I’ve had an interesting week filled with strange dreams, musings about what it means to have a body, and lots and lots of bee imagery buzzing through my world. Since it’s Friday and time to roll out my Scattered Life Collective summary, come take a peek at what’s been happening in my hive.
current time: 4 pm
out the window: There were beautiful jumbo-sized snow flakes making an appearance earlier today and then some rain, but now it’s just gray. But the squirrels are out warming themselves up by running around and getting in some Spring romping practice. Still no robins spotted though.
on the menu: Given that bees have been so much on my radar this week I couldn’t help but laugh when this morning a honey cake recipe showed up in my email. Honey cakes have a long tradition, appearing in ancient Egyptian and Greek civilizations. The Goddess Artemis was honored with honey cakes baked in the round shape of the moon celebrating her association with La Luna. And I once read that those cakes left in her temples were adorned with candles to represent the glow of the moon. How perfect. I usually save making honey cake until later in the year, during June’s full moon which is known, among many other names as well, as the Honey Moon. But I’m taking today’s hit as a sweet little nudge and I plan on baking a honey cake tonight.
- It is one of the Truths of my universe that everything is better when you’re wearing red shoes. Fact! And this week I added to my collection with these Haflingers. Extra points because they have spirals. My toes are very happy indeed.
- My mailbox was a very busy happy place this week. Snail mail how I love thee. I love sending mail as much as I love receiving it, and I’m especially happy I declared 2014 as the year of the love letter. All the more reason to send out those missives. And speaking of sending, I’m totally on board with this project called Write_On celebrating National Letter Writing Month in April with the intention of writing 30 letters. It’s kind of a monumental challenge, but I’m up for it. Want to play along?
- And wouldn’t you know I found the most wonderful cards this week as well. Pamela Zagarenski creates them and her company is SacredBee. How delightful is that?
reading: I finished S. this week, and truthfully I’m not sure I can give it a thumbs up. Certainly it gets a thumbs up for presentation and innovation – there’s no way I can’t love a book where half of the action takes place in correspondence in the margins AND contains all sorts of tip ins – postcards and letters and a map written on a paper napkin. Love, love, love that. But the story itself left me disappointed. Sigh.
listening: Given that I’ve been swimming through the most bizarre and sometimes remarkably distressing dreams this week, often having to do with physical body issues, I was really curious when this tune came up on my radar. Alexander Ebert‘s Awake My Body. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“I was feeling exhausted and wanted to encourage myself and my body…Not in the sense of body image, but more like an appreciation of the cells themselves. It’s about trying to be the physical representation of my spirit, whatever the hell that is, whatever the heaven that is. It’s about what it means to wake up and be really alive and embrace the three dimensional world.”
I have to say I’ve really been thnking about that.
- Vanishing of the Bees. Bees are indeed beloved to me. Even though this documentary is several years old the problem hasn’t gotten better. Just the evidence of what’s causing it and what we need to do.
- Mr. Nobody. Strange weeks call for strange movies, and this one qualifies.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox Strange weeks call for extra doses of feel-good and Mr. Fox qualifies for that as well.
Around and About:
- Someone dear to me is dancing with a life-challenging illness, and it’s beyond hard for me and my family. This post On Matters of the Heart by Sarah Varcas who recently suffered a heart attack really touches me. Lots of wisdom here we could all apply.
- Love this one as well by Numinous Jane entitled Pro-Aging Balm. It’s really time to let go of all the messages that tell us aging makes us less-than. I want us to celebrate all of us in all our varying
- And this is a feel-good story. I sometimes have the most incredible dreams about strange flying machines filling the sky. How wonderful Luigi Prina creates The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.
So there you have it a peek into my week. What about you? What’s been the honey of your week? What’s got your mind buzzing? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
Snow and rain here too. Tomorrow, its time for the family suguring off, a sure sign of spring!
Your red shoes are lovely and you’re so right, spirals are the best.
Reading about the “scattered life collective” is revealing of what we value and enjoy. Your life sounds full, and sweet.
So glad you stopped by Johanne. Wishing you a most wonderful Spring!
Oh, red shoes. A couple of years ago I had my heart set on a pair of red Blundstone boots. I saved my pennies and set out to buy a pair, only to discover that the red version had been a limited run and they were no longer available. Horrors! I bought a grey pair instead, and I’ve resented them ever since. Your shoes are fabulous.
Thank you for all of this, but especially for the introduction to Alexander Ebert, and to the SacredBee cards. They in particular are making my heart happy.
Oh Sarah – how disappointing about the boots! I hope you at least wear red sock when you wear them so you can think of them as being lined in red. And yes the SacredBee cards are fabulous aren’t they?
going to try the honey cake recipe … need something comforting this weekend.
red shoes and spirals!!! be still my heart.
I haven’t seen Fantastic Mr. Fox … that’s Wes Anderson, right? Will add that to my list to watch.
Yes it’s Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Enjoy the honey cake!