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posted on Aug, 28 2014 @ 05:07 PM
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Blast from the past desert...thanks for that. I had to go have myself a listen :-) For some reason, now all I can think about are red Camaros...

I know there was some kind of reaper hiding in one of those 3 Rs - and the devil waiting in the details. Punctuation, grammar and math...oh my! But, most of my teachers were compassionate, all bodhisattva-like, with a sense of humor

So - I lived to tell this tale

I think your cake sounds F #amazing! All my favorite things - in a cake - what's not to love? :-)

So sorry - about the ever so much dry of your days these days...and your state's reprehensible water-thieving commies. I swear - if it weren't for bad liberals there'd be no liberals at all. Or something

It's been mostly cool and rainy here - all summer. No corn, peppers or tomatoes in the August so mild it could easily be May. Come to think of it, the deity is maybe a bit miffed at us too...

I grew up with a well. At first we had to buy water - a truck brought it up the hill and poured it into a big cistern. Then we dug our very own well - my sisters and I took turns going out in the winter to make sure the light bulb that was keeping the pump from freezing was still on. Haven't thought about that for a very long time :-)

I remember exactly how much it meant to have water - or to go without. People (including myself) forget how much we depend on nature for the things that matter most

Speaking of things that matter right up there with the most - cryin' shame about all that wine. A crying shame. I sent Jeeves out there with a mop and a couple of buckets. Waste not want not

And now - I really need to know - was there an actual taco cake?


(Rain soon desert...there just has to be)

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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 09:12 AM
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Sorry, Spira, but desert can't reply now. desert is verklempt

posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 09:03 AM
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A proud day desert


posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 09:55 AM
Ok, now I can be here again. Notice the new flag in the corner.

I love your water stories, Spira. And the Taco the works. Maybe this Labor Day weekend. I just know it will be a white cake with taco seasoning, and I will top it with a Mexican chocolate frosting. Everything is from scratch. Hey, my BFF will be over next week, so I will serve her a piece of my Wacko Cake. It won't really match with the theme for this week's dinner, Crush Season, but MrD and I will open a bottle of our homemade wine, so who will care after we drink the nectar of the goddess?

Oh, and how thoughtful of you to volunteer Jeeves for clean up in Napa. We're like that around here. On a serious note, my son emailed me that his aunt's house is structurally ok, but things fell off the wall from the shaking.

Hey, olaru, I tell you, you could be mighty busy around ATS, if you posted everything that makes people go,”Huh??”. For example, take that Pennsylvania Gov who pleaded for relaxed liquor sales laws in his state by appealing to women. "I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store," Corbett said. "Particularly, a lot of the women, want to be able to go in and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down buy a six pack or two six packs, buy dinner, and go home. Rather than what I just described, is at least three stops, in Pennsylvania."

Well, now, he actually ha a good point. In my state, I've always been able to run in to buy ingredients for dinner AND some alcoholic beverage. Now, here comes the problem. By the time I got home and had a little apertif, I usually either forgot what it was I was going to cook or fell asleep on the sofa, with the family patiently waiting for Mom to wake up and cook. But I did save time getting home!

And don’t send Mom to the drug store for a prescription. Why, the last time I did that for cold medicine, I walked away with both prescription and some rum. But I tell you, once I started in on the rum, I forgot my cold and felt so much better after a long nap.

Having had the unfortunate experience of buying alcohol in that state (jeez, people in Russia at the time were waiting less time in shorter lines for bread), I can attest that people are going to abuse alcohol whether it’s from a package store or Big Box Grocery Mart. I don't know if there was a single car trunk in PA on a Friday after work that didn't hold mucho cases of beer from the package store. Temperance, whether in Pennsylvania or in California, doesn’t depend on where the liquor is bought.

Well, gotta run. See ya'll later!

posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 08:39 PM

A favorite movie

And Holy Mole! Mexican Chocolate - a favorite thing

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posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 05:01 PM
chocolate...a copper bowl....chocolate in a copper bowl...flowing..... desert is verklempt again .....

