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"Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Barbara Streisand's House Tour

Hello Everyone,

Its been a while.
I've been way up and way down.  Many people are wondering about global insanity these days for good reason. I keep getting messages from people that they no longer know what to do, how to be in this world. Of course I'm talking about sensitive connected people who know there is something going wrong and spiraling down. We are seeking sanctuary and respite by avoidance, and more home quiet time. Good thing.
I am working on the gardens still.....all of them. I have Green Gardens, and Soul Gardens, Friend Gardens and Spirit Gardens. I like tending to all of them. Gardening is my Love, is my passion.

When I bought the keys to put onto my Garden Gates, I heard something in my said


That is the truth.

I'm again, head over heels in love with moss!....I want it everywhere! This pic is from Moss and Stone

I have planted the citrus trees in their pots. I have yet to plant one orange tree which is COVERED in blossoms....oh my beating heart!......and a peach tree which is going in the ground. I took out a bush that did not do well all these years and we are putting yet another citrus tree in that spot.

Today I got up early to go to Lowe's to buy some wood to reinforce a garden bridge John just purchased from ebay to replace the one that broke down....those dang trolls under the bridge!........and this one I want to last long. I am treating it with a moisture, and troll protection, :D which I used on my potting bench which is doing very well I must say. After I treat the poplar hardwood we will attach them to the bridge to make it sturdy so that we can actually walk on it with confidence, I will take pictures. But for now this is the bridge we got.....$_1.JPG?set_id=8800005007

Today I bought some succulents to place into a hanger I have on the fence wall.....I'm thinking about making a succulent wall...have you seen those?? There are tons of them to look at on google images. GORGEOUS!

There are lot of things I want to do and I want to do them all now. But I cannot of course, because $ is the restriction, it is the only one I have in fact. :D

But today, I wanted to share something I found....I went to Barnes and Nobles to return a book someone got for me, which I had already and she said I could just go and change it, but alas, they could not. I decided to see just quickly the Home Decor section. This has become a kind of therapy for me, and I now begin to understand so many women who throw themselves head first into decorating, non stop and incessantly changing things out for every mood, season and holiday and I'm not referring to those who do this out of habit or some kind of obsession, I mean those who feel within a change happening and they move to effect it on their outer world. I have realized designing is one pathway to Beauty and to keeping up with the natural cycles of change. When we can't change the world we change ours. It is not just "something to do", it is a way of keeping one sane. It is a way of women empowering their creative forces within their domains by mimicking Nature in how Nature is changing all the time but on a micro level.....a tiny one, a personal one.  For this reason alone, I now have a greater respect for those who design and decorate .....when its personal and seems natural.

I have thought of changing things out maybe 4 times a year, for the 4 seasons we DON'T have LOL ......we have only one and a half. I have pretty much discovered my favorite style and looks, but I still love seeing what other women are doing. I went to the Home Decor section and one book hit me right away....Barbara Streisand's "My Passion for Design".....she does that too? Women floor me really, how many talents they have, how they can do so much! I picked up the book and immediately the pictures awed me, but what was more amazing was that they were all of her her basement!! with a street of shops?? OMG! I needed this book, so I looked at the price and $60.00 was not going to happen, ever. When I got home I got online and amazon had one for $1.97. Click! Mine. I spent my last $6.00 for the month on this book, and I cannot wait to get it. So I googled videos....and indeed there was a beautiful short movie of Barbara's Home Tour and I do think you will enjoy this! and get many ideas of what is possible.
I do believe we should dream big. Barbara Streisand is amazingly talented, I don't think there is anything she cant do.
Here's the video of her tour....16 minutes of awesomeness....enjoy!

After I click send, I'm going back out to work play with the succulent garden to be and my moss!!....create a nice shady dish garden for a table I didn't want to get rid of in the back section which is looking like a Jurassic Park with huge oversized leaves.....rather tropical....appropriately so. :D
blessings to you all!



  1. Beautiful soul,

    As I read your words, I can so understand. The world is spiraling down, and though I know what I can do on a small and individual level, I fear that the whole world is going to explode. As an educator now of adolescents, I feel I have some influence, at least more of it with the middle school kids who still have a fresh sense of wonder. But my beloved high schoolers...I see what it out there in the world, and to think they could be a part of the scene just breaks my heart. But I trust that many young people will come around (as I finally did) and find the most blessed treasure of all next to love: WISDOM.

    Your care for the earth and your own piece of territory is admirable. I agree with you so much.

    Have a peaceful day, in YOUR garden! Anita

    1. oh thank you Anita, such kind words filled with compassion, I thank you for your honesty. Most people don't want to admit what they see and many do not even see it which is quite amazing actually. But yes you are an influence to those who you touch. And my ''children'' are the plants and trees, the grass and the soil, and I hope that they feel my love and their roots which are in the ground are all connecting and talking to each other of the hope they have in us humans.

  2. Seeing two of my favorite magical people in the world here!! :))) BLISS!!! I am sending love to you both, dearest Lady and Anita....both of you are such inspirations to me (and many, many others)....because you LIVE artFULLY, with love, compassion, consciouness, am so blessed to know you, beautiful souls....
    And now to this luscious post...
    First of all, I cannot even bear to think of what you write terms of what is happening to our precious world...but I will say I do have hope in the future generations...I really do...
    I am completely aware, of course...but my faith and hope keep me from getting too depressed, actually.
    And right now each and every one of us must do what we can on the micro-level of which you speak, dear Lady...
    And no matter how we garden...whether plants, home, all makes a difference...
    Bless the gardeners and keepers of all that is precious...

    The moss....oh how I love moss!!!! And that sweet bridge...the succulent wall...all of it is so exciting...
    Barbara.....I saw her amazing tour on Oprah... :))) hee....
    That basement village...oh my oh my!!! I'm so glad you were able to order the book...a feast for the eyes and imagination, yes?
    Enjoy the beauty, dear friend...I am off to catch up with your newest post...
    Warm hugs to you,
    - Irina

    1. Oh I think we are blessed to know You dear Palomasea, your ever present kindnesses and effervescence is unique and Always Welcome! is always a gift.
      It is good you have hope and faith. I think mine comes and goes, but it is nice to see some keep it all the time.
      I still do what I feel I can do, and in my world, it is Gardening the Land, the People, the Energies, I can never give up, as long as I breathe I will be Gardening and Tending.

      So you love moss too? why am I surprised? lol.....I need lots and lots of it. I told John for any Birthday, Christmas, Secretaries Week lolol anything! Just send me Fresh Moss! lol

      Yes, I should get book any day now. I have watched that video many times now, and I keep wondering....what would this world look like if women like Barbra did the ''development'' of communities, designed cities and malls, and homes and offices etc? Imagine how content the people would be?


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