Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nuit Blanche - II

We began and ended Nuit Blanche this year at the AGO - the Art Gallery of Ontario - mainly because we found a parking spot out front and decided that we needed to use a decent washroom. Funny how some basic necessities often shape the outcome of "things."

This is the AGO with the new Frank Gehry face lift - it really is spectacular!!  Once inside the building we decided to explore their Nuit Blanche offerings.  Upstairs there was a photography display by 4 artists.  After viewing their work, you were asked to vote on the one you liked best.  It was really hard. They were all very good, with very young fresh ideas.

Finally my husband and I voted for a female photographer who had about 12 small frames in black and white that showed reflections. The reason we liked hers was, because when you left her area, there was a huge mirror on the wall that made you part of the "show." It was all just vanity - then again, maybe that's what Art really is - just vanity.

Don't we look like two Art connoisseurs just ready to drop a million or so on the next Van Gogh :)

Here is the main installation.  Although it resembles a "sweat shop" in the garment industry, it is really meant to be a celebration of work.  Every once in a while the "artists" would break into song. An interesting take on the daily grind.

Last night the real Art, for me, was in the faces of the people who came to see it.

The one below is a family classic - parent pointing out what is "important" and child finding what he thinks is important.

I know that there were a lot of people just out to party and that is an Art form in itself; but many came to take a serious look at what artists do with their lives - but maybe not for a living

Face the day!!

Nuit Blanche 7?

We went out for Nuit Blanche again last night.  We have gone out for everyone - rain or shine err well maybe it's glow since it started 6 or 7 years ago.  Every year is different. Sometimes the locales have shifted. Definitely the Art installations have changed. The weather is important and the number of small come-by-chance "happenings" have either expanded or contracted.

This year the weather was almost warm and the skies clear. The area we chose to see, city hall  (because we don't go out all night to see everything) was very busy - mobbed in fact. Most events were "over subscribed" and since we decided long ago that we would not wait in line ever, we didn't see what hordes of people went out to see.

Also, since the small installations, which one often just "happened upon," were few and far between,  I decided that the Art for me last night was seeing the people, enjoying the lights and just looking at Toronto, as one huge Art installation.

Quintessential Toronto - the street car and all the people who should have left their cars at home and biked or walked.  Below are some of the people who lit up the night.  More on Nuit Blance next post.

Have an enlightened day!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Focusing A-Z...

I was just cruising FB and debating whether I would enter another blog challenge when I came across this blog post.

It's by Justice Calo Reign and he is going to do a 26 day challenge toward self improvement based on the alphabet.  Everyday for 26 days, he is asking followers to "focus" on certain qualities that they would like to have or improve beginning with the letter "A" and working over the next 25 days to the letter "Z."

He then plans to include all his ideas and the respective comments in a book.  I may pop in and read the comments from time to time.  I always like to applaud people who are making an effort to improve themselves and thereby, one presumes, the world.

My photo take on it all.

Not a lot about knitting. But a little about business, because you could apply Reign's exercises to your company.  Although this may have been easier during the "slow" time, or as my husband says the months without the "R" - revenue.

It would also be fun to see what goals or focuses that people choose for those odd letters, such as the ones above plus "Q" and "Z."

Have a focused day!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Diamonds in the sun...

More on seeing what isn't there.  Here is a picture I took this summer after some rain.  It's a spider's web with rain drops.

I think that it looks like lace with beads. My photography group, which anyone can join with any type of camera, is doing some interesting postings in black and white.  I posted this one, which my photo editor could magically change to a black and white shot.

Here is another without the frame of the fence.

And here is a lace scarf with beads.  This is what I saw that wasn't there.

This scarf is actually part of a trio of scarves based on a poem by W. B. Yeats  - The Cloths of Heaven.

They are Dark, Light and Half-light.

Art in nature - nature in Art - look for what isn't there!

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ignore the Ig nobels?

