Sunday, January 31, 2016

Native American Animal Symbol


~If you were born Jan20 - Feb 8th You are an Otter ~




Otter: Jan 20 - Feb 18
A little quirky, and unorthodox, the Otter is a hard one to figure sometimes. Perceived as unconventional, the Otter methods aren't the first ones chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake on the part of others - because although unconventional, the Otter's methods are usually quite effective. Yes, the Otter has unusual way of looking at things, but he/she is equipped with a brilliant imagination and intelligence, allowing him/her an edge over every one else. Often very perceptive and intuitive, the Otter makes a very good friend, and can be very attentive. In a nurturing environment the Otter is sensitive, sympathetic, courageous, and honest. Left to his/her own devices, the Otter can be unscrupulous, lewd, rebellious, and isolated.  

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 32

“So this is Cindy’s bike,” said Ana, walking to the bike. It was perfect for Cindy, but Ana hadn’t been on a bike in a very long time.
Jeffery let out a belly laugh. “Yes, Miss Cindy has used the bike, but I was speaking of Dr. Charles’s mother, Elizabeth.”
Now it was Ana’s turn to laugh. She could just imagine that fine southern lady riding her bike down to the market. It seemed like just the thing to get everyone in the neighborhood talking about her in all the right ways.
“Let me show you to your room,” said Jeffery. “Then I’ll be on my way. I’m sure you’re ready to rest after traveling all day.”
Ana gave a final look at the bike before flipping off the light and following Jeffery to her room.
“Mrs. Windsor’s master bedroom is on the other end of the house and is to be kept vacant,” explained Jeffery. “I’m sure Dr. Charles explained that she tends to drop in without notice. All the other rooms are over here. You can take your choice, but in my mind, this one is the best of the bunch.”
Ana gasped as she walked into the room. It didn’t have the floor to ceiling windows like that rest of the house, but it did have a large bay window just overlooking the ocean. As if that wasn’t enough the room was painted soft shades of blue and white, giving it a breezy feel.
Jeffery walked to a sliding glass door with screen and pushed them open. The ocean filled the room and Ana was sure she was in heaven.
“You have a small private deck here,” said Jeffery, as he slid only the screen door shut, continuing to let the ocean in.  “Perfect for morning coffee if I do say so myself.” He walked to the other side of the room. “And here is your private bathroom.”
Ana’s heart raced. “This is all too much. My mother was just awful to Cindy while we were growing up and I never stopped it. Now, here I am, living off Cindy’s good graces. I don’t deserve this.” She shook her head as she sat on the bed and cried. “No, I’m just going to go find a cheap hotel somewhere and then an apartment. If you will do me one last favor and take me to one, I would appreciate it.”
Jeffery walked over, shaking his head. “I’m afraid I can’t do that, Miss, Dr. Charles will have my head. Just stay here, there’s no reason this house should sit empty. If they didn’t find you worthy of this gift they wouldn’t have offered. The Windsor’s are charitable, but not to a fault.” He gave her a soft pat on her shoulder. “I’ll bring in your luggage. Why don’t you just rest a spell, at least stay here for the night, and then see how you feel in the morning. Katie would love to take you to see some sights if you’re willing. She loves playing tour guide.” He gave her shoulder a gentle squeeze. “Be right back, Miss.”

Ana looked around the beautiful room. She knew Jeffery was right, Charles would be upset at Jeffery if he let her leave and Cindy would be upset at her for leaving. She needed to stay and follow her plan. If she worked hard, then she would be able to find herself a place in no time.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 31

