Tuesday – Weeks 14 and 15 – finally

Happy New Year!

Here it is again:  January; and the year lies before us, fallow and darkly rich with life and potential.  I appreciate this fact; up until this year, January has been a sad and difficult month due to the clockwork regularity of health issues and deaths within my family and community of friends.

Once again, January has reared its head with health issues and the reality of my own surgery looming nearer and nearer.  However, this year I am CERTAIN that I am facing these issues with LOVE and LIGHT, and from within the connections forged throughout these past weeks.

I must confess that I have fallen behind with the workload.  I have catching up to do. I know that with the help of you all and of our mentors, that I will do so and cross that finish line at some point.

The love and support I’ve received from this community, from Mark, Davene, Dayna, Lori, my coach Cheryl, and all of you has strengthened and sustained me.  I send all of you my love, my support and my forever-gratitude.

See you in Kauai!

Jeanette

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Week 13 – Friday

Thank you so much to all of you who have been sending love and support.  It means a great deal to me!

Here we are, December 21st, the day of the great winter solstice.  This has always been a day of celebration for me……light equal to dark, finally.  The days have grown slowly and inexorably shorter, the weather colder, the sunlight’s angle changing a bit every day.  Year-by-year I watch and marvel at the changes in the earth as the sunlight changes…from greens of summer to reds and oranges in the fall, to browns and blacks of winter.  In my garden, the spent stalks of flowers and leaves provide a layer of warmth to the life beneath, as well as life to the soil as they break down over the winter months.

Beginning tomorrow, the battle between day and night swings ever so slowly to favor the day and sun.  We regain a minute or so, then more and more, until about mid-February,  the light is present when I wake up and move about my day.

I am unsure why the winter solstice generally garners less notice than that of summer; to me it’s the day life begins to return and I anticipate the life and colors of spring and summer ahead of me!

What does this have to do with the Master Key, you may ask?  Love of my land and of the gardens and growing things with which I spend so many months are a part of me – and through the Master Key, I have come to notice and more deeply appreciate the things that make me who I am and who I have always wanted to become.  The feelings are more clear, the colors sharper and more focused, my home more of a sanctuary and retreat that nurtures and feeds my inner me.

It’s quite late and that usually brings out the philosophic side of me.  I do wish you all a wonderful and happy Holiday season.  My family and I  will be celebrating Christmas together very simply this year, and I got exactly what I wanted: all my kids, spouses and grandkids and dogs together with my husband and me here at home.  Dinner and board games lie ahead; I believe this will be the most delightful Christmas yet!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!

Love,

Jeanette

Week 12 – a little late

It’s truly difficult to write today.  I have a setback that may require I return next year to the MK’E experience.

I have sustained an injury to one or more of the disks in my mid-lower back, causing me to have to lie with my head lower than my feet for most of the day and evening.  I apologize for the brevity of my post; standing at the kitchen counter to write this is sapping my energy and my pain tolerance.

I wish everyone a wonderful week and send my love to all of you.

With gratitude for your presence in my life,

Jeanette

Week 11 – Friday……almost Saturday AM

Another week where dreams come true almost effortlessly.  On Saturday last, we welcomed a new member into the family.  She is 14 years old, about 1,100 pounds, has 2 white sox and a star on her forehead.  Her coat is a true black and her name is Rita.  ( I PROMISE to post pictures soon – I’ve been so busy getting her settled, I haven’t taken many pictures).

When we bought our home in 2002, there was a barn with two 12 x 12 foot box stalls and a large grassy area down below the house and yard.  Over the years, we have filled the barn with chickens, tools, miscellaneous “stuff and things”; but I always harbored a secret hope that someday those stalls would be filled with that for which they were built – horses.  We never really talked about it, but it turns out my husband had the same secret wish.

Our youngest daughter has inherited her love for horses from me, and has in turn passed it along to our granddaughter.  When an acquaintance offered my daughter one of her horses because she was downsizing her herd, she accepted.  It’s taken a year to get the pasture fenced and the barn updated and water piped down from the house.  Last week Rita came home – just in time for Christmas.  We have all spent much of our time getting to know her and she us.  She has become so used to all of us that she is quite comfortable sticking her nose in our pockets looking for carrots and other possible treats.

As long time ago horse lovers and owners, our hearts are happy.  We love the sounds and yes, the smells.  We love that she has come to a place where she is warm and out of the weather, and where she is busily working to gain the 150-ish pounds that she needs to fill out and be healthy.

I am greatly blessed and deeply happy.  My dreams are coming true.

I love you all.  Goodnight for now.

With Gratitude,

Jeanette

 

Week 10 – Friday

This has been another week of dreams coming true!

My family, who noticed that I have been a bit on the sad side with the change to rainy weather and shortened daylight hours, took it upon themselves to give me two things that they knew I had been dreaming about for some time.  They changed two rooms in my house that were barely functional and turned them into a lovely, cozy living room and a beautiful and very functional sewing room.

For some time now, since our move from Sitka to WA state, I have had my sewing studio scattered throughout the living room.  With two sewing machines and desks, ironing board, cutting board and bookcases filled with fabric, there was room only for two small chairs in that space.  The dining room, with its table and chairs, filled the rest of the space.  The difficulty in this lay in the fact that there was no room for visitors.  We have  been avoiding having people to our home due to the crowded area having no place to sit and relax.

