Jun. 5th, 2017

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May ends with a cosmic exclamation point as the planets issue so many conflicting orders we don't know what to do. The extroverted Leo Moon sneaks into timid Virgo at 12:15 pm EDT, shifting our emotional framework. Logical Mercury trines probing Pluto, inviting us to get to the bottom of a mystery. Meanwhile, a series of creative alignments urges us to explore new ways to express the magic lurking just beyond the limits of our perceptions.

You are willing to bring up a subject today that might be a conversation stopper on other days. But your jovial approach puts others completely at ease. It's as if you can turn your charm off and on at will, giving you the edge in an important negotiation. Nevertheless, you could be so confident of your message that you forget that communication is a two-way street. Make sure everyone gets a chance to share their opinions without feeling rushed. The Dalai Lama said, "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

Today tried to start off early but was no later than 7:00 am despite the 6:00 am alarm. It is the day that Peter goes off to the hospital for the rest of the week. We will see several things, namely whether I can be self sufficient, whether Peter can go that long without me, and what will happen that we don’t anticipate. I am sure that there will be so many things happening just because we don’t want them to, and that the sky will fall or not.

The sky didn’t fall but the rain sure did. Gatineau gets it again. I had followed Peter up to the hospital and waited while he was admitted as a patient. He will stay in the hospital until Friday when he will come home for the weekend. The wait for admitting was long, almost a full hour before they began to take his information. Meanwhile outside the storm was brewing up.

I decided to wander outside for a smoke so I took a little hike across the street called Ring Road. It was soon after that my phone rang with Peter telling me that they were ready to take him up to his second floor room. I was quick as a bunny to get back as fast as my electric wheelchair could go after I had put out my partially smoked cigarette. Can’t waste them at their high prices.

Up in Peter’s ward of our beds, it was bedlam. A nurse named Cathy helped Peter get the right bed near the window. Shortly after, a pharmacist came in and began going through all of the medications that Peter was taking. A while later, a doctor showed up and examined Peter while he was contending with the questions of the kind pharmacist woman. When both the pharmacist and the doctor had finished and departed, Peter’s lunch showed up. Timing is everything when we are so closely linked in to synchronicity. My fault.

I took a look at Peter’s lunch. It was a macaroni and cheese plate with a little salad and tea. There were condiments, to be sure. Peter needed to be on a 1200 calorie diet and that lunch certainly was bland enough to be one. I didn’t say a word about Peter’s lunch as he bade me to leave before the storm hit. I saw on the weather map that a storm line was crossing over soon enough.

I did as I was asked and left. It was a sad thing for me to leave Peter in the room accompanied by three other men in for pulmonary rehabilitation. I decided not to take the fast bumpy way home. Instead, I crossed over to Mount Pleasant road and follow that north to Riverside drive. It was smooth in comparison to Smythe Road and a long piece of Riverside Drive.

The jaunt home took about half an hour. The first thing I did was to clean the kitty litter. That is a daily task that needs to be done with two large cats sharing the same litter box. Too bad they aren’t trained to use the toilet like some cats I have seen doing. Oh well.

Now I will try to list my priorities and get them done. I am literally on my own until either Jessica shows up or Peter comes home for the weekend. I have to keep myself busy or eat and sleep the time away. It’s only a month that this will go on. So, I will just make the best of it while I have the chance.


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By now you're probably wondering if you can just dump the oils into a spray bottle with water and start spraying away. Well, not quite - there are a couple of extra ingredients that you'll need! Don't worry - making your own mosquito repellent is super easy!
Here's what you'll need:
- 30 drops of lemon-eucalyptus essential oil blend
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ounces witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vodka
Mix the witch hazel, essential oil and vanilla extract into a small spray bottle.
You're all set! This formulation will only last for about four hours, so don't forget to re-apply it as needed.