He motioned for her to follow and they entered a large living room. Ana instantly walked to the back wall that also held floor to ceiling windows, but instead of a view of the California coast hills, this one boasted a spectacular view of the ocean and the white sandy beach. “Oh my.”
“Yes, the view gets most people immediately,” said Jeffery rubbing his hands together. “I mean, how could it not?”
“You aren’t just the Windsor’s driver, are you?” asked Ana, giving Jeffery a side look.
Jeffery let out a low chuckle. “Let’s put it this way, you need a driver, I’m a driver. But if you need someone to fix the air conditioner or run an errand for you, I can make that happen. I’m a jack of all trades, basically.”
“Why aren’t you the caregiver to the beach house?” asked Ana, feeling as if she already knew the answer. “Charles said they were between people at the moment, but it looks like you’ve got everything under control.”
Jeffery gave Ana a wink. “I do believe Mr. Windsor is looking out for your best interest, Miss, and in true Windsor fashion he has made it sound as if you are doing him a favor.”
“So, they didn’t actually need a caregiver?” asked Ana, knowing it was rhetorical.
“Oh, I don’t know about that Miss,” said Jeffery. “They keep me mighty busy, even from the other end of the country. I could use the help and this place was meant to have warm bodies in it appreciating the view instead of sitting empty.” He pointed to a small blue and tan house just beyond the brush, which seemed to melt right into the scenery. “That’s my place there, so if you need anything, don’t hesitate to drop in.”
Jeffery turned and walked down a few feet past the fire place. “Here is the kitchen, Miss.”
Ana met him and let out a low whistle at the chef’s kitchen just on the other side of the living room. “Wow, now this is a kitchen.” She loved that the floor to glass ceilings continued into that area of the house.
“My wife, Katie, has filled the fridge full of some staples,” said Jeffery. “When you’re ready, there’s a nice little market just down the road.”
“I guess I’ll need you to drive me there?” asked Ana, opening the fridge. She was pleased to see that Katie had supplied lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, chicken breasts, and fresh fish. Just being in California made Ana want to eat all things organic.
“I can do that.” Jeffery nodded. “Or?”
Ana looked up from the fridge and cocked her head. “Or?”
“Follow me,” said Jeffery. He walked back through the living space to a door just before the entry way. He opened it and Ana saw they were entering the garage.

Jeffery flipped on the light and there in the middle of the two car garage sat a powdered blue bicycle, complete with two wicker baskets with silk flowers woven into their sides, on the back perfect for carrying a few groceries.
“Now, I don’t mind driving you, Miss, especially if you’re going to have a full load,” started Jeffery. “But this is what Mrs. Windsor uses when she’s here and doesn’t need a lot.”
“So this is Cindy’s bike,” said Ana, walking to the bike. It was perfect for Cindy, but Ana hadn’t been on a bike in a very long time.
Jeffery let out a belly laugh. “Yes, Miss Cindy has used the bike, but I was speaking of Dr. Charles’s mother, Elizabeth.”

Friday, January 22, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 30

She pulled out the card with Brett’s information on it and tried to decide if she should call. Taking a deep breath she typed in the numbers and listed to the phone connect. It rang twice before a woman answered, “Bayside Enterprises.”
“Hi, yes, I’m looking to speak to Mr. Brett Morrow, please,” said Ana, surprised her voice sounded so steady since her heart was racing and nearly in her throat.
“May I ask who is calling?” said the woman.
“Yes, I’m a friend of his, Anastasia Durrant. I’m in town and hoped to connect with Mr. Morrow,” said Ana.
“One moment please, Ms. Durrant, let me see if he’s in.” The line clicked before soft jazz began to play. In less than two minutes the lined clicked again. “I’m sorry, Ms. Durrant but Mr. Morrow is not in the office at the moment. Can I take a number and have him call you back?”
“That would be fine,” answered Ana. She gave the woman her number and told her that Brett could call at any time. As she hung up the phone she wondered if her last statement hadn’t sounded a little desperate.
“Here we are, Miss,” said Jeffery as he pulled into a long driveway.
Ana rolled down the window and gasped at the property. It was a single story with floor to ceiling tinted windows, with a windy sidewalk surrounded by thriving tropical plants, leading to a large mahogany door. “It’s beautiful,” she whispered.
“It is that,” said Jeffery, opening up the door for her. “I’ve been instructed to give you a tour of the house before I’m on my way. If you’ll follow me, I’ll do that, and then retrieve your luggage.”
Ana followed Jeffery to the front door. He fished a key out of his pocket, unlocked the door, and then handed the key to her. As they walked in, an alarm started to beep and the driver quickly punched in the code to turn off the security system. Reaching into his pocket once again, he took out a card. “This has all the instructions you need for the security system. It’s really simple, look it over and let me know if you have any questions. But it’s just typing in the code and hitting the green button to turn it off or the red button to turn it on.”
“Thanks,” said Ana instantly intimidated by the large pad of numbers. “And if I do it wrong?”
Jeffery gave her a smile. “Well, if the alarm goes off the police will be here within five minutes. The Moss Beach station is just down the road a ways and they are big fans of the Windsor family’s generous donation to their widow’s fund each year.”
He motioned for her to follow and they entered a large living room. Ana instantly walked to the back wall that also held floor to ceiling windows, but instead of a view of the California coast hills, this one boasted a spectacular view of the ocean and the white sandy beach. “Oh my.”
“Yes, the view gets most people immediately,” said Jeffery rubbing his hands together. “I mean, how could it not?”