Not me.  I love the fact that there is a group out there willing to comment on some of the insanity in this world. Sometimes someone or some group has to hold up a STOP sign to those pursuing the ever-decreasing circle of their own self importance, lest they do themselves an injury :)

Here is the main site - with a listing of this year's winners and an archive for the previous 22 years of winners - just in case you want to see how you can get an award for some really silly ideas or breathe a sigh of relief that someone actually did do a study on - avoiding  interior explosions during colonoscopies :)

Here are a few others from the archives -

HYGIENE: Eduardo Segura, of Lavakan de Aste, in Tarragona, Spain, for inventing a washing machine for cats and dogs.  Hmmmm

LITERATUREJohn Richards of Boston, England, founder of The Apostrophe Protection Society, for his efforts to protect, promote, and defend the differences between plural and possessive.  Hurray!!!

ARTDon Featherstone of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, for his ornamentally evolutionary invention, the plastic pink flamingo
REFERENCE: "Pink Flamingos: Splendor on the Grass"  I have actually written about this before in Endangered Species

LITERATURE: The British Standards Institution for its six-page specification (BS-6008) of the proper way to make a cup of tea. This, I have to read - obviously I am doing something wrong!!

My photo take on it all - 

This might not become as popular as the pink flamingo; but there are possibilities on the east coast anyway.

Have an award winning day!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Charmed Artist

I love the work of Shary Boyle. I have written about her before. I became fascinated with her Art because she created figures, a little like Royal Doulton collectables, except that she dressed her "people" in real lace dipped in porcelain and they all had 6 fingers to each hand.

It's the doll-like charm hiding an undercurrent of mystery that draws me to her work.  Here is her latest

and here is an article in the Globe and Mail about Shary and her work. Shary has been chosen to represent Canada in 2013 at the Venice Biennale - a mixed blessing.  I wish her luck!!!

Just a short one today, with my quotation from a favourite artist -

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."
  ~George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The meaning of life can be found in the 5th sentence on page 52 :)

I didn't realize that this was "International Book Week," until someone posted to my wall on FB. Actually what you are supposed to do is grab the book closest to you. Turn to page 52 and post the 5th sentence down to your status.

I did this and I am not sure what it is meant to do, because you don't post the title of the book. I guess that it may make someone curious about the book - but then you don't know which one. Or it may remind someone that reading is still very interesting.

Robyn's post to my wall was - 'The key is minor, the three notes a magic triad' - She plays the cello. My post was 'This condemnation of technology is ingratitude, that's what it is.'

Now I could have posted - 'You never read a book on psychology, Tippy.' - both books were close and both lines could reflect my interest in how things are perceived.

I'm curious now, does the 5th sentence on page 52 of any book reflect the reader's general interest? My husband reads mysteries.  I took a look at page 52 in the book he is currently reading - there were only 4 sentences and the chapter ended - that's odd.  The 4th line read - 'You know that, don't you?' - Very mysterious :)

This is my 52nd photo in my cache of over 400 for this year.  It may look like reality; but I took it because sometimes on cold winter days the smoke from chimneys stretches across the sky like angels.

I'm surprised that the organizers of "International Book Week" didn't pick page 42 after all it is the meaning of life :) The 5th sentence on page 42 of the first book above is - 'In fact, those words themselves were what formed the world.' And from the second - 'He wanted us to have one of the first issued.' and from my husband's book - 'Pay as you go.' And from the book that created 42 as the meaning of life - p52 - 'It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't QED.' And p42 - 'The shape moved again.'

Something to think about.  In all this randomness, there is meaning or at least some of us can draw a little meaning from the wildly unrelated!!

'Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.'
Jules de Gaultier

Read a book today - they make interesting comments on the meaning of life!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The winds of change are....

........blowing.  I have been reading books about journeys.  I have been talking about journeys.  My husband last night said that there was a walking trail along the Amalfi coast - another journey to add to my list. I get "antsy" when the seasons change. I usually turn this energy into much needed cleaning power and scour the house.

I can usually tell how far along I am in the process of change by how much I have given away, recycled or just plain thrown out.  I am obviously not that far along, because I haven't tossed anything yet.  However,  I have been clicking on Facebook posts that lead me to bucket lists.  Some things on these lists I would never do, such as "sky diving" and some of these things I have done in spades, like "knit a scarf." There are others that I find entertaining and maybe I would even entertain the idea of doing them, such as, Act in a film, Win a lucky draw or Lose weight.