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Most animals love honey, and ants are no exception. Worker ants eat liquids, but the queen and her baby larvae eat solids. In order to stop the colony from propagating, you'll need to make both liquid and solid treats for them to munch on.
For the solid ant bait: mix together borax and powdered sugar in a 1:3 ratio. So for every 1/4 cup of borax, add 3/4 cups of sugar.
For the liquid goo: mix together 1/4 cup of borax with 3/4 cup of honey or maple syrup.
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We take life more seriously today as sweet Venus is subdued by responsible Saturn. We're not as quick to succumb to our emotional whims. Fortunately, the stabilizing Venus-Saturn trine keeps our feelings in line and helps to ensure our integrity in love. Meanwhile, the practical Virgo Moon reflects our need to analyze all the available data before making any decisions. The more we focus on the details now, the easier it will be over the days ahead.

The tables are pleasantly turned today and it seems as if everyone is being extra nice to you. In fact, there's a hint of love in the air and there may be more going on now than what you see. If you're interested in romancing a special person, be certain to ascertain their feelings before you move too fast with your own. Nevertheless, it's really not complicated; just don't waste energy lost in self-analysis when you can share your thoughts with someone else. Rumi wrote, "Reason is powerless in the expression of Love."

I nodded off at my desk a few times last night. By early morning I barely got half an hour’s worth of sleep. Then I was up and at ‘em to get prepared for the morning. There were things to get that Peter needed and I was the means to get it all to him. I even had a Thermos of coffee extra for him to sip through the day.

Off I went at a little after 8:00 am. The overcast sky was dark and cold, 13’ C cold. I had my winter sweater on my electric wheelchair, along with my white sweater. I had a heavy white cotton shirt with the sleeves rolled up and my bare forearms didn’t seem to mind the morning coolness. I think it took about half an hour to get to the Rehabilitation floor where Peter was ensconced. I surprised Peter at his bed by the window. He was so happy to see me, hold me, and kiss a whole bunch!

The morning went by quickly as Peter went from one activity to another and from one therapist to another. I had my own appointment at 11:25 am with Dr. Pitt. He didn’t keep me waiting very long and his brief and perfunctory examination of his handiwork pleased him. I had very little pain and only tenderness when I touched the scar. Soon enough the stitches will dissolve and I will be considered healed from my trouble.

Now I am waiting for 6:00 pm to come around again so I can take another trip up to see Peter. I have the things to take to him all ready. It is just a matter of putting them into my knapsack and making some fresh coffee. Thermoses full of fresh coffee would put a good aroma and mood out for everyone to enjoy. My actual departure time turned out to be at 7:00 pm before the coffee was brewed and poured into the Thermoses.

I took about half an hour to be bundled up in the electric wheelchair going by the Mount Pleasant route. I was warm but still roughed up by the bumps that were far less as rugged on me by the longer Riverside Drive route. Still, it took some time after I had arrived to settle down enough to interact with Peter. We played crib for three games. I won two games out of three but I was silly with fatigue and falling asleep for moments at a time.

Peter knew I was exhausted but I wouldn’t leave him to go home. He decided to take me to Tim Horton’s in the hospital. I allowed myself to have a hot chocolate while Peter had a chicken salad croissant. The sugar in the hot chocolate began to revive me. I began to feel more awake and energy flowed to my fingers.

Peter and I said our goodbyes and parted company. I left through the back doors which happened to be the doors for the Cancer Clinic. I went around to the front of the hospital and made my way to Pleasant Park. In a short time I was home, almost shivering from cold. I went to the bedroom and stripped down to crawl into my kimono. Then I phoned Peter to let him I has arrived at home safely. He was pleased that I phoned to assure him that I was safe and sound at home.

Foolishly, I went to my desk and fell asleep after typing out a few paragraphs. It was not what I wanted but it was what happened. I woke up at about 3:30 am after having missed talking to Mom. I wasn’t awake and up for very long before I fell asleep at my desk again.
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The atmospheric buzz settles down today -- or at least is internalized. We begin to doubt a recent decision and grow even more confused by our options when the Sun squares nebulous Neptune. A creative Mercury-Neptune alignment amplifies our fantasies, sending our thoughts on a wild goose chase. Although the diplomatic Libra Moon encourages us to remain objective, energetic Mars sinks into emotional Cancer, prompting us to respond subjectively.

