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Nesting & Settling In

Reflections circa 1970’s/1980’s:

I grew up in a home where my mother made the best of what we had.  She was great at it. My mom could take an old rent house with or with out any help she would paint, clean and DIY it into a lovely home.  If we didn’t have the money to buy window coverings she would pull out the trusty sewing machine and make lovely custom curtains.

I love the environment I grew up in.  DIY was always the first choice and at times the only choice.  Recycling was a daily routine.  Not recycling like putting out bins for the city to pick up and carry off.  That type of recycling had not been invented yet.  Recycling like, nothing is thrown away without a thorough examination of whether that item could be used for something else.  No piece of clothing or any fabric was thrown away.  It was either passed down or cut up and turned into another piece of clothing or a blanket or curtain or pillow.  If we had no one to give it to or nothing to make with it, it was sent to Goodwill Industries.

My mom taught me the importance in reusing things, saving money, and how to sew among many, many other things.  My mom is my hero.  She always smiled and made the best out of every situation.

Flash forward to the present:

I’ve lived here in this big house for six years.  This house is not huge but it is the biggest home I’ve ever lived in much less owed.  I am just now creating a home.  For six years my house has been just a house.  I have not made it a home.  We have had a lot of turmoil and to top it off all the kids are now grown up and out on their own. Our youngest turned 18 and is eager and able to dive into his own life and bright future.  Empty nest is here.  It is now just the two of us and we have let the spare bedrooms sit as storage rooms for several years now.  I need to start settling in and nesting for this odd and quiet second half of our lives.  Where to start?

empty-nest

So far in January I have done the following:

I clean out both spare rooms completely giving away every item in those rooms I have not used in over a year or have no use for

I put a spare bed in one room for guests

I set up an area in one spare room for sewing and crafts

I sorted all my fabrics I have been storing to use and started and finished one quilt and some curtains

I sorted out and organized all my craft items and turned a hall closet into a craft closet

I turned one spare room walk in closet into a toy/play area for the grandchildren

I turned one spare room into a home office and the same rooms closet is now housing all my husbands and my hunting gear

I emptied the kitchen pantry, all cabinets and drawers, cleaned and organized them and got rid off all excess gadgets that were never used

I made living room drapes out of some fabric I had bought 12 years ago

I got all paperwork out, sorted through it and shredded half of it that was old and unnecessary

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What’s going on here?!

I guess I’m finally nesting and settling in to the second half of our lives.  I am looking forward to a bright future and a home filled with love and grandchildren’s laughter.  I am also looking forward to all the quiet times where my husband and I can have places in our home to do those sewing projects (My awesome hubs sews with me. I call him my renaissance man), craft projects or just a place to pay the bills and balance the checkbook.

Empty nest syndrome is not going to get us down!  We have a big awesome home all to ourselves and we are going to use it to enjoy life, not as a museum and storage place for the past.

Hippie Lady

Peace and love to you on this beautiful day!

 

 

 

 


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I’m a Weirdo

I’m weird. I know this now. I had a milestone birthday a little over a month ago and I’ve been reflecting a lot. A WHOLE LOT. I spent a lot of my time (way too much) in the past having hurt feelings because not a lot of people “get” me. I only have a handful of close friends in my life. Most people that are my super close friends are like me. They don’t have a lot of close friends and the friends we have UNDERSTAND that we like a lot of quiet alone time. I get stressed doing what women do that are in my age group, societal class group or whatever boxes I fit into.

I’m “weird” I guess. I’ve had a lifetime of fighting off anxiety. It’s not that I don’t like large groups. It’s not that I hate bars, concerts, going to the state fair, parties, shopping in malls. It’s not that I don’t want to go get my nails done or do all the stuff girls do. I don’t have shitty fingernails and my house doesn’t look perfect because I’m a slob or have no fashion or decorating sense.

I suffer silently over here in my “weirdo” box.

I see lovely women who seem perfect to me. Their hair is perfect, their nails are painted to perfection complete with the latest holiday designs. I wanted to be just like that. Sometimes I still do.

I don’t do all these things because I am anxiety ridden. I can’t make decisions very well. I feel uncomfortable. I can’t even seem to hang all the pretty wall hangings or family photos in my home because I can’t decide where to put them and everything seems wrong when I try.

No one invites me anywhere very often because I have said no so many times I’m not even a bleep on the radar anymore.