Now acting in a film would require getting a listing with a agent as an extra or something like that, so this wouldn't be too difficult and if you had to sit around a long time before your "part" you could always knit. However, there would be all the chaos of the shoot and long periods of boredom after the novelty of knitting wore off,  for just one moment of glory!!!  Maybe.....

Now I've tried winning a lucky draw and it didn't work.  Unfortunately, there isn't much skill to it; but there is a lot of money, if you buy lottery tickets.  Even if you enter draws that are "free," you have to enter a lot of them and this takes time and time is money.

Lose weight, I could do.  I just haven't - enough said!!

When the Winds of Change Blow, Some people build Walls -While Others Build Windmills…. Remember We cannot change the direction of the Wind,  But we can always adjust our sails…. Rashika Jain.
Now where is that rotor blade?  I'll keep you posted.
Have an inspiring day!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Out of the mouths of babes comes.....(Bible)

...the truth. Last night my son asked if we had any cook books. I have a library's worth of cook books!!!  He needed some samples of typography and lay-out for one of his university courses. This was my shining hour - OK 5 mins.

I started with - The Joy of Cooking.."This is from my mother, your grandmother, she got it in the 1950s,...I went on until his eyes started to glaze. Then I moved to The Silver Palate opened it up and pointed out the neat columns for annotations and my even neater annotations :) He glazed again. Finally I finished with a picture book of Tapas that I had bought for my husband last Christmas in Barcelona. This time he didn't glaze he just looked a little stunned and said, "If you guys have so many cook books, how come we eat the same things all the time?"

He was so right. I used to cook a lot. I have notes in many of the cook books indicating that I had actually made at lot of these recipes. Wow, I impressed myself. Well, I guess that I have become lazy. Hamburger on Monday in winter means Spaghetti and the left over sauce with a can of beans means Chili on Tuesday. Now I do cook rice for those who eat Chili with rice and if I cook enough, I can stir fry the rice with more leftovers from the fridge on Wednesday with maybe some chicken or fish. Thursday, requires some thought. When the eldest was in school we used to have him make tacos. Now I usually do curry with a bottled sauce.  Friday my husband brings home something already made from the supermarket and those are the work week meals!!

Saturday and Sunday we get a little fancy with BBQ'd salmon or pasta with fresh clams. Maybe steak or ribs. A roast in winter works sometimes but my husband has to watch his cholesterol levels, so we can't have too many of the very traditional Sunday spreads.

I guess that this is a wake up call to try a few more interesting dishes - maybe I need to buy another cook book - always an excuse and start some new annotations!!

I hate the fact that BBQ season is almost over.

Have an inventive day.

Halifax - a second home.

My husband just booked our daughter's flights for Thanksgiving - only she isn't coming home - she's flying to Halifax. I think that she must be homesick for a place she fell in love with, even before she arrived there, three years ago to start her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie.

We fell in love with Halifax too, the few times we went down to drop her off or pick her up. It is just one of the prettiest cities I have ever seen. I know that she wants to see the friends she made there, go back to the pubs, of which there are many and just take in the sea air and the ambiance that became so much a part of her life for three years.

Although we will miss her home for Thanksgiving, I am glad that she is creating a life of her own. I remember being homesick for London (England) for years, after I left, a long time ago.

Maybe the best quotation here is from Leo Vroman - "I'd rather be homesick than home." Alas they leave the nest and create their own flight paths. We should be thankful.
From the Gardens in the centre of Halifax.
Have a memorable day!

Monday, September 17, 2012


My daughter called to say that it snowed in Thunder Bay today.  I have heard stories that the snow starts in mid Sept and ends in mid May,  but I have always presumed that these were exaggerations.  I am not sure that it actually snowed in Eqaluit today. Thunder Bay may be a micro climate - colder than the North pole.

Thunder Bay is on Lake Superior - the lake that destroyed the Edmund Fitzgerald - immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot.  If it snows in September - you can bet it would have been miserable in late October!!

