Feeling Immense Gratitude
I wanted to extend another message of deep gratitude from all of our hearts to all of you who have shared your love and support during recent weeks with the fire. I know it’s moved mountains in helping the situation and everyone affected by it, but on top of that it’s been a huge gift to our family to feel your love.
I just wanted to give you an update on the integration back home and especially before we may have a 24+ hour power outage. More on that later.
As mentioned in my last post, we headed home after Astrid’s birthday and while it was a very long journey by car (about 9 hours), once again our fur babies did amazing and were rewarded with the best homecoming. I remember seeing the sun setting over the mountain, as we drove up, and how very soft and undramatic it was. There was just a nondescript equilibrium in the air.
We arrived home Thursday evening and since then have been immersed in resettling back into our home and handling quite a few things. It’s a lot when you’ve been away with two car loads and haven’t been in your home much over the last 6 weeks.
Astrid and the kitties, Boojum and Sweet Pea, were immediately excited – all running to their favorite spots without missing a beat. Everyone continues to feel relaxed, remains healthy, and is enjoying their return home.
It makes me especially comforted and grateful to know that Astrid is so resilient since being a bunny is no easy task! She continues to awe me with her strength and in my book she’s officially become the travel rabbit extraordinaire.
The air quality wasn’t good when we got here, nor the next full day, but it gave us time to catch up on things at home. I did get out into the garden Friday, nonetheless, as I wanted to give everything a good soaking, fill the fountain for the forest animals, and say my hello’s. I knew that everything would be either gone altogether or on its way out, but was surprised to see a few things still flourishing alongside others that were saying an early goodbye for the season.
My side yard I seeded with wildflowers was one of the areas that made me smile, seeing a lot of new flowers blooming throughout the clover. I noticed all the pine needles, half-eaten pine cones, branches and leaves already all over the ground and cooler temperatures setting in. And while my Garden Tower was also vastly put to sleep early for the season, my mint was still having a comeback and I discovered one Habanero Pepper had grown while I was away and one tomato was in process. I used the pepper in a homemade chili I made yesterday.
I loved the serenity I felt on this first evening in my garden, enjoying my solar light friends twinkling in joy to have me back. They also set the tone for the Autumnal energy I felt strongly in the air.
After an initial flurry of reorganizing our lives back in order, we finally also got a chance to get out yesterday and embrace the good air that surprised us upon waking. We did one of our favorites – a 5 mile hike down to the lake and back from the house.
The day greeted us with high winds, which was part of the warning forecast we heard about when we arrived back home. You can see the white caps all over the lake.
This change in weather has fire fighters on high alert, as well as the power companies. And although we have 71% containment of the fire, as I mentioned before, I’m not letting up on supportive energy work because things can change any moment, for better or worse.
Of course I envision and work toward a better scenario always, but we never know what that “better” scenario actually looks like when done with highest collective good as the intention. This is why I mentioned getting in an update blog before power may go out, as our power company sent a warning they may shut power beginning last night through tonight to help avoid issues. This is due to the high winds coming through with the low-pressure system moving in that have potential of threatening fire containment and power lines.
So, this is why I prepped this blog before the power outage potential, as I wasn’t sure when it may hit or how long for sure it would be in effect.
Anything can change, so that’s what I’m focused on – being the change.
The upside is, we may get a little bit of precipitation – rain and perhaps even snow at high altitudes. Hoping for that and feeling the cleansing water rush over the land continuously. I also would be happy for an early Winter, as our forests really need that. We’ve lost enough trees and wildlife to make your heart break a thousand times over. And with 782 residences also lost, just in this one fire alone, precipitation in abundance would definitely be welcomed.
But back to our hike…it was soothing to be back, doing what we love, and to be able to experience the land again in person. Although everything is different, and these high winds of change indicate that very literal shift in the air, there’s still a sense of connection that strengthens the field of energy being worked with by our presence here.
We even had a peregrine falcon fly right above us through the trees on our return home through the forest. That felt like a good sign, coming from this messenger.
Dave was also able to get in his first mountain bike ride, after our hike, on one of the only open trails near our house – since State Parks are open although a lot of the National Forest is not. While he did that I made our chili and while it was simmering I had time to jar all of the dried herbs I had harvested early, right before we evacuated.
You might recall that my normal Autumn routine of doing this was kicked in several months ahead of schedule in order not to lose all of the growth that had taken place. I carried these bags of goodies with us while we were away and they were ready for jarring now that we were home. I ended up with 5 jars of lavender – my fav! – and 2 large jars of herbal mixes. I use these for baking and cooking…sometimes as teas.
This, along with all the fallen traces of last season’s growth everywhere outside, felt symbolic of that “falling” away, letting go, the circle of life, harvest, gratitude, and transitions all around. A little pre-Equinox energies to immerse in upon returning home, which felt exactly reflective of our state of being currently.
And tomorrow evening, on September 20th, we’ll move through the Full Harvest Moon in Pisces portal – also feeling especially poignant and aligned with my current state of being, not just echoing my Native Sun Sign, and the state of being collectively. I’m harnessing all that watery energy both literally to envelop the lands, but also symbolically in terms of diving to ever-greater depths of emotions since it’s the unconscious that is running the show in everything we’re seeing play out on Earth. Heightened intuition will be illuminated as well, so listen to what’s coming through and if you’re feeling extra sensitive, please take all the time you need to nurture yourself.
I do sense some magickal breakthroughs upcoming for the collective – especially for those of you who have managed to stay your course amidst the topsy-turvy world scene. I know I, personally, have huge changes upcoming, but allowing it to play out behind-the-scenes feels aligned.
Alongside a project I’m completing and our personally full schedule this week of some key appointments Dave and I have, we’re looking forward to celebrating the Autumn Equinox (for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere/Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere folks), with the collective coming up on Wednesday, September 22nd.
I happen to have a hair trim scheduled for the 23rd just after the Equinox portal, which feels perfect for this transitional phase of the season. My hair grew extra fast over the last 6 weeks – perhaps with all the energy I’ve been moving through – so it will feel great to get things in shape again.
Although the week ahead is busy, in good ways, I will be back in motion of blogging. Look out for some shares beyond these updates and also a new offering upcoming.
Again, thank you for being here at this time with all of us. Your presence, courage, and love are seen and most appreciated.