Zzzzen….

29 06 2010

So I have a horse:

Missie says, "Wake me up and I'll bite you!"

 Yes, she’s beautiful, believe me she knows it…. anyway, to get training for her (which I need since she’s much smarter than I alone) I clean stalls at a local ranch every Monday in trade.

There’s a fine art to cleaning manure. Horses walk, all the time, constantly; they even sleep on their feet. So the poo doesn’t stay in nice easily-scooped little piles (well, not little, exactly); it gets trampled all over heck, and you have to use a rake to get all the pieces, or else spend hours more than necessary.
   
It was Monday. I raked… I scooped… I defended my wheelbarrow against horses who like to scratch themselves on it and inadvertently tip it over, I dodged bites, I sweated, I raked again. Then (in the middle of a particularly juicy curse aimed at a diabolical pony named, deceptively, Sugar) I looked back and saw the rake’s marks in the dust. They were beautiful. Heatstroke may have had a hand in this, but I swear, the whole ground was just these lovely soft curving lines, like the tracks of a hundred mysterious snakes.
Before Sugar ran off with my shovel, it reminded me of one of those Zen gardens, where monks comb lines into the sand around big boulders.
    
It was an unexpectedly tranquil moment and I am really glad I didn’t miss it. There were even a few butterflies in my ‘zen’ garden (they are attracted to the salt in the horsie pee). It was the perfect touch. So, lesson: look for the beauty that is left after poo is removed!




Things to Do… While Suffering From Insomnia

29 08 2009

 

There are infuriating nights for all of us when, for no apparent reason, we can’t get to sleep. We toss, turn, flip our pillows over, tie our blankets in knots, then toss and turn again. Sometimes you just can’t find that wonderful dreamland and when that happens, try these things.

  • Brew a warm cup of tea or mix up an icy cold beverage, depending on the temperature of your surroundings.
  • Go read a book for a while. Then go back to bed and imagine what you would do in place of one of the characters.
  • Do something creative. Doodle, paint, sketch, make a collage or macaroni art.
  • Howl at the moon.
  • Take a warm bath. Who says you can’t bathe at night? Light some candles for an extra relaxing atmosphere; just don’t drift off in the tub!
  •  Wake your lover up, too…
  • Go look through old photo albums. Dig out all the old books and boxes and go through them for a great trip down memory lane.
  • Read frivolous fashion magazines and on each page, pick one thing that you would like to own best. Trust me, it’s surprisingly entertaining.
  • Go curl up on the couch with your dog or cat and a fuzzy fluffy blanket.
  • Light a stick of delicious incense.
  • Sit outside for a while, listen to the various night sounds that are so different from those in the daytime.
  • Deep-condition your hair, whiten your teeth, use a face mask- anything that can be done fairly quickly. Pampering yourself is always great.
  • Go to ecreamery.com and concoct your own wild ice cream flavors, mad scientist style!
  • Plot some devious pranks to play on your (good-humored) friends.
  • Get up and write a blog entry! 😉

 Sweet dreams, everyone.





Creatures of Fantasy

30 07 2009

It sounds rather trite, but sometimes the things that we dream up inside our own skulls aren’t half as incredible as the real life things that exist on our wonderful, wonderful planet. Nature has provided plenty of fairy-tale beasts to inspire us, and in honor of that, here is one of my favorites, an awe inspiring denizen of the deep that very little is known about.

 

The narwhal is sometimes called ‘the unicorn of the sea’ for obvious reasons. These whales usually travel in pods of about 20 or 30, but gatherings of up to 100 have been reported! Only the males grow their amazing spiraling horns, which are actually teeth, and no one is sure what purpose they serve. The horn of the horse-like unicorn we’re all more familiar with was once thought to nullify poisons, and I like to imagine that these aquatic guardians roam our oceans and purify them in much the same way.





Focus on the Now

11 07 2009

Sometimes I feel like I’m wasting my life, like it’s all going by too fast and for no purpose (I know, I know, melodramatic). This is patently ridiculous- I’m not yet seventeen, and if I look at my life objectively, I know that I’m doing pretty all right and contributing my fair share to improving our world. I believe that this ennui is just a result of being an itty bitty human in our great big world, floating in the sea of problems.

The doldrums are no place to live your life, though, at any age! Sometimes it takes a reminder to discover anew that our lives are generally not as bad as we think. Just take a big breath of beautiful air, pet your dog, significant other or best friend, and take a moment to count off all the wicked awesome parts of your life happening right now this instant. Realize that you are fabulous and you are making this world better with every step you take, even if they are small.