Time to bring out all the "cold comforts" - soups and stews, hot toddies, warm blankets, wood fires, woollen mittens, knitted scarves......

This is not a black and white picture - our world just turns black and white in winter. Fortunately we have a while before it snows in TO, at least I hope so!!!

OOPS! I need a quote for this post because of the challenge - from Mae West -

"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted." Sorry this is the best I could do!! 

Have wonderful day!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Finding what isn't there.....

"A good psychic would pick up the phone before it rang." - Ellen DeGeneres.

I have always been fascinated with psychic phenomena.  Maybe it's because reality can be a little boring - day in day out.  I guess that's why we have to work at making reality magical or surreal. Science and hard core facts need a spoonful of sugar from time to time.

I remember one day in one of my Theatre Arts classes, which often began with a warm-up circle of one liners.  Basically, we would go around the circle and each of us in turn would "deliver a line."  It didn't matter what was said.  It was more a way of moving from the reality of the classroom to the creative world of the imagination.  I will never forget what one young woman said.

"Gravity is a myth. The Earth sucks." It was sad and hilarious at the same time. She may have borrowed the line from someone else, I don't know.  But I have never heard it since and I have never forgotten it.

Every once in a while we have to do the unexpected.  Experience the opposite of what science tells us is true.  In short - answer the phone before it rings.  Take in that energy that is out there, but can't be scientifically measured, and use it to create magical experiences.

Maybe this is why I like photography.  The camera sometimes sees what isn't there or it elevates what is there. So something this mundane can be immortalized.

Here are some really amazing images. It's shades of the Yellow Brick Road leading us to another world and all of us have ruby slippers to take us home - but only after we have used them to dance!!

Have a magical day.

Friday, September 14, 2012

"Never, never, never give up..."

This is a quotation from Winston Churchill. It formed the opening lines of the president's address to the graduating class at Dalhousie 2012.

And here is a video of the amazing proof of this belief. You will need Kleenex. He sings The Rose, but that's not all there is.

Have a very successful day!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen, who will be 79 on Sept 21. And he's still cracking - err - cranking it out!!!

Here is the first part of the poem- Anthem -

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
Be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free.

He may be a 20th century Gerard Manley Hopkins. The images are similar, but the language is present day. 

I went on a site to read a discussion of the meaning of the poem.  The discussion was of the age old theme of destruction and re-birth.  I particularly liked one comment that quoted Spike Milligan - another favourite - 

"Blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light."

I think that this is closer to my way of understanding the quotation - In that, the more you have been used and broken, the more you are able to understand and empathize with everything. Or the more you are removed from the conventions of society, the more you speak the truth.

I took this picture this morning.  A shaft of light came through a crack in the curtains and shattered through the glass. It was almost like a silent explosion.

Maybe this is what happens when the light comes in through cracks. It shatters into a million "things."

Not a lot about knitting, but a little about the creative process - open up some cracks and let the light in.

Have a delightful day!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

They also serve...

One of my favourite quotations is - "They also serve who only stand and wait." It's from a poem by John Milton entitled "On His Blindness."  There are so many times when I have had to wait - in line, on the phone, on the computer.... or I see people waiting and I can't help thinking of these words.

Occasionally, I have said them to someone, who is obviously waiting, hoping to find a kindred soul. One, who would answer - John Milton - "On His Blindness."

I remember once, on a mid-morning break at work, waiting to get to one of those steaming urns of coffee, when the CEO said. "They also serve who only stand and wait."  Well, I answered, "John Milton, On His Blindness."  It met with a blank stare.  I guess he knew the line; but didn't know the origin.

Alas, I often feel like a voice crying in the wilderness. Or perhaps, I walk to the beat of a different drummer.  I know that I have taken the road less travelled and yes that should mean a degree of isolation, but really, I am not an alien.

Then again, maybe I am. To think that I could communicate with a large number of people today when I stopped watching TV years ago and my favourite music genre is Irish Folk and I am just now reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - which may be followed by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Bob, Son of Battle - a book I inherited from my mother.