“You aren’t just the Windsor’s driver, are you?” asked Ana, giving Jeffery a side look.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 29

Chapter 6


Ana was surprised to find a man holding up her name on a simple white sheet of paper, waiting for her when she exited the secured part of the airport.
“I’m Ms. Durrant,” she said walking to the man. “May I help you?”
The man smiled. “Miss, I’m here to drive you to the beach house per Dr. Windsor’s request.” He grabbed her suitcase. “Right this way Miss.”
Ana had fully expected to take a cab to the house, but she wasn’t surprised that Charles had asked his driver to pick her up. Those were just the types of people Cindy and Charles were. Their hearts were set on helping as many people as they could.
As she exited the airport she was hit with the smell of the ocean. The smell took her back to Brett and their walk on the beach. Her heart leapt as she thought of walking the shores of the Pacific with Brett for a lifetime.
Ana gasped as they cleared airport traffic and she got a full view of the Pacific Ocean. She had leaved near the Atlantic Ocean all her life and loved it dearly, but nothing had prepared her for how beautiful and majestic the Pacific Ocean was in comparison.
Fluffy white clouds floated over large waves causing a picture postcard scene. Ana couldn’t wait until she could scramble to the water’s edge and have the cold water wash over her feet. Something about the ocean had always made her feel alive and energetic.
“Excuse me, Mr … ?” asked Ana, looking up at the driver realizing she didn’t know his name.
“Please, call me Jeffery,” said the driver.
“Yes, Jeffery, how far to the house?” asked Ana.
“About an hour, Miss,” said Jeffery.
“An hour outside of San Francisco?” Ana was taken aback. She had no car, in fact she had never learned how to drive living in the city. She had always taken cabs or the train.
“Yes, miss,” answered the driver. “But you’ll see it’s well worth the drive. Moss Beach is a beautiful area and I’m available to take you into the city whenever you like.”
“Thank you, and Jeffery please call me Ana,” said Ana, sitting back in her seat.
“As you wish, Miss,” said Jeffery giving her a playful wink.
Ana smiled back, knowing it would take a miracle for Jeffery to actually call her Ana. She sighed. As thankful as she was for all of Cindy and Charles’s help, she wasn’t exactly ‘making it on her own’ as long as they were footing most of her bills and taking care of her.
Ana took out her phone and began to make a list of what she needed to do first. Job, was the number one item and under it she typed car. She figured she could get a used car cheaper in the San Fran area than an apartment, so she would make that her first big purchase.
She pulled out the card with Brett’s information on it and tried to decide if she should call. Taking a deep breath she typed in the numbers and listed to the phone connect. It rang twice before a woman answered, “Bayside Enterprises.”