You may be thinking about redirecting your energy to take care of your own needs, instead of looking out for everyone else. Luckily, self-starter Mars enters your 10th House of Social Status today, amplifying your inclination to weigh all your options before choosing which professional path to follow. Your entire life is on the cosmic scales now and everything is up for recalibration. Surprisingly, there is more time than you think, so don't make any rash decisions now. Vincent Van Gogh wrote, "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."

This morning I went to sleep in bed at about 5:00 am. I must have slept a whole hour before I was awake and up to go to the bathroom and have a smoke out on the balcony. Then I watched a movie. I was into a second movie when Peter woke up at about 9:00 am and went to the bathroom. He came out to the livingroom and proceeded to give me a lecture about sleeping. It will be a rainy day but that isn’t why we won’t be going anywhere. I simply didn’t get enough sleep to be able to do anything. The lecture slowly wound down as Peter began taking his puffer medicines. He had to hold his breath for a while before breathing again.

Eventually Peter made a pot of coffee. Fresh coffee sat for an hour before it was actually poured into cups.


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Cathy,
You are a mighty, brave and courageous person. You love immensely and care deeply. Your behaviour comes from heart that is divine, pure and heavenly. But, people should never take advantage of your generosity and kindness. If they do,they have made a huge mistake. You will show them your bad-ass and savage side and take them down like a fire-breathing Dragon takes down his enemies - to ashes and dust! This is the meaning of your name. You are precious, rare and one-of-a-kind. Share your result and let the world know who you truly are!


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Mosquito Repellent:

Here's what you'll need:
- 30 drops of lemon-eucalyptus essential oil blend
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ounces witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vodka
Mix the witch hazel, essential oil and vanilla extract into a small spray bottle.
You're all set! This formulation will only last for about four hours, so don't forget to re-apply it as needed.


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Type A

A)You keep your feelings guarded and you aren't very open with strangers.
B)You prefer to present yourself as much stronger and more independent than you actually are. However, once you feel connected, you are a deeply emotional person with the ones you trust.
C)You despise lies, hypocrisy and dishonesty because it goes against your beliefs.
D)You are known to be a bit eccentric and arrogant. You don't suffer fools.
E)You have a big heart, and you like to help others.
F)You are a diligent worker - you will finish every task you are given, even the boring ones.
G)You enjoy having a good laugh, and can laugh at anything and everything as long as you are amused, even if it’s not so funny.
H)Your expressions reveal all of your thoughts - especially in your eyes.

Type B

A little shy and reserved, you don’t like to be the first one to approach someone.
In relationships, you are very loyal and devoted. When you fall in love, you give them your full attention - they are always on your mind.
Deep down inside you have a very sensitive soul.
You keep secrets so well that people often think you're aloof, but you're just pretending to be clueless in order to protect someone’s feelings.
Once you set your mind on something, you are committed to seeing it all the way through
More than most, you’re scared of getting hurt. Although people think that you don’t need anyone, you secretly dream of finding your soulmate.
You are a rock - you always remain calm in the midst of chaos

Type C

You're not one to hold a grudge, not much makes you upset.
You're uncomfortable with the unknown, and you definitely don't like surprises.
People would describe you as open-minded, you are very respectful of other's opinions.
Your ego tends to lean towards the bossy side and you get quite worked up during arguments, but you are always the first to apologize afterwards.
When it comes to your problems, you would prefer to keep them to yourself. It can be quite the challenge to your significant other, especially if they can't tell what's really bothering you.
As a straight-shooter, you prefer to surround yourself with honest people. You feel like you can depend more on someone who is brutally honest, than someone who sugar-coats everything.

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