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Cosy Coffee Corner

So, after years of my verandah being a junk collection of assorted pots with a variety of plants in various stages of life and death (can you tell I’m not very good at gardening?), I decided to tidy up and create a cosy coffee corner for myself. 

The lucky find of a round glass-topped table for just $10 at a thrift store was my incentive to change things around.

First, I cleared the verandah of everything, so I’d have a clean slate to play with. Then, I put the glass-topped round table in one corner and rearranged some potted plants around it and on top of it, til it pleased the eye.

It was good, but it lacked something.

So I went and Manifested some garden chairs to go with it, to create a cosy corner where I could sit and read or relax or play chess with my son Jack.

When I say I Manifested some garden chairs, I mean I simply thought about getting some garden chairs, envisioned a couple of them around the glass-topped round table, and kept thinking about that vision every day, whenever I was out and about driving from one dog visit to another.

Et voila! A few days later, I decided out of the blue to return some library books. As I was driving down the road, what did I see but 3 garden chairs stacked up on someone’s verge for anyone to take. 

The Council designates dates every year for different neighbourhoods to throw out their junk for what they call “verge collection”. Once stuff hits the grassy verges outside homes, if you see it and you want it, you better be quickest to it! Some people drive their cars with trailers behind them, scouring every road in the neighbourhood for salvageable junk, which they’ll clean up, repair or give a fresh lick of paint, and then try and sell on Gumtree (Australia’s version of Craigslist) or at car boot sales.

I made a note to check out the garden chairs on my way back from the library. If they were still there, and they had indeed been thrown out, and if they weren’t too shabby or broken, I’d take them. If they fit in my car, that is.

And Thank You, Universe! Yes, they were still there on my way back! I pulled over and had a quick look at my finds. One of the chairs had really rusted front and back legs, but the other 2 were fine. They were the plastic fake-wicker type of 1960s chairs, almost black in colour. 

Into the car they went, in a jiffy. 

Perfect! The chair with the wonky legs went to the side of our pool area, but the other 2 were exactly perfect for my corner. 

But…now I need some cushions to go with them.

Manifest, manifest, manifest! On my next drive, I told myself that the perfect cushions for my 2 chairs would be at the first thrift store I went to. I visualised a botanical theme to the cushions, maybe flowers or butterflies, some greens and reds. They’d be in the section where cushions were displayed, and they’d be ridiculously cheap.

And there they were. They were even sitting next to each other. 2 fat cushions for the back of the chairs, and 2 flatter ones for the seats. The 2 fat ones had butterflies, a ladybird and the letter “B” on one, and birds, leaves and writing on the other. The 2 flat ones were a plain dark green.

Perfect again! Thank You, Universe!

I’ll need to rinse off the dirt from my verandah again, as I did some more rearranging of my flower pots and troughs to fit the table and chairs in the corner. So, please excuse the dirt on the floor…but I now present to you my new Cosy Coffee Corner.

Total cost: AU $18

Table $10

Chairs FREE

Cushions $8 ($2 each)

Now I just have to Manifest a power pressure washer to wash away the dirt from the verandah 😄!

Favourite Inspirational Thoughts

Just a few Pinterest curated inspirational thoughts for the day, to mull over and ponder. 

I’m still learning to trust that The Universe will provide for all my needs, and that I don’t have to worry about anything. Some days things go swimmingly well, other days I begin to doubt myself…but The Universe then shows its wicked sense of humour and starts throwing synchronicities and coincidences across my path, as if to say “Hey, you, why do you doubt me? Here I am, to remind you!” 

Just the other day, after our epic clear-out of my son Jack’s bedroom, Jack and I were cooling off in the swimming pool when he started talking about his pet peeve – the vacuum cleaner. Straight away my mind remembered a YouTube video of a man tying to start his vacuum cleaner by repeatedly pulling the electric cable, as if it were a lawn mower.

A couple of hours later, I received an email from a relative, with a video attached…of the exact same man with the vacuum cleaner.

And all those multiple numbers – 11:11, 1:11, 2:22…

Coincidence? Or a clear nudge from The Universe?

30 Days of Gratitude: #6

#What in Nature are you grateful for?

In Pam Grout’s book on the practice of Gratitude, “Thank and Grow Rich“, she mentions readers receiving 4 gifts from The Universe as signs affirming their thoughts.
One of the 4 gifts is to come in the form of “A Magical Blessing from the Natural World”.

I must confess, due to a lack of further explanation by Pam, I was a little skeptical about the whole bird thing.

That is, until Tuesday just gone, when I took my client’s dog, River, out for her afternoon walk. The route we took went past 2 houses with a very narrow strip of vacant land between them. This strip was mostly overgrown with brush and some trees. As River walked past the strip, she flushed out a young fledgling bird from the underbrush. I  seem to have a knack for finding unidentified birds, as this one was a mystery to me. 