The back bedroom has been set up as a small sitting and TV room.  This was done so that we would have a spare bedroom area for our infrequent visitors.  We didn’t use it very often, though, so it was largely wasted space.

My husband, daughters, and son traded spaces and made a HUGE difference!  Our living room, while it does still have a 12-foot frame and quilting machine, is well-lit and warm.  All our favorite chairs, TV, books and movies are close at hand; mine is next to the window and has all the light I desire.

The sewing room is spacious and my machine is beneath the window.  One of the nicest features is that the heating duct is right next to my feet and legs under the sewing machine.  While lighting is still problematic, despite the several lamps I’ve clustered around the machine, my brilliant husband solved the problem this afternoon…….he will be installing a light bar in the ceiling along the length of my ironing area (which is a 6-foot dresser top).

I spent the greater part of the afternoon in there today, for the first time.  My favorite quilts are hung on the walls, my thread holder containing the rainbow of silky, shining thread hangs on the wall next to me.  The painting of Gracie Lou (the Dogporter-at-Large) that my daughter created for me hangs over the threads.  My treasures were all around me, and I went to my very happy place and lived there for several hours.

Every day I take the time to “count my blessings” and think of all the graces and blessings that have been given to me simply because I am loved….by my Creator, my husband, my children, granddaughter, and my sweet Gracie Lou.  I am gifted with beloved friends. My home is spacious enough for all the people and dogs that live here.  It is warm, dry and sits on several acres of land.  On Sunday, my daughter’s horse, Rita, will be coming to live in the renovated barn and pasture awaiting her.  Around the time of the New Year, there will be an enclosed exercise pool in the back yard.

My life is sweet and I am more grateful than I can express.  The future holds dreams and challenges and I am strong and powerful; connected to God and the universal mind that runs through us all.

I love you all.

Jeanettesewing deskcloset and cutting tablenew living room

Week 9 – Friday

Hello from Magical Falcon Cove, OR,

My husband and I have joined dear friends, Anne and Hugh Jenings, for a long Thanksgiving weekend – in Falcon Cove, where my DMP is based.  Just up the street from the adorable house where we are staying is the house described at length in my DMP and Press Release.  Newly on the market (again, and for the 3rd time this year), it extends its arms to us in welcome.

Walking the property and looking in the windows, I am struck anew by how natural and homelike it feels already.  The garden beds are filled with almost exactly the base plants I would put in – rhododendrons, hydrangea and hosta – and await only the splashes of color to be added from daffodils, tulips, dahlia, delphinium, lilies (many!), gladiolus, hyacinths, iris, crocus, and a myriad of wildflowers and Shasta daisies.

Circling the house from 3 sides is a lovely and wide gravel walkway lined with large rocks.  There are rock walls front and back crying for cascading colors.  As one of my gardening specialties is rock walls, this just adds to the sweetness of my dream.  A line of rhododendrons along the south property border is simply awaiting planting.

I have twice driven my car up to the garage, turned it off, and walked up to the house, taken a picture of the car, and then pulled out of the driveway as I would every day.

I have so much more material to use in my daily visualizations!  The house becomes more and more real and vivid in my imagination as it becomes a more exact match to the real thing. Walking on the deck where I have my morning coffee and meditation, smelling the scents of ocean and forest, looking at the views, touching the plants, planning furniture placement, touching the cedar shake exterior – adding actual FEELINGS AND SMELLS to my imagining – what an incredible fusion of reality and imagination! “My soul dances and sings it existential excitement and gratitude, while my body creates the rhythm” is the key phrase in my DMP.  This day have I danced, sang and created what I have dreamed into reality.

I am humbled and grateful.  I have so much for which to be thankful.  I am truly blessed with graces beyond imagining.

Wishing all of you a happy and peaceful holiday season.  Know that I love you.

Jeanette

Week 8 – a little after Friday

I have had techno-difficulties with my site.  Thanks to expert help, I am back up and running.

Many thanks to all of you who have been reading and commenting on my pages – I am humbled by your kind words and thoughts.

This week has been tougher than the others.  Looking at my goals staring back at me was overwhelming in terms of how far I still need to travel.  I forgot about using a knife and fork to eat the elephant.

I spent some time on the phone with my guide, Cheryl H., who assured me that it was perfectly OK to put shorter-term goals on the shapes; things achievable to look at and plan for.

It has been becoming more and more clear to me, after about week 5, that the path I had chosen to reach my DMP may well not be the right one for me.  Doing the work, attending the events, watching and studying the experts has yielded – no discernible results in terms of business-building.  Subby has been sending me message after message with alternative ideas for reaching my goals, and I’ve begun to explore them.

I am able right now to live parts of my DMP.  I am a woman of strong faith and my beliefs lead me to the observation that my God may have a very different idea of what He wants me to accomplish and where He wants me to serve.  As that purpose is at the close of my DMP and Press Release, it deserves strong consideration.

I apologize for the lateness of my submission.  Technology willing, I’ll be timely in the future.

Have a great week, Everyone.  See you in week 9 – yes?

With gratitude.  Jeanette