Picking out the tree was mostly easy, once I asked the right questions. However the annual challenge of Christmas lights did not go so smoothly. After a series of events, listed below, I had to take a mini break from “riggin’ up the lights.”
• Two indoor wreaths had lights that did not work, requiring removal of old lights and wrapping with new ones, assisted charmingly — but ineffectually — by four-month old kitten Bagheera. At one point he slid out on his back from underneath the wreath, peering up at me like a mechanic who had just checked the suspension!
• While hanging the holiday wreath on the front door I had to chase indoor kitten Bagheera down the outside front walkway twice – earning him the seasonal nickname “Dasher.”
• While replacing most of last year’s bulbs and stringing up the outside lights, I dropped a bulb, which shattered, requiring me to return inside for the dustpan and brush at which point Bagheera, who had been lying in wait, escaped for the third time. This time he earned another name, which we cannot print.
• And, after all of that, a neighbor who shall remain nameless, questioned whether I should have bothered stringing my Christmas lights, since no one could see them from the street. I tartly replied that at least I could enjoy them, and that counted!
• Finally, I discovered that I had no working lights for my Christmas tree, sigh…at which point decorating took a break to await further supplies.
Through all of this there were definitely moments when The 12 Pains of Christmas played in my head. Next year I think I will send Reiki to myself and the situation ahead of time.
I have yet to get to the Christmas cards, but perhaps by then Bagheera “Dasher” De Dan will be able to lick envelopes!
Happy Holidays from all of us at WRSH!
Rose De Dan, Puma, Kiya, Cougar, Sand and Bagheera
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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition. In addition she is also a Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.
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