....ok..... I think I'm composed enough..... and that is a great film and score..... now onto another like totally different topic

Shared Crossings

The Shared-Death Experience (SDE), a profound spiritual experience whereby a loved one shares a dying person’s initial transition from this world into the afterlife, is at the heart of the Shared Crossing Project. It is this experience—and the practices we recommend for preparing for one—that distinguishes the Shared Crossing Project from other end-of-life organizations. People who have Shared-Death Experiences understand these events as an empathic co-experiencing of the passing away of their beloved. The SDE is a spiritually transformative experience that can have far-reaching and positive implications for the survivor, including peace of mind regarding their beloved’s afterlife, compassion and appreciation for their loved one’s life, and insight for the experiencer into his/her own life purpose.

When I visited my younger sister, she said she was going to attend a presentation. I need to ask her about that. She will be busy out of town for awhile, so it might be awhile before I can share her info.

She wanted to attend the presentation, because she wanted to know more about her shared crossing with our older sister. She said that at the moment our sister died, she was hundreds of miles away in a car (as a passenger) in the middle of the desert on the way to the Colorado River, but all of a sudden in her mind was a vision of a field with flowers so brightly colored in a clarity never before seen, that she wondered what was going on. Then minutes later her cell phone rang, and she learned about our sister's passing.

My sister chuckled when she told me about this organization. She said that Santa Barbara has so many wealthy people with money to burn, that they are able to support many and various interests.

posted on Sep, 2 2014 @ 08:46 PM
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My mom died in the morning. Later, that night - I had an extraordinarily vivid dream

She was delirious just before she left - she mistook me for her own mother. She was surprised to see me (her mother) and her face had this happy but astonished look - I'll never forget it

I was trying to tell her I loved her, but she didn't seem to hear me or understand what I was saying

The dream took place in Mexico - a place she loved. She loved it so much that that's where we spread her ashes - out on the ocean just off the coast of Baja. I was wandering around a house - the walls were all corals and pink - her favorite colors. There was a fountain in the courtyard - with a tall stone in the center. Words were starting to appear on that stone - then they'd fade - then appear - as if struggling to get through

Finally the words showed up strong - glowing in pink

Te amo

It's a kind of joke really because my mom couldn't learn a word of Spanish to save her life. It made me laugh - out loud. It woke me up


I hope your sister finds what she's looking for desert

posted on Sep, 10 2014 @ 11:16 AM
Thank you, Spira, for sharing your beautiful dream. There truly are senses beyond our five senses, all part of Life. In fact, Life is like a dartboard, with those senses closer to the Middle. We certainly can experience connections to the Center via them. Oh, yes, your mother truly wanted to tell you, Te Amo!

Well, let’s celebrate….with a Taco Cake!!! At first, my BFF emailed, that she was “afraid” to eat it. But once she tasted it, she loved it. In fact, she took two pieces home to give to her sister and a neighbor. She now is awaiting the next creation….a Chinese Dinner Cake.

The Taco Cake consisted of a homemade white cake layer with taco spices thrown in (giving it a spicy orange color), topped with a powdered sugar icing made with a homemade Mexican Chocolate dry mix for flavor and color. The flavor delightfully exploded in your mouth like a Mexican firecracker.

I’m putting ideas together for the Chinese Dinner Cake. Don’t know when I’ll actually get it made.

Oh, my sister had a chance to get back to me re her Shared Crossings workshop. She said that a read of everything on the website would give you all the info; I think for her the workshop was a chance to hear from the researcher directly and be with like minded people. It validated her experience.

The research of end-of-life “babble” is ongoing. What the dying vocalize on their deathbed has meaning to them, even if we who surround them don’t understand.

On to more news from the homefront….cataracts run in MrD’s family, so we are getting his eye taken care of now, and speaking of family and dying…MrD’s Dad is on his deathbed, and my BFF found out her Mom had died. I tell you, my growing up in a fairly non-dysfunctional family certainly didn’t prepare me for hearing about family life in destructively dysfunctional families. The stories MrD and BFF tell are horrible experiences for children, with affects lasting into adulthood; BFF had always said her story was Mommy Dearest on steroids.

Ahhh, amazing how a visit to Lounge Noir can be so enjoyable and cathartic. Jeeves, Mexican ice coffee for everyone, to go with the Taco Cake slices I‘ve set out. Hmmmm, I’ve gotta think up a Lounge Noir Cake. Any ideas, people?

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