Well, our vacation has started out with a hurricane, so that has been fun! My Mom used to tell me what they were like in Okinawa, Japan. Listening to the wind howling, trying to walk up the stairs as the wind is trying to send you in the opposite direction, or trying to open a door that gets sucked in from the wind is a whole new experience.
This month I have been listening to a lot of historical fictions from India:
The Rebel Queen (Rani Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi) by Michelle Moran The Rani was one of the leaders to rise up against the British in the 1850s. She had women soldiers for guards and may have trained other women to fight. She was trained by her father to fight, ride as well as to read and write. She was a woman before her time. I first learned about the Rani in Varanasi, her birthplace, while visiting 6 years ago this month! We also saw a statue of her in Agra near The Taj Mahal. I wish I had known that her palace was turned into a museum, we would have visited it. How crazy the time goes by! I have also watched the movies Manikarnika - The Queen Of Jhansi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFbDMHmk5pg and The Warrior Queen of Jhansi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei9IkGdcmPg.
The Taj Mahal Trilogy by Indu Sundaresan about the Mughal Empire and starts with The Twentieth Wife about Mehrunnisa (later named Nur Jahan) and Prince Salim (later becomes Emperor Jahangir). Nur Jahan is believed to have been in charge of the Empire during the 1600s and was the 20th, the last and the most beloved wife of Emperor Jahangir. Although you may not know her, you will know of Emperor Jahangir's son, Shah Jahan who was the mastermind of the Taj Mahal. Of course I visited The Taj Mahal as no trip to India would be complete without this.
I also listened to a 2 Part Series from Alka Joshi - The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur. I was also in Jaipur on our way back from Jaisalmer. It has been very interesting to listen to books that are from an area that I have visited. It gives a new feel to the stories.
This all sort of goes along with my new look at the shop. I was bored with my room and needed a change. I love all the bright colors, look and feel of India. I was really excited to visit the Ranthambore Tiger Preserve. I love big cats and really wanted to see a free tiger in her own habitat. Our trek through the jungle was about to end when a beautiful tigress just meandered out of the jungle ignoring the 7 or so jeeps full of people trying to get a glimpse of her Majesty. She took her time and made her way to the middle of the road where she proceeded to lay down, wash her face, stretch a little, pose for pictures before rising and meandering back into the jungle. It was a wonderful experience.
Once in a therapy session, I was asked what type of animal I resonated with and my first answer was a wolf, which I still love. My therapist was like, I was hoping for something like a soft, cuddly kitten, something with more feminine energy. A kitten didn’t work for me but big cats did. Check out an old story I wrote thanks to the help of my friend Heather Marshall. She is a brilliant writer, teacher, bagpipe player, drummer, and yogi. https://www.raspberrymoonst.com/my-forgiveness-through-writing-assignment/
These things are what lead to the new design - I hope you will feel at home, surrounded by soft colors and the tigress protecting us from the outside world, even if only for a little while.
Huge thanks to Esme Carter with Carter Color Company (https://cartercolor.com/) (https://www.facebook.com/cartercolorcompany) for helping me pick all the right pieces. I go all the way to Clemson for paint because she is that good! I have such eclectic tastes so I end up with way too many options. Esme helps keep me on track and always gets what I am talking about. We have a little more to do and then I will post the final look.
Of course as always thank you to Amor, for his help and get it done attitude on helping me create the new feel to my home away from home. I was able to get the bulk of it finished in 1 weekend and need 1 more weekend to finish the last piece of the makeover. He never complains and makes the project go by much quicker and more efficiently. I get so distracted but he helps keep me focused on the project at hand not the 5 other ones I have thought of while we were painting. LOL
Until we connect... create a beautiful day!