The fledgling clearly wasn’t used to flying, and had either flown out of its nest and couldn’t get back home, or maybe it had fallen out of its nest?

I didn’t want River catching the bird and harming it, so I crept up to where it had flapped to, next to the wall of one of the houses. I crouched down, and, thanks to my birdcatching expertise with my Japanese Quails (who admittedly are quite handtame), managed to catch the bird neatly with one hand. 

I don’t really understand the old saying “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”, because clearly that didn’t apply here. Anyway, the fledgling tried to flap its way out of my grip, but I got its wings pinned down well, and after a few seconds, it seemed to accept my presence and relaxed in my hand. I was expecting to get a few painful pecks, (as my budgies always do to me on the rare occasions when I have to handle them). But this baby lay nice and quiet in my hand.

Can anyone identify which species of bird this is?

Anyway, I then cast around looking for a likely place where this baby could have come from. If it couldn’t fly all that well, it couldn’t have flown very far from its nest. I soon found what looked liked a birds nest in one of the trees belonging to the house on the left of the vacant strip. That Could be the fledgling’s nest, it was possible…or it might be some other bird’s nest, in which case my poor foundling would have to move on right sharply when the nest’s real owners returned. 

Anyhow, I had to place the bird somewhere high enough that dogs and cats couldn’t get at it easily. That nest (or bunch of twigs) in that tree seemed the safest bet. So I carefully deposited my little fledgling there, and wished it all the best.

It was only as I walked away to resume walking River, that it hit me: The Universe/Mother Nature had truly just gifted me with a sign, in the form of a bird.

There’s no such thing as a coincidence, right? Man, am I humbled! 🙇

Practising Manifestation with Bottlecaps

When I first explained the Law of Attraction and the technique of Manifestation to my teenager, Jack, he was sceptical. As can be expected. 

I suggested to Jack that he test out the technique of Manifestation himself, if he was game to. He would try to manifest (aka find) 3 bottle caps on our next outing. He’s a fan of the Playstation game “Fallout 4”, in which bottlecaps are legal tender in an apocalyptic world. So, for Jack, the prospect of finding bottle caps appealed to him. 

We ventured down to the Rockingham foreshore, and almost immediately I found 2 bottlecaps on the ground. I suggested that Jack visualise finding bottlecaps, or “tune in” to the wavelength of bottlecaps. It seemed to work, for he started spying them lying in the sand here and there…and instead of just finding 3, Jack kept wanting to find more and more.

We ended up with 15 bottlecaps in the space of just 20 minutes. How we found the final 2 was quite surreal, yet fitting to this experiment. Jack wandered off to the right of the beach, I to the left. I glimpsed a bottlecap in the sand and pounced on it, just as Jack proclaimed that he’d found one. When we compared our finds, we discovered that they were both the same Corona brand. 

Oh, and we found a crab shell too, discarded by seagulls after their breakfast. And I also found a lovely, unusual blue marble, while Jack found 2 more common marbles to accompany my blue. 

I call it a Great Day! 😊

Getting down to specifics

Looks like my little Mazda Manifesting experiment has stepped up a notch. Yesterday in my Facebook feed a contest popped up, hosted by Mazda Australia, to win a Mazda CX-5. The car in the photo was the colour I’ve “tuned in” to, Soul Red. The prize – not just the CX-5 but also $10,000 to spend.

Here’s the link to the actual competition: https://www.nextgenmazdacx5.com.au/?utm_source=organic&utm_medium=Facebook

I have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so I went for it. 

Mazda Australia sent me a reply saying:

And the photo I posted of the CX-3 I was admiring so much in the Rockingham Mazda showroom:

When Mazda Australia replied to my FB comment, my heart skipped a beat and an insanely happy thought flashed through my mind, “I just might win this thing!” 😄 And why not? Someone has to, and it might as well be ME! 

Today, I found myself parking right next to none other than a Mazda CX-5 in Soul Red.

Happy days, indeed! My dream is one step closer to becoming real! 

Thank You, Universe!! 🙇

A Little Experiment

Today I had the sudden hankering to check out a New Age store in town, to see what cards on Positive Thinking or Affirmations they had. I’d been there a few months ago, yes, but today I decided it was time to go there again, as they might have some new stock in.

Just the night before, I’d tried out an experiment in active visualisation. I’d visualised receiving a cheque for $10,000,000 dollars, from winning the Lottery. And so I was looking on real estate websites at properties. Specifically one that was an older, plantation style property, in the region of $500,000. 

