We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A post update ...

Yup I know, but at this point that is exactly what I feel like doing. As hard as I try, it just seems as though life continues to get more challenging. It gets harder and harder to deal with the things you can not control - things that are happening around you and in your life.

I am not one to feel sorry for myself, nor am I someone who talks about a lot of personal things as I realize that everyone has their own problems to contend with in their own lives. However, I am now at a crossroads where I am still struggling to find a job to pay our bills so that we do not lose our home (and quite possibly our fur babies as well), I am constantly trying to juggle taking care of my own mother and my sanity, and now I need to deal with yet another difficult issue - my MIL.

I can not get into all of it here, but the short version of the story is that she had been going down hill mentally after my father-in-law got very ill and has only gotten much worse since his death. She has taken up drinking heavily (the hard stuff - vodka of all things!) and taking bad falls because of it. She gets inebriated and pops her bad hip out of joint, etc. Recently, she got drunk and fell down on her head and has a bad lump from it. We spent the night in the emergency room last Friday night and spoke yet again to the doctors about her drinking problem which, of course, she denies having. We have spoken to her numerous times about getting grief counseling, but she refuses. We are at our wits end with the situation. Every time she takes a fall (which she causes by what she is doing to herself) it takes a medical and physical toll on her body. So far, she has had four hip surgeries and they gave her physical therapy at home. I fear that if she does not stop her drinking, one of these days the doctors will not be able to help her anymore ... or worse. 

We have tried everything you can think of to help her, but to no avail. We are going to try one more intervention today and pray for the best. I love her dearly and I worry so much about everything. Please keep her in your thoughts, friends.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A Saturday late post ...

Good evening everyone! I've been keeping fairly busy with family issues the last few days or so (more about that for another post). Speaking of family problems, I just found out that the Tim Hawkins concert we had tickets for in Maryland for next weekend has been cancelled by Hawkins due to "a family emergency" so we are told that we will be refunded our money sometime this coming week ... bummer as that show was my anniversary gift. Oh well, stuff happens.

Anyway, while I was cleaning up the basement this past week, I found this old original 33 1/3 Elton John vinyl album I used to play as a kid. It is the "Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy" album which only my generation perhaps would remember. I loved it (and still do). The title song is (yep, you guessed it) written by Bernie Taupin about he and Elton John. There are quite a few really great tracks on this album ('Tower of Babel', 'Bitter Fingers', 'We All Fall in Love Sometimes', 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight') and one of the reason's that I love it so much is because a) the music seemed to have much deeper overtones than their songs which followed after and b) Elton's voice was, in my humble opinion, at it's peak and the best he has ever sounded. Even the live versions I found on YouTube from this time period were the BEST!

In 1967, after answering an ad placed by Liberty Records, Elton John (born Reginald Dwight) met and partnered up with lyricist Bernie Taupin. A partnership which still continues to this day. Taupin, who has clearly expressed that he is very happy being on the sidelines while Elton takes the stage glory, writes the poetic words on paper and sends them to John who then in turn writes the music for all of their hits (and non-hits) from their albums & CD's. In spite of the fact that the two could not be more different, the collaboration works beautifully. Factoid: The pretty song 'Tiny Dancer' was written about Taupin's then girlfriend, 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight' was written about John's suicide attempt back in the 70's,  and as most people already know the song 'Candle in the Wind' was written about the life and death of the legendary Marilyn Monroe.

John & Taupin in the 70's.

... and now.

Have a great night all!!

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Greetings all and happy Thursday! I want to thank everyone for your well wishes on my job interview. As far as I know, it went fairly well. I scored an 83 percent on my test and now I wait and see if they contact me in regards to whether I will be expected to be hired or not.

After my interview, I had to buy a couple of new dress pants as the ones I bought a few months ago were a little big around the waist. No big deal really since I wore a nice blouse over top of them, but at least I have some pants that fit better for now.

I also had to stop off at the CVS Pharmacy store for a few little items. While I was there, I saw this cool little snow globe and decided to place one of the costume pics from the weekend in it. It kinda reminded me of a crystal ball ...

Here is a left over pic taken before we left for the ball last Saturday night ...

Today, I must take my mom to her eye doctor appointment as she can not drive home after they put the drops in her eyes to dilate them. Not much else going on after that but to go home and chill with the kitties the rest of the day. Have a great one friends!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

A Tuesday quick post ...