“Hi, yes, I’m looking to speak to Mr. Brett Morrow, please,” said Ana, surprised her voice sounded so steady since her heart was racing and nearly in her throat.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 28

Cindy grabbed Ana’s hands and squeezed them gently. “So when do you want to leave for San Francisco. As I said you can stay here as long as you need to, but I can only imagine how excited you are for this new adventure.”

*****

Ana spent the next week living with Cindy and Charles as she prepared herself for her move to the west coast.
“Now, I have to warn you,” said Charles as he went over her duties as beach house caregiver. “My mother reserves the right to drop in at any time. There will be no warning. She doesn’t tell anyone she’s going. She just gets on a plane and goes. If we’re lucky she’ll call us when she gets there to let us know she’s still alive.”
“Not a problem,” said Ana. “After all, it’s her house.”
Charles chuckled. “You say that now, but just wait until you spend a few days with her. She can be a bit much.”
“More so than Tilde?” asked Ana.
Charles shrugged. “Well, it a different way, but yes.”
Ana couldn’t imagine anyone being as bad as her own mother. She had talked to Charles’s mom, Elizabeth, at the wedding and she seemed like a fine southern lady. “We’ll be fine.”
Cindy walked in carrying a tray of sweet tea and sandwiches. “Y’all get everything settled?”
“Just one more thing,” said Charles. “Ana, I need to know your house sitting fee.”
Ana shook her head. “No fee, I already owe y’all money and you’re giving me a place to stay. I refuse to take any more from you both.”
Charles raised an eyebrow. “If that’s how you feel, but I would have to pay someone else to look in on the place if you weren’t going. Are you sure?”
“Absolutely sure,” said Ana, standing her ground. Cindy and Charles had been more than generous and every time Ana let herself think about how much they were doing for her she started to cry. She refused to cry at their last lunch together.
“So what time does your flight leave tomorrow?” asked Cindy.
“Eight,” answered Ana between bites of her sandwich.
“How’s your résumé, coming?” asked Charles.
Ana took a sip of her tea and sighed. “Not well, I’m afraid. I’ve only every worked for Beauxpieds and I know I’m not going to get a good recommendation from them. Tweet has told everyone I stole a shoe design and am not to be trusted in the work place.”
“The nerve of that woman,” scoffed Cindy. “Charles we should give our lawyer a call and see what we can do about this slander.”
“Cindy, honey, we can’t do that,” said Charles.
The women looked at him. Ana agreed that she didn’t want lawyers involved but she was shocked to hear Charles say it.
“What do you mean?” asked Cindy. “What not?”
“Well, because it could take years to get a civil suit going and in the meantime Ana will not only look like a thief, but a vindictive ex-employee. It will only hurt her in the end and definitely won’t help her find a job in California.”

“So I’m just going to have to leave off my time there and hope my portfolio speaks for itself,” said Ana.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Garnet History & Lore

~ Garnet History & Lore ~ 




Garnet is Birthstone for January and the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of Marriage . The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to a pomegranate.

Throughout time, there have been many ancient traditions and legends about the garnet. In Medieval Times,  the stones were thought to cure depression, protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver, as well as hemorrhages. 

According to legend, Noah used a finely cut, glowing garnet to illuminate the ark during those dark wet days and nights. Hebrew writers include the garnet as one of the twelve gems in Aaron’s breastplate. Christian tradition considered the blood-red garnet as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice. 

In Greek mythology, a pomegranate is referenced as a gift of love and is associated with eternity. Nowadays, Garnet remains as a gift of love and is traditionally given for the 19th anniversary of marriage. It may also be used as a gift for two-year and six-year anniversaries. 

Moreover, Garnet is symbolic of a quick return and separated love, since Hades had given a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him to ensure her speedy return. Therefore, Garnet may be given to a beloved before embarking on a trip, as it is believed to heal the broken bonds of lovers.

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