Yes, Virginia, there is life on the fringe - it just tends to dangle a little, maybe knots or mats, is definitely stranded and waits for blind chance to be of service!!

I may have found my soul mate. Someone who sculpts balloon creatures out of stone and I thought that I was different.

Celebrate what sets you apart, today!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Go-Daddy - went.....

It always amazes me that as soon as you create something - there is something out there that wants to destroy it.  Maybe this is just basic physics, in that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction - so create something interesting and those who are bored will find a way to destroy it.

The internet has its limitations even in its seeming limitlessness (is this a word?) So on the eve of 9/11 some "bot" disabled a lot of sites - maybe all - hosted by Go-Daddy.  Perhaps this is why I can't find any interesting quotations to write my next blog in my blog challenge.  I went on a few "quotation" sites including a site that collects pictures of mis-used quotation marks.  Here is a gem from that site.

Yes, that's John Lennon and Yoko Ono and I think if you look closely enough you will see some mis-used quotation marks on the hot dog sign - any excuse to link to the rich and famous :)

I also went on a few sites looking for "cat" quotations -  I couldn't find any.  So I selected T. S. Eliot, who wrote "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and the site came up with "no quotations found." And then I entered "Old Possum" and again nothing came up. Fortunately Google gave me the entire book to quote from (from which to quote).  Anyway, nothing fit the picture because, of course, it's a hot dog stand -  OK with two cool cats.  Anyway I did find a "hot dog" quote - 

"noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it." - from Laurence J. Peter, who wrote "The Peter Principle"

Hopefully Go-Daddy will come back - like the cat.

Have a great day.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

"Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things...."

I follow a lot of posts and blogs by knitting designers because I am interested in what they are doing and where they get their design inspiration. Today a very famous designer and teacher, Cat Bordhi posted and I realized that she had named her blog site - "Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things."

Well, this phrase rang a bell. I couldn't place it at first. Then I realized that it was a line of poetry from a first I thought Dylan Thomas and then it clicked - Gerard Manley Hopkins.  He is one of my favourites. It is also from one of my favourite poems - God's Grandeur.  Here is the poem.

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
  It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
  It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;        5
  And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
  And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
  There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;        10
And though the last lights off the black West went
  Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
  World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

And here are my photo takes on the poem - "dearest freshness deep down things" - Burke's Creek Ravine 

and "morning, at the brown brink, eastward - springs"

Thank you Cat for this reminder. I love having an excuse to pause in the day and think about things that are truly grand.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Holiday Spirits

There is something incredibly awesome about this place.  There are no mountains - just high land and lake - huge lake and rock - so much rock that you wonder if there is anything else except rock and trees and water.

It was when I went to see the pictographs that I realized what else was here. Something you couldn't actually see - just feel. There were the spirits - the ancient spirits of the first people. Spirits who inhabited the water, the rocks and the trees - powerful gods that could be fickle when angered. And then there were the souls of the ancestors, the ones who created the myths, recorded in the pictographs; as well as the coastal footpaths we were on.

It was eerie and enriching at the same time. Here is a rock face similar to the one used for the pictograph.  I couldn't take a picture of that one because in spite of climbing down 3 "flights" of stone "steps," I still had to walk out on slippery rocks that were at a 45 degree angle into the lake. I was wearing sandals.  I will go back with better footwear!

One of the flights of stairs.

My quotation for the post -

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein.

Have an awesome day

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Thunder Bay

We left last Friday August 31 to drive our daughter to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and tomorrow we will head back to TO.  It's been a great trip!!! The drive for the most part is spectacular with gorgeous views of Lake Superior and the highlands.

Thunder Bay has a lovely waterfront park and the weather has been phenomenal. Today we went to a fabulous waterfall that is on a portage route used by the fur traders long ago.  It helps to put things in perspective when you realize that the rocks here are over 3 billion years old.

Kakabeka Falls, ON
These Falls are almost as high as Niagara. I'm so glad that they are in a provincial park so they can be protected.

We also went to the Terry Fox memorial - it is awesome!

My new blog challenge requires a quote - so here is one for this trip.

