Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Fires of Imbolc

A Blessed Imbolc to all of my friends! Though it seems unlikely, the groundhogs have more or less agreed that spring will come early this year! Fingers crossed!!

I have had a ROUGH start to 2019, physically speaking. I am happy to kick January to the curb to be honest. It started off well, then I got the stomach flu, some kind of mystery eye infection...then earlier this week, I strained my arm from shoveling snow. I'm afraid to leave my bed lol! Well, the arm was my fault, I didn't take a break, I wanted to finish getting the heavy snow off the deck so I paid for it. I wore a bandage and a sling for 4 days and then got sick of it, so I'm loaded up with painkillers...which I don't like very much, but at least I'm able to function now!

I can't stand being out of the kitchen! I'm hoping that February will put a stop to the injuries and illness!!

Imbolc brings with it the hope of spring, light and warmth. It's time to leave the cold darkness behind and look forward to the joy of a new season. I was looking through my photos from last year and I really long for the warm humid summers again!

So...on to the thoughts. What darkness must you leave behind? What is keeping you frozen in darkness? How can you bring warmth and light into your life?

I guess this translates to how can you make the best of life despite the challenges it brings? I had some big challenges in January with my health and I think I did an okay job of accepting those things I couldn't change. It was hard, but it taught me the lesson that I need to be better prepared physically for whatever could pop up. I walk every day, weather permitting, so my cardio health is in great shape - but my muscles aren't what they used to be so I have to pace myself when it comes to repetitive activity (like shoveling snow) or else I put too much strain on myself. It's a hard lesson for me to learn because once I have something in mind, I like to finish it in one shot!! :)

Is there a project you have in mind that you want to start? Why not start it TODAY? Or at least start thinking of it and planning it? Winter is a great time of the year for some very deep thinking and lots of planning. My biggest project for the next 3-4 months is about finding a property to buy. I'm proud to say that Alex and I have saved our down payment already, the credit score has improved over the last month too; so all that's left is FINDING the dream home and land. That's my project and I'm 100% focused on it.

Is there an area in your life that you want to thrive? What can you do to make that happen?


wisps of words said...

So sorry that Jan. hit you so hard.... It was Dec. here. And these things can "take the starch out of you," for sure. But we have to learn from them. {Here, we learned how we must eat, for proper health. Even though we had been much better at it, than many. With age, comes the fact, that you can't "cut the corners," which you used to be able to! :-)}

And you learned that you have to pace yourself! Not just as "an idea," but as a Fact. :-) No matter how we dislike it, our body does change. And to ignore this, is to put ourselves in peril.

I don't like you not using a sling any more. Just pain killers. Come on, you know, pain is the body's way, of telling us, that something is still not fine!!!!!!! How do you expect your muscles and everything, to fully heal, if you don't take care of them??????????????? If you throw off the sling, and just kill the pain???????????

-hand waving- Listen to your Elders please. Please... Please...

And back up to happy! I knew the people, who would love "She Just Let Go" post. :-))))))) And actually, more people love it, than I expected.

Hugsssss.... ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨

Rain said...

Oh....I CAN'T wear the sling anymore!!! I can't cook or bake (excuses excuses)!! Thanks for your words of wisdom Wisps of Words!!! Just a note...I am taking it easy, no hard physical stuff, but I am determined to keep cooking and baking ONE-ARMED!! I have my hand always in my apron pocket! I promise you I'm okay. :) The pain killers are anti-inflammatory as well so they are helping a lot. Your post was wonderful by the way!! :)

Lisa said...

Here's to hoping the rest of 2019 goes better for you. Can't wait to follow your adventures in house/property hunting! Lisa

Rain said...

Thanks Lisa! :) I have a feeling it's going to quiet until April then some kind of big whirlwind adventure!!! :)

Pam Jackson said...

Oh Rain...OUCH! Bless your heart and I am hoping that Feb. will be a turn around for both of us. CONGRATS on the down payment and on the credit score, now here is hoping you find a place that works for you so that you can get all that out of the way and make it yours. As for me, yes, there seems to be things holding me down and back right now. Still struggling and even though my fibro meds helps with depression, it really don't seem to be doing what all I need it to do right now. I will get there though.....I will.

Mama Pea said...

I had a feeling something was wonky with you this past month or so! Thought several times of contacting you, but am sorry (and ashamed) I did not do so. My year (the month of January anyway) hasn't started out the way I had hoped either, but we just need to keep going on and doing the best we can.

Perhaps we both had lessons to learn. Every now and then we need that knock upside the head to get us back on the sensible (what's that??) track! Good thing we've got Mother Wisps of Words to lovingly herd us toward remembering to use our common sense! (Love you, W of W!)

I hereby declare the rest of the winter is going to be great! Right? Right!

Jono said...

I love walking, too, but the frigid temperatures and icy conditions have stopped it for now. I do plan on a quick ski outing later. I just need to be out in daylight regularly for renewal. Now that the days are getting longer, it is getting easier. Hope you continue to feel better.

baili said...

i am so sorry that you got your arm hurt dear Rain!

it sounds January came to hurt arms specially as
in early days of January either i hurt my right arm so badly as i hit it in the sloppy side of door ,my shoulder got ugly huge black scar and swelling which slow downed my work ability which is annoying

i am impressed with your thoughts over the "accepting the health issues " and be mentally prepared for them , i am also learning it slowly that with aging health problems will grow more and more day by day no matter how careful i will be and that is natural

i strongly wish and pray that may warm lovely summer come soon towards you and you feel better and happy my friend!

thank you for this precious selfie :)
you look cold yet beautiful :)

i am sooo happy for your achievement ,this is so exciting that you are almost there to have house of your dreams!
tons of positive healing energy to you ,lots of love and a warm tight hug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Martha said...

Wishing you well, Rain. I'm so sorry for the rough patches and I hope February is much kinder. That is wonderful news about the down payment. You are so close to fulfilling your dream. It must feel very exciting.

I don't have plans for this year. I will let each month unfold slowly and steadily and not stress over the things I cannot control. We only have this moment and I want to cherish each one that gifted to me.

Tanza Erlambang said...

hope, better for you in 2019 and coming years,
have a great day

Magic Love Crow said...

I am so sorry for what has happened with your health in January! Take care of you!!
I am so happy you and Alex have saved your down payment for your house! Happy Dance!
I think just truly being me and living my life, brings light into it! No people pleasing! LOL!
Big Hugs!

Guillaume said...

Sorrt to hear about your health issues. I hope you are better now.

Oh I LOVE the mushroom house! Some faerie creature must be dwelling there.