Woke up early this morning on Amelia Island and drove home just in time for my beading class with my bead Guru, Fin. It’s amazing how much more than just beading I learn at the Bead and Art store. It’s like going to a spiritual retreat or something. There are always life’s lessons to be learned there. Today I am creating a bracelet called shades of Earth. It’s a pattern of dark brown colored peyote beads that are woven into a pattern, then I stitched through that pattern sewing and integrating embellishment beads. Beads that are the shades of Earth.
About half way through class today, I was eating guacamole and singing to Lucy. Lucy is such a shining star and I always sing Lucy in the sky like diamonds..Not with diamonds, because she IS like a diamond. When the door opens at the bead store it makes a noise, a musical noise to let you know someone is there. I heard the noise, then I heard a familiar voice. It was my former friend employer Susan. I heard her say hello and one of the ladies at the store said to me “Susan is here”
It was an odd feeling at first, when she walked into the room and looked at me, I felt like all the energy from the room was sucked away. I took a deep breath, and spoke to her. There was no real reason for small talk, yet no reason to bring up emotion or thoughts from the past. It was an uncomfortable situation at best. Especially when she sat down at the class table with her husbands daughter and grand-daughter for classes. It was really nice though to talk to her husbands daughter, oddly enough we talked about running and how toe nails come off sometimes with 5K runs.
Then what followed was the perfect analogy for the life lesson of beading class for the day.. a bracelet that was just a simple pattern followed by a complete pattern over top to add on the “sparkle and embellishment” it was a long tedious process to get that bracelet to where it needed to be. Just like sometimes it takes a lot to get us where we need to be in life.
Sometimes we strive for something in life and the work we have to do to achieve something wares our skin off or breaks down a toe nail, but in the end the feeling of growth and accomplishment prevails. That does not kill us will only make us stronger.. ~Aho
Did you know that bloodletting with leeches is one of the few healing practices from Midevil times that is continued today? Just some random info…and it was the thought that was on my mind as I left the bead store and drove to the bloodmobile.
I have decided to EAT PRAY LOVE today.
After class, I went to donate blood on the blood mobile. It’s a give take thing, I give a pint of blood and get a movie ticket in return and take myself to the movies LOL. It’s a good deal, they also gave me a pack of peanut nuts and apple juice for the blood donation and it was a perfect snack for the movies.
The first time I donated blood I was 18 years old and in nursing school. It gave me a good feeling inside. Just think someone’s life might be saved because I donated blood. Sounds sort of silly I suppose to think that way, but I was 18. It was the only thing I thought I had to give to the world at the time.
It became a regular thing for me, with each blood drive at work…
After my RNY procedure in 2003, my feritin levels became low. Even though I was taking my post op bariatric vitamins with a supplemented 29mg dose of chewable iron. My levels continued to drop. It forced me to stop blood donations. It saddened me to not be able to donate.
For the past two years I have been taking Celebrate Vitamins and my lab work is great now, and I can donate blood again… Yahoo.
With my free movie ticket I watched Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts.. The movie is never as good as the book… I loved the book, only liked the movie.
Life is good, but man I was ready for bed when I got home…