Dog days of Summer, Feng Shui and pets

We are prepping…for a dog! Said dog must be cool with cats, as Licorice is going strong at 18+. It’s time. What do dogs, and pets in general have to do with Feng Shui? Feng Shui is about the home, where it is, the forms and elements surrounding it, timing, and who occupies the home. If your kids are of the furry variety, they also affect the energy of the home. The 4 legged kids are usually Yang Energy. We began discussing Yin and Yang energy a couple of weeks ago, so I want to give you some Yin Yang perspective regarding your pets.

Fish are yin, if you are wondering. Fish=water=yin when it’s still water.

Animals are associated with the South, and Fire element, making them Yang. They add good energy to homes, but it’s all about balance. Too much of a good thing becomes a problem if your pet’s health and your health suffer. No hoarding! How many is too many? If you have 30 acres, you can spread the love, if you have a 400ft studio in New York, think small and one.

Post your pets! We’d love to see them.

Licorice the cat
Our cat Licorice

Going Home

After 3 long months in Palo Alto to be near Stanford Hospital following Tom’s heart transplant, we are finally home! In the basement, yes, but home. 

I recently found this picture of my parents; such a great photo! They are both gone, and deeply missed, especially now. I can’t think of going home without thinking of my parents; they are always on my mind these days.
I’ve been trying to replicate my childhood home my entire adult life. It was a 1920s bungalow in Studio City, it had pegged and grooved hardwood floors, stone, large and plaster, and really tall, ornate baseboard and crown moulding. It was cozy, it was my home. That is exactly what I’m chasing in order to cope with 2020.

With Floyd, I feel as if I’m completing the circle, coming back around to the beginning. Though Floyd is nothing like my childhood home, he is old, he’s authentic, and he’s part of Tom and me in a way that no other house really has been. I feel like my parents are here, watching over us… thinking we are crazy! 

These days, I yield to wild turkeys, pluck errant ivy, and talk with our neighbors about ground cover and shrubs. I wouldn’t have it any other way. We have arrived. 

What Homes Reveal

America’s exuberance with “the perfect home” is affirmed by the myriad of pins, boards, blogs and sites dedicated to reaching this goal. 

Sometimes, we fight a space in our efforts to tame it and have it yield to our taste. We do this by layering material over material generationally until it is forever lost under an Atlantean sea of plywood, tile, linoleum and glue. 

We are doing it differently. Our house’s original floors are Douglas Fir,  under no less than 5 layers of the materials listed above. 

Our house is trying to tell us, in many ways,  to lighten its load-a basic tenant of Classic Feng Shui. 

We are exposing all of the wood floors, in a tedious effort to restore it to the way it was over 100 years ago. We are the stewards of our home, and we plan to tread lightly. Stay tuned 


Going Home

I told you I was not going to talk about death for awhile-so I’m going to talk about life and coming home. 

My mom died last Sunday after a long fight with heart failure. My mom was tenacious, smart, funny-I loved her so much, words cannot express, and I will miss her every day. She is home now, next to my dad, resting in peace back in Walnut Creek. This journey has brought me home too, to a new home for me and Tom, and home to my religious roots. Home is both a place and a feeling, home is community, and without community to lift us up, I believe we are sunk. So I move on to our new physical home, where I will be applying all of the Feng Shui principles to insure success in every aspect of our lives. There is also the home that I cannot touch, or draw a plan for, even though it exists in walls. 

I am Jewish, and over the past week, have made it through our High Holidays and New Year with the support of my Jewish community in Walnut Creek. It’s a long drive from Santa Cruz, but they have given me something the newest, sparkliest, fanciest home cannot-they gave me community. 

So we are both home, my mom and I-she in my heart, and I in my community.  

Going Home…

Mercury Retrograde and Thanksgiving. In Feng Shui, we spend a lot of time with others in their homes or in our own. Pay attention to what emotions these places evoke. Time for anything beginning with RE.

Today, I came home; one of my first homes anyway, the town where I went to intermediate and high school-beautiful Palos Verdes. These, they say are some of the most formative years.

It’s good to go home, to RE-live memories, like buying oysters with guaranteed pearl inside at Redondo Beach Pier with your bff for $1.00 each (now $11.50 each)

RE-flect on the good things that have happened, RE-direct your energy to more positive thoughts and pursuits, RE-define your goals. RE-examine your past, present or future plans. Most important, RE-visit your childhood.