Floyd and Stove Position


We have a kitchen!!!!!

Yes, a rough stage, but we can cook, wash dishes and we have counters… plywood until the soapstone gets put in, but it’s such progress.

The centerpiece of our kitchen is a fully refurbished O’Keefe and Merritt range, who I’ve not named yet… Ursula, Loretta…

Anyway, stove placement is one of the majors for the inside of the home. Ours faces North – Northwest, which is a very auspicious direction for me and Tom, who are western Gua 8s. It’s complicated, but one universal no-no for stoves is if they are directly opposite the sink. Noooooo-that’s exactly our setup. The cure for this is to place wood between the two-in our case a really, really, really narrow island or something that. 

kitchen before
kitchen wideshot
Stove
dishwasher

Destiny and the art of learning something new


This is my first book on the list for my course-there are at least a dozen books in my course list, but I’m chomping at the bit to tackle them. 


In Chinese Metaphysics, your birthdate, time and place plays approximately 1/3 of your destiny. Feng Shui of your home is another 1/3, and the last is your own luck, which is basically your will to succeed in the things that are important to you. 


They do go together, and though I’ve been mastering the Feng Shui piece for almost 30 years now, I finally realized the birth chart is an integral component to achieve real success. 


There is always something more to know. I think my message this week is clearly that there is always more to learn. I heard stories from many of my customers this week as I’ve been back on the road in earnest. There is always more, and if we listen… I mean really listen, there is something to learn from each interaction. 

Can Anything Protect Us From 2020?


evil eye from greece FSF

We have an evil eye above our front door. We got it in Greece in 2012, and, according to legend, it offers protection against evil across many cultures and religions. I’ve hung it above every front door of everyplace we’ve lived. 

The evil eye finally went up on Floyd a couple of weeks ago, and I can report that, to my knowledge, nothing profoundly evil has landed on our doorstep since.


Do I believe they work? In a word, yes. I believe in stacking the deck in our favor, and if it’s Evil Eyes, horseshoes, or religious objects, I think we choose items that we believe will help protect us, and maybe the act of buying them and placing them makes it so. 


We have to be aware of danger in order to protect ourselves from it. Once we are aware, we may change our behavior, which can change the outcome. 


In Feng Shui, it’s ok to keep items that we link to protection. It isn’t harmful in Feng Shui. More is not better; and I’ve seen people go way overboard. Thinking about protecting your home means that you are thinking about your home, and that does affect Feng Shui In a positive way. 

Stay well! 

When the Consultant Consults the Master


2020 has been a year for injuries in our household. Finding myself unable to Feng Shui Floyd, because life is just like that, I consulted a master. Richard Ashworth is a published master who is one of the only world renowned Classic Feng Shui/Bazi masters whose native language is English.

He advised us to move our bed so our heads are facing Southwest. This is to counter the opposing Metal Rat year to Tom’s yin Fire Day Stem.

I know this sounds like Greek…he also said to enter through our true Front door, which is in the Northwest, and much less convenient than our porch doors. Hopefully, this will help curtail the rate of physical injury sustained in 2020.

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I’m excited to be studying with Richard to formally learn about Bazi (birth charts) and synthesize this with the classical Feng Shui in his dual mastery program. 

Meanwhile, hold tight for a wild end of 2020, with Mercury Retrograde in full force-it promises to be volatile. 

When life gives you lemons


This evening, my friend, who is also my neighbor, brought us these beautiful fragrant lemons…and cream bars….But the lemons! They remind me of my childhood, of hope and sun and life, and the smell and color bring me to life! 


In Feng Shui, lemons signify abundance, especially 9 lemons. I have more than 9 in my bowl – but I’m digging in right after I write this. Lemons are said to have a purifying effect, and are said to clear negative energy. Well 2020, take that!!!


Getting lemons as a gift is extra special. Like somebody is coming in to take the negative out. We all have some negative energy to move right now, and we all need some abundance and Purification, like I said, it’s 2020.  So go get some lemons; put them out, eat them, squeeze them into lemonade, just don’t let them go bad. 

Autumnal Equinox and Feng Shui


Sept 21 or 22 marks the change to Fall 🍁! Fall is my favorite season of the year. It’s warm in the day but cold at night. The earth’s ecliptic is at a lower angle so the light is not as intense, and the colors are beautiful. The earth is crispy. 


Fall is represented in Feng Shui by the Metal element, by the West and Northwest direction, and offers a sense of completion of a cycle with the traditional harvest. 


Because we are entering a Mercury Retrograde next week, this is a great time to complete things you’ve been meaning to and to do repairs. 


