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The blogger formerly known as Wightrabbit….

……is now Jacqueline King.

Of course I always have been but I was insecure when I started blogging and felt more comfortable hiding behind a nom de plume. But I’m bolder and more  experienced now and feel comfortable using my own name. I’ve been having trouble posting on this blog ~ I missed Becca’s ‘Nurturing Thursday this week  because the system just wouldn’t allow me to publish my carefully prepared script. I’ve gone a long way round for a shortcut and am accessing this through the Internet, because WordPress for iPad has locked me out.

No matter. My other blog ~ Tao of Scrumble ~ is still up and running, so I’m moving over to that and I hope you’ll swing by and take a look. The URL is http://taoofscrumble.wordpress.com

Well, I’m not sure this is going to work when I come to push the button, so I’ll quit while I’m ahead and wish all my lovely followers a fond farewell from Wightrabbit! :)

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Each morning for the past ten days I’ve been following a guided healing meditation, emailed to me by The Barefoot Doctor (Stephen Russell.)

I’ve been following ‘the Doc’ for nearly twenty years now, since I first discovered his web address (and quirky description of the contents) on the labels of a bath product line he’d developed, (bearing names like ‘Chi/Qi Orgasmic Shower Mousse’ and ‘Heavenly Massage Gel’. Sadly I the range is no longer available.)

Stephen teaches what he calls ‘Wayward Taoism’ and has written several books about how to survive the stress of modern living by embracing these ancient Oriental methods of enlightenment and practicing the simple exercises he’s devised based on T’ai Chi and Chi Gong.

I bought his first book, ‘Handbook for The Urban Warrior’, at a time when life as I knew it had fallen apart. The cheeky, upbeat style amused me and I couldn’t put it down. I read it from cover to cover, then started all over again ~ taking time to absorb the instructions, one chapter at a time. (The longest journey… and all that.)

Over the years I’ve read many of Stephen’s books (not all ~ some have not seemed relevant at the time); listened to his Audio Motivator CD’s, (bluetoothing them to my new mobile phone as I type), followed the website and signed up for emailed news and freebies, (including the meditation pod I’m using.) Following a recent webinar broadcast, which answered some pressing questions, I pulled ‘Return of the Urban Warrior’ from my bookshelf and am working my way through that.

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I understand that BD’s irreverent approach to spiritual matters may not please purists. But it works for me ~ and that’s all it has to do! :)

May you nurture yourself with whatever suits you best, this Thursday! :)

Nurturing Thursday is the idea of Becca Givens, author of ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about this, or to join in, please click here.

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Sometimes I nurture myself with a treat ~ luxuriating in a relaxing bath, (with Epsom salts and lavender oil.) Or taking time~out to read just for fun, not as research or in a quest for self~improvement.

On other occasions I nurture body and mind by taking foster~dog Indie for a walk through the nearby forest. And I greet each day with meditation, before brewing my morning coffee.

But there are times, when I have to do something I really don’t wish to. Like going to the dentist. That’s how I’ve been nurturing myself today ~ attending a scheduled check~up. Since I’ve had a somewhat chequered (and painful) dental history, this is a breakthrough for me.

My hygienist, sweet lady, complimented me on my lovely clean teeth and the dentist is ‘very happy’ with the healthy condition of my gums. I left the surgery feeling like I imagine my grandchildren do, when I tell them I’m proud of their baby achievements.

It was s glorious day and ~ even though I’d rather have spent time in the garden than driving across the Island ~ I didn’t cancel. And The Artist wasn’t able to come with, so I conquered my nerves and went on my own.

A baby achievement, for sure.

But I’m proud of myself.

And that’s not only liberating, it’s nurturing! :)

Nurturing Thursday is the idea of Becca Givens, author of ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about this, or to join in, please click here.

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Nurturing Thursday 11 ~ Me and my shadow!

The weather has been lamentable this year, with temperatures so close to zero that I began to think we were entering another Ice Age.

Until today.

The sun has been out since daybreak and, at 7.36 pm it’s brilliance is just fading. The wind’s still strong but bearable, even without thermal clothing. Lets hope this warmer trend continues ~ kick~starting the growing season and thawing our frozen spirits.

Spring is in the air, so my midday walk with Indie was a total pleasure. Swaddled in multiple layers and sporting appropriate footwear, I always enjoy the experience, once I’m out there. But it’s so much more uplifting when the skies are blue and passers~by are smiling. :)

For the first time this year I noticed positive signs that Nature is awakening ~ forget~me~nots beside the path…..vibrant butterflies…..and sunlight bright enough to cast my shadow!

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Nurturing Thursday is the idea of Becca Givens, author of ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about this, or to join in, please click here.

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Our Easter Break is coming to an end. The Artist and I return to work tomorrow afternoon, to make sure the school is clean and tidy when the new term starts on Monday.

The weather over the past few weeks has not been Spring~like. We’ve suffered heavy rainfall, gale force winds and even the odd flurry of snow. Actual temperatures have remained in single figures, with the ‘real feel’ being way too cold for comfort. So, apart from a daily dog~walk, I’ve spent most of my time indoors, crocheting squares and knitting strips, which I’m making into throws.

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For a while now I’ve been using my late mother’s hooks and needles. Working with them reminded me how talented she was ~ although her style was more traditional than mine, she excelled at everything she turned her hand to.

On Monday, unable to find two matching English size 3 knitting pins, I was forced to settle for an odd ‘pair’, one much longer than the other. Disaster! The short one is slightly bent with age. The other kept getting caught ~ either up my sleeve or against the armchair. It played havoc with my tension, (in every sense of the word) and drove me crazy.

Martin believes it makes life easier to have the right tools for the job and he’s right. So instead of struggling with hand~me~down equipment, I decided to start a collection of my own. Chosen specifically to suit me:

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Even though I’ve loved using Mum’s equipment, it no longer serves my purpose. It’s time to stash it in the attic and move on. She would heartily approve.
‘Treat yourself, Jacqueline,’ she would say, ‘because you’re worth it.’
:)

Nurturing Thursday is the idea of Becca Givens, author of ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about this, or to join in, please click here.

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SCHOOL’S OUT!

We’ve finished our last shift as cleaners at the local college. And now we’re at home and looking forward to the Easter Holiday. Two weeks off work. Whooohooo!

Time to relax and replenish my energy and ~ if the weather perks up ~ do a little work in the garden. It’s been a bitterly cold, wet Winter, so there’s much nurturing to be done. I’m hoping to clear the weeds and prepare the ground ~ and maybe plant some vegetable seeds, (indoors, at least, if not out.)

But even if it rains I intend to make the most of it.

I’ll cosy up with some knitting or crochet.

Or Martin.

And I’ll most likely eat some chocolate ;)

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE!!!
:)

Nurturing Thursday is the idea of Becca Givens, author of ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about this, or to join in, please click here.