"I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else. I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS. Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come."
The 20th of March marked the start of the Holi Festival. It is held the day after the full moon in March each year. People spend the day smearing coloured powder all over each other's faces, throwing coloured water at each other, having parties, and dancing under water sprinklers.
It's not all fun and games for everyone though, with rituals being held as well. The emphasis of Holi rituals is on the burning of the demoness Holika. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to mark occasion and to burn evil spirits.
So in honour of the Holi Festival which unfortunately we were to busy to celebrate during the last couple of days, I have decided that this coming weekend My little family is going to have our own little Holi festival. We will decorate with balloons, build a fire, make fun colorful masks, and have a huge water/food dye fight. I'm very much looking forward to it. It's the perfect reason to have fun and get a bit messy. HAPPY HOLI EVERYONE!!! ♥
For the past few months I've been organizing suppliers, busily creating logos, calculating costs and am finally proud to announce that in a couple of months I will be opening my own online business. :D Thought I'd show you all a bit of a teaser. ♥
Today I made my own set of Mala beads. I used some very old wooden beads which are special to me. It turned out great, and I'm very happy. Although for the life of me I couldn't find any smaller beads to finsh it off with (the White : Nirmanakaya/enlightened body. Red : Sambhogakaya/enlightened speech. Blue : Dharmakaya/enlightened mind.), I think the ones I used look great anyway. The finished product feels very special to me. ♥
As you may know, I am a practicing Buddhist, which means I have a huge respect for all sentient beings. I have even been known to put a funnel web (found in the yard away from the house) in a jar and take it for a drive to let it go...but as soon as there is a centipede big enough to kill a small child (aka MY small child) sitting on my front doorstep, I am called into action for the sake of my young.
I have never said sorry so many times in 1 minute. It was an awful feeling that I hope not to experience again any time soon, but by god, it was him or me (or worse!). Poor bugger...
Lately Cy has gotten into the habit of running into the bedroom and ripping his nappy and or pants off and jumping into bed (all the while yelling 'CHEEKY GUY!'), the furthest he gets before one of us runs in there and grabs him is the pillows, but that's too far!!! Needless to say we have had some messy situations that have left me wondering why in gods name he goes for the pillows every time.
So I came up with the genius idea of making a temporary baby gate so that when Cy is in this nappy-removing mood we can cordon the bedroom off. I spent most of the afternoon cutting up an old skirt, sewing edges, punching in metal eyelets and drilling into the wall. This was the result....
And it worked!!! I was so proud of my efforts, and as Cy contemplated the gate I was smugly wondering why I had never thought of this before...