Greetings everyone! Just a little Tuesday post as there is not much going on here today. It is yet another wet, miserable rainy day as was yesterday in my area of PA ... yuk!!

In other news, while cleaning up and organizing around the house yesterday (wasn't much else to do anyhow), I received a phone call from my former employer I worked for many years back regarding a claims adjuster position (training actually). They set up an interview to meet with me for today at 1PM. To be honest, I am extremely nervous. I have not had to deal with office workforce interviews and tests (especially on the computer!) in at least 14 years since my last job. I called up the human resources department from my recent former employer to make sure that my "possibly" taking a job for another insurance company would not interfere with my severance pay as they made us sign a contract just after we got let go from them. They told me no, I will still continue to receive that benefit until the first week of January. Oh well, I can only do the best I can and see what (if anything) comes of it.

My dad, my husband, me, and my mom on my wedding day - 2001.

I also got a call yesterday from my mom. Nothing important at all, she said she saw the article in our local newspaper about the Reading Pagan & Witches Masquerade Ball which I attended over the weekend. She was freaking about it (I told her beforehand that I was going and even showed her my costume) and she also wanted to know why I did not mention who was hosting it. I told her the truth - that it was just a masquerade party with music, food, dancing, raffle prizes, etc. and to be honest, I never even thought twice about "who" was holding it so I never relayed that ... not that it matters at all! I love my mother dearly, but she never accepted the fact that I am a Wiccan even after all these years. She is certainly NOT my dad who not only supported me but completely understood it. In fact, she threatened to not attend my wedding years ago because I did not get married as a Christian in a church somewhere. - my beloved father convinced her otherwise. Funny thing is, she had not stepped foot in a church in many, many years now and when my brother and I stopped going to church when I was 14 years old, she stopped going as well.  Family, what  can you do sometimes, eh?

After my interview, I will finish up my puttering around the house. Hopefully, tomorrow we will see some sun again! Have a great day all!

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Reading Pagans & Witches Masquerade Ball 2018

Happy Sunday everyone! I had a great time last night at the Reading Pagans & Witches Masquerade Ball held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing, PA. Here are a few pics from the evening ...

Lovely party favors of black silk bags filled with candy.

We had the fortunate opportunity to meet some new folks. We sat at one of non-reserved tables as we did not know anyone attending, but we all got to talk and enjoy one another's company ...

Desiree and her husband Jeff.

Sharing a big smile with Franklin.

 These gals were so much fun to hang with! This is  Marilyn Monroe (Kim) and her beautiful gang of lovelies!
Goofing around with Kim.

A table full of donated prizes you could win from various vendors.

 Lots of dancing ...
Dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

We ate a delicious meal, watched the costume contest on the dance floor, and it was just a fabulous affair. Before the night was over, the hosts of The Reading Pagans & Witches announced that they were officially changing the name of their group going forward to The Pagan Awareness Coalition.

To tell you the truth, I had no idea what to expect from this event as I had never been to this particular one before.  I would definitely go again given the chance. Have a great day all!

Friday, November 02, 2018

Fun Friday!

Friday at least and it was a fairly busy week at that. Tuesday was Halloween with J.J., Wednesday I had to pick up my mom and help her take her dog to the vet then drop by my sister Aurora Skye's house on the way home, and last night I had gotten a call from my friend Deb asking me if I would have dinner with her at P.J.'s where she treated me to my favorite meal. 

Just when I thought I was finished crocheting scarfs, Deb asked me if I would be willing to make a pink one for a woman she works with who has breast cancer. She and her co-workers are putting together a gift bag for her. So after I got home from dinner last night, I made these items for her to donate ...
A pink scarf and a little matching bag to go with it. The bag has a Breast Cancer Awareness pin on it ...

In other news, my husband finally completed his first of five courses at RACC (Reading Area Community College) last week. He received his certificate in the mail just yesterday ...

As for today, I am planning on staying home and doing some house cleaning. Tomorrow night is the Reading Witches & Pagan's Masquerade Ball. Looking forward to it!

Have a great Friday everyone!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Samhain past ...

An old pic taken on Samhain back in 2011.

... and with Aurora Skye from 2012 (as you can see, I was much, much heavier back then!).


My goddaughter Kyli all dressed up in 2015.

 Lady Tabitha enjoying the Samhain Tree (2015).