Today is our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary

Today is our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary


melissa and tom wedding day

It’s our 2 year wedding anniversary! I can’t believe how quickly 2 years has gone by. I remember this day like it was yesterday, and all that we did in preparation, and all the people who helped us along the way. 

Marking time like this is fun, and a little scary! It reminds me to try to make the most of the day, and enjoy it, even if it’s doing yard work or a Netflix binge. I don’t, by the way, make the most of my days, but it’s on my list!!

Knuckles in a Half Shell


knuckles the cat in a bike helmet

For this week’s Feng Shui Friday, I’m sharing my husband’s new YouTube channel:  Knuckles in a Half Shell.

He named it after one of our cats, but the theme is the film of his mountain bike rides. Why is this unique?

Tom had an emergency heart transplant in April of 2020. He was an avid mountain biker before, and his dream and goal was to be able to ride like he did before the transplant.

With a great deal of practice and patience, he’s flying on the trails on his analog bike, covering 1000ft ascents and descents. Truly amazing and incredibly inspiring. 

Please check out his channel, and catch some of his joie de vivre (that’s chi in French)!

Sometimes, the Broad Advice in Feng Shui is Maddening


Well well, we are in the middle of July already! I have this daily Feng Shui Almanac App that I look at occasionally…

Why, only on occasion, you ask? Because every activity to be avoided is always the activities I’m doing that day.

Tomorrow: we are driving back from LA to our house with our cats and we have to get the car tire repaired. 

We are not moving house… well thank goodness for that. 

Sometimes, the broad advice in Feng Shui is maddening! Remember, your best day or my best day for a medical procedure is not necessarily tomorrow, as it says in my almanac. And sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and Feng Shui be damned 😳

Glass Coral vs. Real Coral Placement


Is placing glass coral the same as real coral? Placement of accessories explained.

I had the opportunity to see one of our stunning Arteriors fixtures up close at our set up at the new City Lights showroom in San Francisco. 

The coral on this fixture is white lacquered resin-there are 49 individual pieces that go into this fixture. I’m in love!!! Anyway, is resin coral the same as real coral as far as adding an element to a space?

In short, no, and don’t sweat it!  Real coral would fall into a couple of Feng Shui elements that might surprise you.

Coral is actually an animal and calcium carbonate (limestone) skeleton. 

In Feng Shui, animals are generally fire element, and limestone generally earth. Fire feeds earth so this is a good combo, but it lives in water, so it’s always in danger of being snuffed out….we see this happening today.

The Diallo Arteriors fixture-it’s fire because it’s lighting, the coral represents fire, but the resin stems are actually made of wood that is treated with lacquer to shape and seal it…

That’s the wood element, which feeds the fire element. 

When we break it down, you can see elemental matches that don’t seem intuitive.

In the end, if you love the Arteriors Diallo like I do, get it and don’t sweat it! The smaller elements in a space don’t have much effect on their own. 

Changes from our New Water Feature?


Our new water feature at Floyd (our house)

So, our water feature is in; has anything changed?

Yes, I got some unexpected money (yay). I’m feeling more motivated, everything seems ok! So far, no big changes, but this feature is meant to allow the good chi to continuously enter Floyd (our house) and do its magic. I think this will take longer than 5 days.

This weekend, we are adding more stones and some saucers/stones for the birds to be able to bathe.