I have lost many “friends” because they think I’m mad at them. I suppose because I don’t do all of the above mentioned or because I don’t invite them to do stuff. I just figure no one just wants to come over and watch history channel with me, make stupid Pinterest  crafts or just sit and blab about life.

Another thing I’ve noticed lately is this attitude from some that I need to be the one asking them to do stuff all the time.  I’ve had people mad at me asking how come I stopped asking them to come over and I’m thinking “I don’t recall you asking me over EVER.  Maybe I’m waiting on you to ask me. I assumed you didn’t like me.  I’m not one to beg people to hang with me. I know I’m weird but not stalker weird”.

To end this seemingly endless weirdo diatribe:

I’m weird. I accept that. It’s okay that I don’t look or fit into the “not a weirdo box”. If you meet a person that seems standoffish maybe they just have anxiety problems. Maybe they need help. You don’t have to help people like us but if you like us, try offering your help.

Helping someone you know with anxiety isn’t hard.  Gently push them to go do things with you. Something you know they enjoy. Maybe just call and ask them to come to your house instead of waiting on them to invite you over. If they say no then keep asking. Don’t write them off as weirdos because it’s lonely sometimes over here in this “weirdo box”.

Personally I’m getting comfortable. I’ll just sit here watching history channels and drag myself and my weirdo box to garage sales. I like my weirdo self finally. I just wish it hadn’t taken so long.

Hippie Lady 💜☮️


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#Pokemon can bring us Together #DontLaugh

I have had such a nice month of September so far.

Don’t rush to judge me. Hear me out first.

One of the reasons my month has been nice is because of…

Pokémon Go.

I never watched the cartoon Pokémon. My kids watched it and played with the cards. I bought them cards, but I didn’t know what they were doing with them.

Lots of kids collected trading cards.

To me, the new game meant nothing.  I briefly worried about the whole “the government is tracking people with this odd game”.

I have concluded that we are probably tracked with these phones anyway in ways we don’t even understand. If we aren’t, that’s great.  If we are, then my only recourse is shut off the phone or accept it.

For now I’ve accepted it because I have to. My family would probably have me locked up for being crazy if I unplug.

So in the meantime, myself, my husband and one of our sons are all playing Pokémon Go.

before Pokémon Go, we hardly spent any time together other than the occasional family dinner. We were busy or they were. He is married with two young children.

We all now meet two or three times a week at the parks around here and walk together and talk. A lot. We walked the track around the park for two miles last night!

My daughter in law doesn’t play the game and I’m not overly into it so we walk together and push the baby around. My son and his dad are playing, laughing, competing and walking all over the park. Mostly they walk behind us and veer off occasionally to find a Pokémon gym. But they are always within yelling distance so they can see us.

We are having family fun and exercisizing.

It’s a win-win situation.

Whatever it takes!

Hippie Lady 💜☮

P.S. I’m kind of hurting today. I may have over done it since I’m an amateur exerciser. 😩

P.S.S. Here are some pics I took in the park: 


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Light Bearer there is Hope! Shine. Earth Needs You. 

I just came across this. I don’t like to focus on the person who wrote this. I know nothing about her or what she is all about. I did provide a link to the author at the bottom. I like this message very much, regardless. 
Light Bearer, any limitation that you feel blocks your path is an expression of a memory you carry deep within your physical, emotional and energetic bodies of times when your efforts were limited by situations in which your light was rejected.
These are often expressions of your martyr and victim consciousness, when you offered yourselves as a healing light to your soul groups knowing that they were not yet prepared for their transformationthrough your help, Lightbearer

It was never your mission to change the world, your role in the world is to shine your light in all of its expressions.

And you can do that, no matter what the world does in response.

The world will eventually turn towards the light when it has experienced enough darkness. When the world can find power in love it will no longer need fear. But it must experience both to make that choice. Lightbearer, you can be the love the world needs to have as one choice among many.

All Light bearers have had lifetimes of service in the world, to be forces for change and transformation. The light was always extended even though there were many lifetimes when it was extinguished because the world wasn’t ready to release its fear.

Those times you felt betrayed by Source and the belief that you were abandoned and not supported as a source of light and love was created. This belief has reverberated throughout your lifetimes and it is strongly expressed within your soul group.

Through the ego, Lightbearer, you have translated this role of bringers of the light to mean that you have come to change the world. But you have simply come to be a source of light, a connection to the light and love and Source for those who are willing to see and recognize it to acknowledge it and accept it into their own hearts and being.