The foolish are like ripples on water, for whatsoever they do is quickly effaced; But the righteous are like carvings upon stone, For their smallest act is durable. Horace.

Have an inspiring day!!

Monday, September 03, 2012

KD, Gold Fish and the fine art of parenting...

OK I raised my kids on Gold Fish crackers and KD - that's Kraft Dinner not K. D. Lang.  Some say that if you have a child until the age of seven, you have them for life and I think that they must be right, because my 30-year-old still eats KD and my daughter at 20, bought herself a Gold Fish cracker carrier - Finn -  this summer.

What can I say.  I tried all the good stuff and they refused to eat - so I caved in early and gave them what they wanted!!  Now The 19-year old doesn't eat either of these.  But, he'll have eggs - any style, anytime or frozen pizza.  I must have gone through a frozen pizza stage, which I can't remember because I was raising two kids who were 14 months apart, plus their older brother - busy time - who could remember anything :)

Anyway today on the theme of celebrating ordinary things - I am giving centre stage to Finn and linking you to one of my favourite commercials - the KD Gold Fish ad. The video comes pretty close to a definitive statement of the craziness of my family life then!!!

I'm not saying that there were times when I could have "eaten the kids" - but there were times when we had to come up for air through some thick yellow sludge.

Celebrate just getting through it.  Put front and centre a small trophy like Finn, as a reminder that you achieved something phenomenal.

Have a great day!!!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Garlic for what ails you....

I have a bilingual garlic keeper. OK I live in Canada, but to my knowledge I don't think that I am required, by law, to have a garlic keeper that's bilingual. Now maybe if I lived in Quebec, I might have to, or maybe it would be uni-lingual - French.

Anyway, I have always loved the fact that the French for garlic is "ail," because garlic is often taken as an antidote for an "ailment." It's this richness in the layering of language that I find so special.

I also felt that I needed something better than a vegetable drawer in the fridge or an odds and ends basket on the counter to store these treasures.

So one year for my birthday,  I ask for a garlic keeper - my "prayers" were answered in both official languages :) Here it is....

Garlic is a member of the onion family and is rich in folklore.  Some use it as a protection against wild animals, evil spirits, even vampires!  Others avoid it because of its associations with the devil - cloven hoof - as a result some regional cooking never uses garlic.

So my little garlic keeper has become not only the repository of a lot of flavourful bulbs but also a tabernacle for a sacred healer, mythical protector and/or evil sorcerer.

"There's no such thing as a little garlic" - Arthur Baer - Bon app├ętit.

PS - find something small in your house or shop and make it special!!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Little things mean a lot...

This is the title of a very old song that my mother loved. It was sung by Tessie Brewer and I think I liked it because she did. Anyway it is the theme that I am working on for the next few blogs (maybe 30). I know that the actual theme of this web blog is about making a knitting business amazing and yes I stray often from the main point; but I have trouble compartmentalizing my life and things have a way of spilling over.

Anyway this theme can actually be applied to life or business or anything else that you want to celebrate.  Just get a camera or a notebook and take a look at a small piece of your life or business that you want to celebrate or elevate and look at it in a different way or re-arrange it so that it looks a different way - if you know what I mean.

Here is my wall phone. I have written about it before.  It is our only land line. It not only keeps us connected, it grounds us. My husband is a Taurus and I am a Leo - both fixed signs.  We have to be grounded.  I actually used to hate all those wires and from a decorator's point of view they would be considered ugly!!  But if I think about them as connecting us to the energy that is out there, then I love them.

The red light blinks when a message has been left - we all know that.  However it also blinks after we have taken off the message so in effect, it blinks for a long "blinking" time, until it mysteriously stops!!
It drives my husband crazy - because we always have to check to see if someone has actually called and left a message.

I like to think of it as the energy that is out there trying to communicate with us.  The only problem is that it doesn't actually say anything so maybe I have to try to understand what it is not saying.  Maybe I should be communicating more - reaching out - leaving messages.  Or maybe it is saying something else.  It is food for thought - a red light blinking is always arresting - I'll have to stop and think about it.

Have a great day!!