This morning, as I was driving along to get to that New Age store, the memory of a house flashed unbidden through my mind. A couple of years ago, during my cycling days, I’d cycled past an older, plantation-style bungalow with a wooden verandah skirting it on the 3 sides I could see, and I remember thinking to myself, what an unusual property it was, nestled amongst newer brick and tile properties. 

I decided on a whim to see if I could find this house again. It did suit the profile in my vision board. So I let the car drive itself; I held the image or idea of that house in my mind and let my instincts do the navigating, a right turn here, a left turn there…

And then I came round a corner, and there it was. 

And there was a For Sale sign outside the house!

I couldn’t believe my eyes. I quickly pulled over on to the grass verge opposite the house, turned the engine off, whipped out my mobile phone and looked up the listing on the real estate agent’s website.

https://m.realestate.com.au/property-house-wa-rockingham-119051591

Well, well, well…isn’t The Universe naughty but nice? “Offers over $499,000”.

W.O.W Now I’ll simply HAVE to win that $10,000,000 lottery tonight! 😄

After that serendipitous moment, I drove on and stopped at a thrift store. And I found 2 books that fitted in with the whole positive thinking, Law of Attraction theme:

The New Age store didn’t have the cards I had in mind. I bought some incense sticks instead…of the “Money Attracting” kind. I figured, why ever not? 😉 

Then Diane, my neighbour and possibly my best friend, called to say her regular mah-jongg ride wasn’t feeling well so could I possibly give her (Diane) a lift to the hall where the games were held? 

Sure thing! 

The hall was quite literally round the corner from the library, so after picking Diane up from her home and dropping her off, I dropped in for a look.

And I found these:

Serendipity strikes again! Right now I’m reading “The Answer”, by Allan and Barbara Pease. It’s currently in the bookshops for $26, so I consider myself lucky indeed to have gotten my hands on it at the library. 

Summer Love

I decided to go hunting for seaglass today. Point Peron near where I live is a popular spot for locals, it has beaches, coves, cliffs and lots of rocky outcrops and mini islands. Rockingham is also home to Penguin Island, a sanctuary for rehabilitating injured Little Penguins. Nearby there’s also Seal Island, home to flocks of pelicans and the eponymous seals. Garden Island, home to the Navy and off-limits to civilians, is also close by, accessed via a causeway.

For some reason today I just felt like taking a busman’s holiday and going somewhere secluded, and doing something simple and childlike, such as beachcombing for shells and seaglass.

And guess what, I found Summer Love.

My good deed for today was to stand in line at the supermarket checkout and let 5 elderly customers go ahead of me. It felt good to chat to them and ask them how their day was going. I then bought a couple of lottery tickets from the newsagents, so here’s visualising a BIG WIN!🖒
In the next few days I’ll share with you photos of the breathtaking scenery at Point Peron, and various strange and unique rock formations and other observations. 

What are the chances…

I appear to be on a streak of synchronicities and serendipitous events recently.

Today is the 3rd consecutive day that I’ve noticed good, even great things happening to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Universe! And more of the same, please! 

This morning, I decided to go online on eBay and purchase a DVD of Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret”. I found one that cost $8 with free postage, and bought it.

A couple of hours later, just before I was due to go out, I checked my emails, and saw that the eBay seller had cancelled my order and refunded my money. She said the DVD had a long scratch on it and probably wouldn’t play smoothly. Fair enough. I was a tad disappointed, but decided to search on eBay for another copy of The Secret.

And guess what, I found one for the exact same price, but it was an Extended Version, meaning I’d be getting more content from this DVD than from the one I’d initially purchased. What a win!

Later, as I drove to the shopping mall, which was crawling with Sunday shoppers, I was lucky to find a parking spot without even looking for one…it just magically appeared in front of me as I turned my car into the carpark.

I then went into Big W department store to look for books like “The Secret”. And guess what, I found not one but TWO. And, to top it off, I found a $20 gift card in my wallet, that had been hiding there since the beginning of the year and was reaching its expiry date. So I used that to buy the 2 books, and only had to pay $8 in total. Yay, happy days! That’s my Christmas sorted for myself 😄.

Back at the carpark, I found that I didn’t even have to worry about reversing my car out of my spot, as the person who’d parked in front had vacated their spot. So I was able to drive forward and leave the carpark without any effort. Lucky me! 

After running my errands, I stopped by a Home Open to view a property. It had a lovely, secluded garden and 2 large sheds as well as a garage. But the bedrooms were tiny. Nevermind, though, I’ll keep showing up to these viewings and I know The Universe will conspire to guide me towards the right home at the right time, and make sure the circumstances are right too, so I can get ahead and move on with my life.

I was back in my car at 3:33pm and driving home, when I realised, (and you just can’t make these things up), that the song playing on the radio was Urban Cookie Collective‘s “The Key, The Secret”, which goes ♪♫ “I’ve got the Key, I’ve got the Secret, I’ve got the Key to Another Way”!! ♫♪

How’s THAT for synchronicity? Enough to send shivers up my spine!

