How Strange Noises Bring On A Lesson

It was in the wee early morning hours and I was in the kitchen getting a nice cool glass of water.  All of a sudden I heard a strange noise as if someone is scraping something across the screen door.

I quickly walked to the front door and turned on the porch light.  I looked out the window and I saw nothing.  I felt a bit nervous wondering who or what could have made that noise.  I then turned off the porch light and returned to finish the rest of my water. 

Within a couple of minutes, I heard that same strange scraping noise again.  I became even more concerned because it seemed to be getting louder.  I turned on the porch light as I scanned out the window. I even slowly (and I mean very slowly) opened the front door to get a better look.  Still I saw nothing.

I was about to go back to bed when there it goes again that same noise and now I pondered is someone playing around with me.  The key word here is playing as you will see later in this story.

I turned on the light and peered out the window.  What I saw was one of my neighbor’s feral cats and it was the kitten on my front porch.  I then came to realize that the kitten was playing with the faux teardrop crystal hanging at the end of a butterfly chain that is on my screen door.  I was relieved yet I knew there was a lesson in this for me!

Immediately the thought came that the kitten was helping me to remember to…PLAY!  It’s not the only time I’ve been given this lesson. The horse in the next pasture also had given me this same message. I got the feeling that the horse and the kitten were being a tag team as to who was next to give me the reminder – IT’S TIME TO PLAY!

Just getting that message tickled my inner child and it just happened that soon thereafter a friend and I got together and had fun playing some games.  I’m also taking the time to play with my cat, Thomas, too!

It just warms my soul to know these two critters have my best interest at heart and my appreciation grows deeper for how our animal friends are always wanting us to be the best!  So here’s a reminder to all TO PLAY so your inner child can feel that tickle too.

Love, light, and happy trails to all in the new year!


p.s. I love these adults in the picture playing a game of guessing what ANIMAL they are!  The kitten is watching her Mama getting a nice cool drink…no coincidence here as I was also sipping on a cool drink when I was given the lesson!!!

Playing Adults




A Reminder From Two Dogs And A Horse

PalaminaIt’s early in the morning and I hear a constant barking coming from Louie, a poodle dog that is owned by my landlady, over in my neighbor’s yard.  This barking had a frantic sound to it.  I go outside to over see what all the commotion is about. 

As I walked into my neighbor’s yard, I see Clyde (another dog owned by my landlady) had somehow maneuvered himself into the neighboring pasture and was taunting the horse, Palomita. The minute Clyde sees me he dashed out of the pasture into my neighbor’s yard. 

I immediately gave out a holler (more than once) to Clyde to stop this and go home.  I waved my arms to both dogs as an indication to go home which was about a half a block down a dirt road.  The dogs moved slightly down the road yet Clyde was still occasionally barking (as was Louie) at Palomita. 

Then Palomita turns her rear to the dogs and kicks her back legs at them which started a whole new round of constant barking from Clyde and Louie.  I yelled at Palomita to stop doing this and again hollered at Clyde and Louie to go home. 

Then it occurred to me to observe the kind of state of mind I was in.  I have learned that the best way to communicate with animals is to be in a in-the-zone calm state.  So I do a bit of energy management to move into that state.  Then I energetically communicate to both Clyde, Louie, and Palomita a request (also gave them an image in my mind) as to what would be best for all.

Within a minute all barking stopped. Clyde and Louie slowly walked home and Palomita did not kick her back legs at the dogs again.  And I moved from being upset about this whole situation to feeling calmer and overall better.  What a great reminder these critters…some great in size and some small…gave to me!  Animals are always giving us opportunities to experience, feel, and be our best!

Love, Light, and Happy Trails!


p.s. Also Palomita told me that since she is a lone horse in the pasture that she has to take on the responsibilities of key members of the herd.  I then intuitively knew she wanted me to learn more about how horses worked together in a herd.  I also have found that you can request an animal to do something yet they still may not do what you request.  This time they did and I thanked them all for that!


What’s That In My Shoe!

Thomas on my shoes brighterIt’s 6 a.m.  I’m getting up to go to the bathroom and I’m still half asleep.  I place my left foot slightly into my slip-on-sandal shoes.  There’s a pause as I feel something wet there.  I slowly move the tips of my toes out of the shoe and fully open my eyes.  I then see that my cat, Thomas, had thrown up a clear, liquid substance in my left shoe.  He has not done this before.  I was angry!