We are in a Metal Rat year too so this season comes with a particular intensity as it is metal year, metal season. It is important to get sleep and remain balanced without getting too ground into ones principles or routines. This is a volatile and changing time, it’s important to be adaptable. 


It’s also getting darker earlier. Make sure your house or surroundings have enough light to safely move around. Invest in outdoor and landscape lighting if you are able and enjoy the good weather and crisp, fresh air into the evening! 

Masks and Selling – The Struggle is Real


I lived in Sendai, Japan from 1992-1994, working as a conversational English teacher. One of the first things I noticed is that many people wore blue surgical masks as they made their way around the city. Cars were a scarce commodity because of the density of the population, so people took trains, buses and rode their bikes, weather permitting. A respectable percentage of the people I saw in transit donned these masks. At the time, I thought they must be sick…

Fast forward 28 years, those same surgical looking blue masks are a regular sighting in California, as well as a plethora of designer, avant-garde masks in a variety of patterns, shapes and colors. I myself have a collection of masks, one might even call me a mask hoarder. I double mask, with the surgical mask under a colorful cotton mask, I have a visor too, and glasses because, why not?

denim mask
My denim mask

What I realize now, and remember from my time in Japan is that it’s very difficult to understand somebody when they are speaking with a mask on. It’s even more difficult when they are speaking a foreign language, but I digress.


Now, to have a “face to face” meeting with a customer, I almost have to yell to be heard with the mask, and the social distancing, so by the end of the work day, I have a sore throat, a headache, and I do feel a bit exhausted… wait-do I have COVID? 


I also realized, after many foiled attempts, that you cannot drink coffee, water or any other beverage with the mask on-believe me, I’ve tried. Nor can you eat with the mask on – tried that too. I do go out to my car for food, beverage and a “break” every so often, and my car has become a designated safe zone and restaurant.


Witnessing the great traits of human ingenuity and adaptivity, we now have clear masks, so people can read lips, masks with small safety seals for drinking using straws. I’ve seen so many cool masks, who ever thought we’d want to collect these as accessories; a mask for every occasion. I find myself shopping for masks now instead of shoes. 


Speaking of shoes, my ears and face, not unlike my feet with a new pair of shoes, are quite sore after a day with the mask. I can’t wait to get to my car and pull the masks off with the same gusto I have when removing heels after a long day at the Dallas Market. Then there’s Maskne, acne or breakouts from the mask. I haven’t experienced this, but my skin doesn’t love the masks-it’s better with the surgical mask underneath, but still. 

My Trying on Wedding Dresses Mask and my Evacuation Mask

Yes, they are inconvenient, they are indeed a pain. What I find so interesting, however, is that we’ve adapted so quickly, and to such an extent, that we’ve monetized the model and created a whole new cottage industry out of it. I find this to be such a powerful demonstration of hope, ingenuity and adaptivity, I can’t wait to see what we come up with next. 

Tom and I in our masks

Balancing Elements


Tom and I both grew up in Palos Verdes. We are back, staying with Tom’s parents as we were evacuated from our house in Mount Hermon in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 


It’s scary to leave your home not knowing if you’ll see it again, having to choose what to take and what to leave behind. 


In the Santa Cruz Mountains we have a lot earth and wood, some water and some metal. Right now we are heavy in wood, fire obviously, and earth. Wood produces fire, fire feeds earth and eventually, earth creates metal. 


In Palos Verdes, we have a better distribution of all the elements. It’s by the ocean, so lots of yang water, earth, some wood and some metal. Physical fire is weaker here, but Palos Verdes is in the south, which, in Feng Shui, is the direction of fire.


Though we love living in the forest, we are mindful that, with this imbalance, comes a cost. We are happy for the reprieve from the fires and smoke, and know that when the earth is out of balance, so goes nature. 

Floyd’s Floors


So, yesterday the guys finished laying the floors and we moved back upstairs last night! Finally, a bathroom 10 feet away!!! 

The floors are reclaimed tobacco barn pine and they do not disappoint! 4”, 5” and 6” random widths, lengths and variegated and fit Floyd’s personality to a T.

Moving upstairs from the basement is good Feng Shui. Anytime you move up in the level of a building, you’re getting further away from the bottom. This is not to say it’s bad Feng Shui to hang out in your finished basement, it’s just better not to live in it 24/7. 

Moving furniture and the room in which you do different activities does disrupt the chi in your home. The basement was pretty yin, the secret room is more yang, so we will see how that affects our sleep. 

Stay tuned…

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