What A Visit!

I had a wonderful time! We went out quite a bit, going to parks and restaurants. We all went to a painting class where each of us painted the moon phase of our birthday.

My sister and I drank some lovely local wine…

and went on the daytime paranormal tour at The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (we even met a couple of ghosts).

Plus, we three girls got matching shoes.

It was a marvelous visit and I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Storytime: Brownie

There have always been animals in my life. Cats, dogs, hamsters, birds, even a guinea pig. My dad is an animal lover; my mom is not. He would always bring home random animals and she would just roll her eyes and end up taking care of them.

One of my favorite pets was a brown and white cat. He had two names, Brownie and Glover. Brownie because he had brown patches and Glover because he looked like he was wearing gloves (he was a polydactyl). Not totally original, but accurate.

We had him for many years. Every night, he would sleep above my head, massaging my scalp with his claws. It was soothing and always put me to sleep quickly.

Sometimes, while playing with Brownie, I would start meowing like him. My father would yell for the cat to be quiet and I would just laugh. After a while, he caught on and started asking Is that Kellie or the cat?? Again, it made me laugh.

I don’t remember what happened to Brownie. He probably died. All I know, is one day he was gone. I’m sure I was sad, but we had such a revolving door of animals, that I wouldn’t have stayed sad for long.

It’s possible that being surrounded by animals my whole childhood is what led to me having so many animals as an adult. Either that, or the fact that my husband is a bigger animal lover than even my dad. And that is saying something.

It’s Almost Time!

Last May, my baby sister Mary came out to visit us and attend my college graduation. Well, she enjoyed herself so much, that she is coming back – in three days! And this time, she’s bringing an extra visitor with her. I’m super stoked and can’t wait to see them both!

Since my family lives on the other side of the country, it’s always wonderful when one of them visits. Even more so when it’s more than one.

I hope they enjoy themselves as immensely as I know I will!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Something Bigger Than Me

Religion is a sensitive subject for most people, regardless of what their beliefs are. Personally, I find it difficult to explain my beliefs because they’re so varied. I consider myself to be eclectic. Essentially, this means that I take bits and pieces of several different belief systems and weave them together to create my very own personal tapestry of beliefs. To some people, this act is absolutely abhorrent. How dare I have the gall to pick apart religious teachings and only go by the ones that I like? Isn’t religion about taking every part of one belief system and following it explicitly, whether we like it or not?

Perhaps for some people, that way of practicing religion works. But not for me. I don’t think that I should be stifled by any part of my beliefs. If something rubs me the wrong way, then it’s clearly not something I want as part of my life. I believe that life is too short to be compelled to adhere to rules that feel are wrong just because someone else says I should. I’ve learned about many different religions including: Christianity, Buddhism, Witchcraft, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Taoism, to name a few. Each one has positives and negatives to it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with anyone who fully embraces one faith system and follows all the rules and tenets assigned to that particular religion. To each his or her own, I say.

As for me, I’ll continue to go with the pieces (be they from Buddhism, Hinduism, Witchcraft, Christianity, or whatnot) that make my soul feel alive and joyful. Otherwise, what’s the point? There’s plenty of negativity in the world already and I don’t need any of that as part of my spiritual practices. I mean, who does, really?

Sending positive vibes and cheerful thoughts to everyone for a happy weekend!