I know that the way to understand the lesson your animal is teaching you is to observe what kind of emotions and feelings come up over their demeanor, behaviors, or their health.  I tried my best to keep my cool by observing that anger.  It seemed to work until my not-so-cool words came out of my mouth asking him about this. 

Just the look on his face especially his concerned yet sweet eyes helped settle me down.  I was surprised that I was able to get why he had done this.  Why was I surprised?  It’s because being half asleep and angry are not the best state to get an answer from your animal. 

The message he gave me came quickly.  It first came as a thought then as an image of me soaking my feet (clear liquid in shoe = foot soaking).  Then as a short sentence from him, “I like this for you.”  It all fell into place what was the lesson.

So what is the lesson…it is how important it is to take care of myself.  He is teaching me that he can feel a positive difference in me when I foot soak and when I do not.  He knew that I had not been doing this for awhile.  I then realized my anger was not at him but it was for me not giving myself this self care.

So it’s been about two weeks since this happened and I have been very mindful to follow through with Thomas’ suggestion.  I can report that so far no more clear liquid in my shoe!  This is what it is like working with your animal at the soul level.  I have come to appreciate him at such a deeper level knowing he is supporting me in being my best.

Love, Light, and Happy Trails!


p.s. I also checked in with Thomas to see if there was some health situation that was triggering his throw up.  What I felt was his stomach was unsettled and he connected me back to this happening when I do not foot soak!

Foot Soaking copy

A Chat with the Cherry Tree Queen

I am so fortunate to be friends with a lovely couple who have various fruit trees on their property.  What really got me excited was when I was invited to pick cherries from their cherry trees.  I could feel such a deep gratitude for my friends and for the fresh cherries I would be picking as I approached the trees. 

So up the ladder I go to start the picking process and every time I picked a cherry I said thank you to the tree for its bounty.  The gentleman of the couple overheard me saying this and mentioned that there has been a lot of thanks to the trees for their fruit.

I was delighted to hear him tell me again about the first time he came onto the property and how he heard the trees talking to him.  Then all of a sudden in my mind’s eye I see from inside of the cherry tree a slight image of face.  The face gently makes its way to the surface of the tree trunk where I could see it fully.

I then asked the gentleman friend if he wanted me to share the image I am seeing.  He said I do.  I described the image and then realized that this is the Cherry Tree Queen.  I felt such a wise innocence along with a regal aura around her that I believed something special was about to happen.

After that realization, I sensed such a warm, loving feeling that she had for this man and I told him this.  He then mentioned that he promised the trees that he would take care of them. Then surprisingly he asked me to ask her a question…OMG!!!  I thought to myself.  I have not done this before.  Then I thought let’s give it a try…and so began the chat with the Cherry Tree Queen.

He wanted to know why he has not been able to propagate the cherry trees.  She inquired why he wanted to do this.  He said to share the trees with others.  She responded with do you not have enough cherries here for yourself and to share with others.  She then said that there are so few people like him who will give the kind of care he does to the trees.  I could sense how discerning she is about this and how that is also a lesson she is teaching.  I asked him does this make sense to him and he said indeed it did.

I have always felt a connection to nature yet this most astonishing experience deepened my appreciation for our natural world and all the gifts that come forth through its presence.  May we continue or begin to listen, see, support, and even to wake up to the precious gift of nature and the wisdom it wants to share with us.

Love, Light, and Happy Trails!


p.s.  Enjoy the pictorial art piece of the Cherry Tree Queen.  I sensed sharing her cherries with others brings such a deep sense of joy to her.

Cherry Fairy Queencreen2-RecoveredDB

My Shoes Know & So Does My Cat, Thomas

Thomas on my shoes brighterJust recently I noticed my cat, Thomas, started laying on my shoes (which he has never done before) so I asked him why he was doing this.  Suddenly I saw a forest form around him.  I knew immediately he was picking up on the recent visit I had to the Carson National Forest.  It all felt so amazingly magical and astounding that he was sensing this from my shoes!!!

Just as I was receiving this remarkable image from him, he then showed me through another image that he was communicating with the elves (yes, elves!!!) that I encountered while I was there.  This absolutely blew me away!!!

Here is how that encounter came about.  As a friend and I were walking along a trail, suddenly I saw through my mind’s eye groupings of elves at the edge of a line of trees.  One female elf slowly walked beyond the trees to where me and my friend were. 

