Out of the Psychic Medium Closet

The current 24-hour period has been very special. By far, of all the great things that happened today, my favorite is the psychic/medium reading I got to do last night.

A dearly departed best friend of my classmate came through very clearly, with many details that were confirmed later with pictures, and with huge messages of love. I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I do. <3 p="">
As soon as I get the business set up, I'll give YOU the chance to get a free reading from me.

Thank you, God, for letting me see and experience this spiritual part of other people's lives. 


Forced R&R While Deadline Looms!

What's happened:  As I was completing adventures, I started having some unusual physical symptoms. After some testing, I've been told it's all related to my old, old neck injury. Luckily, I caught it in time so I can do something about it.

How it affects you:  My time at the computer is limited. My posts will be less frequent.

How it affects my Year of 100 Adventures:  I may not finish my list of 100 by my deadline near the end of September. I will tally them and keep writing them up as health permits

What you can do for me and your fellow readers:  

  1. Share some good pins with me at http://www.pinterest.com/donalynr/
  2. Give me your best summer book recommendation in the comments. 
  3. Tell me what you like most about summer.
  4. Tell me what you're looking forward to this fall.
  5. Email me with a pic and a little about yourself to be profiled here. (see below)

Thanks & happy summer! Stay healthy.

***I'm looking for a few good GGGs.***
While I'm on hiatus, would anyone like to be profiled? I'm looking for why YOU are a GGG? Email me at donna@starryskiesmedia.com and we'll figure out your best presentation.


Y2R Adventure 23: Nail Art

Nails I'd like (Pic by Bellashoot.com)
Many, many more at http://www.pinterest.com/donalynr/nail-art/

Nails I create

What I did:  Create Nail Art, aka a fancy manicure

When I did it: On and off over the past few months

Notes:  I'm not very good at the fine details. I haven't figured the best ways to clean the tiny brushes since I've been using nail remover pads instead of a bottle of liquid.

The Takeaway/What I learned:  Watch more videos on youtube until I can produce nicer results

Do Again?:  Yes, I'll try it again since I haven't achieved that beautiful, clean line yet. But I think stickers might be the way to go for me.

Rant:  It's like watching paint dry...literally. And you have to have dry nails before you add the other colors. 

Rave:  The pictures on pinterest, like Bellashoot's, are so cool. I'll get there some day with more patience and practice. 

Words of Wisdom:  Get the right tools, watch tutorials and have loads of time and patience to achieve professional results.


Things I've Learned From Kelly & Michael

My list is limited to what I know about them from their time on Live with Kelly and Michael.
(Pic property of ABC)

  1. A positive attitude + a winning disposition = A successful life
  2. Openness breeds familiarity and camaraderie
  3. Hard work, flexibility and versatility pay off in the form of better options.
  4. Good things happen to good people.
  5. Good health is a requirement for a great life.
  6. Good manners gets you further toward your goals.
  7. A good sense of humor is a requirement for a happy life.
  8. Don't get hung up on your physical, mental, educational or any perceived flaws or deficits.
  9. Good parenting = good kids.
  10. open for comment
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, thank you for being a good role model and good morning companions.

Are you a fan? Why? 


Y2R Adventure 22: Allergy Testing

What I did:  Got allergy tested after decades of chronic allergy and sinus problems.

When I did it: April 2014

Notes:  I found out that I wasn't allergic to the things I thought I was allergic to. Those things are "irritants," not true, histamine-producing allergies.

The Takeaway/What I learned: Don't shy away from things you're scared to do. Get it over with and deal with reality. 

Do Again?:   If they don't find my food blood tests, yes.

1)  The office personnel of this doctor was atrocious. Mistake after mistake. Too bad. He was a great ENT, as were everyone who treated/tested me for related things.
2)  They lost my food allergy test results, if they ever did them.
3)  I'm allergic to cotton?!
      ***They kept my blood long enough to reorder the food testing. Turns out I'm allergic to oats and hazelnuts, too.**

Rave:  I'm not allergic to my dog :)

Words of Wisdom:  "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."  Marie Curie


Y2R Adventure 21: A Funeral and Other Family Drama

What I did: Return to my hometown for a family funeral

When I did it: March 2014


When tragedy struck, I made plans to return to my hometown. My family needed me, especially my mother. I arranged childcare and arranged for a hotel room so that my estranged sister could stay with my parents. 
At the end of the funeral, my grieving aunt walked across the graveyard to me. "You told me 'anything you need'.This is the thing you can do to for me." She puts an arm around my waist and turns me toward my sister. 


"I need something good to come out of this day. And this is what I want." She kept her grip tight as she walked--dragged me over to meet her face to face. 

I laughed nervously and tried to hold us back. I protested; my aunt persisted. "I must love you even more than I know, Aunt M," I said as I gave up the fight. She led me like a lamb to slaughter.
My cousin, standing near my sister, saw what was coming her way. She backed out of the scene slowly. Then one look at the panic on my face and she stepped back into the fray. She grabbed my hand and held on. I squeezed her hand in gratitude.
The "ambush" (my sister's word) didn't go so well. We made a big scene, but not much progress. Not that I was surprised. See, my estranged sister and I had already made contact, before the funeral started. I saw her late entry into the graveyard and had walked over to accompany her to the graveside. She recoiled when I approached. I withdrew and headed closer to hear the stories told by my grieving relatives, but not before I'd handed her one of the clean tissues I'd brought for myself. 

No biggie, as I as leaving immediately after the service. We wouldn't see each other again on that trip. I'd head back to my life and away from the tatters of my childhood.  

I know our reconciliation is my parents' biggest wish. For their sake, I'm hoping we can be in the same room together, without all this unnecessary, unfounded drama. As for me, I'm apathetic. She has free will. I harbor no ill will for her thoughts toward me. I wish her peace and happiness. If her life doesn't include me, then it doesn't include me. Sometimes you were born into the same family, and that's the majority of what you have in common. As for me, "family" may not be blood; "family" are the ones you love and count on, and the ones who love and count on you back. Maybe one day we'll become family again.

Rest in peace, my dear uncle and assorted aunts, cousins and grandparents.
The Takeaway/What I learned:  Be there for others. Sometimes your presence is more precious than anything else you can offer.
Do Again?:  When necessary.

Rant:  Considering that I talk to dead people, you'd think I'd be hospitals and funeral homes. I'm not. Because my sensing abilities are stronger than my seeing abilities, these places always spook me. I can feel the presences, I can sense the activity. But if I've dragged myself to either place, it's because of a loved one. I'm likely to be emotional, not detached and sensing. 

Rave:  Although I ended up spending most of the wake outside in the rocking chair, meditating away far away from the casket, I stayed until the end. It meant a great deal to my mom, aunts and cousins, to share in the grief. It meant something to me and to them. It cemented our relationships and gave me more people who have my back. I'm glad I went to celebrate the lost loved one and celebrate the living.

Words of Wisdom:  What we do for others shows our love.