For the Bard on his Birthday

P1140770.JPGToday, homage to William Shakespeare…….

she be but little she is fierce……a personal favorite…. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I whispered this in my head yesterday at a knitting exhibition ….. There was a sheep shearing demonstration……sheep were waiting in an inside pen.   A tall cloth was hung, isolating them from people passing through the barn… a small gated doorway at the end was the childrens’ viewing corner.

The adults all easily viewed the sheep; me, I wasn’t tall enough at only 5′ to view amongst the land of giants………

The tour guide, with a bemused smile, pointed to the adults and told me I could look there……Then, stopped, realizing I wasn’t tall enough.

Thanks I said, sarcastically, I go to the childrens’ window……..

The childrens’ corner was a long wait.   Each toddler screamed and screamed……I want to see the sheep, not wanting to be forcefully taken in hand and dragged away.     This scenario repeated itself, lasting about 5-10 minutes of parental pleading, children crying, and temptations offered.

Finally, it was my turn.   I took my adult one minute of viewing time and stepped aside…….as the Bard spoke inside my head……

She be but little she is fierce………….Birthday Blessings Will……..I imagine you probably weren’t too tall yourself, back then…..

Shirl……

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“One Year of Grief”

 

It’s been one year since I lost my Casper to cancer.   It came quickly, I had lost three other friends in the previous two years and this was an unexpected blow to my heart.

Yes, I got another collie baby, after much soul searching.   When you are of a certain age, you realize all who are dependent on you.   The days of having packs of dogs are over; I cannot rest that burden on childrens’ shoulders as my husband and I are in our retirement years.   I have lost several dear human friends, I worried about those they left behind, those that looked to them each day for food, shelter, and love.

Puppies take a lot of energy.   Big puppies knock you over.   I know.   I have raised giant breed puppies and been injured more than once.  There comes a time in life when you don’t get up so quickly and the bruises take much longer to heal.   And yes, I have rescued more than the usual share of elderly and ill dogs.   My heart just cannot take the knowing that soon the time will come again to see them cross.

Last month, my 11 year old pom suddenly collapsed from a silent cancer, known for its insidious death.  That was the straw in the camel of my heart and it has been hard getting back up quickly or letting those bruises disappear.

People often say…….well, you can get another dog now.   I can never replace those lost.   Yes, I can bring another into my home, but I am also bringing that being into the lives of my children…..I have birds that I know may live decades longer…..I often feel it a shame for those wanting parrots.    When you are young enough, the expense is too massive and lives are too busy.   When you reach a point in life where you will not see eighty more years, bringing a parrot to bond with you has heartache consequences………

Having a pet is a huge responsibility.   Most people cannot afford the price of quality food, regular vet care, and sophisticated treatments when illness comes, and serious illness is a “usual” thing for our pets these days.

People often say…….well, you are a pet intuitive, so you can just talk to all who have crossed.   It does not work in this way, as I do not do readings for those in my family, I do not communicate with my family who are in spirit.   I communicate with them like everyone else, in my heart.   It is something those that do similar work know and respect…..

These days, my heart is filled with conversations to all I have lost…………….

I am an author, I published a book about dealing with grief after losing so many…….if you wish to journey with me and perhaps help heal your own heart,  you may find it here………

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“The Legend of the Fairy Cross”

fairy crossAfter Apache Tears, (those of you who have read my book, know why this stone is so special to me), Fairy Cross is the most poignant stone to my heart.
Fairy Cross, also known as Staurolite, has a unique formation, a perfect Roman cross.
Legend believes it was created as the tears of heartbroken fairies fell to the ground when they learned the news of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Native American people, in particular the Cherokee, have a much similar legend passed through their history. Cherokee revere these stones, there is a beautiful collection of them at the Cherokee Museum.
Throughout history, several notable people have carried Fairy Stones. They are believed to be a talisman of good fortune. A few United States Presidents are said to have carried them.
Whether you believe in the legends or not, one cannot deny the beauty of this gemstone formation. Even more beautiful and poignant, today, Good Friday.

Blessings this Good Friday and Easter Sunday,
Shirl

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“Mercury Retrograde…..today”

Oh no!!! you say………another Mercury Retrograde?Moons aura

Yes, it starts today……this one is in Taurus, the sign of the stubborn bull.   Which means this retrograde might mean a lot of stubborn interactions, frustrating dealings,  pull your hair out moments when your better half just doesn’t “get it.”

This one formally lasts until May 3rd, but most of you know, effects of retrogrades appear beforehand and linger longer for those sensitive to the energy changes of our universe.