She gave me the feeling that she felt perfectly safe approaching us.  I could sense a deep curiosity in her as she approached me and reached out her hand to feel the fabric of the shorts I was wearing.  She did the same to my friend.  Then she wrapped her arms around the lower portion of my friend’s legs and afterwards she placed her hands on the top of her sandaled feet.   

Finally, she turned around and started walking back to the tree line where the grouping of elves remained.  She then slightly turned her head to look back at me and told me to come back again!!! HOLY POINTED EARS!!!

I have always felt that animals are so connected to us and our world in many ways beyond our awareness and this absolutely confirmed that. What it also did was deepened that awareness and reaffirmed that everything has an energy vibration and a story to tell…yes, even my shoes!!!

Thank you, Thomas, for being my master teacher and sharing with me this absolutely profound experience.

So how has your animal companion brightened your day and/or brought about a new or deeper awareness into your life?

Love, Light, and Happy Trails!


p.s.  By the way, when I asked the female elf what was her name she told me it was Anisa.  Enjoy the pictorial art piece of Anisa and the family of community elves!

Anisa and the Elf Family

The Foxes & their Amazing Fun-Loving Friends

When my brother moved into his house a couple of years ago, he was told that there were foxes that lived around the area.  Occasionally, he had caught sight of them but this particular time when they showed up across the road, he wanted me to see them too. 

So he placed his laptop at the front window hoping I could see them.  He mentioned that the foxes (which included young cubs) looked like they were hopping and jumping around and could I see that.  I only saw some slight movement on the screen.

Then all of a sudden through my mind’s eye I saw an image of a close up view of what was going on with the foxes and why they were hopping and jumping around.  The foxes were playing with what looked like young elf boys!!!  Never in my wildest imagination did I ever expect to see something like this!!!

As I continued watching, I saw how the foxes and elves were having the best time gleefully romping around.  It all felt so lighthearted, joyful, and just plain fun to watch them at play.

As I shared this with my brother, I intuitively knew that there was a message here for him and it certainly was pertinent for me too!  It was a reminder to feel the lightness, playfulness, and joy of life even when going through challenging times. 

It became even more apparent how relevant this message was when it was discovered that the recent bang on the head he experienced was a mild concussion.   This prevented him from going to work and created a variety of life challenges.   

It’s been a slow process of recovery for him with many ups and downs. The good news is that after a couple of months of rest and a variety of treatments, he was recently given the go ahead to return to work for a couple of hours a day!

I am so grateful for the foxes and elves sharing with me their fun-loving antics and it still amazes me how support can come in such awe-inspiring ways.

Love, Light, and Happy Trails!


p.s. Enjoy the pictorial art piece I composed of the joyful, playful foxes and elves! I hope you can feel the joy beaming from their play!

Fox and Leprechauns2-Recovered

Snake Medicine

As I was traveling in our very small town, I saw a car in front of me move slowly to the other side of the road.   As I approached this area driving normally, I suddenly saw a snake in the road and quickly turned to avoid running over it.

Even though I am very afraid of snakes, I knew I had to turn around to get the snake out of the road.  As I pulled into a dirt parking area, I jumped out of my car, quickly walked to be in front of the snake, and motioned to any cars to go around the snake so not to run over it.

What was going through my mind was how am I going to get this snake out of the road.  I then remembered that I had a walking stick in the trunk of my car.  I quickly went to get it and as I was walking back a car ran over the snake.  My heart sank!!!

I watched the snake take its last movement knowing the snake was dead.  With the walking stick, I gently moved the snake out of the road.  Once I arrived home, I felt an overwhelming deep sadness come over me.

As I was going into that sadness, all of a sudden I was transported to another place that had nothing but snakes living there.  I then noticed there were seven snakes that were standing upright looking at me.  Good grief!!!

I then heard one of the snakes say to me, “Don’t be sad. You took the time to help our snake friend. To thank you, we would like to give you snake medicine.”

All at once I was transported back to my home sitting in utter astonishment of this experience!!!  It brought such a deeper awareness of how our animal friends (yes, even snakes) do appreciate the support we give them and are so gracious in their appreciation.

I don’t know if I still fully understand all of the snake medicine that was given to me yet I’m watchful to see how it may appear in my life.  I did notice after this experience that I was less afraid of snakes!

So when have you helped an animal friend in need of assistance and how in any way did it change you?

Love, Light, and Happy Trails!


p.s. Here is a pictorial art piece I composed to honor our snake friends called the Seven Snakes.

Seven Snakes