From these experiences you have pushed yourselves further into dimming your own light, limiting the expression of your Lightbearer gifts and not choosing the path of powerful creation for yourselves. If the world does not change and accept you and your gifts, you believe that you are not worthy of the joy, love, abundance and success that are your divine birthright.

Lightbearer, You martyr yourself on behalf of the light and yet that is merely an expression of your own fear that by being powerful you are a threat rather than an inspiration. You can be all you desire and want to have, every dream is possible for you when you shine your light and are willing to accept blessings for yourselves.

The path of the martyr and victim is not the highest expression of your energies and limiting your abundance is not in integrity with Lightbearer truth. You can be all things within your life as you express who you are to a world that may or may not accept it.

Be your truth, that is all you can do, and allow the world to follow its path until it is ready to make its own transformation.

You have come to bring the truth of divinity and ascension to the world, Lightbearer, now express that in your own life and you will be the change the world seeks. Each of you can change the world when you begin within your own reality and shine your light within you, illuminating your own shadows, releasing your fear, connecting to your inner resources and being the light in your life so you can also en-lighten the world.

http://www.consciousness-evolving.com/Lightbearer.html


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Take the Medicine

My brother and his fiancé introduced me to Nahko Bear and Medicine for the People. Wow it is alluring music for sure. I hope you all take a listen.  The video I post below is a good song for meditation.  

ENJOY 💜🙏🏻🌴🌺🎧☮ 

Hippy Lady

Nahko and Medicine for the People in Oklahoma Sept 2, 2016

Nahko and Medicine for the People official website
More information about this band
Video: Aloha – Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People)


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What’s Going on in Hippie America 2016

I’m listing below ideas for spending the summer of 2016 in America Hippie Style. If you are traveling across America this summer here are some ways to insert some hippie fun into your trip. Disclaimer: please research on your own as to whether these links are places you feel are child friendly or appropriate for your personal taste. 

Hippie Dash 5K & Flower Child Fun Run. Date. Saturday, May 21, 2016. Start Time. 8:00 am. Race Location: Gulfport, Florida

Nashville’s Greatestes Hits

Spring Music Festival May 26-30


Hippie Jacks is in Crawford,Tennessee 

Please go to the comments and list your local festivals!


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Don’t let stress consume you

I don’t know about you folks but my life is stressful. It shouldn’t be. My kids are grown and doing well so what do I have to stress about?  It doesn’t matter to go into detail about the whys of life stresses.  Everyone has stresses and they affect us all in different ways.  Let’s just focus on how to relieve stress.  

Have you ever gone online and looked at your credit report? I have years ago when I was younger and it blew my mind all the stupid little things that were messing up my credit. Yes there were a few big mistakes but mostly it was small under a few hundred dollar bills I had blown off and didn’t pay. Keep in mind this was in my early thirties and I didn’t at the time fully understand credit reports. Anyway…

I freaked out thinking how am I going to fix this stressful mess?  I initially thought if I pay off these two huge debts I will be better off because fixing big mistakes first seems like the best thing to do to quickly relieve the “stress” on my credit.

Wrong.   Paying off the two big bills took a long time and only changed my credit score a few points and I was still sitting there spinning my wheels and looking at a pile of smaller bills.  Two years later the big bills were paid and my credit still sucked and I felt just as stressed about that credit report as I did two years prior. 

I finally paid off everything on that report. I then met someone else needing to fix a report as bad if not worse than my own. He asked for help. 

This time we ignored the large bills and focused on paying off all the bills under $500.  This person paid off ten bills over the course of six months and their credit score soared without paying a dime on the two huge dollar amount items on the report. Not only did the credit score go way up in a short amount of time but the persons mega stress about the credit score issue was virtually gone. 

My point is, tackling giant problems isn’t always the best choice at first.  Sometimes it is best to focus on the tiny problems around you and take them on one at a time.  When you are stressing about all life’s problems just stop and take a look around and find the little stresses and work on those first and then work your way up to the larger ones. It gives you an immediate sense of accomplishment that motivates you on to the next slightly bigger problem. 

Have a great Friday and stop and smell the flowers. 

As for me I’m taking some time to go to the hippie house in the mountains and finish painting it. We started last week and it’s coming along great!



💜☮ 

Hippie Lady