What can you do?   Well, first and foremost, don’t stop living.   Just keep your anger fuse just a bit longer so frustrations don’t get out of control.

If you are traveling somewhere, there might be delays, aggravation with things taking longer than they should………

Of course, always be vigilant in any type of communications during these retrogrades.  Don’t be stubborn and think you know it all…..READ it all, every little letter of the fine print ………

Expect computers to be slow, expect those with a stubborn streak to come into their own during this time………..

Money may come into focus during this time, because of the Taurus influence.

Be careful about spending money on large purchases now……….cars, electronics, even homes…. negotiating home contracts might be slow and tedious now.

And READ the fine print……..read it twice……….

Blessings,

Shirl

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“A Wish Giver Retired”

When I was a little girl, I wished for crayons and those huge coloring books that seemed to contain thousands of pages……….maybe a couple of hundred……….but to a little girl they were thousands.

I never colored each page in a row………..I liked to skip around.   Crayola announced they are retiring Dandelion yellow.                ????????????

In this world of diminished bees, dandelions are the first foods of these fragile beings.   Plucked as weeds by many, this plant is the life force and the force of wishes for so many beings………Our children need to be taught to love dandelions, not destroy them with pesticides……….a little yellow crayon can help them.

Why do we have to lose dandelion yellow………..it makes no sense to me.   Crayola says a new color in the blue spectrum will replace the cheerful yellow piece of wax.   A contest to name it will ensue.

No doubt, some exotic or millennial moniker………. this world needs a few more simple things….like cheerful, dandelion yellow.     I think that is what most of us wish for, in a world of too many blue moods of sadness.

I took my dandelion out of my box of crayons today…………yes, I still have crayons……….and I still use them.   But not my Dandelion………she will be put in a place of remembrance, perhaps wished upon one day in the dead of winter when real dandelions are asleep.dandelion

Blessings,

Shirl

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“A Rooster’s Crow” My Family is with me

If you read one of my first books, you know the story of the rooster watch.    It was my dad’s.   While I cared for my ill dad, his rooster watch would crow about 18 times on the hour.   It was a gift from a blind charity to which he sent donations……After a while, that rooster crowing got on my nerves………I envisioned many ways of making that crow “croak.”    When my dad died, I walked around the empty house and and all the stuff I would have to clear away……….

I put that watch in my pocket.   For a couple of years, that crow was my daily comfort.   What I had hated, I loved……..

Then, a couple of years ago, the crowing stopped.   It wasn’t an expensive watch, it still kept time, but my rooster was silent with the morning sun.

Today, on my Casper’s birthday,casper-face in a week filled with another tragedy of my heart (the passing of my dog, Bailey)………I was upstairs getting dressed.    From the first floor, I heard a crowing………it was my father’s watch.

Why today………after so long of a silence………..

Spirits tell you they are around………some leave pennies, some leave feathers, some leave the essence of tobacco or perfume in the air……..  Some leave roosters……..

Thanks Dad…….

My story can be read herebook-cover-the-returning-ones

 

Blessings,

Shirl

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“Bailey is still causing trouble” My little alien’s sign

I had been waiting……..at 1:20 last night, it came.    The loud crash…..Landon barking his head off ……..

My living room wall clock fell…….the nail still in the wall, slanting downward.   On the tumble down, it broke all but one of my hummingbird figurine collection……..

The only one left untouched…….a music box………

The music box plays……..Que Sera, Que Sera,

                                                Whatever will be , will be

                                                The future’s not ours to see

                                                Que sera, sera……….

I love hummingbirds……my dear friend JBee…..(she crossed several years ago, did too.)   She left me a hummingbird pin in her will………..

Could she be telling me my little alien has crossed into a new Realm, still causing trouble……..oh, what antics she is in store for,,,,,,,,

Thanks for the sign friend………next time, could you make it a bit more peaceful?

ah……the fragility of life…..the future’s not ours to see…….

Here are what pieces I could collect; the rest are behind a TV cabinet that has to be moved.   The music box is in the upper left hand corner……untouched.

I love my hummingbird statues…….now they are only shells……..as bodies always were.

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Wishing you more rainbows day after day…….

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Que Sera,

Shirl     Listen to the song here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZbKHDPPrrc

******   side note

My daughter read my blog…….she said she stayed up last night to watch a movie……a rare luxury for her with a small child……she usually goes to bed with him. The song in the movie……..Que Sera, Que Sera……….
coincidence……..no……….just Bailey and JBee  ❤  ❤

 

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