to learn more about the birds that are in my neighbourhood. I want to hear a song from one of them and immediately recognize what kind of bird it is. The High Park Nature Centre down the street does have walkabouts for bird identification and I am considering going on one. They had a fantastic one for Bats.

cardinals

Oh, Bats. Another flying creature I am obsessed with. My ghoul fiends Thea and Adam gave us a Bat Detector for our wedding gift last year and I CANNOT wait to start using it! It is finally warming up enough that the Bats will be out feeding. Nightly walks will be becoming a popular end to the day.

bats

Now off to find my Crows and Ravens.