I wonder what tomorrow will bring?


When Synchronicity Strikes

Ok, I’m just jotting this down before I forget the details…

Last week I popped into my local Big W department store for a look-see, and discovered several new self-help/psychology books on the shelves. I vacillated between 3 or 4 titles, but did not purchase anything that day, as money was tight.

This week, I was determined to get at least one of those books. In the end, this was the title I purchased:

The Universe Has Your Back, by Gabrielle Bernstein

The title intrigued me in an ironic way. 

As I was reversing my car out of the carpark, I heard a crunch behind me, and my heart sank. However, when I got out of the car to inspect the damage/speak to the owner of the vehicle I’d bumped into, I realised that the Universe really DID have my back, so it would seem. 

I had to smile. Because there was no need to apologise to anyone, no need to exchange contact or insurance details.

You see, I’d simply reversed into some supermarket trolleys that were sticking out of their trolley park.

Later, back at home safe and sound, I proceeded to read my new book. Hardly a chapter in, I realised there were some nuggets of positivity that I really should be writing down. As I couldn’t find a notebook or journal suitable for that purpose in the house, I decided to visit my local thrift stores to see what they had to offer.

I didn’t find a notebook…but I did find The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Which can’t be just a coincidence, right? It even sort of leapt off the bookshelf at me. So, of course I had to get it.

Back home again, and I was about to put my head down for a Granny Nap (I do love my afternoon siestas), but for some reason my dog Shelagh just wouldn’t settle in bed. So I let her out into the yard and decided I might as well get started on reading either The Universe Has Your Back, or The Secret.

I settled on The Secret. Which is basically about the Law of Attraction. Like attracts like. Positive thoughts attract positive results. Similarly, negativity attracts more negativity. Lately, I seemed to have been inadvertantly testing out that theory quite a bit. Mostly, I realise now how I’d let myself be carried down by the undercurrent of negativity my ex seems to exude (said ex who still lives under the same roof as my son Jack and I, and who’s technically still my husband, as we can’t afford the fee for getting divorced).

Anyway, I digress. I got to the part where it said to imagine already having what it is that you want, no matter how fantastical or improbable it may seem. I’d been casting about for a rental that I could move my son Jack, our 2 dogs and cat into, what with me being on an extremely low and irregular income, and not getting any Social Security benefits…so me getting a rental easily was highly fantastical and improbable.

As I started searching online for a rental, a thought occurred to me: instead of looking for something small and cheap, why not do as the book suggested – dream big? So I clicked on the “For Sale” link insteas of “To Rent”. 

And as I scrolled through the entries on the website, one listing in particular leapt out at me. It was for a property that I’d gone to see a few days ago, that was available to rent. I’d driven past it already a couple of hours before its scheduled open house viewing time, and I’d loved the look and feel of it. So, imagine my disappointment on that day, when at the appointed time I duly fetched up outside the property, only to find no estate agent waiting there, and instead a voicemail on my mobile phone informing me the owners had decided to take the house of the rental market, so the viewing was cancelled. 

But now here it was again, caught by my radar. Only this time it was for sale, and not ro rent. And the viewing is at a convenient time too, on the weekend so I can bring Jack with me to see it. 

The sequence of events thus far has been quite miraculous, a feat of synchronicity. Now, in order for things to move into place further, one of these things would need to happen:

1) I strike the Lottery BIG

2) I win the “Set For Life” Lottery, the top prize of which is $20,000 per month for the next 20 years

3) I get a job. I’ve been working on that one diligently. As of last week, I’ve applied for over 70 jobs. One or more of them have to turn into interviews or job offers, right?

4) I get my divorce, and move out, meaning my ex has to pay me half the equity of the house. 

I wonder which of these options The Universe will make real. It would be really lovely if both 1) AND 2) arrived together 😉. 

So, let’s see how far this bout of synchronicity will carry on, shall we?

And even if the idea of securing that property doesn’t pan out in time, it doesn’t matter. The Universe has already shown me, in the short space of just one single day, that magical things can happen, if you let them. I may not get that house,.I may still have to apply for a few dozen more jobs before I get one. 

But at least I know I’m on the right track this time. And I believe that if I can just stay firm with my own beliefs and not get dragged down or bogged down by someone else’s negativity (“Shields Up!”), miracles may happen.

Pinterest Bingo

Here I am again, using Pinterest as my Oracle. Pinterest is funny, in how it always manages to come up with the most relevant images or quotes at the most appropriate time. Either that, or I’ve developed the knack for picking up on these things lately…

Anyway here’s what today’s Pinterest Bingo came up with: